Event number 271
27th July 2019
Todays parkrun was dedicated to the memory of Lucy Jillings. Lucy was a regular parkrunner here from May 2014 and was a founder member of the annual July tutu parkrun. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late 2015 and sadly passed away in November 2017. In 2016 Lucys friends began to fundraise for Lucys chosen charity Pancreatic Cancer UK and at Chippenham parkrun we used the Tutu run to fundraise for her as well. To date Lucy's friends (including us) have raised over £13,000.
Lucy was loved by everyone, she had a smile that would light up a room. She loved running and was a real parkrun evangelist. She wasn't focused on getting a PB for herself and could often be found encouraging and running along with the steadier runners towards the back. She was also an avid volunteer, even when she was really unwell. Whilst she was fit and well for the first Tutu run her health began to decline for the 2nd and 3rd one. Lucy was very brave and didn't have much energy whilst she was undergoing treatment but she was absolutely determined to take part in these events. She was assisted around the course in 2016 and 2017 by her entourage of loyal friends and she summoned the strength to run the last few metres and cross the line unaided at both events. Photo below is 2017 courtesy of Martin Light.
We are delighted to announce that we raised £605 which included the online donations, this is a fabulous amount of money and you are an amazing bunch of people for donating to such a good cause. Lucy would have been chuffed to bits!
This week we had our second highest attendance which saw 372 people run, jog and walk the course, of whom 26 were first timers to parkrun and 47 were visitors from other parkruns (). Despite the large number of people 58 runners recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
We also saw a number of milestone achievements this week.
Up first we have Julia Maddocks who achieved her 250 parkrun milestone. Julia was new to running when she ran the inaugural parkrun back in 2014 and is the first person from Chippenham to achieve the 250 (there are others who have achieved 250 but they came to Chippenham from other parkruns) She has also volunteered a very impressive 129 times, most of these are because she and her family are there at the crack of dawn setting up the course so that you know which way to run!
Next we have Steve Bollen who achieved his 100th parkrun milestone. He has been running here since July 17 and has completed all 100 parkruns here at Chippenham.
Next we have Ed Tristram who has achieved his 100th parkrun milestone. Ed has been running here since December 2016 and has completed 90 of the 100 here at Chippenham.
Congratulations to Claire Marshall, a visitor from Wycombe Rye who completed her 50th parkrun.
Finally Jakub Callinan achieved his 10th (jnr) parkrun milestone.
We also welcomed some fabulous runners from Corsham Running Club who were graduating from the beginners couch to 5K.
Many thanks to he fabulous volunteers. They are;
Heather PERRY • Jim RUDGE • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Lucy JIWA • India IBBOTSON • Gail MARTIN • Amy BREWARD • Daryl ARCHER • Travis ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Valerie LIGHT • Sadie IBBOTSON • Molly-May GOSWELL • Jules PEARSON • Phil HAYWARD • Marion WILDING • Rita LINDSAY • Pixi Boo NICKLESS-MOONEY • John BELCHER • Roger SMITH • Mariah MEAD • Lynn JARVIE • David CURRY • David WEALES
Here are some of my favourite photos from today courtesy of John Belcher
More photos from John can be found here.
See you all next week!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chippenham parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Amy CHALK who recorded a time of 18:43 on 20th December 2014 (event number 34).
The male record is held by Simon NOTT who recorded a time of 15:19 on 4th May 2019 (event number 260).
The Age Grade course record is held by Diana DEE who recorded 87.74% (19:51) on 27th October 2018 (event number 232).
Chippenham parkrun started on 12th April 2014. Since then 7,877 participants have completed 43,358 parkruns covering a total distance of 216,790 km, including 7,671 new Personal Bests. A total of 586 individuals have volunteered 6,218 times.