A misty morning.. #135 parkrun

The mist set across Milton Creek early Saturday morning, but that didn’t detour 153 runners/walkers/joggers from coming along to parkrun! It was also #internationalparkrunday, celebrating 14 years of parkrun. Happy Birthday parkrun!

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We had 15 first timers, a huge warm welcome and we hope to see you again soon. There were 35 of you that achieved a PB – congratulations!

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We had two parkrunners who set themselves a challenge of riding to every Kent parkrun and rode from Brand Hatch to Sittingbourne for their fifth Kent parkrun. Well done guys!

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Parkrun can’t happen without hi-vis heroes if you want to volunteer or even find out more please do contact us at sittingbournehelpers@parkrun.com or ask one of the volunteers at parkrun.

Photos from Saturday's parkrun can be found on Flickr.

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Cakes are always popular at parkrun!

Reminders:

We encourage parkrun participants (volunteer and runners) to check your parkrun profile and update it; especially ensuring that your In Case of Emergency (ICE) details are up to date. Why not opt-in to receive volunteer appeals and news emails too from Sittingbourne parkrun.

There is no hall for this Saturday’s parkrun, and we can’t guarantee that the toilets will be open. The results will be completed slightly later in Asda’s.

Upcoming events:

There are a few events happening at Milton Creek Country Park over the next few weeks. Do check out the Friends of Milton Creek Facebook page too as there are always different events going on.

Orienteering Launch, Sunday 21st October. Learn how to read a compass, explore the park, and find the markers! Suitable for all ages and abilities! To book a place for this please email miltoncreek@swale.gov.uk 

Finally, we came runner up for the Asda green tokens, we will receive £200, and this will help us to get a gazebo to use at parkrun. Thank you to everyone who put in their tokens.

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 135 6th October 2018

This week 153 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Anthony Francis Patrick GILES • Charles SMITH • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Sandra GARDINER • Brian WARREN • Toby BARKER • Nicky KNIGHT • Tessa BARKER • Kristian STAPLES • Paula O'REILLY • Eliza LANGNER • Susannah ULYATT • Bernard DIDDAMS • Ryan RIDLEY • Becky RIDLEY • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • David WHITTLEY • Victoria WHITTLEY • Jackie AUSTIN • Sharon WARREN • Ian MUMFORD • Claire MUMFORD • Karen WASTELL • Jeannie MILBURN • 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 3,595 participants have completed 22,069 parkruns covering a total distance of 110,345 km, including 5,142 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Voluncheers for volunteers! – Event number 134

 

This week's run report is from Tony Giles, the excellent series of photos are from Joa Savage

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No excuses this week for starting this run report by offering our thanks to the volunteers who stepped forward to ensure that this week’s parkrun took place in an organised and safe manner. It certainly didn’t appear that way on Thursday night and it took a lot of work throughout Friday by a very small part of the core team to respond to the late offers of help. For your Event Director in particular, responding to questions and queries from runners and outside organisations requires organisation and time, and as all us runners know, time is very important to us all!

It’s not the intention of the team to appeal to the same volunteers week after week. After all, most of you come to parkrun to run. But there are also runners amongst the volunteers. If you’re injured or saving yourself for any event later in the weekend, maybe consider joining the volunteers rather than missing out on a Saturday.

They always say, it’s always fun in the funnel!

Special mention to Marc and Fintan, who are regular runners but are often at Milton Creek before 8am to fetch the markers and set up the course.

Come join this happy band. Check the volunteer roster here. Alternatively, drop the team a line at sittingbournehelpers@parkrun.com

Here’s the full list of Saturday's hi-viz heroes:

Lucy RODRIGUES , Yvonne CRAWFORD , Marc KAVANAGH , Karen SEYMOUR, Sheila MALLOCH, Gavin MALLOCH, Fintan KAVANAGH, Sally PATCHING, Beverley JOHNSON, Daniel TESTER, Sam MUMFORD, Alison KEMP, Abbi CLARKE, Nick FREEMAN, Bernard DIDDAMS, Luis RODRIGUES, Oliver DURRANT, Ian BOURNE, Louise MARSHALL, Jeannie MILBURN, Richard CLARKE, Peter MARSH, James FORDER, Joa SAVAGE, Tony GILES

Gavin MALLOCH was your RD (Run Director) this week and the run started in mild autumn conditions only for the sun to quickly raise the temperature as the morning developed.

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After our RD got  to grips with the wonderful new public address system, 183 runners, joggers and walkers set off for two laps of the park. Amongst them were 19 of you running a parkrun for the first time at Milton Creek and 13 of you were newbies to parkrun…

Camelia VASILEVICI Robin GREGORY Rachel IVORY
Marion WARD Marian POWELL Steve CREED
Amie-Grace PHILBY Michael POWELL Zak BOURNE
Evan CAPON Hollie BRISSENDEN Phil REYNOLDS
Brooke BUTTFIELD

A warm parkrun welcome!

I was back at Sittingbourne parkrun after a three week absence. The last two weeks, I have been at Kent’s newest event – Walmer and Deal Seafront parkrun. A successful launch event and a well-supported second event means that Kent now has 18 Saturday morning parkruns. A long cry from when I started back in January 2013, where it required a 60 mile round trip to run at Whitstable parkrun

At the beginning of September my daughter and I travelled to Bushy parkrun in a crowd of 1,300. It was also the case that a number of Sittingbourne parkrunners travelled to Bushy parkrun last week and enjoyed the same experience. It is fascinating to note that although they have that many runners the organisation is almost exactly the same – although they have an army of volunteers at the finish to ensure that everyone stays in line through the funnel until they collect their token.

It’s important that you get your correct time having travelled all that way, especially if you’ve just achieved a personal best! Talking of personal bests, there were 36 PBs achieved this week. Drum roll please….

Amy MANNING Keith PLUMB Rachel LAMBETH
Becky RIDLEY Kelly DAVIS Richard COOPER
Billy ROBBINS Kieran WOOLMER Rob BRIGHT
Charlotte EDMONDSON Lorraine BLACKMAN Robin HUNTER
Chris ROGERS Louise PALMER Ruby APPLEBY
Daniel ROBBINS Martin ALLCHIN Shaun KING
David CRESSWELL Michelle CRESSWELL Simon BURROWS
David MACKENZIE Mick MILES Stacey ALDERSON
David MORRIS Naomi ALLCHIN Temi ADESHOKAN
Heather GLASS Neil DIDDAMS Tracey GIBSON
John HUNKING Nicholas HICKS Tracey SANDY
Justin HODGE Paul HANCOCK Victoria WHITTLEY

 

Random mentions to Tracy GIBSON and Victoria WHITTLEY.

Tracy has completed 44 parkruns at Sittingbourne and achieved PB on her 44th event.

Victoria has completed 19 parkruns at Sittingbourne and smashed her personal best by almost 3 minutes.

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Congratulations to Shawn WASHER, who has now run 50 of his 56 parkruns at Milton Creek Country Park.

The following photos and many more can all be viewed on the Sittingbourne parkrun Flickr page

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Finally a message received at the office via Facebook…

“I did my first parkrun at Sittingbourne in December and then my second in April, mostly to accompany my wife. I ran about 31 minutes. I set myself a goal that before Xmas I would get below 25 (minutes). Today I managed to do that by a huge margin (24.14) and in April I will be running the Brighton Marathon for the Stroke Association.

Not just that, I have lost nearly 3 stone since April and feel so much better in myself. I used to get really down on myself and stressed out really easy and now I don’t.

Most of this would not be happening had it not been for the volunteers at Sittingbourne and the other local parkruns week in week out so I want to say a huge thank you.

I promise when my little boy is older and I’ve finished my marathon I’ll book myself on to the volunteer roster!”

Keiran

Keep sharing those parkrun stories

Tony Giles – A391429

 

News from parkrun HQ

So the run report was a little late this week, but there was a reason… It was just over 14 years ago this week – 2nd October 2004 to be precise – that the very first parkrun was staged at Bushy Park near Hampton Court. There were just 13 runners and Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE had multiple reasons for staging the very first event. At the time, the founder of parkrun certainly had no aspirations for it to become the event that it is today.

One of the favourite stories about Paul is from a recent visit to a busy London parkrun, where he helped out as a finish line volunteer. The mother of one of the regulars also volunteered that day, and found herself organizing finish tokens with Paul. She reported afterwards to her son that she had a good morning at parkrun, and that she was working with a nice man called Paul. She was unaware that she had been volunteering with the man who founded the whole movement.

Paul explains how the name ‘parkrun’ and its distinctive spelling came to be.

“Prior to our movement being called parkrun, back in 2004 we called it a Time Trial. So the first event was called Bushy Park Time Trial and the second Wimbledon Common Time Trial and so on. Obviously, as we grew we were heading for trouble with this naming convention. Equally, Time Trial just didn’t encompass what we were really about. The first 5% of participants were engaged in a time trial but for the rest we were engaged in a ‘park run’. In 2008 I worked with Nike London to rebrand the movement. While we were searching for a cool new name, a friend who wasn’t aware that I was looking for a new name offered me a piece of advice. Stuart suggested in passing that I should call it ‘parkrun’. At first, this didn’t sit well with me, however, over time it started to make sense

The rest is history. Nike was brilliant. They threw all their creative resources at the opportunity and this is why we have a name that is always one word and lowercase. The reason it is lowercase is simply a branding issue. Symbolically it conveys the message that we are inclusive, friendly, fun and active.”

This week Bushy parkrun will celebrate the 14th anniversary and it’s expected that around a quarter of a million runners will join in across 20 countries around the world on what has been designated “International parkrun Day” And in the week that Sittingbourne parkrun can reveal that over 3,000 participants are now part of the parkrun story at Milton Creek, the worldwide number of registrations now tops 5 million! To our newest participants – welcome to parkrun, the biggest running community in the world!

parkrun Milestone T-shirts

A reminder too that all runners are entitled to a free milestone T-shirt when they reach the prescribed milestone. After you achieve the milestone, you’ll see the little icon appear against your result.

A reminder that the milestones are:

Junior runners are entitled to a white milestone T-shirt after completing 10 runs. Volunteers are entitled to claim a purple milestone T-shirt after volunteering at 25 events.

Adults can claim the following milestone T-shirts:

50 runs – Red, 100 runs – Black, 250 runs – Green, 500 runs - Blue

Once the milestone has been achieved, a link will be activated in your parkrun profile, which can be activated by accessing your results email. Please note that the link will only remain open for around 8 weeks, so if you want your T-shirt, don’t delay! More information on the ordering process can be found here

Finally, we would ask that you arrive at Milton Creek early and if you are travelling by car, allow yourself plenty of time to park safely and considerately. As an event, it’s important that we give due consideration to our numbers; it has been known for residents to be unhappy that access to their properties have been blocked by parked cars. Why not consider car sharing?

Whatever happens elsewhere, the team always like to hear your parkrun stories. Even better, why not join everyone in the Holy Trinity Parish Hall for coffee and biscuits after the run and learn how the parkrun magic works!

Don’t forget that Sittingbourne parkrun is both on Facebook and Twitter too. If you are on social media please follow us to keep up to date with what is happening and for advanced news of everything parkrun both locally and nationally. Don’t forget to use the #parkrun hashtag in your posts

Happy running!

#loveparkrun

 

Sittingbourne parkrun

Event number 134

29th September 2018

This week 183 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers: Anthony GILES • Lucy RODRIGUES • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Marc KAVANAGH • Karen SEYMOUR • Sheila MALLOCH • Gavin MALLOCH • Fintan KAVANAGH • Sally PATCHING • Beverley JOHNSON • Daniel TESTER • Sam MUMFORD • Alison KEMP • Abbi CLARKE • Nick FREEMAN • Bernard DIDDAMS • Luis RODRIGUES • Oliver DURRANT • Ian BOURNE • Louise MARSHALL • Jeannie MILBURN • Richard CLARKE • Peter MARSH • James FORDER • 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 3,580 participants have completed 21,916 parkruns covering a total distance of 109,580 km, including 5,107 new Personal Bests.

 

Nine down, three to go… #133

If you are reading this, it means it was a take part in Parkrun day for me.

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It was a bit nippy as I joined the crowds warming up ready for another two laps round Milton Creek.

We had tourists from Hove and Worthing - Mark and his friends joined us before taking part in the Ragnar Relay,

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(Photo of the week!)

plus Sharon King was clocking up her 25th volunteering stint so gets the coveted 25 purple t shirt. We also had a 60th Birthday - Happy Birthday Martin!

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More milestones too, congratulations to Ethan Creavin on your 10th run milestone and Michael Deacon on your 50th run!

After the usual first timers and safety briefings it was the off. I lost sight of the pack early on - I hate that first long track. But Susan Phelps stayed with me as tailwalker. Although I'm slow I usually get round a bit further before I'm overtaken by the first runner but we were stunned to be overtaken at 10 minutes in.

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I later found out that runner got a PB and a new course record! Makes me feel a little better.

We plodded along and as always I like seeing the church come into view. Thanks to Pamela who joined us on the last bit from her marshal post. A quick sprint to the finish and Parkrun no 9 in the bag in a respectable 57.19! Still hope to get a PB before the end of the year.

I get two weeks off for good behaviour now so see you all for Parkrun 136!

Don't forget, Asda green tokens continue until Sunday. We are likely to be in second place so every token will count.

Amanda Crawford
Parkrunner and Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers and the next few Saturdays are looking rather empty, so if you want to don on a Hi -Vis and be a parkrun hero do lets us know on sittingbournehelpers@parkrun.com. The future rota can be found here.

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 133 22nd September 2018

This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Yvonne CRAWFORD • Chris ISHERWOOD • Rynn KEMP • Paul CURTIS • Joanne LILLICRAP • Susan PHELPS • Toby BARKER • Tessa BARKER • Cheryl THORN • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Pamela FARRELL • Bernard DIDDAMS • Michael KEMP • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • Ian MUMFORD • Claire MUMFORD • Amanda CRAWFORD • Marc REVELEY • Naomi LAVENDER • Emily ORTON

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 3,561 participants have completed 21,733 parkruns covering a total distance of 108,665 km, including 5,072 new Personal Bests.

 

From yellow to orange to red! #132

Following swiftly on from DS Smith's takeover, Sittingbourne Striders descended on Milton Creek for their takeover of parkrun.

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More than 40 members helped set up, marshal, token sort, timekeep, process results, and gave out tokens.

Around 12 members also showcased the new pacer bibs with lots of PBs gained as a result from the 177 strong field.

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If you want to earn a volunteer credit and run at the same time, let us know as we are always happy to have pacers each week - as long as we have enough volunteers to make sure parkrun go ahead!

Past event history including results can be found here.

 

 

Sittingbourne parkrun turns orange!

Sittingbourne parkrun #131 saw a move away from the usual yellow hi-vis colour to unforgettable orange as DS Smith took over! DS Smith is a big part of the Sittingbourne community with respect to local employment and the environment. With Milton Creek County Park on the doorstep of Kemsley Mill, it's a fantastic multi use space for the community to utilise and one actively supported where possible. Following on from other events such as Keep Britain Tidy litter picks and a rounders match as part of Love Parks week, a parkrun takeover was next on the agenda.

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Despite an overcast and slightly chilly Saturday morning, it didn't deter a team of 20+ DS Smith colleagues, along with some regular parkrun volunteers, from turning out to support our parkrunners.

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After few words from Kemsley Mill Manager and Run Director for the day, Ben Jennings, the obligatory briefing was complete and milestones celebrated. A few tourists from Maidstone (including the parkrun ambassador Donna!) present this week because of an organised event which meant Maidstone parkrun was cancelled, and in total 22 first timers which is great to see.

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Shout out to Sam Hewitt who ran her 1000th mile of 2018 today and she's now targeting 2018km for 2018. Good luck Sam! We were also lucky to have Sam Mostowfi (Under 18's British Vault Champion) as our tail walker this week. Sam, who trains in Maidstone, joined us as part of the #TeamParkrun campaign, showing that parkrun is for all abilities.

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As always, the first lap flew by with a large number of volunteers supporting from the sidelines and then the first few participants started to emerge through the finish funnel. From some of the comments after finishing, I think the park runners appreciated the cheers, music and general noise from the marshals out on course so a big thank you to the team! So much so that it inspired 31 PB's today!

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As a donation to Sittingbourne parkrun, DS Smith provided a new PA system to Yvonne, Event Director, to help make the briefings easier to hear on those windy Saturday mornings. It does now mean the megaphone of power can take a well earned rest!

125 water bottles were also donated to Sunny Bank Primary School, Murston to support the children there; these were very grateful to received by school representatives and will be put to good use!

It's only fair to mention the employees who put in tremendous effort behind the scenes to make this takeover happen. Too many names to mention but we thank everyone involved.

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Sam Mumford, DS Smith employee, parkrun runner and volunteer

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We do need volunteers for Saturday 22nd September so if you fancy doning on a hi-vis jacket and being a hi-vis hero please do contact us on sittingbourneoffice@parkrun.com

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 131 8th September 2018

This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Donna CARR • Alex SIMPSON • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Nick FARRANT • Marc KAVANAGH • Fintan KAVANAGH • Ben JENNINGS • Noah JENNINGS • Matthew BONNAUD • Sam MUMFORD • Terry DOOLEY • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Glenn GIBSON • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • Amanda CRAWFORD • Jonathan SCOTT

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 3,516 participants have completed 21,363 parkruns covering a total distance of 106,815 km, including 5,004 new Personal Bests.

 

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