Easter in the sun

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 155
20th April 2019

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What a glorious sunny Bank Holiday weekend, where 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 68 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
Annabel broke her personal Ellenbrook Fields course record by 22 seconds. The female course record is now 16:48, congratulations!
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers, we call them our high-viz heros:

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Alison NEWBERRY • Tim COOKE • John HILL • Philippa DAVIS • Jan HAYDON • Philip BACON • Maxine GOOLD • Claire HOWARD • Allison SKEGGS • Lisa HULLEY • Jake HULLEY • Jonathan Krishnan WILDING • Yukei LI • Emily REDING • George LYNCH • Carole DATHAN • Alex LI • Noreen GILHESPY • John HYDON • Lily REDING • Elsie REDING • Dave VALENTINE
Volunteering is simple and a wonderful way to meet people and join in with the addictive atmosphere that we create each week. Just email ellenbrookfields@parkrun.com to join the very special roster.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.
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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 5,183 participants have completed 26,821 parkruns covering a total distance of 134,105 km, including 5,104 new Personal Bests. A total of 482 individuals have volunteered 3,030 times.
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A return home to Ellenbrook Fields

Report Written by Jim Davis
This was my first run at Ellenbrook Fields for a few weeks. Last week I was away in Glasgow for the European Indoor T&F championships. The athletics were terrific and I ran the parkrun at Victoria Park, Glasgow. I learned a lesson about reading the (not so) small print, all Scottish parkruns start at 09:30. Not at 09:00. I am generally early to all parkruns, so I was literally the first person there. I was glad when the Run Director arrived and helped him with setup, which was when he politely pointed out that most English folk don’t read that the start time is 09:30. I don’t know if this is a winter thing in Scotland, or the whole year round. Either way, I would just check if you are intending to run there.

It was lovely to be back at home. Ellenbrook Fields is my home course, and my favourite course anywhere. It is a wonderful combination of a quick course and beautiful scenery. Plus, of course, it is just about pancake flat. And, naturally, I think the volunteers are the best anywhere. This week there were 23 volunteers and included the following - Tom BENSON, Peter BLESSING, Ceri BRADBURY, Philippa DAVIS, Jim DAVIS, Noreen GILHESPY, John HILL, Stephen HONEY, Lisa HULLEY, Rory HULLEY, Yukei LI, Alex LI, George LYNCH, Melanie LYNCH, Paul MARCHANT, Lynne NORMAN, John NORMAN, Lydia OTTAVIO, Mandy PARSBEY, Rob RILEY, John ROWLANDS, Allison SKEGGS, Jack TANN.
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Picture 1. Peter Vermeesch - First through the Cow Gate
This was the 149th parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields and, apart from a little slipperiness on the way back from the bridge on the small lap and a strong breeze down the back straight, the course was in pretty fair condition. It certainly provided some stiff competition at the front of the men’s category. See the pictures and the final times.
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Picture 2. The leader and then Adam Hughes & Neil Hume.

There were 44 PBs. Well done to everyone who achieved one. That includes a PB for Jasper HUDSON, and he has run 70 or so times at Ellenbrook Fields.
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Picture 3. Adam, then Neil
First lady home was Joanna PARKER, in an excellent 20:35 for 15th overall. Joanna has been first lady in 9 of the last 20 runs at Ellenbrook Fields. That’s quite something. She finished with 79.51% age graded, which was 4th best overall.

Second lady was Olivia HEWITT, with 21:54 and 67.58% in 27th overall. She was followed by Claire LANCASTER, with 23:02 and 65.99% in 37th overall.

First man home was Peter VERMEESCH in 16:56. Peter has been first home for 7 or the last 9 events. He scored 81.79% on age graded for 2nd. Second across the line was Adam HUGHES with 17:00, just 4 seconds behind Peter. Adam scored 78.43% but was 5th age graded. That’s because he is somewhat younger than Peter and Neil Hume who was 3rd overall with 17:06 and a table topping 82.26%.

The oldest finisher was Angus KINDLEY, in the MV75 – 79 age group, in 33.30. He was, for quite some time, the record holder in his age group. By contrast the youngest runners were Harry BLUMSOM, Hugo POTTER, Paige WADLEY and Lexi PAGE. Well done to all 4 of you.

This week 291 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. We also had tourists from Southampton, Kidderminster & Stourport and Abingdon. Please let me welcome all first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. We hope that you’ll come again. It is a really very beautiful course in the spring, summer and autumn.

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

Very Honourable Mentions (in no particular order):
Rob Hughes – his 150th parkrun.
Emma HOSTY – her 50th parkrun.
Joe BARNES – her 50th parkrun.
Allison Skeggs – the Run Director, so takes all the responsibility and should get all the praise.

 

Seeing Red! or just Inspirational people!

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 147
23rd February 2019

This week 295 people ran, jogged and walked the extremely foggy course, of whom 36 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Thankfully you all made it back safely, thanks to the loud and proud marshals steering you in the right direction!

The event was made possible by our 22 high-viz heros:

Adam HILLS • John NORMAN • Lisa DUNCAN • Alistair LAWRENCE • John HILL • Philippa DAVIS • Sue ROCKHILL • Alison WILDEY • Sandra WISE • Maxine GOOLD • Allison SKEGGS • Sylvie GABBEY • Yukei LI • Emily REDING • George LYNCH • Stephen HONEY • Alex LI • Tom BENSON • Noreen GILHESPY • Lily REDING • Elsie REDING • Hannah BROOKS

Volunteering is simple and a wonderful way to meet people and join in with the addictive atmosphere that we create each week. Just email ellenbrookfields@parkrun.com to join the very special roster.

Special mentions to our very welcome Tourists from the Cairngorms and Bedford parkrun.
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Milestones were reached, 100 parkruns for Katherine Sweeney and 50 parkruns for Russel Rawles and Charles Whitehouse. Congratulations to you all.

You may have noticed red balloons on the course, well this was to raise awareness of World Encephalitis Day, an organisation to support people with brain injuries. Jen Redmond has now completed 6 parkruns and achieved a personal best result, knocking off over 3 minutes from her previous best time. We have lots of inspirational people attending our parkrun and Jen is one of them. Thank you for sharing your story.
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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 17:11 on 20th October 2018 (event number 128).
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 4,848 participants have completed 24,470 parkruns covering a total distance of 122,350 km, including 4,618 new Personal Bests. A total of 458 individuals have volunteered 2,850 times.

 

My thanks to the hi-vis heroes

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 143
26 January 2019
Report by Richard Stratton

This was my first time Run Directing in 2019 and I clearly I still need time to get up to full-speed - I seemed to struggle with everything today. So it's down to the fantastic team of volunteers that 303 parkrunners had a successful, safe and happy parkrun. My huge thanks to the following 27 high-vis heroes who made my job run so smoothly!

Lynne NORMAN • Roland BETON • John NORMAN • Lisa DUNCAN • Tim COOKE • Alistair LAWRENCE • Craig STEPHENSON • Mike LANCASTER • Kate BENSON • Maxine GOOLD • Allison SKEGGS • Amanda KEEN • July KEAN • James LANCASTER • Nick TRURAN • Richard STRATTON • Lucy GEORGE • Seb GEORGE • Annette STRATTON • George LYNCH • Stephen HONEY • Jack TANN • Wendy POWELL • Rob HEARN • Tom BENSON • Rowan LANCASTER • Steven DENT

This fantastic group were doubly Keen / Kean today (get it? look at the list again!) with superb levels of enthusiasm and support. And from where I was standing I know this was appreciated by all of the parkrunners who gave their thanks back.

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

Who wants some stats? I want some stats! Here are the stats:

  • This was the 5th consecutive Ellenbrook Fields parkrun to have more than 300 parkrunners - well done everyone who is keeping up their New Year's resolutions
  • 33 first timers ran, jogged and walked the course - it was great to see you and please come back next week, we will miss you if we don't see you
  • An incredible 53 of you recorded new Personal Bests (that's 17.5% of all participants!)
  • Pieter VERMEESCH was the first male finisher in a time of 16.53, he was also the runner with the highest Age Grade today and this was his 3rd consecutive first place
    • (He's got to go some to get the most consecutive first places - Neil Hume recorded 6 on the spin in June / July 2017)
  • Joanna PARKER was the first female finisher in a time of 20:23 - that was Joanna's 7th first place at Ellenbrook Fields and makes her the female runner with joint 3rd most number of first places

Overall summary
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 17:11 on 20th October 2018 (event number 128).
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 4,658 participants have completed 23,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,215 km, including 4,384 new Personal Bests. A total of 442 individuals have volunteered 2,733 times.

 

Beating The January Blues

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 142
19 January 2019
Report by Alexandra Varran

Yesterday I returned to Ellenbrook Fields for a proper parkrun.

I haven't been a total stranger as I last ran the course in November 2018, but today I ran the full course, the full 5km. Again, that might sound a bit weird. It's not that I haven't run at Ellenbrook since then - I have been busy ticking off the parkrun alphabet (7 to go!) - I've actually been running up and down the runway during my lunch break for Red January - the campaign from MIND about staying active everyday for the whole of January (https://redtogether.co.uk/) So 19 days into January it was nice to run the whole course, turn left at the bridge once and then right on the second loop, instead of literally running up and down the runway. I have become very friendly with the 4 km post pictured in Jim's previous run report! I'm always recommending Ellenbrook Fields as a great parkrun with friendly volunteers and a flat course, so I was delighted to share my parkrun with 38 first timers. We were delighted to have you as our guests, and hope to see you all again very soon!

Every person involved with Ellenbrook yesterday, be it participant or volunteer, had their own reason as to why they were there ready for 9am and I love that about parkrun. It unites people! Why were 314 of us happy to rock up and go for a 5 km adventure at 9am? It still amazes me that each week people do turn up, experienced runner, newbie, buggy runner, walker - but everyone is welcome! The sky was grey, the air was cold, but we didn't let that stop us. Everyone of us added a bit of colour as we completed the course in our brightest coloured clothes - pink, yellow, red, orange, purple, green - you name it, every colour of the rainbow was there, lighting up a slightly dull January morning. Speaking of bright colours, I can't forget about the hi-vis jackets worn by 24 hi-vis heroes yesterday. Thanks to the following individuals for making event number 142 happen:

Lynne NORMAN • Roland BETON • Stephen MCKEE • John NORMAN • Mark JEX • Anna JEX • Philippa DAVIS • Craig STEPHENSON • Clair DRAGE • John WEBBER • Michael TANDY • Kate BENSON • Lee WOOD • Rebecca BARDEN • Allison SKEGGS • Alex VARRAN • Rowan DALY • George LYNCH • Jack TANN • Fleur ALBRECHT • Rhona MCKEE • Yvette JOHNSTON • Katie FLETCHER • Tom BENSON

Congratulations to the 56 people who achieved a personal best - that's one way to start the weekend right and beat the January blues! Now, normally I would write out the names, but you'll have to forgive me this week as there are so many of you! However, I am sure you know who you are, so give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back!

Congratulations to Robert and Malcolm for achieving the 50 milestone and joining the red t-shirt club!

Finally, none of the parkrun events at Ellenbrook, across Hertfordshire or around the world could happen without the amazing volunteers, and if you're tempted about lending a hand at Ellenbrook please drop the team an email at ellenbrookfieldshelpers@parkrun.com to discuss which role is right for you.

Next week is event number 143... we hope to see you there!

p.s some additional stats if you're a parkrun geek like me...

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First male - Pieter VERMEESCH (16.51)
First female - Emily JEANES (18:40)

General

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 17:11 on 20th October 2018 (event number 128).
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 4,658 participants have completed 23,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,215 km, including 4,384 new Personal Bests. A total of 442 individuals have volunteered 2,733 times.

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