Killerton Run Report
Perspective from the rear!!
So, my first attempt at the course since 14th April, (that’s a whole different story!)
so, I knew I would proudly be hogging the rear!
Not that I’m ever that far from last position!
Well at least to wake and find the weather dry and knowing the route would not be too muddy was a good start, although there is something pleasurable of going home caked in mud and whatever else.
After finally getting a car parking space and purchasing a parking ticket which left a few of us with a race to the start, a little hectic with works being done in the car park.
Top tip if queue at your closest machine take a few more steps to another machine as those ones often empty.
With the wonderful greetings as normal on entering, comes the warm up of the hill before the start.
But the glory and reward are to see everyone buzzing and ready to get started.
Today was slightly different, there I was anxious of being injured and having to complete with a walking crutch fear not today - I fitted right in with the NHS 70yrs celebration run was I injured or was I just one of those taking the excuse to get into the theme? - of course we know there is one or two of you who really love an excuse to dress up!
Anyway, as I watch somewhere between 350/400 rear ends (and beautiful they are) disappear after the usual safety and motivational speech, I hobble off!
What a wonderful way to start the weekend with Killerton looking and sounding so beautiful we are so lucky to be able to use such a beautiful venue, and sometimes when heading for our PB’s we forget to look at what is round us.
Maybe one run challenge yourself and go slower and say today I’m going to notice what is around me.
The beauty of the course is always enhanced with the marshals and today was certainly not a let-down!
With it warm, slightly overcast and muggy, I went past jelly baby corner and headed to the last field we were provided with great entertainment from John giving us his dulcet tones of some great rock anthem.
Great to encounter the last field being dry and no cows!
So, for me I still managed to get in just under and hour, greeted by my bestie running buddy the ever-smiling Karen Collard - thank you to Sandy, tail walker and all volunteers for amazing support today.
Joys of volunteering
For those who have & do regularly volunteer thank you. I’m new to parkrun with my first Christmas Day at Taunton and second New Year’s Day Killerton.
When I got Injured that dread happens I can’t run - it’s horrible losing that link but one thing parkrun does is provide you with that feeling of belonging. For past few weeks I’ve volunteered and that has certainly helped me in recovery and getting back. But also understanding how important parkrun is to so many different people, please make volunteering as important as your run. Remember each Saturday those volunteers make a difference to your life so remember to give a little it back and make a difference to someone else’s life by volunteering.
Great to see those with dogs out enjoying the run and keeping them on hand held leads - but don’t forget clean up after them and keep them hydrated.
I do admire those who run with children and the children that run - what lovely family time don’t forget to teach them the importance of volunteering as well.
Well done to all the first timers and hope you managed a well-earned coffee & cake at the end.
Welcome also to visitors I know there was a few who run at other park runs but visited Killerton today.
PB’s if you achieved yours ‘wahooo’ to you.
Remember no matter walk, run, volunteer, cheer on -no matter what your goal is parkrun is a reason too.
This week 380 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Gordon SEWARD • Sue LEWIS • John Peter READER • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Bev ROWE • Sarah MANFIELD • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Simon BUNDAY • Kirsty DUKE • Sandie READER • Lucy BUTT • Phil GATER • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Cara KAYA • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Beverley MCCRAE • Richard HILL • Ian RUSSELL • Deborah PHILLIPS • Carla FULLAM • Rosie FULLAM • Karla GREGORY • Annabel PARKER
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 10,867 participants have completed 78,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 394,900 km, including 13,941 new Personal Bests