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 #464 run report

This week 403 people ran, jogged and walked a very wet, muddy and
windswept course, of whom 36 were first timers. We also had 12 complete
their tricky second run. A very impressive 41 recorded new Personal Bests
despite the slippery conditions. Just a quick reminder that it’s important to
listen to the run briefing as this is when the Run Director will tell you
about any hazards on the course like water, fallen fences and branches, and
cover any other announcements.

I’d like to thank Milton Country Park for hosting and the Grounds cafe for
feeding and watering us. Both can be followed on social media if that’s
your thing.

Today we were also joined by Radio Cambridgeshire who interviewed
various volunteers and runners around the course, we’ll update you if we
hear we’re on the radio.

Reaching milestones today were Ai Seng Paul, of Edmonton RC on his
first visit to Milton Country Park and his 50th parkrun overall, and Daniel
Georges Aguilar-Agon who was also the highest age grade finisher on his
50th run. First finishers were Cambridge stalwarts Chris Darling running
his 277th today and Kristy Guneratne on her 409th.

In recognition of Wales’ Grand slam win in the rugby I’d like to name
check Jonathan Davies taking part along with six Jones’ and for St
Patrick’s Day tomorrow I’d like to mention Kyan Mayo and Patrick

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
Cambridge parkrun Results page

The event was made possible by a wonderful 41 volunteers: To find out
more about volunteering and how to earn a purple t-shirt click here
Katherine HEYDON • Anita LEWIS • Gareth Riley LEWIS • Chris
• Hope HUTCHISON • Hermione CREASE • Caroline DISTON • Kit
Heather GRAY • Fiona MACDONALD • Mike HORSCROFT • Jenny
PAYNE • Jackie TOMLINSON • Hester COLBY • Lois HARRIS • Antony
• Stuart PAYNE • Christopher HAWKSWORTH • Aimee GRAY • Chris
CURTIS • Andrew CORBETT • Alice HOMER • Ben MOSS • Nicola
EDE • Andrew BURGE


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.



Cambridge parkrun #441 22/09/2018 Run Report

Apologies for the extreme tardiness in the publication of this report – I write this on the eve of the next parkrunday so probably by the time you are reading it you will have already completed your next parkrun. However, last week’s run felt like a significant one for our community so I wanted to make sure that there was a run report, however late.

Chris’ RD briefings are always memorable (he’s the one who sings, for those of you who don’t know the name…) but this week he had a tough challenge; amongst the normal weekly announcements and reminders of the rules, he had to let us all know that, very sadly, parkrunner Steve Moir (A4346057) had tragically died earlier in the week. Chris invited Steve’s brother, Rob, up to tell us about his brother and to dedicate his run to Steve. It was Rob’s 250th parkrun and we are honoured that Rob still felt able to come to parkrun and run in memory and in celebration of Steve. Steve’s family were also there and we hope that they took comfort from the great sense of community that parkrun provides.

Rob wasn’t the only one running his 250th parkrun; also celebrating that milestone and dishing out cake at the end was William Tunstall-Pedoe who managed to PB! Congratulations to him and great to know that even after that many parkruns PBs are still within the realm of possibility!

Joanna Harrall ran her 100th parkrun and Caroline McGonigal, Josephine Johnson and Lois Galletly all ran their 50th parkruns. Many congratulations to all of them and we hope to see them sporting their new parkrun tshirts soon! Also mentioned in Chris’ briefing and giving him an excuse to sing was Amy Glemas who turned 15 – happy birthday again Amy and we hope the singsong didn’t embarrass you too much.

We welcomed 21 first timers and hope they all enjoyed their parkrun and will be back again soon. At the other end of the scale, we had eight parkrunners this week who had run over 300 parkruns each! There were lots of familiar faces running this week – it was lovely to spot friends who had started parkrunning at Cambridge and then gone off to start up Wimpole Estate and Huntingdon parkruns. As you will know, parkrun just keeps on growing and we will hopefully see more new events starting locally, but Cambridge has been described as the “mothership” and this week was just a reminder for me of the importance of the parkrun community, regardless of how big it gets. All are welcome at parkrun.

Finally, thank you to the wonderful volunteers:
Adam WILLIAMS  •  Andrew CORBETT  •  Andrew PARKER  •  Brent SWANN-AUGER  •  Charlie RITCHIE  •  Chris DARLING  •  Colin WEST  •  Emma GREAVES  •  Fiona MCDAID  •  Gary COLE  •  Guy GIBSON  •  Helen D JOHNSON  •  James PEARSON  •  James STOCKER  •  Jessica ROOKE  •  Jill NOBLE  •  Joanna HARRALL  •  Joanna PARSONS  •  John JOHNSON  •  Justin Anthony GREAVES  •  Katherine HEYDON  •  Lauren GREAVES  •  Mary MITCHELL  •  Max MARTIN  •  Michaela JOYSEY  •  Mike DIFRANCO  •  Mike HORSCROFT  •  Mrudula DASIKA  •  Pamela ABBOTT  •  Rebecca Louise ANDERSON  •  Richard LYLE  •  Ricky MITCHELL  •  Sam GIBSON  •  Sonia MAIR  •  Susan HORROD

As I write, the team is still struggling to get enough volunteers to put on tomorrow’s run safely. If you would like to try out volunteering, I would really recommend it – I enjoy it as much as running and it really won’t feel like you’re giving anything up to do it. If you like clapping and cheering then go for marshalling; if you like having a chat afterwards then how about barcode scanning; for those who like a bit of power then it’s got to be funnel managing; those who like teamwork should opt for finish tokens & if you want to be where all the action is then go for timer. If you’re not sure then one of our lovely volunteer co-ordinators will sort you out and explain everything on the day.
Until next parkrunday,


Cambridge parkun #438 – 1st September 2018

This week I was unable to run and instead took the opportunity to volunteer as a marshal. It wasn't the first time that I stood reflecting on how incredibly inclusive and supportive the parkrun community is. Where else would you find over 1.5 million strangers coming together at nearly 1500 locations across the globe every week and encouraging each other through a common interest?

My own parkrun journey began 3 years ago this weekend - I finally gave in after years of listening to friends going on about how I should try it and "yes of course you could do it" and "no it doesn't matter if you are the slowest" and "it'll be good for you" and "you'll love it eventually". I'm still slow and it wasn't until I had run more than 80 times that I actually started to see myself as a runner. In fact, for the first 50 or so runs I'm not sure I actually enjoyed the process – it was all about the people, the post run coffee and the slightly righteous post run feeling that I'd had some exercise when usually I'd still be in bed. Everything that my friends had told me was absolutely true – parkrun is something really special.

This week there were 603 runners including a whopping 33 first timers and at least 59 tourists (including junior runner Jack Main who ran his 50th.) Local legend Chris Darling was the first finisher in 16:28 followed by David Connell (16:46) and Jonathan Escalante-Phillips a mere second later (16:47). For the ladies Justine Anthony (18:48), Jessica Cocker (19:41 PB), and Rachel Porter (20:12) showed us how it could be done. Well done to the 83 of you who got new PBs under your belts; including those of you who were motivated and encouraged by the ten pacers. Junior runner Cerys McBrien ran her 10th parkrun with a PB. Today's event was made possible by 48 volunteers who contributed their time and skills in a variety of ways. They were: Amos RONEY, Andrew GOLDSBOROUGH , Andrew PARKER, Anthony RICHARDSON, Beth MCGREER, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Brian WHITE, Cameron DUNSMORE, Clare BACCHUS, Diane MUNGOVAN, Emma GREAVES, Fiona NIMMO, Geoff MEADS, Helen HENRY, James STOCKER, Jim HIGGINS, Justin Anthony GREAVES, Karl JONES, Lauren GREAVES, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Liz GIBSON, Liz STEVENS, Loles GARCIA DIAZ, Louise PRYOR, Lucy MATTHEWS, Mary MITCHELL, Miguel TORRES, Naomi SHELMERDINE, Nicki HIGGINS, Pamela ABBOTT, Patricia KNIGHT, Paul CRUSH, Rebecca TAYLOR, Richard MOORE, Ricky MITCHELL, Ross DUNSMORE, Sally VERNON, Sam GIBSON, Sarah LEE, Sarah PROVAN, Shani CHALK, Sheila CAYTON, Simon WALL, Stuart PAYNE, Susan HORROD, Suzy ASHWORTH, Tom LINDFIELD and Valerie MORGAN.

The run this week was made even more unique with a celebration of the pending nuptials of Co-event director Gary and core team member Catriona who were engaged at Gary's return to parkrun after a broken ankle earlier this year. Being a slower runner meant I got to plod by and see the special moment unfold.

After the run my friends and I ended up chatting to Debbie and Mel McCart who were visiting from Sheffield Hallam. They'd spent the night in their camper van in the carpark and were enjoying breakfast as we strolled by. They described Milton Country parkrun as beautiful, friendly, well-organised and felt it was one of their favourite parkruns so far. How fortunate we are to have this as our home run! A huge thank you, as always, to Milton Country Park for making this possible. Debbie and Mel echoed my earlier thoughts about just how encouraging, diverse and accepting the community is.

So, whether you were one of this week's first timers, personal besters, pacers, volunteers, runners, walkers, visitors, mile stoners, never againers, pram pushers or somewhere in betweeners thank you for making your parkrun our parkrun. See you next week (even you 'never againers'!).



Cambridge parkrun #437 27/08/18 Run Report

Sorry for the delay in writing up this week’s run report – I’m going to blame the Bank Holiday weekend for distracting me! Hope you all had a good long weekend (with apologies to those who had to work) after starting it off in the best possible way with Cambridge parkrun!

Another week of excellent conditions and we had 488 finishers, including 19 first timers who were brand new to parkrun. As always, we hope they enjoyed their first parkrun and that we’ll see them again soon. In particular, I want to mention Victoria Spratt, who contacted us on twitter last week to say that she had been inspired by her daughter’s run at Junior parkrun (a 2K junior only event held on Sunday at 10am also at Milton Country Park) to try her own first parkrun – we were so pleased that she came along this week and she says she’ll be back, hurrah!

Our first finisher this week was regular parkrunner Chris Darling, making it look easy with a 15.58 time, just a few seconds off his PB. Chris has now completed 263 parkruns, of which 210 have been at Cambridge. In contrast, our second finisher - Ben Jones - was running for the first time at Cambridge. Ben usually runs at Worcester parkrun so we hope he enjoyed his visit with us. Third through the finish funnel was James Walker who ran a new PB of 17.08 on his 66th run – congratulations James. First lady was one of our first timers – Silvia Peruch – who ran an impressive 20.30. Lucy Hutchinson and Hannah Hall followed closely behind and finished together in 21.18 and 21.19 respectively.

Our most prolific parkrunner this week was Nick J. Haigh who has now completed 390 parkruns. He’s a while off the next milestone which will be 500, but we did have some runners joining other clubs this week. Juniors Thomas Faupel and Ellis Gardener both ran their 10th run, which qualifies them for the white 10 t-shirt. Four runners ran their 50th run – congratulations to Nick Picton, Jo Horley, Brian Munns and Andrew Winter. Well done in particular to Brian who managed a PB as well! Nobody ran their 100th parkrun with us this week, but Colin Seltzer joined the 250 club – Colin ran the very first Cambridge parkrun back in January 2010 and has since run with us a further 205 times. That’s a lot of times round the lake – congratulations Colin!

Finally, a couple of requests. Several of our finish tokens go missing each week and although we have spares, our stock is dwindling. If you’ve accidentally taken a finish token home one week (and we know it’s easily done!) then please could you return it to us? It would be much appreciated and would help save us some money.
Secondly, we had some reports on Saturday of pushing between parkrunners. Please remember that we are all out there to enjoy ourselves and at the end of the day, it’s a friendly, community event and nobody should be behaving aggressively.

Thanks go to this week’s merry band of volunteers:
Amelie KIRCHGAESSNER  •  Andrew CORBETT  •  Andrew O'DOWD  •  Anita LEWIS  •  Callie VANDEWIELE  •  Catriona CURRY  •  Charlotte HITCHEN  •  Chris HARRIS  •  Chris MARTIN  •  Christina YOUELL  •  Claire DAVIS  •  Colin SELTZER  •  Emma GREAVES  •  Fiona MACDONALD  •  Fiona MCDAID  •  Frederick CHEUNG  •  Gary COLE  •  Helen D JOHNSON  •  Helen HENRY  •  James STOCKER  •  Jenny PAYNE  •  Jessica ROOKE  •  John JOHNSON  •  Jonathon MARSH  •  Julia DECESARE  •  Justin Anthony GREAVES  •  Katie TWEEN  •  Lisa CLATWORTHY  •  Liz GIBSON  •  Loles GARCIA DIAZ  •  Lynsey ROLFE  •  Marisa JOHNSON  •  Marky THOMAS  •  Mary HOLMES  •  Mike DIFRANCO  •  Mike PITT  •  Neil TWEEN  •  Rebecca TAYLOR  •  Russ LADKIN  •  Sam GIBSON  •  Susan HORROD  •  Tony CHAPMAN  •  Una MANNU  •  Wendy JOHNSON

If you’d like to sign up to volunteer for one of the next few weeks then please email, sign up on the whiteboard by the café or send us a message on social media (@cambparkrun). I’m away from parkrun for the next couple of weeks so there’s also a spot on the roster for a run report writer if anyone fancies it.

Happy parkrunning,


Cambridge parkrun #436 18/08/18 Run Report

Is it me or was it feeling a little bit autumnal in the park today? Despite the rain earlier in the week, the puddles had mostly dried up and we were left with pretty good conditions to complete the 5K. 501 people ran, jogged and walked the course, representing 30 different clubs.

Our first finisher this week was junior runner Oliver Newman (JM 15-17) who ran a new PB of 16:57 – congratulations Oliver! He set the trend with both the second and third runners home also setting PBs – well done to Alistair Steele and Alex Melloy - and not to be outdone the first female finisher Zoe MacDonald also set a new PB of 18.12. Second and third females (Maybritt Schillinger and Kristy Guneratne respectively) were both within seconds of their PBs so it was obviously a good day for running fast!
29 people completed their very first parkrun today – welcome to the parkrun family and we hope to see you again next week. At the other end of the scale, our most prolific parkrunner this week was Nicola Tarrant, who ran her 393rd parkrun today – as a representative of the “UK parkrun tourists” it is perhaps not surprising that this was her first visit to Cambridge parkrun, so we hope she enjoyed her run with us. Other tourists spotted in the results include Eric Ward who can normally be found parkrunning at Durham NC parkrun in the United States. This week, Durham NC had 60 finishers so we imagine our busy course was a bit of a different experience!

Jingxiao Xu ran his 10th parkrun today and, as a junior runner, that qualifies him for the white 10 t-shirt – congratulations to him. Rather unusually, nobody ran their 50th, 100th or 250th parkrun with us this week, though we do spy quite a few getting close to some of those milestones so we expect some celebrations will be on the cards soon.
We’re always keen to hear tales from our parkrun community and asked on twitter earlier today if anyone had anything they wanted to share about their parkrun. Dr. James Borderick got in touch to praise the sportsmanship from the runner behind him who encouraged him to keep going for the last 400m. Apparently she could have easily overtaken him but chose to cheer him on instead and he ended up breaking the 25 minute barrier for the first time, running a brilliant PB of 24.32. If it was the runner directly behind him, then James has Lisa Redman to thank!

The event was made possible by 40 volunteers:

Colin SELTZER • Barbara BENNETT • Helen HENRY • Kristy GUNERATNE • Rebecca TAYLOR • James STOCKER • Michaela JOYSEY • Robin FORDER • Loles GARCIA DIAZ • Katie TWEEN • Caroline MCGONIGAL • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Mary HOLMES • Edward COLBY • Adam TAPLEY • Kit COLBY • Joanna HARRALL • Martin Daniel HORROD • Maria MARTIN • Richard MARTIN • Fiona MACDONALD • Charlotte HOLLERAN • Amos RONEY • Mike HORSCROFT • Elizabeth BARRY • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Kaitlyn HORROD • Hester COLBY • Pauline KNIGHTON • Pete CLARKE • Antony HELLIWELL • Helen DAW • Sally STEWART • Michaela SPITZER • Suzanne CROCKER • Hayley HORROD • Lois DAW • Simon WALL • Andrew CORBETT • Jessica ROOKE

We always struggle to recruit sufficient volunteers across the summer, so we’d be very grateful if you’d like to sign up to volunteer for one of the next few weeks. To do so, email, sign up on the whiteboard by the café or send us a message on social media (@cambparkrun).

See you next parkrunday,


Run report January 5 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy running,




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