88 runners completed the 100th Henley parkrun on Saturday morning after Deputy Mayor, Councillor David Eggleton officially started the race. 25 runners were running the 5km course for the first time and 11 runners achieved a personal best.
The 100th celebration event had to be postponed for four weeks after a fallen tree had blocked the course which was on private land. Runners enjoyed cakes made by volunteers Sarah Joyce and Kirstin Henderson afterwards.
Gareth Crossley from Reading AC was the first man across the line in 18:10 and Penny McCrabbe from Wargrave Runners was the first lady in a time of 21:31. Jeannie Engela (pictured right) was the only runner to have completed all 100 parkruns in Henley.
Runner Karen Washbourn said, “Having been doing park run for some months we were really delighted to be at the start of the 100th parkrun in Henley. Although we cannot claim to have done even half of those! The atmosphere with many people – we even had to queue to get to the start once the Deputy Mayor had started the run. It was great that the Town Council and private land owner had been helpful by resolving the problems caused by dangerous trees. It was so good to be back with familiar faces and marshals who encourage one all the way.”
“So grateful for many volunteers who organise and run the run. One volunteer mentioned she had run the course early Saturday morning so she could still run and volunteer. Such a great event I would encourage anyone to join in – you can walk the 5k beautiful countryside if you would prefer not to run! Running/walking is great for fitness and health – Henley on Thames Park Run is great for fun, friends and fitness. I managed to get a personal best which will make the 100th run memorable for me!”
Karen’s son Charles, aged 17 also ran on Saturday and said, “I really enjoy the motivation of park run. Together with other runners we support each other to run faster and obtain a personal best. Thanks to all the volunteers.”
Run Director Craig Henderson said, “It was a great success. We’d like to thank Henley Town Council for their work to clear a fallen tree, and to secure the removal of an unsafe tree on the edge of the Hernes Estate. Councillor Dave Eggleton attended on Saturday morning and started the event. Parkrun is all organised by volunteers, and is free to participate. We welcome people of all abilities to parkrun, and nobody will ever finish last as we even have a volunteer for that. This week, people completed the course in between 18:10 and 53:37, and there was cake at the end for everyone!”
Henley parkrun takes place every Saturday morning starting at 9am from Tilebarn Close. It started on 1st July 2017. Since then 2,391 participants have completed 6,659 parkruns covering a total distance of 33,295 km, including 1,253 new Personal Bests. A total of 262 individuals have volunteered 1,354 times.
The male record is held by James TURNER who recorded a time of 17:03 on 17th November 2018 (event number 74).
The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 17:57 on 23rd February 2019 (event number 88).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded 82.45% (17:57) on 23rd February 2019 (event number 88).