Christmas and New Year

At this moment, Leamington parkrun is not having a run on Xmas Day but but we ARE running at 10am on NEW YEAR'S DAY.

For the latest situation around the country, check out the parkrun Christmas Compendium.



Diversion to avoid big tree

A large tree has come down at the top of Observation hill, blocking the path. There is a diversion in operation, probably for the next two weeks.

Extra care will be needed as we will be running in both directions along the narrow paths, alongside other park users.

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PBs and Delayed Results

It was a lovely day for a run on Saturday. Mind you, any day is a lovely day for a run. There were slightly less of us out there, but we recorded 40 new PBs, that's almost 20% of you running faster than ever before. If you did very well, congratulations, you know who you are. Make sure you tell your friends because it's something to be proud of. I'll put some names at the bottom from the report we get sent.

There was a delay in getting results across the parkrun world this weekend. Thank you all for not inundating us with impatient emails looking for your results. They are usually dependent on two things:

1) How quickly the RD can get on with the all-important task of uploading our various devices and muddling through the data. When everything works well we only have to click a few buttons and the results are done. Usually there are missing barcodes in the scanner files and checking them out/deleting them can slow us down. Sometimes we really have to do less important things with our loved ones before we can process the results and both of these factors can cause minor delays. It usually means your results come an hour or so later than they might have done.

2) There is a problem with parkrun HQ computers. That is what happened this weekend. We can't do anything about it, just be patient and keep trying. The results system is all online and if it isn't working we can't even tell you your result if you buy us wine. Although it might be worth a try.



Is there a better way to start your Christmas or New Year than running? I know that Buck's Fizz and smoked salmon come high on lots of people's lists but just think how much better they taste after a run!

  • There is a free Four Mile Race in St Nicholas Park on Christmas Day. Lots of us will be there so come and join us. They are opening the New Bowling Green pub especially for us. Details will be in the next run report.
  • New Year's Day parkrun is the best possible way to burn off your hangover and start the year as you mean to go on. Are you up to it? We're giving you a break and starting it at 10:00. Come on, you know you want to.


This weeks fastest runners:

For the men:
Peter HAWKINS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:12
Richard SHEPHARD (SM30-34) of Spa Striders RC, was second over the line in 17:44
Lewis FAGGE (JM15-19) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:25

For the Ladies:
Jo KIRBY (SW30-34) of Spa Striders RC, was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:28
Jennie SPILLANE (VW35-39) of Spa Striders RC, was second (30th overall) over the line in 20:56.
Susie TAWNEY (VW50-54) of Leamington C and AC, was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:39

And in terms of effort applied the following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Susie TAWNEY (VW50-54) was graded 81.45% for the time 21:39 (37th overall).
Peter HAWKINS (SM30-34) was graded 76.26% for the time 17:12 (first overall).
Nick LAWRENCE (VM45-49) was graded 74.60% for the time 19:37 (12th overall)



Run report #137 – Leamington Parkrun goes to extraordinary lengths (and then corrects them)

Oops. In the rush to set you all off on Saturday and in the absence of spectacles, Tess & Simon missed out some important notices.

  • Please all remember to join the New Years Day parkrun - which starts at a luxuriously indulgent 10 o'clock. Runners, volunteers and left-over cake welcome.
  • Sweatshop monthly prize winner: October 2013. We're delighted to announce that Laura COOKNELL was the latest recipient of our monthly prize, generously supported by Sweatshop. Laura's prize is a free pair of running shoes. Laura's been a regular Leamington parkrunner since the summer, and has improved her time by over 10 minutes in that time, chipping away at her PB week after week. At this rate, she will be the world 5k record holder by the end of next year! We hope her new shoes will help keep the progress going, or at least make the training sessions a little easier.


    Picture of Laura Cooknall, by Robert Egan (on our Flickr stream).

  • Fourteen year old Libby Gaskin was one of 26 people who ran for the first time at Leamington parkrun on Saturday. We would like to congratulate her on using it to raise money for charity. We hope you come back and run with us again next week, Libby, come and say hello to the Run Director before you start. We're proud of you.
  • You will see some new Run Directors take up the megaphone and climb on the rickety chair soon. Please give them your support, it's quite nerve racking the first couple of times. If you would like to try your hand at leading some sessions please come and talk to us. New blood and new ideas are always welcome.
  • Jason Jackson is stepping down as a Run Director. Jason was the driving force behind getting Leamington up and parkrunning two and half years ago. Without his drive and enthusiasm it wouldn't be the success it is today. We'd like to thank him for all his hard work and hope he keeps running long into the future.

And, now for the run report: This week there were 247 runners, of whom 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part. After a few weeks of having their asses whumped by the women and juniors, the men were allowed to occupy the first few finisher places this week:

Richard SIMKISS of Kenilworth Runners, was first over the line in 16:16, then Harvey Ben SPEED of Coventry Godiva Harriers, and Peter HAWKINS was third. Monica WILLIAMSON was the leading woman in 19:36 ,followed by Jennie SPILLANE of Spa Striders and Libby BREWIN Warwick Medical School Running Club.

More congrats to Frazer KNOWLES who completed his 50th parkrun and Rosemary PAULING who completed her 10th.

Last week we noted on our facebook page the advice for volunteers to keep the laser scanners warm by keeping them in pockets until required. This week's technology panic therefore was nothing to do with faulty scanners: this week one of our lovely volunteers went home with said scanner in his pocket.

And finally - just after the 5-4-3-2-1 GO, we realised that the starting line had been set-up 10 paces too far back. So we quickly moved it and the funnel 20 paces forward. So the 51 PBs are still safe from IAAF scrutiny.


New Year parkrun – WEDNESDAY 1st January 2014

Shrug off the night before and establish the sincerity of your new year's resolutions. Be the envy of your friends and relations - before they are are even conscious! (And we are looking for volunteers too. Must be reasonably sober.)

Just like parkrunning - but on a Wednesday!!!

We still need some volunteers to make it happen and we think it will start at 10am (as slight concession).


Announcing the start of Leamington parkrun

We are delighted to announce the start of another new parkrun. Leamington parkrun will take place every Saturday at 9am at Newbold Comyn, Leamington, starting on April the 23rd.

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