Weymouth parkrun #352 – 25th September 2021

This weeks run report is written by Corrinna, who walked from Exmouth to Weymouth (more on that in the report).  Thank you very much, it is always lovely to have run reports written by our runners, regular, first timers or tourists.

 

I inadvertently volunteered to be run report writer which I’ve never been before so here goes nothing...

352 parkrunners on parkrun number 352 - can’t help feeling happy we contributed to that, surely very rare, fact

We started walking the Jurassic coast path on Monday from Exmouth, always with the intention of park running in Weymouth by Saturday.
Weymouth was my childhood holiday place, we’d get a coach from Leicester (my hometown) and arrive at the bus station with a bumpy slide. The nostalgia at seeing the same or (more likely) updated version of that bumpy slide at the start of your parkrun was fairly intense.

Holiday time in Weymouth (1) Holiday time in Weymouth (2)

 

After walking further than I’ve ever walked to a parkrun (59 miles roughly and 15.5 miles on Friday, we arrived earlier than I’ve ever been to one before (111 parkrun’s at 27 locations). The toilets were all locked at 7am and to be honest still weren’t all open at 8:47am when a fairly large queue had formed, we need more council employees to be parkrunners I heard a lady say and I concur.

 

The weather had been glorious all week and rain was forecast but it was actually dry, muggy and incredibly warm.

 

I’d emailed Weymouth Parkrun and was heartened to receive a reply from run director Chris who then announced that a couple from Shropshire had walked from Exmouth and a few replies were “hope they didn’t forget their barcodes, it’s a long walk back, jokes only the parkrun family understand.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the warm up act, a very positive gentleman who got us all clapping and singing ‘Sunday Monday Happy Days Tuesday Wednesday Happy Days Thursday Friday Happy Days Saturday, Parkrun Day Rocking all week for you...’
(These happy days are yours and mine, la la la la).  He advised us all to stay happy all week until our next parkrun (probably not verbatim) a concept which certainly ought to catch on.

I can’t tell you if the route was the usual one but it was a small loop followed by an out and back, all lovely and flat, good terrain, and only one post which needed the ‘POST, PASS IT ON’ shout out. More than half of us got to see and cheer on the fast ones going the other way, in contrast they didn’t appear to notice us at all, just dogged determination on their faces.

 

I for one enjoyed being cheered or clapped or tambourined or something noisy by Pineapple man at the point at which we turned around and it felt great knowing I was past halfway.  I tried to thank all of the marshals as we genuinely couldn’t do parkrun without them, they’re utterly amazing and I can’t thank them enough, sincerely. They really are the true parkrun heroes.

Corrinna and Dan

Weymouth you didn’t disappoint. Not that I ever thought you would. Parkrun might quite possibly be my favourite institution.

All hail parkrun.
Remember to volunteer.
Thank you marshals.
Grateful thanks,
Corrinna Silver and Dan Fairbank
And this...  Not all those who wander are lost - there just might be a fuel crisis going on.

 

Weymouth parkrun #351 – 18th September 2021

This week saw Weymouth parkrun use its alternative summer course due to the IRONMAN 70.3 which is due to take place tomorrow (19th), and it utilising a large proportion of the carpark.  A upshot of this was an influx of tourist runners, but more on that later.

The route starts near to the entrance to the (crazy?) Golf Course inside of Lodmoor Country Park.  After a few teething issues with the megaphone (which did seem to quieten everyone down nicely), Kathy (RD, and co-ED) briefed the runners in a quick and concise fashion, leaving just enough time to offer congratulations to Groom to be George who was running with us.

Runners as far as the eye can see

Runners as far as the eye can see

 

At 0900 we were all released, and after a quick lap of the park we soon ran past the alternative finish area, set off to the left of the main path through the park.  Many of the fantastic hi-vis heroes were there offering encouragement!

Timing time and encouragement gang

Timing team and encouragement gang

 

While we were running the scanning team received their final briefing from Chris, our expert in all things related to the Finish Area

Scanner briefing from the Time Lord

Scanner briefing from the Time Lord

 

George Peters, pictured below knows that the best start to married life is a quick parkrun before the ceremony.  From all of us at Weymouth parkrun we wish you both the very best for the future.

George Peters knows how to start off married life!

George Peters knows how to start off married life!

A comprehensive set of photos can be found in two albums thanks to Ken Hewitt PhotographyAlbum 1 and Album 2

Once the last finisher was in, the results were quick processed from the back of my car, while I also handing our volunteer packs!  On a results perspective, we had one runner cross the line twice, and either a mystery runner who evaded both timers or a missing position token (the former sounds more fun, but more likely the latter!)

Results Processing on the fly!

Results Processing on the fly!

 

Now onto the stats!

Weymouth results #351

Weymouth results #351

 

Today's parkrun was enabled by 40 of our amazing volunteers (many of which carried out several different roles) - thanks to every one of you :-)  We welcomed 391 runners to Weymouth and Lodmoor Country park.  Out of these runners, 99 were first-timers - I wonder how many of those are going on to complete in IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth on Sunday?  Meanwhile for those who have run with us at least one before 51 new PBs were smashed out - the sunshine must have helped!

Our first finisher was Alex Wilkins, a first timer to Weymouth with a speedy time of 16:32, and first lady was Maddy Herbert with a time of 21:18.  The full set of results for run 351 can be seen here.

We'll be back to our normal course next week, unless anything unexpected happens in the mean time!  Finally: good luck to all of those competing tomorrow, we hope you enjoyed the warmup event!

Matt (RP & Report Writer)

 

 

 

Run report – Sat 4 Sept, run 349

Weymouth parkrun celebrated their 8th anniversary on bank holiday weekend with a food bank collection and the highest attendance since the break. Fast forward a week and we weren’t expecting anything special from run 349. Summer holidays were nearly over so no record breaking crowds. We were however treated to two awesome achievements.
Christopher Peck secured the first finisher but second place went to Wells City Harrier runner Lilly Hawkins who on her second visit to Weymouth smashed her pb and also broke the womens course record with a very impressive 17:08. Huge well done Lilly.
We also welcomed Alan Hackett our first wheelchair participant who smashed his 5k time by an impressive 6 minutes. Well done Alan, hope you enjoyed your visit to Weymouth.

wheelchair

This week 413 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Alex James WARD • Andrew SCOWCROFT • Jane TAYLOR • Matthew AMES • Katherine DAVIS • Colin GOSS • Bill HICKS • Phil HADDRELL • Thomas DAVISON • Alison WALKER • Beccy CARDIFF • Norma SMART • Liz ELLIOTT • Jackie TOMLIN • Steve PULLAN • Norman WHITE • Mike ASKEW • Chris BURT • Robbie MORGAN • Alison MOORE • Sarah ASKEW • Ruth DAY • Claire MAY • Rob COPPIN • Elaine EVERSON • Sarah MIDDLEBROOK • Michael MCDOWELL • Fiona PAWSEY • Sherrill BATTY • Rachel ABEL • Paul BURROWS • Mark STOCKMAN • Karen PERRETT • Chris PERRETT • Richard FRANCIS • Ken HEWITT • Kelly TUPLIN • Matthew JACKSON • Pete STRICKLAND • Julie BUCKERFIELD • Oliver THOMPSON • Elaine JACKSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Weymouth parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Phil WICKS who recorded a time of 14:47 on 15th April 2017 (event number 190).
The female record is held by Lilly HAWKINS who recorded a time of 17:08 on 4th September 2021 (event number 349).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lone KRYGER who recorded 92.71% (20:21) on 22nd April 2017 (event number 191).
Weymouth parkrun started on 31st August 2013. Since then 14,325 participants have completed 96,552 parkruns covering a total distance of 482,760 km, including 15,488 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,119 individuals have volunteered 10,427 times.

 

Weymouth parkrun 8th anniversary – Foodbank collection

To celebrate our 8th anniversary we are having a collection for Weymouth Foodbank.    If you can bring any of the following items along on Saturday (28th) and leave them on the table by the shed that would be amazing:

  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
  • Lentils, beans and pulses
  • Tinned meat
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea/coffee
  • Tinned fruit
  • Biscuits
  • UHT milk
  • Fruit juice

Weymouth parkrun brings much running and exercising pleasure to the local community through our team of amazing volunteers so it would be great if we could help to support those who may be temporarily less well off than we are day to day.  Any amount of help is very much appreciated by the Foodbank team.

Weymouth Foodbank's policy is:

We don’t think that anybody in our community should have to face going hungry.  That’s why we provide 3 days nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people.

 

If you can't make parkrun on Saturday, then you can always make a donation directly to the Foodbank

Weymouth Foodbank (The Hub) (For donations only)
20-22 Albany Road
Granby Industrial Estate
Weymouth
DT4 9TH

Opening Times
Tuesday and Friday
10.30 am to 12.30pm

 

foodbank-poster

 

 

Run report – Run 346 14 August 2021

Many thanks to James Fuller for this weeks run report. Enjoy :)

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2021 Spot the missing gap. I last run the Weymouth parkrun on Christmas Day 2019 along the promenade route. Halleluiah parkrun is back and back with a bang!

So, with great pleasure at 9 am there were clouds to cool the 440 runners and keep the August sun off us so we could continue our Saturday morning Groundhog Day routine. After the false dawns of restart dates, more lockdowns than a POW camp and more government rules than a remand school we can simply go out and run... In a year and 4 months of no parkruns, I kept on thinking of all the park runners who had got to 49 or 99 or 249 parkruns, would they survive the purge and get their red, black or green shirts?

I live mid-way between Poole Park and Kings Park (Poole and Bournemouth parkruns) and cycling distance from Upton House Parkrun, so ran these since parkruns were reintroduced. All three now have new routes mainly to keep runners apart at the start and finishes. But Weymouth is still the wood circle up to the pineapple monument and down hill to the finish. I like the course as it is away from roads and has parking. You can see and count the number of runners ahead of you and sympathise with the runners behind you. To get there I cycled to Wareham and drove the rest (work that out!).

Top male was Sam Robins, from Egdon Heath Harriers in a swift 16.34 category 30-34. Top female was fleet of foot Lucy Sharpe in 20.49 also in 30-34 category. Top Junior Boy 16-18 in 18.06 Jamie Barrington and Top Junior Girl Beth Murray Coventry Godiva in 23.31 category 11-14. Keep on improving and we will see you at the Paris Olympics! Top Gent over 60 was Simon Haytor from Portland in a cool 21.15 and Top Lady over 60 Ruth Kirkby a good 27.38. Congratulations to all who finished especially anyone with a p.b. or s.b.

As for me I was 2 1/2 minutes slower than my last Weymouth PR. All my four return parkuns have been my personal worsts!! I have only been this slow when my alarm did not go off and I turned up late and the time I had to go back for my name token and I was late starting. Have the routes, been lengthened to 5.2km or am I just getting slower, heavier and more prone to injuries?

Thanks to all the marshals, deputies, sheriffs, volunteers, supporters and run director. It is appreciated.

It could be your turn to volunteer next week. Your parkrun needs you! Don’t be shy.

James S. Fuller

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