Killerton parkrun Event number 399

If there's a better way to celebrate New Year than a New Year’s Day parkrun, it’s a Killerton parkrun on New Year’s Day! We had a beautiful, sunny morning and a very smooth course apart from some muddy puddles at Cow Corner (near the two-mile point). A total of 370 runners completed the course, including 36 new PBs. The fastest male finisher was Peter Bray of the Chorlton Runners, a first-timer at Killerton who got round in 17:18. The speediest female finisher was Lucy Commander of the South West Road Runners, who ran 19:52. Twenty-five people chose to take their very first parkrun ever at Killerton today. Congratulations to them all: we hope you’ll be back to run many more and join some milestone clubs! A few runners were celebrating milestones: Graham Aggett completed his 100th run, while Sue Jackson ran her 50th race today. Congratulations to both. Today 5 people achieved age-graded positions above 75%, including junior runner Henry Fraser who pulled off an impressive age grading of 94.96 % with a run time of 20:49.

We all started off a few minutes after 9.30am following a stirring speech from our Run Director Mark Shaw, who shared some exciting course statistics with us. And they really were exciting statistics: in the seven years that Killerton parkrun has existed (it started on 30th April 2011), 11,864 runners have completed 87,376 runs – that’s an average of 7.4 runs per person.

Many thanks to all today’s volunteers, Steve Chapman, Karen Collard, Lucy Commander, Jeff Curd, Joe Daly, Sandra Dewson, Julie Finch, Annie Foot, George Foot, Chris Fuoco, Imogen Groves, Wendy Holt, Shane Hudd, Mary Humphries, Graham Kirby, Adrian Lock, Steve Miller-Ratcliffe, Jonathan Newman, Mark Newson, Sandie Reader, Mary Rowe, Gordon Seward, Mark Shaw, Jossi Tibbetts, Jon Tibbetts, Dawn Walker, and Jaroslaw Zajac. Among these we especially thank the marshals for their patience, the pacers for helping runners set PBs, and of course the Jelly Baby Marshal whose vital role it is to supply jelly babies just before the final kilometre. As RD Mark reminded us this morning, a small core of just over 300 regular volunteers have kept Killerton Parkrun running (literally) over the last seven years. If every runner is prepared to volunteer in any role at least once in the coming year, we will help to keep parkrun going. The volunteers are 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:

For those of you looking for New Year’s resolutions: Mark Shaw suggests we should all try to introduce a friend or family member to parkrun during 2019. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s healthy: why not get your friends involved? Or you could try using public transport, bike, or even running to get to the start. As I like to remind runners: the parkrunning ethos encourages us to avoid using cars where possible. Killerton is accessible from Exeter and Broadclyst by cycle path (it’s about six miles from Exeter), 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.

Happy New Year 2019 and happy parkrunning to all of you! Muireann Maguire

This week 370 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Adrian LOCK • Mary HUMPHRIES • Sandra DEWSON • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Muireann MAGUIRE • Shane HUDD • Mark SHAW • Jonathan NEWMAN • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Jeff CURD • Joe DALY • Karen COLLARD • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Chris FUOCO • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Rachel GIBSON • Jossi TIBBETTS • Dawn WALKER • Jon TIBBETTS • Steve CHAPMAN • Imogen GROVES • George FOOT • Wendy HOLT • 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 Henry FRASER who recorded 94.96% (20:49) on 1st January 2019 (event number 399).

Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 11,933 participants have completed 87,746 parkruns covering a total distance of 438,730 km, including 15,108 new Personal Bests. A total of 917 individuals have volunteered 7,075 times.