Event number 316
16th March 2019
This week 400 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
Thank you again to everyone who donated towards our second defib and we are now looking for ideas on how to spend that money as the grant from Involve Kent will cover the full cost of a new defib!! We would love as many of you as possible to spend just 1 minute voting in our very own parkrun referendum on how to spend it but especially those that donated, we would really love your input. Here is a link to our survey! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KMBTP3S
Thank you to Hebe Bowley (one of our Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) volunteers for taking our pictures, remember they are free to download for your personal use! and they are all on Google now! Please use this link to view them.
Our Milestone Runners this week!
Congratulations to Chris Hafford and Abbi Clarke who completed their 50th parkrun this week and they now join the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order a Red parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.
Special congratulations to Aristidis Kotsis who completed his 100th parkrun this week and now joins the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a Black parkrun Milestone T-shirt soon.
Volunteer Spotlight by Zoe Martin
I look forward to Saturday mornings volunteering at Maidstone parkrun.
Over the past few years illness has lead to disabilities which have had an impact on my life and left me unable to do many things I used to enjoy. My husband introduced me to the idea of joining the park run volunteers. He is a weekly runner and remarked on the friendliness of the events. So, I went online, registered my interest and was volunteering the following weekend!
For me personally, it’s such a positive experience. The volunteers are fun, sociable and welcoming. The runners are a great crowd. We have our weekly ‘regulars’, and every week warmly welcome new and visiting park runners too. It’s only a few hours of my time on a Saturday morning and it’s really enjoyable, I always leave feeling uplifted.
If you have a story to share for our Runner or Volunteer Spotlight, or some interesting information about our runners or our route, then please email in. It doesn't have to be long, even just a few lines would be great! and email in to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week
Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: John O'Loughlin with 24:24, Terry Whayman with 26:26, Wendy Atkins with 28:28 (and a new PB!), Karuna Pun with 30:10, Chris Gedge with 30:20, Holly Hubbard with 33:33, Debbie Davis (First ever parkrun!) and Jamie Tipple both with 33:44, Alice Hagues with 36:36 (and a new PB!), Katherine Hagues with 44:22 (and a new PB!) and Amanda Bird with 46:46.
On the spot on times: Steve Wright with 19:00, Leona Franklin with 21:00, Jason Windle with 28:00, Alexander Bolden with 29:00, Rebecca Smith with 35:00, Sharon Maria Boland with 36:00 and Joshua Dufton (First time to Maidstone) with 38:00.
And the holder of our special 20:20 position is still Lee Jones. 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!).
Stroke Resolution Run on Sunday 24th March at 10am, Mote Park, Maidstone
Choose from a 5k, 10k or 15k enter online at stroke.org.uk/resolution they are also looking for volunteer marshals on the course - all volunteers will receive a t-shirt, hot drink and hand warmers so they don’t get cold, please contact Chloe.Braidford@stroke.org.uk if you would like to volunteer.
Maidstone parkrun's 6th Birthday - Saturday 13th April 2019.
Put the date in your diary - you don't want to miss it!! It will be fancy dress run so get thinking and planning now! and there will be a special momento for every runner and volunteer.
Saturday 20th April - Maidstone parkrun's Easter Run
Come dressed in bright easter colours (yellow, orange, pink, white, green, purple) NO BLACK or dark colours if possible! Dress up, wear bunny ears or an easter bonnet or anything Easterie!
Saturday 4th May - The "May the Fourth be with you!" Run
Stars wars themed Run - dress up if you want too!
This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes
And last but definitely not least - Look how much fun our volunteers have! they help ensure it all went smoothly! 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.
Congratulations to Harriet Odling who has now completed her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award which is 6 months volunteering with Maidstone parkrun, we have loved having her be part of our volunteer team and hope she chooses to do her Gold DofE Award with us!!!!!
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:
Ian PULLEN • Louise PULLEN • Donna CARR • Steve RUSSELL • Amanda BIRD • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Colin EVANS • Darcy MCDONNELL • Christine GROOM • Ben WILLCOX • Derrick GROOM • Christopher BIRD • Sadie MITCHELL • Helen CRANFIELD • Katie SMITH • Myles WRIGHT • Lewis BRICKNELL • Catey BOWLES • Gary LUDWIN • Chloe LUDWIN • Max ELDRIDGE • Daron ELDRIDGE • Evelyn ELDRIDGE • Michelle BROOKER • Martin DARBY • Harriet ODLING • Hebe BOWLEY • Ethan BOWLEY • James GETTING • Hayden ROPER • Rhoda EDWARDS • Adel MURPHY • Lewis BALDWIN
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 10,206 participants have completed 93,722 parkruns covering a total distance of 468,610 km, including 15,873 new Personal Bests. A total of 681 individuals have volunteered 7,540 times.