Hampstead Heath parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hampstead Heath parkrun, Event number 448, 28th December 2019

This week 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

A catch up on notable recent milestones follows the volunteer section below.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers. Is this the best ever ratio of volunteers to runners? Long may it continue…

Andi SHAH • Michelle MOSSADEGH • Nick KAUFMANN • Adam LENNOX • Marina GROMOVA • Gareth WILLIAMS • Jon SLEEMAN • Jen PEMBERTON • Richard THOMAS • Polly THOMAS • David LEVEY • Jill ELLIS • Irene BINGHAM • Paul SANT • Barbara ABRAHAM • Edith MACLEAN • Sarah MARTIN • Nicky CHORLEY • Veronica BANE • Solomon SEYOUM • Ashia LOGIE • Hannah GRABINAR

Thank you

Damien Lane stepped down as one of the three overall event directors with his last weekly stint as a run director on 30 November. He has led HHpr’s volunteer team for a few years while marathoning and ultra-marathoning on the side. We wish him all the best for his next challenges, including another Comrades in S Africa. He marked his farewell with the best volunteer roll of all - folding up the filthy ground sheet – see photo

MilestonesDamien farewell

28 December
Co-event director Adam Lennox finished first at HHpr for the first time today in his first new PB for nearly 3 years and first time over 70% age graded score.

Nina Simmons JW15-17 ran her 100th parkrun at HH today, a long way from her usual home in Lower Hutt, Petone, across the harbour bay from Wellington, New Zealand.

Another antipodean visitor was Rafi Gordon, JM15-17, from Sydney, Asutralia, with a sub-20’, >70% run.

Jason Vessey, travelled down from Yorkshire to run his 50th as HH.

21 December
Angela Pollitzer notched up her 250th parkrun with another 70%+ AGS. Her gingerbread celebrations with her family are in the photo.Angela 250

Paul Sants reached 50 parkruns but was gallingly 1 second short of his pb, for the second week running. At least he got over 70% AGS for the first time with those two runs (age has some benefits).

Harriet Williams ran her 50th too.

Age category records

Toni McIntosh from Ayr in Scotland ran 20:00 (the most annoying time possible) to set a new VW40-44 record on 14 December.

Austin Soane set a wonderful VM65-69 record of 20:39 (81.19% AGS) on 2 November. Based in Frimley Lodge, Farnham, where over 200 of his 308 parkrun have taken place, he has been a tourist oin some 50 other parkruns. I wonder how many age records he has on different courses?

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

The female record is held by Hannah VINER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 347).
The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:23 on 29th September 2018 (event number 385).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 91.51% (23:33) on 9th June 2018 (event number 370).

Hampstead Heath parkrun started on 14th May 2011. Since then 17,641 participants have completed 98,538 parkruns covering a total distance of 492,690 km, including 15,373 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,023 individuals have volunteered 6,617 times.

 

More Marshals. And maybe a New Route

Greetings from HH parkrun towers!

The eagle eyed among last Saturday's runners will have noticed a somewhat familiar figure loitering at the start and around the course as we ran last week's event.

It was none other than the great Dave Bedford, former 10k world record holder, a later Race Director of the London Marathon. He was not scouting the faster runners (though with three men under or around 16:34 he might have been doing that as well), rather he was there to help the Heath management assess the event and help the RD team to think of ways to mitigate / reduce the disruption to other Heath users which has become a larger issue as we regularly attract over 400 participants to the Heath.

The visit, together with a rather damp and chilly walk round the Heath has encouraged us to do two things;

1. We need to deploy more Marshals around the Heath. These marshals will be scattered around the course, particularly at pinch points / crossing points where potential disruption are most acute. These marshals will be mostly outward facing, ambassadorial roles (in addition to the current run focused role), who will - ideally - talk to other users of the Heath, explain what parkrun is, explain what an amazing thing it is - how many people run it in London / worldwide, what it is so brilliant etc etc, as well as warning other users ahead of the start that a wall of runners is about to come hurtling down Lime Avenue. This will mean that we need to have more volunteers each week. But as we all love parkrun, and acknowledge that for it to continue we need to do our part to minimise the disruption and build relationships with other users, I am confident this will be possible. This week's response has been amazing. Please shout an extra thank you to the volunteers this week - they are awesome!!

2. The start was pretty muddy this week - if you hadn't noticed. We think we may have found a new route (even hillier, of course) which will involve starting in roughly the same place, but finishing a little distance away, so stay tuned as we firm up thinking on this.

In the meantime, thanks for reading to the end of this long message!!

See you on Saturday.

And don't forget your barcode.

#loveparkrun

 

Reminder – No Hampstead Heath parkrun 14 September

Hi All. A reminder that there is no parkrun on the Heath tomorrow due to the Jubilee Trust events. We'll be back - better than ever - next week. Have a great weekend. The RD Team.

 

Run for Your Life Charity Event by Jubilee Hall Trust – Saturday 14th September

We are taking a break from parkrun on Saturday 14th September. Our friends at Jubilee Hall Trust are holding their annual charity run. It is scenic 5K lap course covering most of the heath. See below for more information.

Run  Start

5th Annual Run for Your Life Charity Event by Jubilee Hall Trust – Saturday 14th September on Hampstead Heath

We are a small London based charity whose mission is to build healthier communities.  This event is for runners of all levels – including walkers and true beginners. The 5k/10k Trail Run will be chip-timed and provide a professional-quality running experience for seasoned runners, as well as a friendly, community atmosphere to encourage and support new and beginner runners. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to join the 2k Fun Run with those under 6 accompanied by an adult around the course.

All finishers will receive a T-Shirt and medal.

Be active, be well – bring the whole family! Local partners will join us to provide a full morning of fun, activity and wellness.

  • Enjoy wellness treatments from our lead sponsor www.Breathe-London.com
  • Connect with local athletics clubs
  • Learn about health and wellness programmes on offer from a range of local groups
  • Meet The Little Foxes and take part in their challenge (www.thelittlefoxesclub.com)

All proceeds will benefit Jubilee Hall Trust's charity programmes to get more people engaging in physical activity.

Further information and registration details can be found at www.jubileehalltrust.org/run

 

 

 

Hampstead Heath parkrun, Event number 430, 17th August 2019

The sun came out to light up a soggy Hampstead Heath on Saturday and the parkrun spirit was shining brightly. Among the 364 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 87 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests, we had I think our first wheel chair user, Claudia Burrough. Her new course record on her HHpr debut but 90th parkrun shows how tough our course is since it is almost double her times on a flat course. Claudia, pictured below, is based at Bushy Park and has done 21 different parkruns. She is rather inspirational and you can read her twitter feed and blog, where you can see the challenges she has to overcome, here https://twitter.com/claudiaburrough and http://www.seetheable.co.uk/blog

Claudia Burrough parkrun

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Avril RIDDELL • Nick KAUFMANN • Yan WEAVER • Richard POWELL • William DAWBER • Adam LENNOX • Gareth WILLIAMS • Alice COBURN • Nick HARDING • Francesco DI MAGGIO • Chris GOUGH • Janine MAKARONIDIS • Ruth GIBSON • Charlotte BLAKE • Paul SANT • Skevi FARAZI • Jenny HENMAN • Nunzia DIMAGGIO

Since our last update, the following age category records have been set at HHpr:

WWC
17/08/2019
Claudia BURROUGH
00:38:51 38.10 %

VW35-39
20/04/2019
Rebecca BUNTING
00:18:29 81.15 %

VW50-54
06/04/2019
Sandra CHANDLER
00:21:05 83.64 %

VW60-64
09/03/2019
Mary STRINGER
00:22:17 88.33 %

VM45-49
16/02/2019
Christopher GREENWOOD
00:17:29 81.12 %

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

The female record is held by Hannah VINER who recorded a time of 17:23 on 23rd December 2017 (event number 347).

The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:23 on 29th September 2018 (event number 385).

The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 91.51% (23:33) on 9th June 2018 (event number 370).

Hampstead Heath parkrun started on 14th May 2011. Since then 16,405 participants have completed 91,949 parkruns covering a total distance of 459,745 km, including 14,580 new Personal Bests. A total of 969 individuals have volunteered 6,227 times.

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