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.
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.
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!
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.
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.