Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 107 | 26th May 2018
Report by Sharon Davidson
Photos by Gary Sherin
Happy 2nd anniversary to the excellent Ellenbrook Fields and its runners, and thank you to its brilliant volunteers for putting on a great run today … and of course every Saturday! I made just my 2nd visit to EF – joining other first- and second-claim Vegan Runners Verna BURGESS and EF regular Portia NORTHWOOD-SMITH; as well as Gary SHERIN, who was today’s photographer, and Tim COOKE, who was today’s VI guide to Simon GOODALL – and am happy to report on a lovely event with a very positive atmosphere! Although the sun didn’t come out until later in the day, at least the slight rain shower had dried up by 9am.
Completing his 13th volunteer occasion, Michael TANDY kicked off proceedings by delivering his inaugural briefing for first timers and tourists with warmth and humour … and he later went on to run a fab new PB of 20:40 in 17th position.
In her 28th stint as Run Director, Carrie HUDSON gave a pre-run briefing encompassing the last 2 successful years of Ellenbrook Fields parkrun, thanking runners and volunteers, and promising (or threatening?!) hugs to any new volunteers who are inspired to take a turn behind the scenes and help ensure that parkrun goes ahead each week. Somehow, she commanded complete quiet from the assembled crowd for the briefing … from another RD and pre-run briefer, what’s your secret, Carrie?!
In total, 200 parkrunners, parkjoggers, and parkwalkers completed the course today – a nice round number to have on a 2nd anniversary! I will rashly predict that 300 will turn up to the 3rd anniversary …!
43 people were first-timers to EF, and 11 of those chose this special occasion to make their parkrun debuts: a big welcome to Linda BRITTAN, Beth BRITTAN, Luke BRITTAN, Rachel SMITH, Joseph BLAKE, Mary JONES, Hannah JEFFERSON, Wendy WILLIAMS, Jennifer LOMAX, Tom HUGHES, and Steven BRITTAN.
Tourists included Robin ADAMS of Scrabo Striders, Carly HILLS of Run Mummy Run, Gary HOWARD of Redway Runners, Philip WARNER and Karen LEE of Phoenix Striders, Neil GLENISTER of Marlow Striders, Anthony COLLIER of Hoddesdon Tri Club, Nathan REEVES of Herts Phoenix AC, Millie NORTHFIELD of DofE, and Melanie and Cy GEARING of BRJ Run and Tri.
Hopefully none of the tourists had as complicated journey as core crew member Tim COOKE’s: his train journey from Stevenage to Hatfield took him via Finsbury Park, owing to wrong platform guidance at Stevenage after a train cancellation – while many might have admitted defeat, and headed to Stevenage or Finsbury parkruns instead, Tim pressed on and eventually arrived 2 minutes before the parkrun started, found his “guidee” and slotted himself into position in the crowd … now that’s the sort of parkrun dedication we like to see!
Two new age-categories were set. Christina DURBIN (also today’s token-sorter) ran an amazing 19:51, lowering the record for the JW11-15 category by just one all-important second! And the inspirational Lucy CHARLES ran 17:56, lowering the previous record for the SW20-24 by 51 seconds, to finish in 2nd place overall. Lucy was the silver medallist in the World Ironman Championship in October 2017, and it was a thrill to have her running at EF as well as joining in the post-run celebrations later on at Hatfield Cycles.
Also to be found chilling out at Hatfield Cycles, underneath a table, was cuddly mascot Jess, who at only a few months old is still too young for her own “barkcode” (groan …!).
45 athletes set new Personal Bests (PBs), ranging from first-finisher Gary CONNELL’s 17:54 (also shaving off just one second from his previous PB, presumably in a sprint to the line against Lucy!), to Maureen GOODALL’s 44:49, in just her 3rd parkrun; and including Chris TURP’s first sub-20mins finish, taking 1 minute and 1 second off his previous PB to finish in 19:47 and 10th place. PBtastic!
Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. Three members of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers visited …with all 3 achieving PBs! Well done to Lenard MICHEL (21:57), Shona MICHEL (24:49), and Fergus WATSON (18:57). And 2 members of St Albans Striders take the honours of “aesthetically pleasing parkrun times of the week” (APPTOTW): Clair DRAGE ran 25:52 (in 80th place) and Andy WALKER ran 22:44 (in 40th place).
The most prolific parkrunner in attendance was the famous Imran ALI, who is instantly recognisable to those familiar with the “parkrun discussion group” on Facebook. This was Imran’s 220th parkrun (181 of which have been at Coventry), his 31st different venue, and today he finished in 52nd position and a time of 23:48. An honour to have his smiling presence for this anniversary run!
By happy coincidence, Martin CRISP finished in 153rd place at his 153rd parkrun.
Four people reached the “50” milestone, thereby earning their coveted red t-shirts. Congratulations to Lydia OTTAVIO (29:30), Claire MEARING (29:17), David ANGEL (23:19), and Carole DATHAN (27:24). Not only was this a milestone run for Carole, but she also ran a PB (by 13 seconds), AND she was the 107th finisher at EF’s 107th event! The latest update from HQ about milestone t-shirts can be seen at: http://www.parkrun.com/news/2018/05/22/a-major-milestone/.
Different nations were represented with Samuel WELSH finishing next to Nigel IRELAND, in 21:23 and 21:25 respectively, 23rd and 24th positions; and Beth SCOTT in 138th place and a time of 30:57.
Of course, every parkrun happens only because of the input of the super volunteers, and this week we have 23 people to thank for making this event possible:
Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Louise SOPP • Tim COOKE • John HILL • Carrie HUDSON • Sarah HAVERSON • Amanda PARSBEY • Andrea HALLIWELL • Melanie LYNCH • Michael TANDY • Michael WISE • Rebecca BARDEN • Karen INMAN • Steven INMAN • Allison SKEGGS • Ian SPARKS • Gary SHERIN • Samantha HALLIWELL • Robert CARTWRIGHT • Marie TRACY • Christina DURBIN • Tom BENSON
New volunteers are always welcomed and supported, and all offers of volunteering are gratefully received – please email email@example.com with your name and barcode number and the date on which you can help.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.
Keep a look out on Facebook for a link to all the photos once they’ve been edited and posted. Thanks once again to Gary SHERIN for a doing a diligent job as snapper.
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 17:21 on 21st April 2018 (event number 102). The Age Grade course record is held by Stuart MILLS who recorded 87.21% (17:28) on 26th August 2017 (event number 68).
Ellenbrook Fields parkrun started on 21st May 2016. Since then 3,409 participants have completed 15,158 parkruns covering a total distance of 75,790 km, including 3,015 new Personal Bests.
Here’s to another happy year of parkrunning at Ellenbrook Fields … thank you for having me (and to anyone who’s read all the way to this point!!), and see you again for your next anniversary!