Event # 123 – The one with PJs and Snow……

There was no National Sleep In Day for the 102 brave parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked our Rushmere course this morning, some of them in pyjamas!  Despite the sub-zero temperatures and snow flurries, there was a warm welcome for two new people joining the parkrun family, and tourists arriving from Bedford, Humber Bridge parkrun in Hull, and New York, USA.

The effort put in by every single participant today was remarkable to see; you gave it everything, undeterred by the weather and muddy conditions – ‘Beast from the East’, BEATEN!  The PB gong was ringing out, and I know that Steve Hickman was busily taking photographs, so do look out for them on our Facebook page later: https://www.facebook.com/rushmereparkrun

A delighted Matthew Brooks crossed the finish line as first male in 20.42, followed by first timers Andrew Lawrence in 20.52 and Neil Adcock in 21.45.  First female home was a Junior, Nikki Kay, in 25.14, second female was Verity Allsopp finishing in 25.24 and Abi Gooch was third lady in 25.51.  Full results can be found on the Rushmere parkrun Results Page.

My heartfelt thanks go out to the 13 chilly volunteers today – we could not have run this event without them:

Kieran WHITE • Michael SHARMAN • Tracy CARDNO • Cheryl CHAPPELL • Stephen MOORE • Steve HICKMAN • Sheryl DEW • Joshua BENDALL • Christine BEAUMONT • Kevin HARE • Keith PHILLIPS • William LANGDON • Michael GALLIE

Keep warm, everyone and see you all next week!

Fiona Weekes

Run Director in PJs



**** PLEASE NOTE *****

Given the Yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office for snow, we will assess the course at 8.00am tomorrow morning.  Please keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rushmereparkrun/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel where we will publish should we need to cancel.



Cancellation: Saturday 3rd March

No Rushmere parkrun on Saturday 3rd March - due to the bad weather Rushmere Country Park is closed for safety reasons.


Event #117 – The one with the PBs….

It was a great turnout for a chilly, January morning.  We were delighted to welcome 151 people running, jogging and walking the Rushmere course, including a group of tourists from Bury St Edmunds in Norfolk, and 10 people completing their first ever parkrun.  Congratulations to Martin Selvester who ran his 50th milestone this morning.

The course conditions were almost perfect – the famous Rushmere mud was all but gone and this led to a whopping 30 runners recording new PBs today!  First to finish was a new visitor to Rushmere, Stuart Boyer, in 19.50, followed by Jon Oxley in 20.41, and Andrew Heale third in a time of 21.37.  First female home was Becky Davies in 25.23, the second lady was Celine Wilcock in 28.07, and Jo Radford Cutler set a new PB of 28.14 to finish as third lady.  Today's full results can be found on the Rushmere parkrun Results Page.

Well done to all of you running and walking today, but here are some stand out personal bests:

Sara Wiegand has now set 3 consecutive PBs and improved by 2.19; Lucy Welsby who narrowly missed a personal best last week, stormed across the line today to take off 2.04; and junior, Jared Walsh, improved his personal best time by 2.40.

As always, this parkrun could not have been held if it were not for twelve hi-viz heroes who offered their help – some at the last minute!  My thanks to:

Michael SHARMAN • Anthony SMITH • Tracy CARDNO • Paul THOMAS • Roger BLOFELD • Celia WALKER • Paul DOYLE •  Joshua BENDALL • Colin LARKINS • Len HOLLAND • Erica GRAHAM • Michael GALLIE

If you enjoy running at Rushmere, please do consider offering to help one week by e-mailing rushmerehelpers@parkrun.com. If you are not sure of a role, just ask, and we will always give you a full briefing on the day. The future roster can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmere/futureroster/.  Volunteering can be as much fun as running – try it and see.

Fiona Weekes

Run Director


Festive updates

Saturday 23rd December - Don't forget to wear your Santa hat's or anything else festive.

Saturday 30th December - Last run of 2017 - So let's go crazy and get in the party spirit - fancy dress welcome.

No Rushmere parkrun on Christmas Day other local events on for some tourism:

Tring, Linford Wood, MK Willen, Aylesbury, Buckingham all 9am starts.

New Years Day - How about doing a double:

Linford Wood 8.45am

Aylesbury, Luton Wardown park both start at 9am

MK Willen 10am

Houghton Hall, Tring, Buckingham.   Plus the important one Rushmere all start at 10.30am

If you do decide to go on tour please keep an eye on your chosen events facebook page for times and any other changes.

Santa's little helper.

Tracy (TC) x Events director


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