It’s a new dawn – a New Year’s Day run report by James McCrea

Congratulations to all who joined us on 1st Jan 2017:

  • To those who have never run at Canterbury parkrun before (58 of you!)
  • To anybody who had never run a parkrun before at all (3 of you?)
  • To those who have completed may more
  • To tho who forgot their barcode or who haven't registered (10)
  • To those who always run at Canterbury
  • To those who mainly run elsewhere
  • To those wearing the cow cowl (lmgtfy) (Also, hi Bromley peeps)
  • To those who find 5km easy
  • To those who find 5km a battle
  • To those who prefer to support parkrun by volunteering
  • To those who sometimes run and sometimes volunteer
  • To those who had already run at Whitstable parkrun on NYD!
  • To anybody who ran elsewhere before
  • To those who run quietly
  • To those shouting encouragement and greetings
  • To anybody achieving a milestone (Well done Michael canterbury parkrun ~147 New Years day on your 100th & Lameez on your 50th canterbury parkrun ~147 New Years day)
  • To those who run and then enjoy chatting and coffee
  • To those who prefer to run and slip away un-noticed
  • To those who like to bring and eat cake
  • To those who are trying to avoid cake!
  • To those who run with family
  • To those who run with friends
  • To those who run in the middle of winter in a vest and shorts
  • To those who can never get warm enough and need all the layers and then another
  • To those who have resolutions to keep and targets to meet
  • To those made our New Year's Day run our biggest ever!

Congratulations to you all. You are all part of Canterbury parkrun and we look forward to seeing you again sometime, be it a week or a year.

You catch me feeling somewhat reflective - for whatever reason I somehow link the New Year's Day run with the "old" year, and to me having now completed that it wraps up a fantastic 2016 for Canterbury parkrun.

Thanks to you all for a fantastic set of parkruns over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Huge thanks to those who volunteered. Thanks also to the University's Kent Sport team, who made sure we were still supported even when the main pavilion was closed, ensured we were kept safe (AED still available), warm (access to the old pavilion as usual) and comfortable (tea urn!) - we really are exceptionally lucky to have such facilities available to us.

There's stacks of great pics on the Flickr group, very many courtesy of Ondi who isn't a Facebook or Twitter user, so have a look and if you like one "star" it as a favourite and she'll surely be pleased to know you enjoy her snaps. More from the NYD run also from Michael Flynn as well, especially round the finish funnel.

Finally, if you want to the give the gift of parkrun. it's an easy and satisfying thing to do.


Without you, this couldn't happen.

Happy running,


Canterbury parkrun
Event number 147
1st January 2017

Male placings:
Clayton BARRETT (VM35-39) of Larkfield AC, was first over the line in 18:31 - first appearance.
Alex HORSLEY (VM35-39) of Canterbury Harriers, was second over the line in 19:02 - was first to finish once before.
Thomas Joseph PURNELL (SM25-29) of Canterbury Harriers, was third over the line in 19:16 - has been first to finish on 20 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Steve ANSELL (Unattached) 4018 pts.
Thomas LAMPARD (Unattached) 3147 pts.
Paul GEORGE (Unattached) 2485 pts.

Female placings:
Fiona TESTER (VW40-44) of Canterbury Harriers, was first (37th overall) over the line in 23:57 - second time in 5 appearances.
Andrea JEFFRIES (VW55-59) of Kent AC, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 24:51.
Heather INGRAM (SW20-24) of East Hull Harriers & AC, was third (52nd overall) over the line in 26:03.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kathleen HOLLANDS (Unattached) 3501 pts.
Fiona WILKES (Jelly Legs Running Club) 2647 pts.
Julie MESSER (Unattached) 2644 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julian SPENCER-WOOD (VM65-69) was graded 77.68% for the time 21:35 (15th overall).
Talibudin MONTEIRO-SHARRATT (JM10) was graded 76.22% for the time 21:27 (13th overall).
Clayton BARRETT (VM35-39) was graded 72.64% for the time 18:31 (first overall).

This week there were 175 runners, of whom 58 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Canterbury parkrun started on 15th March 2014, and since then 2,238 different runners, including participants from 221 athletics clubs, have completed 11,403 runs covering a total distance of 57,015 km, and there have been 2,079 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).

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New Year’s Day 2017 – by Glenn Wilson

Following the successful start to 2016, Canterbury parkrun has decided to host another new year's day event. As per the previous year, we have timed our run to start at 10:30am giving runners and volunteers an opportunity to be involved in Whitstable (at 9am) and Canterbury (10:30am).

More details will be announced nearer the date.



New Year’s Day 2016 parkrun

You may well have read that we are NOT planning to hold a Christmas Day parkrun at Canterbury this year, but we certainly ARE planning to run on New Year's Day!

In partnership with our parkrun friends and neighbours at Whitstable and Margate we hope to offer you the rare opportunity to run twice on one day. This is the only time two runs can ever be registered in one day, and by coordinating our start times we hope to not only allow but encourage the now traditional "New Year's Day doubles".

More details will be provided closer to the time, but the basic plan is to allow those who want to run somewhere at 9am plenty of time to run and then travel (safely please!) to Canterbury in time for a later 10:30 start time. There'll no doubt be warm drinks and festive jinks for all involved, and a healthy start to the new year ensured!

We are already looking at how to ensure we have a healthy volunteer roster over the festive period, so please, if you fancy just the one run on NYD, or helping out on Boxing Day or the 2nd  just shout.

Stay tuned for further news, here and if you use them Twitter Facebook, as we look forward to an action packed Christmas & New Year holiday season!

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