Cambridge parkrun #500 Run Report – 30/11/19

So I hope everyone had a fantastic, frosty, 500th Cambridge parkrun?

As you might be aware mine didn’t go quite to plan after my co-pilot worked out how to remove her mittens around the 1k mark, jettisoned them out of the buggy just beyond the narrow bridged and then decided just after the 2k mark that her hand were frozen and was inconsolable! (I did try to warn her, but I guess some things you just have to discover for yourself!) Thank you to everyone who checked we were ok, offered to push the buggy for me, let me know where she had abandoned her mittens and then got the mittens back to me. The spirt of parkrun was well and truly alive.

Anyway, while the cold may have brought my run to a halt, it didn’t stop 446 of you running, jogging and walking your way round the crisp and misty park. If you haven’t seen the wonderful picture take a look on our facebook page. There were 30 first timers, including at least one group who I know were doing their graduation run after following the couch to 5k program. Well done to you and I really hope you will be back for more parkruns in the future.

It may have been wet and muddy under foot in places but 33 of you still manged to run a personal best! Some PB’s of note include Tim MEIKLE (36:48) and Evelyn STRACHAN (28:57), who both ran their 3rd PB in a row. Interestingly Evelyn was followed by Ottilie WILLIAMS (28:58) and Adele BIRD (28:59) who both also clamed PB’s! It also looks like Mark VARLEY and Matthew HUME may also have helped each other to a PB coming in at 23:00 and 23:01 respectively. Well done to everyone who managed a PB this week.

Special mentions to David James COLE and Terry BRAVERMAN, who both ran at event number one and this week’s 500th event! David has run a total of 206 parkruns, 205 of them at Cambridge. He has also helped make the event possible 14 times. Terry has run a whopping 412 parkruns! 307 of them at Cambridge. He too has also helped to make parkrun happen 33 times. Congratulations to both of you and thank you for your support. If you would like to help make parkrun happen, please take a look at the future volunteer roster page.

Which leads on nicely to saying a BIG thank you to this week’s volunteers who stood out in the cold to help ensure the event could take place. Alan BALDOCK • Steven ANDERSON • Helen HENRY • Julia SUDBURY • Darien .J. O'BRIEN • Patrick GOSLING • James STOCKER • Kay SWEENEY • Emma GREAVES • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Neil TWEEN • Mary HOLMES • Lorna ANDERSON • Sue BRENTNALL • Pamela ABBOTT • Robert ZIEGLER • David GILBEY • Martin Daniel HORROD • Maria MARTIN • Richard MARTIN • Evert BOKMA • Jenny PAYNE • Ricky MITCHELL • Mary MITCHELL • Christine ROBERTS • Parminder LALLY • Bob PEACOCK • Jack MOSSOP • Sally STEWART • Hayley HORROD • Paul FEETENBY • Thomas MORGAN • Laurence LAMARCQ • Rachel CHALLIS • Rosa SNOW • David REEVE • Dean SNOW • Vicky LARMOUR • Florence TWEEN and William COUSINS are our HI-VIS HEROS this week!

The front runners this week were Chris DARLIN (16:04), James REED (16:23) and Adam TAPLEY (17:40). Charlotte EAST (19:32), Rebecca WHITE (19:49) and Helen BARRY (20:30) were the first three women to finish. While Jacob Presto (17:53), Fergus FLEMIN (20:39) and Leo Rothwell (20:41) were the fastest juniors, with Amy COPE (24:54) the first under 18’s lady to cross the line.

3 people had millstone runs this week; Sarah JONES joined the 10 Club, while Charlie RITCHIE and Pete CLARKE joined the 100 club. Special mentions also to Evert BOKMA and P PEREIRA who completed their 25th time of volunteering and joined the purple T-shirt club – thank you from us all. Finally a mention also to Kristy GUNERATNE who was the runner with the most parkruns under her belt this week; 443 in total – so close to her own 500th event!

To finish with a few stats you might find interesting. In 500 events;
• There have been 321 different first finishers
• 20,599 runners have completed Cambridge Parkrun
• There have been 30,120 PB’s
• We have run a total distance of 908,355km (Thank you Milton County Park!)
• We have been running for a combined time of 9Years 198Days 13Hrs 11Min 32Secs
• And a total of 1,895 individuals have volunteered 15,328 times.

Until the next time,

Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)


Festive events 2019/20

Hi all! We are pleased to be able to offer runners a fabulous start to the New Year with a run at 10:30 am on the 1st of January 2020! Huge thanks to members of the core team who are willing to organise this, and to Milton Country Park for agreeing to let us run on the day. We will be looking for the usual set of volunteers nearer the time, but feel free to put your name down at any time in the next couple of months.

As usual, the park is closed on Christmas Day, so we can't offer a run, but there will be other parkruns in the area who may be doing this. Please check the Christmas compendium.


Cambridge parkrun #493 – 12th October 2019

The grey and drizzly days are the most important days to be at parkrun, I think, because if there isn't sunshine in the sky, well you just have to make your own. So well done to the 391 people who both made it to the park and walked, ran or jogged this week, and to the 42 volunteers who made it possible, safe, and really enjoyable despite uninspiring weather. Thank you - you all brightened up my Saturday!

A big thank you, as ever, to this week's volunteers: Adam TAPLEY, Andrew BURGE, Andrew PARKER, Anette LAVER, Bev MISIK, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Carly HILLS, Catriona COLE, Chris JONES, Dylan RUNHAM, Emma GREAVES, Florence TWEEN, Gary COLE, Geoff MEADS, Guy HILLS, Jackie TOMLINSON, James STOCKER, Joanna HARRALL, Kristy GUNERATNE, Lauren GREAVES, Martin Daniel HORROD, Mary HOLMES, Mary MITCHELL, Megan PARKER, Mike DIFRANCO, Mike PITT, Natasha MICHAEL, Pamela ABBOTT, Paul BEASTALL, Paul BELZAR, Ricky MITCHELL, Robin JONES, Sabine BUCHHOLZ, Sally STEWART, Sheila CAYTON, Steve BUCHAN, Stewart AITKEN, Stuart PAYNE, Susan HORROD, Tony TOMLINSON, Vicky LARMOUR, and Wendy JOHNSON.

There were quite a few additional safety notes at this week's pre-run briefing, but it was all explained very clearly and the run itself seemed to go smoothly, though it was certainly one to be careful with underfoot. Encouragement around the course was enthusiastic - we even had a very energetic dancing marshal in one place inspiring us all to keep going as we got towards the end, and the friendly welcome at the finish funnel is always appreciated. If you want to run or walk 5k, this is a great way to keep up the motivation to do it and finish, and if you want to join the volunteers in one of the forthcoming weeks (and work towards the 25V T shirt you may have seen!), it's really easy - you just send an email ( to sign up.

There seemed to be a good crowd of new runners and walkers flocking to Geoff MEADS's first timers briefing when I looked. I count 52 on the results list, not including those without a barcode. Quite a few were on their first ever parkrun (hurray!), while some were tourists visiting from other parkruns. A warm welcome to all from near and far (lovely to see runners from Coldham's Common at one extreme and Australia at the other!). A special shout out to two members of the 250 club (Susan Bannocks and Simon Narracott), and to Andrzej Balicki who managed a 83.74% age grading on his first run here!

When there are puddles at Cambridge, we're advised to run straight through them. Changing speed and direction around puddles can catch out the people running just behind you and can cause accidents, so be bold! My friend Claire, who is wise, says you should always aim to get your feet wet as fast as possible on a puddle day, since once they're already wet you don't worry about getting them wet and it's easy to run through the puddles. If you need inspiration, turn up for a Sunday 2k junior parkrun (10am Sundays) as the children there are brilliant at puddles (just stand well back if they're running past!).

Well done to those who got a PB this time. Amongst you there was Leslie Lawrence who achieved a PB on his 50th run, Tony Lloyd on his first sub-24, Andrew Mason on his first sub-26, Ben Summers and Fergus Flemmin, who both got PB's on their 25th parkruns, Georgina Mason on her second PB in a row and Jess Bond on her third PB in a row. Well done also to those who ran the fastest they have for ages or got higher-than-normal age grading - those are really hard for me to pick up in the results but I hope you gave yourself a pat on the back.

I quite like how depending on where you are, you can often run and spectate at the same time on our course. Did you see the speedies at the front? It looks like there were some fun cluster efforts this time, with Adam Tapley only 4 secs ahead of Thomas Barnes for his 15th first finish, and Olivia Baker, Katherine Hymers and Charlotte East all finishing within a second around 19.39, along with Zak Smith on his third PB in a row. Meanwhile, watch out for those juniors! Kieran Birch earned first JM11-15 with a well-judged 1 second PB (those are the best if you want lots of PB Saturdays!). Saioa Galvin was on her first run at Cambridge but still managed to be first JW11-15. And then there were some fun times: for those who enjoy symmetry Anna Kirkham got 20:02, Laurence Cooper got 21:12 and James Bearpark bagged 23:32. Nice.

I did some counting and ignoring the unknowns:
We have 232 males and 159 females on the results.
We had 7 runners & walkers over the age of 65 and 14 who are 10 or under.
50 participants have done less than 5 parkruns (after Saturday's run) while 12 have done more than 300.
While 21 people did their very first parkrun this week, only 7 were on their second parkrun (come on, you 21 new parkrunners - you can beat that)
We only had 3 JW15-17's (kudos to Amy Cope, Lily Saxton, Minnie Govett) but we had 27 VM45-49's and 29 VM40-44's (well done Stephen Cuthbert and Andrew Chapman for being fastest of the largest categories).
After the run we drifted to barcode scanning and the cafe area (if not the playpark!). At this time of year the indoor cafe and toilets are a very useful facility for warm and dry post-run natter and tea.

Let's do it again next week! Thanks for reading,


Cambridge parkrun #491 – John Johnson

Many of our regular runners will know John and Wendy - if not personally, then certainly by sight. Both of them always cheerful and it was always a pleasure to see them. Sadly John passed away last week - here is the text of Chris's speech from Saturday morning.

"I usually love greeting you all on Saturday mornings with vigour however, this time I am not. it is with great sadness to report the passing away of regular Cambridge parkrunner John Johnson who sadly passed away last Thursday morning.

John completed precisely 100 parkruns, 80 of which were here at Milton Country Park. John completed his first parkrun on the 19th December 2015 and reached his 100 milestone on the 10th November 2018, although this was no mean feat with more fences than the Grand National. John was also a popular figure in the local community for his role as a football referee.
John demonstrated undoubted levels of courage and determination to reach the 100 milestone, none more so than his 99th and 100th parkrun which required the highest levels of fortitude. John had been long suffering from prostate cancer and despite this unforeseen mountain on the course John battled onto the finish line.

During John’s treatment when not running he was a regular face cheering on runners and volunteering to ensure that everyone had a jubilant start to the weekend. Volunteering on 30 different occasions in true John style, he would undoubtedly always ask how you were without a mention of his own difficulties which is a credit to the man himself. I am sure each and every one of you will have your own fond memories which you can look back on, recognising the true spirit of parkrun, none more so than one his 100th parkrun where an army of supporters backed John to his milestone.

On behalf of all the Cambridge parkrun family we would like to thank everyone for their support to John during this challenging journey, the Arthur Rank Hospice who helped support John’s final days and John himself for the infinite memories. Today we are wearing white for his love for Tottenham, milestone tee shirts for his desire to reach the milestone next ahead despite adversity. Our thoughts are with Wendy and son Matt."


Cambridge parkrun #484 3rd August 2019

It was another gorgeous day in Milton Country Park and we welcomed many visitors from Coldham’s Common parkrun as well as tourists who are attending the Folk Festival. I hope you all had a brilliant time. We had our fifth highest attendance today – 610 of you – it’s been a long time since I had to queue at the first bridge. Of those 610, 98 were first timers at Cambridge and, of those, 18 were first timers to parkrun. We hope you all had a great morning with us and stayed to enjoy the café.
76 of you set new PBs – well done! Milestones were achieved by Ian Keys and Jamie Ward (PB!) who reached 100 runs, Martin Davies and Andrew Kennedy ran their 50th and Megan Birch qualified for her 10 T shirt. Well done to all.

This was Cambridge parkrun number 484 and Julia Oldham finished in position 484 in her first ever parkrun. Some of the aesthetically pleasing times include John Robson at 19.:19, Aonghus Haicéid 20:02, Gordon Ross 23:45, Lina Undicino 26:27, Katherine Troeller 29:29 and Jo Horley 34:56.

We hope you got a good result, but we did have quite a few funnel duckers, people overtaking in the funnel, people crossing the line twice and so on. If you cross the finish line, the timekeepers will click the stopwatches. If you don’t want a finish token, please carry on through the funnel, in order, and let the finish tokens people know. This means that everything is in order and makes life much easier for the results processors.
Today’s parkrun would not have been possible without the support of Milton Country Park and all our volunteers. Amongst the team of 39 people who made your morning run possible were seven first time volunteers – hope you enjoyed it. Volunteering is great fun and anyone is welcome to try their hand at the roles available; we’d love to have you.

This week’s high viz heroes were: Julia DARLING, Helen HENRY, Steve BUCHAN, Graham DARLING, Beccy TAYLOR, Joseph SMITH, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Neil TWEEN, Mary HOLMES, Christina YOUELL, Frances NEW, Pamela ABBOTT, Rachel EVANS, Robert ZIEGLER, Martin Daniel HORROD, Stephen CORNELL, Jenny PAYNE, Gary COLE, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Frederick CHEUNG, Peter CHARROT, Bob PEACOCK, Nigel NEW, Travis LEE, Stuart PAYNE, Bob STOREY, Elena CHICULITA, Daniel WORF, Paul Marius BIVOL, Laurence LAMARCQ, Susan HORROD, Graham DRANE, Valerie MORGAN, P ., Robert JONES, Susie CUMMING and Chelsea OBRIEN. Thank you all very much!

See you all next week!

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