Event number 45 – 15th September 2018

Heartwood Forest parkrun 15 Sept 2018 - Ruth Kent
A record number of people waiting for the start
Photo by Ruth Kent

This week saw a record attendance at Heartwood Forest, with 218 people enjoying the stunning views and blue skies (yet again proving the sun does always shine at Heartwood). There were 101 first timers, including 13 completing their first ever parkrun. Representatives of 45 different clubs took part.

We enjoyed getting to know the many tourists who paid us a visit. The high numbers were not restricted to people, with what was described as a ‘dog off’ in the front group of runners, as the battle was on to put the fastest paw forward. There was also a rare dinosaur sighting among the woodland creatures…

Heartwood Forest parkrun 15 Sept 2018 - Ruth Kent
The first-timers' briefing
Photo by Ruth Kent

A number of milestones were achieved this week. Congratulations to Rupert Walke on his 50th parkun and Kate Burn on her 200th. Patricia Cue, of Sutton Runners, completed her 499th parkrun this week. Where will her 500th take her? There were thirteen members of the 250 parkrun club present, who between them have covered a massive 23,015 kilometres.

Heartwood Forest parkrun 15 Sept 2018 - Ruth Kent
Kate running her 200th parkrun
Photo by Ruth Kent

Two age category records were broken with Amelia Brimley running a time of 28:16 in the JW10, and Brenda Clayton setting a new VM70-74 record with a time of 30:06. Congratulations to the 48 participants who achieved a new Personal Best today.

Thank you to the nineteen volunteers who made the event possible:

Marcia QUINN • Andrew MCKILLOP • Howard BULL • Kate TETTMAR • Fergus DALTON • Ammon PIEPGRASS • Edric WILLIAMS • Helen WILLIAMS • Hannah OXLEY • Ruth KENT • Tracey ASHWELL • Alex VARRAN • David REID • Karl Damian WILDING • Suzi WEGENEK • Laura MCLEOD • Paula OXLEY • Thomas ROBERTS • Phil KENDALL

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

Heartwood Forest parkrun 15 Sept 2018 - Oxfam St Albans
The run is under way
Photo by Oxfam St Albans

The female record is held by Victoria PRITCHARD who recorded a time of 17:43 on 30th September 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Thomas KEARNS who recorded a time of 16:23 on 21st April 2018 (event number 26).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine WRIGHT who recorded 88.28% (22:37) on 19th August 2017 (event number 4).

Heartwood Forest parkrun started on 29th July 2017. Since then 2,128 participants have completed 5,677 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,385 km, including 1,179 new Personal Bests.

There are only two more opportunities to participate in Heartwood Forest parkrun. Our final parkrun will be on the 6th October, and another event at Heartwood on the 29th September means there will be no parkrun that day. Thank you to everyone who has participated, volunteered and visited Heartwood Forest over the past 45 events, who knew this is how I would enjoy spending most Saturday mornings...


Heartwood Forest parkrun 15 Sept 2018 - Ruth Kent
The tail (diplodocus tail)
Photo by Ruth Kent