Happy Birthday… parkrun – by Glenn Wilson

Following my ventures to foreign lands, it was great to be back with the parkrun family in rather foggy Canterbury. This weekend was a significant one in the history of parkrun, which was celebrating its 14th birthday. In 2004, 13 runners and 3 volunteers participated in a time trial at Bushy Park. From that day, the event grew week on week and incredibly we now have registered our 5 millionth participant! That's a huge family to which we all belong.

Nearer to home, we celebrated another birthday. Keith Gilbert who is arguably our most experienced regular parkrunner, notched up his 285th parkrun on his 65th birthday on Saturday. He brought along some yummy vegan cake to share which was exceedingly  popular with those who were fortunate to grab a piece! Keith is not only a prolific runner at parkrun, he is also a very active volunteer. Indeed, he recorded his 63rd volunteer event while pacing 30 minutes. Personally, I would like to thank Keith for all the support he has given us over the years - he event ran the trial runs when Canterbury parkrun was being planned. We hope you had a great day Keith. Many happy returns from everyone at Canterbury parkrun.

Canterbury Parkrun 6/10/2018
Keith looking determined

At the other end of the spectrum, parkrun is still enticing newbies to give it a go with 7 first timers taking on Coogan's Hills last weekend - evidence that parkrun is still growing. We hope you enjoyed your first ever parkrun and we all look forward to seeing you again soon.

As I hinted above, we had a number of pacers out on the course today, being the first Saturday of the month. These pacers helped 22 of you record personal best times at Canterbury parkrun. So please take a bow pacers, Keith (30 mins), Paul Keen (24 mins), Kevin Shannon (27 mins), Neil Kad (25 mins) and Julie Messer (33 mins).

You may have noticed that there was a man holding a camera and a baby on the course. That was Adem Djemil who took loads of pictures as you ran up and down the Crab & Winkle. To see the fruits of Adem's labours, his lovely photos are available on our Flickr feed, accessible from the 'photos' tab above, or by clicking on the following link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/adem/

Next week I leave you in the capable hands of Sammy-Jo Foster. In the meantime, have a great week.

GW

Now for the statisticians out there...

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Keith GILBERT • Paul KEEN • Wim VAN VUUREN • Kevin SHANNON • Jane ELDER • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Neil KAD • James FOSTER • Julie MESSER • Sarah SLOWE • Matthew SLOWE • Lucas KAD • Steve ANSELL • Alan PROSSER • Luke FERGUSON • Paula SHILLING • Vanessa SPINK • Laura HAMILTON-HOPKINS • Mark GALE • Adem DJEMIL

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

The male record is held by Phil HURST who recorded a time of 15:12 on 15th March 2014 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Alexandra MILLARD who recorded a time of 19:03 on 6th August 2016 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen EBERLIN who recorded 85.86% (25:06) on 1st November 2014 (event number 33).

Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014. Since then 3,950 participants have completed 23,173 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,865 km, including 3,803 new Personal Bests.

 

parkrun #237 – by Paul Thompson

This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Ella SHANNON • Patrick SHANNON • Sammy-Jo FOSTER • Paul THOMPSON • Alex DAVIS • Neil KAD • Kathryn DRUCE • Julie MESSER • Simone LIPSON-GREEN • Catherine PARKER • Gill LAMPARD • Catriona FORBES • Lucas KAD • Alan PROSSER • Michael FARRER • Mark GALE • Maria FOX • Lorna ASTBURY

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

The male record is held by Phil HURST who recorded a time of 15:12 on 15th March 2014 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Alexandra MILLARD who recorded a time of 19:03 on 6th August 2016 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen EBERLIN who recorded 85.86% (25:06) on 1st November 2014 (event number 33).

Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014. Since then 3,933 participants have completed 23,042 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,210 km, including 3,781 new Personal Bests.

 

What a lovely morning – by Caz Wetherill

Although we missed our usual bout of sun this weekend, Canterbury regulars and the parkrun newbies all enjoyed a great morning running along the Crab and Winkle way. Amongst those in attendance were 15 super volunteers who not only made the event possible but also ensured that my role as run director was as easy as possible. As always huge thanks and high fives to my amazing team. And special thanks to Julie Cox who stepped in at the last minute to deliver the first timer briefing.

At this week's event we saw another impressive milestone being reached as Phillip Brisley ran his 50th event and secured his fab red 50 t-shirt. Looking back over Phillip’s stats, he has ran all his parkruns at Canterbury and only started running with us in August 2017, now that's dedication! We also had a milestone of a different kind as Lindsey Cane celebrated her 40th birthday by kindly sharing the most splendid parkrun cake with us all in the pavilion after the run. Massive congratulations to you both and thank you for the cake Lindsey.

This week I was lucky enough to have almost a full roster of volunteers long before Saturday arrived, which was amazing. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as I mentioned in my run briefing, therefore it was really lovely to have so many people come up to me after the run and offer their support for this coming weekend's event. If you are ever available on a Saturday morning and don't fancy running (or even walking) then please come and volunteer. We will never turn your help down as there is always a job that needs doing.

Finally, a huge congratulations to the mystery man running our course with a huge rucksack on his back. Simply amazing!! I struggle to run up Coogan’s hills carrying a phone case, so we are all suitably impressed and in awe, you did a fantastic job!

Until we climb those hills again...

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

John WILKINS • Julie COX • Ella SHANNON • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Louisa COX • Anique DA COSTA • Georgina HAMILTON-HOPKINS • Kathleen HOLLANDS • Alan PROSSER • Cliodhna CARROLL • Paula SHILLING • Vanessa SPINK • Mark GALE • Alun EDWARDS • Clare THOMPSON

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

The male record is held by Phil HURST who recorded a time of 15:12 on 15th March 2014 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Alexandra MILLARD who recorded a time of 19:03 on 6th August 2016 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen EBERLIN who recorded 85.86% (25:06) on 1st November 2014 (event number 33).

Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014. Since then 3,910 participants have completed 22,880 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,400 km, including 3,757 new Personal Bests.

 

Dirty secrets

This Saturday's event was remarkable in its simplicity. It was the sort of day I was a bit worried about because it's the weekend most of the new students arrive at our host university's main campus so the surrounding roads etc can be extra busy with very lost people... But for the exception of one minor tail-back at the Nursery Carpark crossing point, it was a wonderful and, for that, I thank all my wonderful volunteers :-)

I do have a question for all you headphone wearing runners/walkers, however...

What do you listen to?

Me? I have a bit of a dirty secret in that department. I am a bit partial to a cheeky bit of 90s Brit-pop cheese when I'm pounding the course (ok, I exaggerate: plodding!). You can't beat the rhythm and feel-good-factor of an S Club 7 track like "Bring it all back" with lines such as "Don't stop, never give up" . If you can sidle past the epic cheesiness of the track, the lyrics aren't too bad either.

Next week I expect to hear plenty of chatter before and after the run about what tracks keep y'all going!


 

Canterbury parkrun
Event number 235
15th September 2018

This week 158 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Keith GILBERT • John WILKINS • Ella SHANNON • Adam CORKE • Jane ELDER • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Fiona WILKES • Jon VANN • Simone LIPSON-GREEN • Benjamin SLOWE • Matthew SLOWE • Lucas KAD • Joshua SLOWE • Ken DAVIS • Georgia CROSSLEY • Cliodhna CARROLL • Paula SHILLING • Mark GALE • Hannah WIFFEN

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

The male record is held by Phil HURST who recorded a time of 15:12 on 15th March 2014 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Alexandra MILLARD who recorded a time of 19:03 on 6th August 2016 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen EBERLIN who recorded 85.86% (25:06) on 1st November 2014 (event number 33).

Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014. Since then 3,889 participants have completed 22,738 parkruns covering a total distance of 113,690 km, including 3,735 new Personal Bests.

 

If parkrun was a biscuit, which biscuit would it be?

Well it was another fantastic parkrun on Saturday.

Not least because we were all pleased to be able to share celebrations with Eleanor Sole on the occasion of her 50th parkrun. Eleanor has run 27 of these at Canterbury, racking up most of the others at Northampton. Well done Eleanor, and here's to the next 50!
EleanorSole
Each time I run direct it's a pleasure, and this significantly due to the fantastic volunteers that make the role one of simply coordinating a few things here and there while watching a successful event unfold - on which note a huge shout of thanks to all those who have been volunteering recently. If you'd like to get involved (and it's super easy!) then chat to one of our hi-viz heros, or just drop us an email at canterburyoffice@parkrun.com

This week we had a good range of visitors including some who were returning tourists. Some wearing the parkrun apricot tops from their home run, and I also spotted a "cow cowl" - this cowl or buff is worn by those who have completed a parkrun at 20 or more different locations.

This coming weekend is the University of Kent "arrivals weekend", so do arrive in plenty of time as there'll be more people and traffic on campus, and parking may be a little more constrained than usual.

Just a random reminder for anybody who likes a podcast to listen to, either while running or otherwise - the "free weekly timed" podcast is available and with a run-time of 29 minutes is designed to exactly match the average parkrun time! http://www.freeweeklytimed.com/

Until next time, happy parkrunning....

James

 

 


Canterbury parkrun
Event number 234
8th September 2018

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Sally SILVER • John WILKINS • Julie COX • Peter DONALDSON • Kevin SHANNON • Ella SHANNON • Jane ELDER • James MCCREA • Kathryn DRUCE • Kathleen HOLLANDS • Ken DAVIS • Clare GALE • Luke FERGUSON • Stephen HOLLANDS • Mark GALE

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

The male record is held by Phil HURST who recorded a time of 15:12 on 15th March 2014 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Alexandra MILLARD who recorded a time of 19:03 on 6th August 2016 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen EBERLIN who recorded 85.86% (25:06) on 1st November 2014 (event number 33).

Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014. Since then 3,867 participants have completed 22,580 parkruns covering a total distance of 112,900 km, including 3,708 new Personal Bests.


 

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