Peterborough parkrun #297 – Girlguiding Takeover

On Saturday 23rd February, Peterborough parkrun was supported by volunteers from Girlguiding.

This was part of our World Thinking Day celebrations where we are encouraged to think about guiding across the world and to do something good for our local community.

parkrun and Girlguiding are both voluntary organisations that create positive, nurturing environments which allow everyone to challenge themselves to achieve their personal best. The sense of community is clear in both organisations.

A big thank you to all the runners, joggers and walkers who gave the Brownies a High Five. I think they got one from most of the 559 parkrunners! They had a great time as did our adult leaders, many had never taken part in parkrun before, but they all loved it and will be back, some as runners, most as volunteers.

Well done to all the 44 first time finishers and congratulations to fastest male, Scott Meadows (17:14) and fastest female, Kayleigh Draper (20:09).

A special mention for the following milestones from Peterborough parkrun #297

10 Club - juniors (aged 17 and under) 
Olivia MARDON - New PB!

50 Club
Andrew BULL
Francis HANNON
Jenny ORR
Sarah JEX - New PB!

100 Club (and an extra special thank you for the over 250 times you have volunteered!)

250 Club

Congratulations also to Roslyn LOUTIT, who set a new age category record in the VW55-59 group at Peterborough with 21:27 (Age grading 83.29%).

Thank you to everyone at Peterborough parkrun for making Girlguiding feel welcome. We all had a great morning with you.

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. We are in need of more volunteers in the Peterborough area and there are lots of ways you can get involved. Volunteering with Girlguiding is flexible and fun, if you would like to know more please check out our website.

Jennie Grove


Peterborough parkrun #294 – Big Bushy Takeover

Bushfield Joggers were back for a parkrun takeover on Saturday 26th January 2019. I had the pleasure of being part of an amazing army of 45 Bushfield Joggers club members and other volunteers who supported, cheered on and encouraged 650 runners, joggers and walkers around the beautiful lakes at Ferry Meadows – a big thank you to my fellow volunteers:

Nilesh PATEL • Steve MEGSON • Paul ATHERFOLD • Rachel STONE • Shane GOLDSMITH • Ian VALLANCE • Craig MATTHEWS • Dean CHAPMAN • Paula STAPLETON • Sue PAWSON • Christopher STAPLETON • Brian CORLEYS • Rebecca WITTON • Eric WINSTONE • Mary WEBBER • Elizabeth LORIMER • Roslyn LOUTIT • Sarah WILLIAMS • Christine GOBBI • Pauline KENNEDY • Kirsten LOUTIT • Joanna SELLS • Peter RIDLEY • Sue RIDLEY • Joy ATKIN • Steven ALLPRESS • Jeff BEEVER • Kathy SHIELS • Oliver STOCKELL • Rich TALBY • Eve MATTHEWS • Polly GARLAND • Jenny BRYANT • Michelle COOPER • Martin GICHUHI • Victoria ABRAHAM • James SELLS • Alice MARR • Jay LANGDON • Kathleen MILLER • Steve LEE • Nick WELFORD • Paul MILLER • Catriona SHARMAN • Octavia PERNA

I always enjoy marshalling at parkrun and it seems that bit more special when I'm doing it with fellow club members. I also had my little boy with me this week to help cheer everyone on and to get some high 5's. You may have spotted us next to the bridge having a little dance to our cheesy music while cheering you on. I hope we didn't distract you from your running too much! It would seem we didn't distract a massive 103 of you who clocked up new a personal best – well done!

I hope the 60 first timers who joined us on Saturday enjoyed their very first parkrun – hopefully it will be the first of many.

First over the line for males this week was Isaac ELLARD in a time of 16:45. Second in was Jack CHENNELL of Higham Harriers, on his first visit to Peterborough parkrun, clocking a time of 17:07. Third for the men was Scott MEADOWS of Bushfield Joggers (yey!) at 17:40 - a new PB!

First female over the line was Philippa TAYLOR of Nene Valley Harriers in 18:54. Second lady was Natasha BROWN of Kettering Town Harriers in a time of 20:20. Third for the ladies was Ella ROBINSON also of Nene Valley Harriers with a time of 20:26.

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Peterborough parkrun Results page.

If you would like more information about our running club, head over to or come and have a chat at parkrun with one of us – you can spot us in our 'Bushy Blue' tops.

Finally, remember no Volunteers, no parkrun. If you would like to help you can by getting in touch on Facebook page Peterborough parkrun Volunteers, or drop an email to

Thank you for reading!

Polly Garland


Peterborough parkrun #292 – The Biggest Yet

That was a parkrun to remember.

A record 762 finishers wow!

Today we joined in celebrating the founder of Peterborough parkrun, Gordon Pearson's 250th parkrun (not forgetting his 192 volunteering days). Can you remember what Saturday mornings were like before Gordon started our weekly run at Ferry Meadows on 3rd August 2013, in fact 13,733 different runners, walkers and joggers have started their Saturday with a 5K around our lakes.

Today 54 people completed their first ever parkrun, welcome and we hope to see you again soon.

We also welcomed tourists from Middlesbrough, Colchester, Tralee, Bansted Woods, Buckingham, Bromley and Milton Keynes. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Another celebrating his 250th parkrun was uber-tourist Nigel Cronin who has ran at a staggering 194 different parkrun events and is the 51st most travelled parkrunner in the world. Nigel doesn't always tour and knows where home is as coincidentally it was his 51st run at Peterborough.

We now have six members of the 250 club at Peterborough.

Others Celebrating today were; 10 Club -Emily Fox, Jessica Carter, Molly McGoun, Wajid Ali and Zoe Husbands. 50 Club - Clare King and Sam Whitmore. 100 Club - Carol Coupland and Dave Stevenson. Well done all.

Not an official milestone but running her 200th parkrun was Laura Whitton who also has been very instrumental in helping our parkrun grow to where we are now, by tirelessly organising the volunteers. The Volunteer Co-ordinator baton has now been passed to James Sells and if you would like to volunteer please email Today's run was bought to you by 37 volunteers including our Tail Walker, Rebecca Walker!

First home today were Daniel Snipe 18:54, closely followed by Adam Caton 18:56 and Sam White 19:02. Leading the ladies were Kayleigh Draper 20:00, Sam Cullen 20:04 and Emily Bannister 22:15.

Amazingly today 71 of you recorded new Personal Bests, well done to each and every one of you.

Same time next week.

Gary Parr
Event Director


Peterborough parkrun #290

In my recent bid to become a member of the unofficial parkrun tourist club, I've taken up the challenge of clocking up 20 different parkruns. As luck would have it, my 20th different venue will also fall on my 50th parkrun - 5 more to go! So this week I decided to venture over to the lovely Ferry Meadows in Peterborough to try out a new course and I wasn't disappointed. It might just be my new favourite!

A hugely impressive 613 people ran, jogged, buggy pushed, dog jogged and walked at Peterborough's 290th event. We welcomed 23 first timers to parkrun, thank you for joining us and embarking on your parkrun journeys. You certainly won't regret it! 34 unknowns did show up in this week's results so please remember - DFYB (don't forget your barcode)! Perfect running conditions yesterday as well, not too cold and hardly any breeze.

First up was the run briefing. Huge congratulations to the following people who celebrated milestones yesterday:

10 Club - Ella CARTER
50 Club - Alan HURST, Graham MCMILLAN, Katie BRENNAND, Katy WILD, Laura-Jane EDWARDS, Sarfaraaz ZAHID
100 Club - Kerry-Anne HARWOOD, Tom WARREN

After the usual formalities, we were off! The course itself is a lovely, flat route along mainly tarmac paths around two scenic lakes. I'd love to come back again in the summer. We were greeted by lots of encouragement from enthusiastic high-viz heroes at various points which was a very welcome sight. Even the swans sounded like they were applauding us as they took off from one of the lakes!

Congratulations to the top three male and female finishers:

Ian LEITCH - 15.39
Michael MOORE - 16.53
Martin GICHUHI - 17.29

Diana Jade CHALMERS - 20.06
Ellie SWIRE - 20.30
Laura WHITTON - 20.57

Over 50 people achieved new PB's which is fantastic.

Well done to everybody that took part and to all the first timers, it definitely won't be your last.

This week's parkrun was brought to you by these wonderful volunteers.

Helen AIREY, John AIREY, Stuart BOOTH, Vera BORDACS, Nib BOWKIS, Peter BRANTOM, Catherine BURBAGE, Carol COOK, Claire COOK, James CURT, Bernadette FITZHARRIS, Sarah-Jane GILL, Barbara GUNN, Martin HARRIS, Louise JINKS, Olivia JONES, Stephen JONES, Lee JONES, Lyndsay JORDAN, Anita LEEDHAM, Alice MARR, Paul NICHOLLS, Simon NORTHCOTT, Gordon PEARSON, Andrew PITCHFORD, Martin RANDALL, Danielle RANDALL, James SELLS, Craig SELLS, Joanna SELLS, Martin SHELBOURNE, Sophie SPITTLE, Peggy STARR, Oliver STOCKELL, Rebecca WALKER, Sue WELLINGTON, Joy WHITEHEAD, Roy YOUNG

Thank you for all your efforts!

We are always in need of volunteers, there are plenty of different roles that can be done with a little training and it is very fulfilling giving back to your parkrun community. If you would like to help out the future roster can be found here at or if you have any questions please email

Run completed, it was off to the local garden centre for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. I will be coming back to Ferry Meadows though, thank you for having me.

Lyndsay Jordan


Peterborough parkrun #287 – Green Army Takeover

My name is Graham - for those of you who don't know me I am the human at the end of Maisie's lead being dragged around the 5km course.

By the end of 2018 I will have run my 50th parkrun. Given that I've got two false knees it is a milestone I never thought I'd get to and it just goes to show that parkrun is for everyone - you just need to believe you can do it.

Maisie and I are proud members of the Eye Community Runners (ECR) who provided all this week's volunteers. We love the Green Army but we are also part of the bigger Peterborough parkrun family, made up of people from all walks of life, ages and fitness levels. It is one of the best feelings to wake up on a Saturday morning knowing you will be off to Ferry Meadows to join in with this wonderful varied crew. Supportive, encouraging and above all friendly is how I'd describe everyone. So thank you to you all for making it all possible.

As for the run a fantastic effort by Isaac Ellard in a time of 16.43 gave him that number 1 token. First female home was Chloe Finlay with a shiny new PB time of 18.36.

A total of 472 runners took part with an amazing 67 runners achieving new PB's, must have been the desire to get out of that cold wind. There were also 46 first timers and people from 32 different clubs took part. Well done everyone for braving the arctic conditions.

Congratulations to Mia and Ben Bailey, Nicky Banbury and Randal Kennerley who earned their 50th T-shirt.

Extra special congratulations and a Peterborough parkrun pat on the back to Brian Caine and Michael Barker for reaching 250 parkruns.

Finally, thank you to all the fantastic Eye Community Runners for volunteering and thank you all for taking the time to read this report.

See you all next Saturday and don't forget we have a bonus run at Ferry Meadows on Christmas Day!

Graham McMillan

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