Event 123 – 15th July 2017

What do we have here then? A run report? Blimey, is it a special occasion? Nope, just the Event Director bringing back this weekly feature that took a back seat recently.

Like many things that happen at the forest, it was all my own fault. Back in April I'd been on RD duty, had a couple of things go a bit funky and vowed, next time I'm on duty I'll make sure I'm not distracted. June was meant to be a quiet month. I'd have no troubles in June, that was guaranteed.

Then our house move happened a month earlier than planned. Meaning that the run report got shunted right down the totem pole for both me & Georgia when she was on duty a week later. So now we're in a situation where a month later we've had no run reports. There has been a lot going on for all of the core team of late & it has meant that the run report has become something that has fallen by the wayside on the temporary basis. Time to lead by example & bring the report back then!

So, June saw a few runs at the forest, a few milestones, well done to everyone involved. One major milestone, Phil & Eamon become the first people to complete 100 runs just at the forest!

Event #123

Social media appeals had worked & we had a pretty robust looking roster for Saturday morning. I'd not be seeing the parkrun kit until the day itself. But David assured me the stopwatches had been charged & he'd scanned his barcode with the #1 position on all three of the scanners to make sure everything was working, how thoughtful of him. Apart from me forgetting our token sorters were hard at work & leaving the forest without the token box, everything else appeared to run like clockwork.

The Run

We saw 266 runners, joggers and walkers at the forest on Saturday. This included 20 first timers, many of whom were making their parkrun debut. For returning runners, the slightly moist underfoot conditions were still good enough to record a PB, 42 personal bests!

Female placings:
Rebecca ROWLEY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:20 - 8th time in 8 appearances.
Kathryn CHAPMAN (VW40-44) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second (27th overall) over the line in 22:06.
Clare MASTERSON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (48th overall) over the line in 23:55.

Male placings:
Heydon MIZON (VM40-44) of Witham RC, was first over the line in 17:35 - second time in 3 appearances.
Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second over the line in 18:19 - has been first to finish on 27 previous occasions.
Tim CHESHIRE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:27 - was first to finish once before.

Male placings:
Heydon MIZON (VM40-44) of Witham RC, was first over the line in 17:35 - second time in 3 appearances.
Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second over the line in 18:19 - has been first to finish on 27 previous occasions.
Tim CHESHIRE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:27 - was first to finish once before.

No age category records were set this week, though the full set of results can be found here.

The Volunteers

An amazing team of 46 volunteers made sure that parkrun happened on Saturday morning. With holiday season now upon us, we have may regular volunteers unavailable to us. If you can help the event, please contact hatfieldforestoffice@parkrun.com. We have many roles that can also be combined with a run.

Future Events

Please note that we are cancelled on September 9th due to the Woodfest festival taking place in the Forest. A perfect excuse to try out some of our local parkrun neighbours!

We're going to have a picnic on September 23rd, so best get baking for the Great parkrun bake off (can someone check with legal that we can use that????). Please pack a picnic blanket for the morning as we'll be setting up next to the finish area.

October 28th will also see our third annual Halloween fancy dress run. Always a great parkrun morning & we look forward to seeing what outfits people have planned for this year!

Next Week

Susan will be on duty this Saturday. She is in need of a number of volunteers to make sure the event goes ahead.

That's all from me folks, see you again soon.

Chris
Run Director