Event 211, 08/12/18 – gorgeous mud-run

What a beautiful crisp sunny morning for a parkrun at Harcourt Hill campus. The photo below is of the sun rising as I arrived at the campus to get setup at about 7:55 am.
Event 211 8th Dec 2018

We had 99 people run, jog and walk the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Welcome and well done to you all for completing our slippery-slidey mud-run today. We hope you had fun!

Congratulations to two of our regular parkrunners, Harriet Paget (JW) and Esther Byrom (VW) who joined Club 50. Well done ladies, we hope you love your red t-shirts, and keep on parkrunning!

Our photographer today, Barnaby Norman, joined us from Linford Wood parkrun. Many thanks to Barnaby for some great shots of our event - these will be available on Flickr later today. Thank you Barnaby!
Event 211 8th Dec 2018

Some of our regular volunteers are not around on 15th and 22nd December, please help us fill as many roles as you can. All support is gratefully received and helps keep our event alive and thriving. A wonderful team of 13 volunteers organised and delivered today's event, our thanks go to:
Danny HEARN • Helen TURLEY • Anna MACKIN • Kerry PAPPS • Michael SANDFORD • Anita JASSI • Rachel ISOM • Matthew PEARCE • Barnaby NORMAN • Mark E COOKE • Elaine SPENCER • Barbara SARGENT • Anu DUDHIA

Some of our friends from the Oxford Brookes, Brookes Sport Botley team will be heading home for Christmas from 15th December. Please bring your festive cheer (santa hats, antlers, tinsel) to the next two events. On 22nd December there will be festive treats to share post parkrun, please join us for that. You may have seen that we will be hosting an event on 29th December too, that's thanks to special permission from the Brookes Sport Botley management team.

Christmas and New Year events are taking placing at many parkruns worldwide. Our friends at Didcot parkrun will be doing Christmas day at 9am - I hope to see you there! For New Year, Witney parkrun is on at 9am and Bicester parkrun is starting at 10:30 for those who wish to get a double run in. Many other parkruns are also available, for further details check out the parkrun Christmas Compendium.

Happy parkrunning everyone, see you at the next one!

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


Event 210, 01/12/18 – In praise of youth

It was a wet grey December morning for Harcourt Hill parkrun #210, but that didn't deter 79 hardy parkrunners from joining us in the rain and enjoying the slippery delights of our rather muddy fields.  Amazingly, 8 of you even managed PBs in the soggy conditions. For anyone asking about the best footwear for our course, between now and March trail shoes are definitely a good idea (add them to your Christmas list!).

Amongst our parkrunners were 15 first-timers, including tourists joining us from Glasgow, Ripon, Birkenhead, Bolton, Forest of Dean, Bournemouth, Goring, Essex and London.  We hope you enjoyed parkrunning with us and that you might come again soon (hopefully in better weather…). Milestone congratulations go to Helen Georges, a regular at Bournemouth parkrun, on completing her 100th parkrun.

Jacqui Cheetham and friends joined us to run as part of her hen weekend, before she gets married in three weeks’ time.  She ran in a very fetching veil which amazingly still looked white at the end of a muddy run.

Hhp 1st Dec 2018

We also had an unofficial milestone to mark. Until this spring, Euan Taylor was a regular runner at Harcourt Hill and occasional volunteer. Since April 2018, however, with only a few weeks off for holidays/school commitments, he has volunteered every week at Harcourt Hill as part of his work towards gaining his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award - our regulars will have spotted him in a variety of roles, timing, barcode scanning, distributing finish tokens, number checking, marshalling, pre-event set-up and a couple of stints as photographer.  Fittingly (to recognise the support he's had from fellow hi viz hero volunteers and also to mark his 16th birthday this week), he brought along a tub of Heroes chocolates to celebrate the end of his official six-month volunteering stint.  He's now keen to have a few Saturday morning lie-ins (as his mother, I'll try not to wake him up when I leave for parkrun)!  Over the past few years, Harcourt Hill parkrun has benefitted from the regular volunteering contributions of other young people working towards Duke of Edinburgh awards (the latest to join our ranks is Matthew Pearce) – thank you and well done to all of them.   If you’re doing a Duke of Edinburgh Award and would like to join us to volunteer, please get in touch.

Hhp 1st Dec 2018

Many thanks, as ever, to all of our brilliant volunteers.  Today, led by Run Director Richard, our parkrun was organised by a team of 15 volunteers. We're always grateful to the team for laying on our parkrun but as the temperatures drop and the rain starts to fall, we appreciate their support (and standing in the cold and rain for an hour) even more.  So a round of applause and high fives all round this week go to: Claire HAZLETON • Danny HEARN • Helen TURLEY • Kathryn DALLY • Euan TAYLOR • Mark TAYLOR • Michael SANDFORD • Anita JASSI • Matthew PEARCE • Richard BROWN • Katherine BATES • Elaine SPENCER • Luke WOODWARD • Anu DUDHIA • Barbara SARGENT

Do please drop us a line if you can volunteer at all over the next few weeks and into the new year. The roster for December is looking rather bare - remember we can't do it without you!

See you all next week and #DFYB



Event 209, 24/11/18 – cold, grey and drizzly

This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course at a cold, grey and drizzly Harcourt Hill. 16 participants were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. There were at least 3 members of the Cooke family running milestones, Mark and Charlie joined Club 50 and Jenny joined Club 100! It was also Jenny's birthday and the Cooke's provided a fabulous range of cakes and flapjack for post run enjoyment. Well done everyone for a great start to the weekend, and especially David Barron, who joined us for the first time, we hope you had fun!

Today's event was made possible by 13 volunteers, led by RD Tim Paget:

Danny HEARN • Anna MACKIN • Kerry PAPPS • Tim PAGET • Michael SANDFORD • Anita JASSI • Caroline SMITH • Alexander TULIP • Matthew PEARCE • Karen EVANS • Mark E COOKE • Elaine SPENCER • Barbara SARGENT - thank you team, you were amazing.

All parkrun events are organised and delivered by volunteers. We are a community event where everyone can take part, and we believe that everyone has something to contribute. There are roles that also enable you to complete a run on the same day. If you would like to get involved email us and we will guide you with the next steps.

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

Good luck to everyone volunteering at, or running the Eynsham Road Runners 10k run in the morning. Let's hope for drier weather.

Happy parkrunning everyone!



Event 208, 17/11/18 – 75 years not out

The sun broke through the clouds, the ground was a bit slippy in places. We all enjoyed another fine autumn day.

We said congratulations to Andrew Hudson who completed his 100 run milestone today.

We also said Happy Birthday to Paul Creasey who today enters the 75-79 age category.

This week 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Claire HAZLETON • David KINDER • Graham BRIDGES • Euan TAYLOR • Tim PAGET • Paul CREASEY • Michael SANDFORD • Theo BROWNING • Guy BROWNING • Matthew PEARCE • Katherine BATES • Mark E COOKE • Luke WOODWARD • Barbara SARGENT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harcourt Hill parkrun Results Page. Thanks Tim for processing and all the funnel team for their excellent work today

We had several last minute volunteers on Friday evening, who were greatly appreciated and ensured we were well covered. If you know your plans a week or more ahead you can sign up on the sheet we usually have with our things in the sports centre. We send out a email call usually on Wednesday or Thursday and then the volunteer coordinator  tries to fill the schedule.



Event 207, 10/11/18 – 20,000th finisher (100,000 kms run!)

We arrived at Harcourt Hill parkrun at 8:35am having travelled for just 1 hour from Kings Langley (near Watford) to run our 60th different event. I made my way over to introduce myself to Claire HAZLETON (our Run Director for the day) as I had offered to write this Run Report. I'd like to start by saying a big thank you to Claire and all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:


The sun was out today which helped to keep us all a little bit warmer (and drier) than we've been on recent parkrundays, but it was a little bit squishy underfoot from the recent rain. Thanksfully the course has plenty of grassy areas to help get us round, although how the runners at the front go so fast without coming a cropper amazes 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.

See the fast version here.

See the full version here.

As well as Claire HAZLETON (who you may or may not know is a parkrun tourist!), we also got chatting to fellow tourists Danny and Tina HEARN. Danny was our Tail Walker today, and it turns out that I have run with him before at Stevenage parkrun #30 without knowing it.

On to the stats....

This week we had 125 runners, joggers and walkers. 7 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 55 Females and 63 Males.

First 3 Males to finish were Christopher Edward WILSON in a great new PB time of 18:40, Sean DUVALL in 19:06 and Mark SEALY in 19:37. First 3 Female finishers were Diane FOSTER in 19:07, Mette RUTTER in 21:26 and Kate DANIELS in 21:52.

There were 22 parkrunners who were new to Harcourt Hill of whom 10 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 12 PBs. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.

The "most runniest runner" was Danny HEARN on 324 parkruns, but there was 1 other member of the 250 Club, 13 members of the 100 Club, 21 members of the 50 Club and 6 members of the 10 Club present. There were no official milestones achieved today, however congratulations to Adam and Leo FRENCH who came in 70th and 71st. 71st position was our 20,000th runner to complete the course. Thanks to you both for helping me to go faster than I would otherwise have done, especially on the second lap!

The 10th finisher today was Graham BRIDGES who has run at Harcourt Hill more often than anyone else, an amazing 153 times out of a possible 207. Well done Graham, that's commitment!!

Other news....

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official 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.

Mark Pinney (A2522444)

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