Raphael parkrun report #192

Wow – what an amazing event. The attendance record was smashed for the 2nd week in a row.
On what was a very cold morning 395 people completed the course and they were supported by 29 volunteers. To see so many people in the park being active and enjoying being outside is a great start to the weekend.

There were 51 first-timer this week and we hope you enjoyed the event and you will join us again soon and become a regular.

Although it was a cold morning the wind was light and this helped as 65 people recorded new personal bests

There were two Milestones this week -
Richard WOOLTERTON completed his 50th run
Laurella NOBLE joined the 100 club
Well done to both

Thanks to all the volunteers who braved the cold and cheered the runners on this week, as mentioned in the briefing we are short of volunteers over the next few weeks and we have a number of new run directors joining the roster that would appreciate your support. As the number of runners increase we also need more volunteers to safely hold the event so please consider volunteering if you can. Please e-mail raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter

Today’s Results
Male placings:
John WARREN (VM35-39) of Havering Tri was first runner home in 18:25.
Second over the line was an unknown runner. #DFYB
Luke GREY (SM30-34) came in third place on his first ever parkrun in the time of 18:46.

Female placings:
First female over the line was Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) from Havering Athletic Club, finishing in 18:58.
Claire DYSON (SW30-34) came in second place on her first ever parkrun in 22:08
Joanne REEVES (VW40-44) from Havering ‘90 Joggers came in third place in 22:33.


“Chase the pacer” week is back on 26th January 2019!

After the amazing start to the year for the event with a record breaking attendance - "Chase the pacer" returns on the 26th January. We are looking for volunteers to pace any of the time slots. 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.

The pacer event will be weather permitting and if there is any hint of ice then the pacer event will be postponed in the interests of everyone's safety and we will just run the event as normal.

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 -
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20 min - Robin McNELIS
21 min -
22 min - Lee PATTEN
23 min - Peter HOBDAY
24 min - Cary DRISCOLL
25 min - Robert GUINEY
26 min -
27 min -
28 min - Tony RAWSON
29 min - Stephen MURPHY
30 min - Eric KEHR
31 min - Geraldine MINCHIN
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Raphael parkrun report #191

Raphael parkrun has got off to a fantastic start to 2019, first of all with its inaugural New Year’s Day event, and as awareness continues to grow about UK parkrun, we have welcomed a number of new runners to our parkrun. Whether it be a New Year resolution, a health and wellness drive, or general encouragement from friends and family, it was great to see new faces and a growth in our parkrun community. Last week we saw 25 runners complete their very first parkrun (with 22 running their second parkrun this week, so hopefully many will continue to become parkrun regulars). This week we saw even more new runners to parkrun; a staggering 33 (I think this may actually be a record). With an amazing total of 53 first timers this weekend, this helped contribute to Raphael Park achieving its highest ever attendance, with 376 athletes running, jogging or walking the course.

Of course, this is not possible without the support of our volunteers, so a special thank you to Jonathan Parsons (our Run Director this week) and his team, who as always did a fantastic job. If you do have any energy left to shout a ‘thank you’ to our volunteers as you pass them on your way round the course, I know they would really appreciate it.

Today, we saw 34 PBs. Well done to if you achieved a PB, especially as the breezy conditions didn’t make it easy. This week’s special mention goes to Claire Cook who has completed 93 runs at Raphael Park, and this week completed the course in 26:12, knocking 9 seconds off her previous best.


We have two milestones this week. Congratulations to both Olivia and Lee.
• Olivia Forrest (JW10) who reached the junior 10 milestone club today, running her first parkrun at Raphael Park, 6 at Harrow Lodge, 2 at Poole and even one at Jamaica Pond, Boston, USA! She is a regular junior parkrunner at Harrow Lodge, having run 71 times there and completing 76 junior parkruns in total. She has also volunteered a staggering 62 times and has 3 senior parkrun PBs.

• Lee Mason (VW40-44) completed her 50th parkrun, running all 50 at Raphael park. She has 16 PBs and has improved her time by over 9 minutes since started her parkrun career.


Today’s Results
Male placings:

  • Richard Morris (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:48 and achieved a PB.
  • Tom Williams (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:10 and achieved a PB.
  • Robin McNelis (VM45-49) of UKRunChat Running Club was third over the line in 18:33.

Female placings:

  • Breege Nordin (VW60-64) of Ilford AC was first (33rd overall) over the line in 21:53.
  • Stephanie Phillips (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (51st overall) over the line in 22:42 and achieved a PB.
  • Richard King (VW35-39) of HI Runners was third (60th overall) over the line in 23:41.


The three highest age grades were recorded by:

  • Breege Nordin (VW60-64) of Ilford AC was first – 89.95% with a time of 21:53 (33rd overall).
  • Robin McNelis (VM45-49) of UKRunChat Running Club – 76.46% with a time of 18:33 (3rd overall).
  • Paul Soulsby (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 74.31% with a time of 19:51 (7th overall).


Fun Fact
Did you Know?
Today we reached another milestone of welcoming 300 different parkrun clubs to Raphael park. This includes 1,386 different club parkrunners, who have collectively run 10,143 parkruns at Raphael park.


Raphael parkrun report 190

This week there were celebrations galore at Raphael parkrun, as 338 turned up to run, jog or walk the course, breaking PBs, sticking to new year’s resolutions, keeping fit and of course having fun. We welcomed 40 first timers to the course, including 25 runners new to parkrun. Well done all of you, and we hope to see you all again at 9am next Saturday!

We had a great morning for PBs as well, with 38 people recording a personal best this week. Congratulations to you all!

We had a couple of milestones this week with Charlie Moran (JM11-14) and Gemma Cooman (JW10) each completing 10 parkruns. We hope to see both of them in their parkrun 10 shirts very soon. Charlie set a new PB of 25:39 mins and Gemma completed the course in 33:13 mins. Well done to both of you on your excellent achievements.

Did you know this was the biggest weekend ever for parkrun with over 340,000 people taking part (inc volunteers) in parkruns all over the world? And this weekend also saw the female parkrun record being smashed by Charlotte Arter at Cardiff Parkrun in a super speedy time of 15:50. Well done Charlotte on a brilliant result. Our current course record holders are Grant Twist (Chelmsford AC), who ran 15:27 in June 2018 and Faye Alexis Fullerton (Havering AC) who ran 16:59 in December 2017. Will we still have the same records at the end of 2019?

Looking for an easy new year’s resolution to tick off? Why not pledge to help your local parkrun by signing up to volunteer? We’re always looking for people to join the high vis army and no experience is necessary. Please do check out the roster for the next few weeks, if you can help. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/futureroster/

Today’s results:
Male placings:
Tony MacDowall (VM35-39) (Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC) ran the course for the first time and came in first place in 17:50.
Jon Warren (VM35-39) from Havering Tri came in second in 18:01.
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) from Ilford AC came in third place in 18:06.

Female placings:
Sydney Foley (JW11-14) from Havering Athletics Club was first woman home in 18:59.
Breege Nordin (VW60-64) from Ilford AC was second woman home in 21:57.
Claire Brinsmead (VW40-44) from Harold Wood Running Club came in third place, running a new PB of 22:50.


Raphael parkrun report #189

This was the first time Raphael parkrun had run on New Year's Day in its event history and it was obviously a popular move judging from the happy faces on the 314 people who turned up to run and all of the 29 amazing volunteers.

60 first timers turned up, of whom 6 were obviously determined to go through with their New Year's Resolution as they were brand new to parkrun.

There were lots of super heroes (not just the volunteers) in evidence to celebrate Brynley Giddings 250th run. Jon Warren, Matthew Nelson, Bryn Davies and Lucinda Wynne were also all celebrating their 50th parkrun!

Despite the many complaints I overheard of hangovers and feeling sick there were some very impressive times on display today! An amazing 32 people got a new PB so maybe there are benefits for a bit of partying the night before??!

Congratulations to Summer Smith who set a new JW10 record today!!! I could hear a lot of people cheering her on around the course which I am sure helped.
Crispian Bloomfield was first male home in 16.08 and Morgan Campbell first female in 21.05

I came over from Guildford taking advantage of being able to tick off 2 London parkruns with one journey. I have never been to Raphael Park before and loved running it - especially impressed with the water feature in the lake!. Everyone was so welcoming and it was a great way to start off 2019. Thanks to Run Director David O'Brien and all the volunteers for making it happen.

156 of the runners at Raphael then went on, as I did, to Harrow Lodge for the next instalment........

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