Saturday was the perfect day for running because of the weather. Not too hot, not too cold, just about right. We had 388 running at Great Lines parkrun. 27 people did it for the first time, so well done to them.
There were an incredible 49 personal bests with 177 girls and 211 boys having taken part. The fastest male was Johannes Sadler in a time of 17:57 and the fastest lady was Belinda Harrison finishing in 22:36.
We also got to celebrate with Sue Field, Alan Byron and Wendy Regan all doing their 100th parkruns - so well done to them. The best part was there was cake after. Running is more fun if there is cake at the end!
What I like about parkrun is there are all types of people there, fast or slow and everyone supports each other.
It was my 30th full parkrun on Saturday and my 9th at Great Lines and I'm only nine! I'm really proud of myself as it is hard when you've got little legs like me, but I like the challenge and I want to show others my age that it is possible and best of all, it is fun. If I can do it, surely most other people can too?
The best bit though is running with all my friends and family. Daddy loves running now and that's all down to parkrun, so thank you.
Ellie Wolfe – Run Report Writer
Well done everyone that joined us today at Great Lines this morning. It was a cool morning so we weren't too cold or too hot.... perfect for parkrun!
I began my parkrun journey a little over a year ago. If anyone had suggested to me that I could go for a run I would have laughed! But I braved it, got up and out the door on a chilly February morning with the park covered in a layer of frost and snow. I stood at the start line not knowing how it was going to go as the only running I had done before was with the kids around the park play areas.
I did some running, a little jogging and don't forget the walking too! But I did it and it felt a great achievement at the end. It is great making others smile by clapping and cheering fellow runners on the way around and at the finish line. I have since returned almost every week and have the famous running bug. I now run on a regular basis and have parkrun to thank as it all started there on the field.
Most weeks you will find me at Great Lines talking to familiar faces and welcoming any newcomers or tourists during the run brief. The run brief is important to listen to each week, it doesn't matter if it's your first run or you 100th. There is always a chance that something has changed on the course due to other park users, weather or wildlife that can cause a hazard to the runners if unaware.
I am an average runner that enjoys running at all different paces. I have pushed myself chasing a PB and almost fallen over at the finish line, jogged casually with my 9year old or work colleagues that are trying out this 'running' idea. It does not matter if you are a super-fast sprinter, regular runner, gentle jogger or a comfortable walker going for a stroll in the park - you are all very welcome to parkrun! You can even run with a pushchair or 1 of your dogs on a short lead.
The joys of parkrun is it's free and suitable for everyone! You can also become a volunteer hero and help out with hosting the event. No matter which role you're doing; volunteering or running, you are up, out and moving.
Cassandra Picknell – Run Report Writer
*** Facts & Figures #231 ***
This week 388 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
*** Milestones ***
The 10 club members were: Charlie Langridge
The 50 club members were: Doreen East, Kaye Spicer and Rebecca Melamud
The 100 club members were: Alan Byron, Sue Field and Wendy Regan
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 49 personal bests go to ***
Adam BUTLER * Alex CROCKFORD * Amanda HARRISON * Barry LINNEY * Ben TERRY * Bhijan RAI * Charlie LANGRIDGE * Chris LOWE * Danielle WATSON * Debbie EVERITT * Doreen EAST * Duane PAYAS * Emily EASOM * Emily MARTIN * Gina CASTLE * Jane CARTER * Jo STEPHEN * Julie MILLEST * Laura SMITH * Lee MASKELL * Leigh DAVIES * Leighanne HICKMAN * Lisa DYER * Lisa LAMB * Liz OVENDEN * Louise RANDALL * Lukas SADLER * Mark WHITTON * Martin CASTLE * Martin GRIGGS * Michael MCGINTY * Michael YOUNG * Michelle HEALEY * Mike MORECROFT * Naomi DUFFREE * Neil BERNARD * Nichola WOOLMER * Nithesh MATHAI * Robert FORREST * Ruth YEOMAN * Samantha DRAKE * Sarah MORGAN * Simon MCDOWELL * Stephen JONES * Stephen MALCOLM * Thomas GIANNAROS * Vicki KELLY-GEE * Wendy KIRBY * Wendy SAUNDERS
*** Welcome to the 27 first timers ***
(17 new to parkrun and 10 tourists)
Alex CARSWELL * Christopher HOOKWAY * Dal POONIA * Dan HUMPHREYS * David POUND * Deborah WILCOX * George TOWNSEND * Heather CATO * Hy UNG * Ian HOOKWAY * Jennifer STUART * Jonathan SLADE * Lesley WRIGHT * Matthew COLE * Miah BALCHIN * Nikki THOMPSON * Oliver BALCHIN * Paul THOMPSON * Penny MILLER * Sandra POUND * Sasha RICHES * Scott ATHERTON * Sian CHEEDY * Sophie COLLINS * Stephanie BYERS * Stephen BAIGRIE * Stephen SAUNDERS
*** Volunteers ***
Alan LE GRYS • Andrew LUNNON • Barefootricardo D'ASH • Cassandra PICKNELL • Cathy RAHMANZADEH • Chris ARNOLD • Chris GOWER • Chris MORETON • Chris ROWLANDS • Dan GOWER-SMITH • Darrell HARMAN • David SHARPLEY • Debbie WATTS • Dee YAMOAH • Diane ARNOLD • Ellie WOLFE • Gary SMITH • Heidi O'NEILL • Holly CHANDLER - SMITH • Ingrid HARRISON • John LLOYD • John RAINS • Joseph DE SOUZA • Jude FREED • June RODWELL • Karen LUCIEN • Karl GRIMBLE • Lynsey KEMBER • Martha COLLINS • Michelle FAGENCE • Mick SMITH • Nick TUFF • Nigel READ • Paul JOHNSTON • Phil OBRAY • Philip WALLACE • Richard MATTHEWS • Roger Ernest LODGE • Ross SANDY • Ruth JORDAN • Sheila STONE • Sian JONES • Tom DIVERS
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 6,405 participants have completed 63,886 parkruns covering a total distance of 319,430 km, including 12,372 new Personal Bests.