Event number 31, by Justin Smith, 23rd October 2021

I am not sure we thank our Event Directors enough. Jon and Andrew are amazing! On Thursday night, whilst running with Andrew, he shared with me his detailed plans to alter our parkrun course given the scaffolding issue around the College; he is so dedicated to making the event work safely for all.  Jon messaged me to say that he felt I have not had a chance to run at Soham for some time, and he offered to take the Run Director role from me for the week.  Both these gents care about your experience, and taking care of their core Run Director group and all volunteers: we should appreciate them both.

The numbers were up from last week, and it was lovely to see some new faces. Do come back, and do tell your friends and family!

Lauren explained the route adaption clearly at the the first timers' brief, and this was reiterated clearly via Jon's Run Director brief.

The amazing John McGivern captured some great shots of you today: thank you so much, John!

14 personal bests were achieved at Soham this morning, I am proud that I was one of them (for our course)! No idea where it came from, but sometimes it just happens that way!

A special mention this week to all newcomers to Soham! Come back soon. It goes without saying that we need to big up our volunteers: it can't happen without them!

If you would please consider volunteering one Saturday in a while it would be very much appreciated. We have roles to fill for the next few Saturdays. Please take a look and email sohamvillagecollege@parkrun.com

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/sohamvillagecollege/futureroster/

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This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Lauren THOMAS • Clare KINGSLEY • Andrew SCARLETT • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Hilary SCARLETT • Jonathan PRICE • Justin SMITH • Ewan TAYLOR • John MCGIVERN • Peter FORD • Ryan FORWOOD • David WARREN • Tom CADMORE • Lucy SCRUTON • Alexandra HUNT • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING • Terry METCALFE • Janet METCALFE • Maxine THORNHILL • Emily WALLIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Soham Village College parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James SMITH who recorded a time of 17:01 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).

The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:03 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).

The Age Grade course record is held by Edward BEAVIS-LONSDALE who recorded 83.51% (23:45) on 11th January 2020 (event number 8).

Soham Village College parkrun started on 23rd November 2019. Since then 1,395 participants have completed 3,676 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,380 km, including 884 new Personal Bests. A total of 130 individuals have volunteered 726 times.

 

Run number 30 by Ryan Forwood 16th October 2021

Leaving the door at 07:50 this morning, the skies were grey, it had clearly been raining and a light drizzle remained in the air. However, by the time it came to 09:00, as we all eagerly anticipated the start of this week’s event, blue skies had emerged and the drizzle had stopped just in time for the 54 participants to enjoy Soham Village College’s 30th parkrun.

The freshly cut grass was a welcomed addition to most with running conditions easier under foot and socks becoming less soggy. As usual, the High-Vis Heroes were out in force to cheer and support everyone who turned up for their weekly 5k. They cheered consistently, showing support for the regulars, the tourists, recently started runners and parkun first timers (We hope to see you again next week!). It is always fantastic to see the sense of achievement and accomplishment when people cross over that finish line, feeling all the better for taking part. Some of our runners were using today as a warm up in preparation for tomorrow’s Cambridge Half Marathon! We wish them all good luck!

As a Primary School PE Teacher, it is always very humbling to see people from all walks of life completing the parkun. A passion for lifelong participation in physical activity is something I hope to instil into all of my students and our local parkrun has plenty of fantastic ambassadors for enjoying exercise. It is always awesome to see teenagers and young children completing the course, people pushing a buggy whilst running (that is always an incredible achievement!), people pushing themselves with a power walk, runners chasing their personal bests, people enjoying the occasion with a gentle jog and parents/adults helping their children enjoy weekly exercise.  I want to shout out all of the parents/grandparents/adults who remain with their children whilst taking part, you are fantastic role models for the children and will be embedding positive memories of being physically active from a young age. Everyone who takes part in this weekly event is amazing!

Only having lived in Soham for a couple of years, I beam with pride when reflecting on the community spirit that parkrun has brought to our town. Just over a month ago, I tore my calf muscle whilst on a midweek run, and volunteering at this fantastic event has helped me keep my spirits up. Last week I received a cheer from the volunteers when I crossed the line after being the Tail Walker. This week, our awesome photographer John said it was good to see me back running, our Volunteer Co-ordinator said I was getting fitter. These comments from these local heroes have certainly helped me on the road to recovery! Well done to everyone who took part today and thank you to the volunteers on behalf of all the runners for giving up your time to make this fantastic event happen every single week! I am proud to be a Soham parkunner!

Congratulations to Darren Jason! 50th parkrun today!

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This week 54 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Robert POPE • Andrew SCARLETT • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Hilary SCARLETT • Frederick CHEUNG • Camilla CHEUNG • Ian BLATCHFORD • Elethia LORKING • Reuben SMITH • Scott BOYD • John MCGIVERN • Simon SMEETON • Ryan FORWOOD • Heather ALDHOUSE • Ben ALDHOUSE • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING • Jessica BETSON • Jo COLE • Jenny BURBRIDGE • Terry METCALFE • Emily WALLIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Soham Village College parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James SMITH who recorded a time of 17:01 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).
The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:03 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).
The Age Grade course record is held by Edward BEAVIS-LONSDALE who recorded 83.51% (23:45) on 11th January 2020 (event number 8).

Soham Village College parkrun started on 23rd November 2019. Since then 1,380 participants have completed 3,604 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,020 km, including 870 new Personal Bests. A total of 126 individuals have volunteered 704 times.

 

Event number 29, by Justin Smith

This morning, Lauren, our Run Director cycled through the cold mist from Ely to lead us all through another successful parkrun! She walked the course to check it was safe for us all, and then delivered a superb RD brief!

There was some general all round brilliance today from all who participated, but this week we will focus on two people: Ben and Bev!

Ben is a massive friend of Soham Village College parkrun! Ben volunteers way more often than he runs and for this we are so grateful. Today he achieved his parkrun PB, with 30 minutes on the nose! Congratulations, Ben for the PB and thank you for all you do!

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Bev has also been a true friend of Soham Village College parkrun from the start, and today he reached the milestone of having volunteered 25 times! Thank you, Bev!

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A big thank you to all who participate but especially the volunteers!

This week 58 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Lauren THOMAS • Robert POPE • Sally BLATCHFORD • Jonathan PRICE • Sue STEARN • Ian BLATCHFORD • Elethia LORKING • Justin SMITH • David MCNALLY • John MCGIVERN • Ryan FORWOOD • Heather ALDHOUSE • Lucy SCRUTON • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING • Jessica BETSON • Jenny BURBRIDGE • Terry METCALFE • Janet METCALFE • Alison WALLIS • Emily THOMPSON • Emily WALLIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Soham Village College parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James SMITH who recorded a time of 17:01 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).
The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:03 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).
The Age Grade course record is held by Edward BEAVIS-LONSDALE who recorded 83.51% (23:45) on 11th January 2020 (event number 8).

Soham Village College parkrun started on 23rd November 2019. Since then 1,367 participants have completed 3,550 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,750 km, including 858 new Personal Bests. A total of 126 individuals have volunteered 681 times.

 

Event number 27 by Justin Smith

What a gorgeous morning for a parkrun!

Nice conditions and weather, a good number of first timers to Soham, and an opportunity for Volunteer Co-ordinator, Lauren Thomas to give out chocolate spot prizes! We hope you enjoyed this and the excellent tracks played from the speaker!

We welcomed Oli Wade to Soham Village College parkrun today, and he celebrated his 250th event! It was lovely to congratulate Oli and chat with his friends (do come back and see us soon)!

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A good few of us were happy to see our friend and Ely Runner, Don this morning, he is back, but soon to go away and study for an MA! Come back soon, Don!

Great to see you all, and thank you to those who came up to the volunteers at the end to thanks us!

Please remember, we need you to help by volunteering once in a while! A big shout to all who volunteered today!

This week 69 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Lauren THOMAS • Robert POPE • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Hilary SCARLETT • Sally BLATCHFORD • Elethia LORKING • Justin SMITH • Ewan TAYLOR • Helen BARKER • Tony KIRBY-COOK • Darren GORE • John MCGIVERN • Ryan FORWOOD • David WARREN • Jonathan WHYTOCK • Tom CADMORE • Lucy SCRUTON • Bev LORKING • Jessica BETSON • Janet HUTCHINSON • Simon HUTCHINSON • Simon THOMPSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Soham Village College parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James SMITH who recorded a time of 17:01 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).

The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:03 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).

The Age Grade course record is held by Edward BEAVIS-LONSDALE who recorded 83.51% (23:45) on 11th January 2020 (event number 8).

Soham Village College parkrun started on 23rd November 2019. Since then 1,351 participants have completed 3,435 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,175 km, including 814 new Personal Bests. A total of 122 individuals have volunteered 634 times.

 

Event Number 26 by Lucy Scruton

Weather conditions this morning where a little bit muggy but dry and warm. The course inspection looked good at the end of a dry summer and pleasantly showed no surprises. However still had a few alterations made to move the course away from on going construction. 
Today we had 83 participants that walked, ran and jogged our new course of whom got 18 new PBs and 25 first timers - our First Lady and male where first timers too!! Our first male time was Simon Pennington with 19:42. Our First Lady was Alice Mary Clarkson with a time of 20:32. 
Hopefully see you next week. We love you all! 

The event was made possible by 19 fantastic volunteers:

Andrew SCARLETT • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Jonathan PRICE • Bethan EVERSON • Justin SMITH • John MCGIVERN • Ryan FORWOOD • David WARREN • Heather ALDHOUSE • Jonathan WHYTOCK • Ben ALDHOUSE • Lucy SCRUTON • Tara AVER • John BURBRIDGE • Jessica BETSON • Jo COLE • Terry METCALFE • Janet METCALFE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Soham Village College parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James SMITH who recorded a time of 17:01 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).
The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:03 on 28th August 2021 (event number 23).
The Age Grade course record is held by Edward BEAVIS-LONSDALE who recorded 83.51% (23:45) on 11th January 2020 (event number 8).

Soham Village College parkrun started on 23rd November 2019. Since then 1,334 participants have completed 3,366 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,830 km, including 796 new Personal Bests. A total of 116 individuals have volunteered 611 times.

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