Last week saw the frustrating but very necessary cancellation of Raphael parkrun due to the snow and ice. Fortunately this week conditions were much more favourable and parkrun was very much back on track, or should I say path! The park certainly looked a lot different from a week ago and thankfully the only evidence of the snow was the very soggy grass areas that the thaw left behind. Remember we can help keep Raphael Park at its beautiful best by trying not to walk on grass areas around the bandstand and start/finish area while conditions underfoot remain so wet. For those of you who didn’t get to see the conditions that led to the cancellation, check out the Raphael parkrun Facebook page for a video taken by Jacqui and Sharon when they went to do a recce.
The milder weather and better conditions saw 243 people run, jog or walk the course of which eleven ran their very first parkrun. We hope it will be the first of many to come. Of course, parkrun would not happen without the efforts of our wonderful volunteers – this week 21 hi-viz heroes deserve a big thank you, with a special mention to Adam COALS who joined the purple t-shirt club having now volunteered on 25 separate occasions. Well done Adam! Remember we always welcome volunteers and would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved – contact us on Facebook or email in to firstname.lastname@example.org
We were joined today by Nikki from parkrun sponsor Exodus Travels. It was good to have a look through their brochure and see all of the fabulous worldwide destinations where they offer adventure holidays. With all the cold weather recently it was nice to see some sunshine, if only in a photo!
So, to the run itself. 34 Personal Bests were recorded today – well done if one was yours! Havering Athletic Club were well represented in the top finishers this week. The first three male finishers were:
David JORDAN (SM30-34) with a time of 16:17 (80.14%) London City Runners
Matthew BLAND (VM50-54) with a time of 17:10 (86.60%) Havering Athletic Club
Dan SMITH (VM35-39) with a time of 17:37 (75.78%) Havering '90 Joggers
The first three female finishers were:
Emma PRIDEAUX (VW40-44) with a time of 18:23 (85.58%) Billericay Striders RC
Matilda CANTY (JW11-14) with a time of 20:20 (81.80%) Havering Athletic Club
Madeline BARKER (JW11-14) with a time of 20:48 (78.29%) Havering Athletic Club
Congratulations to the two newest members of the 50 club. Both Paul RAMONE GONZALES CHAVEZ and Robert GUINEY completed their 50th parkrun today – well done on your achievements!
We are very privileged to be able to use Raphael Park each week for our run but just a gentle reminder that we do share the park with other park users and we do not have priority over them! The social aspect is one of the great things about parkrun, but please bear in mind that if you do run with others then it would be great if we could ensure that there is plenty of room on the path for other park users (even if this means going in single file for a few seconds while passing those coming the other way). This is especially important where the paths are narrow. Hopefully we will then be shown the same consideration in return and we will have many more incident free parkruns to come!
Looking forward to next week then… How many of us miss a Saturday morning lay in? Well, next week you can have an extra few minutes in bed, don’t bother changing into your running gear and come to parkrun in your pyjamas! Yes that’s right – in association with sleep partner Millbrook Beds, in celebration of National Sleep in day they are running a competition to win one of 5 King size limited edition parkrun Perfect 2000 mattresses. To enter, simply post a pic of yourself, friends or family in your PJs at your parkrun on www.facebook.com/millbrook.beds using #parkruninpjs Remember to tag your parkrun event, and then Millbrook Beds will choose the best five photos to win! T&Cs at http://parkrun.me/pn10r
Last week parkrun was not the only victim of the weather. The litter pick in the park also had to be postponed but has been re-arranged for next week (17th). This is a great way for us to show our appreciation for the park and we would love to see as many parkrunners as possible join the Park Manager at 11am at the main entrance. Litter pickers and hi-vis jackets will be provided and of course you may (or may not) wish to change out of your pyjamas first!!
Hope you have a good week and see you next Saturday.