Andy Harding Personal Training parkrun Takeover

Today was Peterborough’s 309th parkrun and it was another Andy Harding Personal Training (A.H.P.T) takeover with all volunteers being involved with A.H.P.T clients, class regulars, running group and Be a Better runners, a very big thank you and well done to everyone that helped, 47 a great turn out. Having been a full time personal trainer for over 10 years I know a lot of great people.

Todays run, 561 runners on a cool Saturday morning, well done everyone.
1st Isaac Ellard 16.11
2nd John Uff 16.35 New PB
3rd Vincent Riviere 16.52 New PB
1st Isabelle Wilkins 19.05 New PB
2nd Sam Cullen 19.40
3rd Kayleigh Draper 20.47

Congratulations and well done to Harry Hewitt and Roslyn Loutit who set new age category records.

There was 107 PBs today, well done great running.

One of my volunteers and fitness class regulars Michelle Smith, who's helped me every time I've had a takeover done her 25th volunteer role, well done Shell.

Other milestones, 50 club Claire Leonard, Danny Fitzjohn, Lisa Kennedy PB, Stuart Cook PB and Vivienne Cornwell.

Now I'm going to tell you about my volunteers as without volunteers there wouldn't be a parkrun, if you would like to help or check the future rosters

Setting up and closing down was the legends Peter Brantom, Martin Shelbourne, Roy Young, Pete & Sue Ridley these people help most weeks, well done.
My run director was Ian (Buckaroo) Davies.
Timekeepers Sally (russian twist) Smith and Katie Leesons ( don't take clock to toilet).
Funnel Managers Lee (Starbucks) Gillis, Peggy (what a) Starr she going to miss Jeremy Kyle that's what I overheard her say, Nick (Kettlebell) Tawn and Benboy Harding.
Lead Bike was Andy Flatters who’s mostly loud when stretching.
Number Checkers, Caroline (I’ve clocked them cakes) Gillis and Ian ( I'm buying a motorbike) Bennett.
Finish Tokens was the twins Rhona (Lush cakes) and Katelyn ( I'm a faster sprinter than Charlie) Bennett.
Tail Walkers Charlie (Walky Talky) Bennett, Sarah (Re-usable coffee cup) Lambert and A.H.P.T Mascot Alfie the pug.
Barcode Scanners Megan (Favourite) Florence, Michelle (25 club) Smith, Pat (Legend) Shepperson, Claire Ingram the mother of Flyin Ryan and unscanables Paige (AHPTs fastest female) Lambert.
Token Sorters Dave and Sally (PB today) Pearton.
Marshalls Kirsty (The lovely MRS) Harding, Luke (I love Tottenham, I hate Arsenal) Harding, Kay (4K) Gibson, Louis (Fast) Moulton, Kerrie (didn't moan today) Moulton, Elaine (Betfred) Flatters, Jessica (Flyin) Ingram, Pauline (Bushfield) Kennedy and daughter, Juliet (Romeo) Saunders, Lou (1 of the 2 loo’s) Storer, Steve (not the DJ) Wright, Viv (Bens Mum in Law) Watson, Josh (fast) Willmott and Karen (lots of PBs) Willmott.

Thanks again to you all. I tried to find a name or a comment for you all, today you all was superb.
For more info on my personal training, fitness classes, running groups, etc just get in touch,

Thanks for Reading
Andy Harding


#307 Star Wars day and the joy of volunteering

Wow – what a turn out for Star Wars day parkrun. It was wonderful to see 757 people complete the
course (including Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Darth Maul). This made it the 2nd largest
Peterborough parkrun ever and just 6 finishers short of the record set on the 12th January this year. This
included 54 first timers – I hope you enjoyed your first experience of parkrun and that we see you at
Ferry Meadows again soon. Such a huge turn-out on a cold May bank holiday weekend was great to
see. I wonder how many of you were inspired by those amazing people who ran the London Marathon
last weekend? My family and I were glued to the TV and it was great fun trying to spot people we
know – especially local runners and those from our club Bushfield Joggers.

The first 3 male finishers this week were Michael CHANNING (Bedford & County AC) in 15:59 (New
PB!), Isaac ELLARD in 16:20 and Phil MARTIN (Peterborough AC) in 16:41.
The first 3 female finishers were Rachel UFF in 20:24, Lauren ROSE in 21:41 and
Kelly SUTTON (Peterborough AC) in 22:17. Well done!

We also had some milestones:
25 Volunteer Club: Stuart BOOTH
10 Club - juniors (aged 17 and under): Eden OLDFIELD, Lottie BUSSEY, Michael GROVER
100 Club - Claire COOK, Carol COOK, James CURT, Morag O'BRIEN, Tim COOK

As well as celebrating those who completed parkrun this week, I really wanted to highlight that
parkrun would not be possible without volunteers. This week 39 people kindly gave up their time to
make sure parkrun could go ahead:

Simon PARKES • Rosslyn HAMLYN • Peter BRANTOM • Michael BARKER • Brian CORLEYS • Martin
SHELBOURNE • Steve TUCKER • Peggy STARR • Pauline KENNEDY • Roy YOUNG • Richard
WEBSTER • Billy SLAVEN • Lorna YOUNG • Polly GARLAND • Sophie SPITTLE • James SELLS • Sarah-
Jane GILL • Caroline SEFTON • Rob HUTCHINGS • Niamh MCDONALD • Lee JONES • Millie COUSINS •
GARLAND • Stuart BOOTH • Maisie HUTCHINGS • Darren ELLIS • Vera BORDACS • Octavia PERNA •

“What do the volunteers do?” you may ask. Well, in short, EVERYTHING! The volunteers make
parkrun happen; they run the event. They do all the high-profile tasks (like marshalling, timing, result
recording, etc), and all the behind-the-scenes roles too. Whatever you want to do, there is sure to be
a role for you.

You can see our future volunteer roster via the future roster page ( At the time of writing there are gaps
on the roster for next week. I promise you, it is incredibly rewarding to help at our wonderful
parkrun event. So if you take nothing else from reading this report PLEASE consider volunteering at
a parkrun.

Polly Garland


Peterborough parkrun #304 – ECR Takeover

This weeks run report is unique, Maisie McMillan, the little Jack Russell seen ducking and diving through most of your legs then sat at the table near the cafe greeting you all as you go in and out hoping for some of your cake or sandwich or a pat. She is also the one that a lot of you try and beat or let out a sigh when yet again her little legs run past you. So here's my translation of her report.

Saturday was my 65th parkrun, it is now my favourite thing and each Saturday can't come quick enough. I am the proud mascot of Eye Community Runners (ECR) and love being part of such a wonderful team. ECR provided most of the 45 volunteers for this weeks run so a massive thank you to each and everyone of you for the wonderful job you did.

As for the run itself, Edgar SUMSKIS was the first male home in 15.08 in a new PB and a new course record, our very own Sam CULLEN was the first female home in 19.31 a new PB for her too, congratulations to both fantastic runners.

A total of 648 people took part, 75 people were first timers, a total of 101 new PBs and 46 different clubs took part.

Well done to junior runners Sidhartha SAH and Millie REIHILL for completing their 10th parkrun.

Congratulations to Neil STRENGE, Paul WILKS, Claire PALLETT, Angie MORTLOCK and Richard MORTLOCK in achieving their 50th parkrun.

A special shout out to ECR's Loz CARTY for completing his 100th parkrun in 30.15 carrying a 45lb backpack rumored to have contained dog food for me but I didn't see any of that.

Thanks to Caroline CARTY, Carl GOLDER and Simon LOVELL who earned their 25th volunteer t-shirt.

A special mention to Nigel CRONIN who was lead bike and then ran the course crossing the line at 40.07, just needed to jump in the lake to complete his triathlon.

Don't forget entries are still open for the Eye 10k road race and 3k fun run on Sunday 12th May, 2019. Enter online at

Finally if you are reading this report please make yourself known to me next time you see me dragging Graham around the course or when I'm sat at my favourite table outside the cafe. I love to meet each one of you and love being part of such a wonderful running family

Maisie McMillan


Peterborough parkrun #302 – Yaxley Takeover

On Saturday 30th March 2019, on what was a gloriously sunny morning, Yaxley Runners and Joggers took over Peterborough parkrun event number #302.

Yaxley Runners and Joggers is a friendly local club, established in 1986, catering for all abilities. Our club evenings are Mondays and Thursdays, meeting at 6:30pm, to run at 6:45pm. On Mondays we meet at Hampton Sports Centre, Beaumont Way and new runners are always welcome and will be thoroughly supported by existing members. A special congratulations goes to our own Yaxley Runners stalwart Steve MEGSON who completed his 250th parkrun today, despite a huge hangover!

This week 675 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 64 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 46 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Phil MARTIN who was the first male in a PB time of 16:06, setting an age category record at Peterborough for the VM35-39 group.
The first female was Melissa NEAL in a time of 19:53.
The first junior male was Matthew STEVENSON from the JM15-17 category in a time of 18:52 and the first junior female was Chelsie BOLE from the JW11-14 category in a time of 21:47.
Congratulations again to Terry FONE, who has set yet another new VM75-79 age category record at Peterborough with 23:08 (age grade 81.92%), another 26 seconds off his previous best in this age category set last week.

Milestones to recognise from Peterborough parkrun #302
50 Club 

250 Club

The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:
Gavin FARROW • Gina CRANE • Carry MURPHY • Steve MEGSON • Paul MCCARTHY • Karen IVES • Barbara JOHNSON • Nina WRIGHT • Ben WRIGHT • Ian VALLANCE • Peter BRANTOM • Sarah HAZELTINE • Michael BARKER • Rob COLES • Lesley COLES • Martin SHELBOURNE • Michael BRANSTON • Kirstin HOMEWOOD • Roslyn LOUTIT • Raeanne ELLIOTT • Rhiannon LOUTIT • Kirsten LOUTIT • Jean MAGGS • Amanda BRITTON • Roy YOUNG • Mark DEVINE • Anna DEVINE • Andy SAVAGE • Oliver STOCKELL • Harry FRIEND • Gemma TOOGOOD • Adam BLAKE • Abigail BRANSTON • Noah BRITTON • Kathryn HAWKSWELL • Dawn FRIEND • Charlotte COLE • Simon HAWKSWELL • Freya HAWKSWELL • Lee JONES • David TOWNS • Amy MAXWELL • Anne COLES • Isla MURPHY • Darren ELLIS • Ella GAMBLE • Joe SANDEL

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

Peterborough parkrun started on 3rd August 2013. Since then 14,247 participants have completed 131,928 parkruns covering a total distance of 659,640 km, including 24,168 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,570 individuals have volunteered 10,715 times.

Thank you to everybody who participated in today’s event! Happy running and we look forward to seeing you at future events!



Peterborough parkrun #297 – Girlguiding Takeover

On Saturday 23rd February, Peterborough parkrun was supported by volunteers from Girlguiding.

This was part of our World Thinking Day celebrations where we are encouraged to think about guiding across the world and to do something good for our local community.

parkrun and Girlguiding are both voluntary organisations that create positive, nurturing environments which allow everyone to challenge themselves to achieve their personal best. The sense of community is clear in both organisations.

A big thank you to all the runners, joggers and walkers who gave the Brownies a High Five. I think they got one from most of the 559 parkrunners! They had a great time as did our adult leaders, many had never taken part in parkrun before, but they all loved it and will be back, some as runners, most as volunteers.

Well done to all the 44 first time finishers and congratulations to fastest male, Scott Meadows (17:14) and fastest female, Kayleigh Draper (20:09).

A special mention for the following milestones from Peterborough parkrun #297

10 Club - juniors (aged 17 and under) 
Olivia MARDON - New PB!

50 Club
Andrew BULL
Francis HANNON
Jenny ORR
Sarah JEX - New PB!

100 Club (and an extra special thank you for the over 250 times you have volunteered!)

250 Club

Congratulations also to Roslyn LOUTIT, who set a new age category record in the VW55-59 group at Peterborough with 21:27 (Age grading 83.29%).

Thank you to everyone at Peterborough parkrun for making Girlguiding feel welcome. We all had a great morning with you.

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. We are in need of more volunteers in the Peterborough area and there are lots of ways you can get involved. Volunteering with Girlguiding is flexible and fun, if you would like to know more please check out our website.

Jennie Grove

⇐ Newer Posts