Dinton Pastures parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-26 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dinton Pastures parkrun Event #90

Run Report by: Joy Elsmore

This week's event saw slightly less puddles to avoid but still lots of lovely mud as parkrunners tackled the alternative-alternative course once again. A spot or two of rain threatened to dampen spirits, but by the end of the event the sun was shining and bright- a lovely start to the weekend.

233 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

On Saturday, we also had *two* people celebrating their 250th parkrun at our event! An amazing achievement- congratulations again to you both, and thank you also for the cookies!

Event #90 was my first week as Run Director, having trained and done lots of volunteering over the past few months. Dinton Pastures parkrunners are always friendly and our volunteers so willing to help, it's a delight to be able to give something back to the parkrun community. I'd also just like to thank the rest of the Run Directors for being so welcoming and willing in helping me to learn the role!

This week, the event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Nicole RICKETT • Daniel RICKETT • Nicola DAWSON • Mia DAWSON • David HARRIS • Janet OAKLEY • Jenny DIMMICK • Tim ELFORD • Keith STONEMAN • Issie STOOLE • Gina HALE • Holly CHRISTOPHER • Jane CARR • Edward THORPE • Clare PAYNE • Ashley PINDER • Joy ELSMORE • Jan L THORPE • Beccy HARRIS • Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD • Ethan JOHNSON • Dominic COLLINS • Jayden GILL • Alex GREEN • Jeremy GREEN

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 6,475 participants have completed 23,229 parkruns covering a total distance of 116,145 km, including 4,402 new Personal Bests. A total of 391 individuals have volunteered 2,059 times.


Dinton Pastures parkrun Event #88 – alternative-alternative-alternatives

Alternative-alternative-alternatives were aplenty this week, and we had no run report writer volunteer on the roster to capture the mood. That was until TWO parkrunners were inspired to write in with their reports... consequently, we have TWO ALTERNATIVE run reports for your delight!

Run reports by: Jennifer Cassidy and Kirstin Henderson

From Jennifer Cassidy:

On Saturday 286 parkrunners walked, jogged, ran and waded their way through the Dinton puddles!

There were quite a few first timers, including 2 people running their first ever parkrun. This was a special parkrun because it was the first to take place on 29 February. The next opportunity to run a leap day parkrun won’t come around until 2048 – so for anyone hoping to complete the challenge of running a parkrun for every date in the year this run was a must!

My sister and I were meant to run at Woodley, but we arrived to find it had been cancelled after the course inspection. We both really wanted to get our leap day parkrun and I was due to run my 100th, so we decided to dash over to Dinton even though it meant starting late. We were lucky that the weather kept some people away so parking didn’t cause us any issues.

We arrived late knowing that the usual route was under water and unsure of the alternative (or alternative alternative) route! As we had missed the run briefing we didn’t even know how many laps we would need to run! Luckily the marshals were really helpful and encouraging and pointed us in the right direction. We started our first lap as the fast runners were already coming around for their second laps, but we eventually caught up with the tail walker and by the end of our first of three laps we knew where we were heading.

As a regular visitor I always enjoy running at Dinton, even when there are ankle deep puddles around the course! This weekend we were lucky that the rain and hail held off for us during parkrun, as it came down pretty heavily about an hour later. The combination of a late start and the slippery conditions meant we were a long way off our fastest times, unlike the 34 runners who each managed a PB, despite the conditions! Congratulations to all of those runners.

A huge thank you to all the fabulous volunteers for making sure that parkrun went ahead – parkrun wouldn’t happen without you!

From Kirstin Henderson:

Event #88: The first leap day parkrun brings another twist to the Dinton course

Regulars at Dinton Pastures parkrun will remember that last week, the alternative-alternative course was used for only the second time. Heavy rain overnight meant that this week even the alternative-alternative course was in doubt, as the finish area was flooded. But this didn't defeat the core team. They leapt to the challenge and found a new location for the finish funnel, creating the "alternative-alternative course with the alternative-alternative-alternative finish".

The course was flooded in places, and we were asked to run through the puddles, rather than around them. The first puddle, just after the start, resulted in squeals at the shock of the cold water. After that initial soaking, the rest of the course didn't seem so bad!

Well done to all the 286 people who ran, walked and jogged their way around the course today. Congratulations to:
2 parkrunners who enjoyed their very first parkrun,
2 parkrunners who completed their 50th parkrun,
2 parkrunners who completed their 100th parkrun,
34 parkrunners who achieved a PB,
54 parkrunners visited Dinton Pastures for the first time.

And to the 6 parkrunners who forgot their barcode, including the first finisher, and me: #dfyb!!

None of this would have been possible without the 22 fabulous volunteers:

The team at Dinton are a friendly bunch, so if you'd like to help out at any time, you would be warmly welcomed


Dinton Pastures parkrun Event 87 – The alternative-alternative course, Take 2!

Event #87: The alternative-alternative course, Take 2!
Run report by: Kirstin Henderson

Anyone who saw the Facebook post on Friday evening, with a photo of a flooded path at Dinton Pastures, knew they were going to be in for a splish-splashing treat on Saturday morning.

Heavy rain had made the main course, and the alternative course unusable. There was only one solution: the alternative-alternative course!

This course, being used for only the second time, involved 3 small laps, 3 times over the bridge, and 3 dog-legs. In the pre-run briefing we were asked to "turn right, turn right, then turn left". Which I promptly forgot, but thankfully the marshals did a fantastic job of directing the 200 runners and walkers around the muddy, puddly course.

Congratulations to the 26 parkrunners who got a PB, and a big "Well done" to the four people who made their parkrun debuts this week. We all know their Saturday mornings will never be the same!

Huge thanks, of course, to all the volunteers today:

Tom P HARRISON • Chris MOSELEY • Nicole RICKETT • Daniel RICKETT • Martin C DOUGLAS • Catherine Y DOUGLAS • John HAMMOND • Hayley HAMMOND • Paul MACKENZIE • Lauren THORNTON • Tracey ABBOTT • Kirstin HENDERSON • Edward THORPE • Ashley PINDER • Joy ELSMORE • Jan L THORPE • Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD • Dominic COLLINS • Jack JAMES • Alex GREEN

A visit to Dinton Pastures parkrun is always a great way to start the weekend, and today was especially good fun. Glad I remembered to bring spare socks and shoes for the journey home though :)



Dinton Pastures parkrun Event #85

Run Report by Tom Lamb

Watching the 336 participants line up for this morning’s event, ready to head down the damp tracks for two laps of the lake, it struck me how remarkable parkrun is - there cannot be many events that draw such a diverse crowd with the sole aim of covering 5000 metres.

For some parkrun is the goal at the end of a long road in the couch-to-5K training – a massive personal milestone. For others it could be more about the social side of things or an reason to ditch screens for the morning and draw some fresh air in to the lungs. For others the event is used alongside other runs for longer distance training. I wonder which ‘bucket’ this week’s 49 first-timers are in?

From a personal perspective, I don’t particularly enjoy running, and yet I’m consistently drawn to it. This mild addiction is fuelled in part by the statistics available. The 5K App shows your PR data and has a range of challenges such as the ‘Alphabeteer’- running an event beginning with every letter of the alphabet, or ‘Single-ton’, running 100 events at the same location. elliotline.com and parkrun.com also reveal a plethora of global data and localised information.

So with that in mind here are a few key stats from this week:

Congratulations to the 49 first-timers were joined by about 18,000 others across the world also running their first event.

At 336 participants, this is almost half the size of the largest number seen at this event, someway short of the UK’s most popular event (Bushy – circa 1,500), but significantly up on Dinton’s average attendance of 257, perhaps helped by Thames Valley Park event still water logged.

Dinton joined about a third of a million global parkrunners

4169 new PBs have been achieved at Dinton, of which 65 were today

Finally, if there was an award for ‘biggest age gap between volunteers’ then surely Dinton would win it this week. Nathan aged 4 (nearly 5) was joined by 23 other volunteers including Tom, nearly 8 decades his senior. Thank you to all for making this event possible.

Tom P HARRISON • Martin C DOUGLAS • Catherine Y DOUGLAS • Veronica ANDREW • Alan HALE • Nicola WOODMAN • Paul MACKENZIE • Thomas LAMB • Tom GIBBS • Issie STOOLE • Gillian WRIGHT • Gina HALE • Tamsyn FLYNN • Matthew DOLAN • Ashley PINDER • Joy ELSMORE • Bernadette RENDER • Ian RENDER • Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD • Bruce HUNTER • Nathan HUNTER • Chris GARRETT • Dominic COLLINS • Jayden GILL



Dinton Pastures parkrun 01/02/2020 | #84 – Run Report by Jemima Thackray, age seven

I went to parkrun with Mama who was run director. I was only going to do the run report but I ended up scanning as well because we were short of volunteers. It did not matter because I like scanning anyway. I like scanning because I get to press the button. I had to scan Paul’s barcode on his shoe. Paul is our event director. He was very muddy. There were three-hundred and fifty runners. Fifteen of them were running their first parkrun. The person who has run the most is Phil Nash. He has run four hundred and eighty seven. When we were finishing I had to pull the trolley with all the cones and signs back to the hut. Mama balanced all the stuff and pushed a bit. Then we went to the cafe and Dan bought me a hot chocolate. My favourite part of the morning was pulling the trolley. It was really tricky getting it through the mud but very funny.

Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Heather BARNES, Holly CHRISTOPHER, Catherine COLLINS, Matthew DOLAN, Martin C DOUGLAS, Tony Evans, Jayden GILL, Alan HALE, Gina HALE, Tom P HARRISON, Ethan JOHNSON, Paul MACKENZIE, Ashley PINDER, Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD, Charlie ST AUBYN, Issie STOOLE, Jemima THACKRAY, Rachel Clare THACKRAY, Lauren THORNTON, Peter TURNER, Penny WEBB

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