Leamington parkrun #453, 7th December 2019

This was my first marshalling since the kids take over earlier this year and Portia and I were really looking forward to cheering everybody on. Having volunteered to marshal at Golf Course Hill we missed the briefing but one of the amazing core team took the photos during the briefing and I managed to catch almost everybody in a parkrun bib afterwards to give the full effect of parkrunning a milestone:

William ran his 10th parkrun today but escaped the camera,

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Georgie Acton and Andrew Bayley admitted to be running their 50thwith William Kirk-Wilson, Neil Halsey, also reaching this milestone today.

Duncan Robertson also achieved his 100thmilestone with the help of some very shiny balloons!

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Three birthdays completed the milestone bibs:

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Before                                                                                                After

We had a fabulous walk to the bottom of the hill - well, it’s not actually the bottom of the hill as it turns out. What I have always considered to be “the hill” (the paved bit) is actually the end of the hill – the gravel path up to the left turn onto the hill is by no means flat, but you only really see it when standing on the corner and looking back. No wonder I always found it so hard – it’s pretty tough!

Mini marshal started out on the gate but rapidly got bored (and a cold bottom on the metal fence) so decided to be stealth marshal and hid in the tree. Didn’t stop her from being very vocal so there were a few runners who were bemused hearing the very loud “come on runners, you’re looking great” at great volume from the middle of a tree!

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Amazing views                                                     Portia marshalling

Can you spot the tree marshal?


Everybody was very jolly and so very many people thanked us, and it’s such a pleasure to participate in such a family-friendly inclusive event. If you’ve never volunteered then I suggest that you give it a go – it might just change your life!!

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Some of our amazing volunteers hard at work

And a final thank-you to one of our newest recruits Sophie-Mae who ran with her Mum and said that she had a lovely time – thanks for joining us and come back soon.



Here are this week's stats:

This week 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Sarah BARFIELD • Clare HINTON • Malcolm FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Jim DUNCAN • Jonathan GRANT • Ruby BHACHU • Anne HURRELL • Richard WALKER • Tim FILBY • Seren HARTWRIGHT • Catherine BARHAM • Rosie CALE • Zac CALE • Chris MCKEOWN • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Coralie NEWMAN • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Laura ERSEK • Ian BEASLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Georgie ACTON • Penny SPOONER • Jill COATES • Aneta RADACZEWSKA • Peter BARFIELD • Seb BARFIELD • Krys PIETRECKI • Ben CHESHIRE • Susanna CHESHIRE • Nikolay CHERKASOV

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 17,632 participants have completed 153,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 769,100 km, including 24,549 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,750 individuals have volunteered 11,298 times.