Last weekend our Canterbury parkrunners were treated to another opportunity to tackle the triple hill course. Although it was dry on Saturday at parkrun o’clock (fortunately!) the playing fields had not quite dried out enough for our usual course and we want to try our best to minimise damage. We are very grateful to the continued support we receive from Kent Sport so try our best to keep their playing fields in a good condition. I have to say I think you are all getting used to all these hills from the smiles I saw whilst I was out cheering you all on. I expect a multitude of speedy times once our normal course returns.
Our regular runners were joined this week by the Athletics clubs from Canterbury Christchurch University and the University of Kent for their annual Varsity event. I think there were more than a few surprised faces when they realised their 5k ‘race’ would include 3 laps of hills. Thank you to Kate Druce and Neil Kad for stepping in to tag team deliver the first timers briefing to a bumper crop of participants.
Another thank you goes to our team of pacer volunteers which I am sure is made even trickier with the addition of an extra lap so well done to all of you. You must done a brilliant job as we saw 9 PBs, pretty impressive if you ask me.
Our last, but definitely not least, thank you goes to our team of volunteers. My job as RD was made infinitely easier when everything ran smoothly, which just would not be possible without a brilliant team of volunteers behind me. Unfortunately on Saturday I heard more than one account of a parkrunner not displaying gratitude to our volunteers, which is a real shame. If you have any feedback please do come and have a chat with the RD at the event and we will try our best to help. As an RD and a runner I am incredibly grateful for the volunteers for giving up their time on a Saturday morning to allow this event to happen. Thanks all.
See you soon.
Now for some stats:
This week 140 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Keith GILBERT • John WILKINS • Kevin SHANNON • Ella SHANNON • Jane ELDER • Sammy-Jo FOSTER • Katherine NORRIS • Paul THOMPSON • Neil KAD • Kathryn DRUCE • Julie MESSER • Simone LIPSON-GREEN • Steve ANSELL • Alan PROSSER • Kerstin CABLE • Mark GALE • Michael NEWIES • Esha SOOKUN • Len PARRICK • Hazel BASFORD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Canterbury parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Phil HURST who recorded a time of 15:12 on 15th March 2014 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Alexandra MILLARD who recorded a time of 19:03 on 6th August 2016 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen EBERLIN who recorded 85.86% (25:06) on 1st November 2014 (event number 33).
Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014. Since then 5,570 participants have completed 34,373 parkruns covering a total distance of 171,865 km, including 5,228 new Personal Bests. A total of 484 individuals have volunteered 5,410 times.