**Important News**

It is with sadness that we announce that Ellenbrook Fields parkrun will not be continuing when parkrun 5k events restart in the UK. We have not secured the necessary permission from the landowners for parkrun to re commence.

Since starting in 2016 we have been known as a friendly parkrun who always welcomes regulars and newcomers alike, and we would like to thank everyone who has taken part and has helped us build that legacy. We would particularly like to thank everyone who has volunteered over the years to ensure that the event could take place each week and run smoothly.

If you have any queries then please contact parkrun UK using the 'Help' button.

 

Cancellation of March events

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Dear parkrunners

This is our position on today's news that parkrun UK has suspended all events in the UK until the end of March, with immediate effect.

Speaking as the RD for Saturday 21st March, the decision gives me a tinge of sadness, but also immense relief. I hereby heartily thank and applaud all of the volunteers who were on the roster, and who continue to support our event, and all of the wider band of our special community.

If you aren't on Facebook, please click here to see the global statement issued by parkrun. The UK Athletics guidance is to cancel all events until the end of April, so there's an expectation that parkrun UK will make a further announcement before 4th April.

Please do all the right things to support each other during this suspension. Follow the NHS advice (click here) and take the pandemic seriously. Above all, avoid any temptation to attend in groups and run the parkrun course, for two reasons:

1. The silver lining to the cloud of suspension is that our mucky grassy sections will have the perfect opportunity to start recovering.

2. The landowner's generous permission for our regular events doesn't extend to informal groups. Please don't do anything that would risk our long-term license.

Just like Arnie, the best parkrun in the Hatfield area will be back!
RD Tim

Arnie

 

#203 – The one with Covid-19 closing in

Event number 203
14th March 2020

Thank you all for coming this week amid the Covid-19 chaos - it was a genuine pleasure to see you all.

This week 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

There was no hand shaking or high fives. Bodily fluid exchange was banned and self token sorting was the order of the day.

What we did have plenty of was fun, butt bumps, elbow slams, good cheer, happy chat, exercise and mud! Now go and wash your hands!

We are hopeful for more of the same next Saturday but please do keep an eye on our facebook and twitter @fldparkrun for the latest news.

Whilst it is considered safe and appropriate to do so, we will have a parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields.
If we are cancelled refunds will be given. ;-)

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers whom we thank very very much and kept dosed up with hand sanitiser and covered in rubber gloves.

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Carrie HUDSON • Brad SMITH • Donna O'TOOLE • Sarah HAVERSON • Mandy PARSBEY • Melanie LYNCH • Lee WOOD • Claire HOWARD • Allison SKEGGS • Emily HUGHES • Christopher ANSELL • Ciaran WELSH • Chloe BAXTER • Tom BENSON • Dave VALENTINE • Abbie COOK • Eleanor RAINES • Ava MONTGOMERIE • Edgar JASKO

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:04 on 29th October 2016 (event number 24).
The female record is held by Annabel GUMMOW who recorded a time of 16:48 on 20th April 2019 (event number 155).
The Age Grade course record is held by Yuko GORDON who recorded 95.28% (22:16) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 137).

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun started on 21st May 2016. Since then 7,218 participants have completed 41,223 parkruns covering a total distance of 206,115 km, including 7,109 new Personal Bests. A total of 607 individuals have volunteered 4,126 times.

 

International Womens Day – Event #202

Event number 202
7th March 2020

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This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

One of those first timers was Fran who completed her first 5k today freshly graduated from the Wheathamstead Warriors New Runners course!

We look forward to seeing you next week Fran!

We were hoping for a higher proportion of female to male runners today - we came close with 118 females but the males pipped it at 145. Lets try to tip the balance in the other direction in June for the #ThisGirlCan event!

16 of our 24 volunteers were female - so we nudged ahead on that stat!

Our first female home on #IWD was Joanna Parker in 7th place.

The event was made possible by 24 stupendous and very gorgeous volunteers:20200307_114048

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Paul BUTLER • Jane MOLLOY • Carrie HUDSON • Clair DRAGE • Lydia OTTAVIO • Kate BENSON • Claire HOWARD • Emily HUGHES • John O'CALLAGHAN • Maxine DOWN • Stephen HONEY • Ciaran WELSH • Alex LI • Megan LLEWELLYN • Umaymah HEWITT • Amanda OSGOOD • Tom BENSON • Noreen GILHESPY • Dave VALENTINE • Abbie COOK • Eleanor RAINES • Ava MONTGOMERIE

Special thank you to everyone who signed up to be a volunteer over the coming weeks - I was planning to have the clip board out and badger you all - but not only was that completely unnecessary - I got totally distracted by the #IWD selfie frame and photo-bombing!
No nagging required! You lot really are the best!

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Attendance is down quite a bit on the last few weeks, not sure what it could possibly be?

It was the first time in forever we didn't get soaked through- the mud perhaps - (although it is drying out ((a little)) shoes with a good grip are best) puts some people off. We have looked into an alternative course to allow the grassy muddy areas time to recover but we have not yet been able to reach a satisfactory result. In the meantime please continue to take care on the course and keep an eye on your fellow parkrunnners.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:04 on 29th October 2016 (event number 24).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 9th March 2019 (event number 149).
The female record is held by Annabel GUMMOW who recorded a time of 16:48 on 20th April 2019 (event number 155).
The male record is held by Ellie DAVIES who recorded a time of 20:06 on 25th May 2019 (event number 160).
The Age Grade course record is held by Yuko GORDON who recorded 95.28% (22:16) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 137).

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun started on 21st May 2016. Since then 7,185 participants have completed 40,985 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,925 km, including 7,086 new Personal Bests. A total of 605 individuals have volunteered 4,105 times

 

Tutu 200th – 22/02/2020

Two two two - come on and do the parkrun... tutu tu come on and join the parkrun!

 

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Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers this morning and every morning who make our parkrun just the very best it can be!  Today they were out in their tutus steadfast against the horizontal rain and 40 mile per hour winds (again!) doing a most excellent job of keeping ef parkrun going with this our 200th event here!

If you haven't volunteered with us before - please do try it.  It is fun, easy, rewarding (not financially but more emotionally and spiritually, and of course you will receive a parkrun credit and thank you message) and hugely appreciated. All you need to do is email ellenbrookfieldshelpers@parkrun.com and tell us when you would like to volunteer (Saturday mornings generally work best for us), which date you can help and what job you'd like tutu do!

Abbie Cooke is volunteer of the week this week for being the best ever Token hander outer in all of parkrun land and completing her 25th volunteer role today!

Rather fittingly...

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers: (you can't make this stuff up!)

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Janet BREAM • Sarah MACKEN • Julianne NIGHTINGALE • Philippa DAVIS • Carrie HUDSON • Sarah HAVERSON • Maxine GOOLD • Allison SKEGGS • Christopher ANSELL • Catherine REID • John O'CALLAGHAN • Marjolein GROEFSEMA • Ciaran WELSH • Alex LI • Amanda OSGOOD • Tom BENSON • Caroline GRIFFIN • Dave VALENTINE • Jasper HUDSON Token sorter • Abbie COOK 

Another impressive stat with some 2's in it:

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun started on 21st May 2016. Since then 7,113 participants have completed 40,450 parkruns covering a total distance of 202,250 km, including 7,052 new Personal Bests. A total of 602 individuals have volunteered 4,055 times.

Photo of star volunteer Maxine scanning the athlete barcodes and tokens looking resplendent in her tutu.  Also special thanks to Maxine who donated the wireless headphones which was the prize for Catherine Cam 222nd place finisher!

 

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Prizes were also awarded to  finishers with significant twos in their position, 2, 22, 200, 122 and the best tutu, photo below:

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Well done one and all and special thanks to those who embraced the tutu theme - it wasn't easy with all that mud and wind!

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Aesthetically pleasing results with todays theme in mind also worthy of a mention:

Mark Gabbey with 20:02

Mathew Dixon with 22:01 - narrowly missing out on what could have been a splendid 22:02 (and yes I did toy with the idea of editing the time - but restrained myself!)

David Hodson with an impressive 22:22

The wonderful Kate Benson placed 200th!  Wonderful as she volunteers regularly and brings along the equally wonderful Tom Benson every week to volunteer who you would have seen out at marshal point 6 - complete with tutu in the driving wind and rain!

Sadly we didn't get a photo if either of them!

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The junior parkrunners were celebrating milestsones of their own today:

Hugo and Jessica completed their 10th parkruns and 9 year old Mia completed her first!  Aiden providied further inspiration by completing his 50th parkrun!  Well done those kids!

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We can't brush over (although we would like tutu) the mud that we are suffering at the moment particularly on the grassy bit on the little loop between 1 and 2 km.  Please take your time on this stretch of the course, consider running in the longer grass to the side of the mud, take the corner wide and ensure you have some good grip on your shoes. Road running shoes are adequate but indoor 'court' style smooth soled shoes won't be.  You do need a sturdy pair of running shoes or if walking, boots are useful at the moment.  I'd like to say it will dry up soon, but a quick check of the forecast doesn't suggest that is true or likely, although we keep our fingers and toes crossed!  How we will laugh and hanker after this mud when we are dealing with the hot dry dusty course of the summer months!

This week 389 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:04 on 29th October 2016 (event number 24).
The female record is held by Annabel GUMMOW who recorded a time of 16:48 on 20th April 2019 (event number 155).
The Age Grade course record is held by Yuko GORDON who recorded 95.28% (22:16) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 137).

Thank you and see you next Saturday for another little twist to our leap year parkrun event as it is our first ever ef parkrun on February 29th!!!

 

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