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!
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.