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.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 390 3rd November 2018

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??
Katy Campbell
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.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 389 27th October 2018

What a glorious (if chilly) day we enjoyed this Saturday for the 389th Killerton parkrun – perhaps no surprise then that we had 320 finishers. The ground was soft but not yet too slippery – trail shoe season is definitely now upon us, so take note for next week. What’s more, 39 runners achieved Personal Best times! We had 44 first timers checking out our course – well done to all. We hope you’ll be back soon to run with us again. Forty-eight runners were marked “unknown”, meaning that they hadn’t registered with parkrun or didn’t present their barcodes to be scanned at the end of the race – we do recommend registering and of course remembering to present your personal barcode along with your finishing token after the race. It’s all free and easy to do.
This week our first male finisher and first finisher overall was Miko Cadeddu of the South West Road Runners, who came home in 18.21. The fastest female finisher (and third finisher overall) was Lucy Commander, also of the SWRR, in 19.36. Well done to both and to all our runners!
Six people achieved an age grading of over 75%, including Nicholas Einchcomb at 78.95%, third male overall and another SWRR runner, and Sue Smye at 77.39%. Members of thirty-three different running clubs participated today, including first-time visitors from the University of Exeter Triathlon Club, the Totton Running Club, Sidmouth RC, the Gainsborough & Morton Striders Athletic Club, the Crawley Saints and Sinners Running Club, the Black Pear Joggers, and the BHAM! Runners. Hope you enjoyed our beautiful course – come again soon.
We had one truly astonishing milestone to celebrate today: George Foot completed his 50th parkrun. He has run all 50 since turning the tender age of eighty. We wonder how many he’ll have completed before he’s 90? Well done, George. We had three more parkrunners completing 50 runs today – Billy Ware, Andy Parker, and Jonathan Hague. Jonathan Hague, our second finisher overall, combined reaching 50 parkruns today with a new PB of 18:48 – a double whammy. Andy Parker also ran his 50th parkrun in a PB time of exactly 24 minutes. Congratulations to all three!
A huge shout-out goes to today’s volunteer team, twenty-six strong, led by this week’s Run Director Luke Holway (his debut in the role!): Alyson Evans, Annie Foot, Asilah Jarrald, Charlie Dibble, Chris Randall, Chrissie Randall, Claire Drainey, Darren Powell, Dawn Walker, Gordon Seward, Graham Kirby, Graham Land, Heidi Miller-Ratcliffe, Jackie Tordini (our intrepid Tail Walker), James Woolf, Jonathan Rich, Julian Budd, Keira Coombes, Mark Shaw, Michael Pearce, Muireann Maguire, Paul Palmer, Rebecca Orpin, Tim Laverick, and Wendy Land. Among these, a special shout-out to the pacers in their blue tops who kept us up to speed: Darren Powell (22 minutes), Graham Land (27 minutes), Tim Laverick (30 minutes), Lola Daly (35 minutes) and Rebecca Orpin (38 minutes). Apologies for not thanking all the marshals individually – you do a great job, and your good humour is much appreciated. We love you all – not just the marshal with the jelly babies!
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/
The parkrunning ethos encourages runners to make their way to the start on foot, by bicyle 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 320 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Annie FOOT • Muireann MAGUIRE • Michael PEARCE • Jackie TORDINI • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Darren POWELL • Claire DRAINEY • Asilah JARRALD • Luke HOLWAY • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Charlie DIBBLE • Wendy LAND • James WOOLF • Jonathan RICH • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Chrissie RANDALL • Dawn WALKER • Chris RANDALL • Julian BUDD • Tim LAVERICK • Rebecca ORPIN • Alyson EVANS • 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 11,681 participants have completed 85,230 parkruns covering a total distance of 426,150 km, including 14,908 new Personal Bests

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 388 20th October 2018

parkrun Report 20 October 2018

A chilly and misty beginning to the day belied the beautiful Autumn morning that was to develop during our run. After a false start, having to dash home to collect my forgotten barcode - memo to self ‘perhaps it’s time to buy a parkrun wristband’ to avoid future recurrences - I had a quick warm up for my 40th event. Not a bad number I thought until RD Mark Shaw announced that there were some milestone runs happening today - Katrina Voss 50, Anne Ephraums 100 (great to see so many N1 tri club supporters) and John Gosling and Mary Humphries both doing their 250th!! Brilliant achievements and all deserved their cake at the end. (Thanks for my piece of Pear & Ginger - it was delicious.) Mark advised us all in his briefing to take care on the downhill sections due to leaf litter which tends to hide the stones which unfortunately tripped up Natalie today. Fortunately, our hi viz hero and tail walker Steve Chapman waited with Natalie until the Killerton ranger picked them up. Hope your foot will soon be better, Natalie. Another hi viz hero, Karen Collard, stepped into the breach to take over as tail walker, showing what a great team we have here at Killerton. Another reason to celebrate today was the 11th wedding anniversary of Sarah & Matt Sullivan and what better way to do so than marshal at M2 and M4. I hope everyone remembered to thank and wish them well for the next 11 years! As we ran towards the farm, it was great to see some new additions to the herd with Nigel the donkey keeping them all safe. Roger Rowe managed to find a series of badger holes not far from the start line which could have been more eventful than it was, thankfully. Another hazard to watch out for next week folks. Fortunately, our bovine friends were grazing peacefully in the house field so no more dramas for our RD this week. We had visitors from Bognor Regis, Cardiff, Northampton and Stockport this Saturday and several first timers amongst whom were Carrian Jones and her partner Matt (who has run the London Marathon but never a P

parkrun). Carrian has done the Couch to 5K and really enjoyed her first run here, finding everyone friendly and encouraging with the marshals all willing her on. Her goal was to run the whole distance which she did and managed a very respectable first time too. A first time pacer today was Tristan Bentall who was helping those aiming for a 30 minute time. Other pacers included 11 year old Lola Daly at 35 minutes - great to see younger volunteers stepping forward.. Apologies for not naming all the pacers today but you were all much appreciated. Thank you to all the volunteers this week who helped us to enjoy our favourite parkrun

This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Sharon WELLS • Gordon SEWARD • Annie FOOT • Sarah Rachel SULLIVAN • Michael PEARCE • Matt SULLIVAN • Sue SMYE • Tristan BENTALL • Julian CABRERA • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Ivy-Mei SULLIVAN • Caleb PALMER • Anita ATHERTON • Richard KEMP • Graham LAND • Lola DALY • Kate BROWN • Chrissie RANDALL • Dawn WALKER • Peter SIMMONS • Steve CHAPMAN • Sue JACKSON • Ezra SULLIVAN • Wilbur SULLIVAN • Tommy MUNCIE • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Bruce ODLIN • Andrew BROWN • Siana GREEN • 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 11,639 participants have completed 84,910 parkruns covering a total distance of 424,550 km, including 14,868 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 387 13th October 2018

Many thanks to Andrew for another great report below.

We must now insist on trail shoes until we have drier conditions. This will probably not be for months, so it is worth investing in a pair if you have not kept them from earlier this year. Certain un-nameable large retailers have a former British brand at very low cost. We will mention it every week, but we will not be held liable for slips etc whilst you wear your old road shoes.

Anyway, a huge thanks go to the amazing marshals this, without whom there would be no run. My special thanks go to Mark Shaw who ran and cleared the course on Friday, and early Saturday morning. He thus facilitated an early decision to go ahead with our parkrun amid the cancellations of many of our neighbouring events. Many thanks Mark.

 

Joe, ED

 

The National Trust sign by the clock tower gate read “High winds expected today. Take great care. Do not park or sit under trees”. Thankfully there was no prohibition against parkrunning under trees, and today’s intrepid runners didn’t have any intention of sitting down anywhere.

 

The Killerton umbrella worked well today, and it was dry and comfortably warm for the unfair-weather runners. The start section has softened up, but not to the point of being too slidey. Daryl Milford decided to take the scenic route at the first gate, which had swung shut. After a short loop down the hill and back again, he still managed to finish 9th, announcing to the barcode scanners, almost apologetically, that he had also been “waiting for his mate” on the course. One can only guess what his position would have been otherwise..

 

The wooded section is now presenting its winter hazards. It is sometimes difficult to heed the Run Director’s warnings, as the downhill section provides welcome breathing relief for many runners, and an opportunity to bound down in long strides and recover. It is the cause of many twists and falls, however, and today Julie Finch and Heidi were casualties. It’s saddening to see committed runners like Julie receive a training setback like that, and we hope that the frozen peas work their magic and they are both back on form soon. On the one hand that wooded section is a key part of the Killerton charm, but on the other hand its uneven surface can present a challenge to the runners.  Trail shoes are now a requirement until the drier Spring weather returns.

Today we welcomed Martin and his stags on his wedding day. He is a lucky man, to have his bride Sarah allow him to risk lower limb injuries on their big day. Thankfully he finished free from any injury. They were a cheerful bunch, and miraculously none of them were running hungover. We wish them both all the best at the Deer Park this afternoon and hope to see them back at Killerton in the future.

 

Jane Luscombe was brought out of the limelight by Roger to announce her 301st parkrun. That’s nearly 6 years of weekly parkruns, without fail:  a huge achievement. Other milestones included Lucy Sizer celebrating her 100th with a rather fetching Fresian outfit. It was nice to have a cow running the whole course, rather than just stampeding across it. Dawn Walker celebrated her 50th with a marker balloon and a small but vocal fan club. Congratulations to Chris Fuoco on his 100th, too.

 

It’s good to have these milestones to aim for, but it’s also a personal milestone for each runner to run on a day when the forecast and the National Trust signs all appear to be conspiring to persuade us to stay at home.

This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Andre MOUTON • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Jackie TORDINI • Steve TORDINI • Mark SHAW • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Andrew EATON-HART • Carl DRAINEY • Claire DRAINEY • Sim TAYLOR • Wendy LAND • Phil GATER • Chris FUOCO • Kate BROWN • Clare BRECKIN • Paul STIDWORTHY • Steve CHAPMAN • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Danni MEYER • Duncan BROWN • 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 11,591 participants have completed 84,577 parkruns covering a total distance of 422,885 km, including 14,826 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 385 29th September 2018

These Autumn days are good running days. The air is cool, but not cold enough to make you layer up so much you get too hot. The ground is soft, and kinder to joints. The stones in the wooded section aren’t yet hidden under a layer of leaves, waiting for your heel to land on them. As you approach Cow Corner, the sun isn’t hot enough to remind you of the Friday night drinks you enjoyed, but might now slightly be regretting. The flat final lane isn’t too dusty, but it also hasn’t yet turned to café latté. You can run your normal stride, not hopping over puddles to spare your calves the muddy splashes that turn your shower tray ochre-red. Most importantly, as you turn the final corner to head for the finish, you’re not faced with a “2 steps forward 1 step back” slightly demoralizing slip’n slide to the finish. Even the climb out of that final little dip seems manageable.

 

Basically, it’s a good time for a PB. Congratulations to all those who got one today.

But it’s also a good time to consolidate your progress through the year. Perhaps just to enjoy a run where you’re not pushing for a PB but enjoying your running, and your surroundings.

 

It’s always great to see those “new to parkrunning or new to Killerton” come up for their briefing. It shows that our parkrun is a popular and vibrant event. Those of us who have parkrunned elsewhere realise how lucky we are with our course.

 

To top all that off, today the autumn sun added its uplifting shine to all of us. Those who ran can start their weekend full of buzz, and justify that jam doughnut with their coffee. Those who volunteered can start their weekend feeling good about their contribution to such a great parkrun. Although we are constantly reminded that “it’s not a race”, there are never any losers from parkrun.

 

This week 299 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Andre MOUTON • Mary HUMPHRIES • Annie FOOT • Teresa BUTCHERS • Jane LUSCOMBE • Roger ROWE • Martin SAXTON • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Andrew EATON-HART • Karen BREWER • Mark NEWSON • Janice NEWSON • Luke HOLWAY • Graham LAND • Cyril MORCRETTE • Wendy LAND • Chris FUOCO • Katrina VOS • Kate BROWN • Peter SIMMONS • Glenn REDLER • Victoria REDLER • Steve CHAPMAN • Richard STEVINSON • Bruce ODLIN • Rebecca ORPIN

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 11,536 participants have completed 84,186 parkruns covering a total distance of 420,930 km, including 14,796 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 384 22nd September 201

Many thanks to Andrew Eaton-Hart for this week's run report, which somehow became mislaid in the ether.

Worth waiting for........

 

Today was a “why I am doing this?” morning. Why get the kit ready, when others in the household are still drinking coffee? Why get out of a warm dry car into the cool rain ? Why queue for the parking machine that doesn’t like scanning NT cards? And why march up the hill to the start, pulling grimaces in the rain?

All of us could run 5k from home, and we could choose a time of our own, when it wasn’t raining. So why go to the extra effort to go to Killerton parkrun?

That’s what non-parkrunners might ask.

 

Killerton parkrunners know why. We are warmly greeted at the clock tower gate. We chat at the start - about our weeks, about our weekend plans. About how we wished we had “done more running” during the week. We nod at known faces with unknown names, people we see every week and recognise.

We enjoy the Race Director’s briefing. We clap those who have achieved milestones that we hope to reach one day.

But more than that, we do it to run in a group of other people who understand running. We get motivation from being surrounded by runners. Where we might slack off, on our own, we keep going. The competitive amongst us might try to keep up with someone nearby. Others of us chat on the way round. We acknowledge and appreciate the Marshals and other volunteers.

We are so very privileged to have a beautiful and varied Park course, with hills, woods, smells and sounds. If we are sure enough of our footing to look to our right on the edge of the wood, the views are stunning. Every week it looks different.

At the finish, it is almost as if holding the finish token releases the endorphins which (retrospectively) makes the whole run feel so enjoyable. We chat/pant with those who finished around us. It is a communal feeling which enhances us all.

That’s why we run here.

 

Volunteering is as rewarding as running. Every day volunteered feels like a PB. We should  never leave volunteering to “someone else”. Perhaps we should each aim to volunteer one day in 10, over the year. After all, giving up 10% of your ParkRun for the good of the whole isn’t a huge ask, is it. And it gives an even simpler answer to the “why am I doing this?” question.

 

Today Killerton welcomed runners from as far afield as Pontefract and Saudi Arabia. Presumably one of those welcome visitors was more used to rain than the other. Thankfully the rain hasn’t (yet) fully been translated into mud..

 

A small but important footnote about farm animals and marshals: (1) Please remember that we are running on the cattle’s land, not the other way around. Cattle are inquisitive, and will move towards people out of curiosity. Please respect their right to be on the land, and please give way to them at all times (2) parkrun marshals, like airline cabin crew, are there for your safety. If a marshal holds runners back, it isn’t “Health’n Safety gone mad”, it’s for a good reason. Please respect the marshals’ instructions: your PB can wait for another week. Today one runner ignored the marshal who stopped the race briefly near the finish, and ran past regardless. This agitated the cows and caused them all to stampede. No harm was done,  this time…

 

This week 319 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Mary HUMPHRIES • Kevin HAWKER • Annie FOOT • Anthony YORK • Ray SUMMERFIELD • Andrea CONROY • Martin SAXTON • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Andrew EATON-HART • John COMBER • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Lynsey WILLIS • Oliver WILLIS • Richard KEMP • Janice NEWSON • Luke HOLWAY • Graham LAND • Ross SZENDER • Kate BROWN • Peter SIMMONS • Steve CHAPMAN • Caroline TAIT • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Deborah PHILLIPS • Clare Louise CLARKE • Bruce ODLIN • Tim LAVERICK • 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 11,503 participants have completed 83,887 parkruns covering a total distance of 419,435 km, including 14,738 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 381 1st September 2018

The 1st of September and the first official parkrun of Autumn. The weather, although with a distinct Autumnal feel, was clear and dry and the course was relatively mud free and firm under foot. Perfect for parkrun and a perfect reason to get out of bed on the last Saturday of the summer holidays- or so my mum tells me ! As a Duke of Edinburgh bronze student I am on a course of 15 voluntary sessions with the Killerton run and have undertaken many roles within the volunteer list. It has given me a different perspective on the well oiled machine that is park run and I have gone from someone who dashes past the fluorescent army gasping out a breathless “thank you Marshall!” To someone who has the utmost respect for the time and effort that is given on a weekly basis by those who work tirelessly to ensure the run is seamless each week.

This week I had the pleasure of being joined on the run by my Aunt and cousin from Germany. As first timers, they were impressed by the beauty of the Killerton course and by the dedication of not only the volunteers but of the runners themselves. I believe they were joined by several other first timers in addition to the faithful regulars and the park run tourists who seem to scour the country popping up at random parkrun’s throughout!

Well worth a mention this week is Dominic Jones who reached his 100 milestone! Great achievement and I hope I will get there one day.

My park run experience today was just missing the usual coffee and a cake in the cafe (mum has the coffee and I have the cake!) as I had to dash off for a football match (which we won 12-0). All in all a great start to the day ! Thank you Killerton and all those who make it happen.

Oliver Willis aged 14

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 61 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Ian PANG • Mary HUMPHRIES • Mark SHAW • Rachel HILL • Andrew FINCH • Mary ROWE • Sandie READER • Oliver WILLIS • Lucy BUTT • Luke HOLWAY • Frances ASH • Chris FUOCO • Lynda GARCIA • Phil PENNY • Clare GROOMBRIDGE • Chrissie RANDALL • Lucy SIZER • Chris RANDALL • Steve CHAPMAN • Damian WILSON • Asya KAYA • Hayley GROVES • Marzena STRZALKOWSKA • Brian HIRST • Tim LAVERICK • Wendy HOLT • James RINTOUL • Hiromi INOUE • Valerie CROOK

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 11,371 participants have completed 82,857 parkruns covering a total distance of 414,285 km, including 14,546 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 380 25th August 2018

Thank you to all of the 36 volunteers that made this week's Killerton parkrun. I am particularly pleased to see that several people have been in contact to book their preferred spot for the coming weeks. Please don't put us in a position where we have to beg for volunteers. It is a growing trend across other parkruns that last minute pleas need to be made. Remember, we will always prioritise marshals over timekeepers and scanners.

Many thanks also to our amazing pacers. All 8 bibs were out again, including the 40, which was sported by someone who had not run for months.

Congratulations to Core Team member Lucy Sizer for yet another PB this week.

Joe, ED

 

This week's excellent run report is from 1st-time marshal Rebecca Orpin, who beautifully summarises the parkrun ethos.

I approached today's parkrun in a new light. Today was my first parkrun as a Marshal. As I stood there cheering on each of the runners I was able to see every individual who took part. There is such a variety of people who come to parkrun each week. There are young children to older folk and everyone in between. There are people from different walks of life, yet parkrun brings us together. parkrun is a community. It doesn’t mater if we do the 5 KM in 20 minutes of 50 minutes. Everyone is running their own race and the parkrun community is always very supportive.

 

Coming today as a Marshal I was able to fully appreciate the hard work that goes in to parkrun each week. The man power that is needed to be able to put on an event is phenomenal. Every week volunteers put themselves out to set up the route, scan the barcodes and ensure the run goes as smoothly as possible. Come rain or shine the volunteers are there, without whom the event would not be able to go ahead.

 

One such volunteer is Luke Holway who not only celebrated his 100th parkrun but also his 25th Volunteer milestone, this week being the Tail Walker. After suffering an injury Luke has been volunteering so he can still enjoy his Saturday morning parkrun. What a great achievement to get both milestones and on the same day.

 

Today we also welcomed Hospiscare. If you fancy an extra challenge and want to raise some much appreciated funds for a great cause then get involved in the Breakfast run at Knightshayes on the 30th September which has a 5KM or 10 KM option and also they have spaces for the Great West Run half marathon on 14th October. We also had Exeter College Running club who were introducing their 5KM and family fun run on Saturday 2nd September at Cranbrook. There is lots to get involved in this Autumn.

 

As well as celebrating the fabulous volunteers let us also congratulate those that have reached milestones today. As I have already mentioned we had Luke Holway reaching his 100th Parkrun and 25th Volunteer milestone. We also had Greg Hughes and Tommy Muntsley both achieving their 50th Parkrun milestone. Well done to you all. Let’s also thank the pacers who have been helping us with our time week by week. This weeks pacers were Andrew Finch at 20 minutes, Adam Rooke at 22, Phil Nash was 25, Graham Land at 27, Tim Lavenick at 30, Steve Chapman at 35, James Rintoul at 38 and Sarah Trumper at 40 minutes.

 

Thank you to everyone who makes parkrun possible every week. If you would like to get involved with volunteering, then do get in touch. killertonhelpers@parkrun.com

 

This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Phil NASH • Gordon SEWARD • Sylvia WAKEHAM • Teresa BUTCHERS • Warren KILLEN • Naomi THORNE • Tristan BENTALL • Mark SHAW • Sara TRUMPER • Paul PALMER • Catherine NEWMAN • Andrew FINCH • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Jemima DALY • Joel HEATLEY • Sandie READER • John FOWLER • Oliver WILLIS • Keira PALMER • Caleb PALMER • Shaun FRY • Luke HOLWAY • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Lola DALY • Lucy SIZER • Steve CHAPMAN • Sue JACKSON • Adam ROOKE • James BUSH-FERRERAS • Deborah PHILLIPS • Tim LAVERICK • James RINTOUL • Rebecca ORPIN • Simon SORLIE-PRING

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 11,310 participants have completed 82,508 parkruns covering a total distance of 412,540 km, including 14,492 new Personal Bests

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 379 18th August 2018

Finally I had a Saturday morning off work and with no travel plans, I got to run at Killerton parkrun for the first time in 13 weeks. Killerton was a staple part of my week for about 3 years, meeting so many amazing friends and always having a wonderful time. However earlier this year I changed jobs and now work at least 2 Saturdays a month – it is lucky I love my job so much or I really wouldn’t be happy with this arrangement! With holidays and races booked, I haven’t been able to run at Killerton for 13 weeks, although I was run director in June for the Women on the Run takeover.

A muggy morning, we arrived with friends and dogs and set off. Slightly soft underfoot, Killerton is looking beautiful and the run was lovely. Friendly faces, accurate pacers, cheering marshals and dogs and children everywhere, it is a pleasure to be part of. Thank you volunteers for supporting us runners today.

Today was my 85th parkrun, and the 59th time I have volunteered, having completed my very first parkrun at Killerton just over 3 years ago. I miss coming every week and I can’t volunteer as much as I would like. Seeing friends and runners today it was like I had never been away.

I have run at 19 other parkruns across the south of England, and today we had 37 tourists running with us who hopefully enjoyed it as much as we do and will come back to see us all again. 60 runners achieved a personal best this morning, congratulations one and all, it was a hot and sticky one! 14 first timers joined us, it was great to see you all and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Huge congratulations to one of my running buddies, Laura Nicholls, who completed her 50th parkrun today. Great running Laura!

Please consider volunteering in the future – you will enjoy it and it will ensure that the wonderful institution that is parkrun can continue.

Di Hollidge

This week 374 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Warren KILLEN • Roger ROWE • Lindsay DUDLEY • Maureen DUDLEY • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Mark NEWSON • Oliver WILLIS • Lucy BUTT • Nikki FACEY • Luke HOLWAY • Sim TAYLOR • Paul INESON • James WOOLF • Emma KESSIE • Terry MCDERMOTT • Sam HELMAN • Di HOLLIDGE • Chrissie RANDALL • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Tommy MUNCIE • Asya KAYA • Olwen COATES • 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 11,263 participants have completed 82,149 parkruns covering a total distance of 410,745 km, including 14,421 new Personal Bests.

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