Run report- event 167- 17.08.19

Stevenage parkrun
Event number 167
17th August 2019

The rain lifted and we had a lovely morning for our 167th event. 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests.

Well done to all involved and a special mention to Esperanza Castro and Matthew Graham who both ran their 50th parkrun and also Tristan Lawyer who ran his 100th! I would have given you all a shout out had the loudspeaker been working, my voice could barely do the basic brief but I do apologise.

As per, the event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Ian KIMPTON • Ellie SCOTT • Phil DEAVES • Angus KINDLEY • Anjali KRISHNANUNNI • Elizabeth JORDAN • Tichaonezvi J. RUREDZO • Chloe MARSHALL • James MARSHALL • Philip BEIGHTON • Richard HENRY • Tracy NORRIS • Sheila LEAVY • Joe COLGAN • David SCOTT • Priscilla BALDOCK • David HENSON • Rosemary BIGGS • Alan FORD • Rachel HALL • April LACEY • Tamara CLELFORD • Kelly SMIRK

As has happened more regularly of late, we were cutting it a little fine in terms of filling the roster so we would ask that if you run regularly and haven't yet volunteered, please do, we can only keep this event going if everyone chips in.

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


parkrun164 run report

Stevenage parkrun
Event number 164
27th July 2019
This week 273 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

As you all know parkrun continues to thrive partly due to the core team of volunteers but also due to the community banding together and volunteering regularly to help keep our weekly events going strong. Its weekend’s like this that show cases how strong our volunteer base is and I thank you all very much for helping out in such poor conditions.

The event was made possible by 23 hardy stalwart volunteers:

Verity FISHER • Daniel SUTTON • Elizabeth ABELHO • Ken JUDE • Simon James FISHER • Karen PALMER • Susan D FISHER • Gordon COWAN • Jenny GARRETT • Mark HILLIER • Ruth KENNEDY • Joe COLGAN • Shane HOPPER • Doug WILSON • Karen THOMAS • David THOMAS • Ben SALTMARSH • Alan FORD • Dzenana TOPIC • April LACEY • Tamara CLELFORD • Mark HOWSEN • Kelly SMIRK

Joe Colgan has now helped to setup Stevenage parkrun 100 times and has also ran 100 parkruns, and its Joe and Alan Ford who our fast visitors can thank for not going the wrong way, gents we salute you.

Joe recalls 2 years previous at work getting a health check where he explains his lung capacity was calculated as 4 years older than his age, a recent repeat of his works health check now calculates Joe lungs as being 2 years younger than his age. We hope parkrun has had a hand in this, but certain Joe looks much the better for it and we hope he continues.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stevenage parkrun Results Page.
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 7,166 participants have completed 44,672 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,360 km, including 9,144 new Personal Bests. A total of 465 individuals have volunteered 3,254 times.


Event #163 Run Report

It was a grey, yet humid start to Saturday morning. We had a light drizzle whilst setting up, but missed the heavy downpour that happened whilst we were processing the results in the cafe! Fortunately the thunder storms failed to materialise - for which we were particularly grateful...

Our latest pacing run was, yet again, well attended. 386 people ran, jogged or walked 5k. 64 parkrunners tackling the Stevenage course for the first time, with 71 athletes (over 18%) gaining a new PB - hopefully this was down to our excellent pacers!!!

Speaking of our wonderful pacers, we had runners for 20, 23, 26, 28, 30 and 32 minutes. As always, they did a sterling job of keeping to their assigned durations. The unofficial competition to hit their actual times was as fiercely contested as always, with Danny Scanlon and Darren Isted being just one second adrift from their target. Whilst this would usually be enough to claim the (totally non-existant) Pacing Crown, this time it goes to Kris Whitmore who hit his target time of 20 minutes exactly - well done Kris! Commiserations to Vicky Berry, Chris Rowlands and Tim Robinson who were still wonderfully close to their targets as well.

Congratulations to Finn Hobbs, Michael Dennis, Hollie Ferrara and Katie Ferrara for completing their 10th parkrun as juniors, emails regarding how to claim your parkrun 10 club t-shirt should be coming your way soon!

This week's shiny volunteers were: Vicky BERRY • James MCSWEENEY • Roger BIGGS • Daniel SUTTON • Jason ROOT • Angus KINDLEY • Tim ROBINSON • Kris WHITMORE • Jenny GARRETT • Mark HILLIER • Jim BROWN • Darren ISTED • Robin WOODROW • Danny SCANLON • Tracy NORRIS • Helen HARRIS • Joe COLGAN • Matthew PATTMAN • Doug WILSON • Rosemary BIGGS • Alan FORD • Chris ROWLANDS • Marleen VAN ZWIETEN • Tamara CLELFORD • Jim CALLAGHAN • Finley NORMAN - you did a sterling job making sure the event ran without any problems so a big thanks from me.
Extra special thanks go to Robin Woodrow who reached his 25th time of volunteering - you'll be receiving an email regarding your parkrun purple volunteer t-shirt soon, Robin! If you'd like to volunteer at Stevenage parkrun (remember, helping out just twice a year would ensure we're never short of volunteers), email us at There's a range of different roles, with some still letting you complete the course.

Event #163 Volunteers

Full results from this week are available HERE

This week's (departing) Run Director!


Event #161 Run Report

Saturday was perfect conditions for running and this was reflected by 374 runners completing the course of whom 54 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests.

Our fantastic volunteers for this week were James MCSWEENEY • Angus KINDLEY • Anjali KRISHNANUNNI • Karen BROOM • Chris LEIGH • Darren ISTED • Callie CHAPMAN • Tracy NORRIS • Joe COLGAN • Richard GLAISTER • Gary SHERIN • Scott BILLINGS • Trevor BROOM • Doug WILSON • Hedley HADFIELD • Victoria HADFIELD • Ally BROWN • Rosemary BIGGS • Ben SALTMARSH • Alan FORD • Dzenana TOPIC • Juliette MULLEN • Emma TOZER • Karen CUBBAGE

Congratulations to Nick Tranter who completed his 50th parkrun.  Ian Clark and Darren Istead both completed their 100th parkruns.  Congratulations to both of them and Darren also volunteered as the tail walker to complete his 100th.

It was brilliant to welcome the Stevenage Mayor Simon Speller to Saturday's parkrun.  Simon is a big supporter of parkrun and was delighted to see lots of runners out there getting fit and enjoying the park.

There are lots of photographs from Saturday.  Angus Kindley photographs are on our facebook page and Gary Sherin wandered around the course taking lots of photos.  Gary's photos can be found on our flickr page through a group search.

All the results from Saturday's run are available on our website page.

On Saturday 20th July we having a pacers run. We are still looking for volunteer pacers, so please email if you would like to volunteer.





Event #160 Run Report

Stevenage parkrun
Event number 160
29th June 2019

323 people ran, jogged and walked the course on this glorious morning, of whom 55 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests, big pat on the back to all who chose to get out of bed and forgo the fry up (at least until after the run!) And the biggest pat on the back to all the volunteers who make this event happen week in week out:

James MCSWEENEY • Elizabeth JORDAN • Tichaonezvi J. RUREDZO • Chloe MARSHALL • James MARSHALL • Jack MARSHALL • Karen BROOM • Chris LEIGH • Lottie BUTLER-HENDERSON • Robin WOODROW • Tony RANDFIELD • Joe COLGAN • Trevor BROOM • Doug WILSON • Josh SQUIRES • Ben SALTMARSH • Alan FORD • Dzenana TOPIC • Paula SPARKS • Rachel HALL

Since the beginning of Stevenage parkrun on 28 May 2016 we have had 453 individuals volunteering, I'm thinking we could round that up to 500 so get volunteering peeps!

Just a note to say that now the weather is becoming warmer and will hopefully stay that way for a few weeks at least, do make sure you stay hydrated when running and be sensible.

Lastly, if you haven't seen yet on any of our social media platforms, we have scheduled another pacing event on 20 July so please get in touch if you would be interested to lend a hand (or legs) and be a pacer.



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

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