Leamington parkrun #419, 13th April 2019

It was a beautiful day for a huge number of parkrunners at Leamington this week- 629 in total. Neil Lee ran his Minty 300th (dedicated to our beloved local parkrunner, Richard Minty who died at the beginning of the year, having run 301 parkruns). Nuneaton Badgers sent over a small team and were one of 37 clubs represented. In addition, Royal Spa Brass attended to inspire the runners (124 people were spurred on to a PB). The runners shot off with ‘The Great Escape’ in their ears and the first few came back to ‘Congratulations’.

Parkrun 1

I am the membership secretary for RSB and the band is second only to parkrun in my heart. I have been playing the cornet for 5 years, after a fellow mum suggested I hire an instrument and get on with it. I have not looked back. Music has elevated my mood, my self-esteem and given me a social life with a group of people I am very grateful to have met; very similar to my experience with parkrun. Royal Spa Brass and parkrun are both community groups which aim to improve the quality of life of their participants with their opportunities. Royal Spa Brass is responsible for the running and maintenance costs of The Band Factory (registered charity) in Althorpe Street, where we and lots of other music, dance and arts groups meet. We need to make essential repairs costing tens of thousands of pounds in the near future. Our major fundraiser annually is The Leamington Beer Festival which runs the second weekend in September and is a jam-packed weekend of music , beer and gin, featuring our oompah band and many other fantastic local groups. We also perform in several concerts every year, many of them for local events and charities (The Lions, Myton Hospice, Warwick District Remembers).

Parkrun 2

Please come and attend our next concert on Saturday April 27th at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School, entitled, ‘Brass on Broadway’. Tickets cost £8 or £6 for concessions and can be booked in advance or bought on the door. We will be running a donation raffle with some lovely prizes and showcasing our development bands as well as our senior band. The programme is a crowd-pleaser and a good evening is guaranteed. Anyone who is thinking of taking up an instrument or would like to join one of the bands can contact me at membership@royalspabrass.com for more info or advice. We hope to attend at further parkrun events such as Leamington parkrun’s 8th birthday (with superhero costumes) on April 27th, Pink parkrun on June 1st and Pride parkrun July 6th. parkrun has been transformative for my son and I, and I am very grateful to be able to combine the two loves of my life.I love the fact that lots of our band members also run at parkrun, demonstrating the similar ethos of both.

Please consider volunteering at parkrun- we rely on our fantastic team to keep this event free forever. Volunteering is another way to improve your self-esteem and quality of life as well as contributing to the welfare of fellow Leamingtonians.

Happy parkrunning,

Rebecca Rowe

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Nigel FOX • Juliet JEE • Richard WHITEHEAD • Mrs DOYLE • Bill EVANS • Rebecca ROWE • Marti DHESI • Caroline WHITEHEAD • Graham SIMS • Saty KANDOLA • Robin MORTON • David BARBER • Richard BARR • Abi MORTON • Catherine BARHAM • Michael COLEMAN • Chris MCKEOWN • Sandrine WIGHAM • Luke BENNETT • Ben SHIRT • Ian JAMIE • Brett PARTON • Jeremy POPE • Sue STOCKBRIDGE • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • David WOOD • Helen BURNETT • Lynn HUSSAIN • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Annie BRYAN • Simon PACKMAN • Shane DAY • Jill COATES • Hitesh TARA • Iona WOOD • Matthew HORLEY • Elizabeth NUNN

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 15,819 participants have completed 136,543 parkruns covering a total distance of 682,715 km, including 22,473 new Personal Bests.