This weeks run report thank you Lucie.

This week’s parkrun, Littleport’s 70th, was remarkably…unremarkable!

Although the new PA was working well and the run briefing was beautifully clear, no one owned up to any milestones or birthdays! Only one tourist made themselves known, and the run was soon underway.

The ground was wet underfoot but the weather stayed dry, and a select 139 of us slipped and slid our way around the course. There were 15 visiting Littleport for the first time, and 4 doing their first ever recorded parkrun. Welcome to the community, Stephen and Leo AISH, Mark SMITH and Michael GARLAND, and welcome back to the further 7 who were doing their 2nd. There were only 3 “unknown” runners this week - aren’t we all doing well at not forgetting our barcodes! #DFYB

Despite the warning that with the mud, today was not a “PB day”, 9 people managed to record a new PB, so many congratulations to them! Congratulations also to junior Connie ABRAHAM, who ran her 10th parkrun, earning her first t-shirt. Half way to his first official milestone is Mark BENNETT, who ran his 25th today, and Lisa FORREST is on 49 so we look forward to congratulations next week perhaps?

At the bottom of our parkrun results page it gives our statistics, including the total distance covered by all runners ever at Littleport parkrun. This is 63005km, which is a long way. But just how far IS that, in “real” terms? Well, it’s just over one and a half times round the earth, which has a circumference of around 40000km. But even that is difficult to comprehend. To break it down further, the 139 people today covered 695km. This would get us to almost the Northern tip of Scotland, or just past Hamburg, depending on the direction we chose. Our record attendance is 308, which takes us all the way to Rome! So it’s remarkable in fact, what a lot we can achieve when we put all our efforts together…

…Just like the weekly parkrun event, which is only made possible by the combined efforts of the volunteers. Thank you to them all for giving their time and energy to help the event take place. Why don’t you add your effort to the cause next week? This week’s volunteers were:

Lauren THOMAS • Robert POPE • Gayle TEMPEST • Kath GERIGHTY • Emma READER • Jenny JEFFREYS • James LEE • Jeremy READER • Justin SMITH • Andrew RANDS • Emma DAVIS • John LAGRUE • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Poppy LEE • Jo WHITE • Michelle TILBROOK • James ELVIN • Susan GREEN • Peter GREEN • Melanie DRAPER • Don ABEYSEKERA

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

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
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 2,660 participants have completed 12,601 parkruns covering a total distance of 63,005 km, including 2,904 new Personal Bests. A total of 301 individuals have volunteered 1,573 times.

 

Event 65 14th September 2019 – Fiona Waddelow

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The sun battled with the Autumn chill early on, helping to show the course at its best, especially to our longer distance visitors from Shrewsbury, Whitstable and Dunstable helping them and others enjoy our run here in Littleport. This appears to have worked well for Tina, a Shropshire shuffler who gave us a new age grade record, well done!
Although the morning warmed it couldn’t put an amazing 56 off achieving a new personal best!
Although Ali MACDONALD Didn’t quite manage a personal best, it was close. He didn’t need to be any faster finishing first place, his first one here at Littleport.

A mention also to Connie ABRAHAM who although still didn’t manage to reach her mum’s PB she’s gaining fast! Connie’s had an awesome few weeks of PB’s after starting parkrun at the beginning of the year. Watch out Debbie WILLIAMS.
We were joined by Tracey, Drew and Oliver who were in the middle of a sprint triathlon - cycling 12.4 miles, a 3-mile run and a 750m swim to raising funds for East Anglia Teenage Cancer Trust.

With 208 people making it through the tunnel this week 29 for the first time, I can’t possibly mention every achievement. However I would also like to give a mention to all the extra runners & walkers who come to parkrun and don’t always make it to the end, for whatever reason, injury, illness or anything, don’t let it put you off. The best thing is you can always try again next week, or the next......

I wanted to give this a mention as my usual pacer didn’t feel well after the first lap this week, stopping before the small loop. My other daughter running with their dad was simply too tired after her first week at Primary school. We all achieved new PB’s last week so can’t be greedy. Don’t give up, try again next week!
After hearing the Ely Runners are taking part in the Round Norfolk Relay, I decided this was the week to offer my support to parkrun. I’ve only been running since June when I joined the Ely Runners Beginners course, then I came to the Littleport parkrun Birthday party. I have been supported by members of the parkrun family when I’ve needed a bit of extra encouragement, I never expected Runner’s to be so friendly!

Hearing Soham could soon be starting parkrun, I had been thinking it seemed a good time to find out what’s actually involved in volunteering as they will need some help too!

I arrived early to see if I could be any help, knowing writing this was one of the only roles left on the rosta... joining the 4 other new volunteers this week and taking the total to 289 who have volunteered at littleport parkrun, this is my way of saying Thank You to Parkrun and the coaches at Ely Runners!
There are many roles to help with so do take a look at the list and sign your self up to help. Some roles are easier than you might think and with some you still get to have your run!

FIND OUT MORE ---> https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/volunteer/

SEE THE ROLES ---> https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/futureroster/
THE ALL IMPORTANT STATS

This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked to finish the 5K course

Welcome to the 29 first timers

Congratulations to

The 56 who recorded new Personal Bests.

Fastest Female - Emma NEWMAN

Fastet male - Ali MACDONALD

A new Age Grade course record by Tina JONES who recorded 91.03% (25:17)

Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Debbie WILLIAMS • Tom GOOCH • Adam KENDALL • Tanya LEONARD • Stacey SMITH • Nicola GILBERT • Kath GERIGHTY • Caitlin LEONARD • Charlotte NEVISON • Ethan COLE • Amanda MURFITT • Justin SMITH • Mandy HILDITCH • Caity ROSS • John MCGIVERN • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Annabel GOOCH • Rachel DRAY • Janette PALMER • James ELVIN • Breda WALTON • Susan GREEN • Peter GREEN • Connie ABRAHAM • Fiona WADDELOW • Hannah SANDERSON

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

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).

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

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 2,542 participants have completed 11,793 parkruns covering a total distance of 58,965 km, including 2,773 new Personal Bests. A total of 289 individuals have volunteered 1,465 times.

 

PBs and the feel good factor! Justin Smith

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Event 64, 7th September 2019

You experience parkrun from a totally different angle as Run Director. You get to see the start, middle bits, volunteers fulfilling their roles, and people pelting into the finish funnel! It’s brilliant, and you really appreciate what an amazing thing parkrun is, how family friendly things are, and how great Littleport parkrun's volunteers are!

Things felt a little ‘thin on the ground’ numbers-wise as Kath Gerighty did the first timers' briefing, but, as is often the case, plenty of people were still streaming up the path to the Leisure Centre. In fact, when you include a few people who legged it to the start after everyone had set off, there was dead on 200 runners today!

At the event brief we celebrated Kath Gerighty’s double milestone: 100 parkruns and 25 volunteer roles! Although Rob Pope ran his 101st parkrun today, he is very important to Littleport parkrun, so we celebrated his 100th run also! He also provided cake!

It was a joy wandering the course this morning and witnessing the enthusiasm marshals add to the proceedings! The funnel team were particularly encouraging, which really helps with those sprint finishes!

Thank you to Cathy Gibb-de-Swarte, provider of cake, for getting a bit of a jam going on in the bike sheds with cow bells and a tambourine! Thanks also Charlotte Sygmuta, Deputy Run Director, master of car parking, and provider of tunes on music corner!

Goodbye and good luck to Chris and Rachel Leach, who are leaving the area.

We saw a good number of first-timers this week, which seemed to be a week for PBs! 51 runners got PBs, and having chatted with a number of them, it would seem that for many, it was overall 5K PBs as well as for Littleport parkrun.

Now for the stats!
This week 200 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Charlotte SYGMUTA • Tanya LEONARD • Immy PEMBERY • Kath GERIGHTY • Caitlin LEONARD • Frederick CHEUNG • Jenny JEFFREYS • Amanda MURFITT • Martin LEWIS • Justin SMITH • Terry GERIGHTY • Amy JARVIS • Mandy HILDITCH • Lucie MELEN • Caity ROSS • John MCGIVERN • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Rachel DRAY • Alice KENDALL • Breda WALTON • Bethany CRAMPHORN • Louise PARFITT • Freyja SINGFIELD • Hannah SANDERSON

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

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gill WOODHOUSE who recorded 84.09% (26:55) on 24th August 2019 (event number 62).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,513 participants have completed 11,585 parkruns covering a total distance of 57,925 km, including 2,717 new Personal Bests. A total of 284 individuals have volunteered 1,439 times.

 

Cool, calm and collected – Lisa Forrest

63 - Littleport parkrun – Cool, Calm and Collected

Lisa report

What a lovely Saturday morning to be having a run, jog, ‘jeff’ or walk at Littleport parkrun. It was cooler than previous weeks with a nice breeze – perfect! We like to be kept on our toes regarding the course route, with an additional post in the turn to lap three making it a little tight – everyone coped admirably with the new arrangements.

Today we had a few tourists swell our numbers - from Huddersfield and Windsor – welcome one and all. We had a member of the parkrun 500 club – Dave Thomas and three members of the parkrun 250 club – Louise Galvin, John Richardson and Graham Chapman – unbelievable achievements one and all!

This morning we had a very respectable 199 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 Seabright of Ely Runners in 17:52. First across the line for the ladies was Poppy Baddeley with 21:40 also of Ely Runners.

We had 48 PBs this morning and 26 people who were at Littleport parkrun for the first time. We also had 68 runners representing 15 clubs.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers today (round of applause please):

Nik BANKS, Ben COOK, Matthew CRAMPHORN, Bethany CRAMPHORN, Thomas CRAMPHORN, Belinda CRAMPHORN, Ruth FELTELL, Lisa FORREST, Terry GERIGHTY, Kath GERIGHTY, Nicola GILBERT, Susan GREEN, Peter GREEN, John LAGRUE, Cara MACFARLANE, Clair Marie MACKNESS, John MCGIVERN, Lucie MELEN, Amanda MURFITT, Jonathan PRICE, Emma RHODES, Hannah SANDERSON, Adrian SCAITES-STOKES, Joshua SCOTT, Justin SMITH, Charlotte SYGMUTA, Breda WALTON.

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

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gill WOODHOUSE - 84.09 % - 26:55 - Event 62 (24/08/19)

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,489 participants have completed 11385 parkruns covering a total distance of 56,925 km, including 2,666 new Personal Bests.

And a final round of applause for our awesome band of high-vis heroes who make Littleport parkrun such a friendly, well organised way to spend a Saturday morning.

 

Dog show, heat and the Ely Runners beginners – Justin Smith

Event 62, 24th August 2019
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This week we shared the grounds around the Leisure Centre with a Dog Show, a big one! Amanda, our intrepid Event Director spent some time in the evening talking with the dog show organiser, as well as taking a look the night before. Of course, the organiser of the show and all concerned were lovely, and actions were taken to ensure the safety of parkrun participants as well as those enjoying the show! On the morning of the event the Run Director for the day decided that we would press ahead: the groundwork for this happy decision had been done by Amanda!

We were briefed by the ever-witty and parkrun-addicted Charlotte, who made sure we all knew what we needed to given we were sharing the grounds with others.

It was a special event today, as the most recent graduates from the Ely Runners Beginners’ course showed up to run, and they were supported by their coaches and plenty of club members: well done to them all! They have enjoyed many a PB of late! It has to be said, that for many of the participants of the most recent beginners course, the fact that they had already been running at Littleport must have contributed in some way towards their progress. Well done to all of them, and thank you to their dedicated coaches.

Extra marshals had been organised for the event given that we were sharing the Leisure Centre Grounds, and they did an amazing job with a big turn out, ensuring that there were no dog/ runner type incidents! As is often the case at this popular parkrun, the run down the path at the start was busy! Did I mention it was hot? We had the usual high number of children turn up today, which is amazing, as it is such a family-focussed event; and of course we had the usual dogs, who were no doubt watched by many a pair of canine eyes from the dog show on the grounds! As always, we should be grateful to the organisers and marshals!

Here’s the stats!

This week 224 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Lionel SMITH • Charlotte SYGMUTA • Debbie WILLIAMS • Lauren THOMAS • Trish MARSHALL • Zoe EVANS • Henry WRIGHT • Jon EVANS • Debbie FISHER • Kath GERIGHTY • Charlotte NEVISON • Paul MACLEAN • Jenny JEFFREYS • Amanda MURFITT • Martin LEWIS • Justin SMITH • Terry GERIGHTY • Alfie SMITH • Lewis SMITH • John MCGIVERN • Donna FLUDE • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Liz HYSLOP • Clair Marie MACKNESS • Joanne KERRIDGE • Katrina MYERS • Belinda CRAMPHORN • Sarah LUND • James WOODMAN • Hannah SANDERSON

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

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gill WOODHOUSE who recorded 84.09% (26:55) on 24th August 2019 (event number 62).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,463 participants have completed 11,186 parkruns covering a total distance of 55,930 km, including 2,618 new Personal Bests. A total of 274 individuals have volunteered 1,387 times.

 

This weeks report by the ever enthusiastic Cathy

Cathy and Jo White today at parkrun.

Cathy and Jo White today at parkrun.

Littleport’s 61st Parkrun attracted 189 participants which included plenty of young enthusiastic children, several teenagers who were just happy to get out there and let their pumps do the Parkrun talking as well those excitable four legged furry friends which has become part of this ever growing popular Saturday pursuit.
Parkruns are becoming so addictive that even one of our tail walkers Katrina Myers didn’t want to miss this her 19th Parkrun knowing that she would still be back in time to continue her hubby’s birthday celebrations. Happy Birthday Mr Myers.
Regular exercise like a Parkrun can be quite daunting for many, but once you make the effort and complete your first Parkrun/walk then it gets a bit easy plus you always want to better yourself as well as enjoying the experience with like-minded people.
Joanne Bruno who was taking part in only her second local Parkrun was determined to better her time from last Saturday. Joanne even brought along her Mum, Wendy Oxley who was accompanying her grandson Theo, while Joanne’s older son Dwight was looking to better his time of 31.01 which he recorded last Saturday.
Joanne accompanied by regular Parkrunner/marshal Cathy Gibb-de Swarte and doggie companion Rosie was determined to better her 1st Parkrun performance and did just that by achieving a New Personal Best of 48.37. Mum Wendy did exceptionally well in only her first Parkrun clocking 1.01.50, while super fit Dwight also achieved a fantastic New Personal Best of 30.36.
We also had the sisters, Lucie Melen and Hannah Sanderson both volunteering with Lucie also taking part in this her 41st Parkrun (37 times at Littleport), and finished clocking an superb time of 34.05, while one of the 5 Lonely Goat Club runners and regular Parkrunner, Jo White, who still manages to overcome many niggling injuries completes the course recording an excellent time of 34.40 which was just outside her PB of 34.04.
This morning there were 23 New Personal Bests and 28 New Timers with some Parkrunners coming far afield as Birmingham, Fulham and Stratford Upon Avon.
It was good to welcome back some of our RDs, Andrew Scarlett, Charlotte Sygmuta plus our hardworking organisers and marshals, Amanda Murfitt, James Lee, Breda Walton, David Murfitt, Susan and Peter Green, joint tail walkers, Katrina Myers and doggie Connie plus Rachel Dray and her doggie Ralph, regular volunteer and top photographer John McGivern to name but a few.
Congratulations goes out to all those New Personal Best achievers, and they were: Peter Gipp (20.36) Harry Lee (23.37) Cara MacFarlane (23.44) Lucy Bayes (24.30) Lonely Goat RC’s Amy Holland (24.41)
Nigel Rogerson (25.52) Giles Cornell (26.35) Rob Shephard (27.24) Christopher Heppell (27.40) Anthony Gleave (27.41) James Murray (28.06) Brian Sellars (28.22) Darren Butler (28.33) Stephanie Murray (28.46) Well done again Dwight Bruno (30.36) Will Hawksley (30.44) Tracey Wymer (32.02) Jane Berezynskyj (33.27) Andy Brook (33.50) William Robertson (38.38) Stephen Downs (38.58) Oscar Abraham (40.07) and congrats Joanne Bruno (48.37).
There are also some unsung heroes who just keep going regardless how they are feeling at the time, and both Mark Bennett and Yvonne Turner prove that anything is possible. Mark who admits to having knee problems still managed to complete the course in a time of 39.03,while Yvonne who completed her first ever Littleport 10k raising money for Motor Neurone Disease finished her Parkrun in an amazing time of 39.02.
Topping the most Parkruns charts went to Ely Runners Andy Barber who was running his 115th Parkrun who was followed closely by fellow Ely Runners colleague Lionel Smith who had completed 104th Parkrun this morning.
The first person over the finishing was none other than Alex Metcalfe clocking 17.42 with Lee Tatum pushing Alex all the way with a superb time of 17.48.
Remember you don’t have to Parkrun every week. You can always alternate by either giving someone a helping hand by walking or running round with them if they are a newcomer, or even volunteer by either marshalling or token sort. Volunteers are always welcome where you become part of this amazing local popular activity, so just log onto Littleport Parkrun where you will find the volunteer section which will give you the email address where you can send your volunteering availability. It is good fun, it is free and you get to enjoy a cuppa and a chat afterwards and you do become part of the Littleport Parkrun family.

 

Run the Rainbow – Clare Andrews

Littleport parkrun Event number 60 10th August 2019

Wind didn't stop play at Littleport's 60th parkrun, a 'Run the Rainbow' Pride special.

Intrepid Event Directors Amanda and James were up with the larks to check the course, and the answer was WE'RE ON!

Today was a special parkrun, coinciding with the second annual Pride in Ely event. We invited parkrunners to 'Run the Rainbow' and participate this week in bright colours. Our 232 parkrunners certainly didn't disappoint, with rainbow wigs, socks, jumpsuits and more being spotted around the course, whilst others wore their best and brightest running leggings and tops.

Of course, parkrun is always inclusive, and today we celebrated that together in the time honoured way of running 5k at 9am on a Saturday morning. I can't think of a better way to start the Pride in Ely celebrations.

We had an incredible 51 first timers to our Littleport course, some here to join in the Pride celebrations, and others tourists from the many other local parkruns that were cancelled due to the high winds. Many of the latter were members of the 50, 100 and 250 parkruns clubs.

The finishers were greeted with a Pride flag adorned table with loveheart sweets and cakes available to enjoy and refuel after their 5k efforts.

Now parkrun wouldn't be parkrun without a coffee and catch up afterwards and a group of us had rather good fun eating cakes and sipping coffee afterwards; the endorphins from running and the caffeine apparently making us the loudest table in the Leisure Centre cafe!

Next week will mark one year of me taking part in Littleport parkrun, and I'm forever grateful for the fun and friendship I've found there every Saturday, rain or shine. It was my other half James' first ever pakrun today and he loved it too. I'll let him off for coming in 30 seconds faster than me....mind you, I did equal my PB.

Of course parkrun could not go ahead without our wonderful volunteers so a special mention to them.

That was fun. Shall we do it again next week? #DFYB #RuntheRainbow #loveparkrun

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Now for the all important stats:

This week 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Adrian SCAITES-STOKES • Leslie PAUL • Caroline BROWN • Debbie FISHER • Nicola GILBERT • Kath GERIGHTY • Frederick CHEUNG • Jenny JEFFREYS • James LEE • Amanda MURFITT • David MURFITT • Terry GERIGHTY • John MCGIVERN • Clare ANDREWS • Liz HYSLOP • Janette PALMER • Katrina MYERS • Breda WALTON • Susan GREEN • Peter GREEN • Clare DELL • Don ABEYSEKERA • James CRAVEN • Hannah SANDERSON

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

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karl BEDINGFIELD who recorded 83.86% (18:29) on 25th May 2019 (event number 49).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,403 participants have completed 10,773 parkruns covering a total distance of 53,865 km, including 2,559 new Personal Bests. A total of 265 individuals have volunteered 1,335 times.

 

This weeks report from ED James.

Rachel Widger and family.

Rachel Widger and family.

The Sweatt Twins Rachel on the left and Emily on the right.

The Sweatt Twins Rachel on the left and Emily on the right.

Littleport parkrun no.58

Bitter Sweatt a story of two Rachels’

It’s always sad to loose parkrunners and it’s sad news Rachel Widger and family are off to pastures new across the border in Scotland, we wish you well and hope you have parkrun nearby with the added bonus of a 9.30 start for extra duvet time on a Saturday. Please visit us soon as a tourist.

55 weeks ago Daisy Glover set the Ladies record at Littleport at an impressive 18.06. Rachel Sweatt this week took the Littleport female crown firmly from Daisy with an amazing 17.52 and 4th overall and only 1% off the age grade record too. This was the 8th= fastest parkrun ladies time this week!
Nice work Rachel.

Now onto the run, 180 finished event 58 in temperatures 20 degrees lower than two days before and a lot of wet stuff falling from the sky. We had a small splattering of tourists some new faces and of course the die hard regulars all tackling the greasy but nicely cut and de-brambled drove and wet grass. It was my first stab at the new “waterboard corner” which works remarkably well and has had no complaints from the runners I’m aware of. My time a modest 25:52 shows the course is no slower than before for a plodder like me anyways.

Thank you to Littleport PC and David Murfitt for a clear drove, nice work!

This week also marks 30,000 parkrun Miles covered at Littleport, that’s a long way in a year and a little bit!

I would like to remind runners though to please listen and not talk during the brief it’s disrespectful to the team and others who like to listen.
Also the funnel it’s there as a deceleration zone please don’t slow and stop on the line, I nearly rear ended the runner in front of me as the runner in front of him stopped on the line. Luckily I could go to the side of the guy in front then got told off for not keeping in order by our funnel manager! The cheek..lol.
No harm done but this could be nasty if the situation was different.

With the school holiday in full swing the roster is looking grim so please remember to help if you can. We are looking to recruit some extra Run Directors to help spread the workload as most of us are runners too and like to parkrun ourselves. Please message us if you can help?

I would like also to thank the parkrun regular who rang me Saturday offering to buy a megaphone for the brief, we have that covered but thank you sir. You know who you are!

See you all next week.

James A2161048

Anyway the stats…

This week 180 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Lee THOMPSON • Nicola GILBERT • Jonathan PRICE • James LEE • Shaun RHODES • Emma RHODES • Hannah MODEN • Amanda MURFITT • David MURFITT • Joanne ALLEN • Colin CROMPTON • John LAGRUE • Christine WINDSOR • John MCGIVERN • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Yvonne TURNER • Clare ANDREWS • Brian PARTRIDGE • Alex PARTRIDGE • Janette PALMER • Andrew HARDING • Katrina MYERS • Terry MALEY • Breda WALTON

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

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karl BEDINGFIELD who recorded 83.86% (18:29) on 25th May 2019 (event number 49).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,316 participants have completed 10,345 parkruns covering a total distance of 51,725 km, including 2,485 new Personal Bests. A total of 260 individuals have volunteered 1,289 times.

 

20.07.19 – Run report from Shaun Rhodes

Littleport parkrun
Event number 57 - 20th July 2019
It was a grey morning at this week’s parkrun, something we’ve not seen much of lately. Despite the cloud cover it was really humid meaning our 186 participants had to give that little bit of extra effort, well done to everyone who powered on through the sweaty conditions!
We had a couple of milestones announced in our run brief this week, with one
runner hitting her 100th event, fantastic work.
Secondly, a milestone which really hit home. Friend of Littleport parkrun, and
baker of fantastic cakes, Clair’Marie Mackness received the AMAZING news that she has received the all-clear from cervical cancer. Naturally drawing the biggest cheer from the crowd, this got me thinking about how Littleport parkrun has become a real community and how thankful I am for being able to take part in our event. When we started this just over 12 months ago I never thought we’d see so many people taking part in our small village and that we’d get to hear so many inspiring stories. I’ve no doubt that Clair’Marie floated around the course on cloud 9 this week!
Core team member, Jon Price, had his own personal milestone to contend with as he was pushing his daughter around in a buggy for the first time. I’m still waiting for the result of the official enquiry to hear whether there was any motorised assistance involved as they flew around the course in 28:30! Great effort, Jon. A big shout-out to our only tourist of the week who came all the way from Cambridge (it definitely counts!).
Finally, we’re now into the holiday period so there’s no better time to get involved and help your parkrun by volunteering. If you’ve been thinking about it or just want to know what’s involved please get in touch. We’d be delighted to have you on board, it’s a fantastic way to give back and get all of the good feels from your parkrun morning.
Thanks,
Shaun

The all important stats:

This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers: Ben COOK • Matthew MASON • Andrew SCARLETT • James LEE • Shaun RHODES • Hannah MODEN • Amanda MURFITT • Jane HILL • Justin SMITH • Nicholas PALMER • Sarah MCCONNELL • John MCGIVERN • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Mhairi SMEETON • Simon SMEETON • Alice KENDALL • Liz HYSLOP • Janette PALMER • Breda WALTON • Susan GREEN • Peter GREEN • Clare DELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Littleport parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Daisy GLOVER who recorded a time of 18:06 on 7th July 2018 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karl BEDINGFIELD who recorded
83.86% (18:29) on 25th May 2019 (event number 49). Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,295 participants have completed 10,165 parkruns covering a total distance of 50,825 km, including 2,456 new Personal Bests. A total of 259 individuals have volunteered 1,265 times.IMG_1586 67094328_10156136265501360_2500922176144670720_o 67237016_10156136269956360_8302806454780297216_o

 

Lets celebrate and eat cake!

Littleport parkrun # 56 - 13/07/2019

The star of the show today was Ethan Cole, who today reached a 'double landmark' at todays event having ran 50 parkruns and has volunteered at 25 events. Despite these amazing achievements he was a little embarrassed to be stood up and congratulated by the parkrun collective during the race briefing, being given by this weeks run director Justin Smith.

THANK YOU for the wonderful cake!

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To celebrate Ethan's achievements his mum kindly baked a delicious cake for all the parkrunners and volunteers to enjoy, which so many of us did that the marshals & volunteers began to worry they wouldn't get a piece, thankfully there was enough slices left to reward the volunteers with for giving up their time.

HIGH VIS HEROES
This weeks high vis heroes were:
Nik BANKS, Ethan COLE, Tarquin COOK, Diane CRAVEN, Rachel DRAY, Susan GREEN, Peter GREEN, James LEE, John MCGIVERN, David MURFITT, Amanda MURFITT, Charlotte NEVISON, Francesca PALMER, Janette PALMER, Andrew SCARLETT, Justin SMITH, Breda WALTON, Rachel WIDGER, Kyden WIDGER

There are many roles to with so why not take a look at the list and sign your self up to help run Park run one week?
FIND OUT MORE ---> https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/volunteer/
SEE THE ROLES ---> https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/futureroster/

I started volunteering after an injury prevented me from running, I still wanted to get up on a Saturday and be apart of the great parkrun community. Simply being thanked by a runner for giving up your time is such an amazing (and slightly addictive) feeling!

THE ALL IMPORTANT STATS
This week saw 207 people (and dogs) lace up their shoes, turn on their gps watches to run, jog and walk the 5km.
A HUGE WELCOME to the 20 new first timers.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 67 individuals that achieved PBs today
Fastest Female - Chloe SLEE 21:30
Fastet male - Alex METCALFE 16:46

SEE THE FULL STATS --> https://www.parkrun.org.uk/littleport/results/weeklyresults/?

I read an interesting article the other day on Runners World website about the average UK 5km times.
It details the average 5K finish time in the UK as 00:33:54.
If your interested in finding out more read the full article here --> https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/news/a27814981/average-5k-10k-time-uk/

LISTEN TO THE BRIEFINGS
This week a runner accidentally missed out the final lap. We know its a short lap, we know you may be tired but it is important to complete all 3 laps before coming into the finishing funnel. Please listen to the briefings each week, particularly if you are new to the event or returning after a break as things (like fences being erected) can change.
Interestingly, a few weeks ago a runner ended up running an extra lap!

THE AMAZING COMMUNITY
During todays event there were a few minor accidents, fellow runners falling over and bumping into things!
What is really nice to see and hear about when these incidents happen is how other runners help pick their fellow runner up, assist in checking them over and seeking further assistance if needed from the marshals. Even the faster runners take time once they have finished to stand on the course sidelines to cheer and encourage the other runners on.
The community is simply AMAZING and I am so proud to be apart of this Littleport parkrun community!

Janette x