Somerdale Pavilion parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

parkrun cancelled on Saturday 29 Feb – course still too wet

While the major flooding has receded, I'm afraid the course is still slightly too wet to put on a safe event.

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In particular, while these conditions might be exciting for the more hardened cross-country runners among us, they are not very conducive to beginners and those that might not have been to our event before, or the volunteers who would need to go on a spin cycle in the tumble dryer from 10am!

2We hope the rain will drain in time for the first Saturday of March so that we can get the band back together!

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After all, the weather has been most fowl.

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Until next time,
Matt B.(RD)

 

run report #54 – and the rain held off just long enough

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun: Event #54

By Susannah Bannon (with thanks from all of us at Somerdale)

On a day when lots of parkruns were being cancelled due to Storm Dennis, it was a long wait to see if this one would be going ahead. Obviously the safety of the volunteers and runners is paramount but at 0740 the post I had been waiting for arrived. Somerdale Pavilion parkrun was ON!

I have to say this has been on my to do list for a while, the uniqueness of the Curly Wurly very appealing! However, I don’t particularly like running on grass, I don’t like mud, and I definitely don’t like wind and rain! I do however love parkrun so today had to be the day I tried this one out!

I arrived at 0815, paid my car park fee (60p an hour so bring change) and headed up to the pavilion to use the loo. There were already a few hardy runners arriving and the volunteers were setting everything up. The RD John had been around the course earlier to check it was safe for us.

At 0855 the briefing started, we were told the course was fine just a bit wet and muddy in places so to take care. We cheered the volunteers for standing in the wind and rain so we could run and then 111 runners were off!

The course is amazing! Two long laps winding around the field, and you do the curly wurly three times. The course is marked out with ropes so although it looks confusing it really isn’t. Just follow the person in front and you’ll be fine! It feels great being able to see everyone on the course at all times, something I haven’t experienced before! Would be a good one to spectate at in better weather.

The marshals cheered and clapped everyone and were full of encouragement, a huge thanks again from me for giving up your time on this hideous day!

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I need to say thanks to fellow runner Mark who rescued me when I slipped over on a corner, luckily only my pride was hurt, I managed to land on a soft grass verge! He was telling me about his journey to parkrun and once again it confirmed to me that parkrun really is as good for the mind as it is the body.

After the run I headed to the cafe where I had a delicious Somerdale Breakfast, (vegetarian options were available too) and warmed up with a hot cuppa! Somerdale Pavilion parkrun has everything you would want, a fantastic course, a great team of volunteers, car park, toilets and a fantastic cafe. I shall definitely be back!                                                                                spr guest 2

This week 111 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Ian MUSSELL • Pete CLARK • Hugh BURCHARD • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Jan ISAAC • Charlotte PATERSON • Susannah BANNON • Sue DEVINE • Abbie DEVINE • Becky GRINTER • Marian O'LEARY • Colin O'LEARY • Julie FRANKLIN • Laurence FAY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:39 on 14th September 2019 (event number 41).
The female record is held by Lucy RICHENS who recorded a time of 19:55 on 21st September 2019 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 87.52% (26:18) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 17).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 3,083 participants have completed 6,396 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,980 km, including 1,096 new Personal Bests. A total of 298 individuals have volunteered 1,012 times.

 

Tomorrow – 15th February

Spr course Spr finish Spr3 Sprcourse 2We are still hoping that tomorrow's parkrun will go ahead. A decision will be made tomorrow morning and is of course dependant on the weather. As of now, the course is runnable although slippy and wet in parts. Wear off road shoes or flippers. Check Facebook tomorrow morning before you leave so you don't have a wasted journey.

However we are still short of volunteers. Can you help? Without at least three more we may have to cancel anyway or run it without times

 

Run Report #53 – Saturday 8th February 2020

And the Somerdale Pavilion RD did read from the parkrun scriptures as follows:

And there was sent rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and the weather shall wipe from the face of the earth every Somerdale parkrun that was scheduled between November and February.

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And Matt and his fellow RDs entered the pavilion to escape the waters of the flood.  Pairs of hi-viz heroes, joined them in the pavilion, two by two.

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And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the pavilion high above the earth. The waters rose and covered the fields to a depth of more than four inches.

... and then the rain cleared and a sprig of an olive branch was carried by a dove, or was it an RD dressed as a duck?  And the RDs said "it's probably time we put on a parkrun...." It was time for event no 53! 

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Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to put on the event.  We are particularly grateful for their sustained efforts given the numerous cancellations in recent weeks!

First male finisher was Luke Hodson on his SPP debut, in a very creditable 19:34 (particularly given that the course was pretty much 100% mud).  First female finisher was Sally Curnow - a fitting reward on her 9th run with us at SPP with a very tidy 73% age grading score.  The best age graded finish was by John Shorrock at 74.5%.

Congratulations go to Nicola Giblin, Paul Wells and Daniel Axe on their respective parkrun debuts. Just 49 more to go for the hallowed red '50' tee shirt.

Our most decorated parkrunner this week was Mel Warren who recorded run number 373 with us at Somerdale, with 3 runs being in Keynsham and 370 runs being at more boring courses.

A big thank you to everyone for turning up promptly on Saturday too.  We managed to start at 9am on the dot which does not happen often!  Particularly beneficial this week as cyclists were due to be on the course from 10am....

The weather is not great for the rest of the week so please keep your eyes peeled for any announcements from John Peake (RD for next Saturday).

Until then, farewell!
Matt B

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This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Matt BLACKER • Stu WILKIE • Matthew BRACE • Ian MUSSELL • Patrick MUSSELL • Hugh BURCHARD • Ian CONWAY • Tina DURY • Jo HARRIS • Joan GIBSON • Gill WHITEHEAD • Fiona BURCHARD • Sue DEVINE • Abbie DEVINE • Becky GRINTER • Cory GRINTER • Nicola GIBLIN • Laurence FAY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:39 on 14th September 2019 (event number 41).
The female record is held by Lucy RICHENS who recorded a time of 19:55 on 21st September 2019 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 87.52% (26:18) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 17).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 3,049 participants have completed 6,285 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,425 km, including 1,091 new Personal Bests. A total of 294 individuals have volunteered 996 times.

 

 

 

Run report #52 -and the rain held off

When I came down on Saturday morning to walk the course, the full moon was looking down casting a ghostly hue over the course. Happily any werewolves had disappeared to be replaced by the occasional deer. There is something quite nice about the pre run stillness, which is then replaced by the flurry of activity of the run, which in turn is followed by the post run stillness once everyone has left. A chance to unwind and reflect.

We escaped the rain and managed to stage only the second parkrun since the start of December. In my excitement and eagerness to get the 122 runners started I forgot to welcome our tourists and our milestone runners; in particular Gary Hughes taking part in his 200th parkrun and Hugh Burchard volunteering for the 25th time. Also a belated welcome to our tourists who included runners from Oxfordshire, Darlington, Winslow and South Wales. And in Veganuary, a healthy turn out of Vegan Runners too. The relatively slow times reflected the challenging nature of the course.

What else is there to say; a massive thank you as ever to all our volunteers but particularly Shelley, volunteering for the first time, and Isabella who turned up on the day and carried out the role of Number Checker in exemplary fashion. Without our volunteers our run would not happen, something which is always greatly appreciated by those who take part. It makes the role of run director so much easier knowing the quality and commitment of the people turning up to help out. If you have never volunteered then please give it a go. It could be the start of your progress to a purple volunteering shirt.

This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Bob COX • Jayne CUMNER • Isabella SANIGAR • Hugh BURCHARD • John VRUBLEVSKIS • Desmond CLEMENTS • Thea GILLINGHAM • Charlotte PATERSON • Phoebe DEVINE • Fiona BURCHARD • Sue DEVINE • Abbie DEVINE • Becky GRINTER • Laurence FAY • Martin LEACH • Shelley SHERIDAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:39 on 14th September 2019 (event number 41).
The female record is held by Lucy RICHENS who recorded a time of 19:55 on 21st September 2019 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 87.52% (26:18) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 17).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 3,022 participants have completed 6,195 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,975 km, including 1,076 new Personal Bests. A total of 292 individuals have volunteered 978 times.

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