Leamington parkrun Event number 522 30th July 2022

We usually walk along Southam Road to get to Leamington parkrun, it’s a great way to warm everyone’s sleepy muscles, and honestly I’m at that annoying age where I can’t get up and *just run* without my legs reminding me how foolish I was Every. Single. Day. until Monday evening.

Walking along the road we see familiar and some new faces all heading in the same direction: singles, couples, friends and families – you can usually tell the ones coming to parkrun – Today we encountered unexpected walk-in drizzle (7% chance of rain the BBC said!) but still everyone was keen as ever to get going on the 522nd Leamington parkrun.

Being the last Saturday run in July the crowd was awash with the blue t-shirts of 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer who joined representatives of 38 different clubs including Spa Striders and Kenilworth Runners

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The drizzle abated to provide warm temperatures and a gentle breeze making near perfect parkrun conditions for the 369 people who ran, jogged and walked the 5km Leamington course this morning. A big welcome to the 49 first timers who joined us (I hope the Big Hill wasn’t too much of a shock) including four juniors Ben, Johnny, Rowan and Willow. We hope to see our newcomers again soon!

Massive congratulations to the 50 athletes who made the most of the fine conditions to record new Personal Bests, including 3PBs from top 10 finishers Louis, Simon and Marc. I would love to tell you about the amazing first place finisher person and time however that will have to be a mysterious “unknown” for now. I’m sure someone saw who the mystery person was, but sadly when he/she crossed the finish line your race reporter was somewhere around the halfway point 15 minutes behind…

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We had several fantastic milestones to celebrate: Frances Osborne completed her 100th run, Ian Beasley concurrently completed his 100th run and 25th as a volunteer (and kindly posed for a photo), Bruno who ran his 150th and Andy Edge who ran his 250th on his 50th birthday!  Well done team Edge! I hope someone treated you to something from the Café to celebrate.

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Of course we wouldn’t be able to run without our amazing volunteers who marshal, scan, time keep etc… thank you so much to each of the 41 of you. New volunteers are always needed to keep everything running smoothly, so please sign up to help.

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Same again next week everyone?

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

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Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Lisa HARTILL • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Daniel FLEMING • Melanie BEASLEY • Mark DEAN • Sukhwant Singh KANDULA • Sara REES • Duncan ROBERTSON • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Tommy O'MEARA • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Michael JOHNSON • Satty SINGH X • Mandy BARNETT • Helen WILKINSON • Ian BEASLEY • Katharine GIBLIN • Peter CROWLEY • Georgie ACTON • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Ivan PAVLOVIC • James MOFFATT • Richard MOFFATT • Zoe SCANNELL • Jack BRADLEY • Joanna PRATT • Ruby DHAMI • Jay MADAN • Oliver SHORE • Krys PIETRECKI • Xavier FLEMING • Cade BROADHURST • Elodie FLEMING • Tony BRAY • Pauleine REED • Harry SHORE

 

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 98.23% (19:45) on 25th September 2021 (event number 478).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 20,641 participants have completed 179,951 parkruns covering a total distance of 899,755 km, including 27,452 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,977 individuals have volunteered 14,038 times.

 

 

Leamington parkrun #521 – once around the sun

We have completed a full orbit around the sun since Leamington parkrun returned!

During this year Leamington parkrunners completed 18,719 runs covering a distance of 93,565 km in 53 events. That is more than running the full combined distance of the equator, tropic of cancer and the arctic circle together. It all thanks to all our volunteers who have helped in 2,049 volunteer roles!

 

I moved to Leamington Spa at the beginning of Spring 2022. Eager to connect with people and make new friends, I got in contact with Leamington parkrun, and asked to do as many volunteer roles as I can possibly fit with my run. I remember the warm welcome I received from everyone. Five months now since I started, and I am always welcomed with the warm smiles every time I turn up to parkrun (as runner or a volunteer). So a massive thank you to Leamington parkrun core team, volunteers and runners!

 

Run Director briefing

Run Director briefing

This week run is full of prime numbers! It was the 521st event since Leamington parkrun began, and the 53rd event since the post lockdowns return. It also happens to take place on the 23rd of the month, and that month is the 7th. All are fascinating prime numbers!

 

 

The sun was shining brightly this morning as 32 volunteers helped in making the event take place as seamlessly as possible for 314 runners. Amongst the crowd were 25 first time runners of our course, of which 15 ran their first ever parkrun – congratulations and we hope to see you back soon!

We had several amazing milestones today, with Elaine Cantwell and Catherine Dowsett’s 25th run, Heather Blackmore’s 50th run, Ian Davis’s 100th run, Melissa Farnworth’s 150th run, Mick Bennett’s incredible 300th run! 42 new PBs today –brilliant effort in great conditions. A particular shout out must go to the 1st male across the line: Scott Beverley setting himself an incredible 18:26 PB, and the first female Natalie Bhangal who crossed the line at 19:32.

Spa Brass playing

Spa Brass playing

We had Spa Brass running the café for us, and played a few tunes! They kept the volunteers at the parkrun base entertained with music while waiting for the runners to complete the course.

Pauline, our lovely marshall

Pauline, our lovely marshall

Pauleine, our lovely regular marshal in the first corner position has written a poem about parkrun

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'Thank you Marshal!' A happy cry.
It's Saturday morning and time for fun.
All shapes and sizes are whizzing by,
It's a lovely day for a 5k run.

I'm still a novice Volunteer.
Admiring so many serious runners.
It's free to run, no profiteer.
Just warm welcomes for all comers.

It's good to know you can feel fitter
Without the denial of enjoyment,
Soon you're achieving a great deal better,
And it does me good, this willing employment.

I try to do my part, cheering and clapping,
Urging all to do their best.
Unconcerned, the baby's sleeping,
A dog tows its owner ahead of the rest.

'Want to go shopping on Saturday morning?
Have a coffee out as well?
Maybe a lie-in while day is dawning?'
NO! I'm really under parkrun's spell!

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

David MURRAY • David EVANS • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Mohamed ELSHEEMY • Saty KANDOLA • Anthony CLAYDON • Amanda PARSONS • Sam ALLEN • Pete THOMPSON • Duncan ROBERTSON • Stephen TRAYNOR • Sarah MCKEEVER • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Florencia BREA • Susan WOO • Satty SINGH X • Nari SANDHU • Jill COATES • Margaret WEBSTER • Ivan PAVLOVIC • James MOFFATT • Zoe SCANNELL • Jay MADAN • Krys PIETRECKI • Cade BROADHURST • Colin COHEN • Cathal LOUGHNANE • Tony BRAY

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 98.23% (19:45) on 25th September 2021 (event number 478).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 20,592 participants have completed 179,582 parkruns covering a total distance of 897,910 km, including 27,402 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,971 individuals have volunteered 13,997 times.

 

Leamington parkrun report #520

Phew it was a hot one today! It seems hard to believe it was only a couple of weeks ago that we did a freezing run in the rain -  and being the tail walker that week I got to enjoy the rain for longer than many of the other runners. There were 365 runners this week and 42 ran a personal best (including all of the first five finishers) which is impressive despite the heat.

We had several newcomers who were warmly welcomed by the team and given an overview of the course before the start.

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There was lots to celebrate this week too, congratulations to Isabelle running her 10th parkrun, Arvinder running his 25th and Neil who was running his 100th. Many Happy returns of the day to Finn who was celebrating his birthday too.

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It is lovely that dogs are welcomed at parkrun and that a dog can join their runner on a short lead. We met up with some of our favourite this week saying hi to Lola who was running with Patrick, and petting Rivet who was helping our wonderful volunteer Heather, manage the funnel at the end of the race and generally cheering everyone on. We also got to meet Maisy and George, who had been walking with Helen, and were eagerly awaiting treats after the run, hopefully gazing at the café in case biscuits appeared.

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It is lovely to see our furry friends being welcomed and I think (although I may have dreamt it) that I saw a cat in a backpack carrier join us a few weeks ago. I’m not sure what the parkrun policy is on other pets, I suspect that a racing rabbit would probably only inspire the dogs to run faster… Still, know that if you bring your dog along there will be water at the end and maybe even some treats for them too.

Congratulations to our fastest male runner, Frazer Knowles, and Stephanie Lunn, our fastest female runner, and to all who made it round on a hot Saturday morning – you may be able to spot yourselves in the photos below.

I hope the rest of your day is filled with iced drinks, fans and paddling pools as we prepare for the coming hot weather. Thanks to all the wonderful people, and their pets, who volunteer to make parkrun possible: Kevin BASKERVILLELori BASKERVILLEIan BEASLEYMartin BENNETTTony BRAYDavid CHANTREYJill COATESColin COHENIan DAVISRoz DOYLEJane EASTWOODSimon ELEYOliver George EVANSNiall FERGUSONHeather FIELDINGArthur GIBLINKatharine GIBLINCaroline GRAHAMDaniel GRAHAMSarah HARRISTessa LUKEHURSTJay MADANKatherine MILLSNigel MILLSJames MOFFATTPaul MORETON-SMITHDavid MURRAYNorah NICHOLSGraham PATTONKrys PIETRECKIJudith POLLACCOJeremy POPETrevor ROTHWELLLiz SALTERZoe SCANNELLHarry SHOREOliver SHOREHeather SIMSSatty SINGH XKrisztina STRATHStephen TRAYNOR

If you would like to help out with future runs then you can see what needs to be done here  https://www.parkrun.org.uk/leamington/futureroster and contact the parkrun team to offer your services here leamington@parkrun.com .

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 98.23% (19:45) on 25th September 2021 (event number 478).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 20,567 participants have completed 179,268 parkruns covering a total distance of 896,340 km, including 27,360 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,970 individuals have volunteered 13,965 times.

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Event number 519 – Fire and Rain

Well, a small fire near the allotments at the top of the course, and the rain and drizzle on Saturday, 2 July 2002 certainly didn’t interfere with or dampen the enthusiasm of 329 people who either ran, jogged and/or walked this popular parkrun course at Newbold Comyn.

The event itself was littered with bright spells of accomplishment, fun and fabulous camaraderie.image1-3Sue Bull from Kenilworth notably ran her 250th parkrun, Martin Gittins from Coventry his 50th and Junior runner Norah her 10th. Congratulations all, keep up the great work!

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The tokens today were given out by super duo Wilf and his Dad Stephen, who were both volunteering for the 25th time. Thank you guys; look forward to seeing those purple t shirts soon!

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Local Ultra runner Colin Bailey from RunWithIan and Kenilworth Runners also finished his 186th parkrun in 23mins 4 seconds, less than one week after completing his epic 111-mile run in The Warwickshire Ring Canal Race - a circular route comprised of sections of the Coventry, Birmingham & Fazeley, Grand Union and Oxford Canal towpaths.

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Also on hand serving tea and refreshments to brighten the day were Royal Spa Brass who are currently on a drive to raise money to save The Band Factory, a dilapidated 120-year-old community building on Althorpe Street which they occupy and rent out to other local community groups at a low cost.

As always there were plenty of stories and smiles shared as runners and walkers finished in the rain and were welcomed by a fabulous group of volunteers at the finish funnel. Thank you to the 39 of you who made this event possible, namely:

Malcolm FRY • David MURRAY • Krisztina STRATH • Lisa HARTILL • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Chris RAWCLIFFE • Frazer KNOWLES • Stephen EVANS • Ian BAYNES (yours truly) • Roz DOYLE • Luke BENNETT • Verity HILL • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Antonio ALMEIDA • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Satty SINGH • Wilfred EVANS • Arthur GIBLIN • Jill COATES • Judith POLLACCO • Caroline GRAHAM • James MOFFATT • Daniel GRAHAM • Sophie GRAHAM • Esther GRAHAM • Jay MADAN • Krys PIETRECKI • Ayse CROSSLAND • Cade BROADHURST • Colin COHEN • Adrian FARNWORTH • Jamie MINNS.

If you'd like to join the volunteering fun, you can see the future roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/leamington/futureroster. Just email leamington@parkrun.com to claim your spot!

By Ian Baynes (runwithian.com)

 

36 participants this week were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different running clubs took part.

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 98.23% (19:45) on 25th September 2021 (event number 478).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 20,467 participants have completed 178,519 parkruns covering a total distance of 892,595 km, including 27,257 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,965 individuals have volunteered 13,882 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #514 – Jubilee Special!

By D of E student Adam Chambers

I have never seen so many people take part in a parkrun on such a historic moment. With the Queen’s 70th Jubilee taking place it is amazing to see how much that can affect our 514th parkrun, from amazing costumes on the run to bunting on the finish line it is truly inspirational to say the least.

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With over 420 runners taking part it’s amazing to see how many people are willing to challenge themselves. To see that 69 people have still achieved a new PB is mind blowing, as well as the fact that over 40 people have run the Leamington parkrun for the first-time ever is an achievement in itself. Even my dad turned up for his 99th parkrun leaving 1 more until he hits triple digits. My mum also took part in the event running her 79th parkrun. It is extraordinary to think how far Leamington parkrun has come since 23rd April 2011 and how many achievements and challenges people have overcome.

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Of course, none of it could ever be done without our outstanding volunteers this week who were: Peter BARFIELD, Sarah BARFIELD, Martin BENNETT, Mathilda BOMMÉ, Tony BRAY, Cade BROADHURST, Emma Jane BROWN, Zoe CAWS, Adam CHAMBERS, David CHANTREY, Jill COATES, Heather FIELDING, Malcolm FRY, Robert GREENWAY, Stuart GREENWAY, Amy HARTILL, Lisa HARTILL, Kathleen HEALY, Lynn HUSSAIN, Saty KANDOLA, Cathal LOUGHNANE, Jay MADAN, James MOFFATT, Callum MOSS, Grace O'MALLEY, Victoria PHILLIPS, Krys PIETRECKI, Judith POLLACCO, Pauleine REED, Sue ROBINSON, Lizzie ROURKE, Krisztina STRATH, Nick TAWNEY, Susie TAWNEY and Margaret WEBSTER.

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They don’t get paid for it either so I’m sure they would appreciate it if you could thank them and remind them how much they are admired, and try giving it a go yourself - it's easy and fun! Please also be sure to visit the mini café inside the building which raises money for good causes and relies on donations.

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Thank you again to everyone who ran the Leamington parkrun as people like you also give many others motivation to get up in the morning despite wanting to stay in bed.

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