Volksgarten parkrun #7

A few drops of rain on an initially overcast morning in Düsseldorf worried me for a moment that the seemingly endless rain in the United Kingdom had followed me across the Channel, but it was not to be and soon the sun was breaking through ready for Volksgarten parkrun #7.

Along with dedicated Run Director Rebecca ROES, I helped set-up the course with the delivery of a large number of carefully positioned colourful cones vital for making clear the 2-lap course with its little “hill,” mighty obelisk, spiky towers section and all done whilst being watched over by the curious local park bird population (and a few curious people too!).   We returned to find the other volunteers gathered and a now total of 15 parkrunners.

before event 7

In the early days of a new parkrun location and - in relative terms - a new parkrun country, it was nice to see two attendees brand new to parkrun - Katharina MMINELE and Hendrik EISMANN.  It was also the first time here for 5 tourists including Nicole BROICH from South Africa and, via a variety of routes four from the UK, including myself, three of us having visited over 100 different parkrun locations previously including John MATTHEWS currently recording the third highest number in the world.

A warm welcome to all, and hopefully we will see you again.

Conditions were good today, and comparable with recent weeks and so it was good to see 3 personal bests (almost half of the returning parkrunners) – Marcel KRIEGER, Peter KELLY and also tailwalker Alex REISSE whose time of 32:11 would normally in the UK be in the middle of the field so to be clear for those looking to attend for the first time we should add that a tailwalker is there to be the last finisher and it is 100% ok to come and jog or run/walk as you wish, there is definitely no expectation to run quickly or finish by a particular time.

First finisher today was Hannah OLDROYD with an impressive time of 17:38 now racking up an astonishing and unrivalled 294 times in first finisher position at parkruns all across the world. As well as setting a new overall course record, Hannah was also today’s highest age grading and in fact the fastest female across the whole of Germany today.  Second place was recorded as "unknown" and in third was Oliver HARTMANN in a PB (and VM50-54 age category record) equalling time of 19:16.  Age category records were also set by newcomer Katharina MMINELE (SW20-24) and tourist John MATTHEWS (VM45-49).

Congratulations to all of the above but also to everyone who came along today and completed the course.

Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.com.de/volksgarten/results/latestresults/.

The event would not however have been possible though without 6 amazing volunteers:  Rebecca ROES, Jürgen ROES, Damian BAKER, Alex REISSE, Lars SCHMIDT and H. THIER.

Thank-you to you all and if you want to get involved in future then all details can be found at http://www.parkrun.com.de/volksgarten/futureroster/.  There are many different roles to choose from, all of which training and advice will be provided and at this early stage are so important to support a long and prosperous future.

There were no "milestones" today, that’s 10 parkruns for a junior and then 50/100/250/500 parkruns after that for all ages.   This, along with a chance to celebrate, earns a different coloured parkrun T-shirt. Volunteering 25 times will also achieve this.   I imagine these will become more common in time.

Finally after the cones were collected in, a few photos were taken and farewells were said and the equipment was stored away for next week when hopefully more will come along and experience this mostly undiscovered gem of a parkrun.

Damian BAKER, a tourist from Daventry, signing off.  Auf Wiedersehen!


Volksgarten parkrun #6

Volksgarten parkrun
Event number 6
8th June 2019

This week 18 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 2 different clubs took part.

Full results can be found https://www.parkrun.com.de/volksgarten/results/latestresults/

The event was made possible by 4 amazing volunteers:

Alex REISSE • Nora WILL • Birgit KRAFT • Birte WEIRING


Looking forward to welcome you at Volksgarten parkrun #liebeparkrun


Volksgarten parkrun #5

Volksgarten parkrun
Event number 5
1st June 2019

This week 16 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 8 amazing volunteers:

Rebecca ROES • Jasmin BISCHOFF • Milena TIEVES • Katharina PLACKE • Birgit KRAFT • Jürgen ROES • Sebastian WEITZEL • Marie KRAFT

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

The male record is held by Paul WAIN who recorded a time of 17:53 on 18th May 2019 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Milena TIEVES who recorded a time of 20:47 on 25th May 2019 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Robin-Mark SCHOLS who recorded 77.89% (19:54) on 18th May 2019 (event number 3).

Volksgarten parkrun started on 4th May 2019. Since then 71 participants have completed 105 parkruns covering a total distance of 525 km, including 16 new Personal Bests. A total of 18 individuals have volunteered 38 times.  #liebeparkrun


Volksgarten parkrun #4

event 4 finish line

Zwanzig Personen nahmen diese Woche am parkrun Volksgarten teil: 1 Läufer war parkrun-Neulinge, 5 Läufer/innen waren zum erstem Mal bei uns dabei, und 7 Läufer/innen erreichten persönliche Bestzeiten. Es nahmen Mitglieder von 7 verschiedenen Vereinen teil.


Wie immer gab es einige bemerkenswerte Meilensteine und Besucher:

  • Jasenko BLAZEVIC hat seine 100. Veranstaltung zusammen mit seiner Familie erfolgreich abgeschlossen.
  • Jan WIEFELS ist nun der einzige Läufer, der an allen Veranstaltungen im Volksgarten teilgenommen hat.
Der Lauf wurde von 6 Freiwilligen ermöglicht:  Rebecca ROES  - H. THIER - Nora WILL - Birgit KRAFT - Claudia BÖHLER - Peter RUTHERFORD

Die heutigen Ergebnisse finden Sie auf der Ergebnisseite des parkrun Volksgarten (https://www.parkrun.com.de/volksgarten/results).


Persönlich gesehen war dies mein erster parkrun als Laufdirektor, und ich möchte mich bei allen freundlichen und unterstützenden Freiwilligen und Läufer/innen bedanken.

Mein parkrun-Leben begann mit Southampton parkrun (https://www.parkrun.org.uk/southampton/) im Mai 2016 und ich habe es seitdem nicht bereut. parkrun ist eine sehr inklusive Organisation und ich möchte meine Düsseldorfer Mitbürger ermutigen, sich als Läufer/innen und Freiwillige zu engagieren.
Bis nächsten Samstag!

Volksgarten parkrun #3 | tourism and milestones

by Beth PIRIE

One of the first things I did when we considered Düsseldorf for a weekend away was to check out whether it had a parkrun.  Every week both at home and amongst my running friends, a common question is, ‘What parkrun are you doing this week?’  We are very fortunate that where we live, we have 5 within a 20-minute drive, each one is so very different with varying terrains and elevation.

parkrun tourism is becoming extremely popular, and there are plenty of locations to choose from with now 628 locations throughout the UK. So, I was pretty excited that for my 15thlocation, I would be doing an event abroad and in Germany where parkrun is growing quite nicely with 20 established course and many others being considered.

If you are new to parkrun, you will soon realise that whichever event you attend, you will be warmly welcomed and supported throughout the event.  Volksgarten parkrun was no different, with the volunteers being super friendly and encouraging on the very pretty, 2 lap course on this warm and sunny Saturday morning.

parkrun really is about inclusive, personal achievements and milestones, and this week’s event with 33 runners was a great example of this.


Tourists were not only from the UK this week, with 11 clubs being represented and a team from Georgengarten parkrun (Hannover) also running.  For 6 runners it was their first ever parkrun, congratulations!  Jan WIEFELS has now completed all 3 Volksgarten parkruns, running faster each time.

I felt very privileged to join the ‘100’ club in Düsseldorf and was in good company with 7 others who have previously achieved this milestone (a big thank you for my wonderful certificate which I will treasure as a very special memento).


Course records were set for both the men and ladies with Paul WAIN running the course in 17.53 and Milena TIEVES also achieving a personal best with 21.05.  An Age Grade course record was also set by Robin-Mark SCHOLS who recorded 77.89%.

On behalf of all runners, I would like to say a big thank you to the seven volunteers who made Saturday’s event happen:

Beth PIRIE • Rebecca ROES • Peter RUTHERFORD • Nora WILL • Lars SCHMIDT • Birgit KRAFT • Claudia BÖHLER

Full results and a complete event history can be found on https://www.parkrun.com.de/volksgarten/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=3

I have now clearly got the parkrun ‘tourism’ bug and my husband and I are already looking to see where else we can run.  However we are quite certain we will return to Volksgarten parkrun sometime soon as we just loved Düsseldorf.

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