Dartford parkrun is cancelled on 2021-01-23 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dartford parkrun update 6 May 2020

Good afternoon,

Since our last parkrun at Dartford Central Park on the 14th March  2020 we have all seen significant changes to our lives as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic.

From all of the team at Dartford parkrun we hope that you and your family, friends are all safe and well, we totally recognise its a very difficult time for everybody.

There are a lot of regulars at Dartford parkrun, who  work for the NHS, Emergency Services , Care Homes, Key Workers  or volunteering and support the Community.  From all of us at Dartford parkrun we thank you so much for everything you are doing to keep us safe and well.

There will be lots of people who will be struggling to cope with the current situation we find ourselves in, so let us do what we can to help, support and be kind to everyone.

I know from experience Dartford parkrun community are very kind and caring people,   so if  you get the opportunity and can afford it,  our local foodbanks could do with some donations and support at this time

I visited Dartford Central Park on Saturday at 9am for my daily exercise and dog walking. It was really strange not being there with the regulars from the early morning set up team and not to  see everyone chatting, having fun and  getting ready to participate in a parkrun.

Sad to see the CPA Clubhouse closed and not its normal bustling location on a Saturday morning.It will be good to see Tony and Noush open up the Clubhouse when they are allowed to and be as supportive as ever.

It was a great morning and lovely to see (from a distance!)  some of our parkrun regulars independently doing their daily exercise -Tracy Daniels, Martin Ritson and Brent Reid. It was also good to maintain contact with the early dog walking community and regular park users whom  we normally chat to as we do early morning set up. They were all asking (nicely!) about parkrun and when it will start again.

Despite there being no actual parkrun scheduled at the moment for obvious reasons  there are still a few things going on behind the scenes that I felt it would be good to keep you updated, so you have the official position from parkrun rather than rumours and misinformation.

Parkrun HQ have sent out the following COVID 19 update which you may have not seen and may answer some of your questions about the reopening of parkrun:-

Thanks again to all the event teams and ambassadors who have generously given us their time over the last few weeks, and shared the challenges they are facing at local level around the world. We have now spoken directly to over 700 of those volunteers and continue to gain valuable insight.
Based on those conversations there are three key points we would like to share in this week’s update.

Reopening of parkrun Nationally 
Firstly, the decision to re-open any parkrun country will be made by parkrun Global (the UK-based charity) in collaboration with staff or senior volunteers in that country, and alongside relevant and local public health guidance. All public announcements of parkrun countries reopening (or not) will be made firstly through this weekly update. Anything you see outside of this channel is not necessarily the official position of parkrun, and we will not be commenting on speculation or rumours.
Secondly, we continue to see governments release greater detail around how they plan to relax restrictions in their region. In some cases this is, understandably, leading to questions from the parkrun community with regards where parkrun may fit into those timelines.

At this moment we do not see any country we operate in presenting guidelines that would reasonably accommodate parkrun events in the near future. Should that change this will be the first place we make any comment.

Importantly, we will not consider opening parkrun countries anywhere where there is even a small chance of exceeding participant limits for public gatherings at a single event. Also, at this time, we are not considering starting events where doing so would mean participants or volunteers are required to maintain a certain distance between each other.
Thirdly, in most countries we operate in it is likely to be several months before we consider it appropriate to reopen our events. By then, the world’s understanding of this virus will be very different, as will society’s feelings about it. As such we do not believe it sensible to comment on the many social distancing or hygiene-based suggestions currently being proposed as ways to either get parkrun up and running as soon as possible or to mitigate any risks when we do return.
To reiterate a point from a previous update, in all instances we will be taking a cautious approach to re-opening our events. We will only be doing so where both that country’s specific public health guidelines comfortably allow, and where we can be confident that our volunteer teams will not be placed under undue pressure.

Thanks for your continued patience, understanding, and support.(parkrun HQ)

I have also caught up with the Event Directors for Dartford Juniors and Dartford Heath, our Run Directors and the early morning set up team at Dartford , all are very keen to get started agian.

We should be given about two to three weeks notice from  parkrun Global agreeing to restart when the time is right ,  we will then have to engage with Dartford Council and have permissions in place first , irrespective of parkrun Global saying we can start.

Dartford Council as the landowners will have the final say if we can use the park. We have an excellent relationship with them and at the correct time I would envisage no problems from them as long as we follow any Government or local guidance.

Keep up with your exercise wherever and however you are doing it, I expect lots of PB's when we are back!!!

There is plenty of support out there to keep you motivated for example - parkrun HQ pages, Joe Wicks !!,   look at our local running clubs internet/Facebook  pages- Central Park Athletics, or Dartford Road Runners all have little ways to keep their members motivated and running.

Take care and stay safe, hopefully see you all soon in the park.

 

Barry Nicholson

Event Director

Dartford parkrun

 

International Womens Day parkrun- 7th March 2020.

Good evening.

parkrun are supporting International Women's day (IWD) held on the 8th March 2020.

One of parkrun partner's -  Sport England has created a new campaign "This Girl Can" which is supporting  International Women's day (IWD)

The objective is for a International parkrun celebration event at parkrun locations which are  female focused on Saturday 7th March 2020 at 9am.

parkrun and Sport England research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun.

Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating.

IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world. 

The purpose is to celebrate and support women continuing to participate in sport, it will still be the normal format for parkrun. Free timed 5K event for everyone starting at 9am.

The event  on the 7th March 2020 is not just for women everyone is welcome , as you know Dartford is welcoming to everyone who wants to partake in our parkrun.

We will update further once we have more details of the event.

We look forward to seeing you in Dartford Central park  for a 9am start.

 

 

 

 

No Dartford parkrun on Christmas Day – 25th December 2019 and New Years Day – 1 January 2020

In line with previous years decisions and following a discussion with the Dartford parkrun  core team we have decided not to stage special parkruns for  Christmas and New Years day.

We will however be holding the normal Dartford parkrun on Saturday 21st and  28th of December as well as the first parkrun of 2020 on Saturday  4th January 2020.

 

Dartford parkrun #250

Run Director: Brian DOWNTON

Yes 250th Dartford parkrun!

This week 246 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

See you again next Saturday at 9am and – remember - #loveparkrun and #dontforgetyourbarcode!

 

Personal Bests

We had 25 runners who recorded new Personal Bests.

Tim ALLEN                           21:21

Alexander SPOONER      22:35

Adam ELLIOTT                    22:49

Jarvis STOCKFORD           24:23

Christine MUNDAY          26:03

Mark SIMS                          26:10

Owen HUNTER                  26:33

David CLARK                       27:00

Alex WARD                         27:41

James WILKINSON           27:50

Stephanie WILLS               28:11

Karen MCGREGOR           29:48

Sita DAWSON                    29:54

Jenny LAMBERT                29:58

James FISHER                     31:06

Ethan HARRIS                    31:23

Richard GREENWOOD    31:53

Abi MOSS                            32:02

Nirmala LAMICHHANE   32:48

Karen CONNOLLY             33:11

Kazu SHIRAISO                  33:17

Gayle WARD                       35:35

Joy JONAS                           37:03

Joanne JACKSON              38:33

Judith ELLIOT                     56:08

 

For those who missed out on PBs, there’s always next week to have another crack at it.

 

Milestones

Congratulations to

Deji ORESANWO for completing 150th Parkrun

Victoria MURTON for completing 100th Parkrun

Sita DAWSON for completing 100th Parkrun

Elleke HARRIS for completing 50th Parkrun

Gill MELVIN for completing 50th Parkrun

Joe WYTHE for completing 50th Parkrun

Damian LUCKMAN for completing 50th Parkrun

 

 Male Placings

Mouctar BARRY 17:17 JM15-17 Central Park Athletics
Kieran HUGHES 19:01 VM50-54 Dartford Harriers AC
Mark JONES 19:36 SM30-34 Eastleigh RC

 

Female Placings

Anoushka JOHNSON 21:24 VW45-49 Central Park Athletics 14th overall
Ashley O'BRIEN 22:48 VW50-54 Central Park Athletics 25th overall
Olwen WESTERLAND 23:31 VW35-39 30th overall

 

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dartford parkrun Results Page.

 

 Volunteers

Parkrun would not be possible without the many volunteers who among other things scan barcodes, click stop watches and cheer support; we thank everyone who volunteered to help at the 250th at Dartford today.

As ever, massive thanks are due to the volunteers for helping to make it all happen. This week, we had 19 volunteers:

Terry MERRY • Diane YUSUF • Joe YUSUF • Denise MAYOW • Brian DOWNTON • Tessa HAMPTON • Megan FLETCHER • Elizabeth NICHOLSON • Alan MAJOR • Tracy DANIELS • Barry NICHOLSON • Amanda CROCKFORD • Jane LANGTON • Vinod KALIA • Mark PAULDING • Louise SUNKUR • Lucas SAVILL • Margaret GALLAGHER • Caroline D

The female record is held by Holly PAGE who recorded a time of 17:57 on 5th September 2015 (event number 56).

The male record is held by Corey DE 'ATH who recorded a time of 15:31 on 10th October 2015 (event number 61).

The Age Grade course record is held by Alan CAMP who recorded 87.24% (18:33) on 5th August 2017 (event number 151).

Dartford parkrun started on 26th July 2014. Since then 5,120 participants have completed 43,863 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,315 km, including 7,070 new Personal Bests. A total of 566 individuals have volunteered 4,831 times.

 

Dartford parkrun #241

Run Director: Barry NICHOLSON

What a gorgeous weather for parkrun, we had 215 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
See you again next Saturday at 9am and – remember - #loveparkrun and
#dontforgetyourbarcode!

Personal Bests
We had 33 runners who recorded new Personal Bests. Rowan MCTEER who has a 50th parkrun milestone has recorded a PB too. Now that’s fantastic effort.

Other regulars with at least 20 runs at Dartford who got new PBs included
Ntufam KAY
Peter THOMAS
For those who missed out on PBs, there’s always next week to have another crack at it.

Milestones
Congratulations to Rowan MCTEER who reached the 50th run milestone. Out of the 50 parkrun Rowan has done 10 runs at Dartford Parkrun and 66 Junior parkruns too.

Male Placings
Mouctar BARRY 17:24  JM15-17     Central Park Athletics
Joshua TEECE 17:36(PB) SM30-34 Central Park Athletics
Richard FARRINGTON 20:09 SM30-34

Female Placings
Susan DIXON 22:16  VW50-54  10 th overall
Emily HALL 22:44(PB) SW30-34 West End Runners 14 th overall
Lauren BOWEN 23:18 JW11-14 Dartford Harriers AC 23 rd overall

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dartford parkrun Results Page.

Volunteers
Parkrun would not be possible without the many volunteers who among other things scan barcodes, click stop watches and cheer support; we thank everyone who volunteered to help at the 241st at Dartford today.

As ever, massive thanks are due to the volunteers for helping to make it all happen. This week, we had 27 volunteers:
Diane YUSUF • Joe YUSUF • Kate HARGREAVES • Kevin WAKEMAN • Vanessa
HARGREAVES • Ben MOONEY • Kayley LOFT • Andree WAKEMAN • Mick COX • Jan
PYNE • Megan FLETCHER • Elizabeth NICHOLSON • Steven TURTON • Alan MAJOR •Lisa JONES • Tracy DANIELS • Barry NICHOLSON • Tracy BALFE • Oliver BALFE •
Vaishali Dhiren BHANUSHALI • Vinod KALIA • Deirdre ARNOULD • Adam WATTS • Stuart MCTEER • John MCCULLIE • Lucas SAVILL • Margaret GALLAGHER

The female record is held by Holly PAGE who recorded a time of 17:57 on 5th September 2015 (event number 56).
The male record is held by Corey DE 'ATH who recorded a time of 15:31 on 10th October 2015 (event number 61).
The Age Grade course record is held by Alan CAMP who recorded 87.24% (18:33) on 5th August 2017 (event number 151).

Dartford parkrun started on 26th July 2014. Since then 4,939 participants have completed 42,064 parkruns covering a total distance of 210,320 km, including 6,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 560 individuals have volunteered 4,649 times.

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