We’re back!

So whilst myself and another unnamed RD in training were tentatively planning a spot of parkrun tourism elsewhere - the faithful Joan returned from her holidays to inspect the course and deemed it surprisingly good to go. Gone was all the standing water and it wasn't even majorly muddy bar from a few slippy corners.

Road trip cancelled, late Thursday and I hadn't even had a single volunteer on the roster - one single appeal later and clearly we had been missed as the key elements of the roster were filled in less than 2 hrs. Did I ever say we have the best volunteers??

Roll on to Saturday - me in charge, Joan as my sidekick and Tina acting as RD to "learn from the best"

A good turnout of 120 of you came, including our increasing core of regulars, obviously glad to be back at the Curly Wurly - or was it the Wurly Curly? The fact that the birthday reverse course plus extra curly wurly is actually far easy to set up, and seemingly more popular, it looks like it may stay. It better had,  as once I update the course description, I'm not changing it again!

Tina did awesome in control, obviously taught by the best, she even managed to get the results out in super fast time (clearly not helped by myself or Joan) We like her so we may actually keep her. We will give her a proper, more fitting launch as solo RD soon.

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Lots of first timers to Somerdale and also lots of first timers to parkrun which was awesome - I hope you liked it and will return.

John P is in charge this week so yet another flawless event will be put on.

Enjoy as always, until next time

Lynsey

Run Director.

 

 

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 51
4th January 2020

This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Matthew BRACE • Ian MUSSELL • Isabella SANIGAR • Hugh BURCHARD • Ian CONWAY • Tina DURY • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Lesley BARRY • Thea GILLINGHAM • Donna WILLIAMS • Jan ISAAC • Janey GOOLD • Lydia GOOLD • Karen SMITH • Sue DEVINE • Abbie DEVINE • Becky GRINTER • Martin LEACH

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 2,992 participants have completed 6,073 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,365 km, including 1,065 new Personal Bests. A total of 290 individuals have volunteered 961 times.

 

Well that escalated quickly…….

What a week we had this week!

When I started writing this run report I had an idea of where it was going to go, however a day or two after (I'm a slow writer) it soon became apparent that something else was emerging. I posted a video taken by Tina Dury of the Curly Wurly in action and it appears to have gone viral - well for us anyway - our most engaged post, lots of comments and shares and lots of positive reactions as well as lots of promises to come visit.

See for yourself

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If you haven seen the video yet you can find it here

This week we had our second largest attendance at 162 - I think by the comments and promises to visit we may beat our highest attendance record of 187 next week

We had some visitors from far and wide - Colin Philips came all the way from Washington DC, however when I asked in the brief if anyone could top that, I wasn't expecting anyone to actually be able to but we had a very welcome visitor from Cape Town!!

We also had 8 visitors from Black Pear Joggers and 4 from Shropshire Shufflers.

Of the 162 of you we had 66 1st timers – 6 of which was their first ever parkrun - We hope to see you again soon. there were 12 unknown runners - dfyb!

We had 84 "regulars" or at least returners - we are slowly but surely building up a core base of regular runners. A special mention must go out to our very own home grown Curly Wurly regular - Roberta Orchard who along with 36 others got another PB! - Roberta has run 17 runs in total, all at Somerdale, each week she gets stronger and stronger and its amazing to see week on week improvement - Well done Roberta.

Other current stars are our Chief Curly Wurly marshals - making sure you don't get lost.

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And finally, this weeks star of the week is out very own Joan the Cone - its a long story but I'm sure Joan will be more than willing to share it with you on Saturday
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This week I asked as many of you to come dressed in your most funky leggings - you didn't disappoint.

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I enjoyed it so much  I might even do it again soon :-)

See you all again soon.

Lynsey

Run Director

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Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 33
13th July 2019
This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Paul BURGESS • Fiona BLACKMORE • Ian MUSSELL • Sharon COULTART • Deborah WILLIAMS • Pamela GOOLD • Alice PERRYMAN • Mike KIMBER • Tina DURY • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Gill WHITEHEAD • Janey GOOLD • Lydia GOOLD • Hayley WILLIAMS • Emma WRIGHT • Vanessa HAWKINS • Becky GRINTER • Imogen GRINTER • Cory 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 Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 30th March 2019 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Lucy RICHENS who recorded a time of 19:57 on 29th June 2019 (event number 31).
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 2,035 participants have completed 3,821 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,105 km, including 642 new Personal Bests. A total of 198 individuals have volunteered 614 times.

 

From Scotland with Love

Run report by Norry Smith

Whilst enjoying a Vodka Martini (shaken, not stirred) I came across a mildly amusing thread, on the parkrun laughs page.

Have you done the curlywurly yet?

Of course I hadn’t. However, another weekender away? Uber tourism steak Number 29, cow-cowl at hand. What would Miss Moneypenny say? Just a wee drive down south, for a parkrun? You only live twice! Whilst checking the Filofax, a reminder noted, the Aston was in the garage for its annual service. So an alternative vehicle would need to be sourced. Luckily Q came up trumps, sourcing a vehicle from Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Five hundred miles each way . . . For a parkrun! Utterly Bonkers!  Lovely views on the way down, views to kill for you may say. Quick pit stop for Irn-bru and shortbread. How else shall I achieve a PB today? Hope the RD is open to bribery. (Ed note: he is!).

08:50 what crazy time of the morning is this? Bleary eyed and not fully aware, as my barcode is scooped up with the wind from its safe hiding place. With a stroke of barry brilliance. A backup barcode is uncovered from the backup shoes.

09:00 Ready, eddy, go! Offt, giz a minute neeber, I’m still trying to sort my self oot. Eventually I head off at the rate of a snail, who had been on the Vodka Martinis the previous night (honestly I hadn’t).

09:17 First lap completed. Did I wurly around the curly? How dizzy do I feel? Have I cut the course short? Oh no, Strava will name and shame me if I have. How will I be able show my face anywhere again? So many questions, no time for worrying about such minor issues. Keep plodding on!

09:23 Somewhere around the second loop I thank the marshalls again. Jinks, why do I feel drunk? Haven’t I seen that pylon before? Maybe this is all a dream? Have I dreamt of Careless Wispas?  I’ll stay away from the Turkish Delight, as it gives me nightmares. Danny Norman's chocolate passage? Well, only Cadbury’s has the answer!

09:50 Find myself propped up against the car. Was it a dream? Had I ran around the most bonkers parkrun in the UK? More worryingly where was the parking ticket!!!!!!  Aye, stuck in the pocket of my shorts!

Question . . . Have you done the curlywurly yet? Maybe aye, maybe nae. Well, if you’re looking for a unique parkrun and enjoy running around in circles. This is it!

Swirly, curly, lost in a walnut whip bonkers. This was 22nd event of Somerdale Pavilion.

Special mentions

Gold fingers: Our first timers! Special congratulations on joining our parkrun family, we hope you’ll return soon for more shenanigans.

The world is not enough: Congratulations to Hayley Edwards on her 200th Milestone parkrun

Licence to thrill: 11 attendees smashed a PB with the horrendous winds. Seriously fantastic work!

You only tour twice: tourists & Uber tourists. A whopping 67 people attended and a special mention for Kathy Brown from Alice holt parkrun.

Diamonds are forever: We also had a Hen party for our 22nd parkrun event and a conga through the finish line.  Kirsty and the gang, congratulations and good luck for the big day!

Never Say Newport Again: thanks for the mass visit from Caerleon Running Club.  We did enjoy your Cadbury purple hoodies!  Hopefully we will see you again soon.

Thunderballers: Huge thank you, for your time and efforts our Volunteers! You are true Rock stars! Without your self’s parkrun would not be the Phenomenal success it has become.

John PEAKE • Matthew BRACE • Jo MORRIS • Matt LANGDON • Pamela GOOLD • John VRUBLEVSKIS • Steve HERRING • Geoff MILES • Tracy MILES • Norry SMITH • Sylviane YOBA • Jennifer HERRING • Roberta ORCHARD • Meghan ROSSITER • Charlotte ROSSITER • Jessica FOX-TAYLOR • Meghan PEDERICK • Becky GRINTER

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Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 22
27th April 2019

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 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 Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 30th March 2019 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Clare JOLLIFFE who recorded a time of 20:15 on 13th April 2019 (event number 20).
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 1,438 participants have completed 2,454 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,270 km, including 409 new Personal Bests. A total of 154 individuals have volunteered 403 times.

 

Event #21 – This isn’t parkrun… This is parkfun!

This weeks run report is courtesy of Daniel Connelly

Over the last three years I have constantly strayed from my home parkrun of Coventry. As long as I have that joyous slip of paper, my athlete’s barcode, I can rock up at parks all over the world on a Saturday at 9am (nb times vary in different countries) and enjoy a fabulous free 5km run in good company. All parkrun asks is #DFYB
(Don’t forget your barcode!)

Although I have cajoled my wife to many different parkrun events over recent Saturdays, it has been a few weeks since the whole family have been together on our parkrun tourism adventure, due to scout camps and DofE expeditions. Having seen route traces and footage of the spiral, Somerdale Pavilion has been high on my visit list. As I made the mistake of showing my children they both demanded to go to the Curly Wurly parkrun, aka Somerdale Pavilion so it had been set aside and saved for when the whole family was together.

And what a day to pick, with azure blue sky and rocketing temperatures, the fresh spring greens around Somerdale Pavilion couldn’t have looked more beautiful and the recent dry weather meant no muddy patches – in fact road or trail shoes could happily be worn, as the morning dew would soon dry off.

Having once been late to a parkrun, due to being unable to find the start from the designated carpark and then be forced to play catch the tail runner (It was a few years ago when last over the line was a tail runner and not a tail walker!), I like to arrive early… Preferably at around 8:15, to build in some lea way, however the difference between Google Maps on a Friday Night predicted time and the actually journey time did mean that the family could have had an extra 20 minutes in bed! Not that they would notice as they all slept as I drove.

A tourist needs to make a tricky decision at a pay and display carpark… How long will the visit be? After seeing the Pavilion’s breakfast menu on Facebook at the start of the week I went for 4 hours… Best not to rush a big breakfast! Then it was a case of follow the arrows to the start! Easy.

Last year, I set myself the challenge to try and write a run report for every parkrun I visited; just like regular parkrunning habits form, so I keep writing. Writing the run reports forms a record of my parkrun travels, prolongs the parkrun fun beyond the café and allows me to properly thank all the volunteer heroes in hi-viz (or Easter Bunny outfits) who make these events possible. Whilst I do try and thank them as I run, sometimes I barely manage a wheeze at some marshals and if you don’t understand BSL you might think I am blowing you a kiss as I huff and puff past. So Jane BEETON, Toni BRITTON, Bre CAREN, Ian CONWAY, Gary COULTART, Sharon COULTART, Jayne CUMNER, Tina DURY, Jessica FOX-TAYLOR, Joan GIBSON, Janey GOOLD, Lydia GOOLD, Matt LANGDON, Lynsey MILES, Georgie MILES, Geoff MILES, Alice PERRYMAN, Charlotte ROSSITER, JamesROSSITER, Katy SHOESMITH, Deborah WILLIAMS, Oliver WILLIAMS – many thanks.

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As with parkruns around the world if you fancy giving scanning a go, fancy being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please look on the roster and e-mail -

somerdalepavilionhelpers@parkrun.com

Arriving early I reported in – for my Report Writing Duties which would be done hours after the run at home – much pondering what to write is done mid run, in the café and the drive home! Happily I managed to snap a few of the #HiVizHeroes in my homemade parkrun frame – I am sorry to those I missed.

Despite having gone to over 100 venues and heard the safety briefing over 200 times I still listen carefully as each parkrun venue and each event can have different risk and hazards that it is worth runners knowing about – And today was the first time I have ever been warned about golf balls! It is also lovely to clap the volunteers and celebrate any milestones. Despite the call out at the start we didn’t get to clap Phoebe DEVINE (JW10) who ran her 10th event as a junior and will have a little white t-shirt icon after her name on the results now; unfortunately for Matthew GOODWIN, Rob BROWN & Rob HOGG although they also completed their 10th run, as adults they have to wait a little longer to get an icon and t-shirt. Hopefully a mention in the report will suffice.

Deborah WILLIAMS did get a shout out and clap for one of the hardest milestones to discover from the weekly results, her 25th Volunteer. So now as well as the black 100 club icon for running she now has the additional Aubergine (Purple) t-shirt icon. I hope that the V25 shirts are in stock and arrive quickly so you can wear your t-shirt with pride.

On my parkrun adventures, much to the annoyance of my wife, I never look at the course. I never have any idea if the route is road or tail, single lap or multiple laps. Occasionally I research the café but that is as far as I go, as no matter how complex a course is at, my pace there is invariably someone to follow. But Somerdale Pavilion had peaked my interest from its inaugural run, seeing GPS traces, studying the course and viewing lots of footage of the swirl – I was at a loss to how it would work. I am sure that for this reason many tourists will be lured in to Curly Wurly for many many weeks to come. I do wonder how many of the 67 tourists today came to run the swirl? Although I do know that two runners came with leaflets and a banner for the http://www.severnbridgehalfmarathon.com/ on Sunday August 25th (10km race also an option.)

As well as those first timers, 9 people used their barcode for the first time ever at Somerdale Pavilion so a huge WELCOME to:- Sam MCCOLLUM, Austin MAY, Jenny SHARP, Meg DUDDING, Rebecca POWELL-CHANDLER, Charlotte CROSS, Mark GRIFFITHS, Andrew ENNIS & Janey GOOLD. I hope you enjoyed your first parkrun experience and return to parkrun soon.

In the end I decided to follow Joan GIBSON, this week’s RD, advice, ‘Don’t think about it, just run!’

So as the 157 surged over the longer grass, to spread out into a long stream of flowing parkrunners, I joined in the fun.

Now parkrun isn’t a race, it is a run… BUT as any Dad with a 13 yo son (very soon to be 14) will tell you, it is a race between the two of you. That desire to prove, despite your age, you still have it! I set off setting the pace a little too briskly for my son to sustain for 5km… which as he is 13 is fine as parkrun rules say that now he can run alone without a responsible adult – to be quite honest he has run without a responsible adult for most of his parkrun career; as my wife would say that although I kept him within arm’s reach, I am far from responsible!

As the course zigs and zags, across the field at certain points you could see the possible first finisher and the tail walker in virtual touching distance at different parts of the course. Rounding the pylon, and seeing runners starting the swirl I heard a buzzing! It wasn’t the noise of thousands of volts of electricity passing overhead but a sudden realisation in my brain of how the swirl works.

Soon enough the moment was upon me to find out, runners going both ways at the same time… In and out of the swirl but never the paths crossing. If I wasn’t so out of breath from running I would have let out a chortle of glee. As the spiral narrowed my hip right hip started to moan – probably running a marathon on Friday and racing your son the next day wasn’t that sensible! But just as I realised the turn was in the centre and the unwind started.

The joy of the close compact course is that I got to see how I was slowly pulling ahead of my son and also I could encourage my wife and daughter easily, without having to bellow across a few hundred metres of a path.

Rounding the out and back I started to count how far ahead I was of my son. Regrettably not enough to ease up, so pushing on I started lap 2. As I was trudging towards the pylon for the second time, Kingswood Tri Club’s, Matt LANGDON (VM45-49) came storming home in a new PB time of 18:03 to take the first finish token. On her first visit to Somerdale Pavilion, Forest of Dean AC’s, Cherry FOWLER (VW45-49) crossed the line in 15th place overall in a time of 21:32 to be the first lady home. Great running.

As I pushed on, I was a little disappointed that we hadn’t come to Somerdale Pavilion in the wet and mud where probably running spikes or wellies would probably be the best choice of footwear, however I wondered if the course drying out was good for PBs and looking at the results it seems pretty good as well as our first finisher 26 other runners also set a new PB. So well done to Colin TRAER, Pete CLARK, Courtney MITCHELL, Barry BRYANT, Matt BLACKER, Leonie SMITH, Nick BRAIN, Dan GREEN, Miranda REDFERN, Ben PORRITT, Sarah JONES, Richard PARKER, Sam THOMAS, Peter CLEAVES, Ryan NORTH, Jack RYAN, Joanne PARKER, James MATTHEWS, Bre CAREN, Sue DEVINE, Mark PENNY, Haydn MAY, Stephanie MAY, Christopher MORAN, Richard LAWTON & Vicky HESLOP.

Crossing the line and taking my finish token I was smiling, not just for managing to hold off my son for another week (If he properly trained rather than just running on parkrun day my victories would be numbered!) but from the sheer delight of a playful parkrun course run in glorious weather.

After playing with the air jet shoe cleaner to blast the grass from my shoes, a few times (Maybe my wife is right about the responsible bit!), it was into the café.

The post parkrun café trip has become as much a part of the tourism adventure as the run. Having a coffee and chat with other runners and the team as the results get processed. Having had a sneaky peek at the menu uploaded onto Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Facebook page I already knew what I was having – and it wasn’t just a coffee!

 

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After I had wolfed down my Vegetarian Breakfast, I chatted to other runners, leaving my son to trench through the larger builder's breakfast and my wife and daughter to sort the tokens ready for next week’s run.

Thank you to everyone at Somerdale Pavilion for being so welcoming to me and my family, we had a great time at your parkrun.

Happy parkrunning.

Daniel Connolly

As always a full set of today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 21
20th April 2019
This week 157 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 80 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Daniel CONNOLLY • Elizabeth CONNOLLY • Mary CONNOLLY • Matt LANGDON • Jayne CUMNER • Gary COULTART • Sharon COULTART • Deborah WILLIAMS • Ian CONWAY • Oliver WILLIAMS • Katy SHOESMITH • Alice PERRYMAN • Tina DURY • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Georgie MILES • Jane BEETON • Janey GOOLD • Lydia GOOLD • Geoff MILES • Toni BRITTON • Bre CAREN • Charlotte ROSSITER • James ROSSITER • Jessica FOX-TAYLOR

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 Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 30th March 2019 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Clare JOLLIFFE who recorded a time of 20:15 on 13th April 2019 (event number 20).
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 1,366 participants have completed 2,319 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,595 km, including 398 new Personal Bests. A total of 147 individuals have volunteered 385 times.

 

A Guest run report

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Run Report – 13/04/19

For my very arbitrary 150th parkrun I thought it would be fun to experience the high fiving opportunities of the already famous Somerdale curly wurly course and it didn’t disappoint. There is something joyously childlike about running round in circles for no apparent reason. I was in good company as there were 100 first timers there, two thirds of all the parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course – hopefully they all found their way out!

So in an effort to produce ‘a report from the field’ as we ran around I asked people to describe the course in one word, well the one’s who could still speak!

Curly
Confusing
Wild
Different
Nice
Smiley
Squiggly
Bumpy
Chocolatey
Wiggly
Trapped
Turny
Friendly
Chilly
Great

So if you want a wiggly, squiggly, chocolatey parkrun in your life with a real curly wurly this is the one for you. And it’s faster than you would expect – 32 parkrunners went home with shiny new PBs, first man home was Gary Wallace in 17:27 also on his Flake (99) run and first lady (also 5th overall!) was Claire Joliffe in 20:15 with an outstanding 84.86% age grading and a new course record!!

Quote of the day “The course was great, I was rubbish but the course was great”

Thanks as always to the 18 volunteers who made the event possible, especially the super friendly marshals on a cold day to be standing still.

Eileen Hodgson

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Thanks Eileen - glad you liked our course. We also had a group of visitors on a stag do suitably dressed of course.

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And finally here's me having a bit too much fun. Just wait until next week then.........

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Lynsey
Run Director
Somerdale Pavilion parkrun

Event number 20
13th April 2019
This week 158 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 100 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Dan GREEN • Steven GRANT • Eileen HODGSON • Sarah KAMINSKI • John VRUBLEVSKIS • Tina DURY • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Harry MILES • Desmond CLEMENTS • Lesley BARRY • Georgie MILES • Donna WILLIAMS • Stuart WILLIAMS • Geoff MILES • Tom WARREN • Gill BEST • Jessica FOX-TAYLOR

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 Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 30th March 2019 (event number 18).
The female record is held by Clare JOLLIFFE who recorded a time of 20:15 on 13th April 2019 (event number 20).
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 1,286 participants have completed 2,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,810 km, including 371 new Personal Bests. A total of 141 individuals have volunteered 360 times.

 

Smashed it!

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Well after a very foggy start setting up the course, we briefed the volunteers and directed marshals to their posts - well we tried because we couldn't actually see the pylon or the tree line. However our 22 volunteers made the morning go as smoothly as we like.

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There were 114 of you this week, still over half were first timers or visitors, some from Dulwich, Tamar Lakes and our neighbours Pomphrey Hill, We also had a large contingent from Sole Sisters running group. We hope to see you all again very soon.

There was certainly something in the air - literally,  as course conditions appeared to be perfect, the mud was gone, ground - firm but not too hard, the only thing holding it back was the wet dewy grass. However that didn't stop 36 of you recording pbs, the top 12 finishers all had a pb either a course pb or as a first timer.

The highlight of the day however was Ed Knudsen from Avon Valley Runners who smashed the course record with a time of 16:48. The funnel team were rather over excited when they could see it was going to be beat

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The volunteer roster has lots of spaces free over the next few weeks so please do let us know if you can help out.

 

Until next time

Lynsey

Run Director

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 18
30th March 2019

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Tim CARR • Steven BURGE • Anne BURGE • Matt LANGDON • Alix COOK • Gary COULTART • Sharon COULTART • John COOK • Matthew WOOD • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Chris MILES • Shelley OCALLAGHAN • Geoff MILES • Marcus NESBITT • Vanessa HAWKINS • Sylviane YOBA • Stuart HAYES • Kristi CARTER • Brodie GRIERSON • Jessica FOX-TAYLOR • Dawn HARRILL

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

The female record is held by Fiona BLACKMORE who recorded a time of 20:33 on 24th November 2018 (event number 2), and by Lucy RICHENS who also recorded a time of 20:33 on 16th February 2019 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 30th March 2019 (event number 18).
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 1,142 participants have completed 1,919 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,595 km, including 323 new Personal Bests. A total of 129 individuals have volunteered 326 times.

 

What’s the attraction?

We are now on Event number 9 and our numbers are regularly around the healthy 100-150 mark. So what's the attraction?

Is it the nice squelchy mud, the all off road course, the now infamous Curly Wurly or even the breakfast in the Pavilion?

Whatever it is, we are regularly attracting more visitors than regulars at this stage whilst we grow and develop. I love the fact that visitors are coming from all over the country. This week we had visitors from Croydon, Reading, Yeovil, Chippenham and even the hallowed Bushy.

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This week there were 141 of you plus 15 volunteers, 79 of you were first timers to Somerdale and 18 of those first timers to parkrun totally - we hope you enjoyed yourselves 24 of you managed a new pb and there were 6 unknowns.

Please remember that there is a very strict no barcode-no time rule so please remember to bring it every week. Also if you really don't have it - remember to hand your tokens back at the end, we appear to be missing tokens 103 and 107, if you have these please contact us to arrange their return.

Just a reminder as people have asked - we have a large tarpaulin to keep belongings on  - this was well used this week.

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Finally a note on parking charges from the 5th January where the machines were frozen

We understand that the ticket machine was frozen on 5 January and as a result a number of people have received fines through the post. If you have received a fine then please contact Mark at the Somerdale Pavilion (0117 986 5787) with your car registration and he will speak to SmartParking to arrange for the fine to be waived.

If you plan to parkrun with us more than three or four times a year we recommend joining the Somerdale Pavilion social club. Membership costs c£25 and includes free parking for the whole year, meaning you won't need to queue up for the machine each time! You also get discounts in the cafe.

Until next week

Lynsey

Run Director

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Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 9
12th January 2019

This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Matthew BRACE • Lynette PORTER • Hugh BURCHARD • Ian CONWAY • John VRUBLEVSKIS • Craig BROWN • Jo HARRIS • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Jane BEETON • Donna WILLIAMS • Stuart WILLIAMS • Bre CAREN • Fiona BURCHARD

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

The female record is held by Fiona BLACKMORE who recorded a time of 20:33 on 24th November 2018 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Max DAVIS who recorded a time of 17:12 on 1st December 2018 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare JOLLIFFE who recorded 80.36% (21:23) on 12th January 2019 (event number 9).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 760 participants have completed 1,080 parkruns covering a total distance of 5,400 km, including 129 new Personal Bests. A total of 87 individuals have volunteered 165 times.

 

Event 06, 22 December 2018 (the “festive one”)

Paul Williams (runner): “That my friends, was utterly mudtastically bonkers!!! I bet the party before you decided on that course was fairly epic!

Yes Paul, yes it was!

This week was our 6th Saturday at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun.

We managed a prompt(ish) start this week at 9:05am. This compares to (i) Pomphrey Hill at 9:06am, (ii) Eastville at 9:04am and (iii) Ashton Court 9:01am. We will aim to start as close to 9am as possible in future weeks, so please do head down a few minutes earlier to the start line in order to join us at the run briefing at 8:45am.

We had a whopping 14 PBs this week, including a three minute PB from Roberta Orchard, a statistically outrageous 40 minute PB from Lynsey Miles (I think Lynsey has improved a lot since a previous tail walk!), and a very commendable two minute PB from Emily Angwin, who dipped under 30 minutes for the first time today. Well done to everyone who achieved a PB this week.

A massive well done to the eight first timers who joined us for their very first parkrun: Thomas Stanley, Andy Matthews, Dan Ritter, James Barrow, Helen Jones, Andrew Jones, Chris Metcalfe, and Eloise Jones. We very much hope to see you again soon and we hope the mud doesn’t put you off from returning!

Our first finishers this week were Johnny Suttle and Joanna Braine. Johnny has visited us on two occasions and was the first finisher each time. Our course is flat and fast (with the right shoes as Johnny proved today!). Today was Joanna’s first visit to Somerdale Pavilion parkrun, being a regular at Gladstone parkrun in London.

We had a large presence of tourists again this week. Talk of the CurlyWurly seems to be travelling far and wide, with one visitor from Cornwall today, a few visitors from Wales and a few more from Chester. (Apologies if I have missed out anyone who has travelled further!). A special mention must also go to Dan Kanaris who visited his 50th different parkrun today. If you are planning a chocolate pilgrimage any time soon then please do let us know.

A lot of the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun core team were running today, with a very creditable performance from John Peake in 23:57 (a new PB by nearly a minute).

A special mention must be made to our team of volunteers today, without whom we would not be able to put on the event. Due to the “unique” nature of the course, we require a few more volunteers than the average parkrun in order to put on a safe event. As the Christmas period approaches we are likely to struggle for volunteers, so if you are able to help out then please do let us know!

Next week sees the return of Ian Mussell as RD (the Grinch who stole Christmas). I am told there will be a ban on the "Christmas" word and that next week’s parkrun offers an antidote to those who have been fed up with Christmas music in shops since early October. We look forward to seeing you there.

All the best,
Matthew Brace
RD 

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This week 64 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Fiona BLACKMORE • Matthew BRACE • Ian MUSSELL • Jayne CUMNER • Hugh BURCHARD • Gary COULTART • Sharon COULTART • Ian CONWAY • Katy SHOESMITH • Tina DURY • Matthew WOOD • Lynsey MILES • Gill WHITEHEAD • Mark DEACON • Becky REYNOLDS • M REYNOLDS • Fiona BURCHARD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Fiona BLACKMORE who recorded a time of 20:33 on 24th November 2018 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Max DAVIS who recorded a time of 17:12 on 1st December 2018 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol BARROW who recorded 80.31% (26:50) on 15th December 2018 (event number 5).
Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 537 participants have completed 697 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,485 km, including 48 new Personal Bests. A total of 70 individuals have volunteered 114 times.
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A muddy run beats Christmas shopping!

We have no control over the weather which has been a cause of much anxiety during the build up to this week's parkrun. So, it was with much relief that our 4th event went ahead.

Despite the gale force wind and mud, 98 parkrunners managed to run, jog, walk and even march their way around "Curly Wurly"! PB's were achieved by 11 people, including our Event Director Ian Mussell. The first man to cross the line was Leon Baker, the first female was Rachel Bramwell and the first junior was Beau Gwilliam. All were visitors to Somerdale.
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We played host to 50 visitors from as far afield as Perry Barr parkrun (The Chocolate Tourists), Killerton, Pontypridd and someone celebrating their 100th different parkrun. I am sorry that I didn't get your name but thank you for choosing Somerdale Pavilion parkrun to mark this achievement. There were also 12 first time parkrunners. Well done to you all and we hope that you become parkrun regulars.

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This was my first time as Run Director. So far, it appears to have gone smoothly unless somebody knows otherwise! It is a personal 'thank you' to the Core Team who were a great help and support in this week's run up. Many thanks to the band of volunteers who turned out on a very grim morning to help. Without volunteers there is no parkrun so please consider offering your services on the odd Saturday.

We hope to see many of you next week.

Joan
Run Director

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A smooth second event for our new parkrun!

Welcome to the run report for Somerdale Pavilion parkrun's second week in existence. It was my first time as a Run Director but it was made easier by the volunteers who all helped out and proved it seriously is a team effort and not possible to put the event on without them. Many of today's volunteers had never even volunteered before, so a special thanks to them. Let us know if you can help out at future events by emailing somerdalepavilionhelpers@parkrun.com.

This is what the Curly Wurly in action looked like today! It really is something like no other parkrun.24-November-2018 Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Concerned we might be inundated (for the fear of delivering my first ever run briefing to hundreds...), it was welcome news for me at least to see we had only a similar number of runners as last week (slightly fewer in fact). This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 124 were first timers here and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. 18 people were completely new to parkrun which is fantastic! 24-November-2018 Somerdale Pavilion parkrun  We are able to use this course thanks to agreements with ShamXross and the private land owners.  We'll be there every Saturday morning at parkrun o'clock whilst conditions permit, but it's only on parkrun days we have permission to use the land, so freedom parkruns aren't possible here.
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The core team are getting to grips with setting up the course each week (which involves small tweaks to the cyclo-cross route), and we hope our regular runners start to become familiar with the route too.

We look forward to welcoming you to our event in the future, whether as a first timer, regular runner or volunteer! Get involved!

Until next week....

Matt Wood
Run Director     24-November-2018 Somerdale Pavilion parkrun

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Event number 2 24th November 2018

This week 156 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 124 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Leonie SMITH • John PEAKE • Matthew BRACE • Ian MUSSELL • Jayne CUMNER • Sharon COULTART • John VRUBLEVSKIS • Kelly WOOD • Tina DURY • Matthew WOOD • Jo HARRIS • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Janette HALTON • Alex WOOD • Lesley BARRY • Lucy CANNON • Elena WOOD

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 Alex PARSONS who recorded a time of 17:38 on 17th November 2018 (event number 1). The female record is held by Fiona BLACKMORE who recorded a time of 20:33 on 24th November 2018 (event number 2). The Age Grade course record is held by Jonathan GOODLAND who recorded 79.98% (20:14) on 17th November 2018 (event number 1).

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 303 participants have completed 343 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,715 km, including 11 new Personal Bests. A total of 36 individuals have volunteered 43 times.

 

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