Run Report 19th Jan 2019

A run report full of stats

 by Amanda Critchell

“Not as cold as it might have been and not too muddy”, seems to have been the judgment of most people I spoke to on Saturday, although I still thought it was really very cold and slippery underfoot! However, in spite of these apparently reasonable conditions for the time of year the downward trend in our attendance figures continued this week (since the record breaking 741 on New Years’ Day) with just 533 running or walking our course. However, whilst this downward trend across January appears to have been a feature of recent years, looking back at the stats, in the first few years at Frimley Lodge, the opposite was true, with the New Years’ Day run having, traditionally, a lower turn-out and the numbers picking up as January continued. Despite the group from Bracknell parkrun winning the visitor postcard this week for being the visitors from furthest afield, it appears that there were plenty of visitors about, who perhaps didn’t reveal themselves in the run briefing. There were 64 people at Frimley Lodge parkrun for the first time and a massive 40, for whom it was their first ever parkrun. In spite of the not too bad conditions, however, just 60 people (11%) achieved a new personal best time and, of those, more than a quarter were running just their 2nd parkrun at Frimley Lodge.

Mark Symes finished first in a time of 17:37 and also achieved the highest age-graded score this week of 83.73%. It was the second week in a row that Mark finished first and his 177th first-place finish at Frimley Lodge parkrun to date (out of 340 runs). Mark is currently 9th in the all-time parkrun first-place finishers’ list with 181 first finishes in total. Alex Mogford, who more usually runs at Guildford, finished second and Callum Darby was third on his 196th parkrun.  Koji Myazaki (4th overall) achieved the second highest age-grading score this week of 82.14% for his time of 19:02 and he was just one second away from running the date with his time!

Naomi Wyatt was the first female to finish with a time of 21:06 on her 74th parkrun. Naomi has finished first for the last 3 weeks in a row and it was her 6th first-place finish overall. Naomi started running parkrun in 2016 at Reigate Priory parkrun, but has made Frimley Lodge her home since January 2018. Jo Longmuir finished second in a time of 21:17 and achieved the third highest overall age-graded score of 77.84%. Lois Oliver was third in 21:56 in just her 5th parkrun and her first at Frimley Lodge. All of Lois’ other parkruns have been run at Coffs Harbour parkrun on the western coast of Australia and she may have been our visitor who had travelled the furthest to reach us this week.

Well done to all of our junior runners and particularly to Rebekah Smith (JW15-17) who was the first junior woman to finish this week with a new PB of 22:07, which was her second in a row and her 8th PB over the last 12 months, wiping a massive 6 minutes and 24 seconds from her time in the last year alone. Ines Goncalves (JW15-17) was the second junior lady, who finished in 23:05 and who also achieved a PB of 23:05, reducing her best time by more than 3 minutes since her last PB in 2015. Christina Denbigh (JW11-14), was third with her time of 23:58. For the junior men, Thomas Denbigh (JM15-17) was first on his 99th parkrun with a time of 20:01. Liam Byrne (JM15-17) was second in 20:45 and Alfred Boese was third in 20:58. Congratulations to you all.

Congratulations also, to all of you who celebrated a milestone parkrun this week.  Andrew Scrowcrof and Keith Hull both achieved their 250th parkruns this week. Sarah Campbell-Foster, Tonya Mayes and Alexis Shirtliff all reached their 100th parkrun, whilst Jack Hobbs and Ceri Magness both completed their 50th parkrun. The juniors’ 10 parkruns’ club also welcomed the new members of Matthew Knight (JM10), Harry Devitt (JM10) and Maisy Farrington (JW11-14). Well done to all of you and also to Koji Myazaki who achieved the unofficial milestone of 150 parkruns.

A special congratulations also to our Event Director, Brian Holden, and our regular timer-keeper and results processor, Roger Smith, who have both now volunteered on 450 separate occasions and have both completed many different volunteer roles and jobs over the years to keep Frimley Lodge parkrun running smoothly. A huge thank you to both of you.

Well done to all of you who achieved a PB this week. The person who achieved a PB and who had run the most parkruns at Frimley Lodge was Marc Dubresson, who finished in a time of 22:33 on his 90th parkrun and his 81st at Frimley Lodge. Our oldest parkrunners to achieve a PB were Margaret Hopkins, 44:34 and Richard Hailstone, 36:10, who were both in the 65-69 age group. At the other end of the scale, the youngest runners who achieved a PB were all aged 10 years or less and were: Annika Toft, 32:55; Sophie Coates, 31:08 and Daniel Orbell, 22:06. There were just 11 people who achieved a PB and who had run 10 parkruns or more at Frimley Lodge and those, who I have not previously mentioned, were: Bryan Smith, 22:55; Simon Tigg, 23:55; Maisie Oliver (JW11-14), 27:45; April Howlett, 33:20; Patrick Coppins, 26:54; Adrian Laidlaw, 26:59; Anthony Brimble, 27:17 and Brian Theobold, 25:26.

Finally, thank you to all of our 41 volunteers who made our parkrun possible this week. A particular thank you to all of our marshals, who had to stand for quite a long time in the very cold conditions. If you haven’t volunteered before, why not give it a go, it gives you a different perspective of the run and allows you to meet new people, who you probably run with each week, but never meet. You could volunteer and still run, by helping with one of the set-up or close down roles, or even write this run report! Alternatively, if you are not planning on running one week, why not volunteer instead?


Run Report 1st and 5th January 2019

The Most Wonderful Time of the parkrun Year

By Lucinda Cobb

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when you can take part in 5 parkruns at Frimley Lodge in 15 days, plus a sixth if you do the New Year’s Day double. And what a 15 days it was with a total of 2,774 runs recorded across the 5 events - up from 2,437 over the same period in 2017!

New Year’s Day also saw a huge new attendance record of 741, which was superbly managed by our team of amazing volunteers.  Today was no different with 637 people taking part, demonstrating that parkrun is the best way to start the new year.

At both events we saw lots of people coming to parkrun for the first time - congratulations to you all, we hope this is the start of your parkrun journey and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

New Year’s Day saw 95 first timers of which 27 were first first timers and 52 people recorded a personal best.

This weekend saw 82 first timers of which 41 were first first timers, 59 people recorded a personal best!

Over the course of the two events we had lots of people achieving notable runs: Joseph Owen and Rosko Hodgson completed their 10th run, joining the 50 club were Andrew Loutit, Kayden Lenaghan, Mike Brock, Emma Booth and Finlay McGuinness and completing their 100th run were Yasmin Mackenzie-Jones (Happy Birthday, too, Yasmin!), Ed Welford and Kevin Burgess - brilliant running by all of you.

2018 was an incredible year in the life of parkrun with new events starting every week both in the UK and further afield, and that popularity was also seen at Frimley so here’s some stats:

-  we recorded 25,026 barcode scans

- that’s a total of 125,130kms meaning that we ran around the world more than three times

- there were a total of 2,171 volunteering credits from our wonderful volunteers

In 2016 I wrote the run report at the end of the year and we had run 106,945kms - what an increase in 2 years, an additional 18,185kms!

parkrun wouldn't happen every week without our volunteers and we are always looking to fill the volunteer roster, it is looking very empty for the next few weeks. If everyone who ran, jogged or walked today volunteered three times a year we would have our whole roster filled for the entire year.

If you'd still like to run, there are plenty of roles you can do and still take part - pre-event set up, post-event close down, first timers briefing, writing the run report, to name a few. If you’ve never volunteered before but are worried about doing it - don’t be, all the roles are easy to pick up and we’ll explain everything to you beforehand. So drop us an email at and put your name down.

We’ve had a fantastic start to the new year and no doubt we will have another wonderful year of parkrun, so may your parkrun year be filled with mud, milestones and memories; some home runs, some tourism and some volunteering; may your runs be slow, fast, jogged or walked; dogs on short leads, children under 11 within arm's reach; barcodes not forgotten; the occasional PB mixed with wonderful social runs; the odd helium balloon, lots of coffee and cake but most of all fun.



Run Report 29th Dec 2108

Run Report 29th December 2018


By Alurie Dutton


Saturday arrived with mild, dry weather and a cool breeze making it ideal for running, walking or jogging 5km around Frimley Lodge Park. Even the mud is gradually disappearing although the hazards along the canal still concentrate the mind! 458 runners finished the course with a few others completing one circuit. Well done to everyone.

The field was led home by James Tidd (SM20-24) followed by Mark Symes (VM50-54) and in third place Benjamin Wills (SM18-19) who recorded a PB. Mark also achieved the best age grade score of 87.54%. The ladies were led in by Alexa King (VW35-39) followed by Jo Longmuir (VW45-49) and Naomi Wyatt (SW25-29).

Congratulations go to all 50 runners who recorded a personal best today. Of those, Nicola Mair (VW45-49) has achieved 5 in a row out of 6 runs at Frimley Lodge and Harry Prescott (JM11-14) has run 4 in a row out of 5. 5 of the runners enjoyed their first run so much last week that they had to come back again this week and try even harder!

What was noticeable amongst the PBs this week was the number of people who have had a long gap since achieving their last PB. Toby Dawe (JM11-14), who also runs at junior parkrun, achieved his last PB in December 2017, Suzy Thompson (VW45-49) in August 2017, and James Bailey (JM15-17) in January 2018, and Edwin Griffiths (VM45-49) knocked 1 second off his PB set in July. If you are feeling disheartened about not running a PB this week then this group show that it can be done no matter how long you have been running or how many runs you have actually done. But of course, it isn't all about PBs. It's about coming out on Saturday morning to enjoy your running, jogging or walking in the company of like-minded people.

There were no milestone runs this week but there are several coming up soon as runners head towards their 10th, 50th, 100th or 250th runs. Darren Wood, however, did run his world record 700th parkrun this morning. What an achievement!

We had 32 first timers today of whom 15 were starting their parkrun 'careers' here at Frimley Lodge. Most of the visitors today were from parkruns in Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire with Whitstable, Cassiobury (Watford), Brighton and Singapore also represented. We hope they, and indeed everyone, enjoyed their run, walk or jog and will come back again soon to Frimley Lodge parkrun.

Finally a big thank you to the volunteers and to our sponsors this week.



Run Report Saturday 22 December 2018

Mastering Mud and the AW BMMAotY...

By Alurie Dutton

A group of 453 runners, joggers and walkers, of whom 22 were first timers at Frimley Lodge, set off this morning, the last parkrun before Christmas, in much milder conditions than of late for a muddy - ish run along the canal and across the fields. We hope that, despite the mud and the puddles, the 8 parkrun first timers enjoyed it so much that they will come back again and even run a PB just as 9 returners did this week.

Congratulations go to all 53 runners who recorded a personal best today with special mentions to Norma Dudley who achieved a PB on her100th run and Sophie Quinlan  who recorded a PB, her first since January 2017, on her 50th run. John Anker has had 4 PBs in a row with almost 4 minutes off his time this month. Nicola Mair has also had 4 PBs in her last 4 runs at Frimley Lodge.  To all of those who achieved a PB today whether by 1 second or 1 minute a huge well done.

The field was led home by James Quinlan who managed to achieve a PB,  Mark Symes came in just behind him with Daniel Quinlan, who also achieved a PB, in 3rd place.   Mark achieved the best age grade score at 84.93%. The ladies were led in by Naomi Wyatt, Lauren Hales and Sachiko Dixon.

Others who also achieved parkrun milestones today were Rob Harkness who ran his 250th parkrun, Steven Handley and Darren Powell who ran their 100th parkruns, Adrian Martins and Pamela Durey who ran their 50th and  junior  Daniel Aziz , who ran his 10th parkrun. Congratulations to them all.

A very special mention goes to Mark Symes who was named Athletics Weekly British Male Masters Athlete of the Year. What a star! Congratulations.

We have had several visitors from other parkruns this week:  three of our local runs, Woking, Bracknell and Guildford were represented and others running for the first time at Frimley Lodge came from South Africa, South Manchester, Sale, Prudhoe, Wythenshawe, Walthamstow and Cardiff. We hope they, and indeed everyone, enjoyed their run this week and will come back again soon to try for another PB or just to enjoy a run, walk or jog in the sunshine (more often than not) with like minded people at Frimley Lodge Park!

Don't forget there is a parkrun on Christmas Day at 9.00 and you can do a double parkrun on New Year's day starting at Rushmoor at 9.00 and then at Frimley Lodge at 10.00.

Finally, a great big thank you to the volunteers and to our sponsors this week.



Run Report 17th Nov 2018

Finally Frimley – Voluntouring


by Pippa White

Back on 1st Jan 2015, a date etched in the minds of so many at Frimley, a 12 year old ran her first parkrun. It had taken a few months to persuade the almost teen that a Saturday morning could be spent doing running – that it was healthy and good for you etc etc. Sadly it was the day when Graham PETRIE collapsed and this 12 year old saw what other people might do in an emergency.

Harriet spent a little while working that one through, and ultimately now volunteers much more than running at parkrun. While she was young and before the V25 tshirts arrived, recording all volunteer occasions was a little more flexible than it is now. So, she had actually volunteered before at Frimley parkrun (Darren WOOD’s 500 for certain) but there was nothing on her record. As volunteers, the joy of volunteering and a V25 tshirt are the big aims – but nothing much more than the satisfaction of a job well done. No easy to track ‘pirates’ ‘cowell’ or ‘alphabet’, or even appearing on the ‘most events’ table for the UK (20 different parkruns). However, Harriet has started ticking off some of the running challenges as volunteer and she found herself approaching 20 different events as a volunteer and her 100th day of volunteering at a similar time. With careful planning we decided to formally tick off Frimley as her 20th different event as a volunteer, even though it should have been her first, and her 99th day of volunteering. Her 100th as she told me, needs to be at her current home of Queen Elizabeth. Once 100 is done we will get back to completing ‘pirates’ as we are 3Cs and an R in. One day we will finish the alphabet in Zandvlei…

Friday was a late night as Harriet finished off her ‘99’ inspired cakes and we packed random guests to bed before an early drive. As always, there is a nervous urgency to a trip when voluntouring is involved. Arriving at 0857 just isn’t good enough, so we were in the carpark for just after 8.

A chilly morning – and the warmest of welcomes from a splendid team. Having traipsed around a number of parkruns and volunteered, the welcome to those who are volunteering and those who are visiting and volunteering is really key. We all have our idiosyncrasies and what is normal QE or normal Frimley is probably not how they do it at Nonsuch or Bushy. Newcastle’s funnel works well for Newcastle but it’s not Mole Valley’s funnel. Stratford can, quite frankly, keep its swans and swan poo. None of the volunteer roles are difficult, all require a little attention, and an experienced volunteer can do most roles at most parkruns in the world. That said, there are those volunteer coordinators who don’t appreciate an under 18 and certainly we’ve come across that attitude in touring. Frimley, you were wonderful. We were met with happy smiles, a super welcome and the best shoutout in the run brief ever! Thank you. Volunteering done, cakes passed out to fellow volunteers, breakfast and just 6.5 days to wait to do it again.

As this one is about celebrating the volunteers, these 44 put your parkrun on today:



This week 485 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

50 well dones to Christopher FRENCH – may your red tshirt arrive as soon as possible. Even more, perhaps 100, well dones to Darren STONE, Melanie BOOTH, Paul HODGES, Kevan DAY and Janet CROUCH. A few fun, one might say arbitrary results: 200 well dones to Julie BARROW and congratulations on running a parkrun week (a parkrun for every hour) to Gary THOMAS and Harvey OCKRIM.

To finish – voluntouring for the non parkrunner, the injured parkrunner or the family/friends of slightly obsessive parkrunner, is super fun. Talking and working alongside others for an hour or so is very relaxing and refreshing. It can also be friendlier than running for a spot of mental health attention. We had a lovely time, thank you for being kind enough to celebrate with us. Next time at QE!

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