Shepton mallet parkrun report #155

Shepton Mallet parkrun No 155
Saturday was wet, very wet and I seem to recall that my previous turn as run director was greeted with a downpour but I was also reminded that parkrunners are nothing if not determined and a little drop of water isn't going to put anyone off.
So, as I stood waiting to deliver the run brief, I observed 113 brave souls, an impressive number of volunteers and a large flock of ducks all sheltering from the rain and I had further proof of just how stoic you all are. It was wet! If you want to know when it is going to rain on a Saturday morning, just ask who is going to be run director and if it is me, pack your flippers.
In an effort to not have runners and volunteer marshals alike standing around, I kept the run brief short. I overheard a conversation about welcoming first timers, visitors and milestones, but the fact is we are told that 'for the time being' to keep the run brief down to the bare minimum but I can tell you that each of us enjoy the welcomes and announcements, so we look forward to the time when we can re-scale the rock and greet you properly.
All of that said, we had three people doing their first parkrun, 12 visitors to Collett Park (from Emersons Green, Avon Valley, Kent A.C, Royston Runners and PB runners) amongst others; all that I spoke to had nothing but praise for the friendliness of all involved. From my point of view, I was also reminded that parkrun is fun, borne out by the smiles of all the finishers. There were 22 PBs and to those who so nearly bettered their own best time, just think, if you could achieve that in those wet conditions, then a new PB awaits you very soon!
I'll finish with a long range weather forecast. Saturday 20th November (08.50 hrs): WET! (Probably)


Shepton Mallet parkrun report #154 25/09/2021

Saturday morning saw 140 eager parkrunners lining up for the "off" in our beautiful Collett Park. As we British like to talk about the weather I'll report that it was quite a foggy start with the sun not quite able to work its way through the mist.  However, being the last run in September we shouldn't expect too much and it was perfect running weather!!!   

We had 17 parkrun first timers amongst us - hopefully they enjoyed the experience and are keen to repeat it - same time, same place, next Saturday!
We also saw 18 parkrunners achieve personal bests which must have been very satisfying for them.  However you ran, ran/walk or stumbled around the park you should feel proud of yourself for getting out there and doing it!
As ever, grateful thanks to our enthusiastic volunteers - the happy smiling face of parkrun and without whom the event really couldn't take place.  Please sign up to volunteer when you can and be part of the event you love to take part in.

Shepton Mallet parkrun report #153

Shepton Mallet parkrun 18th September 2021
141 runners and walkers completed the course this week in warm conditions. A staggering 27 of you attained personal best times which is fantastic and 20 of you were first timers at our parkrun, we hope you enjoyed it and will come and visit us again
Given the truncated nature of the run brief these days we are not able to give a shout out to tourists or milestone runners. This week we welcomed runners from places such as Liverpool, Preston, Cambridge and Shipley. Hopefully you had a good run in our beautiful park.
This week there were 3 milestones to note, Katrina Dunford ran her 100th parkrun, with Glyn Pearce and Hannah May both reaching 50 runs. Congratulations to you all, get those t-shirts on order!
Conscious that several runners left slightly disappointed this week having presented their bar codes on a phone screen, I would like to write a few words about parkrun’s strict “No printed barcode – No result” policy. A printed barcode can be a paper copy or a wristband/plastic tag which can be purchased from the parkrun website. We will not scan barcodes from your phone while this policy is in place. I would like to place on record my thanks to those affected this week for accepting the situation with good grace.


Shepton Mallet parkrun report #152 11.09.2021

The 7am alarm went off and on a normal weekday I would’ve given a large sigh & put it on a snooze but definitely not on a Saturday as that’s known as parkrun day! So, after a quick Coffee, and a banana for energy we’re off to Collett Park.
As soon as we arrive in the beautiful park there is always someone’s smiling face with a “good morning” greeting! It’s so friendly there. Since starting Shepton parkrun in 2017, I have met so many lovely people, who I now call my friends. My Paul joined parkrun in early 2019 after I kept telling him how much fun it was and I knew he enjoyed jogging.
This Saturday I was volunteering again (the lady with the bell) and my Paul was running. It was 7 years ago that Paul was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of just 54, so it’s important that we both try and stay a little fit & a Saturday morning parkrun is perfect for just that. I always pin his barcode to his shirt so it makes it easier for the barcode volunteers to scan. They are so supportive and most of them know Paul has Alzheimer’s so if and when needed they can guide him in the right direction. parkrun for us is a lovely Saturday morning social event.
I have been volunteering recently due to a calf injury and it’s such good fun, we’re in the park by 8:30, we put on that all-important pink high viz and if you’re on certain points you even get a walkie-talkie. Watching and cheering everyone on gives such me a buzz, if you have not volunteered before please give it a try! Without the lovely volunteers parkrun cannot take place.
Saturday morning parkrun is something Paul and I always do together and hopefully long may it continue.

Quote of the day…
“I love going to parkrun on a Saturday morning with Tracey & our mates, the team at Shepton Mallet parkrun keep an eye on me and I feel safe and I always get encouragement around the course from all the volunteers”


Shepton Mallet parkrun report #151

It was a warm, sunny and bright morning in Collett Park. 165 runners graced us with their presence,
34 of those runners achieved their personal best. We had 23 first timers at Shepton Mallet parkrun and we hope to see you all again.

We had visitors from Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, Hastings & Gunnersbury.

Sharon Hardy, Jenni Connett and Andrew Piper all joined the 50 club and Harry Reynolds celebrated his 100th parkrun!!

We would like to remind runners to be kind and considerate on our course, especially on the out and back section up to Joan the Cone.
That part is very narrow so please be extra careful & polite when overtaking to avoid running into the face of other participants. Remember this is not a race!

Quote of the day

‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible’

Dalai Lama

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