Raphael parkrun report #117

Firstly, a huge thank you goes to all 21 volunteers who made this event possible, particularly as we are short over the summer period.

This week, we saw 21 first timers, including a number of tourists as the holiday season continues.  I’m sure regular parkrunners check out where their local parkrun is when they are travelling on their summer holidays or to visit family and friends, hence the reason why we see so many tourists each week!  Today we had some local ‘tourists’ from Barking, Harrow Lodge, Hackney Marshes; and other tourists from further afield including Northala Fields,  Northolt; and Norwich.

Conditions were good and we saw a good number of PBs, 32 in total.  A few names to mention this week: Beverley Watson-Turner and Eric Manu both who have completed 4 parkruns, all at Raphael Park and now have 3 consecutive PBs in as many weeks.  Also, Dawn Matthews gets a mention this week again for yet another PB – that’s 5 over the past five weeks, improving her time by over 4 minutes in that period.  Well done to all of you with PBs today, especially Beverley, Eric and Dawn.

Milestones
Martin Thyng joined the 50 club today, having completed all 50 of his runs at Raphael Park.  He has 11 PBs to his name and has improved his time by almost 5 minutes since his first parkrun.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:25 - 17th time in 22 appearances.
Gary BECKLEY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:02.
Chris GOLDSMITH (SM30-34) of The Salvation Army, was third over the line in 19:15 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (5th overall) over the line in 19:24 - 11th time in 14 appearances.
Inga HAYDEN-COOPER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (33rd overall) over the line in 23:00 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Marcelle WILLIAMS (VW55-59) of Havering '90 Joggers, was third (40th overall) over the line in 24:08.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) – 83.35% for the time 17:25 (first overall).
Marcelle WILLIAMS (VW55-59) – 78.18% for the time 24:08 (40th overall).
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) – 76.29% for the time 19:24 (5th overall).

Fun Fact

Did you know?
With the three age category records broken last week (check out last week’s run report for details), I thought I would check out our longest standing male and female age category records.  Here it is:
Male: VM65-69 – John Quaintance from our second event held back on 9 May 2015 with a time of 20:40
Female:.VM75-59 – Pam Jones at our 16th event on 22 August 2015 with a time of 29:30.

 

Raphael parkrun Report #116

Raphael parkrun Report #116

 

It was a lovely day for run; no wind, pleasant temperature and the rain stayed away!  In fact, we were very lucky on that front; there was a downpour 90 minutes earlier, but it dried quickly, and there were no puddles to be found by 9am.

 

We were inundated with first timers today; 29 in total and 14 runners completing their first ever parkrun.  The bandstand was so crowded for the new runners briefing, there was little space for the regulars!  It is great to see so many people joining our parkrun, and with it being holiday season, we also welcomed a number of tourists from near and far.  Today we had fellow parkrunners from Barking; Black Park, near Uxbridge; Bushy; Beeston, Nottingham; Grovelands, Enfield; Hadleigh; Harrow Lodge; Hockley Woods; Leicester Victoria; Kingsway, Gloucester and Cardiff.  A special mention and thank you to Lew S, a parkrun tourist from Cardiff completing his first run at Raphael Park, who also volunteered to be a 20 minute pacer.  A number of runners finished just ahead or behind him with PBs, so it looks like they have Lew to thank for this.

 

Talking of PB’s we had plenty today; 50 in total.  That is extremely impressive with a field of 210 runners.  We had a number of runners with back to back PB’s, and a few of you are on somewhat of a roll.  Kirpal Gillar – 3 PBs in 3 consecutive weeks; Dawn Matthews – 4 PBs in as many weeks; and Daniel Elwood gets a mention yet again for 6 in a row, starting with a PB of 21:28 on 1 July, and 6 weeks later clocking his sixth consecutive PB today with a time of 19:25.  Well done all!

 

A big thank you to all our volunteers as our event is not possible without you.  We are short over the coming weeks, so if you can lend a hand this please get in touch.  Today’s volunteers included: Lew S • Mark FOWLER • Debra DUNCAN-SILVERA • Jeannette PAGE • Conor BANNON • Simon CLEMENTSON • Laurella NOBLE • Martin KNIGHT • Nicola COLES • Simon CHILDS • Eric KEHR • Margaret DOWSETT • Sarah FOREMAN • Robert SOULSBY • Paul SOULSBY • Heather BENNETT • Andrew RUSSELL • Louisa PARSONS • Awtar BOLINA • Claire PERRY • Xavier BEDDOE

 

Milestones

A rare week with none to mention today, but a few regulars are closing in their 50th or 100th, so watch this space!

 

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Alex FORD (JM11-14) of Havering Athletic Club, was first over the line in 18:46 - second time in 9 appearances.
Luke SOULSBY (JM15-17) of Havering Athletic Club, was second over the line in 19:08 - was first to finish once before.
Robbie COOMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:09 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.

 

Female placings:
Morgan CAMPBELL
(SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:14 - 10th time in 13 appearances.
Caroline TUCK (VW50-54) of Dagenham 88 Runners, was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:26.
Inga HAYDEN-COOPER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 22:24 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Teresa TRANTER (VW65-69) – 82.77% for the time 24:52 (64th overall).
Caroline TUCK (VW50-54) – 80.17% for the time 21:26 (20th overall).
Alex FORD (JM11-14) – 77.26% for the time 18:46 (first overall).

 

Fun Fact

Did you know?

We had three age category records broken this week.

 

First, Morgan Campbell smashed her own record in the SW25-29 category, knocking a further 10 seconds off her previous best with a time of 19:14.

 

Second, Caroline Tuck also broke her own record in the VW50-54 category by 2 seconds with her PB today of 21:26.

 

Finally, Teresa Tranter, a tourist from Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester, completed her first parkrun at Raphael park today and smashed the age group record in the VW65-69 age group with a time of 24:52, knocking 1 minute 42 seconds off the previous record held by Timi Selon Veerasamy.

 

- Mark Fowler

 

Raphael parkrun report #115

Despite the summer holiday being here (although looking at the recent weather you wouldn’t have thought it!) we had a good turnout of runners and volunteers today.  We had 208 runners in total, including 16 first timers and a few tourists from other local parkruns; Barking and Chelmsford.

A big thank you to our 20 volunteers (listed below) who help make this event possible.  As David (our Run Director) mentioned during our run briefing, we are short over the coming weeks, so if you can help, please let us know.  Even if it is your first time volunteering, you will be shown what to do and there are some volunteering tasks you can do and still run.

Joyce TAN • Keith SHURLOCK • Sharon ROBINSON • Suzanne EASLEY • Mark FOWLER • Chrissy SHURLOCK • David O'BRIEN • Nicola COLES • Eric KEHR • Margaret DOWSETT • Jacqui ELLIOTT • Robert NEWTON • Nicole NEWTON • Louise MOZZANICA • Joy TAYLOR • Adam COALS • Awtar BOLINA • Carol HUSSEY • Amy HUSSEY • Xavier BEDDOE

After last week’s successful pacer event it is no surprised to see PBs down this week, however, 23 of you still managed a PB.  Not only that, there are a number of you with back to back PB’s, and special mention to our following runners who all have notched up multiple consecutive PBs: Dawn Matthews – 3 in a row; Adam Coals – 4 in a row; and Daniel Elwood – 5 in a row.  Well done!

Milestones

A couple of runners have now joined the red t-shirt brigade having completed their 50 milestones.
Thomas Baxter completed his 50th parkrun today, and 36th at Raphael Park.  He has also run 14 times at Valentines Park.  He has 18 PBs to his name and has improved his times by over 4 minutes since starting out.

Mobolaji Orisatoki ran his 50th parkrun today and 49th at Raphael Park.  He has 11 PBs and has also significantly improved his running times by over 5 minutes since starting his parkrun career.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:09 - 16th time in 21 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Tom DAVIES (VM55-59) of RunFit Essex, was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:20.

Female placings:
Emma PRIDEAUX (VW40-44) of Billericay Striders RC, was first (second overall) over the line in 18:27 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (5th overall) over the line in 19:32 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Inga HAYDEN-COOPER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 22:38 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma PRIDEAUX (VW40-44) – 85.28% for the time 18:27 (second overall).
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) – 84.65% for the time 17:09 (first overall).
Tom DAVIES (VM55-59) – 80.17% for the time 19:20 (4th overall).

Fun Fact
Did you know?
If you saw this week’s UK Parkrun newsletter, you will know the theme this week is ‘Run Directors’.  We are fortunate enough to have a number of dedicated Run Directors for our parkrun each week.  This week David O’Brien was our Run Director.  He has been our parkrun Run Director on a number of occasions; in fact he has volunteered 78 times, covering almost all volunteering tasks.  He has also completed 18 parkruns, 8 at Raphael Park, and others including Nostell, Pontefract, Southsea, Harrow Lodge, Barking and Mile End.  Well done David and thank you for being our Run Director.

 

“Chase the pacer” week – 9 September 2017

 

"Chase the pacer" week is back on 9 September!

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 - Anthony MOORE
21 min -
22 min -
23 min -
24 min -
25 min - Rob NEWTON
26 min -
27 min - Eric KEHR
28 min - Paul JONES
29 min - Michelle BIRKS
30 min - Louise MOZZANICA
31 min - Louisa PARSONS
32 min - Sarah FOREMAN
33 min -
34 min -
35 min -
36 min -
37 min -
38 min -
39 min -
40 min -

 

 

22.07.2017 Run Report #114

Wow, what a parkrun we had today! Records were broken; the park was taken over by Minions and we held our fifth ‘chase the pacer’ event. Where do I start?

Well, today we saw our biggest attendance EVER, with a total of 276 runners. This may have had something to do with the Minions and pacers (more on that shortly), but it is fantastic to see so many people taking part in our parkrun. This included 26 first timers and 7 tourists, some from as far afield as Leeds, Liverpool and Jerusalem!

We also equalled our record number of volunteers with 32 in total, largely due to the great coverage from our pacers this week. A huge thank you to all the volunteers, who helped cheer everyone on and made this event so much fun. And with this week being ‘Chase the Pacer’ week, it was no surprise to see a spike in the number of PBs as many of you were spurred on to finish ahead of the pacer. Well done to all the pacers, who all managed to finish within a few seconds of or even on their pacer time.

In fact, we had a total of 61 PBs this week (that’s more than the previous two weeks added together)! Well done to all of you who achieve a PB. A number of you are on a roll, with Adam Coals, Garret Brown, James Rockliffe and John Fitzpatrick achieving three PBs in three consecutive weeks, and Daniel Elwood has four in a row. As I was checking the stats, I noticed John Fitzpatrick reached a total of 8 back to back PBs today having completed 9 parkruns at Raphael Park (not all in consecutive weeks). Very impressive!

I think the success of this week’s pacer event speaks for itself when you see the number of PBs. I was a pacer this time too, and it is great to see and hear the joy and thanks from runners when you have helped them achieve their next PB. Just one of the quotes on our Facebook page from a runner with a PB thanks to today’s pacer event. ‘My best 5k time in three and a half years!’

You may have been thinking why the park was overrun with runners in yellow Minion t-shirts? Well, today was Brynley Giddings ‘unofficial milestone’. He was running his 200th parkrun, and to celebrate, he was joined by many of his friends all proudly wearing yellow Minion t-shirts.

Milestones
• Harry Fitzpatrick completed his 10th parkrun today, having run all of them at Raphael Park. He has an impressive 6 PBs in his 10 appearances including one today. It was a pleasure pacing for you today Harry, and see that you even had energy for a sprint finish.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:26 - 15th time in 20 appearances.
Chris GOLDSMITH (SM30-34) of The Salvation Army, was second over the line in 19:07 - was first to finish once before.
Terry LYNCH (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:19.

Female placings:
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:36 - 9th time in 11 appearances.
Breege NORDIN (VW60-64) of Ilford AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 21:32 - has been first to finish on 33 previous occasions.
Louise MOZZANICA (VW45-49) of CSSC Sports & Leisure, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 21:51 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Breege NORDIN (VW60-64) – 90.09% for the time 21:32 (26th overall).
Carl PARTIS (VM45-49) – 83.27% for the time 17:26 (first overall).
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) – 75.51% for the time 19:36 (6th overall).

Fun Fact
Did you know?
Breege Nordin (a regular runner at Raphael Park) came 16th in this week’s top age graded performances based on results from all UK parkruns. Well done Breege!

Mark Fowler
Run Report Writer

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