Margate parkrun is cancelled on 30 May 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Brian Snead

Brian Snead

It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of one of our stalwart volunteers, Brian Snead.

Brian started parkrunning back in early 2012 at Whitstable parkrun, well before a parkrun event was thought about in Thanet, but he was with us at Margate on our first run in April 2013 and very quickly became a regular runner, clocking a PB of 26:13 during his time running at parkrun events. In 2017, following an operation which meant he could not run, Brian took to regular volunteering, soon establishing himself as the course marshal on our grass turn, known to all Margate regulars at 'Brian's spot'. Indeed, it was Brian's cheerful face and encouraging words at this furthest point of the course that would motivate many a runner for their last couple of kilometres back to the finish.

Happy Volunteers

As a volunteer team, we always knew that Brian would be with us every week and that we could rely on him to encourage our runners around pumping station loop, while keeping them safe in the process. We were always pleased to see his cheerful face every Saturday morning, and we always felt a little lost when he was on holiday and not with us.

During his time with parkrun, Brian ran on 197 occasions and volunteered an impressive 217 times.

We received report that Brian had been admitted to QEQM hospital on April 11th, suffering from COVID-19, and despite some promising news along the way, his condition deteriorated and sadly he passed away at lunchtime on Sunday 10th May. Our thoughts are with his wife, Simone, and all his family at this difficult time.

We know that many of you will want to remember Brian on a Saturday morning, when we are allowed to meet for parkrun again, and we are planning something which we hope will be at Brian's spot each week that you'll be able to remember him as you run past, and smile about all the happy times he brought, not only to Margate parkun, but also to our friends at Margate juniors on Sunday mornings.

When Brian would leave the shelter to head out to his spot each week, he would always say a cheery 'Ta ta' as he rode off, and we hope you'll join us in saying 'Ta ta' to him for one last time as we remember our dear parkrun friend.

Run free, Brian. Ta ta.

Volunteers New HiViz

Carved by Les Brown

Plaque carved by Les Brown

 

Suspension of Margate parkrun

Following the recent government guidelines and public health advice, all parkrun events in the UK have been suspended.

You can read more here ➡️ http://parkrun.me/covid19

We appreciate that this will be disappointing to you but please can we ask that you do not turn up at our meeting place on a Saturday morning, or arrange group freedom runs during this time, but practice the social distancing advice from the government and Public Health England.

Please look after each other during this time and if you wish to speak to anyone from the event team, please don't hesitate to email us.

Your Margate parkrun team.

 

Festive frivolities at Margate parkrun

Yes, the cat is out of the bag. We're running on Christmas Day and New Years Day!

Both events will start at 09:00.

On New Year's Day, you have the option to log an extra run at another event, known as the 'New Year Double'. If you choose to run with us, your options for a double are either Canterbury or Pegwell Bay, both of whom are running at 10:30. If you're making your way to a double, please do drive carefully and remember the local residents who may not be expecting parkrunners to turn up on this date!

We are intending to use our normal course, but the start location may move slightly - keep an eye on the website (or pay attention to the run briefing the week before!) for more information.

As always, we need our full complement of volunteers to ensure these extra events can take place, so if you're able to help out, please do drop us an email.

From all of us at Margate parkrun, we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous (and speedy running) New Year.

 

Event #340 – International parkrunday #parkrun15

It's quite amazing to think that this little old thing called parkrun celebrates 15 years this weekend. From its very humble beginnings of 13 runners and 5 volunteers in Bushy Park back in 2004, it's grown into a global phenomenon of over 4 million runners and 500,000+ volunteers logging between them well over 53 million parkruns! And just shy of 25,000 of these have been here at little old Margate.

I always think it's a great privilege to be the Event Director of a parkrun event and I was definitely excited as I was driving along the seafront en route to parkrun this week, knowing the massive milestone we were about to mark. There was a definite atmosphere of achievement and anticipation in the air as everyone started to gather at the start and we were pleased to see 9 people choosing to start their parkrun journey with us on this great occasion - we hope you're all still part of the parkrun family in 15 years time!
Someone who has been with us for a little while is Steve Whatley who logged his 100th parkrun - congratulations Steve

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted a couple of extra volunteers in the finish area this week, as we had Tina and Dave testing out the parkrun volunteer app for us. We're pleased to say that it all seemed to work without too much hitch, which means we should now have a viable option for replacing our temperamental stopwatches, and for adding extra scanning capacity at busy times - but please remember we can only scan printed barcodes, or wristbands and not from electronic devices. If anyone has an unused iPhone or Android phone at home that they would like to give a new home to, we would love to give it a second lease of life as a spare timer or scanner at the event.

Next Saturday will see a milestone in terms of the event as someone will become our 25,000th finisher, we don't yet know who, but if you'd like that accolade then you'll have to do some careful pacing to get yourself to finish in the right position.

As we head into the autumn and winter, it's time for the timely reminder about potential weather-related cancellations. Obviously, we will always try to run where possible, but there may be weeks when unforeseen circumstances will cause us to cancel and the safety of you our runners and volunteers must always come first. Cancelling is not a decision we take lightly and there is always a lot of thought that goes into any decision we make. If you see that the weather looks questionable from the forecast, please keep an eye on our website and social media as we will make an announcement about any cancellation there - but please be aware that if it is weather-related this might not be until we have assessed the course on a Saturday morning.

A huge thank you to all those that were part of our team of Hi-Viz heroes this week, we can't run the event without you, and it was great to see so many of you this week! If you'd like to be part of Team Margate next Saturday, or any Saturday, please do drop us an email at margate@parkrun.com and let one of the team know.

If you'd like to keep up with everything that's gone on in parkrunworld this week, including loads from Bushy Park and their 15th-anniversary celebrations, why not check out the With Me Now podcast?

Have yourselves a great week and we look forward to seeing you for another run on the seafront next Saturday

Happy Running!
Dennis

 

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.

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