270th Alice Holt parkrun run report

Mist and sunshine

Alice Holt parkrun #number 270

258 runners braved the heavy morning mist in order to complete Alice Holt's 270th parkrun event, despite the cold, grim weather, soon to be sunny and warm everyone was buzzing with excitement (like normal).

Well done to Laurence Hollom for being the first runner across the line and to the 56 first time runners and to the 55 that got new PB’s (wow!) and another big well done to the couch to 5k runners, keep up the good work and your happy smiles!

Thank you to all the volunteers Ben Kilner-Smith, Bethan Caldwell, Charles Brake, Claire Elizabeth Caldwell, Douglas Blyth, Geoff Brown, Henry Brans, Isobel O'Neill, Jacob Roseveare, Jamie Kilner-Smith, Jane Moore, John Bennison, Keith Marshall, Linda Tyler, Michael Croft, Michael Walberton, Oliver Simpson, Olivia Moore, Patrick Tuite, Paula Patterson, Peter Chapman, Lucy Brown, Richard Brand, Richard Williams, Sophie Ruscoe and Stephen Lavery.

Next week Alice Holt is host to Riggy, as he completes his Hampshire parkrun as part of his epic 40/40 challenge where he is doing 40 parkruns in 40 counties in one long weekend all in order to raise money for RUFF LUCK a dog rescue charity. Running alongside is Geoff and everyone is welcome to join them at 9:20pm, sounds like fun.

This week's results can be found at latest results

Sophie Ruscoe
DofE volunteer
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Your Core Team:- Paula - Geoff - Kathy - Lou - Sarah - Mark - Craig - Dan - Lisa - Rupert - Andy
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In the Diary
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Cancellation of event 24th March 2018

Cancellation of Alice Holt parkrun

Due to another event taking place at Alice Holt Forest on 24th March, there will be no parkrun.

We've also been advised that Guildford parkrun is OFF on this date. You can see if any other parkruns in our area are not going ahead by looking at http://wiki.parkrun.info/index.php/Cancellations#United_Kingdom

It would be sensible to check individual social media pages before setting out to any parkrun as cancellations can occur at any point and may take time to appear on the main page.

Have a great weekend, see you back in the Forest as usual on 31st for our Easter weekend special!

 

Cancellation of Alice Holt parkrun on 03/03/2018

Cancellation of Alice Holt parkrun

The Forestry Commission (who own Alice Holt forest) have decided that the trails are unlikely to be safe after the expected heavy snowfall and have therefore cancelled our event.

You can see if any other parkruns in our area are going ahead by looking at http://wiki.parkrun.info/index.php/Cancellations#United_Kingdom

It would be sensible to check individual social media pages before setting out as cancellations can occur at any point and may take time to appear on the main page.

Paula Patterson
Event Director Alice Holt parkrun

 

263rd Alice Holt parkrun run report

Alice Holt parkrun #number 263

On turning up at the start/finish line which is conveniently located by the toilets and cafe, we found huddling underneath a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our chilled spirits as they do each parkrun morning.

So 337 runners donned gloves and hats for a chilly, but not as cold as it has been jaunt around Alice Holt parkrun this morning.

Thank you to Geoff Brown for the First Timers's briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. We were warned frequently that there was a strong chance of ice and, of course, mud! Tourists had travelled from as far as Norfolk, Havant (Portsmouth), Bedfont Lakes and Mount Edgcumbe.

The new runners had the additional supportive chat about how parkrun operates afterwards. These guys are on the start of their parkrun journey and are now working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don't Forget Your Barcode! 22 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That's one run less to count towards those milestone tees. That's the great thing about parkrun isn't it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Milestones this morning celebrated were Dave Dring and Lindsay Bamford who were celebrating their 100th run today and juniors Charlie Hughes and Jake Williamson who ran their 10th run. Also celebrating was Joe Blacknell who as a regular volunteer has now completed his Silver Duke of Edinburgh's volunteer activity.

A big thank you as always to the volunteers who gave up their mornings to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping, though also suspect that was for hand warming purposes. :-) Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Alice Holt webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

So although we were warned about how much rain had fallen and the potential for mud, conditions seemed to be relatively OK. I even heard 'complaints' that the all too familiar mud over in the additional little loop wasn't even out yet in much force. I'm sure it is coming, so don't get complacent quite yet!

A lovely group of runners and volunteers were at the end to cheer us all in and having a tubs of chocolate brownies and lemon drizzle cake on the table certainly kept the smiles on our faces, as we caught our breaths.

And then the fun began... :-) Token sorting at Alice Holt is like playing giant group bingo, with large sheets with up-to potential of ???? running positions to be matched with the corresponding finish token. Definitely need your specs on for this game, as it can be fast paced with lots of hands and arms trying to get to their space and there is to be absolutely no sneezing!!

Our Alice Holt adventures came to an end with hot drinks and breakfast filled baguettes and with 10% off on presentation of your parkrun barcode- who could say no? ;-)

Thank you again Alice Holt parkrun for starting our weekend off on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Karen Cole - Havant parkrun

This week's results can be found at latest results
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Your Core Team:- Paula - Geoff - Kathy - Lou - Sarah - Mark - Craig - Dan - Lisa - Rupert - Andy
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In the Diary
3rd March - Pacer run
10th March - Junior volunteer takeover day
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parkrunner Discount Did you know if you show your athlete barcode in the Cafe on the Green you can get a 10% discount? Why not stay after your run and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers! ------------------------------------
Groovy ERS Barcodes & Wristbands Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes/Wristbands. Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

 

257th Alice Holt parkrun run report

A record-breaking start to the year - and some awards!

New Year's Day at the delightfully civilised start time of 10.30am saw a new record turnout at Alice Holt parkrun. 153 Doubles-runners came to Alice Holt for their second parkrun of the day after running
Rushmoor (91)
Bracknell (25)
Guildford (23)
Basingstoke (12)
Black Park (2). Yes! All the way from Black Park (it's north of Slough).
There were 463 runners in total, 310 ran Alice Holt only, and one runner (Jim VINCE) turned up after FRIMLEY to run a third (unrecorded) run!

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- - Kerrianne FORBES doing her 100th as a centurion - -

 

As has become customary, this is an occasion to look for some hangover-busting performances and to reward some freakish coincidences with one of Kathy's mystery prizes. If you see your name in bold below, email k4thybrown@gmail.com to claim yours!

There were five people who ran PBs on their second run of the day. Stellar efforts from:
Matthew BOLT
Lucia TREGELLIS
Richard ACTON
David McCLEAN
Brian TREGELLIS

There were 27 PBs at Alice Holt as only run of the day. Congratulations to all.

Honorary mentions - closest to PB on second run of the day - Guy PRINCE (8 secs off) and Jack HOUGHTON (9 secs).

Biggest speed-up over two runs (ie AH faster of the two runs) - Jack HOUGHTON (Guildford), Daniel HARE (Basingstoke), Tom MANN (Rushmoor), Alan FAUBEL (Bracknell), Calum LATHAM (Black Park).

Fastest combined times:
Rushmoor - Jeffrey O'CONNOR - 39:05
Basingstoke - Andy GODDARD - 38:33
Bracknell - Patrick SLAUGHTER - 54:56
Black Park - Ewan LATHAM - 41:12
Guildford - Robin BOON - 41:48

Closest time gap between runs one and two - Jonathan PORTER (4 seconds difference between Guildford and Alice Holt)

 

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- - People and dogs of all ages came from near and far to tackle Dragon Hill with gusto - -

Prize for a combined time falling on an exact minute - Alan PRYCE - 01:00:00

Double doubles - Pairs of 'twins' with the exact same combined time even if they ran at different events:
Simon CRISP (Guildford)
Sean PARRY (Basingstoke) - 45:14

Richard WILLIAMS (Rushmoor)
James CHEESMAN (Rushmoor) - 45:53

Daniel HARE (Basingstoke)
Sarah HALES (Rushmoor) - 51:44

Harry TILL (Rushmoor)
Damian PROBETT (Rushmoor) - 52:25

Jack HOUGHTON (Guildford)
Ian FORBES (Rushmoor) - 52:49

Terry STEADMAN (Guildford)
Patrick SLAUGHTER (Bracknell) - 54:56

Andrea THOMAS (Guildford)
Harvey WICKHAM (Rushmoor) - 55:50

Synchronised Running Prize goes to Rachel STOCKDALE and Sophie WEST of Bracknell who crossed both finish lines in exact step to finish in a combined 01:18:35 - perfect pacing buddies, well done.

Most symmetrical combined times goes to:
Guy PRINCE for his stylish 51:15
Harry TILL and Damian PROBETT for their perfectly executed 52:25.

The most common male name was Dave or David (16) and most common female was Catherine/Katharine/Katherine/Kathryn/Kathy (8)

3 runners were in age category 70-74 and 1 of these, Barry CROUCHER ran a double.
14 runners were boys under 11 and 14 runners were girls under 11. Only one of these, Toby HOUGHTON, ran both times.
45 runners were aged 11 to 19, and 12 of these ran twice, dispelling the myth that all teens are lazy.

Big thanks to Sheena BOOKER for her fabulous New Year's Day photographs - you can see them all here.

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- - Alex Radford the Rushmoor ED (left) managed to make it over for the Double - -

 

This week's results can be found at latest results

Kathy Brown
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Alice Holt parkrun - Facebook - Twitter - Flickr - Strava
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Your Core Team:- Paula - Geoff - Kathy - Lou - Sarah - Mark - Craig - Dan - Lisa - Rupert - Andy
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In the Diary
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parkrunner Discount Did you know if you show your athlete barcode in the Alice Holt Café you can get a 10% discount? Why not stay after your run and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers!

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Groovy ERS Barcodes & Wristbands Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes/Wristbands. Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

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