Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 18th January 2020 – Event 466

 

 

This will be my eternal punishment

Report by Pippa White
Photos by Simon Fisher (To view the complete set in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157712722612327)
 

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This parkrunday I was determined to have fun, a week off from volunteering and writing… a morning just enjoyed. Not only has this week been about as stressful as possible mentally, I’m returning from injury (cracked sacrum) and today’s conditions underfoot were just about the worst possible conditions for me to run in. Icy, muddy, uncertain camber, puddles… and it didn’t take much for me to join Nicki Clark, parkrun’s most volunteery volunteer at the tail and a virtuous walk. Was this an eternal punishment? No… a regular joy.
For those that like to know, park in the school, the postcode works superbly. Big sign visible from the road. Waterproof knee length shoes (but not wellies) with cross country spikes would have been sensible. Mud is going to go everywhere so bring changes of clothes, socks, shoes, hats etc.
 

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The weather from about 50cm above ground was lovely, and parkrun’s slightly lesser vaunted mental health benefits were my biggest reward of the morning. By the end of the 5k my head was clearer than it’s been in months; I’d chatted parkrun, kids, spun tall stories, listened, responded, had micro conversations with marshals. Nothing has changed materially in what I have to deal with but I’ve changed and found strength in the mud and ice topped puddles. Thanks to a tiny stretch out at the end we ended in just under the hour with a half flourish finish or a flour finish. And a flour finish means flour based products afterwards! If your parkrun felt hard, the finish less than you would want, you now know what to do – eat cake or a sandwich at the café looking over the playpark.
 

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To the numbers
Just 7 people completed their first official parkrun today – welcome to you all and do come and try to improve on your time next time. Just two people came back for a second Riddlesdown run and both improved. Well done!
For official club recognition, Mike GARVIN completed run 50 today and will soon be getting a red tshirt. Lily BEY has just joined the most exclusive parkrun club – junior 10 club. Lily, wear that white tshirt with pride and joy and whenever there are adults around who found parkrun over the age of 18.
Other numbers are in the results – as it’s run 466, shout outs to runner #4 James PHILPOT and runner #66 Sara CROUCH for being the pair who completed the run number. No one has yet run the year at Riddlesdown so far, but Liam HATCHER came closer with 20:18…surely someone can chase down a nice 20:20 result. On the subject of nice numbers in the results, Mark ELLISON is charged to enjoy a soft ice cream with a flake before his next parkrun – surely the best way to celebrate almost reaching a milestone. Next week with cake for 100?
Another particularly important number was 24 awesome volunteers, many of whom were waiting patiently to cheer the final completers in. Thankyou to all. Hopefully you found joy in a dry (above 50cm from the ground) parkrun and clear blue skies… eternal happiness? Apparently according to the research last year.
 

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parkrun complete there was the packing up and the trolley transporting to the hurdles shed. The perennial problem for all parkruns is finding a dry place to stow the kit and a way to transport the kit to that place. I was introduced to the trolley cast off by the school and limping politely on with the care of the core team. And Barrie, helping reverse the trolley into the shed was heard to utter the fateful words “This will be my eternal punishment”. Barrie, thank you for your help, another phrase to add to my stash of brilliant sayings heard at parkrun, your cheerful marshalling as I walked around and for tucking parkrun up for the week.
 

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Report by Pippa White from Queen Elizabeth parkrun

 

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 2nd November 2019 – Event 453

The One with the Lowest Attendance of the Year

Report by Andrew Bull

Rugby and the weather conspired together so there were only 92 finishers – the lowest of 2019 and the second lowest since January 2017.

So very often the weather is kind to parkrunners on a Saturday morning but not today. Sunny at 8am. Fine and dry although windy at 9am. Then within 2 minutes of the start very strong winds and heavy rain. This combined with the puddles and mud meant it was the worst parkrunning conditions for a long time.

The bad weather, combined with firework events, meant there were over 90 UK cancellations, many having to be cancelled on Saturday morning. Not at Riddlesdown though – 453 events – zero cancellations.

Susan Rogers was Run Director, so a huge vote of thanks to her and her mightily soaking wet band of 26 volunteers. Volunteers make parkrun happen so please volunteer for the next few weeks. Lots of spaces on the roster to be filled. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com REMEMBER - NO volunteers means NO parkrun.

Today there were 92 finishers. 13 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 4 were doing their first ever parkrun. Hope they are not put off for life. Well done and will be great to see you all again. There were also 5 personal bests including first finisher Hugh Lindsay. There were 8 ‘unknown’ this week, perhaps, partly because of scanning problems in the wet.
REMEMBER – Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Milestones
Genevieve Henkins earns the red t-shirt on her 50th parkrun. She first ran on 26th May 2018, so has only taken 17 months. Apart from a run at Eden Project all have been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered 16 times. Well done Genevieve.

Neve Horn earns the red t-shirt on her 50th parkrun. She first ran on 23rd April 2016 and everyone has been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered once. Well done Neve.

Mark Ingram earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 15th September 2018, so has taken under 14 months and 43 have been at Riddlesdown. He has also volunteered twice. Well done Mark.

Megan Siobhan Hammond earns the red t-shirt on her 50th parkrun. She first ran on 19th May 2012, mostly at Lloyd park, and has now run at 20 locations. Well done Megan.

Lara Patrick earns the white t-shirt on her 10th parkrun. She first ran on 27th June 2015, so has taken some time but has recently run most weeks. Well done Lara.

Kevin Burnett – 500th parkrun
Kevin becomes only the 86th person to complete 500 parkruns. Some of you will know him as he used to be a Riddledown regular having run 133 times here, but hasn’t done so for over 2 years, but still runs around the South London area. Great achievement Kevin.

First Male Finishers
1. Hugh LINDSAY – 18:44 (PB)
2. Martin FILER – 18:52
3. Nick MARSHALL – 19:32

First Female Finishers
1. Nicola ARCHER – 21:44
2. Juliet CLEGHORN – 22:08
3. Selena WONG – 24:14

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown event 454, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 12th October 2019 – Event 450

THE ONE WHERE THE WEATHER WAS MUCH KINDER THAN THE FORECAST

Report by Andrew Bull

This weekend was Riddlesdown's 450th parkrun. It first took place on 2nd July 2011 and still has never been cancelled.

Of course, last week parkrun nationally celebrated 15 years. Yes, we know it all started with 13 runners in a park near Kingston but it is still amazing that it has now grown to over 1600 events in 21 countries with up to 300,000 participants and 30,000 volunteers…

It was yet another wet and windy Friday night, with storms forecast for Saturday. On Saturday morning however, the rain had cleared, and we were blessed with a dry and relatively fine morning. There was standing water and mud of course, but we’re used to that at Riddlesdown.

Today’s Run Director was Helen Peters, supported by a mighty band of 28 volunteers, thanks to everyone. The volunteer roster for the next two weeks looking good but lots of spaces beyond that, so please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com REMEMBER - NO volunteers means NO parkrun.

Today there were 147 finishers. 23 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 7 were doing their first ever parkrun – well done and hope to see you all again. There were also 11 personal bests and there were 7 ‘unknown athletes’ this week.
REMEMBER – Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Milestones
Susanna Macdonald earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 4th February 2017, mostly running at Woking, but in recent times has become a parkrun tourist including running in France and Ireland. Well done Susanna.

First Male Finishers
1. Tom PARR – 18:15 (Interestingly Tom has not done a parkrun run since 26/3/16 where he was also first finisher at Riddlesdown in
a time just 2 seconds faster than today.)
2. Darren EKINS – 18:30
3. Malachi MESSETTE – 18:58

First Female Finishers
1. Nicola ARCHER – 20:19
2. Ciara FLOOD – 23:01
3. Gemma SANDERS – 24:18

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown event 451, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 14th September 2019 – Event 446

The One Where Conor Was RD for the First Time

Report by Andrew Bull

The early autumn fine weather continued this week. Hard dry paths and fine sunshine. What a great day to be parkrunning!

Today’s Run Director was Conor O’Shea. He was brilliantly supported by 27 magnificent volunteers. Huge thanks you to every one of you. The volunteers are essential to the success of parkrun. The roster is looking a bit thin for coming weeks so if you can assist please volunteer well in advance so the RD can plan ahead. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com if you can volunteer.

Conor is part of the Core Team at Riddlesdown parkrun, and today was his first time in charge as Run Director. He first started volunteering in 2012 for his Duke of Edinburgh award whilst at Warlingham School. He has now volunteered a massive 285 times! He also started running in 2012 and has now done 79 runs, 78 at Riddlesdown. Sadly, Conor had serious health issues which led to a liver transplant in December 2018. Thankfully he made a swift recovery and was soon at Riddlesdown where he is still volunteering most weeks. He will be having further surgery soon and we all pray that it goes well, Conor.

The good weather meant there were 227 finishers, 20 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 14 were doing their first ever parkrun, the highest number for many weeks. Well done and hope to see you all again. There were a massive 46 personal bests – that’s one in every five finishers! That includes Event Director Nicki.

There were also a huge 13 ‘unknown athletes’ this week. New parkrunners please try to register before your first run. It is certainly not compulsory but means all that effort of getting up early then running 5K is officially recorded. It only takes a few minutes to register, just go to www.parkrun.org.uk/register .
Remember - Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Official Milestones
Stephanie Upton earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 23rd May 2009 when Banstead Woods was the 3rd parkrun. 72 of her runs have been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered 62 times. Well done Steph.

Matt Sparkes earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 19th August
2017 and all of his runs have been at Riddlesdown. Well done Matt.

Unofficial Milestones
Katy Hubbard runs her 150th parkrun. She first ran on 25th January 2014, and 139 runs have been at Riddlesdown, and she has run in Italy and South Africa. She has also volunteered 63 times and is part of Riddlesdown’s Core Team of volunteers. Well done Katy.

Gill Hallson runs her 200th parkrun. She first ran on 21st January 2012, and 166 runs have been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered 86 times. Well done Gill.

Stat of the Week
On this weekend there were over 300,000 parkrunners worldwide – the highest worldwide attendance since Easter weekend in April.

First Male Finishers
1. Hugo HEWITT – 16:14
2. Patrick Canavan – 16:47
3. Alastair Falconer – 17:29

First Female Finishers
1. Nicola Archer – 20:58
2. Ange Norris – 21:11
3. Stephanie Upton – 21:39

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown event 447, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 17th August 2019 – Event 442

 

 

The One Where The Report Writer’s Mum Did Her 100th parkrun

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Stephen Kennedy (to see the whole set in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157710375550371)
 

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What is it about the weather on Friday nights? Yet again we had heavy rain overnight, leaving standing water and mud. But at least the rain had gone, and the sun was out.
 

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Run Director was Helen Peters and Helen was brilliantly supported by 26 able volunteers.
 

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Huge thanks you to every one of you. The volunteers are essential to the success of parkrun. The roster is looking good for next week but many vacancies for later weeks. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com if you can assist, or sign up on the future roster which will be on the table where barcodes are scanned!
 

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The overnight rain meant numbers were slightly down, with 186 finishers, 14 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 6 were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done and hope to see you all again. Given the conditions there were also an impressive 22 personal bests.
 

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There were also 10 ‘unknown’ this week. New parkrunners please try to register before your first run. It is certainly not compulsory but means all that effort of getting up early then running 5K is officially recorded. It only takes a few minutes to register, just go to www.parkrun.org.uk/register.
Remember - #DFYB. No barcode, no result, no exceptions.
 

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Milestones
Christine Bull, yes, my Mum, earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 18th March 2017, so has only taken 2 years 5 months to achieve. 42 of her runs have been at Riddlesdown and she has run at 49 different parkrun locations.
 

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She’s been saying she is going to retire at 100, but I’m sure she’s only joking! Well done Christine.

Margaret Massette earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 10th September 2016, all 100 runs have been at Riddlesdown, that’s dedication. Well done Margaret.
 

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Unofficial Milestone
Ian Miller runs his 150th parkrun. He first ran on 15th November 2014, and 143 runs have been at Riddlesdown, and he has twice run in Australia.
 

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He has also volunteered 33 times. Well done Ian.

Barrie’s Bend
As well as being the furthest point from the registration area on the Riddlesdown parkrun route, Barrie’s Bend is now also a major meeting point for residents and visitors. This week Barrie appears to be hosting the local kennel club!
 

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First Male Finishers
 

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1. Dylan WYMER – 17:08
2. Michael DAVIS 19:08
3. Paul BAILLIE – 19:38

First Female Finishers
 

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1. Daisy May COLLINGRIDGE – 20:45
2. Rowena FRANCIS – 20:51
3. Laura MANNING – 21:02

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown parkrun Event 443, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.
 

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Report by Andrew Bull

 

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 3rd August 2019 – Event 440

 

 

The One Where the Mud had Gone and the Sun Was Out.

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Simon Fisher (to view the whole album in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157710085471636)
 

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After two wet and miserable Saturday mornings there was a dramatic change in the weather with a hot sun and all those puddles had dried up. What a difference a week can make.
 

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Today’s Run Director was Susan Rogers and it was very nice to notice that there was near silence as she did the pre-run briefing. It is important that everyone is quiet and listening as it is an essential part of parkrun, so please be respectful, even if you have heard it many times before.
 

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Susan was majestically supported by 28 noble volunteers. Brilliantly done every one of you.
 

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The volunteer roster for August is looking fairly healthy but has spaces to be filled, particularly on 17th August. To view the roster and see where the gaps are, click here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/riddlesdown/futureroster/ Please remember without volunteers parkrun would not exist. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com if you can assist.
 

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The hot weather saw an increase in numbers, and there were 231 finishers, 33 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 15 were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done and hope to see you all again. Given the conditions there were also an impressive 39 personal bests.
 

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There were also 5 ‘unknown athletes’ this week.
Remember - Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB
 
Milestones
Alexander Preston earns his white t-shirt on his 10th parkrun. He first ran on 22nd July 2017, all his runs have been at Riddlesdown. Of his 10 runs, 6 have been PBs including today. Well done Alexander.

Katie Innes earns her white t-shirt on her 10th parkrun. She first ran on 30th March this year, all her runs have been at Riddlesdown. Of her 10 runs, 3 have been PBs including today. Well done Katie.
 
First Male Finishers
 

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1. Hugo HEWITT – 16:50
2. Joe PRICHARD – 17:43
3. Patrick CANAVAN – 17:53
 
First Female Finishers
 

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1. Nicola ARCHER – 19:48
2. Juliet CLEGHORN – 20:15
3. Natalie GENTRY – 21:18
 
Next Saturday will be event 441 at Riddlesdown, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.
 

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Report by Andrew Bull

 

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 27th July 2019 – Event 439

 

 

The One in The Week Where a UK Record Temperature was Set - and the Mud Returned to Riddlesdown

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Chris Wright

For the second Saturday running a hot dry week was followed by Friday night storms and a damp soggy Saturday morning.
Thursday saw a UK record temperature set but the Friday night rain left mud and lying water, more like January than July. And this week the rain didn’t even stop for the parkrun.
 

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Despite the miserable conditions there was an increase in numbers over last week and our heroic but soaking wet volunteers who made the event possible.
 

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The week’s Run Director was grumpy Steve O’Loughlin who had a lot to be grumpy about.
 

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He was ably supported by 25 heroic volunteers. Brilliantly done every one of you. The volunteer roster for August still has spaces to be filled – see the following link! https://www.parkrun.org.uk/riddlesdown/futureroster/
Please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. NO volunteers means NO parkrun. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com if you can assist.

The wet weather meant there were 144 finishers, 11 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 5 were doing their first ever parkrun (what a day to choose) well done and hope to see you all again. Given the conditions there were also an impressive 13 personal bests.
There were also 7 unknown athletes this week.
Remember - Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Milestones
 

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Barrie Finch earned his green t-shirt today, running his 250th parkrun, and his 155th at Riddlesdown. Barrie has volunteered on 7 occasions, and regularly accompanies one of his young nephews around our course. Congratulations Barrie!

Jamie Witts earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 2nd January 2016, 42 of his runs have been at Riddlesdown and he has also run at Inverness. Well done Jamie.

First Male Finishers
1. Unknown - #DFYB (This runner did not forget his barcode – he just didn’t want his time recorded – Ed)
2. Oliver Kidd – 18:48
3. Darren Ekins – 19:08

First Female Finishers

1. Johanna Vickers – 19:56
2. Nicola Archer – 20:18
3. Stephanie Upton – 22:09

Stat of the Week –
Last week the 6 millionth person registered for parkrun. But approx. 3.7 million only have completed a parkrun. Some will be volunteers (without whom there would be no parkrun) and a few duplicates. The rest have not completed a parkrun - yet!

Bushy not the UK no.1 parkrun
Bushy parkrun has taken place 799 times and this week was the first ever time that another UK parkrun had a higher attendance. No doubt due to the weather Bushy had a mere 840 runners. Congratulations to Southampton parkrun, which topped the list with 973 runners and Poole parkrun, with 886 runners. Weather was obviously better on the south coast!

Next Saturday will be Event 440 at Riddlesdown, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.
 

Report by Andrew Bull

 

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 13th July 2019 – Event 437

 

 

THE ONE FOLLOWED BY THE 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Nicki Clark & Ken Hooks (to view the whole album in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157709655763192 )

Riddlesdown celebrated it’s 8th birthday last week and the post-run party was held this week.
 

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Party week was once again just short of the Riddlesdown attendance record set in 2017. Interestingly, since May this year, 7 of the 9 highest Riddlesdown attendances have occurred. Just a matter of time before that record is broken.
 

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Another warm dry week was followed by another hot and sunny morning, but not as hot as recent weeks.
 

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Today's Run Director was Nicki Clark, supported by a heroic band of 25 volunteers, thanks to everyone.
 

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The volunteer roster for the summer holidays is still looking rather thin so please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com NO volunteers means NO parkrun.
 

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Today there were 268 finishers. The third highest in the 437-event history. 27 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 10 were doing their first ever parkrun – well done and hope to see you all again. There were also a massive 45 personal bests, one in every six finishers – brilliant!
 

 
There were 11 ‘unknown’ athletes this week.
REMEMBER – Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

THE POWER OF PARKRUN
Kelly Holmes is presenting a BBC series ‘Our Lives’
The latest programme was ‘The Power of parkrun’ which was broadcast on Monday 15th July at 7:30 and is now available on the iPlayer.

Milestones
Damian Taylor earns the black t-shirt on his 100th parkrun. He first ran on New Year’s Day 2016 and 63 have been completed at Riddlesdown. Well done Damian.

Male First Finishers:
 

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Robert Lines - 17.48
Darren Ekins - 18.18
Paul Baillie - 18.45

Female First Finishers
 

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Natalie Gentry - 21.25
Michelle Edye - 21.48
Jessica Mason - 22:40
 

 
Next Saturday for Riddlesdown event 438, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.

 

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Report by Andrew Bull

 

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 6th July 2019 – Event 436

 

 

The One With the 8th Anniversary

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Lana Ryazanova. (To view the complete set of photos in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157709470157002)

Riddlesdown parkrun first took place on 2/7/11 and is now 8 years, or 436 events, old. Amazingly it has never been cancelled. Much of the credit for this goes to Event Director Nicki Clark, but a huge thanks also to all the many people who have supported the event over 8 years.

To celebrate, a birthday party will take place after the parkrun on Saturday 13th July at on the grass behind Warlingham School. Everyone is welcome to attend and if you can, please bring some food or drink.

After another warm dry week, it was another hot and sunny morning, but not quite as hot as last week. What better than to see Riddlesdown Common in full bloom whilst parkrunning.
 

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Today’s Run Director was Nicki Clark, assisted by a fine band of 26 volunteers, thanks to everyone. The volunteer roster for July is looking rather thin so please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com Without volunteers there is NO parkrun.
 

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Today there were 253 finishers. The third highest in the 436-event history. 32 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 14 were doing their first ever parkrun – well done and hope to see you all again. There were also an impressive 33 personal bests.
Sadly, there were 17 ‘unknown’ this week. New parkrunners please try to register before your first run. It is certainly not compulsory but means all that effort of getting up early then running 5K is officially recorded. It only takes a few minutes to register, just go to www.parkrun.org.uk/register .
And remember – Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Milestones

Daniel Holah earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 19th May 2012 and 46 have been at Riddlesdown. Well done Dan.

John Hawkins earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 5th November 2016 and 45 have been at Riddlesdown. Well done John.

Sean Dench earns the black t-shirt on his 100th parkrun. He first ran on 28th December 2013 and has shown great loyalty to Riddlesdown as all 100 have been completed here. Well done Sean.

First Male Finishers
 

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1. Darren EKINS – 18:27
2. Paul BAILLIE – 18:36
3. Patrick SINCLAIR – 18:40

First Female Finishers
 

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1. Stephanie UPTON – 21:53
2. Natalie GENTRY – 22:04
3. Katie FALCONER-WILLS – 22:10

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown parkrun Event #437 AND PARTY, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.
 

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Report by Andrew Bull

 

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 8th June 2019 – Event 432

 

The One with the Blast From The Past

Report by Steve Stockwell
Photos by Steve, and From the Riddlesdown Archive (https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums click on the link to access all of our photo albums in Flickr)
 

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Steve at our inaugural event - 2nd July 2011

 
It’s been a while since we last visited Riddlesdown parkrun, but we took a break from touring so my wife could run her 50th back at our original home.
 

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The Stockwell Clan at the end of Event 1!

 
Returning to see many familiar faces reminded me that it still feels like home even after such a long time away. Secondly, the number of new faces shows that the event is still growing and attracting more people even after almost eight years.
 

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I had originally intended to use our return as a chance to spend a weekend not writing about parkrun, but when I was asked if I fancied doing the report, I just couldn’t say no! (Well, it would’ve been rude not to! – ED) So here we go...
 

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Only a week ago it seemed as if summer had well and truly started, but the British weather is a funny thing and the forecast showed a 68% chance of rain during the event. Fortunately the parkrun weather fairies stepped in and the conditions remained dry, albeit a little windy. The threat of rain seems to have kept some tucked up in bed and the attendance figures dropped a little to the lowest number seen since the end of April.
 

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However, there were still 207 participants in attendance at Event number 432, so well done to everyone that made it out of bed despite the forecast. Our Run Director for the day was 173-time volunteer Helen Peters who took on the role for the 6th time. Of course, it takes more than one person to put on a parkrun event, and an additional 22 volunteers were on hand to take care of their own small pieces of the jigsaw that is Riddlesdown parkrun.
 

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A huge thank you must go to the following people, many of whom volunteer come rain or shine, week-in, week-out to make sure the event goes ahead…

Ange Norris, Dylan Wyner, Nicki Clark, Shelagh Lennon, Barrie Williams, Steven Stockwell, Dani Stockwell, Sarah Jane Broom, Kenneth Hooks, Conor O’Shea, Helen Peters, Joy Rimell, Keith Simpson, Jessica Dann, Lesley Emery, Matilda Stockwell, Nicky Hodgetts, Sebastian Henkins, Jemima Hinder, Andrew Sharp, Robert Boswell, Matthew Mussett and Katie Innes.
 

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If you fancy giving volunteering a go, each role is pretty straight-forward, you can dip in and out as often or as little as you like with no need to commit to anything long-term. If you’re keen to lend a hand but nervous you could always have a chat to any of the core team, including our Event Director Nicki Clark who is very experienced and will certainly put your mind at rest. In fact, she has volunteered on more occasions than anybody else, not only at Riddlesdown, but in the whole history of parkrun!
 

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After almost eight years in operation, 686 different people have volunteered at some point in the history of the event, 227 have volunteered within the past twelve months and 138 have done so so far this year. That’s a lot of people helping to support the event, so definitely worth a pat on the back!
 

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Riddlesdown parkrun is the registered home event for 4696 people. 6904 different people have officially taken part in the event and 1449 different people have taken part this year alone. Today we saw the 53,000th finisher (carry on reading to find out if it was you!). The combined total mileage for parkrunners at Riddlesdown is now 265,005 kilometres which is the same as the distance a satellite would travel per day in a Geostationary Orbit.

First-timers and Tourists
We welcomed 23 first-timers to our event (11.1% of the field). 12 of these were taking part in their first-ever parkrun - we hope you enjoyed the experience and we look forward to seeing you again!

The other 11 first-timers had previously taken part in parkruns at other venues - Special mention to father and daughter Peter and Ally Loose - They are fond of parkrun tourism and Riddlesdown was Peter’s 134th different venue and Ally’s 43rd. Thanks for visiting and good to see you made it around despite the late arrival... The good news is that PBs are guaranteed if you visit again!

 

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Matilda watching her Mum run in November 2011

 
I’m going to take advantage of being the report writer and make a super-special mention to my daughter Matilda (Lime) Stockwell who, after being part of Riddlesdown parkrun from the very beginning (she was 10.5 months old when we attended the inaugural event), finally got the opportunity to complete the course under her own steam.
 

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and nearly 8 years later, Matilda ready to run!

 
She’s got the tourist bug from me and has now visited 25 different venues (including 12 different junior events) which is also known as the Quarter Cowell in the world of parkrun tourism.
Also, despite me initially thinking otherwise, it was also a new 5k personal best for her!

parkrun club representation
For any of our newer participants that are not aware, parkrun has a number of clubs, which also come with a free milestone t-shirt (you just pay for postage). There are currently six of these clubs; for participation there are the 10 (for juniors only), 50, 100, 250 and 500 clubs, plus there is the v25 club for anyone who has volunteered a minimum of 25 times.
 

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Kaye Quinn, our founding Volunteer Co-ordinator becoming the 51st person to join the 500 club

 
Present in today’s results were;

9 members of the parkrun 250 club
38 members of the 100 club
38 members of the 50 club
8 members of the junior-only 10 club
37 members of the v25 club

In total 45.8% of today’s finishers were in at least one of the clubs.

Milestones achieved today
10 Club
Firstly we have Rachael Phillips who joined the junior-only 10 club - The ten have been completed in a combination of seven runs with us and the remaining three over at the wonderful Roundshaw parkrun which takes place on the land of the former Croydon Airport. She also has 14 junior parkruns under her belt - all run over at Lloyd junior parkrun.

50 Club
Stuart Brant - Stuart ran his first parkrun in May 2017 and is what is known as a parkrun passionista having run all of his parkruns at one single venue - ours of course!

Sean Thrower - Sean has completed forty-eight of his parkruns with us at Riddlesdown starting with his first in April 2015. The other two were at Woodhouse Moor (the updated name for the original Leeds parkrun).

Dani Stockwell - Dani took part in her first parkrun here at Riddlesdown in November 2011 having spent the first few months of Riddlesdown parkrun’s existence supporting her husband (me!) and/or volunteering.
 

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Dani in November 2011

 
She has run at 17 different venues covering 3 different countries and also volunteered on 116 different occasions at 7 different venues (It’s actually 117, and 8 venues as one has gone uncredited).
 

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Even on Christmas Day (2011)

 
Congratulations to all of you - we look forward to seeing you in your milestone t-shirts very soon!

I’ve managed to find a couple of unofficial milestones this week…

Simon Masters ran his 150th Riddlesdown parkrun (208 in total)
Mark Stanford ran his 50th Riddlesdown parkrun (71 in total)

Ange Norris was the first female through the finish line at Riddlesdown for the 100th time

Finally, the 53,000th recorded finish at Riddlesdown parkrun went to Pamela Roper!

Personal Bests
We had 32 new personal bests set today. Well done to Tom Meadowcroft, Aaron Gillett, Tim Hurt, Timothy Andrew, Oliver Thomas, Alexander Preston, Jeff Heaver, Hannah Smith, Jamie Goodwin, Adam Pearce, Mark Dawson, Jeremy Heath, Julie Eldridge, Michaela Dacosta, Jennie Cade, Alex Boniface, Gobi Otma, Csaba Csordas, Tony Connor, Celeste Ralphs, Charlotte Haeger-Gibbs, Stephen Hayman, Sam Bateman, Sarah Bidgood, Jan Whyatt, David Cruickshanks-Boyd, Nick Tagg, Charlie Howard, Nikita Stileman, Sharon Tagg, Megan Morris, and Kate Gardner.

Performances (times and age grades)
The top three finishers by position / gender were;

Male

Dylan Wymer 16.49
Daniel Gillett 18.04
David Baker 18.16

Female

Ange Norris 21.28
Stephanie Upton 22.02
Nicola Archer 22.12

Age grading is an interesting way to compare performances on a level playing field as it can sometimes show an outstanding performance from further down the field that would otherwise not stand out. This week the top three were all from the list above with Ange topping that chart with 85.45%.

A notable result is that of Cathy Jennings who finished in 136th position (44th female). She recorded an age graded percentage of 77.07% with a time of 30.23 in the VW70-74 age category. To put it in perspective, that is a better performance than our first-finisher.

Barcodes
Participants will only receive an official result if they bring their personal barcode for scanning, so please try to remember it every week. This week there were 7 ‘unknown’ people in the results, which is 3.38% of the total (percentage-wise it’s actually quite low). If you do forget your barcode, it’s absolutely fine to continue to take part, just remember your name will not appear in the results, but please give the finish token back as these are re-used every week.

Post Event
Every week there is a post-event social gathering, and this currently takes place at The White Lion, Warlingham. You may already be familiar with it but if not, the oldest part of the building dates back to c.1467 and inside you’ll find various nooks and crannies to explore. Just watch your head on the beams! If you drive you can park for free in their car park, but remember to enter your registration number into the machine on the bar.

The results are processed here and it gives a great opportunity to have a more relaxed chat to your fellow parkrunners over a hot beverage and maybe some breakfast, which incidentally is quite reasonably priced and delicious.

After a couple of hours in the pub another wonderful morning of parkrun drew to a close. We certainly won’t leave it as long until we pop back over, but for now it’s back on the parkrun touring road for us. See you all soon and happy parkrunning!

The full results for event 432 can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/riddlesdown/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=432
 

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Report by Steve Stockwell

 

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