Guernsey parkrun 5th Birthday Event #213 – 10 April 2021

Chilly and wet at the start

Chilly and wet at the start


Today was Guernsey Parkrun’s fifth birthday celebration.  I started doing parkrun in 2016 just after the event began  Today was my 121st parkrun and my 29th Volunteer duty. I love it!! My whole family loves it, even Gran and Papa volunteer. 

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It gets you up and out and exercising with lovely people on a Saturday morning. Today was wet and chilly but still 145 people ran two soggy laps and 18 smiley people volunteered.

 

First timers briefing with Soo.

First timers briefing with Soo.

Admiring Soo’s Guernsey Together themed costume

Admiring Soo’s Guernsey Together themed costume


James de Garis was the first male finisher and Lottie Smith was the first female with a PB and she’s an under 18!!

There were seven new PB’s in the top ten runners. In addition amongst many PB’s Katie Smith , Samuel Brown , Nathan Harrison and Ryan Van Vliet ran their best times and they are all under 14 !!

Huge love and hugs to Mel Nicolle who wore her cape happily to mark her 50th parkrun.

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I love it when people wear the  capes but Soo Wellfair also looked fab in her rainbow outfit. 
#guernseytogether 

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I ran the whole two laps with Zoe Ward today. I met Zoe through parkrun, she is my run buddy who pushes me to go faster .......if we feel like it! Everyone is encouraging and has been since my first time. 

parkrun is a big part of my life, I try and go most weeks ...even in the rain ....but BRING ON THE SUNSHINE !!   

Lots of love

Destiny Hollyer-Hill

This week 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Nicola SHARP • Lorna O'DONNELL • Anthony O'DONNELL • Alison BIRKETT • Nigel HURFORD • Kirsten PRICE • Diane BOOTH • Sue SARAHS • Alex ALLAN • Karen FARMAN • Kevin TRUMP • Joanna HOLLYER-HILL • Destiny HOLLYER-HILL • Soo WELLFAIR • Martin WRIGHT • Lauri WARLOW • Carolyn ELMY • Laura OXBURGH

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 4,473 participants have completed 29,158 parkruns covering a total distance of 145,790 km, including 5,127 new Personal Bests. A total of 373 individuals have volunteered.

 

 

Guernsey parkrun Event #211- 27 March 2021

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Today we celebrated Guernsey being declared officially “Covid-Free” for the second time in the best way we could...by returning to parkrun!! We are so lucky to be able to take part in the activities that we love and we are so grateful for this. 

165 people ran, jogged and walked their  way back out of lockdown, with smiles as bright as the glorious April sunshine. Even though weather took a turn for the worse and turned a little wet and gloomy, it didn't dampen the spirits of our dedicated parkrunners. 

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Today's event was made even more exciting by the introduction of a brand new route which we are testing out! Feedback was really positive and we can't wait for more parkrunners to have a go over the coming weeks. 

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The new route was certainly a great success for the 25 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests! Well done! And an enormous, warm parkrun welcome to the 13 people who came along for the first time today. We hope you had a fantastic first parkrun experience and and will keep coming back for more. 

We love celebrating milestones at parkrun and today we celebrated with Dave Watson who achieved his 50 milestone and wore our special red cape with pride . Congratulations Dave. If you are celebrating a milestone please do let us know! Not only will we give you a special mention, you get the opportunity to wear one of our milestone capes. 

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Dave wasn’t the only one who had to wait 9 weeks to reach their milestone Event. Congratulations also to James De Garis who celebrated his 50th milestone and to Indi Warren who celebrated her 10th milestone with a new PB!

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Nicola SHARP • Linda JOHANSEN • Lorna O'DONNELL • Anthony O'DONNELL • Nicki WATSON • Mandy LANGMEAD • David REED • Alex ALLAN • Kate MORRIS • Soo WELLFAIR • Martin WRIGHT • Louis BELL • Lauri WARLOW • Simon HOLLYER-HILL • Mary HOLLYER HILL • Joshua SAVIDENT • Liz HARRISON-BECK

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 4,461 participants have completed 28,852 parkruns covering a total distance of 144,260 km, including 5,063 new Personal Bests. A total of 372 individuals have volunteered 3,185 times.

Well done to everyone that took park today; runners, walkers, volunteers and everyone in the community who continues to support us.

See you next Saturday

Soo

Run Director

 

Important Information Restart 27 March

We are very excited to let you know that we have permission to restart our Event on Saturday 27 March, subject to Guernsey entering Stage 3 of Exit from Lockdown on Monday 22 March. Things are looking hopeful so we will be keeping our fingers crossed.

We will be working within the constraints to our Covid-19 Framework, which most of you will be familiar with, and in addition we have been asked to do our very best to maintain social distancing. The wearing of masks is recommended but not compulsory. We suggest, as a minimum, you wear a mask during the briefing and at the end of your run, while you are around other participants and volunteers.

The other condition of our restart permission is that we must keep a record of all attendees. Please help us to meet these conditions by bringing your barcode and getting it scanned, as this provides a record for the track and trace system.

We risk permission being withdrawn if we cannot meet these simple requirements so please Bring Your Bar Code! 

As before, we will be keeping briefings short, carrying out contactless timekeeping and scanning activities, and providing hand sanitiser for our volunteers. The volunteer vests and lanyards and all finish tokens will be washed each week.

We are not able to put out the tarpaulin for your coats and other belongings, so please do not store these on or by our equipment boxes, or throw your clothing at our volunteers at the turnaround! Whilst you all mastered the new requirements for contactless scanning and token return brilliantly, the message that volunteers are not allowed to touch your stuff didn’t seem to be getting through. Hopefully this is now clear!
Here is a summary reminder of our Covid-19 Codes:

Covid-19 Walker and Runner Code

Covid-19 Walker and Runner Code

Covid-19 Volunteer Code

Covid-19 Volunteer Code

In addition, we will be trialing a new course, postponed from 23 January and as a reminder, the route map is below:

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We very much hope to see you on 27 March as ask that you kindly be respectful of our Covid related operating procedures.

As always, we will need some lovely volunteers to help put on the Event, so please get in touch (guernsey@parkrun.com) if you can help out on 27 March, or any week going forward.

Thank you

Lorna O’Donnell

Event Director

 

Guernsey parkrun 23 January – Route Information

Thank you to participants and volunteers who offered their feedback on the revised route last week. Your comments have been helpful in determining what worked well and what might be improved.

This coming week things are a little different again, the main changes being that the route is reversed and there is a revised crossing point at L’Ancresse. The route reversal should help alleviate congestion and the revised crossing position should improve visibility.

As with our Principal Route, from L’Ancresse kiosk you will head towards Stonecrusher before going uphill towards La Fontenelle. You will pass the WWII bunker on your left, before rejoining the footpath, then completing a shorter and less hilly loop back to the footpath and onwards to the Longree crossing. Once again there is a sweeping section across the Common before reaching the L’Ancresse crossing, rejoining the footpath before the kiosk and returning to Pembroke for the turnaround for lap 2. This week you might be amused to note that you will be asked to keep left on the two way sections, and therefore it makes more sense to approach the turnaround from left to right. We like to keep you on your toes!

Here is the route map with marshal points indicated.

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Upper section at La Fontenelle

Upper section at La Fontenelle

I hope you will enjoy this route and as before your feedback is welcome. Please take care on the grass sections as the rabbit holes are too numerous to mark. We do our best to mark the worst offenders with saucer cones. The section from the Start to L’Ancresse kiosk also needs careful navigation due to hundreds of pebbles which have been thrown up by the sea. We are not allowed to move these from the path so please watch your footing through this short section.

Finally, a reminder, as always, not to attend if you are feeling unwell, please respect others’ personal space and be mindful of good respiratory and hand hygiene. Under the Covid framework, we are NOT able to look after your personal belongings, so please do not leave them in or on our equipment boxes, or throw them at our volunteers as you pass!

Thank you.

Lorna O’Donnell

Event Director

 

Guernsey parkrun Event #210 – 16 January 2021

This morning's parkrun was never destined to be a dry one. With the weather forecast giving 100% chance of rain and a pretty high tide at Pembroke, there was water coming from just about every direction! However, this did not deter 138 hardy parkrunners who completed the course. 

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Today's event was even more exciting than usual, as we were trialling a brand new route. The coastal path has really been at the mercy of the elements over the past year and had become quite an awkward part of the route, with parkrunners needing to use the same  narrow stretch of path in both directions. Our new route has been designed as a one-way course, eliminating the need for this two-way section, which should be of a great benefit to both the path and to our participants, who should now have much more room. The route will be trialled over a three week period, with some possible tweaks still to be made, and then we will then make a decision as to whether it will become our principal route.

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Our team of fabulous set-up volunteers were out bright and early, making sure the new route was well signposted and extra marshals were positioned along the course to help things run smoothly.

Feedback so far has been extremely positive and many remarked on how enjoyable the change of route was. 

 The challenging weather failed to deter 13 brave first timers...well done!  5 individuals recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 5 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Eleanor White for reaching her 100 milestone today and to Roy Stanford for reaching his 50 milestone. Your dedication to parkrun is just fantastic, well done.

Soo Wellfair

Run Director

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Here is the event summary:

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Nicola SHARP • Lorna O'DONNELL • Anthony O'DONNELL • Alison BIRKETT • Mandy LANGMEAD • Kirsten PRICE • Alex ALLAN • Graham HALL • Catherine SINCLAIR-STOTT • Karen FARMAN • Zoe WARD • Joanna HOLLYER-HILL • Soo WELLFAIR • Martin WRIGHT • Louis BELL • Simon HOLLYER-HILL • Mary HOLLYER HILL • Joshua SAVIDENT

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 4,448 participants have completed 28,687 parkruns covering a total distance of 143,435 km, including 5,038 new Personal Bests. A total of 372 individuals have volunteered 3,168 times.

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