Volunteers are getting younger!

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 316
25th September 2021

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This week we saw 185 people run, jog and walk the course, of whom 36 were first timers to Chippenham and 8 were first timers to the world of parkrun and 27 runners recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
Congratulations to this week's milestones - starting with the 100 milestones:
1. Sean Dennien has been running here at Chippenham since event number 1 on 12th April 2014, he has completed all 100 parkruns here - now thats what I call loyalty!
2. Kerry Stringer has made Chippenham her new home in recent weeks having completed the majority of her 100 parkruns at Andover.
3. Darren Bayliss achieved his 50th parkrun milestone, he completed most of these at Melksham.

Thanks to the fabulously wonderful 31 volunteers who helped at todays event:

Andrew NICHOLSON • Gary IBBOTSON • Martin LIGHT • Louise COLE • Jeff KIRK • Nicola JAMES • Rohan ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Valerie LIGHT • Julie BEAN • Jules PEARSON • Rachel BELCHER • Rachel COLLINS • Lisa HENZL • Matt PENTON • Jake STEPHENS • Megan HUGHES • Celia STEVENS • Peter FOX • Richard MORTEN • Matthew PENTECOST • Joe HATT • Luis MARTIN • Kate STEWART • Alastair PIDGEON • Helen BLAKEY • Rick LAW • Liam COLE • Amalie ROMAIN

Have a great week of running!

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 9,329 participants have completed 53,348 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,740 km, including 8,961 new Personal Bests. A total of 687 individuals have volunteered 7,421 times.

 

There is a(nother) new RD in town!

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 315
18th September 2021

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This week we saw parkrun stalwart Julian Danton complete his first stint as run director. Julian has been running here and the other side of the world (Australia) since April 2014 having completed 158 parkruns in total - 90 of those were in Chippenham and 54 at Albert parkrun in Melbourne. Today he also managed to achieve his 25th Volunteer milestone as well. Welcome to the team Julian!

186 people jumped out of bed and ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 blooming marvellous volunteers:

Zoe BUTTERWORTH • Vicky HENDERSON • Chris HUNT • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Alan JONES • Aaron LAWS • Jeff KIRK • Julian DANTON • Julia MADDOCKS • Valerie LIGHT • Mark SMITH • Jules PEARSON • Rachel BELCHER • Rachel COLLINS • Rachel DUFFETT • Vincent SIMPSON • Nigel SHIRES • Helen ARBER • Peter FOX • John BELCHER • Matthew PENTECOST • Jane HOLLOWAY • Kate STEWART • Erica BRADBURY • David WEALES • Terry BRIMBLE

Congratulations to this week's milestones: There were 3 milestones today - all of which were juniors achieving their 10th parkrun milestone. They were - Daniel Phelps, Millie Stratton and Ryan Fell
Many thanks to John Belcher for this weeks photos - more can be found here
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Have a great 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 9,293 participants have completed 53,163 parkruns covering a total distance of 265,815 km, including 8,934 new Personal Bests. A total of 684 individuals have volunteered 7,390 times.

 

There is a new co-ED in town

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 314
11th September 2021

So much happened this week, lots of news to share and beware - there might be unicorns!

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There is a new co Event Director in town! Valerie has been involved here at Chippenham parkrun since May 2014, she became a Run Director at Chippenham jnrs and moved to becoming a Run Director here in August 2016 and since then she has managed to rack up an amazing 323 volunteering sessions. This week with very little arm twisting she very kindly agreed to become my partner in crime and take on the role of the co-ED.

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That is not all - we also warmly welcomed a new RD onto the team. Today marked Zoe's first time as RD at Chippenham and what a marvellous job she did, (though not her first time as a Run Director - she has previously been an RD at Bath Odddown jnrs and Hanworth jnrs). She is no stranger to volunteering having volunteered 169 times across 7 different events.

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Congratulations went to Kevin Cole for completing his 100th parkrun. Kevin's first parkrun at Chippenham was 3rd January 2015 (though his first was further Southwest the week before!) He has run at 12 different parkruns across the UK with 54 completed at Chippenham and 33 at Lydiard in Swindon! It was great to see Kevin choose to run at Chippenham and to celebrate with a rather lovely group of family and friends too - he even successfully negotiated the whole course with his balloon

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Many thanks to the fabulous 30 volunteers who supported todays event:

Zoe BUTTERWORTH • Dave SOWERBY-WILLIAMS • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Alan JONES • Martin LIGHT • Jeff KIRK • Rohan ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Valerie LIGHT • Jules PEARSON • Anthony WOOLLEY • Adam FREEMAN • Rachel BELCHER • Adam POWELL • Marion WILDING • Alistair FREEMAN • David GEARING • Barnaby NORMAN • Hazel FREEMAN • Dougal CAMPBELL • Jo JARVIS • Phil SOWERBY-WILLIAMS • Elizabeth CZABAN • Peter FOX • John BELCHER • Matthew PENTECOST • Matthew WAITE

I promised Unicorns - so I will now hand over the Dave SW to explain.....

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You could call it a meeting of the minds, but it was more like a meeting of the craziness... During the pandemic the team over at Neckarufer parkrun in Esslingen, Germany starting putting on a quiz each week to try to bring their community together and to make sure no one felt alone... it didn't take long until more and more international parkrun fans had started to tune in each week - thanks to the brilliance of their quizzing, but also to see the weekly craziness from Nigel (their event director) who was the quizmaster! After many months of chatting to like-minded wonderful quiz fans that will really be friends for life for us all the planets finally aligned and we could make plans to meet up with our quizmaster and quiz producer Noms along with quite a few quiz fans from the South of the UK... and where better to meet than at Chippenham parkrun! You may have spotted us during the run as we all had following the dress theme of colourful... but none of us were quite expecting Nigel's brilliant costume of choice - the unicorn!  We all had an amazing time around what was described by some of our first-time visitors and quiz appreciators as "a beautiful parkrun with such a friendly and enthusiastic team". From all of the followers of the Neckarufer quiz that visited this morning - thank you to everyone at Chippenham for their enthusiasm, joy and friendliness!

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See you all next week

Jules and Dave!

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 9,272 participants have completed 52,977 parkruns covering a total distance of 264,885 km, including 8,892 new Personal Bests. A total of 680 individuals have volunteered 7,363 times.

 

The week our Ambassador achieved her 250th parkrun milestone

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 313
4th September 2021

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

The week we had some exciting news….

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 312
28th August 2021

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This week we found out that there is going to be some changes to the  Milestone T-Shirts. In summary:T-shirts will cost £15 incl postage, all over the world. You may order additional/replacement T-shirts once you have qualified. This is a game changer especially for children who grow out of theirs! Child sizes will now be available in all T-shirts. There will be a new Milestone T-Shirt of 25 to match the Volunteer 25.

And {drumroll} .......There will be new Volunteer T-shirts to match each of the Milestone T-Shirts, ie: junior10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500. Some changes will be phased in, the parkrun community is a big one and everything can't be available for everyone all at the same time!

So back to this week it was lovely to see some of our regulars achieve their long awaited milestone shirts.

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A very big congratulations to;

David Gearing and Jim Rudge for achieving their 100th parkrun milestone
Chris Ferris for completing 50 parkruns
Sophie Maxwell for achieving her 10th junior parkrun milestone.

Pete was in charge this week where 197 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests.

Many thanks to the 25 superstar volunteers - without whom we could not put on the event:

Pete CAMPBELL • Ollie CAMPBELL • Neil ADDISON • Mike JONES • Andrew NICHOLSON • Alan JONES • Jeff KIRK • Julia MADDOCKS • Julie BEAN • Jules PEARSON • Rachel BELCHER • Candace BURGESS • Rita LINDSAY • Cerys JONES • Lisa HENZL • Megan HUGHES • Celia STEVENS • John BELCHER • Richard MORTEN • Matthew PENTECOST • Madison BURGESS • Kate STEWART • Rob WERRAN • David WEALES • Alastair PIDGEON

A big thanks to John Belcher and Candace Burgess for the photos;

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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 9,189 participants have completed 52,515 parkruns covering a total distance of 262,575 km, including 8,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 675 individuals have volunteered 7,298 times

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