Henley Parkrun #63

This week's run report is courtesy of Penny McCrabbe. Many thanks, Penny!

It was the perfect morning for a run. The sun was shining yet it wasn't as hot as recent weeks. There weren't that many of us this morning: 57 to be exact. This is one of the nice things about this parkrun. It is a small and friendly run in peaceful, beautiful surroundings. I hope some of the 24 first timers will come back now they have seen what a great course this is. The amazing team of volunteers had to contend with lack of equipment as the store could not be accessed. They coped admirably and set up the course without any discs, signs or cones. All 57 runners safely crossed Nia Ashton's windbreak which acted as a finish funnel. The lack of signage didn't stop 9 people getting PBs. After the run briefing by Run Director Craig Henderson we all walked to the start line. I had never realised that a particular tree had a marking on it to indicate where we start. We were off pretty quickly and cheered on by our marshals. I struggled up the hill as I haven't been for several weeks and had forgotten how tough the hill is. Having said that I think it helps when you have done the course ten times as you know how long the hill is and you know you can relax a little once you turn the cone at the top of the hill for the second time. There were the usual tree stumps to contend with. We still lack mud. That's something to look forward to! I had to dart around a small yappy dog which was a little challenging and my poor friend got stung by a wasp on her first Henley run. However we were fortunate not to encounter a horse which we were warned was a possibility at the briefing ! All in all it was another lovely morning in Henley made possible by a group of friendly cheerful volunteers. We were encouraged at the end to sign up to help as the rota is looking bare for the next few weeks.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers: Rebecca EVANS • Penny MCCRABBE • Marcus FLETCHER • Caroline MITCHELL • Craig HENDERSON • Peter HOPKINS • Kirstin HENDERSON • Victoria HERIOT • Adrian MARSH • Fergal MARSH • Sarah JOYCE • Nia ASHTON • Matilda CARTER • Frank EVANS • Joanna MARSH

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

The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 18:42 on 25th November 2017 (event number 22).

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 17:11 on 4th August 2018 (event number 59).

The Age Grade course record is held by J PETTER who recorded 79.74% (29:52) on 28th July 2018 (event number 58).

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,791 participants have completed 4,475 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,375 km, including 821 new Personal Bests.

 

Event number 62 – 25th August 2018

This week's run report is courtesy of regular runner Jeannie Engela. Thanks Jeannie!

I love an uneventful parkrun – no spills, no tears, no cats stuck up in trees, and this was one of them. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who make sure the course is safe, who marshall points around the course to provide encouragement and make sure nobody takes a wrong turn, who monitor everybody at the finish line to make sure all the participants are given a finish time, and follow at the back to ensure that nobody gets left behind, and nobody ever finishes last.

This week we were joined by Georgie Brayshaw from the Leander Club as part of the #teamparkrun initiative. Georgie accompanied this week’s tail walker Louise Allen to make sure that everybody crossed the finish line safely. Good luck with your rowing, Georgie, parkrun is behind you all the way.

The day started with the weather notably cooler than the last few weeks, but with the run out it soon warmed up and our lovely course once again provided a scenic challenge to the 67 people that ran, jogged and walked their way around. The great course conditions allowed 12 runners to achieve PBs – congratulations to all of you. I had picked up a minor foot injury recently and didn’t know if I would be able to complete the course, but a couple of orthotics and a strapped leg that an Egyptian mummy would be proud of I managed to get around intact.

A warm welcome to the 4 people that did their first ever parkrun – here’s to many more! As usual at Henley, we had a large number of visitors, 22 this week, we hope you all enjoyed our special course and will come back again.

On a more personal note, my brother suffered a heart attack last week, but thanks to the fantastic response from the emergency services, and our awesome NHS (who we celebrated at parkrun recently) he was in the operating theatre within the hour, and was discharged with a stent inserted just over 48 hours later, together with strict instructions about diet and exercise. Having questioned my sanity over the last year, getting up early every Saturday morning to haul myself around a (sometimes very muddy) field ‘just for fun’, I am now on a mission to get him to do the same, and to be able to experience the benefits of the amazing parkrun community. Maybe start with volunteering, baby steps, but watch this space….

And the stats:

This week 67 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Simon HARRIS (celebrating his 25th Volunteering stint at parkrun. Well done Simon, and thank you for your long-standing support at Henley-on-Thames) • Rebecca EVANS • Marcus FLETCHER • Louise ALLEN • Tracey HAYES • Malcolm HAYES • Jacob ATWAL • Craig HENDERSON • Jackie ROBINSON • Sam BREWSTER • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Jeannie ENGELA • Stephen NICHOLS

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

The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 18:42
on 25th November 2017 (event number 22).

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 17:11
on 4th August 2018 (event number 59).

The Age Grade course record is held by J PETTER who recorded 79.74% (29:52)
on 28th July 2018 (event number 58).

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,767 participants have completed 4,418 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,090 km, including 812 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report for Event #61 Saturday 18th August 2018

After recent gorgeous weather, cloud cover greeted the 74 runners and 12 volunteers. The numbers were swelled by three debutants (We hope Lara and Mike Sharrock return again soon, along with Nini Shikkel) to parkrun, as well as numerous visitors – at Run Director Louisa Mead’s entertaining run briefing, visitors were heard to have come from far afield including France, Manchester and a group of West 4 Harriers whose home parkrun is Gunnersbury.

The full team of volunteers marshalled and organised the event with great expertise – the following individuals are to be thanked for giving up their time.

Nia ASHTON, Matilda CARTER, Kate CLEMO, David DUGGAN, Rebecca EVANS, Marcus FLETCHER, Simon HARRIS, Robin LOMAX, Louisa MEAD, Caroline MITCHELL, Julie RAYFIELD, Phil STUBBINGTON

There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email henleyonthameshelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested.

Those collecting low number tokens

Collecting token number 1 was Marcus Fletcher in 19:15, and he then kindly stayed on to hand out the finish tokens to everyone else as they completed the course. Richard Gould was 41 seconds behind on his first visit to the course and Andy Irving was the third runner to collect a token, in 20:02, a personal best in his 8th run. The first four ladies home finished together in overall positions 13th-16th, with Rebecca Evans getting to the finish line in 22:42, Dawn Godwin 3 seconds behind, and Maria Jovani a further four seconds back.

What the numbers tell us!

Everyone benefitted from the good running conditions and 17 people achieved Personal Bests! This is a whapping 50% of the runners who had previously recorded times, a great achievement, especially as many others got close to their best times! This means that exactly 800 Personal Bests have now been set since the first parkrun in Henley!

With the Rewind Festival in town, this helped in attracting 36 first timers, including the previously mentioned three debutants to parkrun.

It appears four people didn’t have times registered – the abbreviation of DFYB is parkrun terminology participants are regularly reminded of ... Don’t Forget Your Barcode is great advice when getting to the start line on a Saturday morning!

New Age Grade Record

Congratulations are in order for Jane Rowden from West 4 Harriers who set a new record in the age category of VW65-69, with a time of 25:54…congratulations Jane, especially as it was your first visit to Henley on Thames parkrun!

Thanks to David Duggan for this week's Run Report

 

Henley parkrun report – Event number #59

After last weeks effort by J PETTER, who achieved the Age Grade Record with a staggering 79.74%, what could possibly happen this week?

Well, Ben LIVESEY beat the male record with a time of 17:11, beating the previous record holder by 2 whole seconds. The previous male record holder was........ Ben LIVESEY ;) Congratulations Ben! A sub 17 minutes in the cards, perhaps?

Ben was chased down by a young tourist from Oxford, who remarked "I love hills". Some competition for Ben.

Thanks too to a tourist from South Africa who thanked Henley parkrun for a horrible course, quickly corrected (with a bit of encouragement) to 'thank you for a challenging course'.

Hayley LIVESEY completed her 50th parkrun, and also got a PB taking a huge slice off her previous best! Well done Hayley :)

After reminding runners for 59 weeks about a mythical creature that might be spotted on the Henley parkrun course, two of our #hiviz heroes, Tracey HAYES and Simon HARRIS, encountered them for the first time.

Check the volunteer roster for future weeks, then please email us at with your athlete code and you too could be a champion.

While we wait for official proof, here's a little hint

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This week 63 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Nick CLEMO • James CASSIM • Simon HARRIS • Rebecca EVANS • Ruth FARMER • Marcus FLETCHER • Tracey HAYES • Malcolm HAYES • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Matt SWINBURNE-JOHNSON • Sarah JOYCE • Kevin JACOB • Nia ASHTON

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

The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 18:42 on 25th November 2017 (event number 22).

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 17:11 on 4th August 2018 (event number 59).

The Age Grade course record is held by J PETTER who recorded 79.74% (29:52) on 28th July 2018 (event number 58).

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,682 participants have completed 4,206 parkruns covering a total distance of 21,030 km, including 768 new Personal Bests.

 

Henley parkrun report – Event number #58

On Saturday we had 17 first time runners and 4 first time volunteers join us at Tile Barn Close for another 5k in the sunshine.

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Our visiting tail walker Karin Gerber had some sat nav issues and arrived late but thanks to Fiona Pharoah who stepped up and then joined Karin on her run.

Regulars Shaun and Casper Chillingworth took first and third place, separated by Andy Irving and his go pro!

We had lots of tourists as ever, hope they enjoyed the hill as much as our weekly returners.

On which note, we have smashed our age grade record today thanks to J Petter whose time of 29:52 put her at 79.74%. Fantastic work and gives the young ones something to aim for!  You can find out more about age grading here.

This week 52 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Simon HARRIS • Sarah CHILLINGWORTH • Sheena LAVERY • Robert PHILLIPS • Ivo PHILLIPS • Craig HENDERSON • Peter HOPKINS • Jackie ROBINSON • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Jeannie ENGELA • Fiona PHAROAH • Ryan IRVING • Matilda CARTER • Heather TULL • Irvine LAVERY • Caroline HOPKINS

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

The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 18:42 on 25th November 2017 (event number 22).

The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 17:13 on 7th July 2018 (event number 55).

The Age Grade course record is held by J PETTER who recorded 79.74% (29:52) on 28th July 2018 (event number 58).  Further explanation of age grades can be found here.

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,650 participants have completed 4,143 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,715 km, including 752 new Personal Bests.

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