Event #283 – Saturday 1st September 2018

As so, just like that, we're into meteorological autumn. But the weather didn't disappoint us this parkrunday as the 119 runners and 13 volunteers were treated to glorious sunshine and very little wind, meaning we saw a few PBs this week. We were also joined by a plethora of tourists, including a large group from the Bacon Butty Brigade of Maidstone who made their presence very known by the bright pink shirts. We hope you all enjoyed your trip to the seaside.

Unfortunately, we also had a bit of a downer on an otherwise happy morning as we have received a complaint from the local residents. It's parkrun policy that we must be considerate to other users of the areas we use and that we must co-habit happily with our neighbours, and obviously, the last thing we want to do is to upset those who are right on our doorstep.

Therefore, from this Saturday we will be strictly enforcing our parking policy which has existed from day one and ask that only those volunteers who are helping at the finish line park in the spaces next to the shelter; all others (volunteers and runners) are to park on Eastern Esplanade and Palm Bay Avenue, please. Please do not be upset if a volunteer asks you to move your car, we are not picking on you, we're just trying to ensure the long-term future for our event. Also, please do not park in Fifth Avenue if possible, as we do not want to upset the residents.
Following on from this, please can you be considerate to the local residents when you arrive and keep your voices to a quiet chatter. Our meeting area is rather close to some houses and you'd be surprised how easily your voices can carry. If you want to stretch prior to running, please use the metal railings on the cliff top side of the prom and not anyone's garden walls, garden railings, fences or the wooden fence surrounding the grassland.

This might seem like we're being very strict and trying to stop you enjoying parkrun, but hopefully, you'll all still enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere that we've all come to love at Margate and if we can live happily on a Saturday morning with the neighbours we'll be able to continue to do the parkrun we love for many years to come.

See you all on parkrunday!

 

Saturday 14th July – CANCELLED

As the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed, our volunteer roster is showing 'no event' on Saturday 14th July. This is because Race for Life is in town on this particular weekend, and therefore we will be unable to hold parkrun on this date.

As Race for Life are holding events on the green between the Cafe and Palm Bay School on both days and will be spilling out onto the path, this means there will be an issue with ourselves and them attempting to use the same place at the same time. With the first event on the Saturday morning taking place at 9:35 am, for the safety of all our runners and volunteers we have taken the decision to cancel parkrun on the 14th July.

We know this will be a disappointment to some of you, as we know how much you all love running at Margate, but please do look on the bright side. You're now free to go and tour to one of our other lovely local parkruns and we can assure you that our friends at Pegwell Bay, Whitstable or Canterbury will make you feel very welcome. If you wish to tour slightly further afield, please do; if there is enough interest, we might lead a pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun, please speak to Dennis and let him know if you'd like to join this.

Finally, we'd like to wish those ladies taking part in any of the Race for Life events over that weekend the very best of luck. We hope you all have a great time!

Rest assured, normal service will resume on Saturday 21st July

 

Saturday 3rd March – CANCELLED

Good Evening Everyone

The event team have today taken the decision to CANCEL this Saturday's (3rd March) run. With the current state of the underfoot surfaces and the snow and freezing temperatures tomorrow, we don't want to risk anyone getting injured either at parkrun or making their way to the event. As the ice on the ground is unlikely to have thawed prior to 9 o'clock on Saturday morning we would rather that you all stayed safe at home this week. The safety of our runners and volunteers must come first in all instances.

We hope that you're all keeping warm during this cold spell and look forward to seeing you at the usual time on Saturday 10th March.

Kind Regards
The Margate parkrun Core Team

 

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

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