Leamington parkrun #440

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It was a lovely morning for a run on Saturday and an amazing 560 of you turned up at Newbold Comyn.  Kevin was our Run Director and he had a lot of milestone vests to give out:

John ran his 10th;  Matthew Booth, Adrian Wigham, Al MacLeod, Jeremy Pope, Anthony Green, Alex Bean and Steve Bartlett all ran their 50th;

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Dave Lindsay and Dexter ran their 100th and Steve Jasiok ran his 200th parkrun.  Well done to them all.

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Kevin started the run

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and then he and I retired to the pavilion to catch up with 'Mrs Doyle' (Kate) and to grab a quick cup of tea.  At this point we nearly jumped out of our skins as a loud siren sounded - was there an emergency? No, it was Tess demonstrating the siren on the Lowland Rescue emergency vehicle.

A big thank you to the Lowland Rescue team for the excellent job they did as volunteers this week and for all they do saving lives as part of the UK's emergency response backbone, serving the Police as professional Search and Rescue responders.

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Every week, in order to put on parkrun at Newbold, we need 38 volunteers consisting of

2 run directors,
6 marshalls,
2 tail walkers,
3 funnel managers,
2 timekeepers,
6 barcode scanners,
2 on finish tokens,
3 in the cafe and
1 number checker.

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But, are you aware that there are also roles that you can do and you can run too -

1 first timers briefing,
1 event day course check
3 pre event set up
2 post event close down
3 token sorters
1 volunteer coordinator
1 run report writer

Have you volunteered recently?  If not, why not put your name down for a role?  We are a friendly bunch and we'll explain what needs to be done.  As you can see from the photo, Kevin and Susie were working hard on Saturday ;-)

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As we strive to become more sustainable at Leamington it was great to see that so many people had cycled to Newbold Comyn.  Please, please, if you can, walk, cycle or car share.

This was our second week being PLASTIC FREE and Kate reported that all but about 20 of you brought your own cups, mugs or bottles to be filled with tea, coffee, water or squash.  Many thanks for supporting this initiative so wholeheartedly.

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It was great to welcome Simon Teale, event director at Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun, back to Leamington.  He was one to the event directors and run directors in Leamington parkrun's early days.

And, it's important to remember that parkrun is for everyone.  It doesn't matter what speed you do - fast or slow, all are welcome and celebrated.  Here's a photo of our wonderful tailwalkers finishing.

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Core team knitting?

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Here are the stats for the week:

This week 560 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Melissa ODLING • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Alice WEBBER • Stephen PAYNE • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • John W SMITH • Martin CABLE • Marie KIERNAN • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Isabel COOPER • John COOPER • Stephen EVANS • Mick BENNETT • Amanda MALES • Luke BENNETT • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Jane OLIVER • David MILLS • Jeremy POPE • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Dan ZOKA • Wilfred EVANS • Louise DWYER • Chris DAVISON • Jane WACKETT • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Jo BARNES • Oliver ODLING • Emma BARNES • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Alexander LAING • Jack HINTON • Jamie FINNEGAN • Louis WYATT • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN • Bear ODLING

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 17,191 participants have completed 148,328 parkruns covering a total distance of 741,640 km, including 23,936 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,682 individuals have volunteered 10,739 times.