Maidstone parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Good news and bad news….

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 367
14th March 2020

This week 327 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

Let's start with the bad news....

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There will be no parkrun across the UK until at least the end of March. Please do not turn up to Kent Life on Saturday to simply run anyway. We need to follow existing Government guidelines and would ask that you perhaps find some new routes to explore and minimise contact with others. Please keep an eye on our social media channels or the website https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/ for ongoing updates.

Keep safe and well, we will stay in touch with you all on Facebook, Twitter, instagram and would love to see your solo running photos! We will be here when this is all over and much stronger as a community

Now the good news....

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What a great morning we had at what turned out to be our last parkrun for a while. We celebrated international women's day a week late, so many of you dressed in purple and enjoyed the selfie frame from parkrun and from Kent Sport. Thanks to Kent Sport for also giving us some This Girl Can T-shirts that we were able to give to some volunteers and lucky runners.

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You can find all our photos on Google and thanks to Colin, Keeley and others who took photos on Saturday. https://photos.app.goo.gl/oyVkfgZAZPtH62Kh6

Milestones

Congratulations to our milestone runners who will be able to claim a milestone shirt from parkrun!

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Male
77/183
61.06% age grade
25:51
PB 25:19
239
Female
69/127
47.78% age grade
32:41
PB 28:46

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Voluncheers!

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Sue JAMES • Timothy Russell CARR • Donna CARR • Mick JEFFERIES • Paul MCINULTY • Steve RUSSELL • Claire GILLESPIE • Jim MURRAY • Max JEFFERIES • Chris GEDGE • Ann GREBBELL • Jim GILLESPIE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Josie BILLINGHAM • Joseph FRAMPTON • Nikki MOODY • Cara BROWN • Colin FIELD • Catey BOWLES • Mick CRANFIELD • Erik HOGG • Toby BROOKER • Stephen MOORE • Zachary LUDWIN • Jack MORRIS • Harriet ODLING • James MEAD • Rhoda EDWARDS • Meadow MACLAURIN • Madison MACLAURIN • James WOODCOCK • Sam FURZER • Molly MINTER • Pete MORRIS • Archie GILLIES

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

The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).
The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:03 on 17th September 2016 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 90.46% (21:09) on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 11,863 participants have completed 113,797 parkruns covering a total distance of 568,985 km, including 18,175 new Personal Bests. A total of 813 individuals have volunteered 9,172 times.

 

Leap Day parkrun

Maidstone parkrun

Event number 366

29th February 2020

This week 308 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

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Run Report by Annie Rumble

Saturday 29 February 2020 was a unique and special day – unique because 29 February falling on a Saturday only happens once every 28 years, and special … because I completed my 200th Park Run with my husband who completed his 4th!

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So first to explain that; Mark is not a runner but a great support to me and has done all my 50 incremental milestones (officials and unofficials); 50, 100, 150 and now 200. One of my favourite photos of us is running my 50th – both looking younger and thinner than we did for my 200th! I also have a photo from that day of me holding an Olympic torch!

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My Park Run story started with a chance meeting with Donna on a train to London. She told me about Park Run generally and the new one in Maidstone. At that time I lacked the confidence to do anything as part of any group, however a year later – on 31st May 2014 - I nervously ran my first Park Run and was hooked!

Since then I have run in all weathers and dressed wearing all sorts of costumes including an elf, a fairy and a cat: I’ve run listening to different types of music, alone with my thoughts or chatting to new friends and strangers. I’ve shouted ‘castle’, high-fived and given and received lots of hugs and words of encouragement and even gave Kelly Holmes directions to the loo! I’ve run as regular tourist at Goulston Cliffs Run when I visit my Mum in Norfolk, leaving Maidstone at 6.00 am so we arrive in time for me to get to the sea front by 9.00 am.

But most importantly I’ve found I love running with others – as many as 500 others some weeks. We all have our own reasons and motivations for running every Saturday morning; young, old, thin and not so thin; sprinters, plodders and walkers; fit and healthy and those struggling with emotional or physical health challenges. I have met some special people who have become friends like our ‘walking bus’ ladies from Allington – Holly, Fran, Inger, Wendy, Lorraine and Kay; I’m a member of Dragons Running Club and met some lovely and supportive people there too: Mick, Tony, Neil, Ian, Emily, Vikki, Lucy and Pat; And then there’s the weekly banter with Ramon … As well as those I have named, there are those who I don’t actually know but are familiar faces and I feel like I know them, including the team of volunteers that make it all possible every week.

So Mark; I am looking forward to running my 250th run with you hopefully some time next year, but to all my Park Run Family I am looking forward to running the 49 runs before that with all of you.

Thank you all

Annie Rumble

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Milestones - 10 for juniors, 50, 100 and 250 will all be able to claim parkrun shirts!

59
Male
55/185
57.55% age grade
23:43
PB 21:16
226
Male
156/185
49.03% age grade
31:53
PB 30:47
25
Male
23/185
69.61% age grade
21:53
PB 20:03

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Dates for your Diary

International Womens Day! - Sat 7th March, Please wear purple esp your parkrun volunteer T-shirt if you have one!

Easter and our 7th Birthday parkrun! Sat 11th April - FANCY DRESS!

Voluncheers!

The event was made possible by 33 volunteers who got very wet!

Donna CARR • Steve RUSSELL • Jim GILLESPIE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Josie BILLINGHAM • Joseph FRAMPTON • Christopher BIRD • Simon COPE • Tina SAUNDERS • Colin FIELD • Sue FIELD • Catey BOWLES • Daron ELDRIDGE • Rob JACKSON • Evelyn ELDRIDGE • Michelle BROOKER • Toby BROOKER • Catherine CARPENTER • Jack MORRIS • William CARPENTER • Cara BROWN • Harriet ODLING • Rhoda EDWARDS • Stuart CARPENTER • Jill EDMANS • Madeleine GREGORY • Joe CRAWFORD • Anne HIBBERD • Meadow MACLAURIN • James WOODCOCK • Sam FURZER • Molly MINTER • Pete MORRIS

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

The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).
The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:03 on 17th September 2016 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 90.46% (21:09) on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 11,845 participants have completed 113,470 parkruns covering a total distance of 567,350 km, including 18,134 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 9,136 times.

 

Event 365 – Maidstone Harriers Takeover

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 365
22nd February 2020

This week 413 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

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Run Report by Andrew Burgess

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Saturdays used to be a rest day for me, until, late in 2013, I discovered parkrun.  Before I did my first one, I couldn’t really understand what all the fuss was about, but on the basis that “you never know until you’ve tried it”, I decided to give it a go.  Christmas Day, 2013, at Great Lines (Maidstone was underwater that day), was where I made my début.

These days, at nine o’clock on a Saturday morning, I am usually running, or about to run, somewhere.  On the basis that there is only one rule of parkrun (“Don’t Forget Your Barcode”), I have one in my water belt, one in my rucksack and one in my car.  I have now managed to run over 40 different events, including all those in Kent, but today was an eye-opener for me.  Apart from one marshalling stint at Shorne Woods and a run report at Hadleigh last year, today was the first time I had taken on a high-profile role outside Great Lines.

The reason?  It was the Maidstone Harriers takeover day at Maidstone parkrun.

Every parkrun event has its little foibles, and I was only too aware that I might forget something in the preparation.  Fortunately, by the time I arrived, almost everything had been set up by those who knew what they were doing, so all I had to do was sort out the new runners’ briefing (thank you for doing that, Catey), and deliver the pre-run talk.  I had very kindly been given an A4 sheet of everything I needed to remember, and was pleased to see that its contents tallied pretty much with what I had planned to say.

That done, and up went my usual cry of “Let’s Go parkrunning!”   A couple of minutes later, some 413 of you were heading off along the river, towards the delights of the bouncing bridge, the loop around Whatman Park, and heading back towards Kent Life, and the teasing little finish climb.  Well done to today’s first finishers, Stephen Poole (17.24) and Charlotte Bates (20.18) – I wish I could make it look that easy!  Slightly further back were a number of you completing milestone parkruns – 50ths by Alan Featherstone, a tourist from Hull, Phil Wond, Wendy Carter, Marion Storey, and one of our tail runners, Gerry Reeves – and 10th parkruns by Dylan Elks and Alex Newman, who actually did it last week, but his father left the barcode at home (DFYSB!).

My years of reading run reports from Maidstone mean that I have learned that I need to record that no-one managed 20.20 this week, but aesthetically pleasing times were recorded by Alice Baxter (25.25) and Andrew Riedl (26.26), and “Should’ve Been a Pacer” times of 25.00 by Graham Russell, 28.00 by Ryan Edwards, 29.00 by Patricia Mitchell, 33.00 by Rebecca Sandow, and 40.00 by Theresa Wells.

Thank you, Maidstone parkrun, for making my job as a Tourist RD such an easy one.  Enjoy your 366th parkrun next week, on the 366th day.  By the way, has anyone seen Darrell Harman?

 

Thank you to Hebe Bowley and James Mead for our great photos this week,

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Remember they are free to download for your own personal use.

Dates for your Diary

Our Leap Year parkrun - Sat 29th February, this won't fall on a Saturday for another 28 years!! This is where we wear our milestones and Apricot parkrun t-shirts

International Womens Day! - Sat 7th March, Please wear purple esp your parkrun volunteer T-shirt if you have one!

Easter and our 7th Birthday parkrun! Sat 11th April - FANCY DRESS!

Voluncheers!

Thank you to our amazing 41 volunteers:-

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Paul HOLLAND • Gerald KRAUSE • Sammy ROLF • Stefhan LEWIS • Simon READ • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Andrew BURGESS • Katie JAMES • Mathew BROOKS • Josie BILLINGHAM • Jane GARDINER • Mark SMITH • Joseph FRAMPTON • David MCKNIGHT • William CARPENTER • Terry STEPHENS • Jacqueline LISTER • Sharon BARNETT • Keira BARNETT • Benjamin BARNETT • Keith DEAN • Catey BOWLES • Viv SULLIVAN • Catherine CARPENTER • Claire WALDRON • Julie FOSTER • Bob FOSTER • Hebe BOWLEY • Ethan BOWLEY • James MEAD • Rhoda EDWARDS • Graham RUSSELL • Stuart CARPENTER • Ian WATTON • Thomas WATTON • Gerald REEVES • Madeleine GREGORY • Meadow MACLAURIN • James WOODCOCK • Sam FURZER • Molly MINTER

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

The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).
The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:03 on 17th September 2016 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 90.46% (21:09) on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 11,821 participants have completed 113,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 565,810 km, including 18,105 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 9,100 times.

 

 

 

Event 364 – Love Love Love!

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 364
15th February 2020

This week was our Valentines parkrun and 406 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests.

What a lovely morning, we launched our brand new Vitality Pink volunteer jackets and were joined by loads of pink and red clad parkrunners and our facebook page was full of valentines poems!

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Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week:

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Daisy Graveling on her 10th run (juniors only)

Tom Phillips on his 50th parkrun

Neil Bourne and John Brown on their 100th run

and although they are not official parkrun milestone, we think they are amazing:

Alison Strange on her 150th parkrun

Alison Phillips on their 200th parkrun

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Thank you to Hebe Bowley for this weeks photos

Here are our photos
Click on the link https://photos.app.goo.gl/6YmdpiSr3N6jfVmx5 
What do you think
Of our volunteer pink?

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Dates for your Diary

Our Leap Year Event 366 parkrun - Sat 29th February, this won't fall on a Saturday for another 28 years!! This is where we wear our milestones and Apricot parkrun t-shirts

International Womens Day! - Sat 7th March, Please wear purple esp your parkrun volunteer T-shirt if you have one!

Easter and our 7th Birthday parkrun! Sat 11th April - FANCY DRESS!

Voluncheers!

Thank you to our amazing 39 volunteers:-

Josie BILLINGHAMAmanda BIRDChristopher BIRDCatey BOWLESEthan BOWLEYHebe BOWLEYKay BOWLEYMichelle BROOKERToby BROOKERCara BROWNDonna CARRSimon COPERhoda EDWARDSDaron ELDRIDGEEvelyn ELDRIDGERobbie ELDRIDGEJoseph FRAMPTONJo FRAZER-WISESam FURZERJoseph HUSSEYRob JACKSONSue JAMESMick JEFFERIESGary LUDWINZachary LUDWINMeadow MACLAURINMolly MINTERStephen MOOREJack MORRISPete MORRISAlan NEWMANEmily NURDENHoward NURDENBen PARMARSteve RUSSELLJackie SMITHFred STREATFIELDJames WEBBERJames WOODCOCK

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

The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).
The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:03 on 17th September 2016 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 90.46% (21:09) on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 11,821 participants have completed 113,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 565,810 km, including 18,105 new Personal Bests. A total of 810 individuals have volunteered 9,100 times.

 

 

 

Finish Token Reminder – Event 363

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 363
8th February 2020

This week 452 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

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Please DO NOT take our finish tokens home! we had 5 tokens go missing this week! PLEASE if you have taken any please bring them back (we won't be mad just so so glad!!) as we have to make up new finish tokens with stickers to replace the missing ones and they do not scan so well, it is really important to us to get your times right and we need these tokens for that to happen!

So to remind you of the importance we've republished our Betty and Barry adaptation of The Scarecrows Wedding!) in attempt to get the message over that we need every single one of our finish tokens back!:-

Barcodes and Tokens

Betty and Barry

Barry O’Barcode and Betty McToken

Were parkrun barcodes whose love was unspoken,

For Barry loved Betty and Betty loved Barry

So Barry said “Betty, my beauty, lets marry?

Lets have a wedding, the best wedding yet

A wedding that no one will ever forget”

 

Betty said “yes” and gave him her arm

And set off for a stroll around Kent Life Farm

The wedding was set for the next parkrun night

They planned and prepared it to make it just right

Each week they’d be placed in somebody’s hand

From finish to runner, then wait to be scanned

 

The runners would hold them all hot and sweaty

And just for a moment Barry was separate from Betty

Then back in the bucket together when scanned

Then they’d be sorted together as planned

The core volunteer team would leave them some cake

With bits of their breakfast so no need to bake.

 

But sadly it didn’t go according to plan

As Betty’s runner had no barcode to scan

He’d arrived a bit late - missed the new runners brief

He’d taken her home and this made him a thief

He’d thought it was fun and he’d wanted a set

He didn’t know he’d spoil the best wedding yet

 

Instead of the bucket, he took her home to his house

And Betty sat crying as quiet as a mouse

Now up until now no-one knew they could walk

Or knew they had feelings or knew they could talk

“I’m missing my friends and my wedding” she cried

(And Barry was missing his lost barcode bride)

 

“Please take me back now” poor Betty pleaded

The runner felt bad, hadn’t known they were needed

Meanwhile at parkrun the barcodes were sorted

Betty was missing – the wedding was thwarted

Oh no cried the sorters, oh no cried the RD

Oh no cried poor Barry, just where could she be?

 

The man clad in lycra felt terribly bad

As he looked at poor Betty who was ever so sad

He put on his trainers and ran back to Kent Life

So Barry could marry his cute barcode wife

The lycra clad man was nervous and worried

For stealing a barcode so he really hurried

 

He thought they’d be angry and terribly cross

But they hugged and they thanked him for solving the loss

And he went to the wedding, the best wedding yet

The wedding that no one will ever forget.

Everyone cheered as they sprinkled confetti

On Barry O’barcode and his beautiful Betty

 

The moral of this story is ever so clear

Our barcodes and tokens are ever so dear

At the new run brief - the rules are explained

And all the new runners are suitably trained

Barcodes are needed for every parkrun

We can’t have one missing not even just one

 

So your own personal barcode each runner must carry

And give us ours back so our barcodes can marry

Runners must never beg, steal or borrow

For barcodes are needed we’ve learned to our sorrow

So remember your barcode, the best barcode yet

The barcode that no one must ever forget!

Thank you to our photographers this week Sam Embleton and Lee-Anne Baker and you can view all the photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/4cpbg6U2fRbWb6oH7

Congratulations to all our milestone runners this week:

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Kerstin Sung, Graham Russell, Nicole Hayter, Kitty-Blue Smith, Jenny Rogers, Theresa Wells all completed their 50th parkruns

Mark Hooker, Phillip Still and Graeme Pomfrett all completed their 100th parkruns

and although they are not official parkrun milestone, we think they are amazing:

Emily Sweeney on her 150th parkrun

Matthew Nolan on his 200th parkrun

2020 Maidstone - Eka Rai 

We have a new Maidstone 2020 position holder, Eka Rai is now the new holder of our 2020 position. This is a special position as Kent Life is situated at a junction where the A20 meets the M20 (2020), and Eka ran exactly 20 mins 20 seconds. And the dates not bad either! 08.02.2020!!

Dates for your Diary

Our Valentines Day parkrun - Sat 15th Feb, this is where we all run in red or pink!

Our Leap Year parkrun - Sat 29th February, this won't fall on a Saturday for another 28 years!! This is where we wear our milestones and Apricot parkrun t-shirts

International Womens Day! - Sat 7th March, Please wear purple esp your parkrun volunteer T-shirt if you have one!

Easter and our 7th Birthday parkrun! Sat 11th April - FANCY DRESS!

Voluncheers!

Thank you to our amazing 34 volunteers who made this event possible:-

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Donna CARR • Steve RUSSELL • Chris GEDGE • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Neil VICKERY • Keeley FRAZER-WISE • Josie BILLINGHAM • Joseph FRAMPTON • Samantha EMBLETON • William CARPENTER • Joseph HUSSEY • Mick CRANFIELD • Daron ELDRIDGE • Robbie ELDRIDGE • Evelyn ELDRIDGE • Michelle BROOKER • Toby BROOKER • Stephen MOORE • Catherine CARPENTER • Zachary LUDWIN • Jack MORRIS • Martin DARBY • Cara BROWN • Harriet ODLING • Ethan BOWLEY • Joseph EMBLETON • Rhoda EDWARDS • Stuart CARPENTER • Madeleine GREGORY • Meadow MACLAURIN • Sam FURZER • Lee-Anne BAKER • Molly MINTER • Pete MORRIS

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

The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who recorded a time of 16:45 on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).
The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:03 on 17th September 2016 (event number 182).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded 90.46% (21:09) on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 11,767 participants have completed 112,343 parkruns covering a total distance of 561,715 km, including 18,018 new Personal Bests. A total of 800 individuals have volunteered 9,020 times.

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