Leamington parkrun Event #436 10th August 2019

Welcome to this week’s run report, which is a joint effort between me and 9-year-old Jamie. It’s not so much about actual running as the people that took part. See how many of them you know – you might even spot yourself… Today’s run director Jeremy Pope welcomed 443 runners and 45 volunteers to Leamington parkrun number 436. This included 5 people volunteering for the first time – thank you to Andrew French with Caitlin, Sergi Gonzalez Prunera, Catherine Morgan and Neil Worsnop; you did a great job!

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Onto the milestones. Well done to Jack running his 10th, Owain and Simon Heath on their 50th, Sarah Brooke-Taylor (100th) and Brian Warren earning the coveted yellow bib for 200 runs. Also congratulations to Kevin Yates (not pictured) who visited Leamington for the first time to celebrate his 400th parkrun.

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The comments column of the visitor’s book was full of love for Leamington (it’s a great read if you need reminding how lucky we are). There were guest appearances from Mandy from Llanfynydd, Kevin from Southampton, Sav and Cian from Mansfield, Ian from Bishop’s Stortford, Neil and Kate from Lowestoft, Chris from Banbury, Lorraine and Colin from Weston Super Mare and Sarah from Beckenham. Thanks for choosing Newbold Comyn for your parkrun tourism this week.

And now over to Jamie, who has set himself the challenge of undertaking all the different volunteer roles. This is role number 7 – his first run report. He decided to interview a range of runners and volunteers – the results made me smile and I hope you enjoy reading it too…

Runner’s name (and the reason we chose them to be interviewed) What did you do today? What do you like about Leamington parkrun? What could we improve about Leamington parkrun? What running shoes are you wearing? What is your favourite volunteer role Photo
Harriet Ashworth (because she’s our friend) Barcode Scanning Seeing people that I know Nothing! New Balance Timekeeping 10082019HarietAshworth
Mrs Doyle (because she makes yummy cakes) Café The friendly people Nothing! Karrimor Café 10082019MrsD
Tess Lukehurst (because she loves jumping in puddles like me) Run Director The people and the coffee More puddles Saucony Run Director 10082019Tess
Chris Bannon (because he was the first finisher) Finisher #1 The great volunteers Nothing! Mezuno Funnel Manager 10082019ChrisBannon
Alex Craig (because he’s Mum’s friend) Finisher #38 Seeing friends, and eating cake Make the hill easier Asics Funnel Manager 10082019AlexCraig
Noah (because he’s my friend from the rugby club) Ran with my brother Jack and our dad (ed. he beat Dad by 1 second - go Noah!!) If you feel sleepy it wakes you up Make the hill flatter Asics Marshal 10082019NoahDando
Heather Sims (because she was the final finisher) Finisher #441 on her 99th parkrun The people Nothing, it's heaven Reebok Barcode Scanning 10082019HeatherSims
Maggie Bowes (because she has a guide dog and we look after guide dogs) Finisher #439 People, friends Nothing! Asics Marshal 10082019MaggieBowes

Finally, the statistics:

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part, and the event was made possible by 45 volunteers.

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 16,934 participants have completed 146,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 730,865 km, including 23,683 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,643 individuals have volunteered 10,494 times.