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

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report 12th September 2020 #26

As is often the case with ancient historic events there is scholarly debate as to what actually happened - but it is generally accepted that 12th September 490 BC was the Battle of Marathon (it might have been the 12th August, but that was a Wednesday this year).

Whether it was a messenger sent from Marathon to Athens (25 miles) to announce the Persian defeat by the Greeks, or from Athens to Sparta (150 miles) to ask them for their help, it is from these legends and stories that what we now know as the marathon was born.

Of course for at least the last 26 weeks we have all, in our own way, been running our own marathons - with the finish line still not in sight.

Perhaps it was virtually - to raise money for charity, following the cancellation of an actual event. Others, whether having to self-isolate, or as a frontline worker, are still fighting hard - hoping that they can keep up the pace until the finish. Those who have tried to home educate their children may have now completed their race; but a marathon it was nevertheless.

Of course, if some of the recent parkrun announcements are to be believed, we may be coming to the end of our own "non-parkrun" marathon. Hopefully, there won't be any last minute course corrections just as the finish comes into sight.

And let's hope that unlike our legendary hero, we don't succumb to exhaustion just after making it to the finish.

Very pleased to see that 34 parkrunners did make it to their start and finish, notching up 48 (not)parkruns last week between them  Here's the latest set of (not) results:

(not)parkruns representing Wycombe Rye parkrun: 31/08/2020 – 06/09/2020

One 'first timer' to (not)parkrun:
Lynda Moorcroft (24th, 32:40)

Six (not)parkrun Personal Bests:

Benjamin Smith, Simon Jones, Caroline Bishop, Warren Bennett, Stefania Cuccotti and Laura Rajaram

First three men:
Dominic Reed (1st, 18:20)
Benjamin Smith Vegan runners (2nd, 19:40)
Pete Catterson (3rd, 22:14)

First three women:
Caroline Bishop (5th, 25:03)
Nicola Walker - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (7th, 27:05)
Katrina Rints - Hazlemere Runners (9th, 27:26)

Anyway, enough of my musing - best get back to my own marathon training:

Snickers_wrapped
Guy Hylton
Run Director

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report, 5th September 2020 #25

We've now missed 25 weeks of parkrun - here's a story about how I have simultaneously obtained a lovely non-Volunteer '25' t-shirt - I am proudly wearing it as I type this:

Now there was once a co-Event Director who was absolutely insane about new parkrun t-shirts and one day, two swindlers came to sell him what they said was a non-Volunteer '25' t-shirt. Now, they held up this particular garment and they said, "co-ED, this is a magic parkrun t-shirt." Well, the truth of the matter is, there was no parkrun t-shirt there at all. But the swindlers were very smart, and they said, "co-ED, to a wise parkrunner this is a beautiful raiment but to a fool it is absolutely invisible." Naturally, the co-ED not wanting to appear a fool, said,

"Isn't it grand! Isn't it fine! Look at the cut, the style, the line!
The non-Volunteer '25' t-shirt is all together
But all together it's all together
The most remarkable parkrun t-shirt that I have ever seen.
These eyes of mine at once determined
The sleeves are velvet, the neck is ermine
The body is blue and the logo is a lovely shade of green.
Somebody send for the Run Director."

Well they sent for the RD and they quickly explained to her about the magic parkrun non-Volunteer '25' t-shirt. And naturally, the RD not wanting to appear a fool, said,

"Well, isn't it oh! Isn't it rich! Look at the charm of every stitch!
The non-Volunteer '25' t-shirt is all together
But all together it's all together
The most remarkable parkrun t-shirt that I have ever seen.
These eyes of mine at once determined
The sleeves are velvet, the neck is ermine
The body is blue and the logo is a lovely shade of green.
Somebody send for the Volunteers."

Well the Volunteers convened, and you never saw in your life as many people as were at that gazebo. All the Marshals, the Bar Code Scanners, the Time Keepers, the Tail Walkers, it was just luminous pink with people in high viz, and they were all told about the magic non-Volunteer '25' t-shirt. And after they were told they naturally didn't want to appear fools and they said,

"Isn't it ohhh! Isn't it ahhh! Isn't it absolutely wheee!
The non-Volunteer '25' t-shirt is all together
But all together it's all together
The most remarkable parkrun t-shirt a tailor ever made.
Now quickly, put it all together
With running clobber, high viz and trainers
It's all together the thing to wear at Saturday's parkrun.
Leading the 3-2-1 Go!"

Now Saturday came and The Rye was just lined with hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of parkrunners, and the Marshals all were cheering as the runners came by, the walkers marched by, the joggers galloped by. And everybody was cheering like mad, except one little boy. You see, he hadn't heard about the magic parkrun t-shirt and didn't know what he was supposed to see. [He had not been listening at the briefing and didn't even know he was supposed to stay within arm's length of his responsible adult].  Well, as he came into the Finish Funnel the little boy looked and, horrified, said,

"Look at the co-ED! Look at the the co-ED! Look at the co-ED, the co-ED, the co-ED!
The co-ED is in the all together
But all together the all together
He's all together as naked as the day that he was born.
The co-ED is in the all together
But all together the all together
It's all together the very least the co-ED has ever worn."

All the Run Directors positioned to call an intermission
The co-ED is wide open to ridicule and scorn

The co-ED is in the all together
But all together the all together
He's all together as naked as the day that he was born.
And it's all together too chilly a morn!

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I look forward to seeing you all again one chilly morn - and don't worry, I'll wrap up warm!

(Special thanks to happy memories of the older Saturday morning ritual of listening to Junior Choice - with apologies to both Hans Christian Andersen & Danny Kaye)

Nick Sendall
co-Event Director

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report, 29th August 2020 #24

(not)parkrun Run Report
Brought to you by Wycombe Rye Budget-Air and (not)parkrun

Please make sure that you pack appropriately for your trip and make sure that you have your Finish Token and Barcode (your passport to all things parkrun) easily accessible, as tickets will not be refunded in the event of no barcode (#DFYB).

Please make sure that you arrive for your flight in plenty of time to commence your journey. Make sure that you listen carefully to the safety briefing, remembering to keep a socially acceptable distance from other people on your (not)parkrun flight and to make sure that your hand sanitiser and personal hydration is contained within clear plastic bottles. As this is a budget airline, there will be no volunteers to check that you have not exceeded the permitted volumes of these liquids.

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As you go through security, please pay careful attention to all signage, it is there for your personal safety. Wycombe Rye Budget-Air takes no responsibility should you decide to disregard safety messages during your (not)parkrun staycation.

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For your (not)parkrun safety, aircraft have been grounded and you are required to travel on foot to your final staycation destination. Please make sure that you carry all personal belongings with you at all times as (not)parkrun does not have a lost property department.

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Upon arrival at your chosen (not)parkrun, please make your way to your departure gate. Please note that as a budget airline, Wycombe Rye Budget-Air does not operate a duty-free shopping experience.

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Please make sure that conditions are optimal for your (not)parkrun experience. Our event this morning provided orange windsock signage for this purpose. Please not that this is not a feature of all (not)parkrun events (other (not)parkrun destinations are available - please check with your local (not)parkrun agent).

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Upon reaching the aircraft, you will be greeted by your (not)parkrun pilot. At Wycombe Rye Budget-Air, we pride ourselves on having a friendly, approachable crew. Please feel free to ask questions about the flight plan and final (often mystery) destination.

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Please take care getting to your seat as obstacles and height restrictions may apply. Wycombe Rye Budget-Air accepts all participants but due to the lack of volunteers, please make your own adaptations for your in-flight comfort.

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Please be advised that Wycombe Rye Budget-Air has limited facilities for your ‘convenience’. We advise that you plan these into your departure preparations. Should your preparations be insufficient, please be aware that facilities have no locking doors and may be shared with local wildlife.

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Your journey comes with complementary fresh snacks. These will be available at random intervals throughout your flight and are self-service.

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During your (not)parkrun flight, you will climb a total of 201m (659ft). Once you reach cruising altitude, you will be treated to stunning local views. Individual cruising speeds are welcomed by Wycombe Rye Budget-Air and (not)parkrun.

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Your journey will take you through a mixture of stunning terrain. Please be advised that local conditions may vary. Our experience of the journey was predominantly firm with soft places, however, there have been recent reports of swimming puddles at other local (not)parkrun locations.

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Please make sure that you dress appropriately for your trip. During periods of descent, you may experience some turbulence. Please do not be alarmed, this is part of your (not)parkrun experience. Here at Wycombe Rye Budget-Air this is a service that we provide at no additional charge.

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Upon arrival at your, (not)parkrun staycation destination, you may be greeted by friendly locals, Wycombe Rye Budget-Air cannot guarantee this and no refunds will be given for lack of a welcoming committee. Local accommodation is available – quality, build status and locations vary. Please make sure that you read the terms and conditions of your stay carefully as mistakes cannot be rectified later should it not meet your comfort requirements.

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As you travel around your (not)parkrun holiday destination location, please be aware that local signage may be confusing (Can someone please explain exactly how one drives a bird?!?)

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Some parts of your (not)parkrun destination can look very similar.

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Please bear with your local tour guide whilst he uses his mystical GPS device to determine the correct direction of travel. Depending on the experience of your tour guide, accuracy of results may vary! Of course, you are welcome to explore the multitude of different routes that are available.

Wycombe Rye Budget-Air and (not)parkrun highly recommend the local refreshments of coffee and cake to complete your tour. At the end of your tour it is customary to thank your local tour guide before continuing your onward journey.

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May we take this opportunity to thank you all for your support of Wycombe Rye Budget-Air and our partnership with (not)parkrun and we look forward to welcoming you on one of our flights again very soon. Please keep checking the parkrun website for future booking details.

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(not)parkruns representing
Wycombe Rye parkrun
24/08/2020 – 30/08/2020

31 runners took part, logging 50 runs between them including runners from 7 different clubs.  And we had a lady in first place which is always worth celebrating!

There were:

Two 'first timers' to (not)parkrun:
Simon Jones (6th, 25:24)
Linda Marsh - Handy Cross Runners (26th, 33:43)

Eleven (not)parkrun Personal Bests:
Michaela Mayor, Ben Humphrey, Ruth Walne, Dave Pascoe, Tazneem Anwar, Victoria Leedham, Nigel Masters, Ruth Farwell, Margaret Griffiths, Martin Daniels & Patrick Crotty

First three women:
Michaela Mayor - Hillingdon AC (1st, 20:50)
Katrina Rints - Hazlemere Runners (7th, 25:26)
Caroline Bishop (8th, 25:36)

First three men:
Ben Humphrey (2nd, 21:52)
Pete Catterson (3rd, 22:36)
Chris Knight - Hazlemere Runners (4th, 22:59)

And so another week of (not)parkrun approaches - let's fly through our beautiful countryside folks!

Katt Clark
Run Director & (not)parkrun Tour Operator (unofficial)

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report, 22nd August 2020 #23

Us Two (adapted from the poem by A A Milne)

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Wherever I am, there’s always Ruth,
There’s always Ruth and Me.
Whatever I do she wants to do,
“Are you going to parkrun today?” says Ruth:
“Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s be Run Directors together” says Ruth, says she.
“Let’s be Run Directors together” says Ruth.
 

“What does a Timekeeper do?” I said to Ruth,
(“A Timekeeper do?” said Ruth to Me.)
“I think they have to click start and then every runner through.”
“Just what I think myself,” said Ruth.
“It can be a tricky thing to do,
But that’s what it is,” said Ruth, said she.
“That’s what it is,” said Ruth.
 

“Let’s set up the Finish Funnel,” I said to Ruth.
“Yes, let’s,” said Ruth to Me.
We called out for Volunteers and found a few –
“Yes those are Volunteers alright,” said Ruth.
“As soon as I saw their hi-vis jackets I knew.
They‘re definitely Volunteers,” said Ruth, said she.
“They’re definitely Volunteers,” said Ruth.
 

“Let’s do the main briefing,” I said to Ruth.
“Yes let’s,” said Ruth to Me.
“I’ll give all the health and safety announcements,” I said to Ruth,
And I held her hand and I shouted, “Are you ready?
3,2,1 go!” – and off everyone ran.
“Well that went smoothly,” said Ruth, said she,
“It always goes smoothly with you.”
 

So whenever there’s parkrun, there’s always Ruth,
There’s always Ruth and Me.
“Time to pack everything away,” I said to Ruth,
“And process the results,” and Ruth said “True,
But first let’s thank all our Volunteers, and then
Have coffee and cake,” says Ruth, says she.
“Another great parkrun,” says Ruth.

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(not)parkruns representing Wycombe Rye parkrun (10-16/08/2020)

38 people participated in last week's (not)parkrun, including representatives from seven clubs - lovely to see some familiar names in the list, I can't wait until we're all running together again!

Four 'first timers' to (not)parkrun:
James Durrant (5th, 23:40)
Tazneem Anwar - Handy Cross Runners (14th, 29:32)
Dave Pascoe - Handy Cross Runners (20th, 30:08)
Jen Bray (35th, 40:38)

Four (not)parkrun Personal Bests:
Chris Knight - Hazlemere Runners (2nd, 19:54)
Christian Bannister (9th, 27:13)
Martyn Beaumont - Hazlemere Runners (11th, 27:54)
Michael Hickman - Handy Cross Runners (25th, 32:33)

First three men:
Dominic Reed - Handy Cross Runners (1st, 18:12)
Chris Knight - Hazlemere Runners (2nd, 19:54)
Daniel Hatton - Vegetarian Cycling and AC (3rd, 21:12)

First three women:
Nicola Walker - High Wycombe Hash House Harriers (HWH3) (7th, 26:53)
Caroline Bishop (8th, 27:05)
Ruth Walne - Your Pace or Mine (10th, 27:33)

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Carolyn Hall
Run Director

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report, 15th August 2020 #22

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I thought it was time we looked at the (not)parkruns and considered them in a Run Report - as we would if we had actually all taken part at the same place, same time, same course.  (not)parkrun is entirely separate to, and different from, parkrun. Participating in (not)parkrun does not count towards parkrun milestones and there are no volunteering opportunities at (not)parkrun – this is simply a walk, jog, run initiative - but that doesn't need to stop us analysing the (not)results:

Last week (up to Sunday, 9th August) saw thirty-two Wycombe Rye parkrunners complete a (not)parkrun. Seven different clubs were represented.

The fastest three men were:
Dominic Reed – Handy Cross Runners  (1st, 18:30)
Derek Humphrey – Burnham Joggers (2nd, 20:27)
Daniel Hatton – Vegetarian Cycling and AC (3rd, 23:43)

The fastest three women were:
Caroline Bishop (4th, 25:08)
Katrina Rints – Hazlemere Runners (6th, 26:15)
Laura Bennett – Hazlemere Runners (8th, 27:15)

There were four (not)parkrun PBs recorded:
Derek Humphrey – Burnham Joggers (2nd, 20:27)
David Morley (10th, 28:28)
Sophie Bettison (16th, 31:37)
Ruth Farwell (19th, 33:40)

We are able to welcome two first timers to (not)parkrun:
Martyn Beaumont – Hazlemere Runners (26th, 36:00)
Claire Hall (32nd, 54:58)

There were no unknown runners – because to (not)parkrun you only need to have a barcode; for once you don’t have to remember to bring it with you!

No incidents were recorded.

But sadly, of course, there were no volunteers to thank, no tourists to welcome and no cake to share!

If you are not yet familiar with the (not)parkrun idea - here are are some FAQ's and appropriate answers/links:
https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009843618

Well done to everyone that is continuing to record their 5Km runs – let’s hope it won’t be long before we can all be back together again.

Nick Sendall
Co-Event Director

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