Run Report – Rushmoor parkrun #214

Hello parkrunners!

First of all thank you to all the amazing volunteers who woke up early instead of sleeping comfortably in their homes to come and support the running of parkrun today!

Waking up this morning was no different to every Saturday. (Very early). Before leaving it was foggy and the ground was wet however I didn't want to have to drag a coat around with me for the whole 1 and a half hours. Annoyingly a "responsible mother" made me. (Which sucks). Anyways on arrival we could just about make out army people (they were hard to see in their camouflage!) and after parking and making our way to the field we saw tents where we normally would set up shop.

"Bill did you get an email about parkrun being cancelled?" (Ps very responsible mother)

"Not that I saw mum!"

"Errrrrrr well....."

"Don't worry, I see them over there!"

I was going to be a Marshal today. However, before the race started my mum and I were asked to direct runners to the new location which was a right turn from the car park not a left. For me this was awkward as it would sound a bit funny that there were army tents shut up in our usual spot but the location of the briefing wasn’t obvious! Also some people I told were turning left because they were going to use the traffic lights. So yeah one of those mornings!

Sadly this meant I missed the open briefing and I can't really tell you about our visitors from all over the globe and our milestone runners who have each individually run a large and impressive amount of runs at parkrun, but these have been added by the Rushmoor Core Team below.

Onto the run and groups of army people were leaving the field by crossing over a place where the runners would be running. (We also had the move the start line too). But we didn't have any problems with the army folk as we worked very well around each other.

After the run was over and our hands were numb from clapping, we quickly said our goodbyes and got home (where it was warm).

Despite the weather, the course wasn't too dangerous (except for the crazy dancing mum near me). The weather was cool and for running that can sometimes be a very good thing as you won't burn and boil in your own sweat (ew) Also, there was a lovely stash of conkers, which is every child's favourite toy. Luckily, no one was hurt on them (as far as I knew) and they acted as great ammunition for throwing at parents!

Overall, today was a great run despite the icy hands. The autumn trees were a sweet crispy brown and everyone was smiling. The course was in a fair condition and no one got hurt majorly.

Right. I'm off to play video games in my warm house!

See all of you next week!

Billy McLoed

For the record we welcomed visitors this week from as far afield as Newcastle and Durham as well as South Africa and even Dulwich! Remember, it’s a run not a race but the first person home in today’s run was James Wallace in a time of 17:40, followed by Marcus Irving and Lauren Hall who was the first female finisher in 18:31.

Finally, a note from all of us to once again thank Major Nyman, Capt Prakash and The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment for allowing this weeks run to take place at the same time as their event, and even supporting us on our way around the course.

And now the stats:

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Dominic WAKE • Carl WEBB • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Tom BARTON • Sam RUFFLE • Deborah HEIGHES • Clem FEENEY • Craig WARD • Isobel TAYLOR • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Tilly WAKE • Donna CHAPLIN • Louisa ENRIQUEZ • Casey Ann CAMP • Alex MARGILEWSKI • Shireen WALKER • Mark RANOLA • Ian CROLL • Elle GAME • Lucy TAYLOR • Henry CHAPLIN • James EWING • Andrew CROW • Catherine KENNEDY • Paul COWAN • William MCLEOD • Debra MCLEOD

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 8,744 participants have completed 59,923 parkruns covering a total distance of 299,615 km, including 10,981 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #213 – 29th Sept 2018

This week 410 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 103 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Steve LOW • Ian JENNINGS • Bryan PORTER • Laura LAWES • Charlotte HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Tom BARTON • Craig WARD • Isobel TAYLOR • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul NOTHARD • Tilly WAKE • Susanna MACDONALD • Donna CHAPLIN • Mark RANOLA • Jo LLOYD • Henry CHAPLIN • Eleanor BARTON • Andrew CROW • Charlotte HISCOCK • Nicky NORTON • Phil BUCKLEY • Tyler BUCKLEY • Edward BARTON • Kirstie BOUGH

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 8,704 participants have completed 59,480 parkruns covering a total distance of 297,400 km, including 10,932 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #211

Rushmoor parkrun Event number 211 15th September 2018

Today was Rushmoor’s 211th and my 75th parkrun – I’ve been neglecting my running in favour of volunteering but am on a mission to get my 100 t-shirt (it’s about time) so was keen to get out amongst you all this week.

Conditions were great for a parkrun, not too hot, not too cold, no mud or water on the course, just have to watch out for the odd tree root.  Like many of you I found myself trying to keep up with one of our pacers – who did a fantastic job I’m sure you’ll agree.  We welcome anyone who wants to pace on any week – fast and not quite so fast, you’ll make some new friends along the way – they’ll be with you for 5k!

Livi Wake celebrated her 25th volunteer stint with us which means she now qualifies for a lovely purple t-shirt – thanks for the cake – I’m informed it was good, unfortunately I only got to taste the crumbs!

Asa Mead and Hannah Poulter have joined the Junior 10 club – keep an eye out for your link to claim your t-shirt.

Three people have joined the 50 club this week – Clem Feeney, Louisa Enriquez and Andrew Rhodes – 5 of you reached your 49th run this week so more 50’s to come soon.

And an unofficial milestone – but well done to Mike Anderson – you have reached your 300th parkrun this week too.

And now the stats from parkrun 211:

This week 467 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers to Rushmoor – 15 of those took part in their first parkrun ever, and 110(!!) recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers: John KING • Julie LEPPARD • Nicola Kirsty BISHOP • Ian JENNINGS • Chris MCWILLIAM • Kevin MARTIN • Marc HOWARD • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Duncan FORTUNE • Karine JONES • Deborah HEIGHES • Isobel TAYLOR • Rachel ROUSE • Lydia ANDREWS • Paul NOTHARD • Paul HURFORD • Graham MICALLEF • William MARCHESELLI • Murray CROTON • Tessa HABBERLEY • Mark RANOLA • Eve HANCOCK • James EWING • Charlotte HISCOCK • Gaetan FIJAC • William MCLEOD • Alex HANCOCK • Marcia TOLFTS

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

 

Junior takeover Rushmoor parkrun #210 – 08/09/18

Hello parkrunners!

We hope everyone enjoyed the takeover by junior volunteers this morning and the cake afterwards! We would like to thank all of the amazing juniors:

Bethan HOWARD • Kathryn RADFORD • Tilly WAKE • Toby HOWARD • Livi WAKE • Isobel TAYLOR • William MARCHESELLI • Oliver MORGAN • Edward TAYLOR • Lily TAYLOR • Nate JOHNSON • Riona NOTHARD • William CHAPLIN • Henry CHAPLIN • Eleanor BARTON • James GREENWOOD • Edward BARTON • Erin NOTHARD • William MCLEOD • Teodora SION

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Junior takeover

and their adult helpers... • Ian JENNINGS • Chris MCWILLIAM • Melanie TAYLOR • Linda RADFORD • Tom BARTON • Zoe BARTON • Karen MORGAN • Stephanie RADFORD •  Jo WAKE • Donna CHAPLIN • Heather MILLINGTON • Jo LLOYD • Keith CHAPLIN • Stephanie GREENWOOD.

We said hello to visitors from Southampton, Germany and South Africa. Thank you for the cakes Ian Croll who celebrated his 50th run alongside Andrew Hislop who didn’t know it was his 50th until we shouted him out in the runners briefing!

Today, I celebrated my 25th volunteering by being Run Director for the first time. My job was basically to boss people around, hold a clipboard and look official. Or so I thought! My mum and I arrived at 8:00 ready to set up, only to remember that one of my jobs is RUNNING THE COURSE!!!!!. Luckily Mum brought my bike along so I could keep up with co-RD Linda as we inspected the 2.5k lap, occasionally kicking a stone off the path and asking the man in the ride-on lawn mower to please not run over any runners. IMG_2135

After the (what seemed like forever) lap, we arrived back at the main area to find Kathryn, Bethan, Toby and some other lively volunteers setting up for the approaching onslaught of 447 eager parkrunners, including 50 first-timers. At roughly 8:55 we hurriedly began the cabaret that is the run briefing, not because we were late or anything.

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After an amazing performance (or so we were told!!) by myself and Kathryn, we led the stampede of parkrun participants over to the start. “3...2...1… GO!” we yelled down the microphone. Off everybody went by 9.02am - only 2 minutes late so not bad. A flurry of colours raced past as you all fought your way out of the start.

After what felt like the quickest 17 minutes ever, the volunteers spurred into action. Timers beeping, scanners scanning, funnel managers funnel managing and tokens being...err... tokened.

And of course....marshals were marshalling.

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Congratulations to James Wallace (1st Man) and to Alexa King who was 1st lady and second overall. And well done to Niamh McLoughlin who was the first junior home. Before we knew it, our tail-walkers arrived at the finish; my reign of power was over. The field had emptied with only the equipment left...and no cake!  We headed over to Tesco for a well deserved celebratory hot chocolate and to process your results.

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Thank you to all of the volunteers and for those reading this, if indeed you still are!

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By Tilly Wake
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This week 447 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 107 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers.

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 8,591 participants have completed 58,130 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,650 km, including 10,609 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report – Rushmoor parkrun 209

Rushmoor run #209 and it had been a few weeks since I last plodded around the polo fields of Aldershot. However, as I approached I was comforted by the volunteers busying themselves preparing the morning’s event.

A huge thank you to all of today’s 23 volunteers, and without them we would not have been able to enjoy our run or walk this morning.  Parkrun is a social movement of which we are all stakeholders. It cannot exist without the generosity of the volunteers, so please consider supporting the event and guaranteeing its longevity for the local community for many years to come. Please contact the following email to offer your time: rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com.

479 of us completed the two laps this morning, and course conditions were near perfect. An impressive 83 runners (17% of us) managed to run personal bests. Well done to all who ran this morning, and to those who went faster than ever before.

22 parkrun debutants and 29 parkrun tourists joined us at Rushmoor for the first time this week. Welcome, I hope you enjoyed your run and hopefully see you again soon.

Special runs today:

  • Alex Margilewski, Nick Radford, Madison Tarbet, Carly Eeles, Tessa Phippen (PB’d on 50th Tessa, nice one) ran their 50th parkruns;
  • Evie and Bethany Hearn on their 100th iterations (sisters I presume);
  • 150th is not an officially recognised run, but seems pretty special milestone to me, so well done Dhankumar Magar;

Wear those T-shirts with pride guys.

A little message from me – today I paced 35 minutes, and over the next few weeks I plan to pace a minute quicker until I can`t run any faster (maybe throw a few half minutes in when start struggling to hold pace)....next week I will be pacing 34 minutes, hope to see some of you joining me.

To finish, a little life affirming quote: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Back for more next week ......keep running!

 Peace.

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