The usual appeal
Normally this bit goes at the bottom, but its important so I’m putting at the top.
Have you volunteered yet? Please have a look in your diary, peek at the volunteer roster, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when you want to have a go.
You know how much you appreciate the effort of the volunteers in putting on parkrun for you; find out what it’s like to receive the love back by being part of the team.
It’d be particularly good if we could add a few more regular photographers to our roster. Philip Hay does a sterling job for us, but he does like to run too – and how’s he going to beat his PB if he doesn’t get to run regularly? If you have a penchant to try your hand at some sports photography, drop us a line. It doesn’t matter if the results are occasionally a bit blurry – it makes the runners look fast.
While I remember, we received a lovely note of thanks via Facebook to all of Saturday’s volunteers – I promised to pass on the word: you’re all awesome. But you knew that anyway, didn’t you?
The awesome volunteer team were:
Karmen PARDOE • Andrew CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Lucy Chantal MARTIN • Christine BURROUGHS • Jill TAUNT • Luke MARTIN • Jo WATKINSON • Joanna EVANS • Sarah LEVERIDGE • Philip GIBBS • Christopher STARR • Rosie CHATER • Philip WALKER • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Richard ALLIBONE • Cameron FRASER • Sue CARVELLL • Neil GENDERS • Robert STUTTAFORD • Tom GUTREICH • Matt MCKARELL • Adam SHACKLADY • Ollie MARSHALL • And ME.
The weather report
It was sunny, but a bit on the fresh side. Perfect for running (see the PB stats below), but a tad invigorating for the volunteers.
Lizzie WALL and Jack DAWSON each ran their 10th event, joining the Juniors 10 Club, and earning their white milestone t-shirts.
Jack TWYMAN, Harry LOVATT, Harriet LEMON, Sarah GREGORY, Brian GREGORY, Kate FARRAR, Frances CALVER, and Shilpa THAKRAR all ran their 50th event, joining the 50 Club, and earning their red milestone t-shirts.
Michael MENDELSON ran his 100th event, joining the 100 Club, and earning his black milestone t-shirt.
Nobody joined the V25, 250 or 500 clubs this week.
This week 518 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers, 34 tourists, and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
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 7,352 participants have completed 41,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 206,160 km, including 8,872 new Personal Bests. A total of 496 individuals have volunteered 2,537 times.
18th May – Rickmansworth Festival
There is no Rickmansworth parkrun on the 18th May as we make way for the Rickmansworth Festival – pop along later to enjoy the spectacle, music and canal boats.
If you can’t cope with missing your parkrun fix, here are my top 5 local(ish) parkrun recommendations:
South Oxhey: Nearby, small but lovely. The gentle incline is a bit of a challenge, but sets you up for amazing views on the way back down again – and three chances to remember to look up. The team provide team and coffee after the event, and I guarantee a Ricky PB after the hill training session.
Bushy Park parkun: A bit more of a trek, but you have to make the pilgrimage to the cradle of parkrun at least once. Be awestruck watching the wide start filter down into 3 km of neon sportswear stretching out around the park. Marvel at the simple elegance of the double funnel. Arrive early and park at the Pheasantry car park to avoid the queues.
Black Park parkrun: Another single lapper – not quite as busy as Bushy Park, not as undulating as South Oxhey – a gorgeous run through the woods.
Wycombe Rye parkrun: An out and back course, covering playing fields, woodland path and the Steps of Doom. Gently undulating, and the most organised token sorting and volunteer sign-up processes I’ve seen to date.
Canons Park parkun: 2 laps round playing fields and through a wooded path. Mainly flat. Bigger than South Oxhey, smaller than Rickmansworth. A lovely park – arrive early and park on the road outside the station car park, unless you’ve already downloaded and pre-trialled the station car park app.
If you do indulge in some tourism, seek out their selfie frame or a local landmark, take a pic and post it on our Facebook page on the day – lets see how far the Ricky regulars migrate!
But before then, see you all back at the Aquadrome this parkrunday - #dfyb!