Irchester Country parkrun Event #29 – 25/09/21

Irchester Country parkrun Event #29 - Saturday 25th September 2021

Having travelled 400 miles down from the North East Coast to the South coast on a 2 week break and now on my way back North with an 'I' and a 'Z' to go to compete the parkrun alphabet, Irchester Country was the perfect course half way home (I'm planning a 'Z' in Holland next year if we are out of this mess by then).

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The car park was spacious and fine for our big campervan at a £3.20 charge for 4 hours. You can get a free parking pass if you volunteer - d’oh missed that one!

Run Director Chris May gave the briefing on a lovely sunny morning, 17 degrees, and Theresa Clark briefed us visitors and one first timer to parkrun.

198 people ran/jogged and walked the out and back course with a little 1km loop in the middle. All on good gravel paths through the woods. A few short, sharp hills were very well marshalled by 31 volunteers many of whom appeared to be representing the May family.

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First runner home was Scott Layland in 19:21 and first female home (7th overall) was Sarah Fountain in 21:26 - well done.

Kevin Burt was doing two laps of the course to raise funds for the Tressell Trust and there was a monthly food bank drop off.

My favourite participant was a very excited Doberman - I wish I could channel that energy.

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At the park were a nice clean toilet block and a takeaway cafe. I didn’t use the cafe, but the smell of cooked onions and sausages coming up the sprint finish was pretty strong.

There was an impressive adventure play park and Jungle Parc of high ropes if you wanted to spend more time here.

Now to drive the 233 miles home from parkrun.

Siân Salter (A115963) - Whitley Bay parkrun and Newcastle Front runners


This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Geoff BAULK • Andy WORTH • Sian SALTER • Duncan WORTHY • Mary Rebecca PEARSON • Ian STURDGESS • Naythan BELLAMY • Nicola MACKLEY • Kevin GLENDINNING • Rob CHURCHER-UPTON • Muriel MOORE • Kevin O' REILLY • Matthew MAY • Harry MAY • Tracey MAY • Paul THOMAS • Yvonne KNIGHT • Niamh SPINKS-WILSON • John SPINKS-WILSON • Marc SANDERSON • Laura BREWSTER • Theresa CLARK • Peter THOMAS • Gillian BROTHERSTON • Stephen WRIGHT • Christopher MAY • Kevin BEAN • Mary CAMPBELL • Karen MAY • George BROTHERSTON

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Irchester Country parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:35 on 28th December 2019 (event number 9).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:26 on 18th January 2020 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by John WAYLAND who recorded 84.01% (16:53) on 28th August 2021 (event number 25).

Irchester Country parkrun started on 2nd November 2019. Since then 3,109 participants have completed 7,413 parkruns covering a total distance of 37,065 km, including 1,626 new Personal Bests. A total of 242 individuals have volunteered 878 times.

 

 

Irchester Country parkrun Event #28 – 18/09/21

Irchester Country parkrun Event #28 - Saturday 18th September 2021

What a lovely morning at Irchester Country park! The weather was lovely, sunny and
warm.

This morning was the 28th event at Irchester and my first as a tourist. What else do
you do when visiting family? Look for a nearby parkrun of course! I am really happy
to write this report because as a Northampton born girl it has been lovely to see the
growth of parkrun events in and around Northampton.

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If you are looking to complete the parkrun alphabet challenge this is the perfect ‘I’. It
was easy to get to, the volunteers and run director were helpful and cheery, and the
café looked great for that after parkrun chat and breakfast. All in all everything you
would want from a local parkrun.

On to the run. The first timers briefing was helpful and clear before the 175 runners
were directed to the start and we were set off on our way by run director Justyn
Christer. Warnings about rabbit holes and keeping to the left heeded and off we
went.

The course is undulating trail which was pleasant and well marshalled. The diversity
of parkrun was evident in the ages of the parkrunners, from JM10 – SW70-74! It was
lovely to see the younger runners supporting each other.

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Well done to our top 3 finishers Luke Pikett, Alexander Pitt and Darren Darkins. Also
congratulations to our first women finishers, Katy Robinson, Carolin Pickering and
Judith Kariuki. It was encouraging to see that 41 of the 175 runners were first timers
at Irchester and 17 of those chose this parkrun to do their first ever parkrun!
Congratulations and hope welcome to the parkrun family. Also congratulations to the
36 runners who achieved PBs! Well done. I look forward to seeing the growth of this
event.

If you can volunteer over the next few weeks please email the team at
irchestercountry@parkrun.com. Training can be given if needed and you will be
made very welcome. I had a lovely morning touring at Irchester Country parkrun
and will definitely visit again.

Have a great weekend and see you all again soon.

Carol Moran (A5455) - the Hanworth parkrun team


This week 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Alan MILLS • Mary Rebecca PEARSON • Zoe WHITE • Emma ROBINSON • Ian STURDGESS • Daniel PEARSON • Naythan BELLAMY • Kevin GLENDINNING • Kevin O' REILLY • Chris ECCLES • Paul THOMAS • Laura BREWSTER • Theresa CLARK • Clair WALLACE • Justyn CHRISTER • Andrew BIGNELL • Vinay JOSHI • Gillian BROTHERSTON • Stephen WRIGHT • Christopher MAY • Kevin BEAN • Lee MOONEY • Karen MAY • Ian PICKARD • Carrie MOONEY • Krystian PLONA • Ruby LAWLESS

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Irchester Country parkrun Results Page.

  • The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:35 on 28th December 2019 (event number 9).
  • The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:26 on 18th January 2020 (event number 13).
  • The Age Grade course record is held by John WAYLAND who recorded 84.01% (16:53) on 28th August 2021 (event number 25).

Irchester Country parkrun started on 2nd November 2019. Since then 3,048 participants have completed 7,215 parkruns covering a total distance of 36,075 km, including 1,582 new Personal Bests. A total of 236 individuals have volunteered 848 times.

 

Irchester Country parkrun Event #27 – 11/09/21

Irchester Country parkrun Event #27 - Saturday 11th September 2021

My son and I arrived at Irchester Country parkrun around 8:30 as normal and after heading over to see his Mum who is normally welcoming and organising the volunteers for the day, we started to make our way to the start. I’ve been recovering from an ankle sprain so took the opportunity to start doing some warmup exercises on the way. Oscar joined in then began instructing me on what exercises I should start doing next – he loves organising people! We said good morning to plenty of familiar faces all finding Oscar’s coaching entertaining and lined up ready with the watch ready to start. Oscar is 4 and he was running his 8th parkrun event usually finishing either side of 40 minutes, so we always find our starting position by the 40-minute starting sign.

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Chris May was run director this week and mentioned in his race briefing that this week’s event had been listed as one of the activities for the Wellingborough Health & Wellbeing Festival. Although no one said they had come along because of the festival, it is great to see so many people taking part in an event without needing a specific reason to do so.

From the start line we headed up towards café corner with the usual initial rush overtaking a few people before settling down into a more realistic pace. With the finish volunteers all along that first straight there are plenty of marshals cheering everybody on. We normally see Nathan on his lead bike come past with the lead runners between John’s Pond and Jurassic Junction but this week after some always enthusiastic encouragement from Kev O’Reilly we rounded the Jurassic Junction corner before they came into view. Oscar has taken great pride in the fact he has run each event so far without stopping so when I saw we were well ahead of our usual times I made sure he was feeling good in case we needed to dial it back to complete the run without stopping once more. He was enjoying himself, so we carried on exchanging “well dones” with those coming back the other way. Next up was the mandatory jump pose for regular photographer Kevin Glendinning – one day we will be able to time it right for him!

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There are many marshals who volunteer week in week out who always give Oscar so much encouragement, so he always seems to have a burst of speed when going past them whilst shouting a big thank you. We carried on consistently round the rest of the course ticking off our little made-up milestones. We pretend like the ants on the play equipment might try to get us as we so we must get away quickly. We pretend the Eagle statue by John’s Pond will come to life and peck us, so we need to dodge out the way. We pretend to be Sonic the Hedgehog going super-fast down the hills and through the trees and then from the 200m to go sign we turn into Super Sonic ready for our big sprint finish.

I love coming into the finish with Oscar as being so young he always gets such wonderful encouragement from everyone coming into the finish. He put in another sprint just pipping me to the line (for the 8th week in a row!). We have never focused on finish time with him, it is all about enjoying the run, but he likes to know if he ever has a PB which he did this week – 36:33 beating his previous best by a huge 2 minutes 11 seconds!

In many ways this was just a normal Irchester Country parkrun – but that is also what makes it brilliant. Every week you know you will come and see friendly and familiar faces, you will be able to take part no matter you age, your ability, whether you are trying to finish first, get a PB or just work on coming back from an injury. You will get plenty of support and encouragement from those who are giving up their time to help make the event possible and those around you taking part.

Dan Pearson (A426348)


This week 146 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Elizabeth KING • Duncan WORTHY • Alan MILLS • Mary Rebecca PEARSON • Daniel PEARSON • Naythan BELLAMY • Sally FOLEY • Kevin GLENDINNING • Kevin O' REILLY • Chris ECCLES • Sam NICOLL • Matthew MAY • Harry MAY • Jane ELLIOTT • Mark WALLACE • Marc SANDERSON • Laura BREWSTER • Theresa CLARK • Ruth Ann SHEEHAN • Clair WALLACE • Vinay JOSHI • Ray BURKE • Stephen WRIGHT • Christopher MAY • Kevin BEAN • Christopher ABEL • Lee MOONEY • Karen MAY • Karen ABEL • Hannah ABEL • Carrie MOONEY

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Irchester Country parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:35 on 28th December 2019 (event number 9).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:26 on 18th January 2020 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by John WAYLAND who recorded 84.01% (16:53) on 28th August 2021 (event number 25).

Irchester Country parkrun started on 2nd November 2019. Since then 3,007 participants have completed 7,040 parkruns covering a total distance of 35,200 km, including 1,545 new Personal Bests. A total of 232 individuals have volunteered 821 times.

 

Irchester Country parkrun Event #26 – 04/09/21

Irchester Country parkrun Event #26 - Saturday 4th September 2021

LOOKING BACK by Jonny Reep

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I laced up my shoes for what would be my last parkrun along Irchy’s fallowed paths. Having moved to the area in 2019, this was my last shot at an Irchy PB before my parkruns shifted to the later 09:30 Scottish slot. What better way to celebrate my final Irchy parkrun than to write a review…

A green mist snaked its way through Irchy’s trials this morning. A fluorescent army of smiling faces peppered with pink tabards. Each one primed to take control of last week’s medianly attended UK parkrun.

A series of familiar, friendly faces lined the course, building up support, illustrating the community feel that encompasses parkrun. A massive thank you to everyone involved - the volunteers make Irchy a special place… That and the fact it’s an “I” for all you alphabet tourists….

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Wellingborough And District Athletic Club (WDAC) took the reins today and what a show they delivered. Mr. and Mrs. Kemp were as bubbly as ever, overseeing a tight ship of green-vested heroes. Showing no signs of fatigue, 159 people successfully negotiated the gently undulating five-kilometre course soaking up the pine forests that Irchy delivers flawlessly.

Ahead of the pack, tyres rush through the trails. Leading the charge on two wheels was Joe “12th rep” Pendrid entrusted with the honour after a successful performance leading out the Welly 5 in August. As great as Joe was, Nathan you will always be my true lead bike!

At the start, I feel the swell of apprehension, conditions are perfect, I want to give the course the fitting send-off it deserves. Any nerves are swiftly dissipated by a welcoming brief and catching up with fellow parkrunners (many also dressed in fluorescent green). Everyone clicked into their paces and set off, ready to embrace the many volunteer smiles out on show. A massive thank you to the volunteers, you are the reason we are here week in week out!

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After the evergreen pines we return to the lower forest, where the leaves are golden tipped, declaring the transition into autumn. From here it’s a ‘flat’ final 500m to the line. I passed through the line in 16:36, with the first female being Alice Ryan in 23:53. A massive shout out to everyone I bumped into today from work friends to the slightly crazy friends getting up at 05:30am; it made it extra special.

Finally, a massive thank you to everyone I’ve met during my time at Irchester parkrun and at WDAC, you are all amazing! Running down that hill and hearing the support for every single runner makes my Saturday morning! I could write an essay, but I’ll keep it brief, thanks Jon for being so welcoming today - I encourage everyone to drop by WDAC for a free session. Vinay, Duncan, Mary and Nathan I will miss seeing you each Saturday, keep up the amazing work.

Next time I’m in the area on a Saturday morning, you will be my first port of call!.

Jonny (A2775997)

Editor's Note: We have been delighted to have you as part of our parkrun family Jonny. Always keen to encourage others and help us out by volunteering, Irchy's loss will most definitely be Edinburgh's gain! We've been in touch with both of the city's parkrun's and let them know they've a 'speedster' on his way. We're not sorry that you missed the course record by 1 second yesterday as we hope that will mean you'll be lured back to try again when you're down this way. You'll be welcomed back with open arms. All the best up North sunshine and run well.


This week 159 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Jon KEMP • Claire CRESSY • Mark Andrew BONHAM • Margaret BOND • Stephanie WELSFORD • Alan MILLS • Mary Rebecca PEARSON • Zoe WHITE • Emma ROBINSON • Ed NORRIS • Louise KEMP • Joe PENDRED • Nick PAGE • Emma BOND • Kevin GLENDINNING • Annabel PAGE • Trudi KNIGHT • Chris ECCLES • Jonny REEP • Marc SANDERSON • Theresa CLARK • Clair WALLACE • Justyn CHRISTER • Andrew BIGNELL • Vinay JOSHI • Patrick BARBER • Lydia WILKIE • Jessica KEMP • Stacey BARBER • Kevin BEAN • Sarah PARTRIDGE-UNDERWOOD • Lee MOONEY • Scott LAYLAND • Linda PETERS • Alice BELCHER

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Irchester Country parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:35 on 28th December 2019 (event number 9).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:26 on 18th January 2020 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by John WAYLAND who recorded 84.01% (16:53) on 28th August 2021 (event number 25).

Irchester Country parkrun started on 2nd November 2019. Since then 2,969 participants have completed 6,894 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,470 km, including 1,516 new Personal Bests. A total of 229 individuals have volunteered 790 times.

 

WDAC takeover this Saturday!

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Forging links with the local community is very much embodied in the parkrun ethos, and this naturally extends to local running groups and clubs.

Since our event returned a few weeks ago we have been humbled by the generosity of our volunteers who have returned in force to support the event and make it happen each week.

Having enjoyed a takeover recently by local running group Finedon Gladstone’s we are fortunate to have the support of Wellingborough and District Athletic Club (WDAC) this Saturday who are taking over the event, filling the volunteer roles with their members.

WDAC is a friendly, fully inclusive sport and social club based in Wellingborough and has a running group that will suit anyone. The club also has active Trail, Triathlon and Junior sections and are an England Athletics affiliated club with fully qualified coaches and leaders.

No matter what your aims or goals - keeping fit, losing weight, joining in social groups or running to be competitive, WDAC can help.

Training sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6.30pm at the Old Grammarians, Sywell Road, Wellingborough, NN8 6BS, and the Club have issued an open invitation to join them for four free sessions to see if you like it before joining.

More information on this and the Club can be found on their website www.wdac.org.uk.

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