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.



Run 153: Sun day parkrun

Those of you who have only been running with us for a few months might have been confused by the hot yellow disk in the sky. Our health & safety advice has changed from beware puddles to beware ankle-twisting rutted mud.

More seriously, it's the season to remind all to make sure they have topped up their fluids and breakfasted (slightly) before they leave home (or grab a pre-run water from Mrs Doyle).

OK, enough advanced nutrition advice.

349 runners turned out, of whom 27 were brand new to the parkrun cult and 13 visiting from other parkruns. 103 of you recorded new Personal Bests. If we remove the first timers from that, it means exactly one in three of us got PBs yesterday. What a difference a bit of sun makes!!!

Men's placings:

  • Lewis FAGGE (JM15-17) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:30 - 7th time in 17 appearances.
  • Steven FORD (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:06 - was first to finish once before.
  • Christopher BLAKE (SM25-29) of Stourbridge RC, was third over the line in 18:23.

Women's placings:

  • Clare HINTON (VW35-39) of Spa Striders RC, was first (48th overall) over the line in 21:25 - second time in 28 appearances.
  • Elaine SHERWIN (VW40-44) of Leamington C and AC, was second (57th overall) over the line in 21:43 - has been first to finish on 23 previous occasions.
  • Anouk MOLLIEX (VW35-39) of Leamington C and AC, was third (72nd overall) over the line in 22:31 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

  • Michael Elmhurst WILLIAMS (VM55-59) was graded 78.55% for the time 19:44 (16th overall).
  • Jonathan INGRAM (JM10) was graded 78.36% for the time 21:43 (56th overall).
  • Lewis FAGGE (JM15-17) was graded 78.29% for the time 17:30 (first overall).
  • Alison TAGGART (VW65-69) was graded 78.27% for the time 27:32 (207th overall)

This week we had had 26 running clubs represented. We have invited all the local running clubs to adopt a parkrun. Kenilworth Runners will be running the running on 29th March and we have another couple of clubs penciled in for May and June. Any other clubs want a go? Please get in touch. (And club stats fans will be excited by the new consolidated club report - a by-product of the recent system upgrade. This example is Kenilworth's - other running clubs are available!)

Last month's parkrunner of the month, Wendy Irwin, got her bright new Sweatshop trainers (only slightly) dirty yesterday! See photo.

Says Wendy: "Over the past few years I have lost 6 stone without exercise. I currently have back and hip conditions which restrict what exercise I can do. As a New Year's resolution I decided that I needed to do something, my friend mentioned parkrun to me, and I thought, why not give it a go. So, 1st Saturday in January I dragged my husband with me and we did our first. When I'd finished I felt shattered and in pain, but felt a real sense of achievement, two weeks later our boys joined us, and now it's a family event and we encourage and support each other."

Also congratulations to Nat Dellar, who somehow found time alongside her regular volunteering (12 times in eight months), to run her 50th parkrun AND bring in a celebratory cake. The run directors would like to congratulate Nat on her wonderful achievement and encourage everyone else to emulate. We liked the 50 runs too!

Here is some very old lost property. please claim soon before it gets donated!

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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)



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).

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