Event number 279
21st September 2019
Hi Chippenham parkrunners, I'm Pete and I run with my wife, Debbie, and our 2 boys Jack and Charley (9 and 7 respectively) and we are from Andover. Earlier in the summer we set out to have a go at the A-Z of parkrun as a little exercise in getting out of the house, visiting new places and generally keeping a healthy attitude. As a family we have always been outdoorsy types, so this has proved so far to be an ideal way to discover places and meet like minded souls.
Saturday the 21st of September saw us needing a relatively close tourist parkrun and following a bit of a search and the need of the letter C we decided on Chippenham, we tend to be a bit snobby with our runs and choose based on surroundings or course structure, always trying to keep it interesting and I really liked the look of your course and the idea of running down the river.
I have got to say that Chippenham parkrun in no way disappointed, from the arrival with ample parking, easy access and the greeting and chat with the run director to the well laid out and scenic course and the wonderful encouraging marshals it was certainly up there with the best ones we’ve done (All 12 of the tourist runs so far).
Now those of you that are reading this may have seen us on course, we wear our red Team Harrison t-shirts, and I know a good few of you were very encouraging towards my eldest son Jack, who for whatever reason just didn’t fancy a run on this particular Saturday morning which sort of leads me into this bit, I have had to learn very quickly to not be that pushy Dad, and I'll be honest, it's still a learning curve, it's hard when you know that your children are so capable, to understand why they just won't get on and do it, but all the brilliant encouragement from everybody, runners and marshals, humbled me and made me realise that the important thing is to be out there doing it and to finish, it was our slowest time ever by a country mile but we crossed that finish line together and all learnt something and for that I'm grateful, and it just goes to hammer home yet again the awesome institution that is parkrun and all of its contributors be you runners or volunteers, give yourselves a pat on the back, you're all out there in all weathers, doing something great!!!
I understand there were a total of 275 runners/walkers and that of those, 14 people were completely new to parkrun, well done for making the first step, whatever your reasons for coming, do keep coming back. There were also 43 pbs recorded, awesome work for pushing yourselves that little bit harder and there were a fantastic 6 milestones, another great achievement.
I think that’s about enough from me, I started doing these run reports as I like to chat about my family and parkrun in general and I see it as my way of doing my little bit but the gist of today's report is, it doesn’t matter how long it takes...you're out there and that’s what counts and if you want a cracking parkrun package (and like us get the bonus of our letter C into the bargain) then come to Chippenham...you won’t regret it.
This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers to parkrun and 33 were visitors from other parkruns (Andover, Bristol, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Harrow, Horsham, Newbury, Petts Wood, Ruslip, Sheffield, Watford)
There were several milestones today;
Leslie Paul Ladle completed his 100th parkrun milestone
Charlotte Hodson completed her 50th parkrun milestone
Aimee Gott completed her 50th parkrun milestone
Nicola Beale completed her 50th parkrun milestone
Charlotte Fryer completed her 10 junior milestone
Toby Drew completed his 10 junior milestone
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Heather PERRY • Pete CAMPBELL • Robin-Mark SCHOLS • Damion GODWIN • Victoria ALLISON • Chris HUNT • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Steven GRANT • Jeff KIRK • Sophia HUNT • Kirsty NUTTALL • Mark SMITH • Conor MC GARRY • Jules PEARSON • Nick BRAZIER • Claire PALMER • Rita LINDSAY • Megan HUGHES • Celia STEVENS • John BELCHER • Richard MORTEN • John HIGGINS • Pete HARRISON • Mariah MEAD • Imogen WILLGRESS • Suzanne MACDONALD
Photos from this weeks parkrun can be found here courtesy of John Belcher
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chippenham parkrun Results Page.
Chippenham parkrun started on 12th April 2014. Since then 8,166 participants have completed 45,260 parkruns covering a total distance of 226,300 km, including 7,994 new Personal Bests. A total of 607 individuals have volunteered 6,428 times.
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).