Raphael parkrun report #127

With Storm Brian hitting the headlines last night and this morning, it was surprising it wasn’t more windy at our parkrun today. There was a definite breeze and some gusts during the run, but nothing to the extent that was forecast. The short rain shower didn’t affect the spirits of our hardened runners either, although with PB’s notably short of the norm, the weather obviously played a part.

 

Today was our 127th parkrun, and 180 people took part. We welcomed 10 first timers and had amazing support from our 23 volunteers. As mentioned, PB’s were down this week, but 22 of you still managed a PB despite the unfavourable conditions. In fact, Calum Ashcroft, Jason Cronin, Lee Henry and Matthew Hyam have all recorded back to back PB over the past two weeks, and Samantha Shea now has three consecutive PB’s in as many weeks.

 

Milestones

We had one milestone this week. Congratulation to Paul Symes who has now joined the ‘50 club’. Paul has run 48 times at Raphael Park and once each at Sailsbury and Winchester park runs. His first park run event was in August 2016, so he has reached this 50 milestone very quickly! He has 18 PB’s and has volunteered on one occasion too.

Since I missed last week’s event, there was no run report from me, but the two milestones from last week haven’t gone unnoticed:

Conor Bannon completed his 50th parkrun last week, and 30th at Raphael Park. He has run at 6 other park runs, including in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. He has 11 PBs and has volunteered three times.

Luke Soulsby also reached his 50 milestone last week, having run 43 times at Raphael Park, 6 times at Harrow Lodge and once at Clacton. He has 11 PBs, and has finished first at our park run on one occasion.

 

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Robbie COOMAN (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club, was first over the line in 18:25 - 15th time in 58 appearances.
Lachezar NIKOLOV (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:39.
Chris GOLDSMITH (SM30-34) of The Salvation Army, was third over the line in 19:31 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Morgan CAMPBELL
(SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:39 - 16th time in 20 appearances.
Inga HAYDEN-COOPER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 23:11 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Sophie APPS (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 24:39 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Tom DAVIES (VM55-59) – 78.89% for the time 19:49 (6th overall).
Lachezar NIKOLOV (VM45-49) – 76.59% for the time 18:39 (second overall).
Ethan BRIEN (JM10) – 75.87% for the time 21:33 (15th overall).

 

Fun Fact

Did you know?

You may have seen the random stat in Parkrun UK Newsletter this week. If not, here it is: ‘Last weekend, 25% of the 13,637 people volunteering at UK parkrun events also walked, jogged or ran a parkrun over the weekend’. This proves that volunteering does not mean you have to miss out on completing your parkrun for the week. I wondered if a similar percentage applied to our parkrun. After some digging into this weekend’s results and volunteers, the answer is yes . . . 6 of our 23 volunteers (26%) also walked, jogged or ran today.

 

Raphael parkrun Report #125 – 07/10/2017

Raphael parkrun Report #125
 

Today parkrun celebrated its 13th anniversary, and it certainly has come a long way from the first event at Bushy Park back on 2 October 2004, which aptly saw 13 runners take part and it was called ‘Bushy Park Time Trial’ at this point.  Now, it has grown into a global phenomenon with 15 countries having parkruns and over 2.5 millions community members.  To celebrate these 13 years, parkrun asked for photos of the personalised parkrun apricot t-shirts to be submitted from every event in the world.  Check out our Facebook page for the photo of our runners in their apricot run kit.

 

Conditions for today’s event were fairly good given the time of year.  The rain stayed away, although there was a noticeable breeze.  This may have had something to do with the relatively low number of PB’s today (our lowest number since June’17).  In total we had 183 runners, of which 24 were first timers (including tourists from Cornwall and Australia).  We had 21 PBs, including a number of back to back PBs, and Adam Norris and Jackie Davis who have chalked up 3 consecutive PB’s in their 4 parkruns to date, and Andy Dean who has an impressive 6 PBs in a row!  Well done.  Also, as always a big thank you to all the volunteers who make this event possible.

 

Milestones

No milestones this week, however, there are a few to catch up on from last week.

 

Amy Stanley (JW10 category) completed her 10th parkrun last week, running all of these at Raphael Park.  She only started running at parkrun on 15 July this year, so has achieved her milestone in a very short time.  She has 4 PBs to her name and also ran a PB today to take her PB tally to five.

 

Ethan Brien (JM10 category) completed his 10th parkrun last week, also running all of these at Raphael Park.  In fact he hasn’t missed a Saturday since started out at the end of July!  He also has 4 PBs, including one to mark this milestone.  Good job!

 

Mary Bernard ran her 50th parkrun last week and 24th at Raphael Park.  She has 7 PBs and has also run at 4 other parkrun courses, including Harrow Lodge and three courses in Ireland.

 

Tommy Patten (JM10 category) ran his 100th parkrun last week, and he isn’t even 10 year’s old yet!  I doubt many 8 year olds can say they are eligible to claim the black t-shirt.  To celebrate Tommy’s amazing achievement last week’s parkrun was a pyjama themed run.  Check out Facebook for photos.  Not only has Tommy completed his 100th parkrun, he has done so in a serious quick time.  His first senior parkrun was back in May 2015, so by my counting he hasn’t missing many parkruns in less than 2.5 years.  On top of this he has also run in 30 junior parkruns and volunteered 8 times too.  Well done Tommy!

 

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Carl PARTIS
(VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:35 - 19th time in 26 appearances.
Jonny COLACO (VM45-49) of Newquay Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:44.
Robin MCNELIS (VM40-44) of UKRunChat Running Club, was third over the line in 18:10 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:17 - 15th time in 19 appearances.
Colette CLEMENTS (VW35-39) of Newquay Road Runners, was second (18th overall) over the line in 21:58.
Chantel COETZER (SW30-34) of Havering Tri, was third (31st overall) over the line in 23:08 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) – 82.56% for the time 17:35 (first overall).
Jonny COLACO (VM45-49) – 80.55% for the time 17:44 (second overall).
Robin MCNELIS (VM40-44) – 77.43% for the time 18:10 (third overall).

 

Fun Fact

Did you know?

Emma Prideaux broke her own VW40-44 age category record last week by running a time of 18:08, smashing her previous record by 16 seconds.

 

- Mark Fowler

 

parkrun goes green!!

Raphael parkrun Report #123

You may have noticed that we turned Green today.

Harold Wood Running Club were the first Club to takeover Raphael’s parkrun, they had 27 GREEN volunteers on the Course and 17 of their runners running the route.

Harold Wood Running Club are holding their annual 5 mile race next Sunday 1st October, In Harold Wood park

Enter here:- http://haroldwoodrunning.club/charity-run-2017/

Online entries close midnight tonight. There will ONLY be on the day entries if we don’t reach our maximum, so check Social Media for updates.

We saw 188 people take part in our 123rd parkrun, with 23 first timers.  We also had a tourist from Australia.

A big thank you to all our volunteers, and if anyone can help out over the next few weeks, let the team know as the roster is looking a little light.

Well done to the 51 people who got PB’s today.

Imran ALI ran his 50th parkrun this week. Well done Imran!

Today’s Results

Well done to the top 3 men

Paul Grange – 16.20

Elliot Worth- 17.27

Gionvanni Graglia – 17.54

Well done to the top 3 Ladies

Joanne Sullivan– 22.33

Louise Mozzanica – 22.38

Paula Stanford – 25.02

So next week at Raphael parkrun we have a very special young man doing his 100th parkrun! Many of you know Tommy Patten who normally runs with his family, well he has now reached the amazing milestone of 100 runs, yes that's 100 and he isn't even 10 years old yet! So in true Raphael style, he wants to celebrate this event with a themed run and his theme of choice is.........a PYJAMA parkrun

 

Raphael parkrun report #122

Raphael Parkrun Report #122

After missing the last two Raphael parkruns (although I did manage to get my ‘fix’ on the tourist trail!), I found there has been a lot to catch up on. We had our pacer week last weekend, with one the highest number of PB’s this year, so congratulations if you ran a PB, and well done to all the pacers. I also hear and see from the Facebook pictures of Kerry and David from Harold Wood Running Club completing their wedding parkrun at Raphael Park cheered on by their club mates, ahead of their forthcoming special day. And today, there was a huge cheer for Brynley and Tracy Giddings who are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to each of you.

Now, turning to today’s run. We saw 226 people take part in our 122nd parkrun, with 26 first timers. We had a good number of volunteers (20 in total). A big thank you to all our volunteers, and if anyone can help out over the next few weeks, let the team know as the roster is looking a little light.

It was always going to be difficult to beat the PB total from a pacer week, but this week we weren’t that far behind, with 43 in total. We have a number of runners on back to back PBs (too many to call out individually), however, a special mention goes to Alistair MacDonald, Andy Dean, Angela Daniels, Freddie Gotobe and Jack Sanderson who have all achieved 3 PBs in a row, all in the past three weeks at Raphael Park. Great job!

Milestones
No milestones this week, however, there are a few to catch up on from the previous couple of weeks:

2 September
James Butler completed his 50th parkrun on 2 September, and 49th at Raphael Park. He has 14 PB’s to his name and has volunteered as timekeeper on 4 occasions.

9 September
Jeannette Page completed her 100th parkrun last weekend, and 43rd at Raphael Park. She has run at 8 other parkrun locations and has 16 PB’s. She is also a member of the purple t-shirt club having volunteered 33 times and often seen as one of our tail walkers.

Richard Symes ran his 100th parkrun last weekend and 41st at Raphael Park. He also rounded off his milestone with a PB, knocking an impressive 19 seconds off his previous best. He has a total of 15 PBs and has also run at Harrow Lodge, Southend and Salisbury parkruns.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:28 - has been first to finish on 18 previous occasions.
Robin MCNELIS (VM40-44) of Ilford AC, was third over the line in 18:16 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Female placings:
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:23 - 14th time in 18 appearances.
Sydney FOLEY (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club, was second (11th overall) over the line in 19:41.
Inga HAYDEN-COOPER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (48th overall) over the line in 23:19 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) – 83.11% for the time 17:28 (second overall).
Sydney FOLEY (JW11-14) – 82.73% for the time 19:41 (11th overall).
Alex FORD (JM11-14) – 78.59% for the time 18:27 (5th overall).
Fun Fact
Did you know?
Our first place runner this week was an unknown athlete. It appears that across Parkrun UK there were 13 unknown first place finishers this week. An unlucky number for some, especially if it was due to a forgotten barcode!

 

Raphael parkrun report #119

With it being a Bank Holiday weekend, some of our regular runners were missing, but we saw a number of visitors and first timers.  In fact, 208 runners took part, with an especially high number of first timers.  Sixteen were first timers to parkrun, so a special welcome to our community; and it is great to see that so many people continue to pick up a pair of running shoes and join in.  We also welcomed a number of tourists, with many Harrow Lodge parkrunners joining us today since their parkrun had been cancelled to prepare for the Havering Show, which is taking place in their park this weekend.  We also had other tourists from neighbouring parkruns, including Valentines; Barking; Hockley Woods and Southend; and other from further afield such as Richmond; Lloyd, Croydon; and Maidstone.

 

We had a high number of PB’s today, 41 in total, with Mark McClaran and Mervyn Andiapen recording back to back PBs in the past two weeks, and Alan Rand achieving his third PB in as many weeks.

 

As always, a big thank you to all our volunteers who make this event possible each week.  This week Jeannette Page reached her 25th volunteer milestone.  She is one of our regular tail walkers, but has also volunteered in other roles too.  She has completed 98 parkruns and 41 runs at Raphael Park, so it won’t be long before she can add the black t-shirt to go with the purple milestone one!

 

We saw the SM30-34 age category record smashed today.  James Connor, a first timer at Raphael Park finished first in a time of 15:48, knocking 16 seconds off the previous record held by Robert Warner.  I’m sure many of you saw him lap you (I know I certainly did), and he finished 7 seconds outside Robert Warner’s parkrun course record (achieved in the VM35-39 age category).

 

Milestones

Other than Jeannette’s milestone mentioned above, we had no other milestones this week, but looks likely to be a few to mention over the next few weeks.

 

Today’s Results

Male placings:
James CONNOR (SM30-34) of Kent AC, was first over the line in 15:48 - first appearance.
Euan LEES (VM40-44) of Ful-On Tri, was second over the line in 17:19.
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:22 - has been first to finish on 18 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:16 - 12th time in 15 appearances.
Deborah COYLE (VW40-44) of Havering Tri, was second (18th overall) over the line in 20:58 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Breege NORDIN (VW60-64) of Ilford AC, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 21:26 - has been first to finish on 34 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Breege NORDIN (VW60-64) – 90.51% for the time 21:26 (23rd overall).
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) – 83.59% for the time 17:22 (third overall).
James CONNOR (SM30-34) – 83.02% for the time 15:48 (first overall).

Fun Fact

Did you know?

Breege Nordin came 9th in this week’s UK parkrun top age graded performance table with an age grading of 90.51%.  She already holds the Raphael Park age grade record of 91.26%, so with this performance, maybe we could see her smash her own record over the coming weeks!

Mark Fowler

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