#257 SATURDAY 13th October 2018 – Rebel Runners ~Medway takeover @ Great lines parkrun, Medway

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A sunny, yet extremely blustery parkrun today saw a local running club, Rebel Runners Medway takeover the event. The club took on all of the volunteer roles, including Rosie making her Run Director debut, as well as supplying pacers from 20 to 40 minutes. Despite the conditions, an impressive 20 of you managed Personal Bests, so hopefully the pacing helped in that regards.

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The weather did not deter people, with 441 running, jogging or walking the course. Amongst those were the latest graduates from Medway Fit’s Couch 2 5K program – welcome to you all and hopefully parkrun will become a regular fixture in your running calendar.

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Today was also a special parkrun for myself as after a long time of trying I finally made it to my 50th and so I can claim my red milestone T-Shirt!

It has taken me 4 years and 3 injuries to get to this point. I am so pleased with myself to have finally achieved this goal, if it hadn’t been for the Rebel Runners ,of which I have been a member for about 4 years now, and also the support from everyone at parkrun I don’t think I would have made It, I probably would have given up a long time ago but I have had so much support from a number of different groups it has kept me going.

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parkrun is where my running all started 4 years ago, I got my PB at one of my earlier parkruns but unfortunately due to my injuries I haven’t been able to get back to it yet. I’m hoping to get faster again and with all the support you get out on the course I’m sure in time I will pick up my pace again. parkrun is a great event free to everyone. A chance for pushing oneself towards a PB, or just a chance of getting out, meeting people and getting fitter which is the reason I attend every week.

DON’T FORGET YOUR BARCODE!

There were lots of pictures taken at the event, they can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/greatlines-parkrun/

Alex Baxter – Run Report

*** New from the office***

Just a reminder Great Lines parkrun is cancelled this on Saturday, 3rd November due to an event taking place in the park. We will be back on 10th November.

***Facts and Figures #257 ***

This week 441 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

*** Milestones ***

The 50 club members were: Alex Baxter, Joanne Cheese, Milan Rai, Paul Curtis & Susan Scales

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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 20 personal bests go to ***

Chloe PHILLIPS * Daniel HEASMAN * Emma WALKER * Fay FAUTLEY * Gary WOODWARD * Ginda SINGH * Jacob WATERFIELD * Jeremy DAY * Jog ALE * Keith BENHAM * Lawrence UDALL * Leighanne HICKMAN * Lisa POTTER * Mark FULLER * Natasha RICHARDS * Nicholas BANNAYI * Paul LUCY * Richard BEER * Tansy STAWOWSKA * Thomas DENNIS

*** Welcome to the 28 first timers ***
(17 new to parkrun and 11 tourists)

Alexia CULLEY * Asa WHYMAN * Charlie JOHNSON * Claire JOYCE *Claire PAYNE *Danielle REDGRAVE * Emily RANK * Gareth HOWELL* Gareth LLOYD-DAVIES * Griffin WOODROW * Harvir SINGH * Imogen SMITH * Janice HUTTON * Joanne PLATFORD * Karena SUNLEY-JONES * Katharine MARTIN * Laura BROOKS * Maria MAHON * Matthew WEST * Michaela HUTCHINS * Morag ELLERY * Neil THOMPSON * Noah L WEST * Pedro ANJOS * Samuel JONES * Sue MACKEY * Verity METHERELL * William DENNING

*** Volunteers ***

Adrien DREW  •  Alan BYRON  •  Alan CHARLTON  •  Alexandra BAXTER  •  Alice PURSER  •  Amanda HARRISON  •  Andrew LUNNON  •  Andy HOLMES  •  Angela DOWSETT  •  Barefootricardo D'ASH  •  Cassandra WHITING  •  Cathy RAHMANZADEH  •  Celia MANTLE  •  Chetna PATEL  •  Chris DORAN  •  Chris GOWER  •  Chris HARRISON  •  Chris MORETON  •  Christopher HUMPHREYS  •  Claire ROTHERY  •  Daisy HARRISON  •  Dan GOWER-SMITH  •  Darren JARVIS  •  Darren QUIN  •  David SHARPLEY  •  Dean COLEMAN  •  Dee YAMOAH  •  Edwina TOWNSEND  •  Gareth LEHANE  •  Gary SMITH  •  Gary STACEY  •  George TOWNSEND  •  Hannah RENKLIDAG  •  Helen GORDON  •  Holly READER  •  Iain BOOTH  •  Ingrid HARRISON  •  Isabel KING  •  Jane JARVIS  •  Jason MALLION-WOODS  •  Jenny BALDOCK  •  Jenny MASON  •  John ALLEN  •  John LLOYD  •  Jonathan BRIND  •  Karen ILLMAN  •  Karl GRIMBLE  •  Katelyn JARVIS  •  Malcolm SIMMONS  •  Mandy ELLWOOD  •  Marie DEBONT-BOOTH  •  Maxine LEHANE  •  Mick SMITH  •  Nick BAXTER  •  Nicola BALDWIN  •  Nicola EDWARDS  •  Nicola HILLS  •  Nigel READ  •  Paul HEYWOOD  •  Paula HORTON  •  Phil OBRAY  •  Philip WALLACE  •  Richard TOWNSEND  •  Robert FITZGERALD  •  Rosie MALLION-WOODS  •  Rosie REGAN  •  Ross SANDY  •  Sally CONGRAM  •  Sarah PALMER  •  Scott MORETON  •  Sharon BOYLE  •  Sheila STONE  •  Simon ELLWOOD  •  Simon HALL  •  Stephen JONES  •  Steve BUTTON  •  Steve TAYLOR  •  Steve WOLFE  •  Sue LEA  •  Sue MORETON  •  Symon WILDGOOSE  •  Wendy REGAN

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 7,191 participants have completed 75,124 parkruns covering a total distance of 375,620 km, including 14,097 new Personal Bests.

 

#256 SATURDAY 6th October 2018 – winter is coming!

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 Well winter certainly came to greet us today with a cold and overcast start to our Saturday morning at Great Lines parkrun but at least the rain held off until the end. Some of our usual stalwarts who regularly arrive early to set up were missing today but the crew pulled together to set up in their absence and I do hope that we got it right and that the course was marked out correctly. It did feel a little like the blind leading the partially sighted at the beginning but it all came together with a lot of good will all round.

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On the finish field it was good to hear runners and walkers alike planning for how they were going to celebrate their accomplishments either once they got home or on the way home. Some with a warm bubble bath, others with a bacon sandwich and a sweet cup of tea at the café. Perhaps some even combined these simple pleasures, hopefully not in the café though !

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 While we definitely missed some of the regulars it was good to see some old friends returning. One such friend came to catch up with her home parkrun and some of her Rebel Runner friends after a prolonged absence as she is flying out to Toronto to take part in her first marathon there later in the week. Good Luck Tara !

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Another told me that she will be running her 50th parkrun at Great Lines next week – go Sue go! It is so good to hear the milestones and accomplishments that the parkrun community at Great Lines make every week come rain or shine.

Carol Davis – Run Report

 *** Facts and Figures #256 ***

This week 398 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part..

*** Milestones ***

The 50 club members were: Chris Harrison, Heidi Strong, Joanne Lillicrap & Scott Moreton

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 70 personal bests go to ***

Adil YAQUB * Adrian LATIMER * Alexander DONNELLY * Alison COLLINS * Amy HART * Amy WALLINGTON * Andrew GARDINER * Andrew MACKAY MILLER * Andy SMITH * Anne WALKER * Antonia MOORE * Atif MIR * Buffy-Lucy JENNINGS * Claire RUSSELL * Colin LEWIS * Daniel SANGER * David GUNNS * Dawn GARDINER * Deborah PAINTER * Fay FAUTLEY * Francesca RUSSELL * Gary GODDEN * Gemma MOSS * Georgia EVERETT * Hayden MARTIN * Hayley COLEMAN * Hilary SHEPPARD * Jack GREGORY * Jacob GRAHAM * Jonathan T-S * Jude GORDON * Kate PICKERING * Kirsten ALTENAU * Laurence ANDREWS * Lawrence UDALL * Lee CARTER * Lisa BELSOM * Lorcan RODGERS * Louise WALKER * Lucy TRUJILLO * Lynsey MOLLOY * Mandela FERNANDEZ-GRANDON * Melissa METHVEN-NICHOLLS * Mia THOMPSON * Monty MARSH * Natasha MAYNARD * Nichol GORDON * Nicholas BOYLE * Nicola TUFFIN * Nik OSIPOV * Omar EL SOUDANI * Paul CHARLWOOD * Phillip WAKELIN * Rachel BENCH * Rebekah LLOYD * Richard KERSWILL * Ruth YEOMAN * Ryan BERNARD * Sam LLOYD * Saqib SAEED * Sara RAVASCO * Sarah BENJAMIN * Sharleen LUPKE * Stephen MALCOLM * Stewart GORDON * Sue MCGOWAN * Vicki KELLY-GEE * Vicky WENTWORTH * Wendy SAUNDERS * Zachary LAMB

*** Welcome to the 36 first timers ***
(28 new to parkrun and 8 tourists)

Ash STERBA * Danny CASSETTARI * Elliott CLARKE * Emily May FEATHERSTONE * Enrique SANCHIS NAVARRO * Fatima SAEED * Francisco MASTERS * Gavin HARPER * Ginda SINGH * Hayden ANDERSON * Heather BENHAM * Iswor RAI * Jae FOWLER * James LETCHFORD * Jeremy DAY * Joanne STAFFORD * Jog ALE * Keith BENHAM * Kevin DAY * Lauren SAVILLE * Maria FERNANDEZ * Marion GHAILAN * Mary CLARKE * Michael CHRISTOU * Michael ORILOYE * Neil SWEENEY * Nicola SAMPSON * Olana THOMPSON * Paul HARRIS * Robyn HARRIS * Sarah KEMP * Spandan RAI * Stamva RAI * Stephen HAYMAN * Thomas POTTER * Zachary CULLEY

*** Volunteers ***

Adrien DREW  •  Alexander COLAM  •  Andrea COLAM  •  Andrew LUNNON  •  Anthony WICKER  •  Barefootricardo D'ASH  •  Carol DAVIS  •  Carrie BROOM  •  Cathy RAHMANZADEH  •  Chris ROWLANDS  •  Dave COLAM  •  Dee YAMOAH  •  Elizabeth VASSELL  •  Gary SMITH  •  Georgia BERNARD  •  Heather COLAM  •  Ingrid HARRISON  •  Isabel KING  •  Jason MALLION-WOODS  •  John LLOYD  •  John RAINS  •  Karen LUCIEN  •  Lorna TRIGGS  •  Mick SMITH  •  Paul HEYWOOD  •  Phil OBRAY  •  Philip WALLACE  •  Richard MATTHEWS  •  Roger Ernest LODGE  •  Rosie MALLION-WOODS  •  Ruth JORDAN  •  Sean RODWELL  •  Sheila STONE  •  Stephen JONES  •  Sue LEA

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 7,163 participants have completed 74,683 parkruns covering a total distance of 373,415 km, including 14,076 new Personal Bests.

 

Happy 5th Birthday Event – 29th September 2018

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY GREAT LINES PARKRUN

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In keeping with tradition at Great Lines parkrun, the Joint Event Directors shared their thoughts on this week’s event and the past year. Let’s start by saying “Happy Birthday to Great Lines parkrun!!” and it was great to see so many of you in your school uniform you were all looking splendid. We were pleased to welcome to Great Lines parkrun the Mayor of Medway Councillor Steve Iles and the Mayoress, Councillor Josie Iles and the Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society, Ms Tracey Croup MP. For the Mayoress, being asked to start the run was familiar territory as she sounded the horn at the first ever Great Lines parkrun when she was Mayor.

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We had cakes and goodies to eat, we all run to have the treats don’t we? But we were lucky enough to have fruit donated by our local Tesco so we could balance the cakes with the fruit. Thank you for all the donations! We hope you all enjoyed you finishers “pick n Mix” bag We would like to thank Heidi O’Neill for the fantastic Birthday Cake, it looked incredible and tasted fabulous too.

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We would just like to thank our outstanding team of volunteers who have not only helped put the Birthday Event on this weekend but have helped make this such a great event for the last 5 years. We say it so often; we could not offer the free weekly event without all the volunteers. If you haven’t volunteered before, please do give it a go. Also, if you have friend or family member that isn’t a runner but would like to volunteer we would love to hear from them too.

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parkrun day is a Saturday but for many volunteers it’s parkrun day every day. We have a number of volunteers who keep the show on the road Sunday – Friday, the communication people, social media pages and volunteer coordinators. There are also the volunteers who get here nice and early and set the course up for us, so we are ready at 9am for this event.

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As Event Directors we cannot thank you all enough, for making this event the fun filled weekly event it has become, without you all we wouldn’t have Great Lines parkrun.

In keeping with tradition we had a number of awards to give out….

“People’s Choice” awards (voted for by Great Lines parkrunners): went to Richard Pemberton, for his outstanding contribution to the Medway running community and getting people active with his regular Couch 2 5K courses, where participants graduate at Great Lines parkrun. Paul Johnston, not only for volunteering most weeks but also for being a master of disguise – he has more fancy-dress costumes than Mr Benn! He brings fun and enthusiasm each week and truly epitomises what parkrun is about.

The award for “Outstanding Achievement” went to someone who has been the first finisher on an amazing 23 occasions over the last calendar year, a massive well done to Philip Wakelin.

We gave two awards for “Most improved” this year and they go to Laura Smith and Heather Parkinson who over the course of the last 12 months have improved their parkrun Personal Best’s by an amazing 14 and 15 times respectively. Well done ladies!

We gave awards to two people who have really embodied the “Spirit of parkrun”, so much so that they have attended nearly every single run we have had here at Great Lines since our last birthday. Congratulations Doreen East who has notched up an impressive 47 parkruns this year and Simon Hall, with an equally impressive 46 runs as well as sorting out our finish tokens most weeks.

We had one special award the “Event Directors Award” – there are so many people we wanted to give this to but after many discussions we did come to an agreement, many hours later!! Over the last year this person has helped setup and take down the course most weeks as well as volunteering in nearly every role imaginable. However, it is for his commitment to pacing anywhere between 25 and 40 minutes that we have awarded him this prize, in one week alone he helped an amazing 7 runners dip under 40 minutes for the first time. So our winner was Chris Arnold. 

We recognise that so many of you attend Great Lines, or indeed other parkruns, week in and week out, and have individually achieved so much. For that, we congratulate you all and long may you continue to enjoy your parkrun journey.

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The past year has been amazing and whilst we were thinking of all things we wanted to say and reflect back on it was evident that actually every week there is a fabulous event that takes place in Great Lines Heritage Park and without the runners and volunteers that would not be possible so thank you all.

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We believe that Great Lines parkrun is more than a run and should be part of its community and we hope you agree that is the case. Over the past 12 months there have been so many happy memories created but the one thing that each week continues to amaze us is the team’s ability to bring the park alive from 8am when we are setting up until we kit has been returned.

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We have been very lucky with our donations again this year from our runners - parkrun is completely free and apart form core equipment we have to fundraise for additional items.

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As part of the birthday celebrations we asked you to bring donations for the local Foodbank and local animal charities. We have been lucky enough to receive lots of items that will be delivered to the following charities:
- Medway Foodbank
- Animals lost and found
- Medway Hedgehog Rescue
- RSPCA Leybourne

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A huge thank you to you all for the donations. It just shows that Great Lines parkrun is more than a run, it’s for the whole community coming together. When asked what parkrun means to us, it is hard to sum up. It’s more than a Saturday morning run around a park as it brings Medway’s local and wider community together including friends and family, young and old.

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We live in a world where too often people do not know their neighbour or in some cases don’t even speak to someone from one week to the next but how that all changes on a Saturday morning from 8.45am. We all have the pleasure of hearing the laughter and chatter as people arrive saying “hello” or catching up on their week’s events and not forgetting the round of applause and cheers during the run brief welcoming new people or celebrating a milestone or two.

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We often hear that parkrun is a catalyst in people achieving their own personal fitness and running goals, whilst forming new friendships along the way, and this makes us proud to be playing in just a small part of this.

The event has been lucky enough to support many of Medway’s young people with their Duke of Edinburgh awards, well done to everyone. It was a great pleasure to see each of them achieve their goals and build there confidence but also, continue taking part in the event after their award was completed.

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We were so pleased to see that Great Lines parkrun worked with Medway Hospital and Medway CCG to celebrate our NHS turning 70 years old this year. As always you didn’t disappoint with your dressing up and the outfits were amazing. It goes to show what our NHS means to you all. We have continued to build on the relationships and are currently working with Medway CCG and GP’s to promote parkrun, more information to follow in the coming months.

 Our final thanks must go to, in no particular order:

  • Medway Council for their continued support and allowing us to use this magnificent park free of charge each week
  • Medway Sport
  • Medway Park for allowing us to store our equipment there each week.
  • The local running clubs who have all helped grow this event.
  • Richey Estcourt – our parkrun ambassador
  • parkrun HQ for all of their support and guidance throughout the year
  • And finally, The Falcon café for making us all so welcome and their first rate bacon sandwiches.

There were lots of pictures taken at the event, they can be viewed here:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/greatlines-parkrun/

We look forward to the year ahead and together we can make Medway a happier and healthier place to live, work and enjoy life!

Dan and Gary

Joint Event Directors

 *** FACTS & FIGURES #255***

 This week 447 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

*** Milestones ***

The 50 club members were: Tony Fairclough and Sagar Gurnung

The 100 club members were: Kathleen Smith

100 volunteering milestone were: Mick Smith

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 86 personal bests go to ***

 Adam CURRAN * Akriti GURUNG * Alex RESTELL * Amit PUN * Andrew HARLOW * Andrew WALKER * Andrew WESTBY * Andy SMITH * Anne WALKER * Antonia MOORE * Ayesha KHAN * Ayshen ROUSE * Barbara GUNNS * Ben DONNELLY * Bethany WILLIAMS * Bina DHESY * Buffy-Lucy JENNINGS * Caroline GRIFFITHS * Carys DAVIES * Catherine RODWELL * Chris ROWLANDS * Connor STICKINGS * Craig MARTIN * Darren PAINTER * David GUNNS * David VILLARS * Deborah PAINTER * Duncan BISHOP * Eva HODGES * Fay FAUTLEY * Gary STACEY * Georgia VINCE * Graham CLARK * Hayden MARTIN * Heather COLAM * Hilary SHEPPARD * Ian HOOKWAY * Jane PARKER * Jason BEANEY * Jeff REGAN * Josh STARR * Jude GORDON * Kabita LIMBU * Kelly OWEN *Kerry CANNON * Khobindra GURUNG * Kristian SIGSTON * Kyle YATES * Laura SMITH * Laurence ANDREWS * Lee SHELTON * Leo KELLY-GEE * Mark ROCHE * Mark WILLIAMS * Matt WESTHEAD * Matthew REEVES * Max LEE * Megan DUFFY * Michael MCGINTY * Michael MOLLOY * Mick HILTON * Monty MARSH * Naeem RAJA * Nicola HILLS * Nik OSIPOV * Omar EL SOUDANI * Owen HOLLANDS * Paul HOLLANDS * Phillip WAKELIN * Rachel BENCH * Richard KERSWILL * Robert PADFIELD * Ryan BERNARD * Sally WHEELER * Samantha BINFIELD * Sarah BENJAMIN * Shinu JOHN * Stefan ROWE * Stephen MALCOLM * Steve CUMMINGS * Steve WESTHEAD * Steven COOK * Stewart MELVIN * Tracey GRIGGS * Wendy SAUNDERS

*** Welcome to the 19 first timers ***

(7 new to parkrun and 12 tourists)

Joanna CAIN * Annabell HAGGARD * Caitlin LAMB * Claire JEFFREY * Dave OLDFIELD * Graciela ALEMAN * Izzi WOODROW * Janga THAPA * John ROGERS * Jonathan T-S * Justine ACHESON * Mark JEFFREY * Michael LAMB * Miranda SKINNER * Paul LUCY * Paul TIDEY * Richard G * Sharleen LUPKE * Tom HUMPHREY

*** Volunteers ***

Alan LE GRYS  •  Andrew LUNNON  •  Angela DOWSETT  •  Anthony JORDAN  •  Barefootricardo D'ASH  •  Carol DAVIS  •  Carrie BROOM  •  Cathy RAHMANZADEH  •  Chris ARNOLD  •  Dan GOWER-SMITH  •  David GRUNFELD  •  David SHARPLEY  •  Dee YAMOAH  •  Diane ARNOLD  •  Diane DOWSING  •  Doreen EAST  •  Edwina TOWNSEND  •  Gary SMITH  •  George TOWNSEND  •  Iain BOOTH  •  Ian SMITH  •  Ingrid HARRISON  •  Isabel KING  •  Jane CARTER  •  Janice FISHER  •  June RODWELL  •  Karl GRIMBLE  •  Lee MCAFFEE  •  Lori BENNETT-HORSFALL  •  Marie DEBONT-BOOTH  •  Michelle FAGENCE  •  Mick SMITH  •  Nigel READ  •  Paul JOHNSTON  •  Paula HORTON  •  Phil OBRAY  •  Philip WALLACE  •  Richard MATTHEWS  •  Robin T K TAYLOR  •  Rosie MALLION-WOODS  •  Rosie REGAN  •  Ross SANDY  •  Sara RAVASCO  •  Sharon BOYLE  •  Sharon RICHARDS  •  Sheila STONE  •  Sian JONES  •  Simon HALL  •  Sue LEA  •  Sue MORETON  •  Tracy RODWELL

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 7,127 participants have completed 74,285 parkruns covering a total distance of 371,425 km, including 14,006 new Personal Bests.

 

 

SATURDAY 22nd September 2018 – The count down to the 5th Birthday.

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We have been counting down to Great Lines 5th birthday for weeks but this week Andrew, Run Director was already giving out homework a week ahead of the “Back to School” birthday theme. I hope Dom returns it next week or he will be in detention!

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The weather was perfect for running but you could feel the weather is turning ready for winter but 86 recorded new Personal Bests, great work all.

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This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers. Andrew welcomed the first timers and explained how parkrun works and more about the Great Lines course. If you go and visit other parkruns please do join the first times brief, as it is for both tourists and first timers.

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There is one rule for all parkruns and that is “no barcode, no time”. We are unable to manually add people in who forget their barcode and our scanners do not allow us to scan phones or other devices. If you do forget your barcode, you can still run but will be listed as “unknown”. Alternatively, you could offer to volunteer on the day, we never say no to a volunteer and we are starting to “recruit” for our October and November rosters already!

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 We do have some local rules that have to be followed to ensure that everyone is safe whilst taking part but they are simple and as follows:

- Under 11’s must be within arms length of an adult at all times

- Front runners are to overtake with due care and attention and not ask people to move out of their way

- Dogs on short leads and only one dog per runner

- Runners with buggies must start at the back

We had a few pacers again this week and like most previous weeks we received very positive feedback about them. We always make sure we pass this onto them and we know they all really appreciate it. If you have never paced, please give it a go

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You may have noticed that Ross, a trained guide runner was running with Dan, Joint Event Director today to raise awareness that we, at Great Lines, have a number of qualified Guide Runners that can run with someone who is visually impaired. Ross with Great Lines support want to raise awareness and to support this over the coming weeks and months you will see more guide runners at Great Lines parkrun.

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Back to the birthday, we hope you can make it. There is cake!! Please do arrive for 8.45am so we can start earlier due to the awards. In keeping with previous years and to build on our community connections we will be collecting for our local foodbank and animal charities. Items of the current wish list can be found below. If you wish to make a donation please bring your items along next week and we will arrange for them to be distributed

FRUIT JUICE - UHT/LONGLIFE * DRIED/POWDERED MILK * PACKET DESSERTS * TINNED SPONGE PUDDING * COFFEE (SMALL PACKS) * INSTANT MASH * SUGAR (500G) * WASHING POWDER (SMALL) * DEODORANTS * TOILETRIES * NAPPIES ( SIZE 4&5) * TIN FOODS * CAT/DOG FOOD * CAT/DOG BISCUITS * CAT/DOG TREATS * PUPPY PADS * SMALL ANIMAL DRIED FOODS * CAT/DOG TOYS

We look forward to seeing you next week.

Dan and Gary - Run Report Writer

*** Facts and Figures #254 ***

This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

*** Milestones ***

The 100 club members were: Lisa Wild

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 86 personal bests go to ***

Aaron SIMMONDS * Adam CURRAN * Adelle KING * Akriti GURUNG * Alex WILKES * Alexander COLAM * Amy HART * Amy PARISH * Andrew HARLOW * Andrew HART * Angela HOLLANDS * Ann HILL * Anne HAYNES * Antonia MOORE * Barry WATSON * Basanta MAGAR * Bina DHESY * Bridget O'CONNOR * Caroline GRIFFITHS * Catherine RODWELL * Chris JESSUP * Chris ROWLANDS * Christopher HOOKWAY * Claire RUSSELL * Claire SIMMONDS * Connor STICKINGS * Daniel WELLS * Daren WELFARE * Darrell MCPHERSON * David GRUNFELD * Debbie DAVIES * Duncan JORDAN * Edward SCULL * Emily WHITTINGHAM * Emma BISHOP * Gary WILDING * Gemma MOSS * Hayden MARTIN * Hayden ROPER * Holly READER * Ian HOOKWAY * Jacob BROOKER * James PRICE * Jane CARTER * Kabita LIMBU * Kelly OWEN * Kerrie PRESTON * Kristian SIGSTON * Laura SMITH * Leah WELLS * Lee CARTER * Linda TAPSON * Lucy TRUJILLO * Luke George BATCHELOR * Luke PRANKARD * Lynn BROWN * Lynsey MOLLOY * Mark PARIS * Mark ROCHE * Mark WILLIAMS * Matt STOCK * Michael HARVEY * Monty MARSH * Natasha MILLER * Nicholas STACEY * Nik OSIPOV * Nithesh MATHAI * Paul CHAMBERS * Peter KLUCZNIK * Richard FIRTH * Richard KERSWILL * Robert GREENWOOD * Ruth JORDAN * Ruth YEOMAN * Ryan BERNARD * Samantha PENDER * Scott MORETON * Sharon WELLS * Shelley WADEY * Simone LOWE * Stephen JONES * Steve WESTHEAD * Steven COOK * Steven TIMCKE * Sue LEA * Toby JAMES

*** Welcome to the 26 first timers ***
(16 new to parkrun and 10 tourists)

Andrew GRAFF * Darren FRIEND * David FRANCIS * Elliot THOMPSON-MARSHALL * Evelyn ELDRIDGE * Fay FAUTLEY * Jack FOLKARD * Jacob SMITH * Janet LEY * Josh BENCH * Julie HARKER * Kieran WOOLMER * Lauren HARKER * Lisa POTTER * Manaf HAMEED * Marc HARRIS * Mark FULLER * Natalie CLARKE * Pawel OLDAK * Rachel BENCH * Richard PITCHER * Sally WHEELER * Sam HARKER * Sarah CARROLL * Stephen JAQUEST * Tom HARKER

*** Volunteers ***

Andrew BURGESS • Andrew LUNNON • Anthony WICKER • Barefootricardo D'ASH • Carina DOWN • Cathy RAHMANZADEH • Chris ARNOLD • Chris GOWER • Dan GOWER-SMITH • Darrell HARMAN • Debbie WATTS • Dee YAMOAH • Diane ARNOLD • Gary SMITH • Holly CHANDLER - SMITH • Ingrid HARRISON • Isabel KING • Jason MALLION-WOODS • John LLOYD • Jude FREED • June RODWELL • Karen CASS • Karl GRIMBLE • Maggie BAXTER • Mick SMITH • Nigel READ • Olivia BLACK • Paul JOHNSTON • Philip WALLACE • Richard MATTHEWS • Robert JORDAN • Robin T K TAYLOR • Roger Ernest LODGE • Rosie MALLION-WOODS • Ross SANDY • Shainie WATSON • Sharon BOYLE • Sheila STONE • Sian JONES • Simon HALL • Stephen JONES • Sue LEA • Susan COPPEN • Susan IVES • Tony FAIRCLOUGH • Tracy RODWELL • Victoria BROOK

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 7,108 participants have completed 73,838 parkruns covering a total distance of 369,190 km, including 13,921 new Personal Bests.

 

SATURDAY 17th September 2018 – Saturday should be known as parkrun day…

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A couple of weeks ago I stopped to fill up my car on the way to parkrun. The lady at the till looked at me in my running gear, then said, 'can I ask where you're going? Nearly everyone who's been in this morning has been dressed in gym clothes.' Ah-ha! First thing on a Saturday morning? That would be parkrun!

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I really enjoy the Great Lines parkrun course. It's got a bit of everything: grass, track, paved paths. Flat bits and hills. And it's nice and open so you really feel like you're in the great outdoors. That said, there are some weeks I enjoy it more after the run is done. You know what I mean - those weeks when your legs feel that bit heavier, or the hill feels that bit steeper, or the wind that bit too strong. On those mornings I find a little voice in my head starting to psych me out... 'oh flipping heck, I'll never get to the top of the hill.'

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Chatting to other runners, I don't think I'm alone in this; it's hard to be positive all the time. What talking to other runners has taught me, though, is that everyone has their own tricks for keeping themselves going when it would be easy to quit. It seems the struggle in running can often be mental rather than physical, and quieting that negative voice can help us do things we would otherwise give up on. Below are some things that have helped me keep going in the past when it would have been very easy to hop over the wall and have a sit down in the car.

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Disclaimer: some of these I have borrowed from other Great Lines parkrunners with thanks!

First lap, first corner

Your head says: Ugh what am I doing, I should be having a lie-in

Tell yourself: Hooray for me! I am going to feel soooo good all day after this!

First lap, the Alps

Your head says: Has this hill always been so long? I'm sure it was shorter last week...

Tell yourself: Imagine the monument is a big magnet, pulling you up the hill (trust me on this, it works!)

First lap, round the monument

Your head says: That hill has done me in!

Tell yourself: I did the hill! I flipping did it! And now we're at this lovely flat bit.

First lap, down the hill

Your head says: Oh look, the finish line looks so tiny in the distance because it's SO FAR AWAY

Tell yourself: Wahey! Downhill feels so good!

Second lap, first corner

Your head says: I can't believe we've got to do that all again, wouldn't it be good if we were already finished.

Tell yourself: Distract yourself and count your steps as you go. By the time you lose count you'll already be halfway round the field.

Second lap, the Alps

Your head says: My legs are dead, my lungs are burning, my legs are dead, my lungs are burning (etc etc)

Tell yourself: This is the last time I need to get up this hill today. Come on legs, let's DO THIS.

Second lap, down the hill

Your head says: I'm done for, finished, spent.

Tell yourself: Channel your inner Mo Farah/Paula Radcliffe/favourite athlete and imagine you're on the finishing straight at the Olympics. The crowd is going wild as you cross the line. Hooray for you!!!

And now go and have a little lie down on the grass, get your breath back and get ready to feel good for the rest of the day. You did it!

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Victoria Pierce - Run Report Writer

*** Facts and Figures #253 ***

This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

*** Milestones ***

The 50 club members were: Kath Dunsmore

The 100 club members were: Alan Charlton, Mark Nicholls & Paul Hollands

The 150 club members were: Paul JOHNSTON

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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 61 personal bests go to ***

Alex WILKES * Amalie LAMB * Amit PUN * Andrew HARLOW * Angela SMITH * Anne HAYNES * Ashleigh REID * Barbara GUNNS * Ben DONNELLY * Bridget O'CONNOR * Caroline GRIFFITHS * Christopher HOOKWAY * Ciaran DOWLING * Claire SMY * Claire THOMPSON * Connor MALLION-WOODS * Daniel WELLS * David GRUNFELD * David GUNNS * Dechali-Netanya THOMPSON-MCADJAR * Diane DOWSING * Edward SCULL * Emily WHITTINGHAM * Emma BISHOP * Emma WALKER * Georgia VINCE * Graeme ROUSE * Heather CLARKE * Ian CONETTA * Isabelle LAMB * Jack BRYANT * Jake MOORE * James PARKINSON * James PRICE * Jamie COLEMAN * Jane PARKER * Kyle YATES * Laura SMITH * Lawrence UDALL * Lee MASKELL * Linda TAPSON * Mark BURCH * Mark MARTINDALE * Mark PARIS * Mark WILLIAMS * Nicholas STACEY * Nik OSIPOV * Paul HOLLANDS * Paul MANTLE * Paul RIBBONS * Richard KERSWILL * Robert GREENWOOD * Sallyanne ROSE * Samantha BELL * Scott ELSDEN * Scott MORETON * Stephen SAUNDERS * Steven COOK * Vanessa THOMPSON * Wendy SAUNDERS * William KNIGHT

*** Welcome to the 26 first timers ***
(14 new to parkrun and 12 tourists)

Akriti GURUNG * Alan BEETON * Andrew PAY * Antonia MOORE * Arun TUMBAHANGPHE * Bijendra SINGH * Biju SINGH * Bill SHAW * Bishnu SINGH * Brian WALKLING * Callum SHAW * Candice KRUGER * Claire RUSSELL * Gary WILDING * James WALKLING * John WAITES * Kabita LIMBU * Lauren HAND * Laurence ANDREWS * Louise SHAW * Lynn BROWN * Matt STOCK * Monty MARSH * Nicolene VAN NIEKERK * Peter KLUCZNIK * Shane DEVILLE

*** Volunteers ***

Andrew BURGESS • Andrew LUNNON • Barefootricardo D'ASH • Carina DOWN • Carol DAVIS • Carrie BROOM • Cathy RAHMANZADEH • Chris AR-NOLD • Dan GOWER-SMITH • David SHARPLEY • Dee YAMOAH • Dominic NORTON • Gary SMITH • Georgia BERNARD • Grace DURRANT • Helen SPENCE • Iain BOOTH • Isabel KING • John RAINS • Joseph DE SOU-ZA • Karen CASS • Lori BENNETT-HORSFALL • Maggie BAXTER • Mick SMITH • Neville BROOM • Paul JOHNSTON • Phil CUYPERS • Philip WAL-LACE • Richard MATTHEWS • Robert JORDAN • Robin T K TAYLOR • Roger Ernest LODGE • Ruth JORDAN • Sean RODWELL • Sheila STONE • Sian JONES • Simon HALL • Stephen JONES • Steve TAYLOR • Taryne MCPHER-SON • Tony FAIRCLOUGH • Victoria PIERCE

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 7,082 participants have completed 73,452 parkruns covering a total distance of 367,260 km, including 13,835 new Personal Bests.

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