Spring 2017 News!

Hello parkrunners!

It has been a while since we've had a general news update, as an event we focus on the day to day, rather than other stuff that is going on. So here is your March 2017 bulletin;

New Season, New Run Directors

Last year we launched an appeal for more people to come forward & join the core team to assist with the running of the event. This swelled our Core Team to 16 people (which makes organising a social a bit of a challenge). Originally that was made up of 6 Run Directors & 10 Volunteer Coordinators.

From this weekend you'll notice (unless you saw the footnote of the recent Run Reports) that we have added to our Run Directors & now have an even split of 8 RD & 8 VC.

Making her Run Director debut this Saturday is Susan Anderson. Susan started her parkrun journey at the forest in June of 2015 & would have a perfect record of 100% running at the forest were it not for a trip to Roundhay. Having turned her hand to volunteering in 2015, Susan is also a bit of a pro at the various roles seen on any given parkrunday.

On April 22nd it will be the turn of Georgia Hammond to take the reins & make her Run Director debut. Georgia started her parkrun career at Harlow, but soon made the forest her home after joining us for the first ever event in March 2015 & volunteering for the second event. Georgia's favourite parkrun role is timekeeper, though when loaded with coffee she also appreciates pre-event setup & seeing the forest before anyone else gets let in.

Defib / AED Update

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the fundraising campaign at the end of 2016 to equip the parkrun with an AED. I was overwhelmed with how well our parkrun community responded to the appeal & the speed at which we were able to turn an idea into an actual AED.

The start of March also saw the parkrun UK AED training kit arrive at the forest. We had about 20 parkrunners stay behind after their run to train up on how the device works & we were led by forest regular Theresa Burke. The hour session included a few run through of how the AED works (once we'd worked out how to fast forward through a part of the demo). I'd like to thank everyone who attended & also Theresa, who provided a reassuring sounding board for the many questions posed with regards to what we should do in the event of cardiac arrest.


With the seasons changing, it is looking likely that from this Saturday we will have Elgin's car park available to us once more. This means we will be directing all runners to Elgin's, with volunteer parking only at The Shell House.

Because the Winter Route is still in operation, we will be closing exit from Elgin's until the tailrunner has passed (4.1km). Likewise, the Shell House car park will remain closed until the tailrunner finishes the run.

Whilst this should not impact anyone, given that Elgin's is a 1km walk from the finish, we appreciate that some participants might want to leave as soon as possible. If you need to make an immediate exit, please park at the Main Gate car park.

Parking machines are now situated in each of the car parks. If you are an NT member, simply scan your membership card for a ticket. If you aren't an NT member, a fee of £2 applies. If the machines are available for use, please pay for parking. If they aren't, please make a £2 contribution to the donation pot at the NT cafe.

Volunteering? When you park up at the Shell House, ask the Run Director for a parking permit to cover your parking.

If there are any further questions about parking, please direct them to the National Trust. To reiterate, no exit from Elgin's until the tail has passed, please be considerate of all parkrun participants.

Summer Route

A question that starts to come up as the days get longer. When will we be returning to the Summer Route? In all honesty, we've no idea at present. It all depends on weather conditions over the next few weeks & when the National Trust gives us the green light. Once we have an indication, the core team will make preparations for the summer route change over & tell you guys to dust off those trail shoes.

Local Events

Are you hosting a local event? If so, we want to hear from you! Running doesn't just bgin & end with parkrunday every week! We are happy to promote local events, through our website & social media, or by introducing you at our run briefing so that you can tell people about your great event & why people should attend. Simply email hatfieldforestoffice@parkrun.com with details & some images related to the event & then we'll share.

Fancy Dress

The next fancy dress event at the forest will be on May 27th. The theme is to wear white as we have a Wedding Day theme. We have something borrowed, a guest Run Director from Great Notley & the RD vest is already a bit blue.

So you've two months to find yourself a wedding dress (why stop at just wearing white after all), although we'd recommend no heels in the forest, that'll only lead to injury & paperwork!

The world record for the largest gathering of brides is 908, at this stage we are not sure if they were all parkrunners.....

That's all for a spring update, please check our weekly run reports or social media for any more news.


Chris Holt
Hatfield Forest parkrun Event Director