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

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 Report – Event 49 – 2 May 2015

One year on and we're going backwards!

So we started the day with a bit of a worry over how big a field we might have today, given the very popular and very close Frimley Lodge parkrun was cancelled due to an event at their park.

We'd also been toying with the idea of doing something special for the occasion of our first birthday. One or two members of the team knew - most didn't - that we'd been discussing running the course in reverse. As run director for the day I said I'd let them know...

At 8:15 Alex and I wandered down to the canal edge on the final corner to discuss the 'swim risk' of running the other way around. We agreed it was a wide enough corner to avoid anyone ending up in the drink and obviously resolved to tell the team to set the course up the normal way around to confuse them too!

We arrived back at the start-finish‎ area and told the team we'd decided to set up as normal (no lie there guv) meanwhile we briefed marshal Helen that we were actually running the course backwards and asked her to advise people as they run into the (now) first corner to be careful or they'll get wet.

I also enlisted Katherine (Alex's niece) to ‎help me confuse everyone. She stood at the start with the start sign until I told her to move...

We went through the normal procedure - get everyone to the start pen - announcements - a few extra thank you's (more below) - ‎then a little surprise for everyone. As we now know, there were 312 runners. I'm pretty confident we managed to confuse or get a laugh out of a good 300 of them in the chaos that ensued when we announced they were all in the wrong place! Katherine darted across to the (usual) finish line with her start sign and the whole crowd tried to get themselves organised into the finish funnel behind her - no mean feat, it was very small for the size of the field - but they were soon ready for the off.

Alex is luckily very tall so managed a quick photo of the sardine-tin-esque field‎ waving, still slightly confused, for our birthday photo.

We counted them down and off they went - signalling about 5 minutes for us to build the new/temporary/reverse finish line. This was the bit Alex and I hadn't discussed in advance. ‎After two minutes of debate and another two of hurried dismantling/constructing, the finish line Mark II was complete.

I'm told the first corner was fine and likely the only reason one runner commented it was a little bunched up at the start was due to the field being confused by our 'change of plan'‎. I must say, the backwards course did seem to get overwhelming approval from those I spoke to at the finish.

Maybe it was the thought of free cake, or maybe the course backwards is faster, but a good number of people set PBs.

It turns out the finish funnel is easier to create this way round and the first straight down to the canal is plenty for the field to thin out. The one complaint I heard was that judging when to kick for the finish was difficult as the stretch from the gate to the finish line is deceptively much longer than you think!

All finishers were rewarded with cake, for both our birthday and Alex's too (which I forgot to mention in the announcements, oops) and a big thank you to those who provided it!

Well done to all 3‎12 runners. We hope you enjoyed the 'alternative' course.

‎Given we're a whole year on we'd like to thank Rushmoor Borough Council and specifically Martin Sterio for his support in getting our parkrun off the ground. Thanks to Bob, ‎Brian and their Frimley parkrun team for the support on such a big day for us too!

Finally as mentioned in the briefing, ‎our parkrun - like all parkruns - relies upon the generosity of volunteers giving their time, the event can't happen without them. Please do consider volunteering with us some time. We don't bite, we always smile and we often have cake too. What more could you want? ;)

And thus I leave you with the question...

Forwards or backwards next week? Let us know of our facebook page.

See you next week.

RD Andy and our trusty Rushmoor parkrun team.

(And we should mention some particularly speedy individuals crossed the line at the front of the field...)

Male placings:
Mark SYMES (VM45-49) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was first over the line in 17:02 - first time in 2 appearances.
Gary TILL (VM35-39) of Army AA, was second over the line in 17:39 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
James RATCLIFFE (VM45-49) of Sandhurst Joggers, was third over the line in 18:00.

Female placings:
Charlotte HANSON (SW25-29) of Farnham Runners, was first (33rd overall) over the line in 20:58 - 6th time in 13 appearances.
Tracey DAVIDSON (VW40-44) of Fleet & Crookham AC, was second (46th overall) over the line in 21:44.
Lisa HALE (VW35-39) of Fleet & Crookham AC, was third (51st overall) over the line in 21:57 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.


Run Report Event No. 10 – 2 August 2014

New Runners
Now seems a good time to talk about new runners. We've finally reached double figures (event number 10!) after a few weeks off for various other events using the area, and what's great to see is the number of new runners we're attracting each week. Welcome to you all, it's great to have you. The parkrun‎ ethos was always to be inclusive and bring people into the running world. We're very glad to see we are still doing so each and every week.

Fencegate lives on!
Having dodged the rain predicted overnight we arrived to set up on a nice dry course. The closure of Eddy's corner looks to be in place for a while so you're no doubt becoming familiar with the gate alternative. We think it works just as well and given the performance of the first finisher (more on that later) the course is just as brisk either way

Course Record
We have a new course record by 13 seconds! Congratulations to Stephen Gumbrill of Hart Road Runners - for the moment at least - our results say this:
The men's record is held by Stephen GUMBRILL who ran in a time of 00:16:38 on 2014-08-02 (event number 10).
‎Well done Stephen!

I'm reliably informed that the canal was particularly flat (read 'rut-free') and dry for the event so ideal conditions for such a super run. 

Age Graded Scores
You'll no doubt have noticed that parkrun's results system gives you an age graded score alongside your time. In simple terms this tells you how you have performed aga‎inst other people in your age bracket (the full techie explanation is available here - What Is Age Grading?). Take a peek at the age graded scores I've published below. Rushmoor does see its fair share of very impressive scores!

I mentioned it in the run briefing, but we have struggled a bit with runners crossing the finish line twice. Rushmoor is becoming quite a busy event so it is a difficult task for the timekeepers to keep track of a hundred and fifty or so of you. To help us make sure we get your times right, can you make sure you keep the finish area clear and only cross that finish line once please!

Coffee anyone?
Finally, just to remind you all, we meet at Grays coffee cafe‎ on Lynchford Road after the event so if any of you wish to join us, or are interested in volunteering or hearing more about how a parkrun works then come along. We're usually packed up and in the cafe - crowded round the laptop doing the results - by about 10am ish.

And the results...

Men's placings:
Stephen GUMBRILL (SM30-34) of Hart Road Runners, was first over the line in 16:38 - first appearance.
Aaron WOODMAN (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:47.
Ross WALLINGFORD (SM30-34) of Hart Road Runners, was third over the line in 18:19.‎

Women's placings:
Helen HALL (SW25-29) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was first (16th overall) over the line in 20:20 - first appearance.
Lisa HALE (VW35-39) of Sandhurst Joggers, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 21:07 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Kimberly HOLDER (SW30-34) of Hart Road Runners, was third (24th overall) over the line in 21:13.‎

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jane GEORGHIOU (VW60-64) was graded 90.36% for the time 21:47 (27th overall).
Ged RUFFLE (VM60-64) was graded 87.80% for the time 18:35 (5th overall).
Mike ANDERSON (VM55-59) was graded 85.04% for the time 18:23 (4th overall).‎

See you next week,

Andy and the Rushmoor parkrun team.


Run Report Event No. 7 – 14 June 2014

"Fencegate" and History never was my best subject...

Today's run report is entitled "Fencegate" - or Fence/Gate might be more appropriate - because that's the decision we had to make upon arrival this morning. Event Director Chris realised that the gap in the fence in Eddy's corner was no longer a gap, and a re-routing of the course or a limbo dancing competition under the new wooden barrier were the only possible options - short of canceling the event! A quick discussion with land management and a gate was unlocked, our parkrun re-routed and our panic subsided.

Do let us know how you found the 'new' route. We're hoping to go back to the original route through Eddy's corner after the Army Show, but particularly for a fair weather day, we think this route would work fine in future.

It's not often you're in the presence of a world class distance runner but this morning we were joined by Mike Gratton, winner of the 1983 London Marathon - in 2h09m43s. He's still the 13th fastest UK marathon runner of all time. Some 30 years later, he finished Rushmoor parkrun 39th out of 157 finishers in a very respectable 22m41s.

Don't forget we're taking two weeks off as we are closed for the Army Show on both 21st and 28th June. The good news is that's plenty of time for you to get your fancy dress costume together for our WWI themed parkrun on 5th July.

The first thing that came to mind in the run briefing - the cardboard spitfire suggestion - I'm advised is historically [hugely] inaccurate so I've done a bit of research. History never was my best subject at school! The theme is World War One. You need to be thinking more Sopwith Camel (1917 onwards) than Spitfire (much later - 1930s).

Bear in mind the area we're in when dreaming up your costume - let's avoid anything that could be mistaken for an actual weapon please! We'll mention it on our Facebook page. It would be nice to hear about your ideas for costumes over the next couple of weeks.

Finally we've identified a new cafe locally that we would like to try and so we'd like to invite you to come and meet the Rushmoor parkrun team after the event. We're going to convene - post parkrun - in Grays Coffee, 119 Lynchford Rd, Farnborough GU14 6ET. Come and join us!

The first few finishers this week were...

Women's placings:
Sophie LOVELL (SW25-29) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 20:46 - first appearance.
Lisa HALE (VW35-39) of Sandhurst Joggers, was second (24th overall) over the line in 21:16 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Louise APSEY (VW35-39) of Hart Road Runners, was third (41st overall) over the line in 22:45.

Men's placings:
Glen TURNER (SM30-34) of Leighton Buzzard AC, was first over the line in 17:26 - first appearance.
James WALLACE (VM35-39) of Hart Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:48 - was first to finish once before.
Nathan MARTIN (SM30-34) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was third over the line in 18:33.

A big thanks to all of our volunteers once again. We couldn't do it without you.

See you on 5th July for the WWI themed parkrun!


Run Report Event No. 6 – 7 June 2014

Complex corner is (re)christened to the sound of thunder and our first ever monthly prize is awarded!

So we're now just six weeks in, yet it seems like forever since those first tentative steps preparing Rushmoor parkrun with the team - Event Director Chris and my fellow Run Directors Joey and Tracy. Already this week we're awarding our first monthly prize and also finding ourselves wanting to recognise the valuable contribution of one of our volunteers!

So first up, despite the thunder and threatening weather, over a hundred and thirty runners joined us this morning for the event and delivered a well deserved round of applause to our first monthly prize winner Chay Waldron.

Chay and his family have been a regular sight at Rushmoor since day one. The family come along each week to run and enjoy themselves whatever the weather! Our monthly prize is awarded by the Rushmoor team to someone who may have had a great month performance wise or who has done something important to support the event. Chay has run six Rushmoor parkruns so far, setting no less than four PBs including one today. Most interestingly, he's also one of our youngest runners! So, Chay, thanks for coming to run with us, you're a wonderful example of the people we wanted to put the event on for and we hope to follow your progress as you get faster each week!

Speaking of spending our time putting on the's not just those of us in the core team who do so. We are lucky enough to be strongly supported by a very able and enthusiastic team of volunteers - thank you to all of you! They need a mention because the event doesn't - and wouldn't - happen without them. Those of you who joined us for last week's parkrun will probably have thanked Eddy Wainwright on your way through 'Complex Corner' because I asked you to in the briefing. Complex Corner gained it's name when we first tested the course and realised how much more complicated it was to set that area up! Since that day one guy has been a regular feature there, helping you all make your way through safely and sporting an enthusiastic grin at the same time. Eddy isn't a runner, but has been a great friend to the event so we'd like to say a special thanks to him for supporting us, from the test event all those weeks ago, right up to today. Because we have great volunteers, the event gets easier (less complicated - can you see where I'm going yet?) each week. It's for this reason we've decided to rename 'Complex Corner' today. From now on it'll be known as 'Eddy's corner'. Thanks Eddy ;-)

If you happen to know anyone, runner or not, who might like to help us out with putting the event on, please tell them to get in touch - We need a small army each week to put the event on so the more the merrier!

We're around next week (14th June) for our 7th event, but we're then taking a fortnight off whilst the Army Show uses the land instead so will be closed on 21st & 28th June.

And so finally, to the results...

Being a fan of stats I'm going to let you have the lot this week, but only because I think there are some interesting things to see here! Hopefully I've made it obvious which bits I think are interesting...

Men's placings:
Ben EVANS (VM35-39) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was first over the line in 17:24 - first appearance.
Kurt TAYLOR (SM18-19) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:40.
Phillip MARCH (VM35-39) of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC, was third over the line in 17:52 - was first to finish once before.

Women's placings:
Lisa HALE (VW35-39) of Sandhurst Joggers, was first (17th overall) over the line in 21:37 - second time in 5 appearances.
Cecilia SIRUFFO (SW30-34) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 22:30 - was first to finish once before.
Deena ROBINSON (VW35-39) of Bracknell Forest Runners, was third (27th overall) over the line in 23:00.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ross WALLINGFORD (Hart Road Runners) 486 pts.
Jason LINTOTT (Blackwater Valley Runners) 423 pts.
Patrick LINES (Blackwater Valley Runners) 410 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sandra MCCAIG (Blackwater Valley Runners) 511 pts.
Lisa HALE (Sandhurst Joggers) 486 pts.
Ella WALDRON (Fleet & Crookham AC) 461 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Stephen LINTON (VM60-64) was graded 76.69% for the time 21:40 (18th overall).
Hazel HOWELL (VW65-69) was graded 76.00% for the time 27:30 (81st overall).
Phillip MARCH (VM35-39) was graded 75.84% for the time 17:52 (third overall).

This week there were 134 runners, of whom 41 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different athletics clubs took part.

Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014, and since then 719 different runners, including participants from 70 athletics clubs, have completed 1,127 runs covering a total distance of 5,635 km, and there have been 187 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Katherine PHILP who ran in a time of 00:18:45 on 2014-05-03 (event number 1).
The men's record is held by Alex MCINTOSH who ran in a time of 00:16:50 on 2014-05-03 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ged RUFFLE who recorded a 85.35% run (19:07) on 24th May 2014 (event number 4).

I think Rushmoor is turning out to be quite a good PB course and I'm sure the team agree with me when I say we're mighty pleased with how it is going so far.

See you next week!

Andy and the Rushmoor parkrun team.

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