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.

 

Saturday 11th January – all looking good

Having had a quick look at the course late this afternoon, barring heavy rain overnight, tomorrow's parkrun will go ahead. It is slippy and a bit muddy in parts so off road shoes are recommended, and for the supporters and volunteers, boots or wellies. The wettest bit is getting to the start.

Should there be any change I will post it on facebook as early as possible so make sure you check before you leave home. Silence, means the parkrun goes ahead. I will only post again if we have to cancel but at the moment I am cautiously optimistic.

Looking forward to a great run tomorrow.

 

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.

 

Rain Rain Go Away!

Please note that Somerdale Pavilion parkrun is cancelled for the 21st and 28th December (with no extra events planned for Christmas or NYD). 

It's been a very difficult time for Somerdale Pavilion parkrun in the last few months.  Unfortunately, it seems to have been raining solidly for about eight weeks now, which has impacted our ability to put on the tourist favourite: curlywurly parkrun.  Each week we agonise over whether to put on the event, and if at all possible we always go ahead.  This makes it particularly hard if we have to cancel on the Friday night or Saturday morning, because it often means letting runners and volunteers down (and sometimes the message is very hard to get to people in time).

We wanted to record our deepest thanks for those regular and occasional volunteers who have been helping to fill out the volunteer roster in the last few weeks and keeping the event running.

We wanted to share some photographs to show you just how challenging the conditions are at the moment.

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As you can see, the football fields parallel to our course are completely underwater (the pitch is gently sloped and so I imagine it is probably quite deep next to the old "out and back").

02So disappointing news for parkrun tourists, but the Chew area does have an impressive array of wetland bird wildlife, so maybe we will just be having different types of tourists for the next few weeks!

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The sodden area extends into our finish straight and across much of the course, which is very disappointing.  The ground does drain very quickly, so we just need a few days in a row of dry weather for the course to go back to normal.

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The area in the photograph above used to be our finishing funnel area!  If you are interested in a 5k weekly timed swim then perhaps this is the course for you...

Of course, it is no surprise that the course is flooded from time to time, and truth be told we are lucky that the course has been so dry in the first year up until now.  The course is set on a flood plain next to the old Cadbury Factory (and is a natural flood defence for the town of Keynsham).  If the rain continues for another few weeks, we might start to see similar water levels to previous major flooding:

06 07 08 09Which leads me to think that perhaps if we pulled the bath plug out of the middle of the curlywurly then perhaps the course might drain in time for the New Year!

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Happy parkrunning and a Merry Christmas from the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun core team!  See you again in 2020. 

 

 

Run report #50 – away from the politics

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 50 – question time
7th December 2019

A milestone parkrun being the 50th run at Somerdale Pavilion after an absence of two weeks. Interestingly the conditions were pretty much as good as could be hoped for, not too cold, no wind, dry and the course soft without being waterlogged. In the run-up to the General Election is it unkind to say the absence of aspiring parliamentarians was a blessing?

We had a total of 58 non-political participants together with 18 volunteers. As always, a really big thank you to everyone who came along to help and support; without you parkrun would not succeed.

Which got me thinking. 58 runners being the third lowest number at the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun. Does that matter? Should we worry and on a wider scale, is there an ideal number of runners. Having taken part at Bushy (1001) and Southampton (1225 participants) and the second ever at Ashton Court when there were just 86, I am still amazed by how much it has grown in participation and popularity. But with that growth come logistic and practical problems.

At Somerdale we are fortunate in having clear off road parking (albeit paying) which causes little if any impact on the local residents. It is within walking distance of buses and trains. We have access to a café afterwards and toilets before. Other parkruns are not so fortunate and yet the fact that some of the parkruns have been set up in relatively small urban parks where you could not imaging a 1k run let alone a 5k course, is a tribute to the ingenuity of the local teams. The variety is one of the strengths.

At Somerdale (and a number of other courses locally and beyond) dogs are not allowed. Normally this is because of the tightness of the course and/or narrowness of paths, particularly where there might be an out and back section, or as in our case, where the run takes place on private land. That said the thought of two dogs running round the curlywurly seems a recipe for disaster, particularly if the leads got crossed. So personally although I have done many of my runs with a dog, I fully support those parkruns who have taken the decision that dogs are not allowed.

So back to my initial question, namely is there an ideal number of participants or a point at which it is no longer viable? In terms of numbers does it matter if only a couple of dozen runners turn up? It seems to me that so long as volunteers are willing to continue to help the answer is ‘no’. But at what stage does parkrun become a victim of its success and the pressure on the course, locality and volunteers becomes too much? Obviously a lot depends on the nature and location of the individual course and my (very good) experience at Southampton and Bushy shows that the logistic difficulties can be overcome with goodwill, on the part of all. I shudder to think of processing that many runners, the majority of whom will probably finish in a five minute window. It also places a significant burden on the volunteers.

When reading forums people sometimes complain that they get impeded by slower runners, buggies and dogs. At the risk of being a bit controversial I wonder if (that) parkrun is the right event for those people who complain. At the end of the day it is a mass participation event for people at all levels of fitness and commitment run by volunteers. The average finishing time is getting slower which shows that the composition of participants is changing and long may this continue. For our part we will welcome you to Somerdale whether it is your first or fiftieth, and whatever your finishing time.

This week 58 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Ian MUSSELL • Isabella SANIGAR • Hugh BURCHARD • Gary COULTART • Sharon COULTART • Ian CONWAY • Mike KIMBER • Tina DURY • Joan GIBSON • Desmond CLEMENTS • Alistair FELTON • Nick BRAIN • Vanessa HAWKINS • Fiona BURCHARD • Sue DEVINE • Abbie DEVINE • Emma BARRETT

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 2,954 participants have completed 5,953 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,765 km, including 1,057 new Personal Bests. A total of 289 individuals have volunteered 942 times.

 

And the award for……..

…..The latest run report goes to me.

Apologies for the lateness of this report, I could make excuses,  but here it is regardless.

As it was, despite the recent cancellations and inclement weather the sun shone and the course was (just about) ok to run on with the help of a couple extra marshals manning the new feature “the bog” (see Toms picture below)

As it was a special occasion and because a large part of the course was more swamp like, we adjusted it slightly and ran backwards with the added treat of an extra curly wurly (not counting the over 100 chocolate kind) we had afterwards.

Lots of fun was had by all. Myself included – starting the brief – this time remembering the correct name (unlike our inaugural – “Somerfield Pavilion parkrun” I then described the course as “no idea really – just go for it”

fancy dressAwards were given out to some amazing people –

Parkrunner of the year went to Matt Langon
Volunteer of the year – Hugh Burchard
Junior Parkrunner of the year – Bradley Grinter
Junior Volunteer - Janey & Lydia Goold
Most Curly Wurlies – Gary Hughes
Fastest RD – Matt Brace
Brst Tourist attempt – Sofie Haidon
Best Photograp
her – Jessica Fox-Taylor
Best right hand man/Woman – Joan Gibson and
Best fancy dress to Joan Gibson dressed as a Gin bottle – no idea where that idea came from.

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As well as our birthday we had other celebrations. Andrew Blacker ran his 100th run and Cory Grinter ran his Junior 10th

We also had lots of visitors – Tom Lay came from Salisbury and brought delicious cake and very kindly wrote the rest of the run report

Hello everyone!

I am writing this run report as a newcomer to this elusive parkrun, which recently celebrated their first birthday, so congratulations to you guys, as well as those who won awards! I had heard about this course a few months ago, but had no idea of what it looked like! Big surprise that for the anniversary, the route was put in reverse, making it a unique first timers experience! Very dizzy inducing... which unfortunately led to some walking … Mud-a-plenty made for a surprisingly enjoyable 'sprint and slip' finish, which gave way to a new top finishing position of 120, which I am very happy with, as well as a 13 second improvement on my last travel time to Blandford. Thank you to all marshalls and volunteers who both welcomed my clubmates and myself, as well as the ones I spoke to afterwards, I learned some very interesting facts about the course layout and the history of the location.

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Hopefully I can return to this course in the future, and do the proper route, and go for the sub 35, if my head allows it! I am glad to check it off my list of places, however.

Thanks Tom.

As you will be aware Saturdays run was cancelled due to conditions on the course - keep watching this space for future updates

Until Next time

Lynsey

Run Director

Somerdale Pavilion parkrun
Event number 49
16th November 2019
This week 138 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

John PEAKE • Matthew BRACE • Andrew BLACKER • Ian MUSSELL • Jayne CUMNER • Isabella SANIGAR • Gary COULTART • Sharon COULTART • Pamela GOOLD • Vasen MOODLEY • Tina DURY • Matthew WOOD • Joan GIBSON • Lynsey MILES • Carol LOWREY • Nick BRAIN • Jane BEETON • Donna WILLIAMS • Stuart WILLIAMS • Janey GOOLD • Lydia GOOLD • Fiona BURCHARD • Jessica FOX-TAYLOR • Becky GRINTER • Joanne 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 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 2,942 participants have completed 5,895 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,475 km, including 1,047 new Personal Bests. A total of 286 individuals have volunteered 923 times.

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