Event #89 – a Special Day ❤️

We have a special Run Report this week, written by Witney regular Liam Walsh. Thanks to Liam for taking the time to write these lovely words. All our love and thoughts are with the Walsh family ❤️

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Thankfully our weather fairy sprinkled some magic and allowed us to go ahead this weekend, for Witney parkrun #89 was a special and a sunny one for me.

Last week our Witney parkrun team posted a request for volunteers to help at a Celebration Service for my son Patrick on Friday.

We know that parkrun prides itself on community, inclusiveness and wellbeing, and the way that you have embodied those values to support at such a tough time is humbling and heartwarming.

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parkrun is so much more than the effort of a 5k or the volunteering itself: it’s about the friendships and spirit and connections that develop from it. And I’m so so grateful for that. That so many people have said that the service was beautiful is such a credit to our parkrun helper heroes, working alongside other community friends from Witney Music Festival and Libfest.

It simply couldn’t have happened without you.

So special thanks in no particular order to the following Witney parkrunners (and to everyone else with a hug or message or smile), who kindly gave their time on Friday:

John Honour
Peter Rose
Gill Sherwood
Punam Owens
Tamsyn Wymer
Dan Wymer
Kate Prinsep
Fraser Howard
Sally Howard
Ruth Trout
Matt Keeble
Eric Marshall
Marli Buckridge
James Field
Rupert Macfarlane

Roll on to Saturday and after our stop-start winter it was lovely to see so many familiar hivis heroes catching up and preparing for action - 30 heroes this week. Soon Run Director Bertie was in full flow with his familiar ‘not on my watch’ refrain sending us cheerily and safely on our way.

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After the usual first lap dance through the mud and puddles, we had our much awaited woodland surprise to look forward to. And, as if the sight of snowdrops and the promise of daffodils wasn’t enough to raise spirits and hint of spring, there before us was a glorious woodchip carpet. Thank you so much indeed to the tremendous Witney Woodland Volunteers - there’s our fabulous community in action again - not only does it look fantastic, it made struggling through the woods that much more bearable! I almost looked forward to the final lap and visiting again!

For me it was also special to see friends, some old, many new in a familiar comforting place amongst the 214 finishing faces, with Ruth ensuring no-one finishes last at parkrun. There were 47 first timers, and somehow, pretty miraculously 13 personal bests. If getting our parkrun up and running 2 years ago was a 1,000 piece jigsaw, it was special to be able to introduce one of those pieces - all the way from Brisbane. Special to welcome visitors from Bury St Edmunds and Sheffield and special to share our story with others from Leeds and Woking and Newport and Ashbourne.

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Fingers crossed that the weather fairy is back on duty this week, and that between us all, we’ll find new reasons to feel special at parkrun next week.

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Run Report: Liam Walsh

Photos: Derek Hall, Trish Davies

 

Event #83 – a blustery affair

Witney parkrun 83 was a very wet and blustery affair but a special one for me none the less.

Today we got the chance to take over the running of Witney parkrun for the day as part of our training for the upcoming Chipping Norton School parkrun. Dan one of the regular run directors at Witney, Tamsyn the volunteer co-ordinator and the whole Witney parkrun have been incredibly generous with their time and knowledge to help myself and the rest of the Chipping Norton team learn the ropes for running our parkrun.

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It was a nerve wracking experience to be run director for the day and perform the briefing before the run, thankfully it all went well and the true community spirit of parkrun was shown by how welcoming the regular Witney runners were of us and all the kind words of encouragement we were given and the interest shown in our new event.

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It was a pleasure and a privilege to meet and speak to so many people today and a special mention must be made to Graham Le Good for completing his 250th parkrun, congratulations on an amazing achievement.

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Despite the weather and the rugby world cup, 80 people ran, jogged and walked parkrun today of whom 8 were first timers and 5 recorded new personal bests.

If you haven’t done so yet, you can find the full results and a complete event history here.

A special mention must be made today to Skye McKinnon who not only came and volunteered the day after her birthday but also got her 25th volunteering milestone. It’s important to remember that without the volunteers, parkrun wouldn’t happen. If you haven’t volunteered before, I urge you to give it a go.

Thank you Witney for letting us come and take over and we look forward to seeing you sometime in Chipping Norton when we get going.

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Run Report: Adam Lawrence

Photos: Cereta Drewett

 

Event #82 – Splish Splash Splosh – Liam Walsh

“The sun really does seem to shine at West Witney sports ground on a disproportionate basis.”  So wrote Gill Sherwood in her Run Report just a few weeks ago.  Well, there are always exceptions to prove the rule, and it’s fair to say Witney’s parkrun #82 was one of these.  However, whilst the course may have been slippy and muddy, the wind gusty and the sky threatening, the actual rain, the stuff that had been relentless the evening before and would be throughout the day to come, pretty much held off for parkrun hour.  So maybe, just maybe, we must offer our weather fairy, our secret volunteer you’ll never find on the roster, some appreciation.

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Anyway, Chris and then Dan welcomed 16 newbies to Witney – nine tourists – I heard Poole and St Albans mentioned – and seven doing their first parkrun.  You seven: Corey, Richard, Miriam, Angela, Jack, Kyle, Maria – well, of course welcome to parkrun but…what on earth were you thinking!?  What a morning to choose! Let’s hope you return very soon in kinder conditions.  For the rest of us, our numbers were understandably far fewer – but it was reassuring to overhear a couple of pre-run not a race conversation snippets…”not too many here, I might finish in the top 100 today” and “I’m on my best run of consecutive weeks coming, I’m not losing it for a few puddles.”  I’m not the only one to think like that then!

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For those 140 of us running, it was a right splish slash sposh of a morning.  I witnessed a couple slipping over, a few close calls and plenty of mutual support.  And, somewhat miraculously, six of you somehow managed a PB – and whether it’s your second or seventy second, a PB’s a PB, right?  So high fives to Callum, William, Grace, Jessica, Emily and Charlotte – and feel free to share your conditions defying secrets with the rest of us.

Well done too to the hardy souls out to support family and friends – getting their own parkrun fix through encouraging others and offering smiles.  Or maybe it was the temptation of Ue's gorgeous offers that lured you from your beds?

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Days like today though really are all about the volunteers – 31, yes 31 of you (32 including our fairy) made this possible.  Isn’t it amazing that they all turned up, some choosing not to run themselves, some because they’re injured, some because that’s just what they do.  The volunteers, I thought, went the extra mile in support today with all those reminders to mind the wire, watch the ditch, enjoy the bubbles, be careful on the slope and a million well dones and keep goings – and finally, broad smiles to greet us at the finish.  Thank you all so much.

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Those couple of weeks ago Gill also wrote “this morning was no exception – it was a truly glorious start to the weekend.”  Sunny? Perhaps not, but I’m sure we can all agree on the glorious point.  See you next week.

Run Report: Liam Walsh

Photos: Trish Davies

 

Event #74 – Witney Food Bank collection – 31st August 2019

Congratulations once again to all of you who joined us at this week's Witney parkrun.

Firstly, a polite reminder that you'll hear from our Run Directors in every briefing: parkrun is a run, not a race. Please ensure you pass your fellow parkrunners - and other park users - with courtesy. The path through the woods is narrow in places so it's preferable to wait a few seconds before passing rather than squeezing through a gap that might not be there, even if you're chasing that elusive PB! Thank you for your understanding.

Secondly, congratulations to Lisa Rolefson for reaching her V25 milestone! To celebrate volunteering on 25 separate occasions, she has written this week's Run Report for us. Enjoy!

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The ground was dry but not hard. The sun was shining but a cool breeze blew across West Witney Sports field. I would say that it doesn’t get any better than this and 321 of you seemed to agree by turning up to run, jog and walk the course. 24 of you came to join us for the first time and hopefully you have been bitten by the bug. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

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As I watched everyone arrive this week, many of you were carrying items and even bags full of donations for the Food Bank, it struck me what an amazing community I am a part of. Thank you to everyone that donated, I know it is greatly appreciated.

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It was also pacer week, and maybe because of this we had an outstanding 85 PB’s. My slot was 32 minutes and I think I was responsible for at least one lady getting a time she was over the moon with.

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As per usual we had an impressive show of volunteers, but remember, runners, joggers and walkers, you are able to do what you do because of the people out there supporting and looking out for you. On that note, next week is the Cotswold Classic and many of our usual Volunteers will be supporting or participating in this annual event. This means we really need some extra support over at your parkrun, so please look at the roster and see where you can help.

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The event was made possible by 42 volunteers: Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Harriet HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Timothy MARSHALL • Helen CLARKE • James FIELD • Emily CALCUTT • Matthew LOCK • Claire SOANES • John ABRAMS • Laura RAGGATT • Kirsty WEBB • Martha HOLLAND • Lisa ROLEFSON • Sarah BUCKINGHAM • Stephen BRIGHT • Trish DAVIES • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Chris GARDENER • Kate PRINSEP • Kayleigh LUCAS • Mark JESSEY • Stephen ROBERTS • Kevin COLLINS • Niamh SUTTON • Julia LAWLEY • Luke EDWARDS • Helen HOLDEN • Peter ROSE • Owen EDWARDS • Oliver BOLAND • Ada WHITTEN • Peter WHITTEN • Sharon HAMBIDGE • Allan JENKINS • Beth SOANES • Cereta DREWETT • Peter SUDDABY

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

The female record is held by Cas JACKSON who recorded a time of 19:19 on 13th April 2019 (event number 54). The male record is held by Ross BRADEN who recorded a time of 16:57 on 18th May 2019 (event number 59). The Age Grade course record is held by Morag MCINTYRE who recorded 84.04% (22:46) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 64).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 4,344 participants have completed 18,180 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,900 km, including 4,165 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 2,336 times.

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Run Report: Lisa Rolefson

Photos: Trish Davies

 

Event #67 – 13th July 2019

Our huge thanks to Liam Walsh for this week's run report. Happy reading!

For Chris, it's his 50th parkrun, and here he is, volunteering before turning his attention to running.  Today's event is made possible by 28 other such volunteers.  A million thanks to each of them, and with the peak season of summer hols approaching, if you can help out too - just a week here or there - it will make a much appreciated difference.  It's 8:50am and I'm enjoying the sunshine, watching the first timer briefing, listening to Chris, feeling the anticipation of the 32 of you brand new to parkrun, and I can't help but think, you really don't know where this could be going.  Oh and I recall a question that I was asked last night "what, it happens every week?".
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Yes, you might have been encouraged, nagged or dragged to your first parkrun by enthusiastic friends or family, but have you really considered what comes next, what follows that first euphoric rush after running, jogging, walking your first 5km?  You'll enjoy it, they said, you'll get fitter, quicker, love the buzz etc etc.  And for the 4,000 (yes, 4,000, another amazing milestone passed) of us who have already stood at that Witney first timer briefing, you'll have heard that it's a run not a race, and that younger ones can (and will) do a sprint finish.
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So where could it be going for you?  Who knows, maybe you'll have tried it the once, had a go, and it's not for you.  Or maybe you'll be like 278 others this weekend, who are giving it another go - or indeed, perhaps you're one of the 8, go on then - still giving it another try more than 100 times later.  Therefore what strikes me more than anything today, are the contrasts and possibilities that parkrun offers.  Of course we know that there'll be all ages and paces and experiences represented, that parkrun embraces inclusivity, and that yes, it might be your first or 165th time (well done Harriet).  Today many of us will have walked less than a mile to the course, whilst our furthest visitors are from Queensland in Australia.  I'm introduced to someone for the first time, and pointed in the direction of someone else I've not seen in 30 years.  Run Director Sally advises that the course is dry, and I remember too the colder and swampier times.
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As the 310 of you kick start your weekend, I wander around, struck as ever by the relentless encouragement and enthusiasm of our marshals around the course.  Now it might feel like 5km lasts forever when you're trying to get round, but it seems to be no time at all before the first finishers are zooming in.  The next half an hour around the finishing funnel embodies the heart of parkrun: there are competitive sprint finishes between the young and young at heart, satisfied ambles in, tired smiles, friends and families catching up and comparing stories, photos taken, legs stretched. In an hour or so, 76 of you will get notification that you've achieved a Personal Best, and I bet you feel an extra boost for the day.
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Yes, it happens every week.  See you on Saturday - but 4,000 of us might be a bit much for the car park.
Thanks to the volunteers - Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Emma WALKER • James FIELD • Brigid GREANEY • Jo BARROW • Matthew LOCK • John ABRAMS • Lee VANSTONE • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Chris GARDENER • Kate PRINSEP • Liam WALSH • Jane COLBECK-MCKINNON • Stephen ROBERTS • Niamh SUTTON • John HONOUR • Helen HOLDEN • Ally JONES • Allan JENKINS • Kris SILVESTER • Dylan LANGSTAFF • Deborah JACKSON • Peter SUDDABY
Run Report: Liam Walsh
Photos: Dan Wymer, Tamsyn Wymer
 

Event #55 – 20th April 2019

It’s mornings like this that sum up all that is great about parkrun! The sky already blue and the air warm, meeting Tom at 07:30 to set up the course was a pleasure. However, Tom wasn’t feeling too good and after walking the course decided it best to head home so I had the honour of standing in as RD this week. Hope you’re feeling better Tom.

As always, you’re never sure how many people will turn up on a Saturday morning but it was clear from Richard’s first timer & tourist briefing at 08:45 that we were going to busy this week!  In fact, we had 47 people completing their first ever parkrun this weekend.  Welcome to the parkrun family and, as I said in the run brief, your Saturday mornings will never be the same again!

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The Easter weekend also meant while some of our regulars were away, we had visitors from all over the UK including Cumbria, Scotland, Birmingham, Lincolnshire, Shepton Mallett and Bournemouth.  I’m glad the course was in good condition for the bumper number of tourists!   The mud of this time last year seems a distant memory now.

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We love helping celebrate your parkrun milestones at Witney with our milestone bibs and this weekend we had a very special milestone: Matt was celebrating his 100th parkrun but it was also his 50th at Witney. Our first person to complete 50 Witney parkruns.  Well done Matt, and well done to his mum Lesley too. She has volunteered with us before but, inspired by her son’s milestone, took to the course for her first ever parkrun yesterday.

Joining Matt celebrating milestones were Elias for his 10th, Hazel for her 50th and we also had Richard stealthily celebrating his 100th too!

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Once I’d sent everyone on their way I caught up with Liam, who’d been car park marshalling, who let me know the car park team had been on overdrive this morning helping squeeze everyone in.  It was looking like we could be close to a record attendance.

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Encouraging everyone round the course is a lovely perk of being RD.  It’s always great to see so many people I know coming together: from my Tuesday running group, the Witney Roadrunners, parkrun regulars and people who I recognise from shops in town.  It was also a pleasure to see people from a number of the teams I’m helping, as parkrun ambassador, to start their own parkruns in Oxfordshire. I’ve always found it difficult to remember names but since starting as a coach and more recently as RD I’ve surprised myself with how many names I can remember – it just sometimes takes me a lap or two to remember!

It’s always a bit busier at the finish between 28 and 32 minutes and with the extra numbers today it was fantastic to have a number of people willing to pull on the hi-vis and help after they had run.  It allowed the funnel and barcode scanning to go a little smoother.  When the timekeepers let me know we’d gone over 300 finishers I knew we were on for a record – we’ve only been over 300 twice before. An amazing 373 people walked, jogged and ran the course today beating our previous record of 354 set at the Libfest takeover back at the end of June last year.

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As well as seeing all the smiling faces around the course, another perk of being RD is being able to speak to people after the run about their experience. I’m always keen to hear how people found our lovely, but “playful” course.  Speaking to visiting RDs from other parkruns is also great to hear what ideas they are going to take away with them and what ideas they can leave with us. It’s lovely, and humbling, that people also just want to say thank you to the team for making parkrun happen.

Even more good news after the run was that Julia reported that all 373 barcodes were present and correct. And we saw the return of token 99 after it went walkies last week!

Thank you all for making Witney parkrun such a positive experience for walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers alike. Enjoy the rest of the Easter weekend weather and see some of you next week for our pacer event. If you’d like to help by being a pacer please get in touch – all we ask is that you have run the course at least once before and that you pace a time that you can comfortably run yourself.

 

Event #34 – 24th November 2018

A big thank you to Karen Cole, who was touristing from Havant, for writing this weeks run report:

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Witney parkrun event #34 — 27th November 2018

On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning, especially as overhead the skies were grey and heavy. Although the parkrun fairies were kind to us today and provided cooler conditions, we were bathed in surprisingly warm conditions when we all started running, indeed many of us quickly removing outer layers. The roomy and well-spaced land at the start also provided our younger members of our parkrun community or indeed the young at heart the opportunity to burn off some energy before our run started. The autumnal colours and leaves giving everyone the chance to scrunch through them. Thank you to Kate, for the first timers and tourist briefing where new participants were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. This type of course provides lots of opportunities for the faster runners to overtake and to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals. This course gives perfect opportunity for some fast times and certainly some PB opportunities arose I am sure. We also got our aeroplane wings out for your turnaround point too at the start to!:). I can see more challenge to this course when cooler and wetter conditions set in as I reckon the grass underfoot could bring on that special parkrun mud :). The new comers briefing also had the additional supportive chat about how parkrun operates afterwards. Today, tourists from Daventry, Poole, Deal, Havant and Lee-on-the-Solent were using Witney parkrun as their tourist venue.

Punam, our RD for the day gave a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping and ringing their cow-bells. Don’t forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Witney parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you-you get to wear a hi-vis jacket! — What more incentive do you want?

First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB-Don’t Forget Your Barcode! 20 of you were listed as unknown parkrunners this morning. That’s one run less to count towards those milestone tees. Three were celebrating theirs this morning. We had one in each category, a Junior was on his 10th, Regina was doing her 50th and Julia her 25th volunteer point, all getting to wear their special vests for the morning.

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That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo! Witney is missing 4 this week :(.

There were hot drinks as well as very tasty cakes to celebrate the above milestones at West Witney Sports and Social club for our apres parkrun, which allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course. Thank you again Witney parkrun for starting our weekend off on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth) parkrun

Here are the stats:
This week 228 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Toby CLARKE • Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Geoff ENOCH • Dan WYMER • Allison MAYBREY • Lyn HOPKINS • Alexander COLE • Michael LEWIS • Faith GREEN • Karen COLE • Tamsyn WYMER • Nick SMITH • James FIELD • Thomas GRANTHAM • Darlene BURKETT • John ABRAMS • Punam OWENS • Callum HODNETT • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Kate PRINSEP • Lesley LOCK • Barney HIGGINS • Niamh SUTTON • Julia LAWLEY • Martin MAYBREY • John HONOUR • Ally JONES • Thomasina SMITH • Lucas GOODGAME • Kiran RAM

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Witney parkrun Results Page.
Photo Credit: D. Wymer

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Event #30 – 27th October 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 30th outing at Witney parkrun. This weekend saw the departure of the warmer weather and the return of more autumnal conditions, so it was heartening to see so many of you joining us despite the chilly temperatures!

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I'd like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who responded to our call for help earlier in the week. This event is wholly dependent on the support of the volunteering community and it's great to have so many enthusiastic volunteers willing to get involved and help us put on this free community event every week!

This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 36 volunteers: Ian FOWLER • Mark TAYLOR • Sarah WHATMAN • Tamsyn WYMER • Nick SMITH • James HUMPHREYS • Rachel STANLEY-EVANS • Florence STANLEY-EVANS • Simon RHODES • Louise RHODES • Tom STANDARD • John ABRAMS • Lee VANSTONE • Michele HUSTLER • Punam OWENS • Martin CRABB • Gill SHERWOOD • Lily SHERWOOD • Martha SHERWOOD • Lisa ROLEFSON • Karen LILL • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Chris GARDENER • Tamsyn FORSYTH • Dave HIGGINS • Barney HIGGINS • Nicola MANSELL • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Jennifer LEWIS • Becky MACKENZIE • Peter ROSE • Ruth TROUT • Ally JONES • Thomasina SMITH • Bev TAYLOR

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Witney parkrun Results Page. The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:37 on 21st July 2018 (event number 16). The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:04 on 8th September 2018 (event number 23). The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 81.15% (17:04) on 8th September 2018 (event number 23). Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018.

Since then 2,262 participants have completed 6,550 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,750 km, including 1,830 new Personal Bests. Tom IMG_20181027_085845554

 

Event #23 – 8th September 2018

This week marked 6 months since Witney parkrun was born and I was proud to be taking charge on our half year anniversary. As a self-confessed data geek I've had fun tracking our numbers and have pulled together a few highlights for this week's run report:

We've had...

* 23 events (with 3 being cancelled due to the terrible weather in the Spring, not forgetting the "Beast from the East" causing us to postpone our first week!)

* 1,892 different people cross the Witney parkrun finish line a total of 4,780 times

* 816 people complete their first ever parkrun with us in Witney

* 206 different people volunteer a staggering 682 times to make Witney parkrun possible

Wow, I can't believe the numbers! But what makes Witney parkrun even more fantastic is the variety that has been on show.

Our tree lined course has provided a range of conditions from the soggy quagmires of spring through to the sun-baked cracks we're still seeing now, and we even had snow in week 2!

All ages from 4 year olds all the way up to octogenarians have taken to our course and crossed the line in finishing times ranging from 17 minutes to over an hour.

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Among our finishers we've had local doctors, nurses, firemen, police officers, teachers and councillors as well as parkrun "tourists", not only from other Oxfordshire parkruns but as far afield as Australia, Canada and South Africa! The recurring theme amongst all this variety has been the sense of community, full of smiles, that has emerged and is constantly complimented. The walking, jogging and running almost feels to be secondary to the sense of belonging and friendships that are being created and reinforced further with every passing week. IMG_1977

Thank you to everyone who has been involved, directly and indirectly, in our first 6 months. It's been a real team effort including the core team, our local partners and councils, the enthusiastic hi-vis heroes and, last but not least, you wonderful lot of parkrunners. Here's to an equally exciting, but chillier, next 6 months that will start with Sally taking the RD reins next week.

Dan

This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Dan WYMER • Rebecca BOLT • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Bethany JONES • James FIELD • Sam UPTON • Matthew LOCK • Punam OWENS • Kirsty WEBB • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • James CURRAH • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Jane COLBECK-MCKINNON • Barney HIGGINS • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Simon OLIVER • Natalie SUTHERLAND • Ruth TROUT • Derek HALL • Ally JONES • Carissa HALL • Lucas GOODGAME

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

The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:37 on 21st July 2018 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:04 on 8th September 2018 (event number 23).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 81.15% (17:04) on 8th September 2018 (event number 23).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 1,892 participants have completed 4,780 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,900 km, including 1,291 new Personal Bests.

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