This week's run report is from Tony Giles, the excellent series of photos are from Joa Savage
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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…
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….
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.
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
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!”
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
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.