Cambridge parkrun #480 6th July 2019

Another warm summer (sweaty!) parkrun this week – as always, a wonderful way to kick off the weekend. We welcomed 499 runners and walkers and a whopping 90 of them set new PBs! A quick scan of the results highlighted some particularly notable performances:

- Congratulations to first female finisher Becky Hair who ran 18.31 for a new PB.
- Christian Lee ran his 50 th parkrun and in doing so managed to set a new PB of 20.02 (tantalisingly close to sub-20… maybe next pacing week Christian?!)
- Regular VC and member of the core volunteer team Catriona Cole took 20 seconds off her previous best to run 23.47
- Janay Fehr had a week off pushing her double running buggy and the resistance training has clearly paid off as she ran a storming 26.41, her first time under 27 minutes.
- Caroline McGonigal gets a mention for being my mum and running a new PB of 27.08!

We welcomed five new entrants into the 50 club – well done to Andrew Butcher, Christian Lee, Stephen Stretton, T Barber and Joanna Harbour as well as junior Lucius Vellacott who ran his 10th run (also with a new PB).

23 people ran their first ever Cambridge parkrun this week; at the other end of the scale, our most prolific parkrunner was Kristy Guneratne representing St Radegund RC on her 425th run.

As I’m sure many of you will know, our hosts Milton Country Park are a charity and the car parking money goes to directly to the park. If you’d like to show your support for the park in another way then do consider voting for them in the Fields in Trust awards www.fieldsintrust.org/best-park I spotted some other parkrun venues on the list too, so also worth looking at if you’re thinking of some parkrun tourism.

Thank you to all the volunteers this week, including our lovely pacing team who I am sure helped with the many PBs that were set.
Paul BELZAR, Steve BUCHAN, Andrew BURGE, Neil BURNS, Adam CARE, Emily CHANNON, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Gary COLE, Catriona COLE, Sophie DARLING, Julia DARLING, Nicola EDE, Karoly ERDOS, Thomas GEORGE, Eleanor Evelyn HALFPENNY, Antony HELLIWELL, Rob HEWLETT, Nicki HIGGINS, Dom HILL, Mike HORSCROFT, Charles HOWARD, Marisa JOHNSON, Mick JOHNSON, Michaela JOYSEY, Carola KANZ, Stefan KAYE, Eleanor LIMB, Tom LINDFIELD, Jo MCGOWAN, Geoff
MEADS, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Richard MOORE, Valerie MORGAN, Jenny PAYNE, Stuart PAYNE, Louisa PHILLIPS, James STOCKER, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Anna TUKE, Katie TWEEN, Tom WOMACK, Ben WOMACK, Mark YEATES and Caroline ZAKRZEWSKI.

Pacing week will be back on the first Saturday in August so let us know nearer the time if you fancy having a go.
Until next parkrunday,
Katie

 

Cambridge parkrun #479 29th June 2019

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Summer has arrived in Cambridge and 471 participants braved the heat for the 479th parkrun at Milton Country Park. Today the Newmarket Joggers supplied the majority of the 42 volunteers, including myself. There were 44 first timers, some of whom are seasoned parkrunners, with 13 completing their first ever parkrun, we hope you will come back again for your second parkrun next weekend. An impressive 45 runners achieved new PBs, clearly the heat didn’t slow everybody down too much!

Two runners completed their 50th parkrun, well done Rachel Broome and Rachel Pilsworth. Beccy Taylor completed her 100th parkrun. Two juniors, Jasmine Jackson and Megan Parker, completed their 10th parkruns.

First over the line was Harry Anderson-Chapman from University of Bath Triathlon club, in a time of 17:01. Second and third were both recorded as unknown – don’t forget your barcode if you want a time! First female finisher was Charlotte East of Cambridge and Coleridge AC in a time of 19:47. Second and third were Fiona Tideswell (19:55) and Rachel Porter (20:29). Two runners achieved an age-grading of over 80%, James Stocker (81.2%) and Rod McKee (80.11%), both from Huntingdonshire AC.

Thank you to all the volunteers, without you there would be no parkrun: Pamela ABBOTT, Rachel ALLEN, Chris AYLMER, Jon BROOKER, Baz COLLEY, Joseph CORMACK, Chris DARLING, Ruth EBERHARDT, Elke HAUSLER, Helen HENRY, Jan HOLMES, Mary HOLMES, Susan HORROD, Paula HUGHES, Lisa JENNINGS, Richard JONES, Sarah KINSTON, Leslie LAWRENCE, Sarah MARTIN, Lynda MCCORMACK, Carol MCINTOSH, Ben MOSS, Brian MUNNS, Emma NEWMAN, Jill NOBLE, Sonia ORRISS, Adam ORRISS, Jenny OSBOURN, Malcolm OSBOURN, Sianie PAINTER, Hannah PARSONS, Mike PITT, Sarah SALES, Mike SALES, Christine SHAND, Alexia SMITHSON, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Tony TARRANT, James Nicholas THOMSON, Kate WARBOYS, William WINTER, Jim WITHERS.

Since the first Cambridge parkrun, 9.5 years ago, 19,540 participants have run, jogged and walked a total of 860,295 km. That is almost 21.5 times the Earth’s circumference.

This was my first visit to Cambridge parkrun and I loved the course, the shade from the trees was much appreciated on such a hot day. With the wooded paths and glimpses of large expanses of lake it would be easy to forget that you are so near to a city. Within 6 hours of getting home I’d already recommended the event to a friend who is visiting Cambridge next week.

Ruth

 

Cambridge parkrun #478 22nd of June 2019

The combination of a beautiful sunny morning and the cancellation of nearby Wimpole Estate parkrun ensured that Cambridge parkrun number 478 (22nd June 2019) welcomed 550 walkers and runners of all abilities and ages, representing 50 different clubs.

A whopping 65 participants completed their first parkrun at Milton Country Park. 22 of these first timers completed their first ever parkrun, including the bass player for a well-known Cambridge folk/rock band. The remaining 43 first timers were visiting, not just from Wimpole Estate and other local parkruns, but from far and wide, including Bath, Manchester, Wales and South Africa! As Saturday's parkrun coincided with the final term (AKA 'semester' at other educational establishments) of the university year, regular fellow parkrun 'World Tourists' Stephen and Sandra Rhodes, visited Cambridge parkrun for the first time to add a 'C' towards their 'Pirate Challenge', (an unofficial challenge found on the parkrun challenges Google Chrome extension). Oh, and they collected their son from his university digs in town too; however, he did have to wait to be collected until his parents had eaten a slice of milestone celebration cake first!

Welcome back to those who completed their second parkrun; don't worry soon your Saturdays (AKA parkrunday) will have changed forever. There were also 57 unknowns; please remember that if you want an official time don’t forget your
barcode (DFYB).

Ideal running conditions ensured 79 amazing individuals achieved a new personal best, their times ranging between 16:33 (Harry Anderson-Chapman) and 43:24 (Carol Cambie). The highest age grade % went to Daniel Georges Aguilar-Agon
(83.18%) for the men; and to Kate Knill, for the women (77.83%).

Stephen Borrill finished in a particularly aesthetically pleasing time of 22:22 on his 24th parkrun. Richard Jones finished in 23:23, Marc Stamford in 24:24, Tim Quilter in 25:25, Gary Howell in 29:29, Jane Whitten in 31:31 and Sarah Jones in 34:34.
Congratulations go to the many parkrunners that achieved milestones this weekend. Edward Penfound (under 10) completed his 10th 5k parkrun, which is the first official milestone for junior parkrunners. David Archer, Sean Streets, David Still and Beka Kimberley all completed their 50th parkruns. No-one completed their 100th parkrun at Cambridge parkrun this week, but Marcus Gaiser-Porter has just one to go before he earns his 100 milestone t-shirt.

Persistence has paid off for two Cambridge regulars; Gordon Campbell and Colin West both completed their 250th parkruns this Saturday. They join just over 6000 parkrunners all over the world who have now completed 250 parkruns or more.

It was a pleasure to see regular first finisher Chris Darling completing his first parkrun for some time. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation to recover from a stress fracture. Many Cambridge regulars were delighted to report that they had finished ahead of, or even lapped Chris Darling! We all know that parkrun is not a race, but it is not often that most of us can say we managed this achievement. Try not to fall over at the finish line next time Chris, you don't want to slow down your recovery!!
This week's parkrun was made possible through the volunteer efforts of 38 wonderful volunteers.

Thank you for reading.
Linda (your 'first timer' run reporter)

 

Cambridge parkrun #477, 15th June 2019

"Trail shoes? Yes, definitely trail shoes." It’s not uncommon for a wedding WhatsApp group to include a discussion of shoe choice, but it’s less normal for someone to suggest bringing cross country spikes! However about 25 jolly parkrunners, from seasoned tourists to complete first timers, were joining Cambridge parkrun this weekend to help celebrate the wedding of Joe Barker and Diane Archer.

Meeting as students in the city, Cambridge was the original home parkrun for both the bride and groom, although they subsequently relocated to Finsbury Park and then on to Bangkok (where setting up parkrun Thailand has taken second place to wedding planning). We’d been told to expect mud and narrow paths, but what else did Cambridge hold? Famed for my poor navigation skills, I was a little nervous looking at the course map that I’d get my laps and directions confused. I needn’t have worried - the course was very clearly signed, well-staffed with enthusiastic marshals and, as solid middle-of-the-pack runners, we had plenty of friendly feet to follow. Award for most enthusiastic volunteer day definitely goes to Run Director (sorry I've forgotten his name! Maybe Ed?), who had clearly had his pre-event coffee. His energetic pre-run brief included extra emphasis on the special Cambridge parkrun rule - “we don’t run round the puddles - we run through the puddles!”. Trail shoes were definitely a good idea. Given the recent rainfall, the course was actually less muddy than we’d feared, and even the famous “muddy corner” was easily runnable. The parkrun weather window was in operation, giving us glorious sunshine for the duration. The wooded paths provided welcome shade, and as more of a natural swimmer myself I was disappointed running through the puddles didn't extend to a dip in one of the many ponds and pools on the route. Hotter than expected, the post-run ice cream in the cafe made an excellent substitute for a Travelodge breakfast.

To the formalities: 480 parkrunners ran, jogged or walked their way into the weekend at Cambridge this Saturday, with representatives from 41 different clubs. 24 people ran their first ever parkrun (congrats!) and 39 tourists paid their first visit to Cambridge. 54 PBs were recorded, including one for first finisher, Harry Anderson-Chapman. Three runners reached their 50 milestone on Saturday: Giorgio STERLINI, Jonathan DAVIES and Tony KELLY, while it was 100 runs for Matthew FAUPEL. In unofficial milestones, Marysol and Andrew BELL hit 150 apiece and Joseph PHILIP reached a stonking 300 runs - wow! In the most hotly anticipated result of the day, the groom beat the bride by about 7 minutes but she married him anyway.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers, and all the visitors I spoke to commented on how lovely to was to see so many marshals around the course - including a number of excellent mini-marshals. As a visitor to the parkrun I was made incredibly welcome, so if you're nervous about volunteering please don't be - you'll get very well looked after. Thanks again to the whole Cambridge team for an excellent morning, it was a pleasure it include you all in the special day.

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Cambridge parkrun #476 Run Report – June 8th , 2019

Despite the rain and the wind, Cambridge parkrun number 476 had a fantastic turnout.

There were 413 participants in all, representing 32 different running clubs. Of the 413 runners, joggers, walkers, 43 were first timers and 65 individuals achieved a new personal best! Today’s parkrun was made possible through the volunteer efforts of 41 individuals.
I ,Marysol Bell, author of this run report and my very first run report in fact, would like to take this opportunity to highlight two individuals that I met on the day. First, I met a lovely lady by the name of Pauline who has just embarked on her very own couch to five k journey. She attended today’s parkrun as a volunteer, and would you believe she took on the role of timer! She hopes to get a few more volunteer opportunities under her belt before she runs her first five k, which she plans on running at Milton County parkrun.

I love how parkrun is extremely international, present at today’s park run was Andy, a GP from Australia who is in the country visiting family. His grandparents were from Cambridge and while in the country he hopes to make it to as many parkruns as he can. Andy tries to encourage his patients to be active and to get involved in parkrun. One of his patients did just that and has lost well over 45 kilos and is now an avid parkrunner. Well done Andy and we were so
glad that you were able to join us today! Parkrun truly is an international Family where all are welcomed.

Marysol