Raphael parkrun report #134 – 9th December 2017

It was a chilly one today with our runners wrapped in multiple layers and our volunteers in a few more!   The arctic conditions probably contributed to our lowest attendance numbers since November last year, however, this wasn’t enough to put off 129 hardcore and brave souls from running, jogging or walking the course.  We even welcomed a couple of first time parkrunners and some parkrun tourists.  In fact, two tourists, both first timers to Raphael Park (Malcolm Muir of Chelmsford Central parkrun and Ben Jones of Finsbury parkrun) took the honours, finishing first and second respectively, beating our own regular, Robbie Cooman into third place.

As always, thank you to all our volunteers, who made the event possible.  Also a special mention to Awtar Bolina (our regular marshal at the main entrance) for warning and guiding all of us around the treacherous icy patch by the lake, ensuring everyone’s safety.

With reduced numbers and difficult conditions it was no surprise to see total PBs lower than usual.  Having said that, 16 of you did achieve a PB, including Jane Plumb, Lisa Ogawa, Perdy Seamarks and Ryan Yates recording two PBs in as many weeks.  Very impressive!

We have one milestone to celebrate today:

  • Ruby Walkington (JW10) completed her 10th senior parkrun today, and 9th at Raphael Park.  She has also completed a senior parkrun at Folkestone, three junior parkruns at Barking and Dagenham, and has 3 parkrun PBs so far.  She only started park running in September this year, so has achieved her 10 milestone very quickly.  Well done Ruby!

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Malcolm Muir
(VM40-44) of Ilford AC was first over the line in 17:07

Ben Jones (VM35-39) of Trent Park Running Club was second over the line in 17:12

Robbie Cooman (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was third over the line in 17:44

Female placings:
Louise Mozzanica
(VW45-49) of CSSC Sports & Leisure was first (36th overall) over the line in 23:12
Lisa Ogawa (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (49th overall) over the line in 25:18, and achieved a PB.
Gemma Southren (SW25-29) (Unattached), was third (50th overall) over the line in 25:18

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Malcolm Muir (VM40-44) of Ilford AC – 81.60% with a time of 17:07 (1st overall)

Ben Jones(VM35-39) of Trent Park Running Club – 78.78% with a time of 17:12 (2nd overall)

Martin George Chester (VM45-49) of Havering Athletic Club – 78.00% with a time of 18:28 (4th overall)

Fun Fact
Did you know?

You may have heard during the run briefing Time FM are running their ‘Give a Child a Christmas’ appeal again this year.  This helps children across the local area who won’t be surrounded by family and presents.  They are looking for donations of presents suitable for children.  If you would like to support this appeal, please bring a present and drop it off at the bandstand next Saturday (it doesn’t have to be wrapped, but next Saturday is the last collection date), and it will be passed on to Time FM to brighten a child’s Christmas this year.


Raphael Newsletter #1 April 2016

Welcome to the 1st Raphael newsletter which will hopefully bring you some useful information as to what is happening in your park over the coming months.

As Event Director i would just to like to say THANK YOU to everyone that has come along and supported our parkrun since we started back on 2nd May 2015. To see our event grow, the community come together and friendships born is truly great :-) Many people have donated to our parkrun funds but a special mention goes to Tracy Giddings of Harold Wood Running Club for all her kind donations. I think you would all agree her cakes, cupcakes and bread have been very tasty :-)

Another BIG THANK YOU goes to my core team who got this parkrun off the ground. Without them Raphael parkrun would not exist.

Round of applause for:

Suzanne Castle, Sharon Robinson, Gary Cardnell, Timi Veerasamy, Nicola Coles, Simon Childs, Pippa-Anne Ridall, Margaret Dowsett, Martin Knight, Jacqui Elliott, Vicky Cooper & Andrew Gwilliam.

We have a few dates for your diaries:

Tuesday 5th April - Litter Pick 10am-12pm

Meeting at the Raphael Park Cafe, Email the Friends of Raphael and Lodge Farm Parks for more information and to help out...... info@forlfp.org.uk

Saturday 9th April - parkrun 9am

(Run Director Stephen Easley) Havering Active "Up and Running" members who signed up to the programme at the beginning of the year to challenge themselves and lead a healthier lifestyle are encouraged to take on a 5k at Raphael or Harrow Lodge parkruns. Please give them a warm welcome to the parkrun family and encourage them around the course :-) Volunteer by emailing us at raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com

Saturday 16th April - parkrun 9am

(Run Director Gary Cardnell) Volunteer by emailing us at raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com

Sunday 17th April - Litter Pick 10am-11am

Meeting at the Playground Area, Email the Friends of Raphael and Lodge Farm Parks for more information and to help out...... info@forlfp.org.uk

Saturday 23rd April - parkrun 9am

(Run Director Sharon Robinson) Volunteer by emailing us at raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com

Saturday 30th April - parkrun 9am

(Run Director Suzanne Castle) Volunteer by emailing us at raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com

Monday 2nd May - Trains in the Park 11am

Miniature train rides near the playground area of Lodge Farm Park

Tuesday 3rd May - Litter Pick 10am-12pm

Meeting at the Raphael Park Cafe, Email the Friends of Raphael and Lodge Farm Parks for more information and to help out...... info@forlfp.org.uk

Saturday 7th May - Raphael 1st Birthday parkrun 9am

(Run Director Timi Veerasamy) Volunteer by emailing us at raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com

Yep it's true, Raphael parkrun is 1 years old :-) and to celebrate we need cake, nibbles, treats, drinks (non alcoholic!!) to be donated/made by our kind super parkrunners. If you would like to help out and donate something for our celebrations please email us at raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com

We will be having an awards ceremony just before the run briefing and also pleased to announce we have a special guest who will be presenting the awards.

Other Future Dates:

Sunday 24th July - Music in the Park 2016 1pm

As well as enjoying the music on offer, The Friends of Raphael and Lodge Farm Parks need volunteers to help with the event. Contact them on info@forlfp.org.uk

Sunday 31st July - Ride London Volunteering

Raphael parkrun have been given the opportunity to help out with the volunteering at the Prudential Ride London Event on Sunday 31st July 2016.

Its a truly superb event, a great spectacle and fun to be part of helping out in some way on the day. Also gives you the chance to mingle, get to know and have a chat with your fellow parkrunners.

So far we have 15 volunteers on our list. The more volunteers the better as Raphael parkrun will be given a donation to our parkrun account so that in future we can buy much needed new equipment.

In past Ride London events, volunteers have been given a T-Shirt, Cap and Breakfast/Lunch.

We will be required at the Olympic Park in Stratford. It's a very early start of arriving at 4.30am as over 25,000 riders start departing from 6am but you are finished by 10.30am and have a pre & post shift breakfast.

We will be hiring a mini-bus to take the all volunteers from Raphael Park Car park opposite the Main Gate to the Olympic Park as there is parking on site. The volunteer role is to be a start marshal for the riders waves so it's being involved in the setting over of over 25,000 riders.

If anyone is interested in helping out as part of Team Raphael parkrun on Sunday 31st July please email raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com and you name will be added to our list with more information tbc nearer the time.

So Don't Be Shy, Give Volunteering A Try! and Join Our Team :-)

On my list so far: Me!!, Suzanne C, Pippa R, Sharon R, Joanne M, Simon C, Timi V, Sam V, Heather B, Geraldine S, Leigh M, Carol M, Jacqui E, Ian H, Debbie H

More info will be distributed when i have it.

If anyone knows of anyone with a mini bus or a good company to hire or taxi please let me know.


If you fancy helping out Friends or the Railway Club get in contact with them. They always need volunteers.

The Friends of Raphael and Lodge Farm Parks





Havering Miniature Railway Club






If anyone has any suggestions to what should/could be included on future newsletters please drop us an email at raphaelhelpers@parkrun.com

Feedback is very welcome and would be great to know if you found this newsletter worthwhile??


Stephen Easley

Event Director


Raphael parkrun Christmas & New Year Dates to Remember

Dates for your diaries:


Friday 25th December - Christmas Day - NO PARKRUN AT RAPHAEL

Saturday 26th December - Boxing Day - parkrun as normal 9am

Friday 1st January - New Years Day - NO PARKRUN AT RAPHAEL

Saturday 2nd January - parkrun as normal 9am

You can check here to see if any other local parkruns are doing events on Christmas & New Years Day


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