17 August 2019 – Sunshine after the rain (Panshanger parkrun no. 260)

Following blustery conditions on 10 August and Friday's rain, Saturday was better weather for the 318 people who ran, jogged and walked the course at beautiful Panshanger Park.

First man home celebrating his parkrun 50th anniversary was Ben Curtis in 18.25 and first female was Amy Smith in 24.13. Second and third for the men were Russell Casey (18.35) and Dan Mikulskis (18.42). Second and third for the ladies were Louise Thompson (24.27) and Bethany Botheras (24.29). Well done to everyone.

Others joining the 50 club today were Rhys Bethell, Nick Egginton and David Gooden - well done to all of you.

This week's fabulous volunteers who made the event possible were:

Kay METCALFE • Hugh TURNER • Jacky O'LEARY • Patricia HARLEY • Sophie GRANT • Tim STANLEY • Richard DARLEY • Philippa MORTON • Rachel STEWART • Luke KENNEDY • Emma DEMPSTER • Jan WISCHHUSEN • Gordon COWAN • Michele GARDINER • Georgie DEERING • Hannah FRANK • Hannah WOOD • Pamela HURD • Mark MORRIS • Kate GRIERSON • Isabelle PLUMMER • Samantha PLUMMER • Michael WOLFE • Chris HAWS • Lydia WHISKIN • Alex PERKS

We are still looking for volunteers for the coming weeks, if you wish to volunteer please see details on getting involved on the Panshanger parkrun volunteer page.

Thank you to all of you for a warm welcome on my debut as Run Director. I hand over to Andy who will be your RD next week.

Best wishes and have a good week.


A reminder of some Panshanger parkrun event statistics:

The male record is held by Paul POLLOCK who recorded a time of 14:42 on 9th May 2015 (event number 33).
The female record is held by Jenna HILL who recorded a time of 17:24 on 10th October 2015 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Andrew LEACH who recorded 89.83% (16:33) on 31st October 2015 (event number 58).

Panshanger parkrun started on 11th October 2014. Since then 9,042 participants have completed 71,700 parkruns covering a total distance of 358,500 km, including 12,790 new Personal Bests. A total of 811 individuals have volunteered 6,044 times.


10th August 2019 – Blowing a Hooley

Despite the 40-50 mph gusts, over 350 runners made it to Panshanger Park. Including Sarah Hopewell celebrating her 100th! parkrun with us - well done.  Plus Cameron Smith and his mates getting out of bed on his birthday weekend for a blast around the Park to clear the heads.

All went well thanks to these beautiful people (OUR FABULOUS VOLUNTEERS!)

Shane ADAMS • Chris ELAND • Daniel BURNS • Kay METCALFE • Max ELAND • Judith KITCH • Louise SMITH • Gary O'LEARY • Rab HARLEY • Hugh TURNER • Nick PORTALSKI • Joanne GRANT • Sophie GRANT • Luke KENNEDY • Michael SCUTT • Barbara KUBIS-LABIAK • Georgie DEERING • Finn PORTALSKI • Claire MCCAGUE • Pamela HURD • Mark MORRIS • Samantha PLUMMER • Joshua CUMMING • Lydia WHISKIN • Alex PERKS

This week 352 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

Next week is a special one as it's the Run Director debut of KAY METCALFE. Amazingly 6 of the other 9 Run Directors are all in the Lake District and the other 3 are elsewhere, so best behaviour please and give KAY a big cheer.

Take care all.




Panshanger parkrun No 258 3rd August 2019

A lovely day (maybe a bit hot for running? though there were 33 pbs) brought out 365 runners, 46 for the first time at Panshanger. Welcome!

It was lovely to see the range of ages from 6 JM10s to 2 ladies in their 80s (Eleanor Draper and Val Stringer)!!

First home in an impressive 17:26 was a visiting lady from Winchester+District AC Annabel Gummow, also for her a new pb. Second and third for the ladies was Lucy Barnes of Ipswich Harriers in 21:41 and Sarah Hopewell of Ware Joggers in 22:26.

First man home was Dan Mikulski, just behind Annabel, in 17:26, also a new pb. Third man home was Ben Curtis in 18:42. Well done all of you.

Special mention goes to two men joining the 100 club : Colin Grace of Ware Joggers and Ben Carter of Herts Phoenix AC.

Finally, thanks to all our volunteers this week: Caroline Bernard, Claire Borgeat, Georgie Deering, Charlie Edmondson, Lee Elkington, Sue Fletcher, Paul Gatens, Pat&Rab Harley, Oliver &Nicola Hobdell, Pam Hurd, David Ivie, Liz Johnson, Pam Mew, Mark Morris, Gary O'Leary, Samantha Plummer, Michael Scutt, Brenda Smith, Ulika Tosner, Tom Williams, Hannah Wood and Jan Wischhusen.

Your RD next week will be Gary
Have a nice week, Sue


Panshanger parkrun No 257

Today we welcomed 339 runners, joggers and walkers to Panshanger, of whom 29 were first timers and 47 recorded new personal bests. We also welcomed parkrun Ambassador and Adjudicator John Wheatley who came to check that all was ship shape with us. We were delighted to get a clean bill of health and he was delighted to take the course record for his age by a stonking 40 seconds  - well done John!

Next week there is no Panshanger parkrun due to the Festival of Wildlife that takes place in the Park, however you will get a very warm welcome at Westmill parkrun in Ware who are celebrating their 2nd birthday. There is sure to be cake.

Today the following qualified for milestone T shirts - congratulations;

Nate Ogier (junior) - 10 runs

Vijay Pawar and Tracy Brennan - 50 runs

Caroline Stephens - 100 runs

First finishers were Dan Mikulskis and Sarah Hopewell with the highest age grading going to Justin Hill - 75.04 %

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

John WHEATLEY • Daniel BURNS • Tom WILLIAMS • Sean BOWEN • Louise SMITH • Gary O'LEARY • Sue FLETCHER • Frazer SMITH • Andy STURGESS • Luke KENNEDY • David IVIE • Leah MANNING • Barbara KUBIS-LABIAK • Georgie DEERING • Barry OSBORNE • Hannah WOOD • Pamela HURD • Mark MORRIS • Charlie EDMONDSON • Samantha PLUMMER • Patrick MILLAR • Darren GRAY • Lydia WHISKIN • Lyn PAINE

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

Run Director Sue will see you all on August 3rd.



Panshanger parkrun #255 – 6th July 2019

It was great to be RD-ing again today in summery conditions and without a 'named' storm trying to blow us off course (like the last two times I have been RD!).

This week 338 people ran, jogged and walked the course.  We welcomed 26 newcomers to the Panshanger course, of whom 10 were doing their first ever parkrun!  We hope to see you again soon, and hope you enjoyed your parkrun experience.  An amazing 42 people recorded new Personal Bests (including Stephen OLIVER who was pleased to complete his first parkrun without stopping - well done!). Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

We celebrated two milestones today:  Aileen LACEY completed her 50th parkrun, and volunteer regular Hugh TURNER completed his 100th parkrun (as well as celebrating a milestone birthday!).  Well done both for your achievements - we hope to see you strutting your stuff in your milestone t-shirts at Panshanger soon. :)

Dan MIKULSKIS was the first man back today (and first overall) in 18:06.  He was followed by Joe ANSBRO in 18:46 and Mitchell HILLS in 19:20.  Tourist parkrunnerAnna GODFREY of Reading AC was first lady back in 20:40 (glad you enjoyed Panshanger park!), with Linda GOODWIN in 22:20 and Carolyn KAY in 24:03 as second and third ladies, respectively.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers who donned the high-viz vests (some of whom were doing roles that were new to them and some are stalwart regulars - well done for stepping up).  These keen folk leapt out of bed and hot-footed it down to Panshanger park for your parkrunning pleasure.  - BIG THANKS go to:

Gareth ASKEY • Daniel BURNS • Tom ROGERS • Tom WILLIAMS • Lucy ILES • Fyl NEWINGTON • Rachel STEWART • Katherine KENNEDY • Emma ASTBURY • Leah MANNING • Georgie DEERING • Richard BLUMSOM • July KEAN • Ted JORDAN • Pamela HURD • Archie WARRILLOW • Charlie EDMONDSON • Samantha PLUMMER • Peter YOUNG • Patrick MILLAR • Stuart MANNING • Lydia WHISKIN • Thomas VOADEN

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

It will be me brandishing the megaphone again next week, and I hope to see as many of you as possible again and raring to go.  There are still a couple of volunteering slots available if you are tempted by the lure of the high-viz vest...

RD Lucy :)

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