The One That Was Dry

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 140
5th January 2019
Report by Jim Davis

This is my first run report for Ellenbrook Fields parkrun for 2019. Please let me wish a Happy New Year to everyone who reads it.

Gosh it felt quite chilly running into the breeze today. And it seemed as though we were running into the breeze for about half the course. This was the 140th parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields and, apart from the chilly breeze, the course was in excellent condition. I don’t think there was a single puddle. Congratulations are certainly due to the good folk who look after Ellenbrook Fields.

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There were 46 PBs. Well done to everyone who achieved one. That includes a PB for Mark ANTCLIFFE, second home in 18:09 and scoring 3rd on the age graded scale with 77.50%, and a PB for Michael WILSON who was 10th. First lady home was Caroline HALE, in an excellent 20:17 for 12th overall. Caroline was also first on the overall age graded scale with 82.66%. She was followed home in the ladies’ order by Rose GLENDINNING in 22:32 and 26th overall, and Helen MOYE in 22:45, a new PB, 29th overall, and 6th on the age graded scale. Second on the age graded scale was John HARRIS with 77.76%. He achieved this by running 19:56 as a V55-59 age group winner. Barry Osbourne was 4th age graded with 75.71% which he got by being nearly 70 and running 22:47. First man home was Jack TANN in 17:50. Third was Romain DENIS in 18:42. (It was pretty spaced out at the front for this run.)

This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. This was the second largest field that we have had, beaten only by the 337 on first of January, 4 days ago. 28 of these were absolute first timers. Please let me welcome all first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. We hope that you’ll come again. It is a really beautiful course in the spring, summer and autumn. You may have noticed the perfume from our cows near the start. They are a course feature.

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Regarding course features, have you noticed the kilometre posts as you go round the course? The picture above possibly shows the most important of them. It is the 4km marker (due for its annual cleaning), close to the beginning of the runway, on the way home.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers: Rachel ANDREWS, Robert CONSTABLE, Philippa DAVIS, Jim DAVIS, Maxine GOOLD, Sarah HAVERSON, Gemma HONEY, Stephen HONEY, Claire HOWARD, Neil HUME, Yvette JOHNSTON, Dave KENDAL, George LYNCH, Paul MARCHANT, Chris MCGURK, John NORMAN, Lynne NORMAN, Emily REDING, Allison SKEGGS, Robert STANDEN, Jack TANN. You may notice that Jack Tann was first home and then volunteered to barcode scan.

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(Please remember that if everyone volunteers 3 times per year; that should cover all the requirements for parkrun. Actually I have forgotten who first indicated this number, but I think it sounds about right. Of course, many of the hard-core officials for Ellenbrook Fields far exceed this number.)

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.

Very Honourable Mentions (in no particular order).

Iain CLEMENTS – his 100th parkrun.
Archie BLUMSOM – his 50th parkrun. Archie is in the JM11-14 age group.
Robin CAMPBELL – for this being his 272nd parkrun and being in the V80-85 age group. (Age should be no barrier.)
Sean ECKFORD – a new PB. Sean is in the JM11-14 age group and has 170 parkruns to his name.

 

‘What was behind parkrun Advent Calendar Door number 1’

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
1st December 2018 – event number 134

‘What was behind parkrun Advent Calendar Door number 1’

** 152 bright stars, keen and eager to get their early doors parkrun completed **

Many thanks to everyone who turned up for this week’s parkrun, the conditions were appalling, but that did not stop you smiling and supporting each other. You are all amazing!

We spotted our first piece of festive attire, worn by one of our regular runners. We encourage this to go grand scale in the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, so Runners and Volunteers, dig out those Santa hats and Xmas leggings.

152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were First Timers, 13 recorded Personal Bests and 20 different clubs were represented.

Tourists from Melbourne (yes Melbourne Australia) and Southgate were welcomed. A Big shout out to Keith Healey for celebrating his 50th parkrun.

Well done to all that took part, especially our amazing 23 Volunteers, who gave you all an extra warm and welcoming cheer to spur you on to the end. The Wise Men and Women were:-
Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Thomas John HUGHES • Maria BLYTHE • Alistair LAWRENCE • Sean BOWEN • Philippa DAVIS • Sarah HAVERSON • Morgan HUME • Tim SEARLE • Bernard ROCKHILL • Maxine GOOLD • Rebecca BARDEN • Allison SKEGGS • Sylvie GABBEY • David Mark GABBEY • Rachel ANDREWS • Finlay SEARLE • Jack TANN • Sandra WELLSTEAD • Yvette JOHNSTON • Noreen GILHESPY • April HURP
Volunteering is simple and a wonderful way to meet people and join in with the addictive atmosphere that we create each week.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:04 on 29th October 2016 (event number 24).
The female record is held by Annabel GUMMOW who recorded a time of 17:11 on 20th October 2018 (event number 128).
The Age Grade course record is held by Veronica SHADBOLT who recorded 87.46% (21:16) on 30th June 2018 (event number 112).
Ellenbrook Fields parkrun started on 21st May 2016. Since then 4,308 participants have completed 20,894 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,470 km, including 4,092 new Personal Bests. A total of 423 individuals have volunteered 2,553 times.

 

New Years Day parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields

Our final parkrun of 2018 will be on December 29th at 9 am and our first parkrun of 2019 will take place on January 1st at 10:30 am!

'Run' in the New Year with friends and family at our extra event on Tuesday January 1st starting at 10:30 am.

If you would prefer to volunteer on January 1st please email ellenbrookfieldshelpers@parkrun.com to secure your favorite role.

Our nearest Christmas Day parkrun will be at Panshanger starting at 9 am should you wish to enjoy a festive parkrun this Christmas morning.

 

“www.ellenbrookfields”

13 October 2018
Event # 127
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Now we know that “www” really means Windy.Warm.Wet.
We had it all this week and it was Wonderful … as always!

Many thanks to everyone who turned up for this week’s parkrun.

233 people galloped, cantered, jogged and walked around the course.
We welcomed 29 First Timers, recorded 19 Personal Bests and 25 different clubs were represented.
Today 70 people had done more than 50 parkruns, 18 more than 100, 1 had completed over 250 parkruns.
On the tourism front, we had visitors from as far south as Watford and as far west as Cornwall.
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Well done to all of you for taking part and especially the following:

Jack TANN (18:12) and Kate BARROW (21:47) for today’s fastest times.
David GABBEY (19:03) for today’s best Age Grade performance of 78.04%.
Donna O’TOOLE for her 50th parkrun and 25th Volunteer stint.

This week we had a Videographer on site. Adam was recording the start of various local parkrun’s on behalf of Herts YOPA 2018 (Year of Physical Activity 2018). The aim is Making Hertfordshire More Active! Richard, director of Herts YOPA 2018, is planning on running all the local parkruns and finished a respectable 20th position at Ellenbrook Fields.
William Brimley took some amazing photos on the day, what a talent you are, thank you. To see the photos and how soaked you all got, please log onto the website and select photos from the menu.

And finally, a special thanks to the 22 helpful and friendly volunteers who made the event possible and without a doubt ensured that it ran so smoothly.

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Philippa DAVIS • Donna O'TOOLE • Maxine GOOLD • Claire HOWARD • Allison SKEGGS • Martin STROUD • Margaret WARD • Maggie WRIGHT • Rachel ANDREWS • Kirsty SLATER • Annette STRATTON • Tanya HONEY • Gemma HONEY • Scholastica BRIMLEY • Elizabeth BRIMLEY • Amelia BRIMLEY • William BRIMLEY • Amy HOLLAND • Kevan WARD • Freddie HOULAHANIMG_8128

Our volunteers are an essential part of every parkrun. If you would like to help, please ask one of the team at parkrun or email ellenbrookfieldshelpers@parkrun.com. There is also a volunteer roster online where you can check the roles that are available for each week.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.
Ian KIMPTON holds the male record time of 15:04 on 29 October 2016 (event number 24).
Victoria PRITCHARD holds the female record time of 17:20 on 2 June 2018 (event number 108).
Veronica SHADBOLT holds the Age Grade record of 87.46% (21:16) on 30 June 2018 (event number 112).
Ellenbrook Fields parkrun started on 21st May 2016. Since then 4,042 participants have completed 19,235 parkruns covering a total distance of 96,175 km, including 3,811 new Personal Bests.IMG_7840
Report by Kevan Ward
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Was it a dream!

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 121
1st September 2018
Report by Maxine Goold

The sun shone and there were smiles, laughter and lots of post-run teas and coffees. Number participation also continued to rise, with 221 people out pounding the course. A massive thank you to each one of you for returning your finish tokens and lastly results processing was a dream.
Well done to you all who ran, jogged and walked the course and thank you volunteers.

36 new comers were welcomed including tourists from Barclaypark, St Albans, Gaybridge Hemel Hempstead, Southampton, Malden Essex and Kendal. Congratulations to 38 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests and thank you to the representatives of 23 different clubs that took part.

Roger from Southampton, who ran his 50th parkrun, said he was very privileged to run at Ellenbrook Fields. Roger had a near death experience in March with double pneumonia, and with the excellent care from St Thomas’s Hospital, he was put back on the path of recovery and able to continue running! It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for sharing your story.

A noteworthy celebration was made for Denise Tinant and Gary Howard who both reached their 100th parkrun, Roger Eustis who reached his 50th parkrun and Ollie Belsom (JM10) who reached his 10th Ellenbrook Fields parkrun.

The event was made possible by 19 Volunteers. We could not do it without you and appreciate the effort that you put in each week:
Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Alison NEWBERRY • Louise SOPP • John HILL • Carrie HUDSON • Linda CASSIDY • Kate BENSON • Maxine GOOLD • Claire HOWARD • Allison SKEGGS • Catherine REID • Rachel ANDREWS • David TODD • Peter R DOWN • David G REID • Carole DATHAN • Dave KENDAL • Tom BENSON

Yet again we had a successful shout-out for Volunteers for the following week, filling the remaining 8 places. You guys are amazing!
If you are interested in Volunteering, we can schedule you in on a week that suits you. Just approach the team at parkrun or email ellenbrookfieldshelpers@parkrun.com. Training will be provided, and tasks are easy!

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun received a mention in the 10 fastest UK parkrun times this week, all praise goes to Victoria Pritchard who ran a time of 17:55. Victoria currently holds the Ellenbrook Fields female record with a time of 17:20, achieved June this year.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:04 on 29th October 2016 (event number 24).
The female record is held by Victoria PRITCHARD who recorded a time of 17:20 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 108).
The Age Grade course record is held by Veronica SHADBOLT who recorded 87.46% (21:16) on 30th June 2018 (event number 112).
Ellenbrook Fields parkrun started on 21st May 2016. Since then 3,867 participants have completed 17,991 parkruns covering a total distance of 89,955 km, including 3,539 new Personal Bests.

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