Killerton parkrun Event number 410 16th March 2019

So weather warnings out
the wind blows high
the Winds blow low
Across the mud
And over the fields
Let’s hope James secures his tutu!

So the wind was our friend this morning and allowed 263 runners/walkers/mud munchers & 27 volunteers to join the fun of parkrun.

Always the lovely thing is to be greeted at the car park with the smiley happy face of Dawn practicing her counting.
Followed by the lovely greetings of the parkrun volunteers at the arch.

With the normal climb up the warm up hill, sorry the flat bit that goes upwards.
Lovely time to catch up with friends -
But the best thing is getting to the top and seeing the wonderful mass of happy smiley people and today we wasn’t let down added to the fun lots of balloons and celebrations marking milestones of runs & volunteering.

With the all important safety briefings with the new PA system - which will hopefully improve us hearing the information but please help the RD and respect the job that has to be done with a bit of quiet.

So off we go - trail shoes to battle the challenge under foot - so top field not to slippery but not to be fooled the mud was glorious and squelchy.

But signs of spring coming was clear with primroses, violets and the smell of garlic.

Cow corner and there was James - disappointed no tutu!

Back across the last field how lucky we are to have such beauty to run or walk.

Welcome to all visitors and first timers.

Well done to those that reached milestones the cakes we’re beautiful!

Congratulations to those that got a new PB and also congratulations to those who reached other goals such as getting round, increasing running times, helping someone else achieve a goal.

It’s also been brought to my attention that our Event Director Mark Shaw also reached a milestone of 100 volunteering - and well done for showing real spirit of parkrun and supporting another run to reach a goal.

Other milestones include:

Ellie Crawford - 50th run

Jayne Fahy - 100th run

David Skinner - 100th run

Steve Chapman - 100th run

Shaun Fry - 200th run

Thank you to everyone who volunteers.

Remember to give to parkrun as well - how many volunteering sessions have you done?

Karla Gregory

 

This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Katy LANCASTER • Kevin HAGLEY • Graham LAND • Sim TAYLOR • James WOOLF • Chris FUOCO • Lynda GARCIA • Phil PENNY • Jason HOCKRIDGE • Becka GREEN • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Andy LUSH • Dawn LUSH • Libby HOCKRIDGE • Phil REES • Andrew BROWN • Tim LAVERICK • Karla GREGORY • Jose Felix MANCHON MAS

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 12,317 participants have completed 91,209 parkruns covering a total distance of 456,045 km, including 15,525 new Personal Bests. A total of 929 individuals have volunteered 7,389 times.

 

Killerton parkrun #409 Saturday 9th March 2019

by Jane Trollope

 

Frankly, after a week of sporadic heavy rain and a visit from Storm Freya, you could be forgiven for expecting conditions at Killerton to be wetter than a penguin’s pool party. But surprisingly, although there was some squelching, there was no sign of the truly ankle-deep gunge that we know and love. On the Killerton-winter-conditions-scale, I reckon it was only ‘moist’. It was still essential to wear your trail shoes (for your own safety), but there was no need for your trail flippers and trail snorkle this week, except perhaps at cow poo corner, where the lake was back.

 

Lovely spring weather meant today was therefore a great introduction for visitors to Killerton, who hailed from Burnham and Highbridge, Ormskirk, Lee-on-the-Solent, Chipping Sodbury, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Basildon, Ashton Court, and Longrun Meadow parkruns, and from as far away as Claisebrook Cove parkrun (that’s Perth, Australia – although Lucille has just relocated to the UK, and didn’t just fly in specially). Others were giving parkrun a whirl for the very first time, and some of the visitors were here for The Grizzly tomorrow (best of luck!).

 

A warm welcome one and all to our lovely parkrun!

 

New local parkrun, Haldon Forest, plus a new volunteer role at Killerton were highlighted in Event Director Joe Daly’s briefing. Haldon Forest parkrun is our brand new sister event set along well-maintained forest trails, which are firm underfoot with spectacular views. You will see many familiar faces there. The new role is ‘running marshal’, this week filled by Mark Shaw, who buzzed back and forth between the 35-ish-minute runners and the tail. The purpose is to keep a safety check on what can be quite a spread out group of runners and walkers, in case someone comes a cropper. Because of the slippery conditions at this time of the year, our National Trust hosts can’t safely get a vehicle out into the woods to collect the walking wounded – making it all the more important to wear proper shoes, look out for one another and take care. As Joe says, limping back to the start isn’t as fun as it sounds. Happily today, there were no fallers anywhere on the run.

 

Galvanised and ready for anything, we set off promptly in some lovely sunshine. The deer park and woods were freshly washed by the recent rain, and looked ready for spring. (Aren’t we all?) The paths were a little slippery, but really not too bad, and there was the usual splash through the puddles on the farm tracks. Turning back into the park the strengthening westerly wind was a fantastic bonus as it blew us all back over the finishing line! It was lovely to see so many children running with their parents, holding hands or side-by-side, or at least within arms reach. I had every chance to observe happy kids running with their families, as so many of them whipped past me. Honestly, how do those little legs go so fast?

 

Every plaudit to first male and female finishers, Tim Gordon and Lucy Commander, and many congratulations to Daniel and Jackie Kirby, Emma Gribble and Beatrice Hawkins on their 50th parkruns today, and Peter Simmons and Jane Trollope (shh, that’s me!) on our 100th runs. Huge thanks to all the core team, pacers, marshals, scanners, finish funnel folks, and all today’s hi-viz heroes. Let their example inspire us all to volunteer once in a while. Several roles allow you to run and volunteer on the same Saturday, including report writing… just saying.

This week 264 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Philip GREEDY • Andrew GWYNNE • Mark SHAW • Wendy WOODS • Paul PALMER • Julie FINCH • Joe DALY • Simon BUNDAY • James WHILE • Elizabeth LLOYD-POWELL • James DERHAM • Cyril MORCRETTE • Wendy LAND • Phil PENNY • Di HOLLIDGE • Kate BROWN • Becka GREEN • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Jane TROLLOPE • Katherine GWYNNE • Graham KIRBY

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 12,282 participants have completed 90,946 parkruns covering a total distance of 454,730 km, including 15,492 new Personal Bests. A total of 926 individuals have volunteered 7,359 times.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 408 2nd March 2019

Run report 27th feb
as usual my alarm is set earlier on a Saturday than any work day! I began running at killerton in 2014 and have become totally addicted, it is a great place to run,walk,jog,saunter,volunteer, watch,mingle and make friends!, this morning being a fabulous warm and sunny morning yay, I begin a pre run, which is perfect timing as the pre set up lady has opened all the gates , the coarse is slightly sloppy today  but much dryer than it has been and the last field quite firm! so perfect for
 park run today, as I make my way back up the hill again, seeing who is volunteering with pacing today, thanks pacers you are a great help!, I will try pacing one day,(not sure I will be too great at it!!)  I chat to a few friends I had not seen for a while, and we are off, I am still chatting  as we cross the field, then as we drop into the woods we are silent and trying to speed up, one faller today, hope you not too battered and bruised! speedy recovery!! I pass lots of families today and small children, thanks to all the marshals, I am always to out of puff to thank you as I run! the views are amazing as ever, plenty of puddles to jump in, cow corner not ankle deep today,  and Wendy land dishes out the jelly beans today, always appreciated! and finally on the last field, phew nearly there sign! lol it does not always feel like you are nearly there especially when the field is very wet! but today my shoes gripped well as I crossed the line , thanks time keeper and token givers and funnel managers, I definitely cant thank you at this point of near collapse,, I take my token to be scanned more volunteers! thanks guys and I am off for another round, phew....if you are injured or just cant be bothered/too tired to run any weeks just volunteer it gets you out of bed and you get to see a lot of friendly faces, and tell your friends about park run it may change their lives like it has changed mine for the better....

This week 312 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Annie FOOT • Tony FAHY • Martin SAXTON • Mark SHAW • Andrew TAPLIN • Julie FINCH • Karen BREWER • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Maggie PENNY • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Phil PENNY • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Kate BROWN • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Olivia MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Duncan HARRIS • Dawn WALKER • Teresa BOSENCE • Steve CHAPMAN • Sue JACKSON • Damian WILSON • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Beverley MCCRAE • Jon IACOMINO

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 12,254 participants have completed 90,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 453,410 km, including 15,465 new Personal Bests. A total of 926 individuals have volunteered 7,334 times

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 407 23rd February 2019 [rev.1a]

Well, what a truly brilliant morning for running in our lovely Killerton Park! Blue sky and sunshine greeted the 315 runners (138 NT members), dogs and buggies and what was even better the course had dried out substantially. Was this the reason there were 46 PBs this morning? Well done to Jo Laverick for running her new PB. Big shout out to Caroline Rowe who ran the course early this morning to open all the gates and to ensure the course was good to go!
We welcomed runners from Peterborough, Manchester and locally from Weston, Taunton, Burnham- on- Sea and Tedburn St Mary. There were 62 First timers here at Killerton which was fantastic to see. Many good comments were made about the course, the scenery and the very efficient way in which the run was organised. Well done to RD for the day Chris Fuoco and the team of volunteers. Whilst talking about volunteers, a huge thank you to Jon Iacomino who underwent surgery on Monday but was out at marshal point 2 cheering the runners on. Brilliant Jon. Thank you!
Did you know that there are 432 volunteers registered at Killerton. It takes around 24 volunteers each Saturday to stage the event. It would be great to increase this number so if you have been thinking about but not got round to doing it yet, do go to our home page and click on the Volunteertab and follow the links there to register your interest.
Today, I undertook the role as Running marshal...along with my four legged friend Millie( Ali Kerridge’s lovely dog!) As I was running along I was very conscious of my verbal encouragement to her...”Good girl. Go on!” I apologise to the many lady runners who may have heard this..it was Millie and no t you I was referring to! It was lovely to stop, watch and listen as the runners ran past. Many words of encouragement and thanks were uttered by the volunteers and by runners to the volunteers! It was also great to see that parents had heeded the safety announcement about their children under the age of 11 being at arms reach of them or another responsible adult. Thank you for that. I was also struck by the many smiling faces at least within the first two miles. Smiling is a di-
stressor and is said to improve your running performance by 2%. So SMILE as you run!
It’s always interesting to see the many different running clubs that appear on our results page. This week I noticed a runner from Mudcrew Runners . I guess this runner may have seen the many photos of our course in recent weeks and months and was keen to experience the mud and water at first hand! Sadly, there was not a great amount this week! Many of the runners today commented that they had come to Killerton on the recommendation of others! This is lovely to hear and certainly reflects the supportive community spirit that exists at our run. Let’s keep this up!
Today we celebrated the 50 th run of ten year old Ivy Mei-Sullivan and my own 100 th run..age withheld!!
Well done to our band of Blue Bib heroes....our Pacers who weekly sacrifice their own run to help others achieve their own goals. Do please remember our pacers are volunteers and not professional pacers. If you would like to have a go at pacing do see the RD on the day or even sign up before. We have 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 35, 38 and 40 mins bibs available.

Happy parkrunning!
Mark Shaw

This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Neil LAWSON • Maggie HUNT • Annie FOOT • Teresa BUTCHERS • Lindsay DUDLEY • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Peter WALKER • Gary KINGDON • Sandie READER • Tobin WALKER • Nick HOPKINSON • James DERHAM • Caroline ROWE • Chris FUOCO • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Dawn WALKER • Teresa BOSENCE • Karen POWLESLAND • Steve CHAPMAN • Ian POWLESLAND • Caroline TAIT • Jon IACOMINO • Graham KIRBY

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 12,207 participants have completed 90,370 parkruns covering a total distance of 451,850 km, including 15,432 new Personal Bests. A total of 925 individuals have volunteered 7,306 times.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 405 9th February 2019

Please read the run report from the wonderful Karla carefully. It contains a frank reminder of what is expected from everyone.

The car park situation is balancing out with an increase in care share going on. I also  did not see too many people in road shoes yesterday.

One are for development people.......turn up on time. RD John delivered the perfect briefing yesterday. It was only marred by about 30 people turning up at 08.57, late for the mandatory safety announcements and talking to each other. Please stop doing this: It's incredibly bad manners and sets a very poor example to the children.

We start at 0850 with the briefing and start running at 0900

On a positive note Mark and I have pretty much settled on which PA system you will buy. Thank you on behalf of the event team for donating so generously and quickly. If you haven't already considered a completely voluntary 50p towards the new equipment (more to come) there is a PayPal link on the webpage. We'd like to upgrade the finish funnel soon as well.

 

Best wishes

Joe Daly, Event Director

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Killerton parkrun etiquette:

As children we ran, long before the Killerton parkrun bug.

We could run when we liked but parkrun has a time.

Killerton has a little hill so arrive early and get that friendly loving feel.

It’s always a start with the RD briefing & just as we was told as children ‘shushhh & listen’

If you can’t hear think about donating to the new system.

As children under 11 get ready holding on to a responsible adult.

Dogs at Killerton always excited to go with owners applying the hand held lead rule, non extendable of course; bags at the ready no one would dare not to Scope that poop.

Don’t forget your trail shoes important to stop you going down with a thud.

Acknowledge your Marshals; the thanks mean so much if you're stood in cold from dawn.

Listen to instructions - they only wanna keep you safe.

Respect other parkrunners /walkers look behind before you stop, keep to one side don’t middle lane hog.

Remember strike a pose the photographer may have you as the killerton pin up.

Keep going keep going all the way cross that line, No mucking or ducking keep in order the funnel has a system.

The token is yours but only for a while - these need to be fed to the scanners to keep them going barcode or no barcode But remember no barcode to time

And last of all remember to stay & cheer, meet & greet in the cafe and most important volunteer.

Karla Gregory

 

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