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!
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.
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.
parkunner and volunteer - Amanda
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.