Run Report By: Michelle Large
Photos By: Richard Mason & Mike Dawes can be found here.
Published By: Emily Mason
We survived storm Ciara, and went ahead with or with out Dennis, and this week as I sat drinking my tea first thing Saturday morning, I thought to myself surely not storm Eric, Edna or even Ellen could be on the way…
The wind was howling, and it seemed to be blowing a gale as I sat inside my warm house, but that didn’t stop 483 of us turning up for our usual Saturday morning fix, and we had 14 first timers trying out parkrun for the very first time, and they chose Woodley to try it out first.
A 3 lap course that’s all it is, I say this to myself every week. Although this week it seemed to be a bit drier up on the top field, still a bit sticky, but nowhere near the squidgy mud that we had the week before, and the lake water was still in the lake and not lapping at our feet as we went around. No footballs to dodge, no smell of bacon and sausages being cooked, and no clapping or cheering from parents as the goals were scored.
But what we did have today was the lady on the bench for the duration, that clapped and cheered as we all went round giving us encouragement to keep on going, (she probably thought it was safer than trying to navigate the path with 400 people going around it in circles!!) We do need to remember we share the park, we don’t have exclusive rights, and we should always try to keep to the left. I am a vocal one that will give the “soft” keep left shout as we have the faster runners coming through, as its much for their safety as it is ours, but please we do request only one earphone should be in if you prefer to listen to your tunes as you go round.
When you’ve finished your little morning trip round the park, as you walk back to your car, bike, or have enough in the legs to run home, it doesn’t hurt to give a little “well done”, “keep going”, as a slower runner myself we might not always acknowledge it, but it is most certainly welcome, and where we have all these new people joining us every week, what a great way to make everyone feel welcome.
Now if you were a faster runner, then you would have missed the rain shower, so it does have its benefits, but it wont make the queue in the coffee shop go any quicker just because you got there first, or it any cheaper, you wish !!
But the quicker you go does it get you to a milestone any sooner? Nope, every parkrun you complete is an achievement, be it running, jogging, or walking, and once you’ve done it, I know you're waiting for next Saturday to come around. Having just completed my 50th parkrun last week, I feel the need to share that I was very surprised to learn that my milestone T – Shirt was only going to cost me £3.99 for the postage and packing. I received an email link on the Tuesday evening, completed it on the Weds night and my T – Shirt had arrived by Royal Mail, shoved through the letter box whilst I was running around on Saturday. I shall be wearing this with pride next Saturday, and I am only a couple more volunteer roles from reaching my 25 Volunteer milestone T- Shirt, and on that note……
parkrun is brought to you week in week out by a team of volunteers, with out these it cant go ahead, nobody gets paid, everybody gives up their own time, but they do it because they want to give something back. You can register on the Woodley volunteer page, and its as simple as just sending an email in to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, ID no and the role you would like to do. You could even be writing this report, set up before running, close down after, or the first timers brief before we start. Next week we need extra volunteers as we are doing something that has only been done once in our 8 year history.
We’re running backwards…………
Are you injured, have a family member that would normally come to watch, or meets you after for a coffee, it’s a great way to get out and meet new friends, but more importantly –
In a world where you can be anything…… Be Kind.
Now for the stats...
This week 483 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Arrow Valley, Towcester and Oxford.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
David SAYER • Juliet FENWICK • Andy BEST • Sara Jane BEST • Richard MASON • Emily MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Vicki KENT • Rob WIDDIS • Giorgio CAVACIUTI • Suzanne BYRNE • Francis WASHINGTON • Mike DAWES • Katie PERKINS • Geoff WHITE • Elizabeth SARJENT • Martyn ALLEN • Peter GLASS • Don BIGLEY • Linda JANE • Finley MOFFATT • Bill HELLINGS • Michelle LARGE • Toby SPLAIN • Harrison BYRNE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Robert CORNEY who recorded a time of 15:17 on 6th April 2019 (event number 341).
The female record is held by Naomi MITCHELL who recorded a time of 17:22 on 11th May 2019 (event number 346).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HOSKINS who recorded 91.55% (18:32) on 30th March 2019 (event number 340).
Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 10,741 participants have completed 102,288 parkruns covering a total distance of 511,440 km, including 16,455 new Personal Bests. A total of 893 individuals have volunteered 8,237 times.