Didcot parkrun #198 – 19th January 2019


Didcot parkrun #198 - 19th January 2019
By Karen Spackman

It was a cold, wet, grey morning at Didcot, having set a new record of 329 parkrunners last week, the pre-run estimates for the number of runners were well down on the previous record of 269. How wrong we were, another enormous turnout of 272 completed the 3 laps and the yellow brick road that make Didcot parkrun’s 5km course.


Didcot Ladygrove


Scot, our Run Director (wearing the white and blue high vis) had briefed his band of 23 volunteers, who certainly were high vis heroes out in that dreary weather this week. 2 families provided 6 of the volunteers, the Barbers did a brilliant job of marshalling at Brind Corner (marshal point 3) and at marshall point 5, they were sharing high 5’s and sharing their positivity and energy by doing starjumps too. Not only were the Frost family fantastic tailwalkers, but they also came back to the clubhouse, where drinks, cake and pie were on offer, and did a superb job of token sorting. Unfortunately, this week, there were some tokens missing.

Please, please, please remember to take a token at the end of the finishing tunnel, and return it to a barcode scanner even if you do not have a barcode with you. Replacing tokens takes valuable time and incurs a cost. The other volunteers did a fantastic job too, and as always, an enormous thank you goes out to each of them.

Scot welcomed Tourists and First Timers to Didcot, 20 new parkrunners completed their first 5km parkrun at Didcot, a further 8 Tourists visited Didcot for the first time while a further 26 achieved their Personal Best time. The 50 parkrun milestone was achieved by Diane Wood and Stewart Watson, and Guy Yeats clocked up his 100th parkrun. I studied the results table, which I had resorted on the number of runs, no one completed their 29th nor their 47th parkrun, but apart from that at least one person completed their 1st to their 50th run on Saturday, which shows that parkrunners are like boomerangs and keep coming back! We look forward to welcoming First Timers back for their 2nd run, 3rd run, 4th run …..whatever number run, you are always welcome at Didcot!


We Love Volunteers

After nearly 2 years of having the odd attempt at walk/jogging and lots of volunteering, I have been inspired and encouraged to start Harwell Harriers Start to Run and Return to Run course and have just completed my second week. It would be nice to think that I could learn to run by watching so many others, but it appears that this is one of those things that you actually have to do for yourself to learn!

Luckily, I’m already in the habit of getting out of bed and heading down to Loop Meadow to volunteer, so at least I’ve cracked that bit, which I have been told is the hardest part, but to be honest I’m not so sure. Some of the new faces appearing at Didcot are coming from this group, and it has been heart-warming to have heard many say that they have been stunned at the level of support and encouragement they receive, so please keep this up. We all have to start somewhere!
This week I had looked at the training plan and decided to complete my 17 minute jog/walk during parkrun. Having taken advice, and bearing in mind my mental block on running the 3rd lap, I decided to walk for the first 3 km and then jog from approximately marshal point 5 at the bridge.
While walking I met up with 2 First Timers and it was interesting to chat with them. We discussed how lovely it was to be in such a friendly environment, and how we hear very little positivity in some places of work.

One of the ladies is a Driving Test Examiner and has said that she needs to be able to get out of the car and walk back to the Test Centre on occasion! Another lady will be at Didcot next week for The Slimming World takeover, she was so positive and checked everybody around her was ok, she definitely will fit into parkrun a treat and will share her attitude.

Another First Timer was so pleased that she had managed the 5km without walking, and said she wished she hadn’t taken so long to start coming to parkrun and that she was feeling awesome and totally buzzing for next week.
I am pleased to say that I managed to keep going from the bridge to the finish, and completed that section in 16 minutes and 54 seconds, being a tad geeky about numbers, I kept going for the final 6 seconds to complete my target! I know that other parkrunners may complete the whole parkrun in around 17 minutes, but for me I achieved my target for the week.

Please bear with those of us with our virtual L plates, I’m sure there will be lots of run/walking at parkrun over the next few weeks to complete our training homework, and hopefully our PBs will be improving. We will be “graduating” by completing a parkrun in March. By then those of us that have been training at parkrun will no doubt have caught the parkrun bug!
There is one downside to participating in parkrun, and that is there are a limited number of volunteer roles I can do. I’m hoping to write a run report on my graduation, and I may even write some others if I pass any personal milestones along the way, but I don’t want to bore you all with my ramblings too often! I realised this week that I have got to know lots of faces and even a few names lots of whom recognise me, and say hello at the start, and give words of encouragement as they lap me! As always I would highly recommend volunteering, here is the link to find out more http://www.parkrun.org.uk/didcot/volunteer/ or you can also ask any of the volunteers, well maybe not the timekeepers at the end of the run, as they will be busy focusing on their task!
Looking forward to next Saturday at 9 am for Didcot’s 199th parkrun with The Slimming World Takeover, the week after will obviously be Didcot’s 200th parkrun, and it will be Didcot’s 4th birthday on 21st February so I’m guessing 23rd February will be the day we celebrate that anniversary!
Also, for something a little bit different there is a Didcot parkrun Quiz Night on Friday 1st February at Didcot Town Football Club, at 7pm. Teams of 4 or 5, can me formed in advance or on the night. It will be a fun sociable evening. Scot did mention this in his pre-run briefing, but I know it can be hard to hear everything clearly while all the pre-run adrenaline is rushing through our veins!!!


Quiz Night 1


Event number 198
19th January 2019
This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers to Dicot with 19 taking in their first ever parkrun.
26 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests and we saw representatives of 23 different clubs taking part.
Congratulations to the following runners who reached parkrun milestones today:
50 parkruns
Diane Wood
Stewart Watson
100 parkruns
Guy Yeates
We look forward to seeing you in your fab parkrun milestones t-shirts in the coming weeks.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers who were led by Run Director Scot Wheeler:
Martin CAPSTICK • Mark FOXWELL • Rosie DAVIES • Lewis COUSINS • Hayleigh GASCOIGNE • Scot WHEELER • Miranda HABERMEL • Stuart TURNER • Andrea FROST • Anna GUTTERIDGE • Karen SPACKMAN • Elliot FROST • Meredith FROST • Amanda SANDIFORD • Elsa MCMILLAN • Callum MCMILLAN • James BARBER • Charlotte COOKSON • Sabine BARBER • Maya BARBER • Richard COOPER • Aileen SPANKIE • Alex COOKSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Didcot parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jonathan CORNISH who recorded a time of 15:58 on 15th April 2017 (event number 106).
The female record is held by Izzy FRY who recorded a time of 17:40 on 7th October 2017 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tracey LASAN who recorded 88.29% (21:04) on 7th May 2016 (event number 58).
Didcot parkrun started on 21st February 2015. Since then 4,708 participants have completed 31,890 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,450 km, including 5,919 new Personal Bests.
A total of 508 individuals have volunteered 3,754 times.