Run Report by Susan - thank you! Photos by Steve - thank you! Full results here. Future roster here.
“Happy birthday to us, Happy birthday to us, Happy birthday dear Cassiobury parkrun, Happy birthday to us”
Saturday saw 603 people, run, jog or walk Cassiobury’s 5th anniversary parkrun. 42 were first timers and 96 got PBs! That’s almost 1 in 6 celebrated our anniversary by beating their best – well done!!!
Our first ever parkrun in Cassiobury was fondly remembered by four runners and one volunteer who I spoke with on Saturday about their memories of parkrun in Cassiobury.
Charles DYTHAM, Lizanne HILL, Michael HARPER and Julie ROLLS-HARPER all ran the inaugural Cassiobury parkrun and ran again this week.
Lizanne HILL remembered the first parkrun and the then mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, coming to cut the ribbon (here is the link to the original news report). Lizanne has run 99 of her 109 parkruns at Cassiobury and has volunteered 3 times and has achieved her 100, all-weather runner (3 times), Groundhog Day badge and NYD Double badges.
Julie ROLLS HARPER remembers the first finishers running into the finish funnel thinking how stupid they were for not completing course – little did she know at the time that they were just a tad faster than she was. Julie has run 83 of her 90 parkruns at Cassiobury, has volunteered 4 times and has achieved her all-weather runner badge. Looking forward to Julie getting her 100 t-shirt/badge very soon!
Michael HARPER still can’t get his head around the fact that we still describe our course as 2 and a half laps when it is much closer to two and three quarters… I have to say I am with Michael on this one. Michael has run 98 of his 140 parkruns at Cassiobury, has volunteered 15 times, achieved his all-weather runner (5 times) and his Christmas Day badges.
Charles DYTHAM, I left to last, Charles has played a very active part in Cassiobury parkrun and is spoken of fondly by many people. Charles has run 197 of his 273 parkruns at Cassiobury. He volunteered 25 times, achieved his Christmas Day (5 times), NYD Double (4 times), Stopwatch Bingo, Groundhog Day, all weather runner and his Gold parkrun obsessive (4 times) badges… no wonder Charles is so well known.
It is not just runners who were at our parkrun “birth” but volunteers from this week’s run too. Ann DAVIDSON (Mum to our RD this week) has run 109 of her 208 parkruns at Cassiobury, and has been running parkrun since 2013. She has volunteered in 278 roles (no that is not a typo!), run at 50 different parkruns, has her Stopwatch Bingo, Bushy Pilgrimage, Christmas Day (2 times), NYD Double (3 times), all-weather runner badges….
Wondering about all these badges and challenges? These are powered by an extension you can add to your Firefox or Chrome browsers - Running Challenges (or for Apple phone users there is an app for you too – Running Achievements). Lots of extra challenges to achieve rather than just your weekly strive for your own PB. Hours of parkrun fun to fill the days until the next parkrun day!
Thanks again to everyone who took part, especially to all the volunteers:
- Alistair BALDERSON • Andy MCBEAN • Ann DAVIDSON • Anya WESOLOWSKI • Danny BRODERICK • David FENWICK • David PEARCE • Debbie BRITTON • Desrae LE ROUX • Gema MISTRY • Gerwyn Ll WILLIAMS • Glyn JAGGER • Graham DORMER • Helen WHITTAKER • Hudson HERRING • Ioan HENRY • John O'CONNOR • Kim CLARK • Linda WALKE • Linsey MAYNARD • Lynden MACK • Martyn MAYNARD • Mitul PATEL • Neil HERRING • Philip PUGH • Pierce BRODERICK • Ravi PATEL • Robert WALLACE • Sajjad TEJANI • Sharon DAVIDSON • Simon BAKER • Steven MEEKINS • Susan GASZCZAK • Tina LE
This week's milestones were by:
- Ian WOLSTENCROFT (250)
- Dani KIRWAN (200*)
- Anatole RANSOM (150*)
- Marian LLOYD-JONES (150*)
- Shama MEGHJEE-CAINE (150*)
- Jonathan HILL (100)
- Kye EASDOWN (50)
- Ramesh MARAMREDDY (50)
- Peter GULLY (10**)
- Alex GREEN (10**)
- Ciara DUNPHY (10**)
- Theo LAMEY (10**)
- *200 and 150 are "unofficial" milestones!
- **The "10" milestone is for juniors only
See you soon for more 5k fun!
The aforementioned Charles DYTHAM also had something to say about the athletes who took part in the inaugural run and have returned since:
If it helps, there won't be many - the last time that I did a comparison, there were only about a dozen who ran both events 1 and 215 – 4th anniversary, (18 also counting volunteers):
1 Abigayle NORMAN
2 Alistair BALDERSON
3 Ann DAVIDSON
4 Bill HARDING
5 Charles DYTHAM
6 Charles HENDERSON
7 Douglas MCQUAID
8 Geoff CURWEN
9 John DAVIDSON
10 Katy WOLSTENCROFT
11 Linda HALL
12 Linda MCQUAID
13 Mohammed HANIF
14 Richard BIRD
15 Sharon DAVIDSON
16 Susan DEFOE
17 Yolande DYTHAM
18 Zoe CARR
And according to my run report for the 200th week – when 428 people ran, jogged, walked, pushed buggies or were accompanied by dogs (on short leads) around the course – there were 15 who ran on the first run
After the 5th anniversary run, Charles concluded:
Rough + ready calculation of the 17 people (runners + volunteers) at Cassiobury’s 5th anniversary today who were also at the inaugural event on 28/02/2015:
(No attempt to cater for anyone who complicated matters by a recent change of name!)
- Alistair BALDERSON
- Andrew MCGOVERN
- Ann DAVIDSON
- Charles DYTHAM
- Charles HENDERSON
- Ciaran BEALTUN
- Julie ROLLS HARPER
- Katy WOLSTENCROFT
- Linda HALL
- Lizanne HILL
- Michael HARPER
- Mohammed HANIF
- Niall ROONEY
- Sharon DAVIDSON
- Tim COOK
- Yolande DYTHAM
- Zoe CARR
Thank you, Charles!
Andrew MCGOVERN from the above list also contacted us by email with his thoughts about our first event:
Just saw the request on the news page for people who were present at the inaugural. I was there. It's the only inaugural I've been to. I travelled up from south London where I live now, but I grew up in Watford and went to Cassiobury school and Watford Boys so felt I had to be there. Also I trained for my first marathon 20 years ago doing laps of the park. Today will be only my 3rd Cassiobury parkrun. Good luck for the next 5 years and beyond!
Andrew McGovern (A525888)
Thank you, Andrew!
Cassiobury parkrun started on 28th February 2015. Since then 11,947 participants have completed 92,736 parkruns covering a total distance of 463,680 km, including 16,087 new Personal Bests.
A total of 988 individuals have volunteered 6,369 times.