Run Report #194

We definitely had the better weather on Saturday. It was a clear day, a little chilly but most definitely the calm before storm ciara hit us on the Sunday. This week 485 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and an amazing 120 recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations to them!

Congratulations to Claire Defries who completed her 50th parkrun and also Matthew Guest as a first timer to Stevenage parkrun completed his 100th parkrun.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers who were brilliant at guiding the runners seamlessly from the start to the finish. They are:

Laura KIMPTON • Michael FLETCHER • Angus KINDLEY • Elizabeth JORDAN • Beverley ATKINS • Tony RANDFIELD • Joe COLGAN • Richard GLAISTER • Matthew PATTMAN • Doug WILSON • Joanne WHITTINGTON • Archie WARRILLOW • Hannah BUTLER • Rosemary BIGGS • Alan FORD • Shelbe MOONBEAM • Mark HOWSEN • Gillian MCFARLANE • Anya BLAXLAND • Layla HAASE • Robert DAVEY • Carol HILL

Some dates for your diaries. On the 29th February we are having the first pacers run of 2020. It is a brilliant way of working with a pacer to achieve a new PB. Currently we have 14 volunteer pacers with 20 mins to 32 mins all covered. If you would like to volunteer as a pacer for 33+ mins, then please contact us.

On the 21st March we are celebrating our 200th parkrun. We are delighted the Mayor of Stevenage will be attendance, fancy dress is optional and I'm sure we will have cake at the finish! After running 5km a little bit of cake doesn't hurt! :)

 

International Womans Day

March 7th is International Womans Day and in conjunction with This Girl Can parkrun is supporting the day by asking for our volunteers roles to be filled by women as much as possible and to bring a newbie lady to parkrun to run her first ever parkrun.

It promises to be a special day in the parkrun year so over to you parkrunners.

A few of our lady parkrunners and volunteers over the last few months.

 

Stevenage parkrun #192

Stevenage parkrun
Event number 192
25th January 2020

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Stevenage parkrun # 192 attracted 534 people who ran jogged, walked and volunteered on an overcast winter’s morning. There were 62 first timers and representatives of 39 different clubs.

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Briefing

The first timers and parkrun tourists received an enthusiastic briefing from Tamara CLELFORD.

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Run Director David Scott then briefed the full parkrun crowd, starting with an appreciation of the volunteers.

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The following twenty six volunteers received a warm round of applause: Angus KINDLEY • Elizabeth JORDAN • James MARSHALL • Steve WELLS • Beverley ATKINS • Tracy NORRIS • Helen HARRIS • Joe COLGAN • Richard GLAISTER • David SCOTT • Matthew PATTMAN • Elaine BRAGG • Matt RINGER • Steven DOBNER • Jonathan PARR • David PATTMAN • Paul SHELLEY • Alison SHELLEY • Alan FORD • Hazel JONES • Tamara CLELFORD • Lee BURTON • Gillian MCFARLANE • Anya BLAXLAND • Layla HAASE • Lois DOBBIN.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email the team at stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stevenage parkrun Results Page. The highlights include an impressive 111 people who recorded new Personal Bests. The first three men across the line were Ian Kimpton (16:35), Chris MARRIOTT (18:08) and Richard PASSEY (18:33). The first three women across the line were Kerry ARDLEY (20:04), Charlotte SMITH (23:05) and Grace BROWN (23:30).

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:07 on 3rd September 2016 (event number 15).

The female record is held by Annabel GUMMOW who recorded a time of 17:39 on 17th November 2018 (event number 127).

The Age Grade course record is held by Yuko GORDON who recorded 92.85% (22:51) on 10th November 2018 (event number 126).

Stevenage parkrun started on 28th May 2016. Since then 8,411 participants have completed 55,535 parkruns covering a total distance of 277,675 km, including 10,801 new Personal Bests. A total of 538 individuals have volunteered 3,836 times.

You can catch up on parkrun news from around the globe via the popular Free Weekly Timed podcast.

See you next week when the Run Director will be Chloe MARSHALL.

 

Run Report #191

Homeward bound!
 
So lovely to visit my home run this morning and catch up with some of you. I’ve been doing a lot of parkrun tourism lately and they’re all lovely, but there’s just something very nice about coming home. Oh my how you’ve grown Stevenage, really pleased to see it’s becoming evermore popular. I’m really looking forward to the pacing event next month.
Our Run Director Tony Randfield delivered the briefings, making sure to ‘Mind the bollards!’ Yes they do jump out at you the first time you’re here! Especially if like me you’re busy looking at the Canada Geese on the lake. I blame David Attenborough and my daddy for my fascination with wildlife.
What a beautiful morning for it, crisp and clear with just a few icy patches. The marshals looked after everyone, especially as we approached the dicey bits where Jack Frost had visited.
 29 bright and beautiful volunteers made this mornings parkrun possible, thank you for all your help and encouragement. It just couldn’t happen without your dedication and support every week.
Now on to the stats where I am also making my debut appearance. (But enough about me!)
543 ran, walked or jogged around our lovely parkrun.

24 of you were absolute beginners which we hope to see again. We had tourists from Letchworth, Buntingford and Biggleswade.

For 56 of you it was your first time at Stevenage parkrun.
There were 91 new PBs achieved this morning and 40 different running clubs were in attendance.
Hazel Jones of Fairlands Valley Spartans and I both achieved our 50th parkrun.
Paul Williams, Tracy Kane, Elizabeth Jordan and Amelie Hobbs achieved their 100th parkrun.
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Our First Finishers were Sam Dear with 18:45 and for the ladies Jessica Earp finished with 21:00
Well done to all of you that ran, walked or jogged and had a laugh with us today.
I had lots of fun this morning and I hope you all did too!
Have a gorgeous weekend and keeeeep parkrunning!
Joanne
Edit: Many thanks to our volunteers without whom our continued success and growth in nimbers would not happen. Also many thanks to Joanne for her excellent report.
 

Run Report #190

Well the New Years Resolutions are well and truly up and running!   On Saturday we had a record attendance of 586 runners.  Truly remarkable and I think this parkrun thing might just catch on!

Of the 586 runners, 73 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.  We also had some brilliant milestones as well.  Ricky Sharman, Ella May-Hards, Sharon Anne Boxer, Claire Thrower and Sarah Kelly all completed their 50th parkruns.  Congratulations to all of them!

Our brilliant volunteers this week are:

Ian KIMPTON • Angus KINDLEY • Karen BROOM • Beverley ATKINS • Robin WOODROW • Tony RANDFIELD • Helen HARRIS • Joe COLGAN • Richard GLAISTER • Sally MCBRIDE • Trevor BROOM • Peter CARPENTER • Matthew PATTMAN • Elaine BRAGG • Steve HARRIS • Erica GRAYSON • Charlotte DOBNER • Steven DOBNER • Hannah BUTLER • Rosemary BIGGS • David PATTMAN • Alison SHELLEY • Alan FORD • Shelbe MOONBEAM • Juliette MULLEN • Tamara CLELFORD • Gillian MCFARLANE • Anya BLAXLAND • Layla HAASE • Lois DOBBIN

Many thanks to all of them!

Please remember at the end of the run to please give back your finish token.  We only purchased them recently for a cost of £120.00 and we have already lost three tokens!

 

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