Raphael parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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.

 

Community profile – Joyce Tan

Today’s profile is of Core Team volunteer, Joyce Tan.

As well as Raphael, Joyce has taken part in parkruns at an amazing 47 other events, many in this country and several overseas including Futakotamagawa parkrun, Japan, Aachener Weiher parkrun, Germany, East Coast parkrun, Singapore and parkrun Zielona Góra, Poland.

Joyce is a member of the 25 Volunteer club, having volunteered on 38 separate occasions, including many times as our Tail Walker and four times as Run Director. Thank you for all your support of Raphael parkrun, Joyce!

Here is Joyce’s profile. Enjoy x

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Name:
Joyce Tan

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

June 2015

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

I had been an on and off park runner. In June 2015, with 6 month old baby in tow, I came to Raphael as it was my closest all tarmac parkrun course.

I love parkrun because...

It is free and the community is so supportive. There is no pressure and no one gets left behind. I also love that it is in so many countries so, as a family, we combine our love of travel with a spot of parkrun tourism where possible.

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

Tail walker, especially being able to encourage youngsters and first timers to finish the course.

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

I come with my husband, 5 and 2 year olds and 2 buggies! I've done 165 parkruns in total (103 in Raphael) in 7 different countries. My favourite milestone memory is getting to 100 parkruns at 8 months pregnant with my youngest child. She is quite literally, a parkrun baby.

 

Community profile – Amritpal Ghatora

It's time for another Raphael parkrunner profile and today it's the turn of Amritpal Ghatora.

Amritpal has completed 34 parkruns in total, 19 of these have been at Raphael. He's run at five other events, including Dartford and Shorne Woods parkruns.

Here is Amritpal's profile. Enjoy x

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Name: Amritpal Ghatora

When did you take part in your first parkrun event at Raphael?
July 2015

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

I’d never been before, having been in the area for 7 years and Raphael is my local park. I thought I’d check it out and loved every second of it!

I love parkrun because...

Nothing gets me out of bed on a Saturday morning like parkrun does!

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

Has to be the marshals! Without them and everyone of course, the event wouldn’t run as smoothly.

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

Fun fact, I have run 18 World Marathon Majors and am a Six Star Finisher.

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