Kettering parkrun is cancelled on 2020-10-31 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Kettering #virtual #notaparkrun : Event #23 Run report 31/10/2020

         #VirtualRD Seany-Sean Mcauley

October 31st History Highlights

Halloween is the oldest holiday still celebrated.

1517 – Martin Luthor nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg’s Castle Church, according to tradition.

1950 – Earl Lloyd became the first black player in the NBA

October 31st Is…

Books for Treats Day, Caramel Apple Day, Halloween/All Hallows’ Eve, Knock Knock Jokes Day, Magic Day and UNICEF Day

October 31st Birthday Quotes

“To stay youthful, stay useful.” – John Keats

Q: What were you thinking when your colleagues were out there making cosmic history?
A: “I just kept reminding myself that every single component in this spacecraft was provided by the guy who submitted the cheapest tender.”
– Michael Collins

“It’s the way you ride the trail that counts.” – Dale Evans

“There are a lot of things in this world that are more important than being popular. Being true to yourself is one of them.” – Michael Landon

October 31st Birthdays

1795 – John Keats, English poet (died in 1821)
1930 – Michael Collins, American general, pilot, and astronaut
1936 – Michael Landon, American actor, director, and producer (died in 1991)
1950 – John Candy, Canadian comedic actor (died in 1994)
1961 – Peter Jackson, New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter
1967 – Vanilla Ice, American rapper, television personality, and real estate investor
October 31st History

October 31, 1492 (fiction) Sir Nicholas Mimsy-Porpington was beheaded, Harry Potter

1517 – Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

October 31, 1693 (fiction) The Sanderon Sisters, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, were found guilty of witchcraft and hanged, Hocus Pocus, Film

1926 – Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured (after an unexpected punch to the stomach a few days earlier).

1941 – Mount Rushmore was completed, featuring the sculpted head of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

1964 – #1 Hit October 31: The Supremes – Baby Love

October 31, 1981 (fiction) RIP Lily and James Potter, killed by Voldemort, Harry Potter

2011 – Today is the date that there were 7 billion people living on Earth.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

April 1st and October 31st must be the worst two days of the year to have a serious workplace accident.

Teller (of the magic act Penn & Teller) legally changed his full name to just “Teller” and has a passport in that name.

The 2nd richest man in history was Augustus Caesar, with an estimated net worth of about $4.6 Trillion (today’s dollars, after inflation), about 25% of the world’s economic output then.

“You had me at ‘hello.'” – Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger) #moviequotes

There should be an ER style medical drama about Umpa-Lumpas always saving the children Willy Wonka has ‘accidentally’ mutilated.

Blond hair in humans developed only 11,000 years ago as an evolutionary response to the lack of sunlight in Northern Europe to enable more Vitamin D synthesis.

A group of people who perform in a variety of shows or plays is called a Company.

The blinking light atop the Capitol Records Building spells out the word “Hollywood” in Morse code, and has done so since the building’s opening in 1956.

Useless Pronunciation: G as in gee

COMPLETELY USELESS RANDOM STAT (shamelessly stolen from parkrun HQ)

The current world record for the long jump is 8.95 metres. So this means if you jumped 8.95 metres a grand total of 559 times, you would have successfully completed a parkrun!

And so, on with today

It was great to see that our friend Stephen Thompson came home this week – as always Stephen, your friends at Kettering parkrun are all thinking of you and wishing you well in your recovery.

Today was all about avoiding Storm Aiden (and the ghosties and ghoulies!). Some managed it, some didn’t. Being over in Fenland, while I avoided the torrential rain on my run, I seemed to run into a wind whichever way I turned. Still managing to run sub 30, which, for the girl who couldn’t run sub 40 when I started parkrunning, so I’ll take that!  Sarah Pyne set out on a wet and windy solo run today and she didn’t miss the rain. Welcome back and happy new shoes day to Julie Gallagher who completed her second virtual parkrun with us today. Liz Smith didn’t get out for her 5k today – she had birthday cake making duties instead. For anyone in need of oven updates, reports indicate that it’s not great after Mark’s pizza incident! Rach Cousen reports that she saw lots of witches, zombies and skeletons all carrying buckets, maybe carrying spells and magic things while she was out with John on her 5k run tonight. Luckily they both escaped being turned into frogs! Either way, Rach scored a magical PB! Good work! Fiona Jolley’s 5k today was a blustery multi-terrain run and she says that flippers would have been more useful than trainers in places. 100 extra Halloween parkrun points to the Odell family who all dressed up for their 5k today. Two members of #club23 got themselves a virtual PB today. A MAHOOSIVE well done to superstar Leanne Niven who got herself an incredible PB on the track and great work from Rebecca Wigfield who got her PB trying a new route! A good news story (for all those who have their soaked trainers on the radiator at the moment!) It seems that Storm Aiden wasn’t all bad afterall. Tracy Linger went out with her son Aiden who wanted to run as the storm was named after him! Great work both!

Welcome along to our first timers this week Aiden Linger, Jacob Brigden and Claire Wilson.

Well done to #club23 members Carol Brotherton-Lloyd, Andrea Crellin, Mel Gosliga, Jim McAlwane, Rebecca Murphy, Leanne Niven, Leanne Odell, Scott Odell, Mark Smith, Denise Tenney, Richard Vater and Rebecca Wigfield

Well, if like me you’ve just finished watching the news, you’ll know that we all face another period of different and for some, worry. If you find that running is helping you, then keep going. If you have a friend who usually runs, and you haven’t seen them out running recently, drop them a message and ask how they are. We will get through this, together. Meanwhile, at least we have a virtual #notaparkrun.

Be safe, be happy, and see you all next week – bring a friend?


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Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun #23

This week 60 people ran, jogged and walked a #Virtual #notaparkrun, of whom 3 were first timers and 6 recorded new #Virtual Personal Bests

The female record is held by Natasha Martin who recorded a time of 19.10 on 17th October 2020 (#Virtual event number 21)

The male record is held by David Hudson who recorded a time of 15.28 on 13th June 2020 (#Virtual event number #3)

Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun started on Saturday 30th May 2020. 285 participants have completed total 1767 #virtual #notaparkruns covering a total distance of 8835 km, including 405 new #Virtual Personal Bests


Kettering #virtual #notaparkrun #event 22 Run Report


#VirtualRD Rob parkrunParkes (on time and in a Hungry Caterpillar hat)

 October 24th is…

Crazy Day, Food Day, Take Back Your Time Day, United Nations Day and World Polio Day

October 24th Birthday Quotes

“I’m not a musician, I just play bass.” – Bill Wyman

“I was born to make mistakes, not to fake perfection.” – Drake

“I think every American actor wants to be a movie star. But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films. I vowed I would never do a commercial, nor would I do a soap opera – both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving.” – Kevin Kline

“Stay awesome bros, I know you will.”  – PewDiePie

October 24th Birthdays

1915 – Bob Kane, American comic book author and illustrator, co-created Batman (died in 1998)

1930 – The Big Bopper, American singer-songwriter (died in 1959) #thedaythemusicdied

1936 – Bill Wyman, English singer-songwriter and bass player, The Rolling Stones
1947 – Kevin Kline, American actor
1986 – Drake, Canadian rapper and actor
1989 – PewDiePie, Swedish YouTuber
October 24th History

1901 – Annie Edson Taylor, at age 63, became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance took place at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit.

1946 – A camera onboard the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of earth from outer space.

1987 – #1 Hit October 24, 1987 : Michael Jackson – Bad

2008 – Presidential candidate Barack Obama aired a 30-minute infomercial on American TV

2008 – Many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced their worst declines in history – “Bloody Friday”

October 24, 2008 – High School Musical 3: Senior Year was released

2009 – #1 Hit October 24, 2009 Britney Spears – 3


Today’s Random Trivia And Shower Thoughts

The Capital of Iran is Tehran

TV Quotes… “Don’t make me angry …” (David Banner) on “The Incredible Hulk”

A group of people who work outside of an office together is a Crew.

The term “trailer” comes from their having originally been shown at the end of a feature film screening, but people often left the theatre after the films ended.

I wonder how many calories I burn when I run away from my problems.

Ben Folds Five (a trio) released an album titled Party Night: Five Songs About Jesus. The EP had four songs, none mentioning Jesus.

US President #23 Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893) The first President to watch a baseball game while in office, he watched the Cincinnati Reds beat the Washington Senators 7 to 4 on June 6, 1892

The Watchtower, the illustrated religious magazine distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses, is the most widely circulated magazine in the world, with a print run of 59 million copies bimonthly.

The Capital of Indonesia is Jakarta

Just a couple of things

First of all, thoughts and good wishes go from all of the Kettering parkrun family to our friend Stephen Thompson. Stephen is a regular parkrunners with us and we just want you to know that we’re thinking of you and wish you a speedy recovery. As for me, I’m touched beyond words with the vitality video that parkrun have put out this week. I am so proud to be able to help organise Kettering #notaparkrun each week and feel that now, I can legitimately call Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill my BFF – yes? As a friend of mine said to me today, a good headline for us should be ‘Community Spirit Beats Covid’!

And now onto today

Our virtual RD today was Rob parkrunParkes, wearing a Hungry Caterpillar hat… and why not! Rob paid tribute to all the running groups and the running community that we are proud to be part of, both worldwide on the parkrun page, and within Kettering and surrounding areas. It was almost a Miss World speech… almost. If he’d only been in a bikini or ball gown, I’m sure he would have carried that off. But seriously, thank you Rob for getting up on time and leading us into our #notaparkrun day. We will be back together one day… until then, at least we have this!

The weather for today was truly autumny- we had bluster and wind and rain and all-in-all, it made for a pretty tough #notaparkrun day. Well done to all of you who got yourselves out there! You are all stars! The school holidays are upon us and even though we are in strange times, it’s great to see people getting out and about. Sue and Kevin Moriarty hopped along the Monsal Trail at the Peake District. The Odells are in South Devon this weekend so they did a wet and windy parkwalk this week along and beach and through the sand dunes. Super well done to Steve Morris, who’s 5k this morning included about 500m pushing a car to help a guy jump start it. Let’s class that as a weight session. Well done Sarah Pyne who ran at Wendover Woods, running back and forth watching Garry and the girls do Go Ape! Hi to Matthew May who had a run round Willen Lake while Tracy took enjoyed a bracing open water swim. Welcome back to Shane Sharkey, who joined us virtually today. Thank you Shane for inspiring us to start Kettering #notaparkrun – we wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for you! (I still can’t bring myself to thank you for persuading me to run a marathon earlier this month but I’m sure that’ll come… one day!) Great to see Chester Parkes out there today – Chester tell us that "this is my first notaparkun my owner has bad knees so his usually snail like pace was even more tragic than usual. Still at least he didn't do a poo twice during the notaparkun like me so we're even." #TeamEllwood were all out running at Rushden Lakes and I still have cake envy after seeing their post #notaparkrun cakes. Mind you, I went out after mine today and got a full box of battenburgs… parkrun is all about the cake, isn’t it? GRaet running from Rebecca Wigfield, who earned ‘Local legend’ status on her strava this morning on her #notaparkrun. This, in spite of the killer wind and the bird who poo’d on her hand half way round. Welcome to Kettering #notaparkrun to Andy Worth – many congratulations on your 10th anniversary of your first parkrun. We hope the celebration cakes were marvellous! Double virtual credits to Leanne Niven and Harvey Miller this week.

And finally, it seems incredible that it’s been 32 weeks since parkrun disappeared from the UK and it’s now been 22 weeks of Kettering #virtual #notaparkrun adventures. While every single participant is amazing, it’s great to be able to do a BIG shout out to #club22 members –Andrea Crellin, Carol Brotherton-Lloyd, Denise Tenney, Jim McAlwane, Leanne Niven, Leanne Odell, Mark Smith, Mel Gosliga, Rebecca Murphy (our almost always Tail Walker!) Rebecca Wigfield,  Richard Vater, and Scott Odell.


Well, it’s half term for me so I’m facing an exciting week of PJ days and staying at home. I wish you all a safe, happy week - same again next week? Bring a friend.

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Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun #22

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked a #Virtual #notaparkrun, of whom 3 were first timers and 9 recorded new #Virtual Personal Bests

The female record is held by Natasha Martin who recorded a time of 19.10 on 17th October 2020 (#Virtual event number 21)

The male record is held by David Hudson who recorded a time of 15.28 on 13th June 2020 (#Virtual event number #3)

Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun started on Saturday 30th May 2020. 282 participants have completed total 1707 #virtual #notaparkruns covering a total distance of 8535 km, including 399 new #Virtual Personal Bests


Kettering #notaparkrun #virtual #Event21

17/10/2020         #VirtualRD Sean Mcauley

 October 17th Is…

Black Poetry Day, Pay Back a Friend Day, Pasta Day, Sweetest Day and Wear Something Gaudy Day  - what did you wear?

October 17th Birthday Quotes

“No one wants the truth if it is inconvenient.” – Arthur Miller

“I never really thought of myself as a sex goddess; I felt I was more a comedian who could dance.” – Rita Hayworth

“I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich, or poor. If you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.” – Eminem

“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” – Eminem

October 17th Birthdays

1915 – Arthur Miller, American playwright, and screenwriter (died in 2005)
1918 – Rita Hayworth, American actress (died in 1987)
1968 – Ziggy Marley, Jamaican singer-songwriter
1969 – Wyclef Jean, Haitian-American rapper,
1972 – Eminem, American rapper

October 17th History

Today is Edge Day, an official holiday founded by people who live straight-edge lifestyles.

1814 – The London Beer Flood killed 8 people (there was a flood… of beer!!??)

1860 – First Open (Golf) Championship (referred to in the US as the British Open).

1931 – Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.

October 17, 1943 Birthday (fictional) Professor Filius Flitwick, Harry Potter

1956 – The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened in Sellafield, Cumbria, England.

1956 – Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer played a game of chess labelled The Game of the Century. Fischer beat Byrne.

October 17, 1959 Birthday (fictional) Adrian Monk, Monk, TV

1960 – #1 Hit October 17, 1960 – October 23, 1960: The Drifters – Save the Last Dance for Me

1964 – #1 Hit October 17, 1964 – October 30, 1964: Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy

1970 – #1 Hit October 17, 1970 – November 20, 1970: The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There

1973 – OPEC imposed an oil embargo against a number of Western countries.

1979 – Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize.

1981 – #1 Hit October 17, 1981 – November 6, 1981: Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)

1998 – #1 Hit October 17, 1998 – November 13, 1998: Barenaked Ladies – One Week - The song One Week by the Barenaked Ladies spent exactly one week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Today’s Random Trivia And Shower Thoughts

The Capital of Japan is Tokyo

What did the pretentious owl say? “Whom, whom”

President Benjamin Harrison had 2 pet opossums while in the White House: Mr. Protection & Mr. Reciprocity

A Listerine mouthwash ad from the 1920s coined the phrase, “Often a bridesmaid but never a bride” to describe women with bad breath.

“Chicks dig me because I rarely wear underwear, and if I do, it’s usually something unusual.” – Bill Murray, in Stripes #moviequotes

The Wright Brothers only flew together once, after gaining their father’s permission. They had always promised they wouldn’t fly together to avoid a double tragedy if there was an accident.

Disney’s movie “Mars Needs Moms” resulted in an estimated loss of $130,503,621 and is Disney’s worst received movie ever.

The Capital of Jamaica is Kingston


And so, onto today…

While sorting the results, it felt like a bumper week of PBs and it certainly appeared to be the case.  29 virtual PBs today which was 40% of our entrants. PB or not though, you are all STARS. Many congratulations again to Natasha Martin, our female record holder who smashed her PB last weekend and came back to do it again this week. Superb running! Many congratulations to the ‘pink ladies’ aka Jo McDougall, Emma Simmonds and Claire Scott. All three ladies completed C25k earlier this year and since, all began their 10k running journey with KPR stalwarts, Alan Rain and Trudi Pike and Lee Orbell- this week, they all smashed through the sub30 5k barrier – great work all! A storming virtual PB from Kristi Nicholls today. Great running and PB from Lindsey Brett, supported by her bestie Tina Munton Cox, who also got a PB this week – great running friendship, ladies! Prettiest autumn picture of the day comes from Carol Brotherton-Lloyd. A superb PB from both Hannah Hotten and Rach Cousen who got more than 1 minute off their PBs today and Sharon Green who got more than 2 minutes off her PB. A BIG welcome back to Kevin #ImRetired Moriarty who hobbled round a 5k route with Sue today. Hello and welcome back to Niki Fleming who joined our very first virtual event and came back to virtually run with us today.

It’s been a lovely weekend so far… autumn is definitely in the air! Same again next week – wear a hat and bring a friend!

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Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun #21

This week 74 people ran, jogged and walked a #Virtual #notaparkrun, of whom 1 saw a first timer and 28 recorded new #Virtual Personal Bests

The female record is held by Natasha Martin who recorded a time of 19.10 on 17th October 2020 (#Virtual event number 21)

The male record is held by David Hudson who recorded a time of 15.28 on 13th June 2020 (#Virtual event number #3)

Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun started on Saturday 30th May 2020. 279 participants have completed total 1635 #virtual #notaparkruns covering a total distance of 8175 km, including 390 new #Virtual Personal Bests


Kettering #virtual #notparkrun : Event #20 10/10/2020

#VirtualRD  Andrea #Iranamarathonintherain Crellin

 Run Report

October 10th Is…

Angel Food Cake Day, Cake Decorating Day, Handbag Day and World Mental Health Day.

World Health Day

To raise awareness of mental health, October 10 has been recognized by the World Health Organisation as World Mental Health Day. Mental health struggles affect everyone and we need to remember that mental illness is not just about mental illness, but also about physical health problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. While we recognise the importance of World Mental Health Day, it is also important to remember that mental health problems are widespread and that most people will face mental health challenges at some point in their lives. We all know that parkrun gets us fit and healthy but largely, it’s great for improving our minds and mental health. Indeed, the whole parkrun story began when Paul Sinton-Hewitt, battling with his own mental health, and starting Bushy Park time trial 16 years ago. It was his excuse to get out, meet friends, get some physical exercise and then drink coffee with his friends and talk. While the current state might mean we can’t meet for coffee in the way we might like, we can virtually meet, and virtually run. We can cheer and encourage each other on. If you haven’t seen your mate for a while, or heard from them, why not send them a message right not to say hi. Ask them if they want to run with you, virtually or socially distanced. Today, all we have is #notaparkrun but at least we have this. Let’s keep talking. Let’s keep meeting virtually and let’s get through this together! #mentalhealthmatters

October 10th Birthday Quotes

“From your parents, you learn to love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.”
– Helen Hayes

“I guess if you keep making the same mistake long enough, it becomes your style.”
– John Prine

“At the end of the day, give up your worries and give thanks for the journey.” – Ben Vereen

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.” – David Lee Roth

October 10th birthdays

1900 – Helen Hayes, American actress (died in 1993)
1953 – Midge Ure, Scottish singer-songwriter
1954 – David Lee Roth, American singer-songwriter
1973 – Mario Lopez, American actor, and television personality (him off-of Saved By the Bell!)
October 10th History

October 10 annually (fiction) Predators hunt Xenomorphs on Earth, Aliens vs. Predator, Film

Jack Daniel (Jasper Newton Daniel) Died October 10, 1911 b. 1846. American whiskey maker. According to legend, he died of blood poisoning from a wound incurred while kicking a safe because he had forgotten the combination.

 Eleanor Rigby Died October 10, 1939 b. 1895 A tombstone with the name Eleanor Rigby is in the graveyard of St Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, where Paul McCartney and John Lennon spent time during their teenage years sunbathing. Just a few yards away from Rigby's tombstone is another with the name McKenzie on it. The names Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie were used in the Beatle's hit song, Eleanor Rigby, written primarily by McCartney. While McCartney claims he just made up the names for the song, he says the coincidence could be a product of his subconscious. The graveyard, coincidentally, is also close to where McCartney and Lennon first met.

"Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came

Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved
All the lonely people"

 David Lee Roth Born October 10, 1954, American singer, with Van Halen. Music: Runnin' With the Devil (1976) and Jump (1984, #1)

 1964 The Tokyo Summer Olympics began  - 93 countries participated in the first Olympics to be held in Asia. As a tribute to the horrors of the Second World War, Yoshinori Sakai, who was born in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the day an atomic bomb destroyed the city, was chosen as the torchbearer to light the Olympic flame during the opening. The Tokyo Olympics was also the first Olympic Games that used satellites - Syncom 3 in the United States and Relay 1 in Europe - to telecast the games. Some of the games were also broadcasted in color for the first time.

1970 – #1 Hit October 10, 1970: Neil Diamond – Cracklin’ Rosie

1976 Outer Space Treaty is Enforced - it regulated the exploration and use of outer space and created the field of international space law. The treaty declared that outer space and all celestial bodies were the common heritage of mankind and could not be claimed by any one nation.

Orson Welles Died October 10, 1985 b. 1915 American actor, director, producer, panicked the nation with his radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds (October 30, 1938). He was also the voice of radio's The Shadow and directed the film classic Citizen Kane (1941).

1987 – #1 Hit October 10, 1987: Whitesnake – Here I Go Again (you’re wishing you hadn’t got that Lockdown haircut now aren’t you? Headbang away, my friends!)

Christopher Reeve ‘Superman’ Died October 10, 2004 b. 1952 American actor. In 1995, Reeve became a quadriplegic after a horseback-riding accident. He had been scheduled to pose for an equestrian safety poster. Film: The Superman movies (1978-87, the man of steel). Writings: Still Me (1998, won a Grammy for the audio version).

2012– Nashville premiered on TV

Today’s Random Trivia And Shower Thoughts

Clarence Nash was not only the voice of Donald Duck for 50 years but also performed the role when the cartoons were dubbed into other languages.

An alpaca’s gestation period lasts almost one year (~350 days).

During the filming of “Conan The Barbarian”, Arnold Schwarzenegger had to cut down his workout routine because his arm and chest muscles were so big that he couldn’t wield a sword properly.

The Capital of Kiribati is Tarawa Atoll

Sugar Ray Robinson – Real Name: Walker Smith

Batman spends most of his money on expensive electronics, has little to no social life, and when he’s not dressing up and pretending to be a superhero he spends most of his time sitting in front of a computer in his parents’ basement. #soundfamiliar

“Whenever I’m caught between two evils, I take the one I never tried.” – The Frisco Doll (Mae West) #moviequotes

Roulette Odds: Two number combination: Payoff: 17:1 True Odds: 5.26%

Goldfish can live beyond 20 years if you take good care of them. The oldest goldfish on record was 43 years.

The pizza was first mentioned over 1000 years ago in a Latin text written in southern Italy in 997 AD.

“Barbra Streisand OoooOOOooOOOO OOOOoooOOOO OOOOoooOOOO ooo, oooOOOOooooOOOOO OOOOoooOOOO OOOOoooOOOO ooo” #songlyrics

The Capital of Kenya is Nairobi

Quotes from 10th October

The reason that clichés become clichés is that they are the hammers and screwdrivers in the toolbox of communication. ~ Terry Pratchett

Congratulations to

All the members of our parkrun family who ran (or walked) the virtual London Marathon last Sunday.  The weather was awful. You are all heroes and we are proud of you all.

And so, on to today. Shout-outs and hellos to:

Rachel Lenton, a member of our parkrun family who joined us today – great to see you, albeit virtually! Happy touristing and welcome to Lyndsay Jordan. Steve Morris equalled his #virtual PB this week – well done. Welcome back to the lovely Helen Hood, who joined our 1st event, our 20th event, and was the reason I was inspired to get myself out there for a 5k run today when both my legs and head didn’t want to. Welcome back to Joe Moriarty, joining us again from Singapore with cooler weather of 29 degrees today!! Well done to Kristi Nicholls who ran up a hill today. We have news fr you Kristi – you are most definitely a runner! #parkrunfamily Hi to Paul Jones, Jim McAlwane and Matthew Shepherd, out representing Vegan runners today in their virtual #notaparkrun.  Hello and we miss you to Kev #Imretired Moriarty who was in post as chief photographer for Dawn Jenkinson today. We hope to see you virtually soon Kev! Congrats to Doug Barton who joined us for the 4th time and got a respectable 3rd virtual PB in a row. Liz Smith protected her clean oven status by taking Ollie and Mark out to get muddy and wet at Stanwick Lakes this morning. Very respectable times for all! Cheryl Barton got a 2 second virtual PB today – Every second counts and it’s an improvement so well done. Terry Coleman treated himself to a new pair of runners this week and got a double time of 28.28. Mission on or 27.27 next week, Terry. Huge congrats to Jenna Kiely and Tina Cox who both smashed their virtual PBs by more than 1 minute! Awesome work ladies! Great virtual PB from Fiona Jolley today! Well done. Leanne Niven, one of our intrepid #20club members who sliced 3 seconds off her virtual PB today – great stuff! Kudos also to Sharon Brigden, often our tail walker who, this week smashed her virtual PB. Scott Odell was paced by Spencer today and virtual PBs from both Leanne and Zac this week.

And finally a HUGE congratulations to Natasha Martin, who held the female virtual record from #virtual event 1 and today, smashed it again. AWESOME running!

Right, I have a Marvel film to watch and a lasagne to eat – resting and continuing with the carb loading from last weekend will have to stop at some point but today, it’s all about the #mentalhealthmatters. Same again next week – bring a friend?

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Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun #20

This week 87 people ran, jogged and walked a #Virtual #notaparkrun, of whom 7 were first timers and 16 recorded new #Virtual Personal Bests

The female record is held by Natasha Martin who recorded a time of 19.15 on 10th October 2020 (#Virtual event number 20)

The male record is held by David Hudson who recorded a time of 15.28 on 13th June 2020 (#Virtual event number #3)

Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun started on Saturday 30th May 2020. 278 participants have completed total 1561 #virtual #notaparkruns covering a total distance of 7805 km, including 362 new #Virtual Personal Bests



Kettering #virtual #notparkrun : Event #19 Run Report

03/10/2020         #VirtualRD John #soggybottom McManus

Happy 16th birthday (for yesterday!) parkrun!  Our first ever event was in Bushy park, Teddington, UK, where 13 intrepid parkrunners got together on 2 October 2004. The volunteer team included Paul and Joanne Sinton-Hewitt, Duncan Gaskell, Simon Hedger and Robin Drummond. It took nearly two years before parkrun spread beyond Bushy. And now, we’re all part of the most amazing global community!

parkrun is a simple concept: turn up every Saturday and walk, jog or run 5k, or if you’re a junior then 2k every Sunday. You can also volunteer in numerous different roles too! It doesn’t matter how fast you go. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. What matters is taking part.There are now parkrun events each Saturday and Sunday in 20 countries all around the world. All events are organised by a group of wonderful, dedicated, local volunteers – our hi-vis heroes!

parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. We want as many people as possible to feel part of a real local community brought together by our events, as well as our global parkrun family.The format of parkrun is simple: register once, print your barcode, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

The parkrun community is growing all the time – but it’s all still based on the simple, basic principles formed from the start: weekly, free, 5k, for everyone, forever.

It’s October!

It’s weird that October isn’t the eighth month, isn’t it? October, the tenth month of the current Gregorian calendar and the second month of Autumn’s rule derives its name from octo, the Latin word meaning eight, as October was the eighth month of the old Roman calendar.

The traditional birthstone amulets of October are opal, rose sapphire, and tourmaline; and the calendula is the month’s traditional flower.

October is shared by the astrological signs of Libra the Scales (or Balance) and Scorpio the Scorpion, and is sacred to the following Pagan deities: Cernunnos, Hecate, the Morrigan, Osiris, and the Wiccan Goddess in Her dark aspect as the Crone.

During the month of October, the Great Solar Wheel of the Year is turned to Halloween (Samhain Eve), one of the four Grand Sabbats celebrated each year by Wiccans and modern Witches throughout the world.

Hawaii has a special October event called “the Aloha Festival,” sometimes described as the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific.”

Columbus Day is celebrated the second Monday every October.
Germany’s Oktoberfest originally began on October 17, 1810, the wedding day of King Ludwig I.

Just as a reminder, the clocks go back on Sunday 25th October


October 3rd is

Butterfly and Hummingbird Day, Card Making Day, Caramel Custard Day and Look at the Leaves Day.

 October 3rd birthdays

1938 – Eddie Cochran, American singer-songwriter (died in 1960)
1941 – Chubby Checker, American singer-songwriter
1959 – Jack Wagner, American actor, and singer
1962 – Tommy Lee, Greek-American singer-songwriter and drummer
1969 – Gwen Stefani, American singer-songwriter

October 3rd birthday quotes

“We all have to go through hard times. Tragedies. Those are given to us to see what we’re going to do with them.” – Gwen Stefani

“You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other – our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That’s to help each other, not hurt each other.”
– Stevie Ray Vaughan

“I’m just grateful to be on this planet. I have no enemies that I know of. I’m just the guy who makes happy.” – Chubby Checker

“You know what the most destructive force in the universe is? Regret.” – Tommy Lee

October 3rd history

1863 – The last Thursday in November was declared as Thanksgiving Day by US President Abraham Lincoln.

1872 – The Bloomingdale brothers opened their first store at 938 Third Avenue, in New York City.

1955 – The Mickey Mouse Club premiered on TV

1985 – The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its first flight.

1992- Singer Sinead O’Conner stirred up controversy when she ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live

1995– More than 150 million people tuned in for the announcement of the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial. The not-guilty verdict was met with both praise and criticism. So many people (100 million+) were watching/listening to the O.J. Simpson verdict that it cost an estimated $480 million in lost productivity.

2004 – Desperate Housewives premiered on TV

Today’s Random Trivia And Shower Thoughts

As of 2014, Ashrita Furman had set 551 official Guinness Records and currently holds nearly 200 records, including the record for holding the most Guinness world records.

The Capital of Kuwait is Kuwait City

We live in a world where lemonade is made from artificial flavours and furniture polish is made from real Lemons.

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” – Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) in Dirty Dancing, 1987

“Goodbye Kid. Hurry back!” – Humphrey Bogart (spoken to wife Lauren Bacall as she left his bedside to go pick up their children) #LastWords

In 1989’s “The Little Mermaid” Scuttle’s name for a fork was “Dinglehopper.”

US President #20 James Garfield (1881-1881) President Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau, a lawyer upset with Garfield because he denied Guiteau a diplomatic post. He probably died from the doctors’ poking and prodding and infection, as the bullet was lodged in a NOT life-threatening location

Chevy Chase – Real Name: Cornelius Crane Chase

And so, on to today

Today, our virtual RD was one of our very own core team, John McManus. Our very first sideways virtual RD facebook live, John warned us of the incoming rain (not to be mixed up with our very own Alan Rain of course) and he subsequently went out to complete his own soggy #notaparkrun, along with a great virtual PB too! Thanks for your time today John – we can’t wait to be back together at Wicksteed Park one day and very much hope that you manage to deliver a sideways RD pre-run brief – sideways is the new straight up, you know! Today was our smallest ever turnout for a #virtual #notaparkrun.It was a rainy, dull, moist, soggy, wet day and Storm Alex hit most of us in one way or another. So, to the small, select few of you who joined in and got that 5k in the bag… a huge well done. Whether indoors on a treadmill or outdoors in an umbrella hat. You are all stars!

Shout outs to:

Any one of our parkrun family doing the virtual London marathon tomorrow – we’re all cheering you on, no matter whether you walk, jog or run. Go out there and smash it! Your parkrun family are proud of you! Super well done to all those who went out to celebrate parkrun’s 16th birthday – special mentions to Rob Parkes who was laden down (allegedly!) with 3 Victoria sponges and Jason English, who was laden down with a whole battenburg! Happy birthday to Dave Pike, who celebrated his day with his very first Kettering #notaparkrun alongside Chaz! Cake display of the day award goes to Nicola Robinson, who shared a fine array of cakes and goodies to celebrate parkrun’s 16th birthday – yummy! Fiona Jolley celebrated eating a pink iced bun- Fiona is so right, cake makes everything OK. Nina Snowling made some raspberry and white chocolate blondies to wish parkrun a happy 16th. A PB for Liz Smith on the running machine today and Ollie made a scrummy cake – we hope that he cleaned that oven thoroughly afterwards.

It was wet, it was soggy and moist and it looks like that weathers in for the weekend. I’m off to rest, cab up with cheese and try to run a virtual marathon tomorrow. If I survive, same time next week – bring a friend?

Click here for today's results

Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun #19 It's parkrun's birthday!

This week 58 people ran, jogged and walked a #Virtual #notaparkrun, of whom 3 were first timers and 12 recorded new #Virtual Personal Bests

The female record is held by Natasha Martin who recorded a time of 19.32 on 30th May 2020 (#Virtual event number 1)

The male record is held by David Hudson who recorded a time of 15.28 on 13th June 2020 (#Virtual event number #3)

Kettering #Virtual #notaparkrun started on Saturday 30th May 2020. 271 participants have completed total 1474 #virtual #notaparkruns covering a total distance of 7370 km, including 346 new #Virtual Personal Bests.

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