Leamington parkrun #452, 30th November 2019

It was a cold, frosty start to the morning with low lying fog still hanging over Newbold Comyn, however, there was a warm, cheerful buzz in the pavilion where everyone was busily bustling about setting up for this week’s parkun.  Despite the cold, the pavilion soon filled up as people spilled outside to congregate before the start. This week there was a Christmas hamper raffle run by Jennifer Randall in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. She explained how her family had been affected by the disease so it is a charity very close to her heart.

Jennifer Randall's raffle in aid of Alheimer’s Research UK

Jennifer Randall, 2020 London Marathon entrant, in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK

As the briefing began did my eyes deceive me or were there actually tiny flakes of snow swirling around? A big shout out to the wonderful volunteers who braved the cold in order to enable parkrun to take place today! Amongst the milestones today were Caroline Clay who was running her 50th, Sarah Price and Ruby Bhachu who were both running their 200th (Ruby also running on her birthday weekend!) and amongst the birthdays was eleven year old Kieran, and Tina Strath, who was celebrating her 50th, was excited about being in a new age category.

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Then it was time to run. We walked round to the start of the winter course, carefully avoiding the football pitches and off we went. I reflected as I ran today that the upside of the puddle dodging winter course, meant that, for me, a PB was unlikely, giving me time just to stop and admire the view. Today the fog still hung in the air shrouding Leamington in an air of mystery. We splashed and sploshed along, the ground crispy to begin with but there were still plenty of puddles to jump over (or in, for the brave). I always enjoy hearing the snippets of conversation as I go round, cheered on by the enthusiastic volunteers.

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As I queued to get my barcode scanned, the sun began to peep out of the fog to brighten up proceedings further. There was lots of cheerful congratulations at the end, people pink in the face and glowing with the feeling of accomplishment and effort. First timer, Sarah Lander 62, commented what an amazing event it was, “I loved every minute of it” she smiled at the end. Another runner was Sara who, at 79 years young was running her 258th park run today.
All in all, another fab Leamington parkrun. Thanks to all the volunteers and organisers. It’s a great start to the weekend!

Thanks to Kersti O’Malley for this weeks report.

Here are this week's stats: 426 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by these 42 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Teresa Claire CHAMBERS • Jon CHAMBERS • Harriet ASHWORTH • Mrs DOYLE • Kersti O'MALLEY • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Adam CROFTS • Tim HURRELL • Emma TEEVAN • Zac CALE • Emma JONES • David OXTOBY • Martin BENNETT • Jacob OXTOBY • Matthew ROGERS • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Coralie NEWMAN • Mary SINCLAIR • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Patrick JAMES • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Tejay DE KRETSER • Mandy BARNETT • Chris DAVISON • Julie EASTON • Grace O'MALLEY • Gareth BROWN • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Simon PACKMAN • Georgie ACTON • Jamie FINNEGAN • Fraser WHYTE • Jackie WALSH • Rebecca COUCH

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 17,616 participants have completed 153,497 parkruns covering a total distance of 767,485 km, including 24,526 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,744 individuals have volunteered 11,251 times.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Cameras, Camaraderie and Charity

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Having produced the run report twice already in the last month, I was panicking about what I could write about today. I need not have worried. We had visitors galore, starting with Nick Clitheroe from BBC Midlands Today. He was here with his cameraman to film a piece on ‘parkrun Practice’- the initiative set up by Clarendon Lodge Medical Practice called the CLMP Fitness Club. The practice is using ‘social prescribing’ to encourage patients to become more active, and is leading by example. Today, a large number of participants turned up for a run or just to support their colleagues and friends. One of our parkrunners was interviewed and lots of photos were taken. The report should be aired on TV sometime this week. Clarendon Lodge is not the only practice actively encouraging their patients to attend parkrun. A few weeks ago, we had a parkrun day where GPs and practice staff from all the medical practices in Leamington turned out to run the course and show their support.

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Next up was Major Matt Patterson with his colleague, Lance Corporal Tandy, of the local regiment, The Queen’s Royal Hussars. They had come to raise awareness of the charities that support the military, their families and the victims of war, as well as veterans, and which are particularly visible around Remembrance Day. Major Patterson gave an informative talk on where the money from charities is used. Many families have to cope for a large part of the year without their husbands, wives, fathers and mothers, who are on active service, leaving them requiring some practical help and support. Another group benefiting are the victims of war, for instance, children in war-torn countries attending schools provided by charities. Major Patterson then ran parkrun in his boots, whilst his more aerodynamic colleague was dressed for parkrun glory. Since he is not registered, I cannot tell you his position but anyone beating this example of military fitness should be proud!

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At the other end of the parkrun ‘conga’ today, was Maggie, tail-walking and completing her last parkrun with her own 2 feet! She will be having a below-knee amputation next Saturday, so it will be a while before she can join us again at parkrun with her new robot leg. She was especially pleased that she walked over the finish line with several members of her running group, Regency Runners. I know we will all be thinking of you and running for you next Saturday, Maggie, and hope to see you back with a ‘blade’ soon!

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Well done to all those running a milestone today and to Kevin and the other parkrunner running on their birthday. I followed my run with a little token-sorting and had a fun time with Stephen and Trevor. I am only one volunteer slot away from the coveted purple t-shirt now. If you want to join me, please join the volunteer rota and put your name down. We only need you to volunteer 4 times a year to cover all the slots. It is a great way to feel part of the parkrun community and meet some lovely people. Can’t wait for my purple t-shirt.  See you next week!

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Here are this week's stats:

This week 471 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Brian MILLER • Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Steven Christopher ATHERTON • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca ROWE • Pete TEEVAN • Marti DHESI • Maggie HALL • Liz SALTER • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Geoff WIGGIN • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Stephen EVANS • Mick BENNETT • Martin BENNETT • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Alison CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Martin PAXTON • Heather SIMS • Portia NABNEY • Wilfred EVANS • David WOOD • Paddy KIRKMAN • Chris DAVISON • Christopher HURT • Julia HURT • Shane DAY • Ian COOPER • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Iona WOOD • Jamie FINNEGAN • Peter BARFIELD • Seb BARFIELD • Bosco CARDENAS

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 17,528 participants have completed 152,337 parkruns covering a total distance of 761,685 km, including 24,444 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,732 individuals have volunteered 11,124 times.

 

Christmas and New Year

As usual there will be no Leamington parkrun on Christmas Day because of the Christmas run in St Nick's park on that day.

On New Year's Day we will host a 10.30am parkrun at Leamington (so you can have a bit of a lie in if you've overdone the celebrations ;-) ).  There will not be a run at Warwick Racecourse but, if you can face an early start, Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun are starting at 9am.

New Year's Day is the only day of the year when you are permitted to run two parkruns in a day, better known as ‘The New Year’s Day Double’.  If you choose to do this, please do not take risks when travelling between venues.

And please don't forget, in order to run this fabulous event each week, we need volunteers - even on New Year's Day.  Drop us an email at leamington@parkrun.com to sign up (don't forget to include your barcode.)

Love Leamington parkrun's Christmas elves

 

Leamington parkrun #448 2/11/19

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It was another quiet week at Leamington parkrun due to torrential rain at the beginning of the run and the small matter of the rugby World Cup Final. Only 202 runners braved the conditions and were not tempted to stay at home and watch England play South Africa from the comfort of their sofa. This means that most people finished in far higher positions than they are used to.

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There were 14 first-timers today, and they were a mixture of parkrun tourists and people who were new to parkrun completely. The tourists came from Rugby, Banbury, Birmingham, Hampshire, and the furthest being from Australia. Only 7 people were able to record Personal Bests, which was not surprising considering how muddy it was. The Sprint-Finish was particularly difficult and was more of a Skid-Finish, and the runners had to jump over many large puddles around the course. However, the runners were able to thank the marshals as they went around, which was much appreciated.  Several runners ran milestone runs: William Foulkes and Ian COOPER ran their 50th parkruns, Ben Shirt and Arun KANWAR ran their 100th and David HAMILTON ran his 200th parkrun.

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This was the last week of my DofE volunteering and I have really enjoyed it. I struggled to find volunteering opportunities for children my age and so I was very grateful to Leamington parkrun for trusting me to do this. Although I did not know much about parkrun before I started my volunteering, it has helped me realise how friendly all the people are and how surprisingly beautiful the parkrun course is. I look forward to running it next week. If anyone else is interested in volunteering at parkrun for DofE, you should contact Helen Braithwaite soon, as there is a waiting list. I strongly recommend it.

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Some parkrunners may have been disappointed with the result of the Rugby World Cup Final, but they should be proud to have forced themselves to keep going, despite the rain.

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Here are the stats for this week:

This week 202 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • David PRICE • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca LONERGAN • Marti DHESI • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Alun WONG • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Brian NICHOLSON • Emma TEEVAN • Daniel TEEVAN • Duncan ROBERTSON • Grace PINK • Stephen TRAYNOR • Ben SHIRT • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Emma WILSON • Philippa SMITH • Christine HARDY • Helen WILKINSON • Chris DAVISON • Ian BEASLEY • Sarah DUSGATE • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Mark EHLINGER • Jill COATES • Carolyn TALBOT • Amelie WILKINSON • Iona WOOD • Jamie FINNEGAN • Mike TREWERN • Louis WYATT

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 17,482 participants have completed 151,866 parkruns covering a total distance of 759,330 km, including 24,414 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,728 individuals have volunteered 11,077 times.

 

Leamington parkrun Event number 447 26th October 2019

It was very quiet at Leamington parkrun today, with only 196 dedicated runners coming out in the rain. There were no milestones or birthdays being run; a milestone in itself. I am not sure what kept them away but I heard mention of the WC. So for all those of you with a desperate case of the runs, we hope you can remove yourself from the WC soon and return to parkrun!

The dearth of runners left me closer to the front than I have been since 2010, but there were few PBs to be had due to the conditions. Well done to the 13 people who managed it.

I feel a trainer/washing machine interface cannot be avoided after my run, much as it is against recommendations!

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I thought I would throw a spotlight on Kate, AKA Mrs Doyle, in the absence of news today. Kate started helping out with the cafe when her son, Jason, started up Leamington parkrun in 2010. She loved it so much that she just kept coming back. I interviewed her to find out why. (There is a bit of paraphrasing, as I did not record our chat).

What is it that you love about parkrun?

Mrs D: The people. I just love meeting all the people and they have all been so kind especially since I have been poorly. People have been lovely.

How is your treatment going?

Mrs D: Alright really. I had my third round of chemotherapy yesterday and I feel OK. Just wiped out and tired. But I think I might feel a bit worse when the chemicals build up in my system over the next few rounds. I have a wig in case, as I think I’m going to lose my hair. It’s white and pretty good. (Other lady in cafe expressed disappointment that the wig is not psychedelic).

I have heard that you live next-door-but-one to our Maggie. Is that true?

Mrs D: Yes, she often comes with me to parkrun. She might have come with me originally although she is long-term friends with Tess too, so I’m not sure which of us got her along initially.

Have you got any confessions from your past?

Mrs D (laughing): Probably a lot of drunk and disorderly in my youth. Oh, I remember when I was 21 having had far too much to drink, getting into a wood yard with some friends and trying to drive the truck that was there. I couldn’t get it to drive though.

Where do you come from?

Mrs D: Wexford in Southern Ireland but I haven’t been back for years.

How many children have you got?

Mrs D: 2- Jason and another son in London, plus 2 grandchildren, both girls. No, I haven’t got any great-grandchildren yet (indignant)!

What did you do before you retired?

Mrs D: I was a nurse at the old Warneford Hospital and then at Warwick. I loved it. I wish I was still working there.

Kate then revealed that she has a 17 and a half year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross at home, called Patsy. Patsy isn’t feeling very well this morning so I am wishing both her and Kate a speedy recovery. Whilst we stood talking, everyone coming in said a special hello to Kate and it was obvious how much she is loved by the Leamington parkrun family. I was so caught up in talking to her that I forgot to take any photos and the best I could manage was Tess’s backside leaving and a rare view of an almost empty parkrun car park. (Sorry Tess). I’ll try harder next time!

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This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Colin BAILEY • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca ROWE • Trevor ROTHWELL • Tim DOWN • Kate RUMBOLD • Mick BENNETT • Kimberley WYATT • Pete THOMPSON • Chris MCKEOWN • Martin BENNETT • Stephen TRAYNOR • David WOO • James ROBBINS • David CHANTREY • Jane OLIVER • Adam STRATH • Jeremy POPE • Susan WOO • James CRICKMORE • Steph ZOKA • David WOOD • Penny RUSBRIDGE • Chris DAVISON • Caroline WHITE • Simon PACKMAN • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Caroline CLAY • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Meena LEKHI • Emma Jane BROWN • Jamie FINNEGAN • Fraser WHYTE • Victoria CULLEN • Louis WYATT

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 17,468 participants have completed 151,664 parkruns covering a total distance of 758,320 km, including 24,407 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,724 individuals have volunteered 11,039 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #446 Be kind

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This week saw visitors from the NHS promoting the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) and other mental health services locally. I spoke to Steph after my run to find out more about what the service can offer. Many of us have suffered with mental health challenges during our lifetime as a result of temporary life changes, stresses and strains at home or work and disorders of the brain. If you are struggling, you can access the IAPT services via GP or self-referral (just call 02476 671090).

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You will be assessed, usually within a week. The team may then offer you group sessions such as mindfulness, worry management and sleep management or one-to-one sessions for therapy and counselling. I am not ashamed to admit that I take long-term medication to control anxiety and depression and I really struggled during my university years. Sometimes living inside my own head is difficult. I am not alone. I am a veterinary surgeon- part of a profession with the highest suicide rate. This is not just because we have access to drugs, but also because we suffer massive pressures trying to deal with the needs of our business, clients and patients all pulling us in different directions. What I have realised over the years of dealing with the public is that often people are wearing a thin mask of ‘coping’ over a sea of inner troubles. If I could give advice to everyone it would be this: be kind. You have no idea whether the person you are speaking to has just lost their spouse, has a missing relative, has just been diagnosed with cancer or whether your vet has just had to put their own pet to sleep. Be kind.

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Running is another way to cope with life, especially in the warm, supportive environment of parkrun. Exercise gives the opportunity to decompress, use up some of that excessive adrenaline from stress, is good for your general health and has been shown to really improve mental wellbeing. And that leads me to ask you all to volunteer at parkrun at least 1 in 10 runs. I am desperate to get my purple t-shirt (25 volunteers) and this week was able to sort tokens, write the run report and still run. I got to meet Trevor who had volunteered more times than he has run (115 vs 108) and walks 2 miles to get to parkrun. Trevor admitted it took him 3 years of running to volunteer and now he is hooked. Many of our parkrun volunteers are regulars to the role and it would be great to help them out a bit and give them an opportunity to run.

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Now I’m off to walk the dogs and practise my mindfulness...

 

Congratulations to all those who ran a milestone today: Susie BRYANT and Emma WILSON who ran their 50th, Steven TAYLOR and Richard WALKER who ran their 100th and anyone who ran on their birthday.

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And HUGE congratulations to Pamela HOLDER, who not only took part in her first parkrun at the age of 93, but also now holds the age category record for Leamington parkrun in the VW 90-94 category.Screenshot 2019-10-19 at 20.33.00

Here are the stats for today's run:

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Event number 446
19th October 2019

This week 372 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Malcolm FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca ROWE • Marti DHESI • Liz SALTER • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Gregan WARD • Emma TEEVAN • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Lisa ROBERTSON • Elizabeth BUCKINGHAM-JEFFERY • Tommy O'MEARA • Adam STRATH • Jeremy POPE • James CRICKMORE • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Anita LENNEIS • Caroline WHITE • Kathryn REAY • Sophie ROBERTSON • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Simon PACKMAN • Alice RHODES • Georgie ACTON • Frances OSBORNE • Penny SPOONER • Nathan REAY • Meena LEKHI • Hussain AL-ZUBAIDI • Shahnaz HASSAN • Peter BARFIELD • Graham PATTON • Seb BARFIELD • Edward COADY • Jen MAYHEW

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 17,449 participants have completed 151,468 parkruns covering a total distance of 757,340 km, including 24,394 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,720 individuals have volunteered 11,002 times.

 

 

 

Leamington parkrun #445

My name is Jay and I am 14 years old. Saturday 12th October marked the 445th Leamington parkrun and my last of 13 volunteering sessions for the Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.

My time of volunteering at parkrun has definitely been memorable. From my first volunteering session in Pride week where there was an explosion of colour, I felt a very warm welcome from the whole parkrun community. Every time I have been there it has felt like I have been part of a friendly family that has always brightened up my Saturday mornings.Newbold Comyn is also such beautiful setting to be in.

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Despite being quite a muddy and cold day there were still 452 runners there, up and early in the morning, smiling and raring to go. The job of funnel manager this morning was an easier job due to the extremely efficient and accurate job of our timers and our finish token givers. As always there was a lot of encouragement whether people ran their personal best or walked round with friends.

If you know of any young person considering the Duke of Edinburgh awardswould recommend that they apply to volunteer at Leamington parkrun. They get to experience the many different volunteering roles and there is always plenty of support and good humour to help.

Leamington parkrun is so well organised and a great experienceThank you to everyone who helped me. I promise I will be back to run it soon!

Congratulations too to everyone that achieved a milestone run on Saturday; Ali DARRENAnita LENNEISMay and Mark EHLINGER ran their 50th parkruns, Joe VAUGHAN and Emma THOMPSON ran their 100th parkruns and Samantha LEE ran her 250th parkrun, and also to everyone that celebrated a Birthday. A very special ‘Happy Birthday’ too to our very own Susie.

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The all-important stats for the week:

This week 452 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 46 volunteers:


Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Ian TAYLOR • Mrs DOYLE • Alison Ann GIBBONS • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • David BARBER • Sue ROBINSON • Victoria PHILLIPS • Emma TEEVAN • Rosie CALE • Laura CALE • Daniel CALE • Ruth THOMAS • Eloise PHILLIPS • Kate HIPKIN • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Lucy MCAVAN • Susie BRYANT • James PHILLIPS • Adam STRATH • Patrick JAMES • Keith PHILLIPS • Steph ZOKA • Ila LANE • Chris DAVISON • Katharine GIBLIN • Gareth BROWN • Mark DOCKER • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Chris BANNON • Penny SPOONER • Jill COATES • Samuel LEDSHAM • Emma Jane BROWN • Finlay TAYLOR • Anya TAYLOR • Peter BARFIELD • Louis WYATT • Jay MADAN • Jen MAYHEW

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 17,424 participants have completed 151,096 parkruns covering a total distance of 755,480 km, including 24,349 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,711 individuals have volunteered 10,961 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #444

5th October 2019

This Friday night I had the usual pre-parkrun conversation with my husband. He asked how many I had done and I replied that this was my 44th. He informed me (again) that he felt I must be counting down as I’ve been working towards 50 runs for so long now!

Well I suppose It does feel that way sometimes, until you remember that is a whole year of Saturdays! So today I admired all the milestone T-shirts out on display and thought about all the dedication that goes into running 100 or even more! I also noticed a “25 volunteer” T-shirt which I want to be my next target. A massive thank you to the smiley volunteers who turn up in their own time and allow others to reach their goals.

Today, Emma SPENCERGill FRIGERIO and Rachel KILLIAN ran their 50th parkruns and  Chrissie CHANNING ran her 100th.

Today we also celebrated parkrun’s 15th birthday. I wonder if, when it was set up all those years ago, anyone would have realised how big it would grow?!  Talking of which, we have a new neighbour at Warwick Racecourse parkrun and are working on a Warwick junior parkrun too, so the family continues to expand.

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* Please give the Warwick Racecourse parkrun team a few weeks to find their feet before paying them a visit.  Thanks *

At today's parkrun we had lots and lots of homemade cake and we ran to honour the memory of Rose on what would have been her 5th Birthday.  All the money raised will be donated to our charity of the month, The Laura Centre  http://thelauracentre.org.uk/ which offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

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See you all soon for my 43rd run...

 

Here are the stats for the week:

This week 568 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Sharon LITTERICK • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Teresa Claire CHAMBERS • Jon CHAMBERS • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Juliet JEE • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca LONERGAN • Alice WEBBER • Stephen PAYNE • Bethan GWYNN • Marie KIERNAN • Jonathan GRANT • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Stephen EVANS • Abi MORTON • Jamie HANNA • Chris MCKEOWN • Duncan ROBERTSON • Grace PINK • Kate HIPKIN • Verity HILL • Zoe BEALE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Martha TAYLOR • Mary SINCLAIR • Jeremy POPE • Heather SIMS • Joanna BESSANT • Steph ZOKA • Ila LANE • Archie LANE • Wilfred EVANS • Mandy BARNETT • Katharine GIBLIN • Sarah DUSGATE • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Florence GAMMON • Melissa FARNWORTH • Alice RHODES • Frances OSBORNE • Jill COATES • Jay MADAN

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 17,389 participants have completed 150,644 parkruns covering a total distance of 753,220 km, including 24,284 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,708 individuals have volunteered 10,915 times.

 

Leamington Parkrun #443 – Fantastic! Uplifting! Thrilling!

28th September 2019

We were very lucky this week to have two run report writers:  Shannon and Duncan.

We'll start with Shannon's report:

This part of the report may cause you to feel emotions. You have been warned.

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Today (and every Saturday this month!) you may have noticed that there has been a van by the start line,  and varying numbers of people dressed in red Search and Rescue uniform! I am one of those "red people", I am also a parkrunner, and had the great pleasure of running my 4th Leamington parkrun this morning, getting a (Leamington) pb by a minute and 25 seconds!

It's relatively rare for a "tourist" to contribute to a parkrun report, and being a "dual report", I'm going to leave the normal run report bits to my co-author! Instead, in a controversial move, I'm going to share a little bit of my story, and show you the impact you're having on others!

Nearly 4 years ago I moved from an Island, to Nuneaton. I knew before I arrived that I wanted to join Warwickshire Search and Rescue (WarkSAR); I had a couple of friends in other teams, and had essentially been waiting until I passed my driving test to sign up. WarkSAR is part of a national governing body called Lowland Rescue. Lowland Rescue teams exist primarily to search, as requested by the police, for high risk vulnerable missing people. In real terms this often means people with Dementia, and those that are suicidal or depressed. I could talk A LOT about what we do, how we train, why we all do it, but instead I'm going to cheekily say our website is www.warksar.org.uk, and you can find us on the usual social media channels if you want to find out more!

Anyway, fast forward a year or so, and I became an operational member of the team, which meant I had passed my training and could go on live callouts, life was looking up. 2 weeks later a very close friend died by suicide. Having done the WarkSAR training I had been around discussions to do with suicide, and don't shy away from the topic with friends. I thought they all knew they could come to me to talk if that's how they were feeling, but unfortunately it's just not that simple.

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I ended up having a very long and deep conversation about it with the infamous Tess, known well to both WarkSAR and Leamington parkrun. As I'm sure many of you lovely readers are aware, exercise is a great way of processing thoughts and emotions, as well as releasing endorphins that generally make you feel better about yourself. Tess, armed with this knowledge, eventually convinced me to come along and give parkrun a go. So I got up early one Saturday, and got thrown into an absolutely crazy world of parkrun. That first week was... Eventful. My first parkrun was 58 minutes, and involved helping with a first aid incident. I've been to enough parkruns now (I'm close to completing "the double" of 25 volunteers on the same week as 50 runs!), to recognise that Leamington is special, and different - in a good way.

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I can't quite put into words what makes Leamington parkrun different - but I'll try! I've never been in a briefing with party poppers before. I've not been to a parkrun that so consistently truly celebrates the milestones and the birthdays. Regular tourists will understand when I say this next part; I love that everyone listens to the briefing, pays attention, joins in, and makes it feel like an event for everyone! I know that parkrun is usually a friendly place, but Leamington has just got it right, in bucket loads. So pat yourselves on the back, and keep doing what you're doing!

If you hadn't shown those qualities, on that first parkrun of 58 minutes, I doubt I would have then started going to my local parkrun. I doubt I would have introduced my housemate to parkrun. I doubt I would have run 2 Half Marathons and a Full Marathon. But more than that, I doubt I would still be alive today.

I adore days like today where I get to chat to people about WarkSAR, while doing one of the things I have grown to love. We've been around as your charity of the month for all of September, being on the very grateful receiving end of your donations! So far this year, our already busy members have volunteered a grand total of 5,725 hours, to give you an idea of how much work we put in as a team.

However, with nothing being free in life we do rely on donations and grants! We can often get grants for the big things (new radios, kayaks and the like), but we can't get grants to cover general operating costs. We need to restock the kit that gets used on every callout and training such as medical gloves; the fuel for our support vehicles; the printer ink and paper for printing out the maps that we use, and a million other tiny but important consumables.  All these expenses add up, and it's those sorts of things your donated money will be going towards!

I, as a tourist parkrunner, thank you for being who you are, for being generally lovely, and for being somewhere that people can turn up and be themselves. I, on behalf of Warwickshire Search and Rescue thank you for your donations, for thinking of us as your charity of the month, and for welcoming us each week. Finally, I, as someone who had just lost a friend to suicide, who was questioning all the big life questions, and "wasn't a runner", thank you, for changing my life.

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And now over to Duncan:

Just over 500 runners, joggers and walkers came together to enjoy our wonderful community parkrun on Saturday 29thSeptember. Despite the poor weather earlier in the week we were blessed with sunshine and a blue sky.

Simon Teale led a funny & loud (!) pre-run briefing which included one or two cheeky references to his home Stratford parkrun (where’s the challenge in running a flat course eh?!). News of the opening of the new Warwick Parkrun was met with excited whispers from the crowd, some surely keen to add a ‘W’ to their Parkrun alphabet challenge.

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Saffie ran her 10th parkrun, Frances OSBORNE her 50th and Jan BUCKLEY her 100th parkrun.

Fiftieth and 100th milestone bibs were handed out, and we celebrated the legendary Mrs Doyles' 21st Birthday with party-poppers and huge cheers.

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It was then off to the start line! I walked the course this week to rest an injured foot so took up my starting position at the back of the throng. With a blast from the Lowland Rescue siren we were off. My position near the back not only gave me the opportunity to take in the beautiful views across Leamington which normally I would miss, but I was also to see parkrun from a different perspective. What I saw around me were people helping others – a gentleman taking the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle encouraged by a friend; the ‘5k Your Way’ group talking, listening and supporting each other; a visually impaired runner with her guide.

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Also helping others were the wonderful volunteers who help make our parkrun happen.  I spoke to them as I made my way around the course. Everyone had had a positive experience - “Fantastic!”, “Uplifting!”, “Fantastic, just as good as running!”, “Thriling”, “Fun! Great!”. Perhaps if you haven’t volunteered yet you could have fun helping others too? email leamingtonhelpers@parkrun.com.

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Here are the stats:

This week 506 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Malcolm FRY • Michael BLACKMORE • John INGRAM • Mrs DOYLE • Simon SHEPHERD • Rebecca LONERGAN • Simon TEALE • Saty KANDOLA • Helen EVANS • Isabel COOPER • Helen TWIST • Seren HARTWRIGHT • Ross CAWS • Emma JONES • Duncan ROBERTSON • Martin BENNETT • Lucy MCAVAN • Tommy O'MEARA • Adam STRATH • Jeremy POPE • Tasha JAMES • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Claire LUCAS • Mandy BARNETT • Jan BUCKLEY • Zoe CAWS • Christopher CATTO • Mark DOCKER • Joshua CATTO • Shannon STANNETT • Amy CATTO • Helen WRIGHT • Samuel INGRAM • Jamie FINNEGAN • Peter BARFIELD • Louis WYATT • Jay MADAN • Seb BARFIELD • Josh LUCAS

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 17,337 participants have completed 150,076 parkruns covering a total distance of 750,380 km, including 24,202 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,705 individuals have volunteered 10,868 times.

 

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