Run Report 14th December 2019 Event 33

And the brave run for the longed for prize!

Hanworth Park - once a royal hunting park of Henry VII - was the scenario of another type of hunt today: at the finish line was the longed for priced wolf and the runners the hunters of such valued hunting piece.

The day started a bit grey, a bit windy and the terrain a bit dump due the showers fallen during the week but - even so - nothing stopped the volunteers to stand up for another wonderful day, as every Saturday start with P for parkrun.

By 8:20 Leanne Murray, Steve McCarthy and few others were sorting out some bits and bobs whilst good chats were the antechamber of the great vibe that can be felt in this flat and wonderful venue.

The terrain wasn't very muddy but perhaps a little bit to stop runners from having good PBs today. Runners were arriving, locals and tourists from Bedford Lakes, Richmond, Bushy Park, Guildford, and even from Portrush in Ireland!

More volunteers arrived, some dressed for the season: reindeer antlers, Christmas jumpers, elf costumes. One of them even brought a huge inflatable candy cane!

Leanne, our Run Director today called everyone who dared to exchange a lovely warm cup of tea in the warm of their homes for a run in the park, a ritual that - like the tea break - can't be avoided. Leanne went through the well-known parkrun rules: two laps in a really flat course, in the shape of a quite wide Y letter, open over grass, tarmac and hard surface.
The start and the finish lines were some distance apart one to another. It was a bit chill some runners were brave enough to run in short sleeve t-shirts!

Everyone got ready for the priced hunt. A few sunrays warmed the great parkrunners' spirit we had today. “Go!”, and all the runners started their journey along the course. They encountered Andrea Lund, Mark Thomas and Steve McCarthy on their way, cheering all the runners up from their marshaling spots.
Andrea flooded the air with Christmas carols that emanated from her radio-player. enhancing runners' motivation from her marshaling spot. That was a lovely idea!

At the end of the two laps, the funnel was the antechamber of the desired hunting piece, a token, this time accompanied by the wonderful treats that the volunteers from Christ Church in Feltham offered to every participant, either runner or volunteer: tea, coffee and mince pies.

Everyone by the finish line enjoyed the warmth: those arriving to the finish line enjoyed the warming cheers from those that were already enjoying their hot drinks.

Today we had 3 PBs and 15 first timers at Hanworth parkrun from a total of 56 parkrunners.

Thank you to everyone that came to run today and - of course – thank you to all and everyone of our great volunteers: Mark Thomas, Marina Parnell, Julie Bayliss, Leanne Murray, Andrea Lund, Terri Creaser, Lynn Howard, Andy Tapping, David Gasper, Steve McCarthy, Ray Hutchinson, Sue Dennison, Ollie Baines, Sofia Fernandez Rodriguez, Luke Resch, Dawn Stephens, Anna Tapping and Shreya Shah.

Don't you believe me? Come and check it by yourself!

By the way, don't forget to bring some packed food - if possible - next Saturday as we will be make a collection to donate them to the Feltham Food Bank. 

Sofia Fernandez Rodriguez

 

 

Run Report 7th December 2019 Event 32

I always find that parkrun venues are invariably steeped in history, and Hanworth Park is no exception. No lesser figures than King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr had trodden the paths that made up the old Tudor hunting grounds that we use now for the parkrun. The old Hanworth Aerodrome - that saw Amelia Earhart visit after her historic crossing of the Atlantic - was that very area of boggy ground that we all squelched through today. Even the early morning mist that would have once shrouded the Graf Zeppelin when it visited Hanworth Park back in 1932, was there to greet the very early participants.

The morning welcomed the Hanworth runners, joggers, walkers, and plodders with cool, rather dank conditions, but that didn’t dampen spirits as it was smiles all round for the 50 participants who toed the start line. The first timers briefing was given by David GASPER,

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followed by Run Director Julie BAYLISS who gave her pre-event briefing, and a special thanks to the wonderful volunteers that make parkrun possible:

Marshalls:   Neil and Theo & Angie

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The finishing line with Timekeepers: Leanne and Hannah

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The Full Volunteer list: Adrian CLEMENT | Angie EGLESFIELD | David GASPER | Dawn STEPHENS | Hannah MCCAMBRIDGE | Julie BAYLISS | Krishna Kishore YERRA | Leanne MURRAY | Maisie FARMER | Michelle HUTCHINSON | Neil CREASER | Ray HUTCHINSON | Shreya SHAH | Steve MCCARTHY | Vanessa ARTHUR.

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One notable landmark was Anna WLODARCZYK who ran her 200th parkrun, and was also 3rd female home.

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We also welcomed 12 Newcomers to Hanworth, and there was also 3 PB’s from:

Aidan O'BRIEN 22:34
Steve ADEY Run Walk Run 37:11
Shirley WIMSETT 42:27

The first male runner to cross the finish line was Paul WOOLLEY from Datchet Dashers in 18:27.

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The first female runner was Catherine LE CHEVALIER from Shepperton Running Club in 25:28.

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And let us not forget out four-legged friends that braved the muddy conditions:

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Participants today were, in the main, from local areas today such as Richmond, Sunbury, and Upton-Court, such as Vickii & Fraser from Ashford.

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Note: A full listing of Hanworth parkrun event statistics and results can be found on the website’s Results page.

Great running everyone! DFYB . . . Don't Forget Your Barcode!

Adrian Clement 07/12/2019

 

Run Report 16th November 2019 Event 29

A Tourist's View

This was my second time running at Hanworth parkrun, my first being in the very early days back in May when it first started. As I had no vehicle this week I was looking for a run that was easy to get to by public transport and I decided to visit again to try and improve my time.

If any other tourists are thinking of running at Hanworth I would definitely encourage them. It's easy to get to; about 20 minutes walk from Feltham station (a nice warm up jog) and all the trains on that line stop at Feltham so it's quite easy to get to from central London. I found a short cut by entering the park by the footbridge where Hanworth Road meets Uxbridge Road which brings you out quite close to the start. 

It's a good sized open space with an old church in the far corner and plenty of facilities, including a cafe and a swimming pool, and the two lap course is fast and flat. It's multi terrain; some is on grass, though it wasn't as wet and muddy as I expected. The rest is on paths either hard tarmac or compacted earth with more give. As always, the volunteers are very friendly and encouraging. The field was relatively small (there are several other really good parkruns in the area) but there were enough runners for it to have a good atmosphere but small enough to have a great parkrun community feel.  Leanne and the team have done a great job in getting the event to where it is now.

Today was a good day for running; it was dry and cool, and 75 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part. It was great to see a few first timers at the briefing - hopefully you all enjoyed your morning and will become regular parkrunners!

Congratulations to David GASPAR of Feltham and Bedfont Runners Group who celebrated his 50th parkrun with a PB today. Thank you for the macaroon! 

And so onto the placings:

Roger BATCHELOR of Windle valley runners was first over the line, in his first run at Hanworth, in a time of 18:35. Tom KIPPS was second over the line in a new PB of 19:11, and Phillip CROSS of Woking AC, was third male home in 20:15. Sarah WREN was first female to finish in 23:55 in her first run at Hanworth. Great running all!

There were many other good runs, too numerous to mention individually, Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hanworth parkrun Results Page.

Most importantly, if you volunteered today, thank you so much! Not just for putting your hand up in the first place and for getting out of bed, but also for the way you did your job. Hanworth is a great parkrun which is friendly and encouraging and runs smoothly week after week. No volunteers = no park run. Here is the roll of honour for this week:

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Marina PARNELLLeanne MURRAYJim HOLDERJakob HOLDERPaul SILVESTERAndy TAPPINGSteve MCCARTHYRay HUTCHINSONGary SAUNDERSLisa DAVIDSONMariana SUTHERLANDLuke RESCHBethan RESCHMaisie FARMERMo RICHINGSAnna TAPPING

The volunteers were ably led by Run Director Leanne MURRAY this week and a big thank you goes out to her. 

If you fancy joining the noble band of volunteers at Hanworth please sign on to receive the volunteer emails. Even if you only help out once in a while it is greatly appreciated.  You can even run and volunteer with some of the roles (tail walker, course set up, run report writer, new runner's briefing etc). And if you have another run or other event on a weekend it's a nice way of getting your parkrun fix without taking too much out of your legs.

Hanworth parkrun started on 4th May 2019. Since then 1,362 participants have completed 2,760 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,800 km, including 459 new Personal Bests. A total of 168 individuals have volunteered 451 times.

That's all for this week folks! I hope to see you all again very soon, but for the rest of you it's same time, same place, next week. Bring your PB shoes and #DFYB.

 

Run Report 9th November 2019 Event 28

So we can safely say winter has come. On this wet and windy parkrunday- 101 of us crazies came out to play despite the extremely adverse conditions (I don’t know about anyone else but once I got home and showered I got myself back into bed to warm up!)

I have to give a massive shoutout to all the lovely volunteers who came out today. It was one thing to run in this weather but to volunteer is something else. Without volunteers- parkrun wouldn’t be able to happen, so please consider volunteering when you can.

Big congrats to Gary Maynard who visited hanworth for his 50th parkrun on his 50th birthday!! We hope you had a lovely day!

Our first male finisher was Will Cullen who finished in a speedy time of 17:54 and our first female finisher was Victoria Falck who finished in a fab time of 22:48! Well done guys.

There were 37 first timers at Hanworth today and of those 37 we had one person run her first ever parkrun Amelie Kindler! What a day to pick for your first parkrun! We hope you weren’t put off by the weather and you enjoyed!

An amazing 14 PBs were ran today:

  • Micheal Clayton - 23:54
  • Kathleen Walker - 24:52
  • Kulwinder Aujla - 26:51
  • Harry Langridge - 28:46
  • Kim Langridge - 28:47
  • Abigail Langridge - 30:19
  • David Langridge - 30:20 (good day for the Langridge clan it seems- well done guys!)
  • Vijendra Kumar - 32:06
  • Nadine Waghorn - 34:38
  • Stuart Knight - 36:02
  • Rajkiran Manda - 43:29
  • Vickie Devonald - 43:31
  • Mohammed Rahman - 47:45
  • Barbara Knight - 56:36

That’s a lotta PBs especially for such bad conditions. Well done all!

As always- it was an absolute pleasure to start Saturday with fabulous people having a lovely time despite the rain and wind. Thank you to everyone who joined us, all the volunteers and the fab photographers who took some fantastic shots from the day!!

 

 

Run Report 19th October 2019 Event 25

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After recent gorgeous weather, heavy overnight rain and a drizzly morning greeted the 88 runners and 14 volunteers. The numbers were swelled by almost 20 runners from the Vegan Runners club, as well as numerous visitors – at Run Director’s Julie Bayliss’s run briefing, visitors were heard to have come from as far afield as Kent, Hampshire and even Bushy Park!

It was great to see the collection boxes for running kit full of donations! The boxes will be there over the next few weeks to collect shoes, clothing etc for the Feltham parkrun which takes place at the Feltham Young Offenders Institute. The participants there often only have basic equipment, therefore any that people can spare will be put to good use and greatly appreciated! 

The full team of volunteers marshalled and organised the event with the great expertise – the following individuals are to be thanked for giving up their time. 

Arun SINGH  •  Charles CRAVEN  •  David DUGGAN  •  David OLIVER  •  Hannah MCCAMBRIDGE  •  Julie BAYLISS  •  Leanne MURRAY  •  Marina PARNELL  •  Martin WAGHORN  •  Michelle CLAXTON  •  Peter LUND  •  Ray HUTCHINSON  •  Soma YANTRAPRAGADA  •  Vanessa ARTHUR

There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email hanworthhelpers@parkrun.com if you are interested. 

Those collecting low number tokens 

Collecting token number 1 was Andy Bond in a time of 16:49 on his second visit to  Hanworth parkrun. John Cosgrove was the second person to be issued with a token almost two minutes later and Alex Ring was the third runner to complete the course, in a personal best of 19:51. First lady home was Victoria Falck in a time of 21:44, with Terri Creaser following her home 76 seconds later, with a PB! Vanessa Arthur was the third lady to reach the funnel, completing her 13th run around Hanworth parkrun. 

What the numbers tell us! 

Although the running conditions have been better, 16 people achieved Personal Bests! This is almost 22.5% of the runners who had previously recorded times, a great achievement, especially as many other got close to their best times! This brings the total number of personal bests over the 25 runs to 409! 

Another massive achievement was that there were no ‘unknowns’ in the field - everybody brought a barcode with them! The abbreviation of DFYB is parkrun terminology participants are regularly reminded of……Don’t Forget Your Barcode is great advice when getting to the start line on a Saturday morning! 

First timers to Hanworth

17 of the runners were visiting Hanworth for the first time and this included Jamie Thomson and Mohammed Rahman who were christening their barcodes for the first time. Karen Hoult was visiting from Kent having run over 100 different parkruns as has Mike Harper, one of the Vegan Runners, visiting from Hampshire!

Interesting fact!

Next week is the six month anniversary of Hanworth parkrun…and there’s a rumour going around there will be cake! Please feel free (parkrun is free forever!!) to spread the word!

David Duggan

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