Girlguiding at Leamington parkrun #468

We are really spoiled this week as we have two run reports that have been written for us.

Girlguiding

This week, parkruns across the country were “taken over” by members of Girlguiding, who volunteered to marshal, scan barcodes, manage the funnel, make the tea & generally add a bit of Girlguiding sparkle. Many of our members, be they 5+ year old Rainbows; 7+ year old Brownies; 10+ year old Guides; 14+ year old Rangers or 18++ year old leaders, ran wearing uniform and/or neckers (scarves) to raise awareness of our organisation.

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All Girlguiding members promise to serve their community (amongst other things) & so today we ventured into the parkrun community & what an adventure it was! We were immediately welcomed into a friendly, inclusive & caring group, given hi-vis jackets & deployed to our various stations. I was signposted to the barcode scanning area, which turned out to be a very social role with runners ready for a quick chat having finished the run.

The early finishers were the muddiest & I’m guessing they didn’t have time to avoid the puddles/mudbaths out there. It was lovely to greet the family groups, especially those in Girlguiding uniform, many of whom were parkrunning for the first time, although I suspect not the last. We also had a few muddy encounters with dogs (& their owners) enthusiastically returning from their run.

One of my fellow Girlguiding leaders was a marshal & was amazed to see what a difference her cheering & encouragement made to the runners. In true parkrun style, the runners thanked her for her efforts, which felt odd to her seeing as they were the ones doing all the hard work!

parkrun environments are supportive places, where people achieve & talents are discovered. The benefits are physical, mental & social. I cannot help but compare this to Girlguiding, where all our members are encouraged to challenge themselves, developing skills & confidence to make a difference to the world around them. I hope you visited our Girlguiding table today & took away a leaflet. If not, please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk to find out more about the opportunities we offer.

In Girlguiding, we love collecting badges & were very pleased to award our Girlguiding Midlands parkrun Takeover badge to today’s Run Director.

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Richard Barr

Girlguiding very generously provided Volunteers for this event.

Many thanks to these folk for their support; they truly did a fantastic job! It was great to see so many of them. This is an opportunity to remind ourselves that parkrun would not be possible without the army of volunteers each week. It truly amazes me that so many people turn out week after week to volunteer so that others can run. It also disappoints me that there are some parkrunners who run week after week but who have never volunteered. Come on people, it’s never too late!

This week’s run was held with the cloud of the Coronavirus hanging over us. Quite rightly we were reminded to take sensible precautions such as washing our hands thoroughly and keeping a social distance. We were also asked not to hand over our tokens and barcodes to the barcode reader volunteers but to leave them on the table so as to limit physical contact. All very sensible measures. We’ll just have to see whether parkrun falls victim to the cancellations of gatherings of large numbers of people going on around the world. It certainly looks likely it will before too long. If so, it certainly begs the question: what on earth are we going to do on Saturday mornings?! Some of us will have to find alternative forms of entertainment and activity. Anyone for a bike ride?

Whatever happens, everyone take care and look after each other.

I can’t finish the report without mentioning that we nearly started 75m further down the field before the errant start line was noticed. What a shame, we’d all have had better times! 336 runners are looking for the snitch!!!

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There were plenty of people running milestone runs today:  Brother and sister, Hugo and Matilda, and also Isobel ran their Junior 10th runs, Maria Dobson, David Spurling and Emma Baker ran their 50ths, Chris Davison ran her 100th and Lesley Virr ran her 250th.  There were also a couple of people running in birthday vests.

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The final word from Girlguiding,I know parkrunners love their stats, so here we are:

This week 337 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • David MURRAY • Nick TAWNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Laura GILFILLAN • Richard BARR • Sue ROBINSON • Lynn WARD • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Martin GITTINS • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • David CHANTREY • Lily MINTY • Jeremy POPE • Jessica WOO • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Liz COHEN • Gareth BROWN • Sue FITTON • Nari SANDHU • Jill COATES • Michael HARRIS • Diane GOUGH • Patricia JENNINGS • Ellie BRODERICK • Ellie YATES • Georgina RAWBONE • Morgan GORE

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 18,502 participants have completed 160,863 parkruns covering a total distance of 804,315 km, including 25,120 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,806 individuals have volunteered 11,949 times.