Event #167- 13 July 2019 Virtual Volunteer app

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I will be taking the opportunity to run a full test of the parkrun Virtual Volunteer App for both Timekeeping and Bar Code Scanning on Saturday. We will have additional volunteers at the finish area who will be using the Virtual Volunteer app alongside our volunteers using the normal Junsd stopwatches and Opticon Scanners.

parkrun UK issued the following statement recently about the launch of the Virtual Volunteer app:
“It is important to us that the scanning and timing functions are as simple as possible, and easy to use, and we’re delighted with the response so far. Whilst parkrunners are still required to present a printed barcode or wristband, utilising this new technology increases the reliability of our results, and reduces the amount of equipment that needs to be stored, transported and maintained by event teams.

And critically, as we launch 400+ new events per year around the world, the Virtual Volunteer app massively reduces the financial and logistic costs of supporting our vision of keeping parkrun free, forever, for everyone.”

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As many of you will know, we had an equipment failure a couple of weeks ago when both stopwatches failed to upload stored times onto the laptop, which meant having to complete this task manually. The stopwatches have since been replaced however this won’t always be the case and so we are taking the opportunity to give the app a proper trial.

When completing the event tomorrow you should notice no difference when you come through the finish funnel, however when you take your bar code to be scanned, we are asking you to wait while your bar code and finish token are scanned twice. Firstly by the volunteer with the usual Opticon Scanner and then again by the volunteer with the app. This will only take an additional few seconds, but will provide me with a complete set of additional data to process into the trial results system. As usual please do not take your finish token home, this should be left with the scanning volunteers.

For those of you who enjoy volunteering either as timekeeper or bar code scanner, you may wish to read more about the Virtual Volunteer app and download it onto your phone for future use. Details are below.

User guide for those interested:

http://parkrun.me/4yj0m

Android version link: http://parkrun.me/0et1v

iOS version link: http://parkrun.me/w1pf2

Thanks everyone, I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow and fingers crossed all goes smoothly!

Lorna O’Donnell
Event Director

p.s. Please don’t forget your barcode!

 

Guernsey parkrun welcomes new GP practice partner

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We are very pleased to announce that Island Health has been certified by the Royal College of General Practitioners and parkrun UK as a certified partner with Guernsey parkrun.

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This groundbreaking initiative which launched last year aims to improve the health and wellbeing of healthcare staff, patients and carers and encourages GP’s to “prescribe” outdoor physical activity where appropriate rather than medication.

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GP’s and staff from Island Health took part in GP Pledge Day on 1 June, along with over 800 practices across the UK which helped raise awareness of parkrun across the health sector and help promote sustained participation by those who are least active or have health conditions.

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Inactivity is a leading cause of premature illness and death in the UK, and GPs and their teams play a key role in empowering their patients to get more active and improve their health.

Dr Zoe Williams, RCGP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity & Lifestyle and TV Doctor said: “The parkrun practice initiative has been a huge success so far, with over 800 practices signing up in the first year. We’ve heard incredible stories from patients, their relatives and GP staff.

From getting their smile back, to improving their physical health, to feeling a part of their community again, the benefits are wide and varied, and absolutely everyone is welcome.”

Professor Helen Stokes Lampard, GP and Chair of RCGP said: “The RCGP partnership with parkrun has captured the imagination of GPs and their teams. The walk or run approach makes exercise accessible and inclusive”.

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Guernsey parkrun is a free timed 5km run or walk which takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at Pembroke. All ages from 4 years up can take part and all abilities are welcome. Organised entirely by volunteers we are there to encourage you to improve your health and well being and to connect with your community. We meet up in the Beach House Cafe after the event and chat to new friends and old over a cup of tea or coffee. Come and join us, it’s fun!

We look forward to meeting GP’s, practice staff and Island Health patients over the coming weeks. All participants and those wishing to volunteer must first register with parkrun at

https://www.parkrun.com/register/form/

 

Guernsey parkrun Event #161 – 1 June 2019

It was a beautiful day that greeted us for parkrun on Saturday and the weather seemed to draw out the crowds as 227 people joined us to run, walk or jog the course.

It was GP Pledge Day and we were pleased to welcome doctors and staff from Queens Road Medical Practice who are partnered with parkrun and also a team from Island Health. Dr Gallagher spoke about the benefits of exercise for our physical and mental health which is certainly something all parkrunners understand judging by the smiling faces on Saturday.
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We had lots of lovely visitors including James and Becky Wingrave from Woking. James completed his 189th parkrun and Becky kindly volunterred as a timekeeper. After helping to pack up they joined us for coffee and James explained how they enjoyed travelling to diffferent parkruns and meeting lots of people. They loved our course and promised to be back so we look forward to welcoming them again in the future.
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It was a week for milestones with Destiny Hollier-Hill earning her 25 volunteer shirt. Hope you will wear your purple shirt with pride Destiny. Jack Skyrme earned his J10 shirt so well done to Jack. Other milestones were Ryan De Jersey reaching his 50th parkrun and Warren Mauger running his 100th parkrun. Fantastic acheivements and congratulations to you both.

We couldn't have parkrun without all the amazing volunteers and whilst the roster for next week looks full we have a number of gaps to fill in the weeks that follow. Please get in touch if you can help as if everyone volunteered just once it would make such an impact.

Josh Langmead
Run Director

Here is the results summary:
This week 227 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Linda JOHANSEN • Becky WINGRAVE • Lorna O'DONNELL • Mandy LANGMEAD • Josh LANGMEAD • Sam COOPER • Stephanie HAMEL • Ray SCHOLES • Kate MORRIS • Joanna HOLLYER-HILL • Destiny HOLLYER-HILL • Gary HART • Soo WELLFAIR • Helene LE VALLEE • Simon HOLLYER-HILL • Mary HOLLYER HILL

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

The male record is held by Michael BATISTE who recorded a time of 16:48 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 113).
The female record is held by Louise PERRIO who recorded a time of 17:58 on 18th August 2018 (event number 121).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded 93.81% (25:51) on 20th April 2019 (event number 155).

Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 3,480 participants have completed 19,843 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,215 km, including 3,848 new Personal Bests. A total of 305 individuals have volunteered 2,351 times.

 

Guernsey parkrun Event #159 – 18 May 2019

Parkrun report #159 for 18th May 2019

I was planning a holiday in the Channel Islands and thought the route of the Guernsey parkrun looked stunning, around L’Ancresse Bay, so the holiday was planned around that, and I am so glad I did. The course was spectacular although it is fair to say that stopping to take lots of photos does nothing for my pace which is slow at the best of times. But the views were too good to miss! In addition to the beautiful course, the core team and volunteers were very welcoming and friendly, and they even persuaded the drizzle to stop just before 9 am! Brilliant achievement.

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226 runners turned out today of whom 48 were first time visitors like myself. However, unlike me, several of the visitors were in Guernsey for the Guernsey Ultra on Sunday - 36 miles around the coast ... good luck to them all. 18 of the first time visitors were doing their first ever parkrun ... welcome to the parkrun community and please come back for a second parkrun. At the other extreme, three runners had done more than 400 parkruns ... Simon Kimpton on 464, Pat Kimpton on 429 and Dave Llewellyn on 410.

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22 different clubs were represented, both local and from across the UK.

There were some impressive milestones. Tom Elcock from Hyde Park Harriers celebrated his 250th parkrun. Tom Hutchison from Team Bath AC and Arthur Law from Holme Pierrepoint RC both achieved their 100th parkrun. Thomas Garvey (JM11-14) achieved his 10th parkrun. There will be a lot of new milestone t-shirts appearing ... congratulations to you all.

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Charlie Thompson was the first male back in 19:22. Well done. But particular congratulations have to go to Emily Garvey (JW10) who was the first female back in 22:42, achieving a shiny new PB, her fourth PB in four weeks, and an age grade of 75.18%, the highest age grading of the week. Awesome running. And 55 people smashed out new PBs ... well done to you all. But all 226 runners deserve congratulations ... we all did so well. Sadly 12 people forgot their barcodes.

And of course none of us would have been able to run without the amazing 18 volunteers who encouraged us all the way round. Thank you to you all.

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I really enjoyed my visit to Guernsey parkrun, and the bacon and egg rolls in the Beach Cafe afterwards, combined with the fun of token sorting with friends, made a perfect ending. Thank you to everyone for your welcome ... I would recommend this to anyone thinking of visiting Guernsey.

Caroline HARVEY
Ashton Court parkrun

Here is the results summary:
This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Pat KIMPTON • Linda JOHANSEN • Tiaan CALITZ • Lorna O'DONNELL • Anthony O'DONNELL • Kerry KEMP • Caroline HARVEY • Mandy LANGMEAD • Mel CROCKER • Alex ALLAN • Beth WRIGHT • Steven MARQUIS • Joanna HOLLYER-HILL • Martin WRIGHT • Francis SNODING • Jane DE JERSEY • Emily WRIGHT • Mary HOLLYER HILL

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

The male record is held by Michael BATISTE who recorded a time of 16:48 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 113).
The female record is held by Louise PERRIO who recorded a time of 17:58 on 18th August 2018 (event number 121).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded 93.81% (25:51) on 20th April 2019 (event number 155).

Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 3,416 participants have completed 19,455 parkruns covering a total distance of 97,275 km, including 3,777 new Personal Bests. A total of 302 individuals have volunteered 2,316 times.

 

Guernsey parkrun Event #158 -11 May 2019

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I think record breaking numbers at our event #158 on Saturday deserves a shout out, especially as not a single finish token went missing this week. Amazing and thank you everyone!

And on the subject of finish tokens, Guernsey parkrun was issued with 224 of them when we first started back in April 2016 (a funny number I know) and despite getting close on a couple of occasions, we have never run out....until today!

As the tokens began to run dry, I had to rummage in the equipment box for scissors and the sheet of emergency paper barcodes for the last 20 or so to cross the finish. Thank you for your patience to those who were asked to wait in the finish funnel while we did a Blue Peter job with the tokens.

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It might be a one off (we had 220 in August 2017 but no more than that since, until now) but we have decided to get a few more home made tokens at the ready, just in case. RD Josh and Mum Mandy have been hard at work with their laminator and we are now the proud owners of 300 tokens. We think that should be more than enough!
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Not sure where you all came from or why we had such big numbers, but it was certainly lovely to see you all enjoying the sunshine, if not the stiff breeze as you came back along the coastal path!

We did have a few visitors to boost our numbers, including Leslie and Linda Unsworth from Southwick Country parkrun, Sue Eaton and Richard Payne from Pontefract and David Bennett from Salisbury (thanks for not mentioning the wind David!)

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It was a good day for kite flying!
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Congratulations to first finishers Ben Wilen (who forgot his barcode this week so no time, sorry) and to Lottie Smith. We had lots of youngsters this week, 45 in fact, plus a good few more who did very well to complete one lap and also well done to all 32 first timers who did a great job.

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I will see you all again next week. Remember, if you would like to do your bit to keep Guernsey parkrun sustainable please check out the roster at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/guernsey/futureroster/ for volunteer availability. We rely on you, the participants, to help out from time to time. #makeadifference
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Lorna O’Donnell
Event Director

Here is this week’s results summary:

This week 246 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Linda JOHANSEN • Lorna O'DONNELL • Anthony O'DONNELL • Mandy LANGMEAD • Kirsten PRICE • Richard MORRIS • Dave WHEAL • Beth WRIGHT • Kate MORRIS • Martin WRIGHT • Emma DOWNES • Daniella MAUGER • Helene LE VALLEE • Emily WRIGHT • Simon HOLLYER-HILL • Mary HOLLYER HILL

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

The male record is held by Michael BATISTE who recorded a time of 16:48 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 113).
The female record is held by Louise PERRIO who recorded a time of 17:58 on 18th August 2018 (event number 121).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded 93.81% (25:51) on 20th April 2019 (event number 155).

Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 3,368 participants have completed 19,229 parkruns covering a total distance of 96,145 km, including 3,721 new Personal Bests. A total of 299 individuals have volunteered 2,298 times.

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