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

 

WE’RE BACK!!!

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?!

 

Hang in there, baby…

Afternoon parkrunners. As the lockdown restrictions have loosened today, we wanted to give you an update about Ricky parkrun reopening.

Unfortuately, we are not yet able to confirm a restart date for our event. It almost certainly won't be June 5 as parkrun HQ had hoped, but we may be able to restart once all social restrictions have ended at the end of June, as long as we can get permission from Three Rivers District Council to do so.

Thanks for your many messages of support and offers to help; we will need both runners and volunteers to restart parkrun, and we're all really hopeful that we're not too far away from that day. We'll let you know as and when anything changes. Until then, as the obligatory cute cat (whose picture I'm struggling to upload...) would say, hang in there baby...

 

Event number 157 – Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

Well I have to say that despite the rain, last Saturday was one of my favourite parkruns. The Ricky Running Sisters cheered, clapped and encouraged everyone round. There was music and a poem for Rose Goodchild, the Sisters’ Leader who achieved her 100th parkrun. Rose and her team are instrumental in encouraging and supporting new runners and they have many success stories of sisters who have gone way beyond the 5k they originally had as their target. They also volunteer regularly at Ricky parkrun for which we are very grateful.

Rose Goodchild

Rose Goodchild

This week 524 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Kalpesh concentrating on keeping time...

Kalpesh concentrating on keeping time...

Gimme five!

Gimme five!

 

We applaud the milestones achieved this week:

Mark Bartlett – 50

Susan Humble – 50

Terri McMahon – 50

Rose Goodchild – 100

 

A special thank you to athlete Ali Young, one of our regular supporters who kindly took home a parkrunner who had taken poorly after she finished the run. That’s exactly what the parkrun spirit is all about.

Thank you Ali, a parkrun good samaritan.

Thank you Ali, a parkrun good samaritan.

I conclude in my final duty as Run Director at Ricky parkrun that it has been a great pleasure in volunteering at such a superb parkrun. Coincidentally, like my friend Rob Withall, my first volunteering stint was on 13th May 2017 and since then, it has given me considerable pleasure in taking part in all sorts of different roles as well as trotting round. Thank you for tolerating my Run Director briefs, the drum rolls, the guinea pigs and finally the poetry (well I had to go out on a high!). No doubt I shall see many of you very soon, either at Ricky or just across the border. Until then, happy trotting and keep up the parkrun spirit.

 

All the very best

Maria, Rosie & Walter

 

The Sisters!

The Sisters!

The event was made possible by 35 fantastic volunteers:

Sophie CHATER • Sarah OCKENDON • Joanna EVANS • Kalpesh INTWALA • Wendy HARRINGTON • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Emma GREGORY • Tracy HOWARTH • Harry LOVATT • Anne O CONNOR • Nanette MORGAN • Diane ANSTISS • Caroline SCARLETT • Iain SCARLETT • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Paula ALLIBONE • Richard ALLIBONE • Rachel CAIRN • Sarah HALLAM • Judith ALDRIDGE • Jules HERRIOTT • Lizzie BERRIDGE • Su TYSOE • Marian WITHERS • Karen FISH • Julie GILLETT • Emma GRAY • Deborah BAYLISS • Vicky FERN • Emma KRAMER • Sarah WOOLFORD • Dhruv SYAM

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

 

 

Event #155

The high winds and storms held off this Saturday and 540 people ran, jogged and walked the course among them where 52 first timers as well as representatives from 38 different clubs. 

A big congratulations to 105 of you who recorded personal bests this week.

Some of you will be aware that this week was my last week as RD at Rickmansworth I will return from time to time to volunteer. I have been volunteering at Rickmansworth since 10th May 2017 and that seems such a long time ago I am moving on to become Event Director at a new event that will hopefully be starting this year.

2 of our new tokens 52 and 368 have wandered off on an adventure however the finish token family would like 52 and 368 to return so the family can be whole again. If you happen to be one of the people with either token could you, please return 52 or 368 their family misses them. Please do not take the finish tokens home with you we have only just replaced the old set and the new set cost £120.

The event was made possible by 32 amazing volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.

Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Paul ORANGE • David DEARLOVE • Mary WITHALL • Ruth HOLROYD • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Tracy, Jessica and Sophie HOWARTH • Harry LOVATT • Diane ANSTISS • Kerry HORN • Iain SCARLETT • Matt SANDFORD • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Paula ALLIBONE • Richard ALLIBONE • Rachel CAIRN • Hannah SANDFORD • Su TYSOE • Carolyn OPIE • Louise MOORE • Sarah HAGGER-HOLT • Julia FITZGERALD • Anastacia PALMER • Kevin JONES • Emma KRAMER • Gary COCKS • Dhruv SYAM

We did have one issue and that was several people being rude to our barcode scanners when challenged over producing their parkrun number on their phone. Parkrun policy is not to accept runners barcode on their phone and to produce one on your phone is treated as no barcode. Remember no Barcode no Time and rudeness towards volunteers will not be tolerated. Remember that person volunteering has given up their time to enable the event to take place.

Each week we ask for volunteers and with over 500 of you running each week it would be nice to see some new faces stepping forward. I feel that some people have forgotten that without the volunteers the event would not happen, and it is always the same people stepping in to fill gaps in the roster or volunteering.  It does not matter if you have never volunteered before you will be briefed on your role on the day giving you all the information you need to carry out role.

To volunteer all you need to do is E Mail Rickmansworth@parkrun.com, when you E Mail in please let us know what role you would like to do and most importantly please include your parkrun number.

Rob

RD

 

 

Event number 154, the one where we were kettled in at the start, had no finish funnel and the wonderful Hillingdon AC took over!

This week 677 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 81 were first timers and a whopping 143 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

Well what a wonderful time we had! Hillingdon AC did us proud with their volunteer takeover and pacing. I was delighted to read on our Facebook site all the messages of thanks for the PBs gained and encouragement given by our lovely pacers. Watch this space as later on in the year Hillingdon AC have promised to return.

The pacers!

The pacers!

As our numbers have increased, the king of the funnel, Rob Withall decided to experiment a little at our start line and created a funnel there which worked really well. The tape didn’t break at the strain of everyone bursting through the sides of the it and the start moved a lot quicker and more orderly than in recent weeks. While everyone went off for their trot, Rob and his gang quickly dismantled the start funnel and built the finish one to replace it.

Huge congratulations to the following milestoners:

Megan Walker – 100

Paula Cook – 50

Garry Knott – 50

Ajit Pandey - 50

Oliver Southon (Junior) – 10 and he got a PB to celebrate!

The event was made possible by 35 fabulous volunteers:

Clive M WICKHAM • Peter WARBURTON • John David BLAKE • Andy TORRANCE • Iain BETSON • David Alan SMITH • Sophie CHATER • Philip WELCH • Lyndsey BROWNE • Ciara WILLIAMS • Christina BENJAMIN • James QUINN • Joanna EVANS • Michael ILLING • John DOBBS • Preena DIVECHA • Martin SEARLE • Rob WITHALL • Zoe DOBBS • Maria WAITE • Dennis CAREY • Lucy J DUNCAN • Angela M DUNCAN • Diane ANSTISS • Maria HERNANDEZ-HUMM • Peter HUMM • Judith ALDRIDGE • Karen FISH • Robert BEALES • Joanne Heidi SMITH • Julia FITZGERALD • Anastacia PALMER • Alice TATE • Tim TATE • Dhruv SYAM

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

The male record is held by William MYCROFT who recorded a time of 15:39 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:01 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
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 9,923 participants have completed 60,613 parkruns covering a total distance of 303,065 km, including 11,697 new Personal Bests. A total of 663 individuals have volunteered 3,608 times.

Have a great week.

Best wishes

Maria

Run Director

 

 

Event 151 The Record Breaker

This week 692 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 100 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

692 people is now our new record attendance and defiantly presented new challenges and issues which where dealt with by 33 amazing volunteers:

Ali YOUNG • Andrew CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Jackie O'DOWD • Stephen PENDRIGH • Madelaine PENDRIGH • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Jonathan MURRIN • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Philip GIBBS • Cindy BEEDELL • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • Harry LOVATT • Rosie CHATER • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Iain SCARLETT • Philip HAY • Paula ALLIBONE • Richard ALLIBONE • Rachel CAIRN • Su TYSOE • Emma GRAY • Julia FITZGERALD • Anastacia PALMER • Amy SCARLETT • Joseph PYE • Jeremy WASDEN • Dhruv SYAM • Avni MASHRU

This weeks run report was written by Jeremy Wasden visiting from Northala Fields.

Thank you Rickmansworth, for a lovely parkrun this morning!

I popped over to Ricky for your parkrun, really in honour of my pal, Caroline Scarlett’s 100th Parkrun.  She said there would be cake! But more on that later…

Clan Scarlett (1)

The weather was a little grey and overcast, a dampening of rain in the air, not cold, which will probably make for some good finish times today!   Certainly nothing to put off the hardy folk of Herts.

My home parkrun is just down the road at Northala Fields, and I am not much of a tourist so great to come and tick a local parkrun off my to-do list.  We are lucky to have these places on our doorsteps with the mixed scenery of Northala or the lovely view of the lakes that Rickmansworth has to offer. With plenty of other great parkruns available locally we are spoilt for choice!

But what really makes a parkrun are people.

Well, you had nearly seven hundred of you gorgeous people attending today.  Boy are you popular Rickmansworth!  First timers, old hands, New Years resolutionists, dogs, cats, you were all here (well maybe not cats).  I am sure some are drawn by your flat fast course.  Not that course speed is something that will make a huge difference to me, my speed puts me in the trier category.

All you Lovely Ricky's (1)

Plenty of first-timers along today and I hope they loved their experience and tootle on back again another time to see you soon!  A weekly parkrun at Rickmansworth is a great way to anchor your running habit.  Saturday = parkrunday.

 

You have a wonderful selection of volunteers; enthusiastic volunteers on the course and a welcome team organising the time keeping, funnel and scanning at the end.  They were busy today so please send some love their way.  It’s important not to forget the volunteers you don’t see, like the coordinators, early doors set-up and clearers away.   The best way to show your appreciation is to volunteer yourself!  It’s fun, do it often and they give you a sleek purple T Shirt!  It improves your time by 3% guaranteed*.

Hard working token and time team (1)

 

At parkrun I enjoy the short interactions I have with people or just watch, vignette’s if you like, snatches of conversation and life.  The love shown by the runner who comes back to encourage his mum, behind me, to a strong finish.  Jane overtook me at the end and I didn’t have the heart to try to fight back, it would have been impolite (okay so I didn’t have the legs either but lets keep that quiet).  It’s lovely to see family working together.

I mentioned the reason I was here today was Caroline Scarlett, a friend of mine for some 25 years, who was with my wife the night I met them both.  The Scarlett family, cousins and friends were here in numbers with Iain, Caroline’s husband also completing his 50th parkrun today and their children, Lucy, Amy and Freddie all either running or volunteering.  Iain tail walked for a cheeky run/volunteer double "</p

Caroline is a member of Ricky Running Sisters and it was lovely to see the famous sisters out in force today.  They encouraged Caroline to try Couch To 5k and then parkrun.  And through her running, Caroline encouraged me (and plenty of others) to try following her example through C25K and parkrun and here I am!  So, in short this report is all Caroline’s fault…. Thank you

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

The male record is held by William MYCROFT who recorded a time of 15:39 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:01 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
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 9,594 participants have completed 58,512 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,560 km, including 11,329 new Personal Bests. A total of 629 individuals have volunteered 3,516 times.

 

Event number 149…the one with the hangover!

What a wonderful start to 2020 we had at Ricky parkrun. It may have been outcast weather wise and some of us feeling a little delicate from the night before but we saw 556 people run, jog and walk our lovely course, of whom 130 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 61 different clubs took part and we had had visitors from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. We also welcomed Frosty the Snowman (from Oxford) who ran the double, first with us and then on to Cassiobury which so many others also did. Well done to you all. Your Run Director enjoyed a leisurely coffee in the café while processing the results during your endeavour!

Warming Up!

Warming Up!

Congratulations to Bernie Conway who completed her 100th volunteering for us. Why not make one of your new year resolutions to volunteer at one in every 10 parkrun you run. We would never have to beg or cajole for volunteers if this happened…what a marvellous thought…

Frosty!
Frosty!

Thank you to our fabulous 30 volunteers this week:

Mark MAYFIELD • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Martyn MAYNARD • Claire PEARCE • John NORRIS • Joanna EVANS • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Bernie CONWAY • Preena DIVECHA • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Helene PHILIPSON • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • Alan SENDALL • Kelly BAKER • Austin BAKER • Harry LOVATT • Diane ANSTISS • Matt SANDFORD • Philip HAY • Hannah SANDFORD • Judith ALDRIDGE • Su TYSOE • Martin ROGERS • Lia STUBBINGS • Kevin JONES • Alexander GIBBS • Rosi JORDON

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

The male record is held by William MYCROFT who recorded a time of 15:39 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:01 on 25th December 2019 (event number 147).
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 9,385 participants have completed 57,134 parkruns covering a total distance of 285,670 km, including 11,191 new Personal Bests. A total of 622 individuals have volunteered 3,457 times.

 

All the best for 2020 and your parkrun adventures.

Maria

 

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