Raphael parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Community Profile – Lee Patten

Our next profile is of parkrunner and volunteer, Lee Patten.

Lee has run a total of 179 parkruns, 154 of those at Raphael. He has also run at 9 other events, including Maldon Prom and Hackney Marshes parkruns.

Lee has volunteered for us on 22 separate occasions, including pacing for us 6 times as part of our popular Chase the Pacer events. And once he's finished his own 5k, he stands on the course somewhere, encouraging and supporting other parkrunners as they finish theirs.

Thank you for all your support of Raphael pakrun, Lee!

Here's Lee's profile. Enjoy x

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Name: Lee Patten

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

23/05/15

What made you come along that very first time? How did you hear about parkrun? Did someone encourage you to come along?
For the weeks previously we had been running Harrow Lodge but Raphael sounded perfect as it meant I could run with the buggy with my toddler daughter Lilly and with Tommy who was only 6 years old then.
I love parkrun because...

I’ve always loved running myself even since I was a kid and it keeps me fit for football which I still play. The kids run it with me too and it’s a great way to start the weekend and burn the energy built up over the working week. It’s great to catch up too with the many friends I’ve made over time as well. People who I’d met years ago and not seen for ages suddenly appearing at parkrun!

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

Volunteering with Les on the hill as not only does it give us a chance to catch up with the weeks events in the SAL it gives me many opportunities to cheer on the runners as everyone is guaranteed to pass 3 times.

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

My favourite park run memory was the last time I beat Adam Coals (pre his Ilford A/C days!)...seriously parkrun is a great way to bring the community together, all the fancy dress runs have seen some great outfits over the years.

My daughter ran her first 5k on her 4th birthday and my son who has just turned 11 has run over 200 times which is more than me.

The best thing about Raphael is no matter how many tourist park runs I do none of them beat the home one.

#loveparkrun

#wewillbeback

 

Community profile – Carole Styles

Today's Rapahel parkrunner profile is of Carole Styles.

Carole has been a participant at Raphael since the event began and has run 63 parkruns in total, all at our course. She tells us in her profile that she was really keen to get back to parkrun before the lockdown, having suffered some unfortunate setbacks. We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her, and the rest of the Raphael community back at the park, when we restart!

Carole has volunteered on 38 occasions, undertaking a range of roles including marshalling, tail walking and barcode scanning. Thank you for your support of Raphael parkrun, Carole!

Here is Carole’s profile. Enjoy x

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Name: Carole Styles

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

My first parkrun was Raphael’s first event - 2nd May 2015

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

I knew about parkrun as my Dad has always been involved with Havering AC and occasionally had been to Harrow Lodge but I don't do mud..... So when Raphael started Dad said I had to go and I live on the doorstep so it was ideal. Plus it’s all on the path

I love parkrun because...

I'm not competitive, I like taking part and joining in and it's about finishing on your own terms. I've met so many people through parkrun which has been lovely.

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

I enjoy being a marshal as it's fun to cheer and encourage others and be bossy and shout "keep left". Also enjoy timekeeper and giving out tokens.

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 memories have to be: Halloween parkrun about 3 years ago when I was on the hill marshalling with Mick Brown. We weren't very encouraging as we were just too amused with all the outfits as so many people dressed up and spent the whole time laughing. Tommy Patten celebrated a milestone and I was a marshal on the playground gate. It was freezing but he had chosen a pjs theme so I had a ridiculous onesie on and was grumbling to myself about why was I not still in bed. But in hindsight I was standing there nice and toasty and when Tommy and Kelly appeared they got a big cheer and I wagged my tail

Favourite part of the course: when I'm running, has to be the last lap of the tennis courts as I feel I'm getting somewhere. I've sung "When will I see you again" quite a few times to whoever is marshalling there.

I must be high on the list for injuries and accidents. I haven't run as much as I should over the past few years or could due to a few set backs....... work step challenge and developing plantar fasciitis, the epic slip at a petrol station and being carted to A&E due to the head injury and bleeding plus fractured arm, the mysterious case of DVT in both legs and more recently a kidney operation a few months ago. I was ready to come back and restart, I'm way off my PB time and won't ever get back to that speed but not fussed it's the taking part that counts

I'm very much a fair weather jogger and did I mention I don't do mud....

 

Community profile – Phil Steer

Today's Raphael parkrunner profile is of Phil Steer.

Phil is a member of the 100 Club and has completed 142 parkruns in total, 141 of those at Raphael. He has also run at Shepton Mallet parkrun.

Phil is a member of the Raphael parkrun Core Team* of volunteers and has been involved since the early days, first volunteering as a marshal in November 2015. He has since volunteered on 60 separate occasions, including helping fellow parkrunners achieve new Personal Bests by pacing for us 15 times. Phil can always be relied upon to bring cheer, good humour and a smile to proceedings on a Saturday morning. He really is one of our all-round Mr Nice Guys (and is rather modest, so will probably hate that comment!)

Thanks for all your support of Raphael parkrun, Phil!

Here is Phil’s profile. Enjoy x

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Name Phil Steer

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

15 August 2015

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

Nicola Coles! I "foolishly" responded to a tweet promoting Raphael parkrun, and a month later I'd run out of excuses!

I love parkrun because...

Where to start?! The whole ethos of parkrun is so brilliant. And Raphael parkrun is #probablythebestparkrunintheworld - lovely course, great participants, fantastic team of volunteers. I don't even like running (honestly!) - but I love parkrun. (Before the current "lock-down" parkrun was the only running I did - although I am now going for a run before working-from-home.)

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

My favourite volunteer role is one that I've actually never done - tail walker. For me, it encapsulates so much of what parkrun is all about - everyone welcome, everyone encouraged, no one "left behind" - and especially, perhaps, those who might find it more of a challenge. Of the roles that I've done , I enjoy them all - except scanning (never again, if I have anything to do with it - although I should add that most don't struggle as I do!) What I really like is to be able to encourage others as they run - be that as a marshal, timekeeper or (slow-ish) pacer.

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 love the fact that I get to see beautiful Raphael Park most Saturday mornings throughout the year, and see it changing with the seasons. The course is great - except for *that* hill and the continuing "climb" up to the tennis courts! And I like it being 2½ laps - first time round I've still got a bit of energy; second time round I know I won't have to pass the tennis courts again; and on the final ½ lap the end is in sight!

"Fun" fact about me? I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue! (As could my dad, and as can my brothers.) Good to end on a low...

*for those who are unfamiliar with this, all parkrun events have what’s known as a Core Team, which is a small group of regular volunteers, who commit time to the parkrun over and above what it takes to stage the event on a Saturday morning in the park. Most take turns at being Run Director and several of our Core Team have been involved with the event since its inception. Events could not run without their Core Teams (and ours is a group of enthusiastic, experienced and downright wonderful people! Thanks, Core Team!! x)

 

Community profile – Karen Moore

Our next profile is of parkrunner and volunteer, Karen Moore.

Karen has joined the 100 Club, earning herself a black milestone shirt, having completed a wonderful 102 parkruns in total, 99 of those at Raphael. She has also run at Brentwood and Billericay parkruns.

She's volunteered eight times for us at Raphael, including marshalling, taking photos of the event (we love photos!) and tail walking. Thank you for your support of Raphael parkrun, Karen!

Here is Karen’s profile. Enjoy x

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Name: Karen Moore

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

2nd January 2016

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

My husband started running for fitness with the Navy and I was coming to watch him so thought I would give it a try.

I love parkrun because...

We have made some lovely friends and enjoy the time with family

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

Tail walker because you get to chat to and encourage everyone whilst getting some exercise yourself.

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

My favourite parkrun was my 100th with my little boy who I push in the buggy. He had the balloons and had a great time.

#loveparkrun

 

Community Profile – Kelly Patten

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We begin the new week with another Raphael parkrunner profile and today it's the turn of Kelly Patten.

Kelly ran her first parkrun at Raphael just a couple of weeks after the event started back in 2015. She has since completed 147 parkruns in total, 120 of those at Raphael. She has run at eight other events, including Hackney Marshes and Maldon Prom parkrun.

Kelly has marshalled 23 times at Raphael and has also volunteered at the Finish Funnel, handing out the finish tokens to participants. Thanks for your support of Raphael parkrun, Kelly!

Here is Kelly’s profile. Enjoy x

Name: Kelly Patten

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

16th May 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 taking part in parkrun over at Harrow Lodge park (1st ever parkrun 11/01/2014) and had heard that Raphaels parkrun had started which was all on path (hooray!!!! The mud at Harrow Lodge was getting too much for me ha ha ha) so we decided to give it a try. Me and Tommy running with Lee running whilst pushing Lilly in the park run buggy.

I love parkrun because...

It doesn’t matter what your running ability is, you are always encouraged and made to feel part of the running community. Everyone is really friendly and I have made some great friends!

Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?

I like marshalling by the start line so I can cheer everyone on especially as they are doing their sprint finishes!

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 along to parkrun with my husband Lee, son Tommy and, when she isn’t dancing, my daughter Lilly-Rose! I have lots of fond memories a few being running around dressed up as a Rubik’s cube, running in my pjs and as a hula girl! I love running past the lake and hate the hill!!! Fun fact about me: I was lucky enough to get a 2016 London marathon place in the ballot (1st time applying, Lee has tried for the last 11 years with no success. That did not go down well ha ha ha) Never in my life did I think that I would run a marathon but I did in 6:12:43

#loveparkrun

#wewillbeback