Cassiobury parkrun #284 – 16th October 2021

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This week 417 people ran, jogged, and walked the course

First into the funnel was Sam ADCOCK (in 17:07) who has finished first at 5 out of the 13 events back since July. Bringing up the rear were the tail walkers David BORLASE, with first-time visitor Paul FRANK (more usually of Northampton parkrun), in 1:01:27 and 1:01:28.

The 284th finisher at our 284th event was the fabulous Katie BALDERSON (in 31:43) who has run here 168 times out of her 192 parkruns and has also volunteered at Cassiobury and Leavesden on 40 separate occasions – meaning that she is only 10 steps away from earning her red volunteer milestone t-shirt!

At his 19th parkrun, Oberon BELL finished in 19th position (in a new PB of 20:15). At his 93rd parkrun, Hasnain PANJU finished in 93rd place (in 24:03).

The most prolific returner was Andy MAXTON of Ebbisham Sports Club with 514 parkruns to his name.

Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Milestones – congratulations!

  • 250 = Dominic EVANS • Claire DERITIS (at Hampstead Heath)
  • 50 = Jamie MAY
  • 25 = Vix MOORE • Caroline BIRCH • and Paul MALONEY
  • 10 (juniors only) = Jura AHMAD

44 people were first timers – welcome!

The most prolific first-time tourist was Andy EVANS of Tring AC who chose Cassiobury for his 305th run.

Also visiting from Tring were Steve BLADEN • Peter LEIGH • and Richard MURPHY; and other tourists included Patrick COX from Cannon Hill and Chris SZABO-HEMMINGS of Frimley/Rushmoor.

Another first timer was Joanna PARKER of St Albans whose debut time here of 19:19 bagged her the highest age-graded run of the day – 87.83%

Those completing their very first parkruns were Ameen DOMAH • Julie MANEY • Marcelo BUSTAMANTE • Javi BUSTAMANTE • Rebecca PALMER • Lianne ABBOTT • Yaneez LOWTUN • Amil TOLIA • Jack MAGEN • Josh MANEY • Matthew MCDONOUGH • Lee MACKENZIE • Sophie ROWAN-ROBINSON • and Marcus GULDBERG-ALLEN.

48 athletes recorded new Personal Bests – great job!

These include, among others, Mandi BRUNETTI (34:36) • Ted TURNER (27:32) • Daragh BRADY (22:18) • Nigel CAVILL (20:31) • Philip TEMPEST (32:33) • Ryan CROOKES-WEST (19:37) • Howard CHANDLER (38:04) • Rupert WALKE (24:02) • Shaun O’NEILL (27:07) • Sohan SHAH (24:50) • and Martin GARDNER, whose result of 26:26 earns the distinction of “aesthetically pleasing parkrun time of the week”.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers – thank you!

  • Rod HEWSON • Tim COOK • Sharon DAVIDSON • Ann DAVIDSON • John O'CONNOR • Beth COOK • Amrat THORPE • Martin SEARLE • Andy ROSAMOND • Anya WESOLOWSKI • Paul FRANK • David FENWICK • Michael HALPIN • Simone KNAGGS • Abbie HEWETT • Robert BROOKS • Danny BRODERICK • Alexandra HILL • Ella SUTHERLAND • Susan WATTS • Scarlett SIMMONS • Sophie ARGENT • Pierce BRODERICK • Sadie VILE • H SINGH S • David BORLASE • Carole SMITH • Annie WHITTON • Caron WILLIAMS • Bill O'NEILL • Stephen CADWELL • Gerwyn Ll WILLIAMS • Toby BASSETT • and Nick HESTER.

A total of 1,037 individuals have volunteered here 6,835 times. This week’s first-timer volunteers were Andy ROSAMOND and Paul FRANK.

We need to fill a minimum of around 25 to 30 volunteer slots each week in order for parkrun to go ahead safely, fully marshalled, timed, and scanned. If you can forego a run and fill one of these slots one week, we would be delighted to hear from you – please email with your name, barcode number, availability, and role preference if any. Thank you.


Cassiobury parkrun #283 – 9th October 2021

Belatedly, here is the link to Greg’s photos of Event # 282, on 2nd October 2021. Thank you, Greg!


This week 404 people ran, jogged, and walked the course - including representatives of 25 different clubs - made possible by 33 volunteers

The first two finishers entered the funnel a minute ahead of the next runners – Sam ADCOCK ran a new PB of 16:24 and Robert EVESON of Stragglers (16:29) was a first time visitor here with 380 runs to his name (he was the most prolific finisher today).

By coincidence, this week’s first female finisher (Kate LOACH) finished in the exact same time as last week’s first female finisher (Rachel HAMILTON) – 21:46.

The 283rd finisher at our 283rd event was Jennifer BENGE of RunThrough in 31:41.

If you were the “unknown” runner in position #297 … please return our finish token when you can! There was only one token missing this week. Please remember, folks, that finish tokens are not souvenirs, and that there is a cost to the event to replace tokens that go walkabout. Thank you.

Do not take the finish position token home

Full results can be found here.

Many runners turned up in their London Marathon t-shirts from this year and yesteryear, with the new t-shirts being impossible to miss!

2021-10-09 Glyn and banner

Thank you to all the volunteers

  • Russell MATTHEWS • Linda HALL • Abigayle BLANSHARD • Michael HARPER • Mandy LLOYD • John O'CONNOR • Kate PICKARD • Josephine HARVEY • Glyn JAGGER • Anya WESOLOWSKI • Stephen HOBBS • Keith HEWETT • David FENWICK • Chantal PEZOT • Emily MCKILLOP • Nathan PASKELL • Kerry STOCK • Abbie HEWETT • Lily HARPER • Alexandra HILL • Susan WATTS • Scarlett SIMMONS • Sophie ARGENT • H SINGH S • Carole SMITH • Mary FARRY • Bill O'NEILL • Valentina KNOWLMAN • Stephen CADWELL • Gerwyn Ll WILLIAMS • Toby BASSETT • Ann DAVIDSON • Sharon DAVIDSON

A total of 1,035 individuals have volunteered 6,801 times at Cassiobury. Three of this week’s volunteers – Abbie, Toby, and Valentina – took the plunge for the first time (with Valentina giving the briefing for first timers and tourists, then going on to run a new PB of 23:56 … proof that volunteering helps you run faster?!). If you’d like to know more about volunteering, please click here; and for the future roster click here. Thank you.

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32 people were first timers

Welcome to those who were new to ANY parkrun: Iain CLARKE • Luke HABBIJAM • Conor CARNEY  • Agnes TURK  • Oliver FALEK  • Simon DOUGAN • Izabela KURPIEL  • Warren SHAW  • David BARTON  • Suzannah COLSTON  • Jerry WALLIS  • Deepricha THAKUR  • and Abiodun ADEOYE.

Tourists included Nick BAGGOT and Juli WOOD from Maidenhead, who stopped by with some lovely comments about our park, event, and volunteers. They had first attempted to visit Cassiobury on the iconic “leap day” – 29th February 2020, the only chance to parkrun on this date until 2048! – when, sadly, we had to cancel due to flooding, so we’re very pleased that they made it this time and that they enjoyed their visit! After a misty start to the day, the sun appeared and the cool and calm made for ideal running conditions, so they definitely saw the park at its autumnal best.

2021-10-09 Juli and Nick

If there is a parkrun equivalent of a “student exchange program”, we were unknowing participants today! The first runner to turn up in the morning was the aforementioned Robert EVESON from Bushy, where parkrun all began 17 years ago; and, simultaneously, Cassiobury regular Susan GASZCZAK made the Bushy pilgrimage appropriately attired in her new purple 25 milestone t-shirt. Please see link to news about new milestone t-shirts.

2021-10-09 Susan G at Bushy

60 athletes recorded new Personal Bests

PBs by runners on more than 50 runs were: Helen MACAULAY (21:58) • Daniel BALDERSON (25:37) – outrunning dad Alistair on this occasion! • Emma Jay GARDNER (23:05) • Catherine CARROLL (25:33) • Martin GARDNER (26:41) • Matthew POTTER (23:03) – at his 69th run, Matthew finished in 69th position • Scott SMITH (27:07) • Lisa KEOGAN (21:53) • Jayesh PURBHOO (19:56) • and John CURRAN (26:24).

Special mentions go to young Eli WALKE who recorded yet another 2021 PB, of 28:42; to returning visitor Lucas HUMPHREYS who lopped off over 9mins to finish with a new PB of 31:04, having trained on the tough Gadebridge course; and to Graham HALL who marked his 10th parkrun with a new PB of 28:04.

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VERY special mention goes to Sarah ROBERTS of Dacorum and Tring – just 4 weeks ago we reported that she had set a new age-graded record, and we doubted that this record would ever be broken … well, she’s done it again! Sarah ran a new PB of 21:48 and Cassiobury’s age-graded record now stands at an amazing 105.58%.

Well done to all!

Milestone runs

  • 150 (unofficial!) = Hudson HERRING (with Charlie the Jack Russell!)
  • 100 = Danny BRODERICK • Bobby BROOKS  • Mohammed MASKIN
  • 50 = Nicholas CAMPBELL  • Martin AUSTIN
  • 25 = Jake RAYNER  • Amy PHILLIPS  • Maggie PROSTKO
  • 10 (juniors only) = Jordan WALTERS

Congrats to all! Check your profiles* to see how to claim your official milestone t-shirts. (*Go to a recent results or volunteer email and click through from the orange "manage my profile" button)

See you next week, folks!

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Please wear your London Marathon t-shirt to Cassiobury parkrun #283!

Hello parkrunners,

The countdown to the weekend starts here!

And we have a different sort of plea for you on this Friday morning ...

Did you run the London Marathon (or indeed any other race) last Sunday? Or have you run London in the past? And are you coming to Cassiobury parkrun tomorrow?! (Ok, that last one's a silly question, right - of course you are!) We would be delighted to see you wearing your London Marathon t-shirts of all descriptions - this year's or retro, finisher's prize or volunteer memento; or other recent race t-shirt - with pride! Relive the glory and celebrate your achievement all over again :)

Can't wait to see you there!


(PS - don't forget your barcode ... no barcode, no time, no exceptions!)


Collage x 6 cropped

Please take a moment to remind yourself of the covid codes for walkers and runners and for volunteers. Thank you.


Local charity events in October

Part of the parkrun Event Charter states:

  • We want more people to be active - to walk, jog and run and volunteer.
  • We create inclusive community events organised by local volunteers.
  • We want to break down barriers that prevent people from taking part in a parkrun.
  • We want more people to join clubs and to become part of the formal club structure.
  • We want more people to enter paid running events

In this spirit, we at Cassiobury are always happy to share details of local events that might be of interest to our parkrunners, so here are a few coming up in October of which we are aware:


Sunday 10th October 2021

Step Up stair climbing challenge

Vicarage Road, Watford

What the organisers say: “This October, take on an exciting, family friendly stair climbing challenge! Get to experience Vicarage Road Stadium like never before, by climbing up and down every stand – the equivalent of 1750 steps/102 floors – to help raise money for the @WFCTrust. For more info and to sign up:

2021-09-22 Vicarage Road


Sunday 10th October 2021 from 09:30

ARCFS & Sunrise Charity Schools Trust Charity Fun Run

Cassiobury Park, Watford

**Marshals required, please!**

Please contact Phil Barton at if you are available to help marshal at this event – the maximum 5k.course will be exactly as for parkrun events, and marshals would be needed from 9.30am for the 10am start.

What the organisers say: “We are hosting this event to raise funds for our friends at Sunrise Academy Kenya, ( to help them complete the 4th Stage of their new classrooms project. It should be a great event for all our school children, parents, staff and local community to enjoy.

This event supports ARCFS commitment to educate our pupils to be both global citizens, along with promoting the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle .

Family members are also encouraged to enrol and support their children in the fun run.

All abilities will be catered for, including access and support for participants with special needs or disabilities requiring extra assistance.

To sign up, please complete the attendance & sponsorship form which will be allocated in advance of the event.”

2021-09-22 Marshals required (2)


Sunday 10th October 2021 from 10:00

Run With Willow – half marathon, 10k, 5k, junior 1k, virtual option

Hatfield House, Hatfield

What the organisers say: “Willow’s annual run is back for 2021 and this year we are transforming our event into a running festival!

As well as the 10k, 5k and Junior 1k, Run with Willow now includes a half marathon route. Run with Willow is a great race for beginners and experienced runners alike. There’ll be a great run-specific warm-up, music along the course, food and games stalls, and a physio on hand to ease any aches and pains before or after your run. Plus, Willow’s own Tiny Tots Scamper for the very little ones, the toddlers and the babies in prams and pushchairs.

Family and friends are welcome to join the cheering teams, and everyone will have access to Hatfield House’s Stable Yard, with its lovely shops and superb Coach House Kitchen. It is more than just a running race, it’s fun for all the family.

The scenic course takes runners on a route that goes through the picturesque grounds of Hatfield House, providing a unique opportunity to explore hidden parts of the estate not normally open to the public. Even if you can’t join us at Hatfield House, you can still earn yourself a Willow medal and t-shirt by signing up to our virtual option and taking on your chosen distance at a time and location that suits you.”

Click here for more information.

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We send our best wishes to these excellent events and good luck for their fundraising, and we hope that any parkrunners taking part have a fabulous time! Let us know how you get on :)


Cassiobury parkrun #282 – 2nd October 2021

**Official photos (by Greg) can be seen here - thank you, Greg!**


The London Marathon (on the streets of London and virtually) is taking place this Sunday and we wish all parkrun competitors the very best of luck. These include our volunteers Rachel, Sarah, David, and Charles, and no doubt many others we’re not aware of (sorry!). Best wishes to you all.

Perhaps marathon tapering accounted for a dip in the parkrun attendance – this week, on the 17th anniversary of the very first parkrun (then called the Bushy Park Time Trial), when 13 people took part, 372 people ran, jogged, and walked the Cassiobury course. Quite possibly the weather put off a few more (though the rain helpfully held off until about 10:01, thanks to Alistair’s letter to the BBC!), and the petrol shortage might have persuaded others not to travel far. 210 runners were male; 135 were female; and 27 were “unknown” (don’t forget your printed barcode!). The 282nd finisher at our 282nd event was James HUTSON in a time of 32:45. This event’s results can be seen on our website here and the complete event history can be found here.

2021-10-02 parkrun 17th anniversary

23 people were first timers

Welcome to the newcomers (completing their first-ever parkruns):

  • Chris CORNISH • Joe KEMPSON • Andrew MACLEAN • Nadine CLARKE • Mark FROST • Ester URSO • Jena ELSEY • Olga DANYLUK • Alex BRADLEY • Shenaz ELSEY • Zade ELSEY • Alex ELSEY • and Bryan TAYLOR

And to the tourists (have already parkrun elsewhere):

  • Amy HOLLAND • Wan Ru SHUE • Sarah JEWKES • Paul BAIRD • Matthew KIRBY • Mark GRIMES • Matt JERVIS • Peter R DOWN • Maxine DOWN • and Rachel COX.

47 athletes recorded new Personal Bests

PBs by some of the most prolific parkrunners were:

  • Pierce BRODERICK (21:58) • Joanna BRYANT (28:03) •  Claire CASSELTON (22:16) •  Michael NORMAN (21:26) •  Emma Jay GARDNER (23:09) • Helen MACAULAY (22:15) •  Grace HARVEY (22:40) • and Charlie EDWARDS (17:13).

Congratulations to those who ran a new PB or completed a milestone run!


  • 300 (unofficial!) = Russell MATTHEWS
  • 150 (unofficial!) = Jeff PETERS
  • 50 = Sean COLLUM • Glen TAYLOR • Joanna BRYANT • John CURRAN • Charlotte HAWES • Oya ORHAN • and Fatim PANJU
  • 25 = Hannah Alice KELLY • Sarah ROBERTS • Olayinka BOLAJI • and Jules FOSTER
  • 10 (juniors only) = Sean CURRAN
  • 50 run directing stints (RDs only!) = Alistair BALDERSON
  • 50 volunteers stints at Cassiobury (arbitrary!) = James MARTIN

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2021-10-02 James M 50 volunteers at Cassiobury

Representatives of 22 different clubs took part

A new name on Cassiobury’s club list was Victoria Park Running Club – first-claim member Mark Grimes finished in 31:09.

The event was made possible by 35 brilliant volunteers:

  • Linda HALL • Jill ROGERS • Wai Meng AU-YEONG • Sharon DAVIDSON • Ann DAVIDSON • Charles HENDERSON • Simon DADOMO • James MARTIN • Alistair BALDERSON • John O'CONNOR • Katie BALDERSON • Jessica HOOPER • Claire CASSELTON • Paul MINKOFF • Suhayl KASSAM • Greg HILL • Anya WESOLOWSKI • Rachel GRIBBEN • Sarah NEWMAN • Sajjad TEJANI • Ross MAY • David FENWICK • Emily MCKILLOP • Kerry STOCK • Robert BROOKS • Alexandra HILL • Christy KOWALEWSKI • Scarlett SIMMONS • Mariusz FALEK • Sophie ARGENT • Martha HOOPER • Katie LLEWELLYN • Caron WILLIAMS • Stephen CADWELL • Gerwyn Ll WILLIAMS.

A total of 1,032 individuals have volunteered 6,768 times. This week’s 4 first-time volunteers were Sarah NEWMAN • Martha HOOPER • Jessica HOOPER • and Ross MAY  – thank you for giving it a go!

October’s roster is looking rather bare at the moment – please email at the earliest opportunity if you can fill one of the empty spots. Here’s a helpful summary of what the volunteers do.

Event summary:

Cassiobury parkrun started on 28th February 2015 and we're planning to celebrate our 7th anniversary in style on 26th February 2022. Since then, 12,501 participants have completed 98,000 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,000 km, including 16,805 new Personal Bests.

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