#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.