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.