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.

 

 

Leamington parkrun #440

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It was a lovely morning for a run on Saturday and an amazing 560 of you turned up at Newbold Comyn.  Kevin was our Run Director and he had a lot of milestone vests to give out:

John ran his 10th;  Matthew Booth, Adrian Wigham, Al MacLeod, Jeremy Pope, Anthony Green, Alex Bean and Steve Bartlett all ran their 50th;

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Dave Lindsay and Dexter ran their 100th and Steve Jasiok ran his 200th parkrun.  Well done to them all.

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Kevin started the run

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and then he and I retired to the pavilion to catch up with 'Mrs Doyle' (Kate) and to grab a quick cup of tea.  At this point we nearly jumped out of our skins as a loud siren sounded - was there an emergency? No, it was Tess demonstrating the siren on the Lowland Rescue emergency vehicle.

A big thank you to the Lowland Rescue team for the excellent job they did as volunteers this week and for all they do saving lives as part of the UK's emergency response backbone, serving the Police as professional Search and Rescue responders.

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Every week, in order to put on parkrun at Newbold, we need 38 volunteers consisting of

2 run directors,
6 marshalls,
2 tail walkers,
3 funnel managers,
2 timekeepers,
6 barcode scanners,
2 on finish tokens,
3 in the cafe and
1 number checker.

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But, are you aware that there are also roles that you can do and you can run too -

1 first timers briefing,
1 event day course check
3 pre event set up
2 post event close down
3 token sorters
1 volunteer coordinator
1 run report writer

Have you volunteered recently?  If not, why not put your name down for a role?  We are a friendly bunch and we'll explain what needs to be done.  As you can see from the photo, Kevin and Susie were working hard on Saturday ;-)

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As we strive to become more sustainable at Leamington it was great to see that so many people had cycled to Newbold Comyn.  Please, please, if you can, walk, cycle or car share.

This was our second week being PLASTIC FREE and Kate reported that all but about 20 of you brought your own cups, mugs or bottles to be filled with tea, coffee, water or squash.  Many thanks for supporting this initiative so wholeheartedly.

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It was great to welcome Simon Teale, event director at Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun, back to Leamington.  He was one to the event directors and run directors in Leamington parkrun's early days.

And, it's important to remember that parkrun is for everyone.  It doesn't matter what speed you do - fast or slow, all are welcome and celebrated.  Here's a photo of our wonderful tailwalkers finishing.

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Core team knitting?

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Here are the stats for the week:

This week 560 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Melissa ODLING • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Alice WEBBER • Stephen PAYNE • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • John W SMITH • Martin CABLE • Marie KIERNAN • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Isabel COOPER • John COOPER • Stephen EVANS • Mick BENNETT • Amanda MALES • Luke BENNETT • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Jane OLIVER • David MILLS • Jeremy POPE • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Dan ZOKA • Wilfred EVANS • Louise DWYER • Chris DAVISON • Jane WACKETT • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Jo BARNES • Oliver ODLING • Emma BARNES • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Alexander LAING • Jack HINTON • Jamie FINNEGAN • Louis WYATT • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN • Bear ODLING

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 17,191 participants have completed 148,328 parkruns covering a total distance of 741,640 km, including 23,936 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,682 individuals have volunteered 10,739 times.

 

Spa Striders Volunteer takeover, Leamington Parkrun # 439

Look!  No plastic waste!

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Leamington parkrun has bitten the bullet and is no longer providing plastic or polystyrene cups for drinks from the café.  We managed to get the message out to about 80% of our participants who turned up with their own mugs, cups or bottles.

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Please pass the message on so the word gets out to everyone and please don’t hassle our lovely Mrs Doyle if you forget your drinks container.  She does a fantastic job in the café and we don’t want her upset.

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Spa Striders were a very big presence at Leamington today and we are very grateful to them for their volunteer takeover.  They provided no end of volunteers for the event and brought their lovely gazebo for the scanners to sit underneath.

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They are a great club so if you want to improve your running, think about joining them or Kenilworth Runners (my club) or one of the other fantastic running clubs in our area. Other running clubs may want to raise their profile by doing a volunteer takeover too.  Or you could volunteer as an individual – have a look at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/leamington/futureroster/to see where there are gaps on the roster that need filling.

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A big thanks to Eleanor Nabney for adjusting some of our hi-vis vests so they fit our younger volunteers and for making an amazing fluorescent ‘jacket’ for the bollard near the start of our run.

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Despite it being Kenilworth Half Marathon tomorrow, an amazing 577 people came to take part in Leamington parkrun today.  The sun shone brightly, it was warm out and Callum Hanlon managed to complete the 5K in 16:35.  It was his first time at Leamington and only his third parkrun in all; we hope to see him again sometime.  But we love and are proud of each and every one of our runners so well done to everyone who completed the course (and get well soon to Nick who had a tumble.)

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Lots of runners achieved milestones this morning:

Edward ran his 10th parkrun; Judith Pollacco, Tess Robinson and Jane Eastbrook ran their 50th parkrun; Isabella Mitchell and Melanie Edwards ran their 100th parkrun and Helen Burnett and Simon Heath both celebrated special birthdays: their 50ths!

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And here are the stats:

This week 577 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 56 volunteers:

Jo FLEMING • Elizabeth DRAPER • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Kathryn RATTRAY • Sean LONERGAN • Jude BAUM • Nigel FOX • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Jason HEMMING • Mrs DOYLE • Pete TEEVAN • Rebecca LONERGAN • Trevor ROTHWELL • Bethan GWYNN • Daniel FLEMING • Robert EGAN • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Doug RATTRAY • Jack GAMMON • Matt LEYDON • Richard BARR • Abi MORTON • Catherine BARHAM • Brian WARREN • James WARREN • Emma TEEVAN • Katherine LAMBETH • Catherine FRIGGENS • Chris MCKEOWN • Martin BENNETT • Steven TAYLOR • Asher GURAM • Verity HILL • Claire MURPHY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Billy MORTON • Mary SINCLAIR • Jeremy POPE • Patrick JAMES • Helen PUGH • Anne-Claire BENNION • Emma BISH • Rose BENNION • Joseph MCCULLAGH • Eileen DONNELLY • Florence GAMMON • Claire WESTROPE • Jules BENNION • Jill COATES • Margaret WEBSTER • Isla MORTON • Louis WYATT • Jay MADAN • Xavier FLEMING

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 17,142 participants have completed 147,768 parkruns covering a total distance of 738,840 km, including 23,851 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,674 individuals have volunteered 10,690 times.

 

Leamington parkrun Event number 438 24th August 2019

I am doing the race report for Event #438. I normally go to Coventry Parkrun however due to an event taking place at the memorial park it was cancelled. I am part of Kenilworth runners so it was good to see a couple of people running and also volunteering.

A special shout out go to the following people who celebrated milestones:

Adam Notley, Aunty Verity, Peter Crowley and Sean Mitchell celebrate their 100th!

Adam Notley, Aunty Verity, Peter Crowley and Sean Mitchell celebrate their 100th!

Megan completes her 10th!

Megan completes her 10th!

Simon Parsons runs his 200th!

Simon Parsons runs his 200th!

I thoroughly enjoyed my first parkrun at Leamington yesterday and it was a very warm one.

Beautiful morning for it as the sun was shining. Considering it was my first time I ran it well in a great time of 25.07 despite the hill which I quite enjoyed.

 

 

 

 

Graham Patton celebrated his (78th) birthday during the parkrun yesterday.

Graham Patton celebrated his (78th) Birthday during the parkrun yesterday.

A special mention goes to the people who have up their time to volunteer so a big thank you to them, parkrun couldn't happen without them.

This week 525 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers, including our emboldened (?) first time volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • John FULLBROOK • Chris MCGOVERN • Mrs DOYLE • Pete TEEVAN • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Martin CABLE • Richard WALKER • Tim FILBY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Lorraine PARSONS • Charlie PARSONS • Emma TEEVAN • James FULLBROOK • Jeremy POPE • Christine HARDY • Lizzie ROURKE • Penny RUSBRIDGE • Jan BUCKLEY • Ian BEASLEY • Kathleen HEALY • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Anne LOVE • Richard DONNACHIE • Neil HALSEY • Sarah HOSKIN • Simon PACKMAN • Oliver ODLING • Emma BAKERJohn GRAVES • Michael HARRIS • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Kieran HALSEY • Julie TURNER • Vicki HARDING • Jamie FINNEGAN • Graham PATTON • Rohan MADAN • 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 17,091 participants have completed 147,191 parkruns covering a total distance of 735,955 km, including 23,784 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,671 individuals have volunteered 10,634 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #437, 17th August 2019

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With the weather being unpredictable all week, it was a great treat to run the course without the rain pouring down or any significant wind. It was my first time ever running Leamington parkrun and I was happy to know that after the field start, the ground was much like my home parkrun Daventry albeit a little wet and muddy from the rain. I can’t say I felt the same when I saw the hill but who doesn’t love a challenge on a Saturday morning?! Well, this week apparently 493 runners, joggers and walkers loved the challenge, 76 of them were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. With representatives of 42 different clubs taking part.

Daventry Road Runners were out in force at Leamington parkrun this week to promote their 10k Race on Sunday September 22nd. You may have noticed the purple wigs on the photographer and the club chairman.

I wanted to give a special shout-out to one of the first timers this week Merryn who I ran with for the last 1.5km. Despite a stitch early on and being a junior who has never run 5k before, and saying she had no energy left at the end of a tough 5k, she found an impressive sprint for the finishing 100m and left me and her responsible adult fending very much for ourselves. 

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The event was made possible by 51 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Nick TAWNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Saty KANDOLA • Ruby BHACHU • Milly COLE • Emma TEEVAN • Mark WAINWRIGHT • Martin BENNETT • Claire DAY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Jade LETTS • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Paul BARKER • Lizzie ROURKE • Helen PUGH • Catherine TAYLOR • Neil METCALFE-SHEPPARD • Joseph WAINWRIGHT • Anthony BAKER • Tejay DE KRETSER • Ian BEASLEY • Dominic TRANTER • Daljeet BHACHU • Kathleen HEALY • Lizette HUMMEL • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Alison NIXON • Jennifer BRADY • Claudia HUMMEL • Annie BRYAN • Rachel TEMPLE-FRY • Lorna WAINWRIGHT • Juan MARTIN • Simon PACKMAN • Julie SMITH • Jill COATES • Paul ELWELL • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Lucy WAINWRIGHT • Peter BARFIELD • Neesha MEMETOVIC • Louis WYATT • Rebecca COUCH • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN

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Another shout out to the milestone runners, we had Finlay, a junior runner who has now completed 10 parkruns, Alex BLOWER and Jane BRANSCOMBE who reached the big 50, Heather SIMS on an impressive 100, and Stuart GREENWAY who ran his Minty 300.  Although not a recognised milestone there was also Julian M BOON who has done a whopping 379 parkruns and this was his first at Leamington. Congratulations to everyone who took part this week though. The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.

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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 17,013 participants have completed 146,666 parkruns covering a total distance of 733,330 km, including 23,721 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,666 individuals have volunteered 10,589 times.

 

 

Leamington parkrun Event #436 10th August 2019

Welcome to this week’s run report, which is a joint effort between me and 9-year-old Jamie. It’s not so much about actual running as the people that took part. See how many of them you know – you might even spot yourself… Today’s run director Jeremy Pope welcomed 443 runners and 45 volunteers to Leamington parkrun number 436. This included 5 people volunteering for the first time – thank you to Andrew French with Caitlin, Sergi Gonzalez Prunera, Catherine Morgan and Neil Worsnop; you did a great job!

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Onto the milestones. Well done to Jack running his 10th, Owain and Simon Heath on their 50th, Sarah Brooke-Taylor (100th) and Brian Warren earning the coveted yellow bib for 200 runs. Also congratulations to Kevin Yates (not pictured) who visited Leamington for the first time to celebrate his 400th parkrun.

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The comments column of the visitor’s book was full of love for Leamington (it’s a great read if you need reminding how lucky we are). There were guest appearances from Mandy from Llanfynydd, Kevin from Southampton, Sav and Cian from Mansfield, Ian from Bishop’s Stortford, Neil and Kate from Lowestoft, Chris from Banbury, Lorraine and Colin from Weston Super Mare and Sarah from Beckenham. Thanks for choosing Newbold Comyn for your parkrun tourism this week.

And now over to Jamie, who has set himself the challenge of undertaking all the different volunteer roles. This is role number 7 – his first run report. He decided to interview a range of runners and volunteers – the results made me smile and I hope you enjoy reading it too…

Runner’s name (and the reason we chose them to be interviewed) What did you do today? What do you like about Leamington parkrun? What could we improve about Leamington parkrun? What running shoes are you wearing? What is your favourite volunteer role Photo
Harriet Ashworth (because she’s our friend) Barcode Scanning Seeing people that I know Nothing! New Balance Timekeeping 10082019HarietAshworth
Mrs Doyle (because she makes yummy cakes) Café The friendly people Nothing! Karrimor Café 10082019MrsD
Tess Lukehurst (because she loves jumping in puddles like me) Run Director The people and the coffee More puddles Saucony Run Director 10082019Tess
Chris Bannon (because he was the first finisher) Finisher #1 The great volunteers Nothing! Mezuno Funnel Manager 10082019ChrisBannon
Alex Craig (because he’s Mum’s friend) Finisher #38 Seeing friends, and eating cake Make the hill easier Asics Funnel Manager 10082019AlexCraig
Noah (because he’s my friend from the rugby club) Ran with my brother Jack and our dad (ed. he beat Dad by 1 second - go Noah!!) If you feel sleepy it wakes you up Make the hill flatter Asics Marshal 10082019NoahDando
Heather Sims (because she was the final finisher) Finisher #441 on her 99th parkrun The people Nothing, it's heaven Reebok Barcode Scanning 10082019HeatherSims
Maggie Bowes (because she has a guide dog and we look after guide dogs) Finisher #439 People, friends Nothing! Asics Marshal 10082019MaggieBowes

Finally, the statistics:

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part, and the event was made possible by 45 volunteers.

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 16,934 participants have completed 146,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 730,865 km, including 23,683 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,643 individuals have volunteered 10,494 times.

 

Leamington parkrun Event number 435; 3rd August 2019

Leamington parkrun Event number 435

For those approaching the assembly area from the Newbold Terrace East direction, with purpose and optimism for a parkrun time to be proud of, we were greeted today by the shiny, newly laid black tarmac road surface and footpaths on the stretch from the Leisure Centre. This will bring welcome road safety benefits to parkrunners. Credit to Warwick DC for scheduling this improvement.

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539 runners!

Taking into account that many families have embarked on summer vacation already, way in excess of 500 runners, was a great turnout this morning.

Drumming up enthusiasm to be a volunteer for parkrun is, I sense, a candidate for a shortlist of ‘worst-job-in-the world’. IMG_4640Not everyone can ‘sell’ this opportunity (although Simon Perkin somehow manages to make this look easy, consistently).

I am relative newcomer, and am tending towards adopting a parkrun Volunteer one-in-ten approach: for every 10 parkruns, I should offer myself up as a volunteer. When school term begins in September, I may reach my first milestone of 50 parkruns, so my conscience prods me to raise my volunteer tally to 5 or above before the end of this month.

Today, I volunteered twice – barcode scanner, and run report writer. A bit random, as a pairing, but fun, nonetheless.

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Courageous prioritising!

Every parkrun brings with it a plethora of people stories, many of which, as a runner, one doesn’t have time to digest. This week, the pick of the bunch are an imminent bridegroom

running on the morning of his wedding day (courageous prioritising), a runner dragging a "Happy Birthday Martin" helium balloon round the course, a recovering heart attack patient, returning to his first parkrun, after recuperation, and Welsh visitors to Leamington Spa, perhaps encountering for the first time, the challenging hill climb during the 2nd kilometre of our parkrun course.

Good to see, also, the continual rise in the number of parkrunners bringing their own drinks containers. Single use plastic cups are being phased out for post-run re-hydration, so now is a good moment to plan for this contribution to reducing plastic waste originating at our Saturday morning events.

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Happy Birthday Martin (21, again, again, again)!

I confess to have heard of, only very recently, the parkrun Volunteer Mobile Phone App, which delivers new technical solutions to two key tasks – timekeeping and barcode scanning. Nonetheless, today, and via the mobile phone, barcode scanning was prevalent amongst the 8 barcode scanner volunteers, all but eliminating post-run queuing.   Moreover, of the three stopwatches on the finishing line, two failed, but the new parkrun Volunteer mobile phone stopwatch, functionality discreetly saved the day.

One or two folk expressed concern and doubt about whether the new technology would or could record both their parkrun number and their finishing position, with such speed, but each were quickly and sympathetically reassured.parkrun Volunteer App!

And so to the finishing runners. From my vantage point, as each reached us, some catching their breath, and others looking as fresh as a daisy, it had been more humid on the run course than perhaps was apparent. ‘Muggy’ was the commonly held opinion of runners arriving with their barcode wristbands and their finishing line tags.

Congratulations to all parkrun participants this morning. Dual-Task volunteering at parkrun is a good way of maintaining a 10:1 Run/Volunteer ratio. Not entirely convinced with the pairing I opted for this morning. All the same, I strongly recommend it.

This week 539 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers - extra thanks to those in bold who volunteered for the first time and to Mark Ehlinger for this report and photographs:

Stephanie LUNN • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Michael O'RILEY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Adam CROFTS • Paul RUTTER • Tim HURRELL • Brian WARREN • Sean WARREN • Amanda MALES • Lloyd HARRIMAN • William FOSTER • Stephen TRAYNOR • Kevin MCKEEVER • Jeremy POPE • Matthew SANDERSON • Stephen GALLAGHER • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Satty SINGH X • Catherine TAYLOR • Simon ODLING • Joseph MCCULLAGH • Richard DONNACHIE • Oliver ODLING • Mark EHLINGER • Steve TAYLOR • Jill COATES • Meredith LAING • Paul ELWELL • Margaret WEBSTER • Meena LEKHI • Ilona STEPHENSON • Jamie FINNEGAN • Peter BARFIELD • Freya LAING • Sommer STEPHENSON • Rohan MADAN • 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 16,881 participants have completed 145,730 parkruns covering a total distance of 728,650 km, including 23,636 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,643 individuals have volunteered 10,494 times.

 

Leamington Parkrun #433 is a touch of brass

parkrun is a free, weekly event that has become something of a phenomenon. Josh Layton joined the runners, and their faithful companions, in Leamington Spa.

With a youthful brass band, intermittent sunshine and a rather competitive cocker spaniel, Leamington parkrun had the feel of a village fete with added nylon.

Royal Spa Brass’s youth sections, with a few more experienced hands thrown in, even got a few hands clapping with a rendition of Uptown Funk as a crowd of 466 runners limbered up outside a sports pavilion at Newbold Comyn in Leamington Spa.

Dave Chantrey’s run briefing included a message to be nice to other runners – following a report of some “so not cool” pushing on a previous week – and an effort to reduce plastic cups in the café by encouraging runners to bring their own receptacles from August 31.

The run director also dropped some factoids about the number 433 – apparently a prime number and the maximum score in the defunct game show Fifteen to One.

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Cocker spaniel Clara fresh from the run

With the milestoners having collected their bibs, a ritual of every Leamington parkrun, we were off.

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Milestones are marked at each run

The free, timed, weekly event is a 5k circuit of the currently unused Newbold Comyn golf course. Walk, run or let a dog do (some) of the work – it’s open to all, every Saturday.

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Upbeat affair: Royal Spa Brass’s youth sections gave the parkun installment a festival feel

It climbs a fairly brutal hill onto a tree-lined path that loops round the abandoned green before winding up on playing fields that make an ideal sprint finish.

But times, and rankings, seemed to have drifted off with trumpet notes by the end.

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Marking the day: Ben and mum Amanda after the run on his 15th birthday

Ben ran on his 15th birthday along with mum Amanda.

Ben, who has 104 parkruns to his name, said: “It was fun, it was a nice run, I tried a slow one."

“The best thing about parkrun is the community aspect  – and beating mum.”

Ben, who has also volunteered 34 times, added that he planned to spend the day playing Xbox.

Mum Amanda registered her 154th run on the morning having first taken part in 2013, and was pipped to the finish by her son.

“You meet lots of lovely people and make some fantastic new friends,” she said.

“It feels like a wonderful community.”

Dog runner James Deeks ran strapped to cocker spaniel Clara – believed to be first dog home in a time of 22:43.

“I always like to run with her, she’s got more energy than me,” he said.

Bonny Landsborough was also among the runners dodging “passive aggressive vegetation” on the course. The keen allotment gardener, 61, has gone from walking three years ago to gain muscle strength to regular parkruns and her first 10k event earlier this year at the Regency Run, also in Leamington Spa.

“It was a good run, it was hard work as always,” said Bonny.

“It’s just a lovely atmosphere. Two people on the allotment told me to come and you meet lots of lovely new people and feel great after it. It keeps me fit and active…and it’s good for my brain too.”

Cafe stalwart Kate Jackson, known affectionately as Mrs Doyle, was keeping the refreshments, cakes and dog biscuits flowing – as she has done for the past eight years.

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Job done: A roster of volunteers – including Mrs Doyle (centre) – keep Leamington parkrun alive

Like all the volunteers, she gives up her time for free – and it’s the thirsty parkrunners grabbing water, tea and squash who make it worthwhile.

“I love it, everyone is amazing and everyone is friendly,” she said.

“I’ve watched it grow from a hundred runners to five or six hundred most Saturdays.

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Final straight: runners come home at Leamington Parkun

“There is one chap who had never run before February when he went to Ireland, and he has carried on here. You also have plenty of little kids.

“Every month we support a charity – this month’s it’s the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

“It’s absolutely marvelous.”

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The start line as more than 400 runners prepare to exert themselves around the golf course

As the runners sloped off in the sunshine, the brass band kept playing.

Led by Emily Stewart-White, the musicians included Royal Spa Brass’s Brass Roots and Buddin’ Brass youth development sections. First place was said to have been wearing a green top, but had long disappeared by the time she leafed over to a Glen Miller number.

It was a day when community spirit led the field.

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*For more information about parkrun click here or visit the Leamington Parkrun Facebook group

This week 466 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Mrs DOYLE • Trevor ROTHWELL • Jane PERKIN • Simon PERKIN • Tim DOWN • Martin CABLE • Joshua LAYTON • Anthony CLAYDON • Richard WALKER • Alexander CRAIG • Amanda PARSONS • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Michelle HUTTON • Lynn WARD • James WARREN • Amanda MALES • Eloise PHILLIPS • Duncan ROBERTSON • Stephen TRAYNOR • Julie WALSH • Jill CHRISTLEY • Ian JAMIE • Joe CHANTREY • Emma CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Florencia BREA • Patrick JAMES • Martin PAXTON • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Catherine TAYLOR • Mandy BARNETT • Anita LENNEIS • Alex BEAN • Anne LOVE • Annie BRYAN • Richard DONNACHIE • Helen VENN • Jill COATES • Paul ELWELL • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Vicki HARDING • Emma Jane BROWN • Zoe SCANNELL • Helen WARRILOW

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 16,774 participants have completed 144,741 parkruns covering a total distance of 723,705 km, including 23,528 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,630 individuals have volunteered 10,411 times.

 

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