Forest of Dean parkrun Event number 404 11th November 2017

This week 146 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
We started set up this morning on a clear day and the going was set to be soft and safe underfoot. Just as we finished laying it out the tap was turned on. Up went the tarpaulin. It's been so long since we needed it that we had to take a moment to remember what to do and how to do it. Mark -I don't do Bungees - Mathews is now an expert on ropes and knots having spent so much time at sea and is happy there's no danger of springback and split lips if we stick to ropes/string. (Where is the superglue?) Our RD Dan Cobley used his height to great effect in the support role. He did admit however "I don't do knots!" We got there in the end so our scanners were kept in the dry while the rest of us got wet.
It was a special day and we observed - having advised the throng it was optional - a minute's silence. Thank you for the respect shown by all parties. No surprise that Andy Breeze managed to miss it and the start but he did catch up with the tail runner half-way to Mel's corner with no encouragement from Mel. She was missing!
We celebrated young Colin Laver's forthcoming 70th birthday alongside a birthday for Esme Ford and a 50th milestone for running mum Alison Ford. HM Queen Bev James ran her 60th birthday and 150th parkrun dressed in sash and tiara. Hope the rain didn't take the shine off all that precious metal.
Graham James and Tony Pownall each darted round run one hundred and AAAAAATEEEEE whilst Marcus Benetto completed run number 220.
Today we had 2 x 49 as well as 2 x 99 and 1 x 299 so next week there should be - he hinted very strongly - cake - lemon drizzle-rocky road - brownie. Looking forward to seeing the baking/purchasing skills from our JW11-14 through to our Vets :-)
Congratulations to Esme Ford - Oliver MacIver - Hugh Ledger - Dominique Williseck - Jacqueline Siddons - Peter Hamilton - John Siddons - Lydia Dowding and Robin Drewett - all of whom recorded PB's. Great to see all of these newer parkrunners all improving as they get to know our ever changing course.
Paige Farmer - running alongside her mother and core FoD oarkrun volunteer Vanessa Pegler - had the distinction of completing individual parkrun 35000 in the swamp. Hope you'll become a regular Paige
Fewer tourist than normal but still from far and wide including visitors from Southampton - Bristol -  Coventry - Oxford - Monmouth - Cwmbran/Pontypool - Leicester - Brueton - Porthcawl - Newport and Exeter. (One was our run ambassador Fiona. Nice to have you here. Hope you had fun.)  We hope you enjoyed your visit and will be back soon.
Great also to see six brand new parkrunners. All bar one has been on the planet for more than half a century. We are never too old to start parkrunning. Welcome on board
Five barcodes missing in actio #DFYB sorry guys.
Thanks to all our volunteers for making this soggy morning possible and also for having such a cheerful as well as willing approach despite the conditions. Thanks again to :
Jacqui WYNDS • Angela BOWKETT • Mark MATHEWS • Peter WOODWARD • Sharla FLEET • Oliver RENNISON • Richard DENNANT • Mark WILLIAMSON • Arthur DENNANT • Helena MORGAN • Caroline RICKARDS • Tracy LORD • Daniel COBLEY • Jean GRIFFIN • John DAY • Rachael WHEELER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest of Dean parkrun Results Page.
Stats
Top Three Males:
Marcus Benetto - SM20-24 crossed first in 18:13 and has been known to do this before
John Hamilton - SM18-19 crossedd second in 18:19 matching time and category - good effort
Andrew Skailes - VM40-44 crossed third in 18:55
Top Three Females
Chloe Wheeler - JW15-17 crossed first in 20:19 and is getting used to this position~
Amy Hadley - SW20-25 ( Coming down from Tipton here for the first time ) crossed second in 21:16
Chloe Morgan - JW11-14 crossed third in 23:15
Great efforts in today's conditions
Top Three Age Graded:
David Lowthian - MV50-54 -19:40 giving an age grade of 75.59%
Chloe Wheeler -JW15-17 - 20:19 giving an age grade of 74.41%
Andrew Skailes - VM40-44 18:55 giving an age grade of 74.36%

 

parkrun 403 4th Nov 2017

Forest of Dean parkrun
Event number 403
4th November 2017
Well some bright spark at parkrun HQ has decided to reduce the race report to what you see below, no mention for 1st 2nd and 3rds or those with top age grades which I personally think is rubbish ... so this is it; well done for turning up all and remember no going fast or over taking ! .... oh and remember we are all winners. ....I don't have time to plough through the results each week so this is all you'll get from me. Anyone with more time than I have and would like to write the weekly report then get in touch with me or Mark Williamson.
This week 154 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Jacqui WYNDS • Angela BOWKETT • Mark MATHEWS • Jason ROSS-COLLINS • Vanessa PEGLER • Andrew KNOTT • Jess COLLINS • Kathy GRIFFIN • Brian GRIFFIN • Tracy LORD • Mike MOFFATT • Chloe WHEELER • Emma BEVAN • Rachael WHEELER • Alison EDGSON

 

Parkrun 401

Forest of Dean parkrun
Event number 401
21st October 2017
... No you aren't confused this is last weeks run report and I have failed the parkrun masses, pleased dock me a weeks pay.
Don't forget your ICE details .... I don't honestly know if I've done mine but it is helpful if you collapse, unless your ICE contact collapses too and then we are no further forward.
......any how last week saw Ian Morgan's birthday, happy bday Ian, we also celebrated Sim Lolin's 100th parkrun. Sim is almost a regular and dipped over the border as Newport was shut due to a light breeze. Always welcome Sim and friends from the fab Lliswerry Runners joined in the forest fun, well done Sim see you soon. Most importantly it was the awesome Mark Williamson' 100th parkrun. Mark does a fantastic amount to support our run and a lot behind the scenes that most of us are blissfully unaware of around our administration. (He's the foreign bloke on the megaphone often found lead down at various points checking his heart rate with his legs in the air). Marks firs run was in April 2014 in 26.01, his fastest was April this year in 20.46 and to put this in perspective a superb 75.28% age grading. Mark's knowledge of Marathon and Half Marathon running is not to be trifled with and he's ran all over the world so tap him up over a coffee. Mark has also recently taken on a national parkrun ambassadors role, supporting those with heart conditions, somewhat an expert on this matter I couldn't think of a better man for job and another example of his giving and supportive stance on life in general. Thank you Mark you are a good egg. (thumbs up emoji).
This week 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
Big thank you to our super 19 volunteers:
Jacqui WYNDS • Chris J MOORE • Angela BOWKETT • Richard POWLES • Anna Marie FREEMAN • Andrew KNOTT • Andy HORLICK • Cherry FOWLER • Vanessa PEGLER • Mark WILLIAMSON • Paul MCAFEE • Colin LAVER • Eef VAN GESTEL • Caroline RICKARDS • Penny LAVER • Tracy LORD • Mike MOFFATT • John DAY • Nick LORD.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest of Dean parkrun Results Page. Please remember to control your dogs and children, all kids on a short lead and dogs kept close by please.
Male placings:
Ben ROBBINS (SM20-24) of Forest of Dean AC, was first over the line in 19:16 - third time in 82 appearances.
Rich PEGLER (VM40-44) of Forest of Dean AC, was second over the line in 19:43 - was first to finish once before.
Hubert ASHLEY-TOWELL (VM45-49) of Forest of Dean AC, was third over the line in 19:47 - was first to finish once before.
Female placings:
Chloe WHEELER (JW15-17) of Forest of Dean AC, was first (4th overall) over the line in 20:35 - 23rd time in 41 appearances.
Julie BARCLAY (VW50-54) of Woking AC, was second (18th overall) over the line in 22:47.
Ruth JONES (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 23:43.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Julie BARCLAY (VW50-54) – 77.40% for the time 22:47 (18th overall).
Chloe WHEELER (JW15-17) – 73.44% for the time 20:35 (4th overall).
Hubert ASHLEY-TOWELL (VM45-49) – 72.79% for the time 19:47 (third

 

Forest of Dean parkrun Event number 402 28th October 2017

This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
On a bright autumn morning with the going good to soft it was heartening to see 41 new victims turn up for a romp through the swamp with the ghouls ghosties werewolves and witches of the forest.
I hope we didn't scare too many younger visitors especially young Matthew Anthony who travelled all the way down from Deeside and managed his milestone 10th run. He whizzed round in 19.34 our 200th fastest time ever. Well done
Our visitors came from far and wide down from Derbyshire and Yorkshire across from Cheltenham and Gloucester - from Manchester through the midlands - from Ruithin to Runnymede - from the capital and Cardiff - all were made welcome to our spooktacular event
As ever it was fun in the forest and as expected not many pb's. Well done to all who achieved and especially Caroline Rickards. Recovering from her 50 celebrations two weeks ago she managed a pb on run 51. Toby Dickens JM 15-17 just keeps improving and will surely move up the rankings in all categories very quickly. Great to see our ladies record holder back today and topping the age graded league. Hi Kim.
Marcus Bennetto - hotfoot from a pb in the Stroud half - ran his second fastest today and just behind him was Alex Rawlings - JM 11-14. He clocked 17.58 and is in our fastest 500 at slot 32. Wow! He's also set the age category record.
Another young man set the age record here today too. Leslie Davis recorded 23.56 and has given us all something to aim for in the VM 70-74 category. Cracking effort and I salute you sir!

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Jacqui WYNDS • Angela BOWKETT • Mark MATHEWS • Sharla FLEET • Deborah TALBOTT • Mark WILLIAMSON • Daren SMITH • Peter COVINGTON JONES • Samantha MORGAN • Philip JAMES • Andree DAVIES • Andrew KNIGHT • Suzanne PETERS • Melinda RUCK • Tracy LORD • Lisa ADAMS
Please do get involved. Your parkrun needs you. We have a sprinkling of people on holiday next week and thank you to those who confirmed they would help today Messrs Wheeler Wheeler and Watkins. Much appreciated.
Short report as I'm off to pack for a week in the sun and look forward to seeing you all in a fortnight. Hee's the stats:
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest of Dean parkrun Results Page.
Male placings:
Marcus BENNETTO (SM20-24) of Forest of Dean AC, was first over the line in 17:53 - 34th time in 192 appearances.
Alex RAWLINGS (JM11-14) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:58.
Toby DICKENS (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:19 - was first to finish once before.
Female placings:
Chloe WHEELER (JW15-17) of Forest of Dean AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:16 - 24th time in 42 appearances.
Kim MAZZUCCA (VW50-54) of Canicross Midlands, was second (15th overall) over the line in 21:35 - has been first to finish on 35 previous occasions.
Jessica Rachael RICE (SW25-29) of Clapham Chasers RC, was third (20th overall) over the line in 22:09 - was first to finish once before.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Kim MAZZUCCA (VW50-54) – 81.70% for the time 21:35 (15th overall).
Rachael WHEELER (VW55-59) – 79.04% for the time 23:32 (32nd overall).
Alex RAWLINGS (JM11-14) – 78.94% for the time 17:58 (second overall).

 

Forest of Dean parkrun Event number 400 14th October 2017

This week we had a record turnout for our 400th event: 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
Our visitors breezed in from Barry-  cruised up from Colchester - hared upin from Hants belted down from Brumm- drove from Dursley - trekked from Tetbury to feel rather under dressed as the start line filled with a strange variety of costumed runners - mainly superheroes. Thanks for that interesting idea Caroline.
It was a marvellous morning in the forest and one which was full of celebrations. We cheered Anna Freeman's birthday this week whilst Chloe Burke made her ninth birthday today more memorable by grabbing a PB.
The 50 club welcomed Sian Wilson on a return visit to the forest.  The other new members were Richard Scott - who has parkrun solely with us since joining in 2015 and has grabbed 10 pb's en route to this milestone. Then came Sheralyn Turner - who has clocked up 31 runs here 13 at Lydney and has toured as far north as Inverness (Lucky lady) and down south to Bideford - amongst others. Running since 2013 Sheralyn has also filled 35 volunteer role slots too. Our thanks. Last member of the big 50 is Caroline Rickards whose efforts for cake alone today were worth a t-shirt. Bringing her own table and filling it with cup cakes was a great and welcomed effort which many of us appreciated. I think I did at least twice. Wow! Running with us since 2014 and grabbing seven pb's on the way Caroline has traipsed through the forest 30 times - loped round Lydney 19 times and had a holiday in Barnstaple as well as volunteering on seven occasions .
Glen Meek started his parkrun journey in August 2014. He's volunteered a few times - run 74 times here - 16 up at Lydney and been up to Sheffield- over to London -crossed the border a few times to Wales and last weekend ran 50 miles round and about and up and down the Lake District before joining us to day for his 100th parkrun.
Now to Andrew Knott and his 200th run - done in a Sumo Wrestling Costume and carrying the weight he's lost since starting parkrun. What a nutter- I mean inspiration. In that time he's also run 24 pb's and doubled his speed. I need his secret! Andrew (Gadge) Knight was on hand at the pond to re-hydrate our man with....Prossecco!
The weather stayed kind yet it was unseasonably warm and humid. This prevented most of our regulars sneaking in a pb but  did not prevent a rush of pb's mainly from our tourists and newer runners. Well done to everyone but special mention to Mary Baker on her 32nd visit. Oscar Claydon - JM10 - continues to improve in leaps and bounds- knocking another 90 seconds off today. Good effort.
Our celebration event was made possible today by 19 volunteers:
Jacqui WYNDS • David LOWTHIAN • Angela BOWKETT • Mark MATHEWS • Deborah MORGENSTERN • Sharla FLEET • Ben ROBBINS • Marcus BENNETTO • Andy HORLICK • Mark WILLIAMSON • Vicki HEWLETT • Peter COVINGTON JONES • Sheralyn TURNER • Andrew KNIGHT • Melinda RUCK • Alex CAMPBELL • John DAY • Chloe WHEELER • Rachael WHEELER.
The boss is away next week so we'll need a hand for set up and a talented results processor to name a couple of roles we need to fill. Help is always welcome!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest of Dean parkrun Results Page.
Male placings: Jack FLEET (SM20-24) of Forest of Dean AC, was first over the line in 19:18 - 9th time in 166 appearances.
Gerry O'BRIEN (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:32 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Julian Michael BOON (VM45-49) of Forest of Dean AC, was third over the line in 19:51 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Female placings:
Kathy GRIFFIN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (15th overall) over the line in 22:40 - 30th time in 70 appearances.
Shona DARLEY (VW40-44) of Dursley Running Club, was second (20th overall) over the line in 23:50.
Carrie JAMES (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (21st overall) over the line in 24:12 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Julian Michael BOON (VM45-49) – 73.13% for the time 19:51 (third overall).
Karen HOWELL (VW55-59) – 70.85% for the time 25:13 (31st overall).
Gerry O'BRIEN (VM40-44) – 70.39% for the time 19:32 (second overall).

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