Huntingdon parkrun report #283 (the one we did our 8th lap around the world!)

282 lovely people turned out this morning for their weekly dose of parkrun, running and walking their way around Hinchingbrooke country park for the 283rd edition of Huntingdon parkrun! We’ve now covered 326,845km with todays run taking us past an amazing 8 laps around the world!

Clearly plenty of you had your Weetabix (other cereals are available) this morning as an astonishing 32 claimed new Personal Best’s, incredible running and well done all!

Its always great to welcome tourists at parkrun, and we have clearly gone global as we were lucky enough to have tourists from Virginia (America) and West Beach (South Australia), hopefully you have a great trip and if this is the only parkrun you manage, don’t worry you’ve picked the best! We also had 7 of you completing your first ever parkrun, welcome to the family, hopefully we haven’t scared you off too much and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Congratulations to Martin Wren on completing his 200th parkrun, although not an ‘official milestone’ that’s an awful lot of early starts and a very commendable achievement.

The real heroes of parkrun however are the hi-vis heroes, especially now that it’s getting a little bit colder, the volunteer roster is looking a bit quiet for the upcoming weeks, and we would be extremely grateful for a hand.

We also had the news this week that Huntingdon will have Christmas and New Years Day parkruns, that gives an opportunity to complete 5 parkruns in the 10 days between the 22nd of December and the 1st of January – who’s going for the full house?

Another big thank you to our 27 volunteers:

David IRWIN • Alice NOYES • Garry HILL • Annette NEWTON • Bruce GRIMLEY • Leigh AITKEN • Scott BOSWELL • Kira SHIPLEY • Stuart AINSWORTH • Alison AINSWORTH • Gay JACKSON • Zoe HAVERLEY • Charles BUTCHER • Katy HILL • Henry BAILEY • Nigel MAGGS • Alice EDWARDS • Alison REEVES • William EASON • Hank SWEET • Judy SWEET • Sarah GEARY • Marie BURTON • Abbie KING • Jane REAVEY • Sally SMART • Helen SEED

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Huntingdon parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 17:35 on 10th September 2016 (event number 177).
The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 15:53 on 14th July 2018 (event number 267).
The Age Grade course record is held by Freddie HARDY who recorded 94.20% (20:59) on 18th March 2017 (event number 204).


Huntingdon parkrun report #278 (The last one on the summer course!)

Last weeks parkrun was the final one on the summer course and the first time we have used pacers. Did this help you achieve a personal best? We had a field of 313 parkrunners. The fastest time was set by Jamie Hall who set a new pb with an incredible 16.13. He must have eaten at least 3 shredded wheats that morning!

Our tail runner came in at a more enjoyable time of 1.16.24 which allowed much more time to enjoy the wildlife in our beautiful Hinchingbrooke Park.

A big thanks to Charles for organising the pacers from 22 minutes to 30 minutes. For those of you who followed me on the 26 minute pace, apologies for doing the first kilometre 22 seconds too fast! I think Henry's encouragement at the first corner made me accidentally turn on my turbo charger button. I was a little alarmed to discover Bruce the 25min pacer was actually behind me at the 1.5k mark! I took the hint and eased off the gas to cross the finishing line at 26.13. Well done to those pacers who got closer to their target times than me.

So would you like to see pacers more often at Huntingdon parkrun?

Parkrun Pacers
Charles B 22m; A N Other 23m; Anthony N 24m; Bruce G 25m; John M 26m; David N 28m; Tom B 29m; Gillian D 30m.

And finally, Thanks to all the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Sandra ACTON, Tim ALBAN, Sue BAILEY, Henry BAILEY, Jez BANGS, Scott BOSWELL, Tom BRAND, Charles BUTCHER, Anthony CHARTERS, Sallie COCHRANE, Kevin COLE, Jan COLE, Gillian DUNN, William EASON, Alice EDWARDS, Cy GEARING, Bruce GRIMLEY, Paul HARRIS, Freya HARRIS, Zoe HAVERLEY, Garry HILL, Katy HILL, Sheila HUNTER, Gay JACKSON, Abbie KING, John MORRIS, Jo F. MURRAY, Anthony NETHERCOTT, David NEWTON, Bryan NYLANDER, Kathy RADLEY, Jane REAVEY, Reina Rose RICHMOND, Karn RICHMOND, Karl TAYLOR, Claudia TURANO, Ursula VAN LEEUWEN-HILL
Please consider volunteering to help out at a future event. Without our volunteers we wouldn't have a Huntingdon parkrun.

John Morris


New Year’s Day Extra parkrun

As usual, we will be holding an extra parkrun at Huntingdon parkrun on New Year's Day. This is the one day of the year you can legitimately run two parkruns in one day and we are monitoring other local events to see which ones are also holding additional runs. We will be running our event at 0900, please check out other parkruns who have agreed to hold additional events - so far March, Pocket and Rutland Water are on for 1030. Please consider roadworks and distances when selecting parkruns for 'doubles'.


Christmas Day Huntingdon parkrun

As in previous years, we will be holding an extra parkrun at Huntingdon parkrun on Christmas Day. 0900 start as usual and please let us know if you are able to volunteer as we cannot run the event without you! Thanks


Huntingdon parkrun #274 (The one with all the BRJ volunteers and an Olympian!!)

Huntingdon parkrun #274 was a special day for a couple of reasons. First, it was the annual volunteer takeover by local club BRJ Run & Tri. Secondly, we were privileged to have a visit from Olympian pentathlete Jess Varley!


BRJ’s charity of the year is Myaware - the only charity in the UK dedicated solely to the care and support of people affected by myasthenia. Myasthenia is a neuromuscular condition which causes muscle weakness and fatigue. Myasthenia can be severe, and it is not curable - but it is treatable. We were delighted to have Wendy Lane from Myaware visiting us, to speak to everyone about myasthenia and Myaware. So far BRJ have helped raise over £1,200 for the charity, which is excellent!


BRJ, with the help of Jess, were also pleased to hand over the cheque for last year’s charity – the Step Young Carers’ Trust – to Andy McGowan BRJ members raised a total of £3650 during 2017, which is fantastic work by the club.


Thanks to BRJ for providing nearly all of the volunteers at this parkrun – though despite our Olympian visitor Jess having a go at barcode scanning and tail walking, it appears that she didn’t get a volunteer credit. Surely some mistake?!

On the parkrun club front, Anthony Nethercott and Charlotte Abrams joined the 50 Club and Karen Charman joined the 100 Club. Gillian Dunn joined the unofficial 150 club. Congratulations to them!

Out of 372 runners this morning, we had an amazing 42 first timers, including both tourists and newbies. Tourists came from Wolverhampton, Wimpole, Horsham, Peterborough, March, Congleton, Sheffield, Bradford, Basingstoke and even Emerald in Queensland, Australia! We hope they enjoyed our lovely course as much as the regulars do.

First finisher today was Jamie Hall with a PB time of 16:49. First junior home was Casper Hiscock (JM15-17) with a PB time of 17:24 (and second place!). First female finisher was Elaine Livera with a time of 19:05 AND a PB to boot!!

There was an utterly amazing 72 PB's set this morning!! Congratulations to Jude Henry, Peter Ball, Michael Fagan, Lucy Roberts, Mary How, Hayley Lawrence, David Russell, Lyle Swapp, Adrian Smith, Rafferty Davey, Alison Orrell, Paps Claudianos, John Abbey and everyone who else bagged a PB!!

freya jess Varley 1-9-2018

And a stat to finish with. The total distance run at Huntingdon as of today is 311,950km. So only another 72,450km to go before we have run to the Moon. Apposite, given that one of today’s runners is called….Neil Armstrong.

See you next week!

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