It was an early start for me this morning setting off from Taunton at 05:30 for the two and a half hour 142 mile journey to Leamington. I always like to combine visiting friends with a tourist parkrun. Having set myself the challenge of completing my first 100 parkruns each at a different location (known as a “Bailey”) I could not miss a chance to run number 63 this weekend. Gregory Bailey was the first person to achieve 100 in 100 and continued to achieve 250 different parkruns in a row before repeating (known as “The Full Bailey”).
I was looking forward to a different and challenging course, meeting new people and the sense of adventure which beckons. From the moment I arrived there was a friendly buzz of excitement from both volunteers and runners alike. The course starts and finishes at the football pavilion on Newbold Comyn, skirting the football pitches before passing through the gate on to the golf course border path. Then it’s a lap and a bit before turning off to finish.
Now for the statistics, there were 617 who ran jogged or walked at Leamington and there were representatives from 30 clubs; York Knavesmire Harriers, Ware Joggers, Team East Haddon, Sudbury Court RC, Stratford-upon-Avon AC, St Paul’s Runners, Spa Striders RC, Running Forever Running Club, Run Like a Girl - Leamington Spa, Rugby & Northampton AC, Royal Sutton Coldfield AC, Road Runners Club, Regency Runners, Port Talbot Harriers & AC, Massey Ferguson RC, Mansfield Harriers & AC, Lordshill Road Runners, Lonely Goat RC, Leamington C and AC, Leamington Athletics Academy, Kenilworth Runners, Itchen Spitfires Running Club, Hampton Magna Harriers, Draycote Dashers, Daventry Road Runners, Christian Vision for Men, Bishops Itchington Runners, Badgers, Abingdon AC and 26.2 RRC.
The first finisher was Ian ALLEN with a time of 17:08 and having run 20 times. Second was Laurence GRIFFIN with a time of 17:23 having run 110 times with York Knavesmire Harriers. Third was Ben TAWNEY with a time of 18:22 having run 42 times. The first female was Natalie BHANGAL with a time of 19:28 having run 35 times. Second was Mairi WALKER with a time of 20:21 having run 14 times with Spa Striders RC. Third was Jenny JEEVES with a time of 20:30 having run 128 times.
A special shout out goes to Neil MCCABE on his 300th run, Kemi SONUGA joining the 100 Club, Matthew Richard HAYDEN and Lily RICHARDS who have joined the 50 Club today, and Neve, Alex and Edward three new members of the Junior 10 Club. What an achievement all round!
Congratulations to the spectacular 108 new Personal Bests and a warm welcome to the 32 first timers to the parkrun family, Phil ROGERS, Christopher HOLMES, Will STEPHENSON, Kieran POPE, William JONES, Adam HARRIS, Helen GOUGH, Stuart JAMES, Emma WAIN, Emily SPENCER, Iqubal PANNU, Laura KITE, Rhys ALDERMAN, Louise HOLMES, Jenny WERNER, Jack CLARKE, Kate GILLIES, Abigail STEPHENSON, Sara HEYCOCK, Lily HONE, Mark LEAH, Suzanne SHARMAN, Heather MEYNELL, Amber SWATTON, Leigh OVIATT, Charlotte GRANT, Elizabeth DAVIS, Charlie HAYDEN, Sian ELLIOTT, Joe TUCKER, W TURE and Claudia PALLISTER. May this be the start of your parkrun journey.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.
This event would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of the following 49 Hi Vis Hero’s: Kevin BASKERVILLE, Joanna BESSANT, Ruby BHACHU, Rebecca BIRCH, Helen BRAITHWAITE, Zac CALE, Daniel CALE, Matthew CHEVASSUT, Jill COATES, Ann CRAWSHAW, Marti DHESI, Mark DOCKER, Richard DONNACHIE, Mrs DOYLE, Melissa FARNWORTH, Olivia Rose FARRELL, Julia FRY, Malcolm FRY, Paul HARRIS, Amy HARTILL, Matthew HORLEY, Kieran HUGHES, Michelle HUTTON, David JACKSON, Bethany JACKSON, Anne LOVE, Mike LUCAS, Stu MARTIN, Niamh MCCLENAGHAN, Jane MEDWELL, Liz MUNDAY, Noah MUNDAY, Amanda PARSONS, Ben PARSONS, Martin PAXTON, Clive PEARCE, Jane PERKIN, Simon PERKIN, Keith PHILLIPS, Judith POLLACCO, Jeremy POPE, Toby PRICE, David PRICE, Andy ROGERS, Zoe SCANNELL, Molly SMYTH, Sandrine WIGHAM, Emma WILSON and Steph ZOKA
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Thank you Leamington parkrun for making me feel so welcome.
Kieran Hughes, Longrun Meadow parkrun (Taunton)