Celebrating 70 years of the NHS!

Maidstone parkrun
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!

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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!).

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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.

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So much fun - but we did actually run!

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and at the finish!

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Our Milestone Runners this week!

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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.

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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

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Oh, the irony! As I struggled to walk with my swollen foot sporting an impressive support I was practically invisible at Maidstone parkrun, where I was volunteer timekeeper on Saturday morning (9 June).
Trust me to go and sprain my ankle a few days before parkrun UK marked the National Health Service's 70th birthday with hundreds of celebration events. Despite the presence of many healthcare personnel, I received no advice and very little TLC. However, a few well meaning parkrun friends did congratulate me on my authentic fancy dress and pained expression!
The only negative for me was that after stopping my watch for volunteer tail walker Bryony Rathbone on 54:59, I was too slow to get to the cake stall before all the goodies had been snaffled. There are many incentives to recover from injury setbacks but cake is right up there as one of them!
This report was also published online in runABC South magazine. http://southernrunningguide.com/news/nhs70-parkrun-maidstone-celebration-2018
To view the magazine, read daily news items and features about running in the South or to sign up for a free fortnightly e-newsletter visit runABC South  

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

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!

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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.

 

Plenty of Purple

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 274
2nd June 2018

This week 374 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Saturday was the start of National Volunteer Week and we asked you all to wear your Purple 25 t-shirts (or just purple if you didn't have yours yet), and we had a great showing of purple, thank you! but a big THANK YOU for what the purple represents, all the volunteering you have done for your parkrun!

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Our One and Only Milestone Runner this week!

Congratulations to Liam Risdon who ran his 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.

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Maxine McInulty with 23:23, Christine Gladwell with 29:29, Glenn Cronk with 30:30, Eve hatton with 33:33 (and a new PB!), Glen Moss with 33:44, Jamie Tipple with 33:55, Melwyn Moore with 40:20, Alison Phillips with 40:40 and Matt Field our tailwalker with 56:56.

On the spot on times: Jack Barden with 24:00, Katie James with 25:00,  Abigail Mberengwa with 28:00 (and a new PB!), Corin Capsalis with 30:00 (first ever parkrun!), Karen Miller with 32:00, Sarah-Jane McDonald with 37:00, Jessika and Ray Seal both with 38:00.

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Thank you to Donna for this weeks photos. 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

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All over the country on Saturday 9th June, parkruns will be celebrating 70 years of the NHS, we would like to invite you all to come dressed up as Dr's, Nurses, patients etc for this great institution. This was launched a few weeks ago by Kelly Holmes and parkrun HQ at Tonbridge parkrun. And if you work for the NHS, please come in your uniform and bring your colleagues!

And if you would like to bring cakes for the celebration we would love it!! 

 

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 27 volunteers:

Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Matthew FIELD • Mick JEFFERIES • Steve RUSSELL • Claire GILLESPIE • Chris GEDGE • Ann GREBBELL • Lyn VELLA • Bryony RATHBONE • Richard RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • James FORD • Nick FARRANT • Holly HUBBARD • Joanna FRAZER • Helen CRANFIELD • Alex BRAGIN • Catey BOWLES • Gary LUDWIN • Andrey BRAGIN • Archie MITCHELL • Stephen PAYNE • Harriet ODLING • 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 8,823 participants have completed 78,581 parkruns covering a total distance of 392,905 km, including 13,971 new Personal Bests.

 

Are We Crazy? Yes We Are!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 273
26th May 2018

This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

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I expect many of your friends say you are crazy for getting up early on a Saturday morning to run 5K, and if you look through our photos this week we do look a little crazy! But we have so much fun that I don't mind being called crazy! So let the crazy begin!

 

 

 

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Our One and Only Official Milestone Runner this week!

Congratulations to Emily Jung 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.

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But special congratulations to Chris Gedge (yes he is definitely crazy!) who ran his 200th Run this week, so although this isn't an official parkrun milestone, it is still very cool and takes approx 4 years of running to achieve!

So well done Chris! Love the dress!

Thank you to Tom Phillips for this weeks great photos. 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.

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com  

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Ayden Gillespie and Aristidis Kotsis both with 22:44, Chris Cooper with 22:55, Simon Pope with 24:24, Terry Whayman with 25:25, Neil Sweeney with 26:26, Tony Price with 30:40, Elizabeth Pole with 30:50 and Barnaby Elliot with 34:56.

On the spot on times: Paul Golding with 23:00, Mick Foy with 24:00, Amanda Warne with 25:00, Robin Bevan with 27:00, Emma Carpenter with 30:00, Samantha Fawn with 32:00, Sally Bright with 34:00, Joanne Robinson with 37:00, Jacqueline Smith with 43:00 and Sue Hogan with 45:00 (and a new PB!).

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!).

Dates for your Diary

Celebrating Volunteers - This Saturday 2nd June

Saturday 2nd June is the start of volunteer week and we would like to celebrate our amazing volunteers by wearing purple! So please wear your parkrun 25 volunteer t-shirt if you have one and anything purple if you don't!

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All over the country on Saturday 9th June, parkruns will be celebrating 70 years of the NHS, we would like to invite you all to come dressed up as Dr's, Nurses, patients etc for this great institution. This was launched a few weeks ago by Kelly Holmes and parkrun HQ at Tonbridge parkrun. And if you work for the NHS, please come in your uniform and bring your colleagues!

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This weeks tail walker Mick Cranfield and the this weeks team below...

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Charlotte BATES • Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Santosh PATTNAYAK • Amanda BIRD • Chris GEDGE • Fred STREATFIELD • Ann GREBBELL • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Colin EVANS • Laura MOISAN • Ray GORE • Ed PETERS • Nick FARRANT • Alfred MOISAN • Joanna FRAZER • Timothy SAMUELSON • Tom PHILLIPS • Christopher BIRD • Maurice BAKER • Colin FIELD • Alex BRAGIN • Catey BOWLES • Krishal PUN • Chloe LUDWIN • Megan SMITH • Max ELDRIDGE • Ian HAYES • 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 8,781 participants have completed 78,207 parkruns covering a total distance of 391,035 km, including 13,939 new Personal Bests.

 

A Right Royal Run

Maidstone parkrun

Event number 272

19th May 2018

This week 387 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

Thank you for your patience this week as we had a late start this week as Kent Life had a lorry on site that arrived at approx 9am and needed to leave just after so a little reminder so keep on our side of the gate as we are asked by Kent Life to keep the road clear of runners until after the run brief. (every week not just this week)

Wedding fever - we put out out bunting this week in honour of the royal wedding and we had 3 Harrys running and we had a Megan volunteering. We had 4 Charlies for the father of the groom and 3 Phillips (well a Phil, Philip and a Phillip) for the grandfather of the groom but no Elizabeths for the Queen! but we also managed half of the little bridesmaids and page boys as we had 2 Charlottes, 2 Georges, 1 Grace  and 3 Johns.

We would have done better but they some rarely rare names (the ones we didn't have were Ivy, Brian, Jasper, Remi, Rylan and Zalie).

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Also check out last weeks run report for our very own wedding of Barry and Betty and the wedding no on will ever forget! #DFYB

Our Milestone Runners

Congratulations to Matthew Vincent (with a new PB!) and George Cardwell (and a new PB!) who both ran their 10th runs (this is for juniors only) and they now join the exclusive parkrun junior 10 club and will be able to order a white parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Derek Gouldsworthy who ran his 50th runs and 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 Anne Hughes (with a new PB!) and Tony Scudder who both ran their 100th parkruns and they now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a Black parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.

Thank you to Tom Phillips for this weeks great photos .Don't forget to check the photos out on our Flickr page - they are FREE to download for your own personal use! Don't forget to check out all our amazing photos on the website (link from our website) and remember they are all free to download for your personal use.

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com  

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Tony Lugard with 22:11, Angtshering Sherpa with 22:33, Gary Smith with 22:55, Kelly Saul with 29:29 (and a new PB!), Darren Tugwell with 32:32, Rachel Roots and Christina Richards both with 33:55, Imy Andrews with 35:35 (and a new PB!), Trish Bosworth with 36:36, Grace and Kathryn Wright (Kathryn with a new PB!) both with 40:30.

On the spot on times: Bed Hughes with 17:00, Narendradhoj Gurung with 20:00 (and a new PB!), Ray Gore with 23:00, Charlie Beaumont 25:00, Zeke Wallace-Wells with 26:00, Gary Taylor with 29:00 and Niamh O'Reilly with 33:00.

And Mathew Nolan is the new 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!). Don't forget to check out all our amazing photos on the website (link from our website) and remember they are all free to download for your personal use.

Dates for your Diary

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

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All over the country on Saturday 9th June, parkruns wil be celebrating 70 years of the NHS, we would like to invite you all to come dressed up as Dr's, Nurses, patients etc for this great institution. This was launched a few weeks ago by Kelly Holmes and parkrun HQ at Tonbridge parkrun.

And if you work for the NHS, please come in your uniform and bring your colleagues!

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

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This weeks tail walker Mick Cranfield and the this weeks team below... 20180519_101453

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Paul HOLLAND • Tony REA • Steve RUSSELL • Luke MINSHALL • Chris GEDGE • Teresa LAMPERT • Bryony RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Colin EVANS • Darcy MCDONNELL • Joanna FRAZER • Tom PHILLIPS • Christopher BIRD • Keira BARNETT • James COOKE • Helen CRANFIELD • Nicholas SMITH • Alison SMITH • Patricia WILSON • Ffion BRICKNELL • Robert KORTEN • Mick CRANFIELD • Megan SMITH • Max ELDRIDGE • Heidi COUPLAND • Stephen PAYNE • Harriet ODLING • Georgia JEFFERY • Olivia. Dofe Volunteer MCCANN • 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 8,754 participants have completed 77,851 parkruns covering a total distance of 389,255 km, including 13,898 new Personal Bests.

 

Betty and Barry and our Barcode Amnesty!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 271
12th May 2018

This week 413 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

Sadly though despite mentioning it last week and announcing at the new runners brief and the main run brief that you must give our barcodes back and definitely not take our barcodes home! we had 5 more barcodes go missing this week! PLEASE if you have taken any please bring them back (we won't be mad just so so glad!! as we have to make up new barcodes with stickers to replace the missing ones and they do not scan so well, it is really important to us to get your times right and we need these barcodes for that to happen!

So to remind you of the importance we decided to republish our Betty and Barry adaptation of  The Scarecrows Wedding!) in attempt to get the message over that we need every single one of our barcodes back!:-

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Barry O’Barcode and Betty McToken

Were parkrun barcodes whose love was unspoken,

For Barry loved Betty and Betty loved Barry

So Barry said “Betty, my beauty, lets marry?

Lets have a wedding, the best wedding yet

A wedding that no one will ever forget”

 

Betty said “yes” and gave him her arm

And set off for a stroll around Kent Life Farm

 The wedding was set for the next parkrun night

They planned and prepared it to make it just right

Each week they’d be placed in somebody’s hand

From finish to runner, then wait to be scanned

 

The runners would hold them all hot and sweaty

And just for a moment Barry was separate from Betty

 Then back in the bucket together when scanned  

Then they’d be sorted together as planned

The core volunteer team would leave them some cake

With bits of their breakfast so no need to bake.

 

But sadly it didn’t go according to plan

As Betty’s runner had no barcode to scan

He’d arrived a bit late - missed the new runners brief

He’d taken her home and this made him a thief

He’d thought it was fun and he’d wanted a set

He didn’t know he’d spoil the best wedding yet

 

Instead of the bucket, he took her home to his house

And Betty sat crying as quiet as a mouse

Now up until now no-one knew they could walk

Or knew they had feelings or knew they could talk

“I’m missing my friends and my wedding” she cried

(And Barry was missing his lost barcode bride)

 

“Please take me back now” poor Betty pleaded

The runner felt bad, hadn’t known they were needed

Meanwhile at parkrun the barcodes were sorted

Betty was missing – the wedding was thwarted

Oh no cried the sorters, oh no cried the RD

Oh no cried poor Barry, just where could she be?

 

The man clad in lycra felt terribly bad

As he looked at poor Betty who was ever so sad

He put on his trainers and ran back to Kent Life

So Barry could marry his cute barcode wife

The lycra clad man was nervous and worried

For stealing a barcode so he really hurried

 

He thought they’d be angry and terribly cross

But they hugged and they thanked him for solving the loss

And he went to the wedding, the best wedding yet

The wedding that no one will ever forget.

Everyone cheered as they sprinkled confetti

On Barry O’barcode and his beautiful Betty

 

The moral of this story is ever so clear

Our barcodes and tokens are ever so dear

At the new run brief - the rules are explained

And all the new runners are suitably trained

Barcodes are needed for every parkrun

We can’t have one missing not even just one

 

So your own personal barcode each runner must carry

And give us ours back so our barcodes can marry

Runners must never beg, steal or borrow

For barcodes are needed we’ve learned to our sorrow

So remember your barcode, the best barcode yet

The barcode that no one must ever forget!

Please, Please, Please do not take our tokens and Please please please bring back any that may be at your home!!!
Our Milestone Runners
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Congratulations to Sam Symons who ran his 10th run (this is for juniors only) and now join the exclusive parkrun junior 10 club and will be able to order a white parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Chris Howson and Joanne Albrow who both ran their 50th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order a Red parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.

And extra special congratulations to Pip Warboys from Chelmsford parkrun who ran his 100th parkrun here at Maidstone and now joins the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a Black parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.  Thank you for choosing Maidstone to run your 100th!!

So may happy faces in our photos this week, I didn't know where to stop!!

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Thank you to Tom Phillips for this weeks great photos . Don't forget to check the photos out on our Flickr page - they are FREE to download for your own personal use!

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Maresh Guring with 20:40, Lisa Carr (first time at Maidstone) and Oliver Ward-Lewis (with a new PB!) both with 23:45, Sam Mercer with 28:28, Matt Wright with 30:20, and another Matt Wright with 31:31, Elaine Tugwell with 33:33 and Dawn Reeves with 35:35.

On the spot on times: Tony Potter with 23:00, Mark Scott with 24:00, David Furness with 27:00, Sue Cope with 29:00 and Julie Mills with 36:00.

And we have a new Maidstone 20:20 person Mathew Nolan has finally replaced Om Raj Gurung as is the new 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!).

Don't forget to check out all our amazing photos on the website (link from our website) and remember they are all free to download for your personal use. 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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Dates for your diary

Saturday 26th May - Visually Impaired (VI) Guide Running, we have Darran Potter coming to train 10 of us to do VI Guide Running, so that we can reach out to those who have visual impairment but would love to join us for parkrun. Please speak to us on Saturday to get your name down or email maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com to book your free place!

End on an Era for RunABC The Winter/Spring edition of runABC South was the final edition in print. They will still publish online with the race listings and they have plans to improve the site during 2018.

We would like to thank the at RunABC (especially our local writer Alan Newman who will continue to write for the online version) for providing a high quality free running publication for almost 10 years. You can continue to read it at www. southernrunningguide.com or via their facebook page facebook.com/runabcsouth 

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

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Donna CARR • Mick JEFFERIES • Steve RUSSELL • Chris GEDGE • Ann GREBBELL • Ian VAGG • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • James FORD • Darcy MCDONNELL • Nick FARRANT • Tom PHILLIPS • Kevin WOOD • James COOKE • Helen CRANFIELD • Nicholas SMITH • Alison SMITH • Colin FIELD • Alex BRAGIN • Catey BOWLES • Mick CRANFIELD • Martin DARBY • Harriet ODLING • 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 8,715 participants have completed 77,464 parkruns covering a total distance of 387,320 km, including 13,823 new Personal Bests.

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