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.
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