Well done to all those hardy individuals who braved the cold conditions today to run, walk or just battle their way round the course. You will see in the stats below, that on Saturday one of you would have ran / jogged / walked the 300,000th Km at Great Lines since parkrun came to Medway a little over 4 years ago – that is some achievement! Congratulation to Krishna Gurung for achieving this milestone.
The run got off on time and we only had one hiccup at the start when one of the runners fell over a dog. This highlights why we always say in the Run Brief to those running with their canine friends to start at the back and work your way through the crowd only when safe to do so – the run down from the start to the first corner is naturally very congested, so please do heed this particular warning. Fortunately, the faller got up without injury and the field got off to a steady start. The conditions were hard and many of the finishers looked relieved that it was over but the sense of accomplishment is always there.
I have been volunteering at parkrun for some time now and although I am not sure of the date that I first joined the band of helpers but I can say that it is one of the best things that I have done. I can usually be seen barcode scanning and I was introduced to the event by Dan & Gary (the Joint Event Directors) who can often be seen directing the run when they are not running alongside others.
At first I was a little uncertain that I would enjoy getting up early on a Saturday and joining people who take fitness and running seriously but I can say that it makes a fantastic start to the weekend and I have found the event welcoming and inclusive of all abilities.
Today is the first time that I have written the Run Report so please forgive if it is not up to usual standards but I thought that as I do not usually venture beyond the starting field that I would begin the day by walking the course before everyone else arrived. I walked up to the Monument and took a few minutes to step inside and reflect – not to say rest. I have to say that the reliefs of men in their greatcoats looked fitting as it was exposed and extremely could outside.
When I came out I met other volunteers who were preparing the course and checking for hazards prior to the run brief. Many of these volunteers are regulars and undertake this and other vital roles but others like those undertaking their D of E awards may only be with us for a few weeks. All are welcome. Come and give it a go, you will enjoy it.
It was fitting to finish the day clapping in John the Tail Walker and his sidekick George who made a valiant run for the finish in his wellington boots. Well done George and everyone else!
Run Report Writer
*** FACTS & FIGURES #221 ***
This week 334 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
*** Milestones ***
As always there were people celebrating milestones – the following runners joined a Milestone Club, so well done all.
The 50 club members were: Amber Didlick
The 100 club members were: Dam Friday
The 150 club members were: Glyn PALLISTER
PLEASE let us know when it is your special milestone days as we hate to miss them and can only check the results to see who is on 9, 49 or 99, so if you run those at another parkrun or have a gap between that and your milestone run we might miss you out and you know we love give you a cheer.
***The 37 personal bests go to***
Ayesha KHAN * Azaa DUURENJARGAL * Carina DOWN * Charlotte MORGAN * Claire HARRIS * Connor MALLION-WOODS * Dan FRIAR * David BURKE * David CHAPMAN * Duncan JORDAN * Duncan MACBAIN * Elizabeth RYLANCE * Emma J BROWN * Freddy GOLDSWORTHY * Georgia EVERETT * Glenn BUNN * Helen WAGSTAFF * James RODWELL * Jane PARKER * Joshua RODWELL * Jude FREED * Julie MILLEST * Katy WILLIAMSON * Laura PATTERSON * Lesley DORAN * Natalie BLAND * Nicola TUFFIN * Owen MORRIS * Patricia MITCHELL * Sally SIMONE * Sam PATERSON * Sarah DYKES * Sarah TESTER * Shannon REID * Steven MATTHEWS * Thomas REID * Top RAI
***Welcome to the 31 first timers***
(22 new to parkrun and 9 tourists)
Aava SHRESTHA MALLA * Amy MASON * Andrew MILLEST * Angela THOMPSON * Ashish MALLA * Bhijan RAI * Chris CATMULL * Conor WALSH * Dechali-Netanya THOMPSON-MCADJAR * Devon MASON * Elisabeth SADLER * Emily MARTIN * Jack LONG-MELTON * Jay MAC * Jenny MULHEARN * Kamleish CHOCKALINGUM-JONES * Keely HUTCHINGS * Lukas SADLER * Melanie FOSTER * Michael SINGLEHURST * Michelle FREWER * Mike DIMMICK * Nestor SALAZAR * Nik OSIPOV * Phil JUDGE * Philip HANSEN * Rebecca WINCH * Samantha DRAKE * Simon PERRY * Tony MARTIN * Vanessa THOMPSON
*** Volunteers ***
Abigail NEWMAN • Alan LE GRYS • Andrew BURGESS • Andrew LUNNON • Barefootricardo D'ASH • Carol DAVIS • Chris ARNOLD • Chris DORAN • Dan GOWER-SMITH • Dee YAMOAH • Diane ARNOLD • Gary SMITH • Heidi O'NEILL • Holly CHANDLER - SMITH • Iain BOOTH • John LANE • John RAINS • June RODWELL • Karen LUCIEN • Karl GRIMBLE • Lee KELSON • Linda LE GRYS • Mick SMITH • Nick TUFF • Nigel READ • Paul HEYWOOD • Philip WALLACE • Roger Ernest LODGE • Rosie MALLION-WOODS • Ross SANDY • Sean RODWELL • Sian JONES • Simon HALL • Tony FAIRCLOUGH
The male record is held by Teweldeberhan MENGES who recorded a time of 15:41 on 5th August 2017 (event number 197).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 17:52 on 25th December 2017 (event number 217).
The Age Grade course record is held by Barry ROYDEN who recorded 85.16% (17:11) on 24th September 2016 (event number 153).
Great Lines parkrun, Medway started on 28th September 2013. Since then 6,134 participants have completed 60,136 parkruns covering a total distance of 300,680 km, including 11,909 new Personal Bests.