Rushmoor parkrun #174 – 18th November 2017

Just as we were beginning to forget how to run round the polo fields in the absence of rain, we were graced with a pleasant morning today.  Among the 395 finishers, were 28 first timers to Rushmoor and we welcomed tourists from Mansfield and Sheffield.  25 wonderful volunteers made today possible - thank you to every single one.

Course conditions must’ve been good as 79 of us recorded personal bests - well done! Once you’ve completed a certain number of runs it gets harder to achieve a PB...so special congratulations to these runners who managed this today, having all run the Rushmoor course more than 25 times previously - Paul Brazier, Neil Peacock, Gayle Gunner, Michael Lewin and Nicholas Bound.

It was lovely to see so many juniors completing the course. As the weather is getting chillier it can be slightly tricky to persuade some of the younger members of our parkrun family that they really want to be out running round a field rather than having a lovely warm lie-in!  Well done to all of you who came out today and a particular congratulations to those juniors who achieved PBs. The young females who bagged themselves PBs were Rachel Lynch, Ella Bento, Anabella Dent, Elizabeth Dent, Maisie Oliver, Isobel Taylor, Niamh McLoughlin, Imogen Smith, Jessica Hayward and Natalia Margilewska. The young males were Rupert Lewis, Guy McDonald, Charles Phillips, Tyler Compton, Harvey Brazier, Kyle Toms, Colm McLoughlin, James Hayward, Daniel Clarke and Fred Howard. Fantastic efforts - well done!

A further two juniors celebrated special milestone runs today - they have now participated 10 times and can claim their white t-shirts:

Annabel Wright (JW15-17) of AFD

Rosa Webb (JW15-17) of Camberley & District AC

Brilliant achievement - many congratulations.

There was one other milestone run today - mine!  I’m very proud to have participated for the 50th time today. Of these, I’ve ran some where I’ve pushed myself hard enough to barely be able to thank the marshals on the way round and have also enjoyed other, more leisurely runs with my 12 year old, Tilly. I ran one (not to be repeated) when my lovely hubby, Dom, kindly decided to support me in a PB aim but then merrily started taking scenic photos on his phone, followed by a bit of Strava browsing, while I could hardly breathe. There was also the one when I caught up with my 14 year old, Livi - she was naturally horrified and immediately sprinted out of sight. She’s never let me catch her since. I’ve also volunteered as tail-walker, and this was genuinely one of my favourite times.

So I’d like to say a huge thank you to Rushmoor, and to the eight other parkruns in Britain where my family and I have run, for hosting me on these 50 different occasions. Oh, and of course thanks to Tilly who, due to staff training, had a day off school on Friday and sweetly offered to make celebratory parkrun cakes rather than do a bit of extra maths. They were delicious cakes Tilly, thank you; your Food Tech teacher will be delighted, your maths teacher may be less so.

Finally I’d like to give a shout out to today’s pacers, Richard Guest, Ian Jennings and James Ewing. I found myself alongside Ian on the second lap as I was fading, and together with a few others, managed to follow his feet and tried to obey his friendly command to ‘stay with me’! I haven’t run as well for some months, so thank you very much. Pacers are always warmly welcomed at Rushmoor.  If, for instance, you need to take it easy for a few weeks then please do consider coming along to pace whatever is a comfortable time for you that day. There’ll always be fellow parkrunners for whom that time will be their goal, and as well as clocking up another run towards your next milestone, you’ll also find yourself one volunteer point closer to claiming your own purple 25 t-shirt.

See you all again next week!

By Jo Wake

This week 395 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Steve LOW • Ian JENNINGS • Nick SILVESTER • Chris MCWILLIAM • Charlotte HOWARD • Bethan HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Louise WILLIAMS • Jo WAKE • Helen COLLETT • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Thomas DOHERTY • Sarah JENNINGS • Jo BROWN • Ian WHITE • Andrew CONNOR • Mark RANOLA • Riona NOTHARD • Andy HAZELL • James EWING • Andrew GUDGE • Judith ROWE • Richard GUEST

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

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).

The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 6,715 participants have completed 41,474 parkruns covering a total distance of 207,370 km, including 8,037 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Rushmoor parkrun #173 11th November 2017

25 volunteers and 339 runners and walkers joined us for today’s event, on Armistice Day.  We were visited by tourists from Southampton and Tooting Common parkrun. We also welcomed Steve Thatcher, Assistant Headteacher at Fernhill School, who was joined by some of his colleagues. They were participating in memory of Stacey Burrows who had been a student at the school before her tragic death this time last year. Thank you for joining us to remember both Stacey and Lucy again this week.

Our volunteers are hugely appreciated by everyone for making our parkrun possible and despite the increasingly wet conditions, we had a very enthusiastic bunch today.  All of the marshals were so encouraging, waving, cheering and helping us all keep going. They were also brilliant at giving out puddle warnings - some of us choosing to go straight through and others less concerned about PBs and rather more keen on avoiding an afternoon of muddy laundry and running shoes hanging off the radiator.

It was great fun to see a group of start/finish area volunteers appear to attempt a sort of mexican wave as some of us came around the corner to complete our first laps. And of course, thank you to everyone who had roles timing, scanning and doing magical things with tokens, enabling us to get our finish times today. We hope you enjoyed being part of the volunteer team and thank you from us all.

11 people ran their first ever parkrun today, with a further 14 participating at Rushmoor for the the first time. 49 of us recorded personal bests today. Well done one and all.

Everyone loves a milestone run, and as we increase in size at Rushmoor we’re lucky to have at least one almost every week. This week was no exception with five people celebrating:

Melissa Norsworthy (JW10) celebrated her 10th run with a stunning PB.  Congratulations Melissa - you can wear your white milestone t-shirt with pride.

Celebrating their 50th runs and claiming their red t-shirts were

Denise Weaver

Andrew McDonald

Suzy O’Rourke

And Ian White can swap his red t-shirt for a lovely new black one having completed his 100th run with us today.

Congratulations!

Finally, thank you to Jonathan, Edward and Lily Taylor for taking lots of fantastic course photographs during their marshalling stints today. They are posted to the Rushmoor parkrun flickr group which can also be accessed here

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/photos/

Hope to see you all again next week.

By Jo Wake

This week 339 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Steve OSBORNE • Dominic WAKE • Chris MCWILLIAM • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Jo WAKE • Thomas DOHERTY • Jonathan TAYLOR • Tom BARTON • Amy MULHOLLAND • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Mary THANE • Paula MCQUEEN • Derek MONDS • Andrew CONNOR • Shireen WALKER • Mark RANOLA • Heather MILLINGTON • Nigel MARCHANT • Estelle LEE • Howard ROBINSON • James EWING • Eleanor BARTON • Edward BARTON

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

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).

The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 6,687 participants have completed 41,079 parkruns covering a total distance of 205,395 km, including 7,958 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #172 4th November 2017

Today’s report begins in a similar manner to the pre-event briefing, by taking some time to remember the two talented young AFD runners, Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott who were tragically killed this time last year. They're both greatly missed and our thoughts and sympathy continue to be with their families and friends, particularly in this coming week.

It was a rainy one this morning- we even got the gazebo out. Well done and thank you to every single one of our 21 volunteers for helping out in your raincoats.

Of the 376 runners and walkers, we were pleased to welcome 45 Rushmoor first timers with 9 choosing today for their first parkrun. You may have seen on social media that these 9 were far from the only ones planning to complete their first one today.  Another landmark was achieved this week in that the four millionth participant registered for parkrun, which means more than one million people across the world registered this year. Of these, some joined the parkrun community by participating at the first ever parkrun on a prison site - Black Combe parkrun took place this morning in the grounds of HMP Haverigg, in Cumbria.

Conversely, Geoff Williams of Windle Valley Runners is somebody who is not new to parkrun. Geoff runs regularly at Rushmoor and has also run many times at Frimley Lodge. Today was particularly special as it marked his 100th parkrun!  We’re sorry you missed your shout-out during the briefing Geoff, but huge congratulations on your achievement today. We look forward to seeing you in your black milestone t-shirt soon.

While we’ve got your attention, here’s a quick reminder about parkrun’s No printed barcode - No result policy. All of the core team and many volunteers are runners too and know it can be really disappointing not to get your official result. We can’t add you to the results if you arrive with your details on a mobile phone but with no physical barcode. However, if your printed barcode is taped to the back of your phone or kept safely inside your phone case we can happily accept it!  If we really, really have to, we’ll even accept a barcode that’s been under the insole of your running shoe for months! If you’re stuck for stocking filler ideas for yourself or a parkrunning friend, then you may want to have a look at the official parkrun key fob / shoelace tag or wristband that can be personalised with your own barcode.

You may have noticed a photographer snapping away on the finishing straight today. Thank you to Jim Higham for volunteering in this role.  He hopes to have the photos uploaded onto our Flickr group towards the end of the week so we’ll let you know when they’re available.

Finally, next Saturday is 11th November, Armistice Day.  As we're all no doubt aware, Aldershot Garrison is referred to as the ‘Home of the British Army’. Whether running, walking, volunteering or supporting, please come along wearing your poppy to honour those local and national heroes who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. Hope to see you all then!

By Jo Wake

The statistics that we add to the end of our own weekly run report are kindly generated by parkrun HQ. The performance-related measures (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will no longer appear here as they are readily available via the results pages, and parkrun would like the emphasis to be on participation, with a nod to the course records and longevity of each event.

This week 376 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Chris COWELL • Michael WALBERTON • Jenny LOMAS-PARAM • Chris MCWILLIAM • Charlotte HOWARD • Bethan HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Jo WAKE • Amy MULHOLLAND • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Fiona CHAPMAN • Karen AYRTON • Michael LEWIN • Jim HIGHAM • James EWING • Nicky NORTON • Riona NOTHARD • Poppy SMITH

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

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).

The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 6,660 participants have completed 40,740 parkruns covering a total distance of 203,700 km, including 7,909 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #171 – 28th October 2017

News that our very own Deb Heighes was to undertake her inaugural experience as Run Director must've spread across Rushmoor and possibly the world, as we had a great turnout this week. 462 of you ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers  It was a great event - well done Deb and to all the other amazing 22 volunteers supporting her.

I’d describe this Saturday morning as cool & bright and except for a bit of conker dodging underfoot, we’d got ourselves super run or walk conditions. However, my 12 year old daughter has just informed me that “it was actually freezing and no-one wanted to take their jumpers off!”.  So whether or not you kept your jumper on, the real question is whether you were one of the 96 of us who managed a PB?  NINETY-SIX!  What a fantastic effort Rushmoor - congratulations one and all.

If you didn’t manage a PB today, maybe you were one of those who enjoyed the delicious cake brought along by some of our brilliant milestone runners (big thank you to them).

Congratulations go to two of our juniors completing their 10th:

Thomas Evans (JM10)

Caer Greenwood (JW11-14)

Shireen Walker celebrated her 50th run by stepping up to be one of our pacers today.  Thanks and congratulations Shireen!

Ali Jeffs (BVR) and Nichola Sherar (HRR) both participated in their 100th runs today.  That’s a really fantastic achievement - well done both of you.

As well as our two 10th milestone achievements, it was good to see two junior runners at the front of a strong field today. Well done Daniel Anthony James Brookling (JM15-17) of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC for being first to finish in his second run at Rushmoor. Congratulations also to Grace Kinnell (JW15-17) of Farnham Tri for being third lady over the line in her third run with us.

Thank you all for your patience yesterday as some of the core team worked to resolve a technical issue that delayed the results. I’m sure I’m not the only one who ran or walked yesterday who would like to thank Alex & Linda for putting in the hours to sort this out for us before dinnertime.  All of the core team are runners too and know how important getting results can be, so thanks for your understanding. Those of you who follow our Rushmoor parkrun Facebook page will have seen that the problem resulted from the laptop that has served us well for over three years is coming to the end of its useful life. We will work on getting a new one but if you have an old one that is capable of running simple software that you would be willing to donate, please get in touch!

If you’re on Facebook and don’t already follow Rushmoor parkrun, now might be a good time to give us a follow.  As well as providing updates on issues like the one encountered yesterday, it’s a good place to look for news about forthcoming runs, particularly with winter approaching and a miserable weekend weather forecast makes you wonder if our parkrun is still going ahead.  Find us at facebook.com/Rushmoorparkrun/

See you next week!

By Jo Wake

This week 462 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 96 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Steve OSBORNE • Chris COWELL • Mark COWELL • Steve LOW • Bob SENIOR • Richard PARKE • Charlotte HOWARD • Bethan HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Joshila SHARMA • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Karen JONES • Richard JONES • Deborah HEIGHES • Sara VALE • Shireen WALKER • Nate JOHNSON • James EWING • Peter LAVENDER • Andrew GUDGE

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

Male placings:

Daniel Anthony James BROOKLING (JM15-17) of Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC, was first over the line in 17:00 - first time in 2 appearances.

Marcus IRVING (SM20-24) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was second over the line in 17:25 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Ross WALLINGFORD (VM35-39) of Hart Road Runners, was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:11 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:

Carolyne BAXTER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (third overall) over the line in 18:04 - 14th time in 14 appearances.

Lesley LOCKS (VW40-44) of Hart Road Runners, was second (11th overall) over the line in 19:04 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.

Grace KINNELL (JW15-17) of Farnham Tri, was third (56th overall) over the line in 21:49.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Jon CROSS (VM60-64) – 87.61% for the time 18:18 (6th overall).

Ged RUFFLE (VM65-69) – 87.55% for the time 19:09 (12th overall).

Judith GUEST (VW70-74) – 84.77% for the time 26:42 (208th overall).

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).

The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 6,615 participants have completed 40,364 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,820 km, including 7,856 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Rushmoor parkrun #170 – 21st October 2017

Storm Brian better not stop our parkrun!  Apparently I wasn’t the only one whose first thought that was upon hearing yesterday’s weekend weather forecast…and nor did it!  So there we were sometime around 8am this morning, securing car parking signs to the lampposts on Queen’s Avenue, when the wind and rain really hit. Once we finished putting them up, I was confident that the signs would at least stay attached to their posts - whether they would remain pointing in the actual direction of the car park was another matter. Joey & Deb set out on an inspection of the course, which was deemed safe to careful runners and walkers, despite the puddles, conkers and potential slippy bits. Meanwhile, Marc & Dom were determined not to let the combined efforts of Brian and our ‘start’ sail get the better of them; unfortunately no-one was there to video their efforts to secure the sail in the ground, which by all accounts is a sad loss to social media.

At 8.47am it looked like there was a chance that our 23 fantastic volunteers were going to outnumber runners and walkers!  Happily, the rainbow we ordered appeared on cue and drew everyone over to the field.  By the time we set off, the rain had stopped, the wind had died down and we had been joined by a much more healthy number of participants.  29 of you bravely chose today for your first Rushmoor parkrun - 15 of you were completely new to parkrun. We also welcomed tourists from Sunderland and Suffolk.  A very impressive number of people must have hopped, skipped, jumped or flown over muddy puddles to achieve PBs today - a fantastic effort from all 32 of you.

As parkrun grows it’s lovely that most weeks we now have participants completing milestone runs. Today four Rushmoor & Frimley Lodge regulars ran their 50th with us. Many congratulations to:

Clare Barclay

Dianna Smith

John Tunnicliffe

Simon Powell

Well done to the 262 who completed the 5k today and thank you for being careful around the course.  We suspect that school half term break and various running events happening tomorrow contributed as much as Storm Brian to there being a smaller group of us today.  Happy holidays to those of you away this week and good luck to those running in the Fleet 10k, Great South Run and anywhere else you may be.

Hope to see you again next week!

By Jo Wake

This week 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Steve OSBORNE • Dominic WAKE • Sue GRAVES • Chris MCWILLIAM • Nichola SHERAR • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Matthew THORNE • Livi WAKE • Joshila SHARMA • Jo WAKE • Jack HOLDCROFT • Richard GUEST • Amy MULHOLLAND • Deborah HEIGHES • Shireen WALKER • John SOUTHGATE • Howard ROBINSON • James EWING • Peter LAVENDER • Rachel MCCARRON • Chris HILL • Andrew GUDGE

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

Male placings:

Marcus IRVING (SM20-24) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was first over the line in 17:33 - 7th time in 19 appearances.

Ian WHITE (VM50-54) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:40 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Chris TRY (VM50-54) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was third over the line in 18:52.

Female placings:

Lydia CARTER (JW11-14) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 20:07 - second time in 5 appearances.

Ruth BRIGGS (VW40-44) of Hart Road Runners, was second (24th overall) over the line in 22:01 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Grace KINNELL (JW15-17) of Farnham Tri, was third (25th overall) over the line in 22:01.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Ian WHITE (VM50-54) – 81.61% for the time 18:40 (second overall).

Chris TRY (VM50-54) – 80.12% for the time 18:52 (third overall).

Alison RICHARDSON (VW55-59) – 78.92% for the time 23:15 (52nd overall).

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).

The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 6,571 participants have completed 39,902 parkruns covering a total distance of 199,510 km, including 7,757 new Personal Bests.

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