Christmas and New Year plans

Our Christmas and New Year plans are now confirmed.

Christmas Day - no event, due to lack of availability of the core team and also to give our wonderful volunteers the chance to spend the day with their families (and a lie in too!)
New Year’s Day - we are delighted to have filled the roster for New Year and therefore will be going ahead on this day. Looking forward to seeing you all at 9am on the school field, for a fantastic way to see in the new year!

Just a reminder also of our two special events coming up.
11th December - our 2nd birthday! Come and celebrate with your best heroes/villains costumes. There may even be cake.
18th December - our festive special, with Santa hats, tinsel and other festive attire welcomed!

For a full list of Christmas and New Year events see
https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

 

Week 27 Run Report – Emma Walker

For the core team at Chipping Norton School parkrun, Saturday mornings have now become somewhat of a routine:

  1. Get up early and wrap up incredibly warm – how is it always so cold on that school field?!
  2. Meet at the Leisure Centre at 8am and unpack all the kit
  3. Clear the fox poo from the field and dog poo from the lane – a fun volunteer role that we don’t tend to advertise for!
  4. Set up the field and woods with cones, signs and flags to make sure everyone knows which way to head
  5. Greet all our volunteers and brief them on where to go and what to do

Occasionally we get to run the course ourselves though, more often than not, we can be spotted scanning barcodes, marshalling round the course or handing out finish tokens.

It really is a fantastic way to start the weekend and such a joy to see all our finishers achieving their goals, reaching PBs or just managing to cross the line despite the ups and downs of the previous week.

This week saw 96 runners, joggers and walkers complete the muddy, undulating 5km course which has, as winter draws in, an increasingly ‘school cross country’ vibe! We welcomed some ‘local’ visitors this week from Witney, Swindon, Oxford and Wiltshire, to name but a few, including 26 finishers who were first timers to Chippy parkrun. It must have been a fast day too with 13 finishers recording PBs – well done to you all!

So until next weekend, your core team will be busy responding to email queries, organising volunteers for the following weeks and posting on social media, as well as making plans for our 2nd birthday parkrun on 11th December – remember your heroes and villains fancy dress that day!

If you fancy volunteering one week, or on a more regular basis, drop us an email and we can let you know about the roles and see what you fancy. Remember, there are many roles that allow you to run as well as volunteer, such as first timers briefing and pre-event set up. We are in particular looking for volunteers on New Year’s Day currently, to see if we will be able to go ahead with an event that day, so if your NYE plans may preclude a 5km run the following morning, maybe a blast of fresh air cheering others on in a field might be a good option!

See you next Saturday, same time, same place

 

This week 96 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Emma WALKER • Katrina ALDEN • Adam LAWRENCE • Tracy LAWRENCE • Poppy LAWRENCE • Simon LLOYD • Wendy CARTER • Thomas CARTER • Mark JESSEY • Ben BARTRAM • Rachael SHAW • Derek DARBY • Elizabeth DARBY • Alisdair COOLEY • Katie MCCREARY • Louisa KEYWORTH • Marion TAYLOR • Isobel SHAW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chipping Norton School parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi MAINI who recorded a time of 20:24 on 7th August 2021 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Joshua HOBBS who recorded a time of 16:41 on 18th September 2021 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 83.51% (16:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 14).

Chipping Norton School parkrun started on 14th December 2019. Since then 1,602 participants have completed 3,288 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,440 km, including 619 new Personal Bests. A total of 141 individuals have volunteered 577 times.

 

Week 26 Run Report – Poppy Lawrence

Event 26 came upon us on the 13th of November. The parkrun weather fairies managed to hold off the rain as a big black cloud edged ever closer to the school field but a bitter cold breeze still blew. This did not put off the band of hi-vis heroes who gathered from 8:30 onwards, plenty of layers and warm winter coats to be seen accompanied by the usual smiles and a chorus of "morning". 

Ninety four runners, joggers and walkers gathered for RD Simon's run briefing. Thankfully, everything was covered this time - Simon must've been doing his homework!
After the usual 3, 2, 1, go! Everyone set off onto the damp and soggy course. You may have seen RD Tracy running, or maybe moaning, her way round the course in a rather fetching birthday hat - Happy Birthday to her!
As the runners embarked on the first lap, the volunteers based around the finish line all made their guesses for number of runners this week. 93, 95, 97 and 101 were all guessed however, Nell came closest with her guess of 93! A special mention to Nell also for completing her 50th volunteering stint.
Before we knew it the first two runners came in followed by 92 others, some sprinting, some smiling and some probably thinking thank goodness that's over!
Chipping Norton School parkrun is moving ever closer to our 2nd birthday and we would love you all to join us on the 11th of December to celebrate this! The theme for our birthday is Heroes and Villians and it would be fantastic to see some fancy dress costumes to coincide with this.
Until then see you all same time, same place, next week!

This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Commeletia ALLISON • Nell DARBY • Emma WALKER • Adam LAWRENCE • Tracy LAWRENCE • Poppy LAWRENCE • Jane BUTLER • Hannah KEDWARD • Simon LLOYD • Suzie FIELD • Wendy CARTER • Thomas CARTER • Mark JESSEY • Adam WARD • Elizabeth DARBY • Clare BOOMER • Alisdair COOLEY • Bob FROST • Mandyrae JESSEY • Jane MCINTYRE • Lucy YATES • Pete NEWBOLD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chipping Norton School parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi MAINI who recorded a time of 20:24 on 7th August 2021 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Joshua HOBBS who recorded a time of 16:41 on 18th September 2021 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 83.51% (16:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 14).

Chipping Norton School parkrun started on 14th December 2019. Since then 1,576 participants have completed 3,192 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,960 km, including 606 new Personal Bests. A total of 140 individuals have volunteered 559 times.

 

Week 25 Run Report – Varrie Wardrobe

Last week I ran at my local parkrun - Lochore Meadows in Scotland, where I was jumping over, dodging round, then just running through major puddles after a few days of torrential rain - so it was a pleasure to be running on a dry Autumnal morning at Chipping Norton School today.

First timers and tourists assembled for the briefing from volunteer Lynda, she greeted runners from Bradford, Clapham, Cambridge, as well as Scotland. She told the first timers - Saturday parkrun is addictive and your Saturdays will never be the same again.

Assembled at the start, RD Mark, welcomed everyone. He was one of the core team to set up “Chippy” parkrun nearly two years ago but with Covid and bad weather this was their 25th, with several volunteers reaching their v25 t-shirt status today.  Mark told me that his Saturday mornings were just an empty meaningless void before parkrun took over his Saturday - I think most of the park runners this morning would agree - Saturday is now known as parkrun day. Enjoyment is mandatory and participation is infectious.

Three, two, one and we were off to the sound of Survivor's, Eye of The Tiger. Despite a slight wind and slightly slippery conditions, it didn’t deter the 95 runners who were encouraged by enthusiastic marshals ringing cow bells along the route. For me it was always going to be a slow steady plod as my physio had said "no running” with an achilles problem, but I couldn't miss the chance for a C (Pirates Challenge), as there are only three in Scotland beginning with the letter C.  It was just too good an opportunity to miss while visiting our grandchildren who live in the area. So a mindful parkrun it was, looping the playing fields, then past the allotments into narnia - the community woodland, planted with hazel, beech and wild cherry trees, resplendent in autumn colours, there was little birdlife around but buzzards and red kite are in the area. Then back along the lane to the playing fields, past the girls football team warming up for their game, and round for a second time. Everyone had stretched out at their different paces, there was a real race on for the first three who had lapped me before I had even reached the woods, so I was delighted to see that it was a close finish for Dickon, Nathan and Mark who were well ahead of the field - more than one and half minutes in front. But as one of the ladies from Hook Norton Harriers said, as we finished near the rear "it's not about the time you take, it's about running with other people.” The near perfect running conditions gave 29 runners a PB today.

I like a volunteering role where I can run too and there are several roles you can volunteer and do just that - car park marshal, pre-event set up, first timers briefing, tail walker, barcode scanner (if you are a fast finisher), token sorter, post-event close down and of course run report writer, so don’t be afraid to give it a go one week - you will be most welcomed.

I’m always amazed and inspired by parkrun and the sense of positivity it generates. I came away knowing that Chipping Norton School parkrun has a great community spirit. From little Isobel who gave out the finish tokens to the finishers who shouted enthusiastic encouragement to the runners at the rear of the field as they headed back to the car park. Thank you volunteers and runners for making it a lovely memorable morning - I will be back and hopefully without an achilles problem and maybe a PB!

 

This week 95 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Philip ORMISTON • Huw WILLIAMS • Emma WALKER • Katrina ALDEN • Adam LAWRENCE • Mark JESSEY • Varrie WARDROPE • Ben BARTRAM • Rachael SHAW • Malcolm BROWN • Alisdair COOLEY • Mandyrae JESSEY • Jane MCINTYRE • Marion TAYLOR • Lynda NEWBOLD • Megan WALKER • Isobel SHAW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chipping Norton School parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi MAINI who recorded a time of 20:24 on 7th August 2021 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Joshua HOBBS who recorded a time of 16:41 on 18th September 2021 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 83.51% (16:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 14).

Chipping Norton School parkrun started on 14th December 2019. Since then 1,541 participants have completed 3,098 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,490 km, including 598 new Personal Bests. A total of 136 individuals have volunteered 537 times.

 

 

Week 24 Run Report – Jane McIntyre

Maybe it was today’s weather (a whipping wind and chilly rain)…..or maybe it was the risk of meeting a pre-Hallowe’en witch in the woods…..but everyone at today’s event seemed pretty keen to get the job done as fast as possible. Even the tail walkers, who normally find themselves with time for a chat and a scenic stroll, were seen breaking into an unexpected trot soon after the start today.

And although numbers were down a bit this week, there were still 82 brave souls prepared to brave the conditions. Some travelled a fair way, from more than a dozen clubs (runners from Bexley, Clapham, Aylesbury and South Derbyshire were among today’s ‘tourists’ to join regulars at Chipping Norton), with around 50 thundering home in 30 minutes or less.

Some entered to the Hallowe’en spirit - pumpkin leggings, devil horns, spooky masks, a witch’s hat and a gory facial dressing were spotted around the route, plus Run Director Tracy Lawrence making her own statement in swashbuckling pirate’s attire and (plastic) sword to keep everyone in order!

You sometimes see fewer smiles when the weather’s a bit grim, but participants at the ‘Chippy’ run today were as upbeat as ever……with plenty shouting out their usual ‘thankyou, Marshal’ to the volunteer in the skeleton face mask, some beaming, superfast young runners, and one man insisting ‘no, after you!’; as he held back and gave space to another runner on a tight bend. That’s the nice thing about parkrun—people looking out for each other.

Predictably, as the final runners finished, the rain subsided and the sun came out, hopefully helping locals and ‘tourists’ alike to have a safe journey home.

See you next week!

This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Spencer WOLF • Emma WALKER • Catherine PRICE • Adam LAWRENCE • Rosie CLIFFORD • Tracy LAWRENCE • Jane BUTLER • Lisa PRESTON • Simon LLOYD • Steven MATHIESON • Rosemary BARKER • Rachel GODFREY • Sarah LAMB • Ray DERKACZ • Jane MCINTYRE • Louisa KEYWORTH • Lucy YATES • Megan WALKER • Milo HUGHES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chipping Norton School parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi MAINI who recorded a time of 20:24 on 7th August 2021 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Joshua HOBBS who recorded a time of 16:41 on 18th September 2021 (event number 18).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 83.51% (16:59) on 21st August 2021 (event number 14).

Chipping Norton School parkrun started on 14th December 2019. Since then 1,512 participants have completed 3,003 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,015 km, including 576 new Personal Bests. A total of 133 individuals have volunteered 520 times.

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