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