Splish, Splash, Splosh!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 299
1st December 2018

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

Maidstopne parkruns 5th time of having rain and it was soooo wet! just check out the photos on Flickr, you can see how wet it was! Thank you Tom for standing in the rain to capture the splashes!

Did we hear any complaining from the runners? No! Just lots of "wow I'm in the first 50 runners!" and "Yay - my finish token is under 200!" and lots of other fun comments about finish token numbers!

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Don't forget its Maidstone parkrun's 300th Run on Saturday!

On 8th December 2018 CAKES CAKES CAKES!! so please bake bake bake and bring them along so we can raise money for our 6th birthday in April (we give out a little something to every runner and volunteer on our birthday!). We can't take cash but you can donate online and please don't be put off by thinking you have to donate a load of money, we are happy with £1  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/aboutus/

Our Milestone Runners this week!  

 

 

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

Congratulations to Cameron Chambers and Gary Fitall 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.

And although it's not an official milestone - Congratulations to David Brooker who ran his 150 run!!!

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Runner Spotlight by Barry Symons

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I mentioned months ago to the course organiser about how great the Maidstone parkrun is. She asked me to email it over and, being hectic during the week with work etc, I’ve completely forgotten. Today her random act of kindness has spurred me into action! Thank you once again for all your help today. We both really appreciate it.

I have never enjoyed running however, I joined my wife at parkrun to support her in her RED January.

It was hard but from then I have become well and truly hooked even to the point of doing tourist visits when we’re away.

It was at my first tourist event that I realised how special our Maidstone parkrun is. Although the run was nice (twice round a lake) I was surprised at how this other parkrun lacked the energy, fun and sense of community we just are so used to at Maidstone.

Seeing the two, made me realise what a special and great parkrun we have and how lucky we all are for such as great group of volunteers who male it possible. I still take part in a bit of tourism and go to the nearest parkrun when we’re away but there really is no place like home!

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Sally Humphreys with 26:26, Clive Bonner with 29:29, Jo SMith with 30:20, Gary Fittall with 30:30, Jim Gillespie with 31:31 and Susan Sutton with 33:55.

On the spot on times: Sam Harker with 21:00, Clare Saunders with 27:00 and Brendan Davey with 35:00.

And the holder of our special 20:20 position is still Wil North. 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!).

Dates for your DiaryMaidstone parkrun's 300th Run

On 8th December 2018 CAKES CAKES CAKES!! so please bake bake bake and bring them along so we can raise money for our 6th birthday in April (we give out a little something to every runner and volunteer on our birthday!). We can't take cash but you can donate online and please don't be put off by thinking you have to donate a load of money, we are happy with £1  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/aboutus/

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

25th December - Yes Christmas Day!! at 9am 

We will be here to run an extra official parkrun on Christmas Day! There'll be no Dotty's afterwards though - Run and straight home to Christmas Dinner Prep!

1st January - New Years Day Double! 8:30am at Maidstone and then 10:30am at Shorne Woods! and yes that is TWO official extra parkruns on New Years Day! There'll be no Dotty's after Maidstone parkrun - its run and straight to Shorne Woods where they have a great cafe that will be open after the double run!

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

And last but definitely not least - thank you to our amazing volunteers who stood out in the rain. 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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Thanks to our token sorters who had to dry off the tokens while sorting!

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The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Donna CARR • Chris GEDGE • Dominic COOPER • Ian VAGG • Deborah TREND • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Colin EVANS • Nick FARRANT • Ryan DONOGHUE • Joanna FRAZER • Tom PHILLIPS • Sadie MITCHELL • Lewis BRICKNELL • Tina SAUNDERS • Colin FIELD • Sue FIELD • Catey BOWLES • Krishal PUN • Chloe LUDWIN • Megan SMITH • Max ELDRIDGE • Rob JACKSON • Ewan O'BRIEN • James GETTING • Adel MURPHY • Emily GIBSON • Matthew PIEKOS

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 9,555 participants have completed 86,914 parkruns covering a total distance of 434,570 km, including 15,057 new Personal Bests. A total of 641 individuals have volunteered 6,937 times.

 

Christmas Day Run at 9.00am

It's official - we will be running on Christmas Day at 9am from Kent Life, there will be no Dotty's but your run is totally legit and will count towards your milestone t-shirts!

 

New Year’s Day Run at 8.30am

It's official - we will be running on New Year's Day at 8.30am from Kent Life, there will be no Dotty's but your run is totally legit and will count towards your milestone t-shirts!

Then you will have time to go to Shorne Woods for 10.30am and run another totally legit parkrun which will also go towards your milestone t-shirts!!

 

Dad’s Army at Kent Life

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 298
24th November 2018

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part and as usually the rain stayed away!

Kent Life had their Wartime Christmas on Saturday and it was great to see Dad's Army there! Hope you managed to get a selfie with them!

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We had so much fun out in Whatman Park - isn't Autumn beautiful? Thank you Tom for the lovely Autumn photos this week!

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Our Milestone Runners this week!    

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Congratulations to Mahesh Gurung, Graeme Pomfret, Clive Bonner (with a new PB!) and Tracy Dumbarton who 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 although it's not an official milestone - Congratulations to Donna Carlton-Rooney who ran her 150 run!!!

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Runner Spotlight by Simone Jones

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We are Tracy, Emily and Simone.

We met at a couch to 5k running group five years ago and ran together three times a week until Tracy moved away to the coast.

We’ve missed our weekly parkrun fix but Tracy came back to Maidstone this week so she could do her 50th parkrun back where it all started. The chatting takes priority over the running so we were not chasing a pb, we were just there to have fun!

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Wil North with 20:20 AGAIN!, Dan Brown with 22:22, Steve Fuller with 22:44, Angela Smith with 30:10, Michelle Brooker with 30:20, Viki Garrett and Timothy Carr both with 31:31 and Saqib Saeed with 44:33.

On the spot on times: Tom Carpenter with 18:00, David Ballard with 21:00, Piers Baldock with 24:00, Nathalie Marie with 29:00, Steve Masters with 30:00, Will Goacher with 32:00, Evelyn and Robbie Eldridge both with 35:00,

And the holder of our special 20:20 position is Wil North AGAIN - That has never happened before!!  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!).

Dates for your Diary

Maidstone parkrun's 300th Run

On 8th December 2018 CAKES CAKES CAKES!! so please bake bake bake and bring them along so we can raise money for our 6th birthday in April (we give out a little something to every runner and volunteer on our birthday!). We can't take cash but you can donate online and please don't be put off by thinking you have to donate a load of money, we are happy with £1  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/aboutus/

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

25th December - Yes Christmas Day!! 9am  We will be here to run an extra official parkrun on Christmas Day! There'll be no Dotty's afterwards though - Run and straight home to Christmas Dinner Prep!

1st January - New Years Day Double! Times to be confirmed when we find out who we will be doubling with! and yes that is TWO official extra parkruns on New Years Day!

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

And last but definitely not least - thank you to our amazing volunteers. 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 29 volunteers:

Donna CARR • Leslie JACKSON • Gill HOLMES • Claire GILLESPIE • Natasha COOPER • Chris GEDGE • Dominic COOPER • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Colin EVANS • Christine GROOM • Nick FARRANT • Tom PHILLIPS • Derrick GROOM • Charlie BEAUMONT • Sadie MITCHELL • Helen CRANFIELD • Sally AMOR • Nicholas SMITH • Katie SMITH • Catey BOWLES • Krishal PUN • Max ELDRIDGE • Rob JACKSON • Steve BRITTAIN • Zachary LUDWIN • Christine LUDWIN • Harriet ODLING • Rhoda EDWARDS • Emily GIBSON

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 9,544 participants have completed 86,716 parkruns covering a total distance of 433,580 km, including 15,037 new Personal Bests. A total of 638 individuals have volunteered 6,910 times.

 

ABC Run

 

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 297
17th November 2018

This week 336 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

So what is an ABC Run you may be asking, well Tom Phillips who is our regular volunteer photographer, gets a little bored with the same old photos each week, he love fancy dress weeks and any other interesting thing to spice up his photos - well he requested that we come dressed in bright colours and patterns (preferably no dayglo orange or green though as the camera struggles with that), and so that is an ABC Run (A Bright Colour Run).

So Tom says thanks to everyone for their bright and patterns outfits and he would like it to be a fairly regular thing so keep your ears open in the run brief and check out on here so you know when our next one is!

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Well done to our three legged runners this week, completing a challenge for Children in Need! Hope you raised lots of money and had loads of fun!

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Our Milestone Runners this week!

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Congratulations to Evie Symons and Nancy Cropper who ran their 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 (juniors only).

Congratulations to Phillip Still 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.

Congratulations to Debbie Foy and Robbie Allen-Eldridge 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.

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 maidstoneoffice@parkrun.com

Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week

Aesthetically pleasing times this week are: Katalin Takacs with 26:26, Martin Darby with 30:10, Julie Westlake (with a new PB) and Sharon Orton both with 30:30, Les Jackson with 33:33 and Natalie Clarke with 35:35 (First at Maidstone).

On the spot on times: Neil Taylor with 31:00 and Nadya Ryan with 36:00.

And the holder of our special 20:20 position is Wil North!!  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!).

Dates for your Diary Maidstone parkrun's 300th Run on 8th December 2018

CAKES CAKES CAKES!! so please bake bake bake and bring them along so we can raise money for our 6th birthday in April (we give out a little something to every runner and volunteer on our birthday!). We can't take cash but you can donate online and please don't be put off by thinking you have to donate a load of money, we are happy with £1  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maidstone/aboutus/

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

25th December - Yes Christmas Day!! 9am 

We will be here to run an extra official parkrun on Christmas Day! There'll be no Dotty's afterwards though - Run and straight home to Christmas Dinner Prep!

1st January - New Years Day Double! Times to be confirmed when we find out who we will be doubling with! and yes that is TWO official extra parkruns on New Years Day!

This Weeks Hi-Vis Heroes

And last but definitely not least - thank you to our amazing volunteers. 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 30 volunteers:

Donna CARR • Steve RUSSELL • Luke MINSHALL • Chris GEDGE • Bryony RATHBONE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Christine GROOM • Nick FARRANT • Joanna FRAZER • Tom PHILLIPS • Sadie MITCHELL • Nicholas SMITH • Katie SMITH • Alison SMITH • Rodrigo Patrick LEGAZ OLMOS • Michelle BROOKER • Catey BOWLES • Megan SMITH • Daron ELDRIDGE • Robbie ALLEN-ELDRIDGE • Evelyn ELDRIDGE • Jacob BROOKER • Ewan O'BRIEN • Harriet ODLING • Clare HOWARD • Joshua LATHROPE • Hayden ROPER • Rhoda EDWARDS • Emily GIBSON

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 9,526 participants have completed 86,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 432,060 km, including 14,992 new Personal Bests. A total of 637 individuals have volunteered 6,881 times.

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