Queen Elizabeth parkrun #269 – a frolic!

Mud factor 0, Rut factor 1.
Once upon the winter photographers ended up muddy. This week the photographer was more likely to end up sunburned. A glorious parkrun day indeed and some amazing pictures from Penny JOHNSTONE
Take notice:
1. It is approximately 400m back to the visitor centre from the finish funnel, and glorious though the weather is, 4 legged parkrun attendees are going to get hot and bothered. Consider packing a water bowl and some water for the end of the run. This also goes for younger parkrunners – though they might find it easier to drink from a cup or bottle.
2. While the course conditions are about as beautiful as they will ever be, over half of QE parkrun is a proper trail course and the other section a gravelled road. It will never be the fastest PB course and there are always odd holes, twigs, path wear and a few remaining ruts requiring caution. No special shoes required and first aid is available at the finish funnel.
To the day itself.
5 first time ever parkrunners and 8 new PBs recorded for those who are just starting their parkrun journey (runs 1,2 and 3). Well done to all of you and indeed all 26 parkrunners with new PBs to celebrate.
There was a 16th birthday for Harriet WHITE, one of the volunteers (on parkrun day, in the middle of GCSEs) and in her honour here are some of the pictures that she would choose.

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Happy Birthday – yes you!!

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I’m running on the grass, my paws prefer it.

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What are flying feet and how do I do them going uphill?

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Matching grins!

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Putting my best paw forward

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Wistfully watching all my buddies run (sad paws) while my humans are awesome and volunteer.

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And finally, the tail without a tail showing that there simply isn’t any mud!

The rest of the incredible pictures are available on the QE Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95289650@N08/albums/with/72157697256881714 Do go and have a look.

 

South Downs Marathon Weekend

This coming weekend (16/6/2018) QECP is playing host to the South Downs Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km Races. The full marathon starts at Slindon and ends at QECP so will not affect us. However, the Half Marathon and 10km races do share parts of our course in the opposing direction. If you are planning to attend Queen Elizabeth parkrun this weekend please be aware of the following points.

1. All participants in the full marathon park at QECP and are transported to the start at Slindon by bus. Busses will be shuttling runners from early on Saturday morning. There will be significantly more traffic in the park than usual on a Saturday morning. Please allow plenty of time to arrive and get parked.

2. The run (not the preamble) will start at 9AM on the dot. We aim to do this every week anyway but this coming weekend it is more important than usual that this happens. Again, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time.

3. There will possibly be conflicting signage and marshals on course. If you are new to Queen Elizabeth parkrun please pay attention to the first timers brief and follow the correct signs.

4. The first half marathon wave starts at 10AM on the Butser side. The runners then head directly down our finish straight in the opposite direction. If you think you will take more than one hour to complete the parkrun course please be aware that you may be confronted by a stampede of half marathon runners as you complete the course. As always, our finish team will remain in place until our tail walker crosses our finish line but please be aware that we will need to begin deconstruction of our finish funnel at 10AM in order that our bulky equipment is clear of the half marathon course before the lead runners arrive.

We thank you for your understanding.

 

Queen Elizabeth parkrun #268 – Perfect Underfoot!

Mud Factor 1, Rut Factor 1 – the most perfect conditions underfoot for the 107 parkrunners who came to enjoy the beauty of the country park. Birds were singing, nature was out… the going underfoot was about as perfect as could be. The rain during the week was so hard that the ruts had been softened then battered into submission. There were two places where there was evidence of un-flat underfootness and two wannabe puddles with a tiny amount of mud… all totally avoidable! Indeed the only reason both factors are 1 is that this is a half trail course and simply not a manicured event. The 4 legged parkrunners had just one puddle to drink from and run hot paws through. Being British though, there was a complaint and that was that the temperature had gone up so we were somewhat on the warm side, which might explain a very small number of new PBs (10). If you are reading this and hoping to bag a Q, there is no real need for trail shoes at the moment but come well hydrated.

There were ten brand new parkrunners who started their parkrun journey by scampering around QE with one, Alex MCKENNA completing in 26:04. To all of you first time parkrunners, please come back again and see how it all looks a second time. In all, twenty seven people came to visit and run QE for the first time.

We don’t often have new 10 club members at QE so it is lovely to see Hattie BOND in the results get to the junior 10. Hattie has run 8 of her 10 at QE so I think she can be considered pretty home grown - and speedy with a time of 25:55 – just 5 seconds adrift a new PB and first JW11-14. Jane NOCKEMANN is the only other person joining a club, in this case the unofficial but highly important soft ice cream with a flake club (99). It is vital that the ice cream is enjoyed this week, ready for 100 next time.

The first of June saw the start of Volunteer week 2018 so while there is always a big thank you to the volunteers who let us run, it is particularly good to be able to celebrate the team who wore high viz so that the other 107 could run. QE is a very volunteer light parkrun with 11 volunteers yesterday. Just 7 don’t record a run with four roles being running and volunteering. We have a lovely board where you can write in your name for the following week as well as emailing in to queenelizabethhelpers@parkrun.com. I was delighted to reach a volunteering milestone, with this week being the 100th occasion on which I have volunteered. I did forget to bring cake, but that will be sorted next week.

To the APTOTW (aesthetically pleasing time(s) of the week). Claire WORDLEY did all the 4's, 44:44 and Charles ESSEX did a symmetrical 35:53. Sheila WILCOX matched her minutes and seconds 32:32

Here’s to an injury free or injury healing week, ready for next time.

Run report by Pippa WHITE

This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Melanie HUNT • Lorna RICHARD • Ivor MCQUAID • Kevin MCTAGGART • Sandra HUMPHREY • Grace ALBURY • Beverley TUNE • Pippa WHITE • Tanya ROBERTS • Harriet WHITE • 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 4,621 participants have completed 20,945 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,725 km, including 3,346 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.

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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.

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Queen Elizabeth parkrun #266 – 5th Birthday and a Wedding

Happy 5th birthday to Queen Elizabeth parkrun. On 18th May 2013,139 runners and 17 volunteers completed the first event. This Saturday, 19th May, 114 runners and 15 volunteers did the same bringing the total parkrun km at QE to 103,755 and 20,751 finishers.

So, that’s the birthday. What about the wedding? 

On Saturday afternoon, ED Marie APPLETON married Martin WILES: and they started their special day with a parkrun. RD Phil HENDERSON, appropriately clad gave out the parish notices to an appropriately quiet crowd: 

Thou shalt be grateful to the sponsors and the QE park for the usage of their facilities

Thou shalt keep thine offspring under the age of 11 within close reach, 

Thou shalt keep your dogs on a short lead

Like the good Samaritan thou shalt help a fellow runner if they are in difficulty and not pass on the other side 

As ever you are all welcome to join us in the parish hall (visitor centre) for coffee and cake after the event

And then Phil continued with a very suitable prayer:

Our non gender specific Parent figure

Parkrunner be thy name

Thy Saturday at 9am come

Thy best effort will be done

On the hills as on the flat bits

Give us today a PB

Forgive us our walking up that really steep hill

As we forgive those who overtake us

Lead us not into the temptation to try and beat them up

But deliver us from envy

For this is parkrun for the fast and the plodding

Now and forever

Run report by Pippa White

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Don ESSLEMONT • David DEANE • Melanie HUNT • Phil HENDERSON • Ivor MCQUAID • Kevin MCTAGGART • Meranda WINTER • Nicholas WOODROOF • Duncan JOHNSTONE • Jack BARTRAM • Beverley TUNE • Pippa WHITE • Tanya ROBERTS • 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 4,575 participants have completed 20,751 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,755 km, including 3,322 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.

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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.

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It Is Officially Not Muddy – Queen Elizabeth parkrun #265

Pre-event set up team, Kevin MCTAGGART and I looked for mud. One puddle’s worth of dampness. We tried quite hard to find more but it looks as if QE is temporarily out of mud. However, QE now has lots of rutted ex mud… so reports will have to move from a mud factor to a rut factor. I’m going out on a limb here to suggest that it was rut factor 4 simply because the ground is still soft enough that a rut can be squished: do comment and give your opinion.

Celebrations today started with a very quiet and discreet murmur that James LEIGHTON was completing his 50th RD volunteer. That’s almost a year of being in charge of parkrun. Wearing the blue and white vest is a dubious honour – it’s lovely to be in charge – but the RD is the one who dynamically risk assesses the venue at 8am in the morning, who waits patiently for volunteers… then waits patiently for the tail walker to return. Who has checked that the kit is charged and cleared and that the token are all in order, AND does it all with a smile no matter the weather. Thanks James! And thank you to all the volunteers who came and helped this week.

We had two first timers this week – I hope you had fun – and five returners doing their second parkrun with 5 amazing PBs – celebrations for each of those first PBs and the other 24 PBs.

Here’s to a nice (dry) run again next week for the 5th Birthday. Don’t forget your wedding themed fancy dress!

Run Report by Pippa WHITE

This week 88 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

John COLE • James LEIGHTON • Alexander COLE • Dawn RENTON • Jane WOODROOF • Karen COLE • Kevin MCTAGGART • Jack BARTRAM • Neil STORE • Chris SMART • Pippa WHITE • Tanya ROBERTS • 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 4,550 participants have completed 20,637 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,185 km, including 3,284 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.

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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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