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This weeks run report was written by our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award student, Charlie Carey

Today was the first anniversary of Hazelwood park run and was off to a very windy start, but at least no snow as per last years first event! However this did not dampen the spirits of the runners who turned up as ready as ever, 150 in total, 25 of which were first time runners.16 representatives from other clubs also took part; including visitors from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Northampton, and Swindon. An amazing 30 members of Shepperton Running Group also took part- many were graduates from their recent C25K course. Great to see they have stuck with it.
The first male finisher in very windy conditions was Robert Eveson of St Marys Richmond AC in a time of 17:59 and the first female finisher was Joanna Cloherty of Datchet Dashers in a time of 23:59. The best age grade result was that achieved by Ian Charlton of Runnymede Runners with a figure of 72.71%. Well done to all

You will notice that today we welcomed Paul Freyne, who has completed 502 events and is the owner of a (rare) sky blue t-shirt. An incredible achievement and is I am sure, a proud member of the exclusive 500+ group of parkrunners.

As ever, We would like to thank all the volunteers who worked to make all this happen:

Rina VYAS • Alison JOYCE • David ALLEN • John MAXEN • Callum STEWART • Matthew SARTIN • Charlie CAREY • Kevin CROOK • Mack SARTIN • Teddy SARTIN • Claire PHILPOTT • Adrian DAVIS • Maxine SELLS • Uday PATEL • Kelly KOTHARY • Helen SHAFFELBURG • Mila WOLFENDEN

A special vote of thanks go to Hollyanne, Claire, and Nicola for making such delicious cakes to help celebrate our first anniversary; and thanks to the Hazelwood Centre for permitting us to host these parkruns for the past year.

Hazelwood parkrun started on 17th March 2018. Since then 1,896 participants have completed 6,335 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,675 km, including 1,285 new Personal Bests. A total of 180 individuals have volunteered 833 times.


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The run report for the event held on 9th March was written by our young D of E student Callum Stewart. He appears in the photo below. We hope you enjoy it.
On a cold but crisp day, 118 participants ran, jogged or walked the 5-kilometre course at Hazelwood. Runners safely navigated the wet and muddy back field, and everyone safely got round with no injuries or slip ups. There were 27 runners that were new to Hazelwood and an astonishing 15 new PBs. We had people from 12 different athletic clubs and organisations take part in the race too. The first male finisher was Nathan Reeves with a time of 19:23 and he’s only in the 11-14 age category while Julie Barclay was the first female finisher with a time of 23:49.

This event was made possible by 16 volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to help others to enjoy their running. So, thanks to


Their encouraging words and support ensured a successful event was had by all. Next week will be the first anniversary of Hazelwood parkrun and we hope that there will be a bumper turn-out.


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There are some weeks and events of the parkrun year that are always a little more special. The Santa run at Christmas is one, the New Year double is another. For Hazelwood, one of our annual highlights is the Shepperton Running Group C25K graduation day. This is when the athletes that have trained with SRG over the past 8 weeks to run 5km have completed their course and can now run their first "official" parkrun. This year, an amazing 37 people of all ages and abilities took part today.They all have our heartiest congratulations and we hope to see them at many future Hazelwood events.


It is partly for this reason, we had our highest ever turnout and 169 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part, including Stragglers, Sunbury Skiff Club and Woking AC. We welcomed tourists from Bushy and Rushmoor parkruns as well as a group from the British Airways Athletic Club
We also had a couple of anniversaries to celebrate. Freya Bosher completed her 50th run and Simon Lovegrove completed his 300th. Well done to both.

The first male finisher was Donnchadh O'Sullivan in a time of 20:32 and the first female finisher was Tanya Snook of Shepperton Running Group in a time of 20:49. The best age grade result was that of Luciano Cacciolo who achieved a figure of 71.96%.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers so hats off to:

Congratulations to Uday who has now completed 25 volunteer events and so qualifies for his purple t shirt


This week, we welcomed a new Duke of Edinburgh bronze award student, Mila Wolfenden. She joins Callum Stewart, currently halfway through his award programme. We hope she enjoys the parkrun experience over the next 12 weeks



We look forward to seeing many of you next week


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A crisp but foggy morning greeted this weeks 114 participants that ran, jogged or walked the course. The lack of rain over the past raised hopes of a somewhat drier back field than of late, but alas and also too late, your scribe discovered that wearing new, bright white running socks were probably the wrong thing to wear!

We welcomed guests from far and wide today, the furthest being Lucy Ross, a visitor from Kinross, Perthshire. Parkrun tourists from Harlow, Tring, Chigwell and SE London also took part. Four participants new to parkrun took part. Welcome Amanda Cane, Jess Bray, Kirsty Lunn, Joanna Viney and Daniel Koppens. We hope they enjoyed the experience and will be regular visitors.

The first male finisher was Eoin O Sullivan who crossed the line in 19:16, and the first female finisher was Merilyn Davis of Elmbridge RRC, crossing the line in a time of 25:09. Merilyn also achieved the top age grade result of 76.08%. Well done all.

The event was made possible by 19 fantastic volunteers, so hats off to:

Rina VYAS • Kim LANGRIDGE • Hollyanne BARRETT • David ALLEN • John MAXEN • Callum STEWART • Carla GILBEY • Matthew SARTIN • Phil WIGGLESWORTH • Charlie CAREY • Mack SARTIN • Teddy SARTIN • Claire MEDLEY • Maxine SELLS • Uday PATEL • Kelly KOTHARY • Helen SHAFFELBURG • David PLASTOW • Benji DUNCAN

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Today we also bade farewell to Benji Duncan, who completed his bronze DofE award. I am sure he enjoyed the experience with us, and with the range of roles that was asked of him, will provide him with new skills going forward.

See you next week folks. It could be a busy one as we welcome the graduates from Shepperton Running Group's most recent couch to 5km course that took place at Hazelwood over the last 8 weeks.


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The run report today was kindly written by Laura Stevens, a visitor from one of our neighbour events, Crane Park.

The slightly warmer weather this week brought a healthy field of 109 runners to Hazelwood parkrun, all whom completed the 5km slightly soggy course. The field today comprised of 17 first timers to Hazelwood, 4 of which were running their first ever parkrun, congrats to Simon Koppens, Patti Rogers, Adam Watford & Ava Kelly-Happs, and 7 new PB’s we recorded.
I myself was a first-time tourist to Hazelwood and I have to say they’re a very friendly bunch. All very welcoming and wonderful to talk to.

First male finisher this week was Paul R Williams in a speedy time of 20:36, and our first lady finisher was Fiona Davis in a spectacular time of 25:19.

I do enjoy looking through times for aesthetically pleasing numbers so two special shout outs to David Gladstone who finished in a beautiful 23:23 in 18th place, and to Anna-Lise Christmas who finished in 32:23 in 84th place.

Today’s run was made possible by the following wonderful volunteers:

Steve BARRINGTON, Mark COWELL, Nikki CRAWFORD, Merilyn DAVIS, Benji DUNCAN, Steven HALL, Kelly KOTHARY, John MAXEN, Dorothy Agness MCLENNAN, Claire MEDLEY, Uday PATEL, Matthew SARTIN, Callum STEWART, Lorna STEWART, Lucy SUMMERS
Hazelwood will be celebrating their 1st years birthday very soon, fingers crossed we’ll be back then, if not that weekend then soon, a lovely course, lovely people one not to be missed!

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