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.

Mark

CoED.

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.

 

Killerton parkrun:Winter route change.

Killerton parkrun: Winter route change.

For some months now, the Core Team have been in discussion with our National Trust hosts regarding our current route. These discussions have centred on two key issues:

  • National Trust assistance afforded to parkrunners within the first mile of our route.
  • Conservation of the trail being used.

Regarding the former, it has been NT practice for some time to recover injured runners from this area. However, due to the conditions that prevail during the winter months, they feel this provision cannot be guaranteed as access becomes increasingly problematic. So they have asked the Core Team to look at alternative arrangements which would allow their support to be provided more easily. One such way would be a route change.

In relation to the second issue, the constant pounding of hundreds of runners does leave its mark on the trail and it would be beneficial to allow the trail time to recover.

The Core Team have agreed an alteration to our current route based on these two issues. The route proposed has been measured and scrutinized by Core Team members in recent weeks and have agreed that it should be used. The route has been risk assessed and passed to parkrun HQ for approval, which has been given.

The route will require some changes to our start procedures and will require parkrunners to walk a little further than normal to reach the start area. Runners will be provided with the usual briefing after which they will be encouraged to move towards the start line in expected finish times. In addition to this, all runners with buggies and dogs will be required to start at the rear of the field. These requirements are necessary as the start line is on a track and not the open field we currently use.

What is needed now is to test this route as close to a normal event as possible. It has been agreed that a trial run can be staged on SUNDAY 3rd NOVEMBER at the normal parkrun time of 9am. Core Team members will be acting as marshals on the course and we will offer a Finish Funnel and Timekeeper, though no official times can be provided.

In order for this test to go ahead we need runners to run the course. We would like a range of runners to support this trial with a range of finish times. If you can help with this then we would like to hear from you. You could contact our volunteer e-mail at

killertonhelpers@parkrun.com

or reply to this post. It would be helpful if you could also state your expected finish time.

Runner safety is our main priority and we look forward to seeing you on the alternate route until the sun comes out in the spring!

Di and Mark (Co EDs)

 

Killerton New Year’s Day parkrun

Killerton parkrun will be holding an additional event on New Year's Day. This will be at 8:30am, allowing anyone wishing to complete a 'New Year's Day Double' to do so with a local event starting at 10:30. We will be looking for volunteers to fill this roster nearer the time.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 419 25th May 2019

Another glorious day greeted us at parkrun. This was no ordinary parkrun (Are they ever??) for today was Milestone Day!

As ever the lovely Dawn Walker greeted us in the  car park. It's her 50th volunteering today.
Up the hill to the start ,having posed for photos for the briefing.
Mark Shaw was our Run Director today & introduced
James Woolf who was in his Jake The Dog outfit. This time because he was tail walking for his 25th volunteering.
We had visitors from many places-including Isle Of Wight , Gloucester, Plymouth & Bracknell. I hope you enjoyed your visit.
parkrun 100 Club joiners today were Olwyn Coates who had brought her running club Exeter College along. Claire Drainey who has been helping (running the show) at Haldon ,so it was great to see her. Trayton Vance too.Women On The Run had 3 of us - Jackie Tordini & Teresa Bosence who sported Team Bordini t-shirts & fabulous leggings - & me, Deb Winship,- in a Little Red Riding Hood outfit.
John Iacomino and Carly Busch got their 50 parkruns.
Congratulations on all of you that got PBs.
The course was great today. I walked/jogged it with James & Liz Lloyd Powell who were the official tail walkers.
It was a really lovely walk & lovely to see all the marshals without being completely out of breath!
Was fabulous to see Gordon back timekeeping again.
There was plenty of cake at the end - thanks especially to Heidi for our cake.
Thanks to everyone for your good wishes today. Have a look at Paul Palmer's fantastic photos on Facebook- many thanks to him.
As ever I'm going to ask you to volunteer- it is a lovely thing to do & we need you!
See you all again soon.
Deb Winship
Remember, we have many volunteer roles that enable you to volunteer AND run:
Tail Walker
Run Marshal
First Timers' Briefing
Barcode Scanner (top 20 finisher)

This week 407 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 49 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Annie FOOT • Warren KILLEN • Tristan BENTALL • Mark SHAW • Paul PALMER • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • James WHILE • Andrew EATON-HART • Elizabeth LLOYD-POWELL • Tracey CASSIDY • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Janice NEWSON • Katy LANCASTER • Graham LAND • James WOOLF • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Deborah WINSHIP • Wilbur SULLIVAN • Tim LAVERICK • Jon IACOMINO • Oli CLARKE • Alex INGHAM

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 12,804 participants have completed 94,570 parkruns covering a total distance of 472,850 km, including 16,087 new Personal Bests. A total of 946 individuals have volunteered 7,661 times.

 

Killerton#413

Nice morning to be counting the cars into Killerton car park this morning. A great volunteering role as you get to see everyone come in ( just in case you were looking for a new volunteering role or even your first ever one, as you can finish and also go and run and see if you can catch everyone up!)

Fab to see the parkrun founder’s wife Joanne Sinton- Hewitt and company join us on the course today. They must feel very proud to have started such a wonderful event available to all!!

Also thanks to all marshals each week as without them parkrun would not function. Julie Wood- Finch completed her 50th marshal roll today! Thank you and well done. A well deserved ring on the bell!( see face book pictures ). Well done to all the runners /walkers, you all did great because also without you parkrun would not function. A special thanks to behind the scenes volunteers and those that make sure we get our times recorded each week! Do not forget to keep donating your old or new trainers! Take a look at Killerton parkrun facebook page for some pics of today. Happy running

Karen Brewer.

Thank to Karen for her run report and for doing FOUR volunteering roles today! Great effort. As she says it was lovely to welcome to Killerton members of parkrun HQ who were involved in some parkrun tourism this weekend. They really enjoyed their run with us. Jaz Kaur Bangerth said,

“It was a privilege to meet you all at your jaw-dropping beautiful parkrun. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers for your passion and enthusiasm. What a lovely, lovely bunch! Absolutely loved it. X”

So there you have it ...it’s official we do have a lovely parkrun!!!

See you all next week. Happy parkrunning.

Well done also this week to Paul Hammond who ran his 100th run and to Chrissie Randall for doing her 50th!

Mark

Co Ed

This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Jayne FAHY • Sue SMYE • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Edric HOBBS • Karen BREWER • Sandie READER • Keira COOMBES • Graham LAND • James WOOLF • Natalie BALLANTYNE • Di HOLLIDGE • Ali KERRIDGE • Kate BROWN • Heidi MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Steve MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Victoria REDLER • Steve CHAPMAN • Sue JACKSON • Chrys TURNER • Olwen COATES • Susan SUTHERLAND • Deborah PHILLIPS • 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 12,463 participants have completed 92,221 parkruns covering a total distance of 461,105 km, including 15,689 new Personal Bests. A total of 935 individuals have volunteered 7,477 times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 403 26th January 2019

Many thanks to Andrew Brown for this lovely summary......

 

parkrun day again.

 

Wave to Mark, doing the new car park marshal role, then off to the start for a chat. Lots of milestones this week (most of which I can't remember) which all get a good clap, especially Maggie's 350! Then it's off, slip-sliding over the first field - not much traction even with trail shoes. Wave to marshal 2, then carefully down the newly named 'rhododendron hill' in the woods, where we spent a few hours in December with Tommie and fellow parkrunners hacking back the vegetation. Up the two little hills, then gently down what to us is 'garlic straight', where we'll be smelling the garlic and bluebells in the woods in a couple of months’ time. Along past Nigel's field (even Duncan with his better eyesight can't tell if that's him on the far side or just a light coloured cow) to the friendly marshal at cow corner, then the long stretch through 'tree tunnel' and along 'Serena straight' (where we once caught up with someone from our village) to Jelly Baby Corner. Nearly there now - down to marshal 6 where I once spent an hour cow herding when I did that job, then past the 'Duncan dip' before the final drag across the field. Pleased to find that the finish, which was well round to the right when we walked up to the start, has actually moved closer!! More chatting at the finish, including to an ex work colleague and her 7 year old daughter who are thinking of doing the Killerton run for the first time next week. I tell them they should!

 

Will be away in Reading next week. Will very likely do the parkrun there, but it's not quite the same.....

This week 335 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Mary HUMPHRIES • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Philip GREEDY • Roger ROWE • Martin SAXTON • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • John FOWLER • Caleb PALMER • Graham LAND • James DERHAM • Wendy LAND • Jonathan RICH • Chris FUOCO • Ali KERRIDGE • Steve CHAPMAN • Ezra SULLIVAN • Wilbur SULLIVAN • Adam ROOKE • Billy WARE • Lisa WARE • Charlotte HILL • Andrew BROWN • Wendy HOLT • Jon IACOMINO

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 12,097 participants have completed 89,307 parkruns covering a total distance of 446,535 km, including 15,318 new Personal Bests. A total of 923 individuals have volunteered 7,195 times.

 

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 402 19th January 2019

I have a few notices this week: Not moans, notices.

The car park situation on exceptional days does not work as it is. From now on we will have a marshal at the gate counting cars in. Car number 271 will be turned away. There are no other provisions; the overflow is not in use at the moment and parking up the driveway is also not an option. The best bet is to car share, get the bus, run or cycle.

We are going to be starting on time from now on. We have given an extra few minutes recently due to parking issues, but now we have clarity we will be starting at 0900hrs. Most of the field are in place by then and it is unfair to them and the volunteers to wait around. You have be at the start by 0850hrs at the latest for the H&S briefing, which is compulsory under our Event Charter.

We have very few few rules, but just because it is free does not mean we should not enforce them:

Dogs on short hand-held leads only. To the lady who was spoken to by me at the start, un-clipped her waist harness and re-clipped it on after the first corner, you are not welcome if you continue to do this. You were asked by many participants to control your dog, which was an unacceptable distraction to others.

Please, please, please wear appropriate shoes. We had 4 people who fell badly a couple of weeks ago. There is a direct correlation between falls and the choice of shoes. You have to, have to, wear studded shoes in these conditions.

The spirit of our wonderful event endures all of these very minor points. Our wonderful core group of volunteers continue to do  fantastic job for you.  Please remember to thank them effusively.

Joe, Event Director

 

Over to Deb for the nice bit....

 

I didn't want to do it this morning.

It rained all day yesterday. I really couldn't be bothered. Still, saw the stars were in the sky so arrived at Killerton through the mist and immediately saw Clare who was here for her first Killerton.

We were fighting the ticket machine but Dawn came over and helped us.

Then we met Mary who told us off for not being there last week. Apparently we're to blame for not making a record attendance!

We started off slip sliding across the mud and I just thought I just have to stay upright!

Martin soon joined me and announced he was literally becoming a grandfather!

We chatted all the way round and as we approached Jelly Baby corner his wife phoned announcing Elijah had arrived! We saw a photo and celebrated splashing through the lakes and mud!

More celebrations over coffee- James Woolf was the 1st to complete the course even without a tu-tu.

Simon Bundy got his 100th (Thanks for the cake) and William Ware and Fiona Moore hit 50 parkruns.

Coffee with the Killerton family was lovely and the bread man was peddling his wares.

Thanks to all the volunteers- hello to all the first timers.

All my running friends you make it a festival every week!

All this before 11 o'clock!

Deb Winship.

 

This week 307 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Mary HUMPHRIES • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Lawrence John ATHERTON • Jackie TORDINI • Serena STEPHENSON • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Karen BREWER • Gary KINGDON • Mark NEWSON • Claire DRAINEY • Luke HOLWAY • Philippa DAVIES • Graham LAND • James DERHAM • Ali KERRIDGE • Becka GREEN • Dawn WALKER • Steve CHAPMAN • Deborah WINSHIP • Damian WILSON • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Duncan BROWN • Andrew BROWN • Tim LAVERICK

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 12,074 participants have completed 88,972 parkruns covering a total distance of 444,860 km, including 15,274 new Personal Bests. A total of 923 individuals have volunteered 7,163 times.

 

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: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/killerton/volunteer/

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.

 

 

Killerton parkrun #398

Killerton Run report 22 December 2018

What a wonderful collection of Santas there were at Killerton today ! And not just Santas a fully inflated Snowman, who stayed inflated all the way around, and an inflated penguin, who sadly looked rather deflated by the finishing line. Thanks to all the others who wore suitably festive outfits, and even to the less conventional Mexican wrestling mask-wearer, Jonathan Rich.

Although we might be dreaming of one, it seems unlikely that this year will be a white Christmas. Killerton was more of a brown Christmas today. The mud at the start wasn’t deep, but still made that side-slope when joining the track a bit of a challenge. The wooded section was surprisingly clear, and it wasn’t until the flat lane that the course became a cappuccino-coloured paddling pool.

We all know the different parkrunners approach to puddles: there are the "hoppers", who try to leap from one little dry island to another, breaking their stride as they do it. Then there are the "tip-toers" who seem to believe that lifting their feet high above the water will somehow keep them dry. Next come the "sideliners" who try to hug the impossibly-thin strip of dry mud next to the hedge. And finally the "ploughers-on" who run through everything as if it wasn’t there.

Whichever is your style, there is an important safety note, particularly at Cow Corner: the concrete road base there has a sharp and abrupt edge to it, which is totally invisible under the muddy water. It is therefore dangerous to run to the side at that point. My clear advice to parkrunners is always to run down the middle of everything. Wet feet and muddy legs are very much part of the Killerton experience.

Rather like airline cabin crew, the organisers of the Killerton parkrun have the runners’ safety as their prime concern. This is an organized event, even if the organisers are all volunteers. The organisers are therefore potentially liable for the basic safety of all runners. It is for that reason that basic safety rules exist. It was disappointing to hear, this morning, of the attempts of some runners to flout the rules as to the accompaniment of children around the course. The rules are not there to kill joy, they are there to keep joy safe. Please abide by them. The alternative would be far worse no-one wants parkrun to ban the participation of children.

Rather than ending on that headteacher-to-assembly note, let’s look back on a great year for Killerton parkrun. Let’s remember the different seasons, the PB’s, the fancy dress, the new parkrunners, the milestones, and the elation we all feel at the finish line. Let’s also remember the need for volunteers, and the satisfaction they get from making the Killerton parkrun happen at all.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, why not make it one of your resolutions to volunteer at Killerton in 2019 ? It’s an easy promise to keep to, and one which you will find much more rewarding than a new gym membership you never use.

This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gordon SEWARD • Annie FOOT • Warren KILLEN • Maureen DUDLEY • Mark SHAW • Julie FINCH • Mary ROWE • Francis READER • Karen COLLARD • Mark NEWSON • Sandie READER • Caleb PALMER • Katy LANCASTER • Graham LAND • James DERHAM • Sim TAYLOR • Jonathan RICH • Jaroslaw ZAJAC • Ali KERRIDGE • Markus KINCH • Dawn WALKER • Valentine VERRIJKEN • Brian HIRST • Tim LAVERICK • Karla GREGORY • 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 11,863 participants have completed 87,376 parkruns covering a total distance of 436,880 km, including 15,072 new Personal Bests. A total of 913 individuals have volunteered 7,046 times.

Happy Christmas !

 

Killerton parkrun Event number 392 17th November 2018

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.

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