Richmond parkrun 520 – 19th August 2017


The breezy head-wind in our faces during the 4thk might have been challenging for our 58 PB-ers today, but I found it very welcoming in the hot August sunshine. It was a glorious morning and the wonderful Richmond Park was looking as picturesque as ever. I hope our 55 ‘first timers’ appreciated the lovely surroundings as they progressed through the 5k course. I’m not sure if Matthew CONNOR (SM20-24) had much time to look around though. He was the first to finish in 16:48, doing his first ever parkrun – what an awesome start!!

The holiday season is well under way now. Judging by their golden sun-tans, many of our runners have been away somewhere hot and sunny (not that we have been without hot and sunny days in good old England!). Our numbers might be slightly down today but we still had a very healthy 402 runners, of which 28 were doing their first ever parkrun. Let’s hope they caught the parkrun bug and keep coming back. If anyone is wondering if the ‘first timers’ ever do come back, well there were 22 ‘second timers’ today! Well done. I can’t imagine not doing parkrun now. To me, it’s like a weekly health-check. However ploddy you feel during the week, it’s good to get out there on Saturday and give it a blast and see how you measure up.

So, if my maths is correct, we had 30 ‘parkrun tourists’ today. I’m sure they will have been impressed with the beauty of Richmond Park. No doubt some of our regulars have also been ‘tourists’ elsewhere. Every parkrun has its advantages and disadvantages. I recently did the parkrun in Southend. It’s a 3-lap course. Was I bored with it? No. Everyone was very friendly and because you lap others and get lapped yourself, you get to see more of the other runners. I frequently heard comments like ‘well done tourist!’ and ‘come on Richmond!’ Whatsmore, because it’s a flat course it was relatively easy to pick up a PB …

In our introductory briefing today, Ali SALISBURY thanked the wonderful team of volunteers and congratulated those who were reaching a milestone. She also gave out two important reminders: all under 11s must remain within arms’ length of a responsible adult; secondly, all runners must remain in the ‘funnel’ at the end and collect a token, to be scanned and handed in afterwards. And while we’re on the subject of scanning, Hadi KHATAMIZADEH (who was scanning the tokens today) had to make a sudden departure as his wife is having a baby!! Our good wishes go to him and the family and we hope to hear the good news next week.

It’s fantastic that there were 52 young runners aged 17 and under today, setting up good habits for life – keep it up! In fact, 21 of them were in the ‘10 and under’ age category – fantastic. I was well impressed with the young Arthur LOUW (JM10) who ran the course totally barefoot! He reached his 100 milestone last week and is a member of the Barefoot Runners Society (UK).

Congratulations to Stephen MCDUELL (VM50-54) who joined the 250-club today! Amrut SHARMA will be there in 2 more weeks. In just one more week Ian HARRISON (VM65-69) will have clocked up 200 runs.

Well done to the 3 runners who joined the 50-club today: Teresa GRANNER (VW45-49), Jackie CROCKFORD (VW35-39) and Paul BIRCH (VM55-59). Next time they will be joined by Cristina ZENTOLIN (SW3-34) and Lindsay BELLWOOD (VW3034).

Male placings:


Matthew CONNOR (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:48 - first appearance.
  Tim PRENDERGAST (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:09.  
Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) of West 4 Harriers, was third over the line in 17:27 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.

Female placings:


Georgina CLARKE (JW11-14) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:07 - third time in 3 appearances.  
Holly MCGUIGAN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 20:41.
  Adrienne BADDELEY (SW30-34) of Ranelagh Harriers, was third (34th overall) over the line in 20:47 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:


David GATENBY (VM55-59) – 82.16% for the time 18:52 (12th overall).
Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) – 80.61% for the time 17:27 (third overall).
Georgina CLARKE (JW11-14) – 79.37% for the time 20:07 (23rd overall).

Representatives of 30 different clubs took part today.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

  Ally PICKARD • Sonia KOHOL • Andy CAIE • Marguerite POULTER • Lloyd Temple CAMP • Fiona WHATLEY • Kate O'DOHERTY • Peter MCCLOSKEY • Pete BUTLER • Chris BULGER • Laura BUSHAWAY • Katherine BURSTON • Ronan MCGINN • Deepa SHARMA • Juliette COOPER • Martin COTTOM • Gary LEE • Faye SHAW • Margie MARSHALL • Hadi KHATAMIZADEH • Robert HILLHOUSE • Jenni RISHWORTH • June YU

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).
The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:11 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 95.43% (21:54) on 27th September 2014 (event number 363).

Richmond parkrun started on 20th October 2007. Since then 17,286 participants have completed 128,445 parkruns covering a total distance of 642,225 km, including 20,866 new Personal Bests.

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



Margie Marshall


Richmond parkrun 519 – 12th August 2017

What I love about parkrun (and others will agree) is the friendly community. Everybody spreads joy and comfort, for example, encouragement, praise or even just a smile. At parkrun, the community helps you overcome challenges and you leave feeling like you’ve achieved something. Watching the World Athletics Championships 2017 has really made me and my sister feel like we can do something and also has boosted our confidence. Maybe that's why she got a pb again?



Although we started at 9:05 today, the weather was relatively good. Thank goodness it didn't rain like it did on Wednesday, as we would have had to have changed the name to park swim. The weather was very hot and sticky, so we needn't hide under the huge parasols as my grandfather had quoted. There were many deer too; I saw 13 near the park gates lounging in the shade. On the walk down to the starting line there is the most beautiful view of London. You can see the view through the gap in the trees, and I marvel at it every time I see it. You can also see it from the hill just past the finish line. Near the finish line there were also a group of 7 horses. Margie Marshall and I found out that if you're at the back you miss 58 seconds, so watch out if you want to beat your pb.


In total there were 402 people at parkrun. There were lots of first timers (70 to be exact) including 29 runners who had never done parkrun before. Pete explained to all our newcomers what parkrun was and what to expect. Also telling them how it works and what to do. Being a funny type of guy, I sure heard lots of laughter coming from his awesome audience. Well it is the fungi (funguy) season my grandfather joked.





The highest age grade was:
Female: Patricia Ainley 25:59 age 65-69 79.22%
Male: Dan Ashar 17:58 age 40-44 78.29 %

Achievement runs:
10 - Jayashree Nanda , Ben Shephard, Sam Shephard , Helena Antoniou, Sarah Goring, George Neville White
50 - Simon True, Lesley Helen Foote
100 - Arthur Louw (bare footed)

First female - Claire Altmann; time - 22:05
First male - Luis Domingues; time - 17:50

The fastest female record is held by Lucy Hassell who had a time of 17:11 in 2011. The fastest male record is held by Paul Martelletti who had a time of 14:58 in 2011.
The oldest female runner is Pat and the oldest male (a Richmond Park first timer) was John Butcher.

Did you know that John Butcher (age 87) is a v85 record holder, who belongs to Ware Joggers club and has 28 different parkrun age grade records.



Thanks to all our volunteers who helped make this parkrun the best.



Also was our founder of parkrun’s birthday at the age of 57. Happy birthday. We all sang happy birthday as Andy Caie, our run director, recorded it!!!!!!!!!!!!



Jasmine Gould JW10



Richmond parkrun 518 – 5th August 2017


I’ve just finished watching the Women’s 10,000m World Athletics race with the winner coming in at 30:16:32. There were 400 runners today and the 200th runner (I know that doesn’t make it the true average) finished our 5k in a time of 27:07. Ayana lapped most of her competitors on a 400m track - she would have lapped most of us today on our 5k track. (I think that’s right.)


We may have had the excuse that it was hot and humid, which it was, but it was actually a lovely day. Rain overnight had made the park super green and, when coupled with the heat, had brought out the mushrooms for those eagle-eyed enough to spot them. Some boletus, shaggy ink caps and puffballs may have made a tasty post run breakfast (this is not advice to take anything away from Richmond Park as we all know that is illegal and potential lethal).


I missed the beginning of Andy Run Director’s pre-run talk but I believe our numbers were swollen today from visitors from afar. We brought a Greek friend who was charmed by both the park and the atmosphere. I don’t think that there is a parkrun in Greece but they have some extraordinary runs with elevations which make our own run’s hills feel like tussocks.


Despite the humidity there were 45 Personal Bests - a slightly lower proportion than normal but that is easy to understand. There were a good handful of pbs from second time runners but it is often the pbs (my autocorrect made that ‘pub’ - perhaps that is more the case) at the other end which can feel the most rewarding. Sue Gray in her 96th run at Richmond finished today in a time of 28:28. Her last pb was March 2015. Charlie Lewlett (JM11-14) usually runs at Barnstable but in his 140th run recorded a personal best today of 23:34.


If you are not at the front or at the end of the run it can get very crowded in the middle, particularly when it comes to passing the finish line and joining the funnel. Please remember that if anyone behind you with a rather booming voice, a range-y gait and occasional Australian colours suggests you ‘stay in order’ it is done with affection and in full support of the friendly spirit of parkrun.


Last week my son and I ran Penrose parkrun. A friendly out and back with a gentle undulation and a faint glimpse of the sea. Drizzle and grey skies and almost as charming as Richmond but I was sad to miss Fred Croft’s official 200th run and 100th volunteering. All respect and thanks to Fred our chief tail walker and my Tube buddy.
This week 399 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers.


Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.

Tom BUCKLEY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:29 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Ted MOCKETT (VM35-39) of Ranelagh Harriers, was third over the line in 17:47.
Female placings:
Stephanie AINLEY (SW25-29) of Thames Valley Harriers, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 20:02 - 8th time in 13 appearances.

Isabella GOMEZ (JW11-14) of German School London Running Team, was second (45th overall) over the line in 20:52.

Adrienne BADDELEY (SW30-34) of Ranelagh Harriers, was third (47th overall) over the line in 21:06 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Patricia AINLEY (VW65-69) – 80.09% for the time 25:42 (156th overall).

Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) – 78.22% for the time 17:59 (7th overall).

Tim HAZELL (VM55-59) – 77.28% for the time 19:53 (26th overall).


Anniversary runs today were:

50s - Ben Huggett and Jasper Roseland

100s - John Paskin
Thank you to this week’s volunteers among whom were the heroic pacers:
Abu-Turab BHARWANA • Christopher READ • Michael GLAZEBROOK • Wonderbrawn BROWN • Elio ZENTILIN • Michael SIKORA • Serge LOURIE • Steve THOMAS • Andy CAIE • Rina VYAS • Suzanne WISE • Lloyd Temple CAMP • Peter MCCLOSKEY • Peter BOWKER • Nick FULFORD • Colette DORAN • Chris BULGER • Richard WILSON • Malek SHARIF • Christine PANDOLE • Christopher COOPER • Jain REID • Gary LEE • Manju PATWARI • James CAI • Hadi KHATAMIZADEH • Kath BOON • Steven WILLIAMS • Mary-Tabitha WILKIN • Matt WILKIN Sally WOODWARD GENTLE


The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:11 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).

The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 95.43% (21:54) on 27th September 2014 (event number 363).
Richmond parkrun started on 20th October 2007. Since then 17,161 participants have completed 127,641 parkruns covering a total distance of 638,205 km, including 20,769 new Personal Bests.

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


Richmond parkrun 517 – 29th July 2017

Mind the barrier

This week the park was festooned with barriers. Not to keep the parkrunners at bay but maybe to keep the spectators of the Ride London cycle event in check or more likely stop errant deer crossings in front of the cyclists?  Whatever the precise reason for their presence they were a very visual reminder of just how much sport goes on around us.

The previous weekend was a cornucopia of sport with the final day of the Open, the women's World Cup cricket and the last days of both the Tour de France and the World ParaAthletics championships taking place. It was hard just trying to keep up with it all.  

This weekend ran in a similar vein - the Ride London event for both amateur cyclists and professionals, the test match against South Africa and the Hungarian Grand Prix entertaining us all. It just shows how engaging sport can be whether you are an avid fan or a sporadic spectator.   There's nothing to compare to the thrill of competition, the tussle of tightly fought battles or the marvel of the reach sport can have in terms of participation. 

As with most years I always try to see the Ride London event. The professional race generates an air of excitement for the sports mad as well as the general public. In fact the leaders and main peloton rush past so quickly that the build up and anticipation of the race are almost as captivating as the 'main show' itself.  Police motorbikes whizz down the course with sirens blazing and then the riders are followed by an international cavalcade of support vehicles.

It never ceases to amaze how many participate in the amateur 46 mile event. There were people of all ages sporting bikes from the more streamlined racing bikes to the more everyday. Apparently, according to recently announced figures, cycling is one of the few sports that has grown since the Olympics in 2012. 

Looking at the Olympic legacy it's also no surprise that the other sport that has become more popular is running. I'd hazard a guess much of that is down to parkrun. Numbers continue to grow week on week with first timers consistently being in the thousands. One wonders if the growth will ever stop but if it is down parkrun HQ it won't. They have set themselves the ambition of no barriers to participating in parkruns with inclusion of the visually impaired being one of their key goals currently. 

Richmond parkrun saw 359 runners tackle our beautiful challenging course this week. With the British summer having taken an extended vacation of late, it made a brief welcome return to grant all together more pleasant running conditions. 

First across the line this week was Runar SAETHER for the second time in two visits. Will BARKER followed in second with a well earned PB and Euan LEES took third. 

Stephanie AINLEY lead in the ladies with a PB only two weeks after her previous course best. Lydia LOUW crossed the line in second and Ella FRYER was third with another good run after having recently set a PB.

Across the field there were notable achievements. Although not earning a milestone t-shirt it's worth noting that Bill NEELY and Rosie LEYDEN attained the 200 run mark and Jim BUCKLE achieved his 150th run. A special mention and thank you to Fred CROFT who marked his 300th run fulfilling the role of tail walker.  Ryan SUTTON and Suzanne GILL earned the right to their 100th t-shirts.

On the theme of growth in participation we also had 56 first timers who were scattered throughout the field. Welcome to you all. In fact since Richmond parkrun first started an amazing 17,095 people have completed the course. That's a lot of parkruns - 127,242 to be precise!

A final word of thanks goes to our volunteer team who keep making this event possible. 

Lindsey Annable




Richmond parkrun 516 – 22nd July 2017


I love the all-inclusiveness of parkrun. Every Saturday morning a community of all ages and levels of running ability come together for some hearty exercise and a chat. Everyone has their reasons for running and their challenges to overcome. Last week, it was my privilege to guide Neil FOSTER, a blind First-Timer, around our wonderful course in Richmond Park – a very rewarding experience. The bravery and perseverance of people with a disability never ceases to amaze. On our TV screens this week we have seen awesome achievements in the World ParaAthletics Championships.

The parkrun community would like to increase the impact it has on helping people who are visually impaired. In the newsletter this week we were informed about the National Lottery Good Causes funding. Parkrun is a finalist in the Best Sports Project category and we have been encouraged to vote for #NLAparkrun via Facebook or Twitter. The public vote is open until 27 July – do vote!

Today’s Richmond parkrun was blessed with sunny, fresh conditions – a welcome interval of lovely weather between the previous night’s rainfall and the torrents streaming down my window as I type this report! It was good to see runners gathering and limbering up in the sunshine, accompanied by numerous spectators and at least 8 dogs!

Michael SIKORA welcomed our 52 first timers, of which 16 were doing their first-ever parkrun – welcome! Then Mike GLAZEBROOK, the Run Director, gave the full briefing. We cheered the ever-faithful volunteers and congratulated those who were reaching a milestone today. There were a few interesting puddles to negotiate in the opening surge of 357 keen runners – discolouring the smart trainers of not a few. But with no particular head-wind to speak of, 31 runners were able to achieve a new PB today and our tail runner, Elizabeth ORR brought up the rear in a very respectable time.

Yet again we had an excellent set of results from our younger runners. There were 44 altogether aged 17 and under, of which 18 were boys in the 11-14 age group (with 5 of them finishing in 21-something – awesome times!! Who says ‘parkrun isn’t a race’??)



The first JM10 was Sam RUSHBY in 23:34 (closely pursued by his brother Ben who got a new PB today!)
The first JM 11-14 was Osian JONES in 21:32
The first JW 11-14 was Li-Norah FLYNN in 23:20 (a First Timer at Richmond)
The first JM 15-17 was Alexander ROWELL in 21:53 (getting a new PB today!)
The first JW 15-17 was Anne CHESTERTON in 22:52.
The first SM 18-19 was James CAI in 17:58 (another PB today!)
The first SW 18-19 was Libby BROWN in 22:00



Congratulations to the runners who achieved a significant number today:
Jeremy DAY (VM45-49) reached 200 runs today. Bill NEELY (VM55-59) and Rosie LEYDEN (VW60-64) will reach that goal next time.


No-one joined the 100 club today, but Ryan SUTTON (SM30-34) will make it next time.


Chandra Mouli BHADRARAJU (SM30-34) and Dimitri SHVOROB (VM40-44) both joined the 50 club today

Simon TRUE (VM45-49) will hit the 50 target next time.


Jasper PAGET (JM10) joined the 10 club today

Male placings: 
Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) of West 4 Harriers, was first over the line in 17:43 (14th time in 77 appearances).
  Simon CLARK (VM40-44) of Kingston Wheelers CC, was second over the line in 17:54 (with a new PB!).
  James CAI (SM18-19) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:58 (first to finish once before and a PB today!).

Female placings:
 Kate BROWN (SW25-29) of St Mary's Richmond AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 18:31 (12th time in 16 appearances).
  Stephanie AINLEY (SW25-29) of Thames Valley Harriers, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 19:54 (has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions).
  Fanny VEIN (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 21:10 (was first to finish once before).

The three highest age grades were recorded by: 
Phyllis FLYNN (VW55-59) – 82.91% for the time 21:33 (45th overall – first time at Richmond).
  Kate BROWN (SW25-29) – 79.93% for the time 18:31 (7th overall).  
Patricia AINLEY (VW65-69) – 79.57% for the time 25:52 (164th overall).

Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

We are very grateful to our wonderful volunteers, without whom this event wouldn’t happen:

Carolyn Anne Elizabeth BRICE, Greig CATTO, Angela CATTO, Phil DAVIES, Lesley Helen FOOTE, Michael GLAZEBROOK, Monty KEOGH, Maia LEWIS, Zanny LEWIS, Margie MARSHALL, Stephen MCDUELL, Hazel MCDUELL, Bronwen NORTHMORE, Elizabeth ORR, Trevor PATTERSON, Ally PICKARD, Imogen SIBONA, Michael SIKORA, Simon TAYLOR, Joanna WIERZBOWSKA.

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).
The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:11 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 95.43% (21:54) on 27th September 2014 (event number 363).

Richmond parkrun started on 20th October 2007. Since then 17,039 participants have completed 126,883 parkruns covering a total distance of 634,415 km, including 20,692 new Personal Bests.

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

Margie Marshall

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