Event #71 – Blazing Trails

Well done to all our runners on Saturday, it was a very hot morning and you were all amazing!

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

All the volunteers were amazed at what a speedy parkrun it was this week. You must have all had 2 Weetabix for breakfast as the Tail Walker crossed the finish line with at time of 45:25 and we were in the Café sorting finish tokens, processing results and drinking our lattes just after 10am.

We had some amazing young athletes running with us this week and keeping their parents on their toes. I was lucky to meet a few of them and their inspiring parents after they had finished!

Alex Hughes was 4th to finish this week’s event with his Dad hot on his heels. Alex achieved a new PB of 18:27 Both Alex and his Dad, Nick, are members of the Chiltern Harriers.

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Ross Geary was also being chased by his Dad and achieved a time of 25:10. Ross and his Dad, Simon, are members of the Gade Valley Harriers and were were telling me about the club fancy dress run they were taking part in during Saturday afternoon. They were both going to be running dressed as ‘The Flash’.

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George Jordan was joined by his Mum and Dad, Jo and Mike who were visiting us from Ashton Court parkrun. George was the 228th parkrunner across the finish line and he achieved an amazing time of 29:56.

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Just a further reminder to all those running with a dog. The course is completely on tarmac (other than the finish funnel) which can become very hot under paw and combined with the hot, humid weather we are experiencing we ask you to assess the situation and your pet’s capabilities before running with them. Please ensure you bring water for them especially if they are taking part in the parkrun.

We would also like to remind all parkrunners and spectators to bring water with them if not for during the event, definitely for afterwards. If you forget to bring any water the Café in the Park does offer free drinking water and they kindly ask for donations towards their chosen charity - Water Aid. ALL of the drinking water donations are given to Water Aid so please remember to give generously if using this facility.

This week’s event was made possible by 24 amazing volunteers:
Karen SPROD • Alison SMITH • Jackie HALL • Malcolm HALL • Sarah OCKENDON • John NORRIS • Bernie CONWAY • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Lucy PARKS • Anne O CONNOR • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Felicity ADI • Philip HAY • Paula ALLIBONE • Nicola ANSTISS • Jeremy PALEY • Jamie CAIRN • Judith ALDRIDGE • Suziey WALKER • Georgina GARNER • Anthony STREETER
We are still in need of volunteers for next Saturday’s parkrun as well as for the rest of the events in July and August: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/futureroster/
Please check your diaries and step forward to volunteer by emailing us with your barcode number at: rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com
Help us keep Rickmansworth parkrun running.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 14/7/18

Saturday’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 91.10% (21:55) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 68).
Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 4,994 participants have completed 23,048 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,240 km, including 5,810 new Personal Bests.

 

#70 The Scorcher

This week runners and volunteers where put to the test in very hot weather conditions with both being sweaty by the end.

332 people braved the heat this week and ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 amazing volunteers:

Elspeth DOUGLAS • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Linsey MAYNARD • Kristin CAVENDER • Jo WATKINSON • John NORRIS • Bernie CONWAY • Wendy HARRINGTON • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Christine PARTRIDGE • John PARTRIDGE • Trevor ALDERSON • Kathryn JENKINS • Lucy SCARLETT • Freddie SCARLETT • Matt SANDFORD • Nicola ANSTISS • Rachel CAIRN • Sophie HALDEN • Shantonu CHUNDUR • Anthony STREETER • Callum DONOVAN

A big thank you to the volunteers this week for standing in the sunshine without you this event would not be possible.

Our rosters for the coming weeks are still requiring volunteers so if you are able to volunteer please E Mail rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com.

Again this week 5 of our finish tokens wandered off into the unknown possibly they went looking for their 5 missing friends from last week. If you have taken a finish token home by accident please could it be returned as they are being missed by its fellow 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 91.10% (21:55) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 68).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 4,955 participants have completed 22,699 parkruns covering a total distance of 113,495 km, including 5,746 new Personal Bests.

 

#69 – The one I forgot to write

I MUST NOT FORGET TO WRITE THE RUN REPORT!

I MUST NOT FORGET TO WRITE THE RUN REPORT!

I MUST NOT FORGET TO WRITE THE RUN REPORT!

I MUST NOT FORGET TO WRITE THE RUN REPORT!

I MUST NOT FORGET TO WRITE THE RUN REPORT!

I MUST NOT FORGET TO WRITE THE RUN REPORT!

I MUST NOT FORGET TO WRITE THE RUN REPORT!

Ooops.

It was so long ago, I can barely remember. I think it was hot. I vaguely remember some very sweaty runners, and some very cool volunteers. Neil, on pre-event set-up brought a sledgehammer to help us get the flag stuck into the concrete-dry ground in front of the cafe. Sam, on Marshal duty, completed his DoE stint - thank you for all your help Sam, and we hope to see you running soon!

The official results

...tell me that 379 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Kristin CAVENDER • Sarah OCKENDON • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Helen SMITHSON • Esther LAXENAIRE • H Matthew HOWARTH • Helen MOY • Ruth ZRIHEN • Julia BROOKS • Katy LYNCH • Kris KAUSHAL • Neil GENDERS • Richard BAILEY • Mary ALDERSON • Fauzia HART • Eileen MAYLEY • Georgina GARNER • Samuel NIGHTINGILL • Anthony STREETER

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 91.10% (21:55) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 68).

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 4,924 participants have completed 22,367 parkruns covering a total distance of 111,835 km, including 5,688 new Personal Bests.

Milestones

Welcome to the 50 club to Jo WATKINSON and Andrew MOORE - well done, and only 50 to go till your next t-shirt!

And finally...

If you've been as forgetful about putting your name forward for volunteering as I've been about doing the run report - don't worry! As with this report, it's never too late to knock up something quickly and send it through to us. We've got lots of space on the roster over summer, so why not treat yourself to a shady marshal spot and a post-volunteer ice cream one week?

See you all again tomorrow - #dfyb

Marjory

P.S. If you took one of your finish tokens home with us, please pass it back to one of the scanners tomorrow. We won't scold you. Much.

 

#68 Together100 parkrun volunteer takeover

Last week was Refugee week and we had a volunteer takeover by Together100 who do amazing work to help Syrian refugees.  They are a local group of volunteers who have come together to do what they can amidst the refugee crisis. Their outlook is non political and non religious. It’s simply about trying to provide some comfort for those who have left their war torn homes. Each Saturday they open their Donation Station outside William Penn Leisure Centre between 11:00 – 13:00 so people can drop off aid that they then ship to France, Syria and the Greek Islands.

You can check their latest donation requests by visiting their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/togetherrefugee/

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Together100 Volunteers

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#ThisGirlCan

We’d like to thank Sue Lacey for organising this and for taking some wonderful photos.  If you haven’t looked at them yet here is the link:  Flickr Photos It was also a week when parkrun wanted as many parkruns as possible to have female RDs and also as many females on the roster as possible.  In our case, 4 of our 6 Run Directors are female and we regularly have a lot of female volunteers so it was business as usual.
It was a glorious morning which saw 445 people take part of whom 59 were first timers and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

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Barcodes

We had a very high number of non scanning barcodes this week and it was not pleasant to be offered soggy bacodes to write details from.  Paper barcodes do not last long. We'd love it if you could help our scanners record your times by either laminating your barcode or buying a parkrun wristband.  It takes a lot of extra time to process non scanning barcodes.  If your barcode doesn’t scan please bin it and print out some new ones. We also find that barcodes printed on laser prints scan better as often ones printed on inkjet printers smudge. Wristbands, laminated cards, tags etc. can be purhcased from https://parkrun-barcode.com/

The Results

The first over the line was our Event Director Andy NICE whose time was 17:11 and a New PB too!

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The first female over the line was Ali YOUNG with a time of 19:18.

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    PARKRUN RW T100 -3300The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

    Lesley KEDDY • Andy NICE • Juliet FITZPATRICK • Sheree MOORE • Chris LLOYD • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Sue LACEY • Adrian LACEY • Linda WALKE • Sue MAY • Maria WAITE • Helen FEAR • Alex CUTMORE • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jennie GOULD • Helen LANFEAR • Judith ALDRIDGE • Michelle TRIGG • Karen FISH • Samuel NIGHTINGILL • Anthony STREETER

     

     

 

 

#67 – The one with pacers

We had a veritable army of pacers this week. Triggered by an ad hoc volunteer offer from Matt Howarth, we ended up with 9 pacers, covering a range from 20 through to 33 minutes. And as a result, a massive 93 out of 375 or you recorded a PB! This is phenomenal - until you check last week’s stats and realise that last week, without pacers, you recorded 130 PBs. So either you all ran your legs out last week, or the unanticipated sunshine and warm temperature caused you all to wilt, or you just didn’t try hard enough.

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Regardless, a massive thanks to all our gorgeous pacers. Pacing always looks easy from the outside – they’re running along at what seems an easy, steady pace, chatting away and encouraging people. But it takes massive amounts of concentration, continual maths, a good knowledge of the course, and quite a lot of practice to come in on target. Sam Raffety won the prize* for most accurate pacer, and our thanks go to the whole set.

*Prize = Glory.

Here's how our pacers did - the table shows target time, pacer and actual time.

20 Andy 19:45
24 Ali 23:53
25 Kevin 24:08
26 Sylvia 26:13
27 Ali 27:33
28 Neil 27:54
29 Sam 29:07
30 Matt 29:46
33 Lesley 33:05

 

A plea for help

WANTED: A regular Ricky parkrunner who drives to parkrun each week, has some suitcase-sized storage at home, and access to a power point.

Yes, we’re looking for someone (or a small team) to look after the PA speaker. It collapses down and has wheels. It just needs someone to take it home with them after their run, store and charge it, and return it to us the following week. In return, you’ll get 2 volunteer credits, our gratitude, and still be able to run. We have a couple of names who can help out on an occasional basis, but if you can help us on a regular basis, please get in touch at rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com.

 

 And the official scores...

 

This week 375 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 93 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Mairead O'ROURKE • Ali YOUNG • Catherine MOSS • Karen SPROD • Lesley KEDDY • Andy NICE • Kristin CAVENDER • Samantha RAFFETY • Neil BATES • Kevin BARRETT • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • H Matthew HOWARTH • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Jennie GOULD • Jessica ANSTISS • Marie STAUNTON • Sylvia MOSS • Clive JOHNSON • Neil GENDERS • Jamie HERSHON • Karen FISH • Ali KHALILI • Matt MCKARELL • Samuel NIGHTINGILL • Shantonu CHUNDUR

 

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 4,807 participants have completed 21,543 parkruns covering a total distance of 107,715 km, including 5,538 new Personal Bests.

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