Huntingdon parkrun #219 (the one with all the dog mess!!!)

Another lovely day at Huntingdon parkrun #219! The rain held off, it wasn’t too hot, and we had over 300 runners, joggers and walkers. Not bad for the summer season.

Unfortunately we had to report rather more dog mess than is usual at the park. Please do keep your eyes peeled as you run around, not only for the odd protruding tree root but also for little (and indeed not so little) canine presents. Your report writer had the dubious pleasure of winkling the wretched stuff out of the soles of her BRAND NEW trainers after parkrun a couple of weeks back. And it stained them pink (whatever had the pooch been eating?) Not that I’m annoyed or anything…

Our first attempt at pacing last week seems to have be met with approval, so we’ll look at doing this again soon. We have also been trialling different routes for our August course, in light of the wooden bridge becoming weakened – thanks to all who have helped in those trials. We’ll now be working with the park management to finalise the route, and will keep you posted.

Parkrun sponsor Vitality has launched a new initiative called #mysummergoal. Visit https://mysummergoal.co.uk/ for more information on how to set your fitness goal for the summer, and win prizes including £500 towards a luxury holiday and Champneys hampers.

Anyway, on to the actual running. Twenty first timers joined the ever-growing parkrun family today, with their first ever parkrun. Their ages ranged from under 10 to over 65, demonstrating that parkrun truly is for everyone. We hope they all enjoyed breaking their parkrun duck! We also had visitors from Black Park in Slough, Bedford, Hereford, Chippenham, Exeter, Leamington, Durham and Sydney in Australia – welcome all.

Simon Mead was our first finisher today, for the 9th time – well done Simon! He also got the best age grading of 78.37%. 43 of you also recorded new personal bests, including Shalom Chinnappa, Zara Sharp, Thomas Brown, Molly Webster, Frederick Garnham, Amy Fullam, Lewis Gladwell and George Clark. Congratulations to all of you.

A couple of gentle reminders of the rules: runners under the age of 11 must run within an arm’s reach of a responsible adult. This needn’t be a parent (don’t be ashamed to admit you can’t keep up with your speedy 10 year old!) But under-11s running alone Is Not Allowed. We do check on runners coming through the finish funnel…

And on the subject of the finish funnel: every person who passes through it will get a stopwatch time, and therefore should take a finish token. The timekeepers don’t know if you’ve done the full two laps of the course or not – equally the timekeepers aren’t always in a position to judge whether a child toddling along behind you is old enough to be participating officially, or if they’ve just joined you for the finish sprint. So if you (or one of your children) are NOT doing parkrun officially, please don’t go through the funnel! Because if you do, and you then don’t take a token, it plays merry hell with the results. If you’ve forgotten your barcode or don’t want an official finish time for whatever reason, please take a finish token anyway and just drop it into the collection bucket.

See you next weekend for more happy parkrunning,
Georgie

 

Huntingdon parkrun #217 (the extra special one)

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It was a year ago today that we lost Rebecca Griffiths to cancer. Rebecca was diagnosed in 2014 with bowel and liver cancer, initially only given weeks to live. However being the fighter she is she didn't give in!

Believing that a healthy mind and body can go a long way helping with treatment Rebecca created Team Bex, initially amongst close friends and family then extending further out in the Hinchingbrooke community, across the country and even in to America, Canada, Italy and New Zealand!

Now there are hundreds of members in Team Bex, many coming together every Saturday morning at parkrun in Huntingdon, Peterborough, March, Corby, Hove, Stevenage, Kettering and Coventry.

Team Bex has raised over £60,000 for the Hunts Community Cancer Network at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and continues to fund raise for Bowel and Liver Cancer research. Team Bex fund raising has also provided defibrillators for Hinchingbrooke Country park and the new Central Park junior parkrun in Peterborough as well.

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Claire Hurst, Rebeccas sister second from left and family running on Saturday.

Rebecca lives on in our hearts and continues to be an inspiration for many people within our local community.

With that, over 400 people turned out on a very special morning at Huntingdon parkrun and rather fittingly the first male and female finishers today were Team Bex members. We also had visitors from Manchester, Crawly, Panzanger, Bornean and High Bridge, Wimpole, Kingslyn, March and Bedford joining us for the morning.

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Mark Barry

Mark Barry, running in the veteran age group category these days (much to his fathers amusement) stormed in with a PB time of 17:04 and first female (and junior) finisher was Isabelle Wilkins with a PB time of 19:22.

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Isabelle Wilkins

There were 74 unknowns and 44 first timers and amazingly 82 new PB's were set! Congratulations to Rod McKee, Casper Hiscock, Cameron Smith, Louise Markham, Ellie Linnell, Lucy King, Russell Carter, Eve Ranner, Louise Gaines, Owen Rylance, Donna Atkin, Hannah Abblitt, Claire Parker, Anna Plitsch, Suzanne Reynolds and Nicky and Megan Hoad and everyone else who got a PB!

Finally congratulations also goes to Dan Ainscow and Harrison Evans for running their 100th parkruns today and at the other end of the scale Maxwell Evens was running his first parkrun :)

See you all next week!

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Huntingdon parkrun #215 (the one with parkrun royalty in attendance)

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Ok, so the previous week was one of political upheaval and uncertainty, but one thing we parkrunners can rely on is that every Saturday morning, we’re ready to go at 9am for another parkrun at the beautiful setting of Hinchingbrooke Country Park!  

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We even had a sighting of the swan family, with their four fluffy cygnets on the ornamental lake, but they were good enough to keep the path clear for us as we ran past. We were joined by tourists from as far away as Workington, Cumbria, Bushy, Kingston, Basildon, Glasgow, Bridgend, and March.  We also welcomed 15 first timers to the parkrun family.  

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Happy birthday Sandra

We had some brilliant milestones to celebrate, including Keelan Duffy who as a junior, ran his 100th parkrun on Saturday, and went and bagged himself a PB too - very well done Keelan. It was also a birthday milestone for parkrun regular Sandra Acton.

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Keelan Duffy (centre background, white shirt...was also 3rd finisher!)

We were also joined by parkun royalty.  Danny Norman is one of only six people to have earned themselves a blue 500 milestone T-shirt.  He also designed the tree symbol that adorns all the T-shirts and logos on the parkrun merchandise.  Danny has also managed to clock up an amazing 200 park runs at different locations so it was great to welcome him to Huntingdon and for him to meet our first timers.

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Danny Norman (in the blue 500 club shirt) with the other Huntingdon parkrun first timers

First finisher today was Mark Barry with a new PB of 17:20 (incidentally it was a family day with his dad, Brian Barry also getting a new 30:09 PB!!!) and first female finisher today was the amazing Ellie Loosley in 20:56.

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Like father like son. First finisher Mark (right) with his dad Brian (left)

Well done to Mark and Brian Barry, Jessica Dash, Neil Jarvis, Jenny Richards, Sam Webber, Sonia Cox, George Smith, Judith Farman, Jenny Rodgers, Jane Birch, Alison and Anthony Reeves, Alex Dean and every one of the 52 of you that bagged a PB!!!

Don’t forget that there is no parkrun on Saturday 17th June, due to another event taking place in the park, so perhaps a good opportunity for some parkrun tourism for you?

Just a reminder that it’s really important that under 11’s stay within arms length of their adult - there was a almost an incident last week with a lost child, so it’s really important that runners stick to this rule.  If you find your under 11 junior is too fast for you to keep up with, the Junior parkrun at Jubilee Park has now started so that’s a great opportunity to let them loose!

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Finally, I hope you enjoy some parkrun tourism on the 17th and see you on the 24th of June.  Enjoy your running until then; let’s hope the sun continues to shine.  One of my favourite sayings is “Beauty is everywhere, and running helps me see it” - my Saturday morning Parkrun lifts my spirits every week; I hope it does the same for you as well.

Kathryn

 

Huntingdon parkrun #214 (the one where we reach for the moon)

It was another lovely day at Huntingdon parkrun #214. A bit of a chilly breeze perhaps, but nothing untoward. And the running bug continues to bite – 376 turned out to enjoy our lovely country park course. With the increased numbers comes increased pressure on parking; many of you will have noticed the signs to the hospital treatment centre car park, and prohibiting parking on Christie Drive. Parking at the hospital is free up to 10.30am if you have your parkrun barcode, so why not take advantage?

There’s still time to join the Huntingdon parkrun team for Running Down Dementia. All you have to do is pledge to raise £100 and run 100km over the course of the summer. You can sign up at http://www.runningdowndementia.org/. We’re currently second on the leaderboard for distance run (though we’re not yet in the top 10 by amount raised). If you don’t want to run yourself, any donations to the team would be most welcome!

Congratulations to juniors Amy Fullam and George Smith, who completed their 10th parkruns today – and George got a PB to celebrate! Brenda McFayden of Team Bex completed her 50th parkrun and John Morris completed his 100th – well done to both.

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John Morris on his way to his 100th parkrun

Twenty shy, anonymous or just plain forgetful folk forgot their barcodes today. Just think of all those PBs missed, milestones delayed and Strava stats left unlogged. But sixteen splendid debutants did not forget, and completed their first parkrun; we hope, the first of many.

First finisher today, for the eighth time at Huntingdon, was Jamie Hall, in just a smidge over his PB. First female finisher for the second time was Elaine Livera with a new PB. Congratulations both! Overall we had a fantastic 62 new personal bests today, including from Harry Sweet, Luca Quenet, Georgia Taylor-Hirst, Jamie Rainford-Batty, Brendan Rose and Emily McGarva.

However, it’s not all about first finishers and PBs. A deserved shout out to those who are struggling with injury, ill health and other difficulties, but who nevertheless came to parkrun and participated. And a shout out too for our lovely volunteers. As Henry would put it, you’re our heroes.

A brief meander into stats corner before we end. Huntingdon parkrunners have run around the Earth’s equator about 5 ½ times since Huntingdon parkrun started. But we haven’t reached the Moon yet – 160,460km to go (32,092 parkruns – which at current rates we’ll hit in just under 2 years’ time).

One final thing: Jubilee junior parkrun starts Sunday 11th June, 9am at Jubilee Park on King’s Ripton Road. See you there!

Happy running,
Georgie

 

Dates for your Diary:

10 June: Danny Norman (parkrun Show) plans to join us for a run :-)

11 June: Inaugural Jubilee junior parkrun at Jubilee Park (2km run for 4-14 year olds)

17 June: No Huntingdon parkrun due to another event in the park

 

Huntingdon parkrun #213 (the hottest one of the year so far!!)

Surprisingly, the weather was hot and sunny for the bank holiday parkrun – definitely the hottest parkrun of the year so far. It was boiling for the spectators – let alone the runners! Despite the conditions 378 runners went for it, including 38 first time runners so welcome to the Huntingdon parkrun family and we look forward to seeing you again next week.

Tourists visited us form Thetford, Sidmouth and Fakenham. We also welcomed Chima Dwain, who is trying to visit as many parkruns as he can and get his photo taken with the Run Directors. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Huntingdon Chima and meeting our Run(g) Director.

Michael Taylor was the first finisher in a new PB time of 16.50 mins. Jemima Davey was the first female home in 23.28mins. Great running from you two.

It was a great week on the PB front for 48 of you. It isn’t possible to mention everyone individually so I’ve picked out a few. Well done to Reece Millard, Keelan Duffy, Mark Barry, Ty Farrer and John Hutchinson. Terrific running, particularly in the heat.

Kerryanne Pond achieved her 50th parkrun. For son Samuel, it was his first solo parkrun after reaching the magic age of 11 and he celebrated with a birthday PB. Well done Samuel!

The volunteer board is looking very empty over the next few weeks so please consider volunteering for us. It is great fun. Don’t worry if you haven’t volunteered before, there are lots of roles to choose from and training is always given and if you volunteer 25 times, you get a volunteer t-shirt! Please email huntingdonhelpers@parkrun.com and we will find you a place on the rota.

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Stuart Ainsworth has created a Huntingdon parkrun team for the Run Down Dementia Challenge 2017. Anyone wishing to join or donate would be very welcome. Please visit runningdowndementia.org for details and select Huntingdon parkrun as your team. We’re currently in 2nd place on the leader board so let’s see if we can hit the top spot!

See you on Saturday and don’t forget your barcode.

Aunty Clare

Dates for your Diary
17 June: No Huntingdon parkrun due to another event taking place in the park.

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