Aldenham parkrun Event number 254 28th August 2021

This week 121 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

How cool are all those stats! Especially 25 first timers - I do hope you return and mingle in with us all at Aldenham. Don’t forget we get 10% off cake and coffee!

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Simon TOWNSEND • Michael HESSEY • Ian SIMPSON • Kate BARROW • Matthew WINDSOR-RICHARDS • Thomas HOOPER • Rosie COUPE • Jo ROBINSON • Charlotte YEABSLEY • Patrick YEABSLEY • Clare PHILLIPS • Richard CHARLTON • Lottie BARROW-WINN • Mia LANGSTON • Martin LANGSTON • Andrew TUCKETT • L NEWELL • Macie Rose GARDNER

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

The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 18:55 on 14th October 2017 (event number 122).
The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 21st July 2018 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.18% (18:40) on 1st June 2019 (event number 206).

Aldenham parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 4,932 participants have completed 22,804 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,020 km, including 3,856 new Personal Bests. A total of 409 individuals have volunteered 2,864 times.

 

Aldenham parkrun Event number 250 31st July 2021

Well, I have to say, that was a bit of shock. First time back at the park this week as I missed the restart, and it was a bit of an effort to remember what I was supposed to do.

Fortunately, there was a great team of volunteers around to help with the set up and getting ready. Without them Iwould have been completely lost. It was absolutely brilliant to see everyone gathering, so many familiar faces, a bit like meeting up with distant family (even in so far as sometimes getting names wrong, sorry David, Doh!!).

There was so much going on this week, with a bigger, more normal turnout, still trying to remember to be covid safe - longer funnel, sanitiser, just using the app. It felt so familiar, but also a bit weird.

We also had some special guests as parkrun this week featured as park of the Elstree and Borehamwood festival. We have the town Mayor, the mayors secretary and the council's Events manager attending. I spent a long time chatting to the Mayor, trying to explain and highlight the work of parkrun in supporting getting active to support physical health and mental wellbeing. At the end of the event, that Mayor thanked us all for the work we do, for inviting her and also described the experience as an "eye opener". Runners were rewarded with some free water and some sweet treats at the end of the run as a celebration as part of the festival.

You can find more details on the festival and the events planned up to the 7th August here.

Soon after the start, normailty was restored for me, as I saw Lottie doing her "usual" job of putting out the cones, though I am sure she is about a metre taller than last time I saw her do that. This has to be the best part of being involved in paqrkrun - seeing people grow and develop, with Lottie being a regular volunteer (with Mum and Dad!) and now progressing to scanning on here own with her own smartphone (and Isuspect secretly helping Dad understand how to do it). Brilliant.

I also managed to catch up with regular Simone, our 1st lady finisher this week - great to see her again - and she had the presence of mind to capture some snaps of the group at the start, and some of the lake. Thanks Simone, great to see you and thanks for sharing the pictures.

Despite all of the (mild) panic and the newness of some of the rules, everything went really well, and great to see the smiles, pain and elation (at the finish) of the runners. We managed to get the results out pretty quickly, using the new "upload"mechanism, and got them published while we enjoyed a breakfast and coffee at Rhustic Rhubarb.

It does feel like "normaility" is slowly being restored. Let's hope it continues that way.

Here is a link to all the photos I collected from today:
The full results are here.

Simon

Here are this week's stats:
This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Tracy DERRY • Simon TOWNSEND • David EVANS • Adam SEARLE • Alan WINN • Carol KEENAN • Thomas HOOPER • Bronya PHILLIPS • Neil MICHAELOUDIS • Emmanuelle BENTLEY-SANDERS • Marian RASTELLI • Lottie BARROW-WINN • Martin LANGSTON • Corrine WELLER • Sally PALMER • Kaitlin SEARLE

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

The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 18:55 on 14th October 2017 (event number 122).
The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 21st July 2018 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.18% (18:40) on 1st June 2019 (event number 206).

Aldenham parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 4,821 participants have completed 22,373 parkruns covering a total distance of 111,865 km, including 3,788 new Personal Bests. A total of 401 individuals have volunteered 2,795 times.

 

Aldenham parkrun Event number 248 14th March 2020

parkrunners you will go on my first whistle .... tail walker you will go on my second whistle.

I had been waiting to start a parkrun with that phrase for quite a while. Though looking at you there were some wry smiles, some confused faces and some cringing at my appalling impression of Gladiator's referee Jon Anderson.

But off you all went for two more laps round the lake, and as ever the customary Aldenham mud was there in abundance. It really wouldn't be Aldenham without the mud and the puddles, but we know how much our regular runners enjoy it.

Sadly there won't be a parkrun for a while, but we as RDs and parkrun are looking at ways to keep you all engaged and while we can running. Keep an eye on Facebook for parkrun themed events and challenges and any updates.

And be warned, I have plenty more ideas for how to start the run, when I am next RD;

5, 4, 3, 2 1 .... parkrunners are go!

So until next time, stay safe

James

This week 139 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Kate BARROW • Alan WINN • Joshua BENSON • James ROBINSON • Paul LEWIS • Abigail GREEN • Lottie BARROW-WINN • Mia LANGSTON • Martin LANGSTON • Aimee BENSON • Rafferty BROWN • Alfie WARREN • Sadie WARRREN • Olivia HARRIS • Joy LI • Abi WARREN

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

The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 18:55 on 14th October 2017 (event number 122).
The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 21st July 2018 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.18% (18:40) on 1st June 2019 (event number 206).

Aldenham parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 4,790 participants have completed 22,194 parkruns covering a total distance of 110,970 km, including 3,765 new Personal Bests. A total of 397 individuals have volunteered 2,759 times.

 

Aldenham parkrun, no. 247 7th March 2020

Firstly thank you to everyone who volunteered on International Women's Day you all looked fantastic in the new pink high vis. It was also great to see a lot of you in purple. There are plenty of photos in a Google Album, just click here for the photos.

It was a little hectic at pre event as we couldn't get to our kit straight away but once we'd got our hands on it everyone pitched in to make sure we could get set up as quickly as possible.

It was great to have Sam and Sian Austin back with us for the morning, Elin looked adorable when she put on the high vis at the end of the event. Thank you to Tim Tate for all the photo's.

This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Katherine FENN • Clare Janette BOUTLE • John WHEATLEY • Nonie BENSON • Sian AUSTIN • Thomas HOOPER • Jo ROBINSON • James ROBINSON • Helen GREEN • Paul LEWIS • Emmanuelle BENTLEY-SANDERS • Clare PHILLIPS • Kevin CHENG • Katharine TATE • Deborah TEMPLE • Anneliese HOLAH • Mia LANGSTON • Tim TATE • Kate MAWDSLEY • Edison FAN • Nicole BROWN • Sadie WARRREN • Penny STEVENSON • Joy LI

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

The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 18:55 on 14th October 2017 (event number 122).
The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 21st July 2018 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.18% (18:40) on 1st June 2019 (event number 206).

Aldenham parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 4,756 participants have completed 22,055 parkruns covering a total distance of 110,275 km, including 3,747 new Personal Bests. A total of 394 individuals have volunteered 2,743 times.

 

Aldenham parkrun Event number 244 15th February 2020

Well that was a bit muddy ..... the aftermath of Storm Ciara and the imminent arrival of Storm Dennis meant conditions were never going to great this week. As it was the worst of the rain held off, and the forecast wind of 40mph+ also stayed away. This didn't make for calm, sunny conditions but we're a hardy bunch at Aldenham, and used to the muddy trails. A last minute adjustment to the course to allow us to navigate around a fenced off area near the start and the removal of a fallen tree from the path through the woods meant the course was 'clear' and ready to go. Clear may be a bit of misnomer, this was more of an Aldenham mudrun than parkrun, but the thanks and comments received at the end suggested that whilst 'enjoyed' may not be quite the word, many were grateful for the chance to run, jog, walk or wade through the mud and puddles on the course.

We had tourists from Leeds and Dundee, but this distance was well beaten by two parkrunners from New Zealand, hope they all enjoyed the muddy conditions.

In the end 102 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests (yes that's PBs running through the mud!). Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Mark TAPLIN • Jim O'SULLIVAN • Simon TOWNSEND • Alan WINN • Hanue CHAN • Emma HOOPER • Thomas HOOPER • Joshua BENSON • Neil MICHAELOUDIS • James ROBINSON • Emmanuelle BENTLEY-SANDERS • Clare PHILLIPS • Simon FRAIS • Vineet PATEL • Mia LANGSTON • Martin LANGSTON • Mark SANDERS • Kate MAWDSLEY • Christina WONG • Rafferty BROWN • Alfie WARREN • Sadie WARRREN

The event wouldn't have happened without the help of those listed above, who had either already signed up, or stepped up either the night before or on the day to help with the unexpected issues we faced.

Hopefully next week will be a bit calmer .... see you all next Saturday; James.

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

The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 18:55 on 14th October 2017 (event number 122).
The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 21st July 2018 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.18% (18:40) on 1st June 2019 (event number 206).

Aldenham parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 4,688 participants have completed 21,744 parkruns covering a total distance of 108,720 km, including 3,709 new Personal Bests. A total of 378 individuals have volunteered 2,682 times.

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