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 #502 – 14th December 2019

After a relatively quiet week last week with “only” 297 runners, this week we had…exactly 297 finishers again! I wonder if the Christmas party season has meant more people are enjoying lie-ins on a Saturday morning, or just whether the muddy conditions are putting people off, for it certainly is very muddy and wet at the moment! The new Fulbourn Hospital parkrun is probably also attracting visitors especially those from the South of Cambridge. Either way, it felt unusually quiet but on the positive side there was plenty of room for both those of us who like to embrace the puddles and those who prefer to try and keep their feet slightly drier.

Our first finisher was Adam Tapley of Cambridge Triathlon Club who eased home in 17.53, chased down by Holly Archer of Cambridge and Coleridge who ran 18.02, not too far off her PB given the slippery conditions. Well done to both. On the PB front, we had 16 parkrunners who managed to splash their way round in their fastest ever time – well done to all. We welcomed 17 first timers to Cambridge, four of whom were brand new to parkrun – we hope they enjoyed their run with us and will be back again soon. At the other end of the scale, our most prolific parkrunner this week was Steven Anderson who has run an impressive 437 parkruns!

We had four milestones this week – I ran my 250th parkrun (195 of which have been at Cambridge – that’s a lot of times round the lake!); thank you to all of you who stayed behind afterwards for celebratory cake and chat. I have loved being a part of the Cambridge parkrun community since 2011 and am looking forward to wearing my green t-shirt with pride. Three parkrunners joined the 50 club – congratulations to Thom Whiffen, Julian Dixon and James Joseph O Neill.

Next week is our Christmas parkrun so if you would like to then please do don some festive attire and join us. We don’t put on an extra run on Christmas Day, but some other local events do so if you want to start Christmas Day with a parkrun then check out the Christmas compendium: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ You will see from that that we are hoping to put on a New Year’s Day special parkrun at 10.30am – other local parkruns are on at 9am so it is possible to run a double. It’s the only day of the year that this is permitted and is a brilliant way to begin the new year. Like other weeks, we do need volunteers to enable that to happen so do let us know as soon as possible if you’re able to help. Thanks go to this week’s volunteers, who did a great job of cheering and keeping us safe from the mud:

Pamela ABBOTT, Evert BOKMA, Andrew BURGE, Susie CUMMING, Mike DIFRANCO, Nicola EDE, Mary HOLMES, Fiona HOWE, Helen D JOHNSON, Marisa JOHNSON, Mick JOHNSON, Anita JOYSEY, Michaela JOYSEY, Parminder LALLY, Jen LITTLE, Chiara LOMBARDI LEDGEWAY, Alison MEADOWS, Victoria MILLS, Valerie MORGAN, Ben MOSS, Jack MOSSOP, Martin PAYNE, Stuart PAYNE, Jenny PAYNE, P PEREIRA, Johnny QUARRIE, Megan RUDDLESDEN, James STOCKER, Beccy TAYLOR, Katie TWEEN, Lucius VELLACOTT

Finally, a gentle reminder that the park relies on donations, a large chunk of which come from parking. I’ve just invested in a parking permit and would highly recommend them – you can buy them online here https://www.miltoncountrypark.org/parking An annual pass works out at £1.82 per week so if you’re a regular parkrunner (or if you just want an easy way to donate to the park whilst not having to worry about finding £2.50 in cash early on a Saturday morning) it makes sense.

Until next parkrunday,

Katie

 

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.