One Year On!

15th December 2018 was a unique parkrun day for Paul Bovington (Bov) who was using the event as part of his training towards his goal to run a marathon. Up to the start line at Carisbrooke parkrun (South Australia) with his brother-in-law and training buddy, Craig Hicks. Running side by side, they turned at the halfway point at around the 11-minute mark and were pushing for a personal best. They turned and headed back toward the finish line; little did they know that they were moments away from a life changing situation.

Bov began to weave across the path and suddenly had the worst headache he has ever experienced. Bov needed to sit down and as he did, he fell unconscious. He had suffered a stroke and his life was in the balance. Assisted by Craig and other parkrunners, Paul was rushed to hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

Bov had further complications which resulted in surgery to remove swelling and two further bleeds on the brain. His family were advised that he may not make it. Paul survived the operations but was still in a critical state and remained unconscious for some time.

2019 has seen Paul starting to recover from his injuries which left him paralysed. Bov has had to learn to walk and talk again which he has done with the help of his physio's and specialists. He still has a long way to go and will need further surgery as he continues to improve. Bov has been told by his surgeon that he shouldn’t be alive, but Bov states “I am lucky, not unlucky”.

In March 2019, Bov went back to Carisbrooke parkrun but whilst he impressively walked over the finish line, he was unable to complete the course. Bov vowed to return and complete the course which he has since done on 4 occasions.

One year on the 14th December 2019 is Craig’s 100th run at Strathalbyn parkrun, where Craig is now a regular runner and volunteer. Craig brought the whole family out including Bov. Bov said it was important to be there for Craig’s 100th run but his anniversary was equally as important to him.

At the halfway flag, a contingent of parkrunners gathered to applaud Bov’s achievement, which was echoed at the finish as Bov walked over the line with his wife Rachel by his side, and of course flanked by Craig.

Bov still has little feeling on the left side of his body and is not able to feel the ground under his left foot, but Bov is getting fitter and stronger each week. Bov is waiting for the doctors to give him the green light so he can complete the goal of a marathon with Craig, and listening to his enthusiasm his goal is not in doubt. With 40 parkrun’s under his belt, I am sure there will be a large crowd at Bov’s 50th parkrun next year.

“parkrun is a community and is very selfless” says Bov, who crossed the finished line in time quicker than his last. “I was kind of a runner but Craig got me into parkrun and Carisbrooke was my nearest event”. The family are all now avid parkrunners and intend to visit as many events as they can. Bov and Rachel are very grateful of all the support Craig and the family having provided along with the parkrun community. Bov is a truly amazing man with an amazing family around him that is encouraged by the very parkrunners that he inspires.

This is a photo of Bov with Craig in the background. Bov says "this photo at Carrisbrooke was taken literally minutes before my stroke. It is quite surreal because neither Craig or I had any idea that in about 3 minutes our lives were going to take a massive turn.

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One year on and Bov is running to the finish line, with Rachel and Craig in support.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun #181 14/12/2019

Today we congratulate 2 special parkrunners on their 100th parkrun milestones. Our junior speedster Charlotte Collins and the athlete Craig Hicks both achieved their 100's on a perfect morning and in fine style! Thanks to our volunteers and a special mention to Tony O'Neil for volunteering 25 times, thanks Tony for your dedicated support at Strathalbyn parkrun.

We would also like to say an enormous congratulations to Bob Hicks for his outstanding walk today, we acknowledge his tremendous feat in overcoming a serious injury at Carisbrooke parkrun exactly a year ago today. Well done Bob, inspirational stuff mate!

This week 52 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 7 volunteers:

John TOSHACH • Ben SIMPSON • Phillip GALWEY • Lauren CLEGG • Chani FIELD • Jessica SCHULZ • Anne-Marie EHLERS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded a time of 14:47 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).
The Age Grade course record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded 87.49% (14:47) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 1,196 participants have completed 7,374 parkruns covering a total distance of 36,870 km, including 1,297 new Personal Bests. A total of 147 individuals have volunteered 1,211 times.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun Event number 156 22nd June 2019

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Welcome to our new Run Director Chris Jenner!

This week 38 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers: Mel, Chris, Campbell, Mackenzie, Kym, Charlotte, Peter, Laura, Hudson, Anne-Marie and Craig

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded a time of 14:47 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).
The Age Grade course record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded 87.49% (14:47) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 1,088 participants have completed 6,196 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,980 km, including 1,118 new Personal Bests. A total of 130 individuals have volunteered 994 times.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun Event number 154 8th June 2019

A sunny but chilly morning saw 43 eager parkrunners participate at Strathalbyn parkrun #154. Thanks to the visiting parkrunners and the first timers today! Also we'd like to welcome Chris Jenner who has jumped onboard the team as a new run director of Strathalbyn parkrun.

This week 43 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 1 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 2 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

Yvonne CLEGG • Ben SIMPSON • Caitlin CLEGG • Dean MORTIMER • Phillip GALWEY • Lauren CLEGG • Hamish BISHOP • Anne-Marie EHLERS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded a time of 14:47 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).
The Age Grade course record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded 87.49% (14:47) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 1,082 participants have completed 6,131 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,655 km, including 1,108 new Personal Bests. A total of 129 individuals have volunteered 986 times.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun Event number 138 16th February 2019

This week 66 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

Anthony PATERSON • Chalisa MATTAYOMKUL • Rebekah-Ann FAHEY • Joyce MARTIN • Melissa PITT • Phillip GALWEY • Sally MATHEWSON • Hudson PITT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded a time of 14:47 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).
The Age Grade course record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded 87.49% (14:47) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 1,005 participants have completed 5,390 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,950 km, including 960 new Personal Bests. A total of 120 individuals have volunteered 878 times.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun Event number 137 9th February 2019

Congratulations to Riley Harding on achieving 10 parkruns at Strathalbyn.

This week 35 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 2 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

John TOSHACH • Kaye TOSHACH • Peter MARTIN • Nicole CLEGGETT • Verity BERRY • Angel GURNEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded a time of 14:47 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).
The Age Grade course record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded 87.49% (14:47) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 996 participants have completed 5,324 parkruns covering a total distance of 26,620 km, including 949 new Personal Bests. A total of 119 individuals have volunteered 870 times.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun Event number 131 1st January 2019

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This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

Merrilyn MCMILLAN • Kaye TOSHACH • Caitlin CLEGG • Dean MORTIMER • Melissa PITT • Kim BICKERSTAFF • Jasper MACDONALD • Jemma MACDONALD • Lauren CLEGG

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded a time of 14:47 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).
The Age Grade course record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded 87.49% (14:47) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 965 participants have completed 5,018 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,090 km, including 900 new Personal Bests. A total of 117 individuals have volunteered 831 times.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun Event number 130 29th December 2018

This week 60 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 volunteers:

James CLEGG • Melissa PITT • Kim BICKERSTAFF • Bailey MACDONALD • Jemma MACDONALD • Lauren CLEGG • Angela SANDERSON • Hudson PITT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded a time of 14:47 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).
The Age Grade course record is held by Michael John ROEGER who recorded 87.49% (14:47) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 129).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 897 participants have completed 4,818 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,090 km, including 882 new Personal Bests. A total of 116 individuals have volunteered 822 times.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun Event number 126 1st December 2018

This week 39 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 1 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 2 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

Rebekah-Ann FAHEY • Melissa PITT • Bjorn WAGENKNECHT • Lauren CLEGG • Verity BERRY • Hudson PITT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:28 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 86.31% (15:28) on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 883 participants have completed 4,646 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,230 km, including 857 new Personal Bests. A total of 114 individuals have volunteered 795 times.

 

Strathalbyn parkrun Event number 125 24th November 2018

This week 47 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 2 different clubs took part.

congratulations to Campbell and Jade Mathewson on achieving 25 volunteers and Kaye Toshach on having completed 50 walks at 10 different parkruns.

The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

John TOSHACH • James CLEGG • Jade MATHEWSON • Peter MARTIN • Sally MATHEWSON • Campbell MATHEWSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathalbyn parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:28 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:53 on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded 86.31% (15:28) on 1st January 2017 (event number 27).

Strathalbyn parkrun started on 2nd July 2016. Since then 882 participants have completed 4,607 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,035 km, including 855 new Personal Bests. A total of 113 individuals have volunteered 789 times.

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