All things bright and beautiful – Queen Elizabeth Country park in Autumn, #290

The beauty of this week’s parkrun is such that I have spent *time* trying to work out flickr again and share a few amazing pictures. Duncan JOHNSTONE managed barcode scanning and photographs which is pretty impressive! See all the photos here:
Queen Elizabeth parkrun #290
The autumn colours are so magnificent that some parkrunners had to start running early just to get the extra beauty in.
pre start colours

There was little to no mud for our 99 runners (ice creams with flakes all around) and our five first ever time to parkrun companions were able to enjoy the beauty of the park. It doesn’t rain here and get muddy ever, honest!

Look, really, no mud!
No mud

Richard NORRIS ran his 50th parkrun – well done Richard, and there were a good collection of visitors from around the country. Indeed 29 first timers to the event, here our visitor from Upton Court approving the conditions:
still no mud

There was colourful determination and flying feet:
there she flies

Enthusiasm ranging from full on panting to bashful smiling:
tongues out

And joy with friends:
high 5s

With the tails finding the only water on the course:
take on water

Thank you to all the volunteers and see you next week for an equally beautiful run.
Run Report by Pippa WHITE

This week 99 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Marie WILES • Dwayne BARTRAM • Duncan JOHNSTONE • Amelie LEWIS • Rachel LEWIS • Pippa WHITE • Tanya ROBERTS • Harriet WHITE • Andrea BUDDEN • Emlyn JONES • Max BECVAR • John ROBERTS

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

The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:40 on 19th May 2018 (event number 266).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 83.38% (19:45) on 10th June 2017 (event number 217).

Queen Elizabeth parkrun started on 18th May 2013. Since then 5,201 participants have completed 23,019 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,095 km, including 3,648 new Personal Bests.

Facebook/Twitter:

Please check out our Facebook page (fb.com/queenelizabethparkrun) or follow us on Twitter (@QEparkrun), to keep up to date on your parkrun news and gossip.

 

Volunteers needed:

We now have an online roster showing you the roles we need volunteers for - click here to view.

In order to ensure that the event runs smoothly each week, we rely on volunteers. If you would like to help, we’d really appreciate it. All roles are simple and we offer full training in the use of the gadgets (stopwatches and barcode scanners). If you’d like to volunteer, please email queenelizabethhelpers@parkrun.com or sign the volunteer board on a Saturday morning. Thanks in advance.

Dog owners:

We love seeing people running with their dogs at parkrun, but in the interests of safety for all our runners, our volunteers, spectators, other dogs, and members of the public using the park, we insist that dogs are kept under firm control, on a short lead or harness, thank you.

Further information on running with dogs can be found in the parkrun Dogs Policy.

dog

 

Post-run meet up for food and beverages:

Please do join us in the cafe at the visitor centre for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience.

cafe

 

The First Chilly One Of The Year – #289

I know the forecast said it would be cooler on parkrun day, so I just put on an extra fleece, thinking that would do. My first indication of how cold it actually was should have been when I was scraping the ice off the windscreen of the car. Then on arrival at QE I started to shiver as I got out the car and started to think that maybe I should have gone back into the house to get those gloves!

And yes I really should have done just that as standing in the finish funnel I could feel the cold creeping up my legs. By the end of the event I could not feel my toes and my fingers were so numb that I needed help handing out the last two tokens. Therefore note to self - Find those warm gloves and that lovely scarf and keep them in a place where you can grab them on the morning of the run. Oh and an extra pair of socks wouldn't go a miss either

Anyway enough of my babbling and onto the run

Today we celebrated Halloween by running the big loop, little loop combo. Now some people love the course this way, I'm not sure why but maybe its better to get that hill out of the way first? Or is it better on the second loop once you've had chance to warm up your muscles. But in any case I believe it gives the parkrunner the opportunity to try something different. Many a tourists has asked if we ever reverse the course at QE ? As a Core Team we have always had to say no, as the stones by the hairpin would make the course a health and safety nightmare

Talking about nightmares I'm not sure if any were caused by this years costumes, but it was great to see some people dressing up for the occasion.

 

Run report by: Marie WILES

 

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

 

The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:40 on 19th May 2018 (event number 266).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 83.38% (19:45) on 10th June 2017 (event number 217).

 

Queen Elizabeth parkrun started on 18th May 2013. Since then 5,143 participants have completed 22,815 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,075 km, including 3,624 new Personal Bests.

Facebook/Twitter:

Please check out our Facebook page (fb.com/queenelizabethparkrun) or follow us on Twitter (@QEparkrun), to keep up to date on your parkrun news and gossip.

 

Volunteers needed:

We now have an online roster showing you the roles we need volunteers for - click here to view.

In order to ensure that the event runs smoothly each week, we rely on volunteers. If you would like to help, we’d really appreciate it. All roles are simple and we offer full training in the use of the gadgets (stopwatches and barcode scanners). If you’d like to volunteer, please email queenelizabethhelpers@parkrun.com or sign the volunteer board on a Saturday morning. Thanks in advance.

Dog owners:

We love seeing people running with their dogs at parkrun, but in the interests of safety for all our runners, our volunteers, spectators, other dogs, and members of the public using the park, we insist that dogs are kept under firm control, on a short lead or harness, thank you.

Further information on running with dogs can be found in the parkrun Dogs Policy.

dog

 

Post-run meet up for food and beverages:

Please do join us in the cafe at the visitor center for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience.

cafe

 

A Gross parkrun – #288

We’ll get to why gross in a minute. 

Saturday was beautiful. We were lucky again with conditions though the clay+chalk combo is getting more slippery. Even so there were 22 people running at QE for the first time, one of those enjoying their first ever parkrun. Well done to Phil SOWERBY-WILLIAMS on his 50th parkrun – and to Maria KATTENHORN in running her 150thI know that a number of you were down for the Great South Run: I hope it went well. 

I started at the back and stayed there with the awesome tails of Pepper and Maple as I ran around with Andrea BUDDEN (official tail walker). I gave blood on Wednesday and I do find that it takes at least 2 weeks for my times to return to normal – or at least that’s my excuse. What better place to run when legs are feeling tired than in the beauty of the park? 

So gross? As I turned on my pc, I noted that I hit 12x12 parkruns on Saturday while QE the event got to 12x12x2. Here are some 12 facts from today. 

Jackie LLOYD was the 12th runner to slide through the finish funnel with john MALTHOUSE the 12th male to finish. Tessa BRIGGS was the 12th female. Jon TUCKER completed his 2x12th run. Even more spooky, there were 12 on the day volunteers (since I am writing this the day after)

We also have a couple of very random stats Keith ROBERTSON is 12 parkruns away from 50 and John MALTHOUSE on 12x2 away from 250.

As the days shorten and the clocks prepare to change (don’t forget the reversal of the course next week with at least some runners in spooky costume) the going will get more slippery and muddy as the weather gets wetter and cooler.  

Last spooky stat: don’t leave it 12 weeks, until Jan 12th to dig out the trainers and come…

Run report by Pippa WHITE

This week 71 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Sarah WADE • Dwayne BARTRAM • Duncan JOHNSTONE • Amelie LEWIS • Sandra HUMPHREY • Rachel LEWIS • Pippa WHITE • Tanya ROBERTS • Harriet WHITE • Andrea BUDDEN • Becky GARNETT • John ROBERTS • Jane ROBERTSON

 

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

 

The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:40 on 19th May 2018 (event number 266).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 83.38% (19:45) on 10th June 2017 (event number 217).

 

Queen Elizabeth parkrun started on 18th May 2013. Since then 5,143 participants have completed 22,815 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,075 km, including 3,624 new Personal Bests.

Facebook/Twitter:

Please check out our Facebook page (fb.com/queenelizabethparkrun) or follow us on Twitter (@QEparkrun), to keep up to date on your parkrun news and gossip.

 

Volunteers needed:

We now have an online roster showing you the roles we need volunteers for - click here to view.

In order to ensure that the event runs smoothly each week, we rely on volunteers. If you would like to help, we’d really appreciate it. All roles are simple and we offer full training in the use of the gadgets (stopwatches and barcode scanners). If you’d like to volunteer, please email queenelizabethhelpers@parkrun.com or sign the volunteer board on a Saturday morning. Thanks in advance.

Dog owners:

We love seeing people running with their dogs at parkrun, but in the interests of safety for all our runners, our volunteers, spectators, other dogs, and members of the public using the park, we insist that dogs are kept under firm control, on a short lead or harness, thank you.

Further information on running with dogs can be found in the parkrun Dogs Policy.

dog

 

Post-run meet up for food and beverages:

Please do join us in the cafe at the visitor center for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience.

cafe

 

Festive parkruns 2018/19

Can you believe that in two months today it will be Christmas Eve!

As many of you will know over the Christmas and New Year period parkrun HQ allow us to put on extra events. We are pleased to announce that this year Queen Elizabeth parkrun will be taking place on Christmas Day and also on New Year's Day.

The festive timetable looks like this:

Saturday 22nd December - Normal parkrun day (9AM Start)
Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day special (10AM start)
Saturday 29th December - Normal parkrun day (9AM Start)
Tuesday 1st January - New Year's Day Special (10:30AM start)

On Christmas day we will start a little later than usual at 10AM to allow you time to open all of your presents. On New Year's Day we will start at 10:30AM. This will allow time for some of you to take part in a New Year's Day double should you wish. We have teamed up with our neighbouring events at Havant and Hogmoor Inclosure to allow the possibility for you to take part in two official parkruns. New Year's Day Events at Havant and Hogmoor Inclosure will both start at 9AM.

Full details of all the Christmas and New Year special events can be found on the parkrun Christmas Compendium page. Please note this list will be changing regularly over time as various events around the country decide to opt in or out of hosting special events.

Please notes the following:

The cafe at QECP will not be open on Christmas Day.

On Christmas Day whist it might be technically possible for some of you to take part in two events this is not encouraged and only one event will count. Any additional runs recorded on Christamas Day will be removed.

New Year's Day is typically our busiest event of the year. We have broken our attendance record every year since we launched. Last year we had 266 participants which is more than three times our average number. It is therefore essential that we are able to fill our volunteer rosters for these two special events well in advance so if you are able to volunteer on either of these days please let us know as soon as possible (queenelizabethhelpers@parkrun.com).

Parking charges apply all year round.

If you are planning to just run or volunteer at QE on New Year's Day we advise you to arrive in plenty of time and please use the car park areas at Juniper or Benhams Bushes. These car parks are further into the park (but are still only a short walk to the start). With participants expected to be arriving from Havant and Hogmoor access to the park via the ANPR system will be congested and the car parks at the visitor centre and Gravel hill will be very busy.

 

Still Dry After All These Months – #284 at Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Welcome autumn – and welcome to Saji PHILIP and Kevin ROBERTS as they ran their first parkrun. Welcome too if you were one of the 33 attempting to get around QE before the rain. There were an amazing 10 PBs – indeed more than half of the field of 85 ran around the course faster than they have ever done so before. 

The weather is still dry but there was a pretty clear forecast of rain by the afternoon and indeed the coffee and chat was damp. However, this should not be unusual for later September. And while it might not have been a muddy run (slippery on the grass, but not muddy) there was a whole puddle that I was led to by 4 small legs as we ran up the big hill. Mud monsters, your time is coming. 

We had one official milestone - Paul BROCKETT reached 50 runs. Happy red day. No other official or unofficial milestones.

So, given the absence of notable numbers, where are the APTOTW? A tidy 30:03 from Jane WOODROOF and 31:13 from George HILL with Sarah E J MAYALL running the event in a time of 28:47

As summer running turns to thoughts of winter cross country, tis time to dust off those trail shoes and prepare for exciting racing (and hill walking) in the months to come. 

This week 85 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Melanie HUNT • Phil HENDERSON • Ivor MCQUAID • Marie POLLITT • Neil STORE • Pippa WHITE • Tanya ROBERTS • Harriet WHITE • Wendy COOPER • Max BECVAR • John ROBERTS

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

The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:40 on 19th May 2018 (event number 266).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 83.38% (19:45) on 10th June 2017 (event number 217).

Queen Elizabeth parkrun started on 18th May 2013. Since then 5,046 participants have completed 22,495 parkruns covering a total distance of 112,475 km, including 3,589 new Personal Bests.

 

Volunteers needed:

We now have an online roster showing you the roles we need volunteers for - click here to view.

In order to ensure that the event runs smoothly each week, we rely on volunteers. If you would like to help, we’d really appreciate it. All roles are simple and we offer full training in the use of the gadgets (stopwatches and barcode scanners). If you’d like to volunteer, please email queenelizabethhelpers@parkrun.com or sign the volunteer board on a Saturday morning. Thanks in advance.

Dog owners:

We love seeing people running with their dogs at parkrun, but in the interests of safety for all our runners, our volunteers, spectators, other dogs, and members of the public using the park, we insist that dogs are kept under firm control, on a short lead or harness, thank you.

Further information on running with dogs can be found in the parkrun Dogs Policy.

dog

 

Post-run meet up for food and beverages:

Please do join us in the cafe at the visitor centre for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience.

cafe

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