Rushmoor parkrun #234 Saturday 16th February

Rushmoor parkrun 16 February: Livin’ on a Prayer, reprise

As an orienteer, I like variety. My first four parkruns just happened to be all different: the local one, two connected with orienteering coaching, and a new even more local one in Didcot. I wondered whether I could reach 50 different ones, and also whether I could earn the purple 25-volunteer T-shirt at the same run as a red 50. In September 2016 I reached 25 at Maidenhead and wrote a run report Livin’ on a Prayer: like Bon Jovi, I thought that I was “halfway there”.

Someone then added me to the Facebook group UK parkrun tourists, where my eyes were opened to all sorts of bizarre tourist challenges. In amongst ‘Pirates’, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and the ‘Alphabet Challenge’, I discovered that 100 different parkruns was a ‘Cowell’. I continued to pick up parkruns when I could combine them with something else: lots of low-key orienteering events, a visit to the Natural History Museum in Tring (recommended), journeys to Scotland. Injury meant that the volunteering stints, usually time-keeping at Didcot, outstripped the runs. The 50-run milestone was scheduled for Marlborough Downs (parkrun) and Copse Wood (orienteering) a fortnight ago, but the snow scuppered that. A more serious race last week meant no parkrun. So the query arose: what’s the closest parkrun not-yet-done to Berkshire Orienteers’ training event at Yateley Heath?

The answer was Rushmoor. It had been on the radar for a while, but a cursory look at the map suggested that it was just two laps of the playing fields: not very exciting. And the results suggested hordes of quick runners: in my recuperating state, I’d be way down! Pre-run study showed that I’d been mistaken. The multi-terrain run included canal towpath as well as the field, and the photos showed a lovely section through the woods. And with abundant parking and convenient toilets, Rushmoor ticked two important boxes for a car-borne visitor.

Hmm, Volunteer coordinator Kathryn Radford shares a surname with Run Director Stephanie. Wonder if they’re sisters? Kathryn had welcomed my emailed offer to write a report, so after a half-lap warm-up I reported to Stephanie to gather some background. I met Event Director Chris McWilliam, and learned that Rushmoor was very much a family affair — with Kathryn being Stephanie’s daughter (JW11-14: would never have guessed from her email reply!), and, for example, ‘Uncle Alex’ among the pacers. (Later, at Yateley Heath, I found that he has the wobbliest compass that I’ve ever seen.) I also learned that that Rushmoor has a friendly rivalry with nearby Frimley Lodge (different catchment area, faster course and fewer tree-roots); that a typical turnout was 500; and that the local authorities have their eyes set on reaching 1000 runners.

Touring parkruns has taught me that while courses vary, some things are always the same. The reassurance of seeing those hi-viz vests and knowing that you’re in the right place at the right time. The friendliness of the volunteers: even the one cycling to his marshal point, whom I’d silently caught when warming up, then startled by asking him a question about the course. Applause for the first-timers (19 of them today, well done all!) and the 28 volunteers. “Any tourists?” “Any under-11s?” Acknowledgement for all those achieving milestones — today Daisy Rae (50), Charles Savin (50), Ann Brady (50), Ross Connell (100). And for the first time, I was on the list too. Stephanie was generous about the 50 runs, 50 venues, and, courtesy of this run report, 51 volunteering days.

Another thing that’s always the same is that parkrun is whatever you want it to be. It can be a chance to get some exercise, to chat with friends, to cheer your fellow runners, to feel good about yourself, or to run a time trial to assess your fitness. For the rapid runner just ahead of me as we turned down to the canal for the first time, it was a chance to exercise the dog. Just as I was giving up hope of staying with them, the dog suddenly lunged for the canal. I dodged round them, but didn’t hear a splash; I guess it wanted a drink rather than a swim, but that did explain why the duo weren’t using a canicross harness. The run passed quickly, as I thought about what I’d write. Towpath, woods, avenue of trees; tarmac, gravel, tarmac, grass, tarmac, towpath, woods, avenue again… lad comes past me but fades slightly, can I catch him again? Try hard, but he sprints clear. Well done Oliver: PB today (alongside 93 other proud runners with shiny new Rushmoor PBs), if not quite sub-20. You’ll get there soon.

My only regret? That I didn’t get the chance to run the alternative course, scheduled for two weeks’ time, which sounds excellent. And the final thing that I learned today? That 2½ years on, I’m still only halfway there. Thank you Rushmoor, you’re a special milestone on my parkrun journey. Rock on, everyone.

Thanks for a great report Roger - and now your weekly run stats:
This week 461 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Chris BALE • John KING • Gregory ALLIN • Steve TYLER • Beverley JENNINGS • Roger THETFORD • Alexander John RADFORD • Steph FORD • Alison SUMNER • Sam ROBINSON • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Evie HEARN • Bethany HEARN • Stephanie GREENWOOD • Kenton JENNINGS • James DUNCAN • Mark RANOLA • Alice HELLO • James EWING • Andy COOK • Chris KENNEDY • James GREENWOOD • Sara DAVISON • Marcia TOLFTS • Grace MCLEOD • Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR

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

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
The female record is held by Louise SMALL who recorded a time of 17:20 on 25th December 2018 (event number 226).
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 9,636 participants have completed 69,235 parkruns covering a total distance of 346,175 km, including 12,280 new Personal Bests. A total of 713 individuals have volunteered 5,202 times.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #233 – Saturday 9th February 2019

After last week’s cancellation due to the snow, Rushmoor parkrun #233 took place in 15-20 mph winds, but at least there was no snow (or rain) to contend with. 456 of you ran, jogged or walked the course, including 31 first timers (welcome to the parkrun family, I hope you enjoyed the briefing!)

Visitors came from as from afield as Colchester, Southampton and Weymouth and 33 different clubs were represented.

Well done to Chris Wake and Shireen Walker (me!) who celebrated their 100th run and to the 52 people who got new PBs this week, which was quite an achievement in those winds. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor Parkrun Results Page. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/results/latestresults/

Thank you to all of our 25 lovely volunteers who made this event happen: Rebecca
Anne BACHMANN, Sabrina BACHMANN-ROSS, Phil BALLANTYNE, Tom BARTON,
Eleanor BARTON, Zoe BARTON, Murray CROTON, Sara DAVISON, James DUNCAN,
Clem FEENEY, Mary HEARN, Paul HURFORD, Kenton JENNINGS, Estelle LEE, Grace MCLEOD, Hilary ORTON, Kathryn RADFORD, Alexander John RADFORD, Linda RADFORD, Stephanie RADFORD, Mark RANOLA, Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR, Julia STEVENS, Shireen WALKER and Carl WEBB.

Massive congratulations go especially to Kathryn Radford, your Run Director today, for the amazing achievement of completing 100 volunteers (and at such a tender age).

Special thanks for those of you who stayed on afterwards to go “Plogging”, a  combination of jogging and picking up litter on your running route that started in Scandinavia and is now gaining popularity in the UK. A massive 12 full bags of rubbish was collected in just one mile!

It was my 25th volunteer today, so to celebrate I offered to do five volunteer roles; set-up, first-timer’s briefing, pacing, token-sorting and writing this run report. It certainly gave me a much better appreciation of what organising a parkrun involves, and how hard all of the regular volunteers (who often take on multiple roles) work to make Rushmoor parkrun happen every week. If you fancy a go, there are lots of ways you can volunteer, including roles that still allow you to run, all listed on the future roster here. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/futureroster/

If you would like to volunteer, do contact the organisers at rushmoor@parkrun.com who would be delighted to accept your services.
Shireen

 

Rushmoor parkrun
Event number 233
9th February 2019

This week 456 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Carl WEBB • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Tom BARTON • Clem FEENEY • Zoe BARTON • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Mary HEARN • Paul HURFORD • Kenton JENNINGS • Murray CROTON • James DUNCAN • Shireen WALKER • Mark RANOLA • Estelle LEE • Eleanor BARTON • Sara DAVISON • Julia STEVENS • Phil BALLANTYNE • Grace MCLEOD • Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR • Hilary ORTON • Rebecca Anne BACHMANN • Sabrina BACHMANN-ROSS

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

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
The female record is held by Louise SMALL who recorded a time of 17:20 on 25th December 2018 (event number 226).
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 9,598 participants have completed 68,774 parkruns covering a total distance of 343,870 km, including 12,186 new Personal Bests. A total of 709 individuals have volunteered 5,172 times.

 

Rushmoor parkrun cancelled 2nd Feb

We have cancelled he parkrun tomorrow morning due to the poor weather. We have deemed it not safe and don’t want anyone taking unnecessary risks.

 

Important reminder – Saturday 29 December 2018

This coming Saturday 29 December we will be using our alternative Wellesley course. This will be used whenever we are not able to use the main field in future because of other events that would normally mean that we would have to cancel.

Please meet in the Fox Lines car park (the car park on the corner of Queens Avenue and Princes Avenue by the traffic lights). You will be directed to the start, which is on the canal, from there. You can still park in the usual car park if the Fox Lines car park is full for this week; however when other events are on car parking may be more restrictive, so please do check our Facebook site on these days.

Also, please note that due to the narrow course, runners will not be allowed to run with buggies or dogs, so please bear this in mind before coming down.

We hope you enjoy the new course.

The Rushmoor parkrun core team.

 

 

Rushmoor parkrun Event #224 15 December 2018

What a blistering start to the weekend, thankfully the rain did stay away for the majority of the run. This week 336 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers to parkrun, (welcome to the parkrun family), and 23 were visiting Rushmoor for the first time. The wind seems to have helped push 56 parkrunners to new Personal Bests (wow!). Representatives of 30 different clubs took part. A great big shout out to our milestones this morning, with regulars Vanessa Cosby and Debbie Morton reaching their 50th run, and Richard Clark-Lyons doing his 100th run. The event was made possible by 34 volunteers: Chris BALE, William BOUGHTON, Madeleine CHARBINE, Murray CROTON, James EWING, Alexander FORTUNE, Alison FORTUNE, Duncan FORTUNE, Deborah HEIGHES, Paul HURFORD, Ian JENNINGS, Beverley JENNINGS, Kenton JENNINGS, Jo LLOYD, Jenny LOMAS-PARAM, George LYLE, William MCLEOD, Debra MCLEOD, Grace MCLEOD, Kevin MCTAGGART, Danielle MOORE, Lily MOORE, Martha MOORE, Amanda MORWOOD, Nicky NORTON, Alexander John RADFORD, Marcia TOLFTS, Steve TYLER, Livi WAKE, Dominic WAKE, Jo WAKE, Tilly WAKE, Shireen WALKER, Angela WESTON. Thank you all. If you feel giving volunteering a go contact rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com. There are a number of roles for everyone, (this week included the unique roles of token sorting windbreak support and wind strewn finish token chaser). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor parkrun Results Page. Don’t forget there will also be an extra parkrun day on Christmas Day and New Years Day starting at 9am.

 

 

Rushmoor parkrun #219

10th November 2018
This week 430 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

John KING • Greg ALLIN • Carol SWORN • Steve LOW • Ian JENNINGS • Martin BILLETT • Chris MCWILLIAM • Eloise R STRADLING • Andrew David HISLOP • Tom BARTON • Claire ROLSTONE • Isobel TAYLOR • Zoe BARTON • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Andy WARD • Wendy MORGAN • Murray CROTON • Mark RANOLA • Elle GAME • James EWING • Eleanor BARTON • Edward BARTON • Claire WOOD • Caroline LAMBERT • Judie KINKAID • William MCLEOD • Debra MCLEOD • Grace MCLEOD • Dave M LEWIS

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 8,951 participants have completed 62,094 parkruns covering a total distance of 310,470 km, including 11,345 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report #218 by Ian Jennings

Rushmoor run #218 and a nice bit of morning sunshine greeted us all on the polo fields. I arrived to see an exceptionally large group receiving the new runners briefing – welcome to the graduating Couch to 5k runners from Normandy Runners and Ave Turner’s group.  I hope you all enjoyed your run and hope to see you all on the start line next week.

 

A huge thank you to all of today’s 34 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.

 

An extremely impressive 523 of us completed the two laps this morning, and course conditions were near perfect. An impressive 92 runners (18% of us) managed to run personal bests. Well done to all who ran this morning, and to those who went faster than ever before.

 

20 parkrun debutants and an amazing 40 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 run congratulations today for:

 

  • Jacob Melly on his junior 10th run (PB as well, nice one Jacob);
  • Lucy Copley, Chris Taylor and Becky Mason ran their 50th parkruns;
  • Jon Cross on his 100th iteration;
  • 150th is not an officially recognised run, but seems pretty special milestone to me, so big well done Joanna Newberry;

 

Wear those T-shirts with pride guys.

 

A little message from me – today I paced 28 minutes with Duke of Edinburgh volunteer Billy McLeod. Hopefully, a few runners were able to run a little faster with us two as targets to chase.  Next week, I plan to pace a 27 minute run, if anyone fancies joining me.

 

To finish, a little life affirming quote from that legendary basketball player, Michael Jordan: Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. And that’s exactly what we do every Saturday morning at 9am.

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

 And now the stats:

Rushmoor parkrun
Event number 218
3rd November 2018

This week 522 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 93 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Dominic WAKE • Steve TYLER • Ian JENNINGS • Chris MCWILLIAM • Charlotte HOWARD • Amanda MORWOOD • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Alaistair RADFORD • Tom BARTON • Craig WARD • Isobel TAYLOR • Richard TAYLOR • Zoe BARTON • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Tilly WAKE • Martin GREENWOOD • Murray CROTON • Rhian JONES • Estelle LEE • James EWING • Eleanor BARTON • Andrew CROW • James GREENWOOD • Edward BARTON • Judie KINKAID • William MCLEOD • Grace 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 8,915 participants have completed 61,664 parkruns covering a total distance of 308,320 km, including 11,299 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #217 – 27th October 2018

The first proper frost of the season greeted our 447 hardy runners who turned up at Rushmoor this morning; including some in Halloween dress!

There may have been clear blue skies for much of the time but runners felt the chilly breeze coming in as they headed out onto the main road towards the canal entrance both times round.

Our amazing volunteers kept smiling through the cold too as they fought to keep fingers warm scanning and sorting tokens!

Of the 447 runners who braved the temperature on Saturday morning, 46 were first timers to Rushmoor of which 19 were running their first ever parkrun - well done!

Two of our junior runners, Evelyn Melly and William Ward ran their 10th Parkrun at Rushmoor this morning.

The cold weather proved no barrier to an incredible 71 runners who achieved a new pb.

The first finisher was Kurt Taylor, setting a new pb of 16:22 and the first female was Megan Gildea in 20:28.

As always, a huge thanks to all our volunteers who made this morning’s run possible. If you would like to volunteer at future events, please email rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com

By Zoe Barton 

This week 447 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Dominic WAKE • Ian JENNINGS • Ross CONNELL • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Tom BARTON • Deborah HEIGHES • Gareth BAKER • Isobel TAYLOR • Zoe BARTON • Caroline CROLLA • Paul HURFORD • Tilly WAKE • Andy WARD • Murray CROTON • Mark RANOLA • James EWING • Eleanor BARTON • Andrew CROW • Gaetan FIJAC • Edward BARTON • William MCLEOD • Debra MCLEOD • Grace 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 8,854 participants have completed 61,142 parkruns covering a total distance of 305,710 km, including 11,205 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #216 – 20th October 2018

Glorious autumnal weather welcomed our 410 runners on Saturday and the conditions were certainly perfect for the incredible 99 of you who achieved a new pb!

Amongst those celebrating a new pb were milestone 50 runners, Steve Smith and junior Evangeline Richards.

Other milestone 50 runners were junior Alexander Richards along with Phil Belcher, Jackie Horn and Adie Hinks. Another of our junior runners, Harvey Smith celebrated his milestone 100th Parkrun.

We had 33 first time Rushmoor Parkrun runners including 13 running their first ever of what will hopefully be many more Parkruns- well done all of you!

One of our first timers was also our first finisher, Andrew Wainwright in a time of 17:05 with Abigail Fudge our first female finisher in 19:58.

A huge thanks as always to all our fabulous volunteers who give up their time to put on the event each week. If you would like to help volunteer at future events, please email rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com.

By Zoe Barton

 

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.

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