Event Cancellation – 19th October

Please be aware,

As the result of another event taking place at Nowton Park on 19th October, we are sorry to inform you that we will not be able to host your weekly dose of parkrun.

Don't despair, however. Plenty of other parkrun venues are within reach. To name but a few, there's Thetford, Brandon Country Park, Clare Castle, Haverhill, Great Cornard, Cambridge, Ipswich and Coldham's Common.

We will be back to welcome you for your next Nowton Park based free, weekly, timed 5k event on 26th October.

 

World Sight Day

World Sight Day – Raising Awareness - This Weekend

You may have seen or heard that it is World Sight Day on Thursday the 10th of October. To mark the occasion British Blind Sport (https://britishblindsport.org.uk/) have suggested that parkrunners may be interested in helping raise awareness of sight loss by taking part in a paired run.

We have had some initial interest from parkrunners who are considering taking on this challenge. As next weekend will be with us in no time, we would be keen to know if this is something you would like to participate in during our 12th October parkrun event. You could run either as a Visually Impaired/Guide Runner pairing, or, as British Blind Sport propose, and to explore what it is like to live with sight loss, blindfolded and with a guide for part or all of a parkrun. To do so, you would need to come equipped with some kind of blindfold and a tether - something to join you together. A hi-viz vest is also recommended.

Unfortunately, we’re not in a position to be able to arrange guide runners, blindfolds, tethers etc. However, we are happy to promote and facilitate those of you that might wish to raise awareness for World Sight Day while enjoying a parkrun.

It really doesn't have to be over the whole 5k and you and your partner can swap roles whenever you like.

Do let us know your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you, either via our facebook page or through burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com

 

Saturday 28th September

remember NO PARKRUN AT NOWTON PARK  Saturday 28th September due to event in Park. Why not try one of the other local runs instead?

 

Run Report 17th August 2019

Bury St Edmunds parkrun report - Event number 312 17th August 2019

SOME BIG NUMBERS: 335 AND 250

Oh what a wonderful parkrun morning! The rain of the preceding 48 hours, far from dampening our collective spirits, saw parkrunners turning up in numbers not seen at Bury St Edmunds since April, the 5th highest attendance since we started back in 2013.

The grass and mud were a little slippy in places, but Nowton Park was bright and warm  and made for the perfect setting for celebrating some landmark runs: Elaine’s 50th, Mark’s 150th, Sarah’s 200th, Peter’s 200th and – hats off – Karen’s 250th!! There were visitors aplenty too, including Janette came from the Netherlands, who your run director completely forgot to name-check during the briefing, so apologies to you Janette and we hope you had a lovely run.

The positive feedback from several of you about the bright, shiny new megaphone, making its inaugural appearance, was much appreciated, nearly as much as we all appreciate the very generous donations that made its purchase possible. You really are a wonderful bunch!

It wasn’t just runner numbers that were high. The volunteer roster was positively overflowing and the team did a wonderful job of making things run smoothly from set up to shut down. The event was made possible by 18 volunteers: Patrick HANNAH • Christine ANTHONY • Ian GOODERHAM • Jenny MORGAN • Eloise BIRD • Emma COLE • Dean SYKES • John CULLUM • Rosemary MARTIN • Kirsty WEAVERS • Stephen DAWSON • Stuart SHEPHERD • Lucy DAWSON • Lydia SIMMONS • Imogen BLACK • Ronnie FARMER • Olivia COLE • Benjamin CARPENTER

Currently, numbers remain a little low over the next few weeks, so, please, if you’re having a break from running or attending to support another runner, do consider volunteering. It’s very rewarding, seeing everyone enjoying themselves. Just email us at burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com

This week 335 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

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

The female record is held by Holly Alexandra ARCHER who recorded a time of 17:48 on 5th August 2017 (event number 213). The male record is held by Sebastian ANTHONY who recorded a time of 15:37 on 10th August 2019 (event number 311). The Age Grade course record is held by Thomas THAKE who recorded 93.16% (18:16) on 29th December 2018 (event number 281). Bury St Edmunds parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 8,108 participants have completed 63,577 parkruns covering a total distance of 317,885 km, including 10,851 new Personal Bests. A total of 531 individuals have volunteered 3,935 times.

 

Run report 10th August 2019

STRONG WIND, STRONG RUNNING, NEW COURSE RECORD

For several days in advance, the forecasters had been expecting localised gusts reaching 40 mph and over at parkrun o’clock. Friday was certainly blustery, putting the event in the balance for several hours. When the day arrived, however, yes, there certainly was a stiff breeze, but trees, foliage and undergrowth stood firm, the course was clear and we were safe to go ahead.

How glad we were. The winds huffed and puffed and tried their best, but they couldn’t distract a good number of you from a personal best. And on this day of atmospheric challenges, one parkrunner, in reaching his personal best, achieved the best time we’ve ever had at Bury St Edmunds parkrun. Congratulations from us all to Sebastian Anthony on setting a new course record.

This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bury St Edmunds parkrun Results Page.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers: Frank MOGGAN • Laura FOORT • Peter BIRD • Eloise BIRD • Emma COLE • David WRIGHT • Liz O'RIORDAN • Rosemary MARTIN • Susan DUNNE • Stuart SHEPHERD • Jan KÄDING • Sue MOGGAN • Milly CRIGHTON • Vivienne HOUGHTON • Imogen BLACK • Benjamin CARPENTER

At this time of year it can be quite difficult to muster enough volunteers due to holidays - we always welcome new volunteers - if you’re having a break from running or attending to support anyone do consider volunteering, it’s very rewarding seeing everyone enjoying themselves. Just email us at burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com

The female record is held by Holly Alexandra ARCHER who recorded a time of 17:48 on 5th August 2017 (event number 213). The male record is held by Sebastian ANTHONY who recorded a time of 15:37 on 10th August 2019 (event number 311). The Age Grade course record is held by Thomas THAKE who recorded 93.16% (18:16) on 29th December 2018 (event number 281).

Bury St Edmunds parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 8,071 participants have completed 63,242 parkruns covering a total distance of 316,210 km, including 10,811 new Personal Bests. A total of 528 individuals have volunteered 3,917 times.

 

Run report 3rd August 2019

Bury St Edmunds park run report 

Saturday August 3rd

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More like high Summer!   After the deluge of last week it was a delight to have such lovely weather this week. We did the set up in beautiful early morning mist which was lifting as our runners set off, as the temperature rose - it was entertaining watching finishers rolling in the cool wet grass! We had lots of compliments about our beautiful course from visitors. It was a great to welcome the group of running club members from Clacton. 

This week 326 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

 Ian BRADFORD • Stephen PRETTY • Claire BROWN • Stephen WILLIAMS • Jenny MORGAN • Ruth KIERAN • Adam CLARKE • Susan DUNNE • Stuart SHEPHERD • Richard SMITH • Imogen BLACK • Ronnie FARMER • Benjamin CARPENTER

 At this time of year it can be quite difficult to muster enough volunteers due to holidays - we always welcome new volunteers - if you’re having a break from running or attending to support anyone do consider volunteering, it’s very rewarding seeing everyone enjoying themselves. Just email us at burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com

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

Congratulations to John Cullum who ran his 200th parkrun, and Rob Dyke who hit his 50th. Also to Jo Fisk, a visitor from Beccles doing her 100th !

 

run report 27/7/19

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Bury St Edmunds parkrun #309, 27 July 2019

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The 309th parkrun at Nowton Park was a special one with a pirate theme for Kelvin Johnson’s 250th run. We saw 258 people running, jogging, and walking the hallowed 3.1 miles. There were 29 personal bests achieved; congratulations to all. This week, 118 athletes beat the poet (time 28:21), for whom the bell tolled after a tiring Twilight 10 k the evening before! It was lovely to see an array of running clubs and fancy dress for the high seas. I tried to find an inflatable parrot and had vague notions of fixing this to my shoulder somehow, but gave up on this as a logistical impossibility. Needless to say, a wooden leg was off the cards too….Kelvin was in his finest Jack Sparrow attire along with several salty shipmates. I managed to engage Kelvin in a swashbuckling sprint to the finish, the very essence of parkrun.

Run Director Susan Dunne delivered a sodden briefing, akin to the late Rutger Hauer’s drenched monologue in Blade Runner - All those personal bests will be lost in time, like barcodes in rain…..Susan imparted a shocking piece of news – the electric livestock fence was to be avoided at all costs. It was Claire Brown’s last run as Event Director. She was heartily thanked by all pirates in attendance. 

I love the freedom to explore that running brings, and with it find inspiration for poetry. To link creativity and running, I tour around different parkrun venues (as the unofficial parkrun poet!) each Saturday, writing a short poem or two. I'm currently trying to run every parkrun course in East Anglia (Cambs, Norfolk and Suffolk); a feat I'm calling East Ran-glia (36 events)! I'm only 23 parkruns to the good, but well on the way to completing Tour-folk (11/16 events), Suff-ok (10/11), but some way from tucking into the Camb-which (2/9)!

We now enter the artistic portion of the run report and we’re inspired by the English poet and cleric John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote poetry for Sir Robert Drury of nearby Hawstead. Drury even gave him an apartment in his large house in Drury Lane. Donne travelled extensively, fighting alongside the Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Raleigh against the Spanish at Cadiz (1596) and the Azores (1597). These nautical adventures fit the theme of today’s piratical run well. His poetic exploits on the return to England are the stuff of legend too. One of Donne’s famous poems is For Whom The Bell Tolls. Here I give it a Bury parkrun makeover (with apologies to Donne or any surviving descendants!).

No park is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each run is a piece of the continent,
A part of the stats.
If a stopwatch be washed away by the rain,
Nowton is the less.
As well as if a run director were.
As well as if a barcode of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each week's time diminishes me,
For I am involved in Garmin-kind.
Therefore, send not to Run Britain
For whom the PB bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

       

The event was well supported by 13 volunteers, a highly commendable effort in the pouring rain.

Volunteers

Martin ALLUMSarah ASBURYClaire BROWNBenjamin CARPENTERDiane CONSTABLESusan DUNNERonnie FARMERTim GARDINERJan KÄDINGRuth KIERANRachel MARSHJill MAYHEWMartin Charles TILLEY

Tim Gardiner

aka the parkrun poet (twitter: @timgardiner3)

 

 

Run report 20th July

Hello everyone!

Many congratulations to the 321 people who took part in Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event number 308 last Saturday on a muggy day managing to negotiate the slippery course and the electric fence safely.

 You ran, jogged and walked the course. 60 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part. We were glad to welcome the Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge Vegan runners group who managed to take several of the first places including first place!

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers: Rita J RUE • Kelvin JOHNSON • Joaquim MONTEIRO • Michelle GIDNEY • Keith STEPHEN • Martin ALLUM • Susan DUNNE • Helen STEPHEN • Stuart SHEPHERD • Craig SMITH • Vivienne HOUGHTON

We are aways keen to welcome new volunteers - the roles are easy, and will always be explained and supported and its great fun watching everyone enjoying the event. If you have family members who come to support you they could always marshal, and younger family members are also welcome to join the volunteer team.

Congratulations to Faith Lewis and her dog Billy who each completed their hundredth park run!

Ahoy there me hearties! Next week we are the Bury St Edmunds Parrrrk Run!!!! 

Kelvin is completing his 250th Park run and wants to celebrate with a pirate theme - he and his friends will be in full pirate rig and anyone who wants to is invited to join in. There will be bunting and may even be treasure. Beware! According to park run regulations only one parrot is allowed per runner and only inflatable cutlasses are allowed. 

 

 

Now We Are 6!

This coming Saturday will be our event's sixth anniversary … and to celebrate we thought we would ask you to run the course in reverse! This of course means there will be a down hill finish …. hurray!
We're also hoping everyone will come wearing a t-shirt or medal from a non-park run event they have done to share the huge range of opportunities and fun that running brings to our community! Can you dig out one from a distant or unusual event? or just one you've really enjoyed or been proud of completing.........

Parkrun not only encourages you to join them every Saturday but also to take part in other non parkrun events so why not wear a finishers t shirt from one of these to celebrate!

So please come along on Saturday, to take part or volunteer, and help us celebrate six years of Bury St Edmunds parkrun!

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun
Event number 302
1st June 2019

*** NO PARKRUN AT BSE ON 8th JUNE ***

The first day of meteorological summer was beautiful - sunny and warm. A perfect day for a parkrun. 325 of you felt the same way to! 48 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bury St Edmunds parkrun Results Page.

Well done to Steve Laws who joins the 50 run club. Fellow run director Sarah Mansel completed 200 runs today - great running but no teeshirt for that, I'm afraid ;-)

As you may know, parkrun has a partnership with the Royal College of GPs encouraging our GP practices to make use of parkrun to improve the health of their patients, thei staff and themselves. Today was GP pledge day - the RCGP encouraged as many GPs as possible to attend parkrun. 1998 had pledged to do so - and we had a good few at Bury St Edmunds!

I am very pleased to say that both Angel Hill and Mount Road practices have now become parkrun practices and will be promoting our event.

Whilst running, jogging and walking has many powerful health benefits, there can sometimes be "side effects". Sadly one of our runners took a tumble in the woods this week. Our marshal was quick to her aid, as were several other runners. I was phoned and dashed over with the first aid kit just in case. By chance, I bumped into Sue Moggan while running the Stour Valley Marathon on Sunday, and am pleased to say she is fine - and she wants to thank everyone who helped her. Another runner sprained an ankle and was also helped by a marshal. This just goes to show how important it is to have plenty of volunteers at our events. This week there were 18 of us - so many thanks to Maureen MCCARTHY • Stephen PRETTY • Nigel SCHOFIELD • Claire BROWN • Jenny MORGAN • Peter BIRD • David WRIGHT • Dawn MARSHALL • Susan DUNNE • Karen HAMILTON • Sam HAMILTON • Jessica HAMILTON • Rachel MARSH • Sophie PITT ROCHE • Hazel ELDRIDGE • Jasper BRETHERTON • Darran MILES • Helen ELDRIDGE

Do please remember that there is NO parkrun on 8th June. Please take the opportunity to try some of the other events in our area.

This Wednesday is Global Running Day (who knew?) See https://globalrunningday.org for detail. So why not get your running shoes on for a mid week run!

See you out there - Steve

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