Event #107 – 1st April 2017

Event #107 – 1st April 2017

So, first of all, thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make my first foray as Run Director as easy as possible.   The course was set up by 7.40am by my expert team of Pre-Event Setup volunteers, all ready for 250+ people to run around.  So that just left me to set up the start/finish and make sure everything else was ready for the rest of the volunteers to arrive.

The nerves were starting to rise a bit and with some suggestions of an April Fool’s prank making me more so, which were politely declined, we started the morning’s activities.  New Runners and tourists were briefed, all marshals were in place and it was time for the main briefing.  Anyone who knows me will know that speaking in public puts me way outside my comfort zone but we have such a supportive community at Hatfield Forest parkrun that I didn’t feel too daunted by the prospect of giving the main briefing.   Anyway, enough about me, onto the run.

The Run:

This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 13 different clubs took place.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers.

Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hatfield Forest parkrun Results Page which can be accessed here

Male placings:
Blair MCWHIRTER (SM30-34) of Ilford AC, was first over the line in 16:27 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second over the line in 18:07 - has been first to finish on 22 previous occasions.
Tim CHESHIRE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:18 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Rebecca WHITE (VW35-39) of Saffron Striders RC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 19:51 - third time in 4 appearances.
Elizabeth BELLINGER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (22nd overall) over the line in 21:02 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Sophie BARC (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (47th overall) over the line in 22:57.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jenny BRAYSHAW (VW65-69) – 82.66% for the time 24:54 (81st overall).
Blair MCWHIRTER (SM30-34) – 79.74% for the time 16:27 (first overall).
Peter BEATTY (VM60-64) – 79.07% for the time 20:28 (15th overall).

The female record is held by Megan EVANS who recorded a time of 00:18:46 on 1st August 2015 (event number 20).
The male record is held by Blair MCWHIRTER who recorded a time of 00:16:14 on 6th August 2016 (event number 73).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ben GRANT who recorded 88.39% (19:31) on 15th October 2016 (event number 82).

Hatfield Forest parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 3,483 participants have completed 18,719 parkruns covering a total distance of 93,595 km, including 4,044 new Personal Bests.


Well done to:

  • Cameron D Appleby who joined the 10 Club
  • Katie Ronco who joined the Junior 10 Club
  • Daniel Evans who joined the Junior 10 Club
  • Neil Sanderson who joined the 50 Club
  • Patricia Poole who joined the 25 Volunteer Club

Well done to you all.

Route Change

If you are not already aware, we will be changing over to our summer route this coming Saturday.


Just a reminder that Elgins car park is now available for us to use.  This means we will be directing all runners to Elgins, with volunteers parking only at the Shell House.

Parking machines are now situated in each of the car parks.  If you are a NT member, simply scan your membership card for a ticket.  If you aren’t a 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 café.

The Volunteers

Your parkrun only thrives because of the volunteers who give up some of their time on a Saturday morning & throughout the week. If you're yet to try your hand at volunteering, please consider helping us on a forthcoming parkrun day. We have many roles that can still be combined with running, meaning you can earn volunteering credit alongside your run. These roles are: Barcode Scanning (for sub 22 minute runners), Tail Runner, Token Sorting, Pre-Event Setup, Post Event Close Down, Car Parking, New Runners Briefing.

If you can volunteer for this Saturday or future weeks, please drop us an email at hatfieldforesthelpers@parkrun.com.

A big thank you to:

Susan ANDERSON, Mary AUGUSTINE, Danny BEAZLEY, Elizabeth BELLINGER, Philip CHAPLIN, Katie COX, Daisy COX, Kate COYNE, Heather DAY, Georgia HAMMOND, Nigel HARRIS, Michelle HASTY, Chris HOLT, Woody HUDSON, Holly HUDSON, Callum HUDSON, David HURST, Archie LAMB, Karen LAMB, Oliver LAST, George LYNCH, Harry MCMILLAN, David MCMILLAN, Ian PENSON, Patricia POOLE, Jay PRICE, Bryan RUSSELL, Samuel SHELTON, Ben SHINNICK, Philippa WATSON, Kevin WATSON, Jacob WATSON, Melanie WATSON, Darren WOMACK

Remember! Please check our Facebook or Twitter feeds for any last-minute changes.

I am now handing over the reins to the lovely David (aka Macca).

Run Director

Hatfield Forest parkrun core team:
Run Directors; Chris, Steve, Jason, Mark, Susan, Georgia, David & Rachael
Volunteer Coordinators; Ellen, Luke, Oliver, Grace, Christopher, Michelle, Francesca & Darren