(not)parkrun – Record Breakers!

Where to start? What a surprise, pleasure, privilege it is to be able to write a (not) parkrun run report in the week Witney smashes the world records for both number of (not) parkrun’s run, walked or jogged and also the number of participants.

And, we should never get tired of saying, but it’s all because of the community that we’ve built together.  And we should never take it for granted, and never stop nurturing it. It’s the people things. If anything, maybe the last seven months without Witney parkrun have shown us that the actual 5km are the least important part of parkrun. You know, those 5km that you’ve looked forward to through the week, maybe felt a teeny bit anxious about, possibly cruised through, probably grimaced and dug deep for - and then, only then, smiled the satisfaction, started the weekend.

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Why? Because we’ve shown, typified by this past month of extraordinary exhortations of our Crabby, and the even more astounding response from the hundreds - hundreds! - registering (not) parkruns, that we’ve created a truly special community. And surely, aren’t the friendships forged, rekindled, nourished; the support we give to each other, aren’t they more important than the actual 5km?

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Three years ago I walked the course for the first time with a determined, enthusiastic, dedicated bunch of dreamers - keen to bring parkrun to Witney but not sure how or where or when or if anyone would come... and if they did where would they park and what if it was flooded and what if the council said no and a million other what ifs and potential reasons why not.

That core group carefully worked through the what ifs and why nots and delivered for the rest of us, encouraged us, applauded us and in turn, in time, together we’ve built our special table topping community.

And really, again, does your time on the 5km actually matter? That muddy corner or slopes in the wood or first buds in spring. Maybe yes or maybe no, but what matters for me are ‘not on my watch’, ‘mind the wire’, ditch dancers, bubble blowing, volunteers, friends. The people things. And for me, those people things on our last parkrun before more floods, before the virus on 8th February.  The previous day, the parkrun team, along with other community pillars Libfest and Witney Music Festival, came together to support my son Patrick’s Memorial Service. An unforgettable, immensely appreciated, very definite people thing.

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So too right, Martin is spot on talking about what makes Witney parkrun special on the Free Weekly Timed podcast - it’s all of us and what we can give to each other - whether we’re running, jogging, walking through our gorgeous tree lined avenues or as it turns out, not.

Reflecting on that journey over three years, did any of that cheerily optimistic team trudging the proposed course three sunny Septembers ago envisage this? That such a special community could be built?  Possibly not, and as a non runner at the time, it’s fair to say I didn’t entirely expect to be reflecting 400 runs later and as a parkrun regular.  It’s fair to say too that I couldn’t imagine running a half marathon...

But for me, the culmination of everything that parkrun has given me, will be doing just that, because organised events have been cancelled, in and around our familiar West Witney fields this coming Saturday morning in aid of SeeSaw. Along the way, I’ll be joined and supported by some familiar parkrun faces, friends, my favourite people things.

Honestly, I can’t wait.

And I guess I’ll be logging my (not) parkrun.

Run Report: Liam Walsh

 

6.9.2020 (not) parkrun Run Report by Trish Davies

I have been a supporter of parkrun for some time and when I heard about the Witney parkrun starting, I told my husband I thought it would be a good thing for him to do.  He started the couch25k programme in the early summer of 2017. And went from never doing any sport ever in all of his life to running regularly. He joined Dan’s Tuesday evening running group and I vicariously lived through him for some time. Needless to say he did his first parkrun on the 17 March 2018 and came home feeling really pleased with himself. I too, was pleased with him as it went to show what an athletic and active household we were! He started encouraging me to attend and every week I found some reason why not to but continued to enjoy my new found active lifestyle via him. We went on holiday in 2018 and spent a few days in New York and he went running in Central park and that is when I thought “I wish I could do that” and realised living vicariously was not such fun. 

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To placate him and to get myself out of bed earlier on a Saturday I volunteered to take photos for the parkrun and so on the 12 January 2019 I first took photos. Needless to say I was amazed at the atmosphere, how friendly people were and that people of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities ran and smiled at the end. That was when I started to believe if they can, I can…. I got my purple t-shirt for being a volunteer 25 times and that felt good but I wanted more.

2019 was my annus horriblis year as I was very unwell with a bacterial infection in my jaw joint and had 4 surgeries, numerous hospital admissions, 3 bouts of sepsis and 1 horrid allergic reaction to medication. I remember trying to run a park run on one occasion but to be honest was too sick and it was not the right time for me. People were lovely and only a few commented on my face which went through various forms of being swollen or having nerve damage and those who did know were always so encouraging and caring. Anyway 2019 ended and I thought great… bring on 2020 and I will run a park run as I will be better.

Oh the irony… the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 brought the rain and rain it did. So many Saturdays of disappointment and then the virus that has put paid to anyone doing much of anything for most of this year. I work for the NHS and remember thinking as we went into lock down… “you need to do something or else you are going to battle to contain  your anxiety and you need to be fitter as it felt like we were entering a battle”.

I woke up one day at the end of March and thought enough…. And started the couch25k programme with the support of the husband I had been living vicariously through for some time. Needless to say with his support I successfully completed the programme and have since then run regularly. Some runs are hard, some are good, some are okay but I always feel great after the run and that is why I continue. I have now logged 2 (not) parkruns and will continue to do so until we are able to again meet at the West Witney sports ground to again run as a group of ordinary people ending their week and/or starting the weekend with some activity and being able to say hello to those we know, meet new friends and just feel a little proud of another successful run.

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What have I learnt? Just get out there, register, join in and see where it takes you. All parkruns need volunteers and they are the backbone of the community. Become a volunteer and become part of a wonderful community organisation which will make you feel worthwhile, will keep you connected and allow you to not feel isolated. Then when you are ready and if you want become a runner you will feel physically better, your anxiety will be reduced, you will tone up, you will make friends and no matter how slow you are you will be a runner! And I promise to take a great photo of you as you finish the race.

In the meantime #runforcrabby and let’s keep at the top of the table!

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Photo Credits: Trish Davies

 

(not)parkrun round up: We would like to thank…

It's been a busy Bank Holiday Monday but it's given us chance to reflect on how awesome our Witney parkrunners were last week and we wanted to send a little Oscar-winner-worthy THANK YOU to all of you!

Firstly, 451 (not)parkruns. Simply wow. We've imagined those 451 (not)parkruns as a relay which would mean we'd have been able to visit the top 23 parkruns in last week's (not)parkrun leaderboard.

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There wasn't quite enough distance to skip over to Northern Ireland to visit Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey who were 24th last week. That also meant we didn't quite make it to our local neighbours Abingdon parkrun who were join 25th.

But we have made sure the relay took in the fabulous Brundall parkrun who are small, inspiring and exceptionally supportive (we definitely want to visit them when things are 'back'!). Take a look at our UK relay journey in these three images!

We also want to thank the 243 of you who logged your (not)parkrun last week. It's a phenomenal number and more (not)parkrunners than anyone has registered in the UK in a single week so far. You're all record breakers!

The 243 of you included 29 newly-registered parkrunners - that would be a lot of registrations in a 'normal' week so it's pretty extraordinary considering our metaphorical 'doors' are closed! We welcome each of you to the parkrun UK family and can't wait to see you at Witney as soon as parkrun returns.

It also included 95 first timers - that's to say 95 of you who haven't completed a (not)parkrun previously. As you can imagine, that's a few too many to list individually but we're hugely grateful you've put your running or walking shoes on to join us and we hope you'll continue (not)parkrunning in the coming weeks.

A whopping 58 of you also registered Personal Bests in comparison to previous weeks' (not)parkruns. We love that (not)parkrun is not only encouraging you to get out there, but maybe it's also motivating some of you to complete your 5K that little bit quicker than last time.

A special mention also goes to Adam Cardinal and Dale Johnson who logged 7 (not)parkruns - that's a minimum of 5K every day so thank you for not only getting out there, but recording your efforts online!

A couple more thank yous! Firstly, continued thanks go to our Chief Cheerleader, Mr Martin Crabb! We saw lots of efforts logged as 'Making Crabby Happy' and we know you certainly did that last week. He openly credits Witney parkrun with aiding his exceptional recovery from his hip replacement and we know he counts lots of you as friends, so he is exceptionally proud of our entire community.

Thanks too to BBC Radio Oxford for chatting to Martin on the phone last week as it no doubt caught a few people's ears and inspired some extra runs, jogs and walks.

Final thanks to the lovely Rebecca for her inspiring Cake by the Ocean (not)Run Report. You were all logging your (not)parkruns until 23:30 last night so it seems she inspired some of you to throw in a few last minute efforts.

Despite not being together in person, we are simply overjoyed at the community spirit we've witnessed during the past week. You've epitomised what parkrun is all about and you've certainly put Witney firmly on the map.

Now, it's the start of a new (not)parkrun week, don't you know...! Who's joining us?!

#loveparkrun #notparkrun

 

(not)parkrun – Cake by the Ocean

I love cake.  I think I inherited this from my grandma.  It’s what got me running in the first place.  I read that the more exercise you do, the bigger your appetite and thus I believed I would be able eat more cake.  It is also how I started running at Witney parkrun.  I had been following the couch to 5k and when I learned that Witney parkrun was celebrating its 1st birthday with cake after the run, I decided that this would be a perfect start for my first ever parkrun.  And it only got better when the cake and coffee stand later appeared every Saturday morning at Witney parkrun.  However, I always used to dread that the speedy runners would gobble all the cakes before the very hungry little people (like me!) made it to the end.

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At the end of December last year, we moved to Singapore for my Dad’s job for a couple of years.  It is always very hot and humid here as it is only 70 miles from the equator and it takes a bit of getting used to when you come from an English winter!  It was too hot for me to run at first but all the swimming in the pool ensured I could keep up my appetite for cake.

And then coronavirus came along.

Several teachers at my school caught the virus and lots of the kids at school had to go into quarantine, including me.  After 10 days of being shut up inside with my mum, I couldn’t wait to get out and run around outside.  But unfortunately Singapore went into Circuit Breaker mode (aka lockdown) before we came out.  Schools shut, pools closed, we had to wear face masks outside our home and kids were only really allowed outside to exercise.   So I restarted the Couch to 5k, slowly getting used to running in the heat and humidity.

And then disaster struck!  The Singapore Government decided that they needed more people to stay at home and closed down all manufacturing of non essential items.  To my horror, this meant that bakeries were not allowed to make and sell cakes and biscuits, no ice cream, no crisps and no sweet shops!  What were kids meant to eat now?  Vegetables???  And on top of this, flour had disappeared off the shelves as fast as toilet paper so we couldn’t make many cakes at home either!  I could see that this was going to be even worse than the time my mum decided that we would give up sugar for Lent.

By the time the bakeries were allowed to make and sell cakes again (especially my local favourite pandan cake below), I was almost at the end of the Couch to 5k programme and my appetite for cake was huge!

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Running in in the heat and humidity is tiring but I have learned to go slower.  We don’t have the infamous Witney mud to contend with when it rains; indeed we don’t run on grass because of the snakes.  Only the other week we spotted a python (below) and a cobra on our run and occasionally see a monkey who would happily relieve you of your water bottle if you’re not careful!

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And then there is the rain. When it rains here, it can sometimes rain really hard.  Our usual running route goes alongside the canal which acts as a storm drain when it rains and fills up super quick.  Surprisingly there is hardly anyone else out running when it rains even a little bit but us, even though it is cooler.

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We managed to participate in one actual parkrun in Singapore (West Coast parkrun) before everything closed down.  It was a lovely figure of 8 through the park and by the ocean but sadly there was no cake at the end.  Witney will always be our home and favourite parkrun.

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Words: Rebecca Deasy, aged 10

 

(not)parkrun – Lucas Lockdown20

This week's (not)parkrun (not)Run Report comes from Kayleigh Lucas. If you've not logged one yet, let Kayleigh be your inspiration to give it a go!

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With the prospect of lockdown approaching back in March, my mum and I made the decision that being in my small flat on Witney High Street wasn't the best place for both my mental and physical health so she came and collected me and took me back with her to Devon.

With the waterlogging at the Witney parkrun course I probably hadn't completed a 5k in a few months so Mum was keen to get me back out there. So we sat and plotted our Lucas Lockdown20 parkrun route. We completed the first one on Saturday 28th March - purposefully setting a slow pace so we could only get better!! The course was an out and back with a mammoth hill at the halfway point which sapped a lot of energy - especially on hot days with no shade. But every Saturday morning we went out and completed the course, knowing that when we got home we could have a nice breakfast (bacon and pancakes can be a good motivational tool). The only disappointment was not being able to record these as parkruns!

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After 12 weeks on the bounce I decided I needed a week off. The road had got busier and I was getting a bit bored of running the same route. We returned on the 27th June to complete our first official (not)parkrun - on an alternative route through the village - less main road, less cars, more shade! Our original route had a maximum elevation of 159m (mostly the mammoth hill!!) - our new route ... 198m.

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We set off up the hill to the village (I never decided if starting with a hill was a good or bad idea), before dropping down to complete a circular route before the descent back to home. I was always told that the hills weren't as bad if you go clockwise around the village - I don't know if it's actually true but psychologically it feels easier going that way. We'd started using Fartlek in the week to help improve my fast walking and running sections and now used this for the full 5k; 1 min at 7-8 effort followed by 2 mins at 3-4. I've found this a really good way of pacing myself, giving myself time to recover and being able to judge my own effort, slowly improving as I got fitter and healthier. The downside... the moment your friendly personal trainer says the next 1 minute fast interval is coming up as you get to the bottom of the worst hill in the village at around the 3k mark. Mum would laugh as I responded 'of course it is' before I put all my effort in to power up the hill. The only benefit was knowing that was the final climb and everything after that was either downhill or flat!!

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We hadn't plotted this route in advance, but had walked it enough times to know we were going to fall just short of 5k as we crossed back over the A30 so begrudgingly had to run past home and loop back around, picking up the home straight segments from our original parkrun.

With restrictions easing and a move to West Yorkshire in September, I'm back in Witney. Mum and I still complete our 5k at the same time each Saturday morning - the Lucas Lockdown20 Parkrun now has a Devon and Witney leg. My route here is a maximum elevation of 97m and my potential future route in Mirfield a max of 110m - I will never complain about the hills of Witney again.

So far since lockdown started in March I have run 142.26km, which for me is pretty good!

At Witney parkrun I'm known for my sprint finishes... and I can reassure you that in Devon these were no different. Since I've been back in Witney they haven't continued - I'm not sure those sat outside of Eden Cafe would appreciate it.

(not)parkrun has been a great way of getting me back out. I log a 5k most weeks (I've missed 2 since March so far) and when my motivation is lacking I walk and feel better for doing so. I may be the slowest on the Witney (not)parkrun Results page but every parkrun needs a tail walker!!

Words & photos: Kayleigh Lucas

#loveparkrun #notparkrun

 

Tail Walker’s Mission Impossible

Our regular Tail Walker, Martin Crabb, has become hooked on (not)parkrun, and of course, who can blame him?! With Witney parkrun currently SECOND (that's right... SECOND!) in the UK leaderboard of most participants this week, we set him a challenge which he's responded to in style.

Please read his words below then watch his brilliant motivational video on our social media pages before logging your own (not)parkrun this weekend!

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I received this message from Witney parkrun:

"Good morning Mr C,
Your mission - should you choose to accept it - involves encouraging 100 Witney parkrun family members to record a (not)parkrun 5K run, jog or walk on their parkrun profile by 11:59pm on Sunday 23rd August 2020..."

As everyone knows, I'm parkrun crazy and can never reject a challenge!

Firstly, I thought what a great opportunity to find out who is fit and well after lockdown and to re-establish communication with all my Saturday morning friends.

I would like to thank everyone who responded last week resulting in a new Witney (not)parkrun record of 55. I thought if everyone who did it last week encouraged another parkrunner to join in, I will achieve my mission! 67293806_421743425102074_1695967492951769088_o

It's never going to be that easy, so I'm now begging all those who have had the pleasure in lapping me to join is, as my parkrun therapist has advised this will help me survive until I'm back powering through the woods with everyone shouting: "No Running Crabby!"

I promise if I achieve my mission I will stop going on about Witney parkrun until we have a restart date.

Love to everyone and hope to see you soon xx

#loveparkrun

 

(not)parkrun (not)Run Report – Seaton parkrun

A holiday cottage with a previously unvisited parkrun just 1 mile away would be super exciting under 'normal' circumstances. Despite abnormal circumstances, it was still too good an opportunity to miss...

With both Dan and I in the fortunate position of having been able to continue working during lockdown, we decided we needed a little break and managed to book an impromptu week in Beer in Devon at the end of July.

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Despite the abundance of hills in the surrounding area (hills really aren't my friend!), I managed an exploratory run on Sunday morning and was surprised to see a Seaton parkrun Strava segment when I got back. With the worldwide closure of parkrun, we hadn't even checked what was nearby on booking our holiday so this discovery cemented the exact location of my next run. (not)parkrun was on!

Tuesday evening arrived and after researching the Seaton parkrun course, we walked the 2km to the start - a little mound on the otherwise pan-flat Esplanade on the sea front. There wasn't much jostling for position with only two of us on the start line so after a 3-2-1, we were off past the beach huts, heading west to the turnaround point (a neatly spray-painted 2 metre social distancing reminder) at the end of the pavement.

Staying on the sea-side of the Esplanade's wall, we then headed east towards the very end of the pavement... and on to the stony beach for a short saunter to the next turnaround point. Well. I always wonder why I lose so much time on our woodchip carpet in the Witney woods but that's nothing compared to the energy sapping 75 metre out & back section at Seaton!

I clambered over steps (clearly not part of the usual parkrun route... not only had the stones turned my legs to jelly but clearly my brain too!) and headed back along the pavement on the 'road' side of the Esplanade, over the little start mound and stated off on the second identical lap.

By the time I'd gone around the beach hut turnaround, Dan was a mere orange dot in the distance! The flat, wide pavements were a thing of joy after all the hills around us and due to the time of day, they were fairly quiet too. With no marshals on hand, I made do with smiles and socially distanced 'good evenings' to others enjoying the seaside in a much more leisurely manner on the fairly cool summer evening, while I geared myself up for the next hit of the stony beach!

Deciding there was no way my legs could take on steps again, I headed back to the finish line along the sea-side of the Esplanade wall. Around halfway back, I was pleased to see Dan heading towards me to encourage me home after he'd completed his (not)parkrun. I knew the finish was back on the stony beach so I headed down the finish ramp and looked down to my watch. Urgh. I still had over 100 metres of stony beach running to go!

With one last push, I gave it everything I had and managed to land in a huffing, puffing heap as soon as the watched clicked on to 5K. I'd done it! And despite perhaps 400m of energy sapping stones, I still somehow ran a faster time than I've ever managed at Witney! With a princely sum of 0 metres of elevation at Seaton, I reckon our little mountain* into the woods is where I normally lose all my time ;-)

* some say it's a ramp. I'm sticking with mountain. Especially on the second lap!

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It was lovely to be able to complete a (not)parkrun on a course that was new to us and I'd definitely recommend a visit to Seaton parkrun's stony beach if you're ever in the area once parkrunning resumes.

In the meantime, keep on logging your (not)parkruns and let's see how high we can elevate Witney on the UK leaderboard!

(not)parkrun (not)Run Report: Tamsyn Wymer

#loveparkrun #notparkrun

 

Calling all junior parkrunners!

Calling all junior parkrunners!

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The volunteers at Witney Land Army are pulling together packs of puzzles, games, articles and stories for some of the town's more vulnerable residents who live on their own. We wondered whether any of our junior parkrunners might like to contribute something to our wider community?

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It might be a wordsearch or a quiz. A logic puzzle or a crossword. Fiction or non-fiction writing. It's entirely up to you! It would be great if it could have a Witney parkrun or exercise theme but this isn't a necessity if you have other ideas.

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If you prefer, you could also/alternatively create a photo montage featuring interesting items or views you see while you are out exercising.

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Simply email your puzzles, stories or montages to us at witney@parkrun.com by 7pm on MONDAY 25TH MAY and we'll collate them for the Witney Land Army team who will arrange to print and distribute them. If you submit puzzles, please remember to send the answers too!

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Of course, you can ask your designated adults to email these to us if you prefer, and they don't even have to be within arm's length when they do... just remind them to include your name!

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Please let us know if you have any questions. Otherwise, please spread the word and we look forward to hearing from you very soon. Stay safe and look after yourselves and others.

#loveparkrun 

 

Not a run report “Teaser” Edition

Hey there, how are you all doing? Lovely to see many of you (safely) out and about  this week hitting your "not a parkrun"  5K's or taking up other activities such as cycling in our beautiful countryside.

A big well done to everyone who joined the Great Big parkrun Quiz. A PB or not, great fun! And for those of you who guessed the RD in the photo, it was indeed RD Bertie!

This week we have a special edition "Teaser" not a run report for you ahead of a little bank holiday surprise! Kindly written by RD Ally. Can you guess what she is talking about:

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After some initial chit-chat and warming up in preparation, we made our way to the familiar starting point up at West Witney. Eager faces listened to the run-briefing, ready to hi-five the hi-viz heroes and pay attention to the hazard areas around the course. Then 3-2-1, we were off!

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Imagining the volume of happy faces through the trees, we each swiftly made our way through the out & back. Not surprisingly Tegs made a quick getaway on the small lap, while the rest of us were relying on the hi-viz heroes to boost our efforts. Hilarious cries of ‘No way - He can’t lap me already!’ were shouted by Bethany, but thankfully she held him off and Ally was giving it everything she had to be hot on his tail.  Once we’d made it past the clubhouse on the small lap, we seemed to have found our rhythm and a consistent pace was maintained for the first of the larger laps.  A boost from the hi-viz heroes, saw Rhys edge ahead of Ally, while Bethany spent a fair amount of time finding those hazards!

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Once through the woods we were heading for the final lap and the gap was closing.  Tegs had found a surge of energy as the volunteers with their pom-poms and cowbells cheered him on, and the rest of us needed to dig deep to get round that final loop. The kids were closing that gap as they came down Deer Park Rd, but Ally was determined to dig deep! This was the only time she’d ever been in this position and Tegs was in her sights. From nowhere, Rhys came sprinting past to take the lead, and Tegs appeared to have run out of energy as he was pretty much stationary for the next couple of minutes.

A sprint finish ensued between Rhys & Ally, with the 10 yr old being the first through the finish funnel in a time of 23.30, Ally 2nd in 25.00, Tegs just behind in 26.30, and we all cheered Bethany in at 28.00

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Needless to say Tegs was not happy with that result and would rather have run the actual course for real!! Roll on Witney parkrun's return!

Watch this space for more clues coming this week. In the meantime, #staysafe, #stayhome #loveparkrun

 

Non Run Report for Saturday 25th April 2020

What a wonderful response we had this week when we asked you to share your plans for your #notparkrunday.

We had incoming on all platforms and here is a compilation for your Sunday evening parkrun fix:

Martin Crabb:

"I participated in the Not the Oxfordshire Road Relays 5k organised by the Witney Roadrunners Club last weekend.
The event had 9 teams of 8 including one walker to accommodate no running Crabby.  It was a fantastic event on your own but knowing others are with you all the way.
I smashed my target to get under 40 minutes speed walking by 34 seconds. Two members Lyn and Steve Hopkins we’re faster walkers than me. Lyn did say before the race if I can’t beat an old boy with a hip replacement she’d eat her trainers! Photo after finishing wearing my Cotswold Classic Shirt.
Can’t wait to Tail Walk at Witney parkrun. Love and hugs to you all"

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Graham Carter:

"well I’ve done it, (the parkrun course) 4 times in the last week and a half. Course is best it’s ever been as no-one has been on it. Forest section is great with all the chippings put down. Easier to run round the corners. All grass sections are repaired very well. All in all a pleasure to run. It’s just missing the competitive edge of everyone else!"

Maria Fielden:

"I am going to run ....well walk/run/walk/run as I am on week 4 of Couch to 5K App so by the time I get to week 9 I will be running 5k´s....again hopefully with you all - I can social distance from the rear" (Editor's note: Well done Maria!)

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Anthony Beardsley:

"Did a Zwift Run meet up with Dan Wymer and a couple more running friends. Really enjoyed it. Anyone else who has got a treadmill and uses Zwift is welcome to join us next Sat at 09:00"

Rob Gilkes:

"#noparkrun thanks for getting me out of bed to go and do a lovely 3 mile run!The cat saw me off, and a slightly chilly run around Ducklington lake, always a pleasure to run around"

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Deborah Jackson:

"Been for a chilly 5 Km at the same time as my friend in Farmoor. Just about to have coffee with her via FaceTime"

Catherine Somerville Tyler:

"5k in the lean-to!"

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Jody Smith:

"I’ve tried making a route on Strava to spell out parkrun using Witney roads... omg, this could well be the ultimate isolation challenge!"  (Editor's note: we understand Jody might still be working on this challenge and we can't wait to see it!)

Dan Wymer:

Via Instagram: "Another #parkrun day in lockdown. Should have been RD at @witneyparkrun again today. Instead met up with Jenny & Jonathan from Alchester and Tony from @witneyroadrunners to do an inaugural #notaparkrun in Watopia.

Lovely one lap course - some beach, a causeway, mountains in the background and the deer were a surprise! Played around with the cameras too. I especially liked the helicam and moto cam to feel the action!

Next week we're heading to @gozwiftInnsbruck so if you have a treadmill & footpod (or Garmin 245/945) get signed up to Zwift, follow me and I'll send you the Meetup invite for next Saturday. #loveparkrun #missparkrun"

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(Editor's note: we understand Dan also partook in 54 ascents of the stairs (equivalent of 2.6 times the height of the biggest hill on The Cotswold Classic course) in aid of African Children's Fund. We look forward to hearing more about this next week!)

Karen Rebecca:

 "Matt, Fraser and I have been for our parkrun and I think we may have a few pbs in the bag. Obviously lock down is helping our fitness!! X x"

Tamsyn Wymer:

"Holy moly. 2.6 Challenge done!  26 planks for 26 seconds each. Abs, arms and legs all feeling that. I can still fortunately walk and not in too much agony. It hurt though! All in aid of the African Children's Fund" (Editor's note: well done Tamsyn, that is a feat indeed!)

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Michael Lewis:

"No running, as usual, but thirty minutes aerobics,and tomorrow I plan to do the 2.6 challenge. 26 miles on my cycle turbo trainer in aid of Kidney Research`"

Punam Owens:

"I took the #pelofondo challenge with 490 other ladies and combined it with the #twopointsix challenge. Raising funds for the NHS together charities. Kept me busy! Meanwhile, Mr O continues to sport his #parkrunUK t-shirt while walking the dogs."

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And last but not least via Twitter

@roxylicious1889:

"I created a run called Two Lap Tango here in Fox Bay, West Falklands. Each lap is 3.3k, so encouraging people to time it and then try and improve each attempt. There's only two of us at the moment but you have to start somewhere I suppose" (Editors note: We hope to add the history to this story next week.)

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@upyrbike (Shaun Scott):

"#sleeping in after a night shift. Did my solo #notparkrun at work" Shaun is a front-line worker -  a big thank you to you from us all!

So, there we are. An incredible community making the most of the the current lockdown. Stay safe everyone, stay home and #loveparkrun.

Until next week :)

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