#84 13/10/2018 The Washout

This weeks event started warm and dry but then the torrential rain came soaking all who where running and volunteering.

We had visitors from Poole, Southend and Durham this week and Matt Sandford reached his 50th parkrun milestone.

There where technical difficulties withe the barcode scanners failing which was overcome by using parkrun virtual volunteer app.

It was brought to our attention that there are some junior runners who are only completing 1 lap of our 2 lap course unaccompanied by a responsible adult and then coming through the finish funnel and collecting a finish token.

If the 2 laps are not completed these results will be removed as the course has not been completed.

The volunteer rotas for the upcoming weeks are looking short so if you are able to volunteer please E Mail rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com.

This weeks event was made possible by 24 amazing volunteers:

Frances CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Sasha BIRKIN • Ciara WILLIAMS • Cathy BYRNE • Sarah OCKENDON • Paul COLLINGWOOD • Kevin BARRETT • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Tracy HOWARTH • Andreas SCHWARZ • Nanette MORGAN • Julia BROOKS • Mark OCKENDON • Linda GRIMES • Rachel CAIRN • Caroline LOUCH • Maddy NEVES • Paul GREEN • Ali KHALILI • Daniel MOSS • Matt MCKARELL • Michelle WICKE

A massive thank you to the volunteers who endured the terrible weather and carried out their roles.

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 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 5,646 participants have completed 27,992 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,960 km, including 6,722 new Personal Bests.

 

#82 – Shiny Happy People

Saturday saw us hold event number 82 at Ricky parkrun, on a crisp, sunny morning that was pretty much perfect for getting out and running. With a few local races due to be held on Sunday, our numbers were down slightly on recent weeks, but what we were short of in bodies was more than made up for in energy, bonhomie and application.

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In amongst the Ricky Regulars ('Rickulars'?), we were lucky enough to be joined on Saturday by parkrun royalty and tourist journeymen Tom Williams and Ian Rutson from parkrun HQ. Hopefully, with such a beautiful morning and all our runners and volunteers in such fine, smiley form, we gave a pretty good account ourselves (as we always do!) to them and all our other guests?!

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So to the event itself; 331 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

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At the sharp end of the field, South London Harrier Will Cullen flew round in a great time of 16.28, followed closely by Chiltern Harrier James Repper in 16.56 and Oliver Howells in 18.02. First lady finisher was Ali Young - despite carrying an injury! - in 20.31. Great running all round.

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The event was made possible by 19 wonderful volunteers:
Catherine MOSS • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Andy NICE • Paul COLLINGWOOD • Rowena BEEDELL • Robert KENISON • Helen SMITHSON • Cindy BEEDELL • Alan SENDALL • Nanette MORGAN • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Philip HAY • Maddy NEVES • Su TYSOE • Robert STUTTAFORD • Matt MCKARELL • Shantonu CHUNDUR

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Anyone wanting to help out as a volunteer at future events should contact the Ricky HQ (rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com). Please remember that without sufficient numbers of volunteers each week, we will not be able to put on safe, fun events. Please get in touch and do your bit!

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The weather is looking good for this weekend, so we're looking forward to seeing you all again on Saturday for another great Ricky parkrun. Until then, have a great week and look after yourselves.

Take care,
Andy

 

Event #81

This week 368 people braved the drizzle to run, jog and walk the course,. There were 47 first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
We had visitors from as far away as Southampton and Scotland joining us and two of our visitors were Rafi and Leo who were both 11 and have taken up the challenge of running all the parkruns within the M25. Their challenge is in aid of ‘Together in Barnett” which aims to tackle homelessness within its London Borough.

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One of our Run Directors, Rob Withall, was celebrating his 50th Volunteering milestone. He is one of an amazing bunch of non-running supporters of Rickmansworth parkrun and always has a smile and a cheer for everyone crossing the finish line. Well done Rob and thanks for the cake!

On that note a HUGE thank you goes out to our volunteers for this week - we could not have done it without you:  Ali YOUNG • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Sarah OCKENDON • Jackie YOUELL • Wendy HARRINGTON • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Barnaby NORMAN • Maria WAITE • Christine PARTRIDGE • Alan SENDALL • Kelly BAKER • H Matthew HOWARTH • Austin BAKER • Nanette MORGAN • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jennie GOULD • Caroline LOUCH • Maddy NEVES • Judith ALDRIDGE • Damien HAMPTON • Juliet GUERRI • Naomi WOOD • Mary ALDERSON • Matt MCKARELL • Robin SHACKLADY

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Our photographer this week was Barnaby Norman who was visiting us from Linford Wood, near Milton Keynes. He has loaded all the photographs up onto our Flickr page for everyone to enjoy: https://www.flickr.com/groups/rickmansworth-parkrun/pool/with/44816268432/

We are still short of a few volunteers for this Saturday, 29th September and for all of October. Please check your diaries and email us at : rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com if you are able to help out.
Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 5,518 participants have completed 26,875 parkruns covering a total distance of 134,375 km, including 6,541 new Personal Bests.

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Have a great week everyone!

 

 

 

#80 50th Different Parkrun and 50th Milestone

This week a new start and finish was trialled and seemed to solve the overcrowding on the first bend.

386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

This week Nanette Morgan completed her 50th parkrun and Sharon Threlfall from Westmill parkrun completed her 50th different parkrun, a big congratulations to them both.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Rosie MOUNTAIN • Andy NICE • Sarah OCKENDON • Sharon THRELFALL • Sue ELLIOTT • Isla THRELFALL • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Peter GLEDHILL • Sally BEATLEY • Tracy HOWARTH • Mark OCKENDON • Felicity ADI • Matt SANDFORD • Mark THOMAS • Pete ADI • Rachel CAIRN • Hannah SANDFORD • Maddy NEVES • Mary ALDERSON • Hannah WOODWARD • Esther SWIRLES

The upcoming weeks require volunteers so if you you would like to give volunteering a go please E Mail rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com.

Once again this week we had 3 of our tokens go off wandering into the unknown. If you could please hand in your finish tokens.

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 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 5,471 participants have completed 26,507 parkruns covering a total distance of 132,535 km, including 6,497 new Personal Bests.

 

#79 – the one with the missing tokens

Well, that was a busy parkrunday. 488 runners made this our second biggest event. We expected a bit of a bump – the end of the summer holidays means that everyone’s back, refreshed and raring to go. Even the volunteer roster was feeling the benefit – isn’t it nice when we don’t have to beg & nag?

 Celebrations

Numbers were further enhanced by a plethora of celebrations:

Jill Watkins started her Wedding Day surrounded by veil-adorned Running Sisters. (Ben Taunt, the groom, was embargoed from the event for reasons of tradition):

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Harry Kendall started his London Marathon training in style, and in full cricket whites:

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DoE volunteer, and scanner on the day, Maddy Neves was celebrating her 16th birthday:

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Austin Baker joined the Junior 10 club – as did Adam Durso, Alara Bir, Edward Weir and Joseph Gookey.

Gavin Cooper and Sarah Parker joined the 50 club.

Volunteers

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Karmen PARDOE • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Jo WATKINSON • Joanna EVANS • Katrina EVERETT • Maria WAITE • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Maddy NEVES • Judith ALDRIDGE • David SELWOOD • Karen FISH • Mary ALDERSON • Matt MCKARELL • Ken WALSH • Adam SHACKLADY

 

Finish tokens

Those who were on finish token duty – and those who are rostered for token duty next Saturday – will be relieved to hear that we’ve located our missing tokens, and expect to have them on hand should we again pass the 450 mark next Saturday. And some printed sheets of spare tokens, just in case…

We also had a record number of finish tokens go missing on Saturday. If you’ve found one in your pocket – please give it back. Just drop it into a scanner’s token bag, or pass it to one of the hi-viz army next time you come along.

 

Speaker care volunteers

I’d like to end with a plea for help. Are you a regular Ricky parkrunner? Do you drive to parkrun each week? If so, we’d really like you to help out as ‘Speaker carer’. At the moment, we’re relying on a few core helpers to take the speaker home, charge it, and return it the following week. It’d be really nice to have a one or two people take on the regular care of the Speaker. We can work around gaps, and if necessary fall back on the old analogue shouty method of delivering the briefing if we have to (as we did on Saturday – thank you to the marshals on Sssh duty!). Speaker care is an easy way to help us out, and chalk up both volunteer and run points on a regular basis. Email us at rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com if you can help.

Thank you all for another wonderful parkrunday,

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Marjory

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