Severn Bridge parkrun #71

Guest run report for 22nd February 2020, event #71

By Becci Reeves

Home parkrun: Burnham and Highbridge parkrun

The Tourist’s Report 

The drive to Severn Bridge today involved a couple of diversions due to the wind. Although a few of us from Burnham and Highbridge parkrun were going Westbound, the sat-navs didn’t agree the carriageway was open and sent us on the M49/M4!

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On arrival we took shelter from the wind in Thornwell Football Club enjoying a pre-run beverage. The run brief was clear and provided all the information needed for a safe event. After the briefing it was time for a short walk to the start line.

At the start we were greeted by the wind! The run from Wales towards England was a ‘breeze’ in comparison the return trip. Say goodbye to the tailwind and hello the headwind, talk about hitting a wall to quote another runner! As the only person with a buggy today, safe to say I was a crazy loon!

The cheering from everyone reminded me of why I like to parkrun with faster runners providing encouragement on their way to the finish and whilst cooling down. While those of us closer the back have a little chat on the way around.

On finishing, I had a chat the lovely run director Lorraine who shared how amazing all the volunteers are. Without the volunteers it wouldn’t be possible to hold the event so thank you to:

Anne Masters  •  Antoinette Burrowes  •  Bill Savage  •  Craig Davidge  •  Helena And Jj Murphy  •  John Whitelegg  •  Joshua Smith  •  Julian Smith  •  Kev Harford  •  Lorraine Clarke  •  Mike Croft  •  Pamela Robinson  •  Paul Barrett  •  Rebecca Reeves  •  Sarah Lewis  •  Susannah Bannon  •  Syd Wheeler  •  Toni Mallin  •  Zach Swinford-Davidge  •  Zachary Harris

If you want to earn yourself a one of the purple parkrun t-shirts, send us an email at severnbridgehelpers@parkrun.com, have a chat after an event or pop us a message on facebook There are variety of roles available including ones which mean you can still run.

First male today was Cj De Mooi in 17:48, who got a new PB.

First female today was Ania Ciolek in 22:39, who was a first timer.

In total there were 51 first timers and 12 personal bests, among the 158 runners.

Here are the Severn Bridge statistics for those of you interested:

Female Record Holder: Helen Newberry - 18:05 - Event 35 (11/05/19)

Male Record Holder: Maciej Bialogonski - 15:24 - Event 35 (11/05/19)

Age Graded Record Holder: Val Naylor - 98.08 % - 25:10 - Event 41 (22/06/19)

The average time taken to complete this event is 29:02, with an average 219 runners.

 

100th run for an 11 year old!!

Guest run report for the 8th February 2020, event #70
By Rachel Gibson
Home parkrun: Parke parkrun
Being brutally honest, after a night with an awake poorly baby I did not want to get up and do a parkrun.  It was only the promise to our 11 year old of a spectacular setting for their 100th run that got me moving.  And I was so glad we did.  Whilst it is indeed spectacular with stunning views, it also has milestone capes, encouraging noise machines as you run, country flags and an outwards uphill that I didn't notice until I flew back down it on the return.   It has volunteers still smiling after an hour in a bitter wind tunnel, a clubhouse with breakfasts to suit all diets and Connect 4 to play  whilst we waited.  Said baby of course slept through the whole thing (really lovely course for buggies) but the rest of us will remember it with joy.

This week 220 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Simon MADDISON • Jonathan CARTER • Barbara MADDISON • Phil LEE • Antoinette BURROWES • Ross HOWELLS • Kraig JACKSON • Andrew OLIVER • Rachel GIBSON • Graham TAYLOR • Toni MALLIN • Andrew MALLIN • Leah MALLIN • Lowri DUFFIELD • Dickie HUDD • Kate WEBSTER • John WHITELEGG • Rick WARREN • Julian SMITH • Joshua SMITH • Louise WILLIAMS • Susannah BANNON • Craig DAVIDGE • Ann GREEN • Lorraine CLARKE • Ed JEREMY • Alfie BALMER

 

Run Report Kaiser Chiefs Style!!

Guest run report for 1st February 2020, event #69
By Laura Bird
Home Parkrun: Telford

Event 69. Lucky for some.

It was the night after seeing Kaiser Chiefs with special guests Razorlight at Cardiff Motorpoint arena - it was my 8th time this tour and my 90th time altogether seeing Kaiser Chiefs. As it was the day of the opening match of the Six Nations in Cardiff (Wales v Italy) hotels were all booked up pretty early so ended up driving towards London. Luckily I’ve had my eye on the Severn Bridge parkrun for a few months as the social networking gives me a good giggle. I apologise in advance for the puns that will be coming…

I was staying at the services just across the other side of the bridge as I was going across to London when I got back so I could watch Kaiser Chiefs on Saturday Night I thought it would be a good idea to get some half marathon training in as I’m doing my first one at London Landmarks for Bowel Cancer UK. I had decided I was going to run to the parkrun, run it, run back (Didnt happen as the wind was too much for me in the end and Problem Solved a lovely woman gave me a lift back to the hotel). I was Up All Night thinking about the 7am wake up alarm as I didn’t get back to the hotel until 1am… In The Morning I donned my Lucky Shirt and walked through The Factory Gates of the services. As soon as I hit the bridge, Oh My God a gust from the river hit me… and it hit me all the way to the start line.

It was Giacomos first time as a Run Director and he did a fine job of it too! When All Is Quiet Giacomos started his briefing and he informed everyone that it was only the first 1.4 miles uphill. Converting that into km in my head, I realised it was pretty much the first half is uphill (2.25km). As we walked Back To The Start at the beginning of the bridge I realised I don’t like hills very much.. As all 281 of us stood as The Angry Mob, it hit 9am and off we went On The Run. Luckily with the wind pushing us up it was a helping hand to lots of people and I managed to Rip It Up there and managed my quickest half parkrun. With each step I Never Miss A Beat. One other positive being it did Take My Temperature down.

At the turnaround point I knew I was Coming Home and I thought all you have to do from then is just Carry Yourself back to the finish. I Predict A Riot on the way back though - fighting with the wind. My goodness. There were just Little Shocks of gusts and I felt that everytime I took a step forward I was being pushed back two. At this point I was thinking Everyday I Love You Less and Less about parkrun... My face and a few others were definitely a lovely shade of Ruby. As you come off the bridge and back towards the tunnel, the last sprint was one of the best I’ve had at a parkrun. So many people are at the end cheering you on Before I Fall To Pieces they Don’t Just Stand There, Do Something.

We all have Good Days, Bad Days when running and you just want to Press Rewind but all in all it's just a bit of Good Clean Fun. I never thought I’d run 5k every Saturday morning, I hate missing one though, I just Like It Too Much and it feels like there is a Hole In My Soul if I miss them as even as strangers People Know How To Love One Another.

So Thank You Very Much to all the volunteers and everyone for putting on such an event.

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There were 90 first timers this weekend with 14 being their very first parkrun - so well done to all of them. The first is the hardest as you don’t know what to expect! The furthest tourist was from Cumbria. Jan Morris completed her 100th run. Max Peace, Neil McLachlan and Susan Smith all completed their 50th. Lee Gawler was first over the line with a time of 18:49 and first female was Lisa Jeffrey with a time of 21:37. Well done to all!

Severn Bridge also celebrated their 15,000 finisher well done to Emily Pullin!

This week 281 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 90 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Sean CLANCY • Dick FINCH • Anne MASTERS • Jonathan CARTER • Giacomo SQUINTANI • Bob COX • Toni MALLIN • Samantha COLLIER • Julian SMITH • Louise SMITH • Joshua SMITH • Tomos WILLIAMS • Jean HUDD • Susannah BANNON • Zachary HARRIS • Laura BIRD • Craig DAVIDGE • Marc CARLTON • Cathrine EALES • Lis NICHOLAS • Jacob NICHOLAS • Robert EALES • Zach NICHOLAS • Alfie BALMER

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

The male record is held by Maciej BIALOGONSKI who recorded a time of 15:24 on 11th May 2019 (event number 35).
The female record is held by Helen NEWBERRY who recorded a time of 18:05 on 11th May 2019 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 98.08% (25:10) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 41).

Severn Bridge parkrun started on 11th August 2018. Since then 6,936 participants have completed 15,107 parkruns covering a total distance of 75,535 km, including 2,575 new Personal Bests. A total of 473 individuals have volunteered 1,662 times.

 

What a coincidence!!

Guest run report for 25th January 2020, event #68
By Anthony Howe
Home Parkrun: Conwy

Where should I start? Probably with a load of coincidences. 

Firstly, my home parkrun is Conwy, which is famous for having a bridge and medieval castle within view of most of the run.  Actually we also have a bridge on our course, it’s the big hill that we have to run over twice to cross the railway. 

The nearest event to where I live is Nova Prestatyn, which is at the northern end of the Offa's Dyke path. There is a sign post there pointing to Chepstow, over 100 miles away, that I see when I take my children to do the junior event there.

Finally, on New Year's Day this year I ran at both Shrewsbury and Newtown parkruns, each one on the bank of the River Severn. It all meant that really I had to get back down to Chepstow and run at your iconic event, although to be honest it has been on my "must do" list for a while after reading other people's reviews. 

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The morning of the event was a little chilly but dry, with no ice or wind.  Great conditions for a run. Runners began arriving in the tunnel for the start, I spoke with a few tourists from Poole, Pollock (Glasgow) and the curly whirly course aka Somerdale Pavilion. We then made our way out of the tunnel for the run briefing. I'd never have guessed it was the first time Kate had been RD, she did an amazing job (all the best RDs cancel the run on their first go :D ), supported brilliantly by the rest of the volunteers. 

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After Kate's instructions we walked to the start and set off out over the water. Sadly (for me at least), visibility wasn't great so I couldn't see very far out across the river, but I'm sure that on a clear day it would be brilliant. I did see a few things that were passed over - a shooting range and football pitch.  Maybe I'll need to come back?

Fifteen or so minutes into the run I was relieved to reach the turnaround marshal and begin heading back. It was great to see runners with buggies and some young runners as well, even though most of them were overtaking me. Coming back was pleasantly downhill for most of the way, but still I was glad to get off the bridge, trundle down the path, round the final corner and arrive at the best finish funnel ever.

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At the football club later it was great to see more runners, this time from Ireland. In all a fantastic start to my Saturday.

Now the important bit, the results. First home was Harry Williams of Team Bath AC, running a new PB. Next up was Chepstow Harrier & SBp’s Jonathan Carter, followed closely by Tim Bachelor & Dickie Hudd (another Chepstow Harrier).

First female finisher was Vegan Runner Lin Lascelles on her first run across the bridge and back. The next two female finishers both ran PBs, Emma King (Spirit of Monmouth RC) and Jan Morris (Chepstow Harriers). In all, I make it 52 PBs were earnt on the morning. Wow! Added to that, there were 78 first time runners as well.

The most experienced parkrunner of the day award goes to Mhairi Gervais of Bellahouston Road Runners, who has run 380 parkruns (at 100 different events – welcome to the Cowell Club!). Caroline Hay, Kathryn White and Jean Hudd all ran their 50th parkrun, whilst 12 people ran their first parkrun.

This week 257 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Graham FILMER • Simon MADDISON • Dick FINCH • Samuel GOODFELLOW • Rebekah LANE • Jonathan CARTER • Giacomo SQUINTANI • Kelly GOODFELLOW • Barbara MADDISON • Anthony HOWE • Bill SAVAGE • Dickie HUDD • Kate WEBSTER • John WHITELEGG • Steven BALEILOMALOMA • Samantha COLLIER • Julian SMITH • Michaela RICHARDSON • Joshua SMITH • Tomos WILLIAMS • Jean HUDD • Lorraine CLARKE • Alfie BALMER

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

The female record is held by Helen NEWBERRY who recorded a time of 18:05 on 11th May 2019 (event number 35).
The male record is held by Maciej BIALOGONSKI who recorded a time of 15:24 on 11th May 2019 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 98.08% (25:10) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 41).

Severn Bridge parkrun started on 11th August 2018. Since then 6,846 participants have completed 14,826 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,130 km, including 2,545 new Personal Bests. A total of 472 individuals have volunteered 1,638 times.

 

 

Run with a history lesson

Guest run report for 11th January 2020, event #67
By Pete The Train Morris
Home Parkrun: Reading

As soon as I heard this parkrun was starting up I was determined to do it. We arrived at the football club where we left our bags and made use of the toilets, then made our way to the briefing which was a short walk away in a tunnel. The briefing was interesting as the Race Director told us what happened on that day in a certain year. We then had a short walk to the start of the bridge and set off up the bridge, which was very windy as the wind was coming straight up from the Bristol channel. After about a mile we passed the 2 flags on the English/Welsh border, then we carried on up to the turn around point, where we were cheered on by fellow park runners. Then ran back down the way we came with the wind slightly behind us. I found it interesting to see how the bridge was constructed. I got to the end of the bridge then ran down a narrow footpath which was very slippery with fallen leaves (which have now been cleared!) to the finish, where the organisers were waiting with a cheer . Then a walk back to the football club for coffee and bacon buns. It was a great parkrun that everyone should do as soon as possible. 

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This week 297 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 92 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Peter The Train MORRIS • Alan WILCOX • Dave ANDREWS • Rob BEVES • Jonathan CARTER • Kathryn CHALLIS • Giacomo SQUINTANI • Jamie GODDARD • Phil LEE • Kim CARWARDINE • Andrew OLIVER • Toni MALLIN • Andrew MALLIN • Leah MALLIN • Lowri DUFFIELD • Ceri DENNING • Dickie HUDD • Helen DYMOND • Kate WEBSTER • John WHITELEGG • Kev HARFORD • Bridget DAVIES • Julian SMITH • Allison HOLLAND • Joshua SMITH • Ella RAMSHAW • Mike CROFT • Jeff WILLIAMS • Louise WILLIAMS • Tomos WILLIAMS • Susannah BANNON • Craig DAVIDGE • Lorraine CLARKE • Cathrine EALES • Ed JEREMY

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

The male record is held by Maciej BIALOGONSKI who recorded a time of 15:24 on 11th May 2019 (event number 35).
The female record is held by Helen NEWBERRY who recorded a time of 18:05 on 11th May 2019 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 98.08% (25:10) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 41).

Severn Bridge parkrun started on 11th August 2018. Since then 6,769 participants have completed 14,569 parkruns covering a total distance of 72,845 km, including 2,493 new Personal Bests. A total of 468 individuals have volunteered 1,615 times.

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