Reading parkrun Event #449 – Our 9th Birthday

by Chiranjibi Paudyal, photos by Martin Proctor
The number of people participating in Reading parkrun at Thames valley park increased to 417 in the 449th run on 8th September after the end of summer holiday. The runners returned being refreshed after the long sunny summer break.

Amongst the runners were Sara Griffiths and Matthew Brown who ran in the morning and got married in the afternoon - congratulations to you both :-)

We also celebrated Sarah Walters' Birthday. Sarah is a regular runner and parkrun volunteer and volunteered on Saturday as she is injured. We hope you had a good day and that you recover soon.

Judith Burchardt, Pam Alcorn, Jo Blair and Alan WIlliamson celebrated their 100th run and Lara Tolson completed her 10th run as a junior. Well done guys!

A notable 79 parkrunners achieved PBs on Saturday, including this guy in the green 250 T shirt - Peter Reilly - who you might recognise as one of our core volunteers and Run Directors. Nice one Peter.


People of all ages and gender walked, ran and jogged like in a musical rhythm in the 5k long beautiful Thames valley trails that includes forest, meadows, fields and river bank. It was like a long possession of people creating musical rhythm with their steps while running and jogging in the park.


‘’ I love to run in this environment as it inspires me to be careful about my health,’’ said a young lady in her 30s while running in the trail. ‘’It is fabulous to run in this beautiful location with known and unknown friendly people,’’ she added.
The inspiring words of volunteers, ‘’ you are doing well, keep it up,’’ makes me to run faster, said another runner in his 50s. Cheerful Chris is always there to count the time, he added. ‘’It is wonderful,’’ he added walking with his dog.


Another couple with their children said that they are inspired by their children, who always remind them of the parkrun on Saturday saying ‘’ this is the most amazing thing and we must not miss this.’’ Such stimulating stories of the participants add the importance of the parkrun.
A recent research said that walking alone can save 37,000 people a year in the UK. It is better to walk in the nature than other indoor physical activity, said Dr William Bird. The fastest runner completed the 5k in 15.52 while the last jogger finished in 50.48 minutes, so anyone of any ability can join the park run. See the full results through this link, click here
This is a fun run for healthy living so any one of any age group and ability of run or walk or jog are welcome. You can register your name through this link here. You can also volunteer to manage the parkrun.


Reading Park Run is grateful and would like to thank for the service of the following volunteers this week: Andrew BUTLER • Annabel GARDINER • C James BARR • Cheryl BOSHIER • Chiranjibi PAUDYAL • Chris SMITH • Christopher T KELLY • David DIBBEN • Graham SCHOLEY • Ian MAY • Keith ELLIS • Mahmud HUSEIN • Mark SAUNDERS • Martin PROCTOR • Natalie HARRIS • Nicky DOLTON • Oliver USHER • Paul CASWELL • Sarah WALTERS • Simon GARDINER • Tony DOLTON • Umaira TARIQ

 

Reading parkrun Event 448 #teamparkrun

Report by Cinthia Parkes, photos by Peter Cook

Hello!

We welcomed 373 runners, joggers and walkers to another glorious parkrun on Saturday, where the sun shone, there was a gentle breeze, perfect running weather.

It was so good, there were 43 personal bests, so well done to all those participants. We know it's a run not a race but still, allow yourself a little thrill when you read the text or the email that says well done on your pb :-)

That includes you David Hodgkinson (pictured above). Congratulations :-)

And hats off to those who add the challenge of running with buggies or dogs!

There were visitors from local runs (runners from 29 different clubs took part) but the record was set by a couple all the way from New Zealand.

Can anyone come from any further away?? Inviting all Martians to parkrun....

Speaking of local runs, did you know there are all these to choose from now, Woodley (1.7m), Prospect (3m), Dinton Pastures (3m), Henley-on-Thames (5m), Bracknell (8.6m), Higginson, Marlow (10.1m), Maidenhead (10.5m), Wycombe Rye (14.2m), Frimley Lodge (14.6m), Basingstoke (15.2m)

Remember to volunteer every now and again http://www.parkrun.org.uk/reading/futureroster/  as we are so blessed to be able to run, for free, every Saturday, but it's only possible through smashing fantastic wholesome worthy supertroopers like Chris SMITH • Jane ELLIS • Peter COOK • Heather BOWLEY • Teresa CASWELL • Alexa DUCKWORTH- BRIGGS • Alix EYLES • Graham SCHOLEY • Andy ATKINSON • Karin GERBER • Pam ALCORN • Nicola RANDALL • Kerry EASTWOOD • Eddie STEVENI • C James BARR • Cinthia PARKES • Claire NEECH • Jennifer HOLMES • Andrew HOLMES • Liam SANFORD who helped out this week. Good to remember if you're injured, or had a heavy night the night before (not any of us, surely.... ;-) ) or just Want. To. Give. Back. There are lots of roles you can do and still run too, helping out before, during or after, and you get 2 emails afterwards, whoo-hoo.

Well done to these ladies who volunteered for the first time at Reading parkrun.

And this lady who Run Directed for the first time. I think everyone was in agreement that you were a natural.

...That last name on the list - did you spot him? We were really fortunate to have Liam Sanford walk the tail for us this week. He's a GB Team Hockey player, and one of the UK's National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic athletes, who are once again teaming up with parkrun to encourage the nation to get active with #teamparkrun.

Maybe next week we will have even more than this week's 45 new people, who knows. Let's all bring a friend.

So, the fastest lady this week was Maureen Dowling with 20.38, the fastest gent was Isaac Farnworth with a time of 16.27.

There were 12 runners without a barcode, what a shame, all that effort and no text message of congratulations :'(

Duncan Prior ran his 50th today, Yay, and Art Atwal and Christina Calderon did their 100th, double Yay! Yay!  Well deserved champagne and cake!

Watch out for Divya Samani and Alan Frampton who will do their 50th next time out.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reading parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).

Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 14,090 participants have completed 108,689 parkruns covering a total distance of 543,445 km, including 18,384 new Personal Bests.

See you all on the field next week.

Cinthia

 

 

 

Reading parkrun Event 447 – Run Report

25 August 2018 - Report by Peter Reilly

A perfect day for running, the ground was firm underfoot, very little wind, the sun wasn’t too hot and even though it’s Reading Festival weekend, no rain! All things considered a pretty great start to the weekend for our 326 runners, joggers and walkers and our 19 volunteers. 53 Personal Bests suggest these really were great running conditions.

Congratulations to Andy Atkinson  on hitting the big 250 parkruns, Francis Burt on achieving his 100th and Helen Garforth on her 50th parkrun. Congratulations also to Peter Beard for completing his 300’th parkrun today. No T-Shirt for 300 Peter but worth a shout out anyway.

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Congratulations also to Tutu Melaku who celebrated her birthday today but missed out on a new PB by two seconds!
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Paced by Pete Jewell, Agnieszka Walenkiewicz made her 25th birthday go with a bang with a 13 second PB.
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Nicola Gillard also celebrated her 40th birthday by running her first Reading parkrun.

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Visitors, we had a few. Some were stopping off on their way to a football match in Liverpool, one had emerged from the Reading Festival campsite, one came from Brighton and Hove parkrun and another from Tilgate parkrun.

We welcomed 16 first time parkrunners. We hope you enjoyed the experience and come again.

We had a complete set of age ranges from Junior 10 all the way through to Veteran Male 80-84 and Veteran Female 70-74. We also had every minute from 16 through to 40 represented plus a few gaps from 44 through to 57 minutes.

I could see that it was going to be pretty competitive at the pointy end of the field when I spotted a group of Reading AC runners on the start line with their game faces on. And so it proved with 19 runners finishing inside 20 minutes. Reading AC took six of the first eight finishing positions including first male and female. Isaac Farnworth put in a mighty shift to finish first and bag a new PB (16:21) for the third time in his last four outings. Anna Boniface was first lady in 18:52.

Our male and female course records have now been standing for over three years. Can anyone challenge the longstanding course records of Jonathan Davies (14:45) and Naomi Taschimowitz (17:22)?

At the other end of the field a big congratulations must go to John Dickson who has returned to running after a four year break for an injury sustained at the 2014 Reading Half Marathon. A neighbour had recommended parkrun to him and in the last four weeks he has improved his jog/walking time from 56:50 to 44:13. John is in the 70-74 age category and reckons he has more improvements to make. He certainly has the bit between his teeth.

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Congratulations also to young Millie Allchurch who completed her first Reading parkrun to great cheers just ahead of her Dad and our tail walker.

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Volunteers. At Reading parkrun we have been very fortunate to have a long standing core volunteer team and to be able draw from a large pool of volunteers, however as more parkruns appear in the area (Prospect and Dinton Pastures are recent examples) some of our regular volunteers could end up helping out or running regularly at those parkruns instead of ours.
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We therefore need to make sure that our volunteer pool is added to and refreshed with new blood and the best time to do that is before we need to plead for help. If you would like to volunteer but are unsure of what’s involved just have a word with any of the volunteers or seek out our very approachable Event Director Teresa Caswell. Otherwise just click on the “opt-in” link on your results email to join the volunteer list to receive calls for assistance.

This week 326 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Jon KEW • Peter REILLY • Chris SMITH • Keith ELLIS • Jane ELLIS • Stewart JOHNSTON • Ian MAY • Charlie MACKLIN • Helen POOL • David STEVENI • Caroline MITCHELL • C James BARR • Robin KINSMAN • Natalie HARRIS • Duncan PRIOR • Alexa HOLT • Claire NEECH • Jennifer HOLMES • Andrew HOLMES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reading parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).
Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 14,045 participants have completed 108,316 parkruns covering a total distance of 541,580 km, including 18,341 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report Event 444 – 4 August 2018

Despite the sunny summer and holiday season, 327 parkrunners ran, walked or jogged the 444th Reading parkrun in the beautiful setting along the River Thames and amid the trees and meadows of Thames Valley Park. 15 fabulous volunteers made this event possible.

parkrun has become very popular these days due to its health benefits as running, jogging and walking is considered extremely important for overall healthy living. A recent report stated that 37,000 lives could be saved in the UK just by walking at least 20 minutes a day.

People of all ages and ability from children in buggies to those in their 80’s and dogs on leads were seen enjoying the parkrun: walking, jogging and running. ‘’This is great fun as we can walk with so many nice people and socialise with them,’’ said one jogger.

‘’I don’t want to waste my time just laying in bed, so I started to run for the last few months,’’ said another lady in her 50's. ‘This is quite amazing,’ she said.

parkrun is free and anyone can join after registering on the parkrun website.  People can  also volunteer and help make the event possible every Saturday. 

Mathew Rainbow completed the run in 16.25 minutes from among male participants, while Madeleine Smith finished the 5k run in 22.28 minutes. The last jogger completed the distance in 56.51 minutes, so the gap is huge and the parkrun looks like a long possession of people. The complete results of the park run can be viewed through this link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/reading/results/latestresults/

The runners from the following clubs also participated in this week’s run:

Reading Roadrunners

Thames Valley Triathletes

Sweatshop Running Community

Serpentine RC

Eastbourne Rovers AC

Bracknell Forest Runners

John Lewis Partnership RC

British Airways AC

Styal Running Club

St Bees Triers

Tewkesbury Running Club

GOG Triathlon Club

New Forest Runners

Eynsham Road Runners

Vegan Runners

Moneynest.co.uk Rhino Runners

Berkshire Orienteers

Tri20

Wargrave Runners

Evolution Triathlon Club

Chippenham Harriers

Westbury Harriers

Windrush Triathlon Club

This week’s run was possible with the support of following volunteers:

Jim ALCORN, Trisha ARNOLD, C James BARR, Paul CASWELL, Martin COULSON, Alix EYLES, Lyndsay HART, Jennifer HOLMES, Mahmud HUSEIN, Margaret HUSEIN, Ray JONES, Ian MAY, Ted MCFADYEN, Chiran PAUDYAL, Chris SMITH.

 

 

 

 

Reading parkrun Event #443 – Written with delight by Cinthia Parkes

A= for Another well managed parkrun
B= is for Bravo, to all a WELL DONE!
C= for Clubs represented, 27 in all
D= for Dr. Lionel Dean, whose skills came to call (he helped a young runner in difficulties - all ended well we understand)
E= for Effort shown by all taking part
F= for First-Timers, Forty Four! What a start!

G= for Georgia, the lady was first

H= for Hodder Diane, her 50th burst

I= for Isaac, first for the men

J= for Juniors, a quintet of them


K= for Kristian Helen and George, giving the tokens a clean
L= for Peter Cook's pics, LOVELY to be seen!
M= for Mahmud Husein for 25, volunteerings AND runs
N= for NINETEEN priceless volunteers taking their turns: Lorraine BAILEY • Linda BOOTH • John BAILEY • Chris SMITH • Keith ELLIS • Peter COOK • Alix EYLES • Fergal DONNELLY • Michelle HUTTON • Jim ALCORN • Helen POOL • David DIBBEN • C James BARR • Robin KINSMAN • Cinthia PARKES • Natalie HARRIS • Claire NEECH • David HODGKINSON • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL
O= for seventeen OVER 250s

P= for Personal Bests, 43 nifties
Q= for Quality RD, Fergal's your man

R= for 317 Runners that ran
S= for Sunshine, but cooler that day

T= for Tourists from Keswick-Oxford-Dublin-Sydney and Bracknell - all that way!
U= for Understanding that why.....
V= ...without Volunteering, it won't happen, please give it a try! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/reading/futureroster/

W= the blustery Wind, it blew in our face
X= for eXcuse me, it's a run not a race
Y= for Young runners, they both claimed pole fame
Z= for 11 runners with Z in their name!

General runners



            

Results

This week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Lorraine BAILEY • Linda BOOTH • John BAILEY • Chris SMITH • Keith ELLIS • Peter COOK • Alix EYLES • Fergal DONNELLY • Michelle HUTTON • Jim ALCORN • Helen POOL • David DIBBEN • C James BARR • Robin KINSMAN • Cinthia PARKES • Natalie HARRIS • Claire NEECH • David HODGKINSON • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reading parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).

Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 13,832 participants have completed 106,976 parkruns covering a total distance of 534,880 km, including 18,120 new Personal Bests.

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