Event #20 Kingdom parkrun

A series of firsts...

So the first parkrun ever in September at Kingdom and we had a number of other firsts!

Not least 77 first timers 15 of whom at least ran their first ever parkrun. We probably had more people at our first timer's briefing than any other week and we think we persuaded those who turned up without a barcode to get on-line this week and sort one out - welcome!

Special welcome to Romilly (junior 10 age category) and her dad Richard Hakes who did their first ever parkrun; Romilly said she will be coming back when her ballet classes have finished. Well done Romilly and Richard, thanks for coming to see us.

Our first 3 finishers Tim Lunnon (19:08), Simon Moore (19:32) and Peter Bell (20:16) were all first timers at Kingdom.

Next we had our first tourists arriving by mini-bus! Thanks to all those from Whitstable parkrun who toured to Kingdom. It was lovely to meet you all, many for the first time. We knew a few of you had been before and we were delighted you came back - don't leave it so long next time.

Finally on the first front...the RD panicked to see the milkman arrive 10 minutes before the start of the run and obstruct the main emergency access gate to the course. Fortunately the milk was speedily delivered by the fleet of foot milkman (should sign him up to parkrun next time!) and we started on time. It wasn't a first for one of the Run Director's to panic, rather the first time the milkman made an appearance on parkrun day!

This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 77 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 willing volunteers, one of whom Willow joined us for her first time as a DoE volunteer, welcome! The others were:

Laura STABLES • Rob MACDONALD • Derek HOPKINS • Jonathan BOTTOMER • Anna LARNER • Adam JEDDO • Richard STANBURY • John CORNWELL • Joey RODWELL • Claire HUNT • Willow Elisabet CARWARDINE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kingdom parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Beckie CHAPMAN who recorded a time of 20:37 on 4th May 2019 (event number 2). The male record is held by Dan SCHOFIELD who recorded a time of 17:27 on 11th May 2019 (event number 3). The Age Grade course record is held by Andrew HOWEY who recorded 83.04% (18:40) on 4th May 2019 (event number 2).

The first parkrun at Kingdom was on 27th April 2019. Since then 1,381 participants have completed 2,101 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,505 km, including 292 new Personal Bests. A total of 62 individuals have volunteered 278 times.

 

 

 

 

 

Event #21 Kingdom parkrun

A day to remember...


My name is Sofia Fernandez and I'm the "guest" writer of this week's run report. I had never thought about running until I started parkrun but now I will never forget this parkrun day in my entire life. It was my 50th parkrun!

Parkrun is a great event where people from different places, local and foreign, tourists and visitors meet for a common passion, running. Parkrun is also a social event beyond the timed run. It's a place to have a good time, to enjoy the scenery of the local area, to meet new people with the excuse of being tourists, to reunite with old friends, to strengthen bonds already in place.

Milestones galore


The morning was blessed with sun, a day that seemed more appropriate for July than for mid September. Volunteers had nice talks with runners, with tourists, with those that celebrate any sort of milestone, like the young Lillie Powell (JW 11-14)  who was running her 10th parkrun,  Brian Dennehy and Lynn Tarrant both celebrated their 100th different parkrun event, Matthew Bennett, who scored 21 for his Wilson index and of course me Sofia, I reached my 50th parkrun.

The run was smooth from the beginning to end, three laps covering the entire 5 kms of the course. A celebration was held at the end by some of the runners to celebrate such their parkrun milestones. It was the 21st event of this young parkrun venue, framed by a beautiful scenery, an old and large chestnut tree and a nicely decorated cafe within a tree house! 

After the first timer's briefing, 103 runners ran, jogged and walked the course, 56 of them were first timers to the course, 1 was completely new to parkrun and 20 scored their personal best times under the supervision of the 15 volunteers who made today's run possible. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Laura STABLES • Aka Lady Penelope (Rosemary) EGBE • Louise GOULD • Jonathan BOTTOMER • Janine NICHOLLS • Andrew HOWEY • Charlie BOTTOMER • Tony WIERCX • Richard STANBURY • Emma GRANT • Claire HUNT • Michele HARVEY • Felicity GRANT • Sofia FERNANDEZ RODRIGUEZ • Willow Elisabet CARWARDINE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kingdom parkrun Results Page.  The female record is held by Beckie CHAPMAN who recorded a time of 20:37 on 4th May 2019 (event number 2). The male record is held by Dan SCHOFIELD who recorded a time of 17:27 on 11th May 2019 (event number 3). The Age Grade course record is held by Andrew HOWEY who recorded 83.04% (18:40) on 4th May 2019 (event number 2).

Kingdom parkrun started on 27th April 2019. Since then 1,437 participants have completed 2,204 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,020 km, including 312 new Personal Bests. A total of 67 individuals have volunteered 294 times.

 

Event #19 Kingdom parkrun

Back to school...

We were delighted to welcome a new parkrunner to Kingdom for our 19th event. Ella Baker recorded a finishing time of 25.35 on her first ever parkrun. Ella's dad explained Ella is a keen and very able triathlete; we hope to see you again soon Ella (if it suits your training plan!) and we wish you the very best for your first week at secondary school!

Not sure if the weekend before the rush back to school had an impact the number of our Kingdom parkrunners but in any case we were delighted to welcome 61 runners, joggers or walkers. 26 people were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests.

Record holders were back

Great to see our female and male course record holders too. It has been too long! No Personal Bests this week but nevertheless great running from Beckie Chapman (22:17) and Dan Schofield (18:13). See you both soon.

Representatives of 16 different clubs took part and finally a big shout out to our 11 volunteers who made Kingdom happen this weekend:

Laura STABLES • Karen BARRITT • Peter RICHARDSON • Jonathan BOTTOMER • Stella RICHARDSON • Deniz BOWART • Adam JEDDO • Richard STANBURY • Joey RODWELL • Claire HUNT • Stephen AISH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kingdom parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Beckie CHAPMAN who recorded a time of 20:37 on 4th May 2019 (event number 2). The male record is held by Dan SCHOFIELD who recorded a time of 17:27 on 11th May 2019 (event number 3). The Age Grade course record is held by Andrew HOWEY who recorded 83.04% (18:40) on 4th May 2019 (event number 2).

Kingdom parkrun started on 27th April 2019. Since then 1,304 participants have completed 1,968 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,840 km, including 274 new Personal Bests. A total of 59 individuals have volunteered 267 times.

 

Event #18 Kingdom parkrun

Twas the Bank Holiday before Christmas!

A warm and sunny welcome to all those who joined us for the last parkrun Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas! On that very positive note it was great to see over 100 runners, joggers and walkers join us.

A tourist's birthday

We were joined by a host of parkrunners from a host of different running clubs, nothing unusual about that. A special mention though go to those from Worth Way Runners. Lonely Goat Running Club and Sittingbourne Striders. Talking of Sittingbourne Striders, a very special mention to Ron Smith. It was Ron's 250th parkrun which in itself is a fantastic achievement! However, to achieve this milestone on your 79th birthday makes it all the more special - well done Ron, and we look forward to seeing you again this time next year on your 300th parkrun...we would be delighted to have a birthday cake ready and waiting too!

This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Laura STABLES • Louise GOULD • Peter RICHARDSON • Jonathan BOTTOMER • Andrew HOWEY • Charlie BOTTOMER • Tony WIERCX • Jared WIERCX • Adam JEDDO • Lucy EAMES • Richard STANBURY • Joey RODWELL • Claire HUNT • Pete CORNWELL • Vivienne CORNWELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kingdom parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Beckie CHAPMAN who recorded a time of 20:37 on 4th May 2019 (event number 2). The male record is held by Dan SCHOFIELD who recorded a time of 17:27 on 11th May 2019 (event number 3). The Age Grade course record is held by Andrew HOWEY who recorded 83.04% (18:40) on 4th May 2019 (event number 2).

Kingdom parkrun started on 27th April 2019. Since then 1,278 participants have completed 1,907 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,535 km, including 263 new Personal Bests. A total of 58 individuals have volunteered 256 times.

 

Event #17 Kingdom parkrun

This is a very early RD's report, because I am off on holiday on Monday!

For the next two weeks, Kingdom's parkrunners will be in the care of my co-ED Laura Stables and RD Jonathan Bottomer, freshly back from the Floridian sun, sea and sand themselves!!

We welcomed 89 parkrunners today, and our first finisher was also a first timer at Kingdom, William Levett got very close to the course record in less than ideal underfoot conditions! Well done William, Dan Schofield is definitely looking over his shoulder!

Our first female, Beckie Chapman, was also close to her own record!

We did see a number of new Age Category records:

James Petrie for the JM10 record in 21:57

William Levett for the VM40-44 record in 17:35

Richard Pitcairn-Knowles for the VM85-89 record in 39:11, and

Natalie Welch for the VW50-54 record in 24:05

Well done to all of you!

Kingdom played host to some very experienced parkrunners today, with Paul Fielding on his 485th run, David Alderson 461, David Freeman 392, and Sean Parry 386.

At the other end of the scale, we were very pleased to welcome first time parkrunners: Alison Howard, Holly Findlay, Sybil Irwin, Will Kyte, and Simon Court; very well done to all of you, we hope you enjoyed the experience and that you will come back to visit us soon!

I'd like to give a quick shout out to Tunbridge Wells Harriers, who are putting on the Eridge 10k on 1st September, there's still time to get an entry and test out all the fitness gains you've made at Kingdom parkrun: http://www.twharriers.org.uk/eridge-10-run/

This is a bit of a sad day for me, next week will be the first Kingdom parkrun that I've missed since Laura, Jonathan, Toby and I kicked off the event on the 27th of April. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the really fantastic core team who've helped us put on the event week after week, including:

Our RDs who've taken over the results processing and volunteer coordination tasks with frightening efficiency:

Louise Gould, and

Claire Hunt,

Our super-efficient car park marshals:

Richard Stanbury, and

Tony Wiercx,

The owners of Kingdom:

Pete Cornwell, and

Vivienne Cornwell,

Our stalwart regular volunteers:

Paul Eames,

Lucy Eames,

Michele Harvey,

Pia Tucker, and

Andrew Howey,

And last but not least, our two D of E volunteers:

Adam Jeddo,

Jared Wiercx

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