Over 200 parkrun runners at Ellenbrook Fields on the hottest day of the year!

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 113 | 7 July 2018
Report by parkrun tourist Sarah Mackay A80830 (Great Dunmow)

This week parkrunday happened to be the hottest day of 2018 so far. I found a little link that shows the temperature at each UK parkrun. Ellenbrook Fields officially recorded a temperature of 22.7 degrees Celsius at 9am. This compares to temperatures of up to 23.5C amongst the Greater London region parkruns and a low of just 14.3C in Bressay. Click on this link if you want to see more weather stats!

If you’re looking for a reprieve from the heat then Shetland is the place to go, but 205 runners, walkers and joggers, as well as 23 volunteers, contributed to the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun community this week. 44 people tried Ellenbrook Fields for the first time. Of those, 12 were brand new to parkrun, including one junior, Jude BRADY BENNETT. Welcome to the parkrun family all of you, and I hope this is the first of many. 17 people earned themselves a PB (which is amazing in such hot conditions). There were several visitors too, mostly from Hertfordshire and London, with the furthest tourist from Kent. There were at least half a dozen parkrunners, myself included, who have completed a parkrun at more than 20 different events. Personally, with 30 other parkruns to compare with, Ellenbrooks Fields rates high on my list. Of course, all parkruns are equal, it’s just that some (one-lappers with cows on the course) are more equal than others.

Congratulations to this week’s milestoners. David CHARLES completed his 100th parkrun. He has taken part in 97 of the 113 parkruns at Ellenbrook Fields giving him a participation rate of 85%! Kirsty SLATER ran her 50th parkrun this week to qualify for her red t-shirt. Annette STRATTON chose to celebrate her birthday at marshal point 3 which RD Richard STRATTON definitely didn’t mention during the briefing so if any parkrunner happened to wish her happy birthday as they passed it definitely wasn’t his fault.

Richard carries on as Run Director next week. His volunteer roster is filling up nicely, with just one marshal vacancy to fill. Over the summer it’s often harder to find volunteers, so if you fancy taking a break from running in the sun in favour of barcode scanning in the shade, now is a good opportunity to step forward. Volunteering is a great way to get to know other parkrunners and it gives you a little warm glow that lasts all weekend.

Thank you Ellenbrook Fields for yet another wonderful parkrun experience.

Sarah Mackay A80830 (Great Dunmow)

The 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 3,616 participants have completed 16,445 parkruns covering a total distance of 82,225 km, including 3,250 new Personal Bests.

 

These Girls Did!

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 111 | 23rd June 2018
Report by Rhian Hollyer

It was another beautiful sunny morning as temperatures rose across the Ellenbrook Fields for event #111. We did a fantastic job in supporting This Girl Can in Herts week (#TCGinHerts) - a celebration of all active women and girls who get involved regardless of how good they are or how they look! This Girl Can in Herts week encourages women and girls to have a go at something new, to lead or to motivate others, or to volunteer and inspire others! The campaign is run by Herts Sports Partnership who have worked with hundreds of partners and clubs to showcase a huge number of opportunities across the county. Follow @sportinherts to find out what happened throughout the week.

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Pink tutus and smiles were the order of the day as Allison and Maxine celebrated their own milestone of turning 50 years young!

Allison is pictured above, with fellow OH Ladies member Catherine Reid.

Congratulations also go to Lee and Laura who both completed their 50th parkrun!

This week 210 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. 43% of this weeks' participants and 63% of our volunteers were female!

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Lynne NORMAN * Helen ERRINGTON * Martin CRISP * Alistair LAWRENCE * John HILL * Philippa DAVIS * Carrie HUDSON * Donna O'TOOLE * Sarah HAVERSON * Fiona DEANS * Alison WILDEY * Lee WOOD * Rhian HOLLYER * Rachel ANDREWS * Chris MCGURK * Emily REDING * Neil FORBER * Alec BIRD * Victoria BACON * Karen ATKINSON * Emily SHEPHERD * Amanda OSGOOD * Rob HEARN * Tom BENSON

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Tailwalker Emily Reding

Thanks to those who signed up to volunteer at this week’s event - please get in touch if you can help out in future weeks.

The 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 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 3,552 participants have completed 16,056 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,280 km, including 3,199 new Personal Bests.

 

George Woods returns

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 110 | 16th June 2018
Report by Jim Davis

Many folk, on their first visit to Ellenbrook Fields, are amazed at our cattle. They are quite amazing. Some have their horns in a ‘normal’ direction, some have them in another and some have one horn pointing one way and the other horn pointing in a different direction.

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Before the start, there was a short but necessary delay owing to the car park filling up. This was because the English Youth Fencing Championships were taking place within Herts University.

Saturday saw a return to Ellenbrook Fields by George Woods. George is in the VM85-89 age group.

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I am a big fan of George Woods, shown above with Dennis Draper. (I’m also an Eleanor & Dennis fan, but that involves different stories relating to the South Downs 80 miler.) I was first privileged to meet George as part of the Garden City team taking part in the National Cross Country Champs up in Leeds. It was my first ever run for the club, and Dave Burden had kindly asked me if I would like to run. He knew that taking part in the ‘Nationals’ was a lifetime ambition of mine. This was back in the time of only limited entries per club. I think it was eight to run and six to score. Apart from Dave ‘The Beast’ Burdon, I didn’t know anyone. George made sure that soon changed. He was one of the most pleasant and enthusiastic runners I had ever come across. George was a pretty good runner then, and ran very decently. I think it was in the 1990s, so just yesterday. Ever since then, George has been a good guy to see on the start line, always with a kind an encouraging word, so it was great to see him again the Saturday for his first parkrun in a year. Welcome back George. Great to see you again.

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Also in the above picture of George, with her back to us, is Gilly Holdsworth. It was Gilly’s 50th parkrun on Saturday. Congratulations to Gilly.

Back at that cross country race in Leeds, I first met Terry Fowler. I’m pretty sure he was first home out of our Garden City contingent. Very best wishes for getting well soon Terry.

Ellenbrook Fields course was again in beautiful shape for Saturday’s run. There were 54 PBs, including 7 in the first 11.

Neil Hume was, as is so often the case, first man home in 16:38. I think that’s just 7 seconds away from his PB. He was second on the age graded scale, being pipped by Jane Rowden from West 4 Harriers, who, as a VW65-69, with 23:46picked up the top score of 86.61%.

Freya Stapleton, Herts Phoenix JW15-17, came third on the age graded with 82.96%. She was also the first lady home in a new PB of 18:46 and 10th overall.

Second and third ladies were Caroline Hale and Rachel Badham. They were 23rd and 24th overall with 20:23 and 20:29

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Above is Neil in perfect isolation.

Second and third men were Adam Hughes and Paul Davies with 17:04 and 17:36.
21 minutes.

This week 279 people ran, jogged and walked the course.156 men and 123 ladies. There were 52 from GCR, all making use of the parkrun to compete in their Avery League club event. This was easily the largest number from any individual club. There were 47 first timers. Hearty welcomes from Ellenbrook Fields to all of you.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers: Rachel ANDREWS, David ANGEL, Karen ATKINSON, Tom BENSON, Robert CARTWRIGHT, Tim COOKE, Jim DAVIS, Philippa DAVIS, Noreen GILHESPY, Florence HUDSON, Carrie HUDSON, Dave KENDAL, Chris MCGURK, John NORMAN, Lynne NORMAN, Donna O'TOOLE, Emily REDING, 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.

Very Honourable Mentions (in no particular order).

Simon MORSE, West 4 Harriers – it was his 313th parkrun.
Steve BUTTON, GCR – his 50th parkrun
Maria CRAWFORD – her 50th parkrun
Joe STOBBART – his 50th parkrun
Malcolm BARON – his 50th parkrun

 

The One With Fab Volunteers

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 108 | 2nd June 2018
Report by Sarah Haverson

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This week is Volunteers’ Week, and it is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution from millions of volunteers across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

parkrun would not be able to take place without the volunteers... it’s interesting to see how many of Ellenbrook Fields’ participants have reached their 50th and 100th run milestone, but even fewer have got there 25th volunteer milestone... and the t-shirts are even lovelier!

John Norman volunteered for the 100th time today. He sets up each week and along with his wife Lynne is invaluable to Ellenbrook Fields parkrun. Tom Benson has volunteered 25 times, so well done to him too. Rachel Andrews was the VI guide and we received a lovely email thanking her for her ‘perfect’ guiding skills. If you haven’t volunteered yet please give it a go, you will be well supported and you get to wear a very attractive hi-viz vest...

So big thanks go to the 21 volunteers today who were:

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Alison NEWBERRY • Philippa DAVIS • Laura WALKER • Donna O'TOOLE • Sarah HAVERSON • Clair DRAGE • Lydia OTTAVIO • Kate BENSON • Lee WOOD • Claire HOWARD • Gilly HOLDSWORTH • Catherine REID • Liz THOMAS • David Mark GABBEY • Rachel ANDREWS • Carole DATHAN • Paul DURBIN • Christina DURBIN • Tom BENSON

Now to the running bit...

This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

Well done Victoria Pritchard for getting another PB and for setting another new female record for the course of 17:20 minutes. Congratulations also to Kate Benson and Lucy Wilson who ran their 50th parkrun today.

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 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 3,445 participants have completed 15,374 parkruns covering a total distance of 76,870 km, including 3,062 new Personal Bests.

 

The one with the 2nd Anniversary

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.

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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!

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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 …!).

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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!

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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 ellenbrookfieldshelpers@parkrun.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!
Sharon

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