Richmond parkrun 498 – 18th March 2017

 

Well I didn’t see any Comic Relief red noses today, but I did see a runner wearing shin pads and holding a cricket bat ….

 

As ever it was great to see so many young runners – and I was impressed with the way they ‘got on with it’. Altogether there were 56 under 18s – brilliant – with 4 first timers in the ‘10 and under’ age category. On his first ever parkrun, James MABY JM 10 finished in 25:47 – an excellent first run! The fastest JM10 was Oskar BRIMACOMBE in 23:22 – awesome!! Not surprisingly it was a PB for him today and he achieved the highest age-graded score of all the younger runners. Oskar did his first Richmond parkrun a year ago and has been shaving off the minutes ever since – well done Oskar!

 

The Spring sunshine was somewhat elusive at first, but it wasn’t long before a number of us were wishing we were wearing fewer layers. It’s been a great week for sunny skies, blooming blossom, dancing daffodils, charming camellias, fantastic forsythias, ending perfectly with our precious parkrun!

 

Each week about 400 of us choose of our own freewill to gather in Richmond Park for friendship and exercise. Many of us will happily go out on our own to run, but we all know how important it is to support and encourage each other, taking part in a group running event. I felt nothing but positive vibes today and I hope I speak for everyone else. In the UK alone there are over 400 parkruns, with around 100,000 pairs of legs running each week – wow!

 

Today’s Event Director Ali SALISBURY praised our team of 22 fantastic volunteers, without whom the event could not take place. We gave Simon MOORSE VM 50-54 a huge cheer for doing his 250th run today. However, Ali also had a very sad announcement to make about the passing away of Anahita JONES, who had run with us in Richmond 124 times. Her family is arranging a get-together in Anahita’s memory, on Sunday 26th March. The details are as follows:

We would love you to join us on Sunday 26 March to celebrate the life of

Hiti

at Radnor House School, Pope's Villa, Cross Deep Twickenham TW1 4QG
from 3:30pm until beyond sunset

(Please note the clocks will have gone forward one hour)

Join us at any time throughout the afternoon and evening for Afternoon Tea and Cakes on the terrace and a paying bar from approximately 5:30pm with dancing on the terrace from sunset.

We would love you to bring a cake / cakes if you are able and please do bring your family and friends - all are warmly welcomed. An RSVP is not required, but please let us know if you can bring cakes.

Please bring your photographs of Hiti for the photoboard, and your memories.

Throughout the event we will be fundraising for Cancer Research UK, though donating will, of course, be optional and entirely voluntary.

If you are unable to come, or even if you are, and would like to make a donation in memory of Hiti please go to our Just Giving page here:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/REMEMBERING-ANAHITA

We hope you can make the date and we look forward to seeing you.

 

 

This week 392 people ran, jogged and walked the course and 34 recorded new Personal Bests (despite the strong headwind during the 4th k! Representatives of 33 different clubs took part. There were 53 were first timers (25 doing their first ever parkrun).

 

In addition to Simon MOORSE’s 250 milestone, two others achieved a special number today and a few more members are coming very close:

 

Jo ROSS SW 30-34 joined the 50 club today

Reggie ROCK JM10 joined the 10 club today

 

Only a few runs away from 400 are:

Sean EGAN VM 55-59 and Clive LESTER VM 65-69

 

Just a few runs away from 300 are:

Elio ZENTILIN VM 70-74, Pat HEWLETT VW 80-84 (our oldest runner today!) and Fred CROFT VM 65-69

 

Rose LEWIS VW 50-54 is only one run away from 200

 

3 runs away from 100 are:

Ella GARRETT JW 15-17, Robert MASLEN VM 65-69 and Lisa PEREZ VW 50-54

Matthew HUGGETT VM 50-54 will join the 50 club on his next run

 

Returning to the achievements of our younger runners:

The first JW10 was Matilda HARRISON in 25:51.

The first JM 11-14 was Osian JONES in 21:19.

The first JM 15-17 was Ben DIBLEY in 19:23.

The first SM 18-19 was Matthew BIGLAND in 18:24

 

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

 

Male placings:
Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) of West 4 Harriers, was first over the line in 17:41 - 13th time in 74 appearances.
Nick ALTMANN (VM40-44) of Ful-On Tri, was second over the line in 17:44.
Paulino MACIAS (VM40-44) of Sheen Shufflers, was third over the line in 18:14 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

 

Female placings:
Adrienne GREEN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (41st overall) over the line in 21:29 - third time in 41 appearances.
Jo ROSS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (45th overall) over the line in 21:43 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Joey LANGTON (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (71st overall) over the line in 23:04.

 

The following male runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul STUART-SMITH (VM55-59) – 81.02% for the time 18:58 (9th overall).
Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) – 79.55% for the time 17:41 (first overall).
Nick ALTMANN (VM40-44) – 79.32% for the time 17:44 (second overall).

 

The following female runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Margie MARSHALL (VW60-64) – 76.49% for the time 25:44.
Louise HUTCHINSON (VW55-59) – 76.14% for the time 24:06.
Kate TURNBULL (VW60-64) – 72.16% for the time 26:53.
 

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 00:17:11 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 00:14:58 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 16,140 participants have completed 119,277 parkruns covering a total distance of 596,385 km, including 19,635 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Margie Marshall

 

 

 

Richmond parkrun 497 – 11th March 2017

Even if you don’t usually read the report, I’d ask you to read this paragraph. I often go on about parkrun being a family, and it’s true that, once a week at least, this very disparate group of people, of all ages, backgrounds, politics, abilities, sporting affiliations etc. all get together for an hour (in my case) or 16 minutes (for some) to run together round our beautiful Park. Many of you will know that Anahita, a regular at Richmond parkrun and a 100-shirter, and a member of our parkrun family, sadly passed away recently. Her family are arranging a get-together in her memory, on Sunday 26 March. The details are as follows:

 

We would love you to join us on Sunday 26 March to celebrate the life of Anahita at Radnor House School, Pope's Villa, Cross Deep Twickenham TW1 4QG from 3:30pm until beyond sunset (Please note the clocks will have gone forward one hour).

 

Join us at any time throughout the afternoon and evening for Afternoon Tea and Cakes on the terrace and a paying bar from approximately 5:30pm with dancing on the terrace from sunset. We would love you to bring a cake / cakes if you are able and please do bring your family and friends - all are warmly welcomed.

 

An RSVP is not required, but please let us know if you can bring cakes. Please bring your photographs of Hiti for the photoboard, and your memories.

Throughout the event we will be fundraising for Cancer Research UK, though donating will, of course, be optional and entirely voluntary. If you are unable to come, or even if you are, and would like to make a donation in memory of Hiti please go to our Just Giving page here:

 

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/REMEMBERING-ANAHITA

We hope you can make the date and we look forward to seeing you. Jane, Carolyn, Claire & Jo x

 

This doesn’t seem the appropriate time for a jokey report, but I would just like to reflect on a classical music concert I went to recently. Not the performance as such – I have Van Gogh’s ear for music and was there mainly because my wife and daughter wanted to go – but the organisation of the performance. It was a solo singer and a small chamber orchestra, with period instruments. It all worked, not just the performers and the conductor, who kept it all together, but the stage managers who got instruments on and off when needed, the staff who made sure everyone got to their seats (the Barbican Hall is pretty big, it was almost full, a number of the concertgoers were confused about which seats they should be in…). What’s the relevance? Well, it made me think of parkrun of course.

 

The site is empty and you wonder whether anyone will turn up, then they all do, and it looks chaotic with people milling around, then there’s a scramble – for seats or to get to the start. Then it starts, a few minutes late always (the concert that is, not the Richmond parkrun of course…), and everything goes like clockwork, all under the watchful eye (if not baton) of the run director. The difference, perhaps, is that everyone who makes it happen at parkrun is a volunteer (yes, I’m banging on about that again) – so if you don’t already volunteer, do. It’s straightforward, nothing to worry about, you will be welcomed – just do it.

 

Now to the stats. 427 runners – not a record, but an impressive turn-out, on what was perhaps the first (and only so far) day of Spring.

 

This week 427 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests.

 

Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

 

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

 

Male placings:

 

Nick IMPEY (VM35-39) of Ranelagh Harriers, was first over the line in 17:01 - first time in 3 appearances. Ben EVANS (VM35-39) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was second over the line in 17:35. Euan LEES (VM40-44) of Ful-On Tri, was third over the line in 17:46 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

 

Female placings:

 

Claire ALTMANN (SW30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was first (20th overall) over the line in 19:27 - third time in 13 appearances. Laura BLAZEY (SW30-34) of Ranelagh Harriers, was second (25th overall) over the line in 19:46. Fanny VEIN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (41st overall) over the line in 20:47 - was first to finish once before.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by: Tim HAZELL (VM55-59) – 78.87% for the time 19:29 (21st overall). Edward FRANCIS (VM45-49) – 78.83% for the time 18:16 (7th overall). Euan LEES (VM40-44) – 78.61% for the time 17:46 (third overall).

 

As to milestones, Ned Pepper and Connor Foley (both JM 11-14) and Kate Mason (JW 15-17) reached their 10 shirt, Graham Atkinson and Sarah Evans their 50, and Sue Gray her 100. Congratulations to all of them, and apologies if I missed anyone.

 

Finally, the event was made possible by 20 volunteers, one of whom was your report writer – and while he never likes to draw attention to himself, he would like to point out that as tail runner, he definitely did not come in five minutes after the penultimate finisher...

 

Fred Croft

 

REMEMBERING ANAHITA

We would love you to join us on Sunday 26 March to celebrate the life of Anahita at Radnor House School, Pope's Villa, Cross Deep Twickenham TW1 4QG from 3:30pm until beyond sunset (Please note the clocks will have gone forward one hour).

Join us at any time throughout the afternoon and evening for Afternoon Tea and Cakes on the terrace and a paying bar from approximately 5:30pm with dancing on the terrace from sunset. We would love you to bring a cake / cakes if you are able and please do bring your family and friends - all are warmly welcomed.

An RSVP is not required, but please let us know if you can bring cakes. Please bring your photographs of Hiti for the photoboard, and your memories.

Throughout the event we will be fundraising for Cancer Research UK, though donating will, of course, be optional and entirely voluntary. If you are unable to come, or even if you are, and would like to make a donation in memory of Hiti please go to our Just Giving page here:

 

 

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/REMEMBERING-ANAHITA

We hope you can make the date and we look forward to seeing you. Jane, Carolyn, Claire & Jo x

 

Richmond parkrun 496 – 4th March 2017

What a nice bunch!

I might be biased, but I think parkrunners are nice, generous people. You can see that on any given Saturday in how they accommodate and support their fellow runners, in ways which go beyond common courtesy. This may be in part due to the inclusive parkrun demographic, which is, basically, everyone; super-fit experienced runners, the very young, the getting-on-a-bit, the almost elderly, those pushing prams or running with dogs, Mr & Mrs Average (you’ll find me there) and their children.

The first example I saw of this kindness on Saturday, was when it was being extended to me. I arrived very late, missed the briefing and only just managed to make it to the start. Everyone else was already bunched-up behind the tape in our notoriously crowded starting funnel, and I thought I was going to have to go right to the back. However, a very kind lady lifted up the tape and allowed me to squeeze in behind her. Several other people then shuffled over to make room for me. One of those people was carrying his dog, presumably so it wouldn’t get trampled underfoot at the start, and I couldn’t resist giving him a tickle behind the ears (the dog, not the man holding him – that might have earned me a slap!) and received a ‘woof’ and a couple of licks on the arm in return.

Shortly after the start a young boy was bombing along unaware that one of his shoe laces was undone and I saw a woman speed up to catch him, put her hand on his shoulder and guide him to the side so he could do it up safely. Towards the end, with around half a kilometer to go, just when the path relents from a steep climb to just an incline (but still kills your legs) our Lead Bike volunteer Bill was cheering us all on, offering words of encouragement and giving time checks. Personally I find that last 500 meters really difficult and so any support is greatly received; this week especially so because my legs were still heavy from last weekend’s Brighton Half Marathon.

I had been running with a small group trying to stay close to the 27:30 pacer and although I wasn’t able to catch him, I did manage a little spurt towards the end and broke away from the others. As I turned off the path and onto the grass between the cones for the last few meters a man shouted ‘you’re almost there.’ I really wanted to shout back ‘and yet so far away’ but didn’t have enough wind for my wit. It was such a relief to cross the line and stagger through the funnel to get my finishers token, meaning that breakfast and coffee were no more than 30 minutes away. I even (almost) didn’t mind that the man I overtook 20 meters back, pipped me at the post in the last 0.002 of a second. As I said, we’re a kind lot, and I must have still been feeling the love!

This week was pacer week where regular runners volunteer their services to help people get close to their personal time goals. Perhaps because of the pacers, 55 people recorded new PBs, including Isabelle SULLY (24:00), Emer FERGUSON (28:51), Fred SCHUBERTH (24:02), Christopher JACKSON (21:30), Alan HARDING (21:31), Thuli WHITEHOUSE (27:08), Claire ALTMANN (19:32), Rohan VON SOLMS  (24:10), Stefan VON SOLMS (19:26) Phoebe WINDEBANK (27:18), Osian JONES (21:26), Zach HELLEL (22:20), Ed GLASGOW (28:00) and Katherine BURSTON (23:49).

Three people also scored very impressive age grades this week: Cheryl SACKS (VW45-49) 78.05%, for the time 20:21 (19th overall), Trevor PATTERSON (VM55-59) 77.76% for the time 19:56 (15th overall) and Edward FRANCIS (VM45-49) who was graded 77.14% for the time 18:40 (third overall). Well done all of you; you definitely stood out amongst the 431-strong crowd.

The first three men to finish were James CAI (18:06 and a new PB), Richmond first-timer Russell PRICE (18:26) and Edward FRANCIS (18:40). The first three ladies over the line were Claire ALTMANN (19:32), Cheryl SACKS (20:21) and Joanne CAIE (20:38). All three ladies achieved new PBs as well.

A big ‘thank you’ to all our volunteers who’s numbers were swelled by the pacers. They were: Andrew Kew BROWN  •  Andy CAIE  •  Bill NEELY  •  Camille DE LAURENS CASTELET  •  Charlie MULLEN  •  Charlotte BEARCROFT  •  David PENNELL  •  David PETERSON  •  Deepa SHARMA  •  Franz WERNDLE  •  Gary LEE  •  Gillian SANDY  •  Hadi KHATAMIZADEH  •  Jain REID  •  James AIKIN  •  Jarryd HILLHOUSE  •  Luca COLEMAN  •  Lucy WESTENBERGER  •  Maia LEWIS  •  Peter MCCLOSKEY  •  Ryan SUTTON  •  Stephen MCDUELL  •  Steve AIKIN  •  Sue GRAY  •  Zanny LEWIS  •  Zoha RAFIQUE.

As we all know parkrun could not go ahead as a free, timed, weekly event without our lovely volunteers, so please don’t hesitate to give it a go. It's always a lot of fun and is a great way to make new friends. Get involved by emailing us at richmondhelpers@parkrun.com

That’s all for now. See you again next week, same time, same place,

Gillian

 

Richmond parkrun 495 – 25th February 2017

 

There is always a reason to run…

I’ve frequently wondered what motivates people to run. As a child I remember how I hated the compulsory ‘cross country’ run around the school grounds. It probably didn’t help that the runs were always in November where it far too cold and grey to do any other sport outside. To this day I am sure the P.E teacher sat snuggly in the classroom with a cup of tea waiting for the first runner to come round the corner before stepping out to cheer. 

Never the less, despite my first running experience in primary school all those years ago being less than pleasurable, I now have a healthy love/hate relationship with running. Where I find parkrun is where I do my best; I love the atmosphere, the comradery and the encouragement you get from others. I know that many come for a variety of reasons, either way it’s always great to see everyone gather around the podium tree trunk for our pre run talk… sometimes with some caerphilly chosen jokes that aren’t so edam good but still make you laugh or groan. I find it is always feta to smile while running otherwise you’ll be stilton up the hills. Crepe... too much??

Terrible jokes aside there were a large group of us, a whopping 393 runners today. With my thoughts about the different type of runners we have here, I will start with the sprinters who like to run fast and aim for first place. Today’s runners being: Conor KISSANE-WOOD over the line in 16:51, Simon SHAW at 17:37 and Hugo GARLAND at 18:30. With our ladies Isobel REA over the line at 20:27, Lizzie BROUGHTON at 21:09 and Mikaela HEDIN at 21:56. A commendable effort as there was a very strong headwind pushing against you today. For me, when I watch our runners cross the finishing line with these times, it always makes me want to achieve more and to push myself that little bit extra to get my next PB. 

I had noticed in between our sprinters today that there were a few people who were not necessarily sprinters but naturally running at a fast pace, but still were getting some very good times. Some even chatting to each other as they ran up the hill, with not a care in the world for those zooming past to reach their next PB. 

Then you have people who are here for health benefits, I have read recently so many stories on the parkrun Facebook page of people who started off walking most of the 5k run, but enjoyed the atmosphere so much that they come back and they are now fitter, lighter and also smashing out their PBs; again more inspiration to keep us going on to achieve our own goals. There have also been a number of posts of our visually impaired runners joining the parkrun ranks; I think this is so fantastic, that with their guides, they are able to gain their own PBs and much more.

We have quite a few people who are into their long distant runs and races that come join us, often running to Richmond Park, to do the parkrun and then finish off their training with a bit more running. People like Alastair Ritchie who has run numerous different races, does this quite frequently. There are also people who come to cross train to increase their leg strength and stamina for another exciting expedition. This was probably one of the main reasons why I started running; to improve my stamina so I could go do some long climbs in the Alps. Low and behold I would still attend (obviously when I didn’t have a gammy knee) to see what PB I could manage.

My other reason being was that I wanted to run with my father who as far as I can remember has always run, a fantastic way to spend time with loved ones, whether it’s family, other halfs, friends and even our furry friends. You can always tell when we are about to start the run by how much barking is being done by them all. The greatness of it all is that there are many ways you can support each other, there is no correct way. If you want you can run together, apart or even just to come and watch you can. A bit like Henry, Sally Woodward Gentle’s husband who is often seen walking their dogs around the park but is always there at the start and end of the race talking to other parkrunners. 

I have to mention this as it was so great to see this interaction, which I saw from the other side of the finish line.  Today I saw two families who participate in the run, who I can only assume that they have known each other for some time. Although running at their own speeds they were so positive and encouraging whilst they were all crossing the line. What I loved about this interaction was seeing their sons shaking hands and congratulating each other. No boasting just pleased for each other’s success.

What also caught my eye today was seeing two sets of twin buggies being pushed over the start line. I have always been amazed by people who are running with single buggies and so pleased that they bring their children even if it’s to shout “FASTER DADDY! FASTER!!”, but two see twin buggies, that is pretty awesome to see. 

Another type of runner I have noticed is the one who needs some time to themselves so that they can ‘recharge’ their batteries and/or clear out their head, something that without knowing it happens to all of us when we run. Often people find it a great time to go over things that have been troubling them and feel much better after their run.

The last being the injured, raring to go but hindered by their injury, still ever enthusiastic and shouting encouragements to the runners as they reach the last teeny tiny (massive to some) last hill.

Cristina Zentilin

 

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