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 399

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Adrian LOCK • Mary HUMPHRIES • Sandra DEWSON • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Muireann MAGUIRE • Shane HUDD • Mark SHAW • Jonathan NEWMAN • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Jeff CURD • Joe DALY • Karen COLLARD • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Chris FUOCO • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Rachel GIBSON • Jossi TIBBETTS • Dawn WALKER • Jon TIBBETTS • Steve CHAPMAN • Imogen GROVES • George FOOT • Wendy HOLT • Graham KIRBY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Killerton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Henry FRASER who recorded 94.96% (20:49) on 1st January 2019 (event number 399).

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

 

 

Killerton parkrun #398

Killerton Run report 22 December 2018

What a wonderful collection of Santas there were at Killerton today ! And not just Santas a fully inflated Snowman, who stayed inflated all the way around, and an inflated penguin, who sadly looked rather deflated by the finishing line. Thanks to all the others who wore suitably festive outfits, and even to the less conventional Mexican wrestling mask-wearer, Jonathan Rich.

Although we might be dreaming of one, it seems unlikely that this year will be a white Christmas. Killerton was more of a brown Christmas today. The mud at the start wasn’t deep, but still made that side-slope when joining the track a bit of a challenge. The wooded section was surprisingly clear, and it wasn’t until the flat lane that the course became a cappuccino-coloured paddling pool.

We all know the different parkrunners approach to puddles: there are the "hoppers", who try to leap from one little dry island to another, breaking their stride as they do it. Then there are the "tip-toers" who seem to believe that lifting their feet high above the water will somehow keep them dry. Next come the "sideliners" who try to hug the impossibly-thin strip of dry mud next to the hedge. And finally the "ploughers-on" who run through everything as if it wasn’t there.

Whichever is your style, there is an important safety note, particularly at Cow Corner: the concrete road base there has a sharp and abrupt edge to it, which is totally invisible under the muddy water. It is therefore dangerous to run to the side at that point. My clear advice to parkrunners is always to run down the middle of everything. Wet feet and muddy legs are very much part of the Killerton experience.

Rather like airline cabin crew, the organisers of the Killerton parkrun have the runners’ safety as their prime concern. This is an organized event, even if the organisers are all volunteers. The organisers are therefore potentially liable for the basic safety of all runners. It is for that reason that basic safety rules exist. It was disappointing to hear, this morning, of the attempts of some runners to flout the rules as to the accompaniment of children around the course. The rules are not there to kill joy, they are there to keep joy safe. Please abide by them. The alternative would be far worse no-one wants parkrun to ban the participation of children.

Rather than ending on that headteacher-to-assembly note, let’s look back on a great year for Killerton parkrun. Let’s remember the different seasons, the PB’s, the fancy dress, the new parkrunners, the milestones, and the elation we all feel at the finish line. Let’s also remember the need for volunteers, and the satisfaction they get from making the Killerton parkrun happen at all.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, why not make it one of your resolutions to volunteer at Killerton in 2019 ? It’s an easy promise to keep to, and one which you will find much more rewarding than a new gym membership you never use.

This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Annie FOOT • Warren KILLEN • Maureen DUDLEY • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Francis READER • Karen COLLARD • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Caleb PALMER • Katy LANCASTER • Graham LAND • James DERHAM • Sim TAYLOR • Jonathan RICH • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Ali KERRIDGE • Markus KINCH • Dawn WALKER • Valentine VERRIJKEN • Brian HIRST • Tim LAVERICK • Karla GREGORY • Graham KIRBY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Killerton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 11,863 participants have completed 87,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 436,880 km, including 15,072 new Personal Bests. A total of 913 individuals have volunteered 7,046 times.

Happy Christmas !

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 392 17th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muireann Maguire

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

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Sue LEWIS • John Peter READER • Lucy COMMANDER • Muireann MAGUIRE • Philip GREEDY • Mark SHAW • Jonathan NEWMAN • Mary ROWE • Francis READER • Sandie READER • Emma SCRACE • Keira PALMER • Caleb PALMER • Ian SELWAY • Linda GETHIN • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Natalie BALLANTYNE • Jane FLAXINGTON • Phil PENNY • Benjamin PALMER • Ross SZENDER • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Sue JACKSON • Nancy OSBORNE • Catherine HUGHES • Euan GETHIN • Andrew BROWN • Graham KIRBY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Killerton parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 11,769 participants have completed 86,089 parkruns covering a total distance of 430,445 km, including 14,989 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 386 6th October 2018

John Reader and Jane Luscombe reach their 300th parkruns

Today we celebrated International parkrun Day!! What a day for it, the weather did not bode well but nevertheless people came and took park. We even saw 2 300th runners today, our very own John Reader and Jane Luscombe, which is amazing and inspirational. What an achievement and what better day than International parkrun Day!

Thanks to all the marshals that stood out in the cold and wet to ensure our parkrun could take place. The route was rather wet and muddy today with the lane filling up with water again and not forgetting the cows in the end field. Killerton parkrun is still one of the prettiest parkruns and the mud adds another element to it which I kind of enjoy. The different seasons makes the route feel like a new run. Running through the woods, dodging conkers and leaves and running through puddles is very different to the clear paths of the summer.

Next week I am going to embark on my first ever half marathon. Before February I had not run further than 5km. parkrun has been invaluable in my training for the Great West Run. Having a place to go every Saturday and run is such a blessing. As we ran along it was great to remember that parkrun is not only local but happens nationally and even globally. It means our parkrun community expands right across the world.

 

Rebecca Orpin

 

This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Andre MOUTON • Annie FOOT • Les TURNER • Lindsay DUDLEY • Maureen DUDLEY • Anne EPHRAUMS • Paul PALMER • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Caleb PALMER • Janice NEWSON • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Hamish FLETCHER-COONEY • Wendy LAND • Paul INESON • Lola DALY • Peter SEIGNE • Glenn REDLER • Steve CHAPMAN • Beverley MCCRAE • Rebecca ORPIN • 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 11,559 participants have completed 84,378 parkruns covering a total distance of 421,890 km, including 14,808 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 369 9th June 2018

Killerton Run Report

 

Perspective from the rear!!

So, my first attempt at the course since 14th April, (that’s a whole different story!)

so, I knew I would proudly be hogging the rear!

Not that I’m ever that far from last position!

 

Well at least to wake and find the weather dry and knowing the route would not be too muddy was a good start, although there is something pleasurable of going home caked in mud and whatever else.

 

After finally getting a car parking space and purchasing a parking ticket which left a few of us with a race to the start, a little hectic with works being done in the car park.

Top tip if queue at your closest machine take a few more steps to another machine as those ones often empty.

 

With the wonderful greetings as normal on entering, comes the warm up of the hill before the start.

 

But the glory and reward are to see everyone buzzing and ready to get started.

Today was slightly different, there I was anxious of being injured and having to complete with a walking crutch fear not today - I fitted right in with the NHS 70yrs celebration run was I injured or was I just one of those taking the excuse to get into the theme? - of course we know there is one or two of you who really love an excuse to dress up!

Anyway, as I watch somewhere between 350/400 rear ends (and beautiful they are) disappear after the usual safety and motivational speech, I hobble off!

 

What a wonderful way to start the weekend with Killerton looking and sounding so beautiful we are so lucky to be able to use such a beautiful venue, and sometimes when heading for our PB’s we forget to look at what is round us.

Maybe one run challenge yourself and go slower and say today I’m going to notice what is around me.

 

The beauty of the course is always enhanced with the marshals and today was certainly not a let-down!

 

With it warm, slightly overcast and muggy, I went past jelly baby corner and headed to the last field we were provided with great entertainment from John giving us his dulcet tones of some great rock anthem.

 

Great to encounter the last field being dry and no cows!

 

So, for me I still managed to get in just under and hour, greeted by my bestie running buddy the ever-smiling Karen Collard - thank you to Sandy, tail walker and all volunteers for amazing support today.

 

 

Joys of volunteering

 

For those who have & do regularly volunteer thank you. I’m new to parkrun with my first Christmas Day at Taunton and second New Year’s Day Killerton.

When I got Injured that dread happens I can’t run - it’s horrible losing that link but one thing parkrun does is provide you with that feeling of belonging. For past few weeks I’ve volunteered and that has certainly helped me in recovery and getting back. But also understanding how important parkrun is to so many different people, please make volunteering as important as your run. Remember each Saturday those volunteers make a difference to your life so remember to give a little it back and make a difference to someone else’s life by volunteering.

 

 

Great to see those with dogs out enjoying the run and keeping them on hand held leads - but don’t forget clean up after them and keep them hydrated.

 

I do admire those who run with children and the children that run - what lovely family time don’t forget to teach them the importance of volunteering as well.

 

Well done to all the first timers and hope you managed a well-earned coffee & cake at the end.

 

Welcome also to visitors I know there was a few who run at other park runs but visited Killerton today.

 

PB’s if you achieved yours ‘wahooo’ to you.

 

Remember no matter walk, run, volunteer, cheer on -no matter what your goal is parkrun is a reason too.

 

This week 380 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Sue LEWIS • John Peter READER • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Bev ROWE • Sarah MANFIELD • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Simon BUNDAY • Kirsty DUKE • Sandie READER • Lucy BUTT • Phil GATER • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Cara KAYA • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Beverley MCCRAE • Richard HILL • Ian RUSSELL • Deborah PHILLIPS • Carla FULLAM • Rosie FULLAM • Karla GREGORY • Annabel PARKER

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 10,867 participants have completed 78,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 394,900 km, including 13,941 new Personal Bests

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 368 2nd June 2018

Apologies from me for not posting this sooner. I was off damaging myself again on a school trip to France. And many thanks to Theresa Butchers for this very wise and informative run report; reiterating the importance of finishing procedures.

ED Joe

How does the team get our results out? I expect you know all this, but if not, here goes:

When the Run Director blows the whistle to see us all off, the Timekeeper, standing nearby, starts their stopwatch at the precise moment of departure.

While we all run round, the timekeeper goes down to the finish in time for the first runner home.  From then on, it’s high concentration: one click of the watch at the exact moment each runner goes through the entrance to the finishing funnel.

So by the time the tail runner comes in, the stopwatch knows that, say, the first runner home took 18 mins, the 150th runner took 28 mins, the 250th runner 40 mins, and so on.

What the system doesn’t know yet is who those runners are.

But at the end of the funnel the Finish Tokens volunteer gives each of us a finish token, with its barcode and number – number 0001 for the first runner home, 0150  for the 150th, and so on.

We take our personal ID barcode and finish token to the scanners, who scan first our ID barcode, and then our finish number.

When we’ve all gone home, the Results Processor volunteer loads the times and numbers from the timekeeper’s stopwatch, and the ID barcodes and finish token numbers from the scanners, and a piece of parkrun software marries these, so that we now know

-          how long the 1st, 150th, 250th runner, and all of us, took to pass the finish line

-          who the 1st, 150th, 250th and so forth runners are.

Ingenious, and I guess simple hardware and software.

That’s why it’s so important to stay in line in the funnel and collect your finish token if you’ve passed the timekeeper at the entrance, as otherwise the system will think someone else took the time you took, and the stopwatch will have more runners on than the number of finish tokens given out.

It’s also why it’s important to return your finish token to the scanners, as if tokens are missing, the placings (and therefore the ID of the runners) get out of line.

And if you’ve run your socks off to get round, the team wants you to have spot-on timing and placing as part of your brilliant all-round parkrun experience.

Two things: if you forget your ID barcode but want to know your time, go through the funnel, take your finish token, remember the orange four digit number printed on it,  and have it scanned.  The results will say ‘unknown’ and your personal profile won’t be updated, but you’ll be able to see from the number what time you took, and where you came.

And, if you don’t want to feature on the placings at all (or if you’ve been through and gone back to accompany someone else) veer off just before the beginning of the funnel, where the two hi-vis notices say ‘runners only past this point’.

Enjoy!

This week 327 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Kerry Nicola RICHARDS • Annie FOOT • Teresa BUTCHERS • Andrew GWYNNE • Mark SHAW • Paul PARKER • Emily BREWER • Matthew MENARY • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Oliver WILLIS • Lucy BUTT • Chris FUOCO • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Dawn WALKER • Damian WILSON • Adam ROOKE • Harli-Mai ROOKE • Olwen COATES • Katherine GWYNNE • Deborah PHILLIPS • Alexander SORLIE-PRING • Karla GREGORY • Mark PHILLIPS

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 10,822 participants have completed 78,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 393,000 km, including 13,861 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 363 28th April 2018

Killerton parkrun's 7th Anniversary
Sunshine greeted us this morning at Killerton.  It rained overnight but this didn't dampen the spirits of the many Wallys and Wandas who turned up to celebrate Killerton parkrun's anniversary.
Those dressed in traditional running gear looked puzzled and amused.
Clare Melbourne celebrated her 100th Parkrun and Adam Rooke and Steve Tordini their 50ths.
The latter ran with a balloon which Jackie had made for him .
Thanks to him for coaching me round.
It was a very joyous occasion and as usual James Woolf added a tu tu to his Wally look, which must have seriously disturbed the cows he needed to herd at the finish.
We all got a little muddy but the course was still much better than the weeks of mud we have had.
Wally cakes were provided at the end and it was a real good community spirit.
Please bring your friends, please volunteer. Most of all keep on running and keep up the spirit of Parkrun and Wally!
Deb Winship

This week 374 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Alison WHITE • Des WHITE • Maggie HUNT • Sandra DEWSON • Annie FOOT • Teresa BUTCHERS • Warren KILLEN • Roger ROWE • Adrian MIDGLEY • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • Sandie READER • Lucy BUTT • Luke HOLWAY • Natalie BALLANTYNE • Kate BROWN • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Chrissie RANDALL • Deborah WINSHIP • Valentine VERRIJKEN • Sophie BUTT • Lorraine GLOVER • Tim LAVERICK • Jo LAVERICK • Annabel PARKER • Siana GREEN

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 10,691 participants have completed 76,961 parkruns covering a total distance of 384,805 km, including 13,497 new Personal Bests.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 358 24th March 2018

RUN REPORT FOR KILLERTON PARKRUN 24/03/2018

 

As my day began this Saturday, unlike many others recently, it dawned bright, sunny and mild with not a drop of rain, drizzle or snow in sight. The going underfoot was firm and not slippery and there were bound to be some good PB’s today…………………….then I woke up! Pushing the duvet back gently and checking behind the curtains revealed no snow (that’s a start) and no hammering rain (plus point number 2) but it was a little grey and drizzly, I guess you can’t have everything after all it’s only meteorological Spring!

Arriving at Killerton I was greeted as usual just beyond the Stable Block by the smiling faces and bright hellos of some of today’s volunteers. Making my way up to the Start with the Tail Walker (I had planned to walk / run most of the route today as I have been out with injury for a bit) it seemed remarkably calm and clear and it took a while for arrivals to get going. By 0850 there were the hardy few raring to go, 0855 brought a small flurry of bodies in varying states then 0858 began a minor onslaught of keenness!

16 people listened in to the Killerton new runner’s talk, it is always nice to see new faces amongst the usual suspects, then Di our Run Director for today gave a quick briefing about the state of the course (evidently not at all like my dream) it was set to be ‘Boggy, muddy, wet and slushy’ Oh Joy, here we go embracing it all again then.

We also learnt of a couple of milestones celebrated today Andrew Finch (200 – unofficial but wow) and Shaun Fry (150) well done to you both. Plus a shout out to the pacers Graham, Mark, Tommy and John.

The route was about as expected I think, Di had it pretty much nailed in the briefing, so no major surprises there. 208 people completed today’s course and I hope everyone was at least satisfied with their times given the conditions.

I was pleased just to get around in one piece and to be shown the ropes for the Tail Walker job (or should I say rope as there is just the one to collect on the way past!) Thanks for your company Chrissie and thanks to all the volunteers for today, it wouldn’t be possible without you.

Wendy Holt.

This week 210 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Sue LEWIS • Maggie HUNT • Mary HUMPHRIES • Lucy COMMANDER • Naomi THORNE • Anthony YORK • Andrea CONROY • Lindsay DUDLEY • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Jonathan NEWMAN • Mary ROWE • Stephen MCCONNELL • Sandie READER • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Terry MCDERMOTT • Lynda GARCIA • Di HOLLIDGE • Kate BROWN • Chrissie RANDALL • Dawn WALKER • Tommy MUNCIE • 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 10,508 participants have completed 75,571 parkruns covering a total distance of 377,855 km, including 13,299 new Personal Bests.

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