Queen Elizabeth parkrun #249 – 100/100

There have been a good number of 100s recently but today’s was particularly special. Very regular volunteer Marie APPLETON not only ran for the 100th time but she also volunteered for the 100th time at QE. In a moment we’ll look at what that means, but to the results.

105 people ran, walked and chattered in the dry weather around Queen Elizabeth country park this morning. The mud of the last few weeks has dried somewhat and the top of the small loop just muddy rather than lethal. There were parts of the downhill that felt particularly wonderful. An amazing small team of 11 volunteers put parkrun on this morning – and for the first time in a while, didn’t look as if they were going to freeze or sink into the mud without trace.


The visiting North family

A good welcome for the seven people who came to parkrun for the very first time – hopefully you found the café and the hot chocolate and different people to chat with. Do come back again and say hello. Well done for the three 2nd timers and to the two QE parkrunners running for the third time both at parkrun and QE. There are flatter parkruns out there!

The difference in the quality of the mud – sticky rather than lethal – meant that the PB quota was up with 10 new PBs today. As yet no one has run 20:18 this year which is a shame but three runners managed to get the run number: 249 in their results. Steve MCLEAN 23.49, Jamie HARLEY 24:49 and Tessa BRIGGS 26:49. The challenge is set for next week.


Andrea BUDDEN, Marie APPLETON and Katie CLARKE

Let us return to the celebration and the numbers that Dwayne BARTRAM came up with for his RD speech today. It is very possible to run and volunteer and volRUNteering roles include pre-event setup, run report writing and tail walking. They are all important roles, indeed, we can’t start without a tail walker, however, Marie has, within her 100 volunteer slots, volunteered to make parkrun happen instead of running on 93 different occasions, 42 of those as Run Director. She’s timed, handed out tokens and scanned hundreds of barcodes. She’s marshalled, given the first timers brief and kept us legal by tail walking. She’s come early and got all the signs out and even on one occasion written the run report. Marie isn’t an uber tourist, but has run at QE 76 times and at 14 different events which is pretty fab.

Saying well done and Happy 100th is such a delight (as is the cake afterwards) so here’s to lots more fun celebrations this year.

Run report by: Pippa WHITE

This week 105 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Marie APPLETON • James LEIGHTON • Kate HEFFER • Ivor MCQUAID • Dwayne BARTRAM • Beverley TUNE • Pippa WHITE • Karen SPARROW • Joanna GUY • Tracey MARTIN-MILLWARD • Natasha WHITE • John ROBERTS

The female record is held by Fay CRIPPS who recorded a time of 20:13 on 17th May 2014 (event number 53).
The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
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 4,265 participants have completed 19,310 parkruns covering a total distance of 96,550 km, including 3,120 new Personal Bests.

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

 

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

 

Queen Elizabeth parkrun #248: On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas My parkrun Gave To Me……….

12 High Viz heroes,
11 parkrunners with names beginning with M,
10 parkrunners with a time in the 28 minutes,
9 Juniors aged 11-17 who finished their run,
At 8am there were three parkrunners just like you who were getting the course set up and making sure it was safe enough to run.

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7 muddy bases that, with stands, make up the funnel and corner barriers which were so muddy they were all rinsed afterwards in freezing water,
6 Denmead Striders – the biggest representation from a club (do you have your running club on your parkrun profile?),
5 New PBs – well done!
4 of the 6 QE Run Directors at the event with two running and two volunteering,
3 parkrunners came back to do their second parkrun (ever) here and all three got new PBs,
2 first timers joined us, welcome, do come again!
1 Event Director, complete with chair to cheer us all on, and 1 new junior 10 club member Benjamin CLARKE. Well done!

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In other news it was slightly less muddy, but the top of the first loop is – erm – thrilling. Five deer joined the runners on the first loop, and slightly elasticated laces in new trainers are no good if the mud is suctioning shoes off.

Run report by: Pippa WHITE

Photographs can be viewed here thanks to Benjamin TYAS

This week 106 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Marie APPLETON • James LEIGHTON • Kate HEFFER • Phil HENDERSON • Ivor MCQUAID • Daniel PHOENIX • Amelie LEWIS • Sharon CROSSBY • Paul WAINWRIGHT • Pippa WHITE • Harriet WHITE • Benjamin TYAS • John ROBERTS

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

The female record is held by Fay CRIPPS who recorded a time of 20:13 on 17th May 2014 (event number 53).
The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 83.38% (19:45) on 10th June 2017 (event number 217).

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

 

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

 

Spa Experience Day – refreshing showers and mudpacks

Happy New Year!

This run report starts with particular thanks to the volunteers who checked the course, timed, scanned, organised, first aided and generally made the NY run at 10:30 a success.  They are: Amelie LEWIS, Andrea BUDDEN, Daniel PHOENIX, Dave WILLIAMS, Dwayne BARTRAM, Harriet WHITE, Jack BARTRAM, James LEIGHTONJohn ROBERTSLorna RICHARDMarie APPLETONMark CARPENTERRachel LEWIS and Sara RHIME. Usually volunteering is the cleaner option, but each and every person who stood there ended up as muddy as the runners and probably a lot colder. Thank you, and thank you for (probably) giving up partying all night so that we could run. They are all so happy!

The rain at 9am that soaked those doing a first early parkrun, ensured that the paths at QE were as wet as possible. A good part of the run was punctuated by squeals and shouts with parkrunners sliding, falling, swallow diving and making mud “snow angels”. By the end of the first loop there were few runners without a rejuvenating clay face pack and skin smoothing mud hand wraps. In the present conditions, the course is really not suitable for those with road shoes only or those who are very precious about their kit or fancy dress.

It was a record day in many ways, 266 parkrunners recorded their best annual run of 2018 at QE. This attendance beat the previous course record of 235 set last new year’s day which in turn beat the previous record of 228 set on new year’s day 2016. Of those record breaking parkrunners, 86 were running at QE for the very first time (just under a third) with four enjoying their first ever parkrun experience. Somehow 11 people managed to set new PBs – an enormous well done to you.

Happy 50th parkrun to Lukasz SIEMBAB and Rachel JARVIS and a happy 100th run to Peter DOUGHTY. We also manged a diverse club representation, with 20 letters of the alphabet represented in the list.

A couple of double stories. Our first finisher Adam BARLOW managed Southsea, one of the flattest parkruns in the UK, in 17:42 and was just 15 seconds slower at QE, one of the hilliest parkruns in 17:57 – well done for that consistency. And I managed  to improve one place from my early Fareham run where I was 236, (robbed on the line by someone who will remain nameless but who may have scanned your barcode) to 235 at QE.

Here’s looking forward to an interesting year at QE, more PBs but importantly more running in a beautiful park and sharing stories afterwards in the café.

Run report by: Pippa WHITE  

We thank Portsmouth News for supplying the photographs of the event. You can view the Portsmouth News write up of the event here

This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 87 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Marie APPLETON • Dave WILLIAMS • James LEIGHTON • Lorna RICHARD • Mark CARPENTER • Dwayne BARTRAM • Daniel PHOENIX • Amelie LEWIS • Rachel LEWIS • Sara RHIMES • Jack BARTRAM • Pippa WHITE • Harriet WHITE • Andrea BUDDEN • John ROBERTS

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

The female record is held by Fay CRIPPS who recorded a time of 20:13 on 17th May 2014 (event number 53).
The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
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 4,213 participants have completed 19,099 parkruns covering a total distance of 95,495 km, including 3,105 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

 

Queen Elizabeth parkrun #246 – On The Banks Of The Cool Shalimar

Today after a very early morning (6:30) and dropping grandparents off at the ferry, Pippa WHITE and I headed off to parkrun. Upon arriving at QE, we found three deer at the entrance and they were very grumpy that we wanted to enter.

So, I met up with ED/RD James LEIGHTON and I started my volunteering as Pre-Event Set-Up, which involves collecting the trolley and putting up the signs around the course. As I’m doing volunteering for my DofE, I am rotating through the roles (this is one of them), and it was lovely to have a very long morning walk checking out the course. Today the course wasn’t cold but the lyrics “Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud” come to mind. It was quite slippery as we found when going around the outer ring, and we met those three grumpy deer again. However, as no signs are along the top of the first loop we had no reason to go down it.

9 o’clock comes, parkrun starts. Safely in the funnel the volunteers heard tales of that first loop. There were only a “few” slips but it was interesting to see all the lines of mud where they fell. Now, you know how the fast runners seem to flick mud up their calves, today it reached their heads. Mud was everywhere. In their hair, on faces, behind ears, backs and of course legs.

There were no PBs recorded today but there was one parkrunner who was running with an adorable dog who would have set the female course record except she forgot her barcode. Oh No! #dfyb people!

There were 7 first-ever parkrunners who joined us today, please come back next time it might not be as muddy. We had 13 other first timers at QE visiting us today, we hope you had fun.

Well done to Peter FIELD who ran his 50th parkrun today and to everybody who volunteered…IN THE MUD!!

Run report by: Harriet WHITE

This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and no one recorded a new Personal Best. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Marie APPLETON • James LEIGHTON • Lorna RICHARD • Alison STRUDWICK • Kevin MCTAGGART • Meranda WINTER • Daniel PHOENIX • Beverley TUNE • Neil STORE • Pippa WHITE • Harriet WHITE • John ROBERTS

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

The female record is held by Fay CRIPPS who recorded a time of 20:13 on 17th May 2014 (event number 53).
The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
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 4,126 participants have completed 18,833 parkruns covering a total distance of 94,165 km, including 3,094 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

 

Festive parkruns at Queen Elizabeth

The event team at Queen Elizabeth parkrun would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Here are some festive dates for the diary:

Saturday 23rd December - Christmas run - dig out those Santa suits and Christmas jumpers!

Christmas Day - Unfortunately no run at Queen Elizabeth this year but if you would like to start off your Christmas day with a parkrun there are several local events who are putting on Christmas day specials. Check out the Christmas compendium link bellow.

Saturday 30th December - Normal parkrun

New Years Day - Extra parkrun. We will start later than normal at 10:30AM. This will allow time for anyone that wants to to run a double parkrun. Havant parkrun and Chichester parkrun start at 9AM. There are also details of other special events in the compendium link bellow.

We need volunteers for all of these events to happen so if anyone can help out on any of these dates please get in touch (queenelizabethhelpers@parkrun.com).

UK Christmas and New Year parkruns

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