New Year Doubles – Event #257

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!

 

Christmas and New Year’s Day 2017/18

Christmas and New Year's Day events 2017/18

23rd December 2017 - 9am start as usual
25th December 2017 - NO parkrun (Please see Christmas Compendium for other local events which are ON on Christmas Day)
30th December 2017 - 9am start as usual
1st January 2018 - 10:30am start to allow runners to run 2 events on one day (the only day of the year we are allowed to do this!)
6th January 2018 - 9am start as usual

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from your Core Team:
Paula - Geoff - Kathy - Lou - Sarah - Mark - Craig - Dan - Lisa - Rupert - Andy

 

252nd Alice Holt parkrun run report

A view from a youngster

A run report for the 252nd Alice Holt parkrun from one of the DofE volunteers:

I was first introduced to parkruns in 2015 and have either volunteered or run at various events every weekend since then. I am now working towards my Gold DofE award which involves me volunteering for 52 weeks, covering roles such as marshal, tail walker, barcode scanner and time keeper. At some point I will be expected to act as the Run Director – quite a daunting prospect! Being a volunteer is very rewarding, and I would recommend it to anyone.

On Saturday, an amazing 243 runners turned out in the cold to take part in the 252nd Alice Holt parkrun. First across the line was JEFFREY O’CONNOR in a personal best time of 19.27. The first lady across the line was GEMMA WHITEHOUSE in a time of 25.04. Aside from Jeffrey, 49 other runners clocked personal best times, including my Dad!

An impressive 27 runners were running the Alice Holt parkrun for the first time, of which 11 were running their first parkrun ever. We hope that you all enjoyed the course (hills and all!) and come back to run it again. I promise you that the hills do not seem so bad the second time around! Special mentions go to junior AARON MARTIN) who joined the 10 club and to JOSEPH DAVIES and PETER ROBINSON who joined the 50 club. MATT DELLAR also reached the magical 25 events volunteered at and is now entitled to a free purple t-shirt (Ed's note: when they are back in stock!)

I would like to thank the other 32 volunteers for organising the event and for encouraging the runners around the course.

This week's results can be found at latest results

Stephen Lavery - DofE volunteer
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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

16th December - Santa Special! Dress up Christmassy.
23rd December - Xmas eve eve parkrun - parkrun as usual
25th - Alice Holt Forest is closed to the public. For Christmas Day parkruns in the local area please see the official Christmas Compendium
30th December - parkrun as usual
1st January 2018 - 10.30am - New Year's Day special. Known nearby parkruns at 9am for those wishing to do the double: Rushmoor, Guildford, Basingstoke, Havant
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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!

 

250th Alice Holt parkrun run report

Happy 5th birthday to us!

Alice Holt parkrun celebrated our 5th birthday – and 250th run – last Saturday 18th November. And how!! Autumnal hues gilded the forest canopy with reds, golds, oranges, bronzes and yellows. And hundreds of eager parkrunners – fittingly, a record field of 411 – gathered for the briefing from Geoff BROWN. A highlight of this piece – for older runners at least – was the ceremonial scattering on Sawdust Hill. And highly appropriate it was that the core team were given a round of applause for all of their hard work behind the scenes.
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All human life was here. Animals, humans, animals dressed as humans, humans dressed as animals, animals dressed as other animals, all gathered for the start. As hounds barked and bears brayed, we were off. Athletes, harriers, runners, joggers, walkers – Alice Holt welcomes us all and coaxes us down and up her undulations. All hills hurt, but some hurt more than others, and I know that many were happy to avoid Dragon Hill for once – except Nick WHISHAW of course!

Ancient hands at AHpr instead enjoyed revisiting Enchanted Wood and the Gruffalo Grind, which offers a swifter run-in to the end of each lap than Bushell Bank – and while we are on that subject, it was great to see our founder, Martin BUSHELL, running. Aiming high in this group were those who sensed a chance for an unofficial ‘old course’ PB – I wonder how many went for that and achieved it? A hustling Gabriella TILL made it by 4 seconds!

As hard as the new course is, this one seemed in some ways harder (“I’d forgotten about that slope up to the car park”) with less respite between hills, and no long downhill towards the end, but plucky parkrunners do not give up, many achieving milestone magic.

All hurried to the finish and the prospect of cake, coffee or simply conversation with old friends and new. As hi-vis heroes returned from their distant postings, the atmosphere spoke of a community celebrating its own continuance and its meaning in the lives of so many.

At head of affairs for the males were Richard LOVEJOY, Rob MCALEER and Jeffery O’CONNOR. And heading the field for the ladies were Naomi SHAYLOR, who is an old friend of AHpr, Kate JONES and Linda TYLER. Age-graded highest was also Linda with 72.77% - well done indeed!

A huge turnout meant a fair number of milestones achieved – Willem van LOKVEN, Charlotte LOWE and Annabel CAPEL reached their Junior 10 landmark, whilst Susan PATON and David CARTWRIGHT completed their 50th run.

Amid hundreds of achievements, though, highest praise must go to Jemima WICKHAM (JW10) and Daniel BAILEY (JM10) who both ran their 100th parkrun – amazing! Alice Holt parkrun heads into its 6th year with its future bright as the forest canopy in the hands (and at the feet) of our wonderful juniors.

All happens again next week!

(Ed: back to the 'normal' course next week though. Animal costumes optional ;-))

This week's results can be found at latest results

Steve TILL
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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

2nd December - Pacer event - even minutes 18 to 42 - volunteers wanted!
16th December - Santa Special! Dress up Christmassy.
23rd December - Xmas eve eve parkrun - parkrun as usual
25th - Alice Holt Forest is closed to the public. For Christmas Day parkruns in the local area please see the official Christmas Compendium
30th December - parkrun as usual
1st January 2018 - 10.30am - New Year's Day special. Known nearby parkruns at 9am for those wishing to do the double: Rushmoor, Guildford, Basingstoke, Havant
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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!

 

248th Alice Holt parkrun run report

Liss Runners takeover day

Today was Liss Runners annual takeover of the volunteer roles at Alice Holt parkrun which meant a sea of red underneath all the high-vis. The takeover is a chance to publicise the club to potential new members who already regularly run parkrun and their supporters who may wish to start running. I offered to write this report the night before the parkrun not knowing about the takeover, I just looked on the roster and thought I’d offer as it would force me to go to Alice Holt rather than either stay in bed or go to my home run. I was welcomed very warmly this morning by all the Liss Runners who were volunteering and hope to see them in Whiteley on 17th November when they go on tour this month to Whiteley.

Volunteering is awesome, it keeps parkrun free, safe and you get to see the effort of the event and run directors that keep parkrun going week in week out. If you’ve not volunteered try it. All roles are very easy, if like me, you like to do something, then timing, barcode scanning, finish tokens are the roles for you. Otherwise there’s marshalling, photographer or course set up. Also, don’t forget, regular volunteering also looks good on the CV!

Today there were 336 runners and 24 volunteers; 360 different reasons for getting up for 9am this morning. Mine is just one of them. Today for me was about trying my new trail shoes out and going to a parkrun that I’ve wanted to for a few years but never quite got around to. So I made the effort to come for a visit.

Alice Holt felt more like a one lap course than two as the first lap is a lot shorter than the second; this has the added bonus of me not getting lapped. I admit, I’m a tortoise when it comes to running, but I get there in the end and not being lapped somewhere always feels good! I like parkrun, it doesn’t matter which one I go to I get the same warm welcome, from the first timers brief to tell us how many laps to run to the marshals to keep the spirits up when we need to dig deep.

Today Alice Holt saw 15 people run their first ever parkrun, I hope you all enjoyed it and you all come back. The second time can sometimes be more difficult than the first as you know the route and what you’re letting yourself in for, however, nine of you came back to Alice Holt for a second week and three of you ran your second parkrun today. Please all keep coming back, and don’t forget to volunteer once in a while. Special shout outs go to three juniors who joined the club 10 (William BRISTOW, Izzy RANDELL and Thomas KARN) and to David WOLVERSON for joining the club 100.

Thank you all for today’s run. I really enjoyed it, I hope everyone else did too. See you all somewhere next Saturday!

This week's results can be found at latest results

Hannah Mitchell from Whiteley parkrun
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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 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!

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