#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:


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

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


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


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.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

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.


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!


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.


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


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


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!


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.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/12/18

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

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/12/18

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!

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/12/18

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,