Torbay Velopark No.133 BY GARY ADDERLEY
This is what the Torbay Velopark parkrun records will tell you about me after my first parkrun –
13/10/18 VM 50/54 46.28% 32 mins 40 secs
What the records don’t tell you is that prior to the run I had probably not run 5k for about 25 years and I certainly have never run in a field of so many people against a stopwatch.
I have always loved sport, playing 11 a side football for many years locally, and exercising as often as I could when either mood or injuries allowed me. I still play 5 a side weekly with my ageing friends and cycle around the bay regularly. However I am no athlete, and never will be now. I am overweight, don’t eat or drink the right things but currently doing the parkrun as often as I can on at Saturday morning at Torbay Velopark is my thing!
I did my first run in October 2018 I recall because I had not been feeling so great. I thought a bit more exercise might give me a lift and I think it has, added to the fact that I had my gall bladder out in the November. I approached my first run with a hope that if I could run 15 minute miles then I should be able to finish in a time of approximately 45 minutes and as the records tell I managed to do this.
The first run had me hooked, I am not sure why. I had never been one for getting out of bed at 08.00 on a Saturday morning and I remain keen to play 5 a side with my pals on a Friday night followed by the standard 4 cans of lager afterwards, which I know is not great for parkrun preparation. I think that it was joining so many others doing the same thing and where no one seems to care how old or young you are, how big or small you are or if you have the latest gear or trainers. I was also humbled, and still am that so many people are there volunteering and as we all know without them the parkrun’s just would not happen.
I was also grabbed by the fact it was free and that once you have registered you get a text and email after each run to let you know how you have got on. I sadly love receiving these and it is amazing on looking at the list of fellow runners the number that I know, but rarely actual see doing the run. Is it only me that studies the email results? I can see how I have progressed, if I have closed any gaps against those I know etc. My record tells me that I have had nine PB’s, that in the last four events my times have all been with 12 seconds of each other and that my PB is 25 minutes 32 but that was eight runs away so not looking likely to be broken any time soon.
PB’s and times will not be for everyone as we will be all motivated by some element of the parkrun experiences and it really does not matter what that is, even if it a breakfast at the Cantina afterwards!! As one of my friends told me a while back doing 30 minutes exercise once a week must be doing you some good. And you know what I think it is
parkrun’s do seem to be something that we can all do with a little motivation and as I said before no one really cares who you are or how long it takes you. After my operation I walked the course in 50.51 and no one cared. People were still saying to me at the end well done.
As I said earlier I am certainly no athlete but I do try to do my best so I do have some tips to improve your times. Always stretch off, start as close to the front as possible, run the shortage distance possible by hugging the cones and try and target someone in front of you who you think you might be able to stay with. I now always try to target someone with a red 50 parkrun top on because I am fairly confident that they will not stop but to be honest just do what suits you. Oh and don’t play 5 a side the night before and drink 4 cans of lager afterwards!
As for the parkrun volunteers what stars they, again without them there would be no events. I like many who want to run have the dilemma that it is difficult to run and volunteer. However I have done the First Timers Briefing a couple of times which is enjoyable and means that you just have about time to do both. Doing this Run Report was also a way of trying to give something back to the event. I am going to continue to try to do something to support and we know that we all should. So another offer from me to any volunteer who would like to run one week but has not before because they don’t want to let the volunteers down. Then let me know and I will fill your volunteer role for the week.
In finishing my report I am conscious that I have not really written about the Torbay Velopark No.133 that took place on the warm sunny morning of Saturday 13th July 2019 but the records will show that this was my 25th parkrun and will report this about me –
13/7/19 VM 50/54 58.37% 26 mins 06 secs
Now for the statistics, there were 278 who ran jogged or walked at Torbay Velopark
and there were representatives from 30 clubs;
Congratulations to the spectacular 59 new Personal Bests;
A warm welcome to the 52 first timers to the parkrun family,
Today #133 full results and a complete event history can be found on the Torbay
Velopark parkrun Results Page.
This event would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of the
following 19 Hi Vis Hero’s: Roger Matthews, Gary Brenton, Rachel Collins, Sara Jane Crozier, Jeremy Goddard, Jo Loten, Neil Hayes, Harriet Clements, Brian Marjoram, Sarah Palk, Sandra Palk, Mark Tidball, Jasmin Comley, Craig Searle, Sharon Nelson, Gary Adderley, Jamie Roberts, Tracey Roberts, Sam Healey.
If you would like to volunteer simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Torbay Velopark parkrun for making all so welcome.