Kingston parkrun Event number 455 10th November 2018

Well. What a Friday I had.

In honesty it didn't start on Friday.  For a few weeks we have had email complaints from one towpath user who felt there are too many of us and that we take up too much room on a Saturday morning. She wanted us to either reduce our numbers dramatically or re-locate. When neither of these things happened despite three email complaints she emailed Richmond Council.  On receiving the email they looked into our Landowners permission and our current numbers and they found a problem. I had asked for permission for up to 200 runners each week and clearly, we have a few (ahem) more than that. By running with more than 200 a week we were invalidating our landowners permission which then made our insurance invalid. We cannot run without insurance. I sent an application for up to 400 runners but these applications take approximately 4 weeks to be decided. For these weeks we would not have valid insurance. Therefore I (with HQ) took the decision to cancel the event. Then you amazing people emailed and tweeted and made a difference. Such a difference. I had a lengthy phone call with the manager from the Parks Events team and we talked through the issues. She was adamant we had not been instructed to cancel and we hadn't, but we cannot run without insurance so we had no choice. We eventually agreed that Kingston parkrun would continue to run with the full support of Richmond Council. She also assured me that we could not be cancelled by them on the basis of our numbers. She informed me she fully supported parkrun as a concept and Kingston parkrun as a specific event.  We also uncancelled a cancelled event (which is not allowed) because she specifically asked me to. Thank you to HQ for allowing this.

I know this would not have happened without the emails and the social media storm so thank you all.  The pain and stress that this has caused me I believe is worth it. I feel we have secured our future through this and this makes me very happy.

So then Saturday morning came along and 247 people participated. We had far too many unknown runners but 18 new personal bests.

Thank you all for your support.

See you on the towpath

Jacqueline Chang
Event Director.

This week 247 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Jacqueline CHANG • Helen NANCE • Fiona PUGH • Jessie PRESTON • Paul SUTHERLAND • Lauren HAWKINS • Jacob CHANG • David JEARY • Jose SALINAS • Thomas CHANG • Poppy EVANS • Joseph SUTHERLAND • Chris BUTCHER

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 7,801 participants have completed 57,336 parkruns covering a total distance of 286,680 km, including 8,006 new Personal Bests.

 

We will run!

After a positive conversation with the Park Events team at Richmond Council they have given us permission to run in their borough despite having over 200 runners. Yay!

Thank you to all who emailed and tweeted; you made the difference, I just managed the negotiations. The support from all of you was amazing and made me appreciate the parkrun family so really THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Jacqueline Chang
Event Director

PS no car park tomorrow due to a filming crew.
PPS not filming us.

 

Cancellation of 10/11/18

We have had to cancel our event for November 11th. Richmond Council have removed our permission to run on their land. We are negotiating with them but this week we are cancelled. Apologies. Please complain about this to: park.events@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

 

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.

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