Spa Striders Volunteer takeover, Leamington Parkrun # 439

Look!  No plastic waste!

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Leamington parkrun has bitten the bullet and is no longer providing plastic or polystyrene cups for drinks from the café.  We managed to get the message out to about 80% of our participants who turned up with their own mugs, cups or bottles.

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Please pass the message on so the word gets out to everyone and please don’t hassle our lovely Mrs Doyle if you forget your drinks container.  She does a fantastic job in the café and we don’t want her upset.

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Spa Striders were a very big presence at Leamington today and we are very grateful to them for their volunteer takeover.  They provided no end of volunteers for the event and brought their lovely gazebo for the scanners to sit underneath.

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They are a great club so if you want to improve your running, think about joining them or Kenilworth Runners (my club) or one of the other fantastic running clubs in our area. Other running clubs may want to raise their profile by doing a volunteer takeover too.  Or you could volunteer as an individual – have a look at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/leamington/futureroster/to see where there are gaps on the roster that need filling.

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A big thanks to Eleanor Nabney for adjusting some of our hi-vis vests so they fit our younger volunteers and for making an amazing fluorescent ‘jacket’ for the bollard near the start of our run.

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Despite it being Kenilworth Half Marathon tomorrow, an amazing 577 people came to take part in Leamington parkrun today.  The sun shone brightly, it was warm out and Callum Hanlon managed to complete the 5K in 16:35.  It was his first time at Leamington and only his third parkrun in all; we hope to see him again sometime.  But we love and are proud of each and every one of our runners so well done to everyone who completed the course (and get well soon to Nick who had a tumble.)

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Lots of runners achieved milestones this morning:

Edward ran his 10th parkrun; Judith Pollacco, Tess Robinson and Jane Eastbrook ran their 50th parkrun; Isabella Mitchell and Melanie Edwards ran their 100th parkrun and Helen Burnett and Simon Heath both celebrated special birthdays: their 50ths!

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And here are the stats:

This week 577 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 56 volunteers:

Jo FLEMING • Elizabeth DRAPER • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Kathryn RATTRAY • Sean LONERGAN • Jude BAUM • Nigel FOX • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Jason HEMMING • Mrs DOYLE • Pete TEEVAN • Rebecca LONERGAN • Trevor ROTHWELL • Bethan GWYNN • Daniel FLEMING • Robert EGAN • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Doug RATTRAY • Jack GAMMON • Matt LEYDON • Richard BARR • Abi MORTON • Catherine BARHAM • Brian WARREN • James WARREN • Emma TEEVAN • Katherine LAMBETH • Catherine FRIGGENS • Chris MCKEOWN • Martin BENNETT • Steven TAYLOR • Asher GURAM • Verity HILL • Claire MURPHY • Helen BRAITHWAITE • David CHANTREY • Billy MORTON • Mary SINCLAIR • Jeremy POPE • Patrick JAMES • Helen PUGH • Anne-Claire BENNION • Emma BISH • Rose BENNION • Joseph MCCULLAGH • Eileen DONNELLY • Florence GAMMON • Claire WESTROPE • Jules BENNION • Jill COATES • Margaret WEBSTER • Isla MORTON • Louis WYATT • Jay MADAN • Xavier FLEMING

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 17,142 participants have completed 147,768 parkruns covering a total distance of 738,840 km, including 23,851 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,674 individuals have volunteered 10,690 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #437, 17th August 2019

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With the weather being unpredictable all week, it was a great treat to run the course without the rain pouring down or any significant wind. It was my first time ever running Leamington parkrun and I was happy to know that after the field start, the ground was much like my home parkrun Daventry albeit a little wet and muddy from the rain. I can’t say I felt the same when I saw the hill but who doesn’t love a challenge on a Saturday morning?! Well, this week apparently 493 runners, joggers and walkers loved the challenge, 76 of them were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. With representatives of 42 different clubs taking part.

Daventry Road Runners were out in force at Leamington parkrun this week to promote their 10k Race on Sunday September 22nd. You may have noticed the purple wigs on the photographer and the club chairman.

I wanted to give a special shout-out to one of the first timers this week Merryn who I ran with for the last 1.5km. Despite a stitch early on and being a junior who has never run 5k before, and saying she had no energy left at the end of a tough 5k, she found an impressive sprint for the finishing 100m and left me and her responsible adult fending very much for ourselves. 

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The event was made possible by 51 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Nick TAWNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Saty KANDOLA • Ruby BHACHU • Milly COLE • Emma TEEVAN • Mark WAINWRIGHT • Martin BENNETT • Claire DAY • Stephen TRAYNOR • Jade LETTS • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Bill LILLY • Paul BARKER • Lizzie ROURKE • Helen PUGH • Catherine TAYLOR • Neil METCALFE-SHEPPARD • Joseph WAINWRIGHT • Anthony BAKER • Tejay DE KRETSER • Ian BEASLEY • Dominic TRANTER • Daljeet BHACHU • Kathleen HEALY • Lizette HUMMEL • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Alison NIXON • Jennifer BRADY • Claudia HUMMEL • Annie BRYAN • Rachel TEMPLE-FRY • Lorna WAINWRIGHT • Juan MARTIN • Simon PACKMAN • Julie SMITH • Jill COATES • Paul ELWELL • Margaret WEBSTER • Judith POLLACCO • Lucy WAINWRIGHT • Peter BARFIELD • Neesha MEMETOVIC • Louis WYATT • Rebecca COUCH • Rohan MADAN • Jay MADAN

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Another shout out to the milestone runners, we had Finlay, a junior runner who has now completed 10 parkruns, Alex BLOWER and Jane BRANSCOMBE who reached the big 50, Heather SIMS on an impressive 100, and Stuart GREENWAY who ran his Minty 300.  Although not a recognised milestone there was also Julian M BOON who has done a whopping 379 parkruns and this was his first at Leamington. Congratulations to everyone who took part this week though. The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Leamington parkrun Results Page.

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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 17,013 participants have completed 146,666 parkruns covering a total distance of 733,330 km, including 23,721 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,666 individuals have volunteered 10,589 times.

 

 

Leamington parkrun Number 427

 

What a difference a week makes!  Leamington parkrun #426 had 733 parkrunners making their way around the Comyn on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning.  This week, in a very different season (full-on English Summer), 285 brave souls made they around in conditions that a certain RD colleague of mine would have relished (cough, we missed you Tessa)!

Leaving the weather aside for a moment, we were joined by 8 parkrunners from Westport, County Mayo and the Mayor of Leamington, Councillor Bill Gifford, all of whom came bearing gifts.

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Our Irish tourists were presented with badges emblazoned with the town crest, and in turn our very own Kevin was presented with a mug, on which is his mug (he’ll need a strong coffee to drink from that)!

Mrs Doyle was presented with a rather fabulous kitchen apron complete with the name of her eponymous charity funded café – as well as all the ingredients for a traditional post-parkrun Irish Breakfast.

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And then, there was a briefing!!  Eventually, we got to the milestones and believe it or not, this is 10thparkrun milestone, Dylan before his run!   Also reaching milestones this week were Ann Crawshaw and Keith Phillips who reached their 100thparkrun and a trio of Birthday Ladies completed the milestones for run #427!

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Don’t know if I’ve mentioned that it was a little bit damp and muddy, but I hope these guys found the mop before Mrs Doyle saw the mess they were making dripping mud in her café!

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Fun fact for the day, Peter Barfield apparently received his lowest ever finish token, coming in at #282, that’s him on the right, no, not the one with the rather fetching umbrella. Peter was performing tail-walking duty!

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And here are the stats for this week:

This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Nick TAWNEY • Chris MCGOVERN • Adrian WIGHAM • Mrs DOYLE • Ben TAWNEY • Simon PERKIN • Olivia Rose FARRELL • Jonathan GRANT • Iain MCLAUGHLIN • Lucy MARCOVITCH • Roger FAGGE • Tara FAGGE • Catherine BARHAM • Emma TEEVAN • Sandrine WIGHAM • Sue MARTIN • Stephen TRAYNOR • Alison CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Jeremy POPE • Amy HARTILL • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Catherine TAYLOR • Jane BRANSCOMBE • Chris DAVISON • Jan BUCKLEY • Kevin SUMNER • Ian BEASLEY • Karen PARKINSON • Nicholas SILLITO • Anne LOVE • Aitzi MARCO • Pierre PASCAL • Richard DONNACHIE • Frances OSBORNE • Jill COATES • Meredith LAING • Paul ELWELL • George LAING • Peter BARFIELD • Zoe SCANNELL • Freya LAING

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 16,380 participants have completed 141,394 parkruns covering a total distance of 706,970 km, including 23,133 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,588 individuals have volunteered 10,138 times.

 

Leamington Parkrun #425 by Meredith Laing

Out came the sun, out came those bare legs for many months hidden under leggings and tights, and out came 675 runners, joggers and walkers for the 425thLeamington parkrun.

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Conditions were good on the course.  The first four finishers all bagged new PBs as did a whopping 97 other runners, and we had 67 first timers, including former 5k world record holder David Moorcroft OBE (his world record for the 5,000m was 13.00.41 although admittedly without golf course hill to climb – although that is something for our faster runners to aim for ….)

It was also the inaugural Leamington event for 5k Your Way, a fabulous group for people living with or beyond cancer, and friends and supporters, to help with taking that step to get out there, get active and walk, jog or run 5k in a supportive and understanding environment with people who understand a bit of what cancer sufferers are going through.

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Don’t forget it’s Pink parkrun next weekend: 4 laps for those crazy enough to try it, wearing pink, starting at 7am.  There will be a raffle to raise funds for Breast Cancer.

 

According to George Bernard Shaw it is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics, so for those of you of that look forward to them so much, here they are:

This week 675 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 100 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers:

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Malcolm FRY • Steven Christopher ATHERTON • Mrs DOYLE • Frank WALSH • Lisa HARTILL • Ian MCCLENAGHAN • Kersti O'MALLEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Olivia Rose FARRELL • Karen HIGGINS • Richard WOODHEAD • Alexander CRAIG • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Rachel PURDON • Roz DOYLE • Chris MCKEOWN • Martin BENNETT • Sandrine WIGHAM • Stephen TRAYNOR • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Mary SINCLAIR • Amy HARTILL • Lizzie ROURKE • Steph ZOKA • Catherine TAYLOR • Emma BISH • Madeline BRAITHWAITE • Matilda DOYLE • Chris DAVISON • Leon PRATT • Isaac PRATT • Mark DOCKER • Aitzi MARCO • Bonny LANDSBOROUGH • Jill COATES • Meredith LAING • Margaret WEBSTER • Ilona STEPHENSON • Spencer FOYLE • Glen DAVIES • Zoe SCANNELL • Willow PRATT • Joanna PRATT

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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 16,261 participants have completed 140,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 701,880 km, including 23,037 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,577 individuals have volunteered 10,051 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #414, 9th March 2019

A windy, sunny and rainy morning welcomed the 563 parkrunners at Leamington today. Welcome to all new parkrunners and tourists. Hope you enjoyed our flat run with an undulation as I recently heard it described.

Big congratulations to Sam (who came third this week - wow!) and Michael Weaving on a father and son 250th parkrun, a fantastic achievement.  Congratulations also to Emma Teevan and Philip Voyias who ran their 50th parkrun too.

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Thanks as always to all volunteers including our tail walker who came super prepared with headphones and a Moby playlist in hand. Don’t forget Hi-viz heroes are always needed. Please sign up at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/leamington/futureroster/

I love the attraction that parkrun has become and was delighted to spot yet another neighbour and his son running (I think) for the first time. That makes more than 50% of my neighbours participate in parkrun, probably about the most common thing between us. Thank you parkrun.

Congratulations to everyone who participated, see you at Leamington soon.

Martin.

(Addition by ED:  Happy 50th Birthday to Jonathan, one of our Run Directors, today 10th March)

 

Here are the statistics for the week:

This week 563 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Susie TAWNEY • Malcolm FRY • Juliet JEE • Mrs DOYLE • Jane BAILEY • Philip HOUGHTON • Elaine SHERWIN • Rebecca LONERGAN • Robert GREENWAY • Stuart GREENWAY • Oliver George EVANS • Saty KANDOLA • Olivia Rose FARRELL • Martin BROWN • Jonathan GRANT • Laura CALE • Zac CALE • Martin BENNETT • Stephen TRAYNOR • David CHANTREY • Federico BOTTA • Philippa SMITH • Niamh MCCLENAGHAN • Mary SINCLAIR • Jeremy POPE • Susan MORTON • Mark WILSON • Lynn HUSSAIN • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Georgie ACTON • Julia WHITE • Malissa WEATHERBY • Stuart HARDIE • Meredith LAING • John DOYLE • Rebecca BIRCH • Emma Jane BROWN • Deborah LEAHY • Iona WOOD • Stewart WHYTE • Carole STOCKMAN • Summer STACEY • Freya LAING

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 15,533 participants have completed 133,826 parkruns covering a total distance of 669,130 km, including 22,003 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,520 individuals have volunteered 9,552 times.

 

 

Leamington Parkrun #413, 2nd March 2019

Although the weather started dark and dreary the beaming sun did eventually come out to congratulate the 535 runners who completed Leamington parkrun #413. There are also congratulations due to the 76 people who recorded new PBs and to any milestone runners. We hope that everyone running for their first time enjoyed the experience and would look forward to returning for even more runs in the future!

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As this run report marks the end of my volunteering for DofE I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who provide a kind and pleasant atmosphere each and every week, and who are the core part which enables Leamington parkrun to function and be enjoyed by the thousands of runners who have run it.  If you haven’t volunteered before, I would highly recommended maybe taking a break one week to help make Leamington parkrun possible. Don’t worry, it still feels just as rewarding to know that at least a few people’s day was made because of your help! 

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On the other hand, if you haven’t run before but have volunteered on numerous occasions you should really get your trainers on one week and take part in the morning run, you might not find it fun but you will find it extremely accomplishing and will keep going back out there to try and get that quicker time. If you don’t like running then don’t run, just walk or jog it and take your time to enjoy the park, the exercise and the fresh air. In my case, even though my DofE is completed, I will no doubt be back to run the course, as I have yet to complete it, and will definitely try to take some time to volunteer every few weeks and help to keep Leamington parkrun going strong!

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Well done to everyone who participated this week. We hope you return for the next run!

James.

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Here are the stats:

This week 535 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible thanks to 41 volunteers:
Clare HINTON • Malcolm FRY • Jason BURTON • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Mrs DOYLE • Trevor ROTHWELL • Bev STEPHENS • Jane PERKIN • Stewart UNDERHILL • Steven KNOWLES • Jonathan GRANT • Paul RUTTER • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Imogen Melanie BEASLEY • Stephen EVANS • Abi MORTON • Ross CAWS • Zac CALE • Amanda MALES • Ben SHIRT • Eileen DONNELLY • Billy MORTON • Niamh MCCLENAGHAN • Jeremy POPE • Patrick JAMES • Wilfred EVANS • Emma BISH • Zoe CAWS • Ian BEASLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Sarah BROOKE-TAYLOR • Peter CROWLEY • Mark DOCKER • Kemi SONUGA • Richard DONNACHIE • Simon PACKMAN • Penny SPOONER • James MOFFATT • Richard MOFFATT • Iona WOOD • Jamie FINNEGAN

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 15,492 participants have completed 133,263 parkruns covering a total distance of 666,315 km, including 21,951 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,513 individuals have volunteered 9,509 times.

 

#dirtisgood – Leamington Persil parkrun #408

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This was definitely a run with a difference – firstly we were all greeted by cheery Persil-logo’d sponsors as well as Marshalls with new Hi-Vis blue vests giving out stickers with barcodes and numbers on them – Persil are the newest sponsors to parkrun and obviously Leamington’s reputation for being quite a muddy run had gotten out as they decided to take photos at our run for the #Dirtisgood campaign that they are running.

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At the briefing we were treated to the unveiling of the “Minty” running bib which was commissioned to remember and celebrate one of Leamington parkrun’s biggest supporters – Richard Minty who we lost on New Year’s Day. This bib is for running a 300th parkrun as Richard had recently completed this magnificent milestone. He will be missed but his presence will be felt at every parkrun where he will be joining us in spirit. We even have a few people coming close to this momentous milestone so we anticipate seeing it on the course very soon!

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There were a number of obstacles out on the course this week, mostly flags and automatic cameras where the biggest puddles were, some of them were the actual photographers who were scattered around the course taking further photos. One of the run directing team even gave Persil a step-by-step guide on how to get muddy (I refer to the Facebook post from 20/01).

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Another obstacle was the newest padlock that had been put onto the bottom of the golf course hill which parkrun didn’t have the key for. This meant that we had to circumnavigate the tarmac and climb the hill over the muddy slippery slope. Personally I secretly believe that Persil came out and changed the locks just to ensure that people got as muddy as possible so that we could properly test their product, but that is a personal opinion and is no way to be seen as an opinion of Leamington parkrun or the worldwide parkrun organisation!

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We had 64 first timers to Leamington parkrun and 36 newbies to parkrun altogether – we look forward to them coming along and swelling the parkrun family ranks.
4 Juniors earned their 10 tee-shirts Ester, Sophie, Finn and Lewis – congratulations!
We also had 7 people running their 50th: Matt Leydon, Rob Sciacaluga, Lynn Ward, Simon Packman, Carl Reed, Ian Beasley and Francisco Gomes – funnily enough I only got photos of two, we clearly have 5 very shy parkrunners who didn’t want to be photographed getting their bibs!

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Stephen Traynor ran his 150th and I’m putting in a special plug for him as he paced my daughter who “shaved” a whopping 1 minute and 38 seconds off her PB this week by running with him – thanks Stephen. To complete the milestones Martin Cable ran his 200th!

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A final thank-you to the three new volunteers this week and a congratulations for supporting this awesome event – and all those of you who haven’t volunteered yet please make it a New Year’s resolution to do so.

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Eleanor

Here are the stats:
This week 643 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:

Sarah BARFIELD • Malcolm FRY • Dee GRAHAM • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Julia FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Deborah CHRISTMAS • Trevor ROTHWELL • Caroline PACK • Saty KANDOLA • Trevor GRAHAM • Willie FOSTER • John HALL • Sarah RICHARDS • Matthew CHEVASSUT • Lorraine PARSONS • Nicky DOCKER • Steven TAYLOR • John MOORE • Stephen TRAYNOR • Zoe BEALE • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Ian KIMBERLEY • Emma WILSON • Jeremy POPE • Eleanor NABNEY • Steph ZOKA • Martin OSICKA • Lynn HUSSAIN • Alex BEAN • Aditi SHENVI • Ira WINTER • Andrew MURRAY • Jill COATES • Meredith LAING • Meena LEKHI • Annika STECHEMESSER • James MOFFATT • Jacob LILLIE • Deborah LEAHY • Iona WOOD • Summer STACEY
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 15,254 participants have completed 130,676 parkruns covering a total distance of 653,380 km, including 21,582 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,479 individuals have volunteered 9,287 times.

 

Leamington parkrun #407 12/01/2019

Waking up this morning to the cold and drizzle, the last thing most people
want to do is drag themselves out of the house to the park. Except clearly it
wasn’t! 607 of us plus an able band of volunteers did exactly this. An
incredible number if you ask me! Twelve days into January it is clear that
those get fit New Year Resolutions are going well. I could speculate as to
why this could be, perhaps it’s people’s desire to get rid of those excess
pounds post the festivities of Christmas. Perhaps instead it is just not
late enough into January for people to have already failed in their New
Year's resolutions. Or perhaps, just perhaps, it is because of the
incredibly addictive nature of parkrun, which draws runners of all kinds
from recent “graduates” from couch to 5k programmes, semi-occasional
runners who run occasionally to keep up fitness as well as the serious guys
definitely not racing at the front of the event every week. A note from me
to the guys and girls who like to treat parkrun as a race, of which I very
much include myself in that category. parkrun only happens because of the
volunteers. It is down to these guys that we have the opportunity to test
our fitness every week on a timed 5k course. If like me, before today, you
have never got round to volunteering, please do. There are a number of
roles where you can both run and volunteer, pre event setup and post event
set down to name just two. Or perhaps volunteer on a taper day. It’s really
important to ensure that parkrun is able to continue running in the future.

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A big congratulations to those that completed their 50 or 100 milestones
out there on the course today. Also congratulations to anyone who completed
any other significant milestones. But perhaps the biggest congratulations
should be reserved to the parkrun first timers. A scarcely believable 84
people made it round the Leamington course for their first time today, and
whether they were tourists or first timers at any parkrun, a massive well
done for getting round the course and surviving THAT hill. For those of you
whom Leamington is your local parkrun, the regulars at parkrun would love
to welcome you back in the future! We hope you’ve caught the parkrun bug
like so many of us!

Tom

Editor's note:
Well done Tom on being first home at Leamington parkrun today!

Here are the stats:

This week 607 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Colin BAILEY • Malcolm FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Marti DHESI • Thomas William STONE • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Stewart UNDERHILL • John W SMITH • Jonathan GRANT • Elliott DU BOIS • Tara FAGGE • Ross CAWS • Rosie CALE • Zac CALE • Jamie ROBINSON • James HAMPSHIRE • John MOORE • Stephen TRAYNOR • Michael WOO • Verity HILL • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Jim BRAITHWAITE • Simone LESTER • Alison CHANTREY • Emma WILSON • Eileen DONNELLY • Jeremy POPE • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Chris DAVISON • Zoe CAWS • Lynn HUSSAIN • Peter CROWLEY • Simon PACKMAN • Ira WINTER • Chantal GARMAN • Jill COATES • James MOFFATT • Jacob LILLIE • Deborah LEAHY

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 15,190 participants have completed 130,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 650,165 km, including 21,511 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,474 individuals have volunteered 9,244 times.

 

Leamington parkrun # 403 – A festive frolic

When the alarm goes off at 7.35am on a Saturday morning, I can think of at least 17 reasons to stay in bed: single digit temperatures; the five (or was it six?) festive pints I gulped the night before; and not forgetting, the thought of that hill, which I’m convinced gets steeper each week. Nevertheless, after a bucket full of tea and a tussle with several layers of - oh so, flattering - Lycra, Team Beasley was on its merry way to the spiritual home of parkrun. Somewhat against the odds, I even managed to liberate a grunting teenager from her slumber to partake in some yuletide barcode scanning; the lure of treats from Mrs Doyle’s legendary café may have swayed the decision.

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Of course, the last parkrun before Santa arrives is always extra special. And, shortly after 9am, the eager throng of runners were unleashed to play in the glorious mud. Today was never going to be about chasing down a PB but I was still a little bemused to be overtaken by an elf, several Santa imposters, and not one, but two Christmas puddings.

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My 49th Park Run was also my fourth foray into the wonderful world of volunteering. As an added bonus, like many of the volunteering roles, I still got the chance to run. Two birds, one stone. Now, it’s perhaps a little premature for New Year’s resolutions but in 2019 I endeavour to join the one-in-ten club (of which currently I am the only member) and commit to volunteering for at least one in every ten runs. Do-able right?

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Well, that’s it for me in 2018 but I look forward to seeing you fresh-faced or bleary-eyed on New Year’s Day. Have a wonderful Christmas you lovely people.

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Ian Beasley

And, here are the stats…
This week 464 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Sarah BARFIELD • Clare HINTON • Susie TAWNEY • Mrs DOYLE • Deborah CHRISTMAS • Marti DHESI • Ben TAWNEY • Trevor ROTHWELL • Simon PERKIN • Saty KANDOLA • Jonathan GRANT • Melanie Joan BEASLEY • Imogen Melanie BEASLEY • Michelle HUTTON • Stephen EVANS • Jamie ROBINSON • Ben SHIRT • Verity HILL • Ian JAMIE • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Alison CHANTREY • Joe CHANTREY • Emma CHANTREY • David CHANTREY • Emma WILSON • Tommy O'MEARA • Jeremy POPE • Christine HARDY • Martin CARTY • Eleanor NABNEY • Morgan NABNEY • Portia NABNEY • Wilfred EVANS • Richard GROVE • Chris DAVISON • Ian BEASLEY • Lynn HUSSAIN • Anne LOVE • Frances OSBORNE • Jill COATES • James MOFFATT
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 14,870 participants have completed 127,862 parkruns covering a total distance of 639,310 km, including 21,269 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,454 individuals have volunteered 9,075 times.

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Leamington parkrun #400

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It was a huge day at Leamington parkrun – our 400th run; our event started 7 and a half years ago. Councillor Coker and Ann Hill (Warwick District Council) joined us to celebrate.

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Some of the runners who were at Leamington parkrun #1

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There's always plenty of cake at Leamington parkrun, thanks to our very own Mrs Doyle (Kate).

This day was celebrated by almost 400 people from 26 different clubs. The weather was nasty but that did not stop 28 people from getting a personal best.

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Our hero of the day was a young lady running her first parkrun since having a bone marrow transplant, with her mum who was also running her 50th parkrun. In true parkrun spirit, many Leamington parkrunners stayed to cheer her across the finish line.

Freddie Loveday finished first today. He also ran in the first parkrun on the 23rd April 2011, aged 12 and his time has improved by 7 mins 5 secs in the 7 years he's been running here.

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Robin Morton ran his 250th run today and celebrated with some bubbly.

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Rob Greenway (pictured right) amazingly ran his 300th parkrun and his 200th parkrun at Leamington - it must have taken some engineering to accomplish that at our 400th event!

We are very grateful to Warwickshire Search and Rescue, whose members are volunteering at parkrun throughout December.

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Event Directors, Kevin and Helen, with Warwickshire SARS.

Written by Marcus, DofE volunteer

Here are the stats:

This week 390 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Tessa LUKEHURST • Pauline DABLE • Sarah BARFIELD • Clare HINTON • Malcolm FRY • Nigel FOX • Hartwig BUSCH • Susan COX • Kevin BASKERVILLE • Julia FRY • Mrs DOYLE • Deborah CHRISTMAS • Andrew HIGGINS • Marti DHESI • Trevor ROTHWELL • Saty KANDOLA • Robert EGAN • Doug RATTRAY • Matt LEYDON • John COOPER • Helen TWIST • Tara FAGGE • Marcus WINSER • Dexter TEALE • Jamie ROBINSON • Chris MCKEOWN • Duncan ROBERTSON • Stephen TRAYNOR • Ben SHIRT • Helen BRAITHWAITE • Lily MINTY • Jeremy POPE • Morgan NABNEY • Richard GROVE • Kemi SONUGA • Georgie ACTON • Thomas WILLERS • Jane EASTWOOD • Penny SPOONER • Jill COATES • James MOFFATT • Jacob LILLIE

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 14,802 participants have completed 126,685 parkruns covering a total distance of 633,425 km, including 21,195 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,442 individuals have volunteered 8,950 times.

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