Pomphrey Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 6 – Richard, Tiernan and Adrian

Pomphrey Profiles Part 6 can only mean it has already been 6 weeks since we last enjoyed a parkrun together. Although it doesn't get any easier, the weeks are passing - and each week brings us one step closer to the next parkrun. I hope you are all managing this new reality and keeping well.

We have 3 new profiles this week - many thanks to Richard and Tiernan for telling their stories, to add to my own. Enjoy!

Richard Breakspear

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
A conversation in a pub in 2014 alerted me to parkrun, seemed a useful way to be a bit more committed to a fitness goal. Gradually went from there, running some weeks to running most weeks and gradually improving my time. This was great motivation to train a bit more and watch my diet more carefully.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Could just say completing the Green Man run around Bristol this March, having trained through a particularly wet winter. That’s something I wouldn’t have even considered a few years back when 5K was a struggle. But more widely, community. Love being part of the team effort, volunteering at parkrun (reached the purple 25 milestone T-shirt at Pomphrey back in February). Just generally proud to be a very small part of the huge cumulative effort that goes into putting on regular running events.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
Focusing on the small things: observing nature, all the changes as spring has been unfolding during these past few weeks. Enjoying all of the things I can control/do. Staying in touch with others in my running club (Goodgym), video chats have been great.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
Keeping up with the running once a day. Shorter distances, but making sure I get out and run each day. I’ve picked a route with varied terrain, running on grass, hills and some tarmac so play around with working on speed/hills etc, or just enjoy being out. I’ve got into the habit of going out at 6am, to avoid the busier parts of the day. There’s been some spectacular sunrises through the morning mist these past few weeks.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
There’s been a few! Erm.... Ludlow was nice: wooded course, very hilly and very muddy. Very welcoming. I timed it so as to go to the Christmas Fayre/Market at Ludlow castle afterwards.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
This lockdown won’t be forever, until then stay safe.

 

Tiernan Grimshaw

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
I was originally brought to parkrun by my Dad because he was doing the 5k.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Once, I explained to an adult how to do barcode scanning since I had done it so many times before and he needed help.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
I am talking to my friends more on Whatsapp video calls during the day and most days, I am doing P.E with Joe Monday to Friday with my Dad (who is writing this run report).

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
As above, I am enjoying P.E with Joe Wicks. As well as the morning workout, I go on small walks/runs with my Dad, while he also does his alphabet challenge.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
I really used to enjoy doing Little Stoke parkrun as it was one of the first ones I did and its one of the more flat ones. (Sorry Mr Hill!)

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
I really enjoy parkrun, especially Pomphrey Hill, because it is so fun to just run around and meet new people. If you haven't already, I would suggest to try it out as soon as you can. (Although we may not know when that will be). I will highly suggest parkrun to anyone but do stay safe!

 

Adrian Grimshaw

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
Chance! I was attending a training event at Ashton Court in readiness for Bristol Half Marathon 2012 - my first half. They recommended meeting an hour earlier to run parkrun first. However, it wasn't until Little Stoke parkrun started later that year that I began running more than once every few weeks - back in the day that I considered the 35 minute drive to Ashton Court a long way to go for "just" a parkrun.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
There are certainly some crazy stories that come to mind: 26 laps of Pomphrey one Saturday (something else that's Ira's fault), running the Green Man Ultra, driving across 4 US states to get to a parkrun, or fancy dress runs. When it comes to running events though, everything is relative and not always expected - and I think that's why we all like to celebrate being proud of our own, and each other's achievements. In my case, while growing up it would have been most unexpected for me to run anywhere, let alone 5K or further. Fast forward to 2016 and, following my Mum's successful breast cancer surgery, I ran the Bristol 10K in support of BUST - alongside the surgeon who had treated Mum. It wasn't the furthest I had run, and wasn't even my first Bristol 10K, but it was amazing to be able to give something back to a charity that support so many.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
Life is certainly very different at the moment, but there seems to be plenty going on. Virtual run challenges, Zoom quizzes, Zoom bingo, Zoom poker (there's a common factor here!) are all keeping many connections going.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
Mainly running and walking, not quite as much as normal but still most days. The only new addition to the routine is "PE with Joe", a 30 minute high-intensity workout as part of our home school setup. It is on at 9am (as all the best events are!), 5 days a week - everyone in the household has had a go but, as you've read above, Tiernan, has stuck to it the best, and I do it most days as a break from work.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
I would never use the word "favourite", but I have been lucky to run at 88 different parkruns with many fantastic memories. 3 have been in the USA, 2 with family where we all ran - and at Clermont, even in the humidity at 7:30am, Tiernan managed a 5K PB. I'll never forget the look of surprise on his own face! Pomphrey Hill will always be special, as Meryl and I have been on the core team since the start and met so many amazing people over those 6 years. A close second will always be Little Stoke; the family all discovered parkrun there, and all got something different out of it. We also found a new family there and while Little Stokers may now be spread far and wide, that spirit will always live on at all parkruns near Bristol. (edit - I honestly wrote this before Tiernan sent me his answers!)

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
Although there has been much disruption to our home life, we are in a fortunate position with secure jobs, generally good health and each other for company. I'm sure there are some daily struggles out there - the good news is you don't have to look to hard to find positive stories of support in the community. Please get in touch if you need anything, no matter how big or small it may seem.

 

If you'd like to see your name in lights, then please email us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com with answers to the following questions:
- a photo of yourself (or a link to a photo)
Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

Keep safe everyone!

Best wishes, Adrian.

 

Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 5 – Bex, Roz, Paul and Lesley

Hi parkrunners, it's been a few weeks now since we were last together and while many of us miss Pomphrey, our parkun community and running/walking/staggering up Mr Hill, hopefully when this is all over we'll be able to see everyone again and catch up over coffee and cake together. Oh, and run together too ;-)

So far, we've had Pomps People Profiles from Catalina and Neil in Part 1; from Janet, Steve and Debbie in Part 2; from Ris, Sarah and Jim in Part 3 and from Martyn, Rose and Gary in Part 4. Today is a bumper Part 5, with Bex, Roz, Paul and Lesley sharing their stories with us.

Becky Cox

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

Mum and Dad dragged me to parkrun back in 2015. I didn’t like running, I was sick at the top of Pomphrey Hill and I said I would never ever run Up Pomphrey again... I’ve now ran 120 parkruns and 63 at Pomphrey Hill!

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

Mum and I ran our 100th parkrun at Somerdale Pavilion (oops, sorry) surrounded by friends and family. We ran together; chatting and smiling as always and we crossed the finish line together. Being able to share parkrun with my family and friends, of all ages and abilities, is super special.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

I like routine, actually I NEED routine! I ‘work’ from 9-12:30, FaceTime reading with children from school, keeping in touch via phone calls and old fashioned letter writing and then the boring email bits. Once ‘work’ is all done, I’ve been making the most of our allowed exercise fix. And I have succumbed to Disney+... High School Musical 3 is tonight’s viewing!

I’ve also made a ‘Jar of Little Dreams’ - if an ‘I wish I could...’ pops into my head, I write it down and pop it in the jar. When ‘normal’ resumes, I will appreciate the little things I couldn’t do during lockdown.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?

Mum has kept me on my toes whilst we’ve been out running and Dad has made a mini gym in the garage. I miss swimming soooo much though! Oh and we are doing the press up challenge - 20 press ups, 6 days a week.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

I’ve got two; is that allowed?! Bath Skyline has zero tarmac, the course is through a little wooded area, up steps and through open fields and the views are stunning. And Eden Project is just wow! You are either running up up up or down down down and you finish at the biomes.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

We have met some truly special people through parkrun; people we now consider friends. There are too many to mention but parkrun wouldn’t be parkrun without Janet and Steve Jenkins, Hayley Franklin (not many people would stop to rub your back whilst your being sick during the Bitton 5k!) and Laura Neale.

Roz Castle

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

C25k originally brought me to Pomphrey Hill. Staple Hill Runners held a C25k course in January 2016 and they organised for us to "graduate" and complete our first 5k at Pomphrey Hill. I was never going to do another parkrun after that - that was going to be my first and last!!!

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

I can't chose one particular moment that I am proud of because there have been so many. I have been privileged to be able to support so many friends over the years and help them achieve personal goals. I've been so proud to see people grow and develop. I'm not a great runner, but I'm pretty good at talking and sometimes a good chat can help. I do wonder sometimes though whether some people's increase in speed is due to the fact they are trying to escape my incessant chatting!!

I've also been honoured to complete graduation parkruns with so many Active in Life C25k graduates. I'm proud and humbled to have played a small part in getting those lacking in confidence through the finish funnel!!

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

To remain positive at the moment, I'm literally just taking one day at a time. I have an amazing group of running friends that are missing each other very much. We have a FB group where we are checking in with each other on a daily basis and try and keep each other motivated.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?

I'm making sure that I make use of our daily exercise allowance!! I really enjoy being outdoors, so ensure that even on the days I'm lacking motivation I still get out. I set myself various personal challenges as I'm really missing the structure I had previously with running groups, parkrun and races.

I've also dusted off my old exercise bike, which I find quite tedious to use, but it's all hopefully beneficial!!

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

Choosing my next favourite parkrun is difficult, but I think it has to be Treviso. It was an early morning, epic journey to get there from Venice, but it was well worth the effort. It's a trail run and everyone who knows me, knows I don't do trail! However, this was such a small, friendly event and I linked up with another runner and we encouraged each other around. We assisted a Polish guy who got his wheelchair stuck - there was a real sense of camaraderie that morning!!

Pretty close behind are Penrose, Weymouth, Barnstaple, Southampton, Torbay Velopark and Clermont parkruns!!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

4 years ago I'd never heard of parkrun, but now it's such an important part of my life. I can't believe how much I have gained from being part of the parkrun community in general, but specifically from being part of the Pomphrey Hill family. I can't wait until we can all get together again.

Paul Castle

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

My wife started doing C25K and I started running with her on her homework runs. The graduation was at Pomphrey, and the rest is (as they say) history.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

Probably my first half marathon. Never dreamed of running that when we first started with our laps of Page Park.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

I’m mostly working from home at the moment but trying to stick to a daily pattern. Get up normal time, get dressed into work clothes. Spend the day working in the “office” (back bedroom). Stop around 5 and go for a short run, then evening meal etc. At least there is some routine.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?

Still going out for a run most days, and now going to get the turbo up and running and have a go at Zwift.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

I think Barnstable is my next favourite because if we run that then we’re either on holiday or going to be. After that it’s probably Penrose, because if we’re doing that one then we’re definitely on holiday.

Lesley Barry

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

I joined a C25k group with Run4Life, and went on to complete my graduation 5k run at Pomphrey in July 2016 - brilliant group and so pleased I did it.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

There are many, but I think one of my favourite runs was actually a walk! I had cancer a couple of years ago and during chemotherapy I walked parkrun when I felt well enough or volunteered when 5k felt a bit too far. No matter how long it took me to get round the support I got from everyone when I finished was amazing - it makes me incredibly proud to be a little part of the parkrun family.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

Lots of on-line video/text catch ups with friends, and a daily positive post from my friend Caroline.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?

Taking part in the Emerson Green Running Club alphabet challenge, every day during your run you take a selfie featuring the letter of the day. I alternate my runs with dog walks and spend a lot of energy convincing my teenagers to walk the dogs on my running days.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

Aberbeeg - I've only been once but I'll definitely be going back!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

Remember to be kind to yourself... as well as others.

Thank you Bex, Roz, Paul and Lesley for sharing your stories with us all!

If you'd like to see your name in lights, then please email us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com with answers to the following questions:
- a photo of yourself (or a link to a photo)
Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
These will be published over the coming days and weeks on our parkrun website and our Facebook page.

Until next time; be safe, stay healthy and look after each other.
Ris

 

Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 4 – Martyn, Rose and Gary

Hello Pomphrey Hill, how are you all doing?

So far we had the Pomps People Profiles from Catalina, Neil, Janet, Steve, Debbie, Ris, Sarah and Jim.  It's now time for the next three: mine, Rose and Gary.

Martyn Poole

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 Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

Nearly 3 years ago I signed up to Tough Mudder, as it was 20km + I decided I needed to get back into running.  In truth I had not been running since 2006 when I damaged my knee running the Bristol Half Marathon and from that point on detested running and everything it stood for.
I had heard about parkrun a fair few years ago when the closest one to where I lived was held at Little Stoke park. However, back then I really wasn’t interested in partaking although I always appreciate the concept.  My first run was at Pomphrey Hill on the 17th June 2017 where I came in at 107th with a time of 25:58. I never really fell in love with parkrun until much later.  This time would prove to be a pretty decent time for Pomphrey and I would run a lot worse especially for my 50th run which was 27 minutes, although I did have a twisted ankle and dressed in a full Halloween costume during horrible conditions.
After a few runs I had a message from my partner who at the time was running on a Monday night with the running club that Steve Burge ran, he was looking for volunteers so I decided to put my name down and help out.  I arrived early that morning at Pomphrey and asked if there was anything else, I could do to help. Steve let me set up the starting area and then I took my position at the top of Pomphrey Hill.  I was then told afterwards what a great job I did and had some positive feedback from runners which obviously made me feel good about myself and this made me want to help more often.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share

Bringing music to Pomphrey has to be my highlight, ever since the first time I brought some tunes I have seen others doing the same thing which is fantastic and I am glad to start a trend. The first time there was music people looked confused as they made their way around first lap where I was stationed at the bottom of the hill with Sue Upfield for company.
Before the day I had given a lot of thought about what my playlist would consist of and I wanted songs with references to hills. These songs ended up including “moving on up” and “running up that hill” The smiles it brought as well as some great singing and dancing made it all worthwhile.

If I can be bold and use two things my other would be taking Photos at Pomphrey, I always wanted to get into Photography and I have a lot I owe to Gary Woodruff who lent me his camera one day so I could take pictures one Saturday morning. He than uploaded them that evening and it wasn’t until I got my own camera that I appreciated the amount of time and effort after a parkrun it takes for the photographer to go through hundreds of pictures. The camera I borrowed off Gary is now mine as once he upgraded, he sold me his for a reasonable price and showed me a few things too, I am very grateful to him for that. He always told me that it was a wonderful feeling when you would see someone on social media using a photo that you took and now, I understand this statement.

Q3 – what you are doing to remain positive?

Working from home and spending 99% of my days here alone can become boring pretty quickly and I am very aware of my own mental health at this time. At the moment I am trying to remain active painting and upgrading my office so I can work more comfortably, doing some gardening and breaking out the PS4 to play the new Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil 3 Remakes.

While I can cope with being home alone normally its very different when you know you can’t go out whenever you want. I miss my friends and family so I am using facetime to speak to my parents and partner daily, making sure I speak to my grandparents and other family members when I can.

On Friday nights me and some colleagues from work host a 5-way conversation and dress up via the houseparty app. On Saturday nights I would join my partner, her sister, sister’s boyfriend and parents join a facetime conversation where each week we would have one of us create questions and tasks for us all to do. Great fun.

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

I always run during the week anyway which included my weekly Saturday parkrun so I have increased this to running 3 times during the week running between 5k up to 14k in keeping with my once a day outside. I wanted to fill in the days I was not running with some walks however, the nice weather has brought out too many people so I have now chosen not to do this.

As I can no longer visit the gym, I have also been using YouTube to find some intense HIIT classes which I now cycle between 3 different ones a week including one from Joe Wicks. I also have doubled the time I do Yoga at home to 2 times a week, if anyone is interested, I can recommend Yoga with Adriene on YouTube, her classes are easy to follow and she has a lot of different videos.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

This has to be Plymvalley parkrun, we went for a walk the day before and said how picturesque this national trust walk was and at the time I didn’t realise I would be back the very next day to run it as a parkrun. While it does have some jumps and trip hazards, you also get to run next to a stream and across a railway bridge. The location is lovely and surrounded by trees.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

I don’t live with my partner so we are not allowed to see each other and I miss her dearly. We have remained in contact via facetime every night but as she works hard for the NHS doing long hours and I can’t give her hugs when needed. I wanted to say that I am incredibly proud of her. I would just like to say a massive THANK YOU to every NHS worker and keyworker out there helping us through this difficult time!

Rose

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

My mum!

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

I loved running as Wonderwoman to celebrate Lesley's 100th run.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

I'm still running a 'not parkrun' 2k and 5k with my mum every week.

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

Joe Wicks, 'not parkruns' and online ballet and gymnastics.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

Eastville because the people were kind to me on my 10th parkrun when Pomphrey was cancelled.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

Just that it's so good and I miss it.

Gary Woodruff

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

I was a keen runner from childhood but took a break in my mid-20’s following a severe bout of glandular fever. Before I’d recovered enough to resume, I injured both my knees in freak accidents. Fast-forward to my early 40’s, and I befriended a lady who it turned out was a bit of a parkrun queen. I’d never heard of parkrun before and despite her encouragement to try it, I initially dismissed the idea for fear of aggravating my injuries. I briefly mentioned it in the office and discovered that my manager was also a parkrun fanatic. He was a Little Stoke refugee and from that point on relentlessly pressured me into joining him at Pomphrey! Eventually I agreed to go “just once” to get him off my back!

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

The easy answer would be the moment I was awarded Volunteer of the Year. That would be too simple and besides, Martyn wanted me to write something longer to pad out this week’s feature! A great number of athletes have overcome physical and mental health challenges with the aid of parkrun. When they achieved their milestones, it was often a day of great importance and significance in their lives and I’ve had the honour of being there to capture many such occasions. If I hadn’t been there, those moments may have been lost or only recorded in a few blurry cell phone photos (like the day I ran dressed as a Nun)! When I see my photos on their social media profiles, I feel proud to have created something that meant a lot to someone else.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

I’m fortunate in that remaining positive isn’t something I’ve struggled with. My work is rewarding and busier than ever. The internet provides endless resources for learning and self-improvement too. Not gonna lie…some video games were involved too! Many virtual zombies have lost their lives! If indeed a zombie has a life to lose?

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

I really enjoy going for walks and that was my main form of exercise prior to discovering parkrun. I’ve made the most of working from home as the hour spent in traffic is now bonus time for walking. I live on the border between the suburbs and the countryside so it’s only a quarter of a mile up the road and I’m walking along quiet lanes and appreciating some great views from atop the hills. A nice quiet walk can be great for mindfulness so that very much plays into the previous question about staying positive. For once I’m free of injuries so have been able to enjoy my running too…albeit very carefully!

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

that’s a tie between Page Park and Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

Page Park really is a wonderful facility and a great asset to the local community. There are a lovely bunch of volunteers, parents and athletes too. Plus, I love my post parkrun Mocha in the Beantree Café above all else! I really enjoy their marshal-in-motion role as it’s a unique opportunity for an adult to run the Junior parkrun course during the event. Not to mention it’s always very satisfying helping and encouraging the parkrunners of the future.

 

Stratford-upon-Avon was recommended to me by the same lady who first encouraged me to take up parkrun. She wasn’t wrong in thinking that it would be right up my street. They have a picturesque section along the river that runs past the Holy Trinity Church and Royal Shakespeare Company. During the summer months they have a spectacular big wheel too. It’s a photographer’s dream so whilst I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been, only two of those occasions involved running! It’s very flat and quicker than Chipping Sodbury, so if you are one of the types who seek out PB courses, it’s worth the drive! I’m always hoping to get shots of a famous actor/actress who might attend the parkrun whilst staying in the town for a production. No luck so far! They also have a huge carpark and I love the humour and culture of the core team. In that respect they are very similar to Pomphrey.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Run Directors as they do all the heavy lifting but receive little recognition. The regular volunteers are thanked at the start of each event by the RD and athletes. As a regular photographer I’m always surprised by the amount of recognition I receive and how many athletes know my name. Yet I am sure many athletes (including myself before I started volunteering) couldn’t name the RD’s. Confession time…before I knew their real names, I’d given each one a Spice Girls-esque nickname! I wonder if anyone can guess who Posh, Scary, Baby and The Funny One were?! Anyhow, before I elaborate and get in trouble, I just thought I’d give the unsung heroes some recognition and appreciation for all the work they put in.

 

Thanks Rose and Gary for sharing your stories with us all!

If you'd like to see your name in lights, then please email us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com with answers to the following questions:

- a photo of yourself (or a link to a photo)
Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?
Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?
Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

These will be published over the coming days and weeks on our parkrun website and our Facebook page.

Until next time; be safe, stay healthy and look after each other.
Martyn

 

Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 3 – Ris, Sarah and Jim

Hi Pomps Peeps, how are you all doing?  

So far we had the Pomps People Profiles from Catalina, Neil, Janet, Steve and Debbie.  It's now time for the next three: mine, Sarah's and Jim's.

Ris Scott

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

I’d known about parkrun for a while but had other Saturday morning commitments. After retiring from playing rugby, I took up triathlons and parkrun, as a timed 5k, seemed a good way of running a fast 5k and monitoring my progress.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

After initially viewing parkrun as a place to run fast, I quickly realised after doing my first volunteer (Finish Tokens) that it is far more than that, it’s a community. When I say to new parkrunners “welcome to the family” it’s because that’s how I see parkrun and Pomphrey in particular: a large family of people who encourage, support and help each other through the good times and the bad. The support that parkrunners are giving each other at the moment is testimony to that.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home which is giving me a sense of ‘normal’ routine. I’ve spent the last 18 months weekly commuting so we’re both readjusting to me being in the house seven days a week. I do have a fortnights holiday coming up, so I’ll need to establish a daily routine doing gardening, creating Lego sculptures (aka playing) and some quality time with my wife too.

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

I have my road bike connected to a turbo trainer and I’m a huge fan of the virtual cycling platform Zwift (other virtual platforms are available). I’m finding an hour or so in the morning pre-work, in lieu of my normal cycle commute, is keeping me centred and fit enough. I took 14 minutes off my Alpe du Zwift PB yesterday evening so I might even be getting fitter.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

I really enjoyed Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire; the grounds, ponds and ruins are utterly beautiful. If you’re not a National Trust member is pretty pricey to get in but if you parkrun you can see the grounds for free!

Sarah Brocklesby

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

Originally, I started parkrun by accident! I was doing Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays and wanted something to do in between the two sessions. I had heard about parkrun and because I walked and did Zumba, thought "how hard can it be?" I soon found out as I was 61 and had never run before.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

I persevered! Running (slowly) is now a big part of my life. My nieces and nephews love that their crazy aunt runs. So, it was fantastic last year when my nephew and his family ran at Pomphrey Hill with me making 3 generations of Brocklesbys. I was, of course, beaten by them all - even Sam aged 4! I was so thrilled that I made the younger members a medal for their 1st parkrun with Great Aunt Sarah.

Q3 & 4- what you are doing to remain positive, active and fit?

I am also a member of a Couch-2-5K group that has kept running every week since we graduated at Pomphrey in 2017. We are staying positive by all running individually at our usual 9:30am Wednesday morning then having a 10:30am live group video coffee and chat. That way we can still motivate each other to run and support each other.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

My next favourite parkrun has to be Chipping Sodbury, as I've never done any others - and it's flat!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

My next parkrun will be my 50th and definitely at Pomphrey Hill.

P.S. May I just also say thank you to the lovely speedy runners who give me a cheery "well done" or "keep going" as they pass me. Their acknowledgement of my effort is always appreciated.

Jim Mallabone
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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

My wife was struggling with mental health. I took up running to give myself time to think and to give me 30-60 minutes outside whilst not acting as a primary carer.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

I’m proud of volunteering and have volunteered on 4 occasions compared with my 13 or 14 runs.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

I’ve recently lost my motivation to run a little bit, my son and I are going to start together whilst he is off school. I’m also trying to write some music and find my creative side whilst staying at home.

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

Very little at the moment but I’ll start running again this week and also I have an indoor bike linked to Zwift and a Concept 2 rowing machine. I just need to find some space in the garage.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

Southsea is very flat and the turn around was outside my house on the seafront. Great for PBs. However, Gulworthy in Devon is great. 4.5 km of flat and gradual downhill but a final 500m of steep incline. You can push on the flat and downhill and as the final hill is just before the finish you can go hard knowing you can stop very soon. It’s Pomphrey hill on steroids!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

Mental health has affected my life and all my children’s lives through living with a father and mother who struggle from time to time. Running is so hard for me to get motivated for but when I do manage to get out, the feeling I get afterwards is amazing. I wish I could get my two youngest children to experience that. I’m sure I will in time.

Thanks Sarah and Jim for sharing your stories with us all!

If you'd like to see your name in lights, then please email us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com with answers to the following questions:

- a photo of yourself (or a link to a photo)
Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?
Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?
Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

These will be published over the coming days and weeks on our parkrun website and our Facebook page.

Until next time; be safe, stay healthy and look after each other.
Ris

 

Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 2 – Janet, Steve and Debbie

Last week Catalina published the first two in our new series of portraits of you, our wonderful community at Pomphrey Hill parkrun. So without further ado, may I present Janet's, Steve's and Debbie's profiles:

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

I did my very first parkrun at Bushy Park in March 2013 with my daughter and her work colleagues. It was their Event #452 and I was 734 out of a field of 869. I couldn't believe how well organised this free event was. I didn't run another until April 2014 and that was my first Pomphrey Hill parkrun. It was Pomphrey's Event #7 and I was 50th out of a field of just 64. I can't remember how I found Pomphrey but what a great discovery it was. Saturdays haven't been the same since!

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

I was really proud and surprised to have been chosen as parkrunner of the year for 2020. There are so many worthy people out there and I am really honoured to have been given this award. I have found that the weeks I volunteer have been as much fun and as satisfying as the weeks I run. It also means I don't have to struggle up 'that' hill!

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

There is always something to be positive about. In these challenging times, a short walk or run can make everything seem a little easier. Hopefully it won't be too long before we are all back together and enjoying Mr Hill again.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?

Following Government advice Steve and myself are taking a daily brisk walk. We are lucky to live close to countryside where we can escape and enjoy the peace. The exercise bike has come into it's own and I've even tried some skipping!

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

I have run Tooting Common parkrun a number of times. It's 3 laps like Pomphrey but the big difference is it's flat!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

I love parkrun. It's a challenge to run and rewarding to volunteer. I have met some amazing and inspiring people. It is so inclusive and supportive. Steve and I can both join in and both enjoy in our own way and even occasionally we can persuade our son and daughter to join us. I also get the chance to catch up with my running buddy Jenny. (If we stopped talking we could probably run a bit quicker!).

Thanks Pomphrey, Saturdays won't be the same without you but hopefully parkrun will be back in the not too distant future.

Steve Jenkins

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Q - what originally brought you to parkrun?

My wife brought me to parkrun. I had to give up running on the advice of a surgeon, because of osteoarthritis in my left knee. I found it frustrating watching people run when I no longer could. Janet suggested that I might enjoy parkrun because it was a different sort of event. So I came along one day in 2015 and as always, she was right!  Soon after I started volunteering and now I find it the perfect start to the weekend.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

My favourite parkrun memory is doing my 100th volunteer role the same day as Janet did her 100th parkrun. It took place on May 4th 2019 (Star Wars Day). Lots of friends gave up their usual plans and joined us plus Jackie and Chris as Tail Walkers. Special thanks to our son, Matt, who despite being a good runner, rarely makes it out of bed in time for a Saturday parkrun. (More likely he feels embarrassed by his parents in fancy dress! or the fact his older sister, Helen, is a better runner).

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

Remaining positive whilst we live in these uncertain times is not too much of a problem.  We should reflect on how lucky we are to be healthy and happy and if people become more tolerant and less selfish, we may come out the other side with a better society.  Let's hope so.

Oh! and drink beer.

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

We are lucky to live near open countryside, so a daily bucolic walk with the correct protocol is not a problem.  A daily workout on the exercise bike helps.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

I really like Burnham and Highbridge parkrun. Lovely flat course with great views and a nice cafe. Definitely not the Curly Wurly at Somerdale though. I got dizzy just watching!  (Sorry Lynsey, but you're still my favourite RD!). No other parkrun however comes near Pomphrey!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

I can honestly say that I have not met anyone at parkrun I dislike.  On the contrary I have met lots of great people, many of whom have become good friends.  I have also had the privilege to volunteer alongside truly inspirational young people doing their DoE awards. We also have Jackie and Chris!

Parkrun is inclusive, non-judgemental and inspiring. I would recommend it to anyone.

Debbie Wright

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

parkrun helped my mental health during marriage break up. Running cleared my head and parkrun gave me a challenge to aim for.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

Volunteering for Bristol Half Marathon in 2019 in lashing rain, I had about 6 layers on including 2 coats and a rain cover. I marshalled with my pal Bev, who I met through Sportsound C25k and I loved the cheering and support that we encouraged within the crowd.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

Keeping calm and carrying on, helping take things to friends and neighbours.

Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?

I'm running, walking and playing Wii games.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

Letchworth, Herts was my home town, well until my mum died 5 weeks ago.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

I love parkrun, tell all my friends about it and I wouldn't have kept running these past 5 weeks without you and your support. Hopefully, after 6 years of doing them (I started at Little Stoke) I'll finally crack my 50th!!!!!!

Thank you to Janet, Steve and Debbie!

If you'd like to see your name in lights, then please email us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com with answers to the following questions:

- a photo of yourself (or a link to a photo)
Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?
Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?
Q4 - what you are doing to remain active and fit?
Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?

These will be published over the coming days and weeks on our parkrun website and our Facebook page.

The next edition of Pomps People Profiles will be published this weekend.

Until then, stay safe and well!

Ris

 

The (nearly) All New Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part I

We sent out an email last week asking a few questions so we could share some Pomps People Profiles with everyone here on our news page to fill the run report gap, and also to turn this parkrun pause into something that will bring our Pomphrey Hill community even closer together through the coming weeks.

Here is the first set of pen portraits of some of our Pomps people...

First up is yours truly, Catalina Lee, one of your core team of Run Directors.  Here I am running alongside my sister Yvonne:

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Here goes...

Q1. What originally brought you to parkrun?

My amazing coach from Staple Hill Runners, Helen Newberry. She suggested it at one of our early training sessions way back in 2014. I thought, who's daft enough to want to get up at that time on a Saturday morning and go running 5k..?!? A couple of weeks later I'd completed my first parkrun at Little Stoke, then was dragged along for a second time the following week and that was it - I was hooked!

Q2. Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

I remember one Saturday morning about 6 months into my parkrunning when I was away in a youth hostel for a walking weekend with a group of friends. There was no parkrun around but I received a text from a friend who told me I'd been picked as parkrunner of the month. I was so chuffed and delighted when I got my gift of free pair of trainers. It wasn't much longer after that when Meryl asked me if I'd like to join the core team - I couldn't really refuse! Volunteering before becoming RD was always fun, being RD means you have the privilege of encountering so many hi-vis heroes who all discover how much fun it is helping to make our parkrun happen each week.

Q3. What are you doing to remain positive?

My dad used to say to me and my sisters to 'count your blessings' and to 'walk on the sunny side of the street', so this is what I'm doing as much as I can. I'm in lots of whatsapp groups, some are new having replaced other active/social groups I've been involved with and there are a lot of supportive posts being exchanged, which is great.

Q4. What are you doing to remain active and fit?

I'm going running; I might dig out my old hula hoop (!); I definitely will be de-cluttering and will have lots of gardening to keep up with so you never know I might even get myself a pb next time!

Q5. Apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

My next favourite, or memorable, parkrun is Haga parkrun in Stockholm which I ran with friend and fellow parkrunner Ruth. It's special because it was my first one abroad, it's a great 2 lap route through a beautiful huge old park and we enjoyed a lovely post parkrun breakfast and chat in a nearby cafe with some of the very friendly core team.

Q6. Is there anything else you would like to share?

I might not always exactly leap out of bed every parkrun Saturday morning but I always love the parkrun experience whether it's flicking the switch on the megaphone and letting the whole siren play out before the next announcement as RD or first timers' briefing; chasing my (long ago) pb; running with my older sister who now runs 'Up Pomphrey!' much more easily than I can; sharing the fun of celebrating friends' milestones and Pomphrey Hill birthdays (even if it means wearing one of 'those' inflatable duck costumes!), and of course all the lovely cake, hot hatch cuppas and chatting with Pomps people.

Next up is Neil Harrison, pictured here with a four legged friend at Page Park;

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Q1. What originally brought you to parkrun?

A man called William Lee, known to many at PH, introduced me to parkrun, although so far I’m more of a volunteer.

Q2. Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?

At the moment the bit of volunteering that I do which I give most importance to is working at East Bristol Food Bank, Fishponds Baptist Church.

Q3. What are you doing to remain positive?

Being positive is quite difficult but spring is here to be enjoyed and Easter is approaching, a time of renewal and strengthening.

Q4. What are you doing to remain active and fit?

I will be working on my allotment and trying to get out in the fresh air as much as possible.

Q5. Apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?

My favourite parkrun is the Page Park juniors, where I have volunteered for some weeks now. Sunday mornings in the rain cheering on the littlies and then going to church have been quite a highlight and I hope parents can continue to keep their kids fit.

Q6. Is there anything else you would like to share?

Love your neighbours and listen to others. The reduction in exhaust fumes will be good for our air quality but we will need to find creative ways of managing mental health.

Thank you Neil. Well folks, that's it for Part I. We have a couple more Pomps Profiles coming later on, but we're looking forward to receiving lots more from you as the days and weeks go by until our next parkrun event. Who knows, they might even become a permanent feature! Email us your 'Getting to know you' answers at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com

So while you wait with baited breath for Part II, I hope you all keep safe, keep a safe distance, and keep in touch.

Best wishes and thinking of you all in these difficult times

Catalina

 

Corona-who? Time for some fun

Pomphrey Hill parkrun

Event #313 - 14/03/2020

The weather has been awful recently, our event has been cancelled a few times, the news has been horrid and we are going through a worrying period for everyone. But I'm pretty sure that you will all agree that it was amazing to get out of the house, and get away from all the gloom and get to Pomphrey Hill parkrun.

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Firstly I would like to say a huge thanks to all of the fantastic volunteers who helped with putting this event on for us.

Ruth DORRELL • Steven BURGE • Karen DYER • Anne BURGE • Thelma GARNER • William LEE • Ian JONES • Ella BURCHILL • Jules PEARSON • Daniel SMITH • Philip MCWILLIAMS • Stewart CUNDY • Trudy REED • Julie DYER • Lee DYER • Emily PHILLIPS • Shaun WALSH • Sarah ASHBY • Martyn POOLE • Barbara SULLIVAN • Sally GARNETT • James DORRELL • Thomas MCINTYRE • Maria FERNANDEZ •   Rob BOARDMAN

We were very lucky to have the presence of our Ambassador, Jules PEARSON, who was our Timekeeper at the event. She did a fantastic job too, I just hope she was impressed by how Pomphrey Hill parkrun is organised by the core team.

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Anne BURGE has been a Co-Event Director at Pomphrey Hill parkrun, but has had to take a step back from the role due to family circumstances. It was an absolute pleasure to present Anne, my wife, with a few thank you pressies from the core team before the event.

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We had a few milestone finishers at Pomphrey Hill with a trio of brothers all doing there 50th parkruns on the same day. Congratulations go to Nathan, Micah and Daniel FERGUSON who all completed parkrun number 50. I would also like to congratulate Chris AMOS and Brian ADAMSON who both finished their 100th parkruns. We look forward to seeing you in those milestone t-shirts very soon and thanks for the cake.

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I would encourage you all to visit our web page and take a look at all the wonderful photos that were taken by Daniel SMITH, and also a few by Martyn POOLE. They are epic and bring a smile to my face, see them all here.   https://www.flickr.com/groups/pomphreyhill-parkrun/

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We had some folks from Active in Life and their Couch to 5km group, who all chose to graduate at Pomphrey Hill parkrun. Congratulations to all of you for completing the parkrun and we hope to see you again soon.

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With the current uncertainty and news changing every day regarding the Coronavirus please look out for everybody in our community. If you know someone who relies on parkrun for social interaction or exercise, please take time to touch base and maybe offer to fetch medicines, shopping or just be there at the end of a phone to talk. We all need to look after and lookout for one another. Don't hesitate to contact us via social media or via email and we will do our best to help where we can.

Please keep an eye out for the current parkrun situation with regards the Coronavirus and all the implications at this link - https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/

Wash them hands... take care of yourselves, and we hope to see you again soon.

Steven Burge - Run Director @ Pomphrey Hill parkrun.

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Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 313
14th March 2020

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Ruth DORRELL • Steven BURGE • Karen DYER • Anne BURGE • Thelma GARNER • William LEE • Ian JONES • Ella BURCHILL • Jules PEARSON • Daniel SMITH • Philip MCWILLIAMS • Stewart CUNDY • Trudy REED • Julie DYER • Lee DYER • Emily PHILLIPS • Shaun WALSH • Sarah ASHBY • Martyn POOLE • Barbara SULLIVAN • Sally GARNETT • James DORRELL • Thomas MCINTYRE • Maria FERNANDEZ • Rob BOARDMAN

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 Caroline LAVIS who recorded 91.77% (25:31) on 1st January 2020 (event number 304).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 10,688 participants have completed 76,067 parkruns covering a total distance of 380,335 km, including 13,532 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,085 individuals have volunteered 7,272 times.

 

Inspiration on our International Women’s Day Themed 6th Birthday

Pomphrey Hill parkrun Event number #312 on 7th March 2020

The tradition we have developed over our previous 5 birthdays is that on our birthday event we hand out our Annual Awards to worthy and inspiring recipients.  This year's award winners are:

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Congratulations to all of you!  Callum, Ben and Janet were unable to join us.  We've got their certificates in a safe place and will award them when they are next at Pomphrey.

Our birthday event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Adrian GRIMSHAW  •  Alyssa GRIMSHAW  •  Anna FORD  •  Barbara SULLIVAN  •  Catalina LEE  •  Duncan GOUGH  •  Dylan LOCKYER  •  Ella BURCHILL  •  Gary WOODRUFF  •  Helen PALMER  •  Jackie THORNE  •  James DORRELL  •  Jenny DODD  •  John RICE  •  Julie DYER  •  Katie PINNINGTON  •  Lesley OOSTERBROEK  •  Lucy POTTER  •  Megan GRIMSHAW  •  Meryl GRIMSHAW  •  Naomi SULLIVAN  •  Neil HARRISON  •  Peter ATKINSON  •  Phil COSSEY  •  Ris SCOTT  •  Rory EVANS  •  Rosalyn CASTLE  •  Sandra DRAKETT  •  Stephanie EVANS  •  Sue UPFIELD  •  Thomas MCINTYRE  •  William LEE - Thank you to all of you!
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We celebrated "Inspiring Women" within our own parkrun community and judging from the photos you all seemed to have a very good time.

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Milestones:
Congratulations to Sue UPFIELD and Barbara SULLIVAN on their 25th Volunteer as well as Lucy SWARBRICK, Sarah FOWKES and Simon BAKER on completing their 50th event. While not formal t-shirt earning milestones, special mention must go to Vic GARNER and Andy BUSH on their 150th finishes.
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This week 306 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.  Welcome to the 16 First Time parkrunners.  We hope you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you again soon.  Several of our First Timers came as part of the Cadbury Heath Healthcare team as the culmination of their Well Being Week. It was lovely to see so many of you.
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We also had 32 parkrun tourists visiting Pomphrey Hill for the first time, a few wrote messages in our Visitors Book:

"Congratulations on your 6th birthday! You seem like a great bunch, good luck for the next 6 years! Up Pomphrey! (Gosh that hill is tough...)." Steve, Coventry parkrun

"What a hill!! Thanks for being a lovely supportive parkrun."  Becca, Eastville parkrun

"Fantastic parkrun for a challenge. Really impressed by the team than run a well organised event."  John, Perry Hall parkrun, Birmingham

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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 Caroline LAVIS who recorded 91.77% (25:31) on 1st January 2020 (event number 304).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 10,669 participants have completed 75,783 parkruns covering a total distance of 378,915 km, including 13,497 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,084 individuals have volunteered 7,247 times.

Until next time,

Ris Scott, Event Director

 

Event #311 Jumping for Joy

This Saturday we saw parkrun fall for the first time on a leap year day as the last one was in 1996 when parkrun didn’t exist! What did we used to do with ourselves at 9am on a Saturday morning? The next time you will be able to attend parkrun on a leap day will be 2048, so there is plenty of opportunity to get your milestone achievements in the meantime.

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We were also leaping for joy to see the event return after two weeks of cancellations due to storm Dennis the Menace, the wet weather and a very muddy, slippy, sloppy Mr Hill. It was great to see some of you dress up for the occasion with a selection of bunny, frogs & tigger outfits. There was plenty of opportunity to leap over a few of the puddles on the course, all of which were captured by our volunteer photographer Gary Woodruff and all of the leaptastic photos can be found on the Flickr Pomphrey Hill parkrun group album. 

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A huge thank you to all our volunteers for giving up their time to check & set up the course, safely ensure your way round and time, scan and process your results. This event was made possible by 25 volunteers: Fiona BLACKMORE • Johnny SUTTLE • Danielle SUTTLE • Ruth DORRELL • Hollie HARMER • Neil EVANS • Damian BAKER • Ian JONES • Colin JOHNSTONE • Ella BURCHILL • Rose BURCHILL • Ris SCOTT • Daniel SMITH • Stephen JENKINS • Dominic HINCHEY • Matthew HICKERY • Sue UPFIELD • Trudy REED • Gary WOODRUFF • Bev MILES • Samuel HARMER • James DORRELL • Patrick LEWIS • Thomas MCINTYRE • Laurence FAY

Happy Anniversary to Hollie and Samuel HARMER, who chose to celebrate by tailwalking! Congratulations and thankyou!

You too can also be a high vis hero, please add your name to the volunteer board or sign up at  pomphreyhillhillhelpers@parkrun.com


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We would also like to give a special well done and thank you mention to Rose Burchill who has completed her silver Duke of Edinburgh volunteering award over the 6 months with us carry all the volunteering roles. Many thanks for all of your help.

With a sudden downpour of hailstones and rain at the start, sunshine and blue skies returned to see 204 finishers including 9 first timers. We hope to see you all return soon.  Our first finishers were Liam Wilson in 17.36 and Amy Nicholls with a new PB of 20.38. Both very respectable times with the ever so slightly muddy underfoot. 

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We also had multiple milestone achievements, with Lesley Brindley, Stephen Cox and Neil Newman all completing their 50th and Gemma Price, Jenny Dodd and Neil Hobbs all completing their 100th. That’s 450 parkruns between you all! The costumes and cakes were lovely, great to see you all celebrating and enjoying yourselves. A special well done to Junior Charlie Bush who completes his 10th parkrun. Great job Charlie!! 

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Next week sees a joint celebration of Pomphrey Hill parkrun’s 6th birthday event and International Women’s Day. So please come along to celebrate with us as we find out who will be receiving our Annual Awards this year. There is also a cake competition to win the star baker prize.  Please come dressed as an “Inspiring Woman” or wear purple.

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hilparkrun 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 Caroline LAVIS who recorded 91.77% (25:31) on 1st January 2020 (event number 304).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 10,622 participants have completed 75,477 parkruns covering a total distance of 377,385 km, including 13,463 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,081 individuals have volunteered 7,215 times.

Run report writer Ruth Dorrell on behalf of Run Director Trudy Reed

 

 

More than just a run in the park

A parkrun is more than just a set of results. When reviewing the weekend for the run report my first stop is always the results table and if you look at the history of our event, all we have to show for it is the results and if we’re lucky a few photos. How many runners did we have? Did many get PBs? Where did folks travel from to run with us?

If you look only at the stats, provided by parkrun HQ from looking at our events results, you will see:

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

This is lovely, nice to see so many folks out enjoying the fresh air – before so much more air battered our homes and cars on Sunday with storm Ciara. With so many races cancelled before the imminent storm it was possibly the last opportunity to enjoy nice weather and a run all weekend.

What the results don’t show, is the lives of the people who ran the parkrun. Many roll out of bed and walk to the event, more jump in the car and others plan their outing much further in advance and travel great distances to join us, at the beginning of their weekend.

Nick and Sylvia Hilditch joined us from Folkestone – kind enough to write in our visitors book, said

“Lovely hill, lovely friendly volunteers, beautiful park”

“Lovely run in a beautiful setting Challenging hill! Very enjoyable, thanks for the very friendly welcome”

Julian Lewis joined us from Bath, his first visit to us for his 38th parkrun.

As lovely as it is to see tourists and visitors, for the community it’s lovely to see the familiar faces. The volunteers who turn up each and almost every week to don the high-vis vest or the young folks who love their weekly run with their mum. Little legs always go that little bit further when accompanied by a family member, how many sports events do you know where a 5 year old can run with their 70 year old great uncle?

First timers, who tackled our hill and their first ever parkrun included:
Tom, Dave, Dru, Pete, Chris, Bethany, Rob, Lauren, Max, Gill, Rebecca, Ben and Stuart. Welcome folks, we hope you enjoyed your 3 laps of our lovely course and look forward to seeing you again.

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Volunteers this week included:
Laura SHARPE • Adrian GRIMSHAW • Ruth DORRELL • Steven BURGE • Serena GRIFFITHS • Megan GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • Helen CLARK • Sian HARRIS • Richard BREAKSPEAR • Stephen JENKINS • Anna CLARKE • Paula ADAMSON • Brian ADAMSON • Dan GILBERT • Louis CLARKE • Andrew BANFIELD • John RICE • Shaun WALSH • Helen DAVIS • Holly CLARKE • Nikky COX • Simon COX • Tim WOODHEAD • Michele COOK • Gary WOODRUFF • James DORRELL • Kevin RICKERBY • Laura SEWELL • Thomas MCINTYRE

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One of our tail walkers, Tim Woodhead was volunteering for his very first time and Richard Breakspear, one of our timekeepers, for his 25th time. We hope they’ve been bitten by the volunteering bug. It was lovely to see Louis and Holly volunteering as marshals again with mum Anna – Holly even brought a bell and bongos – we hope it gave you the encouragement you needed to get “Up Pomphrey”. If you would like to volunteer do email us at pomphreyhillhelpers@parkrun.com. or comment on one of our many posts on our Facebook page.

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Milestone runners this week all celebrated their 50th parkrun; they included Bailey Clark, Kenton Jones, Paul Griffiths, Sharon Wong, Paul Momber and Sarah Jones. Sarah, not only completed her 50th parkrun, she also achieved a PB as well, taking over a minute off her previous best run at our event. Congratulations to you all! I’m sure you will receive emails asking you to claim your red 50 th shirt shortly.

So if you only look at the stats, you don’t get the whole picture of the event. The community. The course conditions. The runners. The volunteers. The celebrations. As parkrun HQ are often keen to say, parkrun – so much more than just a run in a park.

To get the whole picture – check out the fantastic photos Gary took for us here.

To see our upcoming celebrations, visit our Facebook page and join in with our next upcoming events that include:

Leap Day Event - 29th February 2020Leap, jump, hop, skip, bound, spring, vault.. you get the idea! 'Leaping' themed costumes & accessories are encouraged.

Our 6th Birthday partyPomphrey Hill parkrun turns 6 years old - 6th Birthday Event - 7th March 2020 - We are turning 6. Come along to celebrate with us! Who will be receiving our Annual Awards this year? There will be a cake competition, who will win this year's Star Baker prize?
Please come dressed as an "Inspiring Woman" or wear purple.
Happy International Women's Day!

Why not let us know what parkrun means to you? Comment on our Facebook page or write a note in our visitors book one week, we would love to hear from you. Until next time, stay safe out there.

Meryl Grimshaw (636675)
Run Director

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Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 310
8th February 2020

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Laura SHARPE • Adrian GRIMSHAW • Ruth DORRELL • Steven BURGE • Serena GRIFFITHS • Megan GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • Helen CLARK • Sian HARRIS • Richard BREAKSPEAR • Stephen JENKINS • Anna CLARKE • Paula ADAMSON • Brian ADAMSON • Dan GILBERT • Louis CLARKE • Andrew BANFIELD • John RICE • Shaun WALSH • Helen DAVIS • Holly CLARKE • Nikky COX • Simon COX • Tim WOODHEAD • Michele COOK • Gary WOODRUFF • James DORRELL • Kevin RICKERBY • Laura SEWELL • Thomas MCINTYRE

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 Caroline LAVIS who recorded 91.77% (25:31) on 1st January 2020 (event number 304).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 10,600 participants have completed 75,273 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,365 km, including 13,455 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,079 individuals have volunteered 7,190 times.