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.

 

Leamington parkrun #437, 17th August 2019

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

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

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

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The event was made possible by 51 volunteers:

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

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

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

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 17,013 participants have completed 146,666 parkruns covering a total distance of 733,330 km, including 23,721 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,666 individuals have volunteered 10,589 times.

 

 

Leamington Pride parkrun

So, Leamington parkrun number 431 and what a one to remember! Friday night the plea went out from the core team to help us support the teaming with Warwickshire Pride with a cacophony of colour and what a support it was!

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From the young to the old there was so much colour about it literally looked like somebody had raided the local paint shop, stolen a few dozen tins of paint and stood on the run directors table and thrown them all over. Quite the sight and really very moving to think that our small corner of England could show with such clarity that we whole-heartedly supported the teaming with Warwickshire Pride. Also a little thought-provoking that even in 2019 there still isn’t such full acceptance of everybody’s diversities that we still needed to make a point of it. However, make a point of it we truly did and thanks to all who embraced the challenge. 

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As I ran (ok stumbled, the heat was getting the better of me) around the course and saw the diversity of people who parkrun I am forever grateful how inclusive and tolerant the parkrun family are. We are neither judgemental nor scathing; the young, the old (I estimate the age gap between youngest and oldest was at least 69 years!) the quick, the slow (first finisher was over 3 times faster than the last finisher), the fit and the not-so fit, people from all walks of life, religions and races are all welcomed with open arms. I am so proud to be part of this family and saddened that Dan still needed to remind everybody how truly tolerant we have to become. 
On a happier note we were sent off by the ever marvellous Spa Brass, which is always a pleasure, although I suspect they might come more often because of the lovely Mrs Doyle’s cafe and cakes!

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On to the milestones: Sharron Brady and Mark Reeve made this one their 50th parkrun

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and brothers Tony and Chris McGovern completed their 200th, in the true spirit of brotherliness they crossed the line at the exact same time!

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Sandrine completed her volunteer stint for the DoE and she will be much missed. Looking forward to some more new recruits to the volunteer team!

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And here are the stats:

This week 652 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 119 were first timers and 124 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Sharon LITTERICK • Susie TAWNEY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Trevor ROTHWELL • Steven KNOWLES • Robert EGAN • Mike BEARD • Michelle HUTTON • Stephen EVANS • Mick BENNETT • Ethan BEARD • Jamie HANNA • Sandrine WIGHAM • Steven TAYLOR • Stephen TRAYNOR • David WOO • Bill LILLY • Jane OLIVER • Hannah MILLIGAN • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Florencia BREA • Lizzie ROURKE • Gaia TWIGGER • Eleanor NABNEY • Wilfred EVANS • Jan BUCKLEY • Anita LENNEIS • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Richard DONNACHIE • Neil HALSEY • Duncan MILLIGAN • Jill COATES • Kharaiti Ram LEKHI • Meena LEKHI • Claire BELKADI • Zoe SCANNELL • Louis WYATT • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN

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

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

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 16,662 participants have completed 143,737 parkruns covering a total distance of 718,685 km, including 23,421 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,618 individuals have volunteered 10,317 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #430

I am called Niamh. I am 14 years old. For the past 12 weeks I have been volunteering at parkrun for my DofE. I have so enjoyed marshalling, barcode scanning, funnel manger and most of all meeting lots of lovely new people.

The 29th of June was a very hot day, very difficult to run in. However still a large large number (over 500) people joined the run, including five birthday runners (but we only have three birthday bibs!), and Emma Wreford-Bush who ran her 100th parkrun.

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A great morning, enjoyed by all.

This week 551 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests.

Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:Tessa LUKEHURST • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Neal WHITFORD • Olivia Rose FARRELL • Amanda PARSONS • Susan BULL • Ben PARSONS • Shane OWEN • Ben HEWITT • Martin BENNETT • Sandrine WIGHAM • Guy SANDERS • Violaine WIGHAM • Alice O'NEILL • Barry HALE • Sue MARTIN • Stephen TRAYNOR • Matt HAYWARD • Emma WILSON • Niamh MCCLENAGHAN • Jeremy POPE • Lucy RONALDSON • Catherine TAYLOR • Tom SWAIN • Jan BUCKLEY • Kathleen HEALY • Richard MERCER • Anne LOVE • Ti AIGORO • Richard DONNACHIE • Laura MCCRYSTAL • Jill COATES • Paul ELWELL • Margaret WEBSTER • Iona WOOD • Kate WHITFIELD • Zoe SCANNELL • Jamie FREARSON • Louis WYATT • Rohan MADAN

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

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

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 16,543 participants have completed 143,085 parkruns covering a total distance of 715,425 km, including 23,297 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,613 individuals have volunteered 10,274 times.

 

Leamington Parkrun #428

After the week of continuous rainfall it was a great relief to see the sunshine to welcome in Leamington parkun #428. 

After the festivities of the previous two weekends we thought that this week would be a little quieter however this was not to be the case. All the stopwatches came into action as 538 of us joined in. Some ran, jogged and walked the course that was a little muddy so I'm sure there was some jumping also going on!  42 were first timers who we hope all enjoyed our course and will return soon. 

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers, it really is because of them that these events are made possible. Looking around on Saturday it really was a pleasure to see families volunteering together. We're now six months into this year and if you haven't volunteered please do consider it. For those of you that don't wish to depart with your phones on Saturday mornings ,we have the parkun Apps to download  for Time Keeping and Bar  Code Scanning - why not give it a go one week, it really is easy. Take a look at the future roster and let us know.

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/leamington/futureroster/

Congratulations went to all those achieving Milestones and celebrating Birthdays - Well done to you all.

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Our local Mental Health Together volunteers will be holding a Together Coffee Morning 'Tea and Talk' at The Sydni Centre In Leamington next Saturday 22nd June from 10-12pm .Places are still available for the Together Activity which this month is 'Drawing with Jase'. Email info@mentalhealthtogether.org for further information. All are welcome for a friendly chat, coffee, tea and cake.



See you all next week.

This week's stats are below :

This week 538 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Clive PEARCE • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Pete TEEVAN • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Helen EVANS • Adam CROFTS • Ruby BHACHU • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Ross CAWS • Brian NICHOLSON • Chris MCKEOWN • Sandrine WIGHAM • Steven TAYLOR • Lucy WALTON • Stephen TRAYNOR • Sue HEWITT • Giovanna PARISI • Ian DAVIS • Niamh MCCLENAGHAN • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Ben BENNION • Eleanor NABNEY • Lauren DAVIS • Zoe CAWS • Anne LOVE • Claire WESTROPE • Jill COATES • Meena LEKHI • Vicki HARDING • Simon CLARKE • Rebecca NASH • Leo GRAHAM • Alex GRAHAM • Terry MALIN • Graham PATTON • Rachel HAGENEY • Zoe SCANNELL • Simon BLACKBURN • Marko GEDDES

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

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

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 16,422 participants have completed 141,932 parkruns covering a total distance of 709,660 km, including 23,177 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,596 individuals have volunteered 10,187 times.

 

Leamington parkrun Number 427

 

What a difference a week makes!  Leamington parkrun #426 had 733 parkrunners making their way around the Comyn on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning.  This week, in a very different season (full-on English Summer), 285 brave souls made they around in conditions that a certain RD colleague of mine would have relished (cough, we missed you Tessa)!

Leaving the weather aside for a moment, we were joined by 8 parkrunners from Westport, County Mayo and the Mayor of Leamington, Councillor Bill Gifford, all of whom came bearing gifts.

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Our Irish tourists were presented with badges emblazoned with the town crest, and in turn our very own Kevin was presented with a mug, on which is his mug (he’ll need a strong coffee to drink from that)!

Mrs Doyle was presented with a rather fabulous kitchen apron complete with the name of her eponymous charity funded café – as well as all the ingredients for a traditional post-parkrun Irish Breakfast.

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And then, there was a briefing!!  Eventually, we got to the milestones and believe it or not, this is 10thparkrun milestone, Dylan before his run!   Also reaching milestones this week were Ann Crawshaw and Keith Phillips who reached their 100thparkrun and a trio of Birthday Ladies completed the milestones for run #427!

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Don’t know if I’ve mentioned that it was a little bit damp and muddy, but I hope these guys found the mop before Mrs Doyle saw the mess they were making dripping mud in her café!

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Fun fact for the day, Peter Barfield apparently received his lowest ever finish token, coming in at #282, that’s him on the right, no, not the one with the rather fetching umbrella. Peter was performing tail-walking duty!

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And here are the stats for this week:

This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Nick TAWNEY • Chris MCGOVERN • Adrian WIGHAM • Mrs DOYLE • Ben TAWNEY • Simon PERKIN • Olivia Rose FARRELL • Jonathan GRANT • Iain MCLAUGHLIN • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Roger FAGGE • Tara FAGGE • Catherine BARHAM • Emma TEEVAN • Sandrine WIGHAM • Sue MARTIN • Stephen TRAYNOR • Alison CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Catherine TAYLOR • Jane BRANSCOMBE • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Kevin SUMNER • Ian BEASLEY • Karen PARKINSON • Nicholas SILLITO • Anne LOVE • Aitzi MARCO • Pierre PASCAL • Richard DONNACHIE • Frances OSBORNE • Jill COATES • Meredith LAING • Paul ELWELL • George LAING • Peter BARFIELD • Zoe SCANNELL • Freya LAING

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

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

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 16,380 participants have completed 141,394 parkruns covering a total distance of 706,970 km, including 23,133 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,588 individuals have volunteered 10,138 times.

 

Leamington Parkrun #426

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Today’s 426th run was a very hot one, we had 733 people either jogging or walking in today’s sun. I am volunteering for my bronze DofE and have nearly completed 3 months worth of parkrun volunteering. My job this Saturday was funnel manager and, with the amazing number of people who turned up, it was a very busy job!  

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Today was pink parkrun, with lots of people wearing pink to support breast cancer, and a raffle to raise funds! There was also an opportunity to run 4 laps starting at 7am! I would like to thank all the volunteers for helping make parkrun possible.

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ETA:

We had an amazing morning at our pink parkrun and Breast Cancer NOW were able to take away almost £1000!  A big thank you for Susie and her team for organising things and to you all for supporting it.  Our sea of pink gets bigger every year!

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We also had at 33 GPs (that we know of) joining us for parkrun pledge & the AMAZING news that EVERY GP practice in Warwick/Leamington is now officially linked with parkrun (WOW!) 

There were an amazing 83 first timers today.  Another wow!  Great to have you at Leamington and we look forward to seeing you again soon.  And we had several milestones too.  William and Hattie ran their 10th parkrun, Steven Gallagher, Charles Jones and Kevin Sumner ran their 50th parkrun and Colin Crane ran his 100th.

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Don't forget that next week we have visitors from our parkrun twin (Westport Ireland) joining us - come and say hi & give them a big Leamington hi-5. 

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Here are the stats:

This week 733 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Ann BARRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Kirsty BENNET • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Olivia Rose FARRELL • Gareth HOUSTON • Laurence GRIFFIN • Charlotte GRANT • Richard WALKER • Amanda MALES • Sandrine WIGHAM • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Tommy O'MEARA • Jeremy POPE • Florencia BREA • Ben COHEN • Shaun MARTIN • Lizzie ROURKE • Eleanor NABNEY • Madeline BRAITHWAITE • Lynn HUSSAIN • Anita LENNEIS • Liz COHEN • Gareth BROWN • Anne LOVE • Agnieszka GÓRECKA-MARTIN • Katie TAME • Alexander LAING • Jamie FINNEGAN • Rachel HAGENEY • Zoe SCANNELL

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

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

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 16,344 participants have completed 141,109 parkruns covering a total distance of 705,545 km, including 23,106 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,585 individuals have volunteered 10,090 times.

 

 

Leamington Parkrun #425 by Meredith Laing

Out came the sun, out came those bare legs for many months hidden under leggings and tights, and out came 675 runners, joggers and walkers for the 425thLeamington parkrun.

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Conditions were good on the course.  The first four finishers all bagged new PBs as did a whopping 97 other runners, and we had 67 first timers, including former 5k world record holder David Moorcroft OBE (his world record for the 5,000m was 13.00.41 although admittedly without golf course hill to climb – although that is something for our faster runners to aim for ….)

It was also the inaugural Leamington event for 5k Your Way, a fabulous group for people living with or beyond cancer, and friends and supporters, to help with taking that step to get out there, get active and walk, jog or run 5k in a supportive and understanding environment with people who understand a bit of what cancer sufferers are going through.

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Don’t forget it’s Pink parkrun next weekend: 4 laps for those crazy enough to try it, wearing pink, starting at 7am.  There will be a raffle to raise funds for Breast Cancer.

 

According to George Bernard Shaw it is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics, so for those of you of that look forward to them so much, here they are:

This week 675 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 100 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

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Malcolm FRY • Steven Christopher ATHERTON • Mrs DOYLE • Frank WALSH • Lisa HARTILL • Ian MCCLENAGHAN • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Olivia Rose FARRELL • Karen HIGGINS • Richard WOODHEAD • Alexander CRAIG • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Rachel PURDON • Roz DOYLE • Chris MCKEOWN • Martin BENNETT • Sandrine WIGHAM • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Mary SINCLAIR • Amy HARTILL • Lizzie ROURKE • Steph ZOKA • Catherine TAYLOR • Emma BISH • Madeline BRAITHWAITE • Matilda DOYLE • Chris DAVISON • Leon PRATT • Isaac PRATT • Mark DOCKER • Aitzi MARCO • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Jill COATES • Meredith LAING • Margaret WEBSTER • Ilona STEPHENSON • Spencer FOYLE • Glen DAVIES • Zoe SCANNELL • Willow PRATT • Joanna PRATT

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

The male record is held by Matthew ARMSTRONG who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th October 2012 (event number 77).

The female record is held by Charlotte TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:09 on 23rd February 2013 (event number 97).

The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.26% (19:44) on 29th September 2018 (event number 391).

Leamington parkrun started on 23rd April 2011. Since then 16,261 participants have completed 140,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 701,880 km, including 23,037 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,577 individuals have volunteered 10,051 times.