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.

https://www.parkrun.com/news/

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 #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 #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 run report – 3rd November 2018

PUDDLES! The recent rain meant we saw the return of Milton parkrun’s now infamous muddy puddles this week. Who took delight in splashing through them? As we head deeper into autumn and onto winter they are likely to be a regular feature. Can we remind people of the importance of running through the puddles and not suddenly changing direction or stopping to try and avoid them. Last winter saw a nasty accident caused by someone trying to avoid a puddle and it would be great if this winter we managed to avoid any broken bones. Oh and don’t forget a change of shoes and socks, if like me, you can’t bare having your post run cuppa with soggy feet.

It was pacing week this week, with 498 of you walking, jogging and running your way round the course. The puddles didn’t seem to hold people back, with 75 of you gaining a new PB. I hoped the pacing helped. Well done to, Callum MOLLOY, Matt JERVIS, Andrew THOMPSON, Thomas GRAFF, Matthew FEETENBY, Michael QUINN, Matthew WINGATE, Robert HOFF, Johnny ATKINSON, Edward SHAKESPEARE, Lucy BROWNE, Thomas MORGAN, Johnny POOL, Ella WHITTLESTONE, Paul TAYLOR-CRUSH, Andy BOUTLE, Duncan MARRIOTT, Nick GREEN, Michael HAWES, Jake SAUNDERS, Ian STEWART, James DODDS, Hasan BLOWER, Ana SPRINGHAM, Emma DE SALIS YOUNG, Roseanna MCMAHON, Fiona MACDONALD, Andrew CLARK, Rosie TASKER, Alistair DAY, Emma DOWNIE, Peter BRISBOURNE, Laura PHIPPS, Zoe CAVENDISH, Hillary TAUNTON, Alfie TAPLIN, Lucy CRYER, Zoe GILL, Douglas MCMILLAN, Jane CUNDLIFFE, Ellis GARDENER, Elizabeth STOREY, Maighread IRELAND, Sarah MEARNS, Andrew SAMBELL, Rebecca NG, Ineta PORAKYTE, Jackie HEY, Helen THROWER, Natasha STOREY, Grace CLARK, Martin PAYNE, Richard HAMES, Paul WRIGHT, James MILLS, Bonita WARD, Leah MILNE, Helen MCMILLAN, Jane STYLES, Deb UNITT, Nick JARVIS, Tilly SHARP, Charlotte TAYLOR, Eve HOPLEY, Rhian DIXON, Jane LEWIS, Pauline STEWART, Genny BAILEY, Daisy TEMPEST, Katie HARPER, Karen MEIKLE, Andria LAWS, Jenny SUMMERTON, Jane FOWLER and Joy ERASMUS.

Welcome to the 26 of you who completed parkrun for the very first time, we hope you enjoyed it and will be back soon for more.

It was event 447 for Cambridge parkrun this week and the runer to finish in position 447 was Marysol F. BELL. Marysol has completed a total of 138 parkruns. 136 of those at Cambridge, with a smattering of tourism thrown in for good measure. Marysol ran her very first parkrun back in 2013. She has also helped to ensure Cambridge parkrun can take place 108 times, volunteering every year since 2013, including 9 times so far this year. Thank you very much :-) If you would like to help to ensure Cambridge parkrun can take place over the next few weeks, take a look at the future roster, where you will be able to see what volunteer roles still need covering.

First to finish this week was Ben TRIGG, in a time of 17:51. Richard MOORE, was second across the line in 17:57, with Callum MOLLOY (junior) hot on his heals in a time of 17:58. For the ladies, Helen BARRY was first to cross the line in 19:54, followed by Kristy GUNERATNE in 20:27 and Natasha TREAGUST in 20:36. Edward SHAKESPEARE, was the second junior to cross the line in 22:05 and Thomas MORGAN was third in 22.25. Amy GLEMAS was the first female junior to finish, in 28:00.

It was a busy week for run club runs. Bob STOREY, Caroline BUTCHER, Elena CHICULITA, Jack PAKE, Sarah PAKE and Stephen ROSE all ran their 50th parkrun, while Sarah Bell ran her 100th. I look forward to seeing you in your new tops shortly.

It just remains for me to thank Milton Country Park for hosting us and the 49 volunteers who allowed this event to take place. Diane POTTER • Pauline BLAKE • Rebecca ANDERSON • Barbara BENNETT • Julia SUDBURY • Chris GAY • Stephen BENNETT • Linda CROOK • James STOCKER • Michaela JOYSEY • Katie TWEEN • Richard JONES • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Andrew PARKER • Neil TWEEN • Mary HOLMES • Fiona NIMMO • Elaine HENDRIE • Marisa JOHNSON • Karl JONES • Paul BELZAR • Catriona COLE • Mike HORSCROFT • Jenny PAYNE • Adam WILLIAMS • Gary COLE • Jackie TOMLINSON • Tony TOMLINSON • Geoff MEADS • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Ross DUNSMORE • Cameron DUNSMORE • Antony HELLIWELL • Parminder LALLY • John JOHNSON • Carola KANZ • Jakob KANZ • Eleanor LIMB • Sally STEWART • Tom LINFIELD • Stuart PAYNE • George PAKE • Leslie LAWRENCE • Danielle GREENE • James PEARSON • Robert MORGAN • Susan HORROD • Jessica ROOKE • Ben MOSS

See you all soon, Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)

Older Tagged Posts ⇒
⇐ Newer Tagged Posts