Girlguiding at Leamington parkrun #468

We are really spoiled this week as we have two run reports that have been written for us.

Girlguiding

This week, parkruns across the country were “taken over” by members of Girlguiding, who volunteered to marshal, scan barcodes, manage the funnel, make the tea & generally add a bit of Girlguiding sparkle. Many of our members, be they 5+ year old Rainbows; 7+ year old Brownies; 10+ year old Guides; 14+ year old Rangers or 18++ year old leaders, ran wearing uniform and/or neckers (scarves) to raise awareness of our organisation.

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All Girlguiding members promise to serve their community (amongst other things) & so today we ventured into the parkrun community & what an adventure it was! We were immediately welcomed into a friendly, inclusive & caring group, given hi-vis jackets & deployed to our various stations. I was signposted to the barcode scanning area, which turned out to be a very social role with runners ready for a quick chat having finished the run.

The early finishers were the muddiest & I’m guessing they didn’t have time to avoid the puddles/mudbaths out there. It was lovely to greet the family groups, especially those in Girlguiding uniform, many of whom were parkrunning for the first time, although I suspect not the last. We also had a few muddy encounters with dogs (& their owners) enthusiastically returning from their run.

One of my fellow Girlguiding leaders was a marshal & was amazed to see what a difference her cheering & encouragement made to the runners. In true parkrun style, the runners thanked her for her efforts, which felt odd to her seeing as they were the ones doing all the hard work!

parkrun environments are supportive places, where people achieve & talents are discovered. The benefits are physical, mental & social. I cannot help but compare this to Girlguiding, where all our members are encouraged to challenge themselves, developing skills & confidence to make a difference to the world around them. I hope you visited our Girlguiding table today & took away a leaflet. If not, please visit www.girlguiding.org.uk to find out more about the opportunities we offer.

In Girlguiding, we love collecting badges & were very pleased to award our Girlguiding Midlands parkrun Takeover badge to today’s Run Director.

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Girlguiding very generously provided Volunteers for this event.

Many thanks to these folk for their support; they truly did a fantastic job! It was great to see so many of them. This is an opportunity to remind ourselves that parkrun would not be possible without the army of volunteers each week. It truly amazes me that so many people turn out week after week to volunteer so that others can run. It also disappoints me that there are some parkrunners who run week after week but who have never volunteered. Come on people, it’s never too late!

This week’s run was held with the cloud of the Coronavirus hanging over us. Quite rightly we were reminded to take sensible precautions such as washing our hands thoroughly and keeping a social distance. We were also asked not to hand over our tokens and barcodes to the barcode reader volunteers but to leave them on the table so as to limit physical contact. All very sensible measures. We’ll just have to see whether parkrun falls victim to the cancellations of gatherings of large numbers of people going on around the world. It certainly looks likely it will before too long. If so, it certainly begs the question: what on earth are we going to do on Saturday mornings?! Some of us will have to find alternative forms of entertainment and activity. Anyone for a bike ride?

Whatever happens, everyone take care and look after each other.

I can’t finish the report without mentioning that we nearly started 75m further down the field before the errant start line was noticed. What a shame, we’d all have had better times! 336 runners are looking for the snitch!!!

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There were plenty of people running milestone runs today:  Brother and sister, Hugo and Matilda, and also Isobel ran their Junior 10th runs, Maria Dobson, David Spurling and Emma Baker ran their 50ths, Chris Davison ran her 100th and Lesley Virr ran her 250th.  There were also a couple of people running in birthday vests.

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The final word from Girlguiding,I know parkrunners love their stats, so here we are:

This week 337 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • David MURRAY • Nick TAWNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Laura GILFILLAN • Richard BARR • Sue ROBINSON • Lynn WARD • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Martin GITTINS • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • David CHANTREY • Lily MINTY • Jeremy POPE • Jessica WOO • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Liz COHEN • Gareth BROWN • Sue FITTON • Nari SANDHU • Jill COATES • Michael HARRIS • Diane GOUGH • Patricia JENNINGS • Ellie BRODERICK • Ellie YATES • Georgina RAWBONE • Morgan GORE

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 18,502 participants have completed 160,863 parkruns covering a total distance of 804,315 km, including 25,120 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,806 individuals have volunteered 11,949 times.

 

 

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For the current position regarding COVID-19(Coronavirus) and implications for parkrun events click here

 

Leamington parkrun #467, International Women’s Day, 7th March 2020

I feel extremely privileged to be given report-writing duties on the day that parkrun is supporting International Women’s Day. It was also a significant day for me, being as it was my 60th birthday and my 250th parkrun. Thank you to all those people who wished me “Happy Birthday” on the run today whilst wearing ‘The Birthday Vest’! What lovely people we have at Leamington parkrun.

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Richard ran with his children on Saturday

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Richard Barr and Alexander Buswell ran their 250th parkrun and Malcolm Fry ran his Minty 300 parkrun.  Richard Barr and Julia Fry also ran on their birthdays.

 

This Saturday, parkruns across the world marked International Women's Day – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. parkrun, with its agenda of inclusiveness, is a great platform for marking this event. Our own Leamington parkrun played its part fully with publicity on social media leading up to the day and the assembling of a mainly-female volunteer team. However, as if to prove that we all need each other, some males were recruited to complete the team!

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The first ‘Women’s Day’ was held in New York City in 1909. In 1977, the United Nations declared an ‘International Women's Day’, described as “a day each year when the world should celebrate, recognise and remember women and the accomplishments they have made to society.”

The International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is “I am Generation Equality”. All of us need to do whatever we can to help ensure that, before too much longer, campaigns like this are no longer necessary and that the only time unequal treatment is written about is in a history book. We can choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate everyone’s achievements. Great strides (to use running vernacular!) have certainly been made in many countries in recent years. Hopefully this progress will continue and other, less enlightened, parts of the world will catch up.

In the meantime, we can play our part in making this a reality. I have the upmost faith in the parkrun community to do this.

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Here are the stats:

This week 422 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Susie TAWNEY • Jackie BULMAN • Malcolm FRY • Julia FRY • Samantha LEE • Michael O'RILEY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Alison Ann GIBBONS • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Saty KANDOLA • Maggie BOWES • Jonathan GRANT • Gregan WARD • Lorraine PARSONS • Richard BARR • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Roz DOYLE • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • David WOO • Zoe BEALE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Claire RAWBONE • Louise LYLE • Lori BASKERVILLE • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Heather SIMS • Madeline BRAITHWAITE • Chris DAVISON • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Leon PRATT • Isaac PRATT • Grace O'MALLEY • Melissa FARNWORTH • Jennie DANIELS • Megan BARNES • Jamie FINNEGAN • Peter BARFIELD • Joanna PRATT • Ayse CROSSLAND

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 18,485 participants have completed 160,526 parkruns covering a total distance of 802,630 km, including 25,082 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,796 individuals have volunteered 11,906 times.

 

 

Leamington parkrun #465

For the first time in three weeks, we were not joined by a storm as we ran the 465th Leamington parkrun. Though it was a bit breezy.

I finished my volunteering here for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award today, doing the first timers'  briefing, timekeeping and writing this run report. I will continue to come, for there is a great atmosphere every week, and it’s very rewarding to help an amazing event run smoothly.

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Today, 552 people ran, jogged or walked the course, either tip-toeing around the puddles or thundering through them – either way, everyone had fun.

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Among these people were Mr and Mrs Chana, tourists visiting from their local Upton Court parkrun (nr Windsor), who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary by getting covered in mud. Here is a photo taken before they did so.

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Additionally, Chis Reay knocked a whole minute off his previous PB, getting the smashing time of 26:07. Afterwards, he was understandably shattered.

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We also had a fair few tourists, including the Whittaker family from Warrington and Weymouth.

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Simon Holleron, originally from Leamington, also joined us from where he now lives in Liverpool.

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Lots of people celebrated milestones, running today in a vest and now being able to claim their free t-shirt.  Isabella, Ben, Chloe and Theo ran their 10th parkrun today, Tony Rolf and Samuel Spurling ran their 50th, Paul Beckett, Steve Lamb and Melissa Farnworth ran their 100th, Mark Bastick ran his 200th and Sam and Michael Weaving got to wear the special Minty 300 vest today.

Nicola Hadley also celebrated her birthday by running in the birthday vest.

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parkrun is not only a great place to come and run around the course, it’s also a great place to volunteer, for DofE or just for fun. You can meet new people and make new friends. Despite the mud and the early start, it’s definitely worth joining in, whoever you are, and whatever speed you can run at.

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Thank you, as always, to the 38 volunteers that did everything from sign language and barcode scanning to the less glamorous job of washing the cones at the end.

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Here are the stats for today:

This week 552 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:

Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Trevor ROTHWELL • David JACKSON • Paul HAMPTON • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Anthony CLAYDON • Richard WALKER • Tim HURRELL • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Philippa SMITH • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Charlie ISHERWOOD • Jane BRANSCOMBE • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Daljeet BHACHU • Peter CROWLEY • Debra LEES • Helen VENN • Jill COATES • Rory SULLIVAN • Jamie FINNEGAN • Jackie WALSH • Krys PIETRECKI • Ayse CROSSLAND • Dena GALPIN

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 18,410 participants have completed 159,784 parkruns covering a total distance of 798,920 km, including 25,013 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,795 individuals have volunteered 11,814 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #463 – the one with the horse dressed as a superhero

 

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Congratulations to all who took part this week,  especially to those who were first timers and visitors. It seemed like a bigger crowd, 571 recorded participants, perhaps due to Warwick Racecourse parkrun being cancelled because of the racing today.

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Even bigger congratulations to all who achieved milestones today. Isobel ran her 10th, Sue Bull ran her 200th and to all those who were running their 100th  well done – These are fantastic achievements.

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Today could have been tricky for us… One of my children felt very ill this morning, the other was taking her time to get ready, we’ve had a very busy week and it felt like this could be hard work for a Saturday morning. We decided that despite everything that was going on we all wanted to go to parkrun, although, some of us might watch rather than run. This was mainly so we could see our parkrun friends, especially Kiran who was celebrating her birthday this week. Happy birthday Kiran!

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Every week I am glad that we make the effort. My apparently ill child instantly perked up and decided she was going to run once she had seen her friend. Chatting to another friend we noted how our kids were actively volunteering for cross country races at school as attending parkrun had given them the confidence that they could do it and a love for taking part in sport. Not something that was instilled in me as a child!

We had a leisurely run this week, stopping to chat with the farmer at the top of the hill about the new white chickens and also the new ducks in the next enclosure. We spotted a horse wearing what looked like a super hero mask chatting to some other horses. We sang a few lines of Let it go until we couldn’t remember the words so we gave up and started a small conga line instead. Thanks to our friend Jamie we had some maths questions on the way round which I’m sure are harder to answer when running but it is improving all of our times tables. Once we reached the doubling back part of the winter route we sprinted and each week it amazes me how fast my kids can go when they try.

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So from not being sure if we were even going to be able to run this week, we completed the course and we had a lovely time. It was great to hear during the briefing that there may be a parkrun starting in Kenilworth soon and if anyone wishes to volunteer to support this then contact leamington@parkrun.com. Congratulations to Lewis Roberts and Verity Thompson the first recorded male and female runners to finish, to all who achieved PB’s and congratulations to everyone who took part, particularly if, like me, your morning did not start well. Thank you to all the volunteers ho make park run happen every week and see you all next week. Here are this week’s stats:

This week 573 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 48 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Andrew HIGGINS • Liz SALTER • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Saty KANDOLA • Chris RAWCLIFFE • Richard BARR • Lynn WARD • Rosie CALE • Zac CALE • Emma JONES • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Verity HILL • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Alison CHANTREY •Coralie NEWMAN • Dawn BARR • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Lucas WAGER • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Charles WAGER • Eileen DONNELLY • Rachel GOLDSMITH • Grace O'MALLEY • Melissa FARNWORTH • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Caroline GRAHAM • Warren CULLEN • Victoria CULLEN • Jackie WALSH • Jenna BECKER • Terence FITCH • Ali FOX

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 18,304 participants have completed 158,930 parkruns covering a total distance of 794,650 km, including 24,959 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,789 individuals have volunteered 11,730 times.

 

International Women’s Day 7th March

On 7th March 2020 Leamington parkrun are joining parkruns all over the country in showing their support for International Women's Day 2020.

We'd love to have an ALL WOMAN volunteer team on the day so sign up now by emailing us at leamington@parkrun.com with your barcode.  Alternatively, bring along a female friend, family member or a work colleague, especially one who has never been to parkrun before, to run, jog, walk or cheer at Leamington parkrun.As always, our parkrun event is open to everyone, but we want to encourage as many females as we can to attend this special #IWDparkrun, whether this is through volunteering or participating.

So, let's encourage girls and ladies to come along and join us at this event and make it a day to remember!

 

Beautiful day for Leamington parkrun #460 18th January 2020

This was a truly beautiful day for a parkrun. It was cold and a little icy at times but the sun was shining, giving us some much needed vitamin D and a great start to the day.

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Our 460th Leamington parkrun saw 501 people (and a number of dogs) taking part and was, as always, organised perfectly by all the volunteers – thanks for all you do! The first timers briefing had a few attendees and we had visitors from Rugby, Daventry and South Africa. There were several birthday runners and those celebrating milestones. Congratulations to all especially Katharine Giblin who was running on her 50th birthday with some of her family and chatted to me on the way round.1 1st briefing 2 briefing 3 milestones

We headed up to the start of the winter route and after the 3,2,1 countdown we were off. Unfortunately most of the tracks were still muddy rather than set hard in the ice but for those of us who are slower it gives the opportunity to slow down to go around the puddles so I’m certainly not complaining. As the runners thinned out we saw a couple of horses and riders who joined us for part of the route and we cheered on lots of our parkrun community as we ran. Every week I am struck by how friendly everyone is. From the course marshals showing us where to go, cheering us on, and sometimes gently encouraging us to run when we get distracted by talking. All the participants who either cheer on those who overtake them or encourage those they overtake. Even the chicken farmer at the allotments at the top of the hill had a chat with us today and offered to sell us some of his chicken’s eggs. Hmm...perhaps the marshals are on to something, maybe I do spend more time talking than running...

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The view from the top of the hill was breath-taking and we could see the lead runners ahead of us over the way. We dodged a few icy puddles whilst running through the forest although this did slow us down slightly when my kids wanted to stop and break the large chunks of muddy ice they found.

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Spotting the tail walker approaching us gave us a renewed sense of purpose and off we went for a slightly muddy sprint finish. I’m not sure my run times are ever going to get faster but I have made some lovely friends through parkrun and feel like I have had lots of good muddy fun with my kids so they want to come back and do it again next week. Congratulations to Frazer KNOWLES and Corinne MOSS who were the first recorded male and female over the line this week and well done to everyone who recorded a personal best or had fun in the mud. Here are some pictures from the run:

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Thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to make Parkrun possible. If anyone would like to volunteer in the future have a look at the future roster page for the different roles and contact Leamington@parkrun.com to ask questions or to offer to help.

Today's run report written by: Caroline Graham

[Additional note from today's RD: We had an incident today where a runner suffered a nasty foot injury just before the finish: several members of the core team and volunteer team responded excellently to attend to this runner, Saty Kandola was first on the scene, but I'd like to thank one particular parkrunner (who admittedly I'd selected as the youngest/fittest/strongest looking runner nearby!) who's assistance was fantastic - initially helping David Chantrey and me carry the injured runner back to the pavilion, but eventually taking over and single-handedly carrying him back.  Thank you to 'German Fernandez Ferre' - only having completed his 2nd parkrun today!  If ever you need carrying home - he's the man!  Jonathan.]

This week 501 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Sharon LITTERICK • Susie TAWNEY • Mary CONNOLLY • Ann CRAWSHAW • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Lisa HARTILL • Timothy WADSWORTH • Marti DHESI • Alice WEBBER • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Lesley VIRR • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Matt LEYDON • Sarah HARRIS • Brian WARREN • Zac CALE • Jamie HANNA • Luke BENNETT • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Jane OLIVER • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Florencia BREA • James CRICKMORE • Mandy BARNETT • Chris DAVISON • Emily DIXON • Rachel GOLDSMITH • Rosie Jo LEONARD • Grace O'MALLEY • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Jill COATES • Michael HARRIS • Caroline GRAHAM • Seb BARFIELD • Ayse CROSSLAND

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 18,149 participants have completed 157,388 parkruns covering a total distance of 786,940 km, including 24,769 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,781 individuals have volunteered 11,594 times.

 

#458 Mrs D hits her 400th Volunteer Stint! Wow!

Kate “Mrs Doyle” Jackson A170593 was asked 8+ years ago by her son Jason, whether she’d like to make a few cups of tea for the 50/60 runners who will turn up on a Saturday morning. She makes a crackin cuppa as that 50/60 now averages 400+
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Kate (yes, Mrs Doyle is not her real name & she’s lived a double life for quite a few years!) is the life & soul of Leamington parkrun. Kate has battled through cancer twice and is currently going through further treatment. She is always the first to arrive and usually the last to leave; she also, through the week, collects bits and bobs for our infamous free post parkrun cafe.
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Mrs D is well known across the parkrun world and met the founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt on a couple of occasions.

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What with her son, Jason, proposing to Natalie on NYD, you could say parkrun is firmly fixed as part of the Jackson family routine!
There’s nothing better than flogging your guts out on the parkrun to then be met with a smile, a chat and a belter of a cuppa.
We’re aware of transfer fees to take her to Stratford or Warwick Racecourse parkruns but putting it simply - ‘she’s not for sale!’.

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From all of us at parkrun Kate, THANKS and here’s to the next 400 volunteer slots!

Here are the Stats for this week....

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Event number 458
4th January 2020

This week 494 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Tony FOSTER • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Harriet ASHWORTH • Julia FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Alice WEBBER • David JACKSON • Jonathan GRANT • Lorraine PARSONS • Stephen EVANS • Ian BAYNES • David OXTOBY • Roz DOYLE • Bethany JACKSON • Jacob OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Coralie NEWMAN • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Martin PAXTON • Susan WOO • Wilfred EVANS • Penny RUSBRIDGE • Gurvinder JAUHAL • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Georgie ACTON • Oliver ODLING • Jack HINTON • Samuel LEDSHAM • Charis GRAHAM • Paul HARRIS • Peter BARFIELD • Nikolay CHERKASOV

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 17,996 participants have completed 156,204 parkruns covering a total distance of 781,020 km, including 24,685 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,767 individuals have volunteered 11,508 times.

 

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. 
Thank you Marshal!
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 #456 “2019: It’s a Wrap”

Well there we have it another year of parkruns over, and parkrun just goes from strength to strength. Hard to believe that 13 runners and a couple of volunteers going out for a ‘time trial’ run one October Saturday morning in Bushy Park has now led to this global phenomenon.
Leamington was the 77th event to set up and now there are over 600 in the UK, and now over 1000 across the world.
2019 was an amazing year - in June we hosted a GP practice day and now we’re officially linked with 6 GP practices across the area (we even got on BBC Midlands Today for it) and one of our parkrunners led the research into the impact of linking GP surgeries and parkrun; he continue to host ‘5k Your Way’ a Cancer Support Group with a difference (they always meet on last Saturday of the month - as they did on Saturday - come along and chat); we helped launch Warwick Racecourse parkrun (we like to think of this as our 2nd child after Stratford parkrun) - a great addition to the family; we hosted all the local running clubs for a jamboree of colour and noise and will do the same in May 2020.

What we, your core team, love more than anything is hearing all of the personal, individual stories, our average time is getting slower meaning more and more people who probably wouldn’t normally run/walk are taking part. Well done to you all. In 2019 we had 26,495 runs covering 132,475kms (over 82,000 miles) but this could only have been achieved with the help of 2178 volunteers (what other local organisation can boast that many volunteer stints).

Well done all of you for the joy, warmth, and life changing moments you bring to the community- we couldn’t do it without you!
I’d personally like to thank our wonderful core team - Helen (your other Co-Event Director), Susie, Saty, Tess, Jonathan, David, Jeremy & Sarah (your Run Director’s) and not forgetting the additional wonderful help of Kate (aka Mrs Doyle), Simon and Malcolm who help out tirelessly along with many others.

The family & community that we’ve all created is simply a joy in good times and hard times. As we approach New Years Day we’re all reminded of our wonderful friend Richard Minty who we lost last New Years Day. We will pause together on NYD to remember our wonderful Mr Minty (the reason for our Minty 300 vest).
So to this week gone - another wonderful sloppy, mud-fest but the sun came out to remind us of how lovely the Comyn is with the sun. Well done to those achieving milestones 100, 200 and 250, well done to those doing No.1 and starting their journey, well done to those who volunteered for the first time.
So NYD, the only day in our calendar when you can get a double on the day (drive carefully) so many will be at Rugby, Brueton or Stratford for a 9am run to then come to Leamington for a 1030am start. IT WILL BE BUSY- so park sensibly. No run in Warwick or Coventry.
We’ll see you in 2020 - we’ll be starting junior parkrun’s in the area soon - in Coventry and in Warwick (more details to come but that’s for next year)

Thanks all

Kevin Baskerville 42BBE391-E458-4ADB-B160-A71F2406457B

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