#269 29/02/2020 Wye Valley Runners Reign on Leap Day!

Episode 269: The one where everyone gets wet
178 runners and 26 volunteers braved the elements at Hereford racecourse for the first ever Leap Day parkrun. Although the early morning rain stopped shortly before the start, conditions were far from ideal for both runners and volunteers.
We are very grateful to Wye Valley Runners for providing the volunteers this week – thanks for a doing a great job, especially those who suffered hypothermia and frostbite. Big thanks to the pacers – pacing accurately is never easy but was especially difficult this week. We hope that they proved to be useful in helping people to achieve their time goals. Thanks also to Hereford Triathlon Club for the loan of their brand new pacing bibs – you’ll be seeing them again on 11 th April when they will be
worn by their rightful owners!
22 first timers took part of whom 6 were doing their very first parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family – we hope you enjoyed your run and will keep coming back. We welcomed visitors from Bridgend and Liverpool and I’m sure there were quite a few more from other places. Great to see you all – we hope you enjoyed your morning at Hereford.
11 runners achieved a PB – a fantastic effort in such difficult conditions – but only Kevin Baker enters the Hereford Hall of Fame, having achieved a PB with at least 10 runs completed.
A special mention for Fred Tyler who turned 10 this week and just missed out on a milestone run, this being his 99th parkrun. Happy Birthday, Fred. You’ll be 38 the next time parkrun happens on the 29th of February – I hope we are still around to help you celebrate your 1500 th parkrun!
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Becki ANSFIELD, Phil BUTLER, Anthony CHAMPKEN, Lynne COMPTON, Chris DAW, Jan EDWARDS, Adam HAYWOOD, Marc KENDRICK, Ralph LLOYD, Brent LOWSON, Kate LYKE, Adam MICHNIOK, Paddy NUGENT, Simon OLIVER, Jesse PERRIE, Nigel POWELL, Les PRICE, Ann PRITCHARD, Liz PRITCHARD, Jackie REYNOLDS, Billy SMALLWOOD, Peter SMITH, Barbara SPANJERS, Brian SYMONDS, Eva TYLER, Nikki TYLER.

Should anyone feel the urge to help out by volunteering (it’s a great way of keeping involved with the parkrun community if you are injured or saving your legs for a race) please do let us know by posting on our FB page “Hereford parkrun”; emailing herefordhelpers@parkun.com or speaking to the Run Director or any volunteer at our event on a Saturday morning.


#268 22/02/2020 Good Turnout Despite Challenging Windy Conditions for Volunteers and parkrunners

Many thanks to all our volunteers for supporting the runners so enthusiastically in such blustery conditions Rachel Lattey, Hollie Thomas, Jane Matthews, Phil Butler, Becky Perrie, Anthony Champken, Paul Gilbert, Nikki Tyler, Justyna Michniok, Magdalena Michniok, Barbara Spanjers, Jesse Perrie, John Hulse, James Hulse, Benjamin Lewis, Les Price, Graeme Walker, Ryan Knight, Browen Tyler-Jones, Jake Cullum-Hollins, Jonathan Edwards, Mike Shaw.
Well done to all 198 finishers who braved the bracing wind at the top of the course nevertheless 13 runners posted personal bests with six runners achieving Hall of Fame status having achieved a PB after completing at least 10 park runs.
Patrick Rennison , Michael Hulme, Richard Andrews, Hayley Broadbent and William Penson.
We were delighted to welcome 30 first timers to Hereford Parkrun, we hope you enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing you return very soon.
Many Congratulations to Avril Seftel on completing 100 parkruns also Suzanne Hunter and Simon Mehigan who completed 50 parkruns.
Unfortunately we had a problem with one of our scanners on the day so many apologies if we missed you from the results.
If anyone would like to volunteer for parkrun, it’s an enjoyable experience and you get to know the local parkrun community, please let us know by posting on our facebook page ‘Hereford Parkrun’ or emailing herefordhelpers@parkun.com.


#266 08/02/2020 Chris & Nigel Hit Milestones, Nikki Has a Milestone of Her Own and We All Dodge Storm Ciara

Twenty-two volunteers helped 246 walkers and runners complete Hereford parkrun in the best weather the weekend had to offer.  Big congratulations to Chris on his 100th run and Nigel on his 50th.  The cake was delicious!  Thank you.  Nikki T kicked off her birthday weekend with a run round our course with you.  Happy Birthday Nikki!

Thank you to everyone who has been stepping up to help out as a volunteer.  It is really great when we know the roster is covered and we can deliver a safe event.  Keep the offers coming please.  You can see the state of future rosters here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/hereford/futureroster/   Note that Wye Valley Runners are covering the roster on 29 Feb and will fill in the few spaces that are still empty.  Girl Guides are helping out and participating on 14 March, but will need some help to cover the more technical volunteer roles.

Thank you to the volunteers who donned the hi-viz at this event.  They are: Alex POWIS  •  Amy GILLIGAN  •  Andrew PANTLAND  •  Andrew TYLER  •  Anna SIMPKIN  •  Anthony CHAMPKEN  •  Barbara SPANJERS  •  Benjamin LEWIS  •  Brent LOWSON  •  Colette WILKS  •  David WILKS  •  Eva TYLER  •  Fred TYLER  •  Hollie THOMAS  •  Jane COOPER  •  Jane MATTHEWS  •  Lavinia EDWARDS  •  Les PRICE  •  Mark EDWARDS  •  Mike SHAW  •  Paul GILBERT  •  William COOPER

Hereford Hall of Fame (at least 10 runs and a pb today)

Matthew Brunnock

Jonathan Ward

Ben Dean

Henry Wolff

Karl Thompson

Nicholas Brandon

Speedy Gonzales

Piers Kearney

Bryony Dean

Maisy Lind

Adrian Lambert

Beccy Lively

John Hughes

Leah Marsden

Daniel Akers

Hannah Holt

Well done everyone!  See you next week!


#264 25/01/2020 Welcome Nordic Walkers & 46 pb’s

A cool and damp day with little wind - just about perfect for running once you got warmed up.  It won't be a surprise that 46 of you recorded a new personal best - that's awesome!   I'm sure that the pacers (all members of Hereford Couriers) helped some of you achieve that elusive goal this week.

A huge thank you to the 24 volunteers that helped make the event possible.  They are: Adam MICHNIOK  •  Alan ROWLANDS  •  Amy GILLIGAN  •  Anthony CHAMPKEN  •  Antony WILLIAMS  •  Barbara SPANJERS  •  Ben SKINNER  •  Bethan MURGATROYD  •  Brent LOWSON  •  Gillian OMAR  •  Hollie THOMAS  •  Isabella SEAL  •  Jake CULLUM-HOLLINS  •  Jill CUNNINGHAM  •  Jonathan EDWARDS  •  Justyna MICHNIOK  •  Kyle DOVEY  •  Les PRICE  •  Mike PRIVETT  •  Nikki TYLER  •  Phil BUTLER  •  Rachel LATTEY  •  Sharon WOOD  •  Tom MOORE

We need at minimum of 12 volunteers each week to put on Hereford parkrun.  If you can help us out, please do get in touch to let us know a Saturday that would suit you.  There is a variety of roles that need doing - something for everyone.  You can speak to someone official looking at our event on Saturday, post a comment of our facebook page 'Hereford parkrun' or send an email to us at herefordhelpers@parkrun.com   You can see the state of future rosters on our Hereford parkrun website ...https://www.parkrun.org.uk/hereford/futureroster/ to get an idea of what needs doing.  We really appreciate all the support we've been getting.  If you are saving your legs for a special race, are having a rest day, recovering from an injury or just fancy being part of the support team instead of running, we would love your help.  It's always nice to know in advance that we've got the help we need, but don't let that put you off coming last minute.

There was a whopping 276 of you running and walking this week.  January is slipping away and you are smashing your resolutions to get more active!  It is our hope that you also look forward to coming, seeing friendly faces, making new friends and indeed turning resolutions into happy habits.

I have a few highlights to share.... Henry speeding through the finish, a pb for 1st finisher Sam, Felix's return (his smile and skippy run make it all worthwhile!), the debut of Nordic walkers at our event and trying to outbark a very energetic dog during the run brief.

There may be a gremlin hovering around positions 230-240 in the results this week.  It is possible that runners should be bumped one position lower from a point in that range, but I can't be certain.  I don't think it will make a huge difference.   If you think it has set a pb for you that will make your next pb too challenging, get in touch and we can adjust your result.  Email herefordhelpers@parkrun.com

We welcomed tourists from Walthamstow who made a point of letting us know they had a good visit and enjoyed running at Hereford.  Come back soon!

Hereford Hall of Fame (at pb today and at least 10 parkruns)

Fred Tyler

Andrew Nixon

Charlotte Hughes

Steve Marston

Lesley Anne Ashton

Hannah Campbell - 2 weeks in a row!

Caitlin Smith

Tristan Edwards

Carlos Prieto-Martin

Edward Holt

Stephen Turner - 2 pb's in a Jan!

Richard Andrews - 2 weeks in a row!

Leah Marsden

John Jaspers

Adrian Lambert

Sophie Wilcocks

Jon Hughes - 2 weeks in  a row!   9 runs total, but worth a mention

Start planning your parkrun tourism for 7 March when we are cancelled due to a horse racing fixture.

Leap Year  - Saturday, 29 February will be a celebration event for us.  As usual, we will run or walk 5 k with the added fun of fancy dress with a 'Leap' Theme for those that wish to participate (those that do not wish to participate are still very welcome, but no leaping for you!)  Get thinking your leapy/hoppy thoughts!

Wishing you all a wonderful week and hope to see you next Saturday when we do it all again.

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#263 18/01/2020 Runners Loving the Sunshine for Frosty parkrun

Well done to all 247 finishers who braved the frosty conditions and were compensated by the rare appearance of sunshine to help cheer the spirits and spur 22 runners onto PB’s with six runners achieving Hall of Fame status having achieved a PB after completing at least 10 park runs.
Oliver Clarke, Aoibh Clarke, Speedy Gonzales, Guy Jenkins, Richard Andrew, Hannah Campbell.
We were delighted to welcome 33 first timers to Hereford parkrun, we hope you enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing you return very soon.
Many Congratulations to Chloe Strzadaza JW10 who completed her 10th parkrun.
This was certainly a woolly hat, gloves and thermals day for all our wonderful volunteers:   Kate Lyke, Mike Privett, Jane Matthews, Hollie Thomas, Phil Butler, Andrew Pantland, Jacky Hart, Tom Moore, Barbara Spanjers, Bethany Murgatroyd, Hugh Sweet-Escott, Anna Simpkin, Mike Shaw, Bridget Mackereth, Liz Pritchard, Mark Edwards, Lavinia Edwards & Oliver Edwards.
If anyone would like to volunteer for parkrun, it’s an enjoyable experience and you get to know the local parkrun community, please let us know by posting on our facebook page ‘Hereford parkrun’ or emailing herefordhelpers@parkun.com.

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