400th Event at Killerton
Bit of a cold frosty morning one of those that the biggest challenge is getting out of a warm cozy bed.
But 424 runners/walkers & 32 volunteers did & what a way to celebrate Killerton's 400th run and Roger Rowe's 300th & final time as Event Director.
Did you know that Killerton was the 2nd parkrun to be held at a National Trust venue and now there are 26 across the country and the partnership is still growing.
So what was the first Killerton parkrun like on 30/04/11. It started with 11 volunteers and 49 Runners. If you go to the Killerton parkrun page and look in event history you can see the names and we still have a few that run at Killerton.
So that's a total of 5 years 1 day 10 hours 33minutes and 27 seconds of running, with 11,980 runners.
If you'd run those 400 parkruns it would be the equivalent of running into Croatia!
So whose name appeared as a volunteer on that first day and today as a volunteer? None other than our very own time lord Gordon Seward.
So in between Gordon's clickety clicking today I grabbed a few words to find out about his parkrun life and Killerton - first I could listen to this man for ages another extremely interesting character on our parkrun circuit.
Gordon use to arrive to set up carrying an army backpack loaded with the signs, posts and run the course putting everything out before the masses arrived - I think now it's shared out a bit more with Marsha's but as Mark Newson (also today's time keeper) reminded me before each run we still have someone go out and run it opening the gates and making sure it's safe.
Even Gordon's sister has had to give up something for parkrun, her skipping rope. Those who have tail-walked will know where this is and why it's used every week!
While Gordon is seen as the Killerton Time Lord he has volunteered at other parkrun venues and seems to be the Time Lord professor training others.
Gordon was a bit unsure on his amount of times volunteering and admitted some have not been logged and once he didn't turn up as he fancied a lay n!
Official Volunteering 280 times well over 5yrs!
So the big celebration was for Mr Killerton parkrun himself Roger Rowe who today celebrated 300 times of being event director (that's almost 6 years!)
Roger although I am new having just done my first year of parkrun I'm sure I can speak for everyone in saying, thank you for all your hard work, commitment and making Killerton parkrun so friendly, welcoming and happy. (Thank you for my hug at the end today.)
Hope everyone enjoyed the cake.
While I'd love to share information on all the core volunteers that work so hard it would make a long report, so maybe save it for another day. The one question that I had was 400 killerton runs so how many jelly babies would that be?
So who is the jelly baby Marshall usually it is the happy welcoming Mary Rowe (occasionally we have a trusted back up!) so after a bit of stalking on the parkrun page Mary has clocked up 177 volunteering sessions I reckon Mary herself has given out over 3k jelly babies ..... anyone wishing to workout the colours feel free to chat with Joe Daly! (Our one and only Event Director, thank you Joe for your hard work)
May I make a suggestion when Mary reaches her 200 volunteering we celebrate as all dressing up as jelly babies, of course James yours is expected to wear a tutu!
World record most jelly babies at a parkrun!
Today we had can you believe it 47 first timers, so welcome, well done and see you next week!
The ground being drier clearly benefited many as we had 64 achieve a PB.
Including me again by 5 seconds. (Wahoo)
Also our first runner back Tom Gordon with a time of 17:31 giving himself a PB.
Although knowing where I usually come in the parkrun pack I was aiming to get the 400th finishing token but I was beaten by only seconds to this by Di Hollidge who deserved the accolade of 400th token on 400th run, Di volunteers regularly and was Marshall 2 today.
It's also really important to thank the National Trust and the Killerton staff for allowing and supporting us in having the pleasure to use the estate. If your not a member of the National Trust it is really worth considering you never need to rummage for £2 parking again. The estate also benefits from each member attending the Saturday morning Killerton parkrun.
Before I sign off I need to apologise to David Nash!
A group of us ladies who run at the back end have the pleasure of running with and getting support from David and last week we let him down when he ran his 250th parkrun no balloons, no cake or no celebrations. So today on his 251 we want to say well done David with love from some of your harem!
Don't forget make 2019 the year you volunteer and help someone else reach their goal.
This week 424 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:
Gordon SEWARD • Mary HUMPHRIES • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Jane LUSCOMBE • Roger ROWE • Mark SHAW • Sharon GREENSLADE • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Francis READER • James WHILE • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • Sandie READER • Luke HOLWAY • Jonno JOHNSON • James DERHAM • Jonathan RICH • Rhianna GREENSLADE • Chris FUOCO • Dom STACEY • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Shaun PICKETT • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Adam ROOKE • Karla GREGORY • Karen HOLWAY • 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 11,980 participants have completed 88,170 parkruns covering a total distance of 440,850 km, including 15,176 new Personal Bests. A total of 920 individuals have volunteered 7,108 times.