#99 a record turnout and results issues

Once again we had a record number of people today. 571 of you turned up to walk/jog/run our beautiful course this morning. We do hope this isn’t just a January thing and that you’ll be back again next week. Our regular photographer, Philip HAY bought his nephew Nicholas GYAU along for the first time – it looks like Philip may be running more so if anyone else would like to help with the Photographer role please email us.

Philip and Nicholas
The results were posted late this week as we had a challenge with the numbers. Our stopwatches will only record 500 positions. We are aware of this but unfortunately I didn’t think there were over 500 people and by the time I realised it was too late to put our Plan B into operation as I was running about getting more Finish Tokens and trying to get someone to use the Timer app! We had the names and position numbers of most of the 71 runners over 500 but the times had to be manually input. We had the added challenge that there were a few duplicate positions. We thank you for your patience and understanding. If you finished at position 501 or later and your time is wrong do please get in touch to get it changed.

Local Running Clubs
RRS at parkrin 12 Jan

To help keep your New Years Resolutions there are many local running clubs that you can join if you would like to do more. For the ladies there is Rickmansworth Running Sisters. Four of your Run Directors are members of this club and you will have seen our ladies in their sparkly hoodies. We welcome all abilities. For more information on our club and the Watford Running Sisters please go to the following websites:

www.rickyrunningsisters.org.uk
www.watfordrunningsisters.org.uk
As the above groups are ladies only here are some other clubs which will welcome men and women:
www.watfordjoggers.co.uk
www.watfordharriers.co.uk
http://chilternharriers.weebly.com/ – based in Chesham but do some training locally
www.metros.org.uk – based in Harrow
Do check the websites first for entry requirements as all are very different.

Results

This week 571 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 89 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.
The first male was James TURNER with a time of 17:25 and the first female was Mairead O'ROURKEwith a time of 19:24.

The Volunteers

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Aileen BROWN • Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • John NORRIS • Lily HARRISON • Bernie CONWAY • Wendy HARRINGTON • Robert DRUMMOND • Preena DIVECHA • Rob WITHALL • Andy LEIGH • Kelly BAKER • Austin BAKER • Christopher STARR • Sue GOODALL • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Jennie GOULD • Ed WRIGHT • Cameron FRASER • Su TYSOE • Matt MCKARELL • Adam SHACKLADY • Lizzie GOODALL • Anastacia PALMER

For your opportunity to volunteer please send an email to rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com with the date(s) you can help, any particular position you would like and your barcode.

New Finish Funnel Position
We tried a new finish funnel position this week. We realise that the cones were in the way of the start line so we will put them out after the start next week. We had many favourable comments about the new position so we will try it again next week. If you have any comments on the new position, please send an email to rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com
Event #100 – Saturday 19th January 2018
Next week is our 100th event. The theme is summer. So if you’d like to run in your swimsuit please feel free! We are hoping to have some pacers for next week. If you are a pacer you will get both a volunteer and run credit. If you are interested in being one of our pacers please email rickmanworthoffice@parkrun.com with your barcode number and target time. As a rule of thumb most people will be comfortable with pacing a time that is ¾ minutes slower than their average time. Marjory is your Run Director next week.

Lesley Keddy

 

#98…Records and Milestones!

I believe I can open with a whoop whoop this week as a colossal 531 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 93 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part. What a fabulous start to RED, dry or whatever January everyone is doing.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19
Congratulations go to the following:

Jackie and Malcolm Hall on each completing 150 parkruns. Did they run every one of them together?

Joanna Evans on closely following the award of a coveted purple shirt, she now gains her red one! Well done on her 50th parkrun.

Ali Young – Team GB member, endurance runner and parkrun volunteer, huge congratulations on completing her 100th parkrun.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19
The Milestoners...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19

Results:
First home was Allan James Stewart at 17:23 and our first female was Ali Young (we knew her 100th would be celebrated in style) at 18:58. Well done to both of them.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19
The face of someone who knows they've got a PB this week...

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Sophie CHATER • Jackie HALL • Malcolm HALL • Sasha BIRKIN • Kieron CAMPION • Sarah OCKENDON • Joanna EVANS • Lily HARRISON • Robert KENISON • Preena DIVECHA • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • H Matthew HOWARTH • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Cameron FRASER • Judith ALDRIDGE • Jon DAVIES • Matt MCKARELL • Adam SHACKLADY • Anastacia PALMER

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19
Turn left at the lake otherwise you'll fall in!

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

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=98

The female record is held by Hannah KITCHEN who recorded a time of 18:02 on 11th March 2017 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:49 on 15th December 2018 (event number 93).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 6,380 participants have completed 33,329 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,645 km, including 7,524 new Personal Bests. A total of 452 individuals have volunteered 2,106 times.

All the best
Maria
#loveparkrun

 

#97 New Year parkrun-athon!

Happy New Year to you all! And what a great turnout we had this week for our first parkrun of 2019.
414 people ran, jogged and walked the course on Tuesday, of whom 92 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/1/19

We had a lot of visitors to Rickmansworth for this event as we were partnering up with Cassiobury parkrun to put on a double parkrun. We have never seen you all disappear so quickly as you whizzed off to get your double parkrun hit in. It was also great to see the bike racks so full as many parkrunners took the opportunity to cycle between the 2 events and a lot of parkrunners even made use of the tow path and ran between the Aquadrome and Cassiobury Park. What a super fit lot you are!

A HUGE congratulations goes out to Bernie Conway, who is one of our regular volunteers as she celebrated her 100th parkrun. Laura Stone, from Northala Fields parkrun joined us to celebrate her 300th event. Well done ladies, what amazing achievements!

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers: Lesley KEDDY • Pritesh PATEL • Kieron CAMPION • Claire PEARCE • Sarah OCKENDON • John NORRIS • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Bernie CONWAY • Helen SMITHSON • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Esther LAXENAIRE • Alan SENDALL • Ruth ZRIHEN • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Felicity ADI • Philip HAY • Hannah SANDFORD • Karen FISH • Anastacia PALMER

Another gentle reminder for all our parkrunners at Rickmansworth to make a note of the parkrun code. We removed a couple of regular parkrunners from the results this week as we had another incident with an under 11 being left to run the course on their own. A member of our Core Team found the young runner on the course in a very distressed state and gave up their run to accompany the child back to the finish area and reunite them with their parent.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/1/19

Please be aware that ‘The parkrun Code’ applies to everyone at all parkruns as well as international events. One of the rules is: ‘Children under the age of 11 must be within arm’s reach of a trusted adult at all times’. The adult must be aged 18 or over. This rule has been put in place to ensure the welfare and safe-guarding of all young children attending parkrun as the events are held in busy, open, public areas and is without exception. If you are an adult running with an under 11 please ensure that you stay together, it is not the responsibility of the Marshals or other parkrunners to look after the child.
As Run Directors we stand up each week and give a Pre-Run Brief which includes the parkrun code in our spiel, so you should all be aware of the points by now but if you do need a refresher please follow the link:

https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/205630612-The-parkrun-code-for-5k-events

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/1/19

Please help us keep parkrun an all-inclusive, safe event for everyone!

We look forward to seeing you all next parkrunday!
Sarah Ockendon

 

#95 – We Wish You a Merry Christmas – 25th December 2018

48418548_1077950452385650_6896557939285295104_nThis week 352 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. We were delighted to have 19 folk doing parkrun for the very first time! We hope you’ll be back again. We were also joined by YOPA – he is Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity Mascot for 2018. He has had a mission to visit all of Hertfordshire’s parkruns this year – his last one is Gadebridge where he will be on Saturday 29th December.
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As you’d expect on Christmas Day we had quite a few tourists. I am sorry I do not know your names but we had tourists from South Africa and Hong Kong – that’s a long way to come. Quite a few of you came in Christmas Fancy Dress. We didn’t have a photographer this week as he was on other duties at our parkrun but here are some photos we managed to get:
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Volunteers

We were delighted to have a full roster of volunteers bearing in mind it was Christmas Day. Thank you all so much and for the extras who mucked in on the day. We are still a few volunteers short for New Year’s Day so if you are able to help us please send an email to rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com

Frances CHATER • Andrew CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Karen SPROD • Lesley KEDDY • Malcolm HUTCHINGS • Sarah OCKENDON • John NORRIS • Debbie EDWARDS • Bernie CONWAY • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Rosie CHATER • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Matt SANDFORD • Philip HAY • Nicola ANSTISS • Sara LOWE • Deborah BAYLISS • Claire CAMPION • Anastacia PALMER • Barrie STAINTHORPE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

New Year’s Day

Are you going to be doing the NYD Double? This is the only day in the whole year that you can record two parkruns on the same day. We are partnering with our neighbours at Cassiobury to offer you this opportunity. Come to Ricky at 09:00 and then hotfoot it across to Cassiobury for a 10:30 start. If you driving between the 2 then do try and lift share as parking will be at a premium. If you’d like to cycle between the two then you can join RD Lesley who will be cycling from Ricky to Cassiobury – don’t forget a lock for your bike!

Lesley Keddy, RD

 

#Event number 93…Milestones and Jumpers!

The promised sleet held off, and we witnessed a technicolour tapestry of Christmas jumpers this week where 341 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

We also celebrated a plethora of wonderful parkrun milestones, congratulations to:
v25 Club – Queen of the Scanners, Joanna Evans
50th parkrun – the Boss, Andy Nice
100th parkrun – the Dazzling Duo, Lesley Keddy and Sarah Ockendon (thanks too for the celebratory cake.)

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

While the Christmas Jumper competition was of a very high standard, there had to be one winner and congratulations go to Martyn Maynard who sported a very festive jumper. See him in action below...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Results:
First home was James Laing at 16:39 and our first female was Phillipa Lowe at 18:39. Well done to both of them.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=93

The event was made possible by 21 wonderful volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Frances CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Joanna EVANS • Lily HARRISON • Kate PENDRED • Philip GIBBS • Maria WAITE • H Matthew HOWARTH • Rosie CHATER • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Philip HAY • Cameron FRASER • Judith ALDRIDGE • Karin LOCKETT • Karen FISH • Matt MCKARELL • Anastacia PALMER

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

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

The female record is held by Hannah KITCHEN who recorded a time of 18:02 on 11th March 2017 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:49 on 15th December 2018 (event number 93).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 6,027 participants have completed 31,230 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,150 km, including 7,276 new Personal Bests. A total of 446 individuals have volunteered 1,993 times.

All the best
Maria
#loveparkrun

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