New Year’s Day 2019 – Come and Join Us!

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We're running an extra Kettering parkrun on New Year's Day to get 2019 off to the best possible start. It's the only day of the year when you can get credited for running TWO different parkrun events on the same day.

Our friends at Northampton are starting their parkrun at 9.00am, so you have a choice of New Year Double.

There'll be cake and the odd festive tipple...and the cafe will be open so you can enjoy a nice warm coffee.

If you'll be away for New Year this year, a full list of all Christmas and New Year parkrun events around the UK is available here

Please leave yourself plenty of time and travel safely between events

(Thanks to Billericay parkrun for text and photo inspiration!) #parkrunfamily


New Year’s Day Kettering parkrun 2018 is ON!

We will be parkrunning in Wicksteed Park on Monday 1st January 2018 at 10.30am. This should allow careful drivers to do the double with Northampton parkrun who start at 9am.

If you are able to volunteer (and share a glass of something festive and a mince pie or two) please email us at

Please note we will NOT be parkrunning oin Christmas Day as Wicksteed Park is closed.


Who Let The Dogs Out?

And so Kettering parkrun #21 happened on Saturday 18th February. We were joined by 309 parkrunners with 68 first timers and a whopping 87 PBs. Well done to each and every one of you and a massive thanks to all our superb volunteers!

We are delighted to welcome our first guest Run Report writer Nicola Jay - over to you Nicola...and Maple!

"So Maple and I braved the grey skies on what was actually quite a mild day for February to join our 2nd go at Kettering park run #21 on the 18th.

Running, I hated running, I’d stop and start never really achieving anything never really losing those pounds never really making me feel any better. Then I found Canicross, it was a game changer I tell you!

Coming up to 3 years now and I can say I am officially a runner, I’ve lost 50 pounds with the aid of my personal trainer Maple, and it’s the best hobby I could have found. To explain a bit more about Canicross it literally means cross country running with your dog and was developed in Europe as a summer training activity for sledge dogs out of season. The U.K. caught on and now it’s thriving in popularity with trail races all over accepting Canicross entries of all shapes and sizes and of course so do the lovely parkruns.

Well done to Pete Northall for ranking 1st for the men and Ellie Loosley 1st for the women, amazing times! I also want to shout out all the kids that took part, I did see a couple stumble in the mud but they bravely went on regardless. Mark Brand also achieved his 50th park run which is very commendable, and all those PB’s!

Unfortunately no PB for me this time but that’s a lot to do with Maple’s fear of the bridge the look on her face on the approach was less than pleased, but something we will work on for future visits.
I am so glad the area has gained a local park run, with a great atmosphere and me and Maple plan to return often as we can.
Give us a shout out when you see me carry her over the bridge!"

Thanks Nicola and Maple - great run report.We look forward to seeing you both soon.

If you would like to be our next Run Report writer and share your experience of Kettering parkrun with us just drop us an email at

And for the statistics fans out there - here's the facts and figures from the 18th of Feb!

Kettering parkrun
Event number 21
18th February 2017

Male placings:
Pete NORTHALL (SM25-29) of London Heathside Runners AC, was first over the line in 17:49 - second time in 2 appearances.
James SHINER (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:05.
James Michael ORRELL (JM11-14) of BRJ Run and Tri, was third over the line in 19:35.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jack CHENNELL (Kettering Town Harriers) 1683 pts.
Phil BRIGDEN (Unattached) 1309 pts.
David GRINDROD (Unattached) 1242 pts.

Female placings:
Ellie LOOSLEY (JW10) of BRJ Run and Tri, was first (15th overall) over the line in 21:00 - first appearance.
Zoe MEADOWS (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 22:49.
Chloé LOOSLEY (JW15-17) of BRJ Run and Tri, was third (43rd overall) over the line in 23:30.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Dawn JENKINSON (Unattached) 1293 pts.
Val NIX (Unattached) 1246 pts.
Hanna GIDDINGS (Kettering Town Harriers) 1208 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ellie LOOSLEY (JW10) was graded 81.27% for the time 21:00 (15th overall).
Alfie FRAYNE (JM11-14) was graded 75.25% for the time 20:20 (8th overall).
Pam KINGSTON (VW65-69) was graded 74.35% for the time 28:59 (145th overall).

This week there were 309 runners, of whom 68 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Kettering parkrun started on 24th September 2016, and since then 1,618 different runners, including participants from 127 athletics clubs, have completed 5,215 runs covering a total distance of 26,075 km, and there have been 1,419 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Rebecca WHITE who ran in a time of 00:19:39 on 24th December 2016 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Jonathan GORINGE who ran in a time of 00:15:50 on 22nd October 2016 (event number 5).
The Age Grade course record is held by Alicia EVANS who recorded a 88.94% run (21:06) on 24th September 2016 (event number 1).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kettering parkrun Results Page.


Fantastic Christmas Present for Kettering

We've got some brilliant Christmas news to share with you. As you may well know parkruns across the country are all aiming to have a Defibrillator within 5 minutes of their finish line. So far an amazing 64% of parkruns have reached that target.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the western world. Each year almost 100,000 people die in the United Kingdom from SCA. It strikes suddenly and without warning. A victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) collapses immediately, as the heart beats chaotically (fibrillates) unable to pump blood through the body. The only hope of survival is access to a defibrillator within minutes, combined with CPR. For every minute of delay there is 10% less chance of survival.

A defibrillator works by delivering a therapeutic shock to the heart through electrodes (pads) placed on the victim’s chest, a defibrillator polarises a critical mass of cells in the heart muscle. This allows the heart’s natural pacemaker to restore normal rhythm to the heart.

A public Access Defibrillator (PAD) is a defibrillator that is specifically designed for the lay rescuer. It provides visual and voice prompts, and enables the lay rescuer with minimal training to effectively save a life.

We hope we will never need it but we started collecting for our Defibrillator in October and with your kind donations and some very generous help from Wicksteed Park and Pacesetter Sports we have reached our target!

The new defibrillator will be in place from the 24th December and will be kept at the Security Office in Wicksteed Park. The office is staffed 24/7 so in the very unlikely event it is needed everybody who uses the park will have access!

This is a fantastic Christmas present for Kettering parkrun and for the wider community who visit and use Wicksteed Park.



Traffic news – course diversion on 5th November

Remember remember on the 5th of November there will be a slight course diversion to accommodate Wicksteed Park's monster Bonfire Night party!

This will mean that there will be a bit more running on grass - approximately 500m to skirt around the event staging and safety fencing. The course will remain the same apart from this and will still be 5k of running fireworks fun.

In addition to this we will be parking all vehicles on the Pony Field - which runs parallel to the first 100m of the course. Just follow the usual route to the parkrun car park and our marshalls will direct you to the right spot. Exit will be via the Paradise Lane gate but please retain your car parking ticket just in case! Or alternatively why not walk, jog, bike, swim, fly, skate, bus, hoverboard or skip to Wicksteed and leave your car at home?

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And don't forget if you are looking for the best Bonfire Night party in Kettering then just follow this link

The Kettering parkrun core team (favourite firework neon pink monster Chrysanthemum shell) What's yours?


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