Henley parkrun report – Event number #56

After all the excitement of last week‘s reverse route, it was back to business as usual at Henley, which meant lots of dusty paths, random tree roots and stones, some welcome shade but also some firsts!

59 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part, including tourists from Manchester, as far as South Africa and exotic Marlow!

We had a very speedy first finisher in Penny McCrabbe, our first female to finish first, well done Penny :) Jeannie, who's done all our runs so far, is still coming back for more despite mislaying a contact lens on the course. And I ran my home parkrun for the first time, after 36 volunteering dates!

Being a sensible runner I kept my eyes on the ground for obstacles, let people past, (except at the end, sorry Sarah!) and offered a tissue to a sniffing person behind me. it is probably a blessing she declined as it had been in my sweaty hand for 1.5 laps...

Henley is a gorgeous course, yes it's hilly, narrow and can get a "little" muddy, but we have cows, rabbits, beautiful views, fabulous encouraging marshals, some lovely shade at the end to collapse into, and a fab cafe for a restorative iced coffee. What we do lack is a full roster of volunteers a lot of the time, hence this being my first actual run. So please, if you like running Henley, or are thinking of it but nervous, sign up for our emails, check the roster and get involved. You too could ring a cowbell at people puffing up a big hill :)

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Gary BRAMPTON • Mandy CARDEN • Shaun CHILLINGWORTH • Simon HARRIS • Olivia CHILLINGWORTH • Sheena LAVERY • Craig HENDERSON • Jackie ROBINSON • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Paloma CRAYFORD • Matilda CARTER

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 Claire DONALD who recorded 79.16% (23:50) on 5th May 2018 (event number 46).

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,605 participants have completed 4,032 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,160 km, including 728 new Personal Bests.

 

Our 1st anniversary!

This week’s run report is written by Jeannie Engela, who has run every Henley parkrun from the inaugural. Thanks Jeannie, and we’ll see you again on Saturday!

A year ago, on 1st July 2017, Henley Regatta Saturday, 175 people lined up for Henley’s first ever Parkrun, described as a ‘steeply undulating scenic trail path’. Joining the wonderful volunteers that made the event possible, were runners from nearby Parkruns that came along to support Henley, visitors who were in Henley for the Regatta and locals that has been looking forward to a Henley Parkrun for ages.

Over the next 12 months, again thanks to the tireless energy of the volunteers, we have had a run every week, in all weather. We have had glorious sunshine with the course in great condition, somewhat more challenging runs on wet winter mornings, with parts of the course trying to be included in a Tough Mudder event. We have had cows supporting us in their field, and the occasional rabbit and deer crossing our paths. 16 people turned up to complete the course in deep snow, and 81 joined in for a special run on New Years’ Day.

Fast forward to ‘18, 7th of July, Henley Regatta Saturday – Happy Birthday Henley Parkrun! Another fabulous summer’s day, with most of the course bathed in shadows. No rain for a few weeks meant the course was completely dry, and as a birthday celebration, we ran the course in reverse. This meant that it was ‘undulating steeply’, and we got to run down our famous hill twice. Definitely easier on the way down, although it did mean the uphills went on for much longer, although not as steep.

Congratulations to Ben Livesey who set another course record, and to the people that completed their first ever Parkrun – welcome to the wonderful Parkrun community.

Thank you again to the volunteers, who not only make the event possible, but who also give encouragement around the course and make everybody feel so welcome and included, whether you run, jog or walk around the course.

And now for the numbers:
This week 68 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Nick CLEMO • Liz SNOOK • Hayley LIVESEY • Samantha COUSINS • Lyn ABSOLOM • Rebecca EVANS • Mark DUNBAR • Noel FRANCIS • Rob SIMMONS • Marcus FLETCHER • Caroline TOOKEY • Paul ABSOLOM • Jacob ATWAL • Craig HENDERSON • Peter HOPKINS • Jackie ROBINSON • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Jeannie ENGELA • Nia ASHTON • Matilda CARTER

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 Claire DONALD who recorded 79.16% (23:50) on 5th May 2018 (event number 46).
Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,589 participants have completed 3,973 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,865 km, including 718 new Personal Bests.

 

Event number 54, 30th June 2018

This week’s run report is brought to you by Jacob Phillips. Thanks Jacob!

It was a beautiful day at the shady and overgrown Henley parkrun. The terrain was harder than other parkruns because it is a hilly parkrun and erosion had made tree roots more visible meaning you had to tread carefully.
We had a few runners from Reading parkrun because it was closed this week due to an event in Reading this week. We hope you enjoyed and hope you visit again!
We also had two people doing their first ever parkrun. Well done and a warm welcome to the parkrun community.

This week 92 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Tom STAGLES • Julie RAYFIELD • Katharine CONWAY • Tracey HAYES • Malcolm HAYES • Jacob ATWAL • Caroline PHILLIPS • Sam PHILLIPS • Jacob PHILLIPS • Craig HENDERSON • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON
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 17:19 on 19th May 2018 (event number 48).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 79.16% (23:50) on 5th May 2018 (event number 46).
Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,573 participants have completed 3,905 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,525 km, including 707 new Personal Bests.

 

Henley parkrun report – Event number #53

It was bright sunny day at Tilebarn Close this Saturday, as 84 people ran, jogged and walked the trail course, of whom 28 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

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We had tourists from clubs in Chorlton (Manchester), Ealing, Harwell, Horsham, and even from as far afield as Wallingford and Reading!

Even some of our 17 volunteers had travelled to ensure that Henley parkrun went ahead this week, including visitors from Cottesloe, Perth, Western Australia.

Our volunteers this week were:

Sally CROSS • Nick CLEMO • Samantha COUSINS • Roger THETFORD • Lewis COUSINS • Janet BARLOW • Timothy DICKSON • Craig HENDERSON • Jackie ROBINSON • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Carol INGRAM • Sarah TAYLOR • Suzanne THETFORD • Matilda CARTER • Molly THETFORD

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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 17:19 on 19th May 2018 (event number 48).

The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 79.16% (23:50) on 5th May 2018 (event number 46).

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,544 participants have completed 3,813 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,065 km, including 683 new Personal Bests.

It was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves especially after climbing up the hill, for the second time ;)

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Henley parkrun report – Event number #52

Thank you to Becky Evans for another great run report :)

The rain kindly stayed away for Henley's 52nd parkrun, which was called 'brutal' by one of our run-tourists from Kingston as he left, smiling.

For those of you thinking about joining us at Henley parkrun, don't let this put you off! Out of our 27 first timers this week, I'd definitely say all of them were smiling as they finished (or, at least, were smiling shortly after in the café) and said they enjoyed running the beautiful route.

Remember, "hills are your friends", as someone (I'm sure) must have said, at some point. In this case, it helps that the hills are rural, green and pretty, and have a lovely volunteer at the top cheering you on!

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This week, we welcomed a bubbly, super-happy 12-strong troop of tourists from Kingston, who are all running in the Henley 24 event as I write this. So before running an off-road relay race over 24 hours (yes, 24 hours), they thought they'd just pootle along to run a hilly 5k at 9am, just for a laugh.

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Everyone was very impressed with their efforts and they all did brilliantly, especially little Megan Jones from the group, who quickly earned a lollipop for her efforts.

Also, congratulations to strong first finisher Shaun Chillingworth and first female Penny McCrabbe, and to Simon Webber who achieved a new PB.

This week 88 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Nick CLEMO • Rebecca EVANS • Geoff ROBERSON • Timothy DICKSON • Marcus FLETCHER • Sarah CHILLINGWORTH • Casper CHILLINGWORTH • Olivia CHILLINGWORTH • Craig HENDERSON • Sue NOBLE • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Martha DICKSON • Matilda CARTER

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 17:19 on 19th May 2018 (event number 48).

The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 79.16% (23:50) on 5th May 2018 (event number 46).

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,516 participants have completed 3,729 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,645 km, including 660 new Personal Bests.

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