Run Report #170

Despite the forecast for Saturday being clear and dry, we did have the odd intermittent shower. However, that didn't dampen the spirits of a very large group of runners. 415 overall, which is our 5th highest attendance. Quite amazing and it just shows the popularity and benefits that parkrun provides.

Of the 415 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, 41 were first timers and we had a superb 92 new Personal Bests. Congratulations to all those runners who recorded a PB.

Parkrun wouldn't exist without our volunteers and our brilliant stars this week are:

Daniel SUTTON • Chloe MARSHALL • James MARSHALL • David GALPIN • Suzanne TYDEMAN • Julie KEMPSON • Lyn HAMMOCKS • Tracy NORRIS • Tony RANDFIELD • Mark LEGATE • Joe COLGAN • Richard GLAISTER • Sally MCBRIDE • Doug WILSON • Bethany WILKINSON • Alan FORD • Hazel JONES • Greg BRADBURY • Anna STORMONT

A special mention to Anya Blaxland who has a junior ran their 10th parkrun on Saturday. This is a parkrun milestone for a junior, so please look out for that email regarding your t-shirt! We were also visited on Saturday by Hitchin Town Youth Under 15's football team, resplendent in their full football kit. All of the team finished the run and provided lots of encouragement to the last member of the team to finish.

In recent weeks, we have found it difficult to fill the volunteer roster. On Saturday morning, despite a number of appeals on social media, we still required a timekeeper. Fortunately, one of the regular volunteers decided not to run and filled that vital role. We understand and appreciate that people like to run, but without our volunteers we wouldn't have a weekly event. Therefore, if everybody occasionally decided to volunteer, it would be hugely appreciated and would help us massively.

 

Stevenage parkrun#169

Stevenage parkrun
Event number 169
31st August 2019

The bright blue sky and moderate temperature provided near perfect conditions for the 377 people who ran, jogged and walked the 5K course through beautiful Fairlands Valley Park. Thirty-six were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Two members from Vegan Runners Club

Two members from Vegan Runners Club

New Run Director, Dave Scott, opened the briefing by thanking this week’s enthusiastic band of volunteers, and invited participation for future parkruns.

Run Director Dave briefing eager parkrunners

Run Director Dave briefing eager parkrunners


This week’s volunteers: Alan FORD • Angus KINDLEY • Carolyn LINSELL • Chloe MARSHALL • Chris LEIGH • Daniel SUTTON • David SCOTT • Doug WILSON • Dzenana TOPIC • Elizabeth JORDAN • Hazel JONES • James MCSWEENEY • Joe COLGAN • Jonathan JONES • Julie KEMPSON • Karl SPARKS • Mark LEGATE • Richard CLARKE • Richard GLAISTER • Tamara CLELFORD • Tony RANDFIELD.
Volunteering underpins the success of parkrun and is also very rewarding. If you do wish to volunteer, please email the team at stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com or speak to the run director.

Some of the volunteers waiting for the morning meeting

Some of the volunteers waiting for the morning briefing

Congratulations to two parkrun regulars who achieved their milestone run: Run Director, Tony Ranfield (50) and TJ Ruredzo (100).
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Caped Milestone Runners Tony (50) and TJ (100)

Caped Milestone Runners
Tony (50) and TJ (100)

Olivia travelled up from London to celebrate TJ's milestone run

Olivia travelled up from London to celebrate TJ's milestone run

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 7,396 participants have completed 46,539 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,695 km, including 9,433 new Personal Bests. A total of 478 individuals have volunteered 3,358 times.

 

Event #168 Run Report

It's the 168th Stevenage parkrun,
Eighteen volunteers arrive in the Hertfordshire hot morning sun,
The lakes are beautiful and gleaming,
The waters around are steaming,
Alan Ford emerges from the edge of Fairlands Showground,
It's 7:58 a.m. and there's barely a sound,
Alan is ready to do his 100th parkrun,
Trail Running, oh man!
Alan and the Volunteers start to set up the course,
Making sure all is clear, of course,
Bit by bit near the bandstand,
People arrive, it's no longer bland,
Runners bopping up and down, reds, yellows, blues and greens,
Setting the 'Stevenage parkrun Scene',
Christopher Dean ready to do his century,
Keeping it cool today, he's not in a hurry,
The Airforce Band on the Run,
Eight of them having fun,
New attendees go for Tamara's parkrun briefing,
Every else is warming up, chatting and laughing,
Run director Laura is now free,
She counts down from three,
The start is narrow and close to the lake,
Maybe someone may get to swim, a little nudge is all it'll take,
Luckily with a two way split,
No one will get wet,
Lawrence and Cronin hot on the trail,
With young Wannerton on their tail,
There's huffing, puffing and breathing,
Some 'taking it in their stride' whilst they're singing,
Marshalls direct by clapping with smiles,
Encouraging the crowd to carry on to complete the three miles,
In all the kerfuffle pushchairs pass,
On tow with their passenger lad or lass,
Three hundred and eighty runners,
Twenty one newcomers,
Tail walker Alan is always kind,
Never leaving anyone behind,
Though no one is ever put to the test,
Fifty four awesome parkrunners achieve a Personal Best,
Hurray a young lady comes over the line first,
Sorry Joe but Natalie really wanted a personal best,
Whether you run, jogged, nearly swam or walked,
Crossing the line you are now clocked,
Timekeepers and scanners are there,
To ensure the finish is fair,
No more commotion,
Time to go home after the exertion,
Parkrun helpers tidy up,
Off to Costello's for a cup,
Tokens sorted and put away in orders,
By Doug and t'others,
Laura and Ian are processing your result,
If you didn't get a PB, it's not their fault,
So the times won't go out too late,
All done, that's great,
All packed up for now,
It's time to take a bow!
The morning has been a thrill,
Just waiting for the pics from Phil,
Click, click, click, click,
He'll catch you even if you were quick!

Thank you very much to Esperanza for writing today's run report and to all the volunteers. Lottie BUTLER-HENDERSON, Esperanza CASTRO, Tamara CLELFORD, Joe COLGAN, Phil DEAVES, Alan FORD, Mark HOWSEN, Ian KIMPTON, Laura KIMPTON, Jack MARSHALL, Chloe MARSHALL, James MARSHALL, Anne MILLER, Matthew PATTMAN, Rebecca SCOTT, Stephen SMITHSON, Suzanne TYDEMAN and Doug WILSON. If you would like to volunteer in the next few weeks, please email stevenagehelpers@parkrun.com.

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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.

 

New Year

Yes all you lovely runners the first day of 2019 will see us putting on our usual parkrun in the lovely Fairlands Valley at 10-30am.

With Panshanger and Letchworth parkrun's commencing at 9-00am this is the only opportunity to run 2 parkrun's in the same day and for both to count.

This has proved to be a very popular and well attended parkrun with well over 300 participants back on January 1st this year.

 

Christmas

On the 25th December we will be having a Christmas day run at 9am. This is our second year of staging this run on the 25th following on from 2017 where we had 177 runners. Please, if your not too full of good cheer already, come along and participate. Fancy dress not obligatory but certainly welcomed.

See you on the start line all you budding Snowmen, Elves and Santa's.

 

Christmas Day Run 2018

On the 25th December we will be having a Christmas day run at 9am. This is our second year of staging this run on the 25th following on from 2017 where we had 177 runners. Please, if your not too full of good cheer already, come along and participate. Fancy dress not obligatory but certainly welcomed.

See you on the start line all you budding Snowmen, Elves and Santa's.

 

New Years Day Run 2019

Yes all you lovely runners the first day of 2019 will see us putting on our usual parkrun in the lovely Fairlands Valley at 10-30am.

With Panshanger and Letchworth parkrun's commencing at 9-00am this is the only opportunity to run 2 parkrun's in the same day and for both to count.

This has proved to be a very popular and well attended parkrun with well over 300 participants back on January 1st this year.

 

Event #115 Lost Property

The full run report with appear later, but a quick update to say that a watch was handed in this morning. If you lost a watch somewhere in the park today, please drop us an email in with a description of the watch so that we can sort out getting it back to you.

It's with the parkrun kit which Gordon will have once he gets back from a weekend away.

Cheers

Ken

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