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 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 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. 

 

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event 290, 2nd March 2019

A perfect morning for a run in the park - and as promised, a fair showing of daffodils! We had a photographer this week, and she has already posted her pictures to the Facebook page - thanks Heidi! This week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bury St Edmunds parkrun Results Page.

Special congratulations go to Katie King for completing her 100th run (in fine style as first lady home!) Well done also to Simon Goddard for completing 50 runs (he also kindly volunteered, helping me with set up). Well done to Kayla Micanes, who entered the juniors 10 run club.

We couldn't have done it without our trusty volunteer team. They did a great job, making my life as RD really easy and enjoyable. So special thanks to:

Stephen COOK • Roger MCGREGOR • Sarah ASBURY • Stephen PRETTY • Nigel SCHOFIELD • Heidi GRIFFITHS • Joe BRADFORD • David WRIGHT • Tim PAGE • Susan FULLMAN • Alan BRAY • David HOOTON • Simon GODDARD • Richard SMITH • Vivienne HOUGHTON • Zachary STRICKLAND • Jasper BRETHERTON

parkrun life never stops - so I'm already working on building the volunteer team for this coming Saturday. Would you like to volunteer this week? I'm looking for someone to hand out finish tokens and three or four to work in the scanning area. A few more marshals would also be welcome. Please check out the future volunteer tab on the web site and use the email link there to get in touch: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/burystedmunds/futureroster/

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday, Steve.

 

Daniel Cook’s D of E report

This Saturday, Daniel Cook completed his Gold D of E volunteering with us. He has been a great asset to the volunteer team and did a fine job as our run director this Saturday. We wish him all the best for his future. Dan has been kind enough to write a short report on his time with us. We thought we would share it with you, as Dan so clearly gets what we are all about!

Over the year and a half that I have been volunteering at Parkrun, I have learnt that Parkrun is not just a run in a park. It is a group of amazing and dedicated people. Parkrun means many things to many people; some see it is as a way of improving their fitness, to become healthier, some see it as a social event to talk and meet new people, and some use it as a way of visiting different places across the country, and even globally! Parkrun has helped me in many ways, it gets me to wake up on those cold and dark Saturday mornings with a smile on my face, boosting my confidence significantly, from being worried on that first week to now speaking in front of over 250 people, and it has ultimately inspired me through the many stories that I hear every week. I would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and run directors, as well Claire Hoblyn and Steve Pretty for coordinating my scheduling and making me feel welcome into this amazing community.

 

Bury St Edmunds Parkrun 12th January 2019 (Event number 283)

What a great turnout this morning at Parkrun – it was our fourth highest attendance ever! Perhaps some of you have New Year Resolutions to get fitter in 2019, but don’t forget to include some volunteering in your road to fitness. Parkrun is only made possible by the volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, just contact us by emailing burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com. It’s a great way to get to know new people and help is available if you are not sure what to do.
I do hope that there were no problems with parking as we have been asked by the Council to try to encourage parkrunners to car share if possible. Perhaps if you live in the town you could consider walking or cycling to Nowton Park, especially as the weather starts to improve in the spring.
There may have been some issues with timing today, as one of our stopwatches stopped working. If any of you have an incorrect time, please get in touch and we can amend your results.
Congratulations to Michelle Gidney for completing her 100th Parkrun today, and to David Roberts on his 50th.
Here follows the official parkrun report.
This week 335 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Maureen MCCARTHY • Sarah MANSEL • Claire BROWN • Martin ALLUM • Rod MANSEL • Alan BRAY • Zachary STRICKLAND • Daniel COOK • Katie PEARCE-HIGGINS • Imogen BLACK • Cem HAVA
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).
Bury St Edmunds parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 7,083 participants have completed 54,959 parkruns covering a total distance of 274,795 km, including 9,498 new Personal Bests. A total of 484 individuals have volunteered 3,513 times.

 

Bury St Edmunds parkrun Event number 282 5th January 2019

What a great start to the year with our largest attendance since September, and over 13% were first timers. Hopefully everyone will stick with their New Year’s resolutions and continue coming along to Parkrun.
Many thanks to our volunteers. The roster is looking a bit thin on volunteers over the next few weeks, so if you are able to take your turn, please let us know and we can add you to the roster. You can either contact us via the Facebook page or email burystedmundshelpers@parkrun.com. Don’t worry if you have not volunteered before, as help will be available.
Here follows the official Parkrun report.
This week 292 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Sarah MANSEL • Bronwen MANSEL • Peter WARLAND • Heidi GRIFFITHS • Mark DUNN • Martin ALLUM • Sarah JOBBINS • John CULLUM • Sharon PLACE • Daniel COOK • Katie PEARCE-HIGGINS • Imogen BLACK • Jill MAYHEW • Dawn BUTLER • Cem HAVA
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).
Bury St Edmunds parkrun started on 29th June 2013. Since then 7,045 participants have completed 54,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,120 km, including 9,464 new Personal Bests. A total of 484 individuals have volunteered 3,502 times.

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