“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.

 

Event #184 – Saturday 8th October

57 hardy runners lined up this morning for our 184th parkrun!

A lovely morning with very good conditions (very lucky considering the rain that came down later in the morning). A fabulous personal best for Jay Bailey saw him knock a further 22 seconds off his already speedy time. Matthew Perrin celebrated his 50th parkrun by smashing his personal best by 38 seconds...a great way to celebrate along with the delicious mini doughnuts he bought along :) (thank you Matt). In fact there were 10 personal bests this week so well done to all. We also had 4 first timers too which is always good to see.

Let's hope the weather can provide us with many more wind and rain free Saturdays!!!!

See you all next week and happy park running :) :) :)

Allison Hales, Run Director

And now for our lady in the field:
I would usually start by saying something along the lines of ‘Today the weather was great’...Not today! Today the weather was possibly the worst I’ve ever seen it. Although we were lucky, the real torrential rain only started later on at the school’s cross country I was running in, parkrun were lucky this week...but maybe not next week (dun dun duuuuhn).

Congratulations to Mathew Perrin who did his 50th parkrun and got a PB by over ½ a minute and to Jay Bailey who also got a PB: 17:33 not 17:43 as his watch was telling him. Remember, Jay, switch your watch of before the celebration dance not after. I remember my Dad told me after the run that Mathew had been running with a hyena, no wonder he was going quickly...Come to think of it my Dad is quite old and deaf, Mathew probably meant a hernia (honestly, Dads)! Well done to all those who also got PBs.
Thank you to Allison Hales for being a fantastic Run Director, Iain Cousins for being a spiffing (to use the language of his time) Tail Runner. And also to everybody else for being tremendously helpful and volunteering as there would be no parkrun without volunteers.

Erica Cousins

If you'd like to take on the role of writing the run report one week, or would just like to join our wonderful team of volunteers, please do get in touch.

Margate parkrun
Event number 184
8th October 2016

Male placings:
Jay BAILEY (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:33 - 104th time in 132 appearances.
Nigel COOK (VM50-54) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was second over the line in 20:12.
Matthew PERRIN (VM40-44) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was third over the line in 21:15.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jay BAILEY (Unattached) 1997 pts.
Will HAYWARD (Thanet Road Runners AC) 1870 pts.
Nigel COOK (Thanet Road Runners AC) 1815 pts.

Female placings:
Rebecca HALES (JW15-17) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 24:07 - 12th time in 29 appearances.
Joanne MARSHALL (VW55-59) of Serpentine RC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 24:53 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Sharon COUGHLAN (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (21st overall) over the line in 26:25.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sharon COUGHLAN (Unattached) 2028 pts.
Joanne MARSHALL (Serpentine RC) 1877 pts.
Rebecca CROWTHER (Unattached) 1814 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Joanne MARSHALL (VW55-59) was graded 75.82% for the time 24:53 (17th overall).
Nigel COOK (VM50-54) was graded 73.60% for the time 20:12 (second overall).
Jay BAILEY (SM20-24) was graded 73.50% for the time 17:33 (first overall).

This week there were 57 runners, of whom 4 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different athletics clubs took part.

Margate parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 1,564 different runners, including participants from 179 athletics clubs, have completed 8,872 runs covering a total distance of 44,360 km, and there have been 1,488 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 #183 – Saturday 1st October – International parkrunday 2016

This morning was a great run as usual, it was lovely weather, my Dad said it’s about as still as he remembers, and he’s old. Everyone had great fun and lots of people, we were glad to see, were running with flags. We had Denmark, Sweden, USA, South Africa and plenty of Union Jacks.

Before the run we strung up the flags of all the parkrun nations under the shelter. These soon decided to develop a mind of their own and slide along the string bunching up together at one end! Next year, we need to remember to bring some pegs to keep them in place.

Everyone ran a great time, thank you to Iain for being a great tail runner and Happy Birthday, as you share yours with parkrun and to Dennis for being a very helpful Run Director and results processor. A great big congratulations to Dennis on being given the role of parkrun Ambassador!

A thank you to Ffion for baking her spectacular flag cakes and to the mystery baker who made the delectable cookies that my sister and I found rather addictive! Also a great thanks to Paula and everyone else who brought cakes and sweets.

For our flickr page and pictures please click here. Also for those younger runners, we are lucky enough to have a junior parkrun, to find out more click here. One final thing, in line with parkrun events around the country, we're in the process of funding and sourcing an Automated External Defibrillator, in case the unthinkable ever happens and we have to use it on a Saturday morning. If you're able to help in any way with this, or if you are a registered first aider and willing to join our list, please get in touch.

Thank you for reading,

Erica Cousins

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

Margate parkrun
Event number 183
1st October 2016

Male placings:
Will HAYWARD (SM20-24) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was first over the line in 19:35 - 24th time in 159 appearances.
Nigel COOK (VM50-54) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was second over the line in 20:01.
Christopher Stephen CAPS (SM30-34) of Vegan Runners, was third over the line in 21:39.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jay BAILEY (Unattached) 1897 pts.
Will HAYWARD (Thanet Road Runners AC) 1870 pts.
Andrew GOULD (Unattached) 1717 pts.

Female placings:
Joanna PIPER (VW40-44) of Thanet Road Runners AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 23:27 - 4th time in 20 appearances.
Joanne MARSHALL (VW55-59) of Serpentine RC, was second (25th overall) over the line in 25:02 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.
Sara BOOKER (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 26:12.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sharon COUGHLAN (Unattached) 1930 pts.
Tracy BOYES (Alfie's Striders) 1785 pts.
Joanne MARSHALL (Serpentine RC) 1778 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Joanne MARSHALL (VW55-59) was graded 75.37% for the time 25:02 (25th overall).
Nigel COOK (VM50-54) was graded 74.27% for the time 20:01 (second overall).
Greg MARSHALL (VM60-64) was graded 70.06% for the time 23:43 (15th overall).

This week there were 85 runners, of whom 5 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different athletics clubs took part.

Margate parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 1,560 different runners, including participants from 179 athletics clubs, have completed 8,815 runs covering a total distance of 44,075 km, and there have been 1,476 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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