Raphael parkrun report #199

Raphael Parkrun Report #199

Today, we welcomed a number of runners from neighbouring Brentwood parkrun, after their event had to be cancelled. Running on tarmac was probably a welcome relief given the recent wet weather. Despite the number of tourists, our attendance numbers were the lowest so far this year at 293. Maybe some of our regulars were resting for tomorrow’s Brentwood half, although I expect the more likely reason was the blustery conditions. “Blustery” is putting it mildly! In fact, we had an unwelcome guest in the form of Storm Hannah today, which made the course set-up challenging. I’m not sure if it was just me, but it seemed that no matter which direction I was running round the tennis court section, I seemed to be running into a head wind! However, this didn’t stop 31 runners recording a PB today. Great effort!

An extra special thank you goes to Sarah Foreman (our RD today) and her hardy bunch of volunteers, who braved the storm and ploughed on with their volunteering responsibilities regardless. It is worth reiterating what Sarah mentioned at the run briefing about staying to the paths and off the grass, especially on the way to the start after the briefing and on returning to the bandstand after finishing. The grass is getting particularly boggy after the recent downpours, and we don’t want our footfall to make things worse, or worse still, runners slipping and injuring themselves or others.

Milestones:
We have three milestones this week. Congratulations to Tim, Ray and Chris for being eligible to claim their red t-shirts.
• Tim Perceval-Broadfield completed his 50th run today, and 41st at Raphael park, also having run at Brentwood and Harrow Lodge. He has 5 PBs and has volunteered 21 times in various roles.
• Ray O’Brien also completed his 50th run and 50th at Raphael park, recording 4 PBs to date.
• Chris Hawkins reached his 50 milestone, having run 49 times at Raphael park and once at Basildon. Chris has 6 PBs to his name so far.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Luke Stringer (JM15-17) of Medway & Maidstone AC was first over the line in 18:33.
David Dickinson (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:40.
Fabrizio Stefanoni (VM45-49) of East London Runners was third over the line in 19:05.

Female placings:
Freya Long (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was first (14th overall) over the line in 21:17.
Laurella Noble (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 22:50.
Tanya Camilleri-Smith (VW35-39) (Unattched) was third (40th overall) over the line in 23:32.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Freya Long (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club – 76.51% with a time of 21:17 (14th overall).
Peter Hobday (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 75.17% with a time of 19:56 (6th overall).
James Johnson (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 75.16% with a time of 20:16 (8th overall).

Fun Fact
Did you Know?
Today’s first three positions were first timers to Raphael park. In addition, both male and female first positions were both juniors. Well done.

 

‘Chase the pacer’ – back on 30th March 2019!

'Chase the pacer' week is back on 30th March 2019!

runners

We are looking for pacers of all times so if you fancy giving pacing a go, please let us know - raphael@parkrun.com.  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. It is also 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 - James JOHNSON
22 min - Mark FOWLER
23 min -
24 min -
25 min - Leanna ROMANO
26 min - Stephen COHEN
27 min - Robert GUINEY
28 min - Steve MURPHY
29 min -
30 min - Tony RAWSON
31 min -
32 min - Martin KNIGHT
33 Min -
34 min - Sarah FOREMAN
35 min -
36 min -
37 min -
38 min -
39 min -
40 min -

 

** HEADPHONES AT PARKRUN/GOING TO THE START EARLY **

You are more than likely to have noticed that our numbers have increased dramatically over the last few months and as such the paths get very congested. We have placed marshals and signs in strategic spots where we need runners to keep left, as runners on other laps may need to pass on the right. The marshals let runners know when others may be approaching from behind by shouting 'keep left'. However when headphones are worn (especially at high volumes) it makes it very difficult to hear marshals and we have had numerous near misses and a couple of collisions where runners move into each others' paths at the last minute. If you chose to wear headphones, please have these at a volume that allows you to hear the marshals or please run with one earphone removed. We don't like incidents at parkrun so please help us avoid as many as possible! The current official parkrun policy is as follows:

headphones

Can I run with my headphones and listen to music?

We would rather you didn't - it makes it difficult for our marshals to communicate with you.
Our events have a special community feel, which you cut yourself off from when wearing headphones.

We appreciate that some runners do feel naked without their music so they are not banned outright.

We do ask that as a courtesy to the volunteers, you remove headphones from your ears during the safety briefing before the start, and on approaching the finish area.
Finally please keep the volume at a suitable level to be able to hear any marshals instructions out on the course too.

Also, we would request that runners do not go to the start early and listen to the briefing at the bandstand. Going to the start early does not mean your run begins earlier and you may miss important safety information which is why the briefing is compulsory!

We thank you for your support.

 

Raphael parkrun report #198

Raphael Parkrun Report #198

Firstly, a huge thank you to all 30 of our volunteers. It was great to see so many volunteers and with a number of road races coming up shortly (Brentwood half next weekend), if you are planning on taking a week’s rest from parkrun, then why not volunteer that week instead. Just e-mail in or send a message on our Facebook page.

It was a breezy morning for this week’s run and given the wind direction, I’m sure a number of you got an unexpected shower from the spray from the water fountain on the lake! I know I certainly did, and it wasn’t until the final lap that it was a welcome relief. Despite the windy conditions, this didn’t stop 46 of you achieving a PB. Well done.

We saw 337 runners complete the course today with 21 first timers to Raphael park, out of which 8 were completely new to parkrun. Hope you all enjoyed our course and will be back again soon.

Milestones:
We only have one milestone this week, which goes to Clare Cook (VW40-44). Clare reached her 100 milestone, running all 100 times at Raphael park. During this time, she has achieved 18 PBs and improved her times by over 5 minutes.

Age Category Record
We had an age category record broken last weekend. Congratulations to Antonio Pecoraro for breaking the VM55-59 age category record. The previous record was set back in February 2018, and last week Antonio ran a time of 18:21, knocking 11 seconds off the previous best. Great running Antonio!
It was only a couple of weeks back that I mentioned Sydney Foley breaking the JW11-14 age category record. Well, she matched her own record again today with a time of 18:28. Well done Sydney!

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Kieran R M O’Hara (SM18-19) of Havering Athletic Club was first over the line in 17:32 and achieved a PB.
Tom Williams (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:03.
Luke Gray (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:08 and achieved a PB.

Female placings:
Sydney Foley (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was first (6th overall) over the line in 18:28.
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was second (7th overall) over the line in 18:37.
Madeline Barker (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was third (30th overall) over the line in 20:54.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 85.32% with a time of 18:37 (7th overall).
Sydney Foley (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club – 85.11% with a time of 18:28 (6th overall).
Tom Davies (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 78.70% with a time of 20:02 (17th overall).

Fun Fact
Did you Know?

The parkrun A-Z involves completing a parkrun beginning with every letter of the alphabet. This is parkrun tourism at its best! Check out the link below for more details. There is currently no parkrun worldwide beginning with the letter ‘X’, but the rest of the alphabet can be completed. Jersey Farm parkrun, near St Albans, which started in November 2018, is probably a far easier option for most of you than travelling to Jersey parkrun for the only other parkrun in the British Isles starting with the letter ‘J’. http://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/07/18/the-parkrun-alphabet/

 

Raphael parkrun report #196

Raphael Parkrun Report #196

First of all, a big thank you to all our volunteers, we had a whopping 48 today (2nd highest ever!) and needless to say volunteer numbers were bolstered due to today being pacer week. Harold Wood Running Club provided the majority of pacers, with a few other familiar faces filling in the gaps. It was a fantastic turnout, 378 runners in total (also our 2nd highest attendance ever, and it is half term week!) Come on, we can spread the word and break the 400-barrier next week!

All our runners (and volunteers) were greeted by a lovely morning. It was a bit misty, although that didn’t hamper us runners. No wind, and extremely mild for February. In fact, you could have been mistaken for thinking it was May! All told, perfect conditions for running and with pacers on hand, so there was no excuse for not getting a PB, was there?

So, how did you all do, I hear you say? Well, the pacers were amazing, with most pacing to within a few seconds either side of their pacing time. But the special call out goes to Daniel Carr who paced precisely to his 24 minutes, and looking at the results helped at least three people to achieve a PB. Great job Daniel! In total we saw 99 PBs, a fantastic achievement (over 25% of you achieved a PB) which could also be a Raphael’s record. Does anyone know?

Milestones:
We have three milestones this week. Congratulations to Thomas, Alice and Jess.
• Thomas Baxter (SM25-29) completed his 100th parkrun and 83rd at Raphael park, having also run at Valentines and Barking. He has 22 PBs, including 5 in row back in 2016.

• Alice Hope (JW11-14) completed her 10th parkrun, earning the white junior milestone t-shirt. She has also completed 14 junior parkruns at Harrow Lodge. She is rapidly improving having already knocked over 5 minutes off her first senior parkrun time, and has achieved 5 senior PBs, including back to back ones this week and last week.

• Jess Benedetti (JM11-14) competed his 10th parkrun and 10th at Raphael Park today. Jess is also improving quickly and has achieved 3 PBs so far. Also, very impressively, Jess has raced to the white milestone t-shirt, having not missed a single Saturday parkrun at Raphael Park since starting out on 15 December 2018. Great dedication and keep it up!

Age Category Record
We had an age category record broken last weekend. Congratulations to Sydney Foley on this achievement. She is only a junior in the JW11-14 category and running faster than most of us can dream of! This was a long-standing record, previously set back in 2016, and Sydney knocked two seconds off it, recording a time of 18:28. Well done Sydney, and I’m sure you will be breaking your own record again soon.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Tom Williams (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:47 and achieved a PB.
James Simmons (SM25-29) of Tri Sport Epping was second over the line in 18:01 and achieved a PB.
Luke Chester (JM15-17) of Havering Athletic Club was third over the line in 18:08.

Female placings:
Sydney Foley (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was first (5th overall) over the line in 18:38.
Breege Nordin (VW60-64) of Ilford AC was second (40th overall) over the line in 21:36.
Deborah Coyle (VW40-44) of Barking Road Runners was third (44th overall) over the line in 21:44.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Breege Nordin (VW60-64) of Ilford AC – 91.13% with a time of 21:36 (40th overall).
Sydney Foley (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club – 84.35% with a time of 18:38 (5th overall).
Robin McNelis (VM45-49) of UKRunChat Running Club – 77.58% with a time of 18:17 (4th overall).

Fun Fact
Did you Know?
In terms of results, today was a bit like déjà vu, since both first placed male (Tom Williams) and female (Sydney Foley) runners from last week, returned this week and both placed first again. So, I wondered if this has occurred at Raphael Park before? Maybe some of you already know the answer, but if not . . . well, yes it has, twice in fact!
The first time was on 3 and 10 June 2017 with Robbie Cooman and Breege Nordin. And then again on 21 and 28 October 2017 with Robbie Cooman and Morgan Campbell.

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