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.

 

100 not out, at 78

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 120
25th August 2018
Report by Jim Davis
Photos by Graham Smith

It was a brisk morning for the 120th parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields, with a fairly stiff breeze in our faces along the back straight from about 2.5 to 3.5km. Nevertheless there were 50 PBs, including 8 of the first 20 folk home, so the breeze wasn’t too much of a factor. One of the PBs was by Tim Cooke, who is one of the Run Directors. Well done Tim. Even more impressive is the fourth PB in four weeks by VI runner Simon Goodall, ably guided this week by Stephen McKee, and the second PB in two weeks by Maureen Goodall, also a VI runner.

First lady home was Alicia FOUND, in an excellent 19:31 for 11th overall. She was followed home by Jen CONWAY in 20:06 and 14th overall and Sarah SHARP in 21:45 and 31st overall.

Today we celebrated Angus Kindley’s 100th parkrun. Angus was, for a while, the V75 record holder at Ellenbrook Fields, and he's shown finishing in the photo below. It is difficult to fault his commitment.

Angus Finishing 25Aug18

Angus, as with several of us in the area, used to run for Verlea AC. Verlea were once one of the top distance running clubs in the Home Counties. Angus, and his family, once won the 2 generation section of the Sunday Times fun run. They competed against teams including an Olympic and a European medallist. The blue shirts with diagonal white stripe were the Verlea club colours. Numerous of us were at Ellenbrook Fields to celebrate this milestone for Angus. You can see him and several other Verlea AC members in this picture, taken after the finish. Angus is in the centre holding the champagne bottle.

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Barry Osborne, who you see at the back, third from the right, was the 2nd age graded runner of the day. He ran 20:39 as a V65 to get 82.74%. The 1st on the age graded table was Doug Walmsley who ran 18:23 in the V50 age group for 82.86%. 3rd on the age graded table was Michael Russell with 19:18 in the V55 age group for 81.68%.

First man home was James MOORE in 17:16, with Paul DAVIES really close behind in 17:19. (I would have liked to have seen that finish. A great action photo from Graham Smith.) Third was Adam HUGHES with 17:27, which is also pretty close.

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This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. There were two sets of visitors from Canada. (There are 17 parkrun locations in Canada now.)

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Jim DAVIS, Philippa DAVIS, Caroline GARDNER, Noreen GILHESPY, Sarah HAVERSON, Rob HEARN, Claire HOWARD, Carrie HUDSON, Florence HUDSON, Sofie MARCHANT, Stephen MCKEE, John NORMAN, Lynne NORMAN, Donna O'TOOLE, Lily REDING, Elsie REDING, Emily REDING, Tessa REID, Bernard ROCKHILL, Allison SKEGGS, Nick TRURAN, and Lee WOOD.

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

For the full set of photos taken by Graham Smith, click here.

Very Honourable Mentions (in no particular order).

Clive BAILEY– his 150th parkrun.
Andrew HARLEY and Liz THOMAS – their 50th parkruns
Angus Kindley & Joy Allen – the most senior runners on the day.
Josephine LAWRENCE – the youngest runner.

 

New Surface Improvements = New PB’s

It was wonderful to see that our numbers picked up yet again, hurdling the 200 barrier to 205 this week! So well done to you all who ran, jogged and walked the course.

26 new comers were welcomed including tourists from Southampton and Northern Ireland. Congratulations to 45 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests and thank you to the representatives of 17 different clubs that took part.

A noteworthy celebration was made for Mick and Sandra Wise who both reached their 100th parkrun. We also spotted that we had some unsung heroes, maybe shy in coming forward, so well done to Joseph GOLDING (JM11-14) for reaching 10 parkruns and Tsz Wai Woo for reaching 50 parkruns and a PB.

Lost property – A lady is missing her blue water bottle, the one handed in is not hers. Please therefore check your blue water bottle and maybe swap it over this coming week!

Missing parkrun Finish Tokens – Please check your clothing, washing machines and driers for missing tokens as there were 2-3 that did a runner last week.

The event was made possible by 17 Volunteers. We could not do it without you and appreciate the effort that you put in each week:
Lynne NORMAN • Martin CRISP • Denise HILL • Philippa DAVIS • Jillian RUSSELL • Mandy PARSBEY • Andrea HALLIWELL • Michael TANDY • Maxine GOOLD • Claire HOWARD • Allison SKEGGS • Rachel ANDREWS • Jennifer HILL • Ceri BRADBURY • Rhona MCKEE • Dave KENDAL • Noreen GILHESPY

We had a successful shout-out for Volunteers for this week and in particular for a VI Guide, so thanks to all you marvellous people for stepping forward, that ‘Hi-Vis’ will look good on you!
We are still on the lookout for Volunteers to help in future weeks, so if there are days you cannot run or are resting for a race, Volunteering is a way to get involved with parkrun. It is simple, fun and very rewarding. 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!
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On behalf of Simon Goodall, we'd like to formally thank all who've come forward over the last six months to volunteer as a VI Guide at Ellenbrook Fields. Because of RD Allison's appeal on Saturday, three more runners have expressed an interest. This has already made an enormous difference to Simon and we're delighted with his continued attendance and note him, not only chipping away at his already respectable 5k time, but achieving a PB last week and then again another PB this week. A special mention must go to Rachel Andrews, who has run with Simon at ten parkruns. They have become a formidable duo, with a solid pace!

We'd be delighted for other VI runners to visit us and experience our event (as well as the new surface improvements on our course) and hope that we can tempt you to come back regularly. We can put you in touch with local parkrunners who can be your VI Guide, all of whom are familiar with the course, so please get in touch.
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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 3,796 participants have completed 17,562 parkruns covering a total distance of 87,810 km, including 3,451 new Personal Bests.

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