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 #506 – 4th January 2020

Well done to everyone who ran on Saturday, and particularly well done if you came along for the first time. I hope you enjoyed it. I always think that January is a great time to start (or come back to) parkrun as loads of people are just getting into running / recovering / starting work on a new target at this time of year. Parkrun is friendly and it's a run, not a race, so don't feel pressured - you come along and do the run / walk that works for you. Most people find that it's much easier to stick at it for 5k if you're running with others, whether your aim to to complete the course or to keep the pace for a particular finish time. Just go easy on yourself as the great thing is that there's a Saturday in every week.

I had a great time this week. I'd been away, so it was good to be back and see people, and we had some lovely puddles and mud to welcome us. I have a sad heel so I did a little running and quite a few chunks of walking too this time. Thank you to everyone who cheered me along! Thank you also to the marshals who pointed out the particularly slippy areas as we went. With all the mud, it wasn't really a fast week this week (well done if you managed a personal best time nonetheless!), but it was a lot of fun and my post-run tea felt well deserved. If you've not been in the cafe recently, note that there's now a much bigger part open upstairs including a smaller second till up there to help with the queue.

The median time this week (position 267) was 29:20, and the times ranged from our first finisher Tom Vickery with a strong lead at 16:29 to the orange hi-viz tailwalkers (thanks Jake Harris and Deborah Collison) at 1:02:58. The first lady was Charlotte East at 20:08, with Darcie Hay second and Claire Wilshaw third, and it was close between Thomas Barnes (second overall) and Andrew Butcher (third this time). The first junior runner was Kyan Mayo in the JM15-17 category, who also came in 10th place overall, while the fastest runners on their first parkruns were Joe Salvage for the men and and Hannah Flemmington for the women, and the fastest tourist was Jeremy Brown (welcome!). Well done to all! Nice to see three different age categories represented in the age-grading 1,2,3: Well done Tom Vickery, Martin Kilduff and Stephen Howard. Special congratulations also to Rebecca Munro and Sarah Mogg on new sub-30 personal bests. We need some aesthetically pleasing times too, of course: this week they include Edward Taylor's 25:25, Hayley Jasper's 27:27 and Mike Kemp's 29:29. The busiest time I can see was 27:18 - three people finished in that second, the third of whom was David Cross on a personal best time - lucky to have such quick-fingered timekeepers!

Some runners achieved a milestone this week - parkrun gives a free T shirt for running particular numbers of runs - you may have seen them in the park. Congratulations to Ryan Church on his 10th parkrun (there's a white T shirt for juniors who have achieved this) and also to Chloe Hodgkinson and Mike Sales on their 50th parkruns (they get a red T shirt).

Parkrun is a great thing and it's all run by volunteers each week, who put signs out, marshal the course, scan barcodes, give out tokens when you finish etc. If you are able to help on one of the coming weeks (none of the tasks are too difficult and they'll explain how to do things), do email cambridge@parkrun.com to sign up. Many thanks to this week's team, who were Pamela Abbott, Catrionna Achermann, Paul Bestall, Jacqueline Bell, Andrew Burge, Lisa Clatworthy, Catriona Cole, Debora Collison, Susie Cumming, Neill Foster, Loles Garcia Diaz, Emma Greaves, Lauren Greaves, Kristy Guneratne, Chris Harris, Jake Harris, Lois Harris, Helen Henry, Martin Daniel Horrod, Hayley Horrod, Susan Horrod, Elsoe Jenkins, Mick Johnson, Marisa Hohnson, Anita Joysey, Jen Little, Una Mannu, Richard Martin, Jo McGowan, Alison Meadows, Valerie Morgan, Jack Mossop, Emma Newman, Jenny Payne, Laura Pearson-Clark, Louise Pryor, Megan Ruddlesden, Simon Smyth, Sally Stewart, James Stocker and Brent Swann-Auge.

See you next time! Maybe persuade a friend to come too? Thanks for reading.

Kristy

 

Cambridge parkrun #505 – NYD

Like many others today, I took advantage of the opportunity not only to do a parkrun on New Year’s Day, but to get two in on one morning – I had already run at Littleport parkrun at 9am, before travelling across to Cambridge with many others then to take part at this event with a 10:30am start.

As we gathered at the start, it was clear that although it wasn’t a record attendance, there were big numbers of runners, joggers and walkers at the event “Happy New Year” was the joyous phrase which could be heard time and time again, there was a super, positive vibe in the air. I listened to Pamela Abbot’s first timers briefing, there were a number of parkrunners for whom it was their first run at Cambridge, but also an incredible 42 for whom it was their first time ever at any parkrun – I hope you enjoyed the experience, what a fabulous way to start 2020.

The Run Director Gary Cole did a brilliant job of making himself heard, amongst the 561 runners, there was only one milestone today – congratulations to Penny English on reaching your 50th parkrun today. Before we knew it we were off. The course is on lovely trail paths, luckily it was only slightly muddy today having dried out a little after what seems like months of continuous rain during the end of 2019. We went around the small loop first, and then it’s out onto 2 large different loops – when passing by the café, each time there were so many supporters stood watching and cheering us all on. This gave me a great boost – the legs were struggling after the parkrun earlier on.

There seemed to be quite a few of us from the Midlands area, and for those of us who had been to the Worcester parkrun, we commented on how similar this course was in so many ways – that’s a good thing as we all loved that course too. The course was so well signed and marshalled, and I also really liked your additional motivational signs that were dotted around the course too.

Once turning off the second lap onto a long, straight path where the finish funnel can be seen in the distance, it was my intention to sprint finish – however my legs and lungs didn’t have the same intention as my brain as I ran steadily across the line with a real sense of relief that the 2 in 2 was complete. To recover, I took the walk back around to the cafe area, and got my barcode scanned. The cafe is lovely, serving a range of food and drinks and very well populated by parkrunners which is always great to see – who doesn’t enjoy a bit of parkrun faff?

Super parkrun, I hope to be back sometime.

A huge thank you to all of today’s volunteers for helping to make this extra event possible;

Alison MEADOWS • Andrew BURGE • Anita JOYSEY • Anya HADDOCK • Bob STOREY • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Catriona COLE • David MORGAN • Emma HAWKEY • Euan NOBLE • Fiona MACDONALD • Fiona MCDAID • Florence TWEEN • Gary COLE • Hilary SELLARS • Hope HUTCHISON • Jacqueline BELL • James HAYNES • James STOCKER • Jill NOBLE • Jo HORLEY • Joe TOWNSEND • Kathy HAYNES • Katie TWEEN • Leslie LAWRENCE • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Mary MITCHELL • Michaela JOYSEY • Mike HORSCROFT • Neil TWEEN • Nicola EDE • Pamela ABBOTT • Rich HALL • Richard MARTIN • Ricky MITCHELL • Rosa JOHN • Sam ELLIS • Simon BERRY • Stuart PAYNE • Stuart WOOLF • Susie CUMMING • Tracy HUTCHISON • Una MANNU • Valerie MORGAN • Vicky LARMOUR

By Emma – Perry Hall parkrunner

 

Cambridge parkrun #484 3rd August 2019

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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.
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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.
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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!

 

Cambridge parkrun #483 27 July 2019

Soggy Saturdays are a rare thing at Cambridge parkrun but the rain was a welcome treat for some after the scorching week we had.

I was volunteering at the finish this week as number checker. Juggling my clipboard and umbrella it was my job to keep track of the number of runners recorded by the timers compared to the number of finish tokens handed out. Any discrepancies between the timers and tokens can then (hopefully) be corrected when the results are processed. It’s a fun job if you like pretending to be important with a clipboard!

I love running at Cambridge parkrun but I also really enjoy the volunteering side. Marshalling is one of my favourite roles as you get to cheer for all the parkrunners and there’s nothing quite like all the smiles and ‘thank yous’ for a boost of positivity on a Saturday morning. I also really enjoy barcode scanning. I like meeting new people but I find small talk awkward. Barcode scanning allows me to have lots of mini chats with new people without the awkwardness and gives me a big confidence boost!

I asked some if my fellow volunteers about their favourite roles and what they enjoy most about volunteering:

Jenny Payne likes that volunteering means she gets to shout at people. Marshalling is a great is for shouting encouragement at other runners but if, like Jen, you like to unleash your bossy side then funnel manager may also be the job for you. Fiona McDaid enjoys the smiling faces of the runners as they cross the finish line, although she’s not so keen on all the sweat! Time keeping is Steve Buchan’s favourite role. This is a job that some people find a bit stressful while others really enjoy getting in the zone and being focussed on the task. Either way we always try to have two timekeepers so that there is a backup in case of any problems. Fiona MacDonald likes the fact that volunteering gets her off the sofa on a Saturday morning. Fie likes to run too but prefers to save herself for longer runs. Yesterday’s Run Director Helen Henry likes how volunteering makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I second that!

There’s a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at Cambridge parkrun, whether you enjoy shouting and being bossy or you’re more of a quiet focussed type, there will be something for you - so come and be a hi-viz hero!

Here are some impressive volunteer stats from yesterday’s parkrun.

35 volunteers carried out 43 roles yesterday. Between them, yesterday's volunteers have helped at Cambridge a huge 1,815 times! We welcomed five first time volunteers. The average number of times per volunteer was 52 and the most prolific volunteer is James Stocker who has volunteered at Cambridge a whopping 319 times! Thank you Jim for all your support of Cambridge parkrun.

A big big thank you to all of yesterday’s volunteers!

Anita LEWIS, Helen HENRY, Steve BUCHAN, Mike DIFRANCO, Jim HIGGINS, James STOCKER, Michaela JOYSEY, Katie TWEEN, Mary HOLMES, Fiona MCDAID, Edward COLBY, Lorna ANDERSON, William WINTER, David PIPE, Martin Daniel HORROD, Jo MCGOWAN, Fiona MACDONALD, Stephen CORNELL, Karoly ERDOS, Jenny PAYNE, Katherine REED, Nicola HORNEGOLD, Bob PEACOCK, Kevin SHELLIE, Martin KILDUFF, Stuart PAYNE, Antony KELLY, Paul FEETENBY, Naomi SHELMERDINE, Susan HORROD, Valerie MORGAN, Alice HOMER, Tamsin PAGE, Robert JONES, Rachel CONNOR and Fiona MCDAID.

Of course there wouldn’t be volunteering if it wasn’t for all our amazing runners, joggers and walkers. While puddles started to appear during the run, conditions were generally good underfoot and runners enjoyed the cooling effect of the rain. 439 of you completed the course yesterday. A big welcome to the 54 first timers to Cambridge parkrun of whom 21 completed their first ever parkrun (welcome to the parkrun family!). Well done also to the 42 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests this week!

There was one milestone to celebrate this week. Congratulations to Toby Robertson who completed his 50th parkrun on his first visit to Cambridge parkrun in a time of 26:58.

Since Cambridge parkrun began in January 2010 our runners have covered 869,200km. That’s approximately 21 and a half times around the globe!

We look forward to seeing you all again next week!
Michaela

 

Cambridge parkrun #482 – 20 July 2019

Saturday's parkrun was hot and surprisingly humid, so congratulations to the 423 runners and walkers who came along and completed our three lap course, and also to 38 volunteers who set out the course, encouraged, directed, timed, scanned barcodes etc. to make it all happen so smoothly. This week's volunteers were: Andrew BURGE, Anna TUKE, Beccy TAYLOR, Ben MOSS, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Cameron FEHR, David James COLE, Elizabeth STOREY, Emily CHANNON, Emma GREAVES, Fiona MCDAID, Gwyneth HORSCROFT, Helen HENRY, Ian FARRELL, Ian HANNAH, Jackie TOMLINSON, James VARNDELL, Janay FEHR, Jenny PAYNE, Jim HIGGINS, Jo HORLEY, Jonathan DAVIES, Kristy GUNERATNE, Laurence LAMARCQ, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Maeva VALLET, Martin KILDUFF, Mary HOLMES, Melanie REED, Mike PITT, P., Paul TAYLOR-CRUSH, Paula HUGHES, Rachel EVANS, Stuart PAYNE, Theodore FEHR, Tom WOMACK and Valerie MORGAN. Thank you very much!

The course felt pretty good underfoot this week, the 'slight squidginess' of lap 1 was very slight, but it's always important to keep an eye out for tree roots on this course, as a few do stick up a bit, especially at the first bend. I'm a regular runner and I had a lovely relaxed run this time, adapted for heat and tiredness levels, just enjoying the pace that felt right that day. I was pleased to see some walkers out as well, and kudos to the parents managing to get out for a run by pushing a buggy.

Paula HUGHES and Stuart PAYNE did the briefing for new runners, welcoming 53 first timers. We hope you enjoyed it and please come back soon! 22 runners (or at least, 22 with barcodes) were doing their first ever parkrun, including Valerie MORGAN, who both earned her 25 T-shirt for volunteering and completed her first parkrun as tail walker; Harry GREEN who did his first 5k parkrun after completing nine of the 2k junior parkruns (Sundays, 10am); and first in the JW10 category, Anastasia DINES who normally runs at Grovelands parkrun in Enfield. Talking of tourists, we also had some prolific tourists who chose to run at Cambridge this time, including Annette HOWARD, a whole troupe of BARNETT's, Jo WOOF, and Dawn Patricia VOLLMER, whose home run is Ebotse parkrun in South Africa but was joining us for her eighth Cambridge parkrun on Saturday.

Call to hi-viz! Over the summer it's always a bit tricky with some of the most regular helpers being away at different times, and we were all encouraged in Lisa CLATWORTHY's pre-run briefing to make a particular effort to sign up in July and August. With all the nice weather, it's also a really good time to bring potential volunteer friends, partners, and grannie along, and get them them involved in the fun. The future roster is here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge/futureroster/, and if you can help, please email cambridge@parkrun.com. If you've not done a role before, don't worry as someone will show you what to do (and nothing is too hard).

On to this week's milestones - congratulations to JM10 runner Lewis Halcrow on his 10th 5k parkrun (though I should point out that he's done 46 junior parkruns as well!!), Julie HOLMES who did her 250th, and David NEWSTEAD who ran his 50th parkrun. Julie's first run was in March 2011, and she has done 213 of her runs at Cambridge and has also earned her 25 volunteer T shirt.

Our first finisher by some way was Ben JONES, who earnt himself a PB of 15:57 - his first sub-16 parkrun out of 175 runs on various courses. Very well done! Second was first timer James ROSS, and Richard MOORE came in third. For the women, Rebecca SHARPE and Charlotte EAST ran an impressive 19:38 and 19:47 respectively, with first timer Emma ETHERDIGE in third on her first go. In age grading, I like that Ben JONES and Richard MOORE managed 1 and 3 again, but this time with Mary HOLMES in second.

There were 42 PBs this week, including JM11-14 runner Stephen MEISER-STEDMAN taking yet another huge chunk off his time; Harry CANTELL, who was first finisher in the JM10 category; Kyan MAYO first JM11-14; Carol CAMBIE who took a minute and 21 seconds off her last PB (!); and I was pleased to notice that they include Sean O'CONNOR, who was going great guns when he came past me in the finishing straight for his 9th PB in 10 runs. Congratulations if you got a PB.

Fun finish times get a mention too - on a quick reading of the results, I liked 23:45 by Adam CARE, 21:12 by James TWEED, 23:23 by Patrick O'BRIEN and 24:24 by Stephen BLUNT.

Come along next week! And the week after! And the week after that! And sign up to volunteer over the summer! And bring a friend! Its always fun! OK - enough exclamation marks.

See you next time,
Kristy

 

Cambridge parkrun #481 13th June 2019

This week's parkrun saw me marshalling due to a PRI (parkrun related injury). It was really nice weather for running which mostrobably contributed to 71 people recording new Personal Bests. It also seemed to make everyone happy as almost everyone passing myself and my little helper had big smiles on their faces.

This week 420 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers, 16 taking part in their first ever parkrun.

We didn't have anyone attaining any of the official landmarks today but Andrew Parker completed his 200th parkrun today.

Our first finisher was Jack Stanton-Stock in the JM15-17 category in an impressive time of 16:22, his second ever parkrun. First female finisher being Fiona Tideswell in 20:09 who has done a few more parkruns at 229.

Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers, many thanks to all of them!

Steven ANDERSON, Steve BUCHAN, Paul CRUSH, Michaela JOYSEY, Emma GREAVES, Lauren GREAVES, Mary HOLMES, Alexander COLBY, Hermione CREASE, Fiona NIMMO, William WINTER, Rufus CURNOW, Martin Daniel HORROD, Mike PITT, Isobel HOGG, Karoly ERDOS, Mike HORSCROFT, Jenny PAYNE, Jackie TOMLINSON, Tony TOMLINSON, Philip RULE, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Kaitlyn HORROD, Tom WOMACK, Parminder LALLY, Paula HUGHES, Bob PEACOCK, Hilary SELLARS, Adrian SMITH, Gwyneth HORSCROFT, Hayley HORROD, Stuart PAYNE, Rachel Louise JONES, Susan HORROD, Valerie MORGAN, Ben WOMACK, Nicola EDE, Dean SNOW, Rachel CONNOR, Deborah COLLISON and Rebecca COOMBS.

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