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 #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

 

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 #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 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

 

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

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