Ferry Meadows parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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


Ferry Meadows parkrun # 339 – 28th Dec 2019 (Last of the year last of the decade)

The phenomenon that is parkrun was founded by Paul Sinton-Hewitt on 2nd October 2004 at Bushy Park in London, first introduced to Ferry Meadows on 3rd August 2013.

Our event has gone from strength to strength and despite being on a flood plain and susceptible to the vagaries of the weather our core team have rarely cancelled an event unless deemed unsafe for runners and volunteers. We, like the majority of parkruns have suffered at the hands of the British weather but the team have always tried to provide an event.

Both our runners and volunteers all need the weekly ‘fix’ and hate to be deprived. Was there ever anything else to do at 9.00am on a Saturday morning? Like me, many cannot remember that far back!! I personally started on the our very first run and am now in my 3rd different age grouping showing just how long the event has been going. Many others have grown and stayed with the event but each week we get someone new along to sample, hopefully enjoy and become a regular.

Recently we have had a name change to better depict where the run is. We are no longer Peterborough parkrun but proud to say we are Ferry Meadows parkrun who enjoy our partnership with Nene Park Trust. We are fortunate to have use of storage facilities, well maintained toilets and a café close to the start and finish of our run. Many tourists have said how lucky we are to have both the scenery and facilities plus discount at the café!!
Let’s hope the new decade will see our event continue to thrive and many more happy faces as people meet their individual targets.

Today we took part in Event 339 which is the last event of both 2019 and the decade.
Since that very first day we have seen a total of 16,282 different runners and 211 different first finishers. However we have two exceptional athletes who have led home their fellow participants.
Way out front is Phil Martin with 47 times which we hope he will add to when he has achieved his target of many quality marathons this year.
For the ladies we have Philippa Taylor who has been first lady at Peterborough on 25 occasions. She also holds 2 age best records one of which is our longest standing one dating back to Event 9 on 28/09/2013.
There is now an ever growing list of persons who have achieved the feat of two age records; Edgar Sumskis, Emma Caplan, George Dawson, Grace Mullins, Joey Croft, John Herbert, Philippa Taylor and Terry Fone. One of these, Terry Fone, is very close to achieving his 250th parkrun which he intends to do at Ferry Meadows on 1st January 2020, I hope many of you will be able to salute our legendary veteran.

The average number of runner over our entire history is 451 with our peak attendance standing at 762.

During these years we have had runners from 892 different clubs take part in our event.

From the course record set on our first event of 16.39 by Simon Fell we have seen this lowered to our current best set by Edgar Sumskis on 13/04/2019 with 15.08.
Similarly we have seen the ladies record of 19.30 set on day 1 by Ruth Jones lowered to 17.31 by Sophie Cowper on 10/03/18.

Today we were able to use the normal course after a few weeks of weather imposed alterations.

Following the big turnout on Xmas Day we again had over 600 today with 607 taking part, of which 376 were male and 231 female.

Enabling the event to run smoothly were our 30 conscientious volunteers, ably lead by first time Run Director Joanna Sells.

We had 63 with a shiny new PB including 7 in the first 20. In fact the first 2 across the line both got one.

First was Anthony Johnson of Kent AC with 15.51 and an age grade of 81.60%, second was Dylan Tomaselli of Huntingdonshire AC with 16.46 and age grade of 83%. Third was Thomas Musson from Helpston Harriers with 17.07 and an age grading of 77.02%.

The ladies were led home in 19th place overall by Maggie Skinner from PANVAC in 19.10 with and age grading of 79.30%. She was followed home in 27th place overall by Ella Robinson with 19.53 and age grading of 76.95%. Third lady in 77th place overall was Olivia Walker with 22.15 and an age grading of 71.76%.

Three people achieved over 80% age grade today. There were the first two across the line. However the highest was Annette Newton of BRJ Run and Tri finished in a time of 24.40, as a VW65-69 this achieved 86.01%.

There were quite a few celebrating milestones today with 3 getting to 50 parkruns; Michael Franks of Werrington Joggers, Darren Kelly of Virgin Trains East Coast and Will Major from Herne Hill Harriers.

An even bigger group of 5 celebrated getting to 100 parkruns; Brandon Howard, Lynn Guest, Siobhan Bailey, Jenny Bryant of Bushfield Joggers and Christopher King from Eye Community Runners. I was lucky to get 2 cakes from Louis King as his dad proudly shared his celebration of achievement.

There was also recognition of 200 achieved by Jeff Beever of Bushfield Joggers.

There were 11 members of the 250 club at Ferry Meadows today with 6 of them now over 300!!
At the other end of the scale we had 63 First timers at Ferry Meadows of which 24 were completing their first ever parkrun. We hope all of you enjoyed the experience and will come back again soon.

Despite everyone knowing that you need a barcode to get a time we still had 38 ‘unknown runners’ Remember #DFYB.

It’s always important to stress that this is a free event that relies on volunteers each week and we need to increase the pool so that it’s not dependent on just a few. If you would like to take a particular role simply email ferrymeadows@parkrun.com. To find out more, visit the volunteer page. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.



Peterborough parkrun #334

This week 437 people ran, jogged and walked Peterborough parkrun, of whom 37 were first timers and 46 recorded Personal Bests.

Of the PB’s achieved, special mention must go to Isaac Fell for his PB of 21.45. Isaac has had a difficult few years and his PB this week beats his 2015 pre diagnosis PB by 17 seconds. Incredible, Well Done Isaac. Dad Si was first over the line on Saturday himself with a time of 16:38, Mum Liz was second lady over the line in 22.15 and Brother Noah did 24:43. Speed obviously runs in the family!

This week all of our participants were supported and encouraged by 38 Volunteers from Bushfield Joggers Running Club. I’ve been a member of this club for the last 6 years now, ever since I started running, and I can honestly say that they are some of the best people ever. If you have ever considered joining a running club, I could not recommend it enough. I have made the best of friends over the years, and with the spring marathon season fast approaching I know I will have this friendly bunch of people to run those long miles with. Other clubs are of course available, and we are lucky in Peterborough to have a great selection.

Bushfield Joggers meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.15 at Bushfield Leisure Centre, we also attend the coached GPAN Track meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month, and we organise longer runs most weekends. If you would like more information please see our website for details https://www.bushfieldjoggers.co.uk/

I know that I say this a lot, but Peterborough parkrun could not happen every week without the support of the volunteers and every week recently (unless there is a club takeover) we struggle with numbers, some weeks its touch and go as to whether we will actually be able to go ahead. The Core Team find this incredibly stressful as you can imagine. If you can volunteer any week please let us know, we would love you to join us. Christmas and New Year parkruns are fast approaching and they can only go ahead if we have people to help us out on the day. You can see the future volunteer roster via our future roster page. To get in touch with us directly, just send an email to peterborough@parkrun.com or visit our Facebook Volunteers page.

Lastly, I would like to say a huge thanks to all of you for making the job of Run Director at Peterborough parkrun so enjoyable. I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of this fabulous event and that is simply down to the people I meet every week.



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.