Can I get to my 50th parkrun this spring? parkrun report #149

The first run of the year for me, I hoping to get my 50th parkrun this spring.

From week one, I have seen how the volunteer team put the whole thing together week by week. It’s no easy task getting enough people to marshal, timekeep and tailwalk.

I have also seen the numbers of participants rise week by week too. It’s safe to say we really are on the parkrun map now and seeing more first timers every week joining in is great.

We had a small incident today with Jackie, one of our regular volunteers (she sets up and takes down so she can get a volunteer badge and run badge, did you know that was possible?) taking a tumble, by the time I saw this two of our fellow runners were carrying Jackie back to the finish line. (Well done fellas, you could have carried Jackie all the way around so she could get her time check ha ha ha!) Jackie is okay but bashed up her knee and elbow.

I have very much been made to feel like part of the parkrun family in Sittingbourne even though Great Lines is my local. I come to support when I can, myself and the sports development officer for Swale have arranged for Swale Borough Council to do a couple of take overs this year, so the regular volunteers can run and get to enjoy the course as much as the regular runners. The course is being kind to us all at the moment with the bog not coming on too much, but I am sure it will when winter comes in. It’s got to at some point, right?.

We are looking at ways to improve the way-markers system and get some milestone and birthdays bibs, keep your eyes peeled for those in the coming weeks.

By completing the report this week I get to tick off against my volunteering, which totals 7 now, how many have you done?

Friends of Milton Creek Trust had it's AGM yesterday, and there is so much to get involved with at Milton Creek for families, children and even parkrunners. Check out their facebook page for events and information! We are lucky to be able to use such a great space!

Anyway I look forward to seeing some of you new runners getting involved in the volunteering for parkrun, as without the volunteers it unfortunately cannot take place - and the last thing we want is for it to not go ahead.
To find out more and to see what volunteering roles need covering check out our website!
Cheers,

Kris, parkrunner and volunteer!

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 149 5th January 2019

We had Mark Macey reach his 100th parkrun - Congratulations Mark!

Denis also celebrated his 84th birthday with us too! Well done Denis - we hope you enjoyed the day!

This week 237 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Yvonne CRAWFORD • Anita HOGBEN • Marc KAVANAGH • Karen SEYMOUR • Rynn KEMP • Sean BOOTES • Olwen COCKELL • Fintan KAVANAGH • Sandra GARDINER • Kristian STAPLES • Sarah STRACHAN • Oliver PRYER • Samantha HEWITT • Eliza LANGNER • Alison KEMP • Martine INGRAM • Bernard DIDDAMS • Lesly CONROY • Hannah HUDSON • Gerard NORTON • Bradley THOMPSON • Amanda CRAWFORD • Joa SAVAGE

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
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 3,985 participants have completed 24,793 parkruns covering a total distance of 123,965 km, including 5,555 new Personal Bests. A total of 501 individuals have volunteered 3,287 times.

 

Starting the New Year on the right foot at parkrun…

A record number of parkrunners started 2019 on the right foot at Milton Creek Country Park on New Years Day.

The event was in addition to the regular weekly free parkrun held in Sittingbourne and the organisers were delighted to welcome well over a hundred extra attendees.

In total 345 people ran, jogged or walked the 5km course overseen by first time race director Amanda Crawford who welcomed the athletes at the start.

There were two notable milestone runners on the course. Junior, Ewan Strachan who has now completed a grand total of 50 parkruns. It was inspiring to see Ewan's proud Mum, Sarah marshalling on the course and cheering her amazing young man on to the finish. It is fair to say Sarah is a shining example of a positive, supportive sporting roll model parent and it has been a joy seeing Ewan go from strength to strength over the last year. He certainly enjoys his sport.

Surpassing the 100-run point was Gavin Malloch. This regular parkrunner and parkrun Volunteer actually secured his 100th finish earlier in the day when he completed the Maidstone event. However ever keen to complete the next one, he flew round the Sittingbourne course to make it number 101!

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It was great to see the lovely Yvonne Crawford managing to get a break from organising to lace up her running kicks and pull on her fabulous new running outfit to enjoy the very special event. Yvonne cannot be thanked enough for her ongoing effort and hard work to keep Sittingbourne parkrun going.

On a personal note I had the joy of completing the course with my 9-year-old son Ben and my bubbly toddler Sophie. On the second lap I was fortunate enough to see Sharon King pushing her lovely teenage son in his special wheelchair – which is no mean feat around that course! He gave me a wonderful Happy New Year and it really made my day. As we rounded the course to the finish, we did go for a sprint off and the pair nudged ahead of me and Sophie! I better get training for the next time we meet!

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All the Hi-Vis heros, as ever did an amazing job, from setting up the start, to an informative briefing and cheering us round the course. Thank you to everyone who gave up time on their bank holiday to put on this brilliant event.

On a final note for those who may not have heard the briefing, please check that your emergency contact information is up to date. You never know when an incident may strike and it is incredibly important that organisers can contact someone for you. It only takes a second, you could even do it now.

Happy New Year to you all, see you on Saturday.

A view from a tourist..

This was my first new years day double, being a tourist at both Maidstone and Sittingbourne. I arrived at Sittingbourne with weary legs having woken up my wife to come and volunteer and was instantly greeted by many smily friendly faces. A few people already knew that I was doing the double and wished me luck for the Sittingbourne course.

The course at Sittingbourne is 2 loops of a very pleasant creek country park. As you get to the back part of the course, there is some unevenness and a few puddles, but the local runners and volunteers are very quick to point out the hazards. It's also nice to look over the park and see the other runners zig-zagging through.

It was more windy than I expected and there were one or two minor teething problems dealing with a record number of runners today, but as is the parkrun spirit, a few runners offered their assistance to get through the manic section.

All in all, a pleasant first visit to Sittingbourne, a course which has such a brilliant atmosphere because of their superb volunteers. Happy New Year to these brave souls who got up early to stand there cheering us on so that we could run. Without you guys, parkrun wouldn't happen!

Tom Winter
Rebel Runners/Great Lines Parkrun

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Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 148 1st January 2019

This week 345 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 90 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Emma PLATT • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Chris ISHERWOOD • Michael HARVEY • Joanne LILLICRAP • Sheila MALLOCH • Sean BOOTES • John WATERMAN • Sam MUMFORD • Sarah STRACHAN • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Paul ULYATT • Josie NYE • Nick FREEMAN • Thomas WINTER • Michael KEMP • Jon HUGHES • Antony KING • Victoria WHITTLEY • Rebecca WINTER • Lesly CONROY • Jessica DUFTON • Orla MCGALEY • Sally SMITH • Mark WOODHILL • Amanda CRAWFORD • Jessica ELLIS • 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 Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
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 3,959 participants have completed 24,556 parkruns covering a total distance of 122,780 km, including 5,519 new Personal Bests. A total of 499 individuals have volunteered 3,264 times.

 

Last parkrun of 2018, and a tale of two reports….

A grand total of 186 parkrunners limbered up on the start line keen to burn off those mince pies in the first post Christmas parkrun at Milton Creek Country Park on Saturday.

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Though short of a snowman and a turkey this week there was no shortage of good atmosphere with friendly chat and hugs before the start. It's lovely to see so many friendships formed through this free and fabulous event!

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After a briefing giving a good shout out to our tourists it was 3-2-1 PARKRUN! Some sprinted, some ran others jogged and walked across the start line but one thing the parkrunners had in common was they were all about to complete 5km on a chilly December morning.

At every turn on the course the runners were greeted with friendly encouragement from the Hi-Vis Heros and quite a few were papped on the way round by the volunteer photographers.

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Well done to all those who did the hard part of getting out of bed and to the start!

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On Tuesday many of us will be making those New Years Resolutions, perhaps the same ones we make each year! Why not make it one that you can not only keep but will benefit your community and volunteer for parkrun?

There are so many volunteer roles available, so what, are you waiting for? Sign up today. The feel good factor will be as addictive as parkrun itself! And once you have volunteered at 25 parkruns you get the coveted purple volunteer t-shirt!

Congratulations were also given to Alex Simpson on completing his 100th run and also to Michael Butcher on completing his 50th run!

Sally, parkrunner and volunteer

And so a final update for 2018.

With the final chance to complete my 12 parkruns, I didn't plan it terribly well having had an inactive Christmas. However, I headed down to Milton Creek Country Park to join the growing group of park runners for the last parkrun of 2018.

It was a bit chilly, damp, windy but dry.

Milestones were acknowledged, first timers briefed and safety rules read out. And then the countdown. And a sea of people headed towards the first stretch. Always grateful to make it round to the train before I get lapped! Lots of encouraging marshals and photographers plus mud and puddles as I plodded round. A PB would have been nice but I knew unlikely and so I ended my 12th parkrun with my usual sprint finish. Not my best time but not my worst time. And that's it. 12/12. Goal completed.

In addition I have notched up 29 volunteer credits and now have the purple t-shirt plus I completed two 5k runs, the Medway Mile and the Mason Mile. Not sure what my 2019 goals are. A PB would be great so we shall see.

Amanda parkrunner and volunteer

Sittingbourne parkrun
Event number 147
29th December 2018
This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Yvonne CRAWFORD • Katrina POTTER • Tom PASSEY • Rynn KEMP • Sandra GARDINER • Gavin MALLOCH • Sean BOOTES • John WATERMAN • Kristian STAPLES • Sarah STRACHAN • Samantha HEWITT • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Bernard DIDDAMS • Michael KEMP • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • Antony KING • Victoria WHITTLEY • Jackie AUSTIN • Lesly CONROY • Amanda CRAWFORD • Shoshana MITCHELL

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
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 3,869 participants have completed 24,211 parkruns covering a total distance of 121,055 km, including 5,477 new Personal Bests. A total of 496 individuals have volunteered 3,235 times.

 

Where can you see a Turkey chase a Snowman?

At parkrun of course!!!

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Saturday saw an abundance of Santas, Elves, Rudolphs, festive hats, jumpers, and t-shirts! And of course a Turkey chasing a Snowman!

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Thanks to everyone who participated the outfits were amazing!

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Without you runners/walkers/joggers parkrun wouldn't exist, and the wonderful volunteers would be in a park twiddling their thumbs! But likewise I would like to say a huge huge thank you to all the volunteers you have volunteers; be it on the day or behind the scenes, over the past 12 months making parkrun the best!

We also had lots of milestones; congratulations to David, Marlena and Karen on reaching your 50th run!

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Thanks to the pacers too as I know we have plenty of PBs thanks to them!

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Friends of Milton Creek Country Park, and Kris the Park Ranger, would also like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, do keep an eye an out on their facebook page as they have plenty of events going on for families.

All festive photos can be found on Flickr... so do have a look.

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Don't forget there are local parkruns happening on Christmas Day including Great Lines (Medway), Whitstable and Maidstone, or if you are venturing further afield the full list can be found here.

Finally on behalf of all the Volunteers we wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 146 22nd December 2018

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Lynne WHEELER • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Chris ISHERWOOD • Karen SEYMOUR • Tom PASSEY • Sheila MALLOCH • Susan PHELPS • Olwen COCKELL • Fintan KAVANAGH • Nicky KNIGHT • Sarah STRACHAN • Oliver PRYER • Samantha HEWITT • Martin ALLCHIN • Eliza LANGNER • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Abbi CLARKE • Nick FREEMAN • Bernard DIDDAMS • Ryan RIDLEY • Becky RIDLEY • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • David WHITTLEY • Vincent ALLCHIN • Jackie AUSTIN • Amanda CRAWFORD

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
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 3,847 participants have completed 24,025 parkruns covering a total distance of 120,125 km, including 5,450 new Personal Bests. A total of 495 individuals have volunteered 3,212 times.

 

A parkrun of milestones, and a tourist from Australia… #145

It was bitterly cold on Saturday morning. I set up with Kris and Jackie early in the morning; route was slightly muddy, but wasn’t too bad for running. Soon all the volunteers came along and I quickly set them up with their Hi-Vis and got them to their marshal points!

We soon made our way to the start point and we had a few hardy souls who were first timers to either parkrun or Sittingbourne parkrun and they listened intently to the first timer’s briefing.

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We have milestone a plenty: Katrina reached her 100 run, as did Terry, Stuart and Rob, we even had two birthdays – what a way to start your day.

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We had a first timer who was visiting from Australia, and completed her first ever parkrun! She must have enjoyed it as she has smiles all the way round!

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Congratulations on completing your first parkrun!

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Thanks to all the volunteers who braved the wind and chills!

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Festive parkrun
This Saturday (22nd December) is our festive parkrun – so dress up festively: be it outfits, tinsel, Christmas hats, jumpers, t-shirts, or just wear festive colours. There will be nibbles near the finish funnel, spot prizes and sweets for the kids!
If you fancy being a pacer on Saturday (you get a volunteer credit!) please arrive at 8.45am so you can don on your bib and choose the time you want, ready for the pre run briefing at 8.55am.

Volunteers – we need you!

We are looking worrying low for Volunteers for Saturday 29th December and New Year’s Day parkrun. We do need volunteers for these parkruns to go ahead. So why not volunteer on one of these days. We will show you the rope you just need plenty of enthusiasm (and at this time of year thermals too!)...... Find out what roles are available here.

Don’t forget New Year’s Day is a double opportunity so why not run at Maidstone parkrun and then volunteer at Sittingbourne.

All photos from Saturday's event can be found on Flickr.

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 145 15th December 2018
This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Lynne WHEELER • Susan HOLLISTER • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Rynn KEMP • Olwen COCKELL • Rachel COCKELL • Kristian STAPLES • Samantha HEWITT • Alison KEMP • Nick FREEMAN • Bernard DIDDAMS • Ryan RIDLEY • Becky RIDLEY • Ethan FREEMAN • Victoria WHITTLEY • Jackie AUSTIN • Jason COCKELL • Amanda CRAWFORD • Graham STARKEY • Marc REVELEY • Kerstin CRESSWELL

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).

The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).

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 3,821 participants have completed 23,829 parkruns covering a total distance of 119,145 km, including 5,426 new Personal Bests. A total of 495 individuals have volunteered 3,184 times.

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