Cassiobury parkrun #264 – 18-01-20 – celebrating the over-40s – by Susan Gaszczak

Welcome to this week's run report celebrating our latest record-breaking attendance, many thanks to Susan Gaszczak for writing the report this week. And thanks also to Steve Meekins for the fabulous photos which you can find on our Google Photos account: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Kop1k8gPhUSzJLY4A

 

Sat on the sofa this evening pondering what to include in this week record breaking run report! Yes, go on, groan it is another record breaker, 754 like-minded, wonderful people gathered and ran, jogged or walked 5k together! That makes us the 58th most popular parkrun in the country! There are ‘just’ 698 weekly parkruns in the UK.

Welcome to the 89 first timers - especially Thea Truman, age 4 (pictured in her fetching pink trousers) who walked her first park run at 59 mins and 6 seconds! High five that young lady - your responsible adults deserve a little praise too! Surely, she is our youngest parkrunner this week?

This week my daughter, Sarah – a fellow parkrun addict, shared a parkrun post that made me really think:

Image may contain: possible text that says '& A 60 minute 5k is just as tar as a 15 minute 5k #loveparkrun'

5k is 5k! Run, jog or walk and complete it in 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 or 70 mins – it is all the same.

So, let’s celebrate the parkrunners finishing 40 mins or later. This week we had 96 of our parkrun family complete their 5k in 40 mins or more. Included in those there were:

12 Personal Bests (PB)

Nina SCHILLER, Jaimini SOLANKI, Lisa KNAPP, Molly FLANAGAN, Maja LLOYD, Haggai OLUKUTUKEI, Isobel DAVIS, Angela BURTON, Mohini SOLANKI, Debra COOPER, Alison BOND, Kevin LEWIS

AND

25 First Timers (that makes the PBs 37 in my books!)

Paul ROACH, Samuel VALE, Daisy LUSCOMBE, Alan FAUBEL, Elayne FAUBEL, Sarah LUSCOMBE, Hailie SMITH, Carys LLEWELLYN, Bethan LLEWELLYN, Jill WATERSON, Chris POWELL, Anne Marie TIERNAN, Julie MANSER, Hannah EVISON, Ryan VERRALL, Josephine LA MONTAGNE, Larisa ANDRONACHE, Patricia HOWELL, Caroline VERRALL, Chloe CARPENTER, Peter MAHER, Kaysey VERRALL, Thea TRUMAN, Neena SOMAIYA and Stewart TRUMAN

Well done and welcome! Can I warn you it gets a bit addictive?!?! 21 parkruns and I am hooked!

Love also has to go to the parkrun volunteers! 30 of us volunteered this week. Most roles take only a short time to complete AND you can volunteer and run, jog or walk… Take a look here at the roles available to you.

Thanks Susan. To round things off, here are the usual stats:

Cassiobury parkrun
Event number 264
18th January 2020

This week 754 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 89 were first timers and 119 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Helen MACAULAY • Katerina FELLAS • Alistair BALDERSON • John O'CONNOR • Kikawatford WATFORD • Katie BALDERSON • Daniel BALDERSON • Lynda HERRING • Emma JEFFREY • Anya WESOLOWSKI • Marian LLOYD-JONES • Angela NEMBHARD • Sandra CHILD • Steve HODGE • Michael DUDLEY • Simone KNAGGS • Carol BUGEJA • Aileen BRENNAN • Martin GARDNER • Isabella AITKEN • Carole SMITH • Caron WILLIAMS • Mary FARRY • Kiran MISTRY • Susan GASZCZAK • Sarah GASZCZAK • Gema MISTRY • Steven MEEKINS • Gerwyn Ll WILLIAMS • Carolyn SIU

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

The male record is held by Adam BOWDEN who recorded a time of 14:42 on 26th December 2015 (event number 45).
The female record is held by Ellie BAKER who recorded a time of 17:05 on 16th November 2019 (event number 253).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 98.46% (18:23) on 25th July 2015 (event number 22).

Cassiobury parkrun started on 28th February 2015. Since then 11,685 participants have completed 89,786 parkruns covering a total distance of 448,930 km, including 15,676 new Personal Bests. A total of 968 individuals have volunteered 6,181 times.

 

 

Cassiobury parkrun #263 – 11-01-20 – by Vix Moore

I'm pleased to publish this week's run report, thanks to our run report writer for this week,Vix Moore. If you would like to see more of the wonderful photos taken by Ken McMahon, you can find them on our Google Photos account: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3hjZrh61WRotg4Zr8

 

Run Report Cassiobury parkrun #263

Saturday 11th January 2020

 

After recording a massive increase in participants on New Year's Day, you might have thought that would be the peak for the year. But 710 people completed our 5k course this week setting a new course record. It is wonderful to see people of all ages, shapes and sizes coming together for a walk, jog or run in the parkrun. I personally would like to thank all the participants and volunteers who are so supportive and encouraging of each other week on week around the course.

There were 72 first timers at Cassiobury of which 38 people completed their very first parkrun. 56 people completed their second parkrun. Welcome all of you to the parkrun family. 79 people recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 35 different clubs took park.

Congratulations to Helen MUSSEN and Gareth CUTTING on joining the 100 club and to Sebastian MITCHELL and Abigail COX for completing 10 parkruns as junior. We look forward to seeing you in your milestone t-shirts.

Our 263rd finishers at #263 was Mark Andrew NICHOLS.

 

There were 11 APPTOTW (Aesthetically pleasing parkrun times of the week)

18:18 Rob FURNELL

24:24 Paul MALONEY

25:25 Cameron BAILEY

27:27 Kirsty ROGERS

28:28 Ru MERRITT

29:29 Peter MICHAELS

30:30 Philip SIMPSON

35:35 Maggie FLINT

37:37 Emma BARTON and Sarah SONFRONIOU

53:53 Alok MITRA

 

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Linda HALL • Sharon DAVIDSON • Ann DAVIDSON • Christine CANNING • Kathryn MAYNARD • Abigayle NORMAN • Vix MOORE • John NORRIS • James MARTIN • Stephen BLAKEY • Alistair BALDERSON • Richard BIRD • John O'CONNOR • Glyn JAGGER • Paul BAKER • Stuart SIDDERS • Susan SIDDERS • Anya WESOLOWSKI • Gill RYAN • Kelly JAGGER • David FENWICK • Simone KNAGGS • Ken MCMAHON • Fatim PANJU • Lynne MEDINI • Michaela BRUNT • Kiran MISTRY • Rohan MISTRY • Gema MISTRY • Rotem METUKI • Ashley FAIRFIELD

 

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

The male record is held by Adam BOWDEN who recorded a time of 14:42 on 26th December 2015 (event number 45).

The female record is held by Ellie BAKER who recorded a time of 17:05 on 16th November 2019 (event number 253).

The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 98.46% (18:23) on 25th July 2015 (event number 22).

 

Cassiobury parkrun started on 28th February 2015. Since then 11,595 participants have completed 89,032 parkruns covering a total distance of 445,160 km, including 15,557 new Personal Bests. A total of 962 individuals have volunteered 6,151 times.

 

Cassiobury parkrun #262 – 04-01-20 – by Philippa Griffin

Thank you to Pip for writing this run report. Thank you too to Steve for taking the photos, which can be seen here (and a 1m22s video of the start here). If anyone reading this would like to try their hand at being our run report writer or photographer in the coming weeks, please check the roster to see when there's a need, and then email cassiobury@parkrun.com with your athlete barcode number and ask us to add you in.

Full results for Event #262 can be seen here.

The first Saturday run of the year saw a huge crowd at Cassiobury. With 695 finishers, we were only 7 off the record set on Jan 1st, earlier this week.

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Before we get into the run details, as someone who ran today, I would like to say (on behalf of all the runners) a huge thanks to the volunteers today. Everything was so well organised, the long finish funnel meant no congestion at the end, and there were plenty of scanners to take our finish tokens and barcodes. If you haven't made a New Year’s resolution and participate at parkrun, perhaps make one to volunteer occasionally. Did you know there are lots of volunteer badges at running challenges that make volunteering even more rewarding? (if you aren't familiar with Running Challenges, look it up at https://running-challenges.co.uk/ … but be warned, it’s addictive!)

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Today's facts ... we had 54 PBs – well done all of you. 32 people visited Cassiobury for the first time. Our average age was 40. Of those with barcodes who finished, we had 313 male finishers and 257 ladies.

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We had 6 milestones – well done to you all. Enjoy your t-shirts.

  • Kate Loach (100)
  • Paul Baker (100)
  • H Matthew Howarth (100)
  • Paul Dreggs (50)
  • Richard Catchpole (50)
  • Simon Davies (50)

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Our first male finisher today was Richard Evans in 17m56 and our first female finisher was Angela Trussler in 20m36.

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What a fantastic start to the year for everyone at Cassiobury Park. 2020 looks like it's going to be a busy and fun filled year.

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The extensive list of volunteers is below. Thanks to all.

  • Alistair BALDERSON  •  Ann DAVIDSON  •  Anya WESOLOWSKI  •  Carole SMITH  •  Danny BRODERICK  •  Emma Jay GARDNER  •  Helen REEDER  •  Helen WOLSTENCROFT  •  John DAVIDSON  •  John O'CONNOR  •  Jonathan MURRIN  •  Judith ALDRIDGE  •  Julian GOOD  •  June NICHOLLS  •  Kate PICKARD  •  Kathryn MAYNARD  •  Keith HYLANDS  •  Lesley KEDDY  •  Linsey MAYNARD  •  Madelaine PENDRIGH  •  Mandy LLOYD  •  Maria WAITE  •  Mark NICHOLLS  •  Martyn MAYNARD  •  Mary FARRY  •  Michael HALPIN  •  Natalie LIGHTMAN  •  Nathan PASKELL  •  Navpreet SINGH  •  Paul STEVENSON  •  Philippa GRIFFIN  •  Pierce BRODERICK  •  Rachel CAIRN  •  Rob WITHALL  •  Robert BROOKS  •  Rowena BEEDELL  •  Sandra CHILD  •  Sarah GASZCZAK  •  Sarah OCKENDON  •  Sharon DAVIDSON  •  Simone KNAGGS  •  Sorrell JONES  •  Stephen HOBBS  •  Stephen PENDRIGH  •  Steven MEEKINS  •  Susan GASZCZAK  •  Tam QUINN  •  Tracy HOWARTH

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Cassiobury parkrun #261 – 01-01-20 – the first parkrun of the year

Results              Photos

Photos by Steven MEEKINS

Gosh, what a way to start a new year - with a record breaking attendance of 702 runners at our 10.30am Wednesday parkrun, after some sensible people had enjoyed a lie-in and a few more avid athletes had already run a parkrun at another venue! Our previous record was 617 (set on 18-05-19) which means that Allison FORD (38:08) made local history by being the first person to receive a token numbered 618 or above.

A 1m 22s video of the start can be seen here.

A few emergency measures were put in place during the run, and they worked spectacularly - Charles, Katy, Charlotte, and others instigated a human chain to extend the finish funnel; and Linsey and Ann helped to record the final few finishers when we ran out of finish tokens above about 650. Thank you to everyone who stepped in to help in the heat of the moment, and if we didn't catch your name but you'd like to claim your volunteer credit, please email cassiobury@parkrun.com with your barcode number and role.

Speaking of which ... we hope that, with a larger pool of runners, we will also see more offers of volunteering! We have a standard list of roles on our roster each week, but each event's roster is tailored to its own needs, and of course should evolve as the event itself evolves. Last new year's day, for example, when 508 people attended, we needed fewer funnel managers than we do now for a crowd of 700+. With more people queuing to get scanned after their runs, having 5 or 6 scanners instead of 4 or 5 really cuts down the time that people are waiting around in the cold. (Barcode scanning is now a particularly easy "problem" to "solve", as many parkrunners will have come across and be willing to use the Virtual Volunteer app on their phones to scan; and faster runners can whizz around the course in their usual time and then jump in to help with scanning once they've finished). Unofficial guidance suggests volunteering once for every 10 or 15 runs that you so ... if every one of the 9,000+ runners who have registered at Cassiobury did this, we're sure we'd have a full roster every week!

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How to volunteer? If you're interested in volunteering, please have a read of What do the volunteers do?, identify an empty slot on our future roster, and then email cassiobury@parkrun.com and let us know a date on which you can help. Please include your athlete barcode number whenever you contact parkrun for any reason, as this is the fastest way for us to identify you on the system. Thank you!

And on to the run itself ...

702 people walked, jogged, and ran the course, in times ranging from 17:30 to 58:26. 363 were male, 293 were female, and 46 did not present a scannable barcode (don't forget your barcode). Bringing up the rear with Mary FARRY was Scooby Doo PETERS, kept on a short lead at all times by Matt SINGLETON!

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126 people visited Cassiobury for the first time and, of those, 21 completed their very first parkrun ever. Welcome to:

  • Maja LLOYD, Rosie MCEWEN, Sofia FOORD, Eddie MCEWEN, Ceri HOLMES, Joshua JAMES, Rachel KELLY, Archana VELLORE SUNDARAMURTHY, Iona MORLEY, Fazz ZAHEDI, Kevin JACKSON, Terry JACKSON, Oliver FORD, Yael R BLOOM, Ayaanali KANJI, Iryna BARTKIV, Shenia WAGNER, Callum CROOKES-WEST, Archie HALWARD, Michael GARCIA, and Damian SCHOGGER.

A few members of the "250" club also visited for the first time:

  • Sue MCINTYRE (479 runs), Tim MCINTYRE (477), Peter MANNION (418), Ian NELSON (323), John TIPPING (314), Tim DAWSON (296), and Sue TIPPING (258).

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56 new PBs (personal bests) were set. Those by runners on 100+ runs were:

  • John KRAUSE (23:24), Helen GIBBINS (21:54), Noah ROGER (21:59), KALPESH INTWALA (26:08), Richard NYARIKI (21:06), Julie TYSOE (35:04), Rachel MOLNAR (29:40), and Ishan SHARDA (19:25).

A few special mentions also to the junior runners who achieved new PBs:

  • Phoebe MOLNAR (29:04), Rebecca MULLEN (34:50), Henry WHITE (22:36), Sventlana NANDA (33:07), Abigail COX (31:17), Tom CADWALLADER (18:45), George WILLIAMS (29:11), Abby CADWALLADER (28:20), Martin DIMITROV (26:27), Eli WALKE (31:15), and Imogen COX (43:59).

Milestones!

Reaching the unofficial milestone of 150 runs were:

  • Sheila TURNER (23:47)
  • Andrew LEMAR (31:08).

Reaching the official milestone of 100 runs were:

  • Richard BIRD (23:47)
  • Pam DRIZEN (25:01)
  • Denise CHARLTON (27:54)
  • Ted TURNER (29:03)
  • Katia ANDREWS (29:26)

Reaching the official milestone of 50 runs were:

  • Mandy JACKSON (27:36)
  • Karis THOMAS (29:00)
  • Niamh O'SHEA (34:37)
  • Helen BRAVINGTON (44:11)

Reaching the official milestone of 10 runs (for junior runners only) was:

  • Annabel PERRY (27:03)

Reaching the official milestone of 25 volunteer occasions was:

  • Natalie LIGHTMAN (after an amazing PB run of 21:44 at Rickmansworth at 9am, Natalie funnel managed and token sorted at Cassiobury)

Congratulations to you all! For anyone else approaching a milestone, please let us know if you'd like a shout-out in the main briefing, as, with so many of you, we can't keep track of when everyone is hoping to do a milestone run!

Final word this week goes to our 39 brilliant volunteers - thank you all so much!

A total of 950 individuals have volunteered 6,071 times at Cassiobury.

Happy new year, and we look forward to seeing everyone again for the next parkrun ... in just 2 days' time!

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Cassiobury parkrun #260 – 28-12-19 – the last parkrun of the year

The final parkrun of the year – and the decade! – has been and gone! As we think back over the last year at Cassiobury, a few thank-yous are in order:

  • To my awesome co-RDs (run directors) – Alistair, Claire, Glyn, Tim, and Vince – for taking the reins each week.
  • To the 418 inspiring individuals who have volunteered throughout the year in 1,631 separate roles.
  • To the families of the RDs, the volunteers, and the avid parkrunners, for their indulgence of us all every Saturday morning!
  • To the wonderful Watford Joggers for providing pacers on each last Saturday of the month.
  • To the superb staff members at the Cha Café for putting up with us rearranging their furniture each week and for providing countless new treats for us to “test out” for them!
  • To Pherenice, Caroline, and their colleagues at Watford Council and Cassiobury Park Management for supporting parkrun in Cassiobury and, most recently, arranging for the Portaloos to be available for our exclusive use over the holiday period.
  • And of course to the 4,930 participants who have completed 25,279 runs and who make it all worth it.

This week, 481 people walked, jogged, and ran the course. In total, 64 were first-timers to Cassiobury, and 26 of those were first-timers to ANY parkrun. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and return before long. Clocking up their parkrun #1 were:

  • Sarah Y, Anna SILVER, John HOUSTON, Patrick MAHON, John MAHON, Paula RIZZI, Connor GRIFFIN, Roopa DORASAMY, Niamh MANGAN, Matt SILVER, Emma MORGAN, Andy GRIMSDALE, Loretta MANGAN, Beverley WILLIAMSON, Louie GLASS, Charlotte WILLIAMS, Lucy HARPER, David DONNELLY, Susan HEWITSON, Antonio SPAGNOLI, Ian WILLIAMS, Richard HAYWARD, Ryan MANGAN, Robert WICKINGS, Andrew HARRIS, and Ethan ESTEBAN PROTHEROE.

The most prolific parkrunners were:

  • Matthew SEARLE, on 314 parkruns – a serial tourist but newcomer to Cassiobury, who clocked the exact same time today as he did at Homewood parkrun on Christmas Day (23:00); and
  • Graham SEWELL, on 265 parkruns, who set a fab new PB of 22:07, nearly 4 minutes off the time he ran here in June.

Watford Joggers provided pacers for times ranging from 22 minutes to 35 minutes and very likely contributed to some of the 90 (NINETY!) new Personal Bests. If there is a time that you would particularly like a pacer for on the last Saturday of a future month, please let us know.

Runners on 100+ runs who set new PBs were:

  • Natalie Patricia EDWARDS (32:24), Bernadette WHIPP (29:16), Paul CLARK (20:07), Emma Jay GARDNER (23:55), Gary STROUD (22:06), Tehseen MUSTAFA (29:21), Andy MCBEAN (23:28), Paul VALE (22:17), and Graham SEWELL (22:07).

Special mentions go to a handful of newer parkrunners who achieved PBs on their 2nd or 3rd runs:

  • Miriam SANDERSON (28:10), Fergus CUTTING (31:29), Eleanor KITCHING (42:19), and Graham HALL (28:45).

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Photo of the Watford Joggers pacers by Linda MCQUAID

 

At our 260th event, the 260th overall finisher was Keri MCKAY – her 27th run, in a time of 28:22; and the 260th male finisher was a young chap completing his 1st parkrun – well done to John MAHON (37:10).

Alistair PENMAN of Vegan Runners finished his 28th parkrun in 28th position. Jesse PANTHAGANI finished his 55th parkrun in 55th place. Daniel MAPP finished in 22nd position for the 2nd time in 2 runs.

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Photo of Vegan Runners courtesy of Verna BURGESS

Today’s milestones were:

  • 100: Angela KEOGH (56 of which were at Cassiobury; PB of 26:51 set in February 2017; plus 27 volunteer occasions) and Clare BOWDEN  (99 of which were at Cassiobury; PB of 31:45 set in December 2017)
  • 50: Mark PEITLI (45 of which were at Cassiobury; PB of 19:33 set in April this year)
  • 25: Douglas MCQUAID, who has completed 25 tasks at 25 runs at 3 venues since May 2016.

Today’s 40 amazing volunteers were:

  • Jackie ARMSTRONG, Thomas BALDERSON, Daniel BALDERSON, Alistair BALDERSON, Katie BALDERSON, Kevin BARRETT, Scott COCKFIELD, Sean COLLUM, Sharon DAVIDSON, Helen DONNELLY, Mary FARRY, Shirley FARTHING, Mauro FASTI, Katerina FELLAS, Panos FELLAS, Philippa GRIFFIN, Michael HARPER, Greg HILL, Gary HILTON, Wera IRVINE, Felipe IRVINE, Stephanie JAQUES, Emma JEFFREY, Rustum KHEDKAR, Alice MCDERMOTT, Linda MCQUAID, Douglas MCQUAID, Fiona MEPHAM, Mark NICHOLLS, John O'CONNOR, Nathan PASKELL, Kate PICKARD, Andreas SCHWARZ, Navpreet SINGH, Carole SMITH, Sophia STYLIANOU, Caroline TEARLE, Robert WALLACE, Anya WESOLOWSKI, and Pherenice WORSEY-BUCK.

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered for a future week. It’s always reassuring when we have a healthy-looking roster well in advance of the next run! Our future roster can be seen here, and we always welcome willing volunteers – read about the different roles here, and email cassiobury@parkrun.com to ask for your name to be added to a particular date.

Today’s full results can be seen here and photos, taken by Scott, who we were delighted to welcome back, can be seen here.

We can’t wait to see you at our first run of 2020, which will be at 10.30am on Wednesday 1st January. If you are coming from another parkrun (check your options for a 9am start here), please plan your journey carefully and allow sufficient time to make a getaway from your first venue and (if driving) park responsibly at your second. Needless to say, do not take any risks when travelling between the two.

Then, on Saturday 4th January, we expect to see the now-usual New Year’s “bounce” to the attendance figure, so, again, in case it’s busy around the park, please build this in to your travel plans.

Happy New Year, parkrunners x

(by Sharon, event director)

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