Castle Park event #73 – 26th January 2019

For event number 73 on Saturday we had milder weather than the last few weeks, I'll avoid the term "warmer", but the course was very wet and slippery. In the coming weeks we may need to tweak the course to avoid particularly water logged areas both from a safety perspective, and also for the stewardship of the park itself. Please ensure you listen to the pre-run briefings when this information will be shared. This week was also the second outing of our staggered start to try and avoid congestion and make for a more pleasant run for all, if you could try and join the most appropriate start position this would be most appreciated.

A massive thank you to all 25 of our volunteers who turned out, without whom no one would run! Unfortunately no one came forward to act as our photographer this week so there aren't any photos. This week's volunteers were:

Andrea EDWARDS • Oliver LAST • Philippa WATSON • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Matthieu MILITON • Graham MULLY • Mairi MALCOLM • Nicholas YEADON • Patrick CHAPPEL • Kobus SMITH • Heidi ZIGIC • Scott NUGENT • Charlotte MULLY • Andrew TURVEY • Isabel ZIGIC • Simon DEWHURST • Laura MELLING • Marcus HOYLE • Paula WALKER • Charlie CARRICK • Judith ERICKSEN • Luca SANTOS SIMS • Alex HOWARD • Seth HUI

If you can try and help volunteer once in a while it would help to enhance the community spirit of our lovely event. Our VC would like to personally thank all those that kindly came forward on Saturday to volunteer in future weeks.

Well done to the 327 participants who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. A particular warm welcome to our tourist visitors from Great Dunmow, Great Notley, Barclay Park, and Rickmansworth.

Congratulations to Pascale VAN KOOLBERGEN, Fraser ARNOLD, and Kim FLIGHT who all completed their 50th runs!

This week's full results can be found on the Castle Park parkrun Results Page

I would like to thank parents for running with their under 11s this week, I don't believe any under 11s were unsupervised, which is really important from a safeguarding perspective.

Finally I would like to thank Kobus Smith for agreeing to join the core team as a run director. Kobus has been a real stalwart of Castle Park and has performed most volunteering roles, including setting up the event 50 times!

Kobus on setup


The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th October 2017 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Megan EVANS who recorded a time of 18:18 on 4th November 2017 (event number 6).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jenny BRAYSHAW who recorded 86.60% (24:08) on 10th February 2018 (event number 22).

Castle Park parkrun started on 30th September 2017. Since then 3,645 participants have completed 20,932 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,660 km, including 3,896 new Personal Bests. A total of 446 individuals have volunteered 2,199 times.

Enjoy your Sunday evening, next week your run will be brought to you by Francesca and her merry band of volunteers!


Run Director.

Your Castle Park parkrun core team are  Chris, Christopher, Ellen, Francesca, Grace, Joanne, Julie, Kevin,  Kobus, Luke, Melanie, Oliver, Phily, Simon and Tory