Event #162 Saturday 9th November 2019

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This week was a little chilly, gloves were a good idea and a number of wooly hats were spotted as 109 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part including Dunstable RRC and Windle Valley Runners.

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A big welcome to all visitors today including from Woking and Birmingham, great to see you, hope you enjoyed the hill and that we see you again soon.

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The event was made possible by 21 lovely volunteers led by this weeks Run Director Kate HICKEN:

Jayne SMITH • Kate HICKEN • Max NICKLESS • Phil MOSS • Jason TUTTY • Matthew EASTALL • Steve DYE • Jill HOPKINS • Dee HARPER • Leo BASI • Matthew Garth LLOYD • Jennifer LLOYD • Keith HOPKINS • Sam WANG • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Kathy MILLER • Richard MILLER • Jake MARTIN • Cynthia BOARDMAN • Jes TURNER

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First across the line this week was Ben JONES on 19:46, first female Pauline PALMER on 24:27, well done to everyone who made it round today, good running everyone.

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Homewood will be running on Christmas day, so if you fancy a festive 5km, please come and join us, if you can help out, volunteers will be much appreciated.

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

Just a reminder, on the 7th Dec, there will be a litter pick after the run, please help us if you can, thanks!

Great running everyone!

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun

Jason

 

Event #161 Saturday 2nd November 2019

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This week was wet and windy as 67 people ran, jogged and walked the soggy course, of whom 9 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests (no PBs? hardly surprising given the wind!). Representatives of 18 different clubs took part including Runnymede Runners and No Sweat Running Community.

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Welcome to visitors including from Woking and Sevenoaks, nice to see you here.

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The event was made possible by 21 wonderful volunteers led by this weeks Run Director, Ali JAMES:

Alastair BENBOW • Jacob THOMAS • Max NICKLESS • Phil GARTY • Alison JAMES • Matthew CADE • Sandy FREAN • Ralph STADIE • Jason TUTTY • Steve DYE • Jill HOPKINS • Dee HARPER • Leo BASI • Sam WANG • Lisa MCLAREN • Kathy MILLER • Zachary HOLLEY • Marie BUYS • Calvin MANNING • Jake MARTIN • Cynthia BOARDMAN

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Thanks to all our high-viz heros for turning out today weather wise, but we appreciated your sunny support for those running and walking round.

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A special big thank you to Brian Tregellis for making us a fantastic finish token sorter, it got its first test in some very windy conditions, this will make sorting the token so much easier, fantastic!

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First female this week was Paula HOLMES of Pyrford Puffers on 24:23, first male first timer here at Homewood, Graham COOK on 20:25. Best run by age grading this week was first timer here at Homewood, Amanda ERRITT on 25:42. Well done to everyone for getting round in the miserable conditions today, hope you will be back next week for another run through the woods, when we hope it may be a bit brighter.

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

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Please note 7th Dec, there will be a litter pick after the run, please help us help the community with 30 minutes of wombling, thanks!

Great running everyone!

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun

Jason

 

Event #160 Saturday 26th October 2019

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This chilling week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course. The course was littered with the shells of chestnuts removing a great deal of traction from the ground. Luckily, there were no serious slip ups.

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There were 30 first timers. Runners who achieved Personal Bests were: Lee Taylor, Terry Johnson, Alex Hedges, Stephanie Massie, Sue Eastment and Alex Slotwinksa also the first female runner. Coming first overall was Chris Davidson in just under 19 minutes. Runners from over 20 different clubs took part this week.

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Huge congratulations to Fiona Holley and Dave Pearce both did their 100th parkrun this week; they have both done many of their runs at Homewood.

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The event was made possible by 20 awesome volunteers:
Alastair BENBOW • Jacob THOMAS • Max NICKLESS • Alison JAMES • Jason TUTTY • Steve DYE • Jill HOPKINS • Lucy HOPKINS • Dee HARPER • Leo BASI • Sam WANG • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Zachary HOLLEY • Calvin MANNING • Jake MARTIN • Jennifer HOLMES • Barbara SAMPSON • Cynthia BOARDMAN • Andy WOODS

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

Great running everyone!

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun

Jake

 

Event #159 Saturday 19th October 2019

Runners and volunteers donned fancy dress costumes to celebrate the third birthday of Homewood parkrun amongst beautiful autumn colours today. The cool, autumnal weather attracted 142 runners (plus 25 volunteers), representing 20 different athletics clubs, and a few tourists, especially from Brooklands who didn't run today. Welcome all!

This week we had 22 first time runners and 23 runners recording new personal bests, despite it being a bit muddy. It was a double first celebration for Woking AC, our first runner home was Tom ILLINGWORTH in a time of 19:29 and the first female runner to finish was Lucia TREGELLIS in 22:41. Well done all and well done to all the runners and volunteers who wore fantastic fancy dress to celebrate our birthday!
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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Homewood parkrun Results Page.

Homewood parkrun started almost exactly three years ago to the day on 15th October 2016. Since then 4,307 participants have completed 17,325 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,625 km, including 2,932 new Personal Bests. A total of 321 individuals have volunteered 3,074 times.

Some of those who have only recently started running at Homewood may not know the history of the event. It started at Homewood Park which is next to St Peter's hospital but moved to Ottershaw Memorial Fields after 12 runs (plus a test event). A number of the core volunteer team went to parkrun volunteer school at Bedfont Lakes parkrun in order to learn how to do it properly!

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We re-launched at Ottershaw Memorial Fields on 7th January 2017 without missing any runs. The original course was not as challenging or as picturesque as our new course at Ottershaw and some people took a while to run new PBs, but we were happy in our new home.

The first run three years ago attracted a bumper inaugural field of 168. A few weeks later on 5th November 2016 we had 189 because of Guy Fawkes related cancellations at neighbouring parkruns; a record which stood until 31st August 2019 and event number 152 when it was beaten by just one runner.

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Suzi BOWEN was Run Director at the first run and worked tirelessly as original Event Director to get Homewood off the ground, in partnership with parkrun Ambassadors Ian and Caroline COCKRAM and Rory MURPHY. That's Suzi above, with Joanne and Paul Sinton-Hewitt, the founder of parkrun, when they visited the original course in November 2016.

Special mention also to Dee HARPER and Steve DYE who volunteered at the first runs and are now our Co-Event Directors and still volunteering every week.

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Roland HOGG also deserves a shout; not only was he a regular volunteer at those early runs at Homewood park and the test event, but he is still a member of the core team, volunteering regularly, and his day job is to keep the park looking good as a member of the Runnymede's parks team.

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Since then, Homewood parkrun has continued to be a great success largely thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers who gave up their time to make sure our parkrun is a success. Here is this week's role of honour made up of 25 volunteers who made the event possible:

Alastair BENBOW • Michael FREAN • Kate HICKEN • Jacob THOMAS • Lucia TREGELLIS • James OWEN • Alan DOLBY • Phil STOCKER • Harry BENBOW • Phil MOSS • Jason TUTTY • Paul SILVESTER • Steve DYE • Dee HARPER • Leo BASI • Sam WANG • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Kathy MILLER • Marie BUYS • Calvin MANNING • Jake MARTIN • Cynthia BOARDMAN • Andy WOODS • Jes TURNER

Thanks in particular to Kathy MILLER who did a great job as this weeks Run Director

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And if you're wondering what you could give the parkrun that has everything on it's birthday, you could give some of your time. The roster is looking a little thin for the coming weeks, so if you fancy joining the noble band of volunteers at Homewood please sign on to receive the volunteer emails. Even if you only help out once in a while it is greatly appreciated. You can even run and volunteer with some of the roles; tail walker, course set up, run report writer (the warmest role), new runner's briefing etc. And if you have another run or other event on a weekend it's a nice way of getting your parkrun fix without taking too much out of your legs.

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Please also follow and 'like' the Facebook page and Twitter feed. If you enjoyed your run please tweet about it and share the Run Reports. It's through social media that the parkrun gospel is spread, and if there is any last minute run news you'll find out about it there as well as the web site, and it's good to keep up with the general news and banter during the time in between parkruns.

That's it for this week! See you all next week; same time, same place.

#DFYB

 

Event #158 Saturday 12th October 2019

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This week was a bit soggy, and there were a few small puddles, as 101 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part including Woking AC and Sweatshop Running Community.

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The event was made possible by 22 wonderful volunteers led by this weeks Run Director Dee HARPER:

Dave PEARCE • Alastair BENBOW • Samantha PENNELL • James OWEN • Max NICKLESS • Phil GARTY • Phil STOCKER • Ralph STADIE • Jason TUTTY • Vicky LALLY • Steve DYE • Dee HARPER • Leo BASI • Sam WANG • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Richard MILLER • Philip WRAGG • Stephen WHITE • Jake MARTIN • Cynthia BOARDMAN • Jes TURNER

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

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Congratulations to Graham WANG on reaching the 50 run milestone this week, 45 of which have been here at Homewood, and thanks for the celebratory chocolates.

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First across the line this week was Chris AXE on a speedy 19:09, only 8 seconds from his PB, and the first female this week was Emma MORETON of Shepperton Running Group who did so with a new Homewood PB of 24:04. Well done to everyone who made it round this week and avoided the chestnuts still littering the paths in the wood.

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Next week's run will be our 3rd birthday, so do come along and help us celebrate, please feel free to bring some cake!

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Homewood will be running on Christmas Day again this year, so if you fancy joining us please come along for a festive run, or, if you can help with some volunteering on the day, then please let us know, the more the merrier. We won't be running on New Years day here, but some nearby runs will be, so if you fancy a double look out for more details nearer the date.

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Great running everyone!

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun

Jason

 

Event #157 Saturday 5th October 2019

Here's a question for you. This Saturday, what did 149,395 people celebrate in 641 different locations? Dead easy right? They ran 5K on the 15th birthday of parkrun. It's a phenomenal number and one that just continues to grow. And let's not forget the 14,725 volunteers that made it all happen.

I was surprised to see that since I did my first one back in 2014 the weekly figure has risen from “just” 47,500 runners and 257 locations. I wonder what the numbers will be in five years time? Pretty soon there won't be any people left who aren't doing one!

All of which makes it a bit odd that we had one of our smaller fields this week; just 94 heroes walked, hopped, jogged or ran the course. (OK, I have no evidence that anyone was actually hopping, but it's not against the rules and I wasn't able to do extensive checks).

Where were the rest of you? I know there was a contingent who sloped off to the home of parkrun, Bushy Park. Shame on you! (although they did get to meet the founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt apparently)

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Meanwhile, back at base we had our own treat with the talented Lucy serenading runners at Marshal Point Two. (Any suggestions for a parkrun themed playlist for the next time? “Keep On Running”, obviously. “Come On Eileen”, maybe. “Walking Back To Happiness” and so on....)

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As ever this weeks' run would not have taken place without our wonderful team of volunteers, led by Run Director Ali James. They were: Leo Basi, Alastair Benbow, Cynthia Boardman, Steve Dye, Dee Harper, Ian Harper, Kate Hicken, Jennifer Holmes, Keith Hopkins, Jill Hopkins, Lucy Hopkins, Kathy Miller, James Owen, Samantha Pennell, Phil Stocker, Libby Turner, Jes Turner and Sam Wang.

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Despite the recent rain, the condition of the course seems to holding up well with no significant muddy patches appearing yet although great care was needed to negotiate the slippery roots which are such a feature of the route.

We were pleased to welcome many tourists this week as well as a number of runners joining Homewood for the first time. Hello to Tom Glancy, Jonathan Major, Dave Aitken, Adam Leary, Tony J Mansfield, Paul Bean, Lucy Low, Kathryn Harrison, Jane Fulbrook, Chloe Brewer, Peter Humphries, Andrene Williamson, Ramla Ali, Krystina Lockett and Hayden Bloomfield. Of these, Kathryn, Chloe, Peter, Ramala, Krystina and Hayden were taking part in their first ever parkrun. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you again.

As for the results, congratulations go to one of those first timers Tom Glancy, first home in a time of 18 minutes and 19 seconds. He was closely followed by Richard Gayton (19m, 04s) and William Hartley (19m 14s). For the ladies Paula Holmes was first back in 23m 55s followed by Zoe Wood in 25m 11s and Anna Smith in 25m 18s.

But parkrun isn't just about who is the quickest back. 14 runners achieved new PB's this week, so huge congratulations are also due to William Hartley, Colin Dow, Robert Sochon, Matt Bird, Alan Richardson, Adrian Doe, Jo Graham, Benjamin Turner, Andy Woods, Denise Gauntlett, Diana Basi, Clare Tiller, Cheryl Smith-Wright and Mariann Henshall

We had a couple of milestone runners with us: Dave Aitkin reached the unofficial but nonetheless very impressive figure of 200 runs whilst Homewood regular Andy Gifford notched up his 50th run.

When looking at the percentage scores 60 of the 94 finishers above 50% which shows what a lot of high achievers we have at Homewood!

And if you haven't fallen into any of the categories I've mentioned above, the great thing about parkrun is that it doesn't matter in the slightest. Maybe you had your own target to beat and maybe you made it or maybe you didn't. Whatever! The important thing is that you got out there and made it round and in doing so were part of what must have been one of the biggest birthday parties ever!

I hope to see you all again soon! We welcome you all (even those who defected to Bushy Park for the day!).

Phil

 

Event #156 Saturday 28th September 2019

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This week it was back to quintessential Autumn conditions with plenty of spiky chestnuts to dodge about as 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part including Bracknell Forest Runners and Windle Valley Runners.

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New to parkrun this week were Lauren GOODMAN, Amelie MELVILLE, James ROBINSON, Laura ROBINSON and Oliver KENDALL, nice to see you here, hope to see you again soon!

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We welcomed tourists from near and far, including London and a little further afield Germiston, Johannesburg.

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Congratulations to Rowena BRIMACOMBE on joining the 100 parkrun club, visiting us here at Homewood for the first time from Bushy park.

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The event was made possible by 23 lovely volunteers led by this weeks Run Director Kate HICKEN:

Tony SHERIDAN • Roland HOGG • Jeremy BENSON • Sarah ABBOTT • Alastair BENBOW • Kate HICKEN • James OWEN • Robert SOCHON • Max NICKLESS • Phil GARTY • Jason TUTTY • Steve DYE • Dee HARPER • Leo BASI • Keith HOPKINS • Sam WANG • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Kathy MILLER • Richard MILLER • Philip WRAGG • Jake MARTIN • Cynthia BOARDMAN

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Getting a PB was Jenny DERHAM of Comet Triathlon Club on her 13th parkrun and first female finisher this week on 21:02, first male was Ben ROLFE of Woking AC on 19:56, a great way to mark 150 runs. Congratulations to everyone for making it around the 5Km this week!

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

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Next week, 5th October, parkrun will be celebrating its 15th birthday, why not mark the occasion by treating yourself or someone you know to a special limited edition blue barcode flatband, available from the shop here.

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Great running everyone!

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun

Jason

 

Event #155 Saturday 21st September 2019

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It was a glorious Saturday morning, perfect for running as 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part including Watford Joggers and Thames Turbo Triathlon.

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Joining us for their first parkrun was Greta GESICK, Andreea SERDEAN and Lindy SCHASIEPEN, hope you enjoyed it and that we see you again soon.

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Welcome to first time visitors here at Homewood from near and far including Haslemere, Cumberland and California.

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Congratulations to Shirley CADE for reaching the unofficial milestone of 200 runs, 50 more to go to get to that green t-shirt!

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The event was made possible by 21 great volunteers led by this weeks Run Director Paul SILVESTOR:

Conrad BENNETT • Sarah ABBOTT • Alastair BENBOW • Samantha PENNELL • Robert SOCHON • Max NICKLESS • Ralph STADIE • Jason TUTTY • Paul SILVESTER • Steve DYE • Jill HOPKINS • Dee HARPER • Leo BASI • Sam WANG • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Kai HARPER • Jake MARTIN • Jennifer HOLMES • Cynthia BOARDMAN • Jes TURNER

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Thanks to the local fire brigade who came to attend a small fire in the woods from a camp fire that had been left to smoulder away, good call by Jes TURNER who was marshalling today, the fire fighters said it could well have spread further without intervention.

First female today was Joanne LOCKER of Walton AC on 21:55, first male was junior Spencer BATEMAN of Sutton & District AC's on 18:39, symmetrical time of the week goes to Christine MANNING on 40:40. Well done to everyone who made it round today, your all super-stars!!

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

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Great running everyone!

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun

Jason

 

Event #154 Saturday 14th September 2019

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A glorious autumn sun greeted 128 runners, joggers and walkers this morning. There were 28 first timers to Homewood, with 6 making this their parkrun debut, so a big welcome to Jamie THOMAS, Nick CONN and the BALDWIN family of Jo, James, Jessica and Jake.

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Perfect course conditions and sunny weather with no wind meant that 23 parkrunners got a new PB, they were lead home by first male Andy MCEWAN and first female Gemma Bigg.

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Runners from 19 different clubs took part along with visitors from Derby, Stafford and Bradford.

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Congratulations to Andrew Nickless who has now completed his 100th parkrun, we look forward to seeing you in your black 100 t-shirt soon!

A massive parkrun thank you to our 24 volunteers who helped make the run possible:

Conrad BENNETT • Roland HOGG • Sarah ABBOTT • Samantha PENNELL • Kate HICKEN • Jacob THOMAS • Vicky BURR • James OWEN • Max NICKLESS • Phil GARTY • Steve DYE • Jill HOPKINS • Maia HOPKINS • Mervyn ROBINS • Dee HARPER • Leo BASI • Keith HOPKINS • Sam WANG • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Kathy MILLER • Marie BUYS • Jake MARTIN • Cynthia BOARDMAN

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Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Homewood parkrun results page.

Happy parkrunning everyone!

Love Maia

 

Event #153 Saturday 7th September 2019

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This week was the first run of Autumn, there was a little chill first thing, but it soon warmed up as 140 people and quite a few doggies ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part including Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC and Run Mummy Run.

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A big parkrun welcome to those new to Homewood today and especially Thomas GESICK, Elaina O'TOOLE, Wyatt RUBEY, Sergio SEMPERE, Julia KOCSIS, Fran VILLARREAL, Carl SEXTON, Nabiel AUGUSTINO, Kate RAVEN, Sophie LOMAX, Sora WATANABE, Joseph WIZEMAN, Althea TIEN, Louise RAVEN, Dorota EBERT, Fiona MILLER and David SHAW on run #1.

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Congratulations to Alan DOLBY on reaching the big 50 run club, although he hadn't realised it till the briefing, well done, and we look forward to seeing you in a nice red shirt soon!

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The event was made possible by 24 lovely volunteers led by this weeks Run Director Kate HICKEN:

Conrad BENNETT • Tony SHERIDAN • Sarah ABBOTT • Samantha PENNELL • Michael FREAN • Kate HICKEN • Jacob THOMAS • Max NICKLESS • Matthew CADE • Phil MOSS • Jason TUTTY • Steve DYE • Jane STRATFORD • Jill HOPKINS • Steve SENIOR • Maia HOPKINS • Lucy HOPKINS • Dee HARPER • Keith HOPKINS • Lisa MCLAREN • Ian HARPER • Marie BUYS • Jake MARTIN • Cynthia BOARDMAN

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First across the line this week was Andy MCEWAN on 19:48 and first female, Lucia TREGELLIS of Woking AC on 21:23. Special mention to Mike BROCK of Windle Valley Runners who was ahead of the pack for the first two laps, but stopped to help a Junior who had tripped along the way, sacrificing his position to provide assistance, parkrun at its best, thanks Mike good on you!

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

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Great running everyone!

#DFYB Don't Forget Your Barcode!

#loveparkrun

Jason

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