The One That Makes It Three In A Row And Celebrates Spring – #261 Queen Elizabeth parkrun

Last week we saw that, while spring was still hedging her bets, there was an inevitability in the buds poised to erupt. In many respects it wasn’t an auspicious start. We left the house in thick fog with the sound of the Solent fog horns ringing in our ears and it was only as we got to the signs for Horndean that the fog vanished and the sun broke through. This week Andrea BUDDENlured by the promise of spring, returned to trot around the country park. In addition to Andrea running for the 58th time, there were two newbies, Lucy DEARY and Teresa ENCKE and fifteen other first timers. 102 people took part today, which included 8 non-running volunteers, 3 running volunteers, and 91 running for the joy of it. Well done, welcome and thank you. You know the drill, if you are injured, or saving yourself for a race, then email in so you can say hello from the other side.

Conditions update: the mud is down to something somewhat sticky and is no longer as slippery. There are still a few puddles but it is getting more complicated for the 4 legged parkrun chaperones to take on water.

In addition to signs of new life in the trees and plants, Harriet WHITE (Finish tokens) ran around the small loop first thing and disturbed three beautiful deer busy working out which bits of spring were edible. Spring makes everything somehow better and now it’s time to dust off resolutions, review those PBs and see what, if anything, needs to be done to smash them.

To the results. There were 10 official PBs and a running-alone-not-assisted PB (mine). Well done to Andy LUCAS, his third parkrun (the one that makes the habit) with each run faster than the last. That’s a super stat – shall we keep an eye on next week?

Jennifer ARTHUR joins the 50 club – that’s fantastic. It is lovely to welcome you to the red shirt gang and I hope your link goes live shortly. The median runner was Hannah JOLLY (28:52) and with a mean runner time of 29:31, the meanest runner was Dave COLENUTT (29:36). The mode is 23:50 (David Duncan JONES and Philip STUART) and that is my extent of showing solidarity to GCSE revision. 

Next week will be yet more spring-like, probably drier, and perfect for running. I’m off to Brockenhurst for one of their last winter course runs but back shortly to see if the hills have got any flatter and the clay puddles any drier. Happy running.

Report by: Pippa WHITE

This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

San CLARK • Ivor MCQUAID • Dwayne BARTRAM • Amelie LEWIS • Jack BARTRAM • Beverley TUNE • Robin GREENFIELD • Pippa WHITE • Harriet WHITE • Steve BOND • 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 4,468 participants have completed 20,253 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,265 km, including 3,206 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 One With The First Signs Of Spring: Queen Elizabeth parkrun #260

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

After the muddiness of last week’s run report, I would like to share a little hope. The trees looked poised to erupt into leaf and there is definitely more length in the grass on the way in. Following a fairly rain free week, the parkrun route at QE is drier. This is a relative term and there are still puddles for legs to run through (be that 2 or 4) and wobbly moments. It would be possible to get around safely in road shoes though trails or paws ‘n’ claws remain superior.

Today’s 80 runners, treated to the best running conditions in several weeks if not months, produced surprisingly few PBs (6) though 21 people were running here for the first time and three of those were on their first ever parkrun. Welcome to all of you.

Ian Clive BERRY was closest to running the course with a 26:07 – and if Sebastien JOLY had been just 3 seconds slower he would have run the year. As it was he romped home in 20:15 with Karen PRICE leading the ladies in 23:27.

Interestingly it was the first time in *ages* that we had a run (and I’ve written the report) without a new running club member. That does mean that we have lots of space to say well done to Kevin MCTAGGART who joined the Volunteer 25 club today and will, one hopes, shortly be swanning around in a purple t-shirt… and admiring his profile on the website with his red and purple t-shirts next to each other. His favourite volunteering role is pre-event set up and he has done this 13 times and he has marshalled 9 times. Thank you very much – and thank you to all the volunteers who made parkrun happen this week.

Run report by Pippa WHITE

 

This week 80 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Graham CLARKE • Phil HENDERSON • Kevin MCTAGGART • Sara RHIMES • Godfrey RHIMES • Beverley TUNE • Harriet WHITE • Susan BLANDFORD • Kimberley MCINDOE • 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 4,451 participants have completed 20,159 parkruns covering a total distance of 100,795 km, including 3,196 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

 

The One With The Advice - Queen Elizabeth parkrun #259

The wonderful world of social media is a resource for those who are looking for answers or support about ANYTHING. Prosaically, there are a number of official parkrun pages and less official parkrun groups and one of those groups suggested that checking out run reports and Facebook pages to give an indication of conditions and shoe choice is a wise idea. In which case, time to update the world on the ground conditions at the 10th hilliest parkrun in the UK.

The weather has not been clement recently. Following the snow at the start of the month (and an unusual cancellation for QE) the final parkrunday of March had a slew of cancellations for flooding. Fortunately, the QE lot are a hardy bunch so all carried on regardless.

Kevin MCTAGGART and I arrived to help RD James LEIGHTON with the pre-event set up. This involves walking around the large loop with signs and a big mallet and confusing those with snazzy watches as to how many km have been achieved. In addition, a spot of surveillance on the course (trees down, mud, presence of zombies and unicorns etc). It was Kevin’s 24th volunteer slot so next time he volunteers he will join the purple t-shirt team. For those of you with keen eyes, have you noticed that your profile and results position now show if you in the V25 club?

On our return to base after setting up, the first question was about the mud factor – a preoccupation of this parkrun.  The best answer was *different* which didn’t help Ivor MCQUAID (First Timers’ Brief) at all. The usual muddy places were ok-ish, but there was a lot of standing water in puddles and a different consistency of mud. We’ve had it worse this winter, but today it was the pull-your-shoes-off-peculiar-mud-masquerading-as-water at the bottom of the first loop to the funnel. If you are reading this and considering your options they are these. At present the course is hilly, wet and muddy. Trail shoes are going to help much more than road shoes but not completely. The puddles are mostly unavoidable - my unscientific guess is that the water table is high so they aren’t going very quickly; last year’s leaves have decomposed, and aspects of the route are less slippery; someone will be cleaning shoes at home in the vain hope that they dry out. A parkrunner who is concerned about a clean car will bring spare shoes and a plastic bag to sit on; a parkrunner who doesn’t like hills, mud or puddles will wait a little while longer to bag their Q and enjoy the hills in the summer. We keep promising better weather – stick with us

To the run itself, 87 parkrunners completed the run and it was the first ever for two hardy souls,  8 new PBs and over a quarter of the field were visiting for the first time, many from Baffins Fitclub. Running the year (20:18) still hasn’t happened but the results straddle that so it’s only time. Congratulations to Matt EDMONDS, visiting for the first time, who is at the top of the leader board, a creditable 19:31 which is only 2 minutes shy of his next slowest result! Another first timer, Georgina MILLER, led the women in. Both of you, do return and see if you can do this better in the dry.

Matt STANDEN completed his 100th run – the only new club member this week. Well done. May your new time-sensitive link go live in a timely manner.

In addition to thanking all the lovely volunteers – a particular well done to Hannah MILLER who did a splendid job as tail walker and has promised to come back with an off road buggy and occupant as soon as she can.

See you next week for more fun – it doesn’t look as if it’s getting any drier soon!

Run report by Pippa WHITE

This week 87 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

James LEIGHTON • Ivor MCQUAID • Jane WOODROOF • Kevin MCTAGGART • Nicholas WOODROOF • Hannah MILLER • Pippa WHITE • Peter FIELD • Amelia FIELD • 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 4,430 participants have completed 20,079 parkruns covering a total distance of 100,395 km, including 3,190 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

 

Change of Event Director

I am very pleased to announce that with immediate effect Marie APPLETON will be taking over as the Event Director of Queen Elizabeth parkrun.

Marie has been a key member of the core team at QE since 2013. She has volunteered more than a hundred times and has Run Directed on over forty occasions. She has a huge amount of experience and I am sure that she will be an excellent Event Director.

I would like to congratulate Marie on her new role and wish her well in the future. I am sure the event is in safe hands.

James LEIGHTON
Event Support Ambassador (Volunteer) - parkrun UK

 

Queen Elizabeth parkrun #257

On turning up at the start line, we found huddling and trying to keep warm a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our chilled spirits as they do each parkrun morning.

Thank you to Ivor McQUAID, for the runner's briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. Today, visitors from Wimpole Estate and East London runners were welcomed. We were also warned about puddles and watching out for fellow runners.

A big thank you as always to the volunteers who gave up their mornings to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping, though also suspect that was for hand warming purposes

Run Report by: Karen COLE

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Marie APPLETON • Alexander COLE • Helen BOILING • Mark BRADY • Ivor MCQUAID • Antony ROSE • Karen COLE • Amelie LEWIS • Tony BAKER • Susan BLANDFORD • 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 4,387 participants have completed 19,914 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,570 km, including 3,179 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

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