Run No 20 – 11th November 2017

Henley-on-Thames parkrun
Event number 20
11th November 2017

This week 58 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Nick CLEMO • Simon HARRIS • Margaret LORD • Charlotte WATSON • C James BARR • Caroline TOOKEY • Daniel BARR • Tom FARRANT • Elin BARR • Ashley BARR • Craig HENDERSON • Annette YOUNG • Kirstin HENDERSON • Adrian MARSH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Henley-on-Thames parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Richard PRICE who recorded a time of 17:41 on 1st July 2017 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Edwina MCDOWALL who recorded a time of 20:31 on 1st July 2017 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Edwina MCDOWALL who recorded 78.15% (20:31) on 1st July 2017 (event number 1).

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 874 participants have completed 1,587 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,935 km, including 297 new Personal Bests.


It was raining and pouring, but parkrunners were not snoring …

Event 19 was the first time that it had rained at parkrun o'clock in Henley-Upon-Thames. The volunteers held a sweepstake as to how many people would turn up in wet conditions; would there be more volunteers than runners? In the end they settled on an estimate that 25 people would run their scenic course, but much to their surprise, 56 of us ran, ran/walked or walked the two and a bit laps of the woods.Us parkrunners can be a hardy bunch and hate to miss out on our parkrun fix, no matter the conditions! Well done all.

One of the best investments I made as a runner the first winter I was running was a pair of trail shoes. Trail shoes were essential for the Henley-on-Thames course as the rain meant that there were puddles and slippery muddy patches as well as the autumnal leaves of course. The volunteers had kindly marked some of the roots with cones and others with paint to avoid accidents, but I found myself looking at where I was putting my feet more than I usually do when running. Personally I didn't push myself as much as I could have done, but that meant that I could enjoy looking at the fields and woodland around me a bit. I can only imagine that it's even more stunning on a sunny, dry and fog free day (I will be be back to find out). I enjoy trying new parkruns and despite having run over 40 different courses, Henley had a few firsts for me; the first time I've chased down a pheasant, the first time I've had to run through a kissing gate (helpfully kept open for the duration of the run) and finally the first time that the course has been explained during first timers briefing with a huge annotated map.

The first finisher completed the course in an impressive 18:31 despite the conditions. Well done Gareth CROSSLEY! If we look at the age grading however, the highest age rated runner was Casper CHILLINGWORTH with an age grade of 74.33% (although Gareth wasn't far behind with 69.85%). 8 people even managed to achieve PBs. Well done to Tom FARRANT, Beatrice FRIEND, Gwilym SATCHELL, Emily FLYNN, Fergal MARSH, Charlotte WATSON, Claire COLE and John Reginald TURNER! If like me it was your first time at Henley-on-Thames parkrun (there were 20 of us) hopefully you'll return soon and maybe even get a new PB next time.

Over 4 million people are now signed up to parkrun worldwide. It's an amazing figure, yet not a single parkrun would take place without the volunteers who give up their time to make it happen. Thanks to Ashley BARR, C James BARR, Daniel BARR, Elin BARR, Nick CLEMO, Craig HENDERSON, Louisa MEAD, Samuel MILL, Jenny MULHEARN, Joe MURPHY, Phil STUBBINGTON and Dave THORNTON this week. If you want to volunteer at Henley parkrun, drop them an email at and I'm sure that they'll find you a role!

This week's run report was written by Jenny Mulhearn. Thanks Jenny!


New Years’ Day parkrun

New Years' Day 2018 falls on a Monday this year. And as a special treat, parkrun HQ allow us to bring you your first 5k parkrun fix of the year. We'll be starting at 9am, so if you're quick you can get to another local one later in morning and do a double!

Blow away your hangovers. Start your New Year Resolutions. Get your first PB of the year. Walk, Jog, Run or Volunteer. We'll be here as if a Saturday morning, and would love you to join us.

We'll also be celebrating the 6 month anniversary since our inaugural parkrun on 1st July 2017.

I hope to see you all there.
New Year RD


Event #18 – 28th October 2017

A colder than expected morning, seeing a light frost on the roof of cars made conditions for Event 18 near perfect, autumn has certainly arrived.

Run Director Craig Henderson welcomed 90 hardened parkrunner’s, of which 33 were new to parkrun or visiting for the first time, as well as the inquisitive heard of cows for the Runner’s Briefing. As always we celebrate milestones, this week we congratulate young Marcus Mountain, who chose Henley for his 10th parkrun and Ben Chaffey on his 99 flake before the big 100!

With the ground solid, air crisp the runner’s descended down the long starting straight before the left-hand bend onto the narrow trailing path. I was lucky to have been part of the course trialling and even luckier that we only run up THAT hill twice and not thrice! Once familiar with the kissing gate at Sue Ryder Memorial sign you know you are in for a treat, yellows, oranges, reds and browns to decorate the scene.

It was good to see Event Director James running the course as well as some local tourists from Reading and Woodley. A lovely warm Henley welcome to Toby Clarke & Trevor Siefers from Oxford parkrun, Nick Tyler from Newent parkrun and those who attended their first parkrun; Claire Eccles, Jim Reay, Helena Reay, Millie Watts, Beatrice Fraser, Susan Clarke, Carol Ingram, Rob Clarke, Jo Brown, Jonathon Brown, Peter Dale, Lyndsay Henderson, Timma Marett and Gwilym Satchell.

Chris Lucas of Reading Roadrunners made it home to a PB and the first finish token in 18:30 (1st), he was closely followed by Gareth Crossley in 18:47 (2nd), Ben Whalley a Woodley parkrun legend in his own right was the third parkrunner to cross the finish in 20:24 (3rd). For our ladies, they say it ‘runs’ in the family and it did for Renee Whalley and Georgia Whalley in 24:12 (1st) and 24:52 (2nd) respectively, with Jude Coleman in a fantastic 25:37 (3rd).

The downhill must serve as an accelerant, there was a spate of personal bests – 20 to be precise! Well done to each and every one of you, the hill can be tamed!

As a tourist it is a pleasure travelling the country visiting parkruns as well as meeting fellow runners, but if it was not for the volunteers there would be no parkrun. So on behalf of us, I want to thank you the volunteers for bringing our weekly parkrun fix.

Why not give it a try one week! Until the next parkrun take care!

Kerry (Reading parkrun)


Run No 15 – 7th October 2017

This week's run report was kindly written by Penny McCrabbe ...

The 13th year anniversary of parkrun celebratory run ...

It was another dry morning and the course was in a pretty good condition despite the many leaves hiding the roots and potholes. I'm sure in another few months it may be a case of wading through mud and puddles. The downhill stretches could be quite interesting.

To celebrate the 13 years of parkrun I have put together a few facts from this week's parkrun on the theme of the number 13.
13 degrees was the temperature outside (according to my car). Perfect running temperature.
13 seconds featured in two parkrunners times : Stan Smith (25:13) and Mark Evans (34:13). Unfortunately no one was anywhere near 13 minutes. We need Mo Farah for that!
13th to finish overall was Simon Lunn in 24:43
13th male to finish was Stan Smith in 25:13
13th female to finish was Lisa Herbert in 31:14
13.2kph is the pace ran by Julian Hough (22:46)
13 spots left for volunteers for two weeks time on 21st October so plenty of time to plan ahead.
All in all it was another fantastic morning made possible by a group of cheerful and friendly volunteers. I think the Henley course is by far the most scenic of the ones I've done and the smaller numbers make it less intimidating for newcomers. I love the relief I feel when the hill has been done for the second time. I really like the fact it is ALL trail with no Tarmac in sight. This was my third run back after a year of injury. It is a joy to run properly again and feel part of the running community again. Thank you parkrun.

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