On this day in 2018 we lost one of the greatest minds of the 20th and 21st century Stephen Hawking. Some of Hawking’s best-known work is around black holes (in particular around radiation emitted from them “Hawking radiation”). With a lot of the news this week it feels a bit like we are all staring into a rather bleak black hole; if whilst staring into said hole anyone spots the Seven Fields ‘A’ Course could they let the core team know as it’s still missing…
Of course, our thanks goes out to the core team and volunteers every week; but this week in particular their community spirit has gone beyond so thank you, not just the additional work that has go in to make the event as safe for us as is possible but also the time that has gone in following updates from parkrun HQ and Public Health England and disseminating them. Please keep an eye on the Seven Field Facebook page and the parkrun website to keep updated on whether Seven Fields will be on in future weeks with this ever-evolving situation.
Thank you to the 24 volunteers who made the event possible:
Cheryl HEYNE • Sean GRAY • Dawn Iola CHAPPELL • Becky LAFFORD • Greg WELLS • Philip JEFFERIES • Phil GRIFFITHS • Nigel SLUMAN • Rob JAMES • Alex WELLS • Julie WELLS • James BOOTH • Janet JEFFERIES • Susan BENTLEY • Craig HALLETT • Eddy BAMBER • Isaac BENTLEY • Mandy WETHERELL • Mark TILLING • Noah SLUMAN • Annie WILLERTON • Jack TILLING • Katie WOODFORD • Morgan BURN
Congratulations go to Jack Tilling and Isaac Bentley who both completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s award (a youth awards programme founded by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956) in part through volunteering at parkrun.
Thanks also to Isaac Bentley and Brian Davies for the donation of big bags of Jelly Babies, sadly for the meantime the decision has been taken to forego the jelly babies at the end of parkrun for safety reasons, they will be quarantined until such time it is safe for them to reappear.
Clearly word of the Jelly Babies situation had spread as numbers were a little lower than usual (but still a good turn-out) with 86 of us running, jogging and walking the course. Of those 86 over a quarter (23) were first timers to Seven Fields including Kevin Russell completing his first ever parkrun, no doubt encouraged by (I assume is a relative) Scarlett Russell completing her second ever parkrun, well done Kevin and Scarlett keep up the great work. Nearly a third of the field (28) recorded new Personal Bests, incredible percentage, well done all.
One of those recording a Personal Best was first female finisher Joanne Vickers. Joanne admins the Swindon Community Running Facebook group, a useful group full of running community spirit and helps to keep up on local events and quite often news of Swindon’s parkruns are also shared there.
Male first finisher this week was Maxwell Hallett; unfortunately despite protests and appeals to UK athletics and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (because neither body is busy enough at the moment…) as he is only 16 months old he can’t have his own barcode, he also got a little bit of assistance from his dad on account of being pushed round in a buggy. Max was rather nonchalant about his achievement but did enjoy his celebratory chocolate buttons. So, the records will show that his dad was first male finisher this week, pipping fellow Royal Wootton Bassett Hound Barry Brown (and another one of the 28 course Personal Bests) by one second in what had been a topsy-turvy battle. The Hounds were one of 18 clubs represented this morning.
Barry did have the highest male age grade with 70.83% and the highest female age grade (and highest overall on the morning) was Jenny Garth with 72.52%.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Seven Fields parkrun Results Page.
It was lovely for me to be back bugging running today after a break for various storms and great to see a good number of other buggy runners. Special mention to Team Hope running for the Lily Foundation trying out their new buggy for Hope today, hope the trial went well.
Run Director Phil Jefferies welcomed tourists from Marlow, Bath, Chippenham and some place called Lydiard (never heard of it myself?!). One tourist from Lydiard was photographer James Booth capturing our community spirit as we went around the course, thanks James.
No records were broken this morning so the female record is still held by Jennifer MCBAIN who recorded a time of 21:54 on 15th February 2020 (event number 13); and, the male and age grade record are both held by Courtenay CHESSELL who recorded a time of 17:29 and 77.50% on 7th March 2020 (event number 16).
Seven Fields parkrun started on 16th November 2019. Since then 959 (ooh who will be number 1,000 at the next event…) participants have completed 1,995 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,975 km, including 399 new Personal Bests. A total of 131 individuals have volunteered 452 times; one of those volunteers hit the arbitrary milestone of 50 volunteers with the penning of this report.
You’ll have noticed I’ve mentioned community spirit a couple of times in this report, I don’t know what the future will hold, and I’d love to promise that it will all be ok, but I can’t; one thing that is clear to me is that community spirit will be key to us helping each other to come through what is going to be a difficult time and parkrun has been a beacon of excellent community spirit for some time now.
When the world is at its bleakest, humanity will shine at its brightest; until next time Seven Fields its DFYB from me.