JP parkrun #112

On a cold-ish December morning this week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The trash truck came early today so we had no obstacle course this week which made it slightly less exciting, no deaths were reported so its body disposal services were not needed - so far so good (let's keep it that way!!!)

From the start line...

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A BIG THANK YOU to the 12 volunteers including the North Eastern crew who have become regulars and provided keep warm entertainment!

Andy LOGAN • Dan FORWARD • James SMITH • Robert STEEVES • Kent HIRSHBERG • Karen ATKINSON • Elliot BROWN • Isabel CUI • Laura MOREHEAD • Kathryn MAHERAS • Alexander SCHULZ • Abbie SEDILLOS.

Our cheerleaders and marshalls

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

Congrats to Alex HALL on his 50th parkrun.

We're looking for volunteers for the Christmas Day run and to let you know that there is an additional run on the 18th December at 1pm.

Your RD, James Smith

 

JPparkrun #120 and #121: Thanksgiving and its Aftermath

It was double trouble this week at Jamaica Pond parkrun as we held a Thanksgiving Day event on Thursday and then another two days later on our regularly scheduled Saturday. Neither would have been possible without volunteers coming out of the woodwork for both events, so thank you for giving your time every week to an event that's so important to so many people.

Our Thanksgiving volunteers were

Chrissie CONNORS Dan FORWARD Deb ROBISON Balam WILLEMSEN Alex HALL Martin SCHMALTZ Jaclyn YOUNGBLOOD Keziban TASCI Andy LOGAN Jeanette ROBINSON Robert STEEVES Kent HIRSHBERG

And our Saturday volunteers were

Commeletia ALLISON Thomas MARTIN Andy LOGAN Alex HALL Claire MC MANUS Jeanette ROBINSON Dan FORWARD Chrissie CONNORS Rick SMUDIN Robert STEEVES Sara TIAN Kent HIRSHBERG Heather COUSSON Pascale CARBONARA

This looks candid but we posed everyone very particularly for this shot

On Thursday, we had 88 finishers, and on Saturday, we had a concerning downturn with only 81 finishers. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it was 20 degrees Fahrenheit colder on Saturday, or maybe everyone was still sleeping off the turkey.

Ok, we were actually very happy with the turnout at both events!

We have two pieces of exciting news in December. The first is that we are having a CHRISTMAS DAY PARKRUN (pARKRUN?)! Want to volunteer? We sure want you to!! Use THIS LINK to sign up.

The other news is that one of our "new" regulars Ed Williams is hosting a fun run/walk of his own after parkrun on December 18th! The flyer is below. We think it will be a very fun double 5k to do, and some of us will definitely be there!

 

 

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Thank you as always for your support and enthusiasm and love for parkrun. We'll see you Saturday!

Dan & Chrissie

Event Co-Directors

 

Jamaica Pond parkrun #118: Congrats, Eliot!

In his volunteer reminder email this week, Event Co-director Dan pointed out that the re-opening of borders and loosening of travel restrictions would likely make for a larger number of parkrun tourists this week. Prescient of him: Spain, Belgium, and England (both London and Yorkshire), as well as Atlanta and Baltimore, were all represented among this week's visitors. All together, we had 109 finishers—our highest attendance numbers since the pandemic. Thankfully, we were supported by a fantastic slate of volunteers. (Want to be one of them? Email jamaicapond@parkrun.com to get in on the fun!)

RD Karen commands a crowd like no one else

RD Karen commands a crowd like no one else

The robust attendance was far from the only cause for celebration, as Elliot Frank sailed through his 50th parkrun. And, although we initially worried that wet leaves might make for slippery conditions, those worries were put pretty quickly to rest. JP parkrun veteran Andreas Heilmann, now representing the Atlanta Track Club, returned to the Pond to lead a group of four sub-18 finishes. This week's first female finisher, Reilly Kiernan, hung with this group to come in at a stellar 17:42. Not to take away from the accomplishments of the rest of the field: a total of 17 finishers registered parkrun PBs. Fantastic weather, a fast course, and wonderful people are an excellent formula for having a great run. So what are you doing next Saturday at 9am?

"So who wants to hear more chemistry jokes?"

"So who wants to hear more chemistry jokes?"

OK, I guess we can't make too many guarantees about the weather. But we can be quite confident of the course and the people. Stash that barcode by the door so you'll remember it on your way to the Pond!

--Karen, RD

Special thanks to this week's volunteers:

Adriana HERRERA Andy LOGAN Chrissie CONNORS Dan FORWARD Elizabeth BARNES Erika NODA Junianna BORGIA Karen ATKINSON Kent HIRSHBERG Lenny LEVIN Millie MCCHESNEY Robert STEEVES Shagun PRABHU

 

JP parkrun #116 Halloween 2021 30th October 2021

On a really hot sunny [you know this is true]  autumn day 56 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part. We also welcomed runners from China and West Virginia. Those expats from northern climates who didn't put on lots of sun protection were at severe risk of skin cancer today! (Yes, you know who you are!)

That's what happens on days like this.

Sun directly above Sri Lanka from tomorrow till April 15 ...

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Andy LOGAN • George BUTCHER • Dan FORWARD • Chrissie CONNORS • James SMITH • Robert STEEVES • Kent HIRSHBERG • Sable WEISMAN • Clara BAKKER • Erika NODA • Catherine GRANFIELD • Laura MOREHEAD • Alexander SCHULZ • Megan CHIN and Taylor LIEBIG

 

It was a bright sunny day.... yes! Really!

It was a bright sunny day.... yes! Really!

PXL_20211030_125917990The unbearable heat.......[would I lie to you?]

A THANK YOU to all the volunteers from North Eastern Uni for showing up on a sweltering day with sunny smiles.

Also a thank you to Robert STEEVES, Kent HIRSHBERG who brought a big tarp to keep parkrun and runners cool and stuff from frying in the baking heat [Hell, yes! it's nice living in another reality]....

We hope that you enjoyed a not-so-spooky run and will be back again come rain, snow or sunshine, or whatever - to join us next week or another week.

Your RD, James Smith.[On some strong stuff]

 

 

JPparkrun #113 9th October 2021 Pre Boston Marathon

Despite the bet efforts of the US government, homeland security and customs many many visitors got into the country just to attend the 113th Boston JP parkrun! Apparently there's some other low profile event in town, but we're going to focus on what's important :)

106 runners, 37 first timers, 5 new PBs on a really nice day for running.  Autumn in New England and this was another perfect day*.

It was good to see runners from all over the world including Russia, Ireland, UK and South Africa and from all areas of the United States.

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all the volunteers who helped out today including Clifford AKINS, Chrissie CONNORS, Anhtu DO, Dan FORWARD, Catherine GRANFIELD, Adele HARNETT, Kent HIRSHBERG, Millie MCCHESNEY, Alejandra ROBLES, Wali SABUHI, Rick SMUDIN, Robert STEEVES, Martin WALSH, Andes WILLEMSEN, Balam WILLEMSEN

Wishing all of you the best for those of you who are here for that other event in town.

Your RD James Smith

* Well almost.  It was until the park garbage truck showed up, blocking the whole pathway as they went around emptying all the cans. Timing.  What else can I say - except to underscore that we share the park?

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