Raphael parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-15 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

HQ Update – proposed restart date for 5k events

Afternoon, Raphael parkrun community!

Today’s update from parkrun HQ is an announcement that they are now working towards a restart date of Saturday, 5th June, for all 5k events in England.

This is exciting news!

It is currently a target date.

HQ stress that much could happen in the meantime, but as things stand, they are very hopeful 5th June is an achievable date.

Enjoy the weekend!

Best wishes,

The Raphael Core Team

 

Community Profile – Rory Burr

Hope everyone is doing well.

It’s been a while, but we have another ‘Meet the parkrunner’ profile to share with you.  Thank you to Rory for submitting it.  Rory has run a total of 180 parkruns, completing an amazing 54 different courses including Aberdeen, Jersey, Stratford-Upon Avon, Queen’s parkrun in Belfast and Salento parkrun in Italy.

Here is Rory’s profile. Enjoy!

 

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When did you take part in your first parkrun event at Raphael?
12/11/2016

What made you come along that very first time? How did you hear about parkrun? Did someone encourage you to come along?
My dad has been a runner for years and so I went for a one off jog with him and then he introduced me to parkrun and said come along. We went to Barking that day however I started trying different ones around the area after that. Harrow Lodge is my home parkrun however I also like tourism as well

Please complete the following: I love parkrun because...
It has helped me over the years make new friends and not be afraid of speaking in front of loads of people (being a run director). Plus it has helped me with my fitness as well

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?
Run director because of all the responsibility there is to it, plus what I mentioned above about helping me feel confident talking in front of loads of people

Anything else? Such as who you come along with, favourite Raphael parkrun memory, favourite part of the course, milestone memories, fun facts about you...
Favourite part of the course was at the beginning the sharp turn by the lake because the Marshall used to make many funny jokes and make me laugh.

If you would like to share a profile with the Raphael parkrun community, please complete the form here https://forms.gle/48x2rj4t88r4aofJ7
and email us a photo or two to: raphael@parkrun.com

 

Community profile – Adam Coals

 Another (not)parkrun Saturday begins with the treat of a Raphael parkrunner profile.

Today it is the turn of Core Team legend and genuinely all round Mr Nice Guy, Adam Coals.

Adam has completed 100 parkruns in total, running 97 of those at Raphael, He has also run at Brentwood, Harrow Lodge and Holkham parkruns.

We tease Adam (from the bottom of our hearts) for always being the one in charge when an Incident Report needs to be filled in.  He has certainly had some interesting things to deal with during his turns as our Run Director and has proved to be very cool and level headed under pressure. Adam has completed an amazing 139 tasks for us at 104 runs. Quite a volunteering record. Thank you so much for everything you do for Raphael parkrun, Adam!!

So here is Adam's profile. Enjoy! x

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Name: Adam Coals

When did you take part in your first parkrun event at Raphael?

30/04/2016 but then waited until August 2016 to do my 2nd which is where my parkrun journey really started.

What made you come along that very first time? How did you hear about parkrun? Did someone encourage you to come along?

I was very overweight and decided it was time I did something about it. Heard about parkrun and found the local event was at Raphael.

I love parkrun because...

It is for everyone. I started off being unable to get round the course without stopping for a walking break and now can get around in a respectable time. Nobody judges you whatever time you complete the course and the volunteers are always friendly and encouraging to everyone.

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

Timekeeper or barcode scanner but enjoy all the roles apart from tailwalker. The roles are all really easy and there is always someone that will help if you aren't sure of anything.

Anything else? Such as who you come along with, favourite Raphael parkrun memory, favourite part of the course, milestone memories, fun facts about you...

Love of all of the course - we are lucky to be able to enjoy the park.

Met some good friends through parkrun and enjoy spending time with them on a Saturday morning.

Proud to be a member of the core team and assist it a small way to get a very successful event on each week. Hope we can all return before too long.

 

Community profile – Jenette Ogborn

Time for another parkrunner profile and today it's turn of Jenette Ogborn.

Jenette has completed 16 parkruns in total, 8 of those at Raphael. She has also run at Harrow Lodge, Mersea Island and Lowestoft parkruns.

She has worn the volunteer high vis and been a marshal for us too. Thank you for your support of Raphael parkrun, Jenette!

So here is Jenette's profile. Enjoy x

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Name:Jenette Ogborn

When did you take part in your first parkrun event at Raphael?

June 2019

What made you come along that very first time? How did you hear about parkrun? Did someone encourage you to come along?

My sister signed me up for a charity 5k in aid of first steps, which was held at Raphaels so we agreed to go and practice the route. We had never ran before and used the couch 2 5k app to get us fitter.

Since then I joined a running club H90 joggers and have ran a 10k 10miler and my 1st half marathon I also had a tattoo to mark them all, with room for more  :)

I love parkrun because...

I get to run with my sister and love seeing people achieving goals they didn't think were possible. So far 2 of my daughters have ran with me my brother in law and nephew its a family affair.

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

I loved my 1st time marshalling up by the end of the tennis courts, watching all those people pushing themselves and still smiling was great. I know how nice it is to hear the encouragement when your thinking its to hard. I'm really looking forward to volunteering again when everything's back to normal.

Anything else? Such as who you come along with, favourite Raphael parkrun memory, favourite part of the course, milestone memories, fun facts about you...

Favourite part of the course is always the end lol

 

Community profile – Gurjit Bansal

Today we have the treat of another "Meet the parkrunner" profile and it's the turn of Gurj Bansal.

Gurj can be seen running at Raphael in HWRC green and has completed 81 parkruns, 72 of these at Raphael. He has run at several other local parkruns, including Hadleigh, Brentwood and Billericay.

Gurj is a member of the 25 Volunteer Club, having completed 44 tasks at 30 different runs for us, including turns as our Run Director. Thank you for your support of Raphael parkrun, Gurj!

Here is Gurj's profile. Enjoy x

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Name: Gurjit Bansal

When did you take part in your first parkrun event at Raphael?

26/03/2016

What made you come along that very first time? How did you hear about parkrun? Did someone encourage you to come along?

I recently moved to the area, and joined Harold Wood running Club, they encourage attending local parkruns, Raphael parkrun is the clubs Home parkrun. I was amazed at the concept of this timed event and the fact it is free was brilliant! I was instantly hooked!

I love parkrun because...

It encourages a friendly environment for which anyone can participate, its such a great start to a Saturday! Helps a lot of people with not just fitness but mentally also!

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

I've done most roles including Run Director, however the most enjoyable role for me is the Finish tokens! You get to stand at the finish line and shout at all runners on their home straight encouraging them to the Finish!

Anything else? Such as who you come along with, favourite Raphael parkrun memory, favourite part of the course, milestone memories, fun facts about you...

Not sure what else to say, other than this is a great weekly event, it helped me get my 5k PB, which I would not have done without the support of HWRC and this timed Event. Socially also I have met some great people in the local area and other Running clubs that attend. I would also like to say a BIG SHOUT OUT, to the core Team who are so professional in what they do, and give up their free time each week to help others!!

Gurj.

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