Colchester Castle parkrun Event numbers 352 & 353 25th & 28th December 2019

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course on Christmas Day – a massive new Christmas Day record number for us.

As well as all the familiar faces, our numbers were boosted by lots of first timers and tourists from far and wide, giving us a truly international flavour. Australia was our furthest point away, but wherever you joined us from we hope you loved the event.

We also seemed to have a lot of landmarks reached, clearly you were working towards Christmas Day! We also reached 100,000 completed parkruns – that’s half a million kilometres covered at Colchester Castle. What a great day to achieve it.

Then, on Saturday 470 people took part of whom 56 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.

Thanks to a bit of yuletide japery from somebody walking through Kings meadow, our turnaround point was moved, leaving the course a little short. Liam Neeson is on the case and he will find them.

We appreciate you letting us know and taking it with good grace. Most seemed really pleased to receive a Christmas bonus of a shorter distance to run and an unexpected PB, which makes for a pleasant change of having Garmins shoved under your nose I must say. Clearly the Christmas spirit was alive and well.

The two events were made possible by 60 volunteers in total, what stars you all are. We had to put in an emergency route to avoid the flooding along the river path, which required additional marshals at very short notice, and we were blessed to have so much help.

So now we head in to January and a new year and decade of parkrunning. We hope and expect to see plenty of new faces joining us, as well as a few returning to kick off their new year. We would appreciate it if those more experienced parkrunners could help us in two ways; firstly, by volunteering for some of the additional roles we will be putting on to ensure everything goes smoothly and our newcomers know what to do. Secondly, could we ask you to remain quiet during the briefings please. It may or may not contain info you haven’t heard before, but you could be talking over someone who really needs to hear and understand what is going on. So out of courtesy to all involved please fight the boredom and resist the urge to natter for a few moments.

Finally, as a personal note as Event Director I’d like to thank the Core committee of Run Director’s and Volunteer Co-ordinators who beaver away in the background and make Colchester Castle parkrun tick. It often gets overlooked that everyone involved is a volunteer and gives up theirs and their families valuable time to put this on.

So to all participants and volunteers a Happy New Year to you all. Remember New Years Day is your chance to double up and record two parkruns on the same day. The easiest combo is CCPR at 9 am and Highwoods at 10.30, but have a great time whatever you get up to.

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

Colchester Castle parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 11,597 participants have completed 100,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 503,410 km, including 17,496 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,496 individuals have volunteered 8,897 times.



Christmas Day run report

Colchester Castle parkrun
Event number 352
25th December 2019

Wow! We did not just beat our previous best attendance for a Christmas Day, but we smashed it. In fact, it is nearly double what we got only two years ago. 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests.

We also reached another landmark, with our 100,000th recorded participant. So that's 500,000 kilometres, or if you prefer, 310,685.596 miles that you have ran and walked on our course. No wonder you feel tired!

A big word of thanks to our volunteers for helping out so magnificently and also to the 410 of you who collected your tokens and kept the results all in order, luckily we spotted our two funnel duckers and all is well that ends well.

Also, we had an amazing of array of fancy dress on display - far too many to mention - and it really did make for a great atmosphere. With 60 first timers, tourists from far and wide (we think Melbourne is the furthest) and a fair few of you reaching landmarks it all made for quite the morning.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

John WHEATLEY • Sue WRAY • Gareth GAILEY • John SANDERS • Sybil HARRIS • Allen BALL • James ADDISON • Aine MCNULTY • Niamh MCNULTY • Jane MCNULTY • Slem MARTIN • Katie HILTON • Lyndsey BYGRAVE • Chris EXLEY • Michelle BYGRAVE • Carol CHALKLEY • Ben PLUMMER • Liam WINTERS • Jane OAKLEY • Michelle MOORCROFT • Simon COLCLOUGH • Millie YELL • Andrea GRAY • Joanne PEARCE • Darcy CASEY • Mary WARWICK

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 11,541 participants have completed 100,212 parkruns covering a total distance of 501,060 km, including 17,409 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,489 individuals have volunteered 8,863 times.


Colchester Castle parkrun #348

With the morning dawning below freezing, there was concern about going ahead with this morning's parkrun. However after a course inspection, we decided the conditions were acceptable though there were a few icy patches; so ample warnings were given in the briefing and no incidents occurred (thankfully!).
this meant that 285 runners were not disappointed and were able to enjoy their parkrun on a chilly sunny morning though not long after the finish, the rain arrived!
We were also pleased to welcome 23 first timers including 5 new to parkrun, and a number of tourists, from Southend, Chelmsford, Hertfordshire, Birmingham etc.
26 volunteers well wrapped up made our run possible and they were warmly applauded by all before the start.

98,947 parkruns have now been completed by everyone at Colchester Castle, so we should reach 100,000 parkruns by Christmas. Talking of which, remember we have a parkrun on Christmas Day as well as the Saturday, and on New Year's Day you are allowed to run and count two parkruns, so it will be possible to run Colchester Castle (09:00) and then Highwoods (10:30) - the first time this double has been possible.

Have a good week, and look forward to next parkrunday!


Colchester Castle Parkrun 344

Decisions, decisions, Rugby or Parkrun!!! Well 254 of you still forfeited the cosy place in front of the TV to come and run. For 27 it was the first time and 32 PBs were achieved. And all before the heavens opened!!


Colchester Castle Park Run 343

Well what a busy park run today!! A change of run route at the last minute due to the appearance of a massive tent. Lots and lots of lovely Purple Army (Running Colchester) in a Park Run take over. All the purple volunteers were ably sorted out by Claire Lawn. A blindfolded runner (Nephi) from the Army rehab center in town, running to raise awareness for the charity 'Blind Veterans UK'. The Golden Park Run baton appeared all the way from Leeds and has now continued it's journey onto Mersea park run. Just a few stats too: 323 runners took part, 31 first timers and 49 PBs.


New Year’s Day 2019

We are holding an extra parkrun on New Year's Day that will take place, as usual, at 9am.

This is a chance to record your first parkrun or volunteering stint of the brand new year. New Year's day is also the only time you can record two results on the same day, check out other local parkruns for their start times and get planning your double header.


Christmas Day 2019

We will be holding an extra parkrun on Christmas day at the usual time of 9am.

We usually receive a high number of visitors that are new to our parkrun so if you would like to help point them in the right direction then please do get in contact to volunteer.

From previous experience we offer this top tip for Christmas morning parkrunning

- DO NOT leave your very expensive new coat given to you by your in-laws at the bandstand after parkrun. Especially if dinner is at the in-laws this year.


Colchester Castle Park run 340

What a perfect morning for a run yesterday in our beautiful Castle Park 15yrs after the first parkrun took place.
Yesterday 336 people ran of which 28 were first timers, 57 PBs were run and participants from 26 different clubs. All made possible by 30 amazing volunteers.
We had tourists from as far a field as Manchester, Maidstone and the home of the original PR, Bushey Park.
The Parkrun spirit was truly demonstrated yesterday by a father running for the first time with his young son, 'Its every father's dream'. Love this!!


Colchester Castle parkrun #335

Another lovely morning and 397 completed our parkrun thanks to the support of 36 excellent volunteers. There were 38 first timers including a number of tourists and 58 people achieved Personnl best times - well done to you all.
A reminder to all participants that you must carry your own barcode with you whilst taking part (in case of an accident) so you can easily be identified if necessary. Please don't have someone else's as well as this could be confusing. Also, as happened this week, the wrong personal barcode can easily then be scanned with the finish barcode, leading to complications in processing results. The barcode library which we used to have has now been withdrawn on the instructions of HQ. One further thing, if you have to e mail into us at any time (particularly if you have a results query) please do include your full name, your personal barcode (and for results - your position and approximate time if known).
See you all next week, we hope.


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!

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