18th May 2019

Chipping Sodbury parkrun
Event number 260
18th May 2019

Well done to everyone who ran or walked today. We were lucky the rain stayed off... just. It was another busy week with 416 of you coming to Chipping Sodbury parkrun.

A big thanks to our lovely volunteers. We couldn't run it without you. Thanks to Derek, Sophie, Holly, Jim, Millicent, Denise and Alison for marshalling, your cheering really helps our runners. Thanks to Christopher and Claire for sorting the tokens in a really quick time, can they be beaten? Please think about volunteering if you haven't, it really is easy and we are there to help you.

Congratulations to Amanda and James Nelson on completing their 50th run and happy birthday James.

Well done Margaret Chandler for doing 200 runs.

This week 416 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Ruth Elinor MEDCROFT • John FRANCKSEN • Pauline FLETCHER • Mike RICHES • Beverley Anne FURBER • Jim OVENS • Jonathon FURBER • Martin HERRING • Denise CUMMINS • Chris HARES • Björn HEISLER • Daniel HEISLER • Millicent CUMMINS • Hannah WILSON • Nick PHILLIPS • Karen BATEMAN • Nigel CHAPMAN • Ellen DEVINE • Taryn HOBSON • Rob BEAZLEY • Sophie SPARKS • Oliver HARES • Iain MACFARLANE • Matilda LUCKETT • Holly JEAL • Alison GARRETT • Claire BROWN • Christopher BROWN • Derek FLETCHER • Margreth PRICE

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

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:16 on 10th September 2016 (event number 128).
The female record is held by Zoe WASSELL who recorded a time of 17:01 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 94.40% (24:23) on 30th March 2019 (event number 254).

Chipping Sodbury parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 9,430 participants have completed 71,568 parkruns covering a total distance of 357,840 km, including 13,138 new Personal Bests. A total of 853 individuals have volunteered 5,443 times.

 

A NENDY parkrun, by Lisa Campbell

C is for Chipping Sodbury. My 15th different parkrun, and my NENDY (Nearest Event Not Done Yet) from my mum’s house. She doesn’t run, but I like to drag her to different parkruns each time I visit! 

We arrive quite early, which is good because we can’t find the parkrun! We follow some cars into Waitrose and ask a lady who is wearing running gear where we need to be. Directions given, and we managed to find the football ground. 

We sit in the car, avoiding storm Hannah, until 08:45, then we pop into the club house to use the loo before going to the first timer’s briefing. Briefing complete, we listen to today’s Run Director, Ellen, give the main run brief. 

When we get to the start, I head for he middle of the pack, saying bye to my Mum who heads to the back. I’m not quite sure when the run started, but suddenly we’re all slowly starting to run, and so I start my watch. 600 meters into the run and my thoughts turn to storm Hannah. Meh, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Then I turn the next corner, run out into the open section, and then it hits me. A side wind soooo cold and strong! 

20 minutes later I’m on my final lap. My hands and ears are cold, but the rest of me has finally warmed up! I spot my Mum up ahead in the distance... she’s actually running!! Not walking, but running! I run next to her for about 10 seconds, then she stops to walk and I continue on. 

Before I know it, I cross the finish line. My watch says 27:33, but I later find my actual time was 27:35. Not bad for a gentle run after yesterday’s 12-mile run. 

I grab my water bottle from the car and down it’s contents, before heading back along the route to find my mum. She’s just head of the tail walkers. I try to encourage her to run, to which I get a firm “I’ll tell you when I want to run”. Oops, that’s me told. She does run a few more times during her final lap. I run/walk with her and chat to the tail walkers. Millicent is volunteering as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award and her Mum, Denise, has joined her today as tail walker. We talk about parkruns we’ve visited. Denise mentions Wotton parkrun, and I make a mental note to drag my Mum along to this one next time I visit. 

We’re nearly at the finish. My Mum starts to run towards the funnel and I run along next to her, shouting encouragement, peeling off just before the funnel. Mum crosses the line in 48:36, and the tail walkers cross behind her. We thank them and the other volunteers and then go to get our barcodes scanned. It’s too cold and windy to hang around, and so we jump into the car and crank the heating up! We then head home. 

Lovely to run a new parkrun, and everyone was so friendly and welcoming! Mum especially loved this one as it was flat! She also liked that there was a run-walk pacer. I make a mental note to discuss this with the rest of the core team at my home parkrun in Market Harborough, where I’m a Run Director. We have pacers every other week but have never had a run-walk pacer. A great idea! 

Thanks to the 42 volunteers who braved storm Hannah to make today’s event possible. And well done to the 357 runners who ran, jogged and walked through the storm. Special congrats to the 66 runners who managed to get a PB despite the winds, and welcome to the 20 first timers who ran today. We promise that the wind isn’t this bad every parkrunday! 

 

 

Storm Hannah and a human Colin

Chipping Sodbury parkrun
Event number 258
27th April 2019

Well the rain held off, but it was certainly a windy parkrun at Chipping Sodbury today. Storm Hannah was determined to blow over barriers, cones and even at times volunteers, but perhaps she gave the runners a push round the course as 66 people recorded new Personal Bests. Or perhaps the PBs are thanks to our wonderful pacers who paced odd times this month, thank you.

We decided the wind would be too much for our token board Colin (named after the wonderful gentleman who made him). But, as luck would have it, we had a real life human Colin on our volunteer roster who did a sterling job standing in for the token board and collected in tokens from each of the 357 people ran, jogged and walked the course.

Well done to the 20 people who braved the wind for their first parkrun - we hope you come back again soon.

A huge congratulations goes to Anne, Peter and Laura Deakin, Hannah Billings, Nia and Jacqui Sneddon-Jenkins and Julie Lambe who celebrated their 50th parkruns and Andrea Nelson who ran her 100th parkrun.

Margaret Chandler volunteer for the 25th time and we now be able to claim her purple 25 t-shirt. Thank you to Margaret and to all of the 42 volunteers who made today's parkrun possible. Our hivis heroes were:

Ruth Elinor MEDCROFT • Bruce SELLERS • Howard JAMESON • Judi HUNT • Margaret CHANDLER • Nicola DERRICK • Peter ENGLAND • Guy HALLEY • Denise CUMMINS • Chris HARES • Rachel POTTER • David GOODWIN • Alan SMITH • Bill SHACKCLOTH • Christopher PAGE • Sara DE BARROS • Millicent CUMMINS • Hannah WILSON • Nick PHILLIPS • Rob BIGGS • Nigel CHAPMAN • Nick PAGE • Ellen DEVINE • Steve PALMER • Betty MANSER • Jeffery HARDY • Iain MACFARLANE • Claire ADAMS • Colin ADAMS • Lisa CAMPBELL • Julian LIVITT • David PLUMMER • Karen WILSON • James SAGE • Martin CRAWFORD • Jenny GREEN • Nick NELSON • Claire BROWN • Christopher BROWN • Mark WILSON • Jennifer WILSON • Debra WILSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chipping Sodbury parkrun Results Page. You may notice that if you came after position 43, your position on the results will be one place before the token you were given. This is because tokens 43 and 44 stuck together and as such were given to the same runner which meant we had to shift everyone up in the results after that point. Please be assured that your time is correct.

If you would like to find out more about how we process the results, please drop us an email and we will pop you on the volunteer roster as results processor - we promised we will do it with you!

And some stats....

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:16 on 10th September 2016 (event number 128).
The female record is held by Zoe WASSELL who recorded a time of 17:01 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 94.40% (24:23) on 30th March 2019 (event number 254).

Chipping Sodbury parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 9,355 participants have completed 70,707 parkruns covering a total distance of 353,535 km, including 13,012 new Personal Bests. A total of 848 individuals have volunteered 5,370 times.

 

My first parkrun as a Run Director, by Karen

March 15th was my day to be a Run Director. I arrived with all the kit, blank forms and stopwatches and barcode scanners all charged up and ready to go. I started getting everything out and then came our lovely volunteers to help set up the course. They were amazing and had the course set up quickly. I then had to do the bit I was most worried about, speaking to everyone through the loud speaker. It is nerve wracking when you are stood on the step looking at everyone. I am sure I spoke at 100 mph and I apologize to our visitor who I completely forgot to mention. The run went without a hitch and all of the results got sent out without any problems. I couldn't have done it without the lovely volunteers and other Run Directors who came along to help.

And a big welcome to the couch to 5k group who joined us who made up some of the 50 first timers who took part this week. In total 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Phil SLATER • John FRANCKSEN • Sonia CROSS • Nicola DERRICK • Gary BIRCHER • James GARDNER • Matthew GROVES • Kirsty PAGE • Christopher PAGE • Mike MITCHELL • Jan MCALL • Charlotte MITCHELL • Millicent CUMMINS • Karen BATEMAN • Natalie WHITEFORD • Wendy NEWTON • Carol HICKS • Di CAVE • Chris LOVELL • Jeffery HARDY • Rob BEAZLEY • Oliver HARES • Sarah ASHBY • Carrie WALTER • Carol SMITH • Lorna THOMAS • Kamil PRZYBYL • Margreth PRICE • Paul WARREN

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

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:16 on 10th September 2016 (event number 128).
The female record is held by Zoe WASSELL who recorded a time of 17:01 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 239).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anne DOCKERY who recorded 93.56% (23:48) on 12th January 2019 (event number 244).

Chipping Sodbury parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 9,014 participants have completed 67,938 parkruns covering a total distance of 339,690 km, including 12,499 new Personal Bests. A total of 831 individuals have volunteered 5,172 times.

 

250 not out!

Chipping Sodbury parkrun No.250 by KIERAN HUGHES, March 2nd 2019

Setting off from Taunton this morning I wondered if the fog would be a problem but as if my magic it disappeared just before I arrived and I was greeted by the warm welcome from the Run Director and volunteers truly showing the parkrun spirit at its best! Well done to new Run Director Kate Bateman who took over and gave a brilliant run brief!

As I warmed up it was great to observe that there were a good number of first timers eager to set off on their first parkrun adventure.  The course itself is three clockwise laps of the playing fields, largely flat with a short downhill section and a very gradual uphill section to complete the lap.

Now for the statistics, there were 403 who ran jogged or walked Chipping Sodbury parkrun with runners from 37 Clubs. There were visitors from far and wide including Melksham, Bedford, Bury St Edmunds, York and Taunton.

A particular shout out goes to Charlotte MITCHELL on Volunteering for the 25th time (purple shirt on the way). Katie DAWSON, David BULL, Joy FUSSELL and Hayley HODGES who all ran their 50th event. Michael ADLAM and Nicola PLANT who ran their 100th event. Superb achievements and a credit to your determination.

The first finisher was Alex PARSONS with a time of 16:34 having run 162 times with Team Bath AC. Second was Arthur PEASE with a time of 16:38 having run 29 times with Stroud & District AC. Third was Sam COTTERELL with a time of 17:42 having run 141 times with Bristol and West AC.

The first female was Lucy WALLACE with a time of 19:42 having run 25 times with Bitton Road Runners.  Second was Laura ORNA with a time of 20:35 having run 39 times with Thornbury RC. Third was Eleanor WEBSTER with a time of 20:47 having run 5 times with Team Bath AC.

Congratulations to the spectacular 61 new Personal Best’s who rang the Bell – Ding Dong!

A warm welcome to the amazing twenty four first timers to the parkrun family: Liam HUNN, Mitch FORD, Harry SURMAN, Michael STUBBINGS, Tom BELL, Steve CURLE, Kayleigh CARTER, Miles HALL, Thea GEORGE, Lisa BLACKBURN, Daniel LEWIS, Julie BLACKWELL, Daniel PURCHASE, Louisa FRYER, Andrew LIPSKI, Susan ANDREWS, Marie CUMMING, Tony FRYER, Jo JESS, Lesley CURTIS, Alison MCLEAN, Hilary KINGSWOOD, Izzy KINGSWOOD and Marilyn ZAKARIAS.

May this be the start of your parkrun journey and superb effort all round to those who conquered this delightful course.

This event would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of the following Hi Vis Hero’s: Claire ADAMS, Karen BATEMAN, Karen COX, Sonia CROSS, Ellen DEVINE, John FRANCKSEN, Jonathon FURBER, Matthew GROVES, Oliver HARES, Kieran HUGHES, Toby LIGGINS, Chris LOVELL, Jan MCALL, Charlotte MITCHELL, Nick NELSON, Amanda NELSON, Lorraine NORRIS, Sam NORSTER, Jim OVENS, Christopher PAGE, Kirsty PAGE, Nick PHILLIPS, Margreth PRICE, Kamil PRZYBYL, Bill SHACKCLOTH, Malcolm Kevin WHITE, Debra WILSON and Joanne WOOD.

If you would like to volunteer simply email: chippingsodburyhelpers@parkrun.com

Thank you to everyone who made me feel so welcome.

Kieran Hughes, Longrun Meadow parkrun (Taunton)

02/03/19

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