It's official - we will be running on Christmas Day at 9am from Kent Life, there will be no Dotty's but your run is totally legit and will count towards your milestone t-shirts!
It's official - we will be running on New Year's Day at 8.30am from Kent Life, there will be no Dotty's but your run is totally legit and will count towards your milestone t-shirts!
Then you will have time to go to Shorne Woods for 10.30am and run another totally legit parkrun which will also go towards your milestone t-shirts!!
They say problems come in threes………………….
This week I have been asked to do two things I haven’t done in the past whilst volunteering. One of them is writing this run report, so as I don’t run I thought I would let you in on my role as a volunteer during a rather eventful morning where 3 potential problems occurred..
Having arrived at about ten past eight to set up we were confronted with a rather large lorry negotiating the entrance to the farm delivering floodlights for next weekends bonfire celebrations.
Problem 1…..would it be moved in time for the start of the run at 9am ?
Whilst discussing the lorry from the comfort of my car with Donna, I was asked by to move forward so the lorry could reverse. I duly did this but managed to roll straight over my sons foot, stopping with the car on top of his foot whilst he was screaming in pain (this may not have been a problem if I drove a mini but I don’t, I drive a Landrover !!!)
Problem 2…..Although not running today, would Callum be able to compete in the Kent Cross Country League that afternoon ?
Just before the first runner was due over the finish line, the tokens that you are handed when you cross the line were dropped on the floor, obviously not falling in order but scattering everywhere. If you have ever done finish tokens, you would know that the most important thing is that they are given out to each runner in order.
Problem 3…..Could they be collected up and put back in order before the first runner appeared ?
I am pleased to report that thankfully, yes the lorry did move with minutes to spare. Yes, Callum did manage to run his race in the afternoon but no, unfortunately the tokens were not picked up in time. The first 33 tokens were abandoned and our first finisher was given token 34 as they were in order from that number. I must say this did cause some rather disappointed faces when some of you crossed the finish line and were handed your tokens, thinking you had been placed 33 places lower than you actually had. I am pleased to report that the results were not affected by this little mis-hap.
After this eventful start, back to my volunteering today ……………….
I said earlier that there were two things I had never done before, one being the run report, the other being the new runners brief. Although daunted by this, I took the clipboard from Donna and went through the bar codes, course, finish tokens and etiquette etc….with the “newbies”. What a lot of you there were this morning. I apologise if I missed things out but I hope that the information I did provide was useful and that you enjoyed your first run with us.
Although I normally have a specific role on a Saturday morning, due to the large number of volunteers we had today I was able to mingle with the runners asking you to become volunteers at future events. Whilst I didn’t get as many people to sign up as I had hoped for I did manage to get some of you who had never volunteered before to put your names forward so thank you.
As a volunteer you never know what you are going to be doing from week to week (unless you would like a specific role). Volunteering is very rewarding and it’s great to be able to support all of you who turn up at 9am on a Saturday morning. There are plenty of different roles when volunteering. If you want the peace and quiet of cuddle corner, guiding runners up the last hill when coming back into the farm or if you prefer the hustle and bustle at the finish line and fancy scanning bar codes and tokens, sign up as a volunteer.
The more volunteers we have on our rota each Saturday, the easier it is for the regular volunteers to run if they want to. I hope that you find the volunteers support encouraging and that one day in the future you can also encourage others by volunteering yourself
Congratulations to Carys Harper and Jenson McInulty who joined the exclusive junior parkrun 10 club today, and we would also like to congratulate Luigi Giorgi who has recently joined the parkrun 50 club, although his home parkrun is Wimbledon Common he regularly runs at Maidstone. And finally we must congratulate Maddie Clark who was our first lady finisher today at just 8 years old....amazing!!
Now for this weeks stats…………………
Event number 29
26th October 2013
Mark MELLON (VM45-49) of Gravesend Road Runners & AC, was first over the line in 18:28 - first appearance.
Martin KELK (VM45-49) of Invicta East Kent AC, was second over the line in 18:39.
Chris PATEY (SM20-24) of Larkfield AC, was third over the line in 18:43.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tom CARPENTER (Sittingbourne Striders) 1948 pts.
Michael WRAIGHT (Sittingbourne Striders) 1851 pts.
Matthew FIELD (Unattached) 1800 pts.
Maddie CLARK (JW14) (Unattached) was first (24th overall) over the line in 23:02 - first time in 16 appearances.
Jane Alexandra DEW (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 23:17.
Joy GIORGI (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (33rd overall) over the line in 23:52.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sue PIPER (Unattached) 2097 pts.
Emma WARRELL (Sittingbourne Striders) 1811 pts.
Emily WRIGHT (Dragons Running Club) 1704 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Alan HUNTER (VM50-54) was graded 80.11% for the time 19:01 (4th overall).
Ralph BARKER (VM55-59) was graded 79.36% for the time 19:42 (6th overall).
Maddie CLARK (JW14) was graded 78.65% for the time 23:02 (24th overall).
This week there were 148 runners, of whom 39 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.
Maidstone parkrun started on 13th April 2013, and since then 1,098 different runners, including participants from 89 athletics clubs, have completed 3,837 runs covering a total distance of 19,185 km, and there have been 1,204 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Liz WEEKS who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2013-07-20 (event number 15).
The men's record is held by Robbie FARNHAM-ROSE who ran in a time of 00:15:52 on 2013-08-31 (event number 21).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded a 86.19% run (17:23) on 19th October 2013 (event number 28).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maidstone parkrun Results Page.