#222 16/03/2019

Despite wild and windy weather 186 runners and 13 volunteers made it to our event on Saturday 16 March.

We were joined by Malcolm who is 78 years young and is preparing for the London Marathon where he is running for Team Dementia Revolution to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK. As a rule, we don't plug charity runners, but Alzheimer's Research UK and parkrun are partnered ( see this link - https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/support-us/fundraise/parkrun/ ). Malcolm is inspiring - he was the oldest person to join the 100 Marathon Club at 74 and is living with dementia. Three cheers for Malcolm!

In other news, our parkrunners Eva Tyler-Jones and Matthew Brunnock ran in the New Balance English Schools XC Nationals on Saturday in Leeds. We are so very proud! Congratulations!

The teams of volunteers who help to make our event possible each week are a super bunch. If you would like to join them, please get in touch to let us know a Saturday that would suit your schedule. Full training given and it's fun. Email - herefordhelpers@parkrun.com , leave a comment on our Facebook page or speak to the Run Director in blue hi-viz any Saturday at our event.

Thank you to this week's volunteers.   They are:  Andrew PANTLAND  •  Anthony CHAMPKEN  •  Barbara SPANJERS  •  Brent LOWSON  •  Carys DAVIES  •  Darren WILLIAMS  •  David BIRD  •  Freddie BOWLEY  •  Ivan BOWLEY  •  Jager LI  •  Jane MATTHEWS  •  Jonathan EDWARDS  •  Katy FOGG  •  Lavinia EDWARDS  •  Liz PRITCHARD  •  Mark EDWARDS

Hereford Hall of Fame (at least 10 runs and a pb)

Entry to this list is exceptional this week due to the very high winds!  Looks like the ladies take the prizes!

Sarah Tooze

Suzanne Hunter

Pauline Adams

I've already checked the weather for next Saturday and while it could change between now and then, it is looking promising.  Related image  I hope we'll see you then!



#220 – 23/02/19 – Spring is in the air

The sun came out to play as 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Jill CUNNINGHAM • Barbara SPANJERS • Bernice JAGGARD • David PASCOE • Nikki TYLER • Jane MATTHEWS • Brent LOWSON • Sue BISSELL • Darren WILLIAMS • Tim PEGGS • Harley PEGGS • Antonia HASTINGS • Mike SHAW • Andrew PANTLAND • Jager LI • Becky PERRIE


Well done to everyone who made it to our Hereford Hall of Fame (at least 10 runs and a PB this week)

Christopher CLEARY


Michael SLATER


Martin FOGG





Nicholas SAVAGE




Steven LEE


Carla-Louise JONES






#219 16/02/2019 Pacers, PB’s & Plenty Volunteers

Our most recent Saturday event featured 232 runner/walkers, 34 first timers, 56 pb's, 22 volunteers and I lost count of the tourists.  A special hello to the RD from Alice Holt parkrun who ran with us.

A very big thank you to all who helped make the event a reality.  They are:  Alan ROWLANDS  •  Andrew PANTLAND  •  Anthony CHAMPKEN  •  Barbara SPANJERS  •  Becky PERRIE  •  Brent LOWSON  •  Bronwen TYLER-JONES  •  Christopher CLEARY  •  Darren WILLIAMS  •  Geena WARE  •  Isabella SEAL  •  Jager LI  •  Jane MATTHEWS  •  Jane POWELL  •  Jim SMITH  •  Jonathan EDWARDS  •  Kelly MURRAY  •  Mike PRIVETT  •  Paul GILBERT  •  Rachel LATTEY  •  Sian CHAMPKEN

Reminder:  We are cancelled on 9 March due to a fixture on the horse racing calendar - Ladies Day.   If you fancy a bit of parkrun tourism, Evesham parkrun will be holding their 200th event on 9 March and are hoping for a big turnout to help them celebrate.  For info on their event, go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/evesham/course/   Their route follows the River Avon for a flat out and back/loop.  Give them our best wishes if you make the journey.

Hereford Hall of Fame (at least 10 runs and a pb this week)

Katie Synge-Curtis - a new age category record on our course!  again!  congratulations!

Ben Schofield

Nathan Waite

Mark Knox

Mark Hookins

Paul Millington

Marc Kendrick

Tim Hodges

Hayden Marshall

Robin Shaw

Adrian Hyett

Steven Lee

Sarah Tooze

Steve Turner

Bridget Mackereth

Sarah Bennett

Jackie James

Scott Marshall

Ella Williams

Gordon Barnes

Claire Styles

Sarah Kaye

If you are racing on a Sunday and fancy saving your legs, why not volunteer with us  the day before?  New volunteers most welcome!

We'd like a klaxon/bell for runners to sound if they feel they've just completed a pb.  We're looking for something not very big (we have so much equipment to carry already!).  If you have something that might suit, is collecting dust in your attic and you'd happily give it away please let us know.

Next Saturday is looking like another great day for running.  Hope you can join us!


#217 2/2/2019 PB anyone? Icy that snow problem!

Snow and ice didn’t deter a brrrrilliant turnout of 222 runners and 18 volunteers at Hereford’s 217th parkrun. In far from ideal conditions we had the 8th highest ever attendance at Hereford – only 3 of the 8 highest were not this year and it’s only the first week of February!

30 first timers took part 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 visitors from Fordingbridge, Aldershot, Cardiff, Shrewsbury, Newtown and Swindon. Great to see you all – we hope you enjoyed your morning at Hereford.

Congratulations to the 50-up trio of Alexander Madge, Graham Tyler and Jeremy Clark – don’t forget to check your profile for details of how to claim your free red t-shirt!

An incredible 54 of you made light work of the conditions and achieved a PB – including every single one of the 16 second timers and first finisher, Charlie Jones – well done, everybody - you really got your skates on! The following enter the Hereford Hall of Fame, having achieved a PB with at least 10 runs completed:

John Hunter

Jackie James

Samantha Witts

Reece Hancock

Marc Kendrick

Laura Webb

Mark Hookins

Sharon Wood

Tom Curtis

Abigail Williams

Charlie Jones

Isabella Seal

Nicholas Savage

Peter Gittins

Andrew Mclean

We are very grateful to the following volunteers who braved the cold and made this event happen (particularly those who volunteered on the day and allowed us to post extra marshals by the icier sections):


Special thanks and congratulations to Phil Butler for reaching the milestone of 25 volunteering stints. We look forward to seeing Phil sporting the purple t-shirt in the near future.

Next week, 9th February, the volunteer roles will be filled by members of Hereford Triathlon Club. They will be providing several pacers, targeting various times, so if you fancy a PB (and why wouldn’t you?!) look out for the special bibs and pick your pacer.

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.


#215 19/01/2019 Peter & Richard Hit 100; Mike Hits 50

A rather damp and chilly morning kept some runners away, but the 226 who showed up were magnificent!  It may be difficult to motivate yourself out of bed these cool winter mornings, but the pb's were fast and thick into the finish funnel.  The conditions were great for runners!

Highlights include:

new Hereford parkrunner Katie who has set  a new age grade record and personal pb 2 weeks in a row

new 100  run club members Pete & Richard

new 50 run club member Mike

43 new pb's...that's 19% of you!

25 first timers

18 volunteers

15 different running clubs participated

3 new DofE volunteers

Hereford Hall of Fame  (at least 10 runs and a pb)

Tom Curtis

Katie Synge

James Morgan

Richard Bowkett

Nigel O'Neil

Marc Kendrick

Stephen Littlewood

James Fogg

Sarah Bennett

Carla Louise Jones

Scott Marshall

Gordon Barnes

Katy Fogg

Greg Evans

Peter Gittens

Vicki Marks

 Dunc Ruthwell

As always, our thanks to the high-viz heroes who made it all possible.  They are:  Adam MICHNIOK  •  Andrew PANTLAND  •  Barbara SPANJERS  •  Brent LOWSON  •  Carys DAVIES  •  Geena WARE  •  Hayley LOVATT  •  Hugh SWEET-ESCOTT  •  Jane MATTHEWS  •  Lavinia EDWARDS  •  Mike PRIVETT  •  Natasha PRIVETT  •  Nicholas LATTEY  •  Nikki TYLER  •  Paul GILBERT  •  Phil BUTLER  •  Sarah BOWRING  •  Zoe PRIVETT

Please do let us know if you can help out by volunteering on a Saturday.  To get in touch:

1.   email herefordhelpers@parkrun.com   OR

2.  post a message to us on our Hereford parkrun Facebook page   OR

3.  speak with the the Run Director any Saturday morning.

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