Daventry parkrun – Event Number 289, 28th August 2021

First off a big thank you to all our Volunteers this week who came forward to ensure we had a Bank Holiday parkrun.    And thank you all for being so patient when I attempted to set you off a tad before 9 am,  it takes a bit of practice to get back into the routine after an absence of 18 months.

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.  We had visitors from Wigan and London who were attending a Pinball competition locally, we hope you have had an enjoyable and successful weekend.

Congratulations to Steve Devereaoux who joined the 100 club after an 18 month wait to get there and supplied some very nice cake - thank you Steve.

Can we just remind everyone that at no point should you be running on the road during parkrun.  This is for your own safety as the road in question can be quite busy and as it is on a bend cars can come round there quite quickly.

Stay safe everyone and see you all again next week.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Christopher EDGE • Karen BALLOCH • Pete TIMMINS • Angela MOORE • Claire DAY • Ginette PILKINGTON • James BALLOCH • Chris MULLANEY • Mike SMALLWOOD • Keith MOREMAN • Carol HOLMES • David TARBUCK • Beverley RENWICK • Derek MONROE • Deborah MONROE • Claudia HUMMEL • Teresa HALL • Zoe KEMP • Elizabeth HEATH • Wendy DUGMORE • Dal TAYLOR • Andrea RAYMOND • Christopher SPRY • Eddie RINGROSE

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

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:19 on 5th August 2017 (event number 148).
The female record is held by Emma BOND who recorded a time of 18:07 on 21st July 2018 (event number 197).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 97.63% (23:11) on 29th December 2018 (event number 221).

Daventry parkrun started on 8th November 2014. Since then 7,921 participants have completed 61,931 parkruns covering a total distance of 309,655 km, including 10,150 new Personal Bests. A total of 734 individuals have volunteered 6,749 times.

 

Daventry parkrun – Event Number 287, 14th August 2021

And so, event 287 was finally upon us. The unexpected appearance of a circus on our route meant we had to get a bit creative with the start position, but I'm sure everyone will agree it was better than no run. The weather wasn't on our side, either, with muggy conditions initially giving way to very persistent drizzle making running conditions unpleasant.

It didn't stop 229 of you from turning up to run, jog or walk the course. We had 32 very welcome first timers, 17 of whom were parkrun newbies - welcome to the family and we hope we see you again soon!

There were 37 new Personal Bests, which was impressive given the weather. That lovely new path in the park must be paying off, though I'm sure we can find you some mud this winter if you really want some.

Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers: Stella-Maria THOMAS • Dan HENDERSON • Christopher EDGE • Rebecca WHEAVER • Phil BEAR • Sharon PACKER • Dawn Maria Loughnane EDGE • Claire DAY • Mike SMALLWOOD • Anne COUNTER • James GOODWIN • Keith MOREMAN • Charles GOADSBY • Matthew FINCH • David TARBUCK • Paul BARKER • Daniel CLARKE • Sarah BLACKSTONE • Deborah MONROE • Dominic TRANTER • Claudia HUMMEL • Julie SMITH • Stuart CLARKE • Trevor DOCKERAY • Erin TRANTER • John SACH • Christopher SPRY • Eddie RINGROSE • Andrew HAVVAS

Without the volunteers, parkrun cannot happen, so if you'd like to get involved, drop us an email on daventry@parkrun.com and tell us what you'd like to do, or ask questions about what roles are available. We really need our hi-vis heroes!

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

First male participant home was Jay FALLAIZE (18:05) and first female was Zoe KEMP (20:25).Meanwhile, Anthony BAKER joined one of the parkrun milestone clubs by running his 100th parkrun, of which 90 of them have been at Daventry. Joining the "junior" club for runners under the age of 18, we have Josef LEUGS and Daniel FERGUSSON, who have both completed 10 runs to date.

Speaking of numbers, if we've done our maths correctly, on November 14th we shall not only be celebrating our 7th birthday, but also our 300th event! Be prepared to dress as colourfully as you can and expect cake!

Photos from Saturday can be found in Google photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3sv2JWFqkAuDtCPg9

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:19 on 5th August 2017 (event number 148). The female record is held by Emma BOND who recorded a time of 18:07 on 21st July 2018 (event number 197). The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 97.63% (23:11) on 29th December 2018 (event number 221).

Daventry parkrun started on 8th November 2014. Since then 7,856 participants have completed 61,427 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,135 km, including 10,057 new Personal Bests. A total of 732 individuals have volunteered 6,701 times.

 

Daventry parkrun – Event Number 286, 7th August 2021

Run report - Chris Czora

Saturday morning required many of us to peel ourselves away from the excitement of the Olympic pentathlon and Tom Daley’s performance in the Men’s 10m platform… as it was time for some athletic endeavours of our own - the Daventry parkrun!

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This is the third week of parkrun’s return, and it’s great to once again have that air of anticipation and excitement ahead of Saturday morning. To quote the old John Lennon song, it’s “just like starting over”

As a relatively inexperienced runner, I’ve found it great to again have the experience of group running, and it’s surprising how much of a ‘pull’ it provides. This was my second parkrun back (missed last week with work commitments), and on both occasions I’ve been at least two minutes quicker than running solo. Perhaps my outright PB isn’t as impossible a target as I thought at the start of July!

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Speaking of the Olympics… many of you may have heard an incredible stat on the ‘Free Weekly Timed’ official parkrun podcast, regarding the pace of Olympic runners. If you haven’t heard this stat, I’ll give you the details at the end of this report…

Onto Daventry parkrun and some early clouds soon cleared to provide bright, sunny conditions. We welcomed 36 first timers to Daventry, of whom 22 were taking part in their very first parkrun. If you’re one of those 22, congratulations on taking part, hope you enjoyed it and come back for some more! Plus if you made your first visit to Daventry parkrun, hope you enjoyed it and would be great to see you again.

The attendance grew yet again, with 262 participants. This is the biggest attendance at Daventry parkrun since February 2020, and represents a week-on-week increase since the event returned. Great to see so many people getting back to parkrun.

Before the start, Run Director Derek MONROE welcomed all participants, with a special recognition to all of the volunteers who made the event happen.

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One notable achievement is that of Dave TARBUCK, one of the most familiar faces of Daventry parkrun. Saturday saw “Dave the Marshal” complete his 250th volunteering role. When you consider this was the 286th event, that’s an incredible achievement! So well done Dave, and thank you for your dedication.

Dave the Marshal

Dave the Marshal

 

First runner home was Ollie GARROD of Epsom and Ewell Harriers who posted a 16:37, just over one minute ahead of Daventry Road Runners’ Daniel CLARKE. The first female runner was 11th over the line, Zoe KEMP of Human Energy AC, who posted 20 minutes flat. The second female runner was Kate BOND with a 22:55, the Daventry Road Runners member also posted the highest age percentage score of the event with 82.33%.

There were no recorded milestone participations, but a shoutout to UKNetrunner member Andy LANE, one of the first time visitors to Daventry but the most experienced parkrunner, as he completed his 454th event.

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41 parkrunners recorded a course PB (which somehow included your worthy scribe!), congratulations to all who made that achievement. Well done and congratulations to all who took part, be it as a parkrunner, spectator or volunteer.

So to finish things off, here is the stat from Free Weekly Timed… If you can imagine the pace of someone completing a parkrun in 22 minutes. Some people are much quicker than that, for many of us that pace is a dream. Either way it’s fairly quick. If someone were to run the 800m Olympic final (2 laps of the running track) at that pace, they would be lapped. I thought that was incredible and really gives a ‘real world’ idea of how quick those top Olympians are!

This week, 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers: Stella-Maria THOMAS • Christopher EDGE • Karen BALLOCH • Dawn Maria Loughnane EDGE • Ian MOSER • Jody TOONE • Mike SMALLWOOD • Keith MOREMAN • Gary NICHOLLS • David TARBUCK • Daniel CLARKE • Derek MONROE • Neil METCALFE-SHEPPARD • Deborah MONROE • Ryan BAXTER • Claudia HUMMEL • Roy WHEELWRIGHT • Cheryl SUTHERS • Wendy DUGMORE • Margaret MCCLEAN • Erin TRANTER • Chris CZORA • Andrea RAYMOND • Christopher SPRY • Eddie RINGROSE

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

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:19 on 5th August 2017 (event number 148).

The female record is held by Emma BOND who recorded a time of 18:07 on 21st July 2018 (event number 197).

The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 97.63% (23:11) on 29th December 2018 (event number 221).

Daventry parkrun started on 8th November 2014. Since then 7,824 participants have completed 61,198 parkruns covering a total distance of 305,990 km, including 10,020 new Personal Bests. A total of 728 individuals have volunteered 6,672 times.

Well done!

 

Daventry parkrun – Event Number 285, 31st July 2021

On my first visit to Daventry Parkrun I made the "mistake" of parking in the country park (£2.00 for all day parking) instead of the free parking closer to the start at the Icon Centre. However, this ultimately worked out well.

Upon leaving  the car park I was trying to fire up maps on my phone to find the route to the start (all of this could have been avoided with a little homework the night before) but by good fortune I spied a young man and his Dad looking like “likely parkrunners” and I was right, so they pointed me in the right direction, and we chatted as we walked the 10 minutes up the road, young Nathan being a keen 11-year old runner who was destined to complete the course in a fine 25 minutes flat. I got the “inside info” on the course and was warned by Nathan “don’t think you’re done when you get into the field at the end - you have a whole lap of the field to do on the new course”. Ultimately that advice was heeded!

Anyway the field started off at a prompt 9:00 am after some quick words of wisdom from the RD Stella- Maria Thomas. Off for a quick lap around the field, then under the road and down into the beautiful country park. Lovely surroundings of woodlands and brief reservoir views, encouraging marshals on every corner and junction cajoling us to keep going before eventually coming out right by the reservoir with stunning views then down past the reservoir cafe and car park then a slight incline back up to the starting field then that last “killer lap” around the field! Nathan was right! Conserve your energy for the final sprint (great coaching but alas I had little left to give for that sprint) but then! Words of encouragement from the super volunteers and yes! I put in a quick blast to finish in 35 minutes 53 seconds! The rain kept away as well to complete a great morning!

Thanks to all the marshals and volunteers - here is the complete record of the day:

This week 236 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The parkurn milestone clubs have the following new members as of today:

Rebecca WHEAVER and Sarah STAINTON both join the 100 parkrun milestone club and should hopefully be able to claim their t-shirts soon.

Meanwhile Samuel Watkins has now done 10 runs and, as a junior (up to the age of 17) he is also now the proud owner of a t-shirt.

Don't forget to claim your shirts!

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Stella-Maria THOMAS • Karen BALLOCH • David SHAW • Matthew WARD • Phil BEAR • Ian MOSER • Tim O'SHEA • James BALLOCH • Diana CROOKS • Mike SMALLWOOD • Samantha HARDING • Barry HARDING • Susan TAYLOR • David TARBUCK • Anthony BAKER • Louise BATY • Mags HOWE • Claudia HUMMEL • Roy WHEELWRIGHT • Dominic MACKLIN • Kate BOND • Elizabeth HEATH • Colin TAYLOR • Erin TRANTER • Margaret MCCLEAN • Andrea RAYMOND • Christopher SPRY • Eddie RINGROSE

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

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:19 on 5th August 2017 (event number 148).

The female record is held by Emma BOND who recorded a time of 18:07 on 21st July 2018 (event number 197).

The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 97.63% (23:11) on 29th December 2018 (event number 221).

Daventry parkrun started on 8th November 2014. Since then 7,788 participants have completed 60,936 parkruns covering a total distance of 304,680 km, including 9,979 new Personal Bests. A total of 725 individuals have volunteered 6,647 times.

 

Daventry parkrun – Event Number 284, 24th July 2021

July 24th 2021 will be a day to remember, the day parkrun returned to England, and therefore to Daventry, after being away for a crazy and turbulent 70 weeks.

During the outage period HQ tried their best to keep the spirit of parkrun alive including introducing the “(not)parkrun” which was a way of recording a 5k completed on any day, at any time and at any place.   In Daventry up to 30 people each week recorded times, the most prolific of those overall was David SMITH with a total of 305 participations followed by David ADAMS with 228, Andrew PICKER with 131 and a certain report writer just after that.

Nothing though compares with the real thing, and it was amazing, if a little strange, to be back taking part in our 284th event. -

Today saw 232 parkrunners complete our revised course (a loop of the grass field to have a more open start, into the country park under the tunnel and then our old route around the reservoir returning back to the field for a final loop to make up the lost distance from missing out the black path and first part of the old course).

Along with the many familiar faces, many having not seen each other since last March, we also welcomed an impressive 14 first timers today, perhaps some who took up running or returned to running during the lockdown. They were joined by 9 tourists visiting Daventry for the first time but maybe after such a long time they actually now have Daventry as their new home event.

We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and will visit again!

The event was made possible by 29, even more wonderful than normal, volunteers: Anthony BAKER, Damian BAKER, Julie BALL, Karen BALLOCH, David BAXTER, Jennifer BAXTER, Al COTTINGHAM, Claire DAY, Daniel DAY, Tom ELLIOTT, Nadine GRAY, Rob GREENFIELD, Annette HAWKINS, Neil METCALFE-SHEPPARD, Deborah MONROE, Derek MONROE, Angela MOORE, Keith MOREMAN, Ian MOSER, Chris MULLANEY, Kim MULLANEY, Ginette PILKINGTON, Geoff RAVENHALL, Beverley RENWICK, Eddie RINGROSE, Mike SMALLWOOD, David TARBUCK, Stella-Maria THOMAS and Dave THOMPSON.

If you want to help in future weeks, especially the first few back, please check out the volunteer page for details https://www.parkrun.org.uk/daventry/volunteer/futureroster/.

During the lockdown many of the paths in the park were resurfaced which might well result in faster times when we return to the old course but we have already seen 18 new personal bests.

First across the line was Rhys JAMES in a time of 18:56, following closely by Darren IMPEY appearing to be running his first ever parkrun. First female finisher was Zoe Kemp in a time of 20:19. It was also Zoe’s 50th parkrun milestone and amazingly her 30th time as first female finisher! First junior finisher today was Toby BROOKES.

Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/daventry/results/latestresults/. Many congratulations to everyone who completed the course today.

Hopefully now parkrun across the country will prove itself to be a safe environment that can continue to support our physical and mental health at a time when both of these couldn’t be more important. The changes in course and some of the rules around handling tokens, etc, are a minor sacrifice to have back the thing that many of us care so much about so please support these and any new changes that might be brought in to keep parkrun open for the foreseeable future.

In more bizarre news though we were luckier today than our friends at Goole parkrun who had to cancel because an unexploded bomb was found nearby! Hopefully like us they’ll be back parkrunning next week.

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Damian BAKER signing off (hopefully to be reporting back a bit sooner next time!)

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