International Women’s day Saturday 7th March 2020

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parkrun research tells us that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun, and we are taking steps to change that. As part of these efforts parkrun are organising a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.

In England this will support the This Girl Can campaign created by our partner Sport England.

Come and support us and celebrate female participation on this day.

How can you join in?

Encourage the women and girls in your lives to come along and walk, jog or run.  Please remind them to register and print our their barcodes

We would like to fill as many volunteering roles as possible with women so please get involved by emailing us bathskyline@parkrun.com

Dress in purple (the chosen colour for the day)

We look forward to seeing you all soon

 

Saturday 8th February 2020

Written by Alice Bonham-Carter

Today marked my 20th parkrun (almost half way to my 50 t-shirt) so I decided it was about time I gave something back to the parkrun community and chose to give the run report a whirl! Plus, as a final year student at Bath University, currently in the (very painful…) process of writing my dissertation, I was keen to find another way to procrastinate!! My dissertation is on how exercise affects immune function though, and I always find parkrun is a great cure for any sniffles or minor ailments, so this must count as relevant research…right??

Now onto the actual run…Today 443 made the trek up Bath Mountain to participate in the wonderful Bath Skyline parkrun. Several people appeared to have run to parkrun (very impressive), I however prefer to conserve my (very limited) energy for the actual parkrun!! We had visitors from a variety of places, including Bournemouth, Canterbury, Finsbury Park, as well as the inaugural Bushy Park event. We hope you enjoyed the lovely multi-terrain course and that those challenging woodland steps didn’t put you off too much! The conditions on the day were pleasant, being dry and cool, however parts of the course had clearly been affected by the recent downpours, with the fields being a little sticky. This did not deter us parkrunners though, and rather just added to the experience. One of my favourite things about Bath Skyline parkrun is the varied terrain, providing an exciting challenge and keeping you on your toes at all times.

Everyone did an amazing job, with many people achieving new PBs. A special congratulations goes to the unknown runner who finished first (DFYB!!), as well as JAMES HARPER, our official first male finisher with a time of 17:19, and first female finisher, LIZZIE CLARKE, finishing in a speedy 19:08 on her first time running at Bath Skyline. I hope everyone experiences improved immune function as a result of completing their parkrun as well as the awesome mental benefits it brings!

Finally, a big thank you to all the amazing volunteers for making this wonderful event happen, and for always smiling and encouraging us all! (I promise I am trying to smile back, even if it looks like more of a grimace!!)

 

Saturday 1st February 2020

The Early Bath (Skyline parkrun)

Written by Nicholas Sheard

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I left at 6 am from Oxfordshire to drive the 72 miles to the Bath Skyline parkrun. A day of firsts, it was the first of February, the first day after we formally left the EU, the start of the 6 Nations Rugby, and also my first Bath Skyline parkrun. I usually cycle or run to my local parkrun, so taking the car listening to 80s classics felt like a guilty pleasure, and arriving early there was plenty of parking available at the BMI Bath Clinic. I jogged out onto the course into Long Wood with Born to Run still ringing in my ears. A sign on the ‘Elf and Fairy Foray’ indicated I might meet ‘North Pepperfly’ or ‘Bold Saturnleaf’, among others - “Seek out the doors to the homes of 15 elf and fairy folk, set among the trees on each side of the path for 400m”. I didn’t immediately see any elves or fairies, but I did pick up the yellow parkrun signs and soon caught up with three gents (not obviously elves or fairies) setting up the course and marking out the route through the muddy top field.

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After the parkrun my Strava feed told me that “This was harder than your usual effort”. I don’t know what counts as my “usual effort”, but having done 21 different parkrun courses over the past couple of years I have to say that Bath Skyline is easily in my top 5, with a lovely variety of sketchy uneven descent, steps, grass, muddy field, and woodland trail. Looking left after the steep early descent there’s also a fantastic view of Bath itself, although I didn’t linger to stop and take a photo for fear of being involved in a recreation of the Mufasa Lion King death stampede scene with 400 or so parkrunners behind me.

A big shout out to the wonderful volunteers who were so welcoming and friendly before the event and so encouraging when out on the course. Also to the 22 minute pacer who paced it superbly and who I couldn’t quite keep up with. And also to Matt, for his first time as Race Director. Well done, Matt!

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Looking at the results it always astonishes me just how rich and varied parkrun is in terms of age and experience and a wonderful variety of visitors and regulars rubbing shoulders with each other. As a first timer at Bath I felt so warmly welcomed by all the volunteers. Special mention this week goes to Jane Evans, a first timer who finished 3rd overall, was first female, and who also registered the best age graded result of the day. And at either end of the parkrun experience spectrum we had Bath Skyline local Janyce Holmes running her 273rd parkrun and Matthew Brinkworth (6th overall) who was taking part in his very first event. If the other first timers enjoyed Bath Skyline as much as I did they’re bound to be back.

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Saturday 25th January 2020

Saturday Morning Fever

The run report with Snap, Crackle, Pop and Bee Gees by John Chapman

I woke up with my usual Saturday enthusiasm, as it’s the day for either parkrun or an away trip watching Bristol City. Today is parkrun day, and I decided that it’s most definitely a Rice Krispies T-Shirt day, my regular big pre-run dilemma. Today was my 25th run, so that’s 125km, and still only halfway to a T shirt. It would be much simpler to just buy one in Primark, but not half as much fun, mud or steps.

For those of us at the back, the briefing was the usual inaudible mumbling, so we just clapped, waved our arms, cheered and booed randomly, in the hope that we provided the right response. Maybe you need someone with cue cards halfway down, so that we get it right. The reward for finishing in the Top 200, you get to hear the words. The rest of us were guessing, which could be embarrassing if we got it wrong.

I am sure that most of you reading this know the course by now, congestion, nice view, steps, reasonable path, replica of Somme battlefield, rabbit holes, home straight, finish. A wide variety of times, a real mix of ages and abilities, and all of the runners participated enthusiastically, and (hopefully) had a great time.  There were 443 runners, that is real Wowzer stuff, and yet another amazing turnout. Not so good for us at the back, it takes even longer just to reach the starting line, and The Somme is even more churned up. Well done to the first person over the finishing puddle, Aled Anderson.

Today, as always, I met some wonderful people, all participating for different reasons, and even though it’s for fun, everyone has their personal goals that they wish to achieve. My goal has been to achieve a new PB. Today, I achieved that (2 minutes off my real PB).

Now the photos

 

Today, we welcomed some Leicester Tiggers egg-chasing fans, as they were playing the unimaginatively named Bath Rugby. Is there a Rugby Rugby? Welcome to all the newbies, for safety reasons we’ve Got To Get a Message To You about the course. I hope you had a really great time, and we see you back sometime soon. Loved the question “Is there a trophy?” Now that is a good suggestion, not that I will need to buy a trophy cabinet if adopted! Did anyone as How Deep Is Your Mud?

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Talking of Tiggers, here is the culprit of about 99% of the muddy paw prints on runners clothing, Tiggerdog, aka Bobbie. How could you be cross with such a lovable dog though? Didn’t really capture her from the best angle in this photo. To finish, there’s a few random pics from today. As ever, thank you to all of the volunteers who make these runs happen, some magnificent arm-waving and pointing was evident today.

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A view of the runners, I’m sure that the guy at the back wearing the green jacket is pointing out that going straight to breakfast might be a better option.

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And to those wondering whether to join us, as the Gibb Brothers nearly sang, You Should Be Running, or walking, or skipping, or dancing…. Would that be Jive Walking??? On that note, time to get my coat/ strait jacket.

 

Saturday 18th January 2020

Written by Reuben Zukas, Gold Duke of Edinburgh volunteer

Waking up this morning to see a bleak frost settling on the cars would probably have disheartened most people from going outside.

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However, seeing runners already warming up with light cheerful smiles definitely gave the place some warmth.

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On our 274th parkrun coincidentally we were joined by 472 runners, over 50 of whom achieved PBs. There was a variety of abilities and ages, all who gave this week their best shot.

The fastest male time was 17:36, taken by Thomas Halling, and the fastest female time was 21:26, secured by Sarah Sanderson.

My Duke of Edinburgh Gold volunteering at rainbow woods is an amazing opportunity that is just down the road. Yes, it is a little early, and yes, it is a little cold, but every Saturday morning I have spent at Bath Skyline has kickstarted my weekend.

Volunteering not only lets me give back to the community, but lets me do it in a setting where the beautiful woods are uplifting and peaceful.

Thanks goes to Run Director Helen, all the volunteers who without whom, parkrun wouldn’t be possible, and to everyone who got out of their warm bed this morning and braved it out in the cold.

 

 

 

Skyline 273 – Saturday 11th January 2020

Written by Polly Spedding - DofE volunteer

It was a very windy Saturday morning as runners gathered together for the 273rd Bath Skyline parkrun. It was the second biggest turnout with 501 participants, and we had lots of runners joining us from around the country.
The start to the run was slightly delayed due to cattle in one of the fields.  We happily share the paths with the sheep and cows and sometimes need to delay the start a little to ensure there is a clear path away from the gates to ensure both parkrunners and livestock can co-habitat safely.
Among the 501 runners was the first man, Will Bray, who completed the course in 18:23, and the first woman, Emma Butcher, with a time of 20:17. A total of 38 people achieved a personal best, so congratulations to them and everyone who took part!
I have been volunteering at the Bath Skyline parkrun since May 2019, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Over these past months, I have met many different people - volunteers, runners and supporters - and everyone I have spoken to has been very friendly and supportive. I’ve really enjoyed my time volunteering at parkrun, and would recommend it to anyone who is contemplating offering their time to help out at one of these events. It’s been fantastic cheering the runners on and seeing their joy when they cross the finish line. I’m not a runner myself, but it has inspired me to give it a go too!
I’d like to say thank you to all the volunteers who have made me feel welcome, and shown me all the different jobs that need to be done to ensure each event runs smoothly. They all work so hard and really are brilliant!
Polly Spedding

 

 

New record! Huge start to 2020

Written by Dimitri Lang - one of our DofE volunteers

"For the past 13 weeks I’ve been volunteering at parkrun as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. I have really enjoyed it, everyone there was very friendly and welcoming. I got to do many different roles, but my favourite was marshalling, its great to cheer the runners on. 

This week we had record attendance - our timers only had space for 500 people but we had 542! Helen had to jump in at the last minute to time the last 42. It was very exciting to see so many people come.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you’ve run before or never heard of parkrun. In fact, I’ve enjoyed it so much I might continue to volunteer after my Duke of Edinburgh award"  Dimitri
Thank you Dimitri, it's been great to have you with us!
 

New Year’s day 2020

Written by Sarah Regh

Happy new year! What we all definitely need is the challenge of double parkrun event coordination. This means: double the chance to partake in pre run hype and challenges with fellow running friends (20'20 anyone? pirate challenge, stopwatch bingo*), to (mis)understand course instructions, to thank marshals and generally to share the excitement of being outdoors on a misty 1 January.

If there were any hangovers, they were well hidden. Our journey from Melksham (thank you for having us, Melksham parkrun!)

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to Bath Skyline was smooth, as was the run overall. Thanks to Run Director Andy and to the other superheroes in high viz (and to Steph who arranged for my first ever double parkrun accomplishment)! 

Huge congratulations to the 100+ first timers to the Skyline (including 14 complete newbies) and to the 30 or so new PB holders! There were 413 runners and walkers today (this number has more than doubled since 1 Jan 2019's 195 runners). No particular sightings to report on the Skyline, though the mud in the potato field claimed one runner's left shoe. My personal parkrun resolution is to up my volunteering total, maybe I'll join others with their goals of running in fancy dress more often or improving their age grading. In the meantime though, I hope everyone enjoys parkrunning, walking and/or marshalling in 2020 and I look forward to hearing more tales from the trails. Should we do it all again to celebrate Lunar New Year later this month?

*Google parkrun challenges or set a trend and make up your own (suggestions welcome for my current jumble of 'BCFHMPSW').

 

 

Saturday 28th December 2019

Written by Sim Cryer

A great turn out today for our last parkrun of the decade with 319 runners, joggers and walkers enjoying the muddy course around Bath Skyline. Congratulations to John Bull and Michael Stanley (pictured) for reaching their 100th parkrun. What a great effort!

 

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A special thanks to Malcolm Sutton who stepped in at the last minute to marshal in the potato field and ended up with the most difficult task of the morning keeping the cows in the correct field and allowing the run to continue. You were amooozing!

We were fairly short on volunteers today so also a big thanks to Emily Menko who, having arrived extra early for marshalling, was roped into help set up the course before moving on to barcode scanning and finally sorting the tokens at the finish!

Thanks also to Matt Lewis and Victoria Randall who both volunteered for the first time today.

Don’t forget the extra Bath Skyline parkrun on New Year’s Day. It’s at the later time of 10:30am so you can still have a late night, enjoy singing Auld Lang Syne, and be up in time for parkrun. If you know you’ll over do it during the evening and will not feel like taking part then why not volunteer instead.   Please get in touch by email at bathskyline@parkrun.com as we still have a fair few gaps in the roster. Hangovers are not compulsory.

See you in 2020.

 

The last run before Christmas by Tony the Tiger (aka John Chapman)

Surprisingly, it was a beautiful morning for parkrun, the sun was out, the sky was clear, you could see both sun and moon, and it was relatively warm. Unfortunately, the 3 months of almost non-stop rain meant that the course was not quite as clear.

It could be described as a “Butlins Cheesy Music Weekend” Course, Wet Wet Wet, Mud and Steps. Today was a day when my legs took great exception to the steps (Tragedy?), so my run time is Better Best Forgotten. In fact, as I ploughed through the mud, the runners in front and behind me were not in view, so I really was Lonely This Christmas… (I’ll get my coat)

Congratulations to the first finisher, Eddie Narbett (aka Billy Whizz), you could have done the course 3 times at that speed and still finished ahead of me.

As it’s Christmas, I’ll finish the report in pictures, and I hope you appreciate my attempts at humour. If a picture paints a thousand words, it will save me a lot of typing.

Some of wonderful people who bring us parkrun

Dog is clearly unimpressed with the Angel (below)

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Andy shows how to dance The Time Warp (below)

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The newbies briefing by Helen is refreshingly honest (below)

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Surprisingly, just one Santa, but a modern one with a neatly trimmed beard (below)

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The organisers want to get to breakfast early, so there is a vicious dog tail-walker, to “encourage the runners” ;-) (below)

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Couldn’t resist another bad attempt at Mud & Frosties related humour. (Think I need to go on a diet in the New Year L :) ) (below)

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And what do we get at the finish? A mince pie? A chocolate? No…………. (below)

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Now the more serious pictures

 Every parkrunner is a superstar, great effort Nicholas (below)

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Finally, a picture of Ingrid and Catherine which sums up the spirit of Christmas Parkrun perfectly. Thanks for stopping and letting me take this picture. (below)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different look at parkrun, however, no report would be complete without gert loads of gratitude to the brilliant organisers, the magnificent marshals who always offer cheery encouragement and keep us on track, and the runners of all abilities who get their butts out of bed early on a Saturday morning to participate. I never thought running badly could be so much fun.

Merry Christmas Everyone! (How else could I finish, but with a Shaky music reference)

JC

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