#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!!!

 

 

The Day before the Storm #198 By Jim Davis

It was the day before Storm Ciara to hit the UK. It was a bright, clear morning at Ellenbrook Fields, but the small loop still had lots of slippery sections and a surprising amount of mud. It was quite warm compared with the previous few days, maybe 7 or 8C.  I wrote this watching Ciara blow down branches and trees and lash my back garden with rain. I am sooooo glad it didn’t hit the day before.

 

 

Today the Volunteers  were – Lynne NORMAN, John NORMAN, Bikram BAL, Andrew HOLT, Martin CRISP, Philippa DAVIS, Sarah HAVERSON, Kate BENSON, Lee WOOD, Maxine GOOLD, Jim DAVIS, Allison SKEGGS, Christopher ANSELL, Kirsty SLATER, Becky LEWIS, Emily REDING, Maxine DOWN, Tanya HONEY, Stephen HONEY, Zac LEWIS, Andrew HETHERINGTON, Tom BENSON, Ralph WHITWORTH, Huxley LEWIS, Gill COOPER and Dave VALENTINE. 

 

This was the 198th parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields. So there is just a couple of weeks until Ellenbrook Fields 200th running, which will be on 22/02/2020. Somehow that seems like fantastic original planning nearly 4 years ago. It is my favourite and home course. I like just about everything about it, from getting a hug from Lynn when I first turn up, through to being told ‘jolly good Jim’ as I finish, regardless of how well I have done. Oh, and of course, it is flat.   

 

There were 55 PBs. Out of a field of 352 that’s quite a lot. Very well done to everyone who achieved one. 

 

First lady home was Anna PARKER, in a brilliant 19:59 for 7th overall and a PB. In fact, her second PB in two weeks. She was also the 3rd lady on the age graded table. Second lady was Joanna PARKER, with 20:10 in 9th overall and 1st on the overall age graded table for the day with 82.15%. She was followed by Karen SHEARD, with 22:26 in 31st overall. 

 

First man home was Geraint WHITE in 18:23. Second across the line was Nathanael ZAPICO with 19:30. John HARRIS was 3rd overall with 19:40 and scored 79.49% for the 2nd best overall age graded score of the day and joint first by a man. John is, as you have probably deduced, a little older than Geraint and Nathanael. 

 

The most significant of the more senior runners was Colin SINGLETON with 21.42 in the VM65-69 age group. This gave him the overall joint equal 2nd best overall age graded rating of the day with 79.49% and, therefore, equal first man with John HARRIS. Colin is a little older than John. 2nd best of the ladies was Rebecca BARDEN with 75.07%. 

 

Let me also congratulate Alana CREEK and Bella FLAHERTY. These were our youngest ladies. Also please let me congratulate Leo AMEL-AZIZPOUR, Zac SUMMERS, Jack GEPP, Archie SUMMERS, Matthew KATEMBA, Arjan RANDHAWA, Charlie WHITFIELD, Liam RICHARDSON, Aidan RICHARDSON, 

Seth HUGHES, Lucas JONES and Zac MOSTYN. These were our youngest gentlemen.

 

This week 352 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. Please let me welcome all first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. We hope that you’ll come again. It is a really very beautiful course when the sun shines, and we have some amazing cows and lots of history. 

 

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):

 

Andy Holt – his 347th parkrun and the most by anyone on the day. It was double volunteer points for him as he fulfilled First Timer Briefing and Tail Walker roles before taking part in the Met League in the afternoon.

Colin Singleton – his 200th parkrun.

Adam Paul Pierce SMITH – the highest placed first timer to Ellenbrook Fields in 10th.

Sarah Haverson – the RUN Director, so she takes all the responsibility and should get all the praise.


Please don’t forget that the run on 28th Feb will see the course run in reverse to celebrate Leap Year. I look forward to that. I have only ever run Ellenbrook Fields in the conventional direction.

 

Storm Denis #199 (15th February 2020)

 

So after Storm Ciara last Saturday, it’s the turn of Storm Denis this weekend. The rain held off but it was a pretty windy event, at numerous times we found ourselves chasing after various signs and bits of kit that were blowing away in all directions. Surprisingly we didn’t lose Lynne’s white plastic table and chairs, I would’ve put money on the fact that it was going to end up in the University.

This week’s event was made possible by our wonderful volunteers: Lynne Norman, John Hill, Philippa Davis, Jan Haydon, Sarah Haverson, Tim Searle, Tim Cooke, Kate & Tom Benson, Maxine Goold, Allison Skeggs, Emily Hughes, Christopher Ansell, Paul & Amanda Osgood, Tanya Honey, Ralph Whitworth, Maureen, Eleanor & Olivia Liu, Abbie Cook, Angela Cook and Ava Montgomerie

This week 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Very impressed that anyone managed to get a PB with all that mud!

Some quick statistics for you, our first parkrunner to cross the line was Jack Tann with a time of 18:22, while our first lady home was Hannah Turner in a time of 21.27.

Next Saturday (22nd Feb) we’ll be celebrating our 200th parkrun, we’re encouraging everyone to wear a tutu to help us mark the occasion.

Then on Saturday 29th Feb we’ll be marking leap year with a special reverse parkrun, so please come a join in the fun.

As always we’d love some more volunteers to enable us to put on an enjoyable and safe parkrun, it’s really easy and no job is too complicated. If you’re able to help, or know of anyone else that might be interested, please drop an email to ellenbrookfieldshelpers@parkrun.com and let us know what you fancy doing. Our volunteer roster for the next few weeks can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/ellenbrookfields/futureroster/

Well done to everyone who ran this weekend and I look forward to seeing you again next weekend!

Happy running

Clair Drage

(this week’s RD)

 

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Event number 196 25th January 2020

Burning the calories for Burns Night!

This week 395 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Your Run Director Allison Skeggs welcomes you to event 196

Your Run Director Allison Skeggs welcomes you to event 196

We welcomed tourists from Reading in Berkshire, Montrose in Scotland and Taunton in Somerset, as well as our first timers.  We gave our Vegan runners a shout out and of course we thanked our regular runners.

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Ciaran, Claire and John on clothing security!

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Colourful attire

We also acknowledged parkrun milestones of 50 and 150 and a special mention to Lee Wood for his 99th parkrun at Ellenbrook and for sharing a box of 99 Cadbury flakes with his parkrun family.  Congratulations on these great achievements.

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Haringey parkrunners supporting Good Gym charity

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Tim Searle at speed

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catching the first group

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open heart surgery 12 weeks ago, yes really! A-maz-ing!

This week the parkrun results system made us aware of 6 errors.  3 barcodes were all used twice, so manual intervention was required to allow the results to be processed.  Please double-check that you have the correct barcode in your hand, before being scanned!  Thank you.

The event was made possible by 21 fabulous volunteers:

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Joolz SCOTT • Andrew HOLT • Carrie HUDSON • Sarah HAVERSON • Kate BENSON • Maxine GOOLD • Helen PAINE • Claire HOWARD • Allison SKEGGS • Emily HUGHES • Christopher ANSELL • Catherine REID • Ciaran WELSH • Tom BENSON • Gill COOPER • Nicola SANDERS • Mairi BANKS • Dave VALENTINE • Alison KIERNAN

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 6,936 participants have completed 39,101 parkruns covering a total distance of 195,505 km, including 6,910 new Personal Bests. A total of 589 individuals have volunteered 3,958 times.

 

Event #195 – Crisp and Bright

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 195
18th January 2020

This week 381 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers  to Ellenbrook Fields and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

It was a pure delight for the mud which we have become accustomed to at Ellenbrook to be covered in a glittery layer of frost, which created its own challenges, but it made a welcome change!  It was also most pleasant to feel the warmth of the sun and despite the chilly temperature shown on the thermometer it felt surprisingly warm and spring like.

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The event was made possible by 26  wonderful if slightly chilly volunteers:

Julianne NIGHTINGALE • Philippa DAVIS • Tony HARDEN • Carrie HUDSON • Jan HAYDON • Laura WALKER • Sarah HAVERSON • Maxine GOOLD • Rebecca BARDEN • Allison SKEGGS • Emily HUGHES • Christopher ANSELL • Kirsty SLATER • Stephen HONEY • Alex LI • Emmanuelle BENTLEY-SANDERS • Elisabeth GROVER • Tom BENSON • Caroline GRIFFIN • Sally MATTHEWS • Noreen GILHESPY • Gill COOPER • David FLIN • Laura BUTCHINS • Dave VALENTINE • Nigel MARRIOTT

We volunteer at parkrun because we love it, its fun and you get to learn some new skills in a warm welcoming environment.  But just so you know - you are welcome to join us!  It is not a closed club and any/everyone is welcome to volunteer with us whenever they want. There are all sorts of jobs to do so please just have a quick chat about the options next time you are at parkrun or email ellenbrookfieldshelpers@parkrun.com to book yourself in.

We had plenty of milestones this week with the largest number being Graham Sharp celebrating his 250th parkrun.  We also had 23 people complete their first ever parkrun - which is always brilliant to see as often the 1st parkrun is actually much harder than the 250th!

Well done to all our first timers!

Regulars Carole Dathan and Dave Kendal completed their 100th parkruns and the whole Brimley family complete with entourage, photographer (many thanks Nigel), cake and balloons smashed their 50th parkrun!  Thank you all for sharing your milestones (and cakes and chocolates) with us at Ellenbrook Fields.

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Carole far left just after her 100th parkrun with her fellow Oh ladies Runners.

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Dave Kendal with his running buddy just before the home stretch for his 100th parkrun.

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Brimley family just reaching the top of the taxi way to complete their 50th parkruns!

All photos courtesy of Nigel who was our volunteer photographer this week.

Date for the diary - Inetrnational Womens Day on March 7th - we will be aiming to get more female runners than men - so bring a female friend or two!

Hatfield 10 K & Half Marathon - March 29th

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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 6,867 participants have completed 38,706 parkruns covering a total distance of 193,530 km, including 6,863 new Personal Bests. A total of 588 individuals have volunteered 3,937 times.

 

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Event number 193 4th January 2020

Massive attendance for the New Year!

This week 403 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 93 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

We welcomed tourists from Manchester, Greece and New Zealand, our first timers to Ellenbrook Fields and of course we thanked our regular runners.

We also acknowledged parkrun milestones of 50 and 150. Congratulations on these great achievements. What was especially encouraging, were the 93 first timers. That is a high number and we hope to see you all again next week!

The event was made possible by 26 fabulous volunteers:

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Simon ERRINGTON • Helen ERRINGTON • Tim COOKE • Denise HILL • Philippa DAVIS • Sue ROCKHILL • Kate BENSON • Maxine GOOLD • Allison SKEGGS • Christopher ANSELL • Karen ATKINSON • John O'CALLAGHAN • July KEAN • Kirsty SLATER • Emily REDING • Maxine DOWN • Tanya HONEY • Stephen HONEY • Sandra WELLSTEAD • Alan MAKEPEACE • Tom BENSON • Archie MAKEPEACE • Dave VALENTINE • Abbie COOK

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.comto join the very special roster.

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 6,773 participants have completed 37,965 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,825 km, including 6,791 new Personal Bests. A total of 577 individuals have volunteered 3,889 times.

 

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Event number 171 10th August 2019

Hold onto your hats!

If you hadn’t noticed, it was blowing a gale!

With safety in mind, we decided not to display any signs or flags and added a couple of extra marshals for safety, guidance and encouragement.

Congratulations went out to Jim Davis (one of Verlea’s finest) who hit his milestone of 200 parkruns and also to Daniel Pudner of Garden City Runners who hit his 100th parkrun.

We welcomed tourist from Switzerland and Bristol, applauded our first timers to Ellenbrook Fields and of course we thanked our regular runners.

This week 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

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The barcode scanning team
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Birgitte Woehik - first timer

Birgitte Woehik - one of our first timers

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers and I must say how impressed I was with their can do attitude, their vigilance and support:

Lynne NORMAN • Roland BETON • John NORMAN • Philippa DAVIS • Maxine GOOLD • Claire HOWARD • Sarah BADGER • Catherine REID • Gregg TAYLOR • Jonathan Krishnan WILDING • Karl WILDING • Annette STRATTON • Emily REDING • Jianmei WANG • Sandra WELLSTEAD • Lauren CHAMPKIN • Yvette JOHNSTON • Tom BENSON • Noreen GILHESPY • April HURP • 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.
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 5,879 participants have completed 31,481 parkruns covering a total distance of 157,405 km, including 5,907 new Personal Bests. A total of 525 individuals have volunteered 3,393 times.

 

“Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed…”

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 162
8th June 2019
Report and photos by Sarah Haverson

Well, it certainly was wet, wet, wet this week (did you see what I did there?) and it was also a first as we welcomed bridegroom, Andy McBean, to Ellenbrook Fields, on his way to his wedding later in the day.

McBean

Continuing with the watery film theme, it was then time for a perfect storm - thank you to the lovely volunteers who did their best under the rather unpleasant whether conditions! Both stopwatches had a funny 5 minutes, which meant at one point there was a discrepancy of 8 runners between them, then there was a muddle over the finish tokens (note to self - double check that all the tokens are there and in the right order before the run starts...) and finally there may have been an issue with the scanners used for scanning the finish tokens. How as runners can you help I here you say? Volunteer...become familiar with what’s involved, the bigger our group of core volunteers the less likely the chance that issues may happen. When you’ve finished your run remember let the scanners know who you are first (scan your bar code) and then where you came (scan your finish token) and don’t forget to return the finish token too.

So the results were delayed, but with perseverance and help from parkrun HQ and patience for our lovely park runners they were finally processed.

Phew!

This week 281 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by the following 21 volunteers:

Lynne NORMAN • John NORMAN • Carrie HUDSON • Sarah HAVERSON • Mandy PARSBEY • Gemma SEARLE • Jim DAVIS • Russell RAWLES • Emma RAWLES • Kirsty SLATER • Jonathan Krishnan WILDING • Karl WILDING • Maxine DOWN • George LYNCH • Stephen HONEY • Tom BENSON • Sally MATTHEWS • Maureen GOODALL • Dave VALENTINE • Abbie COOK • Angela COOK

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

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