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 and let us know what you fancy doing. Our volunteer roster for the next few weeks can be found here:

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)


Upcoming Special Celebration Events

Every Ellenbrook Fields parkrun is a special parkrun but some are just a tiny bit more special than others and as it happens we have quite a few of those extra special ones coming up!

Our 200th ef parkrun happens to fall on 22-02-2020 - which we feel needs to be marked.  But how??? I hear you cry!

Why with tutus of course!  Everyone wearing tutus! Short ones, long ones, bright ones, dark ones, silk ones, net ones, fancy ones and homemade ones! Tutus for all!

parkrun tutu



February 29th - Leap Year parkrun! How can we top the 200th tutu run you may wonder... why we will reverse the course of course!  All our usual fun but in reverse!





March 7th - International Womens Day - lets get more women walking, running and  jogging at ef, the most we have ever had!  Lets set a new record!  Bring your sister, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, niece, neighbour - bring them all!  #IWD #ThisGirlCan




And finally (for now) its our 4th parkrun birthday on May 24th and we will mark this most wonderful of occasions with cake and Pacers!

4th birthday


Of course we need volunteers for all these events so please email to bag your favorite role before it gets snapped up!

Then sit back relax and start your tutu shopping/making!  There will of course be a prize for the 'Most Wonderful tutu' and the 200th finisher on February 22nd!  See you there!

tutu runner





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.

crisp and clear

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 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.


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

Dave Kendal 100

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

HH March 2020 Page 2

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.