Boston parkrun #278 – Welcome to 5K Your Way

This week 146 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part. It was a warm but windy summers day.  We had tourists visiting from Winchester, Hull, Peterborough, Lincoln, London & 8 ladies who travelled from Rotherham.  Welcome to you all - we hope that you visit us again.

It was fabulous to see so many people from the '5K Your Way' group with us in Boston today. 5k Your Way is a community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends, and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month. We hope that you join us on the other weeks of the month in the future too!



First over the line was Richard Gayton with a new PB of 18:46. The first female finisher was Tanya Knight in a time of 22:36. Not quite a PB but not far off it. The highest age grade result was Jean Day with an amazing 77.06%.

Here's a thought for the day.... courtesy of regular runner Phil Roberts:

I saw this thing on Facebook this week which stated that the library is the only public place you can use that has absolutely no expectation that you have to spend money to use. Whilst pondering the great truth of this statement (you don't even have to pass through a naff gift shop on the way out of a library), I realised that parkrun is probably the only other resource that is exactly the same. Like a library it is free to use, welcoming to all, open to everyone unconditionally and most importantly, it frees and expands your mind.

The only real difference between the two is that there is absolute silence in one, and in the other, there is a right racket of plodding, wheezing, puffing, panting, cheering and clapping. Also, in one you can eat cake and chocolates without being told off.

(Note to self,......I wonder, do you think they would let me open a gift shop at the end of the finishing funnel???, I would start with fridge magnets and book marks,...I could be on to something here).

The event today was made possible by 28 volunteers.  Thanks go to:

Margaret COOPER • Andrew WELCH • Sarah BURTON • Kate CARPENTER • Fearne CARPENTER • Bethany LINES • Sheila CLARK • Lee CONWAY • Rachel CONWAY • Mick TOZER • Matt TUNNARD • Claire TUNNARD • Matilda SMITH • Ruben LANGFORD • Stephen CORNWELL • Adam LUCAS • Phil ROBERTS • Maya CONWAY • Robert BALDWIN • Theo LINES • Tracie CHARLES • Ben LINES • Pat SATCHWELL • Brian SATCHWELL • Gary CARTER • Madelyn FEDERICO • Peter CARPENTER • Lissette PICO


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Boston parkrun Results Page.

Your Run Director next week is Sarah Burton.  Sarah would be delighted to hear from anyone that is able to help out with marshalling or one of the other volunteer roles.  Please message our Facebook page or eMail in.


The female record is held by Gemma HOLLOWAY who recorded a time of 18:28 on 25th December 2017 (event number 115).
The male record is held by Adam Tango HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:52 on 14th July 2018 (event number 143).
The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 87.80% (21:11) on 11th August 2018 (event number 147).

Boston parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 4,937 participants have completed 37,029 parkruns covering a total distance of 185,145 km, including 6,431 new Personal Bests. A total of 588 individuals have volunteered 6,708 times.


The journey to #276

Today’s journey at Boston parkrun was completed in 18.42 by Mark Sands as first male and first female finisher was Hannah Oswin in 22.30.  20 of the 137 finishers got PB’s and we had 13 first timers visit Witham Country Park with 2 of them doing their very first parkrun, well done to you both and we all hope you enjoyed the experience.  We also celebrated Janet ‘Grandma’ Norton’s 350th parkrun with a hefty 212 being completed at Boston.

24/10/15 was the very first Boston parkrun, I was there that day as a volunteer and volunteered a couple more times before I ran my first Boston parkrun and just my 8th parkrun overall on 14/5/2016 it was my 51st birthday and I was very pleased with my time of 23.19 and finishing in 20th position.

My parkrun journey started in September 2013 soon after I started running aged 48 I was training for the London marathon, I ran Peterborough in 25 minutes exactly and finished in 114th position.  Time has progressed and in the almost 7 years since Boston has started and 9 years since my first parkrun I still haven’t got to 100 runs.

My parkrun PB was set at Great Denham (near Bedford) in July 2019, it was a very satisfying 20.29 a time I haven’t been near since with my best Boston time of 21.03 set just the month before in June 2019.

Today has marked my 97th parkrun and I ran it with a friend who wants to achieve a sub 30 minute 5k again sometime soon, today we finished just over 31 minutes and I had a really lovely time, probably not so much my friend while she was running but she was happy with the result at the end.


The journey has been long but it doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you get there in the end.  I’ve been fast, I’ve tail walked, I’ve paced occasionally and ran socially.  I’ve marshalled, course checked, been a time keeper, number checker, token giver and token support along with other various voluntary roles.  My volunteer credits are now 59 nowhere near some people but a lot more than others.

I love my parkrun family, there are many friends and acquaintances I wouldn’t know or have met without parkrun.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of summer or the darkest wettest winters day people still smile and have time for each other.  My alarm is rarely set for a Saturday morning but perhaps I should make more of an effort because I ALWAYS feel better for having been to parkrun.

Over the last 17 weeks I’ve been marathon training again and that concludes next Saturday at 7.30pm local time.  I won’t be in Boston next Saturday, I shall be in Tromso running the Midnight Sun Marathon, that’s within the Arctic Circle and will have 24 hours of daylight.  I’m very much looking forward to having the sun out at midnight.  It won’t be a race for me but an experience and photo opportunity.  I’m also hoping to bump into another Boston parkrunner out there who is running the half marathon that sets off a couple of hours later.

It doesn’t matter why you started running it’s the journey you make.  Keep turning up at parkrun making friends and acquaintances and keep putting one foot in front of the other and don’t forget that if you do happen to fall over on your own journey you are still going forwards.

Many thanks to Sanjiv our RD and of course all of the wonderful volunteers who make the event possible.  Please click the link in your parkrun result e-mail to check out next weeks volunteer roster and get your name down soon to help out next weeks RD Andy Welch as it’s looking a little sparse currently.


Kindest regards to you all Chris Walton


The Jubilee Celebration – Boston parkrun #275

This week Boston parkrun, the UK and many (14) other countries around the world celebrated the platinum jubilee (70 years) of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor (Queen Elizabeth II) becoming our monarch.


Queen Elizabeth II was born in Mayfair on the 21st April 1926 as the first child to the Duke and Duchess of York. Her uncle King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 leaving her father to become King George VI. Her father died in February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2nd June 1953 (hence the extra bank holiday last Friday).



The Queen is the longest serving British monarch; longest serving female head of state; current longest reigning monarch and head of state and oldest current monarch and head of state. She is the first head of state to open Olympics in two different countries (1976 Montreal (Canada) and 2012 London).


The Queen’s reign has overseen many important moments in history such as the assassination of President Kennedy, first person on the moon, Chernobyl disaster, first email being sent and the birth of the internet, the demolition of the Berlin wall, cloning of Dolly the sheep, and of course the birth of parkrun at Bushy park.


Speaking of Bushy Park that was one of the places Run Director on the morning Tanya Knight welcomed tourists from, others included Nottingham, Derbyshire, London, Cleethorpes, Kesgrave and Swindon.


Tanya welcomed a total of 158 of us to run, jog and walk this parkrunday, sadly no Elizabeth’s but there were 27 for who it was their first ever visit to Boston parkrun, of those 4 were completely new to parkrun. So to Elena Pepperdine, Phoebe Johnson, Michelle Millen and Paula Bexon a huge well done and congratulations on completing your first ever parkrun we hope you enjoyed it and Boston sees you back soon.


The Queen had to share her milestone this week with Karen Oswin who celebrated her 100th parkrun, great work Karen hope you enjoy your black milestone t-shirt.


The Oswin’s had another reason to celebrate as first female finisher was Hannah Oswin in 22.46. First male finisher was Steven Dowse in 18.12. Highest age grading was Joseph Goodwin with 79.80%. Great running all three, well done!


An amazing 23 of you had further reason to celebrate as you all secured shiny personal bests, again great running all, well done!


Today’s event was only possible thanks to 33 awesome volunteers:

Abigail EGGLETON, Adam LUCAS, Andrew WELCH, Andy BAILEY, Barry M NORTON, Bonnie SMITH, Brian SATCHWELL, Claire TUNNARD, Clifford SANDS, Craig HALLETT, David DALES, Debra PETLEY, Gary CARTER, Hanna MAXFIELD, Harrison KNIGHT, Janet NORTON, Madelyn FEDERICO, Marie WOOLLEY, Matilda SMITH, Matt TUNNARD, Maurice TOMPKINS, Mick TOZER, Nathan PETLEY, Pat SATCHWELL, Polly SMITH, Rachel CRIDLAND, Richard EGGLETON, Sarah-Jane EGGLETON, Sean CLARK, Sharon MEEDS, Sheila HARDING, Sue DUCKWORTH, and Tanya KNIGHT.


A good number of you turned up in fancy dress, special mention had to go to the Pritchard’s for a family wide effort I particularly enjoyed the father and child matching outfits; and of course Scooby Doo and his helpers with the power up squeaky nose, great effort all, well done. David Dales the awesome photographer this parkrunday (search ‘Sports Action Images’) was on hand to capture all the amazing fancy dress of parkrunners, buggies and four legged friends.


Speaking of four legged friends it’s a well known fact the Queen likes and keeps Corgi dogs. Random fact about Corgi dogs if you cross and other breed with a Corgi it comes out Corgi shaped...yep not kidding, Google it...Corgi + Golden Retriever = Corgi shaped dog; Corgi + Dalmatian = Corgi shaped dog, Corgi + Greyhound = Corgi shaped dog, etc.


Representatives of 23 different clubs took part today and today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Boston parkrun results page:


No records were broken today so it’s as you were:
• The female record is held by Gemma HOLLOWAY who recorded a time of 18:28 on 25th December 2017 (event number 115).
• The male record is held by Adam Tango HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:52 on 14th July 2018 (event number 143).
• The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 87.80% (21:11) on 11th August 2018 (event number 147).
Boston parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 4,888 participants (only a few weeks until 5,000!) have completed 36,630 parkruns covering a total distance of 183,150 km, including 6,380 new Personal Bests. A total of 580 individuals have volunteered 6,620 times.


Thanks for having me Boston and until next time it’s DFYB (don’t forget your barcode) and GSTQ (God Save the Queen) from me.

Craig (Hallett)

Thank you Craig for a fantastic report!  I think we've all learned a thing or two from this.

For those that are interested, one of our tourists today (Andrew Pick) made a video about our fabulous parkrun.  Thank you very much Andrew.  You can find it here:

See you all next week!

Tanya (Run Director)

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Boston parkrun #274

A dry and bright morning dawned for this weeks fun. We were joined by Katie Brennand our local parkrun ambassador who very kindly volunteered as a timekeeper.

There were chocolates at the finish this week provided by Alayna Buswell who was celebrating her 11th birthday, congratulations and thank you Alayna we all love a chocolate!

We were joined by tourists from Kuala Lumpur, Norwich and Peterborough

This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

First male home this week was Phillip Donnor in 19.37, followed by Steven Roberts in 20.13 and Perry Spratt in 20.57. Hannah Oswin, running her 100th parkrun was first lady home in 22.10, followed by Jill Rymer in 24.22 and Rachel Conway in 25.29.

Jayne Ashton ran her 50th parkrun this week.

There were some pretty impressive age graded results this week. These give an indication of how well the runner has done in relation to their age and gender. Our second male  home Steven Roberts recorded 77.33%, Tracie Charles our course checker for the day recorded 75.8, Paul Symonds was at 75.02%, Steven Tuttle recorded 74.90% and second lady home Jill Rymer recorded 74.28%. Great effort from all.

The event this week was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Barry M NORTON • Janet NORTON • Sanjiv JAIN • Emmajean HEARN • Jimmy HEARN • Christian ABBOTT • Gavin CARRINGTON • Katie BRENNAND • Sheila CLARK • Nijil VASUKUTTY • Fenella HOWARD • Maurice TOMPKINS • Nicola HOUSAM • Stephen CORNWELL • Nathan PETLEY • Brian HICKS • Adam LUCAS • Rachel CRIDLAND • Sharon MEEDS • Clifford SANDS • Jessica BETSON • Charlotte BETSON • Tracie CHARLES • Rachel PEACOCK • Vincent RATCLIFFE • Gary CARTER • Hanna MAXFIELD • Madelyn FEDERICO • Nicholas LIMB • Sheila HARDING

This was the last week, for the time being, of the alternative finish line. Next week 4th June we will be back under the trees. We are hoping that you will help celebrate the Jubilee celebrations next weekend by wearing fancy dress (please note this is optional) The theme is 'anything quintessentially British, so you could dress up as a Beefeater, a Knight, a Spice Girl, a Beatle, Big Ben, a Postbox.... or just do as I am and proudly display the Union Jack all about your person!  As you may have heard at the start briefing this week the CAKE ban has been lifted so there may be a treat in store too...

Your RD next week is Tanya Knight. Please take a look at the volunteer roster and let her know if you are available to help next week,

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Boston parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Gemma HOLLOWAY who recorded a time of 18:28 on 25th December 2017 (event number 115).
The male record is held by Adam Tango HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:52 on 14th July 2018 (event number 143).
The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 87.80% (21:11) on 11th August 2018 (event number 147).

Boston parkrun started on 24th October 2015. Since then 4,861 participants have completed 36,472 parkruns covering a total distance of 182,360 km, including 6,357 new Personal Bests. A total of 578 individuals have volunteered 6,587 times.


Our fantastic parkrun is hotting up – #273

This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and an incredible 20 of you recorded new personal bests.


We had tourists from Shipley, Stroud, Chesterfield, Rotherham Valley and all the way from Auckland NZ.


First male finisher was Andrew Thompson, coming back into form after injury with a time of 19.33. First female finisher was Yasmin Rasul who came home in 20.52.


As we approach summertime, the days get hotter, and it was certainly a warm start to the parkrun morning. Emma-Jean Hearn was grateful for a gift of water from volunteer Maurice half way round as the heat started to take its toll. She very much appreciated the help (thank you Maurice) as it helped Emma-Jean complete the event.


We have had a few complaints about parkrunners spitting during their time in the park. Please try and refrain from spitting as it is extremely anti social but also unhygienic given the Covid risk it presents. Consider carrying a drink if that would help or if you do need to spit please take responsibility and use a tissue and dispose of it at the next bin available.


Ruben Langford who is 9 years old has been working hard towards becoming a run director at junior parkrun in Boston. Junior parkrun is held every Sunday at Boston Central Park at 9am. He decided this week he wanted to do the first timers brief and the volunteer briefing. Nicola Housam, today's RD, was happy to help him achieve both roles. As his dad, can I thank all the volunteers for their support at both junior and senior parkruns. Parkrunning has given Ruben such confidence in talking to so many people from all walks of life, many who have recently offered to run with him while I recover from a serious leg injury.


Ruben on reflection said, 'it's very nerve racking standing there and telling people what to do. But I do want to thankyou for all of your patience. I have only a few volunteer roles left to do and I will hopefully be ready to become a junior run director.'


The stars of the show were all the volunteers and we thank them very much. I know we say it each week but it's true. Without volunteers parkrun simply wouldn't exist. Have a great week and see you all next Saturday.

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Your run director next week is Sheila Clark.


Run report by Steve and Ruben Langford

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