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


Ferry Meadows #341 – The First Saturday parkrun of the Decade

Here we are, the '20s have begun and the first Saturday parkrun has been completed at Ferry Meadows. Left home a little earlier than normal as I had volunteered to do the First Timer Brief as well as Report Writing. This was the first time I had completed the Brief and whilst a little nerve wrecking to start with but it’s a role I may well look to complete again.

I have reached 48 parkruns now and have 6 volunteer credits, my aim this year is to volunteer once a month in various roles to gain a greater understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. Four report writing, one car park marshal (Crowland) and now First Timer Brief.

I will soon be hitting my 50th parkrun and that will be in London somewhere and it will be the 18th different course I have ran. parkrun started for me in May 2018 when I went to Norwich for the first time. Since then 25 visits to Ferry Meadows (formerly Peterborough) along with various other places including Berlin (Hasenheide) and Cieszyn and Zielona Gora in Poland. Its been a journey that I’m glad I started and look forward to visiting many other places in the time to come.

For me, parkrun is a great thing community wise and really gets the weekend started for me. 2019 saw me complete 38 times, hopefully I will achieve a figure similar to this in 2020. Saturday saw me complete in 24.42 and it was Groundhog day for me as it was the same time as Saturday 28th December.

Enough about my parkrun journey so far and on to this weeks event, the attendance was 699 which is a great start to the year. Its worth noting that the first Saturday in 2019 had the same amount of runners. The current record for the event is 762, could this be broken in 2020?

First person home was Isaac Ellard with a time of 17.13 and first female was Sam Cullen with a time of 18.48. Well done to you both.

Landmark achievements at this event include Kay Gibson who completed her 200th run - even though this is not an official parkrun milestone it's worth giving credit where it's due.

We had two people joining the 100th parkrun club, congratulations to Franco Genovese and a good friend of mine, Will Hardie.

We also had four people joining the 50th parkrun club, James Leeman, Ruth Towell, Ray Wilson and Jean Hamilton. Congratulations to you all and hopefully see some more milestone shirts on display in the coming weeks.

This event welcomed 56 first timers to Ferry Meadows, of which 40 were using their barcodes for the very first time. You are all welcome at parkrun and we hope to see you again in the near future.

67 new PBs were achieved this week so well done to you all on your achievements.

Unfortunately there were 27 unknown runners today. Has to be said “Don’t forget your barcode” as no barcode = no official recognition of your run.

Todays volunteering heroes include Ausra BAJORINAITE • Barbara JOHNSON • Brian CAINE • Brian CORLEYS • Caitlin ROOKYARD • Caroline VOWLES • Elise COLLIE • Freddie HOUSE • Jacqueline SLATER • James BURTON • James SELLS • Jayne PELL • Jennifer POWELL • Karen WILLIAMS • Kiera ATKINSON • Lee JONES • Lorna YOUNG • Louise RICHARDSON • Mandy POWELL • Martin SHELBOURNE • Nathan RICHARDSON • Nicola MARTIN • Paul MCVEY • Paul NICHOLLS • Paul WILKS • Peter BRANTOM • Peter BROWN • Peter RIDLEY • Raeanne ELLIOTT • Roy YOUNG • Steve MEGSON • Sue RIDLEY • Tim SLATER without these people we wouldn’t have a parkrun. Take a look at the future roster and lets help the core team.

All the best for 2020 in the parkrun world and keep smiling, also remember to thank the marshals for giving up their time so we can complete our runs.

Take care.

Paul Mcvey


Ferry Meadows Christmas Day run

On Christmas Day it was my birthday, I turned 11 so I could run on my own and it was my 20th run.
I was very excited that I could go faster than my mum. I was confused that we did a different course due to the loop being flooded, but it was a good run and I was very tired after.
Well done to the people who came and ran on Christmas Day, there were 655 who ran, jogged and walked their way to 5K.
Josh Lunn was the first finisher with a time of 15:21, the first female was Caitlin Rice in 18:45 and I came in 441st place and my time was 32:03.

Maisey Wild

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