This Saturday’s parkrun

This Saturday's parkrun will be run in memory of Rob Berry who, as you will be aware by now, very sadly passed away after completing the London marathon on Sunday. Rob had run Newbury parkrun a number of times, and a lot of our runners have asked us to pay tribute to Rob this week. Rob was running the marathon for the National Osteoporosis Society, and the society are very kindly sending us some collection buckets and flags through. We would like to celebrate Rob as we remember him - happy and full of life. If you would like to wear blue with orange "accents" (the colours of the National Osteoporosis Society) then that would be great (but obviously entirely optional).

We would like to send our continued love and support to Rob's wife, Gwen, and his two young children.

rob

 

New Year’s Day parkrun

Bring in the New Year with Newbury parkrun!

We are pleased to be holding a special parkrun at 10:30am on New Year's Day. This should be plenty of time to ensure any hedonistic antics from the previous night have been slept off, and also enough time to get even the most sleep addicted children to the start line on time!

For anyone looking for an extra challenge, you might like to consider a "parkrun double" on New Year's Day: Andover (Link), Basingstoke (Link) and Swindon (Link) are all hosting their events at 9am, so there should be enough time to do both without breaking any speed limits.

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful 2013 of parkrunning - and here's to an even greater year of success in 2014!

champagne

 

Christmas Day parkrun

Newbury parkrun is holding a very special festive run on Christmas Day at 9am! Runners are encouraged to come dressed as festively as possible, and Santa Claus has sent Mrs Claus herself to deliver special stockings to all juniors who run or volunteer at the event. We hear rumours of medals in these stockings!

We'll aim to start punctualy so you can get back to your festivities (there should be time to get to 10am church services, too).

What better way could there be to starting Christmas Day?

See you tomorrow morning, and a very happy Christmas to all parkrunners!

Rachael Elliott (Event Director)

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Newbury parkrun Event #87: 14 September 2013

Those cold, drizzly September mornings. They're not conducive to parkrunning. Or are they?

With heavy rain and some of the coldest temperatures we've had at parkrun since spring forecast, we predicted our numbers might suffer this week. After all, opening the curtains to grey skies and that horrid meteorological condition we can only describe as "omnidrizzle" is more likely to make us dive beneath the covers for some extra sleep than leap out of bed and try to break a 5k personal best. Or is it?

Well, it seems that those of us who live in West Berkshire defy human nature - as 9am approached, we were faced with 391 enthusiastic faces who were raring to run. Anyone who tracks our weekly attendance will instantly know that this is a new attendance record. Moreover, our previous record was on our "special" Jubilee event (which attracted a number of visitors) so to have 391 turn up for a normal event on a normal September morning is quite stunning. We know we should now hit the 400 runner mark in a matter of weeks which would be amazing and testament to just how addictive running has become in the Newbury area! Our statistics also tell us that we are now just five runners away from having 3,500 runners registered at Newbury parkrun - could next week be the week we cross the 400 runner barrier and have over 3,500 runners registered?*

* Lots of runners means lots of cars. Our car parks are now getting rather full each Saturday, so please read the note at the end of this report regarding car parking.

Before we started the run today, we had some T-shirts to present. We continue to be extremely sorry about the supply problems with the T-shirts which are largely affecting the junior 10-club T-shirts. We have absolutely no control at all in the T-shirt distribution, but we know that parkrun HQ are doing their very best to try and get T-shirts out to their very worthy recipients as soon as possible.

We've had his 10 T-shirt for quite a while, but today was Diarmuid Laverty's first parkrun since June. Diarmuid is one of the many pupils from Mary Hare School who participate in parkrun, and he has been away since June due to school holidays. Diarmuid's first parkrun was run exactly a year ago when he ran 25:26 on his first outing. However, in his tenth parkrun in June, he ran a highly impressive 20:40 - that's nearly five minutes off his debut time! Well done Diarmuid, and here's to a similar improve curve over the following year.

Diarmuid Laverty
Diarmuid Laverty: 10 Club

Next, it was the turn of Guy Watts to receive his "50 club" T-shirt. A member of Team Kennet, Guy has been a regular of Newbury parkrun since it started, but actually started his parkrun career in Basingstoke in February 2009. At nearly five years to earn his 50 club T-shirt, we have a feeling his next 50 runs will come a little quicker than the previous 50! However, his speed at earning his 50 club t-shirt is certainly not mirrored in his running: Guy has been first to cross the line nine times, and has an impressive personal best of 16:44 - the eleventh fastest time run at Newbury, and second fastest in his SM35-39 age category. Well done Guy!

Guy Watts
Guy Watts: 50 Club

Sara Philo was next to be presented with her "50 club" t-shirt. Sara is a member of the Newbury Runners group, and ran her first parkrun in June 2012. Her first run was completed in 35:15 and, following her debut, she notched up seven personal bests on the trot and got her time down to 30:40. Her dedication to training has now seen her time reduce to 27:21 - there can't be many of us who can boast a near eight-minute improvement in less than a year! With Sara's enthusiasm, we don't think it's presumptious to assume that Sara will soon see her times get below the magic 25 minute barrier! Congratulations, Sara!

Sara Philo
Sara Philo: 50 Club

Team Kennet's Mike Sheridan was the next worthy recipient of his 50 club T-shirt. Mike is one of our regular faces at parkrun, and also a frequent winner of the weekly "age graded" score competition with his results frequently earning him a score >80%. Indeed, his personal best of 19:40 equates to an age graded 83.73% - highly impressive indeed (and equates to a 24 year-old running 15:24!). Mike kept it a secret until post-parkrun coffee, but it was actually his birthday yesterday - and what better present than a 50 club T-shirt?! We also hear that Mike achieved his ultimate birthday present the following day - he ran a sub-40 minute 10k at the Victory 10k in Portsmouth (39:47) . Congratulations and happy birthday, Mike!

Mike Sheridan
Mike Sheridan: 50 Club

Finally, David Wright of Newbury AC also received his 50 Club T-shirt yesterday. However, David missed the presentation due to being delayed with his family and collected his shirt after the run. David ran his first parkrun in Andover in 2011, and has a Newbury parkrun personal best of an impressive 18:57 (ran at his first ever event!). David is one of our most travelled parkrunners, and has run 12 different parkruns boasting parkruns such as Llyn Llech Owain, Newport, Southwick and Conkers to his name. The picture below is a library picture of David from September, but we couldn't allow his face not to feature!

David Wright
David Wright: 50 Club

In today's runfirst timer Alex Muir (SM20-24) of Newbury AC put in a highly impressive debut run to cross the line first in 16:50 - a time which puts him as second in the SM20-24 age group and sees him as the fourteenth fastest runner ever to complete the Newbury course. Alex Hanson (JM15-19) of Team Kennet shares the same personal best as Muir, but yesterday came in in second place in a still highly creditable time of 17:34. Sadly, the runner who finished in third place today was barcodeless so unfortunately was not credited with a time today.

Amongst the ladies, Sheena Keates (VW35-39) of Runnymede Runners claimed her third first place out of four appearance at Newbury in a time of 19:53. Bev Hall (VW45-49) of Newbury AC took second place in 22:54 with Mai Brown (JW14) of Team Kennet taking the final podium spot in 23:10. We should also mention Sheila Marshall (VW55-59) of Newbury AC whose time of 23:46 equated to today's highest age graded score of 79.38%.

However, aside from the top finishers, there were some equally noteworthy performances elsewhere in the field today. We'd like to give Michael Phillips a mention: it was Michael's first run at Newbury, although he has 58 parkruns to his name. Michael's regular parkrun is Bushy Park in London (the home of parkrun), but we note that among his parkrun credentials he has a run at the US-parkrun, Livonia parkrun, on his list of events. Sarah Nangle, a Southampton parkrun regular, was also running Newbury for the first time and ran her fastest parkrun since May on the paths of Greenham! In total, there were 75 new personal bests. Kate Grieves and Ian Colcomb were two of those who were particularly happy to run new best times, with Debbie Studart pleased to finally get under 30 minutes again. We also noted that Lisa Ludewig ran her first parkrun today (which actually surprised us - Lisa is such a regular volunteer!), as did Adam Carr - well done to both of you! We're always interested in your own stories and hearing of your personal achievements, so please keep letting us know, either via our Facebook page (Link) or by emailing newburyoffice@parkrun.com.

We have to give particular thanks to the wonderful team of volunteers today. We've had a few challenges with the results recently (through no fault of anyone) but yesterday's results were uploaded extremely swiftly and, thanks to the technical expertise of parkrun HQ, also went online quicker than we can remember! Thanks therefore to Cheryl Langford, Dave, Samuel and Arthur Cheney, (the legend that is) Bob Phillips, Debbie Futcher, Sue, Paul and Ellie-Rose Bennett, Debbie Futcher, Harry Sullivan, Jo Amor, Karen Grinsted, Matt and Lauren Brown, Matt Walters, Mike Sheridan, Paul Grant, Paul Hendry, Richard Disney, Steven Nelthorpe, Mark Shepherd and Stuart Davidson. We also had Matt Walters and Karen Grinsted taking photos (which are available to view on the Facebook page: Link).

This year's points competition is now well underway. Karen Grinsted is is still leading the ladies' competition with 8,030 with Carrie Collins sneaking into second place with 7,291 points. Monique Amor remains in third place with a score of 7,024 points. In the men's competition, Karen's husband Mike Grinsted is leading with 8,290 points. Rob Saunders is in second place with 7,994 points and David Stratton remains in third place with 7,240 points.

After 87 events, 3466 athletes from 176 athletics clubs have now completed 20,610 runs on the Newbury parkrun course, running a cumulative total of 103,050km. The women's course record is held by Susie Bush who ran 17:49 in event #68 on  and the men's course record is held by Gareth Watkins who ran 15:44 in event #64 on 6 April 2013. The age graded record is held by Sandra Bowers who recorded a 95.78% in event #41.

After the event, we go to the wonderful Coffee Exchange on Greenham Business Park for wonderful home made food, tea and coffee after each parkrun. Please try and make it part of your regular Saturday morning parkrun routine and join us to chat about running, life, or even share stories about the old US Airforce base! Coffee Exchange have opened especially for Newbury parkrunners, so it is important we continue to support it. If you haven't heard about them, the cafe makes absolutely legendary rock cakes (which are normally still warm when we arrive as they're now having to bake extra ones on Saturday morning!). They have to be eaten to be believed!

Don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest Newbury parkrun chat through our Facebook page (Link) and via Twitter (Link). We're also always looking for more volunteers (and don't forget you get extra points each time you volunteer!) so please email newburyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested in being added to the volunteer database (and it is only right to be able to give some of the people who help each and every week a chance to run sometimes). We are also currently looking at people who would like to have a go at being a Run Director. This doesn't mean you have to organise the whole event - just be around to ensure all volunteers know what they're doing, can give a little talk before the run and just oversee the running of the event. You don't even have to process the results! Please take note of the following announcements:

  1. ***NEW*** Car Parking: Please note that our car parks are now getting extremely full due to the (brilliant!) number of runners we're now getting. If you could review your own travelling procedures (including running/cycling to parkrun or car sharing) that would be great. Alternatively, if you arrive a little earlier for parkrun, consider parking in the car park outside Coffee Exchange and using the run from the cafe to the parkrun as a warm-up (it's almost exactly a mile - a perfect warm up distance!). If you're coming from North Newbury, you could also consider using the car park at the control tower and jogging to the start as a warm up. Just keep up the considerate parking behaviour, and we'll be sure to keep other users of the business park happy.
  2. Points competition: Note that the points competition has changed slightly in the new Newbury parkrun year. The runner who is first across the line receives 300 points, second place 299, third place 298, etc. This means the points distribution is fairer, and we should only need to go into the one point per runner territory if we get more than 300 runners of a single sex at parkrun (this hasn't happened yet!).
  3. The start: Whilst we know it is natural human behaviour to want to start as close to the front as possible in order to get a watch time which matches the master timer. However, please do give consideration to fellow runners and start in a position in the field which best represents the speed you feel you are going to run. We had an incident this week where a runner fell at the start, and runners' (natural) keeness to get away at the start almost led to the lady being trampled on badly.
  4. Parking: We now have parking at the English Provinder Company thanks to Paul Hendry. We're extremely grateful to the EPC for allowing us use of their facility, but please ensure you follow the car park marshal's orders as we're not allowed to use all of it. Ensure you do not drop litter and treat the facility carefully.
  5. Running with dogs: We love the fact that people run with dogs! It is a joy to watch so many canine friends obviously enjoying the run as much as their owners. However, if you are going to run with your dog, please ensure you fit your dog with a harness rather than a collar. This is for their own comfort. If you'd like to learn more about running with dogs (or even want to go "up a gear" and try cani-cross racing) then the Cani-Cross UK website provides a wealth of information for you to get started. Note that from now, runners will only be allowed to run with a maximum of one dog.
  6. Registration: A number of people have asked where their t-shirts are for the 10, 50 and 100 clubs. It is vitally important that, if Newbury is your regular parkrun, you ensure you are registered to it as your "home run". If you don't and you don't specify where you would like your t-shirt to be delivered to, it will, by default, be delivered to the event where you are registered and it can take some time before we can arrange handover or for the shirts to be rerouted. You can update your details at anytime by following the link on the weekly parkrun newsletter.Any suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome to newburyoffice@parkrun.com.

Although we are now out of nesting season, it is still extremely important that you respect the flora and fauna of the area. This means keeping your dogs on leads at all times, and particularly avoiding the area known as the "Fire Plane" which is to the west of the start area (and clearly marked with signs). To find out more information about the wildlife on the common, please refer to the downloadable leaflet "Welcome to Crookham and Greenham Common" which provides an excellent summary. Note that control of the common is about to be handed over to the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (from West Berks District Council) so it is imperative that we keep up our good behaviour; respecting other common users and always taking litter home.

See you next week!

Rachael Elliott (Event Director)

 

Results issue for event #85 (31 August 2013)

We're sorry to say that we had a number of issues with the results today and, in order to make them as accurate as we can, we would be very grateful if you could email us at agentsmith77@gmail.com with your name, time and (if you happen to know it) your finishing position and we'll try and work things out.

In the meantime, put your feet up, enjoy your Saturday and don't keep pressing refresh on the results page for some hours yet.....

Rachael (Event Director)

 

Newbury parkrun Event #83: 17 August 2013

Holidays fail to thwart the new runner stampede!

We're now unfortunately counting the days down until Autumn, but intend to enjoy the warmer conditions as much as we can before we start to see the first flowers on our hallowed gorse bushes: a sure sign that the nights are closing in. Numbers were down slightly this week as many of our regular runners were either away on holiday, or taking part in an en masse roadtrip to the Minley 20k race (where we've heard stories of some excellent running!).

290 runners toed the line this week - the lowest number since 22 June - but when you consider that we often struggled to break the 200 runner mark in August last year, this is testament to just how popular parkrun - and running in general - has become in Newbury over the past year. In fact, the best demonstration of this growing popularity is the fact that an incredible 44 runners this week (or 15% of the field) were new to Newbury parkrun. Whilst most were new to the parkrun concept in general, we did have some visitors, or "parkrun tourists" as they are commonly known. One of those was Alex Dicks: Alex started his parkrun career at Eastleigh in 2011 and, although his allegiance is now at Winchester parkrun, he has run 12 different parkruns during the course of his 42-run career and managed his first sub-20 parkrun at Southampton on 6 July. We also welcomed Julie Collins and Shane Powell from the rather amusingly named "Cake Club". Both Julie and Shane are regulars of the Havant parkrun and, although both have run a variety of different parkruns, Julie's time today was her second fastest ever parkrun time, and Shane managed an all time parkrun personal best! Well done to both of you. Chris Griggs has 17 parkruns to his name, and can normally be found at the Oxford parkrun at Cutteslowe Park. Finally, our (arguably) furthest travelled visitor this week was Serena Partridge of Pickering AC. Serena normally frequents the northern parkruns of Sewerby and York (with excursions to Glasgow, Tees Barrage and Northampton), but today was her most southerly ever parkrun! We hope you all enjoyed yourselves, and hope to welcome you back again very soon.

Before the run got underway today, we had three new t-shirts to present. First to collect their t-shirt was new 10-club member, Chris Carr. Chris ran his first parkrun back in May, and now run 13 parkruns (all at Newbury) to his name. He's managed to get under the magical 30-minute mark twice, and has a personal best of 29:28. Well done Chris!

Chris Carr
Chris Carr: 10 Club

Next, it was the turn of Graham Phillips to receive his 50 Club shirt. Graham ran his first Newbury parkrun back in May 2012 in 36:04, and then succeeded in reducing his time on his next five consecutive outings at parkrun. His streak ended with a time of 30:34 on 16 June 2012. Since then, he has come on in leaps and bounds and last week ran a new personal best of 25:05 - just one second shy of a massive eleven minute improvement! Does this mean we're going to see him challenging Mo Farah by the time he collects his 100 shirt?! Only time will tell. Congratulations, Graham!

Graham Phillips
Graham Phillips: 50 Club

The final T-shirt presented today went to Phil Cowhig of Team Kennet. Phil was present at the first snow-covered Newbury parkrun on 11 February 2012, and hasn't looked back. Phil impressively snow-danced to a time of 22:55 on the snow, and has since managed to get his time down to a fast 21:46. Phil regularly runs with his son Baxter, and the reason he hasn't got to 50 faster is because of the sheer number of times he's volunteered! Phil's one of the happiest faces we have at Newbury, and look forward to even more improvements as he edges towards 100 runs. Well done Philip!

Phil Cowhig
Phil Cowhig: 50 Club

(We know that many of you are still waiting for t-shirts to be delivered, and can only apologise for the delay. It breaks my heart each month when the batch is delivered and there are so many t-shirts - particularly for junior runners - which have been delayed. We know that parkrun HQ are doing their utmost to try and get shirts made and distributed as quickly as they can, and you *will* receive your shirts soon)

In today's run, Alex Hanson (JM15-19) of Team Kennet was the first across the line in 17:28. It was the third time Alex has been first to finish and, more importantly, is the first time he's managed to get below 17:30. David Fry (SM25-29) of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC took second place in 17:51, with Ciaran Birch (JM15-19) of Didcot Runners finishing just a stride behind in 17:52. It's the first time Ciaran has run Newbury parkrun since January, and is a massive personal best for him - his previous best was 19:18, so his new time is an 86 second improvement!

Sheena Keates (VW35-39) of Runnymede Runners was first across the line in 19:27. Sheena has 75 parkruns to her name and, although only three have been run at Newbury, her time today equates to her fastest parkrun ever! Well done Sheena. Mai Brown (JW14) of Team Kennet was second lady across the line in a new personal best of 21:55, with Christina Pugsley (SW30-34) of Newbury AC finishing third and completing the podium ladies' personal best bingo with a new best time of 22:06.

We had two runners who exceeded the impressive 80% age graded mark today: Mike Sheridan (VM60-64) earned a score of 82.68% with his time of 19:55, whilst Sheila Marshall (VW55-59) was graded 81.73% for her new personal best time of 23:05.

We also noticed some impressive performances throughout the field today. You don't have to be a huge football fan to know about ex-England international Stuart Pearce. Stuart ran our parkrun today and, whether it was deliberate or not, chose to not get a barcode scanned for a time. Our timekeepers tell us that Stuart ran an impressive 21 minute 5k which shows that he is clearly still keeping in shape. Stuart's son, Harley, also ran an impressive 24:39 in his debut run at Greenham. We really hope they'll be back in future weeks. In fact, it seemed to be the day for Stuarts to make their parkrun debut: Stuart Wilson also enjoyed his first run at Newbury, and we hope he'll be make for many more! Rog Davis managed to break into the 21 minute bracket for the first time, whilst Karsh Davey's week of splurging out on the diet front whilst on holiday in Cornwall saw him rewarded with an eleven second personal best! Paul Grant meanwhile managed his sixth personal best in six weeks (showing that setting the course up provides the perfect warm up!). He has now got his best time down to 23:15 - nearly 4.5 minutes better than his first parkrun, just three months ago. Finally, we don't know whether to congratulate or commiserate with Matt Brookes: last week, Matt ran 20:02 - so painstakingly close to breaking 20. This week, he ran 20:01! Hopefully, by mathematical logic, he should be sub-20 on 31 August.

We have to give particular thanks to the wonderful team of volunteers today. We're rather struggling for volunteer help at the moment given it's the holidays, and the team today did a perfect job. Thanks therefore to Dave and Alanna Smith, Anne and Charlotte Wenlock, Chi Yeung, Claire Heller, Claire Sandys, Clare Groombridge, Gary Shaughnessy, Mark Shepherd, Matt Walters, Nathan Darling, Paul Grant, Paul Hendry, Philip and Wendy Lewis and Tim Hill. We also had John Barr and Clive Williams taking photos (which are available to view on the Facebook page: Link).

Timekeepers
You too can look this cool if you timekeep at Newbury parkrun. Today's team with the watches were Matt Walters, Tim Hill and Gary Shaughnessy

This year's points competition is now well underway. Karen Grinsted is is still leading the ladies' competition with 8,030 with Carrie Collins sneaking into second place with 7,291 points. Monique Amor remains in third place with a score of 7,024 points. In the men's competition, Karen's husband Mike Grinsted is leading with 8,290 points. Rob Saunders is in second place with 7,994 points and David Stratton remains in third place with 7,240 points.

After 83 events, 3,335 athletes from 171 athletics clubs have now completed 19,253 runs on the Newbury parkrun course, running a cumulative total of 96,265km. The women's course record is held by Sandra Bowers who ran 15:48 in event #43 on 24 November 2012 and the men's course record is held by Gareth Watkins who ran 15:44 in event #64 on 6 April 2013. The age graded record is held by Sandra Bowers who recorded a 95.78% in event #41.

After the event, we go to the wonderful Coffee Exchange on Greenham Business Park for wonderful home made food, tea and coffee after each parkrun. Please try and make it part of your regular Saturday morning parkrun routine and join us to chat about running, life, or even share stories about the old US Airforce base! Coffee Exchange have opened especially for Newbury parkrunners, so it is important we continue to support it. If you haven't heard about them, the cafe makes absolutely legendary rock cakes (which are normally still warm when we arrive as they're now having to bake extra ones on Saturday morning!). They have to be eaten to be believed!

Don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest Newbury parkrun chat through our Facebook page (Link) and via Twitter (Link). We're also always looking for more volunteers (and don't forget you get extra points each time you volunteer!) so please email newburyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested in being added to the volunteer database (and it is only right to be able to give some of the people who help each and every week a chance to run sometimes). We are also currently looking at people who would like to have a go at being a Run Director. This doesn't mean you have to organise the whole event - just be around to ensure all volunteers know what they're doing, can give a little talk before the run and just oversee the running of the event. You don't even have to process the results! Please take note of the following announcements:

  1. Points competition: Note that the points competition has changed slightly in the new Newbury parkrun year. The runner who is first across the line receives 300 points, second place 299, third place 298, etc. This means the points distribution is fairer, and we should only need to go into the one point per runner territory if we get more than 300 runners of a single sex at parkrun (this hasn't happened yet!).
  2. The start: Whilst we know it is natural human behaviour to want to start as close to the front as possible in order to get a watch time which matches the master timer. However, please do give consideration to fellow runners and start in a position in the field which best represents the speed you feel you are going to run. We had an incident this week where a runner fell at the start, and runners' (natural) keeness to get away at the start almost led to the lady being trampled on badly.
  3. Parking: We now have parking at the English Provinder Company thanks to Paul Hendry. We're extremely grateful to the EPC for allowing us use of their facility, but please ensure you follow the car park marshal's orders as we're not allowed to use all of it. Ensure you do not drop litter and treat the facility carefully.
  4. Running with dogs: We love the fact that people run with dogs! It is a joy to watch so many canine friends obviously enjoying the run as much as their owners. However, if you are going to run with your dog, please ensure you fit your dog with a harness rather than a collar. This is for their own comfort. If you'd like to learn more about running with dogs (or even want to go "up a gear" and try cani-cross racing) then the Cani-Cross UK website provides a wealth of information for you to get started. Note that from now, runners will only be allowed to run with a maximum of one dog.
  5. Registration: A number of people have asked where their t-shirts are for the 10, 50 and 100 clubs. It is vitally important that, if Newbury is your regular parkrun, you ensure you are registered to it as your "home run". If you don't and you don't specify where you would like your t-shirt to be delivered to, it will, by default, be delivered to the event where you are registered and it can take some time before we can arrange handover or for the shirts to be rerouted. You can update your details at anytime by following the link on the weekly parkrun newsletter.Any suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome to newburyoffice@parkrun.com.

We'd also like to remind you that we are now back in nesting season on Greenham Common, and it is extremely important that you respect the flora and fauna of the area. This means keeping your dogs on leads at all times, and particularly avoiding the area known as the "Fire Plane" which is to the west of the start area (and clearly marked with signs). To find out more information about the wildlife on the common, please refer to the downloadable leaflet "Welcome to Crookham and Greenham Common" which provides an excellent summary.

See you next week!

Rachael Elliott (Event Director)

 

Newbury parkrun Event #81: 3 August 2013

Another week of warmth, another week of fast times!

Newbury parkrunners were once again blessed with beautiful conditions for the 81st Newbury parkrun. Although the wind may have been a little stronger on the home straight than would have been ideal, it certainly didn't stop 76 of today's 320 finishers recording new personal bests today - that's 28% of all of you who were running the course for the first time.

Perhaps the most encouraging statistic of the day though was the fact that we welcomed 45 first timers to Greenham today - this is the highest number of newcomers we've welcomed for months. The fastest parkrun first timer today was Zuzana Faberova. Zuzana finished as fourth female in a time of 21:55 - the fifth fastest time recorded at Greenham by a JW15-19. However, whilst most of today's newcomers had never run a parkrun anywhere before, there were some visitors today from other parkruns: Irene Liming and Linda Booth were the day's only 100 Club visitors, boasting 111 and 141 parkruns to their names respectively. Irene and Linda run the Reading parkrun normally. We also had some 50 Club visitors from Reading: Claire Seymour has run 92 parkruns (with Newbury being her ninth unique venue!), whilst James Bailey made only his fourth ever excursion away from Reading (in a total of 91 parkruns). Sheena Keates, another Reading parkrunner, finished impressively as third lady today in a time of 20:24 - her quickest parkrun since 31 December 2011. Mark Jeffrey has never ventured from the confines of War Memorial Park and the Basingstoke parkrun before today - but we are flattered that Mark chose Newbury to run his 50th parkrun! Ian Bunday started his parkrun career at Bromley, but more recently has made the cliffside parkrun at Great Yarmouth (Gorleston Cliffs) his home and today made his first trip to Newbury. It was also wonderful to welcome Ivy, Ben and Elliot Perrins - four junior parkrunners who frequent Reading parkrun and the Woodley juniors' parkrun on Sundays.

In today's run, Colin Lough (SM30-34) was first runner across the line for the sixth week in a row, finishing with a time of 17:01. Colin was pushed all the way once again by James Craggs (SM30-34) of Newbury AC who finished in 17:02 (James has now run four parkruns in 17:01, 17:02, 17:04 and 17:05 - he *will* break 17 soon!). Daniel Tuttle (SM20-24), also of Newbury AC, took the final podium spot in 17:58.

James Craggs and Colin Lough
James Craggs and Colin Lough battling it out for first place

There was also a tight race amongst the ladies today: Liz Hartney (VW45-49) of Reading AC was eventually victorious in 19:22 - her fastest Newbury parkrun since February (and also earning the highest age graded score of the day of 83.65%). Edwina McDowall (VW40-44) of Tri2O had to settle for second today, but still put in a good run to cross the line in 19:45. As mentioned above, Reading visitor Sheena Keates (VW35-39) of Runnymede Runners took third in 20:24. Also worthy of a mention is Sheila Marshall (VW55-59) of Newbury AC. Sheila's time of 23:35 equates to an age graded score of 80.00% - the only other time (apart from Liz's) which was 80% or above.

Liz Hartney
Liz Hartney: Today's first female finisher

The frontrunners weren't the only ones who put in impressive performances today. Matt Walters continued his recent run of success with yet another personal best (his second personal best in a row - and on the back of a 10k pb on Sunday), with Russell Barrett, Keith Pearce and Paul Grant vocally happy to run new pbs! There were some notable absences who made a welcome return today: Sarah Parry surprised herself by being able to run nearly all the way after having a number of weeks out to recover from an operation, whilst Colin Brassington made his first run back after a bad ankle sprain at Netley Abbey parkrun two weeks ago. Linda Graham also ran her first parkrun in eight months (it'll get easier again, Linda!). Alex Davey completed her first ever parkrun, whilst Ash Singal completed one of only a handful of parkruns he's run without his faithful hound, Monty (and managed a PB of 21:13 to boot!).

Those worth the biggest mentions today were the wonderful team of volunteers who made very smooth work of the running of today's event (and the results were very easy to process). Thanks therefore to Ady and Darren Tuckwell, Alison and Beth Dixon, Fraser and Charlie Harding, David Pierce-Williams, Debbie Dawes, Gordon Ward, Richard and Jenny Carter, John Murrell, Sandra, Josh and Sam Davies, Mike and Karen Grinsted, Lauren Brown, Liz Harkness, Mark Shepherd, Mike Futcher and Paul Hendry. We also had Clive Williams taking photos (which are available to view on the Facebook page: Link).

Liz Hartney
Fraser and Charlie Harding - doing a superb job sorting out the tokens post-run. We once again got all the position tags back, so thank you to all of you!

This year's points competition is now well underway. Karen Grinsted is is still leading the ladies' competition with 7,138 with Mags Scarlett sneaking into second place with 6,715 points. Monique Amor is in third place with a score of 6,494 points. In the men's competition, Karen's husband Mike Grinsted is leading with 7,419 points. Rob Saunders is in second place with 7,165 points and David Stratton remains in third place with 6,514 points (all so close amongst the men!).

After 81 events, 3,245 athletes from 165 athletics clubs have now completed 18,668 runs on the Newbury parkrun course, running a cumulative total of 93,340km. The women's course record is held by Sandra Bowers who ran 15:48 in event #43 on 24 November 2012 and the men's course record is held by Gareth Watkins who ran 15:44 in event #64 on 6 April 2013. The age graded record is held by Sandra Bowers who recorded a 95.78% in event #41.

After the event, we go to the wonderful Coffee Exchange on Greenham Business Park for wonderful home made food, tea and coffee after each parkrun. Please try and make it part of your regular Saturday morning parkrun routine and join us to chat about running, life, or even share stories about the old US Airforce base! Coffee Exchange have opened especially for Newbury parkrunners, so it is important we continue to support it. If you haven't heard about them, the cafe makes absolutely legendary rock cakes (which are normally still warm when we arrive as they're now having to bake extra ones on Saturday morning!). They have to be eaten to be believed!

Don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest Newbury parkrun chat through our Facebook page (Link) and via Twitter (Link). We're also always looking for more volunteers (and don't forget you get extra points each time you volunteer!) so please email newburyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested in being added to the volunteer database (and it is only right to be able to give some of the people who help each and every week a chance to run sometimes). We are also currently looking at people who would like to have a go at being a Run Director. This doesn't mean you have to organise the whole event - just be around to ensure all volunteers know what they're doing, can give a little talk before the run and just oversee the running of the event. You don't even have to process the results! Please take note of the following announcements:

  1. Points competition: Note that the points competition has changed slightly in the new Newbury parkrun year. The runner who is first across the line receives 300 points, second place 299, third place 298, etc. This means the points distribution is fairer, and we should only need to go into the one point per runner territory if we get more than 300 runners of a single sex at parkrun (this hasn't happened yet!).
  2. The start: Whilst we know it is natural human behaviour to want to start as close to the front as possible in order to get a watch time which matches the master timer. However, please do give consideration to fellow runners and start in a position in the field which best represents the speed you feel you are going to run. We had an incident this week where a runner fell at the start, and runners' (natural) keeness to get away at the start almost led to the lady being trampled on badly.
  3. Parking: We now have parking at the English Provinder Company thanks to Paul Hendry. We're extremely grateful to the EPC for allowing us use of their facility, but please ensure you follow the car park marshal's orders as we're not allowed to use all of it. Ensure you do not drop litter and treat the facility carefully.
  4. Running with dogs: We love the fact that people run with dogs! It is a joy to watch so many canine friends obviously enjoying the run as much as their owners. However, if you are going to run with your dog, please ensure you fit your dog with a harness rather than a collar. This is for their own comfort. If you'd like to learn more about running with dogs (or even want to go "up a gear" and try cani-cross racing) then the Cani-Cross UK website provides a wealth of information for you to get started. Note that from now, runners will only be allowed to run with a maximum of one dog.
  5. Registration: A number of people have asked where their t-shirts are for the 10, 50 and 100 clubs. It is vitally important that, if Newbury is your regular parkrun, you ensure you are registered to it as your "home run". If you don't and you don't specify where you would like your t-shirt to be delivered to, it will, by default, be delivered to the event where you are registered and it can take some time before we can arrange handover or for the shirts to be rerouted. You can update your details at anytime by following the link on the weekly parkrun newsletter.Any suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome to newburyoffice@parkrun.com.

We'd also like to remind you that we are now back in nesting season on Greenham Common, and it is extremely important that you respect the flora and fauna of the area. This means keeping your dogs on leads at all times, and particularly avoiding the area known as the "Fire Plane" which is to the west of the start area (and clearly marked with signs). To find out more information about the wildlife on the common, please refer to the downloadable leaflet "Welcome to Crookham and Greenham Common" which provides an excellent summary.

See you next week!

Rachael Elliott (Event Director)

 

Newbury parkrun Event #77: 6 July 2013

It's true: The scent of pickled onion inspires one in three parkrunners to run a new personal best

As the sun dawned on what was te be the hottest day of the year, it soon became clear that anyone who was wasn't at Greenham this morning was missing out on some of the best running conditions we've ever had. Even the familiar smell of pickled onion on the finishing straight couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of runners keen to make the most of the sunny, windless conditions to try and make inroads into their personal bests.

Whilst conditions may have been perfect this morning, numbers fell below 300 today (a rare phenomenon these days!) which was largely due to neighbouring parkrun, Basingstoke, celebrating its fifth anniversary (and, as someone who started running Basingstoke from its day of inception, I would like to wish all at Basingstoke a very happy birthday!). However, 298 runners still toed the line at Newbury this morning - with over a sixth of the field (12%) running the event for the first time! Some notable runners who were gracing the Greenham paths for the first time were the Maroney family consisting of Lloyd, Lea, Tom and Sam. All except Lloyd are members of the highly exclusive 50 club, with Lea having 82 parkruns to her name. The Maroneys are regulars of Frimley Lodge  parkrun, and it was a pleasure to see them all today on their second ever excursion (their only other being Reading parkrun). We also welcomed Adam Crofts from Cardiff parkrun. Newbury representing Adam's first excursion outside the Welsh boundary, and we hope he enjoyed the experience! Finally, it's always an experience for a child to run their first ever parkrun, and today we had three new runners in the JW14 category who have set down markers for future runs: Emma and Caitlyn Davies and Aston Tabraham. Welcome to all four of you, and we hope that you'll grow up with parkrun continuing to be a regular part of your Saturday morning activities!

We traditionally start the run report by talking about the first place finishers in the run. However, today we'd like to draw more attention to the age graded performances of some our athletes. At today's event, we had no fewer than four runners exceed the 80% mark with their runs. Firstly, Paul Thomas (VM50-54) of Didcot Runners ran a new personal best of 17:52 which equates to an age grading of 83.86%. Secondly, Mike Sheridan (VM60-64) of Team Kennet posted an age graded score of 83.73%. We do, however, know he's not too bothered about the percentage - his time of 19:40 is a 29 second personal best, and also the first time he achieved a sub-20 time; something he's been looking for for the past three years of parkrunning! Wayne Lillis (VM45-49) of Newbury AC achieved a score of 81.23% for his 17:35 run, whilst Newbury AC VW55-59 runner Sheila Marshall's new personal best of 23:30 gives her a score of 80.28%.

Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas: Today's highest age graded finisher with a score of 83.86%

Colin Lough (SM30-34) once again led the charge to the finish today, crossing the line first in a time of 17:13. Rather heartwarmingly, Colin undoubtedly sacrificed "yet another" sixteen minute run to pick up his beautiful daughter Chloe and run through the finish carrying her.  Wayne Lillis (VM45-49) of Newbury AC took second place in 17:35, with Paul Thomas (VM50-54) of Didcot Runners finishing third in 17:52.

Colin Lough
Colin Lough: First across the line in today's run - and still had time to pick up daughter Chloe in the closing few metres!

Amongst the ladies, Louise McFadzen (JW15-19) took first place in a new 48 second personal best of 21:46. Karen Grinsted (VW35-39) of Tadley Runners finished second in 22:08 with Kathryn Green (SW25-29) taking the final podium spot in a new 15 second personal best of 23:23.

Louise McFadzen
Louise McFadzen: Today's first female finisher, battling with Henry Hopkins on the way to the line (both were rewarded with personal bests!)

Elsewhere across the field, there were some other notable performances: in fact, there were an incredible 73 new personal bests today (28% of the field). One of those was Henry Hopkins (VM55-59) of Winchester & District AC. Henry has 104 parkruns to his name, and rotates around most of the local parkruns. Today he ran his all time parkrun personal best at Newbury (without I watch, I might add!) in 21:44. Wife Yvonne also managed a new Newbury parkrun personal best by 34 seconds. Meanwhile, Mags Scarlett managed a 22 second personal best (breaking 25 minutes for the first time - something she never dreamed possible!), whilst Joe Burnett also achieved the sub-25 dream - but by knocking an incredibly 1 minute and 23 seconds from his previous time. Nige Poppelwell ran his first ever sub-19 run (18:57), with Dave Smith and Paul Hendry both running new personal bests this week and becoming painfully close to breaking into the 18s themselves. Big congratulations to also to Kian Hockaday, Connor Ludewig and Emily Cox all entered into the 10 club today (and we hope their t-shirts won't be too delayed!).

Those worth the biggest mentions today were the wonderful team of volunteers, with particular thanks to Andy Tucker for stepping in to direct today's run at the last minute when it was touch and go if I'd be able to attend. Thanks therefore go to Ann Singal, Clive Williams, Jackie Brown, Julie Sollis, Kate Grieves, Lee Gollop, Lisa Ludewig, Matt Brown, Nicki Tucker, Paul Hendry and Sandra Davies. We also had Jo Amor taking photos (whichs are available to view on the Facebook page: Link).

This year's points competition is now well underway. Karen Grinsted is is still leading the ladies' competition with 6,249 with Monique Amor sneaking into second place with 5,689 points. Aimee Dyson has slipped to third place with a score of 5,679 (so close!). In the men's competition, Karen's husband Mike Grinsted is leading with 6,297 points. Rob Saunders is in second place with 6,071 points and David Stratton remain in third place with 5,535 points.

After 77 events, 3,095 athletes from 160 athletics clubs have now completed 17,395 runs on the Newbury parkrun course, running a cumulative total of 86,975km. The women's course record is held by Sandra Bowers who ran 15:48 in event #43 on 24 November 2012 and the men's course record is held by Gareth Watkins who ran 15:44 in event #64 on 6 April 2013. The age graded record is held by Sandra Bowers who recorded a 95.78% in event #41.

After the event, we go to the wonderful Coffee Exchange on Greenham Business Park for wonderful home made food, tea and coffee after each parkrun. Please try and make it part of your regular Saturday morning parkrun routine and join us to chat about running, life, or even share stories about the old US Airforce base! Coffee Exchange have opened especially for Newbury parkrunners, so it is important we continue to support it. If you haven't heard about them, the cafe makes absolutely legendary rock cakes (which are normally still warm when we arrive as they're now having to bake extra ones on Saturday morning!). They have to be eaten to be believed!

Don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest Newbury parkrun chat through our Facebook page (Link) and via Twitter (Link). We're also always looking for more volunteers (and don't forget you get extra points each time you volunteer!) so please email newburyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested in being added to the volunteer database (and it is only right to be able to give some of the people who help each and every week a chance to run sometimes). We are also currently looking at people who would like to have a go at being a Run Director. This doesn't mean you have to organise the whole event - just be around to ensure all volunteers know what they're doing, can give a little talk before the run and just oversee the running of the event. You don't even have to process the results! Please take note of the following announcements:

  1. Points competition: Note that the points competition has changed slightly in the new Newbury parkrun year. The runner who is first across the line receives 300 points, second place 299, third place 298, etc. This means the points distribution is fairer, and we should only need to go into the one point per runner territory if we get more than 300 runners of a single sex at parkrun (this hasn't happened yet!).
  2. The start: Whilst we know it is natural human behaviour to want to start as close to the front as possible in order to get a watch time which matches the master timer. However, please do give consideration to fellow runners and start in a position in the field which best represents the speed you feel you are going to run. We had an incident this week where a runner fell at the start, and runners' (natural) keeness to get away at the start almost led to the lady being trampled on badly.
  3. Parking: We now have parking at the English Provinder Company thanks to Paul Hendry. We're extremely grateful to the EPC for allowing us use of their facility, but please ensure you follow the car park marshal's orders as we're not allowed to use all of it. Ensure you do not drop litter and treat the facility carefully.
  4. Running with dogs: We love the fact that people run with dogs! It is a joy to watch so many canine friends obviously enjoying the run as much as their owners. However, if you are going to run with your dog, please ensure you fit your dog with a harness rather than a collar. This is for their own comfort. If you'd like to learn more about running with dogs (or even want to go "up a gear" and try cani-cross racing) then the Cani-Cross UK website provides a wealth of information for you to get started. Note that from now, runners will only be allowed to run with a maximum of one dog.
  5. Registration: A number of people have asked where their t-shirts are for the 10, 50 and 100 clubs. It is vitally important that, if Newbury is your regular parkrun, you ensure you are registered to it as your "home run". If you don't and you don't specify where you would like your t-shirt to be delivered to, it will, by default, be delivered to the event where you are registered and it can take some time before we can arrange handover or for the shirts to be rerouted. You can update your details at anytime by following the link on the weekly parkrun newsletter.Any suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome to newburyoffice@parkrun.com.

We'd also like to remind you that we are now back in nesting season on Greenham Common, and it is extremely important that you respect the flora and fauna of the area. This means keeping your dogs on leads at all times, and particularly avoiding the area known as the "Fire Plane" which is to the west of the start area (and clearly marked with signs). To find out more information about the wildlife on the common, please refer to the downloadable leaflet "Welcome to Crookham and Greenham Common" which provides an excellent summary.

See you next week!

Rachael Elliott (Event Director)

 

Newbury parkrun #75: 22 June 2013

10% of the population of Newbury has now run parkrun!

Well, that's not entirely true - but it is in terms of numbers!

After last week reporting that we had 3,000 runners registered at Newbury parkrun, this week we passed through another barrier: over 3,000 unique runners have now completed the Newbury parkrun (3,011 in total). that equates to 10% of population of Newbury, or the entire population of Pangbourne. How long will it take us to reach a number equating to the entire population of Newbury (31,331)? Some time, we think.

Before we go on, a number of runners have asked about the story that has been widely reported on the national news concerning cattle infected with bovine TB on Greenham Common. We have been advised that the risk to humans is negligible as the strain cannot be passed to humans. West Berkshire Council have advised that recreation can take place "as normal" at Greenham.

In today's run, we welcomed 26 first timers - meaning 9% of the entire field were running the course for the first time. One of those running the event for the first time was Tom Munt (VM50-54) of Team Kennet. Tom is one of the area's best veteran athletes, and, rather unsurprisingly, his time of 17:48 equated to the day's highest age graded score of 84.18%, and also earned him the new VM50-54 age category record. Also running Newbury parkrun today was Tom Swift (SM35-39) of Fareham Crusaders. Tom is a regular of Havant parkrun, although has impressively visited a total of 16 different parkruns over his total parkrun career of 46 runs. He has broken 20 minutes once (at Eastleigh parkrun) and we hope he'll return to Greenham to try and get under 20 on our course. Melanie Hunt (VW40-44) was aso visiting from Basingstoke parkrun. Melanie has 15 runs to her name, and her trip to Newbury was her first ever excursion out of War Memorial Park on a Saturday morning.

Before today's run got underway, the day's run director, Andy Tucker, had the rather nice task of presenting two Newbury parkrunners with their 10 and 50 club T-shirts. First up was Jacob Marwick. Jacob is a member of Team Kennet, and started running parkrun back in June last year. His first parkrun saw him run 30:17, but he's since managed to break the 30 minute barrier twice. He completed 10 runs back in December 2012, and this weekend was his first trip back to Greenham in over 6 months. We hope he'll start to join us again more regularly as his face has been missed! Congratulations, Jacob!

Jacob Marwick
Jacob Marwick: 10 Club (all photos c/o Stuart March)

Secondly, it was the turn of one of Newbury parkrun's legendary figures to collect his 50 club shirt. Andy Woodman's journey to 50 parkruns started at the very first Newbury parkrun on 11 February 2012 in a time of 27:14. He then proceeded to get seven personal bests in a row, reducing his time to 23:24 by April. He first broke into the 22 minute bracket in May, and celebrated entering the 50 club by running a new personal best this morning (22:15!). Andy's one of the most supportive parkrunners at Newbury, and is always full of words of encouragement for others. Moreover, he regularly sets up (and takes down!) the course for the run - meaning he has to arrive at parkrun when most people are still sipping their pre-race coffee. Well done Andy! It's a pleasure to see you get your well deserved shirt.

Andy Woodman
Andy Woodman: 50 Club

In today's run, Neil Jones (SM25-29) of Newbury AC put in a very impressive and well paced run to finish first in 17 minutes dead (painstakingly just one second from that magic sub-17!). Neil's time of 17:00 represented a new 34 second personal best, so hopefully he won't be too disappointed. Colin Lough (SM30-34) finish just 10 seconds behind Neil in 17:10, with Tom Munt (VM50-54) taking third in 17:48.

Neil Jones

Neil Jones, who eventually took first place, trailing Colin Lough on the way to a new 34 second personal best

Amongst the ladies, Yasmin Ryder (JW15-19) of Team Kennet looked relaxed when she crossed the line first in 20:29. Lyng Kaersager (SW30-34) sneaked under 21 minutes for the first time to clock a time of 20:53 to take second place. Karen Grinsted (VW35-39) of Tadley Runners finished third in 21:41.

Yasmin Ryder

Yasmin Ryder: Looking very relaxed on her way to finishing as first female

Elsewhere in the field today, we noticed a number of noteworthy performances. Charlie Harding ran a new personal best of 21:32, although seemed to be more pleased at beating Dad (Fraser Harding)'s personal best time of 21:35. It wasn't the only example of the child getting the better of the parent: Dave Cheney claimed to have been "coached" to a PB by his son. Teresa Robbins marked her 50 run milestone with a new 2013 best, whilst Robert Fisher impressively ran 22:21 in his first parkrun, despite "not really doing anything" since January. Finally we'd like to say a big goodbye to Robin Killingsworth: Robin can regularly be spotted running around Newbury parkrun with a heavy backpack. However, today was his last run at Greenham as he is being posted to Afghanistan for a year. He will be greatly missed, but his room apparently overlooks the field where Camp Bastion parkrun is held - so we will be closely monitoring his runs at the camp!

Menacing Skies
The skies may have looked menacing, but the sun shone on parkrunners this morning

Today couldn't have happened if it wasn't for the stirling efforts of the volunteers - and they were so good today, we managed to upload the results in next to no time at all. Thanks therefore go to Abi and Mags Scarlett, Aimee Dyson, Alan and Debra Bradshaw, Ali Pearce, Andy Woodman, Andy Tucker, Anne Harding, Clive Williams, Jemima Croggon, Julie Lockwood, Keith and Lorraine Pearce, Mark Shepherd, Mick Cornwall, Paul Hendry, Rob Saunders and photographer Stuart March (note that Stuart's excellent photographs are available to view on the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.563922203648884.1073741855.286754931365614&type=1).

This year's points competition is now well underway. Karen Grinsted is is still leading the ladies' competition with 5,651 with Aimee Dyson in second place with 5,160 points. Monique Amor remans in third place with a score of 5,151. In the men's competition, Karen's husband Mike Grinsted is leading with 5,764 points. Rob Saunders is in second place with 5,522 points and David Stratton remain in third place with 5,044 points.

After 75 events, 3,011 athletes from 160 athletics clubs have now completed 16,753 runs on the Newbury parkrun course, running a cumulative total of 83,765km. The women's course record is held by Sandra Bowers who ran 15:48 in event #43 on 24 November 2012 and the men's course record is held by Gareth Watkins who ran 15:44 in event #64 on 6 April 2013. The age graded record is held by Sandra Bowers who recorded a 95.78% in event #41.

After the event, we go to the wonderful Coffee Exchange on Greenham Business Park for wonderful home made food, tea and coffee after each parkrun. Please try and make it part of your regular Saturday morning parkrun routine and join us to chat about running, life, or even share stories about the old US Airforce base! Coffee Exchange have opened especially for Newbury parkrunners, so it is important we continue to support it. If you haven't heard about them, the cafe makes absolutely legendary rock cakes (which are normally still warm when we arrive as they're now having to bake extra ones on Saturday morning!). They have to be eaten to be believed!

Don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest Newbury parkrun chat through our Facebook page (Link) and via Twitter (Link). We're also always looking for more volunteers (and don't forget you get extra points each time you volunteer!) so please email newburyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested in being added to the volunteer database (and it is only right to be able to give some of the people who help each and every week a chance to run sometimes). We are also currently looking at people who would like to have a go at being a Run Director. This doesn't mean you have to organise the whole event - just be around to ensure all volunteers know what they're doing, can give a little talk before the run and just oversee the running of the event. You don't even have to process the results! Please take note of the following announcements:

  1. Points competition: Note that the points competition has changed slightly in the new Newbury parkrun year. The runner who is first across the line receives 300 points, second place 299, third place 298, etc. This means the points distribution is fairer, and we should only need to go into the one point per runner territory if we get more than 300 runners of a single sex at parkrun (this hasn't happened yet!).
  2. The start: Whilst we know it is natural human behaviour to want to start as close to the front as possible in order to get a watch time which matches the master timer. However, please do give consideration to fellow runners and start in a position in the field which best represents the speed you feel you are going to run. We had an incident this week where a runner fell at the start, and runners' (natural) keeness to get away at the start almost led to the lady being trampled on badly.
  3. Parking: We now have parking at the English Provinder Company thanks to Paul Hendry. We're extremely grateful to the EPC for allowing us use of their facility, but please ensure you follow the car park marshal's orders as we're not allowed to use all of it. Ensure you do not drop litter and treat the facility carefully.
  4. Running with dogs: We love the fact that people run with dogs! It is a joy to watch so many canine friends obviously enjoying the run as much as their owners. However, if you are going to run with your dog, please ensure you fit your dog with a harness rather than a collar. This is for their own comfort. If you'd like to learn more about running with dogs (or even want to go "up a gear" and try cani-cross racing) then the Cani-Cross UK website provides a wealth of information for you to get started. Note that from now, runners will only be allowed to run with a maximum of one dog.
  5. Registration: A number of people have asked where their t-shirts are for the 10, 50 and 100 clubs. It is vitally important that, if Newbury is your regular parkrun, you ensure you are registered to it as your "home run". If you don't and you don't specify where you would like your t-shirt to be delivered to, it will, by default, be delivered to the event where you are registered and it can take some time before we can arrange handover or for the shirts to be rerouted. You can update your details at anytime by following the link on the weekly parkrun newsletter.Any suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome to newburyoffice@parkrun.com.

We'd also like to remind you that we are now back in nesting season on Greenham Common, and it is extremely important that you respect the flora and fauna of the area. This means keeping your dogs on leads at all times, and particularly avoiding the area known as the "Fire Plane" which is to the west of the start area (and clearly marked with signs). To find out more information about the wildlife on the common, please refer to the downloadable leaflet "Welcome to Crookham and Greenham Common" which provides an excellent summary.

See you next week!

Rachael Elliott (Event Director)

 

Newbury parkrun #74 (15 June 2013)

3,000 registered runners at Newbury parkrun! That's must be more than there are cows on the common, surely?

"Unseasonable gales and autumnal conditions" was the last thing we heard before switching off the television on the night before parkrun. We were worried that we'd arrive at Greenham to a scene of torrential rain and winds akin to those famous storms of 1987. Thankfully, it seemed the weather forecasters were, just as in 1987, exaggerating things slightly - and this time the exaggeration was for the worse. Greenham was bathed in warm sunshine and a stiff - but manageable* - wind on the home straight.

* I am licensed to say this as I wasn't running into it.

We also reached a major milestone today: we went through the 3,000 registered runner milestone (we had exactly 3,015 runners registered on Saturday morning!). Next week, providing we get at least 15 newcomers, we will also have had 3,000 unique runners who have completed the parkrun!

We once again had a turnout well in excess of 300 runners today. In fact, 331 runners crossed the line today - including 33 newcomers to Newbury parkrun (that's a massive 10% of the field!). One of those visiting was Alice Dimmer. Alice, from Forest of Dean AC, has run 76 parkruns in total (unsurprisingly mostly at Forest of Dean parkrun). She has an impressive personal best of 21:41, and today ran an impressive 22:30 at Newbury - the fifth fastest time ever in the VW50-54 category. We also welcomed two canicross runners: Nicole and Melanie Sheehan. Both are regulars of the Alice Holt parkrun. Melanie ran 20:42 today, and Nicole, in the JW15-19 category, ran a massive 42 second parkrun personal best to clock 21:07.

Before preceedings got underway, we had the pleasure of presenting two more T-shirts this week. First, Anne Wenlock was presented with her 50 club t-shirt. Anne has been one of the most regular faces during the lifespan of Newbury parkrun: her first event was the second Newbury parkrun on 18 February 2012 when she ran 30:37. She managed to better her time the following week, and has now seen a streak of improvement and reduced her time by over four minutes to 26:20. Anne's enthusiasm for parkrun is infectious, and she's regularly seen helping out on the (few) occasions she doesn't run. We're pretty confident she'll be one of our first Newbury recipients of the elusive 100 club shirt and jacket.

Anne Wenlock
Anne Wenlock: 50 Club

Secondly, it was the turn of Mohammad Rahman to be presented with his 10 club t-shirt. Mohammad is one of the Mary Hare School pupils who regularly attends Newbury parkrun. His first parkrun was back in June 2012 when he ran a very credible 24:36. Over less than a year, however, he's managed to reduce his time to a very impressive 22:28, earning him an age graded score of over 60%. Congratulations, Mohammad!

Mohammad Rahman
Mohammad Rahman: 10 Club

In today's run, Lee Gollop  (SM35-39) crossed the line first in 18:05. It was the second time Lee has taken first spot - and also resulted in a new personal best. A double celebration for Lee! Jason Cooke (VM40-44) of White Horse Harriers finished in second place in 18:17, with Trevor Price (VM40-44) of Swindon Harriers taking third place in a new personal best of 18:25.

Amongst the ladies, it was Edwina McDowall (VW40-44) of Tri20 who took the tape in an impressive 19:08. Edwina keeps her 100% first place record, and her time is the seventh fastest ever run by a female at Newbury and earns her the VW40-44 age category record. Her age category score of 81.01% was also the highest of the day. Melanie Sheehan (VW40-44) of Canix took second place in 20:42, with Nicole Sheehan (JW15-19), also of Canix, taking the final podium spot in 21:07.

Lee Gollop
Lee Gollop: First male across the line

Edwina McDowall

Edwina McDowall: First female across the line

There were a number of equally newsworthy stories throughout today's field. The Livingstones are very frequent faces at Newbury parkrun (the girls are often the "cute faces" behind the token sorting machine). However, after many months of helping out, Sophie Livingstone ran her first ever parkrun today - and looked extremely happy to complete it, whilst Abigail Livingstone took on pacing duties today and ran her friend to a new four second personal best! Sam Cheney clocked his *sixth* personal best in a row - and even more impressively knocked a massive two minutes from his previous time to cross the line in 27:40. Carrie Collins also surprised herself to run a new 34 second personal best and is now perilously close to getting the "right" side of 25 minutes, whilst Samuel Wright saw a 20:xx on his watch for the first time ever at Newbury with a new 40 second personal best of 20:43. It was a good day for the Mugfords as well: Brian knocked five seconds off his time, but Helen surpassed Brian's achievements by taking over a minute off her time! A quick mention also to Emily Cox today who managed to run almost every step at this week's parkrun after a few weeks out, and also to Debbie Dawes who ran a new season's best.

Today couldn't have happened if it wasn't for the stirling efforts of the volunteers - and they were so good today, we managed to upload the results in next to no time at all. Thanks therefore go to Andy McKendrick, Anne and Charlie Harding, Clive Williams, David Stratton, Debbie Studart, Jemima Croggon, Jo Darby, Julie Lockwood, Lorraine Murrell, Mark Shepherd, Phil Hale, Phil Marshal, Phil Cowhig (particular thanks as Phil got the brunt of my Panic Rachael mode) and Steven Nelthorpe.

This year's points competition is now well underway. Karen Grinsted is is still leading the ladies' competition with 5,353 with Florence Barry in second place with 5,046 points. Monique Amor is now in third place with a score of 4,873. In the men's competition, Karen's husband Mike Grinsted is leading with 5,479 points. Rob Saunders is in second place with 5,222 points and David Stratton is in third place with 4,799 points.

After 74 events, 2,985 athletes from 159 athletics clubs have now completed 16,475 runs on the Newbury parkrun course, running a cumulative total of 82,375km. The women's course record is held by Sandra Bowers who ran 15:48 in event #43 on 24 November 2012 and the men's course record is held by Gareth Watkins who ran 15:44 in event #64 on 6 April 2013. The age graded record is held by Sandra Bowers who recorded a 95.78% in event #41.

After the event, we go to the wonderful Coffee Exchange on Greenham Business Park for wonderful home made food, tea and coffee after each parkrun. Please try and make it part of your regular Saturday morning parkrun routine and join us to chat about running, life, or even share stories about the old US Airforce base! Coffee Exchange have opened especially for Newbury parkrunners, so it is important we continue to support it. If you haven't heard about them, the cafe makes absolutely legendary rock cakes (which are normally still warm when we arrive as they're now having to bake extra ones on Saturday morning!). They have to be eaten to be believed!

Don't forget you can keep up to date with the latest Newbury parkrun chat through our Facebook page (Link) and via Twitter (Link). We're also always looking for more volunteers (and don't forget you get extra points each time you volunteer!) so please email newburyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested in being added to the volunteer database (and it is only right to be able to give some of the people who help each and every week a chance to run sometimes). We are also currently looking at people who would like to have a go at being a Run Director. This doesn't mean you have to organise the whole event - just be around to ensure all volunteers know what they're doing, can give a little talk before the run and just oversee the running of the event. You don't even have to process the results! Please take note of the following announcements:

  1. Points competition: Note that the points competition has changed slightly in the new Newbury parkrun year. The runner who is first across the line receives 300 points, second place 299, third place 298, etc. This means the points distribution is fairer, and we should only need to go into the one point per runner territory if we get more than 300 runners of a single sex at parkrun (this hasn't happened yet!).
  2. The start: Whilst we know it is natural human behaviour to want to start as close to the front as possible in order to get a watch time which matches the master timer. However, please do give consideration to fellow runners and start in a position in the field which best represents the speed you feel you are going to run. We had an incident this week where a runner fell at the start, and runners' (natural) keeness to get away at the start almost led to the lady being trampled on badly.
  3. Parking: We now have parking at the English Provinder Company thanks to Paul Hendry. We're extremely grateful to the EPC for allowing us use of their facility, but please ensure you follow the car park marshal's orders as we're not allowed to use all of it. Ensure you do not drop litter and treat the facility carefully.
  4. Running with dogs: We love the fact that people run with dogs! It is a joy to watch so many canine friends obviously enjoying the run as much as their owners. However, if you are going to run with your dog, please ensure you fit your dog with a harness rather than a collar. This is for their own comfort. If you'd like to learn more about running with dogs (or even want to go "up a gear" and try cani-cross racing) then the Cani-Cross UK website provides a wealth of information for you to get started. Note that from now, runners will only be allowed to run with a maximum of one dog.
  5. Registration: A number of people have asked where their t-shirts are for the 10, 50 and 100 clubs. It is vitally important that, if Newbury is your regular parkrun, you ensure you are registered to it as your "home run". If you don't and you don't specify where you would like your t-shirt to be delivered to, it will, by default, be delivered to the event where you are registered and it can take some time before we can arrange handover or for the shirts to be rerouted. You can update your details at anytime by following the link on the weekly parkrun newsletter.Any suggestions, ideas and feedback are always welcome to newburyoffice@parkrun.com.

We'd also like to remind you that we are now back in nesting season on Greenham Common, and it is extremely important that you respect the flora and fauna of the area. This means keeping your dogs on leads at all times, and particularly avoiding the area known as the "Fire Plane" which is to the west of the start area (and clearly marked with signs). To find out more information about the wildlife on the common, please refer to the downloadable leaflet "Welcome to Crookham and Greenham Common" which provides an excellent summary.

See you next week!

Rachael Elliott (Event Director)