Terry Time

parkrun is bigger than the sum of its parts, it's so much more than just a 5k timed run, I know you have all heard it all before, well today it's not it's all about the mighty Terry Brightwell, can you imagine parkrun without Terry? he measures the course he designs alternative routes, every Saturday morning he puts out the distance markers and when we have all finished to collects them and stores them for the next week, apart from all the stuff he does for us he also gets involved with so many other events around the county and beyond.
Forget all that because today Terry ran his 400th parkrun and as far as I know he is the first 400 parkrunner in Kent. Thank you Terry from us all.
On to the rest of todays business, Wow cold this morning or What, Great to see Brian back at the helm after his honeymoon in Australia with his new bride the beautiful and talented Tina, It's good to see Brian hasn't lost is masterful command while he has been away, after the massive numbers we have had since Christmas it's good to get back to some normality today.
I haven't had a chance to say happy new year yet, If your new years resolution is to get a bit fitter and maybe get a PB at parkrun I have a tip for you that worked for me.
Start by eating a little more healthily and taking a little more exercise, don't expect miracles as getting fitter takes time, If after a realistic amount of time you don't see any improvement in your times and all else fails Try running at Pegwell park "that should do it"
A belated happy new year from Brian and the rest of the gang.


Saturday 12th January 2019 Whitstable parkrun 437 Run Report

The Tankerton slopes quickly filled up parkrunners with a mixture of regulars, first timers and tourists bringing together a total of 432 parkrunners and 53 volunteers for Whitstable’s 437th parkrun.

We welcomed almost 32 first timers and a dozen tourists from as close by as Canterbury and Bromley to Great Dunmow and a lady who started her parkrun journey in South Africa.

A plethora of milestones to celebrate including Junior Louis Small on 10 parkruns,  Alison Drayson, James Akhurst, Andrew Gaskin, Derek Rolfe all on 50 parkruns,  Matt Rigden on 100 parkruns and Richard Horner on an unofficial 200, so well done to everyone on these milestone achievements.

Kim and her band of helpers (James, Latchmi, Fiona and Jacqueline) warmed up and subsequently completed another “Park bench to parkrun” 5K which is amazing to see everyone involved taking on this challenge and making such great progress.

Our numbers continue to increase and since the new year Whitstable has achieved 407, 442 and 432 runners on the 1st, 5thand 12thof January.

I have added the lasted graph showing the current attendance stats.


Some gentle reminders, please don’t forget your barcode otherwise we are unable to process your result, additionally please stay in order through the finish funnel and don’t duck,  refuse a token or pass through the finish more than once as this causes havoc with the results processing. And on the subject of finish tokens please don’t take the tokens home as a memento! We need these for next week.

Finally many thanks to all the volunteers whether you were pacing, braving the cold marshalling, or token sorting at the end. Each role is vital to ensure the smooth running of this amazing event. Anyone who hasn’t volunteered recently give it a go, it’s great fun.

I trust this got everyone’s weekend off to a great start, so enjoy the rest of the weekend and have great week ahead.

See you all next week

David S



Kim’s park bench to parkrun report

Well Wow!
What a turnout for the 1st 'Park bench to parkrun' of 2019.It was a particularly chilly morning today, so the team and I were thrilled that so many people came along with aim of completing their 1st parkrun.  There must have been 30 or 40 of you.  We began this week with a gentle jog of 60 seconds, followed by a 60 second walk.  And what did we learn? It turns out that the 1st minute of running is an awful lot easier than the 21st, the 31st; and that by the 41st minute the finish line is an extremely welcome sight.  There were 1 or 2 wobbles when our brave newbies realised, at the end of the first lap, that they were only half way round - but everyone completed the distance looking flushed with success and I hope feeling justly proud of themselves.  Listening to some feedback, we have decided that next week we will offer the option to stick with the 1 minute run if you don't feel ready to move up to 2 minutes.  We have a fantastic bunch of helpers and so can be flexible with our progress.  I'm so excited by this morning's achievements and can't wait to do it all again next week.  Well done everyone!
Kim x

Phil Says

Run Directors report 5/1/19

Whitstable run 436
Two Lapper

Today was a chilly day. So first off I would like to thank all those poor marshals around the course, very well done on such a cold day. It was 5 degs but felt like Zero! A great job, thank you.

Wow… What a turn out a record breaking 442 runners, we were beginning to worry that we would run out of finish tokens, extra were found, and we completed the task.

Kims C25K was very well attended; a separate report will be published by Kim. I hope they all keep up this great start.

Good to see the Vegan Runners with their own table of goodies and information. I noticed a barefoot runner as well. Brrr!

No real incidents to report and a clockwork performance by the team as always. At the start a Serco truck was on the prom’ collecting from the bins, but cleared just as we started the run.
There were quite a few barcodes not shown, so please remember to bring your code. It helps to keep the time places correct. Some barcodes were found on the course, some returned to their owners.
The last three runners came home and we were ready to start the breakdown, always good on a cold day, with coffee waiting in the Marine.

A special thanks to Laura Jewsbury for taking the mic today and helping me out at the start. This all goes towards her DoE award. Well done Laura.
Pacers were plenty, so we hope PB’s were forthcoming for you chasers.

Dear runners, please consider getting to parkrun start just 5/10 mins earlier. It would help a lot and get us away on time.

Thank you and keep on running.

Phil Hadler & Lara Jewsbury

Run Directors


It,s a Record


The attendance record was smashed on New Years Day at the 435th Whitstable Parkrun. 405 runners, joggers and walkers! What a fantastic turnout to start 2019. Such was the volume, at one point we had runners queuing to finish which I haven't seen happen before.....certainly tested the timers and funnel management! Thank you for your patience whilst shuffling along the finish funnel catching your breath after the sprint up the hill.

Congratulations to those who did the double today...Whitstable PR then shooting over to do the Canterbury PR! What a challenge to start 2019 and well done to those raising money for charity.

I hope that the enthusiasm and love for this event continues in 2019, so please spread the word to friends, family and colleagues who may wish to take up something new as a New Years resolution. Research has very much confirmed the benefits of regular exercise on improving physical health and mental wellbeing and Parkruns certainly provide a free exercise event for everyone aswell as a great place to meet friends or even make new ones.

Thank you to all the volunteers and marshals who stood and braved the chilly wind, looking out for the safety of runners and sharing words of encouragement, especially on that return leg with the westerley wind in the face. Without them stepping forward, this special New Years Day event couldnt have happened. Thank you to the pacers and 1st Aiders too who ran the route today providing running support or to be on hand whenever needed. Ever thought of volunteering? Why not set a New Years Resolution to volunteer for just one Saturday! Pick a date in the diary and register your interest at the desk or simply just turn up on the day. I guarantee you'll find the experience rewarding!

Remember the lovely Kim will be starting ParkBench to Parkrun this Saturday, to meet her at 8.45am for a briefing before starting the main event at 9am.

So it just leaves me to wish you all a very happy and healthy 2019. Keep those legs moving!

RD Michelle x

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