Christmas and New Year at Margate parkrun

As we hurtle towards the festive season, our minds turn towards the thought of extra parkruns, and this year at Margate is no exception!

We will be running as normal on Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th December. There will also be the opportunity to log an extra, special, festive parkrun on Monday 25th December at 9:31, meeting at the usual place.
Please note that the roads around the start area may be busier than normal and therefore we ask you to allow extra time to get parked; remembering that parking on the grass and gravel next to the start is prohibited. There also won't be any facilities (loos, cafe etc) available on Christmas morning, so please make sure you're comfortable before leaving home.
If you're not able to run, but can volunteer to help out on Christmas Day, please do get in touch, we will need the usual number of volunteers to ensure the run happens safely.

On New Year's Day, there won't be an extra event at Margate, but you are able to tour locally to Whitstable (9 am), Pegwell Bay (10 am) and Canterbury (10:30 am). Remember that you're allowed to log two runs on NYD, but please drive responsibly when dashing between parkruns. If you're away over the festive period, the Christmas Compendium lists all the extra runs that will be taking place.

On behalf of all the core team at Margate, we'd like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

 

Your parkrun needs you!

We'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge 'THANK YOU!' to all of you that have volunteered over the past few weeks at Margate parkrun. Without your help, there simply wouldn't be a parkrun each week and we're all very grateful for your assistance. Recently we have had a few weeks where there has been some doubt in the core team on Friday evening if we would have enough 'hands on deck' on Saturday to ensure the event can happen safely; thankfully you've all stepped up to the mark to help out, but we have been perilously close to cancelling through lack of volunteers.

It takes a minimum of 11 people to safely put on Margate parkrun each Saturday morning, including the Run Director, the finish line team, our barcode scanners, Tail Walker and of course our wonderful marshals who look after you so well out on the course and it would be great to see the roster full each week. (Don't worry if you don't think we'll have a job for you, we never say no to a volunteer and we can always find extra positions for course marshals!)
Therefore, we're appealing to you to help us out on a Saturday morning. Whether you have one, or several Saturdays, that you can volunteer to ensure the event can happen, we would love to have you as one of our hi-viz heroes. Please take a look at our volunteer roster to see where there are gaps and let our volunteer coordinator know if you're able to fill any of them.

We're also on the lookout for some new Run Directors. These people are essential to the event each week as, without a trained run director, we are unable to hold the event. Ideally, we would like a team of 6-8 RDs who would take it in turns to be responsible for the event on a rotation system. We currently have a very small team of Run Directors, who can't cover each week because of other commitments they have outside of parkrun (and occasionally we would like to run too!). As this is a position of responsibility, you would need to be trained before taking the reins on your week, but it's not a scary process, we just need to make sure you know what to do in the event of something happening and, whilst we like to do the training for everyone in one session together, this can also be done at parkrun on a couple of Saturday mornings and you can shadow one of our already experienced run directors at the same time. It's fantastically rewarding to be the run director and see the event happen under your control on your week and you really get to see the good that parkrun can do to people. If you'd like to know more about the role or are interested in signing up to be a run director, please do drop an email to margatehelpers@parkrun.com or have a chat with one of the core team on a Saturday morning.

Finally, we're in the process of updating our register of first aiders. If you hold a valid first aid qualification and you would be happy to be included on this list (you can still run if you're listed as a first aider), please do drop an email to margateoffice@parkrun.com and let us know. We hope we never have to call for your assistance, but it's good to know that you're there if we ever need you.

On behalf of all the core team Margate, I'd like to thank you all for your parkrun passion and look forward to seeing our wonderful parkrun family grow in the future.

Kind Regards
Dennis Brandrick, Event Director

 

“We wish you a Merry parkrunmas!”

As we head into the dark depths of winter, one of those nice little things that we look forward to, is the thought of extra parkruns at Christmas and New Year.

This year we will be holding our usual Saturday parkruns on 24th and 31st November and an extra special Christmas Day run on Sunday 25th at 9:38am. (Yes we really will be starting at that precise time, don't be late!)
We're not hosting a run on New Year's Day, but you can visit our friends at Whitstable at 9am or at Pegwell Bay or Canterbury at 10:30am. And remember, you're allowed to run at two different locations on 1st January.

We do hope that we'll see you at one or all of our runs over the festive period and on behalf of all the event team and runners here at Margate parkrun, I'd like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a very prosperous, speedy and injury free New Year.

Happy Running
Dennis Brandrick, Event Director

 

Event #190 – Saturday 19th November

Well, wasn't it a lovely sunny day for parkrun! Although, a little on the chilly side cheering you all on at the finish. Lovely to see a few new faces and some touristy visitors. We hope you all enjoyed your run and look forward to seeing you again soon.

I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our volunteers this week, without them there would be no run for you all to enjoy and quite a few of them stepped up at the last minute to fill in the gaps. Thank you to you all!

Keep your eyes pealed on the news pages over the next few weeks as we have some exciting announcements to make for you all!

Hope you've had a good week and happy running!

Dennis Brandrick, Event Director

Margate parkrun
Event number 190
19th November 2016

Male placings:
Jay BAILEY (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:24 - 110th time in 138 appearances.
Mark MARTIN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:50 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Will HAYWARD (SM20-24) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was third over the line in 19:48 - has been first to finish on 24 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Amy PIPER (JW11-14) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 22:25 - 15th time in 18 appearances.
Joanna PIPER (VW40-44) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was second (13th overall) over the line in 22:34 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Carrie-Anne LOOSELEY (SW25-29) of Alfie's Striders, was third (16th overall) over the line in 23:36.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Reef PAGE (JM10) was graded 73.13% for the time 21:35 (7th overall).
Nigel COOK (VM50-54) was graded 72.79% for the time 20:35 (4th overall).
Mark MARTIN (VM35-39) was graded 70.88% for the time 18:50 (second overall).

This week there were 64 runners, of whom 4 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different athletics clubs took part.

Margate parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 1,609 different runners, including participants from 187 athletics clubs, have completed 9,281 runs covering a total distance of 46,405 km, and there have been 1,549 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Rebecca BUNTING who ran in a time of 00:19:12 on 16th January 2016 (event number 146).
The male record is held by Paul GRIFFITHS who ran in a time of 00:16:42 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by David WINCH who recorded a 85.19% run (20:42) on 11th June 2016 (event number 167).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Margate parkrun Results Page.

 

Event #187 – Saturday 29th October

It was a beautiful, still day today and we had a few new runners. We also had some tourists from Doncaster, Taunton and even some from the far reaches of Whitstable! and a few others, including an MP. We had cakes as my sister threw a Halloween party (apparently, me and my 10-year-old friends were worse than the year 10s, what on earth was my dad thinking!). Again, we had a few PBs and everybody did a great run. Afterwards my Dad (Iain for future references as this is getting tiring), my sister (Ffion) and I were going to meet up with Jay at the café but ended having to be 20 minutes late as we had to drive across Thanet to drop off Ffion's friend then back again to get Iain’s wallet. Eventually we got there though and had a great time.

Sorry that this is late and short I’ve had absolutely no time, anyway, happy belated Halloween,

Erica Cousins

If you'd like to write the run report one week, or join our merry band of volunteers, please do get in touch.

Margate parkrun
Event number 187
29th October 2016

Male placings:
Jay BAILEY (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:21 - 107th time in 135 appearances.
Mark MARTIN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:47 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Chris RAMSAY (VM45-49) of Danum Harriers, was third over the line in 19:17.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jay BAILEY (Unattached) 2297 pts.
Will HAYWARD (Thanet Road Runners AC) 2163 pts.
Nigel COOK (Thanet Road Runners AC) 2006 pts.

Female placings:
Joanne MARSHALL (VW55-59) of Serpentine RC, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 25:33 - 17th time in 70 appearances.
Joanna ELSON (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (24th overall) over the line in 25:36.
Debbie HATT (VW45-49) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was third (25th overall) over the line in 25:42 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Joanne MARSHALL (Serpentine RC) 2172 pts.
Sharon COUGHLAN (Unattached) 2125 pts.
Tina AMOS (Unattached) 1928 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Nigel COOK (VM50-54) was graded 74.98% for the time 19:59 (5th overall).
Chris RAMSAY (VM45-49) was graded 74.68% for the time 19:17 (third overall).
Joanne MARSHALL (VW55-59) was graded 73.84% for the time 25:33 (23rd overall).

This week there were 65 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.

Margate parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 1,586 different runners, including participants from 185 athletics clubs, have completed 9,065 runs covering a total distance of 45,325 km, and there have been 1,521 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Rebecca BUNTING who ran in a time of 00:19:12 on 16th January 2016 (event number 146).
The male record is held by Paul GRIFFITHS who ran in a time of 00:16:42 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by David WINCH who recorded a 85.19% run (20:42) on 11th June 2016 (event number 167).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Margate parkrun Results Page.

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