An aesthetically pleasing parkrun #123

Despite the very warm weather a bumper crowd of 226 parkrun runners/joggers and walkers turned out at Milton Creek Country Park this morning. Numbers were swelled by a Beginners2Runners ‘meet and greet’ event, and who could missed them in their bright green T-shirts; which seemed to florescent in the rays of the sun.

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July is also Sittingbourne parkrun championship month for The Sittingbourne Striders, who are battling it out to earn points on their league tables.

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I was on marshalling duty this week and as soon as I got to my post Lily Coward from Invicta East Kent AC streaked past. She was not only the first to cross the line overall, she got a personal PB of 18.09 and broke the ladies record time at Sittingbourne parkrun. Well done Lily.

A great selection of photos from Saturday - you can see them all on our Flickr  account.

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There was a little bit of an issue with some of the results this week. It seems that the glare of the sun may have upset the scanners (the equipment not the people). There were two people who seemed to have the same finishing token! Not sure how that can happen? After some hard work by the result processors in the church hall, hopefully you have got the correct time, even if your position number has changed slightly. There are few things which you can do to aid the volunteers to send out the correct results. Try and remember your position number on the token which is handed to you, although spot checks are taken, it is useful to be able to find out where times and places may have gone out of sync.

Children under four, running with parents or a responsible adult, are unable to be registered for parkrun, so unfortunately are not able to receive a token and consequently a time. This also applies to children who are being pushed around in buggies. And, very importantly, the token which is handed to you when you’ve crossed the line isn’t just a nice ‘souvenir’, it should be scanned with your own barcode to enable you to be sent a time and then given back to be used again the next week.

Mistakes in the results are very rare, but remember the event is entirely run by volunteers who give up their time to enable parkrun to take place each week. If you are a whiz with ‘technical stuff’ the core team would be very grateful to train you up and have more volunteers on the books who can step in and help out, so that they themselves can have a well-earned rest or even run parkrun.

parkunner and volunteer Sheila Malloch

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Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 123 14th July 2018

This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Lynne WHEELER • Roxanne ZARPAK • Chris ISHERWOOD • Karen SEYMOUR • Karen HOPKINS • Naomi RIDGEWELL • Sheila MALLOCH • Gavin MALLOCH • Brian WARREN • Dorothee BARKER • Paul RIDGEWELL • Sam MUMFORD • Oliver PRYER • Samantha HEWITT • Chloe RICHARDSON • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Nick FREEMAN • Tom KNIGHT • Vanessa DOOLEY • Bernard DIDDAMS • Michael KEMP • Lauren GIBSON • Amanda CRAWFORD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sittingbourne parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th July 2017 (event number 71).
The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 3,353 participants have completed 19,890 parkruns covering a total distance of 99,450 km, including 4,740 new Personal Bests.

 

The one in the middle of a heatwave!

Oof parkrun #122 was a scorcher. I seriously do not know how our lovely parkrunners can even contemplate running 3 miles in this weather!! It was a smidgeon cooler when I got up to get ready for volunteering duties no 9 than Friday morning. But that soon vanished and stepping out of the air conned car on arrival was a shock. Hi-vis on and it was time to walk down to the start to set the runners on their way. This week we had a junior 10 milestones, and  50 Milestone well done to all, and lots of first timers from Run Iwade, who were doing their first parkrun after training on the couch to 5k programme. We even had a tourist from Spain, Paul Bell. With runners still arriving, it was time for final briefings from Run Director Yvonne. Then it was off!  Kirsten, one of the lovely parkrunners who was doing her first volunteering stint, said she had never heard the sound of so many pairs of feet hitting the dusty path on that first corner before (me being one of them usually), and it was a lovely sound to hear.

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With the tail walkers bringing up the rear and our lovely photographer Chris off to find good vantage points to capture all those lovely smiles (or not!), the volunteers got themselves ready to cheer on the runners past the first lap stage – before the call of ‘the first ones are coming in now’ meant ‘places please’ to capture the formal positions and times.

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After that the next 30 minutes were kept busy funnelling finished runners into lines to collect tokens and then to have them scanned (please do take a token even if you don’t want it scanned – it helps us enormously). Congratulations to all the Run Iwade runners, who all received a certificate at the end. And to anybody else whose first parkrun it was. Well done!

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I have only two chances left this month to do my monthly parkrun so am really hoping somebody will turn down the heat, or can I walk through lots of showers round the route.

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Two pleas – firstly if you can volunteer over the summer, even for just one Saturday – please let us know http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sittingbourne/futureroster/ and secondly if you shop in Sittingbourne Asda, please take a green token and drop it in the box in the entrance – we are one of the green token recipients until September. As you can see a new megaphone and a gazebo would be brilliant and useful additions to our parkrun equipment.

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Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 122 7th July 2018

This week 174 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Lynne WHEELER • Roxanne ZARPAK • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Glenn DAVIES • Chris ISHERWOOD • Anita HOGBEN • Sandra GARDINER • Paul CURTIS • Joanne LILLICRAP • Susan PHELPS • Brian WARREN • Emily MIDDLETON • Jackie WILSON • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Tom KNIGHT • Jessica KNIGHT • Karen ALLART • Lesly CONROY • Tracey GIBSON • Owen GIBSON • Karen WASTELL • Amanda CRAWFORD • Kerstin CRESSWELL • Naomi LAVENDER • Sophie HURKETT Alex WASTELL Catalina HANCOCK ESLER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sittingbourne parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Liz WEEKS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 8th April 2017 (event number 58).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th July 2017 (event number 71).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 3,324 participants have completed 19,664 parkruns covering a total distance of 98,320 km, including 4,701 new Personal Bests.

 

No.121 parkrun at Sittingbourne….

The last day of June saw Sittingbourne's 121st parkrun take place bathed in sunshine and a barmy 20 degrees Celsius, which felt much hotter when the wind dropped slightly! The course was firm to hard with no sign of the famous bog for a good few weeks now. Maybe that's why the weekly number of runners is consistently around the 200 mark.

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Today saw possibly our longest distance tourist yet as Michael Rivers-Moore from Duzi parkrun, South Africa graced Milton Country Park.

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No milestones to celebrate today but 25 first timers at Sittingbourne were clocked along with 38 personal bests - well done all. Congratulations to Jim Allchin on 1st position, a fantastic time considering the conditions. But despite everyone saying "it's too hot!", it didn't deter the smiles as runners politely waited to scan their barcodes and tokens.

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Another parkrun done and dusted, onto next week for which the future roster is looking bare. So a shameless plea for any names to support, your time would be greatly appreciated by all the runners. Dont forget you can run and get volunteer credit - you can help set up the course first thing and then run it! Find out more here.

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A polite reminder for some parkrun basics:
-If you haven't registered, or have but forgotten your barcode, then please still take a token to ensure the positions are correct. The token can then be handed to the barcode scanning team.
-Please only cross the finish line once! Parkrun results are based on the number of stopwatch clicks versus the number of tokens distributed. These numbers should therefore align. If they don't then the results processors lose their Saturday morning trying to crack the enigma!
-When scanning, both the barcode and token should be scanned. At this point, the token should be dispensed into the famous red buckets - it's not a parkrun souvenir so please don't taken them home!

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Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 121 30th June 2018

This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Anthony Francis Patrick GILES • Roxanne ZARPAK • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Chris ISHERWOOD • Marc KAVANAGH • Rynn KEMP • Sandra GARDINER • Sheila MALLOCH • Gavin MALLOCH • Susan PHELPS • Sean BOOTES • Fintan KAVANAGH • David RANDALL • Sam MUMFORD • Paula O'REILLY • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Nick FREEMAN • Tom KNIGHT • Harry BOOTES • Bernard DIDDAMS • Jessica KNIGHT • Sharon WARREN • Michael BUTCHER • Ian MUMFORD • Karen WASTELL • Jeannie MILBURN • Amanda CRAWFORD • Bhuvana NOWBUTSING-HARRIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sittingbourne parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Liz WEEKS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 8th April 2017 (event number 58).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th July 2017 (event number 71).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 3,291 participants have completed 19,490 parkruns covering a total distance of 97,450 km, including 4,688 new Personal Bests.

 

A lovely summers morning!

Balmy conditions met the 190 athletes putting their best foot forward for the 120th Sittingbourne parkrun held at Milton Creek Country Park on Saturday, 23 June.

After a short briefing and a shout out to Sam Mumford, Sandra Gardiner, Anita Hogben who were running their 50th parkrun event, as well as Oscar running his 10th parkrun event, it was a case of 3-2-1 “parkrun!” The dry conditions resulted in quite the dust kick up during the first few hundred metres and the mad rush for the first mile was underway.

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I was running with my lovely daughter Sophie in her buggy and it was wonderful to receive kind words from a number of fellow runners, it spurred me on no end as I was finding my first ‘proper’ run back from injury rather tough.

Despite my lungs and legs screaming to stop the additional encouragement from the brilliant marshals gave me a lift to ‘keep going’ with the finish line coming closer at every step.

The fastest man on the day was Colin Moore in 18.33. Bragging rights for fastest lady went to Karen Green in 24.19.

Regardless of whether the athletes were sprinting, running, jogging or walking they are all valued members of the parkrun family and their journey to the finish line is a triumph.

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A huge thank you to every volunteer giving up their time to see this great event run smoothly. Without our high-viz heros there simply would not be this fantastic facility to run as a community every Saturday.

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If you have been enjoying parkrun and haven’t donned a high-viz yet, what’s stopping you? It feels great to get involved with a top bunch of enthusiastic people who are committed to seeing Sittingbourne parkrun go from strength to strength – sign up now! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sittingbourne/futureroster/

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Thanks to the volunteers! We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Jack BOOTES, Harry BOOTES, Sean BOOTES, Richard CLARKE, Bernard DIDDAMS, Jessica DUFTON, Chris ISHERWOOD, Michael KEMP, Rynn KEMP, Alison KEMP, Sharon KING, Isaac KING, Sheila MALLOCH, Gavin MALLOCH, Emily MIDDLETON, Jeannie MILBURN, Sonika NOWBUTSING-HARRIS, Jon PHIPPS, Karen SEYMOUR, Sally SMITH, Susannah ULYATT, Karen WASTELL.

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 120 23rd June 2018

This week 190 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sittingbourne parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Liz WEEKS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 8th April 2017 (event number 58).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th July 2017 (event number 71).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 3,266 participants have completed 19,292 parkruns covering a total distance of 96,460 km, including 4,650 new Personal Bests.

 

A new Run Director….

I decided not to parkrun this week in homage to my age and lack of ability. But as a devoted and loyal servant to the twin causes of marriage and parkrun, I was driven to come to parkrun to support the lycra-festooned, and of course my beloved wife who was doing her first stint as RD.

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I’ve no idea how she did, because as soon as I arrived, she summarily dispatched me to the furthest marshall point of the course, just west of Faversham, to ensure that I would not provide any sarcastic interjections. I am sure you were all very quiet during her presentation, if not your card is marked and be afraid, I am still in the doghouse for leaving the toilet seat up on 23 January 1996.

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OK, what about the runners. First the milestones. 50th parkrun was achieved by Eliza Langner. Well done Eliza for supporting parkrun so well. Then we were off in muggy conditions. Jon Williams from Ware joggers got a new PB in an extraordinary time of 18:12 and presumed partner/relative Analissa was running her 1st parkrun so of course she got a PB too. Other visitors included Phil Cuypers from central London running club Serpentine, and James Nicholls from London Heathside, who also got a PB. There were too many other PBs to mention them all, how does this happen? I only get a PB once in a blue moon and as we all know the moon is never blue.

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Other Breaking News

We have been chosen tpbe one of ASDA's green token charities. This starts from July until September so whenever you go to ASDA put your green tokens in the Parkrun option. I know there are lots of cute donkeys that need a home but Parkrun needs your financial support, so get your priorities right.

Oh and well done Sheila, you did good I’m told.

parkrunner and stalwart Volunteer Gavin Malloch (also husband of Sheila)

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 119 16th June 2018

This week 191 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Ian WEST • Luke STRINGER • Roxanne ZARPAK • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Chris ISHERWOOD • Marc KAVANAGH • Rynn KEMP • Sheila MALLOCH • Gavin MALLOCH • Joanne BING • Fintan KAVANAGH • Jon PHIPPS • Helen SHEARS • Emma HIGGINS • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Martine INGRAM • Nick FREEMAN • Michael KEMP • Victoria WHITTLEY • Lesley CLARKE • Sally SMITH • Jeannie MILBURN • Richard CLARKE • Jessica ELLIS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sittingbourne parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Liz WEEKS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 8th April 2017 (event number 58).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th July 2017 (event number 71).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 3,249 participants have completed 19,102 parkruns covering a total distance of 95,510 km, including 4,616 new Personal Bests.

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