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Run report Saturday 7th March – a varsity weekend – by Sammy-Jo Foster

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.

SJ

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.

 

Wow! That was the toughest parkrun ever! – by Glenn Wilson

Saturday 29 February was a unique day in the parkrun calendar - this is the first parkrun to be held on leap day since parkrun began in October 2004. We will have to wait another 28 years for the next leap day parkrun! However, this week's parkrun will be remembered for completely different reasons - it will go down in folklore as the toughest Canterbury parkrun event EVER! 88 of you turned up to run, jog or walk Coogan's Hills, accompanied by Jorge - the storm that brought 60 mph gusts and a month's worth of rain in a single morning. But not content with facing the most extreme weather conditions, I was also forced to into making the decision to use the dreaded Triple Hills Challenge course. So, I was not surprised when many of the 88 parkrunners told me that the conditions were very, very, very (not enough superlatives) challenging! But kudos to everyone who completed the course this week - many of you with big smiles on your faces (Jorge will not thwart your joy of parkrun, it seems).

If the conditions were tough for the runners, spare a thought for the 20 volunteers who stood in the driving rain to cheer the runners on and keep them safe. On Thursday, I had only 4 people on the roster, but following an appeal, I was overwhelmed with the response to marshal by the Saturday morning, and boy... did we need each and every one of them. We even had a marshal holding a gate open to prevent the wind blowing it shut. How forlorn did Alex Davis look wearing her trainers, while slowly sinking into the quagmire while leaning against the aforementioned gate!? Alex has been with Canterbury parkrun since it early days way back in 2014 and I am sure she never envisaged a day like Saturday. But, even this strange predicament was accompanied by a cheerful smile. I know I speak on behalf of all involved when I extend our gratitude to Alex and all the other brave volunteers who helped out on this most challenging day to make the event a successful one.

If you are going to run in these conditions, you'd probably want evidence that you have done so. But alas, a few of you forgot to bring your barcodes on Saturday which meant that we were unable to record your times. This included our first finisher, Louis Small who is recorded as 'unknown' this week, despite completing the course in a little over 17 minutes. Remember, no barcode, no time, no excuses. But, well done Louis, all the same.

Incredibly, three of you recorded personal best times: Amber Barnes-Grundon, Catherine Morris and Fabian Blenk. That's just incredible so I tip my (damp) hat to you guys for such an amazing achievement. We also saw nine people attempting our course for the very first time. My advice to you guys is this... it will only become easier. So please come back and have another go soon!

Anyway, I hope you have all dried out and enjoyed the rest of the weekend (which was actually very pleasant - a gentle breeze and plenty of sunshine. Let's hope it stays this way for the first weekend in March. That's pacer day!!

GW

Now for the geeky stuff....

This week 88 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

John WILKINS • Ella SHANNON • Jane ELDER • Alex DAVIS • Glenn WILSON • Victoria PECKETT • Gillian BROUGHTON • Simone LIPSON-GREEN • Angela GOSS • Alan PROSSER • Ken DAVIS • Mark GALE • Sue SLATER • Hannah WIFFEN • Rebecca KENT • Britta OSTHAUS • Esha SOOKUN • Ellie MARTIN • Len PARRICK • Jonathan SCOTT

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 5,548 participants have completed 34,233 parkruns covering a total distance of 171,165 km, including 5,219 new Personal Bests. A total of 484 individuals have volunteered 5,390 times.

 

 

Wonderfull Windy Runners by Caz Wetherill

Parkrun is full of amazing people, different characters, views and opinions yet all with the same goal, to run a 5k on a blustery Saturday morning. This week we saw 131 people do just that and an impressive 16 people gained a new PB. We also welcomed 18 first timers to parkrun, not bad for a windy day running up and down some seriously challenging hills! I hope you all had a fun morning and that you’ll come back and see us again soon.

Sporting our lovely red 50th vest this week was Tom Gillett who ran his (yes, you guessed it…) 50th run with us on Saturday. Tom has become a familiar face at Canterbury having completed 42 of his runs with us. Congratulations Tom, a great achievement! If you are running a milestone and fancy wearing one our vests then please ask the Run Director, we’re always happy to help!

As always, parkrun is only parkrun because of the wonderful people who turn up each week and offer their time for free. This enables us to hold our lovely event and therefore I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of Saturday’s volunteers, with particular thanks to Ella Shannon and Steve Ansell. These two win the ‘Calm in a Crisis’ award for not crumbling under the pressure when one of the timers stopped working mid run. Now those of you that know me will know I am not exactly technologically minded so it was with some relief to know that I had the parkrun app on my phone and the back-up timing could resume once more. When life gives you lemons you make lemonade.

One more thing, I would just like to thank YOU, the runners for being sensible, kind and considerate to others on the course. As we all know, parkrun is not a race and is inclusive of all ages and abilities and it was a pleasure to watch each and every one of you enjoying our event, even if it was only once it’s over ha ha!

Well I think that’s all for now, keep on running and keep on smiling…

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Keith GILBERT • Paul KEEN • Wendy SMITH • Ella SHANNON • Jane ELDER • Joseph EPSOM • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Gill LAMPARD • Steve ANSELL • Kathleen HOLLANDS • Alan PROSSER • Cliodhna CARROLL • Mark GALE • Karen LEADBETTER • Esha SOOKUN • 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 5,538 participants have completed 34,145 parkruns covering a total distance of 170,725 km, including 5,216 new Personal Bests. A total of 484 individuals have volunteered 5,370 times.

 

The calm before the storm – Sammy-Jo Foster

Run report - Saturday 15th February

This week’s parkrun was approached with caution. The nerves began on Friday morning when we received reports that a car had been abandoned on the course. Cue a quick check of the course on my lunch break to assess how likely this would be to disrupt the course. This is where I discovered that the car had mysteriously disappeared. Phew, disaster averted. At this point I must say a big thank you to the campus security team at the University who were quick to respond to my plea for help. And also thank you to the Canterbury parkrun RD team who responded to my panicked messages.

So the run was back on…just a small issue of the impending weather. Whilst inspecting the course for abandoned cars (!) I also discovered that the fields were far too waterlogged for our usual course so the decision was made to go with plan B – the triple hill challenge. On delivering my pre run briefing 143 runners looked back at me with excitement building to tackle those hills (I could tell!). Thankfully the rain stayed away but we were still faced with very strong winds so well done to each and every one of you that managed to finish the course this week. A special mention to Canterbury parkrun regular junior runner Finlay Pauws who can be seen running the course with his Dad Erwin. To say Finlay was disappointed when he discovered it was the 3 hills course is an understatement and he promptly declared that he would only do one lap. So when I saw him cross the finish line having completed the entire 5k I was very pleased.

Another special mention here is for yet another junior runner, Anais Mavelli who was seen proudly running in the ‘I am running my 10th parkrun’ vest on Saturday. Anais reached this milestone in style by finishing 3rd female. Well done Anais! We can’t wait to see you running the course in your new t-shirt.

My final mention goes to my awesome team of volunteers. The weather conditions were tricky to say the least but you were all there with smiles on your faces, encouraging the runners, allowing the run to go ahead. Canterbury parkrun simply would not be able to happen without the support of volunteers so if you have never given it a go please come and have a chat or drop us an email. You won’t regret it.

Until next time.

Sammy-Jo

Now for some stats:

This week 143 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

David THOMAS • Paul KEEN • Ella SHANNON • Sammy-Jo FOSTER • Glenn WILSON • Gill LAMPARD • Michelle HOPKINS • Jethro KIMBER • Sue SLATER • Hannah WIFFEN • Britta OSTHAUS • Michael NEWIES • Isabelle HOPKINS • 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 5,520 participants have completed 34,014 parkruns covering a total distance of 170,070 km, including 5,200 new Personal Bests. A total of 484 individuals have volunteered 5,353 times.

 

Unstoppable! – By Caz Wetherill

‘We don’t grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges’

This Saturday I completed my 39th stint as a Run Director and you would think by now there would be nothing that could surprise me, but you would be wrong. For the first time (for me anyway) one of our scanners stopped working leaving an ever-increasing line of lovely runners waiting to be scanned. Luckily for me (and you), the brilliant James McCrea was on hand to help us download the parkrun volunteer app containing a rather easy scan option and Bob’s your uncle (he really is mine) problem solved! Thank you, James, and thank you to our patient and brave scanner Heather who took it all in her stride.

We had a super known milestone this week achieved by one of our younger runners, Simon Archer who completed his 50th run today and one milestone which seemed to have gone under our radar, Gillian Boughton who also ran her 50th parkrun. There were 17 PB’s achieved with some fantastic progress being made by Elizabeth Pope who improved her time by 18 seconds and Georgi Reeves who knocked a whopping 54 seconds of his PB with a brilliant time of 22:41. This is Georgi’s third PB in three consecutive weeks! Well done to everyone who managed to reach that little bit further today and congratulations to our milestone achievers.

This week we were in undated with people offering to pace at Canterbury. Thank you to Steve, Neil, Glenn, Alex, Ulrike, Julie and Kevin. You did an amazing job, particularly with those infamous hills. And finally thank you to all the fantastic volunteers who help keep our runners safe, happy and coming back for more. As always, I am extremely grateful for all the offers of help which came in this morning. Where would we be without you!?

Until we run again...

Canterbury parkrun
Event number 309
1st February 2020

This week 164 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Paul KEEN • John WILKINS • Wendy SMITH • Julie COX • Kevin SHANNON • Ella SHANNON • Alexandra PROCTOR • Jane ELDER • Joseph EPSOM • Glenn WILSON • Caroline WETHERILL • Neil KAD • Zanda SERDANE • Kathryn DRUCE • Julie MESSER • Gill LAMPARD • Steve ANSELL • Anna HAGBERG • Ulrike NAUMANN • Hazel BASFORD • Heather LUCAS

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 male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 17:11 on 8th November 2014 (event number 34).
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 5,485 participants have completed 33,696 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,480 km, including 5,175 new Personal Bests. A total of 483 individuals have volunteered 5,325 times.

 

 

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