The sun has got his hat on ….hip hip hip hooray

The April mini heatwave greeted volunteers and parkrunners alike for today’s Sittingbourne Parkrun. Apparently the bog was actually dry – let’s hope that remains so when I do the Colour Me Purple 5k next Sunday!

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By 8.50am the hi viz heroes were in place and parkrunners were streaming in through the lovely Milton Creek park gates, eager to get that PB or just simply to take part. I have a whole four parkruns to my name and today was my first as an official volunteer, with camera in hand as well as putting pen to paper. Volunteering is great - anyone can do it!

Today’s run director Naomi Ridgewell had the megaphone of power, seeking out first timers for their briefing, reminding all runners to be considerate to other park users, to be careful in the heat, welcoming our parkrun tourists from Cambridge and wishing good luck to everyone doing the London Marathon tomorrow.

She also announced Jackie Wells had decided to step down as Event Director after two years and Yvonne Crawford had agreed to take the role on. With all announcements completed and timekeepers at the ready, it was time for the off for those all-important two laps round the course.

With just time for the hi viz heroes to return to the finish funnel, the first runners were approaching their second lap with much encouragement and applause. Approximately 9 minutes later and the first person was through and the finish funnel hi viz heroes were kept busy for another 50 minutes when the tail walker went over the line.

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After packing up, with all hi viz heroes safely returned from their marshalling posts, it was time to return to results HQ (aka Parish Hall). The computer was surrounded (at one stage by five people), with various wires being plugged in, to download all the results correctly and with the vital button pressed, Sittingbourne Parkrun #111 was completed!

See you all for parkrun #112 next week. Don’t forget your barcode and if you do fancy a spot of volunteering, do take a look at the roster for the coming weeks.

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This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Lucy RODRIGUES • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Marc KAVANAGH • Karen SEYMOUR • Naomi RIDGEWELL • Sean BOOTES • Toby BARKER • Joanne BING • Olwen COCKELL • Fintan KAVANAGH • Daniel TESTER • Annabel BARKER • Tessa BARKER • Matthew COCKELL • Andrew HOWES • Martin ALLCHIN • Alison KEMP • Martine INGRAM • Nick FREEMAN • Bernard DIDDAMS • Victoria WHITTLEY • Lesly CONROY • Jeannie MILBURN • Ruth MARCH • 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 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 3,071 participants have completed 17,480 parkruns covering a total distance of 87,400 km, including 4,211 new Personal Bests.

 

A great run report from Steve Wolfe, CEO of Kent Sports Trust and Saturdays Run Director

Saturday 14th April 2018

Saturday saw the Kent Sports Trust takeover of the volunteer roles at Sittingbourne parkrun as the sun shone.

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A very respectable 214 people turned out at Milton Creek as spring finally sprung in Kent and the Swale locals donned their trainers for 5km of fun and graft.

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It was a real honour to have been asked to be Run Director for the day and having seen the event had to be cancelled a few weeks ago, we felt it only right to step in and see if we could get a team of volunteers together from Kent Sports Trust.

Hopefully we gave a good account of ourselves and cheered people to respectable times. Looking at the stats, there were a good number of first timers at Sittingbourne - 32 in all.

It's great to see so many new people coming into a parkrun for the first time or trying one of the venues across the county.

There must have also been something in the water as 33 registered a new personal best for Sittingbourne too.

I must confess I was a little apprehensive going into event number 110 at Sittingbourne. I've run 148 parkuns and volunteered a few times too, but never have I experienced being a Run Director before.

There's a lot of people I need to thank for making things go almost as smoothly as they did. From Jackie Wells supporting me in the background in the week before as we looked to fill the roster with volunteers, to Tony Giles adding his valuable experience before, during and after the run.

I didn't really appreciate the work that goes into setting up each event. Getting to Milton Creek for 8am, Marc and Fintan Kavanagh were already out setting up the course.

We were soon joined by lots of familiar faces and ones I didn't know, but can't thank enough for giving up their time.

As runners of parkrun, we just assume they will be there for us every Saturday at 9am. I've now got a renewed sense of appreciation for the amount of work that goes into putting each and every parkrun on.

Leaving me in charge of a loud hailer probably isn't the wisest of ideas, but I'd like to think I gave everyone all the info they needed to run the course as we celebrated a few landmarks - Claire White and Karen Hopkins running their 50th parkrun, whilst Benjamin Whitehead enjoyed his 10th time as a junior.

Almost spot on 9am, everyone was off for a couple of laps around the course, starting with smiles on their faces, and determination to boot.

A minor incident saw one lovely lady fall, but the team sprung into action and dealt with it with professionalism and speed. That's all you need when you are Run Director for the first time!

With encouragement aplenty from the volunteers at the finish line and all round the course, we were soon joined by the first person home, Graeme Saker from Tonbridge Athletics Club back in just 18:34.

We were soon joined by another 213 lovely runners, all giving their all to get across the line as quick as possible.

Some of the faces that are pulled in that last fifty yards are really quite something!!!

Once our tail runner / walker Nicola Allen was back, it was time to pack up and learn that there is an immense amount of work still needed to get the results to all the runners.

Huge thanks has to go to Lucy Giles for punching the numbers into the laptop, Emily for sorting the tokens back into order and Tony Giles for keeping me sane whilst pretending to know what I was doing.

In the end, I think we got most things right, or at least most people didn't notice that we didn't and we got away with it!

I have got so many people to thank for pulling off the dream of a Kent Sports Trust takeover. From Lee, Nicola, Lisa, Zoe, Brendon, Diane, Anuschka, Paul, Andy, Ben et al.

We will no doubt be back for more at some point. I hope you all will be too.

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Steve Wolfe

This week 214 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Lee ALLEN • Matt NUNN • Anthony Francis Patrick GILES • Jon PENFOLD • Lucy GILES • Lisa WILD • Andy JAMES • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Steve WOLFE • Brendon DAVEY • Marc KAVANAGH • Lucy ALLEN • Diane DAVEY • Ben ROGERS • Sean BOOTES • Fintan KAVANAGH • John WATERMAN • Jack BOOTES • Paul KIDD • Harry BOOTES • Nicola ALLEN • Zoe WILD • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • Anuschka NATLEY • Emily-Rose CLARK

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 3,049 participants have completed 17,284 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,420 km, including 4,161 new Personal Bests.

 

Event number 109 – 7th April 2018

Sittingbourne parkrun

7th April 2018

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This week 145 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Jackie WELLS • Ian WEST • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Lisa POPPE • Rynn KEMP • Naomi RIDGEWELL • Susan PHELPS • Emily MIDDLETON • Sean BOOTES • Olwen COCKELL • Kristian STAPLES • Matthew COCKELL • Stuart KEMSLEY • Alison KEMP • Bernard DIDDAMS • Victoria WHITTLEY • Lesley CLARKE • Louise MARSHALL • Karen WASTELL • Ruth MARCH

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 3,017 participants have completed 17,068 parkruns covering a total distance of 85,340 km, including 4,127 new Personal Bests.

 

A trot round the park? What an egg-cellent idea!

It was a day for the high-viz hero's as 170 people took a break from seasonal snacking chocolate to get some egg-cercise. As the masses descended on Milton Creek they were met with a fantastic race briefing from Gavin Malloch who informed us that, if we thank one of the amazing high-viz hero's on the course, a chocolate egg would be our reward. I must admit glancing at all the storage options in baby Sophie's buggy and thinking, hmm I could clean up here.

Before I knew it 3-2-1 go and we were off. The course was gloriously wet and muddy, making 'fallers corner' quite a challenge and there were several knee-deep puddles that were just crying out for a splash through. Baby Sophie took great delight in watching the dogs dragging their runners right through the middle. After the event I had a chat with 'Luna's' owner (who had PB'd) I was informed that the humans do not have much choice when the dogs decide they are getting wet!

I was attempting to thank as many marshals as possible, but I always find it a struggle when I'm trying hard. Despite this I was so grateful for the calls of 'you're going well' and 'keep it up.' I'm sure it was Andrew Howes who cheekily yelled 'Can't you speak?' when I gave the finish crew a wave coming into lap 2. For the record nope, couldn't speak, but was I pleased to see you all? – hell yeah! The volunteers and their fantastic attitude never cease to amaze me and they are an absolute credit to the Parkrun community.

Some 25 minutes after the off I was through the finish and getting zapped, again by a group of wonderful people with a smile on their face. Phew effort over for another week. I turned to cheer the runners in and I couldn't believe my eyes, in fact, I thought I was going hopping mad. The Easter Bunny exists and she runs! Oh wait it's Nicky Knight, but I got a lovely spin from her as I took a pic. Yet another happy runner with a nice basket full of chocolate (I'm not sure why that sounds ruder than it actually is).
So, in terms of trimming the fat, the eggs may have been counterproductive, but judging by the smiles on the faces of both the big and little kids - Sittingbourne Parkrun team, you smashed it out the park (if you pardon the pun).

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As some of you may have noticed, last week we couldn't run the event due to a lack of marshals. No one wants to leave anyone disappointed but Parkrun is a community and as such we need you! If you have run a few and want to see this great weekly event survive, get in touch, join the Parkrun Volunteers group on Facebook and come and be part of the fun. Giving back feels as good as running a PB and what a great bunch of characters you will meet. So, what are you waiting for?

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This week 170 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 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 2,973 participants have completed 16,753 parkruns covering a total distance of 83,765 km, including 4,084 new Personal Bests.

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The event was made possible by 34 volunteers
Gavin MALLOCH, Marc KAVANAGH, Fintan KAVANAGH, Jackie WELLS, Joshua WELLS, Jackie WELLS, Alison KEMP, Susannah ULYATT, Victoria WHITTLEY, Susan PHELPS, Samantha HEWITT, Andrew HOWES, Yvonne CRAWFORD, Susannah ULYATT, Stuart CHESLETT, Karen SEYMOUR, Anita HOGBEN, Ruth MARCH, Sean BOOTES, Victoria WHITTLEY, Lisa POPPE, Teresa WATSON, Vanessa PATCHING, Andy PATCHING, Louise MARSHALL, Emma HIGGINS, Claire WHITE, Bernard DIDDAMS, Lesly CONROY, Alison KEMP, Ben WELLS, Joshua WELLS, Sally SMITH & Naomi RIDGEWELL

 

parkrun cancellation 24th March 2018

Unfortunately, we are cancelling this week, we are still short of vital volunteers so we have taken the measures to cancel. I know this will be a great disappointment to many of you. This isn’t a measure we have taken lightly. We have to return next week!

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