Ludlow parkrun #223

Thanks to Croft Ambrey Running Club for providing all of the volunteers, the excellent pacers and this run report.

When parkrun started back in 2004 it was originally called the Bushy Park ‘Time Trial’. This focus on time remained until the name ‘parkrun' was adopted in 2008.

In those early days the average time recorded was around 22 minutes. 17 years later the average time is closer to 32 minutes. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of parkrun has said that one of the things that he is most proud of is that every year the average finish time has slowed.

It could have been very easy for those early time trials to become races for a select group of accomplished runners. The fact that they didn’t means that parkruns attract a wonderful diversity of runners and abilities.

Running clubs like Croft Ambrey face a similar challenge - and opportunity. We’ll thrive as long as we welcome runners of all abilities - and find ways to help them run a little bit faster and a little bit further (and have fun while they’re doing it).

Whilst we don’t run a ‘couch to 5k’ programme, we know that, if anyone is capable of running a parkrun, (and particularly Ludlow!), they’ll enjoy the variety of training and expert advice we can offer.

parkrun’s inclusivity has meant that it’s become a part of the wider running community. Fast runners targeting PB’s and speeding around are embraced as much as those looking to improve their fitness and loose weight.

To help show the breadth of abilities in Croft Ambrey we had ‘Pacers’ helping runners to achieve times ranging from 25 to 39 minutes.

All of our Pacers had at least one runner focussed on their time - with a few sprinting to the line at the end to make sure they got those few extra seconds.

It was a special morning for us as we celebrated one of the club’s founders, Bryan Markham’s 100th Ludlow parkrun - at the age of 81!

Thank you to the whole Ludlow parkrun team for making Saturday mornings special for so many people. We hope we helped just a little bit.

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Huw WILLIAMS • Simon CAREY • Teresa GREENHALGH • Angus KIRBY • Simon NORWOOD • Gemma DAVIES • Kelly BOWEN • Louise REYNOLDS • Simon DIXON • Guy WHITMARSH • Theresa JONES • Tom DAVIES • Louise REEVES • Poppy GILES • Charlotte BROADHURST • Nikki DOHERTY • Stephanie KING • Lisa GRAY • Suzanne FIELD • Roland PREECE • Joanne TILBY • Liza AUSTIN • Sonia GEORGE • Clare PREECE • Adam GRAY • Stuart AUSTIN • Eric APPERLEY • Hayley COLEBATCH • Fynnley MORRIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ludlow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Tessa ROBINSON who recorded a time of 19:51 on 26th March 2016 (event number 7).
The male record is held by Alexander LEPRETRE who recorded a time of 15:56 on 14th August 2021 (event number 210).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth BOWERS who recorded 85.41% (24:06) on 14th July 2018 (event number 121).

Ludlow parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 4,465 participants have completed 18,878 parkruns covering a total distance of 94,390 km, including 3,317 new Personal Bests. A total of 438 individuals have volunteered 3,630 times.

 

Ludlow parkrun run report #221

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Ludlow parkrun run report by Louise Woodvine but through the eyes of our dog Dora Woodvine (Working Cocker Spaniel age 7 months)
Last week my Mum and Dad left me at my Nan and Grandads house as they were in London and went to Clapham Common parkrun but this week they promised they would take me back to Ludlow park run. I’ve volunteered once and ran there twice before and so couldn’t wait to go back again.
Mum woke me up at just after 7am and I knew we were going to parkrun as we didn’t go for a walk and she bundled me straight into the car. I fell back to sleep in the car and woke up just as we were going over the bridge in Ludlow – I knew then we were nearly there. It was raining lots and that made me think there would be lots of mud and water to jump and splash it and I couldn’t wait.
We pulled into the carpark and Mum made me wait in the car for a while until the rain passed. Dad went off to report into the Run Director as he was barcode scanning after running and he mentioned something about it being his 100th time that he’d volunteered. I think that’s a good thing as he had big round of applause when they mentioned it at the start.
At 8:50am Mum got me out of the car and I was so excited as we walked to the start. I remember seeing Teresa and Ros both in their Halloween fancy dress – they looked ace! I also saw my mates there – a black Labrador and a black cockerpoo – I never remember their names but we had a quick sniff and a kiss before the Run Director, Jamie Symonds, started his speech. He was very brave as he looked about the same age as my big sister. I sat still and listened to him until we heard the magic word “GO”.
This is the best bit as we start running up the hill – there was so many good smells and so many sticks that I wanted to carry but Mum kept dragging me on. We have to be careful in places as there are tree routes that we have to run around. As we made it back to where the finish area is located, I started really running and pulling Mum down the hill towards the corner. As we made our way up the hill for the first time I couldn’t believe my luck with all the ditches filled with water and mud. I really wanted to stay and play but again Mum kept dragging me away and shouting “come on, pooch”. I would then sprint again but Mum couldn’t keep up with me and so I’d have a sniff and try and play in the water again. My favourite bit this week was going down the muddy hill into the dip of doom -so much mud! I pulled Mum all the way back up again to the finish area and we then did another lap. Before we knew it we had 100 meter to go and I pulled and pulled and we finally finished in just over 31 minutes. I dived straight into a pool of water for a cool off – absolutely bliss and then shook all the water off myself at all the lovely volunteers. Mum keeps going on about that it was pb for me and her but to be honest, if she hadn’t held me up we could have run a lot faster.
There were 91 finishers today. 1st female was Alice Godding in 22:06 and 1st male was Oliver Perratt in 17:38. Peter Morgan made his parkrun debut today finishing in 8th place – well done Peter and welcome to parkrun. There was also quite a few tourists to from Sheffield, Dewsbury, Tewksbury, Bridport, Devon and Shrewsbury.
Thankyou Ludlow parkrun and I can’t wait to visit again!

This week 91 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Matt THOMAS • Louise Estelle WOODVINE • Simon CAREY • Teresa GREENHALGH • John MILNER • Angus KIRBY • Simon DIXON • Rosalind BOOTH • Stephanie KING • Darren EDWARDS • Tim LLOYD • Adam GRAY • Jamie SYMONDS • Michelle SYMONDS • Sally HAYNES • Pete CONWAY • Sharron BOOG-SCOTT • Patricia CONWAY • Karen THOMPSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ludlow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Tessa ROBINSON who recorded a time of 19:51 on 26th March 2016 (event number 7).
The male record is held by Alexander LEPRETRE who recorded a time of 15:56 on 14th August 2021 (event number 210).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth BOWERS who recorded 85.41% (24:06) on 14th July 2018 (event number 121).

Ludlow parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 4,435 participants have completed 18,686 parkruns covering a total distance of 93,430 km, including 3,291 new Personal Bests. A total of 428 individuals have volunteered 3,581 times.

 

Ludlow parkrun #219 Run Report

Thanks to Sophie from down the A49 in Ross (well worth a visit btw) for writing this week’s report.

On a lovely, misty, Autumn morning we set off to travel to Ludlow.

What a beautiful location for a parkrun, this has to be one of my favourites. There was plenty of parking and a warm welcome from volunteers and other runners. It definitely felt like there's a strong community here.

We had a first timers briefing from a lovely couple and their spaniel, thank you for making us feel so welcome (maybe see you at Ross on Wye parkrun soon).

We were visiting from the Ross/Monmouth area, but we heard there was a runner visiting from Bushy park whose completed 600 parkruns......wow! We did see a 500 t-shirt fly off into the distance. Looking at the results this was Richard Fletcher, who has actually ran 675 parkruns!!

A really enjoyable course through Mortimer Forest, undulating, on a mixture of single tracks and fire tracks. It was pretty dry today, but would think it gets a bit muddy in winter! Trail shoes at the ready. The course was really well marked and there were friendly marshalls around to give a cheer of encouragement. We enjoyed taking it easy and taking in the scenery in the lovely forest, very peaceful. There were lots of people running with their dogs, so a good course to bring your fluffy friends.

Today, was my 50th tourist parkrun in a row, I've vowed to break the streak at 50 and Ludlow parkrun was a fantastic one to end on. Although there was a runner in attendance today whose streak is over 100.....now that's commitment to the tourism journey.

A special thanks to all the high vis hero's out today, without these guys our weekly events wouldn't be able to go ahead, everyone appreciates your time and efforts, thank you! There's always lots of opportunities to volunteer and parkruns are very welcoming to new volunteers, so why not give it a go!

Back to Timekeeping for me next week, thanks Ludlow parkrun for a lovely morning, hope to see you again one day!

This week 89 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Matt THOMAS • Louise Estelle WOODVINE • Simon CAREY • Teresa GREENHALGH • Sarah HALL • John MILNER • Angus KIRBY • Paul BASKEYFIELD • Harriet DEARDEN • Simon DIXON • Rosalind BOOTH • Guy WHITMARSH • Tom DAVIES • Neil TAYLOR • Poppy GILES • Darren EDWARDS • Michelle GILES • Maisie HALL • Sophie WILLIAMS • Sally HAYNES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ludlow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Tessa ROBINSON who recorded a time of 19:51 on 26th March 2016 (event number 7).
The male record is held by Alexander LEPRETRE who recorded a time of 15:56 on 14th August 2021 (event number 210).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth BOWERS who recorded 85.41% (24:06) on 14th July 2018 (event number 121).

Ludlow parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 4,375 participants have completed 18,489 parkruns covering a total distance of 92,445 km, including 3,266 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 3,542 times.

 

parkrun’s 17th Birthday Event number 217 2nd October 2021

Touring is great, but voluntourism is much better.
Visiting my sister Holly, near Kington, she mentioned that Ludlow was her nearest parkrun despite her not doing it until today. Unable to run at the moment she was more than happy for me to email in could she tail walk, I am glad I joiner her walking as I don’t think my legs would have thanked me.

A small but quintessentially a proper off the beaten track forest that sets the perfect scene for Ludlow parkrun, even if the clouds were grey and the air wet. The words ‘Undulating’, ‘nice downhill’ and ‘tree roots’ always end up in some why-did-i-agree-to-this or what-the-hell-was-I –thinking being repeated out loud, but that is where the fun always begins.
Feeling so small in amongst the tall pines, observing the variations of green as Autumn is settling in, and the friendly, chatty & encouraging marshals on a Saturday morning. Where else would we all be? Our first finisher, Oliver Perratt in 18:06 along with first female finisher, Natasha Dent in 23:06 plus all 93 participants knew exactly where to be! Throw into the mix 9 PB’s on a tough course on a very weathery day – Well accomplished!
As tailwalkers it is often that sometimes alarms clocks do not go off or there is a bizarre shortage of Fuel going on, and on the 1st of the 2 big loops we had a couple of late comers, who apologised for not knowing which 9 in the day it was. It happens.
Each and every one of you made it to the finish and in one piece, which meant the volunteers could finally warm up and dry off on the way to one of the best Post parkrun coffee spots, Ludlow Brewery. As a kind of disused station geek, it was lovely to see the old GWR goods shed have a new lease of life with original station clock.
Thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time to allow this week’s event to go ahead, but also for saying hello and being welcoming & inclusive. So much so, Sparkley Chatty runners have a new recruit and no doubt Ludlow parkrun will also have a new volunteer regular. Until, I visit next time, stay safe and keep parkrunning!

This week 93 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Tina CARTWRIGHT • Matt THOMAS • Louise Estelle WOODVINE • Simon CAREY • Kerry EASTWOOD • Holly EASTWOOD-DUNWELL • John MILNER • Sandy ROSS • Wendy BOOKER • Simon DIXON • Rosalind BOOTH • Tim GILES • Neil TAYLOR • Darren EDWARDS • Mike BENDING • Michelle GILES • Trudy MACKLIN • Emily GOULD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ludlow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Tessa ROBINSON who recorded a time of 19:51 on 26th March 2016 (event number 7).
The male record is held by Alexander LEPRETRE who recorded a time of 15:56 on 14th August 2021 (event number 210).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth BOWERS who recorded 85.41% (24:06) on 14th July 2018 (event number 121).

Ludlow parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 4,347 participants have completed 18,321 parkruns covering a total distance of 91,605 km, including 3,229 new Personal Bests. A total of 419 individuals have volunteered 3,501 times.

 

Ludlow #214

Event number 214
11th September 2021

This week 85 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Simon CAREY • Paul BASKEYFIELD • Ann BASKEYFIELD • Sandy ROSS • Simon DIXON • Rosalind BOOTH • Peter LINES • Tim GILES • Poppy GILES • Nikki DOHERTY • Darren EDWARDS • Michelle GILES • Pete CONWAY • Patricia CONWAY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ludlow parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Tessa ROBINSON who recorded a time of 19:51 on 26th March 2016 (event number 7).
The male record is held by Alexander LEPRETRE who recorded a time of 15:56 on 14th August 2021 (event number 210).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth BOWERS who recorded 85.41% (24:06) on 14th July 2018 (event number 121).

Ludlow parkrun started on 13th February 2016. Since then 4,299 participants have completed 18,082 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,410 km, including 3,202 new Personal Bests. A total of 409 individuals have volunteered 3,444 times.

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