#273 Make it like your birthday every day

If you want to dance at parkrun, or sing or run or walk, that’s all good. Make it like your birthday every day.

We did all those things this week as we celebrated Sheila EADE’s 50th birthday on Friday and Jean BURRELL’s 80th on Sunday.

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We were delighted to welcome Jean’s family who traveled from the midlands to cheer her on her 224th parkrun. She is well known as an inspiration to all parkrunners here.

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With her husband and regular volunteer Geoff BURRELL, they embody the spirit of parkrun - free, social and open for everyone. Like many parkrunners, Jean did not start running until later in life. She started in her 70s, and now trains with South Kent Harriers every week. Runners from the club filled most of the volunteer positions to cheer on their club-mate and as a contribution to parkrun.

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Regular volunteer and South Kent Harriers president Barry WATSON encouraged everyone to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Sheila and Jean before the run, and started us off.

When Jean runs with us next week she will inevitably break the age group course record - again. It’s a real pleasure to have you running with us!

More fiftieths

Congratulations to Catriona WATTS and Helen PROUD on your fiftieth runs. Super achievement ladies, and we look forward to seeing you in your FREE 50 shirts soon. Welcome also to our lovely visitors and the ten new people on their first ever parkrun. We hope you enjoyed it, and come back again. A word of warning - however tough you found it, parkrun is addictive. Where else can you run with such a social group at no cost on a timed, measured sea-side course?

Run Director opportunity 

We have some amazing volunteers and running clubs in the Folkestone area. Without them, parkrun wouldn’t happen. Not only would we have no runners, we would have no volunteers either. To organise the volunteers, we are always on the lookout for more run directors. The run director is in charge on the day - the person in the white hi-vis jacket. It’s a challenging role, but hugely enjoyable and satisfying when you successfully manage a parkrun event. We’ll give you training in the IT systems and processes, and help you through your first few sessions. It’s also standout proof of your management ability if you want something special to catch the eye of a recruiter. Could you see yourself as a member of our core team? Email Event Director Rob HUISH to see whether it’s right for you.

Statistics

This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Nick HILDITCH • Camille LEWINGTON • Barry WATSON • Sarah HARVEY • Marie WATSON • Liz JENKINS • Sheila EADE • Graham COOMBS • Elric HOWE • Melanie SATCHWELL • Lee BREWER • Steven MICHAEL • Lee SENTENACQ • Elina PETRUSEVICA • Keith PUNNETT • Julia HENWOOD • Aimee PUNNETT • Angelica EWINS • Lorraine PUNNETT •Barbara HUNT

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 5,796 participants have completed 47,194 parkruns covering a total distance of 235,970 km, including 7,993 new Personal Bests. A total of 580 individuals have volunteered 4,631 times.

 

 

#272 Sunny 250′s!

A wonderful sunny day for celebratory runners and walkers as we had Rosie from Bournemouth completing her first event whilst John Carlton and Linda Robson completed 250 events today.

Linda started Park running at Tilgate in July 2012 and joined Folkestone in July 2017. Awesome going Linda and thanks for the cookies!!! Go team Cookie Monster!

John is a Folkestone stalwart who started when Folkestone Parkrun started in August 2014 just over five years ago. Great going John. We all look forward to seeing you both in your green T-Shirts!!

A big Folkestone Happy Birthday to Graham Foot from Dover Roadrunners! Many happy returns David.

This week 286 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Terry KING • Diane PARSONS • David DENYER • Philip MAULL • Mike BOND • Barry WATSON • Brian AUSTIN • Deirdre COOMBS • Graham COOMBS • William BAKER • David BOTTING • Lesley NEWMAN • Elina PETRUSEVICA • Kate MATTHEWS • Lynsey TIGHY • Justin TIGHY • Ashton TIGHY

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 5,780 participants have completed 46,945 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,725 km, including 7,955 new Personal Bests. A total of 574 individuals have volunteered 4,610 times.

 

#271 Crazy wind- Crazy Rugby!

The wind was howling down the course today with leaves swirling everywhere as more stormy conditions blew in.

Thankfully the rain held off until we had finished and we could all get back in time to watch the end of the rugby world cup final which may just have affected our numbers!!!

A big well done to Darren Scrivens as he reached 50 events this morning- great going Darren!

A massive thank you must also go to the 16 superstar volunteers that assisted today in the blustery conditions:

Christopher WOOLGAR • Max RANSLEY • Terry KING • Leon GOLDSACK • Philip MAULL • Barry WATSON • Faith COWELL • Janice TIERNEY • Jacqueline SMITH • William BAKER • Natasha MURPHY • Phillip MURPHY • Prakash GURUNG • Jacob BURVILL • Simon BURVILL • Andrew HADLOW

This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 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 5,753 participants have completed 46,659 parkruns covering a total distance of 233,295 km, including 7,914 new Personal Bests. A total of 570 individuals have volunteered 4,591 times.

 

#270 Windy, very windy and the rugby can wait.

There was a really strong 40mph wind on The Leas this morning, but this didn't stop 161 people having a good run. The Kent League cross country kept some club runners away (but did bring volunteers). The England rugby semi-final probably kept more away, but we welcomed 34 new faces today, and 11 even managed a pb in the wind. Well done to you.

Today's Run Director managed to be at the run, go home to process results, do the weekly supermarket shop, and still managed to watch the recorded game without knowing the result. A similar problem for everyone next week for the final.

A special well done for Junior Jacob Burvill for his 50th parkrun (and thanks for the choccies). Also joining the 50 club were Amy Owen and Michael Larnder.

This week 161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Lance BOSELEY • Julia MANDER • David DENYER • Philip MAULL • Barry WATSON • Richard FOWLES • Deirdre COOMBS • Janice TIERNEY • Graham COOMBS • Roisin BUNT • William BAKER • John BROWNING • Collette WINDSOR • Gary FRAKE • Natasha MURPHY • Steven MICHAEL • Kelly MCALLISTER • Ruby STONESTREET • 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 5,742 participants have completed 46,522 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,610 km, including 7,903 new Personal Bests. A total of 567 individuals have volunteered 4,575 times.

 

#269 – Where’s the WD40 when you need it………..

Despite the padlock rusting up in the rain, thanks to a few agile bodies who climbed into the bandstand, we were able to get all the kit out this morning.

Bit damp, slight breeze and some big old puddles but the rain stopped at bang on 09.00 ready for the run to commence, and returned as the last runners came in. Hey ho this is England after all.

Welcome to anyone coming to Folkestone Parkrun for the first time.

Congratulations to all who achieved a PB today.

A BROBDINGNAGIAN (look it up) THANK YOU to all the wonderful volunteers for your invaluable help today:

Brian DAVIS • Darren CREW • Jody STOAKES • John THORPE • Michael MARSHALL • Tekah BARROW • Nicholas WALNE • Barry WATSON • Sharon DOWNS • Martin BARNES • Sara MARSH • Ollie STAVELEY • Janice TIERNEY • Graham COOMBS • Jenny DOWNS • Joe BRUCE • Philip ARMSTRONG • Elric HOWE • Rebecca EDWARDS

This week 182 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 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 5,708 participants have completed 46,361 parkruns covering a total distance of 231,805 km, including 7,892 new Personal Bests. A total of 566 individuals have volunteered 4,556 times.

 

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