Torbay Velopark No.131 BY KIERAN HUGHES
Tracey ALDER and I ventured from Taunton today to Torbay Velopark parkrun in
search of adventure. The weather recently has plagued our tourism causing us to
wonder if we should stay local, venture further afield or even stay at home and start
building an Ark. Thankfully today we experienced glorious sunshine as the UK had
its hottest day of the year. We were greeted by a ray of sunshine in the form of the
Run Director Jo COISH who made us feel most welcome. It was a great feeling to be
cheered on by both runners and volunteers alike, parkrun spirit at its best.
The course at Torbay Velopark is on a mixture of tarmac cycle track, gravel paths
and grass. This flat course starts on the Torbay Velopark Cycle Track located next to
Torbay Leisure car park and heads anti-clockwise for two laps before exiting the
track through two gates on the gravel path leading on to Clennon Field for a one lap
passing Clennon Lake around the football pitches and Astroturf pitch, finishing by the
Now for the statistics, there were 276 who ran jogged or walked at Torbay Velopark
and there were representatives from 26 clubs; Aldridge RC, Brixham Harriers, CSSC
Sports & Leisure, Dawlish Coasters, Devon Orienteering Club, Goole Viking Striders, Haldon Trail Runners, Harborough AC, Haverhill RC, Helsby RC, Kirkstall Harriers, Knowle and Dorridge Running Club, Lonely Goat RC, Lytchett Manor Striders, MK Lakeside Runners, Riviera Racers, Run Torbay, Running Forever Running Club, Rushden Runners, South Devon AC, Team Anstey, Teignbridge Trotters, Torbay ACC, Torbay Tri Club, Vegan Runners and Walking at parkrun.
The first finisher was David HAMPTON with a time of 17:21 having run 6 times with
South Devon AC. Second was Lewis KEYWOOD with a time of 18:23 having run 88
times. Third was Alex MAGEE with a time of 18:45 having run 161 times with South
Devon AC. The first female was Paige QUINN with a time of 20:29 having run 20
times with Torbay AAC. Second was Sarah HARRISON with a time of 22:26 having
run 29 times with Torbay AAC. Third was Christine VOELKERLING with a time of
22:39 having run 88 times with Harborough AC.
Congratulations to the spectacular 26 new Personal Bests; Simon MILLS, David
COOPER, Jacob PRICE, Simon WORTMANN, Sharon MCCUAIG, Ollie MITCHELL,
Michael SYRETT, Josh MONK, Robert HAYTER, Hayley BIGNELL, Judit SANSUM,
Jenny CHILD, Shane CARPENTER, Joanne MARTIN, Georgina MARTIN, Sarah
MILLS, Stuart BENNETT, Lisa DARK, Linda BLAKE, Tamsin MATHEW, Jane
CUNLIFFE, Petrina JONES, Kate FARMERY, Valerie DEAN, Lynne JOHN and
Claire CLARKE. Superb running in the sweltering heat!
A warm welcome to the 15 first timers to the parkrun family, Jenny HOURIGAN, Paul
CARTHY, Reuben WORTHINGTON, Geoff SHAW, Simon COURT, Paul
GREGORY, Daniel SNOW, Stephen JARVIS, Lisa MORGAN, Stephanie
CRAWFORD, Jack DE-VERE, Sarah DARKE, Francis ROBINSON, Anna
BEDFORD and Rhys PRITCHARD. May this be the start of your parkrun journey.
A special shout out goes to Roberta AINSWORTH and Gary BURMAN who joined
the 50 Milestone Club.
This event would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of the
following 30 Hi Vis Hero’s: Gary ADDERLEY, Tracey ALDER, Harry ASPINALL,
Kerry BELL, Ned CARSWELL, Jo COISH, Rachel COLLINS, Jasmin COMLEY,
Hannah DAVIES, Veronica DOWALL, Simon FISHER, Simon GILBOY, Jeremy
GODDARD, Francis HAYES, Neil HAYES, Sam HEALEY, Kieran HUGHES, Ben
LOTEN, Susan LYLE, Pauline MARR, Sharon NELSON, Sarah PALK, Carol
PEAKMAN, Wendy PEDRICK, Mark TIDBALL, Natalie TIDBALL, Jacob TIDBALL,
Ethan TIDBALL, Tom WRIGHT and Christian ZURSIEDEL.
If you would like to volunteer simply email email@example.com
Thank you Torbay Velopark parkrun for making Tracey and I so welcome.
Kieran Hughes, Longrun Meadow parkrun (Taunton)