Parkrun 2020: End of year report

Who would have thought that I could have actually written 2020’s parkrun end of year report in March?

2020 was the year parkrun ground to a halt, thanks to coronavirus. 21st March was the first Saturday in more than 15 year when there wasn’t a single parkrun anywhere in the world. And that situation went on for the rest of the year. In the end, it was possible to run just 13 parkruns in 2020 – including the new year’s day double.

I’m pleased to say that both my husband and I ran every single week until it was cancelled and I was first lady at Sandwell Valley in January.

There was a glimmer of hope in September, when it was announced that parkrun would be back before the end of October. But those hopes were dashed just three weeks later, after Covid regulations were tightened again.

In its place, my family, like many other parkrunners, introduced the ‘non-parkrun parkrun’ at 9am on a Saturday – running 5k round the streets at home. From 20th June, this became an official thing, with people able to log results for a 5k run at any time during the week. These were displayed on your home parkrun’s results table in the normal way, but on a special dedicated (not)parkrun page.

I ran (not)parkrun every single week, unlike my family. Looking at the results table, it is mainly older people who ran it. Unusually, my younger son did quite a lot of (mainly unofficial) (not)parkruns and didn’t run a single actual parkrun all year. In this very short year, my eldest and my mum didn’t get round to running it at all.

Here’s our family parkrun end of year report for 2020… (I don’t have the best gender positions for everyone, as parkrun doesn’t include those in the summaries for an individual runner.)

Me

Number of runs: 13

Number of different events: – 5 – Home, Stonehouse, Gloucester City, Sandwell Valley, Worcester

(not)parkrun (official): 29

(not)parkrun (unofficial): 11

Milestones reached this year: 0

Best time this year: 23:09

Best gender position: 1

Age category: VW45-49

Best age category position: 1

Number of times volunteering: 0

 

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Husband

Number of runs: 13

Number of different events: – 5 – Home, Stonehouse, Gloucester City, Sandwell Valley, Worcester

(not)parkrun (official): 7

(not)parkrun (unofficial): 15

Milestones reached this year: 0

Best time this year: 21:10

Best gender position: 12

Age category: VM45-49

Best age category position: 1

Number of times volunteering: 0

 

17 year old son

Number of runs: 0

(not)parkrun (official): 4

(not)parkrun (unofficial): 17

Milestones reached this year: 0

Best time this year – (not)parkrun: 21:22

Age category: JM15-17

 

Daughter

Number of runs: 7

Number of different events: – 5 – Home, Stonehouse, Gloucester City, Sandwell Valley, Worcester

Milestones reached this year: 0

(not)parkrun (official): 0

(not)parkrun (unofficial): 9

Best time this year: 31:35

Best gender position: 29

Age category: JW11-14

Best age category position: 1

Number of times volunteering: 0

 

Dad

Number of runs: 11

Number of different events: 1

Milestones reached this year: 0

Best time this year: 36:41 (PB)

Best gender position: 196

Age category: VM70-74, then VM75-79

Best age category position: 1

Number of times volunteering: 0

 

Sister

Number of runs: 4

Number of different events: 2 – Home, King George V Playing Field

Milestones reached this year: 0

Best time this year: 28:09

Best gender position: 48

Age category: VW35-39

Best age category position: 4

Best gender position: 48

Number of times volunteering: 0

 

Brother-in-law

Number of runs: 10

Number of different events: – 2 – Home, King George V Playing Field

Milestones reached this year: 0

Best time this year: 23:14

Best gender position: 59

Age category: VM35-39

Number of times volunteering: 0

 

Niece

Number of runs: 2

Number of different events: 1

Milestones reached this year: 0

Best time this year: 52:21

Best gender position: 243

Age category: JW10

Number of times volunteering: 0

 

Nephew

Number of runs: 1

Number of different events: 1

Milestones reached this year: 0

Best time this year: 53:31

Age category: JM10

Number of times volunteering: 0

 

So that’s our very short parkrun end of year report for this year. It was certainly a very different one from last year. You can check out our stats for 2019 here. I really hope 2021 is back to something much more normal. 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I have thought about you many times this year on a Saturday morning thinking how you have been missing the Park Run. I am glad you have kept running and I hope your dad is back running again x

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    • Thank you! That is really lovely of you. I can hardly imagine what it will be like to have it back now. I’m hoping it will maybe be back around April. X

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  2. You have done a lot more than I would have thought. I know it’s been difficult and I hope things start to turn a corner in terms of running soon. And for your dad too xx

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    • Thanks very much! We’ve squeezed in as much as we were able too and the summer felt almost like normal. My dad is making a really good recovery. X

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  3. I’m very impressed with your Sandwell Valley first lady position. I’m over 10 minutes slower than that, so no ambitions for a placing here, but still really looking forward to when parkrun comes back. I think running at all for me is probably going to be down to once a week now that we are back in a full lockdown again

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    • Thanks very much, it was nice to have that one highlight of a very short parkrun year. I never dreamed it would be gone this long and, like you, I can’t wait for the it to be back! Sorry to hear that you won’t manage to run much in lockdown. A definite advantage of having teenagers is that I can get out easily without having to worry about the kids. I hope you at least manage to get out for some walks.

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