Indian Summer #264

What a great morning we had for our run this week! It’s easy to take for granted the beautiful course that we have at Folkestone with views over the channel to France. Despite the slightly autumnal feel that seems to have crept in over the last coupe of weeks, it felt like mid-summer again.

It seems like everyone was keen to make the most of the Indian summer before the chill creeps in as we had 301 runners complete the course this week. Congratulation to all that took part, including the 29 first timers to the course and the 37 who achieved personal bests!

A special congratulations this week on some milestone runs too. Gary BRAZIER completed his 50th run this week, while Neil ADAMS and Jae HOPKINS completed the 100th. A huge thanks must go to Jae for coming armed with cake in celebration of her achievement, which looked amazing and clearly tasted it too as there was nothing but crumbs left by the end!

A mention has to go to a couple of runners who were visiting us from other runs today. Firstly, Jonathan Mark PEGG who ran his 421st(!) parkrun with us on Saturday. Not far behind Jonathan in terms of the number of runs is Andrew HOWARD with 395. What makes this even more impressive is that he travels to each parkrun and back on his bike. Prior to running on Saturday, he had cycled for over 7 hours just to line up on the start line (and to think I struggle to get up at 7:30!) before making the return journey home to Wanstead in London. Incredible stuff.

A bit closer to home, one of our regular runners Adam POPE has set himself a monumental challenge for the month of September. He will be ‘Running the date’ throughout the month, which involves running the same number of miles as the date (for example 14 miles on Saturday the 14th). This means that the last 5 days of the month he will be running a marathon for 5 consecutive days. Adam is fundraising for local charity the rainbow centre. We all wish Adam luck with his challenge and if anyone would like to help him with his fundraising then you’re able to read more about his challenge and make a donation here.

Last but by no means least, a huge thank you as always to the 18 volunteers who made this weeks event possible.

Mark PILKINGTON • Brian DAVIS • Adam POPE • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Rob HUISH • Simon READ • Deirdre COOMBS • Geoff BURRELL • Graham COOMBS • Matthew WAIT • Kirsten MUELLER • Clive HUGHES • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Collette WINDSOR • Rebecca EDWARDS • Leon WHITBY • Aimee PUNNETT

We are always looking for volunteers so please get in touch is you’re able to help us over the coming weeks.

 

This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Mark PILKINGTON • Brian DAVIS • Adam POPE • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Rob HUISH • Simon READ • Deirdre COOMBS • Geoff BURRELL • Graham COOMBS • Matthew WAIT • Kirsten MUELLER • Clive HUGHES • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Collette WINDSOR • Rebecca EDWARDS • Leon WHITBY • Aimee PUNNETT

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

The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).
The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
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 5,593 participants have completed 45,216 parkruns covering a total distance of 226,080 km, including 7,733 new Personal Bests. A total of 562 individuals have volunteered 4,456 times.

 

 

#263 Kudos

Serious kudos and thanks go to the older lady, with a wheelie walker, who brought her dustpan and brush and was clearing the broken glass from the course near the arch. Kudos also to the lady who picked up someone else’s dog poop from the course. More kudos to the various younger people giving hand slaps to runners as they passed.

Further kudos goes to visitor Patrick Dobbs, in his 80s, visiting from Thurrock Harriers AC - Patrick was stationed with the military in Folkestone during the 1950s and this was his first return visit. Patrick received an age grading of 73.72% and until recently competed in every London Marathon. He is pictured with wife Margaret who achieved an age grade of 76.12% - something I could only achieve in my dreams.

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Kudos also to those who achieved Personal Bests today: Ian MCGILLOWAY, Ben FLETCHER, Kyle FLETCHER,  Tekah BARROW, Tremaine MOORE, Ben ALLEN, Harrison INETT, Charlotte DAVIES, Rob BANHAM, Tyree SPICER, Quinn REYNOLDS, Emily ROOD, Paul DENYS, Nathaniel DRAY, Cathy TAYLOR, Ethan ATKINS, Sonet STRIJDOM, Joanna NEWMAN, Paul ROBINSON, Erin MAKEPEACE, Graham WHISTANCE, Dorothee WATTS,  Alice POPE, Lell ROOD, Miruna TOMESCU, Peter SMITH and Linda WOODLAND.

Kudos also to the 19 volunteers that made this event possible:

Brian DAVIS • Zobida MOHAMMED • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Sarah HOWLETT • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Sheila EADE • Deirdre COOMBS • Geoff BURRELL • Graham COOMBS • Philip ARMSTRONG • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Elaine SUTTON • Simon SUTTON • James COOMBS • Lisa HILL • Kelly MCALLISTER • Alistair PULFORD

This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

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

The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).
The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lewis MARLOW who recorded 106.35% (17:35) on 7th September 2019 (event number 263).

Folkestone parkrun started on 16th August 2014. Since then 5,564 participants have completed 44,915 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,575 km, including 7,695 new Personal Bests. A total of 561 individuals have volunteered 4,438 times.

 

#262 – Hey hey we’re the monkeys…….

Another glorious start to the morning with an abundance of volunteers, including a large group of The Bald Monkeys - a whopping great big thank you to you all.

Well done to Stephen Secular for completing your 100th run. Also to those achieving a PB this week.

Welcome to any new runners to Folkestone, I hope you enjoyed it.

This week 288 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 FANTABULISTIC volunteers:

David GILLETT • Linda ROBSON • Adam POPE • Dominic WOOLFORD • Stephen KING • Peter MANDER • David DENYER • Barry WATSON • John LAWRENCE • Simon READ • Sharon DOWNS • Deirdre COOMBS • Graham COOMBS • Kevin WHITBY • Jenny DOWNS • Anh-Van WHITBY • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Tim GRETTON • Herbert SIMPSON • Kirsty BRISTOW • Lucinda SIMPSON • Trevor DEVOOGHT • James Slater WHITHAM • Julia HENWOOD • Jacob HENWOOD • Owen HENWOOD • Paul HENWOOD

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

The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).
The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
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 5,536 participants have completed 44,693 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,465 km, including 7,665 new Personal Bests. A total of 559 individuals have volunteered 4,418 times.

 

 

#261 – Sunny start to the bank holiday weekend.

Despite the warm early morning of the last summer bank holiday weekend we had a good number of runners this week.

Well done to Ashley Edwards for completing your 100th run. Congratulations to all who achieved a PB and who ran for the first time.

Welcome to all new runners - we hope you enjoyed Folkestone.

As always a HUMONGOUS thank you to all the splendiferously fantastic volunteers who enabled the run to go ahead:

Mark PILKINGTON • Marie BRAZIER • Dominic WOOLFORD • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • David DENYER • Barry WATSON • Richard PHILLIPS • Simon READ • Sharon DOWNS • Martin BARNES • Deirdre COOMBS • Mary MOATE • Geoff BURRELL • Jenny DOWNS • Tristan BRUCE • Abigail COOMBS • Matthew WAIT • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Erin BRAZIER • Collette WINDSOR • Aimee PUNNETT • Rebekah COOMBS

This week 300 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

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

The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).
The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
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 5,508 participants have completed 44,405 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,025 km, including 7,636 new Personal Bests. A total of 555 individuals have volunteered 4,391 times.

 

#260 Colour, sweat and cheers

True colours are shining through
The forecast looked ominous a week away from our fifth anniversary parkrun. But the weather improved and there was just a sprinkle of rain overnight with a naughty rainbow. You know what we do with naughty rainbows? We send them to prism. By the time we were ready to start, there were blue skies over Folkestone, and the running conditions were perfect. What's more, outgoing Event Director Maggi ROSE had iced 300 colourful cakes for everyone. What a perfect day!

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Did you ever hear a shop assistant saying, “These colours won’t run? Oh yes they do! Today we had a mass of rainbow colours celebrating the diversity of our brilliant run along the Leas. We love all runners and walkers, whether you are in a running club or not, however our local clubs excelled themselves with rainbow colours today. Thanks to Bald Monkeys Running Club, Dover Road Runners, Folkestone Running Club, Hawkinge Hurricanes, Hythe Blister Sisters, South Kent Harriers and all the clubs who support parkrun.

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There were plenty of parkrunners with face-paint, headdresses and multi-colour running tops, but people seem to have forgotten how to make those 90s rainbow tie-dye T-shirts. I suppose it's a dying art.

Deep Purple
You only need to volunteer 25 times to get a free V25 volunteer T-shirt. Before the start today, Maggi ROSE presented special awards to some of our amazing volunteers over the last year. The run is free for you because the volunteers provide their time – and have a great time doing it. Today’s awards went to: David DENYER, Deirdre COOMBS, Graham COOMBS, Julie GIBBS, Malcolm GIBBS, Marcia-Jane SHARP, Barry WATSON, Simon READ, Gavin TREVELYAN. Julia MANDER, Peter MANDER and junior awards were presented to Amelie, Herbert and Poppy.  Some parkrunners love the colour of the purple parkrun volunteer T-shirt. They love it more than red and blue combined.

While every volunteer deserves our praise and thanks, a special mention should go to Jae HOPKINS and her sons Milo, Ivor and Oscar who provided and distributed your commemorative medals today. The wood is from sustainable sources and the cord is made from recycled sports tops, all supplied by https://www.sophellacrafts.com

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50 shades of awesome
Our theme today was Rainbows, and runners provided donations to Folkestone Rainbow Centre https://shepway.foodbank.org.uk. Nobody in our community should have to face going hungry. There are too many people who have families to care for, with nothing to eat or equipment to cook it on. That’s why we are so grateful for all the dried goods you provided today. At a time when we were celebrating, it’s sobering to remember those who have somehow fallen through the system and need help to re-establish themselves. Sincere thanks for your donations.

Dreams really do come true
Regular parkrunners know that it can easily become addictive. And that’s a good thing. Congratulations to Toni SLAUGHTERDavid RODACANLuke FOWLES and Ian MERRICK who reached their 50 run milestones, and to David HAINES who achieved the magic 100. We look forward to seeing you in your FREE, colourful, parkrun milestone T-shirts.

Passing with flying colours
There were an incredible 31 personal bests today – outstanding achievements! And we were privileged as volunteers to witness a great tussle for first finisher between David GILLETT and Prakash GURUNG. Dave pulled away eventually to finish in 17:41, but it looked very close as they ran passed the start/finish line at the 3 km mark. Mind you, if you thought these parkrunners were fast, remember that photons from a rainbow hit you at 299,792,458 m/sec and you don’t even flinch. I suppose they must be pretty light.

Did you notice how many tourists joined in our rainbow celebrations, or was it a pigment of my imagination? We had visitors from Amanzimtoti, Ashford, Bexley, Buckingham, Canterbury, Chelmsford Central, Hackney Marshes, Hanley, Harrow Lodge, Maidstone, Sandwell Valley, Sheffield, Sittingbourne, Southampton, Southend, Swindon, Walmer and Deal, and Wanstead Flats. Great to see you, and I hope you come back soon.

A spectrum of this week's statistics
This week 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Maggi ROSE • Stephen KING • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Nick HILDITCH • Sylvia HILDITCH • Christopher WOLLEY • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Brian AUSTIN • Deirdre COOMBS • Graham COOMBS • Ian MCGILLOWAY  • Jae HOPKINS • Jax TANNER • Liam CUMBER • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Collette WINDSOR • Oliver STAVELY • Jodi BROOKS. • Sarah REEVES

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

The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).
The male record is held by Charlie BRISLEY who recorded a time of 15:25 on 27th July 2019 (event number 257).
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 5,481 participants have completed 44,102 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,510 km, including 7,611 new Personal Bests. A total of 555 individuals have volunteered 4,368 times.

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