Event number 313
4th September 2021
FACT: Today was my 250th parkrun and I’m very proud to have chosen Chippenham parkrun to run it. It has taken me over 10 years to complete that many; not because I’m not a regular parkrunner, but because I also love volunteering – like so many core team members at parkruns across the land. So, soon I’ll be able to claim my green 250 t-shirt. I also found out afterwards, I achieved a course PB and an age-grading to be proud of – one of the good things about getting older as a runner.
However, I have to say I was very impressed to speak to Andy Maxton of Nonsuch parkrun today as he was sporting a 500 t and his wife a 250 t (he informed me he was 107th person to claim this). And upon looking at the results, I can see they weren’t the only couple to occupy this spot!!! Chris Hammerton has also completed over 500 parkruns and his wife over 250 so who knew this was a thing!
And in addition, Alfie Goswell completed his 100th parkrun and earned himself a shiny new PB into the bargain! Ann Marie Brazier completed her 50th parkrun and did so in style; not only was she first lady to finish but also managed an overall PB.
Valerie (RD) did a magnificent job in delegating all the roles today – from pre-run set up all the way through to post-event close down; Our on the day volunteer co-ordinator, Julia ensured marshals were sent to their positions in plenty of time and did a sterling job advising each volunteer what their role was and how best to carry that out. Instructions to first timers were given then it was our turn; we were reminded (twice) that no spitting was allowed, and due to Covid-19, neither was hi 5-ing. I’m sure this will change in the coming months (the hi-5ing, not the spitting!). Over to the start and we lined up in an orderly fashion, more or less in a place where we expected to finish.
This was my first run at Chippenham in my new age category so allowances can be made for being a little slower (I told myself!). However, the competitive me was watching to see how many women were in front of me (I’m nothing if not honest) and if/how many passed me. Two laps of the park itself and whilst a couple of people came past me, it wasn’t too bad and I kept a constant pace. Then out on the nice tarmac now to head towards the field. Round one wasn’t too bad and by the second loop, I was catching those who had just joined the field. Sticking to Valerie’s instructions of staying left unless overtaking, all the parkrunners were so accommodating at staying left.
As we passed Neil the regular marshal on the field, he was chatting to some dog walkers and they were keeping their beautiful golden retriever to one side – I hope we didn’t scare it. You never know, they might take part next week! Or they may decide to walk their canine friend earlier or later in the day.
Just as we exited the field, I was overtaken by a Chippenham Harrier and said well done as he passed by. However, I was able to hold my own thereafter and finished in a very respectable time.
Literally as soon as I’d finished, it was straight to my bag to grab my phone and jumped on barcode scanning to join the others.
I couldn’t believe how warm it was today, it was wonderful to see the sun after all the weeks of grey skies but boy I wish I’d worn a vest instead of my 100 shirt.
I chatted, joked and congratulated the finishers as they came in, athlete barcode and finishing token at the ready. Of course, it was an absolute pleasure to scan Elmo’s barcode and finishing position, number 266, our wonderful tail walker, ensuring no one got lost and everyone before him got round safely. Then before I knew it, it was cake time!
So off to Wendy’s 10th hole tea room we marched, and voila, a beautifully baked red and white decorated chocolate cake. A good few members of the core team and a handful of runners too. What a way to end a parkrun.
This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:
Zoe BUTTERWORTH • Vicky HENDERSON • Pete CAMPBELL • Jim RUDGE • Victoria ALLISON • Chris HUNT • Neil ADDISON • Mike JONES • Andrew NICHOLSON • Martin LIGHT • Jeff KIRK • Julian DANTON • John GILL • Rohan ARCHER • Daryl ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Valerie LIGHT • Jules PEARSON • Adam FREEMAN • Rita LINDSAY • Joshua MAXWELL • Harry MAXWELL • Cerys JONES • Kirsty BOUCHARD • Dougal CAMPBELL • Matt PENTON • Megan HUGHES • Celia STEVENS • Peter FOX • Matthew PENTECOST • Imogen WILLGRESS • Keith HILLIER • David WEALES
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 9,238 participants have completed 52,781 parkruns covering a total distance of 263,905 km, including 8,863 new Personal Bests. A total of 677 individuals have volunteered 7,333 times.