CANCELLED – 29 February 2020

Dartford Heath parkrun is cancelled today, 29 February, due to waterlogged conditions on the heath.

 

13 July 2019 – car parking

Good morning. This week, attendance at Dartford Heath parkrun is expected to be higher due to the cancellation of Dartford parkrun.

Can we please ask our regulars not to use the car park in Heath Lane, or in Heathclose Road.

There is car parking space available at the Retail Park (Dunelm etc) 400m away on Princes Road, and more space in Parsons Lane by the Grammar School.

Thank you for your co-operation.

 

CANCELLED 2 February

Unfortunately, Dartford Heath parkrun is cancelled today (2 February) due to the conditions being unsafe for volunteers and runners.

 

Christmas and New Years Day

Please note that the Dartford Heath parkrun team have no plans to stage bonus events on Christmas or New Years Day.

Full details of special events over the festive season can be found here.

 

Event Report 11th August 2018

Dartford Heath parkrun
Event number 14
11th August 2018

This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Rob LAING • Sonja LAING • Alison PITKIN • Michael WATSON • Richey ESTCOURT • Gary BIGNELL • Brian PITKIN • Mary PITKIN • Adam SHONK • Karen BREWSTER • Chris PRICE • Andrew MAHON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dartford Heath parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by David MILLS who recorded a time of 17:43 on 26th May 2018 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 18:33 on 30th June 2018 (event number 8).
The Age Grade course record is held by Nick SIRS who recorded 81.19% (19:56) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 7).

Dartford Heath parkrun started on 12th May 2018. Since then 845 participants have completed 1,594 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,970 km, including 273 new Personal Bests.

 

Event # 10 Report by Paul Fielding

What a great place for a parkrun. It's amazing that such wilderness areas still exist so close to central London, once you're away from the roads you could be anywhere. As I ran across the Heath from Crayford station looking for the start, I was a bit concerned about getting lost, as all the paths look the same. I manèged to find the donkey pond eventually though, but at this time of year there was not much pond and sadly absolutely no donkeys.

I needn't have worried about getting lost on the run itself, as it was excellently signed and marshalled. This seems a good time to thank the very enthusiastic marshals and indeed all of the 13 excellent volunteers who turned out and helped to put the run on. Remember parkrun needs volunteers to happen each week. If you haven't yet tried it, it's easy to do and full instructions are given, please contact us via the volunteer webpage, or via Facebook of you'd like to know more.

Attendance was boosted by the cancellation of near neighbour Dartford parkrun and a field of 162 turned out for a run around the heath, the second highest attendance so far. Although this was only the 10th Dartford Heath parkrun, you were an experienced bunch, with 6 members of the 250 runs club, 38 members of the 100 club and 35 members of the 50 club taking part. Particular congratulations to Tracy Balfe, who was doing her 50th run and so joining the 50 club this week. Enjoy your 50 Runs T shirt Tracey

At the other end of the scale 8 of you were doing your very 1st parkrun. Welcome to all of you, I hope you enjoyed it and will be back for many more.

Of those who had run before, the fine, sunny conditions and encouragement from the marshals spurred 19 of you on to get new PBs. Well done if you were one of those who got one, if not there's always next week.

Finally here are this week's official stats:

Dartford Heath parkrun
Event number 10
14th July 2018
This week 162 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Paul FIELDING • Paul DAWES • Ian CHILDS • Matt FOSTER • Sam FOSTER • Gary BIGNELL • Tessa HAMPTON • Adam SHONK • Kayley LOFT • Jack DOWNTON • Alan MAJOR • Barry NICHOLSON • Shannon HAMPTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dartford Heath parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by David MILLS who recorded a time of 17:43 on 26th May 2018 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 18:33 on 30th June 2018 (event number 8).
The Age Grade course record is held by Nick SIRS who recorded 81.19% (19:56) on 23rd June 2018 (event number 7).
Dartford Heath parkrun started on 12th May 2018. Since then 769 participants have completed 1,323 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,615 km, including 211 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #3 Report

Dartford Heath parkrun
Event number 3
26th May 2018

This week 144 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 96 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Stuart WOOD • Karen WELSH • Alison PITKIN • Sita DAWSON • Sharon Maria BOLAND • Ian CHILDS • Sam FOSTER • Richey ESTCOURT • Amy TREMAIN • Brian PITKIN • Adam HUNT • Karen BREWSTER • Esther HUNT • Victoria GIBBS • Thomas STAGGS • Melanie MOORE • Louis TUCKER • Andy POWELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dartford Heath parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Cas WRIGHT who recorded a time of 19:50 on 12th May 2018 (event number 1).
The male record is held by David MILLS who recorded a time of 17:43 on 26th May 2018 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Duncan PLATT who recorded 79.84% (18:11) on 12th May 2018 (event number 1).

Dartford Heath parkrun started on 12th May 2018. Since then 358 participants have completed 451 parkruns covering a total distance of 2,255 km, including 42 new Personal Bests.

 

Considerate Parking at Dartford Heath

I have had a meeting with local residents and concerns have been raised over car parking in Heathclose Road. This road is next to the heath and although there are no parking restrictions here the road gets busy and with too many parked vehicles it becomes impossible to pass other vehicles traveling in the opposite direction, I would kindly ask that if you have to drive when attending this parkrun you avoid parking here.
I would suggest you use the Heath Lane car park. If this is full please use the car park on the heath in Oakfield Lane, or park on Parsons Lane outside Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. The postcode is DA1 3DL. Both location are within half a mile of where the parkrun starts )a good warm up jog!).
If possible please try not to drive to parkrun.
Thank you for reading this and giving it your consideration.
Brian Pitkin
Event Director

 

Our First Run Report from Richard Danston

Good afternoon,

Dartford Heath parkrun launched today with an amazing 192 participants who ran, jogged or walked their way around the heath. It was a bright, sunny morning for our inaugural event and the good weather certainly helped make it a special occasion.

Congratulations go to Ram SITAULA who ran his 100th parkrun today and to Mick KEENE and Stephen TARRANT who reached the unofficial milestone of 300 parkruns!

8 people ran parkrun for the very first time so well done to Trevor BULLOCK, Belle GRIFFITHS, Georgia BULL, Emma HILLS, Megan BULL, Hannah PITKIN, Chris HARDSTONE and Curtis EVERLEIGH. Welcome to the parkrun family and thank you for choosing to debut at Dartford Heath.

Many of our participants today came from Dartford parkrun at Central Park although we are aware that other runners came represented clubs including Danson Runners, Plumstead Runners, Bexley AC, Belvedere Plodders Running Club and Petts Wood Runners. Thank you to everyone that visited us today and to those that intend to make Dartford Heath their ‘Home’ parkrun.

As is the case with inaugural events, everyone is listed as a ‘First Timer’ and as such no one is credited with a PB regardless of their time. Many of you would have, of course, checked your own profiles by now to see how today’s run measured up.

We had 12 unknown runners at this event - for those that want their hard-earned recognition, please do remember to bring your barcodes as you will not receive a time without one. For those that prefer to remain anonymous, please remember to carry an alternative form of ID if possible.

The first 3 finishers per gender were:

  1. Ian ELLWOOD                       17:59              Cas WRIGHT             19:50
  2. Duncan PLATT                       18:11              Hannah ROBERTS     21:15
  3. Reuben BURFORD                18:36              Victoria MURTON     24:20

The full list of times for today can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/dartfordheath/results/latestresults/

As always, we rely on volunteers to make parkrun happen so thank you to our magnificent 25 that assisted today:

Emma J BROWN, Naomi BROWN, Dylan BROWN, Angela CAWLEY, Ian CHILDS, Harley CLARK-HURREN, Paul DAWES, Molly DOVEY, Richey ESTCOURT, Matt FOSTER, Sam FOSTER, Tessa HAMPTON, Adam HUNT, Esther HUNT, Alan MAJOR, Lynne MALLERY, Terry MERRY, Barry NICHOLSON, Brian PITKIN, Alison PITKIN, Stephen TARRANT, Louis TUCKER, Phil WELLS, Thomas WELLS, Karen WELSH

We are especially keen to welcome new faces since we are such a new event so if you fancy taking a turn or perhaps if you are injured and unable to run but still wish to participate, please visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/dartfordheath/volunteer/ or email dartfordheathhelpers@parkrun.com

The female record is held by Cas WRIGHT who recorded a time of 19:50 on 12th May 2018 (event number 1).

The male record is held by Ian ELWOOD who recorded a time of 17:59 on 12th May 2018 (event number 1).

The Age Grade course record is held by Duncan PLATT who recorded 79.84% (18:11) on 12th May 2018 (event number ).

Dartford Heath parkrun started on 12th May 2018. Since then 192 participants have completed 192 parkruns covering a total distance of 960 km.

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