Huntingdon parkrun #210 (the one with our first guided runner!!!)

It was lovely sunny day for Huntingdon Parkrun number 210, and less than a week after the London Marathon, it was great to have London marathon finishers amongst our midst; including Katherine Ireson and Annette Newton - huge congratulations to all of you who ran the Marathon!

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Kat (left) and Samantha (right)

We also welcomed to Huntingdon Kat, and her mother Jenny from Rickmansworth - Kat is our first ever blind runner to run with a guide. Samantha Wool is also our first ever guide at Huntingdon - hope to see you all again soon. We were joined by Parkrun tourists from as far away as Finsbury Park, Chester, Daventry and Swindon, as well as runners from Bedford and Northampton.

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Congratulations to Harry Sweet for his Duke of Edinburgh volunteering award today as well. We love our volunteers and especially our DoE volunteers who have been with us right through the winter AND many have decided to carry on volunteering as well!!!

There were a number of ‘unknown’s' on the results list this week, so a reminder not to forget your barcode next week! Also, a reminder that there is no Parkrun on the 13th of May, due to another running event in the park. Huge thanks once again to everyone who volunteered this week, your support is fantastic - don’t forget to check the volunteer roster if would like to help at future Parkruns.

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Esme and Dad Ryan

There were loads of PB's this week, well done James Orrell, Gavin Osborne, Jennifer Teachey, India Sandever, Sarah Grout, Peter Baker, Sasha Suvorov, Esme Lydon, Angela King and Nicky Hoad - Well done to all of you and well done to everyone who bagged a PB!  

There were also lots of first timers, 33 in all, which is fantastic. The Huntingdon Parkrun family continues to grow and grow - for instance, Esme Lydon, who is only 6 years old, completed her 10th Parkrun and the BRJ beginners group had their graduation run on Saturday. Who knows where the start of their Parkrun journeys will take them? How about running a marathon in the future?

Anything is possible, especially with the support and encouragement of fellow Parkrunners.  In the words of David Bowie, "We can be heroes, just for one day" - but with Parkrun, we can be running heroes every Saturday!

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See you all next week, 

Katheryn Ayres

 

Huntingdon parkrun #208

The Run Director’s notes for Huntingdon parkrun #208 begin in the manner of a shipping forecast – “light breeze, good”. One is tempted to feel that all parkruns should have an equivalent. The general synopsis at 0700: wind, variable 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Course state, slight or moderate, occasionally rough. Weather fair. Visibility, moderate or good. Low Brampton 1007 expected Hinchingbrooke 1006 by 0900, falling slowly.

Or something.

Anyway, whatever the weather, we had a great turnout again with a whopping 405 runners! Unfortunately we had an equivalent whopping number of unknowns – 30. Some of those forgetful men and women of mystery were placed pretty high too; our third finisher was one of them. Let’s hope they didn’t kick themselves too hard.

Before we get into who did what, two pieces of good news. First, the Jubilee junior parkrun has been given a start date! The exact day is being kept under wraps for now, but it will be in the next two months or so. The Jubilee core team are very excited, as you can imagine. We’d like to purchase some additional items to make the new junior parkrun as smooth and efficient as possible (the parkrun-provided kit only covers essentials such as bibs, scanners, signs, laptop, timers etc). For extras such as PA systems, noticeboards, waterproof clipboards, funnel chains and so on, we need to raise some funds. Please can you help us? We need approximately £350 to fund these items for Jubilee juniors (parkrun policy is that events don't share kit) and would be delighted to receive any amount that you could spare. Please donate via the Huntingdon parkrun 'About Us' webpage - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/huntingdon/aboutus/ - or the Cambridge juniors 'About Us' webpage - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge-juniors/aboutus/ - clearly annotating your donation (or giving a Paypal special instruction) as 'for Jubilee juniors'. 100% of your donation will go to Jubilee juniors!

Secondly, some of you may remember the closure of Little Stoke parkrun last year, after the local council decided to charge parkrunners for using the park. The government has just opened a public consultation on preserving the free use of public parks for parkrunners. The consultation paper “sets out the Government’s proposals to legislate to put it beyond doubt that local authorities, including parish councils, cannot charge parkrun or junior parkrun for the use of public parks.” Obviously this is superb news for any parkrun based in a council-controlled public park, as Huntingdon parkrun is. To view a copy of the consultation, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/running-free-consultation-on-preserving-the-free-use-of-public-parks.

On to our parkrun today. We had 65 first timers, either tourists or complete newcomers, join us today. The tourists came from all over Britain – Tees Barrage, Kettering, Swindon, Halifax, Gloucester, Manchester, Bracknell, Norwich, Blickling, Middlesborough, Oldbridge in Ireland, even as far afield as March, Peterborough and Cambridge. Our fourth finisher today, Chris Cresswell, was one of the merry band of first timers, and on his first ever run too. Fifth finisher Lisa Marriott was also a first timer – well done to both.

Niamh Barker and Isabelle Clark both joined the junior 10 club today; David Beevers joined the 50 club and Alexandra Smart completed her 150th parkrun. Congratulations all – we hope you wear your t-shirts with pride.

Our first finisher was Sam Palmer with a new PB – second was Max Sandever, also with a PB. Congratulations both! In total we had 89 – I’ll just repeat that, EIGHTY NINE – new personal bests today. That is a record, I think? Very well done to everyone who notched up an improvement on their time.

Last, a reminder that there is no parkrun on Saturday 13 May (boo!). But there is a run in the park on that day (hooray!) – the Childrens Unit 10k, raising money for new equipment for Holly Ward and SCBU at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. A 5k run, a 5k walk and a 5k wheelchair/buggy push will take place at the same time. For more information or to book your place, please contact Kate Riley and Kathryn Childs on childrensunit10k@gmail.com.

Happy running and see you next week to burn off those Easter eggs,
Georgie

 

Huntingdon parkrun #206 (the one with the deer!!)

A chilly but sunny morning greeted 298 Huntingdon parkrunners this week. Such a nice morning that a young deer leapt from the woods and briefly decided to join in the event whilst some people were completing their second lap!

Tourists came from far and wide including Preston, Rushmere and Australia. How impressive is that? We hope you enjoyed running at Huntingdon and would love to see you again soon.

12 first timers took the plunge and joined the parkrun family today. Welcome to you all and we look forward to welcoming you back next week.

It was a case of déjà vu on the first male and first female finisher front with Dave Hudson finishing first again in a Personal Best time of 16.30 mins and 11 year old Ellie Loosley again being first female finisher in a PB time of 20.16 mins, also breaking the JW11-14 record. Great running you two.

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It was another magnificent week on the PB front with 65 of you claiming a new Personal Best time. Unfortunately a few too many to name individually but particularly well done to Elaine Gaines, who has been chasing her PB for some time and managed to knock off 5 seconds today, and to Gemma Collins for achieving a new PB on her 50th parkrun. Well done everyone on your terrific efforts.

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Others who reached milestones today included Henry Waller (JM11-14) who ran his 10th parkrun, Emma Coombes and Paul Evans ran their 50th and Bruce Grimley ran his 100th. Congratulations to you all and hope you enjoy wearing your well-earned parkrun milestone t-shirts.

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With Easter being around the corner and people perhaps off to do some parkrun tourism, the volunteering roster has several spaces so if you are able to take a break from running and volunteer instead, your efforts would be appreciated. Please email huntingdonhelpers@parkrun.com and we will find you a place on the roster.

Next week it is Huntingdon parkrun's 4th birthday and it’s time to get the fancy dress out! The theme is Back to School so think Harry Potter and Just William for outfit ideas rather than St.Trinians. Remember – parkrun is a family show :) There will be cake and the annual awards ceremony after the run so please stay behind and join in with the celebrations.

We’re expecting a bumper crop of runners next week so remember that free parking is available at Hinchingbrooke Hospital (Car Park 2 at the Treatment Centre) from 8.30am-10.30am every Saturday morning. Just show your barcode to the parking attendant before exiting the car park and they will give you a token for the barrier.

Have a great week everyone and don’t forget your barcodes next week!
Aunty Clare

 

Dates for your Diary:

8th April: Huntingdon parkrun 4th birthday

13th May: No Huntingdon parkrun due to another event in the park

 

Huntingdon parkrun #205 (the PBtastic one!!)

Run(g) Director Sarah Hall reported in her briefing to the 336 eager Huntingdon parkrunners that conditions were PBtastic and she wasn’t wrong! An amazing 94 Personal Bests were recorded. Great running everyone!!

We were visited today by tourists from Middlesborough, Swindon and Gunpowder and welcomed 25 first timers. We hope you enjoyed your parkrun experience and look forward to welcoming you back next week.

Dave Hudson kept his Brighton and London Marathon training plans on track by being first finisher in a PB time of 16.35 mins. 11 year old Ellie Loosley was first female finisher in a PB time of 20.30 mins and broke the JW11-14 record at the first time of trying. Those responsible adults have clearly been holding you back Ellie!!

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Congratulations to Veronica Middlehurst for reaching her 50th parkrun milestone and claiming a shiny new PB too! Impressive running from a 70yr old.

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We would all like to wish Garry Hill and Katy Reader good luck for their wedding on Monday. We look forward to seeing you at parkrun soon as a brand new Mr & Mrs.

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If Garry and Katy would like some tips for a successful marriage then they should look no further than our two lovely volunteers, Judy and Hank Sweet, who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary today. Many congratulations and thank you for giving up some time on your special day to volunteer for us.

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Speaking of volunteering, the roster has many gaps over the coming weeks so if you feel able to volunteer, please email huntingdonhelpers@parkrun.com and we will find you a place on the roster. The majority of the roles are fun and easy to do and training is given so please don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end!

Just to remind you that it is Huntingdon parkrun’s 4th birthday on Saturday 8th April. The theme is Back to School so think Harry Potter and Just William for inspiration for your outfits. We are likely to be very busy on that Saturday - please remember that free parking is available at Hinchingbrooke Hospital Treatment Centre (Car Park 2) from 8.30am-10.30am every Saturday morning. You just need to show your barcode to the parking attendant before exiting the car park. It is as simple as that!

Hope everyone has a great week and don’t forget your barcode next Saturday!

Aunty Clare

 

Huntingdon parkrun #204 (the one with all the pbs)

Spring has sprung! The grass is riz! I wonder where those parkrunners is? Well, 285 of them were jogging and sprinting their way around Hinchingbrooke Country Park this morning, for Huntingdon parkrun #204. The course was dry, toads were frolicking in the ponds, Henry was in full bellow on his hill (almost drowned out by the birds), and it was generally a good time to be alive. We welcomed visitors from Horsham, Northampton, Bury St Edmunds, Bedford and Wimpole, and had only 6 unknown runners.

A huge 21 parkrun first timers joined us today – we hope that they enjoyed themselves and that they will be back for many more parkruns to come. Two people who definitely like their parkruns are Sam Brown and Cameron Smith, who completed their 200th; Cameron is still in the JM11-14 category! Very well done to both. Neil Whitaker and Adam Covell completed their 50th parkruns, in Neil’s case with a new PB – well done to them too!


First Timer Briefing by Run Director Sarah Hall

First finisher today was relative newbie James Rixon, in only a couple of seconds off a new course PB – after being second finisher the week before, this must have felt pretty satisfying. First female finisher was Georgia Hine, who has been first female finisher twice before at Huntingdon. Personal bests went to 55 people, a record-equalling number – congratulations to all who beat their previous best time. Special shout out to all the under-14s who got a PB: Maria Pacheva, Esme Lydon, Adam Read, Freddie Hardy, Amelia Fleming, Henry Waller, Ciaran Burke, Molly Webster and Elliot Mortimer.

Thanks and big wet kisses to our lovely volunteers, as always. If you’ve never volunteered before, please do give it a try sometime. If you do it 25 times you get a nice purple t-shirt to swank about in. Which is far less effort than running 50 times to get a red one…

A reminder that on 8 April, it will be our fourth birthday! Fancy dress optional, with a back-to-school theme (but please, more like Hogwarts/Just William and less like St Trinians, to keep things family-friendly). As the event is likely to be busy, please do take advantage of the free parking up at the hospital in the Treatment Centre carpark – just show your barcode to park for free from 8.30am to 10.30am.

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See you next Saturday – happy running, and don’t forget your barcode!
Georgie

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