So it turns out the run report for the 1st December is a two parter! As thanks to Ian Smith, from club Zero to Hero runners who had a club outing to Shorne on the 1st, he's kindly given us his take on the morning's event.
Shorne Woods parkrun 1st December 2018.
As a club we occasionally have away days and this week Shorne Woods was the selected venue.
The weather was not ideal for heading out of the house. In fact the conditions were extremely wet and it was a hardy set of runners and even more determined volunteers who decided they should get some fresh air in a lovely country park.
There were 18 runners from “Zero to Hero runners” and an extra 2 (who are really with us but have parkrun club noted as “Orpington Road Runners”). We were also fortunate to bring some supporters and along with 4 people to volunteer, including a barcode scanner, funnel manager and a marshal (plus of course Ian writing this report!).
Parking is easy at Shorne Woods close to the start and near the cafe. Most car-shared and that helps with the Kent Country Parks’ parking charges. Getting out of the car on arrival proved difficult as the rain was falling heavily and keeping dry and warm for as long as possible did seem a good alternative.
A total of 177 runners gathered at the start line. I noted that this number was considerably lower than the average turn out (lowest turnout for nearly 9 months); but the consistent rain played its part in this. A number of umbrellas were out for the pre run briefing and warnings given for the potentially slippery bridges.
Then we were off – everyone accepted that they would end up very wet and receive a good splattering of mud. Saturday morning pace was easier for most but some took off seeking PB’s and a good finishing position.
It was my third visit to Shorne Woods and it does not seem like a three lap course to me as you run through the tree canopy and a winding path (mostly a good surface but the inevitable puddles in places). There is plenty to see on the route from the wood yard, playground and the encouraging Marshalls.
Outside of some of our group there were 5 first timers, brave to turn out in this weather. Hopefully they will now be hooked.
There were 8 unknowns; so they will remain unknown whether they had run a parkrun before here or elsewhere). The highest finishing “Unknown” was 7th.
Notable runs: There was one milestone achievement today – Pete Watson reaching his 50th run. He may not forget that in a while.
Doreen Abbot from our Zero to Heroes group managed a very impressive highest age related time improving the 75-79 age group best by almost 2 minutes.
I am not sure how, but in those weather conditions 19 of those who had run the course before gained PBs. Congratulations.
Those who finished early were now so wet they may as well cheer others over the finish line.
With the running out of the way it was now time to head to the Cafe. A reward for getting very wet this morning was bacon sandwiches etc and coffee. There was a very warm welcome in the cafe from the regulars and other tourists.
Thanks Ian for a great report, and hopefully your fourth visit to Shorne Woods will be slightly drier! And so to to last week's event, which was in fact drier than the 1st December...
...Congratulations to Mericka & Pete on reaching a parkrun milestone, along with the 14 of you with a new PB, and of course all the girls from the U9/10s Gravesham Girls & Ladies Football Club for completing their sponsored run.
Pete has run 43 of his parkruns at Shorne, with the remaining 7 coming at Brighton & Hove parkrun and Banstead Woods parkrun. For Mericka, she's run 92 at Shorne, with the remaining 8 coming at 7 different events, including Plymvalley parkrun, St Albans parkrun, and a number of the local Kent parkruns.
PBs this week came from the following parkrunners:
Elizabeth Ann EATON, Eleanor CHISHOLM, Samantha STREVENS, Bryan RELF, Ieuan HILL, Joe LYONS, Ruby MERRIMAN, Dorothy CALLER, Rosemary MOORE, Mary WHITTAKER, Theo CORNWELL, Andrea CORNWELL, Will Cornwell CORNWELL, Bolaji OLATOYE
Congratulations to all of you!
A huge thank you to all this week's volunteers for another cracking event, this week's superstars were:
Amanda Louise CROWLE • Andrew HARRIS • Andrew PATERNOSTER • Bernard PRESSMAN • Dawn GRANGER • Donna MARTIN • Emily MURRILL • Gary GROUTAGE • Geoffrey BAINS • Graham WRIGHT • Ian AUBORN • John CROCKFORD • Jonathan CROWLE • Julie ASPINALL • Keira HOPTON • Lesley WRIGHT • Maggie HARRIS • Peter GRANGER • Sian THOMAS • Susan Louise BEECHAM • Terry CADOGAN • Wendy CHATMAN
We've a fairly full roster for this parkrunday, although we do still need a Tail Walker, a barcode scanner & another marshal or two, photographer & run report writer are also up for grabs.
If you are able to help out this Saturday, or in future weeks, please drop us an email (email@example.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday. You can find the roster for the next few weeks here
Change to the Finish Area
With the recent wet weather we've had to move the scanning / water table. The scanning is now by the leap frog logs just before you get to the finish funnel, however don't worry if that means nothing to you - all will become clear in the morning!
The one point to note is that this is alongisde the course, so once you have been scanned pelase be considerate to your fellow parkrunners by looking before you step onto the path - thank you.
Christmas & New Year's Day
With Christmas closing in fast here are two important announcements, the first relating to Father Christmas visiting Shorne Woods Country Park, the second about extra opportunities to parkrun over the festive break!!!
The flyer below has all the details of Father Christmas's imminent arrival at the Country Park:
We're delighted to confirm that we'll be having a bonus parkrun on New Year's Day 2019. For those that have joined us on NYD in previous year's, it will again be at 10.30am, and again it's the one day a year you can run a second parkrun, so with Maidstone due to put on an event at 8.30am, it's got to be a parkrun double!
In addition some events are also offering you the perfect way to start Christmas with another bonus parkrun on Christmas Day, the most local of which are Great Lines and Maidstone, both of which are due to start at 9am.
You can find all events who have declared what they're planning for Christmas Day & New year's Day via the following link.
First Timer at Shorne Woods / parkrun:
- If you're new to parkrun / Shorne Woods parkrun, firstly welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55am
- 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
- If you haven't registered yet, you can do so here, or if you've lost your barcode you can find details of how to retrieve is here
- We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule of 'no barcode, no result' also applies here
- 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!
If the week between parkrun seems to take forever to pass, as you long for your next hit of parkrunfun (or even if it flies by!) there are a couple of parkrun podcasts now available for you to enjoy, with the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, which for those who listened to the previous parkrun Show, is also brought to you by Nicola & Danny.
All feedback on the run reports, topics for future reports, or indeed letting us know you'd like to write it one week, gratefully received.
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow,
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