Christmas and New Year

As usual there will be no Leamington parkrun on Christmas Day because of the Christmas run in St Nick's park on that day.

On New Year's Day we will host a 10.30am parkrun at Leamington (so you can have a bit of a lie in if you've overdone the celebrations ;-) ).  There will not be a run at Warwick Racecourse but, if you can face an early start, Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun are starting at 9am.

New Year's Day is the only day of the year when you are permitted to run two parkruns in a day, better known as ‘The New Year’s Day Double’.  If you choose to do this, please do not take risks when travelling between venues.

And please don't forget, in order to run this fabulous event each week, we need volunteers - even on New Year's Day.  Drop us an email at leamington@parkrun.com to sign up (don't forget to include your barcode.)

Love Leamington parkrun's Christmas elves

 

Leamington parkrun Event number 447 26th October 2019

It was very quiet at Leamington parkrun today, with only 196 dedicated runners coming out in the rain. There were no milestones or birthdays being run; a milestone in itself. I am not sure what kept them away but I heard mention of the WC. So for all those of you with a desperate case of the runs, we hope you can remove yourself from the WC soon and return to parkrun!

The dearth of runners left me closer to the front than I have been since 2010, but there were few PBs to be had due to the conditions. Well done to the 13 people who managed it.

I feel a trainer/washing machine interface cannot be avoided after my run, much as it is against recommendations!

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I thought I would throw a spotlight on Kate, AKA Mrs Doyle, in the absence of news today. Kate started helping out with the cafe when her son, Jason, started up Leamington parkrun in 2010. She loved it so much that she just kept coming back. I interviewed her to find out why. (There is a bit of paraphrasing, as I did not record our chat).

What is it that you love about parkrun?

Mrs D: The people. I just love meeting all the people and they have all been so kind especially since I have been poorly. People have been lovely.

How is your treatment going?

Mrs D: Alright really. I had my third round of chemotherapy yesterday and I feel OK. Just wiped out and tired. But I think I might feel a bit worse when the chemicals build up in my system over the next few rounds. I have a wig in case, as I think I’m going to lose my hair. It’s white and pretty good. (Other lady in cafe expressed disappointment that the wig is not psychedelic).

I have heard that you live next-door-but-one to our Maggie. Is that true?

Mrs D: Yes, she often comes with me to parkrun. She might have come with me originally although she is long-term friends with Tess too, so I’m not sure which of us got her along initially.

Have you got any confessions from your past?

Mrs D (laughing): Probably a lot of drunk and disorderly in my youth. Oh, I remember when I was 21 having had far too much to drink, getting into a wood yard with some friends and trying to drive the truck that was there. I couldn’t get it to drive though.

Where do you come from?

Mrs D: Wexford in Southern Ireland but I haven’t been back for years.

How many children have you got?

Mrs D: 2- Jason and another son in London, plus 2 grandchildren, both girls. No, I haven’t got any great-grandchildren yet (indignant)!

What did you do before you retired?

Mrs D: I was a nurse at the old Warneford Hospital and then at Warwick. I loved it. I wish I was still working there.

Kate then revealed that she has a 17 and a half year-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross at home, called Patsy. Patsy isn’t feeling very well this morning so I am wishing both her and Kate a speedy recovery. Whilst we stood talking, everyone coming in said a special hello to Kate and it was obvious how much she is loved by the Leamington parkrun family. I was so caught up in talking to her that I forgot to take any photos and the best I could manage was Tess’s backside leaving and a rare view of an almost empty parkrun car park. (Sorry Tess). I’ll try harder next time!

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This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Colin BAILEY • Mrs DOYLE • Rebecca ROWE • Trevor ROTHWELL • Tim DOWN • Kate RUMBOLD • Mick BENNETT • Kimberley WYATT • Pete THOMPSON • Chris MCKEOWN • Martin BENNETT • Stephen TRAYNOR • David WOO • James ROBBINS • David CHANTREY • Jane OLIVER • Adam STRATH • Jeremy POPE • Susan WOO • James CRICKMORE • Steph ZOKA • David WOOD • Penny RUSBRIDGE • Chris DAVISON • Caroline WHITE • Simon PACKMAN • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Caroline CLAY • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Meena LEKHI • Emma Jane BROWN • Jamie FINNEGAN • Fraser WHYTE • Victoria CULLEN • 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 17,468 participants have completed 151,664 parkruns covering a total distance of 758,320 km, including 24,407 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,724 individuals have volunteered 11,039 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #440

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It was a lovely morning for a run on Saturday and an amazing 560 of you turned up at Newbold Comyn.  Kevin was our Run Director and he had a lot of milestone vests to give out:

John ran his 10th;  Matthew Booth, Adrian Wigham, Al MacLeod, Jeremy Pope, Anthony Green, Alex Bean and Steve Bartlett all ran their 50th;

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Dave Lindsay and Dexter ran their 100th and Steve Jasiok ran his 200th parkrun.  Well done to them all.

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Kevin started the run

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and then he and I retired to the pavilion to catch up with 'Mrs Doyle' (Kate) and to grab a quick cup of tea.  At this point we nearly jumped out of our skins as a loud siren sounded - was there an emergency? No, it was Tess demonstrating the siren on the Lowland Rescue emergency vehicle.

A big thank you to the Lowland Rescue team for the excellent job they did as volunteers this week and for all they do saving lives as part of the UK's emergency response backbone, serving the Police as professional Search and Rescue responders.

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Every week, in order to put on parkrun at Newbold, we need 38 volunteers consisting of

2 run directors,
6 marshalls,
2 tail walkers,
3 funnel managers,
2 timekeepers,
6 barcode scanners,
2 on finish tokens,
3 in the cafe and
1 number checker.

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But, are you aware that there are also roles that you can do and you can run too -

1 first timers briefing,
1 event day course check
3 pre event set up
2 post event close down
3 token sorters
1 volunteer coordinator
1 run report writer

Have you volunteered recently?  If not, why not put your name down for a role?  We are a friendly bunch and we'll explain what needs to be done.  As you can see from the photo, Kevin and Susie were working hard on Saturday ;-)

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As we strive to become more sustainable at Leamington it was great to see that so many people had cycled to Newbold Comyn.  Please, please, if you can, walk, cycle or car share.

This was our second week being PLASTIC FREE and Kate reported that all but about 20 of you brought your own cups, mugs or bottles to be filled with tea, coffee, water or squash.  Many thanks for supporting this initiative so wholeheartedly.

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It was great to welcome Simon Teale, event director at Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun, back to Leamington.  He was one to the event directors and run directors in Leamington parkrun's early days.

And, it's important to remember that parkrun is for everyone.  It doesn't matter what speed you do - fast or slow, all are welcome and celebrated.  Here's a photo of our wonderful tailwalkers finishing.

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Core team knitting?

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Here are the stats for the week:

This week 560 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Melissa ODLING • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Alice WEBBER • Stephen PAYNE • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • John W SMITH • Martin CABLE • Marie KIERNAN • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Isabel COOPER • John COOPER • Stephen EVANS • Mick BENNETT • Amanda MALES • Luke BENNETT • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Jane OLIVER • David MILLS • Jeremy POPE • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Dan ZOKA • Wilfred EVANS • Louise DWYER • Chris DAVISON • Jane WACKETT • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Jo BARNES • Oliver ODLING • Emma BARNES • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Alexander LAING • Jack HINTON • Jamie FINNEGAN • Louis WYATT • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN • Bear ODLING

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 17,191 participants have completed 148,328 parkruns covering a total distance of 741,640 km, including 23,936 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,682 individuals have volunteered 10,739 times.

 

Leamington parkrun Event number 438 24th August 2019

I am doing the race report for Event #438. I normally go to Coventry Parkrun however due to an event taking place at the memorial park it was cancelled. I am part of Kenilworth runners so it was good to see a couple of people running and also volunteering.

A special shout out go to the following people who celebrated milestones:

Adam Notley, Aunty Verity, Peter Crowley and Sean Mitchell celebrate their 100th!

Adam Notley, Aunty Verity, Peter Crowley and Sean Mitchell celebrate their 100th!

Megan completes her 10th!

Megan completes her 10th!

Simon Parsons runs his 200th!

Simon Parsons runs his 200th!

I thoroughly enjoyed my first parkrun at Leamington yesterday and it was a very warm one.

Beautiful morning for it as the sun was shining. Considering it was my first time I ran it well in a great time of 25.07 despite the hill which I quite enjoyed.

 

 

 

 

Graham Patton celebrated his (78th) birthday during the parkrun yesterday.

Graham Patton celebrated his (78th) Birthday during the parkrun yesterday.

A special mention goes to the people who have up their time to volunteer so a big thank you to them, parkrun couldn't happen without them.

This week 525 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers, including our emboldened (?) first time volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • John FULLBROOK • Chris MCGOVERN • Mrs DOYLE • Pete TEEVAN • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Martin CABLE • Richard WALKER • Tim FILBY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Lorraine PARSONS • Charlie PARSONS • Emma TEEVAN • James FULLBROOK • Jeremy POPE • Christine HARDY • Lizzie ROURKE • Penny RUSBRIDGE • Jan BUCKLEY • Ian BEASLEY • Kathleen HEALY • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Anne LOVE • Richard DONNACHIE • Neil HALSEY • Sarah HOSKIN • Simon PACKMAN • Oliver ODLING • Emma BAKERJohn GRAVES • Michael HARRIS • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Kieran HALSEY • Julie TURNER • Vicki HARDING • Jamie FINNEGAN • Graham PATTON • 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 17,091 participants have completed 147,191 parkruns covering a total distance of 735,955 km, including 23,784 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,671 individuals have volunteered 10,634 times.

 

Leamington parkrun Event #436 10th August 2019

Welcome to this week’s run report, which is a joint effort between me and 9-year-old Jamie. It’s not so much about actual running as the people that took part. See how many of them you know – you might even spot yourself… Today’s run director Jeremy Pope welcomed 443 runners and 45 volunteers to Leamington parkrun number 436. This included 5 people volunteering for the first time – thank you to Andrew French with Caitlin, Sergi Gonzalez Prunera, Catherine Morgan and Neil Worsnop; you did a great job!

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Onto the milestones. Well done to Jack running his 10th, Owain and Simon Heath on their 50th, Sarah Brooke-Taylor (100th) and Brian Warren earning the coveted yellow bib for 200 runs. Also congratulations to Kevin Yates (not pictured) who visited Leamington for the first time to celebrate his 400th parkrun.

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The comments column of the visitor’s book was full of love for Leamington (it’s a great read if you need reminding how lucky we are). There were guest appearances from Mandy from Llanfynydd, Kevin from Southampton, Sav and Cian from Mansfield, Ian from Bishop’s Stortford, Neil and Kate from Lowestoft, Chris from Banbury, Lorraine and Colin from Weston Super Mare and Sarah from Beckenham. Thanks for choosing Newbold Comyn for your parkrun tourism this week.

And now over to Jamie, who has set himself the challenge of undertaking all the different volunteer roles. This is role number 7 – his first run report. He decided to interview a range of runners and volunteers – the results made me smile and I hope you enjoy reading it too…

Runner’s name (and the reason we chose them to be interviewed) What did you do today? What do you like about Leamington parkrun? What could we improve about Leamington parkrun? What running shoes are you wearing? What is your favourite volunteer role Photo
Harriet Ashworth (because she’s our friend) Barcode Scanning Seeing people that I know Nothing! New Balance Timekeeping 10082019HarietAshworth
Mrs Doyle (because she makes yummy cakes) Café The friendly people Nothing! Karrimor Café 10082019MrsD
Tess Lukehurst (because she loves jumping in puddles like me) Run Director The people and the coffee More puddles Saucony Run Director 10082019Tess
Chris Bannon (because he was the first finisher) Finisher #1 The great volunteers Nothing! Mezuno Funnel Manager 10082019ChrisBannon
Alex Craig (because he’s Mum’s friend) Finisher #38 Seeing friends, and eating cake Make the hill easier Asics Funnel Manager 10082019AlexCraig
Noah (because he’s my friend from the rugby club) Ran with my brother Jack and our dad (ed. he beat Dad by 1 second - go Noah!!) If you feel sleepy it wakes you up Make the hill flatter Asics Marshal 10082019NoahDando
Heather Sims (because she was the final finisher) Finisher #441 on her 99th parkrun The people Nothing, it's heaven Reebok Barcode Scanning 10082019HeatherSims
Maggie Bowes (because she has a guide dog and we look after guide dogs) Finisher #439 People, friends Nothing! Asics Marshal 10082019MaggieBowes

Finally, the statistics:

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part, and the event was made possible by 45 volunteers.

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 16,934 participants have completed 146,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 730,865 km, including 23,683 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,643 individuals have volunteered 10,494 times.

 

Leamington parkrun Event number 435; 3rd August 2019

Leamington parkrun Event number 435

For those approaching the assembly area from the Newbold Terrace East direction, with purpose and optimism for a parkrun time to be proud of, we were greeted today by the shiny, newly laid black tarmac road surface and footpaths on the stretch from the Leisure Centre. This will bring welcome road safety benefits to parkrunners. Credit to Warwick DC for scheduling this improvement.

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539 runners!

Taking into account that many families have embarked on summer vacation already, way in excess of 500 runners, was a great turnout this morning.

Drumming up enthusiasm to be a volunteer for parkrun is, I sense, a candidate for a shortlist of ‘worst-job-in-the world’. IMG_4640Not everyone can ‘sell’ this opportunity (although Simon Perkin somehow manages to make this look easy, consistently).

I am relative newcomer, and am tending towards adopting a parkrun Volunteer one-in-ten approach: for every 10 parkruns, I should offer myself up as a volunteer. When school term begins in September, I may reach my first milestone of 50 parkruns, so my conscience prods me to raise my volunteer tally to 5 or above before the end of this month.

Today, I volunteered twice – barcode scanner, and run report writer. A bit random, as a pairing, but fun, nonetheless.

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Courageous prioritising!

Every parkrun brings with it a plethora of people stories, many of which, as a runner, one doesn’t have time to digest. This week, the pick of the bunch are an imminent bridegroom

running on the morning of his wedding day (courageous prioritising), a runner dragging a "Happy Birthday Martin" helium balloon round the course, a recovering heart attack patient, returning to his first parkrun, after recuperation, and Welsh visitors to Leamington Spa, perhaps encountering for the first time, the challenging hill climb during the 2nd kilometre of our parkrun course.

Good to see, also, the continual rise in the number of parkrunners bringing their own drinks containers. Single use plastic cups are being phased out for post-run re-hydration, so now is a good moment to plan for this contribution to reducing plastic waste originating at our Saturday morning events.

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Happy Birthday Martin (21, again, again, again)!

I confess to have heard of, only very recently, the parkrun Volunteer Mobile Phone App, which delivers new technical solutions to two key tasks – timekeeping and barcode scanning. Nonetheless, today, and via the mobile phone, barcode scanning was prevalent amongst the 8 barcode scanner volunteers, all but eliminating post-run queuing.   Moreover, of the three stopwatches on the finishing line, two failed, but the new parkrun Volunteer mobile phone stopwatch, functionality discreetly saved the day.

One or two folk expressed concern and doubt about whether the new technology would or could record both their parkrun number and their finishing position, with such speed, but each were quickly and sympathetically reassured.parkrun Volunteer App!

And so to the finishing runners. From my vantage point, as each reached us, some catching their breath, and others looking as fresh as a daisy, it had been more humid on the run course than perhaps was apparent. ‘Muggy’ was the commonly held opinion of runners arriving with their barcode wristbands and their finishing line tags.

Congratulations to all parkrun participants this morning. Dual-Task volunteering at parkrun is a good way of maintaining a 10:1 Run/Volunteer ratio. Not entirely convinced with the pairing I opted for this morning. All the same, I strongly recommend it.

This week 539 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers - extra thanks to those in bold who volunteered for the first time and to Mark Ehlinger for this report and photographs:

Stephanie LUNN • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Michael O'RILEY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Adam CROFTS • Paul RUTTER • Tim HURRELL • Brian WARREN • Sean WARREN • Amanda MALES • Lloyd HARRIMAN • William FOSTER • Stephen TRAYNOR • Kevin MCKEEVER • Jeremy POPE • Matthew SANDERSON • Stephen GALLAGHER • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Satty SINGH X • Catherine TAYLOR • Simon ODLING • Joseph MCCULLAGH • Richard DONNACHIE • Oliver ODLING • Mark EHLINGER • Steve TAYLOR • Jill COATES • Meredith LAING • Paul ELWELL • Margaret WEBSTER • Meena LEKHI • Ilona STEPHENSON • Jamie FINNEGAN • Peter BARFIELD • Freya LAING • Sommer STEPHENSON • 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 16,881 participants have completed 145,730 parkruns covering a total distance of 728,650 km, including 23,636 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,643 individuals have volunteered 10,494 times.

 

Leamington Parkrun #433 is a touch of brass

parkrun is a free, weekly event that has become something of a phenomenon. Josh Layton joined the runners, and their faithful companions, in Leamington Spa.

With a youthful brass band, intermittent sunshine and a rather competitive cocker spaniel, Leamington parkrun had the feel of a village fete with added nylon.

Royal Spa Brass’s youth sections, with a few more experienced hands thrown in, even got a few hands clapping with a rendition of Uptown Funk as a crowd of 466 runners limbered up outside a sports pavilion at Newbold Comyn in Leamington Spa.

Dave Chantrey’s run briefing included a message to be nice to other runners – following a report of some “so not cool” pushing on a previous week – and an effort to reduce plastic cups in the café by encouraging runners to bring their own receptacles from August 31.

The run director also dropped some factoids about the number 433 – apparently a prime number and the maximum score in the defunct game show Fifteen to One.

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Cocker spaniel Clara fresh from the run

With the milestoners having collected their bibs, a ritual of every Leamington parkrun, we were off.

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Milestones are marked at each run

The free, timed, weekly event is a 5k circuit of the currently unused Newbold Comyn golf course. Walk, run or let a dog do (some) of the work – it’s open to all, every Saturday.

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Upbeat affair: Royal Spa Brass’s youth sections gave the parkun installment a festival feel

It climbs a fairly brutal hill onto a tree-lined path that loops round the abandoned green before winding up on playing fields that make an ideal sprint finish.

But times, and rankings, seemed to have drifted off with trumpet notes by the end.

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Marking the day: Ben and mum Amanda after the run on his 15th birthday

Ben ran on his 15th birthday along with mum Amanda.

Ben, who has 104 parkruns to his name, said: “It was fun, it was a nice run, I tried a slow one."

“The best thing about parkrun is the community aspect  – and beating mum.”

Ben, who has also volunteered 34 times, added that he planned to spend the day playing Xbox.

Mum Amanda registered her 154th run on the morning having first taken part in 2013, and was pipped to the finish by her son.

“You meet lots of lovely people and make some fantastic new friends,” she said.

“It feels like a wonderful community.”

Dog runner James Deeks ran strapped to cocker spaniel Clara – believed to be first dog home in a time of 22:43.

“I always like to run with her, she’s got more energy than me,” he said.

Bonny Landsborough was also among the runners dodging “passive aggressive vegetation” on the course. The keen allotment gardener, 61, has gone from walking three years ago to gain muscle strength to regular parkruns and her first 10k event earlier this year at the Regency Run, also in Leamington Spa.

“It was a good run, it was hard work as always,” said Bonny.

“It’s just a lovely atmosphere. Two people on the allotment told me to come and you meet lots of lovely new people and feel great after it. It keeps me fit and active…and it’s good for my brain too.”

Cafe stalwart Kate Jackson, known affectionately as Mrs Doyle, was keeping the refreshments, cakes and dog biscuits flowing – as she has done for the past eight years.

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Job done: A roster of volunteers – including Mrs Doyle (centre) – keep Leamington parkrun alive

Like all the volunteers, she gives up her time for free – and it’s the thirsty parkrunners grabbing water, tea and squash who make it worthwhile.

“I love it, everyone is amazing and everyone is friendly,” she said.

“I’ve watched it grow from a hundred runners to five or six hundred most Saturdays.

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Final straight: runners come home at Leamington Parkun

“There is one chap who had never run before February when he went to Ireland, and he has carried on here. You also have plenty of little kids.

“Every month we support a charity – this month’s it’s the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

“It’s absolutely marvelous.”

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The start line as more than 400 runners prepare to exert themselves around the golf course

As the runners sloped off in the sunshine, the brass band kept playing.

Led by Emily Stewart-White, the musicians included Royal Spa Brass’s Brass Roots and Buddin’ Brass youth development sections. First place was said to have been wearing a green top, but had long disappeared by the time she leafed over to a Glen Miller number.

It was a day when community spirit led the field.

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*For more information about parkrun click here or visit the Leamington Parkrun Facebook group

This week 466 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Mrs DOYLE • Trevor ROTHWELL • Jane PERKIN • Simon PERKIN • Tim DOWN • Martin CABLE • Joshua LAYTON • Anthony CLAYDON • Richard WALKER • Alexander CRAIG • Amanda PARSONS • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Michelle HUTTON • Lynn WARD • James WARREN • Amanda MALES • Eloise PHILLIPS • Duncan ROBERTSON • Stephen TRAYNOR • Julie WALSH • Jill CHRISTLEY • Ian JAMIE • Joe CHANTREY • Emma CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Florencia BREA • Patrick JAMES • Martin PAXTON • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Catherine TAYLOR • Mandy BARNETT • Anita LENNEIS • Alex BEAN • Anne LOVE • Annie BRYAN • Richard DONNACHIE • Helen VENN • Jill COATES • Paul ELWELL • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Vicki HARDING • Emma Jane BROWN • Zoe SCANNELL • Helen WARRILOW

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 16,774 participants have completed 144,741 parkruns covering a total distance of 723,705 km, including 23,528 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,630 individuals have volunteered 10,411 times.

 

 

Plastic FREE Leamington parkrun

“One Small Step / One Giant Leap

We’re all aware by now of the damage that plastic is causing to the environment and so we at Leamington parkrun have decided that we need to play our part in helping to mitigatthis.

We’re letting you know that, in the near future, we will no longer be supplying cups at Leamington parkrun. This will apply from the 31 August parkrun.  We’re giving advance notice for the benefit of those small number of parkrunners who sometimes forget to bring their bottles, mugs, cups and other drinking vessels, so they have time to get used to the change.

We shall continue to use plastic cups for the next few weeks, until our existing supply is used up. After that, for just a few weeks we will be issuing paper cups. However, starting from 31 August we will no longer be supplying cups of any type. (Even paper cups have a carbon footprint.From that date, it’s down to all of you to bring your own bottles and cups, etc., or… well there isn’t an “or”. As with bar codes where the rule is “no bar code, no time”, with drinking receptacles the mantra will be “no bottle, no drink”.

Just to clarify, parkrun has no obligation to provide drinks – most parkruns don’t provide drinking facilities – and so it’s up to you to provide your own means of hydration and re-hydration. We’re lucky that we have facilities at Leamington to enable this. Again, just to emphasise, most parkruns don’t. Therefore, not only do parkrunners have to bring their own bottles at these locations, they have to bring their own water!

We’re sure you’ll all support this initiative. After all, what can be more important than saving the planet? Planet Earth is our only home so we need to look after it – for ourselves and, perhaps even more importantly, for future generations. There is no Planet B!

On the subject of planets, it was 50 years ago today (20 July) that a human being landed on the moon and uttered the immortal words: “One small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” So, fifty years on, we are proud to announce our own version: One small contribution to saving the planet, one giant leap for Leamington parkrun. Not very catchy, we’ll be the first to admit, but hopefully it will do.

One of our environment advocates, Richard Barr, will be in the kitchen area on our launch date (geddit?) of 31 August to help Mrs Doyle supply water (and hot drinks) to those who have brought their own mugs, cups and bottles, and to help with any queries you may have concerning this initiative, as well as to receive your comments and compliments! You shouldn’t have any problem recognising Richard, he’ll be dressed up in an astronaut suit. Or maybe not.

On Saturday 31st August ‘Plastic Free Warwick & Leamington’ will be joining us too. Just another way that Leamington parkrun is trying to support the community.

Thanks for your support.

The Core Team

 

Leamington parkrun from a different view!

Writing the report, whilst not running, has allowed me another insight at Leamington parkrun. This week I got to feel the anticipation of the first runners arriving, feeling nervous about how I would get on scanning with the parkrun Volunteer app, saw the first aid book get two entries (grazed and very sore knees from what I saw) and grabbed a tea from Mrs Doyle before a runner had finished. It was also great to applaud the first finishers, something I don’t normally do nor witness!

You always meet friendly folk and this week Mike, who is a regular at Slough, was running with Naomi in a pram, see my picture. Naomi looked happy enough at the start and was asleep at the end, Mike did mention the hill was a bit more than he was expecting. Welcome to Leamington Mike and Naomi. I’ve never run with a pram nor a dog, maybe one day. 

As always thanks to all volunteers, your time and effort is appreciated. Please do add yourself to the register to volunteer. It is not onerous and everyone has a smile. 

Using the parkrun Volunteer phone app was easy. Once you have the app, follow the prompts and start scanning. Always runner first then token, I scanned nearly 45 runners, it is super rapid. Once you have finished the prompts send your results to the Run Director, really simple. It does speed things up for sure. 

A quick reminder that the parking wardens will ticket parkrun cars parked on the pavement on the Radford Road. If the car park is full then you will need to park elsewhere. OK let’s park the parking now. Here are the results from this week.

Written by Martin Brown (yes, this is also a volunteer position to write the run report)

 

 

Leamington Parkrun Event Number 429

22ndJune 2019

Portia Run Report (age 8 ½)

I ran with my friend Stephen who offered to pace me as I am looking to improve my PB. However my leg hurt so I couldn’t run my fastest. On the way around I talked to Stephen about random nothing things which I cannot remember. Er, giggle giggle, falling on the sofa “please Mummy stop it”.

I enjoyed it. That’s it. I am glad that Mummy added in the giggle bit.

Morgan Run report (age 8 ½ and two minutes)

A man was getting married so he came with his friends. They were wearing lots of multicolours.

I ran slowly because I felt sick. After awhile I felt better. I was sweaty at the end.

Eleanor Run report (age 21+ a bit!)

What a glorious day! The weather might have been unkind to us during the week but it was all sunshine and smiles on Saturday morning.

Everybody seemed to have a little lift in their steps and the atmosphere was, as ever, great. We turned up to volunteer and, as superheros for doing so, the superhero socks came out – just a shame that we couldn’t decide if we were Superman or Batman.

 

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The barcodes scanners set up early to enjoy the sunshine and then we were into the briefing.

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As a new departure we have been furnished with some shiny new white “bats” with “Quiet Please” – so in the future when these are out we should all observe and comply!

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Milestones this week were:

Richard Beattie and Helen McGowan doing their 50th.

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Ben in our JM11-14 category was doing his 100th (and he’s also managed 32 volunteer stints in his 100 run career making it an amazing 32% volunteer rate – how many of us can say that?)

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Abi Morton ran her 200th run at Leamington and there were 3 lovely people who shared their birthdays with the parkrun family.

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Finally a special thanks to the gentleman who was getting married that day who came out for a run in the morning (in a veil) to celebrate with us before the happy event – thanks for brightening our already sunny day!

When I got home I took a look at the results page – it’s changed! The jury is still out at our house as to whether we like the new format  - I wonder how everybody else is getting on with it?

One of the great things about Leamington parkrun is how inclusive it is and I’m especially blown away by the number of juniors we have, 25 under 10s this week – it really makes it a family event!

 

Here are the “Official” stats:

This week 602 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 44 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Julia FRY • Pete TEEVAN • Marti DHESI • Ian MCCLENAGHAN • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Megan EASTAUGH • Tim FILBY • Isabel COOPER • Katherine FILBY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Helen TWIST • Ian BAYNES • Emma TEEVAN • Bethany JACKSON • Sandrine WIGHAM • Luke BENNETT • Lloyd HARRIMAN • Louise ROBERTS • Abigail GEORGE • Francisco GOMES • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Alison CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Niamh MCCLENAGHAN • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Ellen KINZETT • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Katie STRATH • Ian BEASLEY • Matt CLARKE • Meena LEKHI • Peter BARFIELD • Rachel HAGENEY • Zoe SCANNELL • 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 16,494 participants have completed 142,534 parkruns covering a total distance of 712,670 km, including 23,247 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,601 individuals have volunteered 10,231 times.

 

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