Killerton parkrun Event number 410 16th March 2019

So weather warnings out
the wind blows high
the Winds blow low
Across the mud
And over the fields
Let’s hope James secures his tutu!

So the wind was our friend this morning and allowed 263 runners/walkers/mud munchers & 27 volunteers to join the fun of parkrun.

Always the lovely thing is to be greeted at the car park with the smiley happy face of Dawn practicing her counting.
Followed by the lovely greetings of the parkrun volunteers at the arch.

With the normal climb up the warm up hill, sorry the flat bit that goes upwards.
Lovely time to catch up with friends -
But the best thing is getting to the top and seeing the wonderful mass of happy smiley people and today we wasn’t let down added to the fun lots of balloons and celebrations marking milestones of runs & volunteering.

With the all important safety briefings with the new PA system - which will hopefully improve us hearing the information but please help the RD and respect the job that has to be done with a bit of quiet.

So off we go - trail shoes to battle the challenge under foot - so top field not to slippery but not to be fooled the mud was glorious and squelchy.

But signs of spring coming was clear with primroses, violets and the smell of garlic.

Cow corner and there was James - disappointed no tutu!

Back across the last field how lucky we are to have such beauty to run or walk.

Welcome to all visitors and first timers.

Well done to those that reached milestones the cakes we’re beautiful!

Congratulations to those that got a new PB and also congratulations to those who reached other goals such as getting round, increasing running times, helping someone else achieve a goal.

It’s also been brought to my attention that our Event Director Mark Shaw also reached a milestone of 100 volunteering - and well done for showing real spirit of parkrun and supporting another run to reach a goal.

Other milestones include:

Ellie Crawford - 50th run

Jayne Fahy - 100th run

David Skinner - 100th run

Steve Chapman - 100th run

Shaun Fry - 200th run

Thank you to everyone who volunteers.

Remember to give to parkrun as well - how many volunteering sessions have you done?

Karla Gregory

 

This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Katy LANCASTER • Kevin HAGLEY • Graham LAND • Sim TAYLOR • James WOOLF • Chris FUOCO • Lynda GARCIA • Phil PENNY • Jason HOCKRIDGE • Becka GREEN • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Andy LUSH • Dawn LUSH • Libby HOCKRIDGE • Phil REES • Andrew BROWN • Tim LAVERICK • Karla GREGORY • Jose Felix MANCHON MAS

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 12,317 participants have completed 91,209 parkruns covering a total distance of 456,045 km, including 15,525 new Personal Bests. A total of 929 individuals have volunteered 7,389 times.

 

Killerton parkrun #409 Saturday 9th March 2019

by Jane Trollope

 

Frankly, after a week of sporadic heavy rain and a visit from Storm Freya, you could be forgiven for expecting conditions at Killerton to be wetter than a penguin’s pool party. But surprisingly, although there was some squelching, there was no sign of the truly ankle-deep gunge that we know and love. On the Killerton-winter-conditions-scale, I reckon it was only ‘moist’. It was still essential to wear your trail shoes (for your own safety), but there was no need for your trail flippers and trail snorkle this week, except perhaps at cow poo corner, where the lake was back.

 

Lovely spring weather meant today was therefore a great introduction for visitors to Killerton, who hailed from Burnham and Highbridge, Ormskirk, Lee-on-the-Solent, Chipping Sodbury, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Basildon, Ashton Court, and Longrun Meadow parkruns, and from as far away as Claisebrook Cove parkrun (that’s Perth, Australia – although Lucille has just relocated to the UK, and didn’t just fly in specially). Others were giving parkrun a whirl for the very first time, and some of the visitors were here for The Grizzly tomorrow (best of luck!).

 

A warm welcome one and all to our lovely parkrun!

 

New local parkrun, Haldon Forest, plus a new volunteer role at Killerton were highlighted in Event Director Joe Daly’s briefing. Haldon Forest parkrun is our brand new sister event set along well-maintained forest trails, which are firm underfoot with spectacular views. You will see many familiar faces there. The new role is ‘running marshal’, this week filled by Mark Shaw, who buzzed back and forth between the 35-ish-minute runners and the tail. The purpose is to keep a safety check on what can be quite a spread out group of runners and walkers, in case someone comes a cropper. Because of the slippery conditions at this time of the year, our National Trust hosts can’t safely get a vehicle out into the woods to collect the walking wounded – making it all the more important to wear proper shoes, look out for one another and take care. As Joe says, limping back to the start isn’t as fun as it sounds. Happily today, there were no fallers anywhere on the run.

 

Galvanised and ready for anything, we set off promptly in some lovely sunshine. The deer park and woods were freshly washed by the recent rain, and looked ready for spring. (Aren’t we all?) The paths were a little slippery, but really not too bad, and there was the usual splash through the puddles on the farm tracks. Turning back into the park the strengthening westerly wind was a fantastic bonus as it blew us all back over the finishing line! It was lovely to see so many children running with their parents, holding hands or side-by-side, or at least within arms reach. I had every chance to observe happy kids running with their families, as so many of them whipped past me. Honestly, how do those little legs go so fast?

 

Every plaudit to first male and female finishers, Tim Gordon and Lucy Commander, and many congratulations to Daniel and Jackie Kirby, Emma Gribble and Beatrice Hawkins on their 50th parkruns today, and Peter Simmons and Jane Trollope (shh, that’s me!) on our 100th runs. Huge thanks to all the core team, pacers, marshals, scanners, finish funnel folks, and all today’s hi-viz heroes. Let their example inspire us all to volunteer once in a while. Several roles allow you to run and volunteer on the same Saturday, including report writing… just saying.

This week 264 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Philip GREEDY • Andrew GWYNNE • Mark SHAW • Wendy WOODS • Paul PALMER • Julie FINCH • Joe DALY • Simon BUNDAY • James WHILE • Elizabeth LLOYD-POWELL • James DERHAM • Cyril MORCRETTE • Wendy LAND • Phil PENNY • Di HOLLIDGE • Kate BROWN • Becka GREEN • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Jane TROLLOPE • Katherine GWYNNE • 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 12,282 participants have completed 90,946 parkruns covering a total distance of 454,730 km, including 15,492 new Personal Bests. A total of 926 individuals have volunteered 7,359 times.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 408 2nd March 2019

Run report 27th feb
as usual my alarm is set earlier on a Saturday than any work day! I began running at killerton in 2014 and have become totally addicted, it is a great place to run,walk,jog,saunter,volunteer, watch,mingle and make friends!, this morning being a fabulous warm and sunny morning yay, I begin a pre run, which is perfect timing as the pre set up lady has opened all the gates , the coarse is slightly sloppy today  but much dryer than it has been and the last field quite firm! so perfect for
 park run today, as I make my way back up the hill again, seeing who is volunteering with pacing today, thanks pacers you are a great help!, I will try pacing one day,(not sure I will be too great at it!!)  I chat to a few friends I had not seen for a while, and we are off, I am still chatting  as we cross the field, then as we drop into the woods we are silent and trying to speed up, one faller today, hope you not too battered and bruised! speedy recovery!! I pass lots of families today and small children, thanks to all the marshals, I am always to out of puff to thank you as I run! the views are amazing as ever, plenty of puddles to jump in, cow corner not ankle deep today,  and Wendy land dishes out the jelly beans today, always appreciated! and finally on the last field, phew nearly there sign! lol it does not always feel like you are nearly there especially when the field is very wet! but today my shoes gripped well as I crossed the line , thanks time keeper and token givers and funnel managers, I definitely cant thank you at this point of near collapse,, I take my token to be scanned more volunteers! thanks guys and I am off for another round, phew....if you are injured or just cant be bothered/too tired to run any weeks just volunteer it gets you out of bed and you get to see a lot of friendly faces, and tell your friends about park run it may change their lives like it has changed mine for the better....

This week 312 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Annie FOOT • Tony FAHY • Martin SAXTON • Mark SHAW • Andrew TAPLIN • Julie FINCH • Karen BREWER • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Maggie PENNY • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Phil PENNY • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Kate BROWN • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Olivia MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Duncan HARRIS • Dawn WALKER • Teresa BOSENCE • Steve CHAPMAN • Sue JACKSON • Damian WILSON • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Beverley MCCRAE • Jon IACOMINO

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 12,254 participants have completed 90,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 453,410 km, including 15,465 new Personal Bests. A total of 926 individuals have volunteered 7,334 times

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 407 23rd February 2019 [rev.1a]

Well, what a truly brilliant morning for running in our lovely Killerton Park! Blue sky and sunshine greeted the 315 runners (138 NT members), dogs and buggies and what was even better the course had dried out substantially. Was this the reason there were 46 PBs this morning? Well done to Jo Laverick for running her new PB. Big shout out to Caroline Rowe who ran the course early this morning to open all the gates and to ensure the course was good to go!
We welcomed runners from Peterborough, Manchester and locally from Weston, Taunton, Burnham- on- Sea and Tedburn St Mary. There were 62 First timers here at Killerton which was fantastic to see. Many good comments were made about the course, the scenery and the very efficient way in which the run was organised. Well done to RD for the day Chris Fuoco and the team of volunteers. Whilst talking about volunteers, a huge thank you to Jon Iacomino who underwent surgery on Monday but was out at marshal point 2 cheering the runners on. Brilliant Jon. Thank you!
Did you know that there are 432 volunteers registered at Killerton. It takes around 24 volunteers each Saturday to stage the event. It would be great to increase this number so if you have been thinking about but not got round to doing it yet, do go to our home page and click on the Volunteertab and follow the links there to register your interest.
Today, I undertook the role as Running marshal...along with my four legged friend Millie( Ali Kerridge’s lovely dog!) As I was running along I was very conscious of my verbal encouragement to her...”Good girl. Go on!” I apologise to the many lady runners who may have heard this..it was Millie and no t you I was referring to! It was lovely to stop, watch and listen as the runners ran past. Many words of encouragement and thanks were uttered by the volunteers and by runners to the volunteers! It was also great to see that parents had heeded the safety announcement about their children under the age of 11 being at arms reach of them or another responsible adult. Thank you for that. I was also struck by the many smiling faces at least within the first two miles. Smiling is a di-
stressor and is said to improve your running performance by 2%. So SMILE as you run!
It’s always interesting to see the many different running clubs that appear on our results page. This week I noticed a runner from Mudcrew Runners . I guess this runner may have seen the many photos of our course in recent weeks and months and was keen to experience the mud and water at first hand! Sadly, there was not a great amount this week! Many of the runners today commented that they had come to Killerton on the recommendation of others! This is lovely to hear and certainly reflects the supportive community spirit that exists at our run. Let’s keep this up!
Today we celebrated the 50 th run of ten year old Ivy Mei-Sullivan and my own 100 th run..age withheld!!
Well done to our band of Blue Bib heroes....our Pacers who weekly sacrifice their own run to help others achieve their own goals. Do please remember our pacers are volunteers and not professional pacers. If you would like to have a go at pacing do see the RD on the day or even sign up before. We have 20, 22, 25, 27, 30, 35, 38 and 40 mins bibs available.

Happy parkrunning!
Mark Shaw

This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Neil LAWSON • Maggie HUNT • Annie FOOT • Teresa BUTCHERS • Lindsay DUDLEY • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Peter WALKER • Gary KINGDON • Sandie READER • Tobin WALKER • Nick HOPKINSON • James DERHAM • Caroline ROWE • Chris FUOCO • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Dawn WALKER • Teresa BOSENCE • Karen POWLESLAND • Steve CHAPMAN • Ian POWLESLAND • Caroline TAIT • 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 12,207 participants have completed 90,370 parkruns covering a total distance of 451,850 km, including 15,432 new Personal Bests. A total of 925 individuals have volunteered 7,306 times.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 405 9th February 2019

Please read the run report from the wonderful Karla carefully. It contains a frank reminder of what is expected from everyone.

The car park situation is balancing out with an increase in care share going on. I also  did not see too many people in road shoes yesterday.

One are for development people.......turn up on time. RD John delivered the perfect briefing yesterday. It was only marred by about 30 people turning up at 08.57, late for the mandatory safety announcements and talking to each other. Please stop doing this: It's incredibly bad manners and sets a very poor example to the children.

We start at 0850 with the briefing and start running at 0900

On a positive note Mark and I have pretty much settled on which PA system you will buy. Thank you on behalf of the event team for donating so generously and quickly. If you haven't already considered a completely voluntary 50p towards the new equipment (more to come) there is a PayPal link on the webpage. We'd like to upgrade the finish funnel soon as well.

 

Best wishes

Joe Daly, Event Director

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Killerton parkrun etiquette:

As children we ran, long before the Killerton parkrun bug.

We could run when we liked but parkrun has a time.

Killerton has a little hill so arrive early and get that friendly loving feel.

It’s always a start with the RD briefing & just as we was told as children ‘shushhh & listen’

If you can’t hear think about donating to the new system.

As children under 11 get ready holding on to a responsible adult.

Dogs at Killerton always excited to go with owners applying the hand held lead rule, non extendable of course; bags at the ready no one would dare not to Scope that poop.

Don’t forget your trail shoes important to stop you going down with a thud.

Acknowledge your Marshals; the thanks mean so much if you're stood in cold from dawn.

Listen to instructions - they only wanna keep you safe.

Respect other parkrunners /walkers look behind before you stop, keep to one side don’t middle lane hog.

Remember strike a pose the photographer may have you as the killerton pin up.

Keep going keep going all the way cross that line, No mucking or ducking keep in order the funnel has a system.

The token is yours but only for a while - these need to be fed to the scanners to keep them going barcode or no barcode But remember no barcode to time

And last of all remember to stay & cheer, meet & greet in the cafe and most important volunteer.

Karla Gregory

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 404

Well done to Sue and all of those who engaged their common sense and joined us in a beautiful event yesterday morning.

Special thanks go to Ranger Tommy (again) for giving us the all clear on behalf of the National Trust. What a great man to have on our team.

I started out trail shoe library yesterday. There are sizes 7 and 8 available to borrow, rinse and return if needed. Bring your serviceable, but surplus shoes down to join the library.

And lastly from me I was sorry to hear that the Dartmoor run has been postponed this weekend. At least we managed to give Marzena and friends at least one run this weekend.

 

Joe, Event Director

 

It's official - I just received the email confirmation that today I became Killerton's newest member of the parkrun 250 club, joining some awesome parkrunners - Maggie Hunt(352), John Kavanagh
(318), Jane Luscombe (317), John Reader, (315), Lucy Commander (275), Mary Humphries (263)
and John Gostling (261). I do hope I haven't omitted any Killerton regulars who have also achieved
this milestone. Another milestone celebrated today was Wilbur Sullivan who was amazingly
running his 50th parkrun on his 6th birthday ! Well done Wilbur, grandson to Roger and Mary
Rowe, legends of Killerton parkrun. We wish Mary a very happy birthday for tomorrow, and many
thanks for being such a conscientious and encouraging Jelly Baby corner marshall.
So, running at Killerton on Saturday mornings is now fully embedded in my weekend routine,
having started out tentatively and running only occasionally back in May 2012. The course is
beautiful in all seasons; today was certainly challenging, with some crunchy snow, ice, mud,
freezing puddles that were unavoidable, and glorious sunshine. It's always great to chat to fellow
runners and volunteers at the finish - a true community.
Thank you SO much to all the volunteers who were out in the elements a lot longer than the
runners, but still smiling and cheering us on our way. Regular timekeeper, Gordon Seward,
obviously had faith in the volunteer timekeepers today and treated himself to a timed parkrun,
achieving an excellent age-graded score. The youngest participant today was baby Myles with
mum Abi trying out their new 3 wheeled buggy - maybe the crunchy conditions were slightly easier
than too much mud. We welcomed a few visitors from other parkruns and one person experiencing
parkrun for the first time - we hope you enjoyed your run at Killerton. At least 15 runners achieved
a PB - well done to all of you - and thanks too to the pacers who all managed times close to their
tabard target time.
Sue Smye

This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Teresa BUTCHERS • Philip GREEDY • Sue SMYE • Maureen DUDLEY • Mark SHAW • Serena STEPHENSON • Paul PALMER • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Sean KEANEY • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • Caleb PALMER • Philippa DAVIES • Graham LAND • James WOOLF • Jonathan RICH • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Dawn WALKER • Deborah WINSHIP • Sue JACKSON • Mark PEACOCK • Tim LAVERICK • Wendy HOLT • 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 12,102 participants have completed 89,523 parkruns covering a total distance of 447,615 km, including 15,340 new Personal Bests. A total of 924 individuals have volunteered 7,223 times.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 403 26th January 2019

Many thanks to Andrew Brown for this lovely summary......

 

parkrun day again.

 

Wave to Mark, doing the new car park marshal role, then off to the start for a chat. Lots of milestones this week (most of which I can't remember) which all get a good clap, especially Maggie's 350! Then it's off, slip-sliding over the first field - not much traction even with trail shoes. Wave to marshal 2, then carefully down the newly named 'rhododendron hill' in the woods, where we spent a few hours in December with Tommie and fellow parkrunners hacking back the vegetation. Up the two little hills, then gently down what to us is 'garlic straight', where we'll be smelling the garlic and bluebells in the woods in a couple of months’ time. Along past Nigel's field (even Duncan with his better eyesight can't tell if that's him on the far side or just a light coloured cow) to the friendly marshal at cow corner, then the long stretch through 'tree tunnel' and along 'Serena straight' (where we once caught up with someone from our village) to Jelly Baby Corner. Nearly there now - down to marshal 6 where I once spent an hour cow herding when I did that job, then past the 'Duncan dip' before the final drag across the field. Pleased to find that the finish, which was well round to the right when we walked up to the start, has actually moved closer!! More chatting at the finish, including to an ex work colleague and her 7 year old daughter who are thinking of doing the Killerton run for the first time next week. I tell them they should!

 

Will be away in Reading next week. Will very likely do the parkrun there, but it's not quite the same.....

This week 335 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Mary HUMPHRIES • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Philip GREEDY • Roger ROWE • Martin SAXTON • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • John FOWLER • Caleb PALMER • Graham LAND • James DERHAM • Wendy LAND • Jonathan RICH • Chris FUOCO • Ali KERRIDGE • Steve CHAPMAN • Ezra SULLIVAN • Wilbur SULLIVAN • Adam ROOKE • Billy WARE • Lisa WARE • Charlotte HILL • Andrew BROWN • Wendy HOLT • Jon IACOMINO

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 12,097 participants have completed 89,307 parkruns covering a total distance of 446,535 km, including 15,318 new Personal Bests. A total of 923 individuals have volunteered 7,195 times.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 402 19th January 2019

I have a few notices this week: Not moans, notices.

The car park situation on exceptional days does not work as it is. From now on we will have a marshal at the gate counting cars in. Car number 271 will be turned away. There are no other provisions; the overflow is not in use at the moment and parking up the driveway is also not an option. The best bet is to car share, get the bus, run or cycle.

We are going to be starting on time from now on. We have given an extra few minutes recently due to parking issues, but now we have clarity we will be starting at 0900hrs. Most of the field are in place by then and it is unfair to them and the volunteers to wait around. You have be at the start by 0850hrs at the latest for the H&S briefing, which is compulsory under our Event Charter.

We have very few few rules, but just because it is free does not mean we should not enforce them:

Dogs on short hand-held leads only. To the lady who was spoken to by me at the start, un-clipped her waist harness and re-clipped it on after the first corner, you are not welcome if you continue to do this. You were asked by many participants to control your dog, which was an unacceptable distraction to others.

Please, please, please wear appropriate shoes. We had 4 people who fell badly a couple of weeks ago. There is a direct correlation between falls and the choice of shoes. You have to, have to, wear studded shoes in these conditions.

The spirit of our wonderful event endures all of these very minor points. Our wonderful core group of volunteers continue to do  fantastic job for you.  Please remember to thank them effusively.

Joe, Event Director

 

Over to Deb for the nice bit....

 

I didn't want to do it this morning.

It rained all day yesterday. I really couldn't be bothered. Still, saw the stars were in the sky so arrived at Killerton through the mist and immediately saw Clare who was here for her first Killerton.

We were fighting the ticket machine but Dawn came over and helped us.

Then we met Mary who told us off for not being there last week. Apparently we're to blame for not making a record attendance!

We started off slip sliding across the mud and I just thought I just have to stay upright!

Martin soon joined me and announced he was literally becoming a grandfather!

We chatted all the way round and as we approached Jelly Baby corner his wife phoned announcing Elijah had arrived! We saw a photo and celebrated splashing through the lakes and mud!

More celebrations over coffee- James Woolf was the 1st to complete the course even without a tu-tu.

Simon Bundy got his 100th (Thanks for the cake) and William Ware and Fiona Moore hit 50 parkruns.

Coffee with the Killerton family was lovely and the bread man was peddling his wares.

Thanks to all the volunteers- hello to all the first timers.

All my running friends you make it a festival every week!

All this before 11 o'clock!

Deb Winship.

 

This week 307 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Mary HUMPHRIES • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Lawrence John ATHERTON • Jackie TORDINI • Serena STEPHENSON • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Karen BREWER • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • Luke HOLWAY • Philippa DAVIES • Graham LAND • James DERHAM • Ali KERRIDGE • Becka GREEN • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Deborah WINSHIP • Damian WILSON • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Duncan BROWN • Andrew BROWN • Tim LAVERICK

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 12,074 participants have completed 88,972 parkruns covering a total distance of 444,860 km, including 15,274 new Personal Bests. A total of 923 individuals have volunteered 7,163 times.

 

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.

 

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