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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

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

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 18,338 participants have completed 159,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 796,160 km, including 24,968 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,791 individuals have volunteered 11,776 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #462

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

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

 

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These people being:

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

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

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

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

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Here are the stats for this week:

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

The event was made possible by 46 volunteers:

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

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 18,243 participants have completed 158,357 parkruns covering a total distance of 791,785 km, including 24,876 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,785 individuals have volunteered 11,683 times.

 

Poetry and parkrun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And here are this week's stats:

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

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

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

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 18,194 participants have completed 157,886 parkruns covering a total distance of 789,430 km, including 24,828 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,785 individuals have volunteered 11,637 times.

 

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.

Matthew Rhodes

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:

Leamington parkrun
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.

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