This week it was a heartfelt community event which turned Great Lines parkrun blue!!
It was great to see so many people taking part in the NHS 70th birthday celebrations event. Lots of people were dressed up in medical outfits, wearing blue or had fabulous “I love NHS posters” attached to their tops.
We were joined by NHS and Medway Community Health employees including ex employees who after working for the NHS for many years still had the love and passion for the organisation. There was certainly a “buzz” in the air!
There is always the sound of laughter and chatter before the run when people are meeting in the start/finish area catching up since the last parkrun and of course this week there had been a 2 week gap due to last week’s cancellation. However, this week the laughter was different, people genuinely were excited to see the different outfits and costumes.
The finish funnel was decorated with a giant balloon and NHS bunting. The bunting was telling the story and milestones of the NHS, it is incredible to think how far the National Health Service has come in the last 70 years. Where will it be in another 70 years?
Andrew did his usual shout out at the New Runners Brief but this week there were lots - 33 first timers in total. We hope you enjoyed the event and will all be back next week. The Run Brief was slightly longer this week but well worth the wait. Chris, this weeks Run Director was joined by others for the Run Brief. Firstly, Gary as Joint Event Director gave a huge shout to our NHS and you all give a massive Great Lines cheer to show your appreciation!
Stuart Jeffery, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group Chief Operating Officer kindly shared some very interesting information about the NHS and its history. Stuart, is a local person and also trained at Medway Hospital and it was clear he had a passion for the services provided in Medway.
We were also excited to be joined by James Devine, Deputy Chief Executive of Medway Hospital and it was pleasure that he started the event and then ran his first ever parkrun, we are sure he will be back again soon. James too is a local and after the run was heading the hospitals community fete which was taking place just up the road.
Chris Gedge, from Medway Community Health and his team were on hand to give physio advice – many of you took advantage of the opportunity to learn about stretching and dynamic warm ups.
Ed Peters from Medway Sport also took part in the run. Medway Sport is so supportive of Great Lines parkrun but also of all of our activities in Medway and we are so lucky to have so many opportunities in Medway to keep active. Please take a moment to look on their website or Facebook page for upcoming events – the Medway Mile is in two weeks time.
The run was started and the cheers and support by the volunteers was in full swing, clapping, cheers and laughter. It was a warm one and it was good to see so many people carrying water to rehydrate on route. The sea of colour was amazing and great to see you go round the lower field and up over the Alps. The blue sky was a beautiful backdrop for the monument - If you ever get time, it is worth a walk round the monument, it is free.
Back to the run, the start/finish area volunteers cheered in the runners as the come down for the first lap, hearing “well done Doctor or Nurse” always caused a chuckle. There was a team of nurses pushing a patient round the course, they were having a ball. I hope they weren’t late for their shift!!
parkrun is like our NHS, a coming together of hearts and minds with a shared passion/goal who want the best for people. It is our NHS and an honour to have access to it, it is free to us all and it is down to the hard work, love and dedication of the employees and leadership that we have such excellent service not only in Medway but across the UK.
One lady was only going to run one lap but as she passed her friend shouted “I’m having so much fun and enjoying it I am going to carry on” Well done that lady. People received cheers and claps as they came into the finish straight, such motivation. There was lots of cake and freshly prepared fruit for everyone that went down well. The fruit was very popular, so thank you all for the kind donations.
We know the NHS and social care services are operating in challenging times but together we can improve the services and you can also be a part of the NHS. Over the coming weeks and months there is a recruitment drive and it is never too late to change your career.
As we said on Saturday, Great Lines parkrun is all about its community and this week’s event was an amazing collaboration with the NHS and community based services. We were all so proud to be part of this celebration so thank you to the NHS but thank you to the people who take part in the event each week and the volunteers. Together we can make Medway a healthier and happier place to live, work and enjoy.
See you all Saturday.
Dan and Gary - Run Reporter Writers and Joint Event Directors
*** Facts and Figures #243 ***
This week 428 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
*** Milestones ***
The 50 club members were: Amanda Link, Charlotte Fisher, Judith Murray and Padam Kunwor
The 100 club members were: Clayton Smith and Colin Lewis
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 30 personal bests go to ***
Ajaib HUSSAIN * Andrew HARLOW * Andy SMITH * Angela SMITH * Ayesha KHAN * Bhavin RUGHANI * Bhijan RAI * Brooke FRIDAY * Charlie WELLS * Chris RAMPLING * Daniel VERO * Daniel WELLS * David LYRIC * Emma BISHOP * Harry O'CONNOR * Ian FLEMING * Jack O'CONNOR * Jackie BASSANT * Justin CHISNALL * Karen CRONIN * Kavi PUNNIYAKOTTI * Lee CARTER * Mark BURCH * Martin KING * Natalie BLAND * Rebecca CLARK * Richey ESTCOURT * Robert BATCHELOR * Sarah PALMER * Toby HANMORE
*** Welcome to the 33 first timers ***
(19 new to parkrun and 14 tourists)
David MCKNIGHT * Agilan XAVIER * Alexander PATERSON * Ben WILLCOX * Beverley EBELING * Carl SCHULZ * Clare COLE * Dean COOKE * Eatmore BACON * Erica JONES * Fern EBELING * Freya EBELING * Harry TAYLOR * Hugh STEPHENSON * James DEVINE * Jo MINGS * Jordan GOWER * Kelvin DESMOYERS-DAVIS * Lauren MARSHALL * Lizzy MARRIOTT-SMITH * Macala WRIGHT * Mark SCOTT * Myles WRIGHT * Phil STEVENS * Rachael HENIGHAN * Reza GHORBANI * Richard NASH * Sam EMPLETON * Sharif HOSSAIN * Simon COPE * Stuart JEFFERY * Vicky DENNETT * Will GOACHER
*** Volunteers ***
Adrien DREW • Alan LE GRYS • Andrew FORD • Andrew LUNNON • Anthony WICKER • Barefootricardo D'ASH • Carol DAVIS • Carrie BROOM • Cathy RAHMANZADEH • Chris ARNOLD • Chris GOWER • Chris ROWLANDS • Dan GOWER-SMITH • David PICKNELL • David SHARPLEY • Dee YAMOAH • Diane ARNOLD • Gary SMITH • Harry YAMOAH • Helen GOWER • Holly CHANDLER - SMITH • Ingrid HARRISON • Isabel KING • John RAINS • June RODWELL • Karen LUCIEN • Karl GRIMBLE • Lisa LAMB • Lori BENNETT-HORSFALL • Michael PAYNTER • Mick SMITH • Nigel READ • Paul JOHNSTON • Phil OBRAY • Philip WALLACE • Phillip PARSONS • Rachel FORD • Richard MATTHEWS • Ross SANDY • Sharon BOYLE • Sian JONES • Simon HALL • Stephen JONES • Vanessa VANDER TUFF • Zeldine MORRIS
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 6,830 participants have completed 69,538 parkruns covering a total distance of 347,690 km, including 13,346 new Personal Bests.