Chippenham parkrun Event 279

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 279
21st September 2019

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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.

Pete Harrison

The Stats

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).

 

Chippenham parkrun Event 278

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 278
14th September 2019

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This week 250 people popped into the park to run, jog and walk the course. We welcomed 21 first timers and 18 visitors from other parkruns.  A fairly respectable 45 runners recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

Chippenham parkrun stalwart Rohan Archer completed his last parkrun before heading off to University. Good luck Rohan, enjoy the student life, see you in the holidays.

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Conratulations to Sam Neale for completing his 50th parkrun milestone. Sam is a non-runner at least that is what he told me when he completed his first parkrun in December 2016! The parkrun bug has bitten because he is also enjoying touring having completed 31 runs here at Chippenham and 19 different parkruns.

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Congratulations to Richard Potter for also completing his 50th parkrun milestone. He began running here in June 2016 and has completed all 50 parkruns at Chippenham

Congratulations to Lindsay Veevers for completing her 100th parkrun milestone. She was here at our first event in April 2014 and has completed 71 of the 100 here at Chippenham.

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The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Heather PERRY • Victoria ALLISON • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Tom ALLEN • Jeff KIRK • Kirsty NUTTALL • Nicola JAMES • Giles ARCHER • Ben PURKIS • Conor MC GARRY • Jules PEARSON • Millicent LANGRIDGE • David LANGRIDGE • Megan HUGHES • Celia STEVENS • John BELCHER • Imogen WILLGRESS • Paul WALKER • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD

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Many thanks to John Belcher for this weeks photos of the first field they can be found here

Many thanks to Vicky Allison for this weeks photos of the 2nd field which can be found here

I will be away from Chippenham for the next 8 weeks or so, so in my absence keep up the good work and Dont Forget Your Barcode!

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 8,119 participants have completed 44,985 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,925 km, including 7,951 new Personal Bests. A total of 603 individuals have volunteered 6,401 times.

 

Chris Hammertons 500th parkrun

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 277
7th September 2019

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I have been waiting for this day for 72 weeks since I first noticed that Chris Hammerton was on parkrun number 428! I have been pestering him weekly ever since. I think I was more excited than he was for Chippenham to get their first 500 parkrun milestone. I think we may be the first in the South West.

Today Chris became the 71st member of the 500 club, to be clear that is 71st in the world! Chris started his parkrun journey on 6th April 2008 at Bramhall parkrun which was the first parkrun to be established in the North-West of England. He completed 295 parkruns there before moving to the Chippenham area. His first Chippenham parkrun was on 2nd August 2014 and has completed 154 here and also shoe-horned another 52 tourist runs as well. Chris is usually accompanied by his wife Sue and sometimes by son Michael, between them they have completed 1129 parkruns!

Chris has spent approximately 246hrs running parkruns which is equivalent to 10 full days of running. Well done Chris you are this weeks Hero!

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Today Chris was joined by another 248 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers to parkrun and we welcomed 16 visitors from other parkruns (Chipping Sodbury, Clare, Fareham, Bromley, Middleton Woods, Pomphrey Hill). The conditions were superb enabling 72 runners to record new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Liz Tu (behind Chris) for completing her 50th parkrun milestone. She began running here in January 2018 and has completed 47 parkruns here at Chippenham.

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Congratulations also go to Will Shardlow, Aliyah Mead and Tom Sault for completing their 10th parkrun milestone.

Many thanks to our pacers and volunteers for today;

Michael HAMMERTON • Sue HAMMERTON • Gareth SQUIRE • Catherine COLE • Ian YATES • Mark MCNELIS • Ollie CAMPBELL • Andrew NICHOLSON • Lindsay VEEVERS • Alyson BRYANT • Jeff KIRK • Kirsty NUTTALL • Nicola JAMES • Daryl ARCHER • Travis ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Valerie LIGHT • Richard CLACK • Nicola LOWTHER • Conor MC GARRY • Jules PEARSON • Antonia SARNAGO-ORCHARD • Adam FREEMAN • Becky O'BRIEN • Claire PALMER • Ed TRISTRAM • Steve POMFRET • Sam NEALE • Matt PENTON • Celia STEVENS • Chris STEVENS • John BELCHER • Mariah MEAD • David WEALES • Suzanne MACDONALD

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

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 8,080 participants have completed 44,735 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,675 km, including 7,906 new Personal Bests. A total of 602 individuals have volunteered 6,380 times.

 

Chippenham parkrun Event 276

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 276
31st August 2019

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 It was a lovely warm start today resulting in 274 runners turning up early in Monkton Park to run, jog and walk the course. We welcomed of 9 first timers to parkrun and 33 visitors from other parkruns (Cardiff, Melksham, Hull and Southport). The warm humid weather meant an impressive 58 runners recorded new Personal Bests.

Many thanks to the marvellous volunteers who made todays event happen.

Congratulations also go to Katie Croft who achieved her 100th parkrun milestone. Katie has been running here since June 2017 and has completed all of the 100 runs here at Chippenham.

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

 

Chippenham parkrun Event 275

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 275
24th August 2019

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The heat returned just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.  217 people found their way into the park to run, jog and walk the course. We welcomed of 20 first timers to parkrun and 20 visitors from other parkruns (Portsmouth, Clapham, Bournemouth, Horsham, PorthCawl, Little Stoke, Chipping Sodbury and Seaton). The warm humid weather did not stop 21 runners from recording new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Trevor Clough a visitor from Leeds who completed his 100th parkrun milestone today. Although Trevor is a visitor this was his 10th parkrun at Chippenham. We are delighted that you chose our little parkrun to celebrate Trevor!

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Congratulations to Daniel and Lauren Coward who both completed their 10th junior parkrun milestone.

Many thanks to the 23 wonderful Hi-Viz heroes this week who made the event possible:

Heather PERRY • Mark MCNELIS • Pete CAMPBELL • Victoria ALLISON • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Tom ALLEN • Jeff KIRK • Conor MC GARRY • Jules PEARSON • Kevin COLE • Mark PRENTICE • Rita LINDSAY • Angie AMEY • Roger FELL • Philip AKERMAN • John BELCHER • Richard MORTEN • Roger SMITH • Mariah MEAD • Imogen WILLGRESS • S-J MASON • David WEALES

Photographs courtesy of John Belcher can be found here

Photographs from Neils Corner courtesy of Vicky 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 8,011 participants have completed 44,212 parkruns covering a total distance of 221,060 km, including 7,776 new Personal Bests. A total of 597 individuals have volunteered 6,315 times.