Rushmoor parkrun #195 – 14th April 2018

It's parkrunday … yay! The weather is improving and it's time to go for a run ….. and then I opened the front door … fog … really bad fog … that was not the morning weather I was expecting.... So I drive up to our lovely Polo Fields and as expected … it isn't any better here … is it worse?!

So we start to set up and this morning hi-viz heroes are turning up (all 42 of you!) and a couple of you volunteering for the first time … we hope they will enjoy their first volunteering experience with us. I'm stood by our usual table and cake is appearing …. then there's more cake …. I do love cake … but is also means this morning means lots of celebrations too!

Then as we get nearer to 9am the fog is starting to clear and revealing beautiful blue skies and lovely green grass ready for us to run....

Our pre-run communications are underway and what will they reveal this morning? Well, we had three milestone runners and I hope they don't mind me saying that they signified what parkrun is all about, the young and the not-so-young running together and achieving. So we had Sasha who had completed her 10th parkrun the previous week and wanted to celebrate … well done Sasha … we look forward to seeing you work your way towards the next milestone, there was Pippa McClounan who completed her 50th and Paul Hurford who completed his 100th. Thank you for the lovely cake and card.

We also had a few visitors joining us …. Cumbria came first, followed by a visitor from Perth, Australia. Welcome to you both and we hope you enjoyed your run with us.

We also welcomed 41 parkrunners who were running at Rushmoor for the first time this morning. Welcome to you and we hope you enjoyed your run with us.

We welcomed 18 pacers from Sandhurst Joggers to help us around the course. We hope you enjoyed having the pacers around the course and they helped you achieve any goals you set for this mornings run. Thank you to Sandhurst Joggers for providing our pacers.

And then we're off … making our way around the two lap course … conditions weren't bad and even the mud seems to be disappearing a little despite last weeks rain. So how did you do? Well, we had 493 runners this morning and 74 PB's … for the statisticians amongst you … that's 15% of our runners running our course faster than ever before. After our 124th runner crossed the finished line this week we also have completed 250,000 kilometres at Rushmoor so a big thank you to all those who have contributed towards this.

Soon we will have more to celebrate at parkrun too … on the 3rd May 2014 we held the very first event at Rushmoor so in two weeks time we will be celebrating our 4th birthday. More information can be found at our facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/219008592011121/ We hope you will be able to join us....

Now for this weeks results.....

Rushmoor parkrun
Event number 195
14th April 2018

This week 493 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

David BRESLIN • Lisa HALE • Richard BOESE • Royston CRANDLEY • Andrea HADFIELD • Patrick WADSWORTH • George GREEN • Jacqueline KENT • Stuart OVERHILL • Charlotte HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Leon HICKS • Janet VENABLES • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Nicholas RADFORD • Charlie ST AUBYN • Elliot Matthew ALLIN • Heather RIGG • Stephanie RADFORD • Blanche BARNES • Paul NOTHARD • Sharon BURFIELD • Craig BOWLES • Sara VALE • Michelle WILSON • Louisa ENRIQUEZ • Nate JOHNSON • Mark RANOLA • Dave BARTLETT • Matt DWYER • Harvey YOUNG • Michael LEWIN • Lucy DEAN • Louise WILLIAMS • Charlotte HISCOCK • Oliver BENNETT • Matt BENNETT • Stuart FIELD • Samantha PARSONS • Adrian CREEK

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 7,628 participants have completed 50,369 parkruns covering a total distance of 251,845 km, including 9,203 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun # 194 – 7th April 2018

***Lookout for news of our 4th anniversary parkrun on 5th May - event details are now on our Facebook page***

Well done to the 440 runners who came to enjoy the 194th Rushmoor Parkrun.

Fingers crossed the cold weather has gone now, it was very Spring like this morning. Soon we will all be complaining about the heat ….

A huge well done to the 42 Rushmoor first timers who joined us, especially the 22 who completed their first ever parkrun! We even had a visitor from Glasgow!

An amazing 30 different running clubs were represented.

Our Milestoners this week were:

Juniors completing their 10th parkruns:

Maxwell Durrans

Sasha King 

Rudi Morrell 

Completing their 50th were

Niall Macleod

Michael Lewin 

And a huge well done to Sheena Keates who achieved her 100th parkrkrun!

The warmer weather welcomed 60 Personal Bests, congratulations!

By Elliot A (DofE volunteer and this week's tail-walker)

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Thank you to the 33 volunteers who made this parkrun happen: Oliver BENNETT, Elliot Matthew ALLIN, Matt BENNETT, Nicholas BOUND, Lucy DEAN, Jonathan DREDGE, Matt DWYER, James EWING, Corrine GIFFIN, Andrew GUDGE, Charlotte HISCOCK, Richard HOWARD, Charlotte HOWARD, Marc HOWARD, Toby HOWARD, Richard JONES, Emmeline KING-EVANS, Jenny LOMAS-PARAM, Steve LOW, Nigel MARCHANT, Anne MULHOLLAND, Amy MULHOLLAND, Nicky NORTON, Stephanie RADFORD, Kathryn RADFORD, Rachel ROUSE, Stuart SKINGLEY, Claire SMITH, Eloise R STRADLING, David SWAIT, Jo WAKE, Tilly WAKE, Dominic WAKE

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 # 193 – 31 March 2018

Another cold and wet morning that felt more like Winter than Spring (we’re now running a sweepstake on when Spring will finally arrive!) didn’t deter 421 hardy runners and 26 even hardier volunteers form making an appearance to take part in our 193rd parkrun. Included in our number were 47 first timers, either new to parkrun or just new to Rushmoor. Today we had visitors from as far afield as Devon and Hull! A warm welcome to you all. We hope you enjoyed our (rather damp) course.

I am one of the Event Directors at Rushmoor and I just wanted to take the time to thank all of our regular runners, volunteers and core team, as well as of you, for making Rushmoor such an inclusive and friendly parkrun. We are coming up to our 4th birthday on 5th May (expect some surprises that day) and I can’t believe how the event has changed since our early runs, when we had on average around 120 runners. This week is now considered a ‘quieter’ one with 421 runners.

We are expecting to be averaging as many as 600 runners by the Summer. How times have changed! With these greater numbers however come more challenges and I thought I’d make you aware of a few and ask for your help to make the runs go as smooth as possible for everyone:

  • Car park – Please make sure you make use of all available space in the main car park by going up to the far end (near to where you walk through) where possible. Many people park at the other end thinking there are no spaces left when in fact there are often lots. On busier days there will be car park marshals guiding you, so please follow their direction. If the car park does get full then you are welcome to use any of the other car parks as overflow, but please try and use the main car park in the first instance.
  • Leave plenty of time to get to us – as the traffic increases so the traffic jams. We make a point of starting at 9am prompt most Saturdays so ideally you should aim to arrive no later than 09.50 (and allow time to get from Queens Avenue into car park) to make sure you get to us in time for run briefing.
  • Please listen to the run briefing – there is important information given out, particularly around the state of the course and any course changes for that week. We do it for your safety so please take a minute to listen to what we have to say.
  • We need your help! – We have an incredible bunch of committed volunteers that help almost as often as they run (or more!), but please think about volunteering twice a year if you can. Not only is it great fun (and interesting to see the event ‘from the other side’) but it really helps all of our runners.
  • Visually Impaired (VI) Guides and Runners – do you have experience (or would like training) in being a VI guide or are you a VI runner that would like to run Rushmoor if there was a guide available? If so please get in touch and we’ll try to get something formal arranged. We’d also like to hear from you if you would like to join our core team to be the contact point for any VI runners and guides.
  • Finances – parkrun is free for ever; however we do need some money for incidentals from time to time such as replacing worn equipment or for improving your parkrun. If you ever feel you would like to help us at any time then you can donate to our fund via our website here. However please only do this if you want to. There is never any obligation to help.

That’s probably enough of me rambling on! Below are this week’s important numbers. Together with Alex Radford, my co Event Director and the core team we hope you continue to love Rushmoor parkrun and if you ever have any suggestions to make it better then please do let us know!

This week 421 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Chris COWELL • Mark COWELL • Dominic WAKE • Ian JENNINGS • Holly WHITLOCK • Abigail JENNINGS • Chris MCWILLIAM • Charlotte HOWARD • Bethan HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Andrew SAGE • Elliot Matthew ALLIN • Deborah HEIGHES • Stephanie RADFORD • Jason WOODS • Kathryn RADFORD • Tilly WAKE • Annette COVEY • Derek MONDS • Karen AYRTON • Matt DWYER • Nigel MARCHANT • Denise JONES • Howard ROBINSON • Charlotte HISCOCK

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 7,545 participants have completed 49,436 parkruns covering a total distance of 247,180 km, including 9,068 new Personal Bests.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Easter and happy running!

Chris McWilliam

Runner A139306

#DNFYB

 

Rushmoor parkrun #191 – 17th March 2018

By Matt Dwyer (DofE Award Volunteer)

First of all I’d like to say “well done” to everyone who came to run with us today, as well as all of the volunteers for braving the cold conditions.

Despite the snow we welcomed 37 first timers to Rushmoor parkrun – one of whom came in first place – congratulations James Allen.  We hope you enjoyed it and we will see you all again.

34 runners achieved new Personal Best times this week despite the challenging weather conditions.

Our milestone runners this week were:

Jim Vince who ran his 100th Parkrun,

Gail Meaney and

Guy Martin who both achieved their 50th.

Keep going and thanks to those of you who bought cake!

The volunteers who braved the cold this week were:

Greg ALLIN • Charlotte HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Helen COLLETT • Andrew David HISLOP • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Jim VINCE • Elliot Matthew ALLIN • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul NOTHARD • Mary THANE • Tilly WAKE • Mark DURSTON • David STEPHENSON • Mark RANOLA • Matt DWYER • Riona NOTHARD • Andy HAZELL • Lisa FAUNCH • James EWING • Nicky NORTON • Catherine KENNEDY • Andrew GUDGE

A special mention goes to Riona Nothard who was this week’s Run Director.  Riona has now completed her DofE Volunteering with us; thanks for all your hard work Riona!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER?? If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please refer to the volunteering page which advises on roles and how to let us know.

PHOTOs – There is always a selection of photos on the website from this and previous Parkruns so make sure you have a look, you may see yourself!!! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/photos/

Footnote by Jo Wake

As the DofE Award volunteer co-ordinator I had three reasons to be particularly proud today - Matt, Elliot and Riona.   We like to offer our young volunteers the chance to try out all the roles we have on offer, some of which they need to do alongside an adult. As well as writing this, his first run report, Matt was also rostered to marshal alongside me at what we affectionately call Eddie's corner (the first marshal point near the Farnborough Road). I could've chosen any other Saturday for his marshalling stint but when I was looking at his role progression some weeks ago, this was the day I chose for him...I wore sixteen layers and clutched a hot water bottle. Matt didn't wear gloves (he declined my spare pink pair before he even knew they were pink, cheerily declaring something about having big pockets). Free run next week for everyone who correctly guesses who was more frozen/ talked more about just how frozen they were (spoiler - was me).

In an equally unfortunate bit of planning, I'd also rostered another of our DofE volunteers, Elliot Allin, onto finish tokens.  You know the ones. The small thin bits of plastic with your finish position on. You know, they come on a keyring held together in batches of 25 that could stick together in the snow and you have to hand out reasonably quickly and may find you can't really wear gloves at all to do effectively. Yep.  Future volunteers - please don't let this description put you off - apparently it's going to be scorchio for the rest of the year.

As Matt mentioned in this report, Riona was today's Run Director. She's already told us she'll be back volunteering or maybe even running in the next few weeks (the running bit may've been more mine or her Dad's words than hers - can't really remember but just glad we'll see her again soon).

Here's a picture of her getting her getting her thank you certificate from Linda, today's Volunteer Co-ordinator Extraordinaire, that will hardly embarrass Riona at all.

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Here's one of her with Chris and Alex, our joint Event Directors that might embarrass her a tiny bit.

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Here's one of her and her proud Dad, Paul, that's bound to be the most embarrassing of the lot. 

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Thank you Riona - you've been a STAR.

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This week 376 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 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 7,474 participants have completed 48,631 parkruns covering a total distance of 243,155 km, including 8,974 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor run report #190

Rushmoor parkrun, # 190, 10th March 2018

It was a grey and damp with occasional wetness, I think that’s how I’ll put it! This typically British weather didn’t deter the parkrunners who gave an excellent turnout of 485 people running, jogging and walking the course.

We welcomed 64 first timers, to Rushmoor parkrun. There were groups, individuals and some who had travelled from afar. Well done to you all for coming out, no matter the weather, we hope you’ll return.

We had 31 participants recording new Personal Best times. A great effort by you all very much to be proud of. Our first runner was a dog, I don’t know his or her name but it’s owner got a PB too J

Runners and walkers from 29 different clubs from across a wide area took part which is brilliant so thank you all for joining us.

Our milestone runners this week were: Amy Marsh (JW 11-15) on her 10th run, Clare Lawes, Sarah Trickey and Gayle Gunner all on their 50th and Bertie Matthews on, are you ready for this, his 200th run!!! Absolutely sterling effort and loyalty shown by them all.

For all this week’s results you can check out the link,

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=188

Now let’s talk volunteers as without them this event just would not be possible, a big round of applause goes out to them all. They were:

Dominic WAKE • Michael WALBERTON • Lisa HALE • Greg ALLIN • Holly WHITLOCK • Martin BILLETT • Abigail JENNINGS • Matthew QUICK • Chris MCWILLIAM • Mark HOWELL • Charlotte HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Elliot Matthew ALLIN • Deborah HEIGHES • Rachel ROUSE • Caroline CROLLA • Stephanie RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Karen AYRTON • John SOUTHGATE • Nate JOHNSON • Mark RANOLA • Heather MILLINGTON • Riona NOTHARD • Ian CROLL • James EWING • Claire SMITH • Charlotte HISCOCK • Andrew GUDGE

WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER?? If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please refer to the volunteering page which advises on roles and how to let us know. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/volunteer/

PHOTOs – There is always a selection of photos on the website from this and previous Parkruns so make sure you have a look, you may see yourself!!! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/photos/

Inspirational quote for you to think about:

Sometimes the best runs come on days you didn’t feel like running.

One to use on your friends who have not started yet!

RUN – Find yourself!

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