Rickmansworth parkrun #147 – The better late than never run report for Christmas Day.

Please excuse my tardiness and the lateness of this run report but Christmas and the New Year just ran away from me! However, I felt that as we had so many amazing announcements on Christmas Day I wanted to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard so that we could remember who was celebrating what.
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Firstly and I know you will all agree with me our Volunteers were truly amazing. They cheered, scanned, timed and handed out tokens with a real Festive zeal.  So a HUGE big thank goes out to:

Mark Ockendon; Nick Cavender; Debbie Edwards; Anastacia Palmer; Rob Withall; Rachel Cairn; Kristin Cavender; Joanna Evans; Sylvia Moss; Richard Moss; Nicola Anstiss; Thomas Man; Mary Alderson; Anna Dawson; Richard Ruffell; Paul Rawlins; Matthew Howarth; Marjory Bluer; John Norris; Sheena Bluer; Maria Waite; Bernie Conway; Suzanne Plunkett; Ivy Neild and Mary Withall.

Secondly, i wish to thank everyone, runners and volunteers alike, for donning their Santa hats and Christmas tops and making our run such a Festive one. You all looked amazing.
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On December 25th 518 people ran, jogged and walked the course and we had new course records set for both the male and female runners.

A new male course record was set by William MYCROFT who recorded a time of 15:39 and a new female course record was set by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:01.  The Age Grade course record is still held by Sharon KASSEMZADEH who recorded 91.84% (22:04) on 4th August 2018 (event number 74).

Run Director Maria joined me for the Run Brief to lead us all in a Drum Roll/Warm Up Routine for our Milestone announcements.

We were able to celebrate Rob Withall’s 100th Volunteering Milestone.  He is one of the Rickmansworth Core Team who you will recognize as he regularly volunteers at Rickmansworth in between his weeks as Run Director.  Well done Rob!

There were 6 x 100 parkrun Milestones to announce on Christmas Day and we were able to celebrate with Simon Trimbee, Nick Alpe, Nanette Morgan, Caroline Louch, Phil Walker and Steve Giller who were running their 100th parkruns at Rickmansworth.  Well done all of you, what an amazing achievement and we look forward to seeing you all modelling your new Black 100 t’shirts in the following weeks.

2 of our younger runners were also celebrating milestones.  Jessica Howarth was running her 50th parkrun and her sister Sophie was running in her first parkrun.  Well done ladies, you are a real inspiration to all us oldies!
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Please remember Rickmansworth parkrun when you are making your New Year's Resolutions!  Our events only happen because of our Volunteers so make the resolution to volunteer at 1 in 10 events and we will be able to keep our events running smoothly for everyone to enjoy.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you all again next parkrunday!

Warmest wises

Sarah Ockendon