Guest Run Report for 9th November 2019.
By Jenny McBain (photos by Helen Roper)
Home parkrun: Bicester
The parkrun weather fairies were relatively kind this week, after the enforced cancellation last Saturday. Yes, it was a little cold, but many of us just put on some extra layers and some gloves. Thankfully, the rain started slightly later than expected at around 9:25am, meaning that at least half of the parkrun was dry for all participants. We were grateful for the shelter provided by the tunnel at the end and enjoyed the extra echoey cheers from those who congregated to stay dry and see everyone return. Some of us were looking forward to seeing the famous tunnel graffiti (discussed on ‘With Me Now’ podcast on 4th January 2019); sadly, though, it had been painted over.
Before the start, we shared a poignant moment to remember those who died in the line of duty. A one-minute silence, standing still in the cold, was a small but significant tribute to those who endured much harsher and more prolonged conditions during the wars.
We were fortunate to be joined by 16 Kingfisher Harriers from Arrow Valley. The club has a tradition of celebrating special runs at a location and with a theme selected by the milestone runner. Janet Goodyear, celebrating her 50th parkrun, chose Severn Bridge and a Hawaiian theme, which meant we all experienced the joy of seeing the wonderful outfits, waves and very happy faces all the way along the out-and-back course.
Image 1: Kingfishers On Tour
Also celebrating a milestone was John Gardner, who completed his 50th parkrun, 11 of which have been at Severn Bridge. Congratulations, John! Helen Roper achieved her much anticipated ‘uber-tourist’ status; choosing to run her 20th different event at this iconic parkrun, she was surprised to be joined by other visitors from her home club in Cornwall, the Tamar Trotters.
Image 2: Some of the many tourists
Other facts and stats from today:
- uber-tourist Dominic Hurford was ‘runningest’ with 349 parkruns to his name. I wonder where he will complete his arbitrary 350th parkrun…
- females topped the age-grade table 3 this week; Kate Drew was highest with an impressive 80.43%, as well as finishing as 1st female, 2nd overall and with a Severn Bridge PB (personal best). Well done, Kate!
- 25 people achieved a PB, including: Andy Hughes, who broke the 20-minute mark; Kev Harford, who took over a minute off his overall parkrun PB; Emma Jane who smashed the 30-minute barrier for the first time at parkrun. Emma Peacey has taken an amazing 5 minutes off her time in just over 3 months of parkrunning.
We had 54 first timers this week, including Ian Hutchinson, Mel North, Melanie Hunter, Gemma Jones and Madison Lewis, who completed their first ever recorded parkrun. Nathaniel Hall also completed his first parkrun, having previously volunteered to do barcode scanning on six occasions. Well done to you all and welcome to the parkrun family!
Thank you, as ever, to all the wonderful volunteers, some of whom are pictured below – we wouldn’t have been able to have so much fun without you. Having said that, the volunteers all seemed to be having plenty of fun themselves, with big smiles on their faces. We were privileged to have had pacers this week, including 24-minute man Giacomo Squintani, who was sporting a very attractive tutu. He isn’t pictured below because, unfortunately, the camera captured his impressive leap just a moment too late and he didn’t quite get the look he was hoping for…but he did do an excellent job of pacing!
Image 3, 4 and 5: wonderful, smiley volunteers: pacer, tail-walker, turn-around-point marshal.
With parkrun being about so much more than the actual 5k, many of us headed to Thornwell Football Club afterwards for the really important stuff: a hot drink, something to eat and some good old parkfaff. The ladies behind the counter couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful. We had a delicious full breakfast and hot drink for amazing value.
Image 6: Breakfast
This week 147 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Jennifer MCBAIN • Holly VICKERS • Helen ROPER • Anne MASTERS • Jonathan CARTER • Giacomo SQUINTANI • Jamie GODDARD • Richard BUTTERWORTH • Kim CARWARDINE • Wendy BRIGGS • Susan SMITH • Toni MALLIN • Leah MALLIN • Lowri DUFFIELD • Dickie HUDD • Kate WEBSTER • Ian SMOUT • John WHITELEGG • Ann ZIMMERMAN • Julian SMITH • Louise SMITH • Tomos WILLIAMS • Susannah BANNON • Zachary HARRIS • Lorraine FISHER • Jo CANN • Lorraine CLARKE • Emma PEACEY
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 5,992 participants have completed 12,223 parkruns covering a total distance of 61,115 km, including 2,140 new Personal Bests. A total of 439 individuals have volunteered 1,392 times.