Event 131 – 23rd September 2017 – Farewell

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

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

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

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

The Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

Milestones

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

Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Castle Park inaugural

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

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

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

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

 

parkrun admin

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

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

 

And Farewell

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

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

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

 
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Runners arrive for Event #1 - 21st March 2015

Chris Holt
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Hatfield Forest parkrun Event Director

 

Hatfield Forest parkrun – Relocation Statement

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Chris Holt

Hatfield Forest parkrun Event Director

 

Hatfield Forest parkrun – Questions about the relocation

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Q.           Why is this news being communicated now?

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

 

Q.           When are the remaining events at the forest?

A.            We have four more events at the forest:

August 26th - winter course

September 2nd – Horse Course & Pacer Day

September 9th – Cancelled due to Woodfest Festival

September 16th

September 23rd – Farewell event & Picnic

 

Event #114 – 20th May 2017

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

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

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

The run

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

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

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

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Danny BEAZLEY (VM40-44) – 75.48% for the time 18:21 (third overall).
Alan BROUGHTON (VM50-54) – 73.75% for the time 20:19 (15th overall).
Matt BAINBRIDGE (VM35-39) – 73.65% for the time 17:54 (second overall).

The female record is held by Megan EVANS who recorded a time of 00:18:46 on 1st August 2015 (event number 20).
The male record is held by Blair MCWHIRTER who recorded a time of 00:15:58 on 15th April 2017 (event number 109).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ben GRANT who recorded 88.39% (19:31) on 15th October 2016 (event number 82).

Hatfield Forest parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 3,778 participants have completed 20,900 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,500 km, including 4,539 new Personal Bests.

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

 Full results can be found here

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

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The volunteers.

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

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

A big thank you to the 42 volunteers who made this event possible.

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

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Milestones

Well done to the following who all join the 10 club

Amar KAUR

Grace MASON

Jovi Lee RADFORD

 Saturday 27th May

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

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

Jay
Run Director

Hatfield Forest parkrun core team:

Run Directors; Chris, Steve, Jason, Mark, Susan, Georgia, David & Rachael
Volunteer Coordinators; Ellen, Luke, Oliver, Grace, Christopher, Michelle, Francesca & Darren

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event #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 #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 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

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