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 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.



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


Festive parkruns

I know its a long way away but your core team are already thinking about Christmas and the festive season. As it is a Saturday, there will be a parkrun on Christmas Eve at 9am as normal. We have the ability to offer an additional parkrun on Christmas Day but Milton Country Park is closed and your core team would like a day off - we will be hopefully finding other local places to parkrun that day.

New Year's Eve is again a Saturday, so we will be on that day as normal. Our hosts at the park have also agreed that we can run on New Year's Day as well, this time at 10:30.  This will depend on getting enough volunteers for the event but I am very optimistic that we will. We will also need volunteers for NYE, a perfect chance for those running the Ely 10k later that day to give a little back to our community.


Run report January 5 2013

2013 at Cambridge parkrun kicked off with the biggest turnout since September, with 379 finishers. The overall parkrun attendance record across all events worldwide was smashed, with an incredible 27782 runners recorded as having finished (not the final figure as there were still some events left to process, but easily enough to overtake the previous largest turnout). Here at Cambridge, we had 48 runners more than the equivalent run last year suggesting that it's going to be another popular year for us. We welcomed 26 first timers- congratulations to all of those who are taking up running as a  new year's resolution- I think parkrun is great for helping keep going as you get to run as part of a community so I hope all the first timers felt welcomed into our community.

With such a large field, the first challenge of the morning was getting parked. As regular runners will know, the ticket machine was stolen in December which means for now tickets are being sold manually upon on entry to the park. It helps to speed things up if everyone has the £2 ready so please remember that (along with your barcode if you would like your time recorded...we had 21 unknown runners!) if possible.  Thanks as always to David Irwin and his team of car park marshals- new parkrunners may not be aware but this is a very valuable volunteer role that means you can still parkrun after completing - this week David managed to get everyone parked and then be on the start line in time to pace 24 minutes. The whole event is run by volunteers and parkrun asks all regular runners to volunteer three times a year- if you would like to know more about volunteering or are unsure about what each role entails then please either email or turn up at the cafe at around 8.30 to chat to that day's volunteers.

Following the run briefing we all set off- the ground was drier than it had been in a while but there were still some puddles and boggy patches, particularly on the first kilometre loop. We quickly settled into our rhythms and the field was well spread out by the time we headed towards 2K. I had rather foolishly assumed that everyone else would also have had an excessively indulgent and lazy Christmas but 41 people had clearly been healthier than me and managed to PB- congratulations to all of them. First  runner home was Thomas Stevens who took a massive 33 seconds off his previous time and finished in 16.33. He was followed by Martin Gear (17.26) and Alan Darby (17.28). First woman home was Caroline Pritchard who also smashed her PB by 25 seconds to come in in 19.16. She was followed by Holly Archer (20.22) and Kirsty Guneratne (22.12).

As regular parkrunners will know, parkrun has a number of clubs which runners enter automatically once they have run a certain number of runs.  For juniors, the first club is after 10 runs and juniors receive a white 10 t-shirt to wear with pride. This week at Cambridge three juniors ran their tenth run- well done to Frank Roberts, Josh Sambrook and Max Webb. Adults have to wait a little bit longer as the first club for them is after 50 runs, representing almost a year of parkrunning every week. Runners who complete 50 parkruns are rewarded with a red 50 t-shirt and the following new entrants into the 50 club will soon be sporting theirs: Katrina Mitchell-Morgan, Paula Kessler, Richard Panter, David Jenkinson (who celebrated with a new PB of 19.33) and Richard Lyle. Congratulations to all of them. Thanks to parkrun sponsor Adidas for providing the shirts.

This week there was an abundance of photographs available - thanks to Stuart Buamber and Paul Homewood for giving up their time and for uploading their albums onto the Cambridge parkrun Facebook page. Thanks also to Lauren-May Baumber (aged 8) for filming parts of the run. We were also joined by a photographer from the Cambridge News, so some of you appear in the paper today and all of the photos can be found on the Cambridge News website.

After the run this week I didn't stay for my usual post-run tea and cookie but instead headed straight off to Wimpole Estate to help out at the pilot run for the new parkrun. It is an absolutely beautiful course, with wonderful views across the estate from the top of the course. The team have worked really hard to set up another parkrun in Cambridgeshire and I think that it will provide a really nice alternative to Milton (Heidi described it as posher than Cambridge but I reminded her about Milton Country Park's stone lions - on the first lap for anyone who hasn't spotted them!). I will be joining lots of others at their inaugural event next week - I hope we don't overwhelm them but next week might be a good week for PB's at what might be a relatively quiet Milton!

Happy running,




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