Soggy pacer week!

Guest run report for 14th December 2019, event #62
By Claire Newman
Home parkrun: Coventry Parkrun
94 soggy runners were questioning their life choices this morning as they arrived in the pouring rain for event #62 of the Severn Bridge parkrun.  But the Gods of parkrun were smiling on us as the clouds cleared and the sun came out just in time for Julian SMITH's briefing. Apparently we were celebrating National Monkey Day, so I hope everyone took the time to be kind that special monkey in their lives.
It was pacer week and Jonathan CARTER, Giacomo SQUINTANI, Simon SHORROCK, Richard BUTTERWORTH, Lowri DUFFIELD, Mike CROFT,  Holly VICKERS, Graham TAYLOR, and Dickie HUDD all helped 9 runners achieve PBs a this weeks event. Special congrats to Simon who was celebrating his 25th volunteering stint whilst battling a purple 25 cape whilst pacing!
The views as we ran across the iconic bridge towards England were gorgeous with the sun reflecting of the water and it was impossible to resist stopping and getting some photos.  I had not prepared myself for the wind on the return journey to Wales though!  Thankfully it as downhill back to the finish  (except for that cheeky final slope up to the tunnel......)
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19 participants were new to the event including the first finisher Sam WHITE coming in at an impressive 18:38, and myself...........quite a lot later!
We were really pleased we took the plunge set off at 6.30 in the morning to join the event and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a friendly, well organised parkrun with fantastic views. Lessoned learning though - check the weather before you embark on a 2hr journey!
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This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

Of course no event is possible without the wonder team that make it happen, many  thanks to all his weeks volunteers not already mentioned :

Holly VICKERS • Dick FINCH • Anne MASTERS • Jonathan CARTER • Giacomo SQUINTANI • Simon SHORROCK • Richard BUTTERWORTH • Andrew OLIVER • Bill SAVAGE • Graham TAYLOR • Toni MALLIN • Lowri DUFFIELD • Dickie HUDD • Kate WEBSTER • John WHITELEGG • Ann ZIMMERMAN • Julian SMITH • Joshua SMITH • Mike CROFT • Paul BARRETT • Jeff WILLIAMS • Tomos WILLIAMS • Craig DAVIDGE • Jo CANN • Lis NICHOLAS • Emma PEACEY • Zach NICHOLAS

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 6,242 participants have completed 13,045 parkruns covering a total distance of 65,225 km, including 2,298 new Personal Bests. A total of 454 individuals have volunteered 1,497 times.

 

Severn Bridge and its technicolour parkrun

Guest Run Report for 30th November 2019, event #60.
By Jennifer Williams
Home parkrun: Burnham and Highbridge parkrun

We arrived at Severn Bridge parkrun with 20mins to spare. At first I thought it might be the smallest event I had attended but then out of nowhere swarms of people arrived. This week there were 149 participants. During the excellent run briefing, held by Julian SMITH, I was struck by how colourful parkrun is so I thought I would make that the theme of this week’s run report.

RED – The colour of the first adult milestone t-shirt. There were 33 members of club50 this week although I definitely didn’t see 33 red t-shirts. My red ‘50’ parkrun top was buried under several layers to protect against the cold but I was still proud to be wearing it. Well done to anyone who achieved a milestone this week.

ORANGE – The colour of parkrun. Well Apricot but I am using poetic license. Parkrun is for everyone and this week at Severn Bridge there were:

  • 7 under 18s
  • Parkrunners who had completed 1 parkrun to those with over 250 to their name
  • 16 different running clubs
  • Many regulars
  • 9 Unknowns – don’t forget your barcode next time

YELLOW – The colour of my yellow double buggy. Severn Bridge is a great course for a PB with 33 people achieving one this week. As a buggy runner at SB I achieve PB speed on the way down as the wind and slope pull me down the hill, what my actual buggy PB for the whole course however I don’t know.

GREEN – The colour of first timers. 34 people completed severn bridge parkrun for the first time. What did you think? It’s one of my favourites.

BLUE – The colour of hands, lips, ears as we battled the temperature. At 3.5C it was the coldest parkrun I had done in a while. As I reached the halfway turn point I wished I had read the recent article containing 5 tips for park running in cold weather. (https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2019/11/20/five-tips-for-parkrunning-in-cold-weather/)

INDIGO – Or rather OFF-WE-GO. Fastest time this week was by newcomer Matthew DAVIES at 17.29. Fastest female was Georgie PRIOR with a new PB of 19.10.

VIOLET – The colour of the fabulous volunteers. Parkrun couldn’t happen without the volunteers so a huge thank you to Susannah BANNON, Antoinette BURROWES, Linda DAVISON, Zachary HARRIS, Robert HOOK, Sarah LEWIS, Marian LILLINGTON, Karen MAGGS, Anne MASTERS, Paul NORRIS, Bill SAVAGE, Julian SMITH, Joshua SMITH, Kate WEBSTER, Tomos WILLIAMS, Ann ZIMMERMAN. Thank yous also go to anyone who has volunteered over their parkrun journey. Recent surveys have shown that volunteering makes you happier than parkrunning! Who knew!

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers, named above.

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 6,193 participants have completed 12,824 parkruns covering a total distance of 64,120 km, including 2,259 new Personal Bests. A total of 450 individuals have volunteered 1,453 times.

 

 

A Very Merry Christmas Day but No Happy New Year!

We will be holding a  Severn Bridge parkrun on Christmas Day at 9am, but no New Year’s Day parkrun! Please Volunteer and come & join us!

 

Flower Power on course B

Guest Run Report for 9th November 2019., event #57.
By Kerrieanne Cartwright Forbes
Home parkrun: Alice Holt

On a crisp Saturday morning whilst visiting family in Wales we were eager to get back to the Severn Bridge parkun! We even managed to drag the Birthday Boy Robert Cartwright (60 on Monday!) out for a parkrun whilst on his Birthday weekend away! Can I get a whoop!

I am absolutely terrified of bridges (even in the car!) so this event is a real challenge for me, but I love it!! A nice out and back, starting in Wales, running across the bridge into England, getting to the turn around point (Thank you Marshall) and running back into Wales to finish off in the tunnel. This parkrun really does offer so much; friendly faces, bridges, tunnels, two countries, great views (if you are lucky!) and a gentle toot from a passing car – morale boaster, thank you very much!

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 As we arrived at the start point we were greeted by a sea of flower power as the Kingfisher Harriers were on tour to celebrate the 50th parkrun of Janet Goodyear! What a fabulous group of people, true advocates of parkrun, bringing much fun and colour to the course!

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After a fabulous pre-race briefing, with the Run Director sharing interesting facts of historical events from 9th November, we were led to the start line, where a one minute silence was observed (by most people!) in advance of Remembrance Sunday – a really lovely touch!

And then we were off a field of 147 people took on the Severn Bridge parkrun on what was a cold, but fairly calm ‘windless’ Saturday morning and the rain held off for most of the time people were out on the course.

A field of 147 saw a whopping 25 PB’s – (I even managed to sneak one of them myself! YEY!), 54 first times, 6 of these at their first ever parkrun, well done; Ian Hutchinson, Nathaniel Hall, Mel North, Melanie Hunter, Gemma Jones and Madison Lewis and one of them sneaking the top spot in position one, well done Steve Crowe!

We sadly didn’t make it for post run coffee this time, due to Birthday Celebrations, but we will be back soon!

 

Kingfishers on tour!

Guest Run Report for 9th November 2019.
Event #57.
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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