Chippenham parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

What a Nutter!

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 305
7th March 2020

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While Chippenham parkrun has been a constant amongst a few weeks of variation and cancellations in the meteorological and parkrun worlds, it was an absolute delight to meet in Monkton Park this Saturday with such a small chance of rain, almost no wind and a little bit of sunshine.

Our second field would still be best described as soft, offering more than 4% additional bounce, though fortunately without much in the way of surprise water features or wind tunnels this week.

It was our monthly pacer week – we had volunteers attempting to help out runners at 24mins, 25mins, 26mins, 27mins, 28mins, 29mins, 30mins and 37mins. This is one of those volunteer roles with so many plusses that when you’ve done it once you’re addicted!
You get:

  • A volunteer and a run credit.
  • A gentler run – or if that doesn’t take your fancy then you get a consistent run at your choice of pace!
  • An opportunity to help runners get a PB as they can use you as a target.
  • To meet runners in a different part of the field than you usually run in. Everyone’s really chatty – for the first field anyway!
  • A different challenge for yourself as you try to get as close to your pacer time as you can – which is a lot easier said than done!

While some of us are pleased at making it through the mud in one piece each week, one of our visitors from Salisbury arrived to run our parkrun dressed as a nut!

Why?

Gina is training to run the London Marathon, to set a Guinness World Record dressed as the Fastest Nut to run the London Marathon. At the same time, she is raising money for Rebuilding Sri Lanka: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ginanutrun

We also welcomed slightly less nutty runners from Clumber Park, Lancing Beach, Preston Park-Brighton, Tooting Common, Cardiff, Oxford and Rotterdam.

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Michael BRIGHT • Heather PERRY • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Richard M SMITH • Julie TRUDGEON • Daryl ARCHER • Travis ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Daniel BEAN • Julie BEAN • Jules PEARSON • Glyn CRUICKSHANK • Ben CRUICKSHANK • Edward SATCHELL • Chris MAJOR • Rita LINDSAY • Angela POMFRET • Sarah ALDERSON • Philip AKERMAN • Peter FOX • Rob WOODS • John BELCHER • Phil BUNNEY • Imogen WILLGRESS • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD • Lily WAINWRIGHT

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

See you all next week

Julia M

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 8,964 participants have completed 51,090 parkruns covering a total distance of 255,450 km, including 8,564 new Personal Bests. A total of 662 individuals have volunteered 7,127 times.

 

 

The Core Team go on an adventure

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 304
29th February 2020

While the rest of the core team went on an adventure Chris and Pete were left in charge.

There were lots of milestones today;

First up father and son comedy duo Pete and Ollie Campbell who achieved their 250th parkrun milestone together. Pete and Ollie have run here since Event number 2 in 2014 and have completed more than half of the 250 here at Chippnham. They are both prolific volunteers and can often be seen here early in the morning setting up when Team Archer are out gallavanting - er I mean touring!

Congratulations to Julie Bean for achieving her 250th parkrun milestone. She has been running here since September 2014 and has completed 237 of the 500 here at Chippenham. She has also volunteered an impressive 44 times.

Next up Lisa Henzl who has achieved her 100th parkrun milestone. Lisa has been running here since October 2016 and has completed 95 of the 100 here at Chippenham.

Congratulations also go to Jack Toogood for achieving his 100th parkrun milestone. Jack has been running here since October 2015 and has completed 90 of those here at Chippenham. 

Finally congratulations go to Richard Morten for achieving his 50th parkrun milestone. Richard has been running here since September 2017 and has completed 33 of those here at Chippenham.

This week started off drizzly, then after a few minutes a horrible blustery wind appeared delivering a freezing, heavy rain.....but despite that 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, getting their feet wet in the massive puddle that appeared on the path. They braved the muddy meadow - with the worst mud I have seen in 6 years! We welcomed 8 first timers to parkrun and 24 tourists from other parkruns (incl Dudley and Bristol). 4 runners recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

Thanks to the wonderful 18 volunteers who made this event happen:

Heather PERRY • Harry PEAKE • Pete CAMPBELL • Chris HUNT • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Daniel BEAN • Jules PEARSON • John PARKER • Alwyn ROYALL • Edward SATCHELL • Rita LINDSAY • Nigel SHIRES • Celia STEVENS • Katie CROFT • Kate STEWART • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD

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

Have a great week

Jules

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 8,945 participants have completed 50,894 parkruns covering a total distance of 254,470 km, including 8,536 new Personal Bests. A total of 656 individuals have volunteered 7,097 times.

 

I am Sparta!

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 303
22nd February 2020

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The day dawned on another wet and windy Saturday, and as I approached the meeting point, I wasn’t sure we’d have many turn up. As I got closer, I could make out the figure of someone in costume, someone had come dressed as a Spartan soldier to mark his 300th parkrun, being none other than our volunteer coordinator Andrew (Leonidus) Nicholson, complete with spear and helmet. Not one for drawing attention to himself much, his achievement nearly went unannounced, had it not been for big mouth (me) drawing it to the attention of the run director. Andrew has possibly accumulated the largest number of kilometres in his parkrun travels, having completed many of them in his native Australia and having completed over 50 unique parkruns in the UK and Australia. Great achievement Beardy! Other milestones today were:

As always, the crowds gathered with minutes to spare, and there was a glimmer of blue sky as we set off and the rain didn’t return. The course today though was deliciously muddy on the meadow, with some large puddles on the gravel path to divert around or splash through, making it fairly hard going. As tailwalker, I didn’t achieve a bad time today though of 45:18, which is relatively speedy for the conditions. 191 braved the conditions today.

Other stats: 6 runners achieved a personal best. There were 9 first timers to parkrun and 24 visitors from other parkruns. Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who made this event happen.

Thank you for reading the report, my first foray into this particular role..

Nicola James

 

Dennis the Menace

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 302
15th February 2020

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Storm Ciara arrived to late to disrupt us last week, however, Storm Dennis threatened to be a menace. As a run director it is down to me to decide whether or not I should cancel. Like most people in the UK I spent Friday night glued to my Met Office app (other apps are available!), whilst listening to the wind howling against the windows hoping that the wind would die down and not leave a trail of devastation in its wake.

We arrived early to set up and check the course as we always do and I was delighted when Pete returned from the Muddy Meadow to say that the paths were clear and that it was business as usual.

In the first timers briefing I welcomed 25 visitors from other parkruns such as Ashton Court, Maidstone, Bromley, Melksham and Bath Skyline. I also welcomed 2 first timers to parkrun (though I suspect there was more!)

I did the usual brief, noting that everyone was reluctant to stand in the mud - I reminded them that there was no avoiding the mud.....in fact there was a lovely batch of wet and sticky mud waiting for them on the second field! I also warned that if a branch were to fall during the run it would be game over and everyone needs to return to the start line, get scanned and everyone would get a time of 59:59. Fortunately it didnt come to that and the 178 runners that turned up enjoyed a safe but somewhat windy run!

Many thanks to the 21 marvelous volunteers who braved the weather to marshal, scan, funnel manage and timekeep for us: Heather PERRY • Pete CAMPBELL • Victoria ALLISON • Ollie CAMPBELL • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Julie TRUDGEON • Ian MOORE • Jim PEARSON • Daniel BEAN • Jules PEARSON • Edward SATCHELL • Alan JONES • Rita LINDSAY • Charlotte NORMAN • Leslie Paul LADLE • Celia STEVENS • Marie FOX • Kate STEWART • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD

Once the last runner was in we packed up and went home dancing with glee that Storm Dennis had not ruined our day! Little did I know that pesky Dennis has indeed been a menace! When I got home I started to process the results, something that I have done many, many times before I could almost do it blindfolded....I did say almost! The times uploaded and then one of the scanners uploaded......then disaster.....the other scanning app kept crashing. I tried everything I could to get the data out of the scanning app but to no avail, even the tech support was unable to explain what has happened. I put out a plea on Facebook asking for people to get in touch....and they did! Thank goodness for the funnel managers notes...we don't often need them but they are really useful when things go wrong.  So my Saturday afternoon and Sunday was spent forensically piecing the results back together. Not sure it was a perfect job, but hey-ho we are all volunteers and we do the best we can!

Have a great week of running see you all next week.

Jules

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 8,879 participants have completed 50,505 parkruns covering a total distance of 252,525 km, including 8,526 new Personal Bests. A total of 651 individuals have volunteered 7,055 times.

 

The One with the Numbers!

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 300
1st February 2020

2121 days since Chippenham parkrun’s 1st event on 12th April 2014, on 1st February 2020, we ran, walked and jogged our 300th!

Over the 299 events before this one, 8794 runners have returned to Chippenham parkrun an average of 5.7 times meaning we have timed 49,773 parkruns across our finish line.

Now there’s a statistic …. Could we celebrate our 50,000th coming over the line today?
Of course we could!

Maisie Lewendon who usually runs at Royal Tunbridge Wells parkrun was in fact our 50,000th finisher and was delighted to win the box of chocolates as she finished!

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Congratulations to Sarah Barker who became our 3rd ‘home’ Chippenham parkrunner to run her 250th parkrun!
Since discovering parkrun tourism and with Melksham parkrun opening close to her in 2017, we still enjoy Sarah’s company at Chippenham on special occasions. She has completed 132 parkruns at Chippenham, volunteered 41 times and visited 39 different locations!

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Congratulations too to Daniel Leithall and Sophia Hunt who both completed their 10th parkrun! Sophia has visited 4 different parkruns, completing 6 runs at Chippenham. Daniel has completed all of his at Chippenham. Both got a PB today – Brilliant!

Running his 760th parkrun at Chippenham parkrun was Darren Wood, this is the most parkruns run by anyone in the world …. Amazing!

From there to the firsts … we welcomed The Gough’s Gallopers who graduated their 10week Couch to 5k programme with us – they were some of the 31 First Timers, of which 13 were completing their first ever parkrun.

We welcomed tourists from Medina, IOW; Boston, Lincolnshire; Cheltenham; Birkenhead; Brueton; Chipping Sodbury; Wales; Devon; Andover.

Thankyou to the 35 volunteers today including our 11 fantastic pacers.

In another 2121 days, it will be Saturday November 22, 2025 – see you all on Chippenham parkrun #600!

Julia M

This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Sarah ALDERSONDaryl ARCHERGiles ARCHERSelby ARCHERTravis ARCHERKaren BAKERDaniel BEANJohn BELCHERAlyson BRYANTDougal CAMPBELLJohn GILLEmma HALEYCraig HALLETTJacqueline HALLETTLisa HENZLJohn HIGGINSChris HUNTDarren JEFFORDRita LINDSAYDavid MACKIEJulia MADDOCKSIan MOOREAndy MORRISFiona NEWMANAndrew NICHOLSONHeather PERRYAlastair PIDGEONSteve POMFRETEdward SATCHELLMartine SMEULDERSStewart UNSWORTHLindsay VEEVERSJohn WARINERDavid 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 8,825 participants have completed 50,045 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,225 km, including 8,485 new Personal Bests. A total of 649 individuals have volunteered 7,005 times.

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