Dinton Pastures parkrun 30/11/2019 Event #74

Run report by Claire Morris
Photos by Eddie Thorpe

My reasons for coming to Dinton Pastures today weren't very scientific. I'd planned a spot of tourism with two clubmates to edge closer to the '100 different parkruns' glory, and our criteria were: not too far away, decent cafe, and scenic course. Dinton Pastures looked to fit the bill perfectly - and as an aside, I realised after scrolling through the list of parkruns I've run called Somewhere Fields/ Something Hall, Court, Woods etc I've never run a 'Something Pastures' course before: is there another?!

Our strong reasoning about proximity was in doubt en route though, as we hit some unexpected traffic. 'Are you sure you wouldn't like to do Bracknell instead?' enquired today's driver hopefully as we passed through far too close to 9 am for comfort. But we made it in the nick of time and even found the startline and briefing.

As a first-timer I'd planned to describe the route in this report, but my ropey navigation skills and some low mists meant that I lost my bearings almost immediately. Along a lake...er...round a lake...Now the lake is on the other side...ooh, lakes on both sides! Lovely! I stopped trying to work it out and settled into a contented jog, chatting to fellow tourists and locals and admiring the views across the misty water. It's a gorgeous place to run, and recent leaf fall had firmed up the mud nicely and turned the paths a lovely golden colour.

Eventually the lakes really were in all directions as one appeared across the entire path, but as the chap behind me shouted cheerfully when I hesitated, 'just run through it, it's the only way!'

Clearly some runners were focusing a little less on the scenery and a little more on their running, as the first two finishers Ryan Brookling and Emma Howsham were not only the fastest male and female but also achieved the highest age gradings of the day: congratulations to them! There were an impressive 50 PBs today, most notably Kate Parker on her 100th run. Other milestones were hit by juniors Cameron Taylor  and Kapi Mahara on their 10th run and Wayne Coles on his 50th.

I had hoped DP would be a pretty parkrun, and wasn't disappointed. Thank you for making us so welcome!

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This week 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

John BIGG • Nicole RICKETT • Daniel RICKETT • Claire MORRIS • Martin C DOUGLAS • Fergal DONNELLY • Ian ROSS • John HAMMOND • Hayley HAMMOND • Mark DIBBEN • Penny WEBB • Lauren THORNTON • Fiona MARSHALL • Peter GLASS • Ashley MIDDLEWICK • Holly CHRISTOPHER • Tamsyn FLYNN • Edward THORPE • Alistair DOWLMAN • Ashley PINDER • Sarah WILCOCKSON • Jan L THORPE • Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD • Bruce HUNTER • Nathan HUNTER

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

The male record is held by Max COSTLEY who recorded a time of 16:29 on 25th August 2018 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Georgia HAYES who recorded a time of 18:04 on 24th November 2018 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MCGUIRK who recorded 86.94% (20:33) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 38).

Dinton Pastures parkrun started on 14th July 2018. Since then 5,354 participants have completed 18,019 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,095 km, including 3,716 new Personal Bests. A total of 339 individuals have volunteered 1,666 times.

 

Dinton Pastures parkrun event #73

Run report by: Leonie Yeates
Photos by: Paul MacKenzie

I love to write, it's how I put food on my table and running shoes on my feet but running and certainly parkruns have only been a part of my life since earlier in 2019, thanks to Jeff's encouragement. (He's addicted to running any and every distance from a weekly parkrun to almost weekly 10kms and half-marathons with the odd marathon thrown in for good measure!) So, when asked, I was delighted to combine the two and write the occasional parkrun report.

My journey started in late March 2019 (at the mature age of 62 – showing it's never too late to start running!) when I downloaded the excellent NHS programme, couch to 5km. My first parkrun followed at Southwark Park in East London at the end of June. This week I completed my 16th parkrun and my 6th at Dinton Pastures, the nearest parkrun to my home in Wokingham and a course we really enjoy.

When Jeff and I last ran here a couple of weeks ago it was mud up to and above our ankles. Today was no different, the mud had just relocated to different parts of the course. It's certainly hard to get a PB when trying to stay upright is difficult enough! But none of that distracts from the fun.

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parkruns are not about getting PBs, however, but about getting out in the fresh air, getting some exercise and enjoying the scenery and company along the way. Many of us set ourselves personal targets – mine is actually running all the way around Dinton Pastures without slowing to a walk once or twice. I've only managed that at two parkruns so far, once when my daughter was dragging me along!

Despite the mud on the ground, the weather was kind – just a light sprinkling of rain and certainly not cold enough for the thermals. The turnout was good as usual with 279 people making their way around the course in times that ran from a impressive 18.25 minutes (Thomas Lunn) to just under an hour. There were a few visitors (Andover and Eastbourne come to mind) including regulars from Reading parkrun. Not enough of them had wetsuits to turn out in a flooded Thames Valley Park!

Congratulations to Christina Lowe on her 50th parkrun as well as the 41 among us who achieved new personal bests (Something I achieved last week by a narrow margin of 1 second. Jeff and I weren't among them this week, however). And, of course, well done and welcome to all 46 first timers at parkruns. Keep coming back.

Dinton Pastures is always a delight and we enjoy the lakeside scenery along the way and the fact that the course isn't repetitive. And, when the demands of football supporting don't intervene, we love to stay for coffee (and maybe a bacon bap). A parkrun is a great way to start the weekend, it gets you out of bed, wakes you up and gets the body moving – all before 10:00 a.m.

Watch this space – Jeff is hoping to achieve his 100th run at Dinton Pastures before Christmas and I'm in training for my first 10km in Madrid at the end of April.

A big thank you to the 24 volunteers who helped on the 23rd November 2019. Your encouragement on the way round is invaluable. They were:

Rachel PLATT • Daniel RICKETT • Petra WEBER • Martin C DOUGLAS • Shell
SMITH • Colin TENNANT • Paul MACKENZIE • William PLATT • Lauren
THORNTON • Dawn STUART • Holly CHRISTOPHER • Jane CARR • Clare
PAYNE • Alistair DOWLMAN • Ashley PINDER • Timothy HAWKES • Sarah
WILCOCKSON • Leonie YEATES • Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD • John RIGBY •
Bruce HUNTER • Nathan HUNTER • Ethan JOHNSON • Emily RIGBY

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dinton Pastures parkrun Results Page. The male record is held by Max COSTLEY who recorded a time of 16:29 on 25th August 2018 (event number 7). The female record is held by Georgia HAYES who recorded a time of 18:04 on 24th November 2018 (event number 20). The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MCGUIRK who recorded 86.94% (20:33) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 38). Dinton Pastures parkrun started on 14th July 2018. Since then 5,307 participants have completed 17,750 parkruns covering a total distance of 88,750 km, including 3,664 new Personal Bests. A total of 334 individuals have volunteered 1,641 times.

 

Dinton Pastures parkrun Event #72

Run report by: Dewi Meredith-Smith
Photos by: Jacob Davies

Hello everyone!

I hear a loud buzzing noise... It's my alarm clock early on a Saturday. Crikey - that means parkrun!

Now for my weekly battle: Comfy bed, warm duvet, eventually a nice cup of tea... OR a cold Autumn morning running around a muddy park with a couple hundred other fanatics - there was only ever going to be one winner!

An hour or so later, after finding my barcode, which was inexplicably hidden in my running jacket (who put it there I wonder?), I find myself at the start line of Dinton Pastures parkrun ready for my 7th run at Dinton - and my 1 year anniversary of running here.

I have always enjoyed running at Dinton. I think it is a combination of the beautiful scenery with the lake, the plethora of adorable dogs that I have the pleasure of running with, and mostly I think it is the excuse to channel my inner child by splashing through big muddy puddles as part of the run! 

This week's run was a special run for me and my wife as we celebrated her 50th parkrun.
I love running with my wife - we like to keep each other distracted from our tired legs by playing spot the cutest dog. Although she always manages to find a little energy from somewhere as she inevitably sprints passed me at the home straight - All's fair in love, war... and parkrun I guess!

It's always more fun to run with a friend or family member - for those of you who haven't had the opportunity I recommend you encourage someone to give it a go with you, perhaps you could push each other to achieve a new Personal Best - or at the very least it gives you the chance to catch up on the week's gossip!

There were 210 runners, joggers, walkers, and crawlers who completed the course this week from 20 different clubs.

Congratulations to Wah Kin Michael Lai who finished 1st male for the second time at Dinton, closely followed by Harry Mayne, one of 38 people who managed a fantastic new Personal Best.

Also congratulations to Laura Thomas who finished 1st female in her first ever run at Dinton, one of 32 first timers, and only the 7th female to ever run sub-20 minutes at Dinton - what a start and we hope you'll come back for more.

Special thank you to our team of 24 volunteers that made the run possible - especially with the very late change to the course for safety reasons (it was a bit wet wasn't it!)

Martin C DOUGLAS • Catherine Y DOUGLAS • Emily HUTCHINSON • Mo FASSIHINIA • Alan HALE • Paul MACKENZIE • Lee DAVIES • Karen DAVIES • Lauren THORNTON • Jacob DAVIES • Dawn STUART • Jenny DIMMICK • Aidan DAVIES • Sally RICHARDS • Gina HALE • Dewi MEREDITH-SMITH • Holly CHRISTOPHER • Tamsyn FLYNN • Ashley PINDER • Sarah WILCOCKSON • Rod MACRAE • Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD • Bruce HUNTER • Nathan HUNTER

The male record is held by Max COSTLEY who recorded a time of 16:29 on 25th August 2018 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Georgia HAYES who recorded a time of 18:04 on 24th November 2018 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MCGUIRK who recorded 86.94% (20:33) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 38).
Dinton Pastures parkrun started on 14th July 2018. Since then 5,261 participants have completed 17,471 parkruns covering a total distance of 87,355 km, including 3,624 new Personal Bests. A total of 331 individuals have volunteered 1,617 times.

Dinton Pastures parkrun
Event number 72
16th November 2019

 

Christmas and New Years Day parkrun plans

 

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Exciting news! This Christmas and New Years Day Dinton Pastures parkrun will be hosting 2 extra parkruns. As you know, most parkruns are on a Saturday but twice a year you get to do a couple of extras. We will be hosting parkrun on:

25th December Christmas Day, 9:00am. Run Director - Martin Douglas (thanks Martin!)

1st January New Years Day, 8:30am. Run Director - Paul Mackenzie (thanks Paul!)

also, note that on New Years Day it is the only day of the year it is possible to run 2 parkruns in one day. For example after Dinton you could head to Woodley and run there as well. For all the double possibilities see: http://tailrun.uk/nyd/2019/

to make these events go ahead smoothly we also need our fabulous volunteers. If you'd like to enroll and help out on either day please let us know at dintonpastures@parkrun.com

 

Dinton Pastures parkrun Event #71

Run Report by John Rigby

Dinton Pastures Parkrun #71 was run in cold but dry and still conditions. The park was beautiful with an abundance of colour in the leaves, most of which were still on the trees, leaving the paths mostly clear. Recent wet conditions did leave the track a little wet in places with some sizeable puddles and some slippery, muddy elements, especially on the second lap when the 264 runners had already been through, churning it up. The many lakes besides which we ran were misty generating an ethereal feel to the route. That said, visibility was never a problem and the marshals had done an excellent job of marking out the path and manning the intersections to keep us all on the correct route, Thank you marshals!

It was interesting to see the various approaches the runners took to the puddles, some ploughed through regardless (fortunately, none of these suffered a ‘Vicar of Dibley’ disappearance event :-), some timed their pace to leap over, or mostly over, others diverted around, though the off-path routes soon became muddy themselves. Many of the runners had interesting mud splatter patterns on their calves, or their whole bodies. (I had a scrape down, then a shower, then a bath when I got home!)

William Platt ran a short first timers / tourist briefing, there were 45 runners for whom event #71 was their first run at Dinton, of which, 9 where running their first parkrun anywhere, Welcome to the Parkrun Family all of you. Dinton is a fairly simple, two lap, course with no major inclines or difficulties to negotiate making it an easy introduction to the Parkrun experience. Fastest result for a first timer to Dinton was 20:41, bringing Rebecca Miller in 5th overall.

Today’s Run Director, Luke Truman gave the event briefing, there were tourists identified from Winchester, Bristol and Sheffield, the last of which prompted the observation that our puddles were but nothing compared to those Sheffield was suffering today judging by the news footage many of us had seen (though a quick look at the parkrun website reveals that many of the 7 runs in the Sheffield area do have results for today). There were 2 runners participating in their 50th Parkrun and one in his 100th. Five of the runners today have already completed over 250 parkruns but one of those achieved a new PB - Congratulations Chris James. In fact 45 runners achieved a Dinton Pastures new PB today.
Today saw Dinton Pastures surpass the 17,000 total number of runs, a big thank you to all the ‘hi-vis heroes’ who have made that possible.

This week 264 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Amanda Louise THORNTON • James THACKRAY • Colin TENNANT • Mo FASSIHINIA • Hayley HAMMOND • Paul MACKENZIE • William PLATT • Penny WEBB • Lauren THORNTON • Richard BELL • Becks BROOKS • Jemima THACKRAY • Fiona ROSS • Luke TRUEMAN • Issie STOOLE • Holly CHRISTOPHER • Jane CARR • Lara THACKRAY • Clare PAYNE • Alistair DOWLMAN • Sarah WILCOCKSON • Rod MACRAE • Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD • John RIGBY • Bruce HUNTER • Nathan HUNTER • Ethan JOHNSON

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

The male record is held by Max COSTLEY who recorded a time of 16:29 on 25th August 2018 (event number 7).

The female record is held by Georgia HAYES who recorded a time of 18:04 on 24th November 2018 (event number 20).

The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MCGUIRK who recorded 86.94% (20:33) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 38).

Dinton Pastures parkrun started on 14th July 2018. Since then 5,228 participants have completed 17,261 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,305 km, including 3,586 new Personal Bests. A total of 328 individuals have volunteered 1,593 times.

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