Event #55 – 6th September 2018

This Saturday, there was a chill in the air and some sporadic drizzle - Autumn is definitely here. Fortunately we got the event done and dusted before the heavier showers turned up later in the morning. The ground is still pretty firm underfoot, although getting slippier. We might need to start thinking about footwear choices pretty soon...

This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

Event #55 was made possible by 23 amazing volunteers:

Oliver LAST • John ETHERDEN • Chris CHEW • Matthieu MILITON • Ben PICKFORD • Christopher CONNELL • Graham MULLY • Brian FINNIGAN • Kobus SMITH • Patricia POOLE • Elanor CADZOW • Dana SMITH • Louise GARDNER • Annabel KANE • John EMMETT • J OLEARY • Scott NUGENT • Simon DEWHURST • Paula WALKER • Charlie CARRICK • Simon GARDNER • Seamus POWER • Velichko KOLEV

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

Next week we have a pacer event, and are still looking for our last few pace-setters as well as the usual volunteer roles. Please get in touch if you can help with any of these.

Francesca is your run director for next week.



Castle Park Event #53

Twas the morning of parkrun when all through the..... hang on, hang on I think we’ve had enough poetry for one week!

So once again it was an ordinary week, for the folk of Bishop's Stortford who went about their daily lives, wishing that 9am Saturday morning would just hurry up and get here; all accept for a certain RD, who somehow managed to arrange to go to a concert on Friday night. All well and good you might think, apart from the small matter that said concert was in Manchester..... (queue drive home at 4am!)
Of course I would never let my parkrunners down, but I think next time I'll perhaps engage brain first before I agree to things! (If you did wonder why I perhaps looked like death warmed up on Saturday morning hopefully you know have an explanation).


3 of our lovely ladies enjoying themselves!

Now enough rambling and onto the actual run! Despite the wind and rain, reminding us that winter is now ever closer, a huge 348 of you turned up including 35 first timers! So nice to see so many new faces and tourists, I hope that all of you enjoyed the run and will soon become regulars of Castle park. On the subject of regulars, it was anything but a regular day at Castle Park as many of our regulars had something to celebrate! (Sorry too many regulars in one sentence.. I know!) It was happy birthday, to Claire, Christian and Liz, whose ages I will not mention! And happy milestones to Sheila Kitchen (50), Peter Keats (50), Phil Chaplin (150) and Mick Staines our tourist all the way from Southend who ran his 350th parkrun!!!  (Just to clarify the numbers in brackets are not their ages either!)

Somehow RD Chris is still managing to smile despite using parkrun as a finisher to his 20 mile run on Saturday morning!

Big thank you to all the wonderful people below who volunteered this week;

Julie WITCHALLS • Kevin WATSON • Adam CHAPMAN • Grace CADZOW • Justin EDWARDS • Christopher CONNELL • Harry MANSFIELD • Corrado LUPPI • Claire CADZOW • Margaret CONNELL • Luke SHEPHERD • Jay PRICE • Kobus SMITH • Elanor CADZOW • Judith BRAECKMAN • Dana SMITH • Louise GARDNER • Ollie BROWN • Em WARRINGTON • John EMMETT • Rohit DAYAMA • Julie ROWE • Hannah MULLY • Debbi COLLINS • Louisa BRADDOCK • Tory FOOT • Alison MULLY • Rachel RISSBROOK • Charlie READ • Harry LINES • Archie MACLEOD • Margaret MITCHELL • Simon GARDNER - without this lovely bunch parkrun couldn't go ahead and I'm not sure many of the other RD's will be as willing to use poetry as me! (or have the skills....) So if you can spare the time to volunteer every so often please do put your name down and come give us a hand.

Last quick reminder that next week is our Castle Park parkrun's first birthday - so we expect to see you all don some form of fancy dress and fingers crossed there will be cake too!

Right enough rambling from me, I'm sure you're all thanking your luck stars that you don't have to listen to me again now for at least another six weeks!

Chris is in pole position this week, and he's still got a few gaps in his roster so help him out if you can.

Over and out!

Tory x

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


Event #52 – 15th September 2018.

Good evening all! This week I woke up on Saturday sad about the weather conditions being so poor and all the snow in Sworder's field, thankfully I soon remembered that this was only a dream! Other than a morning dew on the grass (and quite wet feet) the weather was actually rather nice :D  Thankfully the 23 volunteers and 333 runners/walkers didn't have the same dream, and so all turned up bright and positive looking forward to their Saturday morning injection of exertion, fun, and friendship.

It was super to see that we continue to have new people joining us at Castle Park parkrun, out of the this weeks' 333 participants who either ran, jogged or walked the course 46 were first timers!

I know a number of people have had other commitments this last couple of weeks, however it was a little more difficult than usual to fill our volunteer roster. Thankfully 23 super stars came forward to allow the event to be staged and results to be processed. If you can volunteer once in a while, some roles can even be mixed with running, then it would be greatly appreciated by your other parkrunners. I can also guarantee you'll have a great time, really enjoy the experience, and find it a friendly environment.

A big thank you to the 23 volunteers:

Samantha HOOD • Andrea EDWARDS • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Martin MOULTON • Andrew THOMSON • Harry MANSFIELD • Emma NIXON • Nicholas YEADON • Kobus SMITH • Kevin GILLESPIE • Paula FRENZEL • David LAMB • Graham SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Simon DEWHURST • Tory FOOT • Amber NICOL • Helen NICOL • Paula FROST • Charlie READ • Harry LINES • Simon GARDNER

In this weeks' field of participants, were a number of milestones, and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

George Grimwood joined the 50th club on the same day as completing his first solo run! Mick Webb Joined the 50th club on his birthday! Andrew Mitchell and Alex Thompson also joined the 50th club. Also congratulation to Hannah Witchalls on her 100th run!

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

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).
Castle Park parkrun started on 30th September 2017. Since then 2,892 participants have completed 14,296 parkruns covering a total distance of 71,480 km, including 2,783 new Personal Bests.

Also, we've lost a few finish tokens in recent weeks, please can you return any you may have and please remember to return them to the buckets before leaving the event.

Remember to keep the 29th September in your diary as it's our birthday, and please come along in fancy dress if you are able!

One final thing please remember that next week we will be starting on our alternative start position over the river in Castle Gardens, as Sworder's field is not available to us.

That's all from me, Tory will be your Run Director next week.



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


Event #51

Good Evening Everyone, I'm sorry this is a little late, I've had some college work that needed completed. It's a difficult life :D Now onto the run report...


On Saturday morning it was cold and slighlty wet from the rain, autumn is here folks, but still we had 318 runners/joggers/walkers and 26 volunteers.

Our Volunteers:

Andrew TURVEY  •  Anna GRIMWOOD  •  Archie MACLEOD  •  Ben PICKFORD  •  Claire CADZOW  •  Colette KERINS  •  Elanor CADZOW  •  Ellen BROOKS  •  George GRIMWOOD  •  Grace CADZOW  •  Harriet WYATT  •  Harry MANSFIELD  •  Ian BARNETT  •  Jacob TURVEY  •  Kevin MULLY  •  Kobus SMITH  •  Matthieu MILITON  •  Melvyn GRIMWOOD  •  Paula FROST  •  Scott CADZOW  •  Scott NUGENT  •  Simon GARDNER  •  Sunny NEAL  •  Tory FOOT  •  Vanessa WALKER  •  William TURVEY


Well done to all of our runners for coming out and to our volunteers who stood out in the damp conditions and for cheering on the participants - me trying not to use the word runners repeatedly - we always are looking for more volunteers, some roles can be done with running too!!


We had quite a few milestones on Saturday including Thomas Anderson, who ran his 50th parkrun, a massive well done to him! He's only 8 and done more runs than me :) . Well done also to everyone else who completed their milestones Saturday morning.


On the 29th September, we are celebrating Castle Park Parkrun's FIRST BIRTHDAY! We are doing fancy dress, so dig out your past costumes and come celebrate with us! To help us celebrate our birthday properly we need.... a cake!! So if you know somewhere we can get a cake for a good price or someone that would happily bake us one, let us know via facebook or email - castleparkoffice@parkrun.com


On the 27th October 2018, Cancer Research UK are running a Tough 10km trail run at Hadleigh Park, Essex. All the money goes towards the life-saving research they conduct. They aren't just looking for runners, of course, but also volunteers for the event. If you would like to get involved and support this cause please sign up.


I now pass on the RD role to Kevin for next week.

Have a wonderful week and hope to see you all next time!




Event #49 – 25th August 2018

This Saturday morning had quite an autumnal feel about it. Much cooler temperatures and dew on the grass... it was even chilly stood in the shade by the finish funnel. Despite it being a bank holiday weekend, we still had a great turnout. 291 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests.

Congratulations to Richard Eddershaw on his 50th parkrun.

The event was made possible by 27 fantastic volunteers. Please do have a look at our volunteer roster page and consider how you might help in the coming weeks:

Oliver LAST • Philippa WATSON • Matthieu MILITON • Ben PICKFORD • Chris BROLLY • Joanne COLEBOURNE • Reg CLAYTON • Thomas PICKFORD • Sunny NEAL • Rosemary NUGENT • David SZULC • David LAMB • Emmy PICKFORD • Ollie BROWN • Em WARRINGTON • Alex WARRINGTON • J OLEARY • Scott NUGENT • Debbi COLLINS • Simon DEWHURST • Daniel DAVIS • Alan SHINGLER • Charlie READ • Donna SHEPPARD • Jacob COLLINS • Simon GARDNER • Velichko KOLEV

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

A couple of points forward to note:

  • Due to the funfair taking place next Saturday, we will be starting from our alternate start/finish point at Castle Gardens.
  • Please hold the date for 29th September which will be our 1st birthday event at Castle Park. More details to follow in due course.

That's all from me, it's over to Francesca for next week.



Event #48 Saturday 18th August 2018



Good afternoon dear parkrunners

The heat of summer 2018 seems a distant memory now and the attendance at Castle Park parkrun is certainly benefiting by the drop in temperature.

This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course. The good conditions also helped 53 of you record new Personal Bests.

We had 58 first timers tune in for their briefing delivered by Paula and ably assisted by the very enthusiastic Harry who then supported me during the main briefing. A future RD in the pipeline I think!


Pav and his coffee van seem to be a hit, I hope you're enjoying his hot and cold beverages, he certainly adds to the enjoyment on a saturday morning. It'll soon be hot chocolate weather.


We have been struggling to fill our volunteer roster over the summer and this week was no exception, PLEASE get involved and volunteer on the odd occasion, parkrun only happens if we all do our bit. Get in touch at castleparkhelpers@parkrun.com or pop a  message on facebook.

This weeks event was made possible by 31 high viz heroes:

Peter BEATTY • Julie WITCHALLS • Jane HITCH • Joanna BONSER • Linda DAW • Pauline WELHAM • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Matthieu MILITON • Christopher CONNELL • Harry MANSFIELD • Shirley BALL • Patrick CHAPPEL • Luke SHEPHERD • Sunny NEAL • Judith BRAECKMAN • Clare MASTERSON • Brian SULLIVAN • Keith PHILLIPS • Richard EDDERSHAW • Dylan MILITON • Scott NUGENT • Andrew TURVEY • Peter JURD • Tory FOOT • Rachel RISSBROOK • Paula FROST • Charlie READ • Margaret MITCHELL • Simon GARDNER • Tamsin MILITON


Facebook is having issues and isn't allowing us to add Peter Beatty - our resident paparazzi, to the page so no photos so far this week. The pics will be up as soon as we can add Pete to the page.


That's all from me, thank you for your support.

Ben has the kit and will be looking after y'all this week.

See you in the crowd on saturday.

Julie x


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


Event #45 Saturday 28th July 2018

Good evening parkrunners

Well someone did a rain dance.... Where's the sunshine gone? I'm sure we're all relieved to be sleeping better now that the temperature has fallen dramatically, I guess the national grid has a chance to recover from the electrical demand to power all our fans!!!!

After a few wonderful sunny days away in Norfolk I returned to find the volunteer roster looking very gappy - after a pleading email the response was incredible. My roster was filling up and was complete by early evening, the celebratory glass (or 3) of Rose went down very well.

Thank you so much for stepping up and saving saturday morning - you're all wonderful.  Please consider volunteering, if we all give our time every so often we can continue to enjoy parkrun, it only happens IF we have enough volunteers EVERY week. Event #45 was brought to you by Peter BEATTY • Julie WITCHALLS • Victoria MADDOX • Martin BROOKS • Lee KIRBY • Ellen BROOKS • Joanna ARSCOTT • Russell KING • Margaret CONNELL • Shirley BALL • Nicholas YEADON • Esra KING • Stefan MILKOWSKI • Jay PRICE • Kobus SMITH • Josie ADAMS • Victoria BALKWILL • Jenny HODGES • Isobel LAMB • David LAMB • Brian SULLIVAN • William NUGENT • Rohit DAYAMA • Scott NUGENT • Tory FOOT • Ian HUDSON • Paula FROST • Carole HUDSON • Andrew MORRIS • Charlie READ • Phillip STREET • Stephen HACKSHALL • Mark ROWLEY • Simon GARDNERImage may contain: 1 person, standing, shoes, tree, outdoor and nature

Look how happy our volunteer Lee is with his hi viz and VIP radio, you could also enjoy the thrill of volunteering and be as happy as Lee!

Onto the run.....

This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

Our first male finisher was Michael Waddington in an incredible 16:43 which is a new pb for him. Great run Michael!!

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Our first lady was Jo Arscott who finished in 22:16 and considering she was supposed to be taking it easy is an amazing time. Jo then donned her volunteer hat and stepped up to scan barcodes. Image may contain: 1 person, standing, shorts, child, tree, outdoor and nature

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

I think the heat is set to return (yipee) as this week goes on, so enjoy your duvets for now.

I'm handing over the Blue & White vest to Tory for the coming week. I'm sure she'd welcome any request to volunteer with open arms. In the meantime enjoy the rest of your sunday, have a fab week, and I'll see you all in the crowd listening to the run briefing next weekend.

Thanks again your continued encouragement and support




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



Event #44 – 21st July 2018

Good evening everyone, this week's parkrun was a another beautiful day. We said hello to Pawel our new pop-up coffee vendor who should be attending Castle Park every Saturday hopefully you'll all enjoy this in the coming weeks.

This week 331 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

Please make sure that you continue to bring water and sun screen with you during this extreme weather.

Saturday's event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Megan EVANS • Peter BEATTY • Victoria MADDOX • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Ben PICKFORD • Grace CADZOW • Claire CADZOW • Sunny NEAL • Natasha SPILLER • Kobus SMITH • Patricia POOLE • Lee BOSWELL • Graham SMITH • Andrew ARNOLD • Clare ARNOLD • Andrew TURVEY • Debbi COLLINS • Claire BOYLAN • Paula FROST • Kirsten SMITH • Harry LINES • Jacob COLLINS • Archie MACLEOD • Simon GARDNER

Castle Park parkrun started on 30th September 2017. Since then 2,597 participants have completed 12,004 parkruns covering a total distance of 60,020 km, including 2,375 new Personal Bests.

This week's results can be found on the Castle Park results page

I would like to remind everyone that we do not have priority over other park users and have been very disappointed that we received our first official complaints from other park users this week, including one incident when a runner is alleged to have swung a kick at a dog on the park! And another example of bad language being used during an incident! Neither of these are acceptable and for us to continue using the park, especially the path areas we need to be considerate and courteous to other users of the park.

On a jollier note we had a few runners with key milestones: Stefan Milkowski completed his 100th run, Sarah Beeston and Rachel Turvey completed their 50th runs, and our junior Sebby Armstrong completed her 10th run.

A special mention also need to go to Kobus Smith who completed not only his 25th volunteering event, but his 25th consecutive volunteering event. Another mention also must go to Megan Evans (who regularly volunteers) but knew we were short of scanner to finished first so she could start scanning other runners.

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


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


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!


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