parkrun during the festive period 2019/20


Over the festive period, Raphael parkrun will operate as normal every Saturday. We are also holding an extra event on New Year's Day (if we can get enough volunteers to fill the roster). Raphael parkrun is not holding an extra event on Christmas Day, however other local parkruns are.


  • Saturday 21 December 2019
    Raphael parkrun will be held as normal (9am). Christmas fancy dress is encouraged!
  • Wednesday 25 December 2019 (Christmas Day)
    Barking parkrun will hold an extra event at 9am.
  • Saturday 28 December 2019
    Raphael parkrun will be held as normal (9am). It's "chase the pacer" week!
  • Wednesday 1 January 2020 (New Year's Day)
    New Year's Day offers an annual opportunity to take part in two parkruns on the same day!

    Raphael parkrun will hold an extra event at 9am.
    Harrow Lodge parkrun will hold an extra event at 10:30am.

    If you attend both events then please make sure you travel safely between them.

  • Saturday 4 January 2020
    Raphael parkrun will be held as normal (9am).


In total, it is possible to do 6 parkruns in 15 days over the festive period! All extra events count towards your milestone t-shirts (running and/or volunteering).

If you'd like to go further afield, or you are away over the festive period, you can check out the full list of extra events on the Christmas Compendium.

If you are planning on doing two parkruns on New Year's Day then the parkrun New Years Day 2020 double finder is a great tool.

As always, parkruns are subject to cancellation if it’s deemed unsafe. Therefore, if it is icy then please check the events news page on the parkrun website and also their social media for updates.

All the event teams would love to hear from you if you'd like to volunteer. Check out the volunteer page on their website for their email address.

If you know someone who is going to be on their own this festive season then please invite them to run, jog, walk, volunteer or watch at a parkrun!



Chase the Pacer – 28 December 2019

Raphael parkrun's 'Chase the pacer' weeks normally happen on the final Saturday of each month. If you would like to give pacing a go then please email and let us know what pace you would like to do.

Pacers of ALL speeds are required (between, say, 18 minutes and 40 minutes) so you do not need to be a fast runner. You just need to do your best to complete the run in the agreed time (at a fairly even pace, if possible). We recommend you take on a time that you're fairly comfortable running i.e. at least a couple of minutes slower than your usual 5km time.

Being a pacer counts towards both your running milestone t-shirt and your volunteering milestone t-shirt. And it is a great way to help other parkrunners achieve a personal best. Why not give it a go? :)

The list below will be updated as volunteer pacers come forward.

18 min -
19 min -
20 min -
21 min - James JOHNSON
22 min -
23 min -
24 min -
25 min - Paul HARRISON
26 min -
27 min -
28 min -
29 min -
30 min -
31 min -
32 min -
33 min -
34 min -
35 min - Sarah FOREMAN
36 min - Liz HASKEW
37 min - Richard HASKEW
38 min -
39 min -
40 min -


Raphael parkrun Report #235

Raphael parkrun Report #235

The park is looking lovely with the tree leaves turning orange, yellow and red as we reach the height of Autumn. You may not have noticed but one of our volunteers had swept the course free of the worst of the fallen leaves to avoid trip hazards. Great job by that man! And a big thank you to all of our volunteers today. As Louise (our Run Director today) said at the run briefing, we can always do with more volunteers, so please reach out to the team if you can help in future weeks.

Our parkrunners and volunteers were pleased to see that the rain stayed away for the 9am start, although there was a bit of light drizzle to cool off runners at the end of their run. All told, it was a rather good morning for a run. Temperatures were good for the time of year and there was no real breeze, so it was a good opportunity for a PB, perhaps? Well, 45 of you obviously thought so, as you recorded your best 5k parkrun time. Others missed out by the narrowest of margins, including myself, who was buggy free for the first time in a while!

We welcomed 285 runners, joggers and walkers today with some tourists, from as far afield as Leeds and Wales, and some closer to home too, Brentwood and Chelmsford. You are all welcome and hope you enjoyed our park and community.

We had four milestones to celebrate this week. Nicola Coles (one of our regular Run Directors) reached the phenomenal total of 250 runs. She was our tail walker today, so hopefully you had enough energy to congratulate her if you ran past her. Other congratulations goes to Jane Ludlow and Chris Morgan were completed their 100th milestone today and Karen Bellerby reached her 50 milestone.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Carl Partis (VM50-54) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:49.
Harry Reynolds (SM20-24) of Lonely Goat RCs was second over the line in 18:05.
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC was third over the line in 18:10.

Female placings:
Mia Bowring (JW11-14) of Chelmsford AC was first (20th overall) over the line in 21:03.
Amy Louise Bird (SW20-24) of Ilford AC was second (24th overall) over the line in 21:30.
Abigail Swan (JW11-14) of Basildon AC was third (27th overall) over the line in 21:53.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 83.85% with a time of 18:10 (3rd overall)
Carl Partis (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 82.79% with a time of 17:49 (1st overall)
Linda Smith (VW65-69) (Uanttached) - 79.52% with a time of 25:53 (90th overall)


Raphael parkrun Report #234

Raphael parkrun Report #234

What a pleasant Autumnal morning for a run! For those of you who ventured out for a midweek run or two this week would know the chilly conditions meant an extra layer was needed, so it was quite surprising that this morning it was relatively mild, obviously helped by the absence of any breeze, and a stroke of luck for PB hunters! In fact, good conditions, our volunteers’ support and your motivation meant there were 50 PBs today... a very impressive achievement for a non-pacer week! One of today’s PBs warrants an individual mention, since it was also an age category record too. So, well done to Paul Reddaway, (a tourist from GunPowder parkrun) who achieved a new course record in the VM55-59 age group.

Our attendance has remained fairly consistent over the past few months at around 300 (+/-10%) and today was no different. We did have a healthy number of eager volunteers signed up early in the week, which made Sarah (our RD today) and her dog, Hugo very happy! Let’s ensure the same for the upcoming weeks, so please let the team know (via the usual e-mail, social media methods) if you can lend your time and support. Also, remember, it’s pacer week on 30 November, and there are still pacer slots available.

It was yet another week full of milestones. They seem to be coming thick and fast now, and it looks like there are a number of you who are very close to your next one too. Today’s milestones were
Karen Moore and Jason Exeter who completed their 100th, Glen King and Julie Hall reached their 50th and Alex Wells ran his junior 10 milestone. Well done all five of you.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
John Whitehead (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was first over the line in 17:30.
Paul Reddaway (VM55-59) of Ware Joggers was second over the line in 17:51 and achieved a PB.
Christopher King (SM30-34) of Harold Wood Running Club was third over the line in 18:20.

Female placings:
Julia Johnson (VW55-59) of Penistone Footpath Runners AC was first (29th overall) over the line in 21:38 and achieved a PB.
Elsie King (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (45th overall) over the line in 22:59.
Jennifer Louden (SW30-34) of Harold Wood Running Club was third (54th overall) over the line in 23:20 and achieved a PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Paul Reddaway (VM55-59) of Ware Joggers – 89.08% with a time of 17:51 (2nd overall)
Julia Johnson (VW55-59) of Penistone Footpath Runners AC 83.67% with a time of 21:38 (29th overall)
Darren Priestley (VM50-54) of Havering Athletic Club – 78.26% with a time of 19:19 (10th overall)


Raphael parkrun Report #232

Well, the big day had arrived, and despite many pubs opening early doors for the England South Africa rugby world cup final, 281 parkrunners and 31 hardy volunteers preferred the cold wet surroundings of Raphael park at 9am over the warmth of a cosy pub with beer in hand! I was one of those 281 runners who had opted for parkrun over the rugby and although I had recorded the game, it was a decision I kept contemplating throughout the run, especially since I was one of the slower runners, which meant I was caught in the rain, which greeted us at about 9:30am!

Given the rugby final clashed with our parkrun, it was surprising to see attendance up on each of the past four weeks, and we had a strong volunteer count too. That’s pure dedication to parkrun for sure!! An extra special thanks to our volunteers today, given the circumstances and the conditions. Not only were our volunteers soaked from the heavy rain shower, but they also had to contend with the strong wind and gusts.

Well done to all our runners today. We welcomed some tourists and 12 first timers to parkrun. Harold Wood Running Club had a strong contingent today with 30 runners, as they supported seven of their club members complete their first ever parkrun.

We had 30 PBs; amazing given the windy conditions. A special congratulation to my son, Joshua Fowler, who was one of those 30 runners who achieved a PB. I was a very proud father to see Joshua smash four and a half minutes off his previous best. I think the rain coming down helped as he wanted to finish as quickly as possible so he could get to the shelter of the bandstand to dry off!

It was a milestone feast today. Freya Bundy, Liz Bundy, Alika Williams, Jack Sanderson and Hasan Hassan all reached their 50 milestone, and juniors, James Messam and Bradley Shaw completed their 10th parkrun. Becky Rideout reached her 25-volunteer milestone (she was the marshal with the ‘rugby scores on the doors’ as you ran around the tennis courts) and is now eligible to claim the purple t-shirt. Well done to you all.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
An unknown athlete was first over the line.
Ryan Murphy (SM18-19) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:14.
Chris Goldsmith (M30-34) of The Salvation Army was third over the line in 18:31.

Female placings:
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was first (6th overall) over the line in 18:51.
Ursula Abbott (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 22:47.
Gemma Ellender (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (43rd overall) over the line in 23:39.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletic Club – 78.51% with a time of 18:51 (6th overall)
Peter Hobday (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 75.84% with a time of 19:56 (11th overall)
James Johnson (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 74.66% with a time of 20:35 (15th overall)

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