Walk, Jog, Run – Fun, Fun, Fun

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 255
13th January 2018

This week 427 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

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

30 of our first timers completed their first ever parkrun (that's more than last week!) - what a fantastic start to the New Year, we hope you enjoyed it and come back week after week.

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Our Milestone Runners This Week

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Congratulations to Lauren Hayter and Alex Pomfret who ran their 10th runs (official milestone for juniors only) and they both now join the exclusive parkrun 10 club (jnrs only) and will be able to order their white t-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Hannah Peel (First Timer - parkrun tourist all the way from Sheffield!) who ran her 50th run and now joins the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order her red t-shirt soon.

And a special congratulations to Nick Smith who ran his 100th run and now joins the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order his black t-shirt soon

Where in the World.... from Maidstone to Maitland, Australia

Stuart and Joanne Robinson wore their Maidstone Apricot T-shirts with pride in Maitland, Australia on 23rd December (you can just see a Santa hat and reindeer ears in the background!), its hard to imagine running in the hot sun in December!!

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Where do you take your parkrun t-shirt or do you do some parkrun tourism and run at another parkrun? Send us your photos so we can feature you in the run report!

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Duncan Moon with 19:19, Tony Potter with 22:22, Billy Monlouis (First Timer) with 22:55, Clare Brown with 23:23, Justin Jones with 24:24, Anthony Warren with 25:25, James Cooke with 26:26, Stephan Crane with 28:28, David Scale with 29:29, Michelle Brooker with 30:20, Megan Cadman and Viki Garrett both with 30:30, Vanessa Dunnett with 30:50, Jean Healy and Caroline Burns both with 34:34 and Rebecca Finnis with 50:50.

On the spot on times: Paul Beck with 22:00, David Goggin with 23:00, Neil Thompson and Tyler Curtis (and a PB!) both with 24:00, Terry Whayman with 25:00, Neil Harris and Gemma Day both with 27:00, Neil Smith with 35:00 (and a new PB!).

The current holder of the 20:20 position is still David Alderson.  The Maidstone 20:20 position is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).

Thank you to our High Viz Heroes

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

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Alan NEWMAN • Sue JAMES • Timothy Russell CARR • Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Steve RUSSELL • James LAMPERT • Jim MURRAY • Chris GEDGE • Neil VICKERY • James FORD • Colin EVANS • Nick FARRANT • Tom PHILLIPS • Christopher BIRD • James COOKE • Wendy ATKINS • Tina SAUNDERS • Mick CRANFIELD • Rob JACKSON • Stephen BRITTAIN • Lou DUNCAN.

If you would like to join in the fun and volunteer please let us know by emailing maidstonehelpers@parkrun.com - Please help! There are lots of different roles to choose from and we will give training too! Check out the future roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/futureroster/

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 8,216 participants have completed 71,460 parkruns covering a total distance of 357,300 km, including 13,082 new Personal Bests.

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).

 

Start as you mean to go on!!!

Maidstone parkrun

Event number 254
6th January 2018

This week 396 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

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

Our second run of the year but the first Saturday parkrun of the year was sooooo much fun! Just check out the photos on Flickr to see how much fun you all had!

396 runners made a great start to the New Year. We had 9 people run their very first parkrun - we hope you enjoyed it and come back week after week. Even if your run is hard, even if you ache for days afterwards, not only does it get easier but remember - No one ever says "I wish I'd stayed in bed and I wish I hadn't run".

If you have made a New Years Resolution to get fitter, lose weight or be faster, get a PB or other fitness related goal, then join us each week and you will not only be more successful but you run with like minded people and very likely will make friends, have fun and look back on this year as the Year you made a difference!

Join us in Dottys after the run to chat and meet up with other runners!

So here's a poem for all our Newbies but I think it's relevant and just the same for us all

Stomach churning
PB yearning
Waiting for the run to start
Let’s get going
Also knowing
I will have to do my part

Muscles hurting
From exerting
Chose to do this, wonder why?
Feel like crying
Keep on trying
Hoping for the runners high

Heart is sinking
Over thinking
Feeling I must be insane
Finish pending
Run is ending
That was fun, next week again!

One of the really great things about parkrun is that it is timed, because we mostly run to our current capacity which means every week it feels the same, an out of breath, tough run, but as we get fitter it gets easier but we then run to our new capacity so it still feels just as tough, but we can see proof that we are improving by our times. So don't give up, keep coming and check out your times, also have a look at your age grading too, there are some great stats on the results pages.

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Other notable runners this week, were Becky who you usually see behind the camera! She is now running - Go Becky!! (If any of you are budding photographers, please volunteer occasionally so we can continue to have great photos each week!) _MMP2678

Another notable runner was Michael Foster, who ran the whole 5k in bare feet, he does this regularly but it was wet and a little muddy this week, so "hats (or we should say shoes) off" to you Michael!

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Congratulations to Charlotte Highway who ran her 10th run (official milestone for juniors only) and with a PB! and now joins the exclusive parkrun 10 club (jnrs only) and will be able to order her white t-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Katarina Bragin, Tanya Stelfox (with a PB!) and Nail Barker who ran their 50th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order their red t-shirt soon.

And a special congratulations to Paul Edwards who ran his 100th run and now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order his black t-shirt soon

Where in the World....

Where do you take your parkrun t-shirt or do you do some parkrun tourism and run at another parkrun? Send us your photos so we can feature you in the run report!

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Neil Curd with 20:40, Andrew Meek with 24:24, Richard King with 25:25, Heidi Rose with 26:26, Evan Davies with 29:29, Gwen Moss with 30:30, Stephen Crane with 30:40, Gary Fittall with 33:33, Nicole Hayter with 33:44 (and a new PB!) and Elizabeth Pole with 33:55.

And only two on the spot on times: Amy Perring with 29:00, Elaine Highway with 35:00, Emma Tucker with 36:00, Gabriella Foster with 41:00 (and a new PB!) and Tegan Shiers with 44:00.

The current holder of the 20:20 position is David Alderson.  The Maidstone 20:20 position is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).

Thank you to our High Viz Heroes

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

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Donna CARR • Lorraine OAKMAN • Leslie JACKSON • Christine DARK • Howard PIPER • Steve RUSSELL • James LAMPERT • Amanda BIRD • Chris GEDGE • Teresa LAMPERT • Bryony RATHBONE • Richard RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • James FORD • Stephen TURPIE • Melvyn STRINGER • Darcy MCDONNELL • Tom PHILLIPS • Christopher BIRD • Sarah WOODCOCK • Helen CRANFIELD • Ffion BRICKNELL • Catey BOWLES • Mick CRANFIELD • Chloe LUDWIN • Zachary LUDWIN • Christine LUDWIN • Martin DARBY • Abigail MBERENGWA • Lou DUNCAN.

If you would like to join in the fun and volunteer please let us know by emailing maidstonehelpers@parkrun.com - Please help! There are lots of different roles to choose from and we will give training too! Check out the future roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/futureroster/

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 8,177 participants have completed 71,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 355,165 km, including 13,040 new Personal Bests.

 

Hello 2018!

Maidstone parkrun

Event number 253

1st January 2018

This week 384 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 81 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 63 different clubs took part.

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

The volunteer team had to adapt quickly to changed circumstances at Kent Life and so the start and finish were different but still everyone enjoyed their run along the river and so massive thanks to our amazing volunteer team. And it was great to have our visiting celebrity, Howard of Howard's Hill as part of that team even if you couldn't run up his Hill!!

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Congratulations to the 187 of you that went on to do a double parkrun, making it a really special New Years Day. The average across the country for completing a double was 25% and from Maidstone we had 48.6%!!!! That is almost half of you ran twice - that is a amazing! 163 of you went to Shorne Woods so we would like to thank them for hosting the later run, although I think our volunteers had the harder job with the early start on New Years Day!! All our parkrun volunteers at every parkrun were High Vis Heroes! Untitled

Bishnu's Challenge: how many of you spotted Bishnu on New Years Day - he was starting his challenge to run 207 parkruns with a 22kg Doko (which is a large hand-woven bamboo basket used to transport goods in Nepal). He's also going to run 5 marathons in 5 different continents in 5 years - ending with the Everest Marathon!

It's all in aid of the Ghurka Welfare Trust - find out more at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/johnny-gurkhabishnu

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Our Milestone Runners This Week

Congratulations to Andrew Walker, Justin Jones, Biju Singh (First Timer) and Tim Williams who ran their 50th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order their red t-shirt soon.

And a special congratulations to Michaela James, John Crockford (First Timer) and Paul Moakes ran their 100th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order their black t-shirt soon

Where in the World....

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This week saw Tim Carr running in his Apricot T-shirt on New Year's Day in Eagle Mountain, Utah in the early morning in the beautiful snow.

Where do you take your parkrun t-shirt or do you do some parkrun tourism and run at another parkrun? Send us your photos so we can feature you in the run report!

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Ali Farrall (First Timer) with 20:30, Mahesh Gurung with 22:11, Ken Phillips and Dil Bhadare both first timers and both with 22:55, Neil Vickery with 27:27, Chloe Green with 31:31, Gary Fittal with 33:11, Claire Stockley (First Timer) with 33:55, Andrew March with 34:34 and Andrew Howes (First Timer) with 35:35. And a special one for Helen Caston who came in postition 334 in a time of 35:36!

And only two on the spot on times: Jim Gillespie with 33:00 and Penelope Dobson with 39:00.

The current holder of the 20:20 position is David Alderson.  The Maidstone 20:20 position is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers: DSC_0450

Mick CRANFIELD • Leslie JACKSON • Kay MAYNARD • Christine DARK • Howard PIPER • Steve RUSSELL • Tracy BROOKS • Amanda BIRD • Teresa LAMPERT • Bryony RATHBONE • Richard RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Simone JONES • Nick FARRANT • Joanna FRAZER • Adel MURPHY • Myles WRIGHT • Lou DUNCAN.

If you would like to join in the fun and volunteer please let us know by emailing maidstonehelpers@parkrun.com - Please help! There are lots of different roles to choose from and we will give training too! Check out the future roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/futureroster/

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 8,161 participants have completed 70,637 parkruns covering a total distance of 353,185 km, including 13,006 new Personal Bests.

 

End of Year Run!

Isn't Christmas time great - we get so many chances to burn off calories, catch up with friends, feeling good by running, walking or volunteering! We love it so much that on New Years day we give you the chance to do it twice...yes the New Years Day Double parkrun, Maidstone at 8:30am and Shorne Woods at 10:30am and YES both parkruns will be official - this is the only time you can get two in one day!

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All 343 of you looked fabulous for our last run of 2017 - thank you all for helping to keep Maidstone parkrun such a special event, we wish you all a very happy new year and can't wait to welcome you all each week during 2018.

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Our Milestone Runners This Week...

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Congratulations to Henry Stowell, Adam King, Rebecca Finnis and Kiu Yan Shuen who ran their 10th run and now joins the exclusive (juniors only) parkrun 10 club and will be able to order their white t-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Raju Pun and Luke Tugwell who ran their 50th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order their red t-shirt soon.

And a special congratulations to Les Jackson who tail walked to his 200th parkrun, not an official milestone but a great achievement!

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Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Jacob Brooker and Stuart Butler with 22:44, Martin Harris with 25:25, Bryony Rathbone with 31:31, Gary Fittall with 33:33, Rachel Ho with 34:34 and Lesley Finlay with 40:40

And the on the spot on times: Adam Letts with 22:00, Ferdie Wilkinson with 26:00 and Jo Cunningham with 29:00.

The current holder of the 20:20 position is David Alderson.  The Maidstone 20:20 position is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).

Dates for your Diary

Blitz Run are organising a 10km race in Mote Park 7th January 2018 at 10am. They are looking for some volunteers for the race - if they would like to help out for the morning they are offering a free place in one of their runs. Also any parkrunners signing up will get a 25% discount of the race price, email maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com if you are interest in helping.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Leslie JACKSON • Alison DAVEY • James LAMPERT • Lucy BONNER • Chris GEDGE • Teresa LAMPERT • Bryony RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • James FORD • Christopher AKEHURST • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Melvyn STRINGER • Nick FARRANT • Joanna FRAZER • Christopher BIRD • Helen CRANFIELD • Ffion BRICKNELL • Catey BOWLES • Gary LUDWIN • Nick DEAKIN • Mick CRANFIELD • Megan SMITH • Stephen BRITTAIN • Archie MITCHELL • Lou DUNCAN. DSC_0434

If you would like to join in the fun and volunteer please let us know by emailing maidstonehelpers@parkrun.com - we have quite a few of our regular volunteers away over New Year so we will need you!! Please help! There are lots of different roles to choose from and we will give training too! Check out the future roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/futureroster/

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 252
30th December 2017

This week 343 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

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 8,080 participants have completed 70,253 parkruns covering a total distance of 351,265 km, including 12,981 new Personal Bests.

 

Christmas Day Special!

Hands up if you ran, jogged or walked on Christmas Day - or were one of our amazing volunteers who made sure everyone got to the finish line for mince pies and chocolates!

Well done to everyone for a great morning, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your festivities and we're looking forward to seeing you on Saturday and for the extra special New Years Day Double - don't forget on Monday we'll be starting early at 8.30am to enable anyone who wants to do the double to get to their next parkrun.

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Without doubt Christmas Day parkrun is one of the highlights of the year, so much so our fabulous Event Director Donna Carr has sent us a poem (below) all the way from America - we know she will have missed seeing you all almost as much as we missed her!DSC_0315

Christmas Day Poem - sing to "Little Drummer Boy"

Little Runner Joy

Come they told me (come run at parkrun)

There is no cost, it’s free (come run at parkrun)

There’s just one thing to bring (come run at parkrun)

Download your barcode thing (come run at parkrun, run at parkrun, run at parkrun)  

 

So I answered back (I don’t wanna run)

Might have a heart attack (I don’t wanna run)

I’m just not fit enough (I don’t wanna run)

I’ll only huff and puff (I don’t wanna run, don’t wanna run, don’t wanna run)  

 

So they dangled bate (A reason to run)

I’ve got to lose some weight (A reason to run)

Who cares if legs will ache (A reason to run)

If I CAN still eat cake (A reason to run, reason to run, reason to run)

 

Now it’s Christmas Day (I’m down at parkrun)

I’ve done my first 5K (I’ve run at parkrun)

I’m weak, can’t speak (I’ve run at parkrun)

I’ll see you all next week (I’ve run at parkrun, that was so fun, that was so fun)

…..Me at parkrun!!

Our Milestone Runners this week!  DSC_0051

Congratulations to Jessica Ham who ran her 10th run and now joins the exclusive  (juniors only) parkrun 10 club and will be able to order their white t-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Emily Middleton and Nick Deakin who ran their 50th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order their red t-shirt soon.

And extra special congratulations to Sally Amor, Ray Gore and Gary Ludwin who ran their 100th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order their black t-shirt soon.

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Steve Fuller with 22:44, Rob Johnson with 25:25, Dave Tarrant  (First timer) with 28:28, Lynn Cook and Chris Sutton both with 30:20 and Jo Pettit with 30:30.

And the on the spot on times: Ian Wood with 33:00 and Daron Eldridge with 37:00.

And we have a new holder of the 20:20 position, David Alderson with a new PB! The Maidstone 20:20 position is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).

Dates for your Diary

New Years Day Double parkrun, Maidstone at 8:30am and Shorne Woods at 10:30am and YES both parkruns will be official - this is the only time you can get two in one day!
Blitz Run are organising a 10km race in Mote Park 7th January 2018 at 10am. They are looking for some volunteers for the race - if they would like to help out for the morning they are offering a free place in one of their runs. Also any parkrunners signing up will get a 25% discount of the race price, email maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com if you are interest in helping.

If you would like to join in the fun and volunteer please let us know by emailing maidstonehelpers@parkrun.com - we have quite a few of our regular volunteers away over New Year so we will need you!! Please help! There are lots of different roles to choose from and we will give training too! Check out the future roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/futureroster/DSC_0123DSC_0492

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 251
25th December 2017

This week 290 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

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Stephen TARRANT • Jonathan CROWLE • Steve RUSSELL • Tracy BROOKS • James LAMPERT • Dave TARRANT • Chris GEDGE • Teresa LAMPERT • Bryony RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Cliff HAYWOOD • Colin EVANS • Darcy MCDONNELL • Cerys MCDONNELL • Samantha MILLS • Nick FARRANT • Joanna FRAZER • Ian WEST • Adel MURPHY • Will GOACHER • Catey BOWLES • Megan SMITH • Stephen BRITTAIN • Archie MITCHELL • Steph WILSON

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 8,051 participants have completed 69,910 parkruns covering a total distance of 349,550 km, including 12,957 new Personal Bests.

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