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 #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 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.

 

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 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.

 

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