Event #229

Hello everyone and welcome to last week's run report - better late than never right? #oops

Last weekend we had great weather for running with 207 finishers, of whom 22 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Despite looking a bit staged, this is just ED Darran caught in the act of gesticulating in the general direction of the route.

For no real reason at all.. here's a collage of runners with buggies and dogs. Everyone say "ahhhhhh"

This coming weekend Maidstone is cancelled so we expect to be quite busy and the car park a bit full. If you walk or cycle down or perhaps even park over in Lunsford Tesco it may not be a bad idea. Please don't park on outside of allocated bays in the car park or you'll risk getting a fine. You can pay for parking by cash or the Ringgo app.

We have a pretty full up volunteer roster this week, but almost empty for next week (18th) so please consider offering to help out. Drop us a line with your ID to malling@parkrun.com.

We say this a lot but we are very keen to grow our team of run directors. Here are some common misconceptions about run directors:

  1. You have to be mad. You don't.. but it might help ;-)
  2. You have to volunteer EVERY weekend. You don't  - only when you can
  3. You have to do the talky bit. You don't - only if you want to
  4. You have to do lots during the week? Nope - the Event Directors do that stuff
  5. You have to do the results. Guess what? No you don't!

You do need to know how each role is done in order to successfully manage the event but delegation is allowed! For this reason "on the job" training shadowing more experienced volunteers is recommended for a period of time until you feel confident.

Why might you want to consider being an RD?

  1. It will give you a buzz knowing you did something that impacted positively on 100's of people. For some it might be their only regular social contact
  2. It will give you an opportunity to develop as a person - from organisational to communications skills and more. Volunteering always looks good on the CV.
  3. You'll definitely make new friends. Additionally, runners will sometimes see you out and about and smile/wave at you like you've known them for years!
  4. You get to hold a clipboard and boss people about. What's not to like? ;-)

If interested, speak to the RD any weekend to find out more - thank you.

 

Malling parkrun
Event number 229
4th September 2021

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Tracy BROOKS • Sarah HAMPSHIRE • Tereza FRANCOVA • Jill STEPHENS • Ian MURRAY • Darran POTTER • Gary COOK • Jenna WHITECROSS • Helen LILLYMAN • Debbie KING • Laurel TOWNEND • Neil GUNN • Martin COFFIN • Gillian COFFIN • Finn SNOWDEN • Will MERRIFIELD • Edward KNIGHT • Catriona STRINGER • Molly GOBLE

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

The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:46 on 29th June 2019 (event number 185).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 15th February 2020 (event number 218).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded 91.97% (18:41) on 26th December 2015 (event number 13).

Malling parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 8,540 participants have completed 46,876 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,380 km, including 8,735 new Personal Bests. A total of 475 individuals have volunteered 3,176 times.

 

Event #227

Welcome to this week's run report! On Saturday we had near perfect running conditions that were enjoyed by 241 walkers, joggers and runners, 35 first timers (of which quite a few were tourists) and all made possible by 15 hi-viz heroes.

Thankfully this week was incident free although we did receive some comments from participants who said as they came around to complete their first lap the course at the start/finish area was obstructed by earlier finishers. Can we please remind finishers to find  the shortest queue for barcode scanning and please, please keep off the course itself - imagine being on for a PB but then having to slow down or stop because a crowd of runners has decided to congregate right in front of you.

Let's continue to show ALL park users the same respect we'd like to be shown to us :-)

This week we sent out a lead bike because we could only put a single marshal out on the course. We'd really really like to have more marshals to help ensure everyone's heath and safety but we can only do this if enough people volunteer.

It's always hard to find volunteers during the holiday month of August, but please do consider lending us a bit of your time. It's easy and fun. In the first two weeks of September Tracy, Brian and Callum are away for a much deserved holiday and so we'll be very short those weeks. Offers of help to malling@parkrun.com please!

We also have our facebook group for volunteers should you wish to stay in the loop for updates.

As always, we're still looking to grow the core team of RDs to make the event sustainable into the future. It's not as scary as it might look so please do consider it, especially if you fancy a new and ultra-rewarding challenge.

Malling parkrun
Event number 227
21st August 2021

This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Callum BROOKS • Tracy BROOKS • Brian BROOKS • Carole FISHER • Ian MURRAY • Darran POTTER • Kate PATTERSON • Christine KENT • Richard LEE • Finn SNOWDEN • Will MERRIFIELD • Elaine EYERS • Edward KNIGHT • Molly GOBLE

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

The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:46 on 29th June 2019 (event number 185).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 15th February 2020 (event number 218).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded 91.97% (18:41) on 26th December 2015 (event number 13).

Malling parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 8,482 participants have completed 46,398 parkruns covering a total distance of 231,990 km, including 8,655 new Personal Bests. A total of 469 individuals have volunteered 3,143 times.

 

 

 

Event #224

Well done to all the 161 of you who walked, jogged or run last weekend. We had 58 first timers and 31 of you recorded new Personal Bests!
We had near perfect running weather and so hope you achieved whatever targets you'd set yourself!

On a happy note, Nigel Hidson hit his 100th parkrun this week... well done Nigel!!

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On a less happy note there was an incident involving a possible collision between an elderly lady and our runners. We can't stress enough that other park users have right of way along the paths and that runners MUST slow and be prepared to STOP if there is not sufficient space to pass safely - remembering that what you consider to be enough may not be to the other person!!

In light of the above we will need to field more marshals at future events to ensure everyone's safety - but this will require additional volunteers so please consider offering to help if you can.

 

Retuning to happier topics, this week saw little Luke join his "big" brother Max and dad David complete his FIRST EVER 5k parkrun!! Mum Kate and lil'sis Emma were providing much needed volunteer assistance :-)

This week we have LOADS of great photos thanks to Sarah, so why not check yourself out via our google photos album?

Please give it up for your hi-viz heroes... not all of which are captured below. If you'd like to get involved please check out the future roster and email via malling@parkrun.com

 

Lastly...This week we were joined by Tracey Open who has been running 5K every day throughout July to raise money for an ASD assistance dog for her grandson who has autism. If you'd like to support Tracey she has provided us with this link.

 

Malling parkrun
Event number 224
31st July 2021

This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Callum BROOKS • Tracy BROOKS • Brian BROOKS • Sarah HAMPSHIRE • Cheryl ROBERTSON • Jill STEPHENS • Darran POTTER • Gary COOK • Helen LILLYMAN • Debbie KING • Archie MITCHELL • Kate PATTERSON • Christine KENT • Finn SNOWDEN • Will MERRIFIELD • Edward KNIGHT • Molly GOBLE

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

The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:46 on 29th June 2019 (event number 185).
The female record is held by Nicole TAYLOR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 15th February 2020 (event number 218).
The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded 91.97% (18:41) on 26th December 2015 (event number 13).

Malling parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 8,377 participants have completed 45,652 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,260 km, including 8,506 new Personal Bests. A total of 466 individuals have volunteered 3,104 times.

 

Event #223 – It did indeed, come home

Well, after much anticipation and some false starts along the way - Malling parkrun event no. 223 finally happened last Saturday!!

It was lovely to see familiar faces after such a long time and everyone looked to be having a great time. In total we had around 175 finishers which was the perfect number to get a nice buzz without being too busy.

Our "spaced out" barcode scanning area:

There's loads more pics on our google album if you wanted to look or upload your own!

 

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available so please check the roster and consider lending us your time? We're always on the lookout for more people to join the "core" team and perhaps even become a future run director - could that be you?

Aesthetically Pleasing & Spot On Times

00:24:00 Stephen WHITING 
00:24:42 Glen BAKER 
00:27:27 Teresa ROGERS 
00:32:00 Dylan SCOTT-HALL First Timer!

Malling parkrun
Event number 223
24th July 2021

This week 95 people ran, 67 people jogged and 6 people walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers, 11 were visitors and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. The age breakdown was 8 juniors (4-17), 34 seniors (18-34) and 126 veterans (>35).

Unfortunately 7 people forgot their barcodes this week.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Archie MITCHELL • Brian BROOKS • Christine KENT • Darran POTTER • Edward KNIGHT • Finn SNOWDEN • Ian MURRAY • Mo O'BRIEN • Molly GOBLE • Natasha SPENCER-JONES • Paul KIDD • Samantha LEDNOR • Sarah HAMPSHIRE • Tim PARRETT • Tracy BROOKS • Will MERRIFIELD

The event graphs can be found at: http://runtables.me/malling/runreport/

 

Malling parkrun to resume on 24.07.21

YES!! We're back.

It'll be parkrun, mostly as you know it but with a few small changes to make it as safe as we can. We'd really appreciate your help:

  1. Follow all national and local guidance. Please do not come if you feel unwell noting that COVID and common cold systems can easily be confused.
  2. Please check our event risk assessment and be aware of the mitigations in place. Assess your personal risk noting that no events are 100% risk free
  3. If possible walk to the Country Park to avoid crowding in the car park. Please note TMBC car parks are using the Ringgo app for payments and charges may have increased since your last parkrun
  4. Please try to maintain social distancing wherever possible. We appreciate this might be hard before and after the event. Note that our volunteers are limited to "gentle encouragement" and are not responsible for the "policing" of people's behaviour.
  5. Please be kind to our volunteers and supportive of anyone who needs or wishes to wear items of PPE.
  6. Pre-run briefings will be kept short to minimise the time during which people are gathered at the start. Please help us by not talking during the briefing, and by paying careful attention to the information given. Regretfully we will not be doing "shout outs" for milestones, birthdays etc.
  7. There will be no refreshments. Please bring plenty of fluids with you - and take home again after!
  8. Our start area is not massively wide, therefore we kindly ask you to "grade" yourself so that faster runners are to the front and slower to the back. This will allow the start to "flow" with less congestion.
  9. During the run please don't shout or spit. Do be aware of other park users who have just as much right to be in the park and may be concerned to see higher numbers than usual.
  10. Please slow down as you approach the finish funnel, walk through and collect your token on exit by holding out your open hand at arms length. The finish token volunteer will drop the token into your hand, also at arms length to maximise physical separation.
  11. If you’ve smashed your run but are huffing and puffing a bit, please do consider moving away from the finish area to regain control of your breathing before getting scanned.
  12. We will have more barcode scanner volunteers than before - please join the smallest queue, again remembering to keep your distance where possible and don't block the course itself.
  13. Please have your personal barcode ready and present with the finish token at arms length to the scanning volunteer. Once scanned, drop the finish token into the bucket in front of the volunteer. Remember barcode scanning is to be contact free.
  14. It is your responsibility to present a scannable barcode. If your barcode doesn't scan it will not be possible for your time to be recorded.
  15. After scanning please move away from the start/finish area as quickly as possible.

Helping us by following the guidance above will make compliance with the parkrun COVID framework easier for us and we thank you in advance!

We would also appreciate you sharing this information with anyone you know that is not either on social media or have access to the internet.

Our volunteers will be using the new updated Virtual Volunteer App (video tutorial here) instead of dedicated stopwatches and opticon barcode scanners. So if you are considering volunteering please download from the apple or android app stores.

We're all very excited to welcome you back on the 24th but are still looking for additional volunteers, so if interested please get in touch.

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