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



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


Peterborough parkrun #274 – Werrington Joggers Takeover

The sun in shining still in September, runners have gathered at Ferry Meadows once again for this week's parkrun, this time it’s the Werrington Joggers Volunteer takeover. With 37 volunteers in tow all present with our blue and yellow vests. It would be hard to miss us! We all gathered for our morning briefing and grabbed our barcode scanners, volunteer hi-vis to match our vests of course and most importantly our smiles, ready to welcome everyone.

The stroke of 8:50AM and the runners gathered to hear the morning brief carried out by Billy, remembering the key phrase "no barcode, no result" then slowly made their way to the chalked start line, obviously highlighting 'Werrington Joggers' on the path.

The sound of the whistle went and all 523 runners and a few canine friends began their morning run, walk or sprint around Ferry Meadows. It was fantastic to see 34 new first timers at this week's parkrun, who got to experience our resident Werrington Jogger Geordie, Laura deliver their first timers brief with such enthusiasm and northern charm.

Run begins and everyone is out on the course taking in the sunny morning, listening to a track or two on their running playlist. Favourite of mine is "Eye of the Tiger" makes me feel like brilliant when running the last mile of a race.

Finish line approaching and you can see the look on people's faces thinking 'PB,PB' however it's not all about that, yes amazing achievement if you managed to beat your time from last week, but what is amazing to see is the sense of achievement when you see a whole family cross that finish line and come running up to you with their barcode smiling.

With 3 volunteers scanning including myself, I kept saying over and over in my head "face then place" which related to the order you scan the barcodes. We scanned over 500 runner's barcodes and it definitely isn't an easy task but you are given a help guide from the volunteer coordinator which you can refer too if you get stuck. Best part of the day for me is getting to hear a thank you from the runners, really makes you smile as without the volunteers there would be no parkrun.

Once the main event is over, the volunteers start the clear up and token sorting. I have to say I have volunteered at a number of parkruns and Peterborough is the definitely the most organised and you really feel supported by all volunteers.

Laura Wilson


Peterborough parkrun #273 – Keep on Running

On a still, cool overcast morning I arrived to the latest parkrun with my debut doing a new volunteer role deep in my thoughts. Surrounded by the 32 fellow volunteers I awaited my instructions from the volunteer coordinator with anticipation and the background knowledge that I was going to experience a new exciting challenge.

I was barcode scanning for the first time that day. I won't say which chap I was but needless to say there were no issues and I got through it in what seemed like only 5 minutes. But for all those who took part it was good to see through the tiredness and the fatigue the smiles on the faces of almost everyone. It goes to show how many people enjoy the early morning start to their weekend with a parkrun, but also it showed me no matter what they gained something deep within from participating. Whether there is personal fitness goals, encouraging their children along, running with the pooches, trying to beat your personal best or simply getting friends along to run each week we all come together and take part, and that's a wonderful thing.

For all 476 runners this week, those 33 first timers and the rest of those returning for a morning run/walk, unless you have previously experienced the wonders that happen behind the scenes before you take part, you'd often ponder how the organisation seamlessly takes place. Well having seen the hustle and bustle first hand it's truly the hard work of all those volunteers, who like a well oiled machine are prepared for the unexpected. From the funnel managers, marshals, first timer briefer, tail walker, coordinators, timekeepers, token sorters, barcode scanners and many many more they all pitch in, work together and what comes into fruition is a thoroughly good and successful parkrun.

After strolling towards the finish line to watch the runners and walkers make their way around the lake and back I was able to first hand see the impact that positivity from the marshals cheering everyone on. I also saw the cheery support from the other people around keeping those beginning their run smiling and motivated with encouragement, which is a telling difference when you feel that energy sapping. Having myself felt the warm support from those around the course when I needed it most it made me truly appreciate the impact the encouragement has and also humbled at the same time at the thought that we are very lucky to have a parkrun close by in such a beautiful surrounding.

Inspired by those shouts of encouragement were the 88 new personal bests from those participating this week. Not a bad return indeed. But can we top that next week? Of course we can, but most important of all is let's just get down there and enjoy the early morning and start the weekend the best way we can with a parkrun!

But if I can inspire others to volunteer with this report then I have to say it's well worth it in the end, because as much as you love running/walking the parkrun, its honestly well worth taking part as one of the many volunteers every once in a while, because without them we don't get a parkrun to enjoy. Don't be scared or worried to take part either the volunteer coordinator and those who have taken part before will always put your mind at ease.

Just go to the volunteer section on the Peterborough parkrun website and send an email for a position you wouldn't mind doing. And remember if I didn't mess up scanning barcodes.....anyone can do it!

Remember folks, no matter how fast or slow you are, old or young just keep on running the Peterborough parkrun.

Michael Stewart


Peterborough parkrun #269 – Eye Community Runners Takeover

My name is Maisie. For those of you who don't know me I am a super cute Jack Russell/Yorkie cross and mascot of Eye Community Runners who provided the volunteers for this week’s parkrun. I love being the club mascot, have made many friends and even attended my first overseas running festival at the Isle of Wight earlier this year.

I have been coming to parkrun for a few years now but it was only last year I started actually running. I have completed around 30 parkruns now and have my paws crossed that by the time I reach 50 runs there’ll be a milestone t-shirt for four-legged runners like me! I usually run with my human dad Graham (or should I say drag him round?!) and I absolutely love it. Saturday mornings are my favourite time of the week.

Please forgive the slight delay with this week’s run report but I have had a busy few days – walking my human Dad to the coffee shop, my morning run round the cathedral grounds, snoozing with my cat brothers Jack and Victor, and avoiding my cat sister Hobo (she can be really mean, giving me a swipe with her paw when I least expect it!).

So onto the run report…ECR had a fabulous turnout of 44 volunteers, led by Andy Short as Run Director and including my very good friend Gordon at the rear as tail walker. That’s a volunteer role I was born to do. If you haven’t volunteered yet then take a look at the future roster and put yourself forward. There are lots of different roles to try out and some – like writing this run report – leave you free to run too.

As for the run itself no surprise to see Phil Martin as the first male home in a time of 16.59 – his twelfth time picking up the 001 finish token at Peterborough this year. Jess Varley was the first lady home in 20.34 and a special mention must go to Eddy Paddock, first in the junior category and 7th place overall in 19:03. Congratulations to you all and indeed to all the runners who finished first in their category.

A total of 569 completed the run with 96 setting a new PB and a bumper crop of 31 first timers.

Three parkrunners achieved milestones on Saturday and can now claim their t-shirts:

50 Club - Jason Lomas (congrats on your PB) and Ruth Mitchell

25 Volunteer Club - Lee Couzens

Finally, a special shout out and wag of the tail to fellow Eye runners Peter Ridley and Michaela Parr who ran their 150th parkrun. And to Margaret Hayes who also hit 150 runs and to top it off completed her 100km Running Down Dementia 2018 challenge in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK (

See you at parkrun on Saturday


Peterborough parkrun #265 – Double Sash Run!

When I sat in my car at 6:00am I hadn't got a clue where I was parkrunning this morning as for the last two and a half years, like the Rolling Stones I have been on permanent tour!

It is not that I am not searching for the perfect parkrun - I am sure if I asked runners at each venue I have visited they would say their parkrun is perfect! Hopefully my constant traveling isn't that I am unwelcome at my home parkun – that is if they even remember me. But collecting different parkrun events has become a hobby – after two years on the road and over 100 different venues maybe it is now an obsession!

Once I had a spreadsheet of must visit venues – postcodes and average Google maps travelling time – mainly based on their region but as I have now collected all the East Midlands and West Midlands my list has fallen away a little and my tourism is somewhat haphazard!

As I sat in my car I pulled up the amazing parkrun tourist tool website to locate my 20 nearest events not yet done – number 15 – Peterborough and as luck would have it a vacancy on the roster for a report writer...

Postcode into Google Maps, Tony Blackburn's Sound of the Sixties playing on the radio and I was off – leaving the rest of my usual touring party at home – who organises things for parkrunday morning?

I arrived early! In fact before the £1 parking for parkrun deal started. I risked it as the lure of facilities called (for other tourists reading this report – open & clean :D what more could a tourist need?) Thankful the code still worked at 10:40 when I left!

Then as with any tourism the challenge is find the start. Checking the website it said by the café. It didn't lie as there was one of the set up team sticking in the New Runners Briefing sign and parkrun flag! Soon I found the Ian DAVIES this week's RD and Nona BOWKIS the Volunteers Coordinator and managed to grab the vacant Report Writers role.

A sensible runner having all the extra time would run through a mobilisation drill, carry out a gentle warm up, add in some dynamic stretches and be primed and ready to run at 9am. The only muscles I warmed up were in my jaw as I chatted to volunteers and fellow parkrunners – Peterborough parkrun people are just so friendly.

Soon enough 8:50 came round and time to listen to Joanna SELLS' first timers briefing. As I was totally clueless about the course, as I hadn't looked at that part of the website, the breifing is very helpful. But even more helpful for:- Alex SNITCH, Anne COLES, Carey SMITH, Caroline MCSORLEY, Clare WHITE, Cordelia KEBER, Emma SWAIN, Hazel MARRANER, Jacob MEHMED, Jimmy ADAMS, Josh NEWTON, Kathryn ROWE, Lexie SADDINGTON, Louise PRICE, Lucy MARRANER, Nicola FRANCIS, Olivia WALKER, Rebecca MARTIN, Samantha SEVERN & Shannon MANNING as they used their barcodes for the first time. So a huge WELCOME to them for join the parkrun family today.

The main run briefing is important to listen out for any safety information the RD needs us to hear, a great opportunity on mass to thank the volunteers & to hear any runners who reach their milestones, official ones and unofficial. Today 7 runners reached double figures on their parkrun count, but only Robert Bates gets a white shirt icon attached onto his results page (and soon hopefully his parents can order a t-shirt) as he is a Junior runner – sorry Danielle HUNTER, Laura CATTRALL, Louise MORGAN, Reachel KENNY, Samantha OWEN & Susan MASHFORD you are no longer juniors – but well done getting to 10. Four runners hit the 50 milestone... but only one mentioned it to the RD so got to wear a bright pink sash. Don't be shy when you hit a milestone speak up (or friends speak to the RD for you ;-) ) 50 and 100 are a lot of commitment on a Saturday. So well done to Asha N PATEL, Ian SWIFT, Karl BOLDERSON, Kayleigh GARZIA & Sue DRAKE for getting to Red – later this week your link might go live to order your shirt so keep checking so you can wear it with pride. I hit an unofficial milestone my 200th run – hence the double sash effect as I ran. A huge thank you to everyone on course that congratulated me. But to be honest the congratulations are to the parkrun organisers and volunteers each week for these wonderful events it has totally changed my life from couch potato to marathon runners!

After a short walk down to the start soon the cacophony of GPS watch bleeps signalled the start of the run on this glorious summer day. After doing the first loop and passing the 1km marker I was already drenched in sweat and panting. Over the next two kilometres I decided I may need to revaluate my post parkrun café. As the leaders looped back past on the right almost effortlessly I realised that I might just need to stick to a skinny latte and hold off on the cake or full English breakfast.

The course was beautiful in the summer sun. I love a water feature and the lakes at Ferry Meadows Country Park provided a picturesque back drop for the run, slightly numbing the pain of the effort I was putting in as I huffed and puffed my way around the course.

As I was making my way around the square lollipop park of the course, first time parkrunner? - Jimmy ADAMS (SM30-34) was racing home in 17:35. As I had to walk a slight incline, Lauren ROSE (SW30-34) finished in 35th place over all in 21:11 to be first lady. As I started the long last 1km run to the finish Morag O'BRIEN (VW25:52) finished in 25:52 but with an age grading percentage of 80.80 %. Superb running!

Returning to Ham Bridge I decided to take a sneaky walking break – parkrun is for runners, joggers and walkers – up the slope. Into the bridge I suddenly felt all wobbly I was fearful that maybe I was suffering heat stroke – but then I twigged that the bridge was bouncy – so when I reach the top and started running again I did with a giggle – and a worry that I might catapult another runner off (thankfully that didn't happen!)

A few times around the course I took a walk break panting noisily in the summer sun and on each occasion a fellow runner or two slowed to check I was okay. This spirit of looking after each other on the run is what I have found at each and every parkrun I have visited – no wonder I have wanted to run each week. Thank you all.

During my walk break I pondered how anyone could run a PB in the searing heat. But 64 runners did manage it today including S CLIFFORD (VW45-49) who running her 130th parkrun (127 at Peterborough) ran a PB her 9th PB this year – great running and I imagine hard training.

My keenness to grab the report writer slot is not to gain a volunteer credit – (It is another role you can run and get a volunteer credit) – I gained my Aubergine a while back but to offer proper thanks to the band of Hi Viz heroes that make the run possible. As I run I do try and thank every marshal I pass but just as today I am often barely able to run and breathe. So a huge THANK YOU to :- Arron FRIEND • Barry LANE • Bianca HOUSTON • Billy SLAVEN • Brian CAINE • Claire SIBLEY • Craig SELLS • David PARKES • Dominic MOSZKAL • Frazer BURLINSON • Geoff HOWES • Henry MOORE • Ian COOPER • Ian DAVIES • James SELLS • Jill WOTTON • Joanna SELLS • Julie SMITH • Katy WILD • Lee JONES • Lorna YOUNG • Marc HORNER • Mark SHORE • Melanie FERMOR • Nick WELFORD • Nigel SUNMAN • Nona BOWKIS • Oliver STOCKELL • Paul STOCKELL • Pauline CAVANAGH • Peggy STARR • Penny ROWE • Petra ELLEN • Roy YOUNG • Simon PARKES • Sophie WATSON • Steve ELLEN • Toby STOCKELL • Tracy MOORE • Trudi MAPLES • Vicki REED who made this event possible. As with parkruns around the world if you fancy giving scanning a go, fancy being the time keeper, marshalling and encouraging others or are happy to help out in any role please look on the roster and e-mail - Don't worry if you are unsure what to do the Run Director and Volunteer coordinator will happily show you what to do.

After the run I headed over to the café and what a treat – superb cakes and a great breakfast selection – and 10% off with your barcode. However the huffing and puffing around today was still in my mind, so I decided it was best to forgo the Full English and a cake to follow and went for a latte and toast (well best not to make too many radical changes all at once.) And sat down to a lovely chat with some more cheerful Peterborough parkrunners.

I had a superb time visiting your parkrun today. Thank you for being so friendly and welcoming. Happy parkrunning.

Daniel Connolly

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