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).
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.