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.