Prospect parkrun Event #91 – parkrun Spirit!

parkrun Spirit!

Run Report by Mary WILSON
Photos : https://photos.app.goo.gl/WNsZ1qpNpZyeHuiw7

After the changes to the course for week one, with the second parkrun back we were able to return to our normal two lap course.  We are very fortunate to have enough courses that enable festivals to take place in the park AND for us to parkrun.

As the funny weather continues through our British Summer, it was definitely a 'not sure if it will rain or shine' morning, but that didn’t deter 211 parkrunners from turning up and completing their morning 5km run, walk or crawl!  Although, I don’t think we had any crawlers this week, not even me who was supported round by the lovely Edie and her dad, whilst mum was tail walking.  For someone who wasn’t sure they wanted to do the 2nd lap (a feeling many of us are familiar with) at the risk of being beaten (we know it’s not a race…) by Mary, Edie embodied the parkrun spirit and raced to the flags, looked for daisies (sadly none probably due to the grass being chopped) and chatted to encourage us adults round the course and then finally sprinting for the line hand in hand with dad followed by a beaming smile to have completed her first parkrun.  A brilliant achievement and one I’m really looking forward to being repeated.  Thank you Edie and Andy 

This week there were 71 first timers to Prospect, made up of some refugee parkrunners (we hope your local parkruns are able to get going again soon), some visiting the local area / family and friends and some having decided that now is the time to join parkrun – you weren’t wrong!!  It was great to see you all and look forward to seeing you all back again.

A big shout out to all the volunteers who made the parkrun happen we are always grateful for your time and support as our all the parkrunners.

We are always looking for and in need of volunteers to help out. So if you are interested please visit our page https://www.parkrun.org.uk/prospect/futureroster/ where you will be able to see the different jobs you can get involved with and how to sign up for them.

Congratulations to all our Milestone runners today

10 (juniors) Ben Howes
Yanting Zhu
50 Mark Hayton
100 Andrew Davidson

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This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Kingsley Roy STARLING • Phill DEAN • Andrea ELLIOTT • Mary WILSON • Jon WILLIS • Cathy MOORE • Nick TELEPNEFF • Sunil FERNANDES • Martin WILLS • Helen DICKENS • Leanne OUGHTON • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Victoria CAULTON • Ross CLARK • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Laura TAYLOR • Benjamin LANCASTER • Donald TOWNSIN • Natalie KARWAL • Ian SAVILL • Richard BUCKINGHAM • Barbara OXENHAM

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

 

Prospect parkrun Event #90 – At last – we are back!

At last – we are back!

Run Report by Sarah CHAMBERLAIN
Photos : https://photos.app.goo.gl/LFLUnk89RfsY2bZu5

Congratulations to the 108 parkrunners who completed event #90; the long awaited return of parkrun!

An especially big welcome to everyone today. It’s been a long time since we were last together – well 489 days to be precise. We have all experienced unusual and difficult times, and it’s so good that we can finally be together on a Saturday morning again to celebrate a return to some form of normality doing what we love.

It was very exciting and emotional to return and see old and new faces coming together to make parkrun happen – long may it last.

So, for our first event in 16 months the weather was kind to us – thankfully the heatwave abated and the rain held off. Having not been to Prospect Park for a while I was interested to see what the ground was going to be like and thankfully it seemed to be in good condition, and hopefully this helped 20 of our runners get a PB – well done to you all!

Our two lap course was also slightly different, with some changes made to accommodate other events on site, but it seemed to work well; so thank you to those who spent the extra time to plan and test it to make it work.

We said a very big welcome to 21 first timers today, 8 of whom were completely new to parkrun. We hope you all enjoyed the Prospect parkrun experience and will return to see us very soon; we would definitely love to see you again.

As usual a massive thank you to those who made this event possible for all of us to enjoy – the brilliant and dedicated volunteers:

AJ Jain, Anne Lancaster, Anthony Eastaway, Benjamin Lancaster, Dan Evans, Donald Townsin, Fiona Brown, Helen Dickens, Ian Savill, Janet Leverton, Judy Hicks-Davies, Kingsley Roy Starling, Laura Taylor, Louise Dix, Martin Wills, Mary Wilson, Maxine Slade, Nick Telepneff, Phill Dean, Sarah Chamberlain, Stu McNeill, Sunil Fernandes.

Well done to our lovely Run Director, Laura, who despite having to contend with a newish course and ensure the new Covid guidelines were communicated had everything arranged to the second; and I quote “first timers’ briefing in 20 seconds” – sorry Laura, Mary made me write it!

For me a very special shout out this week goes to AJ, our fantastic Event Director. Whilst we have all our fabulous, dedicated and hard-working volunteers to make event run smoothly, we should remember that without all that AJ has done our Prospect parkun would not exist: you are one in million AJ – thank you from all of us. X

We are always looking for volunteers to help out. So if you are interested please visit our page https://www.parkrun.org.uk/prospect/futureroster/ where you will be able to see the different jobs you can get involved with and how to sign up for them.

Hope to see you all next week,
Sarah

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This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Kingsley Roy STARLING • Phill DEAN • Dan EVANS • Judy HICKS-DAVIES • Mary WILSON • Anthony EASTAWAY • Maxine SLADE • Janet LEVERTON • Stu MCNEILL • Nick TELEPNEFF • Sunil FERNANDES • Martin WILLS • Helen DICKENS • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Louise DIX • A J JAIN • Laura TAYLOR • Benjamin LANCASTER • Donald TOWNSIN • Fiona BROWN • Anne LANCASTER • Ian SAVILL

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

The male record is held by Pete ROCK who recorded a time of 16:35 on 24th August 2019 (event number 61).
The female record is held by Naomi MITCHELL who recorded a time of 18:01 on 14th September 2019 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane A DAVIES who recorded 88.92% (21:13) on 29th September 2018 (event number 18).

Prospect parkrun started on 5th May 2018. Since then 3,899 participants have completed 15,538 parkruns covering a total distance of 77,690 km, including 2,810 new Personal Bests. A total of 344 individuals have volunteered 2,131 times.

 

Prospect parkrun Event #89

By Gary Brampton

It was one of those events where, as Run Director, I fet like a bit of a spare part. Everything just seemed to work perfectly of its own accord. All the volunteers were experienced in their roles and performed them expertly, all but one of our participants had remembered their barcode and every single one of our precious finish tokens were returned!  The rain threatened, but didn't arrive, the sun did make an appearance and the course seemed just a little more runnable than in recent weeks.

It was a pleasure to announce Emma Doyle as the latest Prospect Hero. Emma has been with us since our very earliest days, undertaking 36 volunteering tasks on 27 separate parkrun days, as well as notching up 43 runs at Prospect out of her total of 103.  Thank you, Emma!

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First finisher today was Oli Snoxall, just over a minute ahead of dad Jonathan in third place, separating the Speedy Snoxalls was Ian Savill.  First lady was Abigail Hirst, followed by Rupa Tumbapo and Angelica Lazor.  Well done everyone, it's still a pretty tough run despite the improved conditions!  Special mention also to Shamiso Banda, who was quite late arriving and despite not having the grippiest running shoes was still able to catch the Tail Walkers and then push on to finish eight minutes ahead of them.  A definite PB next time you run with us, now you know where we are!

First dog across the line today was Monty accompanied by David Fiddes who was completing his 200th parkrun (or 201st if you count the one where he 'lost' his barcode in his pocket).  Also joining us, from Sandhurst, were Charlotte and Charlie St. Aubyn, who needed a P (please Bob) for their parkrun alphabet quest.

Most experienced parkrunner today was Judy Hicks-Davies with 345 finishes and top Age-Grader was Oli Snoxall with 72.36%.  The newish results layout allows you to play around with these things as well as to restrict the list by gender or age group, for those of you that like that kind of thing.

On a personal note, it was nice to catch up with Steve Ingledew, now of Edinburgh AC, but back in the very late seventies celebrated for having the joint best musical taste in the Little Heath School Sixth Form Common Room.  That may be a biased view.

This week 138 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Phill DEAN • Ian BUTTERFIELD • Mary WILSON • Gary BRAMPTON • Janet LEVERTON • Nick TELEPNEFF • Martin WILLS • Louise DIX • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Andrew PLIMSOLL • Gemma BEARD • Robert MCGREGOR • Laura TAYLOR • Donald TOWNSIN • Fiona BROWN • Lisa HENDY • John MCNICHOLAS • Ben WILSON • Molly MCARDLE • Elicia HOTSTON • R HOTSTON • Amy TINGEY

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

The male record is held by Pete ROCK who recorded a time of 16:35 on 24th August 2019 (event number 61).
The female record is held by Naomi MITCHELL who recorded a time of 18:01 on 14th September 2019 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane A DAVIES who recorded 88.92% (21:13) on 29th September 2018 (event number 18).

Prospect parkrun started on 5th May 2018. Since then 3,878 participants have completed 15,430 parkruns covering a total distance of 77,150 km, including 2,790 new Personal Bests. A total of 343 individuals have volunteered 2,109 times.



 

Prospect parkrun Event #88 – The One On International Women’s Day

The one on International Women’s day. 

It was an overcast but fortunately dry morning for the 176 people who completed the 88th Prospect parkrun.

Today we were celebrating International Womens Day so appropriately we had a female RD Mary giving some inspirational words during the race briefing.

A special shout out to Nicola in her wonderwoman costume marshalling at the far point.  Fresh from being last weeks 29th Feb Leap Frog she is never undert-hemed and we love her for it.  Did you get a picture with our special photoframe this week? If you did please share it on our facebook page or tag us on the 'gram.

Being the first parkrun of the month, it was pacers week on the odd numbers.

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On international womens day I thought I would share why I decided to volunteer as a pacer.   At one of Prospect’s first pacer weeks I noticed that all the pacers were men which is simply what promoted me to have a go.  Given that the field seems to be at least half women it is curious as to why there are less female pacers? Perhaps women are less confident in hitting a specific time?  I have found being a pacer is very rewarding and it gives you a warm fuzzy feeling to encourage people who are trying to hit a specific time for their parkrun.

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Interestingly people also seem to think pacers are running gurus and I get asked quite a lot of questions and people often share with me their running goals.   The most frequent question I get asked is “Is this your usual pace”.   I always feel a bit guilty to answer that I usually run a bit faster.  I choose a slower time for pacing so that I am confident at hitting it (although was a bit off this week) and it also means that I have enough breath left to encourage people who are stretching themselves by following a pacer.   A shout out to Lis Route who was running with me this week and training for the Reading half marathon.   Also: a high five to Montserrat Perez-Parent who was the other female pacer this week representing Reading Joggers

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This week we welcomed 12 runners that are new to parkrun and 19 people new to Prospect, we hope you enjoyed the mud and will come back soon.  This week we welcomed tourists from Croydon, Swindon and Woodley!  It seems that we almost always have a tourist from Swindon.  I am guessing our easy access up the M4 makes us a good candidate for people looking to get to another venue.  It does beg the question as to whether there is always a tourist from Prospect at Swindon?  Has anyone run Lydiard parkrun?

Conditions this morning were once again very muddy.  It was however thankfully slightly less muddy than last week and a lot less standing water on the course.   Still plenty of opportunity for slipping and sliding across the top by the bowling green and  trail shoes are still recommended!  Congratulations to the 17 people who recorded personal bests despite the challenging terrain.

Onto the results:

Taking the honours on International Women’s day was Naomi Gardner who was our first lady in the funnel this morning with Marin Cater being second and Suzanne Hooker who was third.   Lis Rout was our highest age graded lady this morning.  Gina Hopkins was our most experienced female parkrunner this morning taking a token for the 437th time and joining us at Prospect for the 12th time.

Kudos also to our male runners taking the honours this week:  John Kane was first into the funnel representing Andover AC and also this week’s highest aged graded runner, closely followed by Brendan Morris and Patrick Hayes both from Reading Roadrunners.   Christopher Kelly was our most experienced parkrunner clocking up his 473rd run today – that 500 T shirt is getting closer!

Thank you to all our High Vis heros this week who made the 88th prospect parkrun happen on International Women's Day!

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This week 176 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Kingsley Roy STARLING • Clewin GRIFFITH • Dion FARRELL • Phillip FARRELL • Ian BUTTERFIELD • Michael GOFF • Mary WILSON • Gary BRAMPTON • Janet LEVERTON • Sarah MORRIS • Stu MCNEILL • Kirsty MOULSLEY • Martin WILLS • Helen DICKENS • Geoff WHITE • William PLATT • Gerry O'DRISCOLL • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Andrew PLIMSOLL • Nicola REYNOLDS • Laura TAYLOR • Montserrat PEREZ-PARENT • Benjamin LANCASTER • Donald TOWNSIN • John DICKENS • Jean-Paul TANNER • Chris WALLER • Matthew WALLER • Ben WILSON

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

The male record is held by Pete ROCK who recorded a time of 16:35 on 24th August 2019 (event number 61).
The female record is held by Naomi MITCHELL who recorded a time of 18:01 on 14th September 2019 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane A DAVIES who recorded 88.92% (21:13) on 29th September 2018 (event number 18).

Prospect parkrun started on 5th May 2018. Since then 3,856 participants have completed 15,292 parkruns covering a total distance of 76,460 km, including 2,775 new Personal Bests. A total of 343 individuals have volunteered 2,087 times.

 

Prospect parkrun Event #87 – The first parkrun on a leap day…and the one with my Mum!

Run report by Maurice Minette-George
Photos by  Dan Mercer https://photos.app.goo.gl/tBJ3QYQ4o5BcT65P7

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The first parkrun on a leap day...and the one with my Mum!

But first, let’s rewind 217 days to July 27th 2019 (weather sunny, temperature 20 degrees Celsius)

ME: "Hi Mum, how do you fancy doing a parkrun for your 70th birthday?"
MUM: "Errrm, sure!"

Present day 29th February 2020. A first and rare parkrun, the first on a leap year and another one not going to come around until 2048. (Weather wet, temperature 8 degrees Celsius)

ME: "Do you want waterproof trousers"
MUM: "I’m ok but I’ve packed an emergency poncho!"

What a difference 217 days make.

Still here we were, standing at the start line. A good selection of fancy dress was beginning to also arrive to celebrate the uniqueness of the date (at least that’s why I think there was a gorilla, several onesies and a Father and Son super hero combo in Prospect Park at 9am on a Saturday)

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There were an impressive number of first timers given the conditions and a number of tourists from near (Basingstoke) and far (Aberystwyth).

I’ll summarise the briefing; 'it’s muddy, very muddy!'

And so with the health and safety mantra of 'BE CAREFUL' still ringing in our ears 142 of us were off on Prospect parkrun number 87.

It was lonely out in front for first finisher Clewin Griffith who made light work of the 3 lap course in 20 minutes and 31 seconds, nearly a full two minutes before second finisher Michael Goff.

Meanwhile towards the back of proceedings there was no such isolation where the tail walkers doing an excellent job of keeping spirits high. It was true the conditions underfoot were challenging but no one was slipping in our select group only 'controlled gliding!'

A word to the Hi-Vis Heroes who on our final lap were showing signs of frost bite,trench foot and mild delirium – how can you still be that cheerful after an hour in the same spot! Huge thanks to ALL of them who made the event possible.

The end was in sight. For a brief moment I consider a sprint to overtake my boss who was within touching distance but no I would let her take the bragging rights Monday morning. And so, Mum and I cross the finish line. Her first parkrun complete at the age of 70, and on this very special leap day parkrun too.

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As I wander home I realise I’ll be 64 by the time the next one rolls around in 2048. 10227 days to wait… maybe the sun will be out by then.

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers: Phill DEAN • Dion FARRELL • Anthony EASTAWAY • Gary BRAMPTON • Janet LEVERTON • Matt TYE • Nick TELEPNEFF • Sunil FERNANDES • Maurice MINETTE-GEORGE • Gerry O'DRISCOLL • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Daniel MERCER • Elaine GUNSTONE • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Gemma BEARD • Nicola REYNOLDS • Benjamin LANCASTER • Emma DOYLE • Ian SAVILL • John MCNICHOLAS • Molly MCARDLE • Richard BUCKINGHAM

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

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