Prospect parkrun Event #74 – Cold, Misty and Muddy Morning!

By Helen Dickens

It was a cold misty, muddy morning for the 113 runners, joggers and walkers who took part in the 74th Prospect parkrun.IMG-4803

Our Run Director this week was Mary fresh from completing her 100th marathon! At the pre-run briefing Mary recognised our our Parkrun Hero of the month: Sarah Chamberlain who has been a volunteer 39 times. Sarah can most frequently be found helping set up the event and close it down and also often welcomes newcomers at the First Timers Briefing. Thank you to Sarah for her awesome volunteering. I was on First Time briefing this week which is a great volunteering role as you get to meet new people to Prospect Park run. We welcomed visitors from Portsmouth, Swindon, Cambridge and Devon and a special hello the RD from Lanhydrock Parkrun in Cornwall.

Members from 16th different clubs took part with a strong representation from Reading Roadrunners who took 3 of the first 10 places.

First into the finish chute was Chris from Reading Roadrunners on his 4th Visit to Prospect closely followed by Alex a tourist from Swindon. Our first lady home was Alexandra from Newbury also on her first visit to the course. Our first dog over the line this week was Darcy. Our most experienced Parkrunner this week was Alex on his 359th time collecting a token.IMG-4807

Parkrun also enables you to see how well you do compared to peers in your age group. Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. Congratulations to Jon of Maidenhead AC who earned the highest Age Grade score of 71.98%. Congratulations also to Maureen of Berkshire Hash House Harriers with the highest female age grade score of 64.86%. Maureen also stopped on the way round to do up her shoelace so who knows what she could have done with a firmer double bow in place!

You can run, walk or jog parkrun and today our tailwalkers were Stu and Claire who were joined by Moya on her first ever Parkrun event. Thanks for joining us Moya we hope to see you back. Thanks to all our 19 volunteers who made this weeks Parkrun possible.

Next week on the 7th December there is a lot happening at Prospect Parkrun: Firstly we have our Christmas collection for the ReadiFood Food Bank. If you would like to donate we are looking for:

1) Boxes/tin of chocolates.
2) Children’s Chocolate selection packs.
3) Christmas cake.
4) Biscuits selection boxes/packs, shortbread.
5) Savoury Crackers boxes/packs.
6) Mince pies. (Please make sure Use By dates are after 24/12/19.)
7) Packets of stuffing.
8) Jars of Sauces (cranberry, mustard etc).
9) Jam or pickles, (No Homemade please).
10) Packs of Dates, Nuts, Savoury snacks.
11) Tins of Ham.
12) Tins of Potatoes and other vegetables.

Readifood are not asking for Christmas Puddings as they already have a large collection of these. Please also avoid Alcohol in the food, please.
Secondly next week it is pacers week! As it is an EVEN month there will be pacers for EVEN finishing times. We usually see an increase in people achieving PBs with the support of a pacer. You can of course complete Parkrun however you want so feel free to take it easy and enjoy the Park. We look forward to seeing you run, jog or walk the course next week.
This week 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Phill DEAN • Michael GOFF • Mary WILSON • Nick CLARK • Gary BRAMPTON • Janet LEVERTON • Stu MCNEILL • Darren KINDER • Helen DICKENS • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Ross CLARK • Donald TOWNSIN • John DICKENS • Claire RAYNER • Emma DOYLE • Fiona BROWN • Caleb LANCASTER • Megan BURROWES • 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 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 3,372 participants have completed 12,807 parkruns covering a total distance of 64,035 km, including 2,575 new Personal Bests. A total of 311 individuals have volunteered 1,703 times.

 

Prospect parkrun #73 – Mud, Sweat and Volunteers

Run report by Sunil FERNANDES
Photos by Clewin GRIFFITH - Click here for photos for event #73
As usual arriving at parkrun the flags are out, the finish funnel set up and there’s a sea of people, some standing around chatting and others warming up. Luckily the course is easy to navigate and for those new to prospect parkrun, concern about where to go can be eased by attending the new runner’s briefing

Whether you’re keeping up with the fast runners or in company of the tail walker I think I’m right in assuming that most of us are happy to see the timer keepers. Getting a finish token indicating your position and scanning your barcode is a great way to measure individual achievement. For those with a competitive streak the posted results allow you to keep an eye on fellow participants to see how much you need to up your game.

The flags, the banners and trolleys are all packed and stored away marking the end of another successful parkrun. Some parkrunners head off to Mansion House to grab a coffee or breakfast while other head off to continue their weekend.

I often wonder how many parkrunners stop to think what would happen if this weekly process did not occur. If there were no time keepers, no barcode scanners or someone to process the results. If you turned up at 9:00 am and the course was not set-up? If there was no one willing to stay back and tidy up? Would you bother turning up? Would it be the same experience?

Every week we thank our volunteers before the parkrun because without them parkrun would not exist. All the volunteers are happy in their work and vary widely in age. We are lucky to have a core group of regular volunteers, but anyone can do it, in fact you’d be welcomed so the regulars can run or walk.

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From personal experience I’ve found donating my time rewarding. Giving back to parkrun, making friends and getting to know my community are some of the reasons I do it. Feeling valued as part of a team, gaining confidence and a chance to socialise are other reasons volunteering is worthwhile.

If you’ve thought about it but have been unsure or have not thought about it, I encourage you to give volunteering at parkrun a go. You’ll find it as rewarding as completing the 5km.

We are now also taking bookings for our Festive Season volunteering spots, including additional parkruns on Christmas Day and New Year special parkrun at 10:30, book your favourite role now to avoid disappointment!

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This week 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:   Clewin GRIFFITH • Phill DEAN • Mary WILSON • Maxine SLADE • Stu MCNEILL • Kirsty MOULSLEY • Katrina HARLING • Cathy MOORE • Sunil FERNANDES • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Daniel MERCER • Nicola REYNOLDS • Robert MCGREGOR • Montserrat PEREZ-PARENT • Donald TOWNSIN • Claire RAYNER • Emma DOYLE • Ifeoma MANKEE • Danny COLE • Caleb LANCASTER • Megan BURROWES • Martin JONES • Ted RUMBLE • John MCNICHOLAS • Ann MARTIN JONES • Ben WILSON

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

 

Prospect parkrun #72 – Mud, mud, glorious mud!

Run report by Dan Mercer

So, what happened this week at Prospect parkrun #72? The bright and colourful oranges, yellows and reds still covered the floor of the park, the grass was still wet (and I question myself as to why I didn’t purchase the Gore-Tex trail shoes? Doh!!) and it was especially muddy! LOTS and LOTS of slippery mud was waiting for us all, ready to drain our legs of all the energy we had in them and making those summer PB’s seem like distant memories which are completely unachievable again. However, there were 9 smashing individuals who managed to shave seconds (and even some in some cases, a minute or two) off their Prospect personal best’s – Kudos!

As always, congratulations to everyone who made it out of bed to stomp around Prospect parkrun. It really wouldn’t be the same without all the smiling/agonised/relieved faces (depending if it’s the start, middle or end of the run). Special shout out to the two runners who managed to make it around today in under 20 minutes – Mike and Mark. Douglas was our quickest visitor, as the 4th person to charge through the finish funnel in 20:47. And equally as important, Tracy, James and Peter who made the most of the fresh morning to enjoy Prospect for everything it has to offer. Shout out to Paul Allen Frank Watkins on his 100th parkrun today, having completed 39 of those with us here at Prospect.

I thought I’d give a quick overview of what happened today, for those of you who may be interested in knowing and to help pad out my report a little!

It starts 8:00 am (supposedly, although I somehow manage to turn up at 8:02 spot on every week. It’s funny how I can consistently make it for that time, but never 2 minutes earlier?) – The pre-event setup team arrives. It’s always a bit of a concern whether you’ve worn enough layers to keep you warm or if you’re going to be an icicle at the start line.

8:30 – 8:40 am – Setup is complete, your cheery volunteers begin to arrive for their respective roles, from barcode scanners to timekeepers.

Now this is where we see the interesting phenomenon which happens at parkrun’s across the country:

8:50 am – A quick guess, there’s usually about 30-40 participants huddled around with the volunteers.

8:52 am – Roughly 10 more people have arrived.

8:54 am – Another 10 or so walk over.

8:57 am – It’s PARKRUN time – the remaining 100+ people suddenly appear out of nowhere! Where have you been? Hiding behind the trees? Hiding up the trees? Eating your McDonalds breakfast? Who knows, but you’ve made it.

8:58 am – Everyone is miraculously ready for the 9:00 am start!

9:00 am – Go go go! Nicola tried to confuse us today with a “Start on 1” and then shouts “1, 2, 3, GO!”. It’s still too early for those games Nicola! We’re all still blissfully unaware how muddy it is on the course.

9:18 am onwards – We’re finishing the parkrun, guess what the conversation topic is about? You guessed it, the mud!

4:00 pm – I finally sit down to write the run report and spend the next 30 minutes wondering what on earth to write about. I check my phone 20 times, change the song on Spotify every 30 seconds. LIGHTBULB MOMENT, I suddenly remember why I didn’t purchase the Gore-tex trainers, no way did I fancy spending an extra £50 just for dry feet! I finish just after 5:00pm. Now I need to remember the password to login so I can upload it to the website. I preview the final article 8 times, okay, I'm ready to click publish. WAIT - I almost missed off the statistics on the end, now I need to remember the prospect parkrun email password as well. Okay. Done!! Oh, and don’t forget to post on Facebook!!

A quick note - Check what time your results email came through today, mine was 10:39. That means, from the time our tail walker’s James and Peter crossed the line in just under 1 hour, our wonderful RD Nicola with her merry team managed to pack everything away, walk up the Mansion House, grab a drink and sit down with the stopwatches and barcode scanners to finalise all the results in just over half an hour! Tell me that isn’t a good free service?

As always, the support for the participants is greatly appreciated, with cheers and high fives for anyone who’s willing to stick their hand out as they pass by our very own ‘Captain of High Fives’ – Matthew Waller!

Big thank you to everyone who made the event possible today – including all the hidden volunteers who work throughout the week to manage the volunteer roster and our social media pages.

This week 170 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Phill DEAN • Judy HICKS-DAVIES • Michael GOFF • Gary BRAMPTON • Martin WILLS • Maurice MINETTE-GEORGE • Gerry O'DRISCOLL • James GREAVES • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Daniel MERCER • A J JAIN • Nicola REYNOLDS • Donald TOWNSIN • Claire RAYNER • Emma DOYLE • Fiona BROWN • Chris WALLER • Matthew WALLER • Megan BURROWES • Ian SAVILL • Martin JONES • Peter ROBINSON • Ted RUMBLE • Stephanie TURNER

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 3,316 participants have completed 12,500 parkruns covering a total distance of 62,500 km, including 2,549 new Personal Bests. A total of 311 individuals have volunteered 1,658 times.

 

Prospect parkrun #71 – We didn’t get rained on this week!

Run report by Helen Dickens

It was a beautiful, misty and frosty morning for the 170 people who completed the 71st Prospect parkrun.

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We welcomed 23 people who were new to Prospect Park or new to parkrun. A big hello to first time parkrunners Kathy and Jasmine who I spoke to before the run. I hope you enjoyed your parkrun and hope to see you back. We welcomed a number of tourists who had come from East London, Oxford and Wokingham as well as a parkrunner from Oklahoma! Representatives of 17 clubs took part including 3 people from Serpetine RC. Well done to the 12 people who recorded a PB!

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During the run briefing Dan, this weeks RD, recognised the contribution of Ross Clark, regular volunteer and runner at Prospect. Ross was running this week but has volunteered 50 times and can often be found with the stopwatch at the end, thankfully he was bravely marshalling last week in the horrible weather!

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October 2019 Prospect Hero - Mr Rossy Clarky

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Congratulations to Clewin who was first over the line and a regular runner at Prospect and Sophie who was the first lady finisher on her first visit to Prospect. A shout out to Jude who was wearing his brand new white 10 milestone t-shirt. Also kudos to Maureen from Berkshire Hash House Harriers running today after completing the Nice marathon last week. Our most experienced parkrunner this week was Prospect's own Gary completing his 281st parkrun and the only member of the 250 club this week.

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He hardly looks old enough to have done 281 parkruns...

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Thank you to all the 22 high vis heroes this week who volunteered at Prospect parkrun.

This week 170 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Phill DEAN • Andrea ELLIOTT • Gary BRAMPTON • Kingsley STARLING • Janet LEVERTON • Kirsty MOULSLEY • Sunil FERNANDES • Helen DICKENS • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Daniel MERCER • A J JAIN • Nicola REYNOLDS • Robert MCGREGOR • Anne LANCASTER • Chris WALLER • Matthew WALLER • Caleb LANCASTER • Megan BURROWES • Martin JONES • Peter ROBINSON • John MCNICHOLAS • Michael WILFORD

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 3,289 participants have completed 12,330 parkruns covering a total distance of 61,650 km, including 2,540 new Personal Bests. A total of 310 individuals have volunteered 1,634 times.

 

Tribute to Laura McBride

As many of you will have heard the tragic news about Laura McBride, for those that are unaware, sadly Laura died on Monday 21st October following a battle with depression.

Laura was a kind, caring, thoughtful and unassuming person who, amongst other activities like football, had a great love of parkrun.

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Laura started parkrun in 2014 at Reading parkrun where she ran before joining the Prospect parkrun core team in 2018 when Prospect parkrun was being created.

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Laura volunteered a number of times, both here and at Reading parkrun, with one of her favourite positions being timekeeper even when she forgot which buttons to press to time people in.

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Laura ran 140 parkruns in 44 locations including Canada where Laura and her fiancée Vikki holidayed last year.

She was an enthusiastic supporter of parkrun and her experience and help will always be remembered fondly by us here at prospect parkrun.

Her family were very important to Laura, Vikki her fiancée, her brother Phil and her mum and Dad, Alan and our thoughts and love are with them at this time.

Understandably Laura’s untimely death is devastating. If anyone is struggling,
please do get in touch with any of the Prospect team or each other to seek support.
Instead of a minute silence, I would like you to join in a minutes applause in memory of the amazing Laura, whilst we remember the joy she brought to us.

- Tribute by Mary Wilson on 2 Nov 2019 at pre run briefing

We urge anyone struggling to reach out for support either amongst friends including us or through organisations Mind & Maytree. Cruse Bereavement Care offers support to those left behind 

It is a difficult time and it is OK not to be OK

Some of our favourite memories of Laura at Prospect

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To celebrate Laura's life and her love for Prospect parkrun in collaboration with her family, a tree will be dedicated to Laura in the near future. If you would like to be kept updated please email prospect@parkrun.com

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