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.

 

Community profile – Alika Williams

Time to meet another Raphael parkrunner and today it's the turn of Alika Williams.

Alika has completed 59 parkruns, 48 of these at Raphael. She has also run at Harrow Lodge and Bakewell parkrun. She has volunteered for us as a marshal, handing out finish tokens and barcode scanning. Thank you for your support of Raphael parkrun, Alika!

She was the first parkrunner to log a time in our inaugural (not)parkrun table. To date, she has done 4 (not)parkruns representing Raphael.

Like so many of us, Alika told us she is really missing parkrun. We are very grateful she's completed a profile, as these have been the main way we've been trying to keep the wonderful community spirit of Raphael going during these difficult times.

So, it's time to meet Alika. Here is her profile. Enjoy x

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Name:Alika Williams

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

28th April 2018

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

I'd attended my first ever parkrun at Harrow Lodge a few weeks before. I remember arriving in reasonably new running gear and noticing everyone else in well-seasoned trainers and older clothing that had definitely seen its fair share of miles. All became clear after 1.5km when my foot popped out of my trainer because it was stuck in really deep, really wet mud.

I completed my first ever parkrun with mud up to my knees and splattered on my face. A couple of weeks later I heard Raphael was all concrete and I immediately changed my "home" run

I love parkrun because...

I've made so many friends. I'm very lucky to be able to say that I started going to parkrun alone and now (pre-lockdown) I go to parkrun with 5 others, who I would consider to be some of my most treasured friends, that I have got closer to purely thanks to parkrun.

My 77 year-old legend of a dad (I'm sure most of you will recognise him) comes to watch every week without fail and cheers us on. It's a real boost when you're thinking about slowing it down a bit and suddenly you spot him waving his arm in the distance. Maybe I owe him credit for all my PBs.

I love the solidarity of the parkrunners. I've seen so many people I recognise from Raphael whilst out on my lockdown runs, and the sharing of a smile across the street, which you know says "we'll be back soon, yes, I miss it too" is a really special, warming moment.

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

Barcode scanning - it means I get to run and still do my bit. Seeing everyone's faces at the end and offering a quick "congratulations" or "well done" is really satisfying. parkrun is such an incredible event, all credit owed to the volunteers. As a regular, or occasional parkrunner, we should all try and help out towards its success.

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 it's my favourite parkrun memory, but a few weeks after I started running at Raphel, I still hadn't made any friends. The RD announced that the following week would be in fancy dress (I can't quite remember why, maybe Raphael's PR birthday). Eager to fit in, and to really feel part of the team there, I arrived the following Saturday dressed as Harley Quinn (complete with bunches). From the moment I walked into the park, I knew I'd made an error. I think only 2 or 3 other parkrunners had arrived in fancy dress and theirs was very subtle. It was like a real life remake of the nightmare you have of arriving at school with no clothes on... anyway, I still ran, not sure my time was too great that week due to the movement restriction in those horrific blue and red latex leggings, but I sure as hell scooted off home the second I was done.

 

Raphael (not)parkrun Run Report – Week 1

 

This week saw the launch of (not) parkrun, an initiative set up by parkrun that allows participants to represent their home run by running, jogging or walking 5k anywhere, any day, any time and logging their result via their parkrun profile.

 

You can enter as many times as you want to between Monday – Sunday (maximum one per day) and the table will update to display your fastest time.

 

This is for fun only – these runs don’t count towards your parkrun total, which remains suspended until events resume.

 

The week saw pleasant conditions for running and by Wednesday, our table had begun to build. It was great to see a total of 38 Raphael parkrunners logging 54 (not)parkrun times between them before the cut off point of midnight on Sunday.

 

parkrunner Alika Williams was the first to log a time for Raphael (Monday, 25:00) beating this on Wednesday with a time of 24:27. Great running, Alika!

The fastest time logged this week was from Richard Woolerton (21:15) with Cary Driscoll second fastest (21:57).

Nicola Morgan logged the most (not)parkruns with four.

Eight different running clubs were represented.

 

The full table is here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/results/notparkrun/?date=2020-06-21

 

and this week’s table is active, ready to be filled!

 

 

Remember, you choose your 5k route, you choose when to run, jog or walk. As per the advice throughout this period, please continue to avoid Raphael at 9am on Saturdays.

 

To get involved next week, enter your times at www.parkrun.com/signin

 

The weather is set to become pretty warm this week, so stay hydrated and Happy (not)parkrunning

Suzanne

Co-Event Director

 

 

 

Community profile – Cary Driscoll

Time for our next parkrunner profile and today it's the turn of Cary Driscoll.

Cary has run 123 parkrus in total, 117 of those at Raphael.
He has also run at Hackney Marshes, Dartford and Clermont Waterfront parkruns.

Cary has volunteered 9 times for us, each one as a pacer, helping fellow parkrunners achieve PBs. Thank you for your support of Raphael parkrun, Cary!

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Name: Cary Driscoll

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

January 2016

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

I had previously travelled to Hackney for my first few parkruns with another Rainham resident but when Paul Andrews, who lives near Raphael and has a parking space for me, agreed to start going to parkrun we both started coming to Raphael. I have never looked back only straying from on Raphael a few times at Harrow Lodge, Dartford and in Florida!

I love parkrun because...

All ages, all abilities can join in and it benefits both your physical and mental health. It is my reset button for the end of the week into the start of the weekend.

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

I’ve been a pacer a few times. I was obsessive about getting my pace correct to the second initially but now I know it’s just important to give it a good go and if the pace isn’t quite correct let the runners around you know in plenty of time. The pace time has slowed in recent times but when you hear of the PBs afterwards it’s irrelevant what time you have paced.

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

Prominent in my mind is the recent sad news concerning Awtar our favourite parkrun volunteer. Coming round Awtar Corner on the first and last lap was always my favourite moments of a run. It’s going to be very strange and emotional when we come back. I have also had many fun duels with Vince Kavanagh and there’s nothing better than being in front at the last Awtar Corner looking back to see Vince coming down the hill! Only joking Vince and yes you’ve finished plenty of times in front of me!

 

(not)parkrun is now live!

not parkrun

 

If you would like to walk, jog or run a 5k between Monday - Sunday and appear in a results table for Raphael parkrun, (not) parkrun is now live!

Looking forward to seeing the results for Raphael! You can check them at: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/raphael/results/notparkrun/

Log your the 5k time you run or walk here:    https://www.parkrun.com/signin/

 

FAQ here: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009843618--not-parkrun-FAQs

 

Community profile – Kershia Smith

It's now time for another Raphael parkrunner profile.  Today it is the turn of Kershia Smith.

Kershia is the proud owner of a red milestone t-shirt, having run a total of 56 parkruns, 54 of those at Raphael. She has also run at Harrow and Harrow Lodge parkruns.

Kershia has volunteered a wonderful 16 times for us, completing 21 tasks. As well as helping with pre-event set up, bar code scanning and being our tail walker, Kershia has led the First Timers' briefing several times for us, warmly welcoming new comers and has also paced for us four times. Thank you for your support of Raphael parkrun, Kershia!

Here is Kershia's profile. Enjoy x

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Name: Kershia Smith

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

29th April 2017

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

I'd recently begun running as a way to keep fit and remember looking for running events in my local area and parkrun came up. I moved to Romford from London in 2016 and didn't know anyone so thought this would be a good way to get to know people and explore the local area.

I love parkrun because...

It's a great way to start the weekend and it means that I can reward myself with wine that evening guilt free as I did parkrun!

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

I enjoy being a pacer because you get to volunteer and run at the same time. I also like barcode scanning as you get to congratulate people and I quite like pretending I'm a super speedy cashier scanning all those barcodes through.

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 got into running late 2016 and have completed the Brighton Marathon- which is the same 26.2miles as London (people often think it isn't), 4 half marathons and 9 10K's.  parkrun has definitely helped me improve my fitness for these events and the lovely marshals that cheer you on till the very end have taught me that its not about how fast you go, as long as you go!

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