Event number 276
16th June 2018
This week 407 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
They say a picture paints a thousand words, well Tom Philips has now volunteered as our photographer ONE HUNDRED TIMES and has taken over 20,000 photos of us walking, running, jumping and raising our thumbs and hands to him. Thank you so much Tom, your pictures truly capture how much fun we have at parkrun and they definitely paint more than a thousand words!
Congratulations to Megan Smith who finally ran her 10th run (this is for juniors only) and she now joins the exclusive parkrun junior 10 club and will be able to order a white parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon. Megan has volunteered 29 times!
Congratulations to Sara-Jane Terry and Jim Harrison who both ran their 100th runs and they now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a black parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.
And extra special congratulations to Tim Carr who ran his 250th run and he now joins the exclusive parkrun 250 club and will be able to order a greenish parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.
Runner Spotlight - Martin Pett
parkrun has become a regular weekly run for me. Every week all runners are in high spirits and make it even more enjoyable. Not forgetting the fantastic work the volunteers do as well. The Maidstone route is my favourite route along the river every Saturday morning
Volunteer Spotlight - Alex Bragin
Raise your hand if you saw Alex volunteering at parkrun this year. He
has now volunteered 25 times and is hungry for more! And how proud we
are of him!
Alex was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three and
attends a special needs school. When his school decided to enrol him
in The Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award scheme we had a massive task to
solve. How and where could Alex be a volunteer for the 9 months
required for his award?
We thought hard and as we wanted him to do something on his own
without the family or his carers' support.. The "Eureka" moment came
late on Friday evening as I was getting ready to run a parkrun the next morning! "Alex could be a marshal at PARKRUN!!! ”
When I spoke to Donna, as always, she was VERY supportive! First we
had Alex’s younger brother help Alex out few times but then a minor
miracle happened - we were comfortable to leave Alex on his own to get
on with it!
He was absolutely fine! His confidence grew and grew and now he is
"Marshal of parkrun".
None of this would be possible without you guys - many of you helped
Alex out in Cuddle Corner and talked to him and answered all of his
questions. We're proud of Alex and also very grateful to Team parkrun
and to all the runners who shout “Thank you volunteer! ” as Alex is
cheering them on and showing them the way towards Howard's Hill
Thank you parkrun from Alex and the family!
Katerina Bragin (proud mum)
Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week
Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Chris Cooper with 23:23, Alison Strange and Ivon Whitmore both with 23:45, Ben Holman with 25:25, James Bicker with 30:10, Caroine Frampton with 31:31, Lydia Knight with 32:32 (and a new PB!), Gwen Moss with 33:22, Jamie Tipple with 33:33, Joanna Burden with 33:44 (and a new PB!), Sarah-Jane McDonald with 35:35, Debbie Lock with 40:10 and Miriam Still with 44:44 (and a new PB!).
On the spot on times: Vera Hunter with 22:00, Sara-Jane Terry with 24:00, Paul Eady with 26:00, Lana Jackson with 27:00 and Clare Corrigan with 40:00.
And Mathew Nolan is the still the holder of our special 20:20 position. Maidstone 20:20 is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).
If anyone would like to share their parkrun story, why you love parkrun? or your running journey etc we would love to hear from you and put a "Runner or Volunteer Spotlight" in the run report. It doesn't have to be long, even just a few lines would be great! and email in to email@example.com
Thank you again to Tom for this weeks photos - they are great as always - heres to the next 100!!!. Don't forget to check the photos out on our Flickr page - they are FREE to download for your own personal use! or on the website (link from our facebook page) and remember they are all free to download for your personal use.
Dates for your Diary
Sunday 8th July - 5k Family Fun Run - 50th Anniversary of the Kenward Trust who help support those with drug and alcohol addictions and Youth Cancer Support.
It's a brand new fun run and is open to runners of all abilities in Yalding where the route will take runners through the beautiful 15 acre country estate. We also have a 1.5k fun run for under 11’s. £8 for Adults and free for children (with a fee paying adult). Registration from 8am on the day. https://www.facebook.com/events/2081754192107341/?ti=icl
This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Alan NEWMAN • Sue JAMES • Donna CARR • Neil OAKMAN • Leslie JACKSON • Tony REA • Steve RUSSELL • Chris GEDGE • Bryony RATHBONE • Richard RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Colin EVANS • Christine GROOM • Nick FARRANT • Tom PHILLIPS • Alex BRAGIN • Mick CRANFIELD • Max ELDRIDGE • Heidi COUPLAND • Celia MANTLE • Nick BURLING • Stephen PAYNE • Stewart KING • Scott KING • Richard KING • Daniel KING • Adam KING • Olivia. Dofe Volunteer MCCANN • Isobel PETERS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maidstone parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).
The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:03 on 17th September 2016 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 90.46% (21:09) on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).
Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 8,891 participants have completed 79,408 parkruns covering a total distance of 397,040 km, including 14,104 new Personal Bests.