Rushmoor parkrun No. 243 – May 4th be with you !!!

 

This week's Run Report is provided to us by Darpan Magar, who is one of our invaluable Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers.

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… (but not really) this week’s Rushmoor parkrun took place on the celebratory day of May 4th for the Star Wars franchise. May the 4th be with everyone!

On this chilly Saturday, I’m sure many people - especially volunteers - would have wanted as many layers as Chewbacca has hair, as I certainly did! On the topic of volunteering, my time at parkrun, while short, has been a very commendable and friendly experience. I’m doing my bronze DofE award through my school, and although the purpose of DofE is to push individuals out of their comfort zone and partaking in activities such as volunteering, I’ve felt at home ever since my first day helping at parkrun. Anyone who’s been to parkrun will tell you it has got an amazing community, and I’m sure I’ll come back even after I complete my DofE award – maybe I’ll be able to last a full 90 minutes on a football pitch if I build up my fitness!

Congratulations Jason Turner and Kieran Munns for participating in a total of 50 parkruns!

A fantastic job by Dianna Smith and our wonderful Run Director Steph Radford on their milestones of 100 parkruns!

To add to this, happy birthday to Sarb, who is 40 this Sunday, and Tilly Wake, who is 14 this Sunday. We all wish both of you happy birthday and hopefully you’ll be coming to parkrun for many more years.

There were some electric finishes from individuals this Saturday. For the men, the top 3 were Marcus Irving with a time of 17:25, Shane Sadler with 17:52 and Robert Hardy with 17:54. The top 3 for women were Jill Collett, with a time of 18:01, Jenni Friar with 20:59, and Kayleigh Copeland with 21:16. Well done to all these speedsters and of course to everyone else who took part in this week’s parkrun.

Also, congratulations to all 66 individuals who have been working hard and successfully beat their PB this Saturday, and to all 61 first timers at Rushmoor of whom 39 were doing their first ever parkrun anywhere. We hope you all enjoyed the experience and will be back with us very, very soon.

Keep in mind that next week, parkrun is OFF due to other clashing events. The week after will be very busy, as not only will it be the first after a week off, we will also be celebrating the official birthday of parkrun. Please come down to run on Saturday the 18th of May and help us set a new record number of finishers, and I’m sure there’ll be cake involved too!

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This week 524 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Alan FREESTONE • Laura LAWES • Helen COLLETT • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Alexander FORTUNE • Clem FEENEY • Stephanie RADFORD • Daniel QUINLAN • Peter QUINLAN • John AUSTIN • Andy WARD • Donna CHAPLIN • Mark RANOLA • Mia UNADKAT • William CHAPLIN • Alison FORTUNE • Howard ROBINSON • Henry CHAPLIN • James EWING • Catherine KENNEDY • Keith CHAPLIN • Clare GORDON • Caroline MULLEN • Gareth BLACKSTAFFE-TURNER • Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR • Hilary ORTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
The female record is held by Louise SMALL who recorded a time of 17:20 on 25th December 2018 (event number 226).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 10,068 participants have completed 73,655 parkruns covering a total distance of 368,275 km, including 12,997 new Personal Bests. A total of 741 individuals have volunteered 5,502 times.

 

 

EVENT CANCELLATION 6th APRIL 2019

Due to Multiple Events within the Garrison area of Aldershot, we are unable to run an event at Rushmoor and have taken the decision to cancel the parkrun on 6th April 2019, however we will be running as normal on 13th April. Have a wonderful week off and look forward to seeing you at Rushmoor on the 13th

Everyone at Rushmoor parkrun

 

Rushmoor parkrun # 237 – 9 March 2019

This week's report is provided by Eileen Fitzgerald who visited us from Eastleigh.

I’ve been putting off doing Rushmoor parkrun as part of my alphabet challenge as I knew, very local to me, that Romsey were starting a parkrun this year. I had that pencilled in for my letter “R”. Then a week or so before its inaugural, I found out the venue was Mountbatten school so while I happily bagged my letter “M”, Rushmoore was now back in the game….(and I’m so happy it was!)

It wasn’t until Friday evening when we decided that Rushmoor would be today's event. As always, in preparation, I Facebook asked the question “which shoes I should wear, trail or road”, I found the postcode (while also checking out the facilities, an important factor in my parkrun tourism). I emailed the volunteer coordinator to see if they would like a reporter and I was good to go.

We left my home town on a dark, grey and cloudy morning. We arrived at Aldershot to a bright, spring, blue sky day… perfect (apart from that wind). We found the venue no problem, driving down the long flat military road we could see the volunteer team mustering on the park ready for today’s fun.

We parked in a large carpark behind the garrison rugby pitch. We were directed to the very clean toilets where I was super impressed that there was no queue (as I mentioned, the facilities are an integral part of my tourism). We crossed the road and were immediately welcomed by the extremely friendly and cheerful Run Director and volunteer team.

Waiting for the brief, we chatted to a lady that was attending her 1st ever parkrun today. I felt obligated to warn her how incredibly addictive parkrun is, as I have met, many a soul that “gave it a go” one week only to find their Saturday mornings have been changed forever.

At the pre-run briefing, locals were warned that the main road that comes to parkrun will be closed for the next few weeks so allow extra time for travel (see the note at the bottom).

Andrew Buchanan was congratulated for joining the 50th milestone club. Well done Andrew! No 100 milestones today but two runners ran their 99th this week so celebrations for them next week?

32 first timers and fellow tourists were welcomed, half of whom were doing their first ever parkrun and we were joined today by a number of tourists that were visiting from London.

The volunteers were thanked with a round of applause (I personally think we should all raise a cheer for the high vis heroes as without them, the run could not happen)… On that note, a request went out for extra bar-code scanners, (I’m guessing folk stepped forward because at the end there were plenty of scanners and an almost a non-existent queue).

We were also introduced to the pacers. Incredibly, the 29-minute pacer Evangeline Richards was pacing today at just 8 years old! Massive admiration to her!

The course I would describe as a PB course. Almost completely flat, running on mixed terrain. Two laps starting on a large playing field, then along a tarmac path before turning into (and I wasn’t expecting this) a footpath along the Basingstoke canal. It was BEAUTIFUL! What bliss, running along the river, with the sun reflecting off it, then as we reached the end of the canal path, just before turning back onto the field, was a bridge, with a large tree full of blossom hanging over it. It really was picturesque and very pretty.

As always, I was impressed by parkruns amazing inclusivity. The diversity of runners, joggers and walkers there today, I can best describe by the diversity of the dogs running today. I honestly think I met the smallest Dachshund in the world (14 months and fully grown) while on the way out I saw the biggest and totally stunning Doberman I’ve ever seen. I absolutely love that parkrun is for everyone no matter what ability.

My other half and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Rushmoor today. To think, I nearly missed out on such a lovely course by running my “R” somewhere else! We would very much like to thank everyone that made us feel welcome and also like to say Good Luck to today’s tail runner Charlotte Hiscock for your half marathon tomorrow!

Eileen Fitzgerald

 

Note: as Eileen mentioned above a large section of Queens Avenue will be closed for the next couple of weeks. We are advised that the car park will be accessible from Princes Avenue but do be sure to allow extra time for possible traffic congestion on the next couple of Saturdays.

This week 454 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

Our first finisher this week was Harry Boyd. Our second placed finisher sadly didn't remember #DFYB, and third was Robert Hardy. The first female finisher was Sam Scott followed by Rebecca Tait and Rebecca Melly. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor parkrun Results Page.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Chris BALE • Lisa HALE • Gregory ALLIN • Steve TYLER • Andrew FIRTH • Chris MCWILLIAM • Marc HOWARD • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Alexander FORTUNE • Duncan FORTUNE • Derek MONDS • Marie CROTON • Murray CROTON • Dawn HAMED • Wendy RICHARDS • Evangeline RICHARDS • James DUNCAN • Wayne ALTHAM • Dave BARTLETT • Alison FORTUNE • James EWING • Charlotte HISCOCK • David WRIGHT • Eileen FITZGERALD • Samantha PARSONS • Paul MCLEOD • Grace MCLEOD • Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR • Hilary ORTON • Rebecca Anne BACHMANN • Sabrina BACHMANN-ROSS

If you would like to get involved in volunteering then sign up to the Rushmoor volunteer email on your profile, the easiest way to find it is to click on your name on the results and then click on opt in to the volunteer email. You will get weekly emails from the Rushmoor email and are able to email back requesting to be in a certain role on a certain week. For more information visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/volunteer/

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).

The female record is held by Louise SMALL who recorded a time of 17:20 on 25th December 2018 (event number 226).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 9,751 participants have completed 70,592 parkruns covering a total distance of 352,960 km, including 12,443 new Personal Bests. A total of 721 individuals have volunteered 5,294 times.

 

Rushmoor parkrun # 236 – 2 March 2019

This week at Rushmoor, (On the alternative course) we welcomed very very nearly 400 runners, or 399 to be exact.

As a timer this week I saw each and every runner come through the finish line twice (which doesn’t happen on the normal course). I also had the unique perspective of being one of the DofE Volunteers and thus being one of the youngest volunteers there. In contrast to my original fear that I wouldn’t get along with the group and that they would be quite closed off, I found that everyone was very welcoming, I made friends on my first week (almost 3 months ago now!) and am still making them with people I volunteer with each week. Everyone is very welcoming and make you feel involved no matter what job you do and I’m sure I will keep volunteering even after I finish my DofE. Waiting around beforehand, waiting whilst most of you guys run, afterwards in Tesco, you always feel welcome.

And of course, this run would be impossible without all our volunteers. Thanks to: Alexander FORTUNE  •  Alexander John RADFORD  •  Alison FORTUNE  •  Andrew FIRTH  •  Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR  •  Faye RANOLA  •  Grace MCLEOD  •  Heather MILLINGTON  •  Helen COLLETT  •  Huw WILLIAMS  •  James DUNCAN  •  Jo WAKE  •  Karen MORGAN  •  Kathryn RADFORD  •  Kenton JENNINGS  •  Linda RADFORD  •  Marc HOWARD  •  Mark DURSTON  •  Mark RANOLA  •  Murray CROTON  •  Nigel MARCHANT  •  Oliver MORGAN  •  Paul HURFORD  •  Paul NOTHARD  •  Phil BALLANTYNE  •  Samantha PARSONS  •  Steve LOW  •  Steve TYLER  •  Wayne ALTHAM. All of these people (and I’m on that list) made this run possible.

And now onto milestone runs this week. Well Done to Claire Foster for getting your 50th Parkrun this week. Also a big congratulations to Fiona Wilkie and James Ewing on getting your 100th Parkrun this week. Although not an official milestone, a still very impressive 200th Parkrun for Ian Jennings this week.

Also, an enormous congratulations to Marcus Irving, Daniel Quinlan, and James Wallace. They were the first 3 across the finish line and were racing each other pretty much to the end. Also, congratulations to Rachel Allen being the first woman across the line this week as well as it being her first time at Rushmoor Parkrun! Congratulations to all the other 395 runners this week, you all beat the people who were still in bed or lying on the sofa watching TV.

If you would like to get involved in volunteering then sign up to the Rushmoor volunteer email on your profile, the easiest way to find it is to click on your name on the results and then click on opt in to the volunteer email. You will get weekly emails from the Rushmoor email and are able to email back requesting to be in a certain role on a certain week. For more information visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmoor/volunteer/

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
The female record is held by Louise SMALL who recorded a time of 17:20 on 25th December 2018 (event number 226).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 9,719 participants have completed 70,138 parkruns covering a total distance of 350,690 km, including 12,400 new Personal Bests. A total of 715 individuals have volunteered 5,262 times.

 

 

 

Run report – Rushmoor parkrun #235 – 23 February 2019

I found out this week that one of those social media acronym things that all the young people are using is TL:DR standing for Too Long: Didn’t Read. So, if you can’t face reading the whole of this report please go straight to the TL:DR at the bottom - it is important.

In a week when Spring made an early appearance in Rushmoor we welcomed 504 park-runners, park-walkers, park-buggyriders and park-scamperers to the Polo Fields. Bright eyed and bushy tailed they disappeared into the morning fog arriving back after 5km only slightly less bushy tailed and looking forward to a beautiful weekend with a clean conscience. It was hard to believe that this time last year the Beast from the East was in control.

I’m writing this week’s run report because I want to draw your attention to the invaluable contribution made to Rushmoor parkrun by our fantastic Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) volunteers. As we always say “parkrun couldn’t happen without the volunteers” and that is absolutely true. Often there is quite a scrabble to put together a full roster, with our Volunteer Coordinators still fretting late into a Friday evening. It’s therefore an immense benefit to have a number of young people who turn up every week for 3 or 6 months to help put the event on. So, I want to say a big thank you to Grace, Kenton and Darpan this week and to all the other fantastic young people who’ve helped put on Rushmoor parkrun over the last few years.

The DofE Award is open to young people between the ages of 14 and 24, during which they undertake volunteering, physical and skill challenges as well as an expedition. It teaches them teamwork, adaptability and responsibility and is great for their CV’s as they progress to colleges or apprenticeships and beyond. We have a short waiting list but we’re hoping that some new volunteers may join us in the Spring and into the Summer. So, if like me you’re a young person (!!) or if you’ve a young person in your family or household who may be thinking of undertaking the award and is considering where to volunteer please do get in touch with us at rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com

While writing about volunteers I must mention a couple of particularly youthful ones who did a fantastic job barcode scanning and marshalling this week. Well done Sabby and Oliver and to all the big people who also did a sterling job and who are given a well-deserved mentioned below. If you want to be a hi-viz hero in the future then please also contact us at rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com.

We had 44 people doing their first runs at Rushmoor this week and of those 15 were doing their first ever parkrun anywhere. Thank you all for joining us and we hope we’ll see you again soon. I can’t promise that Wales will win the rugby every time you run, but there’s a good chance. Of course we rightly always congratulate the first timers but I’ve often thought we should give an even bigger shout out to those doing their second run, as they now know what they’ve let themselves in for but have still come back for more! So, many congratulations to the 10 of you who did your second run at Rushmoor this week, of whom 8 of you got a new PB as part of an amazing 90 PBs recorded in total.

 

A quick admission, I’m a bit rubbish at hearing where our visitors came from, or at least I’ve forgotten by the time I get to Eddie’s corner. Was it Lowestoft? Do correct me if I’m wrong. And in a week when we had sadly few landmark runs and a worryingly empty cake table we can give big congratulations to Jake Perrett on your 10th parkrun and your pending swanky new t-shirt and to Tom West for belatedley remembering it was your 100th run and your pending elephant related t-shirt.

Well done to Marcus Irving on being first home in our ‘run not a race’, after another close battle with James Wallace, with James Flett following closely in third. Henrietta Tarasewicz was our first female finisher in a fantastic 19:02 followed by Abi Fudge who just pipped Sam Scott on the line. But as ever everyone was a winner for getting out in the fresh spring air.

 

TL:DR Next week we’re on the alternative course alongside the canal. Due to an event on the Polo Fields we CANNOT use the big parkrun car park, so we’ll be restricted to the smaller Fox Lines car park (aka Polo Fields car park) on the corner of Queens Avenue and Prince’s Avenue. To help ease the inevitable congestion please could those of us able to walk, run, cycle, hop, jet-pack or otherwise get to the run next Saturday do so as it would help enormously. Once there we will have plenty of marshals to show you to the start. Please note that buggies and dogs aren’t allowed with you on this course as it is narrow in places.

Have a lovely week everyone and see you all next Saturday.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Dominic WAKE • Sue GRAVES • Ian JENNINGS • Chris MCWILLIAM • William HURLEY • Alan FREESTONE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Sam RUFFLE • Karen MORGAN • Tilly WAKE • Kenton JENNINGS • James ANDREWS • Suzanne ANDERSON • Andy WARD • Murray CROTON • Oliver MORGAN • John SOUTHGATE • Mark RANOLA • James EWING • Charlotte HISCOCK • Samantha PARSONS • Carlotta RUGGLES • Phil BALLANTYNE • Grace MCLEOD • Gop Bahadur SINGJALI MAGAR • Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR • Alan PERRETT • Rebecca Anne BACHMANN • Sabrina BACHMANN-ROSS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
The female record is held by Louise SMALL who recorded a time of 17:20 on 25th December 2018 (event number 226).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 9,680 participants have completed 69,739 parkruns covering a total distance of 348,695 km, including 12,376 new Personal Bests. A total of 715 individuals have volunteered 5,233 times.

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