Leamington Parkrun #451, 23rd November 2019

It was a fairly quiet parkrun again today with only 343 runners. We were lucky to have an interlude from the rain in which to run but the ground was boggy, even on the winter route. However, 19 people slopped, slipped and skidded their way to a PB, with attendees from Ware, Glasgow, and even Dubai. There were several milestones today - well done to them- including the man who ran his 10th parkrun but will be disappointed to find that his age makes him ineligible for the t-shirt!

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I love being a part of the parkrun community. I love running round our beautiful course, listening to snippets of conversation as I go. I love knowing a few faces and names and having people say hello, when I am not expecting it. The improved mental wellbeing that this offers to so many people, myself included, cannot be overstated. The other love of my life and major life-enhancer is playing cornet in a brass band. Myself and several other parkrunners play for Royal Spa Brass and have attended parkrun on several occasions to play music. As you can imagine, this time of year is a busy one for us and we will be playing, sometimes 3 or 4 times a weekend, at various venues over the next 6 weeks. We will be in Leamington for the Yuletide Fayre, which takes place every weekend from now until Christmas, at the turning on of most of the local Christmas lights, and at Carols at the Castle (at Warwick Castle) on December 21st. Tickets, sold by The Lions, are going fast.

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We are collecting at our gigs, once again, for maintenance of The Band Factory- a community centre in Althorpe Street, owned by the charity. This provides desperately-needed rehearsal rooms for musicians in the area, as well as instruments and bands in which to learn to play. The building is falling down around our ears and is in need of a new roof, heating system, toilets and drains. If you see us out playing, please donate if you can. Music is another part of our community that is chronically under-funded and provides so many people with an outlet for their stresses and an improvement in mental health. Lantern-making is taking place there tomorrow for the Lantern Parade on Sunday 1st. There are so few places available for this kind of community event now and we are trying hard to protect the Band Factory for the years to come. The Band Factory is also home to Sambassadors of Groove (a samba band), Cubbington Silver Band, Kate and the Mooncats, Belle Burlesque, Romanian dancers, Djembe Drumming, Midweek Jazz and many more. If you are interested in any of the activities, in fundraising for us or joining the band, please speak to me or contact us on Facebook.

Please also consider volunteering at parkrun. We need more people to help with our expanding community, especially for the run on New Year’s Day. In the meantime, here are the stats for this week.

This week 343 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

Malcolm FRY • Krisztina STRATH • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca ROWE • Andrew HIGGINS • Marti DHESI • Karen WEST • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Rob SMART • Saty KANDOLA • Steven KNOWLES • Helen EVANS • Jonathan GRANT • Richard WALKER • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Sarah HARRIS • Ross CAWS • Emma TEEVAN • Zac CALE • Roz DOYLE • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Jeremy POPE • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • James CRICKMORE • Matilda DOYLE • Henry COHEN • Zoe CAWS • Charis CAWS • Ian BEASLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Alex BEAN • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Isobel COHEN • Shane DAY • Jill COATES • John DOYLE • Jamie FINNEGAN • Fraser WHYTE

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 17,573 participants have completed 153,071 parkruns covering a total distance of 765,355 km, including 24,498 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,740 individuals have volunteered 11,209 times.