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 #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 #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.

 

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 #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 !

Richard

 

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: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge/futureroster/ . 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…...so 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.

Paula

 

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!

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