Rickmansworth parkrun is cancelled on 3 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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 Rickmansworth@parkrun.com, when you E Mail in please let us know what role you would like to do and most importantly please include your parkrun number.

Rob

RD

 

 

Event number 154, the one where we were kettled in at the start, had no finish funnel and the wonderful Hillingdon AC took over!

This week 677 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 81 were first timers and a whopping 143 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

Well what a wonderful time we had! Hillingdon AC did us proud with their volunteer takeover and pacing. I was delighted to read on our Facebook site all the messages of thanks for the PBs gained and encouragement given by our lovely pacers. Watch this space as later on in the year Hillingdon AC have promised to return.

The pacers!

The pacers!

As our numbers have increased, the king of the funnel, Rob Withall decided to experiment a little at our start line and created a funnel there which worked really well. The tape didn’t break at the strain of everyone bursting through the sides of the it and the start moved a lot quicker and more orderly than in recent weeks. While everyone went off for their trot, Rob and his gang quickly dismantled the start funnel and built the finish one to replace it.

Huge congratulations to the following milestoners:

Megan Walker – 100

Paula Cook – 50

Garry Knott – 50

Ajit Pandey - 50

Oliver Southon (Junior) – 10 and he got a PB to celebrate!

The event was made possible by 35 fabulous volunteers:

Clive M WICKHAM • Peter WARBURTON • John David BLAKE • Andy TORRANCE • Iain BETSON • David Alan SMITH • Sophie CHATER • Philip WELCH • Lyndsey BROWNE • Ciara WILLIAMS • Christina BENJAMIN • James QUINN • Joanna EVANS • Michael ILLING • John DOBBS • Preena DIVECHA • Martin SEARLE • Rob WITHALL • Zoe DOBBS • Maria WAITE • Dennis CAREY • Lucy J DUNCAN • Angela M DUNCAN • Diane ANSTISS • Maria HERNANDEZ-HUMM • Peter HUMM • Judith ALDRIDGE • Karen FISH • Robert BEALES • Joanne Heidi SMITH • Julia FITZGERALD • Anastacia PALMER • Alice TATE • Tim TATE • Dhruv SYAM

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

The male record is held by William MYCROFT who recorded a time of 15:39 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:01 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
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 9,923 participants have completed 60,613 parkruns covering a total distance of 303,065 km, including 11,697 new Personal Bests. A total of 663 individuals have volunteered 3,608 times.

Have a great week.

Best wishes

Maria

Run Director

 

 

Event 151 The Record Breaker

This week 692 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 100 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

692 people is now our new record attendance and defiantly presented new challenges and issues which where dealt with by 33 amazing volunteers:

Ali YOUNG • Andrew CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Jackie O'DOWD • Stephen PENDRIGH • Madelaine PENDRIGH • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Jonathan MURRIN • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Philip GIBBS • Cindy BEEDELL • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • Harry LOVATT • Rosie CHATER • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Iain SCARLETT • Philip HAY • Paula ALLIBONE • Richard ALLIBONE • Rachel CAIRN • Su TYSOE • Emma GRAY • Julia FITZGERALD • Anastacia PALMER • Amy SCARLETT • Joseph PYE • Jeremy WASDEN • Dhruv SYAM • Avni MASHRU

This weeks run report was written by Jeremy Wasden visiting from Northala Fields.

Thank you Rickmansworth, for a lovely parkrun this morning!

I popped over to Ricky for your parkrun, really in honour of my pal, Caroline Scarlett’s 100th Parkrun.  She said there would be cake! But more on that later…

Clan Scarlett (1)

The weather was a little grey and overcast, a dampening of rain in the air, not cold, which will probably make for some good finish times today!   Certainly nothing to put off the hardy folk of Herts.

My home parkrun is just down the road at Northala Fields, and I am not much of a tourist so great to come and tick a local parkrun off my to-do list.  We are lucky to have these places on our doorsteps with the mixed scenery of Northala or the lovely view of the lakes that Rickmansworth has to offer. With plenty of other great parkruns available locally we are spoilt for choice!

But what really makes a parkrun are people.

Well, you had nearly seven hundred of you gorgeous people attending today.  Boy are you popular Rickmansworth!  First timers, old hands, New Years resolutionists, dogs, cats, you were all here (well maybe not cats).  I am sure some are drawn by your flat fast course.  Not that course speed is something that will make a huge difference to me, my speed puts me in the trier category.

All you Lovely Ricky's (1)

Plenty of first-timers along today and I hope they loved their experience and tootle on back again another time to see you soon!  A weekly parkrun at Rickmansworth is a great way to anchor your running habit.  Saturday = parkrunday.

 

You have a wonderful selection of volunteers; enthusiastic volunteers on the course and a welcome team organising the time keeping, funnel and scanning at the end.  They were busy today so please send some love their way.  It’s important not to forget the volunteers you don’t see, like the coordinators, early doors set-up and clearers away.   The best way to show your appreciation is to volunteer yourself!  It’s fun, do it often and they give you a sleek purple T Shirt!  It improves your time by 3% guaranteed*.

Hard working token and time team (1)

 

At parkrun I enjoy the short interactions I have with people or just watch, vignette’s if you like, snatches of conversation and life.  The love shown by the runner who comes back to encourage his mum, behind me, to a strong finish.  Jane overtook me at the end and I didn’t have the heart to try to fight back, it would have been impolite (okay so I didn’t have the legs either but lets keep that quiet).  It’s lovely to see family working together.

I mentioned the reason I was here today was Caroline Scarlett, a friend of mine for some 25 years, who was with my wife the night I met them both.  The Scarlett family, cousins and friends were here in numbers with Iain, Caroline’s husband also completing his 50th parkrun today and their children, Lucy, Amy and Freddie all either running or volunteering.  Iain tail walked for a cheeky run/volunteer double "</p

Caroline is a member of Ricky Running Sisters and it was lovely to see the famous sisters out in force today.  They encouraged Caroline to try Couch To 5k and then parkrun.  And through her running, Caroline encouraged me (and plenty of others) to try following her example through C25K and parkrun and here I am!  So, in short this report is all Caroline’s fault…. Thank you

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

The male record is held by William MYCROFT who recorded a time of 15:39 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:01 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
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 9,594 participants have completed 58,512 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,560 km, including 11,329 new Personal Bests. A total of 629 individuals have volunteered 3,516 times.

 

Event number 149…the one with the hangover!

What a wonderful start to 2020 we had at Ricky parkrun. It may have been outcast weather wise and some of us feeling a little delicate from the night before but we saw 556 people run, jog and walk our lovely course, of whom 130 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 61 different clubs took part and we had had visitors from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. We also welcomed Frosty the Snowman (from Oxford) who ran the double, first with us and then on to Cassiobury which so many others also did. Well done to you all. Your Run Director enjoyed a leisurely coffee in the café while processing the results during your endeavour!

Warming Up!

Warming Up!

Congratulations to Bernie Conway who completed her 100th volunteering for us. Why not make one of your new year resolutions to volunteer at one in every 10 parkrun you run. We would never have to beg or cajole for volunteers if this happened…what a marvellous thought…

Frosty!
Frosty!

Thank you to our fabulous 30 volunteers this week:

Mark MAYFIELD • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Martyn MAYNARD • Claire PEARCE • John NORRIS • Joanna EVANS • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Bernie CONWAY • Preena DIVECHA • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Helene PHILIPSON • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • Alan SENDALL • Kelly BAKER • Austin BAKER • Harry LOVATT • Diane ANSTISS • Matt SANDFORD • Philip HAY • Hannah SANDFORD • Judith ALDRIDGE • Su TYSOE • Martin ROGERS • Lia STUBBINGS • Kevin JONES • Alexander GIBBS • Rosi JORDON

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

The male record is held by William MYCROFT who recorded a time of 15:39 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:01 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
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 9,385 participants have completed 57,134 parkruns covering a total distance of 285,670 km, including 11,191 new Personal Bests. A total of 622 individuals have volunteered 3,457 times.

 

All the best for 2020 and your parkrun adventures.

Maria

 

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