Folkestone parkrun is cancelled on 20/08/22 – Folkestone Festival event on the Leas

#345 Two hundred and seventy two amazing parkrunners.

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Well done to each and every one of you who completed our course today. From our first finisher Joe Bruce who managed a time of 16.49 which was a PB to our amazing tail walkers Terry, John and Marie who came in at 49.46.  Joint second finisher was Mekseb Debesay who ran his first ever parkrun today with a time of 17.15. I think he will be back. First female was Amy Seager who finished in 19.04 which was also a PB. Second female was Kim Hainsworth with a time of 20.59.

We had some milestones today, Amir Muhammad ran his 25th parkrun today. Ella Scott ran her 50th today and was touristing from Maidstone. Dave Keating ran his 100th parkrun today at Folkestone. Big congratulations to Richard Dyer from Folkestone running club achieved his 300th parkrun this morning. Other tourists today came from Poland, Bromley,  Stoke on Trent, Orpington, Maidstone and Eritrea.

We had 31 PBs today. Some of these were Richard Norman with a time of 18.11, Daren Wild 19.51, Harry Shilling (my son) 25.00, Janika Jones 25.12, Becky Fairbairn 26.22,  Jane Woolford 33.02 and Kathryn Lambourn 43.26. Well done to these runners and everyone else who got a PB today.

Next week is our 8th anniversary, our theme is glam rock so please dig out your 80s gear from the back of your wardrobe and come along. We are also asking for donations for Folkestone food bank.

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Finally a big thank you to all our amazing volunteers, many of whom turn out every week in all weathers. Please consider opting into the Volunteer Roster. Volunteering at parkrun is fun and rewarding. Also a big thank you to Kevin Daly who came along with his PA system and did the run briefing today. Kevin will be here next week at the bandstand supplying music and commentary.
This week 272 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Jane WREN • Alan RANDALL • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Terry KING • John THORPE • John CARLTON • David DENYER • Mary MOATE • Janice TIERNEY • Graham COOMBS • Henry AXON • Karen PUTTOCK • Hannah PUTTOCK • Shane SNOWWOLF • Prakash GURUNG • Marie WESTBROOK • Liz SHILLING • Peter STANTON • Lara MERCER • Claire DAVIES

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

The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:13 on 24th July 2021 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Chloe TIGHE who recorded a time of 17:06 on 14th August 2021 (event number 295).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 94.63% (23:55) on 26th November 2016 (event number 119).

Folkestone parkrun started on 16th August 2014. Since then 7,965 participants have completed 67,378 parkruns covering a total distance of 336,890 km, including 10,502 new Personal Bests. A total of 690 individuals have volunteered 6,315 times.

 

#344 I Can See the Sea!

This run report was very kindly written by Helen Charlesworth who is a tourist to Folkestone parkrun.
I was visiting a friend in Folkestone this weekend, and she kindly agreed to come with me to parkrun, with her two sons: one as a supporter, and one as a first timer. We weren't sure if the runner would complete the whole route, as he's never done a 5k before, but he was keen to give it a go.
I am sometimes concerned that I will oversleep and miss a parkrun, but the seagulls woke me nice and early. Sadly I don't spend enough time near the coast to get used to the squawking of the gulls. This meant I was up in plenty of time for the walk to the Leas. I was excited to catch my first glimpse of the sea, as that beautiful flash of blue is still a novelty for me.
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We found the start, and Beth welcomed first timers in her excellent briefing, with dog Reggie, and I met a fellow tourist from Nottingham. We all made our way to the start line for Run Director Terry's announcements. If you haven't already heard, it's Folkestone parkrun's 8th birthday event on 13th August, so come ready to celebrate. Don't come the following week though, as Folkstone parkrun will be cancelled on 20 August for the Air Display weekend. Terry also explained the route, and said the barcode scanners would be behind 'the seagull', as though there's only one in Folkestone. This was confusing for a tourist for me until I spotted the massive seagull statue.
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Then we were off!  I wasn't sure if my friend's son would want to run slowly with us, or set his own pace. We'd explained that he was old enough to run or walk by himself, by parkrun rules, and he soon sped off on his own. The route is more or less three out-and-back loops. The first one starts off uphill, along a nice wide tarmac path, to the marshal by the cones at the highest point of the route. You come back to the start point along a parallel but slightly lower path. The surface is more uneven on this lower path, so you have to watch your footing. The final section of this loop brings you through a wooden structure I understand is called 'the vinery', then back up to the main path. The second out-and-back takes you downhill, towards the Step Short Memorial Arch, and back along the same path to the start. The final loop is a repeat of the first.
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It's hard work, especially on the long uphill section from the arch to the highest point but the views are great. I couldn't get enough of the sea views. Thanks to all the marshals for being so cheerful and encouraging, and to the other runners and supporters who shouted good wishes.
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It was hot this morning, so I was glad to come through the vinery for the second time and up on to the main path for a sprint to the finish line. The time keepers, finish-token team and the barcode scanners were great, thank you all for your kind words.
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After the run I was very happy to have a swim in the sea, and the results came through before I'd even left the beach.
307 people completed Folkstone parkrun today, including visitors from the three local parkruns of Ashford, Canterbury, and Walmer and Deal, which were all cancelled today. 18 people ran this parkrun for the first time, and 12 others did their first ever parkrun - including my friend's son who did proudly run the whole way. Congratulations to him and to all the other first timers. Congratulations also to those who achieved milestones today: Isaac Quinn for his 10th parkrun, Heather Hoare and Mary Moate for their 50th, and Philip Maull for his 150th.
43 parkrunners achieved their personal best times today, even on this hot morning. This included regular first female finisher Amy Seager, in 19:06. First male finisher was Prakash Gurung in 17:39, also  a regular first finisher and regular volunteer at this event. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Folkestone parkrun results page.
This week 307 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Helen CHARLESWORTH • Stephen KING • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Terry KING • John CARLTON • Jon EATON • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Deirdre COOMBS • Graham COOMBS • Doreen KEEN • Derek MCDONOUGH • Jennie CLARKE • Henry AXON • Karen PUTTOCK • Amelie HANSON • Hannah PUTTOCK • Lee BREWER • Shane SNOWWOLF • Prakash GURUNG • Beth GOODCHILD • Claire DAVIES

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

The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:13 on 24th July 2021 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Chloe TIGHE who recorded a time of 17:06 on 14th August 2021 (event number 295).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 94.63% (23:55) on 26th November 2016 (event number 119).

Folkestone parkrun started on 16th August 2014. Since then 7,933 participants have completed 67,106 parkruns covering a total distance of 335,530 km, including 10,471 new Personal Bests. A total of 690 individuals have volunteered 6,294 times.

Why not give volunteering a try? It's easy to do and very rewarding. See the volunteer page for details.



 

#343 Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

29C75974-4BC7-4C6D-B225-E76DB90A6202It was a very Sunny day on the Leas with 285 running or walking the parkrun route. We had five people who did their first ever parkrun today. They were Brian, Sebastian, Kirstie, Debbie and Mark. Well done, we hope to see you back soon. Also welcome to our tourists who came all the way from South Africa, France and Belgium.  Two people did their 25th parkrun. They were Brett Harper and Leah Staveley. Well done to you both. Sally Hart and Stephen Wilcox both achieved their 50th parkrun today. Joe Bruce achieved his 100th parkrun today at Folkestone. We had thirty PBs today which is an amazing achievement on such a hot day. Just some of these were Max Andrews who achieved a new PB of 18:01, Hugo Philbrow who achieved a new PB of 20:03, Katherine Norris with a PB of 25:38, April Welsh with a new PB of 29:08, and Leah Staveley who achieved a PB of 30:51. Great running to everyone else who achieved a PB today and indeed to everyone who ran in such hot conditions.

This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Krzysztof KLIDZIA • Brian DAVIS • Christopher WOOLGAR • Jane WREN • Alan RANDALL • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Terry KING • Sarah OUTING • David DENYER • Simon READ • Deirdre COOMBS • Mary MOATE • Janice TIERNEY • Graham COOMBS • Vicky SCOTT • Amelie HANSON • Jane WOOLFORD • Lee BREWER • Shane SNOWWOLF • Prakash GURUNG • Lara MERCER • Claire DAVIES

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

The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:13 on 24th July 2021 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Chloe TIGHE who recorded a time of 17:06 on 14th August 2021 (event number 295).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 94.63% (23:55) on 26th November 2016 (event number 119).

Folkestone parkrun started on 16th August 2014. Since then 7,903 participants have completed 66,799 parkruns covering a total distance of 333,995 km, including 10,428 new Personal Bests. A total of 689 individuals have volunteered 6,271 times.

 

#342 Super hot run with a touch of Marshall magic!

It was a super hot Folkestone parkrun today, only made possible with the help of all of the lovely volunteers. So a huge thank you as always for all of those who helped set up and support the event to run smoothly. If you would like to volunteer in the future, please email into the Folkestone parkrun email address or speak to the run director at your next event to put your name down. WE NEED YOU!!

It was very busy along the Leas today, with walkers and those preparing for this afternoons Charivari Children's Carnival Procession  at 2pm. What a lovely day for it.

We had lots of tourists today so a huge welcome to all of those who came from as far away as Adelaide Australia, Hereford, Lincolnshire, Shropshire, Wansted Flats, Romsey, Nottingham, Hastings and Ashford, great to have you with us and thanks for choosing Folkestone parkrun we hope to see you again soon.

It was great to see so many first timers, 30 joined Folkestone today and we look forward to welcoming you back next week.

Many runners were celebrating milestones runs, congratulations to:

  • Leon Whitby who reached 100 parkruns
  • John Quinn who reached 50 parkruns
  • Ava Chappell who reached 25 parkruns
  • David Bacmeister who reached 25 parkruns
  • Charlie Wood who reached 25 parkruns
  • Lucy Baxter who reached 25 parkruns

Despite the hot temperatures, it was a nail bitingly close run by Marshall Smith who nearly beat the course record today coming in at 15:26, congratulations on a super run and we look forward to seeing you back in Folkestone soon!!

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This week 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Krzysztof KLIDZIA • Mary NIXON • Jane WREN • Alan RANDALL • Terry KING • David DENYER • Simon READ • Mary MOATE • Janice TIERNEY • Graham COOMBS • William BAKER • Jennie CLARKE • Henry AXON • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Amelie HANSON • Natasha MURPHY • Shane SNOWWOLF • Bethany ASKEM • Prakash GURUNG • Beth GOODCHILD • Paul SEWARD • Peter STANTON • Philip TREAE • Claire DAVIES

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

The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:13 on 24th July 2021 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Chloe TIGHE who recorded a time of 17:06 on 14th August 2021 (event number 295).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 94.63% (23:55) on 26th November 2016 (event number 119).

Folkestone parkrun started on 16th August 2014. Since then 7,873 participants have completed 66,514 parkruns covering a total distance of 332,570 km, including 10,398 new Personal Bests. A total of 688 individuals have volunteered 6,247 times

 

#341 (not election) latest: 356 runners announced

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In a shock development which left reporters speechless (literally – they didn’t mention it), it was announced today that 356 runners had made it successfully through the finish funnel, enabled by 25 worthy volunteers.

Three Prime Johnsons and two Prime Johnstones all passed the line. James JOHNSON was first amongst equals with a time of 20:44, while Lucy JOHNSTONE scored a new personal best in 28:41. Meanwhile, Andrew JOHNSTONE who normally runs at Ashford, was a new entry at 31:04. Other Honourable members today were Mark JOHNSON in 29:35 and Andrew JOHNSON in 27:22. These Johnsons and Johnstones can keep on running as long as wish as far as we are concerned.

First finishers

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Prakash GURUNG and Tom BEAN

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Amy SEAGER and Ava CHAPPELL

First male finishers were Tom BEAN and Prakash GURUNG. Volunteers are frequently privileged to some great entertainment, seeing these two tussle. Today, Tom led the way home with an outstanding new Personal Best of 16:45 to pip Prakash. First female today was Ava CHAPPELL also with a new Personal Best of 19:36. Ava was just ahead of Amy SEAGER, who scored another sub-20 minute run.

First parkruns

10 people chose today’s sultry weather to come along to parkrun for the very first time. It is daunting doing anything new. Congratulations on coming along today. It would be all too easy to stay in bed, but you made the effort, and we appreciate it. We hope you enjoyed the atmosphere and you can celebrate your achievement. Please come back soon!

New milestones

Meanwhile Suzanne GOLDSMITH, David WEEKES and Elaine ELLENDER reached 50 parkruns, Barney CROOK from Bromley got to the magic 100, and Alan RANDALL not only did the pre-run course inspection and was a barcode scanner, he also reached 100 runs at Folkestone and 250 runs overall. Outstanding perseverance, and congratulations to you all.

We love families

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The DEVLIN and ROBERTSON families

We were delighted to welcome Giles DEVLIN, Shivonne DEVLIN, Ashton DEVLIN, Kai DEVLIN, Mercedes EDWARDS-ROBERTSON, Chennel ROBERTSON, Niyla COOK-ROBERTSON and Joñ-Pierre COOK-ROBERTSON from Wycombe Rye parkrun. Their family holiday took them to the south coast for a short break, staying in a caravan park near New Romney. Joñ-Pierre was six today – happy birthday! He told me his best present was sweets. I hope he also enjoyed his run in the sun.

We love tourists

A huge welcome to parkrun tourists from Ashford, Brentwood, Bromley, Charlton, Croydon, Dartford, Hastings, High Wycombe, Nottingham, Peckham, Pegwell Bay, Southampton, Tonbridge, Walmer and Deal, Woking and York. You chose a fine day to visit our seaside parkrun. Folkestone has the only parkrun in the world where you can see France on a clear day (like today), since all parkruns actually in France have been cancelled for the indefinite future. We hope you enjoyed your trip.

Folkestone Music Festival and Airshow

We will be cancelling on 20th August 2022, because it would be dangerous to run alongside the stalls that will be on The Leas. We encourage you to visit the music festival or to find a parkrun elsewhere.

Spirit of parkrun

Sadly, one person (for his privacy, we will not mention his name here) fell in the heat today. We are pleased to say he recovered after his tumble, and we are extremely grateful to all the amazing parkrunners who helped. Particular thanks to GP Doctor Jo NEWMAN who provided first aid, and to Anna PATTERSON (visiting from Canterbury) and Neil BROOKS who stopped to help him. We didn’t get the names of every helper, but we sincerely thank you for your concern. We hate to see anyone hurt, and we are humbled by the generous spirit shown.

Today's photos

Thanks to Rachel SUCKLING for today's super photos. It looked like it was fun out there today!


 

This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Edwin BARTLETT • Jon EATON • Alan RANDALL • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Terry KING • Nick HILDITCH • Sylvia HILDITCH • Barry WATSON • Gavin TREVELYAN • Simon READ • Brian AUSTIN • Mary MOATE • Janice TIERNEY • Graham COOMBS • Henry AXON • Amelie HANSON • Lee BREWER • Shane SNOWWOLF • Bethany ASKEM • Prakash GURUNG • Rachel SUCKLING • Beth GOODCHILD • Claire DAVIES • Liz VERIER

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

The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:13 on 24th July 2021 (event number 292).
The female record is held by Chloe TIGHE who recorded a time of 17:06 on 14th August 2021 (event number 295).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 94.63% (23:55) on 26th November 2016 (event number 119).

Folkestone parkrun started on 16th August 2014. Since then 7,843 participants have completed 66,228 parkruns covering a total distance of 331,140 km, including 10,368 new Personal Bests. A total of 685 individuals have volunteered 6,223 times.

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