Torbay Velopark Run Report 4th January 2020 – by Heather Green

Happy New Year Parkrunners… 4 days in and how many of you have kept to your New Year’s running resolutions?

I’m aiming to run 30 parkruns in 2020, at least 1 new parkrun a month and to volunteer 12 times to join the 25 Parkrun Volunteer Club! So, having completed the New Year’s Day Parkrun Double at Killerton and Haldon Forest, I was determined to keep up the momentum and try out a new Parkrun course today. A regular at Haldon, Torbay Velopark was my “Nearest Event Not Done Yet” so off I set along the A38 towards Paignton.

Really easy to find, plenty of parking nearby and access to the facilities at the Leisure Centre, a warm welcome awaits from what looked like an army of Parkrun volunteers in their fluorescent hi-viz! First timer’s briefing is always helpful – to explain the ropes to those completely new to Parkrun and to describe the course to the Parkrun Tourists amongst us. Then comes the RD’s briefing – with shout-outs to those runners achieving milestones of 50 and 100 parkruns, a couple of Happy Birthdays today for Hannah and Matt, and the all-important cheer of thanks to all those who have given up their Saturday morning to volunteer as marshals, tailwalkers, timekeepers, finish token support, barcode scanners to name but a few of the roles involved in making your Parkrun happen each and every week.

Then 3,2,1 and we’re off…. the course is very different from the trail runs I’m used to – today was 3 laps of the Velopark’s tarmac surface and a quick 0.5km out and back along a gravel path, dodging the puddles, to finish. The combination of tarmac and a flat, flat, flat course make for an excellent PB opportunity! This week was Pacer week and I am ever grateful to the 27 min pacer who paced me round to finish with a personal all-time Parkrun PB, fuelled on by the shouts of encouragement from the marshals as we passed by. That’s what I love about Parkrun – it doesn’t matter if you are the fastest or the slowest runner, jogger or walker, it’s an event for everyone, a personal challenge to improve on your own PB, a chance to socialise and meet fellow parkrunners, and the Torbay Velopark crowd seem a very friendly bunch!

If you’re a regular at Torbay Velopark and fancy a change of scene one Saturday morning, why not come visit us at Haldon Forest for a different Parkrun experience along the forest tracks with amazing views over the Exe Estuary… once you’ve tackled our uphill sections! We’d be delighted to welcome you and it’s our first birthday coming up on 22nd February.

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 160
4th January 2020
This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Susan LYLE • Toby KENDALL • Graham GORDON • Barbara TEFFER • Stephen WILBRAHAM • Ian HAYWARD • Ole DODWELL • Simon GILBOY • Sally DARBY • Jan PRYOR • Tania GODDARD • Marc WALPOT • Dani DODWELL • Tom WRIGHT • Jo COISH • Maddy DODWELL • Ned CARSWELL • Catherine CARTER • Hannah DAVIES • Michael BORDER • Danny DEAN • Sharon NELSON • Sam STEVENSON • Clive PRICE • Alicia PRICE • Luis HEGARTY • Louise BENSON • Harley GILL

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

The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:32 on 28th July 2018 (event number 82).
The male record is held by Ross BRADEN who recorded a time of 15:31 on 30th November 2019 (event number 153).
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 8,151 participants have completed 39,722 parkruns covering a total distance of 198,610 km, including 8,239 new Personal Bests. A total of 570 individuals have volunteered 3,896 times.