Leamington parkrun #440

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It was a lovely morning for a run on Saturday and an amazing 560 of you turned up at Newbold Comyn.  Kevin was our Run Director and he had a lot of milestone vests to give out:

John ran his 10th;  Matthew Booth, Adrian Wigham, Al MacLeod, Jeremy Pope, Anthony Green, Alex Bean and Steve Bartlett all ran their 50th;

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Dave Lindsay and Dexter ran their 100th and Steve Jasiok ran his 200th parkrun.  Well done to them all.

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Kevin started the run

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and then he and I retired to the pavilion to catch up with 'Mrs Doyle' (Kate) and to grab a quick cup of tea.  At this point we nearly jumped out of our skins as a loud siren sounded - was there an emergency? No, it was Tess demonstrating the siren on the Lowland Rescue emergency vehicle.

A big thank you to the Lowland Rescue team for the excellent job they did as volunteers this week and for all they do saving lives as part of the UK's emergency response backbone, serving the Police as professional Search and Rescue responders.

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Every week, in order to put on parkrun at Newbold, we need 38 volunteers consisting of

2 run directors,
6 marshalls,
2 tail walkers,
3 funnel managers,
2 timekeepers,
6 barcode scanners,
2 on finish tokens,
3 in the cafe and
1 number checker.

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But, are you aware that there are also roles that you can do and you can run too -

1 first timers briefing,
1 event day course check
3 pre event set up
2 post event close down
3 token sorters
1 volunteer coordinator
1 run report writer

Have you volunteered recently?  If not, why not put your name down for a role?  We are a friendly bunch and we'll explain what needs to be done.  As you can see from the photo, Kevin and Susie were working hard on Saturday ;-)

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As we strive to become more sustainable at Leamington it was great to see that so many people had cycled to Newbold Comyn.  Please, please, if you can, walk, cycle or car share.

This was our second week being PLASTIC FREE and Kate reported that all but about 20 of you brought your own cups, mugs or bottles to be filled with tea, coffee, water or squash.  Many thanks for supporting this initiative so wholeheartedly.

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It was great to welcome Simon Teale, event director at Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun, back to Leamington.  He was one to the event directors and run directors in Leamington parkrun's early days.

And, it's important to remember that parkrun is for everyone.  It doesn't matter what speed you do - fast or slow, all are welcome and celebrated.  Here's a photo of our wonderful tailwalkers finishing.

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Core team knitting?

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Here are the stats for the week:

This week 560 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Melissa ODLING • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Alice WEBBER • Stephen PAYNE • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • John W SMITH • Martin CABLE • Marie KIERNAN • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Isabel COOPER • John COOPER • Stephen EVANS • Mick BENNETT • Amanda MALES • Luke BENNETT • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Jane OLIVER • David MILLS • Jeremy POPE • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Dan ZOKA • Wilfred EVANS • Louise DWYER • Chris DAVISON • Jane WACKETT • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Jo BARNES • Oliver ODLING • Emma BARNES • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Alexander LAING • Jack HINTON • Jamie FINNEGAN • Louis WYATT • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN • Bear ODLING

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 17,191 participants have completed 148,328 parkruns covering a total distance of 741,640 km, including 23,936 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,682 individuals have volunteered 10,739 times.

 

Spa Striders Volunteer takeover, Leamington Parkrun # 439

Look!  No plastic waste!

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Leamington parkrun has bitten the bullet and is no longer providing plastic or polystyrene cups for drinks from the café.  We managed to get the message out to about 80% of our participants who turned up with their own mugs, cups or bottles.

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Please pass the message on so the word gets out to everyone and please don’t hassle our lovely Mrs Doyle if you forget your drinks container.  She does a fantastic job in the café and we don’t want her upset.

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Spa Striders were a very big presence at Leamington today and we are very grateful to them for their volunteer takeover.  They provided no end of volunteers for the event and brought their lovely gazebo for the scanners to sit underneath.

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They are a great club so if you want to improve your running, think about joining them or Kenilworth Runners (my club) or one of the other fantastic running clubs in our area. Other running clubs may want to raise their profile by doing a volunteer takeover too.  Or you could volunteer as an individual – have a look at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/leamington/futureroster/to see where there are gaps on the roster that need filling.

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A big thanks to Eleanor Nabney for adjusting some of our hi-vis vests so they fit our younger volunteers and for making an amazing fluorescent ‘jacket’ for the bollard near the start of our run.

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Despite it being Kenilworth Half Marathon tomorrow, an amazing 577 people came to take part in Leamington parkrun today.  The sun shone brightly, it was warm out and Callum Hanlon managed to complete the 5K in 16:35.  It was his first time at Leamington and only his third parkrun in all; we hope to see him again sometime.  But we love and are proud of each and every one of our runners so well done to everyone who completed the course (and get well soon to Nick who had a tumble.)

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Lots of runners achieved milestones this morning:

Edward ran his 10th parkrun; Judith Pollacco, Tess Robinson and Jane Eastbrook ran their 50th parkrun; Isabella Mitchell and Melanie Edwards ran their 100th parkrun and Helen Burnett and Simon Heath both celebrated special birthdays: their 50ths!

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And here are the stats:

This week 577 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 56 volunteers:

Jo FLEMING • Elizabeth DRAPER • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Kathryn RATTRAY • Sean LONERGAN • Jude BAUM • Nigel FOX • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Jason HEMMING • Mrs DOYLE • Pete TEEVAN • Rebecca LONERGAN • Trevor ROTHWELL • Bethan GWYNN • Daniel FLEMING • Robert EGAN • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Doug RATTRAY • Jack GAMMON • Matt LEYDON • Richard BARR • Abi MORTON • Catherine BARHAM • Brian WARREN • James WARREN • Emma TEEVAN • Katherine LAMBETH • Catherine FRIGGENS • Chris MCKEOWN • Martin BENNETT • Steven TAYLOR • Asher GURAM • Verity HILL • Claire MURPHY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Billy MORTON • Mary SINCLAIR • Jeremy POPE • Patrick JAMES • Helen PUGH • Anne-Claire BENNION • Emma BISH • Rose BENNION • Joseph MCCULLAGH • Eileen DONNELLY • Florence GAMMON • Claire WESTROPE • Jules BENNION • Jill COATES • Margaret WEBSTER • Isla MORTON • Louis WYATT • Jay MADAN • Xavier FLEMING

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 17,142 participants have completed 147,768 parkruns covering a total distance of 738,840 km, including 23,851 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,674 individuals have volunteered 10,690 times.

 

Leamington parkrun Event number 438 24th August 2019

I am doing the race report for Event #438. I normally go to Coventry Parkrun however due to an event taking place at the memorial park it was cancelled. I am part of Kenilworth runners so it was good to see a couple of people running and also volunteering.

A special shout out go to the following people who celebrated milestones:

Adam Notley, Aunty Verity, Peter Crowley and Sean Mitchell celebrate their 100th!

Adam Notley, Aunty Verity, Peter Crowley and Sean Mitchell celebrate their 100th!

Megan completes her 10th!

Megan completes her 10th!

Simon Parsons runs his 200th!

Simon Parsons runs his 200th!

I thoroughly enjoyed my first parkrun at Leamington yesterday and it was a very warm one.

Beautiful morning for it as the sun was shining. Considering it was my first time I ran it well in a great time of 25.07 despite the hill which I quite enjoyed.

 

 

 

 

Graham Patton celebrated his (78th) birthday during the parkrun yesterday.

Graham Patton celebrated his (78th) Birthday during the parkrun yesterday.

A special mention goes to the people who have up their time to volunteer so a big thank you to them, parkrun couldn't happen without them.

This week 525 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers, including our emboldened (?) first time volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • John FULLBROOK • Chris MCGOVERN • Mrs DOYLE • Pete TEEVAN • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Martin CABLE • Richard WALKER • Tim FILBY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Lorraine PARSONS • Charlie PARSONS • Emma TEEVAN • James FULLBROOK • Jeremy POPE • Christine HARDY • Lizzie ROURKE • Penny RUSBRIDGE • Jan BUCKLEY • Ian BEASLEY • Kathleen HEALY • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Anne LOVE • Richard DONNACHIE • Neil HALSEY • Sarah HOSKIN • Simon PACKMAN • Oliver ODLING • Emma BAKERJohn GRAVES • Michael HARRIS • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Kieran HALSEY • Julie TURNER • Vicki HARDING • Jamie FINNEGAN • Graham PATTON • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 17,091 participants have completed 147,191 parkruns covering a total distance of 735,955 km, including 23,784 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,671 individuals have volunteered 10,634 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #437, 17th August 2019

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With the weather being unpredictable all week, it was a great treat to run the course without the rain pouring down or any significant wind. It was my first time ever running Leamington parkrun and I was happy to know that after the field start, the ground was much like my home parkrun Daventry albeit a little wet and muddy from the rain. I can’t say I felt the same when I saw the hill but who doesn’t love a challenge on a Saturday morning?! Well, this week apparently 493 runners, joggers and walkers loved the challenge, 76 of them were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. With representatives of 42 different clubs taking part.

Daventry Road Runners were out in force at Leamington parkrun this week to promote their 10k Race on Sunday September 22nd. You may have noticed the purple wigs on the photographer and the club chairman.

I wanted to give a special shout-out to one of the first timers this week Merryn who I ran with for the last 1.5km. Despite a stitch early on and being a junior who has never run 5k before, and saying she had no energy left at the end of a tough 5k, she found an impressive sprint for the finishing 100m and left me and her responsible adult fending very much for ourselves. 

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The event was made possible by 51 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Nick TAWNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Saty KANDOLA • Ruby BHACHU • Milly COLE • Emma TEEVAN • Mark WAINWRIGHT • Martin BENNETT • Claire DAY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Jade LETTS • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Paul BARKER • Lizzie ROURKE • Helen PUGH • Catherine TAYLOR • Neil METCALFE-SHEPPARD • Joseph WAINWRIGHT • Anthony BAKER • Tejay DE KRETSER • Ian BEASLEY • Dominic TRANTER • Daljeet BHACHU • Kathleen HEALY • Lizette HUMMEL • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Alison NIXON • Jennifer BRADY • Claudia HUMMEL • Annie BRYAN • Rachel TEMPLE-FRY • Lorna WAINWRIGHT • Juan MARTIN • Simon PACKMAN • Julie SMITH • Jill COATES • Paul ELWELL • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Lucy WAINWRIGHT • Peter BARFIELD • Neesha MEMETOVIC • Louis WYATT • Rebecca COUCH • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN

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Another shout out to the milestone runners, we had Finlay, a junior runner who has now completed 10 parkruns, Alex BLOWER and Jane BRANSCOMBE who reached the big 50, Heather SIMS on an impressive 100, and Stuart GREENWAY who ran his Minty 300.  Although not a recognised milestone there was also Julian M BOON who has done a whopping 379 parkruns and this was his first at Leamington. Congratulations to everyone who took part this week though. The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.

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The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 17,013 participants have completed 146,666 parkruns covering a total distance of 733,330 km, including 23,721 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,666 individuals have volunteered 10,589 times.

 

 

Leamington parkrun Event #436 10th August 2019

Welcome to this week’s run report, which is a joint effort between me and 9-year-old Jamie. It’s not so much about actual running as the people that took part. See how many of them you know – you might even spot yourself… Today’s run director Jeremy Pope welcomed 443 runners and 45 volunteers to Leamington parkrun number 436. This included 5 people volunteering for the first time – thank you to Andrew French with Caitlin, Sergi Gonzalez Prunera, Catherine Morgan and Neil Worsnop; you did a great job!

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Onto the milestones. Well done to Jack running his 10th, Owain and Simon Heath on their 50th, Sarah Brooke-Taylor (100th) and Brian Warren earning the coveted yellow bib for 200 runs. Also congratulations to Kevin Yates (not pictured) who visited Leamington for the first time to celebrate his 400th parkrun.

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The comments column of the visitor’s book was full of love for Leamington (it’s a great read if you need reminding how lucky we are). There were guest appearances from Mandy from Llanfynydd, Kevin from Southampton, Sav and Cian from Mansfield, Ian from Bishop’s Stortford, Neil and Kate from Lowestoft, Chris from Banbury, Lorraine and Colin from Weston Super Mare and Sarah from Beckenham. Thanks for choosing Newbold Comyn for your parkrun tourism this week.

And now over to Jamie, who has set himself the challenge of undertaking all the different volunteer roles. This is role number 7 – his first run report. He decided to interview a range of runners and volunteers – the results made me smile and I hope you enjoy reading it too…

Runner’s name (and the reason we chose them to be interviewed) What did you do today? What do you like about Leamington parkrun? What could we improve about Leamington parkrun? What running shoes are you wearing? What is your favourite volunteer role Photo
Harriet Ashworth (because she’s our friend) Barcode Scanning Seeing people that I know Nothing! New Balance Timekeeping 10082019HarietAshworth
Mrs Doyle (because she makes yummy cakes) Café The friendly people Nothing! Karrimor Café 10082019MrsD
Tess Lukehurst (because she loves jumping in puddles like me) Run Director The people and the coffee More puddles Saucony Run Director 10082019Tess
Chris Bannon (because he was the first finisher) Finisher #1 The great volunteers Nothing! Mezuno Funnel Manager 10082019ChrisBannon
Alex Craig (because he’s Mum’s friend) Finisher #38 Seeing friends, and eating cake Make the hill easier Asics Funnel Manager 10082019AlexCraig
Noah (because he’s my friend from the rugby club) Ran with my brother Jack and our dad (ed. he beat Dad by 1 second - go Noah!!) If you feel sleepy it wakes you up Make the hill flatter Asics Marshal 10082019NoahDando
Heather Sims (because she was the final finisher) Finisher #441 on her 99th parkrun The people Nothing, it's heaven Reebok Barcode Scanning 10082019HeatherSims
Maggie Bowes (because she has a guide dog and we look after guide dogs) Finisher #439 People, friends Nothing! Asics Marshal 10082019MaggieBowes

Finally, the statistics:

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part, and the event was made possible by 45 volunteers.

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).

The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).

The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 16,934 participants have completed 146,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 730,865 km, including 23,683 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,643 individuals have volunteered 10,494 times.

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