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

 

Get to know your Core Team – RD Simon Hewerdine

Simon Hewerdine - A198454
Run Director

72 runs completed (35 at Didcot parkrun)
17 PB’s
70 Volunteered

 

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

I helped to found Didcot parkrun and designed the course. I had fallen in love with parkrun through the Abingdon event and was certain Didcot would be a great success if it was possible to find a continuous 5K route that did not cross any roads. Persistence paid off!

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

On a good day I would cycle or run from Didcot to Abingdon parkrun to marshal or join in the run. On a bad day I would drive.

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

It's "staminated" - sticky tape laminated. What can I say? I'm cheap!

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

To start running again if I can get my knees sorted. I would love to make 100 runs.

5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

There are so many great moments. A recent favourite was being Run Director for our record breaking 257 runners and watching our wonderful volunteers handle the whole event with ease. What a team!

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

I have always been a social runner and a believer in community. parkrun has reinforced my belief that simple initiatives and voluntary support, when carefully stewarded can change the world for the better.

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

Don't be surprised to finish behind a junior runner, stay for coffee and cake afterwards and....don't forget your barcode of course.

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

In warm dry weather I prefer the field laps. When it's wet it has to be the long run home.

9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

Timekeeper. I get to see the mass start, the runners as they cross the finish line and their friends and family encouraging them at the end. It's great!

10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

Our recent Didcot record breaking run number 157, run by 257 souls on the 7th.

Seven has always been my favourite number. Now even more so.

11) In three words please describe what parkrun means to you?

Live, Laugh, Run!

 

Get to know your Core Team – ED Lewis Cousins

 

Lewis Cousins – A400052

Event Director, Run Director & Volunteer Coordinator

86 runs completed (28 at Didcot parkrun)
16 PB’s
165 Volunteered

 

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1) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

In April 2013 I gave in to my wife Sam and Abingdon ED Mike Shepherd to volunteer and help take photos at Abingdon parkrun.  I offered to help out once as I enjoyed my usual Saturday morning lay in’s and over the next few months was completely taken by the parkrun movement.

In May 2014 along with Simon we decided to see if we could start up a local parkrun.  After 8 months of hard work and trying various routes we settled on the current course and launched in February 2015.

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

My mornings would consist of getting up when Sam was getting ready to leave for Abingdon parkrun and then switching on Soccer AM or Saturday Kitchen.   Since being involved with parkrun I have saved a fortune in Sky Sports fees as I don’t get to watch Soccer AM anymore!

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

I have numerous laminated barcodes stashed all over the place in the car, trainers, running bag and mobile phone case…….I don’t want to be listed as an unknown parkrunner again after forgetting my barcode while in Manchester.  I also have one of the new parkrun wristbands in purple to match the volunteer milestone t-shirt.

4) Do you have any parkrun goals?

I don’t really have any personal milestone goals as I have exceeded my previous target of ten runs, however I am looking forward to reaching my 100th run in 14 runs time.

As the Didcot parkrun ED my parkrun goals are to keep on growing the event and working more with community groups such as blind runners and those with disabilities.

5) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

I have two equally favourite moments.  The first one was Abingdon parkrun #144 on 10th May 2014 as this was the run that inspired me to start Didcot parkrun and become an Event Director.  It was a proud parent moment as I witnessed my daughter doing her first ever parkrun.  Tasha ran with her Mum while I marshalled on the Lock Road and I felt so proud as she passed me twice along the route before finishing with a smile. It then got me thinking of all the other lives that could change if there was a parkrun in Didcot.

The second one has to be Didcot parkrun #164 which saw local running legend Geoffrey Jackson at 87 years young become the oldest runner to join the parkrun 250 milestone club.  Geoff is such an inspiration and has been a huge part of my running life with encouragement, support and guidance along the way. I shared my first run after 5 years of injury with Geoff and to share Geoff’s special moment with so many friends and parkrun family was fantastic, the guard of honour to welcome Geoff over the finish line was so emotional but well deserved.

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

parkrun has changed my life forever and I can never repay what it has done for me and my family.  parkrun has made running fun again but it is so much more than a run.  The friendships borne from parkrun are for life and seeing the work parkrun is doing in communities all over the world will change lives forever.

What I love about parkrun is that no matter where you choose to run or volunteer you get that same friendly vibe that has changed Saturday to parkrunday.

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

I would say come on down, whether you are running, jogging or walking everyone is welcome.  Your life will never be the same again but please remember to bring your barcode. (Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB).

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

I prefer the laps on the field as you get to see all the runners as you pass on the laps.  This is what make Didcot parkrun so good as at some parkruns you don’t get to see the fast runners or the Tail Walker and it’s great to encourage everyone as you pass each other.

9) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

This is a tough one as I love handing out the Finishing Tokens as you get to meet every runner as they cross the finish line and I also love Run Directing as the buzz from greeting the First Timers and Tourist then standing in front and welcoming 200+ runners each time is amazing.

10) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

This is a tough one as they are all fantastic.  I love taking in parkrun tourism and have been fortunate enough to run or volunteer at over 30 different parkruns but if I had to pick one if would be Watergrove parkrun in Rochdale.  It’s a tough, undulating and extremely scenic fell route and not for the fainthearted.  I have unfished business there as my only run there took me by surprise and I was more interested in the views than actually running.

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

Life Changing Experience

 

Didcot parkrun #161 – Didcot Girls’ School Takeover Day

 

Didcot parkrun #161 - Didcot Girls' School Takeover Day

By Georgia Evans

 

On the 12th of May 2018, Didcot parkrun hosted a Didcot Girls’ School Takeover. We had students and teachers getting involved either by volunteering, running the course or baking yummy cakes for the African Children’s Fund.

The volunteers have shown excellent levels of leadership and public-speaking, runners have shown resilience and determination on completing the course and bakers have shown great generosity.

Well done everyone.

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We would like to thank the 28 who volunteered at the DGS Parkrun takeover and made it happen!

Chloe AMPHLETT, Ella BESFORD, Harriet BESFORD, Susan BESFORD, Megan CADMAN, Jody CHANNON, Phil DAVIES, Georgia EVANS, Nicola FREEMAN, Miranda HABERMEL, Sue HENDERSON, Gordon JACKSON, Preben KRABBEN, Helen KRABBEN, Lisa MARTIN, Lara MARTIN-KRUCK, Charlotte PINK, Molly RASMUSSEN, Imogen SANDERS, Rasmussen SHARON, Elizabeth SHEARD, Andrew SHEARD, Karen SPACKMAN, Aileen SPANKIE, Michael SUGGATE, Terry WEBB, Martin WOOD, Diane WOOD

 

247 people ran, jogged and walked the course including an incredible 55 personal bests and 37 first timers at Didcot with 14 doing their first ever parkrun……..welcome to the parkrun family.

We would like to say congratulations to:

Kate BROOK and Nicola DUCKWORTH on completing 50 parkruns
Peter GROVES on completing 100 parkruns
Keep up the good work!

Once again, we would like you to thank everyone involved and for taking part in this amazing opportunity.

 

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Milestone parkrun Weekend – Geoff Jackson

 

Milestone parkrun Weekend - Geoff Jackson 

 

This weekend sees an extra special milestone with regular parkunner Geoff Jackson reaching the milestone total of 250 parkrun’s.

What makes this special is the fact that Geoff will be the oldest parkrunner to reach this fantastic milestone and we would love to celebrate with as many parkrunners wearing milestone, volunteer or apricot parkrun t-shirts for a group photo at the start.

 

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Geoff started his parkrun journey at Abingdon parkrun back in July 2012 and not only has he run 249 runs to date, he has clocked up 43 volunteer roles so if you add those together that is nearly 6 years of running or volunteering at a parkrun!!

If you Google ‘Geoffrey (or Geoff) Jackson’ you will find many articles on Geoff and one of our favourites is the ‘posterboy’ at 86 (he is now 87!)

https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/87130839/geoffrey-jackson-the-parkrun-posterboy-at-86

Mention Geoff at parkrun, and everyone knows who you are talking about. He is an inspiration to us all at Didcot parkrun and is everything that we love about parkrun.

We are looking forward to seeing him complete this wonderful achievement so please come down to Ladygrove Park and join us for another fab morning of parkrun in Didcot.

 

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Didcot parkrun #163

Didcot parkrun
Event number 163
26th May 2018

 

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This week 219 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers at Didcot and seeing 12 taking in their first ever parkrun……welcome to the parkrun family.

 

We had tourists from Peckham Rye, Portsmouth Lakeside, Reading, Bristol, Devon, Marlow, and Abingdon with representatives of 24 different clubs taking part and 46 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests.

 

Today saw the following runners reaching parkrun milestones:

10 parkruns (Juniors only)

Jacob Blount & Michael Fletcher

50 parkruns

Kate Brook

Congratulations to you all and we can’t wait to see you in your fab new parkrun milestone t-shirts.

 

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Today’s event was made possible by 17 volunteers led by RD’s Lewis Cousins and Gordon Jackson:

Tracy BRADLEY • Geoff JACKSON • Roger THETFORD • Lewis COUSINS • Rebecca ROSE • Carla HOWES • Jayne LAWTON • Marcus HADDRELL • Georgia EVANS • Gordon JACKSON • Phil DAVIES • Nichola POULTON • Dave ACKROYD • Sally HICKMAN • Charlie POULTON • Suzie WALKER • Ewan ACKROYD

 

If you’ve never volunteered yet then we would welcome you to join us one weekend, just email us at didcothelpers@parkrun.com and we offer full support and training for each of the fun roles.

 

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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 3,831 participants have completed 24,006 parkruns covering a total distance of 120,030 km, including 4,697 new Personal Bests.

 

Didcot parkrun #160 – 5th May 2018

 

Didcot parkrun
Event number 160
5th May 2018

 

 

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This week 224 people ran, jogged and walked the course, and for the first time in ages there were no recorded first timers and no recorded new Personal Bests.

 

Congratulation to the following runners for reaching milestone parkruns this morning:

Michael Fletcher – 10 runs (junior)

Billy McCartney – 50 runs

 

A big thank you and well done to Olly Marks who completed the volunteering element of his Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Bronze Award with us at Didcot parkrun this morning.

Olly has volunteered with us on 14 occasions since October 2017 taking in various marshalling roles along with Funnel Manager and finish Tokens this morning.

 

 

 

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The event was made possible by 20 volunteers who were led by Run Director Helen:

Martin CAPSTICK • Robert BRIND • Helen BRIND • Carol MARTIN • Chris MARTIN • Lyn ABSOLOM • Andrew SHEARD • Lewis COUSINS • Hayleigh GASCOIGNE • Miranda HABERMEL • Paul ABSOLOM • Gordon JACKSON • Phil DAVIES • Lucie COTMORE-BROWN • Rachel KENNEDY • Charlie MARTIN • Anna SHANNON • Anna GUTTERIDGE • Annabel BROWN • Oliver MARKS

 

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 3,699 participants have completed 23,276 parkruns covering a total distance of 116,380 km, including 4,498 new Personal Bests.

 

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Didcot parkrunner of the Month – March 2018

 

Didcot parkrunner of the Month - March 2018 – Anna Gutteridge

 

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Anna was surprised but thrilled to be chosen as our Didcot parkrunner of the month for March 2018 and has kindly answered or questions on her parkrun likes, dislikes and goals.

 

Anna has been selected this month after volunteering at four consecutive events taking her volunteer total to 41 events which is even more impressive as Anna has never even run at parkrun before.

 

1) Runs completed / PB's earned / Number of times volunteered

No runs completed, No PB’s, 41 Volunteered

2) How did you hear about Didcot parkrun?

I heard about parkrun from Ed my brother, it explained why all these people ran by my house on a Saturday morning.

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

Before parkrun if I wasn’t at work I started the day with a leisurely cup of tea.

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

I have to confess to not having a barcode as I’m a committed non-runner!

5) Do you have any parkrun goals?

My parkrun goal is never to be late for the 08.15 volunteer role call!

6) Do you have a favourite parkrun moment?

I think I have a favourite moment every week, the last time I was a marshal at number 8 spot at least 2 people went for a big sprint finish & they weren’t from the speedy bunch at the front, they just dug deep & finished with a flourish. I think that is what parkrun is about. 

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

Has it changed my attitude to running? It’s nice to get out & about on a Saturday morning but the only thing I shall be running is the risk of a dunking from a heavy shower!

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

My advice to anyone thinking shall I go to parkrun is go for it, if you don’t want to get hot & breathless you can volunteer & watch others suffer.

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

Oh dear I’m not qualified to answer however if(which translates as never!)I was to run I think I’d prefer the long path to the finish & the promise of cake at the end.

10) What’s your favourite volunteer role?

I do like the marshal role, I get to see people improve week after week.

11) What is your favourite parkrun to date?

My favourite parkrun would have to be the Christmas Day ones, I’ve volunteered at 2 now & it’s a different, fun start to a Christmas morning with a great atmosphere.

 

Thanks for answering our questions Anna and we hope that Anna can inspire more people to join us in volunteering one weekend.

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