Killerton # 449 1st January 2020

So our first run of the new year and new decade took place today at the earlier time of 8.30am! A huge thank you to all our volunteers who turned up bright and early to ensure our event took place in good time to allow many of our parkrun community to do a NYD double. Special thanks to our Duty RD, Steve Chapman who arrived at 7am to begin the setting up process as cheery as he usually is, even having rung in the new year in his home town of Ottery St Mary and having only a mince pie for breakfast! Top chap!It was pleasing to see that our event had 60 First Timers..evidence  of the draw our event has! We hope this continues to be the case during 2020.

Next Saturday will be our 450th event and with any luck this time next year we will be celebrating our 500th run! A magnificient achievement!

parkrun review 2019.

As is common practice now,  each year our founder, Mr Paul Sinton-Hewitt, takes time  to provide a parkrun review. There has been much progress during the year with over 350 new parkruns being established world wide and in some interesting places...prisons for example. A new financial system has also been introduced to ensure parkrun is sustainable and even better news is that the average parkrun time has slowed again this year to 32mins 33 secs...a clear indication that parkrun is seen as a positive way to improve personal health and wellbeing. Let's hope 2020 continues this trend.

Happy 2020 parkrunning.

Mark CoED

Run Report

Wednesday 1st January 2020 – the first parkrun of the decade at Killerton. 229 runners participated at 08:30 and the mood was light.

The ground underfoot had improved slightly although there was still plenty of mud! The new course seems to continue to be fun for everyone and despite some hangovers everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I was marshalling at the farm and was surprised to see a T Rex running towards me (with Mrs T Rex holding his tail like a bride’s train). Apparently, it was ‘a little steamed up’ in there but somehow he managed to finish the uphill intact. Victoria Redler did her 100th parkrun and Yvette Carver did her 50th parkrun, both amazing achievements. Ed Shaw celebrated his 40th birthday – happy birthday!!! Does that put you in a new age category Ed?! 8 runners managed a PB which is quite remarkable given the conditions, so congratulations to you all. And a big thank you to all the volunteers who signed up to enable us to run the event today. Without volunteers, parkrun could not happen.

Many of the New Year runners endeavoured to get to Haldon Forest parkrun to carry out the ‘New Years Day Double parkrun’ – we managed to make it by the skin of our teeth, missing the start but managing to catch up. Massive congratulations to the volunteer teams at Exeter Riverside, Exmouth and Haldon who saw huge numbers of runners today and coped admirably.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank one volunteer who has put in so much time and effort to Killerton parkrun and in particular the winter route. My co-event director, Mark Shaw, has put in so much work to ensure the winter route could go ahead safely. He has spent many hours sorting out risk assessments, route plans etc and all of this is in his own time, all to enable us to continue to get muddy and happy every Saturday morning throughout the winter. Mark regularly celebrates other volunteers but I feel it is time for us to say thank you to him, as we go into 2020, for everything he has done throughout 2019.

It is a privilege to work alongside the entire core team that work so hard behind the scenes to keep our event the happy fun time it is.

So thank you to our core team, and thank you to all volunteers and runners who come along and make it all worthwhile.

Happy New Year!!!!

Di Hollidge CoED

This week 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 53 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Hilary COLLINS • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Laura Elizabeth GREENHILL • Mark SHAW • Mary ROWE • Sandie READER • Louise PRITCHARD • Abigail FOSTER • Rachel TOFT • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Kate BROWN • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Dawn WALKER • Jayne BARLOW • Olly MORRIS • Steve CHAPMAN • Steve COPPER • Stuart FISHER • Marzena STRZALKOWSKA • Mia MORRIS • Andrew BROWN • Catherine BREWER • 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 13,885 participants have completed 103,125 parkruns covering a total distance of 515,625 km, including 17,022 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,034 individuals have volunteered 8,583 times