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!
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.