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.