Huntingdon parkrun #242 (the Christmas Day parkrun!)

Ho Ho Ho and a Merry Christmas to all!
Put on a Santa hat to join in the fun of a second festive parkrun of the long Christmas weekend. Joined the crowd who either got up extra early or postponed Christmas presents until after our running, walking, or volunteering. Saw much Christmas cheer as welcomed to the volunteer table which had an open box of Quality Street. Tourists arrived from near and far. The elves, Father Christmases, Mrs. Clauses were out in in plenty these weekend parkruns as well as turkeys, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and even a Christmas pudding.


A number of official and unofficial milestones were marked. The weather wasn't frightful, actually dry if a bit grey, but brightened up by the cheer on the course. At least one of the runners stopped at the marshals along the way to wish them well and passed out sweets.


A large crowd was gathered at the first corner as many people brought relatives and friends to cheer them and all of us on. After scanning in my barcode I hurried back to the course to do an extra lap keeping our tail walker company and picking up signposts. Two of the marshals as we passed them decided to join us chatting about our Christmas dinners ahead. What a great way to start the holiday.


Today's stats:

This week 340 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.
Chris Darling (Cambridge and Coleridge) smashed the SM20-24 age category record with a fantastic pb time of 16:46 and finishing in first position.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Suzie HALL • Sarah HALL • Karl TAYLOR • Amie SMITH • Charlotte ORUGBOH • Alice IRWIN • Cy GEARING • Tom BRAND • Scott BOSWELL • Mark DOBSON • Sue SIMMONS • Clare MIDDLEHURST • Paul HARRIS • Charlotte IRWIN • Stuart AINSWORTH • Alison AINSWORTH • Russell KING • Keith WRYCRAFT • Charles BUTCHER • Katy HILL • Janet GRUDZIEN JOHN • Henry BAILEY • Isabel POND • Alice EDWARDS • Christopher JOHN • Hank SWEET • Judy SWEET • Richie HARRIS • A friendly guy doing barcode scanning whose name we (Suzie) didnt't write down (get in touch if that was you!) •

The following celebrated milestones at today's event:
Linda Crook: 300th parkrun
Liz Hiner: 250th parkrun
Eric Tapley: 250th parkrun
Sue Yendley: 200th parkrun
Clive Andrews: 100th parkrun
Sam Healey: 50th parkrun

Huntingdon parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 7,128 participants have completed 53,341 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,705 km, including 9,890 new Personal Bests.

Happy parkrunning


Huntingdon parkrun #237 cool and crisp

“WAAARGH” went the alarm on Saturday morning, far too early I thought following a night of carb loading and stamina training. Time moves on and it was out of bed, jobs to be done, breakfast had and finding out if there were any later night volunteer changes appearing in the system. Phew, none this week.
As the skies lightened, the crystalline structure of frost could be seen on the grass, uh-oh, extra layers this week, not running, better find the thicker thermal layer and hope there’s not too much ice out there.

Get to the park, first job, take a look at the hill, some mushy ice at the top, harder stuff further down, doesn’t look toooooo bad but needs to be managed, thankfully some extra volunteers appear and given the job of steering people around the ice, no bambi impressions achieved we hear.
On with the run, we welcomed 14 new runners to our Saturday morning entertainment, with a further 17 travelling from far and wide to test themselves against the flat hills of Huntingdonshire. ‘Nice course, In my top 10’ said one visitor with more than 10 tourist run events to their name, a compliment we are always pleased to hear.

Those at the front were lightening quick, some making it look effortless and others puffing hard. As they passed the timers we discussed: why do some people make it look so easy? Genetics, training, will power were bandied about, but does it matter, we are all challenging our own achievements each time we take part.

Hidden amongst us this week were 2 people celebrating birthdays with cakes, carefully not drawing attention to themselves apart from a rendition of happy birthday in the café. Attempts of bribery were made to the RD with cake, although chances are improved if its supplied with hot tea (milk, one) and when he’s actually doing the results.

Over the coming weeks we will see a lot happening at huntingdon parkrun and in the park, we have:

2nd Dec - Christmas Craft workshop opening 10am
9th Dec - Mel and Cy’s parkrun wedding celebrations – wedding finest optional
16th Dec - BRJ takeover all volunteering and pacers
23rd Dec - Pop-up breakfast and optional Christmas inspired outfits
25th Dec – earn your lunch/keep out the way day
30th Dec – relax, its Saturday, its what we do
1st Jan – Huntingdon 9am prompt, pop-up breakfast in park
1st Jan - optional 2nd run elsewhere, see Christmas compendium or ask for details
6th Jan – what was all the fuss about, time to work it off

If you are able to help by volunteering for one of the upcoming weeks please message the team at or look on the volunteer’s future roster on the huntingdon parkrun page to see if your favourite option is still available.
Happy running :-)


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!!!


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