Cambridge parkrun #474 – 25th May 2019

Well it was another sunny bank holiday weekend (for the most part) and this Saturday our run director Gary told us it could be a PB day! (ooh!) A busy run today, with (from the photo on the facebook page) what looked like a large proportion of first-timers and tourists. 517 people ran, jogged or walked the beautifully shady, puddle-free course. And as the sun came out I could feel the humidity at the end of the first lap rising off the vegetation - phew.

Some lovely statistics here looking at the results (even as a Maths teacher - I’m not sure I’ve ever said “lovely statistics” before?!). I count 70 first timers at Cambridge, some of whom are doing well with their touring of various parkruns, Steven KEAM (34:31) who has visited 31 different parkruns and is only two runs shy of his 250, Lulu CAPS (35:01) a regular at Margate parkrun, is three runs shy of her 250 and has visited 26 different parkruns. Alina
SANDU (31:04) on her 55th parkrun has visited 16 different places. And Fiona WARREN (30:14) has visited 8 different parkruns since the beginning of March - wow! The 474th runner for event #474 was Leslie LAWRENCE (36:37).

So it turns out that 92 people achieved a PB today (18% of participants). Well done to the 20 people who came back for their 2nd parkrun including Rory GRIGGS who achieved an aesthetically pleasing time of 22:22. And Jon ANDERSON who achieved the highest age graded score of the day at 84.47% with a time of 18:02 - WOW! Congratulations to the three people who ran their 50th parkrun, Jan WILDENHAIN (22:59), Pete LEWIN (39:37) and Anthony IRWIN (30:10). Then we had Aideen FOLEY (23:56) achieve her 100th parkrun!

Of course we are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Rebecca Louise ANDERSON, Andrew BELL, Marysol F. BELL, Stephen BLUNT, Andy BOUTLE, Andreea CHIFOREANU, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Catriona COLE, Gary COLE, Andrew
CORBETT, Nicola EDE, Cameron FEHR, Sharen HALFPENNY, Joanna HARRALL, Lois HARRIS, Chris HARRIS, Helen HENRY, Mary HOLMES, Paula HUGHES, Kerion HUNT, Mary Esther JENNINGS, Michaela JOYSEY, Laurence LAMARCQ, Katharina Barbara

Thanks also go to the wonderful Milton Country Park, a small charity, who allow us to run there each week.
Until next week parkrunners (I will be enjoying half term),


Cambridge parkrun #470 – 27th April 2019

The balmy Easter weekend seemed like distant memory as many donned their running tights and even the odd pair of gloves, as the remnants of storm Hannah made it self known to the 439 parkrunners at Milton Country Park last Saturday. That said the course looked to be in tip top condition with no trace of any of the now legendary puddles that can turn the course into an ‘old school’ cross country more akin to an open water swim.

Numbers were however down on the previous week, possibly due to it being the eve of this year's edition of the London Marathon, with those brave souls taking a rest in preparation for the big one the following morning. There was however 20 runners starting their first ever parkrun - maybe some of you will be on the marathon start line this time next year?

Despite the over cast conditions, the sun did manage to poke its head through the clouds momentarily during the pre-run briefing, at which point I headed off to take up my position as a marshal near the half way point, just before the long straight that leads to what used to be known as the ’slippery bridge’. A recent injury has forced me to take a short break from running, with volunteering being the best way of maintaining one’s need for a weekly parkrun fix. After all it was an injury that led Paul Sinton-Hewitt to establish the first ever parkrun in Bushy Park way back in 2004.

Being at what approximates to the 2.5k mark on the course, the front runners were with me in a little over 8 minutes, followed by a pretty steady stream for the next 30 minutes or so. If you’ve never marshalled before, you’ll find it a great way to congratulate, motivate and generally interact with those taking part, Indeed it’s interesting to observe where you would be in the field based on your own particular pace. After about 15 minutes, the leaders were coming past again, lapping the main field and offering encouragement to those who they were passing. These included first finisher Andrew Hartley, with an impressive and aesthetically pleasing age grading of 77.77% ! and first lady finisher Helen Barry who was 18th overall, with a similarly impressive age grading of 76.82 %

Other notable achievements included Daniel Georges Aguila-Agon topping the age graded placings with a very impressive 82.32%

As well as Gary Howell and Valerie Allen who earned their 50 shirts. With David Sales, George Pake & Samantha Austin all earning their 100 shirts.

And not forgetting the 61 runners who achieved course PBs.

Finally another aesthetically pleasing stat to end on. Joe Girling whose time was 20:20, which matched his existing PB of 20:20. On both occasions he finished in 27th position. That’s 20 20 running for you !

A big thank you to all the volunteers with whom Cambridge parkrun 470 would not have been possible.

Alex EBERLIN • Ben MOSS • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Catriona COLE • Christine ADAMS • Clare DOWNIE • Elaine HENDRIE • Emma GREAVES • Gary COLE • Geoff MEADS • Hilary SELLARS • Jacqueline BELL • James STOCKER • Jennie PEACOCK • Jenny PAYNE • Joe TOWNSEND • Lauren GREAVES • Leslie PAUL • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Lorna ANDERSON • Mark YEATES • Mary HOLMES • Mary MITCHELL • Mike DIFRANCO • Pamela ABBOTT • Parminder LALLY • Paul CRUSH • Pauline BLAKE • Richard JONES • Ricky MITCHELL • Susan HORROD • Tony CHAPMAN • Valerie MORGAN

Injury permitting, I hope to be pacing a few of you next Saturday at an as yet unspecified time !



Cambridge parkrun #468 – 13th April 2019

Apologies to all, I sit here on my sofa (waiting for the lunchtime scones to bake) writing this a week late, having woken up this morning and realised I’d not written the run report for my 100th parkrun.

I love parkrun, it means a lot to me. Thankfully my amazing friend Beka introduced it to me just over 3 years ago and I haven’t looked back. I love the community spirit, seeing lots of regular faces, having a bit of a natter and enjoying the challenge of only competing against myself (and most weeks I don’t even worry about that!). It has been great for both my physical and mental health and I can’t see me giving it up anytime soon. Thank you to my friends who joined me this week for my celebratory 100th run (and cuppa at the Grounds Cafe afterwards). Especially Beka KIMBERLEY who introduced me, Kirsty HOLDEN who tried her first parkrun (the challenge is to come back for your second….) and Chris MOORE who forgot his barcode! #DFYB Chris!

I have recently started to regularly volunteer and car park duty is my favourite. Not only does it mean that you can run afterwards (bonus) but you get a mini warm up (stretching out your arms and legs directing traffic) and a chance to catch up with others who regularly volunteer. This week’s parkrun would not have been possible without the help of the following volunteers: Stewart AITKEN, Jessica BARRICK, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Catriona COLE, Gary COLE, Chris DARLING, Alison DURSTON, Lloyd FLEMING, Lois HARRIS, Mary HOLMES, Hayley HORROD, Martin Daniel HORROD, Susan HORROD, Kaitlyn HORROD, Gwyneth HORSCROFT, Denis HOWLETT, Paula HUGHES, Marisa JOHNSON, Michaela JOYSEY, Parminder LALLY, Kirsten LAMB, Fiona MACDONALD, Jonathon MARSH, Maria MARTIN, Richard MARTIN, Valerie MORGAN, Robert MORGAN, Ben MOSS, Leslie PAUL, Mike PITT, Sue STEARN, James STOCKER, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Beccy TAYLOR, Joe TOWNSEND, Anna TUKE, Claire WALKER, Gemma WATT

If you are thinking of trying volunteering ask around next week and find out which role would suit you (some allow you to run/walk before or after e.g. car parking, set up, run report writer etc) or take a look here: . I have a list of 40 things to do before I’m 40 (one of them was to get to my 100th parkrun - check) and now I’m trying to get to my 25th volunteering (should be achievable!).

This week was the start of the Easter holidays for some, and we saw 464 people run, jog or walk their way around the beautiful sunny (and puddle-free) Milton Country Park. Our Run Director this week (Chris) was having a great time with the air horn both at the start and as I came round after the first mini lap. There were also a lot of supporters along the main stretch cheering us all on and enjoying the sunshine and newly commissioned play park whilst they waited for us all to come in.

Just 4 people shy of the event number… I can’t tell you who came in position 468 today. However, 51 people were first timers at Cambridge Parkrun today (amazing!) and of those 18 were doing their first ever park run (fab!). Of the 18 people who came back for their second ever parkrun (BIG achievement - well done), 15 of them achieved a PB.

Notable achievements this week include Stuart POOL and Harry CONNOR both running their 50th Parkrun, and Steven ANDERSON running his 411th (Wow!). Joseph SMITH was first into the funnel today at 16:09 for the men and Rebecca SHARPE for the ladies at 19:11 achieving a PB. Paul MAKOWSKI and Stephen HOWARD both achieved amazing age graded scores (over 80%).

Well done to those who picked themselves up after a fall this week (keep an eye out for those pesky tree roots everyone), or who helped those who had fallen. As I said before - I love the community spirit at parkrun.

As always a big thank you to the core team and to Milton Country Park for hosting us. Milton Country Park is a charity so if you can please try to contribute (I’d recommend sampling the ice cream at the Grounds Cafe).

I look forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks after I’ve ticked off a few more of my 40 things to do before I’m 40.



Cambridge parkrun #467 run report – 6th April 2019

On a fresh but dry morning Cambridge hosted its 467th parkrun (wow!) at the lovely Milton County park in the clearly safe hands of run director Jenny PAYNE.
As a less conventional tourist I like to pick themes for my parkrun visits and as it was the Boat Race weekend I thought Cambridge seemed like a good idea but rather than my ‘dark blue’ leanings it was a parkrun apricot attire for me today. Arriving Friday afternoon I was very pleased to see that a new station had been built since I last looked at visiting which was very nice of you and other than a few hundred cyclists to dodge my travels were happily uneventful.
Along with a selection of the 53 first timers (20 very first parkrun and 33 tourists) I walked up to the sign for the new runners briefing. Giving the briefing was Stuart PAYNE and I knew it was going to be a good one as Stuart was preparing with a routine of stretches before he got started! Having been told about (and for me, instantly forgetting, barely able to determine right from left) the course we were treated to a demo of appropriate overtaking etiquette and advised that at current time the course was not suitable for running with dogs, completely understandable with multiple laps and some narrow winding paths.
The event would not however have been possible though without 46 wonderful volunteers: Pamela ABBOTT, Christine ADAMS, Damian BAKER, Douglas BETT, Andy BOUTLE, Andrew BURGE, Frederick CHEUNG, Catriona COLE, William CURTIS, Mike DIFRANCO, Ross DUNSMORE, Nicola EDE, Emma GREAVES, Joanna HARRALL, Antony HELLIWELL, Jim HIGGINS, Nicki HIGGINS, Susan HORROD, Gwyneth HORSCROFT, Paula HUGHES, Wendy JOHNSON, John JOHNSON, Karl JONES, Catherine JONES, Richard JONES, Brian JUDKINS, Parminder LALLY, Tom LINDFIELD, Fiona MACDONALD, Jane MANSLEY, Alison MEADOWS, Geoff MEADS, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Valerie MORGAN, Ben MOSS, Jill NOBLE, Jenny PAYNE, Stuart PAYNE, Joseph PHILIP, Louisa PHILLIPS, Diane POTTER, Brian SHAND, Sally STEWART, Eric TAPLEY and Caroline ZAKRZEWSKI.

Volunteer numbers were higher today because of the addition of 12 pacers, giving up their own runs to help others try to achieve times they might have otherwise been struggling to reach. This week pacing times ranged from 22 to 35 minutes, I wonder who was closest to their target?
Thank-you to the almost complete A to Z of you and if you are reading this and want to get involved in future weeks then all details can be found at
481 runners, walkers and joggers took part today from one of the longest parkrun start lines I’ve seen for a while. First finisher was Joseph SMITH with an absolutely incredible time of 15:41. Equally amazing was first female, and visitor, Alice CALDER in a time of 18:30, the joint 6th fastest time in the JW15-17 age group since Cambridge parkrun began in January 2010. The highest age grade was 83.87% attributed to Richard HOLLAND in the VM60-64 category with a time of 19:07. I think there must be something special in the local water!!
Conditions today though were good for faster times and in total 107 recorded new Personal Bests including junior Rozsa NAGY knocking off 4 minutes on just her 2nd run, now down to 43:13 and I’m sure there is more to come.
Congratulations to all of the above but also to everyone who came along today and completed the course. Full results can be found at
There were quite a few milestones today although I think most were being shy. Congratulations to Jennie PEACOCK on her 100th parkrun (mostly at Cambridge) and also first time tourist Jan THOMPSON visiting from London. Achieving 50 parkruns were 6 attendees – Steve KERRIDGE, Jacky THULBORN, Rhoda GREEN, Lucy SPARK, Miguel TORRES and Joshua FRAMPTON – the latter two also claiming new PBs. Final mention is for Christopher JOSEPH who reached the unofficial milestone of a whopping 300 parkruns!
Finally with a coffee from the Park Cafe I said my farewells to Cambridge parkrun and those I had a chance to chat to throughout what had been a very pleasant morning. Thank-you Cambridge parkrun and your smiling marshals (and I suppose I should say congrats on the Boat Race, athough Oxford did at least finish second!)

Damian BAKER, a tourist from Daventry, signing off.


Cambridge parkrun #464 run report

This week 403 people ran, jogged and walked a very wet, muddy and
windswept course, of whom 36 were first timers. We also had 12 complete
their tricky second run. A very impressive 41 recorded new Personal Bests
despite the slippery conditions. Just a quick reminder that it’s important to
listen to the run briefing as this is when the Run Director will tell you
about any hazards on the course like water, fallen fences and branches, and
cover any other announcements.

I’d like to thank Milton Country Park for hosting and the Grounds cafe for
feeding and watering us. Both can be followed on social media if that’s
your thing.

Today we were also joined by Radio Cambridgeshire who interviewed
various volunteers and runners around the course, we’ll update you if we
hear we’re on the radio.

Reaching milestones today were Ai Seng Paul, of Edmonton RC on his
first visit to Milton Country Park and his 50th parkrun overall, and Daniel
Georges Aguilar-Agon who was also the highest age grade finisher on his
50th run. First finishers were Cambridge stalwarts Chris Darling running
his 277th today and Kristy Guneratne on her 409th.

In recognition of Wales’ Grand slam win in the rugby I’d like to name
check Jonathan Davies taking part along with six Jones’ and for St
Patrick’s Day tomorrow I’d like to mention Kyan Mayo and Patrick

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

The event was made possible by a wonderful 41 volunteers: To find out
more about volunteering and how to earn a purple t-shirt click here
Katherine HEYDON • Anita LEWIS • Gareth Riley LEWIS • Chris
• Hope HUTCHISON • Hermione CREASE • Caroline DISTON • Kit
Heather GRAY • Fiona MACDONALD • Mike HORSCROFT • Jenny
PAYNE • Jackie TOMLINSON • Hester COLBY • Lois HARRIS • Antony
• Stuart PAYNE • Christopher HAWKSWORTH • Aimee GRAY • Chris
CURTIS • Andrew CORBETT • Alice HOMER • Ben MOSS • Nicola
EDE • Andrew BURGE


parkrun run report 16th February

I was very happy to be at Cambridge parkrun today. I'd turned up two weeks ago in time to volunteer for the car parking only to find the core team had had to cancel due to the slippery snowy paths (thankfully I made it in time to Wimpole parkrun for an icy start and a cold run in the sunshine there). Last week I'd managed to get to Great Dunmow parkrun for a blustery run.
This week at Cambridge was warm and drier than I'd anticipated if not a bit grey. But the snowdrops were now in bloom on what I shall call “Run Director's mound”, which added to my happiness pre-parkrun.

This week 481 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests including the first three through the finish funnel. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

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

A selection of aesthetically pleasing times this week were achieved by Neville Doe at 20:00, Carl Matthews at 21:21, Nigel Crosland at 22:00, Aidan Haslop at 22:44 and Hermione Crease at 31:41 (10 x Pi truncated at 2d.p.).

As always thank you to the core team, Milton Country Park and all the volunteers:

Katherine HEYDON • Alan BALDOCK • Diane POTTER • James STOCKER • Claire WILSHAW • Rebecca Louise ANDERSON • Paul BEASTALL • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Mary HOLMES • Eric TAPLEY • Laura Jane WINTER • Marjorie WINTER • Pamela ABBOTT • Robert ZIEGLER • Sharen HALFPENNY • Janay FEHR • Mike PITT • Catriona COLE • Jenny PAYNE • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Kezia ADAMS • Tim DAVISON • Janet DAVISON • Paula HUGHES • Peter CHARROT • Sally STEWART • Jill NOBLE • Stuart PAYNE • Leslie LAWRENCE • Chris MARTIN • James PEARSON • Theodore FEHR • Susan HORROD • Andrew CORBETT • Valerie MORGAN • Claire WALKER • Janet WILLMOTT • Nicola EDE • Dorothea TROTTER

See you next week!


Cambridge parkrun run report – 26th January 2019.

Cambridge parkrun turned 9 this weekend and it was brilliant to have 506 of you take part for a birthday, walk, jog or run. Over the last 9 years, 18,545 people have completed the 5k route at Milton, covering a distance of 813,425km and collectively running for 8years, 182days, 6 hours and 54seconds! I think we should extend a very warm thank you to Milton country park for supporting the event so whole heartedly over the years. Our collective 813,425 kilometres have put lots of wear and tear on the paths, so please do help to support them by parking in the carpark or donating the odd pound here or there if you walk or cycle to the event. Remember Milton country park is a charity and receives NO funding from the local council.

The first event was a rather smaller affair than we are used to these days, with only 71 people taking part. Of those 71, three of them also completed this Saturdays run; Terry BRAVERMAN, 34:36 who has completed 373 parkruns in total of which 279 have been at Cambridge; Julie L STRINGER, 29:11, who has completed 311 parkruns in total, with 230 of them at Cambridge and Pauline BLAKE, 37:40, who has completed 336 parkruns in total, with 252 of them at Cambridge. Meaning between them they have completed 761 Cambridge parkruns and covers 3805km round the park! Collectively, they have also volunteered on 83 separate occasions.

Over the last 9 years there have been 306 different first finishers. For the ladies, Helen BARRY has most regularly crossed the line first, with 26 first finishes. Ruth JONES is just behind her on 21 and Claire WILSON has crossed the line as the first lady on 17 occasions. For the men, Chris DARLING, has finished first a whopping 77 times. Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS and Tom VICKERY have finished first on 16 and 15 occasions respectively. You can see who else has finished first over the last 9 years by heading here.

Over the last 9 years 27, 516 PB have been obtained, including 53 on Saturday. Some PB’s of note this week include; Deborah CLARK, 36.42, who only started parkrunning in January of this year and is already 4 minuets quicker than her first event, Caroline DAY, 35:28, who is on a PB streak, obtaining a PB in every event so far in 2019. Roger BETT 33.47, who is new to parkrun and has taken over 7 minuets off his very first event. Dean SNOW 27.30, another person new to parkrun, who has obtained a PB in his last 3 events. Sam PARKER, 22:46, who after 83 runs at Cambridge took 16 seconds of his previous best time to run sub 23 minutes. And Andrew BUTCHER, 18.43, who since December has bagged 4 PB’s and taken 38 seconds off his time, no mean feat when your running sub 20! Well done to everyone else who ran a PB this week.

It was event number 459 this week and the person finishing in position 459 was Sally HEWINGS. It was Sally’s first ever parkrun and she finished in a time of 36:43, achieving an age grade of 48.66%. We hope you enjoyed your parkrun experience Sally and will see you again in the future. As its Cambridge’s 9th Birthday I thought we would also name check the person who finished in 9th place; Ben HUMPHREYS, it was Bens first time at Cambridge and he completed the course in 18.58, achieving an age grading of 74.17%. Ben has completed 4 different parkrun events, with his quickest being at Brighouse at the end of last year.

James REED was first to cross the finish at Cambridge this week in a time of 16:56, Adam TAPLEY was second in 17:21 and Richard MOORE was third in 18:17, with Gordon Andrew IRVINE hot on his heals in 18:20. Lisa MARRIOTT, was the first lady to finish this week (10th overall) in a time of 19:05, Charlotte EAST, was the second lady to finish in 19:54 (20th overall), and Ellie SWIRE was the third lady (27th overall) in 20:34. First for the juniors was Kyan MAYO (36th overall) in 20:54, while Amy COPE was the first female junior (169th overall) in a time of 25:58.

We had five people join milestone run clubs this week; Leah YARDY, Max ISAACSON and Teilo ASTILL-MURRAY, all run their 10th adult parkrun as juniors, Anthony RICHARDSON completed his 50th parkrun, while Gemma WATT, joined the 100 club. Well dome to you all.

It just remains for me to thank all the volunteers who help ensure parkrun ran smoothly this week. Did you know we need a minimum of around 33 volunteers to enable us to safely put on a timed parkrun each week? If you regularly take part please do offer to help from time to time. More details about helping can be found here. Thank you to; Pamela ABBOTT, Unknown ATHLETE, Tony CHAPMAN, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Hannah COOKE, Andrew CORBETT, Suzanne CROCKER, Matthew GOVETT, Antony HELLIWELL, Jo HORLEY, Hayley HORROD, Susan HORROD, Martin Daniel HORROD, Kaitlyn HORROD, Mike HORSCROFT, Jools HUDSON, John JOHNSON, Michaela JOYSEY, Parminder LALLY, Leslie LAWRENCE, Maria MARTIN, Fiona MCDAID, Caroline MCGONIGAL, Ben MOSS, Roisin MUNNELLY, Jenny PAYNE, Sally STEWART, James STOCKER, Stephen STRETTON, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Adam TAPLEY, Tony TOMLINSON, Joe TOWNSEND, Janet WILLMOTT, Claire WILSHAW, Mark YEATES.

Julia (your rather rotund, slow and dyslexic run reporter)


Cambridge parkrun #458 run report

Awoooo! Well done everyone! It was chilly and mid-January for this week’s parkrun, but we didn’t let that stop us - we had 37 volunteers and 468 runners. OK - not quite as many finishers this week as the last two weeks, but more than ran in any week in December. If you add the 343 at Wimpole and 319 at Coldham’s Common, that’s a very satisfying number of people starting a chilly weekend with a parkrun. Did you see the pretty sunrise and the little snow flurry to boot?

So many people were ace that this report will miss many…let’s start with a high five to every one of the volunteers. Not enough people signed up to help to fill the roster this week, so it took some masterful juggling from the volunteer co-ordinators, as well as some impressive feats of volunteering dedication on the day. Thank you especially to those who gave up their run to help, and to the marshals and finish team who exuded the warmth and enthusiasm throughout that makes Cambridge parkrun what it is. This week’s team were Alan BALDOCK, Alison DURSTON, Andrew ALCOCK, Andrew CHAPMAN, Andrew CORBETT, Anna TUKE, Beccy TAYLOR, Ben MOSS, Catherine JONES, Chris MARTIN, Emma GREAVES, Fiona MACDONALD, Fiona MCDAID, Gary COLE, Hope HUTCHISON, James STOCKER, James WARTH, Janay FEHR, Jenny PAYNE, Jill NOBLE, Joanna BALL, Joe TOWNSEND, Jools HUDSON, Kay SWEENEY, Kristy GUNERATNE, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Marky THOMAS, Michaela JOYSEY, Neil BURNS, Pamela ABBOTT, Paula HUGHES, Peter CHARROT, Stefan KAYE, Stuart PAYNE, Susan HORROD, Theodore FEHR, and Tracy HUTCHISON.

When I started parkrun, I definitely found volunteering now and again helpful as a way of getting to know more runners, and as a way of learning more about running. I didn’t initially realise how much support you get as a volunteer. It’s something I’d recommend for anyone, but in particular give it a try if you feel a bit lonely or if you could do with a happiness or confidence boost, because it really delivers on those! All the volunteer roles are straightforward and you are shown what to do the first time in any role. Do have a look at the roster ( ) and send an email letting the co-ordinator know when you’d like to help and whether you have any preferences for what role. I counted 47 people on this week’s results who have their purple T shirt for volunteering 25 times, I’m sure any of them would be happy to say more if you have questions. Remember also that it’s not just for runners! There are loads of reasons for volunteering - do you know anyone who’d like to?

On to the run! It wasn’t an easy day for a fast run (if you were planning a fast run!). Although cold, there was some sticky mud and the need to slow down and be careful on some of the corners. Nonetheless, 38 people did run their fastest time. I’ve chosen a few for special mention: Caroline DAY who started in May last year and is now 4 mins 41 secs faster than she was then - congratulations on getting your first time starting with 35! Michael HAWES who has done 12 runs since he started in October and today was his 8th PB; Sarah SILK got yet another PB on her 6th run; and Andrew BUTCHER and Nick VENNER both took quite a decent time off, I thought, for their (rather speedy) speed. Congratulations also to Jacqueline BELL, Gordon HARRADINE, Karen OSTENFELD, Sarah WILLIS and Merel PANNEBAKKER all of whom ran their 50th parkrun, while Evert BOKMA and Alexi MOULTON ran their 100th parkrun.

It’s always great to see a good bunch of people coming for the first time. Assuming many unknowns are new runners, at least 17 runners did their first ever parkrun, and, importantly, 25 came back for their second while 18 ran their third parkrun. If you’re new to this, WELCOME and stick with it - the first runs are the hardest. You shouldn’t feel pressured to run fast - just getting round the course is enough to be a big win (to be honest that point doesn’t actually change when you’ve done loads). Some of you are running PB’s already though. Well done in particular to Steph CLARK (1 min 53 secs!) and the PB every timers - Sarah ROTH, Dean SNOW and Helen BETT (no pressure…).

At the front end of the field, although it wasn’t a very fast day we still had two runners with age grading over 80% - Christine ANTHONY scored the highest with 85.42%, while Chris DARLING, today’s first finisher, scored 80.21%.If you don’t know what age grading is, there’s an explanation in the results email they send you. It looks like it may have been a bit lonely out front for Chris, though I’m sure he’ll have had a good reception when overtaking on the large loop. A good run by Adam TAPLEY for second, too, and third didn’t have a barcode. Us ladies had fun a bit further back with 1,2,3 separated by only 7 seconds in the end. Olivia BAKER was quite safely first lady from my point of view, though I’m pleased to see Ellie SWIRE and I made her run a significant course PB (only 1 sec off her actual PB!) for it - well done Olivia.

As ever, we welcomed some visitors to Cambridge…those I can see who have come furthest were Alison & John BROOKER from Hastings, Paul SEBBORN from Panshanger, Laura BLAKE from Peckham Rye, Leyton GREEN from Yeovil Montacute, Brett SHARMAN from Plymvalley, Uday TULADHAR from Luton and last, but not least Jonathan Mark PEGG….who has done more than 200 different parkruns, as well as earning his 25 volunteer T shirt! Wow! We hope you all enjoyed your visit to Cambridge and will come back again sometime!

Make sure you come next week! It’s a special one as Cambridge parkrun will be 9 years old. There’s a 90’s fancy dress theme…

"Whether you’re a Mr Motivator or just a Wannabe, join us in your best 90’s fancy dress and come and say ‘Eh Oh’ on Saturday 26 January 2019. If that sounds like a little too much effort, help us celebrate our wonderful volunteers and wear your best purple!"

It sounds like fun - see you there! Thanks for reading.



Cambridge parkrun run report – 3rd November 2018

PUDDLES! The recent rain meant we saw the return of Milton parkrun’s now infamous muddy puddles this week. Who took delight in splashing through them? As we head deeper into autumn and onto winter they are likely to be a regular feature. Can we remind people of the importance of running through the puddles and not suddenly changing direction or stopping to try and avoid them. Last winter saw a nasty accident caused by someone trying to avoid a puddle and it would be great if this winter we managed to avoid any broken bones. Oh and don’t forget a change of shoes and socks, if like me, you can’t bare having your post run cuppa with soggy feet.

It was pacing week this week, with 498 of you walking, jogging and running your way round the course. The puddles didn’t seem to hold people back, with 75 of you gaining a new PB. I hoped the pacing helped. Well done to, Callum MOLLOY, Matt JERVIS, Andrew THOMPSON, Thomas GRAFF, Matthew FEETENBY, Michael QUINN, Matthew WINGATE, Robert HOFF, Johnny ATKINSON, Edward SHAKESPEARE, Lucy BROWNE, Thomas MORGAN, Johnny POOL, Ella WHITTLESTONE, Paul TAYLOR-CRUSH, Andy BOUTLE, Duncan MARRIOTT, Nick GREEN, Michael HAWES, Jake SAUNDERS, Ian STEWART, James DODDS, Hasan BLOWER, Ana SPRINGHAM, Emma DE SALIS YOUNG, Roseanna MCMAHON, Fiona MACDONALD, Andrew CLARK, Rosie TASKER, Alistair DAY, Emma DOWNIE, Peter BRISBOURNE, Laura PHIPPS, Zoe CAVENDISH, Hillary TAUNTON, Alfie TAPLIN, Lucy CRYER, Zoe GILL, Douglas MCMILLAN, Jane CUNDLIFFE, Ellis GARDENER, Elizabeth STOREY, Maighread IRELAND, Sarah MEARNS, Andrew SAMBELL, Rebecca NG, Ineta PORAKYTE, Jackie HEY, Helen THROWER, Natasha STOREY, Grace CLARK, Martin PAYNE, Richard HAMES, Paul WRIGHT, James MILLS, Bonita WARD, Leah MILNE, Helen MCMILLAN, Jane STYLES, Deb UNITT, Nick JARVIS, Tilly SHARP, Charlotte TAYLOR, Eve HOPLEY, Rhian DIXON, Jane LEWIS, Pauline STEWART, Genny BAILEY, Daisy TEMPEST, Katie HARPER, Karen MEIKLE, Andria LAWS, Jenny SUMMERTON, Jane FOWLER and Joy ERASMUS.

Welcome to the 26 of you who completed parkrun for the very first time, we hope you enjoyed it and will be back soon for more.

It was event 447 for Cambridge parkrun this week and the runer to finish in position 447 was Marysol F. BELL. Marysol has completed a total of 138 parkruns. 136 of those at Cambridge, with a smattering of tourism thrown in for good measure. Marysol ran her very first parkrun back in 2013. She has also helped to ensure Cambridge parkrun can take place 108 times, volunteering every year since 2013, including 9 times so far this year. Thank you very much :-) If you would like to help to ensure Cambridge parkrun can take place over the next few weeks, take a look at the future roster, where you will be able to see what volunteer roles still need covering.

First to finish this week was Ben TRIGG, in a time of 17:51. Richard MOORE, was second across the line in 17:57, with Callum MOLLOY (junior) hot on his heals in a time of 17:58. For the ladies, Helen BARRY was first to cross the line in 19:54, followed by Kristy GUNERATNE in 20:27 and Natasha TREAGUST in 20:36. Edward SHAKESPEARE, was the second junior to cross the line in 22:05 and Thomas MORGAN was third in 22.25. Amy GLEMAS was the first female junior to finish, in 28:00.

It was a busy week for run club runs. Bob STOREY, Caroline BUTCHER, Elena CHICULITA, Jack PAKE, Sarah PAKE and Stephen ROSE all ran their 50th parkrun, while Sarah Bell ran her 100th. I look forward to seeing you in your new tops shortly.

It just remains for me to thank Milton Country Park for hosting us and the 49 volunteers who allowed this event to take place. Diane POTTER • Pauline BLAKE • Rebecca ANDERSON • Barbara BENNETT • Julia SUDBURY • Chris GAY • Stephen BENNETT • Linda CROOK • James STOCKER • Michaela JOYSEY • Katie TWEEN • Richard JONES • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Andrew PARKER • Neil TWEEN • Mary HOLMES • Fiona NIMMO • Elaine HENDRIE • Marisa JOHNSON • Karl JONES • Paul BELZAR • Catriona COLE • Mike HORSCROFT • Jenny PAYNE • Adam WILLIAMS • Gary COLE • Jackie TOMLINSON • Tony TOMLINSON • Geoff MEADS • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Ross DUNSMORE • Cameron DUNSMORE • Antony HELLIWELL • Parminder LALLY • John JOHNSON • Carola KANZ • Jakob KANZ • Eleanor LIMB • Sally STEWART • Tom LINFIELD • Stuart PAYNE • George PAKE • Leslie LAWRENCE • Danielle GREENE • James PEARSON • Robert MORGAN • Susan HORROD • Jessica ROOKE • Ben MOSS

See you all soon, Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)


Cambridge parkrun #443 06/10/2018 – Happy 14th Birthday parkrun!

Another beautiful day in Milton Country Park – but definitely autumnal. Glad so many of you made it out to help celebrate International parkrun Day. What started out as a friendly get-together 14 years ago has now reached over 1 600 parks in 20 countries and the 5 millionth registered athlete (the ‘A’ in your barcode!) last week. I’ve been running at Cambridge parkrun since 2010 (event number 6 with 93 runners!) and it is amazing to see how parkrun has grown, with so many people willing to volunteer their time to put on a free, weekly run for anyone who turns up.

We had 51 volunteers this week, thank you all! These were: Brieuc LEHMANN, Diane POTTER, Ann TAYLOR, Steven ANDERSON, Helen HENRY, Joseph PHILIP, Richard MOORE, James STOCKER, Stephen HOWARD, Michaela JOYSEY, Andrew PARKER, Mary HOLMES, Jonathon MARSH, Duncan WISBEY, Pamela ABBOTT, Caroline Alice MEAD, Tom LINDFIELD, Maria MARTIN, Richard MARTIN, Steven FLEET, Isobel HOGG, Karl JONES, Trev NICHOLL, Fiona MACDONALD, Anita FURLONG, Jenny PAYNE, Geoff MEADS, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Jan HOLMES, Pauline KNIGHTON, Jonathan RAWLINSON, Leon ZAKRZEWSKI, Owen GIBSON, Gary HOWELL, Clare DOWNIE, Gemma WATT, Bob PEACOCK, Jo HEAL, Jill NOBLE, Stuart PAYNE, Matthew FAUPEL, Thomas FAUPEL, Anna TUKE, Sarah KINSTON, Zach FLEET, Andrew CORBETT, Thomas BURKE, David WYATT and Jessica ROOKE.

There were 376 of you getting round our course today. Welcome to the 42 of you who were first-timers, hope you enjoyed your visit. It was pacing week and 66 of you have shiny new PBs – well done!

One of the first-timers was Joseph Smith, who was fastest to the finish in 16:33 – glad he didn’t get lost! He was followed by Johannes Arens and Cameron Ackroyd. For the ladies, Helen Barry came in at 20:06, followed by Rachel Porter and Sian James. The highest age grading was achieved by Mary Holmes – 85.15%! (One can only dream…).

Two runners completed their 50th runs today – Marcel Weiss and Paul Feetenby. Only 50 more to the next milestone!

Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Jonathan Rawlinson 20:02, Rachel Porter 20:20, Alex Lock 21:12, Jonathan Davies 22:22, Brian White 23:45, James Joseph O’Neill 24:24, Mark Buitelaar 24:42, Paul Feetenby and Alistair Day 25:25, Vicky Butt 27:27, Jennifer Turner 28:28 and Gianluca Savini 32:32.

A request from the core team – please use the new route back to the café for scanning, and not go over the steps to the Remembrance Meadow. We had a few runners walking around, over/under the tape today.

Finally, Milton Country Park are having their Autumn festival tomorrow. Please go along and support the park – this is one of their major fundraising events of the year. Their website has further information on the activities, stalls and band line-up -

See you next week!