#Killerton 421 8th June 2019

Thanks to Steph for this lovely report. What a fantastic affirmation of our parkrun!

Killerton parkrun : "The friendliest parkrun ever"

My fellow Muskie friends and I made the journey up from Plymouth this morning to the beautiful National Trust Estate at Killerton. There was plenty of parking and we were even greeted by a friendly car park marshal (hi-vis hero).

From there on it seemed we couldn’t go anywhere without being greeted by friendly people! The parkrun locals, volunteers and everyone we met were so welcoming and lovely. It was great chatting to people and before we knew it, it was time to head up for the run briefing. Of course we made sure to have a photo with the selfie frame - I mean who doesn’t love a parkrun selfie frame?

The first timers run briefing was equally as welcoming and very informative. It was lovely for the Run Director to acknowledge people’s key milestones during the main briefing, as well as gather all the wonderful volunteers round for a quick snap before all 294 of us set off. This week is National Volunteers Week so there were many purple people wearing their tshirts with pride today.

Killerton parkrun course runs through a mixture of terrains but is mostly on grassy/off-roady sections so trail shoes are recommended, especially after the recent rain spells we’ve had. The route itself takes us through the many beautiful acres of woodland all part of the Killerton estate. There are some fantastic views overlooking the green landscapes of Broadclyst and there are a few nice downhill sections to “fly” down to accompany those pesky upward flat sections…

With about 1km to go there’s a reassuring sign that says, “Phew! Almost there!” which made me smile. Once I’d finished I was met with a downpour of lovely typical British Summer weather so, along with many others, made a beeline for a large tree to shelter from the rain whilst I waited for my companions.

The Stableblock Tea Room cafe provided us with lovely post-parkrun coffees and the sun even came out in time for us to enjoy these outside. Again, we felt as though we were among friends when people happily chatted to us and even offered us cake from a milestone parkrunner’s 100th celebration!

There were a few hi-vis heroes helping to keep us safe all along the course. It was a real boost having so much encouragement from each and every marshal I passed, and I’m sure it helped to make a massive difference to everyone else’s parkrun too, so thank you very much!

A big thank you to this week’s volunteers: Andrew EATON-HART  •  Annie FOOT  •  Chris FUOCO  •  Cyril MORCRETTE  •  Dawn WALKER  •  Deborah WINSHIP  •  Di HOLLIDGE  •  Gary KINGDON  •  George FOOT  •  Graham LAND  •  Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE  •  Jaroslaw ZAJAC  •  Jay SWEETMAN  •  Jayne FAHY  •  Jon IACOMINO  •  Jonathan RICH  •  Katrina VOS  •  Katy LANCASTER  •  Lucy COMMANDER  •  Mark SHAW  •  Mary HUMPHRIES  •  Mary ROWE  •  Neil LAWSON  •  Paul PALMER  •  Siobhan WHITE  •  Stephanie BENNETT  •  Steve CHAPMAN  •  Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE  •  Tristan BENTALL.

Volunteering is a really fun and rewarding way to be part of the parkrun family, so if you haven’t already tried it, please do give it a go! There are so many different roles to choose from and you’ll be shown the ropes by the Core Team, so it really is as simple as that.

It’s always interesting as a tourist visiting different parkruns learning how they do things differently to help everything run smoothly. As well as the quirky sign near the finish, I also really liked the sign reminding people not to take finish tokens home (very important!). Overall I’d say Killerton is quite possible the friendliest parkrun I’ve ever been to and I can’t wait to come back for a visit to this lovely parkrun in the beautiful Killerton National Trust estate.

Stephanie Bennett

This week 294 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Neil LAWSON • Mary HUMPHRIES • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Jay SWEETMAN • Jayne FAHY • Tristan BENTALL • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Andrew EATON-HART • Gary KINGDON • Katy LANCASTER • Graham LAND • Cyril MORCRETTE • Jonathan RICH • Chris FUOCO • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Di HOLLIDGE • Stephanie BENNETT • Katrina VOS • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Deborah WINSHIP • Siobhan WHITE • George FOOT • Jon IACOMINO

#volunteering at parkrun means...

When you're normally at the back of the run, volunteering means you see the front view of all thoes you normally only see the back of!" Karla Gregory.

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 12,874 participants have completed 95,239 parkruns covering a total distance of 476,195 km, including 16,199 new Personal Bests. A total of 953 individuals have volunteered 7,718 times

 

 

Killerton#420 1st June 2019.

Killerton Parkrun Report.

To my way of thinking, there a few better ways to start a weekend than parkrunning at Killerton, especially on a beautiful spring day.  Early morning, full of the promise of a new day ahead (and a weekend, at that), cries out to be experienced.  Driving up the Exe Valley, I always feel a sense of calm as the stresses and strains of the week fall away.  This morning, the sun was having an argument with an early mist, which only added to the beauty and feeling of calmness.

By the time I arrived, parked and checked in with Run Director Di, the sun had won, and the mist had rolled quietly away, vanquished.  Fifteen minutes later, trying out a slow jog up to the start line, the sun was flexing his muscles as if to dispel any lingering doubts as to who was the boss of the day.  Hmm.  It was clearly going to be a hot run!  I was glad of my hat and suncream.

At the top of the hill, it was Mark’s turn to give the briefing to today’s visitors and first timers.  He welcomed those joining us from Poole (including Mel, who was celebrating her birthday – Happy Birthday, Mel!), Cheltenham, Plymtree, Sutton Coldfield, and… the Gold Coast of America.  I knew Killerton was pretty special, but I didn’t realise our fame spread half-way round the world.  Wow!!  Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed running with us this morning; we look forward to seeing you again whenever the lure of Killerton calls you back.

Di took over to give the main briefing, and reminded us we were celebrating GP practice day today.  We welcomed volunteers from local practices, including Cranbrook, Culm Valley, Silverton, College, Coleridge and Castle Place.  Thank-you all for being with us this morning, and for the volunteering roles you carried out.

We had two milestone runs today, and gave a celebratory clap to Rachel Toft (100 runs) and Andrew Finch (250 runs, 249 of which have been at Killerton – that’s some dedication, not only to parkrun, but to the best course in the country!).  Well done to you both.

Briefings done, we were off, across the field in full sun and into shade of the edge of the woods.  A few minutes later, we hit the woods proper, where those, like me, who had taken refuge behind sunglasses, were temporarily blinded until our eyes adjusted to the lesser light level.  On for a couple of kilometres in the relative coolness, but we knew what awaited us as we came down out of the woods and into the open just before Nigel’s field.  Thankfully, the high hedges gave a reasonable amount of shade until we rounded Cow Corner, but then it was the long, slow uphill kilometre in full sun.  The brief respite under the tree tunnel, half-way up, was especially welcome today, as was the accompanying breeze.  Back into the sun as we approached Jelly Bean Corner; then the double bend turn into the Front Park, and the last bit of shade.  Less than a kilometre to go now, and the heat was really taking effect.  Down to the final corner by the road, and just the last uphill across the field.

400m to go.

300m

200m

I dug deep and found the sprint finish that I thought I’d left at home this morning, managing to pass a few of runners ahead of me as I headed for the finish line.

Phew!

“Collect token and try not to collapse in a heap,” I thought to myself.  It was quite an effort, but I was glad I’d done it.  96 down…  I heard the milestone bell ring, although whether it was Rachel, Andrew, or someone celebrating a PB, I don’t know.  But in just four runs’ time, it’ll be me!

Today also marks the start of National Volunteer Week, and I’d like to finish by thanking all our volunteers, both today and every week.  parkrun is a fantastic institution, but it only works because of the hours that people give up, to make it happen.  If you haven’t yet volunteered, do please give it a go – there are many different roles to choose from, and you’ll be an even more integral part of something very special, that I like to think of as the Killerton parkrun family.

Many thanks to Chryssa Turner for this fab report!

This week 375 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 70 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Hilary COLLINS • Mary HUMPHRIES • Mark SHAW • Mary ROWE • Karen ROSS • Christopher ROSS • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Sim TAYLOR • Charlie DIBBLE • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Glenn REDLER • Steve CHAPMAN • Chrys TURNER • Phil REES • Tim LAVERICK • Steve JONES • Gordon STEPHEN • Debbie JONES • Naomi WALTER • Niamh WALTER

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 12,852 participants have completed 94,945 parkruns covering a total distance of 474,725 km, including 16,157 new Personal Bests. A total of 951 individuals have volunteered 7,689 times

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 419 25th May 2019

Another glorious day greeted us at parkrun. This was no ordinary parkrun (Are they ever??) for today was Milestone Day!

As ever the lovely Dawn Walker greeted us in the  car park. It's her 50th volunteering today.
Up the hill to the start ,having posed for photos for the briefing.
Mark Shaw was our Run Director today & introduced
James Woolf who was in his Jake The Dog outfit. This time because he was tail walking for his 25th volunteering.
We had visitors from many places-including Isle Of Wight , Gloucester, Plymouth & Bracknell. I hope you enjoyed your visit.
parkrun 100 Club joiners today were Olwyn Coates who had brought her running club Exeter College along. Claire Drainey who has been helping (running the show) at Haldon ,so it was great to see her. Trayton Vance too.Women On The Run had 3 of us - Jackie Tordini & Teresa Bosence who sported Team Bordini t-shirts & fabulous leggings - & me, Deb Winship,- in a Little Red Riding Hood outfit.
John Iacomino and Carly Busch got their 50 parkruns.
Congratulations on all of you that got PBs.
The course was great today. I walked/jogged it with James & Liz Lloyd Powell who were the official tail walkers.
It was a really lovely walk & lovely to see all the marshals without being completely out of breath!
Was fabulous to see Gordon back timekeeping again.
There was plenty of cake at the end - thanks especially to Heidi for our cake.
Thanks to everyone for your good wishes today. Have a look at Paul Palmer's fantastic photos on Facebook- many thanks to him.
As ever I'm going to ask you to volunteer- it is a lovely thing to do & we need you!
See you all again soon.
Deb Winship
Remember, we have many volunteer roles that enable you to volunteer AND run:
Tail Walker
Run Marshal
First Timers' Briefing
Barcode Scanner (top 20 finisher)

This week 407 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 49 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Annie FOOT • Warren KILLEN • Tristan BENTALL • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • James WHILE • Andrew EATON-HART • Elizabeth LLOYD-POWELL • Tracey CASSIDY • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Janice NEWSON • Katy LANCASTER • Graham LAND • James WOOLF • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Deborah WINSHIP • Wilbur SULLIVAN • Tim LAVERICK • Jon IACOMINO • Oli CLARKE • Alex INGHAM

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 12,804 participants have completed 94,570 parkruns covering a total distance of 472,850 km, including 16,087 new Personal Bests. A total of 946 individuals have volunteered 7,661 times.

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 418 18th May 2019

Driving into Killerton today the  first person I spotted was car park attendant Dawn who can count cars whilst stroking dogs.

Apparently it is her 49th volunteer at parkrun. She rocks!
Got out & straightaway  chatted to Olwen & Steve.
Made our way to volunteer area where I met up with fellow Women on the Run.
Turns out Olwen, Jackie, Teresa and I all ran our 99th parkruns today.
It was because of parkrun that I met them all in the first place.
Up to the start & this week the Run Director stood in a different place so we  could hear the briefing .
The newbies briefing will now be a new volunteer role so the Run Director can get on with the main briefing.
It was really good. Everyone was quiet, dogs behaved & children were with their adults. This makes a massive difference to the Run Director as our H&S briefing is mandatory.
James who is 11 keeps getting mistaken for being younger but his mum Rachel praised everyone for being vigilant. He wears his barcode so everyone can easily identify should he get lost.
Ran past Marshal Nikki Facey at Marshal 5. She tries to volunteer every 10 parkruns.
Can we all consider this? There are plenty of roles where you can still run & volunteer including run marshals. Today two of the run marshals were children, both over 11, who ran through the pack to make sure all was safe and sound.
Roles where you can also run include:
Run Marshal
Pacer
First Timers' Briefing (a new one from this week onwards)
Run Report writer
Funnel Manager (Top 20 finisher)
Barcode scanner (Top 20 finisher)
Number Checker(Top 20 finisher)I'm sure the volunteer coordinator would love to  be overwhelmed with volunteers every week instead of having to ask several times. It is good fun & without volunteers there is no parkrun. Aside from from that, we want people to volunteer because the feeling is really great. It's a wonderful feeling to actually give whilst expecting nothing in return.
Andy Caie, Event Director from Richmond parkrun came to our event today & gave lots of positive feedback. He says that he will definitely be back!
Apart from the glorious route the reason I turn up is for all the people.
Chatting with everyone is a great start to a Saturday.
I ran with Lucy & suddenly as we came into the field Teresa & our other members of our club were just behind us
We all ran to the finish and Teresa knocked over a minute off her PB & rang the PB bell.
Very well done Teresa. You're brilliant & keep me smiling.
That was the flake bit for me. Great conditions but I flaked at the end!
Well done to all the volunteers- you keep us all going.
We had one funnel-ducker this morning!
Please don't do this it causes considerable troubles for the volunteers. The Funnel Manager will tell you to keep in line but sometimes they can't catch you!
Callum Watson - Killerton has your barcode.
It was all smartphones for timekeeping & scanning today as Killerton flies into the 21st Century. The volunteer app will now be used almost exclusively from now on. ANyone wishing to be a time-keeper of barcode scanner should make sure that the have the free parkrun volunteer app installed on their phone and their batery freshly topped-up.
Well done to Peter Hawes on your 50th Parkrun.
 We had visitors from Reading,  Torbay , Barnstaple, Richmond & probably lots of other places. Lovely to meet you. Come back & visit again.
Have a great week everyone. See you all again soon!

This week 318 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Annie FOOT • Roger SAUNDERS • Warren KILLEN • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Jemima DALY • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Nikki FACEY • Luke HOLWAY • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Charlie DIBBLE • Caroline ROWE • James WOOLF • Phoebe DALY • Lola DALY • Chris FUOCO • Rachel MANDRUPSON • Lynda GARCIA • Ali KERRIDGE • Martin STERRY • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Julian BUDD • Deborah WINSHIP • Sue JACKSON • Tommy MUNCIE • Kate HARDING • George FOOT • Tim LAVERICK

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 12,740 participants have completed 94,163 parkruns covering a total distance of 470,815 km, including 16,030 new Personal Bests. A total of 944 individuals have volunteered 7,628 times.

 

Killerton#418 18th May 2019

 

Driving into Killerton today the first person I spotted was car park attendant Dawn who can count cars whilst stroking dogs.

Apparently it is her 49th volunteer at Parkrun. She rocks!
Got out & straightaway chatted to Olwen & Steve.
Made our way to volunteer area where I met up with fellow Women on the Run.
Turns out Olwen, Jackie, Teresa and I all ran our 99th Parkruns today.
It was because of Parkrun that I met them all in the first place.
Up to the start & this week the Run Director stood in a different place so we could hear the briefing .
The newbies briefing will now be a new volunteer role so the Run Director can get on with the main briefing.
It was really good. Everyone was quiet, dogs behaved & children were with their adults.
James who is 11 keeps getting mistaken for being younger but his mum Rachel praised everyone for being vigilant. He wears his barcode so everyone can easily identify should he get lost.
Ran past Marshal Nikki Facey at Marshal 5. She tries to volunteer every 10 Parkruns.
Can we all consider this? There are plenty of roles where you can still run & volunteer including run marshals.
I'm sure the volunteer coordinator would love to be overwhelmed with volunteers every week instead of having to ask several times. It is good fun & without volunteers there is no Parkrun.
Andy Caie RD from Richmond Parkrun came to our Parkrun today & gave lots of positive feedback.
Apart from the glorious route the reason I turn up is for all the people.
Chatting with everyone is a great start to a Saturday.
I ran with Lucy & suddenly as we came into the field Teresa & our other members of our club were just behind us
We all ran to the finish and Teresa knocked over a minute off her PB & rang the PB bell.
Very well done Teresa. You're brilliant & keep me smiling.
That was the flake bit for me. Great conditions but I flaked at the end!
Well done to all the volunteers- you keep us all going.
We had one funnel ducker this morning.
Please don't do this it causes headaches for the volunteers. The Funnel Manager will tell you to keep in line but sometimes they can't catch you!
Callum Watson - Killerton has your barcode.
It was all smartphones for timekeeping & scanning today as Killerton flies into the 21st Century.
Well done to Peter Hawes on your 50th Parkrun.
We had visitors from Reading, Torbay , Barnstaple & probably lots of other places. Lovely to meet you. Come back & visit again.
Have a great week everyone. See you all again soon!
Deb Winship.
This week 318 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Annie FOOT • Roger SAUNDERS • Warren KILLEN • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Jemima DALY • Melanie WHITEHEAD • Nikki FACEY • Luke HOLWAY • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Charlie DIBBLE • Caroline ROWE • James WOOLF • Phoebe DALY • Lola DALY • Chris FUOCO • Rachel MANDRUPSON • Lynda GARCIA • Ali KERRIDGE • Martin STERRY • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Julian BUDD • Deborah WINSHIP • Sue JACKSON • Tommy MUNCIE • Kate HARDING • George FOOT • Tim LAVERICK

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

The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 12,740 participants have completed 94,163 parkruns covering a total distance of 470,815 km, including 16,031 new Personal Bests. A total of 944 individuals have volunteered 7,628 times

 

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