parkrun – a run not a race!

So following on from last weeks newsletter with parkrun info, we add a little more and remind you all that parkrun is a 'run' not a 'race' and this distinction is really important as part of our UKA registration, children are only allowed to participate becasue we are categorised as a run, so we encourage parents not to be too pushy or competitive with their children. Our aim at parkrun is to instill a love of running and exercise into the next generation that will be a part of their whole lives, we certainly don't want them to burn out and hate the running experience! Make it fun for them and they will develop a love of running for life!

The distinction continues as we do not have winners, we do, however have first finishers but we really honour Personal Bests (PB's) which make it possible for all of us to be winners. No matter how quick we are, if we are quicker than before, then we are a winner. Each and every PB is a hard won battle racing only ourselves!


 Maidstone parkrun 30 May

Now I do know that there are many little races that go on in amongst you all, we see great sprints at the finish while friends try to pip each other at the last minute, and I know of many other small personal races that go on between friends each week! I even see children trying to beat mum or dad and of course thats ok, thats what make it all so much fun, parkrun can be whatever you want it to be, whether its a time trial, a lesiurely chat with a friend while exercising, burning the calories you ate the day before, part of your weight loss programme, your keep fit regime, or practice for a big race. Whatever your reason just come along and #DFYB (Don't Forget Your Barcode!)

Remember parkrun is also about volunteering and parkrun only happens because we have such a great team that volunteer every week and they are joined by others who volunteer regularly, sometimes or just the once, we have some DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) lads who volunteer for 3 months to complete their award, everyone of you is really important. If you would like to give volunteering a go and see parkrun from another angle (and you will really enjoy it, I promise!) then email and let us know what you would like to have a go at.

Maidstone parkrun 30 May

This week we had Jo Frazer-Wise as a first time Run Director and she did a great job and really enjoyed it. (See volunteer spotlight below)

Thank you to again to Jo for multi tasking and for taking some photographs this week. She is the queen of selfies! Please check out all hers and previous pictures on our flickr account - theres lots of great individual photos and you can download any picture off our flickr account for free!

parkrun 10, 50, and 100 clubs

Congratulations to Lily Crossley, Daisy Saunderson and Cameron Routledge who ran their 10th parkruns today and they now join the parkrun 10 club (exclusive to juniors only).

We also had Stephen Friend run his 100th parkrun  and he now joins the exclusive parkrun 100 club so extra congratulations to Stephen!
Maidstone parkrun 30 May

Please check out the latest important update on your parkrun club t-shirts

and Tribe Sport have put together a blog detailing the process

Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week

This weeks aesthetically pleasing times are Matthew Connell with 22:33, Ian Pennington with 22:44, Tom Brunt with 22:55, Thomas Brown with 28:28 and jointly Gina Newstead and Bob Doe both with 29:29 and Angela Smith with 31:31. On the spot times were Jerome Moisan with 21:00, Jordan Wood and Lauren Smyth both with 31:00 and Sue Piper with 38:00.

The current holder of the "Maidstone 20:20" slot is STILL David Gardiner.

Volunteer Spotlight by Jo Frazer-Wise

Maidstone parkrun 30 May

We couldn't do it without you! Two weeks ago it dawned on Donna (our Maidstone Event Director) that they may have a problem on 30 May as lots of regular volunteers were away. This included most people who had been a Run Director before. So what were they to do? Well turn to me it would seem! I've been a volunteer in other roles on occasion and was entrusted into the safe hands of Tracy to support me through in what is surely the scariest role of all.

Arriving at Maidstone parkrun far earlier than I ever have before I was handed the clipboard of power, a list of volunteers, things to say at the run briefing and a long list of other things to remember. Oh and the badge which made sure everyone knew who I was, so there would be no hiding if things went wrong! I was soon to learn that being Run Director keeps you on your toes but it also doesn't happen alone. I was surrounded by a fabulous team of volunteers and a really supportive and eager crowd of runners.

The bottom line is everyone just wants to enjoy their parkrun. We all play a part in that - whether by volunteering, keeping left, bringing our barcodes or socialising in Dotties. My role as Run Director was to help coordinate everything and do my best to ensure your parkrun goes smoothly. And thanks to all of you, I loved me chance at being Run Director and I had a particularly special parkrun day. Hopefully you did too.

Dates for your diary

Orpington Road Runner's are staging their annual 10k race on Sunday,14th June at High Elms Country Park in Farnborough, Orpington. The course is entirely off road and uses paths and trails around the wood and park. All proceeds will be donated to St Christophers Hospice in Bromley. The Race starts at 9.30am and runners can enter at 

Cancer Research UK, have a 5k and 10k run on Sunday 12th July and also a new 5k obstacle course, Pretty Muddy, taking place on Saturday 11th July at Mote Park.  Check out to register

VolunCheers - Thank you to this week's volunteers, they do such a great job each week and we love them!

Alan NEWMAN • Brian BROOKS • Callum BROOKS • Cameron SPREE • Daniel SMITH • Darcy MCDONNELL • Donna CARR • Howard PIPER • James ALCOCK • James FORD • Jo FRAZER-WISE • Jon SPREE • Julie MARTIN • Laura TAYLOR • Paul COMMONS • Sara-Jane TERRY • Sue JAMES • Tracy BROOKS

and the stats for the week.....

Maidstone parkrun
Event number 114
30th May 2015

Male placings:
George DEWIT CHANEY (JM15-17) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:10 - first time in 6 appearances.
Ryan DONOGHUE (SM20-24) of Maidstone Harriers, was second over the line in 18:15.
Thomas ORTON (SM30-34) of Tamworth AC, was third over the line in 18:20.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul MCAULIFFE (Unattached) 677 pts.
Ian BROAD (Larkfield AC) 638 pts.
Tom CARPENTER (Maidstone Harriers) 598 pts.

Female placings:
Nicola SUSANS (VW35-39) of Larkfield AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 19:12 - 5th time in 5 appearances.
Maddie CLARK (JW10) (Unattached) was second (46th overall) over the line in 22:01 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Tanya CORNISH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (53rd overall) over the line in 22:34.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Megan FULLER (Unattached) 678 pts.
Karen MARTIN (Unattached) 660 pts.
Emma CARPENTER (Maidstone Harriers) 554 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Alan HUNTER (VM55-59) was graded 82.47% for the time 18:38 (5th overall).
Maddie CLARK (JW10) was graded 79.71% for the time 22:01 (46th overall).
Paul MCAULIFFE (VM55-59) was graded 78.33% for the time 20:18 (21st overall).

This week there were 383 runners, of whom 63 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different athletics clubs took part.

Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013, and since then 3,891 different runners, including participants from 223 athletics clubs, have completed 24,613 runs covering a total distance of 123,065 km, and there have been 5,845 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Ashley GIBSON who ran in a time of 00:16:45 on 2014-01-25 (event number 42).
The male record is held by Robbie FARNHAM-ROSE who ran in a time of 00:15:33 on 2014-05-24 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sally MUSSON who recorded a 90.46% run (21:09) on 25th January 2014 (event number 42).

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