Event #61 – 17 November 2018

As the sun shone on a beautiful Saturday morning that was more like early autumn than late November, 311 of you ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. As is becoming the "new normal" we proceeded in an anti-clockwise direction onto the path and around Grange Paddocks. Do please pay attention to the run briefing for any updates or changes to the course for that week.

Brett Lancaster ran his 50th parkrun, and Morgan Sewell his 100th. Well done both!

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

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Serena BERESFORD • Victoria MADDOX • Chris CHEW • Matthieu MILITON • David ASHWORTH • Adam CHAPMAN • Christopher CONNELL • Phil MANSFIELD • Harry MANSFIELD • Rosemary NUGENT • Kobus SMITH • Dana SMITH • Paula FRENZEL • David RUTTER • Ernesto JOHNSON • Jason STATHAM • Scott NUGENT • Andrew ARNOLD • Clare ARNOLD • Fraser ARNOLD • Simon DEWHURST • Jess ARNOLD • Alison MULLY • Paula FROST • Simon GARDNER • Matthew HOLLAND

parkrun relies entirely on volunteers to put on the event each week: do please consider volunteering if you haven't done so before or haven't done so in a while. None of the roles are difficult, some can be combined with running, and many people find volunteering as rewarding as running (and there's another free t-shirt to collect once you've volunteered on 25 separate days!).

A few dates for your diary:

1 December: Grove Cottage Santa Dash, Grange Paddocks https://www.facebook.com/events/261949587972797/

8 December: Bishop's Stortford Ladies Rugby Club volunteer takeover

25 December: Xmas Day "bonus" parkrun, 9am

1 January: New Year's Day "bonus" parkrun, 9am. NYD is the only day you can be credited with two parkruns, many events start early or late to allow a "double", take a look at the compendium of Christmas and New Year Events here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

Finally, a jacket was left at the bandstand, and a fitness tracker was found on Grange Paddocks and handed to us. If either are yours, drop us a line and we'll re-unite you.

That's all from me, Tory is at the helm next week.




Christmas and New Year

Castle Park parkrun will be held on Christmas day at 9am, and also on New Year's day at 9.00am (this will enable you to jump to one of the other local events to do a double, if you want an active way to celebrate the start of the New Year!)

Also, if you can support either event by volunteering then please email castleparkhelpers@parkrun.com

Castle Park parkrun coreteam.


Event #60 – 10th November 2018

Saturday morning started meeting the regular setup team at 7.45am as usual. It was warm, if a little wet under foot! Team efficiently sorted the signage and everyone disappeared to ready the course for a safe event. The setup team even managed to find an Australian tourist who was press ganged into helping setup - I'm told he was willing, but more to come about this!

As usual Pawel was already setup, so got the usual warm welcome. I struggled to put off my first coffee until I was sorted out, ensuring everything was ready with the volunteer coordinator for all the marshals and finish area volunteers to arrive.

It was then off to the sunny area on the field where we now finish, to setup the 'finishing funnel' with our beautiful new parkrun tape :-) I acknowledge that many didn't notice this small detail as you were pushing for the line to achieve your best effort, but sometimes the small things matter!

Now it was time to welcome our 315 runners, joggers, and walkers to our 60th event at Castle Park since we started on 30th September 2017! As usual this included a number of tourists, including David Moss our intrepid Australian friend from Queensland who was actually running the course bare footed! Of these 31 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests.

As we have for a number of events now we ran the cours backwards or anti-clockwise, (whichever description you prefer). This is going to be the new norm for the course moving forward to reduce the bollard issue on the path along the river ... backwards is the new forwards!

Before we got underway it was touching to lookout from the bandstand and watch around 350 people stand in silence for a minute to remember the brave service men and women who have served past and present on our behalf!

A short way into the run, parkrunner's had the boost of the 'music at the bridge' thoughtfully provided by Daisy, Moly, and David. Many runners commented on how they enjoyed this little cheering team!

The lovely Grace achieved her 100th volunteering event, a great achievement especially when she has only managed to squeeze in 27 runs! A special mention to Paula, who really sadly(!) we are going to lose soon when she moves away for the area, achieved her 25th volunteering event whilst tail walking.

The full list of 32 HiViz heros who made our event possible are:

Andrea EDWARDS • Peter BEATTY • Serena BERESFORD • Philippa WATSON • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Matthieu MILITON • David ASHWORTH • Grace CADZOW • Andrew THOMSON • Jane MANSFIELD • Harry MANSFIELD • Claire CADZOW • Nicholas YEADON • Denise ALLSOPP • Francesca PALMER • Kobus SMITH • William PALMER • Elanor CADZOW • David LAMB • Brian SULLIVAN • David AMOS • Alex WARRINGTON • Graham SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Emma SHARPE • Simon DEWHURST • Mark POULTON • Paula FROST • Simon GARDNER • Seamus POWER • Daisy AMOS

We have a few official Milestones this week: Lizzie Bellinger who achieved her 100th parkrun! Sam Hughes ran his 10th event, David Lamb ran his 50th event. Also a notable mention to Keith Philips who ran his 92nd run, but 50 runs as Castle Park.

As announced on Saturday we are planning on holding a parkrun on Christmas Day and New Year's Day both at 9am as usual.

One final thing is that I'd like to encourage all runners who haven't volunteered to give it a go as you will have seen we're a friendly bunch, and promise you will enjoy the experience. Some roles even allow you to run and volunteer!  So if you fancy giving scanning a go, fancy being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please look on the roster and e-mail - castleparkhelpers@parkrun.com

That's all from me, over to Chris next week.


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

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th October 2017 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Megan EVANS who recorded a time of 18:18 on 4th November 2017 (event number 6).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jenny BRAYSHAW who recorded 86.60% (24:08) on 10th February 2018 (event number 22).


Event #59 – 3 November 2018

This Saturday, it was a damp but cool morning at Castle Park. Pawel was there dishing out coffee, and everything pretty much ran like clockwork. Just the way it should be. For our newer parkrunners, you'll see the field at Grange Paddocks start to get wetter and muddier over the next few weeks, so please think about your footwear. Don't worry though, parkrun goes ahead through rain or shine - the only time we ever realistically cancel is because of ice. So we hope to see our numbers continue to be strong as we get into winter.

This week we had quite a few milestones:

- Francesca Palmer, one of our awesome RDs, and Eleanor Rodgers both ran their 100th parkrun.

- Grace Mason ran her 50th as a JW 11-14

- Emma Lambert and Katie Adams both ran their 10th as juniors

Well done to you all!


We also had a couple of age category records:

- Brett Rushman ran 16:59 and set a new JM 15-17 record

- Pete Thompson ran 18:44 and set a new VM 60-64 record.

Great running by both of you! In case you haven't seen the age category records, they can be found here on the event page.

This week 345 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 96 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers. Please let us know if you can help in future weeks, we have plenty of spaces:

Oliver LAST • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Matthieu MILITON • Ben PICKFORD • Harry MANSFIELD • Luke SHEPHERD • Thomas PICKFORD • Jay PRICE • Kobus SMITH • Helen BRUNTON • Dana SMITH • Emmy PICKFORD • Mia SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Julie ROWE • Karl BLACK • Charlotte MULLY • Hannah MULLY • Andrew TURVEY • Elizabeth PHILLIPS • Simon DEWHURST • Anna CAMP • Alison MULLY • Ian HUDSON • Paula FROST • Carole HUDSON • Simon GARDNER

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

Couple of final points of admin:

- The last couple of weeks we have run the route anti-clockwise in order to avoid a large crowd running through the bollards at the start. This seems to work well, and we will likely change to this being our normal route. Please listen to the briefing each week for confirmation on the direction we are running, until we have completed the admin to make this official.

- Recently, we have not had many volunteer photographers and have relied on 2-3 people who regularly take photos. Parkrunners obviously love to see their gurning (or sometimes even smiling!) faces after the event, so if you know anyone who is a budding photographer, even if they aren't a runner, please encourage them to come down.

That's all from me, over to Kevin next week.


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


Event #58

Good Evening Everyone,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and a lovely start to the new week. I certainly had an interesting one... Sunday I was tail-walking for a national trust event with my mum and I went flying on a gravel path so now have a bruised leg and hip and a wonderful gauze on my hand with bruising. What can I say? I'm getting into the halloween spirit!!

Now... Saturday morning was a cold one. During set up there was still a slight frost reminding us that winter is now on its way... However, the run went on without any incidents and even through the cold I saw so many smiling faces over the finishing line... can't work out if that's due to the exercise or the boxes of sweets I was holding :)

This week we had 314 runners/joggers/walkers complete the course in reverse and we had 25 volunteers!! Well done and Thank you to you all for making our Halloween event very lively!

We had some spooktacular costumes on Saturday including a ghoulish Dracula as one of our lovely tail-walkers. I hope you all enjoyed the sweets at the end too as a treat for the run you lot did.

Saturday was one for PBs so congrats to all those who have improved their times! We had one milestone on Saturday, well done Ben on your 50th run!!

Our volunteers:

Claire CADZOW  •  Dennis UDALL  •  Elanor CADZOW  •  Gary SMITH  •  Grace CADZOW  •  Graham MULLY  •  Graham SMITH  •  Harry MANSFIELD  •  J OLEARY  •  John GILLESPIE  •  John MANN  •  Kobus SMITH  •  Lee BOSWELL  •  Melanie WATSON  •  Mia SMITH  •  Mike PENKETH  •  Paula FROST  •  Rosemary NUGENT  •  Samantha HOOD  •  Sara LARSEN  •  Scott NUGENT  •  Simon GARDNER  •  Sue WILLIAMS  •  Thomas PENKETH  •  Tory FOOT

I now pass on the baton to Ben as your next RD. Thank you to all those who have already volunteered as the roster is looking very healthy but I'm sure he'll really appreciate some extra bodies. Please get in touch if you would like to help out!

See you all soon,

I'm off to do some more college work...


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