#47 – Testing resolutions

Last Saturday we had another fantastic event at Ricky parkrun where 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 81 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Judy SAUNDERS • Andy NICE • Ben M WEBB • Sevan STEPHAN • Joanna EVANS • Brian CHANDLER • Sue LACEY • Rob WITHALL • Sheila CHANDLER • Juliette NOLA • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • Isabel MONTESDEOCA • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Philip HAY • Finlay PEARCE • Nicola ANSTISS • Thomas LOUCH • Judith ALDRIDGE • Jen CHANNER • Trish FERRIS

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 Thomas BEEDELL who recorded a time of 15:57 on 4th November 2017 (event number 35).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 90.48% (22:04) on 30th September 2017 (event number 30).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 3,728 participants have completed 14,023 parkruns covering a total distance of

 

#46 New Year New You?

This week 420 people continued with their 2018 health drives and ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 78 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. Our furthest tourist today came all the way from Argentina, the next furthest was from New York. We are truly honoured they came all this way just for us!

Our 2-lap course was mostly ice-free with the exception of the first corner, mentioned at length in the run briefing and heavily marshalled to guide everyone wide of the corner. A note on the run briefing: PLEASE listen carefully to it as your RD will point out any areas of risk that you need to be careful of.

The first female was young Phillipa Lowe with a fantastic time of 18:46, followed by Caroline Greenaway with 20:18. Third lady over the line was Becca Hext with a time of 21:30.

Blake Vivien was the first male over the line at 17:21, followed by Alan Lawrenson with 18:34, then Matthew Watt close on his heels with 18:47.

We have also had to make up 4 new finish tokens, which means some lovely runner has taken home a not very interesting souvenir from our run today. Remember that whenever you are given at token at the finish line it is NOT a gift, its for you to give to the barcode scanner whether or not you have registered as a runner......

Rant over and on a happier note, the event was made possible by 23 wonderful volunteers:

Andrew CHATER • Alison SMITH • Ben M WEBB • Joanna EVANS • Robert KENISON • Sarah LEVERIDGE • Rob WITHALL • Philip GIBBS • Maria WAITE • Rosie CHATER • Philip HAY • Paula ALLIBONE • Jack BILLINGS • Finlay PEARCE • Nicola ANSTISS • Cameron FRASER • Thomas LOUCH • Judith ALDRIDGE • Paul MARCHANT • Philip HAMPSON • Neil GENDERS • Steve ILLING • Jen CHANNER

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

 

#45 – What a fantastic way to start the year!

Well, that was interesting.

I started NYD at Cassiobury park, slightly surprising ED Sharon Davidson by my presence among the 323 runners and walkers. Yes, I was going to be RD the second event of the day – but thankfully Co-RD Sarah Ockendon, ably supported by regular volunteer and husband Mark, were on hand to course check and set-up at Ricky.

I made it back to the Aquadrome just in time to check-in the 20 other volunteers, and to realise that we had a bit of a clash developing with a large group of walkers. Walking in support of St Luke's Hospice, they turned out to be fantastic, and hugely supportive. Their general consensus seemed to be that you are a fine bunch of individuals, covering all age groups, taking part in something rather wonderful. I wholeheartedly agree.

Apparently they do a walk from the Aquadrome every New Year – as well as other walks through the year – check here for more information.

Anyway, back to parkrun. As we got closer to the official start time of 10:30, we gradually began to realise that there were rather a lot of you. I know many of you had to queue to get in to the car park, and I believe that TfL were running a rather slow, hungover service too. However, we managed to get everyone started pretty much on time, with only a few stragglers continuing to appear over the next 10 minutes – I think you all caught up and passed the tailwalker okay!

Not only were there rather a lot of you, but there were also a lot of supporters. We had to work hard to keep the finish straight clear – I’m grateful to Sharon D for pitching in to help marshal. The finish funnel did start to back up a couple of times – it may be time for us to consider lengthening the funnel! Regardless, if you could ensure that you keep moving quickly through the funnel, stay in order, and have your hand ready to grasp your token, it helps us get everyone through efficiently and safely.

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The funnel's backing up - timekeeper Mark seems to be wondering where everyone came from!

And then we realised we were running out of tokens. We only had 450 tokens at the finish line, we were on to the last batch of 50, and still you came pouring over the finish line. Fortunately, we did have more – so Sarah & Su started manically preparing a fresh batch of 50. The rate of finishers began to slow, and we all started to realise that we might just hit 500. We anxiously kept an eye out for the tail walker. When Tail Walker Bernie crossed the line in position 501, I’m afraid I got a little bit hysterical, and even did a little dance. It was partly joy at a new attendance record, partly sheer relief that we’d made it through to the end.

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Ian Birch picks up token 500, Bernie Conway gets 501!

(I realised after, when processing the results, that our stopwatches only go up to 500. I am SO GLAD that there weren’t any more of you. Though we do now have a contingency plan so we know what to do if it happens again!)

The official stats are below – but I can’t finish without saying a massive THANK YOU to everyone who made our first NYD run happen. The volunteers were even more wonderful than usual – and the people we share the park with were also tremendous in their support of us all. As parkrundays go, this one was really special.

A very happy, prosperous and peaceful new year to you all.

All the best, all the time,

Marjory
RD

This week 501 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Of the 181 first time visitors to Rickmansworth, 20 were doing parkrun for the first time ever. 52 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.

  • 161 people did both Cassiobury and Rickmansworth parkruns.
  • 29 did both Black Park and Rickmansworth parkruns.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Jackie HARRIS • Pritesh PATEL • Sharon DAVIDSON • Sarah OCKENDON • Peter GUDGE • Bernie CONWAY • Rob WITHALL • Juliette NOLA • Maria WAITE • Julia BROOKS • Mark OCKENDON • Kathryn JENKINS • Felicity ADI • Philip HAY • Nicola ANSTISS • John MCGREAL • Hannah SANDFORD • Judith ALDRIDGE • Charlotte CAIRN • Raicheal MCGREAL • Lisa MARHEINEKE • Su TYSOE

  • Emma RACKHAM joined the 100 Club
  • Sophia STYLIANOU and John FALVEY joined the 50 Club
  • Leonardo CHIAPPI joined the junior 10 Club
  • Judith ALDRIDGE joined the V25 Club
  • Charlotte CAIRN completed the volunteer element of her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, having volunteered on 13 separate occasions.

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 Thomas BEEDELL who recorded a time of 15:57 on 4th November 2017 (event number 35).
  • The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 90.48% (22:04) on 30th September 2017 (event number 30).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 3,592 participants have completed 13,191 parkruns covering a total distance of 65,955 km, including 3,763 new Personal Bests.

 

Rickmansworth parkrun Event number 44

At least 239 mince pies were burnt off this morning on our 44th parkrun in Rickmansworth. It was a little wet underfoot and very blowy in places, but once again a lovely jaunt around the Aquadrome.

This week 239 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

First male over the line was Peter Stainer with a time of 18:07, followed by Tom Gwynne-Evans with 18:31 and then Matthew Allen 19:17. The first female was Ciara Williams who came in at 22:10, second was Jo Evans with 22:37 and third lady over the line was Cathryn Lees with a time of 22:55.

The event was made possible by 19 wonderful volunteers:

Clive M WICKHAM • Alison SMITH • Matt CHANNER • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Rob WITHALL • Rajinderjit DUHRA • Maria WAITE • Alan SENDALL • Mark OCKENDON • Pippa KENNEDY • Jack BILLINGS • Finlay PEARCE • Nicola ANSTISS • Cameron FRASER • Thomas LOUCH • Judith ALDRIDGE • Charlotte CAIRN • Les EDWARDS

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

We are always begging for volunteers so please plan your diary ahead of time and contact us to get you booked into a future roster. Remember if you are a regular runner, we'd like to see you volunteer every 10th run. Don't be shy, all jobs are easy and fun!

 

#43 – 25th December 2017 – Happy Christmas!

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This week 205 people saw Christmas Day in by running, jogging and walking the course, trying to create some space for their Christmas lunch. 49 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

We had a very good show of Santa hats and various festive outfits to get us all into a Christmassy mood. We were also able to welcome a lot of tourists from as far away as: Devon, Surrey, Cambridgeshire and Scotland. The event was made possible by 21 volunteers: Marjory BLUER • Ian BONNICK • Yolande DYTHAM • Lesley KEDDY • Raymond John HOYLE • Alison MEAD • Sarah OCKENDON • Debbie EDWARDS • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Tom BECK • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Mark OCKENDON • Katherine GOULD • Jennie GOULD • Nicola ANSTISS • Judith ALDRIDGE • David SELWOOD • Jessica MOSS • Mary ALDERSON IMG_0011
To add to the festivities, we were also able to celebrate another amazing milestone for one of our stalwart volunteers. Maria Waite has marshalled at 25 separate parkruns carrying out various roles to ensure that Rickmansworth parkrun can happen every week. Thank you Maria for your amazing support you are now able to claim the much coveted purple 25 t’shirt.

I don’t know about you all but my Saturdays just would not be the same without Rickmansworth parkrun? We always need Volunteers at Rickmansworth and if you run regularly with us it would be great if you could donate just one Saturday out of 10 runs to cheer on your fellow runners and ensure that we can keep this parkrun running.
parkrun cannot run without volunteers so make it your New Year resolution to be a Hero!

Sarah Ockendon, Run Director

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