Littleport parkrun is cancelled on 2021-04-17 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This weeks report from our very own Cathy.



0DAB1D69-1439-4D25-A173-88DFD378DBA2Littleport’s 91st parkrun welcomed 193 participants to their special double celebration of not only marking International Women’s Day but their two parkrunners Charlotte Nevison and Cathy Gibb-de Swarte who were taking part in their 50th parkrun this morning.
Brian Munns who was representing Newmarket Joggers was competing in this his 3rd Littleport parkrun had reached his 100th parkrun and clocked an impressive time of 22.58 this morning.
Many of the parkrunners/walkers were dressed in the women’s suffragette movement colours of mainly purple which stood for loyalty while the other suffragette colours were white and green which stood for purity and hope.
Joanne Bruno who achieved a New Personal Best of 39.42 was wearing a very fetching purple tutu, while Cathy, who ran with her round the course donned a striking purple midi top hat and WID tee-shirt. If there were any prizes going this morning to the best dressed parkrunner – it had to go our very own diva Phil Hadley. Wearing a long flowing bright purple wig and fashionable purple sunglasses, Phil managed somehow to get himself around the course dressed in a really tight fitting long frock. Phil was also joined by his purple wigged partner Lisa Tonkin dressed in a very sensible purple jumpsuit but her young enthusiastic daughter Emma was happy to be wearing her fun loving purple tutu.
It was great to see the return of many regulars like farmer Lisa Forrest who was cheered when she crossed over the line in the finishing funnel clocking an excellent 54.57.
Emma Harrison with doggy companion Buddy who was completing her 26th parkrun clocked an impressive time of 35.22. And the Sanderson family, Mum Hilary, Hannah and Lucie Melen came together for this special parkrun and were seen having fun racing one another through the finishing funnel with Lucie edging it.
One of Littleport’s parkrun organisers James Lee despite an injured knee was still happy to parkrun with his rescue Rottweiler Xenia clocking a very impressive time of 27.02.
There was a record of 54 New Personal Bests of which 28 were women parkrunners/walkers and 20 tourists, and amongst those New PBers were Ian Barnish (21.34) Youngsters Kieran Vanhoutte (21.47) Malachi Platt (21.58) Amy Southward (22.10) Harriet Froud (22.20) Estivy Perez (22.21) Alice Fraser (22.45) Darlene Schulenberg (23.32) Libby Church (25.13) Becky Stanford (25.,16) Michelle Sampson (25.21) Lonely Goat runner Connor Hitchcock (25.24). Giles Cornell (25.53). Charlotte Walters (25.58). Charlotte Hitchcock (26.47). Ruth Feltell (27.09) Young Connie Abraham (27.19) Newmarket Joggers’ Sianie Painter (28.29). Louise Parfitt (28.48). Kerry Hitchcock (28.27). Lonely Goat’s Sharon Try (30.22) Sarah Last representing Newmarket Joggers (31.34) Peter Stallard and his friendly and glam doggy Luna recorded an amazing New PB of 31.48. Emma Newman (32.47) Sarah-Jane Strawson (32.54) Casssie Vanns (33.06) Well done Andrea Sullivan (33.16) recording yet another New PB of 33.16. Belinda Cramphorn (33.33) Newmarket Joggers’ Gillian Green (34.22) Jo Brereton (35.54) Amy Dodson representing Chatterish RC clocked 39.02. Congrats Joanne Oxley (Bruno) on her New PB of 39.23 Emma Robbins (42.06) Young Daisy Ferris (42.51) Lonely Goat RC’s Caroline A. Crane making her 3rd Littleport parkrun appearance completed this her 85th parkrun recording a fantastic New PB of 43.58. And Caroline’s son Andy taking part in his first ever parkrun and representing Lonely Goats RC recorded a very impressive time of 24.34.
The first person through the finishing funnel this morning was teenager Patrick Bond who also recorded a superb New Personal Best of 17.52.
Parkruns wouldn’t go ahead if it wasn’t for the Hi-Viz heroes who put themselves forward to volunteer on Saturdays which included this morning one of our top runners Tom Levinson who was saving himself for tomorrow’s Cambridge Half Marathon. Thanks also to our other regular parkrunners: Clare Andrews, Emma Davis, Clare Dell, John Lagrue, Debbie Williams, Jan Holmes, Caity Ross and Mhairi Smeeton who also decided to volunteer. And Littleport had two new tail walkers, Lizzie Sparrow and Janette Palmer who both did a brill job as Janette also undertook the First Timers briefing.
There is always a brilliant camaraderie amongst parkrunners and Cathy Gibb-de Swarte’s fellow running buddies, Wendy Georgina Johnston and Sheila Cayton who she first met running at their local parkrun Milton, Cambridge, turned up wearing their landmark 50th red parkrun tee-shirts in support of both Cathy and Charlotte’s 50th parkrun this morning and stayed behind to share a cuppa and enjoy a friendly chat in the hospitable Littleport Leisure cafe.


This weeks run report from Lucie – 08.02.20

This weekend Littleport was transformed into London! Well, it was at least for Jo WHITE, Lizzie HYSLOP and Sarah McConnell, who, not to be beaten by the cancellation of the London Winter 10k this weekend, did our 5k parkrun, and then did it all again! Well done ladies.

In total, 176 people braved the weather warnings to run, jog and walk the “B” course. Hopefully sometime soon we’ll be back on the “A” route, but after this weekend’s weather I think that day is getting further away rather than closer! We welcomed 19 first timers to Littleport, including 12 for whom it was their first ever recorded parkrun. Welcome to the community!

Somehow, despite the mud, 40 new Personal Bests were recorded today! Congratulations to 2nd finisher, Patrick BOND, who got his 2nd PB week in a row, shaving the seconds off, and only a single second behind Alex METCALFE. Is that a record for number of “seconds” in one sentence?! Another PB went to Harriet KERRIDGE, who was also celebrating her 50th parkrun. Congratulations to Harriet and to David PRICE, also on his 50th. Half way to their first official milestone are Don ABEYSEKERA and Natasha MITCHELL, both on 25 this week.

This week’s parkrun was made possible by 30 volunteers, and we need volunteers, week in, week out. Have you ever thought about your run:volunteer ratio? I’ve just had a look, and mine is 60:19. I know that many people don’t want to miss out on their run, and I can totally understand that because I only run at parkrun! But did you realise that there are a number of volunteer roles you can do and still get your run in? These include set-up and close-down, first timer briefing, token sorting and run report writing. Take a look on the future roster at and see info on all the roles at Each time you volunteer you gain a credit towards your V25 t-shirt. Nothing to lose and lots to gain, so go on, give it a go.

Thanks to this week’s volunteers:

Debbie WILLIAMS • Kath GERIGHTY • Lisa TONKIN • Amanda MURFITT • Martin LEWIS • David MURFITT • Emma ROBBINS • Daisy AMBROSE • Terry GERIGHTY • John LAGRUE • Emanuella DE LUCIA ROLFE • Lucie MELEN • John MCGIVERN • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Rachel DRAY • Phil HADLEY • Liz HYSLOP • Janette PALMER • James ELVIN • Joanne KERRIDGE • Breda WALTON • Susan GREEN • Peter GREEN • Anna AMBROSE • Tanya MONTEITH • Louise PARFITT • Alessandro ROLFE • Sarah GARROD • Lizzie SPARROW • Flavia ROLFE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Littleport parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The male record is held by Ruben SANSOM who recorded a time of 16:12 on 28th December 2019 (event number 80).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tina JONES who recorded 91.03% (25:17) on 14th September 2019 (event number 65).
Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,930 participants have completed 14,878 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,390 km, including 3,232 new Personal Bests. A total of 348 individuals have volunteered 1,986 times.


Event 86 run report from Lucie Melen

Littleport parkrun
Event number 86
1st February 2020

This week 164 hardy folk braved the wind and the mud to complete Littleport parkrun. We welcomed 16 first timers to Littleport, including Jordi MOAT of Colchester Harriers, who came in as 1st woman with a time of 21:52. An impressive 10 of these were recording their first ever parkrun - a big HELLO to you all and welcome to the community. I’d like to give an especially big welcome to little Flavia ROLFE on her first parkrun as I believe she’s only 4!

Congratulations and celebrations are due to a wonderful four people who ran their 50th parkrun today - Rachel and Matthew WINSON, Alison CROSSMAN and Jenny JEFFREYS. Well Done and thank you for the chocolates! An impressive 49 PBs were achieved today, with times right through from 18:07 to 48:55, and every single one just as important to the achiever, I’m sure! Whilst not at Littleport but a way away in Cardiff, another PB was set today for the whole of parkrun - Charlotte ARTER ran 15:49, beating her own previous record as the fastest ever female.

You might have noticed we have a brand new “selfie board”! Do have a pose and share your pictures to spread the parkrun love.

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Thank you to all this week’s volunteers:

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

The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).

The male record is held by Ruben SANSOM who recorded a time of 16:12 on 28th December 2019 (event number 80).

The Age Grade course record is held by Tina JONES who recorded 91.03% (25:17) on 14th September 2019 (event number 65).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,911 participants have completed 14,701 parkruns covering a total distance of 73,505 km, including 3,193 new Personal Bests. A total of 344 individuals have volunteered 1,956 times.


Lisa, Littleport and March parkrun regular reflects on her 50 milestone parkrun at Littleport.

Littleport parkrun #84 – 18/01/2020 – Milestones Galore

What a cold, crisp start to a Saturday morning – today the route was altered to minimise running on the paths as they were treacherous. The start line was moved to the big field - we were running on grass around the big field, down the drove, round the little field, along the verge next to the path, along a bit of the path and to add some interest through the bike shed! Well done Alex for leading the way on a very new route.

Today numbers were swelled due to Huntingdon and March parkrun’s being cancelled – we had tourists from March, Huntingdon, Kings Lynn and Surrey to name but a few – welcome one and all. Milestones today - we had our very own James Lee our amazing Run Director on his 100th parkrun, Alex Metcalfe our often time fastest finisher on his 100th parkrun and little ol’ me Lisa Forrest on my 50th parkrun.

This morning we had a very respectable 191 runners, joggers and walkers enjoy the two- and a-bit lap route of Littleport Recreation Ground.

First across the line for the gents was Alex Metcalfe of Ely Runners in 19:24. First across the line for the ladies was Elaine Smith with 24:53 also of Ely Runners.

We had 13 PBs this morning and 27 people who were at Littleport parkrun for the first time. We also had 59 runners representing 17 clubs.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers today (round of applause please):

Michelle BERRY, Vicky BERRY, Ethan COLE, Ben COOK, Rachel DRAY, James ELVIN, Lisa FORREST, Sarah GARROD, Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE, Susan GREEN, Peter GREEN, Liz HYSLOP, Jane JOHANNESSEN, Joanne KERRIDGE, James LEE, Marion LEONARD, Amanda MURFITT, Charlotte NEVISON, Holly RYDER, Hannah SANDERSON, Sarah SKILLEN, Mhairi SMEETON, Michelle TILBROOK, Breda WALTON, Jo WHITE, Christine WINDSOR

On a final personal note from me. I would have never thought when I started my parkrun journey that I would make it to 50. And what a journey, its been so far – I’ve met loads of lovely people, made some wonderful friendships, learned a lot about myself and what I am a capable of. If you are thinking about doing parkrun; just do it – you might just surprise yourself, who knows where it might lead. Here’s to the next milestone.

Lisa celebrates Her 50 milestone

Me celibrating My 50 milestone

Alex celebrates 100 runs by finishing first.

Alex celebrates 100 runs by finishing first.

James celebrates 100 runs with a smile.

James celebrates 100 runs with a smile.

Keep parkrunning

Lisa x


This week report from Littleport regular Janette.


Sunrises, celebrations, a mayor visit and birthday surprises.

It was a cold bitter morning blessed with a gorgeous sunrise across the Littleport Leisure center playing field.
Today's Littleport Parkrun was event no.82 and had many achievements to celebrate and eat cake!

Our very own Littleport Parkrun regular and fancy dress enthusiast Cathy Gibb-de Swarte was greated by fellow parkrunners who had dressed up in their finest fancy dress outfits to celebrate Cathy's upcoming 65 birthday and her 50th time volunteering! Cathy took on the tail walker role today, joining first timer Sally GIPP on her first ever Parkrun. Huge well done and we hope to see you on a regular basis!

Cathy also invited the Mayor of Ely along to join in the celebrations! The Mayor of Ely, Mike Rouse accepted Cathy's invite and joined us for the start of Parkrun dressed in his Mayoral robes and chain of office.

If you have never volunteered at Parkrun before you honestly should, it is so much fun, plus there is a variety of roles available for all abilities to do.

But the celebrations don't end there!

Another Littleport Parkrun regular Rachel Dray was celebrating completing her 50th Parkrun! Rachel has been enjoying Parkruns since 2018, she keeps on coming back for more. So that means more cakes to celebrate!

And now for some stats!

Fastest runner today was Alex METCALFE finished in 19:23.
1st junior runner was Patrick BOND finishing in 19:24.
1st lady finisher was Amy SOUTHWARD who finished in 23:05.
19 first timers to Parkrun, welcome!
18 park runners achieved PBS, well done!
Furthest parkrunner tourist came from Scotland!

A fantastic start to the year all!

Littleport parkrun
Event number 82
4th January 2020

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Matthew MONTEITH • Kath GERIGHTY • James LEE • Amanda MURFITT • Nick TURPIN • Jane JOHANNESSEN • John LAGRUE • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Poppy LEE • Jo WHITE • Gavin TAYLOR • Liz HYSLOP • Janette PALMER • James ELVIN • Joanne KERRIDGE • Peter STALLARD • Breda WALTON • Tanya MONTEITH • Henry FAIRPO

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

The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The male record is held by Ruben SANSOM who recorded a time of 16:12 on 28th December 2019 (event number 80).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tina JONES who recorded 91.03% (25:17) on 14th September 2019 (event number 65).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,822 participants have completed 13,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 69,990 km, including 3,077 new Personal Bests. A total of 338 individuals have volunteered 1,854 times.

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