Event number 51
7th March 2020

#This Girl Can #International Women’s Day Celebration

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We welcomed 54 runners, jogger, and walkers today.

Congratulations to our very first timers at parkrun, and all of our visitors, including from Daventry, Rugby, Milton Keynes and Southampton.

Leading the way to the finish line was Andrew Rosewell (20:09), David Down (20:59) and Andrew Lambeth (21:24, a PB). Our first lady across the finish line was Sarah Fountain (22:41). Well done to you all.

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Along with Andrew Lambeth, we had 7 other PBS today. Congratulations to: Sue Feasey, Isobel Lohan, Jeannie Mo, Alannah Lambeth, Chris Moysen, David Townsend and our very own Hannah St. Ledger-Harris.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

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Christopher MIDDLETON • Hannah ST LEGER-HARRIS • Stephen NOBLE • Rhianne CONNOR • Glenn CONNOR • Anna HARRINGTON • Lorayne MACFARLANE • Robert MACFARLANE • Alex DONALDSON • Rhea LAIGHT • Celia PICKIN • Elaine COWLEY • Lilian SHIELDS • Bob FEASEY

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

The female record is held by Melanie WOOD who recorded a time of 20:04 on 16th February 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Jonny REEP who recorded a time of 17:13 on 6th July 2019 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy GREEN who recorded 83.44% (18:25) on 24th August 2019 (event number 28).

Watermeadows parkrun started on 16th February 2019. Since then 1,999 participants have completed 4,728 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,640 km, including 914 new Personal Bests. A total of 258 individuals have volunteered 972 times.

 

International Women’s Day (IWD) @parkrun – 7th March 2020

Research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men 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.

IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world.

This does not mean men will not be welcome. Of course they will be able to participate in parkrun on this day; everyone is always welcome to participate at parkrun! And in case you were wondering, International Men's Day is in November, on the 19th to be precise.

 

We will have special "This Girl Can" selfie frames and flags on the day and would encourage as many women as possible to come along and join in.

Bring your mother, your sister, your niece, your daughter, your grandmother, your best female friend especially if they've talked about doing parkrun but have been nervous about it! This is the perfect opportunity to convert them and maybe gain a new running buddy! So come along, dress in pink or purple (if you want).

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EVENT CANCELLED TODAY

The course has been checked this morning. It is waterlogged and unsafe to run on.

Our anniversary celebrations will de deferred to next week

 

Happy Birthday Watermeadows!

On Saturday 15th of February 2020, Watermeadows Towcester will be celebrating its 1st birthday!

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Please come a celebrate with us, usual time, usual place.

You can run, jog or walk with us, or sign up to volunteer. Everyone is welcome.

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There will be cake to enjoy too

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Watermeadows Core Team

 

New Years Day 202

Hopefully you are excited as we are about doing parkrun on New Years day. We are partnering with Daventry to allow people to "do a double" with ours at 9am and Daventry at 10:30. Come dressed from the night before or still in PJs we don't care as long as you are safe and ready for fun.

 


Watermeadows parkrun  #32 Run Report – by Richard Lewis

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It’s funny how quickly a quiet place can seem quite noisy. On this lovely, still, sunny last morning of the summer at times there seemed to be very little noise other than the welcome encouragements of the marshals and the odd huff and puff from me and some of my fellow runners. However, when the wind was in the right direction you could hear the distant roar of many Ferrari 488 engines at Silverstone for the Ferrari Challenge UK sounding much closer than 4 miles away. Thenthe bells of St Lawrence church started their three hourmarathon peel to welcome the Rev Paula Challen as the new rector. As the run went on more people started to chat, and the early finishers joined in with the volunteers and supporters at the finish to cheer the rest of the runners on. It seemed a hive of activity and sound by the time I finished! Nobody claimed any landmark runs, so I’m going to pretend that my 123rdparkrun is some kind of milestone (123 t-shirt in the post!). Coincidentally, there were 123 runners, the fastest of which were Rowan Temple with a time of 18.44 and Jessica Rush with 20.54. There were 7 first timers, 13 juniors, a couple of dogs and one speedy passenger in a pushchair. Locally touristscame from Milton Keynes, Northampton, Coventry and Linford Woods, and from further afield Glamorgan and County Durham were also represented with runners from Barry Island and Sedgefield.

If you would like to join the volunteers in future weeks then please follow the volunteer link on the website or email :watermeadowshelpers@parkrun.com

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The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Steve DICKS • Alan WEBB • Brian KEERS • Ciaragh HUBERT • Janet MOIR • Rhianne CONNOR • Richard LEWIS • Glenn CONNOR • Lorayne MACFARLANE • Robert MACFARLANE • Angus GRAY • Alex LOHMAN • Rhea LAIGHT • Celia PICKIN • Daniel GREGORY • Joanne ALLUM

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

The female record is held by Melanie WOOD who recorded a time of 20:04 on 16th February 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Jonny REEP who recorded a time of 17:13 on 6th July 2019 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andy GREEN who recorded 83.44% (18:25) on 24th August 2019 (event number 28).

Watermeadows parkrun started on 16th February 2019. Since then 1,688 participants have completed 3,605 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,025 km, including 773 new Personal Bests. A total of 201 individuals have volunteered 633 times.

 

Event 22 Report by Richard Lewis

It was another warm day, however with plenty of cloud cover the conditions were good for running.  It was hard to predict how many might have turned up or stayed away because of the Grand Prix, but with visitors from Swindon, Southampton, Portrush and Brittany we had a quite normal number of 105, 24 of which (including me!) had a course record and 49 were first timers.

Congratulation to Rowan Temple, who was delighted with his time of 18:29, not because it was a PB, but because it was his first ever first! Congratulations also to Helen Heley with her time of 20:37.

Reactions to the speed of this course are quite ‘marmite’ (in the words of our run director!). Some love the flatness and praise its speed, whilst others feel that the nature of the route around the field slows them down. Either way the feel of the countryside seems to be appreciated. I always enjoy looking for birds of prey or egrets, although the kingfishers seem to stay well hidden with 105 people bounding round.

Again the friendliness of the marshals was commented on, as well as their humour. Amongst quotes like ‘remember to breathe’ and ‘keep putting one foot in front of the other’ I think my favourite quote was ‘remember you’re supposed to be having fun!’

If you feel like joining them in future weeks then please follow the volunteer link on the website or email:watermeadowshelpers@parkrun.com. Many thanks also to those kind souls who rescued and returned visitors from their campsites at Silverstone. I suspect 18:29 won’t be the fastest 5k they see this weekend!

This week 105 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Brian KEERS • Abby HAWKINS • Linda KNOX • Stephen NOBLE • Richard LEWIS • Julia BROWN • Lorayne MACFARLANE • Robert MACFARLANE • Toby HELEY • Rosemary HELEY • Aly KING-SMITH • Andrew CLANCY • Celia PICKIN • Peter MCALLISTER • Nicola ODWELL • Emily ODWELL

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

The female record is held by Melanie WOOD who recorded a time of 20:04 on 16th February 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Jonny REEP who recorded a time of 17:13 on 6th July 2019 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by Kenny LOWIES who recorded 83.16% (18:01) on 6th April 2019 (event number 8).

Watermeadows parkrun started on 16th February 2019. Since then 1,346 participants have completed 2,620 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,100 km, including 557 new Personal Bests. A total of 162 individuals have volunteered 466 times.

 

Run Report – Watermeadows event #20 29th June 2019

A beautiful summer’s day but wow, it was a scorcher! We certainly needed sun block, hats and water this week. When we said we were going to run in Towcester this week I didn’t realise it would feel like I’d been grilled in a toaster! It was hot, hot, hot, but lovely! Run Director Hannah welcomed us when we arrived and Lorayne did the first timers’ briefing so we all knew where to go and what the course was like.

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There were tourists at Watermeadows from a number of different locations this week including Linford Wood, Kettering, Epsom, Braintree, Conkers, Southampton, Wimbledon and Lincoln (us!). Liz was running for the first time at Watermeadows having been involved in volunteering here since the start. There were representatives of 11 different clubs taking part.

 

19 volunteers gave their time to make Watermeadows parkrun a huge success this week. Thank you very much for encouraging us, cheering us on and keeping us safe especially as it was so hot out on the course! The barcode scanners did manage to grab some shade under the trees. Please do volunteer for a future event as it is great fun and a way to see parkrun from a different perspective.

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This week 95 people ran, jogged and walked the course in the sunshine. Very well done to everyone. Congratulations to the 17 runners who recorded new personal bests this week - a real achievement in that heat. There were 24 people running at Watermeadows for the first time of whom 6 were running their very first parkrun – brilliant!

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Watermeadows is lovely flat course on land which was once part of the Easton Neston estate. After running along the edge of the River Tove we headed back along the mill stream past the old watermill and Bury Mount, the remains of a motte and bailey castle. We got to enjoy all this four times. In the distance you can see the buildings of the racecourse up on the hill. After the run we headed for breakfast in Warrens Bakery.

[RD note: Warrens Bakery have kindly offered a 10% discount after parkrun on production of your parkrun barcode]

 

We (John and I) came to Watermeadows parkrun as part of our East Midlands challenge. We’ve now done 25 out of the 39 parkruns in the region. We’re hoping to get to a few more East Midlands locations over the summer so some of you might see us again at other local parkruns. Many thanks for making us so welcome at Watermeadows.

Thanks for reading. Lovely to meet you all this weekend. Enjoy parkrun. Helen

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Watermeadows event #20 was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Christopher ST LEGER-HARRIS • Stephanie SPENCER • Joseph SPENCER • Michael SPENCER • Christopher MIDDLETON • Hannah ST LEGER-HARRIS • Stephen SERJEANT • Helen SEGEBARTH • Alastair SHED • Anna HARRINGTON • Andrew ROSEWELL • Lorayne MACFARLANE • Isaac ST LEGER-HARRIS • Karen TEAGO • Felicity ST LEGER-HARRIS • Denise JAMES • Martin BOURNE • Lydia TEE • Peter MCALLISTER

 

Event 14 Saturday 15th May

A great field of 106 runners, joggers and walkers turned out today to join us at Watermeadows, Towcester. Visitors came from all over, including St. Albans and according to the results page, I see we had runners from clubs including Chorley Athletics club and Oxford Tri, Hertfordshire and Leighton Buzzard to name but a few of the 23 different clubs that were here today.

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Initially had no milestones to report today, but since the results were published, Vilma Pedley has realised, on her first time at Watermeadows, that it was her 25th run. Congratulations Vilma!

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Including Vilma, we had 48 first timers and 20 of you recorded new Personal Bests! Congratulations guys, great job!

The weather held out for us today, a little bit of dampness on the course from overnight rain made some parts slightly slippery but this week no slips or slides were recorded. The ground has hardened up now so the going is generally firm. During the week the grass had been cut, a slightly wider path than usual, and the meadow grasses are getting taller. It’s a beautiful scene to look out at. We hope you like it too.

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We also welcomed a group of parkrun ambassadors today. I hope you  enjoyed our course and we hope you will have a chance to visit again soon.

Watermeadows Ambassador, Brian, in the red shirt.

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A massive thank you goes out to our volunteers for this week:

Paul HOLMES • Christelle BARNES • Stephen NOBLE • Julie LONG • Sally STEPHENS • Anna HARRINGTON • Caroline JARDINE • Nik EDWARDS • Lorayne MACFARLANE • Robert MACFARLANE • Toby HELEY • Teresa LOHMAN • Alex LOHMAN • Alex DONALDSON • Vicky MELLUISH • Joanna GREGORY • Daniel GREGORY

Until next week, folks....

Lorayne MacFarlane

RD 15th May 2019

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

The female record is held by Melanie WOOD who recorded a time of 20:04 on 16th February 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Vj PRATLEY who recorded a time of 17:22 on 2nd March 2019 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Kenny LOWIES who recorded 83.16% (18:01) on 6th April 2019 (event number 8).

Watermeadows parkrun started on 16th February 2019. Since then 1,046 participants have completed 1,788 parkruns covering a total distance of 8,940 km, including 376 new Personal Bests. A total of 127 individuals have volunteered 310 times.

 

Watermeadows 11th Event

What a windy start to the 11th event at Watermeadows! Reports from our wonderful runners were of stiff breezes from every direction, and it would seem, rather relentless. It didn’t put them off though, all 87 completing the course. Our lead runner was quite ahead of the field, closely followed by his human in tow! Ronin was loving every minute of the course and Chris, his co-runner, has assured us that they will be returning to run here again. We look forward to seeing you both.

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This week 31 people were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations to all of you! Representatives of 10 different clubs took part and we had tourists from Kettering. Trudi, Dave (and pooch, Chaz) said how much they enjoyed the course. They now can claim their W parkrun for their Alphabet Tourism, with only a few to complete their challenge. Well done guys!

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We must thank our 25 wonderful volunteers, without whom this event cannot take place!

Christopher ST LEGER-HARRIS • Mark CONWAY • Brian KEERS • John FOWLER • Jude FAULKNER • Bob KELLAM • Grace ROGERS • Hannah ST LEGER-HARRIS • Trevor BARNES • Stephen NOBLE • Anna HARRINGTON • Huw HARRINGTON • Caroline JARDINE • Lorayne MACFARLANE • Isaac ST LEGER-HARRIS • Toby HELEY • Rosemary HELEY • Seraphina KELLAM • Angus GRAY • Teresa LOHMAN • Alex LOHMAN • Adam SAVORY • Juliet HANSON • Felicity ST LEGER-HARRIS • Denise JAMES

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

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