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

Julie

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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.

Kevin

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.

Grace

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!

Ben

 

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!

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

 

Event #38 9th June 2018

All started well at Castle Park parkrun, volunteers turned up prompt at 7.30am, the weather was perfect for running, tested the radios from the start to furthest marshal point, lots of smiley happy runners & walkers turned up before the briefing at 8.50am, even the PA seemed to work well!

Better still we even had a friendly pirate (Mark aka Silent Runner) turn up from Luton (seems to be a thing going on here as recall we recently had a jolly stag party from Luton)! If you'd like to read more about Mark's 100 parkrun challenge then see his blog at https://silentrunner.blog/2018/06/09/event-89-castle-park/

Mark the Jolly Pirate

In celebration of the NHS 70th anniversary, It was a great privledge to be joined on the bandstand by lots of lovely NHS staff who make a huge difference to all of us (even if some of the shyer ones raised their hand but wouldn't join me on the bandstand!) What was really touching was the genuine appreciation from the parkrun community. Amongst our NHS heros was Kirsten Dalby a Physiotherapist, and the following is her interesting insight into the benefits of parkrun.

"As an NHS physiotherapist I go to work everyday trying to empower my patients and educating them on how invaluable physical activity is to our health and wellbeing. Using my knowledge and understanding of exercise I give my patients the guidance they need to try improve both their mobility and their quality of life. Physical activity is so important to our health in so many ways from a physical, mental and social aspect. It is through the education and advice of my Physiotherapist colleagues in the NHS that people are given the tools to self manage their own health through physical activity. I cannot express the importance of taking ownership of your own health, and I think parkrun is such a wonderful idea to try and promote this. This is why I have chosen to participate today in parkrun , and to support the 70th birthday of the NHS. I am so proud to work for the NHS and so proud of the work my colleagues do to improve the lives of so many in the Herts and Essex area. Thank you parkrun for providing a platform to encourage so many people to get up and get active on a Saturday morning."
The runners started returning all smiley, some (but not all) having cut a shorter line on Sworder's field due to lack of cones forcing runners to the left as usual!

One point I would like to remind runners is that if you are with a child under 11, then you must stay with them throughout the run. This is for their own safety.

This week 307 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 116 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

As usual we are only able to provide a free timed run each week due to the dedication of our super team of volunteers, this event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Megan EVANS • Sarah MACKAY • Philippa WATSON • Victoria MADDOX • Thomas WILTON • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Christopher CONNELL • Margaret CONNELL • Graeme SMITH • Alison FRANKLIN • Rosemary NUGENT • Wayne GREET • Rachel ALEXANDER • Kobus SMITH • Patricia POOLE • David SZULC • Paula FRENZEL • Graham SMITH • Richard EDDERSHAW • Scott NUGENT • Simon DEWHURST • Tory FOOT • Helen FRANKLIN • Ian HUDSON • Paula FROST

Within these there were two major milestones  it was Scott Nugent's 50th time volunteering  even though he doesn't run, and Simon Dewhurst joined the 25 volunteer club - even though it was also his first event as a participant, and that was as the tail walker! These are two great examples of how much you can enjoy volunteering as well as running.

Today'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 2,303 participants have completed 10,100 parkruns covering a total distance of 50,500 km, including 2,050 new Personal Bests.

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your Sunday evening, and hope to see you all next week REMEMBER that the start next week will be in Castle Park gardens just over the river from the normal start since Sworder's field is already in use.

Finally, I'd like to apologise that we had a complete failure of one of our scanners and thus we had 100 or so unknowns in the results, over half of these have now been manually added. However, if you are not in the results and you know your finishing position, a garmin finishing time, or similar then please email castleparkoffice@parkrun.com and I'll try to add you at the correct place.

Well I'd like to hand you over to Chris as your Run Director next week.

Best Regards

Kevin

Run Director 9th June 2018.

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

 

 

 

Event #36 26th May 2018

Good morning to you all

 

I really hope you all had a fabulous bank holiday weekend. lots going on, beer festivals everywhere including in our own park, the very popular HBO 10k with lots of familiar parkrun faces & apparently there was a foreign football match?!

 

Event number 36 on saturday was also packed full of special moments, there were run milestones for Thomas Whay 50 who has also volunteered an incredible 36 times, Sophie Hoseason 50, Sophie Barc 50, Olwenn Gillespie 50,  Emily Warrington 50 & Scott Cadzow 50 with an incredible 45 volunteer credits!

Well done to you all!!

 

We were also graced with a half Italian (hence the half spray tan), Budgie Smuggler wearing groom to be on his stag do with his pals. Good luck to Daniel from Luton who is getting married on Saturday 30th June.Image may contain: 1 person, standing, shorts, outdoor and nature

Onto the run.....

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

Our first male finisher was Brett Rushman JM 15-17 in a time of 17:25 and a new PB!

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Our first female was Grace Mason AGED JUST 11 with a time of 24:03, 8 seconds outside her PB, she had no idea that she was our first female finisher and was justifiably thrilled when she realised.

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Outstanding performances by our youngsters.

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

 

There was an incident with one of our younger runners, she collided quite heavily with a bollard early in the run, she didn't hear the shouts of..... "BOLLARD" as she was tuned into her earphones. While we allow earphones, this incident is a prime example of why they're not recommended for organised runs. Please consider leaving them behind, you'll be more aware of your surroundings and potential hazards.

 

We had a full quota (just) of 28 volunteers, thank you to Peter BEATTY • Julie WITCHALLS • Oliver LAST • Philippa WATSON • Chris CHEW • Thomas WILTON • Chris BROLLY • Grace CADZOW • Scott CADZOW • Kevin MULLY • Claire CADZOW • Nicholas YEADON • Patrick CHAPPEL • Sunny NEAL • Rachel ALEXANDER • Jay PRICE • Kobus SMITH • Oliver BROWN • Katy BELLERBY • Felix BELLERBY • Florence BELLERBY • Richard EDDERSHAW • Scott NUGENT • Vanessa WALKER • Simon DEWHURST • Paula FROST • Joey XIANG • Harry LINES

Please consider stepping up and giving volunteering a go, it's fun I promise, and very  rewarding. Have a look at the roster for the coming weeks and drop a note to castleparkhelpers@parkrun.com

 

The run report signals the end of my time at the helm. We're back to our usual start/finish area on Sworders Field for event #37, meeting at the bandstand .

I'll pass you to Francesca who will look after you this week.

 

Have a great week

Julie

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

 

 

 

Event #33 Saturday 5th May 2018

Well hello there you fabulous lot,

I really hope you're making the most of this freakish bank holiday weather, it's a double record breaking weekend, the hottest early May bank holiday on record since it started in 1978 and record attendance at Castle Park parkrun.

The Bish Bash forced us to find an alternative route from/to the start/finish and judging by your pink smiley faces as you came around the mound into the finish straight I think it worked well.

 

This week a record breaking 349 people ran, (16 more than the very first event at Castle Park) jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Megan EVANS • Peter BEATTY • Julie WITCHALLS • Susan MILLWARD • Oliver LAST • Sue LAST • Melanie WATSON • Matthew IRONSIDE • Melvyn GRIMWOOD • Joanne COLEBOURNE • Ellen BROOKS • George GRIMWOOD • Liz DAVEY • Mark SPILLER • Luke SHEPHERD • Noreen MILKOWSKI • Alex MILKOWSKI • Francesca PALMER • Peter PALMER • Kobus SMITH • Patricia POOLE • Oliver BROWN • Katy BELLERBY • Felix BELLERBY • Florence BELLERBY • Helen GLENISTER • Richard EDDERSHAW • J OLEARY • Scott NUGENT • Julie ROWE • Simon DEWHURST • Tory FOOT • Helen FRANKLIN • Kathy ALLMAN • Liz COATES

Today'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).

We 've noticed that there is a serious amount of rule breaking regarding under 11's

UK Athletics dictate the rules of participation to which parkrun UK must abide

Children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.

We do allow the youngsters to race to the finish line over the final 50 metres or so but there are U11 children that are quite clearly running the course alone. If any parkrunner is found to be breaking this clear rule their name & time will be removed from the results. 

DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!

As an absolute dog loving nutcase it would break my heart of we had to refuse dogs at Castle Park parkrun.

The doggy rule clearly states....

Runners wishing to run with a dog are welcome, but please keep the dog on a short lead or harness and under control throughout the event. Please also review the parkrun support page article about running with a dog at parkrun events.

At no time are we to drop the lead allowing our dogs to be free and thus out of our control.

 

Well that's it from me, my Spaniels have had their sunny walkies and we're ready for a snack & sit in the garden. I'll hand you over to Chris who will look after you all throughout the week and this coming saturday.

Have an amazing rest of your weekend.

 

Julie

 

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

 

 

 

 

Event #32 – 28 April 2018

After last week's glorious sunshine, I think we'd all thought that winter was well and truly behind us. However, never write off the British weather's ability to bring you back down to earth with a bump!

Event #32 was certainly a wet and cold one. We were surprised that so many people turned up - 247 of you. It must have been very tempting to look out of the window and get back under the covers, so well done for getting your weekend off to a great start. I quite enjoyed doing the briefing (must remember to charge the PA system next time...) with everyone hunkering under the bandstand trying to hide from the rain.

Despite the rain, fortunately the ground was pretty firm which resulted in 38 new Personal Bests. Well done to everyone running a PB!

The event was made possible by 34 awesome volunteers - thanks to you all. As ever, please take a look at the future roster page and let us know if you can help out in the coming weeks:

Peter BEATTY • Theresa BURKE • Robin NEWMAN • Oliver LAST • Sue LAST • Philippa WATSON • Alan FINDLAY • Thomas WILTON • Melanie WATSON • Ben PICKFORD • Matthew IRONSIDE • David ASHWORTH • Grace CADZOW • Joanne COLEBOURNE • Jane MANSFIELD • Harry MANSFIELD • Rachael FLETCHER • Claire CADZOW • Nicholas YEADON • Kobus SMITH • David LAMB • Oliver BROWN • Graham SMITH • Rebecca SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Julie ROWE • William ROWE • Tory FOOT • Helen FRANKLIN • Leah MCFARLANE • Greta OLLANDINI • Zak Albert Ulku BROWN • Paula FROST • Elsa GRENON

Finally, we had a few milestones this week - all of whom are also regular volunteers, which is great to see:

  • Jo Colebourne had a fairly unique one - she ran her 100th parkrun AND recorded her 100th volunteering contribution on the same day. Jo has also just joined the core team. It's great to have you aboard Jo, and well done.
  • We also had quite a few people notching up their 50th - Chris and Margaret Connell completing the feat together, Sam Ronco as an under 10 - amazing achievement, Nicola Sunderland and Mike Connolly. Well done to you all.
  • Denise Allsopp (a regular at Castle Park) also ran her 50th a couple of weeks back at Great Dunmow. A belated congratulations Denise!

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

It's over to Julie for next week.

Ben

Run Director

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

 

Event 31 Castle Park 21st April 2018

This week I had the pleasure of being Run Director after several days of dry and sunny weather. Clearly this encouraged significant numbers of you to forfeit your Saturday morning lie in to either run, jog, or walk around our lovely 5 km parkrun. In total we had one of our largest participations to date with 321 people who ran, jogged or walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers.We also had a number of tourists some who have clocked-up a serious number of runs, and one lady was from Paris!

The ground conditions were such that 93 participants recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Megan EVANS • Alcus ERASMUS • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Alec LODGE • Grace CADZOW • Kevin MULLY • Rachael FLETCHER • Francesca PALMER • Kobus SMITH • Alastair CAMERON • David LAMB • Katy BELLERBY • Felix BELLERBY • Florence BELLERBY • Simon WALLACE • Graham SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Andrew ARNOLD • Clare ARNOLD • Fraser ARNOLD • Jamie SMITH • Simon DEWHURST • Tory FOOT • Helen FRANKLIN • Leah MCFARLANE • Ian HUDSON • Olivia HOODLESS • Greta OLLANDINI • Anna FRESHWATER • Paula FROST

If you would like to join our friendly volunteers and get to experience parkrun from a different perspective, then please FB, email, or talk to any of our volunteers.

Important milestones this week included Dana SMITH and Simon WALLACE completing their 50th parkruns. Congratulations also to Simon WALLACE for acheiving his 25th volunteering event! Well done both of you, and if I missed anyone out please do let us know!

Two final things before signing off:

I would like to personally thank all those that are helping us make Castle Park parkrun a sustainable event which is free to everyone, by donating at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/castlepark/aboutus/

Finally, please keep an eye on social media for the revised start location for Sat 5th May, when we do not have access to Sworders Field.

Now over to Ben for our 32nd event.

Regards,

Kevin

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

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