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!

 

Cambridge parkrun #511 8th February 2020

Saturday dawned fairly mild but it must have rained overnight so despite a dry week the course was muddy in places. We did however miss most of the puddles and the majority of people seemed to finish less mud coated than might have been expected.

There’s an accidental manoeuvre akin to a “drop kick” where one foot raises a splash and the other follows through to “convert” the airborne water onto fellow runners but I didn’t see any this week :)

Overall we were lucky with the weather because a severe storm was forecast for Sunday and Milton Country Park was shut from Saturday evening - hopefully reopening Monday morning with no serious damage done.

Back to the run, with about 15 minutes to go before the run the starting area seemed fairly quiet but there was large arrival of participants soon after.
Unusually, no significant running milestones e.g. 50, 100 250 & 500 were announced during the pre-run briefing and none seem apparent in the results.

In all 440 people completed the course running 2,200 km to bring the total distance run at Cambridge parkrun to 932,880 km! We had 36 Cambridge parkrun “first timers” for 17 of which this was their first ever parkrun – welcome and well done!

Forty-three people ran and obtained a finish token but didn’t manage to produce a barcode to scan or haven’t registered. Sorry to those who mislaid their barcodes, we can’t attribute times after an event, for those not registered, it’s free and easy and provides a great record of your runs, walks or jogs.

Congratulations to Charlotte EAST and Joseph SMITH who finished first by gender, and to Mary HOLMES who finished top by age grading. The conditions weren’t ideal for setting PBs but 58 people managed new PBs, kudos to them.

Many thanks to all those who volunteered this week. Cambridge parkrun is an interesting course and needs quite a sizeable roster for things to run smoothly. If you’ve not tried volunteering, please consider giving it a try. It is rewarding and fun, and you’ll be guided through what each role requires as necessary.

We look forward to seeing you all next week at run #512 for the third and middle instalment of “Five parkrun Feb”.

Andrew

 

Cambridge parkrun #510 Wholly expected puddles in the parkrun area

Today the truly amazing Cambridge parkrun community came together for the first instalment of a one in 28 year opportunity to run or volunteer or a mixture of the both on 5 parkrundays (formerly known as Saturdays) in February.

As has become traditional, we celebrated with puddles. Not as large or as numerous as has been known but still some pretty good ones for jumping in and joyfully splashing or (as is shamefully my technique) hoping there will be enough room at the edges to keep alive the hope of dry feet for the other 4.5k of the run. This week’s prize for the most energetically joyful puddle splashing goes to 5 year old Arlo Kett, though he may have regretted getting quite so wet in what often seems like the never-ending second big lap.

In the week after the celebrations for our 10 th birthday, it was a little quieter with 416 people running, jogging or walking (or a bit of all three). We were delighted to welcome 50 people who came to our parkrun for the first time ever – we hope you’ll be back – and kudos to the two people, Keith Davidson and Jenifer Prettyman who made the tricky decision to come back for a second time, we hope it becomes a happy habit as it has for so many of us.

Congratulations to the amazing 44 people who, despite aforementioned puddles and a still considerable amount of slippery mud, set new personal bests. Our first finishers, Chris Darling and Olivia Baker, were both from Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club, one of the 28 clubs represented this week. Another notable effort from the club this week came from Neil Tween who popped in an 18.56 parkrun in 9 th position in the middle of a 20 mile run.

Meanwhile in Vienna today another Cambridge parkrunner, Thomas Keen, also from Cambridge and Coleridge AC, broke the British U20 Indoor Record for 1500m by over a second in a time of 3.41.44. If Tom could keep that up for a whole 5k he’d take a few minutes off our course record. Well done to all our super speedy people and equally well done to everyone who came out today and made it round our marvellous course.

Our highest age grade score of the day at 81.60% was set by our age grade course record holder Mary Holmes, whose record of 95.81% (26:15) dates back to 12th April 2014. She was narrowly ahead of Jim Stocker whose impressive time of 22.10 in the VM70-74 age category and 80.53% score gained him second place in the age grade results for the day. Jim and Mary are regular volunteers at both ends of the run with Jim and Mary very frequently setting up the course before the run and equally frequently Jim putting all the signs away and Mary sorting the tokens after the run is over.

If you want to feel that warm glow of having done something amazing for your fellow runners on a Saturday morning, do get in touch via the email cambridge@parkrun.com. We’d also love you to opt in to receive volunteer emails so we can share the volunteering
opportunities available. Here’s the list of this week’s awesome 36 Hi-Viz heroes:

Una MANNU • Helen HENRY • Marky THOMAS • Beccy TAYLOR • James STOCKER • Paul CRUSH • Sarah DAY • Katie TWEEN • Mary HOLMES • Adam TAPLEY • Anita JOYSEY • Matthew SEWELL • Pamela ABBOTT • Caroline Alice MEAD • Jo MCGOWAN • Mike PITT • Nicola BUCKLEY • Chris ROGERS • Jenny PAYNE • Geoff MEADS • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Wendy JOHNSON • Jack MOSSOP • Sally STEWART • Sheila CAYTON • Jill NOBLE • Rachael SEYMOUR • Andrew BUTCHER • Chris HARRIS • Liz BIRD • Elizabeth STOREY • Valerie MORGAN • Jen LITTLE • Rowland THOMAS • Helen HUMPHREYS • Florence TWEEN

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

 

Cambridge parkrun #509 – the 10th birthday one.

Until today the biggest 10th birthday party I had been to was when the whole class of 30 was invited, but today we had about 600 people at the 10th anniversary of Cambridge parkrun. The sing-along set the mood brilliantly and helped the 45 volunteers and 557 runners create a memorable event.
The theme of the celebrations was ‘Milestones’ and we welcomed 19 first time parkrunners, and celebrated with Louisa Phillips, David Wyatt, Kate Knill and Milan Erdos who did their 50th parkrun. Chris Jones did his 100th parkrun and Paul Beastall, Louise Pryor and Pamela Abbott all ran their 250th parkrun.

There were cakes, biscuits and flapjacks aplenty washed down by the usual mix of beverages including Prosecco. For those first timers to Milton Country Park, we do this every Saturday, well minus the tutus and capes!

Cambridge is the Granddaddy of the Cambridgeshire parkruns spawning 10 other 5ks and 7 junior parkruns, so that in total over 3 million kilometres have been run at a Cambridgeshire parkrun since that first snowy parkrun 10 years ago. Which, based on todays cake consumption, means that we have eaten about 5 kms of cakes and drunk enough tea and coffee to fill one of Milton’s lakes.
Parkrun may not solve the great problems and inequalities in our society but it does build a community and today as the culmination of the last 10 years was a superb example of that.

Thank you to everyone who came and volunteered or ran and to all of you who have done so over the years, together we have made something rather special. Keep volunteering and running and we’ll see you next week for the start of our next decade.

This is what it started out like. Here is the very first run report:

First run report!
Posted on January 30, 2010 by cambridgeoffice

Indeed, the sunny smiles at the start were almost bright enough to melt the snow. A great turnout of 71 runners and 11 helpers made for a bustling event with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Owing to the conditions runners were urged to go cautiously, using today's run as an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the course and the route - storming PBs were advised to be something to think about another day. Despite conditions, David Bettinson of Cambridge Tri Club and Alessandro Coianiz of Cambridge and Coleridge lead the field with an impressive pace. David eventually crossed the finish in 17:29 narrowly ahead of Alessandro in 17:32, who was best age graded male.
Of the ladies, Katie Samuelson-Dean from Cambridge and Coleridge finished first in 26:08. Katie's result is particularly good given that she ended up running considerably further on account of vanishing directional arrow allowing her to go the wrong way. Carol Stanier, also Cambridge and Coleridge, came in second for the ladies in 26:42. Well done to Una Mannu for best age graded female performance.
Throughout the field, everyone ran their hearts out to the line and there were some very impressive finishes. Wonderful to see a lady cross the line in tears of joy at having completed the event - her first run in a month on account of an injury. Well done!
Sadly, the weather had caused problems for some of the volunteers in getting to the course, which impacted on course signage. As a result some runners did take the wrong route. If you know that your time is incorrect, do let us know. Far better to have an accurate time rather than an overly swift one which may be difficult for you to improve upon.
It was interesting to note that of all those who ran today, it seems only one had taken part in a parkrun event before. This makes organising the Cambridge event particularly rewarding, because it means we're bringing parkrun to a whole new group of people. Naturally, the event has only been made possible because of our great volunteers. A big thank you is owed to every single one of them. If you enjoyed running today, please do consider volunteering your time on a future occasion. A special thank you goes to the poor helper who fell off their bike on the way to the event not once, not twice, but three times! Perseverance prize goes to you, Dom!
Today was such fun - seeing everyone enjoying themselves, sharing the eureka moment when we successfully submitted our first results was quite magical. So, well done to everyone and we hope to see you all again very soon!

 

Cambridge parkrun is 10!

On the last Saturday in January 2010, 71 runners and 11 volunteers took part in the first Cambridge parkrun at Milton Country Park. Join us as we celebrate this weekend! Wear your favourite parkrun t-shirt or celebrate your own personal milestones. Most likely there'll be cake!

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