Run report #240 – Preston’s Health partial take-over

It was the turn of Prestons Health to host a partial takeover of the volunteering team at Peterborough parkrun today. I had an overwhelming feeling of pride when my team of physios, sports massage therapists, podiatrists, patients, family and friends took their places in the volunteer roster this week. They were supported by some additional fabulous volunteers who made up a full roster enabling great support for all the runners.

I personally started parkrunning in Peterborough as a New Years Resolution back in 2014 and quite frankly haven’t stopped since. Anyone who has seen me in my role as a Physiotherapist has probably heard me try and tempt them into starting running, or walking it as part of their healthy lifestyle routine. The World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 150 mins of physical activity per week is mentioned time and time again in our treatment rooms. This acts as a catalyst to empower people to get active to manage pain and many other health conditions. parkrun has to be up there as one of the best habit forming ways to achieve that goal and I am especially proud of the Peterborough parkrun for its friendliness and fun atmosphere. Loneliness is also now being recognized as a risk factor for many health conditions. I hope anyone who has been part of parkrun, whether as a volunteer or a runner, can see with their own eyes how wonderfully welcoming and embracing it can be for all to help address this public health issue.

The weather was pretty normal for a January day: drizzling at times, cold and damp! But the runners came out in their droves! We had a total of 576 runners in total. The top 3 males were Phil Martin with a time of 17.15, Brian Corleys 17.37 and Martin Gichuli 17.39. Jordan Foster crossed the line with an amazing new PB of 19.25, with Laura Whitton 2nd female in 20.57 and Vicki Blackshaw 3rd in 20.58.

It was truly inspiring watching all the runners cross the line, as it always is. All shapes, sizes and abilities able to tread the same course as each other: all aspiring to complete that 5k.

In addition this week, we also managed to get together a group of volunteers from the Del Pino family to support the charity DKMS. Thank you to both Nene Park and the café for allowing us to set up a stem cell donor event which meant there are now 33 new stem cell donors as a direct result of the Peterborough parkrun. Inspired by the journey of local Kings School pupil Iona del Pino, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017, these new donor registrants mean that parkrun may well have helped us save a life, or 2. A huge thank you to the DKMS volunteers on the day as well as all that signed up! We also raised £252 to contribute towards the £40 that it costs per new donor registration. THANK-YOU PETERBOROUGH PARKRUN! Should you feel inspired to register as a donor, you can request a registration kit directly from DKMS via their website at

Thank you also to the Peterborough parkrun volunteers: Hattie ARNOLD, Sue ARNOLD, Jonathan BALES, Peter BRANTOM, Brian CAINE, Tracy CHAPMAN, Dean CHAPMAN, Ted COLES, Callum FLOWERS, Michelle GARD, Sarah-Jane GILL, Roz HARPER, Paul HURN, Lee JONES, Lesley MAGASINER, Benjamin MCCANN, Freya MCDONALD, Elaine MCMILLAN, Richard MORTLOCK, Benjamin MUIR, Simon PARKES, Neil PLANT, Helen PRESTON, Mia PURNELL, Dave RICHMOND, Peter RIDLEY, Sue RIDLEY, Craig SELLS, James SELLS, Mark SHELDON, Billy SLAVEN, Lindsay SLEIGHT, Will SLY, Georgia SLY, Michael SLY, Lucy SLY, Jean SMALE, Sophie SPITTLE, Mark STEVENS, Sharon THOMAS, Anna TRAER, Sam WEBSTER, Phil YOUNG

Run report by Helen Preston
Chartered Physiotherapist, Prestons Health


Run report #238 – Rounding off 2017 – bring on 2018….

parkrun #238 brought a close to 2017, but opened a brand new experience for 29 parkrunners completing their first ever parkrun, and for a further 33 it was their first parkrun at Peterborough. Welcome to you all, we hope that you enjoyed yourself and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year. A dreary day weather wise, saw 509 run, jog and walk the soggy course. WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Birthday boy Nigel CRONIN returned home to complete his 195th parkrun, but only his 47th at Peterborough. Prolific tourist Nigel has visited an amazing 143 different parkruns.

Two ladies joined the 50 Club this week, Parjit MANDAIR and Michelle GARD; and for volunteering on 25 occasions, Dianne BOOTH has also joined the Volunteers Club; well done ladies and congratulations on reaching your respective milestones.

Don’t be shy now - if it’s your birthday or you’ve got a milestone to celebrate then let us all celebrate with you, borrow a sash from the Volunteer Coordinator and let the Run Director know for a shout out.

Leading the way, and unbeaten for the third time in 3 appearances, was Edgars SUMSKIS, in a time of 15:57; followed by Peterborough AC’s Shaun WALTON with a time of 16:40; and closely behind with 16:49, was Matthew FOX running at Peterborough for the first time.

1 Edgars SUMSKIS 15:57 SM25-29 80.98% M PB stays at 00:15:36

2 Shaun WALTON 16:40 SM30-34 77.4% M Peterborough AC PB stays at 00:16:10

3 Matthew FOX 16:49 SM25-29 76.71% M First Timer!

For the ladies, a trio from Peterborough AC led the way. Chloe FINLAY (14th overall) in 19:08, Sarah CASKEY (19th overall) with a time of 19:43, and Jess VARLEY (21st overall) with 19:49.

14 Chloe FINLAY 19:08 SW25-29 77.35% F Peterborough AC PB stays at 00:18:55

19 Sarah CASKEY 19:43 SW25-29 75.06% F Peterborough AC PB stays at 00:18:59

21 Jess VARLEY 19:49 SW20-24 74.68% F Peterborough AC PB stays at 00:18:38

The highest age grades were recorded by:

Edgars SUMSKIS (SM25-29) – 80.98% for the time 15:57 (1st overall).

Annette NEWTON (VW65-69) – 80.82% for the time 25:28 (127th overall).

Just the 28 “Unknown’s” this week, either because the parkrunner chose not get scanned, were not registered, or just forgot their barcode #DFYB.

A special THANK YOU to all our volunteers. If you too would like to help then please email, or check out the “Peterborough parkrun volunteers” facebook page. If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on for up to 6 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.

See you all again in 2018.

Happy New Year.


New Years Day

We are pleased to say that Peterborough parkrun is still going ahead as planned at 9 am tomorrow morning.

The dogs (and some humans) have been out and checked (paddled around) the course today to see how things were. Now, a word of warning - its slightly wet in places. By 'wet' we don't mean that you will need a snorkel or a 5 metre swimming badge to take part, but you may well get (very) wet feet.


Our advice is that you may want to consider some clean socks and trainers if you plan on doing the double......

Here is a final list of the local parkruns that are going ahead tomorrow:

9 am
Kings Lynn

1030 am
Rutland Water

So, who is doing the double ? You know you get extra bragging rights if you do it with a hangover and on less than 4 hours sleep right ?

Happy New Year


New Year’s Day Volunteers Required

For the first time ever, we are in danger of having to cancel an event due to the lack of volunteers. We are desperatly short of volunteers for our New Year's Day run.

If we do not have a full Volunteer Roster by midday Saturday we will call off the event to allow you enough time to make other plans.

Please help if you can, what a great way to start the year, volunteering at parkrun.

Please email

Thank you


Run Report #237 – Merry Christmas Everyone

In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I would write a nativity play with Peterborough parkrunnners as the cast.

We had a cast of 478 at Ferry Meadows on Christmas Day, with a further 31 helping behind the scenes, led superbly by guest Director, Sara Wilson, sister of my Co-Event Director Rachel.

Obviously, any play will need its lead players;

We had JOSEPH Bennett for the male lead with the role of Mary still available (possibly one of the Unknown runners DFYB).

Instead of the usual three, we had ELEVEN Kings; Neil KING (with a PB too), Chris KING, William KING, Simon KING (bring double gold celebrating his 100th parkrun), Anna KING, Nathaniel KING, Amber KING, Juliette KING, Tony KING, Alison KING and Sophie KING.

Our multitude of Kings were following our Ian STARR.

There was plenty of Joy, provided by Steve JOY and JOY Barlow.

Proceedings were witnessed by three Christians; David CHRISTIAN, Wendette CHRISTIAN and CHRISTIAN Olsen.

Completing our cast were HOLLY Sharp, CAROL Cook, CAROLE Sands and CAROL Copeland.

Other notable performances on the day were from Gary Masters and guest Tim Donoyou who, along with Simon celebrated their 100th parkrun.

Phil Martin once again put in a superb performance finishing first in 16:39 and likewise Jess Varley as first lady in 19.36.

Thank you to Bushy parkrun for the idea for this report.

Don’t forget we are also holding an extra run here on New Year’s Day at 9.00am.

I hope you have all enjoyed your Christmas and wish you a happy and healthy 2018.

Gary Parr
Co-Event Director

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