Event #102 – Sunshine on a Winter’s Day

Apologies everyone for the late report but it has been a busy week!

With such a dramatic contrast in weather conditions to the previous week, 465 people turned up to the Aquadrome at Rickmansworth last Saturday to run, jog and walk under blue skies and wall to wall sunshine.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_2534We had 51 first timers and 69 runners recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

Congratulations goes out to Helen Gray who was celebrating her 50th parkrun with us.
We were able to welcome parkrun tourists from as far away as Scotland, Devon and York.
It was also a pleasure to welcome Ciaran Murphy to Rickmansworth parkrun. His home event is Bushy Park and he is the proud owner of a very much coveted and hard earned 500 parkrun T-shirt.
Fin O’Regan visited us from Nonsuch parkrun and was running his 81st different parkrun at Rickmansworth on Saturday.
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A  big THANK YOU goes out to all our amazing volunteers:
Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Sarah OCKENDON • James MARTIN • Lily HARRISON • Paul RAWLINS • Alex DRIZEN • Preena DIVECHA • Rob WITHALL • Diane ANSTISS • Robert TAYLOR • Guy ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Cameron FRASER • Sue JOHNS • Karen FISH • Matt MCKARELL • Adam SHACKLADY • Ollie MARSHALL • Anastacia PALMER

We still require a few volunteers for this week and if you are able to assist please email in with your name and barcode number.
If you are unable to help out this week but would still like to volunteer at an upcoming event, please take a look at our future volunteer roster - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/futureroster/ and let us know which date and role you would prefer.

Rickmansworth parkrun cannot happen without our amazing volunteers and all your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Finally! Further to our Facebook reminder, our email address has changed and is now: rickmansworth@parkrun.com
Please add the new address to your contacts so that you will still receive our emails and to ensure that they won’t go into your junk mail files.

Enjoy the rest of your week and I look forward to seeing you all again on parkrunday!

Sarah Ockendon

 

#100 – yet another attendance record

 

We've reached our 100th event! What a milestone, and what a way to celebrate!

 

Summer at the beach

More than a few of you dug under the bed to find your summer togs: as requested, flowery shirts, grass skirts and beach wear all featured - usually over a solid layer of thermals and a parkrun milestone t-shirt.

Katrina Everett (be-sashed below) was one of 5 people to hit the 50 milestone; John Stevens timed his 100th run perfectly to coincide with ours. For the juniors, George Hawkins notched up his 10th run.

A few photos (courtesy of the ever-wonderful Philip Hay) to capture a flavour of the day:

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So where's my medal?

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Rosie & Katrina - grass skirts & sashes

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Debbie - bringing the flavour of Hawaii to barcode scanning.

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Zita - modelling the latest sarong & bobble hat combo

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No - I don't know why we do this either...

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parkrun tourists - will travel for fancy dress and a well-recommended breakfast.

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ED Andy - watch out, you'll have somebody's eye out with those coconuts...

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Peter Cowan received the covetted 600 token. A first timer, he'll probably expect the same fuss when he finishes in position 327 next week... ;-)

 

A new attendance record! Pacers! Gorgeous volunteers!

You may have noticed that it was a little bit busier than usual. We know its January, we know it was our 100th, but we still didn't expect our near-exponential growth to keep going. On the plus side - over 600 people had a free weekly timed run, supported by 35 volunteers - numbers swelled by the presence of our pacers:

Andy Nice, Sylvia Moss, Stefan Moore, Joe Moore, Andrew Moore, Matt Howarth, Lesley Keddy and Iain Scarlett.

Pacing can be tough job at the best of times - and to get even close to target while dealing with such huge numbers takes a vast amount of concentration, planning and focus. Well done and thank to you all.

And of course a massive thanks to the entire volunteer crew - the people that really make the parkrun magic happen.

Diane ANSTISS, Guy ANSTISS, Deborah BAYLISS, Marjory BLUER, Rachel CAIRN, Rosie CHATER, Sophie CHATER, Preena DIVECHA, Cameron FRASER, Philip GIBBS, Jennie GOULD, Peter GUDGE, Jackie HARRIS, Lily HARRISON, Philip HAY, Jessica HOWARTH, Tracy HOWARTH, H Matthew HOWARTH, Lesley KEDDY, Sarah LEVERIDGE, Richard LOWES, Zita MANSI, James MARTIN, Matt MCKARELL, Joseph MOORE, Stefan MOORE, Andrew MOORE, Sylvia MOSS, Andy NICE, Paul ORANGE, Iain SCARLETT, Adam SHACKLADY, Mary WITHALL, Rob WITHALL

 

A new attendance record! Wow! AARGH! Hmmm...

The graph (idea stolen gratuitously from our friends at Cassiobury parkrun) shows just how significant the growth has been over the course of January, and helps explain just why you may have had to queue to get to the finish line. It will *probably* start to tail off a bit, before hitting the next bumps in May & September.

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But with great numbers come great event management challenges - how can we get better at dealing with >500 runners on a regular basis? Here are a few things we're looking at:

 

1. Start zones

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Start zones - don't think about it, just BELIEVE, and enjoy a smooth, pain-free start!

 

I know you want a PB, and you don't want to waste precious seconds getting to the start line. BUT - if everyone starts pretty much or order of their expected finish time, it will actually help EVERYONE get started faster. Just BELIEVE and GIVE IT A GO! (I'll stop shouting now). Start zones are used at quite a few other parkruns, and do seem to be remarkably effective in reducing aggro, injury and corner-cutting, while actually improving everyone's overall times.

 

2. Finish Funnel

It's gonna get longer. I thought I'd made it quite long - but obviously not long enough. It will get longer. And you can help us too - when you hit the finish line, please KEEP MOVING. I know you're exhausted, I know you need to find the right button on your watch, but there's a whole load of other runners piling in after you. Keep moving, and hold your hand out so that the finish token volunteers can place a token in your hand - this is the fastest and safest way to hand over tokens on a cold day. And then move briskly out of the funnel, and go find the scanners.

 

3. Tourism suggestions!

Don't get me wrong - I'm thrilled that you found parkrun, and I know we have the prettiest course, the best cafe and the loveliest volunteers of all the parkruns in Rickmansworth. But now that you're on your parkrun journey, why not try some parkrun tourism? Our near neighbours South Oxhey can offer a very different experience - a less crowded start, some really good hill training, and only 3 miles away, so a chance to cycle there and back. You could even thow in a dip in the canal and do the full triathlon! (Don't throw in a dip in the canal. Please don't).

The nearest parkruns to Ricky are: South Oxhey (3.3m), Cassiobury (3.4m), Harrow (6.7m), Aldenham (6.9m), Black Park (7.1m), Northala Fields (7.6m), Canons Park (7.8m), Gadebridge (8.7m), St Albans (9.7m), Upton Court (10.4m).

 

 And finally...

Before I go, a few links to things that might be of interest:

Track your parkrun challenge progress and get virtual badges with the parkrun Chrome extension: https://running-challenges.co.uk/

Get all the news and views and gossip with the parkrun podcasts:

  • The Official parkrun podcast: http://www.freeweeklytimed.com/
  • The Not Official parkrun podcast: https://withmenow.libsyn.com/
  • The DownUnder parkrun podcast: https://parkrunadventurers.libsyn.com/

That's pretty much it - a fantastic 100th event to set the scene for the next 100. Remember to check your diary and work out when you want to set a date to volunteer - contact us at rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com to book your slot or ask any questions. And we'll see you all again on Saturday for event 101!

 

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Marjory

 

#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
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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
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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.

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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.

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The Milestoners...

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.)

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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...

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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

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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

 

Christmas and New Year’s Day Events – Rickmansworth parkrun

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Rickmansworth parkrun core team to all our parkrunners, volunteers, visitors and friends.

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Christmas and New Year's Day present a fabulous opportunity to fit some extra parkruns in! New Years Day is the only day where you are allowed to record two parkruns in one day - Woohoo!

Christmas Day

The Rickmansworth team will be hosting an event on Christmas Day. It will be the same time as usual - 09:00. The Cafe will not be open. We invite you to dress up in your finest Christmas Costumes and come and run or volunteer with us! We could still do with a few more volunteers so if you don't fancy running or have a relative or visitor who'd be happy to help please ask them to email us at RickmansworthHelpers@parkrun.com What a great way to set you up for the rest of the day!

Saturday 29th December

parkrun as usual at 09:00

New Year's Day

Rickmansworth parkrun is at 09:00 and our neighbours at Cassiobury will be hosting their parkrun at 10:30 giving you plenty of time to do both parkruns otherwise known as the New Year's Double.

We are expecting it to be very busy at Cassiobury so do consider sharing lifts and even running or cycling between the two events.

Once again we would welcome some more volunteers for New Year's Day. Please send an email to: RickmansworthHelpers@parkrun.com

We will be organising a get together for some drinks in Rickmansworth in the New Year. Details will be posted on our Facebook Page.

Lesley Keddy

 

Event #92 – Sunshine on a parkrun day!

What great running weather we had this week! The Aquadrome looked stunning at 8am on Saturday morning and the blue sky and sunshine stayed with us throughout our event. The perfect conditions encouraged 335 parkrunners to run, jog and walk the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

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We were able to celebrate milestones for a couple of our regular Ricky parkrunners this week and a HUGE congratulations goes to Carolyn Holleyman, who was celebrating her 50th parkrun and Iain Betson who was celebrating his 100th parkrun. Well done to both of you!

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It was also great to welcome and chat to a few, very photogenic, Tourists this week:
The Standing family: Rob, Charlotte, Nadia and James were visiting us from as far away as Trelissick parkrun in Cornwall.

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Kimberley and Josh Burbidge were visiting Rickmansworth from Shrewsbury in Shropshire.

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And from a little bit closer to home we were joined by Iain Mackenzie from Woodley near Reading.

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The event was made possible by 24 amazing volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Frances CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Roslyn MCGINTY • Sarah OCKENDON • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Richard MOSS • Kevin BARRETT • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Caroline SCARLETT • Matt SANDFORD • Rachel CAIRN • Sarah HALLAM • Cameron FRASER • Judith ALDRIDGE • Matt MCKARELL • Gillian SHACKLADY • Robin SHACKLADY • Deborah BAYLISS • Adam SHACKLADY • Anastacia PALMER

Remember that we have extra parkruns on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. We are still looking for volunteers for these events, the rest of December and onwards into 2019.
If you have not thought of any New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 as yet, make volunteering at Rickmansworth parkrun top of your list! Email us now on: rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com to put a smile on your Run Director’s face and a spring in your fellow parkrunners stride.

This Saturday we have yet more milestones to celebrate and you may also have seen from our recent Facebook post that it is National Christmas Jumper Day this coming Friday, 14th December. We have special dispensation from the powers that be, AKA Santa Claus, to extend this national event to Saturday morning and we are asking for as many of our parkrunners and Volunteers as possible to wear a Christmas jumper, T-Shirt or any Christmasy outfit. Philip is this week’s photographer and is keen to snap you all in your seasonal themed running gear. There may also be ‘some special bling’ for the winner as voted for by a specially chosen team of professional Christmas Jumper Experts!

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Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 6,003 participants have completed 30,889 parkruns covering a total distance of 154,445 km, including 7,232 new Personal Bests. A total of 445 individuals have volunteered 1,972 times.

I am looking forward to seeing you all this Saturday for some festive parkrun fun!
Warmest wishes
Sarah O

 

#91 – I Feel It In My Fingers, I Feel It In My Toes…

Saturday saw us hold event Ricky parkrun number 91, on a dark, wet and miserable morning that had even the ducks looking for a bit of shelter. 199 brave and heavily waterproofed souls ran, jogged and waded the course, of whom miraculously 11 were first timers (WHY??) and remarkably 23 recorded new Personal Bests (HOW??). Representatives of over 20 different clubs - several of which were presumably watersports based - took part.

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At the sharp end of the field, Ricky regular James Turner splashed round in a great time of 18:07, followed by Justin Archer in 19:36 and Richard Moss in 19:39. First lady finisher was Sasha Birkin in 20:08. Great running all round.

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The event was made possible by 23 wonderful volunteers: 
Adam SHACKLADY  •  Anastacia PALMER  •  Andrew CHATER  •  Andy NICE  •  Austin BAKER  •  Cameron FRASER  •  Cathy BYRNE  •  Diane ANSTISS  •  Guy ANSTISS  •  H Matthew HOWARTH  •  Heather KENISON  •  Karen FISH  •  Karen SPROD  •  Kelly BAKER  •  Kevin BARRETT  •  Lily HARRISON  •  Matt MCKARELL  •  Philip HAY  •  Rachel CAIRN  •  Rob WITHALL  •  Sandra FLYNN  •  Sophie CHATER  •  Sylvia MOSS

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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 a little better 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

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