Raphael parkrun Report #250

Raphael parkrun Report #250

It was an historic day today for parkrun. It was the first ever parkrun to have been run on 29 February. parkrun has been run on all other days of the year, but 29 February has never fallen on a Saturday since the inception of parkrun, so for those who are looking to complete ‘calendar bingo’ (running a parkrun on all 366 dates of a year), and even those runners who didn’t know about this challenge, you have all bagged the most tricky date of them all! For those of you who missed out, you might want to pencil 29 February 2048 in your calendar (the next time this date falls on a Saturday!)

Ironically, for those of you who were at Raphael parkrun today, you will probably not be remembering it for being the first ever 29 February leap year parkrun. No, instead I expect it will be for the horrendous conditions. Heavy rain, strong winds, cold temperatures and a high water level causing the lake to encroach onto our run route are probably the more likely things to remember today’s event by. And on that note, I know we thank our amazing volunteers each week, but this week they deserve an extra loud round of applause for bracing these awful conditions to allow this event to take place. If you think the conditions were poor for us runners, it was far worse for the volunteers who were all standing around in the cold, wet and windy weather for an hour or more. Even more marshals were needed than usual today. As you will have seen 4-5 extra marshals standing at the edge of the lake looking out for the safety of our runners, since the lake had flooded part of the path, and they did a great job of preventing the run becoming an aquathon event! And I know Nicola (our RD today) did not want the job of completing an incident report for a runner taking an unexpected swim.

The poor conditions may have deterred a few runners, but here at Raphael park we are a hardy bunch, and 293 runners, joggers and walkers came for pacer week. We had pacers covering most minutes between 20 and 40 minutes, and this led to 45 PBs today. An impressive result given today’s weather. A great effort from all of the pacers to help approximately 15% of runners reach their next PB.

Milestones
We had a number of milestones to celebrate today. Congratulations goes to Victoria Wood and Saad Saheecha who both completed their 50th parkruns, and Luke Summers, Jamie Austin and Martin Vroobel who all reached their 100th milestone. Also, Johann Le Roux, our 21 minute pacer reached the 25 volunteer milestone and can now claim his purple t-shirt.

Reminder
Next Saturday, parkruns all over the world are joining in a celebration of female participation by hosting a special event, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day. parkrun events, including Raphael park, will be showing their support by encouraging as many women and girls as possible to participate as walker, joggers, runners and volunteers with a suggested purple dress code for the day. Join in the celebrations by bringing a female friend, colleague or family member to participate, volunteer or spectate.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Chris Goldmsith (SM30-34) of The Salvation Army was first over the line in 18:25.
James Rygate (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second (3rd overall) over the line in 19:06.
Robert Gevaux (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:09.

Female placings:
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club was first (2nd overall) over the line in 18:42.
Isabella Woods (SW20-24) of Havering Athletic Club was second (12th overall) over the line in 19:49 and achieved a new PB.
Bethan Davies (JW10) of Great Leighs Primary School was third (23rd overall) over the line in 21:20.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Bethan Davies (JW10) of Great Leighs Primary School – 80.00% with a time of 21:20 (23rd overall).
Tom Davies (VM55-59) of Weald Park Warriors – 79.30% with a time of 20:03 (17th overall).
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club – 79.14% with a time of 18:42 (2nd overall).

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
Out of all our pacers today, it was James Ellender who takes the pacer award (sorry James, this is only a virtual award, or rather getting your name in print in our run report!) for the most accurate pacing, finishing in the precise time of 24:00! Well done James!

 

Raphael parkrun Report #247

Raphael parkrun Report #247

We were extremely fortunate with today’s conditions. After the cold snap over the past few days and the 60-80mph gale force winds forecast for Sunday, today really was the calm before the storm. With a number of tomorrow’s junior parkruns expected to be cancelled and Sunday’s London Winter Run already having been called off due to the weather warnings, we couldn’t have wished for a better morning for our parkrun event.

We welcomed 390 parkrunners today, including 29 first timers to Raphael Park, of which 12 were completely new to parkrun. I hope all of you first timers enjoyed the park and will be back again soon. Attendance was lower than the past few weeks, as I expect more people surrendered to their New Year resolution efforts, but we did have strong support from volunteers, 36 in total, helping Louise, our Run Director today. Thank you as always to all our volunteers.

We saw 49 PBs today. Well done if you were one of those runners. One runner whose PB is truly impressive is Amy Stanley. She is a junior and not only has she completed 110 full parkruns (impressive in itself), she has run 107 of those at Raphael park and still manages to achieve a PB! As seasoned parkrunners will know, obtaining your next PB becomes more and more difficult as your total number of runs increases. And it wasn’t just a second or two off her previous best. Oh no, Amy took 22 seconds off her last PB. Great running Amy!

Given the number of runners today, we were light on milestones today (only one), although I have noticed a number of you are closing in on the next milestone if you are running regularly over the next couple of weeks. The one milestone to celebrate was Charlie Moran, who completed his 50th parkrun today and can now claim the coveted red t-shirt.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Robbie Cooman (SM25-29) of Fraserburgh RC was first over the line in 16:46.
Tom Williams (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second (3rd overall) over the line in 17:39 and achieved a PB.
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:16.

Female placings:
Alexa Joel (VW35-39) of Billericay Striders RC was first (2nd overall) over the line in 17:23.
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club was second (5th overall) over the line in 18:43.
Milly Presland (JW15-17) of Colchester Harriers AC was third (17th overall) over the line in 19:55.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Alexa Joel (VW35-39) of Billericay Striders RC – 86.29% with a time of 17:23 (2nd overall).
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 83.39% with a time of 18:16 (4th overall).
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club – 79.07% with a time of 18:43 (5th overall).

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
Our VW35-39 age category record was smashed today. Congratulations to Alexa Joel, a regular at Billericay parkrun, but a first-time tourist at Raphael park today, who was the first female over the line (2nd overall) in 17:23. She completed obliterated the previous best by more than three minutes!

 

Raphael parkrun Report #245

Raphael parkrun Report #245

What a pleasant morning for a run. The recent cold snap has passed and temperatures were very mild for this time of year. The rain stayed away, and although there was a gentle breeze, it was pretty good running conditions.

Attendance was down compared to previous weeks, maybe the good intentions of New Year resolutions had come to an end, with normality resumed, or given we have said goodbye to January, maybe people are glad to have completed ‘Runanuary’ and are now having a rest! Whatever the reason, we saw 423 runners, joggers and walkers, and if this is the new norm, then our parkrun continues to be exceptionally popular and growing year on year.

With a growing number of participants, we continue to need volunteers each week, so a huge thank you to the 31 volunteers who helped Louisa (today’s RD) and her team today put on a successful event. One reminder though, given the increase in numbers, particularly as we welcome more and more newbies and tourists, please attend the run briefing before the run, held at the bandstand. Even if you are a Raphael parkrun regular and know the course inside out, there may be other important information on course conditions, obstacles to be aware of, or other announcements which are specific to the event.

After a fantastic pacer week last Saturday, it was no surprise to see a dip in PBs, but well done to the 53 of you who did run a PB today. Also, congratulations to four milestones today. Rosalind Symes and Jennifer Louden both completed their 50th parkrun and Erin Wilkinson and Lauren Mullett completed their 10th parkrun to reach their first junior milestone. Not an official milestone, but well done to Jackie Park, our tail walker today, on completing her 200th parkrun in the process.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
John Whitehead (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was first over the line in 16:47 and achieved a PB.
Gavin Watts (VM35-39) of Defence Sports & Recreation was second over the line in 16:48.
Crispian Bloomfield (VM40-44) of Billericay Striders RC was third over the line in 16:51.

Female placings:
Rosa Prideaux (VW20-24) of Chelmsford AC was first (6th overall) over the line in 18:00.
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was second (7th overall) over the line in 18:02.
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club was third (11th overall) over the line in 18:58.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 88.91% with a time of 18:02 (7th overall).
Crispian Bloomfield (VM40-44) of Billericay Striders RC – 82.89% with a time of 16:51 (3rd overall).
Rosa Prideaux (VW20-24) of Chelmsford AC – 82.22% with a time of 18:00 (6th overall).

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
Whilst we know parkrun is not a race, it was a very strong field today on both the men’s and women’s side, with a sprint finish for the first three places in the men’s event (1st to 3rd covered by 4 seconds) and similar in the women’s run (1st and 2nd only two seconds apart)! In fact, for those of you who like stats, it was the first time Raphael parkrun has seen both the first three men finish in under 17 minutes, and the first three women finish in under 19 minutes in the same event.

 

Raphael parkrun Report #244

Another week, another record, and for those of you thinking that it must be the 3rd record attendance of the year given how it looked exceptionally busy today, you would be wrong! In fact, we welcomed 514 participants today, which was on par with our highest attendance but not a new record. In fact, the record was for number of volunteers – 57 in all, obviously helped with over 20 pacers. Thank you to all of you who volunteered today (not just the pacers).

Yes, the last Saturday of the month at Raphael Park means it was pacer week. A great opportunity for parkrunners to challenge themselves and aim for their next PB with the help of a pacer to give them the much-needed motivation to push on, when otherwise we would give in to the fatigue and pain. When I saw last week’s PB total of 74, I honestly thought that would be a tough total to better, however, with the quality of our pacers today and the aspirations of our parkrunners, improving on that total was never really in doubt, and it wasn’t even marginal; there were 89 PBs today! Not sure if that is a record (I’m sure someone would know?) but it does mean that (after excluding pacers and tail walkers) nearly 1 in 5 of you achieved a PB.

I should have said earlier ‘we had records today’ since Margaret Dobbs broke the VW70-74 age category record today in a time of 29:32. This was one of our longer standing age records, previously set way back in May 2017, but today Margaret ran 31 seconds inside the previous best. Great running Margaret!

In terms of milestones, today we congratulate Richard Rockliffe, Sanjay Bhate and Indy Rai. Richard was a pacer and reached the 25 volunteer milestone, and Sanjay and Indy both completed their 50th parkrun and can now claim the coveted red t-shirt.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Amritpal Ghatora (SM30-34) of Nike Run Club – Clapham Common was first (2nd overall) over the line in 18:09.
An unknown runner was second (3rd overall)
Daniel Carr (VM35-39) of Harold Wood Running Club was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:19 and achieved a PB.

Female placings:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was first over the line in 17:51.
Chiara Borg (SW30-34) of London Heathside was second (17th overall) over the line in 19:48.
Olivia Lukasewich (SW25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was third (19th overall) over the line in 19:52.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 89.82% with a time of 17:51 (1st overall)
Terry Knightley (VM55-59) of Ilford AC – 84.72% with a time of 18:46 (8th overall) and achieved a PB.
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 81.97% with a time of 18:35 (6th overall).

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
Whilst most pacers finished very close to their allocated times, well done to Tony Rawson and Simon Childs for finishing in exactly their expected pace time.

 

Raphael parkrun report #244

Raphael parkrun Report #244

Once again, it was a fantastic turnout of both participants and volunteers. No records today, but we welcomed 498 runners, joggers and walkers to our amazing parkrun event, which is our 2nd highest attendance ever and volunteer numbers, (after an appeal in the week) reached 42, also our 2nd highest if we exclude pacer events.

Obviously, many of you have embraced your New Year’s resolutions, with many participants completing their second, third or fourth parkruns today. It is great to see you returning for more each week. In fact, of the 74 PBs (yes, 74, really . . . I had to double check to see the digits hadn’t been inverted!) 30 of these came from relatively new parkrunners i.e. runners with less than five runs to their names.

Equally impressive was seeing runners returning for their next ‘fix’ in spite of today being the first Saturday with “real” wintry conditions. Temperatures dropped this weekend and today was the first time this winter that I experienced some icy patches, which I very nearly found to my own peril, on that first hairpin corner by the lake! I was very thankful to see that some salt had been put down to minimise the slipperiness and I didn’t make the same mistake on the 2nd and 3rd laps! Despite the cold conditions, it was dry and there was no wind chill. As such, it was actually a pretty good day for a run (as the PB count proves), provided you had warmed up beforehand.

As always, a big shout out to our volunteers. If you can help out in future weeks, please contact one of the core team (usual methods: Facebook, e-mail, in person on Saturday at the event). With the increased attendance, we do need additional volunteers, so any help is much appreciated. And on the subject of volunteering, just a reminder it is pacer week next week (for those of you who don’t know, we run a pacer event on the last Saturday of each month). We do have a good number of pacers signed up already, but there is always space for more! If interested, contact the team to see what time slots are available.

Today, we had a number of milestones.
Congratulations to Tony Brooks and Tina Johnson on completing their 100 milestone, Michaela Hyde and Kerry Curtis on their 50 milestone and Euan Burt on his 10 junior milestone. Also, not official milestones, but worthy of a mention is Brynley Giddings and Thomas Godec, who ran their 300th and 200th parkruns respectively today. And I can’t forget our very own Les Adler, who volunteered for the 100th time today in his usual place, at the top of ‘Les hill’.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Douglas Archibald Cameron (SM25-29) of London City Athletics Club was first over the line in 17:41.
Martin George Chester (VM45-49) of Havering Athletic Club was second over the line in 18:25.
George Seymour (SM25-29) of Dartford Road Runners was third over the line in 18:30.

Female placings:
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club was first (4th overall) over the line in 18:32.
Isabella Woods (SW20-24) of Havering Athletic Club was second (30th overall) over the line in 20:38.
Mia Bowring (JW11-14) of Chelmsford AC was third (33rd overall) over the line in 20:52 and achieved a PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 80.11% with a time of 19:01 (8th overall)
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club – 79.86% with a time of 18:32 (4th overall)
James Johnson (VM55-59) (Unattached) - 78.87% with a time of 19:29 (11th overall) and achieved a PB.

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
Four million people have run at least one parkrun. Brynley Giddings, who has now completed an impressive 300 parkruns is part of a select group of ~3,500 parkrunners who have completed 300 or more parkruns.

 

Raphael parkrun Report #243

Raphael parkrun Report #243

Although we are currently only 11 days into the new year, today’s event was already the third Raphael parkrun of 2020. The popularity and awareness of parkrun continues to grow. Today’s record attendance . . . in fact all three of this year’s events, are evidence of this as they represent the top three attendances of all time at Raphael park! Today we saw 514 runners, joggers and walkers complete the course, our highest ever attendance and the first time we have topped 500!

On top of record attendance, we had an amazing 42 volunteers for today’s event, which is a record for a non pacer event. This is a good time to say a big thank you to our strong band of volunteers. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to hold the event, so please try to give our marshals and other volunteers a thank you (or hi-five if you are unable to get any words out as you run past them!) I have marshalled before and I definitely appreciate this (I’m sure others would too), and even a smile or grunt means a lot. If you are able to volunteer in the future, please put your name forward. It is an easy and truly valuable way to give back to parkrun.

Whilst on the subject of volunteers, a special thank you needs to go to David O’Brien (our Event Director). He has gone above and beyond parkrun volunteering duties to get the results out to all our participants today. As some of you may know from social media posts, there were complications with the results following some runners not taking finish tokens. As a reminder, please, please, please, even if you don’t want to record a time against your name, please take a finish token, and then hand it in at the bandstand, even if you don’t scan or have a parkrun barcode. If you don’t take a finish token, this creates serious challenges with the results process as the finish tokens and the timings get out of synch, and with 500+ parkrunners this is a huge effort to sort out. David, I hope you had a strong coffee or two at the time, and have since had a chance to have a beer. You definitely deserve it, along with a big round of applause next Saturday after spending much of your Saturday sorting this out.

Congratulations to 58 runners who achieved a PB. Also, congratulations to those of you who reached a milestone today. Jeff Webster, James Chalk, Louise Hawker and Cliff Patey all achieved their 50 milestones and Nathan Farraud reached the junior 10 milestone. In addition, Peter Hobday, a Raphael regular, reached the unofficial 200 milestone.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) of Havering ’90 Joggers was first over the line in 17:36 and achieved a PB.
Mark Fanning (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:48 and achieved a PB.
Simon Knightbridge (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:39 and achieved a PB.
Female placings:
Ursula Abbott (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (49th overall) over the line in 22:20.
Charlotte Olson (SW20-24) of Brentwood Running Club was second (63rd overall) over the line in 22:52.
Deborah Knightbridge (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (88th overall) over the line in 24:04.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
James Johnson (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 78.40% with a time of 19:36 (10th overall)
Peter Salmon (VM50-54) of Dagenham 88 Runners – 77363% with a time of 19:09 (7th overall)
Simon Knightbridge (VM45-49) (Uanttached) - 76.59% with a time of 18:39 (3rd overall)

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
We have had a total of 1,426 parkrunners complete our three events this year. To give an indication of how our parkrun has grown, it took three months (or 13 events) for us to reach this total, when this event was first set-up with the inaugural event taking place back on 2 May 2015!

 

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)

 

Raphael parkrun Report #231

Raphael parkrun Report #231

As usual, the last Saturday of the month means pacer week, however, attendance was down to a three month low, probably due to the unfortunate clash of parkrun with England’s semi-final match against New Zealand. Obviously, the lure of the rugby was too much for some parkrunners, and an alternative appointment with the TV screen won over. A shame really, but no spoilers here if you haven’t seen the game yet and have somehow managed to stay away from the result!

For the 255 parkrunners and 42 volunteers who did attend today’s parkrun (and a big thank you to all the volunteers), we were greeted by dry and relatively mild conditions given the time of year, although there was a noticeable breeze, which made the open stretch along the back of the tennis courts feel twice as long as usual. The wind definitely hampered the chances of runners reaching their next PB. Despite this, 33 of you defied the odds and with the help of our pacers achieved a PB.

We had several milestones today. Emma Dyos, Chris Sullivan, Amy Phythian, Ryan Murphy all reached their 50 milestone and Molly Cook completed her 10th parkrun, reaching the junior 10 milestone. Congratulations to all five of you.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
  • Ryan Murphy (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:20.
  • Charles Bailey (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:51.
  • Matt Cooman (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:12.
Female placings:
  • Ursula Abbott (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (33rd overall) over the line in 23:09.
  • Stephanie Phillips (SW25-29) of Havering ’90 Joggers was second (37th overall) over the line in 23:27.
  • Louise Mozzanica (VW45-49) (CSSC Sports & Leisure) was third (43rd overall) over the line in 23:42.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
  • Peter Hobday (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 76.28% with a time of 19:49 (6th overall)
  • James Johnson (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 73.23% with a time of 20:59 (14th overall)
  • Gary Cardnell (VM60-64) of Dagenham 88 Runners – 73.01% with a time of 22:21 (24th overall)

Did you Know / Fun Fact
As usual the pacers did a terrific job today, with three coming in ‘bang on’ their allotted pacer time. Well done Mervyn Andiapen, Ian Billingham and Alex Mullett.

- Mark Fowler

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