New Years Day

Roding Valley parkrun will be going ahead at 10:30 on New Years Day. What better way to start 2019 than with a friendly run, jog or walk round parkrun and really kick start those new year fitness resolutions.

Check out other local events as you can do a parkrun double on New Years Day. Our close neighbours Raphael parkrun, Valentines parkrun and Wanstead parkrun are all doing NYD events at 9 o'clock, so you can attend theirs and then travel over to ours for your second run. It is really important that you take care when travelling between events, and we recommend car sharing wherever possible.



Roding Valley parkrun are excited to hold their 100th event on Christmas Day at 9 o'clock! Come and burn off a bit of the over indulgence, or bask in the warm glow of volunteering in one of our many available roles, just email us on if you can help out.


Event # 43 – Pacing Week

This week was our second pacing event. We had five pacers who ran the course at specified times of 20, 23, 25, 28 and 30 minutes, helping sixteen of you to achieve new personal best times despite the less than ideal weather conditions. Even if you didn't get a PB, we hope the pacers boosted your motivation.

Thanks to the volunteers - 20 in all -  who contributed to make the event a success. We are especially indebted to the pacers themselves: Peter Fairlamb, Alison Taylor, Stephen Taylor,  Lisa Collischon and Paula Fairlamb. Running at a specific pace is tricky but they all managed to finish within five seconds of their target times.

This week we also had 26 first timers and a few tourists, including two members of Teignbridge Trotters in Devon, and one runner all the way from Colorado. That must be a new distance travelled record for Roding Valley Parkrun!

A special shout-out to the members of Orion Harriers's Beginners group who joined us to mark the end of their course by running 5k for the first time. We hope that you've enjoyed your journey to becoming runners and that you''ll join us at Roding Valley parkrun again in the future.


Event #42 – Running in the rain

This week 80 people ran, jogged and walked through the heavy rain, of whom 20 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part, and the event was made possible by 12 volunteers. Well done to all of you for braving the unpleasant weather.

Next week we're planning to have some pacers who will run the course at set times. All you need to do is decide what your personal goal is and then stick with the pacer who is running at that speed. Hopefully it will help more of you to set new PBs. Fingers crossed for better weather!


Roding Valley parkrun event # 41

There was a definite chill in the air on Saturday morning, but that didn't stop 116 of you from turning out to run. The cooler conditions mean that we're now in full PB season and there were quite a few PBs set. First man to finish was Stephen Philcox with a time of 18:09, closely followed by Dan Gritton in 18:38 and Darren Matussa in 18:48. First woman home was Alison Beeton in 22:05, followed (not very closely) by me in 24:25 and Samantha Cook in 24:27. If you would like to set a new PB for yourself this autumn, make a note to come and run on 11 November when we are organising some pacers to help you reach your own personal goal, whatever that might be.

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