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.

 

 

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For the current position regarding COVID-19(Coronavirus) and implications for parkrun events click here

 

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!

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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.

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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.

 

 

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.

 

Leamington parkrun #464, 15th February 2020 – The one with, or without Storm Dennis…

Three hundred and two people joined our special celebrity guest, Storm Dennis, this morning to complete one of the wetter, muddier parkruns of recent memory (which is saying something).

I’m not sure Storm Dennis actually arrived on time: it was possibly only his associates who joined us at the start line just in time to drop some relatively gentle rain on everyone, but he certainly passed me with some force (heading the wrong way) by the time I reached the back of the golf course, and then again down by the airfield.

Sadly, I understand he forgot his barcode, so his visit to Leamington will not be recorded. However, we did have multiple visitors this morning from Haywards Heath and Cardiff, amongst others. There was some debate about which is further from Leamington: our run director seemed to think it was Cardiff, but in fact it is…Haywards Heath (by around 18 miles as a parkrunner would travel – that’s 6 full parkrun distances for those who think in such terms). Cardiff is 105 miles from Newbold Comyn on foot, while Haywards Heath is 123. If you drive, of course, or go by train the distances vary and there may be more grounds for debate (and you will also probably arrive faster – unless all the transport infrastructure is being disrupted by our new friend.)

Having started to explore this topic, however, I couldn’t help noticing that today’s fastest runner, Steve Feltbower (17:55) had come from Falkirk, which is 312 miles from Leamington and thus renders the debate between Cardiff and Haywards Heath entirely academic…

The other notable feature of today was that we had no less than five people celebrating their 50th parkrun: Ben Tawney; Kersti O’Malley; Charlotte; Esther; Caroline Graham. This may be a record – according to those who know these things – and congratulations to all five.

IMG_3853We also had one 100th milestone (Ben Bennion) and two birthday runners, one of whom, Kharaiti Ram Lekhi - not pictured - celebrated their 72nd with a slip'n'slide around the Comyn!

This week 302 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Simon LUDFORD • David MURRAY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • John W SMITH • Jonathan GRANT • Richard WALKER • Michelle HUTTON • Sue ROBINSON • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Daniel CALE • Duncan ROBERTSON • Steven TAYLOR • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Sandra STOKES • Francisco GOMES • Ian DAVIS • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Jessica WOO • Antonio ALMEIDA • Matthew RHODES • Peter CULLINGHAM • Lauren DAVIS • Chris DAVISON • Emily DIXON • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Julie-Anna NEEDHAM • Mark EHLINGER • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Peter BARFIELD • Graham PATTON • Seb BARFIELD • Terence FITCH

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 18,338 participants have completed 159,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 796,160 km, including 24,968 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,791 individuals have volunteered 11,776 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #463 – the one with the horse dressed as a superhero

 

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Congratulations to all who took part this week,  especially to those who were first timers and visitors. It seemed like a bigger crowd, 571 recorded participants, perhaps due to Warwick Racecourse parkrun being cancelled because of the racing today.

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Even bigger congratulations to all who achieved milestones today. Isobel ran her 10th, Sue Bull ran her 200th and to all those who were running their 100th  well done – These are fantastic achievements.

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Today could have been tricky for us… One of my children felt very ill this morning, the other was taking her time to get ready, we’ve had a very busy week and it felt like this could be hard work for a Saturday morning. We decided that despite everything that was going on we all wanted to go to parkrun, although, some of us might watch rather than run. This was mainly so we could see our parkrun friends, especially Kiran who was celebrating her birthday this week. Happy birthday Kiran!

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Every week I am glad that we make the effort. My apparently ill child instantly perked up and decided she was going to run once she had seen her friend. Chatting to another friend we noted how our kids were actively volunteering for cross country races at school as attending parkrun had given them the confidence that they could do it and a love for taking part in sport. Not something that was instilled in me as a child!

We had a leisurely run this week, stopping to chat with the farmer at the top of the hill about the new white chickens and also the new ducks in the next enclosure. We spotted a horse wearing what looked like a super hero mask chatting to some other horses. We sang a few lines of Let it go until we couldn’t remember the words so we gave up and started a small conga line instead. Thanks to our friend Jamie we had some maths questions on the way round which I’m sure are harder to answer when running but it is improving all of our times tables. Once we reached the doubling back part of the winter route we sprinted and each week it amazes me how fast my kids can go when they try.

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So from not being sure if we were even going to be able to run this week, we completed the course and we had a lovely time. It was great to hear during the briefing that there may be a parkrun starting in Kenilworth soon and if anyone wishes to volunteer to support this then contact leamington@parkrun.com. Congratulations to Lewis Roberts and Verity Thompson the first recorded male and female runners to finish, to all who achieved PB’s and congratulations to everyone who took part, particularly if, like me, your morning did not start well. Thank you to all the volunteers ho make park run happen every week and see you all next week. Here are this week’s stats:

This week 573 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 48 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Andrew HIGGINS • Liz SALTER • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Chris RAWCLIFFE • Richard BARR • Lynn WARD • Rosie CALE • Zac CALE • Emma JONES • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Verity HILL • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Alison CHANTREY •Coralie NEWMAN • Dawn BARR • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Lucas WAGER • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Charles WAGER • Eileen DONNELLY • Rachel GOLDSMITH • Grace O'MALLEY • Melissa FARNWORTH • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Caroline GRAHAM • Warren CULLEN • Victoria CULLEN • Jackie WALSH • Jenna BECKER • Terence FITCH • Ali FOX

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 18,304 participants have completed 158,930 parkruns covering a total distance of 794,650 km, including 24,959 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,789 individuals have volunteered 11,730 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #462

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The 462nd parkrun was business as usual, it had 46 volunteers. It was a bright and sunny morning, brighter and sunnier than usual. So bright and sunny, that if you were running west, you were also running the risk of having your eyeballs melted. However, this risk didn’t stop people from going to parkrun, causing there to have been 471 people at the run. This, however, was a reasonable amount of people, and so there were no (major) hiccups in the running of the event.

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49 new people decided to drag themselves out of bed at an unreasonable hour of the morning for a Saturday. 48 people seemed to have woken up in an athletic mood and somehow managed to outrun their past selves. The entire event was set up, run and un set up by 46 marvellous volunteers.

 

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These people being:

Tessa Lukehurst the grand, Sharon Litterick the magnificent, Malcolm Fry the strong, Harriet Ashworth the glorious, Julia Fry the fabulous, Richard Whitehead the splendid, Mrs Doyle the new Mary Berry, Marti Dhesi the majestic, Caroline Whitehead the awe-inspiring, Trevor Rothwell the amazing, Saty Kandola the breath-taking, John W Smith the stunning, Frazer Knowles the mind-blowing, Stephen Evans the extraordinary, Zac Cale the profound, Pete Thompson the even more fabulous, Ben Hewitt the elegant, Jamie Hanna the superb, Alistair Kirkwood the astounding, Jacob Oxtoby the spectacular, Lewis Oxtoby the fantastic, Helen Braithwaite the ok I guess, Jim Braithwaite the fine, Amy Hartill the unbelievable, Susan Woo the excited noise, Jessica Woo the exited noise 2, Eleanor Nabney the incredible, Morgan Nabney the wonderful, Portia Nabney the phenomenal, Steph Zoka the miraculous, Wilfred Evans the stupendous, Laura Ersek the berserk, Simon Odling the handsome, Mandy Barnett the gorgeous, Chris Davison the brilliant, Lynn Hussain the terrific, Sarah Brooke-Taylor the admirable, Grace O’Malley the astonishing, Josh Braithwaite the very normal, Georgie Acton the dramatic, Megan Barnes the humble, Jill Coates the heart-stirring, Jamie Finnegan the super, Fraser Whyte the monumental, Ayse Crossland the excellent and Terence Fitch the pretty cool.

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There were lots of milestones achieved this week with Amelia, Arran, James, Kyle and Sebastian running their 10th parkrun, Christopher CATTO, Edward NASH, Emma Jane BROWN, Grace PINK, Leon PRATT and Stephen DE BRUYNE running their 50th parkrun, Alison Ann GIBBONS running her 100th parkrun and Andrew ROACH running his 250th.  John W SMITH volunteered for his 25th time.

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And there were birthdays too!  Jeremy Pope and Katherine Filby ran in our birthday vests this week.

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Written by Josh (my son) who has just completed the volunteering for his Bronze DofE award and who gave today's First Timer's briefing.  Helen

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Here are the stats for this week:

This week 471 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 46 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Sharon LITTERICK • Malcolm FRY • Harriet ASHWORTH • Julia FRY • Richard WHITEHEAD • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Caroline WHITEHEAD • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • John W SMITH • Frazer KNOWLES • Stephen EVANS • Zac CALE • Pete THOMPSON • Ben HEWITT • Jamie HANNA • Alistair KIRKWOOD • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Wilfred EVANS • Laura ERSEK • Simon ODLING • Mandy BARNETT • Chris DAVISON • Lynn HUSSAIN • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Grace O'MALLEY • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Georgie ACTON • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Jamie FINNEGAN • Fraser WHYTE • Ayse CROSSLAND • Terence FITCH

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 18,243 participants have completed 158,357 parkruns covering a total distance of 791,785 km, including 24,876 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,785 individuals have volunteered 11,683 times.

 

International Women’s Day 7th March

On 7th March 2020 Leamington parkrun are joining parkruns all over the country in showing their support for International Women's Day 2020.

We'd love to have an ALL WOMAN volunteer team on the day so sign up now by emailing us at leamington@parkrun.com with your barcode.  Alternatively, bring along a female friend, family member or a work colleague, especially one who has never been to parkrun before, to run, jog, walk or cheer at Leamington parkrun.As always, our parkrun event is open to everyone, but we want to encourage as many females as we can to attend this special #IWDparkrun, whether this is through volunteering or participating.

So, let's encourage girls and ladies to come along and join us at this event and make it a day to remember!

 

Poetry and parkrun

Almost 500 people ran in today’s 461st parkrun at Leamington – in fact exactly 498 – which suggests we’re not far off a Saturday in which the number of park runners exactly equals the run number, which would be a satisfying coincidence for those of us with a numeric bent!

We’ll come back to numbers at the end, but having seen the excellent ‘Ode to parkrun’ by Corrin Davies posted on the Facebook page on Tuesday, I thought I’d do a little digging into poetry and parkrun (I was almost tempted to attempt this run report in verse…. but only almost). If you haven’t read Corrin’s poem, here are the last two lines, which sum it all up rather well:

But we know our secret parkrun pride,
Slow or fast, we tried.”

It turns out that Corrin is not alone in being inspired to poetry by parkrun. There is in fact a whole sub-genre of parkrun poems out there. I was particularly impressed by one from Rugby (2017) in which their Run Director appears to have done the briefing not only in verse, but as a rap accompanied by music…sample: “So join us next week, you won’t regret it / I’d tell you the weblink, but you’ll only forget it.”.

And this is an extract from a slightly portentous one from Clumber Park: “So barcodes ready round we go / To our destiny let’s put on a show”. It sounds a little as if they still have dragons in Clumber Park, but at least the dragons will be able to keep track of their victims by scanning their barcodes.

There were no dragons today in Leamington, and despite all my poetry reading no poetic inspiration struck during my 25 minute circuit – although I’m convinced all the thinking about poems slowed me down and cost me at least 30 secs. I couldn’t resist a little parkrun haiku though….

Five hundred runners
through rain, snow, wind and mud. Look!
They are all smiling.

There were quite a few milestones today, most notably the Smith family (Paul, Oliver and Florence) who managed to arrive at 100, 50 and 10 simultaneously. Florence clearly held out longest before being captured by the bug.

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Boston and Florence ran their 10th parkruns, Andrew French, Helen EVANS, Jan Cooper, Mathieu Paoli and Oliver Smith ran their 50th parkruns and Carl Reed, Paul Smith and Robert Geraghty ran their 100th parkrun.  There were also several people running on their birthdays.

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And here are this week's stats:

This week 498 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Malcolm FRY • Mary CONNOLLY • Melissa ODLING • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Caroline PACK • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Zac CALE • Nicky DOCKER • Martin BENNETT • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • David WOO • Helen BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Coralie NEWMAN • Tommy O'MEARA • Lucas WAGER • Susan WOO • Steph ZOKA • Matthew RHODES • Mandy BARNETT • Lynn HUSSAIN • Kate MORSE • Daljeet BHACHU • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Chloe MORSE • Oliver ODLING • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Simon GANDER • Jeff CAPPS • Peter BARFIELD • Seb BARFIELD • Terence FITCH

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 18,194 participants have completed 157,886 parkruns covering a total distance of 789,430 km, including 24,828 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,785 individuals have volunteered 11,637 times.

 

Beautiful day for Leamington parkrun #460 18th January 2020

This was a truly beautiful day for a parkrun. It was cold and a little icy at times but the sun was shining, giving us some much needed vitamin D and a great start to the day.

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Our 460th Leamington parkrun saw 501 people (and a number of dogs) taking part and was, as always, organised perfectly by all the volunteers – thanks for all you do! The first timers briefing had a few attendees and we had visitors from Rugby, Daventry and South Africa. There were several birthday runners and those celebrating milestones. Congratulations to all especially Katharine Giblin who was running on her 50th birthday with some of her family and chatted to me on the way round.1 1st briefing 2 briefing 3 milestones

We headed up to the start of the winter route and after the 3,2,1 countdown we were off. Unfortunately most of the tracks were still muddy rather than set hard in the ice but for those of us who are slower it gives the opportunity to slow down to go around the puddles so I’m certainly not complaining. As the runners thinned out we saw a couple of horses and riders who joined us for part of the route and we cheered on lots of our parkrun community as we ran. Every week I am struck by how friendly everyone is. From the course marshals showing us where to go, cheering us on, and sometimes gently encouraging us to run when we get distracted by talking. All the participants who either cheer on those who overtake them or encourage those they overtake. Even the chicken farmer at the allotments at the top of the hill had a chat with us today and offered to sell us some of his chicken’s eggs. Hmm...perhaps the marshals are on to something, maybe I do spend more time talking than running...

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The view from the top of the hill was breath-taking and we could see the lead runners ahead of us over the way. We dodged a few icy puddles whilst running through the forest although this did slow us down slightly when my kids wanted to stop and break the large chunks of muddy ice they found.

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Spotting the tail walker approaching us gave us a renewed sense of purpose and off we went for a slightly muddy sprint finish. I’m not sure my run times are ever going to get faster but I have made some lovely friends through parkrun and feel like I have had lots of good muddy fun with my kids so they want to come back and do it again next week. Congratulations to Frazer KNOWLES and Corinne MOSS who were the first recorded male and female over the line this week and well done to everyone who recorded a personal best or had fun in the mud. Here are some pictures from the run:

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Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to make Parkrun possible. If anyone would like to volunteer in the future have a look at the future roster page for the different roles and contact Leamington@parkrun.com to ask questions or to offer to help.

Today's run report written by: Caroline Graham

[Additional note from today's RD: We had an incident today where a runner suffered a nasty foot injury just before the finish: several members of the core team and volunteer team responded excellently to attend to this runner, Saty Kandola was first on the scene, but I'd like to thank one particular parkrunner (who admittedly I'd selected as the youngest/fittest/strongest looking runner nearby!) who's assistance was fantastic - initially helping David Chantrey and me carry the injured runner back to the pavilion, but eventually taking over and single-handedly carrying him back.  Thank you to 'German Fernandez Ferre' - only having completed his 2nd parkrun today!  If ever you need carrying home - he's the man!  Jonathan.]

This week 501 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Sharon LITTERICK • Susie TAWNEY • Mary CONNOLLY • Ann CRAWSHAW • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Lisa HARTILL • Timothy WADSWORTH • Marti DHESI • Alice WEBBER • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Lesley VIRR • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Matt LEYDON • Sarah HARRIS • Brian WARREN • Zac CALE • Jamie HANNA • Luke BENNETT • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Jane OLIVER • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Florencia BREA • James CRICKMORE • Mandy BARNETT • Chris DAVISON • Emily DIXON • Rachel GOLDSMITH • Rosie Jo LEONARD • Grace O'MALLEY • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Jill COATES • Michael HARRIS • Caroline GRAHAM • Seb BARFIELD • 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 18,149 participants have completed 157,388 parkruns covering a total distance of 786,940 km, including 24,769 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,781 individuals have volunteered 11,594 times.

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