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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.