Woolacombe Dunes parkrun Event #51 – No rain!

After quite a few weeks of wet weather it was great to have a dry parkrun.

There were no milestones this week, but as we approach our first anniversary, we do have a number of our core team who are approaching 50 volunteer occasions. We also have a few of the team who have already made it, and last week we forgot to congratulate Rebecca Worth for making it to 50, she kept it quiet but we've found out, well done Rebecca! If you've not tried volunteering, you should give it a go. No one has to do it, but you're missing out on a treat if you don't. We currently have 4 Duke of Edinburgh participants volunteering with us, originally signed up to spend 3 months with us, but 3 of them have decided to stay with us for 6 months instead. That must say something about parkrun morning! :-)

Now on to our Run Report

Written by: Hayley Daubney
Home parkrun: Porthcawl
First Park run: September 2018

I was persuaded by my husband to do my first Parkrun in Porthcawl last September, following this I joined my local running club and have since then clocked up over 1100kms!
Like Woolacombe the Porthcawl Parkrun follows the coast, however, this is where the similarities end! We have a couple of minor hills to contend with but nothing in comparison to the “Dune of Doom”. My husband grew up in Woolacombe and we regularly visit the area, however, this is only the second time we have made it to this Parkrun (the last time being the first run of the New Year). The weather this week was grey, a bit chilly with a slight northerly wind, but at least was dry. The sea was calm with only tiny waves rolling into the shore. The tide was dropping and we were assured the sand was firm. Despite these conditions, I definitely had no expectation of improving my Parkrun PB!

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Normally I’m forced to tie my coat to the railings during the Parkrun so was impressed to see a set of bespoke Parkrun coat pegs for runner’s personal belongings. A great touch!
There were 73 runners this week of all ages and all abilities. The run was just as tough as I remember it but absolutely stunning. Definitely one to experience if you can.
I thoroughly enjoyed the run and did manage to knock almost 7 minutes off my course PB. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. A huge thank you to the marshals and event organisers Hoping to make the New Years Day Run!!

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This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Rob JOULES • Mandy ROBBINS • Grant MCGILL • Paul COOPER • Jane RATTUE • Sady BARTLE • Hayley DAUBNEY • David RATTUE • Clare KING-SMITH • Gracie HUGHES • Julia WATKISS • Nicky STILLO • Noah ZEALE • Jessica STILLO

 

Woolacombe Dunes parkrun Event #50 – Postcard from Woolacombe Dunes

It was good to see so many of you this morming, despite the terrible weather forecast, with 72 of you running, jogging and walking at Woolacombe Dunes this week. 20 of you were running our parkrun for the first time, of which 2 of you were running your first ever parkrun, we hope you enjoyed it and will be back again soon. There were no parkrun milestones this week, remember you can claim milestone t-shirts when you complete 50, 100, 250 and 500 runs, or 25 volunteer occasions, or 10 runs if you're a junior!

Now for this weeks run report.

Report writer: Mike Pope
Home parkrun: Aylesbury
First parkrun: 2014

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Dear All Parkrunners

Bit of trek from our home Parkrun in Aylesbury this morning

The weather here today at Woolcombe Dunes is set fair, the parkrun weather fairies have done their best to make sure we all had a dry start to our day here. The rain and wind came later on the course.

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A lovely welcome from every one we met this morning and thanks to all the volunteers for wrapping up for the November sunshine to come out to help and cheer everyone along the way.

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There were quite few tourists this morning and an informative run brief by David set us up for the course ahead which is deemed to the hardest course in the UK! Including the famous "Dune of Doom". So no apprehension then for the 1st timers who came along, but well done, hope you keep coming back. They also have a few Devon Red cows along the course (So not only Tring parkrun then).

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A wonderful up and down course through the dunes with a breath-taking mile of the course along the beach, so if you are ever down here in this part of the country it should be on your list.

Once again, a big thank you to Paul and his team of parkrun Hero Volunteers for making it quite a memorable experience. Getting a PB here will be hard, but in my opinion just completing the course is a PB

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Until next time parkrunners

Mike and Lorna Pope

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Mark JOHNSON • Paul COOPER • Mike POPE • Jane RATTUE • Teresa KIRK • Joey JORDAN • Sheila CAMPBELL • Thomas CAMPBELL • Rebecca WORTH • Elaine BOND • David RATTUE • Linda PAGE • Caroline KEMP • Clare KING-SMITH • Gracie HUGHES • Julia WATKISS • Finley JAMES • Nicky STILLO • Noah ZEALE • Jessica STILLO

 

Woolacombe Dunes parkrun Event #49 – from City to Coast

After 3 weeks of wet, wild and windy weather, it was great to wake up to some sunshine this week. Maybe it the was the improved weather that helped our numbers climb a little higher today over the numbers we've had on recent weeks. 75 parkrunners took part today, with 27 of you running Woolacombe Dunes for the first time, 7 of which were running their first ever parkrun, including this weeks run report writer! We hope you all enjoyed your Woolacombe Dunes experience and will be back again.

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There were no milestones this week, but as we approach our first anniversary, we do have a number of our core team who are approaching 50 volunteer occasions, awesome! If you've not tried volunteering, you should give it a go. No one has to do it, but you're missing out on a treat if you don't. It's great to be part of a friendly team and to cheer on the parkrunners, it gives you a warm glow for the rest of the day. Of course, the volunteer experience isn't complete without heading for cake/ breakfast and tea/coffee afterwards.If you're interested, send us an email to find out more or let us know when you can volunteer.

Now on to our Run Report

Report Writer: Hugh Chichester
Home parkrun: Wormwood Scrubs parkrun
First parkrun: 2019 (today!)

Seeing the broody skies embracing the gusty North Devon coastline came as a welcome reprieve for a weary Londoner in need of some fresh coastal air. The demanding Woolacombe Dunes certainly left no bronchiole unfilled - forcing the sea breeze deep into my lungs.

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I'm told this is the toughest run in the country, so was surprised to see a teenager run away with the win. The chasing pack, of which I was very briefly a member of, fell quickly into his wake. I think Woolacombe have a serious young runner on their hands there.

There were also some very impressive showings from other age groups, including a spritely silver fox who beat his adult younger son, and wife who pipped her husband to the line. It was lovely to be warmly welcomed to a parkrun that is full of so many families and friends.

No report could be complete without mention of the volunteers. A huge thank you to them for sacrificing their mornings and providing such enthusiastic support to all the runners.

Thanks Hugh.

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So don't forget, get in touch if you would like to volunteer any time soon. Here are some of the comments we've received which make it all the more worthwhile:

”The volunteer s are incredible and I thank all of them for turning out on such a blustery, wet day!”

“Brilliant, brutal, and amazing Parkrun.cAnd the best thing - the team putting it on, the volunteers were amazing. Friendly, chatty and even recommend a great coffee and breakfast place for afterwards. A big thank you to all for a great morning.”

“Stunning setting and a friendly welcoming team.“

“The location is the best and you meet so many lovely people.”

This week 75 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Andrew MANSFIELD • Ed JACKSON • Paul COOPER • Jane RATTUE • Rebecca WORTH • David RATTUE • Linda PAGE • Clementine GARRETT • Nicola GARRETT • Clare KING-SMITH • Gracie HUGHES • Julia WATKISS • Finley JAMES • Nicky STILLO • Noah ZEALE • Jessica STILLO

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

 

Woolacombe Dunes parkrun Event #48 – The one with horizontal rain and a bit of hail thrown in for good measure!

We've been very lucky at Woolacombe Dunes, the parkrun weather fairies have been kind to us, we've had very few wet parkrundays. Until two weeks ago, when the rain came down hard, last week was a slight improvement, then today, horizontal rain, a bit of hail for good measure and freezing winds.

Well done, therefore, to all the hardy parkrunners and volunteers who braved the elements this week. Post parkrun, the core team met with the 4 Duke of Edinburgh participants who have joined us for their volunteering for both bronze and silver awards. We were pleased to hear that they are all enjoying the experience and have been undeterred by the appalling weather we've endured over recent weeks.

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There were 69 runners this week, a slight improvement over recent weeks, despite the horrendous weather. 21 of you were taking part in our parkrun for the first time, with 6 of you running your first ever parkrun. We hope you all enjoyed the experience and we'll see you again soon. 13 of our 37 parkrunners who had taken part before achieved PBs, well done!

Well done also to Richard Mellor who completed his 200th parkrun with us today.

Right, now to go and get the kit dried out, let's hope we have better weather next weekend.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Mark JOHNSON • Paul COOPER • Jane RATTUE • Rebecca WORTH • Simon OLIVER • David RATTUE • Linda PAGE • Clare KING-SMITH • Gracie HUGHES • Julia WATKISS • Finley JAMES • Nicky STILLO • Noah ZEALE • Jessica STILLO • Samantha ABELL

 

Woolacombe Dunes parkrun Event #47 – Wild wind, big waves & wet feet

Written by: Chris McKeown
Home parkrun: Leamington Spa
First parkrun: 2014

November sees my 2CV group of friends from across the country get together in one place for a long weekend of fun and festivities. Naturally I use the opportunity to experience a new parkrun. This year I was rather excited that we were returning to Ilfracombe as it meant I could try the supposed hardest parkrun in the country.

Not being put off by the gale force winds, the husband and I set off for the 20 minute journey to Woolacombe. Having parked up in the village we got a feel for what we were about to encounter battling through the wind up the big hill to the start.

67 people ran, jogged and walked around the course today. There were 39 first timers no doubt all there to experience the Dune of Doom!! Despite the wind 2 people amazingly managed to achieve a PB. Well done to you!

Thanks to all the volunteers who braved the elements to ensure the event could take place. Their encouragement throughout the course and the great community spirit was everything that I have grown to love about parkrun. I volunteer regularly at my home parkrun at Leamington Spa. If you have not done it yet, I seriously recommend giving it a go. It is so rewarding!

It was great to find another parkrun where time was irrelevant. Hills, sand, waves, very wet feet, mystery cows, amazing scenery …. What’s not to like. Even my husband who is only recently a running convert could not help but love it! I only wish I was not so full of lurgy as that only magnified the difficulty of this magnificent course.

I hope to make it back soon!

Event number 47
2nd November 2019
This week 67 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Nicky MCGILL • Grant MCGILL • Paul COOPER • Jane RATTUE • Justine AGGETT • Sady BARTLE • Rebecca WORTH • Matt WILLS • David RATTUE • Linda PAGE • Caroline PAGE • Brett JAMES • Gracie HUGHES • Julia WATKISS • Finley JAMES • Noah ZEALE • Jessica STILLO

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

The female record is held by Mara YAMAUCHI who recorded a time of 21:07 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Ronnie RICHMOND who recorded a time of 18:32 on 8th June 2019 (event number 26).
The Age Grade course record is held by Emmie WHITE who recorded 79.57% (24:33) on 31st August 2019 (event number 38).

Woolacombe Dunes parkrun started on 15th December 2018. Since then 3,521 participants have completed 6,257 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,285 km, including 775 new Personal Bests. A total of 186 individuals have volunteered 721 times.

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