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.

 

Chippenham parkrun Event 299

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 299
25th January 2020

This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We welcomed 12 first timers to parkrun and 13 visitors from other parkruns. 42 recorded new Personal Bests.

Congratulations to Mark Barnett for achieving his 50th parkrun milestone. Mark began running here in July 2014 and has completed 46 of the 50 here at Chippenham. Mark has also volunteered for both the 5k and the Chippenham jnr parkrun.

Congratulations also go to Jake Proctor and Michael John Else for completing their 10 junior parkrun milestone.

Many thanks to this weeks volunteers, without whom todays event could not have taken place.

 

In memory of Helen

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 298
18th January 2020

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 Todays tutu parkrun is dedicated to the memory of Helen Stevens. We welcomed Helens friends and family who were taking part today. Helen began running here in September 2014 but in 2017 she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. In May of 2018 she contacted me because she felt guilty for not being able to volunteer for a while. She told me that the reason for this was because  she had set herself a goal to achieve 60 parkruns by her 60th birthday. At that point she had only completed 29 parkruns, she told me that she knew it would be a challenge and would leave little room for movement and certainly would not allow for any cancellations due to bad weather! She executed her plan to perfection, she was driven and determined to achieve her goal and so on her 60th birthday (19th January 2019) she completed her 60th parkrun and celebrated her achievement in true runners style - with plenty of cake. Sadly Helen passed away a few weeks later.

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It was an icy start but this week 273 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We welcomed 12 first timers to parkrun and 13 visitors from other parkruns. 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Gerard Howell for achieving his 100th parkrun milestone. Gerard began running here on event number 2 back in April 2014 and has completed 84 of the 100 here at Chippenham.

Congratulations go to John Belcher for achieving 100 volunteering stints as a photographer for parkrun - 97 of those were here at Chippenham. Many thanks for all of the photos since 2017 - and the time that is takes to process and load them!

Congratulations also go to Erika Masna. Erika began running here in September 2014 and has completed 38 of the 50 here at Chippenham.

Many thanks to the amazing 23 volunteers:

Heather PERRY • Andrew NICHOLSON • Kirsty NUTTALL • Daryl ARCHER • Travis ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Valerie LIGHT • Melissa HOLLEY • Mark SMITH • Jules PEARSON • Edward SATCHELL • Rita LINDSAY • Nigel SHIRES • Celia STEVENS • Marie FOX • John BELCHER • Richard MORTEN • Clive NUTTALL • Mariah MEAD • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD

Many thanks to John Belcher for this weeks photos they can be found here

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 8,769 participants have completed 49,547 parkruns covering a total distance of 247,735 km, including 8,407 new Personal Bests. A total of 644 individuals have volunteered 6,945 times.

 

Chippenham parkrun Event 297

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 297
11th January 2020

Chippenham Harriers

This week there was a takeover at Chippenham parkrun by the Chippenham Harriers. The Chair of the Harriers Kirsty was the guest RD for the day and did a marvelous job. The majority of the volunteers were Harriers and club members turned out in force, there was a sea of blue and white runners interspersed with the regular parkrunners.  295 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We welcomed 24 first timers to parkrun and 16 visitors from other parkruns. 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Only one milestone this week and that was Kai Mc Garry who achieved his 50th parkrun milestone. He began running here in September 14 and has completed 29 of the 50 here at Chippenham.

Many thanks to Chippenham Harriers and the wonderful 35 volunteers who helped stage the event:

Katherine BROOMFIELD • Kate CHECCHIA • Heather PERRY • Victoria ALLISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Andrew CRAVEN • Lucy JIWA • Martin LIGHT • Adrian SWEETMAN • Julie TRUDGEON • Rohaise DES VOEUX • Leigh MARTIN • Elizabeth BARNETT • Nicola JAMES • Chris OAKLEY • Valerie LIGHT • Kirsty-Ann MURPHY • Rachel BEEK • Ian MOORE • Jules PEARSON • Becky O'BRIEN • Dawn JORDAN • Rita LINDSAY • Victoria CASTLE • Dougal CAMPBELL • Sam NEALE • Beverley FLESHER • Lisa HENZL • Richard FLESHER • Celia STEVENS • John BELCHER • Julia COOK • David WEALES • Alastair PIDGEON • Suzanne MACDONALD

Thanks to John Belcher for this weeks photos which can be found here

Next week we have our winter tutu run in memory of Helen Stevens, time to get that tutu out, dust it off and wear it next week.

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 8,744 participants have completed 49,274 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,370 km, including 8,368 new Personal Bests. A total of 644 individuals have volunteered 6,922 times.

 

Chippenham parkrun Event 296

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 296
4th January 2020

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This week 281 people ran, jogged and walked the course, we welcomed 19 first timers to parkrun and 22 tourists from other parkruns. 19 people recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to John Hillman for achieving his 100th parkrun milestone. John began running here in Nov 17 and has completed 96 of the 100 here at Chippenham.

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Congratulations to John Feerick for achieving his 50th parkrun milestone. John began running here on New Years Day 2016 and has completed 31 of the 50 here at Chippenham. 

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Last but not least congratulations go to Mark Hamill for achieving his 50th parkrun milestone. Mark began running here in May 18 and has completed 43 of the 50 here at Chippenham.

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The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Heather PERRY • James TRISTRAM • Jim RUDGE • Victoria ALLISON • Chris HUNT • Andrew NICHOLSON • Sukie HEADLEY • Lindsay VEEVERS • Lucy JIWA • John WARINER • Tom ALLEN • Rohan ARCHER • Daryl ARCHER • Travis ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Jules PEARSON • Rachel BELCHER • Mark POWELL • Ed TRISTRAM • Edward SATCHELL • Rita LINDSAY • Steve POMFRET • Dougal CAMPBELL • Nigel SHIRES • Celia STEVENS • Sarah ALDERSON • John BELCHER • Juliette HATT • Joe HATT • Kate STEWART • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD

Many thanks to John Belcher for this weeks photos which can be found here:

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 8,704 participants have completed 48,979 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,895 km, including 8,344 new Personal Bests. A total of 639 individuals have volunteered 6,887 times

 

New Years Day 2020

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 295
1st January 2020

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Happy New Year! If you have been paying attention over the last 5 years you may remember that I deliver the New Years Day runners brief in rhyme. Steve Pomfret has continued with the prose and very kindly written the news report in rhyme;

It's January 1st, and its parkrun day.
So quite please, let Jules have her say.
Tourists came from far and near.
After seeing the map, their route was clear.
Today the briefing was given in rhyme.
The second field's muddy, a warning of grime.
We celebrated milestones, then welcomed first timers.
And enthusiastically applauded our lovely volunteers.
PBs were unlikely, although some would try.
Please stay to the left, let the fast runners by.
And so to the start.... And off we go.
Lots of parkrunners (437), it might be a bit slow.
So what's our story of the run?
Despite the mud it was great fun.
As I get older, I get slow.
Maybe Canicross is the way to go?
My wife was last,  bringing up the rear.
She was a Tailwalker, let's make that clear.
Two laps of the park and two of the mud,
You'll enjoy it more than you thought you could.
Into the funnel,  and collect your token.
Please get it scanned or the results will be broken.
Now wait for an email, or maybe a text.
And think about parkrun and where you'll go next
Thank you Steve. Now for some stats;
We had a not quite record-breaking but still a bumper 437 people hop, skipping and jumping round the course. We welcomed 21 first timers to the world of parkrun and 78 visitors from other parkruns. Despite the large numbers 43 people recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

Well done to all of the runners who completed the double (Melksham and Southwick)

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Congratulations to Brian Dubrie for achieving his 100th parkrun milestone. Brian began running here in August 2015 and has completed 93 of the 100 here at Chippenham.

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Congratulations also go to Ed Harper for achieving his 100th parkrun. Ed began running here at our inaugural in 2014 and has completed 54 of these here at Chippenham.

Congratulations also go to Luke Jones and Joel Mead for achieving their 10th junior milestone.

Finally congratulations to out lovely Duke of Edinburgh volunteer Mariah who achieved her 25th volunteering session. I look forward to seeing you in purple.

Many thanks to the 29 fabulous volunteers that made this event happen:

Natalie THOMPSON • Victoria ALLISON • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Amy BREWARD • Kirsty NUTTALL • Nicola JAMES • John GILL • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Michelle COVENEY • Jules PEARSON • Caz NOAKES • Steve BOLLEN • Brett CEAZAR • Alan JONES • Joanne CRACKNELL • Rita LINDSAY • Gillian BRIMSON • Steve POMFRET • Dougal CAMPBELL • Stanley SIMPSON • Angela POMFRET • John BELCHER • Roger SMITH • Mariah MEAD • Kate STEWART • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD

Many thanks to John Belcher for this weeks photos which 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 8,663 participants have completed 48,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 243,490 km, including 8,325 new Personal Bests. A total of 639 individuals have volunteered 6,850 times

 

Last parkrun of 2019

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 294
28th December 2019

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This week 163 people joined us and ran, jogged and walked the course. We welcomed 7 first timers to parkrun and we welcomed 12 visitors from other parkruns (Pomphrey Hill, Cirencester, Newbury, Brisbane, Bushy Park, Cannock Chase, Scunthorpe, Lydiard and Stonehouse). 16 of the fabulous runners recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Paul Humphrey for completing his 50th parkrun milestone. Paul has been running here since 17th Feb 17 and has completer 45 of the 50 here at Chippenham.

Many thanks to all of the fabulous volunteers who made the event possible. There are always volunteering opportunities please get in touch if you can help out..

Photos from this week courtesy of John Belcher can be found here

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 8,566 participants have completed 48,261 parkruns covering a total distance of 241,305 km, including 8,282 new Personal Bests. A total of 636 individuals have volunteered 6,801 times.

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