Leamington parkrun #467, International Women’s Day, 7th March 2020

I feel extremely privileged to be given report-writing duties on the day that parkrun is supporting International Women’s Day. It was also a significant day for me, being as it was my 60th birthday and my 250th parkrun. Thank you to all those people who wished me “Happy Birthday” on the run today whilst wearing ‘The Birthday Vest’! What lovely people we have at Leamington parkrun.

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Richard ran with his children on Saturday

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Richard Barr and Alexander Buswell ran their 250th parkrun and Malcolm Fry ran his Minty 300 parkrun.  Richard Barr and Julia Fry also ran on their birthdays.


This Saturday, parkruns across the world marked International Women's Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. parkrun, with its agenda of inclusiveness, is a great platform for marking this event. Our own Leamington parkrun played its part fully with publicity on social media leading up to the day and the assembling of a mainly-female volunteer team. However, as if to prove that we all need each other, some males were recruited to complete the team!


The first ‘Women’s Day’ was held in New York City in 1909. In 1977, the United Nations declared an ‘International Women's Day’, described as “a day each year when the world should celebrate, recognise and remember women and the accomplishments they have made to society.”

The International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is “I am Generation Equality”. All of us need to do whatever we can to help ensure that, before too much longer, campaigns like this are no longer necessary and that the only time unequal treatment is written about is in a history book. We can choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate everyone’s achievements. Great strides (to use running vernacular!) have certainly been made in many countries in recent years. Hopefully this progress will continue and other, less enlightened, parts of the world will catch up.

In the meantime, we can play our part in making this a reality. I have the upmost faith in the parkrun community to do this.

Richard Barr.

IMG_4531Amy, one of our fabulous DofE volunteers was brave enough to take on the role of Run Director and gave the run briefing.  She was an amazing example of a strong, powerful woman today.

Here are the stats:

This week 422 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Susie TAWNEY • Jackie BULMAN • Malcolm FRY • Julia FRY • Samantha LEE • Michael O'RILEY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Alison Ann GIBBONS • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Saty KANDOLA • Maggie BOWES • Jonathan GRANT • Gregan WARD • Lorraine PARSONS • Richard BARR • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Roz DOYLE • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • David WOO • Zoe BEALE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Claire RAWBONE • Louise LYLE • Lori BASKERVILLE • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Heather SIMS • Madeline BRAITHWAITE • Chris DAVISON • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Leon PRATT • Isaac PRATT • Grace O'MALLEY • Melissa FARNWORTH • Jennie DANIELS • Megan BARNES • Jamie FINNEGAN • Peter BARFIELD • Joanna PRATT • Ayse CROSSLAND

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 18,485 participants have completed 160,526 parkruns covering a total distance of 802,630 km, including 25,082 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,796 individuals have volunteered 11,906 times.