Rickmansworth parkrun is cancelled on 21/05/22 – Canal festival weekend in the aquadrome

#197 – Ricky Runs – not Races!

(By Tim Gray – Chiltern Church Runners)

411 finishers on a beautiful day for a parkrun, and with the splendid surrounds of Rickmansworth Aquadrome, who could ask for more?

Certainly there was a fabulous volunteer team – I gather from the event briefing there was a bit of lastminute.com to get the final few in place – so do consider volunteering, it’s a lot of fun, and often a great way to get to know a few of your fellow parkrunners. A special mention this week to Charles Wander (great name for a tail walker) who got to listen to K pop (Korean pop music) as he undertook his duties this week courtesy of the walker he was with.

You had a warm up – which I have never seen at an adult parkrun (junior events are 2k on Sundays for 4-14 year olds) before – great fun. And the PA meant we could all hear what we were being told – I will admit at our home run it depends which RD is on as to how easily we can hear them!

We had a ‘Levi’ run this week, 501 for Marjory Bluer who had received her 500 t shirt having run with you the week before to qualify for it. Awesome work Marjory. 79 parkruns at Rickmansworth, 238 at Bushy – and plenty of others covering a wide range of events – and indeed over 100 volunteers.

I didn’t hear many shout outs for Milestones at the start but in the results I see two 50’s – Chris Tidy and Jodie Piwowar, and then the one we are still getting used to the 25 – James Henderson, David Cook, and Julie Orbell all made it to that. Well done all. Not an official Milestone but a quick mention for Wendy Harrington as well, with 200 up.

Well done to junior runner Amelie who with her friends, many doing their first ever parkrun, have raised over £1000 for Ukraine – charity work and exercise at the same time, what a great thing to do. All in all just over 5% of this weeks field were running their first ever parkrun. Plenty of other visitors ‘on tour’ as well – including my own family, and a group of Garden City Runners amongst others.

Your reputation as a fast course (7th flattest we were told) seemed justified from 5% of the field running sub 20.

There were PB’s scattered throughout the field from position 1 to 402, I’ll pick a few out at random rather than name them all; Joe Davis, Lucy Wallduck, Katharine Blindloss, Robert & Teresa Pawlik, Jaeden Patel, Charlotte Trotman, Tony Surkes, and Asma Malik. Sorry I can’t name you all, too big a list – but well done to you all.

I will cheat slightly and add one more – my wife Sue Gray who smashed her all time parkun PB by over a minute, also going sub 30 for the first time – well done dear.

Today was my 6th time at Rickmansworth aquadrome, but first time at the parkrun. Having run 5 half marathons/challenge events on the site under the title ‘Ricky Races’ it was nice to be visiting somewhere that was both familiar, and new, at the same time. Should you fancy some slightly hilly cross country in South London, do come visit us at Roundshaw Downs on the edge of Croydon and Sutton some time, we are in our own way, a hidden gem – just like you.


Event 176 review (and a bit more)

Run review from Steve Davey (A1861098)

I thought I would start this run report with a global overview of park run!

From its humble beginnings with 13 runners at Bushy Park in October 2004, parkrun now takes place in 23 countries with around 1400 events; including 735 in the UK, of which the Rickmansworth park run of course is but one. Though it is ’but one’ Rickmansworth park run is like each park run venue special in itself with unique memories and associations.  Indeed, shifting focus from the global to the local of the Rickmansworth park run it was on this course (before the conception of the park run here) that I proposed marriage to my wife Erika. For many years, Rickmansworth was my home and the Aquadrome my sanctuary. I have literally spent months of my life - walking and running round it in all seasons. I feel very blessed to be able to return in the context of parkrun. Where better I thought to come to and run my 101st park run. And where better to wear for the first time my 100 parkrun t shirt. And where better to support my friend Ceci to complete her very first parkrun. Erika, and myself moved home to Eastbourne before the Rickmansworth park run was up and running. I have half-jokingly said to Erika that if the park run had been set up here before we moved, then I would never have left!

Highlights relating to my own unique memories of parkrun and associations are as follows. Firstly, supporting at the Hastings parkrun an adult with learning disabilities, whose joy at participating and finishing surpassed even mine. Secondly, running the Orkney parkrun with Albert, the owner of the guesthouse I was staying in, who invited me to join him in his weekly run. Thirdly, being briefed by the run director on a 7 minute ferry journey to the Shetland parkrun, which is held on a small island just off the mainland. Fourthly, running a park run with my cousin Moira (her first park run) in Glasgow where my mum’s ashes are scattered near the finish line, and where I put them long before this park run had existed. Lastly, on finishing the Rome parkrun being given (along with other runners) panettone cake by the first placed runner named Luigi, after he had also handed out the finish tokens. Just last week whilst volunteering at my local parkrun, I became aware of a three generation family consisting of mother, son  and grandson running their first park run together in this way. There was also a couple in their eighties, with the woman volunteering at the finish, whilst her husband ran with the aim of breaking the age category record for the course, which he has done at other park run venues.

Everyone whether as runner and/or volunteer has their individual park run story and I hope mention of some of my highlights has triggered special memories of your own and brought a smile, or a sense of pride, or both, at what you have experienced and achieved.  However, park run not only concerns the past; it is about the future, whether looking forward to taking part in whatever way, in the next one or beyond. My own particular ‘beyond’ is one day running the Mooloolaba park run (start time 0700 – struth) in Australia.  Mooloolaba is where following my aforementioned proposal to Erika – we got married.  I figure if I run a park run where I proposed then I have to follow this up with a park run where I got married, notwithstanding it is on the other side of the world! But before then for sure I will return to the beautiful Rickmansworth park run. For now though, the biggest mention must always go to the fantastic team of volunteers without whom park run would not be possible.

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS. Thankyou Rickmansworth parkrun.  Awesome. Another great memory for my parkrun mental scrapbook. I would like to let my friend Ceci have the last word - after her first park run. I asked her how it had been for her. Ceci replied  'I did it and I feel better for having done it. I am part of it now and will be back to do it again soon'.



Winter is coming…

...but don't fear, because Ricky parkrun will be there for you over the festive period!

This year parkrun Saturdays happen to fall on Christmas Day and then New Year's Day, but we're pleased to confirm that Ricky parkrun will still be held on both of these days at the usual time of 9am.

As ever, we'll need our usual supply of volunteer elves to put on a safe, enjoyable event for everyone so please get in touch asap (rickmansworth@parkrun.com) if you want to lend a hand on either day. As Cliff Richard once said, it's a time for giving and a time for getting, after all.

With a full roster, we'll be pleased to welcome all our runners to celebrate both special days with a brisk run to blow away the cobwebs and counter any festive overindulgence!

See you then!

Ricky parkrun


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 (rickmansworth@parkrun.com) 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?!

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