Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Event number 293 25th June 2022

parkrun - an alternative to Glasto?

Apparently there is a large music festival taking place fairly close by and it has come to my attention that a number of our stalwart volunteers and regulars have traded their trainers and vests for several days slumming it in a field amongst the great unwashed, whilst "listening" to some of this 'ere "Modern Music" stuff. Well, I cannot understand it at all. As far as I am concerned these modern bands like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles produce nothing more than unintelligible dross. Whatever happened to Joe Loss and his Orchestra, Val Doonican and Peggy Lee? Timeless classics such as Flannagan and Allen seem lost on the youth of today! But there we have it. And what is this thing they call "Psychedelic Music". The only thing I could think that it relates to is watching Adrian Smith's running shorts going round in the tumble dryer whilst listening to the "Light Programme". But anyway, for those of you, who, like me, prefer the purity of a Saturday parkrun to overly loud modern nonsense will have assembled at Apex Park, for the Burnham & Highbridge parkrun number 293. And, indeed, 205 of you did!

Briefing Georgina gets to grips with "The sound of the crowd"!

The show must go on!

The "First Timers" briefing was delivered with her usual aplomb (to 30 first timers!) by our very own Run Director and Sax symbol, Georgina Della-Valle. She then went on to the "Pyramid Stage" to give the usual brief to the assembled throng., during which she welcomed runners from as far afield as Coventry, Stroud, Ashby De La Zouch, Lliswerry, Bradworthy, Lochaber, Long Eaton, Bodmin, Wincanton, Burgess Hill, Newport and Newquay. Following the brief it was time to move them "Further on up the road" to say: 5,4,3,2,1!

startMe and you, and a Dog named Boo!

Flying without wings 

Flying Without Wings!

And then, like a "Bat out of hell" the massed ranks of parkrunners, including representatives of some 37 clubs, headed off into the distance. They were aided and abetted by our end of the month Pacers who were trying to "Beat the Clock" on behalf of the parkrunners who wanted PB's! So "Hopelessly devoted to you" were they that they assisted in the following PB's!

Tom Watts, Isaac Barry, Adam Davis, Alex Milne, Tom Clarke, Danny Gould Dyer, Tom Burnell, Richard Barry, Frankie Moore, Janine Brown, Jim Stevenson, Joanne Carpenter, Elizabeth Lawrence, Claraine Clark, Dee Huggins, Jimmy Flynn Gould-Dyer, Nicola Englefield, Jasmine Beech, Blake Robertson, Bai Clarke and Jennie Bolling.

"Congratulations" to you all!

Whilst the runners were actively engaged in "Running up that hill" our intrepid Photographer, Chris Englefield was "Moving on up" around the course and taking a "Photograph of You".  Thanks go to him for a job well done.

Mr Smith

Doctor, My Eyes!

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 Top 3 Male;

1st Tom WATTS 17:16 (PB), 2nd Peter MORTON 17:25, 3rd Dave BOURNE 17:32

First Male

Tom WATTS

Top 3 Female;

1st Jemma LEWIS 21:55, 2nd Emily Kate WIDEMAN 24:06, 3rd Beatrice MOFFAT 24:34

First Female

Jemma LEWIS

Top Female Age Grading – Jean BAILEY 73.60%

Top Male Age Grading – Chris WALKER 81.82%

Top Report Writer who has never heard of Billie Eilish! - Bill MONTEITH Nil Points

Theres always one

I'm walking backwards for Christmas!

It aint over

It ain't over 'till its over!

The Final Countdown!

So, That's another successful B & H parkrun chalked off. Our event just goes from strength to strength. Even the lure of Glastonbury Festival could not dampen the spirits of our intrepid parkrunners. Having had a nice long refreshing RADOX bath to soothe my tired muscles I can now settle back into the rocking chair, sup my HORLICKS and reflect on another good day, whilst listening to my favourite album of all time. Oh no, its not by one of those "modern" outfits you would hear up the road at Pilton. No, I am going to crank the phonogram up to 11 and unwind to the sound of "Vera Lynn sings the Hits of Led Zeppelin". Its a classic!

It only remains for your humble scribe to remind you all that parkrun only happens because of the dedication of the Volunteers, who this week were:

Sorrel Judith LANGLEY-HOBBS • Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Nicholas CHARLES • Ian HUMPHREYS • Berni MUNDY • Stuart ANDERSON • Alan BYRON • Tracey BENTON • Hannah TUCKER • Matt POWELL • Georgina DELLA VALLE • Philip HOBBS • David DARLING • Tracey THOMAS • Jeannine DARLING • Matthew CROSS • Adrian SMITH • Lindsey RIPLEY • Richard SAUPE • Sarah HUDDART • Tawny HARRIS • Bill MONTEITH • Mary CLOTHIER • Katrina BUFTON • Steve TUCKER • Adrian DAVIS • Damian PHILP • Tracey CROSS • Jonathan WILLIAMS • Alan BEECH • Alfie LISMORE POPE • Christine HALL • Julie LENCH • Lauren TIPPLE • Trish REX • Hayley TITMUS • Chris ENGLEFIELD

And for those of you who can't take a hint!!

If you have not volunteered before but wish to be considered at future events then PLEASE do so. It is great fun and no job is too difficult.  Our Volunteer Co-ordinator, the "getting younger by the day" Mrs Tracey Benton usually has to send a begging Email every week to fill up the rota, so sign up at parkrun on the sheet outside the office, or send us an Email to burnhamandhighbridge@parkrun.com Check the rota first to see our vacancies, and it helps if you let us know your barcode (and the name you are registered with parkrun!) A warm welcome awaits. We are usually short most weeks, so give a little back. You know it makes sense!

The Vital Statistics (For those diehard readers who have made it thus far!)

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).

The male record is held by Adam Tango HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).

The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 11,664 participants have completed 75,267 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,335 km, including 12,903 new Personal Bests. A total of 682 individuals have volunteered 6,538 times.

 

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Event number 292 18th June 2022

parkrun Birthday!

Cakes

Today was a special event day for Burnham & Highbridge parkrun, as today we turned 7 years old! In 2015 the core team helped bring us the event that we know today, so massive thanks to that team of volunteers, made up of mainly Burnham Harriers running club, we owe you massive thanks for bringing us such a wonderfully successful and popular weekly event.

The "BOSS" Benton
Todays run director and all round BOSS was our very own Tracey Benton.

Bossy

Fancy Dress
To mark this auspicious occasion, we had plenty of people that took to fancy dress and I will post as many pics as I can in this report for your pleasure and perusal.

Grass Skirts Brigade Darth & Superman Sarah & Evelyn Am I on own Wheres Wally Tail Walker Sarah

 

Pooch Feature
Lottie
Whilst we are here, I want to do a feature on the most amazing little pooch called “Lottie”, she is a Chorky and is 6 years old. The amazing thing is she regularly posts times around the 20-minute mark and could probably be a lot quicker if her human (James Lucas) wasn’t so slow.  She is so tiny and it’s amazing how fast she runs, and she loves it too. Got to be one of the fastest little pooches I have ever seen. LOL

 

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The Stats
This week 213 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first-timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs also took part.

Todays top finishers
Todays first male finisher was Chris Walker from Wells City Harriers with a time of 17:42, and todays first female finisher was Grace Baker (1st female again, so well done!) with a time of 21:05.

The highest male age grade recorded was Chris Walker from Wells City Harriers with 81.36% and the highest recorded female age grade was Grace Baker with 77.23%.

Our most accomplished parkrunner today was Alan Wilcox from North Bristol Running Group with an amazing 503 parkruns.

PB’s today:

The people listed below gave our course their all and have managed to beat their best time, so all deserved a mention.

Alex Millar – 21:28
Jonathan Crisp – 21:36
Sam Dingle – 21:42
Ian Jamieson – 22:18
Hayley Titmus – 26:31
Ralph Moore – 27:27
Jim Stevenson – 27:53
Anna Jamieson – 28:01
Joe Clarke – 28:06
Alfie Parsonage – 28:19
Frankie Moore – 28:22
Tarisa Barker – 28:53
Tommy Tregale – 29:36
Emily Beech – 29:42
Bodhi Hollis – 29:45
Alison Carnall – 31:52
Lynne Hill – 35:58
Sara Sheppard – 36:46
John Brown – 41:52

Milestones today:

Joining the 25 club:

Noah Sansum
Lesley Bowskill

Joining the 50 club:

Jim Gainsford

Joining the 100 club:

Sandra Healey

Volunteers:

Every week there is a call out for volunteers, so if you can give a little time, please do so, each role is not difficult and it can be very rewarding.  Come and join the hi-vis heroes below!

The event was made possible by 23 wonderful volunteers:

Volunteers

Sorrel Judith LANGLEY-HOBBS • Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Steve WEBB • Sue NICHOLLS • Tracey BENTON • Mark BENTON • Hannah SMITH • Hannah TUCKER • Matt POWELL • Kathy BEARD • Georgina DELLA VALLE • Tracey THOMAS • Adrian SMITH • Colin HOLDOM • Lisa WOOD • Tawny HARRIS • Ruby JOHNSON • Sam HARRIS • Georgina HAINSBY • Jonathan WILLIAMS • Katie SMITH • Joshua KEMP • Samuel SMITH
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).

The male record is held by Adam Tango HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).

The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 11,634 participants have completed 75,062 parkruns covering a total distance of 375,310 km, including 12,882 new Personal Bests. A total of 678 individuals have volunteered 6,501 times.

 

Report by Adrian Smith (Your roving reporter)

roving reporter

 

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Event number 291 11th June 2022

Another warm one, and its a purple DAY!!

As usual, the course at Burnham was superb, nothing new there seeing as it’s one of the best, if not THE best in the country. Some parkruns are a memorable experience due to the course's beauty and the volunteers' friendliness, so that describes this parkrun to a tee! So just keep on coming to B&H parkrun. No bias here, I assure you…….ahem.

Today was a wonderful day for parkrun, the sun was shining, the skies were blue, and the Burnham breeze was taking a day off! I even took the decision to wear my 2nd most colourful shorts in a bid to tone it down for Burnham parkruns other intrepid reporter, Bill Monteith, who was out covering another story. (I think he liked the new shorts, proof below)

Capture

 

I will also mention that today one of our own had a significant milestone, and achieved her 25th parkrun, remarkable considering her young and tender age, kudos Evelyn Hamilton, and an amazing achievement. It’s wonderful to see small children enjoying a run at parkrun and we are ever humbled that you grace us with your presence and your cuteness.

Evelyn

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The Stats
This week 243 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first-timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs also took part.

Todays top finishers
Todays first male finisher was Peter Morton from #noexcuses with a time of 17:13, (He has now had more number ones than the Spice Girls), and todays first female finisher was Grace Baker who is also a junior runner with a time of 20:18 (Impressive performance young lady).

Peter Morton 1st Lady

The highest male age grade recorded was Jasper Legg from Bracknell AC with 80.25% and the highest recorded female age grade and the highest overall, was Burnham Harriers very own Sue Nicholls (Super Sue) with 87.53%.

Super Sue

Our most accomplished parkrunner today was Alan O’Connor with 437 parkruns.
PB’s today: Each and every one deserved a mention! Remember, it matters not what others do, parkrun is all about you! It’s your run, it’s your time, and the only person you are competing against is yourself, enjoyment and support are what it’s all about, whether that means you try for that PB every week, or you chat all the way around.

PB’s are below:

Jasper Legg – 19:40
Chris Marchant – 21:37
Joanne Carpenter – 28:21
Flinn Reay – 28:22
Anna Jamieson – 28:26
Hugo Smith – 30:12
Elizabeth Lawrence – 30:55
Tommy Tregale – 33:46
Michael Searle – 34:02

Milestones today:

Joining the Junior 10 club:

Lucy Brown

Joining the new 25 club:

Paula Baker
Stacey Ford
Evelyn Hamilton
Helen Burrett

Joining the 50 club:

Jo Beddow

Joining the 150 club: (Not an official club but a worthy mention)

Peter Morton

The event was made possible by 28 wonderful volunteers:

Remember, no role is difficult, and its very rewarding.  If you want to volunteer for future events the roster is hung up at the office at Apex park and can also be accessed via the parkrun website under Future Roster.  If you are unsure whether you could do a volunteer role then come and talk to us, we can even pair you up with an experienced volunteer to give you the confidence you require, should you require it.  We are a friendly bunch and we don't bite.  Well, not unless you ask us to.  :)

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Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Nicholas CHARLES • Stuart ANDERSON • Catherine EARL • Tracey BENTON • Mark BENTON • Hannah TUCKER • Matt POWELL • Kathy BEARD • Philip HOBBS • Tracey THOMAS • Adrian SMITH • Mark NEWMAN • Helen DAVIS • Mary CLOTHIER • Kieran HUGHES • Katrina BUFTON • Steve TUCKER • Adrian DAVIS • Jonathan WILLIAMS • Vanetta MERRICK • Emma HUNTER • Alfie LISMORE-POPE • Julie LENCH • Alison WILSON • Chris ENGLEFIELD • Braxton LENCH • Colin RUFUS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).
The male record is held by Adam Tango HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 11,607 participants have completed 74,849 parkruns covering a total distance of 374,245 km, including 12,863 new Personal Bests. A total of 677 individuals have volunteered 6,478 times.

Report written by your intrepid reporter Adrian Smith  (201 burnham parkruns and counting.....)

roving reporter

 

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #290 4th June 2022

 

Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II Bank Holiday

This long weekend was to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee - 1952 to 2022 - 70 years! Lots of lovely street parties, festivals and parades have been happening all over the country and some parkrunners also wearing blue, red and white. The core team also had Union Jacks all of the and balloons up at HQ. See lots of below runners with Union Jack colours!286219009_10166583854085486_5595352352085254861_n282605747_10166583850020486_7367739562374009458_n286064366_10166583850450486_6249441234237656350_n286115152_10166583844490486_2689980124730639902_n
This week 221 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
Also included in the participants were Where's Wally's. This was in aid of Adrian Smith reaching the impressive 250 parkruns milestone. Well done!1
First Man and also top male age grading was Thomas GOSTELOW - narrowly missing out on the course record of 15:31 with his fantastic time of 15:33. His age grading was 82.96%. Well done.1m
First Lady was Katie Kitty GORMLEY finishing in 20:48.1f
Most accomplished parkrunner today was Sorrel Judith LANGLEY-HOBBS completing her 389th run! 
Top lady age grading today was Pamela WITHERS with 74.74%. 
Milestones achieved today were; 
25 - Christine HALL 
100- Scott JENKINS 
250 - David LAY and Adrian SMITH285478827_528243102288821_9074990874217446290_n
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:Philip LINLEY • Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Sean LYNHAM • Stuart ANDERSON • Tracey BENTON • Steven DORRALL • Mark BENTON • Hannah TUCKER • Matt POWELL • Georgina DELLA VALLE • Philip HOBBS • Tracey THOMAS • Claire WOOD • Geraldine HOPE • Neale JARRETT • Helen JAMES • Rebecca REEVES • Steve TUCKER • Jonathan WILLIAMS • Alex HAMILTON • Nicola HAMILTON • Maria DOYLE • Alfie LISMORE POPE • Julie LENCH • Trish REX • Chris ENGLEFIELD 
Please volunteer once in a while to give the regular volunteers some time off. A healthy volunteer rota helps the longevity of parkrun - so please get in touch with a date and a role you would like to try - on the day training given and nothing difficult to do.285483243_532921518314300_7412957229284628849_n 286164489_10166583857425486_6997450856790675992_n

 

 

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #289 – 28 May 2022

by Rebecca Reeves (finisher 207)

It was the day known as Saturday,
Until that changed to parkrun day.

Lots of people turned up to run,
Others enjoyed some fun in the sun!

There were clubs from all around,
With a photographer watching people flying off the ground!

#NoExcuses had some runners completing couch to 5k,
After they'd finished there may of been cake!

NE

Lots of PB's the course was providing,
Which lead to the participants doing lots of smiling :)

The pacers worked their magic,
Helping the runners while being charismatic.

PACERS

Thank you to all the volunteers,
Who delivered an array of cheers!

Sorrel Judith LANGLEY-HOBBS • Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Berni MUNDY • Graham DAVIS • Angela CLARKE • Stuart ANDERSON • Tracey BENTON • Edwin GAINES • Mark BENTON • Hannah TUCKER • Kathy BEARD • Georgina DELLA VALLE • Philip HOBBS • Anthony MCKEE • Matthew CROSS • Adrian SMITH • Lindsey RIPLEY • Richard SAUPE • Colin WOOD • Mark PANES • Mary HAM • Ruth ANDERSON • Pete MANNING • Ruby JOHNSON • Bill MONTEITH • Tony GORE • Rebecca REEVES • Georgina HAINSBY • Steve TUCKER • Paul SMITH • Tracey CROSS • Jonathan WILLIAMS • Hannah BEECH • Doug PLUME • Richard GWILT • Julie LENCH • John BROWN • Trish REX • Chris ENGLEFIELD • Simon NICHOLSON • Elliott NICHOLSON

VOLS

This week there were 282 participants, of whom 39 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

Milestones were achieved by:
** Dave CARTER completing their 25th parkrun.
** Russ MULLEN completing their 100th parkun.

First male finisher was Peter MORTON, with first female Emma NAVESEY.
The top age graded score was 89.54% from Sue NICHOLLS.

Runners RUNNERS 2

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

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).
The male record is held by Adam Tango HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 11,546 participants have completed 74,385 parkruns covering a total distance of 371,925 km, including 12,829 new Personal Bests. A total of 674 individuals have volunteered 6,426 times.

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