Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #251 – New year’s Day 2018

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A massive attendance record at Shorne Woods on New Year’s Day morning - 449 finishers which is 67 more than the total who ran here on the previous two Saturday's combined, and 75 more than the previous record set on New Year's Day last year.  The top four events in the attendance records have all been on New Year's Day. The reason of course is that on New Year's Day Shorne Woods hosts a parkrun for its own loyal crowd, for those from nearby parkruns like Great Lines that don't have a New Year's Day parkrun AND timed to enable runners from Maidstone and other parkruns that do, to do a New Year's Day double - permitted by parkrun HQ.

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Thanks to Hannah Perrin, we can see where the parkrunners in Kent went on NYD!

 

Now for those reading this who weren't there on New Year's Day I will describe the scene for you as the start time of 10:30 approached.  Around 450 of us were squeezed together on the path ahead of the start line. The path was firm underfoot…apart from the inch of water between the foot and the firm path.  Off the path was different and difficult - at best soft and in many cases downright muddy and treacherously slippery.  As Jonathan started to address us supercooled water droplets started descending upon us from the heavens.  Our thoughts quickly turned to the café with its hot beverages and bacon sandwiches.  This meant that when Jonathan called out for those with an event to celebrate there was an uncharacteristically unchivalrous "Shush - don't tell him Pike" from more than one voice and no one came forward.

 

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But that did get us started and hence back to the café a couple of minutes earlier so hopefully we can be forgiven.  HOWEVER A BIG SHOUTOUT here and now to the youngsters Megan BATCHELOR, Yozanne TERRY, Matthew FOOKS and Henry WILLIAMS for running their tenth parkruns with Megan and Henry achieving PBs as well.  Amongst the adults Biju SINGH and Andrew WALKER ran their 50th parkruns and John CROCKFORD and Paul MOAKES ran their 100th.  Each of those four were doing their second parkrun of the day after Maidstone - see below.  Oh and for completeness note that Des EHRICH and Claire GREEN were doing their 101st runs at Shorne Woods having done their 100th earlier in the day at Maidstone.  Biju was a first timer here - one of 130 in total (Becky BAXTER and Sian THOMAS gave the First Timers briefing to about twenty of us - "There must be more" they said to each other but perhaps the other 110 were stuck in the mud away from the briefing point).  Of the First Timers, 17 were brand new to parkrun - making a fine start on their New Year's Resolutions - hopefully we'll see most of you again next Saturday or a Saturday soon after.

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The lead two runners didn't present barcodes at the end.  Given the speed they were travelling when they overtook me, just a short way into my second lap, I'd like to think that these were potential Olympians defying their coaches orders by running the parkrun in these conditions - and hence not wanting to get their IDs in the results.  Ed PETERS was third in 18:12 (PB) which I think is a very impressive time considering the number of us he must have had to overtake during his second and third laps. Oliver HORNE was first junior in 19:42 and first women and junior was Rebecca BURFORD in 20:31.  Top Age Grade was Noel LYONS with 79.50%.   40 runners set new PBs in what were not the best of conditions - another 234 didn't set PBs though some came close – for instance Celia POKE was just one second down on her best and, since that was set a few years ago, she can celebrate setting a new Age Grade best (there are some advantages in getting older!)   163 of the parkrunners at Shorne Woods had already run a parkrun earlier at Maidstone.

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Two runners, Daniel Smith and Gary Smith, tried to get me confused on this check - each of them had an identically named runner also running at Maidstone, both Daniels also ran at Shorne Woods!  Too many Smiths spoil the broth or at least make the results analysis difficult.  Anyway, of the 163 there were 36 who managed to run Shorne Woods faster whereas 127 ran it slower.  William JONES was the most consistent running Shorne Woods just two seconds slower than Maidstone.  Some parkrunners play a game called parkrun Bingo each calendar year - the aim is to fill in a row or column on a bingo card with the seconds from "00" to "59" from each of your parkrun results. Nick FARRANT, Mick BARLOW and Gavin CRICKETT have got off to a poorer than expected start - their times had the same number of seconds at each of Maidstone and Shorne Woods. There may have been runners who had done a different first parkrun than Maidstone - well done to them and apologies for not mentioning them here but the link between parkruns results has to be done manually so I've only done it for the major pairing - other than for the one additional case below.

 

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The most experienced parkrunner in the field was, well, myself - Roderick HOFFMAN. This was my 281st run, almost 50 more than the next most experienced, and my 225th different parkrun (yes, that's right, I'm not often found in the same place twice).  New Year's Day is a particular challenge for serial parkrun tourists like me (there are many of us these days - I'm only twenty first in the all-time list).  Last New Year I enjoyed running at Maidstone and went on from there to Canterbury - Shorne Woods was my reserve venue in case there was a delay at Maidstone.  This year my first parkrun was at a muddy Castle Park (Bishop's Stortford), my unused reserve was Great Cornard but with a prompt departure I was able to make it to Shorne Woods in plenty of time for the start.

 

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What I love about what I do is that every parkrun is different whilst, at the same time, every parkrun is the same (the same process, the same warm welcome etc.).  Shorne Woods is most definitely different but I suspect that, although I enjoyed the experience immensely, I didn't catch it at its best today.  In a warmer and dryer month, and with a smaller field, I would expect the parkrun to be different again and better.  Sadly the likelihood of me getting an opportunity to run that parkrun is slim - I'm a bit like the Ancient Mariner condemned to sail the oceans and never finding a home port.  But I will be looking for the opportunity to perhaps drop in on Shorne Woods for a second, freedom, run one Saturday - say on my way back from Whitstable that I've yet to run.  So if in the Spring after a regular parkrun, from the upper floor of the Visitor Centre Café, you spot a lone runner running three times round the course loop - it could be me!

Finally a big thank you from me, and probably all the runners, to Jonathan and his team of 27 volunteers for hosting this event and to the café for serving so many bacon sandwiches afterwards.

Roderick

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With much thanks to Roderick for a fantastic run report, along with all of this week's superstar volunteers, for not only a cracking New Year's day parkrun, but retaining their parkrun spirit throughout the slightly damp & squidgy parkrun!

This week's stars were:

Alex BRAGIN  •  Amanda Louise CROWLE  •  Andrew PATERNOSTER  •  Becky BAXTER  •  Daniel GOODBARNE  •  David REID  •  Dawn GRANGER  •  Gary GROUTAGE  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  James GOSTICK  •  James MCCAFFEREY  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Keith RITCHIE  •  Ken PHILLIPS  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Margaret ALLEN  •  Martin FLYNN  •  Matthew BAXTER  •  Peter GRANGER  •  Phillipa VEITCH  •  Roderick HOFFMAN  •  Sian THOMAS  •  Stephen CASON  •  Thomas ALLEN  •  Tracy BROOKS  •  Vicki DENNY  •  Victoria GILSON

If you'd like to help out at future events please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com).  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

And so to other news........

Other than at Shorne, where can you find us: As well as finding us at Shorne Woods Country park each Saturday @ 9am you can find us on facebooktwitter, and now on Instagram, as well as news & photos on here.

Milestone T-shirt update

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts in the future, please see the following announcement.

For those of you new to parkrun, there are different milestones that are recognised with a free (yes free!) t-shirt.  For walk/jog/running your weekly 5km parkrun, your 10th (juniors only) 50th, 100th, 250th & 500th all receive a t-shirt, while for volunteering 25 times you also get a t-shirt.  And just in case you're wondering, 13 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest at over 640!

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the first parkrun of 2018, you helped make yesterday a fantastic event!  Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Cheers,

Jonathan

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Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

Midweek Update – 31st December 2017

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What do you need to know for this parkrunday?

Happy New Year!: And so we start 2018 with some bonus parkrunfun, and don't forget tomorrow is the one day of the year you can run 2 parkruns!  So if you're up for that, why not pop along to Maidstone for 8.30am, before returning to Shorne for parkrun number 2 at 10.30am!!  If you're looking for events elsewhere in Kent or the UK, then you can check out which events are on  here

The Weather:  It's set to be a relatively mild 6-7°C, a gentle breeze, and maybe even the chance of some sunny intervals!

Volunteers:  The roster is looking lovely and full for tomorrow (thank you to everyone that has said they can help out) however we are still on the look out for a photographer & run report writer? If you are able to help out please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz in the morning.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

Car Parking in Park Pale: A reminder that we've been made aware that the Police may well be clamping down on parking, including the issuing of parking tickets.  We have been passed a letter that someone received a few weeks ago.  We haven't been contacted directly by the Police, but wanted to make you aware of the situation.

parkrun Milestones:  It looks like we have 4 parkrunners potentially reaching a parkrun milestone.  With Henry Williams & Aisling Navin just one run away from their 10th parkrun (a milestone only recognised for juniors) Alison Thompson just a run away from her 50th parkrun, & John Crockford one parkrun away from his 100th!

If you're not Henry, Aisling, Alison or John, then please let us know as we'd love to celebrate your achievement!

Anything else:

    • If you're new to parkrun / Shorne Woods parkrun, firstly welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 10.25ish!
    • Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
    • Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
    • DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
    • We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule applies in this case
    • Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
    • Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
    • If you're a trained first aider or medical professional why not grab one of our first aider armbands.
    • Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!

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And so to other news........

Other than at Shorne, where can you find us: As well as finding us at Shorne Woods Country park each Saturday @ 9am (plus NYD @ 10.30am) you can find us on facebooktwitter, and now on Instagram, as well as news & photoson here.

Milestone T-shirt update

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts in the future, please see the following announcement.

For those of you new to parkrun, there are different milestones that are recognised with a free (yes free!) t-shirt.  For walk/jog/running your weekly 5km parkrun, your 10th (juniors only) 50th, 100th, 250th & 500th all receive a t-shirt, while for volunteering 25 times you also get a t-shirt.  And just in case you're wondering, 13 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest at 644!

Look forward to seeing you on tomorrow for the first parkrun at Shorne Woods in 2018!

Cheers,

Jonathan

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Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #249 – 23rd December 2017

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Happy Christmas Eve! Fantastic to see everyone yesterday, and fab to see so many of you enjoying a bit of Christmas fancy dress! Congratulations to Sarah on completing her 50th parkrun, Tim on running his 200th parkrun at Shorne, and also the 10 of you with a shiny new PB. A huge thank you to all our volunteers for a fantastic event yesterday. Photos from yesterday are now online (thank you Jenna).

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A reminder that the next parkrun at Shorne Woods is next Saturday (30th) at 9am, and then a bonus run on New Year's Day at 10.30am (you can also run twice on NYD, so why not start at Maidstone which gets underway at 8.30am). If you do fancy a Christmas Day parkrun, Great Lines & Maidstone are both on (and both start at 9am).
If you're still deciding what to do over Christmas & New Year, go to the following link to see which events are putting on extra events.

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And finally on behalf of all the core volunteer team, can we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas, and thank you for being part of Shorne Woods parkrun.

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And so to other news........

Other than at Shorne, where can you find us: As well as finding us at Shorne Woods Country park each Saturday @ 9am, you can find us on facebooktwitter, and now on Instagram, as well as news & photoson here.

Milestone T-shirt update

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts in the future, please see the following announcement.

For those of you new to parkrun, there are different milestones that are recognised with a free (yes free!) t-shirt.  For walk/jog/running your weekly 5km parkrun, your 10th (juniors only) 50th, 100th, 250th & 500th all receive a t-shirt, while for volunteering 25 times you also get a t-shirt.  And just in case you're wondering, 13 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest at 644!

Merry Christmas!

Jonathan

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Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

 

Midweek Update – 22nd December 2017

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What do you need to know for this parkrunday?

It's Christmas!: With tomorrow's event being the last before Christmas don't forget to dig out your Christmas themed attire!  It would be great to see plenty of red, white & green on display, with maybe even a hint of shiny!

The Weather:  It's set to be a very mild 9-10°C, a gentle breeze, although quite cloudy for this week's Christmas parkrun!

Volunteers:  We're still on the look out for 3-4 marshal for tomorrow, if you are able to help out please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz in the morning.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

Car Parking in Park Pale: A reminder that we've been made aware that the Police may well be clamping down on parking, including the issuing of parking tickets.  We have been passed a letter that someone received a few weeks ago.  We haven't been contacted directly by the Police, but wanted to make you aware of the situation.

parkrun Milestones:  It looks like we have 3 parkrunners potentially reaching a parkrun milestone.  With Yozanne Terry just one run away from her 10th parkrun, and Sarah Marshal & Celia Browning just a run away from their 50th parkrun!

If you're not Yozanne, Celia or Sarah, then please let us know as we'd love to celebrate your achievement!

Anything else:

    • If you're new to parkrun / Shorne Woods parkrun, firstly welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55ish!
    • Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
    • Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
    • DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
    • We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule applies in this case
    • Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
    • Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
    • If you're a trained first aider or medical professional why not grab one of our first aider armbands.
    • Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!

.

And so to other news........

Other than at Shorne, where can you find us: As well as finding us at Shorne Woods Country park each Saturday @ 9am, you can find us on facebooktwitter, and now on Instagram, as well as news & photos on here.

Milestone T-shirt update

For anyone waiting on their milestone tee / and for an update on what's happening with the milestone t-shirts in the future, please see the following announcement.

For those of you new to parkrun, there are different milestones that are recognised with a free (yes free!) t-shirt.  For walk/jog/running your weekly 5km parkrun, your 10th (juniors only) 50th, 100th, 250th & 500th all receive a t-shirt, while for volunteering 25 times you also get a t-shirt.  And just in case you're wondering, 13 people have run/walked or jogged over 500 parkruns, with the highest at 644!

 

New Year's Day

For those of you new to parkrun, the two extra days a year we have the opportunity to put a parkrun are Christmas Day & New Year's Day, on Christmas Day the country park is closed, however we're delighted to announce that on New Year's Day this year we'll be putting on an extra parkrun at 10:30am.  As an added bonus it's the one day a year you can potentially run two parkruns in a day, and with Maidstone putting on their event at 8.30 you've no excuses!  If you only fancy one run that day, you can always help out at the event you're not planning on running?

For Christmas Day, the nearest options are Great Lines & Maidstone, both of which start at 9am on Monday.

If you're still deciding what to do over Christmas & New Year, go to the following link to see which events are putting on extra events.

Look forward to seeing you on tomorrow for some more parkrunfun!

Cheers,

Jonathan

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Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

We’re on!

Morning! Good news, we're all good to go this morning! There are a few ice patches, but otherwise all clear. And if you are feeling a bit tired, it's definitely fresh enough to wake you up! See you in a bit. :-)

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