Saturday 9th November 2019

Written by Sarah Regh

Sprouts and runners have a lot in common. Layers. At course setup, the mercury stood at 1 degree (it later rose to a balmy 4ish). This was enough to prompt regular short wearers to swap their lycra for ... even greater quantities of lycra, gloves and hats (turning them into a league of colourful superheroes). Last week’s parkrun was cancelled (one of a small handful of times since its inception) due to a heightened risk of falling branches. What did our regulars do? They visited other parkruns (hello Somerdale Pavilion), they found themselves in Poland (hello Zamek w Malborku parkrun), they followed milestone sporting achievements on tv and they donned gardening kit to nurture clusters of small green multi-layered seasonal vegetables. Today, 368 runners outran and outwalked the cold and the forecast rain. There were 49 first timers, a handful of tourists as well as 41 volunteers (some of whom ran too – you really can do both!). Thanks in particular to this week’s top team of volunteers who made parkrun #263, defying frostbite (an ever so slight exaggeration for comedic effect). See you all next week for more joyous beating of the weather, layering and recipe-swapping.

SarahRegh

 

26th October 2019

Written by Fred Mallory Bains, our Duke of Edinburgh volunteer

On the day of the rugby world cup semi-final, 259 brave runners endured the course in the harsh conditions. Like last week many runners came through the finish line showered in mud.

However that didn't seem to dampen spirits as there were 20 PBs and 59 first timers here in Bath. A special congratulations to Will BRAY for completing the course in first with a time of 18:28 and Ruth SHAW for being the first female to cross the finish line with a time of 22:18.
The events record holders remain the same this week and they are :

Female record holder: Jessica GIBBON - 16:57 - Event 188
(12/05/18)
Male record holder: Unknown ATHLETE - 15:44 - Event 38 (20/06/15)
Age graded record holder: Judith WADE - 91.87 % - 21:07 - Event 248 (13/07/19

But it isn't all about how fast you run, it's the taking part that counts.  Congratulations to Tony NALL for running his 50th park run in Bath.

And it goes without saying but a massive thank you to every one of the 38 volunteers who came out today:

Matthew BALDWIN, Hilary BUCK, Abianne COATES, Alan COX, Simeon CRYER, Martin DERA, Mason EXCELL, Isaac FINER, Julian GOODING, James GORMAN, Mary HASTIE, Storm HAYWARD, Richard HILL, Colin HITCHIN, Janyce HOLMES, Jason JOYCE, Sally KERTZMAN, Louise KIRBY-GARTON, Paula KOER, Alison LANG, Dimitri LANG, Jason LAZARE GILL, Simon LEVISON, Tanya LOCK, Simon LOCK, Rhian MACKINTOSH, Fred MALLORY BAINS, Conor MCGRORY, Sarah PEARSON, Sarah REGH, Ingrid ROSENBERGER, Katherine ROSENBERGER, Ruth SHAW, Helen SPEDDING, Polly SPEDDING, Sam STREETER, Iain WILSON, Reuben ZUKAS.

And after a tiring run in the miserable weather the best way to go home is to see that England are in a world cup final.

Well done to everyone that came out today and let's hope for some better conditions next week

Fred

 

Bath Skyline parkrun 19th October 2019

Written by Helen Conner

A day of celebrations!

Congratulations to some our regular parkrunners for reaching some amazing milestones!  You are all such an inspiration and it was so great to be a part of your celebrations

Chrissy Webb celebrated her 50th parkrun

Chrissy

Whilst Natalie Callow and Katherine Rosenberger celebrated their 100th milestones.

100thbirthday Katherine All a fantastic achievement I'm sure you'll agree, and even more so for Katherine since she is just 7 years old!

In these photos they are sporting their milestone vests which were very generously donated by some our regular parkrunners who would like to remain nameless.  What a fabulous idea!  Thank you so much, our parkrunners love them :)

We were also treated to some fabulous cake baking by Katherine's family.  Katherine also made regular stops during her parkrun to offer marshals muffins!  Yum, that must have been a welcomed surprise!

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Not forgetting I was presented with some lovely flowers from Andy and the core team.  Thank you so much, this was such a wonderful gesture, one which is so gratefully received :)

I feel very fortunate to be part of such a great community.  Love parkrun.  Long may it continue x

Me

 

Mud Mud Glorious Mud

Written by Richard Carron

No Hippopotami were seen in the woods or the pond, and despite the recent rain no-one impersonated Dr. Foster of Gloucester.  Many though finished with full camouflage patterns of dirt and grit swirling on their legs. Today’s run was definitely more of a steeplechase than normal with some impressive water jumps and jumpers to be seen on many different sections of the course. Perhaps we should all add a couple of percentage points to our WAVA grading result today to reflect that Mo Farah is making records on a flat smooth surface!

Despite all of the above the heavens held off and 339 runners and volunteers galore enjoyed themselves running, marshalling and starting the weekend with a spring in their steps. They included 33 people running Personal Bests and 69 first timers at Bath; Both the fastest male, Matthew Snow and the fastest female – Kendal Rose were among the Bath first timers, though experienced in running parkruns elsewhere. But parkrun is about far more than the fastest, it is about all of us running together at our own speed, setting our own goals in our own fashions.

And speaking of fashion ….

A new tradition was started today (at Bath anyhow). To mark those who are running their 50th (or 100th or…. ) runs, a special jacket has been donated by some of our regular parkrunners, which can be worn when running. Iain Wilson was the first to model the 50 version together with a 50 balloon provided privately. Sadly for those of an enquiring disposition the photo below does not evidence the jacket, but reports received indicate that Iain modelled the new look to perfection. One feels the catwalks of Paris may be in need of a new star. His 50 runs have been at a variety of venues, including 35 of them here at Bath.

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Thank you to Andy our Run Director, and to all those who set up, marshalled, marshalled the marshals (Rhian) and generally helped make our 260th parkrun an enjoyable day.

The volunteers were

Matt ATKINSONAmanda BACHRACHMatthew BALDWINKeith BANKSNatalie CALLOWRichard CARRONMike COLLINSAlan COXSimon ELYTom FLEMONSElaine FLEMONSStephanie FRICKEREmil GODDARDJames GORMANMark GREATOREXMary HASTIEJason JOYCEDimitri LANGJason LAZARE GILLRhian MACKINTOSHFred MALLORY BAINSDawn MARCHANTAndy MARCHANTJerry MUSSELWHITESarah REGHMark SEAMANRuth SHAWHelen SPEDDINGPolly SPEDDINGSam STREETERMalcolm SUTTONJo THOMPSONChristine WEBBJames WOOSNAMReuben ZUKAS

Richard

 

5th October 2019

Written by Oliver Walton

The rain held off for Bath’s 5th birthday parkrun! Since its inception, the average number of runners at Bath parkrun has grown from 160 in year 1 to over 350 during the last year. There are now 12,870 runners registered at Bath!

To celebrate the anniversary, two special guests – Stuart Hooper (Director of rugby at Bath Rugby) and the gold-medal-winning Winter Olympian Amy Williams were on hand to present awards.

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There were prizes for…

The core team and other volunteers who have gone the extra mile this year: Andy, James, Ed, Sim, Steph, and Rhian, Alan Cox, Martin DERA, Dawn MARCHANT, Simon LEVISON and Tom ROOM

Three amazing under-10 runners who have all completed over 50 parkruns -  Hattie Pudney (56), Polly PENNICOTT (61), Katherine ROSENBERGER (98 times)!

Most determined runner (and best cereal-based T-shirts): John CHAPMAN

Most improved runner – Rachel Kerry

Age Grade record holder – Judith Wade

Most inspirational runner - Janice RAMBRIDGE

There was also a special mention to Tom Room at Relish Running for donating the prizes and supplying a marquee for our birthday to keep the cakes dry!

Congratulations to Mark Lewis, who completed his 100th parkrun and Jack Leonard, Fedra Zaribaf and Louise Kirby-Garton who completed their 50th parkruns! Well done to Oli Haytor and Sophie Harrison, who joined the junior 10 club.

It was great to see so many runners lining the funnel at the end to cheer on their fellow parkrunners.

A massive thank you as always to Helen and all the volunteers!

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