#144 – The one where we got prickly about volunteering…

A gorgeous start to the weekend, thanks to 21 fabulous volunteers!!

Although the clouds appeared early for Saturday morning, Jack Frost stayed away,
as did any strong winds, which meant excellent conditions for a December parkrun in
Rickmansworth! The attendance of 407 participants came close to a December
record (413 on 29th December 2018) – this is highly likely to be broken over the next
few weeks!

Huge thanks should go to Andy Nice and his team of volunteers. Not only did
everyone put on a great experience to start the day off, many volunteers were
spotted in the café afterwards!

The team of 21 helpers today were:

Anastacia PALMER  •  Andy NICE  •  Chris TIDY  •  Damien HAMPTON  •  David BROWN  •  Dhruv SYAM  •  Diane ANSTISS  •  Harry LOVATT  •  Isobel TOON  •  Jess WEBSTER  •  Jo WATKINSON  •  Juliet GUERRI  •  Karin LOCKETT  •  Paula ALLIBONE  •  Peter CLARKE  •  Sandra FLYNN  •  Simon TRIMBEE  •  Sophie CHATER  •  Su TYSOE  •  Tim WYE  •  Valerie WEEKS

As Andy mentioned in his run briefing, there are still spaces on the volunteer roster
over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle?
Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email
rickmansworth@parkrun.com if you are interested. Without volunteers, parkrun
wouldn’t exist, and the personal euphoria you can receive from gaining thanks from
runners whilst volunteering is an experience everyone should have at some point!

With regards the parkrun, there were 35 people who had their barcodes scanned for
the first time beside the lakes. Places visitors came from included Taunton, Wales,
Kingsway and Bedfont Lakes. 16 of the 35 were joining the parkrun family by doing
their first parkrun – that’s awesome, and we hope you return again soon!

Unfortunately, 13 runners didn’t produce a barcode to be scanned, however 70
runners also managed to go faster along the course than they had done before – of
those that had recorded times before, that’s a whopping 20%!!

For those new to parkrun, milestone T shirts are issued free of charge after 500, 250,
100 and 50 runs, with additional ones for 10 runs by a junior and 25 volunteering
events. Congratulations go to regulars Beth Lang, Scott Daw and Robin
Shacklady who qualified for their ‘50’ shirts, as did visitor Ian Punter. Under 10’s
Sophie Ellis and Tom Rimes both completed their 10 th 5km parkruns so will be able
to order shirts soon! A mention should also go to Joanne Newman who reached 150
parkruns – only a hundred to go before you can order a coveted green T shirt!
Interesting fact!

Since the opening parkrun at Rickmansworth, 9,015 people have completed runs at
the Aerodrome, which means whoever was the 20 th ‘first timer’ today was the 9,000 th
person… looking at the result this honour goes to Jack Howard (JM15-17) who was
doing his first ever parkrun!!!

David Duggan
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Event #142

This week, I completed my gold DofE and carried out the run director role. Here is a picture of Rob embarrassing me infront of everyone. Thanks Rob.IMG_0660We had Beverley Knott complete her 50th parkrun this week and we had visitors from Brighton, Plymouth, Montenegro and China.

This week 447 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

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The event was made possible by 27 amazing volunteers :). We are still looking for volunteers for upcoming weeks. If you would like to volunteer please email rickmansworth@parkrun.com with your barcode number and preferred role.

Marjory BLUER • Frances CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Simon TRIMBEE • Jo WATKINSON • Lesley GRAY • James MARTIN • Claire RAWLINS • Joanna EVANS • Isobel TOON • Helen COOK • Sarah LEVERIDGE • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Harry LOVATT • Diane ANSTISS • Paula ALLIBONE • Richard ALLIBONE • Cameron FRASER • Richard LOWES • Paankhuri BHATIA • Sarah HAGGER-HOLT • Anastacia PALMER • David BURNS • Neil COLEMAN

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 8,934 participants have completed 53,869 parkruns covering a total distance of 269,345 km, including 10,793 new Personal Bests. A total of 591 individuals have volunteered 3,263 times.

Cameron Fraser - RD

 

#141 – The nuclear option

Afternoon of Friday 15th November, and I’m staring at a volunteer roster with big gaps, assessing my options. Should I just cancel? Should I re-allocate timers and scanners, ensuring a safe run, and 472 equal first finishers all on 59:59? Or should I go for the nuclear option and send out the appeal email?

I drafted, I spell-checked, I re-read three times. (There’s probably still a typo in there somewhere). Then I hit send, and went to make a cup of coffee. By the time I got back to my PC, the roster had pretty much filled itself. It was then simply a case of switching on the auto reply to say thank you to the ongoing stream of replies. (And I did remember to switch off the auto reply. Eventually).

THANK YOU to all who responded.

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAD ALREADY VOLUNTEERED, OR THEN VOLUNTEERED FOR THE COMING WEEKS!

And a pre-emptive hint to book your volunteer place early for the Christmas & New Year events. These are always special occasions – but just as with every other event, they only happen if we have the volunteers. Christmas & the NYD Double give you three extra parkrun opportunities over and above the usual Saturday fix – why not pick just one of those dates to volunteer?

Oh, and while I remember, if you’re ever on the receiving end of an email appeal for volunteers, it’s a blanket email. The “I’m sorry, I’m away in Cleethorpes visiting Auntie Mabel” are lovely, but really not needed. Only reply if you CAN volunteer!

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Lining up for the start - Event #141

This week 472 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Sophie CHATER • Nick CAVENDER • Maria Isabel TRUJILLO VERGARA • Charles DYTHAM • Claire PEARCE • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Brian CHANDLER • Isobel TOON • Tracy HOWARTH • H Matthew HOWARTH • Harry LOVATT • Alex CUTMORE • Diane ANSTISS • Jessica HOWARTH • Pippa KENNEDY • Richard ALLIBONE • Mark SIMPSON • Cameron FRASER • Jon HUBBARD • Paankhuri BHATIA • Karen FISH • Anastacia PALMER • Emma KRAMER

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

Rickmansworth parkrun started on 4th March 2017. Since then 8,896 participants have completed 53,422 parkruns covering a total distance of 267,110 km, including 10,733 new Personal Bests. A total of 589 individuals have volunteered 3,236 times.

See you all again next week,

#dfyb

Marjory

 

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 rickmansworth@parkrun.com. Include your barcode, and indicate any preference for a particular role.

#dfyb

 

 

#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.

 

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