Killerton # 458 7th March 2020.

Notices.

So, we have now returned to our summer route. Hopes were high that the coures would be less muddy than our winter route but sadly not! Ali, our EDCC volunteer, reported quite a lot of mud and standing water along the route . As a result of this the CT decided to move the start and finish areas. It may be that this will be the situation for the next few weeks until the course has dried out...hopefully. Front Park, where the finish area is, was extremely heavy going. So given these conditions, well done to all those who ran our course.

Dogs.

Could we ask that all dog owners who run the course ensure that should their dog need a "comfort" stop along the way do stop and clear it up! Reports were made to our duty RD by other runners that this was not the case in at least one case! Thank you for your help with this.

Run Report.

Our run report has been compiled this week by Wendy Holt.

KILLERTON PARKRUN CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY.

The call came out a few weeks back that we would be celebrating International Women’s day by trying to fill today’s roster with an all-female volunteer crew………..well on paper we succeeded then a few of the men snuck in, and grateful we were too!

It feels like a further celebration that we have returned to the ‘summer route’ today, for those who have braved the winter route week after week – we celebrate you all, it’s not been easy and that uphill finish is definitely a challenge, but we have survived and in some ways must be stronger for it!

To our Parkrun at Killerton today (number 458). With the weather forecast set to be dry and slightly warmer than the past few weeks, alongside the promise of our summer route ringing in our ears 227 of us gathered up in the Deer Park for the start – oh yes that’s right we start higher than we finish, a real bonus for some of us, never again will we complain about hauling ourselves up that slope BEFORE the start! It was great to see so much purple being sported by so many people – the colour representing International Women’s day and linked to the Suffragist colours signifying justice and dignity (according to Wikipedia). We were joined by a number of visitors today most notably from Basingstoke and Bournemouth – not sure if we are planning to have an alphabet challenge for visitors this year but if we are then all visitors from anywhere beginning with C would be most welcome next week.

Several milestones were announced:

Katherine Gwynne – 50th Parkrun

Robyn Chard-Maple – 50th Parkrun

Mel Gostling – 250th Parkrun

(I think there may also have been a 10th Parkrun that snuck in without us knowing, so well done to Owen Hughes)

From looking at the results we seem to also have logged 15 first timers with us and 30 new PBs – well done one and all.

Thanks as always to all the volunteers without whom our Parkruns could not happen, as always please do consider taking on some volunteer slots to try and spread the load a little.

I think I should just leave you all with one question…….we have prayed for it, we have endured quite a few weeks of mud and a finish line higher than the start…….why does the summer route not miraculously feel easier………and why does it feel like either way round is just as uphill?!

Wendy Holt.

This week 227 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Katie WILLIAMS • Rachel HUDSON • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Jane LUSCOMBE • Sarah Rachel SULLIVAN • Stephanie HAWKER • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Ivy-Mei SULLIVAN • Sandie READER • Amber WADDINGHAM • Abigail FOSTER • Rosie PICKERING • Katy LANCASTER • Graham LAND • Chris FUOCO • Lynda GARCIA • Jo POPE • Ali KERRIDGE • Meriel WADDINGHAM • Kate BROWN • Victoria REDLER • Sue JACKSON • Danni MEYER • Abigail LAVERICK • Marzena STRZALKOWSKA • Jo LAVERICK • Wendy HOLT • Seren WADDINGHAM • Heather BROWN • Nikola STRZALKOWSKA • Jan GRANT

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 14,122 participants have completed 105,238 parkruns covering a total distance of 526,190 km, including 17,152 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,055 individuals have volunteered 8,877 times