#247 2.5 times around the globe

Folkestone parkrun started on 16th August 2014. Since then 5,117 participants have completed 40,829 parkruns covering a total distance of 204,145 km, including 7,220 new Personal Bests. That's nearly 2.5 times around the globe!

This week 273 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

We had a bumper crop of new run club members this week.  Conngratulations to Andy FOGG who joined the 100 run club, Jake HARVEY, James Slater WHITHAM and Terry FRY who joined the 50 run club and Evie READINGS, Millie SMYTHE, Natasha GRANT and Rupert HOWELL who all joined the 10 run club.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Maggi ROSE • Max RANSLEY • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Nikki GOODWIN • David DENYER • Ross CARTER • Stephen COMFORT • Simon READ • Sheila EADE • Graham COOMBS • Derek MCDONOUGH • William BAKER • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Collette WINDSOR • Derek KEDWELL • Lynsey TIGHY • Justin TIGHY • Ashton TIGHY • Del HOBSON

A total of 534 individuals have volunteered 4,089 times at Folkestone parkrun.  Why not join them?  We provide full training and it doesn't mean you don't have to run as we need volunteers to do the New Runner Briefing before the run and sort the tokens afterwards.

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 15:33 on 30th September 2017 (event number 163).
The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 94.63% (23:55) on 26th November 2016 (event number 119).

 

#246 You are never too young or old for parkrun!

There was no new record for the total number of parkrunners this week as 245 people ran, jogged and walked the course, but it is inspiring, as always, to see the variety of people who take part, including many families spanning two or three generations.

Of particular note, is the wide range of ages.  This week, 32 (13% of participants) were aged 60 or over and, at the other end of the scale, 24 (10%) were under 18, including 11 youngsters aged 4 - 10.  If you are under 11, 5km is quite a long way and yet they all look determined right to the end and invariably leave their accompanying Mum/Dad/Grandma/Grandad, etc. way behind as they sprint for the line!  This can also apply to the oldies too, although when one of our more senior participants was encouraged to sprint this week, he responded "I am sprinting"!!

It is also interesting to hear both old and young chatting afterwards about getting (or not getting) a new PB.  It is not only the super fast guys and gals that are keen to improve!  Have you ever looked closely at the Age Grade percentage column in the results?  This is a clever way of comparing people across age groups and genders; you may be slower/faster than a friend, family member, etc.  but comparing your age graded performance can establish who can really claim bragging rights.  For example, a man aged 20-24 needs to run under 26 mins to gain a 50% rating, which equates to a 60-64 lady running 37 mins or a 10 year old girl running about 36 mins.  Try it and see!

Well done to Tony Scott on completing his 150th run (only 6 days after a marathon) and Andrew GARDINER who can now claim his 50th T-shirt! We welcomed 24 first timers and celebrate 52 new Personal Bests.  Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

We are indebted again to our volunteers.  This week's 22 crew members were:

Brian DAVIS • Max RANSLEY • Michele BARNES • Darren CREW • Jody STOAKES • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Barry WATSON • Simon READ • Geoff BURRELL • Roisin BUNT • Poppy FATHERS • Derek MCDONOUGH • Kirsten MUELLER • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Amelie HANSON • Collette WINDSOR • Phillip MURPHY • Beth GOODCHILD • Iris BUNT • Lynsey TIGHY • Ashton TIGHY

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 15:33 on 30th September 2017 (event number 163).
The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).
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 5,097 participants have completed 40,556 parkruns covering a total distance of 202,780 km, including 7,186 new Personal Bests. A total of 531 individuals have volunteered 4,069 times.

 

#245 Thanks a Million!

It was a sunny, chilly and blustery today but overall great weather for a Parkrun Event.
I would usually discuss the weather and it's craziness in great detail at this point but wanted to write a few lines on the positives of the event.

Firstly a big thank you to those of you who volunteer. It make our lives as Run Directors so much easier! Thanks for all the responses on Facebook and What's App, even when we don't use you in the end (Karen & Rosh) it means a lot that you pop your names forward-thanks! Please keep e-mailing in and volunteering folks. A big thanks to Terry who is a great support and Maggi for supporting all of the run directors.

I get inspired by the first folks sprinting over the line. The concentration and effort is palpable. They are so fast it makes my head spin. I am equally inspired by the first timers at the back who are so happy that they have made it to the line at the end. Walking, jogging, whatever you need to get round. I love the smile of satisfaction at the end on faces wherever you finish.

I love the camaraderie. We have all been there when we have had a tough week or our p.b.'s are not coming down as we would like or we are recovering from injury or colds. It doesn't matter, you are still guaranteed a warm, friendly 'hello' from so many people at Folkestone Parkrun and that's so good for all of us.

Keep going everybody - you all make our Parkrun awesome!

Congratulations to Ross Carter on his 100th Event this week and Marie Westbrook on her 50th event. A big well done to Fraser and Ivor on their 10th event today.

This week 281 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Brian DAVIS • Chris SIMPSON • Christopher WOOLGAR • Stephen KING • Trudi CURD • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Terry KING • Johanne DANIELS • David DENYER • Philip MAULL • Karen GUNN • Barry WATSON • John LAWRENCE • Simon READ • Stephen SECULAR • Deirdre COOMBS • Graham COOMBS • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Tim GRETTON

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 15:33 on 30th September 2017 (event number 163).
The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).
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 5,073 participants have completed 40,311 parkruns covering a total distance of 201,555 km, including 7,134 new Personal Bests. A total of 529 individuals have volunteered 4,047 times.

 

#244 Escape from Hannah!

It was a windy scene on The Leas this morning as Storm Hannah blew in from the west to greet us. Thankfully though, the rain did not join in with proceedings and 214 people ran, jogged and ambled around the course.

It was great to see folks from Cambridge and Cardiff joining us today. It’s so lovely to welcome people from all over to our Parkrun.

Well done to Tim Gretton, Paul James and Marie Brazier on their 50th event today and Victoria Denham on her 100th.

Good luck to all of our Parkrunners and volunteers taking part in the London Marathon tomorrow.

Please go to the Folkestone Parkrun website and volunteer as it makes such a difference!
My enormous thanks go to our 21 superstar volunteers this week:

Brian DAVIS • Chris SIMPSON • Deborah JEFFERY • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Aldous HOSKING • John THORPE • Nick STEELE • Chris ADDISON • Philip MAULL • Barry WATSON • Marie WATSON • John LAWRENCE • Simon READ • Graham COOMBS • Roisin BUNT • William BAKER • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Lynsey TIGHY • Ashton TIGHY • Vicky MAULL

This week 214 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

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 15:33 on 30th September 2017 (event number 163).

The female record is held by Emma CREASEY who recorded a time of 18:50 on 16th February 2019 (event number 234).

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 5,047 participants have completed 40,030 parkruns covering a total distance of 200,150 km, including 7,083 new Personal Bests. A total of 528 individuals have volunteered 4,027 times.

 

Happy Easter!

A fantastic turnout this week saw 334 runners complete the course this Saturday. This was no doubt helped by the unusually good weather for a bank holiday weekend! There were 54 first timers to the parkrun course this week, with a combination of new runners along with several visiting the area over the Easter weekend.

Congratulations to the 32 runners who recorded personal bests this week and a special mention to Andee BIRKETT on their 50th run!

A huge thanks as always to our volunteers this week who made the event possible...

Brian DAVIS • Peter MANDER • Julia MANDER • Leon GOLDSACK • Rob HUISH • Martin WOOD • Nikki GOODWIN • David DENYER • Richard DYER • Barry WATSON • Gavin TREVELYAN • Margaret MACARTHUR • Stephen SECULAR • Graham COOMBS • Calum MACARTHUR • William BAKER • Marcia-Jane SHARP • Daniel HUSSEY • Ben FLETCHER • Andrew HADLOW

Please do get in touch if you're able to help us out in the next few weeks, eit would be great to see a few new faces come along and help!

Hope you all had a great Easter and enjoyed the long weekend. Can't wait to see you all again next week :)

 

 

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