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 :)


“Some like it hot” Run No 254

Well, the weather forecasters certainly got it right, the temperature certainly rose at Panshanger this morning as all 436 runners will testify.

The heat did not put many runners off as we had 41 new PB's and 53 First timers.
The first man was home was John Eves in an incredible time of 15.27 a new PB for him, He was followed by Craig Brown in 18.11 this was his 100th parkrun.
The first lady home was Lucy Barnes again in 19.03 followed by Linda Brown in 22.13
Nick Hassell also completed his 50th parkrun today.
A big congratulations to all the runners today.

All 29 volunteers coped well with the heat, a big "THANK YOU " to them as usual.

Now you can all enjoy what could be a very hot weekend.

I hand over to Lucy who will be you RD for the next two weeks



The days are already getting shorter

Following yesterday's summer solstice can you believe that the days now start to get shorter.
Notwithstanding the morning heat, we were very pleased to welcome 380 runners to Panshanger today 24 were first timers and 50 achieved new PB"s.
Congratulations to them and to Chris Harris we completed his 50th parkrun today.
Geoge Rowedder was the fist man home again today in 17.34 followed by Dan Mikulskis in 18.17
First lady home was Sarah Williams in 20.11 followed by Linda Goodwin in 22.09 well done everyone.

A big THANK YOU to all the 27 volunteers who helped the event run as smoothly as ever.
As you will see from the volunteer roster there are still plenty slots that need filled for next week and all the following weeks.
Please take the time to volunteer, it is a very enjoyable and rewarding experience, just drop us an email.

A quick reminder that there will be NO parkrun on Saturday 27th July.

Hope to see you all again next week

Enjoy what looks like a hot weekend



Number 252 15th June 2019

Some nearly summer weather brought over 400 people to the park and for 23 of them it was their first ever parkrun. We hope you enjoyed the experience and that you will be back for more soon.

Amongst these were Diane's group form Herts Girls Can who were out in force and brought some additional colour and energy to the morning. This is also the start of This Girl Can week in Welwyn Hatfield and there are a huge range of activities to get people moving

Some runners spotted the new four legged additions to the park. Around 20 long horn cattle and their babies are now in the field to your right after you cross over the river and before you turn left around the lake.

Reminder that there will be no event at Panshanger on July 27 when the annual Festival of Wildlife will be taking place.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers and if you would like to join in too, do email

Louise SMITH • Rab HARLEY • Hugh TURNER • Geoffrey CORDINGLEY • Patricia HARLEY • Robert EMSLEY • Victoria HELLUM • Sarah HOPEWELL • Rachel STEWART • Luke KENNEDY • Jan WISCHHUSEN • James HUISH • Simon BOYDEN • Michael SCUTT • Teresa WEEDON • Rowena RUTLEDGE • Georgie DEERING • Kat MILLWARD • Barry OSBORNE • Ted JORDAN • Caroline BERNARD • Mo WARRILLOW • Archie WARRILLOW • Samantha PLUMMER • George MAURICE

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

Handing over to Rab who will be your Run Director next week,



Panshanger parkrun No. 251 : Saturday 8th June 2019

Not the best day for running, drizzling, breezy and quite cool but 291 enthusiastic parkrunners completed the course today.

The first three runners were George Rowedder of Herts Phoenix AC in 17:01, then Thomas Wackett of Garden City Runners in 18:46 and Russell Brown in 18:48.

First three ladies were Harriet Kealy of Ware Joggers in 22:43, Karen Buckle of Hoddesdon Tri Club in 23:54 and Louise Thompson in 24:09.

There were some landmarks achieved also : Jacob Brown (JM15-17) joined the 10 Club and Toby Grice (a JM11-14) and Peter Lapthorne both joined the 50 Club - congratuations all!!

Peter even brought cookies and muffins for the volunteers to celebrate - a nice surprise!

Lastly a big thank you to all our volunteers : Sean Bowen,Steve Button,Angela Deakin,Dennis Draper,Sue Fletcher,Wayne Gammon,Stephen Garrett,Pat&Rab Harley, Duncan Hiscock, Pam Hurd,Ted Jordan,Luke&Dorian Kennedy,Judith Kitch,Babs Kubis-Labiak,Jill Lake,Peter Lapthorne,Patrick Millar,Mark Morris,Simon Smith,Rachel Stewart,Archie&Mo Warrillow and Peter Young.

See you all next week when Louise will be in charge.

RD Sue



250 Not Out

Today was a milestone for us (not that I noticed beforehand, ahem) - our 250th run at Panshanger - and the weather couldn't have been better.

It was a day for milestones - Robert Buckle and Martyn Perrin made their centuries and George Rowedder and Alicia Stanley were not out on 50.

Tim Williams notched up a remarkable 30,000 miles running since 1981 in completing today's event.

To mark the occasion George led everyone home in 17.17.  The first woman back was Linda Goodwin in 21.57.

389 people ran and there were 48 first timers and 53 PBs - well done to you all.

The full results can be found at

Many thanks are due, as ever, to our volunteers who make these events happen.  They were:

Daniel BURNS • Nick CHEAL • Shena LANCASTER • David HALLENDORFF • Andy STURGESS • Robert EMSLEY • Victoria HELLUM • Luke KENNEDY • Jan WISCHHUSEN • Finlay HOBDELL • Michael SCUTT • Anne SCUTT • Teresa WEEDON • Paul CASSIDY • Lucy GEORGE • Ted JORDAN • Pamela HURD • Steve DAVIES • Oliver CALAZ • Charlie EDMONDSON • Samantha PLUMMER • Patrick MILLAR • Martin HOLLINS • George MAURICE


Thank you to everyone for taking part and see you next week when Sue will be your RD.



Parkrun No 249 – Saturday 25th May 2019

This morning started with a bit of rain, but by 9am the sun was out to welcome 352 runners, joggers and walkers, of whom 38 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

We celebrated two milestones: Chris Eland, one of our Run Directors, completed his 100th parkrun, and parkrun Juniors, Ben Glover and Lily Harrison-Stokoe celebrated their 10th parkruns, well done!

George ROWEDDER (Herts Phoenix AC) was the first finisher for the men, in 17:02.  He was followed by Kevin SAMBRIDGE in 18:14 and Martin WESTLEY (Harlow RC) in 18:36. 

Lucy BARNES (Ipswich Harriers) was the first lady to cross the finish line in 21:38, followed by Sharon PARRY in 22:02 and Lily HARRISON-STOKOE in 22:06.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Paul GATENS • Lucy ILES • Judith KITCH • Louise SMITH • Gary O'LEARY • Patricia HARLEY • Jas NEWINGTON • Fyl NEWINGTON • David MORTON • Rachel STEWART • Callum HAIR • Roger PARTRIDGE • Barbara KUBIS-LABIAK • Georgie DEERING • Paul CASSIDY • Kit HILLARY • Pamela HURD • Caroline BERNARD • Mark MORRIS • Charlie EDMONDSON • Nicky ABBISS • Christopher ABBISS • Alan STEWART • Mary BRADY • Thomas VOADEN • Rosemary BROTCHIE • Iain BROTCHIE • George MAURICE

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

Next week Michael is your RD, have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

RD Babs


Parkrun No 248 – Saturday 18th May 2019

I was woken by the rain, which was coming down quite hard, on Saturday morning and feeling slightly despondent.  Thankfully by just after 8 am it had stopped and it was a very pleasant, calm morning.  Ideal conditions for a parkrun; not too cold, not too warm.  Just right.  Goldilocks would have approved.

So too must 64 of the 382 people who took part: they secured PBs - well done to you all.

Welcome also to the 33 first timers - we hope to see you all again soon.

George Rowedder was first home in 17.28.  First female was Lucy Barnes in 21.03 - congratulations both.

Many thanks, as ever, to our volunteers both old and new.  We couldn't do it without you;

Chris ELAND • Gary O'LEARY • Rowan SWINHOE • Eleanor DRAPER • Patricia HARLEY • Robert EMSLEY • David SEARLE • Rachel STEWART • Luke KENNEDY • Michael SCUTT • Callum HAIR • Barbara KUBIS-LABIAK • Charlie GREETHAM • Georgie DEERING • Ted JORDAN • Pamela HURD • Mo WARRILLOW • Mark MORRIS • Jill LAKE • Archie WARRILLOW • Andrew HARLEY • Patrick MILLAR • James ASTBURY • Thomas VOADEN • Rosemary BROTCHIE • Iain BROTCHIE • Amanda BARNES • George MAURICE

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

Next week Babs is your RD.   See you then.



Panshanger parkrun No. 246 – 4 May 2019

A lovely morning for a run and we had a lovely 517 people turned up, 81 for the first time at Panshanger!! The sun shone, the rain held off and an amazing 111 new pb's were set - thanks no doubt to our Garden City Runner pacers - 19 to 34 minute targets to follow.

First man home was Paul Makowski of Royston Runners in 17:04, second was Will Bowran of St Albans AC in 17:26 and third was Gregory Fairhall of Poole Runners in 18:18.

First lady home was Hannah Turner of Harpenden Arrows RC in 21:07, second was Linda Goodwin in 22:01 (also her 100th parkrun!) and third was Rachel Hickey of Garden City Runners in 22:47.

Star runners today were the following five runners all completing their 100th parkrun: Jackie Smith, Mo Warrilow, Linda Goodwin, Andy Jay and John Roxburgh - congratulations.

In addition Georgia Peedle and Patrick Millar completed their 50th parkruns and Adam Chen (JM) joined the 10 club! Well done everybody.

Thanks to our pacers: Russell Casey,Rob Casserley, Hannah Frank, Bruce Judge, July Kean, Ryan Kean, Peter McKenzie, Samantha Plummer, Tom Rogers, Di Selwood and helen Stafford - good job! And also thanks to GCR for providing cakes at the end!!

Finally more thanks - to our willing volunteers - James Astbury, Caroline Bernard, Rosemary Brotchie, Paul Davies, Georgie Deering, Robert Emsley, Sue Fletcher, Callum Hair, Lyndon Hearn, Pam Hurd, Taras Huzar, Annika Labiak, Mattie Labiak, George Maurice, Amanda Hayes, Kay Metcalfe, Patrick Millar, Mark Morris, Louie Ness, Finn and Nick Portalski, Dave Valentine, Thomas and Rachel Voaden, Archie and Mo Warrilow, Jan Wischhusen.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend and see you next week when your RD will be Rab -

RD Sue

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