Event #80 Saturday 21st April 2018

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This week we had a mini heat wave which has allowed the course to dry out quite a bit, and the blossom on the trees was looking lovely as 102 people and a few doggies ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part including Stragglers and SHAEF Shifters.

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A big hello to Daniel READ, Allan BUTT and Denise FAROUK who choose Homewood for their first parkrun, good running, hope you enjoyed it and that we see you again soon.

We welcomed tourists from Devon and Basingstoke and further afield including Durban, it was great to see you at here at the Ottershaw Memorial Fields on such a nice morning.

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The event was made possible by 15 wonderful volunteers led by this weeks Run Director Phil STOCKER: Phil STOCKER • Phil MOSS • Sidrah SHAFAQ • Jake STADIE • Jason TUTTY • Steve DYE • Jill HOPKINS • Dee HARPER • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Hayden BINNS • Joseph MARDELL • Pauline PALMER • Holly STILLINGFLEET • Calvin MANNING

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

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First across the line was Lewis BANNER of Stubbington Green Runners on 17:50 and first female Joanne LOCKER of Walton AC on 21:36. Symmetrical time of the week goes to Caden R E on 26:26, well done to everyone on completing the 5Km there were lots of PBs this week so seems the warmer weather has helped give everyone a bit of a boost.

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Good luck to everyone running the London Marathon this week-end.

More pictures from today’s event are available on our Flickr group page : https://www.flickr.com/groups/homewood-parkrun/

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Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Old School Café, Longcross Road, Chertsey, KT16 0DP - you are most welcome to come and join us!

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Great running everyone, see you next week

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun Jason

 

Event #79 Saturday 14th April 2018

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This week was a nice Spring morning but with plenty of mud from the weeks downpours leaving the course a bit boggy as 99 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part including Ealing Eagles Running Club and Elmbridge RRC.

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A big parkrun hello to Mary HOLDAWAY, Andy HOLDAWAY, Lee DYOS, Mark ROBERTS, Darryl HEFFERNAN, Aimee BACKHAM, Gemma COOLES and Tina POULTON joining us here for their first ever runs, hope you enjoyed it, especially the muddy parts!

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We welcomed tourists from near and far including Swindon and Sheffield, was nice to see you, and hope you come again soon.

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Congratulations to Caden R E on reaching a Junior milestone of 10 runs gaining a PB making the 5Km in 25:03, also well done on reaching the 10 run club to Samuel BULL on 35:17, great running both of you.

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The event was made possible by 21 super-duper volunteers led by this weeks Run Director Roland HOGG: Ross DAVIES • Roland HOGG • Dave PEARCE • Kate HICKEN • Simon DRAKE • Sidrah SHAFAQ • Jake STADIE • Jason TUTTY • Phoebe HOGG • Paul SILVESTER • Steve DYE • Dee HARPER • Lisa MCLAREN • Della KENDALL • Ian HARPER • Joseph MARDELL • Fiona HOLLEY • Vince HOLLEY • Pauline PALMER • Holly STILLINGFLEET • Joshua DRAKE

It was a bit of a scramble to get enough volunteers together this week, so thanks to everyone that donned a high viz this week, some at the last minute, Homewood parkrun just couldn't happen without you!

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

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This weeks first male was Chris DAVIDSON with a great symmetrical time of 20:20 and first female was Sophie SCOTT across the line on 25:23.

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More pictures from today’s event are available on our Flickr group page : https://www.flickr.com/groups/homewood-parkrun/

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Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Old School Café, Longcross Road, Chertsey, KT16 0DP - you are most welcome to come and join us!

Great running everyone, see you next week

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun Jason

 

Event #78 Saturday 7th April 2018

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This week the mud had dried up quite a bit, though the section by the golf club was still a little squelchy as 95 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part including Winchester and District AC and South Yorkshire Orienteers.

A big parkrun welcome to Alexander MORGAN, Laura MOORWOOD, Ian BETTERIDGE and Tanus BETTERIDGE, thanks for choosing Homewood for your first ever runs, hope you enjoyed it and that we see you again soon.

Quite a few tourists today, including from Alice Holt, Eastleigh, Winchester and Sheffield, nice to see you here at the Ottershaw Memorial Fields today.

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The event was made possible by 20 fabulous volunteers led by this weeks Run Director Dee HARPER:

Clare TYNDALL • Phil GARTY • Sandy FREAN • Phil MOSS • Sidrah SHAFAQ • Jake STADIE • Ralph STADIE • Jason TUTTY • Steve DYE • Dee HARPER • Lisa MCLAREN • Simon CORRIGAN • Ian HARPER • Kathy MILLER • Fiona HOLLEY • Vince HOLLEY • Kai HARPER • Holly STILLINGFLEET • Clare WITCHER • Calvin MANNING

If you would like to join the Homewood Heroes, then please let anyone in high-viz know and they will tell you how you can help out, its good fun to volunteer and you get to meet lots of new friends, if you help 25 times you get to join the 25 volunteer club and qualify for a nice purple shirt. Parkrun just culdn't happen without our wond

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First across the line this week was Mark SALMON with a great time of 19:13 and first female Victoria BARTHELMESS on her first run here at Homewood on 20:43, symmetrical time of the week goes to James COXHEAD on 25:25 and Louisa Mairi BELL on 29:29. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Homewood parkrun Results Page.

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To keep up to date during the week why not check out the Homewood Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/homewoodparkrun/. Recent posts include a top tip from Lucy and Maia on how to power up your run by jumping through the "tree of power" at the approach to Achilles Hill.

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More pictures from today’s event are available on our Flickr group page : https://www.flickr.com/groups/homewood-parkrun/

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Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the Old School Café, Longcross Road, Chertsey, KT16 0DP - you are most welcome to come and join us!

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Great running everyone, see you next week

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun Jason

 

Event #77 Saturday 31st March 2018

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What a way to start a weekend, trudging through one of the muddiest courses we've seen at Homewood – was certainly a day for the trail shoes! Thankfully the parkrun weather fairies kept the rain well away until after the run.

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This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers at Homewod, including 3 completely new to the parkrun family. Despite the mud, 4 recorded new Personal Bests (yay). Representatives of 19 different clubs took part and we greeted parkrunners from as far afield as Tilgate, Kendal and Dublin (fáilte).

A great big shout out to our milestones this morning, with regulars John Ashley reaching his 50th run and Sam Bloomfield volunteering for the 25th time.

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Another special milestone for Homewood today, the twelfth finisher, Steven Handley completed the 40,075 km that's been run/jogged/walked at Homewood. That's the equivalent of a full circumnavigation of the earth by our runners!

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Thanks to everyone who brought along their buckets/spades/wheelbarrows and stayed after the run to help spread wood chips on the muddiest sections of the course.  I was particularly envious of the bright pink wheelbarrow (especially after my bucket fell apart on me).  It was a wonderful effort from those all involved, and we really hope you feel the difference next week - #DFYB.

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The event was made possible by 24 volunteers, led by RD Kate Hicken: Neil Allen, Sam Bloomfield, Vicky Burr, Madeleine Charbine, Simon Corrigan, Marnie Downes, Steve Dye, Dee Harper, Tane Harper, Ian Harper, Kate Hicken, Phoebe Hogg, Fiona Holley, Vince Holley, Katy Hughes, Joseph Mardell, Lisa Mclaren, Dave Pearce, Jake Stadie, Holly Stillingfleet, Phil Stocker, Clare Tyndall, Kate Wallace and Susan Wood

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Homewood parkrun Results Page. The female record is held by Rachel PHARAOH who recorded a time of 20:00 on 24th December 2016 (event number 11). The male record is held by Ollie GARROD who recorded a time of 17:10 on 12th August 2017 (event number 44). The Age Grade course record is held by Lynda HEMBURY who recorded 86.74% (22:22) on 5th August 2017 (event number 43). Homewood parkrun started on 15th October 2016. Since then 2,509 participants have completed 8,077 parkruns covering a total distance of 40,385 km, including 1,316 new Personal Bests.

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter, you deserve all the chocolates after a run well done!

Thanks,

Madeleine

 

Event #76 Saturday 24th March 2018

Well after the conditions last week which tested the resolve of runners to the maximum (if it wasn't exactly The Beast From The East it was certainly The Flurry From Surrey) we were back to friendlier conditions this week where 97 people sprinted, ran, jogged, or walked round the course. Actually although, of course, the whole point of parkrun is that you can do it at your own speed, this was one of the quickest events we have held; Kathy, our tailwalker was I think envisaging a nice leisurely stroll through the woods today but found herself crossing the line in a decidedly brisk 42.47 so well done to everyone who took part.

Paul Silvester was our Run Director this morning, holding everyone in rapt attention with his briefing,...

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...whilst our First Timers briefing was completed by Vicky Burr, herself a first timer in the role.

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During the warm-up period some runners were like a coiled spring, raring to go...

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...others, perhaps less so.

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We welcomed a large number of tourists and first timers to Homewood. It was nice to see: Emma Hawkins, Johan Flo, Karen Wardle. Isak Flo, Poppy Wardle, Richard Drew, Lauren Miller, Luna Victoria Flo, Dorthea Flo, Alison Sheldon, Sam Hix, Suzanne Beal, Randi Flo, Laura Evans, Rachel Taylor, Sarah Osborne, Sam Harris, Tore Flo and Enica Chenga. Of these Johan Flo, Rachel Taylor and Sam Harris had never run a parkrun before. Thank you for choosing Homewood. We hope you enjoyed your run and hope to see you again soon. Karen and Poppy Wardle seemed to have travelled furthest to us (from Hampshire) and Poppy effortlessly carried off the Best Leggings Of The Day with this pair.

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There were two notable milestones this week. Jo Rose completed her 50th run; an event which she marked with appropriate dignity and gavitas...

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Well done Jo. And we also celebrated the efforts of a true stalwart of Homewood, a guy who regularly forgoes the pleasure of lying in a cosy bed of a Saturday morning, preferring instead to watch a bunch of sweaty people puff and pant around an often cold and damp field. Joe Mardell today completed his 50th volunteering session. He was rewarded with the inaugural Homewood Dustbin Award (there has to be a better name for it than that – anyone ?).

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Remember, without the efforts of Joe and others like him Homewood parkrun would simply not exist. Each week we need around twenty volunteers to help put on the event so to have the likes of Joe prepared to give up their time to volunteer is invaluable. Joe, you're a star ! Thank you

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Joe was, of course part of a fantastic team of volunteers this week (as ever!). They were: Paul Silvester, Kate Hicken, Dee Harper, Vicky Burr, Joshua Drake, Samantha Pannell, Jake Stadie, Phoebe Hogg, Holly Stillingfleet, Phil Moss, Simon Drake, Becks Brooks, Ian Harper, Phil Garty, Lisa McLaren, Kathy Miller, Phil Stocker, Steve Dye, Fiona Holley and, naturally, Joe Mardell. Thank you all. IMG_5136

With so much to celebrate, if you didn't attend this week I'm afraid you missed out on some quite phenomenal quantities of cake and even the odd glass of bubbly. That'll teach ya ! Thank you to anyone who was providing catering ! Before continuing perhaps this might be a good point to address a query I was asked last week to which I didn't have the answer at the time. (Steve Dye, that fount of all knowledge was able to put me right instantly). A runner asked me why his run, when recorded on Strava, always came up short of the 5km distance. I think he had recorded just 4.6kms He said he had friends who had also recorded discrepancies although I don't think they were always the same. The answer is very simple. Because part of our course is run under the trees the connection with the satellite is sometimes lost for a short period and thus any distance run during that time is not recorded. Please rest assured that the course has been properly measured with a measuring wheel and great care is taken during the set-up each week to ensure that the start and finish points are always in the same place. Which just goes to show, you can have all the technology you like crammed into a gizmo the size of a digital watch, linked with satellites orbiting the planet hundreds of miles above you beaming data between them but sometimes you can't beat a good old wheel on a stick !

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All this is of course ultimately good news. If you are pleased with your time then you don't have to worry that it might be the result of inaccurate measuring of the route. On the other hand, if, like me, you wheeze round the woods at a more relaxed pace...well we never thought the distance was anything less than 5km anyway did we ?

Anyway, let's have a look at the results this week.

The quickest three runners back were, (and making a rather impressive debut to his parkrunning), Johan Flo (20.13), Chris Ness (21.39) and Bjorn Snelders (21.40). Emma Hawkins was the first female back (23.42) followed by Karen Wardle (24.57) and Jessica Wilkes (24.58).

The order changes though if you look at the percentage results (i.e. how the finish times compare with the world record for the runners' age group). Michael Waine came out on top by this measurement (73.11%) followed by Elias Flo (72.24%) and Duncan Haughey (70.33).

And if by now you are wondering just how many of the Flo family were running this morning the answer is at least seven I think. So there's a new challenge for you. Can you beat the Flo clan and get more than seven related runners along to the same event ?!

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 As mentioned above, we had 19 first timers today out of a field of 97. Obviously they all technically got a PB for the course. However, of the 78 remaining runners a massive 14 of them also got a PB. Given that the conditions were far from ideal that's really impressive, so huge congratulations to Elias Flo , Chris Ness, Michael Frean, Matt Pemdle, Helen Channell, Keith Potter, Ralph Stadie, Maia Hopkins, Lucy Hopkins, Claire Nichol, Lasisa Andronache, Lisa Williams, Hayley Davidson and Debra Torngren.

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So that's it for another week. I hope you all had fun. Please don't forget Paul's announcement that we will be having another session spreading more bark on the squelchier sections of the route next week so if you can spare a half hour or so to help out that would be great. Gardening gloves or similar would be useful as would buckets, shovels and wheelbarrows if you have them. Don't worry if you don't though – a willing pair of hands is all that is essential.

Have a good week until then

Phil

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