LONDON CARDIFF 24 HOUR TEAM RELAY CHALLENGE

London Cardiff 24 is a unique team experience for runners. A group with mixed abilities is able to compete in a race together starting in the Twickenham area on Friday 30th May and finishing in Cardiff Millennium stadium on the evening of Saturday 31st May.

There are 24 stages which vary from 20 minutes running to 2 hours. Teams have to work together to navigate between stages and support their runner over each stage. There are team stages as well where the whole team runs together. The final mile is an example-  which has teams running together into Millennium stadium to finish. You see yourselves on the big screens as the music from the after race party rocks out.

 

A team needs 8-12 runners, some of whom need to be able to run something like 5k/10k and others who need to be marathon fit. There are 24 individual legs which range from 3 miles to 13 miles but don’t worry too much - there are ten legs which are less than 5 miles and only four legs over 10 miles.  Each person in the team is expected to run two individual legs each and the three team legs (all under 2 miles); however each team can split up the legs between their runners in any way they like. Often teams will run in pairs at night, or cycle alongside one of their runners. The golden rule is that one runner in your team has to being running at all times.

 

For more information about this amazing charity run go to:

http://www.wolfpackrunning.com/#!london-cardiff-24/c1n5q

 

 

Gunpowder parkrun event number 113: 4th January 2014

Milestone passed as our first Gunpowder parkrunner completes 100 Home runs!

Crossing the finish line this week was a very special person - Derek Weedon, who has attended Gunpowder parkrun from its very first event.  Not only has he managed to clock up100 home runs at Gunpowder park - and in so doing become the FIRST to achieve this - he has also managed to fit in a variety of volunteer roles.  Well done Derek, we knew you could do it!

To ensure maximum embarrassment, the Gunpowder Office Crew secretly organized a special Community Café with the usual tea/coffee/cake but with the addition of a little champagne and a celebration cake made expertly by John Bennett   To commemorate the occasion we presented Derek with a special mug - with his mugshot on - that was to be unique.  However, someone in the factory must have been having that 'Friday feeling' as TWO identical mugs were delivered - and now Derek has a second mug to annoy his rivals with when they come round for a cuppa.  Thank you everyone who helped to organize this surprise party and thanks for keeping it such a well guarded secret!

This week there were 77 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Men's placings:
Julian LINGS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:58 - third time in 3 appearances.
Stewart ANDERSON (SM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:37 - was first to finish once before.
Louis CLARK (SM30-34) of Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies, was third over the line in 20:17 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jon WAIGHT (Unattached) 1043 pts.
Paul REDDAWAY (Broxbourne Runners) 982 pts.
Martin MCSLOY (Unattached) 920 pts.

Women's placings:
Lisa BANAHAN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (16th overall) over the line in 23:16 - first appearance.
Natasha PACK (SW30-34) of Hoddesdon Tri Club, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 24:02.
Katharine HANCOX (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 24:13 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Emma RIVERS (Unattached) 956 pts.
Sarah GROGAN (Orion Harriers) 924 pts.
Wendy REDDAWAY (Unattached) 890 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julian LINGS (SM25-29) was graded 76.03% for the time 16:58 (first overall).
Bob JOUSIFFE (VM65-69) was graded 71.15% for the time 23:48 (20th overall).
Jon WAIGHT (VM50-54) was graded 70.29% for the time 20:59 (7th overall).

 

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

 

Monthly prize winner for September 2013

Congratulations to Richard Francis who is our monthly prize winner for September. Richard has completed 19 runs all at Gunpowder parkrun. He has achieved a personal best of 28.01 on 1st June 2013.

We'd like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Richard on his achievement. His prize is a new pair of running shoes fitted at the local Sweatshop.

The winner is chosen by the event director or members of the committee designated by him. The successful candidates are often chosen for their perseverance, total number of runs and improvement overall. However, we can award the prize for other reasons at our discretion. If you know someone who has overcome adversity, personal illness or is deserving in any other way, please let us know by emailing gunpowderoffice@parkrun.com and we promise to consider your nomination.

 

Anniversary celebrations 2nd November

Just to let you know that the annual points competition will end on 26th October which is the 2nd anniversary, however we won't be celebrating our anniversary until 2nd November. We will be celebrating our annual points winners and have tea, coffee and cakes on 2nd November so please do stay after the run and have a chat.

If you have a 10, 50 or 100 parkrun T shirt , please wear it on this day so we can get a picture of you all!

 

 

Journalist report for Gunpowder parkrun event #97 14th September

This week there were 85 runners, of whom 14 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part. Gunpowder parkrun started on 22nd October 2011, and we will reach our 100 runs in a few weeks time, followed by our 2nd year anniversary which falls on 26th October.

There was a black fleece left behind so if you think that this belongs to you please email gunpowderoffice@parkrun.com . Lost property will be kept for 3 weeks and if at the end of that time the item hasn't been claimed , a good home will be found for it.

Men's placings:

Daniel PICKERING (SM20-24)  of Bedford & County AC,  was first  over the line in 17:45 - first appearance. Larry MANGELSHOT (VM50-54)  of Ware Joggers,  was second  over the line in 18:27. Jamie JEPHCOTT (VM40-44)  of Harlow RC,  was third  over the line in 19:19 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Jon WAIGHT (Unattached) 3467 pts. Luke RIVERS (Unattached) 3231 pts. Tony HIRD (British Airways AC) 2884 pts.

Women's placings:

Lottie ROWEDDER (JW14)  (Unattached)  was first (15th overall) over the line in 22:11 - 10th time in 24 appearances. Sue GAWLEY (VW40-44)  (Unattached)  was second (17th overall) over the line in 22:26 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. Katharine HANCOX (VW40-44)  (Unattached)  was third (22nd overall) over the line in 23:34 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Judy WAREHAM (Ware Joggers) 3542 pts. Chris HACK (Edmonton RC) 2694 pts. Emma RIVERS (Unattached) 2689 pts.

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

 

Journalist Report for Gunpowder parkrun event #96 7th September 2013

This week there were 105 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Gunpowder parkrun started on 22nd October 2011, and we will be celebrating our second anniversary on 26th October.

Men's placings:

An unknown runner was first. Stuart SAVILLE (SM20-24)  of Harlow RC,  was second  over the line in 18:25. Matthew WATT (SM35-39)  of Gade Valley Harriers,  was third  over the line in 18:28.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Jon WAIGHT (Unattached) 3371 pts. Luke RIVERS (Unattached) 3164 pts. Michael RIVERS (Unattached) 2876 pts.

Women's placings:

Lucie BENOVA (SW30-34)  (Unattached)  was first (30th overall) over the line in 22:51 - first time in 4 appearances. Lottie ROWEDDER (JW14)  (Unattached)  was second (32nd overall) over the line in 22:59 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions. Katharine HANCOX (VW40-44)  (Unattached)  was third (39th overall) over the line in 23:31 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Judy WAREHAM (Ware Joggers) 3472 pts. Chris HACK (Edmonton RC) 2628 pts. Debbie CLARK (Unattached) 2618 pts.

Our next community café will take place this Saturday 14th September when we will be having tea, coffee and cakes after the run so please stay around and chat to your other parkrunnners.

The volunteers provide this on a donation basis and if you would like to provide a cake, please email gunpowderoffice@parkrun.com to let me know as it helps with supplies.

Thanks and keep on running

 

 

“Join In ” Event Saturday 7th September

Join In started in a very special year. On the weekend between the end of the Olympics and the start of the Paralympics, 300,000 people took part in the inaugural Join In by going back to where it starts for every great champion: their local sports club.

The aim of Join In is to encourage people to help out at sports clubs and community groups around the UK. The first step is for clubs and groups to host special community events. (There were more than 6,000 events held for Join In 2012.)

Gunpowder parkrun has posted our Saturday event on the Join in website so we may have more first time runners or people enquirying about volunteering on that day.

 Join In 2013 looks set to be bigger and better than ever. And everyone's invited! The Join In Summer kicked  off on 27 July and runs through to 9 September. More than 6,500 events have already been registered, and the numbers are growing fast. Search for events near you today.

for more information on Join in please have a look at their website at https://www.joininuk.org

 

Community Cafe – request for cakes for 10th August

Our next community cafe at Gunpowder parkrun will be held on Saturday 10th August so please if you would like to make or bring a cake along , please let either Jane, Bethany or Helen know next week or email gunpowderoffice@parkrun.com

Many thanks

Gunpowder Volunteer Team

 

Lee Valley Aquathlon Series at Lee Valley White Rafting Centre

An exciting new aquathlon series is taking place within Lee Valley Regional Park on the second Tuesday of the month from May to October.

Whether you are a novice or experienced triathlete, why not challenge yourself to one of our new aquathlon events.

Starting at Lee Valley White Water Centre, the monthly event involves two race distances of either a 250m or 500m open water swim in the centre's lake followed by a 3k or 5.5k run along a scenic route around River Lee Country Park.

For further information and to register please check it out. below

http://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms/whatson/lee-valley-aquathlon/

 

Monthly Prize Winner for April 2013

Congratulations to Debbie Clarke who was our monthly prize winner for April. Debbie has been one of our regular runners from the start of Gunpowder parkrun back in 2011. She has consistently improved her times and can often be seen being encouraged and supported by her family (not to mention all the lovely cakes provided by her Mum for the community cafe)

Debbie has completed a total of 61 runs, 49 of them being at Gunpowder and has volunteered on a number of occasions.  She achieved her most recent personal best time of 30.04 on 27th April 2013.

We'd like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Debbie on her achievement. Her prize is a new pair of running shoes fitted at the local Sweatshop.
 
The winner is chosen by the event director or members of the committee designated by him. The successful candidates are often chosen for their perseverance, total number of runs and improvement overall. However, we can award the prize for other reasons at our discretion. If you know someone who has overcome adversity, personal illness or is deserving in any other way, please let us know by emailing gunpowderoffice@parkrun.com and we promise to consider your nomination.

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