The ‘CPRC parkrun’ on the second Saturday of each month are now well-established with a great turnout each month. The next step is for the club to become as known for its volunteer contribution as for runners taking part. As so, it has been suggested that CPRC should offer to take over running an event.
Basingstoke parkrun Event Director Lynn Brastock has confirmed that Saturday 10th August as the date that they will be inviting CPRC members to volunteer and run the event. The aim is to encourage members who have not volunteered for a while to take their turn at doing the ‘in event’ roles that make parkrun possible. parkrun suggest that regular runners volunteer at least three times a year in order to allow other volunteers to run. In return, each time you volunteer you will receive 100 points towards that events yearly points completion as compensation for not running.
The parkrun ethos is that no one should be asked to perform a role they are unhappy doing, something Lynn is very keen to uphold. Volunteers are expected to arrive early enough to help with the Pre-event setup, and staying to help with Post-event close down.
Below are two useful FAQ links regarding volunteering and more general FAQs which members might find useful:
Give volunteering a go – remember NO VOLUNTEERS NO PARKRUN.
UK 5KM TIME TRIAL BARCODE AND ID TAGS
The link below is to a website which produces parkrun size tags which can be personalized with your parkrun athlete number (e.g. A12345) and your name. Much to the surprise of some of those doing the registration they scan perfectly even after getting wet or covered in sweat while running. Well worth the £2.50 per tag cost.
CPRC PARKRUN DIARY DATES
The third Saturday of the month is the ‘CPRC parkrun tourist’. Each month we go to a different, reasonably local parkrun and encourage as many members as possible to attend these events. Previous outings have included the inaugural Alice Holt, Winchester and Queen Elizabeth Country Park parkruns.
29 June – Medina parkrun (Appley park course near Ryde)
6 July – Basingstoke parkrun’s 5th Anniversary. CPRC vs Newbury Runners, Basingstoke parkrun.
13 July – CPRC vs Newbury Runners, Newbury parkrun
20 July – CPRC Saturday at Basingstoke parkrun
27 July – Havant parkrun
10 August – CPRC Saturday at Basingstoke parkrun. Volunteers please.
17 August – Netley Abbey parkrun
21 September –Tilgate parkrun (near Gatwick Airport)
19 October – Black Park (Slough) parkrun, but will move if it clashes with the Snowdon Half Marathon.
17 November – Bushy parkrun
PARKURNS WITHIN A REASONABLE DISTANCE OF BASINGSTOKE
Below is a list of the parkruns that members might want to do as an alternative to Basingstoke parkrun. Where possible I have included a brief description of the course and other useful information.
Alice Holt parkrun
Two undulating laps on woodland trails, similar to Black Park parkun.
A flatish two lap course with free parking.
Our home parkrun so no description needed!
Black-park (Slough) parkrun
A flat one-lap version of Alice Holt parkrun.
Brighton and Hove parkrun
The rocks proved popular post run entertainment last time we were there!
A flat four lap course similar to Winchester parkrun.
The spiritual home of parkrun, so very popular! On average over eight hundred runners every week.
Three grass laps which can be very muddy. Best done after a period of dry weather. Free parking.
Frimley Lodge parkrun
Two laps, part of which is on the towpath of the Basingstoke Canal. Can get very congested on the first lap.
Two undulating laps, about half of which is on grass. Free parking at The Spectrum Sports Centre over the road from the park.
An off road country park parkrun so trail shoes recommended. Parking charges includes a voucher for a free tea or coffee.
Medina (Isle of Wight) parkrun
The course beside the Medina River in Newport moves to Appley Park in Ryde due to the Pop Festival in the summer.
Netley Abbey parkrun
Three laps with an off-road section through woodland.
One flat reverse P shaped lap, with one slight rise on the long run for home.
A two lap course which is fast and flat on a mixture of surfaces.
Two and a bit flat laps round the boating lake.
Queen Elizabeth parkrun
Officially undulating, unofficially, two laps, steeply uphill in places. Tough but great fun.
Reading (Dinton Pastures) parkrun
Limited free parking (or at least there was last summer) otherwise a nice course.
A lovely course, easy to get to from Junction 10 of the M23 with free parking.
A flat three lap course, similar to Brockenhurst parkrun.
A flat three-lap course.