Ferry Meadows parkrun Run Report – 7th March 2020

A fellow local parkrunner posted in the week in a Facebook group that he and a friend were heading to Ferry Meadows parkrun and had a couple of spare seats in their car, if anyone was interested in joining them. Knowing that I needed a letter ‘F’ for my alphabet challenge, I jumped at the chance.

It was an early start for a parkrun day, leaving Market Harborough at 7am, but it was well worth it. We arrived in plenty of time, but when Kenny, Brian and Abigail said they were heading off for a warm-up run, I did wonder what I’d let myself in for! Their idea of a warm-up was 4km. Thankfully, I needn’t have worried, as Kenny suggested if I didn’t want to join them, I could wait in the café – phew. That would have worn me out before we’d even started the parkrun otherwise!

They all returned, we listened to the first timers briefing and then the main briefing, before moving forwards towards the start line.

Once we were off, we followed the lovely course – all on tarmac paths, and reasonably flat. There is a nice 1km loop around a small lake at the start before heading out following the path around Overton Lake, with a small loop to return the way we came out.

There were plenty of friendly marshals out on the course and an efficient funnel at the end with three orderly queues for barcode scanning. The café was lovely and there was lots of on-site parking.

630 people took park in today’s event to either run, jog or walk the course – well done to everyone. There were over 100 PBs today, including the first finisher in an amazing, new course record time of 14:44.

There were also 64 first timers, 41 of whom were female; 38 of the total first timers are completely new to parkrun and 28 of these were female – I would imagine a lot of these came to parkrun to celebrate International Women’s Day – we hope you return soon – well done to everyone. Of the 630 parkrunners, many dressed in purple, 298 were female, 306 were male (the remainder were unknown runners), so a fairly even split to celebrate IWD.

I would definitely recommend this parkrun to anyone who hasn’t yet done it – thank you everyone.

Thanks to the volunteers
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Joanna ARCHER, Joanne BOSTON, Nib BOWKIS, Nona BOWKIS, Anna-Marie COOPER, Darren COOPER, Louise DICICCO, Jean DRUMMOND, Ken DRUMMOND, Sebastian GOOLD, Joseph GREEN, Sarah GREEN, Cara HOLBROW, Alison HOLLIS, Freddie HOUSE, Archie JENKINS, Tara JOHNS, Alan MELROSE, Gill MELROSE, Anthony MOORE, Keris MOORE, Kim PETTENER, Sue PRCYCHODNY, Caitlin ROOKYARD, Cathy SEMPLE, Martin SHELBOURNE, Jane STEVENSON, Heidi TAYLOR, David TOWNS, Angela TURNER, Caroline TYRRELL- JONES, Viv WATSON, Kevin WHITTHREAD, Karen WILLIAMS, Frances WISEMAN, Roy YOUNG

Louise Dicicco


Ferry Meadows parkrun #346

Welcome and well done to all those that got themselves out of bed on this blustery morning and conquered Ferry Meadows parkrun number 346. It was nice to see a big group of first timers to the park.

Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers that come and make parkun possible especially with weather like today!

Today was particularly special for a couple of us this week. Firstly being my dad's (Richard Burton) birthday today so a huge happy birthday. Running his 147 run overall. Secondly it was both mine and his 5 year parkrun anniversary!

parkrun has definitely brought us together as a family and allows us to do something different together. We have also made some amazing friends along the way that will be life long friendships. So celebrating today with them made it extra special! Of course we had cake at the end.

Thank you to my lovely friend Claire Sibley for getting me round parkrun today with the quickest time since August last year due to injury.

Well done to our old mate Graham McMillan who some of you will know recently had a knee op and did a walking PB today! Keep up that fighting spirit you'll be back running with us in no time.

Lastly thank you parkrun for getting us up and out of bed and achieving.

Alison Burton


Andy Harding Personal Training parkrun Takeover, Andy’s Fitness Gang take it over again

parkrun #345 was taken over by me and my fitness gang, that's everyone who’s involved with my personal training or fitness classes, Be a better runner (running training), my fitness & running bootcamps and my parkrun running team A.H.P.T.
I've been a full time personal trainer for 11 years and I've done lots of parkrun takeovers with my fitness gang, I would like to thank all my volunteers as every takeover they help me and do a superb job, today we had 40 volunteers.
A big well done to everyone of the 468 who ran today, on a windy morning,lots of PBs and lots of people finishing with smiles on there faces.
It was great to see runners today from my classes and my Be a better runner courses, clients and A.H.P.T runners.

1st Maarten Jumelet
2nd Michael Moore
3rd unknown

1st Female Sam Cullen
2nd Abigail Branston
3rd Chelsie Bole

Todays superb volunteers today were 4 helper’s from DofE, My Run Director Ian (Buckaroo) Davies a great asset to parkrun and local running, Lead Bike was Andy Flatters (secret spurs fan). Timekeepers were the ever improving runners Katie (don't take your stopwatch to the toilet) Leesons and Nina (don't think I can run) Morley, Funnel Managers Lee (throw up) Gillis, Nick (Vidal Sassoon) Tawn and Gordon Pearson (Mr parkrun). Number checkers Ian (I've got a new motorbike) Bennett, Paige (fake tan) Lambert and Dave (we are Leeds) Lambert, Finish Tokens was twins Rhona and Katelyn Bennett, Barcode Scanners Jo (1st time) Wellings, Pat (the legend) Shepperson, Michelle (super Posh) Smith and Kerry (tap dancer) Moulton, Photographer Matt (Virgin London Marathon) Bennett. The gang setting up today were Peter (running legend) Brampton, Paul (be a better runner) Stevenette and Roy The boy Young. My Tailwalkers were Charlie (Walkie Talkie) Bennett, Sarah (I want to do a marathon) Lambert and Alfie the Pug (A.H.P.T mascot), Token sorters Jayne (nice to meet you) Pell, Elaine (Betfred) Flatters, Isla (white) Agger and Kirsty (the Mrs) Harding. Marshals, Ben (what does whittlesey do for an idiot when your not there) Harding, Juliet (Virgin Active) Saunders, Sally (Russian twist) Smith, Darren (loves getting PBs) Leesons with son George and the D of E helpers.

Well done to you all, you were all superb and deserve a mention for your great work, I'm sorry if you didn't get a mention but thanks for your help.
Don't forget without volunteers no parkrun.

Thanks for reading
Andy Harding (Personal Trainer)


International Women’s Day parkrun

At Ferry Meadows parkrun we will be joining in a female-focused parkrun celebration on 7th March during our usual parkrun. #IWDparkrun

This is the day before International Women's Day.

We love our male and female parkrunners equally but did you know that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun?

We would like to encourage more women to Ferry Meadows as well as celebrating those that are there already!

There will be a selfie frame available for photos.

Please bring a female friend along - maybe someone who has never been before?


Ferry Meadows parkrun #344

Welcome and well done to all those that got themselves out of bed on this beautiful sunny morning and conquered Ferry Meadows parkrun number 344.

Whether you ran, walked, hopped or skipped across the finish line it is a huge achievement!

Also thank you to all the volunteers that make these parkruns possible, for standing out in the cold and keeping us going.

Everyone that comes to parkrun has set out to achieve something, whether that is a specific time, milestone, coming back from injury or just to get out and see friends and we should all be proud that we do so.

For me it's about coming back from injury and just enjoying the time out on my feet. Sometimes we forget to take in this lovely little part of the world we are in. The peacefulness of the lake and the swans. Families taking time out together in the outdoors. Seeing all the people out supporting friends and loved ones. Runners finishing their runs and coming back to support others and just people supporting people. The array of colours of tops for all different races and events.

It shows what an amazing community that parkun has become, especially in the world that we live in today.

So for me it was nice to take everything in rather than race a time and makes me proud to be part of this community event!

It is also a first time for me volunteering writing this run report, so I hope that I have done it justice and that you have enjoyed reading.

Special mentions for milestones today which are as follows;

10 Club - juniors (aged 17 and under)
50 Club
Elliot DUJON

Alison Burton

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