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
- If you've been missing seeing your name in the results over the last 13 weeks, don't forget to submit your times for "(not)parkrun" before the end of Sunday. You can record a time for each day (Monday to Sunday), and your fastest time that week will be included in that week’s results.
- To log your times, sign in to your profile here, follow the steps below, click SUBMIT, then check the website for the results. We look forward to seeing how Cassiobury's parkrunners get on!
- (not)parkrun FAQs here.
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!
parkrun research tells us that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun, and parkrun is taking steps to change that. As part of these efforts parkrun is organising a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day. In England this will support the "This Girl Can" campaign created by parkrun's partner Sport England.
We would love for Cassiobury's runners to join parkruns worldwide in a celebration of female participation on this day! Of course, your involvement is totally optional, but you might like to think about …
• Encouraging your female friends, family members, or a work colleagues, especially one who has never been to parkrun before
• Sharing your plans with us on our Facebook event page!
• Dressing in purple (the chosen colour for the day) ... if you have a "25" milestone t-shirt, this is the occasion to wear it!
• Helping us to fill our volunteer roster with as many women and girls as possible
• Joining us in a big cheer during the pre-run briefing on the day!
• Taking and featuring in photos which celebrate female participation, using the special IWD parkrun selfie frames and hashtag #IWDparkrun
We look forward to you joining us then!
THIS WEEK'S PACERS - THE HOTTEST GIG IN TOWN!
Watford Joggers' pacer co-ordinator Pip tells us "I have a lovely spread of pacers for you on Saturday. The pacer slots were like gold dust this month … most slots had gone within about 2 hours of my post and people started bargaining with each other to get one. It's the hottest gig in Watford Joggers!"
Here are the avid pacers, keen to help you to a PB, SB, or YB (or BNB – Burns Night Best!) – we hope that runners will be just as enthusiastic!
21 - James Turner
22 - Rustum Khedkar
23 - Greg Hill
24 - Anatole Ransom
25 - Mauro Fasti
26 - Kate Pickard
27 - Nav Singh
28 - Sue Defoe
29 - Vicky Williams
30 - Katerina Fellas
31 – Pip Griffin
32 - Bob Wallace
34 - Andreas Schwarz
35 or 36 - Claire Fitzgerald
39 - Linda McQuaid
- 40 - Andy Lord
- 45 - Nick Slade
Thank you to all the excellent pacers!
Fitzgerald, Williams, and Wallace tartans
We thought we’d try make a bit more of the ability to post “events” on Facebook, to help you track the special occasions at Cassiobury. These will all be normal, usual parkruns (9am, Saturdays, same route, etc – no changes there!) but we do mark some special occasions and we’re going to trial posting these as "events". The first two for your diaries are there already – Tartan parkrun to mark Burns Night (25-01-20), and Cassiobury parkrun's 5th anniversary (22-02-20) – and we are looking ahead to 5th February when we will be excitedly sharing a parkrun nationwide initiative for 7th March! Please check out our Facebook page and the events – like, share, follow, and never miss a special event happening at your parkrun!
We won’t post the pacer days as events, as these happen regularly every month (each last Saturday of the month) but we do usually post the target times, so Facebook is still the best place for you to check for the latest pacer news.
We are pleased to say that, in keeping with the tradition of the last 4 years, we will once again be holding extra runs at Cassiobury on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day ... as long as we have enough volunteers to hold a safe and "fully-staffed" run. We cannot offer a reduced service so we need as many volunteers for these events as we do for any regular Saturday, and we are still missing quite a few vital roles, as you can see from the future roster. If you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, so we can enjoy parkrun over the Christmas period and not have to worry about whether or not we will have enough helpers!
These are the only two days of the year when runners can record runs NOT on a Saturday! Please note: “On Christmas Day you can register one result. On New Year's Day we [parkrun HQ] allow the option to register up to two results.”
If you intend to travel between two parkruns on New Year’s Day, please plan your journey and parking in advance (why not cycle or run between the two, if you can?) and, needless to say, do not take any risks in getting from one to another. Please try to share car journeys wherever possible, and minimise the impact of these extra runs. The car park exits from both Rickmansworth and Aldenham, for example, can be quite tight (one way in and out), so take this into account!
On Saturday 21st December we are holding an informal gathering of parkrunners and volunteers at The Cha Cafe, partly just a nice way to get together at the end of the year ... but, just as importantly, to help core crew member Vince Deritis celebrate his 250th parkrun! We know that he's been looking forward to this for a loooong time, so we hope you can come along and help him to mark the occasion.
The Cha Café will be closed from Sunday 22nd December until Friday 3rd January, so the café and toilets will not be open throughout this period. Alternative toilets are available at The Hub in the park (by the paddling pools and Gade Avenue car park, towards the canal) or at Watford Underground Station (the ladies is just inside the door; the gents is on the platform). However, we are very lucky that the Cassiobury Park Manager has very kindly arranged for two Portaloos to be available for parkrunners' exclusive use for the runs on 25th and 28th December and 1st January. Thank you, Pherenice!
So, to round up the 2019/20 Christmas period:
Sat 21st Dec – parkrun as usual at 09:00; end-of-year gathering in the Cha Café from 10:30 ... please join us!
Wed 25th Dec – extra parkrun at 09:00
Sat 28th Dec – parkrun as usual at 09:00; Pacer Day as usual, courtesy of Watford Joggers.
Wed 1st Jan – extra Rickmansworth and Aldenham parkruns at 09:00; extra Cassiobury parkrun at 10:30
Sat 4th Jan – back to usual at 09:00 … start off your new year on the right foot!
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.
PACER DAY – 26TH OCTOBER 2019
Thank you to Watford Joggers for organising every last-Saturday-of-the-month Pacer Day. This week's times and pacers are:
23:00 – Nav Singh
24:00 – Anatole Ransom
25:00 – Greg Hill
26:00 – Kate Pickard
27:00 – Mauro Fasti (**to be confirmed**)
28:00 – Gary Hilton
29:00 – Marcia Quinn
30:00 – Charles Henderson
32:00 – Vicky Williams
34:00 – Joanne Duggan
35:00 – Douglas McQuaid
The pacers will be introduced in the pre-run briefing, so make sure you listen carefully to pick the pacer you want to follow!
PACER DAY – 28TH SEPTEMBER 2019
What a great range of times the Watford Joggers are targeting this week – every minute from 22 to 30, plus 31, 33, and 35. Runners, who will you be chasing this Saturday?! Here’s who’s doing what …
- Rustum - 22:00
- Charles - 23:00
- Anatole - 24:00
- Kevin - 25:00
- Kate - 26:00
- Mauro - 27:00
- Susan - 28:00
- Navpreet - 29:00
- Andreas - 30:00
- Katerina - 31:00
- Vicky - 33:00
- Mark - 35:00
Thank you to the pacers, and to Pip and Sue for co-ordinating them.