And they’re off… – by Glenn Wilson

So today's the day we finally started our much anticipated walk-run programme and what a glorious sunny day to mark the occasion (as you can see from the photo below).

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There were 130 finishers today, including 11 who had never completed a parkrun before, undoubtedly inspired to participate the walk-run programme. Sarah Slowe and Alex Davis were pacing 1 minute walk and 1 minute run intervals. If you missed this week, it really isn't too late to join in. Next week Sarah will be taking the group around in intervals of 2 minute runs and 1 minute walks which is very achievable for anyone wishing to have a go.

There were a number of PBs today, but I would like to give a special mention to Benji Slowe (Sarah's son), who broke the 28 minute mark for the first time, recording a time of 27.52. Benji's last PB was nearly two years ago so it is great to see him regain some form as he approaches his 100th parkrun (only two more to go!). Let's not forget, Benji is under 11 years old - so this is a fantastic achievement.

Although not officially a milestone, because there's no t-shirt for the accomplishment, 200 parkruns is evidence of dedication and commitment. So when a familiar face on Coogan's Hills, Paul Keen, completed his 200th parkrun today, it is worthy of high praise indeed. I ran with Paul when he reached his 100th parkrun on New Year's Day 2015, on one of the coastal routes (Pegwell Bay or Margate). It doesn't seem all that long ago. Well done Paul - only 50 more to go for the green t-shirt :)

Of course, we cannot record your runs in order you can hit milestones if we don't know who you are. So it is important you bring along your printed barcode (or a physical copy which you can purchase here). I'm afraid we cannot accept mobile phone screenshots of the barcode, so please do not ask our scanners to record your details. If you have not registered or have not printed out your barcode, please take a look at our registration page for details.

Finally, I was heartened to read an email from one of our first timers today, which I would like to share here, because it summarises what makes Canterbury parkrun so special:

I’d just like to say a big THANK YOU to all the organisers, volunteers and runner at today’s parkrun. I did my first ever parkrun today. I didn’t think I’d finish it, I was ready to give up after the first circuit but thanks to the incredible support I had, I finished it. I can’t remember the last time I felt such a sense of achievement.

And on that note, I shall leave you with the stats...

This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Keith GILBERT • John WILKINS • Julie COX • Jane ELDER • Katherine NORRIS • Alex DAVIS • Glenn WILSON • Kathryn DRUCE • Sarah SLOWE • Matthew SLOWE • Steve ANSELL • Marta TARANDA • Alan PROSSER • Stephen HOLLANDS • Vanessa SPINK • 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 3,473 participants have completed 19,867 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,335 km, including 3,312 new Personal Bests.

 

Soggy and Glorious – by Matthew Slowe

What a change a few weeks can make. Last time I was rostered on to be Run Director, a rather imposing storm with a rather sinister name forced us, and many other parkruns, to cancel the event due to wind, ice and snow. Today Canterbury parkrun #213 took place in glorious spring sunshine and 10°C. The only hint of recent inclemancy was the rather soggy state of the course and we welcomed 21 new people to the World Famous Coogan's Hills.

A few of our runners this week deserve a special shout-out:

  • Hannah Wiffen ran her 50th parkrun
  • Louise Flynn ran her 100th parkrun
  • Alison Vaughan ran her 200th parkrun

Next week, Sarah Slowe and Georg Hamilton-Hopkins will be kicking off (perhaps not the best verb to use!) another 10 week programme of Walk-Run. It's a very unpressured way to try out running, along the same lines as Couch-to-5k (C25K), for anyone who wants to try it out. It'll start off with a 1 minute of gentle running alternating with 1 minute of walking. Each week the group will run a bit longer aiming for, on week 10, of completing Canterbury parkrun in 40 minutes. Hannah Wiffen (who, if you've got a very short memory, I just mentioned ran her 50th parkrun this week) started running with this group last year - her words on the subject are far better than mine.

If you'd like more information on how the Walk-Run programme works then have a read of this.


This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Andrea PEETT • John WILKINS • Pauline WHITEHOUSE • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Kathryn DRUCE • Julie MESSER • Georgina HAMILTON-HOPKINS • Gill LAMPARD • Sarah SLOWE • Michelle HOPKINS • Matthew SLOWE • Kathleen HOLLANDS • Ken DAVIS • Luke FERGUSON • Hannah WIFFEN • Iain SPINK

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 3,457 participants have completed 19,737 parkruns covering a total distance of 98,685 km, including 3,302 new Personal Bests.

 

Walk – run programme – by Sarah Slowe

When I first came to parkrun, I only came because I had promised my then just 7 year old (Hi Benji!) that if he could run 5k, I would take him. You can read a bit more about my story here (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/canterbury/news/2015/10/21/congratulations-to-our-september-runner-of-the-month/), but in essence, where I had expected to be last, holding people up and annoying I found unconditional support, community and some amazing new friends.

Now we come regularly, I haven’t forgotten the initial feeling of dread, and the run-walk program is a really good way for a group of people all to start parkrun together, with no expectations and everyone in the same position.

So… What is it?

It is a 10 week program, we start with 1 minute run, 1 minute walk the first week, then 1 minute walk, 2 minute run… and by week 10 we aim to run the whole 5k. Hannah WIffen did the program last year, and her story is here (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/canterbury/news/2017/05/31/anyone-can-parkrun-by-glenn-wilson/).

Do I have to go every week?

Nope! We know there are bank holidays… and half term… and families, work, and plenty of other places to be at 9am on a Saturday. We will run it every week and you are very welcome to join in (some of our regulars opt in for a week here and there!) when you come.

Erm… Run?

Yes, run! We’re not talking Linford Christie or Usain Bolt. Sometimes we run slower than we walk.. and that’s ok. We have two people running with the group (and we’re mostly very loud, so you’ll hear us shout ‘run’ ‘walk’) and you can run at your own pace - it’s more important to keep it up for a minute than be fast.

I know you say it is for anyone, but….

If you’ve got this far, you may well have thought of plenty of reasons not to join in. From "I won’t manage 5k" (fine, stop when you need to or walk with our tail walker, they’ll appreciate the company!) to “I don’t have any kit” (old trainers is fine) to “You say slow… but you haven’t seen me run” (we really, really don’t mind… we enjoy doing this - parkrun is for everyone, everyone runs 5k and people try their hardest, whether that results in a 15 minute 5k or 1 hour 5k).

And the most important bit…

Do stay for coffee afterwards. This is where the support, cheering and commiseration happens… pull up a chair!

 

Milestones galore – by Glenn Wilson

It's always a good day when you can celebrate a milestone. So it we knew it was going to be an even better day when we realised that we had not one milestone, but three to celebrate on Saturday at our 212th event. First up was Pauline Whitehouse who reached her 50th parkrun having started almost two years ago in May 2016. Pauline has completed 49 of her runs at Canterbury and was a tourist at Andover in October 2016. Great work Pauline and hopefully you will be wearing your red t-shirt soon.

Next up and keeping it the family, we had a mother and son combination hitting milestones. Edward Lampard completed his 50th parkrun, while mum, Gill, complete her 100th. Edward's first parkrun was in October 2015 and has slowly accumulated runs and has recently gone through an impressive sequence of PBs. Incredibly, all 50 of Edward's parkruns have been at Canterbury. In the meantime, Gill completing her 100th parkrun started just a few months before her son, in April 2015. In addition to completing 100 runs, Gill has also volunteered an incredible 46 times, which emphasis the fact that parkrun is as much about volunteering as it is about running or walking. Edward's and Gill's achievement come not long after sibling / son Tom reached his 100 milestone a few weeks ago. So we look forward to seeing all three in their new t-shirts soon.

Another reason for celebrating last Saturday was the extra-ordinarily high number of PBs! Did this have anything to do with the incredible pacers we had (Steve Ansell, Neil Kad, Kevin Shannon and Julie Messer)? I have no doubt it is, as 24 out of 107 finishers recorded personal best times. Thank you pacers and well done to all those who benefited.  There were a couple of people who came close to beating their PBs and I am sure they will soon.

Finally, a big shout out to the amazing volunteers who helped make last Saturday happen. In particular, I would like to say a big thank you to Frankie Day who volunteered at the last minute as tail walker. It was tough at the back this week as two people dropped out leaving poor Frankie stranded about half a kilometer from the penultimate finisher. As hard as she tried, running to catch the penultimate person was just out of her reach (Mo Farah would have struggled, to be brutally honest!!).

See you all next week (actually, it's tomorrow as I am very late completing this run report this week, but well worth the wait I hope).

GW

The geeky stuff...

This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Paul KEEN • Simon COX • John WILKINS • Wendy SMITH • Kevin SHANNON • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Stuart GIBSON • Neil KAD • Louisa COX • Julie MESSER • Francesca DAY • Lucas KAD • Steve ANSELL • Marta TARANDA • Clare GALE • Luke FERGUSON • Vanessa SPINK • Mark GALE • Iain SPINK • Ian HOCKING

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 3,436 participants have completed 19,615 parkruns covering a total distance of 98,075 km, including 3,292 new Personal Bests.

 

New Beginnings – by Louisa Cox

A warm welcome to the 37 first timers at this week’s parkrun at Canterbury. Of particular note welcome to the graduates of couch to 5 K from CCCU! We do hope you’ll join us again and haven’t been too put off by the hills! As mentioned in the runners briefing we are starting our own couch to 5 K on 21st April so please do spread the word to anyone you think may be interested.

This week the weather wasn’t particularly kind to us with the rain starting just after all participants set off but didn’t seem to put off the 9 runners who achieved PBs. Well done to Gavin Hedge, Samantha Osborne, Yee McArthur, Ray Boucher, James Palmer, Jack Fitzgerald, Oliver Kennett, Simon Archer and Isaac Whitten for your PBs.

As this was only my second event as run director I was quite nervous and would like to thank all of the brilliant volunteers who helped support and enabled the event to be carried out to its usual standard. I’d particularly like to thank Glenn Wilson and Caroline Wetherill for their huge support at this event; in helping set up and close down and for helping coordinate the volunteers. Thank you very much!

This week 153 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

John WILKINS • Alice BODEN • Jane ELDER • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Neil KAD • Louisa COX • Georgina HAMILTON-HOPKINS • Sarah SLOWE • Michelle HOPKINS • Alan PROSSER • Vanessa SPINK • Mark GALE • Alun EDWARDS • Iain SPINK • Britta OSTHAUS

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 3,424 participants have completed 19,508 parkruns covering a total distance of 97,540 km, including 3,268 new Personal Bests.

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