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 stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com. There's a range of different roles, with some still letting you complete the course.

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Full results from this week are available HERE

Jason
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 stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com 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.

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

 

Event #159 Run Report

A dry and sunny day for our 159th run at Fairlands Valley. In fact so sunny we had to move the scanning positions under the trees!

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Milestones: We had 3 today, Martin Dudley and Doug Whitehead both ran their 100th parkruns, they shared the 100 cape. Doug, a Stevenage boy, now lives in Australia. He was last here many years ago when he was 18. Elizabeth Jordan qualified for her 25th volunteer T. Hopefully the purple shirt will be with you soon. Congrats to you all. Oh and thanks Martin for the chews at the end.

A big thank you to all the volunteers whose contribution made it a very smooth running event: This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

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James MCSWEENEY • Angus KINDLEY • Elizabeth JORDAN • Sophocles GEORGIOU • Callie CHAPMAN • Sheila LEAVY • Tony RANDFIELD • Pam LEWIS • Joe COLGAN • Scott BILLINGS • Matt RINGER • Doug WILSON • Josh SQUIRES • Shelley MEIRELES • Ben SALTMARSH • Alan FORD • Dzenana TOPIC • Paula SPARKS
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 6,895 participants have completed 42,895 parkruns covering a total distance of 214,475 km, including 8,860 new Personal Bests. A total of 453 individuals have volunteered 3,140 times.

First 3 ladies over the line were: Eva Ramsey: 22-25[PB], Dervla Downing: 22-36 and Harriet Richards 24-11 [PB].

And the gents: Craig Brown 18-08, first timer from GCR, Joe Cronin 18-15 [PB] and James Bywater 18-36 [PB]

 

Event #158 Run Report

Parkrun Report #158
15 June 2019

The sun peeped ever so slightly through the dark clouds and, coupled with the cool breeze, provided perfect conditions for the 372 people who ran, jogged and walked the 5k course. The field included 52 first timers, representatives of 29 different clubs and an impressive 61 new Personal Bests. Congratulations to the new milestone club members: Jane Waters who completed 50 runs and Joseph Miles (Junior) who completed 10 runs.

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Run Director Laura Kimpton briefing parkrunners

Each week the event is made possible by volunteers, and this week the Shout Out goes to the following 19 volunteers: Laura KIMPTON • Ian KIMPTON • Anjali KRISHNANUNNI • Elizabeth JORDAN • Robin WOODROW • Richard HENRY • Sheila LEAVY • Tony RANDFIELD • Pam LEWIS • Helen HARRIS • Richard GLAISTER • Matthew PATTMAN • Shane HOPPER • Doug WILSON • Josh SQUIRES • Shelley MEIRELES • Alan FORD • Peter FITZGERALD • Karl SPARKS

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Tailwalker - The volunteer who is always last to arrive ensuring that no one needs ever worry about coming last at parkrun!

Your parkrun needs you! The parkrun team will be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to volunteer. You can contact them via email: stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com or speak to the Run Director after the event.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stevenage parkrun Results Page. The first three men across the line were: Joe CRONIN (18:40 New PB), James BYWATER (18:52 New PB) and Geoff DAVEY (18:58). The first three women across the line were: Gail MACKIE (20:54), Amélie HOBBS (23:48) and First Timer Sophie BESTWICK (23:52).

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 6,864 participants have completed 42,581 parkruns covering a total distance of 212,905 km, including 8,793 new Personal Bests. A total of 452 individuals have volunteered 3,122 times.

See you all next week when the Run Director will be Tony Randfield.

 

Event #157 Run Report

Bronski Beat, A-ha, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Blur & The Stone Roses are all groups from the 1980's & 90's. However, Wet Wet Wet is probably best to describe the weather on Saturday! The runners and the volunteers got a thorough soaking on Saturday. Despite the damp and wet conditions it didn't stop 286 people running, jogging and walking the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers. The stars this week are:

Ems SOUTHERINGTON • Elizabeth JORDAN • Tichaonezvi J. RUREDZO • Anne MILLER • Lottie BUTLER-HENDERSON • Jo FISHER • Tony RANDFIELD • Helen HARRIS • Richard GLAISTER • Matthew PATTMAN • Josh SQUIRES • Ally BROWN • Alan FORD • Alan GOODWIN • David MORLEY • Rebecca SCOTT • Eva RAMSEY • Karl SPARKS • Paula SPARKS • Marleen VAN ZWIETEN

Parkrun wouldn't exist without our volunteers and we appreciate all the help and assistance they provide. We are always looking for new volunteers and it is a great way to give something back to the community. We also have lots of experience of supporting young people who need to volunteer as part of their Duke of Edinburgh course. If you would like to volunteer please email us at stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com

All the run results can be viewed on the Stevenage parkrun website.

 

Event #156 Run Report

Parkrun 1st June 2019

It was a gorgeously sunny Saturday morning this week as 384 athletes ran, jogged or walked 5k. 30 seasoned parkrunners tackled the Stevenage course for the first time, with 29 people completing their very first parkrun with us! 55 (almost 15%) attendees gained a new PB - so extra special congratulations to you all!!!

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Congratulations to Ann Quinn for completing her 250th parkrun - she was easy to spot, towing numbered helium balloons to indicate her amazing achievement. An email regarding how to claim your green parkrun 250 club t-shirt should be coming your way soon, Ann! Jared Marklew, Paul Smith, Ian Harvey and Louise Chancellor all ran their 50th parkrun and Sofia Carpenter completed her 10th parkrun as a junior - well done to you all for earning a t-shirt as well!

This week's wonderful volunteers were: Rachel EVANS • Angus KINDLEY • Elizabeth JORDAN • Lyndon HEARN • Ruth KENNEDY • Rose JENNINGS • Helen HARRIS • Joe COLGAN • Steve MOWLES • Doug WILSON • Rosemary BIGGS • Debbie BASSETT • Gill PHILPOTTS • Alan FORD • Alan GOODWIN • Sarah BOLGER • Emma TOZER • Niamh SKINNER - making my life an absolute joy on such a lovely day. If you'd like to volunteer at Stevenage parkrun (remember, helping out just twice a year would ensure we're never short of volunteers), just email us at stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com. There's a range of different roles, with some still letting you complete the course.

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Full results from this week are available HERE

Jason
This week's (slightly sunburned) Run Director!

 

Event #155 Run Report

Stevenage parkrun
Event number 155
25th May 2019

Our 3rd anniversary! And what a lovely sunny day it was! Cake was involved ( well not for all of you but it was heavily involved for me !) and a few super heroes- not to forget a banana- were spotted along the course!
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Since the inception of Stevenage parkrun on 28th May 2016, 6,727 participants have completed 41,539 parkruns covering a total distance of 207,695 km, including 8,623 new Personal Bests. A total of 445 individuals have volunteered 3,064 times!

This week 395 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to all!

We had 3 runners running their 50th run, well done to-
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As ever, the event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Elizabeth ABELHO • Elizabeth JORDAN • Tichaonezvi J. RUREDZO • Chloe MARSHALL • Anne MILLER • Molly DAVIS • Nicola HATHERLY • Eilish HISLOP • David MENDONCA • Tracy NORRIS • Sheila LEAVY • Hayley STENNING • Joe COLGAN • Richard GLAISTER • Stephen SMITHSON • Matthew PATTMAN • Ally BROWN • Rosemary BIGGS • Alan FORD • Karl SPARKS • Paula SPARKS • Emma TOZER

Please please do volunteer every so often to keep this fantastic event running, it's all thanks to the people who volunteer their time week in week out.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stevenage parkrun Results Page.
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Event #154 Run Report

Stevenage parkrun
Event number 154
18th May 2019

It appeared from the grey sky and dark clouds that it was likely to rain. Thankfully it did not, and the cool dry weather provided ideal conditions for the run.

Of the 378 people who ran, jogged and walked the 5k course, 38 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. There were representatives from 26 different clubs, a clear indication of the growing popularity of Stevenage parkrun.

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First timers being briefed by Tony Ranfield

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parkrun Director Gordon Cowan briefing parkrunners

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Congratulations to the four new members of the milestone 50 club: Jonathan Jones, Paul Jennings, Colin Jennings and Sarah Frith, and to Kate Gill who completed Junior Parkrun #10.

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Happy smiles before run #50

Thanks to the twenty-seven volunteers who generously supported the event: Elizabeth ABELHO, Heather ALCOCK, Vicky BERRY, Karen BROOM, Joe COLGAN, Gordon COWAN, Alan FORD, Helen HARRIS, Nicola HATHERLY, Shane HOPPER, Rose JENNINGS, Elizabeth JORDAN, John KENNEDY, Ruth KENNEDY, Oliver KENNEDY, Angus KINDLEY, Gillian MCFARLANE, Susan MILLWARD, Tony RANDFIELD, Charlotte SMITH, Josh SQUIRES, Maria SWIFT, Chrissie THOMAS, Dzenana TOPIC, Marleen VAN ZWIETEN, Steve WELLS, Doug WILSON.

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Run director briefing volunteers

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It's never to early to volunteer!

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Volunteer Run director one week, volunteer marshall the next!

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If you wish to volunteer please contact the team by email at stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com or speak to a member of the volunteer team.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stevenage parkrun Results Page.
The first three men across the line this week were N MONROIG (17:24), Richard PASSEY (18:18) Hitchin Running Club and Thomas CLOHESSY (18:20). The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:07 on 3rd September 2016 (event number 15).

The first three women across the line were: Holly HODGSKINSON (21:56), Lily HODGSKINSON (22:52) both from Bedford & County AC and Amélie HOBBS (23:41) Stevenage & North Herts. The female record is held by Annabel GUMMOW who recorded a time of 17:39 on 17th November 2018 (event number 127).

Stevenage parkrun started on 28th May 2016. Since then 6,682 participants have completed 41,144 parkruns covering a total distance of 205,720 km, including 8,559 new Personal Bests. A total of 442 individuals have volunteered 3,042 times.

On Saturday 25th May Stevenage parkrun will be celebrating its third birthday. Let's make this a truly memorable occasion. Celebrate in style with fancy dress and invite family and friends to come and join in the fun.

Next week's Run Director will be Chloe Marshall.

See you there!

 

Event #153 Run Report

May 11th 2019 was our first pacing parkrun in 10 months and what a success it turned out to be. 6 pacers running various different times between 35 and 20 minutes managed to raise the number of personal bests to a high of 90 out of the 353 park runners!
In fact out of the top 12 finishers there were 8 PB's alone!! A very quick rain shower just after the runners set off didn't dampen the desire to achieve new heights.
Jonathon Jones was running his 50th parkrun and was easily identifiable by the 50 cape draped over his shoulders as he ran.
Ian Kimpton was first gent over the finish line in 15-59, Johnathon Parr second in 17-07, a PB, with Charlie Grayson third in 17-33, another PB.
Gail Mackie was first lady in 20-36, another PB-er, Alexandra Louise Watson-Usher was second in 22-02 and Karen Meadows third in 22-38, yes another PB-er.
My thanks to all the volunteers who made the event possible and if you fancy giving it a try please do we would love to have you.
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This week 353 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Vicky BERRY • James MCSWEENEY • Angus KINDLEY • Tim ROBINSON • Thomas SAUKA • Peter MONK • Steve WELLS • Chris LEIGH • Russ ANDREWS • Lottie BUTLER-HENDERSON • Ruth KENNEDY • Danny SCANLON • Rose JENNINGS • Nick GILL • Hayley STENNING • Tony RANDFIELD • Joe COLGAN • David SCOTT • Stephen SMITHSON • Nathan HADFIELD • Josh SQUIRES • John KEMP • Hedley HADFIELD • Peter ROBERTS • Victoria HADFIELD • Ally BROWN • Alan FORD • Nick KLEANTHOUS • John KENNEDY • Ian MCCLEMENTS
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 6,644 participants have completed 40,766 parkruns covering a total distance of 203,830 km, including 8,482 new Personal Bests. A total of 437 individuals have volunteered 3,015 times.

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