Henley-on-Thames parkrun Event number 156 4th December 2021

Thank you to Claire Clark from Bournemouth for this weeks run report, as well as being photographer and tail walker for parkrun #156 at Henley.

What a beautiful morning for a run, not only a run but a parkrun and not only a parkrun run but at Henley-on-Thames. As a visitor I opted to volunteer as Tail Walker as you get to meet others, be involved and chat to more people on the way round, so it's a win win.

It was a bit chilly when we got there at 8:30am and we were willing the sun to rise a bit quicker to bathe more of the playing fields in it's wintery rays.
As Tail Walker I was loaded up with a bright orange bib, a walkie talkie (thankfully didn't need to use it) and a first aid kit (thankfully also didn't need to use it.)
A small band of hardy runners and volunteers assumed their positions ahead of the 9am start, and off we went. Two laps to go of which sounded like a bit of an adventure during the first timers briefing, and I was looking forward to what was ahead.
Lovely forest trails was the answer. Yes they were undulating in parts, a bit muddy, a bit narrow but certainly interesting and entertaining. I loved the multi coloured route markers at various points, the cheery volunteers out on the course, and the red kites spotted circling overhead. I also made sure to take a few photos on the way round as the route was so picturesque.
By the time we got back, the playing fields were lit up by the sunshine and a warm welcome was waiting at the finish line.
As a regular parkrunner it was a nice change from our usual flat course at Bournemouth. We really enjoyed our time this morning, so thank you to Henley-on-Thames, and hopefully we will visit you again soon!
This week 26 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 4 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Nick CLEMO • Claire Emma CLARK • Sheena LAVERY • Hazel JOYCE • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Jeannie ENGELA • Fiona PHAROAH • Simon LUNN • Sarah JOYCE • Gwilym SATCHELL • Jo GOODENOUGH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Henley-on-Thames parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 17:57 on 23rd February 2019 (event number 88).
The male record is held by Robert CORNEY who recorded a time of 16:53 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 101).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded 82.45% (17:57) on 23rd February 2019 (event number 88).

Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 3,478 participants have completed 9,874 parkruns covering a total distance of 49,370 km, including 1,632 new Personal Bests. A total of 336 individuals have volunteered 2,140 times.


Henley-on-Thames where the parkrun isn’t flat and isn’t that close to the river!

Thank you to Pippa White from Stratford upon Avon Juniors / Queen Elizabeth parkrun for this weeks run report (our first in quite a while!) for Henley-on-Thames parkrun #150 (23/10/2021).

In early 2018, I joined with other runners and parkrunners in Tooting, London, where a Run Talk Run group was being set up on a Monday evening. Intended as a social run and a safe space to talk about anything, including mental health problems, we developed super friendships and the group grew. However, Tooting is a very mobile area and this week, three of us met up at parkrun for the first time post lockdown with two of us having moved considerably.

It was an early start and while the clocks are still in BST, the mornings feel so very dark. My touring companion was in charge of directions and we arrived nice and promptly at 0800. Shortly after, we found Phil STUBBINGTON completing the on the day course check so we traipsed in, talking parkrun, to the playing fields. Looking up I noted the hill – for Phil to be very cheerful and tell me that the real hill was much steeper. Given Phil was so very cheerful (it couldn’t be that bad, surely) we helped move stuff from the shed, found our friends, chatted more, forgot to warm up, stowed our bags on the groundsheet – all the lovely parkrun morning rituals.

First timer brief – tick, run director brief – tick, timers? 3-2-1 go. And off we went along nice flat playing fields, over the small concrete lip and up. Oh my. Kudos to the regulars as that IS quite a hill – and a tree root lined descent – and it’s still quite a hill on the second lap. Puffing and gasping at the memory, I can be clear that this is not a run for those with buggies or dogs as paths are narrow and have hedges, barbed wire and in places the path has been washed out. I was pleased to be wearing trail shoes.

A final gasp in and recovery with milestone cake. This is a run for the fitter, less for the nervous first time walker, with a wonderfully friendly team. Post parkrun chats with Simon LUNN and I discover that one of the proposals for the course was to do the hill 3 times – thanks Simon, that made me feel relieved.

To the results.

For starters, it’s parkrun 150 for Henley-on-Thames – a nice round figure. Given that this is a pocket sized parkrun there was no runner 150 or a runner on 150 parkruns, but there was runner 15 Lisa WEBSTER and a runner 50 Katherine CLEMO – totally arbitrary well done to you both.

Welcome to their first ever parkrun to Peter FENNELLY, Phil ASHTON and Rebecca O'CONNELL. May this be the start of an enjoyable Saturday routine. Well done to milestone runners: for the first time since they’ve been available for me to comment on, congratulations to Carla MINTER on 25runs. More conventionally, Sarah JOYCE completed 100 and provided very toothsome cake: thankyou.

There were 26 people running this course for the first time ever, and 9 PBs. That means that 35 people walked, jogged or ran faster around this course on a parkrunday than before – which is over half of the field of 69: a brilliant result.

Topping the age grade today was female first finisher Tracey HAYES with an excellent 72.38% on a difficult course. First male finisher Peter WOOLDRIDGE following with a 69.66%. Both are a little away from the age grade course record of 84.45% but that just leaves space for a new achievement next week.

Furthest tourist was Miguel OLIVEIRA from South Africa – a good reminder to us all that a barcode is a passport to parkrunning around the world.

Full results at https://www.parkrun.org.uk/henleyonthames/results/150/

In all, a lovely morning, with reasonable weather for October. Thank you to all the volunteers who made it so special : Nick CLEMO, Nicholas CONNOLLY, Jeannie ENGELA, Kevin JACOB, Miriam JORNA, Hazel JOYCE, Simon LUNN, Adrian MARSH, Louisa MEAD, Stephen MEGIT, Alice ROBINSON, Jackie ROBINSON, Gwilym SATCHELL, Mark SHOTTON, Phil STUBBINGTON and Marc THOMAS. If you fancy being part of the team one week then do email in. And for those interested in a social run with time to chat, investigate Run Talk Run, https://www.runtalkrun.com/

Pippa White

Stratford upon Avon Juniors / Queen Elizabeth



We have more trees!

Thank you to regular parkrunner Brian Green and Ribbon Communications for planting an amazing 500 new trees around the parkrun course and nearby.



International Women’s Day parkrun #IWD #IWDparkrun, event #135

Thanks to Kate Conway for our event report this week :)

72 people ran jogged, walked, slid and slipped round the Henley-on-Thames’ 135th parkrun this Saturday and a good few of them were wearing purple in support of International Women’s Day. Having been cancelled for the past 3 weeks because of the weather, it was time to start running again and with an almost exclusive female volunteer team, ably led by Louisa Mead, we weren’t going to let a drop of mud put us off!


From my vantage point as a marshal I could easily see who had embraced the course and run straight through the mud and puddles and who had delicately tried to tip-toe round. Those legs would need a good scrub in the bath!

Three people chose to make their parkrun debut at Henley this week, Amelie Way, Fiona Hortropp and Jonas Salter - well done to you all and thank you for choosing Henley. In total 24 people were visiting us for the first time.


Amazingly, despite the conditions, two people recorded PBs, Clare Donovan and Chelsea Freckleton. Well done ladies, just think what you can do when it’s dry!

No course records were broken, perhaps not surprising given the conditions, but then no bones were broken either, with everybody having ably navigated their way round.


Many thanks to the sixteen volunteers who made this event possible

Nick CLEMO • Katherine CLEMO • Mark FOXWELL • Julie RAYFIELD • Vanessa ARMOND • Simon HARRIS • Katharine CONWAY • Sheena LAVERY • Craig HENDERSON • Emma WATERFIELD • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Jeannie ENGELA • Sarah JOYCE • Nia ASHTON


International Women’s Day parkrun – Saturday 7th March 2020

It's International Women's Day on the 8th March, and we're asking for your help on parkrun day (Saturday 7th March) by encouraging as many women as possible to join us as runners, walkers, joggers and volunteers.


Why not wear something purple, and bring a female friends / partners to #parkrun. Keep an eye out on social media for posts over the next few weeks and the #IWDparkrun hashtag


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