New Years Day 2019 run report by Gary Watton

Kingston played host (or hostess) to its seventh New Year's Day parkrun. It proved to be a record-breaking occasion, but more of that later.

Remarkably our erratic weather was on its best behaviour. Perhaps the weather made a new year resolution to be dry and sunny, but like most resolutions, it probably won't last long.

Taking advantage of the spring-like weather was no fewer than 502 lucky contestants which represents Kingston's largest-ever attendance, so a big handclap goes to all participants and especially the volunteers who collectively contributed to this little piece of history.
As for the run itself, it featured some sensible folk who were merely taking part at Kingston but also included a great many parkrun junkies who had already been exercising their bodies in the previous hour at Bushy, or possibly one of the Richmond events. Basically a lot of us were running a 10K in two instalments, and I think that it's fair to say that running a 10K straight through, without an interval, is a bit easier than running a 5K and then trying to switch the body's ignition on again half an hour later.

One such individual who ran the Bushy and Kingston double was Mr Ryan Griffiths of Epsom and Ewell Harriers. Not content with a PB at each event, Ryan finished first at both locations. Almost equally jaw-dropping is that Tom Harding and Daniel Wolff secured top ten finishes at this New Year's Day double. Meanwhile Tracey Hardcastle, on her first visit to 'funky Kingston' not only was the fastest female but she completed a double of sub-twenty runs at Bushy and Kingston. Incidentally, Ryan's and Tracey's times of 16:30 and 19:51 respectively are now the Kingston parkrun New Year's Day male and female records! These achievements won't make the national newspapers, but we on planet parkrun should give these speedsters a standing ovation.

There were 45 PBs, and the recipients are too numerous to mention, but feel free to take a bow. There were also a whopping 130 first timers.

As for parkrun milestones, Jacqueline Davies joined the '250 Club'; Andrew Digger, Nicola Hinde, Ellen May Lambrix, and Dean Smith each joined the '100 Club'; Robert Finnegan, Kirsty Noble, Eddie Rolls (the second finisher), Danielle Taggart, and young Ned Thomas all joined the '50 Club'. Elsewhere, Chris Brimacombe recorded his 300th parkrun, while Will Cullen and Richard Garner reached the 150 mark.

Further details of everyone's exploits, including the list of volunteers, can be found at the following link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/kingston/results/latestresults/

Finally, I would like to thank Oscar, Anthony, and Hayley from Guildford parkrun who kindly shepherded this stray dog from Bushy to Kingston during that unique 'rush hour'.

Chapter 464 of the Kingston parkrun story takes place this Saturday the fifth at 9am. Joggers, runners, volunteers, and walkers will be most welcome to bring their own contribution to this parkrun by the Thames.

Gary Watton, on behalf of Kingston parkrun 

 

Kingston parkrun 29th December 2018 event no. 462

Last run report of 2018.
What a year it has been for you all. Lots of PBs, lots of milestones, lots of first timers and lots of tourists, but mainly lots of you regulars x.

At event 462, a total of 248 runners, of which 23 were tourists, there were too many countries to note but the winner for furthest was Canada! Ten of you started early and beat the January rush, and completed your first parkrun. Welcome. There were 27 PBs, well done, I wonder how many more more in 2019?

Reminder - there is a new years day run starting at 10am. Please remember there is no carpark, loos or post-run coffee. There is however, warm arms to welome you and potentially sore heads to run off!
Thanks as always to the volunteers. Off to crack open the festive bottles.

Bev your RD for the day.

 

Kingston parkrun 22nd December 2018 event no. 461

Its New Years Eve and I am very late writing the last two run reports because of the Christmas break. I contemplated combining the two reports into one but as one event had a milestone I feel I should make the effort to celebrate that milestone. It will still be a quick report though as NYE celebrations are calling...

There was a total of 287 runners crossed the finish line of thse 3 were running their first ever parkrun and 28 were running their firs at Kingston.  All welcome. Despite the muddy conditions 19 of you achieved PBs.

20181222_093838 

Howell Jones did not get a PB, despite me telling him he couldnt claim his tee shirt unless he got a PB, he did however achieve his 50th parkrun for the first of what I know will be many milestones. We might even get him to crack a smile about it.

20181222_100717

Because it was the last run before Christmas there were plenty of dress ups -

20181222_09410420181222_092547

Thats it for now over to the next report.

Bev your RD for the day.
 

 

 

Kingston parkrun 15th December 2018 no. 460

Hi, well we had good weather to run in, the rain only started once we'd all packed up, yey! We had quite a few newcomers to Kingston this week, 26, welcome, we hope you enjoyed our scenic route along the Thames. Well done to all who achieved a personal best, another magic 26, and to Louise Griffith and Andy Murdoch who ran their 50th parkrun today, congrats! Don't forget to order your t-shirts. 

Thanks to all the volunteers, it was a bit nippy standing around, and we very much appreciate it!  I expect our lovely DofEers got fed up with people nagging them by saying things like 'Where're your gloves?', 'Put your hoodie up' etc, etc, but you know we only care really!

Thanks for handing all the tokens in, last week I fully expected not to have the infamous number 1 in the pack, as the finisher was an unknown runner, who does that by the way? Why go all out to win and then not have it registered, not if that was me I can tell you! (fat chance but still). 

See you all next week for our final run before Christmas on Sat 22nd, there will be hot mulled punch (non-alcoholic) waiting at the finish, a few sips each for the 200-odd of you. Then the 29th, and don't forget to email us if you can volunteer in the next few weeks, including New Year's Day which will start at 10am, so some brave people can do a double, wow!  

Here are the stats:

Kingston parkrun
Event number 460
15th December 2018

This week 218 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Ian CALLANDER • Ingrid WAGNER • Helen NANCE • Terri HARRIS • Daniel GREENSLADE • Pierre VENTER • Jonathan HUGHES • Jessie PRESTON • Megan EATON • Harriet LINNELL • Poppy EVANS • Chris BUTCHER • Bonita SANTHAKUMAR

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

The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 17:46 on 24th March 2018 (event number 422).
The male record is held by Nick EARL who recorded a time of 14:52 on 29th September 2018 (event number 449).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 99.29% (21:03) on 16th May 2015 (event number 270).

Kingston parkrun started on 20th March 2010. Since then 7,925 participants have completed 58,492 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,460 km, including 8,134 new Personal Bests. A total of 491 individuals have volunteered 4,234 times.

 

Well, it was a fine morning for parkrun, and everyone seemed to enjoy their run/jog/walk/crawl round our glorious parkrun route!

We had two milestones gained today, with Katie Anderson reaching her 50th run, and Lucy Brooks (who was a first timer at Kingston) reaching her junior 10th run, well done the both of you! Don't forget to order your t-shirts and proudly wear them as soon as poss.

Come and join us volunteering, it's great fun, we have only 2 more parkruns before the holidays.

 

Here are the stats:-

 

Kingston parkrun
Event number 459
8th December 2018

This week 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 0 volunteers:

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

The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 17:46 on 24th March 2018 (event number 422).
The male record is held by Nick EARL who recorded a time of 14:52 on 29th September 2018 (event number 449).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 99.29% (21:03) on 16th May 2015 (event number 270).

Kingston parkrun started on 20th March 2010. Since then 7,899 participants have completed 58,274 parkruns covering a total distance of 291,370 km, including 8,108 new Personal Bests. A total of 491 individuals have volunteered 4,210 times.

⇐ Newer Posts