What a day!
Canterbury parkrun has now run on 135 occasions, and over that time we've had our share of milestones and achievements. This week was extra special on a couple of fronts however.
Firstly, Glenn Wilson ran his 100th Canterbury parkrun. Back in 2014 Glenn was part of the inaugural run and has been an ever-present part of the Canterbury parkrun family since. When Pat Coogan stepped down as event director Glenn willing took up the role, with his guidance and assisted by an army of fantastic volunteers the event continues to grow from strength to strength. Glenn completed his 100th parkrun (across all parkrun locations) a few weeks ago, but this week was his 100th Canterbury run. As far as I can tell nobody else has run anything close, and it'll probably be 2017 before Glenn has company in the exulted "100 Canterbury parkruns" club.
Congratulations on this fantastic achievement Glenn, and thanks from all of us for everything you've done over the years.
Glenn celebrating after his 100th Canterbury parkrun
Secondly, are some huge milestones that we've all contributed to. I love these stats and you too can be unreasonably distracted by them if you check the bottom of any Canterbury parkrun page (including this one!) We tipped over the 2000 different runners at Canterbury run this week, and have now seen 2032 (known) people take on Coogan's hills. In an unrelated but fantastic co-incidence we also passed the 10000 runs completed at Canterbury parkrun milestone, having been at 9942 after event #134 it would be the runner in position 58 who was the lucky 10000th, and it was Laurence Hamilton-Hopkins who was the lucky finisher! As a group we've now spent over 200 days running to cover 50000 km! Give yourselves a pat on the back, it's hard to picture that effort, we've gone well beyond a lap of the world already. Number of runners: 2,032 Number of runs: 10,079 Total hours run: 201Days 5Hrs 45Min 20Secs Total distance run: 50,395km
Laurence completing the 10000th Canterbury parkrun
Finally, we enjoyed a great evening on Saturday for the Canterbury parkrun social, with 30+ runners attending (and no lycra in sight!) we certainly took over the Millers Arm's, apologies to the couple at the nearby table enjoying their romantic dinner for two. Thanks to Sammy-Jo Foster who made it happen and got us all together for an excellent parkrun social. We'd love to hear if you enjoyed the evening, and keep your eyes peeled for more events...
Thanks Sammy-Jo and Glenn for cakes to celebrate our achivements!
Just a quick reminder about a couple of events coming up soon.
- The Piilgrims Hospice Light Up the City event on the evening of the 22nd (ie, next week!)
- Our 2nd family day on the 29th (ie, the week after!) which has a theme of silly hats and is a great opportunity to introduce your friends and family to parkrun. Everybody is welcome.
Until next week, happy running. James
Event number 135
15th October 2016
Thomas Joseph PURNELL (SM25-29) of Canterbury Harriers, was first over the line in 18:36 - 18th time in 25 appearances.
Martin KELK (VM50-54) of Invicta East Kent AC, was second over the line in 18:45.
Max DOWSING (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:37.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steve ANSELL (Unattached) 2890 pts.
Thomas LAMPARD (Unattached) 2247 pts.
Patrick SOLE (Unattached) 1851 pts.
Sarah GOURLAY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (27th overall) over the line in 23:16 - third time in 33 appearances.
Sarah KENNARD (SW25-29) of Canterbury Harriers, was second (35th overall) over the line in 24:31.
Marta TARANDA (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 24:36.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kathleen HOLLANDS (Unattached) 2435 pts.
Fiona WILKES (Jelly Legs Running Club) 2000 pts.
Michelle HOPKINS (Unattached) 1843 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin KELK (VM50-54) was graded 78.67% for the time 18:45 (second overall).
Wendy SMITH (VW55-59) was graded 74.55% for the time 24:57 (39th overall).
Torren PEAKMAN (VM55-59) was graded 73.82% for the time 20:49 (7th overall).
This week there were 137 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.
Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014, and since then 2,032 different runners, including participants from 195 athletics clubs, have completed 10,079 runs covering a total distance of 50,395 km, and there have been 1,924 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Alexandra MILLARD who ran in a time of 00:19:03 on 6th August 2016 (event number 125).
The male record is held by Phil HURST who ran in a time of 00:15:12 on 15th March 2014 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Helen Mary EBERLIN who recorded a 85.86% run (25:06) on 1st November 2014 (event number 33).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Canterbury parkrun Results Page.
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