Please note that from the 7th of May, Hackney Marshes parkrun will be changing!

Please note that from the 7th of May, Hackney Marshes parkrun will be changing!

 

As mentioned at the previous couple of parkruns, we are changing the location of the start/finish area, and are also changing the route of our parkrun. This is because the East Marsh (which we currently use for a substantial chunk of the course) is being closed off in preparation for use as a coach park during the 2012 Olympic Games and will not reopen until late 2013.

 

Change of start/finish area

 

The start/finish area will be relocated from the old changing sheds to the recently completed Hackney Marshes Centre. We currently run past this impressive rust-coloured building on our running route. The Centre has excellent facilities for us to use, including:

·         Changing/shower facilities

·         Secure storage and lockers

·         Plenty of free parking for both cyclists and drivers

 

Over the summer, we also expect there to be catering facilities available, so we will be able to get a nice cuppa after the run and the race director will have the ability to process the results immediately after the event.

 

You can find out more about the Hackney Marshes Centre here:

http://www.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-marshes-improvements.htm

 

Change of parkrun route

 

We have thought long and hard about how we can use this opportunity to improve on the existing route for our runners (in terms of speed, ease of use, ambiance, accuracy, winter-proofing etc) and also for our volunteers (in terms of marshalling, marking out the course and risk identification/mitigation).

 

With this in mind, we are proposing a 5km 'there and back' route, starting and finishing at the Hackney Marshes Centre. That is, 2.5km in one direction, turn around and then 2.5km back the same way.

 

The best way to illustrate this Is to show it on a map:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=51.558343,-0.030899&spn=0.015982,0.030019&t=h&z=16&msid=205260270491167640362.0004a014ecb5c9f19b56c

 

As usual, we will use yellow arrows to mark out the course and avoid confusion and will endeavour to have a marshal at the Turning Point, if available volunteer numbers allow.

Have your say!

 

The Hackney Marshes event team would very much like to know if you have any feedback on the proposed changes and if there are any specific requests/comments you have regarding the way that we run things. This parkrun is very much 'owned' by those who use it (i.e. YOU) and we want to make it the best possible local event that we can.

 

So please get in touch if you would like to have your say or provide any general feedback by emailing us at: hackney-marshesOffice@parkrun.com

 

Best wishes,

 

Erica, Robb and Pam

Race Directors

 

 

 

Hackney Marshes parkrun – Event #44 16/04/2011

In his 1st appearance, Robin TUDDENHAM of Todmorden Harriers & AC won for the 1st time in a time of 17:13. Ian GORDON representing Mornington Chasers took second by 75 seconds recording 18:28. Ian WEIR of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC placed third in a time of 20:24.






In her 1st appearance, Elin SKAGERBERG won in a time of 19:43 for the 1st time. Elin SKAGERBERG beat Michaela GLENDINNING by 263 seconds recording 24:06 in the process. Linda INGRAM of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC placed third in a time of 24:15.

 

In today's Age Graded competition, Robin TUDDENHAM recorded a performance of 80.45%

 

In the points competition Dave MULVANY has a lead of 618 points over second placed Peter RAINS. Linda INGRAM leads Alison HAWKES by 260 in the ladies competition.

 

This week there were 6 first timers.

 

4 runners recorded PBs, bringing the total number since the Hackney Marshes started to 346. In this time, 415 runners from 52 different clubs have completed the race 1327 times covering a distance of 6635 kilometers.

 

 

Hackney Marshes parkrun – Event #43 09/04/2011

In his 6th appearance, Ben WICKHAM of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC won for the 1st time in a time of 17:16. Thomas CRAGGS representing Mornington Chasers took second by 10 seconds recording 17:26. Philip Thomas BENTLEY of London Heathside Runners AC placed third in a time of 17:30.

In her 24th appearance, Linda INGRAM of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC won in a time of 23:19 for the 3rd time. Linda INGRAM beat Claire DEAN by 99 seconds recording 24:58 in the process. Alexandra BLUM placed third in a time of 25:38.
 
In today's Age Graded competition, Ben WICKHAM recorded a performance of 75.10%
 
In the points competition Dave MULVANY has a lead of 526 points over second placed Peter RAINS.
 
Linda INGRAM leads Alison HAWKES by 254 in the ladies competition.
 
This week there were 7 first timers.
 
7 runners recorded PBs, bringing the total number since the Hackney Marshes started to 342. In this time, 409 runners from 50 different clubs have completed the race 1304 times covering a distance of 6520 kilometers.

 

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Event Number 39 – March 12th, 2011 – Report

A bright, fairly clear morning, with not much wind, certainly no rain, and even a little hint of warmth.  Could this be the reason we had a lot of PB's set today?  In all we had fourteen!!! and others were very close to their Best.  Special mention has to go to Michelle Baxter Wickham who bettered her PB by 2 minutes and 47 seconds, and Tom Chappell who improved his by 49 seconds.

We also had four new runners, so welcome to you guys.  We hope you enjoyed it and we will see you back again.

First finisher was Bertie Powell, in his ninth appearance (of which he has finished first, eight times!) with a very impressive of 15:38 - only eight seconds off his PB.  Bertie also topped the Age-Graded competition, with 82.52%.  Next was Simon Freeman in 16:42 - a time which smashed his previous best by 31 seconds.  Third home was Ben Wickham (who went the right way this time!) and finished in 17:28 - another one who took a chunk off his PB, by some 44 seconds (and not just because he decided not to add on another 400m!).

In her 21st appearance Linda Ingram was the first female past the post, for the second time, in a time of 23:27.  This beat her previous best by 2 seconds.  Michaela Glendinning was next in 23:58.  Stacey Dougherty, who was running a parkrun for the first time, came third with 24:46.

In the points competition Dave Mulvany has a lead of 350 points over second placed Peter Rains.  Linda Ingram leads Alison Hawkes by 232 in the women's competition.

 

A couple of other points:

1) We could always do with more volunteers - in the last month we have had one week with no volunteers at all, and another with just two.  As has been said many times before, parkrun only exists by the help of volunteers.  It is your parkrun, so please give some time up to enable others to enjoy the experience.

2) Could we please remind you to bring your barcodes, in paper form, as printed off the website.  Our scanners are unable to read the barcodes if they have been enlarged, minimalised, or are on your mobile phone.  It creates extra work, having to enter details in manually, so please remember to bring the paper codes, so that we can get your results out swiftly.

Until next week...and let us hope the weather is as kind as it was today.....

 

Your Hackney Marshes parkrun organising team

 

 

Sweatshop prize for February

 We are pleased to announce that the Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for February is Don Ramble


We would like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Don on his achievement. His prize is a new pair of running shoes from our friends at Sweatshop.

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Race 37 – February 26th, 2011 – RACE REPORT

This morning saw the 37th Hackney Marshes park run.  Despite the windy conditions and muddy course, left by the heavy rain of recent days, 31 runners turned out.  Welcome to our five first timers, we hope to see you again very soon and congratulations on  the 3 PB’s achieved today.  These are the parkrun results for Hackney Marshes Event 37, 26/02/2011:

 
Bertie POWELL (SM20-24) of Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies won for the 6th time, In his 7th appearance, in a time of 16:40. Ben WICKHAM (SM30-34) representing Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC took second place by 188 seconds, recording a time of 19:48. Thomas GRIMES (SM30-34) came third in a time of 19:55.
 
In her 9th appearance, Holly GILBERT (SW30-34) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC won, for the 6th time, in a time of 20:40.  Holly beat Emily MOSEDALE (SW30-34) representing Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC by 62 seconds recording a time of 21:42 in the process. Linda INGRAM (VW40-44) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC came third in a time of 24:31.
 
In today's Age Graded competition, Bertie POWELL recorded a performance of 77.40%.  In the points competition Dave MULVANY has a lead of 350 points over second placed Peter RAINS while Linda INGRAM leads Alison HAWKES by 124 in the ladies competition.
 
Since Hackney Marshes park run began, 365 runners from 49 different clubs have completed the race 1096 times covering a distance of 5480 kilometers.  The total number of PB’s is 275.
 
The male course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran 15:06 on 07/08/10, event #11. The female equivalent is held by Sarah PETERSON who ran 18:35 on 11/12/10, event #28.
 
VOLUNTEERS 
 
Thanks again to our brilliant volunteers on the day: Charlotte THRANE  •  Major Thomas CARR  •  Patrick ROBINSON
 
If you can spare some time to volunteer on the occasional Saturday morning, drop us an email at: Hackney-MarshesHelpers@parkrun.com
 
Don't forget you can follow us on Twitter and facebook 
 
Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future race reports?  Please e-mail: hackney-marshesOffice@parkrun.com
 
 
See you again soon!
 
Hackney Marshes parkrun event team
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Sweatshop Monthly Prize – November 2010

We would like to thank Hugh Brasher of Sweatshop for his generosity and to congratulate Grant on his achievement. His prize is a new pair of running shoes from our friends at Sweatshop.

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Race 29 – December 18th, 2010

Well, it was touch and go for a while however, thankfully, having inspected the course on the morning of the run it was decided that it would be safe to run, and this proved to be the case - and all before more snow bucketed down.

As to be expected, though, the number of runners was down on previous weeks, with eleven wrapping up warm and braving the elements.  Perhaps even more impressive was the number of people willing to stand around in the cold so that the run could happen; we had five volunteers (who all resisted the temptation to lob snowballs at the finishing runners!).  A big thanks to them.

Now for you stat lovers out there...the stats:

It was girl power as the first two finishers were of the fairer(!) sex; firstly Holly Gilbert in a time of 20:58, followed by fellow clubmate Emily Mosedale in 21:32.  Behind them was first male finisher Peter Rains, with 22:13; Jeremy Gill: 23:20; Nathan Copping: 23:24.  The third women, Wendy, finished in 24:18 - unfortunately without her barcode and not being able to find her name on the system, the time has not been recorded/registered against her.

Not surprisingly, due to the unfoot conditions, no PB's were recorded, though we did have one first-timer.  Holly Gilbert, as well as leading the finishers, also won the age-grading competition with 70.67.  In the points competition Dave Mulvanny still holds the lead with 269 points over second placed Peter Rains and Alison Hawkes still leads Linda INGRAM by 567 in the women's competition.

Till next time...

 

Your Hackney Marshes parkrun event team

 

 

today’s parkrun

Dear all

After inspection of the course it has been decided that today's event will go ahead HOWEVER we must state that whilst the conditions are okay for running, they are not ideal for racing and therefore we would recomend your thinking carefully about whether it is worth running.

Your Hackney Marshes event teamI

 

TOMORROW’S PARKRUN

Dear all

Due to another influx of snow we have been monitoring the conditions, in particular with regards to the suitability of being able to stage the parkrun tomorrow: December 18th.  We will check the course first thing tomorrow and then make an announcement, on this page, at around 8am on whether the parkrun can go ahead, or not.

Rest assured, it is our intention to stage the run unless absolutely necessary, in the interests of safety, to cancel.

Watch this space.

 

Your Hackney Marshes parkrun event team