Prospect parkrun Event #83 – The one on the other side of the hedge

Run report by Helen DICKENS

1: Today was the first time we have had a special  revised 3 lap course as when Gary arrived this morning he found a football match underway at the bottom of the course.   The route had a small alternation and  was switched to the other side of the hedge.

3 parkrunners from Slinn Allstars running club in Swindon joined us this morning.

5C:   Temperature this morning, it  was a damp overcast morning today but warmer than last week

10% of participants today achieved a personal best which is very impressive given the muddy course and the 3 lap course  which provides plenty of twists and turns to slow your pace.

10 people forgot their barcode, don’t forget to bring yours next week to get your results registered and work towards your milestones.

18 people took a token for the first time today and joined the parkrun family.  We hope you enjoyed it and will return soon

19:25 was the time of the first runner in the funnel.  Congratulations to Clewin  Griffith, a Prospect regular and member of the Lonely Goat Running Club.  Clewin then went on to volunteer and scan barcodes.

22 running clubs fielded representatives at prospect parkrun this week,.

21:27 was the time of our first female runner, Sarah Thompson on her 17th visit to Prospect.

26 High Vis Heros and Heroines volunteered this week to make parkrun happen.  Many thanks!

37 People were tourists visiting Prospect for the first time.  Sarah Chamberlain did the first timers briefing this morning which had such a large crowd some people thought it was the main briefing.

50  Milestone parkrunners today were Sarah Thompson and Scott Archer,  who will have a red T shirt arriving soon.

74.72% Was our highest age grade weighting this week which was claimed by Liz Hartney and who also registered a PB.

83 events of Prospect parkrun have taken place

100 milestone congratulations go to Makombe Chinodyaruswa who qualified for his black T shirt today

217 people ran, jogged or walked Prospect parkrun this week

402 was the number of parkruns by the most experienced parkrunner today: Kevin Wheeler who has had his barcode scanned 402 times and was also second this week.

11,647 miles was approximately the distance travelled to Prospect parkrun this morning by a tourist visiting from New Zealand.

Next week is brought to you by the EVEN numbers as it is the first parkrun of an even month we will have pacers for EVEN times.   Look forward to seeing you there!

This week 217 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers: Clewin GRIFFITH • Phill DEAN • Mary WILSON • Anthony EASTAWAY • Gary BRAMPTON • Jon WILLIS • Janet LEVERTON • Sunil FERNANDES • Helen DICKENS • Nicola STEVENS • Leanne OUGHTON • James GREAVES • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Michael CROKER • Ross CLARK • Daniel MERCER • Oliver LOTTER • A J JAIN • Steve LANGDON • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Donald TOWNSIN • Thomas BRAY • Megan BURROWES • Alistair DOWLMAN • Ben WILSON • Elicia HOTSTON

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


Prospect parkrun Event #82 – The one with the frost and 3 laps!

Run report by Helen DICKENS
Photos by Sunil FERNANDES & Daniel MERCER - Click here for today's photos 


It was a beautiful frosty sunny morning for the 242  people who completed the 82nd Prospect parkrun.   It was good to be back at Prospect as there was no Prospect parkrun last week due to the cross country championships taking place.  Many people took last week as an opportunity to visit another parkrun – my husband and I took on the hill at Henley parkrun and a group of people went to Sandhurst which is a new parkrun.    This week we switched to a three lap course in order to preserve the park as it as been getting quite churned in places.   Due to recent heavy rain it was still quite muddy and gloopy in places although 11 people still managed to record a PB.    Reading, Woodley & Henley parkrun were cancelled  this week so we were joined by a number of people relocating to Prospect to get their park run fix.

At the first timers and tourists briefing we welcomed new people to our parkrun – 55 people ran at prospect for the first time!   We had tourists from as far afield as  Durham, Taunton and South Africa.    This week 21 people completed their first ever parkrun – we hoped you enjoyed it and will return soon.

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At the briefing RD Sunil recognised our milestones parkrunners.  Congratulations and thanks to James Greaves who brought cakes to celebrate his 100th Parkrun.  James has been parkrunning for 5 years.     We had two people qualifying for their red 50 T shirt: Elizabeth Barlow and Kate Lewis.   There was also a big round of applause for Dan Mercer who reached the milestone of 50 volunteer occasions and was out on the course in High Vis today taking photos.

Congratulation to all our Milestone runners today

25 Daniel MERCER (50th Volunteering today)
50 Kate LEWIS
Elizabeth BARLOW
100 James GREAVES


Onto the results: Members of Reading Roadrunners took the top 3 places – well done to Mark Aspey (who also volunteered) , David McCoy and Brendan Morris.  Our first lady in the funnel was Liz Hartney from Reading AC on her first visit to Prospect parkrun and who also achieved the highest Age Grade rating.   Our most experienced parkrunner this week was Alex James Threlkeld  who took a token for the 366th time today.

If your finish token was different from your final result this week this is because we had a few funnel duckers!  Please remember if you enter the funnel to take a token otherwise the timings and the positions come unzipped and it causes kerfuffle for the volunteers.

Thank you to our 23 HIghVis Volunteers.  A special shout out to Elicia who has started volunteering with us for her Duke of Edinburgh award and  her mum Rachel who joined her on marshalling duty at the first tree this morning.

And finally thank you to all the people who donated to Reading Foodbank in December; we received the following message from them "We were nearly overwhelmed by the support given this Christmas, we had many of our supporters and corporate teams, organising food collections and volunteering with us. All the food donations are really wonderful, as also we gave out much more food support than ever. In the week before Christmas we distributed 575 food parcels in the Reading area, and around 260 Christmas parcels were also delivered to Reading households. So all the support is needed and appreciated. Please pass on our Thanks to those who donated food to your collection, to help us achieve all of this."


This week 242 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:  Phill DEAN • Dion FARRELL • Gary BRAMPTON • Maxine SLADE • Mark APSEY • Sunil FERNANDES • Helen DICKENS • James GREAVES • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Daniel MERCER • Oliver LOTTER • A J JAIN • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Laura TAYLOR • Donald TOWNSIN • Megan BURROWES • Alistair DOWLMAN • John MCNICHOLAS • Michael WILFORD • Ben WILSON • Molly MCARDLE • Elicia HOTSTON • R HOTSTON

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


Prospect parkrun Event #81 – Pacer week

Run report by Dan Mercer

This week Prospect hosted its monthly pacing event. As we're all aware, running is never easy, so having to match your pace to a designated finish time poses its challenges. Particularly for our pacers who have to deal with the undulating ground and life-draining mud (albeit the ground is less soggy and horrible than it was before Christmas). So, thumbs up to our pacers this week who merrily volunteered to help others progress with their goals and act as a visible target to aim for. Notably, Helen who paced 31 minutes came over the line spot on her time, Chris and Matthew the walk-run 39 minutes were within a second of their target, along with Jean-Paul who came through at 41:01 for his 41-minute pace. The next pacing event is on the first week of February, hopefully you all know the drill by now, it’s an even month, so we’re on even pacing times! If you fancy giving it a go, it’s never too early to email in to put your name down to volunteer (other roles also available if you don't fancy running on a particular week, we're always grateful for the help!).


Whilst we’re talking about volunteers, we were very fortunate this week to have such a hefty number of volunteers on our roster, in total we had a MASSIVE number of 39 people (including pacers) who helped to make the event possible! Our volunteer ranks have recently been bolstered by those who are undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh awards and also by some kind folk who really wanted to help out on the day. Thanks everyone!!


I particularly enjoy this kind of year, Prospect gets a boost in its numbers from new and returning parkrunners. We averaged 142 runners for the last two months of 2019, but we hit the dizzy heights of 241 runners this Saturday. With the new year, comes new goals, whether that’s starting out running or training for an ultra, they’re all unique to us all. We welcomed 21 people who were completely new to parkrun this week, we very much hope to see you back again in the coming weeks and a huge congratulations to Vincent GRINNEY for completing his 50th parkrun along with a congrats to the 20 runners who pushed through for a PB this week!

For those of you who turn up frequently, you’ll be well aware that not all 5km runs are quite as taxing as ours is. Ross (our very own fact finder) stumbled across an interesting website which has reviewed the data nationally from the all other parkruns to determine their comparative difficulty. You’ll all be glad to know that Prospect is joint ranked 18th for being one of the most DIFFICULT (bearing in mind there’s over 500 parkruns which they’ve assessed so far). If you’re interested, you can have a browse through here:

Of course, we all gain the benefits of this is when we journey to other running events, it should in theory be a little easier to produce a good time. Which brings me nicely onto the reminder that Prospect isn’t going ahead on the 11th January (next Saturday) due to the cross-country event. It’s a great opportunity to spread your wings, or just stay in bed longer, whichever you fancy (just don't forget to come back the following week please!).


This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Kingsley Roy STARLING • Dion FARRELL • Alex James THRELKELD • Mary WILSON • Nick CLARK • Gary BRAMPTON • Catherine GREAVES • Maxine SLADE • Janet LEVERTON • Stu MCNEILL • Lydia BLYTHE • Helen DICKENS • Geoff WHITE • Gerry O'DRISCOLL • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Louise DIX • Daniel MERCER • Oliver LOTTER • A J JAIN • Elaine GUNSTONE • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Art ATWAL • Oliver ATWAL • Laura TAYLOR • Montserrat PEREZ-PARENT • Benjamin LANCASTER • Donald TOWNSIN • John DICKENS • Jean-Paul TANNER • Chris WALLER • Matthew WALLER • Megan BURROWES • Ian SAVILL • Ben WILSON • Cynthia TOWNLEY • Molly MCARDLE • Elicia HOTSTON • R HOTSTON • Paul GUNSTONE

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

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 16:24 on 7th July 2018 (event number 9).
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 3,588 participants have completed 13,966 parkruns covering a total distance of 69,830 km, including 2,639 new Personal Bests. A total of 333 individuals have volunteered 1,894 times.


Prospect parkrun #80 – Happy New Year

Run report by Laura TAYLOR

The first day of a new decade brought overcast grey skies to Prospect parkrun but we could not complain as it was a dry day which meant the mud was finally starting to dry in places making our parkrun a little bit less muddy compared to what it has been over the Christmas period.

Despite the gloomy grey sky, the Run Director for the first Prospect parkrun event of 2020 (Dan, the man) was full of good humour and smiles during the run briefing. Luckily for Dan he recently went to the opticians and found out he had 20-20 vision. Ah we all laughed during the briefing!

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We welcomed 219 people to Prospect this morning, it was wonderful to see the regular faces but also newbie's too! On that note, we had 7 first timers to parkrun, ever! We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun and we will see you again in the future.

One of the reasons why I enjoy the run report writing is to congratulate those attaining Milestone runs. Today we had plenty of milestones to celebrate. Huge congratulations to the following parkrunners:

10 (juniors) Jonah DUNFORD
50 Claire RAYNER
100 Laura TAYLOR
Victoria CAULTON
250 Krysia SMITH

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On a final note, thank you as always to the Run Directors, Core Team and the many volunteers that have made Prospect parkrun the success it is. I urge you all to have a go at the many volunteer roles we have available at Prospect. Volunteering will add that special extra element to your parkrun experience.

Once again, wishing everyone a happy new year and thank you to everyone who has been involved in making Prospect parkrun a success in 2019

This week 219 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers: Marc THOMAS • Kingsley Roy STARLING • Nick CLARK • Gary BRAMPTON • Malcolm BOOKER • Peter HENRY • Janet LEVERTON • Cathy MOORE • Sunil FERNANDES • Leanne OUGHTON • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Victoria CAULTON • Ross CLARK • Daniel MERCER • A J JAIN • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Laura TAYLOR • Tim LEVERTON • Martin JONES • Michael WILFORD • Ben WILSON

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


Prospect parkrun #79 – The most wonderful parkruns of the year!

Run Report by Helen DICKENS

It was a damp morning for the 122 people who completed the 79th Prospect parkrun on the 28th December.

With so many people visiting friends and relatives in the area we had a very big group of people for the first timers briefing. We had a large contingent from Wales (including Sian the K9X dog), as well as visitors from Gloucester, Exeter and France.


Our main briefing this morning was from Sunil our RD, who welcomed our visitors, thanked our volunteers and reminded everyone of the New Year parkruns.

The New Year parkruns give you once in the year opportunity to participate in 2 parkruns on the same day! Prospect parkrun will be at 10.30 on New Year’s Day which gives you the chance for a lie in or alternatively to double up with an earlier run. The nearest early runs to Prospect are Henley-on-Thames, Dinton Pastures and Bracknell which are all starting at 8.30 on the 1st January.

You can choose to participate in any two from below or check out many more at
Basingstoke 9 am
Bracknell 8:30 am
Dinton Pastures 8:30 am
Henley-on-Thames 8:30 am

California Country 10:30 am
Maidenhead 10:30 am
Prospect 10:30 am
Woodley 10:30 am
Newbury 10.30 am

Do check the website & social media for any weather affected changes

Conditions were muddy again this morning but 5 people still managed to record a personal best. Our visitors to the course took the top 3 finishes: Daniel from Wrexham, Marcus from Evesham and Anthony from Surbiton. Our first lady Victoria was also a visitor from Surbiton. Our most experienced parkrunner this week was Richard Stanhope with 349 parkruns to his name.


Advance warning there is no Prospect parkrun on the 11th January so this would be a great week to tourist at one of our local parkruns or further afield.

Finally, thank you to our 21 high vis volunteers this morning and a special shout out to Megan who was helping me on tokens for her DofE volunteering. We look forward to seeing you over the new year!

This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers: Phill DEAN • Alastair MITCHELL-BAKER • Gary BRAMPTON • Malcolm BOOKER • Stu MCNEILL • Sunil FERNANDES • Helen DICKENS • Leanne OUGHTON • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Oliver LOTTER • A J JAIN • Elaine GUNSTONE • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Andrew PLIMSOLL • Robert MCGREGOR • Laura TAYLOR • John DICKENS • Claire RAYNER • Megan BURROWES • Claire SKEET • Ben WILSON


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