Raphael parkrun Report #140

Today was our first pacer event of the year and despite the weather being very unkind to us, it was a hugely successful event. Before going any further, I think all the volunteers deserve a massive round of applause for sticking it out in the cold and wet conditions (the rain was relentless throughout the run), so thank you to all of you, whatever role you supported in. The pacers did an amazing job as can be seen from the 56 new PBs this week.

It was no surprise given the weather conditions, that attendance numbers were down this week but we have a hardy bunch of regulars, so although today’s attendance of 278 was our lowest this year so far, it was still our 3rd highest overall attendance! On that note, we broke a third record in as many weeks; this time in terms of volunteer numbers. I know we obviously require more volunteers at pacer weeks, but we have held a number of these events now, so great to see a record 37 volunteers today. We had pacers covering each minute from 21-32 minutes, and also pacers for 35 and 38 minutes, so extensive coverage for most of us to aim for our goals.

Not only did we have 56 PBs this week, but we also had 13 runners achieve back to back PBs in consecutive weeks. A special mention goes to Michael Leachman, who has had a great start to the year, with a PB in all three of his runs at Raphael Park this year.

Milestones
We have one milestone to celebrate this week. Congratulations to Calum Ashcroft (JM10) who has completed 10 parkruns, all at Raphael Park and is now eligible to claim his white milestone t-shirt. Well done Calum! He has achieved 5 PBs (including 3 in a row) and has improved his time from an initial 34 minutes to a best of just over 27 minutes. Very impressive!

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Barry Smith (VM35-39) of Havering Athletic Club was first over the line in 18:19.
Kieran O’Hara (SM18-19) of Havering Athletic Club was second over the line in 18:25 and achieved a PB.
Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) of Havering ’90 Joggers was third over the line in 19:08.

Female placings:
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:29.
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was second (16th overall) over the line in 20:45 and achieved a PB.
Leanna Romano (VW30-34) (Unattached) was third (57th overall) over the line in 23:34 and achieved a PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club – 80.16% with a time of 20:45 (16th overall) and a achieved a PB.
Ethan Brien (JM10) (Unattached) – 76.76% with a time of 21:18 (23rd overall) and achieved a PB.
Jason Syrett (VM50-54) of Thurrock Harriers AC – 76.29% with a time of 19:20 (6th overall).

Fun Fact
Did you know?
We all know our pacers were amazing today, with all of them pacing very well. Looking at the results there were a lots of runners finishing a few seconds either side of the pacer time achieving PBs, so the pacer obviously helped. In terms of most accurate pacing, both Tony Rawson and Nicola Coles were only one second off their set pacer time, although the others were also very close.

- Mark Fowler

 

Raphael parkrun Report #139

Saturday morning, 9am, a bit cold but dry and no noticeable wind. All of this makes for a pretty good morning for a run at Raphael Park then! Well, 316 people agreed with me, as we all completed the course. It was great to see a number of Harrow Lodge regulars again this week and a number of tourists, and even a few more buggy runners than usual to keep me company. Of the 53 first timers to Raphael parkrun (that’s impressive in itself) we welcomed 24 first time parkrunners this week. What is even more impressive is that we had 25 registrations this week, so it nearly converted into 100% participation (I hope the other person didn’t forget their barcode).

Conditions were favourable for good times, and this held true as we had 61 PBs. This was the highest number of PBs in a single week since 22nd July last year, which was a ‘chase the pacer’ week! I appreciate our attendance numbers have increased in the past two weeks, largely from welcoming those with New Year resolutions and also many Harrow Lodge regulars (following the cancellation of their parkrun for the second consecutive week). As a result, we would expect a higher number of PBs, but it is still fantastic to see so many of you improve your times. Don’t forget our first ‘chase the pacer’ week next Saturday; this is always a good opportunity for getting a PB. We hope to have pacers for most minutes between 20-35 minutes. We already have a number of pacers, but please get in touch if you want to volunteer and see what slots still need filling.

Last week, we set a new attendance record, and this week another record was set! A special congratulations goes to Amos Seddon, who smashed one of our longer standing age category records, beating the previous record for the VM75-79 set way back in August 2015 by Leonard Arthur Parrott. Amos, a first timer to Raphael Park, ran an outstanding 25:25, knocking 93 seconds Leonard’s time. Well done Amos!

Milestones
We had a few milestones to mention this week. Congratulations to Carole, Claire and Robert.

Claire Cook (VW40-44) completed her 50th parkrun today, earning eligibility into the red t-shirt club. She has completed all 50 of her runs at Raphael Park, achieving 12 PBs to date. She has improved her times by over 5 minutes since starting her parkrun tally.

Carole Styles (VW40-44) completed her 50th parkrun today, and is another parkrunner to have run all 50 of her runs at Raphael Park. She has 6 PBs to her name, and is also a member of the purple t-shirt club, having volunteered an impressive 34 times.

Robert James Lewis (VM50-54) ran his 100th parkrun today, and 99th at Raphael Park. His other run was at neighbouring Harrow Lodge. He has achieved 12 PBs improving his time by over 6 minutes since starting out. He has also volunteered on one occasion.

Today’s Results
Male placings:

Robin Smith (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:38, and achieved a PB.
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC was second over the line in 17:53.
Neil Herbert (VM40-44)(Unattached) was third over the line in 19:01.

Female placings:
Clare Foreman (SW30-34) of Barking Road Runners was first (45th overall) over the line in 23:02 and achieved a PB.
Natasha Danino (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (55th overall) over the line in 23:29.
Tracy Bailey (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (66th overall) over the line in 24:10 and achieved a PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 83.78% with a time of 17:53 (2nd overall)
Smith Linda (VW60-64) (Unattached) – 80.85% with a time of 25:04 (82nd overall) and achieved a PB.
Amos Seddon (VM75-79) of Harwich Runners – 75.87% with a time of 25:25 (87th overall).

Fun Fact
Did you Know?

Of the 31 first timers who completed their first ever parkrun at Raphael Park last weekend, it was fabulous to see 16 return this week. Of those, 14 improved their times. Hopefully you have all caught the ‘parkrun bug’ and we will continue to see you week after week. Who knows, it might not be long before you are getting a mention for a milestone or a PB streak!

 

Raphael parkrun Report #138

Raphael parkrun Report #138

 

Happy New Year, and what a start too . . . it was only our first event of the year, and Raphael Park got off to a fantastic start with a new record.  This time, it was a new record attendance.  We welcomed 333 runners today, 31 first timers and a number of tourists, many from Harrow Lodge, who had seen their parkrun cancelled both this week and next due to park conditions.  We hope you all enjoyed our parkrun and hope to see you next week too.

 

Despite conditions being pretty wet and windy over the past week, this abated for today’s parkrun, although the temperature remained only slightly above zero, and the paths were still slippery in places from the overnight frost.  This just meant that an extra layer, gloves and a more vigorous warm-up was required.

 

After a plea for additional volunteers during the week, many of you lent a hand, so a huge thank you goes to the 26 volunteers today.  Check out the future roster online as there are still a number of spaces to fill over the coming weeks.

 

After a lull in PBs last week, we saw resurgence in PB levels today with 27 of you setting a new standard.  A special mention to Kate Adams again this week, who now has five PBs in a row.  Can she make it six next week!

 

Milestones

We have a number of our runners kicking off 2018 with a milestone.  Congratulations to all four of you.

  • Ruta Grainyte (JW15-17) earned her white t-shirt having reached the junior milestone of 10 parkruns, completing two of those at Raphael Park, and the other eight at Harrow Lodge.  She has 4 PBs and has reached this milestone in a quick timeframe, having only started her parkrun tally in October 2017.

 

  • Adam Coals (VM35-39) completed his 50th parkrun today and is one of the rare runners to have reached this milestone having run all 50 of his runs at Raphael Park.  He has an impressive record of 25 PBs (including 6 PBs in a row) and has improved his time from 30 minutes to sub 21 minutes!  He is also closing in on his purple t-shirt having volunteered 19 times.

 

  • Louise Mozzanica (VW45-49) ran her 100th parkrun today, and 98th at Raphael Park (other two were at Harrow Lodge).  She has finished first female on 8 occasions and has 13 PBs.  She has also volunteered 8 times.

 

  • Vincent Kavanagh (VM50-54) is another Raphael Park regular, and has now reached his 100 milestone, running all of his parkruns here.  He has 9 PBs and has improved his time by almost four minutes since starting his parkrun career.  He has also volunteered 7 times.

 

Today’s Results

 

Male placings:
Robin Smith
(VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:48, and achieved a PB

Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC was second over the line in 17:58

Barry Smith (VM35-39) of Havering Athletics Club was third over the line in 18:06

 

Female placings:
Sydney Foley
(JW11-14) of Havering Athletics Club was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:07 and achieved a PB
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (9th overall) over the line in 19:35

Inga Hayden-Cooper (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (55th overall) over the line in 23:09

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Sydney Foley (JW11-14) of Havering Athletics Club – 83.52% with a time of 19:07 (7th overall) and achieved a PB

Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 83.40% with a time of 17:58 (2nd overall)

Smith Linda (VW60-64) (Unattached) – 80.21% with a time of 25:16 (89th overall) and achieved a PB

 

Fun Fact

Did you Know?

In this section last week I mentioned the additional New Year’s parkrun events that were being held and the opportunity for a parkrun double with different parkruns having staggered start times.  Well done to all of today’s runners who completed the double and the table below shows which parkrun courses they ran at.

 

Name parkrun Course
Robin Smith Maidstone Harrow Lodge
Christopher King Billericay Harrow Lodge
Mark Fowler Maidenhead Woodley
Martin Jones Billericay Chelmsford
Jeremy Benson Wanstead Flats Valentines
Toby Lashmar Billericay Harrow Lodge
Simon Lashmar Billericay Harrow Lodge
Neil Troubridge Billericay Brentwood
Scott Brown Billericay Harrow Lodge
Craig Brown Billericay Harrow Lodge
James Rockliffe Highbury Fields Southwark
Brian Slade Wanstead Flats Harrow Lodge
David Binge Wanstead Flats Harrow Lodge
Laura Kelly Wanstead Flats Harrow Lodge
Lisa Gaskin Wanstead Flats Harrow Lodge
Janice Jones Billericay Chelmsford
Joyce Tan Maidenhead Woodley

 

- Mark Fowler

 

“Chase the pacer” week – 20 January 2018

 

"Chase the pacer" week is back on 20 January 2018!

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 -
22 min - Billy WALKINGTON
23 min - Danny HOLEYMAN
24 min - Paul PRIOR
25 min - Tony RAWSON
26 min - Andrew GRAY
27 min - Gurjit Singh BANSAL
28 min - Samantha CASTLEY-MACDONALD
29 min - Phil STEER
30 min - Paul JONES
31 min - Stephen MURPHY
32 min - Eric KEHR
33 min -
34 min -
35 min - Nicola COLES
36 min -
37 min -
38 min - Louisa PARSONS
39 min -
40 min -

 

 

Raphael parkrun report #137

Today was the final parkrun of the year, so it only seems right to reflect on the year, and what a year it has been for Raphael parkrun, and parkrun as a whole.  Raphael parkrun continues to grow. We have had a total of 10,504 runners complete the course in 2017 (up 32% compared to 2016) and 1,126 volunteers (up 20% compared to 2016).

 

We have seen a phenomenal number of PBs, with many of you recording multiple back to back PBs too, and it has been staggering to see so many of our runners reach their milestones this year (not to mention keeping me busy calling out all your accolades in the run reports!).  On top of that, 18 age category records have been broken in 2017 and the overall female parkrun record was smashed back in early December.

 

Our pacer series has grown in popularity as the word has spread and its success is obvious seeing that PBs have spiked during those events.  It is also great to see so many runners and volunteers wearing the apricot T-shirts too, along with their milestone ones.  The Raphael parkrun community has had a fantastic 2017, and let’s continue to this into 2018.  Happy New Year.

 

Now looking at today’s event, and it appears that our runner numbers didn’t suffer despite it being the festive period (obviously due to our dedicated running community).  In total, we welcomed 183 runners, including a number of tourists and even 4 first timers (great to see the New Year resolutions are starting early)!  Our runners were supported by 22 trusted volunteers who did an amazing job in cheering and pushing us on.

 

Although conditions today were milder than in recent weeks, a stiff breeze made conditions challenging.  It certainly made the exposed outbound section around the tennis courts seem harder than normal.  The PB stats this week reflect the combination of challenging conditions and possibly the over indulgences of Christmas!  Despite this, congratulations to the 9 runners who achieved a PB, including Kate Adams, who now has three PBs in a row.

Milestones

We have multiple milestones to mention today, obviously a popular way to close the year!

  • Erin Dack (JW10) reached the junior 10 milestone having completed 8 of those runs at Raphael Park (the other two in South Africa).  She has 4 senior PBs to her name, and has also completed 25 junior parkruns, achieved another 4 PBs at the junior events.

 

  • Jacqui Elliott (VW45-49) completed her 50th parkrun, and 30th at Raphael Park.  She is one of our Run Directors and is often seen running with her dog, Chubber.  Jacqui is not only a run director but has volunteered in multiple different roles on an outstanding 124 occasions!  On the running side, she 9 PBs to her name.

 

  • Martin McVeigh (VM70-74) reached his 50 milestone, completing 26 runs at Raphael Park, and others at Harrow Lodge and Barking.  He has achieved 7 PBs along the way and has volunteered three times.

 

  • Carol Nelson (VW60-64) ran her 50th parkrun today, completing 47 runs at Raphael Park.  She has accumulated 12 PBs and has volunteered on 16 separate occasions.

 

  • Brian Cross (VM50-54) ran his 50th parkrun today and 13th at Raphael Park.  He has also run at other local parkruns, plus two different parkruns in Brisbane, Australia.  He has 14 PBs and has volunteered as a marshal on one occasion too.

 

  • Joyce Tan (VW35-39) completed her 100th parkrun and 70th at Raphael Park.  She has completed 20 different parkrun courses, including two in Singapore and one in Australia.  Joyce has 5 PBs and many of you will know her as one of our regular tail walkers having volunteered 18 times.  She is also 8 months pregnant, so a special congratulations on keeping up the running to reach this milestone.

 

  • Paula Stanford (VW40-44) completed her 100th parkrun and 98th at Raphael Park.  She has also run at Harrow Lodge and Exeter Riverside.  Paula has achieved this milestone in a quick time, having only started her parkrun tally back in July 2015.  In this time, she has achieved 17 PBs and volunteered 4 times.

Today’s Results

 

Male placings:
Gary Mellish
(SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:34

Robbie Cooman (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was second over the line in 18:48

Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) of Havering 90 Joggers was third over the line in 19:12

 

Female placings:
Matilda Canty
(JW11-14) of Havering Athletics Club was first (13th overall) over the line in 21:12
Charlotte Olson (SW20-24) of Tri Sport Epping was second (42nd overall) over the line in 24:29

Laurella Noble (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (52nd overall) over the line in 25:00

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletics Club – 78.46% with a time of 21:12 (13th overall)

Phil Olson (VM55-59) of Tri Sport Epping – 74.44% with a time of 21:00 (11th overall)

Peter Hobday (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 72.34% with a time of 20:33 (9th overall)

Fun Fact

Did you Know?

In case you are at a loose end or looking to overcome that New Year hangover, what better way to do so than the fresh air of a parkrun!  If you didn’t know, a number of parkruns are holding a special additional 5k event on New Year’s Day.  Even though Raphael Park isn’t holding one, there are a number of other options, both local and further afield.  Check out http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/for further details.

 

It is worth pointing out start times may be different to the usual 9am start, so please check.  In some cases times have been staggered to enable those who are keen enough to take part in two different parkruns on the same day to do so.  If you do complete two parkruns on New Year’s Day, then both will count towards your next milestone.

Mark Fowler

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