Wycombe Rye parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report, 17th October 2020 #31

The Important Visitor from New Zealand

(All characters in this post are completely fictitious).

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Bob is a dedicated parkrunner from Whangarei parkrun in New Zealand which, as everyone in New Zealand knows, uses the Maori pronunciation so that Whangarei is pronounced “Fon Gar Ray” and not “Wang gar rye” as many people in the UK would assume.

Nick is the run Director for the Wycombe Rye parkrun in the UK which, as everyone in the UK knows is a place in High Wycombe which is pronounced High Wick Ham and not “High Why combe be” as many people outside the UK would assume.

During the Covid pandemic various members of the Wycombe Rye parkrun and Whangarei parkrun made contact via Facebook and shared many stories together; many people found it interesting that two places many miles apart sounded so similar, Whangarei and Wycombe Rye.

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Now Bob was a great traveller and when the time was right he booked a trip to the UK to see some friends in Loughborough, Leicestershire. He noticed that the Wycombe Rye parkrun wasn’t too far away from London’s Heathrow airport and decided to see if he could stop off at the Wycombe Rye parkrun on the Saturday morning before travelling up to Loughborough.
He contacted the run director to let him know. Nick was so excited. He really wanted to meet someone from Whangarei and introduce him to all the Wycombe Rye runners.

So it was that on the Saturday morning at 8:30 Bob turned into the car park at the Wycombe Lido, he parked up and got his car park ticket. Nick had briefed the volunteers to look out for a Bob from Wang Gar Rye in New Zealand. Bob looked around and spotted a volunteer, he walked over and greeted them.

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“Hey man, I’m Bob from Fon Gar Ray, I’m looking for a Nick who’s in charge of the why combe be rye parkrun”

The volunteer looked and stared “Fon Gar What? You want a Nick who’s in charge of what?

“Fon Gar Ray, I’m looking for Nick the run director, I’m Bob from New Zealand

“Ah, right, wow, another Bob, that’s, that’s amazing” the penny had dropped, slightly “You want to see Nick the run director, sure, I can find him for you”

The volunteer ran off to find Nick.

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“Nick, Nick, there’s a bloke called Bob from New Zealand but he’s not from Wang Gar Rye, he’s from Fan Ar Ray, or something like that.”

“You sure he’s not from Wang Gar Rye?” asked Nick

No, it’s definitely not that, he said Fan Ar Ray, although, to be honest, he might be in the wrong place, he kept talking about “why combes and bees and ryes”

“Well, we’ll have to keep our eyes open for Bob from Wang Gar Rye, he should be here by now and I’ve got a special announcement to make to introduce him, and all these New Zealand Flags to wave. You go and lookout for the real Bob and I’ll go and talk to the other Bob.”

Nick made his way over to see the other Bob.

“Hello Bob, lovely to meet you, you’re here from New Zealand, where from exactly?” he turned his ear to listen carefully to the other Bob’s response

“I’m Bob from Fan Ar Ray parkrun in New Zealand, I’m really pleased to be able to join you guys at the why combe bee rye parkrun, this place looks skux today. He gave a thumbs up at the same time he said Skux.

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Nope, Nick thought to himself, not even close; and not only was he the wrong Bob but he was also in the wrong place and now he thought the place sucks. Nick shrugged his shoulders.

“Ok, Bob, well, welcome to our parkrun, you can be our second honoured guest from New Zealand. Look we’ve even got flags!” Nick turned to the box of flags the volunteers were unpacking.

Bob was distracted from what Nick had said and was looking at the flags.

“So, you’ve got some people from Australia here as well have you?” said Bob, nodding towards the flags.

“Australia. You mean they’re not New Zealand flags? Nick exclaimed

“Nope, too many stars mate, and they’re white, not red”

Now that really does skux thought Nick.

It was getting towards briefing time.

Nick got the volunteers to go out on a final hunt looking for the real Bob.

His instructions were clear “He’ll probably look a bit lost and he’s bound to be wearing black”

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Everyone in the UK knew that New Zealander’s wore a black t-shirt when in the UK, or the parkrun 100 shirt when they were at parkrun. In the meantime Nick got a message to all the flag wavers to make sure they waved the flag very vigorously when the real Bob turned up, just in case he spotted that the flags had the 6 stars of Australia and not the 4 red stars of New Zealand.

With 15 minutes to go, Nick decided to use the PA system to make a request.

“Would Bob from Wang Gar Rye parkrun in New Zealand please contact Nick the run director as soon as possible, thank you”

Bob took no notice of the announcement; why would he, especially as he was busy introducing himself to the locals and talking about how far he’d travelled from Fan Ar Ray and how skux everyone was looking.

Eventually, for Nick, the time ran out, the real Bob couldn’t be found; the other Bob had made friends with everyone and it was time for the runner’s briefing.

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He turned on the PA. “Good morning everyone and welcome to Wycombe Rye parkrun”

Bob looked up. What was Wick Ham Rye he thought to himself?

“I’m afraid we have some bad news and some good news for you this morning. The bad news is that our honoured visitor, Bob from Wang Gar Rye parkrun in New Zealand hasn’t been able to make it here today”

The runners let out a disappointed “ohhh”

“But we have got another Bob who has come all the way from Fan Ar Ray, which is also in New Zealand!”

“Hooray!” yelled all the park runners

“Now as we know New Zealand is a very long way away, even further away than Australia, which is a long way away” said Nick

“Only if you fly via Dubai” shouted out one of the runners

“What?” said Nick

“Or Singapore, or Bali” shouted two more

“But not if you fly via the States” shouted the first person

Nick started to look frustrated.

“Or South America” shouted someone else.

There’s a general murmur of agreement from various other runners and discussion on the various ways people have travelled out east, or west if they went via the States.

“What about Japan?”

Nick took a deep breadth

“Look, OK I grant you, New Zealand isn’t quite as far as Australia if you fly from anywhere in the Americas but it is a long way away from anywhere between here and Australia so we want to thank the other Bob for coming so far to join us today.

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“As you know we’ve been in contact with Bob from Wang Gar Rye on Facebook for many months and it’s a shame that he can’t be here, but, aren’t we lucky to have the other Bob replace the real Bob on this special New Zealand themed day”

“What about the Australian flags” asked someone from the front

“Shhhh” said Nick, frowning at the person who asked and giving a stare that meant don’t ask again.

Meanwhile, Bob walked forward and had a word with Nick. Nick shakes Bob’s hand and they have a laugh.

Nick turns to the runners and lifts the microphone to his mouth.

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“Special announcement - I’m very pleased to say that we have some good news and no bad news to share with you”

“Hooray” shout nearly all the park runners.

“But what about these Australian flags” asks the person who is not concentrating on the announcements

“Shhhhsss” say a group of runners standing next to him.

“I’ve just been advised that the other Bob from Fan Ar Ray is actually the real Bob from Wang Gar Rye”

The park runners give out another loud cheer, except the runner looking at the Australian flags who who’s still asking what to do with them.

Nick turns to Bob and gives him a wink and a smile then turns to the flag wavers to encourage them to wave the flags faster.

The briefing is finished, and everyone turns to walk to the start line.

Nick and Bob talk to each other on the way to the start line.

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“Well Nick, that session was skux”

“Are you sure Skux is a good thing Bob? it sounds like another word that doesn’t mean good”

“Ok Nick, just for you it’s been a really cool day, I just hope I don’t have any more problems like that during my stay in the UK.

“Let’s hope so Bob” says Nick

“Now all I need is someone to help me with directions to “Lou goo ber oooo ga” in “Lei Ses Ter Shire” do you know anyone who can help?”

“To be honest Bob, if I were you, I’d type it into Google”

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In the absence of parkrun events (not)parkrun is an opportunity for parkrunners to submit a 5k walk, jog, or run, on a route of your choosing, on a day and time of your choice, wherever you are in the world and following appropriate guidelines for physical activity wherever you’re based. You can record up to one activity per day, with your fastest time each week included in a weekly results table.

For more information on (not)parkrun and how to get involved, please visit our FAQs.

Visit profile and add new (not)parkrun here.

(not)parkruns representing Wycombe Rye parkrun: 05/10/2020 – 11/10/2020

39 parkrunners completed 61 (not)parkruns

There were no 'first timers' to (not)parkrun:

But there were Thirteen (not)parkrun Personal Bests:
Steve Hayden, David Morley, Caroline Carter, Mark McCormack, Jo Patterson, Alan D Baker, Martin Daniels, Nicholas Martin, Suzanne Hyde, Stefania Cuccotti, Ally Vincent and Louise Brown.

Well done, everyone!

First three men:
Dominic Reed - Handy Cross Runners (1st, 18:45)
Richard Woodhead - Hazlemere Runners (2nd, 24:10)
Steve Hayden (5th, 26:34)

First three women:
Nicola Walker - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (3rd, 25:25)
Caroline Bishop (4th, 26:25)
Rachel Marsh - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (8th, 27:16)

Simon Jones
Run Director

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report, 10th October 2020 #30

I've been quiet for a while, so time to catch-up on the (not)parkruns that several of you have been enjoying.

In the absence of parkrun events (not)parkrun is an opportunity for parkrunners to submit a 5k walk, jog, or run, on a route of your choosing, on a day and time of your choice, wherever you are in the world and following appropriate guidelines for physical activity wherever you’re based. You can record up to one activity per day, with your fastest time each week included in a weekly results table.

For more information on (not)parkrun and how to get involved, please visit our FAQs.

Visit profile and add new (not)parkrun here.

 

(not)parkruns representing Wycombe Rye parkrun: 21/09/2020 – 27/09/2020

26 parkrunners completed 37 (not)parkruns

There were no 'first timers' to (not)parkrun:

Three (not)parkrun Personal Bests:
Caroline Bishop (4th, 24:58)
Mark McCormack (9th, 29:28)
Ruth Farwell (18th, 32:25)

First three men:
Pete Catterson (1st, 21:59)
Chris Knight - Hazlemere Runners (2nd, 22:28)
Richard Woodhead - Hazlemere Runners (3rd, 23:50)

First three women:
Caroline Bishop (4th, 24:58)
Veronica Humphrey (8th, 29:20)
Linda Curley (10th, 29:37)

(not)parkruns representing Wycombe Rye parkrun: 28/09/2020 – 04/10/2020

25 parkrunners completed 41 (not)parkruns

56% of the participants were female, yet 70% of the top 10 speeds were set by women, including first place!

There were three 'first timers' to (not)parkrun:
Susan Morton (6th, 27:54)
Rosemary Brereton - Hazlemere Runners (9th, 28:31)
Eve Pilley - High Sheriff of Oxon Challenge Richardsons (12th, 29:53)

Only one (not)parkrun Personal Best:
Rachel Marsh - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (4th, 27:10)

First three women:
Caroline Bishop (1st, 25:02)
Nicola Walker - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (3rd, 27:08)
Rachel Marsh - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (4th, 27:10)

First three men:
Richard Woodhead - Hazlemere Runners (2nd, 26:55)
Nigel Rose - Marlow Striders (8th, 28:14)
David Morley (10th, 29:11)

Nick Sendall
Co-Event Director

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report, 3rd October 2020 #29

Reasons to be Cheerful – parkrun!

I’ve been a little downbeat recently – so thought I’d perk up with a reflection on some old videos and a bit of a sing-along.  The words are given below the link to the video, I’m sure you will already know the tune.

Apologies to my fellow Old Wycombiensian, Ian Dury! Turn the sound up before following the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js-Ds4Wcdz4

The lyrics - sing along:

Why don't you get up out of bed? x10

Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
3, 2, 1 Go

Getting up early, feeling rather blurry
Trainers, t-shirt, shorts

Running, jogging walking, Saturday morning
Breakfast, car keys, pause

Looking for your barcode, do another download
Print another copy and out you go

Seeing Beth and Bekah, Douglas, Katt and Lyndsay
Volunteers are ready and the weather’s good

Queue for a weewee, Listen to the briefing
Head to the start line, here we go

I must be barmy, click on my Garmin
Set off steady (but much too fast)

Snake round the grass, head along the path
Going much too fast, no time to stop

Thanking the Marshal, they make me want to sparkle
Today might be special, moving well

Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, 3, 2, 1 (Go)

Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun

Puff, panting screaming, steadying my breathing
Running round the park

Keep with the pacer, trying hard to chase her
This could be my day, sir

Ruth, Simon, Barry, Alistair and Ronnie
Nick, Guy and Jo

Reaching 4k, Feeling great
High-fiving Ray

Timekeeper, Tokens, Scanners and emotions
Chatter, chatter, chatter and cake

A runner with a buggy, a jogger with a doggie
Making a new buddy

Putting on my hoody, heading for the café,
Going for a coffee

Feeling rather nervy but results processed early,
PB celebrations

Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, 3, 2, 1 (Go)

Ah, well, dear, dear
Perhaps next year
But soon we’ll run again

In which case

Timekeeper, Tokens, Scanners and emotions
Chatter, chatter, chatter and cake

A runner with a buggy, a jogger with a doggie
Making a new buddy

Putting on my hoody, heading for the café,
Going for a coffee

Feeling rather nervy but results processed early,
PB celebrations

Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, parkrun
Reasons to be cheerful, 3, 2, 1 (Go)

I don't mind
I don't mind, don't mind, don't mind, don't mind

Nick Sendall
Co-Event Director

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report 26th September 2020 #28

Creative juices have indeed temporarily dried up. So this is your chance to help out by submitting a couple of paragraphs on what you are currently doing on Saturday mornings instead of parkrun! It would be lovely to hear your stories. It doesn't have to be witty (though we've had some fabulous contributions from everyone over the last few weeks) just email in to wycomberye@parkrun.com - preferably add a couple of photos - and we'll do the rest :)

Reasons to be cheerful:

In the absence of parkrun events (not)parkrun is an opportunity for parkrunners to submit a 5k walk, jog, or run, on a route of your choosing, on a day and time of your choice, wherever you are in the world and following appropriate guidelines for physical activity wherever you’re based. You can record up to one activity per day, with your fastest time each week included in a weekly results table.

For more information on (not)parkrun and how to get involved, please visit our FAQs.

Visit profile and add new (not)parkrun here.

 

(not)parkruns representing Wycombe Rye parkrun: 14/09/2020 – 20/09/2020

33 parkrunners completed 49 (not)parkruns

There were four 'first timers' to (not)parkrun:
Bob Healy (4th, 24:45)
Nicola McCarthy (7th, 26:37)
Peter Burt (21st, 33:04)
Rachel Bond - Hughenden Ladies Running Club (38th, 37:40)

Three (not)parkrun Personal Bests:
Nicola Walker - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (5th, 25:27)
Rachel Marsh - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (10th, 27:45)
Patrick Crotty (30th, 37:45)

First three men:
Dominic Reed - Handy Cross Runners (1st, 18:20)
Chris Knight - Hazlemere Runners (2nd, 21:52)
Pete Catterson (3rd, 22:46)

First three women:
Nicola Walker - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (5th, 25:27)
Nicola McCarthy (7th, 26:37)
Caroline Bishop (8th, 27:13)

Nick Sendall
Co-Event Director

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report 19th September 2020 #27

Sadly, this is the non-Run Report that didn't get published...

It was going to be a sensible one too - based on the parkrun COVID-19 Framework and how we might implement it - but even last Saturday morning as I typed, it was coming clear that we wouldn't be restarting in October. I paused and then my work (and complete lack of internet connection while away) took over.

Sadly, now, it has been confirmed and that non-Run Report has been shelved - so we are back to non-Run Reports and (not)parkruns, which reminds me:

(not)parkruns representing Wycombe Rye parkrun: 07/09/2020 – 13/09/2020

34 parkrunners completed 50 (not)parkruns

One 'first timer' to (not)parkrun:
Natalie Heath - Hazlemere Runners (18th, 29:48)

Six (not)parkrun Personal Bests:

Simon Jones, Caroline Bishop, Dave Pascoe, Nicola Walker, Laura Bennett and Victoria Leedham

First three men:
Chris Knight - Hazlemere Runners (1st, 21:08)
Pete Catterson (2nd, 21:51)
Simon Jones (3rd, 24:51)

First three women:
Caroline Bishop (4th, 25:00)
Ruth Walne - Your Pace or Mine (6th, 26:06)
Nicola Walker - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (7th, 26:27)

And tomorrow's Saturday, so I'll have to cheer up and write something a little more upbeat for our 28th non-Run Report.

Nick Sendall
Co-Event Director

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