Peterborough parkrun #252 – “Eye” Green Day

“It's something unpredictable, but in the end its right, I hope you had the time of your life”. A line from the Green Day, song “Good Riddance”

The one thing that has been ‘unpredictable’ in recent months is the weather, after last week’s cancellation, and one near miss over the last month, the weather didn’t disappoint on Saturday. I’m sure that everyone enjoyed the respite, as the sun shone in what were great running conditions. There were a few water jumps to negotiate (ironic it was also Grand National Day!), but nothing the 465 runners and walkers couldn’t handle.

I returned for only my second appearance at Peterborough of the year, and it was great to see some familiar faces.

Saturday’s parkrun was hosted by the Eye Community Running Club. Under the stewardship of Gary PARR who was the Run Director for the day.

A huge thank you to the 44 volunteers today, great effort!

Alison DUNPHY • Amanda WALLS • Andrew HUNNEYBALL • Carl GOLDER • David STUNELL • Diane CONSTABLE • Dianne BOOTH • Elaine MCMILLAN • Gary PARR • Gordon PEARSON • Hannah BARNARD • Harry WISHART • James CONSTABLE • James SELLS • Jasmine BARNARD • Joanna SELLS • Joshua CARTY • Julie DUFFY • Katie BRENNAND • Laura TRUSS • Laura WILKINSON • Laurence CARTY • Lorna YOUNG • Madison ROOKYARD • Martin SHELBOURNE • Mike WRIGHT • Natasha NEWITT • Nick PEARSON • Nigel CRONIN • Nigel WALLS • Pamela WREN • Paul WILKS • Peter BRANTOM • Peter JEFFERY • Peter RIDLEY • Rebecca WALKER • Rob SLEIGHT • Roy YOUNG • Sarah-Jane GILL • Simon LOVELL • Sue RIDLEY • Tanya RUDD • Tessa HAMMOND • Tracy ROOKYARD

It’s easy to get involved in the future, whether by the official website, join the Facebook volunteer’s page, via email or just ask!

Today we welcomed 28 of those just starting their parkrun journey. So good luck with your own personal goal.

Review of the results today:

• 465 runners including 28 who ran without a barcode #DFYBC
• 1st Male – Unknown runner with an unknown time! #DFYBC!
• 1st Female –Chloe FINLAY– 19.09 (9th place). Her 8th time as leading female.
• 1st Junior – James Michael ORRELL– 18.57 (7th place). Great effort.
• Highest aged grade – Morag O'BRIEN (VW65-69) 79.97% (144th place), closely followed by Archie
PARKINSON (JM15-17) 79.83% (2nd place).
• 58% Male and 42% Female.
• 87% Adults and 13% Juniors.
• 56 PB’s – 13% of the field. I can’t mention everyone, but notable mentions for S CLIFFORD, Gary FULTON, Philip RULE, Craig SELLS, Andrew GIBBONS, Bernadette FITZHARRIS, Ben SWEET, Hassan MOURTADA, Paul TREADWELL, Roz HARPER, George BARBER, Ben SMITH and Debbie MONTAGUE who have all ran over 30 parkruns.
• The average time was 29 mins 51 secs.
• Runners have an average 51 runs to their credit.
• 3 new members of the #50 Club – Georgia HILL, who joined us for the first time at Peterborough to celebrate her milestone with us; along with Jonathan MUMBY and Michael SLY, both regular Peterborough attendees. Well Done!
• 1 new member of the #100 club – Matthew WEBB from Bushfield joggers. Well Done!
• 1 new member of the #10 Junior club – Eddie JOHNSON who came from St Albans. Well Done!
• 42 First Timers. 28 for their very first inaugural parkrun and 14 first time tourists, from Bushy, Huntingdon, Kettering, Corby, Chippenham, Poole and a contingent from St Albans. Thanks for coming and we hope you come again!
• 10 runners returned for their difficult 2nd parkrun, recording 9 PB’s.
• Nicola CLEGG finished in 252nd place.
• No one ran their 252nd parkrun on our 252nd event.
• There were 28 Runners who are also members of the V25 Volunteers club.
• There were 2 250 Club members who participated. Jack Kennedy (who mostly runs at Bushy) with 348 to his name and Phil Pearsons (who mostly runs at Huntingdon) with 280 runs under his belt. Both have visited Peterborough previously.
• 100 Club members who participated were 74 (18% of the total).
• 50 Club members who participated were 86 (16% of the total).
• Today’s total runners of 465 was ranked 48th on the list of UK parkrun attendance.

Anyway I’m off on my travels again from next week; see you on my next planned visit in August!

Nigel Cronin


Peterborough parkrun #251 – Water, water everywhere

Many thanks to Yaxley Runners, who this week provided the volunteers for Peterborough parkrun #251. Yaxley Runners and Joggers, to give them their full name, meet regularly at Hampton Sports Centre, and welcomes all abilities – from the front running gazelles to the plodders at the back, there is a place for everyone. See for more details.

With rain forecast for most of the day, it was quite a relief to find that it had in fact stopped in the early hours of the morning; however when we arrived to set up, we were already getting reports of large puddles on the far side of Gunwade Lake, similar to those experienced at the New Year, so passable with care, but you will get wet feet.

By the time I got there with the direction markers, the puddles were now streams crossing the paths, one fisherman with a large barrow had stopped and was searching for his waders! I reported this to Steve Megson, todays Run Director, and suggested that he take look. Having checked the map and realising that we might be able to use just two sides of a slightly unequal rectangle, Steve took off on my bike.
Meanwhile, the on duty Ranger had appeared looking for Gordon! I think that he was going to call it off. I explained that the Run Director was reviewing the situation and that we had a safer alternative, which he was happy with.

Steve duly arrived back whilst I was chalking out the start line, event number and supporting club. He confirmed that while experienced club runners may be quite happy to get very wet, many parkrunners would not be so inclined to do so, also the water had risen even higher, so much so that it was now part of the lake, and there was drift wood in the way which would be dangerous under foot and to buggies etc.

Disappointingly, as Steve was about to go through his parkrun announcements briefing; everyone, en masse, started heading towards the start line despite frantic calls not to do so.

Please, please, PLEASE! - listen to the briefing; along with thanking the volunteers, congratulating milestones, it may also contain important health and safety messages, course changes, even cancellation. Only go to the start line when invited to do so.

As it was Steve managed to talk to those on the front line, and also the lead bike. How many of you wondered where you were going when you reached ‘the loop’. A special BIG THANKYOU to all those who heeded the marshals instructions to KEEP LEFT when it was getting congested.

Once underway, this week 515 people ran, jogged and walked the course, including 25 completing their first ever parkrun, and for a further 30 it was their first parkrun at Peterborough. Welcome to you all, we hope that you enjoyed yourself and look forward to seeing you again. It’s not always this chaotic – promise!

It’s really great to see an increasing number of blue shirts at parkrun from Sawtry Walk to Run, you’ll usually see them going around together in small groups. Part of the England Athletics RunTogether initiative, Sawtry Walk To Run currently has 3 groups of differing abilities which meet 3 times every week: Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. There is no fee to join and all sessions are free. Don’t forget to add your club to your parkrun profile.

The Results
First home once again was Peterborough AC’s Phil MARTIN with a time of 16:52; followed by Callum DALLIDAY, an unattached junior JM15-17 with a PB of 17:28, and Martin GICHUHI of Bushfield Joggers in 17:33.

First lady was Bushfield Joggers Hannah CHAPMAN, with a time of 19:34 (18th overall); followed by Nene Valley Harriers Ruth JONES with 19:38 (20th overall) and Sophie DARLING from Lincoln Wellington AC with 20.01 (24th overall).

Sean BEARD (VM50-54) of Nene Valley Harriers led the age grading with 81.8% and a time of 18:19 in 6th position, with James BORRETT (VM45-49) from Eye Community Runners at 80.09% and a time of 17:50 finished 4th.

Joining the parkrun 50 club this week were Martin WARD and Thorney RC’s Paula ANDREWS. Eye Community Runners’ Matthew BALL joined the parkrun 100 club, as did Jon KELLY who celebrated with a PB of 25:56. Congratulations to you all.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:
Gina CRANE • Karen FREEMAN • Steve MEGSON • Paul MCCARTHY • Nina WRIGHT • Ben WRIGHT • Ian VALLANCE • Peter BRANTOM • Rob COLES • Lesley COLES • Ted COLES • Martin SHELBOURNE • Paul STEVENETTE • Kirstin HOMEWOOD • Duncan JACKSON • Benjamin MCCANN • Charlotte SORTWELL • Raeanne ELLIOTT • Jean MAGGS • Roy YOUNG • Michelle GARD • Sam WEBSTER • Emily HAWKE • Lorna YOUNG • Shaun JOLLY • Jessica HAWKE • Natasha JACOB • James SELLS • Charlotte COLE • Kayleigh DRAPER • David TOWNS • Mia PURNELL • Amy MAXWELL • Steve JOY

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.

Next week
Any of you who ventured out into the park on Sunday will know that the flooding has increased with many of the meadows submerged and even the path next to Overton Lake now underwater, and the forecast is for more rain this week.

With water levels high throughout the Nene Valley all the way back up to Northampton, perhaps it’s appropriate that Nene Valley Harriers are providing most of the volunteers, maybe they can stem the tide for an hour or so.

See you all again next week, meanwhile – keep dry!

Roy Young


Run Report #250

Peterborough parkrun reaches 250…
… and gets its own little green milestone T-shirt.

A little delayed due to the snow a couple of weeks back, but we finally got there; and what a lovely spring parkrun morning it was too. 477 took to the course to enjoy the milder conditions, including 35 completing their first ever parkrun, and for a further 5 it was their first parkrun at Peterborough. Welcome to you all, we hope that you enjoyed yourself and look forward to seeing you again.

It was nothing new though for Alan CONDON, Charlene ELLIOTT, Claire BLANCHFORD, Dexter BOLE, Helena ROSE, Ian VALLANCE, Jacqui SMITH, Louise TESLOFF, Luke CLIFFORD, Mark MORRIS, Michael BLACKLEDGE, Neil PLANT, Paul ATHERFOLD, Peter BRANTOM, Phil BARNES, Sarah BROWN, Shane GOLDSMITH and Simon James FELL, all of whom completed both parkrun #1 and #250; and not forgetting Nilesh PATEL, there at the beginning but a hi-viz hero this week.

Personal Bests
In almost perfect conditions an amazing 81 personal bests were recorded. Too many to mention individually, but from the parkrun 100 club, showing practice makes perfect …

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Age Grade Gender Pos Club Total Runs
22 Amelia DEVINE 20:54 JW11-14 76.40% F 3 Yaxley Runners & Joggers 132
55 Andy SAVAGE 22:52 VM55-59 67.20% M 51 Yaxley Runners & Joggers 118
87 Maya PATEL 24:30 JW15-17 62.45% F 12 124
126 Andrew J LEE 25:49 VM35-39 52.10% M 110 104
154 Sarah BIRD 26:46 VW45-49 61.15% F 23 Eye Community Runners 129
303 Joy WARRENER 31:32 VW45-49 50.85% F 78 The Salvation Army 129
317 S CLIFFORD 32:04 VW45-49 49.53% F 88 120
388 Ray WATSON 35:11 VM65-69 49.55% M 256 110

Whilst no-one was able to join the 250 club with us today, Maxwell ORR (JM10) joined the parkrun 10 club for juniors; Ann Elizabeth LANGDALE, Paul BARNES and Lee JONES joined the parkrun 50 club, Cornelia WAYMOUTH joined the parkrun 100 club and Gina CRANE joined the volunteers 25 club – Congratulations to you all.
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.

The results
Leading the way for the men was a trio from Peterborough AC, with Phil MARTIN first for the 28th time with 16:34; followed by Kirk BRAWN, first once previously, with a PB time of 17:08; and Jon PEET also with a PB of 17:20.

1 Phil MARTIN 16:34 VM35-39 80.58% M 1 Peterborough AC
2 Kirk BRAWN 17:08 VM40-44 80.25% M 2 Peterborough AC
3 Jon PEET 17:20 VM40-44 78.75% M 3 Peterborough AC

For the ladies, Jordan FOSTER (NVH) was first for the 9th time with PB of 18:06 (5th overall), Ellie SWIRE (Cambridge and Coleridge AC), 17 times previously first, was second (13th overall) in 19:57 followed by Amelia DEVINE (Yaxley Runners & Joggers) 3 times previously first, third (22nd overall) also with a PB of 20:54.

5 Jordan FOSTER 18:06 SW25-29 81.77% F 1 Nene Valley Harriers
13 Ellie SWIRE 19:57 SW25-29 74.19% F 2 Cambridge and Coleridge AC
22 Amelia DEVINE 20:54 JW11-14 76.40% F 3 Yaxley Runners & Joggers

The highest age grades (over 80%) were recorded all in the leading group by:
Jordan FOSTER 18:06 SW25-29 81.77%
Phil MARTIN 16:34 VM35-39 80.58%
Tim WIGLEY 18:58 VM50-54 80.32%
Kirk BRAWN 17:08 VM40-44 80.25%

Just the 34 “Unknown’s” this week, either because the parkrunner chose not get scanned, were not registered, or just forgot their barcode #DFYB.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:
Gina CRANE • Nilesh PATEL • Peter BRANTOM • Tony KING • Ian DAVIES • Simon KING • Martin SHELBOURNE • Phil MARTIN • Paul STEVENETTE • Daniella KEMPSON • Charlotte EDWARDS • Sarah WILLIAMS • Penny ROWE • Peter RIDLEY • Sue RIDLEY • Roy YOUNG • Jeff BEEVER • Nikunj PATEL • Billy SLAVEN • Lorna YOUNG • Laura WILKINSON • Michelle COOPER • Adam MONEY • Dianne BOOTH • Sophie SPITTLE • James SELLS • Sarah-Jane GILL • Caroline SEFTON • Trevor GORDON • Richard TAYLOR • Steve LEE • Mia PURNELL • Nick WELFORD • Amanda HILL

A glorious day was made extra special for Run Director Ian Davies, when the watch times matched perfectly and with the tokens, there were no issues, and a lovely couple from Bristol, who frequently tour, said our parkrun was the best they’d done and the least boring course.

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 next week.

Roy Young


Run report #249 – PAC partial take-over

Matthew Dalton and his team from PAC well supported by both core team members and other park run regulars ensured that Gordon Pearson on his return as Run Director today oversaw yet another successful parkrun. All 400 who took part appreciated the work of all these volunteers. Despite the conditions we had 16 first timers to Peterborough of whom 12 were doing it for the first time. Well done for picking today to make your debut and hope you enjoyed the experience enough to come back again soon. Despite the conditions 35 people managed a PB. Well done all of you who achieved such an envied feat despite the wind and chill factor.

Considering we are only up to 249 events at Peterborough it was interesting to note the number of regulars who have attained over 200 was 6 today at Peterborough but we know that there are many who travel from the Peterborough base around the country who have been inspired by the ethos many learned under the inspiration of Gordon at Peterborough who have also gone far past the 200 mark. Yes parkrun is addictive in the right way which was shown by all the volunteers and participants turning up on a day like today.

There were a few milestone celebration with the youngest being 10 by Daniel Barranikov in the JM10 category. Three people managed 50 today, David Christian, Christopher Rowe and Samantha Baines. The 100 milestone was achieved today by Artwell Mpofu. Well done on these achievements.

Most, sensibly, took care running today and so the majority were slower than normal. However for the 5th time Martin Gichuhi from Bushfield Joggers was first over the line in 17.55. He was followed home in second place by David Stunell from Eye Community Runners in 18.31 and in third place Alex Devine from Yaxley Runners and Joggers in 19.33. The ladies were led home by Sarah Caskey form PAC in 10th place overall in 20.11 from Ella Robinson of NVH in 13th place with 20.53 and Amelia Devine from Yaxley Runners and Joggers in 40th place with 22.21. All these 3 ladies are previous multi times first lady over the line.

The difficult conditions is well illustrated by the fact that only 13 persons exceeded 70% on Age Grading and only 2 exceeded 75% Ella Robinson and Martin Gichuhi.

Unfortunately for whatever reason 16 appear as unknown which mean those who took part and completed the course have no official record. Always remember #DFYBC.

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.

Peter Brantom


Run report #249 – Pyjama Day

Now down at Ferry Meadows the parkrun's set to go

The runners and walkers are gathered, it's 9 am you know.

The newbies and the tourists have been greeted and then briefed

Of what's ahead on our flat course. "Just 5k! Good grief!"

Take note of Martin on his bike, he leads the fleetest round

Beside our lakes and river paths, leading them homeward bound.

The runners, in their hundreds, were waiting to set off on their way

But something seemed to be amiss – something definitely awry!

Why am I not dressed? Have I cleaned my teeth? Has breakfast been forgotten?

Am I still asleep and having a dream that's going on and on?

Good heavens what's happened – a catastrophe? A strange sight to behold

For some folk have forgotten their running gear and come out in the cold

In jimmy-jams, their PJs, yes pyjamas and nighties too

They'll no doubt end up with a cough – if not the flippin' flu.

The Run Director has given his spiel of the potential dangers ahead

But no-one's given directions of where to find a bed!

This nightmare's feeling far too real. The confusion getting worse

The only bed I see is in flower... please help me. Call a nurse!

Well done to our RD Gordon and to the parkrunners who took part in pyjama day.

Despite the bitter weather, 43 volunteers were there to support and cheer 400 runners round the Ferry Meadows course for the 249th event. We thank them all for turning out of their beds to get cold for us!

Despite the biting wind, we had 12 first-timers-to-parkrun come and join us, as well as a good handful of tourists. Welcome to you all and well done, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

A surprising 35 runners gained new PBs contending with some muddy paths and the slippery bridge.

We welcomed Artwell Mpofu into the 100 Club and three new runners into the 50 Club. David Christian finished 5th, his best position to date, Samantha Baines and Christopher Rowe. Congratulations to you all.

First across the line today was Martin Gichuhi VM35-39 Bushfield Joggers in 17:08, with the second highest age grade for the day; second was David Stunnell VM35-39 Eye Runners in 18:31; third Alex Devine JM15-17 also Eye Runners in 19:33.

First lady to finish was Sarah Caskey SW25-29 Peterborough AC in 20:11; second Ella Robinson JW11-14 Nene Valley Harriers in 20:53 (with the highest age grade of the day); third Amelia Devine JW11-14 Yaxley Runners & Joggers in 22:21.

Well done to you all.

I see there are still plenty of opportunities to volunteer next week. Just drop an email to if you can give a hand and we look forward to seeing you next week for the 250th Peterborough parkrun.

Margaret Hayes

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