Willing, Flexibility and Ingenuity – by Matthew Slowe

I know we have a great team of people at Canterbury. Even when, a few days before a parkrunday, the volunteer roster is looking a bit empty, we've always had enough - sometimes been awash with - volunteers willing to do whatever we need to make Canterbury parkrun happen.

This week was far from an exception to that rule!

On Wednesday the roster was looking a bit sparse, quiet, lonely even. A quick email later and enough offers of help appeared to make things feel a lot more comfortable. This makes for a happy Run Director :-)

Couple that with knowing that our normal course had had some unexpected alterations made to it in the form of overflow parking for the university (our hosts) - some of these alterations had been noticed and planned around already but one had not... one which necessitated a last minute (well, last 15 minutes if you're being picky) course adjustment.

Needless to say my army of willing helpers showed great initiative by appropriately rerouting our standard course slightly (in a way that would not affect overall distance) followed by a few "we need an extra person THERE to make sure people don't follow habit" assignments and we were, after a stressful few minutes, ready to go again.

Thank you so much to all my volunteers today, it just wouldn't work without you. Thank you also to all our runners today for showing flexibility and stamina in the face of adversity (change and the temperature).

On a completely different note, we had two sets of visitors (that I know of!)...

Ian and Lilli were visiting Canterbury parkrun with some friends ahead of their wedding nearby later in the day. Congratulations to you both -- it's nice to see that the weather held for you! Perhaps we'll see you again as Mr & Mrs some time? :-)

Also visiting - from considerably further afield - were a group from South Africa sporting some notably different parkrun milestone tshirts:

Visitors from ZA

Once more, thank you everyone for making Canterbury parkrun fun :-)

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Canterbury parkrun
Event number 226
14th July 2018
This week 148 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

John WILKINS • Jane ELDER • Alex DAVIS • Glenn WILSON • Sarah SLOWE • Matthew SLOWE • Joshua SLOWE • Samantha OSBORNE • Kathleen HOLLANDS • Ken DAVIS • Cliodhna CARROLL • Paula SHILLING • Vanessa SPINK • Roibeárd Ó HARRACHTÁIN • Mark GALE • 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 3,708 participants have completed 21,589 parkruns covering a total distance of 107,945 km, including 3,575 new Personal Bests.

 

Hot hot hot – by Glenn Wilson

Saturday was hot!! Very hot!! So I was pleasantly surprised that 133 of you chose to run the cauldron known as Coogan's Hills rather than our cooler seaside resort neighbours. Maybe it was because this was chase-the-pacer week and you wanted a PB no matter what! Well, if that's the case, then incredibly, 19 of you recorded personal bests!! Wow - an I thought it was too hot to put so much effort in. So, full credit to everyone who walked, jogged or ran our course and kudos to those who did it a little quicker than before. Similarly, well done to our pacers who obviously inspired so many of you. Well done all!!

This week we were joined by a small party who came to observe and join in with us as part of their training to start up a new parkrun in Kent. No date is set yet for when it will occur, but we will soon have our 19th Kent senior parkrun which will be set up in the Deal area. This is great news and shows that parkrun is growing from strength to strength. It was rather fortuitous that they were at our event, as two of them ended up stepping in at very short notice to volunteer some or our key roles - Hannah took on the timekeeping role and Kris took on handing out finish tokens. So, I would like to extend my personal gratitude to both Hannah and Kris, and our best wishes to the whole team in setting up their new event; details of which will appear on our parkrun events page in due course.

Returning to the subject of personal bests, I would like to offer my congratulations to two young men, in fact they are both under 11, who absolutely smashed their previous bests. But more importantly, the attitude these two boys showed was heart-warming. This is what their responsible adult (keeping them within arms length, I may add) said of them:

The spirit of parkrun was epitomised by two fantastic boys who I ran with this morning. One is 10, and the other 8. Throughout the run they encouraged one another in exceptionally difficult conditions. Both managed to run Canterbury parkrun in just over 26 minutes, and were still able to thank every marshal, and encourage other runners.

I think that says it all. Well done Benji Slowe and Tom Denson!

Standing at the bridge on Saturday, was our marshal extraordinaire, John Wilkins. Incredibly, John has marshalled 100 times. Now when I say 'marshalled' I mean, he has taken on a marshal role as a volunteer. Overall, John has volunteered on 161 separate occasions over the past 6 years (his first role was in January 2012). John has made Canterbury parkrun his home (even though he lives in Whitstable) and has set up camp on the bridge between the two slopes giving encouragement to everyone travelling in either direction taking on Coogan's Hills. Thank you John for all that you do at parkrun!

Of course, we cannot rely on a small number of individuals like John to volunteer each week. We do encourage all our runners to volunteer every now and then. In fact, if everyone who runs Canterbury parkrun were to volunteer just 3 or 4 times a year, we would never have an a problem filling our roster. So please consider trading your running vest for a hi-viz vest occasionally and give a little something back. Believe me, it is fun and rewarding.

Finally, as the world cup tears subside, we can amuse ourselves with another jaunt along the Crab and Winkle this weekend. It looks like it is going to be another hot one, so wear plenty of sun-block, bring water along with you and as always Don't Forget Your Barcode!!

GW

This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Paul KEEN • John WILKINS • Julie COX • Kevin SHANNON • Ella SHANNON • Katherine NORRIS • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Hannah PERRIN • Neil KAD • Rachel MCCREA • Julie MESSER • Georgina HAMILTON-HOPKINS • Gill LAMPARD • Sarah SLOWE • Steve ANSELL • Emily WILSON • Paula SHILLING • Vanessa SPINK • Roibeárd Ó HARRACHTÁIN • Mark GALE • Kris COUSINS

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 3,682 participants have completed 21,441 parkruns covering a total distance of 107,205 km, including 3,555 new Personal Bests.

 

Canterbury parkrun #224

This week 122 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Keith GILBERT • John WILKINS • Julie COX • Kevin SHANNON • Ella SHANNON • Jane ELDER • Paul THOMPSON • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Neil KAD • Jon VANN • Marcel ROTH • Elizabeth ROMANOWICZ • Cliodhna CARROLL • Paula SHILLING • Vicky TURNER

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 3,664 participants have completed 21,308 parkruns covering a total distance of 106,540 km, including 3,536 new Personal Bests.

 

Parking at parkrun

Free Parking

Our host, the University of Kent, is making some changes to its central carparks. While they're out of action, the Nursery car park right at the end of Park Wood Road will be used for coach parking so will be unavailable for the Summer from Sunday 8th July. Things are expected to return to normal in September.

Most of our runners use the Pavilion carpark which will be open as usual. Also available to us is alll the parking spread around Park Wood. My personal favourite for parking when the Pavilion is full is in Lypeat Court as it's a quick hop through the houses and over the road to the start-line! On parkrunday (Saturdays), all of the parking on campus is free (but you must park in a marked bay!).

A map of all the available carparks is available here.

Any issues, please drop us a line either on Facebook, Twitter or by email to canterburyoffice@parkrun.com.

 

Three Peaks Strikes Again – by Matthew Slowe

Wow! Anyone looking back at the stats for this week will think "well that was a quiet week"... but they would be wrong!

This week, because our large field was unavailable, we run our alternate course which sees our runners doing not two but THREE laps up to Blean Church and a much shorter turn-around at the Nursery end (that's six separate ascents in total rather than the usual four). This is a considerably more challenging course as there is much less recovery time (on the flat) between ascents.

That said, with a time of a whisker under 20 minutes, our first finisher – Jo Whitby – did sterling work. He was followed over the line by 108 other runners (and buggy pushers!) who all deserve a wonderful cheer for being so cheery! A small mountain of cake was provided by various people to reward participants at the end of their challenge.

Celebrating their 100th parkrun today were two stalwarts of Coogan's Hills: Michelle Hopkins and Marta Taranda both reached this amazing milestone today. This will, sadly, be Marta's last week with us as she moves on to pastures new. Good luck in your continuing education journey, Marta and I hope you find an even friendlier parkrun to get you to 250 :-)

I couldn't have done today's parkrun without the small army of volunteers, some of whom just showed up and asked for jobs, and without their initiative and enthusiasm Canterbury parkrun wouldn't be the fun, friendly and supportive event that it is. When I added in all the extra volunteers I was quite astonished at the number of you. Thank you all so much for your help today.

On the subject of friendly, don't forget that next week is our annual Canterbury parkrun Quiz evening. Tickets are still available at £10. Please email canterburyoffice@parkrun.com for more details.


Canterbury parkrun
Event number 223
23rd June 2018

This week 109 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

James Edward CANE • John WILKINS • Julie COX • Jane ELDER • Barry HOPKINS • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Julie MESSER • Gill LAMPARD • Sarah SLOWE • Matthew SLOWE • Michael HORNE • Kathleen HOLLANDS • Alan PROSSER • Clare GALE • Stephen HOLLANDS • Mark GALE • Claire ALFREY • Maciek TARANDA

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 3,652 participants have completed 21,186 parkruns covering a total distance of 105,930 km, including 3,516 new Personal Bests.

 

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