Event #122 20th April 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 122
20th April 2019

Can you believe that we had a record attendance yesterday with 417 lovely tourists and regulars enjoying the Easter weather.

So thank you to all the volunteers who dealt with such a high number. It was a great atmosphere and it just confirms what a brilliant event we have. Dare I say - let’s see how many people we can get when the summer holiday arrives.

 

Event #121 13th April 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 121
13th April 2019

Welcome to the Run Report from ‘Flip Flop’ Saturday. I should have worn boots and my feet would have been comfortable and warm, instead of that I stupidly wore flip flops and it was freezing.

Today we drew the raffle. We were set up next to the barcode scanning desk and we asked finishers to pull the tickets out. Well done to the winners and a huge thank you to everyone involved, from the people who donated prizes to the ones who purchased tickets.

We have been looking at options for a new finish funnel. Or I should say - new to us. We have a barrier system in mind that we would like to purchase so we’ve been checking out second hand options and items from eBay. We'll have the benefit of a finish funnel that is quick to set up but the price has to be acceptable and who doesn’t love a bargain.

I want to say a huge congratulations to Claire who knocked two minutes off her time to achieve a PB. She’s an inspiration.

This week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Stuart BATTEN • Rod PAYNE • Gary BRENTON • Simon GILBOY • Shaun MCKERNAN • Lynne JOHN • Michelle COLES • Rachel COLLINS • Jeremy GODDARD • Stuart CRESSWELL • Francis HAYES • Tom WRIGHT • Jo CANHAM • Margaret CANHAM • Julyan BAYES • Neil HAYES • Catherine CARTER • Harriet CLEMENTS • Joel THOMPSON • Olivia DAVIES • Laura WING • Sharon NELSON • Sandie TIPTON • Jessica BLAKER • Taylor WINGER • Gill PEDRICK

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 6,272 participants have completed 28,704 parkruns covering a total distance of 143,520 km, including 6,316 new Personal Bests. A total of 466 individuals have volunteered 2,952 times.

 

 

Event #120 6th April 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 120
6th April 2019

This week 298 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Susan LYLE • Stephen LOFTHOUSE • Roger MATTHEWS • Gary BRENTON • Nikki SHAW • Thomas BLANN • Rachel COLLINS • Anita LEY • Paul CLARKE • Jeremy GODDARD • Francis HAYES • Ben LOTEN • Ava SAMS • Matthew HAYWOOD • Neil HAYES • Jose PRITCHARD • Michael BORDER • Karl BUTLER • Harriet CLEMENTS • Natalie TIDBALL • Jacob TIDBALL • Lois TIDBALL • Ethan TIDBALL • Joel THOMPSON • Mark TIDBALL • Craig SEARLE • Sharon NELSON • Jennifer MILLETT • Sandie TIPTON • Gill PEDRICK

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 6,200 participants have completed 28,387 parkruns covering a total distance of 141,935 km, including 6,253 new Personal Bests. A total of 465 individuals have volunteered 2,926 times.

 

Event #119 30th March 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 119
30th March 2019

This week 330 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

A huge congratulations to everyone who took part in this parkrun, with 330 people we achieved the 4th biggest turnout. It is brilliant to see we had 53 first timers.

I was one of those 330 people and I set off with such determination to power my way round and it was going well until the long stretch of the field. My brain wondered what I was doing and did I want to carry on. I think I actually stopped. Then I realised I was over two thirds of the way round, plus Hannah my training partner shouted so off I went. It’s hard work going from doing marathons to becoming unfit and then having to get fit again but the reality is you don’t get fit doing things the easy way. In the last three weeks my time has improved by over 1 1/2 minutes. Does it ever get easier, probably not but that just means that we are still chasing a new PB.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Roger MATTHEWS • Gary BRENTON • Simon GILBOY • Shaun MCKERNAN • Rachel COLLINS • Paul CLARKE • Francis HAYES • Pauline MARR • Tom WRIGHT • Jo LOTEN • Ben LOTEN • Jo CANHAM • Margaret CANHAM • Matthew HAYWOOD • Neil HAYES • Harriet CLEMENTS • Joel THOMPSON • Amy ROBSON • Sarah PALK • Sandra PALK • Laura WING • Danny BROWN • Sharon NELSON • Alicia PRICE • Jessica BLAKER  * Jane MOREY * Phil WADDELL

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 6,147 participants have completed 28,089 parkruns covering a total distance of 140,445 km, including 6,205 new Personal Bests. A total of 460 individuals have volunteered 2,894 times.

 

Event #118 23rd March 2018

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 118
23rd March 2019

All over the country people talk about the effect parkrun has on the weather – how rarely it rains at nine o’clock on Saturday morning. As I look outside my door today, it is grey, overcast – and, yes, it’s raining. The magic weather effect has stopped working, or so it seems. But the small team of us from Moretonhampstead – two runners, Alfie and Oliver, and me, today’s volunteer photographer – are undaunted. We set off for Torbay full of enthusiasm. Perhaps that’s the real magic: we never notice the rain because we are so enthused by the running and the people we are going to meet.
Simon, the run director, does the usual announcements with characteristic good humour, despite the drizzle. He is kind enough to mention my book Why Running Matters, which was published a week ago. The first run in that book was the very first parkrun here at Torbay, on 31 December 2016. It was overcast that day too. Great things can come out of grey skies, though. Here we all are – 287 of us – still heartily enjoying the same Saturday morning exercise. Nothing much has changed except the direction in which we set off. (The first run went the other way around the track.)
I take photographs as the run unfolds. All the many different coloured shirts are soon strung all the way around the 1,500m velopark circuit in a seemingly unending line of people, all finding their way through their individual struggles, all embracing the joy of simply moving through the air. It is tempting to say ‘as normal’ but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from running with other people it’s that there’s no such thing as normal. Every run is different, unique, and meaningful in different ways. As the leaders turn off the circuit and head for the final mile around the field, I wonder what I would write about today if this were another chapter in my book. The man running in second place steps off the track to give his family a hug. Perhaps I would write about that? Two people stop mid-run to ask me for a copy of my book. Gosh, that shows enthusiasm. But I know the real story, when it comes, will be unmistakeable. Messages and meanings simply unfold from parkrun. It is almost inevitable. As surely as there are a million and one stories that lead us here, so there are a million and one tales that come out of running together. They might be triumphant victories over illness; they might be longstanding rivalries with family members; or they might be anecdotes of personal achievement beyond parkrun. To be part of parkrun is to be part of a million and one great stories.
Today’s story eventually comes from a lady called Tania. And it turned out to be a profoundly moving one.
Before I speak to Tania, however, I watch the leaders come in. Shaun McKernan finishes first, in a time of 18:08, bringing up his thirteenth first place. He’s finished first here more times than any other man and is second in that table only to Naomi Flanagan, who has twenty-six first-place finishes here to her credit. Twenty seconds later, there’s a bit of a sprint to the line between second and third runners, in which Nicholas Clarke just pips Lewis Keywood. Fourth is John English and fifth, to my delight, is Alfie Fell – one of the gang from Moreton, finishing in 18:44: a new PB. Sixth is Alex Magee who graciously turns around to congratulate the young lady who finishes just behind him, Iona Farquharson. Her seventh place in a time of 18:51 is a very impressive performance. She’s in the 11-14 age group, and that’s an age grade of 84.70%. Astounding! But as Iona crosses the line, quietly back there, still slogging her way around the field is Evalyn Flanagan. When she crosses the line – the third lady to finish over the age of fifty and the first over the age of sixty-five – she has notched up an age grade of 85.38%. Wow. Deep respect. I want to be able to run that fast when I get to her age. The third runner today with an age grade over 80% is David Rose, whose 19:32 is a new PB. Amazing achievements.
But such is the nature of parkrun that there are amazing achievements in other ways all around the track. Many of them you’ll never know. Many of them are simple resolutions quietly realised. Many will be completely private. And a few won’t actually be realised until years later, when someone looks back on their fastest-ever time or highest-ever age grade.
When I am taking photos of the runners by the barcode scanning desk, Tania approaches me cautiously. She looks at the cover of my book. ‘Why Running Matters,’ she reads aloud, in a slightly quizzical way. ‘What I want you to tell me is why I come here every Saturday and do this. I love parkrun but I don’t enjoy running’.
‘There are so many reasons,’ I reply. ‘That’s why I wrote the book. You learn so much about hope, encouragement, personal struggles and people’s sense of achievement.’
‘That’s true,’ she says. ‘Have you done a marathon?’
‘One. Accidentally. I couldn’t find a half marathon in December 2017 so I had to run a whole one.’
‘I’ve done two, accidentally.’
‘The second one could not have been an accident,’ I insist. ‘You’d have known what you were letting yourself in for.’
‘I had had a few drinks when I signed up to do the second one.’
‘Okay, fair enough. I can see how that could be called an accident. But what about the first?’
‘It was to save my son’s life. He phoned me up from Afghanistan, and he was very depressed. This was when we were losing men over there almost every day. He said, “Mum, I can’t take it anymore. I’m not coming home. I’m phoning up to say goodbye.” I told him, “but it’s only ten weeks and your tour of duty will come to an end”. He replied, “Ten weeks is a long time. Too long.” To which I said, “but that marathon I said I’d do last year, that’s only ten weeks away – and there’s not enough time for me to train for it now. That’s how short ten weeks is. Ten weeks is NOT a long time. Please. If you promise me you’ll come home, I will run that marathon.’
After ten weeks Tania’s son did come home. And true to her word, she ran the Eden Project Marathon. As she was facing the last few gruelling miles, and doubting her ability to finish, she said to herself, ‘If he could stick it out over there for the ten weeks when he didn’t think he could, then what am I doing, thinking I can’t keep going for another hour.’
That is what running does for us. Sometimes in very small ways, sometimes in life-changing huge ones. It might be a parkrun or it might be a marathon – it doesn’t matter. Running together connects us with life, with purpose, and even with those we love in ways we can’t always predict. It gives us strength and resilience, and it allows us to channel our passions and to express purpose. It saves lives in many ways and it enriches them in even more ways. And in coming together to tell stories such as the one that Tania told me today, it lifts the spirit high – higher even the grey clouds and the rain, which I now realise magically stopped falling just as today’s parkrun started.
Ian Mortimer (parkrunner A1871985)

This week 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Eileen SEVERN • Gary BRENTON • Simon GILBOY • Shaun MCKERNAN • Thomas BLANN • David CUBBERLEY • Rachel COLLINS • Ian MORTIMER • Anita LEY • Paul CLARKE • Jeremy GODDARD • Francis HAYES • Tom WRIGHT • Steve WRIGHT • Jo LOTEN • Ben LOTEN • Jo CANHAM • Kerry BELL • Margaret CANHAM • Neil HAYES • Michael BORDER • Joel THOMPSON • Danny BROWN • Sandie TIPTON • Jessica BLAKER • Gill PEDRICK

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 6,094 participants have completed 27,759 parkruns covering a total distance of 138,795 km, including 6,116 new Personal Bests. A total of 457 individuals have volunteered 2,869 times.

 

Event # 117 16th March 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 117
16th March 2019

This week 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Ian HAYWARD • Simon GILBOY • Shaun MCKERNAN • Rachel COLLINS • Colin PETERS • Francis HAYES • Tom WRIGHT • Jo LOTEN • Ben LOTEN • Jo CANHAM • Margaret CANHAM • Natalie HIGGS • Matthew HAYWOOD • Neil HAYES • Joel THOMPSON • Philip WILLCOX • Danny BROWN • Sharon NELSON • Philippa PROUT • Leigh SPARKES • Oliver HIGGS • Alicia PRICE • Sandie TIPTON • Jessica BLAKER

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 6,033 participants have completed 27,472 parkruns covering a total distance of 137,360 km, including 6,052 new Personal Bests. A total of 455 individuals have volunteered 2,843 times.

 

Event #116 9th March 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 116
9th March 2019

Back to three laps of the Velopark today due to the volume of that rain stuff we were lucky enough to receive during the week.

Raffle tickets are now available through our website www.parkrun.org.uk/torbayvelopark/aboutus. We have some amazing prizes including a £50 Amazon voucher, a £20 Riviera Wellbeing voucher, £20 Guardhouse Cafe Voucher, Soap & Glory products, chocolate, a parkrun book and FCUK products. Tickets are 50p each and the draw will be on 13th April. Please buy some tickets.

This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Roger MATTHEWS • Ian HAYWARD • Simon GILBOY • David CUBBERLEY • Rachel COLLINS • Liz LEE • Barbara YOUNG • Alison FORD • Francis HAYES • Tom WRIGHT • Steve WRIGHT • Jo LOTEN • Ben LOTEN • Jo CANHAM • Margaret CANHAM • Jennifer BRADSHAW • Alex RADCLIFFE • Catherine CARTER • Carol PEAKMAN • Joel THOMPSON • Veronica DOWALL • Danny BROWN • Sharon NELSON • Jenny TOFT • Leigh SPARKES • Amy HIGGS • Sandie TIPTON • Jessica BLAKER

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 5,977 participants have completed 27,203 parkruns covering a total distance of 136,015 km, including 6,012 new Personal Bests. A total of 455 individuals have volunteered 2,818 times.

 

Event #115 2nd March 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 115
2nd March 2019

We made the most of the selfie frame this week and thank you to Sandie Tipton for her photography skills. It was so good to see our event captured in fun images and posted to our Facebook page. Other events do it so now we’ve joined in and hopefully we’ll have our lovely photographer on many ocassions.

Raffle tickets are now available to buy through our website, not the usual system of ticket buying but we do have to adhere to the cash handling policy. We are self funding and we would love to be able to buy some new equipment for the benefit of everybody so please consider purchasing a ticket or two priced at 50p each.

As always we need volunteers each week. It is concerning that we could end up on a Saturday morning without enough people to cover the essential roles necessary to safely put the event on. It is possible to volunteer and take part in the same week or even giving one week volunteering for every 5 or 6 parkruns would make a huge difference and fill those rosters.

This week 250 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Stuart BATTEN • Mark MASLIN • Stephen WILBRAHAM • Ian HAYWARD • Simon GILBOY • Shaun MCKERNAN • Michelle COLES • Rachel COLLINS • Jeremy GODDARD • Barbara YOUNG • Tom WRIGHT • Jo LOTEN • Ben LOTEN • Sam PAGE • Joel THOMPSON • Craig SEARLE • Danny BROWN • Sharon NELSON • Oliver HIGGS • Amy HIGGS • Alicia PRICE • Sandie TIPTON • Jessica BLAKER • Pauline BROWNING

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 5,931 participants have completed 26,928 parkruns covering a total distance of 134,640 km, including 5,972 new Personal Bests. A total of 454 individuals have volunteered 2,789 times.

 

Event #114 23rd February 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 114
23rd February 2019

A big welcome this week to another DofE student Ben, so takes our number up to 5. They will be doing a variety of roles in their 13 weeks with us with the compulsory element being that they enjoy themselves.

It is pacer week next Saturday and we will be having our “Walking Group Within The parkrun”. This is promote the fact that we welcome runners and walkers to our event so if you have wanted to come and join us but can’t run a 5k or would prefer to walk please come along. The first timers briefing starts at 8.50 and the stopwatches start at 9am.

We say a fond farewell to Huseyin this week who is off to start a new chapter in Wales, we’ll miss him but he has assured us he will come back and see us. So best wishes to Huseyin and Andrew.

Congratulations to Gary Brenton who has completed his 25th volunteering credit today. He is a regular runner and volunteer so it shows you can do both

I am away next weekend, back to the motherland to spend time with family and I will doing a bit of parkrun tourism in Bromley. I enjoy a bit of parkrun somewhere else but it’s always good to be back at Torbay.

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This week 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Stephen WILBRAHAM • Eileen SEVERN • Gary BRENTON • Simon GILBOY • Rachel COLLINS • Vince LANGDON • Jeremy GODDARD • Stuart CRESSWELL • Pauline MARR • Tom WRIGHT • Steve WRIGHT • Nicola SIMMONS • Jo LOTEN • Ben LOTEN • Noah LOTEN • Jo CANHAM • Kerry BELL • Margaret CANHAM • Matthew HAYWOOD • Caroline GILES-MEDHURST • Catherine CARTER • Joel THOMPSON • Sharon NELSON • Alicia PRICE • Jessica BLAKER • Danny BROWN

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 5,907 participants have completed 26,678 parkruns covering a total distance of 133,390 km, including 5,923 new Personal Bests. A total of 447 individuals have volunteered 2,765 times.

 

Event #112 February 9th 2019

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 112
9th February 2019

After finishing the year off on crutches I was able to do my first parkrun of the year yesterday and yes I was nervous. One of the things I loved was the support, comments and friendly waves from people who saw me out there trying my best and I thank you for that. I also have to say a big thank you to Hannah who walks with me, talks to me and accepts that I don’t speak much due to the effort of putting one foot in front of the other! I have promised myself that I will do the parkrun every other week. It’s not all about a PB, there are all sorts of reasons that people have for being at the start line at 9am every Saturday but I do want to claw back those 6 minutes to the time I set what seems like ages ago.

I do tend to volunteer when I am not Run Directing mainly due to the shortage of volunteers but I do have to take time for myself too so hopefully I can juggle both of them successfully. So please help us out and volunteer every 6 weeks or so especially if you’ve never done it before.

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This week 248 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Howard BAILEY • Donna RIDINGS • Roger MATTHEWS • David CUBBERLEY • Rachel COLLINS • Evalyn FLANAGAN • Lauren NEWHOUSE • Stuart CRESSWELL • Jo CANHAM • Kerry BELL • Margaret CANHAM • Julyan BAYES • Matthew HAYWOOD • Caroline GILES-MEDHURST • Catherine CARTER • Bethan HAYWOOD • Joel THOMPSON • Stephen MOYLAN • Veronica DOWALL • Sharon NELSON • Alicia PRICE

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 5,796 participants have completed 26,051 parkruns covering a total distance of 130,255 km, including 5,781 new Personal Bests. A total of 442 individuals have volunteered 2,712 times.