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.


And they're off...


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.


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.


Time for a token


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.




#104 23rd February 2019

The morning started off misty and foggy but this did not deter the 444 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

We had a visitor from Sweden and welcomed the Move against Cancer 5K Your Way group for the first time and who will now be attending the last Saturday of every month.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Ali YOUNG • Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Sarah OCKENDON • Peter GUDGE • Jackie HARRIS • Sue WESTON • Robert KENISON • Mary WITHALL • Ruth HOLROYD • Rob WITHALL • Maria WAITE • H Matthew HOWARTH • Anne O CONNOR • Sue GOODALL • Diane ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Rachel CAIRN • Judith ALDRIDGE • Robert WENDT • Tom GUTREICH • Suziey WALKER • Heather KENISON • Lizzie GOODALL • Denise PARKER • Adrian FLACK

The upcoming weeks we are looking short of volunteers so we would welcome some offers of support especially from some new faces. If you are able to volunteer please E Mail rickmansworth@parkrun.com with your parkrun number and what you would like to do.

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 6,774 participants have completed 36,429 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,145 km, including 8,044 new Personal Bests. A total of 476 individuals have volunteered 2,272 times.


#103 – 16th February 2019

This week 508 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

We welcomed tourists from near and far.  This year we had tourists from the lovely Portrush in Northern Ireland which is high on most parkrun tourists’ wishlist as it is by the sea and run on sand.

We do have to mention a couple of important reminders this week:


Remember it is 1 dog per runner on a SHORT lead.  A couple of our runners this week tripped over a fellow parkrunner’s dog that had been let off its’ lead.  There are only a few parkrun rules and they are there for a reason.
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Etiquette towards other parkrunners

We have a wide range of abilities amongst our parkrunners.  Please make it easier for the faster participants to pass safely by keeping to the left and if you are running with friend(s) then ensure there is space for other runners to pass you safely.  For the faster runners; it can distress others by shouting at them in a loud voice.  Please call out nicely to others to make way for you.  We suggest you call to them to keep to the left and don’t forget please!

Thank the Volunteers

Please remember the volunteers each week by thanking them as you pass.  A big shout out to this week’s volunteers.  We are always looking for volunteers.  If you are fortunate enough to enjoy running at our parkrun regularly please think about stepping forward to volunteer.  We have such a large pool of runners and if those that are able to offered to help we would not have to keep putting out appeals and you’d only have to help occasionally.  To offer your help, please send an email to rickmansworth@parkrun.com and don’t forget to include your barcode number as it can be difficult for us to find you on our database otherwise.

Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Rosie MOUNTAIN • Matthew ROBINS • Frank RYAN • Chelsi LANGSFORD • Joanna EVANS • Katrina EVERETT • David GWYNNE-EVANS • Mary WITHALL • Rob WITHALL • Philip GIBBS • Maria WAITE • Anne O CONNOR • Matt SHEARLOCK • Nanette MORGAN • Diane ANSTISS • Guy ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Jessica HOWARTH • Jennie GOULD • Rachel CAIRN • Cameron FRASER • Maddy NEVES • Tom GUTREICH • Brian MORGAN • Matt MCKARELL • Gillian SHACKLADY • Adam SHACKLADY • Ollie MARSHALL

We were delighted to give our congratulations to regular parkrunners Brian and Sheila Chandler who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  What better way to celebrate than run a parkrun?  Many congratulations to you both.

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Brian and Sheila Chandler Celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary


We had a few runners celebrating milestones today.

Joining the 50 club we had Richard NEWMAN.  Reaching the 100 milestone were Nathan GEE and Kate DOUGLAS.  Although not an official milestone we still feel it is worthy of a mention – Tracy VALIKANGAS who did her 150th run with us today,  Regular Rickmansworth volunteer Rosie MOUNTAIN also did her 25th volunteer with us today and celebrated by being our Tail Walker.

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Rosie on her 25th Volunteering Task


Thank you for reading and see you at parkrun soon.

Lesley Keddy


Event #102 – Sunshine on a Winter’s Day

Apologies everyone for the late report but it has been a busy week!

With such a dramatic contrast in weather conditions to the previous week, 465 people turned up to the Aquadrome at Rickmansworth last Saturday to run, jog and walk under blue skies and wall to wall sunshine.

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_2534We had 51 first timers and 69 runners recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

Congratulations goes out to Helen Gray who was celebrating her 50th parkrun with us.
We were able to welcome parkrun tourists from as far away as Scotland, Devon and York.
It was also a pleasure to welcome Ciaran Murphy to Rickmansworth parkrun. His home event is Bushy Park and he is the proud owner of a very much coveted and hard earned 500 parkrun T-shirt.
Fin O’Regan visited us from Nonsuch parkrun and was running his 81st different parkrun at Rickmansworth on Saturday.

A  big THANK YOU goes out to all our amazing volunteers:
Sophie CHATER • Lesley KEDDY • Sarah OCKENDON • James MARTIN • Lily HARRISON • Paul RAWLINS • Alex DRIZEN • Preena DIVECHA • Rob WITHALL • Diane ANSTISS • Robert TAYLOR • Guy ANSTISS • Mark OCKENDON • Philip HAY • Jennie GOULD • Cameron FRASER • Sue JOHNS • Karen FISH • Matt MCKARELL • Adam SHACKLADY • Ollie MARSHALL • Anastacia PALMER

We still require a few volunteers for this week and if you are able to assist please email in with your name and barcode number.
If you are unable to help out this week but would still like to volunteer at an upcoming event, please take a look at our future volunteer roster - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rickmansworth/futureroster/ and let us know which date and role you would prefer.

Rickmansworth parkrun cannot happen without our amazing volunteers and all your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Finally! Further to our Facebook reminder, our email address has changed and is now: rickmansworth@parkrun.com
Please add the new address to your contacts so that you will still receive our emails and to ensure that they won’t go into your junk mail files.

Enjoy the rest of your week and I look forward to seeing you all again on parkrunday!

Sarah Ockendon


#100 – yet another attendance record


We've reached our 100th event! What a milestone, and what a way to celebrate!


Summer at the beach

More than a few of you dug under the bed to find your summer togs: as requested, flowery shirts, grass skirts and beach wear all featured - usually over a solid layer of thermals and a parkrun milestone t-shirt.

Katrina Everett (be-sashed below) was one of 5 people to hit the 50 milestone; John Stevens timed his 100th run perfectly to coincide with ours. For the juniors, George Hawkins notched up his 10th run.

A few photos (courtesy of the ever-wonderful Philip Hay) to capture a flavour of the day:

Rickmansworth Parkrun 19/1/19

So where's my medal?

Rickmansworth Parkrun 19/1/19

Rosie & Katrina - grass skirts & sashes

Rickmansworth Parkrun 19/1/19

Debbie - bringing the flavour of Hawaii to barcode scanning.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 19/1/19

Zita - modelling the latest sarong & bobble hat combo

Rickmansworth Parkrun 19/1/19

No - I don't know why we do this either...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 19/1/19

parkrun tourists - will travel for fancy dress and a well-recommended breakfast.

Rickmansworth Parkrun 19/1/19

ED Andy - watch out, you'll have somebody's eye out with those coconuts...

Rickmansworth Parkrun 19/1/19

Peter Cowan received the covetted 600 token. A first timer, he'll probably expect the same fuss when he finishes in position 327 next week... ;-)


A new attendance record! Pacers! Gorgeous volunteers!

You may have noticed that it was a little bit busier than usual. We know its January, we know it was our 100th, but we still didn't expect our near-exponential growth to keep going. On the plus side - over 600 people had a free weekly timed run, supported by 35 volunteers - numbers swelled by the presence of our pacers:

Andy Nice, Sylvia Moss, Stefan Moore, Joe Moore, Andrew Moore, Matt Howarth, Lesley Keddy and Iain Scarlett.

Pacing can be tough job at the best of times - and to get even close to target while dealing with such huge numbers takes a vast amount of concentration, planning and focus. Well done and thank to you all.

And of course a massive thanks to the entire volunteer crew - the people that really make the parkrun magic happen.

Diane ANSTISS, Guy ANSTISS, Deborah BAYLISS, Marjory BLUER, Rachel CAIRN, Rosie CHATER, Sophie CHATER, Preena DIVECHA, Cameron FRASER, Philip GIBBS, Jennie GOULD, Peter GUDGE, Jackie HARRIS, Lily HARRISON, Philip HAY, Jessica HOWARTH, Tracy HOWARTH, H Matthew HOWARTH, Lesley KEDDY, Sarah LEVERIDGE, Richard LOWES, Zita MANSI, James MARTIN, Matt MCKARELL, Joseph MOORE, Stefan MOORE, Andrew MOORE, Sylvia MOSS, Andy NICE, Paul ORANGE, Iain SCARLETT, Adam SHACKLADY, Mary WITHALL, Rob WITHALL


A new attendance record! Wow! AARGH! Hmmm...

The graph (idea stolen gratuitously from our friends at Cassiobury parkrun) shows just how significant the growth has been over the course of January, and helps explain just why you may have had to queue to get to the finish line. It will *probably* start to tail off a bit, before hitting the next bumps in May & September.


But with great numbers come great event management challenges - how can we get better at dealing with >500 runners on a regular basis? Here are a few things we're looking at:


1. Start zones


Start zones - don't think about it, just BELIEVE, and enjoy a smooth, pain-free start!


I know you want a PB, and you don't want to waste precious seconds getting to the start line. BUT - if everyone starts pretty much or order of their expected finish time, it will actually help EVERYONE get started faster. Just BELIEVE and GIVE IT A GO! (I'll stop shouting now). Start zones are used at quite a few other parkruns, and do seem to be remarkably effective in reducing aggro, injury and corner-cutting, while actually improving everyone's overall times.


2. Finish Funnel

It's gonna get longer. I thought I'd made it quite long - but obviously not long enough. It will get longer. And you can help us too - when you hit the finish line, please KEEP MOVING. I know you're exhausted, I know you need to find the right button on your watch, but there's a whole load of other runners piling in after you. Keep moving, and hold your hand out so that the finish token volunteers can place a token in your hand - this is the fastest and safest way to hand over tokens on a cold day. And then move briskly out of the funnel, and go find the scanners.


3. Tourism suggestions!

Don't get me wrong - I'm thrilled that you found parkrun, and I know we have the prettiest course, the best cafe and the loveliest volunteers of all the parkruns in Rickmansworth. But now that you're on your parkrun journey, why not try some parkrun tourism? Our near neighbours South Oxhey can offer a very different experience - a less crowded start, some really good hill training, and only 3 miles away, so a chance to cycle there and back. You could even thow in a dip in the canal and do the full triathlon! (Don't throw in a dip in the canal. Please don't).

The nearest parkruns to Ricky are: South Oxhey (3.3m), Cassiobury (3.4m), Harrow (6.7m), Aldenham (6.9m), Black Park (7.1m), Northala Fields (7.6m), Canons Park (7.8m), Gadebridge (8.7m), St Albans (9.7m), Upton Court (10.4m).


 And finally...

Before I go, a few links to things that might be of interest:

Track your parkrun challenge progress and get virtual badges with the parkrun Chrome extension: https://running-challenges.co.uk/

Get all the news and views and gossip with the parkrun podcasts:

  • The Official parkrun podcast: http://www.freeweeklytimed.com/
  • The Not Official parkrun podcast: https://withmenow.libsyn.com/
  • The DownUnder parkrun podcast: https://parkrunadventurers.libsyn.com/

That's pretty much it - a fantastic 100th event to set the scene for the next 100. Remember to check your diary and work out when you want to set a date to volunteer - contact us at rickmansworthhelpers@parkrun.com to book your slot or ask any questions. And we'll see you all again on Saturday for event 101!