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Banbury parkrun 6th April 2019

Well - it was a slightly fresh start but the beginning of a gorgeous day. And a good turn out from West Bar. Lots of patients there, as always, but also a cluster of chilly individuals in West Bar T-shirts. Maybe it was because everyone wanted to warm up a bit but there was a very impressive clutch of PBs (Personal Bests) for Darren, Stephen, Mandy and Ann - really excellent effort by all. I came in last of the West Bar staff with a time of 37 minutes 32 seconds and, as ever, a sense of amazement that I did it at all!

We were all cheered on by other runners, walkers, marshals and spectators. It's such a good-hearted event.

If you are interested in having a go, please ask any of us. You can always start by downloading the free 'NHS to 5k' app and going from there, that’s how I did it, and if I can do it, then almost anyone can!

Gwyneth Rogers.


Banbury parkrun 30th March 2019

My sister is away this week so I did Banbury parkrun rather than Oxford. I did have a degree of reluctance to come out from under the duvet, especially as nobody else was up yet. But it was SO worth it. A totally gorgeous Spring day. I saw a few familiar faces. I tried to be friendly and say hello but may have missed people - as I stagger around I'm not able to do much other than wave and smile! My time has dropped from 37 minutes 50 last week to 37 minutes 16 this week. Last week I started off wearing a hoodie which I almost immediately had to remove & tie round my waist - I reckon it must have impaired my aerodynamics....

Next week is the first Saturday of April so time for a good West Bar turn out. Please come along - you can walk round, jog, run, spectate or volunteer. It's really good fun and a fantastic way to start the weekend!  Saturday 6th April 2019

Gwyneth Rogers.

Banbury parkrun 25th March 2019

I did my first parkrun in over a month since breaking my collarbone. Luckily my sister had a LOT of stuff to talk to me about so she hoppity skipped along next to me, chatting, and I lolloped along unable to speak (ideal listening partner!!). 37 minutes 50 seconds. My times are getting longer!!! But I felt on top of the world afterwards - once I was able to speak and stuff... Gorgeous day for it and we had so much encouragement and cheering on as we went round.

2 weeks until the next West Bar turn out at Banbury parkrun!! 
That will be
Saturday 6th April 2019


Gwyneth Rogers.

Banbury parkrun 5th January 2019.

Well - we certainly made a West Bar impression on parkrun this week! Well done everyone who came along on Saturday 5th January - lots of people were asking questions & being interested which is excellent. Bev and Christine from admin cheered us all on from the bridge which was much appreciated. Possibly Bev may join up for next time. Sarah from reception sprinted around despite reports of having been at home in pj's. Mandy (reception) disappeared elegantly into the distance despite rumours that she was marshalling... Kerry (reception) glided past me, chatting away (I don't have any breath for conversation!). Robyn (nursing team) and Dave were a force to be reckoned with - Dave showing off his tanned muscly legs & Robyn showing grit and determination. Suzanne and Pip (secretarial team) came round together channelling Miranda as they did horsey cantering to the finish. And huge cheers for Jane and Janice (reception) parkrunning for the first time, wearing their West Bar t-shirts with pride, crossing the line with poise and dignity. I also spotted some patients doing parkrun for the first time! I don't know if it is because of us promoting it or not. Either way, really fantastic to see.

Next big turnout will be the first Saturday in Feb which is the 2nd. It was fantastic fun, there's a really lovely atmosphere and it's very friendly. Do come along, even if it's just to spectate. Fresh air, friendly people, green spaces, what better way to start your weekend!

 Thanks everyone!!


Banbury parkrun 3rd November.

As it was the first Saturday of the month we had a good turnout. I was handing our bar codes but will definitely be running (lolloping really) next time. Thanks so much for turning out Darren, Stephen, Mandy, Dave Baird, Lucy & Robyn + various patients. 

Raj's patient was sad not to see him & will be nagging him when he next sees him. One of Nicky's patients claimed a T-shirt for her husband who was running, so lots of positivity!

Thanks everyone & keep on going those who aren't quite there yet! You can always come to spectate or marshal. It's really good fun & it was GORGEOUS on Saturday.

Banbury Parkrun

The West Bar team had a fantastic turn-out on Saturday 15th September. Thanks so much to everyone for coming, whether running, walking, cheering on or playing a supporting role. The T-shirts were fab - special thanks to Andrew and Tom.
Banbury parkrun were very welcoming and pleased to have us there. I note that several people achieved personal bests which is extremely impressive!

For those who were unable to make it this Saturday I plan to encourage another group to go again on the 22nd. I think/hope everyone enjoyed it so we might try to make it a specific regular event.

I recorded a Personal slowest time for me - stopped to help someone having a seizure!!

Thanks everyone!!


parkrun 15/09/18 PRP

West Bar Surgery is now a parkrun practice. What does this mean? We will be encouraging staff and patients to attend the Banbury parkrun as volunteers, runners, walkers, spectators. There's evidence that whatever level people participate at there are positive mental and physical health benefits.

free, outdoors & accessible to all; the opportunity to socialise, make friends and be part of a welcoming, supportive community; improves health and wellbeing through physical activity, including volunteering; NOT a race - walk, run, jog or spectate: parkrun are proud to say that their average times have gone UP since starting - as in more 'less speedy' people are doing it; 5k based around a park.

We will try to get a whole lot of staff and patients doing the 'NHS couch to 5k' app & once they are at 5k (theoretically in about 9 weeks) a big group will do the park run.

PARKRUN infomation:

This is general info about parkrun

This is info about parkrun Banbury

This is how to register for parkrun

This is info about the NHS couch to 5k

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