#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.

 

 

#127 – Bright and breezy

Despite some strong winds, we enjoyed another great Saturday morning at Ricky parkrun. We were joined by 459 fine folk running, jogging and walking the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part. Well done to everyone who got round.

We had several regulars celebrating milestones with us on Saturday; Jackie Arigho, Geoff Day, Robert Stuttaford and Dylan Wendleken all ran their 50th events, Robert Moody celebrated a century and Dermot Smyth chalked up his 150th parkrun. Additionally, Guy Anstiss completed his 25th volunteering stint with us. Congratulations to all.

Given the tricky conditions, there were some great times on Saturday; Thames Valley Harrier Andrew Mitchell was first finisher in 16:50, Alden Collier came in second in 17:06, just ahead of Ryan Hogan in 17:07. Maddie Hughes was first lady in 19:38, just pipping Jennifer Harvey in 19:39 with Marea Logan third in 21:02. Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

The event was made possible by 22 wonderful volunteers:

Clive M WICKHAM • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Andy NICE • Jo WATKINSON • Lesley GRAY • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Peter TUCKER • Robert KENISON • Ellie BATES • Sandra FLYNN • Philip GIBBS • Kaitlyn FLYNN • Anne O CONNOR • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Matt SANDFORD • Jeremy PALEY • Cameron FRASER • Adam SHACKLADY • Anne HARRADINE

As ever, our parkrun only happens each week with the help of our volunteers. If you enjoy running with us, please occasionally give a little back by doing a volunteering stint. If you can help, please contact us at rickmansworth@parkrun.com.

The weather looks decent for this coming Saturday. Looking forward to seeing many of you then for another fantastic start to the weekend at Ricky parkrun.

Take care,
Andy

 

#123 – Summer Runnin’ (Had Me A Blast)

Saturday saw yet another great day for running at Ricky parkrun. We were joined by 494 fine folk running, jogging and walking the course, of whom 79 were first timers and 87 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part. Well done to everyone who got round.

We had several regulars celebrating milestones with us on Saturday; Gemma Tucker completed her 100th parkrun, whilst Julia Mann, Clare Berry, David Gilbert, Eileen Mayley and Sam Fisher all managed their 50th event. Congratulations to all.

Given the warm and humid conditions, there were some great times on Saturday; David Lawrence was first finisher in 17:12, Phil Oddy came in second in 17:24, just ahead of James Turner in 17:30. Regular Sasha Birkin was first lady in 19:38, followed by Clara Stainer in 21:02 and Jenny Kowalczyk in 22:15. Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

The event was made possible by 22 wonderful volunteers:

Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Emma BISGROVE • Andy NICE • Kristin CAVENDER • Jo WATKINSON • John NORRIS • Bernie CONWAY • Kevin BARRETT • Andrew WILLIAMS • Neil ADCOCK • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Philip HAY • Richard ALLIBONE • Hannah SANDFORD • Cameron FRASER • Jamie HERSHON • Gillian SHACKLADY • Adam SHACKLADY • Claire POLLARD • Lewis LEINWEBER

As ever, our parkrun only happens each week with the help of our volunteers. If you enjoy running with us, please occasionally give a little back by doing a volunteering stint. If you can help, please contact us at rickmansworth@parkrun.com.

It looks like we'll be blessed with another warm and sunny morning on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing many of you then for another fantastic start to the weekend at Ricky parkrun.

Take care,
Andy

 

#108 Spring has Sprung – 23-Mar-19

This week 463 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 93 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

First of all, thank you to our wonderful volunteers:

Andrew CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Jill TAUNT • Simon TRIMBEE • Jo WATKINSON • Joanna EVANS • Helen SMITHSON • Rob WITHALL • Sam MORRIS • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • Nanette MORGAN • Diane ANSTISS • Frances CALVER • Guy ANSTISS • Jessica HOWARTH • Caroline SCARLETT • Philip HAY • Sarah HALLAM • Cameron FRASER • Su TYSOE • Tom GUTREICH • Matt MCKARELL • Michael FUNNELL • Adam SHACKLADY • Jane MOORE-TAYLOR • Amy SCARLETT Today we welcomed overseas tourists from South Africa and Denmark. We also now have our very own selfie photo frame seen here modelled by our South African guests and the Howarth family:

Visitors from South Africa

Visitors from South Africa


Howarth Girls

Howarth Girls

Milestones

The following did their 10th parkrun: Amber STUBBINGS, Mark BARTLETT, Deborah HOPKINS, Claire POLLARD, Martin DONNELLY, Catherine AHMAD, Leonardo BORRILL, James LATHAM and Mark TUTIN. Unfortunately, only those under 17 quality for a T-shirt – the rest of you will have to wait until 50 runs. We had 3 people reach the 50 milestone: Sue CARVELL. Isabel MONTESDEOCA and Ruth HOLROYD. Don’t forget to order your T-shirts!

Duke of Edinburgh Volunteering

A couple of our volunteers will be finishing soon, and we will be in a position to take on a couple of new Duke of Edinburgh volunteers. Unfortunately, we have to restrict the number of U18 volunteers that we have so we can’t take on everyone who applies. If you are interested in doing your volunteering with us please send an email to Rickmansworth@parkrun.com and tell us why you would like to volunteer with us. We’ll send you a questionnaire to complete. If you are accepted as one of our DofE volunteers we will put a schedule together for you giving you a cross section of our volunteer roles to cover. Don’t worry – we will give you full training. Parents – please get your son’s and daughters to make the applications to us themselves.

Children Running Alone

Sadly, we have to report that once again an Under 11 was found running alone without a parent or guardian. parkrun’s rules are very strict on this. U11’s must at all times be within arm’s reach of an adult guardian. If you allow your child, or the child you are responsible for, to run unchaperoned you run the risk of having your results removed. I had several runners last week report to me about a young girl who was running alone. This also affects other runners as they stop to try and help the unaccompanied child.

Thank you for reading. If you have got this far and would like to volunteer please send an email with your barcode number to rickmansworth@parkrun.com and tell us when you’d like to volunteer and if there is a particular role you would like to do.

Thank you for coming to Rickmansworth parkrun

Lesley Keddy – A208223

 

Event #106 – Wind, Barriers but No Guinea Pigs!

Despite the barriers and mud this week 456 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part. Well done to all and great to meet our visitors from Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. I know we gave them a very warm welcome.

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And they're off...

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Congratulations to Mary Withall for completing her 25th volunteering as she is now a member of the coveted purple club. Mary has a long history of volunteering at Ricky parkrun, often uncredited so she deserved the superior drum roll she got.

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Mary and the RRS

I mentioned on Saturday that we have an automated external defibrillator (AED) located in the entrance of The Café in the Park and one of our parkrunners spoke to me afterwards about her own personal experience regarding the use of an AED highlighting how important it was that we all know where these are located in our communities. While I should stress that the need to use an AED is very rare, it’s use can save lives.

Please remember to be courteous to other park users. A member of the public approached me to say that she is unsteady on her feet and fast, approaching runners caused her some alarm on Saturday. Although we all know that parkrun is every Saturday at 0900, it can come as a bit of a surprise to the innocent so please be careful.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers, many of them members of the Ricky Running Sisters (RRS) this week. Honorary RRS member and fellow Run Director, Rob Withall deserves a special mention for the behind-the-scenes help he gives even when he is not on duty.

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Time for a token

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Scanned now off for a coffee

 

Big hand for the following:

Clive M WICKHAM • Karen SPROD • Lesley KEDDY • Matthew ROBINS • Chelsi LANGSFORD • Claire RAWLINS • Joanna EVANS • Lily HARRISON • Paul RAWLINS • Kate PENDRED • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Imelda ASPINALL • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • Anne O CONNOR • Diane ANSTISS • Trevor ALDERSON • Rebecca MORRIS • Philip HAY • Hanna CHORBACHI • Cameron FRASER • Marie BIR-STAUNTON • Judith ALDRIDGE • Sylvia MOSS • Tom GUTREICH • Adam SHACKLADY • Ollie MARSHALL • Jessica RAWLINS

Please supplement your parkrun runs by adding in a volunteering stint, email us at rickmansworth@parkrun.com

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 6,885 participants have completed 37,393 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,965 km, including 8,188 new Personal Bests. A total of 480 individuals have volunteered 2,324 times.

Hope you are having a great week.

Maria

#loveparkrun

 

#98…Records and Milestones!

I believe I can open with a whoop whoop this week as a colossal 531 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 93 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part. What a fabulous start to RED, dry or whatever January everyone is doing.

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Congratulations go to the following:

Jackie and Malcolm Hall on each completing 150 parkruns. Did they run every one of them together?

Joanna Evans on closely following the award of a coveted purple shirt, she now gains her red one! Well done on her 50th parkrun.

Ali Young – Team GB member, endurance runner and parkrun volunteer, huge congratulations on completing her 100th parkrun.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19
The Milestoners...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19

Results:
First home was Allan James Stewart at 17:23 and our first female was Ali Young (we knew her 100th would be celebrated in style) at 18:58. Well done to both of them.

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The face of someone who knows they've got a PB this week...

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Sophie CHATER • Jackie HALL • Malcolm HALL • Sasha BIRKIN • Kieron CAMPION • Sarah OCKENDON • Joanna EVANS • Lily HARRISON • Robert KENISON • Preena DIVECHA • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • Tracy HOWARTH • H Matthew HOWARTH • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Cameron FRASER • Judith ALDRIDGE • Jon DAVIES • Matt MCKARELL • Adam SHACKLADY • Anastacia PALMER

Rickmansworth Parkrun 5/1/19
Turn left at the lake otherwise you'll fall in!

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

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=98

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 6,380 participants have completed 33,329 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,645 km, including 7,524 new Personal Bests. A total of 452 individuals have volunteered 2,106 times.

All the best
Maria
#loveparkrun

 

#95 – We Wish You a Merry Christmas – 25th December 2018

48418548_1077950452385650_6896557939285295104_nThis week 352 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. We were delighted to have 19 folk doing parkrun for the very first time! We hope you’ll be back again. We were also joined by YOPA – he is Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity Mascot for 2018. He has had a mission to visit all of Hertfordshire’s parkruns this year – his last one is Gadebridge where he will be on Saturday 29th December.
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As you’d expect on Christmas Day we had quite a few tourists. I am sorry I do not know your names but we had tourists from South Africa and Hong Kong – that’s a long way to come. Quite a few of you came in Christmas Fancy Dress. We didn’t have a photographer this week as he was on other duties at our parkrun but here are some photos we managed to get:
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Volunteers

We were delighted to have a full roster of volunteers bearing in mind it was Christmas Day. Thank you all so much and for the extras who mucked in on the day. We are still a few volunteers short for New Year’s Day so if you are able to help us please send an email to rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com

Frances CHATER • Andrew CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Karen SPROD • Lesley KEDDY • Malcolm HUTCHINGS • Sarah OCKENDON • John NORRIS • Debbie EDWARDS • Bernie CONWAY • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Rosie CHATER • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Matt SANDFORD • Philip HAY • Nicola ANSTISS • Sara LOWE • Deborah BAYLISS • Claire CAMPION • Anastacia PALMER • Barrie STAINTHORPE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rickmansworth parkrun Results Page.

New Year’s Day

Are you going to be doing the NYD Double? This is the only day in the whole year that you can record two parkruns on the same day. We are partnering with our neighbours at Cassiobury to offer you this opportunity. Come to Ricky at 09:00 and then hotfoot it across to Cassiobury for a 10:30 start. If you driving between the 2 then do try and lift share as parking will be at a premium. If you’d like to cycle between the two then you can join RD Lesley who will be cycling from Ricky to Cassiobury – don’t forget a lock for your bike!

Lesley Keddy, RD

 

#Event number 93…Milestones and Jumpers!

The promised sleet held off, and we witnessed a technicolour tapestry of Christmas jumpers this week where 341 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

We also celebrated a plethora of wonderful parkrun milestones, congratulations to:
v25 Club – Queen of the Scanners, Joanna Evans
50th parkrun – the Boss, Andy Nice
100th parkrun – the Dazzling Duo, Lesley Keddy and Sarah Ockendon (thanks too for the celebratory cake.)

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

While the Christmas Jumper competition was of a very high standard, there had to be one winner and congratulations go to Martyn Maynard who sported a very festive jumper. See him in action below...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

Results:
First home was James Laing at 16:39 and our first female was Phillipa Lowe at 18:39. Well done to both of them.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=93

The event was made possible by 21 wonderful volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Frances CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Joanna EVANS • Lily HARRISON • Kate PENDRED • Philip GIBBS • Maria WAITE • H Matthew HOWARTH • Rosie CHATER • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Philip HAY • Cameron FRASER • Judith ALDRIDGE • Karin LOCKETT • Karen FISH • Matt MCKARELL • Anastacia PALMER

Rickmansworth Parkrun 15/12/18

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 6,027 participants have completed 31,230 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,150 km, including 7,276 new Personal Bests. A total of 446 individuals have volunteered 1,993 times.

All the best
Maria
#loveparkrun

 

#91 – I Feel It In My Fingers, I Feel It In My Toes…

Saturday saw us hold event Ricky parkrun number 91, on a dark, wet and miserable morning that had even the ducks looking for a bit of shelter. 199 brave and heavily waterproofed souls ran, jogged and waded the course, of whom miraculously 11 were first timers (WHY??) and remarkably 23 recorded new Personal Bests (HOW??). Representatives of over 20 different clubs - several of which were presumably watersports based - took part.

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At the sharp end of the field, Ricky regular James Turner splashed round in a great time of 18:07, followed by Justin Archer in 19:36 and Richard Moss in 19:39. First lady finisher was Sasha Birkin in 20:08. Great running all round.

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The event was made possible by 23 wonderful volunteers: 
Adam SHACKLADY  •  Anastacia PALMER  •  Andrew CHATER  •  Andy NICE  •  Austin BAKER  •  Cameron FRASER  •  Cathy BYRNE  •  Diane ANSTISS  •  Guy ANSTISS  •  H Matthew HOWARTH  •  Heather KENISON  •  Karen FISH  •  Karen SPROD  •  Kelly BAKER  •  Kevin BARRETT  •  Lily HARRISON  •  Matt MCKARELL  •  Philip HAY  •  Rachel CAIRN  •  Rob WITHALL  •  Sandra FLYNN  •  Sophie CHATER  •  Sylvia MOSS

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/12/18

Anyone wanting to help out as a volunteer at future events should contact the Ricky HQ (rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com). Please remember that without sufficient numbers of volunteers each week, we will not be able to put on safe, fun events. Please get in touch and do your bit!

Rickmansworth Parkrun 1/12/18

The weather is looking a little better for this weekend, so we're looking forward to seeing you all again on Saturday for another great Ricky parkrun. Until then, have a great week and look after yourselves.

Take care,
Andy

 

#87 – Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

As ever, this week's Ricky parkrun was entirely put together through the generously donated time of our volunteers. Unfortunately, this week we didn't have anyone put themselves forward for the photographer role, so as a best endeavour, I have used stock photos and my increasingly shaky memory to best represent the event. Should any of you feel these images do not do us justice, feel free to put yourself down on the roster as photographer in future - no experience required, albeit a camera would help.

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This week's RD (and friend) arrive for the event

So to the event itself; Saturday saw us hold event Ricky parkrun number 87, on a bright autumnal morning that was pretty much perfect for getting out and running. 410 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

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Ricky Aquadrome, last Saturday, around 9am

At the sharp end of the field, Ealing Eagle Laurence Elliott trotted round in a great time of 17:45, followed closely by James Turner in 17:51 and Oliver Howells in 18:10. First lady finisher was Ali Young - despite still carrying an injury! - in 19:16. Great running all round.

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Laurence Elliott giving it some gas in the final straight

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Ali Young, toughing it out

The event was made possible by 19 wonderful volunteers: Frances CHATER • Sophie CHATER • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Andy NICE • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Christine PARTRIDGE • H Matthew HOWARTH • Diane ANSTISS • Rachel CAIRN • Cameron FRASER • Robert STUTTAFORD • David SELWOOD • Karen FISH • Daniel MOSS • Heather KENISON • Michael DRAPER • Adam SHACKLADY • Claire CAMPION

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Our volunteers this week. A super bunch.

Anyone wanting to help out as a volunteer at future events should contact the Ricky HQ (rickmansworthoffice@parkrun.com). Please remember that without sufficient numbers of volunteers each week, we will not be able to put on safe, fun events. Please get in touch and do your bit!

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The weather is looking good for this weekend, so we're looking forward to seeing you all again on Saturday for another great Ricky parkrun. Until then, have a great week and look after yourselves.

Take care,
Andy

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