Event number 288
15th September 2018
This week 311 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
This weeks Runner Spotlight was sent in a few weeks ago but we saved it for this week to promote the GP Practices initiative which is a new initiative by the Royal College of General Practitioners and parkrun UK to promote the health and well being of staff and patients. Under this initiative, GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become parkrun practices.
How can you be part of this great initiative? JUST TURN UP and if you can then invite your friends and family as it's going to be a great newbie day!! Let them come along and just watch or volunteer. And check out this weeks Runner Spotlight below and see how parkrun can help with grief and pain as well as get you in tip top or just better shape!
This week I wasn't at Maidstone parkrun as I had the wonderful opportunity to walk parkrun with my 83 year old mother at Kettering parkrun, yes she did her first ever parkrun, she managed one lap of the two lap course and loved it and said she would build up her strength and come back and finish the whole course and get scanned! I was so PROUD of her and so happy to be able to walk round with her and I was proud of the Kettering runners and volunteers who are just like us at Maidstone and made her feel welcome and were encouraging her the whole way round, it was parkrun just like it should be!
So whatever your goal is, whether its a PB, a Sub 20 mins, a sub 30 mins, a sub 50 mins or just to finish and have your precious barcode scanned, parkrun is for you and we are here to help you with your goals.
Runner Spotlight by Stephen Gibson
It was over 30 years since I last wore gym kit. I was doing my training to be a prison officer and there was a requirement for a reasonable level of fitness. Soon after that I was married with a family and there never seemed to be the time to pound the streets or go to the gym.
Life was good. I had a wonderful wife and Daughter and enjoyed travelling the world having lots of adventures which included my wife and I appearing on numerous tv quiz shows.
Everything was perfect until February 2015 when after several chronic episodes of pain my wife Jeanne was diagnosed terminally ill with Pancreatic cancer. The following eight months were awful and on 24 October she died.
I was in a mess both physically and mentally and despite the wonderful support of my Daughter I was struggling. By chance I was sitting in front of the tv when I saw a piece on bbc breakfast about parkrun. I didn't think it was me but I thought I would investigate the website. Being in my late fifties and a bit of a technophobe I was surprised at how easy it was navigate the website. Before I knew it I had a paper barcode in my hand. Now all I had to do was turn up.
Surprisingly despite being a prison officer I am in fact quite a shy anti social sort so even turning up was difficult. When I finally made it I was welcomed by the first timers volunteer who put me at my ease. After I completed my first parkrun I felt a tremendous sense of achievement and achieved a time of 34 minutes.
I have now completed over 75 parkruns including Sydney, Hobart, and Edinburgh where I often visit my Daughter and have got my pb down to 25 minutes!. I am now in a much better place and parkrun has played a big part in my recovery. Thank you to everyone involved with parkrun.
To any GPs who may be reading this I would certainly recommend parkrun to anyone in a bad place Stephen Gibson
If you have a story to share for our Runner or Volunteer Spotlight, please email your parkrun story, how or why you started? why you love parkrun? or why you hate it but still come!!! It doesn't have to be long, even just a few lines would be great! and email in to email@example.com
Our Milestone Runners this week!
Congratulations to Simon Allfrey, Trish Bosworth and Charlie Feehan who ran their 100th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a Black parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.
Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week
Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Rob Payne with Alastair Worton with 20:30, Tom Copppard with 20:40 (and a new PB!), Carl Maisey with 22:33 (First ever parkrun!), Gary Taylor with 24:24, Alison Donovan with 27:27 (First ever parkrun), Simon Allfrey with 31:00, Mark Williams with 33:33, Evelyn Eldridge with 37:37 and Carrie Turpie with 44:44.
On the spot on times: Lucy Baxter with 20:00 (and a new PB!), Alex Promfret with 25:00, Daniel Purton with 27:00 (and a new PB!) and Suzy Capella with 32:00.
And the holder of our special 20:20 position is still Martin Pett. The 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!).
Thank you to Jo Frazer-Wise for taking this weeks photos!. Don't forget to check out all the photos on our Flickr page or on the website (link from our facebook page).- they are FREE to download for your own personal use!
Dates for your Diary 22nd September - West Kent GP Practices Taster Day Maidstone, Malling, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells parkruns are all hosting this great initiative by the Royal College of General Practitioners and parkrun UK to promote the health and well being of staff and patients. Under this initiative, GPpractices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become parkrun practices. So invite your friends and family as it's a great newbie day!!
10K Charity Santa Dash at Cyclo Park in Gravesend on Sunday 16th December.
The event is to help raise lots of money for North Kent MIND a mental health charity in Gravesend that covers the whole of Kent and we are hoping to get 300 people to sign up. People can raise money for any charity they desire or just run it for fun but the proceeds from bookings will be going to the North Kent MIND charity, everyone who enters will receive a free Santa suit and a medal for a bit of festive fun! For further information about the race: https://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/Gravesend-Christmas
IMPORTANT NOTICE the Malta has introduced a number plate registration for Malta customers only. If you park at the Malta and don't register your number plate at the Malta or The Premier Inn then you will get a fine.
There is ample free parking at Kent Life and some in Lock Lane so there should be no need to park in the Malta car park!!
This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes
If you hadn't noticed parkrun isn't just for walking, jogging or running, you can come along and volunteer, volunteering is great for your health & well being too, just try it and you'll see!
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Clare CORRIGAN • Donna CARR • Christine DARK • Paul HOLLAND • Steve RUSSELL • Jim MURRAY • Chris GEDGE • Ramon SAIZ • Bryony RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Christopher AKEHURST • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Colin EVANS • Christine GROOM • Patricia MITCHELL • Emily RUSSELL • Jessica RUSSELL • Catey BOWLES • Chloe LUDWIN • Max ELDRIDGE • Ann RUSSELL • Teresa PAYNE • Rhoda EDWARDS • Adel MURPHY
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 9,270 participants have completed 83,372 parkruns covering a total distance of 416,860 km, including 14,573 new Personal Bests.