Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Event Number 64

Someone said to me today that Somerdale was a course for fools, I took this to heart...

Stick your barcode in your pocket
And get your trainers from the van
'Cos if you want the best run
But you don't ask questions
Then runner, we're your plan

'Cause How it works is a mystery,
It' floods with changing seasons
And the tides of the sea
But here's the one that's drives us all berserk:
how does the Curly Wurly work?

We've got some
Short grass, long grass
And lots and lots of tripping spots
We have
short briefs
And half crazy RDs
left turns
right turns
a thousand cones
Never rains*
And always floods
with volunteers being ace
and marshal spots nowhere near Shepherds Bush

No timing gaps, or Milestone Tees
Barcodes scanned, fun guaranteed
18 rights and then one more
Let's get dizzy evermore

God Bless Somerdale
Viva Somerdale
Long live Somerdale
C'est Magnifique, Somerdale
Magnifique, Somerdale>

* except when Lynsey is RD...

Sincere Apologies to anyone who just read that.

This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Graham HOBBS • Ian MUSSELL • Patrick MUSSELL • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Sally CURNOW • Katie STANLEY • Liz RICHARDS • Richard NASEY • Liz NASEY • Becky GRINTER • Imogen GRINTER • Joanne NYE • Matthew NYE

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 Katrina ENTWISTLE who recorded a time of 19:13 on 25th September 2021 (event number 62).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare JOLLIFFE who recorded 87.73% (20:22) on 9th October 2021 (event number 64).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 3,594 participants have completed 7,583 parkruns covering a total distance of 37,915 km, including 1,313 new Personal Bests. A total of 323 individuals have volunteered 1,174 times.

See you at parkrun soon

Ian

Run Director

 

The Very Wet one

Tourist Run Report for Somerdale Pavilion parkrun event #63 on 02 October 2021

By Lisa Wright from Bedford

This was a very special parkrun for me and my friend Louise – our 50th unique parkrun venue! This was supposed to happen back in May 2020, but a pandemic rudely intervened.

For those not in the know, parkrun touristing is great fun. 20 unique venues makes you an ‘unofficially official’ tourist, and 50 gives you ‘Half-Cowell’ status – a definite excuse for picking a great venue and making a bit of a celebration of it all.

But before I tell you about our day, I’d like to start by thanking the volunteers, without whom parkrun simply can’t happen. It can be a big challenge for parkrun core teams to get enough volunteers to agree to help, particularly after 16 months of no parkrun, with runners keen to make up for lost time.  However, I can assure you that volunteering is great fun, and so rewarding. If you haven’t done it yet, please consider giving it a go. It’s dead easy and makes such a difference.  Huge thank you to these 18 good souls who gave up their time so that this parkrun could go ahead:

Graham HOBBS • Laura Alexandra MANN • Ian MUSSELL • Matthew WOOD • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Chris MILES • Gill WHITEHEAD  • Jane BEETON • Kieran HUGHES • Stuart WILLIAMS • Jan ISAAC • Susan HOLMES • Bre CAREN • Katie STANLEY • Richard NASEY • Joanne NYE • Mally FIRTH

So back to our visit. I drove down to Bristol from Bedford (120ish miles), with my best friend and her husband, and my good friend Louise – all of us avid tourists – on Friday evening,

Louise and I wanted a very special venue for our 50th, and we both agreed that Somerdale Pavilion would tick all the boxes: fun, a bit daft and unlike any other event.

By Saturday morning the weather was looking decidedly dodgy (wet!) and we drove the 7ish miles from our hotel in Emerson Green to the recommended car park near the Pavilion building, arriving far too early, as is typical of us! Moments later, our more local friends, Claire and her son Stephen arrived (also far too keen!) and we made use of the excellent toilet facilities in the Pavilion, before heading out to the course. Claire gave us a bit of background information about the Frys/Cadbury factory, and we had a look at the model in the foyer of the Pavilion – fascinating!

We always hunt down a selfie frame and/or pop-up venue/start sign to take photos with at tourist events, so that we can brag on social media about our wacky travels! We were delighted to find both a pop-up sign AND a special ‘Curly Wurly’ sign, and we set to work taking first a group photo, and then a photo of the back of our treasured bespoke ’50 venues’ t-shirts, listing all 50 events attended, in order, with Somerdale Pavilion in spot 50.

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After much posing, we made our way over to the volunteers to have a chat with RD Lynsey, who was very impressed with our t-shirts! The course was all set up and ready, and other keen runners and walkers were starting to arrive, undeterred by the drizzle. There was an excited hubbub as friends met up, and wet weather layers were bravely discarded in preparation for the run.

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At around 08:50, Lynsey asked everyone to make their way over to the start area where a concise and informative briefing was efficiently delivered. This was along the lines of: “Just follow the person in front. If you ARE the person in front, good luck!”

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The run started on the dot of 9am and we were soon running under the ‘gantry’.

Despite being possibly the most convoluted course ever, it was actually marked out very well, with tape and cones in strategic places, and friendly and encouraging marshals at key points around the course.

Before very long at all, we were heading into the Curly Wurly! A friendly marshal (we shall call him Mr DJ) stood at the start of the infamous spiral and played fabulous tracks that could have been ripped straight from my own playlist (Karma Chameleon and Sweet Caroline, to name just two). This had us giggling and singing along as we headed ‘in’. Mr DJ commented that singing whilst running may not make breathing all that easy! It soon became clear that this was a hilarious place to be running, and I couldn’t resist taking a photo. Whilst running round and round we kept seeing others in our party heading around other parts of the spiral and it really needed the Benny Hill theme tune! It was fantastic!

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We reached the middle of the spiral and then headed back around the spiral in the opposite direction and back out onto the main course… never having a clue what was going on, but laughing LOTS!

We were treated to the Curly Wurly experience THREE TIMES and as we left the spiral for the final time, the track playing was ‘Walking on Sunshine’, and we commented that this was possibly the most inappropriate song for the occasion, since we were RUNNING on RAIN! We laughed as we headed across the finish line. I was disappointed that it was all over!

I’m not a huge fan of running on grass and expected to find this one pretty tough but was delighted to run it in a respectable time. I think it was such a bizarre, comical and confusing experience that I didn’t really think about the actual running much at all, and just thoroughly enjoyed it.

Afterwards, on our friend Claire’s recommendation, we headed into Keynsham for a hearty breakfast at the Bonzo Lounge and later enjoyed tea and cake at Coffee #1.

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We had a thoroughly enjoyable morning at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun. The rain did not spoil the experience at all, and it was exactly the right place for our joint 50th celebration. What a lot of fun!

Thank you so much for having us and making us feel so welcome. I’ll definitely be recommending this one to others.

This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

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 Katrina ENTWISTLE who recorded a time of 19:13 on 25th September 2021 (event number 62).
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 3,531 participants have completed 7,453 parkruns covering a total distance of 37,265 km, including 1,296 new Personal Bests. A total of 322 individuals have volunteered 1,159 times.

 

 

New Female record!

Typical low 100s again this week with almost half of the crowd being first timers! Whist it would be great to see more at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun, the low numbers do makes things a quite manageable and with an easy to run event, and we are getting to know the regular runners and build a bit of community.

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This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. 14 volunteers made the event possible - special thanks for Joan for helping me set the course up.  We never quite know what tape will remain and which corners we need to cone off, it's a challenge for RDs to even know the route but we had a few helpers double check it!

The big news, having seen the results, is that our female course record was broken.  Clearly our course isn't going to be a 5k PB for anyone, but it's incredible to see how quickly people can get around the bends.  Many congratulations to Katrina Entwistle who set a new female record! September does seem to be the month for setting records on our course.

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Hope to see some new and regular faces again on Saturday. Don't forget, we start promptly at 9am so please allow plenty of time to cross the football pitches to get to the Curly Wurly from the car park.

Matt

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 62
25th September 2021

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Matthew BRACE • Ris SCOTT • Matthew WOOD • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Gill WHITEHEAD • Desmond CLEMENTS • Craig ROCKLIFFE • Carol LOWREY • Jan ISAAC • Fiona BURCHARD • Becky GRINTER • Imogen GRINTER

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 Katrina ENTWISTLE who recorded a time of 19:13 on 25th September 2021 (event number 62).
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 3,503 participants have completed 7,371 parkruns covering a total distance of 36,855 km, including 1,284 new Personal Bests. A total of 318 individuals have volunteered 1,140 times.

 

We are back! Again

Well! We didn't end up with 613 runners as predicted by Matt B a few weeks ago. Instead we had a respectable 112 runners turning up to run on what was a lovely morning.I had wandered down to the course on the previous morning and was pleased to see the cyclo cross guys had left quite a lot of tape on the course. I thought this would make setting up simple the next morning. Wrong! More tape was tidied away in the afternoon which meant the cones had to be used, as usual. So thank you to Matthew for laying them out and Martin for collecting them.

This week there were 37 first timers and visitors to Somerdale and we 24 PBs. Because of the Covid rules I couldn't do shout outs for visitors, etc but I do hope you all enjoyed your first visit to Somerdale and parkrun and hope you all visit again soon.

Thank you to the 16 volunteers who, as always did a great job. Please take a look our future roster and consider giving volunteering a go. It is fun and is an opportunity for you to rest your legs prior to a race or long run.

A couple of reminders! Two people were wanting to walk with their dogs. Dogs are not permitted on our course, can you imagine the potential chaos in the Curly Wurly if there were dogs on the course!! A few tokens went astray after the run this week; after you have had them scanned could you please drop the token in the bucket.

Have a good week.

Joan

 

 

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun, Event number 60

It was my first time as Run Director and I was very nervous, but thanks to my amazing team of volunteers and fellow Run Director Ian all went according to plan and I had a great time.  You will definitely see me again in the RD hi-vis.

Thank you to the lovely Mel who ran her 200th parkrun at Somerdale and agreed to send us her thoughts.

"It's your 200th parkrun" they said, "You should go somewhere different, iconic, unusual", they said. After some thought and having seen many interesting comments and photos of it, where else could I go but Somerdale Pavilion aka "The Curly Wurly" so named after the eponymous treat created by the old Fry's/Cadbury's Chocolate factory on who's grounds the run now takes place? So yesterday saw me, joined by 18 other members of our lovely running group, The Tearaways, (including several teenagers who actually got up at a time rarely seen to them - 6.30am - to be part of my celebrations), take part in the 60th Somerdale Pavilion Parkrun and my 200th.

Wow! What can I say? Different? Iconic? Unusual? Confusing? Unique? Bonkers? Wacky? Dizziness-inducing? Mind-boggling? Certainly all of these!! It was a parkrun unlike any other!! Full of twists and turns, circle way, circle the other - phew! It was really quite mind-blowing to see so many people running in all directions with what seemed like no idea where they were going however thanks to the very well organised volunteers and Run Director, Tina, the course really was quite easy to follow and we ended up just laughing at how wacky the whole thing was! The Strava image when you finish the run looks just like a child's scribble but it ends up being a really rather memorable parkrun finished off with a coffee and bacon or sausage sarnie nearby.

I successfully achieved my 200th parkrun on a beautiful sunny day at a truly memorable location running with some of our very special runners who had made an amazing effort to join me as I plodded around the course carrying my golden,star-shaped balloon through the twists and turns of this unique challenge! Thank you so much to all the volunteers at Somerdale Pavilion for making the parkrun possible, to the lovely Vicky for running with me for part of it and explaining to all the marshals the significance of my balloon (I had no breath!!) and to all my fellow Tearaways who joined me either running, cheering, photographing or volunteering - you truly made my day."

Image-1 (1) Somerdale Pavilion mel's 200thThis week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Ian MUSSELL • Tim HILL • Jane DUFFUS • Jane HOOD • Kelly WOOD • Tina DURY • Samantha BELL • Jenny SIGOURNAY • Richard NASEY • Liz NASEY • Fiona BURCHARD • Becky GRINTER • Imogen GRINTER • Marian O'LEARY • Colin O'LEARY • Helen GRIST • Andrew GRIFFITHS • Mel Norman

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 3,422 participants have completed 7,152 parkruns covering a total distance of 35,760 km, including 1,241 new Personal Bests. A total of 313 individuals have volunteered 1,109 times.

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