Killerton # 443 23rd November 2019.

Congratulations to the 182 runners and 32 volunteers who turned out on Saturday to run and marshal our Winter route. It certainly was a wet an muddy event as a result of the heavy rainfall in recent days. Many positive comments were made about the route which is pleasing to note. Howvever, there are some tweaks that can be made especially in signage to help runners navigate the course. Steps will be taken to improve this aspect of the route.So look out for additional arrows and possible some parkrun tape hanging from branches.

The official stats provided with this report (see below) show that there were 0 personal bests!! However, given this was a new route I suggest there were 182 PBs recorded. So well done to everybody who recorded their PB over this route. We hope that as you all get used to the course you will improve your Winter PBs!

National Trust.

It has been agreed that on a fairly regular basis, a representative of the NT would provide some information about the Trust and its work at Killerton to our running community. This will take place before the main briefing. The first update will be on Saturday 14th December and is set to be delivered by one of regular parkrunners,Mr Paul Hawkins. We look forward to hearing from him.

Happy parkrunning.



barkrun report.

Our "barkrun" report is provided by Teresa Bosence and her dog Bracken.

When I woke up this morning and heard the rain, I wanted to stay in bed, but mum said we had to get up and go to barkrun.

When we arrived I saw my friend Dawn and she gave me a biscuit. It was raining and everyone was stood in the archway to keep dry. I was freezing! I get really nervous at the beginning so mum usually has to pick me up. Then she said it was time to go to the start, but I was confused as we didn’t go up the hill like we do normally, we went into the field! What was going on? Then I remembered she told me there was a new route for the winter.

Off we went down across the field, splashing in the water and slipping in the mud. We took a slightly different path, but still ran alongside the cricket pitch. Then we went round the corner and into the lane – and the puddles started! I don’t much like the puddles when I’m running because I’m short and mum splashes the water all over me! And the water was cold! Down through the alley of trees, past a girl with a balloon tied to her – today was her 9th birthday and 10th parkrun - to farmyard corner, where I pulled up – there was no way I was running through that lake! Mum had to pick me up and carry me. Then we ran out past Nigel and along to the woods. We saw my other friend Di there – she was directing people to go right, into the woods. Up the hill! It was a long way......then we got to the cattle grid and it was a lovely downhill all the way to Ellerhayes bridge. We saw Mark there and he directed us up onto the field. Mum very nearly fell over here, but she managed to stay upright! Up and up we went, slipping and sliding all over the place because lots of other people had already run through and we’d had so much rain. Then the finish funnel came into sight – we were finished!

Down the hill to the café, where mum dried me off and put on my jumper. Then we had a cup of tea and Dawn gave me another biscuit! I love barkrun!

Next week though, I’m staying home! Mum doesn’t take me every week as sometimes she needs to run on her own.

Thank you to Mark and all the core team for their hard work in getting the winter route in place, it will be much safer for everyone.

By Bracken (and her mum).

This week 182 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Mary HUMPHRIES • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Sarah Rachel SULLIVAN • Matt SULLIVAN • Trayton VANCE • Ben MURRAY • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Jeff CURD • Hannah SUMMERS • Mark NEWSON • John ROSTRON • Emma MURRAY • Abigaill FOSTER • Luke HOLWAY • Chris FUOCO • Phil PENNY • Di HOLLIDGE • Kate BROWN • Dawn WALKER • Peter SIMMONS • Teresa BOSENCE • Steve CHAPMAN • Mark TAIT • Stuart FISHER • Marzena STRZALKOWSKA • Robyn CHARD-MAPLE • Heather BROWN • Romulus HILL • Nikola STRZALKOWSKA

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 13,732 participants have completed 101,796 parkruns covering a total distance of 508,980 km, including 16,982 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,015 individuals have volunteered 8,404 times.