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


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 #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.





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


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…


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.




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.

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.




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!

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


#148 – another year passes

28th December 2019

It was a grey and miserable day. No one was entirely sure what day of the week it was, but we turned up at the Aquadrome fairly secure in the knowledge that it probably was a parkrunday.

Fortunately, a full pack of volunteers had also roused themselves from Christmas food & drink induced torpor, to help set up, cheer round, time, token & scan, clear down and reset for the next parkrunday.

And the next parkrunday is of course on Wednesday 1st January at 09:00 – a perfect opportunity for an NYPB, and to record a double parkrun. Cassiobury is scheduled to start at 10:30, which should be enough time for people to make the transition. Please consider running or cycling between the two. For those cycling, Lesley Keddy will be leading a peleton (road route); if you’re driving, feel free to post on our FB page to offer lift-shares – and think ahead about where you plan to park. Two parkruns in one morning are quite enough without a panic-jog in between.

In this, the last Ricky parkrun of 2019, 480 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Marjory BLUER • Lesley KEDDY • Sasha BIRKIN • Ciara WILLIAMS • Simon DADOMO • Claire PEARCE • John NORRIS • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Brian CHANDLER • Bernie CONWAY • Steve BOLD • Sheila CHANDLER • Harry LOVATT • Anne O CONNOR • Diane ANSTISS • Deborah DENMAN • Philip HAY • Martin PRIOR • Su TYSOE • Sue JOHNS • Bryony WALSH • Dawn WALSH • Anastacia PALMER • Charlie BLAKE • Alexander GIBBS • Guy GIBBS • 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 9,255 participants have completed 56,578 parkruns covering a total distance of 282,890 km, including 11,125 new Personal Bests. A total of 618 individuals have volunteered 3,427 times.

On a final note, this was my last stint as Run Director. I’ve RD’d at South Oxhey & Rickmansworth for 5 years now, and decided it was time for someone else to have a go (and for me to try to get my 500 t-shirt before the end of 2020!). If you fancy pitching in to help put on parkrun every week, drop us a line at Rickmansworth@parkrun.com or chat to an RD on parkrunday. I can wholeheartedly recommend the experience – it’s great for building ties with the community, developing public-speaking & problem-solving skills, and guarantees a warm-glow as you bask in the thank yous of parkrunners post-run. You’ll be fully supported by a great core team – go on, give it a go!

I’ll still be a Ricky regular – but looking forward to mainly running, and occasionally dipping into the other volunteer roles – so won’t say goodbye, simply, as ever,



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