Killerton parkrun Event number 362 21st April 2018

We were delighted to have South West Road Runners do a 'Takeover Day', which involves a single club provide almost all of the volunteers for a run. Naturally we had to have our regular Volunteer Coordinator, Results Processor and Gordon the Time Lord, but all other were SWRR club members. We ere led by our own Run Director John Fowler, who finds time within his ultra training to run with SWRR. I also had the pleasure or SWRR Chairman Paul Barter's company for my inspection of the route this week. I have to mention personal thanks to Dan Grey who did a great job as back-up timekeeper and Foxy's new special friend.

It was a real joy to welcome such a lovely club for a Takeover Day. Well done and thank you John, Paul and the rest of SWRR for a great event. We hope to see you all again soon.

Joe, ED

"Tradition appears to be that these reports begin with a short summary of the weather, and being a forecaster, I especially wouldn't want to break that tradition. Although a little cloudier and slightly cooler than recent days, Saturday morning was still bright, with sunny spells and blue skies greeting the runners.  The course was reportedly continuing to improve as hot and dry weather made an appearance in Devon the week.

South West Road Runners were looking after the volunteer positions, giving the usual volunteers a chance to run themselves, or even to enjoy a well-earned lie in.  Runners from SWRR also turned out in numbers to take on the course, with bright yellow kits everywhere to be seen. I took up a position on the barcode scanning desk, with Killerton House in the middle distance, seemingly glowing in the morning sunlight. The temperatures were already approaching the mid-teens as people came shuffling through the gate, many exchanging t-shirts for the running vests which had suffered a long winter hibernation in the wardrobe. The number of the runners soon turned from a slow trickle, to a steady flow with a few late arrivals facing a sprint up the hill to make the start in time. Calm then descended with family and friends milling around, the odd dog walker wandering past on their morning stroll.

The peace was broken as runners started arriving across the finish line. South West Road Runner Sam Hopton was first home in 17:05. He was followed by Gareth Davies, James Woolf, Nick Einchcombe and David Wilson, as SWRR filled the top five positions. Phoebe Killen of Exeter Harriers was first lady to finish in 21:42. Despite the drier weather there was still reportedly mud and puddles on the course, confirmed by some of runner's shoes as they made to way to the scanning desk.

After another initial trickle, the stream of people and barcodes soon turned into a flood. I enjoyed meeting as many runners as possible, most seemingly satisfied with their morning's effort. As participants drifted away for their post-run coffee or a satisfying breakfast, we were soon able to relax and start to pack away after another week. I feel it would be wrong to finish without a final reflection on the weather. It stayed dry throughout the parkrun, although for us volunteers, some showers briefly interrupted our post-volunteer coffee.

Thank you to all at Killerton, for letting us look after your parkrun and hope to see you all again soon.

A special mention to Rachel Hennessy who completed her 50th parkrun. Well done!

Richard Stone"

This week 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Christopher SHARP • Nick BRUCE-WHITE • Gordon SEWARD • Warren KILLEN • Andrew PALMER • Lawrence John ATHERTON • Trudy SAXTON • Oliver THOROGOOD • Richard STONE • Philip BRIDGE • Paul BARTER • Mark JELLEY • Mary ROWE • Claire DRAINEY • John FOWLER • Mary DAYMOND • Bethany SAMPSON • Anita ATHERTON • Linda GETHIN • Alison GERMAN • Fern DYMOND • Dan GREY • Rosie GLAZIER • Andy SPAREY • Caroline TAIT • Mark TAIT • Sophie BROOKS

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 10,637 participants have completed 76,587 parkruns covering a total distance of 382,935 km, including 13,435 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 361 14th April 2018

Yay! It's starting to feel like Spring has finally arrived waking up to the birds singing albeit it a very misty morning. After missing last Saturday due to my youngest daughter and I both having colds I was up and ready for our usual Killerton Parkrun start to our weekend. A routine that started in our house 3 and a half years ago when the girls were 7 and 8 and I was not "a runner"! It is often a real struggle to drag them and ourselves out of bed first thing every Saturday morning but we usually manage it and always love the feeling we get when we finish! This morning was a particular struggle as the girls have had lots of late nights recently but we made it. We are not fast by any means and often our only aim is to get round without whinging or walking or during the Winter months just staying upright in the mud and avoiding any injuries. We often make new friends along the way, giving each other encouragement when the going gets tough. We love the friendly welcoming reception we have always got at Killerton and would recommend it to any family wanting to get out and about and a bit more active. We have tried a few different Parkruns in the south west over the years and have always been made to feel welcome at all of them but Killerton is definitely our favourite and feels like home. This week was a pleasant surprise to be much better underfoot although still plenty of mud and puddles to be found at farm corner, the donkey field and the straight towards jelly baby corner. The last field was definitely a lot easier to trudge through than previous weeks. Thank you to all the volunteers for another lovely start to our Saturday morning. It always sets us up for the day.

Special mention for Melanie Gostling who completed her 200th Parkrun this morning. Well done!

Maria Field

This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • John GOSTLING • Annie FOOT • Jay SWEETMAN • Sue SMYE • Mark SHAW • Mary ROWE • Jeff CURD • Joe DALY • Pat CLATWORTHY • Jemima DALY • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Martyn WHITEHEAD • Darren POWELL • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • Janice NEWSON • Denise PICHLER • Maria FIELD • Jonno JOHNSON • Graham LAND • Phoebe DALY • Chris FUOCO • Terry MCDERMOTT • Julian BUDD • Olwen COATES • Bruce ODLIN • Annabel PARKER • Siana GREEN

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 10,587 participants have completed 76,255 parkruns covering a total distance of 381,275 km, including 13,363 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 360 7th April 2018

It's a really good point made in Natalie's run report below. There is so much more to parkrun than running around a park.....

I myself turned up with 2 daughters to barcode scan and a son to run. My arthritis was simply too painful this morning, but I joined in, chatted to some lovely people, met some parkrun tourists (one of whom just happened to be a parkrun Ambassador), some first timers and finished the morning off in the cafe with my kids and a dear friend.

I had a wonderful parkrun, but I didn't run a step. Good arrows Natalie..

Joe, Ed

 

Reasons to volunteer: part eleventy twelve.

 

There is that moment when you rouse yourself from blessed slumber and it is the weekend and you feel a glow of determination – Yay! Parkrun! Then you glimpse out of the window sheets of rain rather than the balmy sunshine of the last few days and a little whimper of despair escapes your lips.

 

Now there are two scenarios that present themselves.

 

Scenario 1: It is far too wet and I don’t like puddles. I shall go back to bed.

 

(It is shameful to say that a few weeks ago we even made it to the carpark, surveyed the weather and drove straight back home!)

 

Scenario 2: Damn it! I’ve volunteered. I can’t chicken out now.

 

In this run report I would like to promote the benefits of Scenario 2.

 

As a slightly injured member of the Parkrun community with a trapped nerve in my shoulder that makes my head list slightly to the left, I decided it was best not to run (based on an experimental jog around the kitchen), but, because I had volunteered, we still needed to attend. Thus, a potentially lazy and unproductive morning became a mildly moist but enjoyable foray to Killerton.

 

As part of my non-running duties I spent a lovely 45 minutes with Mary at Jelly Baby Corner; witnessed a part of the run that I will never see in my lifetime as the front runners ran past; laughed at people mincing around puddles and then had a delicious cup of coffee and a cheese scone at the tea rooms. My daughter even got her second PB in a row – in the soggiest conditions! What’s not to like?

 

The rain cleared up for the run and there was even a smidgeon of watery sunshine to lift the spirits and welcome the 16 (I think) first timers who braved the conditions. Sadly I didn’t get to interview any of them on their first impressions but at least one seemed to be smiling when they ran past! Good on you all!

 

So, if you are the type of fair weather Parkrunner, a bit like me, who baulks at a raindrop, volunteer! It guarantees that you get out of bed, brings lovely conversations with nice people and takes you one step closer to a milestone T-shirt as well as making sure Parkrun continues to be a safe and happy place to be on a Saturday morning – whatever the weather.

Natalie Ballantyne

 

This week 168 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Michael ROBINSON • Sharon WELLS • Gordon SEWARD • Jane MURRAY • Annie FOOT • Clare MELBOURNE • Jay SWEETMAN • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • John FOWLER • Janice NEWSON • Luke HOLWAY • Steve TREVELYAN • Phoebe DALY • Lola DALY • Natalie BALLANTYNE • Chris FUOCO • Terry MCDERMOTT • Paul STIDWORTHY • Chrissie RANDALL • Damian WILSON • Annabel PARKER

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 10,561 participants have completed 75,981 parkruns covering a total distance of 379,905 km, including 13,318 new Personal Bests.

 

There was never a risk of rain stopping play at Killerton but it was good that the rain had stopped. Running in the rain can be fun but we didn’t need any mudslides! The gathering seemed slightly smaller than usual for Easter break but there were 242 runners nonetheless, with our tourist runners coming from as far as; Scunthorpe, Maidstone and London. One of whom was using it as a taper run pre the Paris marathon. Kudos! Several bunnies hopped their way around the course (there is always a fancy dress opportunity!) Nigel the donkey seemed rather affronted by them and there was a bit of commotion at cow corner where he had surrounded himself by hulky heifers to let it be known he would take on all challengers for the pointiest ears competition! Going underfoot was ... well, very Killerton! Muddy, sometimes slippy and boggy with plenty of opportunity to rinse shoes in the newly forming canal coming up to Jelly Baby corner. All runners made it through safely and most smiling at their achievement by the end. A shout out to Samantha from our tail runner. Well done for completing your first parkrun, inspired by our partners at Vitality UK. We do hope to see you and all our parkrun friends again soon. Happy Easter to you all.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 358 24th March 2018

RUN REPORT FOR KILLERTON PARKRUN 24/03/2018

 

As my day began this Saturday, unlike many others recently, it dawned bright, sunny and mild with not a drop of rain, drizzle or snow in sight. The going underfoot was firm and not slippery and there were bound to be some good PB’s today…………………….then I woke up! Pushing the duvet back gently and checking behind the curtains revealed no snow (that’s a start) and no hammering rain (plus point number 2) but it was a little grey and drizzly, I guess you can’t have everything after all it’s only meteorological Spring!

Arriving at Killerton I was greeted as usual just beyond the Stable Block by the smiling faces and bright hellos of some of today’s volunteers. Making my way up to the Start with the Tail Walker (I had planned to walk / run most of the route today as I have been out with injury for a bit) it seemed remarkably calm and clear and it took a while for arrivals to get going. By 0850 there were the hardy few raring to go, 0855 brought a small flurry of bodies in varying states then 0858 began a minor onslaught of keenness!

16 people listened in to the Killerton new runner’s talk, it is always nice to see new faces amongst the usual suspects, then Di our Run Director for today gave a quick briefing about the state of the course (evidently not at all like my dream) it was set to be ‘Boggy, muddy, wet and slushy’ Oh Joy, here we go embracing it all again then.

We also learnt of a couple of milestones celebrated today Andrew Finch (200 – unofficial but wow) and Shaun Fry (150) well done to you both. Plus a shout out to the pacers Graham, Mark, Tommy and John.

The route was about as expected I think, Di had it pretty much nailed in the briefing, so no major surprises there. 208 people completed today’s course and I hope everyone was at least satisfied with their times given the conditions.

I was pleased just to get around in one piece and to be shown the ropes for the Tail Walker job (or should I say rope as there is just the one to collect on the way past!) Thanks for your company Chrissie and thanks to all the volunteers for today, it wouldn’t be possible without you.

Wendy Holt.

This week 210 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Sue LEWIS • Maggie HUNT • Mary HUMPHRIES • Lucy COMMANDER • Naomi THORNE • Anthony YORK • Andrea CONROY • Lindsay DUDLEY • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Jonathan NEWMAN • Mary ROWE • Stephen MCCONNELL • Sandie READER • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Terry MCDERMOTT • Lynda GARCIA • Di HOLLIDGE • Kate BROWN • Chrissie RANDALL • Dawn WALKER • Tommy MUNCIE • Wendy HOLT

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 10,508 participants have completed 75,571 parkruns covering a total distance of 377,855 km, including 13,299 new Personal Bests.

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