Christmas and New Year at Margate parkrun

As we hurtle towards the Christmas period, thoughts turn to festive running, and especially to our Christmas Day parkrun.

In line with tradition, we'll be holding an extra event on Christmas morning, at the later time of 9:30, to which you are all very welcome.
Please note however, that due to the recent tensions with the neighbours, for this one occasion we will be moving our meeting point to the green shelter on the clifftop behind the Bethesda Medical Centre and starting and finishing behind the Coastguard lookout. To this end, we would suggest that you take advantage of the plentiful free parking on Palm Bay Avenue for the morning.
As the cafe will be closed, please feel free to bring festive fizz, drinks and nibbles with you and as we are unsure if we will have access to the toilets at the Walpole Bay, please relieve  yourself before leaving home.

On New Years's Day, we won't be holding an event, but you're able to run at Walmer and Deal Seafront at 8:30; Whitstable at 9:00; Pegwell Bay at 10:00; and Canterbury at 10:30.

We will of course, be running as normal on Saturday 22nd and 29th December.

On behalf of the whole team at Margate parkrun, we wish you a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2019.


Event #283 – Saturday 1st September 2018

As so, just like that, we're into meteorological autumn. But the weather didn't disappoint us this parkrunday as the 119 runners and 13 volunteers were treated to glorious sunshine and very little wind, meaning we saw a few PBs this week. We were also joined by a plethora of tourists, including a large group from the Bacon Butty Brigade of Maidstone who made their presence very known by the bright pink shirts. We hope you all enjoyed your trip to the seaside.

Unfortunately, we also had a bit of a downer on an otherwise happy morning as we have received a complaint from the local residents. It's parkrun policy that we must be considerate to other users of the areas we use and that we must co-habit happily with our neighbours, and obviously, the last thing we want to do is to upset those who are right on our doorstep.

Therefore, from this Saturday we will be strictly enforcing our parking policy which has existed from day one and ask that only those volunteers who are helping at the finish line park in the spaces next to the shelter; all others (volunteers and runners) are to park on Eastern Esplanade and Palm Bay Avenue, please. Please do not be upset if a volunteer asks you to move your car, we are not picking on you, we're just trying to ensure the long-term future for our event. Also, please do not park in Fifth Avenue if possible, as we do not want to upset the residents.
Following on from this, please can you be considerate to the local residents when you arrive and keep your voices to a quiet chatter. Our meeting area is rather close to some houses and you'd be surprised how easily your voices can carry. If you want to stretch prior to running, please use the metal railings on the cliff top side of the prom and not anyone's garden walls, garden railings, fences or the wooden fence surrounding the grassland.

This might seem like we're being very strict and trying to stop you enjoying parkrun, but hopefully, you'll all still enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere that we've all come to love at Margate and if we can live happily on a Saturday morning with the neighbours we'll be able to continue to do the parkrun we love for many years to come.

See you all on parkrunday!


Saturday 14th July – CANCELLED

As the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed, our volunteer roster is showing 'no event' on Saturday 14th July. This is because Race for Life is in town on this particular weekend, and therefore we will be unable to hold parkrun on this date.

As Race for Life are holding events on the green between the Cafe and Palm Bay School on both days and will be spilling out onto the path, this means there will be an issue with ourselves and them attempting to use the same place at the same time. With the first event on the Saturday morning taking place at 9:35 am, for the safety of all our runners and volunteers we have taken the decision to cancel parkrun on the 14th July.

We know this will be a disappointment to some of you, as we know how much you all love running at Margate, but please do look on the bright side. You're now free to go and tour to one of our other lovely local parkruns and we can assure you that our friends at Pegwell Bay, Whitstable or Canterbury will make you feel very welcome. If you wish to tour slightly further afield, please do; if there is enough interest, we might lead a pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun, please speak to Dennis and let him know if you'd like to join this.

Finally, we'd like to wish those ladies taking part in any of the Race for Life events over that weekend the very best of luck. We hope you all have a great time!

Rest assured, normal service will resume on Saturday 21st July


Saturday 3rd March – CANCELLED

Good Evening Everyone

The event team have today taken the decision to CANCEL this Saturday's (3rd March) run. With the current state of the underfoot surfaces and the snow and freezing temperatures tomorrow, we don't want to risk anyone getting injured either at parkrun or making their way to the event. As the ice on the ground is unlikely to have thawed prior to 9 o'clock on Saturday morning we would rather that you all stayed safe at home this week. The safety of our runners and volunteers must come first in all instances.

We hope that you're all keeping warm during this cold spell and look forward to seeing you at the usual time on Saturday 10th March.

Kind Regards
The Margate parkrun Core Team


Christmas and New Year at Margate parkrun

As we hurtle towards the festive season, our minds turn towards the thought of extra parkruns, and this year at Margate is no exception!

We will be running as normal on Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th December. There will also be the opportunity to log an extra, special, festive parkrun on Monday 25th December at 9:31, meeting at the usual place.
Please note that the roads around the start area may be busier than normal and therefore we ask you to allow extra time to get parked; remembering that parking on the grass and gravel next to the start is prohibited. There also won't be any facilities (loos, cafe etc) available on Christmas morning, so please make sure you're comfortable before leaving home.
If you're not able to run, but can volunteer to help out on Christmas Day, please do get in touch, we will need the usual number of volunteers to ensure the run happens safely.

On New Year's Day, there won't be an extra event at Margate, but you are able to tour locally to Whitstable (9 am), Pegwell Bay (10 am) and Canterbury (10:30 am). Remember that you're allowed to log two runs on NYD, but please drive responsibly when dashing between parkruns. If you're away over the festive period, the Christmas Compendium lists all the extra runs that will be taking place.

On behalf of all the core team at Margate, we'd like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

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