Cambridge parkrun is cancelled on 11 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Cambridge parkrun #516 14th March 2020

After a rainy start to the morning, the weather cleared up enough for parkrun to be mostly pleasant. It’s still a little too muddy for my liking, and my trail shoes are definitely on their last legs this year. Despite this, I had a lovely parkchat with Louise as we jogged round. It was good to see so many of you running or volunteering. There were 303 finishers – well done to all of you who splashed your way around the course. 27 of you were first timers at Cambridge, with six runners doing their first ever parkrun – hope you enjoyed it and will return. There were 37 shiny new PBs – pretty good considering the mud and puddles. Congratulations go to Emma Greaves, who reached her 100th parkrun, and Kit Colby reached 250 runs. Well done!

Top three finishers were Stephen Fuller, Thomas Barnes and Neil Tween. Charlotte East, Lucy Browne and Heather Keenan took the honours for the women. In terms of age grading, Mary Holmes, Stephen Howard and Matthew Smith were top three.

Some of you may be aware of the Big Community Relay. Fifteen golden batons were passed to parkrunners in Leeds at the end of September and were taken away to different runs to be passed on there, and so on. Charlie Douglass was at Burgess parkrun last weekend, where he was given the baton named Emily and brought it Cambridge to pass it on to someone who would take the baton onwards to a different parkrun. To see where various batons have been, search for #BigCommunityRelay on social media.

Your parkrun fix was brought to you by 36 volunteers, many thanks to them: Chris DARLING, Beccy TAYLOR, Paul CRUSH, Emma GREAVES, Leslie PAUL, Stefan KAYE, Lauren GREAVES, Caroline MCGONIGAL, Iain STEMP, Mary HOLMES, Fiona MCDAID, Matthew SEWELL, Pamela ABBOTT, Jo MCGOWAN, Mike PITT, Catriona COLE, Karoly ERDOS, Mike HORSCROFT, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Chiara LOMBARDI LEDGEWAY, Martin BRUCE, Hilary SELLARS, Jack MOSSOP, Jill NOBLE, Sarah PAKE, Euan NOBLE, Jack PAKE, Chris HARRIS, Elizabeth STOREY, Jen LITTLE, Helen HUMPHREYS, Deborah COLLISON and Alys GEORGE.

We would also like to thank Milton Country Park for letting us run there every week. As we all know, we may have some difficult times ahead and there is the real possibility of pausing parkruns for a while. If you are able, please try and support the park.

Hopefully see you next Saturday, but if not, we will be up and running(!) again as soon as it is allowed. Take care of yourselves, your family and friends, your community.

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Kit and his cake - he was pleased, honest!

Kit and his cake - he was pleased, honest!


Baton Emily being handed over

Baton Emily being handed over

 

Cambridge parkrun #515, 7th March 2020

The One With Clare From Cambridge

Destination #112 and event #242 for me this morning, and it was a pleasure to join you all at Milton Country Park, as I got one parkrun closer to earning my coveted 250 top.

This was a special run for me - my home run is Shrewsbury, Shropshire, however my very good friend and fellow parkrunner, Clare Williams, is a Histon native, and we are down to visit her parents this weekend for Sunday's half marathon. This meant that she finally got chance to show me her other 'home' run. And a great run it was too!

It was a bright and crisp Spring morning with a good number of tourists in town (many, like me, are here for the race tomorrow). It was also good to see so many first timers (over 60) and a large number of women turning out for the national IWD celebrations too.

I've never heard "stick and flick" and "no spitting" mentioned in the same run briefing, but, then again, these are challenging times (!) so forewarned is forearmed! And so, after being given appropriate warning of all potential hazards (both on and off the course), we were on our way shortly after 9am.

Conditions underfoot were muddy but 390 runners made it round the course in one piece. First to cross the line today was Alexander Tate in 16:43 (his best time here since 2013) and first female finisher was Gail Brown in 20:59, a new course PB for her (well done, a fantastic time!). As for me, I managed to finish in 26:36, and first in age category, which I was pleased with.

There were four 100 celebrations today; congratulations to Bob Storey, Lois Harris, and Linda & Francis Munnelly

Hope everyone running the half marathon had a good run, and, if you are ever in Shrewsbury, please do come and try our beautiful parkrun and say hello to Clare or myself whilst you are there.

#runhappy

Francesca

Frances and Clare

Guest reporter Francesca and Clare from Histon

 

Cambridge parkrun #514, 29 February 2020

Well, the rain sounded pretty insistent when we woke up on Saturday. Poundy kinds of heavy rain drops not exactly helping us out of bed. But the thing to do is always get up and come to parkrun, right? You'll always end up pleased you did. I think the rain took a few prisoners this time, though - it was small this week for Cambridge: only 220 runners. That's still a lot of hardy runners plus volunteers, of course, but it was the smallest Cambridge parkrun since a couple of dates in 2014, and canny folk had worked out on the start line that there were opportunities for great finishing positions. Plus it was leapyearday, the first time we've been smaller than Coldham's Common, and it was FUN.

Congrats to the first timers. Especially to the lady who told me she was not a runner. Not-a-runners are always welcome! Please come, enjoy, go at your own pace, walk as much as you want to - there's no pressure on a Saturday morning. This week the puddles were extra special big puddles - easily the best puddles this year with squishy mud to play with in between to boot. Nothing builds community like a good puddle day, and certainly where I was running, things were not too serious, with exclamations and laughter as people variously found the deepest, widest, and muddiest puddles and had a few things to say about them! The marshals were great too - having tramped their way to the relevant spot (there was no way to keep clean), they were full of good humour as they encouraged us on our way. THANK YOU to all the hi-vis heros who made this week's run happen.

Some discussion of what to wear happened. Half way around the first lap someone said they were wearing waterproof socks. What?! It's a mountain thing, apparently. I think most of us just had wet feet. I went for leggings on the basis that afterwards I could peel them off and all the mud with them and be comfortable in dry clothes in the cafe after. First finisher Chris Darling was right, though, that on a running only basis, shorts were probably the better option for those who normally run in shorts, especially as it was not too windy, not too cold and barely raining when it came to it. Aye - the conditions were pretty good really!

Run done, there was also much amusement beyond the finish funnel with people comparing notes and muddy legs. Parents were photographing their children and comparing of how high the mud went (higher, proportionally, if you're little!). Congratulations to Joanna Harrall for being fastest lady through the puddles, and to regular first finisher Chris Darling, who was first overall and got the highest age grading this week, but most importantly, did a safe run. Special mention for Lloyd Fleming who ran his 250th parkrun, Peter Hibbert who ran his 100th parkrun and Joanna, Kate, Eilidh, Rose, Neil, James, Ed and Kate who all completed their first ever parkrun. And, of course, kudos to everyone who splashed out a well-deserved highest ever finish position. Good work!

Tourists this week included a group from Gunpowder / Harlow including Emma RIVERS, Richard FOX, Jane MANN and Catherine PENKETH. As well as running (quite a lot!), Catherine and Jane are experienced Run Directors, while Emma is a prolific tail walker. We hope you enjoyed Cambridge. We also welcomed runners from Haverhill and Clare Castle, both of which were cancelled for waterlogged courses - special congratulations to Samuel BYROM for running his 10th parkrun (and good luck with keeping your new white T shirt white!). Heidi DERKS and Joost VAN KEMPEN joined us from Finsbury Park, Jacques POLTRONIERI from South Shields, and third lady Jessica SHADBOLT from Roundshaw Downs in Croydon, with apologies to those I've missed.

So that's it - leapyearday parkrun and the opportunity to do five parkruns in February done. Apparently the next 29 Feb parkrun will be in 2048, but don't wait 'till then, come along to the next one this Sat! Some of you may be preparing for the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday - if you're running the half and want to rest your legs while topping up on feel-good stocks, why not go for one of the remaining volunteer spots at parkrun the day before? See the future roster and send an email to the address on it to sign up and join the hi-vis heroes https://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge/futureroster/

Thanks for reading. See you next time!
Kristy

Actual swan at swan corner

Actual swan at swan corner

 

Cambridge parkrun #513, 22 February 2020

On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and managed to keep the rain clouds away and although gusty in places Storm Ellen was only just waking up! It took awhile for the sun to come out and when it did, we were all bathed in surprisingly warm conditions for this time of year, indeed many of us quickly removing outer layers once we started running.

First timers briefing

First timers briefing

The runner’s briefing warmly welcomed and introduced all runners to the course layout. What a lovely meandering course you have too exploring Milton Country Park. The well thought out park also provided the younger members of our parkrun community or indeed the young at heart to burn off some energy before our run started. This type of course provides lots of opportunities for the faster runners to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals on their last lap. PB opportunities were probably pretty scarce as it was all about staying vertical and running in a straight line as there was plenty of that extra special parkrun mud to negotiate today. Mind you jumping in the puddles helped clear off some of it! We especially liked reading all of your home made signs too and all of our feet trip trapping across your bridges made sure there were no trolls sleeping today too!

Puddle!

Puddle!

There were a fair few tourists at Cambridge today which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been recently and where we were soon off to. Today, tourists from Colchester, Bushey Park and Havant to name but a few were using Cambridge parkrun as their tourist venue.

Jenny, our RD for the day, gave a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of Marshalls out around the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don’t forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Cambridge parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

There were a few first timers who are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode! 34 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That’s one run less to count towards those coveted milestone tees. Were you celebrating a special milestone this week? Just like Mark and Karen who were both celebrating their 50th parkrun today. That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were a fair few people going back to the on site Milton Country Park cafe for the apres parkrun, with refreshing drink options with a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them, which allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course. Unfortunately, we had a date with our all we can eat buffet breakfast so couldn’t indulge with you today, maybe next time?

Thank you again Cambridge parkrun for perfectly starting our weekend off. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth)

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Our tail walkers!

Our tail walkers!

 

Cambridge parkrun #512, 16 February 2020

For the core team, the week between parkruns can be serene, with no problems or concerns. The volunteer coordinator has nearly all the work to do, reading emails and updating the roster, while the run director (or the person with the kit) checks the finish tokens, clears the scanners and stopwatches and charges everything, ready for Saturday.

However, this week we have had plenty of interaction with each other, checking the weather forecasts, liaising with the park, debating whether or not to cancel, being concerned about the relatively low numbers of volunteers, whether or not we’d be willing to ask people to stand out in the woods for over an hour in the wind and so on. Social media needed updating and emails were sent to the volunteers to remind everyone to keep checking in case we had to cancel.

So it was something of a relief to wake up on Saturday morning to see that the forecast had changed overnight and that Dennis was slower to arrive than anticipated. In the end all was fine – we all got the message that the park was closing at 12, and that still gave us time to complete our run, pack away, process results and have the usual coffee / tea / cake / toasties / teacakes.

As for the run itself, 391 people braved the elements and made it round the course. 45 were first timers at Cambridge and 12 of these were brand new to parkrun. We hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll be back for at least another run. At the other end of the scale four people are well over 400 runs each - think they like this parkrun lark. There were 33 shiny new PBs – well done. Chris Aylmer ran his 250th run, Edward Taylor his 100th, Mike Kemp his 50th and Francesca Day her 10th. Congratulations on reaching your milestones and looking forward to seeing you in your t-shirts soon!

As always, your free weekly timed 5k run was brought to you by volunteers, so thank you to: Katherine HEYDON, Una MANNU, Barbara BENNETT, Helen HENRY, Stephen BENNETT, Beccy TAYLOR, James STOCKER, Michaela JOYSEY, Emma GREAVES, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Anita JOYSEY, Matthew SEWELL, Ian FARRELL, Sharen HALFPENNY, Martin Daniel HORROD, Evert BOKMA, Jenny PAYNE, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Mark CHAPMAN, Chiara LOMBARDI LEDGEWAY, Robin TOD, Hilary SELLARS, Jack MOSSOP, Sheila CAYTON, Jill NOBLE, Calum NOBLE, Euan NOBLE, Stuart PAYNE, Paul FEETENBY, Susan HORROD, Elizabeth STOREY, Rowland THOMAS, Andrew BURGE, Emma NAYLOR, Helen HUMPHREYS and Joanna PUGH. Many thanks to Milton Country Park as well, they have had to make the difficult decision to close two weekends in a row, so please go along and support them during the week, if you can, or make an extra visit at the weekend.

Until next week!

Your fab finish funnel!

Your fab finish funnel!

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