Run Report 6 January 2018

Finnish and Finishing

By Alfred Boese

Most days, I would run at parkrun instead of volunteering, but recently I have been volunteering as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and this has given me more of an appreciation for the people behind the scenes who organise everything. During my time volunteering I have been token sorting, tail walking, backup timer, funnel manager, number checker and barcode scanning and helping with setting up and clearing up before and after the event.

My favourite thing I did when volunteering was tail walking. This is because it was good to go round the course again and talk to people and chat with the people at the back. I also enjoyed token sorting because I was able to do some running, back and forth from the barcode scanners to the changing rooms.  I have learnt that without the volunteers, there wouldn't be any parkrun, and would recommend to everyone to try it out. I would like to thank Brian Holden and Karen Barnard for helping me with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Back to this week's parkrun. The weather this week was cold, cloudy and course conditions were wet and very muddy, especially round the first field, canal and dog field. Definitely a day for trail shoes on the regular Frimley course. The first finisher was Carl Bjorkendahl, who finished in 17:02 and the first female finisher was Janette Vanttina in 20:27, both from Finland as visiting guests of Aldershot, Farnham and District AC.

There were 59 first timers – welcome to parkrun and hope to see you again soon!. 22 people recorded new Personal Bests, so well done to you all – I hope to join you in a couple on months when I have done some more training. Milestones were achieved by juniors Matilda Aylott, Ben Shorter and Rocco Whitehouse achieving their 10th run, Dean Durrant, David Boulter and Margaret Skates achieving their 50th runs and finally Karen Henderson achieving her 100th run. Unofficial milestones were also achieved by Elizabeth Fletcher and Claire Sacre on 200 runs and Darren Wood achieving his 650th run.  Our age grade winner this week was junior Ramses Backman in the age category JM11-14 with 83.02% and a brilliant time of 17:05.  Well done everyone!

Finally, a huge thank you to our 50 volunteers who made this week's Frimley Lodge parkrun possible:

Darren WOOD • Ross MACLAGAN • Dave DABORN • Dave BUSH • Alison LENAGHAN • Richard BOESE • Louise MCINTOSH • Maurice GOODERHAM • Cliff HILTON • Mark SYMES • Brian HOLDEN • Nigel BOARD • Alfred Richard BOESE • Roger SMITH • John TAYLOR • Karen BARNARD • Malcolm Eric VAUGHAN • Jacob Jon WHEELER • Gary DAVISON • Lucinda COBB • Ciaran FARRELL • Penny ELLIOTT • James BALL • Alec CHURCHILL • John MEPHAM • Rachel GREENER • Bob TURNER • Emma WILSON • Emma MALCOLM • Ava BERRIMAN • Sandra DAVIDSON • Peter PORTER • Catherine DAVIS • Declan DAVIS-PORTER • Ian ELLIOTT • Madeline PEDDLE • Tabitha CHARMAN • Simon WHILLIS • Peter RILEY • Beverley JACKSON • Eva CHURCHILL • Anne WHILLIS • Neil PURCELL • Tanya O'KEEFE LIMB • Jason WHITE • Lucy JACKSON • Caitlin O'TOOLE • Stephen DIAPER • Katie HUTCHINGS • Luke BOYCE


New Years Day – 1st Jan 2018

New Years Day parkrun 10am - Update: We've been out checking the course again today after another deluge of rain this afternoon! As both the 2 lap & 3 lap courses are now very muddy, we plan to run reverse 2 lap course - be advised it's VERY muddy in places with large puddle in woods near miniature railway and probably unsuitable for buggies. Further adjustments to the proposed course maybe necessary to minimise risk and exposure to mud and puddles. Runners are reminded that whilst every attempt is made to maintain a safe course runners do ultimately participate at their own risk.


Run Report 16 Dec 2017

Frimley Lodge parkrun Run Report, Run #409
16 December 2017

By James Bailey

At just 1°C, this week's parkrun must surely have been the coldest of the year! 367 enthusiastic parkrunners made their way around the park today, with 19 people running for the first time at Frimley Lodge.  45 people achieved a new personal best time, including Charlie Kershaw, who finished in 1st position.  Sally Taylor ran her 50th run, Maura Clark her 250th, Lisa Norman her 100th, and Simon Dann his 100th. Congratulations to all of you.


Frimley Lodge parkrun would not be able to happen every week for over 400 weeks without the wonderful work of all the volunteers. Our volunteer co-coordinator, Karen, is so supportive and has so much energy each week it is unbelievable! I volunteered in order to complete my Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. Today I completed my 25th volunteer session, with my jobs varying each week. The jobs I am set include scanning barcodes, handing out finish tokens, marshalling and processing results. When I first started volunteering I believed it would be a case of going and getting it over and done with, but as the weeks passed I started to enjoy it more and more and it even became the highlight of my week on some occasions! It may be a bit clichéd but volunteering has genuinely given me the confidence I was lacking, especially to make new friends. Having to get up early on a Saturday morning really is no big deal when you can look forward to spending time with your friends whilst also helping the community, even if it does mean standing in the freezing cold park at 8:30 on a Saturday morning! If I have learnt anything from this experience it is to be confident and go for it – and that's exactly the advice I would give to anyone thinking of signing up, whether to run or to volunteer!



Christmas & New Year Runs 2017/18

We will be running as usual on Saturdays at 9am through the Christmas and New Year period.  In addition we will be running at 9am on Christmas Day and 10am on New Year's Day.  If you'd like to volunteer for any of these, then please let us know (

Please note: that the facilities at Frimley Lodge (changing rooms & toilets) will be closed on Christmas Day!

In addition on New Year's Day, there is an option to run at our neighbour's Rushmoor at 9am before joining us at 10am if you fancy a double to start the New Year!  Or you can volunteer at one event and run at the other one.  If you want to help out at Rushmoor and run at Frimley Lodge (or even volunteer at both), then they'd be delighted to hear from you ( (and yes there will be time to get between the events!!)


Run Report 25 November 2017

Cool Running!

By Clare Cave

This morning, it was a clear, sunny and crisp 3 degrees – almost perfect conditions (for those of us who prefer to run in the cold!!).

Firstly, a huge thank you to the 45 volunteers, many of whom stood out in the cold this morning enabling us to all run and ‘enjoy’ ourselves (!!) – we are very grateful.

439 people completed the course, with 26 running at Frimley for the first time of whom 10 were running or walking their first ever parkrun – we hope you enjoyed it and will be back again soon.

There were a few milestone runs today:-

Junior parkrunner Ethan Cronin ran his 10th parkrun – in his fastest ever time of 35:33 – congratulations.

Andrew Crow and Ewan Mayes both completed their 50th runs today and Jean Drummond notched up her (unofficially recognised) 200th run. Congratulations to all of you.

58 people achieved a personal best time or PB, these I can confirm, get harder to achieve the more times you run (and the older you get!!). Looking down the list it may have been a little too cool for many of our regulars to run their fastest. Julie Wing was the runner who had run the course the most times (37) and to get a PB – she finished in a time of 31:14 – congratulations. Well done to everyone else who ran their fastest time today and to anyone else who achieved a goal they may have set – whether it was to beat a particular time, run without stopping or even just to complete the course.

Today I ran my 300th parkrun (an unofficial milestone) - thanks to all the people who congratulated me as they ran past (I think I set off too quickly - excited by the beautiful sunny morning!!).

So, here are my 300 parkruns in numbers.............

7 years of parkrunning

3 age categories run in

5 parkruns visited (Frimley is the best)

30 times a volunteer (always good fun)

5 pairs of trainers

4 parkrun T shirts

Number of times said ‘never again’ in finishing funnel – nearly every week!!

Number of times I was glad I ran – EVERY week

Number of friends made – too many to count!

Thank you Frimley Lodge parkrun

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