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…
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.
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*.
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
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.