Malling parkrun is cancelled on 2021-06-26 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

It’s Coming Home!

Hello everyone!

As of Friday 11th June, parkrun UK says it has received enough landowner permissions to resume English events on June 26th - subject to the Governments announcement on Monday regarding Stage 4.

We have permission from TMBC to re-start on the 26th June, also subject to and depending on applicable Government guidance in force at that time. This means we have to wait just a little bit longer to know whether we need to give up our Saturday morning lie-ins in a couple of weeks!

It's very likely we'll be resuming under the COVID framework and we encourage everyone to take a look so that you know what changes to expect. In summary, the key points are:

  • Minimising the time people are spent grouped together. Short briefings, no post-event socialising, 1 barcode scanning volunteer per 50 finishers
  • Longer finish funnel
  • No high-5's, no spitting
  • Sanitiser made available for volunteers
  • No sharing of equipment between volunteers
  • All events to use the virtual volunteer app instead of stopwatches and scanners. If you've not installed it, why not give it a try? Available in both the iOS and Android app stores.
  • Contact-free barcode scanning - finishers to hold out both barcodes to be scanned with finish token dropped into container on the floor. To keep queues to a minimum the no-barcode rule will be very strictly enforced and extend to damaged, wet/soggy  un-scannable barcodes.
  • Bibs, lanyards etc to be quarantined for 72hrs post event

And more than ever, we need to be very mindful of other park users, many of whom may have only starting using the Country Park since lockdown and hence might be quite concerned to see hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers.

If we can keep the above in mind and try to ensure both our own and other's safety that would be greatly appreciated :-)



Happy New Year!

Dear Malling parkrun family!

With it being the last day of 2020 we thought we’d get in touch to wish you, your friends and family the very healthiest and happiest 2021 possible!

It goes without saying 2020 won’t go down in history as one of the better years although as ever, from great adversity... can come great things and despite the bad we discovered a new sense of community and appreciation for the simple things.

With luck and a following wind, we could be back park running, jogging and walking in just a few months. In the meantime there’s (not)parkrun where Kent is leading the way in national results table and the new 8 week #parkrunresolution initiative (starting Jan 4th) which aims to help us all make positive improvements to our health and well-being.
To finish off, some personal thoughts from the core team:

ED Tracy:

“Well, I'd never thought I'd go 9 months without rocking up at a parkrun somewhere. I'm sure many of you have thought the same.

Not living locally to the lakes, as a family we have been running around Medway which has meant not seeing you, our parkrun community, out on your runs.

It felt very strange to start with not having to get up early on a Saturday but has now become the norm. Not sure how we'll cope when we start back again!!!!

We will be back one day and when it does I can't wait to reconnect with my "parkrun family".

I hope you are all keeping yourselves fit and healthy and I hope to see you soon.”


ED Darran:

“I still recall my last parkrun back in March where I met up with other Kent region ambassadors at Canterbury. It was a typically cold and wet run and after we huddled in the University coffee shop with a sense of foreboding about the inevitable lockdown, which of course came soon after.

It’s all been a bit of a blur since then with great ups (second grandson born under lockdown) and great downs - loosing my dad to COVID just before Christmas.

While under the “rule of six” I created a facebook group to encourage local runners to organise ad-hoc micro events. Sadly going into Tier 4 pulled the rug out from under it, although I would still urge anyone feeling lonely or just in need of a fresh pair of ears to reach out.

I’ve bumped into a few familiar faces over the last 9 months and each time it’s like meeting a long-lost friend even if the only connection was just that hour on a Saturday morning! That’s the magic of parkrun I guess and also what I miss the most."


RD Will:

"Probably like many of you I've kept up the running, finding new routes and running with one other friend as permitted with the Covid rules.

I've missed much more than the running, I've missed the joy of volunteering, the buzz of scanning and saying "well done" to each person.

It looks like with the vaccine on the horizon that better days will come and I'm really looking forwards to seeing everyone again. I have now found a route around Hollingbourne that is exactly 5k, and if I give myself the briefing before I set off then I can at least pretend that I've done a parkrun whilst logging it as "not a parkrun".

See you in 2021."


From everyone at Malling parkrun, we hope you have the best New Year celebration you can!


Coronavirus Cancellations

As we're sure everyone will be aware of by now, all parkrun UK events are cancelled for at least the next two weeks.

Beyond that, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council have cancelled all organised events within their parks until further notice, which will sadly include us too.

As you'll also see, hear and read on parkrun social feeds, we're actively discouraging people from running around the Country Park (or any other parkrun location) at 9am on Saturdays while we are closed. To do so goes against all current advice to avoid social groups and risks both prolonging the shutdown and bringing the parkrun name into disrepute. Please do not do this.

In the meantime try to safe and healthy while keeping an eye out for each other.

Just like at the end of old James Bond films.... Malling parkrun will return!



Event #217 – Ciara calling!

Saturday was quite literally the calm-before-the-storm and an amazing 375 people came down to Leybourne Lakes Country Park to enjoy a spot of splashy parkrun fun before storm Ciara hit. Not so lucky for many junior parkrun events on Sunday that had no choice but to cancel faced with storm force winds.

An amazing 63 of you got a PB and we had 22 people attending for the first time! Well done to Andrew Theedom and Ali Farrall who were our first male and female finishers and we hope whatever time you achieved, it was somewhere near to what you were hoping for :)

We've lots of brilliant photos this week (thanks to Paul Taylor) on our google album but here's a small taster...

Here's some parkrun magic: two people who'd never met before Saturday..


Brilliant pacing this week from Catriona!







Gill Rogers - My 50th parkrun

Two years ago I didn’t run at all and had no intention of running despite my husband Geoff and other family members trying to persuade me to, that was until I saw that Malling parkrun were going to start a ‘parkwalk to parkrun’ course of 12 weeks starting on 28 April 2018.


I was nearly put off the whole idea as I saw my doctor about a week before the course started and mentioned that I was going to start running to improve fitness and the doctor responded saying “you shouldn’t even think of starting to run at your age” I was flabbergasted, but decided to give it a go anyway.

Darran was leading the course and he explained that for the first week we would alternate running and walking around the 5K course and each week we would gradually increase the amount we ran and reduce the amount we walked with the aim of running the whole 5K by week 12.

On 14th July I successfully ran the whole 5K and the feeling of achievement was fantastic, I was hooked!

Since then I’ve tried to get to parkrun most weeks and about a year ago I decided to join Larkfield AC running club - they provide great support for beginners and it means I now get two runs per week with great company. Last October I even ran the Larkfield 10K.

It seems unbelievable that I’ve just clocked up 50 parkruns - I’m proud of what I’ve achieved, but I wouldn’t have even got started running if it hadn’t been for parkrun.

Very well done Gill.. and also Roger for supporting her and PJ for taking Gill on through an intermediate running course (and for being a brilliant volunteer at Manor Park junior parkrun!)


Also, congratulations to a gaggle of juniors on reaching their 10th runs - Evan Brown, Tawana Chikopa and Lauren Tree.

NOT FORGETTING... Jilly Drayton (the smiley volunteer just before the turn for start/finish) and Silver DofE Josie Rathbone both achieving their 25th week of volunteering.

Sad goodbyes to Paige Harper on completing her 13 week bronze DofE award.

Last, but not least, thank you to all our amazing volunteers!

A quick reminder...
Could we please remind everyone that having finished, they try to keep the path clear for other finishers? We appreciate there are a lot of you and there is limited space but if we could encourage you to keep to one side this will reduce the risk of collision! We also need to leave enough room for other park users :)

Malling parkrun
Event number 217
8th February 2020
This week 375 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Brian BROOKS • Laura KILVINGTON-SMITH • Neal BLOUNT • Darran POTTER • Michelle BATSTONE • Alan TOWNEND • Laurel TOWNEND • Paul TAYLOR • Christine KENT • Debby SANDEFORD • Josie RATHBONE • Paige HARPER • Richard DRAYTON • Jill DRAYTON • Catriona STRINGER • Clair GOBLE • Molly GOBLE

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

The female record is held by Laura-Jane DAY who recorded a time of 18:05 on 29th December 2018 (event number 160).
The male record is held by George DUGGAN who recorded a time of 15:46 on 29th June 2019 (event number 185).
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 8,083 participants have completed 43,667 parkruns covering a total distance of 218,335 km, including 8,233 new Personal Bests. A total of 457 individuals have volunteered 2,978 times.


March 7th – #IWDparkrun

International Women's Day occurs on Sunday 8th March 2020, so to celebrate this we are following parkrun UK and organising a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.


International Women's Day parkrun #IWD

In the UK, #IWDparkrun will be supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

Research tells us that women are sometimes less likely to participate in parkrun, and so we hope special events like this will help encourage everyone to take part.

Kent Sport will be joining us to hand out free "This Girl Can" T-shirts!

So go and grab that reluctant friend or family member and suggest they give it a try! Here's a handy blog post from parkrun UK that will walk them through everything they need to know about how to parkrun :-)

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