Lets celebrate 15yrs and a 250 milestone!


Chippenham parkrun
Event number 281
5th October 2019


Today was a day for celebration! Not only was parkrun 15 years old this week we were also delighted to celebrate Giles Archer achieving his 250th parkrun milestone. Giles has been running here since May 2014, joined the core team in 2016 and has volunteered an amazing 136 times. Giles and his family are the ones that do the pre-event set ups most weeks (the other weeks they can be found touring other parkruns!) Giles has completed 173 of the 250 here at Chippenham. Although we have celebrated 250 milestones here before Giles is the 2nd person who originated and remained at Chippenham to complete 250 parkruns (the first was his partner in crime Julia!)


This week 267 people donned their sports gear and popped into the park to run, jog and walk the course. We welcomed 15 first timers to parkrun and we also welcomed 25 visitors from other parkruns (Peterborough, Ashton Court, Barnstaple, Newbury, Salisbury, Bushy Park, Tuggeranong (Canberra), New Farm (Brisbane) and Boksburg
(South Africa)). 42 runners pushed themselves and recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Other milestones this week go to our junior runners who both achieved their 10 parkrun milestones. They were Samantha Bishop and Luke Elkins.

The event was made possible by 38 marvellous volunteers which included some spectacular pacers:

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Stuart PADGET • Natalie THOMPSON • Heather PERRY • Charles O'BRIEN • Mark MCNELIS • Alison MORRISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Lindsay VEEVERS • Lucy JIWA • Richard M SMITH • John WARINER • Tom ALLEN • Martin LIGHT • Kirsty NUTTALL • Daryl ARCHER • Travis ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Valerie LIGHT • Julie BEAN • Nicola LOWTHER • Conor MC GARRY • Jules PEARSON • Ed TRISTRAM • Marion WILDING • Mark PRENTICE • Paul BUCKINGHAM • Rita LINDSAY • Steve POMFRET • Dougal CAMPBELL • Celia STEVENS • Sarah ALDERSON • John BELCHER • John HIGGINS • Mariah MEAD • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD

We had 3 of our regulars make the pilgrimage to Bushy Park to take part in the 15th birthday celebrations. Regular Chippenham volunteers and runners Andrew Nicholson, Nicola James and Richard got up early to head off into London. Their dedication paid off because they got to meet the founder of parkrun Paul Sinton-Hewitt.

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Photos courtesy of John Belcher can be found here, a taster of these can be found below.

See you all next week!


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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 8,230 participants have completed 45,700 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,500 km, including 8,054 new Personal Bests. A total of 611 individuals have volunteered 6,491 times