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 :-)


Car parking this weekend

This weekend Great Lines is cancelled so we're expecting higher attendance. As car parking is limited we recommend arriving early, lift sharing and/or parking over at Lunsford Tesco (ME20 6RJ) which is a short walk away. In fact, this is good advice that applies to most weekends, especially as our numbers continue to grow!

Warning TMBC wardens will ticket you if not inside a marked bay even if you've paid & displayed - so please be careful where and how you park.

Volunteers.... please note that TMBC have said we're not allowed to use the lower watersports car park. Several of us got parking tickets last week.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation!


Event #180

Another successful week at Malling parkrun where once again we welcomed over 300 runners, joggers and walkers. 305 of you graced our course this week, 37 first timers to Malling, including 13 taking part in their first ever parkrun.


This week we say congratulations to Tereza Francova on completing her 100th parkrun. Tereza is quite often our fist lady finisher and has recently spent time doing a spot of tourism around the county in the hope of running all events that Kent has to offer.



Running his 50th parkrun this week was Tim Ward. He was joined by Andy Bacon and Ngaire Hann also running their 50th parkrun. (Sadly no photo of Andy or Ngaire).


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This week we said farewell to Joseph Tully who completed his 13th week of volunteering for his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award with us. Over the weeks Joseph took on several roles and became a valued member of the team.



We still have 4 DofE volunteers with us but they will soon be coming to the end of their time with us. This means that we will be short of volunteers over the coming weeks and with the summer looming and core volunteers away on their holidays we will need support from runners to do a spot of volunteering. Volunteering is a very rewarding experience and full training is provided.

If you want to give something back to Malling parkrun over the coming weeks then please do consider volunteering to ensure the continued success of the event.

Thank you to all of this weeks volunteers.

GP parkrun Pledge Day

Next Saturday marks the anniversary of the parkrun practices initiative and to celebrate parkrun UK are asking GPs and practice staff to go along to their local parkrun in some capacity - either to take part, volunteer or just spectate. The aim is simply to get more health professionals educated about the benefits of social prescribing as a way to combat the negative health effects of inactive lifestyles.

If you're a GP or work in a GP practice you can pledge your support here - so far over 1,400 GPs have signed up nationally!

Aesthetically Pleasing & Spot On Times

24:00 Simon POPE New PB!
24:24 Andy MATTHEWS First Timer!
25:25 Clare HOPKINS New PB!
26:26 Andrew WILKIN 
28:28 Sarah SMITH 
29:00 Graham APPLEBY New PB!
30:03 Chris SIMPSON 
30:30 John WOODSTOCK 
32:00 Ginny CHERITONM New PB!
32:32 Suzanne EVANS New PB!

Malling parkrun
Event number 180
25th May 2019

This weeks full results and a complete event history can be found on the Malling parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Cameron PAYAS who recorded a time of 16:14 on 28th July 2018 (event number 138).
The female record is held by Laura-Jane DAY who recorded a time of 18:05 on 29th December 2018 (event number 160).
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 6,527 participants have completed 32,829 parkruns covering a total distance of 164,145 km, including 6,541 new Personal Bests. A total of 371 individuals have volunteered 2,319 times.





Event #178 – Here’s to the smilers!

Another super turnout of over 300 runners, joggers and walkers plus a further 13 volunteers - all enjoying the bright early morning sunshine. Yet again the parkrun weather fairy's worked their magic to keep the rain at bay until later in the morning, when it proverbially "chucked it down".. phew!

To mark the release of parkun's newly refreshed apricot range of technical shirts (plug!) here's just a few that were snapped out in the wild this week...




This week Ben Rogers achieved his 100th run - well done! Also we had Alexandra O'Callaghan and Phil Green completing their 50th runs.. again very well done. Somehow we didnt get a pic of Phil (perhaps next week?)
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This week we want to pay tribute to the smilers, the happy ones, the dreamers and the downright crazy's! A lot of us cringe when we see a camera lens, but these guys didn't, they embraced the moment and bought a little bit of happiness to Fred's (our stand in photographer this week) camera. Here's to you!




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We have lots more super photos on google, which as ever can be found here.


As mentioned on social media at the weekend, please use only the main car park as the lower watersports car park is for permit holders only. You may get a parking ticket even if you pay!

With our numbers frequently above 300 and continuing to climb we expect parking will become more of an issue. TMBC warden's are hot on ticketing cars not parked in designated bays - so if you leave your car on the grass be warned, you may go home with more than just a PB!

There is additional FREE parking agreed with Tesco along Leybourne Way. From there it's only a short jog to the start/finish which some say is the perfect distance for a gentle warm-up... although we couldn't possibly comment.

Hot drinks... now that the catering van is open most weekends we'll no longer be providing complimentary hot drinks. But do not fear, our in-flight refreshment service will re-commence in the Autumn.


Aesthetically Pleasing & Spot On Times

00:23:00 Andy BACON
00:23:23 Rod O'MAHONY New PB!
00:23:32 Glenn MAULE
00:26:00 Ian ELPHICK
00:30:00 Jess DEAN New PB!
00:30:03 Bishnu SINGH
00:31:00 Maddie SNOWDEN
00:31:31 Andy BROOKS
00:32:00 Jeremy WARD New PB!
00:32:23 Karl FIRMIN
00:33:00 Ellis THAKE New PB!
00:36:36 John NEWTON New PB!
00:36:36 Fiona BAKER New PB!
00:39:39 Jasmine BEAVINGTON

Malling parkrun
Event number 178
11th May 2019

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Callum BROOKS • Tracy BROOKS • Brian BROOKS • Fred STREATFIELD • Amanda EVERITT • David NICHOLLS • Darran POTTER • Wilhelmina DRAYTON • Helen LILLYMAN • Liam FOREMAN • Joseph TULLY • Sue WALKER • Letty BAYLEY

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

The male record is held by Cameron PAYAS who recorded a time of 16:14 on 28th July 2018 (event number 138).
The female record is held by Laura-Jane DAY who recorded a time of 18:05 on 29th December 2018 (event number 160).
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 6,447 participants have completed 32,229 parkruns covering a total distance of 161,145 km, including 6,428 new Personal Bests. A total of 370 individuals have volunteered 2,295 times.


Event #176 What a Difference a Week makes !!!!

What a difference a week makes.

After basking in the glorious weather of Easter weekend, this week saw the return of cold, wet and windy weather. Volunteers were wrapped back up in their winter coats and boots, in start contrast to their t-shirts last week.


We welcomed 304 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair users with 50 first timers and 57 PB's.

This week we had a tail walker with a difference as we welcomed Rory Marriott as "Tail Roller" in his wheelchair. He come prepared with his own hi-vis enabling Richard Goulder to sport our tail walker hi-vis. Rory's effort really does show how inclusive parkrun really can be.


Congratulations to this weeks milestones

Elizabeth Rylance completed her 100th run whilst family members Neil, Isla and Archie  Gunn completed their 50th and 10th runs repectively.



Congratulations also to Ashton Williams (10th) and Simon Pope & Chris Spencer (50th).

If you are celebrating a milestone please do make yourself known to the Run Director so that we can get a photo of you with our milestone flags.

This week we had a high number of unknown runners. This can be avoided by ensuring you bring along your barcode each week. Please remember - No Barcode, No Time, No Exceptions - this includes having your barcode on your phone. Please do not put our volunteers in a difficult position by presenting them with the barcode on your phone as they will not be able to scan or add you to the results. Just pop your finish token on one of the tubs and come back the following week with your barcode.

Aesthetically Pleasing & Spot On Times
23:23 Ben COOPER New PB!
23:32 Ella MCINTYRE 
25:00 Simon LEDNOR 
25:52 Mike ROBINSON 
27:00 Michelle BATSTONE 
31:00 Caroline HARPER 
32:23 Ray EYLES

Finally, thank you to the amazing 13 volunteers who helped make the event possible.



A blustery event #165

Following last weeks cancellation it was great to be back this week. It might have been very blustery (with the tea/coffee cups blowing around at one stage) but a show of hands amongst you and we welcomed 29 tourists as well as 10 first timers to parkrun.

We received a lovely thank you on our facebook page as well from a first timer :

I completed my first park run today and loved it. I went on my own and was quite nervous but I didn’t need to worry as everyone was so welcoming and supportive. Thank you so much to the wonderful volunteers especially Wilhelmina for making me feel so welcome. I look forward to going again next week.

Our volunteers also received wonderful thanks from the father of Tom LC who has just completed his bronze DofE with us. Tom has spent 13 weeks volunteering and has scanned, timed, handed out finish tokens, funnel managed and this week tail walked. Congratulations on your achievement Tom.


We currently have 2 DofE volunteers also coming to the end of their time with us in the next couple of weeks so if you know anyone who is interested in volunteering at parkrun as part of their DofE let us know. With alot of interest in volunteering with us we had to start a waiting list but there is currently no-one waiting in the wings.

For the last couple of weeks we have had a photographer out on the course and he has taken some brilliant photos. We no longer use Flickr so the photos have been uploaded to our google account which you can find here - malling parkrun 2019 photo album

Aesthetically Pleasing & On the Spot Times

Considering there were 245 finishers this week we only had 3 pleasing times

28:28 Paul TACZYNSKI
29:29 Rachel TURNEY
32:23 Francis EAMES


A hi-viz hero's thank you to all volunteers this week who braved the wind to stand about cheering you on and ensuring that the event went smoothly.

Amanda EVERITT  •  Brian BROOKS  •  Catherine BARCLAY  •  Darran POTTER  •  Debbie KING  •  Jenna WHITECROSS  •  Joseph TULLY  •  Michael BARCLAY  •  Paul TAYLOR  •  Richard COWLING  •  Samantha LEDNOR  •  Sue WALKER  •  Thomas CARPENTER  •  Thomas LANGRIDGE COWLING  •  Tim PARRETT  •  Tracy BROOKS  •  Wilhelmina DRAYTON  •  William CARPENTER


All about #14 (except the RD forgot !!!)

Another good turnout this week with 241 of you running, jogging and walking the course. 38 of you were first timers to Malling (with 10 of you taking part in your first ever parkrun). 37 of you recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 26 different clubs took part.


The weather was certainly much colder this week so please make sure you come prepared with warm clothes to wear before and after. Tops, trousers etc... can be left in the start/finish area but we do ask that you remember to take them home with you. There is a tendency to forget them when you leave as you are hot after your run. Please also remember the importance of warming up before you run.



In last weeks run report (for those that read it) we asked who would be finishing in position 14, although we didn't elaborate as to why. Unfortunately as RD this week I (Tracy) forgot to mention the significance of this (even though it was written on my clipboard!!!) so here goes: When the 14th finisher crossed the line this week Malling parkrun reached another significant milestone in our history. The 14th finisher was the 25,000th person to cross the finish line meaning that all those that have taken part in our event have run a collective 125,000km between them.

So, who was the runner that crossed the line in 14th position ? Well, at the halfway point it was looking like core volunteer Brian may take this accolade but our 14th finisher was Simon Hassett. Simon has run 104 parkruns including 23 with us at Malling and he is also a member of the 100 marathon Club.



Congratulations this week to young Megan Hammal who completed her 50th parkrun. As a junior parkrunner (JW10) it is great to see her completing this milestone. Whenever she turns up she always runs with a smile on her face, and I know that she enjoys chatting as she runs around the lake. Well done Megan - here's to the next 50.

Aesthetically Pleasing & On the spot times

23:00 Ricki BROWN 23:45 Archie MITCHELL 28:00 Gary COOK 28:28 Matthew DANCE 29:29 Anne SWANNELL 30:00 John WOODSTOCK 31:00 Hannah SMITH 32:32 Anna MARSHALL 33:44 Theresa OSBORN 34:43 Ngaire HANN 34:43 David PURLL 35:35 Theresa WILLIAMSON 49:00 Michelle BATSTONE


Thank you to this weeks volunteers - you were all amazing

Callum BROOKS • Tracy BROOKS • Brian BROOKS • Thomas LANGRIDGE COWLING • Cheryl ROBERTSON • Emily HALE • Thomas CARPENTER • William CARPENTER • Neal BLOUNT • Angus BENNISON • Michelle BATSTONE • Katrina TUCK • Imogen HAYES


Just another reminder to ensure you park in a bay in the main carpark (not on the grass/roadway) and that you purchase a ticket.

Alternatively you can park over at Tesco which is free and just a short walk from the start/finish line on the other side of the lake.

Malling parkrun
Event number 151
27th October 2018

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

Malling parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 5,541 participants have completed 25,227 parkruns covering a total distance of 126,135 km, including 5,110 new Personal Bests.

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