Kingston parkrun Event number 412 13th January 2018. Report by Josie Bate.

Dearest reader.

 As I stood recovering at the end of this morning’s blast along the towpath, RD Jacqueline Chang wandered over and nonchalantly asked if I was writing this week’s report. I hadn’t planned on doing, but of course I was happy to oblige. It’s easy peasy and you get volunteer points (I’m one away from earning the coveted purple t-shirt) AND you can still run. Everyone’s a winner, unless of course, you’re the poor soul reading this load of old waffle.

Anyway, ever the reporter, I have loads of stories for you from this week’s run, so read on, and see if you can spot the item of fake news I have inserted, in a bid to be down with the kids………..

First things first though, let’s get the serious stuff down. Would you believe it, some people actually come to parkrun to run as fast as their muscly toned legs will take them. Me, I’m just glad to get around. So today before we started, I stood momentarily at the very front of the start line and looked ahead at the clear pathway along which 241 of us would shortly be setting. I have to confess the atmosphere at the front is very different to the chat you get at the back. These sporty beasts are pumping themselves for the run ahead, checking their watches, stealing sneaky sideways glances at their competitors, popping pills and generally focusing. At the back, we’re deciding which songs Lizzie Gwillim is going to sing to us around Ham Lands and wondering if anyone has brought cake.

There may be a direct correlation between the formers’  finish times and the latters’ – I just haven’t figured it out yet. Anyway, in order, although IT’S NOT A RACE, we had:

 Ollie Garrod      16:55   Epsom and Ewell Harriers

Fraser Mullen   18:26   Meridian Striders

Thomas Rann     18:32   (first timer) Milocanan AC

 and

Jessica Earp       19:44    (first timer )

Jemma Zakariyyau 20:32  (PB – woo hoo)

Sarah Goodfellow      23:17.

 Now, what you need to know about our first man over the line, apart from the fact that he is superfast, and I mean, superfast, is that his shoe lace came undone 200 metres INTO the run. So Ollie ran 4.8km with one trainer done up and one not. He told Jacqueline afterwards that he was too scared to stop and tie it up,  in case he got overtaken, so he just ran on. I suppose when you’re Ollie this would be an issue. Me, I’d be delighted for the chance to stop and breathe. But Ollie is usually first, or second, or on one shameful episode at Bushy (which I expect he won’t want me to mention) he was fourth. Tut tut. You see Ollie, that’s what happens when you’re REALLY fast. You put yourself under all this pressure. In fact Ollie has run ten times at Kingston (out of 242 runs) and each time he’s come home first. So may I suggest we ambush him next week, and steal his trainers altogether. Then we’ll see how fast he really is. In the interests of not completely having a go at Ollie, I feel I should also mention he has volunteered 26 times for parkrun too. So he’s not all about winning. He just is most of the time.

In other news,  a heart felt thank you to the unknown runner who was a shining parkrunner to someone else  in distress. Unknown parkrunner A was running with junior parkrunner B. Junior B  lost their hat (and a bit of their temper) and unknown parkrunner C stopped to help retrieve and return said hat to its rightful owner. Who’s not to say that unknown C forfeited a PB in the process? We will never know, because all three are unknowns, although unknown A did ask Jacqueline Chang to thank unknown C on his behalf. Nice innit?

Talking of unknowns, what a calamity.  The unknowns above are only unknown because Jacqueline is not half as nosey as me and didn’t ask for any names. However, there were 17  official unknowns this morning. SEVENTEEN! Really? I just don’t get it. Two unknowns came in together at position 200 and 201. Did they know each other? Or did they just happen to run together,  clinging together and not really part of the parkrun family at all because they didn’t bring their barcodes. It’s a travesty if you ask me, a flipping travesty. Indeed one of the regular runners at Kingston was so cross today when he witnessed a unknown refusing a token at the end that he threw an egg at him. Dearie me, that seems a bit harsh, they’ll be putting up stocks next week.  #DFYB.

Now, other things you may be interested in: We had 29 PBs, which was wonderful after most of us swam through the course last week. A special mention must go to Daniel Cowan  (M20-24) who ran at Kingston last week and did actually get a PB on the longer course. How, I can’t imagine.  But complete the course he did in 22:05. This week we also  had ten first timers, of whom one, Jack Toogood (love love love your surname) chose Kingston as his first ever in the whole wide world. Welcome to you all and especially Jack. Come back next week. Young Harvey Hutchison (JM11-14) completed his tenth parkrun in a fabulous 20:37, yes, you read that right. And Claire Kunzel  (SW 30-34) ran her 50th parkrun in a brilliant 25:45. Claire has run all over the place, including Dundee, Milton Keynes, Herne Hill, Weymouth, Hove…….I hope Kingston made her welcome.

 As ever, we had some unstable runners out and about. Take Bev Gow for instance from 26.2RRC. Frankly that woman was all over the place. She turned up late, protesting she had run from Chessington to Teddington, and was then coming back to start parkrun, getting in the way of us serious athletes who were out on the course and running in the right direction.  Apparently this  “running here, running there, running flipping everywhere” is a dedicated Edinburgh marathon training plan. If you ask me, someone had better give that girl a map. She’ll probably end up running the route twice on the day…..I’d better bring sandwiches and a flask.

Finally,  thanks to the most gorgeous volunteers, including our fabulous Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who let’s face it, probably don’t really want a bunch of sweaty, snot drooling runners falling over them at the finish as they try to scan our codes without actually touching, or our turn marshall loitering at The Ham Lands turn. Special thanks to injured Becky Stopford who still came for the parkrun chat and got bullied into walking my dog Ned with her dog Wesley (win win for me) and a special wave to my sister Michele Golden who is a Crystal Palace parkrunner. I know, I know, be kind to her, someone has to run there. Michele is injured and has been since October, so most weeks she volunteers even more than she normally does (if that is possible). Her parkrun fix keeps her going and I want us all to send her and Becky “get well soon” parkrun vibes so they will soon be lacing up their trainers and getting out there where they want to be.

Re the fake news – Jacqueline will upload this report and then put it on the Kingston parkrun FB page. So leave a comment and let me know what you think the fake news item is.

If you, like me, love parkrun, I’ll see you next week.

Josie.

 Here is the "official" report from HQ:

This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Ian CALLANDER • Jacqueline CHANG • G. Louise AYLING • Josie BATE • Harry SLATER • Henry FARMER • Gary WOODARD • Nick VASEY • Lauren HAWKINS • Jacob CHANG • Mimi METCALF • Molly VEROW

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 Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI who recorded a time of 18:11 on 23rd June 2012 (event number 116).
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 6,455 participants have completed 46,079 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,395 km, including 6,445 new Personal Bests.

 

6th January 2018, event 411 – run report by Emma Bate

Well, where to start? parkrun today should really be nicknamed parkrun Circus with all that happened – there is simply SO much to talk about. For this reason, I have decided to split the run report into separate sections. So grab a cup of tea/coffee, a cheeky biccy, and snuggle up with the dog on the sofa, because it’s going to be a long one.

SECTION 1: The mud
I’m not sure about the rest of you parkrunners, but today at Kingston I felt like Bear Grylls trying to run through the swamp that was our course. Mud here, there and everywhere, it was a day to embrace the puddles rather than side step them – if you managed to stay clean then I have to admit I’m slightly suspicious as to whether you actually did the run. What’s more, all you lucky people got a longer run for the same price – don’t say we don’t treat you. The eagle eyed runner would have spotted on their Fitbit/Garmin that today’s course was slightly longer than usual – no fear, there is a simple explanation. In such dangerous, treacherous and frankly neck – braking conditions, our lovely Run Director Jacqueline Chang decided to make the executive decision to make the course longer in order for any PBs to be out of the question. Yes, you heard right, today our volunteers were deliberately trying to prevent any sense of personal achievement – not out of malicious intent let me assure you, but with health and safety on the top of their sensible priorities list. On such a run like this we must make sure that everyone stays uber safe and not try to put their life on the line attempting to beat a previous time (ok, that may have been a slight exaggeration but you get the idea). Let’s put it this way: we don’t want to be one parkrunner short next week…

SECTION 2: Miss Charlotte Pritchard’s 50th run
Please take a moment to congratulate Charlotte Pritchard who today completed her 50th parkrun…ON HER EIGHTH BIRTHDAY: what a momentous achievement! I’m sorry, but who can say that at the age of 8 they had completed…hang on let’s do the math…5K x 50…= 250K AT LEAST. Oohh, I know: Charlotte Pritchard. Awesome. Celebrating with her immediate as well as extended family – we mustn’t forget her uncles – Charlotte sprinted across the finish line with her dad Matt without even a sweat bead in sight – effortless. And when you think that’s amazing, the Pritchard gang even brought cake to share with the rest of the Kingston parkrun family which I’m sure brightened everyone’s day that little bit more. What can I say Charlotte, you really were the Queen of today’s run.

SECTION 3: Pierre’s debut
We cannot discuss today’s run without acknowledging Pierre Venter who bravely withstood the perilous conditions within the depths of Hamlands, lighting our parkrunners as to the new turning point. Holding a brilliant red light (and did I hear a speaker too?), fabulous Pierre cheered us all on when we all contemplated why we even got out of bed this morning to come into the equivalent of the sea filled with mud…and run through it. But of course, not one of us actually thought that because who doesn’t love parkrun? Exactly.

SECTION 4: The serious stuff
And finally we come to the part where we must actually discuss the running that took place on this frosty morning. Today in total we had an outstanding 275 runners who took part, 17 of those who were unknowns. In my opinion I feel coming this morning without a barcode is like committing a parkrun felony, however I also feel sympathetic towards you forgetful lot – especially to the unknown that came in 3rd. This is a very sad day for this particular parkrunner whose bragging rights can’t be fully allowed, hey ho there’s always next week – so you better return to Kingston again WITH your barcode!

So, our 1st male runners were:
1. Andrew Snook – 19:06
2. Chris Rawcliffe – 20:34
(Ghost 3rd place goes to the mysterious unknown)
3. Tom Curtis – 20:40
Our ladies placings go to:
1. Daisy Street – 23:43
2. Katie Orrell – 24:17
3. Rebecca Gravell - 24:53
Well done everyone, especially considering we were partaking in the Kingston version of Total Wipeout. However I must remind all that this is a run not a race – but then again who doesn’t have a slight competitive side to them in one way or another?

In the midst of our runners, we had 40 1st timers here along the river, I must congratulate you on your choice to come to this course – it is the finest…sorry Bushy – and all of us here hope you return. 15 of you were running a parkrun for the 1st time ever – that is absolutely brilliant! A special mention must be given to Jayne Katete who came along to parkrun not knowing anyone, and has left with so many friends within our parkrun community that I hope we haven’t scared you off! Hopefully our infectious friendliness will lure all of you here again and again, and the pull of homemade cake every week is simply too good to resist. Milestones today include of course our very own Charlotte Pritchard and also Luise Johannis whose 50th run it was too this morning – congratulations both of you! Personally, I would be particularly excited regarding the t-shirt that will be coming your way soon…

So, here we draw to a close on today’s run report. Phew – it’s been rather long I know but I’m sure you all have nothing better to do than read this on a Saturday afternoon.

Until next time parkrunners,

Emma

The official parkrun report follows:

This week 275 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Jacqueline CHANG • Warren HARDCASTLE • Terri HARRIS • Pierre VENTER • Jonathan HUGHES • John BENNETT • Kate SUTTLE • Zoe MASON • Henry FARMER • Derek YOUNG • Lauren HAWKINS • Jacob CHANG • Emma BATE • Mimi METCALF • Molly VEROW

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 Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI who recorded a time of 18:11 on 23rd June 2012 (event number 116).
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 6,445 participants have completed 45,838 parkruns covering a total distance of 229,190 km, including 6,416 new Personal Bests.

 

New Years Day 2018

Well what a morning! I knew it would be a busy one and had thankfully lots of volunteers to make the finish process run smoothly. Our previous attendance record was 302 (New Years Day 2017) and today 412 of you crossed that finish line. That's a lot of people for our little stretch of towpath and and I must thank you all for being considerate to other towpath users.
Everyone looked rather muddy at the finish and many many people had done Bushy or Richmond to "do the double" with our first finisher having already finished first at Richmond Park! 116 runners were new to our course, and I hoped you all liked it. 32 personal bests on New Years Day is pretty good going too.

Thank you all for joining me and a massive thank you to all of the amazing volunteers; you were fabulous this morning.

See you on the towpath.
Jacqueline Chang.

The official statistics follow:

This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 116 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 51 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Dave WILSON • Jacqueline CHANG • Helen NANCE • Victoria KIRK • Alexandra GALLOWAY • Clare Louise MILLER • Fiona PUGH • Ian PHILLIPS • Jonathan HUGHES • Harry SLATER • Kathryn Louise HANCOCK • Henry FARMER • Derek YOUNG • Jacob CHANG • Lee HILTON • Becky STOPFORD • Mimi METCALF

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 Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI who recorded a time of 18:11 on 23rd June 2012 (event number 116).
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 6,405 participants have completed 45,563 parkruns covering a total distance of 227,815 km, including 6,415 new Personal Bests.

 

The last parkrun of 2017

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I will remember today’s parkrun, the last for 2017, for its copious amount of puddles and mud. There was a serious amount of it, as the 201 of us who braved the course will testify. Add to this the frankly gale force winds which greeted us on the way out along the tow path, and I think we should all be congratulated for even coming out in the first place, let alone attempting to run off some of our Christmas excesses.
Indeed Christmas featured heavily in today’s run, as we saw in the very welcome 39 tourists who chose today to join us. Perhaps they were visiting relatives over the festive period and remembered to pack their running gear so they could escape spending too much time with their hosts……An extra big welcome to the three first timers EVER to parkrun. What a fantastic course to choose. Come back and see us again next week. Or come back on New Year’s Day, as we are lucky enough to be hosting the New Year’s Day double, which allows you to run two parkruns in one day – Bushy Park at 9am, followed by Kingston at 10am. Do one, do both. What’s not to love?

Anyway, bearing in mind most of us were probably lugging a few extra lbs around this morning, there weren’t too many PBs, so double big whoopy woo congrats to the six people listed here who, because there are so few of you, can be named: Christian Conroy, Andy Shipley, Tim Gray, Catherine Lambert and siblings Laetitia ad Torin Crocker. You are all A.MAZ.ING. First man home was David Halloway (18:05) from Tadworth AC and first woman home was Gemma Bigg (22:26) from Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC. And a special shout out to Meriel Rayner, in the junior women age 10 category who clocked up her 10th parkrun today in a very respectable 31:14, and Tom Bucke from the Stragglers who completed his 100th parkrun in just 25:39. Wowza. Just wowza.

It’s funny what a difference a week can make. Last week there were Christmas hats galore, a table groaning with cakes, mulled wine and lots of people getting very excited about Christmas Day. This week we were back, but the mulled wine and cakes weighed heavy on our tummies and knee joints as we did our best to battle the elements and get around without falling over. But that is the beauty of parkrun – every week can’t be your best run and every week can’t bring a PB. The point is, we keep coming and we keep running. And if you take out the high days and holidays, and look at the bigger picture, isn’t it better to turn up every week and run, sometimes faster and sometimes slower, than never to run at all?

So, whether you choose to come back to Kingston on New Year’s Day, or next Saturday – just make sure you do join us again. We are always there, come rain or shine, gale force winds or mud. Remember your barcode – we have eight unknowns at Kingston this morning. I’d NEVER set foot out on parkrun without my barcode, what on earth is the point? And a special thank you to our volunteers, without whom there would be no parkrun. So whether you are blooming marvellous pregnant RD Jacqueline Chang on the start line, or tail walker Richard Bate who came in last with Ned the cockerpoo – parkrun is only possible because of the volunteers. We salute you.

Happy running peeps, until we meet again.

Josie.

This is the official report from HQ:

This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Jacqueline CHANG • Warren HARDCASTLE • Helen NANCE • Paul TRANTER • Kim SLATER • Zoe MASON • Henry FARMER • Jacob CHANG • Richard BATE • Thomas CHANG • Mimi METCALF

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 Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI who recorded a time of 18:11 on 23rd June 2012 (event number 116).
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 6,289 participants have completed 45,151 parkruns covering a total distance of 225,755 km, including 6,383 new Personal Bests.

 

Kingston parkrun Event number 408 23rd December 2017

Wow, we really did have visitors from far and wide, to mention a few, there was a ‘local’ from Madrid, then I spotted those Roosevelt Island, Washington DC t-shirts from 1,180 parkruns away and even further afield at 1,922 parkruns, in distance not runs, we had a visitor doing his first parkrun from Yokohama. Welcome to all visitors and new parkrunners, looked like many of you embraced the muddy puddles.

We had a few milestones today – at 50 was Flora Sallis-Chandler and celebrating 100 were Zoe Cardillo-Zallo and Peter Grecian – congratulations to you all. I see Tom Bucke and Angus Watson are hot on your heels at 99 runs and Nicola Jones on 49.

I would like to thank all the volunteers, as usual your help was greatly appreciated – without you it all wouldn’t be possible!

This week 236 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests – well done to you all!

A special reminder, that we are running an extra parkrun at Kingston on New Year’s Day – please note the start time is 10am and not the usual 9am

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