Leamington parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Girlguiding at Leamington parkrun #468

We are really spoiled this week as we have two run reports that have been written for us.

Girlguiding

This week, parkruns across the country were “taken over” by members of Girlguiding, who volunteered to marshal, scan barcodes, manage the funnel, make the tea & generally add a bit of Girlguiding sparkle. Many of our members, be they 5+ year old Rainbows; 7+ year old Brownies; 10+ year old Guides; 14+ year old Rangers or 18++ year old leaders, ran wearing uniform and/or neckers (scarves) to raise awareness of our organisation.

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All Girlguiding members promise to serve their community (amongst other things) & so today we ventured into the parkrun community & what an adventure it was! We were immediately welcomed into a friendly, inclusive & caring group, given hi-vis jackets & deployed to our various stations. I was signposted to the barcode scanning area, which turned out to be a very social role with runners ready for a quick chat having finished the run.

The early finishers were the muddiest & I’m guessing they didn’t have time to avoid the puddles/mudbaths out there. It was lovely to greet the family groups, especially those in Girlguiding uniform, many of whom were parkrunning for the first time, although I suspect not the last. We also had a few muddy encounters with dogs (& their owners) enthusiastically returning from their run.

One of my fellow Girlguiding leaders was a marshal & was amazed to see what a difference her cheering & encouragement made to the runners. In true parkrun style, the runners thanked her for her efforts, which felt odd to her seeing as they were the ones doing all the hard work!

parkrun environments are supportive places, where people achieve & talents are discovered. The benefits are physical, mental & social. I cannot help but compare this to Girlguiding, where all our members are encouraged to challenge themselves, developing skills & confidence to make a difference to the world around them. I hope you visited our Girlguiding table today & took away a leaflet. If not, please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk to find out more about the opportunities we offer.

In Girlguiding, we love collecting badges & were very pleased to award our Girlguiding Midlands parkrun Takeover badge to today’s Run Director.

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Richard Barr

Girlguiding very generously provided Volunteers for this event.

Many thanks to these folk for their support; they truly did a fantastic job! It was great to see so many of them. This is an opportunity to remind ourselves that parkrun would not be possible without the army of volunteers each week. It truly amazes me that so many people turn out week after week to volunteer so that others can run. It also disappoints me that there are some parkrunners who run week after week but who have never volunteered. Come on people, it’s never too late!

This week’s run was held with the cloud of the Coronavirus hanging over us. Quite rightly we were reminded to take sensible precautions such as washing our hands thoroughly and keeping a social distance. We were also asked not to hand over our tokens and barcodes to the barcode reader volunteers but to leave them on the table so as to limit physical contact. All very sensible measures. We’ll just have to see whether parkrun falls victim to the cancellations of gatherings of large numbers of people going on around the world. It certainly looks likely it will before too long. If so, it certainly begs the question: what on earth are we going to do on Saturday mornings?! Some of us will have to find alternative forms of entertainment and activity. Anyone for a bike ride?

Whatever happens, everyone take care and look after each other.

I can’t finish the report without mentioning that we nearly started 75m further down the field before the errant start line was noticed. What a shame, we’d all have had better times! 336 runners are looking for the snitch!!!

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There were plenty of people running milestone runs today:  Brother and sister, Hugo and Matilda, and also Isobel ran their Junior 10th runs, Maria Dobson, David Spurling and Emma Baker ran their 50ths, Chris Davison ran her 100th and Lesley Virr ran her 250th.  There were also a couple of people running in birthday vests.

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The final word from Girlguiding,I know parkrunners love their stats, so here we are:

This week 337 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • David MURRAY • Nick TAWNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Laura GILFILLAN • Richard BARR • Sue ROBINSON • Lynn WARD • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Martin GITTINS • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • David CHANTREY • Lily MINTY • Jeremy POPE • Jessica WOO • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Liz COHEN • Gareth BROWN • Sue FITTON • Nari SANDHU • Jill COATES • Michael HARRIS • Diane GOUGH • Patricia JENNINGS • Ellie BRODERICK • Ellie YATES • Georgina RAWBONE • Morgan GORE

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 18,502 participants have completed 160,863 parkruns covering a total distance of 804,315 km, including 25,120 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,806 individuals have volunteered 11,949 times.

 

 

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For the current position regarding COVID-19(Coronavirus) and implications for parkrun events click here

 

Leamington parkrun #467, International Women’s Day, 7th March 2020

I feel extremely privileged to be given report-writing duties on the day that parkrun is supporting International Women’s Day. It was also a significant day for me, being as it was my 60th birthday and my 250th parkrun. Thank you to all those people who wished me “Happy Birthday” on the run today whilst wearing ‘The Birthday Vest’! What lovely people we have at Leamington parkrun.

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Richard ran with his children on Saturday

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Richard Barr and Alexander Buswell ran their 250th parkrun and Malcolm Fry ran his Minty 300 parkrun.  Richard Barr and Julia Fry also ran on their birthdays.

 

This Saturday, parkruns across the world marked International Women's Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. parkrun, with its agenda of inclusiveness, is a great platform for marking this event. Our own Leamington parkrun played its part fully with publicity on social media leading up to the day and the assembling of a mainly-female volunteer team. However, as if to prove that we all need each other, some males were recruited to complete the team!

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The first ‘Women’s Day’ was held in New York City in 1909. In 1977, the United Nations declared an ‘International Women's Day’, described as “a day each year when the world should celebrate, recognise and remember women and the accomplishments they have made to society.”

The International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is “I am Generation Equality”. All of us need to do whatever we can to help ensure that, before too much longer, campaigns like this are no longer necessary and that the only time unequal treatment is written about is in a history book. We can choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate everyone’s achievements. Great strides (to use running vernacular!) have certainly been made in many countries in recent years. Hopefully this progress will continue and other, less enlightened, parts of the world will catch up.

In the meantime, we can play our part in making this a reality. I have the upmost faith in the parkrun community to do this.

Richard Barr.

IMG_4531Amy, one of our fabulous DofE volunteers was brave enough to take on the role of Run Director and gave the run briefing.  She was an amazing example of a strong, powerful woman today.

Here are the stats:

This week 422 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Susie TAWNEY • Jackie BULMAN • Malcolm FRY • Julia FRY • Samantha LEE • Michael O'RILEY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Alison Ann GIBBONS • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Saty KANDOLA • Maggie BOWES • Jonathan GRANT • Gregan WARD • Lorraine PARSONS • Richard BARR • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Roz DOYLE • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • David WOO • Zoe BEALE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Claire RAWBONE • Louise LYLE • Lori BASKERVILLE • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Heather SIMS • Madeline BRAITHWAITE • Chris DAVISON • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Leon PRATT • Isaac PRATT • Grace O'MALLEY • Melissa FARNWORTH • Jennie DANIELS • Megan BARNES • Jamie FINNEGAN • Peter BARFIELD • Joanna PRATT • Ayse CROSSLAND

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 18,485 participants have completed 160,526 parkruns covering a total distance of 802,630 km, including 25,082 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,796 individuals have volunteered 11,906 times.

 

 

Leamington parkrun #465

For the first time in three weeks, we were not joined by a storm as we ran the 465th Leamington parkrun. Though it was a bit breezy.

I finished my volunteering here for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award today, doing the first timers'  briefing, timekeeping and writing this run report. I will continue to come, for there is a great atmosphere every week, and it’s very rewarding to help an amazing event run smoothly.

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Today, 552 people ran, jogged or walked the course, either tip-toeing around the puddles or thundering through them – either way, everyone had fun.

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Among these people were Mr and Mrs Chana, tourists visiting from their local Upton Court parkrun (nr Windsor), who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary by getting covered in mud. Here is a photo taken before they did so.

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Additionally, Chis Reay knocked a whole minute off his previous PB, getting the smashing time of 26:07. Afterwards, he was understandably shattered.

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We also had a fair few tourists, including the Whittaker family from Warrington and Weymouth.

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Simon Holleron, originally from Leamington, also joined us from where he now lives in Liverpool.

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Lots of people celebrated milestones, running today in a vest and now being able to claim their free t-shirt.  Isabella, Ben, Chloe and Theo ran their 10th parkrun today, Tony Rolf and Samuel Spurling ran their 50th, Paul Beckett, Steve Lamb and Melissa Farnworth ran their 100th, Mark Bastick ran his 200th and Sam and Michael Weaving got to wear the special Minty 300 vest today.

Nicola Hadley also celebrated her birthday by running in the birthday vest.

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parkrun is not only a great place to come and run around the course, it’s also a great place to volunteer, for DofE or just for fun. You can meet new people and make new friends. Despite the mud and the early start, it’s definitely worth joining in, whoever you are, and whatever speed you can run at.

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Thank you, as always, to the 38 volunteers that did everything from sign language and barcode scanning to the less glamorous job of washing the cones at the end.

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Here are the stats for today:

This week 552 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Trevor ROTHWELL • David JACKSON • Paul HAMPTON • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Anthony CLAYDON • Richard WALKER • Tim HURRELL • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Philippa SMITH • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Charlie ISHERWOOD • Jane BRANSCOMBE • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Daljeet BHACHU • Peter CROWLEY • Debra LEES • Helen VENN • Jill COATES • Rory SULLIVAN • Jamie FINNEGAN • Jackie WALSH • Krys PIETRECKI • Ayse CROSSLAND • Dena GALPIN

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 18,410 participants have completed 159,784 parkruns covering a total distance of 798,920 km, including 25,013 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,795 individuals have volunteered 11,814 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #464, 15th February 2020 – The one with, or without Storm Dennis…

Three hundred and two people joined our special celebrity guest, Storm Dennis, this morning to complete one of the wetter, muddier parkruns of recent memory (which is saying something).

I’m not sure Storm Dennis actually arrived on time: it was possibly only his associates who joined us at the start line just in time to drop some relatively gentle rain on everyone, but he certainly passed me with some force (heading the wrong way) by the time I reached the back of the golf course, and then again down by the airfield.

Sadly, I understand he forgot his barcode, so his visit to Leamington will not be recorded. However, we did have multiple visitors this morning from Haywards Heath and Cardiff, amongst others. There was some debate about which is further from Leamington: our run director seemed to think it was Cardiff, but in fact it is…Haywards Heath (by around 18 miles as a parkrunner would travel – that’s 6 full parkrun distances for those who think in such terms). Cardiff is 105 miles from Newbold Comyn on foot, while Haywards Heath is 123. If you drive, of course, or go by train the distances vary and there may be more grounds for debate (and you will also probably arrive faster – unless all the transport infrastructure is being disrupted by our new friend.)

Having started to explore this topic, however, I couldn’t help noticing that today’s fastest runner, Steve Feltbower (17:55) had come from Falkirk, which is 312 miles from Leamington and thus renders the debate between Cardiff and Haywards Heath entirely academic…

The other notable feature of today was that we had no less than five people celebrating their 50th parkrun: Ben Tawney; Kersti O’Malley; Charlotte; Esther; Caroline Graham. This may be a record – according to those who know these things – and congratulations to all five.

IMG_3853We also had one 100th milestone (Ben Bennion) and two birthday runners, one of whom, Kharaiti Ram Lekhi - not pictured - celebrated their 72nd with a slip'n'slide around the Comyn!

This week 302 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Simon LUDFORD • David MURRAY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • John W SMITH • Jonathan GRANT • Richard WALKER • Michelle HUTTON • Sue ROBINSON • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Daniel CALE • Duncan ROBERTSON • Steven TAYLOR • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Sandra STOKES • Francisco GOMES • Ian DAVIS • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Jessica WOO • Antonio ALMEIDA • Matthew RHODES • Peter CULLINGHAM • Lauren DAVIS • Chris DAVISON • Emily DIXON • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Julie-Anna NEEDHAM • Mark EHLINGER • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Peter BARFIELD • Graham PATTON • Seb BARFIELD • Terence FITCH

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 18,338 participants have completed 159,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 796,160 km, including 24,968 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,791 individuals have volunteered 11,776 times.

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