Volksgarten parkrun #32

30 November 2019

This week 30 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 11 amazing volunteers:


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

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:38 on 15th June 2019 (event number 7).  The male record is held by Paul WAIN who recorded a time of 17:03 on 3rd October 2019 (event number 23).  The Age Grade course record is also held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded 84.12% (17:38) on 15th June 2019 (event number 7).

Volksgarten parkrun started on 4th May 2019. Since then 469 participants have completed 880 parkruns covering a total distance of 4,400 km, including 119 new Personal Bests. A total of 65 individuals have volunteered 294 times.


Volksgarten parkrun #30

16 November 2019
Disclaimer - Written by a parkrun addict :)

parkrun is a big part of my weekend and I can’t quite imagine a weekend not starting with one; I like in particular the community aspect and have met lots of new people, struck up countless conversations including over coffee post run and made new friends through parkrun.

So, when my husband and I booked a weekend trip back home to visit family and friends (we live in London) we were of course keen to incorporate a parkrun into our trip. The “only” challenges we had were that ‘home’ is The Netherlands and that we were hoping to also catch up with our friend Anne...who lives in Belgium...and that neither The Netherlands nor Belgium currently have parkrun.... 

A solution was quickly found. We would fly to Düsseldorf rather than to Amsterdam, adding “only” a few hundred kilometres to our trip, and Anne would plan a weekend away in Düsseldorf so we’d get a chance to meet up. That's all perfectly normal to do to get to a parkrun, right?!  ;)

On the Saturday we woke up to a cold but sunny morning. Our hotel was strategically chosen and only a short jog away from Volksgarten park. 


When we messaged Anne we were about to head out, she replied she was already exploring the park but couldn’t find a parkrun sign or flag or any volunteers! We assured her this was nothing to worry about as after all it was only a quarter past eight...

Volksgarten, part of Düsseldorf’s Südpark is just beautiful; it’s very spacious and offers some great scenery, winding paths, ponds and artworks. A perfect setting for a parkrun. 
untitled-4parkrun volunteers had meanwhile also appeared and we were warmly welcomed by the team. There was also a large group visiting from The Netherlands, as they wanted to get a feel for how the event is operated, in preparation for parkrun launching in The Netherlands in 2020. 

A total of 35 brave souls weathered the cold this morning for a run, jog or walk around the two loop course and 11 volunteers made the magic happen. There were 18 first timers of which 8 completed their first ever parkrun (welcome to the parkrun family!) and there 4 new personal bests. Well done to everyone! 


A large group went to the cafe post run for a coffee, breakfast and a chat and we had a chance to catch up with our friend Anne. Plans were hatched for a next get together, quite likely at the beginning of next year when parkrun launches in The Netherlands. 

parkrun wouldn’t happen if it wasn’t for the volunteers, so a special shout out to this week’s team of hi vis heroes. Volunteering is another great way to be involved in parkrun and I can’t recommend it enough; it’s fun and easy with a variety of roles to choose from (training is provided) and it provides a great sense of accomplishment. And of course it helps keep parkrun free, forever, for everyone. 

We hope to be back at Volksgarten parkrun soon, and therefore would like to conclude with “Vielen Dank and hoffentlich sehen wir uns bald wieder!”

Happy parkrunning everyone!

Anja Konter 




Volksgarten parkrun #26

Visitors from England, Wales and Scotland at Volksgarten parkrun...Hello and welcome to this tourist run report. Quick thank yous are in order:
Firstly our Volunteers. Without our super hi-viz heros, parkrun simply would not take place. No job is too difficult and training shall be provided on each position beforehand. Get in touch at volksgarten@parkrun.com and join a team of high Vis heroes!
We also welcome seven first timers today - Congratulations! We hope you enjoyed your first time with your new found parkrun family, and look forward to you returning soon.
Volksgarten parkrun number #26 found a total of thirty runners enjoying the indifferent weather this morning.  It never rains at parkrun, as our parkrun ambassador in Fife frequently states.
And today was no exception. The parkrun fairies kept true to the their word and the rain stayed away. Just enough time for parkrun to close down before the heavens opened.
So what advice may i offer any potential tourists? Volksgarten is nearly pancake flat, so perfect PB territory. The course is a double loop, and picturesque views during  your time at Volksgarten.
Next week the team have a special treat for you . . . . . . The route is reversed!
Many thanks to this weeks  Hi-viz heros at Volksgarten: Jasmin BISCHOFF , Peter KELLY , Birgit KRAFT , Rebecca ROES , Peter RUTHERFORD , Lars SCHMIDT , Norry SMITH , H. THIER , Christiane TODT-HOEHNDORF , Nora WILL , Alun WILLIAMS
Why not join in and help ? Drop the team a e-mail at volksgarten@parkrun.com



Volksgarten parkrun #25

Am Samstag, den 12.10.2019 fanden sich wieder 30 motivierte parkrunnerin und -runner im Düsseldorfer Volksgarten ein. Das Wetter konnte es nicht besser mit uns meinen - angenehme Temperaturen im Oktober und sogar die Sonne erwarteten uns im Park.

Nach der Einweisung von Nora auf Deutsch und Rebecca auf Englisch fiel auch schon das "3, 2, 1, parkrun" -- los ging es auf der flachen, gut zu laufenden Strecke, die nur an wenigen Stellen etwas nass war. Ab und zu überquerten auch ein paar Enten oder Gänse den Weg, worauf ich mal das knappe Verfehlen meiner persönlichen Bestzeit schiebe :D Wolfgang Klein und Milena Tieves können sich dagegen über eine neue PB freuen - herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Neben den persönlichen Erfolgen geht es hier ja aber auch ganz klar noch um andere Dinge: draußen sein, sich bewegen, seiner Gesundheit etwas Gutes tun, und nette Leute treffen :) deshalb kommt es uns auch nicht darauf an, ob ihr lauft, walkt, geht, eure Hunde oder Kinder mitbringt: Dabei sein ist alles! 


Neben einigen üblichen Verdächtigen, die entweder als Läufer/innen, Helfer/innen oder in doppelter Funktion unterwegs waren, schlossen sich uns diesmal auch mindestens 8 Parkrunnerinnen und -runner an, die zum ersten Mal den Kurs probierten; 2 Personen outeten sich auch als komplette Neulinge. Wir hoffen, dass dies nicht euer letzter Lauf mit uns bleibt! Unsere Touristen der Woche kamen aus England, Wales, Schottland und Südafrika.

Zu unserer Überraschung war außerdem ein kleines Team anwesend, welches unseren Lauf demnächst in die Zeitung bringen wird. Wir sind gespannt auf den Artikel und die Fotos!


Ein großes Dankeschön an die Helfer, die diesen Lauf möglich gemacht haben: Jasmin BISCHOFF, Antje CHRISTOPEIT, Thomas DILLGE, Alex DILLGE, Oliver HARTMANN, Wolfgang KLEIN, Rebecca ROES, Peter RUTHERFORD, Lars SCHMIDT, Catherine TELFORD, Christiane TODT-HOEHNDORF und Nora WILL :)

Alex DILLGE, Bildern Thomas DILLGE


Volksgarten parkrun #22


I love summer, but autumn is actually my favourite time of year - The weather changes, so do the colours of the leaves.  Yesterday at Volksgarten parkrun there were a few changes too.

First, there was actually a bit of rain and a lot of wind - Definitely a change from the summer weather.  Nevertheless 18 finishers came out to join us.  Most were from our core community group in Düsseldorf, four had travelled from Great Britain and one joined us for his first parkrun ever!

Nora WILL was back as our Run Director and led a great team of amazing volunteers:

Rebecca ROES • Stephen FRENCH • Peter KELLY • Antje CHRISTOPEIT • Jasmin BISCHOFF • Alex DILLGE • Nora WILL • Milena TIEVES • Uwe ZIMMERMANN • Oliver HARTMANN • Sebastian WEITZEL • Christiane TODT-HOEHNDORF

And while we clearly need to work on our jump shot, a great time was had by all


Das mit dem Springen beim Abschlussfoto üben wir noch einmal!

Full results can be found on the Volksgarten parkrun Results Page.

The other change we tested yesterday was to create a finisher funnel.  We are normally not needing something as involved as this but Thursday we are holding a special event for Unity Day.  We are teaming up with Cologne parkrun (Aachener Weiher) who are sending their participants and one of their Event Directors our way - Together we will have an "extra" or "special" parkrun.

Rumour has it that we will have (many) more visitors than usual, so we spent some time figuring out how to welcome you all:


preparations for Unity Day: building and testing a finisher funnel.

A special thanks to Stephen FRENCH who had planned just to visit and run yet ended up getting roped in to help us unpack and test the gear!  To all those who will visit on Thursday, we hope you will enjoy your time us.

The female and age grade records for Volksgarten parkrun are held by Hannah OLDROYD.  The male record is held by Volksgarten parkrun co-founder Peter RUTHERFORD.

Volksgarten parkrun started on 4th May 2019. Since then 261 participants have completed 502 parkruns covering a total distance of 2,510 km, including 85 new Personal Bests. A total of 52 individuals have volunteered 183 times.

#liebeparkrun Rebecca ROES


Volksgarten parkrun #21

Zunächst möchte ich erzählen wie ich zu parkrun gekommen bin:

meine beste Freundin die im Nordosten Englands wohnt und die ich jedes Jahr dort besuche ist langjährige parkrunnerin. Mit ihr habe ich viele Male beim „Gateshead parkrun“ teilgenommen. An diesem Standort sind wöchentlich ca. 270 Läufer am Start und laufen in drei Runden durch den (sehr!) hügeligen „Saltwell Park“. 

Die freundliche offene Atmosphäre, die Wertschätzung gegenüber allen Teilnehmenden und der „After run coffee“ sind toll. Ich habe meine Freundin oft beneidet und mir gewünscht, dass wir in Düsseldorf auch einen parkrun hätten.

Als ich im August erfuhr, dass es parkrun seit Mai 2019 jetzt auch in Düsseldorf gibt bin ich sofort hingefahren und habe heute an diesem wunderschönen Samstagmorgen bereits das vierte Mal als Läuferin / Helferin teilgenommen. 

Die gute Mischung der Organisatoren und Läufer aus unterschiedlichen Nationen machen auch hier im Volksgarten für mich jeden Lauf zu einem Event mit viel Leichtigkeit, guter Laune und Positivität. Ein großes Lob an die Organisatoren Rebecca, Pete und Nora für ihren Enthusiasmus und ihren Zeiteinsatz! Ich bin mir sicher, dass der Volksgarten parkrun noch viele Laufbegeisterte anziehen wird und wir weiter wachsen werden!

Beim heutigen parkrun habe ich als Schlussbegleitung teilgenommen und bin die Strecke    zusammen mit Syesha Kilimann 11 Jahre gelaufen. Syesha konnte ihre Bestzeit heute noch einmal verbessern und lief nach 33:21 Minuten mit einem Schlussspurt ins Ziel ein. Tolle Leistung! 

Durch diese zehn freiwillige Helfer wurde der heutige 21ste Parkrun möglich gemacht:


Rebecca ROES • Peter RUTHERFORD • Chris RAE • Antje CHRISTOPEIT • Thomas DILLGE • Alex DILLGE • Birgit KRAFT • Uwe ZIMMERMANN • Jane MCCULLIM • Wolfgang KLEIN

Diese Woche haben 25 Läufer teilgenommen von denen 8 Erstläufer waren und 5 eine persönliche Bestzeit liefen. Insgesamt nahmen Läufer aus 5 verschiedenen Laufclubs teil.


Die heutigen Ergebnisse können unter Volksgarten parkrun Results Page abgerufen werden.

Schnellste Frau ist Hannah OLDROYD die am 15.06.19 eine Zeit von 17:38 lief (Event Nummer 7).  Der schnellste Mann ist Peter RUTHERFORD der am 14.09.19 eine Zeit von 17:18 lief (Event Nummer 20).

Der Volksgarten parkrun begann am 4. Mai 2019. Seitdem haben 256 Teilnehmer 484 Parkruns mit einer Gesamtstrecke von 2.420 km absolviert, darunter 79 neue Personal Bests. Insgesamt 51 Personen haben 170 Mal geholfen.



Volksgarten parkrun #14

Volksgarten parkrun
Event number 14
3rd August 2019

This week 26 people ran, jogged and walked the course of Volksgarten parkrun.  15 had been with us at before, and two were taking part in their very first parkrun.  Welcome, and welcome back!

In addition to our growing group of regular participants, we always appreciate visitors - Today we had four from far away Australia, return visits from the Netherlands and Scotland, and our first (we think!) tourist from Ireland: Fanchea, who also kindly volunteered.

The weather was milder for Event #14 than it has been, and 9 people recorded new Personal Bests.  Congratulations to Miguel, Dieter, Sebastian, Catherine, Alex, Chris, Peter, Ian and John!  Full results can be found at https://www.parkrun.com.de/volksgarten/results/latestresults/

The event this week was made possible by 7 amazing volunteers:


Volunteering is easy, fun and we support you with anything you need to know.  Please get in touch at volksgarten@parkrun.com to learn more and get involved.


Volksgarten parkrun started on 4th May 2019. Since then 156 participants have completed 288 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,440 km, including 46 new Personal Bests. A total of 33 individuals have volunteered 104 times.

The course, female and age group records are held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:38 on 15th June 2019 (event number 7).The male record is held by Paul WAIN who recorded a time of 17:53 on 18th May 2019 (event number 3).

Until next week, #liebeparkrun


Volksgarten parkrun #9

Volksgarten parkrun
Event number 9
29th June 2019

It was a hot morning in Düsseldorf.

We were happy to host 14 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were visiting us for the first time and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Participants included visitors from England and Australia.

Nearby the Himmelgeister Brückenlauf / THB half marathon was in full swing, with (at least!) three of our regulars taking part – Congratulations all around.

Our event was made possible by 10 amazing volunteers:

Rebecca ROES • Aleksandra BLAZEVIC • Nicole BLAZEVIC • Peter RUTHERFORD • Chris RAE • David RICKETTS • Jasmin BISCHOFF • Bruce WHITE • Nora WILL • Lars SCHMIDT

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

The course, age grade and female records are all held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:38 on 15th June 2019 (event number 7). The male record is held by Paul WAIN who recorded a time of 17:53 on 18th May 2019 (event number 3).

We are looking forward to welcoming you next week.  #liebeparkrun


Volksgarten parkrun #8

This week 10 people ran, jogged and walked the course.  Two of our finishers were first timers and 1 recorded a new Personal Best.

It was a sunny morning and the event was made possible by 7 amazing volunteers, two of whom brought parents along to help as well!:


Not only did our volunteer crew do the jobs they volunteered for, but there was a spontaneous group who, when they learned we were short a couple of hands for the role, decided to clear the course together.  It was an excellent example of teamwork and community!

You all looked great out there, and look forward to see you next week.  Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Volksgarten parkrun Results Page.



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!

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