Event 131 – 23rd September 2017 – Farewell

The time has come to say goodbye. In many ways we had an event that echoed features from our inaugural event in 2015. In the lead up to that event we had concerns over attendance & parking, only for Elgin’s car park to be made available on the Friday. Fast forward 30 months & we faced the same scenario. September showers had put the forest into a condition that you’d normally associate with late autumn.

This meant a route change to preserve the rides, dusting off the notes for our original winter route for one last outing. The rain also meant that Elgin’s wasn’t looking great on the Saturday, let alone how it might have looked after the Hatfield Half utilised it on the Sunday. We anticipated the car park to be closed, with all of our comms being to ask people not local to the event to stay away & allow the local community to say goodbye. The NT had advertised the car park as closed earlier in the week, so it was a relief when on Friday afternoon they advised it would be available, subject to conditions. The added room would give us the ability to not have to turn cars away.

As for the run itself? A fitting finale for the forest, with the lake view finish always a treat for both runners & spectators. No one perished on the bridge of doom, meaning in our absence it should probably be renamed the bridge of statistically improbable doom.

We had an extraordinary attendance, largely down to an appreciably high number of very experienced parkrunners appearing to move into the Herts / Essex border area in the past week. The volunteer team handled the increase superbly, everyone paid attention & worked with me as I changed the finish area to accommodate the numbers. There were also lots of willing pairs of hands after the run, offering to help with scanning queues, paperwork to hand should we need to manually record results & close down where needed, allowing for an event that ran like clockwork (save for the slightly delayed start).

The Run

As runners made their way through the finish in quantities never seen at the forest before, our primary concern was whether we would exceed the 448 limit on our finish tokens, or the 495 that our stopwatches can cope with. Georgia & Callum were cycling finish tokens feverishly, three funnel managers keeping order in our extra long finish area, they’d be no shenanigans on their watch.

424 runners enjoyed the forest for one last time, 135 personal bests were recorded, not bad for a route that includes the kilometre of doom.

We saw the course record come under serious threat as Afewerk Rossom pushed his way along the dam and towards the finish line. Our timekeepers felt it was sub 16 minutes, but on upload I saw the first result as rounded up to 16:01. Peter had mentioned that he wasn’t sure he captured the time precisely, so for the first time in my 32 occasions Run Directing at the forest, I thought it was worth a second look. Rounded up, Afewerk recorded a time of 15:59, just one second shy of equalling the course record.

In second place Crispian Bloomfield of Billericay soon followed, a time of 16:05, with Nathan Martin completing the top three with 17:23.

Sophie Martin of Wharfdale led home the ladies with 19:31, Fiona Tideswell a minute behind in 20:31. Our very own Lizzie Bellinger was the third female to finish, celebrating both her birthday & her 50th parkrun with 20:39, narrowly missing a PB that would have made it a hattrick.

Of the 57 first timers to Hatfield Forest, 17 were enjoying parkrun for the first time, welcome to your new Saturday morning hobby, we look forward to seeing you back in the future.

Milestones

Oliver Amott joined the junior 10 club, Lizzie Bellinger helped park cars & then joined the 50 club. Chris Chew setup the course, then earnt his 100 shirt. Matt Ironside’s marshalling on the course saw him enter the volunteer 25 club

Volunteers

Another record set here, we had 60 volunteers on duty to help deliver the parkrun on Saturday. Given our volunteer records are usually set on pacer days, this is an incredible number. We had 14 people assigned to setup alone as our runners wanted to see the forest early on & help before running. Included in that number were three funnel managers, more than we ever normally need as the increase in numbers led to a slightly longer funnel than we would usually deploy.

Without volunteers, parkrun simply wouldn’t happen on a weekly basis. We’ll have a slightly different roster as we move to Castle Park, some roles will disappear, with more emphasis placed on vital non-running positions such as marshalling, timekeeping & finish tokens, which yesterday proved to be very much a 2-person role.

As the event settles into new surroundings, I and the core team will regularly assess if we need to introduce more roles into the finish area, whether pacing events should be more regular, whether more than one tailwalker is appropriate. Please bear with us if you request a specific volunteering position & are asked to perform another task. The Run Director for the week has to ensure they have certain positions covered & this might mean we need to use you elsewhere.

Special thanks to the final set of Hatfield Forest parkrun volunteers:

Sarah MACKAY • Chris HOLT • Peter BEATTY • Julie WITCHALLS • Danny BEAZLEY • Chris CHEW • Thomas WILTON • Ben PICKFORD • Matthew IRONSIDE • Grace CADZOW • Elizabeth BELLINGER • Harvey MACKAY • Christopher CONNELL • Joanne COLEBOURNE • Georgia HOLT • Callum HUDSON • Lee RHODES • Simon ELLICE • Philip CHAPLIN • Joanna ARSCOTT • Russell KING • Sarah FICKEN • Michelle HASTY • Michael TOOMEY • Margaret CONNELL • James YEADON • Nicholas YEADON • Esra KING • Thomas PICKFORD • Michael ELDRED • Rob JOHNSON • Stefan MILKOWSKI • Ian RODGERS • Jonathan RAWSON • Jenny BRAYSHAW • Joe MILKOWSKI • Susan ANDERSON • David MCMILLAN • Tim CHESHIRE • Alex MILKOWSKI • Rachael ANDERSON • Jeffrey VEITCH • Tia LATHAM • Harry MCMILLAN • Stephen FICKEN • Alex FICKEN • Iwona ANTOLIK • Kevin GILLESPIE • Poppy ANDERSON • Helen HOLLINGSWORTH • David BRAYSHAW • Emmy PICKFORD • Katy BELLERBY • Felix BELLERBY • Florence BELLERBY • Simon WALLACE • Rohit DAYAMA • Scott NUGENT • Carol LATHAM • Ruth ANGRAVE • Andrew TURVEY

Thank You’s

Firstly, thank you to the National Trust for allowing us to call Hatfield Forest our home for the past 30 months. Without their support this event wouldn’t exist, let alone be in a position where the event has been successful to the point of necessitating a move.

We have our original benefactors to thank for bringing parkrun to Uttlesford in the first place; 1life, Active Essex, Bishop’s Stortford Running Club, Stansted Airport, Uttlesford District Council & of course the Run for the Run competitors who joined us for a lap of the forest in the days preceding parkrun.

To the core team members that have moved on over our time at the forest: Jim, Katrina, Sam, Paul, Simon, Amy, Andrea and Karl.

To the council teams at East Herts, Hertfordshire & Bishop’s Stortford who have been enthusiastic supporters of our move across the border into Hertfordshire & could not have been more accommodating to the prospect of parkrun arriving in Bishop’s Stortford.

To Louise Smith, our Hertfordshire parkrun Ambassador. Louise first heard of our plight at the parkrun Ambassador conference earlier in the summer, when our future was looking more like a closure & the loss of a parkrun in the locality, rather than a relocation. Her energy and enthusiasm, combined with an extensive contact book for those in the know within Hertfordshire reinvigorated our efforts & helped us in successfully planning the move to Castle Park

And finally, to the current core team. Since the start of the year the team have researched various options & locations, given their time to prospective route walks & runs and generally been a sounding point for ideas. When the decision was made that would mean we needed to relocate, there was of course sadness, anger, frustration, a manner of emotions, but as a team, we doubled down, working together to find the right solution for parkrun. In order to ensure that the event wasn’t thrown into a perpetual state of confusion & uncertainty, we worked behind the scenes until it was appropriate to announce.

The change of location also means that we are likely to lose members of the core team, as logistically, the distance to the new venue will make their commitments untenable. To carry on working for the collective good of the event speaks volumes for the special group of people that make up the Hatfield Forest parkrun core team.

Without this sense of togetherness & team unity, the event would not be in a position to move on successfully, thanks to the efforts of David, Susan, Rachael, Jason, Georgia, Mark, Steve, Ellen, Darren, Michelle, Christopher, Luke, Francesca, Oliver & Grace the whole situation has been manageable & an effort that has made us stronger as a team. And as a personal thank you, your trust & faith in me throughout the process has made my job as Event Director easier. Knowing that 15 people have your back & want to work with you made the whole process more manageable!

Castle Park inaugural

Whilst there is understandable excitement for the inaugural event on Saturday, we as a parkrun local community, and as a wider parkrun community need to act sensibly to ensure that the event arrives in Bishop’s Stortford.

Please allow us a soft start in Bishop’s Stortford. The collection of parks that we will be using are a popular collection of land within a busy market town, it will take time for parkrun to become part of the weekly routine for the town. As the Event Director, to see large numbers descend on Bishop’s Stortford next week for what is technically an inaugural event would be detrimental to the longevity of the event. parkrun is about organic growth, not overwhelming a new venue.

I ask that tourists stay away from event #1 & event #2 (we are due for a route amendment on that week due to the funfair being in town). I would also ask that local parkrunners consider tourism options for the first couple of weeks. We’re not going anywhere anytime soon, enjoy some of the great venues local to us (Great Notley, Harlow, Westmill, Barclay, Stevenage, Brentwood (reverse course on the 30th), Chelmsford, Wimpole). To see over 400 runners on Saturday would be of a concern to me as an Event Director.

We look forward to parkrunners enjoying the new location, please don’t overwhelm the new venue on the first week though. Let us settle in, iron out the creases that will invariably arise from introducing parkrun to the venue (whilst we’ve held a pilot event already, a full parkrun will highlight issues created by volume of runners), then look to enjoy the event as 2017 comes to an end.

 

parkrun admin

At some point over the next week or two, all Hatfield Forest registered parkrunners will be moved across to Castle Park as their registered parkrun by HQ. In addition, anyone opted in to the volunteer email list will be transferred across to the corresponding Castle Park list.

Apricot t-shirts remain on sale for Hatfield Forest and likewise are available for Castle Park.

 

And Farewell

And so, 131 events, 4,511 participants, 25,731 parkruns completed, 128,655km ran, 616 volunteers, 4,395 separate volunteer occasions later, it is time to hand the keys to the forest back to the National Trust and say farewell to Hatfield Forest. A home that has been good to us over the years.

I have experienced a plethora of emotions since the decision was made to relocate the event. The venue means a lot to me from a personal perspective, as well as what it means for parkrun, but for me the timing is right for us to move on. From the early days of parkrun at the forest, we had considered the what if scenario of our attendance growing. Over the 2016/17 winter season, anyone who attended the event could see that we had an unsustainable issue with car parking. For example, the second birthday of the event was a low key event due to the 70% increase in attendance we saw the year prior.

There might be sadness at losing the forest, but I have no doubt that this is the right decision for the future of running in our local area. parkrun will continue to thrive from our new home. Thank you to everyone you had paid a visit to Hatfield Forest over the past 131 events & being a part of the first chapter in our history.

 
Runners arrive, 21st March 2015
Runners arrive for Event #1 - 21st March 2015

Chris Holt
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Hatfield Forest parkrun Event Director

 

Hatfield Forest parkrun – Relocation Statement

We would like to take this opportunity to say a heartfelt thanks to the National Trust for hosting Hatfield Forest parkrun since March 2015. We have been privileged to be able to join together in the beautiful location every Saturday as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers. Thanks to the National Trust more than 4000 people have taken part; improving their health and happiness, learning new skills and forging lasting friendships along the way.

 

Hosting a free, timed, weekly 5k in a sensitive location such as Hatfield Forest has always required close collaboration between parkrun and the National Trust. Last winter it became apparent that our increasing numbers were beginning to have an impact on the parking situation at the forest, with demand exceeding supply on a weekly basis and we were sensitive to issues this was causing for the National Trust.

 

For this reason, and to ensure the long term sustainability of our event, as it continues to grow, we began to look at other local venues that could accommodate us into the future as we welcome more people to parkrun. As parkrun needs to operate within the same locality all year round, we as a core team accepted that a full move of the event, rather than seasonal relocation was the only sustainable way to maintain a parkrun in the local area. Over the past few months we have taken an in depth look at our parkrun population to best determine where would be most appropriate to relocate to, with considerations to how any potential venue would cope with our current, and potential numbers in order to avoid the same situation occurring in future years.

 

We can therefore announce that September 23rd will be the final Hatfield Forest parkrun, before we move to our new location in Bishop’s Stortford on September 30th for our first event, as Castle Park parkrun. Castle Park comprises of the Sworders Field, Town Park, Grange Paddocks and Red, White & Blue areas of parkland in Bishop’s Stortford.

 

It is obviously disappointing that we are leaving Hatfield Forest. Through discussions with the National Trust we as a core team have been working towards a relocation since earlier in 2017. It has been an emotional process; this forest has brought us all together over the past two and a half years and we have a great deal of pride in the event that is delivered to you, the walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers on a weekly basis. We have seen first hand the bonds of friendship that have been created and the achievements enjoyed through parkrun, but we are accepting that we have to move on in order to maintain the event.

 

We are tremendously excited with the potential that our move to Castle Park will offer to our event. For the first time in our existence we will be able to offer public transport, reducing the reliance on cars. A central location will provide a high percentage of our participants with the ability to walk, run or cycle to parkrun.

 

We are also extremely grateful to East Herts Council & Bishop’s Stortford for providing us with ongoing permission to use Castle Park as a venue and I’d like to praise the time and efforts of all of the core team who have made such an enormous contribution in not only creating a wonderful parkrun at Hatfield Forest, but helping to ensure that we will continue to thrive in our new location.

 

To celebrate the past two and a half years at Hatfield Forest and to show our appreciation to the National Trust, on September 23rd we will be hosting a picnic on the grass at the finish funnel to say goodbye to the venue. We will also be operating some of our original routes to celebrate our time at the forest. 

 

Over the next couple of weeks more details will follow via the website and social media, so please keep an eye on these for further information.

 

We have produced a list of questions that we think you might have and will make them available to you at the end of your run today, after you have visited our Barcode Scanning volunteers. Please enjoy your run this morning, then take a moment to read, digest and reflect before asking further questions.

 

The core team will be on hand to answer any further questions, but I will not be answering questions at this time. The FAQ will also be made available online later today.

 

We as a core team appreciate this news might come as a surprise to you, especially those of you that have been regulars at the forest since 2015. Now is a time to celebrate what we have built here and to focus on the future of our event as it evolves and grows.

 

The people are what make a parkrun special. Although Hatfield Forest is a unique and beautiful venue, Castle Park parkrun will become a special parkrun thanks to each and every one of you.

Chris Holt

Hatfield Forest parkrun Event Director

 

Hatfield Forest parkrun – Questions about the relocation

Q.           Why is the Hatfield Forest parkrun having to relocate to Castle Park, Bishop’s Stortford?

A.            The event is relocating to ensure it has a long term, all year round sustainable venue. Unfortunately our growth and expansion since 2015, combined with the limited number of winter hard standing car parking spaces available at the forest means that the event needed to find a new home in order to continue to offer events on a weekly basis.

 

Q.           Is this not all due to preserving the forest? 200+ runners per week must be causing damage to the forest?

A.            Throughout our residency at Hatfield Forest we have worked alongside the National Trust to understand the forest. The parkrun team first identified the need for a winter route during November 2014 and since the event has started, parkrun has operated on 7 different routes within Hatfield Forest, with another 4 that were planned and investigated, but did not progress further. When the National Trust and parkrun discussed the need to find a new venue, conservation and the Every Step Counts campaign were not the reasoning, parkrun has simply outgrown the venue in terms of winter parking availability.

 

Q.           Could the parkrun have not continued across multiple venues? Could we not have returned to the forest every summer?

A.            This was a scenario that we investigated & decided that it would be a barrier to participation and volunteering and would not be a viable long term solution. The event team, in conjunction with parkrun UK decided that it would be better for the event to operate from one location, Castle Park, in Bishop’s Stortford.

 

Q.           Where is Castle Park in Bishop’s Stortford?

A.            Castle Park is the name being introduced to cover the area of parkland in the centre of Bishop’s Stortford. Currently the area comprises of Sworder’s Field, Castle Gardens, Grange Paddocks, Town Park and Red, White & Blue.

 

Q.           When is the last parkrun at Hatfield Forest being held?

A.            Our last event at the forest will be on Saturday September 23rd at 09:00. We will be holding a picnic at the end of the event, next to the finish funnel to gather people together and wish farewell to what has been our home since March 2015.

 

Q.           When is the first parkrun at Castle Park being held?

A.            The inaugural Castle Park parkrun will be on Saturday September 30th at 09:00.

 

Q.           I am currently registered to Hatfield Forest parkrun, what will happen to my registration?

A.            As part of the transition, parkrun UK will migrate all registered Hatfield Forest parkrunners to Castle Park parkrun.

 

Q.           What will happen to my current parkruns recorded at the forest?

A.            Castle Park parkrun is being established as a new event, this means the September 30th run will be considered as Event #1. Hatfield Forest will be preserved on the parkrun database, ensuring that all records are displayed on a runner’s profile, all course records will also be retained.

 

 

Q.           I’ve purchased a Hatfield Forest parkrun apricot t-shirt, can I get a refund?

A.            Hatfield Forest will always have been a home event for you and your achievements will continue to be available to look at on the parkrun database. Through buying an apricot t shirts you have helped to fulfil the promise that parkrun will be free for all for ever. Who knows, they may become collectors items one day soon and you will continue to be proud to own it.

 

Q.           I’d like to purchase a Hatfield Forest parkrun apricot t-shirt, can I still buy one?

A.            Absolutely. The Hatfield Forest specific apricot items will remain on sale through Tribe Sports. When this situation changes, we will inform our parkrun community.

 

Q.           I’ve purchased National Trust membership so that I can benefit from free parking when I participate at Hatfield Forest parkrun. Can I get a refund on my membership?

A.            Please direct any National Trust related enquiries to the National Trust.

 

Q.           Will Castle Park parkrun be a dog friendly event?

A.            The event at Castle Park will begin as a dog friendly event, should the event grow significantly then the core team will review.

 

Q.           What car parks should we use in Bishop’s Stortford for Castle Park parkrun?

A.            Our nearest car parks are: Link Road CM23 2BA, Northgate End CM23 2ET & Causeway CM23 2EN. All are within a five minute walk of the bandstand. At the request of the local authorities we please ask that parkrunners do not park in the Jackson Square or Grange Paddocks car parks.

 

Q.           Will there be a meeting place for a post run cup of tea?

A.            The core team will usually head to The Port Jackson on Riverside Wharf after the run. Here results are processed, breakfast is consumed & all things parkrun are discussed. The Port Jackson is less than a 5 minute walk from the start / finish.

 

Q.           Why is this news being communicated now?

A.            Since hearing that event had to move, core team have devoted enormous personal time finding a workable solution and are now very confident that we have one and want to tell you now so that we can celebrate our last few weeks at HF together and plan for the start of Castle Park.

 

Q.           When are the remaining events at the forest?

A.            We have four more events at the forest:

August 26th - winter course

September 2nd – Horse Course & Pacer Day

September 9th – Cancelled due to Woodfest Festival

September 16th

September 23rd – Farewell event & Picnic

 

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

 

Event 117 – 10th June 2017

Firstly, let me apologise for the delay in posting this run report. After the “tiny” problem with the results last week, I’m afraid I had to focus on reports of another kind… my school reports!

I have to confess, I was nervous about taking on the role of run director this weekend. It was a route I didn’t know and all the other RDs were away but I knew I had a great group of volunteers so I convinced myself it’d all be ok!!
Arrival at the forest is always a pleasure, the sun was up, the forest was looking beautiful and my team of pre-event heroes were all present. As I sent them off to set up the course, my stresses began to ease. Our other volunteers started to arrive and our lovely runners began to appear. We can do this… I told myself!

The Run

To be fair, the actual run went without a hitch. No one got lost and as the runners began to come in, I felt a sense of pride and relief. I love how everyone smiles when they come across the line, however easy or tough they find the run. We had over 260 runners this week and as a non-runner, I am always impressed and inspired by you guys!

Milestones

We had three major milestones this week. Julie Witchalls, Alcus Erasmus and Darren Womack all ran their 100th run today! What an awesome achievement. Well done guys!

First finishers:
WOMEN:
1st: Danielle Sims – 24.12
2nd: Brady Ramsay – 24.34
3rd: Shirley Ball – 24.42
MEN:
1st: Danny Beazley - 18.04
2nd: Jack Galloway – 18.19
3rd: Matthew Ironside – 18.31

The full set of results can be accessed http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hatfieldforest/results/latestresults/

The results!!

Can I just take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the issues with processing the results last week. I want to assure you that I did everything I could to resolve the problems myself but as Chris has mentioned in his posts this week, none of us knew how to reformat the data without help from our run director community. Your kind words and support from the core team were much appreciated!

Carparking:

Please can I remind you that our car park assistants close the gates at 8.45. This means that should you arrive after this time, you will not be allowed to come through the top gate until The National Trust open them at 9 a.m.
This week, we once again do not have use of Elgins car park so please car share and arrive earlier than perhaps you would on a normal Saturday, to avoid any issues with parking.

Volunteering: We are always so grateful for all your support. parkrun couldn’t work without you guys and I for one couldn’t cope being RD without your help and support. If you’re yet to volunteer or haven’t done so in a while, please consider offering your services at some point, all the roles are easy and training is provided. If you're a faster runner & used to regularly seeing your name up in lights in these run reports, why not pick up a clipboard once you've run? Bar code scanning and the clipboard roles at the finish are all suitable for faster runners as we can hand these over to you after you’ve completed your run.

We also need some people to not run in order for everyone else to get to run. This means volunteering to marshal, perform timekeeping, finish token duties. Do you attend parkrun with family or friends? Why not ask them if they can assist the event? All they need to do is register with parkrun and either email us or message us via Facebook.
If you can volunteer for future weeks, please drop us an email at hatfieldforesthelpers@parkrun.com

A massive thank you to: Andrew ARNOLD • Andrew TURVEY • Chris CHEW • Chris THOMAS • Christopher CONNELL • Clare ARNOLD • Darren WOMACK • David ASHWORTH • Denise HARWOOD • Elly BARRALL • Em WARRINGTON • Emily PALMER • Erynn PALMER • Fiona PALMER • Jacob WATSON • Jenny HODGES • Leah KRISHNARAYAN • Lee KIRBY • Mary AUGUSTINE • Matthew IRONSIDE • Melanie WATSON • Nicholas YEADON • Philip CHAPLIN • Philippa WATSON • Rachael ANDERSON • Rachel TURVEY • Richard BAINES • Rob JOHNSON • Roman SUCIK • Sam BAINES • Sarah MACKAY • Simon WALLACE • Steve THOMAS • Thomas WHAY • Thomas WILTON • Vic GIBLING • Victoria BALKWILL

Thanks again to everyone who came out to help today and all the runners who make it so worthwhile. That’s me done for now… and breathe!! I hand you over to the lovely Chris, who is your RD for tomorrow.

See you soon
Rachael xx
Run Director

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Event #115 – 27th May 2017

So, May 27th was a big day at the forest, not just for Georgia & I, who after tying the knot at a church locally then returned to the forest to spend the evening amongst friends & family. The core team also had a special day, with this being the biggest, silliest parkrun ever to be held at the forest. I decided that it was only fair that they told their stories........

Jason

So Saturday's parkrun saw something very special at the Forest. Not only Chris and Georgia's wedding but a chance for grown men to dress up as brides. Looking like extras from Frozen, or in my case, a street walker from a 1980's film. Not since the Great Gibbon Escape from Billy Smart's circus or Priscilla Queen of the Desert bus took a wrong turning and ended up at the Forest have the dog walkers been subjected to such a sight. Unfortunately the emergency services couldn't make it in time to help all of the dog walkers. Some have already been released from the Princess Alexandra Hospital but for others it will take a bit longer. Some will not recover fully and will be seen walking round the Forest like extras from The Walking Dead, which to be fair will not be much of a change. This was mainly due to seeing Darren Womack's nipples peeking over the top of his dress like cartoon character Chad looking over the wall. Wot no Bra!

Grace

Once upon a Hatfield Forest parkrun there was a special day being celebrated. The event director (or the King of HF parkrun) was marrying his love. They called upon their advisers (some questionable people) for ideas of how to celebrate their special day. A Wedding themed run was decided and a message to the kingdom through the magical message delivery service (facebook) was it made known that on the 27th May 2017 all citizens may dress up in white to make the occasion even more special. So on that morning grown men dressed up in their most magnificent gowns with their running shoes on. Travelling individuals with their trusty steeds (okay dogs but steeds sounds so much better) gave confused looks and some even collapsed at the sight of the men in their dresses. No one took notice as we laughed and joyously celebrated the big event. A poem was read and we all duckweed (it rhymes okay) to the start line. The run was run by runners and the volunteers held down the fort at the finish. Dressed in white, it rained, what could have gone wrong? But that could not turn down the high spirits of the parkrun citizens and we all cleared up at the end with the help of a full grown tiger. Wished Chris and Georgia good luck in their future and left the kingdom for the week.
To Chris and Georgia, Congratulations again!

And they all lived a happily ever after. The end

Michelle

There were brides, a groom, brides, best men, brides, a vicar, brides, Elvis Presley, brides and even a random tiger that turned out for the parkrun event of the year! Did I mention that there were brides!?! From arriving at the front gate, to car parking, to timekeeping all you could really see were brides! Tourists and first timers no doubt had quite a shock and must have wondered what on earth they had signed up for! They perhaps thought that they had been cast in a filming of ‘The Runaway Bride – part 2 – the Forest Edition’. And as for the poor cows, their usual Saturday grazing disrupted by 350 runners that looked nothing like the usual Saturday runners that descend on the forest. We’re really not sure if they will let us get away with it or will make an extra effort to move our signage next week in the name of payback!

Michelle once more (apparently this is a famous song?)

It's a beautiful day
We're looking for something dumb to do.
Hey baby,
I think I wanna run with you.

Is it the look in your eyes,
Or is it your running shoes?
Who cares baby,
I think I wanna run with you.

Well I know this little forest in Essex we can go oh oh oh,
No one will know oh oh oh,
Oh, come on, girl.
Who cares if we're fast or slow got a pocket full of tokens we can blow oh oh oh,
the blast of a horn,
And it’s go go, go, go-go.

Don't say no, no, no, no-no;
Just say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah;
And we'll go, go, go, go-go.
If you're warmed up, like I'm warmed up.

Cause it's a beautiful day
We're looking for something dumb to do.
Hey baby,
I think I wanna run with you.

Is it the look in your eyes,
Or is it your running shoes?
Who cares baby,
I think I wanna run with you.

I'll go get a ring let the cows sing like moo,
So what you wanna do?
Let's just run girl.

If we wake up and you wanna walk, that's cool.
No, I won't blame you;
It was fun, girl.

Don't say no, no, no, no-no;
Just say yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah;
And we'll go, go, go, go-go.
If you're warmed up, like I'm warmed up.

Cause it's a beautiful day,
We're looking for something dumb to do.
Hey baby,
I think I wanna run with you.

Is it the look in your eyes,
Or is it your running shoes?
Who cares baby,
I think I wanna run with you.

[x2:]
Just say I doooooo-ooo uhu,
Run with me right now baby,
Run with me right now baby, baby.

Oh, it's a beautiful day,
We're looking for something dumb to do.
Hey baby,
I think I wanna run with you.

Is it the look in your eyes,
Or is it your running shoes?
Who cares baby,
I think I wanna run with you.

Georgia (the bride)

So it appears that being a parkrun bride is not dissimilar to being a parkrun RD. So at 7am on Saturday morning I found myself at the Forest, not to set up a parkrun but to set up a wedding marquee, complete with finish funnel, route maps and a hovering ED (sorry, future husband) – so really not that different at all. However on emerging from the marquee at something or other past 8 it truly was a wonderous sight to behold, brides, brides everywhere. I could try to be funny here, and take the mickey, as is my normal propensity to do, but in this case it would be misplaced. This week’s parkrun was amazing, and a little overwhelming. From the core team and their sheer excitement for us (and the male members disturbing excitement for dressing up as brides), to friends from all over the country (regular park runners, those who had trained to reach 5k and those who’d registered just to volunteer that day), to our regulars who had embraced the concept and thrown themselves whole heartedly into the day, to those who came knowing nothing and we’re very bemused but just went with the flow. It truly was the best morning, showing both the journey Hatfield Forest parkrun has taken and my own journey as part of it. From turning up at the first event knowing a handful of people, a stressed, single mum who was looking for somewhere to belong, to just over two years later celebrating my wedding day as part of a supportive, friendly, loving community that my husband (yes husband) was fundamental in creating, surrounded by people I love. As a new chapter starts I want to thank everyone who has been part of our journey to this point…you are all amazing and you all rock, but Chris Holt you rock the most!!!!

Darren

parkrun is also renowned for its community spirit and inclusive attitude and this was tested to the fore on several occasions around the course. The sight of "regularly" dressed runners shouting words of encouragement to struggling 6 foot plus chaps in bridal gowns must have been a sight to behold - especially when witnessed by several baffled dog walkers.

On the subject of dog walkers it will probably be added to the main briefing at the start of future parkruns that if running whilst in possession of a bodice or bustle you should slow down near dogs, much like a car driver near a horse, if the reaction of one particular Jack Russell to a runner in a pink number is anything to go by.

If there is one thing that our little parkrun community in a small corner Essex should be proud of is the fantastic spirit, sense of humour and community. This came out in spades on Saturday, not just the silliness of fancy dress but the sense of camaraderie across all the runners and it's interesting that to an outsider what could look at first sight like utter madness turned out to be the most welcoming and fun parkrun in 115 goes.

Number 116 may look a bit grey and drab by comparison but that welcome, sense of fun and supporting community will still be there.

Richard (guest Run Director)

Attendance record. Thank you to all my volunteers. Attendance record. I was knocked out at the amazing community feel your event has. Also maybe mention my new attendance record.

In fact, two attendance records held at two different events, is that a first?

Attendance record

Chris (the groom)

So I started volunteering at Great Notley parkrun because I'd reached my early 30's, university mates were starting to disperse around the country, I didn't want to get to my 40's down to two friends & not much love for either of them (a purely hypothetical situation, I like my friends). I felt that getting more involved in parkrun, after tourism & getting to 50 would open up my world a bit to some like minded people.

Then, within a couple of weeks of volunteering, I reached out to the forest as I also wanted a closer parkrun so that I could have a lie in (bringing more running opportunities to the community was a distant second to the desire to stay in bed).

By the time the event went live in March 2015, I was starting to recover from a dark place in life & found myself standing in front of 178 people at event #1. The day was overwhelming, you prepare course maps & marshal lanyards, you don't prepare for the sheer volume of people that want to interact with you.

And yet over that first summer of parkrun it was clear that a community was building. The core team expanded, contracted & expanded further as more people wanted to buy into the event.

We've grown as an event & as a community. Strangers became acquaintances, that became friends, that became a family, that, in the case of Georgia became my wife (I should point out we've been together since the autumn of 2015, this wasn't some kind of shotgun wedding arranged during the new runner's briefing). We've been on quite the parkrun adventure ever since, but there is still nothing that beats coming home to Hatfield Forest & spending time with our friends.

parkrun isn't about that time you record, or the number of runs you've completed, it is about having somewhere in the world where you can escape to on a Saturday morning (or Sunday as a junior). It's your community if you're alone on Christmas Day, your silly adventure on New Year's Day, it's a venue where you can start to run, re-discover a passion for running, a place where all walkers, joggers & runners belong, irrespective of club colours, age or ability.

Event 115 was something that I'll treasure forever, I got to spend my wedding day with my extended family, 400 of them once you include the volunteers. I don't know everyone by name anymore & it still overwhelms me, but thank you for creating a community that we can all be proud of.

Congratulations if you've made it this far, from this point is a normal(ish) run report

The run

This week 354 of you run, jogged and walked round the forest, making it a new attendance record at the forest. 52 were first timers and 44 recorded new PB's.

Male placings:
James BOSHER (SM25-29) of Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners, was first over the line in 17:56 - 23rd time in 42 appearances. James was the fastest bride at the forest!
Mark SPILLER (SM30-34) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second over the line in 18:12 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Richard HYNES (VM35-39) of Harlow RC, was third over the line in 18:33.

Female placings:
Fiona HALLS (VW40-44) of Saffron Striders RC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 20:52 - third time in 6 appearances.
Em WARRINGTON (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (57th overall) over the line in 23:41.
Laura MATTHEWS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (60th overall) over the line in 23:48.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
June BRENNAN (VW60-64) – 79.00% for the time 24:55 (81st overall).
Janet HOWES (VW65-69) – 78.75% for the time 27:22 (144th overall).
Fiona HALLS (VW40-44) – 74.84% for the time 20:52 (13th overall).

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 parkrunday. 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 the 42 volunteers who made this event possible.

Adam LANG • Ali BELL • Andrea EDWARDS • Andrew ARNOLD • Brian OWEN • Burak SEZGIN • Chantel JEFFERY • Chris CHEW • Chris HOLT • Claire CADZOW • Clare HARROP • Danny BEAZLEY • Darren BARKER • Elly BARRALL • Francesca PALMER • Georgia HOLT • Grace CADZOW • Hamish ARNOLD • Heather DAY • Iwona ANTOLIK • James BOSHER • Janos ORSOS • Jason HASTY • Joe MILKOWSKI • Kevin CLARK • Kevin WATSON • Kimberley KELLS • Kira BEAZLEY • Laura MATTHEWS • Melanie WATSON • Michael ELDRED • Michelle HASTY • Olivia BERESFORD • Patricia POOLE • Philip CHAPLIN • Rachael ANDERSON • Richard JEFFERY • Richard KELLS • Richard SANDFORD • Robert LOUGHRIDGE • Rosemary NUGENT • Scott NUGENT • Serena BERESFORD • Stefan MILKOWSKI • Steve SAUNDERS • Theresa BURKE • Woody HUDSON • Zoe BEAZLEY

Milestones

Well done to the following who all join the 10 club

Fletcher BUSHNELL, Madeleine PIRON, William GIBSON

50 Club:

Andrea EDWARDS, Brian OWEN

Health & Safety

A very quick note on Health & Safety. On Saturday there was at least one instance of an adult carrying a child through the finish funnel on their shoulders. Every participant needs to complete the parkrun under their own steam (or within a buggy, baby wrap for those too small to participate). Carrying a child at any point on our course is not advised & not behaviour we want to see repeated at the forest.

Not only is this a safety concern, it also creates confusion around the finish funnel for our timekeeping and finish token volunteers as to whether they should be handing out one of two tokens, recording one or two times on the stopwatches.

So please, enjoy parkrun, enjoy the forest, but respect the parkrun code & make life easy for our volunteers.

Special Event Course

On two of the next three Saturdays the EBA are holding events in Elgin's car park & the northern part of the forest. This means that we will be parking cars on the grass surrounding the Shell House car park, plus we'll be utilising our special event course for the next three weeks.

Please pay attention during the run briefing, to marshals & on course signage if you are unfamiliar with this rarely used course.

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

Chris

Event 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event #114 – 20th May 2017

So after some horrible weather leading up to Saturday it was good to arrive at the Forest to a pretty glorious morning.

With a crack team of setter uppers it wasn't long before everything was done. It was just a matter of waiting for everyone to turn up and get the run under way.

When arriving please remember to leave enough time to buy a car park ticket and to walk down to the start. The walk takes approximately 10 mins from Elgins car park.

The run

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This week 324 of you run, jogged and walked round the forest, 57 were first timers and 45 recorded new PB's. Representatives from 21 different clubs took part. Thank you to Harpenden Arrows Running Club for your visit.

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Male placings:
Mark SPILLER (SM30-34) of Bishops Stortford RC, was first over the line in 17:46 - 9th time in 18 appearances.
Matt BAINBRIDGE (VM35-39) of Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners, was second over the line in 17:54 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) of Bishops Stortford RC, was third over the line in 18:21 - has been first to finish on 24 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Elizabeth BELLINGER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:46 - 16th time in 35 appearances.
Sophie BARC (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (45th overall) over the line in 22:51.
Bekah CRANCH (SW25-29) of Bishops Stortford RC, was third (55th overall) over the line in 23:26.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) – 75.48% for the time 18:21 (third overall).
Alan BROUGHTON (VM50-54) – 73.75% for the time 20:19 (15th overall).
Matt BAINBRIDGE (VM35-39) – 73.65% for the time 17:54 (second 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 00:15:58 on 15th April 2017 (event number 109).
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 3,778 participants have completed 20,900 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,500 km, including 4,539 new Personal Bests.

This weeks APTOTW (aesthetically pleasing time of the week) goes to George Lynch with 23:45

 Full results can be found here

Some great posing for the camera this week and some superb photos. More can be found here

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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 parkrunday. 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 the 42 volunteers who made this event possible.

Rachael ANDERSON, David ASHWORTH, Elly BARRALL, Danny BEAZLEY, Ali BELL, Elizabeth BELLINGER, Joanna BONSER, Alex CADZOW, Chris CHEW, Christopher CONNELL, Daisy COX, Katie COX, Heather DAY, Michael ELDRED, John EMMETT, Sue FISHPOOL, Harvey FOX, David GRAY, Freddy GRAY, Georgia HAMMOND, Jason HASTY, Michelle HASTY, Judith HEALD, Jacob HEALD, Chris HOLT, David HURST, Russell KING, Esra KING, Oliver LAST, Lori MORRISON, Joanna NEWMAN, Emily PALMER, George PITTS, Chris PITTS, Ian RODGERS, Eleanor RODGERS, Caroline ROUND, Andrew TURVEY, Sarah WILLSON, Darren WOMACK, Joseph WOODS, Harriet WYATT

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Milestones

Well done to the following who all join the 10 club

Amar KAUR

Grace MASON

Jovi Lee RADFORD

 Saturday 27th May

It's time for a White Wedding. Chris and Georgia are getting married so it's a White Wedding themed fancy dress at this weekends run.

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

Jay
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event #113 – 13th May 2017

parkrun-day seemed to come round even quicker than normal this week. With a full compliment of rosters event 113 was bursting at the seams with 313 runners taking to the forest and a total of 41 volunteers helping out over the course of the event to make it all happen!

Conditions must have been good as 67 of you achieved a new personal best this week! Well Done to you all, there are too many to call you all out individually, however i've had a look through the results and a massive well done to the people below!

Harry Fishpool - Harry went under 19 minutes for the first time in his 28 parkruns this weekend. Finishing in 18:40! Well Done Harry!

Rob Johnson - Rob broke the 21 minute barrier for the first time, taking nearly a whole minute of his previous best time. great job Rob!

Daniel Scofield - Congratulations to Daniel, who in the JM10 category, best his PB today, finishing in 24:01, he took over 2 minutes off his previous best time.

Amy Witchalls - This was Amy's fastest run in all 17 of her parkruns. Finishing in under 25 minutes and recording a time of 24:24. Well Done Amy

Sorry I can't call everyone out who got a PB - but well done to you all!

The Run

We saw a new age category record this week as well in the SW20-24 category. Well Done to our first female home, Rachelle Falloon, who finished in a speedy 19:31. Rachelle is only one of 9 females who have gone sub 20 in our 113 events.

Our first finishers:

Male

1st Danny Beazley 18:15
2nd Christian Barker 18:33
3rd Harry Fishpool 18:40 (PB)

Female

1st Rachelle Falloon 19:31 (PB)
2nd Elizabeth Bellinger 20:35 (PB)
3rd Claire Cadzow 21:27

The full set of results can be accessed here

 

Milestones

This week we welcomed Eamon Johnston to the 100 club! 94 of which have been here at Hatfield Forest. Well Done Eamon! I hope you enjoyed the run and here's to the next milestone at 250!

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 parkrunday. 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:

Alex HERBERT  •  Claire CADZOW  •  Corinna CRANCH  •  David MCMILLAN  •  Elizabeth BELLINGER  •  Ellen BROOKS  •  Elly BARRALL  •  Emily PALMER  •  Erynn PALMER  •  Fiona PALMER  •  Florence BELLERBY  •  Francesca PALMER  •  Grace CADZOW  •  Hannah BROMHAM  •  Heather DAY  •  Ian HILL  •  Jacob WATSON  •  Jay PRICE  •  Joanna BONSER  •  John RONCO  •  Kate PITTS  •  Katie RONCO  •  Kevin WATSON  •  Maia FISHPOOL  •  Mark LAWRENCE  •  Melanie WATSON  •  Natalie RONCO  •  Nigel HARRIS  •  Oliver LAST  •  Philip CHAPLIN  •  Philippa WATSON  •  Piadade JARVIS  •  Robin NEWMAN  •  Sally BROMHAM  •  Sam BAINES  •  Sam RONCO  •  Sandra PAVITT  •  Sara WALSH  •  Stuart WALSH  •  Sue FISHPOOL  •  Susan ANDERSON  •  Vic GIBLING  •  Warren JARVIS  •  William PALMER

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

That's all from me for this week, I now hand over to Jason who will be your run director next weekend.

Mark Lawrence
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

 

Event #112 – 6th May 2017

What a fantastic turn out for another Hatfield Forest parkrun. This week, I did not need to panic too much about recruiting enough volunteers, which was a huge relief. So, a very happy Run Director arrived at the forest at 7am. The course was set up without a hitch, all volunteers turned up, marshals were in place and ready to cheer on the 332 runners who attended today. What could go wrong?! How about a rogue cow deciding that she wanted to go walkabout through one of the gates! Happily, the issue was sorted and the cow is with the correct herd, phew! Panic over.

However, today was also tinged with some sadness, as we said goodbye to one of our runner and volunteer stalwarts, Penny Izienicki, who is relocating to Wales. Penny started her parkrun journey at the forest in March 2015 and has a 100% record of running at the forest (53 runs in total) and started volunteering with us in 2015 also. Penny, we are going to miss you and wish you well in your new home; and hope you continue your parkrun journey.

The Run:

This week 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 84 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took place.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers.

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

Male placings:

Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) of Bishops Stortford RC, was first over the line in 18:06. Ben PICKFORD (VM35-39) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second over the line in 18:22. Mark LAWRENCE (SM25-29) of Bishops Stortford RC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:33.

Female placings:

Megan EVANS (SW25-29) of Chelmsford AC, was first (third overall) over the line in 19:11. Elizabeth BELLINGER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (16th overall) over the line in 20:48. Stefanie GODFREY (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (21st overall) over the line in 21:09.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Peter BEATTY (VM60-64) – 82.22% for the time 19:41 (7th overall).
Janet HOWES (VW65-69) – 81.32% for the time 26:30 (135th overall).
Stefanie GODFREY (VW50-54) – 80.22% for the time 21:09 (21st 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 00:15:58 on 15th April 2017 (event number 109).
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 3,679 participants have completed 20,263 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,315 km, including 4,427 new Personal Bests

Milestones

Well done to:

  • Edmond Moulton joined the Junior 10 Club
  • Oliver Miziolek joined the Junior 10 Club
  • Paul Cook joined the 50 Club

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, Iwona ANTOLIK, Mary AUGUSTINE, Elly BARRALL, Danny BEAZLEY, Olivia BERESFORD, Serena BERESFORD, Vanessa BOWERMAN, Claire CADZOW, Grace CADZOW, Scott CADZOW, Joanne COLEBOURNE, William COLEBOURNE, Margaret CONNELL, Christopher CONNELL, Heather DAY, Harvey FOX, Jenny FREWIN, William GIBSON, Anne HALL, Nigel HARRIS, Denise HARWOOD, Paul KERINS, Rosie KERINS, Luke KERINS, Colette KERINS, Leah KRISHNARAYAN, Karen LAMB, Archie LAMB, Alec LODGE, Harry MCMILLAN, David MCMILLAN, Philip MILES, Emily PALMER, John RONCO, Sam RONCO, Katie RONCO, Caroline ROUND, Luke SHEPHERD, Em WARRINGTON, Philippa WATSON, Jacob WATSON, Kevin WATSON, Melanie WATSON, Thomas WILTON

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

Sue
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


					
 

Event #111 – 29th April 2017

A Record breaking day at the forest.

A beautiful morning to be at the forest bright and early for course set up. It's on mornings like this that really make you appreciate how special our location is.

The Run

The first sign that we had a big turnout was when I got a radio message from Julie, on duty at Elgins car park, at 8:40 to say there was still a queue of 40 people
waiting to pay. Apologies to those who had to wait in line.
The briefing went ahead without any heckling from the crowd and after a few words from Simon representing Rickling Fun Run we all made our way round to the start area.
The sun was starting to warm up now and the conditions were just about perfect.

Our first finishers:

Male

1st James BOSHER 17:43
2nd Danny BEAZLEY 17:54
3rd Alex MANTON 18:01

Female

1st Elizabeth BELLINGER 20:53
2nd Anest MÜLLER 21:33
3rd Vicky SIMPSON 22:34

The full set of results can be accessed here

42 volunteers made this weeks run possible and I thank all of you for your help.
There were 61 people who decided to run at the forest for the first time on Saturday and a fantastic 83 runners recorded a personal best.
This all added up to a record breaking attendance of 349.


It's a Record

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 parkrunday. 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:

Alyson SHINNICK  •  Ben PICKFORD  •  Ben SHINNICK  •  Chris CHEW  •  Dana SMITH  •  Danny BEAZLEY  •  Darren BARKER  •  Darren WOMACK  •  Emily PALMER  •  Emmy PICKFORD  •  Felix BELLERBY  •  Florence BELLERBY  •  George LYNCH  •  Hannah WHITE  •  Harvey FOX  •  Ian PENSON  •  Joanna ARSCOTT  •  John EMMETT  •  Julie WITCHALLS  •  Katy BELLERBY  •  Kevin WATSON  •  Leah KRISHNARAYAN  •  Lisa VAUGHAN  •  Melanie WATSON  •  Melvyn GRIMWOOD  •  Nicholas YEADON  •  Nigel HARRIS  •  Patricia POOLE  •  Philippa WATSON  •  Rob JOHNSON  •  Samuel SHELTON  •  Sean LYNCH  •  Simon BRIDGEWATER  •  Simon WALLACE  •  Stephanie BRIDGEWATER  •  Steve SAUNDERS  •  Stevie GREEN  •  Sue FISHPOOL  •  Theresa BURKE  •  Thomas PICKFORD  •  Tracy WOODS  •  William GIBSON

 

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

Steve
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

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