Torbay Velopark parkrun run report #150 – 9 November 2019 by Jordi Hooper

by Jordi Hooper (tourist from Somerset)

It was a pleasure to tourist at the extremely friendly Torbay Velopark today, made even better by the fact it was its 150th event. My boyfriend and I have been parkrunning at our local for the past month or so, and simply couldn't pass up the opportunity of trying out another track when visiting family in my hometown of Brixham this weekend.

Sadly, the sun yet again didn't make an appearance to join in the 150th run celebrations, but still an amazing 210 of you laced up your shoes, braved the rain and walked, jogged or ran the 3 lap course.

We arrived in time for the 8.45 first timer briefing, and spent the remainder of our time huddled under a conveniently placed bus shelter, hiding from the rain. There we met some lovely fellow runners - some fellow tourists such as ourselves, and even a lady who was bravely doing her first ever parkrun. Excellent effort in this weather, hope you enjoyed! They made up some of the 25 amazing first timers today. I also can't write this without mentioning the gentleman who was embarking on a run to Paris tomorrow - best of luck!

There was a buzz in the air as we all congregated around the start line, eager to start and get warm! The fantastic run director began the general race briefing, and even let us into the fact it was his birthday, to much applause. Hope you had a much drier rest of the day, your time is much appreciated - as is the time of the amazing 19 volunteers who gave up their morning to make this event possible. Thank you!

At 9 o'clock on the dot, with a familiar chorus of sports watches beeping, we began. It became immediately obvious that this course was fast - flat as can be, and bar the very puddly out and back section, smooth and even. The wide track of the velopark meant there was plenty of room for the volume of runners - this truly is a dream of a course, proven by the fantastic 21 who set new personal bests today.

First across the line was Matt EDMONSON with an impressive time of 18.19, swiftly followed by Darren FRANCIS and Matthew ADAMS who took 2nd and 3rd finishers respectively. First woman today was Naomi FLANAGAN, with an amazing time of 19.30. Amazing running all!

Despite the wet weather, everyone went home smiling, invigorated and ready for the next challenge - let's hope for a drier morning next week! If you haven't tried parkrun yet, why not  come along to the velopark and join the 7,812 runners to have crossed the finish line of course. They are a very friendly bunch and it will leave you smiling all weekend!


Torbay Velopark parkrun #149 – 02/11/2019 by Tom Wright

This Saturday’s wet and windy parkrun was the lowest attendance yet of Torbay Velopark. This will come as no surprise - with 60mph gusts and relentless rain pouring down, as well as the Rugby World Cup Final also at 9am, it’s a miracle those 99 people turned up at all (beating the old record of 103.

And 24 of these were first timers! If you were a tourist, I hope you enjoyed your visit to the beautiful English Riviera where the sun is always out, but if you’re a first-ever-parkrunner, then take this into your stride - the weather gets better. I promise.

With just one person dropping out (no shame - happens to the best of us), the 99 Massive somehow sprinted their way around the course, avoiding puddles and other obstacles aplenty.

After the tail walkers were in, it was time for Steve, Catherine and I to head off to the Leisure Centre café and for Catherine to learn how to do the results (but mainly to dry off and get some coffee inside us).

Some other cool stats - parkrunners have now run 184,455km at Torbay Velopark (4.5x around the Earth!), and 7,785 PBs have been set.

As always, the volunteers did an amazing job helping to run the event in the storm today - we really couldn’t do it without all the support of these. We’re always open to new volunteers, so if it’s something you’d like to try, please do get in touch!

Or if you’d like to try something a little different, then Torbay Velopark parkrun will soon be establishing a “buddy” system for deaf or hard of hearing people. We’ll need volunteers for this scheme, but it’ll be a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in helping out with disabled people. If you’d be interested, do send me a message (Tom Wright on Facebook), but there’ll be more details soon!

Hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week for a hopefully drier parkrun!


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Torbay Velopark parkrun event 144 28th September 2019

Today was a bit wet under foot. I wanted everyone to get around safely and to be careful, especially Tom. Tom was getting married in the afternoon! He came along with friends and family. Thankfully he left parkrun uninjured - phew! Congratulations Tom and Lucy and wishing you all the best from everyone at Torbay Velopark parkrun.

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Stephen WILBRAHAM • Gary BRENTON • Rachel COLLINS • Jeremy GODDARD • Tom WRIGHT • Jo COISH • Sarah WATSON • Kerry BELL • Neil HAYES • Amanda FRANCIS • Hannah DAVIES • Harriet CLEMENTS • Wendy PEDRICK • Sharon NELSON • Jessica POPPE • Nathan DENNIS • Jamie ROBERTS • Cari DENNIS • James DOWDESWELL • Sebastian GEORGE • Luis HEGARTY

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

The male record is held by David AWDE who recorded a time of 15:36 on 29th April 2017 (event number 17).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:32 on 28th July 2018 (event number 82).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter MONAGHAN who recorded 90.97% (16:37) on 19th May 2018 (event number 72).

Torbay Velopark parkrun started on 31st December 2016. Since then 7,647 participants have completed 35,901 parkruns covering a total distance of 179,505 km, including 7,634 new Personal Bests. A total of 524 individuals have volunteered 3,529 times.



Torbay Velopark parkrun Event 143

Written by Tom Wright (Duke of Edinburgh volunteer)

A lovely and bright yet quite chilly morning seemed to embrace us all at parkrun as I turned up at the changing rooms on my bike at 8 A.M. People were already setting up; volunteers had gone to cone out the field, and others were signing the velopark with the appropriate paces. As run director, Roger Matthews was plentifully occupied, mainly coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh Award cohort of keen volunteers.

Despite the weather, bit by bit people showed up until our normal number of around 300, despite the dark clouds and the threat of rain. James from the DofE had the honour of doing a lovely first-timers briefing, accompanied by Simon.

9 A.M. rolled around and despite us all ready and raring to go, we weren’t allowed to start! Problems with the council had meant that the car park was experiencing huge delays, so we ended up starting ten minutes late in order to allow for everyone to show up. This seemed to be worth it - around ten to fifteen extras showed up, who otherwise would have missed the start of the event.

Luckily for us, the sun chose this moment to arrive, blessing us all with not having to jump around ridiculously, instead with just a few hops. It also serves as a great reminder of the many ways you can get to parkrun - many (including myself) cycle each week, as there are lovely cycle lanes all round the bay, and bus stops right next to the velopark are served by buses operating from Newton Abbot to Brixham, as well as Babbacombe and Paignton Zoo (if you feel like getting on an open-top bus so early in the morning!).

And so, the run began, there seemed to be a lot of happy people this week, with 64 people achieving a new PB. This week’s attendance was 327 people, and 39 ran Torbay Velopark parkrun for the first time.

I trust that all who took part enjoyed the run, and we’d love to welcome those 39 back to the Velopark.




Torbay Velopark parkrun Event number 140 31st August 2019

parkrun report 31st August 2019 by GRAYDON WIDDICOMBE

Today saw the 140th running of the event, and for me personally it was my 65th time around the Torbay Velopark parkrun route.  Having recently been away at a couple of other events (Thornbury and Eden Project) it was nice to be back at my home parkrun and seeing a few familiar faces.

Although I’m a regular parkrunner, I’ve only very recently become aware that “parkrun tourism” is even a thing, but seeing the throng of first timers mingling with tourists at the pre-event briefing again highlighted the popularity of parkrun and how some make it a part of weekend away, or holiday.  I’ve done 20 different parkrun events and there are numerous informal challenges that come with parkrun tourism; for example, I recently discovered that I currently have 52/60 on “Stopwatch Bingo” (the challenge is to collect all the seconds from 00 to 59 in your finish times).  Would today’s finish time see me get to 53/60, I wonder?

As for this edition of the event, I had a quick look at the weather forecast the night before and it appeared likely to be wet, but as it happened it stayed dry for all the parkrunners, although there was a bit of a breeze.  I arrived early to make myself known to the volunteer team as this is the first time I’ve done a report for the event, so it was nice meeting Hannah and the other willing volunteers.  Of course, without the volunteers we couldn’t take part in parkrun, so it’s massively appreciated that they all give up their time.

As I was waiting for the event to start, the buzz of chatter was coming from the crowd with just occasional words making their way to me; “it’s a bit breezy!”, “I’m planning on taking it easy today....”, “I wonder if I’ll get a PB?”, “I'm looking forward to the coffee afterwards”, “next week is my 50th parkrun" and even a couple of “Oh look, there’s Batman and Robin!”.  I love the buzz before and during parkrun, and I often wonder what stories people have that brought them to that event.  Today’s route was the usual two laps of the Velopark followed by one lap of the field, and I enjoyed my run out, before taking the leisurely walk back home. As always, parkrun is a great way to kick off the weekend!

I’m not able to make parkrun next weekend, but I’ll definitely be back to the event in the very near future as I make my way towards completing 100 Torbay parkruns. I wonder if I will hit that magic number during 2020? We’ll see!

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Graydon WIDDICOMBE • Stephen WILBRAHAM • Roger MATTHEWS • Ian HAYWARD • Gary BRENTON • Nadine LEE • Jeremy GODDARD • Pauline MARR • Jo COISH • Jane ROWELL • Hannah DAVIES • Harriet CLEMENTS • Natalie TIDBALL • Jacob TIDBALL • Ethan TIDBALL • Mark TIDBALL • Wendy PEDRICK • Sharon NELSON • Gary ADDERLEY • Jenny TOFT • Di RICHARDSON • Jessica BLAKER • Harry ASPINALL • Polly HADWICK • James DOWDESWELL • Denise MUMMERY

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

The male record is held by David AWDE who recorded a time of 15:36 on 29th April 2017 (event number 17).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:32 on 28th July 2018 (event number 82).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter MONAGHAN who recorded 90.97% (16:37) on 19th May 2018 (event number 72).

Torbay Velopark parkrun started on 31st December 2016. Since then 7,448 participants have completed 34,594 parkruns covering a total distance of 172,970 km, including 7,374 new Personal Bests. A total of 515 individuals have volunteered 3,435 times.


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