Leamington parkrun #459 How to jump puddles?

How to jump puddles?

Today was dry and clear, but any hopes this would mean an end to muddy puddles around the course were quickly dashed, with a particularly spectacular water obstacle now strategically-situated just before the little bridge before the winter finish – to make sure everyone gets two goes at crossing it.

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My sense is that the puddles are getting fewer but bigger as this very wet winter progresses (perhaps they are a social lot and like to get together during the week while we’re not looking…?) Bigger will also mean they take longer to evaporate, so this could be an survival strategy in the face of our weekly attempt to mass-splash the water off the course – but whatever the cause, it’s clear they’ll be around for a while yet, so I thought I’d take the opportunity of not running today to observe how different park runners choose to tackle them: do they go round, over, under – or straight through the middle in good Bear Hunt fashion (this reference is with apologies to anyone who hasn’t had to read ‘We’re all going on a Bear Hunt’ to a small child in the last 20 years!).

Also, surely there is a correlation between the way park-runners approach puddles and their finish time? From my usual mid-field position I have convinced myself that part of the reason I’m not likely to trouble any record-keepers any time soon is that I prefer to keep my feet dry if at all possible… If this theory is correct, I was looking forward to seeing the first 50 runners plunge right through the middle of the puddle without even noticing it….?

But I was wrong: I can now exclusively reveal that this week’s first placed park runner (Jonathan Goringe, who finished in 17:15) actually ran around the puddle! The implications of this are difficult to process: it may even mean that parkrun times are driven by internal factors more to do with the fitness and commitment of the runner than external factors such as puddles, wind speeds or the angle of the sun as you descend the hill round the back of the golf course. I may have been wasting a lot of mental energy worrying about the wrong things.

So we should move on from puddles I think, although not before awarding a (virtual) prize for the best splash to the (unknown) pair below: top marks for style, nonchalance, synchronisation and moving so quickly that their feet apparently remain dry even as the muddy water leaps skywards.

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There was also an exceptional milestone this week, which must be a Leamington first if not a national one: a twin 250th parkrun for the Bennett brothers, Mick and Martin, who have been Leamington regulars since 2014 (again, a virtual award for synchronisation!)  Mick and Martin's sister was one of those celebrating a birthday this week.

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Other milestones:  Juniors Hannah, Amelie, Freya and Siya all ran their 10th parkrun and Caroline White ran her 50th.

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It was a busy week for the event and run directors, with a total of 683 people participating this week, and a flooded river Leam again diverting too many cars around to the car park on the north bank and creating chaos. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to thank them for everything they do in making this fantastic event possible and dealing with the massive challenges of dealing with an unpredictable number of people with an unpredictable, diverse range of ages and abilities turning up week-in, week-out in unpredictable weather, and unpredictable behaviour by other park users and authorities; yet delivering a totally predictable, consistently high quality, fun and enjoyable event for absolutely everyone (without fail!!). Sounds impossible, doesn’t it……?

Here’s a picture of Kevin and Ben in action before the start.

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We were also supported this week by a team of volunteers from a charity close to Ben’s heart, Band of Brothers, and Ben promised in his talk to provide links to more information: here is a paragraph and the promised links provided by Ben:

"Today abandofbrothers Leamington charity were out in force volunteering at parkrun.  The charity mentors young men at risk of the criminal justice system, helping them become healthy mature men who can fully contribute to community, equipping them to reach their potential, and freeing them from emotional baggage by leveraging the power and resources of older community men.  Does it work?  The results speak for themselves - we've seen an 82% reduction in the severity of re-offending behaviour following our mentoring programme.  It costs abandofbrothers around £4,000 to put a young man through the three month mentoring programme, if you feel able to support us you can make a donation via this link https://localgiving.org/charity/abandofbrothers/project/abobleamington/.
If you wish to find out more please email us at leamington@abandofbrothers.org.uk.
Thank you.
Ben Phillips
Volunteer Leader
abandofbrothers Leamington"
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And finally, the full statistics for the week for those who enjoy these things!

This week 683 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers to park run and 57 more were visitors running at Leamington for the first time. 36 people recorded new Personal Bests (although it’s not known how many of these ran through the puddles). Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:

Emma BAKERSeb BARFIELDPeter BARFIELDJames BARRETTKevin BASKERVILLEGary BEMANMatthew BISHOPHelen BRAITHWAITEZac CALECharis CAWSZoe CAWSRoss CAWSJill COATESMarti DHESIMrs DOYLEHelen EVANSIan FOTHERINGHAMEMalcolm FRYJonathan GRANTAmy HARTILLAndrew HIGGINSJohn MOOREPortia NABNEYEleanor NABNEYMorgan NABNEYCoralie NEWMANGrace O'MALLEYKersti O'MALLEYMartin OSICKAJacob OXTOBYClare PHILLIPSJasmine PHILLIPSBen PHILLIPSJeremy POPEMatthew RHODESShaun SHUFFLEBOTHAMDaniel SHURROCKKrisztina STRATHJon TEMPLEStephen TRAYNORGarry VASSALLORichard WALKERMargaret WEBSTERClaire WESTROPE

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 18,093 participants have completed 156,887 parkruns covering a total distance of 784,435 km, including 24,721 new Personal Bests.

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11/1/20

 

Leamington parkrun #457 Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all from Leamington parkrun. We had an exciting run this morning, breaking records, making friends, wearing red, talking to local wildlife and even an engagement announcement at the end. It is hard to know where to begin so I’ll start with the pre-run build up which had a party atmosphere with music playing. It was clear from the first timers' briefing that we were going to get a big crowd and we were not disappointed. We broke the previous attendance record of 764 by recording a staggering 905 people finishing the course, of these 239 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests.parkrun not-very-briefing

As we started at the slightly later time of 10.30am many runners had already run at a different local parkrun achieving the NYD double badge (for more info look up https://running-challenges.co.uk/badges). We celebrated birthdays and some fantastic milestones.

Running their 50th parkrun:  Anthony CLAYDON, Jane CUMMINGS, Charlie MITCHELL, Micheline TWIGGER

Running their 100th parkrun:  Tim BERESFORD, Daniel ROBBINS, Polly DUDLEY-CLAYDEN, Catherine FRIGGENS, Pete THOMPSON, Rebecca JONES, Heath GWILLIAM, Beau GWILLIAM, Kevin YOUNG, Jason JACKSON, Adrian Paul SMITH

Running their 200th parkrun:  Melanie Joan BEASLEY, Bhavna MISTRY, Steven LOWE (Melanie Joan BEASLEY also volunteered for the 25th time)

Running their 250th parkrun:  Stewart UNDERHILL, Doug RATTRAY, Richard ORME

And running his Minty 300th parkrun:  Philip HOUGHTON

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Many participants had chosen to wear red to beat the January blues with the RED January initiative supporting mental health through exercise or activity everyday through the month. I am sad to say that I don’t yet have a T-shirt to promote this fantastic cause but have ordered one and hope to be wearing it by the next parkrun - they can be ordered through www.redtogether.co.uk.
 
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It was lovely to meet some friends in the gathering crowd, our parkrun running family, my children’s school friends and also to make some new friends visiting from Coventry and Cheltenham. I was very impressed by the warm welcome we were given when we first came to parkrun and it is one of the reasons we keep coming back. Before the race we remembered Richard Minty who ran 301 parkruns, 296 of these at the Leamington course who we sadly lost at this time last year.
As we set off round the course I was running with a friend and my two young daughters so we were never going to achieve a very fast time but we did have a lovely time. 
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One of the best things about parkrun is that children are welcome and there is no judgement on speed. Our aim is to complete the course before my husband runs it twice and catches up with us which makes for an interesting sprint at the end. As we run, walk, piggyback and skip round the course we take in the scenery, say hello to the chickens and the horses.
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I am reliably informed by the hubby that the runners at the front don’t do this, in fact I assume everything must just fly by in a blur as they zoom round which is a shame as we do have an incredibly beautiful course. Every marshall cheers us on, which is lovely as it gives the kids a burst of speed. 
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The ground was not as wet as previous weeks so it was nice to keep dry feet and certainly easier to run without jumping the puddles. We had an exciting finish as we beat the hubby to finish line with my youngest zooming in front of two other runners to get a better place in the last second.
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As we found our barcodes at the end of the race we were thrilled to see a couple announcing their engagement. Huge congratulations to Jason, one of the founders of Leamington parkrun and running his 100th, and his new finance Natalie, what a brilliant way to start the new year!
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A great way to start January, good luck to all with running resolutions and Red January activity goals and we hope to see you on Saturday.

A massive shout out to the 46 volunteers that made this parkrun so successful. It was an amazing achievement with so many people taking part.

Sarah BARFIELD • Malcolm FRY • Nigel FOX • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Philip HOUGHTON • Eugene MCNALLY • Caroline WHITEHEAD • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Martin CABLE • Ruby BHACHU • Anthony CLAYDON • Kathryn ENDERSBY • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • David OXTOBY • Roz DOYLE • Daniel ENDERSBY • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Claire RAWBONE • Alison CHANTREY • Joe CHANTREY • Emma CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Shaun MARTIN • Susan WOO • Simon ODLING • Katharine GIBLIN • Arthur GIBLIN • Grace O'MALLEY • Toby ODLING • Jennie DANIELS • Frances OSBORNE • Jill COATES • Caroline GRAHAM • Chris REAY • Peter BARFIELD • Luke BARNES • Bear ODLING • Tony SHANNON
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 17,948 participants have completed 155,710 parkruns covering a total distance of 778,550 km, including 24,652 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,765 individuals have volunteered 11,466 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.

 

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 #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.

 

 

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.

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