Event # 136: The Celebratory One

A dry and sandy course this week at Rushmere made for a challenging run today.  The early cloud and drizzle lifted and the sun shone on the 138 people who ran, jogged and walked the course.  We welcomed a new runner joining parkrun, plus 13 others who were visiting Rushmere for the first time, including a fun and friendly group of tourists from On The Run, Aylesbury.  We also had cake – Colin Larkins celebrated his 60th birthday and Chris Warby his milestone 25th Volunteer with parkrun - many congratulations to you both.

Our first finisher was Junior, Nicholas Hammett in 20.12, followed by Edward Price in 20.26 and David Baillie with a time of 21.31.  First lady was Emily Rothery crossing the finish in 23.23, followed by Junior Amy Killick in 24.37 and Sarah Hyde in 25.53.

Well done to everyone participating today, including the 32 people setting new PBs. Today's full results can be found on the Rushmere parkrun Results Page.  Also see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rushmereparkrun and look out for Richard Hill’s photos.

Without volunteers who give a little of their time on Saturday mornings, our weekly parkrun cannot go ahead.  Please do consider adding your name to the roster – if everyone just volunteered the once, we would have a complete roster for months!  So, my grateful thanks go to this week’s hi-viz heroes who provided your parkrun:

Richard HILL • Christine AYERS • Anna MEAD • Mark MCLOUGHLIN • Celia WALKER • Chris STENNER • Darren WINFIELD • Keith PHILLIPS • Chris WARBY • James BASSIL • Hope GRANT • Rob GRANT

Don’t forget, we have a Kid’s Takeover parkrun on 7th July – if your child would like to participate, there are plenty of roles to choose from, so please send an e-mail to rushmerehelpers@parkrun.com.

Fiona Weekes

Run Director with Cake


Event # 133: The one with the surprisingly perfect conditions….

Well, not the Bank Holiday weather we were hoping for today, but Rushmere Country Park was looking resplendent nonetheless – the golden Laburnum and amethyst Rhododendrons bordering the start line were just glorious.

181 people braved the drizzle to run, jog and walk the course, 10 of whom were new to parkrun, and tourists joined us from Milton Keynes, Colchester, Bishops Stortford and Louisiana, USA!

The rain earlier in the week had softened the ground and provided near perfect running conditions for the whopping 48 people recording new PBs, including:

first male to finish, Jon Oxley in 19.55, followed by junior Nicholas Hammett in 20.20 (only his 2nd senior parkrun!), and then Mark Shead in a time of 20.27.  First lady was Verity Allsopp in 21.48, followed by junior Sophie Jacobs in 22.46 (improving by 2 ½ minutes), and Emily Rothery in 23.19.

Congratulations to everyone who set a new parkrun time today.  Full results can be found on the Rushmere parkrun Results Page.

Take a look at the brilliant photographs taken by our volunteer Joshua Bendall, on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rushmereparkrun/.

My grateful thanks go to the ‘dream team’ of 14 volunteers who made this run possible:

Michael SHARMAN • Kerry GARFITT • David AYERS • Roger BLOFELD • Paul DOYLE • Alison MARCH • Joshua BENDALL • Kim BAK • Kevin HARE • Colin LARKINS • Catherine MARCH • Hope GRANT • Rob GRANT • Michael GALLIE

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and Half Term.

Fiona Weekes

Run Director (without a brolly)


Event # 130: The one with the sun……

This week 170 people ran, jogged and walked – 10 were new to parkrun and tourists visited from Cambridge and Cassiobury Park, Watford.  We congratulated Chris Warby, who celebrated his 50th parkrun today; thank you for the sweets, Chris.  The conditions were good and, despite a small deviation from our route due to a fallen tree, there were 41 new PBs recorded today.

Our first finisher was Richard Wood in 19.48, followed by visitor William Winter in 20.16 and Andrew Heale in 21.32.  First lady to finish parkrun today was Abi Gooch in 23.10, then Rosie Booth, 23.49 and Diane Farmer 24.23, both setting new PBs.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmere parkrun Results Page.

Our volunteers today were terrific, and many families joined us to marshal, and scan barcodes.  Regular runners and tourists all commented on how the ‘mini-marshals’ had encouraged and cheered them on – thank you to a great team:

Tam QUINN • Kerry GARFITT • David AYERS • Alison MARCH • Kathy ATKINSON • Keith PHILLIPS • Matthew BULLIMORE • Oliver LAMBERT • Samantha BOOTH • Catherine MARCH • Leah FERGUSON-MOORE • Catherine THACKRAY • Zara THACKRAY • Sarah HYDE • Christopher RICKARD • William LANGDON • Lauren BOOTH • Hannah BOOTH

Enjoy the Bank Holiday sunshine and see you again next week.

Fiona Weekes

Run Director in Sunglasses


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.


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