Leamington parkrun #486 Pudsey Special

This parkrun was dedicated to the “Children in Need” appeal, and we had a veritable plethora of Pudseys to help us along our way.  324 people ran / walked at Leamington this week.

Starting with Jeremy Pudsey, the Run Director, ably assisted by Helen Pudsey, there were several other Pudseys or people with Pudsey ears in attendance.

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There were 10 parkrun “newbies”  – Congratulations to all for joining the parkrun family and especially Matthew Battley who was our first finisher this week!

34 first timers at Leamington parkrun and 52 PBs recorded.

The Juniors did well this week: Maisie ran her 10th – Joshua ran his 50th  and Lucy ran her 100th.  Congratulations to all– love to see the Juniors get involved !!

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Tina Roebuck, Tim Jones Claire Westrope and Peter Barfield ran their 50th and Martyn Bibby ran his 100th – congratulations to all!

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BUT – in my book the most congratulations go to the most important people of all: the volunteers – of the runners 15 were members of the 25 volunteer club, 5 of the 50 club and 4 of the 100 volunteer club. Including all the non runners there were 39 volunteers in total.

We have many volunteers who never run but come out every week rain or shine to cheer, clap and generally help us along the course.

parkrun wouldn’t be possible without this small army of volunteers and it’s possible to volunteer as well as run: Setup, Close Down, Tailwalking and my all-time favourite: Run Report writing are available volunteer roles where you can run as well – so get out there and get volunteering.

Here are the stats for the week:

This week 324 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • John FULLBROOK • Andrew HIGGINS • Karen WEST • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • David FLETCHER • Ruby BHACHU • Maria DOBSON • Nicholas JORDAN • Daniel CALE • Duncan ROBERTSON • Anna ROBERTSON • Luke BENNETT • Lloyd HARRIMAN • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • David CHANTREY • Ian DAVIS • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Patrick JAMES • Antonio ALMEIDA • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Lauren DAVIS • Katharine GIBLIN • Arthur GIBLIN • Grace O'MALLEY • Nari SANDHU • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Jill COATES • James MOFFATT • Peter BARFIELD • Jay MADAN • Krys PIETRECKI • Olivia DOBSON

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 19,280 participants have completed 167,359 parkruns covering a total distance of 836,795 km, including 25,962 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,879 individuals have volunteered 12,651 times.

 

 

#485 Taking Things For Granted

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What a wonderful way to spend your birthday! Truly!
Soaking up the atmosphere of Leamington parkrun- the anticipation, the joy, the energy, the enthusiasm, the love, the dedication, the release….. wow it was electric.
This feeling sharpened in my mind through absence. I now live in Abu Dhabi, UAE (yes, not far from Dubai but a million miles away really!) and zipped back to the U.K. to complete a few things and spend my birthday with my Dad & many wonderful friends.
Saturdays are always tricky for me over in the sandpit- especially by about 2pm UAE time when the Leamington parkrun social media feed starts pouring in. I scrutinise pictures photos and dialogue and see etched in all images all of those feelings I described earlier.
Sensational- I love it and miss it.
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Today, I purposefully turned on the sponge to soak up every last drop so I can squeeze it out for the many Saturday’s to come before I return.
However, the sponge grabbed more, more things that we often take for granted but when you live in the desert, surrounded by a completely different palette of colours, beauty in a different way, you gain energy from the green, the yellows to reds of the trees, all mixed with the multi colours of the runners. Overpowering but so fresh.
My sponge reached saturation point.
Allow yourself some time next time you run to soak up everything you see, feel, smell, sense, hear as you run around our beautiful parkrun route BUT always remember… and never take for granted HOW THIS EVENT HAPPENS - week in week out. The core team are a magical bunch, they like to stay in the background as much as they can but it can only happen with your help, your volunteering- PLEASE don’t take them for granted. Sign up to volunteer as soon as you can!
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Thanks guys as ever. You’re all very special people engaging in something so wonderful- enjoy but don’t take for granted.
See you in 2022 sometime x
Kevin Baskerville
Congratulations to the following people who achieved milestones this week:
Andrew SAVAGE and Margaret WEBSTER ran their 25th parkrun,
Julie TURNERSophie GRAHAM and Alexander IBBS ran their 50th parkrun.
I should also mention the following who achieved milestones last week:
Simon MUNSON and Deborah WILLIAMSON ran their 50th parkrun.
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Here are the stats for the week:

This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Malcolm FRY • David MURRAY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Andrew HIGGINS • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Ruby BHACHU • Susan BULL • Megan EASTAUGH • Steve MARR • Stephen EVANS • Sue ROBINSON • Mick BENNETT • Laura CALE • Daniel CALE • Duncan ROBERTSON • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Alison CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Stephen GALLAGHER • Antonio ALMEIDA • Wilfred EVANS • Mandy BARNETT • Arthur GIBLIN • Mike HEATH • Peter CROWLEY • Jill COATES • Margaret WEBSTER • Rebecca KADUNIC • James MOFFATT • Jay MADAN • Amelia HOBDEN • Cade BROADHURST • Mohammad KHALIQ • Mina KADUNIC • Jack KADUNIC • Jonathan GRIFFITHS

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 19,246 participants have completed 167,035 parkruns covering a total distance of 835,175 km, including 25,910 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,877 individuals have volunteered 12,611 times.

 

New Year’s Day parkrun

Blow away those hangovers and join us for a parkrun on 

New Year's Day at 9am.

In order to put on this event, we need to enlist the help of some Christmas elves, so please dig deep into your festive spirit and email us at leamington@parkrun.com if you can help out on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

Thanks,
Your Core Team at Leamington parkrun

 

Christmas parkrun is go!

Ho ho ho!  Get those bells jingling!
Leamington parkrun is pleased to announce that parkrun will be going ahead on

Christmas Day at 9am as usual.

We are very excited to see your Christmas outfits so dig out the tinsel and your Santa hat and come and join us at Newbold.

In order to put on this event, we need to enlist the help of some Christmas elves, so please dig deep into your festive spirit and email us at leamington@parkrun.com if you can help out on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

Thanks,
Your Core Team at Leamington parkrun

 

Leamington parkrun 30th October 2021 – A Halloween puddle jump

By Caroline Graham

It has been a while since we have had a properly wet parkrun and it caused some conversations in our house as we were deciding what to wear. My hubby opted for t-shirt and shorts as he believes any weather that is warmer than 6 degrees is a balmy summer when running. I, on the other hand, was seriously considering wellies and a raincoat (or perhaps swimwear?) In the end I went for my normal leggings and hoody combo.

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We listened to the spooky run briefing, warning us to keep our under 11 yr old goblins within arm’s reach at all times and to keep our werewolves on a short lead. It turned out we weren’t the only ones who had been deciding what to wear. Our run director had come as a halloween convict and there were a few umbrellas and raincoats to be seen. Looking at the starting line the main outfit was clearly red t shirt and black shorts. Have a quick check of the smart watch, set the timer, then all 207 of us were off.

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I had forgotten the fun of rain running, the slalom of puddle avoiding and the excited squelches and yelps as runners plough straight through puddles that were deeper than expected. I had not factored in the weight of a wet hoody when running and am sure I could take 5 minutes off my time if I hadn’t had that additional soggy burden. I also discovered it had an unexpected side effect, as my flapping sodden sleeve regularly communicated to my watch that I had finished my run so was asked several times by my watch if I would like to stop running now – not perhaps the motivation I needed. Fortunately about half way round my soggy sleeve knocked my watch and switched my music on which spurred me on to keep going even if it took me much longer than it should have done to realise where the music was coming from. I can only apologise to everyone I subjected Maneskin to on the way round.

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I think a huge thank you is due this week to our amazing volunteers who support the run through rain and shine. They are always cheerful, always encouraging and always looking for more help so if you can offer to volunteer please do contact leamington@parkrun.com. It is a great community to be part of.

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As I sit and write this after parkrun, with the sun blazing through the window, hot chocolate in hand, 9am this morning seems very far away. Well done to our fastest female runner, Michelle Hutton and our fastest male runner Dom Hull and to all 10 runners with personal bests – an incredible achievement given the weather. This week I have learnt that rain running is fun, someone should invent glasses with windscreen wipers and hoodies hold a surprising large amount of water.

Finally, the spooky stats...

This week 207 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Fiona FERGUSON • Malcolm FRY • David MURRAY • Julia FRY • Andrew HIGGINS • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Sara TOMASSINI • Jonathan GRANT • Anthony CLAYDON • Nicholas JORDAN • Matt LEYDON • Sam ALLEN • Stephen TRAYNOR • Emma CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Tommy O'MEARA • Jeremy POPE • Niel STRYDOM • Amy HARTILL • Suzanne COLLINSON • Katharine GIBLIN • Arthur GIBLIN • Grace O'MALLEY • Jill COATES • Hussain AL-ZUBAIDI • Shahnaz HASSAN • Caroline GRAHAM • James MOFFATT • Paul HARRIS • Fraser WHYTE • Jay MADAN • Krys PIETRECKI • Tesan HADZIKADUNIC

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 19,151 participants have completed 166,307 parkruns covering a total distance of 831,535 km, including 25,822 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,867 individuals have volunteered 12,535 times.

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