parkrun is for Health AND Well Being

Maidstone parkrun
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.

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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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.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  UntitledMaidstone, 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!

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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.

 

Run and Cuddles!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 287
1st September 2018

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

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This weeks photos were taken at Cuddle Corner (Thank you Becky), some of you probably run past this sport too fast to notice the sign but one of the signs is in some of the photos, it sounds like a great corner, who doesn't like cuddles but its such a tough corner to run, I don't know if its because it's where we start so we subconsciously feel we should end there!! Or if we know its the start of the gradual slope leading to Howard's Hill, but it's a tough spot and you can tell that by the photos although I did pick out all the smiley faces but don't be fooled most of the pictures showed real effort running past this spot!

By the way Cuddle Corner is where Kent Life has their cute animals for the children to pet like rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks and other small cute animals.

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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!!

Runner Spotlight by Lola Wheeler

My name is Lola Wheeler and I ran the park run last week and was the first female back. I thought I’d send you my runner spotlight due to it being my last parkrun for a while.

I began running with Medway and Maidstone athletics club whilst at primary school, attempting all kinds of events. As I grew I began to focus on longer distance; this is when parkrun began to feature in my training.

My local parkrun is Shorne Woods so my first few were there. The atmosphere at a parkrun is unlike any other event, it became a perfect time and place that could fulfill a variety of intentions, whether it be for an easy run, hill training (Lullingstone!) or to test where I’m at with a blowout run.

This is where Maidstone came into play. I had started running more with the Maidstone side of my club and Maidstone with its flatter and smoother surface provided a chance to see how fast I could run. In 2015 I peaked with my running, and haven’t got near my time since, and the short time I held the course record was something I was proud of (though now taken by 1 second!).

Since then I decided to focus on netball, this summer visiting Australia with the England u19 team, so thankfully my dedication to this sport paid off. However, through my netball year I have always turned back to parkrun, as preparation for fitness testing or just to feel part of the warm running community again. Last week reminded me of why I loved Maidstone parkrun, it reminded me of when I was quicker and took me back to those days. I am always welcomed back and it is one of the most smoothly functioning, picturesque runs.

As I leave for Princeton University in America this week, this new adventure brings with it an end to my netball career (temporarily anyway) and perhaps a refocus on running. I look forward to possibly finding other locations in America to parkrun, but also testing myself back at Maidstone to see if I can ever back to my younger, fitter times.

As always, thanks to all the volunteers for their amazing work in running parkruns and for the continual cheering as we run past.

Lola

Good luck Lola and we look forward to you coming to see us on your visits home!

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Our Milestone Runners this week!

Congratulations to Keira Barnett who ran her 10th run and now joins the exclusive parkrun 10 club (for juniors only) and will be able to order a white parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Elliott Mercer and Martin Pett 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.

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Rob Payne with 20:40, Dan Boorman with 22:22, Fabrice Marie with 22:44, Mark Statham with 24:24, Andy Akehurst with 26:26 (an a new PB!), Ian Vagg with 27:27, Chlow Green with 30:40, Liz Gwynne with 33:22 (First time at Maidstone), Andy Chapelle with 34:34, Abbi Clarke with 37:37, Lisa Gibbons with 40:20 and Donna Carr with 42:00.

On the spot on times: Steve Russell with 26:00, Glenn Marshall and Jackie Smith both with 31:00 and Rosalind Holden with 38:00 (First ever parkrun).

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 Becky Garrett 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

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

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

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Alan NEWMAN • Sue JAMES • Clare CORRIGAN • Timothy Russell CARR • Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Mick JEFFERIES • Steve RUSSELL • Ali VANT • Bryony RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Colin EVANS • Richard Marc DOREY • Christine GROOM • Nick FARRANT • Sarah WOODCOCK • Simon COPE • Colin FIELD • Catey BOWLES • Rebecca GARRETT • Chloe LUDWIN • Max ELDRIDGE • Oliver JEWELL • 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 9,251 participants have completed 83,061 parkruns covering a total distance of 415,305 km, including 14,527 new Personal Bests.

 

Just Being Together!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 286
25th August 2018

This week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

This weeks photos focus on being together, whether we come to parkrun to run jog or walk round the 5k course, we do not do it alone! whether we come with a friend or we bring our kiddies with us and push them around the whole 5k in a buggy, or if you arrive all on your own, you are not alone at parkrun, this week there were 317 others running with you!

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Why not bring a friend next week and help them get round the 5k!

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!!

Runner Spotlight by Colin Jewell

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I completed my 50th parkrun on Saturday and Donna handed a slip to my wife asking about writing something for the run report.

Never one for sport in any shape or form as I grew up, I have vivid memories of the Monday morning PE 'lessons' where we would be sent on a run only to be huffing and puffing away at the back constantly being told to keep running. Fast forward to my early twenties and going to the gym to work off some of the university excesses, a major achievement would be running 15 minutes on the treadmill, but to me that was boring, to the point where signing up to another gym and being given a programme I asked to actively avoid anything including running.

So again fast forward to 2016, kids are expensive creatures to look after so going to the gym was ruled out, but then I keep hearing good things about the Couch to 5k. In fact my loving wife decided she would be giving it ago and perhaps I should try too? I always liked the thought of running, but previously thought I'd never be able to run longer than a few minutes. I started out as the proud new owner of a Fitbit I was somewhat amazed at how far I could go while out for these runs and would study the maps of where I had been. I was almost a little hesitant on an early run when I found myself what felt like miles away from home (although I now realise I can to/from in 5 minutes) but now thrive on finding new places I can go and cover in a run.

I completed the C25K with the intention of completing my first parkrun at the end of the programme. I did the first and with a taste for it thought maybe one every other week, I could get to my 50 within two years. The target was Halloween 2018, but as it happens I completed my 50th this week, almost two years to the date of starting the C25K. Parkrun has been fantastic in keeping me healthy, a borderline case of high blood pressure disappeared but also I have loved to see how my two children have been taken with it, initially with Junior Parkrun over at Park Wood but a couple of weeks ago waking up on a Saturday and both declaring they wanted to do 'Daddy Parkrun' and completing it with smiles on their faces.

As I work towards my 100th I'll hopefully do a bit more tourism (49 of my 50 have been at Maidstone!) and it is time to give something back and volunteer, no doubt with my children in tow. Many thanks go out to all those who give their time week after week to make parkrun such a successful event.

Colin

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

 

Our Milestone Runners this week!

 

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Congratulations to Gwen Moss and Oliver Jewell (see Runner Spotlight) 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.

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Paul Edwards with 20:50, Tom Brazier and Louise Cassey (and a PB!) both with 22:55,Joanna Saunders with 25:25, Cassie Andrews (and a new PB!) with 30:50, Holly Hubbard with 33:22 and Lewis Moran with 33:44.

On the spot on times: Charlotte Bates with 20:00, Oliver Jewell with 23:00, James Mullan (First Time at Maidstone) with 24:00, Simon Collins and Dan Knox (with a PB!) both with 26:00, Robert Whitten (First Time at Maidstone) with 29:00, Philips Yeates with 31:00, Mike Emery with 32:00, Jeremy Ward (First Time at Maidstone) with 36:00, Philip Hubbard with 40:00.

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 Becky Garrett 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 Saturday 8th September - Maidstone parkrun is CANCELLED on Saturday 8th September as Kent Life have their Hops 'n' Harvest Beer Festival on Sat 8th and Sun 9th September  https://kentlife.org.uk/event/hops-n-harvest-beer-festival/  check out the link for more information. This is your opportunity to do some parkrun tourism.

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

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

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The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Timothy Russell CARR • Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Neil SWEENEY • Steve RUSSELL • Claire GILLESPIE • Jim MURRAY • Chris GEDGE • Ann GREBBELL • Ian VAGG • David WINNETT • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Colin EVANS • Christine GROOM • Nick FARRANT • Charlie BEAUMONT • Christopher BIRD • Helen CRANFIELD • Tina SAUNDERS • Rebecca GARRETT • Chloe LUDWIN • Megan SMITH • Max ELDRIDGE • Rob JACKSON • Steve BRITTAIN • Chris STOCKING • 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 9,234 participants have completed 82,732 parkruns covering a total distance of 413,660 km, including 14,482 new Personal Bests.

 

Walk, Jog, Run and Just Have Fun!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 285
18th August 2018

This week 340 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

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Sometimes it's better not to ask!

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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 ticket.

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!!

Where in the World!

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On a recent short break to Hertfordshire we ran at Ellenbrookfields parkrun in Hatfield.  The course is on the old Hatfield Aerodrome and was where Saving Private Ryan starring Tom Hanks was filmed. The team there like the rest of our parkrun family was very welcoming and gave us and Maidstone a mention in their run report. We look forward to being back on home ground this week (it will be Debbie's 200th parkrun) after 5 weeks on the road as parkrun tourists!

The photo shows us with the RD and bar code scanner volunteer.

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If you are going away on your hols during the summer, check out if there are any parkruns nearby and become a parkrun tourist, take a pic and send it to maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com for our "where in the world" section! Not going anywhere, we would love you to share some thoughts for our Runner or Volunteer Spotlight, please email your parkrun story, 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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Our Milestone Runners this week!

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Congratulations to Eva Shaw who ran her 10th run (juniors only) and she now joins the exclusive parkrun 10 club and will be able to order a white parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Neil Bourne who ran his 50th run (with a new PB!) 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 Katalin Takacs who ran her 100th run  and he now joins the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a black parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.

and although its not an official parkrun milestone, congratulations to Deborah Trend who ran her 200th parkrun today! What an achievement even if it doesn't get a t-shirt!

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Andy Bartram with 24:24, Victoria Butterworth with 25:25 (First ever parkrun), Alex Hanbrook with 28:28, Becky Ward with 30:40, Timothy Carr with 30:50, Neil Oakman with 33:55 and Sarah Shiers with 50:30.

On the spot on times: Gary Smith with 23:00, Justin Jones with 24:00, Darren Tugwell with 27:00, Duncan Crundwell with 28:00, Santash Pattnayak and Kayleigh both with 30:00.

And finally we have a brand new holder of our special 20:20 position, Mathew Nolan has held the position for months and now gives way to Martin Pett with a new PB!. 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 Becky Garrett 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!

We would love you to share some thoughts for our Runner or Volunteer Spotlight, please email your parkrun story, 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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Dates for your Diary Saturday 8th September - Maidstone parkrun is CANCELLED on Saturday 8th September as Kent Life have their Hops 'n' Harvest Beer Festival on Sat 8th and Sun 9th September  https://kentlife.org.uk/event/hops-n-harvest-beer-festival/  check out the link for more information. This is your opportunity to do some parkrun tourism.

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

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The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Santosh PATTNAYAK • Claire GILLESPIE • Ronald SMITH • Chris GEDGE • Julie GREENE • Ann GREBBELL • Bryony RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Christine GROOM • Nick FARRANT • Keith DEAN • Emma BUBB • Rebecca GARRETT • Megan SMITH • Rob JACKSON • Steve BRITTAIN • Chris STOCKING • Juliette LOVE • 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 9,208 participants have completed 82,415 parkruns covering a total distance of 412,075 km, including 14,442 new Personal Bests.

 

Puddle Through!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 284
11th August 2018

This week 336 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The rain stopped in plenty of time for a dry parkrun except for some puddles just after the Malta and despite our Run Director Catey asking you to RUN straight through the puddles, there was still many of you tip toeing through them!! This causes a big back up behind you and those of us at the back end up walking because instead of 2 or through going through it ends up single file! So please next time there is a puddle please just RUN though it, SPLISH, SPLASH after all it is only a little water!! and it was so hot it would have dried in minutes!

Anyway just a mention for future wet days but this week the forecast is dry and sunny (again) so it shouldn't be a problem!!

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If you are going away on your hols during the summer, check out if there are any parkruns nearby and become a parkrun tourist, take a pic and send it to maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com for our "where in the world" section! Not going anywhere, we would love you to share some thoughts for our Runner or Volunteer Spotlight, please email your parkrun story, 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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Our Milestone Runners this week!

We just had the one milestone so congratulations to Harris Payne who ran his 10th run (juniors only) and he now joins the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order a white parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.

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But an unofficial milestone for Adele Murphy who after volunteering many times at Maidstone finally ran her very first one! Well done Adele, but she will be out at Whatman Park this week back in her favourite marshal place, give her a high five!

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Alison Strange with 22:55, Paul James with 28:28, Neil Bourne with 29:29 (and a new PB!), Mike Stewart with 30:20 and John Brown with 30:40.

On the spot on times: Rob Payne with 21;00, Rachel Bonser with 24:00, Callum Sheridan with 25:00 (First ever parkrun!), Jamil Mughal with 26:00, Richard Pearce with 28:00, Elliott Reeve with 29:00 and Hinna Saeed with 54:00

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!).

We've focused this weeks Run Report pictures on our parkrun kids. Thank you to Tom Phillips for taking them!!!. 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!

We would love you to share some thoughts for our Runner or Volunteer Spotlight, please email your parkrun story, 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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 8th September - Maidstone parkrun is cancelled on Saturday 8th September as Kent Life have their Hops 'n' Harvest Beer Festival on Sat 8th and Sun 9th September  https://kentlife.org.uk/event/hops-n-harvest-beer-festival/  check out the link for more information. This is your opportunity to do some parkrun tourism.

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

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The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Timothy Russell CARR • Donna CARR • Steve RUSSELL • Claire GILLESPIE • Ben ASPLAND • Chris GEDGE • Aeron LAMPERT • Ann GREBBELL • Jim GILLESPIE • Ramon SAIZ • Ali VANT • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Katalin TAKACS • Nick FARRANT • Tom PHILLIPS • Alison PHILLIPS • Richard LOVE • Wendy ATKINS • Catey BOWLES • Gary LUDWIN • Chloe LUDWIN • Steve BRITTAIN • Zachary LUDWIN • Christine LUDWIN • Martin DARBY • Katie BECK • 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 9,170 participants have completed 82,075 parkruns covering a total distance of 410,375 km, including 14,393 new Personal Bests.

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