Leamington Parkrun #425 by Meredith Laing

Out came the sun, out came those bare legs for many months hidden under leggings and tights, and out came 675 runners, joggers and walkers for the 425thLeamington parkrun.

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Conditions were good on the course.  The first four finishers all bagged new PBs as did a whopping 97 other runners, and we had 67 first timers, including former 5k world record holder David Moorcroft OBE (his world record for the 5,000m was 13.00.41 although admittedly without golf course hill to climb – although that is something for our faster runners to aim for ….)

It was also the inaugural Leamington event for 5k Your Way, a fabulous group for people living with or beyond cancer, and friends and supporters, to help with taking that step to get out there, get active and walk, jog or run 5k in a supportive and understanding environment with people who understand a bit of what cancer sufferers are going through.


Don’t forget it’s Pink parkrun next weekend: 4 laps for those crazy enough to try it, wearing pink, starting at 7am.  There will be a raffle to raise funds for Breast Cancer.


According to George Bernard Shaw it is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics, so for those of you of that look forward to them so much, here they are:

This week 675 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 100 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

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Malcolm FRY • Steven Christopher ATHERTON • Mrs DOYLE • Frank WALSH • Lisa HARTILL • Ian MCCLENAGHAN • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Olivia Rose FARRELL • Karen HIGGINS • Richard WOODHEAD • Alexander CRAIG • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Rachel PURDON • Roz DOYLE • Chris MCKEOWN • Martin BENNETT • Sandrine WIGHAM • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Mary SINCLAIR • Amy HARTILL • Lizzie ROURKE • Steph ZOKA • Catherine TAYLOR • Emma BISH • Madeline BRAITHWAITE • Matilda DOYLE • Chris DAVISON • Leon PRATT • Isaac PRATT • Mark DOCKER • Aitzi MARCO • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Jill COATES • Meredith LAING • Margaret WEBSTER • Ilona STEPHENSON • Spencer FOYLE • Glen DAVIES • Zoe SCANNELL • Willow PRATT • Joanna PRATT

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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 16,261 participants have completed 140,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 701,880 km, including 23,037 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,577 individuals have volunteered 10,051 times.