Run Report 29th Sep 2018

Run Report 29th Sep 2018

by Mark Pinney (A2522444)


We arrived at Frimley Lodge parkrun at 8:30am having travelled for just 45 minutes from Kings Langley (near Watford) to run our 54th different event. Unusually my partner and I were joined by friends this week as we had a few other tourists running with us to celebrate Annette Howard's 200th parkrun. Having volunteered to write this Run Report we made our way over to introduce ourselves to Karen BARNARD (Volunteer Co-ordinator for the day) who looked very busy but was handling the pressure admirably. I'd like to start by saying a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:


The course itself was absolutely brilliant with 2 laps around a mixture of trail and grass, with special mention of the long tow path which was very picturesque. I usually have to stop and catch my breath a few times during a 5k, but today I managed to run the whole 2 laps without stopping so this just made the day even more memorable for me.

Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers can be seen at the end of the fast version.

The fast version can be found here:

The full version can be found here:

I got chatting to Richard WILLIAMS (who finished in 15th position) before the start as he had seen some of my videos before and he also videos some of his runs so please look out for him on YouTube.

On to the stats....

This week we had 498 runners, joggers and walkers. 20 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 192 Female and 286 Male.

First 3 Males were Alex HALFACRE in a superb time of 16:31, Mark SYMES just behind in 16:35 (and got the highest Age Grade of the day at 88.24%) and Adam CRACKNELL in 17:22. First 3 Females were Abigail FUDGE in a great new PB time of 19:51, Caitriona FARRELL in 21:25 and Tracey DAVIDSON in 21:35.

There were an astonishing 56 parkrunners who were new to Frimley Lodge of whom 23 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 103 PBs. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" is of course Darren WOOD on 686 parkruns (most parkruns in the world!), but there was 1 other member of the 500 club, 34 members of the 250 club, 97 members of the 100 Club and 85 members of the 50 Club. There were 3 milestones achieved today, Martin KENSETT joined the 100 club and Stephanie STRATH & Ave TURNER joined the 50 Club. Well done to you all!

The 326th finisher today was Brian HOLDEN who has run at Frimley Lodge more often than anyone else, an amazing 404 times out of a possible 449. Well done Brian, that's commitment!!

Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.


Run Report 1st Sep 2018


Run Report 1st Sep 2018

by Nick, Julie, Alastair and Fraser Gibbs

On the first day of autumn, surprised by the strength of the sunshine, 541 walkers, joggers and runners met up at the Frimley Lodge Café for the weekly parkrun.   We welcomed 33 new parkrunners and another 18 Frimley Lodge first timers. We hope they enjoyed it and will come back soon. Used to visitors at Frimley Lodge, our tourist postcard often goes halfway round the world; today it ended up 3 junctions down the M3 with our furthest visitor from Basingstoke (although we have a sneaking suspicion that there were some from further afield too shy to speak up).


AFD had a one, two, three in the men with Aldershot and Farnham District club's Alex Halfacre, Mark Symes and Charles Wagstaff finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  Mark Symes had the the best age grade score of 87%.  AFD also had the first female finisher with Lauren Hill who took 4th place overall, shortly followed by Niki Densley and Jo Longmuir.


With good conditions, and despite the Phylis Tuckwell Dash of Colour run marquees creating an early bottle neck on the first Football Pitch, over 10% of the field gained PBs (69 runners).


Congratulations to Ailsa and Keith Priestley on their 10th and 50th parkruns.  Mark Bowen and Karen Tolley also earned their red 50 T-shirt and James Martin his black 100 T-shirt.  Well done to Emma Malcom on her 200th parkrun.


As always, the volunteers ensured that we could all enjoy the event. Maurice Gooderham marshalled after beating his own VM85-89 record last week while Penny Elliot cheered everyone from her favourite spot on the canal. We had an authentic tail walker this week with four-legged Quinn bringing up the rear along with Rachel Lane. This event could not take place without our volunteers, so if you want to join the team please email 


For the 46 under 14s that completed the full parkrun this week, Brian announced that the Queens Parade junior parkrun will be starting very soon, from the same place as the Rushmoor parkrun, on a Sunday at 0900.  And don't forget to remind your grown up that volunteers are always needed,!


Run Report 18 Aug 2018

Frimley Lodge Run Report 18th Aug 2018

by Cinthia Parkes


A= for Another well managed parkrun
B= is for Bravo, to all a WELL DONE!

C= for Clubs represented, 38 in total
D= for Don't Forget Your Barcode, 35 got no time at all :-(

E= for Edwina McDowall, first lady from the start
F= for First-Timers, 75, taking part

G= for GREAT Volunteers, 37 of them (Darren WOOD • Dave DABORN • Alison LENAGHAN • Duncan BALL • Maurice GOODERHAM • Cliff HILTON • Mark SYMES • Brian HOLDEN • Paula FUDGE • Nigel BOARD • Martin WOOD • Rachel LANE • Roger SMITH • John TAYLOR • Robert FUDGE • Karen BARNARD • Malcolm Eric VAUGHAN • Amanda Dorothy CRITCHELL • Keren DAY • Lucinda COBB • Fiona TITCOMBE • James BALL • Joyce GILBERT • Bob TURNER • Yasmin MACKENZIE-JONES • Catherine DAVIS • Matthew BRENCHLEY • Sally TAYLOR • Cinthia PARKES • Jo LLOYD • Abigail BARTON • Jason WHITE • Alan GREAVES • Stephen DIAPER • Vicki COLLINS • Katie HUTCHINGS • John MURDOCH
H= for He-roes and She-roes, all those women and men.

I= for Imminent, Robert Drummond his sestercentennial  (that's 250 to you and me)
J= for 75 Juniors, hopefully perennial

K= for celebration of retro weeK where everyone enjoys
L= all those lovely outfits especially the 118 boys

M= for Maria Mannan and Fraser Gibbs, 50th runners
N= for Isabella Moss and Samuel Prior, NOW Junior 10 stunners

O= for thirtysix OVER 250s
P= for Personal Bests, 100 nifties

Q= for a Quantity of 681 runs, Darren Wood's your man
R= for 667 Runners that ran

S= for Suzy Thompson, Colin Forth and Emily Churchill, centuries today
T= for Tourists from Bracknell, Banbury, Leeds and Cornwall - all that way!

U= for Understanding that why.....
V= ...without Volunteering, it won't happen, please give it a try!

W= for WAGSTAFF Charles, first Junior! with a smile on his face
X= for eXcuse me, remember it's a run not a race

Y= for Young runners, we are glad that they came
Z= for 13 people with Zeds in their name!


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Frimley Lodge parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Joshua GRACE who recorded a time of 15:25 on 11th April 2015 (event number 273).
The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:41 on 18th February 2017 (event number 369).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 92.70% (20:33) on 2nd July 2011 (event number 72).

Frimley Lodge parkrun started on 13th February 2010. Since then 15,524 participants have completed 143,311 parkruns covering a total distance of 716,555 km, including 23,518 new Personal Bests.



Run Report 28 July 2018

Purple Sunshine

By Amanda Critchell

A beautiful, sunny, but cooler morning greeted the 571 people who ran, jogged and walked Frimley Lodge parkrun this week. The overnight rain had dampened down the dust of previous weeks and had managed to leave the course firm underfoot, perfect conditions for those who were PB hunting this week and 92 of you succeeded. With Rushmoor back up and running this week, visitor numbers were a little reduced, but there were still 67 first timers and for 35 of those, it was their first parkrun. Both Windle Valley Runners and Cove Joggers were out in force in club colours and with lots of cake! Windle Valley were celebrating the graduation of their couch to 5km running group and congratulations to everyone who ran their first or graduating 5km this week. However, the purple of Cove Joggers was to honour Dennis Devey, who, at the other end of the scale, completed his 250th parkrun at the age of 84.

In a return to the standard, Mark Symes finished first in 16:51 and also achieved the highest age-grading this week of 86.84%. Rian McCawley was second in 16:57 and Paul Gaylor finished third in 17:03 with the second highest age-grading, which equalled his age-graded PB of 86.5%.  The person who scored the third highest age-grading was Martin Wilson (VM70-74) who achieved 84.53% with a time of 21:07.

The first woman to finish was Niki Densley who achieved a PB of 19:52 on her 11th parkrun. Clare Read was second in 20:13 as a first time parkrunner and Ffion Harris was third with a PB of 20:52, which was her second PB in a row. Judith Guest (VW70-74), a visitor from Bracknell parkrun, achieved the highest age-grading for a woman with 81.22% for her time of 27:52.

The first three junior men to finish were all from Bracknell AC and all finished in a row in 4th, 5th and 6 positions respectively. Cameron Enser (JM 15-17) led the way with 17:57, followed by his brother Ted Enser (JM 11-14) with a PB of 18:20 and he was closely followed by Harry Prescott (JM 11-14) also with a PB of 18:21.  Harley Dawe (JM10) achieved the highest age-grading for all of the junior runners of 81.96% with a new PB of 21:43. Poppy Morris (JW11-14) led the way for the junior women, finishing in a time of 21:54 and she also achieved the highest age-grading for a junior lady of 74.35%. Caitriona Farrell (JW15-17) was second in 22:41 and Katherine Jackson-Chellen (JW 15-17) was third with 24:30.

Well done to everyone who celebrated achieving a milestone parkrun this week. Jess Raynsford (JW11-14) and Daniel Densley (JM10) both joined the juniors’ 10+ parkruns’ club. Julie Gibbs, Andrew (George) Martin, Dilwyn Jones and Stephanie Durham (who also finished with a new PB of 27:59) all reached their 50th parkruns. A particular well done to the Gibbs’ family who all attempted to run together in celebration of Julie’s 50th, in spite of starting towards the back in busy course conditions, a wide variety of running speeds, both Julie and Fraser running close to their PBs, a troublesome balloon and a shoe lace becoming untied! Well done to Paul Swarbrick who joined the 100+ parkruns’ club, having started at Frimley Lodge in 2014. Huge congratulations also to both Paul Williams and Dennis Devey who both reached their 250th parkruns. Local running legend, Dennis is a regular feature at Frimley Lodge, although in recent times, he has spurned the colder and wetter running conditions. He started running parkrun in Frimley Lodge’s first year, 2010. During his parkrun career, he achieved a PB of 32:20 at the age of 77 and on his 250th run, he ran a season’s best of 54:40.

Well done to everyone who achieved a PB this week. As is often the case, the majority (52) of those who managed this feat, were running their 10th parkrun or less. It is a massive achievement to have run faster around our course than you have done before, but most find it gets even more difficult, the more often that you have run that course! Our runner with the most parkruns to achieve a PB this week was Martin Powell, who achieved a PB of 24:56 on his 207th parkrun. However, Martin more regularly runs at Kingston parkrun and has only run 20 parkruns at Frimley Lodge. So, Callum Darby was the runner with the most parkruns run at Frimley Lodge parkrun and who achieved a PB, with 18:35 on his 172nd parkrun. Others who had run more than 20 parkruns (who I haven’t already mentioned in this report) and who achieved a PB were: Alasdair Nuttall, 19:28 (his third PB in 6 weeks); Martine Thompson, 31:05; Emma Howden, 30:59; Robert Guest (VM70-74), 32:54 (our oldest runner to achieve a PB); Simon Crisp, 21:24; Mike Godwin, 20:47; Sophie Krousti, 23:07; Maisie Oliver, 30:29 (JW11-14); John Drake, 21:52; Sam Gurung, 27:41; Edward Martin (JM15-17), 23:10; Samantha Benson, 28:52; Thomas Drake (JM10), 21:36; Charles Omer, 23:39; Cathy Lafrenais, 23:42 and Tim Carman, 19:17.

Finally, congratulations to Paul Hobbs who, on his 139th parkrun and his 131st at Frimley Lodge, managed to run the date, finishing in a time of 28:07. Thank you to all of our valiant volunteers, who stood, walked, scanned, marshalled, timed, organised, set up and put away to enable us to all enjoy our parkruns in the sun. As the school holidays are now upon us, more people are away and we tend to miss some of our regular volunteers. If you feel able to, why not try a volunteer rather than run one week and see parkrun from a different perspective. However, don’t forget that Frimley Lodge parkrun will be closed next week (4th August) and so we look forward to seeing everyone again on the 11th August, when a certain wonderful volunteer coordinator and parkrun ambassador might be celebrating a significant milestone run!


Run Report 21 July 2018

What a Beautiful Morning for a parkrun!

By Rob Fleming

This was my first time at Frimley Lodge parkrun.  I work nearby in Farnborough and so have been up and down the Basingstoke canal on many lunchtime runs, but as I live a fair distance away near Petersfield, I have never ventured up this way on a Saturday.  But I have to say that I was really pleased I made the longer journey to enjoy this parkrun.

I set off from home just after 7.30 and picked up a few fellow Liss Runners on the way.  We always look to meet up monthly at a different parkrun and for July, the venue of Frimley Lodge was picked.

We gathered outside the café for the briefing and I was amazed at how many people were there.  From looking at the results, this run regularly attracts over 600 people, which is impressive.  As we had driven for over an hour to get to Frimley, we thought we were tourists, but we were well and truly put in our place with visitors from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand!

Despite the high numbers, the run was so well organised and we were well marshaled to the start line.  An issue with a smouldering log near the start (which could have been really serious given the recent weather) was swiftly dealt with and soon we were off.

The course was nicely flat, which is always welcome, but I liked the variety it provided.  There was a section around the field, then along the canal and then along some paths through the trees.  I started off slightly too quickly (which I have pretty much done on every parkrun I have done!), although soon settled into a good pace.  I really enjoyed this run and had plenty of company all the time without it being too congested.  I finished in just under 20 minutes, which is my target for the flat (ish) courses and so was happy with this.

This week 646 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 85 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The volunteers on the course were amazing and offered great encouragement.  There were 41 volunteers for this event today and we are really grateful to them for stepping up so that parkrun can go so smoothly.

Afterwards, we were very British and enjoyed a nice cup of tea in the sunshine before heading home!  An excellent morning all round and I will definitely be back!




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