327th Alice Holt parkrun Run Report

Alice Holt take over by HBAC 8th June 2019

On Saturday 8th June 2019 Alice Holt parkrun hosted a “takeover” by Haslemere Border Athletics Club.
The club flags were flying in the wind and as many volunteer roles as possible were undertaken by members of HBAC – this gives the club volunteers a chance to see what goes on 'behind the scenes' at parkrun and hopefully enjoy it so much, they'll want to come back and volunteer again! Some members were in the club vests and t shirts running the course, there was a complete mixture of speeds, ages and abilities represented, much like parkrun itself!

After the main run brief by RD Lisa, the Chairman of HBAC, Bob Monteath talked a little about the history of the club, how it has been going for 60 years and a bit about what HBAC has to offer. It is very friendly; inclusive and provides a wide range of running opportunities ranging from straightforward recreational running to competitive races of all distances, road and off road.
My son Max and I have only been members of HBAC for a few months and although we both regularly volunteer and have done over 50 parkruns each (many at Alice Holt) we have never taken part as club members. Both are completely inclusive, and we feel as equally welcome at training night as we do on a Saturday morning at 9am when its “parkrunday”.
Alice Holt parkrun is a beautiful forest trail with many undulating surfaces, and as we had recently had rain, was not without its share of muddy puddles. It is always interesting to see who are the splashers and who are the avoiders, I’m afraid I am very much a splasher, apologies to anyone running near me!
Another thing parkrun is famous for is cake at the finish, Alice Holt and HBAC did not disappoint, cake was in abundance, washed down by a hot fresh coffee in the café.
There were 327 people taking part at this event, 11 of which it was their very first parkrun. 57 runners achieved a new course PB (including myself and Max!) with the first finisher, Richard Lovejoy crossing the line in 18.08 minutes. David Jarrett was the first male HBAC runner at 19.06 and Philomel Bennet the first female in 22.06.
Thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday morning morning to help this wonderful event to happen. If you would like any more information on HBAC please go to http://www.hbac.co.uk/

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Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: David BATEMAN, Philomel BENNETT, Helen BLAKELEY, Lisa BLAYDEN, Thomas BURR, Frederik BURR, Evelyn BURR, Mike CATHCART, Paul CROAD, Marco DE CAPRIO, Tom DELLAR, Kathryn Marie ELMER, Lorraine HERRING, Rupert HOLLOM, Jo JAMES, Stephen KING, Jake LOWRY, Robert MONTEATH, Deborah PARRY, Dominic PERKINS, Suzanne PERKINS, Kathryn POWELL, David ROY, Karen SINCLAIR, Andrew STEELE, Craig TATE-GRIMES, Ann VARNES, Clair WADEY, Andrew WAREHAM, Rebecca WAREHAM, Nick WHISHAW, Tim WHISHAW, Christine WILLIAMS

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Alice Holt parkrun #320 run report

Alice Holt parkrun # 320, a birthday surprise!

Guest Run Report Writer: Laura Hodge

Home parkrun: Ashton Court (Bristol) 

This week called for a special bit of tourism and Alice Holt certainly did not disappoint. 

We set off from Bristol on Friday night for a surprise weekend away I’d organised for my better half’s birthday.  Thankfully his royal birthday-ness (Carl) has a simple request each year, parkrun tourism, so it’s up to me to pick a suitably fabulous destination. 

I’d picked Alice Holt parkrun this year as it’s got a great reputation and has been on Carl’s wish list for while.  Managing to keep the location under wraps was madea bit easier when Carl fell asleep en route, this meant come Saturday morning he still had no idea where we were!

Arriving at Alice Holt in the morning a very happy birthday boy and I received a super warm welcome from Dan and the team.  The friendly atmosphere of the run shone through, an Easter Egg hunt for the under 11’s had also been organised – I decided perhaps I was a little too tall to sneak some chocolate! 

So to the run, what a beautiful course!  Running through stunning woodland paths in beautiful sunshine, it’s easy to see how Alice Holt has a reputation as a ‘must do’ course.  The route is varied and has a few nice hills to get the heart rate up!  My favourite moment was about 4k in, on a downhill stretch the sun beaming throughsurrounding trees creating a stunning effect.  It’smoments like that which remind me why I love parkrun and love tourism.  

After the run we sat outside the café and enjoyed a delicious post parkrun brekkie.  Continuing the birthday celebrations, I settled on the large Lumberjack’ option for Carl but he was eventually defeated!  A quality breakfast is a must-have so Alice Holt really does tick all the boxes.

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On to the results:

50 wonderful people did their first Alice Holt parkrun, and of those 21 were running their very first parkrun ever – welcome to the family!

A big well done to Jenny BRAIN who completed her 50th run and Richard ‘Shep’ SHEPPARD ran his 100th Alice Holt parkrun – congratulations!

Last but not least, special thank you goes to this week’s dream team of volunteers, without whom Alice Holtparkrun could not take place:

Caroline FISHER  •  Carys DAVIES  •  Charles WALTERS  •  Cyra PARKES  •  Dan DAVIES  •  Douglas BLYTH  •  Emma HILL  •  Geoff BROWN  •  Isabel JAMES  •  Janet HEYS  •  Jo JAMES  •  Justin CLARKE  •  Laura HODGE  •  Libby MALLETT  •  Nicky HILL  •  Peter MALLETT  •  Phil BUCKLEY  •  Stephen LAVERY  •  Susan HAMMOND  •  Terry STEADMAN  •  Trevor NASH

If you would like to get involved contact the team through the Facebook page or email aliceholthelpers@parkrun.com.  You can also now pop your name down on the volunteering board at the start/finish area each week.

Thank you all again for the warm welcome, can’t wait to return!

Laura Hodge

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313th Alice Holt parkrun Run Report

A is for Alice Holt

It’s 7am on Saturday morning and there’s definitely a reason to wake up. You’re thinking parkrun, right? Well, yes (and then cake to follow!) As I keenly messaged my parkrun group of friends bright and early, the classic slogan, ‘parkrunday – previously known as Saturday’, I think they sensed my excitement as 9 of us got ready, car pooled and went on a road trip to embark on our A-Z tourism.

We’re all from Portsmouth so we’ve had the luxury of many a flat waterside parkrun should you ever venture our way for your tourism! Southsea is the joint flattest parkrun in the UK if you fancy getting your S and, very easily, a parkrun PB, but in our case, we ran for the hills! And may I say, what an absolutely stunning parkrun you have. We left in glorious sunlight and then seemed to enter a film set of atmospheric mist, serenity and beautiful dogs!

After a brilliant first timers’ briefing, we set off amongst the 312 parkrunners; and there’s something quite exhilarating that comes with not knowing where you are, the more you lose you bearings*, the more thrilling the run.
*only within the parameters of parkrun!

The volunteers couldn’t have been lovelier and more supportive and the whole experience was one of the best. Chatting, running and laughing with your best friends in a haven of tranquillity and natural beauty is no doubt one of life’s precious moments. To take yourself away from the hubbub of a city and the noise pollution of a motorway should never be underestimated as it’s evidently food for the soul and no doubt a reliever of stress, not to mention the generous giver of endorphins.

As our group gradually finished and waited for our friend tail walking, we congregated at the top of the hill to cheer people on for the last stretch. Huge congratulations to all of the first timers - an amazing effort to begin your parkrun journey with a route with many inclines but so many strong finishes! I hope you come back, and how lucky you are to have this as your hometown parkrun - there’s no doubt we’ll be back! But for now, on to our B…Bognor! I miss you already, Alice Holt. Thank you for welcoming us with your big conifer arms!

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308th Alice Holt parkrun run report

The Life of a Tourist

The days of a lie-in on a Saturday are a distant memory. You know you’ve become a true parkrun tourist addict when your Saturday morning alarm clock is set earlier than your alarm clock for getting up for work in the week – though let’s be honest, it’s far easier to get up for a parkrun than it is for the daily grind! This week, it was Alice Holt to obtain an A for the Alphabet challenge (complete one parkrun starting with every letter of the alphabet).

A 5am alarm clock, throw on the running gear, a quick breakfast, run for the bus and before you know it you’re on the 06:53 train from Waterloo darting its way to the middle of Hampshire, a mere 75km journey this week. We’re due to arrive in Bentley, a small Hampshire village, at 08:02, but there is still a 3km walk to get to the start as well so the schedule is another tight one, but we’ve been here many times before!

Eventually pulling into Bentley Station at 08:08 means we’re already a little behind so the key at this point is to take the correct turn out of the station. What looks like a road on Google Maps, turns out to be a path over the train tracks itself. Thankfully, a reassuring sign on the other side of the tracks points us on our way.

Alice Holt signpost the path to Alice Holt

We follow some trails and the “Yellow road” and, finally, relief, as we arrive at the starting point with 15 mins to spare. Overall, it’s a good 35 minute walk from the train but is certainly possible to visit Alice Holt by train.

The crowd is building and the conversations are already following. Regulars busy catching up with each other for perhaps the first time this year, uber-tourists in their distinctive cowls introducing themselves to each other and swapping tales of their madcap parkrun adventures and the amazing volunteers busily preparing for the event ahead.

In total, there are an aesthetically pleasing 333 runners this week, ably supported by the 27 volunteers. A fair sized chunk of us head over to the first timers run briefing. There are a very impressive 22 runners completing their first ever parkrun today (welcome to you all) and another 29 First Timers at Alice Holt. There are a few groans when we’re warned about Dragon Hill (so named as it drags on for ages) but we’re all keen to get started if only to keep the chilly morning at bay.

run briefing

On to the Run Briefing and there are some impressive Milestones this week. I can’t remember them all but two really stood out. Ben DAKIN running his 200th parkrun today. Hugely impressive given he’s in the JM11-14 category, he must’ve been born running!

Huge congratulations to Alice Holt regulars Ian CARLEY and Cyra PARKES who recently visited Zandvlei parkrun in South Africa for their Z and got engaged. The power of parkrun knows no bounds! Very many congratulations to you both!

On to the run itself. Alice Holt consists of a shorter first loop, followed by a longer loop. It’s a tough course with an elevation of 277ft. The surroundings are stunning, but it’s hard to enjoy the forest at its finest with all the hills to contend with.

running through the woods dragon hill

Not only that, the hills seem to get harder as the run progresses. This course really does require you to leave something in reserve for the final stages. Also in the closing stages are a few figures appearing randomly in the forest. The Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child, Stick Man, Owl and Rat were all spotted whilst gasping for breath.

running through the woods stick man

Fortunately though there are some flat sections too and a few opportunities to take photos on the way around. I’m not sure I’d want to wander to far of course on this run, you could easily get lost in these trees whilst whistling “Robin Hood, Robin Hood”.

the trees at Alice Holt

Finishing the run is always the goal, and it feels great to complete this one, especially after completing a few flatter courses recently. As always, the fantastic and supportive volunteers really do help you get to the finish!

The Life of a Tourist means you get to see some great parts of the country you would never otherwise visit. I’m certainly glad we visited Alice Holt today and hope one day to return here and explore the area again. Until the next time, keep on running!

Some statistics from this week:

This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and an incredible 91 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Andrew CALDWELL • Andy CLEGG • Ben O'CONNOR • Carmen MCTERNAN • Cheryl SACKS • Cyra PARKES • Douglas BLYTH • Folusho OLUSANYA • Gary JAMES • Geoff BROWN • Harvey WICKHAM • Helen WALTERS • Hugo WERNHAM • Isabel JAMES • Jess WYATT • Jo JAMES • Kate MARSHALL • Katie SNELSON • Kerry SCOTT • Libby MALLETT • Lisa BLAYDEN • Mary HEARN • Michael CROFT • Robert CLARK • Rupert HOLLOM • Sam WICKHAM • Stephen LAVERY

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Robert Clark & Folusho Olusanya
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307th Alice Holt parkrun run report

Alice Holt parkrun #307, 5 January 2019

A great day of running, jogging and walking was enjoyed by 366 Alice Holt parkrunners in the venue’s 307th event. This was the 14th highest, helped in a very small part by me and 10 other Finch Coasters descending on this lovely venue to do a bit of mass running club parkrun tourism. This was my first run here and I loved it! Alice Holt was one of 581 UK parkruns this weekend, which saw a new record of 168,413 parkrunners participating alongside 13,248 vital volunteers. Talking of high-viz heroes, we had 25 of them this week to ensure that the event can take place. Thank you all! If you would like to help make Alice Holt parkrun happen, the team would really appreciate your help. You can get involved using this email address - aliceholthelpers@parkrun.com.

Today was the 307th Alice Holt parkrun. Some famous, rather random and perhaps useless facts about other 307 include:

  • 33 parkrunners have run exactly 307 parkruns
  • Charlotte MARIOSA finished in 307th place today in a time of 35:01
  • The Peugeot 307 was awarded the European Car of the Year title in 2002
  • The 307th ever parkrun to start was Doncaster parkrun in September 2013
  • Francesco Totti scored 307 goals for his only team, Roma

Welcome to the 67 parkrunners who ran their first ever Alice Holt parkrun today. Of those, 30 were brand new to the parkrun family participating in their first (of hopefully many more) parkruns. James HUMPHREY, Geoff LOWRY, Daniel DAWSON, Rebecca HURLOCK, Rachel Eleanor MURRELL, Mike PINK, Claire ASTON, Suzanne ECKFORD, Amy SORRELL, Ella AYLING, Matthew GREGORY, Caitlin SMITH, Andrew PAPWORTH. Ian WILKES, Kerri WILKES, Toby ARROWSMITH, Matt ARROWSMITH, Katie AMBROSE, George CLACK, Peter CLACK, Thomas FRANCIS, Gary CRESSWELL, Lucy HANBURY, Elizabeth HANBURY, Graham KING, Wayne FORSTER, Caleb KING, Linda DICKER, Tegan DOBBS, Catherine IRVING join 43,685 people who became parkrunners somewhere in the world this weekend.

At the other end of the spectrum we were joined by six runners who have completed more than 250 parkruns. Timothy CUMMINS (360), Darko CALINA (346), Victoria DICK (338), Terry COPELAND (330), Neil BAUSOR (311), Geoff BROWN (274) and Ben O'CONNOR (258). Amazing and thank you for joining us.

Jon FAIRS was first finisher today in his 13th Alice Holt parkrun. This was the ninth time Jon had finished in this position on this course. Sarah Hill was first female finisher in 2nd place overall and also earning her the highest age grade of the day with 81.87%. Thomas TAYLOR was first junior home with a time of 21:14 and a shiny new PB.

75 very clever Alice Holt parkrunners managed to set a new PB today. Well done to you all! Howard INNS can now order his 100 t-shirt after Saturday’s run. Well done Howard. Four juniors got their 10 landmark. Well done Edward NICHOLLS, Anabel FICHARDT, Arun MENDUM and Oliver RUSSELL. Lots of running clubs were represented today including 35 Farnham Runners, 16 Haslemere Border and 11 Finch Coasters.

This week's results can be found at latest results

Paul Jenkins
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306th Alice Holt parkrun run report

Alice Holt parkrun #306, New Year’s Day, 1 January 2019

It wasn’t that many years ago, if you’d told me I would happily get up early on a brisk Saturday morning in January, and go for a 5km run before breakfast, and that there might be a few hills involved, I’d have laughed in your face. And then gone back to sleep. These days, however, I seem to be a changed person. Something has happened to me. Well, parkrun has happened to me.

So there I was this lovely New Year’s Day 2019, along with hundreds of other similarly enthused people, clearly not too many sore heads among us from New Year’s Eve revelling (or at least extremely well disguised, if there were any!), at Alice Holt Forest. For some, this was their second parkrun of the New Year already, as this is that most hallowed of days in the parkrun calendar, the only day when you can complete TWO parkruns in one day. Runners and volunteers alike had hot-footed it from nearby parkruns that started at 9am, for the Alice Holt parkrun at 10:30. For me, we’d come straight from visiting friends for New Year’s Eve, and couldn’t make a 9am event, but 10:30 was the perfect time to get my 2019 running habit underway. Meeting up with a fellow parkrun tourist Lesley (we enjoy visiting as many different parkrun events as we can, having met on the UK parkrun tourists’ Facebook page) who had just completed Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun at 9am, we listened attentively to the First Timers Briefing (déjà vu for Lesley, as the lady giving the briefing had just done the same duty at Hogmoor Inclosure as well - that’s a dedicated volunteer!) to learn of the course route and usual parkrun protocol notices. Many yellow ‘cow cowls’ and ‘cow bob’ hats were to be seen among the field, the universal symbol of membership of the unofficial UK parkrun tourists’ group – it’s a great way of introducing yourself to fellow runners who have completed at least 20 different parkrun events.

Then on to the main pre-run briefing by the Run Director. He acknowledged many visiting runners, including some from Australia, and there were rounds of applause for many with birthdays or doing milestone runs (Ginette EMMONDS and Joanna O'CONNOR did their 100th run, Millie SAKER, Matt SAKER, Daniel HARE and Michael LOVEGROVE ran their 50th and Michelle RIVETT was running at her 200th different parkrun location).

New Years' Day Run Briefing

This is exactly the kind of warm-up motivation that a field of a few hundred runners need to fire them up for the next 5km. And then off we ran, in to the forest paths of Alice Holt Forest. The park itself is beautiful, and the sun came out as we got underway. The course takes you along a mixture of stony trail paths and dirt trails through the forest, with some stunning wooden sculptures that form a Gruffalo trail which kids love to explore, and there were many families out enjoying the park too on this fine day.

The first lap is slightly shorter, and just before we reached 2km the familiar sight of the visitor centre and volunteer team in their glorious hi-vis appeared through the trees as we reached the clearing. On to the second (longer lap) we take an extended route through the forest this time. We had been warned – there is a fairly substantial hill on the second lap of the course. They weren’t wrong! That hill, though, was somewhat gracefully masked by the course taking a turn into the bright sunlight as we approached it, meaning you couldn’t quite see how long it was, and the feel of warm sunshine on our faces was lovely. The undulating paths provide a great balance of gentle downhill sections, where you can get a good running rhythm going, and some challenging uphill sections. Those taking part in their second parkrun of the day are to be particularly admired, to be tackling those hills after about 7km of running already that morning! And so to the finish… a relief to come out of the trees into the clearing to the encouragement of the volunteer team and getting to the finish funnel… and no surprise that the café in the Visitor Centre was full to the brim of happy parkrunners, refuelling with some delicious breakfast fayre – from pastries or porridge to full English breakfasts (New Year’s parkrunners’ breakfast of champions), comparing parkrunning notes and discussing different events.

I’m always delighted by the atmosphere and camaraderie of parkrun wherever I go. Alice Holt on New Year’s Day is no exception and was made even more enjoyable I think by the numbers of people there, the atmosphere of the event, the friendships being made and extended on this celebratory day, and by the enthusiasm and support of all the volunteers. I thoroughly enjoyed Alice Holt and will definitely visit again sometime.

I have been filming some of my recent parkruns on a GoPro, with time-lapse footage, so that potential parkrun participants can see the various courses and terrains before they visit and get some idea of the variety of events. Here’s my GoPro time-lapse from Alice Holt this morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_71wB2OHHDA (and all the others I have uploaded are on the same playlist).

Stats:

A new attendance record of 523 at Alice Holt beating the previous record of 464.

268 People ran at Alice Holt after completing a parkrun earlier in the day. Runners came from the following locations:

Hogmoor Inclosure (151)
Rushmoor (84)
Guildford (17)
Basingstoke (14)
Dinton Pastures (1)
Winchester (1)

There were 150 first timers and 41 runners recorded new personal bests at Alice Holt, of whom 14 were running their second run of the day. A special mention goes out to the following runners who recorded PBs at both of their events on NYD!

Tessa HABBERLEY
Ian GREGORY
Dave ROBBINS
Katie SIMMONDS
David JARRETT

Special mention also goes to the following runners:
Victoria DICK – Most consistent time for both runs on NYD - 3 second difference!
Jack HOUGHTON - Biggest improvement in time - 14:47 faster at Alice Holt than Guildford
Richard HAMMER & James WHITE - Furthest Travelled (Dinton Pastures and Winchester respectively)

This week's results can be found at latest results

Helen Rees
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303rd Alice Holt parkrun run report

Tourism at Alice Holt

This weekend I was visiting my brother in Alton. I didn't want to miss my weekly parkrun fix so he suggested I have a go at the Alice Holt parkrun, I believe he has done it once himself and my nephew had done it 3 times. My 2 local parkruns at home, one is a flattish there and back and the other is a double looper with few inclines in it. So I was interested to see what Alice Holt was like, last time I came down in summer it was cancelled and I tried Hogmoor Inclosure, an undulated sand track parkrun, not my favourite.

I arrived at the forest in time to introduce myself to run director, and listen to all the briefings. Started off enjoying the pleasant surroundings. Then after mile 1 discovered Dragon Hill, steeper hill than I'm used to, took my time up the hill and continued on around rest of course, wasn't bothered about time was enjoying the experience of trying different parkrun. Everyone was really friendly and helpful and route was scenic but challenging will definitely do it next time I'm down now I know what to expect. Loved the added bonus of 10% off at cafe so I enjoyed hot chocolate and toast after run.

This week's results can be found at latest results

Claire Johnson
Hanley parkrun
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parkrunner Discount Did you know if you show your athlete barcode in the Alice Holt cafe you can get a 10% discount? Why not stay after your run and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers!
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Groovy wristbands/plastic barcodes Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? If so, you should consider getting some wristbands or barcodes. Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

 

299th Alice Holt parkrun run report

Happy 6th Birthday to us!

Before the run I asked a few people at random to describe this Alice Holt anniversary parkrun using one word. I had: colourful, fun, exciting, rainbow, amazing, awesome, uplifting, family, hilly, beautiful, challenging, two-minutes-slower …. and sweaty (thank you Geoff for that one!).

It was a beautiful morning for the anniversary, a bit chilly to start with, but with a blue sky, and trees displaying late autumnal colours, what better way is there to start the weekend than to have a birthday run through the forest. The runners with lots of rainbow colours on display, including many with rainbow coloured cheeks, were virtually foaming at the mouth in excited anticipation. Geoff got proceedings off to great start by leading a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday to Us”, followed by welcoming the parkrun newbies and AH visitors who came from exotic locations such as Leamington, Orpington, Stirling, Hull and Guildford. Then congratulations went to all those doing a milestone run, including Max Smith doing his 10th, Kay Tomlinson doing her 50th, Dean Kellaway & Anne Snelson doing their 100th, and a special mention for Trevor Nash in the VM80-84 age category doing his 10th (and he completed the run in under 30 minutes).

The run got off to the usual somewhat cosy start, with a good chance to get to know your neighbouring runners by sharing muddy puddles down the first straight. Lots of loud “Thankyou Marshal” at the first corner, although these calls became noticeably quieter later after a hill or two. Talking of hills, is this the only parkrun in the world which seems to only go uphill?

I was just approaching the crossroads for the second time when I could see the front runner (I assumed front runner), disappearing towards the finish. I thought to myself, that was some performance … and the front runner was pretty good too! Once across the finish line there was the reward of cakes and other goodies so thank you to those who supplied them. Also thanks to everyone who brought something for the food bank.

I would like to include here a thank you to all the volunteers who make this event happen every week, but particularly to the core team, who as well as doing all the visible things, also do loads of behind the scenes stuff as well. Who knew that the previous week run nearly didn’t happen, due to being locked out of the forest (probably water in the gate mechanism), but one of the core team of wizards flew to the rescue with his magic spanner and so saved the day.

Having been doing Alice Holt for over 5 years it is interesting to think about what has changed, including: the route of the course, arrows & signs, the number of volunteers, 2-way radios, a new café, and the number of runners (my finish position used to always be just 2 digits!). But what hasn’t changed is the parkrun ethos, it is still a supportive, community event open to everyone of whatever ability.

And now a few statistics. For the run 6 years ago (17/11/2012) the total number of finishers was 157, while for the birthday run in 2015 it was 226, and this year 291. The average run time for the first Alice Holt parkrun was 1748 seconds, while for this run it was 1873. This reflects the parkrun overall numbers, and is an indication of how successful parkrun has been at reaching new and novice runners.

Here is one final thought on the statistics … my granny used to say that too much rushing and running about was not good for you. Looking at the statistics of the anniversary runs, in 2012 the number of “unknowns” (those who forgot their barcode) was a mere 1.9%, whereas for the latest run it is 3.4%. So it appears she was right – all this running is resulting is us becoming more forgetful!

This week's results can be found at latest results

Kevin Fox
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In the Diary
24th November 2018 - 300th event at Alice Holt parkrun
22nd December 2018 - 9am start as usual - Santa run
25th December 2018 - NO parkrun (Please see Christmas Compendium for other local events which are ON on Christmas Day)
29th December 2018 - 9am start as usual
1st January 2019 - 10:30am start to allow runners to run 2 events on one day (the only day of the year we are allowed to do this!)
5th January 2019 - 9am start as usual

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parkrunner Discount Did you know if you show your athlete barcode in the Alice Holt cafe you can get a 10% discount? Why not stay after your run and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers!
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Groovy wristbands/plastic barcodes Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? If so, you should consider getting some wristbands or barcodes. Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

 

278th Alice Holt parkrun run report

Wonderland?

Well we really enjoyed our visit to Alice Holt, very friendly, very lovely, and very welcoming. The Marshals all smiled and gave us plenty of encouragement.

Also we collected an A for our parkrun alphabet (just I & U for 3 of us for the UK alphabet, then maybe a trip to Poland for a Z??). If you don’t know about this then go to this episode Free Weekly Timed - The Bee Gees, the Seven Seas and Polish parkrun which you can find at parkrun podcast and they will explain!

We gather there were a few falls today, and though everyone was ok, the message from the event team is do watch out for the uneven ground as we all want everyone to run safely.

We have to say a nice surprise to get a 10% parkrun discount at the café – and an even bigger surprise to find volunteers can park for free (I had no idea honest when I said I’d do the report). So go ahead and volunteer folks, fill that roster up!

Brand new to parkrun were:
Penny CONOLEY
Emma ANDERSON
Stuart ANDERSON
Ben SMITH
Claire BOND
Susannah HAND
Emily BARKER
Sophie HAND
Archie BUCHANAN
Trevor MALKIN
Alison WARREN
Anthony RUDD
Eva KENNY
Adam FORBES
Paul ROGERS
Janne FUGLESTAD
Tilly FORBES
Alexander HAND

Which is more than the number of people who put their hand up! Welcome to the parkrun family all of you.

Visitors, in no particular order, were:
Sally BLANC - GRRRLs
Michael BRUCE
Tim GRAY - Chiltern Church Runners
Sue GRAY - Chiltern Church Runners
Peter DORMAN
Thomas BARNES
Alison SYMONDS-TAYLER - Holy Trinity Church Wallington
Ian LINSLEY
Verner PARKE
Joe BREWER - 26.2 RRC
Carly HAWKINS - Westbourne Running Club
Matthew GRAY - Chiltern Church Runners
Colin LIGHT - Fareham Crusaders
Linda PARKE
Charlotte FOREMAN
Darrell MINVALLA - Westbourne Running Club
Serena PORTER
Marie GRAY - Chiltern Church Runners
Shaun BARRETT
Alastair MCCREA
Nick DORMAN
Lucas HAWKINS - Westbourne Running Club
Victoria WILLIAMS
David SHANKS
Chloe HAWKINS - Westbourne Running Club
Amy DILLON
Colin HAWKINS
Michael BROTHERTON
Joshua PERCIVAL
Adam SCOTT

I suspect we came from far and wide! If you fancy a tour sometime, do consider Roundshaw Downs parkrun – we are a basic cross country course, with views over London on a clear day – and a 0.5k DOWNHILL finish. Try it, you might like it.

Lot’s of PB’s today as well, despite the hills – my wife said she kept hoping for a vehicle when we crossed big enough paths so she could stop and take a break!
Those PB’s then:
Sean HOLTOM
Olly MALKIN
Richard TURNER
Naomi HUNTLEY
Helen WALTERS
Rich PHILIP
Peter TEMPLE
Kay TOMLINSON
Andy CAPEL
Phil BUCKLEY
Vikki FRIER
Lily HUNTLEY
Nicki TURNER
Lesley Jane LUCAS
Jack SULLIVAN
Allan MANNING
Rachel LAKE
Louisa Jane BRISTOW
Toby MALLETT
Olivia MEREFIELD-WHITE
Helen BARRAN
Matt SPENCER
Emma DAKIN
Olly WEBB
Reuben MORRIS
Sam OLIVER
Steven RAMSAY
Lindi CLAYTON
Alex CROCKER
John THORPE
William CLAYTON
Toby THOMPSON
Jake THOMPSON

Just so many I can’t analyse them all, but I did chat with a very proud Dad in the café, who we had met briefly because of his Tourist Cow Cowl in the car park before the event – so a special mention to Olivia MEREFIELD-WHITE who ran a massive 13 minute course best time today. Very well done Olivia, great running.

Milestones:
Well done to Steve Armstrong [Ed's note - nice to have you, Laura and Ethan with us today - we've missed you!] as well as Derek & Julia Graham– all joining the 100 club today.
50 up for John Thorpe – well done sir. And a junior 10 for Matt Spencer – excellent running Matt, Steve, and John, who are on the PB list as well.
Also a Flake run for Elliot Moore – so 100 soon.

We had a nice bike ride afterwards – and hope to be back to visit you again.

Lastly thanks to all those fab volunteers: Beth WHITE • Colin ADDISON • Craig TATE-GRIMES • Dan CLARKE • Dan ELLIOTT • Evelyn BURR • Gary JAMES • Gemma WHITEHOUSE • Imogen BARR • Jacob ROSEVEARE • Jane MOORE • Jasper HENDERSON • Jean DRUMMOND • Jemima HENDERSON • Jhon COSGROVE • Jo JAMES • Lisa BLAYDEN • Lucy BRAND • Lucy TUITE • Olivia MOORE • Patrick TUITE • Pip BARR • Richard BRAND • Rupert HOLLOM • Stephen LAVERY • Thomas BURR

Tim Gray
Roundshaw Downs parkrun
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Alice Holt parkrun - Facebook - Twitter - Flickr - Strava
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Your Core Team:- Paula - Geoff - Kathy - Lou - Sarah - Mark - Craig - Dan - Lisa - Rupert - Andy
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In the Diary
June 16th - FIFA World Cup celebration day - wear any football strip or anything associated with any of the 32 countries involved. Cakes appreciated!
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parkrunner Discount Did you know if you show your athlete barcode in the Cafe on the Green you can get a 10% discount? Why not stay after your run and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers! ------------------------------------
Groovy ERS Barcodes & Wristbands Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some parkrun Barcodes/Wristbands. Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

 

270th Alice Holt parkrun run report

Mist and sunshine

Alice Holt parkrun #number 270

258 runners braved the heavy morning mist in order to complete Alice Holt's 270th parkrun event, despite the cold, grim weather, soon to be sunny and warm everyone was buzzing with excitement (like normal).

Well done to Laurence Hollom for being the first runner across the line and to the 56 first time runners and to the 55 that got new PB’s (wow!) and another big well done to the couch to 5k runners, keep up the good work and your happy smiles!

Thank you to all the volunteers Ben Kilner-Smith, Bethan Caldwell, Charles Brake, Claire Elizabeth Caldwell, Douglas Blyth, Geoff Brown, Henry Brans, Isobel O'Neill, Jacob Roseveare, Jamie Kilner-Smith, Jane Moore, John Bennison, Keith Marshall, Linda Tyler, Michael Croft, Michael Walberton, Oliver Simpson, Olivia Moore, Patrick Tuite, Paula Patterson, Peter Chapman, Lucy Brown, Richard Brand, Richard Williams, Sophie Ruscoe and Stephen Lavery.

Next week Alice Holt is host to Riggy, as he completes his Hampshire parkrun as part of his epic 40/40 challenge where he is doing 40 parkruns in 40 counties in one long weekend all in order to raise money for RUFF LUCK a dog rescue charity. Running alongside is Geoff and everyone is welcome to join them at 9:20pm, sounds like fun.

This week's results can be found at latest results

Sophie Ruscoe
DofE volunteer
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Alice Holt parkrun - Facebook - Twitter - Flickr - Strava
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Your Core Team:- Paula - Geoff - Kathy - Lou - Sarah - Mark - Craig - Dan - Lisa - Rupert - Andy
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In the Diary
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parkrunner Discount Did you know if you show your athlete barcode in the Cafe on the Green you can get a 10% discount? Why not stay after your run and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners or volunteers! ------------------------------------
Groovy ERS Barcodes & Wristbands Are you a frequent parkrunner, or does your barcode regularly fail to scan or you're having problems with your printer? You should consider getting some ERS Barcodes/Wristbands. Make our scanners lives easier and be the envy of all of your parkrunner chums!

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