parkrun profile: Linda Whalley

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Name: Linda Whalley

Number of parkruns: 94

Favourite parkrun (other than Wycombe Rye, obviously!) and why:

Skatäs in Sweden, on my 65th birthday. A beautiful single lap course around a lake in a sports park just outside Gothenburg, with runners from England, Scotland, Iceland and of course a few Swedes, 32 of us in total.

Why did you start parkrunning:

I started running quite late in life. In 2016 I retired from teaching Art after 45 years (18 at the RGS) and decided that I no longer had any excuse not to try and get fit(ter). So I joined a Hazlemere Runners 0-5K group in March 2017. After completing this it took me a while to build the confidence to do a parkrun, but I eventually gave in to Nick Brewer’s nagging and did my first on 22nd July that year, with Nick running alongside and encouraging me all the way round, and of course I was hooked!

Number of volunteers: 12

Favourite volunteering role, and why:

Marshalling at the top of the Steps of Doom because I think that’s where most people need encouragement. I did token support once and dropped a whole set of tokens, the young lad I was ‘supporting’ was very kind to me.

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Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:

Favourite was at Lyme Park (a challenging hilly, uneven course). I was about 40m from the finish line and struggling, I could hear someone running up behind me and was expecting to be overtaken any second, but when she got almost level with me she started to encourage me and stayed just behind me all the way to the finish. To me that encapsulated the ethos of parkrun.

Funniest was my 50th parkrun when Rae & Nick, fellow Hazlemere Runners, gave me a 5️⃣0️⃣ balloon to carry round with me in my role as tail walker. I was surprised at how many runners wished me a Happy Birthday!

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What does Wycombe Rye parkrun mean to you:

It means a chance to meet up with lots of friends and club-mates of all running abilities; being encouraged by, and encouraging fellow runners. There is a real sense of community, and it’s a great way to start the weekend.

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What do you miss about parkrun:

All of the above, it’s much harder to be motivated as a solo runner.

What running are you doing now:

I’m going out 3 times a week around my local area, usually running between 5K and 8K. My club have organised two running challenges (running on our own of course) during lockdown and these have given me some motivation, but I have struggled to go out some days, luckily the weather has been kind.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:

When I was progressing from 5 to 10K I was finding it hard, but then I was told run at YOUR pace and that enabled me to take a lot of pressure off myself. I accepted I can’t always keep up with runners 30-40 years younger than me!

What is your favourite run apart from parkrun:

I can’t decide between the Marlow 5, a nice fairly flat course with a great atmosphere, or Penn 7, which I did for the first time last year in a team of Hazlemere Runners Superheroes. We definitely entertained the locals that day.

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What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:

London Winter 10K 2021, because it was cancelled this year due to storm Ciara.

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:

Probably my shoes, after running for my first 9/10 months in a 15 year old pair of Reebok Classics I was amazed what a difference good shoes make. Also, in winter, my gloves, I hate having cold hands.

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What is your favourite/funniest running memory:

For the Silverstone last November we had a big club outing and 60+ of us travelled there by coach. It was a fairly uninteresting course and I was finding the last 2K or so hard going, but as I entered the final stretch before the finish line, I heard my Hazlemere Runners club-mates cheering and whooping, ringing bells and waving blue foam hands. This ‘forced’ me to make the final push, cutting 1 min 39 secs off my previous 10K PB.

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parkrun profile : Greg Quixley

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Name:Gregg Quixley

 

Number of parkruns:358

 

Favourite parkrun (other than Wycombe Rye, obviously!) and why:

Richmond Park, you get to see the deer, its a 5km loop so no double laps and I've done 69 runs there. My second most after Wycombe Rye (239.)

 

 

Why did you start parkrunning:

To keep fit and get to know other local runners. No better way to connect with like minded people in the area.

 

 

Number of volunteers:13

 

Favourite volunteering role, and why:

Marshal, you can clap and cheer loudly and give the time split as people come past. I love boosting other runners and it makes me feel good!

 

 

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:

Without a doubt, when we ran the flooded course at the Rye this year in January. It was ankle deep in places but much to the wonderful Run Director's credit, they allowed the event to go ahead. I was drenched by the end but the atmosphere was comical! One thing I love about Parkrun is that it is ALWAYS ON!

 

 

What does Wycombe Rye parkrun mean to you:

It means getting every Saturday morning off to a great start with a little 5km run with my family! Over the years I have come to know a lot of fantastic people who I otherwise would never had met. Parkrun means being part of a community of people who believe in the values I hold dear: being healthy, friendly and committed to building a community that supports and welcomes everyone, regardless of ability or age. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to call Wycombe Rye my home Parkrun as not only is it scenically beautiful, but the community is so supportive and strong.

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What do you miss about parkrun:

I miss the comaraderie and post run coffees. I miss seeing good old 'Ray' down at the 4km marker and hearing him say, "Don't let your daddy beat ya!" I miss seeing the people who've seen my kids, Hannah and Matthew, grow from being pushed around in buggies from 6 months of age to now having done 71 Parkruns by ages 8 and 6 respectively. The encouragement we've received as a family has been terrific and I miss that. My wife Leigh has also done 160 Parkruns, so as a family we are in this for the long haul!

 

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What running are you doing now:

I'm part of a great free Facebook running group called Your Pace or Mine (YPOM), which I joined through meeting two top guys at Wycombe Rye Parkrun, namely Stuart Wheeler and Warren Bennet. We've been doing a team Marathon Challenge, which has seen my pace increase due to trying to beat my time week on week and beat the other teams. It's been a great way to stay connected and compete against other friends I've met through running. It's open to anyone in Bucks, Berks, Oxon and Herts, so search for us on Facebook and get involved! I'm also training for the Milton Keynes Marathon on 5 September, hoping to get quicker than last year!

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What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:

The race is not to the swiftest, but to him who keeps on running!

 

 

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:

I've been lucky enough to have run London marathon in 2010 and 2015. I've also completed the last 5 Milton Keynes marathons. It's a great race and one I do every year.

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What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:

This is a bit out there,  but I'd love to complete the Thames Path 100 miler one day. Samantha Amend, a great legend and founder of Wycombe Rye Parkrun holds the women's record at 16 hours and a few seconds. That distance is insane but it resonates with my idea of an adventure!

 

 

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:

my trusty Asics Gel Kayano 26 shoes in black. Never give me grief!

 

 

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:

When I was 21, I completed my first Comrades Marathon in South Africa. Its an ultra marathon (56 miles). My mom was there at the finish and I remember the sheer joy and euphoria of crossing the finish line. Magic!

 

Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report, 11th July 2020 #17

I thought I would continue my own personal trend of looking back for our non run report – not across the years this time but to one year in particular. Five years ago today was our 150th Run and I posted this report.  I remember it being a beautiful hot day and lots of fun.

There are photos available for this run (taken by Barry Vincent). If you go to our Flikr photopool (via the photos tab on the Wycombe Rye home page) and put July 2015 into the search box it will take you straight there.

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Wycombe Rye parkrun 11th July #150

Posted on July 11, 2015

Despite the looming presence of the Wycombe Half and the Wycombe 10k to be held the next day it was really encouraging to see 281 runners join us for our 150th parkrun at Wycombe Rye.

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As promised, there were small prizes for those who finished in multiples of 50 and these were claimed by Douglas Gordon (50th), Jon Harvey (100th), Adam Bowles (150th), Brigid Ward (200th) and Mia Anstiss (250th).

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Special anniversary mugs were also given to Andy Healey (the parkrunner of the month for June) and to Philip Marshall and Simon O’Neill – who were both running their 50th runs on our 150th anniversary. A further anniversary mug will also be given to July’s parkrunner of the month…I wonder who that will be?

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Today also saw Samuel Rints run his 10th parkrun – well done!

 

The 281 finishers today took us up to a staggering total of 22,456 runs, which works out – rather amazingly – at an average of 150 runs a week for the last 150 weeks (its actually 149.7 but I think that’s close enough).

 

Today we had 27 first timers – including runners from Australia and South Africa – and its amazing to think that over the last 150 weeks we have averaged 25 new runners each week.

 

Today we also had 39 personal bests – including an epic performance from one of our Run Directors, Lyndsay Markham, to be our first female finisher and to set a new personal best of 21:39. Over the last 150 weeks we have averaged 37 new personal bests each week…and that includes running through all those puddles!

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We had a great set of volunteers this week – in fact we really had more than we need: still it made my job very easy. So, thank you to Debbie Britton, Isabel Eyre, Martin Fewell, Rebekah France, Ade Gibbon, Carolyn Hall, Craig Harrison, Helen Healey, Andy Healey, Susanna Jefferey, Mick Magdeburg, Dave Moist, Alex Morris, Charlotte Parriss, Nick Sendall, John Stembridge-King, Zack Trossell, Barry Vincent and Linda Weedon.

 

You were all amazing but if I could just highlight a couple of you for special praise. First, Charlotte Parriss, our tail-runner today, for completing the course ‘intact’, just eleven days before her due date! Second, Rebekah France, who walked the last 3.5 km with a couple of visiting walkers who found themselves behind our tail-runner and were feeling very lost.

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At the really keen end of the run we saw Daniel Weathers finish first in a time 18:28, very closely followed by Q Scott, in 18:29, and then Nicholas Howard in 19:02.

 

As I have already said, our first female finisher was Lyndsay Markham, in 21:39, followed by Hannah Vosser, in 21:52 and Fran Penny, in 22:32.

 

I am delighted to be able to say that we had an incident free week – so thank you to all of you for running so considerately, and for sharing the park with other users. We did, however, have a couple of children (under 11s) who were running unaccompanied. Please remember that children under the age of 11 must be accompanied at all times (whether you are running or marshalling) and if you are running that means that an adult must be running with them.

 

We also had quite a number of runners without their barcodes - sorry, its simple really: no barcode = no time.

 

I hope you have the 1st August in your diary? This will be our third anniversary and we will be welcoming back our Event Director (Sam Amend) and our parkrun Ambassador (Rory Murphy).

 

See you next week.

 

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parkrun profile: Joanna Gardner

JG1Name: Joanna Gardner

Number of parkruns: 119

Favourite parkrun (other than Wycombe Rye, obviously!) and why:
I love Conkers in Leicestershire. I’ve not done a lot of parkrun tourism (maybe about 5), but this one is really off road and is an out and back through woodland paths and by the canal. They also think they have a ‘hard bit’, as there’s a hill at 2k but I like to remind them of our steps of doom!

Why did you start parkrunning:
I had completed couch to 5k a few year ago as a way of getting back into running, I needed somewhere to complete the final 5k session and I think I must have Googled local 5k Wycombe and found parkrun. Now I run whenever I can to try and smash my PB, but also mainly for cake.

Number of volunteers: 21

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
Loads, I like being the barcode scanner as you literally get to say hello to hundreds of people, and I love volunteering at junior parkrun as there’s some super talented kids out there. I think my favourite has to be the pacing though, I’m a runner at heart so whenever I can get out there and pace anything from 32,28,24 or whatever, I love helping motivate people to achieve their goals.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Any time it snows, or rains is usually very entertaining. That time when we had water up to our ankles at the end of February was just amazing. Then there was the parkrun engagement that made me cry, and Ray who is our parkrun hero. PB-ing on my birthday in December was a touch as well, and as always – everyone’s amazing cakes.

What does Wycombe Rye parkrun mean to you:
It means community. Seeing the same people every week, whether old or young out for a variety of different reasons - getting fit, racing for a time, improving mental health, it doesn’t really matter why we’re there but we’re all there together and sharing something that makes us happy.

What do you miss about parkrun:
I miss just being in a large group of people! It always helped towards whatever race it was I was training for and I miss catching up with people I would run with. Also, and I can’t stress this enough – cake.

What running are you doing now:
I’m part of Highgate Harriers in London, so they’ve been helping with some virtual racing. I just competed in the Virtual National Road Relays, but I’m usually a long-distance runner. My training is mostly the same, just with some tweaks, a lot of easy midweek miles around the block, intervals and hill sessions as well as a long run on Sundays. I am hoping for at least one marathon this year as I was scheduled to compete in London and Chicago Marathons.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
The first mile is a liar!

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
As I mentioned, I love distance running so the longer the better, London Marathon in 2019 was definitely a highlight.

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
Getting a championship Boston and London place is definitely something I have my eye on in the next year or two, or for a super Ultra-endurance challenge I would love to do the Marathon des Sables.

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
I would be lost without my Garmin. I have a Forerunner 235 and it helps me to monitor how well I’m training, my pace splits. I’m a nerd for data so I love seeing how I’m getting on!

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
Either doing Hackney Half Marathon and eating dodgy gels so I had to stop and throw up in a bin, or doing an introduction to fell running and falling over 4 time in one session grazing both hands, both knees and my face (not for me). Hahaha

 

parkrun profile: Kate Rogers

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Name: Kate Rogers

Number of parkruns: 210

Favourite parkrun (other than Wycombe Rye, obviously!) and why:

Wepre parkrun in North Wales, very challenging course, and we were there in very wet weather but through a beautiful country park, with a café at the finish serving breakfast. Looking forward to going back on a beautiful sunny day next time I am visiting Chester.

Why did you start parkrunning:

I was misinformed!!! And registered because my daughter told me I needed to take her – but I haven’t looked back since the first week on 2nd May 2015 when I completed in 47:14 and came in at position 281 – a position I would be very happy with now. The first week I ran a couple of hundred metres and then walked a bit (lot) all the way round, it took about 4 weeks to get to running the first k, each week trying to run a little bit further and a few more before I could get all the way round.

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Number of volunteers: 95 including junior parkrun

Favourite volunteering role, and why:

Tailwalker – I get to chat to people and encourage them, and volunteer whilst collecting a run token as well.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:

Dressing up for Christmas and running round with lots of elves, santas etc

What does Wycombe Rye parkrun mean to you:

When I was starting, the welcome and encouragement from other parkrunners was inspiring, I still don’t really feel like a runner as I am rather slow, but I definitely feel part of the running community at Wycombe Rye.

It has become the start of my weekend, a chance to discuss running plans with other interested people and a great supportive community.

What do you miss about parkrun:

Coffee and cake afterwards, and the chat about where everyone has been and the races they are booked in for.

What running are you doing now:

Mainly running 5k’s with my daughters, but did complete ‘Not the London’ Marathon on my treadmill to raise funds for Wycombe Homeless Connection. Hopefully will be completing it for real in October, so will be building up the mileage from June onwards and will really appreciate the changing scenery as we can now run longer outdoors.

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What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:

Look up and smile, it is meant to be fun

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:

West Wycombe Trail 10k, absolutely beautiful

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:

London Marathon, I finally got a place this year through the ballot and then it was postponed, fingers crossed for October, but need to do lots of training to make it enjoyable, rather than a struggle from about 10 miles.

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:

A good sports bra is essential, but my favourite bit of kit is my London Marathon zip up training top, it is just the right level of extra layer when it is a bit chilly, but with a full zip so you can undo it on the go when you warm up.

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:

My first obstacle course – the Muddy Mucker, I am not built for climbing through skips full of water, I got in okay but trying to get out was somewhat more challenging, my legs were not long enough to cope with the slope and I was not fit enough to bounce through like some. The worst obstacle for me though was a rope crossing which you were supposed to grip with hands and feet and pull yourself across, I couldn’t do ropes at school, so there is no chance in my 40’s, I was completely useless and Abby walked under me like a parent teaching a child to swim, with her hands against my back holding me up to make sure I didn’t fall off. I started laughing at how hopeless I was, which does nothing for your core muscles, so really I think I was carried across. The event was great fun, the marshals were brilliant giving suggestions of how to tackle the obstacles and a handy leg up when needed and my Team Mates, Abby & Carolyn provided much needed encouragement and assistance. A fun event for a good cause.

 

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Kate is also our very own parkrun cake queen.  She is responsible for the massive and amazing cakes that we enjoy on our anniversaries and special events1

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parkrun profile: Matt Fowler

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Number of parkruns: 207

Favourite parkrun (other than Wycombe Rye, obviously!) and why:

Henley – I love the cross country feel to it and I’m quite good up hills so can usually overtake a few of the quicker people. Except the take me back later on the flat bits!

Why did you start parkrunning:

To lose weight and because someone I knew told me I’d never be able to run a marathon. It was a steppingstone to proving them wrong. And eventually I did.

Number of volunteers: 29

Favourite volunteering role, and why:

Photographer – I’m a Commercial Photographer during the week so it’s nice to combine that with being able to give something back at parkrun. I love seeing the different expressions on people when they go past. Usually it’s elation when they see the finish funnel!

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:

I was asked by a friend to pace him to his pb on his 50th birthday and 50th parkrun. He raced past me halfway round and finished minutes ahead of his fastest time leaving me running on my own.

What does Wycombe Rye parkrun mean to you:

I started out selfishly using parkrun for my own ends, to get fitter and as a focus for my running but it quickly became more than that. I have made so many friends through parkrun, people I would never have met otherwise. It is a very special place.

What do you miss about parkrun:

Most of all the people. But also, while it isn’t a race, I always seem to push myself a bit harder when there are other people around.

What running are you doing now:

I still run 5 times a week. Mainly trail running around where I live, exploring footpaths I haven’t been on before. It’s been a bit of a revelation finding new tracks around places I thought I knew well.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:

Don’t stop! Even if you have to walk some of it, you’re always getting closer to the end. And buy a decent pair of running shoes!

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:

I have a strange passion for very long races so it would either be running Endure 24 or the Thames Path 100 mile race. There is nothing like the feeling of being utterly exhausted, watching the dawn slowly break, hearing the birds wake up and start their day, and with that becoming rejuvenated and able to carry on running.

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What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:

Comrades Marathon. I haven’t been back to South Africa for over 25 years and would love to run this iconic 90 km race. And the mileage to medal size ratio is perfect. It’s tiny!

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:

Gloves! For some reason my hands can get cold even on a warm day. Quite often I’ll be running in shorts, t-shirt and gloves.

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:

Running a cross country race last year and having to wade through a small stream. I lost my footing going in and had to swim to the other side while runners were running over the top of me. I was soaked head to toe and still had another lap to go. I didn’t make the same mistake twice.

 

parkrun profile: Beth France

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Name: Bethany France

Number of parkruns: 149 (and I am really feeling the pain of that last one)

Favourite parkrun (other than Wycombe Rye, obviously!) and why:

Swindon because for a while it was my second home parkrun and it is a really nice course.

Why did you start parkrunning:

Well when I was 10 I really didn’t like volunteering (that has changed now) because it was cold, and running was warm so I started running instead.

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Number of volunteers: 73

Favourite volunteering role, and why:

Marshalling as you get to know the people that you marshal with, and it is really nice to see all of the runners and have the time to appreciate everyone.

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:

My first parkrun (on the very first course) and it was so flooded by the river I was carried through the puddles.

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What does Wycombe Rye parkrun mean to you:

It is a safe place to run in a community

What do you miss about parkrun:

I miss the running with different people and seeing people at the split to motivate me to move along

What running are you doing now:

I am super lucky because I live in a flat village next to great countryside so I have been doing a mix of trail and road running. The only bad thing is that it is always up hill on the way home.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:

Slower and longer

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:

The Marlow 5 (despite breaking my wrist on it) because it is flat and quick.

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What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:

A half marathon as I am yet to do an official one since becoming old enough to enter

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:

Trainers…I am very emotionally attached to those

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:

Running as Santa in Oxford because I watched as various items of Santa suits tore and were discarded and generally running as one in a few hundred Santa’s is a very surreal thing to do.

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parkrun profile: Ruth Walne

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Name: Ruth Walne

Number of parkruns: 100

Favourite parkrun (other than Wycombe Rye, obviously!) and why:

I have only run at 5 other parkruns, but I think my favourite would have to be Black Park. I love running off-road on trails and this year my eldest daughter joined me for our first new year double, starting at Black Park.

Why did you start parkrunning:

My first parkrun was 28th May 2016, my son had been asking to run the Race for Life, to raise money in memory of my dad who passed when he was a toddler. I was overweight, having not lost the weight from my last two daughters, so agreed we would have a look at what parkrun was about. I had heard a work colleague talk about it (Jo Smith) I managed to run the whole course that day in 36:52 and enjoyed it so much we came back for the next 4 weeks, during which I managed to get my time to 31.34. I was hooked and would attend and run as much as I could, fitting it in with working nights.

Number of volunteers: 69

Favourite volunteering role, and why:

I don’t have any one favourite role - but my Top 3 would be:

  • Run Director - I joined the team in 2018; although I’m not a comfortable public speaker I still enjoy welcoming new parkrunners to Wycombe Rye and the incredible rush you get as 600+ runners pass you is immense, I also love being able to congratulate everyone as they finish.
  • Barcode Scanning as you get to chat to everyone and ask how their run has gone, congratulating the children and catching up with running friends
  • Marshalling as being able to cheer people on as they run feels a privilege.  I have always found marshals at parkrun and races have helped me through when I struggle, it is also a role I’ve undertaken with several of my children. My younger two daughters love the role, being able to cheer people on and shout encouragement.  Although on cold days you do need to wrap up, brrrr!

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:

My favourite parkrun moment is most definitely when The Rye was underwater; I had gone down earlier to get some extra miles in, as I was training for London, so had seen that the river had gone over onto the path and flooded near the playground, so knew it would be wet, however by the time we got to run the course it had flooded along most of the first out section. I felt like a big kid running through puddles!

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What does Wycombe Rye parkrun mean to you:

Wycombe Rye Parkrun is my running family, from the supportive ‘parents’ cheering you on, the ‘siblings’ you get competitive with. I have many friends who I not only run with but who are encouraging and check Im ok, we have a laugh, sometimes a cry and plenty of hugs.

What do you miss about parkrun:

I miss the whole atmosphere and comfort of parkrun, I am a comfortable solo runner most of the time and working nights enables me to run during the day when most people are at work, but Saturday was always my social outing for the week, my headspace and time where I wasn’t Mum or Nurse, just Ruth.

What running are you doing now:

I'm lucky to still be able to go out and run 3 – 4 times a week as my partner is working from home so is able to have the 4 children, I’m either up early to run before home schooling starts, or I go in the afternoon, once the school work is finished with.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run, a mile is a mile.

What is your favourite run other than parkrun:

I’ve taken part in many races and tend to not do the same race twice, but I think my favourite run would have to be Race for Life. I’ve run it several times with my sister, my son and my eldest daughter.

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What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:

The run I am most looking forward is the London marathon, after years of saying I would never run that far I changed my mind. I was not successful in the ballot but did managed to get a charity place and was due to run in April. I am hoping to be able to run in October instead.

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why?

My essential piece of kit has to be my Garmin, I mean if it's not recorded on your Garmin, have you even run?

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:

My favourite running memory is from my first half marathon, the up tow down flow 2018. A few of my mummy running friends knew I was running it and had said they might come and cheer me on as I ran near where they lived. What I didn’t expect was my friend Sue (Hermsen) to not only cheer me on in one place but be racing to meet me at several spots along the course from Windsor to Marlow. Managing to be at the finish line to catch my tears of joy at seeing my children.

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Wycombe Rye parkrun non-Run Report 6th June 2020 #12

With apologies to Monty Python’s Life of Brian

SCENE:A small café in a park, about 10am on a Saturday morning…

Run Director: So, how was it?

1st Timer: Yeah. It was alright. But nothing special. Lots of people. But what has parkrun ever really given us?

Marshal 1: Timed weekly runs?

1st Timer: What?

Marshal 1: Timed weekly runs.

1st Timer: Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that's true. Yeah.

Tail Walker: And they’re free.

Barcode Scanner: Oh, yeah, they’re free. You don’t have to pay a penny to take part.

1st Timer: Yeah. All right. I'll grant you timed weekly runs that are free are two things that parkrun has done.

Timekeeper: And the sense of community.

1st Timer: Well, yeah. Obviously, the sense of community. I mean, the sense of community goes without saying, doesn't it? But apart from weekly timed runs, that are free, and the sense of community--

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Funnel Manager: Health.

Marshal 2: Well-being.

Number Checker: Tourism.

1st Timer: Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.

Finish Tokens: And the cake.

Volunteer Co-ordinator: Oh, yes. Yeah...

Pacer: Yeah, that's something we'd really miss, if there was no parkrun.

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Run Director: Volunteering.

Finish Token Support: And the T-shirts!

Photographer: Yeah, they certainly do a fine line in clothing. Let's face it. They're the only ones doing that sort of thing.

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1st Timer: All right, but apart from the timed weekly runs, that are free, a sense of community, health, well-being, tourism, cake, volunteering, and a range of colourful T-shirts, what has parkrun ever done for us?

Run Director: See you next week?

1st Timer: What? Oh, yeah, definitely.

Grant Curley
parkrunner, Volunteer, VI Guide and all the other things he has done for us.

 

parkrun profile: Dave Pascoe

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Name: Dave Pascoe

Number of parkruns: 143

Favourite parkrun (other than Wycombe Rye, obviously!) and why:
I’d have to say Black Park, it’s far enough away to feel like you are on an away trip, but close enough to bump into familiar, friendly faces. A really nice single lap course, with great coffee shop and friendly atmosphere.

Why did you start parkrunning:
I used to run a lot at school, but somehow became more interested in beer, fags and junk food! In 2010 I had a nasty motorcycle accident where I broke my leg in two places, and required the services of the wonderful Thames Valley Air Ambulance. During my stay in hospital I made a drug-fuelled statement that I would one day run a half marathon and raise money for TVAA. My family laughed at this idea – mistake!
Fast forward 5 years and I finally got round to joining Handy Cross Runners to attempt to achieve my goal. I signed up for their couch to 5k course, and on week 3 I jumped the gun and did Wycombe Rye park run, to the dismay of my coaches! I was amazed to run it all non-stop, and from then I was hooked!
I went on to run the London Marathon for TVAA where I raised around £2800 thanks to some very generous supporters.

Number of volunteers: 33

Favourite volunteering role, and why:
That’s a tough call between Time Keeping and Barcode Scanning
Time keeping is a great adrenaline generator, you can cheer everyone over the line, and it feels great when you manage to stay in sync with your timekeeping partner.
Barcode scanning means you get to meet and greet about a quarter of the runners, and see lots of smiley, puffed out parkrunners!

Favourite/funniest parkrun memory:
Can I have 3 please?
I have so many, but my favourite has to be when Run Director Phil Burridge ran his 50th parkrun on his 50th Birthday (Typical of Phils’ meticulous planning) – November 5th 2016. Loads of team mates from Handy Cross turned out to support Phil, and he ran in a large Posse’ of pacers to achieve his PB. I got a great boost from all the Handy Cross supporters on the course, and ran my PB, which still stands to this day. I really miss Phil’s face around parkrun, and hope that he will re-appear one day in the future.

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I love running with my dog Arthur and listening to the laughs he gets from his galloping starts with me trying desperately to keep up.

I enjoy putting on my jingle bell Elf outfit each Christmas for parkrun, and remember one year John O Keeffe running a PB trying to get away from the annoying bells!

 

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What does Wycombe Rye parkrun mean to you:
A fantastic weekly chance to meet up with friends, with a shared love of running and parkrun, the highlight of most weeks for me, and a chance to let off a bit of steam. In the last couple of years, I have been injured a lot, but still hate to miss parkrun, and can often be seen having a coffee by the boathouse with my dog Arthur, whilst saying hi to everyone. Coffee after with the running buddies is a great chance for a catch up.
I honestly feel that without my addiction to parkrun, and all the great people there, my return to running would have been a very short one.

What do you miss about parkrun:
The people, the place, the occasion, the handshakes, the hugs! But hey, what a reunion it’s going to be!

What running are you doing now:
I had a knee operation last summer, and slowly came back to running, then it re-occurred during the Milton Keynes Half Marathon in March, where I needed to pull out at 4 miles and walk 2.5 miles back. I have just started couch to 5k (again) with my daughter Emily, and am hoping that I can keep her keen enough to do her first parkrun with me, when it returns.

What is the best bit of running advice you have been given:
‘Never trust the first mile, it’s a liar’ Don’t panic if it feels bad at the start of a run, give yourself time to settle.

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What is your favourite run other than parkrun:
I love the Thames Valley cross country league, and the Summer 5k series that the local running clubs organise. If I had to choose favourite races, I would think the Cliveden 10k or Beaconsfield 5 (Burnham Joggers have a monopoly on great events!), although the best fun has to be running the Marlow Striders’ Marlow 7 every year, dressed as a Nun with Handy Cross and Hazlemere Runners chums. This we do in memory of one of our Handy Cross running legends Terry Eves.

What run would you most like to do in the future, and why:
I often dream of a pain free run, and wake up disappointed! When I got injured again recently, I conceded that I would be happy to just run parkrun every week, if I could guarantee this, I would sacrifice the rest. I am entered for Manchester Marathon in 2021, but only because I have deferred my place 3 years in a row!

What is your most essential/favourite piece of running kit, and why:
My Garmin watch and flask of coffee for before / after!

What is your Favourite/funniest running memory:
Again, I have so many, including completing Manchester and London Marathons.
Most of my favourite and funniest memories involve running with all the great friends I have made through running; all those people that have inspired me, supported me, made me laugh, and long may they continue to do so.

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