If you’re coming along to Cassiobury parkrun this Saturday (18th September), please be aware that the Watford Race for Life and Pretty Muddy events are also taking place in the park, starting near The Hub and the splash pools, from 10:30hrs. The Gade Avenue car park will be closed to the public on Saturday, so please allow a little extra travel time and plan your parking accordingly – even better, why not cycle, jog, or walk to parkrun this week? Around 700 participants are expected – give them a cheer if you see them after parkrun … and good luck to you if you’re one of those participants!
We expect that you may have seen the good news today from parkrun HQ – parkruns in England have permission to restart on 26th June! You can read the full announcement here. We are grateful to parkrun HQ and to the Cassiobury Park management for their efforts and support in getting us going again at this time.
We can’t wait to see you back at Cassiobury and wanted to write to update you about a few points.
We would be grateful if all parkrunners would familiarise themselves with the new Covid guidelines. Following these will ensure, as far as possible, that our event remains as safe and compliant as it possibly can be and that future events are not jeopardised. FAQs are answered here.
Please be aware that the start and finish lines have been changed – the new course map can be seen on the news page of our website, whilst we wait for the course page itself to be updated. The course itself is largely the same, but you now need to meet near to the bandstand. The good news is that there is a very slight downhill to finish, and that the start and finish points are nearer to each other!
Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and the news page of our website for the latest updates in the countdown to the 26th.
As ever, parkrun happens only with the input of its amazing volunteers, and we are now taking names to add to our future roster – we need YOU! Please take a look at the roster and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to add your name for a role in the coming weeks (please include your athlete barcode number so that we can find you on the system). No need to tell us if you aren’t in a position to volunteer, though. The guide for volunteers can be found here.
If you’re new to volunteering, you can find out about the different roles here.
All volunteers are encouraged to download and practice with the “Virtual Volunteer” app on their smartphones. If you are barcode scanning or timekeeping, you must have this downloaded on your phone as we do not have stopwatches or scanning devices for you to use any more – all timing and scanning will be done on mobile phones (and instructions will be given for submitting your results post-run). You can read the guide and download the app here.
We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate requests for particular volunteer roles, but please bear in mind that there are certain mandatory roles that we need to fill to ensure that the event can go ahead safely and in line with the new protocols.
If you have any questions, please get in touch (but please be patient waiting for a reply as we hope we will be rather busy dealing with all the volunteer requests!).
Thank you so much for your support and your interest in Cassiobury parkrun, and we look forward to seeing you very soon
We hope you can join us for our 5th anniversary celebrations on 22nd February. Please encourage your friends and family, club-mates or colleagues, to come too, especially if they've not been for a while, or have never been before. There is no particular kit theme this year, but costumes or fancy dress are welcomed if you fancy it, or wear your shiniest parkrun t-shirt or Contra gear … or whatever makes you happy to run in!
A few fun happenings for the day:
- Spot prizes for position tokens ending in 05 - i.e. if you are handed token number 005, 105, 205, 305, 405, 505, 555, 605, or 705 at the finish line. Please claim your prize before you get scanned and hand in your token! If you receive a prize, we’d like to get a pic of you for the Run Report, if you don’t mind (not obligatory!).
- Volunteers only – guess the attendance figure! When you check in, register your guess … there’s a prize for the volunteer who guesses nearest to the final token handed out on the day.
- One-off anniversary special – barcode lamination! We have received a very generous donation of a laminator, and we invite you to bring a credit-card-sized paper barcode to leave for us to laminate. Barcode collection on 22nd and 29th February only – they will be returned on 7th March and must be retrieved by the end of March. Please print your barcode on the highest print settings, cut it to size, and drop it in the box. It is your responsibility to collect it between 7th and 28th March. Bear in mind that official parkrun barcodes – on wristbands, tags, or cards – can be purchased here, if you’re after something more durable.
- Call-out for anyone who attended our very first run! If you were present at Cassiobury’s inaugural run on 28th February 2015 and will also be with us this Saturday, please get in touch for our Run Report Writer, Susan! (email@example.com)
Happy anniversary to all our parkrunners and parkvolunteers … the 11,905 athletes who have run and the 984 people who have volunteered. See you on Saturday!
Please be aware that there will be parking restrictions on the roads surrounding the park this Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 7am to 11pm, so parkrunners are advised to park in one of the public car parks in the town centre or use alternative means of transport (walk, run, cycle, or car share!). Please allow extra time for your journey if necessary. Thank you for parking considerately and responsibly.
Please help spread the word to your fellow parkrunners so that everyone can make it to the start line in time!
More information about the fireworks display can be found here.
parkrunners should be aware of the Watford 3.5km and 9km memory walks talking place in Cassiobury park on 14th September 2019. The memory walk starts at 11am so you have opportunity to partake in both parkrun and the memory walk in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. They are also in need of marshals if you wanted to volunteer at both events.
Key Information about Watford Memory Walk 2019
Location: Cassiobury Park
Date: Saturday 14th September
Registration Fee: £10 registration fee (under 16’s free)
Timings: Walkers arrive from 10am (walk starts at 11am)
Routes: 3.5km (wheelchair accessible) or 9km
Further info: https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/find-a-walk/watford-2019/
To volunteer: Amy.Salmon@alzheimers.org.uk
What is Memory Walk?
Memory Walk is a traditional style, sponsored walk that is for the whole family, including dogs. Take in the views of Cassiobury Park in Watford and walk for future without dementia. In Cassiobury Park last year over 1,500 people walked to defeat dementia. Don’t miss out this autumn.
The difference you will make.
Every 3 minutes someone in the UK develops dementia, there is currently no cure. But you can change this, walk to defeat dementia. We raised over £8 million from last year's Memory Walks which took place across the country in 44 different locations, and we hope to raise even more this year! By taking part in Memory Walk you will make a massive difference in the funding of vital dementia research, campaigns, and support services.
On the eve of our 200th event, here are some facts and figures relating to “200” at Cassiobury parkrun.
The first person to be handed the 200 token was Vanessa Hodgson, at Event #26, on 22-08-15. She finished in a time of 45:50, and to date this was her one and only parkrun. On that day, a total of 203 people ran.
On only one occasion have we had precisely 200 finishers (Event #29, on 12-09-15) – picking up the 200 token then was the tail walker, Sue Defoe.
On only 3 occasions have we recorded more than 200 female finishers: Event #119 (06-05-17), Event #121 (20-05-17 – this was (and still is) our record attendance day, with a total of 527 finishers), and Event #163 (on 24-02-18 – this was our 3rd anniversary). On those occasions the 200th ladies to finish were Catherine Agnihotri (in 212th place overall; 43:34), Sarah Downing (230th place overall; 39:14), and Nicola Price (202nd place overall; 55:06).
All week we have been encouraging female parkrunners to come along for our 200th event and try to break the record … at least, we hope to have more than 200 female finishers on this occasion!
The clubs whose members have run more than 200 runs at Cassiobury are:
- Watford Joggers, Dacorum & Tring AC, Watford Harriers AC, Watford Grammar School for Boys, Vegan Runners, Chiltern Harriers AC, St Albans Striders, Gade Valley Harriers, Metros RC, and Ricky Running Sisters.
No one club has had 200 of its members run at Cassiobury over the years … Watford Joggers comes closest with 172 individual runners having recorded runs here.
The runner currently in the 200th position in the “Fastest 500” table is Stuart Douglas with his time of 18:24.
The runner currently in the 200th position in the “Age Graded League” table is Oliver Hill with his grading of 77.56%. Ollie’s next run will be his milestone 50th - we look forward to seeing him back to form before long, and we appreciate his volunteering contributions in the meantime.
While we’re talking of 200 landmarks … did you know ….? There is a tree in Cassiobury Park commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar – go in the Stratford Way/Parkside Drive entrance, along the footpath to the third lamp-post and look 12m to your left – plaque is slightly hidden (info gleaned from the Cassiobury Park Gates group).
The average finish time of the 200th finisher is 30:26. The most commonly-occurring times (3 or more) for a 200th-placed finisher are 28:44 (x3) – 29:03 (x4) – 29:14 (x3) – 29:16 (x3) – 29:43 (x3) – 29:51 (x4).
Finish times in position 200 range from 26:00 (by Gerry O’Beirne, Event #174, on 19-05-18) to 45:50 (by Vanessa Hodgson, Event #26, on 22-08-15).
8 people have finished TWICE in 200th place:
- Lindsay Turner (at Events #28 and #151) – Hudson Herring (Events #47 and #57) – Alex Szymaniak (Events #76 and #83) – Linsey Maynard (Events #80 and #166) – Sara Kendal (adjacent weeks – Events #103 and #104) – Shauni Plank (Events #122 and #130) – Robert Cooper (Events #124 and #196) - Jim Mortimer (Events #187 and #199)
200th-placed finishers with the same surnames are:
- Sally Savage and Rachel Savage (Events #60 and #90) – Megan Finch and Alan Finch (Events #102 and #107) – Paul Biswell and Jason Biswell (adjacent weeks – Events #175 and #176).
On 12 occasions an “unknown” runner has finished in 200th place (don’t forget your barcode!!).
Finally, a mention to every other runner who has ever received the 200 token!
- Vanessa Hodgson - Susan Defoe - Susan Oppenheimer - Shirley Farthing - Roseanne Rumley - Suma Ward - John Gray - Katie Crawford - Alice Shepherd - Ian Prior - Safiya Virji - Imelda Aspinall - Ilga Nielsen - Jake Bone - Kate Wainstein - Angela Pargetor - Owais Mawjee - Michael Nobbs - Lucie Watts - Esther Emmanuel - Helen Wolstenholme - Steven Wheatley - Hester Eccles - Andrew Royle - Emily Arnold - Joshua Low - Anna Denham - Jamie McWilliam - Z Li - Nadine Dolente - Munawer Kassam - Jill Hollingsworth - Sharon Freeman - Ivan Rodrigues - Nina Raheru - Jon Bird - Liz Beekman - Andy Button - Satish Kadimi - Austin Mitchell - Ellen Atkins - Paul Langston - Isabel Martin - Thomas Balderson - Hugh Slater - Charlotte Ashton - Anne Gruner - Kim Waddup - Kenny Hadden - Zoe Forsey - Andy Rosamond - Esther Luxton - Jackie Armstrong - Sajjad Tejani - Dominique Ryan - Erikson Reci - Penny Wilkinson - Suzanne Higgs - Henry Cameron - Benjamin Burch - Joanne Baxter - Marie Heraty - Oswald Fernandes - Richard Lester - Sean O'Sullivan - Betty-Louise Coste - Rita Field - Stacey Gonzalez - Clare Hearnshaw - Paul Wood - Ru Merritt - Esin Mustafa - Stella Baddeley - Katherine Lacy - Alistair Russell - Nicola Green - Michael Senior - Esther Laxenaire - Anders Krogh - Daniel Pitt - Gary Hilton - Rachel Gribben - Simone Pomerantz - Tanzil-Ur Rehman - Paul Baker - Martin Kearns - Tehseen Mustafa - Mark Nicholls - Phil H Davies - Dani Kirwan - Tarcisio Ramalhao - Derek Franklin - Antony Barton - Paul Freeman - Clare Bryant - Ian Fellows - Anders Noren - Fiona Hughes - Marion Lloyd-Jones - Chloe Warne - Fabrizio Conti - Dylan Dyson-Diaz - Mel Underwood - Loredana Pace - Abbie Guest - Kika Watford - Gerry O'Beirne - Ru Merritt - Noelle Parsons - Alexander Brown - Danny Wells - Katherine Cox - Jim McKillop - Neil Hallahan - Linda Walke - Chris Jewell - Rachel Reynolds - Jim Mortimer - Tin Gill - Ali Khimji - Tony Fernandopulle - Angela Keogh - Stephen Stirrup - Chris Denton – Jim Mortimer
Who will it be this week?! The 200th finisher at our 200th event will receive a spot prize of box of chocolates. We look forward to seeing you all for some fun and a run!
parkrunners should be aware that Pretty Muddy and Race For Life will be taking place in Cassiobury Park this weekend. The organisers will be setting up their course on Saturday morning, and there might be vehicles coming and going, so please be aware of your surroundings and follow marshals' instructions.
You might see a few more signs than usual on or around the parkrun course - these will NOT be parkrun's signs, so please don't follow them! The parkrun course will be as it always is, with all our usual minimal signage, and marshals will also be on the lookout for anyone tempted to stray towards the mudbaths and inflatable slides!
Good luck to any of our parkrunners who are going on to do Pretty Muddy and/or Race For Life
And if anyone taking part or marshalling at parkrun fancies popping down to the race site afterwards and helping with some marshalling, please let us know and we will pair you up with Wai Meng, who will be joining the Pretty Muddy crew afterwards – they'd love some extra pairs of helping hands!
Some upcoming events of which we are aware:
Watford Harriers' Junior Challenge - Saturday 24th March 2018 - Cassiobury Park
Gade Valley Harriers' 20-Mile Marathon Training Run - Sunday 25th March 2018 - Boxmoor Cricket Club, Hemel Hempstead
Leighton 10k - Sunday 8th April 2018 - Leighton Buzzard
Grand Union Canal Half Marathon - Sunday 8th April 2018 - Cowley (Uxbridge) to Cassiobury Park
Watford 10k - Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 - Cassiobury Park
Jetstream Triathlon Club's Hatch End Triathlon -Sunday 13th May 2018 - Harrow
Stockley Park 10k - Sunday 20th May 2018 - Uxbridge
Westminster Mile (parkrun wave) - Bank Holiday Sunday 27th May 2018 - London
Bushey 10k and 5k - Sunday 1st July 2018 - Queen's School, Bushey
Merry Mill Challenge (6-hour timed event) - Saturday 28th July 2018 - Bushey
Race organisers: please get in touch if you would like your event to be listed here.
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Get 2018 off to a great start with a brisk 5k or two!
We are delighted to announce that we will be holding extra runs on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, as we have done for the past two years. Both extra runs will be at 09:00.
It goes without saying that we need volunteers to make these runs happen, and we have confidence that members of our fantastic parkrun community will do their bit and volunteer at the earliest opportunity! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also happy to say that our neighbours at Rickmansworth parkrun will be holding an extra run on New Year's Day at 10:30 - this is the only day of the year on which parkrunners can record TWO runs! If you intend to run at both venues, please plan your journey in advance and do not take any risks when travelling between the two. Why not run at one and volunteer at the other on NYD?
To confirm ...
Sat 23/12/17 = Cassiobury parkrun as usual at 09:00
Mon 25/12/17 = extra Cassiobury parkrun at 09:00
Sat 30/12/17 = Cassiobury parkrun as usual at 09:00
Mon 01/01/18 = extra Cassiobury parkrun at 09:00
Mon 01/01/18 = extra Rickmansworth parkrun at 10:30
Sat 06/01/18 = back to normal, with Cassiobury parkrun at 09:00
We understand that the Cha Cafe will be open until after the 23rd December run but will then be closed until 2nd January. Please check their Facebook page nearer the time for confirmation.
Festive dress optional but welcomed!
Due to Cassiobury Fireworks in the park on the evening of 4th November, there will be parking restrictions on surrounding roads to the park from 7am to 11pm. Please take this into account when planning your journey to Cassiobury parkrun this Saturday and allow extra time to park further away if necessary. Alternatively, why not walk, jog, or cycle to the park, or take public transport, to help reduce our impact on both the environment and other park users? Watford tube station is less than half a kilometre from the parkrun meeting point, and Watford Junction overground station is about a mile from the start line. More information about the fireworks event can be seen here.