Maidenhead parkrun #172 – 14th July 2018

Run Report - David Dyer

Photos - James Fowler

 

It was a great weekend of sport with the World Cup Final, Wimbledon finals and the return of Maidenhead parkrun to Braywick after an enforced one week break.  A quick investigation at the back of the course discovered a 2001-type monolith had appeared during the week.  Presumably this is a support for the new bridge that is planned across the stream.

20180712_172227Although there was room to run around it, this plus the need to mark out a new course around the large pile of earth on the top field led to us deciding to stick to the new course we have been using for the last few weeks. You should be seeing some new faces in the Run Director role over the near future and this week it was the turn of Sarah Davies who many of you will know as she has recently been responsible for co-ordinating the volunteer roster, in particular organising the program for the many Duke of Edinburgh students who have been helping us put on your runs.  IMG_4576

IMG_4585After the usual enthusiastic briefing from Marika to the many first-timers and tourists (including one from as far away as Hong Kong), Sarah gave the general briefing to the crowd of 284 runners. We then made our way to the start where we had a short wait to make sure the course was safely clear (as always highlighted in the briefing, everyone please remember that we always need to be aware of other parkusers).  After checking the timers were set, Sarah started the run. IMG_4644

With no rain in Maidenhead for what seems like ages the ground at Braywick is very dry and it makes it very difficult to inset the finishing line stakes into the ground, even with the addition of the latest piece of parkrun equipment, a mallet.  Indeed we had scarcely had time to set up the finishing funnel before the first finisher James TURNER appeared in a very fast time of 16:05, only 6 seconds outside the Maidenhead course record and over a minute ahead of frequent first finisher Adam BENNETT.

The hot weather made it tough going.  However the dry hard ground did partly compensate reulting in Personal Bests for 49 runners.  Congratulations for the milestone achievements of Joe POOTS (Junior 10), Ida BURROWS & Kevin MCDONALD (50), David WAUGH & Simon BEER (100).

IMG_4748See you all next week (we noted that one of Event Directors did his 99th run this week!).

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

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David DYER • Matthew SNELLING • Martin PALETHORPE • Stephen ANDERSON • Adam BENNETT • Sarah ELLIS • Sarah DAVIES • Jackson BROCKLEBANK • Sam DAVIES • Malcolm MOODY • Helal STEPHAN • Joanne WHITFIELD • Lesley GRAVES • Meggie CUMINI • William SMITH • Marika KARAVAN • Frankie COTTRELL • Gerlinde BOBACK • Kate SAYERS • Ben TAPNER-EVANS • Jenna HOULT • James FOWLER • Maisie COCHRANE • Hana RICHARDSON

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

The male record is held by Zac RANDALL who recorded a time of 15:59 on 20th August 2016 (event number 72).
The female record is held by Alice HECTOR who recorded a time of 17:26 on 11th March 2017 (event number 103).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila Janet CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).

Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 6,354 participants have completed 41,301 parkruns covering a total distance of 206,505 km, including 7,739 new Personal Bests.

 

No Maidenhead parkrun on July 7th

Note there will be no Maidenhead parkrun on Saturday 7th July.

This is due to the annual Maidenhead Boys and Girls FC Tournament taking place at the Braywick Sports Ground over that weekend.

 

Maidenhead parkrun #168 – 9th June 2018

Run Report - Alex Sutton

Today was Maidenhead parkrun event #168 and it called for a slightly adjusted course around Braywick Park. Event #168 was a particularly special day for a number of reasons. Firstly, in partnership with The NHS, to celebrate its 70th birthday, parkrun looked to recognise the contribution that the organisation has already made to the nation and will continue to make in decades to come. Furthermore, we had an extremely strong volunteer roster this week. An up and coming core team were fine tuning their skills across all elements of the Saturday hi-vis volunteer Dream team. A very large and well-oiled volunteer team of 35 (if not more) was extremely well led by both Adam and Daniel who shared RD responsibilities today.

346 runners took on the challenge of the grass today, and with great success too. A spectacular 75 PBs were captured today and a total of 41 runners ran at Maidenhead for their first time today; welcome all. At the front of the women’s field BACHAND, MAGGS and (L) BENNETT took the first three finisher tokens and in the men’s field BRANCH, (A) BENNETT and LEAF followed suit. Seemingly a good warm up for the BENNETTS before they were spotted out on their bikes later on in the afternoon too.

Elsewhere in the field, stellar performances could be seen by PB Kings/Queens including NEWBERRY, DRIVER, COOKE, DUNCAN, ALLEN, ROSS, KELLY, FRENCH and SAUNDERS to name just a few.  Congratulations to Donna FITZGERALD on reaching her 50th run and an even greater well done to Helal STEPHAN for earning his coveted 100 t-shirt.  I also notice a few runners are just one off a huge milestone, hopefully see you next week!

As always another great Saturday morning all thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Get involved and earn yourself a stunning hi-vis jacket because Maidenhead needs you. Have a great week and see you all again next Saturday!

This week 346 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Adam TURNBULL • Nicole RICKETT • Daniel RICKETT • John WILSON • Alex SUTTON • Rachel Clare THACKRAY • John HAMMOND • Paul MACKENZIE • Lucy SUTTON • Anna BALOGH • Grace DIXON • Rachel DIXON • Claire LANGLEY • Sarah DAVIES • Saskia WILSON • Malcolm MOODY • Mike PREEDY • Nathan JEFFERYS • Wendy RUMBLE • Joanne WHITFIELD • Lesley GRAVES • Mia LANGLEY • Meggie CUMINI • Juli WOOD • Nick BAGGOTT • Anthony HORNBY • Luke TRUEMAN • Chris NEWTON • Frankie COTTRELL • Emma GRIFFITH • James COCHRANE • Gerlinde BOBACK • Kate SAYERS • Maisie COCHRANE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maidenhead parkrun Results Page. The male record is held by Zac RANDALL who recorded a time of 15:59 on 20th August 2016 (event number 72).
The female record is held by Alice HECTOR who recorded a time of 17:26 on 11th March 2017 (event number 103).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila Janet CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).

Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 6,217 participants have completed 40,037 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,185 km, including 7,464 new Personal Bests.

 

Maidenhead parkrun #167 – 2nd June 2018

Run report - David Dyer

Pictures - Sarah Davies, Herve Bavazzano

Today was the first day of our revised course due to works to build a new footbridge across the stream which make the back part of the route unavailable.  A number of the Run Directors met up on Wednesday lunchtime to check and measure the new course.

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As the course was new to everyone, this meant a shorter first timers briefing with the course layout being described to everyone in the main briefing.  Fortunately everyone seemed to be able to be able to cope with unlearning what we had been used to for the previous 166 runs at Maidenhead: Untitled
- straight on at the bin, DO NOT turn left!

 

- down the hill, NOT up it!

 

- turn left when you see Malcolm, NOT right!

UntitledAlthough many found the new course with more grass tougher, 50 people recorded PB's - well done!  20180602_091104
Everyone else, just be thankful that the council employees cut the grass during this week!
20180602_092224_resizedThe revised course can be more sociable with plenty of opportunities for high fives.  It also gives those of us at the finish a much better opportunity to see what is going on. Maidenhead ParkRun 2/6/18

Congratulations to all who achieved various milestones today:

Junior 10 - Zara CHERRY
Junior 10 - Louis RAINFORD
50 - Henry SMITH YEADON
100 - Gordon SHERRATT
150 - Mandy SUTTON
333 - Bob HARDMAN
401 - Tony MERRITT
444 (& 25 volunteer) - tailwalker Dave THOMAS

Thank you to everyone of today's 329 finishers for ensuring that all the finishing tokens were returned which makes life much easier for our volunteers.

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

In National Volunteer Week, many thanks to all our volunteers  this week, in the past and future.  The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

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Dave THOMAS • David DYER • Suzy RALPHS • Gareth RALPHS • Sara FORD • Alice BANKS • John DAVIDSON • Claire LANGLEY • Sarah DAVIES • William HOLLWAY • Malcolm MOODY • Nathan JEFFERYS • Neil MULVIHILL • Niamh MULVIHILL • Molly MULVIHILL • Lynne JOLLEY • Joanne WHITFIELD • Lesley GRAVES • Mia LANGLEY • Mark ALLEN • Marika KARAVAN • Anthony HORNBY • Mia HARROWELL • Ben TAPNER-EVANS • Maisie COCHRANE

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

The male record is held by Zac RANDALL who recorded a time of 15:59 on 20th August 2016 (event number 72).
The female record is held by Alice HECTOR who recorded a time of 17:26 on 11th March 2017 (event number 103).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila Janet CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).

Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 6,177 participants have completed 39,691 parkruns covering a total distance of 198,455 km, including 7,389 new Personal Bests.

 

Course update!

As previously mentioned, Maidenhead parkrun is will be operating a temporary course due to building works being carried out. We've been out and measured it today and think it's a nice route with lots of high-five possibilities and a long run into the finish (rather than just suddenly jumping out on you behind a hedge as we have now!)

Starting from near the flagpole at the back of Braywick park, we will be running a two lap course incorporating an out-and-back section.

From the start, head along the edge of the field and through a gap in the hedge, joining a path 100m later. Follow the path around and down the short, steep hill (as if running the normal course in reverse) before arriving at the Green Way. Go straight along here for 550m, and rejoin the field by the flagpole. You will now follow the edge of the field (initially towards the athletics club and SportsAble) to a children's playground where there is a turnaround point and make your way back towards the start line.

Repeat this for a second lap, finishing approx. 30m further down the field near the gap in the hedge.

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