Bracknell parkrun No 246 – 23rd November 2019

A huge thank you to the 26 volunteers who made today's battle through the mud possible for the excellent 303 runners who successfully completed the Bracknell parkrun.

A pleasant temperature today. A quick stretch. A well presented briefing from Run Director Martin (upon his playground tower!)... and it wasn't long before we were lined up and... OFF!

I am still getting used to the new course however I see it has started to make an impression with the runners. It is already some nicknames as I overheard some fellow parkrunners christen the first couple of corners in the grass of the new route as "Mud-Fest" and "Mud Bath" - aptly named and certainly not suitable for a sprint finish!

I found myself particularly impressed with all of the junior parkrunners participating today. They worked very hard especially getting their little legs out of the sticky mud and up over the inclines. They sure seemed to make up for it with the downhill sections though! Many were very visible proudly wearing Junior-10 parkrun shirts, although I must question the colour choice: not many of the shirts were still looking very white by the end of the run!

Congratulations to Callum who finished 1st male for the fourth time at Bracknell with a fantastic new Personal Best.

Congratulations to Lisa Hale who finished 1st female for the first time - congratulations and we hope you'll come back to defend your title!

Congratulations to Lara on her 100th parkrun - what a lovely balloon!

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This week 303 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Martin REILLY • Richard COOPE • Andy SCOTT • Mark ARCARI • Judith RITCHIE • Finlay RITCHIE • Ellouise CLARE • Steph CLARE • Emily BINNING • Ana HURTADO • Andrew CLARE • Alan SHELDON • Samantha GWYN-GRIFFITHS • J.d DANIEL • Hector DANIEL • Evie KING • Dewi MEREDITH-SMITH • Kerry SCOTT • Callum BROADBENT • Richard LOVE • Cameron LOVE • V TAYLOR • Lulu HUGHES • Izabelle SPENDELOW • James SPALL • Eleanor PICKLES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bracknell parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 10,115 participants have completed 75,690 parkruns covering a total distance of 378,450 km, including 12,717 new Personal Bests. A total of 769 individuals have volunteered 6,189 times.

 

Bracknell parkrun # 243 – 02/11/2019

Run Report by Mary Wang

It was a Bracknell Inaugural today, #243. Many congratulations to our esteemed Run Directors, and particularly Andy, for putting together bits of both old courses and adding new paths to make us a 2-lapper. It seemed to work well (from a back of the field point of view).

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Walking towards the start, heading away from the cafe.

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First surprise, turning round to face towards the cafe. Yes, we ran backwards, so to speak. This gave a new view of the tree stump.

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We were relatively few in number, only 201 runners, so the pinch point near the cafe didn’t seem to be an issue. It will be interesting to see how it works when the rugby-final watchers return en masse next week.

We had two tourists braving the rain and mud  (yes, I am afraid the new course still has mud) from Woking and Inverness. Nobody owned up to a milestone run or a birthday but some runners did own up to trying to keep up with their children. Or dogs.

My goodness, the volunteers deserve a special pat on the back. Standing in the pouring rain, always cheerful and encouraging. We seriously couldn’t have managed without them.

 

This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Martin REILLY • Jacqueline KENT • Mary WANG • Andy SCOTT • Caroline CUTLIFFE • Finlay RITCHIE • Rebecca NEWNHAM • Ellouise CLARE • Steph CLARE • Sian MCBRIDE • Simon LIGHT • Doug BRADY • Heather SINCLAIR • Jane RALLS • Miriam STALLARD • Evie KING • Kerry SCOTT • Nik LIGHT • Callum BROADBENT • Catriona WICKHAM • Liza HIDE-SMITH • John BOWEN • Nancy BOWEN • V TAYLOR • Lulu HUGHES • Izabelle SPENDELOW • Finn MCGRATH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bracknell parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 10,045 participants have completed 74,715 parkruns covering a total distance of 373,575 km, including 12,513 new Personal Bests. A total of 767 individuals have volunteered 6,108 times.

 

 

Bracknell parkrun # 242 – 26/10/2019

Run Report by Miriam Stallard

Saturday 26th October 2019 marked ‘Pacer Week’ event number 242. It was a very windy Saturday morning as all of the pacers lined up ready.

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Saturday also marked parkrun in Pyjamas Saturday organised by Millbrook Beds as worn by Alison Macleod and family and Kirstie and Evie.

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The weekend also marked a very special 40th birthday with balloons and plenty of cake.

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A truly amazing 10th Park Run for two under 11 participants.

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Halloween for Elizabeth Misselbrook and family. Well done to the 317 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. Next week brings the new course and remember to keep left.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:

David BRESLIN • Jenny GRAY • Royston CRANDLEY • Patrick WADSWORTH • Nikki FALLOWFIELD-SMITH • Jacqueline KENT • Sarah Elizabeth HYATT • Janet VENABLES • Andy SCOTT • Jane LIGHT • Mike SANKEY • Sally KENT • Colin CARPENTER • Teresa MILROY • Blanche BARNES • Stuart MAYES • Judith RITCHIE • Alison WINDERS • Finlay RITCHIE • Sam GOODALL • Michelle WILSON • Simon LIGHT • Louisa ENRIQUEZ • Joanne STUBBINGS • Paul SCOTT • Andy SCOTT • Doug BRADY • Martin STEADMAN • Emily STEADMAN • Dianne UTTON • Andy HAZELL • Jane RALLS • Miriam STALLARD • Evie KING • Jim HAFFEY • Kerry SCOTT • Callum BROADBENT • Charlotte BETTS • Liza HIDE-SMITH • V TAYLOR • Lulu HUGHES • Izabelle SPENDELOW • Finn MCGRATH • Eleanor PICKLES

 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bracknell parkrun Results Page.

 

The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).

The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

 

Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 10,032 participants have completed 74,514 parkruns covering a total distance of 372,570 km, including 12,476 new Personal Bests. A total of 766 individuals have volunteered 6,081 times.

 

Bracknell parkrun # 241 – 19/10/2019

Bracknell Parkrun # 241

October 19th 2019

Report writer: Rhona Stainthorp

Photographer: Daryl Copleston Jopling

The middle of October: we can’t expect the weather to be brilliant.  The rain had been fairly relentless during the week, so we were lucky that Saturday was really pleasant.

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Admittedly, we could predict the parts of the course where the mud is just bubbling under, but on the whole, it wasn’t too bad, and the volunteers had done an amazing job marking out the tree roots with the flour.  And of course, it’s that time of year when, coming out from the allotment turn, the sun is in just the right place to make it tricky avoiding the tree in the middle of the incline.  Nevertheless, all- in-all it was yet another great Bracknell morning with exactly 300 people entering the funnel. We have only had such a nice round number twice before.

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As always, every one of the gallant 300 owes so much to the great 27 who made the whole event possible.  That’s thanks to: Alison MATTHEWS, Anthony WILSON, Daryl COPLESTON JOBLING, Doug BRADY, Eilidh MATTHEWS, Eleanor PICKLES, Evie KING, Finlay RITCHIE, Finn MCGRATH, Heather SINCLAIR, Ian MATTHEWS, Izabelle SPENDELOW, James SPALL, Joanne WAKELING, Joshua MELVIN, Judith RITCHIE, Julia WOODROFFE, Kenneth COMPER, Lulu HUGHES, Peter SPALL, Rhona STAINTHORP, Roger HOUGHTON, Sarah AUSTIN, Simon BENNISON, Simon WHILLIS, Stephen DOWLING, V TAYLOR.

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A special mention to Ian Matthews who was volunteering for the 25th time so should be getting his new purple top soon.  The volunteer future roster is upon the website for the next six weeks and there are still a few slots left if you hurry. I notice that there were 28 runners on Saturday who had all achieved their purple tops so remember it is possible to multitask.

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Daryl was out and about on the course taking photos of us all which can be found at :https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13apLPlzMyCksCjZrUWKtsGDxffhPk4Sj?fbclid=IwAR27ZPq-0CD6d0ivWf7HDlM7QXzRkn6ILjKjtdAjliu5yZrZGghQlYCS_Uk

And here are a few choice examples

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Getting the report in now is necessary to flag up how October 26th will be an IMPORTANT day.  The last Saturday in October means the clock go back, so in order to prepare yourself you can get your pyjamas on early and run round before going back for an early sleep.  Teddy Bears are also welcome.

 

However, you might have a tough choice: fancy peejays or fancy time.  Saturday will be a big PACER DAY thanks to support from Sandhurst Joggers.  The times to aim for will be even.  The course record is 16:14 held by Richard Allen, so you could aim for 16, 18 20 22 24……………… etc etc.  The average finish time at the moment is 31:58, so the 32 minute pacer may bring in a whole posse of people. Or you could just have your usual great Saturday morning.

Certainly, this Saturday we hope the 22 people who joined us for their first ever parkrun enjoyed themselves and we look forward to them becoming regulars.  We also welcomed 16 tourists who added Bracknell to their list of parkrun events.

Despite the mud, 45 people achieved a new PB - making another nice round number of 15% exactly.  I wonder if that will be overtaken by pacers and pyjamas on Saturday.

Now to the week’s headline people.

The first male into the funnel was James OSBORNE (SM30-34) visiting us for the first time from Doncaster AC in 19:21, 67.44%;

Second was Max STEVENS (JM15-17) from Bracknell AC in 19:23, 71.80%.  Max has run with us 9 times and has an amazing record;

Third was Dave DANIELS (SM30-34) in 21:13, 61.51%.

The first female into the funnel was Harriet IRVING (SW30-34) from Waverley Harriers in 23:52, 62.15%;

Second was Heather SINCLAIR (VW50-54) in 24:08, 69.48%;

Third was Jane LIGHT (VW50-54) from Thames Valley Triathletes in 25:53, 66.39%.

Max and Heather achieved the top two age grade percentages and were joined by Anne WRIGHT (VW65-69) achieving 68.08%.

Now we have to look forward to the run number 242.  It might be raining on Saturday so you could always add an umbrella to preserve your pyjamas as the pacers fly past.

 

Full Bracknell Statistics are:

Number of events: 241

Number of runners: 10,005

Number of runs: 74,197

Number of first finishers: 158

Number of clubs: 538

Number of PBs: 12,436

Average number of runners per week: 307.9

Average number of runs per runner: 7.4

Biggest Attendance: 469

Average run time: 00:31:58

Total hours run: 4Years 187Days 20Hrs 54Min 52Secs

Total distance run: 370,985km

Female record holder: Sophie QUIRK - 17:54 - Event 125 (29/07/17)

Male record holder: Richard ALLEN - 16:46 - Event 91 (10/12/16)

Age graded record holder: Sophie QUIRK - 86.59 % - 17:54 - Event 125 (29/07/17)

 

Bracknell parkrun # 240 – 12/10/201

Report writer : Sophie Falkiner

I woke up on Saturday morning to the sound of the rain on the windows - a sound I would usually find soothing, but not when I know I am running! Checking social media for a course update, I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun was shining on Bracknell after all!

 

 

 

The weather didn't deter an amazing 321 people who ran, jogged and walked the course at event #240. 36 people chose to brave the glorious conditions to join us as first-timers, and an impressive 43 people achieved PBs - well done!

 

Bracknell is renown as being a tough course, but the friendly and encouraging atmosphere makes it hard to resist return visits. We hope our first timers and visitors agree and that we see them all again soon!

 

We saw 2 people achieve their 100 Milestones, with Ian CROLL and Steven GREEN joining the 100 Club - congratulations!

 

But the real star of the show was Eliana who, at just 7 years old, joined the 50 Club! She celebrated her 50th parkrun with cake (thank you!) and also guided her friend around her first parkrun! What a great example of the spirit of parkrun.

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our 27 volunteers - parkrun cannot happen without you:

Jamie BUTLER • Nicholas COUSINS • Mike SANKEY • Sid HARDY • Joshua MELVIN • Judith RITCHIE • Rachel STOCKDALE • Finlay RITCHIE • Steph CLARE • Paul SCOTT • Tom WILSON • Doug BRADY • Heather SINCLAIR • Sophie FALKINER • J.d DANIEL • Hector DANIEL • Miriam STALLARD • Evie KING • Callum BROADBENT • Catriona WICKHAM • Liza HIDE-SMITH • Cameron LOVE • V TAYLOR • Lulu HUGHES • James SPALL • Eleanor PICKLES • Peter SPALL

 

If you would like to volunteer in future you can view details at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bracknell/volunteer/ - there are lots of roles you can try, why not see how quickly you can achieve your 25 volunteer milestone t-shirt!

 

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bracknell parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).

Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 9,967 participants have completed 73,897 parkruns covering a total distance of 369,485 km, including 12,391 new Personal Bests. A total of 756 individuals have volunteered 6,010 times.

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