Torbay Velopark parkrun #164, 8th February 2020

By Graydon Widdicombe

With Storm Ciara set to bring severe gales to the UK over the weekend, it was great to wake up and see that the weather for Saturday morning’s Torbay Velopark parkrun was pretty much perfect for running; cool, sunny and with no wind!

Over recent months, I’ve been doing a bit of “parkrun tourism”, which means visiting other venues for parkruns. Of course I love my home parkrun, but I also enjoy visiting new places, and last weekend I made the “Bushy pilgrimage” to the venue where parkrun first started over 13 years ago; Bushy parkrun in Teddington, London.

Bushy recently claimed the biggest parkrun attendance ever, for any parkrun in the world, when over 2500 (yes, two-and-a-half THOUSAND) turned up on Christmas Day. Their legendary “three finish funnel” system was even brought into action for that one. The numbers involved and scale of the event is impressive, but yet it still manages to retain that friendly and very welcoming environment that we all know and love about parkrun. As I was stood there at the first timers briefing, where incidentally there were probably a couple of hundred people stood listening, I couldn't help feel a sense of pride that I was involved with something like parkrun. Experienced runners, nervous first timers, families, people with dogs; I love the inclusivity of parkrun. For me, it’s what makes it special. And Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of parkrun, was there too!

For those of you who may not have been to Bushy or seen the pictures, the start really is something to behold. When I did it, there were 1474 participants and 51 volunteers, and to be part of that lot careering down the very wide start area was a fantastic experience. It brought to mind those images that you see with 100s of runners sprinting off at the start of the National Cross Country Championships, but without the elbows! Although there are a lot of people, everyone was there to have a good time, whether they ran, waked or jogged the course. After the start I got into my stride and had an enjoyable run around the very picturesque park.

Turning back to today, which was Torbay's 163rd event, it was great to be back “home” and see some of the regulars out on the course. I had an enjoyable run out again, before running home and battening down the hatches in preparation for when Storm Ciara comes to town.

And, if you’re very lucky (or unlucky, depending on your point of view), you may even see yours truly on the parkrun UK page from time-to-time, as a few of us were asked to do a shoot for the new parkrun clothing range, over at Parke in Newton Abbot. Don’t worry - I won’t let the fame go to my head.
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This week 340 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Graydon WIDDICOMBE • Ian HAYWARD • David CUBBERLEY • Tania GODDARD • Dani DODWELL • Stuart CRESSWELL • Tom WRIGHT • Maddy DODWELL • Ned CARSWELL • Amanda GLOVER • Hannah DAVIES • Brian MARJORAM • Danny DEAN • Olivia BOOTE • Wendy PEDRICK • Sharon NELSON • Gary ADDERLEY • Jumanah AWAD • Louise BENSON • Harley GILL • Nathan MEI • Rio GILL • Connor FRANCE

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 8,297 participants have completed 41,060 parkruns covering a total distance of 205,300 km, including 8,474 new Personal Bests. A total of 578 individuals have volunteered 3,988 times.

 

International Women’s Day parkrun – Saturday 7th March 2020 #IWD

We are delighted to be one of the parkrun’s participating in the parkrun celebration of International Women’s Day, also supported by This Girl Can – which you may have seen on social media.

Of course everyone is welcome at parkrun – always!

But the figures and research show that women are less likely to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating.
International Women’s Day #IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate.

There are many barriers that hold people back – as #ThisGirlCan has been highlighting.

It would also be great to have our run hosted and organised entirely by women on the 7th of March - Please take a look at the Volunteer Roster and get your name down. #ThisGirlCan

So we invite you all to come along on 7th March 2020 for a parkrun celebrating female participation. Please do talk to the women and girls that you know about how great parkrun is, support them to overcome any worries that they have and come along, have fun and enjoy the friendly atmosphere we have at Torbay's parkrun.

 

Torbay Velopark parkrun #163, 1st February 2020

Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 163
1st February 2020
This week 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Richard Neil COLLING • Graham GORDON • Roger MATTHEWS • Ian HAYWARD • Sally DARBY • Tania GODDARD • Ned CARSWELL • Matthew HAYWOOD • Amanda FRANCIS • Amanda HOLLEY • Michael BORDER • Anna DEARSON • Felicity DAVIES • Danny DEAN • Olivia BOOTE • Sharon NELSON • Gary ADDERLEY • Jumanah AWAD • Clive PRICE • Luis HEGARTY • Louise BENSON • Harley GILL • Nathan MEI • Rio GILL • Jamie SAINT

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 Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 16:10 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 130).
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 8,254 participants have completed 40,720 parkruns covering a total distance of 203,600 km, including 8,412 new Personal Bests. A total of 577 individuals have volunteered 3,965 times.

 
 

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.

 

Torbay Velopark parkrun #159 1st January 2020 by Mark Pinney

By Mark Pinney

A busy morning!

Having spent the first part of New Year’s Day morning travelling from Watford to Killerton parkrun, and with most people I spoke to there saying they would be going to Haldon Forest parkrun for the second part of their double, I was panicking a little in thinking I wouldn't make it to Torbay Velopark in time for the 10:30 start and that I'd chosen the "wrong double". Thankfully I made it with 20 minutes to spare and found the car park to be largely empty, although that didn't last long. Out of nowhere, cars were soon flocking in with parkrunners a-plenty. Some first time parkrunners, some doing their first parkrun of the day, but a lot of people there to complete their second parkrun of the morning (New Year’s Day being the only day of the year in which you can register two parkrun results).

Before arriving I hadn't realised just how flat the course is. On another day, I would surely have gone for a PB, but today was not that day. The hard slog around Killerton had taken its toll and although I started well, it soon became apparent that I would need to take some short walking breaks. Thankfully all of the volunteers were on hand to keep shouting encouragement and cheer us all on, and with 3 laps this meant we saw a large contingent of them by the start line fairly frequently.

In addition to the usual line of up of running gear, we also had a guy dressed up in a shark outfit who was surprisingly quick. I certainly couldn't keep up with him!

I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:

Harry ASPINALL, Melanie BROWN, Rachel COLLINS, Hannah DAVIES, Vicky ENDEAN, Evalyn FLANAGAN, Alison FORD, Simon GILBOY, Caroline GILES-MEDHURST, Roger MATTHEWS, Valerie MCCLEAN, Naoko MCKINNON, Sarah MILLS, Sharon NELSON, Mark PINNEY, Clive PRICE, Alicia PRICE, Stephen WILBRAHAM, Philip WILLCOX, Tom WRIGHT

Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so this will be appearing on YouTube in the next couple of weeks.

On to the stats....

This week we had 301 runners, joggers and walkers. There were 26 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 124 Females and 151 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were Dave BROWN in a new PB of 17:22, Rob WILLIAMS in a new PB of 17:46 and Julian SMITH in a new PB of 17:48. First 3 Female finishers were Laura WAKEHAM in a new PB of 19:09, Naomi FLANAGAN in 19:31 and Abby SAMPSON in a new PB of 20:08. Wow! Lots of new PB's there!

There were 57 parkrunners who were new to Torbay Velopark parkrun of whom 22 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 49 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Nicola NOBLE on 297 parkruns, but there were 37 members of the 100 Club, 58 members of the 50 Club and 15 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Philip ELEY who joined the 100 Club, Rob HARRIS who joined the 50 Club and Oscar EVE who joined the 10 Club.

Highest Age Grading on the day was Julie BASS with 86.54%, with an astonishing time of 22:25 in the VM60-64 category!!

Well done to everyone who completed the course today, great stuff!!!!

Other news....

Have you heard about "Free Weekly Timed", the parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Helen Williams? I thoroughly recommend listening to the back catalogue between parkrun days.

 

Christmas Day parkrun – Toilet Problem

Sorry

We only have one toilet cubical available for Christmas Day parkrun.

Toilet will be open from 8am.

Leisure Centre will be closed.

Toilet by Scanning Area, building with yellow doors.

There maybe toilets by Goodrington Beach but they

 

New Year parkrun 10:30am Start

Start your New Year with a 5K run or walk or crawl! It doesn't matter as long as you are there. You don't even need to get out of bed too early because we will be starting at 10:30am

 

Christmas Day Parkrun 2019

Break out your festive running gear! Torbay Velopark parkrun will be happening on Wednesday the 25th of December. 9.00am start. HoHoHo!

 

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!

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