Highbury Fields parkrun event Number 410

Highbury Fields 10th August 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for parkrun on Saturday. With gale force winds forecast for the morning, we thought we might have to cancel but mother nature was on our side and saved the bad weather for later in the day!

This Saturday saw James Bevan complete his first ever run directing stint which was also his 35th time volunteering. I was really impressed by how well he briefed nearly 300 people at the beginning of the run because I always find it nervewracking, but he did a brilliant job. His whole family were there to support him as well either by running or volunteering.

James Bevan, this week's RD, and his family

This week 281 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part as well. We were particularly impressed to meet a man from Hull who arrived in London to watch the football and decided to do parkrun first!

If you ran this Saturday, you might've spotted a very cute baby at the finish line. Bella is the granddaughter of John and Deborah, two of the core team of volunteers, who'd been brought along to encourage people to volunteer over the next few weeks. It's fair to say that she won a few people round but our rota is still looking a bit sparse so if you fancy a go at volunteering, please get in touch - we really can't do it without you.

Bella, our youngest volunteer

This week's event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Khara MILLS-HAUNCH • Martin BLACK • Colleen KRENZER • Jessica VINLUAN • Ella CASTLE • Danielle HOULT • John ROBACK • Thomas WHITE • Michael GRAY • Marina HARDEN • Kathryn DONKERSLEY • Stephen FRASER • Adrienne QUARTLY • Haidee O'DONNELL • Peter BEVAN • James BEVAN • Jonah Samuel BEVAN • David John BEVAN • Mary BEVAN • Judith GRIEVES • Paul PARKER • Bryan WALL

The female record is held by Teresa MCGLOIN who recorded a time of 17:14 on 4th July 2015 (event number 194).
The male record is held by Andrew PENNEY who recorded a time of 15:19 on 26th May 2018 (event number 347).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 94.10% (22:54) on 16th September 2017 (event number 310).

Highbury Fields parkrun started on 12th November 2011. Since then 14,346 participants have completed 71,198 parkruns covering a total distance of 355,990 km, including 11,633 new Personal Bests. A total of 557 individuals have volunteered 4,121 times.

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Highbury Fields parkrun Results Page.

If you're on social media, keep up to date with our news via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and be sure to tag us in your posts - we love to hear about your Highbury Fields parkrun experience. We've recently posted about a number of lost property items that are gathering dust in our kit bag so take a look and get in touch if you're missing sunglasses, cash, barcodes and other things.

See you soon,

Haidee

 

Highbury Fields parkrun 409

Highbury Fields 3rd August 2019

Wow - Saturday's parkrun was cracking!

In total, 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 35 recorded shiny new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part. I also counted three smiling babies being pushed in their buggies by parkrunning parents and a couple of dogs. For me though, the most inspiring parkrunner was Janet who ran her second ever 5k. Janet is about 10 years old and she's involved with Mini Mermaids, a local running club that helps instil confidence in school-aged girls by supporting them through an 8-week programme that ends in parkrun. Janet did a brilliant job, smiling the whole way round the course.

It was also a stellar week for milestones so congratulations to the following people:

Ben Racle ran his 100th parkrun
Thomas Hill ran his 50th parkrun
Tynan Parker ran his 50th parkrun
Tom Lister ran his 50th parkrun
Jon Joslin ran his 50th parkrun
Michael Gray ran his 50th parkrun

This week's event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Martin BLACK • Colleen KRENZER • Nadi JAHANGIRI • Jessica VINLUAN • Deborah ROBACK • John ROBACK • Saul GINDILL • Matt BRAND • Isobel GRAHAM • Victoria FARRELL • Bruno MANTEIGAS • Haidee O'DONNELL • Peter KERWOOD • Anna EDWARDS-STUART • Robert ASHBY • Peter BEVAN • James BEVAN • Jonah Samuel BEVAN • Mary BEVAN • Judith GRIEVES • Bryan WALL • Mark PROTHERO

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The female record is held by Teresa MCGLOIN who recorded a time of 17:14 on 4th July 2015 (event number 194).
The male record is held by Andrew PENNEY who recorded a time of 15:19 on 26th May 2018 (event number 347).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 94.10% (22:54) on 16th September 2017 (event number 310).

Highbury Fields parkrun started on 12th November 2011. Since then 14,346 participants have completed 71,198 parkruns covering a total distance of 355,990 km, including 11,633 new Personal Bests. A total of 557 individuals have volunteered 4,121 times.

This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Highbury Fields parkrun Results Page.

If you're parkrunning at Highbury Fields this Saturday, James Bevan - one of our wonderful Duke of Edinburgh students - will be Run Directing so be sure to give him a warm welcome.

I look forward to seeing you all then!

Your RD,

Haidee

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event Number 402

Highbury Fields 8th June 2019

Great turnout of over 300 runners despite blasting wind and rain, who were rewarded by warm sunshine by the finish. We had 46 PB's, which given the wind is a great effort. We had 57 first-timers, well done to all of you for giving it a go, we hope to see you again soon.

Well done to Paul Parker, running his 50th, and Miwa Tonaki, Paul Collyer, Paul Ogden and Rajeev Menon who all ran their 100th parkrun. Fantastic. Enjoy the new t-shirts!

PR no.402 wouldn't have been possible without the following wonderful volunteers: Melanie Armstrong, Narmin Atia, James Bevan, Mary Bevan, Marla Bishop, Alex Chase, Martyn Douglas, Jennifer Glassford, Isobel Graham, Laurent Haagsma, Alan Hampson, Lorna Hobbs, Kathryn Houliston, Susie Jolly, Edie Levine, Jenny McCullough, Lizzy Muggeridge, Felix Samuels, Suze Shardlow, Kate Slotover, Jessica Vinluan and James White.

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

Leaping for joy – it's what you want to do after volunteering at Highbury Fields Parkrun!

Leaping for joy – it's what you want to do after volunteering at Highbury Fields Parkrun!

 

 

 

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event Number 400

Highbury Fields 25th May 2019

This weekend was extra special because we celebrated our 400th parkrun at Highbury Fields. We welcomed over 450 people to walk, jog or run the 5-and-a-bit lap course, which included 112 first timers.

A few of our regular parkrunners were celebrating special milestones including Yuki Oyesiku who completed her 100th parkrun! We're super proud of Yuki's achievement as were her sister and parents who, as regular parkrunners and volunteers, were there to support her.

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We were also delighted to be joined by Steve Woolf, one of Highbury Fields parkrun's founding members, who was celebrating his 70th birthday. Sadly, Steve is moving so it also marked his last parkrun with us but secretly, we don't think he'll be able to stay away for long.

To celebrate our 400th parkrun in style, an 18-strong team of pacers volunteered their time to pace others around the course, equipped with high-vis vests borrowed from Ally Pally parkrun (thank you!) and some homemade pacing balloons (thank you, Deb!). But the biggest thanks goes to the pacers themselves who helped 66 people achieve new PBs!

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We've had a lot of positive feedback about the pacers and we would love to provide them more frequently. If this sounds good to you, there are two things you can do to help us achieve this. Firstly, you could sign up to become a volunteer and when the opportunity arises, you could give pacing a go. To become a volunteer, follow the instructions on this page but it's super quick to sign yourself up and we promise you'll start your Saturday looking this happy....

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Secondly, you could also consider donating to the Highbury Fields parkrun event kitty, which you can do via this link. To see previous donations and find out what they've been spent on, click here.

Lastly, thank you to all of the parkrunners and 46-strong team of volunteers who helped make our 400th parkrun so special. It was so good that our local paramedics didn't want to miss it so took part during the first break of their 12-hour shift.

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We're looking forward to our next milestone already!

Haidee

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event Number 395

Highbury Fields 20th April 2019

RD JR with future RD?

RD JR with future RD?


This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests.

Turnout was rather lower as a result of the Easter holidays but we still had Steve Marshall completing his milestone 100th parkrun and young Nathan completing his 10th.

Our event was attended by a number of out-of-towners including the Run Director’s grand daughter Bella and her dad Jon Parker, making the long haul from Whetstone.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Ben CLARKE-JANSSEN • Martin BLACK • Colleen KRENZER • Rachel DAY • Deborah ROBACK • John ROBACK • Ben ROBACK • Felix WALLOP • Thomas WHITE • Jenny MCCULLOUGH • Alex FUNK • Eleanor YOUNG • Jerome BOUGHTON MILLS • Kathryn DONKERSLEY • Martin CHEUNG • Scarlett PARKER • Edie LEVINE

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

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event Number 376

Highbury Fields parkrun
Event number 376
22nd December 2018

What an exciting morning on Highbury Fields!

Flo BUCKERIDGE & Hugo WEBB chose Highbury Fields parkrun for their pre-wedding 5k. Congratulations to you both, and to Flo for getting a wedding day PB! We look forward to welcoming you back as Mr & Mrs.

Conny & Julian OYESIKU ran their 100th parkrun together, culminating in a romantic hug whilst walking through the finishing funnel; almost all of their 100 parkruns having been run around and around and around and around and around and a bit of Highbury Fields.

Eleanor IRVING & Peter BEVAN both celebrated running their 50th parkrun today. Peter's family all volunteered to mark this milestone.

Huge congratulations also go to Michael Smith (JM11-14) who achieved a very substantial PB today. Great job!

We welcomed visitors from as far as Australia, as close as Bethnal Green and quite a few places in between, including Brussels, Surrey & Bedfordshire (nice to exchange volunteering tips with Luton Wardown's Run Director).

A total of 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 26 were first timers, maybe getting a New Year's Resolution in early? 17 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests.
The event was made possible by a supremely efficient team of 15 high-viz heroes:

Lizzy MUGGERIDGE • Deborah ROBACK • Joanne HISLOP • John ROBACK • Ted HISLOP • Jerome BOUGHTON MILLS • Chris D PEACOCK • Clare MARTIN • Rachel STAKES • Clare WASSMER • Melanie ARMSTRONG • Charlie BOLAM • James BEVAN • David John BEVAN • Mary BEVAN

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

Don't forget we will be on Highbury Fields on Xmas Day, usual start time of 9.00am. If you don't fancy running, we still need some more volunteers. Please email us or contact us on social media.

Happy Holidays everyone.

Deborah Roback, your Run Director this week

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Highbury Fields parkrun Event Number 360

Highbury Fields 1 September 2018

Our 293 finishers today included our tail walker, Scarlett Parker, completing his 50th parkrun, earning his red shirt. Scarlett was also part of no less than THREE couples all volunteering together today! If you're looking for a romantic date, why not give parkrun volunteering a go?

Couples who volunteer together...

Another milestone today was Eleanor Young, running her 100th Highbury Fields parkrun (108th total).

We also had a new age category record set for the JM15-17 category - Seyfu Jamaal beat his own record crossing the line second with an amazing 15:57. Well done!

Today's event was brought to you by the following wonderful volunteers:

Lizzy MUGGERIDGE • Matt GARNER • Carmen HARRINGTON • Charley STONE • Jessica VINLUAN • Jonathan LITCHFIELD • Joanne HISLOP • John ROBACK • James HISLOP • Chris D PEACOCK • Haidee O'DONNELL • Scarlett PARKER • Faith BUCK • Joe GRELA

Today's full results can be found here.

Your RD this week,

Lizzy.

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event 259

The morning began with clear blue skies, the sun was shining, a beautiful day for running. Fast forward by 30mins, grey clouds were soon looming and shortly after the heavens opened. This coupled with one of our scanners failing meant that many of you queued in the rain to have your barcode scanned. Alas nobody's spirits seemed to be dampened by the situation, everyone was patient and I had several people offer to lend a hand - not that it was needed as star scanner Deborah whizzed through everyone. So thank you to everyone for baring with us, runners really are a nice bunch aren't they - parkrunners especially!

This week I've opted to do a 'behind the scenes' style report, here's my 'A Day In The Life Of An RD' for event 259...

07:30 I'm up and out the door for 07:45 to fit a quick run in before I need to be at Highbury Fields.

08:30 I arrive at Highbury Fields and meet our Event Director; Martin, who hands over the tech equipment - laptop, stopwatches, scanners, finishing tokens.

08:40 Our volunteers begin to arrive, including Andrew with more equipment; high-vis vests, stakes, tape, cones, megaphone. I brief the volunteers on the role they're carrying out for us this fine morning.

08:50 First timers briefing for the newbies.

09:00 Showtime! Another briefing and then they're off for five and a half laps of 5k fun. I walk the course in reverse to make sure there's no incidents on the first lap and then return to the finish with the other volunteers to cheer on the parkrunners.

09:45 The run is done, I've taken note of any issues that have arisen and collected the tech equipment. Andrew returns the course equipment.

10:00 I'm out of the rain and into the welcoming warmth of the White Swan. Now on this particular occasion I'm also the Results Processor which is when this role comes into play! I upload the results and reset the tech equipment ready for next week.
Meanwhile the parkrunners that have joined us at the pub sort through the finishing tokens...someone's taken no.110 tisk tisk!

10:30 My favourite bit of parkrunning...socialising afterwards, I chat with new and old faces and have a brew or two.

11:30 I'm home. I charge the laptop and charge the faulty scanner hoping that it might work! I get the old scissors and tape out to create a replacement 110 finishing token. I check the Highbury Fields email account and roster for next week and put the drenched high-vis vests into the wash. I write up this run report annnd we're done!

Throughout the week the volunteer co-ordinator, event director and core team work behind the scenes to make sure we're ready to go for the coming weeks. Plenty goes on outside the hours of 09:00 - 09:45am on a Saturday to bring parkrun into action every week, and it's totally dependent on the volunteers who support the ED and RD's in their roles. Which brings me to my shout out to the following volunteers this week who did a sterling job:

Andrew McGeary, Deborah Roback, Dominic Alexander Haddock, George Graham, James Hislop, Jessica Vinluan, Julian Oyesiku and Martin Black.

Thanks a lot all. If you're injured, resting, tapering or just have an hour on your hands then please consider volunteering one week as a barcode scanner, or tail runner, timekeeper, finish token give-out-erer (for want of a better word!) it's super easy and we're a friendly bunch :D

See you next Saturday, your RD this week;

Kim

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event 228

This week there were 206 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests.

The regulars amongst you will have spotted that we have ever so slightly moved our winter finish oooh ahhhh (and therefore accordingly moved our start line thanks to some careful measuring by our ED Martin). Please be courteous to one another around this area, we suggest those finishing keep left as they turn into the finishing funnel, if you are continuing on the course then keep to the right. Simples! (yes 'Simples' is in the dictionary therefore I'm using it!).

Here's the top standings for this week -

Male placings:
Tom EAMES (SM20-24) of West Suffolk AC, was first over the line in 17:01.
An unknown runner was second (Bring a barcode next time!)
John BERNARD (SM25-29) was third over the line in 18:02.

Female placings:
Megan KELSEY (SW25-29) was first in 19:40.
Claire BURNHAM (SW25-29) of Hastings AC, was second in 20:35.
Bronwyn FRASER (SW25-29) was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:12.

"Volunteers, Volunteers, where art thou?"
As I write this it's actually Valentine's Day, and the volunteer roster is looking pretty lonely. So if you love, love, parkrun (of course you do who doesn't?!) then get in touch to volunteer one Saturday morning! Roles available can be viewed here: www.parkrun.org.uk/highburyfields/futureroster

Thanks to this weeks volunteers;
Andrew McGeary, Anne Marie Maclaren, Martin Black, Sally Broughton Micova and Stephen Hey.

See you next week, your RD;
Kim Butler

 

Highbury Fields parkrun Event 221

Whilst some stayed in bed nursing a New Years Eve hangover, others descended on Highbury Fields to tick off their first run of the year - with the opportunity to double up and record another parkrun post Highbury Fields.

A couple of runners dashed to their car heading for an extra parkrun, I saw another pick up his backpack and exclaim 'Hackney here I come!' before racing off for Hackneys 10am start.

A contingent of us left Highbury Fields to join Southwark parkrun for their 10:30am start, allowing some of Highbury's volunteers to get a run under their belt too. Our Event Director achieved a parkrun PB - we want to see those speedy times reflected at the Fields as well now Martin!

Other parkrunners from Greenwich and Peckham had doubled up with Southwark, almost creating a new attendance record for them. It was great to see runners and parkrunning tourists come together from far and wide on NY Day. Many of us went on to the local for breakfast, prosecco and of course to upload Highbury Fields results from earlier that day.

Speaking of which, here's the first finishers of 2016:

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Ralph COLLETT, 18:29
Allan WHATMOUGH, 18:47
Andrew DU FEU, 18:51

FEMALE
Catriona BUCHANAN, 20:07
Meseret GRELA, 21:54
Michele GRIFFITHS, 25:42

I'd also like to add here Danny Olive's suggestion, during the run briefing, of taking up volunteering at parkrun as a New Years resolution, wonderful idea! We'll certainly encourage that. I've heard some people say they daren't through the fear of getting it wrong - honestly it's super easy and any mistakes are rectifiable (I should know!) so check out the roster for January, which is looking pretty slim...and see which role you fancy on Saturday.

Thanks a lot and Happy New Year!
Kim - your timekeeper this week.

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