Killerton parkrun Event number 387 13th October 2018

Many thanks to Andrew for another great report below.

We must now insist on trail shoes until we have drier conditions. This will probably not be for months, so it is worth investing in a pair if you have not kept them from earlier this year. Certain un-nameable large retailers have a former British brand at very low cost. We will mention it every week, but we will not be held liable for slips etc whilst you wear your old road shoes.

Anyway, a huge thanks go to the amazing marshals this, without whom there would be no run. My special thanks go to Mark Shaw who ran and cleared the course on Friday, and early Saturday morning. He thus facilitated an early decision to go ahead with our parkrun amid the cancellations of many of our neighbouring events. Many thanks Mark.

 

Joe, ED

 

The National Trust sign by the clock tower gate read “High winds expected today. Take great care. Do not park or sit under trees”. Thankfully there was no prohibition against parkrunning under trees, and today’s intrepid runners didn’t have any intention of sitting down anywhere.

 

The Killerton umbrella worked well today, and it was dry and comfortably warm for the unfair-weather runners. The start section has softened up, but not to the point of being too slidey. Daryl Milford decided to take the scenic route at the first gate, which had swung shut. After a short loop down the hill and back again, he still managed to finish 9th, announcing to the barcode scanners, almost apologetically, that he had also been “waiting for his mate” on the course. One can only guess what his position would have been otherwise..

 

The wooded section is now presenting its winter hazards. It is sometimes difficult to heed the Run Director’s warnings, as the downhill section provides welcome breathing relief for many runners, and an opportunity to bound down in long strides and recover. It is the cause of many twists and falls, however, and today Julie Finch and Heidi were casualties. It’s saddening to see committed runners like Julie receive a training setback like that, and we hope that the frozen peas work their magic and they are both back on form soon. On the one hand that wooded section is a key part of the Killerton charm, but on the other hand its uneven surface can present a challenge to the runners.  Trail shoes are now a requirement until the drier Spring weather returns.

Today we welcomed Martin and his stags on his wedding day. He is a lucky man, to have his bride Sarah allow him to risk lower limb injuries on their big day. Thankfully he finished free from any injury. They were a cheerful bunch, and miraculously none of them were running hungover. We wish them both all the best at the Deer Park this afternoon and hope to see them back at Killerton in the future.

 

Jane Luscombe was brought out of the limelight by Roger to announce her 301st parkrun. That’s nearly 6 years of weekly parkruns, without fail:  a huge achievement. Other milestones included Lucy Sizer celebrating her 100th with a rather fetching Fresian outfit. It was nice to have a cow running the whole course, rather than just stampeding across it. Dawn Walker celebrated her 50th with a marker balloon and a small but vocal fan club. Congratulations to Chris Fuoco on his 100th, too.

 

It’s good to have these milestones to aim for, but it’s also a personal milestone for each runner to run on a day when the forecast and the National Trust signs all appear to be conspiring to persuade us to stay at home.

This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Andre MOUTON • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Jackie TORDINI • Steve TORDINI • Mark SHAW • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Andrew EATON-HART • Carl DRAINEY • Claire DRAINEY • Sim TAYLOR • Wendy LAND • Phil GATER • Chris FUOCO • Kate BROWN • Clare BRECKIN • Paul STIDWORTHY • Steve CHAPMAN • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Danni MEYER • Duncan BROWN • 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 11,591 participants have completed 84,577 parkruns covering a total distance of 422,885 km, including 14,826 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 386 6th October 2018

John Reader and Jane Luscombe reach their 300th parkruns

Today we celebrated International parkrun Day!! What a day for it, the weather did not bode well but nevertheless people came and took park. We even saw 2 300th runners today, our very own John Reader and Jane Luscombe, which is amazing and inspirational. What an achievement and what better day than International parkrun Day!

Thanks to all the marshals that stood out in the cold and wet to ensure our parkrun could take place. The route was rather wet and muddy today with the lane filling up with water again and not forgetting the cows in the end field. Killerton parkrun is still one of the prettiest parkruns and the mud adds another element to it which I kind of enjoy. The different seasons makes the route feel like a new run. Running through the woods, dodging conkers and leaves and running through puddles is very different to the clear paths of the summer.

Next week I am going to embark on my first ever half marathon. Before February I had not run further than 5km. parkrun has been invaluable in my training for the Great West Run. Having a place to go every Saturday and run is such a blessing. As we ran along it was great to remember that parkrun is not only local but happens nationally and even globally. It means our parkrun community expands right across the world.

 

Rebecca Orpin

 

This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Andre MOUTON • Annie FOOT • Les TURNER • Lindsay DUDLEY • Maureen DUDLEY • Anne EPHRAUMS • Paul PALMER • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Caleb PALMER • Janice NEWSON • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Hamish FLETCHER-COONEY • Wendy LAND • Paul INESON • Lola DALY • Peter SEIGNE • Glenn REDLER • Steve CHAPMAN • Beverley MCCRAE • Rebecca ORPIN • 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 11,559 participants have completed 84,378 parkruns covering a total distance of 421,890 km, including 14,808 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 385 29th September 2018

These Autumn days are good running days. The air is cool, but not cold enough to make you layer up so much you get too hot. The ground is soft, and kinder to joints. The stones in the wooded section aren’t yet hidden under a layer of leaves, waiting for your heel to land on them. As you approach Cow Corner, the sun isn’t hot enough to remind you of the Friday night drinks you enjoyed, but might now slightly be regretting. The flat final lane isn’t too dusty, but it also hasn’t yet turned to café latté. You can run your normal stride, not hopping over puddles to spare your calves the muddy splashes that turn your shower tray ochre-red. Most importantly, as you turn the final corner to head for the finish, you’re not faced with a “2 steps forward 1 step back” slightly demoralizing slip’n slide to the finish. Even the climb out of that final little dip seems manageable.

 

Basically, it’s a good time for a PB. Congratulations to all those who got one today.

But it’s also a good time to consolidate your progress through the year. Perhaps just to enjoy a run where you’re not pushing for a PB but enjoying your running, and your surroundings.

 

It’s always great to see those “new to parkrunning or new to Killerton” come up for their briefing. It shows that our parkrun is a popular and vibrant event. Those of us who have parkrunned elsewhere realise how lucky we are with our course.

 

To top all that off, today the autumn sun added its uplifting shine to all of us. Those who ran can start their weekend full of buzz, and justify that jam doughnut with their coffee. Those who volunteered can start their weekend feeling good about their contribution to such a great parkrun. Although we are constantly reminded that “it’s not a race”, there are never any losers from parkrun.

 

This week 299 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Andre MOUTON • Mary HUMPHRIES • Annie FOOT • Teresa BUTCHERS • Jane LUSCOMBE • Roger ROWE • Martin SAXTON • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Andrew EATON-HART • Karen BREWER • Mark NEWSON • Janice NEWSON • Luke HOLWAY • Graham LAND • Cyril MORCRETTE • Wendy LAND • Chris FUOCO • Katrina VOS • Kate BROWN • Peter SIMMONS • Glenn REDLER • Victoria REDLER • Steve CHAPMAN • Richard STEVINSON • Bruce ODLIN • Rebecca ORPIN

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 11,536 participants have completed 84,186 parkruns covering a total distance of 420,930 km, including 14,796 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 384 22nd September 201

Many thanks to Andrew Eaton-Hart for this week's run report, which somehow became mislaid in the ether.

Worth waiting for........

 

Today was a “why I am doing this?” morning. Why get the kit ready, when others in the household are still drinking coffee? Why get out of a warm dry car into the cool rain ? Why queue for the parking machine that doesn’t like scanning NT cards? And why march up the hill to the start, pulling grimaces in the rain?

All of us could run 5k from home, and we could choose a time of our own, when it wasn’t raining. So why go to the extra effort to go to Killerton parkrun?

That’s what non-parkrunners might ask.

 

Killerton parkrunners know why. We are warmly greeted at the clock tower gate. We chat at the start - about our weeks, about our weekend plans. About how we wished we had “done more running” during the week. We nod at known faces with unknown names, people we see every week and recognise.

We enjoy the Race Director’s briefing. We clap those who have achieved milestones that we hope to reach one day.

But more than that, we do it to run in a group of other people who understand running. We get motivation from being surrounded by runners. Where we might slack off, on our own, we keep going. The competitive amongst us might try to keep up with someone nearby. Others of us chat on the way round. We acknowledge and appreciate the Marshals and other volunteers.

We are so very privileged to have a beautiful and varied Park course, with hills, woods, smells and sounds. If we are sure enough of our footing to look to our right on the edge of the wood, the views are stunning. Every week it looks different.

At the finish, it is almost as if holding the finish token releases the endorphins which (retrospectively) makes the whole run feel so enjoyable. We chat/pant with those who finished around us. It is a communal feeling which enhances us all.

That’s why we run here.

 

Volunteering is as rewarding as running. Every day volunteered feels like a PB. We should  never leave volunteering to “someone else”. Perhaps we should each aim to volunteer one day in 10, over the year. After all, giving up 10% of your ParkRun for the good of the whole isn’t a huge ask, is it. And it gives an even simpler answer to the “why am I doing this?” question.

 

Today Killerton welcomed runners from as far afield as Pontefract and Saudi Arabia. Presumably one of those welcome visitors was more used to rain than the other. Thankfully the rain hasn’t (yet) fully been translated into mud..

 

A small but important footnote about farm animals and marshals: (1) Please remember that we are running on the cattle’s land, not the other way around. Cattle are inquisitive, and will move towards people out of curiosity. Please respect their right to be on the land, and please give way to them at all times (2) parkrun marshals, like airline cabin crew, are there for your safety. If a marshal holds runners back, it isn’t “Health’n Safety gone mad”, it’s for a good reason. Please respect the marshals’ instructions: your PB can wait for another week. Today one runner ignored the marshal who stopped the race briefly near the finish, and ran past regardless. This agitated the cows and caused them all to stampede. No harm was done,  this time…

 

This week 319 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Mary HUMPHRIES • Kevin HAWKER • Annie FOOT • Anthony YORK • Ray SUMMERFIELD • Andrea CONROY • Martin SAXTON • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Andrew EATON-HART • John COMBER • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Lynsey WILLIS • Oliver WILLIS • Richard KEMP • Janice NEWSON • Luke HOLWAY • Graham LAND • Ross SZENDER • Kate BROWN • Peter SIMMONS • Steve CHAPMAN • Caroline TAIT • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Deborah PHILLIPS • Clare Louise CLARKE • Bruce ODLIN • Tim LAVERICK • 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 11,503 participants have completed 83,887 parkruns covering a total distance of 419,435 km, including 14,738 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 381 1st September 2018

The 1st of September and the first official parkrun of Autumn. The weather, although with a distinct Autumnal feel, was clear and dry and the course was relatively mud free and firm under foot. Perfect for parkrun and a perfect reason to get out of bed on the last Saturday of the summer holidays- or so my mum tells me ! As a Duke of Edinburgh bronze student I am on a course of 15 voluntary sessions with the Killerton run and have undertaken many roles within the volunteer list. It has given me a different perspective on the well oiled machine that is park run and I have gone from someone who dashes past the fluorescent army gasping out a breathless “thank you Marshall!” To someone who has the utmost respect for the time and effort that is given on a weekly basis by those who work tirelessly to ensure the run is seamless each week.

This week I had the pleasure of being joined on the run by my Aunt and cousin from Germany. As first timers, they were impressed by the beauty of the Killerton course and by the dedication of not only the volunteers but of the runners themselves. I believe they were joined by several other first timers in addition to the faithful regulars and the park run tourists who seem to scour the country popping up at random parkrun’s throughout!

Well worth a mention this week is Dominic Jones who reached his 100 milestone! Great achievement and I hope I will get there one day.

My park run experience today was just missing the usual coffee and a cake in the cafe (mum has the coffee and I have the cake!) as I had to dash off for a football match (which we won 12-0). All in all a great start to the day ! Thank you Killerton and all those who make it happen.

Oliver Willis aged 14

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Ian PANG • Mary HUMPHRIES • Mark SHAW • Rachel HILL • Andrew FINCH • Mary ROWE • Sandie READER • Oliver WILLIS • Lucy BUTT • Luke HOLWAY • Frances ASH • Chris FUOCO • Lynda GARCIA • Phil PENNY • Clare GROOMBRIDGE • Chrissie RANDALL • Lucy SIZER • Chris RANDALL • Steve CHAPMAN • Damian WILSON • Asya KAYA • Hayley GROVES • Marzena STRZALKOWSKA • Brian HIRST • Tim LAVERICK • Wendy HOLT • James RINTOUL • Hiromi INOUE • Valerie CROOK

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 11,371 participants have completed 82,857 parkruns covering a total distance of 414,285 km, including 14,546 new Personal Bests.

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