Killerton parkrun #398

Killerton Run report 22 December 2018

What a wonderful collection of Santas there were at Killerton today ! And not just Santas a fully inflated Snowman, who stayed inflated all the way around, and an inflated penguin, who sadly looked rather deflated by the finishing line. Thanks to all the others who wore suitably festive outfits, and even to the less conventional Mexican wrestling mask-wearer, Jonathan Rich.

Although we might be dreaming of one, it seems unlikely that this year will be a white Christmas. Killerton was more of a brown Christmas today. The mud at the start wasn’t deep, but still made that side-slope when joining the track a bit of a challenge. The wooded section was surprisingly clear, and it wasn’t until the flat lane that the course became a cappuccino-coloured paddling pool.

We all know the different parkrunners approach to puddles: there are the "hoppers", who try to leap from one little dry island to another, breaking their stride as they do it. Then there are the "tip-toers" who seem to believe that lifting their feet high above the water will somehow keep them dry. Next come the "sideliners" who try to hug the impossibly-thin strip of dry mud next to the hedge. And finally the "ploughers-on" who run through everything as if it wasn’t there.

Whichever is your style, there is an important safety note, particularly at Cow Corner: the concrete road base there has a sharp and abrupt edge to it, which is totally invisible under the muddy water. It is therefore dangerous to run to the side at that point. My clear advice to parkrunners is always to run down the middle of everything. Wet feet and muddy legs are very much part of the Killerton experience.

Rather like airline cabin crew, the organisers of the Killerton parkrun have the runners’ safety as their prime concern. This is an organized event, even if the organisers are all volunteers. The organisers are therefore potentially liable for the basic safety of all runners. It is for that reason that basic safety rules exist. It was disappointing to hear, this morning, of the attempts of some runners to flout the rules as to the accompaniment of children around the course. The rules are not there to kill joy, they are there to keep joy safe. Please abide by them. The alternative would be far worse no-one wants parkrun to ban the participation of children.

Rather than ending on that headteacher-to-assembly note, let’s look back on a great year for Killerton parkrun. Let’s remember the different seasons, the PB’s, the fancy dress, the new parkrunners, the milestones, and the elation we all feel at the finish line. Let’s also remember the need for volunteers, and the satisfaction they get from making the Killerton parkrun happen at all.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, why not make it one of your resolutions to volunteer at Killerton in 2019 ? It’s an easy promise to keep to, and one which you will find much more rewarding than a new gym membership you never use.

This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Annie FOOT • Warren KILLEN • Maureen DUDLEY • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Francis READER • Karen COLLARD • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Caleb PALMER • Katy LANCASTER • Graham LAND • James DERHAM • Sim TAYLOR • Jonathan RICH • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Ali KERRIDGE • Markus KINCH • Dawn WALKER • Valentine VERRIJKEN • Brian HIRST • Tim LAVERICK • Karla GREGORY • 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 11,863 participants have completed 87,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 436,880 km, including 15,072 new Personal Bests. A total of 913 individuals have volunteered 7,046 times.

Happy Christmas !