Woop woop run report. Thank you Tim Grey!

A view worth the Climb

Lullingstone parkrun – 30/3/19

Well, what a very beautiful day for a parkrun, and what an epic setting Lullingstone offers. Gorgeous views, fast downhill’s, great cake in the café, and of course a friendly and welcoming volunteer team.
We very much enjoyed the river side walk, and the Roman villa, afterwards, so a good morning out for us.

We had decided to visit as a family, so we gave one of our friends Lydia a shout – and she decided to join us, I now understand that telling someone a parkrun is ‘not flat’, is not the same as explaining it’s hilly! She was hoping for a best position finish (53 to beat, randomly assigned at Crane Park after a 59.59 run with no timer), but the good weather must have brought people out, and a busier week meant this was not to be. However 21st Female still trumps her 24th female at Crane Park – so still a good result.

There was one brand new parkrunner, Darryl DSOUZA, well done on your first run Darryl.

Lot’s of visitors though, home runs (by frequency) listed;

Abigail WELLS
One previous run Bromley.

Joseph INGLEBY
Abingdon

Will DRINKWATER
Tonbridge

Ashley CHARLERY
Touring Kent
Swale Tri Club
Lydia GRAHAM
Horsham
Chiltern Church Runners
Clare BOND
Bromley

Jonathan BOND
Bromley

Sebastian CHARLERY
Sittingbourne
Swale Tri Club
Sam GRACE
Longrun Meadow

Marie GRAY
Roundshaw Downs
Chiltern Church Runners
Andy LEDBETTER
Margaret River (Australia)

Mick BARLOW
Tonbridge
Kent AC
Jon WILLIAMS
Panshanger/Tourist
Ware Joggers
Matthew GRAY
Roundshaw Downs
Chiltern Church Runners
Annalisa WILLIAMS
Panshanger/Tourist
Ware Joggers

Andy easily trumping the rest of us for distance travelled with an Australian home run!

Personal bests – or at least course bests – for;

Clare ALLEN

Martin DIXON

Rich HALL

Oliver MOORCROFT

Steve HOUGH
Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC
Sylvia BAILEY

Alix BEALE

Stephanie DRINKWATER

Jerry HANSFORD

Karen WALKER

Emerson PAUL
Orpington Road Runners
Andrew MILNE
Sevenoaks AC
Christopher ARCHER
Dartford Harriers AC
Andrew ARCHER
Dartford Harriers AC
Tim GRAY
Chiltern Church Runners

The Event Director said at the First Timer’s briefing, he’d buy anyone who ran a personal best (compared with their home course pb) a bacon sandwich, he told us afterwards this offer hasn’t cost him anything yet!

I’ll confess now my PB came from running with my son, not my wife – but then he is quicker than both of us!

I’ll also take the chance now to say Happy Mother’s day Sue Gray – you are a great Mum, and the kids agree with me on that!

Chris DICKINSON was the most experienced parkrunner who has not yet had a mention, with 297 runs. Andrew ARCHER ran his ‘Darts Max’ 180. Louise BAKER a non official milestone of 150. Thea FRANKLIN her ‘Flake’ run – 99.

One official milestone run - Georgia CLIFTON with her Junior 10, very well done Georgia.

Thanks to all the volunteers;

Michael BODDY, Chris DESMOND, Chris DICKINSON, Jason DOWN, Lilah HERBERT, James HOLMES, Elizabeth HUNT, Elizabeth MCARDLE, Andrew MEAD, Stephanie TAME, Jacob TAME, Richard TAME, Monika THALER, Giles James WOLFE

Nice to chat to Chris DICKINSONas the Tailwalker should really get the last mention – thanks for seeing Sue & Marie around. As a fellow tourist do keep an eye out for us at other events!

 

A busy one!

Thank you to Ian Gregory A173387 for this great run report form last weeks extremely busy parkrun-

This morning saw us, The Three Amigos, take an 82-mile north-east trip from Portsmouth to the dizzy heights of Lullingstone, Kent, the eighth hilliest parkrun course (according to the Jegmar elevation rankings). I’ve done a decent amount of parkrun tourism with fellow obsessive enthusiast, Dave ROBBINS and it was the first time our running buddy Michael SENNETT had joined us.

It was a much milder morning than ones we’d been experiencing throughout the week, although once we’d arrived, we all opted to do our warm-up with our running jackets on. It’s a course where it’s quite difficult to fit in my usual half-mile warm-up, unless you’ve become accustomed to the steep slopes here or you’re somewhat masochistic.

Lullingstone Country Park is just a stone’s throw away from the start of the parkrun, located halfway up the hill… this introduction to the area leads me on to some history about the area we were running in today.
The park area has had settlements there from as early as the Stone Age, though I expect their parkruns back then were based on running away from cave bears and woolly rhinoceros. Evidence has also been found of settlements and records of two farmsteads dating back to the Iron Age, as far as 20AD, Lulling’s tun meaning Lulling’s farm. During the Medieval period, the Country Park was part of a large estate and deer park which became a valuable hunting area. It resulted in the landscape becoming full of mature trees, some of which the parkrun route goes through, Lower Beechen Wood.
The site has a huge collection of ancient trees, with over 300 veteran oak, beech, ash, hornbeam and sweet chestnut, some of which are estimated to be 800 years old.

On to more recent history now… in 1933 some of the land that originally formed the park was sold off to cover debts of the estate, the 200-acre area around Lullingstone Castle being retained. The site is still owned by the Hart Dyke family, who have a history in Lullingstone which dates back 600 years. Some six years later, the Ministry of Defence used the land, placing dummy aircraft in the dry valley behind Lullingstone Park Farm to avert the enemy’s attention from nearby Biggin Hill. In some cases, aircraft were set alight during air raids to replicate direct hits; evidence still remains of bomb craters in and around the park.

Back to today’s run! All three of us were the first to experience a parkrun Mob Match. This is where clubs use parkrun as a place to meet and compete against each other; today there were four local clubs all competing for the local crown. From what I could gather from today’s Run Director, Giles James WOLFE, it wouldn’t be a case of who finished first, more a case of how each club performed as a whole - more about that later. All I can say is, it was conducted excellently and probably helped me put more effort into my run.

The parkrun itself is mainly run on grass, with a woodland carpet of leaves and other woodlandy stuff. I also seem to recall a small section of stony trail towards the finish line. Very little of it is flat, and even the flat parts are mostly on a camber, so it’s a constantly demanding course, both for the body and the mind. That said, two fifths of the course is downhill, so if you’re a lover of downhill running, like myself, you’ll be welcoming those kilometres with open arms! I must be a masochistic parkrunner at the moment, especially as I’ve completed Alice Holt (277ft), Cuerden Valley (345ft), Queen Elizabeth (376ft), Lullingstone (407ft) in the last twelve months and am heading to Bevendean Down, the sixth hilliest course, this-coming Saturday.

Despite the course being so hilly, there were some excellent times today, though fast times were to be expected with the Mob Match taking place. The four clubs taking part were Central Park Athletics, Dartford Harriers AC, Dartford Road Runners and SLGR Dartford Running Club.
First male finisher was Alex CAMERON of Dartford Harriers AC in an amazing 17:34, with first female finisher Cas WRIGHT, also of Dartford Harriers AC, in an equally impressive 20:07 and setting herself a new PB in the process.

There was only one official milestone runner today, Rob O’HALLORAN, a first timer from Central Park Athletics, celebrating his 100th parkrun, so a massive well done to him. Stephen BURGESS from SLGR completed his 150th parkrun and bagged a PB while doing so along with Rachel BIGNELL of Dartford Road Runners who completed her 200th parkrun… not official milestones but still very worthy of a special mention.

Out of the 254 participants who ran, jogged or walked the course today, a colossal 106 were first timers to this course, two of which were taking part in their first ever parkrun (seriously, there are much easier courses to start off at!) Out of the remaining 148 people who had run this course before, a staggering 58 managed to gain themselves a new PB. Representatives from 18 different running clubs took part, the largest contingencies being from the four Mob Match clubs mentioned earlier… 35 from Central Park Athletics, 31 from Dartford Harriers AC, 68 from Dartford Road Runners and 30 from SLGR. The best 20 results from each club determined the winner.

Other notable finish times today include runners who finished on exact minute times, Denise ROSE in 26:00, Brian BORRETT and Megan DAVIS bang on 28:00 and Carolyn CORP in 39:00. There were three runners finishing in aesthetically pleasing times… Antony HYLTON in 21:21, Christopher ARCHER in 23:23 and Maria ASHLEE in 32:32. Finally, there were two palindromic finish times… Paul DAWES in 21:12 and Marc POWELL in 24:42.

I want to praise every single marshal and volunteer out on the course today, they did a pristine job of making sure everyone completed their run safely and with unequivocal encouragement, I loved every minute of it. After the three of us had finished, we headed down to the café for a spot of breakfast and a drink before heading off back home, all having thoroughly enjoyed today’s road trip.

Ian Gregory

 

Stats Time!

Lullingstone parkrun
Event number 194
29th December 2018

This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Monika THALER • Chris DESMOND • Kevan WILKINSON • Lizzie WILKINSON • Giles James WOLFE • Bryan WOLFE • Chris DICKINSON • Renate BLACKER • Laura BODDY • Melanie ALFLATT • Amanda RIVETT • Alison BROOKER • Nick ALLEN • Natalie ALLEN

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

The male record is held by Robert JACKAMAN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 28th May 2016 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 18:47 on 4th November 2017 (event number 135).
The Age Grade course record is held by Janet LENTON who recorded 82.41% (23:53) on 26th May 2018 (event number 163).

Lullingstone parkrun started on 11th April 2015. Since then 2,813 participants have completed 9,689 parkruns covering a total distance of 48,445 km, including 1,593 new Personal Bests. A total of 296 individuals have volunteered 2,574 times.

 

Latests Stats

Lullingstone parkrun
Event number 188
17th November 2018

This week 45 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Kevan WILKINSON • Lizzie WILKINSON • Giles James WOLFE • Bryan WOLFE • Louise BAKER • Chris DICKINSON • Louise NORRIS • Graham DAVIS • Emma JONES • Emerson PAUL • William JARVIS • Helena JARVIS • Fiona BURNESS • Amanda RIVETT • James HOLMES • Mark BEARDON

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

The male record is held by Robert JACKAMAN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 28th May 2016 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 18:47 on 4th November 2017 (event number 135).
The Age Grade course record is held by Janet LENTON who recorded 82.41% (23:53) on 26th May 2018 (event number 163).

Lullingstone parkrun started on 11th April 2015. Since then 2,717 participants have completed 9,355 parkruns covering a total distance of 46,775 km, including 1,575 new Personal Bests.

A total of 293 individuals have volunteered 2,496 times.

 

A Run Stats report!

Lullingstone parkrun
Event number 186
3rd November 2018

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Monika THALER • Kevan WILKINSON • Lizzie WILKINSON • Giles James WOLFE • Nick VARLEY • John MOORCROFT • Richard TAME • Deborah ROUTLEDGE • Melanie ALFLATT • William JARVIS • Helena JARVIS • Jacob TAME • James HOLMES

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

The male record is held by Robert JACKAMAN who recorded a time of 16:48 on 28th May 2016 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Chloe SHARP who recorded a time of 18:47 on 4th November 2017 (event number 135).
The Age Grade course record is held by Janet LENTON who recorded 82.41% (23:53) on 26th May 2018 (event number 163).

Lullingstone parkrun started on 11th April 2015. Since then 2,694 participants have completed 9,254 parkruns covering a total distance of 46,270 km, including 1,561 new Personal Bests.

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