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.