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.

 

Run Report – Rushmoor parkrun #214

Hello parkrunners!

First of all thank you to all the amazing volunteers who woke up early instead of sleeping comfortably in their homes to come and support the running of parkrun today!

Waking up this morning was no different to every Saturday. (Very early). Before leaving it was foggy and the ground was wet however I didn't want to have to drag a coat around with me for the whole 1 and a half hours. Annoyingly a "responsible mother" made me. (Which sucks). Anyways on arrival we could just about make out army people (they were hard to see in their camouflage!) and after parking and making our way to the field we saw tents where we normally would set up shop.

"Bill did you get an email about parkrun being cancelled?" (Ps very responsible mother)

"Not that I saw mum!"

"Errrrrrr well....."

"Don't worry, I see them over there!"

I was going to be a Marshal today. However, before the race started my mum and I were asked to direct runners to the new location which was a right turn from the car park not a left. For me this was awkward as it would sound a bit funny that there were army tents shut up in our usual spot but the location of the briefing wasn’t obvious! Also some people I told were turning left because they were going to use the traffic lights. So yeah one of those mornings!

Sadly this meant I missed the open briefing and I can't really tell you about our visitors from all over the globe and our milestone runners who have each individually run a large and impressive amount of runs at parkrun, but these have been added by the Rushmoor Core Team below.

Onto the run and groups of army people were leaving the field by crossing over a place where the runners would be running. (We also had the move the start line too). But we didn't have any problems with the army folk as we worked very well around each other.

After the run was over and our hands were numb from clapping, we quickly said our goodbyes and got home (where it was warm).

Despite the weather, the course wasn't too dangerous (except for the crazy dancing mum near me). The weather was cool and for running that can sometimes be a very good thing as you won't burn and boil in your own sweat (ew) Also, there was a lovely stash of conkers, which is every child's favourite toy. Luckily, no one was hurt on them (as far as I knew) and they acted as great ammunition for throwing at parents!

Overall, today was a great run despite the icy hands. The autumn trees were a sweet crispy brown and everyone was smiling. The course was in a fair condition and no one got hurt majorly.

Right. I'm off to play video games in my warm house!

See all of you next week!

Billy McLoed

For the record we welcomed visitors this week from as far afield as Newcastle and Durham as well as South Africa and even Dulwich! Remember, it’s a run not a race but the first person home in today’s run was James Wallace in a time of 17:40, followed by Marcus Irving and Lauren Hall who was the first female finisher in 18:31.

Finally, a note from all of us to once again thank Major Nyman, Capt Prakash and The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment for allowing this weeks run to take place at the same time as their event, and even supporting us on our way around the course.

And now the stats:

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Dominic WAKE • Carl WEBB • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Tom BARTON • Sam RUFFLE • Deborah HEIGHES • Clem FEENEY • Craig WARD • Isobel TAYLOR • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Tilly WAKE • Donna CHAPLIN • Louisa ENRIQUEZ • Casey Ann CAMP • Alex MARGILEWSKI • Shireen WALKER • Mark RANOLA • Ian CROLL • Elle GAME • Lucy TAYLOR • Henry CHAPLIN • James EWING • Andrew CROW • Catherine KENNEDY • Paul COWAN • William MCLEOD • Debra MCLEOD

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

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
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 8,744 participants have completed 59,923 parkruns covering a total distance of 299,615 km, including 10,981 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #211

Rushmoor parkrun Event number 211 15th September 2018

Today was Rushmoor’s 211th and my 75th parkrun – I’ve been neglecting my running in favour of volunteering but am on a mission to get my 100 t-shirt (it’s about time) so was keen to get out amongst you all this week.

Conditions were great for a parkrun, not too hot, not too cold, no mud or water on the course, just have to watch out for the odd tree root.  Like many of you I found myself trying to keep up with one of our pacers – who did a fantastic job I’m sure you’ll agree.  We welcome anyone who wants to pace on any week – fast and not quite so fast, you’ll make some new friends along the way – they’ll be with you for 5k!

Livi Wake celebrated her 25th volunteer stint with us which means she now qualifies for a lovely purple t-shirt – thanks for the cake – I’m informed it was good, unfortunately I only got to taste the crumbs!

Asa Mead and Hannah Poulter have joined the Junior 10 club – keep an eye out for your link to claim your t-shirt.

Three people have joined the 50 club this week – Clem Feeney, Louisa Enriquez and Andrew Rhodes – 5 of you reached your 49th run this week so more 50’s to come soon.

And an unofficial milestone – but well done to Mike Anderson – you have reached your 300th parkrun this week too.

And now the stats from parkrun 211:

This week 467 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers to Rushmoor – 15 of those took part in their first parkrun ever, and 110(!!) recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers: John KING • Julie LEPPARD • Nicola Kirsty BISHOP • Ian JENNINGS • Chris MCWILLIAM • Kevin MARTIN • Marc HOWARD • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Duncan FORTUNE • Karine JONES • Deborah HEIGHES • Isobel TAYLOR • Rachel ROUSE • Lydia ANDREWS • Paul NOTHARD • Paul HURFORD • Graham MICALLEF • William MARCHESELLI • Murray CROTON • Tessa HABBERLEY • Mark RANOLA • Eve HANCOCK • James EWING • Charlotte HISCOCK • Gaetan FIJAC • William MCLEOD • Alex HANCOCK • Marcia TOLFTS

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

 

Rushmoor parkrun #179 23rd December 2017

 

Only 2 sleeps to go! Thank you to the 23 volunteers and the 360 of us who ran, walked and dressed up on this festive Saturday morning! We were very glad to see so many santa hats, antlers, festive tops and leggings and even two Christmas trees! Today we welcomed visitors from Southampton and another who left sunny Melbourne to join us on this wintery run. Rushmoor was also joined by participants of 26 different clubs including 22 from both Hart Road Runners and Blackwater Valley Runners.

A special mention to Andy Leitch who today competed his challenge of running 100 miles a month. He has now run 1200 miles this year in aid of Blind Veterans UK. Fantastic!

There were 47 PBs today, 10 of whom were junior runners:

James Clarkson (JM10)

Luke Mynard (JM10)

Sophie Quay-Clark (JW11-14)

Isobel Taylor (JW11-14)

Emma Bass (JW11-14)

Alfie Mumford (JM11-14)

Max Walton (JM11-14)

Abigail Jennings (JW15-17)

Daniel Clarke (JM15-17)

and

Fred Howard (JM15-17)

 

Well done on the following milestone runs

John Austin and

Wayne Altham 

for completing their 50 runs, as well as

Carl Webb (Camberley & District AC) &

Robert Hardy

for their 100th.

A massive well done Helen Hart (Hart Road Runners) for finishing her 250th run!

On that note, we were pleased to see that parkrun HQ has announced the order of a new batch of 40,000 milestone t-shirts which are expected to be available in February.

Just to reassure those of you who were concerned about the female parkrunner who felt unwell at the finish today - she completely recovered and is feeling well again.

A quick reminder to say there will be a Rushmoor parkrun on Christmas Day - but please remember that there will be no toilet facilities over the Christmas & new year period. Please dress up along with the Rushmoor team for this festive run.

See you on Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas!

By Tilly Wake (JW11-14)

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This week 360 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Dominic WAKE • Jane MUMFORD • Chris MCWILLIAM • David SWAN • Karen SWAN • Ross CONNELL • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Thomas DOHERTY • Nicholas RADFORD • Amy MULHOLLAND • Deborah HEIGHES • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Tilly WAKE • Donna CHAPLIN • Sue O'FLINN • Andy LEAHY • Phil BUCKLEY • Andrew GUDGE

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

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).

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

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 6,860 participants have completed 43,178 parkruns covering a total distance of 215,890 km, including 8,294 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Rushmoor parkrun #178 -16th December 2017

Well done to the 25 volunteers and 319 participants who came to Rushmoor today, on this freezing morning! The icy conditions meant that we had to alter the course slightly to run on the grass instead of the main road, but I thoroughly enjoyed the change.

Congratulations to Tom Barton for being first to finish and Harriet Irving for being the first female across the line, beating her PB at Rushmoor by 3 minutes and 31 seconds! Second to finish was Robert Hardy on his 99th run. Good luck next time for your 100th! A massive well done to junior runner Niamh McLoughlin for being the 2nd female to finish, with a PB of 22:01.

There were 2 more junior PBs made by Alfie Mumford (JM11-14) and Charles Phillips (JM10). Congratulations to Brian Cox, our oldest runner today, who finished 7 seconds quicker than his previous PB. A last mention to the other 40 participants beating their PBs as well.

Doing her 10th milestone run today was Natalia Margilewska.

Emma Denver and Alan Freestone both of Blackwater Valley Runners completed their 50th today. Well done all of you!

A purple 25 volunteering t-shirt is also on its way today to my mum, Jo Wake.

Just a quick reminder to say there will be an extra parkrun on Christmas Day - please join us in wearing your festive outfits on both the 23rd and 25th. There will be no toilet facilities over the Christmas period so please bear this in mind.

See you next week!

By Tilly Wake (JW11-14)

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This week 319 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Chris BALE • Bertie MATTHEWS • Steve TYLER • Shirley PERRETT • Chris MCWILLIAM • Emily CARTWRIGHT • Marc HOWARD • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Thomas DOHERTY • Jackie MAW • Amy MULHOLLAND • Deborah HEIGHES • Jo BROWN • Paul HURFORD • Tilly WAKE • Karen AYRTON • Vanessa PINTO • Shireen WALKER • Mark RANOLA • Riona NOTHARD • Keith CHAMBERLAIN • Judith ROWE

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

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).

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

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 6,827 participants have completed 42,818 parkruns covering a total distance of 214,090 km, including 8,247 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Rushmoor parkrun #170 – 21st October 2017

Storm Brian better not stop our parkrun!  Apparently I wasn’t the only one whose first thought that was upon hearing yesterday’s weekend weather forecast…and nor did it!  So there we were sometime around 8am this morning, securing car parking signs to the lampposts on Queen’s Avenue, when the wind and rain really hit. Once we finished putting them up, I was confident that the signs would at least stay attached to their posts - whether they would remain pointing in the actual direction of the car park was another matter. Joey & Deb set out on an inspection of the course, which was deemed safe to careful runners and walkers, despite the puddles, conkers and potential slippy bits. Meanwhile, Marc & Dom were determined not to let the combined efforts of Brian and our ‘start’ sail get the better of them; unfortunately no-one was there to video their efforts to secure the sail in the ground, which by all accounts is a sad loss to social media.

At 8.47am it looked like there was a chance that our 23 fantastic volunteers were going to outnumber runners and walkers!  Happily, the rainbow we ordered appeared on cue and drew everyone over to the field.  By the time we set off, the rain had stopped, the wind had died down and we had been joined by a much more healthy number of participants.  29 of you bravely chose today for your first Rushmoor parkrun - 15 of you were completely new to parkrun. We also welcomed tourists from Sunderland and Suffolk.  A very impressive number of people must have hopped, skipped, jumped or flown over muddy puddles to achieve PBs today - a fantastic effort from all 32 of you.

As parkrun grows it’s lovely that most weeks we now have participants completing milestone runs. Today four Rushmoor & Frimley Lodge regulars ran their 50th with us. Many congratulations to:

Clare Barclay

Dianna Smith

John Tunnicliffe

Simon Powell

Well done to the 262 who completed the 5k today and thank you for being careful around the course.  We suspect that school half term break and various running events happening tomorrow contributed as much as Storm Brian to there being a smaller group of us today.  Happy holidays to those of you away this week and good luck to those running in the Fleet 10k, Great South Run and anywhere else you may be.

Hope to see you again next week!

By Jo Wake

This week 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Steve OSBORNE • Dominic WAKE • Sue GRAVES • Chris MCWILLIAM • Nichola SHERAR • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Matthew THORNE • Livi WAKE • Joshila SHARMA • Jo WAKE • Jack HOLDCROFT • Richard GUEST • Amy MULHOLLAND • Deborah HEIGHES • Shireen WALKER • John SOUTHGATE • Howard ROBINSON • James EWING • Peter LAVENDER • Rachel MCCARRON • Chris HILL • Andrew GUDGE

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

Male placings:

Marcus IRVING (SM20-24) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was first over the line in 17:33 - 7th time in 19 appearances.

Ian WHITE (VM50-54) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:40 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Chris TRY (VM50-54) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was third over the line in 18:52.

Female placings:

Lydia CARTER (JW11-14) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 20:07 - second time in 5 appearances.

Ruth BRIGGS (VW40-44) of Hart Road Runners, was second (24th overall) over the line in 22:01 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Grace KINNELL (JW15-17) of Farnham Tri, was third (25th overall) over the line in 22:01.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Ian WHITE (VM50-54) – 81.61% for the time 18:40 (second overall).

Chris TRY (VM50-54) – 80.12% for the time 18:52 (third overall).

Alison RICHARDSON (VW55-59) – 78.92% for the time 23:15 (52nd overall).

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).

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

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 6,571 participants have completed 39,902 parkruns covering a total distance of 199,510 km, including 7,757 new Personal Bests.

 

Rushmoor parkrun #138 – 18th Feb 2017

Hooray winter is over, we finally have not frozen to death in the morning. As I look out of the window I am looking at sunshine, having finally had a parkrun that was a lot warmer than it has been recently. The course is also holding up in good condition, little wind, it’s a great day for a parkrun. To be fair any day is a great day for a parkrun! And for William Chaplin it was his 10th parkrun and another PB. Well done William and wear your T-Shirt with pride.

So this week is a bit of a different one. Rushmoor parkrun became a pacing run. So lots of parkrunners volunteered to pace for a week and bring people home to a set time and let people have a go to get a PB. The weather was good, the course was good, all we needed now were runners.

And runners we got! Lots of you. In fact 340 of you came along and ran our 138th event the weekend just gone. Once we’d got the communications done and introduced you to our team of pacers, yep it took a while, there were 14 of them, we lined up and were off!

At the end of the first lap at the half way point, we saw you all coming round the course. Many of you came round in groups of 10 and 12 and even more following our pacers round. It was great to see you all smiling and enjoying the run. All of our pacers did an amazing job and our thanks to them taking you all round the course.

And as we approached 20 minutes our first pacer came home, followed by a number of people trying to beat their best and this set the scene for what followed as our 21, 22, 23 , 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 35, and 37 minute pacers all came in giving massive encouragement to our runners. There was a genuine atmosphere of a lot of fun and if you are pushing hard it also hurts a lot too! I know, I’ve been there. It doesn’t matter whether you run 19 minutes or 38 minutes, it is tough to keep fighting to do better than you’ve done before.

Well done to all of our runners for pushing it and working hard. It was just amazing. So how did we do? We had as I said above 340 runners, however there were 14 pacers and 41 first timers, so 285 of you could get a PB on Saturday. An unbelievable 83 of you got personal bests and I know an awful lot of you only just missed a PB as well. 30% of our runners who could get a PB got a PB. Absolutely amazing. For comparison last week 18% of you got a PB and conditions although cold were very good as well.

I just want to highlight some of the stunning achievements that some of our runners managed on Saturday. . For the ladies I have some incredible runs, Caroline Ashworth beat her PB from her run last week by 2 minutes and 26 seconds. Emmeline King-Evans beat her old PB by 48 seconds. Beth Tuppen took 2 minutes and 8 seconds off her best. Rachel Kennedy broke 35 minutes for the first time taking 56 seconds off her time.

For the men, Charles Convery ran his 65th parkrun and got an all-time PB by 4 seconds. Chris Geoghan ran his 59th parkrun and got an all-time PB by 19 seconds. Jonathan Whitby took 24 seconds off his PB and got his 7th PB in 8 runs and is now 2 minutes faster than November last year.

And our Juniors Amy Pankhurst took 37 seconds off her best time to run 30:27, Eliza Scott took 33 seconds off her best to produce 35:15 but Toby Roberts took an amazing 2 minutes and 48 seconds off his previous time to go from 37:13 to 34:25.

I could go on and on and on, there are just so many stunning runs that were done. I am really sorry if I have missed you off as you were just so brilliant.

The question is, would you like us to do it again at some point? We think everyone enjoyed it, but let us know. We love to get feedback!

I also want to make a special mention to all of our parkrunners that weren’t chasing a pacer or trying to get a PB. You aren’t forgotten this week, as every single runner and every single volunteer is what makes parkrun so special. Bring your friends and come and have some fun!

Talking of good things parkrun, we had a record number of volunteers this week at 34. We always need more so if you’re injured, don’t fancy a run or would like to see it from the other side email rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com

So a couple of things before I sign off for this week. Firstly have a look at the photos from last week on our Flikr site https://www.flickr.com/groups/rushmoor-parkrun/pool/, I am pacing the Surrey Half at 1 hr 50 if any of you are looking to achieve that,  and finally to get the 10% discount at Tesco, we need to show our bar codes BEFORE we order it as it is the way their till system works.

Once again my thanks to you for making Rushmoor parkrun special. Have a great week and I’ll see you next Saturday for instalment 139.

Alex

Male placings:
Richard SYKES (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:08 - first time in 28 appearances.
Ian WHITE (VM50-54) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:22 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ian WHITE (Unattached) 3116 pts.
Michael WALBERTON (Farnham Runners) 3021 pts.
Matthew NUNN (Unattached) 2883 pts.

Female placings:
Alice GARNER (JW11-14) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:32 - 5th time in 11 appearances.
Samantha HOGAN-HENRY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (58th overall) over the line in 22:25 - was first to finish once before.
Sharmeen KHAN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (69th overall) over the line in 22:55.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Charlotte HOWARD (Hart Road Runners) 2561 pts.
Sharon BRAZIER (Unattached) 2365 pts.
Beverley JENNINGS (Unattached) 2264 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ian WHITE (VM50-54) was graded 82.30% for the time 18:22 (second overall).
Alice GARNER (JW11-14) was graded 80.46% for the time 19:32 (13th overall).
Michael WALBERTON (VM55-59) was graded 80.38% for the time 19:27 (11th overall).

This week there were 340 runners, of whom 41 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014, and since then 4,828 different runners, including participants from 306 athletics clubs, have completed 26,764 runs covering a total distance of 133,820 km, and there have been 5,273 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Lauren HALL who ran in a time of 00:17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Alex POINTON who ran in a time of 00:15:45 on 29th October 2016 (event number 122).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded a 91.24% run (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).

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

 

Rushmoor parkrun #131 & 132 – Saturday 31st December 2016 – Sunday 1st January 2017

Twas a tale of two runs, the last of 2016 and the first of 2017

Saturday 31st December 2016

Fog’s foggy veil greeted us all to Rushmoor on the Saturday for run #131, but warm enough not to require multiple layers. 303 runners completed the two lapped course, supervised by the 19 volunteers supporting today’s race director, Chris.

It goes without saying that volunteers are the lifeblood of park run and if you could volunteer for Rushmoor parkrun at a future event, this would ensure the longevity of the run for the local community for many years to come. Please email the following email: rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com

15 parkrun debutants this morning and 17 runners joined us at Rushmoor for the first time today.  38 personal bests for Rushmoor park run as well. Congratulations to all who ran faster than they have before for 5k.

Special runs today:

  • Bob Brimicombe and Tammy Buchanan both ran parkrun for the 50th time. Well done, and wear your T-shirts with pride.
  • I know it’s not a recognised special run, but 150th run is a fine achievement, and was achieved by Keith Bowen, visiting from Nottinghamshire’s Rushcliffe AC

Sunday 1st January 2017 - New Years Day Special

We were greeted by a drizzle to welcome us for the first park run of 2017, and as the poem goes:

What’s the point of drizzle
Falling from the sky?
If clouds won`t put the effort in,
They shouldn`t even try

328 runners completed 5k, with 18 volunteers supporting race director Debs in organising today’s run. Well done to all runners, and a special thanks to the volunteers.

5 parkrun debutants this morning and 73 (yes 22% of today’s runners) runners joined us at Rushmoor for the first time, coming from as far afield as Durham, Didcot and Liss. Welcome and hope to see you again soon.

Special congratulations to those who managed to run two parkruns today, zooming off to Frimley Lodge or Alice Holt afterwards!

34 personal bests for Rushmoor park run this morning. Congratulations to all of those who ran faster than they have before at Rushmoor.

Special runs today:

  • John Locks achieved his 10th junior park run;
  • Adrian Weston and Sarah Honeybell both ran parkrun for the 50th time.

Well done to all, and wear your T-shirts with pride.

 

 

Rushmoor parkrun #130 – Christmas Eve 2016

A warm welcome to everyone who joined us for a chilly Christmas Eve parkrun.  This week there were 327 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests.

Firstly a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, both today and throughout the year. We simply couldn't run this without you! Each week we send out email requests for volunteers. If you haven't opted in to receive this please do (you can find it from the link in your results email). If everyone volunteered just once a year we wouldn't ever have to ask (it's #1 on our Christmas request list).

Congratulations to to Penny Hearn on her 100th parkrun Milestone - The Mulled Wine and mince pies were certainly well appreciated by all :)

And HUGE Congratulations to Lauren Hall  who took 23 seconds off the ladies course record which now stands at 17:29. Amazing!

Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Jim HEAL (SM25-29) of Serpentine RC, was second over the line in 16:54.
An unknown runner was third.

Female placings:
Lauren HALL (SW25-29) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was first (5th overall) over the line in 17:29 - second time in 2 appearances.
Roanna VICKERS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (10th overall) over the line in 18:29 - was first to finish once before.
Eloise R STRADLING (SW20-24) of Farnham Runners, was third (44th overall) over the line in 21:20 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lauren HALL (SW25-29) was graded 84.65% for the time 17:29 (5th overall).
Tad Steven DICKER (VM50-54) was graded 80.51% for the time 18:28 (9th overall).
Roanna VICKERS (SW30-34) was graded 80.07% for the time 18:29 (10th overall).

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

Just a reminder that we are not running tomorrow (Christmas Day) but have two parkruns for you next weekend: 31st December and Sunday 1st January. We are looking for volunteers so if you are planning on partying Saturday night and suspect that movement might be a little 'hard work' then we'd love your support - email rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com to let us know if you can help.

And finally, here's hoping we followed the parkrun code and stayed on Santa's good list....

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

From the Rushmoor parkrun Team

 

Rushmoor parkrun #129 – 17th December 2016

Rushmoor run #129 and the weather this morning reminded me of a poem by the American Walterrean Salley:

The fog is an illusion—
A master of disguise,
Which hides the tangible
Before our very eyes.

But when the fog has lifted
Everything’s still there,
And the tangible
Only seemed to’ve disappeared.

In the early morning
Or late at night,
The fog descends
Upon various sites.

It gives an air of mystery
That has long prevailed.
Dangerously intriguing
Is the fog’s foggy veil.

Well done to the 225 finishers who ran through the “foggy veil” this morning, and the impressive number of 41 runners who achieved personal bests.

Special runs today:

  • Jack Walker completed his 10th junior parkrun;
  • Tim Day, John Morgan and Tricia Borgnis all ran parkrun for the 50th time;

Well done, and wear your T-shirts with pride.

Many thanks to today’s 18 volunteers, who all supported run director Alex Radford in organising today’s event and assisting all of us to have an enjoyable run around the polo fields.

8 parkrun debutants this morning and 17 runners joined us at Rushmoor for the first time today.  Welcome and hope to see you again soon.

It goes without saying that volunteers are the lifeblood of park run and if you could volunteer for Rushmoor parkrun at a future event, this would ensure the longevity of the run for the local community for many years to come. Please email the following email: rushmoorhelpers@parkrun.com.

The Rushmoor parkrun Christmas schedule is runs on: 24th and 31st December, and 1st January.  All 9 am starts.

For the keen there is a Christmas morning run at Frimley Lodge at 9am, and if you fancy doubling up New Years Day Frimley Lodge  are running at 10am or Alice Holt at 10.30am.

Until next Saturday....and keep running!

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