Didcot parkrun #173 – 4th August 2018

 

Didcot parkrun #173 - 4th August 2018
By Carol Martin

 

parkrun is a like a big family of special friends and we make more friends the more we participate. Didcot parkrun is even more special, as so many of the regulars know each other.

 

 

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Saturday 4th August...was a bit of at home family planning! Lisa has been a Run Director for nearly 3 years set the date of her last RD, I worked out if I ran every week I could achieve my 100th run at parkrun, and Charlie my 5 year old grandson could achieve his 25th volunteer role. While Lisa was RD, Charlie and I tail walked so it was win win all round.

 

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It’s fabulous watching everyone arrive, from the marshals setting up the field with the RD, then getting to their marshaling points, to the runners and walkers arriving. People of all ages and abilities, children with Dad while Mum runs, or vice or versa, people with dogs, on their leads ready for the off.

This week we had 2 Bertie's, one on marshal point 6 (meet and greet), and one running with his human, both extremely lovely dogs. Fellow runners calling out a greeting as the run past other runners, lots saying thanking to the marshals. I love parkrun for the camaraderie that it brings, and the fun it is to take part.

 

This Weekends Stats 
This week 220 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 fantastic volunteers:

 

Roni MCGOWAN • Carol MARTIN • Mark James D'SA • Andrew SHEARD • Lewis COUSINS • Peter FOSTEKEW • Antony HICKMAN • Alan WOOD • Karl THOMPSON • Gavin WARRINGTON • Evelyn FOSTEKEW • Lisa MARTIN • Karl ROWAN • Hannah RHODES • Stuart MILSTED • Charlie MARTIN • Karen SPACKMAN • Laura BRENCHLEY • Ewan ACKROYD • Daniel BRENCHLEY • Olivia BRENCHLEY • Naomi ACKROYD
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 4,094 participants have completed 26,231 parkruns covering a total distance of 131,155 km, including 5,065 new Personal Bests.

 

Didcot parkrun #170 – Post parkrun Refreshments

 

 

*** Post parkrun Refreshments - Saturday 14th July, Didcot parkrun #170 ***

 

Coffee Shop Closed

 

Unfortunately the Football Club will be closed for post-parkrun refreshments tomorrow so why not join us for some refreshments at the finish area after the run instead.

Some of the Didcot parkrun Core Team and volunteers plan to hang around after the run so why not take advantage of the good weather and join us too.

Normal service will resume next weekend.

Many thanks,

Didcot parkrun

 

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Get to know your Core Team – RD Scot Wheeler

 

Scot Wheeler - A1606501
Run Director

146 runs completed (74 at Didcot parkrun)
18 PB’s
31 Volunteered

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

I had not long started running at Abingdon parkrun before hearing the rumours of one being set up at Didcot.

2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

A mixture of running at Abingdon parkrun and enjoying a lie-in. When Didcot started on our doorstep, there was no excuse but to be there every week.

3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

I received one of the new flatbands as a birthday present replacing the old worn out one; I wear it 24-7 after forgetting it one week.

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

Loads. If you haven’t done so already, check out the ‘Running Challenges’ Chrome extension. My next one is reaching 50 different parkrun events, currently I’m on 45.

5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

The first time I marshalled at a junior parkrun, witnessing so many enthusiastic juniors taking part in the warm-up and asking for high-fives was fantastic.

6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

The social aspect of parkrun has been the catalyst which got me running regularly.

7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

Make sure you stay for the great cake in the football club afterwards. And don’t do a fourth lap..

8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

Laps on the field. The opportunity for runners of different speeds to wave to a friend and mix is what makes Didcot special.

9) What’s your favorite volunteer role?

It has to be timekeeping, you get to see the start and end of everyone's run.

10) What is your favorite parkrun to date?

I did Eden Project parkrun earlier this year; despite a few big hills, it’s a beautiful place to run with a great cafe and chance to explore the biomes afterwards.

11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Run with friends

 

Get to know your Core Team – RD Hayleigh Gascoigne

 

Hayleigh Gascoigne - A1086042
Run Director

149 runs completed (71 at Didcot parkrun)
26 PB’s
31 Volunteered

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

A friend at the gym recommended that I try Abingdon parkrun, so one morning in July 2014 I came along. I’ve never looked back!

2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

I can’t remember back that far! Probably had a lie in and watched terrible TV.

3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

I have a black wristband. Although, I am looking to upgrade to one of the new apricot ones.

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

I am a parkrun tourist, having been to 49 different parkruns so far. My goal is to do my 50th different parkrun on my 150th run.

5) Do you have a favorite parkrun moment?

Potentially a lot of the other RDs have written this, but I’ll say it anyway. Geoff is a true inspiration. Well into his 80s, he comes to Didcot parkrun every week. His 250th run was very special. What an achievement!

6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

Absolutely, parkrun got me into regular running. Since then I have joined a running club, ran a half marathon, taken part in two 24 hour running events.

7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

Really, parkrun is for everyone. It does not matter if you are mega fast, or just a plodder. You will never be last and you will always be cheered on!

8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

I like the long path to the finish. You know it’s nearly over when you’re there and also it’s sheltered in the trees, protects you from whatever weather conditions !

9) What’s your favorite volunteer role?

I like tailwalker. I am chatty person, and this role gives me the chance to use this skill! Also, you see the parkrun from a completely different perspective.

10) What is your favorite parkrun to date?

They’re all so good in their own way! I have good memories of running South Bank parkrun in Brisbane, Australia. I think this might just be because we were on holiday. But holiday parkruns are great because you get to meet local people, and see the destination in a different light. This particular one was fantastic because it started in a lovely park, and then you run a long the river with the city scape alongside you. The only downside was they start at 7am over there, and it was already 27oC!

11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Brilliant weekend starter

 

Get to know your Core Team – RD Gordon Jackson

 

Gordon Jackson – A1606501
Run Director

32 runs completed (31 at Didcot parkrun)
5 PB’s
46 Volunteered

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

Online, either the main parkrun website or Didcot Runners one. Can't quite remember.

2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

Never been a morning runner so anything but...

3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

Just got myself a barcode wristband and keyring tags.

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

Enjoy thoroughly each and every one.

5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

Pre-run conversations with people I know and don't know.

6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

No, always been that way.

7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

No pressure, just give it a go

8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

The field laps.

9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

Marshalling on the field, enjoy the banter/encouragement.

10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

They're all good.

11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Engaging, Enjoyable, Everyone.

 

Geoff Jackson – The oldest ever parkrunner to reach the 250 milestone club

 

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The oldest ever parkrunner to reach the 250 milestone club

252 runs completed (125 at Didcot parkrun)
17 PB’s
43 Volunteered

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

I already ran regularly at Abingdon parkrun but a Running Club member mentioned it to me as it was being set up.

2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

I used to go out and do the weekly shopping.

3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

I have one of the parkrun wristbands.

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

My next parkrun goal is to reach an age grade of 80%, I have been close with 79.07% in 2016 and 79.03% in 2017.

5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

It has to be my 250th parkrun last month without a doubt.

6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

It has reinforced it if anything.

7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

Come along and give it a go, you never know you might just love it.

8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

I have no real preference as its all part of the 5k route.

9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

I really enjoy the ‘Timekeeping’ role.

10) What is your favorite parkrun to date?

I love Didcot parkrun and my favourite event again has to be my 250th parkrun.

11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Weekend starts here

 

Didcot parkrun #167 – 23rd June 2018

 

Didcot parkrun
Event number 167
23rd June 2018

 

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This was another record breaking week for attendance by two runners seeing 267 people run, jog and walking the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

With Abingdon parkrun having to cancel this week we knew the attendance would be higher but it looks like their field had split between the other Oxfordshire events however it was great to see so many Abingdon parkrunners in attendance.

 

Congratulations to the following parkrunner for reaching parkrun milestone:

Riccardo Bellando (JM10) – 10 parkruns

 

We have a few parkrunners who are fast approaching 100 and 250 runs respectively and we look forward to seeing these milestones reached in the coming weeks.

 

The event was made possible by 18 fantastic volunteers:

Martin CAPSTICK • Eileen NAUGHTON • Simon HEWERDINE • Vanessa ARMOND • Lewis COUSINS • Alan WOOD • Ashley SHEPHERD • Robert SHARP • Miranda HABERMEL • Phil DAVIES • Claire SHORROCK • Christopher MOFFATT • Lisa MARTIN • Selina STILES • Anna GUTTERIDGE • Aileen SPANKIE • Ewan ACKROYD • Naomi ACKROYD

If you have never volunteered before then why not come and give it a go, it’s fun to see parkrun from a volunteering perspective and we can guarantee that your life will never be the same again.

 

 

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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 3,929 participants have completed 24,926 parkruns covering a total distance of 124,630 km, including 4,878 new Personal Bests.

 

Get to know your Core Team – Voluteer Coordinator Sue Henderson

 

Sue Henderson – A298205
Volunteer Coordinator

134 runs completed (75 at Didcot parkrun)
7 PB’s
79 Volunteered

 

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

Through the original RD team when they were setting up Didcot parkrun and running trial routes.

2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

I travelled to Abingdon parkrun - Didcot is so much more practical. And before that – Saturday morning lie in.

3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

I have a new - turquoise- wristband.

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

I want to reach my 250 parkrun milestone.

5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

Every parkrun when I can run with friends.

6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

Every week I see instances of people young and old realising that in fact they are able to walk, jog or run 5km. I realise that everyone can get involved with parkrun either by volunteering or taking part. Before getting involved with parkrun I thought only ‘elite’ people ran; I was SO wrong.

7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

If you are worried about what it is about and if you will like it I would come down to parkrun at 9am and watch and then you will see for yourself what fun it is.

8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

Laps of the field - they are so friendly- you see your parkrun friends on their laps!

9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

Timekeeper – I thought I would hate it but it is brilliant to see everyone put on that extra spurt (and smile) as they cross the finish.

10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

Apart from Didcot of course I have loved running at Llanhydrock and Fountains Abbey. Each course is different and special in its own way.

11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Eat, sleep, breathe.

 

Get to know your Core Team – RD Helen Brind

 

Helen Brind – A157990
Run Director

22 runs completed (18 at Didcot parkrun)
6 PB’s
87 Volunteered

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

I heard about Didcot parkrun before it started as I know the guys who worked very hard to set it up. I came along to run the course when they tried it out.

2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

Honestly? I'd still be in bed.

3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

I have a laminated barcode and have recently purchased a lovely apricot flatband.

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

My goal is to get my volunteering roles up to 100 and I should probably think about getting to 50 runs sometime soon(ish)

5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

Far too many favourite moments to choose from, people doing their first ever runs & milestone runs, all very special in different ways.

6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

Not personally, but seeing how parkrun has changed other people’s lives is fantastic

7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

Come along, walk, plod, run or volunteer, I guarantee you'll come back again

8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

I prefer laps on the field

9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

Hard to choose between Run Director & timekeeper ... Being at the start of the run, people chatting, familiar faces, lots of smiles and then being at the finish, sheer determination, sprint finishes, lots of smiles, what’s not to like.

10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

I think it has to be the Didcot parkrun inaugural event on the 21st February 2015, seeing 238 runners turn up after all the guys hard work was brilliant.

11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Just love it!

 

Get to know your Core Team – RD Lisa Martin

 

Lisa Martin - A198454
Run Director

10 runs completed (6 at Didcot parkrun)
2 PB’s
51 Volunteered

 

 

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

I heard about Didcot parkrun through my parents, Carol and Chris, who have both been actively involved with it since the start.

2) What did you do on a Saturday morning at 9am before Didcot parkrun?

Cleaned the house so my parents could come for a coffee after they’d been running or volunteering at parkrun.

3) Your Barcode - is it paper, laminated, permanent or other?

It’s one of the old plastic keyring ones.

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

To encourage as many people as possible to take part.

5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

My favourite parkrun moments are my little boy Charlie achieving his 10 milestone at 5 years old and my mum achieving her 50th. These could be beaten in a couple of weeks as my mum is now very close to her 100th parkrun and Charlie only needs to volunteer one more time to reach the 25 milestone (and he is still only 5 years old).

6) Has parkrun changed your attitude to running, fitness and general wellbeing?

Definitely. Although I haven’t run many parkruns myself, at the end of following the couch to 5km programme 3 years ago Didcot parkrun was an incredibly supportive place to complete this at. parkrun motivated me to keep running regularly which obviously improved my fitness and led onto longer distance running.

As a runner, volunteer and core team member parkrun has really improved my general well-being and I have loved witnessing it improve the well-being of so many others. It provides such a buzz being part of the parkrun family.

7) What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Didcot parkrun?

Go and do it!

8) Which do you prefer……Laps on the field or the long path to the finish?

Laps on the field is my favourite as you get to see and encourage all of the other runners before everyone spreads out along the path to the finish.

9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

RD as you get to spend time with the volunteers, welcome the runners, cheer everyone on and witness the achievements at the finish line.

10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

Penrose in Cornwall, it’s a beautiful out and back route.

11) Describe what parkrun is to you in three words?

Fun for all

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