Selfie Challenge Week 4: Car Park Corner

Hi everyone,
It was good to make it back to Pomphrey, my first time back since our birthday on March 7th. It was great to see it looking so lush and green. Despite all the rain we've had over the last week, it was very dry compared to early March when I saw it last!

We had five selfies this week at Car Park Corner, so thank you to Janet and Steve, Martyn, Danny and Jenny for adding their photos to mine.

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Janet and Steve, rocking their lockdown hair.

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Danny, modelling his summer hat. Shame the weather is more autumnal than summer!

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Martyn and friend, enjoying a slight break between the rain showers.

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Jenny, enjoying her run at Pomphrey.

The next two weeks in the Selfie Challenge are:
11 July: Selfies at the Cricket Net Marshal Spot (it's where the path splits just past the cricket nets and containers)
18 July: Selfies by the Pond

And finally,
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Yours truly. Unlike Janet and Steve, I'm hiding my lockdown hair until its had a proper, professional cut!
See you again soon,
Ris

 

Selfie Challenge Week 3: By the start

Another week, another lot of selfies from you beautiful parkrunners.
The core team and I want to thank you all for your efforts with this fun challenge while we all wait for our favourite Saturday morning social to resume. I however, would personally like to thank this weeks stars not only because it’s my week as virtual RD and I needed some pictures but, because the weather has taken a very British turn which meant there was a lot of rain this weekend. Yet you lot smashed them out again providing me with some lovely shots, so without further ado, here are this week’s pictures from the start.

Timers, are you ready?

Richard Breakspear, wondering why it's so quiet!

Gary Woodruff, showing me how it's done. Needs work on his "selfie"

Janet Jenkins, prepped and ready for the off!

Your RD for the week, yes it's me! Martyn Poole on my 7th KM with future parkrunner

Everyone knows Ruth, showing her lovely smile while braving the weather

Fellow RD Adrian Grimshaw stepping out of the house for some deserved downtime

Last but not least, Andrew Banfield, he's actually listening to Travis while he remembers our last run together in March

Next week I am handing over to our chief and commander Ris. Please post or email in your selfies. I'll be there, will you?

Selfie Challenge 4th July: Car Park Corner
Selfie Challenge 11th July: Selfies at Cricket Net Marshal Spot

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

 

Selfie Challenge Week 2: By the pavilion

This week was my first turn as the Guardian of the email and Facebook and as always, my involvement in parkrun hasn’t failed to make me smile and feel a little better about life.

Thank you to every lovely person who posted a picture from the pavilion. The pavilion is a much loved spot, not just for The Hatch and it’s delicious snacks, but because it has been our protective hideaway on a Saturday morning when the weather has been sub optimal (can’t let those biscuits and cakes get wet). I have very fond memories of lining up all the starters under its protective roof for one of my first (and very wet/blustery) parkrun RD stints.

I hope you enjoy the fabulous collection of smiling faces at this very familiar spot as much as I did.

Barbara Field in motion!

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Gangsta Gary.
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Ruth Dorrel enjoying a refuel.

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William and Catalina Lee (hopefully enjoying the fact they are not having to remind people to “keep the path clear”).

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The Fields searching for their bacon roll.

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Janet Jenkins missing her parkrun posse.

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Richard Brakespear enjoying his takeaway veggie sausage sandwich.

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Martyn Poole just making absolutely sure no one was home.

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Steve Jenkin’s selfie.
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Next week I am handing over to Martyn to be Guardian of the email and Facebook. Please post or email in your selfies. I promise to add mine to the bunch.

Selfie Challenge 27th June: Start Line
Selfie Challenge 4th July: Car Park Corner

Trudy

 

Selfie Challenge Week 1: The Middle of Mr Hill

On Monday evening, the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Core Team gathered via Zoom. We discussed the latest updates from Head Office, decided to try out a new Selfie Not-Run Report feature (please see below), organised who will be the virtual Run Director aka Guardian of Email and Facebook for the next few weeks and Steve 'volunteered' to host a virtual Bingo Night (which was brilliant fun - thank you Steve and Anne).
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The location of this week's Selfie Challenge was the middle of Mr Hill. Martyn, Ruth, Gary as well as Steve and Janet have all submitted their spectacular efforts for Week 1. Thank you!
 
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The locations for the next two weeks of the Selfie Challenge are:
 
20 June: Selfies by the Pavilion
27 June: Selfies by the Start
 
To be part of either Not-Run Report, either email your selfie to us at pomphreyhill@parkrun.com or post it as a comment to our Facebook post. You can take your selfie at any point in the week and please follow Government guidance on social distancing and the number of people you can run/jog/walk with.
 
Until next time, stay safe,
 
Ris and the PH Team

 

Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 12 – Sian, Sandra and William

Hi folks here is another batch of Pomps People Profiles.  We hope you are enjoying this way of keeping in touch with some of your friends at Pomphrey Hill while we can't get together in the usual way.  So in a virtual way let me start by saying '3-2-1 go!':

Sian Harris

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?

I first heard about parkrun many years ago in a conversation at Frankfurt Book Fair. I can't remember how it ended up as part of that catch up chat that you have with work friends you see about once a year but it stuck in the back of my mind as a cool idea that happened somewhere else. Then my husband started running and he told me about this new thing that had started pretty much across the road from our house and I realised that cool thing happening far away was now also happening very nearby. My first Pomphrey parkrun was when it was still quite new and small. I came first in my gender-age category and I think 60 something overall, which, considering I’ve never run faster than 34 minutes, would never happen these days. But, as we are reminded, it’s a run, not a race and there’s usually fun to be had at the back of the pack!

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?

My favourite volunteer role is tail walking. The beauty of parkrun is that it is so inclusive and the tail walker often has the privilege of being able to encourage people who are likely to be newer to running or may be facing additional challenges. Also I just enjoy chatting!

Q3 - What are you doing to remain positive?

In general I’ve been fortunate with lockdown – being able to work from home, having family with me  and having Pomphrey playing fields and other great places for walking and running on our doorstep – so I’m aware that it’s easier to stay positive than for others. Indeed I’ve quite appreciated the chance to slow down and not spend so much time commuting. A big part of maintaining social connections has been being part of Emersons Green Running Club (other running clubs are available and also doing good things!). Since we stopped being able to meet in person we’ve had a succession of fun challenges to keep us running and keep us connected. We've been taking selfies with things beginning with different letters of the alphabet; teaching each other interesting facts about the local area; and following a trail of Star Wars pictures on May the fourth (this was the work of parkrun RDs Steve and Anne). The photo is from a challenge to run 5k with a teddy bear, and I was pleased to introduce my bear to “Up Pomphrey” (which we walked up!).

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

Thanks to running club activities and lots of walking I think I’m actually exercising more than I was before. I really miss swimming though, especially in this weather, so I’m hoping to head over to the swimming lake in Bradley Stoke soon (the lake is open but the changing facilities and toilets remain closed so I’m probably going to need to drive over there in my wetsuit!).

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

I’ve not done much parkrun tourism (I’m not a great morning person and Pomphrey is so convenient) but Bovey Tracey parkrun in Dartmoor is beautiful - although with a killer hill that may beat ours!

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

Missing parkrun and all the parkrun family, although I confess I do quite enjoy Saturday morning lie-ins! Hope you are all keeping well.

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Sandra Drakett

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?

At the end of 2014 my friend Sally suggested that we should do this thing called parkrun. She said we could meet and catch up weekly with our friends doing something healthy, instead of meeting at a Pub or friend's house for drinks. In my naivety I agreed. So the first Saturday of 2015 I stood freezing, without ever having run before and any real idea of what I was letting myself in for! Everyone clapped as it was our first run which felt really welcoming. I followed everyone around the course and up the muddy Hill. I'm not going to lie, I thought I was going to die! As if once up the Hill wasn't enough, to my horror there were another 2!! I couldn't believe the support, enthusiasm and encouragement given by the volunteers, all the way round and to the finish. I can't describe the immediate sense of achievement. And so from that moment began a running addiction and a whole new way of life.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?

I'm most proud of my milestone 50th parkrun, purely because I never thought I could have achieved it.

Q3 - What are you doing to remain positive?

I'm making the most of the great outdoors, with such fantastic weather, I've rediscovered nature and encouraged wildlife into my garden to watch. I'm even having a go at growing my own veg!

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

I'm fortunate to belong to two great local running groups, Staple Hill Runners and Stanbridge Flyers. Each have set weekly challenges throughout lockdown to get me involved and keep me motivated.

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

Pomphrey Hill is without doubt the most sociable. If I had to choose another it would be the Eden Project parkrun - gorgeous gardens/scenery, a nice cafe and free entry afterwards, to take your time to have a look around properly.

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

I'm so grateful to my friend Sally for suggesting it and for sticking by my side all these years later. For the many parkrun buddies that I have made. For our tourist group, who share lovely memories and breakfasts.

I have signed my work up as a parkrun GP practice and can't wait to share this Runderful community with them!

I miss you Pomphrey People! Until we meet again.

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William Lee

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?

I had started running with Staple Hill Runners back in 2013 and a few people talked about going to a weekly 5k running event.  Chris and Jackie and Alan and Maggie had been and survived the experience so rather nervously I agreed to go along as well. It was fine, I soon found out there is nothing to worry about, although I do remember continuing to have mixed feelings for a little while about getting up early on a Saturday morning to go and run around a park.  Now I'm well and truly hooked of course.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?

My very first time as a volunteer at Pomphrey comes to mind.  There was nothing remarkable about it, it was event #3, I was one of the Timekeepers, there were 64 runners, and it all went smoothly.  But looking back it was actually quite remarkable.  Before that day I hadn't met any of the other volunteers.  Now, because of parkrun, I am fortunate to be able to count Anne, Laura, Martin, Megan, Meryl, Hollie, Colin, Ruth, Rich and Katie as friends from the volunteer roster that day.  Being part of parkrun, especially when you volunteer regularly, can have such a positive impact on your life.

Winning the birthday bake-off at Pomphrey's first birthday event was a proud moment.

I also like the Facebook post that introduced the term 'Mr Hill' which seems to have stuck!  You can see the post here.

Q3 - What are you doing to remain positive?

The sunny weather we had until recently has helped.  Not being able to go far away has meant being able to focus on things closer to home that might otherwise be taken for granted.  I have found pottering around in the garden surprisingly rewarding, although I remain a non-gardener.  I'm also on a learning curve with baking sourdough bread.

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

Still running.  Not as much as before but not having races to train for and take part in has allowed me to enjoy doing whatever I do without any pressure.  We have also been cycling quite regularly.

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

I’m not a dedicated parkrun tourist but it  is always nice to try somewhere else when you're away from home.  Locally I would pick out Burnham and Highbridge parkrun.  It is a great combination of a park, riverside path and seafront promenade.

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

Missing you all!  When we do finally get to start again it will be so emotional!

Until then, take care, keep active, and carry on eating cake...

William

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If you'd like to see your name in lights, then we would love to hear from you.  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?

There have been a few virtual challenges going on and running clubs have been doing their own versions as well. We think it would be great if we can do a Pomphrey Hill parkrun virtual challenge. So if you have any ideas or suggestions please contact the team via email before lunchtime on Monday the 8th of June, so we can discuss at our next core team meeting.

 

Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 11 – Steven, Jack and Emily

I was in charge at the very last parkrun event before the pandemic took over and that seems a long time ago now. I was actually taking a look through the photos from it and it's hard to imagine how we can ever get back to it the way it was, but I'm keeping positive and I hope its not to long away.

There have been a few virtual challenges going on and running clubs have been doing their own versions as well. I think it would be great if we can do a Pomphrey Hill parkrun virtual challenge. So if you have any ideas or suggestions please contact the team via email before lunchtime on Monday the 8th of June, so we can discuss at our next core team meeting.

 

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Steven Burge

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?

It was free... how cool is that. I was aiming to become my running clubs club champion in the year 2013 and you could gain a point for each mile you ran. 3 miles every weekend for free was a good score for my total. My first parkrun was at the Little Stoke inaugeral event, such a long time ago.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?

11/11/17 was an amazing day... our wedding day and what better way to kick it off than a few laps around Pomphrey Hill parkrun, roles reversed. I wore the dress and Anne wore the suit, so many friends came along it was so lovely.

The milestone clubs are great, and I love having something to aim for... so reaching 250 parkruns was amazing. I also love being an RD at Pomphrey Hill and my first stint was on Xmas Eve in 2016, it was a very busy event to say the least.

Q3 - What are you doing to remain positive?

I am very lucky to have not been massively effected by recent times, and I am quite a positive person when it comes to life. I am concentrating and praying for a few racing trips we have booked up later on in the year still taking place. Anne and I have also kept in contact with friends and family as much as possible, and knowing they are all well makes us feel better

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

At the start of the pandemic we grabbed a cross trainer, or what could  also be known as a "clothes drier", off of my in laws. We've been doing that quite a bit, but with recent restrictions of one daily exercise allowance being eased, we have tried to get outside more. Anne and I are currently on a running every day streak of 70 days in a row.

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

That's a tough question as I've done a few. I would have to say Bushy parkrun, where it all started. I've done it twice, both times were different courses and its such an amazing location. I highly recommend it.

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

I'm missing everyone involved at Pomphrey Hill parkrun, and hope to see you all very soon.

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Emily Pitcher

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?

When I first moved to Bristol my now husband suggested that we went to Pomphrey Hill parkrun. Although I ran at the time, I had never heard of parkrun before.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?

For our 50th parkrun I managed to convince my parents to Marshall at Pomphrey Hill parkrun wearing Minnie Mouse ears. They didn't know what to expect and if I'm honest were not keen on the idea but they absolutely loved it and they are now doing a couch to 5k course so they can run their first parkrun.

Q3 - What are you doing to remain positive?

I'm looking forward to races that have been postponed and taking part in brilliant motivational challenges arranged by my running club.

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

Walking my dog Jasper who usually attends parkrun with me and training for the London marathon.

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

Tamar Lakes parkrun is fantastic, not only do you get to run in Devon and Cornwall in one parkrun but it's also a perfect 5km loop.

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

Jasper is missing everyone so much, he cant wait to give you all kisses when we get back to normal.

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Jack Pitcher

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?

Some guys from work went so I joined them for one back in 2016 and I loved it.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?

Got to love Stephen Jenkins at the top of the tarmac hill every week giving encouragement to every runner that goes past!

Q3 - What are you doing to remain positive?

I'm leading a group of people to do virtual running challenges and also have put on an event for the amazing Emersons Green running club, EGRC have also been brilliant in putting on fun challenges to do during lockdown.

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

As above I guess! Haha! But also plan to start marathon training again just in case there is an Autumn marathon

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

My next favourite one was Roma Pineto cos we went there on Emily's 30th, they were on event 5 and it was great to see a new event taking shape, plus the views of the Vatican weren't that bad I suppose.

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

Well done everyone for keeping positive through this tough time, it won't be long now until we can all pull on our Apricot and tackle that hill again, can't wait to see you all out there!!

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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. Wherever you are, we hope you and your family are well and staying safe.

Steven Burge

Run Director @ Pomphrey Hill parkrun

 

Pomphrey Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 10 – Danny, Vic & Thelma and Meryl

Who would have thought we would be without parkrun for 10 weeks? parkrun, especially at Pomphrey Hill, has been part of our lives for 6 years and I'm sure the last 10 weeks have felt like 6 years to some of you.  Please keep an eye out on your local parkrunners, family and friends - many of us will feel a sense of emotional fatigue, or even hopelessness from time to time. Please be assured you are not alone, reach out to someone if you need help, a talk or a socially distanced walk or run.

It's great to see posts to our facebook page that folks are still out running, particularly enjoying Mr Hill. We'd like to thank you for continuing to avoid the parkrun area on a Saturday morning at 9am and organising gatherings.  When it is safe to return, the whole team will be delighted to see you  - especially those who want to volunteer with us! Until then, we have some more profiles of runners for you to enjoy. This week we have Run Director, Danny, former volunteer of the year Vic and his gorgeous wife Thelma, and yours truly, Run Director Meryl.

Daniel Smith

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?
I was working in a job that meant I spent most of the week travelling the country and staying in hotels. Ordering Lasagne with a side of fries was beginning to take it’s toll on my waistline and I realised I need to get some exercise to get back into shape before I became a heart attack statistic. So I started running. 1 mile was a struggle at first and I slowly built things up. A friend kept posting about parkrun on facebook so I went to the website and found Pomphrey Hill was walking distance from my house. One of the best decisions I have ever made in my life!

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?
Doesn’t matter how fit you are or how many times you have climbed it, Mr Hill is a challenge on each and every lap. As a runner, I find it reassuring that despite whatever discomfort you are in, there is a friendly face at the top of the hill giving you encouragement. So my favourite volunteer story would have to be the time I marshalled Top of Pomphrey with my son and being as “encouraging” as I could. I was later informed that people could hear me from near the duck pond!!!!

Q3 - What you are doing to remain positive?
Some days are better than others. Like most runners, I had a target that I was training towards and my whole year was geared towards one race in October. Even if restrictions were lifted tomorrow, I can’t see me being ready in time. So, without that race to focus on, I feel a little directionless. When I feel a little down, I remind myself of the positives. I have my friends. I have my family. One day, I will have parkrun again. In the meantime, I write a quiz for my running club and we stream it on a Thursday night when our main club night would occur. The research for the questions can be quite distracting.

Q4 - What you are doing to remain active and fit?
I try to get out every day for either a run, walk or a bike ride with my son. I am using the daily rewards from Pokemon Go as something to aim each time I go outside. As the game rewards activity, it is a useful way to motivate my activity!!!!

Q5 - Apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
I have done a few tourists trips elsewhere and I don’t think I have found anything as good as Pomphrey Hill! I think part of my love for my home run is knowing so many people there and I’m never going to get that somewhere else. The tourist parkruns I have really enjoyed have been part of an enjoyable weekend. Like a camping trip to Swansea with family and friends or being mistaken for professional athletes whilst looking for somewhere to have a post-parkrun breakfast. If I have to pick my favourite tourist parkrun that wasn’t part of a great weekend, I think I would have to go for Cirencester parkrun. Nice trail route but an amazing post-parkrun dinning experience!!!!!!!!

Q6 - Is there anything else you would like to share?
I still haven’t written that screenplay. I still haven’t learnt to play the guitar. I still haven’t learnt Chinese. All things I want to get round to doing at some point. But it’s okay. I’ll get round to doing them at some point. Things are tough enough as there without putting more pressure on myself to get X, Y and Z done.

 

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Friends helping my get to 100 miles in a month. With help from each other, we can get through this.

Danny

 

Thelma & Vic

 

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?
Vic inspired me to come to parkrun because everyone was so friendly and any ability can run, jog or walk.
Vic heard about parkrun via local media.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?
I really enjoyed the position of timekeeper with Alyssa because the information was mirrored exactly on the watches.
I also enjoy the position of number checker as it keeps me on my toes!
Vic enjoyed his award of Volunteer of the Year.

Q3 - What you are doing to remain positive?
I'm doing yoga and Pilates on line.
Vic is running a 10k course every other day and passes parkrun Pomphrey Hill, his one is on the road!

Q4 - What you are doing to remain active and fit?
We're both doing different types of exercise to keep fit.

Q5 - Apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
Next favourite parkrun is Builth Wells because you run along by the river. After it has finished nearly everyone goes to The Strand cafe for breakfast.

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Meryl

Q1 - What originally brought you to parkrun?
Back in the summer of 2013, Adrian would run and my daughter Alyssa was a gymnast. The routine would be that I would drop Adrian to Little Stoke park, take her to gym, return to the park to collect him and then come home (collecting Alyssa from gym later on in the morning). After a few months of playing chauffeur, gym was on summer shutdown and we decided to join Adrian on this run malarky, walking my first ever parkrun. As a mum of 3 children, the youngest then aged 4, I hadn't run since secondary school and I was most definitely unfit. I downloaded the couch to 5k app and haven't looked back since.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?
There are so many inspirational moments, memorable times but here are a few:

I was speed walking/jogging slowly round Clevedon Salthouse Fields parkrun in February this year and a runner recognised me from Pomphrey Hill - don't ask me why! She had finished but asked to walk with me a while. She had brought her niece to marshal at Pomphrey one week and they were sort of enjoying it, evidently I had thanked her and said "thanks mini-marshal" on each lap. Her niece appreciated the thanks and saw that I was having fun on my run and asked her aunt if next time, could they please run parkrun? The fact this lady took the time to tell me, that I had inspired her niece to run brought tears to my eyes.

Another fun memory - one week I was running with the lovely Thelma, this was before Mr Hill got some much needed tlc it was quite muddy. Each time we got to the steepest part of the hill we would link arms to stop eachother from falling over, haul each other up the hill while our shoes tried to stick in the mud. It was hysterical fun, we laughed so hard, despite the effort and muck involved.

My 100th run I asked folks that wanted to join me to "wear a hat" as a simple symbol that they were celebrating with me. A group of friends went the extra mile and donned brunette wigs and lipstick and ran with me as honorary "Meryl"s, even the babies and bearded men. Alyssa was running with us and when she called out "Mum?" at least 5 voices answered "yes?". I've never felt so loved and appreciated.

Q3 - What you are doing to remain positive?
I've always looked for the silver lining in any situation and tried to have a can do attitude. Staying positive is my natural state, I've been hear to say "my blood type is like my attitude, B positive". I'm not stuck at home, I'm safe at home. Having 3 wonderful children at home really helps, we've enjoyed family card games including cribbage, old maid and 'oh hell'. Aside from the cards, I'm really enjoying introducing Megan to the "Buffy the vampire slayer" back catalog and re-reading some favourite books.

Q4 - What you are doing to remain active and fit?
I've always enjoyed Zumba mid week and have been very fortunate that my instructor has started live Zumba via Zoom as well as recorded sessions for us to use the other days of the week. As I have been working at a school through lockdown, the only other exercise has been the occasional walk for fresh air.

Q5 - Apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
I have been fortunate in my parkrun career to be a runner, volunteer, Run Director, Event Director, Event Ambassador, South West Regional Ambassador and Serious Incident Line volunteer (I'm currently RD at Pomphrey and SIL volunteer only). As such I have enjoyed parkruns with a number of wonderful people, from the folks at HQ, the founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE (and his lovely wife), received a high five from Dave Moorcroft OBE, not to mention the original team at Little Stoke where my parkrun life first started. My favourite parkrun though, for now, is Weedon Island Preserve. We had landed in Florida the afternoon before, woken up at 4am local time (parkrun time back home) and driven the 90 minutes to this remote nature preserve for a 7am start. There were tiny crabs all over the boardwalks, newts and birds, the humidity was unbelievable and don't even get me started on the mosquitos! After a number of years without a holiday, a rough couple of months for the family as my brother had recently had a brain tumour removed, we really had to pinch ourselves to even get on the flight. To be in the Florida sunshine that Saturday morning was just wonderful.

Q6 - Is there anything else you would like to share?
Wherever you are reading this, please know that I miss you terribly and can't wait for a cwtch and catch up, as soon as parkrun returns!

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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. Wherever you are, we hope you and your family are well and staying safe.

Meryl Grimshaw
Run Director

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Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 9 – Julia, Richard and Jules

Good afternoon all you lovely people, it seems like parkrun was a strange dream long, long ago. Most of us are now getting used to the new norm and I know that most of you are itching to get back to the best parkrun the world has to offer.  Until this day comes I have some more runners profiles for you. I hope you have been reading them all as I plan to do some spot questions when we are all back so better get studying up. This week I have three more runners for you Julia, Richard and Jules.

Julia Edwards

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Q1 - What originally brought you parkrun?

Friends had mentioned these things called ‘parkruns’ so thought I’d check them out. My first was back in April 2015 in Northampton whilst visiting my parents, I loved it and followed this up one week later at Pomphrey – oh my goodness, I was not prepared for that hill!!!! The clue is most certainly in the name lol.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?

Severn Bridge parkrun back in February (an out and back route across the old bridge itself). Storm Dennis was in full swing and the bridge was closed to traffic due to high winds but the run was on! Off I set being pushed along by a nice tail wind…..and then the half way point arrived and I turned back into the oncoming wind – oh boy, I’ve never been in such strong winds let alone run in it, it felt like my cheeks were about to get blown off.

Q3 – What you are doing to remain positive?

Been doing a bit of dabbling in the kitchen.

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

I joined Emersons Green Running Club in February and although we can't train together we’ve been doing lots of fun challenges like spotting letters of the alphabet while on our solo runs….letters Q and X took a bit of searching!

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

Clevedon - a lovely scenic route along the sea front……..and it’s flat

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

Having recently retired from netball (my life for 30 years) I was looking for that next ‘something’. Parkruns were that ‘something’ and I’m looking forward to running and volunteering again.

Richard Nuell

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Q1 - What originally brought you parkrun?

Having taken part in running events and races since 1987, I was intrigued to give parkrun a try; my first was in July 2011 at Ashton Court and I quickly became hooked! I've now done 206 parkruns at 43 locations, mainly at Pomphrey, Clevedon, Ashton Court and Eastville. Included are 41 at Little Stoke before it ceased.

Q2 - Which running or volunteer story are you most proud of?

I co-led a number of beginners running courses for Bristol City Council and felt quite proud when some of those new to running or returning to it completed their 5k "graduation" at parkrun.

Q3 – What you are doing to remain positive?

I try to remain positive by thinking and hoping that group runs, events and parkruns will return one day.

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

Afraid I'm setting a bad example in respect of remaining fit and active. Daily family walks are OK but it's not the same as running! My occasional runs are based on the popular "street name challenge" in which you find roads beginning with the initial letters of a selected keyword such as "PARKRUN", "BARCODE", etc, and running to each, preferably in order. I did "VE-DAY" on 8 May by running to Victoria Road, Etloe Road, Devonshire Road", Alfred Road and York St.

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

My next favourite parkrun was whilst on holiday last year: Bakewell. The route was entirely along the once busy main railway line from London to Manchester, now a superb local railway path for walking, running and cycling. All parkruns are lovely but this captured my idea of perfection and the breakfasts are legendary to those who have been there.

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

I was once part of a "choreographed artwork" near Arthur's Seat at the Edinburgh Festival (and the following year at Salford Quays) called "The Speed of Light". Very emotional and very proud.

I am also one of the small group of Clevedon swimmers appearing in the BBC1 "ident" which appeared before BBC1 programmes until recently. The general reaction from friends has been "oh, no; not him again"!

Jules Dunn

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

Meryl kept trying to persuade me to give it a go - took a while but I eventually convinced Vic Burchill to join me one week. We didn't die of exhaustion or embarrassment so came back the following week.

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

Probably proudest watching my kids run parkrun and achieving really good times - before they became lazy teenagers who now won't get out of bed.

Q3 - what you are doing to remain positive?

I'm keeping in touch with family - we do bingo and a quiz a week, both themed so our fancy dress stockpile is coming in handy. I'm also drinking a LOT of cider!

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

I'm running more than usual just to get out of the house and have been doing some of the Joe Wicks classes (mainly because I like to watch Joe Wicks ).

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

I've only ever done Pomphrey Hill - 196 so far. Vic and I plan to do all our 250 parkruns at Pomphrey then we might try somewhere else.

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

I hope I get to a hairdressers before I have to go back to work!

Thanks Julies, Rich and Jules for sharing your stories with us all!

So what have we learnt today?
Meryl forces people to sign up to parkrun, Jules fancies a bit of Joe Wick and running the Severn Bridge parkrun can possibly blow your cheeks off!

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.

I hope you are all well, I miss every single one of you, I hope anyone having a birthday can at least enjoy themselves and until next time; be safe, stay healthy and look after each other.
Martyn

 

Pomps People Profiles: Getting to Know You, Part 8 – Anna, Lucy and Gill

Afternoon everyone, another week and another not-run report aka People Profiles. This is edition 8 which means that it’s now been 2 months since we last met by the Pavilion, ran our course together and then drank coffee, ate cake or bacon butties and cheered everyone else through.

In those two months our world has changed but we are adapting. People who have never run before have taken up running and registrations for parkrun are continuing, ready for the time when we all meet again by the Pavilion, supported by volunteers in hi-vis.

So, until then, we’ll continue to learn some more about members of our community; this week it’s the turn of Anna, Lucy and Gill.

Anna Ford
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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

I ran my first parkrun at Ashton Court in 2014 – as a friend was visiting me in Bristol and she really wanted to give it a go. I did enjoy that first parkrun experience; however, it was over 2 years until November 2016 that I returned to parkrun. I had run a lot as a youngster but had become really inactive in my early twenties – something I had decided I really wanted to change. My friend who encouraged me to go to Ashton Court those 2 years prior, had really caught the parkrun bug, and had continued to go every week. So, I decided to give my, now local, Pomphrey Hill parkrun a go. This time it really stuck – I loved the friendly, inclusive atmosphere, and that it really does not matter how quickly (or slowly) you get around. I think I went every week for at least a year – only missing it if I was on holiday!

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

I think I am generally proud of that fact that since November 2016, running has become such an important part of my life. I am not originally from Bristol, and it is through running, parkrun, and joining a running club, that I have established myself, made friends, and made Bristol a home.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

As so much of the country has been doing – Zoom has become a really important way of staying connected with loved ones. Lots of Zoom quizzing and zoom exercise classes. Also, as I am in a really fortunate situation, and have been able to remain working from home – I have enjoyed sending little “care packages” to my friends who are working on the front line, or who have been furloughed.

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

Running! Before lockdown, I would rarely run by myself, running has always been a very social activity for me, so I was really concerned about how I would cope without that aspect of my favourite thing to do. However, have chosen a “training plan” to carry out, and I am running most days and have found an appreciation for lone running. That said, I cannot wait to be reunited with running friends, and go post-parkrun breakfasts, and social Sunday long runs.

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

I have been fortunate to visit a lot of different parkruns (51) over the last few years, and I love taking the opportunity to try the nearest parkrun if I am away for the weekend. However, I think it would have to be my “second home” parkrun – Bideford in North Devon. It’s the parkrun closest to my parents, and where I grew up – and as it’s nice and flat (sorry Mr Hill!), it’s where my parkrun PB is.

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

Hoping everyone is keeping safe and well – and can’t wait to be back at parkrun and enjoying post-parkrun breakfasts with friends sometime soon.

Lucy Bryant

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

Wanting to get faster and a good excuse not to have a drink on a Friday evening. An early goal for the weekend.

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

Completing Eastville parkrun in 20 mins and 15 seconds, a PB!

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

I’m trying to beat and train to better the above PB. Virtually running, sprint training and working on speed work. I tried last weekend and only managed 20:33 so have a way to go. #lockdowngoals

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

As a triathlete I am lucky to have an indoor smart turbo trainer so I’m cycling online in the virtual world 3-4 times a week, running 1-2 times and weight training at home 1-2 times a week.

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

This is a tough one. Eastville is my closer one but Chipping Sodbury is flat. So great for trying for a PB!

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

Keep up with your fitness. It’s important more than ever at the moment not just for our physical but mental health. Having goals and things to aim for is equally important. DB Max have a free 5K Saturday rainbow run if you need extra inspiration....

Gill Whitehead

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Q1 - what originally brought you to parkrun?

My daughter Pamela Goold. I was doing C25k and she suggested we go along to parkrun. It was Halloween 2015 and loads of people were in fancy dress which I wasn't expecting!

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

I really enjoyed marshalling on New Year's Day, I think it was 2018. We had record numbers including a group of men from Ashton Court celebrating a milestone dressed as "laydees", it was freezing cold and pouring with rain but I loved it!

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?

Keeping in touch with friends and family on social media and volunteering with Red Cross

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

Running and walking on alternate days. I've done some virtual medals, parkrun challenges and challenges with my running club Bitton Road Runners.

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

Got to be Somerdale Pavilion, the Curly Wurly parkrun which is actually now my home parkrun as it's my nearest but I still love coming to Pomphrey Hill when I can!

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

parkrun has been a huge part of my running journey and I'm really looking forward to it starting again but only when it's safe.

Thank you Anna, Lucy and Gill 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 7 – Vic, Ella and Jo

Hi Ella here!
This was meant to be my first official RD at Pomphrey as I turned 18 (and became an official adult!) just over a week ago now. So instead of seeing my face early on a Saturday morning you can read this post and get to know me and some others halfway through a Monday afternoon.

It’s week 7 of getting to know you and we surely do know lots of you by now! Here are 3 more profiles, Vic, Jo and Ella (myself!).

Vic Harvey

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Q1: What originally bought you to parkrun?
My so called friend Julia Dunn made me do it.

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
My proudest moment is encouraging my two children to volunteer at parkrun for their DofE awards and listening to them moaning about having to get up early on a Saturday morning always gives me a special feeling.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
Eating crisps, they’re a daily source of pleasure.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
Trying to get out for a run or a walk every day, I have been enjoying the Emersons Green Running Club alphabet challenge.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
I am unqualified to answer this as I’ve never visited another parkrun. (Editorial comment: in parkrun jargon a Passionista is a term used by the parkrun community to describe parkrunners who are so loyal to their home run that they have never run anywhere else. Vic is so loyal to Pomphrey Hill that she has run all of her 196 runs with us!)

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
Walkers prawn cocktail crisps are my favourite.

Jo Harvey

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Q1: What originally bought you to parkrun?
Vic suggested I should give it a go

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
I’m not proud of any moment in particular. Being overtaken by someone in an inflatable T-Rex costume was my worst parkrun moment! That was really very annoying.

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
Drinking gin.

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
Running, walking and some cycling.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
I’ve only done Pomphrey and Chipping Sodbury, so although I hate the hill it does make it an interesting course.

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
Ophir gin and ginger beer are a very good match.

Ella Burchill

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Q1: What originally bought you to parkrun?
Originally my mum made me come to parkrun, we both have very good memories of me moaning the whole way round. Nowadays I come because I have met so many amazing people and always enjoy my time at Pomphrey – even in the rain!

Q2 - which running or volunteer story are you most proud of and would like to share?
Becoming an RD is probably my proudest moment, although I do love just a normal Saturday morning volunteer cheering on runners and having a good chat with the other volunteers (whilst doing my volunteering role obviously!)

Q3 - what are you doing to remain positive?
I have been doing lots of baking, mainly of cake. I am also becoming a quiz master I think, doing all these virtual quizzes may be of benefit one day!

Q4 - what are you doing to remain active and fit?
I try and get out for a walk every day, having recently bought myself a camera I have been enjoying the wildlife that the surrounding areas offer and taking really bad photos of it.

Q5 - apart from Pomphrey Hill which is your next favourite parkrun and why?
When I was younger I used to really enjoy the Little Stoke junior parkrun, and used to do some of my fastest running there. Much like my mum I have never been to another parkrun…maybe there are some adventures to be had now I’m 18!

Q6 - is there anything else you would like to share?
I look forward to seeing everyone when we get the green light to start back!

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?

Best wishes, Ella.

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