Event number 275
9th June 2018
This week 420 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests, one of these PB's was Tom Carpenter who after 5 years of running at Maidstone got a fantastic PB today and went under 16 minutes with 15:57! Awesome!. Well done to everyone who got a PB today - you are all amazing!
Today we celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the NHS and we asked you all to wear anything to do with the NHS whether it was your NHS uniforms, Doctors, nurses, physios etc or to come as a patient, and as alway you didn't disappoint and we even cake at the finish (maybe that was why Tom was so fast!).
Thank you to everyone who made the effort to dress up and bake cakes and finally thank you to everyone for coming! We had soooooo much fun! and it wasn't just Maidstone celebrating, parkruns all over the country celebrated in their own special way.
So much fun - but we did actually run!
and at the finish!
Our Milestone Runners this week!
Congratulations to Gabriella O'Reilly who 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.
Congratulations to Martin Harris who ran his 50th run and he now joins the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order a red parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.
And extra special congratulations to Daron Eldridge, Heidi Rose, Stephanie Rueff and Richard Beadle who all ran their 100th run and they now joins the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a black parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.
Thank you for a great run today, myself and team had such a good run surrounded by lovely volunteers and a great atmosphere!
One of your lovely ladies asked me to email the story of what brought us to you today so here goes.....
When I was 20 weeks pregnant, at a scan I found out that my son would be born with a Cleft lip and potentially palette. As you can imagine this sent my husband and I into complete panic, not knowing what to expect, if he would be ok etc etc. if it wasn't for the great support that the CLAPA charity gave us, I really don't know how we would of coped. Our son was born as expected with both cleft lip and palette and in his first year with us had to under go two major operations - supported by CLAPA and their specialist team. I wanted to give something back to this amazing charity and am so proud of my colleagues who joined me today in raising in excess of £1000 all of which will go straight to CLAPA.
Thank you parkrun for the great work you do that allowed us to use such a great event/location to do this in.
Volunteer Spotlight by Alan Newman
Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week
Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: David Holmes with 22:22, Matthew Streatfield and Ferenc Mittermajer both with 22:44, Garry Clark with 24:24, Mark Sherman with 25:25, Graham Batchelor with 26:26 (first ever parkrun!), Louise Dawson with 29:29 (First time at Maidstone parkrun), Ian Robinson with 30:10, Christian Moon (First time at Maidstone parkrun) and Lisa Stace both with 30:50, James Corney with 32:32 (First ever parkrun), Harriet Bournewith 33:22, Kelly Mottram with 40:40 (first ever parkrun) and Julie Harker with 44:44.
On the spot on times: Alexandra Stuart with 25:00, Sophie Seager (First time at Maidstone) and Clare Graham (with a PB!) both with 32:00, Tracey Humphey with 42:00, Harry Smith with 50:00 and Sally Laws with 52:00m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Tom for this weeks photos - they are great!. 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
We'd also like to thank the Gedge family (Chris, Laina, Lexie, Lucia, and Poppy) for clearing the path up near the Blue Bridge! Thank you!
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:
Alan NEWMAN • Sue JAMES • Donna CARR • Mick JEFFERIES • Paul HOLLAND • Tony REA • Steve RUSSELL • Chris GEDGE • Bryony RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Colin EVANS • Lauren HARKER • Christine GROOM • Poppy GEDGE • Joanna FRAZER • Tom PHILLIPS • Laina GEDGE • Derrick GROOM • Lexie GEDGE • Lucia GEDGE • Charlie BEAUMONT • Christopher BIRD • Keith DEAN • Simon COPE • Catey BOWLES • Max ELDRIDGE • Heidi COUPLAND • Sheila DANE • Harriet ODLING • Olivia. Dofe Volunteer MCCANN • Isobel PETERS • Rhoda EDWARDS
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 8,858 participants have completed 79,001 parkruns covering a total distance of 395,005 km, including 14,033 new Personal Bests.