The second post-lockdown one! Rickmansworth parkrun #161

31 July 2021

On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and managed to keep the rain clouds away and even some sunshine tried to come out towards the end of our run.

Thank you to Matthew for the new runner’s briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. (What a beautiful course you have too -  meandering around Rickmansworth Nature Reserve and lakes). It's a 5km path with twists and turns at every step, just as you think you must be there another twist turns you away again. Some sections are quite narrow especially where the geese have been wandering across the path and people are dodging the poo markers

We were all set off to line up in starting time waves to help with social distancing at the start, hope you lived up to your expectations?

Today, tourists from Black Park, Havant and as far away as South Oxhey were using Rickmansworth as their tourist venue. There were a few seasoned tourists at Rickmansworth today which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been last week for our return to parkrun after coming off COVID restrictions and where we were heading off too.

Paul, our RD for the day gave a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. This was Paul's first time as Run Director and he posted, 'You were all amazing and made my first event as RD both easy and a pleasure, so thanks very much'. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don’t forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Rickmansworth parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode they all count towards those milestone tees. 28 out if 344 finishers forgot theirs- were you one of them? That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were a fair few people going back to the nearby on site Cafe in the Park for the apres parkrun, with refreshing drink options with a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them, which allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course.

Thank you again Rickmansworth parkrun for perfectly starting our weekend off. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

By Karen Cole



With the further loosening of Covid-19 restrictions confirmed by the government yesterday, we're pleased to confirm that Rickmansworth parkrun IS BACK! We will restart on Saturday 24 July at 9am in the Aquadrome and we can't wait to see our regular runners and volunteers again after such a long enforced break!

In line with guidance and to ensure the utmost safety for all at our events, there will be a few changes for both runners and volunteers. Full details of parkrun's Covid-19 Framework can be found here.

Everyone loves a list, and parkrun HQ have come up with ten important points for all runners to remember and put into practice when attending any parkrun after we restart:

  1. DISTANCE YOURSELF wherever possible
  2. BE QUIET at the pre-event brief
  3. POSITION YOURSELF at the start according to your estimated finish time
  4. MINIMISE AMOUNT OF TIME spent in close proximity to others
  5. RESPECT the personal space of others
  6. SUPPORT YOUR CHILDREN to socially distance
  7. OBSERVE LOCAL COVID GUIDELINES on your way to and from the event
  8. NO SPITTING OR HIGH-FIVING or any other non-essential contact
  9. SHOW YOUR BARCODES to the scanner from a distance
  10. STAY HOME if you and anyone in your household is ill

The core team are itching to welcome parkrun back to Ricky Aquadrome, but as ever we will need help from our band of trusty volunteers. With the new safety measures and protocols, we'll need more volunteers than ever to put on each event. We've already had a few people volunteer, but please get in touch by email ( if you can help out at any events in the coming months. As ever, all volunteers will be fully trained and prepped ahead of the event, and your safety will be paramount at all times.

We can't wait to see everyone again and have parkrun return to our Saturday mornings. Thanks and well done for all your patience and resilience over the last year or so. Hopefully the return of parkrun marks another big step towards a return to normality?!


Hang in there, baby…

Afternoon parkrunners. As the lockdown restrictions have loosened today, we wanted to give you an update about Ricky parkrun reopening.

Unfortuately, we are not yet able to confirm a restart date for our event. It almost certainly won't be June 5 as parkrun HQ had hoped, but we may be able to restart once all social restrictions have ended at the end of June, as long as we can get permission from Three Rivers District Council to do so.

Thanks for your many messages of support and offers to help; we will need both runners and volunteers to restart parkrun, and we're all really hopeful that we're not too far away from that day. We'll let you know as and when anything changes. Until then, as the obligatory cute cat (whose picture I'm struggling to upload...) would say, hang in there baby...


Event number 157 – Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

Well I have to say that despite the rain, last Saturday was one of my favourite parkruns. The Ricky Running Sisters cheered, clapped and encouraged everyone round. There was music and a poem for Rose Goodchild, the Sisters’ Leader who achieved her 100th parkrun. Rose and her team are instrumental in encouraging and supporting new runners and they have many success stories of sisters who have gone way beyond the 5k they originally had as their target. They also volunteer regularly at Ricky parkrun for which we are very grateful.

Rose Goodchild

Rose Goodchild

This week 524 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Kalpesh concentrating on keeping time...

Kalpesh concentrating on keeping time...

Gimme five!

Gimme five!


We applaud the milestones achieved this week:

Mark Bartlett – 50

Susan Humble – 50

Terri McMahon – 50

Rose Goodchild – 100


A special thank you to athlete Ali Young, one of our regular supporters who kindly took home a parkrunner who had taken poorly after she finished the run. That’s exactly what the parkrun spirit is all about.

Thank you Ali, a parkrun good samaritan.

Thank you Ali, a parkrun good samaritan.

I conclude in my final duty as Run Director at Ricky parkrun that it has been a great pleasure in volunteering at such a superb parkrun. Coincidentally, like my friend Rob Withall, my first volunteering stint was on 13th May 2017 and since then, it has given me considerable pleasure in taking part in all sorts of different roles as well as trotting round. Thank you for tolerating my Run Director briefs, the drum rolls, the guinea pigs and finally the poetry (well I had to go out on a high!). No doubt I shall see many of you very soon, either at Ricky or just across the border. Until then, happy trotting and keep up the parkrun spirit.


All the very best

Maria, Rosie & Walter


The Sisters!

The Sisters!

The event was made possible by 35 fantastic volunteers:

Sophie CHATER • Sarah OCKENDON • Joanna EVANS • Kalpesh INTWALA • Wendy HARRINGTON • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Emma GREGORY • Tracy HOWARTH • Harry LOVATT • Anne O CONNOR • Nanette MORGAN • Diane ANSTISS • Caroline SCARLETT • Iain SCARLETT • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Paula ALLIBONE • Richard ALLIBONE • Rachel CAIRN • Sarah HALLAM • Judith ALDRIDGE • Jules HERRIOTT • Lizzie BERRIDGE • Su TYSOE • Marian WITHERS • Karen FISH • Julie GILLETT • Emma GRAY • Deborah BAYLISS • Vicky FERN • Emma KRAMER • Sarah WOOLFORD • Dhruv SYAM

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.



Event #155

The high winds and storms held off this Saturday and 540 people ran, jogged and walked the course among them where 52 first timers as well as representatives from 38 different clubs. 

A big congratulations to 105 of you who recorded personal bests this week.

Some of you will be aware that this week was my last week as RD at Rickmansworth I will return from time to time to volunteer. I have been volunteering at Rickmansworth since 10th May 2017 and that seems such a long time ago I am moving on to become Event Director at a new event that will hopefully be starting this year.

2 of our new tokens 52 and 368 have wandered off on an adventure however the finish token family would like 52 and 368 to return so the family can be whole again. If you happen to be one of the people with either token could you, please return 52 or 368 their family misses them. Please do not take the finish tokens home with you we have only just replaced the old set and the new set cost £120.

The event was made possible by 32 amazing volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.

Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Paul ORANGE • David DEARLOVE • Mary WITHALL • Ruth HOLROYD • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Tracy, Jessica and Sophie HOWARTH • Harry LOVATT • Diane ANSTISS • Kerry HORN • Iain SCARLETT • Matt SANDFORD • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Paula ALLIBONE • Richard ALLIBONE • Rachel CAIRN • Hannah SANDFORD • Su TYSOE • Carolyn OPIE • Louise MOORE • Sarah HAGGER-HOLT • Julia FITZGERALD • Anastacia PALMER • Kevin JONES • Emma KRAMER • Gary COCKS • Dhruv SYAM

We did have one issue and that was several people being rude to our barcode scanners when challenged over producing their parkrun number on their phone. Parkrun policy is not to accept runners barcode on their phone and to produce one on your phone is treated as no barcode. Remember no Barcode no Time and rudeness towards volunteers will not be tolerated. Remember that person volunteering has given up their time to enable the event to take place.

Each week we ask for volunteers and with over 500 of you running each week it would be nice to see some new faces stepping forward. I feel that some people have forgotten that without the volunteers the event would not happen, and it is always the same people stepping in to fill gaps in the roster or volunteering.  It does not matter if you have never volunteered before you will be briefed on your role on the day giving you all the information you need to carry out role.

To volunteer all you need to do is E Mail, when you E Mail in please let us know what role you would like to do and most importantly please include your parkrun number.




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