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 

 

Witney parkrun Event 12 – 23/6/18

A warm morning saw 188 people assemble at the start line of the 12th Witney parkrun. It is fantastic to still see big numbers of people coming along to their first ever parkrun - we had 30 brand new parkrunners this morning!

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As well as new parkrunners we also welcomed tourists from near and far. It was lovely to see some of the Abingdon parkrun regulars take the opportunity to come across to visit us, I also talked to a couple from Stockport who were visiting family in the area but the biggest "commute" by far was made by a parkrunner from Sydney who loved our course but thought the surf left something to be desired!!

We also celebrated Chris Jones reaching his 50th parkrun today. What I hadn't realised until after I'd processed the results (and perhaps Chris hadn't realised too?) was that his son, Felix (JM11-14), was running his 10th parkrun today so well done to the pair of you.

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Yet again our volunteers did us proud; creating a fun and friendly atmosphere for people to enjoy exercise. We continue to get such positive comments so thank you.

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That's my stint as RD over for another few months. Next week, our Event Director Punam Owens, will be proudly welcoming the LibFest team to help celebrate the life of Liberty Baker. It would be great to see a flow of purple around the course in her memory.

This week 188 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers to Witney and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Trevor WILKINSON • Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Allison MAYBREY • Tamsyn WYMER • Ben LONSDALE • James FIELD • Gemma SILLS • Darren OSTLER • Emily BISHOP • John ABRAMS • Jack HOWLETT • Callum HODNETT • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • Karen LILL • Amy THOMAS • Courtney SMITH • Matthew SMITH • Stephen ROBERTS • Ken WYMER • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Richard SILLS • Christopher WALTON

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

The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:46 on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).
The female record is held by Jennifer MCBAIN who recorded a time of 20:54 on 26th May 2018 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 77.95% (17:46) on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 1,038 participants have completed 2,046 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,230 km, including 579 new Personal Bests.

 

Witney parkrun Event 11 – 16/6/18

The ground was good to firm on the course this morning – somewhat different conditions to the last time I was Run Director back in March!

Since then, 900 different people have crossed the Witney parkrun finish line and 112 different people have become hi-vis heroes to make it all possible. Numbers that would have grown further after our 11th parkrun today.

This morning saw our first junior milestone: Archie Allan, who is in the JM10 category, was running his 10th parkrun today. Archie, and his dad Ben, started parkrunning at Witney and are two of 391 local people who have started parkrunning since Witney parkrun went live.

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One thing that never fails to amaze me is the number of smiles on show at the finish line outside the West Witney Sports & Social Club – and it's not just because of Tina's bacon rolls! Week in, week out we are particularly seeing these smiles on the faces of younger parkrunners. It is fantastic to provide youngsters with an opportunity to experience exercise in such a positive environment. The positivity isn't limited to the youngsters; today our results include the first person in the 80-85 age group to cross the Witney finish line!

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We continue to be humbled by the willingness of people to get involved and give something back to the community. I received fantastic feedback about the support of the pompom waving, cow bell ringing, hazard warning, stopwatch pressing, barcode handling volunteers. Big thanks to all our hi-vis heroes today; without you it wouldn't be possible. Please get in touch with witneyhelpers@parkrun.com if you are available to spare a couple of hours on a future Saturday morning.

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This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Trevor WILKINSON • Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Sally HOWARD • Harriet HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Samantha SADLER • Allison MAYBREY • Tony LOCK • Tamsyn WYMER • James FIELD • Jen HORSMAN • Chris JONES • Lindsey SMITH • Felix JONES • Rhys JONES • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Gemma YALLOP • Harry SADLER • Erin BATESON • Stephen ROBERTS • Ella-Louise YALLOP • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Steve CROSSMAN • Derek HALL • Christopher WALTON • Ally JONES • Regina LALLY • John MCCORMAC

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

The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:46 on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).
The female record is held by Jennifer MCBAIN who recorded a time of 20:54 on 26th May 2018 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 77.95% (17:46) on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 965 participants have completed 1,858 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,290 km, including 528 new Personal Bests.

See you next week!

Dan

 

Witney parkrun to celebrate #NHS70

Witney parkrun will be celebrating the 70th Birthday of the NHS on 9th June 2018!

For NHS staff, why not wear your uniforms while you run, jog, walk or volunteer or bring some ‘tools of the trade’?! If you don't work in the NHS, how about donning medical-themed fancy dress instead?

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We will also have South Central Ambulance Service cheering squads and first aid demonstrations, a wall of thanks for parkrunners & supporters to add to, live music & cake! We'll also be joined by the Deputy Mayor and special guests from Witney Radio.

Please spread the word and invite your friends and family to run, jog, walk, volunteer or spectate at our special #NHS70 Witney parkrun! If you haven't already, register for free and don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

 

Witney parkrun #8 – 19th May 2018

What a great way to start the weekend! Almost 200 parkrunners and volunteers descended on West Witney Sports Ground to enjoy the weather and take part in the 8th Witney parkrun. Congratulations to everyone who took part and a warm welcome to all our tourists and first-timers – we hope to see you back again soon!

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I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who approached us to enquire about volunteering – the volunteers are what make parkruns the fantastic community events that they are and it will be great to see some new names on the volunteer rosters over the coming weeks!

This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by our brilliant volunteer team:
Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Kevin HENNESSY • Sally HOWARD • Harriet HOWARD • Dan WYMER • Allison MAYBREY • Tamsyn WYMER • James FIELD • Simon RHODES • Louise RHODES • Simon WELCH • Punam OWENS • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Gemma YALLOP • Liam WALSH • Stephen ROBERTS • Ella-Louise YALLOP • John HONOUR • Dorothy FOGGETT • Jack HAHN HENNESSY

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 WRIGHT who recorded a time of 21:42 on 28th April 2018 (event number 5).

The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:46 on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).

The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 77.95% (17:46) on 5th May 2018 (event number 6).

Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 767 participants have completed 1,329 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,645 km, including 358 new Personal Bests.

Early forecasts suggest that the warm weather will be back next weekend, so we’re looking forward to seeing you next bank holiday weekend for your weekly parkrun fix!

Thanks!

Tom

 

Week 1 Run Report – 10th March 2018

Mud glorious mud…that was the theme of Witney’s inaugural today.

We were blessed with dry and relatively tropical weather compared to last week and no “Beast from the East” to spoil our fun. It was a wonderful sight to see so many participants join us on foot streaming across the field from all over Witney, ahead of the run brief.

210 participants joined the inaugural today of which many of you were first timers. A warm welcome to the parkrun family! We also had parkrun tourists join us from as far away as Edinburgh and closer neighbours from Swindon, Milton Keynes and Abingdon.

 

The Mayor of Witney, Cllr. Woodward, did the honours of the starting countdown live on Radio Witney no less and off you all went with great spirit and smiles on your faces. As finishers were cheered through the finishers' funnel, what was a clear was not only the mud on your legs but also the even bigger smiles on your faces. A very rewarding moment for your Witney parkrun team.

 

A huge thank you to all our hi-vis volunteers today. Without you parkrun would not be possible.

 

Thank you all for the feedback, we really appreciate it.

 

Todays results are up and with that we’ll see you all again, same time, same place, next week. Saturday mornings in Witney will never quite be the same again!

 

Witney parkrun team.

 

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Hello from Witney parkrun!

We at Witney parkrun are very excited to be joining the awesome family that is parkrun and becoming the first parkrun in West Oxfordshire.

 

Like so many other new parkruns, we have had to work hard with multiple landowners and stakeholders to make Witney parkrun possible, as we are not lucky enough to have a single large park suitable for a parkrun.

 

This means there are many people involved who are unfamiliar with parkrun and are nervous of the impact on the almost fully off-road course.

 

We appreciate the excitement a new parkrun creates both locally and further afield (we’re struggling to contain ours!) so understand that many people may want to come and join in.

 

While we would love to welcome everyone it would be helpful, for both our team and the course, if you would consider coming along after our first few weeks, especially if Witney won’t be your home run. That way our team, course and supportive stakeholders can get used to being part of the parkrun family!

 

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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