Saturday 14th March 2020 “Beat Beethoven”

So Saturday arrived with Covid 19 and checking updates from parkrunHQ we safely made it.

With limited rain - only a little shower it almost felt like spring!

So no official theme this week except “Be hygienic & don’t touch each other!” I think the majority of runners & volunteers succeeded both!

As the sun shone and the birds sung Paul (RD) and his band of merry volunteers gathered for briefing & allocation. If you’ve never volunteered you really don’t know what your missing!

With Lucy heading to the car parking machine area to welcome new & tourist parkrunners to Haldon Forest, the other volunteers headed to allocated points.

Now before I go any further I just want to share a lovely email we got after today’s parkrun.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you all, I did my first park run with you guys today, everyone was so helpful and welcoming, I was a little nervous as I am trying to get back into my running and although I've been running by myself over the winter I used to take part in lots of events, so I was a little nervous this morning and there was no need to be! 
Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome, I'm looking forward to joining you all again!
A huge thank you to all the volunteers!
Hopefully see you soon. 

Thank you Nicky and welcome, well done to all volunteers you always do Haldon Forest parkrun proud. But also to all parkrunners because together we make Haldon Forest parkrun what it is. #team

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the car park meet & greet please email the volunteer coordinator. (Details at the bottom.)

Today our fabulous RD Paul set a challenge and 92 of you managed to “Beat Beethoven.” Let hope Paul keeps up the challenge up with different music when’s he is RD.
But Paul’s awesomeness did not stop there - he pledge to donate 50p to Sport Relief for every person who “Beat Beethoven.” That was 92 of you and Paul rounded it up to £50. Peter our first time and beyond briefer pledged to match the donation. Well done and thank you to you both.

Volunteering brings lots of rewards and today M3 Gillie & Alfie had the pleasure of watching the deer.

Now some of you may of noticed Mr Token aka Maurice was missing and we wish him a speedy recovery and we thank his daughter Karen for stepping in to cover.
Thank you also to Maurice the younger who turned up to run but due to another poorly volunteer who we also wish well, Maurice stepped in an made sure we had full compliment of marshals.

Thank you to everyone in helping the barcode scanners have minimal contact with tokens, hygiene and safety of all of us is important with current climate especially.

Now on the note of hygiene please can we remind and request that the expelling of bodily fluids is not welcome anywhere on the course. That includes urine yeap no peeing in the forest, spitting and snotting. Covid 19 or not spitting in the funnel is not acceptable, nor is spitting on the course your be amazed that it often hits other runners & volunteers.

So who spotted one of our dedicated Inspirational Women from last weeks run out running today?
Lovely to see Jo Pavey enjoying the course with her family today and well done on last weeks run at Exmouth,
where Jo set a new female course record.

Next week we have volunteers from Goodgym contributing to the volunteer roster please checkout their group page

Please keep a close eye on our Facebook and website for any updates in reference to COVID 19. All action and decisions are in accordance to parkrun HQ. If you are not well or may of been in contact with someone who may or has covid 19 please stay away from parkrun. Any volunteers who turn up unwell they will not be able to volunteer and will be kindly turned away by the RD or ED.

Paul & the merry volunteers

Paul & the merry volunteers

Beautiful marshal points

Beautiful marshal points

Just ready to run

Just ready to run

Happy marshal

Happy marshal

Please keep well and for those who have had organised runs postponed and cancelled - there is always another run.

Don’t forget Saturday 28th March 2020 we have our postponed 1st Birthday parkrun celebration. Fancy dress encouraged and some we know don’t need to much encouragement! So come as your superhero, your favourite animal, character or something else your imagination takes you to! But if thats not your thing just having you with us is enough.

Fancy volunteering please emailing the fabulous Becci our volunteer coordinate

Thank you Haldon Forest & all the Rangers for your hard work and support to parkrun.

Haldon Forest parkrun
Event number 54
14th March 2020

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Paul BARTER • Karen COLLARD • Rebecca BARTER • Lucy BOMFORD • Karla GREGORY • Peter HENDY-IBBS • Helen FYFE • Ralph FYFE • Lottie FYFE • Lisa RAYMONT • Maurice RAYMONT • Rhianna RAYMONT • Rona MCINTYRE • Rachael BURROWS • James BURROWS • Julie BARTON • Eva MCALARY • Pearse MCALARY • Ethan RAYMONT • Chris GOODE • Gillian BUXTON • Emily FYFE • Andrew GREGORY • Claudius RUDIN • Janice BOMFORD

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

The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:48 on 11th May 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Oliver SMART who recorded a time of 16:16 on 22nd February 2020 (event number 51).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 88.58% (20:43) on 17th August 2019 (event number 25).

Haldon Forest parkrun started on 23rd February 2019. Since then 3,006 participants have completed 7,658 parkruns covering a total distance of 38,290 km, including 1,322 new Personal Bests. A total of 269 individuals have volunteered 1,081 times.

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