After a year away from wonderful Killerton parkrun, it was great to be back. Not a bad day for it either, with mild and calm conditions, albeit no sign of the sunshine I've become accustomed to while exploring exotic corners of the planet. I'd had reports of it being 'definitely trail shoe season', but the going was fairly good until farmyard corner, and even that was only lightly muddied, with just a hint of everyone's favourite puddle. (Still wear those trail shoes though, safety first!)
Despite these comparatively friendly conditions, we had a few fallers today. It was great to see a gaggle of concerned runners helping a lady to her feet, and to hear another reporting the incident to the nearest marshal. Great work people, keep on looking after each other! Tommy the ranger was summoned (for the first time ever) to rescue a couple of other unfortunate souls in his trusty 4x4. Thanks Tommy! We wish the injured runners a speedy recovery and return to parkrun.
Special mentions go the Emma Scrace, Di Hollidge and James Woolfe, who forewent their runs to tend to the wounded. You embody all that is good and great about our precious community.
Personally, after barely running a step since July, I was delighted to make it round the course without too much walking. Other achievements were more notable, with Shane Hudd, and Lorraine Glover and Sooty the dog, all reaching their 50th milestones. Question is, are they as over-excited as I was about receiving their t-shirts?? I do hope so!
And if that still isn't enough feel-good moments for you, I saw a lady encouraging and advising her friend on how to deal with a stitch, and I myself was cheered from a walk to a finishing trot by a young girl I'd never met before. What a wonderful community this is and, even after sampling events in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, I still maintain that Killerton is one of the best!
However, if 5K isn't quite far enough for you, or if you'd like to explore a bit more of our beautiful area, check out the upcoming East Devon round. Organised by parkrunner Alastair Moffat, it promises no fewer than 100km of muddy, hilly, Devonish joy. More details at www.eastdevonround.com
. Might be a stretch for me at the moment, so I think I'll focus on completing both Exmouth AND Killerton parkruns on New Year's Day instead! Happening at 8.30am and 10.30am respectively; maybe see you there??
Honiton Running Club
This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Gordon SEWARD • John Peter READER • Lawrence John ATHERTON • Martin SAXTON • Trudy SAXTON • Mark SHAW • James EPHRAUMS • Paul PALMER • Joe DALY • Simon BUNDAY • Francis READER • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Sandie READER • Caleb PALMER • Katy CAMPBELL • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Jonathan RICH • Natalie BALLANTYNE • Katrina VOS • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Dawn WALKER • Victoria REDLER • Stuart FISHER • Adam ROOKE • Sue LANCASTER • Graham LANCASTER • Bruce ODLIN • 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 11,711 participants have completed 85,563 parkruns covering a total distance of 427,815 km, including 14,944 new Personal Bests.