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 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 !

 

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

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event 301, 25th May 2019

I was able to join you for a run this week - and was'nt it a wonderful spring morning! Running doesn't get much better than that. It was an easy run day for me, so it was great to chat with some of you on the way around. Bury St Edmunds parkrun.

This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests.

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 18 volunteers:

Ian BRADFORD • Nigel SCHOFIELD • Martin Charles TILLEY • Claire BROWN • Joe BRADFORD • Martin ALLUM • Zohra ARMITAGE • Dawn MARSHALL • Oliver SCHOFIELD • Amy BRADFORD • Sam ARMITAGE • Kate HUGHES • Rachel MARSH • Philip BROWN • Imogen BLACK • Jasper BRETHERTON • Thomas CARTWRIGHT • Jane HERMANOWSKI

I'll be your RD on 1st June - I'm looking for a time keeper, two scanners and some marshals to help me. Get in touch with us at burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com if you want to help this week (or any future date).

PLEASE NOTE - there is NO parkrun at Nowton Park on 8th June due to Race for Life. Please take the chance to try some of the other events in our area.

Saturday 1st June is GP Pledge day. The Royal College of GPs and parkrun are trying to get at least 1000 GPs to pledge to take part in parkrun - to support and promote the parkrun practices initiative. If you are a GP or can persuade someone who is one to take part, you will be most welcome. We have a definite committment from the BSE Angel Hill practice, so please make them welcome. If you want to find out more, just type in parkrun practice in your search engine and visit the RCGP site.

Saturday 29th June will be our 6th Anniversary. I'm sure we will be doing somethong different to mark the occassion - watch out for an announcement.

Regards

Steve

 

Parkrun report for Saturday 9th March

We saw numbers rise again on Saturday, which is lovely to see and meant 294 or you braved the mud to complete this week's event. Obviously with numbers so high this puts a strain on parking so could I please remind you to not park anywhere other than an allocated space.  This is at the request of the park rangers who are concerned, not only about damage caused to the grass verges, but also about access for emergency vehicles if required.

Also, we would just like to give a shout out to Sharon Warland as she completed her 200th parkrun on Saturday. These runs have taken place since a full hip replacement in 2013 and she has used parkrun as her route back to fitness. A massive achievement Sharon; well done!

Finally, as you are aware, parkrun is managed entirely by volunteers and we need to ensure the Bury parkrun has enough volunteers to sustain it into the future.  We are always looking for new Run Directors so if any of you are interested in doing this, either now or in the future, then please come and find me (Claire Brown) for a chat. Being an RD may look a little daunting but it really isn't difficult and doesn't take up too much time, especially if we ensure we have a minimum of 6 RDs on the roster at any one time. And talking of volunteers ...

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Ian BRADFORD • Stephen COOK • Stephen PRETTY • Claire BROWN • Jenny MORGAN • Joe BRADFORD • Keith STEPHEN • Martin ALLUM • Dean SYKES • Liz O'RIORDAN • Catherine FIRTH • Tim PAGE • Rob WEBB • Lucy DAWSON • Alison CARTWRIGHT • Thomas CARTWRIGHT

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event 289, 23rd February 2019

It was wonderful to be in the park on Saturday - a bit of a misty start but it turned into a lovely sunny day. The first few daffodils are now showing along the lime avenue - so I changed the facebook cover page to reflect that.

This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

Congratulations go to Sally Whitefield who comleted her 50th run today.

As usual, we had many canine friends also taking part - we love to see them! Unfortunately, this week I did receive a complaint about one rather unruly border collie. He picked a fight with another dog and then ran across the path of runners potentially causing a trip incident. Please remember that we ask you to keep dogs under control at all times. If you know that your canine friend tends to get over excited, it might be best for them not to join the run. I also noticed one very fast dog near the from running in full canix harness. Again, please remember that parkrun is not a canix event - we ask that dogs are run on short leads only.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Stephen COOK • Stephen PRETTY • Peter WARLAND • Heidi GRIFFITHS • Martin Charles TILLEY • Phil HYMERS • Joe BRADFORD • Liz O'RIORDAN • John CULLUM • Oliver SCHOFIELD • Susan DUNNE • Asia DAVIES • Richard SMITH • Zachary STRICKLAND • Jasper BRETHERTON • Thomas CARTWRIGHT

I have now taken over as your RD for the next two weeks - and I need to build my volunteer team for Saturday 2nd and 9th March. This week I need a timekeeper,three scanners and a token support volunteer. More marshals would also be helpful - and I really would appreciate someone to arrive at 7:30 to help me walk the course and set out the signs. If you can help, get in touch via burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com

Many thanks - Steve Pretty

 

 

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event number 286 2nd February 2019

Well it was certainly cold this week with very few people in the park other than the intrepid 236 parkrunners and of course our fabulous team of volunteers.

I didn't get around to writing a report last week so must just mention that David Drewry completed his 50th parkrun a couple of weeks ago, Jenny and Derek Hall also completed their 50th and Greg Mills completed his 250th parkrun on 26th January. What fantastic achievements and hopefully they will be getting their anniversary t shirts very soon.

You will probably have noticed our megaphone is not what it used to be and we know a lot of people struggle to hear us at the briefing.  We are therefore saving up for a more robust alternative, so if anyone would like to make a donation, however small, then please go to the following link.  Thank you.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/burystedmunds/aboutus/

Finally, we have been asked to promote Hargrave 5k and 10k cross country race which is to be held 9th March at 2.30pm from Hargrave village hall IP29 5HP.  All funds will go towards Hargrave church repairs.  To enter please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/...search "Hargrave" in the "Looking for" box.

And finally .....

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Linda Jane HANDCOCK • Sarah ASBURY • Stephen PRETTY • Claire BROWN • Liz O'RIORDAN • John CULLUM • Jade ASBURY • Oliver SCHOFIELD • Richard SMITH • Vivienne HOUGHTON • Zachary STRICKLAND • Katie PEARCE-HIGGINS

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

The male record is held by Macauley DELO who recorded a time of 15:45 on 11th April 2015 (event number 96).
The female record is held by Holly Alexandra ARCHER who recorded a time of 17:48 on 5th August 2017 (event number 213).
The Age Grade course record is held by Thomas THAKE who recorded 93.16% (18:16) on 29th December 2018 (event number 281).

 

 

Run Report for Event number 284 / Saturday 19th January

306 parkrunners braved the icy cold conditions on Saturday.  This is a fabulous attendance but of course puts a strain on the car park. Those of you who attend regularly will have heard our pleas to either car share or maybe park a distance away from the park and walk/run to parkrun.  Please do try to do this as the Nowton Rangers have once again had to request that all cars are parked within the allocated areas, as to do otherwise means access for emergency vehicles is compromised.  It also means the grass is getting churned up where vehicles have been parked on the verges.

We are hoping one of the local schools may allow us to park in their car park so please watch this space with an update later this week ...

I have also been asked by the Junior parkrun event director to add the following information to my run report in the hope that as many people as possible will support this initiative. Please do support Steve Neumann and his team ...

Bury St Edmunds junior parkrun is bidding to bag a grant raised from carrier bag sales from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. The application was made to help provide funds to get our AED defibrillator up and running not only for Sunday’s junior parkrunners but for access at all times  to the wider Moreton Hall Community. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

The list of 4 BSE stores taking part in the voting on our project are: 
6179 Tesco Express, 24-26 Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DY
2166 Tesco Superstore, St Saviours Interchange, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 7JS
5086 Tesco Express, 1-2 Stamford Court, Horringer, IP33 2DF
2986 Tesco Express, Lawson Place, Moreton Hall, IP32 7EW

Voting will take place from Tuesday 1st January 2019 to Thursday 28th February 2019 and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. The project with the highest number of votes across the region will receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000. 

Please do help vote for the junior parkrun event and good cause and please also spread the message to vote for us please </p>
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Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event 277, 8th December 2018

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Sebastian ANTHONY • Martin LITTLE • Stephen PRETTY • Heidi GRIFFITHS • Joaquim MONTEIRO • Susan DUNNE • Asia DAVIES • Tracey TAYLOR • Gregory STEVENSON • Zachary STRICKLAND • Daniel COOK • Katie PEARCE-HIGGINS • Rosie STEVENS

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

We are well into winter conditions in the park now. There was a very wet spell before our parkrun, which left the ground rather muddy and slippy. If you are not already doing so, please think about using trail shoes or cross country shoes. These will have a good grippy tread pattern on the soles, helping to prevent you from slipping. Of course they are also great for exploring our footpaths and bridleways throughout the year. If you don't have a pair - perhaps Santa (or the post Christmas sales) can help.

It was also pretty windy making running quite tough - I found that out myself when I ran later in the day. We decided not to risk the gazebo in the gusty conditions.

Anyway, I really enjoyed being your RD for the last two weeks and am very grateful to all the volunteers to helped make that possible. Looking forward to running with you again next Saturday.

Zachary is your RD for the next two weeks and also for Christmas day. This week, he needs a timekeeper, a scanner an several marshals. Get in touch via the future volunteer roster page at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/burystedmunds/futureroster/ if you would like to help.

See you out there - Steve!

 

 

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event 276, 1st December 2018

This week 212 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Stephen PRETTY • Nigel SCHOFIELD • Heidi GRIFFITHS • Claire BROWN • Steve MURTON • Jan MURTON • John CULLUM • Asia DAVIES • Rachel MARSH • Zachary STRICKLAND • Daniel COOK • Katie PEARCE-HIGGINS • Mitchell BRAGG-HART • Cem HAVA

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

Well done to Stuart Fisher (50), Christopher Underwood (50) and Tony Sharp (100) who completed milestone runs today. I'm really looking forward to seeing some of our regular BSE runners gaining the prestigious green 250 run teeshirt next year. Julian Coleman ran his 200th at BSE today, and Joacquim Monteiro ran his 200th parkrun. Inspiring stuff - well done.

Once again, the course was in great condition for the run, and it was a nice temperature for a run. Rain was threatening and it set in toward the end of our event - so of course when I got home, equipment drying was the order of the day. Thats all done now, and every thing is packed ready for our next event on Saturday 8th. I am still looking for a timekeeper, a scanned and a couple of marshals to help.

Right now the weather looks pretty cold and windy for Friday and Saturday - hopefully all will be well and the run will go ahead - but please dress for the weather.

See you out there,

Steve

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