Event #472 – 23rd February 2019

This week 362 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Tom STAGLES • Christopher T KELLY • George MACDONALD • Chris SMITH • Heather BOWLEY • Alan TOWER • Kevin JARRETT • Alix EYLES • Ian MAY • Oliver USHER • Angela BURLEY • Fergal DONNELLY • Jim ALCORN • Pam ALCORN • Mahmud HUSEIN • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL • George THOMPSON • John DICKSON • Gordon HODSON • Russel BARRETO • Jograj SINGH

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 14,988 participants have completed 116,047 parkruns covering a total distance of 580,235 km, including 19,313 new Personal Bests. A total of 837 individuals have volunteered 7,232 times.

 

Readingparkrun #469 – who said that?

Run report by Dan Rickett

An icier than expected wind picked up, and parkrunners congregated at Thames Valley Park for Reading parkrun’s event #469. Having only previously run Reading’s alternative courses (the relocation-to-Dinton, the three lapper, and the ‘nurkrap’), today I decided to run wearing a running buff makeshift blindfold. I should clarify, for anyone who spotted this, it was not a wardrobe malfunction, nor was it a Sandra Bullock Bird Box challenge. Rather, Event Director Teresa CASWELL and I had last week taken part in Visual Impaired (VI) Guide Runner training, and were keen to put our theory into practice before being called upon to offer guide running to a VI runner in a real scenario. Hitherto, as Teresa passed her dog’s leash to husband Paul and exchanged it for my guide tether, we trotted off tethered arm-to-arm to the distant hilarities of dog-walking punchlines from some of the more comedic parkrunners in attendance (you know who you are).

So where I would normally now report how many parkrunners walked, ran and jogged parkrun, I am afraid I cannot. I did not see any. I can reliably inform you, however, that after the calming voice of Run Director Sev KONIECZNY’s run brief and the loud dog barks of anticipation, an impressive 308 parkrunners audibly stomped, panted and spluttered around Reading parkrun.

Well done to Martin Proctor who completed his 200th run.

First footfall heard in the finish funnel was that of Alexander WHITTAKER – who also scored a new PB – and first female to voice her thanks after taking a finish token was Hannah MAHER – great running Alexander and Hannah!

Heavy breaths of exertion could be heard from 37 people as they scored PBs, including Roshni PATEL, Kevin TANG and Juliet BRABBEN– congratulations!

38 first timers, including Richard SCRASE, Fiona CALLAGHAN and Ross MARDEN, clunked across TVP’s bridge for the first time, and 16 of these heard the bleep of their own barcode being scanned for the very first time, as this was their very first parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family!

And all of this while 26 volunteers clapped and cheered in their volunteer roles – thank you!

From where Teresa and I were running, we agreed mid-run that today was scary, fun and informative in equal measures. Running blindfolded and as VI Guide made us take note of every undulation and bump on the course, every change in terrain, the depth of each puddle, each stone underfoot, and the angle of every corner that Teresa had to describe. I became acutely aware of the sound of nearby runners and the direction of the sun through my blindfold, but surprisingly found these disorientating rather than helpful. It will come as no surprise to some of you that Teresa took the task of delivering a (literal) running commentary in her audible stride; she was a natural.

If we don’t mention, as we had agreed not to, the small mishap* where I ran at full speed into the side barrier of the bridge and ricocheted 30 degrees back on target towards the home stretch whilst the running commentary continued akin to, “oops – are you ok, Dan? – is that a laugh or a cry? – oh good, laugh is ok – sorry about that – keep going, no one noticed – act natural – uneven grass ahead – are you still laughing?” …then it was a complete success!

(*I jest, Teresa was doing an excellent job of describing the approaching slippery bridge when this happened, and no harm was done)

I thoroughly recommend Teresa as a guide runner, and would happily be guided by her again. Hopefully our newly trained VI guide runners at Reading, Prospect, Dinton and Woodley will allow parkrun to become more accessible to a new audience on a more regular basis. So should you happen to see Teresa or me, or any of the newly trained local guide runners please give them a wide berth, a friendly hello, and tell them to watch out on the bridge.

Whether volunteering or running, the Reading team look forward to hearing you next week at parkrun – enjoy the rest of your week!

 

Thanks to the volunteers who made this event happen: Marie ARONSSON-STORRIER, Andy ATKINSON, C James BARR, Russel BARRETO, Linda BOOTH, Andrew BUTLER, Teresa CASWELL, Patsy COLLIS, Peter COOK, Oliver DYSON, Alix EYLES, Peter HIGGS, David HODGKINSON, Andrew HOLMES, Jennifer HOLMES, Suzanne HOOKER, Sev KONIECZNY, Charlie MACKLIN, Ian MAY, Ted MCFADYEN, Amelie PREVOST-SNELL, Nicola RANDALL, Daniel RICKETT, Chris SMITH, Jessica WARDLE, Francesca WILLIAMS

 

Event #468 Reading parkrun

By Chiran Paudyal

Despite the cold weather and muddy field, altogether 363 people ran, jogged and walked in the 468th Reading Park run this Saturday. Since the start of Reading park run in September 2009, more than 14, 900 people have participated in the fun run across the trail of beautiful Thames path near the Oracle.

Running, jogging or walking specially in the nature is the best exercise, according to the National Health Service (NHS). This is a friendly fun run for people of all age and gender. People with children in buggies and dog with lead also run in this fun run. The runners completed the 5K distance from Thames bank to the beautiful forest side near the Oracle from 17.45 to 53.41 minutes. There were many personal best record and a large number of first timers this time.

David McCoy, James Lyne and James Fox from among the male and Anne Lockwood, Maureen Dowling and Tamina Oliver among the female were the first three finishers of the run this week. A remarkable number of over 30 people were the first time runners whereas Maureen Dowling completed 100th and Nevil Hunt completed 200 parkruns. To read the details of the results click here.

Anyone can participate in this free run or volunteer to help the park run, which starts at 9 am every Saurday, registering their names through the park run website.
Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then over 14,900 participants have completed 113,197 parkruns covering a total distance of 565,985 km, including over 18,985 new Personal Bests.

The parkrun was possible with the support of the following voluteers this week. Alan TOWER • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL • Basudev PAUDYAL • Bharat PAUDYAL • Charlie MACKLIN • Chiran PAUDYAL • Colin COTTELL • Damien WOOLMER • David HODGKINSON • Elizabeth NAKIMBUGWE • George MACDONALD • Jennifer HOLMES • Michelle HUTTON • Neil HART • Nicola RANDALL • Paul CASWELL • Robin BERTRAND • Robin KINSMAN

 

Reading parkrun # 463 – 15/12/2018

By Isaac Farnworth with Photos by Peter Reilly

An impressive 190 brave hearts managed to survive Saturday’s Siberian conditions at Thames Valley Park, for the 463rd staging of Royal Berkshire’s most historic and prestigious (?!) parkrun event.

However, there was no way that a chilly frost was going to stop SIXTEEN Reading parkrunners from leaving the venue with a shiny new PB; could one wish for a better early Christmas present?

For the rest of the field, it was a case of ticking off another run on the quest towards the next milestone achievement, and the coveted Parkrun t-shirts. It’s clearly also the best way to kick off your weekend, especially at this time of year when the nation’s food consumption levels goes off the charts!

First to cross the line today was a Pointer-Cross breed, who calls to the name of Inga, which means dog in Zulu, the largest ethnic group in Neil Hart’s native South Africa. The pair crossed the line in just over 17 minutes, and we are wondering whether Inga is the first four-legged furry friend to take first spot.

Nobody completed a new milestone according to the weekend’s results; however, we see you Maureen Dowling on 97. Let’s get you to 100 in the New Year!

Thanks to everyone for coping with the new finish loop after crossing bridge, an alteration intended to help preserve the submerged section close to the Waterside Centre. We’re aware the extra turns are far from ideal at such a late stage in the run, but we’d rather put up with that rather than risk having to cancel the event altogether!

Thanks to all our fantastic volunteers whose dedication and smiley faces make every Saturday morning at TVP a walk (run) in the park for the rest of us .

 

Thank you all kindly. Do have a super-duper rest of the week - we look forward to seeing you on Saturday! By the way, we would like you to come in fancy dress on Saturday as it's nearly Christmas :-)

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Alexa DUCKWORTH- BRIGGS • Alix EYLES • Andy ATKINSON • Charlie MACKLIN • Chris SMITH • Christopher T KELLY • George MACDONALD • Ian MAY • Isaac FARNWORTH • Jim ALCORN • Jonathan COYLE • Keith ELLIS • Luke WHILEY • Mark CHAMBERLAIN • Martin COULSON • Pam ALCORN • Peter REILLY • Sev KONIECZNY • Teresa CASWELL • Tutu MELAKU

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 14,567 participants have completed 113,197 parkruns covering a total distance of 565,985 km, including 18,985 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #461…day 1, winter

Yep, according to the meteorological calendar, Saturday was the 1st day of Winter 2018. And 142 parkrunners can definitely vouch for that, with a saturated TVP providing a very soggy & muddy underfoot. Still, the most evident sign of winter- the tens & hundreds of missing parkrunners! That's okay, it was the same all over the country - do come back though, we missed you 

Not missing were 14 x 1st timers. Welcome to you. Welcome also to our parkrun tourists from various parts of the country, including Melton Mowbray & Glasgow, amongst others.

 

Caolan HUMPHRIES & Sophie PINDORIA were our first male and female finishers with Chris KELLY achieving Saturday's highest age grade result. 11 parkrunners achieved PB's so congrats to all above and to ALL parkrunners on your great runs yesterday.

 

Chris CONWAY completed his 50th parkrun so a milestone t-shirt will be winging its way to him in the near future. Ian MAY completed his 200th parkrun, and while not an official milestone, Ian participated as a Running Marshal so definitely worth a mention. Your Run Director also completed his 50th parkrun as RD- not sure if really worth mentioning, but what the heck!

 

Thanks to everyone for bearing with recent modifications to the course, in order to preserve the (submerged) section close to the Wokingham Waterside Centre. Dog-leg turns and muddy conditions are not preferred bedfellows but needs must. Please continue to take care.

 

Thanks to all our wonderful VOLUNTEERS whose energy and cheerfulness brightens all our parkrun mornings.

 

Thanks ALL and have a great week ahead 

 

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Tom STAGLES • Chris SMITH • Keith ELLIS • Heather BOWLEY • Teresa CASWELL • Mark ANDREW • Ian MAY • Oliver USHER • Fergal DONNELLY • Jayne WOODHOUSE • Gill MANTON • Charlie MACKLIN • Charlie MANTON • C James BARR • Elizabeth NAKIMBUGWE • Hugh SPALDING • Liz SMITH • Mahmud HUSEIN • Natalie HARRIS • Duncan PRIOR • Amelie PREVOST-SNELL • Russel BARRETO

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 14,518 participants have completed 112,762 parkruns covering a total distance of 563,810 km, including 18,953 new Personal Bests. A total of 816 individuals have volunteered 7,012 times.

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