Rushmoor parkrun No. 246 – 1st June 2019

This week the Run Report has been written by John Hewitt, who as you'll find has a very pertinent story to tell on parkrun's GP Pledge Day. Thanks John, and it's good to have you back with us.

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As the temperature rose into the low 20's on a sunny June morning over 500 parkrunners set off on the 246th event at Rushmoor, Queens Avenue. This was a special day too. It was the day that more than 1000 GPs and practice staff across the country pledged to take part to celebrate the first birthday of the hugely successful parkrun GP initiative. This was particularly important to me personally since just under 2 weeks ago I suffered a heart attack. Thanks to the amazing care I received both in the ambulance and at Frimley Park Hospital I am recovering and hoping to be back in the field for a parkrun in a month or two. However, being a marshal gave me a tremendous buzz today, especially being thanked constantly by runners and giving them all encouragement.

I was positioned at the turn and at the top of the gently sloping but quite long hill, so having been there myself as a runner many times, I could appreciate how those taking part were feeling at that point, especially on the second lap. It's a mixture of relief, exhaustion and a sense of achievement.

Sometimes parkrun throws up the unexpected. Today's was a company of soldiers on an exercise who were using some of the same route at the same time. Luckily, Rushmoor parkrun is organised with military efficiency itself, so nobody had to break stride and that includes the army lads!

The first 3 female finishers were Lesley Locks in 18.31, Claire Louise Spencer at 19.09 and Steph Davies in 20.14 and the first 3 males were Stephen Blake in 16.39, Kim Bowling at 16.47, a new PB, and Nicholas Twomey in a time of 17.13.

There were 21 runners for whom this was their very first parkrun at all, and a further 31 visiting us from far and wide. Well done to all of them, and hopefully see you again soon! Almost 80 people ran a PB today and that's in all parkruns! A special well done goes to Noah Schollick (who posted a superb time of 22.49 for a PB) and Sian Taylor who both completed their 10th runs in the junior categories. Dhiraj Gurung ran his 50th today. Also doing landmark runs were Matt Danson and William Boughton, it was their 100th. Although not technically a milestone run, we should also congratulate Abigail Fudge on her 300th parkrun today.

Given it was GP Pledge Day, a special thanks to the staff of Farnham Dene Medical Practice and all the other NHS staff who joined us at Rushmoor today. Finally, congratulations to Rebecca Lillywhite, who by finishing in position 233 today completed the 75,000th parkrun at Rushmoor, which gives us all a reason for a good pat on the back.

John Hewitt

This week 512 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Chris BALE • Dominic WAKE • Jason EAST • Steve TYLER • Joe LAW • Ian JENNINGS • J-Lo LOMAS-PARAM • Chris MCWILLIAM • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Nicholas RADFORD • Stephanie RADFORD • Andy WARD • John HEWITT • Colin BATHE • Laura VIRTUE • Rhea HORLOCK • James EWING • Samantha MITCHELL • Sian PHILLIPS • Osama BALDO • Karen PHILLIPS • William MCLEOD • Debra MCLEOD • Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR

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 10,289 participants have completed 75,280 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,400 km, including 13,207 new Personal Bests. A total of 754 individuals have volunteered 5,595 times.

 

Rushmoor parkrun No. 245 – on the alternative course

This week our Run Report is provided by Alex Fortune, one of our invaluable Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers. Unfortunately, we are aware that one of the barcode scanners has gone walkabout, and therefore a number of people's results are outstanding at the time of writing. The number of PBs and first timers are probably therefore rather understated. We will be trying to correct the results for anyone missing during the coming week, so please let us know if that includes you.

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This week at Rushmoor, it was the 3rd time using the picturesque Wellesley course which follows a looping course along the canal and through the adjoining woods. It was an ideal morning for running and fortunately nobody took the Run Director’s advice to run naked. Well done to all 443 fully clothed runners who took part.

We welcomed 22 first timers, who we hope will join us again when we return to our regular route on the Polo Fields.

As it is a narrow course it is difficult to get a PB. So special congratulations to Adrian McTernan, Andrew Parker, Noah Schollick, Helen Smith, Michael Dunbar, William Blair, Emma Tune, Paul Young,Rosemary Palmer, Evangeline Richards, Gary Mead, Tanya Jeffrey, George Ridgway, Sarah Harris, Mat White.

We had visitors from Eastleigh, Brighton and Cardiff. We were particularly delighted to welcome Helen Rees from Eastlleigh parkrun, who has now amongst other extensive travels completed all the parkruns in Hampshire!! We'll leave you to spend your Bank Holiday naming them all.

Congratulations to Alex Hylan and Izzie Rainer for 50 park runs. Also to Tom Mann for 100 completed parkruns.

First home this week was Marcus Irving, followed closely by Graham Russ and Tom Glancy. Alice Kennedy was the first lady home, with Julia Barclay and Zoe Barton completing our imaginary podium positions. As ever though, everyone who got out and ran or volunteered on a hot summer morning deserves to cram onto the podium.

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Chris BALE • Dominic WAKE • Steve TYLER • Steve LOW • Chris MCWILLIAM • Charlotte HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Helen REES • Alexander FORTUNE • Andy WALTER • Deborah HEIGHES • Zoe BARTON • Caroline CROLLA • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Andy WARD • Murray CROTON • Dawn HAMED • Mark RANOLA • Daniel REES • Mia UNADKAT • Michael LEWIN • Alison FORTUNE • Louise WILLIAMS • Nicky NORTON • Clare GORDON • 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 10,226 participants have completed 74,767 parkruns covering a total distance of 373,835 km, including 13,126 new Personal Bests. A total of 748 individuals have volunteered 5,568 times.

 

Rushmoor parkrun No. 244 – Our 5th Birthday

This week's Run Report is kindly provided by Alurie Dutton, one of our friends visiting from Frimley Lodge.

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This Saturday, Rushmoor parkrun's 5th birthday, a bright and sunny morning dawned for the 669 runners, walkers and joggerswho made their way around the field and along the canal. Well done to everyone including those who completed one lap. What a difference to when I last ran at Rushmoor when there were lots of puddles to dodge, or run through, depending on how wet and muddy you wanted to get!

The field was led home by Stephen Blake (SM 30-34). closely followed by Daniel Quinlan (SM30-34) and Marcus Irving (SM25-29). The best male age graded score of 85.4% was achieved by Jon Cross (VM60-64). The ladies were led in by Kayleigh Copeland (W25-29) who also achieved the best female age graded score of 72.40%. Kayleigh was followed in by Ffion Harris (SW25-29) and Rebekah Smith (JW15-17). Well done!

Congratulations go to all 113 runners who recorded a personal best today. Of those, Hannah French (SW25-29) has achieved 5 PBs out of 5 runs and Rebecca Collier (VW45-49), Mike Packham (VM45-49), Jayaprabha Mapanna (VW35-39) and Jason Mistry (VM45-49) 4 out of 4 runs. Marie Hogston SW30-34) knocked nearly 4 minutes off her PB, Nigel Sparkes (VM50-54) 3 minutes. David Swain (VM55-59) and Victoria Milnes (SW25-29) ran their best times at Rushmoor for 2 years. What persistence.

If you are feeling disheartened about not running a PB this week then this group show that it can be done no matter how long you have been running or how many runs you have actually done. But of course, it isn't all about PBs. It's about coming out on Saturday morning to enjoy your running, jogging or walking in the company of like-minded people.

There were 4 official milestone runs this week. Congratulations to Bella Coombs (JW11-14) who ran her 10th and Jagat Thap (VM50-54), Rachel Edwards (VW50-54) and Heidi Saddleton (JW10) who ran their 50th parkruns.

We had 115 first timers today of whom 32 were starting their parkrun 'journeys' here at Rushmoor. The majority of the visitors were from neighbouring parkrun Frimley Lodge with others coming from Chichester, Worcester, Basildon, Eastbourne, Medway, Basingstoke, Gladstone, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Bushy, Crane Park, Whiteley and South Beach parkruns. We hope they, and indeed everyone, enjoyed their run, walk or jog and will come back again soon to Rushmoor parkrun.

Finally, thank you to our sponsors and to the 37 volunteers who did a fantastic job this morning – we couldn't run without them!

Happy birthday, Rushmoor.

 

This week 669 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 115 were first timers and 113 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Roger SMITH • Alurie Maye DUTTON • Chris MCWILLIAM • Sangeeta AYE • Alexis SHIRTLIFF • Charlotte HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Ross CONNELL • Alexander John RADFORD • Alexander FORTUNE • James YEO • Clem FEENEY • Stephanie RADFORD • David SWAIT • Paul HURFORD • Charles CONVERY • Andy WARD • Paul BRAZIER • Mia UNADKAT • Rhea HORLOCK • Mark BLACKWELL • John BURGESS • Estelle LEE • Denise JONES • Richard WILLIAMS • Charlotte HISCOCK • Bryan SMITH • Osama BALDO • Sara DAVISON • Judie KINKAID • Carlotta RUGGLES • Debra MCLEOD • Clare GORDON • Marcia TOLFTS • Grace MCLEOD • 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 10,183 participants have completed 74,324 parkruns covering a total distance of 371,620 km, including 13,111 new Personal Bests. A total of 746 individuals have volunteered 5,539 times.

 

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

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