Event #274

Pomphrey Hill parkrun Event number 274 8th June 2019

This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 27 volunteers: Steven BURGE • Neil EVANS • Anne BURGE • Claire LEWIN • Debra PARSONS • Ella BURCHILL • Daniel SMITH • Anne WATKINS • Matthew HICKERY • Shelagh FISHLOCK • Leanne FORD • Liza-Jane GILLESPIE • David HEMMINGS • Philip RILEY • Trudy REED • Stephen BURFITT • Charmaine Petra TODD • Craig PILKINGTON • Sam COSSEY • Martyn POOLE • George SIGALAS • Elena THODE MINGUET • Michele COOK • Joanne TROUP • Emma BURFITT • Emma BAKER • Edward GRAHAM

Congratulations

Congratulations to Jonathan DOYLE and Rhys DOYLE for achieving their 100th parkrun!

Also congratulations to the 39 people who achieved personal bests!

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

Thanks, Ella - Run Director of Event #274

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156). The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243). The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,378 participants have completed 64,054 parkruns covering a total distance of 320,270 km, including 12,023 new Personal Bests. A total of 970 individuals have volunteered 6,109 times.

 

GP Pledge Day on Event #273

Volunteers

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Thank you to the 34 volunteers who helped make Event #273 so succesful.

Sheena ALI, Adrian BAILEY, Monika BLACKWELL, Ella BURCHILL, Andrea COFFIN, Michele COOK, Lisa DUGGAN, Karen DYER, Hayley FRANKLIN, Victoria GALLAGHER, Shane GARRETT, Edward GRAHAM, Simon HAILWOOD, Alivia HARVEY, David HEMMINGS, Dave HORNE, Ian JONES, William LEE, Catalina LEE, Laura NICOLL, Lucy POTTER, David POTTER, Margreth PRICE, Kevin RICKERBY, Philip RILEY, Ris SCOTT, Claire SHINE, Charmaine Petra TODD, Anne WATKINS, Sarah WILLENS, Anna WILLENS, Martin WOOD, Harry WOOD, Gary WOODRUFF
As always, we welcome volunteers to contact us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com where we can add you to the roster. No experience required, full training is given and almost every volunteer will tell you they enjoyed the experience.

Milestones

Congratulations to the 20 people who completed their first parkrun - welcome to the family, see you again soon!
We also welcomed 41 parkrun tourists for the first time.
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Catalina delivering the First Timers' Briefing.

Congratulations to Ashley DUNN, Tom ROSS and Sarah MCNAMARA for their Red 50 shirts on their 50th parkrun finish.

Congratulations to Evie TAYLOR and Chris BENNETT for earning their Black 100 shirts on their 100th parkrun finish. A very impressive achievement for any parkrunner and particularly for Evie who managed it at age 13!

Congratulations to Andrea COFFIN from Chipping Sodbury parkrun, who earned her Volunteer 25 shirt by being our Tail Walker on her 25th Volunteer.
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Finally, while not a parkrun milestone, getting married is a pretty significant milestone so an honourable mention must go to our First Finisher, Johnny Suttle, for his 17:28 run on his stag weekend...

...arguably Johnny, you didn't 'hydrate' enough the night before!

parkrun practice and GP Pledge Day

One year ago parkrun UK launched the ‘parkun practice’ initiative with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Clinical Innovation and Research (CIRC) Physical Activity & Lifestyle clinical priority team. Under this initiative, GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become ‘parkrun practices’. To celebrate the anniversary of 'parkrun practice', GP Surgeries across the UK have been invited to attend their local parkrun and to pledge to become a 'parkrun practice'. The parkrun blog can be found here. We were very happy to welcome staff from Frome Valley Medical Centre, Orchard Medical Centre, Cadbury Heath Healthcare and Kennedy Way Surgery.

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Upcoming Events

  • June 15th: we will be cancelled due to the junior football tournament.
  • June 22nd: Club Day 2019 - After last year's very successful Club Day, we are looking forward to having another one this year. Bring your club mates, wear your club kit and bring your club flag. Please also bring leaflets or fliers that you may have about your club, when and where you meet, the type of run sessions you have and costs (if any) involved, as well as the contact details so potential members can find out more. Non-club runners can then find out about the different clubs available and find a club that suits them.
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Until next time
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Ris Scott
Co-Event Director

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Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 273
1st June 2019

This week 394 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Sheena ALI • Shane GARRETT • Adrian BAILEY • Karen DYER • Martin WOOD • Anna WILLENS • William LEE • Catalina LEE • Ian JONES • Ella BURCHILL • Claire SHINE • Hayley FRANKLIN • David POTTER • Ris SCOTT • Dave HORNE • Anne WATKINS • Laura NICOLL • Lucy POTTER • David HEMMINGS • Philip RILEY • Simon HAILWOOD • Charmaine Petra TODD • Alivia HARVEY • Sarah WILLENS • Harry WOOD • Andrea COFFIN • Michele COOK • Gary WOODRUFF • Monika BLACKWELL • Kevin RICKERBY • Margreth PRICE • Edward GRAHAM • Lisa DUGGAN • Victoria GALLAGHER

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

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,359 participants have completed 63,810 parkruns covering a total distance of 319,050 km, including 11,984 new Personal Bests. A total of 966 individuals have volunteered 6,082 times.

 

Feeling hot hot hot!

After a deceptively cool start to the morning, the sun shone at Pomphrey Hill and it turned out very much hotter than anticipated. A lot of sweaty but smiling faces were dotted around the park, the volunteers, the spectators and especially from all those taking part.

Our fabulous volunteers this week were:
Adam TOON  •  Adrian GRIMSHAW  •  Alison GARRETT  •  Alyssa GRIMSHAW  •  Andrew DRAKE  •  Andrew HOBBS  •  Andrew KING  •  Anne BURGE  •  Anne WATKINS  •  Barbara SULLIVAN  •  Dave HORNE  •  Donna TOON  •  Edward GRAHAM  •  Ella BURCHILL  •  Emma BAKER  •  Evie TUCKER  •  Fenris NIGHTSWARD  •  Jackie THORNE  •  Jane GREY  •  Janette HALTON  •  Lucy SWARBRICK  •  Martin GRAHAM  •  Martyn POOLE  •  Meryl GRIMSHAW  •  Michelle HART  •  Rose BURCHILL  •  Rosie DAVIES  •  Stephen JENKINS  •  Steven BURGE  •  Sue UPFIELD  •  Tiernan GRIMSHAW  •  Trudy REED  •  Vic GARNER  •  Victoria BURCHILL  •  Vince LUNN

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Quite a crowd gathered for the first timers briefing with visitors from the temporarily cancelled Eastville while “Love Saves the Day” occupies their park, as well as Ashton Court and from slightly further afield Monmouth. parkrun #272 25-May-2019

The masses on the start were attentive as we welcomed our 11 first timers and 28 tourists – thank you to those who took the time to write in our visitors book:
“I had a brilliant time! Thank you! Fenris”
And
“Visitors from Eastville park (such a long way!). Really friendly, great organisation – that hill!!!! We’ll be back. Len & Rachel”

Shortly after 9am the run was underway. It always amazes me, as I see the runners streak away into the distance, that we are just a small part of the parkrun family with several hundred events in the UK doing exactly the same thing at exactly the same time.

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We have two traditions at Pomphrey Hill that I love, firstly we always shout “Up Pomphrey” during the briefing, and secondly, once the run has started the volunteer team, especially those at the funnel gather by the pond to cheer everyone past the pond on their first lap before we then move to the finish funnel.

With the lead runners dashing around on their 3rd lap, the timers in sync and all the funnel team ready to do what they do best, scanners stood in the shade also awaiting the runners there was no time to draw breath before the volunteers were discussing who they thought the first runner would be.

Daniel Cannon was first finisher, crossing in 17.44 – on only his fourth ever parkrun! Daniel has previously run at Eden Project, Eastville and Lanhydrock, so undulating parkruns are not unusual for him. Not long after we had the first doggie dragging his owner Phil Partridge. First lady, Lisa Newing unfortunately did not have a barcode, so the honour goes to Sarah Herbert*, another first timer at our course. Sarah has previously run at Eastville, Ashton Court, Brockenhurst, Ruchill and Exeter Riverside. parkrun #252 25-May 2019parkrun #252 25-May 2019parkrun #252 25-May 2019parkrun #252 25-May 2019parkrun #252 25-May 2019

Jessica Bruce pushed the first buggy across the line, a double buggy at that, followed shortly after that by Sam Gunner pushing the first single buggy across the line. In today’s heat, the effort to get around Pomphrey was tremendous, never mind pushing buggies in around 25 minutes!

16 others were also having a great time at the park, with new PB’s – well done all. Regardless of time, 4 folks were guaranteed to have a good time. These are our milestone runners this week, celebrating a year or 2 of running parkrun. Dean Clark, Sarah Reynolds and Ian Jones all completed their 50th parkrun, while Tim Barker the only man completing his 100th parkrun. Do remember we have celebratory bibs for you to wear if you wish, to share your achievements with everyone at the park.

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16 of our participants forgot their barcodes today, please do try to remember this scrap of paper, it potentially has crucial information about you in case of an emergency including your ICE contact and any medical information. Nationwide, there are several occasions every week where this information is used to contact a relative or friend to accompany a parkrunner to hospital. Please bring your barcode and carry it with you during the run.

Next week celebrates the first anniversary of the parkrun practice initiative where GP practices are linked up with parkruns around the country to prescribe parkrun. If you know anyone linked with a GP practice, staff member or GP please do invite them to join you at parkrun to give them opportunity to see how wonderful our event can be.

Next week we anticipate a busy parkrun again, this time due to the cancellation of Chipping Sodbury parkrun while their park has a music festival. If you can car share or find an alternative method to arrive at our park, we would be grateful. As always, we welcome volunteers to contact us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com where we can add you to the roster. No experience required, full training is given and almost every volunteer will tell you they enjoyed the experience.

Until next time, safe running.

Meryl Grimshaw
Run Director
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*A quirk of the system, unknowns default to unknown male runner.

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 272
25th May 2019

This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Adrian GRIMSHAW • Steven BURGE • Rosie DAVIES • Anne BURGE • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • Jackie THORNE • Vic GARNER • Andrew HOBBS • Andrew KING • Victoria BURCHILL • Ella BURCHILL • Rose BURCHILL • Dave HORNE • Anne WATKINS • Stephen JENKINS • Sue UPFIELD • Martin GRAHAM • Vince LUNN • Andrew DRAKE • Trudy REED • Janette HALTON • Jane GREY • Martyn POOLE • Barbara SULLIVAN • Evie TUCKER • Fenris NIGHTSWARD • Alison GARRETT • Donna TOON • Adam TOON • Lucy SWARBRICK • Emma BAKER • Michelle HART • Edward GRAHAM

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

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,298 participants have completed 63,416 parkruns covering a total distance of 317,080 km, including 11,926 new Personal Bests. A total of 955 individuals have volunteered 6,047 times.

 

 

The TAIL of Two Centuries

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These friendly-looking Roman Centurians looked after the tail today, seemingly with their own group of followers. Officially earning their Club 100/Centurian membership, we look forward to seeing them in their less-conspicuous black T-shirts very soon.

In addition to the 2 tail walkers, Russell Parker also completed his 100th run today - congratulations to all 3.

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The volunteers enjoyed the agreeable temperatures today, perfect for cheering on and funnel duties. Finishers, though, were telling us it was hot and humid as soon as you ran! Despite that, 61 new PBs were recorded today - that's one in five runners. Malcolm Offer went one better and logged a new age category record for VM80-84 - very impressive!

The only signature in our visitors book was Steve and Anna, from Leicester Victoria parkrun - "loving the hill". Steve has run Pomphrey a few times, and was one of the recorded PBs - we're glad you enjoyed it. I happen to be visiting there in a few weeks, so will look out for them!

Looking ahead, don't forget we are cancelled on Saturday 15th June. We are back the following week, 22nd June, and are planning our annual Club Day for that weekend, so add both dates to your diary.

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Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 271
18th May 2019

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Suzanne CHESSON • Adrian GRIMSHAW • Martha PHILLIPS • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • Martin DOYLE • Andrew HOBBS • Ella BURCHILL • Carolyn DONOGHUE • Stephen JENKINS • Leanne FORD • Philip RILEY • Sarah BLACKSTONE • Becky BRESSINGTON • Robin FRY • Seth FORD • Barbara SULLIVAN • Evie TUCKER • Michael FRANCIS • Gary WOODRUFF • Mia POULTER • Edward GRAHAM

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

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,249 participants have completed 63,057 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,285 km, including 11,873 new Personal Bests. A total of 948 individuals have volunteered 6,012 times.

 

Deaf Takeover Week

This week 6-12th May 2019 marks Deaf Awareness Week, which aims to
promote the positive aspects of Deafness, promote social inclusion and raise
awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support Deaf people,
their family and friends. A year ago this week, Amy Mortimore, a keen runner
who lives in Bristol with her husband Rory and 3 young children put forward
the idea of setting up a Deaf Takeover at Eastville parkrun. Having
recognised that there was a growing number of Deaf Runners who attended
many of the Bristol parkruns, she wanted to look at promoting Deaf
Awareness in order to make Deaf runners feel more socially included. This
was a roaring success, so for this years Deaf Awareness Week she proposed
that we do another Deaf Takeover at Pomphrey Hill parkrun.
We met with Andrew Boynton and Ris Scott, Andrew is a Run Director and Ris is a
Event Director for Pomphrey Hill parkrun, both Andrew and Ris are part of the team
of Run Directors at Pomphrey Hill who warmly welcomed the idea of a Deaf Takeover.
As many of our marshals/volunteers are Deaf, we considered what adjustments needed
to be put in place for accessibility.
Many of the marshals wear walkie-talkies to communicate with each other in
the event of an emergency, instead we abandoned these and typed in
Andrew’s mobile number so marshalls could text him to raise the alert if
needed. Volunteers who were barcode scanners used the parkrun Mobile
Volunteer App, this provides a more visual prompt when the barcode has
been successfully scanned rather than having to rely on ‘hearing’ the beep
from the standard bar code scanners.
Leading up to the parkrun, Amy coordinated different runners posting a
parkrun related ‘Sign of the day’ to add to the Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Facebook page and we had a short blog to explain about the Deaf Takeover
event.
Today was the first time I’d experienced being a Run Director. It was great to
sign the first timers run briefing and race director briefing with 2 BSL
Interpreters, Adrian Bailey and Helen Merry providing voiceover interpretation.
We had an amazing turnout. I began firstly by giving the runners some tips on
how to approach and communicate with a Deaf person. Runners were taught
the sign for “Park Run” and “Thank you” so they could thank the Marshalls.
We also showed how Deaf people cheer people on, by waving hands in the
air rather than clapping as this is a more visual mean of cheering. Marshals
dotted around the course had A4 posters with the slogan they would be
signing, such as “Run for Cake!” and a tip for how to communicate with a Deaf
Person. It was great to see Runners on the course putting these newly
learned signs and cheering into practice! Well done to you all and thank you
for making Deaf People feel welcomed and included.

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I was honoured to award one of Pomphrey Hills Run Directors, Steve Burge his 250th parkrun green vest to wear in celebration at achieving this significant milestone today. Congratulations to Ben who was the tail walker today. Ben has been volunteering at parkrun towards achieving his Duke of Edinburgh Award, well done Ben! Congratulations also to Martin Foster, Mary Dawson, Joanna Parker, Gary Collier and Kerry Doherty who were all running their 50th parkrun today, well done! A big congratulations as well to Holly Toy and Jack Ryan, two juniors who completed there 10th parkrun today and earned a new white milestone top.

Well done to Paul Reddaway who achieved the second highest age grading percentage at Pomphrey Hill with 85.33% in the 55 to 59 age category. We also had two new age category records today, one for Peter Cotterill with a time of 22:00 in the 65 to 69 age category and one for Paul Reddaway with a time of 18:38 in the 55 to 59 age category. Paul's was the second highest age grading percentage achieved at Pomphrey Hill

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The BBC See Hear production team was on site to film the progress of their
runner Rosie. Rosie is from Kent, she has participated in a couch to 5k run
course and has been training towards doing her first ever parkrun. She chose
to do her first parkrun at Pomphrey Hill having heard about the Deaf
Takeover. We were pleased you choose Pomphrey Hill parkrun Rosie and
hope to see you here again!

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All of the excellent photos taken today can be found via this link https://www.flickr.com/groups/pomphreyhill-parkrun/pool

Thank you Andrew and Ris and everyone at Pomphrey Hill for having us and thank you to everyone who volunteered today!

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See you again soon from the Run Director and all the volunteers at Pomphrey parkrun today!

Fiona Hughes

Run Director

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Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 270
11th May 2019

This week 436 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 92 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Adrian BAILEY • Steven BURGE • Anne BURGE • Rachel SOLLY • Chris THORNE • Jenny VALENTINE • Vic GARNER • Ella BURCHILL • Andrew BOYNTON • Ris SCOTT • Michele SILSBURY-BASEY • Russell SILSBURY-BASEY • Amy MORTIMORE • Eric DOWNEY • Sandy SAVERY • Fiona HUGHES • Amy GIBBS • Ellie DENNINGTON GRAY • Rory MORTIMORE • Hollie WEEKS • Kate NEILL • Kathryn BEE • Trevor WILSON • Jennie WEBBER • Rob WEBBER • Alison WHERRY-ALIMO • Helen MERRY • Elizabeth SUTHERLAND • Ben SMITH • Edward GRAHAM

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

The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 9,215 participants have completed 62,753 parkruns covering a total distance of 313,765 km, including 11,812 new Personal Bests. A total of 946 individuals have volunteered 5,989 times.

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