#205 10/11/2018 Lest We Forget…

On the eve of the centenary of the end of WW1 a great turn-out of 196 runners paid their respects to the fallen with a minute’s silence prior to the start of the 205th Hereford parkrun.
35 first timers took part today of whom 16 were doing their very first parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family – we hope you enjoyed your run and will keep coming back. We also welcomed first time visitors from Bradford, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Snowdonia and had a special shout out for our visitors from Mansfield, Dan and birthday boy Bret. Happy 30th Birthday, Bret and congratulations on finishing first, Dan! And not forgetting volunteer tourist, Neil from Tonbridge. Great to see you all – I hope you enjoyed your morning at Hereford.
Congratulations to tail-walker John Strong and Ian Goodwin on joining the hundred club – don’t forget to check your profile for details of how to claim your free black t-shirt!
17 of you managed a PB and the following enter the Hereford Hall of Fame, having achieved a PB with at least 10 runs completed:
Ned Potter
Andrew Wright
Daniel Kanaris
Graham Powell
Nick Squires
Liz Squires
Barb Corrick celebrated her birthday by smashing her PB – Happy Birthday Barbs!
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Chris BLACKABEE, Freddie BOWLEY, Ivan BOWLEY, Neil BROOKS-JOHNSON, Anthony CHAMPKEN, James FOGG, Katy FOGG, Zoe FOGG, Paul GILBERT, Helen GODSALL, Brent LOWSON, Jane MATTHEWS, Peter SMITH, John STRONG, Julie TOWNSEND, Nikki TYLER
Should anyone feel the urge to help out by volunteering (it’s a great way of keeping involved with the parkrun community if you are injured or saving your legs for a race) please do let us know by posting on our FB page “Hereford parkrun”; emailing herefordhelpers@parkun.com or speaking to the Run Director or any volunteer at our event on a Saturday morning.


#204 3/11/2018

This week 213 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests.  

We celebrated with Diane and John as they ran their 50th parkruns.  Congrats to you both and well done!

Tourists from Leeds and Sheffield paid us a visit and TROTS Running Club from St. Clears in West Wales came out in full force.  It was brilliant to see so many visitors take the time to seek us out on their weekend adventures in this beautiful county.

A huge thank you to the volunteers who made the magic happen.  They are:  Anthony CHAMPKEN  •  Barbara SPANJERS  •  Colin PAVEY  •  Dave HIDER  •  Helen GODSALL  •  Isobel CRAWFORD  •  John STRONG  •  Lavinia EDWARDS  •  Lois NEWELL  •  Mark EDWARDS  •  Sharon WOOD

We need 10-12 volunteers each week to hold our event.  Please think about taking a turn to help out.  It is easy and fun too!  You can choose a role you are comfortable doing and we will provide training on the day for anyone trying something new.  You can see the state of future rosters here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hereford/futureroster/    Email herefordhelpers@parkrun.com or leave a comment on our Facebook page to let us know what you'd like to  do and when.

Hereford Hall of Fame  - at least 10 runs and a pb today

Charlotte Broadhurst

Joanne Eddy

Joanne Vidler

Adrian Martin

Gemma Hill

Carys Davies

Suzanne Hunter

Diane Stapley

Esther Wilcox

Well done to everyone who took part today and ran the gauntlet of sprinklers.  We hope to see you again next Saturday when we'll do it all again.



#203 27/10/2018 Pacers, Pairs & Pretty Chilly!


This week's Run Report has been penned by tourist Tracy.  Enjoy!

#203 27/10/18 Hereford parkrun


Winter arrived, cold and sunny, in time to greet the 198 runners who came to Hereford parkrun and the 19 wonderful volunteers had to dig out their hats and gloves but still gave us a very warm welcome and loads of encouragement and support on our way round.


I remember going to Hereford races when I was young (I now live in Cambridge) and the first finishers were almost as fast as some of the horses. The course sweeps round the inside of the course where the hills (I come from Cambridge so they are to me) give you a great view across the other runners.


We had two milestones today, both Pippa Hart and Theodore Darke completed their 50th runs.


Charlie Jones was our first man home and Megan Lane and Clare Mallender were respectively our first and second ladies home with identical times. I thought I'd look for other parkrun twin times.


These were Hermione and Gabriel Oakley, Mark Ekley and Nigel O'Neil, Dominic Cresseell and Ryan Lawrence, Fred and Andrew Tyler, Greena Ware and Sue Bissell, Adrian Hill and Emily Hayes, Paul Merrill and James Fogg, Steven Lee and Gayle Scot, Isabella Seal and Theodore Darke, Charlotte and Colin Hughes, Jamie Rees and Greg Evans, Emily and Richard Butterworth, and finally Kev Barnes and Mike Privett.


Thank you so much for welcoming tourists from the flatlands of the East, we loved it and will be back.



#201 14/10/2018 Happy 4th Anniversary Hereford parkrunners!

It was a wet and blustery day for our 4th anniversary - hopes of creating a balloon arch at the finish line were quickly forgotten at set up but we still made use of the balloons, although the wind claimed a few!!
In recent weeks the Hereford community have been voting on who should receive the 'Spirit of Parkrun' award and we were delighted to present the youth award to Eva  and the adult one to Nikki. Well done both -  very well deserved.
133 people turned out to join in the celebrations, 7 of those visiting Hereford for the first time and 8 making their parkrun debut. We hope you enjoyed the morning and look forward to welcoming you back.
10 PBs were set with the following entering our hall of fame.
Carole Leith
Katherine Lattey
Sarah Elaine
A big thanks to the volunteers this week who braced the elements to ensure the run went smoothly, and thanks to Brent for the parkrun token cake which went down well whilst we processed results.
See you all next week.

#199 29/09/2018 Running the Sprinkler Gauntlet

We give a big thank you to tourist Imogen for today's run report.  What a great way to help out at an event when you are visiting.


Hereford parkrun #199 – 29th September 2018

 A lovely crisp morning to arrive in Hereford for my first tourist visit here - bright sunshine, not a cloud in the sky, and a chill in the air that I’m sure parkrun will quickly resolve!

 With a warm welcome from both the first timers and full briefing, with lots of excitement over the new surface making recent cancellations worth it, we set off across the field to test it out. Overall a flat course makes it a fairly pacey route so great for trying different speeds to push yourself a bit.

Being a course that follows the inside of a race track makes getting lost a fairly difficult task, so we were glad of the vital marshals around the course with their fantastic support and cheers. Going around the circuit I noticed we went around a golf course, athletics field, football, rugby and hockey pitches – how many parkruns can boast that compilation?!

At the start there felt to be lots of people but we soon spread around the course with plenty of space which I find unusual, but less opportunity for my usual chatter.

We did find amusement in the sprinkler dodging around the course – they seemed to move position when you thought you knew where to expect them. Although the chilly spray was certainly for dodging today, I think an element that will be loved in the summer months. The final challenge was crossing the sprinkler clad racetrack to reach the scanners who were avoiding the sun, however we dried off quickly enough.

In total 210 parkrunners walked, jogged or ran of whom a huge 38 achieved new PBs, well done all!

Today’s milestones were achieved by 1 into the ’100 club’ and 1 into the ’50 club’ – I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to proudly wearing their respective black and red shirts before long.

Today we were joined by 12 first timers who hopefully enjoyed themselves so much they’ll return and maybe even catch the tourist bug, as I was one of 13 tourists today.

Final note always has to be a thank you to the hi-vis heroes of which we had 12 volunteers today, we really couldn’t enjoy our run without you!

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