We had perfect winter weather for Killerton Parkrun #392 this morning – cool, cloudy, yet with blue sky showing through and gorgeous views clarifying in the distance as we went round the course. The course itself, as all agreed, was much less muddy than last week – although there were a few rather muddy puddles, mostly along the laneways in the final two kilometres. We had 289 finishers, of whom 31 achieved Personal Bests! Coincidentally, we also had exactly 31 parkrunners new to Killerton (not necessarily the same people) – we hope our newcomers will be back soon.
There were some very special participants today: two amazing thirteen-year-olds, Anna and Lily, raised over £100 for Children in Need by completing their first ever parkrun. They looked great in their self-designed Pudsey Bear T-shirts. Another young runner, Ezra Sullivan, who is all of seven years old, reached his 50th parkrun milestone today in a time of 28:22. Congratulations, Ezra! Also a shout-out to Ezra’s younger brother Wilbur, who ran his 44th parkrun today and is closing in fast on that special 50-run milestone – at the advanced age of five. Respect to the younger generation – I think I ran a hundred metres, once, when I was their age.
This week our first male finisher and first finisher overall was Christian Hewitt of the Tiverton Harriers, who came home in 17.44. The fastest female finisher (and tenth finisher overall) was Lucy Commander, of the South West Road Runners, in 20.08. Well done to both and to all our runners!
Six people achieved an age grading of over 75%, including David Wilkinson at 78.55%, and Sue Smye at 76.91%. Members of twenty-eight different running clubs participated today.
Enormous gratitude goes to this week’s volunteer team, thirty-four strong, led by this week’s Run Director Mark Shaw: Natalie Ballantyne, Andrew Brown, Steve Chapman, Lucy Commander, Keira Coombes, Jane Flaxington, Linda Gethin, Euan Gethin, Philip Greedy, Catherine Hughes, Sue Jackson, Graham Kirby, Graham Land, Wendy Land, Sue Lewis, yours truly as report writer, Heidi Miller-Ratcliffe, Jonathan Newman, Nancy Osborne, Caleb Palmer, Benjamin Palmer, Keira Palmer, Phil Penny, John Peter Reader, Francis Reader, Sandie Reader, Mary Rowe, Emma Scrace, Ian Selway, Gordon Seward, Lucy Sizer, Ross Szender, Dawn Walker. The six pacers, covering a wide range of times between 20 and 40 minutes, did a fantastic job of helping runners meet PB's.
Volunteers keep parkrun going: it’s a friendly group, and while most of the roles are self-explanatory, we do offer full training where needed. And remember that in some volunteer roles (like tail-walker or run report writer) it’s possible to volunteer and run (or walk) the course, so you can help parkrun without sacrificing your Saturday exercise. Do look at our volunteer roster and sign-up for some volunteer sessions: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/killerton/volunteer/
As I like to remind runners: the parkrunning ethos encourages us to make their way to the start on foot, by bicycle or by public transport if possible. Killerton is accessible from Exeter and Broadclyst by cycle path (it’s about six miles from the city), and if you live along the main routes between Killerton and Tiverton (inclusive) you can catch the 1/1A Stagecoach bus to Killerton Turn, which is a half-mile walk from the start. Using less petrol to reach your weekly parkrun is good for the world and good for you, so leave your car if you can.
By Muireann Maguire
This week 289 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:
Gordon SEWARD • Sue LEWIS • John Peter READER • Lucy COMMANDER • Muireann MAGUIRE • Philip GREEDY • Mark SHAW • Jonathan NEWMAN • Mary ROWE • Francis READER • Sandie READER • Emma SCRACE • Keira PALMER • Caleb PALMER • Ian SELWAY • Linda GETHIN • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • Wendy LAND • Natalie BALLANTYNE • Jane FLAXINGTON • Phil PENNY • Benjamin PALMER • Ross SZENDER • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Sue JACKSON • Nancy OSBORNE • Catherine HUGHES • Euan GETHIN • Andrew BROWN • Graham KIRBY
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 11,769 participants have completed 86,089 parkruns covering a total distance of 430,445 km, including 14,989 new Personal Bests.