Another Fun Run in the Sun !

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 268
21st April 2018

This week 438 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

Another hot hot day on Saturday but we had soooo much fun!! As always! 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 sentences would be great!

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Our Milestone Runners

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Congratulations to Albert Delaney and Summer Reeves who both ran their 10th runs and now join the exclusive parkrun 10 club (juniors only) and will be able to order a white parkrun milestone t-shirt soon.

Congratulations to Steve Hammond, Stephen Jones and Louise Hammond who ran all 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.

Thank you to Ben Willcox for this weeks great photos. Don't forget to check out this weeks photos - they are free to download for your own personal use!

#FinishForMatt

Like many, many others, we are really saddened to learn about Matt Campbell's death at the London Marathon on Sunday and some of our runners cared for him as their were marshalling at the spot where he became ill. Many of you have asked us to extend our course by the 0.6 miles to make the 3.7 miles to "finish for Matt".

Unfortunately there are a number of logistical issues with this including the fact that Kent Life opens to the public at 10:00am, and entry becomes chargeable at that time and so we cannot extend the run without adversely affecting their business. Our route into Kent Life is closed as soon as our tail walker enters the park.

However we all feel that this is a lovely idea to honour Matt in this way, and with this in mind we have invited the Maidstone Harriers to organise an extra 0.6 miles to be run together at 8:30am BEFORE parkrun and then joining back with us at our usual start before 9:00am in time for the run brief and then run our normal 5k route which will make a combined route of 3.7 miles finishing at the top of Howard's Hill as usual.

Remember this is entirely optional and we would not want anyone to feel any pressure to take part as there are many other personal ways to honour a fellow runner.

We are very grateful to the Maidstone Harriers for arranging this for the community and look forward to seeing you at either start times.

You can still donate to Matt’s fundraising page here: http://bit.ly/FinishForMatt 

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Simon Luck with 26:26 (and a new PB!), Ben Aspland with 28:28, Nicola Page and Karl Brown both with 30:20, Laura Moisan with 30:30, Arthur Reeves and Kerry Munday both with 32:32.

On the spot on times: Dominic Norton with 24:00 (and a new PB!), Jim Harrison with 25:00, Michael Adams with 27:00 (First Timer to Maidstone parkrun), Emma Dewdney with 29:00 (First Timer to Maidstone parkrun), Kate Coles with 37;00 and Trish Bosworth with 38:00.

And Om Raj Gurung is still the holder of our special 20:20 position. The Maidstone 20:20 position 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

Saturday 28th April -  Glow in the Park Kent https://glowinthepark.co.uk/products/glow-in-the-park-kent in conjunction with Kent Sport Trust.

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

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The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Sue JAMES • Timothy Russell CARR • Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Ronald SMITH • Chris GEDGE • Julie GREENE • Teresa LAMPERT • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Colin EVANS • Darcy MCDONNELL • Felicity CARR • Daniel SMITH • Nick FARRANT • Joanna FRAZER • Ben WILLCOX • Helen CRANFIELD • Sally AMOR • Catey BOWLES • Gary LUDWIN • Krishal PUN • Mick CRANFIELD • Chloe LUDWIN • Megan SMITH • Max ELDRIDGE • Heidi COUPLAND • Alexandra WRIGHT • Zachary LUDWIN • Harriet ODLING • Olivia. Dofe Volunteer MCCANN • Isobel PETERS

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 8,611 participants have completed 76,159 parkruns covering a total distance of 380,795 km, including 13,637 new Personal Bests.

 

Happy 5th Birthday to us!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 267
14th April 2018

This week was our 5th Birthday and 459 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

What a wonderful day we had, the weather was amazing, we had cake and medals and there were some amazing costumes too! What more could we ask for? Absolutely nothing - it was the perfect day!

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We would love to thank Emma Carpenter for the wonderful design for our 5th Birthday Commemorative medal - WE LOVE IT! and we know you all did too. and once again thank you to everyone who donated to our birthday funds which enabled us to be able to give everyone a commemorative birthday medal.

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It was great to see so many parkrunners and old friends visiting from Whitstable parkrun, many of whom had been at our very first parkrun 5 years ago to support us when we started Maidstone, and we are grateful for their help back then and their continued support especially Jacky McDonald who set up Whitstable parkrun, the very first parkrun in Kent.

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Congratulations to Steve Hammond, Jack Barden, Amy Wallington, Paul Eady, Gill Roberts, Bailey Penfold and Ian Hayes who ran all 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 special congratulations to Alan Penfold, Keith Rainey and Ben Davison who all ran their 100th runs and will 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: Craig Barden with 20:10, Purnasingh Thakiuri with 22:33, Holly Cook with 23:45, Daniel Coomber (First ever parkrun) with 26:26, Glen Marshall and Charlie Beaumont both with 31:31, Matt Wright with 32:32, Sophie Rideout with 33:22, Will Axell (First ever parkrun) with 40:20 and Amanda Bird with 44:44.

On the spot on times: Cliff Haywood with 22:00, Mandy Abbott with 24:00, Daya Gurug with 26:00, Nathalie Marie with 29:00, John Martin with 31:00, Joely Hill with 32:00, Louise March with 34:00, Anthny Marshall with 37:00, Louise Walker (First time to Maidstone) with 38:00, Sarah Shiers with 39:00 and Miriam Still with 46:00.

And Om Raj Gurung is the holder of our special 20:20 position. The Maidstone 20:20 position 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'r 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.

Our CRAZY Hi-Vis Heroes

The event was made possible by 28 crazy and amazing volunteers!:

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Timothy Russell CARR • Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Steve RUSSELL • Claire GILLESPIE • Chris GEDGE • Ann GREBBELL • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Colin EVANS • Laura MOISAN • Darcy MCDONNELL • Nick FARRANT • Joanna FRAZER • Tom PHILLIPS • Ben WILLCOX • Daniel VERO • James COOKE • Matilda MOISAN • Maurice BAKER • Jo SMITH • Krishal PUN • Mick CRANFIELD • Chloe LUDWIN • Megan SMITH • Max ELDRIDGE • Julie TIPPER • Guy TIPPER • Harriet ODLING

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 8,583 participants have completed 75,721 parkruns covering a total distance of 378,605 km, including 13,593 new Personal Bests.

 

The One Before Our Birthday….

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 266
7th April 2018

This week 381 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

We hope you're getting your fancy dress ready for our big birthday run on 14th April - we'll be 5 and can't wait to celebrate with you!

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This week was the calm before the storm, although without the step-in volunteers it wouldn't have been so calm - so a big thank you to those who turned up not realising they would volunteer!

Look out for our new sign board for volunteers this week at the finish, if you think you'd like to help then please put your name down on the week and role you fancy. It's great fun being a volunteer - have you seen the photos of all those smiley faces in hi-vis and you get to see a different side to parkrun.

A HUGE thank you to those that stayed behind after the run had finished to give something back to the community and help with the Litter Pick, you filled lots of bags and worked really hard to clean up the path and the Kent Life car park. We all appreciate it and you made some new friends too!

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This week also had milestones, cake and several giant pink apples running along the river bank! Just a taster of what will happen this coming Saturday....

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Our Milestone Runners

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Congratulations to Arthur Reeves who ran his 10th run (juniors only) and joins the exclusive juniors 10 club and will be able to order a white parkrun milestone t-shirt soon. Congratulations to Ruth Pannell who ran their 50th run and now joins the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order a Red parkrun milestone t-shirt soon.

And very special congratulations to Sue Field who ran their 100th run and will now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a black parkrun milestone t-shirt soon. Thanks also for all the cake! We were all super proud to give you a guard of honour as you crossed this weeks finish line.

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Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Ryan Campbell 25:25, Arthur Reeves 29:29, Megan James 33:33, Teresa Payne 39:39, Sadie Lee 40:40.

On the spot on times: Lynne Champion 22:00, Graham Newland 26:00, Daryl Allchin and Matthew King both with 27:00, Jackie Jim and Thomas Winnett both with 30:00, Paul Stanger 33:00 andThomas Neal 50:00.

And Om Raj Gurung is the holder of our special 20:20 position. The Maidstone 20:20 position is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).

Our Hi-Vis Heroes

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers: Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Sue PIPER • Steve RUSSELL • Claire GILLESPIE • Jim MURRAY • Ann GREBBELL • Bryony RATHBONE • Richard RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • James FORD • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Angela MCDONNELL • Darcy MCDONNELL • Cerys MCDONNELL • Richard Marc DOREY • Daniel SMITH • Sam HARKER • Paul R P BECK • Tom PHILLIPS • Alison PHILLIPS • Sarah WOODCOCK • Julie MILLS • Helen CRANFIELD • Sally AMOR • Colin FIELD • Alex BRAGIN • Catey BOWLES • Gary LUDWIN • Chloe LUDWIN • Ryan CAMPBELL • Alexandra WRIGHT • Lisa BRINKLEY • Katie BECK IMG_5239

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 8,531 participants have completed 75,262 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,310 km, including 13,549 new Personal Bests.

 

Easter Fun!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 265
31st March 2018

This week 316 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

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The parkrun fairy managed to work her magic for us this week and just about hold off the rain to keep everyone dry over the 5k. Thank goodness, as if it had been like Friday, we’d have had some very damp volunteers, soggy runners and dissolving barcodes. _MMP0005

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On 14th April we are celebrating our 5th birthday, which of course means fancy dress! Thank you to everyone who has donated to our parkrun fund already - we really appreciate your support. You can still donate if you want! - Please see link to our donation page http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/aboutus/ _MMP0129

Saturday 7th April - Heroes Assemble. As soon as our last parkrunners get home we will be joining the Environment Agency and MVCP picking up litter on our towpath, we have offered to have a parkrun team, helping from Allington Lock and it would be great to show our commitment to our amazing route and give something back to the community. Please join us - we have gloves, bags and little pick up sticks! If you have one, wearing your parkrun t-shirt helps others to know where we are from.

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Our Milestone Runners

Congratulations to Sarah Smith, Kevin Herron and John Constable who ran their 50th run and now joins the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order a Red parkrun milestone t-shirt soon. And special congratulations to Alison Strange and Tracey Dennis who ran their 100th run and will now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a black parkrun milestone t-shirt soon.

And a special mention to Ivon Whitmore who ran his 200th parkrun while it’s not a t-shirt milestone, it’s definitely worth celebrating as he gets closer to that elusive 250 t-shirt. IMG_5200

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week
Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Samuel Grist 23:23, Ivon Whitmore 24:24 (and on his 200th appearance), Mickey Hill 27:27, Pj Bower-Jones 30:30, Clare Saunders 30:30, Zoe Andrews 43:43,
On the spot on times: Gary Reading 28:00, Kevin Herron 29:00 (and on his 50th appearance), Richard Love 30:00 and Jack Talbot 31:00
And Om Raj Gurung is the holder of our special 20:20 position. The Maidstone 20:20 position is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).

Our Hi-Vis Heroes

If anyone would like to volunteer over the coming weeks, please let our RD know as there are lots of spots that need filling and we’re sure you’ll have fun! Last week we were very grateful to the runners who stepped in after their run to scan barcodes and manage the funnel.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Donna CARR • Steve RUSSELL • Tom CARPENTER • Jim MURRAY • Chris GEDGE • Bryony RATHBONE • Daniel SMITH • Richard RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • James FORD • Tom PHILLIPS • Sarah WOODCOCK • Paul EDWARDS • Samantha COPPIN -DERBY • Steve BRITTAIN • Tracy SHERWOOD-FARNFIELD • Martin DARBY • Harriet ODLING • Clare HOWARD

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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 8,488 participants have completed 74,881 parkruns covering a total distance of 374,405 km, including 13,506 new Personal Bests.

 

A Caketastic Day!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 264
24th March 2018

This week 333 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

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It’s our 5th birthday on 14th April and to get us all in the mood Saturday was cake day! Thank you to everyone that brought cake along, it was all delicious and thank you to everyone who has donated to our parkrun fund - we really appreciate your support. You can still donate if you want! - Please see link to our donation page http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/aboutus/ DSC_0048

Saturday also saw the Selfie Sunday Runners of Maidstone hold a takeover of volunteer roles, so there was a sea of blue - find out more about the Selfies in our Volunteer Spotlight by Jo Frazer-Wise below. If you would like to write a spotlight or arrange for a volunteer take over, let us know, we’re always happy to have offers and can offer full training on all roles.

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Don’t forget this Saturday is our Easter run so dig out that fancy dress - bunny ears, Easter bonnets, or superheroes and PJs, anything goes! And the great news is we all get to put fancy dress on again for our birthday - you know we love dressing up at Maidstone.

Saturday 7th April - Heroes Assemble, As soon as our last parkrunners get home we will be joining the Environment Agency and MVCP picking up litter on our towpath, we have offered to have a parkrun team, helping from Allington Lock and it would be great to show our commitment to our amazing route and give something back to the community. Please join us - we have gloves, bags and little pick up sticks!

Our Milestone Runners

Congratulations to Noel Lyon who ran his 50th run and now joins the exclusive parkrun 50 club and will be able to order a Red parkrun milestone t-shirt soon.

And a special congratulations to Colin Field who ran his 100th run and will now join the exclusive parkrun 100 club and will be able to order a black parkrun milestone t-shirt soon.

And last of our milestones but definitely not least is Max Eldridge who completed his 25th Volunteering last week and this week he achieved his 10th run (juniors only) as our tailwalker - great work Max joins the exclusive parkrun 10 club (juniors only) and will be able to order his white parkrun milestone t-shirt soon.

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Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Maxwell Phillips 17:17, Joseph Belcher 19:19, Rob Payne 21:21, Purnasingh Thakuri 22:22, Alfonso Legaz Lopez 24:24, Gary Beckley 26:26 and Amy Pennington 32:32.

On the spot on times: Dan Brown 22:00, Alfred Moissan 23:00, Stuart Robinson 24:00, Maurice Baker 25:00, Sophie Galley 28:00, Joshua Lathrope 31:00, Ramon Saiz 34:00 and Darcy Freeman 1:05:00.

And Om Raj Gurung is the holder of our special 20:20 position. The Maidstone 20:20 position is where Kent Life is - Junction 6 where the M20 meets the A20 and therefore 20:20. (Until the next person manages that time!).

Volunteer Spotlight by Jo Frazer-Wise

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It was great fun on Saturday for the Selfie Sunday Runners of Maidstone to help out at parkrun. We’re all regular parkrunners and some of us also volunteer but to be able to do it all together was a special morning. There is no doubt that helping out at parkrun is a lot of fun, even if it sometimes feels a bit scary doing jobs like timing or scanning. The good thing is that everyone knows you’re a volunteer and just there to help so no one minds if things don’t always go to plan!

The Selfies have been around for 3 years now, we formed as a group of friends who met at parkrun and were training for marathons  - we like to run at the speed of chat and of course stop to take selfies. Our reason for running is mostly to be together - we particularly like having fun with the Bacon Butty Brigade and sometimes its hard to tell us all apart. You can find us on Facebook if you want to know more and maybe join us for a run one day!

Our Hi-Vis Heroes

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:

Charlotte BATES • Clare CORRIGAN • Timothy Russell CARR • Donna CARR • Julie MARTIN • Neil SWEENEY • Santosh PATTNAYAK • Steve RUSSELL • Claire GILLESPIE • Helen CASTON • Chris GEDGE • Ann GREBBELL • Jim GILLESPIE • Bryony RATHBONE • James KNIGHT • Richard RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Colin EVANS • Lauren HARKER • Ed PETERS • Gemma DAY • Daniel SMITH • Nick FARRANT • Lisa FREEMAN • Louise SMITH • Stephen JONES • Christopher BIRD • Sarah WOODCOCK • Will GOACHER • James COOKE • Liz MACRAE • Nikki MOODY • Jo SMITH • Alex BRAGIN • Catey BOWLES • Gary LUDWIN • Rebecca GARRETT • Chloe LUDWIN • Megan SMITH • Max ELDRIDGE • Rob JACKSON • Jackie SMITH • Zachary LUDWIN • Christine LUDWIN • Harriet ODLING • Alison PAYNE

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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 8,467 participants have completed 74,565 parkruns covering a total distance of 372,825 km, including 13,477 new Personal Bests.

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