Highbury Fields parkrun Event Number 342

Highbury Fields 21st April 2018
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The parkrun of the 22nd was what seems to be the start of many warm Saturday mornings to come. As well as it being Marathon weekend for London, causing the numbers to spike, I came to the end of my DofE stint becoming the first Silver Volunteer to RD. In the beginning, while I was nervous to join this part of the running community, I felt welcomed by the core team and all the regular volunteers. In order to complete my DofE volunteering section I volunteered at parkrun every week for 6 Months and partook in every role at Highbury Fields. To prepare for my donning of the blue Hi-Fis I worked with Lizzy and Martin to acquire the skills necessary. Although I will be taking a break from parkrun for the time being to take on GCSE's, I will look forward to returning for my Gold timeslot of 12 months.

In this week, special congratulations go to Rachel Day and Max Hermann as well as first-timers to Highbury fields, Alex and Stephen on all completing their 50th runs. 350 runners came out today for the beautiful weather, with plenty of new faces and the funnel was restored to its original. Many thanks to the team who made it all work this weekend, well done to you all:

Buket SWAIN • Colleen KRENZER • Felix SAMUELS • James BEVAN • Jennifer GLASSFORD • Jerome MILLS • John ROBACK • Kathryn DONKERSLEY • Lewis SELWYN • Lizzy MUGGERIDGE • Luis COLLYER • Martin BLACK • Neil HOSKEN • Paul COLLYER • Ted HISLOP • Yannick HUNTER-THIELEMANN

I hope you all have a good week.
Felix Samuels

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event Number 341

Highbury Fields 14th April 2018
A large turnout this week as 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. The good weather certainly helped and a week or so more of this and we can return to our normal start and finish!!

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Congratulations to Steve Haunch on completing his 50th parkrun and to Evelynne Wilson who choose Highbury Fields to also earn a 50th parkrun milestone t-shirt!
There were a couple of Age-Group records (possibly): Seyfu took a nice chunk of his PB and improved the JM15-17 record to a very impressive 16:47. Visiting from Perth, Australia, Peter Whincop finished in 19:08 to set VM60-64 record but it maybe a miscount of laps.

Many thanks to our volunteers this week:
Mark GEORGE • Martin BLACK • Meseret GRELA • John ROBACK • Ted HISLOP • Jerome MILLS • Kathryn DONKERSLEY • Chris D PEACOCK • Felix SAMUELS • Joe GRELA • James BEVAN • Ewelina ANDRZEJEWSKA a terrific team they made! With the number of participants going up again we do need more people to volunteer (once in a while). Please click on the Opt In button to volunteer from your results email to get emails about volunteering from us.

Best of luck to all our regulars that are running London marathon on Sunday - why not rest those legs by volunteering on Saturday!

Your RD this week,

Martin

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event Number 340

Highbury Fields 7th April 2018
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A "warm" and dry day on Saturday for the 322 participants that ran, jogged and walked around Highbury Fields.

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We were happy to host an initiative by Royal Society for Blind Children to encourage visually impaired (VI) youngsters to go out running. Following a training session earlier in the week, we welcomed William and his dad along on Saturday. Others that took part in the training ran nearer to their own homes. William smiled his way around a few laps of Highbury Fields and was guided by Lizzy. This initiative was supported by parkrun UK and you may have seen some filming going on that will appear later on the parkrun website encouraging VI participants and guides.

Many thanks to Miranda, Ben, Beth and Steve who also volunteered to guide but didn't have anyone to guide on this occasion. If anyone is interested in doing some formal training to be a VI Guide please have a look at this link on the England Athletics website.

An excellent team of volunteers included several first time volunteers and a volunteer tourist. Many thanks to you all:
Lizzy MUGGERIDGE • Martin BLACK • Deborah ROBACK • Richard MURPHY • Janey APPLEYARD • John ROBACK • Jerome MILLS • Tara CUNNINGHAM • Yvonne MCSHERRY • Scarlett PARKER • Felix SAMUELS • Tynan PARKER • Joe GRELA • Lewis SELWYN

Congratulations to Fahd, Lorna and Roxanne on completing your 50th parkruns on Saturday.
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Your RD this week,

Martin

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event number 337

Highbury Fields 17th March 2018
Snow volunteer!
It's hard to believe it now but last Saturday's parkrun started in a blizzard! Still 211 of you braved the snow and wind to complete the 5K course, with our hardy volunteer heroes in support.

It's worth pointing out here that we really can't put on the event without our wonderful volunteers so it's very much appreciated when they help out in freezing conditions like these! We have struggled lately to get enough volunteers and the more we have, the more chance we have of everything going smoothly. Anyone can volunteer at all, so please please please do consider helping out. We're also very short of people to do the essential Run Director role - if you can help out with this please let us know and we'll train you up.

This week saw the Mini Mermaids return to Highbury Fields with a group of girls from local schools completing their first 5k, as well as more youngsters taking part in a trial to run the London Mini Marathon in April.

Our volunteers this week were:

Lizzy MUGGERIDGE • David NELSON • David BARNETT • Nikki BARNETT • John ROBACK • James HISLOP • Ted HISLOP • Lewis SELWYN • James ROCKLIFFE • Dimitrios TSAMIS • Chris D PEACOCK • Mia OYESIKU • Felix SAMUELS • Yannick HUNTER-THIELEMANN

Lizzy

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event number 336

Saturday saw a healthy turn out of 306 runners with two of those achieving their 50th milestones; congratulations to Olivia Desborough and Steve Latham! Junior runner Amy also completed her 10th run with us, so a big round of applause to you too - may there be many more parkruns to come!

In addition to our run at Highbury Fields we were also playing host to the City of Westminster London Mini Marathon Trials, well done to all of the junior runners who participated, there were some fantastic performances and I'm sure this will be reflected in April at the London Mini Marathon.

I'm happy to report that our volunteer roster for next week is already full - which is amazing! Thank you to everyone who contributes their time, if you haven't volunteered before and would like to give it a go then check out the roster here and drop us an email to get involved; the more the merrier :D http://www.parkrun.org.uk/highburyfields/futureroster/

Not forgetting everyone who volunteered at event 336, I extend a big thank you to; David Barnett, Felix Samuels, Isobel Graham, Jennifer Glassford, Jenny McCullough, Jerome Mills, Jessica Vinluan, Jethro Elsden, Joe Grela, Jonathan Litchfield, Lindsay McDermott, Martin Black, Meseret Grela, Nikki Barnett and Rachel Day.

See you soon - your RD this week;
Kim

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