Leamington parkrun #465

For the first time in three weeks, we were not joined by a storm as we ran the 465th Leamington parkrun. Though it was a bit breezy.

I finished my volunteering here for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award today, doing the first timers'  briefing, timekeeping and writing this run report. I will continue to come, for there is a great atmosphere every week, and it’s very rewarding to help an amazing event run smoothly.

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Today, 552 people ran, jogged or walked the course, either tip-toeing around the puddles or thundering through them – either way, everyone had fun.

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Among these people were Mr and Mrs Chana, tourists visiting from their local Upton Court parkrun (nr Windsor), who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary by getting covered in mud. Here is a photo taken before they did so.

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Additionally, Chis Reay knocked a whole minute off his previous PB, getting the smashing time of 26:07. Afterwards, he was understandably shattered.

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We also had a fair few tourists, including the Whittaker family from Warrington and Weymouth.

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Simon Holleron, originally from Leamington, also joined us from where he now lives in Liverpool.

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Lots of people celebrated milestones, running today in a vest and now being able to claim their free t-shirt.  Isabella, Ben, Chloe and Theo ran their 10th parkrun today, Tony Rolf and Samuel Spurling ran their 50th, Paul Beckett, Steve Lamb and Melissa Farnworth ran their 100th, Mark Bastick ran his 200th and Sam and Michael Weaving got to wear the special Minty 300 vest today.

Nicola Hadley also celebrated her birthday by running in the birthday vest.

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parkrun is not only a great place to come and run around the course, it’s also a great place to volunteer, for DofE or just for fun. You can meet new people and make new friends. Despite the mud and the early start, it’s definitely worth joining in, whoever you are, and whatever speed you can run at.

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Thank you, as always, to the 38 volunteers that did everything from sign language and barcode scanning to the less glamorous job of washing the cones at the end.

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Here are the stats for today:

This week 552 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Trevor ROTHWELL • David JACKSON • Paul HAMPTON • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Anthony CLAYDON • Richard WALKER • Tim HURRELL • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Philippa SMITH • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Charlie ISHERWOOD • Jane BRANSCOMBE • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Daljeet BHACHU • Peter CROWLEY • Debra LEES • Helen VENN • Jill COATES • Rory SULLIVAN • Jamie FINNEGAN • Jackie WALSH • Krys PIETRECKI • Ayse CROSSLAND • Dena GALPIN

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 18,410 participants have completed 159,784 parkruns covering a total distance of 798,920 km, including 25,013 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,795 individuals have volunteered 11,814 times.