Warwick Racecourse parkrun is cancelled on 24 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

#20 Last one for a while?!

Given the current situation with Coronavirus it was good to see that numbers were only slightly lower than last week – 359 this week compared to 383 last week. I was slightly surprised about this in light of the recent and on-going stockpiling of toilet rolls, etc as I thought that people might be scouring the local supermarkets for them instead of coming to parkrun – but clearly parkrunners are more keen on certain types of runs!
This was the 20th Warwick Racecourse parkrun and in 2020 so of note are the following 20s:
20th place – Craig Bower of Leamington C and AC – 19:47
120th place – Ben Howat of Spa Striders RC – 25.37
220th place – Andy Snow of Kenilworth Runners – 29.52
320th place – Ellie Walsh – 36.54
Well done all for getting a 20th placing! Well done also to Ian Allen of Spa Striders RC who set a new course record of 15.31 taking over from Callum Hanlon - 15:45 - Event 15 (25/01/20) – congratulations Ian!

As usual it was lovely to see a whole range of people running, jogging, walking or doing a combination, this time in decent weather. One of the things I noticed is that some people didn't really hear the briefing as they were talking to others and ignoring the “quiet” signs. Whilst it's good to see people chatting and connecting, which is also important for wellbeing, it's important that people hear the briefing - parkrun really is an inclusive event!

This was my first time volunteering as I had been continuing running following the parkruns as part of my training for the Warwick Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago (my very first half marathon!). This week I walked so I could take in more of the action to inform this report and walking gave me a different perspective on parkrun – I walked with Jonathon and his dog, Suzie, who I knew a little from the Chase Meadow Walking for Health group and from Leycester House Care Home. I had a good chat with Jonathon and got to know him better, and I would recommend runners walk sometimes to experience this different view of parkrun.

I notice from the results that this week we had at least 7 people from Walking for Health doing parkrun (for those of you who haven't yet registered with parkrun as being from Walking for Health don't forget to do this!). As a volunteer walk leader for the Chase Meadow I have no regrets in promoting Walking for Health Groups here! On Chase Meadow the groups walk on Tuesdays – 11-12 from the Community Centre and 7-8 from the Unicorn pub. Our groups are friendly and fun! Find out more, including information about other groups at www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/

I will be volunteering again in the future, especially as I noticed last week that you can run and volunteer on the same day, if you pick the appropriate role. Thank you to all the volunteers who make parkrun happen week after week – you are awesome!

It may be that there is no parkrun next week and for some weeks after that (I hope not, as I'll miss it!) but whatever happens I hope you stay as safe as you can. I suppose if it's cancelled it gives us more time to scour the shops for toilet rolls, etc!

Warwick Racecourse parkrun
Event number 20
14th March 2020

This week 360 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 104 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Peter BRYAN • Kathryn RATTRAY • Deborah CHRISTMAS • Rob SMART • Roger THETFORD • Amanda PARSONS • Ben PARSONS • Michelle HUTTON • Seren HARTWRIGHT • Abi MORTON • Helen BAKER • Cerys HARTWRIGHT • Billy MORTON • Amanda HODGES • Catherine TAYLOR • Anne LOVE • Helen VENN • Paul ELWELL • Richard CLARKE • Vicki HARDING • Isla MORTON • Neesha MEMETOVIC-BYE • Sebastian CLARKE • Tony LOVE • Henry Graham LONGLEY • Karen MITCHELL • Jane WRIGHT • Thomas WERREN • Steve PEATFIELD

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

The female record is held by Georgie CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 18:14 on 26th October 2019 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Ian ALLEN who recorded a time of 15:31 on 14th March 2020 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.65% (19:56) on 29th February 2020 (event number 18).

Warwick Racecourse parkrun started on 28th September 2019. Since then 2,827 participants have completed 6,359 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,795 km, including 1,197 new Personal Bests. A total of 210 individuals have volunteered 540 times.

 

#19 International Women’s Day

Saturday's parkrun was celebrating International Women's Day, so this report is dedicated to some of the great women who take part in parkrun. First off, special thanks to Karen Mitchell, a regular parkrun volunteer who also encourages many walkers from her walking group, Walking for Health, to run, jog or walk parkrun to stay active. Another dedicated female parkrunner is Rosemary Egbe who travels across the UK every Saturday and has already participated at 385 different parkrun venues, with almost 500 parkruns overall.
10Karen, today's Tail Walker
18Amanda, Run Director

Congratulations to all of Saturday's runners who earned a personal best including Susan Jacobs with the most significant female PB as she knocked off a massive 4 and a half minutes from her previous PB.

Thanks to all the volunteers, female or otherwise, see you next Saturday.

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Here are this week's stats:

 

Warwick Racecourse parkrun
Event number 19
7th March 2020

This week 383 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 103 were first timers and 97 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Steven Christopher ATHERTON • Helene WRIGHT • Martin CABLE • Amanda PARSONS • Ben PARSONS • Seren HARTWRIGHT • Victoria BARTHOLOMEW • Abi MORTON • Paul MORETON-SMITH • Helen BAKER • Lucy WALTON • Susie BRYANT • Richard TOMLINSON • Billy MORTON • Joanna BESSANT • Neil WORSNOP • Gareth BROWN • Emily DRUMMOND-DUNN • Michael PUGH • Paul MARTIN • Helen VENN • Colin LITTLEWOOD • Sheral RUSSELL • Catherine MORGAN • Isla MORTON • Neesha MEMETOVIC-BYE • Daniel PICARIELLO • Tony LOVE • Sarah HANDS • Karen MITCHELL • Archie MCCUNN • Suzie ORCHARD • Val SYLVESTER • Freya HANDS

 

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

 

The female record is held by Georgie CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 18:14 on 26th October 2019 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Callum HANLON who recorded a time of 15:45 on 25th January 2020 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.65% (19:56) on 29th February 2020 (event number 18).

 

Warwick Racecourse parkrun started on 28th September 2019. Since then 2,723 participants have completed 5,999 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,995 km, including 1,109 new Personal Bests. A total of 202 individuals have volunteered 511 times.

 

 

#18 Volunteers in the Pink

Saturday's parkrun was full of surprises we were pleased to see that the volunteers had all picked up their new vests and were looking pretty in pink. Although the day started off fine about a minute into the run the wind picked up and rain started coming at us sideways which in turn lead to about 50 people turning around and going back. The horrible weather did mean that unfortunately no course record was set but the runners did get greeted with a bit of sunshine before they crossed the finish line. 

Warwick Racecourse parkrun
Event number 18
29th February 2020

This week 324 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 91 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Rosemary YOUNG • David MCCUNN • Ian SHREEVE • Kathryn RATTRAY • Roz COX • Steven Christopher ATHERTON • Helene WRIGHT • Martin CABLE • Michelle HUTTON • Royston YOUNG • Seren HARTWRIGHT • Abi MORTON • Susan MORTON • Helen PUGH • Catherine TAYLOR • Anne LOVE • Claire WESTROPE • Helen VENN • Colin LITTLEWOOD • Elaine CANTWELL • Paul ELWELL • Clare BURGUM • Rupert GRIFFITHS • Donald PRESTON • Tony LOVE • Ben PADDOCK • Karen MITCHELL • Archie MCCUNN

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

The female record is held by Georgie CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 18:14 on 26th October 2019 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Callum HANLON who recorded a time of 15:45 on 25th January 2020 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Monica WILLIAMSON who recorded 94.65% (19:56) on 29th February 2020 (event number 18).

Warwick Racecourse parkrun started on 28th September 2019. Since then 2,620 participants have completed 5,616 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,080 km, including 1,012 new Personal Bests. A total of 193 individuals have volunteered 476 times.

 

#17 WR parkrun 1 Storm Dennis 0

Congratulations to the 280 people who braved the high winds and driving rain this morning, brought in by storm Dennis. The weather made for a challenging course with no course records set today. Our fastest participant crossed the line in a very respectable time of 18 mins. We had loads of our 4 legged friends joining our participants today, what better way to exercise!!

Our thanks go again to our crew of volunteers who braved the elements. They certainly earned the piping hot drink at the end of today’s session. No parkrun next week see you on the 29th February.

And now for the stats...

Warwick Racecourse parkrun
Event number 17
15th February 2020

This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Ben HOWAT • Royston YOUNG • Kathleen MCCANN • Abi MORTON • Lucy WALTON • Jill CHRISTLEY • Susie BRYANT • Gavin PERFECT • Bridget BERESFORD • Brad MILES • Helen PUGH • Catherine TAYLOR • Kieran HUGHES • Anne LOVE • Michael PUGH • Helen VENN • Paul ELWELL • Clare BURGUM • Rupert GRIFFITHS • Ella VENN • Paul THORNTON • Henry Graham LONGLEY • Karen MITCHELL • Archie MCCUNN • Thomas WERREN

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

The female record is held by Georgie CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 18:14 on 26th October 2019 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Callum HANLON who recorded a time of 15:45 on 25th January 2020 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane KIDD who recorded 89.06% (22:06) on 26th October 2019 (event number 4).

Warwick Racecourse parkrun started on 28th September 2019. Since then 2,529 participants have completed 5,292 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,460 km, including 970 new Personal Bests. A total of 187 individuals have volunteered 448 times.

 

#16 A gentle breeze…

The racecourse showed its true colors this morning, brilliant blue skies, a pleasant 6-8°C on the thermometer and the promise of a light breeze, ha more like an eye watering, finger numbing headwind or a speed inducing tail wind. It seems it was more of the later, as 114 recorded PB's this morning including 11 of those in the ever growing walking section who finish after the 40 minute mark, I even overheard one of them talking about nearly jogging she was going so fast

The start sign blew down flat before we even started so here is a picture of it at 8.15 upright#1601

So a near record 474 souls enjoyed the morning canter around the course, no giving up those new year resolutions yet then. Here are a few, starting to  go up the hill as their  fellow parkrunners pass them on the return leg.#1603

Its not always busy some parts of the course are like this#1602

One last note to say we are making way for the horses on the 8th, so go out and enjoy the other local parkruns at Leamington, Stratford, Rugby, Coventry or Brueton park Solihull.

See you back here on the 15th

 

 

 

Event number 16
1st February 2020

This week 474 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 151 were first timers and 114 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Adam ROBERTSON • James HARTWRIGHT • Steven Christopher ATHERTON • David PRICE • Martin CABLE • Seren HARTWRIGHT • Victoria BARTHOLOMEW • Abi MORTON • Gillian RICHARDSON • Iain JOHNSON • Bridget BERESFORD • Catherine TAYLOR • Claire JONES • Kathleen HEALY • Sophie ROBERTSON • Anne LOVE • Malissa WEATHERBY • Helen VENN • Paul ELWELL • Neesha MEMETOVIC-BYE • Henry Graham LONGLEY • Karen MITCHELL • Camille SETHI • Archie MCCUNN • Thomas WERREN • Zani FRANKLIN • Val SYLVESTER

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

The female record is held by Georgie CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 18:14 on 26th October 2019 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Callum HANLON who recorded a time of 15:45 on 25th January 2020 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane KIDD who recorded 89.06% (22:06) on 26th October 2019 (event number 4).

Warwick Racecourse parkrun started on 28th September 2019. Since then 2,445 participants have completed 5,018 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,090 km, including 918 new Personal Bests. A total of 178 individuals have volunteered 422 times.

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