Cambridge parkrun #516 14th March 2020

After a rainy start to the morning, the weather cleared up enough for parkrun to be mostly pleasant. It’s still a little too muddy for my liking, and my trail shoes are definitely on their last legs this year. Despite this, I had a lovely parkchat with Louise as we jogged round. It was good to see so many of you running or volunteering. There were 303 finishers – well done to all of you who splashed your way around the course. 27 of you were first timers at Cambridge, with six runners doing their first ever parkrun – hope you enjoyed it and will return. There were 37 shiny new PBs – pretty good considering the mud and puddles. Congratulations go to Emma Greaves, who reached her 100th parkrun, and Kit Colby reached 250 runs. Well done!

Top three finishers were Stephen Fuller, Thomas Barnes and Neil Tween. Charlotte East, Lucy Browne and Heather Keenan took the honours for the women. In terms of age grading, Mary Holmes, Stephen Howard and Matthew Smith were top three.

Some of you may be aware of the Big Community Relay. Fifteen golden batons were passed to parkrunners in Leeds at the end of September and were taken away to different runs to be passed on there, and so on. Charlie Douglass was at Burgess parkrun last weekend, where he was given the baton named Emily and brought it Cambridge to pass it on to someone who would take the baton onwards to a different parkrun. To see where various batons have been, search for #BigCommunityRelay on social media.

Your parkrun fix was brought to you by 36 volunteers, many thanks to them: Chris DARLING, Beccy TAYLOR, Paul CRUSH, Emma GREAVES, Leslie PAUL, Stefan KAYE, Lauren GREAVES, Caroline MCGONIGAL, Iain STEMP, Mary HOLMES, Fiona MCDAID, Matthew SEWELL, Pamela ABBOTT, Jo MCGOWAN, Mike PITT, Catriona COLE, Karoly ERDOS, Mike HORSCROFT, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Chiara LOMBARDI LEDGEWAY, Martin BRUCE, Hilary SELLARS, Jack MOSSOP, Jill NOBLE, Sarah PAKE, Euan NOBLE, Jack PAKE, Chris HARRIS, Elizabeth STOREY, Jen LITTLE, Helen HUMPHREYS, Deborah COLLISON and Alys GEORGE.

We would also like to thank Milton Country Park for letting us run there every week. As we all know, we may have some difficult times ahead and there is the real possibility of pausing parkruns for a while. If you are able, please try and support the park.

Hopefully see you next Saturday, but if not, we will be up and running(!) again as soon as it is allowed. Take care of yourselves, your family and friends, your community.

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Kit and his cake - he was pleased, honest!

Kit and his cake - he was pleased, honest!


Baton Emily being handed over

Baton Emily being handed over

 

Cambridge parkrun #515, 7th March 2020

The One With Clare From Cambridge

Destination #112 and event #242 for me this morning, and it was a pleasure to join you all at Milton Country Park, as I got one parkrun closer to earning my coveted 250 top.

This was a special run for me - my home run is Shrewsbury, Shropshire, however my very good friend and fellow parkrunner, Clare Williams, is a Histon native, and we are down to visit her parents this weekend for Sunday's half marathon. This meant that she finally got chance to show me her other 'home' run. And a great run it was too!

It was a bright and crisp Spring morning with a good number of tourists in town (many, like me, are here for the race tomorrow). It was also good to see so many first timers (over 60) and a large number of women turning out for the national IWD celebrations too.

I've never heard "stick and flick" and "no spitting" mentioned in the same run briefing, but, then again, these are challenging times (!) so forewarned is forearmed! And so, after being given appropriate warning of all potential hazards (both on and off the course), we were on our way shortly after 9am.

Conditions underfoot were muddy but 390 runners made it round the course in one piece. First to cross the line today was Alexander Tate in 16:43 (his best time here since 2013) and first female finisher was Gail Brown in 20:59, a new course PB for her (well done, a fantastic time!). As for me, I managed to finish in 26:36, and first in age category, which I was pleased with.

There were four 100 celebrations today; congratulations to Bob Storey, Lois Harris, and Linda & Francis Munnelly

Hope everyone running the half marathon had a good run, and, if you are ever in Shrewsbury, please do come and try our beautiful parkrun and say hello to Clare or myself whilst you are there.

#runhappy

Francesca

Frances and Clare

Guest reporter Francesca and Clare from Histon

 

Cambridge parkrun #514, 29 February 2020

Well, the rain sounded pretty insistent when we woke up on Saturday. Poundy kinds of heavy rain drops not exactly helping us out of bed. But the thing to do is always get up and come to parkrun, right? You'll always end up pleased you did. I think the rain took a few prisoners this time, though - it was small this week for Cambridge: only 220 runners. That's still a lot of hardy runners plus volunteers, of course, but it was the smallest Cambridge parkrun since a couple of dates in 2014, and canny folk had worked out on the start line that there were opportunities for great finishing positions. Plus it was leapyearday, the first time we've been smaller than Coldham's Common, and it was FUN.

Congrats to the first timers. Especially to the lady who told me she was not a runner. Not-a-runners are always welcome! Please come, enjoy, go at your own pace, walk as much as you want to - there's no pressure on a Saturday morning. This week the puddles were extra special big puddles - easily the best puddles this year with squishy mud to play with in between to boot. Nothing builds community like a good puddle day, and certainly where I was running, things were not too serious, with exclamations and laughter as people variously found the deepest, widest, and muddiest puddles and had a few things to say about them! The marshals were great too - having tramped their way to the relevant spot (there was no way to keep clean), they were full of good humour as they encouraged us on our way. THANK YOU to all the hi-vis heros who made this week's run happen.

Some discussion of what to wear happened. Half way around the first lap someone said they were wearing waterproof socks. What?! It's a mountain thing, apparently. I think most of us just had wet feet. I went for leggings on the basis that afterwards I could peel them off and all the mud with them and be comfortable in dry clothes in the cafe after. First finisher Chris Darling was right, though, that on a running only basis, shorts were probably the better option for those who normally run in shorts, especially as it was not too windy, not too cold and barely raining when it came to it. Aye - the conditions were pretty good really!

Run done, there was also much amusement beyond the finish funnel with people comparing notes and muddy legs. Parents were photographing their children and comparing of how high the mud went (higher, proportionally, if you're little!). Congratulations to Joanna Harrall for being fastest lady through the puddles, and to regular first finisher Chris Darling, who was first overall and got the highest age grading this week, but most importantly, did a safe run. Special mention for Lloyd Fleming who ran his 250th parkrun, Peter Hibbert who ran his 100th parkrun and Joanna, Kate, Eilidh, Rose, Neil, James, Ed and Kate who all completed their first ever parkrun. And, of course, kudos to everyone who splashed out a well-deserved highest ever finish position. Good work!

Tourists this week included a group from Gunpowder / Harlow including Emma RIVERS, Richard FOX, Jane MANN and Catherine PENKETH. As well as running (quite a lot!), Catherine and Jane are experienced Run Directors, while Emma is a prolific tail walker. We hope you enjoyed Cambridge. We also welcomed runners from Haverhill and Clare Castle, both of which were cancelled for waterlogged courses - special congratulations to Samuel BYROM for running his 10th parkrun (and good luck with keeping your new white T shirt white!). Heidi DERKS and Joost VAN KEMPEN joined us from Finsbury Park, Jacques POLTRONIERI from South Shields, and third lady Jessica SHADBOLT from Roundshaw Downs in Croydon, with apologies to those I've missed.

So that's it - leapyearday parkrun and the opportunity to do five parkruns in February done. Apparently the next 29 Feb parkrun will be in 2048, but don't wait 'till then, come along to the next one this Sat! Some of you may be preparing for the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday - if you're running the half and want to rest your legs while topping up on feel-good stocks, why not go for one of the remaining volunteer spots at parkrun the day before? See the future roster and send an email to the address on it to sign up and join the hi-vis heroes https://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge/futureroster/

Thanks for reading. See you next time!
Kristy

Actual swan at swan corner

Actual swan at swan corner

 

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)

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