Huntingdon parkrun #234 (the one with all the wet stuff…and some cake!!)

The rain absolutely poured down on Saturday morning but that didn’t stop an amazing 180 of you from participating in parkrun. An extra gold star should be given to the 2 first timers who chose this particularly soggy morning as their first attempt at parkpun. Well done to both of you and welcome to the parkrun family. Tourists visited us from Chelmsford, Bristol and New Zealand. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you again soon


Dave Hudson was the first finisher in a time of 17.32 mins. Ellie Loosley was the first female home in 21.35mins and actually crossed the finish line in socks as both her trainers came off in the home straight as she pushed on for a sprint finish!

Terrific running from you both. Despite the conditions, 12 runners bagged themselves a new PB. Very well done to Sandy Cooke, Alexandra Moyer, Andre Le Farge, Rhian Bailey, Ben Sweet, Robert Ward, Ben Rule, Lucy King, David Irwin, Chris Bevan, Finley Hiscock and Matt George. Fantastic running in very wet conditions. There were several milestones achieved this week. David Newton and Bob Thompson reached their 100th.

The Irwin family managed to hit 3 milestones – David ran his 250th, Alice ran her 100th and Charlotte ran her 50th. Impressive running and impressive planning to be able to achieve these on the same day! Very well done to you all and hope you don’t have too long to wait for the arrival of your milestone t-shirts. 23318580_1982394055351075_2000449846_n
Charlotte, Alice and David Irwin.

Although not quite a milestone, Veronica Middlehurst ran her 71st parkrun on her 71st birthday so congratulations and happy birthday! Happy birthday to Karl Taylor too who was also celebrating his birthday this morning.

The volunteer board is looking very empty over the next few weeks so please consider volunteering. 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. If you are able to help out, please email and we will find you a place on the rota.


Have a great week everyone and see you next Saturday. Don’t forget your barcode!
Aunty Clare


Bee/wasp activity in the park


In the last few weeks we have become aware that several of you have been stung by a bee or wasp at Huntingdon parkrun.

If you know that you have an allergy then please make sure you bring your prescribed medication (epipen etc) and keep it on you during the parkrun. If you are a volunteer then please let us know if you have an allergy so we can carefully think about where to put you.

If you are stung then please let the Run Director know. Firstly so we can check that you are ok, but also so that we can record it and find out if there are any patterns about when/where in the park this is happening. The cafe can also provide ice to help treat any stings.

The advice we have had is that bees only sting if they are threatened (as they die afterwards) so it is best to shake the arm/leg so they fall off rather than swipe them off as that is seen as a threat and prompts them to sting. Wasps on the other hand will sting if they think they can get food. They are particularly looking for food at this time of year. It may be that some deodorants are giving off a particular smell and attracting the insects to the runners.


Huntingdon parkrun #228 (the one with the amazing visitors)

It was a bit cool and a bit chilly BUT did that stop 309 runners from running parkrun on Saturday morning? It would take a lot more than a bit of cool weather to stop people from running first thing Saturday morning (like a cancelled event!).

We had a some absolutely fantastic visitors joining us on Saturday morning. First up was the utterly amazing Andrew Howard who got up at 2am to bike the 100km to Huntingdon to take part! His goal is to bike to all of the parkruns within a 100 mile radius of his home parkrun in East London!!!

Peter and Pat Jackson and Andrew Howard. All members of the 250 club

Next up was the equally amazing first timer, Adam Tamj, our very first visitor from the Czech Republic. Adam was at parkrun with his mum as he is here for a year to learn english. The great thing about parkrun is Adam will get to learn a lot of new words from runners that won't be part of his formal education :)

Adam Tamj and mum

We also had two runners doing their 50th parkruns on Saturday. Huge congratulations to William Blackwell and Heidi Dorrington! It is such an awesome achievement to get to 50 parkruns!! Well done you two [insert clapping sounds].


Our first finisher on Saturday was James Orrell with a PB of 18:52. This was the first time James has finished as first finisher BUT its the 35th time he has come in the top 10 in the 140 senior parkruns he has completed (James runs in the 15-17 age group!).

First female finisher was Ellie Loosley, fresh off her Great North Run exploits, in a time of 20:21!! Ellie also runs in the 11-14 year age group!! A junior dominated parkrun, so no pressure you oldies (ie. anyone over 18!).

Huge congratulations to the 31 first timers and also massive congratulations to India Sandever, James Orrell, Emma Rigby, Amelia Fleming, Katie Casey, Dougie Gallimore, Nicky Hoad, Mark Brock, Caroline Wright, Martin Camp, Dave Driver, Aidan Maltby, Jane Le Farge, Diane Gannon, Fiona Hood and Laura Richardson and every one of the 58 runners who bagged themselves a PB on Saturday.

Some of the more observant parkrunners would have noticed our lovely new token board by the bar code scanners on Saturday. We would like to say a massive thank you to Chris from Riverside Runners for the board.


Finally, on a serious note, we have some lost property that needs collecting...especially the messiah like water bottle in the middle of the photo!! Its freaking us out as every time we look at it we can hear Angels singing!!


If any of this is yours please collect it on Saturday...especially the Messiah bottle!!!

See you all next weekend!!!



Huntingdon parkrun #224 (the one with #teamparkrun, the shark and lots of balls!)

This week 321 people ran, jogged and walked Huntingdon parkrun, of whom 37 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

We were also joined by St Neots Hockey Club, a shark marshal and Aimee Stevens, Bruce Gentles and Emma Rigby all celebrated their 50th parkrun.




The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Suzie HALL • Sarah HALL • David IRWIN • Annette NEWTON • Diane HUFFORD • Mark DOBSON • Clare MIDDLEHURST • Charlotte IRWIN • Stuart AINSWORTH • Angela KING • Alison AINSWORTH • Marie WILLIAMSON • Nicola WILLIAMSON • Charles BUTCHER • Sheila HUNTER • Kevin HUNTER • Henry BAILEY • Steve JENKINS • Elizabeth HARMAN • Alice EDWARDS • Jamar EASON • William EASON • Hank SWEET • Judy SWEET • Katrina VAN GIESON • Mike OSBOURN • Sarah GEARY • Jago BROCKWAY • Natalie PRIMAVERA

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Huntingdon parkrun Results Page however here are some stats for you.

Male placings:
David HUDSON (VM35-39) of BRJ Run and Tri, was first over the line in 17:03 - 15th time in 24 appearances.
Joshua CHAPMAN (SM30-34) of BRJ Run and Tri, was second over the line in 18:48.
James Michael ORRELL (JM11-14) of BRJ Run and Tri, was third over the line in 19:02.

Female placings:
Ellie LOOSLEY (JW11-14) of BRJ Run and Tri, was first (26th overall) over the line in 21:36 - 15th time in 116 appearances.
Jenna DOWNS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 21:40.
Catherine BARKER (VW40-44) of CSSC Sports & Leisure, was third (30th overall) over the line in 22:16.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David HUDSON (VM35-39) – 77.81% for the time 17:03 (first overall).
Ellie LOOSLEY (JW11-14) – 77.01% for the time 21:36 (26th overall).
Alan TURNBULL (VM50-54) – 75.98% for the time 19:34 (7th overall).

The male record is held by Paul VERNON who recorded a time of 16:20 on 16th May 2015 (event number 108).
The female record is held by Rebecca MOORE who recorded a time of 17:35 on 10th September 2016 (event number 177).
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 started on 13th April 2013. Since then 6,635 participants have completed 48,110 parkruns covering a total distance of 240,550 km, including 9,105 new Personal Bests.



Huntingdon parkrun #221 (the one with visitors from the Colonies (USA and NZ))

Summer is finally upon us and so is the British summer weather, so following a lot of rain the night before, our Run(g) Director Charles warned us that the going might be ‘slippy’, but thankfully there were no accidents to report for Huntingdon parkrun number 221. Having said that, one young runner lost his shoe part way through the first loop but didn’t want to stop to put his shoe back on so carried on regardless - that’s running dedication for you! (Please note that shoes are normally recommended for parkrun…unless you’re Zola Budd - ask your parents if you’re too young to know who that is!!)

To quote ScottyB who gave the first timers briefing, there were ‘lots of first timers' - I counted up 27 in all! Summer is a great time to get outdoors, feel fitter and get the whole family involved in getting active and parkrun is the ideal place to start, so well done to all those first timers and we look forward to seeing you next Saturday.

We also welcomed parkrun tourists from Oxford, Nottingham, Basingstoke, Norwich, Maidenhead, Wales, and even further afield from Virginia and New Zealand. Summer is also a great time for a bit of a peek at other parkruns, if you’re able to. Just have a look at the parkrun website to see which run is closest to you when you’re travelling. Although of course, Huntingdon is still the best (….parkrun in Huntingdon!!)

There were several PB’s to note as well - the weather was good running weather on Saturday, not too hot and still a bit of moisture in the air - and standing as I was with my stopwatch as time keeper at the finish funnel, there were several runners who had clearly decided to go for it!! Congratulations to Kevin Drew, Alan Duncan, Samantha Healy, Jess Mann and Graham Stanbury, to name but a few.

We were given some very lovely parkrun cosies for our finish tokens by fellow parkrunners from the Isle of Wight - if you see these pop up at another parkrun, then it’s the handiwork of Ian Joliffe - thanks Ian!

Some exciting news - we will be running the summer course next Saturday - see the Huntingdon parkrun Facebook for more details… But summer course, or no summer course, please don’t forget to bring your barcode with you, otherwise we can’t log your result - we can’t accept barcodes on a phone, they must be printed. If you do forget your barcode on the day then speak to the Run(g) Director and they will arrange to have your run fee transferred to next weekend.

See you next week, and happy running in the meantime. I’d like to leave you with one of my favourite quotes, applicable whether you’re a first timer or a parkrunner who is nearing the 250 mark: “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t do”.

Run strong,


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