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?

 

New Year’s Day 2020

We will be holding an extra parkrun at Ferry Meadows on New Year's Day 2020.

The run will start at 9.00 am.

It is possible to run two parkruns on New Year's Day, as parkruns can have a start time between 8.30 and 10.30.

We will keep you informed if there is a local one with a later start time that could be the second half of a 'New Year Double'.

It is very important to note if we do not have enough volunteers coming forward this run will be cancelled.

 

Christmas Day 2019

Santa has decided to bring you an extra parkrun at Ferry Meadows on Christmas Day.

The run will start at the normal time of 9.00 am.

Normal Elf and safety rules apply and yule need to have your barcode as car park charges still apply.

Please note, the cafe will not be open, however you are welcome to bring your own festive refreshments.

You would be crackers to miss it!

 

Show your support by turning Peterborough parkrun pink

Peterborough parkrun are deeply saddened to hear that Bex Griffiths of Team Bex sadly passed away today. 
Bex championed "Team Bex" inspiring hundreds of people to take up running and raise awareness for Huntingdon Community Cancer Network (HCCN).
Everyone knows "Team Bex" from the bright pink Tshirts that they wear, and we invite everyone to 'turn Peterborough parkrun pink' tomorrow as a mark of respect to this amazing and inspirational woman and the incredible legacy she leaves behind.
Donations can be made to the charity here
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rebecca-Griffiths4
Our thoughts are with Bex's husband and two children and all her family & friends at this time x

 

Milestone T-shirt – Update

Just over 17,000 white, red, black, green and aubergine t-shirts are due in to port in the UK on 20 April. Allowing time for this large shipment to clear customs, safely arrive in the warehouse and be unpacked and sorted successfully, we anticipate the t-shirts should be available to order a week later, from 27 April. We will provide an update on the parkrun.com/news page and on social media if this changes.

http://www.parkrun.com/news/2016/04/07/milestone-t-shirts-the-home-straight/

 
 

Run Report #97 – Spotlight on the ‘super vets’

This weeks report celebrates the runners who defy their age who have been part of the local running scene for years and are now regulars at parkrun – ‘the super vets’, those runners over 60.

But first a huge well done to this weeks top three finishes; Aaron Shepherd was first male home in 17.00 min dead followed by Drew Warnes and James Fisher. Top female was Ruth Jones in 20.15 with fellow Nene Valley runners Nicky Morgan and Olivia Ozkan in 2nd and 3rd place.

The blustery conditions did not prevent 383 runners turning out and producing some excellent times with 89 runners achieving PBs. The top age graded runners this week were Alan Sadler (79.49%) and Ralph Moore (79.02%). the top female graded runner was Yvonne Mann (77.12%). Yvonne is one those ‘super vets’ over 60 who are a feature of parkruns all over the country, but who have a particularly strong presence in Peterborough.

This week over 40 parkrunners were 60 or over. The likes of Tony Gray, Terry Fone, Dave Ainslie, Mike Holt, Peter Ridgely, Peter Brantom , Chris Stapleton and Eric Winstone continue to record excellent times and just take a look at their ‘age grading’ to see how you compare with these over 60 stalwarts.

They are the runners who were at the start of the running boom in the 1980s and through good health and luck have been able to maintain their love and passion for running. Between them they have chalked up many marathons, half marathons and outstanding times.

These are the ‘baby boomer’ generation who may be long past their personal bests but who are now running great age group times and more importantly still competing and challenging themselves every week. Special mention to George Dawson who at 83 is still seeking to improve his time every week wearing his ‘pass me I’m 83’ vest and always encouraging the other runners around him parkrun has both revitalized many experienced runners and created another generation of people of all ages who have found the love and enjoyment of running.

I know many of the ‘first timers’ have since gone on to join one of the many excellent running clubs in the city and this week there were 34 first timers. For me personally its great to see so many people turning up every week - Peterborough has one of the largest turnouts in the country- of all ages and abilities, each with their own personal target. More importantly when it’s over the café is full of runners talking about their times and sharing stories creating a great atmosphere in one of the best parkrun environments in the country.

In a few weeks time it will be the 100th Parkrun in Peterborough, let’s have a good turnout of both runners and volunteers. It was also good to hear that a parkrun at Rutland Water will soon be up and running.

Finally congratulations to Stephen Lawson and Margaret Hayes on reaching their 50th parkrun today, Margaret did it in style with a PB!

Eric Winstone

 

Run report #94 – parkrun PB…done, parkrun volunteer…done!

On the way home from this morning's parkrun I said to my Dad, "I say it every time but I really should volunteer more often at parkrun." Then less than an hour later I refresh my Facebook news feed to read the Peterborough parkrun status asking for someone to write the run report for this week. It said 'ANYONE can volunteer to write it.' I though about it for a few minutes, a record turn our of 529 runners, I'm sure someone will come forward. I though about it a little longer then though, "no, I'm going to give it a go because I said I wanted to volunteer so here's a great chance!"

Our parkrun wouldn't happen without the volunteers and whatever volunteer role it is, it’s just as important. Why don’t you pick a date now to volunteer? Take a look at the Peterborough parkrun website and pick a date when you can volunteer and have a look what you’d like to do. Let’s not leave it to the same people every week!

So on a lovely sunny Saturday morning after a late night last night due to watching Werrington Joggers' star Rod McDonald perform in Sister Act at the Key Theatre where else would I rather be than Peterborough parkrun? Nowhere obviously. So up and on my way by 8.15 and feeling rather tired when Dad asks me if I still want him to pace me round to a new PB, I said ‘I’ll try.’

I arrive along with 526 other runners, my Dad and my brother’s girlfriend Georgina. Everyone’s ready with big smiles on their faces and there are lots of marshals heading to their points and spectators getting ready to watch.

I really enjoy Peterborough parkrun until the second lap of the big lake when I always start to struggle but I thought positive and finally crossed the finishing line in a time of 28:12. 48 seconds taken off my PB – wooohoo! Happy Claire.

I was one of 5 Werrington Joggers who got a PB today so well done to my club mates - Sammy Scane, Gerald Watson, Elaine Montgomery and Donna Flynn.

Well done to Aaron Scott who was first home today, James Mogridge who was second and achieved a PB and Rhys Goddard who was third and also followed James’s footsteps in achieving a PB!

Philippa Taylor was the first lady home today, Philippa ran parkrun for her 11th time today and has been first lady home on all 11 occasions! – Wow, well done Philippa.

Second lady unfortunately forgot her barcode so her name doesn't appear in the results.

Third lady today was Jade Watson, another Werrington Jogger. Jade was third last week so obviously following Philippa when it comes to keeping your place! – Well done Jade.

A big well done to junior parkrunner Dean Buxton-Smith who entered the ‘10’ club today. Also well done to Alan Sadler, Ruth Jones and Simon Lovell (Race Director of the Eye 10k on 10th May – the best 10k around, have you entered yet?) who all entered the ‘50’ club.

So records all round, 152 new PBs (well done us!), 73 first timers (I hope you all enjoyed it and come back soon!) and 529 participants!

See you all next time at parkrun!

Oh and anyone popping to London next Sunday? Good luck to all those doing the Marathon!

Claire Cook

 

Peterborough parkrun 87 – what a difference a year makes

For those of us that have been attending Peterborough parkrun for some time, a stats download isn't required to tell us how much our parkrun has grown. For those of you new to this, I can tell you that we had almost TWO HUNDRED more runnings on Saturday than this weekend last year.

Last year, the first runner to finish did so in 17:48, this weekend our first finisher was Daniel Snipe in a time of 17:38. This was Daniel's first time in first position out of his 20 parkruns, well done Daniel. The first female last year finished in 21:49, this weekend the first female did so in 19:43 - great work Stephanie Cooper!

This weekend last year we saw Claire Andrews, Amanda Moore and Gary Parr attend the new runners brief, set out round the course for the very first time, and collect their very first position token to get scanned. Gary is a a wonderful part of the parkrun family, having run 47 parkruns since starting (including some tourism) and has volunteered about as many times! Not to mention that he has knocked over 10 minutes off his parkrun time within the past 12 months. Well done to you guys! Maybe you'll get a similar mention in a year after your first one this week? What do you say Vicky Allen, Nadine Couborough, Rich Talby, Graham Farrelly or any of you other 41 first timers?

Those who definitely have the bug are those who entered the 50 club this week. David Lambert, Jill Choudhury and Melanie Tindale have now all run 50 parkruns each. Mel took up her usual position within the fastest 100 runners and the top 10 females, this week in 4th. Congratulations you guys on this parkrun milestone!

A good run for junior runner Liam Ward who finished in his highest ever position of 3rd overall in a time of 18:36. Liam was 15 seconds behind Brian Corleys who was second to cross the line this week in 18:21. Eve Casbard equalled her best position of second female with a time of 21:21 (just 6 seconds outside a PB, which considering the windy conditions wasn't bad!) Olivia Ozkan was third female in a time of 22:19. Barbara Johnson topped the age grading again with her third 80+% in a row. Barbara currently runs in the VW60-64 category and can usually be seen running sub 25 mins!

Despite the cold wind, 81 of you managed a PB this week. Mike Knight achieved his second PB in a row, as did Dave Cox (by over 2 mins), a new PB for Carl Golder, Damian Reed was almost a minute faster than his previous PB too. Helen and Ashley Walden, parkrun tourists, both achieved PBs for the course this week. Peterborough parkruns regulars that celebrated new PBs included Jonathan Bales, Marie Conaty and Sally Smith! Dave Cameron who was on his third parkrun remained under 35 mins and was only 12 seconds away from his time last week. Whilst on her 55th parkrun, Steph Dales was only 8 seconds away from her PB...which was set a year ago (now would be the right time to mention that over half of Steph's parkruns were done whilst pregnant!) Next week Dave and Steph!!

Thanks AS ALWAYS to our heroes in high-vis, our wonderful team of volunteers who change weekly. Many of which are obvious, the run director (Andy Short), the barcode scanners (Mike Blackledge, Phillip Hamlyn, Pat Shepperson) and the marshals (Becky and Ellie Allam, Helen Airey, Katie Smith, Josh Yeeles, Lee Whitton, Sweatshops' Nicky Crowley and Nina, Joe and Ben Wright) that cheer you on are easily spotted - we hope! Perhaps not quite as obvious are the timekeepers (Michaela Giles and Dave Richmond), the two volunteers that hand out the finish tokens (Ian Davies and Tony King), at least one funnel manager to keep everyone in order (Andy Harding) and number checkers (Sarah Short, Mark Walls and Charlotte) who run up and down the funnel  to make sure we are in sync. You may have noticed our volunteer tail runner (Diane Constable) who makes sure they are last to cross the line, they offer support and encouragement to the runners towards the back. Some roles that can slip by many regulars include the volunteer coordinator on the morning (Gary Parr) and the person giving the new runners brief (Sarah Short). The tokens are often sorted over a hot drink and some breakfast by a little team that gather on the morning (this week lead by Sally and Michelle Smith). Behind the scenes though, are those setting the course up for us (Martin Shelbourne does this EVERY week and can always do with extra hands - this week was assisted by Gordon Pearson and Kathy Saunders). Most volunteers bring back any equipment from nearby to their point and this is then packed away into storage by another volunteer (many thanks to Peter Brantom for taking on this responsibility most weeks for us). A special thanks goes to Michaela and Gary for taking home the volunteers high-vis jackets to wash for us! Once the run is complete and the equipment is packed away, there is little evidence of us having been in the park. Apart from the tapping away of the keyboard on the parkrun laptop as our result processor uploads the watches and scanners, manually enters the details of any barcodes that didn't scan, cross-checks this with the information from the number checker, crosses fingers and hopes that nobody ducked out of the funnel before collecting a token or went through the funnel twice, or a lap early, or wasn't actually a parkrunner! This week Steve Megson was once again working well into the day on Saturday to try ensure everyone received the correct result. A big thank you from all 450 of us Steve! If you are able to help out by volunteering one week please let me know by emailing me on peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com.

See you again on Saturday,

Laura Conway, volunteer co-ordinator

 

Peterborough parkrun #76 – Merry Christmas Everyone

IT'S CHRISSSTTTMMMMAAASSSS! Almost doubling last year's Christmas Day attendance, 331 runnners chose to start the special day with a 5k run round Ferry Meadows. For some it was about spending time with friends and with family. Others were after that special Christmas Day PB. It was close for the front runners this week with just 4 seconds separating the first three over the line. Josh Lunn was first over the line in a time of 17:11. Neck and neck for most of the way and just two seconds behind over the finish was Mark Popple with a new parkrun PB of 17:13 - 14 seconds off since his previous parkrun PB lesss than a week ago! Michael Channing crossed the line just 2 seconds later with a new PB of 17:15.

There were 55 other runners achieving Christmas Day PBs. Husky dog Zacki assisted Justin Showell to his first ever sub 20 5k with a time of 19:35. And I don't think anyone around the finish area could have missed the celebrations of Nigel Walls when he achieved not only a 20 second parkrun PB...but a 10 second 5k PB ever of 19:47! After all the PBs Nigel has helped pace people to (can usually be seen around 30 mins with the army rucksack on), it's great for him to achieved his own today. Phil Ackerman also went sub 20 for the first time on the course today, well done sub 20 minuters!

First lady today sadly did not have a barcode with her this morning. Second lady this morning was parkrun tourist Kristy Guneratne. Today Kristy ran her first Peterborough parkrun...her 199th parkrun in total, in a time of 21:04. Third lady was Louise Blake in a time of 21:38.

Showing continued improvement was Sharron Toms with yet another PB of 22:34. A full set of Toms on and around the course with two of the five running and the other three marshalling, thanks as always! Dave Richmond was assisted by rescue dog Izzie to another new PB, knocking over 30 secs off since their last run a few weeks ago. PBs for Karina Grimes and James Constable who were helped round by Laura Try. Peterborough parkrun event director Gordon Pearson was also doing some Christmas Day pacing. Gordon helped Sweatshop manager Sam Whitmore knock over THREE MINUTES off his parkrun PB that was set less than a month ago, now down to 23:45. Karen Richardson was assisted by Cannie-X collie Tyler to not only a course PB, but a parkrun PB of 26:35 (over 4 minutes faster than when she ran the course at the beginning of the year). A great finish for Claire Cook to achieve her new PB of 29:00. Well done to junior runner Hannah Casbon on her new PB of 35:15.

Speaking of junior runners, it was a special parkrun for regular junior runner Oliver House who was celebrating his 50th parkrun and was seen running with his sister Katherine. Another family duo running together was Linda Threadgold enjoying her 50th run with daughter Cathy (before Cathy then held up Christmas Day celebrations by insisting on running 8 miles home). Many others timed it well with Brian Caine, Sarah Lambert, Joanne McDonald, Archie Gormley and Mike Curnyn all celebrating their 50th parkruns this Christmas Day. Andy Potter celebrated his 50th run with a PB of 23:57. Jayne Turner had planned for her 50th parkrun to happen some time ago but unfortunately was off running for a few months injured and volunteered every week instead. Thank you Jayne and well done all!

Looking forward to our next run...my gosh, that's tomorrow! We almost have a full roster of volunteers. We do still need a funnel manager though. And for New Year's Day, at the later time of 10:30am we need a funnel manager then too...and some marshals please. I know I mention it a lot, but this events ONLY goes ahead with the help of the volunteers. Please don't leave it to the same people every week. If you're not sure about volunteering and you haven't done yet, please email me and let me know and I'll hopefully alleviate any concerns and find you the perfect role. You can get me on peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com

Hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday, glad to have shared part of it with you.

See you in the morning,

Laura Conway, volunteer co-ordinator.

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