Land’s End parkrun #64 25th June 2022

Land’s End parkrun
Event number 64
25th June 2022

Touring for parkrun can be great fun, chasing challenges, new countries, new courses. However, as a run director it can be hard to find time, having more than 1 run director trying to tour, even more of a challenge. Mid week our group of 4 (3 RD’s) became a group of 3 when one of our group had to stay behind in Southampton as the rostered RD became sick and cover was needed. Our group was now 3, but determined to make our chosen location of Land’s End, so at 2am we left Southampton for the 253 mile drive, arriving at 7am, the set up crew already hard at work getting the course ready.

The extra delight to touring when you are a RD at another run is seeing how things are done on other courses. Here at Land’s End it was great to see all the signage as soon as you parked, to be greeted by a plethora of volunteers smiling and welcoming, all knowledgeable and able to answer questions about the course.
While out on the course they were also great at encouraging us all along. So thank you to the incredible volunteers, this week they were; Sue Christopher, Damian Cook, Isabel Cook, James Curnow, Macey Dallaway, John Doyle, Karien Gopsill, Nikki Hughes, Sara Leudar, Philip McNevin, John Prady, Kiana Preston, Ian Seabury, Peggy Sloan, Jane Thornton, Yvonne Turner, Tim Twiggs, John Whittaker.

My companions and I were not the only ones visiting this weekend, when the Run Director asked about visitors there was a loud cheer, and while I noted a few from further away than us, I do wonder if any travelled further than our 253miles on the actual day.

 

In all there were 61 runners this week of which there were 3 first timers who chose Land’s End as their first ever parkrun, welcome to the global family of Saturday morning runners. 35 more were visiting for their first time. It was one of these visitors that finished first in a time of 19:27, Stewart Gregory. Carrie Dickson was the first female finisher was 24:42.

There was just one milestone run this week; Esme Seabury reached 25 runs. The person who had completed the most runs went to my running buddy Luis Rosas Wiedfeldt who has completed 368 runs, though the person with the highest age grade went to Ann D’Albuquerque who ran with 85%.

I really enjoyed the run, it was a beautiful course, with incredible views. It is a run I highly recommend to others, so thank you for having me.

Cami
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This week 61 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Yvonne TURNER • Damian COOK • Karien GOPSILL • Cami CAMERON • Isabel COOK • Philip MCNEVIN • Ian SEABURY • John DOYLE • Tim TWIGGS • Sara LEUDAR • Peggy SLOAN • John WHITTAKER • Jane THORNTON • James CURNOW • Nikki HUGHES • Sue CHRISTOPHER • John PRADY • Kiana PRESTON • Macey DALLAWAY

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

The male record is held by Peter LE GRICE who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th March 2020 (event number 16).
The female record is held by Issy WAUGH who recorded a time of 19:01 on 21st August 2021 (event number 22).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol RANDALL who recorded 87.16% (19:59) on 28th May 2022 (event number 60).

Land’s End parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 2,652 participants have completed 4,830 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,150 km, including 669 new Personal Bests. A total of 179 individuals have volunteered 1,183 times.

 

Land’s End parkrun #63 18/06/2022

Hi I’m Jay from Bridgend in South Wales, home parkrun in Maesteg. Thank you to the guys at Land’s End parkrun for letting me do the report this week! 

 

Before I say about the course I would like to say thank you to the fantastic volunteers who turned out on a wet and windy morning, very friendly, full of smiles and eager to cheer everyone on! It was looking very misty on our drive over from our hotel but checking metoffice before we went we had our fingers crossed that it would stay dry! It was all going good until about four minutes before the parkrun started and then it hit, wind rain and fog. The views were nowhere to be seen but everyone was still laughing about it. 

 

 

 

The run director on the day Damian Cook provided an upbeat and friendly first timers' welcome and run briefing. Well done to Lize Easterbrook on her 250 parkrun and happy birthday to George Andrews. 

 

As for the course. I read the description online and it doesn’t give it the justice it deserves. The out and back is lumpy but even on a day like today it was beautiful. Once this is done it has a slightly different route back to where you came from (very well sign posted and lots of marshals, and into the model village loop. This is fantastic, if you are a quicker runner you start off the three laps on your own and by the time you are finishing loads of others have joined you to start their 1st/2nd loop and is a great place to say well done to each other! 

 

This has been on my tourist list for a while but we wasn’t meant to be here this week. My partner Abbi planned for months for me to do the Eden Project parkrun this weekend but due to them setting up a music festival it was off - she had literally booked us a hotel 10 minutes away but once I found out we were coming I checked the parkrun page and found this out. She asked me if there were any others I had planned and luckily Land's End was on my list! Even though this took us just under an hour and a half to get to it was worth it just shame we couldn't see New York in the distance! 

 

Once again thank you to the marshals and all the other volunteers today! Like every other parkrun it couldn’t be done without you. If you are every the other side of the Bristol Channel in South Wales Maesteg will welcome you with open arms and if the new one starting in Nantymoel is open by the time you visit give me a shout on the Facebook page and you will have a great welcome from us! 

 

Have a great weekend/week! 

Jay

This week 65 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Yvonne TURNER • Damian COOK • Karien GOPSILL • Ian MATTHEWS • Penelope UREN • Peter UREN • Isabel COOK • John DOYLE • Tim TWIGGS • Peggy SLOAN • John WHITTAKER • Jay HOWELLS • Jane THORNTON • Beth FINCH • Sue CHRISTOPHER • John PRADY • Kiana PRESTON • Angus BROWN • Jim BROWN

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

The male record is held by Peter LE GRICE who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th March 2020 (event number 16).
The female record is held by Issy WAUGH who recorded a time of 19:01 on 21st August 2021 (event number 22).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol RANDALL who recorded 87.16% (19:59) on 28th May 2022 (event number 60).

Land’s End parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 2,614 participants have completed 4,769 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,845 km, including 664 new Personal Bests. A total of 177 individuals have volunteered 1,164 times.

 

Land’s End parkrun #62 11/06/2022

Thanks to Allison for today's tourist parkrun report!

"As a keen parkrunner, while packing for a break in Cornwall, I checked whether there was a parkrun nearby. I was delighted to find one nine miles away, at the iconic Land’s End. Arriving in Mousehole at 11pm the night before after a six and a half hour journey I was worried I might not wake up in time but the Cornish sunshine meant that wasn’t an issue.

I did however overdress. I thought it might be chilly on the cliffs at Land’s End but it was a gloriously sunny morning with a light breeze - although I gather that’s not always the case from the rock in the token bucket to stop it blowing away! At the briefing in the band stand the Run Director’s shout out for tourists had an overwhelming response - I couldn’t count the number of raised hands but it felt like 90% of the runners weren’t local either - although there were some local club t-shirts in the crowd. Coventry, Cheshire, Norwich and Bushey Park all got a mention but (as the RD said) there were no Australians this week!
The route is stunning. As a Sheffield-based parkrunner I’m usually running in our city parks. But the view at Land’s End this morning was spectacular - blue sea and sky as far as you could see, with white waves crashing against the black rocks.
The route starts by going out and back on a cycle trail edged with hedgerows which were bursting with foxgloves, honeysuckle and cow parsley. After the trail it’s past the model village (yes, there really is a model village) and three laps down to and past the ‘first and last house’ - each lap starting with a lovely downhill but ending with a less lovely steep uphill. I was so glad to see the marshal holding the ‘see me three times sign’ on my third lap.
Land’s End isn’t somewhere you’re necessarily going to be able to visit regularly but if you can get there it’s a stunning parkrun.

This week 67 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Yvonne TURNER • Allison BROAD • Damian COOK • Karien GOPSILL • Ian MATTHEWS • Kevin SILVERTHORN • Isabel COOK • Julie TOWERS • Tim TWIGGS • Laura SADLER • Robin SHAW • James TAYLOR • Sara LEUDAR • Jane THORNTON • Beth FINCH • Julie STANLEY • Clare BROWN • Sue CHRISTOPHER • John PRADY • Jim BROWN

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

The male record is held by Peter LE GRICE who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th March 2020 (event number 16).
The female record is held by Issy WAUGH who recorded a time of 19:01 on 21st August 2021 (event number 22).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol RANDALL who recorded 87.16% (19:59) on 28th May 2022 (event number 60).

Land’s End parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 2,581 participants have completed 4,704 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,520 km, including 659 new Personal Bests. A total of 176 individuals have volunteered 1,145 times.

 

 

Land’s End parkrun #61 04/06/22 – Platinum Jubilee!

Many thanks to tourist Emma from Perry Hall for today's run report!

"Land’s End had been on my wish list to tour for a long time, I knew it would be scenic and it didn’t disappoint. I have toured to many different parkruns, and this course must be the most scenic and dramatic with the cliffs and the Atlantic ocean as a backdrop for large parts of the course.

I arrived early at about 8:10am and could see that the course signs had already been set out – Yvonne, who was today’s Run Director, was in the bandstand greeting the volunteers and generally chatting all things parkrun with everyone. A lovely welcome. The bandstand is perfect – people can gather under this shelter before the run if the weather is bad, and it’s also where the barcode scanners can be found at the end, thus protecting them from the elements.

Bandstand

The course starts with an out and back part – great for cheering each other on once runners are coming back in the opposite direction. At the furthest marshal spot from the start/finish area was Pete – he was being incredibly encouraging to all of the runners so I couldn’t resist but to stop for a selfie with him.

Turnaround

After the out and back comes three loops before the finish. I was very impressed with all the signs out on the course to ensure that parkrunners did complete the three laps. Here is a photo of another of your brilliant marshals, Sue, but she must have been positioned in one of the most stunning marshal positions in the country, her smile says it all – despite it being slightly rainy today, a good time was had by all.

First & Last House

Passing the ‘first and last refreshment house in England’ was a very cool landmark. This looped section was quite undulating, but nothing ridiculous, still runnable, although I must admit to a few micro walks.

Once I had finished my run I had chance for a chat with RD Yvonne – she told me how she had set up this parkrun as it is only two miles from her home, previously she had set up Penrose parkrun but this is about 22 miles away. Land’s End parkrun had been many, many years in the making – well done for your persistence – it’s a cracker!

I was told how first finisher today George Mallett was a tourist but had forgotten his barcode – OH NO!!!!  However, he ran back the mile to his accommodation, got his barcode and returned to be scanned – phew!! We all know – no barcode, no time, no exception.

There were two first timers to parkrun today – well done Mav Lloyd and Molly Galloway – hopefully you will both be hooked on parkrun and your Saturdays will never be the same again.

There was just one parkrun milestone today – Natasha Turner achieved her 50th parkrun today – congratulations.

 As expected, especially in school half term week, this parkrun has a very high proportion of tourists – it was also clear that there is a great community of regulars who are delighted to welcome all of the tourists and are rightly very proud of their beautiful parkrun.

I loved it and this will stay in the memory forever – thank you to everyone.l"

This week 105 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 74 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Yvonne TURNER • Penelope UREN • Peter UREN • Emma HAWKEY • Tim TWIGGS • Robin SHAW • James TAYLOR • Jane THORNTON • Ian VINNICOMBE • Nikki HUGHES • Julie STANLEY • Sue CHRISTOPHER • John PRADY • Kiana PRESTON • Macey DALLAWAY

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

The male record is held by Peter LE GRICE who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th March 2020 (event number 16).
The female record is held by Issy WAUGH who recorded a time of 19:01 on 21st August 2021 (event number 22).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol RANDALL who recorded 87.16% (19:59) on 28th May 2022 (event number 60).

Land’s End parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 2,545 participants have completed 4,637 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,185 km, including 655 new Personal Bests. A total of 175 individuals have volunteered 1,125 times.

 

Land’s End parkrun #60 28/05/2022

Today's run report is courtesy of Carlo di Terlizzi, a Run Director from Dudley!

"What a stunner of a morning it was today hey. There was barely a cloud in the sky, the sea was blue, the bright sun was out in all its glory and there was a nice gentle sea breeze. Lovely.
Lots of tourists today: Liverpool Harriers, Alton Runners, Cornwall AC, London City, Pontypridd Roadents, Ely Runners, Bedford Harriers, Epsom Oddballs and Knowsley Harriers were among the running clubs represented but no matter where you came from in the UK, you were always going to lose the 'furthest travelled' accolade as we had tourists from Australia today.
We had four people running their first ever parkrun today. Congratulations and welcome! I hope you liked your first experience and that it was enjoyable enough that you'll be back for another one very soon. We also had two young runners doing what's sometimes called their 'difficult second parkrun'. Great job both!
Well done to Mathew Jeffrey today on achieving your 50 milestone. Here's to your next 50!
The finish times are on the website but arguably the more fair representation of how we all did is age grade which takes into account age and gender. So on that basis our 'first finishers' today were:
Carol Randall with 87.16%
Ian Savil with 76.67%
Antony Brown with 76.32%
Robin Shaw with 73.17%
David Green with 72.69%
Brilliant job all of you and Carol, whatever you had for breakfast, let me know as I could do with some myself.
As a tourist coming to Land's End for the first time, I found the course challenging with more climbing than I expected along with the uneven terrain. I *almost* walked uphill on my second and third laps at the end. But I like a challenge! The panoramas are spectacular and the location right at the absolute end of the road is incredible. I've run at 35 different events and I would say Land's End is at the top with the very best parkruns. If Land's End is your home parkrun you're very fortunate.
And lastly if you ever find yourself in the Midlands you're super welcome to join us at my home parkrun in Dudley.
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