Leamington parkrun is cancelled on 6 June 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Leamington parkrun #464, 15th February 2020 – The one with, or without Storm Dennis…

Three hundred and two people joined our special celebrity guest, Storm Dennis, this morning to complete one of the wetter, muddier parkruns of recent memory (which is saying something).

I’m not sure Storm Dennis actually arrived on time: it was possibly only his associates who joined us at the start line just in time to drop some relatively gentle rain on everyone, but he certainly passed me with some force (heading the wrong way) by the time I reached the back of the golf course, and then again down by the airfield.

Sadly, I understand he forgot his barcode, so his visit to Leamington will not be recorded. However, we did have multiple visitors this morning from Haywards Heath and Cardiff, amongst others. There was some debate about which is further from Leamington: our run director seemed to think it was Cardiff, but in fact it is…Haywards Heath (by around 18 miles as a parkrunner would travel – that’s 6 full parkrun distances for those who think in such terms). Cardiff is 105 miles from Newbold Comyn on foot, while Haywards Heath is 123. If you drive, of course, or go by train the distances vary and there may be more grounds for debate (and you will also probably arrive faster – unless all the transport infrastructure is being disrupted by our new friend.)

Having started to explore this topic, however, I couldn’t help noticing that today’s fastest runner, Steve Feltbower (17:55) had come from Falkirk, which is 312 miles from Leamington and thus renders the debate between Cardiff and Haywards Heath entirely academic…

The other notable feature of today was that we had no less than five people celebrating their 50th parkrun: Ben Tawney; Kersti O’Malley; Charlotte; Esther; Caroline Graham. This may be a record – according to those who know these things – and congratulations to all five.

IMG_3853We also had one 100th milestone (Ben Bennion) and two birthday runners, one of whom, Kharaiti Ram Lekhi - not pictured - celebrated their 72nd with a slip'n'slide around the Comyn!

This week 302 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Simon LUDFORD • David MURRAY • Mrs DOYLE • Lisa HARTILL • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • John W SMITH • Jonathan GRANT • Richard WALKER • Michelle HUTTON • Sue ROBINSON • Matthew ROBINSON • Zac CALE • Daniel CALE • Duncan ROBERTSON • Steven TAYLOR • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Sandra STOKES • Francisco GOMES • Ian DAVIS • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Jessica WOO • Antonio ALMEIDA • Matthew RHODES • Peter CULLINGHAM • Lauren DAVIS • Chris DAVISON • Emily DIXON • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Julie-Anna NEEDHAM • Mark EHLINGER • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Peter BARFIELD • Graham PATTON • Seb BARFIELD • Terence FITCH

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 18,338 participants have completed 159,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 796,160 km, including 24,968 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,791 individuals have volunteered 11,776 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.

 

Leamington parkrun #462

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The 462nd parkrun was business as usual, it had 46 volunteers. It was a bright and sunny morning, brighter and sunnier than usual. So bright and sunny, that if you were running west, you were also running the risk of having your eyeballs melted. However, this risk didn’t stop people from going to parkrun, causing there to have been 471 people at the run. This, however, was a reasonable amount of people, and so there were no (major) hiccups in the running of the event.

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49 new people decided to drag themselves out of bed at an unreasonable hour of the morning for a Saturday. 48 people seemed to have woken up in an athletic mood and somehow managed to outrun their past selves. The entire event was set up, run and un set up by 46 marvellous volunteers.

 

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These people being:

Tessa Lukehurst the grand, Sharon Litterick the magnificent, Malcolm Fry the strong, Harriet Ashworth the glorious, Julia Fry the fabulous, Richard Whitehead the splendid, Mrs Doyle the new Mary Berry, Marti Dhesi the majestic, Caroline Whitehead the awe-inspiring, Trevor Rothwell the amazing, Saty Kandola the breath-taking, John W Smith the stunning, Frazer Knowles the mind-blowing, Stephen Evans the extraordinary, Zac Cale the profound, Pete Thompson the even more fabulous, Ben Hewitt the elegant, Jamie Hanna the superb, Alistair Kirkwood the astounding, Jacob Oxtoby the spectacular, Lewis Oxtoby the fantastic, Helen Braithwaite the ok I guess, Jim Braithwaite the fine, Amy Hartill the unbelievable, Susan Woo the excited noise, Jessica Woo the exited noise 2, Eleanor Nabney the incredible, Morgan Nabney the wonderful, Portia Nabney the phenomenal, Steph Zoka the miraculous, Wilfred Evans the stupendous, Laura Ersek the berserk, Simon Odling the handsome, Mandy Barnett the gorgeous, Chris Davison the brilliant, Lynn Hussain the terrific, Sarah Brooke-Taylor the admirable, Grace O’Malley the astonishing, Josh Braithwaite the very normal, Georgie Acton the dramatic, Megan Barnes the humble, Jill Coates the heart-stirring, Jamie Finnegan the super, Fraser Whyte the monumental, Ayse Crossland the excellent and Terence Fitch the pretty cool.

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There were lots of milestones achieved this week with Amelia, Arran, James, Kyle and Sebastian running their 10th parkrun, Christopher CATTO, Edward NASH, Emma Jane BROWN, Grace PINK, Leon PRATT and Stephen DE BRUYNE running their 50th parkrun, Alison Ann GIBBONS running her 100th parkrun and Andrew ROACH running his 250th.  John W SMITH volunteered for his 25th time.

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And there were birthdays too!  Jeremy Pope and Katherine Filby ran in our birthday vests this week.

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Written by Josh (my son) who has just completed the volunteering for his Bronze DofE award and who gave today's First Timer's briefing.  Helen

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Here are the stats for this week:

This week 471 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 46 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Sharon LITTERICK • Malcolm FRY • Harriet ASHWORTH • Julia FRY • Richard WHITEHEAD • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Caroline WHITEHEAD • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • John W SMITH • Frazer KNOWLES • Stephen EVANS • Zac CALE • Pete THOMPSON • Ben HEWITT • Jamie HANNA • Alistair KIRKWOOD • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Amy HARTILL • Susan WOO • Jessica WOO • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Wilfred EVANS • Laura ERSEK • Simon ODLING • Mandy BARNETT • Chris DAVISON • Lynn HUSSAIN • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Grace O'MALLEY • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Georgie ACTON • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Jamie FINNEGAN • Fraser WHYTE • Ayse CROSSLAND • Terence FITCH

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 18,243 participants have completed 158,357 parkruns covering a total distance of 791,785 km, including 24,876 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,785 individuals have volunteered 11,683 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!

 

Poetry and parkrun

Almost 500 people ran in today’s 461st parkrun at Leamington – in fact exactly 498 – which suggests we’re not far off a Saturday in which the number of park runners exactly equals the run number, which would be a satisfying coincidence for those of us with a numeric bent!

We’ll come back to numbers at the end, but having seen the excellent ‘Ode to parkrun’ by Corrin Davies posted on the Facebook page on Tuesday, I thought I’d do a little digging into poetry and parkrun (I was almost tempted to attempt this run report in verse…. but only almost). If you haven’t read Corrin’s poem, here are the last two lines, which sum it all up rather well:

But we know our secret parkrun pride,
Slow or fast, we tried.”

It turns out that Corrin is not alone in being inspired to poetry by parkrun. There is in fact a whole sub-genre of parkrun poems out there. I was particularly impressed by one from Rugby (2017) in which their Run Director appears to have done the briefing not only in verse, but as a rap accompanied by music…sample: “So join us next week, you won’t regret it / I’d tell you the weblink, but you’ll only forget it.”.

And this is an extract from a slightly portentous one from Clumber Park: “So barcodes ready round we go / To our destiny let’s put on a show”. It sounds a little as if they still have dragons in Clumber Park, but at least the dragons will be able to keep track of their victims by scanning their barcodes.

There were no dragons today in Leamington, and despite all my poetry reading no poetic inspiration struck during my 25 minute circuit – although I’m convinced all the thinking about poems slowed me down and cost me at least 30 secs. I couldn’t resist a little parkrun haiku though….

Five hundred runners
through rain, snow, wind and mud. Look!
They are all smiling.

There were quite a few milestones today, most notably the Smith family (Paul, Oliver and Florence) who managed to arrive at 100, 50 and 10 simultaneously. Florence clearly held out longest before being captured by the bug.

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Boston and Florence ran their 10th parkruns, Andrew French, Helen EVANS, Jan Cooper, Mathieu Paoli and Oliver Smith ran their 50th parkruns and Carl Reed, Paul Smith and Robert Geraghty ran their 100th parkrun.  There were also several people running on their birthdays.

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And here are this week's stats:

This week 498 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Malcolm FRY • Mary CONNOLLY • Melissa ODLING • Marti DHESI • Kersti O'MALLEY • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Caroline PACK • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Zac CALE • Nicky DOCKER • Martin BENNETT • Jacob OXTOBY • Lewis OXTOBY • David WOO • Helen BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Coralie NEWMAN • Tommy O'MEARA • Lucas WAGER • Susan WOO • Steph ZOKA • Matthew RHODES • Mandy BARNETT • Lynn HUSSAIN • Kate MORSE • Daljeet BHACHU • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Grace O'MALLEY • Joshua BRAITHWAITE • Chloe MORSE • Oliver ODLING • Megan BARNES • Jill COATES • Simon GANDER • Jeff CAPPS • Peter BARFIELD • Seb BARFIELD • Terence FITCH

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 18,194 participants have completed 157,886 parkruns covering a total distance of 789,430 km, including 24,828 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,785 individuals have volunteered 11,637 times.