The start to the new year has obviously encouraged a lot of people to involved themselves with parkrun. Across Kent, we saw a record number of finishers, and at Canterbury, 176 of you ran Coogan's Hills which is our fourth highest turnout. Seeing such a large number of parkrunners at the start line is often unnerving for the most experienced run directors. However, for Louise Flynn, at 16 our second youngest run director, it was a particularly scary prospect. But she was amazing. Health and Safety messages delivered with a coolness belying her experience, timekeepers kept alert for the start and runners suitably enthused, she set you all on your way.
We like to encourage youngsters to be involved and this weekend was particularly special in that respect. For not only did we have such a young run director, we also had a six year old barcode scanner and ten year old and twelve year old finish token sorters, without their help, parkrun would not be the joyful event that it has become. Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the weekend and thank you to Louise for a brilliantly run directed event.
Interestingly, over the past four years, we have cancelled parkrun twice on this particular weekend (second weekends of 2015 and 2017) due to dangerous weather conditions (i.e. ice!). It looks like we have escaped the bad weather so far, which makes the amazing turnout even more special.
Many of you regularly go for post event refreshments at the Pavilion Cafe. Over the festive period, we worked with the managers of the cafe to produce a questionnaire to establish how we can improve the experience. We had a terrific response to the questionnaire for whiich Bex and I are truly grateful. As a result of the feedback, a few changes have been made.
First, you are now able to purchase bottomless coffees and teas. The incentive behind this change is to cut waiting times by reducing the extra time taken to brew Americanos and pour teas using the coffee machine's hot water dispenser. Just purchase your 'cup' from the bar and fill up as often as you like from the coffee flasks or hot water urn. Of course, Americanos are still available and so to are the likes of lattes and cappuccinos as well as speciality teas. The second change we have made is added new healthier items to the menu, including fruit and cereal including porridge. We have also added some other breakfast favourites including croissants and pain au chocolats. If you have never been for a post run drink or a bite to eat, please do join us. parkrun is as much about the socialising as well as the obvious health benefits.
If you have any suggestions for improving your experience at the cafe, please let us know.
Well, I will leave with a quick appeal - our roster is looking very empty at the moment for the next parkrun (19 Jan). So if you would like to help out, then please do contact us; details on how to be involved are available clicking on the 'volunteer' tab above.
Have a great week - see you all Saturday!
This week 176 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
John WILKINS • Julie COX • Kevin SHANNON • Katherine NORRIS • Glenn WILSON • Louise FLYNN • Kathryn DRUCE • Georgina HAMILTON-HOPKINS • Benjamin SLOWE • Michelle HOPKINS • Matthew SLOWE • Lucas KAD • Alan PROSSER • Violet FOSTER • Cliodhna CARROLL • Elise FOSTER • Hannah WIFFEN • Paul HAMILTON • Hazel BASFORD • David HINCH
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 4,246 participants have completed 25,365 parkruns covering a total distance of 126,825 km, including 4,083 new Personal Bests. A total of 416 individuals have volunteered 4,277 times.