Raphael parkrun Report #168

Raphael Parkrun Report #168

It was an action-packed parkrun today, with yet another record smashed, some near misses and some other fantastic individual achievements. Before we get to those though, as many of you are aware, we had a couple of incidents in the park this morning, with one runner falling over as he finished his run, and also one of our marshals was taken ill. Firstly, and most importantly, other than some cuts and bruises the runner sustained, I understand that both runner and marshal are now ok, and we look forward to welcoming them both back once they have both fully recovered. Secondly, it was down the quick reactions of Adam Coals (today’s Run Director) and other volunteers, plus members of the Raphael Park run community that ensured that the appropriate medical support was on hand so quickly. Obviously, we never want to see anyone hurt, but great to see everyone drop everything to support those who need help.

Now, back to the run itself. Conditions were fantastic for running today, no wind or rain, and temperatures were in the high teens, so there was anticipation for a good number of PBs. Our runners didn’t disappoint. Out of the 225 runners (including 23 first timers), we saw 53 PBs (almost 1 in 4 runners). That is an amazing feat, especially given that last week UK wide, 16% of runners achieved a PB! Of those who did achieve a PB, there are two special names to call out today: Vincent Kavanagh, who has run 123 times at Raphael Park smashed his previous best by a massive 41 seconds. To provide some context to this achievement, Vincent recorded multiple PBs in his first 20 or so parkruns at Raphael, however, since then PBs have been more difficult to come by, so to achieve one and by such a margin is outstanding. Great work Vincent! Secondly, James Johnson who has run 61 times at Raphael Park achieved a PB, knocking 9 seconds off his previous best. Great running James, and although you didn’t know it at the time, you were a marker for me to follow, and even though there was no way I was going to catch you, you kept me pushing and helped me achieve a PB with the buggy. So, thanks for that!

The run itself was won by Ben Davis, who was nearly 3 minutes ahead of the 2nd placed runner. Ben was so close to achieving a PB, but was a few seconds outside this time, and 10 seconds off equalling the course record. Next time Ben!

There were a number of milestones today:
• Louise Mozzanica (VW45-49) reached the 25 volunteer milestone and can claim her purple t-shirt. Louise has volunteered in almost all roles available, including Run Director. She has also completed 104 parkruns, of which 102 have been run at Raphael Park.

• Kevin Ellis (VM35-39) completed his 100th parkrun and 21st at Raphael Park. He has run at 12 different parkruns and achieved 13 PBs, including 4 back to back at Raphael Park last year.

• Amy Stanley (JW11-14) completed her 50th parkrun and 49th at Raphael Park, running once at Harrow Lodge too. She has 9 PBs. She only started her parkrun account in July 2017, so she must have caught the parkrun ‘bug’, since by my counting, Amy hasn’t missed many weeks in the last year! Amy has also volunteered on 6 occasions.

• Ian Stanley (VM40-44) completed his 50th parkrun and 49th at Raphael Park, also running once at Harrow Lodge. He has 8 PBs including one today to mark his milestone (improving by 3 seconds). Ian also started his parkrun career back in July 2017, so, similar to Amy, also hasn’t missed many parkrun events. Ian has volunteered on 7 occasions.

• Andy Dean (VM50-54) also reached the red 50 milestone, running all of them at Raphael Park. He has an impressive 19 PBs so far, including 7 back to back.

• Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) completed his 50th parkrun and 48th at Raphael Park, with others at Harrow Lodge and Valentines. He has 16 PBs, and in the space of 18 months has improved his parkrun time by 4 minutes.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Ben Davis (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 15:37.
Paul Suett (VM40-44) of Dagenham 88 Runners was second over the line in 18:28 and achieved a PB.
David Bell (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:36 and achieved a PB.

Female placings:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was first (3rd overall) over the line in 18:30.
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletics Club was second (8th overall) over the line in 19:14.
Joanne Reeves (VW40-44) of Havering ’90 Joggers was third (21st overall) over the line in 21:35.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 85.86% with a time of 18:30 (3rd overall).
Ben Davis (SM18-19) (Unattached) – 84.42% with a time of 15:37 (1st overall).
Linda Smith (VW60-64) (Unattached) – 82.44% with a time of 24:35 (72nd overall), and achieved a PB.

Fun Fact
Did you Know?
We saw two age category records broken today.

Firstly, Summer Smith, in what is only her 2nd senior parkrun, smashed the JW10 record. In her first senior parkrun last month, she was only a few seconds outside the record. Today, she returned to run a PB and break the age category record by 20 seconds in a time of 24:31. Great running Summer.

Secondly, Emma Prideaux broke the VW45-49 category record. Emma is already the holder of the VW40-44 age category record, but today also become the holder of the VW45-49 category, running a time of 18:30, and knocking 2 minutes 21 seconds off Justine Putnam’s record.

 

Raphael parkrun Report #167

It was a warm one today, with a return of the sweltering conditions seen a couple of weeks back. The lack of breeze made for a sticky and sweaty run, but everyone put in a great performance and I even saw some smiles on my way round!

Today we saw 217 people run, jog or walk the course, including 17 first timers (7 tourists and 10 completely new to parkrun). We had fantastic support from our 31 volunteers. Thanks to all of them. And just a reminder, we are very short on volunteers over the coming weeks, so please let the team know if you can help out.

After last week’s pacer event, and a drop in the number of runners this week, it was no surprise that PBs were down, plus the warm conditions didn’t help on that front. Having said that, that didn’t stop 27 of you achieving your personal best. Today’s special mention goes to Robbie Cooman (SM25-29). He is one of our regulars, and if you don’t know him, he will be the one who laps us, since he is usually one of the first few runners to finish. Today both Gavin Watts and Robbie pushed each other in a close run for first place, with both of them achieving a PB. For Robbie, this was first time he had run sub 17 minutes at parkrun, knocking 24 seconds off his previous best at Raphael Park. That is truly remarkable!

Today there were a couple of milestones to mention:
• Andrew Gray (VM35-39) completed his 100th and 99th parkrun at Raphael Park, also having run at Folkstone. He has 16 PBs to his name, including one today to mark the occasion, knocking two seconds off his previous PB. Andrew has been parkrunning since 2015, and each year has improved, so by next year he should be breaking the 20 minute barrier! Thanks for the cakes to celebrate your milestone, and I look forward to seeing you get the run buggy out for a spin soon!

• Nicole Newton (VW35-39) joined the 25 volunteer club with her role as marshal today. She has volunteered as a marshal an amazing 22 times, and also helped with barcode scanning too. In fact, she has supported our parkrun more times than she has run it, so a huge thank you for all the support over the past three years.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Gavin Watts (SM30-34) of Defence Sports & Recreation was first over the line in 16:40 and achieved a PB.
Robbie Cooman (SM25-29) of Havering Athletics Club was second over the line in 16:46 and achieved a PB.
James Stewart (SM18-19) of Havering Athletics Club was third over the line in 17:03.

Female placings:
Breege Nordin (VW60-64) of Ilford AC was first (23rd overall) over the line in 22:07.
Carla Khouri (VW40-44) of Vegan Runners was second (48th overall) over the line in 23:43 and achieved a PB.
Maya Lall (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (57th overall) over the line in 24:26 and achieved a PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Breege Nordin (VW60-64) of Ilford AC – 89.00% with a time of 22:07 (23rd overall).
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 82.70% with a time of 18:07 (4th overall).
Gavin Watts (SM30-34) of Defence Sports & Recreation – 78.70% with a time of 16:40 (1st overall).

Fun Fact
Did you Know?
Breege Nordin (VW60-64) was our top age grade performance at Raphael Park and first female over the line, but this was also the 24th best age grade performance this week across the whole of the UK. Great running Breege!

 

Raphael parkrun Report #166

 

Raphael parkrun Report #166

 

Today was pacer day, and what a fantastic turnout of pacer volunteers.  In fact, it was the most pacers we have ever had, with each minute between 20-40 minutes covered, so almost everyone had a person to follow to reach their next PB!  Most of the pacer volunteers were from Harold Wood Running Club, so a special thank you to them.

 

As the pacer event (and the new bibs!) were such a success, in future the intention is to hold a "chase the pacer" event on the last Saturday of every month.  See this news item if you'd like to volunteer to be a pacer at the end of August.

 

There was good attendance today; 246 runners in total, (one more than last week) and a joint record number of volunteers; 44 in total, helped significantly by our 21 pacers.  As always, a big hand for our volunteers.  We saw 41 PBs, with today’s special mention going to Simon Childs (one of our Run Directors), who despite having run 74 times at Raphael Park, managed to achieved yet another PB, knocking an impressive 23 seconds off his previous best.  Well done Simon!

 

Today there were a number of milestones to mention:

  • Sue Douglas (VW55-59) became a member of the red t-shirt club, having reached her 50 milestone and 47th run at Raphael Park.  She has six PBs and has also completed a tourist parkrun in Singapore.  She has volunteered on 12 occasions, and often seen giving the first timers briefing.

 

  • Helen Man (SW30-34) completed her 50th parkrun and 27th at Raphael Park.  She has run at 5 other parkruns and achieved an impressive 17 PBs, with her quickest time being recorded at Valentines parkrun.

 

  • Lee Salmon (VM40-44) also completed his 50th parkrun and 49th at Raphael Park, with the other run at Harrow Lodge.  He has recorded 15 PBs, including twice achieving three PBs in a row.

 

  • Kara Melon (JW10) can now claim her junior white milestone having completed 10 parkrun, with this being her first at Raphael Park.  She has run at 5 other parkruns, including Treviso, Italy, and completed 14 junior parkruns.  She has one senior and six junior PBs and has already volunteered 10 times!

 

  • Ronnie Martin (JM11-14) completed his 10th senior parkrun, having run all ten at Raphael Park.  He has six PBs, including four back to back.  Since starting out, he has improved his 5km time by almost 4 minutes.

 

  • Joyce Tan (VW35-39) reached the 25 volunteer milestone this week, having covered a number of roles, including marshal, tail walker, finish tokens and barcode scanning.  She is a regular at Raphael Park having run here 83 times too.

 

  • Rosalia Dodkins (VW55-59) also became eligible to claim the purple volunteer milestone t-shirt.  She has volunteered in the capacity of marshal, finish tokens, timekeeper, barcode scanning and tail walker, and completed Raphael parkrun 45 times.

 

Since I was away last weekend, there was no run report from me.  I did manage to get my ‘parkrun fix’ though on the tourist trail at Buckingham parkrun.  It’s a lovely parkrun, run entirely on tarmac (very welcome for a buggy runner like me!), and located in the centre of town, so ideal for a post run coffee and breakfast!  Anyway, this does mean there are a couple runners with milestones who missed out on seeing their name in print (well, the run report), but fear not, here are the milestones from last weekend!

 

James Huddart (VM70-74) completed his 50th parkrun and 45th at Raphael Park, with a further three at Roding Valley and two at Barking.  He has 7 PBs, including 4 consecutive PBs from back in 2015.

 

Robert Newton (VM35-39) completed his 100th parkrun and 89th at Raphael Park.    He has 16 PBs and is also a regular volunteer for us, having already surpassed the volunteer milestone.  You will have seen Rob marshalling with his son today at his usual post at the tennis courts; this being his 27th volunteer occasion.

 

Jonathan Parsons (VM30-34) reached the 25 volunteer milestone. Jonathan has carried out most volunteer roles and he celebrated this volunteering milestone by taking on the role of Run Director for the first time last week! Jonathan has completed 112 parkruns, 91 of those in Raphael Park.

 

Today’s Results

 

Male placings:

  • Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC was first over the line in 17:47.
  • John Barker (VM50-54) of Thrift Green Trotters was second over the line in 18:08.
  • Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) of Havering ’90 Joggers was third over the line in 18:34.

 

Female placings:

  • Madeline Barker (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was first (23rd overall) over the line in 21:46.
  • Inga Hayden-Cooper (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (45th overall) over the line in 23:58.
  • Paula Stanford (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (53rd overall) over the line in 24:24.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

  • Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC– 84.25% with a time of 17:47 (1st overall).
  • John Barker (VM50-54) of Thrift Green Trotters – 83.36% with a time of 18:08 (2nd overall).
  • Paul Soulsby (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 75-32% with a time of 19:35 (7th overall).

 

 

Fun Fact

Did you Know?

Given it was pacer day, we applaud those volunteers who paced our runners to new PBs, season bests or whatever personal goals people were looking to achieve.  All our pacers did a fantastic job, particularly with the windy conditions, and almost everyone tracked to their pacer times.  The closest was Nicola Coles who was only one second off her exact pacer time.  Great pacing Nicola!

 

- Mark Fowler

 

‘Chase the Pacer’ week is back – 25th August

"Chase the pacer" week is back on 25th August 2018!

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

Pacers of ALL speeds are required (between, say, 18 minutes and 45 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.

25TH AUGUST

18 min -
19 min -
20 min -
21 min -
22 min - Lee PATTEN
23 min - Jamie AUSTIN
24 min -
25 min - Ian BILLINGHAM
26 min -
27 min - Gavin BAILEY
28 min - Stephen MURPHY
29 min -
30 min - Luke SUMMERS
31 min - Leanna ROMANO
32 min - Eric Kehr
33 min -
34 min -
35 min - Denise LINAY
36 min - Jacqueline LAWRENCE
37 min -
38 min - Louisa PARSONS
39 min -
40 min -
45 min -

We are hoping that pacer week will now be a regular event on the last Saturday of every month. September's pacer week will be on 29th September, and Harold Wood Running Club will once again be supplying the majority of Pacers for that event.

 

‘Chase the Pacer’ week is back – 28th July

"Chase the pacer" week is back on 28th July 2018!

Due to the generosity of the Raphael parkrun community, we raised more than expected when fundraising for the portable PA system. The Core Team thought it would be good to put the extra money raised to good use by purchasing new pacer bibs - which will be debuting at this pacer week

Harold Wood Running Club will be supplying the majority of Pacers for this event, but we will be opening this up in the next couple of days to anyone who wishes to pace one of the free slots. Please keep an eye on the Facebook page and Raphael news page for updates. Remember 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 - James COKER
21 min - Christopher KING
22 min - Mark FOWLER
23 min -
24 min - Phil DAVIES
25 min - Craig BROWN
26 min - Martin HAWKER
27 min - Gurjit SINGH BANSAL
28 min - Hayley SMITH
29 min - Leanne MITCHELL
30 min - Rosie HATCH
31 min - Louise HAWKER
32 min - Kaye JACKSON
33 min - Brynley GIDDINGS
34 min - Julie BRADD
35 min - Debra DUNCAN-SILVERA
36 min - Jacqui LAWRENCE
37 min - Gaetano CIOTOLA
38 min - Tracy GIDDINGS
39 min -
40 min - Nicola COLES

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