Folkestone parkrun is cancelled on 8 August 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

#291 The Faithful Few(er)

Although the number of participants was less than the near record fields we have been having recently, it was very good to see 244 intrepid souls turning out to support parkrun in these difficult times for everyone.

We welcomed 10 absolute beginners on an inclement morning and hope you enjoyed it sufficiently to come again, hopefully with better conditions.  44 people recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

Pride of place for achieving milestones goes to two of the younger members of our community , namely Aaron (JM11-14) and Daniel MCCARTHY (JM10) who reached 100 and 50 parkruns respectively - well done, boys!  Congratulations also go to David MORRIS, one of our more senior runners, who did his 150th run today.

Thanks to our 20 volunteers, who made the event possible:
Brian DAVIS • Sylvia HILDITCH • David DENYER • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Olivia YOUNG • Graham COOMBS • Mia KENNETT • Kevin WHITBY • Kevin GREGORY • John BROWNING • Rebecca EDWARDS • James Slater WHITHAM • Ellie KEATING • Gemma MALCOLM • Graham CAHILL • Bob DUNCAN • Alistair PULFORD • Tayiba ISLAM • Avri DAVIDOFF

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 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
The female record is held by Lisa TANG who recorded a time of 18:45 on 28th December 2019 (event number 279).
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 6,346 participants have completed 52,405 parkruns covering a total distance of 262,025 km, including 8,668 new Personal Bests. A total of 610 individuals have volunteered 5,034 times.

 

 

 

#290 Sunshine for celebrating International Women’s Day

This week's report is courtesy of Jax Tanner.

Could we finally be seeing the end of the recent relentless run of stormy conditions? Particularly storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge – who knew where one ended and the next began? Despite this, loyal parkrunners continue to stream along the Leas on a Saturday morning, whatever the weather and today 389 of us were rewarded by perfect running conditions to celebrate International Women’s Day.

It was heartening to see so many lovely ladies turning out in force today – 172 of us in fact, including a large number of Blister Sisters (see first picture), the Hythe based women only running group. We meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings at the RHDR station car park and all are welcome, whatever your ability. Kenza also offers a 0 – 5k programme for those of you tentatively dipping your trainers onto the pavement, promenade or towpath.

Blister Sisters

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Even Mrs Doyle does parkrun!

 

Two intrepid tourists made their way from Havant to our beautiful coastal course and were later spotted sorting the 389 finish tokens. Thank you, Samantha and Denise Foxe-King, your help is very much appreciated by our superhero volunteers. Welcome too, to tourists from Sittingbourne, Brighton, Petts Wood, Swansea, Chingford, and Wymondham – we hope you enjoyed Folkestone. (Apparently we gain points on the tourist trail at the moment for our lack of muddy paths – many parkruns have been cancelled recently due to waterlogged courses)

 

 

IMG-20200307-WA0023There were a few milestones this week – Rob Huish has somehow managed to squeeze in a few runs between Run Directoring and can now add a “50” t shirt to his wardrobe, while Stuart Davies has racked up 200 runs and Dave Gillett 150. Annie Dodson, Gracie Quinn and Bessie Goodwin have all earned their Junior 10 shirts. Well done to all.

 

 

Speedy sisters!

Speedy sisters!

Huge congratulations to the 64 of you who smashed out PBs this week and welcome to 36 new runners – hope to see you again soon! Don’t forget to bring those barcodes.

 

 

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Brian DAVIS • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • David DENYER • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Olivia YOUNG • Deirdre COOMBS • Graham COOMBS • Gary BRAZIER • Calum MACARTHUR • Carol HARVEY • Kevin GREGORY • Vicky SCOTT • Jax TANNER • Terry WICKENDEN • Erin BRAZIER • Jon MEYER • Rebecca EDWARDS • Ellie KEATING • Gemma MALCOLM • Bob DUNCAN • Denise FOXE-KING • Samantha FOXE-KING • Tayiba ISLAM

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 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
The female record is held by Lisa TANG who recorded a time of 18:45 on 28th December 2019 (event number 279).
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 6,336 participants have completed 52,161 parkruns covering a total distance of 260,805 km, including 8,624 new Personal Bests. A total of 610 individuals have volunteered 5,014 times.

 

Another week, another storm! #289

I've often thought that we have been very fortunate with the weather when it comes to Saturday mornings. I can think of numerous times when the rain has cleared and the wind has calmed just in time for the weekly 9am start. However, this trend seems to have been well and truly bucked in recent weeks and Saturday was no exception. In fact, I'm struggling to think of worse weather conditions then those endured this week. It seemed that the worst of the wind and the rain waited until just before our runners got underway and seemingly quietened down again just as we were packing the kit away!

Despite the conditions, we were delighted to see 185 highly motivated (and perhaps slightly mad) runners set off from the start line, including 15 people joining us for the first time. Thank you to everyone who came along and congratulations to the 19 of you who managed to set a PB in the blustery weather.

Amongst those who ran, there were some milestone runs this week, including... Torben JESSEN completing his 50th run, Joanne ADDINGTON running her 150th and Melissa CUNLIFFE completing run number 200! Running gis 230th overall, but 200th at Folkestone, we also had David WALBROOK. Fantastic achievement everyone!

A huge thank you has to go to all our volunteers this week, who turned out in the less than favourable conditions to make sure the event went ahead. I hope you have all dried off now!

Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Rob HUISH • Vivien LOSEBY • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Graham COOMBS • Roisin BUNT • Doreen KEEN • Jae HOPKINS • Ellie KEATING • Gemma MALCOLM • Beth GOODCHILD • Graham CAHILL • Bob DUNCAN • Paul CLARKE • Tayiba ISLAM • Avri DAVIDOFF

Don't forget that next week parkrun will be celebrating International Womans Day! We would love to see as many female runners and volunteers as possible so please spread the word. Across the UK, parkrun are encouraging runners to come along dressed in purple, so we hope to see as many of you as possible wearing any items of purple that you may have!

Have a great week and lets hope for some better weather next time out!

 

This week 185 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Rob HUISH • Vivien LOSEBY • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Graham COOMBS • Roisin BUNT • Doreen KEEN • Jae HOPKINS • Ellie KEATING • Gemma MALCOLM • Beth GOODCHILD • Graham CAHILL • Bob DUNCAN • Paul CLARKE • Tayiba ISLAM • Avri DAVIDOFF

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 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
The female record is held by Lisa TANG who recorded a time of 18:45 on 28th December 2019 (event number 279).
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 6,300 participants have completed 51,772 parkruns covering a total distance of 258,860 km, including 8,560 new Personal Bests. A total of 607 individuals have volunteered 4,989 times.

 

 

 

 

 

#288 A tad drafty!

Well, that was an incredible parkrun! The wind was so strong all the bollards were blowing over! So, well done all 289 of you who braved the weather. And somehow 19 of you managed a PB. How on earth did you do that?

And well done also to the 20 volunteers who withstood the wind. The trickiest job was the Number Checker hanging on to his piece of paper. Funnel Manager Julia recorded it as officially the worst conditions we've had, but at least it did stay dry. And to the 26 of you who came for the first time, can we just say it's not always like that!

A massive well done for all those on mile-stone runs today: Juniors Ethan Atkins, Jayden Lowery-Jones, Maisey Goodwin and Oliver Collier on their 10th run, Malcolm Gibbs on 100, Kevin Whitby and Stevie King on 150, and last week's Run Director Nick Hilditch on 200. Well done to you all.

This week 279 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Christopher WOOLGAR • Martin ABBOTT • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • David DENYER • Ross EMANS • Margaret MACARTHUR • Olivia YOUNG • Brian AUSTIN • Graham COOMBS • Kevin WHITBY • Kevin GREGORY • Jade WILTSHIRE • Ellie KEATING • Beth GOODCHILD • Julia HENWOOD • Bob DUNCAN • Owen HENWOOD • Tayiba ISLAM • Avri DAVIDOFF

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 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
The female record is held by Lisa TANG who recorded a time of 18:45 on 28th December 2019 (event number 279).
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 6,285 participants have completed 51,587 parkruns covering a total distance of 257,935 km, including 8,541 new Personal Bests. A total of 606 individuals have volunteered 4,971 times.

 

#287 Dennis the Menace and Gnasher

Storm Dennis

Naughty Dennis the Menace was nothing more than a whimper for our run this morning. The daunted hurricane was due to lash the south coast with 50 mph winds and horizontal rain. Volunteers had provisioned for the upcoming apocalypse by moving the admin desk under the eaves of the Leas Cliff Hall, and were equipped with waterproof jackets and hats.

Yet the parkrun Weatherfairies were with us. While it was certainly fresh, it stayed dry, which led to some outstanding performances, exciting for the marshals and other volunteers to watch. We witnessed a hard battle by former Croydon resident (who is now a regular runner at Folkestone) Krzysztof KLIDZIA who was just held off to be second finisher. Emma CREASEY was first lady home, with her first run at Folkestone this year in a terrific time of 20:06.

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Kryz KLIDZIA, newly moved from Croydon to Folkestone

Groundhog days

First finisher this week was Jonathan RUTLAND, with a time of 17:57 – amazing, considering the conditions. Even more amazing, Jonathan’s time was exactly the same as his last run at Folkestone on 1st January. Max RANSLEY was disappointed to miss out on his first groundhog in 192 attempts by just one second. Outstanding groundhog result of the day was by Sheila EADE who not only ran 29:49 this week and last, but her position of 171 was also identical. I’m sure the statisticians will correct me, but that sounds like groundhog squared.

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Jonathan RUTLAND, an outstanding, tough run

100 not out

Great runs today from Tristan BRUCEKevin GREGORY and Louise FOWLER who made the magic 100. We can’t wait to see you soon in your super-cool, black FREE parkrun milestone T-shirts. And to the eleven runners brand new to parkrun – welcome! You chose a tough day for a debut, but it gets easier from now, with Spring weather just around the corner.

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Tristan Bruce, Louise Fowler and Kevin Gregory made it to 100 parkruns

Who is Gnasher?

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher

Dennis the Menace and Gnasher - © D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd

We don’t know. Could it be Gnasher, Dennis the Menace’s notorious Abyssinian wire-haired tripehound from ‘The Beano’? Last week, 'Gnasher' was running with his owner on a long lead and tripped an unfortunate runner. The runner had to attend hospital to attend to the injury. We love dogs at parkrun, but please keep them on a short lead. Folkestone parkrun is a fun, healthy, social event. We don’t want anyone injured.

Magnificent volunteers

A special commendation to all 22 this week, who stood by you to applaud and keep you safe in this weather. There is a heartwarming camaraderie among the hi-vis heroes who make it all happen. If you would like to try out one of the roles, please email us.

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Thanks to the toughest people on the course - our volunteers

This week 282 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Nick HILDITCH • Sylvia HILDITCH • Christopher WOLLEY • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Olivia YOUNG • Deirdre COOMBS • Graham COOMBS • Kevin WHITBY • Anh-Van WHITBY • William BAKER • Owen BALMONT • Natasha MURPHY • Phillip MURPHY • James Slater WHITHAM • Ellie KEATING • Beth GOODCHILD • Ruby STONESTREET • Graham CAHILL • Bob DUNCAN

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 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
The female record is held by Lisa TANG who recorded a time of 18:45 on 28th December 2019 (event number 279).
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 6,259 participants have completed 51,308 parkruns covering a total distance of 256,540 km, including 8,522 new Personal Bests. A total of 604 individuals have volunteered 4,951 times.

 

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