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


Peterborouh parkrun #283 – Yaxley Takeover

A rather chilly start for parkrun #283 but that didn't stop the 552 participants turning up to partake in the lovely parkrun course we have here.

It's what we look forward to and what Saturday mornings are all about! Plus the sun did shine through and burn the clouds away (eventually).

I wasn't entirely sure what to include in my run report so I have decided that I'm going to tell you a little bit about my parkrun journey, promote parkrun and congratulate everyone who took part!

Today, not only saw Yaxley runners (the running club I'm a member of) return for the parkrun takeover but it also marked the memorial occasion of my very own 100th parkrun! Wow!


10th female to finish and the 1st person in my age category! Wow, wow, wow.

To say I am delighted doesn't come close. I wanted it today and I pushed hard. I knew at the point where the course forks off and the faster runners come back round the loop, that I was on for a good time. Only 2 people had come back passed me. The volunteers cheered, that helped massively, thank you. There was a lovely man that spoke to me and kept me going as we were approaching 3K. He said I had been his pacer up until that point... it was now his turn to be my pacer, thank you.

I was so pleased to see the finish line... I had nothing left to give... just a few more steps... keep going! And done. Now awaits the dreaded photos that I may have been captured in...!

What a journey it has been! Following the advice of a very good friend, I started running for the first time approximately 3.5 years ago. I could barely make it to the end of the street without collapsing (yes, that same friend can verify this and to clarify, it was a small street)!

I have now ran a half marathon in under 2 hours and have a parkrun PB time of 24:09. Again, wow.

parkrun has helped me on my journey and with the support of my parkrun family and friends, I have been able to achieve things I didn't think were ever possible. If I can do it... anyone can! #thisgirlcan #getinspired

There are no truer words than #parkrunfamily. The encouragement, the support and the friendships you make are what make parkrun the family it is. I have met so many lovely people, people that I'm privileged to call friends. In addition to all this (if this wasn't enough to persuade you to come along)...there is the added bonus of the exercise and socialising, which has positive health benefits and is good for your well being.

Although saying this, parkrun in recent weeks has turned into cake club (for me it has anyway). Yum yum and also win win!

I really do encourage everyone and anyone to come along and join in. It doesn't matter what age you are, your ability, your fitness, your size or what your goals are. You can walk, skip, run or jog.... everyone is welcome, everyone is supported and no one is left behind! Today... the yellow army was out in force cheering every single person on and without the volunteers, it wouldn't be possible... so a BIG shout out to all volunteers each and every week- THANK YOU.

A few milestone recognitions...

First timers: 35 people completed their first ever parkrun and 20 parkrun tourists completed their first at Peterborough. We hope you all enjoyed our course.

PB's: 99 people got a PB. Congratulations to you all.

50th parkrun: 4 people completed their 50th parkrun. Congratulations to Hassan Mourtada, David Parker-Radford, Franco Genovese and Mohammed Sarfraz.

100th parkrun: 1 person completed their 100th parkrun today... congratulations to me.

First male to finish was Simon Fell in a time of 16:46. Well done.

First female to finish was Jordan Foster in a time of 18:25. Well done.

Everyone has a different objective and whether you're going for a PB, whether it's your first time, whether you're encouraging others or whether you're walking the route....Well done to everyone!! We hope to see you back very soon.

I'm going to sign off writing this run report with a joke...For anyone that knows me, it wouldn't be me if I didn't tell a joke, so here goes...

Q: What do you get if you cross an athlete with an invisible man?

A: Running like no one has ever seen

One more?

Q: Did you hear about the race between the lettuce and the tomato?

A: The lettuce was a 'head' and the tomato was trying to 'ketchup'!

Spread the parkrun word, keep running, walking, jogging, skipping and of course volunteering!

If you want to come along to parkrun - come along. Every Saturday morning 9am, and don't forget your barcode. Visit:

If you're interested in volunteering, please email:

If you're interest in Yaxley runners, please visit:

Finally, some inspirational quotes to keep you going:

Run with your heart when your legs get tired
A 12 minute mile is the same distance as a 7 minute mile
Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must... just never give up
One run can change your day, many runs can change your life

It's been a pleasure being your run report writer today and I hope to see you soon.

Happy parkrunning!

Gemma Toogood


Festive parkruns

Peterborough parkrun will be holding an extra event at Ferry Meadows on Christmas Day at 9.00 am.

We will not however be holding an event on New Years Day 2019.



It was Saturday morning better known as parkrun day, it was another Andy Harding Personal Training takeover, I think the 9th.
A big thank you to everyone who helped today you were all excellent, most volunteers P.T clients, class regulars (circuits/fitness class) at Paston farm every Tuesday 7pm or Be a Better Runner member (running course) Wednesdays 7pm Thorpe Hall.

A lovely fresh November morning with the sun shining, I was the lead bike, cheering, hi-five-ing, shouting well done and keep left.

1st Darragh Collins 17:06 from Ireland Cilles A.C Bettystown
2nd Brian Corleys 17:44, Bushfield Joggers. A very nice chap
3rd Matthew Stevenson 18:30, Eye C.R with a PB

1st Philippa Taylor 18:56, NVH a local running legend and coming back from injury
2nd Steph Parker 19:42, Werrington Joggers
3rd Louisa Harrison 20:10 PB, Wimslow RC

Well done to you all, great running.

Lots of PBs today, lots of first timers & lots of parkrun achievements with some doing there 50th or 100th parkruns, a massive well done to you all.
A big shout to Flyin’ Ryan Ingram age 8 who’s in my parkrun team who done his 50th today, well done young man.
Well done to my team member Andy Flatters on a massive PB, his football team are not my favourites!
Well done to Thorney Running Club’s Jamie Hayden who got a massive PB and now in the sub 24 gang.
Well done to everyone who got a PB or an achievement.

Remember no Volunteers, no parkrun. If you would like to help you can by getting in touch on Facebook page Peterborough parkrun Volunteers, or

My Volunteers, my parkrun hero’s.
These people were excellent today, thanks again, you all earned your healthy cakes, I always mention my great team.

Run Director, Circuit class regular and a good mate was Ian Davies, likes to stick his tongue out when exercising, but this man is great help and made my job today easier.
Set up Gang were parkrun regulars, Pete Bramton, Martin Shelbourne, Pete and Sue Ridley, Lee Jones and Stuart Booth. The two Pete's packed everything away too, these people are great assets to parkrun. Peter Bram'pton ran his 270th parkrun today and wears his green 250 T-shirt with pride.
Timekeepers - Sally (Russian Twist) Smith also new runners Brief; running legend Tony King.
Funnel Governors today were another running legend Carol Cook, Lee (Starbucks) Gillis, Mathew (got the running bug) Bennett.Number Checkers were spider; creepy crawlies lover Caroline Gillis and Ian Bennett (would love to beat his 11 year old son’s parkrun PB). Finish Tokens were the A.H.P.T models Luke (Harry Kane) Harding and Paige (Dele Alli) Lambert.Barcode Gang; Pat (Legend) Shepperson, Michelle (up the Posh) Smith, Dianne (Mini) Booth, Flyin’ Jessica Ingram and after marshalling Claire Ingram Mother of the Flyin’ gang did the unscannables.Tail Walkers were (faster than his Mum and Dad) Charlie Bennett and Rhona (lush cakes) Bennett.Token sorters; Laura (circuits) Harwood and P.A.C legend, my 4K mate Kay Gibson. Photographer Jade (New circuit girl) Barron.Car park marshall and the new Peterborough parkrun volunteer co-ordinator James Sells, good to meet you mate and good luck in your new role.

Marshals; Sarah (Fitness mad) Lambert, Kirsty (the lovely wife) Harding, Juliet (where’s Romeo) Saunders. Katelyn (fastest A.H.P.T female ;-) ) Bennett. Macey (Big Sister little cousin) Bennett. Megan (No.1 Florence sister) Florence and nephew James, Nick (lost lots of weight) Tawn, Karen (110% effort at circuits/fitness class) Willmott, Josh (fast) Willmott, Samantha Watkins and Vera Bordacs.

Thanks again and well done to all runners, remember if it wasn't your best run its better than sitting on the couch, exercise makes you fitter & healthier. Running 5k is more than 6000 steps and everyone did that today in less than 55 mins.

Thanks for reading
Andy Harding
Your local Personal Trainer


Peterborough parkrun #279 – Bushy Blue Takeover

Bushfield Joggers returned for parkrun takeover on Saturday 20th October 2018. As a club we can be identified by our 'Bushy blue' kit and overall cheeriness! 37 amazing club members and other volunteers came out to cheer, clap and encourage the runners around the course, a big thank you to them!

Nilesh PATEL • Diana BAIRD • Rachel STONE • Louise TESLOFF • Abi TIERNAN • Sarah STONE • Charlene ELLIOTT • Dean CHAPMAN • Paula STAPLETON • Christopher STAPLETON • Rebecca WITTON • Jon TIERNAN • Martin SHELBOURNE • Phil MARTIN • Elizabeth LORIMER • Peggy STARR • Thomas MIDDLETON • Kirsten LOUTIT • Joy ATKIN • James BURTON • Patricia SHEPPERSON • Billy SLAVEN • Rich TALBY • Eve MATTHEWS • Emma LAMB • Richard LAMB • Martin GICHUHI • Victoria ABRAHAM • Jay LANGDON • Susan STEVENS • Kathleen MILLER • Dan STAPLETON • Steve LEE • Lee JONES • Paul MILLER • Stuart BOOTH • Hayley MCKERNAN

If you fancy giving volunteering a go, why not drop an email to

31 fabulous people came to Peterborough parkrun for the first time on Saturday, high five to you guys! See you again this weekend?

There were great times this week, with 6 out of the first 10 runners getting a new shiny PB, awesome! Here are this week's stats -

Male placings:
Phil Martin (VM35 - 30) of Peterborough AC was first over the line in 16:20.
Brian Corleys (VM40 - 44) of Bushfield Joggers (woo!) was second over the line in 17:23.
Michael Moore (VM45 - 49) of Helpston Harriers was third over the line in 17:26.

Female placings:
Ella Robinson (JW 15 - 17) of Nene Valley Harriers was first (16th overall) over the line in 19:09.
Shelley Duffy (VW35 - 39) of BRJ Run and Tri was second (35th overall) over the line in 19:59, a new PB!!
Jordan Foster (SW25 - 29) of Nene Valley Harriers was third (39th overall) over the line in 20:10.

Well done to all those who got PBs, there were so many this week! A special mention to Trish Crighton, Oliver Gobi and Steve Lee from Bushfield Joggers who smashed their PBs.

Every week runners/joggers/walkers return to Peterborough parkrun and therefore a big thank you to you all and well done to those that reached a milestone during parkrun #279 -
10 Club (juniors): Alisha Baker, Benji Davies (new PB!), Daniel Spinks, Eleanor Spinks, Imraan Shirazi (new PB!) and Maisy Wild.
50 Club: Abigail Branston, Roslyn Loutit and Sharon England (new PB!).
100 Club: Chris Nightingale and Paul Nicholls.

Thank you for reading! If you would like more information regarding our running club, head over to or come and have a chat at parkrun with one of us.

Eve Matthews


Car Parking

As you may be aware there have been some small changes to car parking at Ferry Meadows. For now there will be NO on-line payments, so please remember to bring cash or card in order to pay before exiting. Please also remember to bring you parkrun barcode with you (you shouldn't be forgetting this anyway!!) #DFYB

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