What on earth was going on at Kingston this week? Was it the gloriously mild weather, the lack of mud, the classy first time briefing given by the lovely gentleman who is Paul Wallis, or the simple fact that we were all up and alive to see another day? Whatever it was, it propelled 341 of us to jump out of bed and yell "IT'S SATURDAY - IT'S PARKRUN DAY. WHERE'S MY BARCODE? I'VE GOT TO GOI!!!
And go we did:
* Seventeen lucky souls took part in their first parkrun EVER. Big clap to you lot. Best decision you made this week. Come back next week and do it all again. Obvs it won't be your first time again, but your second one will be pretty special too. You won't be considered a newbie.
* 44 people, including the 17 above, ran for the first time at Kingston. Now you've done that you'll all be back next Saturday, since you now know that there is no better parkrun than ours. Scientific fact.
* 47 very smug fit runners got themselves a lil 'ole PB. PBs are the Holy Grail of parkrun. We know it's not a race, eh Danny Norman, don't we, it's a run. But it is a race against yourself, if you so wish, and to come through the finish funnel knowing you have just clocked up your fastest ever parkrun time leaves a delicious taste in your mouth (unlike the retching taste if you really did push it). There are too many to mention by name, but I'll have to pick on three - Rob Corlett came home in 22:11 - I like the look of that time. Very neat. Reyadh Mallam-Hassam threw himself over the finish in 28:05 and young Charlotte Pritchard JW10 (who appeared to be out running with her entire family) finished in 32:04. Well done young lady - tell me your secret.......
If you want to look at the serious stats, pop across to the Kingston parkrun , where you can spend all the time you like poring over the info, clicking columns and re-arranging all the times, positions and general configurations to your heart's content. However big kudos to the first three home, who not content to be first, second and third also ALL got themselves PBs:
Tom Curtis 17:22 (yep, you read that right), VM40-44, Fulham RC.
Kai Pischke 17:52 (slacker...), JM15-17, Tiffin Boys.
Dimitry Selemir, 18:39, VM40-44, 26.2 RRC.
Now, allow me just a little self-indulgence if you will. If not you can safely stop reading here and you won't miss a thing. Although just a reminder before you go that there is NO KINGSTON PARKRUN on Saturday 9th March. This is due to the Thames Meander taking place the same day and for the need for Kingston to keep its numbers to below 400 each week. Use it as an excuse to go and be a tourist at another parkrun and then clearly we will expect you back the following week, hopefully telling us how awful and unfriendly it was (it won't be) but that's what we'll want to hear.
So, we had three people celebrating milestone runs this week. Big shout out to Charlotte Sutherland (JW11-14) who ran her 10th parkrun. Well done you. You are a marvellous machine and will just go from strength to strength. Shout out too to Amy Burton (VW40-44 - really? She looks about 23.....) who celebrated her 100th run. 26.2 RRC Amy was her usual quiet composed self and slipped into the starting area with little fanfare. The same could not be said for the third milestone runner - my daughter Emma Bate, who clocked up her 50th run this week. Emma's first run was at Crystal Palace in April 2016 when she found herself unexpectedly staying with her crazy aunty Michele Golden who is a Crystal Palace stalwart (both football team AND parkrun - poor deranged human being). Michele dragged Emma around the course that fateful morning in a grumpy 39 minutes and 42 seconds. I hear the finish was not a pretty sight, as Emma, having never run (and clearly missing her mum) was not happy to be there and was not impressed. Fast forward to February 2019 and Miss Bate enjoyed a run along the towpath yesterday in 27:35, with her PB of 26:14 telling me that my Emma has shaved an astonishing 13 minutes and 28 seconds off her first run. She's joined 26.2 RRC and now runs three times a week, even taking her running gear to Portugal this week when on a school trip.
It was her many friends at 26.2 who dressed her up in glasses, a sash, a tiara, a badge and a balloon yesterday and made sure they celebrated this momentous moment with her and of course the lovely Amy. We shared cake and fizz, not just with 26.2 runners but also with other friends from parkrun who joined in the fun. And that is the beauty of this whole parkrun community. There are no strangers, just ordinary people who are out on a Saturday morning, doing their very best to keep fit with a flipping amazing supportive friendly crowd. Whether you're Charlotte clocking up ten runs, Emma on 50 or Amy on 100 - parkrun is so much more than just a 5k. Apply for your t-shirts ladies, and wear those milestones with pride.
Love life? Gotta love parkrun
Event number 471
23rd February 2019
This week 341 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Ian CALLANDER • Terri HARRIS • Josie BATE • Chris AMIES • Paul WALLIS • Janet ROBINSON • Pip TODD • Sheila HAWKINS • Andy THOMAS • Jane WATERMAN • Megan JONES • Aurelio BAX • Ralph OSBORN • Chris BUTCHER • Bonita SANTHAKUMAR • Ivy WILSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kingston parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 17:46 on 24th March 2018 (event number 422).
The male record is held by Nick EARL who recorded a time of 14:52 on 29th September 2018 (event number 449).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 99.29% (21:03) on 16th May 2015 (event number 270).
Kingston parkrun started on 20th March 2010. Since then 8,441 participants have completed 62,196 parkruns covering a total distance of 310,980 km, including 8,566 new Personal Bests. A total of 514 individuals have volunteered 4,397 times.