Colchester Castle parkrun #324

The 1st of June turned out to be a lovely warm sunny morning as runners gathered at the bandstand for their weekly parkrun. This week, parkrun UK were celebrating one year of collaboration with GP practices, and we were delighted to welcome over 34 runners, joggers and walkers from four local GP practices – Abbey Fields, Ambrose Avenue, Creffield Medical Centre, and Rowhedge & University of Essex Medical Practice for GP Pledge Day.
A total of 399 people finished with 49 of these doing their first parkrun at Colchester Castle. A big thanks to the 29 volunteers without whom we would not be able to put on a parkrun each week. Congratulations to Oliver Saunders on his 100th parkrun and Carolyn Richardson, Sue Wray, Justin Fletcher and Craig Carrington on their 50th parkrun.
This week we had to use the “Orange” now re-christened “Blue” route around the Lower Park and we will be using this quite a lot during the Summer as the Lower Park will be much in use for other events. The disadvantage of this route is that there is quite a long stretch from “Mad Gate” all the way down along the river path and back where people will be running in both directions and for two laps. The path is quite narrow in places particularly at Duncan’s Gate. We had a couple of complaints this week about lack of consideration of others. It is VERY important that you keep to the left and always run in single file along this path and respect members of the public who may also be using the path. (If you have a child with you let the child run in front of you.) Also, faster runners are asked to remember that this is a RUN not a Race, and therefore be more considerate of others who are slower. If you are held up for a few seconds, there is always another week to have a crack at your PB! One final thing......children must not be carried on shoulders during the run!
Next week there is no parkrun at Colchester Castle so please enjoy running at one of our other local parkruns. You can see the nearest listed on the “Home” page of our website.

 

Colchester Castle parkrun #323

Well, the parkrun was uneventful but the subsequent processing of results wasn't. 375 people ran, jogged or walked our parkrun last Saturday including a number of tourists from Ware, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well as some from Southend and Leigh on Sea. There were 48 who were doing our parkrun for the first time, and there were some 49 Personal Bests. We must also thank all 32 volunteers who all helped to make our parkrun happen. Congratulations to Ian Sadler who completed his 50th parkrun and Ellie Thompson who achieved 10 both qualifying for their 50 and 10 tee shirts respectively.
Thank you to all of you who e mailed, messaged in or otherwise let me know their finish time. We always have two timers in case something happens to one, but this time something happened to them both. When downloading the first, the results were nonsensical with blocks of data with no runners! So onto the second watch. Downloaded this and the software said no times had been downloaded - er - but I watched them transferring from the watch to the file!! But no way would the software recognise the file. So out went the call and Saturday afternoon was spent compiling the data from individual submissions so we could at least publish some results rather than give everyone 59:59! Later that evening and after a couple of glasses of inspiration (well, wine actually) I had a relook at the file and saw that for some reason it had automatically saved as a .csv file, whereas it should have automatically saved as a .txt file. So I changed the tag at the end and lo and behold the times all loaded and we were able to publish the official results.
Once again thank you for your patience.
Hopefully next week will run more smoothly!!
Don't forget that there is no parkrun at Colchester Castle on Saturday week 8th June, so make your plans now to visit one of our other parkruns - lots to choose from!

 

Colchester Castle parkrun #323

Unfortunately a software glitch with the stopwatches today has meant we have no accurate times for finishers so everyone has been given the final finisher time of 47:48.
We will update as much as we can with times sent in by parkrunners but please bear in mind that this may not be your exact time. You can e mail Colchester@parkrun.com or as a comment on the Colchester Castle Facebook post relating to this issue.

 

Colchester Castle parkrun Event number 321 11th May 2019

Ooooh where to start?
First of all these events cannot go ahead without all the people taking their turn to volunteer and this week we had a volunteer takeover by “Running Colchester”, a friendly old bunch in the main, apart from that ******* ***** who has a face that could sour milk.
Go on admit it, you just counted the Asterisks to try and work out the name haven’t you?

For more details of the activities of “Running Colchester”, take a peek at their Facebook page. Just don’t confuse it with “Ruining Colchester” as this is a tribute page to Queen Bodicea and has very little running related information at all.

If you are a member of a club or organisation and think you would like to do a volunteer takeover then please do get in touch. We can always help muster some extra bodies should you not be able to fill every position.

Next up, you, you lovely parkrunners. Once again the results were a doddle to process and we got every finish token back too. So thankyou for doing the whole “not being daft” thing and letting me get my bacon sandwich nice and early.

Also, a special mention must go to our tourists this week from as far afield as Australia, Scotland and erm Leicester. God alone knows what time in the morning you have to get up to make it in time for 9 o’clock if you are coming from Australia but he was in fact the first to arrive, so hang your heads in shame all you sleepy heads meandering up the hill at five to nine!

And finally, thankyou everyone taking part. The Orange route can be tight in places but by all the runners, walkers and marshals working together and being kind and sensible it seemed to go pretty smoothly. Good work people.

This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Eric SHAW • Gareth GAILEY • Charlotte WILLIAMS • Phaedra BISHOP • Nuno VIDAL • Jason GUNN • Lucy WEST • Dave HOWE • Lisa KINGDON • Hilary ADAMS • Jonathan DADDS • Audrey CARSON • Martin COLLINS • Samantha SMITH • Claire LAWN • Theresa HIGGINS • Peter HIGGINS • Claire JACKSON • Jackie TAYLOR • Jackie PACE • Wing UNG • Yvonne SCOTT • Helen SCOTT • John YELL • Daisy WEST • Lucy DAVEY • Andrea GRAY • Maria TAYLOR • Andrew HOLLOCK • Lisa HOUGHTON • Illana FLORA • Karen OGRADY

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

The female record is held by Nicola ROGERS who recorded a time of 18:22 on 30th August 2014 (event number 71).
The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:41 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 123).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret DEASY who recorded 90.31% (18:34) on 12th April 2014 (event number 53).

Colchester Castle parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 10,477 participants have completed 89,817 parkruns covering a total distance of 449,085 km, including 16,132 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,379 individuals have volunteered 7,904 times.

 

 

Colchester Castle parkrun Event number 320 4th May 2019

Thankyou to the 403 people who ran, jogged and walked the course this week and who returned every single finishing token, I thought you looked like a bright lot when I saw you at the start, and I wasn’t mistaken.
A big welcome to the 41 first timers, and a pat on the back to the 64 legends who recorded new Personal Bests. 26 different clubs were represented this week.
We have also been contacted by the organisers of The Colchester Stampede 10k, held at Colchester Zoo, who require more marshals and volunteers. Anyone who volunteers will be offered either a free place at the 2020 event or they will donate £25 per person to your local parkrun fund. This takes place on May 19th and you can contact the organisers by emailing staff@runthrough.co.uk
This week we will be using our alternative Orange Route, for those of you who are not familiar with it please make sure that you are there nice and early for the course briefing at 8:50
As always a big word of thanks to our 30 volunteers this week. This coming Saturday we have a takeover by Running Colchester but should you like to volunteer in the weeks after please do get in touch and let’s get the roster full up with plenty of time to spare.

Eric SHAW • Arthur WHISTON • Sue WRAY • Gareth GAILEY • Deborah LEPLEY • Kevin SHEATH • Harrison LEEK • Christopher AKEHURST • Allen BALL • Isobel NEVILLE • Daniel ERIKSSON • Katie HILTON • Jon Mo HEWITT • Dawn LIU • Peter HIGGINS • Mandy NEWMAN • Kelly HAYHOE • Ben PLUMMER • Nick BARLOW • Michelle MOORCROFT • Millie YELL • Danny CLINTON • John YELL • Hilary POWELL • Mark O'CALLAGHAN • Rob MUIR • Andrew HOLLOCK • Lynne KING • Julie HILTON • Sue LUDBROOK
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Colchester Castle parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Nicola ROGERS who recorded a time of 18:22 on 30th August 2014 (event number 71).
The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:41 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 123).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret DEASY who recorded 90.31% (18:34) on 12th April 2014 (event number 53).
Colchester Castle parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 10,436 participants have completed 89,502 parkruns covering a total distance of 447,510 km, including 16,121 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,373 individuals have volunteered 7,872 times.

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