Event #43 – 14th July 2018

Good Evening Everyone!

This morning made it a very warm run but everyone who went round the course had a smile on their faces. Thank you all for making my Run Director Debut a lovely experience.

This morning we had 22 first timers and 301 runners, joggers and walkers. A huge well done to everyone who joined us and we hope to see you next week. We had one milestone today: Claire Cadzow did her 100th Run while also going round as tail walker.

(Well done Mum on the 100 and thank you for helping me out and thanks to Dad as well for being Chauffeur for the RD.)

We had our friends from Bishop Stortford setting up for Heritage Day with us this morning. Thank you to them for sharing the band stand area with us this morning and I hope their event well today!

We had a total of 21 volunteers helping to make this event possible. Our volunteers are like Parkrun's pixie dust and without them we wouldn't be able to make this event fly! So if you can, we always will welcome new volunteers to the team! Some roles can also be combined with running so there is always something for everyone.

So last but not least, a huge thank you to:

Grace CADZOW • Claire BOYLAN • Jenny HODGES • Simon DEWHURST • Archie MACLEOD • Charlie READ • Scott CADZOW • Claire CADZOW • Mandy ALLEN • Scott NUGENT • Amy PETRIDIS • Craig ROBBINS • Alastair CAMERON • Kobus SMITH • Emelia LARKE • Francesca PALMER • Paula FROST • Harry MANSFIELD • Simon GARDNER • Harry LINES • Sunny NEAL

Todays results can be found on the Castle Park results page

Next Week I hand over the Run Director jacket to Kevin.


Core Team: Kevin, Chris, Francesca, Alastair, Chris, Joanne, Tory, Grace, Luke, Oliver, Julie, Phily, Melanie, Ellen and Ben


Event #42 – 7th July 2018

It was another beautiful sunny morning for parkrun at Castle Park. There was a sense of anticipation for the match in the afternoon (yes!!!) but as ever, parkrun never ceases to amaze. We were lucky to be joined by a few international tourists, but one in particular was extra-special.

Gurkha Bishnu is running 207 parkruns in 5 years and today was Castle Park's turn where he was running number 25 in his quest. Not only is he running, but he is doing so with a 22kg doko on his back. A doko is a large hand-woven bamboo basket which is used to transport goods, and is traditionally carried on the back. Bishnu was carrying it today in the hot weather and managed an amazing time of 27:46! You can read more about him here and donate to his fundraising for the Gurkha Welfare Trust: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/johnny-gurkhabishnu

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers. As ever, we are looking for more volunteers, especially for the next few weeks. Please think about volunteering as a way of supporting the event and contributing to its success:

Megan EVANS • Peter BEATTY • Oliver LAST • Victoria MADDOX • Melanie WATSON • Ben PICKFORD • Anne HALL • Joanna ARSCOTT • Luke SHEPHERD • Denise ALLSOPP • Sunny NEAL • Stefan MILKOWSKI • Alex MILKOWSKI • Kobus SMITH • David LAMB • Stephen BERRY • Isabelle BERRY • Scott NUGENT • Julie ROWE • William ROWE • Simon DEWHURST • Claire BOYLAN • Dave HALL • Ian HUDSON • Paula FROST • Charlie READ • Harry LINES • Archie MACLEOD

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

The baton hands over to Grace for her debut as run director next week. Grace is a prolific volunteer and a welcome addition to the core team. Good luck Grace!



Event #41 30th June 2018

A new week and another parkrun done and dusted.

And what a fabulous morning it was; lovely sunshine, lots of smiling faces and a new RD who didn’t have to fill in an incident reports……

Thank you to all the volunteers this week, I actually had too many people wanting to volunteer (which is never a problem!) and with a full roster by Monday you had one very happy RD right from the start of the week.

The Castle Gardens start seems to be a favourite among many of you and with two photographers this week, we have over 800 photos of our glamorous Saturday morning runners!

Run Report photo 2 30th June

Nice to have a few milestones this week also, including Colette who seemed very happy to be running her 50th parkrun this weekend.

Run Report photo 30th June

Now onto the actual run this week; 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part. I hope all our first timers enjoyed the event and we will see them again soon.

The event was made possible by 31 amazing volunteers:

Philippa WATSON • Victoria MADDOX • Thomas WILTON • Grace CADZOW • Janet HOWES • Denise ALLSOPP • Sunny NEAL • Geoff WARREN • Kobus SMITH • Alastair CAMERON • Lisa LARKE • Kevin GILLESPIE • Paula FRENZEL • David LAMB • Annabel KANE • Em WARRINGTON • Sally HOUSE • Rachel TURVEY • Scott NUGENT • Howard WILLIAMS • Simon DEWHURST • Tory FOOT • A C KIRBY • Sarah FOOT • David FOOT • Paula FROST • Paula WALKER • Charlie CARRICK • Charlie READ • Harry LINES • Sue WILLIAMS

If you haven't volunteered yet come and give it a try, its really easy and a lot of fun!

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castle Park parkrun Results Page.

Next week sees the return of Ben as RD – if he could have as much volunteer enthusiasm as I had I’m sure he would be one very happy RD too!

Have a cracking week – try not to get too sunburnt as this heatwave doesn’t seem to show any sign of ending soon, and just because there may be a few certain football matches taking place this week, that is not an excuse for any slacking on the running front!

Tory x

Your Castle Park parkrun core team are Alastair, Ben, Chris, Christopher, Ellen, Francesca, Grace, Joanne, Julie, Kevin, Luke, Melanie, Oliver, Phily and Tory


Event #40 23rd June 2018

Good evening parkrunners

I really hope you've all enjoyed the scorching weekend, heaps of sports on TV, cricket, rugby and apparently an international football tournament?
Monday soon comes around doesn't it......

What a fab start to the weekend we had yesterday morning with event number 40, practically perfect conditions for parkrunning. The atmosphere on Sworders Field certainly reflected the weather.

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A full roster means a very happy RD - THANK YOU.
Our volunteers were praised highly yesterday with comments commending the marking out of the course, thank you to the set up team, the regulars are a funny bunch and arriving on the park at 7:30am is made easier by having them there.

Our resident  photographer Peter certainly captures you all in good spirits, I hope you enjoy his pictures.
Steph Miller ran her last UK parkrun with us yesterday, she's off to Adelaide Australia, she has checked that there is a parkrun nearby. She wanted me to pass on her thanks to the awesome volunteers who make parkrun possible. Good luck Steph!

We have a birthday, Zak is 7 today, he also ran his 20th parkrun at Castle Park yesterday beating Dad Charlie by a whopping 6 seconds. Well done Zach and Happy Birthday!Image may contain: 1 person, tree, shoes, child, basketball court, plant, sky, outdoor and nature


Onto the run, this week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 103 recorded new Personal bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

Our first male finisher was Jack Galloway with a time of 16:46

Our first female finisher was Madeline Piron with a time of 21:22

The event was made possible by 28 fabulous volunteers:

Paul FREYNE • Sarah MACKAY • Peter BEATTY • Julie WITCHALLS • Oliver LAST • Victoria MADDOX • Chris CHEW • Ursula FOOT • Iwona KWIDZYNSKA • Simon BARRIE • Joanne COLEBOURNE • Claire CADZOW • Sunny NEAL • Chris BROMHAM • Kobus SMITH • Patricia POOLE • David SZULC • Annabel KANE • Graham SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Simon DEWHURST • Tory FOOT • Laura MELLING • A C KIRBY • Paula FROST • Andrew MORRIS • Charlie READ • Harry LINES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/castlepark/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=40

Next week sees a brand new run director, Tory is a regular parkrunner and prolific volunteer, one of the regulars in course set up (part of the funny bunch I mentioned earlier). Tory's volunteer roster is FULL - thank you AGAIN!!!!!
Please make Tory welcome and show her the usual Castle Park parkrun support and love especially during the pre-run briefing - looking out and addressing 300+ faces for the first time is quite something.

Enjoy the rest of your evening, and the coming week of some serious summer heat, don't forget your SPF!


Your Castle Park parkrun core team are Alastair, Ben, Chris, Christopher, Ellen, Francesca, Grace, Joanne, Julie, Kevin, Luke, Melanie, Oliver, Phily and Tory


Event #39 16 June 2018

It was certainly a busy Saturday morning for the core team and all the volunteers!

First of all, we had a record 366 people join us for their parkrun fix, of whom 21 were completely new to parkrun, and a further 30 were enjoying Castle Park for the first time. Our first male finisher was Crispian Bloomfield in a time of 16:33, Liz Bellinger was our first lady in 20:51, and 49 of you recorded personal bests.

We are very grateful to have the support of the Bishop's Stortford and Stansted Round Table and they provided a number of our marshals on Saturday as well as saying a few words during the run briefing and chatting to runners afterwards. You can find out more about the Round Table on their website and facebook page.

We had a number people reach parkrun milestones: Alec Sneddon and Zoe Hill ran their (junior) 10th; Janet Howes ran her 50th; and Melvyn Grimwood celebrated his 100th parkrun. Well done all!

The traffic for the carnival site was a bit busier than we had anticipated, which led to a few stressful moments as vehicles waiting to get on site started backing up onto the Causeway. With a bit of goodwill and common sense the situation was manageable but it's something we'll have to bear in mind whenever there are other events taking place that require vehicle access across the bridge at that time on a Saturday morning.

Last but defintely not least, a big Thank You to the 31 volunteers that made this event possible:

Megan EVANS • Oliver LAST • Philippa WATSON • Chris CHEW • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Bekah CRANCH • Patrick CHAPPEL • Sunny NEAL • Rachel ALEXANDER • Kobus SMITH • David LAMB • Graham SMITH • Lori MORRISON • Christopher BENNETT • Victoria CORBISHLEY • Talitha CORBISHLEY-SHERFIELD • Scott NUGENT • Andrew ARNOLD • Clare ARNOLD • Claire LAYER • Andrew TURVEY • Tory FOOT • Paula FROST • Miriam MOUKDAD • Charlie READ • Harry LINES • Phillip STREET • James SUMMERS • Stephen HACKSHALL • Andrew THOMAS

If you've not volunteered before please do give it a go: it's rewarding in its own right, and some of the finish area roles can be combined with a run for sub-22 minute runners.

That's all from me; we're back at the Bandstand next week where Julie will be your Run Director.

Your Castle Park parkrun core team are Alastair, Ben, Chris, Christopher, Ellen, Francesca, Grace, Joanne, Julie, Kevin, Luke, Melanie, Oliver, Phily and Tory

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