Cambridge parkrun run report – 9th June 2018

First-of-all, apologies for the lack of a run report for the last couple of weeks. Sadly, life got in the way, meaning I didn’t have the time to write one. If there are any other parkrunners out there who feel they would like to give the run report ago, do shout, I am more than happy to share the workload.

Anyway, onto this week’s run, made all the more special by it being a celebration of the NHS at 70. (There was an interesting piece in the Guardian today which talked about why parkrun and the NHS were a mutual cause for celebration). It was great to see so many of you on Saturday sporting signs to say why you were grateful for the NHS. I’m sure each and everyone of us can think of many ways we are grateful for the free healthcare we receive – from the small everyday things, through to those life saving events. A BIG thank you has to go out to the volunteers this week, the majority of whom worked for the NHS. We had Nurses (of various specialties), GP’s, Physiotherapists, an accountant, someone covering what us laymen’s would probably think of as HR, Orthoptist, those working out in the community and not to mention our CQC inspector who gave Milton parkun an outstanding judgment :-D

Thank you to you to -  Helen D JOHNSON • David MAIL • Jacky THULBORN • Andrew PARSONS • Rebecca TAYLOR • James STOCKER • Janie BUCHANAN • Sarah MOULTON • Joanna PARSONS • Neil BANKS • Lauren THOMAS • Sarah JONES • Amy COPE • Sarah BOLT • Sandi NEWMAN • Joanne OUTTRIM • Maria MARTIN • Catriona CURRY • Gordon CLARK • Joshua CLARK • Rachel PILSWORTH • Rachel NORTHFIELD • Jenny PAYNE • Megan PARKER • Jackie TOMLINSON • Rebecca PARKER • Ellena FARROW • Robert BARBER • James BARBER • Camilla CHEUNG • Pauline KNIGHTON • Nadine BARBER • Stuart PAYNE • Max MARTIN • Terry TAYLOR-CRUSH • Sarah CRABTREE • Sarah KING • John MARTIN

As well as our NHS volunteers, the Medical Director of Addenbrookes, and three employees of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning group took part in the run, some of them for the first time. I have it on good authority that those from the CCG enjoyed it so much they are planning to return to take part in more events. We look forward to welcoming you again.

This week 561 people ran, jogged and walked the course, and a whopping 128 of you recorded personal bests. Wow, the mud finally properly going seems to be making all the difference. We welcomed 64 were first timers. Some PB’s of note this week include; Heather ALCOCK 39:04, who grabbed her 5th PB in 6 events, Kevin HEYNES 35:34, who managed to complete the course almost 3 minuet quicker than his previous fastest time, Kerry SWANNELL, 30:57, who returned to parkrun in May for the first time since 2016, and each weeks has been steadily chipping away at her times and Jennie Hall 25:45, who ran her first PB since November 2016.

The runclub milestone link is playing up again so I can’t provide this information this week, apologies. However, a big thank you to Mark FREEMAN who completed his 25th time of volunteering at a parkrun. Many thanks for all your help. If anyone else fancies trying to bag a purple volunteering T-shirt why not have a look at the future rota and pop your name down to help.

As we had a celebration for 70 years of the NHS I thought I would celebrate two runners this week, the person in position 426 (the number of Cambridge parkruns there have been) and the runner in position 70. Amanda HASLOP was the athlete to finish in position 426. Amanda has completed 21 runs since she completed her first parkrun almost a year ago back in May 2017. We look forward to welcoming you to many more parkruns at Milton. While Ivan MORIARTY was the runner to bag position 70. Ivan has completed 19 runs at Cambridge, improving his time by over 5 minuets since he first took part back in September last year.

First finishers for the men this week were;

  • Adam TAPLEY – 17:02
  • Stuart LEWIS – 17:35
  • Sean MCKENNA – 17:41

While for the ladies the top three were;

  • Rachel LINDLEY (18 overall) – 19:03
  • Helen BARRY (35th) – 19:51
  • Katherine HYMERS (38th) – 20:08

For the juniors;

  • Alfie LEE (68th overall) – 21:41
  • Rasmus BLOMBERG (85th) – 22:04
  • Joe WEBB (89th) – 22:10 (PB)

Lilly O'DELL, was the first female junior in a time of 23:19

No time I’m afraid for aesthetically pleasing time this week, sorry.

Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)


Cambridge parkrun run report – 19th May 2018

The sun blessed us again for this week’s parkrun, however that puddle on the first loop is still reminding us of its presence!  The sunny weather meant a good turn out with 583 of you running, walking or jogging the course. As the good weather (hopefully) continues we expect to see large numbers of runners each week. Can we please remind you to have your right hand, out flat, ready for your finish token to be placed into it. This simple measure really does help speed up the process of handing out the finish tokens and helps to ensure that the finish funnel doesn’t back up, preventing other from crossing that all important finish line.

The warmer weather and dryer course seems to be working well for you all, a whopping 119 of you recorded personal bests!  A few PB’s of note include; Heather ALCOCK (40.59), who ran her third PB in as many weeks, Neil BURNS (32:49) who manged to duck under the 33 minuet mark and ran his second PB in as many weeks, Zoe Clare BURROWS (29:47) who ran her first Cambridge parkrun of the year and grabbed herself a whopping PB of over four minuets,  James PEARSON (25:30) who achieved his 7th PB of 2018 and Gordon CAMPBELL (19:41) who, despite having completed over 200 Cambridge parkruns, this week managed to grab a PB of over 30 seconds, no easy task when you have run the course so many times before. Well done to you all and everyone else who ran a PB this week.

The PB’s continued with the first finishers. For the woman Helen BARRY was first across the line (36th overall) in a time of 20:06, Noemie JOHNS (44th), scooped a PB as she finished in 20:30 and Isobel HOGG (54th), also grabbed a PB as she finished in 20:55. It looks like there may have been some tussling to be the third lady to finish with Charlotte LEAPER, finishing as the fourth lady in 21:06, also with a PB. While for the men, both first finisher Robert MAHEN and the second man across the line Stuart LEWIS, grabbed a PB, running 17:03 and 17:28 respectably. Isaac MORRIS, was third across the line over all and was also our first junior to finish in what I imagine must have been a battle to the line as he also finishing in a time of 17:28. Thomas BRIDGER, was the second junior to finish (5th overall) in a time of 17:38, which was also a PB. Gabriel PARMENTER, was the third junior across the line in 19:07. Eva MORRIS, a first timer at Cambridge, was the first female junior to finish (118 overall) in a time of 22:04.

It was run 423 for Cambridge parkrun this week and the runner to finish in position 423 was Hannah SARGISSON. Hannah completed her first parkrun back in May 2017, and since then has completed 7 Cambridge parkruns, at her peak completing the course in 28:24. We hope to see you again next week Hannah :-)

There were 58 first timers this week. If you were one of them, welcome, and you may be interested to know you were one of 14,337 other people who became parkrunners this week - we warn you, it's addictive! Lots of you joined the 50th club this week; Adrian WHITTLE, Emma PHILLIPS, Ian SCOTT and Lorraine DUNSMORE. Hopefully the backlog of milestone T-shirts is reducing, and it won’t be too long before you have your hands on your well delivered red tops. Apologies, but I don’t have time to do the aesthetically pleasing times this week.

A quick thank you to everyone who is taking the temporary route back to the scanners, while the work to the playground continues. If everyone can keep returning via the first small loop for the next few weeks, keeping the course clear for those still running/jogging/walking we would be very grateful.

Finally, a BIG thank you to Milton Country Park for their ongoing support of Cambridge parkrun and the 38 volunteers who made this weeks event possible; Julia SUDBURY • Alison MEADOWS • Colin WEST • Michaela JOYSEY • Emma GREAVES • Tracy HUTCHISON • Andrew PARKER • Andrew GOLDSBOROUGH • Caroline DISTON • Pamela ABBOTT • Janay FEHR • Mick JOHNSON • Marisa JOHNSON • Andrew SCARLETT • Isobel HOGG • Catherine JONES • Catriona CURRY • Fiona MACDONALD • Joshua CLARK • Karoly ERDOS • Gayle KERR • Simon John OSBORN • Henry J BEETON • Bethan GRIFFITHS-JONES • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Charlotte GRIFFITHS-JONES • Ricky MITCHELL • Mary MITCHELL • Robert BEETON • Roger PAKE • Jennie PEACOCK • Antony HELLIWELL • Jack PAKE • Bob STOREY • Andreea CHIFOREANU • Laura SPARLING • Max MARTIN • Theodore FEHR

Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)


Cambridge parkrun run report – 5th May 2018

The sun was back out for Cambridge parkrun this week, however, that didn’t stop a few of the die-hard puddles remaining on the course! With the return of the sun, we had a return in the numbers, with 556 people running, jogging and walking their way round the course. A warm welcome to the 56 first timers, I hope you had fun. Nationwide, this week saw a new UK attendance record with over 140,000 people taking part in parkrun on Saturday morning.

We had our first Pacing run of the year this week, which I’m sure had a part to play in the 83 PB’s that were recorded. Some PB’s of note are Chloe WATRASIEWICZ (36:50), who is now completing the course nearly 3 minuets quicker than on her first parkrun back in April, while Terry TAYLOR-CRUSH (36:01), took over 2 minutes of her previous PB. Neville DOE (22:05), ran his fifth PB of the year, while Jack TAYLOR-CRUSH (21:03) ran his fourth of the year.  Brian KOTELO (18:43), manged his first PB in over a year, grabbing it by one second. Well done to everyone else who ran a PB this week and many thanks to our volunteer pacers;

  • Chris @ 20 mins
  • Richard @23 mins
  • Fredenck @ 25 mins
  • Emma @ 29 mins
  • Ed @ 28 mins
  • Geoff @ 29 mins
  • Kare @ 30 mins
  • Rachel @ 32 mins
  • Mathew @ 35 mins

Over the summer and early autumn, we will try to have a pacing run the first weekend of every month (dependant on having filled all the other volunteer roles needed to put on a safe run) so please do offer to help if you think you might be up for a spot of pacing.

First finishers this week for the boys were;

  • Alex HAMPSON (FT) – 16:10
  • Chris DARLING – 16:24
  • Chris MOLLOY (FT) – 17:03

For the girls;

  • Daisy GLOVER (FT) – 18:08 (10th overall)
  • Maria BUCZAK (PB) – 19:57 (29th overall)
  • Noemie JOHNS (PB) – 22:33 (40th overall)

For the juniors;

  • William NEWCOMBE – 18:01 (9th overall)
  • Max HOLGATE – 19:31 (22nd overall)
  • Keelan DUFFY – 19:45 (25th overall)

The first female junior to finish was Faith ASHWORTH STOBBS (151 overall) in a time of 24:14, grabbing a new PB in the proses.

It was run 421 this week for Cambridge and Jo MCGOWAN was the runner to finish in position 421. Jo ran her first parkrun back in 2013, but then had a bit of a break. She returned to parkrun earlier this year and since then has completed four runs, grabbing a PB each time, this week managing to just duck under the 32-minute mark, running a time of 31:54. Great work Jo!

The run club members page is down again this week, so apologies to those who had a milestone run or reached their 25th volunteering time this week. I know there were a couple of you as you had your names called out in the briefing.

Athletically pleasing times this week were run by; Neil BANKS 21:12, Oliver NEW 22:22, Mike ROBERTS 32:32, Nathaniel SLACK (FT) 24:24, Pamela CLARKE 26:26, Katrina NETHERCOTT 28:28, Deborah KAYE 33:33, Gayle TEMPEST 34:43, Helen PAGE-CROFT 34:56, Sharen HALFPENNY 35:53, Bethan NEW 40:04, Frances NEW 40:04, Mike ALCOCK 41:14.

Lastly a BIG thank you to the 43 volunteers who made this weeks event possible Helen D JOHNSON • Helen HENRY • Claire WILSON • Joshua HENRY • Julia SUDBURY • Chris GAY • Tim PHIPPS • James STOCKER • Michaela JOYSEY • Emma GREAVES • Joanna PARSONS • Richard JONES • Kit COLBY • Sandi NEWMAN • Edward TAYLOR • Eleanor Evelyn HALFPENNY • Emma PHILLIPS • Janay FEHR • Martin Daniel HORROD • Isobel HOGG • Karl JONES • Catherine JONES • Fiona MACDONALD • Karoly ERDOS • Evert BOKMA • Amos RONEY • Val MOORE • Rachel KERSWELL • Geoff MEADS • Concetta DE MARTINO • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Kaitlyn HORROD • Ricky MITCHELL • Mary MITCHELL • Frederick CHEUNG • Pauline KNIGHTON • Antony HELLIWELL • Matthew FAUPEL • Nik BANKS • Toby CRISFORD • Liz GIBSON • Sam GIBSON • Nicola WATRASIEWICZ

Finally, some of you may be aware that there is a consultation currently open about starting a second parkrun in the city. Tracy (who is spear heading starting up the event) has asked that you only please respond to the consultation if you live in the area OR are likely to take part in the event regularly.  The council wants to be sure they hear the views of the local community and not just the views of the wider parkrun community.

I’m not about next week, so if anyone else fancies trying their hand at writing the run report let the volunteering team know.

Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)


Cambridge parkrun run report – 28th April 2018

So a soggy Friday inevitably caused the mud to be back in full force for this weeks parkrun! While the ongoing rain on Saturday morning meant we had a lower than usual turnout - in fact UK wide, we had the biggest absolute drop in numbers from this week to last week, with 271 fewer people taking part. This week 314 people walked, jogged and ran their way round the Cambridge course. We welcomed 30 first timers, including Ben GREEN, Louisa PHILLIPS, Alison DURSTON and Ammar ANWAR. Despite the return of the mud, 30 of you managed PB’s. Gaynor ROBERTS claimed her fifth PB in as many events, Gregory PRICE took over two minutes off his previous quickest time, while Thor OSTENFELD managed to grab a new PB by one second! Well done to you and everyone else who managed a PB this week.

No PB’s for me this week, but I did manage to complete my first parkrun in 5 weeks, all be it a parkwalk. A MASSIVE thank you to all the volunteers who supported the event (in the rain) to the bitter end when I cross the line in just over 57 minutes.  Pauline BLAKE • Helen D JOHNSON • Steven ANDERSON • Alison MEADOWS • Rebecca TAYLOR • James STOCKER • Mary HOLMES • Hope HUTCHISON • Hermione CREASE • Adam TAPLEY • Philip LOGORECI • Kit COLBY • William WINTER • Pamela ABBOTT • Martin Daniel HORROD • Andrew SCARLETT • Mike PITT • Catherine JONES • Catriona CURRY • Fiona MACDONALD • Gordon CLARK • Joshua CLARK • Karoly ERDOS • Evert BOKMA • Gary COLE • Henry J BEETON • Geoff MEADS • Concetta DE MARTINO • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Robert BEETON • Hester COLBY • Mary TWEED • Ben WORMALD • Max MARTIN • Susan HORROD • Nicola WATRASIEWICZ • Valerie MORGAN

At the other end of the field Adam TAPLEY, was first to finish this week in a time of 17:16. Josh SAMBROOK, was hot on his heals cross the line in a time of 17:17, while Edward MOFFETT was the third male across the line in a time of 17:49. Kristy GUNERATNE, was the first lady (36th overall) for the second week in a row in a time of 20:47. Joanna HARRALL, was the second lady (39th) to finish in a time of 21:04 and Laura SUGGITT was the third (49th) lady to finish in 21:37. For the juniors Max HOLGATE was first to finish (21st overall) in 19:55, Alexander COLBY (48th) was second 21:35, while Henry J BEETON was third (68th) in a time of 22:32.

Aesthetically pleasing times were run this week by; Josh SAMBROOK, 17:17, Julian BALDREY 20:20, Richard THOMPSON 24:42, Thor OSTENFELD 28:28, Carol MCCARTHY 30:30, Sharen HALFPENNY 35:53, Jacqueline BELL 35:53, Sarah TAYLOR 42:24.

Four people had run club milestones this week. Thomas MORGAN ran his 10th, Beverley CARRUTHERS and Nicola SUNDERLAND ran their 50th and Paul MORLE joined the 100 club. Well-done to you all. Hopefully there will be more news on T-shirts soon.

Well that’s it for this week, it just remains for me to say thank you to Milton Country Park for their ongoing support of the event.

See you next week,

Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)


Cambridge parkrun run report – 21st April 2018

What a difference a week makes. A warm and sunny parkrunday which we hope you all enjoyed. While the course has mainly dried out, there was still the odd puddle and sticky bit. The swamp on the first loop is putting up a fight!

This week your parkrun was brought to you by 32 volunteers, thanks to all of them for giving up their time: Helen HENRY • Claire WILSON • Joshua HENRY • Julia SUDBURY • Alison MEADOWS • Rebecca TAYLOR • Colin WEST • Rob MOIR • Michaela JOYSEY • Emma GREAVES • Tracy HUTCHISON • Mary HOLMES • Pamela ABBOTT • Sarah LEE • Janay FEHR • Andrew SCARLETT • Catriona CURRY • Joshua CLARK • Karoly ERDOS • Liz STEVENS • Val MOORE • Henry J BEETON • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Robert BEETON • Wendy JOHNSON • George PAKE • Nik BANKS • Anna TUKE • Joseph KEARNEY • Max MARTIN • Susan HORROD • Liz GIBSON

We’d love to have you volunteer – have a look at the roster here to see what you can do.

Many thanks to Milton Country Park as well. As mentioned in the run briefing, they haven’t had it easy with the weather being so atrocious recently, so thank you to all of those who have paid for their parking or donated at the gate – this goes towards keeping the park open and maintained. They also have a variety of events and regular activities happening throughout the week. If you are a keen sort, you can always pop along early on a Saturday morning for a bracing swim before your run.

So, on to the run. This week a whopping 585 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 of you were first timers (hope you enjoyed it and that we’ll see you back soon!). There were also 86 new Personal Bests – well done!

For the ladies, Kristy GUNERATNE was first in a time of 20:27, pretty close to her PB, followed 22 seconds later by Emma DAVIES doing her first parkrun and it looks like there was a battle for 3rd with only a second separating Joanna HARRALL (20:53) and Rachel YOUNG (20:54), who both PB’d.

In the men’s division, Jacob FREEBOROUGH came in with a time of 17:01, followed by Adam TAPLEY in 17:12 and Tom KEMSLEY in 17:22 (second parkrun and beating his previous time).

If we look at the Age Grading, Mary HOLMES achieved an 85.75% this week – wow!

Two runners achieved their 100thparkrun – Neil BANKS and Will WINTER (who’ll be celebrating a special 101 soon), Eleanor HALFPENNY ran her 50th and three juniors hit 10 runs – Annalie BARKER, Harry FREEBOROUGH and Findlay MARSH. Looking forward to seeing you in your new T-shirts!

It was our 419thCambridge parkrun, and the runner in position 419 was Gary DADD on his 26thouting. Here’s my favourite bit - aesthetically pleasing times: Mark YEATES 21:12, Stephen BENNETT 22:22, Brody KLUND 23:45, David MERCHANT 25:25, Pamela CLARKE 26:26, Merel PANNEBAKKER 29:29, Karen OSTENFELD 30:03, Elena CHICULITA 31:13, Mary MITCHELL 34:43 and Gillian HEATH 35:53.

Finally, a couple of reminders: we don’t ask for much, so please don’t forget your printed barcode (paper or plastic token or wristband etc – no screens or scribbles on bits of paper or reciting from memory etc) and please remember all other park users have the same right to be there as we do.

See you next week!

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