An ally to health and wellness
A splendid morning for our 187th parkrun at Stratford upon Avon. Despite the temperatures taking a dip as we head into Autumn 362 people arrived for the fun. As Eliud Kipchoge gripped the athletic world in completing a sub 2 hour marathon, unachieved by any human being before, it was an inspirational day for running. Volunteers and runners came out in full force, taking part in this incredible ever growing initiative. It was inspiring to see people from all walks of life including our parkrun tourists from Scotland! Congratulations to our first place runner Jonathan ASHLEY coming in at 17 minutes 41 seconds not long after, followed by junior runner Cameron Thomas at 18 minutes 14 seconds, isn't that incredible? and then Michael THOMAS. For the women: 1 Debbie WALTERS, 2 Ellie DEANER and 3 Emma BEXSON.
As a psychiatrist by profession I know how important exercise is for health and wellness both mental and physical. Recent research by the University of Staffordshire available at https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/10/10/research-reveals-benefit-of-parkrun-on-mental-health/ has shown that parkrunners who identified as having experienced mental health difficulties found parkrun beneficial to their mental health.
I have personally begn to reap the benefits of exercise by deciding to get active 3 years ago, doing the NHS couch to 5k. Some time after running solo my husband Hussain Al-Zubaidi, GP by profession took me to my first parkrun last year and it changed the sport for me entirely. I now see it as part of who I am a ’’parkrunner’’, a social event as we often go with friends and enjoy a well deserved brunch after, a time for me to de stress thereby looking after my mental health and time to get my heart rate up to hit those NHS recommended exercise goals.
Hussain is part of the team at Clarendon Lodge Medical Practice and they are proud to call themselves a parkrun practice, which is an endeavour by the royal college of GPs to encourage outdoor activity for its known significant health benefits. They have recently launched an online club ‘’Clarendon Lodge Medical Practice Fitness Club’’ to spread the message. People can get involved by using the hashtag #CLMPFC. They club is also asking people to post distances covered in any sport using the hashtag #pledge10000 which is a joint community effort to cover 10000 km distance by Christmas 2019! This is us representing the club at a recent parkrun.
I can not praise the parkrun initiative enough for supporting people of all ages and abilities to get active. Whatever your reason for coming to parkrun today to volunteer or take part in the distance, well done for finding that motivation. It’s great to see people looking after their health and wellness through this fantastic initiative and we hope to see you all again.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:
Natalie DELLAR • Archie LUCAS • Sarah HARVEY • Simon TEALE • Emma BAKER • Lara BAKEWELL • Jason CANNADINE • Christine COOPER • Helen BAKER • Paul HODGES • Peter EVANS • Sharon HARCOURT • Simon WILLIAMS • Sam MARTIN • Michael OLIVER • Georgie CAMPBELL • Freya HOWAT • Harry TEALE HOWAT • Phoebe HOWAT • Ollie CRABTREE • James BAKER • Nick SIMS • Sarah STIRMAN • Bill GOURLAY • Sylvia MORRIS • Kevan RUSSELL • Aidan TOLHURST • Shahnaz HASSAN • Paul BAKER • Nena DAVIES • Henry SKIRVIN • Lauren CLACK • Thomas HEATH • Gill MCGEOUGH • Katie BARRITT • Mia FEATHERSTONE
This week 362 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.
Congratulations to our milestone runners:
10 Oliver BRAMBLE
50 Cameron THOMAS, Roger REED and Lisa BENJAMIN
Run Report by Shahnaz HASSAN
A real team effort this week as Run Directors: Simon TEALE, Natalie DELLAR and guest Run Director from juniors Lara BAKEWELL
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Volunteering: How to get involved
Finding out about Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What would I do at the Event?
First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. You can find out more about Stratford volunteering roles on our Facebook notes page. We can also sort out roles that allow you to volunteers with (or as far as possible away from) your friends and family!