Rutland Water parkrun – Event number 146 – 13th October 2018

This weeks run report by take-over team, Stamford Striders chairman, and run director of the day, Nick Wells.



Today’s event saw Stamford Striders Hijack Takeover the 146th Rutland Water parkrun as they manned all the volunteer roles, and, after last weeks downpour, it was good to see numbers back to normal again as 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course.

48 of you were first timers and 18 somehow recorded new Personal Bests despite a blustery headwind on the return from the dam.



Fortunately we finished before the Council coned off the course


Top 3 men over the line this week were Adam Howlett, a first timer to Rutland Water, in 17:33 (and a tremendous 82.05% age grading), Jordan Paylor (18:40) and Chris Glading (19:24). Lucy Caistor was first lady in 21:37 followed by Madeline Francis (22:39) and Alice Hannan (23:32)

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

Rutland Water parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 6,669 participants have completed 27,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,100 km, including 5,494 new Personal Bests.

The event today was made possible by 39 volunteers. Our thanks to:

Jim GRANT • Sonia KENDAL • Mark POPPLE • Elaine ALLWOOD • Andrew WADE • Ed FANCOURT • Stuart HILL • Caroline ROBERTSON • Jane FITZGERALD • Nick WELLS • Liz MAKIN • Maria DAVIES • Mark JOHNSTONE • Stuart HODGKINSON • John GILLIGAN • John MACKINNON • Suzanne MOON • Delia CALDER • Clare MORLEY • Marcus BROWN • Emma HERD • Richard CLARK • Gordon ORR • Bev LEWIS • David BABBS • Grace DORE • Sarah WELLS • Robin BALL • Andrew KENDAL • Ian POWELL • Stuart STEVENSON • Helen WALNE • Joseph MARTIN • Joe MARTIN • Anna RUGG • Graham EDWARDS • Darren JENNINGS • Nick TONGE • Darren BARRATT


Our volunteer crew and pacers from Stamford Striders

Of course our volunteers are the only reason we can hold parkrun, so if you can help out at all please let us know - you may be resting for an event, injured, or even know someone who could help us. Just email us at or checkout our future rosters to see what role you would like.
All volunteers are shown what to do and you will be supported in your role - we even give you a free car park pass!!

In only two weeks, on 27th October, it is our 3rd Birthday Event. It also happens to be Halloween weekend so start prepping your scary gear to dress up for a frighteningly good parkrun.




Rutland Water parkrun – Event Number 145 – 6th October 2018

Well that was a very cold and wet parkrun event, and not many of us were prepared for it!! I for one, (as did other volunteers) thought it would be a good idea to wear jeans and soft shoes, which were considerably heavier to walk in by the end!! It is the first time we saw our numbers drop to a lower level compared to recent months, however, 190 of you still braved the weather.....and that rain came down hard and fast! 21 of you achieved personal bests, and 19 of you came along for the first time, well done to you all!!


Congratulations to Bethan SCAIFE and Ian PARKINSON who both achieved their 50 parkruns milestone and a massive well done to Mike CONNOR who achieved his 100th parkrun!!


Mark POPPLE was first over the line in a time of 17:20, followed by Harrison MILES in a time of 17:56, Samuel HUGHES was third over the line in a time of 18:08. Our first lady over the finish line was a first timer to Rutland Water, Michelle WILLCOCKS in a time of 18:37, coming 7th overall, and also achieved the highest age grade of the event of 79.68%! Well done to you all!!

Our volunteers are the reason parkrun goes ahead every week, and as the colder weather draws in, we need to try and keep our volunteer base up in numbers so we can spread the load over the weeks. If you are injured, resting for a run the next day, or know someone who is too anxious to take part in parkrun as a parkrunner, but would benefit from being involved - volunteering is a great way to get out, make a difference, and does wonders for your mental health and well-being. Volunteers are shown how to do a role on the morning, and are supported by the rest of the volunteer team, no special skills are required. Volunteers also get a free exit parking pass for Rutland Water the day they volunteer! If you can give a small amount of your time one Saturday morning, please email us at or check out our roster to see what role you may like to do, or a date you are free. Who wouldn't want to be part of this lovely lot!


Don't forget it is Rutland Water's 3rd birthday event on Saturday 27th October, we will be THREE! More details to follow, but expect cake, and maybe some dressing up!!

Emma Herd (Run Director on the day)


Rutland Water parkrun – Event number 144 – 29th September 2018

This week we saw 272 of you run, jog and walk our course, along with a number of your four legged friends. A huge welcome to the 21 new parkrunners who came along to take part in parkrun for the first time ever, we hope to see you regularly from now on! Congratulations to the 69 participants who achieved Personal Bests this week!

We had a visit from the Stamford Striders runclub too, in a sea of blue and yellow, many of whom regularly volunteer at Rutland Water parkrun (thank you!)


Both Darren SARGEANT and Geoff JONES achieved their 50 milestone, well done both!! Claim your free T-Shirt when you can!


One of our parkrunners completed the course, then went back to encourage his Mum across the finish line, this was lovely to see!

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Do not miss our 3rd BIRTHDAY EVENT on 27th October!!! We will be 3 years old!




The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Sonia KENDAL • Jessica HAND • Michael (Mike) CONNOR • Paul DAVIDSON • Cheryl ALLIBONE • John GILLIGAN • Clare MORLEY • Susan D FISHER • Debbi ROACH • Emma HERD • Lawrence FRANCIS • Grace DORE • Eleanor BLAND • Liliane COOGAN • Gary KIRK • Charlie NOBLE • Sam JEFFRIES • Andrew KENDAL • Lena MILNER • Laina DUPONT • Lexie MORLEY • Rick BARROW • Elizabeth MEYNELL • Philippa BALL • Joseph MARTIN • Bex KEY • Dylan YOUNGS • Sarah BABBS • Joe MARTIN • Frankie MORLEY

We always need volunteers to make parkrun happen each week, please look at our roster to see the gaps that need filling over the next 6 weeks at No training or special skills are required, please do get in touch on email at if you are interested in helping us in the future – WE NEED YOU!




Male placings are as follows:

Mark POPPLE came in first this week in a time of 16:56, closely followed by Jonathan TAYLOR in a time of 18:14. Cameron HARRIS was third over the line in 18:16

Female placings are as follows:
Madeline FRANCIS was our first female across the finish line in 31st position overall, achieving a PB of 21:38. Lucy OWEN was second over the line in 21:41, 32nd position overall. Sarah SHARP was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:58
The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Martin OWEN (VM55-59) – 81.92% for the time 19:05 (9th overall)

Jim GRANT (VM60-64) – 80.98% for the time 20:09 (15th overall).

Stuart HILL (VM40-44) – 80.95% for the time 18:59 (8th overall)


Rutland Water parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 6,602 participants have completed 27,381 parkruns covering a total distance of 136,905 km, including 5,455 new Personal Bests

Emma Herd (Run Director on the day)



We won't be having a Christmas Day parkrun at Rutland Water


Tuesday 1st January – 10:30 – EXTRA PARKRUN!

We will be running a celebratory New Years Day parkrun, at 10:30am. This is one of the few times in the year that you can attempt 2 parkruns in a day, so if you're pursuing that coveted 50/100/250/500 top, you'll probably want to try and do a double!

If you don't fancy a double, than at least we're starting at a civilised 10:30 am, so allow extra recovery time for NYE revelers :D

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