Hanging onto Summer #282 Queen Elizabeth

After a few glorious months of summer, I’m wondering when the country park is going to start showing the start of its autumnal colours. It seems as if the plants and trees have decided to continue to grow recklessly as the temperature cools a little and leave off the changing for now. At present the path is well drained and little soil+water mud. It’s still manageable in road shoes and if the recent buggy runners are any example, QE is no match for a determined parkrunner and double running buggy.

Our 102 finishers today, from 22 different clubs, James LEWINGTON scored his second PB and second second in two weeks. Toby LAMBERT was the top age graded runner (and first finisher) with a remarkable 82.37% - just 26 seconds from equalling the male course record. And well done too to Georgie LAMBERT, female first finisher and just 8 seconds from equalling the female course record. There were 27 PBs, nearly a third of parkrunners on Saturday. 

6 parkrunners here at QE were part of the 13,449 in the world who started their parkrun journey today. How splendid to welcome you and please come back soon. 

There were no conventional or even unofficial milestones but it was a day of smiles, laughter, chatting and visiting. 

A thousand thanks yous to the 16 volunteers who gave up a part of their Saturday to volunteer put #282 on so superbly. 

Run report by Pippa WHITE

This week 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Marie WILES • Graham CLARKE • Melanie HUNT • Phil HENDERSON • Dwayne BARTRAM • Marie POLLITT • Neil STORE • Pippa WHITE • Tanya ROBERTS • Harriet WHITE • Cathy PITTICK • Lorraine ROWE • Andy SAWYER • Max BECVAR • 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 4,996 participants have completed 22,323 parkruns covering a total distance of 111,615 km, including 3,561 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

 

Pinch and a Punch the First of the Month – #281 at Queen Elizabeth

Summer is on the wane, but 101 parkrunners decided to run, jog and walk around Queen Elizabeth country park this weekend. There were some notable accomplishments and some splendid photos.

Congratulations today goes to Nicholas MINTER who completed his 100th parkrun and 50th at Queen Elizabeth, and to visitor Joanna GULLIVER for completing her 50th parkrun. Graham HAYNES started his parkrun journey – well done and do come back.

Unofficially we raised our soft ice creams with flakes to Marie POLLITT for run 99 then celebrated with cake with John MALTHOUSE’s 200th run. A new fun stat is the one pointed out Elliot LINE – 168 runs, one for every hour in the week - achieving this wonderful milestone is Lorna RICHARD. And parkrunner Jamie HARLEY got the closest to running the parkrun with a time of 28:01.

More than a quarter of all runs today visitors, delighting in the challenges and views at QE before the mud factor updates become a regular feature.

Penny JOHNSTONE produced an incredible set of pictures – enjoy them here

For fun though, here’s the children’s rhyme in pictures.

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A pinch (point) and…

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a punch, it’s the

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1 (00)st of the month

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Bagsie no return

(OK, so ED Marie was talking to marshall Tanya… but this is crying out for the caption: “please no more!”)

Run report by Pippa WHITE

This week 101 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Graham CLARKE • Melanie HUNT • Dwayne BARTRAM • Penny JOHNSTONE • Mark GRANDY • Giles HAWKE • Iwona KWIDZYNSKA • Pippa WHITE • Tanya ROBERTS • Harriet WHITE • Madeline HAWKE • Nicholas MINTER • Martin GROOM • John ROBERTS • Ian KITCHEN

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 4,980 participants have completed 22,221 parkruns covering a total distance of 111,105 km, including 3,534 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

 

What a treat – two run reports in one !!

This week our run report has been supplied by a husband and wife team. Our first report is by Eleanor Newman
I have a confession to make.... I've not paid a visit to QE parkrun for over a year having been a regular-ish visitor in 2016 and 2017. Injury last June put a stop to running for a good few months and, since then, I've been concerned that the undulations and trail paths might be a step too far for my recovering ankle.

A visit from friends (collecting their parkrun Q) gave me the push I needed. That was it, I decided, Queen Elizabeth was the parkrun choice for this week.

My overwhelming observation is how I have missed it. A smaller parkrun than some,  which I think contributes to the friendliness and warmest of welcomes, I'd forgotten the sound of the dogs straining at the leash desperate for the start, quite how beautiful this country park is and how parts still have mud even after months of hot sun! I'd missed the hill (yes, that surprised me too!), the dancing sunlight through the trees and that glorious downhill stretch between 3 and 4k. But mostly I'd missed the people, the familiar friendly faces and chat, and the superb encouragement all the way around. Oh, and the post parkrun cake! How could I forget. As ever, delicious, plentiful and generously donated. I had missed it all!

98 of us ran or walked today clocking up 490 kilometres between us. We welcomed 31 first timers including visitors from Bushy Park, Bristol and St Helens. The results table suggests others from Ealing, Epsom, Hook, Lincoln, Parklands, Ware, Winchester and Worthy joined us for their first visit here too. We hope you enjoyed your morning here. 5 people completed their very first parkrun today. Well done to you all!

A big round of applause to the 14 parkrunners who recorded new personal bests. Congratulations too to Wendy Cooper who completed her 100th parkrun today. A fantastic achievement.

And not forgetting the 12 high viz heroes without whom this event would not have been possible. Thank you!  If you've not yet had a chance to volunteer, please do consider it. Every Saturday, parkrun relies solely on volunteers to run each event. Each role is straightforward to do and it's a great way to meet new people. It's also extremely rewarding.

As for me... well, it wasn't my fastest run, nor was it my slowest, but was one of the most enjoyable. With a taste for trail running now returned, I'll be back for more very soon!

QE parkrun has also inspired Eleanor's husband, David, to also put pen to paper with the poem below 

I joined QE parkrun for the first time today

And must say I enjoyed my tour away

Having only ever run on the flat

When first asked about hills, I said I didn't do that

 

My wife is not one to take a no

But she nagged me until I said I would go

Brilliantly, though, I didn't say when

Unfortunately women are cleverer than men

 

From St Helens, some visiting friends

Convinced me to run the hills and bends

The St Helens tourists running their 121st new venue

Loved the location and the cafe menu

 

A warm greeting, beautiful scenery, and hilly run

Finished quickly before the day had begun

Thanks to the organisers, volunteers, one and all

I hope to see you again before the fall.

 

It’s an acQuirEd taste – #277

There are many reasons to run at the Queen Elizabeth Country park, on the A3 half way between Petersfield and Horndean, opposite the (locally) infamous Butser Hill and incorporating part of the South Downs Way.

Those reasons? Those who run QE regularly know that the park is breathtakingly beautiful, it’s a nicely undulating run even if it’s no longer in the top 10 most undulating https://jegmar.com/stats-hq/fastest-races/parkrun/ . It’s shady, it’s small and friendly but most importantly it’s a Q for those chasing the parkrun alphabet, and it’s a Q in a park known for the occasional spot of mud and therefore to be visited whilst it’s dry and dusty.

Who came to acQuireE the Q then? Helpfully, Elliot LINE http://www.elliottline.com/parkrun/ came to visit and here is his review of parkrun #277 completed alongside his regular reports and a family weekend in the tuppence arcade in Southsea:

Of the 106 finishers at Queen Elizabeth this week, 21 appear on the UK Most Events table (ie, they have done at least 20 different UK parkruns). Of these 21, 18 were visiting Queen Elizabeth parkrun for the first time. Of these 18, 8 have completed parkruns beginning with at least 20 letters (for myself, Q was my 20th different letter). The top of this list is appropriately enough a Q, namely Kaye QUINN, for whom Queen Elizabeth represented her 22nd different letter.

Amongst the tourists this week were Laura COWEN and Andy TAYLOR, the geniuses behind the Running Challenges Google Chrome Extension, and Patricia CUE, who very possibly has the highest total parkrun time (the product of average finishing time and number of parkruns), with almost 500 runs averaging almost 34 minutes racking up a whopping 278 hours!

In addition to those visiting, Fay CRIPPS completed her 50th run, and there are many close to a next milestone.

This has been a glorious summer. The beauty in a sun-baked earth, the joy of a dry and increasingly glorious surface underfoot, the green-ness of the trees and bushes. Even if acQuirE-ing this event is harder work on legs and arms, the mental health boost from the cool green calmness of the country park is immeasurable. Do visit, and do visit soon before we revert to a trail-y muddy norm.

Report, Pippa WHITE and Elliott LINE

This week 87 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

James LEIGHTON •  Elliot LINE • Ivor MCQUAID • Kevin MCTAGGART • Nicholas MINTER • Tanya ROBERTS • John ROBERTS • Sharon ROSE • Andrew ROSE • Kezaih ROSE • Beverly TUNE • Pippa WHTE

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 4,921 participants have completed 22,022 parkruns covering a total distance of 110,110 km, including 3,511 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

 

Car Park Charges At QECP

Regular visitors to Queen Elizabeth Country Park will have noticed that work is underway to install new barriers at the park entrance and new pay machine areas.

Barrier on the car parking

QECP will shortly be introducing an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to collect parking fees. It is expected that the system will go live at some point during August. The system will be in operation 24/7. Your number plate will be read by the ANPR system at the entry barrier. You can then pay for your stay at one of the new pay stations located around the park.

When the system goes live all concessions that are currently available for parkrunners will cease. If you are an existing season ticket holder your number plate details that are held on file will be automatically added to the ANPR system. If you have changed cars since purchasing your season ticket make sure that you have supplied QECP with your new number plate details.

Season tickets can be purchased from the visitor centre or online at https://www.hants.gov.uk/shop/product.php?productid=17458.

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