Raphael parkrun report #229

Raphael parkrun Report #229

With England’s rugby world cup game called off due to Typhoon Hagibis, the dilemma of having to choose missing parkrun and watch the game live, or record the game while going to parkrun, but avoiding any social media or mobile connectivity until getting back to watch the game didn’t need to be made! Needless to say, numbers are up on last week, although the damp conditions must have still put a few people off. For those of you who did make it today, it was a great event, with a couple of records (more on that shortly) and a good number of PBs, especially given we had so many last week.

Thank you to all our volunteers, and if you do have the energy to say a ‘thank you’ to the marshals as you pass them in future weeks, please do. Most of the marshals are runners too, so even if your message isn’t coherent, they will know what you mean and it will mean a lot to them, since they give us their time and chance to run to make the event happen. In addition, as Simon (our RD today) mentioned in the run briefing, the next few weeks the volunteer roster is looking a little lean, so please volunteer if you can.

Now, on to the run. We had 269 runners, joggers and walkers complete the course today, 22 first timers, including 6 starting their parkrun journey with us, 39 PBs, seven milestones and two records.

Starting with PBs, last week’s tally of 50 was always going to be a hard act to follow, especially as PBs become more difficult to achieve as you complete more parkruns. Today’s total of 39 PBs was a respectable effort, and well done to those of you who achieved one.

There were a number of milestones to mention today. Some were called out during the run briefing, but here is the full list. Congratulations to all seven of you, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for your e-mail advising how and when you can claim your milestone t-shirt.

10 milestones (juniors only): Emilia Griffiths, Tabitha Seymour and Bethany Seymour

50 milestones: Carla Khouri and Dean Moran

100 milestones: Ian Stanley and James Plumer

Now for the two records. Firstly, Emma Prideaux broke her own age group record by 25 seconds in the VW45-49 category, running the course in 17:58. She holds the age category record for both the VW40-44 and VW45-49 age classes.

Secondly, today’s first finisher, James Connor (VM35-39) smashed not only the age category record but also the long-standing course record set by Grant Twist back in June 2018. Today, James ran a time of 15:07, knocking 20 seconds off the previous course record. A big round of applause for both Emma and James!

Today’s Results
Male placings:
James Connor (VM35-39) of Kent AC was first over the line in 15:07, achieving a PB and a course record.
Chris Goldsmith (SM30-35) of The Salvation Army was second (3rd overall) over the line in 18:19.
Matt Cooman (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third (5th overall) over the line in 19:02.

Female placings:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was first (2nd overall) over the line in 17:58, achieving a PB and age category record.
Elizabeth Watters (SW25-29) of Birchfield Harriers was second (4th overall) over the line in 18:35.
Ursula Abbott (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (58th overall) over the line in 23:29.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 89.24% with a time of 17:58 (2nd overall)
James Connor (VM35-39) of Kent AC – 87.76% with a time of 15:07 (1st overall)
Elizabeth Watters (SW25-29) of Birchfield Harriers – 79.64% with a time of 18:35 (4th overall)

 

Raphael parkrun report #228

Raphael parkrun Report #228

Running conditions today were good. The rain stayed away, as did the wind on the whole, and temperatures were good for this time of year. We welcomed 265 runners, joggers and walkers to our parkrun, including a numbers of tourists; some local to us (Brentwood and Chelmsford) and others as far afield as Switzerland.

As always, a big thank you to all of our volunteers this week, who clapped and supported our runners as they made it round the course, and made sure the event was a success.

Since many of our locals are running in the Havering half marathon this weekend, volunteer numbers were healthy. However, if you can volunteer in future weeks, please speak to one of the team, e-mail or contact the team via social media so they can add your name to the roster. Good luck to those of you running Havering half tomorrow and to those supporting the event.

With today’s good conditions, we saw a strong number of PBs; 50 in total. Given it wasn’t pacer week, this was fantastic to see. Well done to everyone who achieved their next PB.

Milestones:
We had three milestones to celebrate today. Congratulations to Hayley, Stuart and Joshua.

Hayley Smith completed her 50th parkrun today, and running all of them at Raphael park. She has achieved 13 PBs, and has improved her time by over 14 minutes since starting out. Hayley has also volunteered on three occasions.

Stuart Bennett also completed his 50th parkrun today, running 49 times at Raphael park, and once at Valentines. He has achieved two PBs to date.

Joshua Fowler reached the junior milestone of 10 parkruns today, having run senior parkruns in the UK, Japan, Germany and Poland. Joshua has also completed 22 junior parkruns and achieved 7 PBs, and volunteered on one occasion too. And thank you Joshua for the cake to celebrate your milestone. It was delicious!

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Patrick McGarrity (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:42 and achieved a PB.
Simon Knightbridge (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:54 and achieved a PB.
James Simmons (SM25-29) of Tri Sport Epping was third over the line in 19:19.

Female placings:
Virginia Silio (VW35-39) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:35 and a first timer to Raphael Park.
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was second (25th overall) over the line in 21:57.
Jennifer Louden (SW30-34) of Harold Wood Running Club was third (43rd overall) over the line in 23:45.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Frank McGown (VM55-59) of Ilford AC – 78.31% with a time of 20:08 (7th overall)
Simon Knightbridge (VM45-49) (Unattached) – 75.57% with a time of 18:54 (2nd overall)
Justin Partis (VM45-49) (Unattached) – 74.13% with a time of 19:35 (5th overall)

Fun Facts/Did You Know?
Today, Raphael park participant numbers reached 6,000. This means 6,000 different parkrunners have completed our parkrun since inception.

 

Raphael parkrun report #225

It was a happy and celebratory morning as 395 people walked, jogged and ran Raphael parkrun. The late Summer sun shone as many of the runners took to the course wearing GI Jane and GI Joe costumes in support of Tracy Giddings’ 250th parkrun celebrations. Tracy, a runner with Harold Wood Running Club, has run Raphael 137 times and neighbouring Harrow Lodge 98 times, plus lots of parkrun touristing as well. Well done Tracy on your brilliant achievement.

And that wasn’t our only milestone this week as Anne Walsh completed her 50th run in a time of 42:42. Anne has run all of her parkruns at Raphaels and has a current PB of 34:26.  Georgina Bunner also completed her 50th parkrun in a time of 31:02. Junior runner, Tom Adams, also completed his 10th 5km run, having run five times at Raphaels and five times at Valentines.  Well done all!

In a field of almost 400 runners, we had 45 first timers (18 completing their first ever parkrun) and a staggering 67 personal bests on the course. Congratulations to everyone celebrating PBs this week. And to everyone running with us for the first time, well done and we hope to see you at 9am next Saturday.

As always, a huge thank you to all volunteers who helped to put on this week’s run - parkrun wouldn’t be the success it is without our high vis heroes. If you fancy helping out, we’re always on the look out for volunteers – whether it’s helping set up the event, scanning barcodes or cheering on runners on the finish line, there is a job for everyone! Check out the future roster here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/futureroster/. And get in touch with the team if you can help at raphael@parkrun.com.

Today’s results:

Male placings:
Chris Goldsmith (SM30-34) from The Salvation Army came in first place with a new PB of 18:04.
Second place male, Richard Morris (SM25-29) finished in 18:09.
And third place male was Toby Pereira (VM40-44) who ran the course for the first time in 18:24.

Female placings:
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) from Havering Athletics Club was first female home and third overall in a PB winning time of 18:13.
Sarah Golding (VW40-44) ran the course for the first time and came in second place in 20:29.
And in third place was Isabella Woods (SW20-24) from Havering Athletics Club in 21:00.

 

Raphael parkrun report 224

It started with a chilly breeze but event number 224 finished with a bit of sunshine.

Luckily, this did not faze our 357 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course.

Overall, there were 31 first timers, 63 runners recording a new personal best and representatives of 23 different clubs.

Very huge thanks to this week’s Run Director, Matthew Keyworth, for making sure everything ran smoothly with the assistance of all of the other volunteers:

Leslie ADLER, Awtar BOLINA, Simon CHILDS, Adam COALS, Phil ENRIGHT, Robert HAWKINS, Lauren KEYWORTH, Matthew KEYWORTH, Denise LINAY, Gemma MACKIE, Karen MOORE, Alex MULLETT, Lisa MULLETT, Katy MULLETT, Nicole NEWTON, Max NEWTON, Robert NEWTON, Carol NORMAN, David O'BRIEN, Louisa PARSONS, Justin PARTIS, Jessica REED, James SIMMONS, Kara SMITH, Bethany WILDE, Carol YORE, Michael YORE

Every week it is lovely to see a lot of new faces and this week it was not just people new to parkrun in general, but runners visiting us from places such as Blackburn.

Results for the top three male and female placings are as follows:

Male Placings –

First place male was Liam Dickson (SM30-34), who finished in 16:41 (a new PB!)

Second place male was George Dixon (SM20-24), who finished in 16:54 (a new PB!)

Third place male was Thomas Beedell (SM30-24) from Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies, who finished in 17:37

Female Placings – 

First place female was Katherine Buckley (SW18-19), who finished in 23:07 (a new PB!)

Second place female was Diane Mary Fairchild (VW45-49) from Brentwood running club, who finished in 23:10

Third place female was Charlie Qirem (VW35-39) from Ilford AC, who finished in 23:32

Everyone can view the full list of the results here:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/results/latestresults/

It would be massively appreciated if you are able to volunteer for any of the roles in the coming weeks; have a glance at the roster (https://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/futureroster/), email in (raphael@parkrun.com) or get in touch via social media.

Congratulations to Stephen Gosnell for completing his 100th parkrun, and Manish Vaghela and Carol Hussey for completing their 50th parkruns.

Enjoy your week and we look forward to seeing you in the park next Saturday.

 

Raphael parkrun run report 220

Raphael Parkrun Report #220

Today we welcomed 309 runners, joggers and walkers to our parkrun, along with a number of tourists, from both near (including many from Pitsea Run Club) and far (Folkestone). In fact, we had 60 first timers, so I hope you enjoyed our parkrun and will see you return again soon. Please don’t forget, we have a guest book in the bandstand for visitors to fill in and tell us about their experience.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers this week, especially Harold Wood Running Club who filled many of the volunteer roles. They also had a number of their runners taking part since it was a special day for them, with some of their runners having trained hard to work towards achieving their first 5k parkrun, so congratulations of all of you who achieved this goal.

Given the gusty conditions today, it was encouraging to see this didn’t hamper a good number of you achieving your next PB. In fact, 37 runners recorded a new PB today.

Milestones:
We had a number of milestones today. Congratulations to Luciano Lucioli (VM35-39) and Paul Andrews (VM50-54) for reaching their 100 milestone, and Sean Kavanagh (VM55-59) and Aaron Cracknell (VM35-39) for completing their 50 milestones.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Andy Kumar (SM30-34) of Orion Harriers was first over the line in 18:22 and a first timer to Raphael Park.
Robin McNelis (VM45-49) of UKRunChat Running Club was second over the line in 18:31.
James Coker (SM30-34) of Harold Wood Running Club was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:56 and achieved in a PB.
Female placings:
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was first (3rd overall) over the line in 18:34.
Philippa Danino (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (58th overall) over the line in 23:38 and achieved a new PB.
Ольга ТУРКИНА (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (60th overall) over the line in 23:51 and achieved a new PB.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletic Club – 79.71% with a time of 18:34 (3rd overall)
Tony Hyde (VM50-54) of Pitsea RC – 79.27% with a time of 19:13 (6th overall)
Robin McNelis (VM45-49) of UKRunChat Running Club – 77.14% with a time of 18:31 (2nd overall)

Fun Facts/Did You Know?
Did you know that of the current 519 UK parkruns, Raphael park is 278th in the elevation profile rankings, with elevation of 104ft according to https://jegmar.com/stats-hq/fastest-races/parkrun/? If you like it flat, then Selby is worth a visit; the flattest at just 3ft. For those of you who like hills though, try Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District, which has an elevation of 674ft!

 

Raphael parkrun run report 219

Raphael parkrun Report #219

Normal service resumed today, with more typical weekly levels of attendance following the dip in numbers last week. Today we welcomed 290 runners, joggers and walkers who were supported by 25 volunteers, led by our RD this week, Joyce Tan.

Conditions seemed good . . . not too hot, not too cold, no real wind or breeze to content with, so a good chance of a PB you would think. Well, apparently not . . . PBs were down this week at 27! That is 9 less than last week, where we had horrible conditions and fewer runners, with conditions so bad approximately 80 runners deciding to stay away! So, what happened? Well, it was rather humid, so this could have played a part but I like to think it was all down to the pacers doing their jobs really well last week and bringing our runners home in a quick time (although maybe I am being biased seeing as I was a pacer!) Regardless of this, a big congratulations to all 27 of you who did achieve a PB today.

I know it has been mentioned over the past few weeks at the run briefings, but just a quick reminder that we are short of volunteers over the summer holiday period, so if you are injured, resting for another event or can spare an hour or so on a Saturday morning to volunteer, please e-mail in or contact the team via social media. It really would help and don’t forget there are a number of volunteer roles you can do and still run that morning (run report writer is just one of them!)

Milestones:
We had a few milestones today. Congratulation to Cary Driscoll (VM45-49) and Peter Salmon (VM50-54) for reaching their 100 milestone today, and Andrew Buckley (JM15-17) for completing the junior 10 milestone.
We also had Lisa Mullett reach the 25 volunteer milestone today, so congratulation and thank you Lisa for all your support.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Tom Williams (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:50.
James Simmons (SM25-29) of Tri Sport Epping was second (3rd overall) over the line in 18:31.
Mark Brooks (SM45-49) of Tri Sport Epping was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:35.

Female placings:
Charlie Arnell (SW25-29) of Torbay ACC was first (2nd overall) over the line in 17:57 and a first timer to Raphael Park.
Inga Hayden-Cooper (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (48th overall) over the line in 23:27.
Emma Wessen (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (55th overall) over the line in 23:47.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Charlie Arnell (SW25-29) of Torbay ACC – 82.45% with a time of 17:57 (2nd overall)
Tony Arnell (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 78.87% with a time of 19:29 (8th overall)
Mark Brooks (SM45-49) of Tri Sport Epping – 76.86% with a time of 18:35 (4th overall)

Fun Facts/Did You Know?
Today we saw an age category record broken. Well done to tourist Charlie Arnell who smashed the SW25-29 age category with a time of 17:57, beating the previous record by 24 seconds.

 

Raphael parkun run report 218

Raphael parkrun Report #218

It was the last parkrun for July, which meant it was pacer week. Usually this draws a good crowd and we see a spike in PBs. Well, unfortunately not today. The scorching temperatures seen during the week were a thing of the past, and the forecast for torrential rain proved accurate. This obviously put off a number of runners who decided to make the most of a rare Saturday morning lie in, and for those of you lucky enough to be on your summer holidays and catching up on your local parkrun news, then you picked a good week to miss, and maybe you even managed a spot of tourism in the sun?

Ever wondered how many parkrunners you can fit in the bandstand? Well, no surprise everybody migrated to the only dry spot in the park as we awaited the run briefing. Despite deflated attendance, we welcomed 208 today, with most of you, plus the volunteers taking refuge in the bandstand. Not sure our usual attendance numbers would all have been able to cram into that space though!

Anyway, onto today’s run. Given the weather conditions, an extra special thank you needs to go to Matthew Keyworth (our RD today) and his team of volunteers who appeared unfazed at being soaked to the bone and yet still had the energy to shout words of encourage to all us runners. Also, congratulations to our 7 first time ever parkrunners . . . you picked awful week to start your parkrun career, and one I doubt you will forget in a hurry. Surely each week after this will be far easier! Look forward to see you all next week.

It was far from ideal PB conditions, and the usual spike on pacer week didn’t materialise. Having said that, we had over 100 fewer runners today compared to last week, and six more PBs this week. So obviously, many of you were not going to let a little bit of rain (well, a lot of rain) get in the way of your goals, and the pacers did their job of pacing many of you to your next PB. Well done pacers, and to the 36 runners who did achieve a new PB.

Milestones:
We had a number of milestones today. Congratulations to Millie Scott (JW15-17) for running her 50th parkrun, and we had David Giles (VM70-74), Paul Harrison (VM55-59) and Martin Thyng (VM60-64) all reach their 100 milestone. Congratulations to you all.
We also had two volunteer milestones today. For those of you who don’t know, you can claim a purple volunteer t-shirt after volunteering on 25 occasions, so definitely worth signing up for some volunteering in the future. Congratulations to both Lauren Keyworth and Gurjit Singh Bansal for reaching this milestone.
Although not an official milestone, David Spilsbury (VM60-64) reached his 200th parkrun today. A fantastic feat!
Today’s Results
Male placings:
Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) of Having ’90 Joggers was first over the line in 17:57 and achieved a PB.
George Dixon (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:58.
John Whitehead (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was third over the line in 18:11.
Female placings:
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletics Club was first (5th overall) over the line in 18:38.
Stephanie Phillips (SW25-29) of Havering ’90 Joggers was second (34th overall) over the line in 22:20 and achieved a PB.
Sara Edmetriou (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (51st overall) over the line in 23:18 and achieved a new PB.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletics Club – 79.43% with a time of 18:38 (5th overall)
Tom Davies (VM55-59) of Weald Park Warriors – 77.80% with a time of 20:16 (16th overall)
Paul Soulsby (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 74.71% with a time of 19:54 (11th overall)

Fun Facts/Did You Know?
A fantastic job from all our pacers today. Although, nobody finished bang on their pacer time, all pacers were close to it. The closest, both inside their pacer time by only one second were Nicola Coles and me!

 

Raphael parkun report 217

Event number 217 started with a bit of rain and a chilly breeze but finished with a bit of sunshine and some heat. Luckily, this did not faze our 312 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course.

Overall, there were 37 first timers, 30 runners recording a new personal best and representatives of 20 different clubs.

Very huge thanks to this week’s Run Director, Louise Mozzanica, making sure everything ran smoothly with the assistance of all of the other volunteers:

Debra DUNCAN-SILVERA • Matthew KEYWORTH • Phil ENRIGHT • Nicola COLES • Sharon SPRY • Simon CHILDS • Eric KEHR • Lauren KEYWORTH • Justin PARTIS • Carole STYLES • Leslie ADLER • Mick BROWN • Louise MOZZANICA • Robert James LEWIS • Adam COALS • Awtar BOLINA • Craig BROWN • Gurjit Singh BANSAL • Gemma HEALY • Ciara PANTON • Deborah FITZPATRICK • Fran LEDDRA • Emma DYOS • Patrick THOEUNG • Suzanne NOTT • Carol YORE • Michael YORE • Carol GIBSON • Alex MULLETT • Lisa MULLETT • Grace KELLY • Katy MULLETT

Every week it’s lovely to see lots of new faces and this week it was not just people new to parkrun in general, but tourists from the USA and South Africa.

Results for the top three male and female placings are as follows:
Male Placings –
First place male was Chaoran Sun (SM25-29) from Midnight Runners, who finished in 18:07
Second place male was Ryan Holeyman (JM11-14) from Ilford AC, who finished in 19:19
Third place male was Tom Williams (SM25-29), who finished in 19:21

Female Placings –
First place female was Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) from Havering Athletic Club, who finished in 18:50
Second place female was Olivia Forrest (JW10) from Thurrock Harriers AC, who finished in 22:17 and achieved a new PB
Third place female was Chantel Coetzer (SW30-34) from Havering Tri, who finished in 22:49

Everyone can view the full list of the results here:

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=217

It would be massively appreciated if you are able to volunteer for any of the roles in the coming weeks; have a glance at the roster (https://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/futureroster/), email in (raphael@parkrun.com) or get in touch via social media.

Congratulations to Rosalia Dodkins for completing her 100th parkrun and Martin Bartell and Glen Wisbey for completing their 50th parkruns.

Enjoy your week and we look forward to seeing you at the park next Saturday.

Don't forget it's Pacer Week, so please do contact us if you would like to take any of the remaining pacer slots. The list can be found by clicking on this link: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/news/2019/07/03/chase-the-pacer-27-july-2019/

And don't forget those brightly coloured clothes and accessories in support of Romford Pride!!

 

Raphael parkrun run report 216

Raphael parkrun Report #216

With it being the Spitfire Scramble (24 hour running event) this weekend in Hornchurch Country Park, in which a number of our local parkrunners are involved, you would be forgiven in thinking that there would be a lower turnout. However, this was not the case, and some 287 runners completed the course this weekend. We did welcome a number of tourists (maybe some of you were using this as a warm-up to the Spitfire event!), including one tourist, Jacob Lipson, all the way from Australia!

It was also a special day for me. It was my 250 milestone, and despite a number of regulars being away, I really wanted to celebrate this at my home parkrun, and since I won’t be around next weekend, it had to be this weekend! Thanks to everyone for the congratulations and I hope you enjoyed the amazing cake my wife baked. It was also a special day for me for another reason - because it was my son’s first adult home parkrun. As many of you know he is a parkrun regular, but has always had the enviable position of being chauffeured around in the run buggy. This weekend, he chose to walk/jog the course under his own steam, and I was a very proud father to see him complete the course. Great achievement Joshua.

As always, a big thank you to the team of volunteers for making the event a success – 31 Hi-Viz heroes in total.

Milestones:
We also had another milestone to highlight:
• Matt Bird (JM15-17) completed his 10th parkrun and 8th at Raphael park, with two others are Harrow Lodge and Valentines. He has achieved 4 PBs, knocking three minutes off his first outing, and only starting parkrunning this year. Well done Matt.

This Weekend’s Results
Male placings:
Matthew Blacklock (JM11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was first over the line in 17:19.
Robin McNelis (VM45-49) of UKRunChat Running Club was second over the line in 18:28.
Euan Harlow (SM20-24) of Brentwood Running Club was third over the line in 18:42.

Female placings:
Laura Brooks (SW30-34) of Basildon AC was first (12th overall) over the line in 19:53 and achieved a new PB.
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was second (13th overall) over the line in 19:56.
Madeline Barker (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was third (23rd overall) over the line in 20:32 and achieved a new PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Matthew Blacklock (JM11-14) of Havering Athletic Club – 81.91% with a time of 17:19 (1st overall).
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club – 80.10% with a time of 19:56 (13th overall).
Darren Dennis (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 79.01% with a time of 19:37 (6th overall).

Fun Facts/Did You Know?
On Monday evening, BBC showed a programme about the health benefits of Parkrun. It is a very interesting programme, hosted by Dame Kelly Holmes. Check out https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer to watch the programme (Our Lives - Dame Kelly: The Power of Parkrun) if you missed it.

 

Raphael parkrun run report 215

Raphael parkrun Report #215

Having been away the past few weeks, it was great to return to my home parkrun at Raphael park, and catch up with familiar faces. I did manage to get a ‘parkrun fix’ on the tourist trail and it is amazing how widespread the parkrun community has become, but It is always good to return home, and our parkrun is particularly special in the sun, with the lake and fountain being one of the iconic features.

Today we welcomed 293 people who completed the course, including 20 first timers. We had 26 volunteers, led by this week’s RD, Louisa Parsons. A special thank you to the volunteer team for ensuring a smooth and safe event this morning, and as Louisa mentioned during the run briefing, please volunteer over the forthcomings weeks if you can. As the summer school holidays are fast approaching, we need volunteers more than ever to maintain this weekly event. Please let the team know if you can help out, through social media, e-mail or signing up on the roster in the bandstand.

Today was a warm day, so given the conditions, a PB looked especially challenging. However, 23 runners defied the odds and achieved a PB. Well done if you were one of these runners!

Milestones:
We had two milestones today:
• Steve Dodkins (VM55-59) completed his 100th parkrun and 65th at Raphael park. He has achieved a phenomenal 27 PBs and volunteered as a marshal on 3 occasions.

• Colin Grandison (VM60-64) completed his 50th parkrun, running 49 times at Raphael park and once at South Woodham Ferrers. He has 10 PBs and has volunteered as a marshal twice.
Today’s Results
Male placings:
James Rigby (SM35-39) of Ilford AC was first over the line in 17:47 and achieved a PB.
Matthew Bowles (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:26.
Chris Goldsmith (SM30-34) of The Salvation Army was third over the line in 18:37.

Female placings:
Breege Nordin (VW60-64) of Ilford AC was first (37th overall) over the line in 22:40.
Megan Reilly (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (51st overall) over the line in 23:37 and achieved a PB.
Emma Wessen (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (52nd overall) over the line in 23:43.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Breege Nordin (VW60-64) of Ilford AC – 88.09% with a time of 22:40 (37th overall)
Darren Dennis (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 76.80% with a time of 20:11 (10th overall)
James Rigby (SM35-39) of Ilford AC – 75.63% with a time of 17:47 (1st overall)