#225 6/4/2019 Who’s Ready for Spring?

It was a fairly bright morning with a bit of a chilly breeze and we were delighted to welcome 212 runners and walkers to this weeks Hereford parkrun. Following the heavy rain in the week there were a few water obstacles to tackle on the course.

Despite the head wind 19 of you still managed a PB, with Gill Rivers, Marc Kendrick and Leo Cui making it into the Hereford Hall of Fame (a PB with 10 or more runs completed). Well done to all of you - hope you had a little post run treat to celebrate.

We had 21 first timers today which included visitors from Bristol, Leeds and Swindon to name a few. 10 of you were having your first experience of parkrun and we hope it was a good one. We look forward to hopefully seeing you all again soon.

A mention must go to Neil Tiley whose home parkrun is Swindon. Neil completed his 391st parkrun this week in Hereford. It was his first visit to our course and we were the 86th venue that he's run at. He's also has numerous volunteer credits to his name. He mentioned after the run how much he'd enjoyed our course and we very much hope he chooses to visit us again at some point so we can hear on his progress as he edges closer to the '500' milestone t-shirt.

Finally, the biggest shout out goes to our volunteers this week who experienced some chilly fingers and feet whilst doing the various roles. Each week we need a dozen or so volunteers to safely hold the event, so please do get in contact if you can help out. Future rosters can be found on the website and you can put your name down by either e-mailing, commenting on the facebook page or speaking to one of our volunteers on Saturday morning.

Enjoy your week and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


#224 30/3/2019 Great turnout honours Vic Tarrant and achieves a record number of PBs

The third highest attendance ever at Hereford parkrun paid their respects to local running legend, Vic Tarrant, with a minute’s silence on a fine sunny morning at Hereford racecourse.
Brother of the famous “Ghost Runner”, John Tarrant, Vic, who sadly passed away on Monday, was an exceptional running coach who inspired generations of local runners over a period of nearly 40 years. Many of those who were coached by Vic came to pay their respects by taking part in the run and sharing their memories, including our very own inspiration, Nikki Tyler, who gave a beautiful heartfelt eulogy.
53 first timers took part of whom 22 were doing their very first parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family – we hope you enjoyed your run and will keep coming back. We also welcomed visitors from Cardiff, Caerleon, Penyffordd, Redditch, Tonbridge and Ludlow; and it was lovely to meet Geoff and Sue from Marple who chose Hereford as their 20th different parkrun venue and thereby earned their tourists cow cowls! Great to see you all – we hope you enjoyed your morning at Hereford.
Congratulations to the 50-up quartet of Faith Robbins (who celebrated with a PB!), Jonathan Edwards, Paul Franklin and Colin Hughes – don’t forget to check your profile for details of how to claim your free red t-shirt!
An incredible record number of 64 of you made the most of the ideal conditions and achieved a PB – well done, everybody. No doubt, some of you will have been assisted by the fantastic pacers from Hereford Couriers, so a let’s give a big thank you to all of them. The following 33 enter the Hereford Hall of Fame, having achieved a PB with at least 10 runs completed:
Darryl Carter (who celebrated by finishing first)
Henry White
Richard Hughes
Zachary Edelstyn
Laura Tootell
Joanna Eddy
Karl Thompson
Eva Tyler
Jeremy Trumper
Faith Robbins
Simon Mehigan
Simon Bevan
Mark Dempsey
Freddie Bowley
Mark Johnson
Simon Somers
Sarah Tooze
Sarah Bennett
Carla-Louise Jones
Paul Prosser
Suzanne Hunter
Bridget Mackereth
Lisa Hassett
Gordon Barnes
Charlotte Hughes
Sarah Elwine
Peter Gittins
Emily Godding
Sarah Bowring
Wayne Smith
Liz Pritchard
Sammy Hulley
Felix Powles
Congratulations to all of you – it’s especially good to see some many of our juniors doing so well.
We are very grateful to the following volunteers who made the event possible:
Adam MICHNIOK • Alastair MACKENZIE • Alice GODDING • Barbara SPANJERS • Brent LOWSON • Carys DAVIES • Charlotte GODSALL • Christopher CLEARY • David BIRD • Garry GODSALL • Isobel CRAWFORD • Jane MATTHEWS • Jim SMITH • Jonathan EDWARDS • Kate LYKE • Liz PRITCHARD • Mark EDWARDS • Neil BROOKS-JOHNSON • Nigel CLARKE • Rachel LATTEY • Ryan KNIGHT • Suzy SIDDALL
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.


#222 16/03/2019

Despite wild and windy weather 186 runners and 13 volunteers made it to our event on Saturday 16 March.

We were joined by Malcolm who is 78 years young and is preparing for the London Marathon where he is running for Team Dementia Revolution to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK. As a rule, we don't plug charity runners, but Alzheimer's Research UK and parkrun are partnered ( see this link - https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/support-us/fundraise/parkrun/ ). Malcolm is inspiring - he was the oldest person to join the 100 Marathon Club at 74 and is living with dementia. Three cheers for Malcolm!

In other news, our parkrunners Eva Tyler-Jones and Matthew Brunnock ran in the New Balance English Schools XC Nationals on Saturday in Leeds. We are so very proud! Congratulations!

The teams of volunteers who help to make our event possible each week are a super bunch. If you would like to join them, please get in touch to let us know a Saturday that would suit your schedule. Full training given and it's fun. Email - herefordhelpers@parkrun.com , leave a comment on our Facebook page or speak to the Run Director in blue hi-viz any Saturday at our event.

Thank you to this week's volunteers.   They are:  Andrew PANTLAND  •  Anthony CHAMPKEN  •  Barbara SPANJERS  •  Brent LOWSON  •  Carys DAVIES  •  Darren WILLIAMS  •  David BIRD  •  Freddie BOWLEY  •  Ivan BOWLEY  •  Jager LI  •  Jane MATTHEWS  •  Jonathan EDWARDS  •  Katy FOGG  •  Lavinia EDWARDS  •  Liz PRITCHARD  •  Mark EDWARDS

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

Entry to this list is exceptional this week due to the very high winds!  Looks like the ladies take the prizes!

Sarah Tooze

Suzanne Hunter

Pauline Adams

I've already checked the weather for next Saturday and while it could change between now and then, it is looking promising.  Related image  I hope we'll see you then!



#220 – 23/02/19 – Spring is in the air

The sun came out to play as 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Jill CUNNINGHAM • Barbara SPANJERS • Bernice JAGGARD • David PASCOE • Nikki TYLER • Jane MATTHEWS • Brent LOWSON • Sue BISSELL • Darren WILLIAMS • Tim PEGGS • Harley PEGGS • Antonia HASTINGS • Mike SHAW • Andrew PANTLAND • Jager LI • Becky PERRIE


Well done to everyone who made it to our Hereford Hall of Fame (at least 10 runs and a PB this week)

Christopher CLEARY


Michael SLATER


Martin FOGG





Nicholas SAVAGE




Steven LEE


Carla-Louise JONES






#219 16/02/2019 Pacers, PB’s & Plenty Volunteers

Our most recent Saturday event featured 232 runner/walkers, 34 first timers, 56 pb's, 22 volunteers and I lost count of the tourists.  A special hello to the RD from Alice Holt parkrun who ran with us.

A very big thank you to all who helped make the event a reality.  They are:  Alan ROWLANDS  •  Andrew PANTLAND  •  Anthony CHAMPKEN  •  Barbara SPANJERS  •  Becky PERRIE  •  Brent LOWSON  •  Bronwen TYLER-JONES  •  Christopher CLEARY  •  Darren WILLIAMS  •  Geena WARE  •  Isabella SEAL  •  Jager LI  •  Jane MATTHEWS  •  Jane POWELL  •  Jim SMITH  •  Jonathan EDWARDS  •  Kelly MURRAY  •  Mike PRIVETT  •  Paul GILBERT  •  Rachel LATTEY  •  Sian CHAMPKEN

Reminder:  We are cancelled on 9 March due to a fixture on the horse racing calendar - Ladies Day.   If you fancy a bit of parkrun tourism, Evesham parkrun will be holding their 200th event on 9 March and are hoping for a big turnout to help them celebrate.  For info on their event, go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/evesham/course/   Their route follows the River Avon for a flat out and back/loop.  Give them our best wishes if you make the journey.

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

Katie Synge-Curtis - a new age category record on our course!  again!  congratulations!

Ben Schofield

Nathan Waite

Mark Knox

Mark Hookins

Paul Millington

Marc Kendrick

Tim Hodges

Hayden Marshall

Robin Shaw

Adrian Hyett

Steven Lee

Sarah Tooze

Steve Turner

Bridget Mackereth

Sarah Bennett

Jackie James

Scott Marshall

Ella Williams

Gordon Barnes

Claire Styles

Sarah Kaye

If you are racing on a Sunday and fancy saving your legs, why not volunteer with us  the day before?  New volunteers most welcome!

We'd like a klaxon/bell for runners to sound if they feel they've just completed a pb.  We're looking for something not very big (we have so much equipment to carry already!).  If you have something that might suit, is collecting dust in your attic and you'd happily give it away please let us know.

Next Saturday is looking like another great day for running.  Hope you can join us!

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