Killerton parkrun Event number 400 5th January 2019

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.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 399

If there's a better way to celebrate New Year than a New Year’s Day parkrun, it’s a Killerton parkrun on New Year’s Day! We had a beautiful, sunny morning and a very smooth course apart from some muddy puddles at Cow Corner (near the two-mile point). A total of 370 runners completed the course, including 36 new PBs. The fastest male finisher was Peter Bray of the Chorlton Runners, a first-timer at Killerton who got round in 17:18. The speediest female finisher was Lucy Commander of the South West Road Runners, who ran 19:52. Twenty-five people chose to take their very first parkrun ever at Killerton today. Congratulations to them all: we hope you’ll be back to run many more and join some milestone clubs! A few runners were celebrating milestones: Graham Aggett completed his 100th run, while Sue Jackson ran her 50th race today. Congratulations to both. Today 5 people achieved age-graded positions above 75%, including junior runner Henry Fraser who pulled off an impressive age grading of 94.96 % with a run time of 20:49.

We all started off a few minutes after 9.30am following a stirring speech from our Run Director Mark Shaw, who shared some exciting course statistics with us. And they really were exciting statistics: in the seven years that Killerton parkrun has existed (it started on 30th April 2011), 11,864 runners have completed 87,376 runs – that’s an average of 7.4 runs per person.

Many thanks to all today’s volunteers, Steve Chapman, Karen Collard, Lucy Commander, Jeff Curd, Joe Daly, Sandra Dewson, Julie Finch, Annie Foot, George Foot, Chris Fuoco, Imogen Groves, Wendy Holt, Shane Hudd, Mary Humphries, Graham Kirby, Adrian Lock, Steve Miller-Ratcliffe, Jonathan Newman, Mark Newson, Sandie Reader, Mary Rowe, Gordon Seward, Mark Shaw, Jossi Tibbetts, Jon Tibbetts, Dawn Walker, and Jaroslaw Zajac. Among these we especially thank the marshals for their patience, the pacers for helping runners set PBs, and of course the Jelly Baby Marshal whose vital role it is to supply jelly babies just before the final kilometre. As RD Mark reminded us this morning, a small core of just over 300 regular volunteers have kept Killerton Parkrun running (literally) over the last seven years. If every runner is prepared to volunteer in any role at least once in the coming year, we will help to keep parkrun going. The volunteers are a friendly group, and while most of the roles are self-explanatory, we do offer full training where needed. And remember that in some volunteer roles (like tail-walker or run report writer) it’s possible to volunteer and run (or walk) the course, so you can help parkrun without sacrificing your Saturday exercise. Do look at our volunteer roster and sign-up for some volunteer sessions: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/killerton/volunteer/

For those of you looking for New Year’s resolutions: Mark Shaw suggests we should all try to introduce a friend or family member to parkrun during 2019. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s healthy: why not get your friends involved? Or you could try using public transport, bike, or even running to get to the start. As I like to remind runners: the parkrunning ethos encourages us to avoid using cars where possible. Killerton is accessible from Exeter and Broadclyst by cycle path (it’s about six miles from Exeter), and if you live along the main routes between Killerton and Tiverton (inclusive) you can catch the 1/1A Stagecoach bus to Killerton Turn, which is a half-mile walk from the start. Using less petrol to reach your weekly parkrun is good for the world and good for you, so leave your car if you can.

Happy New Year 2019 and happy parkrunning to all of you! Muireann Maguire

This week 370 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Adrian LOCK • Mary HUMPHRIES • Sandra DEWSON • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Muireann MAGUIRE • Shane HUDD • Mark SHAW • Jonathan NEWMAN • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Jeff CURD • Joe DALY • Karen COLLARD • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Chris FUOCO • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Rachel GIBSON • Jossi TIBBETTS • Dawn WALKER • Jon TIBBETTS • Steve CHAPMAN • Imogen GROVES • George FOOT • Wendy HOLT • 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 Henry FRASER who recorded 94.96% (20:49) on 1st January 2019 (event number 399).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 11,933 participants have completed 87,746 parkruns covering a total distance of 438,730 km, including 15,108 new Personal Bests. A total of 917 individuals have volunteered 7,075 times.

 

 

Killerton parkrun #398

For a mid-winter run at Killerton the conditions were great this morning. T-shirt and knee-length leggings for me. The ground was not too slippery in the first field and the run down through the woods the trail had a distinct track rather than a mass of red thick mud and water.

As I was run report writer today I started to let my mind explore a theme for my later writing. I reflected on the role and importance of Killerton and the unique characteristics that this Estate lends itself to the dedicated runners who call this parkrun their 'home' run. To run at Killerton each week we are privileged to experience a wide variety of natural and managed landscapes throughout the seasons. The obvious changes we encounter are in the surface and for some of us we like the challenge of the mud, water and terrain. We are all familiar with the changes in the woodland from the first green shoots in spring, to the welcome canopy of shade of mid-summer, followed by the colours and leaf fall and finally the hibernation and skeleton trees of winter. Each season has challenges and affords an opportunity to encounter nature and weather first-hand. The rhythm of the seasons and time to reflect on how far our everyday lives take us from this in our air-conditioned cars, in our warm homes and offices, where we spend the majority of our time.

My own childhood was spent on the very edge of Exeter exploring the fields and lanes as far as Killerton itself. My first experiences of the estate were in the 1970s collecting sweet chestnuts in Autumn from the woodland above the start point. Most of the trees are still there - they were well established then and are still part of the landscape today. My own children having also gathered sweet chestnuts from the same trees 30 years later.

It is refreshing to see so many children participating in parkrun and we all hope that they too will hold Killerton dear as they perhaps bring their own children here in the future.

This parkrun generates considerable income for the host National Trust property as each member who signs in at the end will enable the property to draw down some money for conservation work on the estate and this is an important element for many of the runners as they know that they are contributing to this important work. Recently, I was reading about the work of the Trust in creating more habitats than ever to provide more spaces for wildlife who live side by side with us as we go about out everyday lives. It is only a small part had it feels good that our weekly run is not only good for us but is also good for nature and the environment.

2018 is nearly over and I reflect on the role that Park Run has had in so many lives this year. I am nearing the end of my run at Killerton today. Too much Christmas pudding had slowed me down as I pass cow corner and through the watery lane. I'm only thinking of the finish line now as I pass jelly baby corner and into the field glancing up at Killerton house as I go. If you get a chance, come back in the evening when the Christmas trees at the house are lit for the season and some of the trees on the park are illuminated. You can appreciate the gnarled trunks and twisted branches of the winter night.

Final home straight now and smiles all around as some have achieved personal milestones today and others will have achieved PBs and milestones during the year. We will all be looking forward to setting personal targets and goals for 2019 and this is why parkrrun is so important to many as it affords the opportunity to set an achievable goal whether it be your 50th or 100th PR or you have set a time to achieve. Happy New Year to you all.

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.

 

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 !

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 395 8th December 2018

Another beautiful crisp morning at Killerton today. Rain was forecast but held off in true Killerton fashion until all the runners were home.

After a briefing from Chris, our run director this morning, everyone set off on the muddy course. The first field was very boggy and slippy but was surpassed by the final field. I overheard some parkrun tourists from Bristol saying ‘I think that’s our muddiest parkrun so far!!!’. Our first finisher David saved himself for the last field knowing how hard it is when it is wet and held off the competition to finish first. Congratulations!

We had a faller at marshal point 4, by the farm. All is well and our friends at the National Trust collected her and brought her back to the stable block, no broken bones thankfully. During the winter and when the farm area is wet, please run through the middle of the puddle and don’t try and weave your way along the edge. The pathed middle is much safer (and less deep) than the boggy edges, and it is easy to slip on the edge.

On that note, Natalie fractured a bone in her foot 7 weeks ago at Killerton near marshal point 2. Having volunteered during her recovery, today she walked the course and completed it safely. We welcome you back Natalie and wish you well on your continuing recovery!

Julie Finch reached a huge milestone today, 100th parkrun and Julie has completed all of these at Killerton. Julie unfortunately has an injury but determination and grit have meant that she has walked the last 8 parkruns to reach 100. Huge congratulations to you Julie, and we wish you well in your recovery.

Killerton will be holding an additional parkrun on New Year’s Day, starting at 9:30. We will need a jolly band of volunteers to hold this, please let us know if you are available to help.

Volunteering at parkrun really is a rewarding morning. This morning a working group of parkrunners got together with the National Trust team to help with the upkeep of the park, thank you team. If you haven’t yet volunteered and would like to find out more, please get in touch. You will be given all the information you need and there are always people on hand to answer questions. Our wonderful event couldn’t happen without the volunteers – to you all, I thank you.

 

This week 187 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Mike ATKINS • Teresa BUTCHERS • Warren KILLEN • Sue SMYE • Julie FINCH • Andrew FINCH • Mary ROWE • Francis READER • Mark NEWSON • Caroline ROWE • Chris FUOCO • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Di HOLLIDGE • Bill LARGE • Andy PARKER • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Teresa BOSENCE • Sue JACKSON • Damian WILSON • Stuart FISHER • Billy WARE • William WARE • Lisa HUXTABLE • Kevin PARTRIDGE • 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 11,800 participants have completed 86,652 parkruns covering a total distance of 433,260 km, including 15,026 new Personal Bests. A total of 909 individuals have volunteered 6,965 times.

 

New Year’s Day Killerton parkrun 2019

We are delighted to be able to confirm that we will once again be holding a parkrun on New Year's Day. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the  Killerton National Trust team for allowing this to go ahead on such a busy day for them.

We had mooted a later time originally to allow for the 'Double' with Exmouth parkrun. With our confirmed start time of 0930hrs this will not be possible to achieve.

We will need the usual contingent of High-vis Heroes to make the event possible so please sign-up for your preferred job as soon as possible.

Joe, ED

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 394 1st December 2018



So 1st December and 181 mud monsters tackled the beautiful 5k.

I believe a few of the missing may of allowed the duvet to lead them astray! The only benefit was the queue for coffee was short!

Well you missed a corker of a parkrun today, with a few squelches, splashes and interesting smells!

No choice but to stomp through, feel the ooze though the shoe - you know you can’t resist the the call of the pond as you leave Nigel and head to jelly baby corner!

Yeap a reminder ‘Trail Shoes"

I guess we can only thank storm Diana for her gracious gift!

But it knew better than to rain at parkrun time so only the bottom half wet!

Thank you to all the volunteers not only those that we see with beaming smiles & giving out words of encouragement & support, but also those behind the scenes.

Today I met my man of mystery - Joe, himself having been on parkrun laundry duty this week!

Well done & welcome to all the first timers.

Don’t forget the gardening party next Saturday, not only a great chance to say thank you to the National Trust but also to meet some of the others you share your Saturday mornings with.


The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Eleanor RYLANCE • Neil LAWSON • Annie FOOT • Jane LUSCOMBE • Roger SAUNDERS • Warren KILLEN • Roger ROWE • Mark JELLEY • Mary ROWE • Richard KEMP • Luke HOLWAY • Graham LAND • James DERHAM • Cyril MORCRETTE • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Wendy JELLEY • Steve CHAPMAN • Sarah ASHBY • Duncan BROWN • Andrew BROWN • Jo LAVERICK • Wendy HOLT • 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 11,794 participants have completed 86,465 parkruns covering a total distance of 432,325 km, including 15,015 new Personal Bests. A total of 908 individuals have volunteered 6,938 times.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 393 24th November 2018

Mud Wrestling comes to Killerton Parkrun. 

Seeing the weather over the last couple of days and knowing I have a race the next day I opted not to go paddling round Parkrun today.
195 brave souls did though.
Andrew Eaton -Hart doing his 100th along with  Philip Hall and Annie Foot who has done nearly as many volunteering.
Our John Reader has done 25 volunteering so has Chrissie Randall.
Jude Naban completed 50 as did Bruce Odlin who lost his balloon up a tree,  and Tim Laverick who didn't.
I just confused everyone by being 50 years old (Well, tomorrow).
Patrick Devine-Wright was first in over a minute ahead of everyone else and Lucy Commander in as first woman.
All  were caked in mud reporting big puddles.
Please listen to the marshals when they direct you through the puddles.
It's much safer than trying to go round as people always find out too late..
We had visitors from Maidenhead and Stratford upon Avon who were doing a run before going off to play board games.
Also people from Ludlow.
Mud wrestling? At the finish two non Parkrunners got into a fight because one kicked the other's dog.
They were brawling in the mud on National Trust property!
Thanks to all the volunteers who stood out in the rain and make Parkrun possible.
If you haven't volunteered please give it a go. It's great fun even in the rain!
See you all for more again soon!
Deb Winship

This week 195 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Hilary COLLINS • Gordon SEWARD • John Peter READER • Roger ROWE • Andrea CONROY • Mark SHAW • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Francis READER • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Sandie READER • Caleb PALMER • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • James WOOLF • Lola DALY • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Phil PENNY • Chrissie RANDALL • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Roxanna SNOOKE • Chris RANDALL • Steve CHAPMAN • Deborah WINSHIP • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Beverley MCCRAE • George FOOT • Tim LAVERICK • 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 11,779 participants have completed 86,284 parkruns covering a total distance of 431,420 km, including 15,004 new Personal Bests. A total of 905 individuals have volunteered 6,909 times.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 392 17th November 2018

We had perfect winter weather for Killerton Parkrun #392 this morning – cool, cloudy, yet with blue sky showing through and gorgeous views clarifying in the distance as we went round the course. The course itself, as all agreed, was much less muddy than last week – although there were a few rather muddy puddles, mostly along the laneways in the final two kilometres.  We had 289 finishers, of whom 31 achieved Personal Bests! Coincidentally, we also had exactly 31 parkrunners new to Killerton (not necessarily the same people) – we hope our newcomers will be back soon.

There were some very special participants today: two amazing thirteen-year-olds, Anna and Lily, raised over £100 for Children in Need by completing their first ever parkrun. They looked great in their self-designed Pudsey Bear T-shirts. Another young runner, Ezra Sullivan, who is all of seven years old, reached his 50th parkrun milestone today in a time of 28:22. Congratulations, Ezra! Also a shout-out to Ezra’s younger brother Wilbur, who ran his 44th parkrun today and is closing in fast on that special 50-run milestone – at the advanced age of five. Respect to the younger generation – I think I ran a hundred metres, once, when I was their age.

This week our first male finisher and first finisher overall was Christian Hewitt of the Tiverton Harriers, who came home in 17.44. The fastest female finisher (and tenth finisher overall) was Lucy Commander, of the South West Road Runners, in 20.08. Well done to both and to all our runners!

Six people achieved an age grading of over 75%, including David Wilkinson at 78.55%, and Sue Smye at 76.91%.   Members of twenty-eight different running clubs participated today.

Enormous gratitude goes to this week’s volunteer team, thirty-four strong, led by this week’s Run Director Mark Shaw: Natalie Ballantyne, Andrew Brown, Steve Chapman, Lucy Commander, Keira Coombes, Jane Flaxington, Linda Gethin, Euan Gethin, Philip Greedy, Catherine Hughes, Sue Jackson, Graham Kirby, Graham Land, Wendy Land, Sue Lewis, yours truly as report writer, Heidi Miller-Ratcliffe, Jonathan Newman, Nancy Osborne, Caleb Palmer, Benjamin Palmer, Keira Palmer, Phil Penny, John Peter Reader, Francis Reader, Sandie Reader, Mary Rowe, Emma Scrace, Ian Selway, Gordon Seward, Lucy Sizer, Ross Szender, Dawn Walker. The six pacers, covering a wide range of times between 20 and 40 minutes, did a fantastic job of helping runners meet PB's.

Volunteers keep parkrun going: it’s a friendly group, and while most of the roles are self-explanatory, we do offer full training where needed. And remember that in some volunteer roles (like tail-walker or run report writer) it’s possible to volunteer and run (or walk) the course, so you can help parkrun without sacrificing your Saturday exercise. Do look at our volunteer roster and sign-up for some volunteer sessions: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/killerton/volunteer/

As I like to remind runners: the parkrunning ethos encourages us to make their way to the start on foot, by bicycle or by public transport if possible. Killerton is accessible from Exeter and Broadclyst by cycle path (it’s about six miles from the city), and if you live along the main routes between Killerton and Tiverton (inclusive) you can catch the 1/1A Stagecoach bus to Killerton Turn, which is a half-mile walk from the start. Using less petrol to reach your weekly parkrun is good for the world and good for you, so leave your car if you can.

By Muireann Maguire

This week 289 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Sue LEWIS • John Peter READER • Lucy COMMANDER • Muireann MAGUIRE • Philip GREEDY • Mark SHAW • Jonathan NEWMAN • Mary ROWE • Francis READER • Sandie READER • Emma SCRACE • Keira PALMER • Caleb PALMER • Ian SELWAY • Linda GETHIN • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Natalie BALLANTYNE • Jane FLAXINGTON • Phil PENNY • Benjamin PALMER • Ross SZENDER • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Sue JACKSON • Nancy OSBORNE • Catherine HUGHES • Euan GETHIN • Andrew BROWN • 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 11,769 participants have completed 86,089 parkruns covering a total distance of 430,445 km, including 14,989 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 391 10th November 2018

Super Mark Goes Ballistic Weather Was Atrocious!

 

Mary Poppins umbrella would certainly have been useful this morning before the off as the heavens opened. A hardy 237 runners we’re at the start today where the wet, muddy conditions were very apt to reflect on the brave soldiers who fought on our behalf 100 years ago. Mark Shaw did a magnificent job in leading a minutes silence in remembrance which was adhered to even by all the excited dogs waiting to get going!

RD Luke Holway then did the usual briefing (done like an RD with years of experience, not just his 2nd time.) Congratulations to Julian Budd on run 100, Mike Hansen 50, Marnie Broomby 50 and Dawn Walker Volunteer 25. It should be noted that Dawn has only just completed her 50th run too, so has a volunteer ratio of 1:2runs, great work Dawn. The run was won narrowly by Mark Jeffreys ahead of James Woolf with Lucy Commander once again the first lady home.

Well done to all that ran today in hard conditions. It was also good to see Parkrun tourists from Erme Valley Harriers & Dursley Running Club. We hope you enjoyed the stunning scenery Killerton has to offer and will come and visit again soon.

Steve Miller-Ratcliffe

 

This week 237 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Ian PANG • John Peter READER • Lucy COMMANDER • Mark SHAW • Serena STEPHENSON • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Sandie READER • Nick HOPKINSON • Luke HOLWAY • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Caroline ROWE • James WOOLF • Chris FUOCO • Benjamin PALMER • Bill LARGE • Andy PARKER • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Chrissie RANDALL • Dawn WALKER • Sue JACKSON • Caroline TAIT • Tim LAVERICK • 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 11,736 participants have completed 85,800 parkruns covering a total distance of 429,000 km, including 14,958 new Personal Bests.

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