Christmas and New Year

The Ricky parkrun core team are happy to confirm that we will be holding events on both Christmas and New Year's Day.

Both events will start at the usual time of 09:00.

There is one obvious proviso - we do need a full volunteer roster to be able to do this. If you'd like to volunteer - or have a spare relative who needs to be turfed off the sofa and into the fresh air - please email us at Include your barcode, and indicate any preference for a particular role.




#Event 137, being put through our paces!

What a wonderful parkrun we had last Saturday, the Chiltern Harriers did us proud with their big turn out to help pace us to PBs. We are going to run a pacing parkrun every month, the next one will be on 16th November where we will be inviting interested runners to join our pacing ranks.

CHAC Pacers

CHAC Pacers

I now hand over to our guest run report writer, Sophie Chater who is one of our marvellous Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers and is also one of the smiliest marshals you will ever meet on your way round the Ricky course.

Happy guinea pigs and others...

Happy guinea pigs and others...

Sophie writes,
I am doing my Duke of Edinburgh Business Gold Award over 18 months and am volunteering at Rickmansworth parkrun every Saturday morning, as part of this. This morning marked my 55th time volunteering and I was the funnel manager, which was a bit daunting at first but it did not take too long until I got into the swing of it.
It was a cold, crisp, sunny morning, very soggy underfoot I must add, from the heavy rainfall we have seen recently but overall lovely weather to go out for a morning run. It also made a nice change from the weather we had last Saturday.
Everyone seemed very relieved to have crossed the finish line, which I too would have been if I was running it.

The first and last in...

The first and last in...

I really enjoy volunteering every Saturday morning and would urge more people to volunteer – it is a great experience and very fulfilling as the runners are always very grateful and thankful for the effort and time that the volunteers put into making park run happen.

This week 469 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 97 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part. We had visitors from Weybridge, Livingston, Darlington and Dubai. Michelle Hamilton represented the Watford Mencap Santa Dash on 1st December and I know a number of you will be supporting this charity event, especially if it means you can dress up like Santa!
Congratulations to Ben Ellis who completed his 50th parkrun.

The event was made possible by 39 fabulous volunteers:

Mike WORSFOLD • Ali YOUNG • Jenny STEVENS • Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Tim DAWSON • Victoria PEARSON • Neil COOPER • Aran DAVIDSON • Katie ROYALS • Matt CHANNER • Simon TRIMBEE • Claire PEARCE • Joanna EVANS • Lily HARRISON • Peter GUDGE • Isobel TOON • Richard MOSS • Miriam KEMPSON • Harriet LEMON • Neil BATES • Helen SMITHSON • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Julia ALIAJ • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • H Matthew HOWARTH • Diane ANSTISS • Jessica HOWARTH • Jennie GOULD • Richard ALLIBONE • Cameron FRASER • Judith ALDRIDGE • Amber STUBBINGS • Sylvia MOSS • Caroline STEPHENS • Julia FITZGERALD • Michelle HAMILTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah KITCHEN who recorded a time of 18:02 on 11th March 2017 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:49 on 15th December 2018 (event number 93).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).
Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 8,708 participants have completed 51,898 parkruns covering a total distance of 259,490 km, including 10,539 new Personal Bests. A total of 580 individuals have volunteered 3,144 times.



136 – The one with the nuns

Weather: Wet. It never rains on parkrun. Well, except when it does.

Runners: This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers, new to parkrun – maybe encouraged to join by the publicity around parkrun’s 15th birthday last week? A further 18 were first timers at Rickmansworth, with anything from 1 to 432 previous parkruns done. 66 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

Volunteers: The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Sophie CHATER • Fran HAMPSON • Zoe QUELCH • Isobel TOON • Richard MOSS • Robert KENISON • Rob WITHALL • Matthew BUND • Toby WILKES • Harry LOVATT • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Richard ALLIBONE • Hannah SANDFORD • Cameron FRASER • Sarah KNIGHT • Sylvia MOSS • Paul WILKES • Caroline WILKES • Rebecca ESPINOZA • Robert JARMAN • Alex KENNY • Ali COE • Ella ROGERS




Our volunteer corps was supplemented by the presence of the cast of @CassioProds , promoting their upcoming production of Sister Act. A huge THANK YOU for your enthusiastic support, and we hope that you consider making a habit of parkrun! (See what I did there?)



Milestones: Joining the 100 club were: Rowena BEEDELL, Martin James ALLEN, Trevor ALDERSON. Joining the 50 club was: Kelly MOSS. And joining the (juniors) 10 club were: Joshua ISAIAH and William COOK.
Congratulations all, we look forward to seeing you in your milestone T-shirts soon!

Photos: All the photos from event #136 can be found here.

Stats: Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah KITCHEN who recorded a time of 18:02 on 11th March 2017 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:49 on 15th December 2018 (event number 93).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).
Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 8,641 participants have completed 51,429 parkruns covering a total distance of 257,145 km, including 10,442 new Personal Bests. A total of 572 individuals have volunteered 3,105 times.

And finally: Next week is pacers week, so could it be time to think about demolishing your PB? Whether you decide to go for it or just amble around and enjoy the view, here's hoping for a drier parkrunday.




Rickmansworth parkrun – 5th October – Happy 15th Birthday parkrun

Who would have known that parkrun would have become such a popular event in Rickmansworth, in fact in many parks around the UK and around the world, when it began 15 years ago. But here we are every Saturday morning meeting up at 9am to run, walk and jog 5k in the amazing surroundings of the Aquadrome.
The fact that this event takes place every week is mainly down to a small group of Volunteers giving up a couple of hours to set up and organise the event but also our 400 plus runners that turn up every week on Saturday morning to take part. We have also been able to welcome parkrunners from around the globe at our event from as far away as South Africa and Australia, however, this week our visitors were from just a little closer to home and were from Lymington and Rugby.
We are also influencing our younger generation into becoming fitter and healthier by becoming involved with Junior parkrun. These amazing youngsters can take part in a 2k timed run from the age of 4 years old until just before their 15th birthday. The nearest Junior parkrun to Rickmansworth is in Leavesden but there are also quite a few junior parkrunners taking part at Rickmansworth parkrun each week and doing fantastically well.

A HUGE thank you to all of our wonderful Rickmansworth Volunteers and parkrunners who turned up in BLUE last Saturday to celebrate parkruns 15th Birthday. Some of you really got into the spirit with blue glittery face paints right the way down to blue accessories hats and hair bands.

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There was a prize for the most blue runner and this was shared by Michelle, Eliza and Isabella Mayor; Clive Wickham and Liz and Chris Hutchison who were really all very blue in clothing but not is spirit!


This week 452 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

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Our amazing volunteers this week were: Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Zoe QUELCH • Andy NICE • Sevan STEPHAN • Sarah OCKENDON • Lily HARRISON • Isobel TOON • Miriam KEMPSON • Sarah LEVERIDGE • Andrew WILLIAMS • Maria WAITE • Kelly BAKER • Austin BAKER • Harry LOVATT • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Gavin COOPER • Mark OCKENDON • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Pippa KENNEDY • Richard ALLIBONE • Cameron FRASER • Claudia SELINA • Paankhuri BHATIA • Karen FISH • Jon DAVIES


There was sadly an incident this week where a parkrunner ‘manhandled’ another parkuser out of the way. The lady was understandably upset when she approached one of our lovely Marshals out on the course.
It is part of our park run code, the Run Directors mention it in the Pre-Run Brief every week and sadly it is now necessary to highlight it in this weeks run report too that we do not have right of way in the Aquadrome so please, please, please, be respectful to other park users and parkrunners who are using the same space as us or may be slower, even if that means that you need to slow down or stop to avoid them, at the end of the day parkrun is not a race!

For those who are not aware the parkrun code for the 5k events is:
1. Please pay attention to the pre-run briefing
2. Respect everyone’s right to participate in their own way
3. Under 11s always with arm’s reach of a parent or guardian
4. One dog on a short lead per person
5. Be mindful of your local environment and other park users
6. No barcode, no time, no exception
7. Have fun, it’s only a walk, jog or run
8. Thank the amazing volunteers

Enjoy your Friday evening and I look forward to seeing you all for parkrunday tomorrow!
Sarah Ockendon


#Event 134 The Slippy One

Ricky parkrunners, please enjoy this week's run report given to you by guest writer, John Duckworth, thank you John.

A grey day with the apparent promise of a mid-run bath greeted plenty of smiley and enthusiastic runners and volunteers this week.

The cheer before the stampede!

The cheer before the stampede!

Conditions were wet underfoot at the start and the threatened deluge did not materialise. So, no excuses really and the RD’s report for everyone who did NOT get a PB today was ‘could do better’, starting next Saturday! Speaking of which, RD Maria reminded everyone at the start that next Saturday is parkrun’s 15th birthday and suggested that those inclined to dress to celebrate the occasion may choose to wear blue for the event. The collective gasp at such a birthday suggested that many will do so, just remember to set your alarm clocks with a blue flashing light next Saturday.Back to this week - the first runner choosing to collect a finish token was Alden Collier in an impressive time of 18 minutes 11 seconds.

The lure of a now compulsive Saturday morning fitness fix encouraged 451 runners and some buggies and doggies to take to the course. There were 60 first timers to Rickmansworth of whom 23 were running their inaugural parkrun; a creditable 62 personal bests were set (14% of all runners) and 34 running clubs were represented. The impressive list of running clubs included participants from well-known clubs such as Kiwi Tri, Tring RC and the Derek Zoolander Centre for Kids Who Can't Run Good.

Official milestones recorded this week include Thomas POLLARD racking up 10 runs plus Duncan MUNRO and Sue NICHOLLS clocking up 50 runs apiece. Well done to the milestone runners!

Run completed, many participants retired to the magnificent on-site facilities boasting first class catering services for breakfast and coffee. The al fresco deck offers natural surroundings for runners who wished they were still on their summer holidays.

A note to touring runners, do please consider volunteering at a touring event. There are plenty of roles that a tourist could easily do in addition to their own run. This is a useful way to advance one’s personal volunteer ratio and helps to sustain the support structure for all events. It is also quite rewarding to be part of the team. You can sign up by emailing or just ask any of the other volunteers on a Saturday morning.

Lastly, well done to all those who took part; runners, amblers, volunteers, cheerleaders and especially the organisers.

Harold John Duckworth

Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the 31 volunteers who made this event happen:

Paula ALLIBONE, Guy ANSTISS, Diane ANSTISS, Paankhuri BHATIA, Marjory BLUER, Nick BUCKLEY, Cathy BYRNE, Sophie CHATER, Bernie CONWAY, Philip DAMAS, Harold DUCKWORTH, Joanna EVANS, Cameron FRASER, Philip HAMPSON, Philip HAY, Lesley KEDDY, Robert KENISON, James KERRANE, Tony LEACH, Sara LOWE, Martyn MAYNARD, Jessica MOSS, Sylvia MOSS, Richard MOSS, John NORRIS, Karin PENNING, Isobel TOON, Maria WAITE, Toby WILKES, Paul WILKES, Caroline WILKES

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