Kingston parkrun Event number 451 13th October 2018

It was a beautiful sunny warm October morning which took a few runners by surprise and they were not dressed appropriately. However, not complaining, it was a lovely morning.

We celebrated Daniel Street (8) completing his 50th parkrun with a lovely PB to boot.
We also had a 400th parkrun today (not a proper milestone so doesn't get a name check!)
Lots of amazing tourists visiting us as well and I hope you enjoyed our course.

We have a some complaints this week about our use of the towpath so I would take this opportunity to remind everyone to be mindful of other towpath users. It is public ground for everyone, not just us!

Amazing volunteers at the run this morning. Thank you for turning up and ensuring parkrun can happen.

See you next week on the towpath,

Jacqueline.

Here are the stats:

 

This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Jacqueline CHANG • Helen NANCE • Kevin FURLONG • Paul KEDDIE • Gary WOODARD • Sam EATON • Lauren HAWKINS • Helen PENFOLD • Jacob CHANG • David JEARY • Thomas CHANG • Rachel PARKE • Des GARRAHAN

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 7,650 participants have completed 56,149 parkruns covering a total distance of 280,745 km, including 7,852 new Personal Bests.

 

Kingston parkrun 6th October 2018 no. 450

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you

Happy birthday dearest parrrrrkruuuuuun

Happy birthday to you.

Woo hoo.
This Saturdayy we celebrated International parkrun Day, marking 14 years since the very first event took place just down the road from our beloved Kingston run, at Bushy Park. Since then, parkrun has grown to more than 1,650 events each week in 20 countries, with around 270,000 walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers every weekend (and sometimes on Christmas Day and New Year’s day too).
Whoever would have guessed it would have grown so big and beautiful?
I mean really, what better way is there to start your Saturday?

Now, for those of you who love the stats, do pop across to the Kingston parkrun page (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/kingston/results/latestresults/) where you can feast your eyes on all the lovely in-depth detail that some of you crave. Why you can click on the top of each column heading and you get even more order and figures, so please, help yourself. But the take home message I want to leave you with today, is that we all need to be careful. For runners of Kingston, and indeed our visitors (including regular parkrunner Paul Belzard’s mate from Ohio), be attentive and on your guard - the Earl Family is taking over the world.

Why last week we had the magnificent Nick Earl (City of Norwich AC) who achieved a new course record for Kingston (14:52) – yep, you read that right, which made him the fastest UK parkrunner on the day. His twin brother Johnny (Hercules Wimbledon AC) came home third. This week, Nick wasn’t here, so Jonny bombed it home in 16:02. Further down the course Arthur Earl (nephew to Nick) clocked up his first official 5k parkrun in 41:18. Not bad for a FOUR YEAR OLD. Arthur was accompanied home by, I’m guessing mum Victoria. Do yourself a favour and google Nick and Johnny. I’m telling you – the Earl Running Empire is coming. It’s just a matter of time and lucky for us that Nick’s current home parkrun is in Australia, a long way from his beloved Norwich. My only real gripe is that Arthur ran the course in his Norwich City FC top. Had I known we had a Canaries fan on the course I would have demanded my parkrun fee back and also demanded that Arthur go to watch a Doncaster Rovers match – that’s proper football that is.

Arthur Earl - first official 5km parkrun
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Nick Earl first finisher with nephew first parkrun. 20181006_095310

Oh wait…..parkrun is free. And always will be. And is brought to us by a magnificent band of merry volunteers, week in, week out.

In other exciting news, we had:

•a whopping 29 first timers (of whom 9 chose to do their first parkrun EVER with us. Good choice guys;
•62 – yes SIXTY TWO PBs
•One 10 milestoner – congrats to junior Jessica McEndoe (27:56);
•Three 50 parkrun runners – Kevin Jacques (Ranelagh Harriers), Jim Ley (26.2 RRC) and Annie Goodman;
•One 100-er – Karen Rogers;

As always a big shout out to the volunteers who made it all happen. Me, I was glad to see that bear-man Warren Hardcastle at the turn point. I always feel very safe in Warren’s marshalling presence – although RD Bev Gow does a pretty good job of scaring the baddies away if need be too. Yesterday she executed that role with aplomb, standing firm in front of the Royal Borough of Kingston refuse removal gentleman who were hell bent on driving their truck through the course, whilst people were still coming in. Her weapon of choice? Subtle diplomacy. “No” said Bev when they tried to get through. “No. No. No. No” In the end, they gave up and reversed their van back from whence they had come. Don’t mess with Bev. Simple, innit?

Ok people. That’s your lot. Come back next week to do it all again. And remember – keep an eye on those Earls………….

Love life? #gottaloveparkrun

RD Edit: Thanks Josie for another entertaining read. We love parkrun and love a JOsie run report.
That's my stint for a bit. Until next time...
Bev RD for the week.

 

Kingston parkrun 29th September 2018 no. 449

Its a record!

Its a run not a race, but sometimes, just sometimes we have to get excited about the first finishers.  I had only just finished going through the volunteer briefing and was about to go and grab a coffee, when we looked up and saw a lone man running (very fast)  towards the finish funnel.

Nick Earl finished in an amazing 14.62 min and was not only our first finisher but also the fastest recorded runner in the UK. Our second finisher was Ollie Garrod who came in at 16 minutes followed 25 seconds later by Nick,  brother Jonny. Can you spot the family resemblance in the photo of our first finishers below?
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Well done Thomas Cardillo-Zallo for reaching 50 milestone and Polly Fraley for 250 runs.

We had some lovely photos taken by Simon Thorne this week. Pop over to the Kingston parkrun facebook or Flickr group https://flic.kr/p/2bvRgaf

There are some lovely examples of the 313 runners who finished this week and all the lovely volunteers. See you soon Bev RD for the week.

 

KIngston parkrun 22nd september 2018 no. 448

Wow we had a few of quick'uns today! First across the line was Will Cullen from South London Harriers who ran a new PB at 16.30 followed closely by Nick marriage of Wooters Runners with another PB of 16.33. The two next runners also got PBs (Personal Bests), Thomas Ranin and Oliver Garner, at just over 17 minutes. Congratulations all!

We're not all fast though, we have plenty of plodders and walkers, well done to everyone for coming out on a bit of a chilly morning, and yes the rain kept off for most of it until the end. Two people were celebrating (secretly it seems as no hands went up when asked for "Any milestones?"), both Ben Binden and Jonathan Watson (Jon runs for Transport Sport) ran their 100th parkrun today, Wey hey! Don't forget to claim your t-shirts guys!

We had tourists from all over again, nice to see you all, from Epsom, Newcastle, Bristol, and Egypt and Wales, but by far the furthest were a group from Australia! Wow! Hope you enjoyed our lovely river route. 

Thanks to all who took part and our wonderful volunteers, and especially to Declan C who saw dusted the route pre-event so people couldn't get lost, and as Bev G said "You could land a plane on that arrow" - see below. Thanks to Julie G who took the picture. We also had a dog walker who thanked us for using saw dust and not flour as her dog licked that up and was ill, so we'll have to remember to always use saw dust in future.

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Official stats! Kingston parkrun
Event number 448
22nd September 2018

This week 279 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Julie GARNER • Kevin FURLONG • Terri HARRIS • Harvey PITT • Declan COSTELLO • Rebecca GREENSLADE • John BENNETT • Caroline DAWSON • Beverly GOW • Gary WOODARD • Lauren HAWKINS • Leanne COLES • Harriet LINNELL • Chris BUTCHER

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:19 on 24th September 2011 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 17:46 on 24th March 2018 (event number 422).
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 7,545 participants have completed 55,218 parkruns covering a total distance of 276,090 km, including 7,692 new Personal Bests.

 

Kingston parkrun 447 on Sat 15th Sept 2018

Lovely weather today for 289 people, and wow we had tourists from Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, Huntingdon, Manchester, Norwich, Oxford  and Southend, phew, we're honoured to have so many people wish to visit us!!

We also had great volunteers today, just about enough at the very last moment thanks to Michele P standing in, don't forget you can send us an email to volunteer for future dates at any time, don't hold back, it's great fun!

Also a very big thank you to Claus Wagner for volunteering to be a designated adult for Tia Garrad aged 8, who got a PB today! Yey! thanks Claus and well done Tia!.

We had two very special milestones today!!  Ann Bath did her 50th parkrun, although she didn't get mentioned at the start 'cos when I asked for any milestones? although she raised her hand, with her and me being vertically challenged somewhat - what? Good things come in small packages I'll have you know!! - I didn't see her waving away. So sorry Ann but she did celebrate afterwards and brought some cake to share.

But by far the most reason to celebrate today was Chris Camacho doing his 500th parkrun today, whohoo!!! He is the 27th person ever to have achieved this, well done Chris, we hope you had a good run. He has done 392 at Kingston, 101 at Bushy, 4 at Richmond Park and 3 at Crane Park, wow! He also stayed and celebrated with cake and prosecco, fantastic, here are some photos!

Chris C at his 500th parkrun-1

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Chris C at his 500th parkrun-4

Chris C at his 500th parkrun-5

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Stats: Kingston parkrun
Event number 447
15th September 2018

This week 289 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Chris CAMACHO • Marion STANTON • Terri HARRIS • Verka LAFEUILLE • Polly FRALEY • Bill CLARK • Harvey PITT • Pierre VENTER • Caroline DAWSON • Laurie JOHNSTON • Michele POWELL

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

The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:19 on 24th September 2011 (event number 77).
The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 17:46 on 24th March 2018 (event number 422).
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 7,513 participants have completed 54,939 parkruns covering a total distance of 274,695 km, including 7,644 new Personal Bests.

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