Raphael parkrun report #178

Having missed a couple of weeks at Raphael parkrun, I returned today and am back with the run report.  Despite being away, I still managed to get my ‘parkrun fix’ on the tourist trail . . . more on that in the fun facts section!


Today was a great morning for a run, although it might not have felt that way as you stepped outside and wondered if you should go back and put that extra layer on!  Despite the weather being a bit on the fresh side, it was dry and there was no wind, so after a good warm-up, it was perfect conditions for a run.


Today we welcomed 270 runners, joggers and walkers. There were also 29 first timers to Raphael park, which included a number of tourists and 15 completing their first ever parkrun.


Firstly, a huge thank you to Jonathan Parsons (our Run Director today) and the rest of his team of volunteers.  It was fantastic to see a total of 32 volunteers all cheering us on as we ran past.  If you have the energy to shout out your appreciation to them on your way round, please do.  It means a lot.


The good conditions boded well for PB hunters, and you certainly didn’t disappoint - 74 in total, which isn’t far short of the numbers we see on pacer weeks!  Well done to everyone who got a PB.  Today’s special PB mention goes to James Johnson who is in the form of his life at the moment.  Today was his 70th parkrun at Raphael park (105th parkrun) and he achieved yet another PB.  That is 6 out of his last 10 parkruns.  James, the next PB has to start with a ‘1’ :-)



There were a couple of milestones today. Well done to Jonathan and Shelagh.

  • Jonathan Cole (VM45-49) completed his 100th parkrun today, having run all of them at Raphael park.  He started parkrunning back in May 2015 and has three PBs.


  • Shelagh Buckley (VW45-49) completed her 50th parkrun, also running all 50 at Raphael park.  She hasn’t missed many parkruns since started out in July 2017, and has achieved three PBs too.

We were also joined by David Drury and Robert Butlin who both became London regionnaires, meaning they have now completed all 53 parkruns in the Greeter London region. We feel very honoured that they both chose Raphael to complete this amazing achievement – great minds clearly think alike!

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Joe Warren
(VM35-39) of Havering Tri was first over the line in 17:58 and achieved a PB.

Richard Morris (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:20 and achieved a PB.

Nigel Swinburne (VM35-39) of Lonely Goat RC was third over the line in 18:40.

Female placings:
Deborah Coyle
(VW40-45) of Havering Tri was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:54 and achieved a PB.
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was second (16th overall) over the line in 20:25.

Amelia King (JW11-14) of Chelmsford AC was third (28th overall) over the line in 21:38 and achieved a PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club– 79.76% with a time of 20:25 (16th overall).

Deborah Coyle (VW40-45) of Havering Tri – 77.89% with a time of 19:54 (13th overall) and achieved a PB.

Amelia King (JW11-14) of Chelmsford AC– 76.89% with a time of 21:38 (28th overall), and achieved a PB.

Fun Fact

Did you Know?

As mentioned earlier, I had been on the tourist trail the last two weeks, and today’s fun fact is from Eden Project parkrun that I ran at last weekend.  It is a relatively new parkrun (46 events to date), in a lovely setting in the Cornwall countryside, run completely on paths (so buggy friendly) but unfortunately dogs are not allowed.  This is due to the parkrun taking place in Eden Project itself (which doesn’t allow entry to dogs).  The run starts in the carpark, then into the park, completing two and three-quarter undulating laps inside the park, and finishes between the two biomes.  It is a very friendly parkrun community which welcomes a high percentage of tourists each week.  This is due in part to the fact that parkrunners and volunteers can continue to wander round Eden Project at their leisure after completing their run.  There is also a big airy café to grab a post run breakfast and/or coffee.


New Year’s Day at Raphael parkrun

After discussions with the core team, it has been decided that Raphael parkrun will be holding a New Year's day event, starting at 09:00.

Why not come along (hangover permitting of course) - Harrow Lodge and Brentwood are going ahead at 10:30 so there is opportunity to get a New Year double parkrun in!!


Raphael Parkrun Report #175

This weekend’s report is packed with records, amazing achievements and that’s before I get to the milestones! Maybe it had something to do with it being another pacer week, or perhaps the favourable weather played a part?

Anyway, it was a glorious morning for a run; perfect conditions, a little colder compared to recent weeks, but after a gentle warm-up, the lower temperature wasn’t even noticeable. It was dry, no wind, so ideal PB conditions! Great opportunity for ample PBs and that was what many of you delivered. Before I get to that, firstly a huge thank you to all the volunteers. You all did a fantastic job. With all the pacers (and once again we had a ‘full house’ with pacers for each minute between 20 to 40 minutes), we achieved a record number of volunteers - 53 in all, that’s nine more than our previous best!

A big thank you to Harold Wood Running Club who contributed to a large number of our volunteers and pacers. All the pacers did a sterling job in pacing and helping our runners to their personal goals. Looking at the results, congratulations to Tony Rawson (27mins) and Paul Wyatt (21mins) who paced perfectly, finishing exactly in their set pacer times! Great work Tony & Paul!

With the pacers today, we saw a record 89 PBs or 27% of runners, which is a truly remarkable achievement. Far too many to call you all out, but a special mention to two of our runners:

Firstly, to our very own Event Director, David O’Brien who is in top form at the moment, running two consecutive PBs, and this week knocking over a minute off his previous PB. (So much for taking it easy before the Ealing half David!).

Also, to John Arthur who has run 12 times at Raphael Park, achieving 10 PBs so far, and reducing his time by nearly 5 minutes since running here! Very impressive John.


There were a few milestones today. Well done to Katharine, Marcelle and Alan.

  • Katherine Buckley (JW15-17) completed her 10th parkrun to be eligible for the white junior milestone t-shirt. Katherine has run all her parkruns at Raphael Park, achieving 3 PBs, including one this week and one last week.
  • Marcelle Williams (VW60-64) ran her 100th parkrun today, completing 65 runs at Raphael Park. She has run at 5 other parkruns, achieved a fantastic 21 PBs and volunteered on three occasions too.
  • Alan Woodroof (VM60-64) completed his 100th parkrun and 91st at Raphael Park. He has completed other parkruns at Valentines, Harrow Lodge, Bradford, Banstead Woods and Southend. Alan has 9 PBs and has volunteered three times too.

Today’s Results

Male placings:

  • Samuel Cebolla (JM15-17) of DofE was first (2nd overall) over the line in 18:47 and achieved a PB.
  • Richard Morris (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second (3rd overall) over the line in 19:11.
  • Peter Salmon (VM50-54) of Dagenham 88 Runners was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:19 and achieved a PB.

Female placings:

  • Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was first over the line in 18:23.
  • Laura Brooks (SW25-29) of Basildon AC was second (11th overall) over the line in 20:19.
  • Rebecca Poch (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (25th overall) over the line in 21:16 and achieved a PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 86.40% with a time of 18:23 (1st overall).
Peter Salmon (VM50-54) of Dagenham 88 Runners – 76.36% with a time of 19:19 (4th overall) and achieved a PB.
James Johnson (VW50-54) (Unattached) – 75.79% with a time of 20:06 (7th overall), and achieved a PB.

Fun Fact

Did you Know?

If the volunteer and PB record wasn’t enough for one week, we also saw two age category records broken today.

Firstly, Jemimah Knightbridge smashed the JW10 record. She achieved an incredible time of 23:19, knocking over a minute off the previous best.

Secondly, Emma Prideaux broke her own VW45-49 category record. She beat her previous best in this age category by 7 seconds, running a time of 18:23 today.


‘Chase the Pacer’ week is back – 27th October

"Chase the pacer" week is back on 27th October 2018!

This will also be our Halloween parkrun, so we are looking for as many spooky pacers as possible. 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.

Spooky Pacers of ALL speeds are required (between, say, 18 minutes and 45 minutes) so you do not need to be a fast runner. Whilst we would like as many pacers in fancy dress as possible, this is optional! 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 - James JOHNSON
22 min - Mark FOWLER
23 min -
24 min - Phil DAVIES
25 min - Laurella NOBLE
26 min -
27 min - Eric KEHR
28 min - Simon CHILDS
29 min - Mervyn ANDIAPEN
30 min - Paul JONES
31 min - Louisa PARSONS
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Raphael parkrun Report #173

The last of the summer sun fell on another fantastic parkrun today as Harold Wood Running Club showed up en masse, taking over most of the 36 volunteer roles and cheering 300 runners around the course.

It was a happy and celebratory atmosphere as 52 new runners ran, including 11 graduates of Harold Wood’s Introduction to Running course. Having trained for the last 10 weeks, each of the runners showed tremendous effort and hard work in completing their first Parkruns today, and we welcome them all into the Parkrun community. Congratulations to everyone who graduated this morning.

And it wasn’t just HWRC celebrating today as 47 runners achieved PBs this morning, so a huge well done to all of them. And well done to James Johnson running his 100th Parkrun, getting a PB as well! And congratulations to Neil Bearwish, Nicola Morgan and Adam Beddoe who all completed their 50th Parkruns.

Thank you to all of our volunteers today – you were all wonderful in your passion and enthusiasm for all of our runners. Parkrun is only successful because of the time given by volunteers and we urge you to please give back and put your name down to volunteer. Just once or twice a year would make a big difference. We’re particularly short on volunteers over the coming weeks, so please do sign up at raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com!

Good luck in all of your running in the coming week and we hope to see you all back at 9am next Saturday!

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Alex Ford (JM11-14) of Havering Athletic was first runner home in 18:08
Robin McNelis (VM45-49) of UK RunChat came in second in 18:15
Peter Fairlamb (SM25-29) of Orion Harriers ran Raphaels for the first time and came in third in 18:21

Female placings:
Leanna Romano (SW30-34) (Unattached) was the first woman home, setting a new PB of 22:11
Amy le Grys (SW20-24) of University of Wales Aberystwyth Harriers ran the course for the first time, coming in second with a time of 23:07
Diane Mary Fairchild (VW45-49) of Brentwood Running Club was third woman home in 23:24

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