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Race 47 – May 7th, 2011 – RACE REPORT

This week saw 30 runners brave the imminent downpours to try out the new course and new start/finish area. Thanks to the ever wonderful volunteers, we managed to get the new course pegged out and marshalled in plenty of time.

 

First off, apologies to those runners who gathered at the old start location - we managed to scoop up most of you before the start of the event and point you in the right direction towards the Hackney Marshes Centre. I know that a few of you who came close to 9am missed us, but good on you for running the old course anyway and we look forward to seeing you at the new start soon.

 

The low-down on the new course

 

The start consists of a 100m dash on grass, before popping through a gap in the hedge and on to the main marshes path. The route continues along a tree-lined, leafy (and sometimes very buggy!) tarmac path in an anticlockwise direction around the marshes. The course then opens up onto the main marsh, before passing the old changing sheds (and our old starting point), before joining the Lea Navigation Channel path towards the turnaround point, our friendly marshal Tim and the half way mark. Runners then complete a u-turn, some more efficiently than others, before following the same route back for 2.5km to the Hackney Marshes Centre and the finish line.

 

The results

 

The first face to peek around the hedges and bound towards the finish was the consistently impressive Bertie POWELL of Woodford Green AC who won in a time of 16:50. That makes a tidy dozen wins for Bertie at Hackney Marshes, so well done! In his first 5k of the season and first run at Hackney Marshes, Robin JONES took second by 30 seconds recording 17:20. Robin is also one of our local Sweatshop reps, so good job and thanks for the vouchers! Neil COOK of Victoria Park Harriers, who was also a first timer, placed third in a time of 17:46.

 

Elin SKAGERBERG stormed home as the first woman in a time of 18:57. This was her second win and due to the torrential downpour, her barcode did not read. So thanks for getting in touch after the event to claim your well deserved position! Linda INGRAM from Victoria Park Harriers was the second woman home in a time of 23:14, and she recorded a new PB in the process. Dorothea GARTLAND placed third in a time of 23:48.

 

The verdict?

 

Considering the downpour that unleashed its’ fury after about 10 minutes of running, 14 runners recorded PBs – the new course is proving to be fast and accurate, the only challenge is navigating the turnaround point at half way – we are working on how we can make this better for you. The feedback was great; considering there were lots of soggy runners: the new course cuts out the desolate east marshes, some runners prefer the certainty of a ‘there and back’ course, others commented that they preferred not knowing how far they had run, and people said that it was great to see others running on the course.

 

Until next Saturday, have a great week and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

The Event Team

(Robb, Pam and Erica)

 

P.S.

 

If you can spare some time to volunteer on the occasional Saturday morning, drop us an email at: Hackney-MarshesHelpers@parkrun.com

 

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Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future race reports?  Please e-mail: hackney-marshesOffice@parkrun.com

 

 

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