Another great run report, thank you Andrew

Last week a clipboard, this week a megaphone!!

Had the honour of being run director for the 99th Sittingbourne parkrun at Milton Creek. I’d love to say that it was like ‘shelling peas’ or ‘it ran like clockwork’ alas this was not the case!!

All started so well arriving at the creek at 7.40am only to find we had to share the park with a group of bird-watchers!! It was at this point I wondered if this was going to be a baptism of fire. Naomi, Sheila and Gavin set up the course, the volunteers drifted in and I donned the blue and white bib of power.

Typically, we had a BUMPER week with circa 180 runners rocking up for a 5k blast. This was the second observation which tested my resolve!

The volunteers drifted-in throughout the morning eagerly waiting to be given their instructions!! No nonsense this week. The marshals dutifully found there ‘spot’ on the map and made there way out to there respective posts……… At least I assume they did. For all I know they could have popped into the church hall for an early coffee!

The course is set, the marshals are in position, now time to face the masses. Olwen did a fantastic job in greeting the new runners!! Good to see that the New Year Resolutions have at least made it to the second Saturday of 2018!! Keep it going guys!

Megaphone at the ready and we are off. Thank you to the half a dozen or so who listened to my inane drivel for 3 or 4 minutes along with a special mention to Sonia Diddams, Wendy Howes and Olwen Cockell for reaching their 50th parkrun milestone.

I am pleased to report no dog-related calamities this week!! Although it’s fair to say that most of the runners will need to put their kit in a hot wash as most came home caked in mud!! The course is running hard right now. The cross-country sections are challenging and the conditions generally tough, however, this is great training for when the Spring gets here and the ground firms-up!! We will start to see some serious PB’s coming through in the Summer no doubt.

We had a couple of issues in the funnel with tokens and times, but with Tony’s unflappable exterior and level-headed focus, all was sorted through the powers of modern technology (Thank goodness for Lucy Giles).

The 99th parkrun came to a close. We had some outstanding times, we had a wonderful group of newbies along with a great group of tourists along with our hardcore of regulars.

Remember! YOUR parkrun would not be possible without volunteers. We had 180 runners buzzing around Milton Creek today, of which is was great to see so many new faces. It would be equally great to see some of those new faces on the volunteer roster to ensure we spread the love.

Thanks to everybody today who made parkrun happen and thanks to the runners who make the whole event complete. My gratitude to everybody who made my job easy today, from Karen dishing out tokens in the tunnel, Karen and Olwen on plink plink duty, Rynn and Tony on the stopwatch, Sheila as tail runner, Lucy as technical support and the all the marshals who gave their time to stand in the freezing cold for an hour.

Next week my old chum Gavin is Run Director for the 100th running of Sittingbourne parkrun! Should be a bumper turn-out. Look forward to seeing you all then.

Sittingbourne parkrun
Event number 99
13th January 2018

This week 180 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Anthony Francis Patrick GILES • Lucy GILES • Roxanne ZARPAK • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Karen LONGLEY • Karen SEYMOUR • Rynn KEMP • Naomi RIDGEWELL • Sheila MALLOCH • Gavin MALLOCH • Olwen COCKELL • Dennis GARDINER • Andrew HOWES • Samantha HEWITT • Alison KEMP • Bernard DIDDAMS • 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 2,804 participants have completed 15,472 parkruns covering a total distance of 77,360 km, including 3,824 new Personal Bests.

 

Oh Andrew!!! Should we have given you the reins?

The run director has let me loose on the run report!! Well, I had to do something! I had my name down to volunteer this morning and was given the job of chief ‘clipboard’ holder. I must say, I excelled at walking around looking important and basically doing nothing for an hour!! My kind of job! Anyhow, as usual, it was lovely to see the parkrun early birds around 8.15 eager to have the course set-up for all the runners with a healthy dose of moaning about the weather, muddy conditions and that every other person having the flu or chest infection!

Sheila and I managed a whole 15 seconds conversation without coughing at each other!

The volunteers all gathered around Olwen to work out where they will be marshalling. This is my highlight of the morning!! Nobody knows where to go or where they are supposed to be…….“Do you mean the part by the hairpin?” “Oh, is that by the bog??” “Is that where Bernard normally stands??” Hysterical. Not sure where they ended up, but they merrily trotted off to stand in the freezing cold cheering on our running-heroes for an hour or so!

The race was about to start when Olwen put the megaphone to her mouth to welcome the masses to Milton Creek. A deathly silence fell as every runner was hanging on every word and piece of advice the run director had to offer………

Hmmmmm Well at least three people actually listened. The rest carried on nattering, talking about how cold it was and wish they could just get going!!

3….2…..1….. parkrun!!!! The glam time-keepers (one with a fake tan – No names!!) started the stop watches and the masses set off!! Almost a calamitous start with a dog getting tangled with his owner on the first bend which almost caused pile-up of the century! For future reference, keep your four-legged friend on a short lead on the start line or start from the back of the pack. It’s really not funny seeing anybody tripping over a dog or slipping in the mud (well it is, but for this report we must remain P.C.).

The runners are now in full flow and the volunteers head back to the finish line. I continue in my important role as head clip board holder while everybody else takes their place. In a blink of an eye, captain Chaos and his speedy hound came bounding over the line in a ridiculously quick time followed by Sittingbourne’s elite! Everything is like a well-oiled engine, the time keepers on point double checking the numbers correspond with Karen’s tokens in the finishing tunnel…… I think Naomi missed a trick!! I would have harangued Karen, the rookie ‘tunnel token distribution executive’, and given her duff numbers sending her into a blind panic about her token distribution (next time!!).

The barcode scanners did a sterling job ensuring the plink plink machine plinked in the right places!! Trying to scan a sweaty paper barcode that has just been removed from a bra or a pair of pants is always going to prove tricky!! Keep your barcode nice and dry guys and try not to screw it up, it’s makes it harder to scan otherwise!

As usual, the morning was a huge success!! The conditions were genuinely tough, however, we still had a solid number of PB’s, a great mix of runners and wonderful sense of camaraderie in the freezing wet and muddy conditions.

As quick as we had set-up was as quick as we had finished. Well done to everybody who took part in today’s Sittingbourne parkrun. A special thank you to ALL the volunteers who unselfishly give up their time to make ‘our’ parkrun happen.

Please make sure you do your bit!! We always need people to help. If you fancy a spot of marshalling or a really important job like I had today as chief clipboard holder then please get in touch with Jackie Wells or find us on Facebook under Sittingbourne parkrun/parkrun Volunteers. Failing that, you can simply speak to a run director on a Saturday morning and offer your services for another week!!

Who knows! You could be the next chief ‘clipboard’ holder like me!

#loveparkrun

Sittingbourne parkrun
Event number 98
6th January 2018

This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Jackie WELLS • Anthony Francis Patrick GILES • Roxanne ZARPAK • Vanessa PATCHING • Andy PATCHING • Alison JARVIS • Rynn KEMP • Naomi RIDGEWELL • Sheila MALLOCH • Sean BOOTES • Olwen COCKELL • Joshua WELLS • Ben WELLS • Jackie WILSON • Sam MUMFORD • Andrew HOWES • Harry BOOTES • Andrew MARCH • Michael KEMP • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • David WHITTLEY • Karen WASTELL

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 2,779 participants have completed 15,292 parkruns covering a total distance of 76,460 km, including 3,797 new Personal Bests.

 

How many parkrunners can you fit into a car? by Yvonne Crawford

The 1st January 2018 saw 160 runners brave the elements to run/walk Sittingbourne parkrun!

It was my first time as Run Director, and I was nervous. I arrived nice and early (before the rain!) and met Jackie. We were getting the equipment from her car and wishing each other a Happy New Year and waiting for Gavin and Sheila to arrive to set up. They were doing the New Years Day double and were travelling from Maidstone parkrun. Just as we finished their car pulled up and inside were 5 park runners – not sure if there is a collective noun for a group of park runners in a car!

MILTON CREEK 1.1.18

I soon donned on my Run Director Hi-Vis – see photo – very fetching don’t you think, and set to ensuring the volunteers arrived and set their tasks – see it’s not too bad. Before I knew it the marshals were off to find their locations and I made my way over to the very busy start. I gave the first time briefing - a few new park runners and many tourists; a very warm welcome to our tourists from Gillingham, Maidstone, Dartford, Ashford, North London and London.

RD 1.11.18

RD 1.1.18 2

Just as I was starting the main briefing the rain started (darn glasses I couldn’t see my clipboard) Happy New Year to you all I said, after that it was a bit of blur it went so quickly and I was conscious of the rain; 5,4,3,2,1 Go and off 160 park runners went into the rain.

Despite the elements this week saw 34 first timers, 8 Personal Bests and representatives from 19 different clubs. We even had a milestone Michaela James reached her 100th parkrun, and not only had that, she did the New Years Day double and completed Maidstone parkrun beforehand. Congratulations and well done Michaela!
I’d like to thank everyone for their kind words and support for my role as Run Director, although I was nervous I did enjoy it. If you want to find out more about volunteering then do message us or talk to one of the volunteers at parkrun – we have lots of roles and some mean you can still take part in the run itself.

Our next run is on 6th January and we look forward to seeing you there – as a reminder the hall won’t be open after for tea/coffee but will be open as normal Saturday 13th January.
Happy New Year.
#loveparkrun

This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Jackie WELLS • Anthony Francis Patrick GILES • Lucy RODRIGUES • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Chris ISHERWOOD • Martin LUXON • Rynn KEMP • Sheila MALLOCH • Gavin MALLOCH • Susan PHELPS • Joshua WELLS • Ben WELLS • Dave WOOD • Sam MUMFORD • Cheryl THORN • Josie NYE • Nancy PONSFORD • Luis RODRIGUES • Hannah PONSFORD • Lesly CONROY • 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 2,751 participants have completed 15,140 parkruns covering a total distance of 75,700 km, including 3,785 new Personal Bests.

 

That was the last on of 2017! See you in the new year.

For the last run of 2017 we had visitors from Bushy, Aberdeen and Josh from Acrington who has been 4000 days sober, well done Josh!

There were no uneven paths today, well when I say that I mean the swimming pools we acquired on the course leveled everything out. One of our runners ran a 25 minute parkrun then I drove passed her on the way home, she nearly beat me, well done Sam!

Don't forget we are running Monday at 10:30, volunteers please arrive at 9:30 for set up and 10:00 for all other roles.

We have a request for 2018, if you don't have a resolution yet could you consider taking the kit home just once this year and setting up, if a few people did it just once it really would ease the pressure on our small team. Contact us for more details.

This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Jackie WELLS • Paul WILLIAMS • Roxanne ZARPAK • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Laura FORSTER • Alison JARVIS • Martin LUXON • Karen SEYMOUR • Susan PHELPS • Olwen COCKELL • Dennis GARDINER • Joshua WELLS • Rick HUDSON • Bernard DIDDAMS • Julie BEAN • Katie HUDSON • Lesly CONROY • 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 2,717 participants have completed 14,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,900 km, including 3,777 new Personal Bests.

 

The 12 days of Christmas from our tourist from Peterborough – Reanne Elliott

Parkrun is very much a social event in my calendar every Saturday morning, so being away from home and my parkrun family at Peterborough was a little strange. However, I was greeted with smiles and friendly jollyness from the volunteers and runners at Sittingbourne parkrun on a cold but sunny 23rd December 2017.

Now, bear with me, it's a bit tedious, but sing along with the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas.....

On the 2 laps of Milton Creek, parkrun gave to me

The 95th Sittingbourne parkrun
136 parkrunners
25 volunteers
12 under 18s
11 P.B.'s
9 first timers
2 entering the '50' club and
1 tourist from South Africa!

Well done to everyone and thank you to all the volunteers!

23rd December 2017

This week 136 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Jackie WELLS • Paul CHAMBERS • Roxanne ZARPAK • Emma PLATT • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Raeanne ELLIOTT • Edward THOMAS • Martin LUXON • Marc KAVANAGH • Danielle FILL • Sheila MALLOCH • Gavin MALLOCH • Emily MIDDLETON • Olwen COCKELL • Dennis GARDINER • Jackie WILSON • Dave WOOD • Samantha HEWITT • Andy SETTLE • Alison KEMP • Bernard DIDDAMS • James WOOD • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • Lesly CONROY

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 2,700 participants have completed 14,856 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,280 km, including 3,775 new Personal Bests.

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