Event 47, Saturday 14 September 2019: Sun’s out, Pacer Bibs out, PBs everywhere!

By Andrew Dunlop
Last Saturday, a conversation ensued on the facebook ‘parkrun statsgeek group’ (yes – it’s a real thing), about finishing times that are also palindromes. That is, those times that can be read the same backwards as well as forwards, such as 23:32, 24:42 etc. There are actually only a limited number of finishing time where this is the case. Assuming people finish somewhere between 15 minutes and an hour (the course record at Coldham’s Common is 15:46), there are only actually 25 times where where is the case. Given that quite a large proportion of park runners finish in the 26-30 minute range, you can see that this doesn’t happen very often. I duly checked my results and found that in 135 parkruns, I’d only finished in a palindrome time once, and that happened to be last Saturday.
Why does this matter, I hear you ask? Well, it doesn’t, but it does give me the opportunity to congratulate Katherine Bennett (23:32), Peter Brasted (30:03 - First Timer), Tina Riches (31:13 - New PB), and Clare So (34:43 - First Timer!) on their palindrome finishes this week!
This week was also pacer week, and with most times between 22 and 35 minutes being paced, it gave an excellent opportunity for many of our runners to push themselves. I donned the 30 minute pacer bib, and despite my GPS watch saying I was bang on target, I found myself needing to slow down at the end, giving a few people the chance to slip in under the 30 minute barrier. The pacing, alongside perfect conditions for running, certainly had an effect on personal bests, with 90 out of our 321 runners recording new fastest times at Coldham’s Common this week. This amounts to over 28% of the field. If you’ve never paced before, why not give it a go next time pacer week comes around? (Usually 2nd Saturday of the month!)
Congratulations in particular to juniors NZ Ross (JM10), Oscar Rainton (JM11-14) Henry Wolff (JM15-17) on their 10th parkruns, all or whom recorded PBs to mark the occasion. Congratulations also go to Philip McBrien on joining the 50 club (also recording a PB), and to John R Clements, visiting from Thetford, on his 200th parkrun. There were fifteen runners competing their first ever parkrun, and and further fifteen ran their ‘difficult second parkrun’, six of whom beat their time at Coldham’s last time out.
Representatives of 31 different clubs took part, and we welcomed visitors from Cumbria, Hampshire, Hull, Norwich, and Thetford.
The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:
Frederick GOLDBERG • Helen D JOHNSON • Chris POULTNEY • Samuel D JOHNSON • Martine WALSH • Tracy HUTCHISON • Alison GEORGE • Phoebe OKOWA • Tilele STEVENS • Jonathan ROBINSON • Joe CRANE • Tom HANNON • Mary TWITCHETT • Andrew DUNLOP • Libbie READ • Suzy ASHWORTH • David MORGAN • Karen HAMILTON • Joanne USHER • Robert BARBER • Lydia DEAN • Matthew DUNLOP • Callie VANDEWIELE • Marcel WEISS • Owen VARLEY • Edward BARKER • Ruaridh MACDOWALL • Karen PEARCE • Abigail PEARCE • Andrew VARLEY • Chris SMITH • Phil BLUNDELL • Emma BLUNDELL • Rachel DALTON • Chris HAYHURST • Jonathan DURWARD • Sally WARD • Tushabe JOHN VIANNEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by David WILSON who recorded a time of 15:46 on 18th May 2019 (event number 32).
The female record is held by Megan WILSON who recorded a time of 18:09 on 13th July 2019 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).
Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 3,448 participants have completed 13,230 parkruns covering a total distance of 66,150 km, including 2,775 new Personal Bests. A total of 396 individuals have volunteered 1,261 times.

 

 

Cooler and faster – Coldham’s Common event number 46, 7th September 2019

Thanks to Andrew Varley for this week's report!

As we left the house at 8:20 to cycle to Coldham’s Common, with a slight chill in the air, we knew the conditions were going to be good. Arriving at the start it seemed like there was a good crowd this week. Having missed a few parkruns over the summer, it was great to see regulars and plenty of first-timers/tourists as well (including a visitor from Australia). Suzy did a great job of advertising the volunteers' email (sign up via your parkrun profile page) by highlighting its other use as a bad weather alert system!

The run was really fast and enjoyable - so fast in fact that a whopping 75 people completed the course faster than they’d ever done before! Well done everyone who got a PB. I missed mine by 11 seconds, but there’s always next week to have another go.
A call-out for future Volunteer Coordinators was also made and it was great to see some of the core team at the end very excited that a few people had offered - we look forward to some new names behind the email address in due course!
This week 303 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Helen D JOHNSON • Mark SMALLWOOD • Loles GARCIA DIAZ • Rick DAVIES • Katherine Jane HODSON • Tina RICHES • Jonathan ROBINSON • Sam ELLIS • Joe CRANE • Rosie ABBOTT • Mary TWITCHETT • Melanie TINDALE • Andrew DUNLOP • Suzy ASHWORTH • David MORGAN • Eddie CRANE • Lucy MATTHEWS • Steffi BALL • Matthew DUNLOP • Catriona SHEARER • Owen VARLEY • Edward BARKER • Andrew VARLEY • Alex KING • Luisa CLARKE • Holly SMALLWOOD • Leia SMALLWOOD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David WILSON who recorded a time of 15:46 on 18th May 2019 (event number 32).
The female record is held by Megan WILSON who recorded a time of 18:09 on 13th July 2019 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 3,394 participants have completed 12,909 parkruns covering a total distance of 64,545 km, including 2,685 new Personal Bests. A total of 390 individuals have volunteered 1,223 times.

 

Coldham’s Common Parkrun Report 24th August 2019 Parkrun #44

Thanks to Paula Hughes for this week's report!

Well that was warm! Who would have thought we'd have yet another hot bank holiday weekend? Today was my first time running at Coldham's Common, I'm usually a regular at Cambridge parkrun at Milton Country Park, so I'm used to shade! However as always I thoroughly enjoyed my parkrun - it's truly a GREAT way to start your weekend.

The Coldham's Common course is a very flat course comprising of two identical laps (which means it's easy to know when you're half way). I'm used to way markers for each km but didn't miss these. The only precautions are spotting the rabbit holes (thankfully the marshals had put cones on the majority) and not running too fast over the gravel at the gate between the two fields (not an issue for me and there was a marshal on either side of the gate to remind those running faster). Just as a warning to tourists, once the briefing is finished the start is almost immediate. 

Today 260 people walked, jogged, ran or did a bit of a mix of these! All were very happy to hear that the local council have just confirmed that they are happy to have the parkrun continue at Coldham's Common. Excellent news! Congratulations to Toby CRISFORD on his PB (16:56) and first through the finish funnel almost a minute ahead of the next runner. Well done to Jane GILES, first woman through and matching her PB (20:11). Runner #44 for race #44 was Sarah HOPKINS (21:35) on her 8th parkrun. In all there were 15 people on their 1st parkrun ever! And 9 coming back for their 2nd - well done to all. Congratulations to Ian Keith TAYLOR (24:14) on his 400th parkrun, a great achievement. 

As always parkrun would not have been possible without the help from all the volunteers. This week they were: Suzy ASHWORTH, Nikki BAILEY, Nadine BARBER, Robert BARBER, Phil BLUNDELL, Emma BLUNDELL, Eddie CRANE, Joe CRANE, Rachel DALTON, Rick DAVIES, Paula HUGHES, Amelie KIRCHGAESSNER, Russ LADKIN, Richard LYLE, Claire MASON, Lucy MATTHEWS, Jacquie MERCER, Selina ROSS, N Z ROSS, Catriona SHEARER, Leia SMALLWOOD, Mark SMALLWOOD, Holly SMALLWOOD, Mary TWITCHETT, Callie VANDEWIELE, Sally WARD, Alicia WATSON.

Anyone wishing to volunteer just needs to ask next #parkrun day. 

Thank you Coldham's Common for being a new addition to my tourist collection (nowhere near Ian Keith TAYLOR's collection!). I look forward to visiting again soon. 

 

Run Report event 43 – The Zombies Are Coming!

On a lovely sunny (and only a little bit breezy) Saturday morning, I made my way to east Cambridge for the 43rd running of Coldham’s Common parkrun. It’s always reassuring when visiting a new parkrun to spot a crowd of yellow-hi-vis-clad people busying about setting up cones and finish tape and wrestling the flag onto the bendy pole!
There was a little hold-up at the start due to a locked gate that wasn’t usually! However, we were reassured that the small gates at the side were open so as long as we were careful through the narrow gap we’d be fine. So off we went! As the course is so open, it’s lovely (as a ‘steady’ runner…) to be able to see a sea of colourful runners streaming off ahead and making their way round the first corner.
The field corners were well-marked with cones so no risk of getting lost, and several cheery marshals on the route pointed everyone the right way. Special mention to the zombie duo just past the woods who were very ‘encouraging’ of everyone to go faster! I’m sure everyone put on a little spurt past them…
Quite early on I was ambling alongside a lovely lady doing her first ever parkrun, so we had a good chat about the origins of parkrun and all the associated things – we spotted milestone t-shirts and apricots and cow-cowls and barkrunners and 5k flew by. The finish funnel was expertly run and we finished slightly sweaty but super-pleased to have run all the way round.
Congratulations to two new milestone club members:
• 50 Club: Kieran AGG
• 100 Club: Robert MAHEN
Paul JONES did his 300 th parkrun with us this week!
We welcomed 20 brand-shiny-new parkrunners doing their first ever:
Amelia HOOD • Barbara HYDE • Felix TRONCHE • Fiona LIAO • Gabe BRANZUELA • Gabriel COWLEY • Grzegorz WALKOWIAK • Hilary POUNSETT • Li-Hsuan YEN • Lucy CLARKE • Michael STOKES • Miguel COELHO • Nicole BRANZUELA • Roddy GRIEG • Rosabel CLARKE • Ruth PARKER • Steve GRIST • Sybrand VAN DORT • Tony FLINN • Trixie TURA
Well done to 20 super-speedy PB-breakers:
Alan BRISCOE • Alexander FOX • Christopher HAWKSWORTH • Harry JONES • Jane
PACKMAN • Jeremy DYER • Jonathan TRIPP • Jonathan STANWAY • Katie RONCO • Kerry JONES • Kieran MANSLEY • Martin SEWELL • Nadine RAINEY • Owen MITCHELL • Pete BURGERS • Peter Howard HAYNES • Sarah CLARK • Sarah LEWERY • Sarah RADCLIFFE • Thomas SMITH
Coldham’s Common parkrun • Event number 43 • 17th August 2019
This week 259 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Helen D JOHNSON • Colin SELTZER • Samuel D JOHNSON • Mark SMALLWOOD • Phoebe OKOWA • Rick DAVIES • Sarah WILLIAMS • Katherine Jane HODSON • Joe CRANE • Hannah PERRIN • David MORGAN • Charlotte MCCAFFREY • Eddie CRANE • David RICHARDS • Emily PEDLEY-LAWS • Hannah TOLLEY • Meenakshi PARAMESHWARAN • Mark BLOWER • Alicia WATSON • Chris HAYHURST • Amy Rose O'HANLON • Helen HODGSON • Sally WARD • Otis HOWARTH • Finn HOWARTH • Peter LAWS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by David WILSON who recorded a time of 15:46 on 18/05/19 (event 32).
The female record is held by Megan WILSON who recorded a time of 18:09 on 13/07/19 (event 40).
The Age Grade record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24/11/18 (event 9).
Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 3,223 participants have completed 12,015 parkruns covering a total distance of 60,075 km, including 2,486 new Personal Bests. A total of 377 individuals have volunteered 1,143 times.
Huge thanks to the Coldham’s Common crew for having me – I had a lovely parkrun morning andwill be back the next time I’m visiting!
Hannah

 

Event 42 Run Report


The “THANK YOU TRACY” run report - Coldham's Common event number 42, 27 July 2019

Cakes! Rain! Milestones for two JRs . And a much deserved bunch of flowers to say THANK YOU to our lovely event director Tracy Hutchison...all this and more at Coldham's Common parkrun this Saturday.

First, some stats. This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, including 41 first timers. Welcome! Congratulations to the 68 people who recorded new Personal Bests and especially big congratulations to two JRs (Jonathan Robinson and Jonathan Rawlinson) who completed their 50th and 100th parkruns this week. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.

This week our wonderful event co-director, Tracy Hutchison, handed over the reins after setting up and steering Coldham's Common parkrun so brilliantly. THANK YOU TRACY FROM ALL OF US. You are a star.

We may have got soaking in the downpour during Saturday's run (actually, it was rather refreshing after the recent record-breaking high temperatures in Cambridge) but we were rewarded afterwards by a delicious homemade cake sale. Here's a message from the cake sale people. “Thank you parkrun family for your generous donations in supporting our chosen charities. We are truly overwhelmed. The amount raised is £313 which will be split between the three charities. #prostatecanceruk #mummywithmnd#maggiescentre 

More good news. Sufficient funds have been raised to purchase a defibrillator. Thanks to everyone who donated.

Remember that THERE'S NO COLDHAM'S PARKRUN NEXT WEEK, as the Common turns in to a campsite for the Folk Festival. It's time for some parkrun tourism.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out this week: Alex DOWNIE • Fiona DOWNIE • Helen D JOHNSON • Colin SELTZER • Samuel D JOHNSON • Mark SMALLWOOD • Tracy HUTCHISON • Alison GEORGE • Katherine Jane HODSON • Rachel EVANS • Tina RICHES • Mary TWITCHETT • Claire HANNON • Suzy ASHWORTH • David MORGAN • Robert CRIDA • Oscar RAINTON • Meenakshi PARAMESHWARAN • Alicia WATSON • Patricia KNIGHT • Karen PEARCE • Abigail PEARCE • Andrew RICHES • Hilary TUNNICLIFFE • Tariq ISHTIAQ • Sally WARD

Please consider signing up to volunteer...especially in August when the roster is looking thin.

More Coldham's Common parkrun stats:

The male record is held by David WILSON who recorded a time of 15:46 on 18th May 2019 (event number 32).
The female record is held by Megan WILSON who recorded a time of 18:09 on 13th July 2019 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).

Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 3,168 participants have completed 11,756 parkruns covering a total distance of 58,780 km, including 2,466 new Personal Bests. A total of 371 individuals have volunteered 1,117 times.

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