Guernsey parkrun Event #104 -21 April 2018

The weather again managed to provide a bit of a challenge this week, but thankfully because it was the warmest of the year so far! It didn’t stop 35 of you from getting a personal best or Andrew Van Kints from putting in an absolutely fantastic run, not only as our first finisher but also coming very close to beating the course record, .

Second place went to George Kingsley, from Birmingham who was on his second visit to parkrun here in Guernsey. Well done to Julie Lawlor, who has held the age graded course record since September 2017 and improved this record again this week.

Congratulations to David Reed, who joins the 50 club this week, well done David and we hope to see you in your milestone t-shirt in the future.

Meanwhile regular runner and volunteer Ray Scholes was doing a bit of parkrun tourism, visiting Mersea Island parkrun, and also celebrating his 50 milestone, congratulations Ray.

My thanks to all the volunteers, who helped out this week, we really couldn’t put parkrun on every week without you. Rebekah Johnston deserves a special mention, not only was it her first week at parkrun, but she managed to scan everyone’s barcodes on her own as we were a bit thin on the ground this week. Fantastic job Rebekah.

Our rota is looking very bare over the next few weeks, so if you are able to volunteer, please send us an email or come and have a chat on Saturday at parkrun or even afterwards over coffee!

Kirsten Price
Run Director

Here is the summary:

This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Linda JOHANSEN • Lorna O'DONNELL • Lisa VIZIA • Nigel HURFORD • Kirsten PRICE • Iain KILPATRICK • Kate MORRIS • John HIBBS • Sophie RABEY • Rebekah JOHNSTON • Martin WATTS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guernsey parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David EMERY who recorded a time of 17:03 on 20th May 2017 (event number 59).
The female record is held by Summer WOODHEAD who recorded a time of 19:59 on 18th November 2017 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded 93.16% (25:34) on 21st April 2018 (event number 104).

Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 2,252 participants have completed 11,769 parkruns covering a total distance of 58,845 km, including 2,450 new Personal Bests.

 

Guernsey parkrun 2nd Birthday Event 103 – 14 April 2018

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We had a great turnout of 139 finishers for our 2nd birthday event on Saturday, on a relatively nice day weather wise. Still a little chilly but with no rain and little wind, we decided all the flags and banners would come out for the occasion! Even Parkie Bear was in attendance, keeping watch over the pop up banner and making his way into the photographs.

Kirsten had agreed to take some photographs and armed with her very professional looking camera she was soon in action well before the runners even arrived. Firstly we wanted to pay our respects to Jordan Castleton, who passed away one year ago, age 15, and as requested by his father Cass, have sent a photo back to him from Guernsey parkrun where they both visited in 2016.
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Soon the volunteer team arrived and as the photographic theme for the showcase album was marshals, we had our 6 strong team pose with Parkie Bear for their moment of glory!
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For a bit of fun (hopefully it was fun?) I had decided we should run the course in reverse, and with regular set up volunteers Nicola and Cath knowing the summer course so well, they were confident they could handle the back to front signage!
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We had time for a quick chat to some of our visitors, including Gary Pearce, from Blackbutt parkrun in NSW, Dianne Brown from Newy parkrun, also NSW and Chris Wolley from Folkstone parkrun. Katrina Osborne from Wimbledon Common parkrun was with us for our inaugural parkrun on 9 April 2016, so it was lovely to see her back with us for our birthday event. The Read family (Jonathan and Liz with their two children) joined us for the first time from Reigate Priory parkrun and Matthew Hogarth from York parkrun was also a first timer, and a fast one, finishing in second position.

Gary Pearce from Australia
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Congratulations to Stuart Harrison who joined the 50 club on Saturday and to our first finishers James Priest (17:43) and Abbie Swain (24:03).

It’s been another great year for us at Guernsey parkrun, this past year we have had a further 786 new registrations (making a total of over 2,200; thank goodness you don’t all turn up at once!) and 141 different volunteers, amazing! I know we say it every week, but our volunteers are what makes parkrun so special, as without them it doesn’t happen, so a big thank you to each and every one of you.

Ray and Nicola having a chat on the way to the finish.
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Regular volunteer Diane looking happy to be finished!
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Of course it’s not a birthday without goodies and I would also like to say a huge thank you to Nicola Smith for making cookies, Marion Marquis for baking yummy shortbread biscuits and to Kirsten Price, who got a bit creative with the cup cakes! I think those little brown things on the top of her cakes are the parkrun bird....I think!

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And talking of Kirsten, a big thank you too for all the great photographs which have been posted on the Flickr pages, so do check these out if you haven’t already done so. Kirsten will be in charge next week and there are several spots to fill on the roster, so do get in touch if you would like to help out. All the tasks are pretty easy so don’t be shy!

Best of luck to all our parkrunners heading to the London Marathon next week, including our Run Director Nicki Watson and regular volunteer Mandy Langmead. Go Gazelles!

Lorna O’Donnell
Event Director

Here is the results summary:

This week 139 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Nicola SMITH • Linda JOHANSEN • Catherine BIRNIE • Lorna O'DONNELL • Anthony O'DONNELL • Nicki WATSON • Kerry KEMP • Nigel HURFORD • Kirsten PRICE • Rachel LUCAS • Iain KILPATRICK • Alison FINIGAN • Alan LUCAS • Claire HACKNEY • Martin WRIGHT • Sophie RABEY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guernsey parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David EMERY who recorded a time of 17:03 on 20th May 2017 (event number 59).
The female record is held by Summer WOODHEAD who recorded a time of 19:59 on 18th November 2017 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded 92.80% (25:14) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 74).

Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 2,247 participants have completed 11,651 parkruns covering a total distance of 58,255 km, including 2,415 new Personal Bests.

 

Guernsey parkrun Event 102 – 7 April 2018

Yes, we are back and not only did it stay dry for us, we had an amazing 114 participants with many visitors and the usual old (well not so old) volunteer faces!

The return of the Thompson brothers saw Charlie speed in as first finisher with bother Will coming in third with Shane Huxter separating the two and less than a minute separating them all. First lady finisher was Claire Peach narrowly missing out on her personal best; well done all!

This week we saw 11 first timers and many visitors from London, Cornwall and Southampton. Our visitors included 2 ladies from running group Stragglers, whose local run is Bushy Park so a bit of a difference running the Guernsey course. Thank you Jill Pegler and Sue Bridger for embracing our course and for your lovely comments in our visitors book, see you next year!

Well done to all our participants and look forward to seeing you all next week for our 2nd Birthday Event!

Nicki
RUn Director

Here is the Event Summary:
This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Nicola SMITH • Linda JOHANSEN • Nicki WATSON • Lisa VIZIA • Kerry KEMP • Nigel HURFORD • Mandy LANGMEAD • Mel CROCKER • Josh LANGMEAD • Kirsten PRICE • Dave WHEAL • Peter BECKERLEG • Nicola KOYUPINAR

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guernsey parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David EMERY who recorded a time of 17:03 on 20th May 2017 (event number 59).
The female record is held by Summer WOODHEAD who recorded a time of 19:59 on 18th November 2017 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded 92.80% (25:14) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 74).

Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 2,232 participants have completed 11,512 parkruns covering a total distance of 57,560 km, including 2,377 new Personal Bests.

 

Guernsey parkrun Event 102 – 7 April 2018

We are pleased to advise that after discussion with the landowners we will be going ahead with our event this week, despite the damaged path towards Stonecrusher still being a bit wet and muddy.

We have been advised that the path will be repaired but with so many paths around the Island being in a similar state, this may still be some weeks off.

It is unlikely we can cause any further damage, which everyone recognises is due to the extreme weather conditions this winter.

We will be running our summer route this week, and we ask everyone to take extreme care going through the muddy section which is slippery in places. If you have trail shoes or boots you may wish to consider wearing these instead of trainers and we ask parents of small children to carefully consider whether they wish their child to take part. If so, please hold onto them while going through this section.

We ask our runners to be considerate of others and do not overtake through this short section.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding over the previous three weeks when we have had to cancel. Hopefully this will now be the start of a spell of decent weather.

Many thanks

Lorna O’Donnell
Event Director

 

Saturday 31 March 2018

Our Run Director Nicki will be out on the course early tomorrow to determine whether the paths are safe enough to run on. She will make a decision as soon as possible thereafter so please check this page and/or social media before you leave home to travel to Pembroke.
Thank you
Lorna O’Donnell
Event Director

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