Event #232

This week 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests.. all made possible our 12 super volunteers! Well done to everyone :-)

We have some photos from this weekend which can be found in our google photos album

This week we have not one but two contributions from fellow parkrunners. The first is from tourist Karen Cole:

"On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies had been kind to us today and managed to keep the rain clouds away and even some wintry sunshine tried to come out towards the end of our run. 

What a beautiful course you have as it winds itself around the perimeter of Leybourne Lakes Country parkland. It's a 5km path with twists and turns at every step, just as you think you must be there another twist turns you away again. This type of course provided opportunities for the faster runners to receive and indeed give encouragement as they whipped past us slower mortals as they were finishing their second laps. Mind you although still rock solid today, I can see more challenge to this course when cooler and wetter conditions prevail. The park area for the young or indeed young at heart, which is just by the start and finish area, provides the perfect opportunity to burn off some of that extra energy too.

Today, tourists from St Albans, The Leas, Havant and as far away as Maidstone to name but a few were using Malling as their tourist venue. There were a couple of seasoned tourists at Malling, today which allowed the perfect opportunity to catch up on where we had been over the last couple of weeks and where we were heading off to in the next coming weeks. Owing to footpath improvements over the next 3 weeks, Malling parkrun is cancelled. How many of you will take the opportunity to do some tourism if your own or are you going to relish some cheeky Saturday lie ins?

Tracy, our RD for the day gave a big thank you to the volunteers, who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals by the finish funnel area, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping. Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Malling parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a pink hi- vis jacket! -what more incentive do you want? 

First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don’t Forget Your Barcode they all count towards those milestone tees. Just like David who was completing his 250th parkrun today, whilst his son, Max, was completing his 10th! Fabulous achievement well done! That’s the great thing about parkrun isn’t it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. 4 finishers out of 203 forgot theirs today though, which means no barcode- no result, were you one of them? Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!

There were a fair few people staying at the finish to cheer in their fellow runners. This easy and relaxed finish though, allowed perfect opportunity to catch up on how all of our runs had gone and what we thought of the course.

Thank you again Malling parkrun, for getting our weekend off to a great start. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.

By Karen Cole (Havant parkrun)."


The second contribution is from long time regular David (aka Dr David):

"Hello Malling parkrunners! I have been wanting to write a run report for a while now, and for this week it seemed as though it was an opportunity that couldn’t be missed. Saturday was my 250th parkrun, and I was lucky enough to share it with my 6year old son who also reached a milestone when he ran his 10th.

Reaching this milestone has made me reflect on how much parkrun means to me and my family. I did my first parkrun seven years ago, but at this time I only dabbled in the occasional one. We moved to Kent in 2014 when our first child came along and as a small family we sometimes went to the Maidstone event. However it was only when the much closer Malling parkrun started on October 2015 that I really started to attend regularly. I was fortunate enough to do my 50th and 100th runs at Malling where I have now done a slightly mind boggling 175 Malling parkruns….

More often than not on a Saturday morning I'm enthusiastically supported by my wife and my three children who are always cheering and giving high fives, and more recently volunteering and running themselves. The second and third attended parkruns a few days after they were born, and the oldest has been one of the youngest parkrunners ever, having completed an event on his 4th birthday! We are regular attenders at Manor Park juniors where the boys run most sundays and my wife is a regular volunteer.

Some people may also know me as a local NHS GP. In 2019 we committed the surgery to being a ‘parkrun practice’ and have been promoting parkrun as a ‘treatment’ to anyone who will listen to me. We have promoted parkrun at Primary Care events in West Kent and even managed to organise a couch to 5k programme for some of our staff and patients.

I am very heartened to see a number of my patients now attending regularly. I know of some genuine success stories for treating long term health conditions such as diabetes through regular exercise and weight loss that have been attributed to parkrun.

On a more personal level I can attest to the benefits of the social aspect of parkrun as well as what regular exercise can have on mental health. I found the loss of this in the 18 months or so parkrun didn’t happen made my anxiety levels higher and I was l much less happy in myself. Conversely it has been brilliant to be back, to see our parkrun friends and chase down that milestone!

Finally I would like to say a big thank you to Tracy, Brian, Darran, Wilhelmina, Will, as well as all of the other volunteers and regulars who make our event possible and special. Well done everyone and here’s to the next 250…!

By David Patterson"

We would just like to add our congratulations to David and Co. and our thanks for their continued support at both Malling and Manor Park Junior parkrun.  We've got a number of locals knocking on the door of 250 and hope to bring you more "special guest contributions" in future run reports :-)



A quick reminder that we are now cancelled for 3 weeks (returning on the 23rd October) while flood-prevention works to install culverts under some of the course are underway. Hopefully this small inconvenience now will mean that come the heavy rains we won't have to cancel as in previous years!


Yes we are still very keen to have additional people join. For the event to be truly sustainable long into the future we need a pipeline of RDs in training who may one day even become Event Directors here or elsewhere.


Malling parkrun
Event number 232
25th September 2021

This week 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Tracy BROOKS • Brian BROOKS • Asif BOSTAN • Ian MURRAY • Darran POTTER • Gary COOK • Jenna WHITECROSS • Debbie KING • Finn SNOWDEN • 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 8,634 participants have completed 47,569 parkruns covering a total distance of 237,845 km, including 8,839 new Personal Bests. A total of 478 individuals have volunteered 3,225 times.