Event #110 – 22nd April 2017

They say good things come to those who wait….and I had waited a long time for my RD debut. It had taken less time to persuade the ED to marry me, than it had to persuade him that I should be an RD. Something about not wanting to show favouritism apparently (the RD’ing not the getting married..you are legitimately allowed to show favouritism when picking your future husband or wife…anyway I digress). I discovered parkrun at Harlow in January 2015, and was instantly hooked, so much so that two days later I was standing in wet, freezing condition losing the feeling in my fingers trying to photograph runners on a very wet iPad (probably the worst set of running photos in existence).

So in March 2015 I found myself at the Forest inaugural. A strange running experience, I was running with my 8 year old twins one of who whom was not happy that she was not at her normal parkrun, and insisting on picking up every stick and twig she could find along the way (this is a forest, we were not moving quickly). Eventually she picked up what was effectively the branch of a tree and I’d had enough. My bargaining skills led to me agreeing to run with said huge stick if she would stop moaning, stopping and just get a move on…she agreed and Stick Lady was born! (Can I add this girl now runs for Hertfordshire and I can’t get near her pace…irony!!). The next week I timekept due to a half marathon the next day and a love affair was born (with Hatfield Forest parkrun…not the ED, that came months later and is another story for another time).

So, I ran and I volunteered and Hatfield Forest parkrun became a massive part of my life, our parkrun is a community and a very special place. But I wanted more…I wanted that blue and white (well it was just blue back then) hi-vis.

Anyway my day had finally come….so in my head it would be sunshine, birds singing in a Disney-esq fashion…..unfortunately the reality was a very damp Forest and a near killing of a rabbit than ran in front of my car on the drive up to the entrance gate! Apart from that it was everything I hoped it would be. Danny, Nigel and Francesca made my exclusive set up team, but they were everything I could have wanted In fact I was almost a spare part, the set up ran itself, and Francesca kept me on track as the nerves temporarily kicked in, and I almost didn’t get to the front gate on time (3 mins late is normal for me and on time in my eyes!), as I lost the ability to count to how many people were on car park duty.

Our volunteers as ever were awesome, you really are very special people. The briefing was the best fun (I hope you enjoyed it too and remember ‘funnel shenanigans will not be tolerated’). And although it took a while to get the start going (third time lucky), I truly couldn’t have asked for a better morning. Even the results processing went like a dream.

The Run

The weird thing is, because I was RD I actually too busy to notice things I normally would, when I saw the results there were participants that I knew but hadn’t realised were there, and we’d had 304 runners, so writing about the run, I have had to rely on what’s down on paper!!

Stats, stats, stats, blah, blah, blah!!!

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

Male placings:
Zach BRIDGELAND (JM11-14) of Chelmsford AC, was first over the line in 17:49 - first appearance.
Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second over the line in 18:10 - has been first to finish on 22 previous occasions.
Christian BARKER (JM15-17) of Bishops Stortford RC, was third over the line in 18:18 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Wendy KING (VW45-49) of Chelmsford AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:27 - first appearance.
Elizabeth BELLINGER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (15th overall) over the line in 20:49 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Helen MEGONE (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 22:27.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Michael BRIDGELAND (VM55-59) – 85.41% for the time 18:37 (4th overall).
Jenny BRAYSHAW (VW65-69) – 84.88% for the time 24:15 (78th overall).
Wendy KING (VW45-49) – 81.66% for the time 19:27 (6th overall).

The full set of results can be accessed here

Milestones & Course Records

New age category records this week:

VW45-49 Wendy KING 00:19:27 81.66 %
JM11-14 Zach BRIDGELAND 00:17:49 79.61 %
VW65-69 Jenny BRAYSHAW 00:24:15 84.88 %

Joining the 50 run club this week are Harriet Wyatt & Linda Daw.

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:

Alan ELLWOOD • Alex CADZOW • Alice MULLY • Alyson SHINNICK • Annabel KANE • Bekah CRANCH • Ben SHINNICK • Brian OWEN • Caroline ARMON-JONES • Caroline ROUND • Claire CADZOW • Danny BEAZLEY • Darren WOMACK • David GRAY • Emily PALMER • Francesca PALMER • Freddy GRAY • George LYNCH • Georgia HAMMOND • Grace CADZOW • Hamish MCKINLAY • Harvey FOX • Hollie LAIDLAW • Ian RODGERS • Jacob WATSON • Jeff PALMER • Jemma DAVIES • John EMMETT • Joseph WOODS • Julie WITCHALLS • Karen WOOD • Kate PITTS • Kevin CLARK • Kevin MULLY • Kevin WATSON • Leah KRISHNARAYAN • Melanie WATSON • Michelle HASTY • Naomi BARRIE • Nigel HARRIS • Paul ROUND • Philip CHAPLIN • Rachael ANDERSON • Rachel JAMES • Samuel SHELTON • Sian BROCKBANK • Simon BARRIE • Susan ANDERSON • Trudy LYNCH

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

Georgia
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 #109 – 15th April 2017

Juggling. That's how a parkrunday progresses. Well not quite, juggling & winging it. I'd managed to arrive at the forest with my paperwork on this occasion, so we were already in a better state than the anniversary event! It was a good job I did have paperwork as with a near half century of volunteers, having the details easily to hand made for an easier morning.

It was our second week back on the summer course & despite some overnight rain, conditions were looking pretty good. A bit of sunshine started to penetrate the cloud as 9 o'clock neared, everything (dodgy PA system apart) was working nicely.

Often after sending runners on their way, we'll look at the swathe of runners & make a largely inaccurate prediction on the final number. On Saturday, "looks like a lot" was the best summary we could muster. It was definitely in the a lot category.

The Run

There's no doubt that Mark from the Core Team has already penned a letter to the BBC, Wood Lane for the attention of Kris & Cheryl to let them know that we had some record breakers on Saturday.

Firstly we had a record number of volunteers for a non pacing event, with 49 people donning the high vis to delivery the event. We don't even have that many hi vis vests, in fact our 5 tailrunners were forced to all climb into one!

Secondly, it was indeed a lot. 317 runners in fact. That's a new attendance record at the forest! A little bit of sunshine seemed to encourage everyone out to play on Saturday!

Thirdly we had a new course record set by Blair McWhirter who caught the funnel team on the hop (no wait, that was Bunny Bosher) by flying into the finish field & crossing the line for the first ever sub 16 minute parkrun at the forest. A sensational performance by Blair, though as he was quick to modestly point out to us, everyone who ran put in a sensational performance. He's spot on there, being active is the most important part about parkrun.

Though to me, times are largely irrelevant & enjoyment from being active is what we should all aim for, it appears that many of you interpreted enjoyment by running a personal best in the excellent conditions seen on Saturday. 72 personal bests, 1 in 5 runners set themselves a new best, hopefully all with a smile on their face. We also welcomed 48 people to the forest for the first time, 32 of you experiencing their first parkrun.

Our first finishers:

Male

1st Blair McWhirter 15:58
2nd James Bosher 18:06
3rd Matthew Wragg 18:26

Female

1st Fiona Halls 20:40
2nd Louise Rolfe 21:37
3rd Elizabeth Bellinger 21:45

There was a bit of funkiness with the results, but over the course of Saturday evening I gave them a second look & was able to manipulate the slight errors out, so now they should look pretty good. The full set of results can be accessed here

Milestones

A few milestones at the forest this week:

Junior 10 club - Max Ashelford, Ted Bowers
50 club - Carl Whay, James Bosher, John Etherden (running at the Hastings event), Anne Garnish

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:

Abbi BLAKEY • Alex CADZOW • Alex FICKEN • Anne GARNISH • Anneka PELLEY • Archie LAMB • Ben SHINNICK • Callum HUDSON • Carol LATHAM • Chris HOLT • Claire CADZOW • Darren BARKER • Darren WOMACK • David MCMILLAN • Emma PHILP • Gary JONES • George LYNCH • Georgia HAMMOND • Grace CADZOW • Harry MCMILLAN • Harvey FOX • Holly HUDSON • Ian RODGERS • Iwona ANTOLIK • James YEADON • Joseph WOODS • Julie WITCHALLS • Karen LAMB • Lisa PELLEY • Michelle HASTY • Nicholas YEADON • Nigel HARRIS • Paul ROUND • Paul WILLIS • Peter BEATTY • Philip CHAPLIN • Phyllida MOONEY • Rachel ALEXANDER • Samuel SHELTON • Sandra PAVITT • Sarah FICKEN • Scott CADZOW • Simon LATHAM • Stephen FICKEN • Sue FISHPOOL • Thomas WHAY • Tim PERRY • William GIBSON • Woody HUDSON

A bit of Admin 1

Remember folks, no barcode, no time! 20 of our participants didn't receive a result due to not presenting a barcode. We accept paper barcodes, plus the parkrun range of credit card, key fob or wristbands from ERS. Unfortunately we cannot accept any barcode presented from a mobile device.

A bit of Admin 2

Kit! At parkrun we have a lot of kit & the Run Director uses the big round table to place their paperwork & other kit so that it is easy to find during the morning. Whilst we are happy for runners to use The Hub for storing kit, please leave the big round table for our kit. There's plenty of space elsewhere in The Hub for kit bags, cakes, drinks etc. The Run Director has plenty to juggle already without having to move possessions out of the way to find our box of finish tokens, please respect this & leave the table for parkrun kit from now on.

A bit of Admin 3

Please be silent during our run briefings, unless feedback is encouraged by the Run Director. The pre run briefings are an integral part of parkrun & whilst we appreciate many of you have heard the briefings before, but this is our only means to communicate to all of our attendees at once.

A bit of Admin 4

We're noticing the car park machine at Elgin's develops quite the queue. One of our parking volunteers at the weekend suggested that NT members at Elgin's scan in after their run, something the NT have given the thumbs up to. We'll also be closing access to Elgin's & sending latecomers down to The Shell House so that we don't have to delay the start of parkrun. This isn't an opportunity to arrive as late as possible, just us managing the flow of cars into the forest appropriately.

Remember! Please check our Facebook or Twitter feeds for any last minute changes.
That's all from me folks, the juggling act is over for another week, perhaps starting a new job in the same week wasn't the best idea! It was all ok in the end though!

Georgia is making her Run Director debut on Saturday so you'll be well looked after. If you're running London on Sunday, I believe there's a parkrun cheer point at 23.1 miles, aka, just a parkrun to go. No parkrun for me at the weekend, the country hasn't yet seen parkrun arrive so I'll just have to run a half marathon instead!

Chris
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 number 108 – 8th April 2017

I think mother nature just wanted to add a little drama to the mornings events as we dusted of the cobwebs and unwrapped the summer course, by cloaking it in a little mist and fog as we unveiled our favourite one lap route through the forest.

Some of the core team walked the course on Wednesday evening and we knew it was looking good but we still needed to also dust off some of the signs that have not been used over the winter months and change the volunteer paperwork and lanyards ready for the off. On top of what goes on behind the scenes and in preparation, an amazing 44 people volunteered this Saturday to make the event happen. Apart from the brand-new P.A. system packing up, hence me having to shout (thanks for listening and for your attention) everything went smoothly and the sun, albeit towards the end, did make an appearance through the mist to welcome us back on the Summer route.

The Run

This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

Our first finishers:

Female placings:                                                         Male placings:

1st Louise Rolfe 21:39                                                 Alistair Brown, 17:23

2nd Lucia Vale 22:33                                                   Danny Beazley 17:59

3rd Sophie Barc 23:12                                                 Gabriel Lowrie 18:04

Age Grade Performance bests: Jenny BRAYSHAW (VW65-69) – 84.36% for the time 24:24 (70th overall). Shirley BALL (VW60-64) – 82.36% for the time 23:54 (64th overall). Alistair BROWN (VM40-44) – 80.92% for the time 17:23 (first overall).

The full set of results can be accessed here: Hatfield Forest parkrun Results Page.

Milestones:

Jenny Frewin completed her 50th run so can now get the famous red 50 club t shirt and Serena Beresford volunteered for the 25th time so gets to don the purple 25 club shirt. Well done girls.

Volunteering:

As always the event was made possible by the 44 wonderful volunteers who gave up their time.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Susan ANDERSON, Rachael ANDERSON, Iwona ANTOLIK, Danny BEAZLEY, Serena BERESFORD, Caroline BORE, Grace CADZOW, Claire CADZOW, Scott CADZOW, Philip CHAPLIN, Chris CHEW, Christopher CONNELL, Heather DAY, Alan FINDLAY, Harvey FOX, William GIBSON, Georgia HAMMOND, Nigel HARRIS, Jason HASTY, Michelle HASTY, Chris HOLT, Sophie HOSEASON, Russell KING, Leah KRISHNARAYAN, David LAMB, Archie LAMB, Isobel LAMB, George LYNCH, David MCMILLAN, Harry MCMILLAN, Arthur OLIVA, Janos ORSOS, Brian OWEN, William PALMER, Francesca PALMER, Mark PALMER, Caroline ROUND, Steve SAUNDERS, Thomas WILTON, Hannah WITCHALLS, Joseph WOODS, Harriet WYATT, James YEADON, Nicholas YEADON Why not get involved and volunteer? You can see an event's future volunteer roster via their specific future roster page. To get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to hatfieldforesthelpers@parkrun.com.

I will hand you back to Chris next week and once again many thanks for a wonderful morning and for your all your support on Saturday.

David

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 #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.

Milestones

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.

Parking

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).

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 106 – 25th March 2017

Saturday saw beautiful conditions at Hatfield Forest with a huge crowd turning up to run, jog and walk round the forest. In fact we were very close to our attendance record.
A big thank you to all the volunteers for giving up your time to help make the event happen. Well done to the car parking team who managed to make use of just about every inch of the car parks.

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The Run

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This week 306 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Mark SPILLER (SM30-34) of Bishops Stortford RC, was first over the line in 17:31.
Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second over the line in 18:09.
Ben PICKFORD (VM35-39) of Bishops Stortford RC, was third over the line in 18:14.

Female placings:
Elizabeth BELLINGER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:39.
Joanna ARSCOTT (VW35-39) of Bishops Stortford RC, was second (21st overall) over the line in 21:15.
Claire CADZOW (VW45-49) of Tri Sport Epping, was third (25th overall) over the line in 21:39.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jenny BRAYSHAW (VW65-69) – 82.17% for the time 25:03 (92nd overall).
June BRENNAN (VW60-64) – 79.91% for the time 24:38 (83rd overall).
Shirley BALL (VW60-64) – 79.64% for the time 24:43 (86th 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 3,449 participants have completed 18,444 parkruns covering a total distance of 92,220 km, including 3,990 new Personal Bests.

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Milestones

Well done to Kate Pitts and Scott Cadzow who both joined the 25 volunteer club. We look forward to seeing you in purple soon.

Parking

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

Because the Winter Route is still in operation, we will be closing the exit from Elgins 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 Elgins 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 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 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 Elgins until the tail has passed, please be considerate of all parkrun participants.

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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:

Rachel ALEXANDER, Rachael ANDERSON, Iwona ANTOLIK, Katy BELLERBY, Felix BELLERBY, Florence BELLERBY, Lee BOSWELL, Claire CADZOW, Alex CADZOW, Grace CADZOW, Scott CADZOW, Philip CHAPLIN, Chris CHEW, Heather DAY, Nigel HARRIS, Michelle HASTY, Jason HASTY, Sally HOUSE, Penny IZIENICKI, Leah KRISHNARAYAN, David LAMB, Archie LAMB, George LYNCH, David MCMILLAN, Kate PITTS, Viv RONCO, Natalie RONCO, Katie RONCO, Caroline ROUND, Samuel SHELTON, Ben SHINNICK, George THORPE, Thomas WHAY, Joseph WOODS, James YEADON, Nicholas YEADON

Susan takes over this week please give her all the help you can, as we know you will, as this is her first week as RD.

Thanks

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

 

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.

Parking

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.

Thanks

Chris Holt
Hatfield Forest parkrun Event Director

 

Event 105 – 18th March 2017

Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down and I'd like to take a minute just sit right there, I'll tell you how I we have a parkrun called Hatfield Forest.

In west Braintree born and raised on the playground was where I spent most of my days chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool and all shooting some b-ball outside of the school. When a couple of guys who were up to no good started making setting up parkrun events in my neighborhood. I got in one little social media exchange and my mom got scared she said, "You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Hatfield Forest."

I begged and pleaded with her day after day, but she packed my suitcase and sent me on my way she gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket. I put my Walkman on and said, "I might as well kick it."

First class, yo, this is bad, drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass. Is this what the people of Hatfield Forest living like? Hmm, this might be alright.

But wait I hear they're prissy, bourgeois, all that Is this the type of place that they just send this cool cat? I don't think so, I'll see when I get there I hope they're prepared for the Event Director of Hatfield Forest parkrun

Well, the plane landed and when I came out there was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name out, I ain't trying to get arrested yet, I just got here I sprang with the quickness like lightning, disappeared

I whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said "Fresh" and it had dice in the mirror if anything I could say that this cab was rare, but I thought, "Nah, forget it." – "Yo, home to Hatfield Forest."

I pulled up to the forest about 7 or 8 And I yelled to the cabbie, "Yo home smell ya later." I looked at the forest, I was finally there to stand on my mini step ladder as the Event Director of Hatfield Forest parkrun

The Surprise Party

So, now that you know how Hatfield Forest parkrun started, let's talk about how we ended up celebrating the birthday event in a different fashion to last year. Regular visitors to our event will know that over the winter, parking places are at a premium in the forest & that most weeks, we have 6 volunteers helping to get you all parked & stretch the capacity of the car parks to far in excess what they are advertised to support.

Even with the innovation of our volunteers when they do this, every week during the winter, we are close to capacity for the NT's parking & an increase of runners (like we saw on Christmas Eve) can cause issues locally as cars get left in little hamlets surrounding the forest, or people take a risk with the double yellows on the approach to the forest.

Given all of that, how do we properly celebrate the birthday of the event? Last year our numbers were lower, we advertised a birthday event & saw 100 more people join us on the day, a 76% increase. That was just about manageable. This winter we are regularly averaging around 220 runners. If we repeated the trick from last year, that would see potentially over 350 runners at the forest, a number that just wouldn't work with the limited capacity of parking.

Hence the surprise party idea being formed. We went near to silent on social media for the past couple of weeks & operated with a level of purposeful disinformation. Birthday? No, not us, you must mean another parkrun, never heard of a parkrun here.

Party hats were ordered, blowers ordered, then the creative cogs in the core team started to whirr a bit more. What it we made it more of a party & had some party games? Why not place them at the marshal points?

And this is why we ended up providing a slightly different parkrun experience on Saturday. We wanted to acknowledge the anniversary of the event, but also keep it relatively low key. Thank you to everyone who embraced the silliness & wore a hat, blew their blower throughout my briefing, or found themselves being rather competitive at musical chairs, we're glad it turned into what we had intended when planning, a fun celebration of the event.

The Run

244 runners enjoyed some nice spring like conditions to complete the parkrun on Saturday. Amongst the finishers, 25 people were experiencing the forest for the first time & 38 of you ran a personal best time.

Our first finishers:

Female

1st Rachelle Falloon 20:10
2nd Elizabeth Bellinger 20:59
3rd Claire Cadzow 22:27

Male

1st Alistair Brown 17:34
2nd Stephen Wilkes 18:10
3rd Tim Cheshire 18:26

The full set of results can be accessed here

Milestones

Isobel Lamb joined the Junior 10 club. Penny Izienicki, who departs us soon for Wales joined the 50 run club, alongside core team member Steve Saunders, who celebrated this achievement by running his first half marathon a day later in Brentwood.

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:

Adam SHORTLAND • Alan BROUGHTON • Alec LODGE • Amanda BAVIN • Andrea EDWARDS • Archie LAMB • Ben PICKFORD • Ben SHINNICK • Callum HUDSON • Chris HOLT • Claire CADZOW • David MCMILLAN • Ellen BROOKS • Emmy PICKFORD • Francesca PALMER • George LYNCH • Georgia HAMMOND • Grace CADZOW • Harry MCMILLAN • Heather DAY • Holly HUDSON • Jim LEANEY • Joseph WOODS • Karen LAMB • Kate PITTS • Keith PHILLIPS • Leah KRISHNARAYAN • Maia FISHPOOL • Mark LAWRENCE • Patricia POOLE • Philip CHAPLIN • Poppy ANDERSON • Rachael ANDERSON • Rosemary NUGENT • Sally HOUSE • Scott CADZOW • Scott NUGENT • Steve SAUNDERS • Sue FISHPOOL • Susan ANDERSON • Thomas PICKFORD • Thomas WILTON • Woody HUDSON

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

Chris
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

 

Hatfield Forest parkrun Event number 104 – 11th March 2017

So, my last run report spoke of ice and snow flurries!! This Saturday spring had definitely sprung, and how! Even the satirical early morning humor from one of our ‘pre event set up’ stalwarts, Danny Beazley’s (this poor old Run Director always attracts the extreme weather), could not detract away from the lovely spring morning that awaited us to start setting up the morning. Along jogged the lovely Francesca Palmer, who ghosted in just to do set up (well ran from home) then disappeared long before the first runners arrived.

There is something about spring and the warmer weather that seems to put a noticeable smile on everybody’s face and Saturday morning was no exception. The atmosphere was smiley friendly and upbeat, but then again whatever the weather our Hatfield Forest parkrun always is.

The Run

So with a spring in their step this week 225 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests.
Our first finishers:

Female placings:                                                                                     Male placings:

1st Fiona TIDESWELL 20:20                                                                  Stephen Wilkes, 18:11
Stefanie Godfrey 21:02.                                                                          Danny Beazley 18:11
Elizabeth Bellinger 21:22                                                                        Tim Cheshire 18:15

Age Grade Performance bests:

Stefanie GODFREY (VW50-54) – 80.67% for the time 21:02 (20th overall).
Peter BEATTY (VM60-64) – 78.94% for the time 20:30 (11th overall).
Stephen WILKES (VM45-49) – 78.00% for the time 18:11 (first overall).
The full set of results can be accessed here:Hatfield Forest parkrun Results Page.

Milestones
This week we saw Alastair Cameron, Patricia Poole, Derek Williams, Stefan Milkowski and Tim Cheshire all joined the 50 Club and Daisy Herrington joined the 10 Club. Very well done guys and girls.

Runners Briefing

Every week before the run starts all the Run Directors try to make the run briefing topical, humorous and interesting. The briefing is however delivered for good reason and it is obligatory that we present information that is for the benefit, safety and wellbeing of all the participants so that we all enjoy the morning. It is also a reminder of the very limited but necessary rules of parkrun that are the same for every event and not just ours. Please remember, one dog per runner on a short lead and under 11’s must run with an adult at arms- length. Please listen to the briefing, it is important.

Volunteering:
As always the event was made possible by the 35 wonderful volunteers who gave up their time.

Many thanks to all those people who gave up their time and or run to help put this event on. Susan ANDERSON, Iwona ANTOLIK, Christian BARKER, Danny BEAZLEY, Ali BELL, Katy BELLERBY, Felix BELLERBY, Florence BELLERBY, Elizabeth BELLINGER, Claire CADZOW, Philip CHAPLIN, Tim CHESHIRE, Chris CHEW, Bekah CRANCH, Heather DAY, Alan FINDLAY, Sue FISHPOOL, Maia FISHPOOL, Archie LAMB, David LAMB, Amanda LUCAS, George LYNCH, Harry MCMILLAN, David MCMILLAN, Francesca PALMER, Ian PENSON, Patricia POOLE, Samuel SHELTON, Luke SHEPHERD, Ben SHINNICK, Jacob WATSON, Kevin WATSON, Melanie WATSON, Thomas WHAY, Thomas WILTON
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via their specific future roster page. To get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to hatfieldforesthelpers@parkrun.com.

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

I will hand you back to Chris next week and once again many thanks for a wonderful morning and for your all your support on Saturday.

David
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 #103 – 4th March 2017

Event #103 – 4th March 2017

Setting off from Chelmsford at 6.15 in the dark and rain always makes me wonder what on earth I’m doing on a Saturday morning but as I got closer to the forest, the skies began to clear and the sun came up which lightened my mood no end.

My first wave of merry volunteers arrived at 7.00 and soon disappeared into the trees to set up while I was left taking in the view and setting up the hub ready for everyone else to arrive.
At 8.00 I went to open the gates and found myself in need of a person to greet our next wave of helpers and fellow parkrunners. Panicking slightly over the radio, I asked if someone could help out and up stepped my taxi driving hero, Nigel Harris, who had already set up part of the route and spotted some missing signs out on the course!! Luckily, he didn’t have the meter running!! Thank you!!

By 8.45, the car parks were full, Nigel was back in time to actually run and we were almost ready for the off!!

The run:

We had 224 runners this week, including tourists from Brighton and Norwich.

Milestones:

Junior runner Daisy Herrington joined the 10 club on Saturday. New members of the 50 club were Alastair Cameron, Derek Williams & Patricia Poole. Well done to everyone who celebrated a milestone at the weekend.

First finishers:

WOMEN:
1st: Molly Matherton – 21.48
2nd: Claire Cadzow – 22.33
3rd: Holly Hudson – 24.09
MEN:
1st: Danny Beazley - 18.40
2nd: Tim Cheshire - 18.42
3rd: Owen Haigh – 19.14

The full set of results can be accessed .

Volunteering:

We often have people thanking us for the effort that goes into putting on parkrun but we had some really lovely comments about how friendly and helpful our volunteers were this week so I wanted to pass those comments on to you guys. Thank you so much!! The event couldn’t take place without you and I for one couldn’t cope being RD without you!
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: Amy SADLER • Archie LAMB • Callum HUDSON • Caroline ROUND • Chris HOLT • Claire CADZOW • Colette KERINS • Darren WOMACK • David LAMB • David MCMILLAN • Denise HARWOOD • Eleanor RODGERS • Eleanor WILLIAMS • Gabriel LOWRIE • George LYNCH • Georgia HAMMOND • Grace CADZOW • Harry MCMILLAN • Heather DAY • Holly HUDSON • Ian RODGERS • Jason HAIGH • Jemma DAVIES • Kate COYNE • Kevin WATSON • Luke KERINS • Luke SHEPHERD • Mary AUGUSTINE • Melanie WATSON • Nigel HARRIS • Paul KERINS • Rachael ANDERSON • Richard JEFFERY • Rosie KERINS • Sophie HOSEASON • Steve SAUNDERS • Sue FISHPOOL • Thomas WHAY • Woody HUDSON
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 far more relaxed David, who is your RD next week.

See you soon

Rachael xx
Run Director

 

Event #102 – 25th Feb 2017

It was nice to arrive at the forest early on Saturday morning with the sun already providing some light, a sure sign spring is on the way.

Set up is a lot simpler on route K and the 2 teams were all done by 7:40, I meet Phillip and the other car park volunteers at the main gate at 8:00 and everything was ready to welcome our runners.

Thanks to the hard work of the National Trust staff inspecting our course for us on Friday we were not affected by the aftermath of storm Doris, unfortunately there were a couple of other local parkruns that did have to cancel and we were therefore expecting a large turnout. As you all know, car parking has been a constant problem during the winter while Elgins is unavailable to us, so extra volunteers were drafted in to try and squeeze as many cars in to the shell house as possible, although the positioning of some cars left a bit to de desired, we did still get 90 cars in and our fears were not realised.

The Run

 


Ready for the off !!!!

We had 217 runners this week of which 21 were first timers and an incredible 72 new PB's.

Our first finishers:

WOMEN:

1st Claire CADZOW - 22:10
2nd Jess LAIRD - 23:07.
3rd Hayley SMITH - 23:29.

MEN:

1st James BOSHER -16:58
2nd Alistair BROWN - 17:11
3rd Jim LURKINS - 17:58


The finish is in sight.

The full set of results can be accessed here

Volunteering:
Many thanks to all those people who gave up their time and or run to help put this event on.

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 big thank you to: Alan FINDLAY • Archie LAMB • Ben SHINNICK • Chris HOLT • Claire CADZOW • Dana SMITH • Danny BEAZLEY • David MCMILLAN • Eleanor RODGERS • Ellen BROOKS • Felix BELLERBY • Florence BELLERBY • George LYNCH • Georgia HAMMOND • Grace CADZOW • Hamish MCKINLAY • Heather DAY • Ian PENSON • Ian RODGERS • Karen LAMB • Kate PITTS • Katy BELLERBY • Kevin CLARK • Kevin WATSON • Lorna YEADON • Neil SANDERSON • Nigel HARRIS • Oliver LAST • Patricia POOLE • Paul DEARLOVE • Penny IZIENICKI • Philip CHAPLIN • Richard JEFFERY • Sally HOUSE • Samuel SHELTON • Scott CADZOW • Steve SAUNDERS • Susan ANDERSON • Thomas WHAY • Tim CHESHIRE

I know hand you back to Rachael who is your Run Director this week.

Steve
Run Director

Your Core Team:-
Chris - Steve - Jason - Mark - David - Rachael