We are back! Event number 18 for Soham Village College parkrun!

Today our local parkrun returned, and not without a lot of work, thought, discussion and the following of national guidance.  It was simply amazing to see people today, and the fact that everyone respected the requests of the Sports Centre (wearing a face covering inside the building), and turned up with their own drinks is very much appreciated.

The course was inspected early this morning, and other than an awkwardly placed skip, which we managed to work around, all was good to go.  The round of applause as the Run Director's brief started was no doubt about a few things: appreciation of the volunteers; the return of parkrun; people seeing each other at a cherished event; and a feeling that it all felt a bit 'normal'.  It was an emotional moment.

The choice of music was superb as usual, as was the performance of all who took part. A big thank you to all concerned. See you next week!

Please remember, we need volunteers each week for your parkrun to work.

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This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Charlotte SYGMUTA • Cara MACFARLANE • Darren WARD • Robert POPE • Andrew SCARLETT • Sam RUSSELL • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Hilary SCARLETT • Jonathan PRICE • Bethan EVERSON • Elethia LORKING • Shaun RHODES • Justin SMITH • Ewan TAYLOR • Simon SMEETON • Heather ALDHOUSE • Jonathan WHYTOCK • Ben ALDHOUSE • Lucy SCRUTON • Jordan AVER • Bev LORKING • 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 BINGHAM who recorded a time of 17:32 on 21st December 2019 (event number 5).

The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:04 on 24th July 2021 (event number 18).

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 1,152 participants have completed 2,654 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,270 km, including 628 new Personal Bests. A total of 110 individuals have volunteered 437 times.

 

Soham Village College parkrun event 17. Justin Smith

After a very early walk of the course with one of our Event Directors, Jon, it was clear to me that, with just a small adjustment to the approach to the muddy slope on the field, all would be just fine for event 17.

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There is not a great deal to report this week other than that, from my vantage point near our parkrun banner and with the music blasting, it was so obvious how much parkrun means to you all. There were loads of thumbs ups, smiles and some of you even combined your running with a bit of a dance!  I put this down to the excellent playlist!

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It's lovely that we still have children from one of the local schools coming back for more: this is amazing!

One thing that was notable this week is that we had a group of tourists who, among their ranks can boast having ran at the most different parkrun venues in the UK. I won't go into the precise stats, but some of them have ran at hundreds of different parkruns!

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Also, we had a fair number of PBs today, with several regulars achieving their best times for Soham Village College parkrun specifically.  A few of these people are in the core organising team for our parkrun!  PBs are not the be all and end all; but they are nice when they happen!

Now for the stats!

This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Becky THURTELL • Robert POPE • Andrew SCARLETT • Sam RUSSELL • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Hilary SCARLETT • Sally BLATCHFORD • Jonathan PRICE • Sue STEARN • Bethan EVERSON • Elethia LORKING • Martin LEWIS • Justin SMITH • Sophie MARTIN • Mark LAPPIN • John MCGIVERN • Simon SMEETON • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING • Jo COLE • Rosie SHIPP • Jenny BURBRIDGE • Janet METCALFE • Sanna HUTCHINSON

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

The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:26 on 23rd November 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by James BINGHAM who recorded a time of 17:32 on 21st December 2019 (event number 5).
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 1,124 participants have completed 2,572 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,860 km, including 602 new Personal Bests. A total of 108 individuals have volunteered 413 times.

 

Soham Village College parkrun event 16 – International Women’s Day, by Heather Aldhouse.

Wow! Who knew that #thisgirlcan, #InternationalWomensDay and #sohamvillagecollegeparkrun would have me volunteering and trying the role of doing  the first timers’ briefing at this morning’s event?  I love parkrun and I love volunteering at parkrun and I’m so pleased to have been able to take part in this way today.  My friends did their first parkrun today and I’m so proud of them and of the other first-timers who took part.  I’ll hope you’ll be back to do it all again soon.

The weather was much less blowy than we’ve had for most of the February parkruns.  There were some minor adjustments to the course to help us avoid some of the muddy bits that we’ve been enjoying (or not!) over the last few weeks.  Today’s parkrun was celebrating International Women’s Day and together with #thisgirlcan, we were hoping to encourage women and girls of any age or ability to become more active and take part in parkrun: whether walking, jogging, running or volunteering.

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Of course, everyone is always welcome at parkrun and there was a fabulous turnout of enthusiastic participants poised and ready for the off at shortly after 9am.

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Well done to everyone who completed the course today.  You are all amazing!  First male finisher was Keiran Brady in a super speedy personal best time.  Cara MacFarlane, was the first female finisher and again in a personal best time, both wonderful achievements.

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A huge thank you to all of the volunteers and Event Directors who make our parkrun happen every week.  I’m so pleased to know such a dedicated team.  If any of you reading this haven’t volunteered yet, or are thinking about it and there is just something holding you back...I would say, please just go for it!  The Soham Village College crew are welcoming, friendly and encouraging and will give you all the support you need in any of the roles.  I get the parkrun buzz from volunteering just as much as I do when I run.  Volunteering, running or walking, parkrun is a real blast of positivity to get the weekend off to a fabulous start.  Special thanks to Libby today for the excellent event photographs.

So, shall we do it all again next weekend?  Yes, absolutely! We’re off for that post-parkrun coffee now at the lovely Ross Peers Sports Centre. Thanks everyone.

Run report by Heather Aldhouse  (channeling my inner Rita Skeeter………)

Over to the stats guys and girls  to give us the figures from today’s event…

This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Robert POPE • Andrew SCARLETT • Sam RUSSELL • Paul BELZAR • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Jon EVANS • Joseph BELZAR • Jonathan PRICE • Bethan EVERSON • Elethia LORKING • Martin LEWIS • Reuben SMITH • Mark LAPPIN • Kirstie BOYD • David WARREN • Heather ALDHOUSE • Jonathan WHYTOCK • Ben ALDHOUSE • Tara AVER • Jordan AVER • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING • Janet METCALFE • Liberty KEMP

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

The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:26 on 23rd November 2019 (event number 1).

The male record is held by James BINGHAM who recorded a time of 17:32 on 21st December 2019 (event number 5).

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 1,102 participants have completed 2,457 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,285 km, including 563 new Personal Bests. A total of 105 individuals have volunteered 388 times.

 

Soham Village College parkrun event 15 by participating children and Mrs Macfarlane of The Weatheralls Whirlwinds!

 

"Crazy, adventurous or daring?"

These were all words spoken by some of our newest participants at this week’s Soham Village College parkrun. The cold and soggy conditions didn’t stop the excitement from building as 113 runners lined up at the start and began their long mission-to get around the colossal field three times. 

The route was tricky. It included hills, puddles and mud throughout. The trickiest part was definitely having to climb the squelching hill and if you were not careful, your feet would lose control, resulting in a great fall into the mud.

Amongst the first-timers, were a collection of Weatheralls Whirlwinds- a running club filled with passion and commitment from one of the local primary schools. The children, their parents and teachers all collected some running numbers to show their support for their team. They all thoroughly enjoyed the run, despite the weather, which encouraged them to get on with it and finish quicker. They were all proud of each other for persevering and challenging each other to push themselves to their limits. 

Having parkrun on this leap year Saturday felt even more special as our next opportunity for a parkrun on the 29th of February won’t be until 2048!

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It was tough running in these conditions but it must have been even worse to stand around and volunteer on this cold run. So a massive thank you to the volunteers who made this possible. 

We look forward to seeing you same time, same place next week.

Now for those stats!

This week 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Danny NORMAN • Charlotte SYGMUTA • Cara MACFARLANE • Robert POPE • Andrew SCARLETT • Gwen GRAVES • Barry GRAVES • Umesh PATEL • Jonathan PRICE • Ian BLATCHFORD • Elethia LORKING • Justin SMITH • Reuben SMITH • Adam SMEETON • John MCGIVERN • Simon SMEETON • Kirstie BOYD • Dami JAIYESIMI • Lucy SCRUTON • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING • Aleksandra ZAORSKA • Laura GURNHAM • Andrea CADMORE • Raymond WEBILOR • Janet METCALFE

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

The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:26 on 23rd November 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by James BINGHAM who recorded a time of 17:32 on 21st December 2019 (event number 5).
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 1,080 participants have completed 2,338 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,690 km, including 504 new Personal Bests. A total of 102 individuals have volunteered 362 times.

 

Soham Village College parkrun event 14. Jon Price

Today was what my Grandmother would have called a good drying day…. by the time we crossed the start line shortly after 9am, there were bright blue skies and a very strong wind. Nevertheless, 127 hardy souls turned out to battle the wind at our 14th event. Co-ED Andrew was making his first appearance as RD at Soham Village College and did a great job in keeping the brief as succinct as possible so no one got too cold standing in the wind. Simon Smeeton, friend of both Soham Village College and Littleport parkruns, completed his 25th occasion volunteering and got a massive round of applause in appreciation of his efforts before the start of the run. We look forward to seeing you sporting your purple 25th volunteer T-shirt soon Simon!

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We had tourists from as far afield as the Isle of Wight, Warwick, Walthamstow, Manchester and someone even ventured all the way from Cambridge!

Everyone agreed that it was a tough run today, a combination of the mud on the bank and the strong head wind at times sapping energy on the way round. However, that didn’t stop core team members Sam and Bethan finishing with only a second between them. There were some rumours that Bethan may have been blocked from overtaking but I couldn’t possibly comment on that…

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Anyway thanks to all the volunteers and participants for making today’s event a success. See you all next week.

This week 127 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Andrew SCARLETT • Joseph BELZAR • Camilla CHEUNG • Jonathan PRICE • James HALL • Elethia LORKING • Phil WALKER • Michelle GLADDIS • Mhairi SMEETON • Simon SMEETON • Jordan AVER • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING • Jessica BETSON • Vicky ROBERTS • Charlotte BETSON • Aleksandra ZAORSKA • Philippa AVEY-WALTERS • Janet METCALFE

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

The female record is held by Bethan EVERSON who recorded a time of 19:26 on 23rd November 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by James BINGHAM who recorded a time of 17:32 on 21st December 2019 (event number 5).
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 1,042 participants have completed 2,225 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,125 km, including 496 new Personal Bests. A total of 97 individuals have volunteered 336 times.

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