Raphael parkrun Report #109

 

Raphael parkrun Report #109

 

Wow, what a scorcher! I think today was the hottest parkrun of the year to date, and it may have even been the hottest day of the year!  Everyone must have thought let’s get out and enjoy the sun and the park early in the day, as the car park was full earlier than usual!

 

Today, we had 219 runners, with 15 first timers, of which 5 were tourists from Beckton, Harlow, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Newcastle.  Welcome to you all and hope you enjoyed our park and community.  With the park basking in glorious sunshine, it was always going to be tough conditions to achieve a PB, and it was no surprise to see the total number of PBs were down this week.  Congratulations though to the 19 runners who did achieve a PB, including Clare Tanner, John Fitzpatrick, Kay Sandford and Kevin Ellis who all recorded back to back PBs in the last two weeks.

 

A special thank you to all our volunteers who made the event possible and cheered us all from beginning to end. Stephen WALSH • Anne DUGGAN • Sharon ROBINSON • Mark FOWLER • Tony HALL • Pippa-Anne RIDALL • Ian RIDGLEY • David O'BRIEN • Nicola COLES • Sharon SPRY • Eric KEHR • Margaret DOWSETT • Stephen SPRY • Jackie POWER • Jessica RIDALL • Phil STEER • Hazel WILSON • Doug ANDERSON • Annette CIPA • Awtar BOLINA • Joshua SPRY • Linzi DEANE

And while I am on the subject of volunteering, it is great to see so many runners volunteer for our next pacer event to be held on 22 July.  We currently have full coverage for each minute between 21 and 32 minutes.  If you want to join in and be a pacer, just e-mail or send a message via Facebook.

 

Milestones

There were a number of milestones this week, with more runners joining the red t-shirt club!

  • Danielle Whitton ran her 50th parkrun today, completing her 25th at Raphael Park.  She has also run at Barking and Harrow Lodge and has 10 PBs to her name.
  • Louisa Parsons completed her 50th parkrun, with 45 at Raphael Park, and others at Hartlepool and Valentines.  She has volunteered on 5 occasions and has also completed two freedom parkruns at Raphael Park.
  • Philip Freeman ran his 50th parkrun today, completing 33 runs at Raphael Park.  He has run at 5 other parkruns and has an impressive 19 PBs.
  • Vicky Blogg completed her 50th parkrun today, with 47 of those at Raphael Park.  She has 8 PBs and has volunteered as a marshal too.

 

Today’s Results

Male placings:

  • Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:44 - 12th time in 16 appearances.
  • Robbie COOMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:52 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
  • Robin MCNELIS (VM40-44) of Ilford AC, was third over the line in 18:18 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

 

Female placings:

  • Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (13th overall) over the line in 20:13 - 7th time in 8 appearances.
  • Louise MOZZANICA (VW45-49) of CSSC Sports & Leisure, was second (35th overall) over the line in 22:59 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
  • Inga HAYDEN-COOPER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (44th overall) over the line in 23:35 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

  • Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) – 81.86% for the time 17:44 (first overall).
  • Robin MCNELIS (VM40-44) – 76.87% for the time 18:18 (third overall).
  • Dan MEREDITH (VM40-44) – 76.52% for the time 18:23 (4th overall).

 

Fun Fact
Did you know?

Raphael Park broke the 5,000 mark this weekend for the number of runs completed this year. We didn’t reach this milestone until the August Bank Holiday weekend last year.  It just shows how far our Raphael Park community has grown.  Well done everyone and let’s make it continue to go from strength to strength.

 

- Mark Fowler

 

“Chase the pacer” week – 22 July 2017

 

"Chase the pacer" week is back on 22 July 2017!

If you would like to give pacing a go then please email raphaeloffice@parkrun.com and let us know what pace you would like to do.

Pacers of ALL speeds are required (between, say, 18 minutes and 40 minutes) so you do not need to be a fast runner. You just need to do your best to complete the run in the agreed time (at a fairly even pace, if possible). We recommend you take on a time that you're fairly comfortable running i.e. at least a couple of minutes slower than your usual 5km time.

Being a pacer counts towards both your running milestone t-shirt and your volunteering milestone t-shirt. And it is a great way to help other parkrunners achieve a personal best. Why not give it a go? :)

The list below will be updated as volunteer pacers come forward.

 

18 min -
19 min -
20 min -
21 min - Anthony MOORE
22 min - Mark FOWLER
23 min - Lee PUTNAM
24 min - Danny HOLEYMAN
25 min - Jonathan PARSONS
26 min - Samantha JOAN
27 min - Tony RAWSON
28 min - Eric KEHR
29 min - Paul JONES
30 min - Martin KNIGHT
31 min - Louisa PARSONS
32 min - Sarah FOREMAN
33 min -
34 min -
35 min -
36 min -
37 min -
38 min -
39 min -
40 min -

 

 

 

Raphael parkrun Report #108

 

Since parkrun is only made possible by volunteers (most of which are also parkrunners), a special thank you goes to today's volunteers:

Doug ANDERSON, Awtar BOLINA, Adam COALS, Nicola COLES, Teresa DRURY, Anne DUGGAN, Suzanne EASLEY, Stephen EASLEY, Jacqui ELLIOTT, Sarah FOREMAN, Mark FOWLER, Robert GASKELL, Tony HALL, Eric KEHR, Martin KNIGHT, Jude MARSHALL, Catherine MAYHEW, Karis MAYHEW, Jeannette PAGE, John PAGE, Mark PEARCE, and Richard ROCKLIFFE.

It is great to see so many, but we always welcome more! As our Run Director, Stephen Easley mentioned in today's run briefing, please consider putting your name down to volunteer.  Lists are in the bandstand.  It is easy and great to give back to the parkrun community and if that isn't enough, you can claim a purple t-shirt after volunteering 25 times!

We had a good turnout of runners today, with 241 people running the course.  This included 28 first timers, and tourists from Chelmsford, Thurrock and Southwark.  It is great to see so many new faces week after week.  We had 33 PBs, with Bethaney Hall and Emily Newton-Claydon achieving back to back PBs, and Craig Brown and Melvyn Cooper recording 3 PBs in consecutive weeks.  Good work!

 

Milestones

There was no run report from me last week (more of that in the fun facts section), so here are two weeks worth of milestones to highlight below:

3rd June 2017

  • Laurella Noble recorded her 50th parkrun last week, completing 43 runs at Raphael Park.  She has also competed in parkruns in Scotland and Wales and volunteered 3 times.
  • Suzanne Easley recorded her 100th parkrun last week, with 22 runs at Raphael Park.  She has run in 46 different parkruns and volunteered 54 times, including being our Run Director on multiple occasions.

10th June 2017

  • Peter Salmon completed his 50th parkrun today, with 28 runs at Raphael Park.  He has 9 PBs in total, running sub 20 minutes 8 times and has volunteered 7 times.

 

Today's Results

Male placings:
Robbie COOMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:58 - 13th time in 48 appearances.
Matthew BOWLES (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:07.
Martin George CHESTER (VM40-44) of Havering Athletic Club, was third over the line in 18:18 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Breege NORDIN (VW60-64) of Ilford AC, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 21:40 - 33rd time in 41 appearances.
Inga HAYDEN-COOPER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (36th overall) over the line in 22:50 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Louise MOZZANICA (VW45-49) of CSSC Sports & Leisure, was third (42nd overall) over the line in 23:29 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Breege NORDIN (VW60-64)  89.54% for the time 21:40 (23rd overall).
Martin George CHESTER (VM40-44)  76.87% for the time 18:18 (third overall).
Matthew BOWLES (JM15-17)  76.82% for the time 18:07 (second overall).

 

Reminder

We have had a few finish tokens go missing in the past few weeks.  Please remember to return your finish token to the bandstand after your run even if you do not want to record your time.

 

Fun Fact

Did you know?

parkrun to the rescue!  Read on to see how.  The reason there was no run report from me last week was because I was taking part in a charity relay run from Lands End to John O'Groats.  A few days before the event was due to start, we were seriously short of runners in the Cornwall stages due to injuries and other reasons, and the event looked in jeopardy.  However, parkrun came to our rescue!  As one of the organisers, I reached out to parkruns in Cornwall and I was amazed at the response I got, particularly given the short notice and that this stage involved running through the night!  In the end we had three representatives from Penrose Parkrun and three from Lanhydrock Parkrun joining us for the Cornwall section.  With help from the local parkrun communities in Cornwall we completed the 1,540km challenge in 6 days, finishing last Friday.

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- Mark Fowler

 

Raphael parkrun Report #106 27th May 2017

The warm weather in the week must have encouraged people to dust off their trainers and try out parkrun. We had 33 new registrations this week, and 126 during the month.  After the summer temperatures seen during the week, and initial blue skies on Saturday morning, it all looked promising for the run, then at 8:45am the rain started.  Not only did we all get wet, but it remained very muggy, and the unusually humid conditions probably explained why the number of PBs this week was lower than previous weeks

Having said that, runners were not deterred and we saw a good turnout (in fact our 3rd highest), with 261 runners, 47 first timers including a number of fellow parkrunners from various parts of Essex, plus runners from further afield such as Frimley Lodge, Maidenhead and Tunbridge Wells.  We hope you all enjoyed the experience and hope to see you again.

A big thank you as always to our volunteers, especially as you all got soaked, yet you still had smiles on your faces, and cheered and clapped us all on.

As mentioned, conditions made PBs more difficult to come by, but 35 of you still recorded a PB.  A number of you have back to back PBs, and Barry Hyam recorded his third PB is as many weeks, and Harry Fitzpatrick (who was mentioned in last weeks run report) extended his consecutive PB streak to 4 in a row.  Well done to all of you on your PBs!

 Milestones

After last weeks extensive list of milestones, there are none to mention this week.

Todays Results

Male placings:
Bertie POWELL (SM30-34) of Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies, was first over the line in 16:45 - first appearance.
John BARKER (VM50-54) of Thrift Green Trotters, was second over the line in 17:51 - was first to finish once before.
Robbie COOMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:03 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Isabella WOODS (SW20-24) of Havering Athletic Club, was first (13th overall) over the line in 20:09 - first appearance.
Kerry HOGGINS (SW30-34) of Harold Wood Running Club, was second (31st overall) over the line in 21:58 - was first to finish once before.
Linda DAY (VW40-44) of Harold Wood Running Club, was third (39th overall) over the line in 22:30 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John BARKER (VM50-54)  83.29% for the time 17:51 (second overall).
Peter TULLETT (VM55-59)  82.64% for the time 18:55 (7th overall).
Chris MCDONNELL (VM70-74)  81.83% for the time 22:06 (33rd overall).

Fun Fact

Did you know?

There were 30 unknown parkrunners this week.  Maybe runners genuinely didn't want to register their time.  If so, this is fine, but please ensure you hand in your finish tokens at the bandstand after you have finished your run.

If you do want to record your time, it is necessary to print out and bring your barcode.  Your barcode is personal to you and can be found in your profile.  You can sign into your profile via parkrun.com/signin.

 

 - Mark Fowler

 

 

Raphael parkrun Report #105 – 20th May 2017

Having been away for the past few weeks, it was great to return to familiar faces and a number of new ones too.  I see that several new runners have registered and are obviously enjoying our park and community, as they are returning week after week.  In fact, Raphael parkrun has experienced a 25% increase in runner numbers in recent weeks.  Excellent to see!  We would like to extend a big welcome to all you new runners.

I missed our 2nd anniversary event, and so wasn't able to contribute a report for this. However, I hear it was a great Saturday, with a fantastic turnout of runners in fancy dress, cakes and more.  Check out the Facebook page for the photos!  There was even a mention of the event in the Romford Recorder.

Now, moving on to todays event.  We had 244 runners take part, along with 20 volunteers to cheer everyone along.  A huge thank you goes to all the volunteers, who without their support, this event would not be possible.  If you are able to help out in the future, please e-mail the team or put your name on the volunteer board in the bandstand each week.

Everyone must be looking for their next PB.  Well, you are definitely putting the effort and training in, as the PBs are going off the chart . . . 68 in total this week (the highest number in a single week for 2017).  Well done to those of you who achieve one, especially Christine Billen, Harry Fitzpatrick, James Johnson and Liz Haskew who now have PBs in the past 3 consecutive weeks.

Milestones

There are a number of milestones to highlight this week.

Oakley Williams completed his 10th parkrun today and 9th at Raphael Park.  He even managed to achieve a PB on his milestone event, shaving more than 2 and half minutes off his previous best.

Anne Wright has reached her 50 milestone, completing 30 runs at Raphael Park and achieving a total of 19 PBs, out of which 13 were at Raphael Park.

Louise Fisk completed her 50th parkrun and 29th at Raphael Park.  She has 12 PBs and has volunteered 19 times.

Andrew Gray reached his 50 milestone today, having completed all of his parkruns at Raphael Park.  He has achieved 10 PBs along the way and improved his time by almost 3 minutes since starting out.

Also, for those of you that achieved your milestone over the past few weeks and haven't seen your name in print yet, fear not; it hasn't gone unnoticed!

There were two milestones at the 13 May 17 event.  Congratulations go to:

Hazel Wilson who achieved her 50 milestone with her 50th parkrun at Raphael Park.  She has 6 PBs to her name and has improved her time by 2 and a half minutes since commencing her parkrun career.

Ray Taylor completed his 50th parkrun today and 48th at Raphael Park.  He has achieved 5 PBs and has volunteered 11 times.

There were two milestones at our 2nd anniversary event on 6 May 17.

Robbie Cooman has reached his 50 milestone, having completed 45 parkruns at Raphael Park.  He has 16 PBs to his name and has volunteered 5 times.  He has been the first finisher 10 times and even managed to finish first on his 50th parkrun!

John Hope completed his 50th parkrun, and 30th at Raphael Park.  He has 6 PBs and has volunteered on a couple of occasions too.

There were also a couple of milestones at our parkrun on 29 April 2017.

Lilly-Rose Patten has reached her 10th parkrun milestone, completing all her runs at Raphael Park, plus a junior parkrun at Harrow Lodge.  She has 4 PBs, and has improved her time by 6 minutes since starting out.

Simon Wan completed his 50th parkrun and 11th at Raphael Park.  He has 13 PBs, with 6 PBs from Raphael Park.

I hope this is everyone.  Let me know if you have achieved a milestone and I have missed you.  It is definitely not intentional, but given that searching for past weeks information is a manual process, I could well have missed someone.

Awards

Awards have been given out over the past few weeks to all parkrunners under 12 who have run the equivalent of a marathon or further over the past year (9 or more parkruns).  So far Lilly-Rose PattenBen Morgan and Oliver Hussey have received their certificates.  We also still have a certificate for Oliver Grundy to collect.

Ultramarathon awards have also been given to parkrunners under 15 who have run 100k or further over the past year (20 or more parkruns).  So far Tommy Patten and Kezia Bishop have received their certificates.  We also still have a certificate for Catherine Hobday to collect.

Well done to all of our junior award winners.

Today's Results

Male placings:
Gary COOMBES (VM45-49) of Dagenham 88 Runners, was first over the line in 17:18 - first time in 6 appearances.
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:38 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.
Robbie COOMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:56 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Justine PUTNAM (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 20:51 - first appearance.
Kerry HOGGINS (SW30-34) of Harold Wood Running Club, was second (32nd overall) over the line in 21:23 - was first to finish once before.
Hazel WILSON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (50th overall) over the line in 22:53.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) 82.33% for the time 17:38 (second overall).
Gary COOMBES (VM45-49) 81.98% for the time 17:18 (first overall).
Dan MEREDITH (VM40-44) 77.50% for the time 18:09 (4th overall).

Fun Fact

Did you know?

The random stat from this weeks parkrun newsletter mentions that first finishers at UK 5k parkrun events in 2017 so far have been aged from 11 to 66.  So I thought I would take a look at this stat for Rapahel Park.  During 2017 our own parkrun has seen the youngest first finisher within the 11-14 age category and the oldest in the 60-64 category.

Mark Fowler

 

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