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.