Cambridge parkrun #513, 22 February 2020

On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were kind to us today and managed to keep the rain clouds away and although gusty in places Storm Ellen was only just waking up! It took awhile for the sun to come out and when it did, we were all bathed in surprisingly warm conditions for this time of year, indeed many of us quickly removing outer layers once we started running.

First timers briefing

First timers briefing

The runner’s briefing warmly welcomed and introduced all runners to the course layout. What a lovely meandering course you have too exploring Milton Country Park. The well thought out park also provided the younger members of our parkrun community or indeed the young at heart to burn off some energy before our run started. This type of course provides lots of opportunities for the faster runners to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals on their last lap. PB opportunities were probably pretty scarce as it was all about staying vertical and running in a straight line as there was plenty of that extra special parkrun mud to negotiate today. Mind you jumping in the puddles helped clear off some of it! We especially liked reading all of your home made signs too and all of our feet trip trapping across your bridges made sure there were no trolls sleeping today too!



There were a fair few tourists at Cambridge today which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been recently and where we were soon off to. Today, tourists from Colchester, Bushey Park and Havant to name but a few were using Cambridge parkrun as their tourist venue.

Jenny, our RD for the day, gave a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of Marshalls out around the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don’t forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Cambridge parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want?

There were a few first timers who are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode! 34 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That’s one run less to count towards those coveted milestone tees. Were you celebrating a special milestone this week? Just like Mark and Karen who were both celebrating their 50th parkrun today. That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were a fair few people going back to the on site Milton Country Park cafe for the apres parkrun, with refreshing drink options with a chance to purchase hot and cold food options to go with them, which allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course. Unfortunately, we had a date with our all we can eat buffet breakfast so couldn’t indulge with you today, maybe next time?

Thank you again Cambridge parkrun for perfectly starting our weekend off. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Karen Cole Havant (Portsmouth)


Our tail walkers!

Our tail walkers!


Cambridge parkrun #512, 16 February 2020

For the core team, the week between parkruns can be serene, with no problems or concerns. The volunteer coordinator has nearly all the work to do, reading emails and updating the roster, while the run director (or the person with the kit) checks the finish tokens, clears the scanners and stopwatches and charges everything, ready for Saturday.

However, this week we have had plenty of interaction with each other, checking the weather forecasts, liaising with the park, debating whether or not to cancel, being concerned about the relatively low numbers of volunteers, whether or not we’d be willing to ask people to stand out in the woods for over an hour in the wind and so on. Social media needed updating and emails were sent to the volunteers to remind everyone to keep checking in case we had to cancel.

So it was something of a relief to wake up on Saturday morning to see that the forecast had changed overnight and that Dennis was slower to arrive than anticipated. In the end all was fine – we all got the message that the park was closing at 12, and that still gave us time to complete our run, pack away, process results and have the usual coffee / tea / cake / toasties / teacakes.

As for the run itself, 391 people braved the elements and made it round the course. 45 were first timers at Cambridge and 12 of these were brand new to parkrun. We hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll be back for at least another run. At the other end of the scale four people are well over 400 runs each - think they like this parkrun lark. There were 33 shiny new PBs – well done. Chris Aylmer ran his 250th run, Edward Taylor his 100th, Mike Kemp his 50th and Francesca Day her 10th. Congratulations on reaching your milestones and looking forward to seeing you in your t-shirts soon!

As always, your free weekly timed 5k run was brought to you by volunteers, so thank you to: Katherine HEYDON, Una MANNU, Barbara BENNETT, Helen HENRY, Stephen BENNETT, Beccy TAYLOR, James STOCKER, Michaela JOYSEY, Emma GREAVES, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Anita JOYSEY, Matthew SEWELL, Ian FARRELL, Sharen HALFPENNY, Martin Daniel HORROD, Evert BOKMA, Jenny PAYNE, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Mark CHAPMAN, Chiara LOMBARDI LEDGEWAY, Robin TOD, Hilary SELLARS, Jack MOSSOP, Sheila CAYTON, Jill NOBLE, Calum NOBLE, Euan NOBLE, Stuart PAYNE, Paul FEETENBY, Susan HORROD, Elizabeth STOREY, Rowland THOMAS, Andrew BURGE, Emma NAYLOR, Helen HUMPHREYS and Joanna PUGH. Many thanks to Milton Country Park as well, they have had to make the difficult decision to close two weekends in a row, so please go along and support them during the week, if you can, or make an extra visit at the weekend.

Until next week!

Your fab finish funnel!

Your fab finish funnel!


Cambridge parkrun #484 3rd August 2019

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.
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.
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:, and if you can help, please email 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,


Cambridge parkrun #476 Run Report – June 8th , 2019

Despite the rain and the wind, Cambridge parkrun number 476 had a fantastic turnout.

There were 413 participants in all, representing 32 different running clubs. Of the 413 runners, joggers, walkers, 43 were first timers and 65 individuals achieved a new personal best! Today’s parkrun was made possible through the volunteer efforts of 41 individuals.
I ,Marysol Bell, author of this run report and my very first run report in fact, would like to take this opportunity to highlight two individuals that I met on the day. First, I met a lovely lady by the name of Pauline who has just embarked on her very own couch to five k journey. She attended today’s parkrun as a volunteer, and would you believe she took on the role of timer! She hopes to get a few more volunteer opportunities under her belt before she runs her first five k, which she plans on running at Milton County parkrun.

I love how parkrun is extremely international, present at today’s park run was Andy, a GP from Australia who is in the country visiting family. His grandparents were from Cambridge and while in the country he hopes to make it to as many parkruns as he can. Andy tries to encourage his patients to be active and to get involved in parkrun. One of his patients did just that and has lost well over 45 kilos and is now an avid parkrunner. Well done Andy and we were so
glad that you were able to join us today! Parkrun truly is an international Family where all are welcomed.



Cambridge parkrun #475 1st of June 2019

Well the first parkrun of summer* certainly delivered a classic sunny, hot by 9am day and 535 of you turned out to enjoy three laps around Cambridge’s finest country park. 23 people chose this week to complete their first ever parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family; we hope you’ll be back again soon.

Run Director Neil kicked things off with the briefing – among the usual announcements, he told us about a new parkrun that we are hoping to launch in Fulbourn. If you would like to be involved and especially if you would consider being part of the core team, then there is a public meeting at Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre on Wednesday 5th June from 7pm. On a related note, a few people this week mentioned that our course felt crowded and one runner reported that she had been pushed out of the way: this is clearly unacceptable. New parkruns will help a little bit in keeping our attendance figures in check, but historically we’ve found that after the initial dip, our numbers start to rise again. Whilst we genuinely love welcoming everyone to parkrun, it is only sustainable if all parkrunners of all paces respect the twisty nature of the course and more importantly, each other. On our course, everybody is going to either lap other runners, be lapped, or both, so please keep left unless you are overtaking and listen out for friendly warnings.

Three runners celebrated their 50th parkrun this week; congratulations to Chris Creasey, Georgina Thorpe and Jill Ede. Georgina was joined by her Dad David Thorpe who was running his 100 th run – well done on managing the logistics of the double celebration; we look forward to seeing you in your new club tshirts soon (and thank you for the celebrations chocolates)! Finally, we had two parkrunners joining the much coveted 250 club – congratulations to Stuart Woolf and Hope Hutchison. An extra special thanks and well done to Hope as she also completed her 100 th stint of volunteering at Cambridge parkrun (she has volunteered many more times in total when you include her regular appearances at Cambridge juniors and more recently Coldhams but we think 100 at Cambridge alone is pretty amazing). Hope has been a regular fixture at Cambridge parkrun since 2011 and we have her and her mum to thank for the brownies that were distributed afterwards. On to the run itself and first to finish was Joseph Smith in a blistering 15.40. First lady was Olivia Baker running a new PB of 19.07 on her 41st parkrun – congratulations Olivia. Other notable PBs were set by Gemma Thompson who knocked over 30 seconds off her previous best and Elena Chiculita who is clearly on a run of form this year as this was her 8th PB of the year and she’s taken over 10 minutes off her first ever run. We welcomed runners from 41 different running clubs including the Longstanton Limpers who brought 7 runners and 1 volunteer as part of their club outing. Looking at the results we had tourists from Suffolk, Tonbridge, Nottingham, Newark and Birmingham and probably many more who aren’t club members – I didn’t spot any visitors from abroad this week but I’m sure that’ll change as tourist season properly gets going.

Thank you to all the volunteers this week, including our lovely pacing team who I am sure helped with the many PBs that were set. Pacing week will be back on the first Saturday in July so let us know nearer the time if you fancy having a go.

Until next parkrunday,
*meteorologically speaking


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 !



Run report Cambridge parkrun #465

Hurray! Spring has sprung, and after last week's puddles and mud, it was a lovely dry morning and a firm course that welcomed 452 runners, joggers and walkers and the 39 volunteers who made it all happen this week. Liz was tail walking (nobody comes last at parkrun!) and says that it was really nice to take a bit of time to enjoy the park. Plus, we were told in the briefing that the brambles had been cut back, which will have pleased Patrick in particular, as I know that the brambles got his hat last week and he had to go back for it!

A warm welcome to 42 people who ran their first parkrun this week. Special mention goes to the graduating Let's Run couch to 5k group - I spoke with Josie on finish tokens and she was very excited to hand you your tokens after running with you in Sawston. We hope you enjoyed it and please come back soon.

Of course, some first timers were parkrun tourists, and this week they included speedy Piotr KUHN from Gdansk, Poland who was on his first parkrun in England, Ben PHELAN from Clair parkrun in West Sussex, Pat TWOMEY all the way from Ballincollig in Ireland, Daniel MILES from Bradford, Christopher HAWKSWORTH and Sue BROWN from Greater London parkruns, Nikki FLANNIGAN from Winchester, Tara NEEDHAM from Milton Keynes, Ben HAMMOND from Kings Lynn, Julie LOCKE from Thetford, Jonathan MUMBY from Peterborough, and Tess DAVISON from Horsham. Welcome! We hope you liked your first run at Cambridge!

A big thanks to this week's volunteers! Parkrun is awesome every week, thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of lots of people. This week's team was: Ann TAYLOR • Helen HENRY • Peter STEVENS • James STOCKER • Claire WILSHAW • Michaela JOYSEY • Emma GREAVES • Katie TWEEN • Caroline MCGONIGAL • Josephine JOHNSON • Jim MOWATT • Laura Jane WINTER • Jo LONGLAND • Pamela ABBOTT • Claire BROWN • Sharen HALFPENNY • Mick JOHNSON • Kate COLLINS • Catriona COLE • Liz STEVENS • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Ross DUNSMORE • Paula HUGHES • Jon SCHNEIDER • Bob PEACOCK • Hilary SELLARS • Jill NOBLE • Martin KILDUFF • Danielle GUY • Stuart PAYNE • Sarah COUCHMAN • William CURTIS • Jane CRAWFORD • Susan HORROD • Thomas BURKE • Valerie MORGAN • Nicola EDE • Kristy GUNERATNE • Dorothea TROTTER

If you can help with next week's run (or if you can persuade a willing partner etc.), do email, preferably sooner rather than later so that Michaela, next week's volunteer co-ordinator, can have a nice easy week! You can see which roles are available at if you want to pick one, and all the tasks are straighforward - Michaela will explain what to do on Saturday morning if it's your first time on a role.

Congratulations to the 76 people who ran their fastest time at Cambridge today. That seems like a lot of PBs! I see that 25 of them went to those on their 2nd, 3rd or 4th runs (a good reason to come back for more!), while David TIDESWELL, Alexei MOULTON, Paula HUGHES, and Matthew FAUPEL showed that PBs are certainly still achievable after lots of runs too. Paula - 30:28 is massive :-)

There were PBs at the front too: Joseph SMITH was first finisher in 15:34 - that makes him the fastest first finisher since Sept 2017, so don't worry if he seemed to be overtaking very early on! William NEWCOMBE also managed a PB for second place and scored the highest age grading this week at 83.58%, while Patrick O HARE equalled his PB for third. Were you chasing a speedy junior? Lucas ZAKRZEWSKI led the JM10's on his 131st 5k parkrun this week, while Hester COLBY was first JW10 on her 111th run. For the ladies, well done to Rachel LINDLEY, who was clear first female this time. Olivia BAKER was second with a fast finish to sneak in just ahead of Helen BARRY in third (even though Helen herself ran a fastest recent time). I confidently predict more PBs in the near future for Olivia - it's not everyone who runs their first Cambridge sub 20 and thanks all the marshals on the way round!

Congratulations to everyone who turned up and everyone who came back. The couple of paragraphs above wrote themselves, but it's really hard in a run report to do justice to the range of achievements, since many of them, and actually many of the ones that matter in real life, don't show up in results. This paragraph is harder to write but is nonetheless here to remind anyone in doubt that people get it, and that turning up and participating is the thing that matters. So, shout out here for the more difficult runs and walks and the unremarkable ones too, and long may we have such a friendly community at Cambridge.

....which brings me to some people who have turned up and completed or volunteered at a lot of parkruns, earning themselves a milestone T shirt this week. I'm sorry I don't know how to get at the 25 volunteer club stats, but I can tell you that we had 6 people doing their 50th run this week: congrats to Mike ALCOCK, Sue STEARN, Camilla SPRAGUE, Katherine REED, Chris FOLKARD and Graham STEVEN. Special mention for Katherine, ash she is in the JW11-14 category and has actually run 53 junior parkruns as well as her 50 Saturday parkruns! Well done for your 5k PB on Saturday. Cameron FEHR ran his 100th parkrun this week - he started in June 2013 so that's getting on for six years of parkrunning! I'll also stretch the official milestones to mention Chris HOWELL, who ran his 200th run today and his fastest time this year. Chris says that 200 runs is definitely a 'thing' for his friends even if there's no milestone T shirt so he wanted to be in the run report!

That's all folks! If you want to know more, this week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cambridge parkrun Results Page. Otherwise, thanks for reading, and see you next Saturday morning!


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!


Cambridge parkrun #458 run report

Awoooo! Well done everyone! It was chilly and mid-January for this week’s parkrun, but we didn’t let that stop us - we had 37 volunteers and 468 runners. OK - not quite as many finishers this week as the last two weeks, but more than ran in any week in December. If you add the 343 at Wimpole and 319 at Coldham’s Common, that’s a very satisfying number of people starting a chilly weekend with a parkrun. Did you see the pretty sunrise and the little snow flurry to boot?

So many people were ace that this report will miss many…let’s start with a high five to every one of the volunteers. Not enough people signed up to help to fill the roster this week, so it took some masterful juggling from the volunteer co-ordinators, as well as some impressive feats of volunteering dedication on the day. Thank you especially to those who gave up their run to help, and to the marshals and finish team who exuded the warmth and enthusiasm throughout that makes Cambridge parkrun what it is. This week’s team were Alan BALDOCK, Alison DURSTON, Andrew ALCOCK, Andrew CHAPMAN, Andrew CORBETT, Anna TUKE, Beccy TAYLOR, Ben MOSS, Catherine JONES, Chris MARTIN, Emma GREAVES, Fiona MACDONALD, Fiona MCDAID, Gary COLE, Hope HUTCHISON, James STOCKER, James WARTH, Janay FEHR, Jenny PAYNE, Jill NOBLE, Joanna BALL, Joe TOWNSEND, Jools HUDSON, Kay SWEENEY, Kristy GUNERATNE, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Marky THOMAS, Michaela JOYSEY, Neil BURNS, Pamela ABBOTT, Paula HUGHES, Peter CHARROT, Stefan KAYE, Stuart PAYNE, Susan HORROD, Theodore FEHR, and Tracy HUTCHISON.

When I started parkrun, I definitely found volunteering now and again helpful as a way of getting to know more runners, and as a way of learning more about running. I didn’t initially realise how much support you get as a volunteer. It’s something I’d recommend for anyone, but in particular give it a try if you feel a bit lonely or if you could do with a happiness or confidence boost, because it really delivers on those! All the volunteer roles are straightforward and you are shown what to do the first time in any role. Do have a look at the roster ( ) and send an email letting the co-ordinator know when you’d like to help and whether you have any preferences for what role. I counted 47 people on this week’s results who have their purple T shirt for volunteering 25 times, I’m sure any of them would be happy to say more if you have questions. Remember also that it’s not just for runners! There are loads of reasons for volunteering - do you know anyone who’d like to?

On to the run! It wasn’t an easy day for a fast run (if you were planning a fast run!). Although cold, there was some sticky mud and the need to slow down and be careful on some of the corners. Nonetheless, 38 people did run their fastest time. I’ve chosen a few for special mention: Caroline DAY who started in May last year and is now 4 mins 41 secs faster than she was then - congratulations on getting your first time starting with 35! Michael HAWES who has done 12 runs since he started in October and today was his 8th PB; Sarah SILK got yet another PB on her 6th run; and Andrew BUTCHER and Nick VENNER both took quite a decent time off, I thought, for their (rather speedy) speed. Congratulations also to Jacqueline BELL, Gordon HARRADINE, Karen OSTENFELD, Sarah WILLIS and Merel PANNEBAKKER all of whom ran their 50th parkrun, while Evert BOKMA and Alexi MOULTON ran their 100th parkrun.

It’s always great to see a good bunch of people coming for the first time. Assuming many unknowns are new runners, at least 17 runners did their first ever parkrun, and, importantly, 25 came back for their second while 18 ran their third parkrun. If you’re new to this, WELCOME and stick with it - the first runs are the hardest. You shouldn’t feel pressured to run fast - just getting round the course is enough to be a big win (to be honest that point doesn’t actually change when you’ve done loads). Some of you are running PB’s already though. Well done in particular to Steph CLARK (1 min 53 secs!) and the PB every timers - Sarah ROTH, Dean SNOW and Helen BETT (no pressure…).

At the front end of the field, although it wasn’t a very fast day we still had two runners with age grading over 80% - Christine ANTHONY scored the highest with 85.42%, while Chris DARLING, today’s first finisher, scored 80.21%.If you don’t know what age grading is, there’s an explanation in the results email they send you. It looks like it may have been a bit lonely out front for Chris, though I’m sure he’ll have had a good reception when overtaking on the large loop. A good run by Adam TAPLEY for second, too, and third didn’t have a barcode. Us ladies had fun a bit further back with 1,2,3 separated by only 7 seconds in the end. Olivia BAKER was quite safely first lady from my point of view, though I’m pleased to see Ellie SWIRE and I made her run a significant course PB (only 1 sec off her actual PB!) for it - well done Olivia.

As ever, we welcomed some visitors to Cambridge…those I can see who have come furthest were Alison & John BROOKER from Hastings, Paul SEBBORN from Panshanger, Laura BLAKE from Peckham Rye, Leyton GREEN from Yeovil Montacute, Brett SHARMAN from Plymvalley, Uday TULADHAR from Luton and last, but not least Jonathan Mark PEGG….who has done more than 200 different parkruns, as well as earning his 25 volunteer T shirt! Wow! We hope you all enjoyed your visit to Cambridge and will come back again sometime!

Make sure you come next week! It’s a special one as Cambridge parkrun will be 9 years old. There’s a 90’s fancy dress theme…

"Whether you’re a Mr Motivator or just a Wannabe, join us in your best 90’s fancy dress and come and say ‘Eh Oh’ on Saturday 26 January 2019. If that sounds like a little too much effort, help us celebrate our wonderful volunteers and wear your best purple!"

It sounds like fun - see you there! Thanks for reading.


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