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
Females
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 peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com or check the future rosters http://www.parkrun.org.uk/peterborough/futureroster/

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,
Facebook, andyptrainer@aol.com

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
MORTLOCK • Sue TUCKER-REYNOLDS • James BURTON • Jon KELLY • Nikunj PATEL • Joshua
WEBSTER • Billy SLAVEN • Lorna YOUNG • Polly GARLAND • Sophie SPITTLE • James SELLS • Sarah-
Jane GILL • Caroline SEFTON • Rob HUTCHINGS • Niamh MCDONALD • Lee JONES • Millie COUSINS •
Charlotte KENNEDY-MCGRANACHAN • Ian BETNEY • Dan GARLAND • Jocelyn GARLAND • Jenson
GARLAND • Stuart BOOTH • Maisie HUTCHINGS • Darren ELLIS • Vera BORDACS • Octavia PERNA •
Ella GAMBLE • Joe SANDEL

“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 (https://www.parkrun.org.uk/peterborough/futureroster/). 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 eye10k.co.uk

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 
Kerry BRITTLE
Olga BARANNIKOVA
Susan STEVENS
Vic ABOUDARA

250 Club
Steve MEGSON

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!

Abigail BRANSTON

 

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) 
Aamir SHIRAZI
Harlan FARROW
Jenson GARLAND
Olivia MARDON - New PB!

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

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

250 Club
Neil PLANT

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

 

Peterborough parkrun #294 – Big Bushy Takeover

Bushfield Joggers were back for a parkrun takeover on Saturday 26th January 2019. I had the pleasure of being part of an amazing army of 45 Bushfield Joggers club members and other volunteers who supported, cheered on and encouraged 650 runners, joggers and walkers around the beautiful lakes at Ferry Meadows – a big thank you to my fellow volunteers:

Nilesh PATEL • Steve MEGSON • Paul ATHERFOLD • Rachel STONE • Shane GOLDSMITH • Ian VALLANCE • Craig MATTHEWS • Dean CHAPMAN • Paula STAPLETON • Sue PAWSON • Christopher STAPLETON • Brian CORLEYS • Rebecca WITTON • Eric WINSTONE • Mary WEBBER • Elizabeth LORIMER • Roslyn LOUTIT • Sarah WILLIAMS • Christine GOBBI • Pauline KENNEDY • Kirsten LOUTIT • Joanna SELLS • Peter RIDLEY • Sue RIDLEY • Joy ATKIN • Steven ALLPRESS • Jeff BEEVER • Kathy SHIELS • Oliver STOCKELL • Rich TALBY • Eve MATTHEWS • Polly GARLAND • Jenny BRYANT • Michelle COOPER • Martin GICHUHI • Victoria ABRAHAM • James SELLS • Alice MARR • Jay LANGDON • Kathleen MILLER • Steve LEE • Nick WELFORD • Paul MILLER • Catriona SHARMAN • Octavia PERNA

I always enjoy marshalling at parkrun and it seems that bit more special when I'm doing it with fellow club members. I also had my little boy with me this week to help cheer everyone on and to get some high 5's. You may have spotted us next to the bridge having a little dance to our cheesy music while cheering you on. I hope we didn't distract you from your running too much! It would seem we didn't distract a massive 103 of you who clocked up new a personal best – well done!

I hope the 60 first timers who joined us on Saturday enjoyed their very first parkrun – hopefully it will be the first of many.

First over the line for males this week was Isaac ELLARD in a time of 16:45. Second in was Jack CHENNELL of Higham Harriers, on his first visit to Peterborough parkrun, clocking a time of 17:07. Third for the men was Scott MEADOWS of Bushfield Joggers (yey!) at 17:40 - a new PB!

First female over the line was Philippa TAYLOR of Nene Valley Harriers in 18:54. Second lady was Natasha BROWN of Kettering Town Harriers in a time of 20:20. Third for the ladies was Ella ROBINSON also of Nene Valley Harriers with a time of 20:26.

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Peterborough parkrun Results page.

If you would like more information about our running club, head over to www.bushfieldjoggers.co.uk or come and have a chat at parkrun with one of us – you can spot us in our 'Bushy Blue' tops.

Finally, remember no Volunteers, no parkrun. If you would like to help you can by getting in touch on Facebook page Peterborough parkrun Volunteers, or drop an email to peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com

Thank you for reading!

Polly Garland

 

Peterborough parkrun #292 – The Biggest Yet

That was a parkrun to remember.

A record 762 finishers wow!

Today we joined in celebrating the founder of Peterborough parkrun, Gordon Pearson's 250th parkrun (not forgetting his 192 volunteering days). Can you remember what Saturday mornings were like before Gordon started our weekly run at Ferry Meadows on 3rd August 2013, in fact 13,733 different runners, walkers and joggers have started their Saturday with a 5K around our lakes.

Today 54 people completed their first ever parkrun, welcome and we hope to see you again soon.

We also welcomed tourists from Middlesbrough, Colchester, Tralee, Bansted Woods, Buckingham, Bromley and Milton Keynes. Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Another celebrating his 250th parkrun was uber-tourist Nigel Cronin who has ran at a staggering 194 different parkrun events and is the 51st most travelled parkrunner in the world. Nigel doesn't always tour and knows where home is as coincidentally it was his 51st run at Peterborough.

We now have six members of the 250 club at Peterborough.

Others Celebrating today were; 10 Club -Emily Fox, Jessica Carter, Molly McGoun, Wajid Ali and Zoe Husbands. 50 Club - Clare King and Sam Whitmore. 100 Club - Carol Coupland and Dave Stevenson. Well done all.

Not an official milestone but running her 200th parkrun was Laura Whitton who also has been very instrumental in helping our parkrun grow to where we are now, by tirelessly organising the volunteers. The Volunteer Co-ordinator baton has now been passed to James Sells and if you would like to volunteer please email peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com. Today's run was bought to you by 37 volunteers including our Tail Walker, Rebecca Walker!

First home today were Daniel Snipe 18:54, closely followed by Adam Caton 18:56 and Sam White 19:02. Leading the ladies were Kayleigh Draper 20:00, Sam Cullen 20:04 and Emily Bannister 22:15.

Amazingly today 71 of you recorded new Personal Bests, well done to each and every one of you.

Same time next week.

Gary Parr
Event Director

 

Peterborough parkrun #290

In my recent bid to become a member of the unofficial parkrun tourist club, I've taken up the challenge of clocking up 20 different parkruns. As luck would have it, my 20th different venue will also fall on my 50th parkrun - 5 more to go! So this week I decided to venture over to the lovely Ferry Meadows in Peterborough to try out a new course and I wasn't disappointed. It might just be my new favourite!

A hugely impressive 613 people ran, jogged, buggy pushed, dog jogged and walked at Peterborough's 290th event. We welcomed 23 first timers to parkrun, thank you for joining us and embarking on your parkrun journeys. You certainly won't regret it! 34 unknowns did show up in this week's results so please remember - DFYB (don't forget your barcode)! Perfect running conditions yesterday as well, not too cold and hardly any breeze.

First up was the run briefing. Huge congratulations to the following people who celebrated milestones yesterday:

10 Club - Ella CARTER
50 Club - Alan HURST, Graham MCMILLAN, Katie BRENNAND, Katy WILD, Laura-Jane EDWARDS, Sarfaraaz ZAHID
100 Club - Kerry-Anne HARWOOD, Tom WARREN

After the usual formalities, we were off! The course itself is a lovely, flat route along mainly tarmac paths around two scenic lakes. I'd love to come back again in the summer. We were greeted by lots of encouragement from enthusiastic high-viz heroes at various points which was a very welcome sight. Even the swans sounded like they were applauding us as they took off from one of the lakes!

Congratulations to the top three male and female finishers:

Ian LEITCH - 15.39
Michael MOORE - 16.53
Martin GICHUHI - 17.29

Diana Jade CHALMERS - 20.06
Ellie SWIRE - 20.30
Laura WHITTON - 20.57

Over 50 people achieved new PB's which is fantastic.

Well done to everybody that took part and to all the first timers, it definitely won't be your last.

This week's parkrun was brought to you by these wonderful volunteers.

Helen AIREY, John AIREY, Stuart BOOTH, Vera BORDACS, Nib BOWKIS, Peter BRANTOM, Catherine BURBAGE, Carol COOK, Claire COOK, James CURT, Bernadette FITZHARRIS, Sarah-Jane GILL, Barbara GUNN, Martin HARRIS, Louise JINKS, Olivia JONES, Stephen JONES, Lee JONES, Lyndsay JORDAN, Anita LEEDHAM, Alice MARR, Paul NICHOLLS, Simon NORTHCOTT, Gordon PEARSON, Andrew PITCHFORD, Martin RANDALL, Danielle RANDALL, James SELLS, Craig SELLS, Joanna SELLS, Martin SHELBOURNE, Sophie SPITTLE, Peggy STARR, Oliver STOCKELL, Rebecca WALKER, Sue WELLINGTON, Joy WHITEHEAD, Roy YOUNG

Thank you for all your efforts!

We are always in need of volunteers, there are plenty of different roles that can be done with a little training and it is very fulfilling giving back to your parkrun community. If you would like to help out the future roster can be found here at www.parkrun.org.uk/peterborough/futureroster/ or if you have any questions please email peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com.

Run completed, it was off to the local garden centre for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. I will be coming back to Ferry Meadows though, thank you for having me.

Lyndsay Jordan

 

Peterborough parkrun #287 – Green Army Takeover

My name is Graham - for those of you who don't know me I am the human at the end of Maisie's lead being dragged around the 5km course.

By the end of 2018 I will have run my 50th parkrun. Given that I've got two false knees it is a milestone I never thought I'd get to and it just goes to show that parkrun is for everyone - you just need to believe you can do it.

Maisie and I are proud members of the Eye Community Runners (ECR) who provided all this week's volunteers. We love the Green Army but we are also part of the bigger Peterborough parkrun family, made up of people from all walks of life, ages and fitness levels. It is one of the best feelings to wake up on a Saturday morning knowing you will be off to Ferry Meadows to join in with this wonderful varied crew. Supportive, encouraging and above all friendly is how I'd describe everyone. So thank you to you all for making it all possible.

As for the run a fantastic effort by Isaac Ellard in a time of 16.43 gave him that number 1 token. First female home was Chloe Finlay with a shiny new PB time of 18.36.

A total of 472 runners took part with an amazing 67 runners achieving new PB's, must have been the desire to get out of that cold wind. There were also 46 first timers and people from 32 different clubs took part. Well done everyone for braving the arctic conditions.

Congratulations to Mia and Ben Bailey, Nicky Banbury and Randal Kennerley who earned their 50th T-shirt.

Extra special congratulations and a Peterborough parkrun pat on the back to Brian Caine and Michael Barker for reaching 250 parkruns.

Finally, thank you to all the fantastic Eye Community Runners for volunteering and thank you all for taking the time to read this report.

See you all next Saturday and don't forget we have a bonus run at Ferry Meadows on Christmas Day!

Graham McMillan

 

Peterborouh parkrun #283 – Yaxley Takeover

A rather chilly start for parkrun #283 but that didn't stop the 552 participants turning up to partake in the lovely parkrun course we have here.

It's what we look forward to and what Saturday mornings are all about! Plus the sun did shine through and burn the clouds away (eventually).

I wasn't entirely sure what to include in my run report so I have decided that I'm going to tell you a little bit about my parkrun journey, promote parkrun and congratulate everyone who took part!

Today, not only saw Yaxley runners (the running club I'm a member of) return for the parkrun takeover but it also marked the memorial occasion of my very own 100th parkrun! Wow!

AND I ONLY WENT AND GOT MYSELF A PB! Double WOW WOW!

10th female to finish and the 1st person in my age category! Wow, wow, wow.

To say I am delighted doesn't come close. I wanted it today and I pushed hard. I knew at the point where the course forks off and the faster runners come back round the loop, that I was on for a good time. Only 2 people had come back passed me. The volunteers cheered, that helped massively, thank you. There was a lovely man that spoke to me and kept me going as we were approaching 3K. He said I had been his pacer up until that point... it was now his turn to be my pacer, thank you.

I was so pleased to see the finish line... I had nothing left to give... just a few more steps... keep going! And done. Now awaits the dreaded photos that I may have been captured in...!

What a journey it has been! Following the advice of a very good friend, I started running for the first time approximately 3.5 years ago. I could barely make it to the end of the street without collapsing (yes, that same friend can verify this and to clarify, it was a small street)!

I have now ran a half marathon in under 2 hours and have a parkrun PB time of 24:09. Again, wow.

parkrun has helped me on my journey and with the support of my parkrun family and friends, I have been able to achieve things I didn't think were ever possible. If I can do it... anyone can! #thisgirlcan #getinspired

There are no truer words than #parkrunfamily. The encouragement, the support and the friendships you make are what make parkrun the family it is. I have met so many lovely people, people that I'm privileged to call friends. In addition to all this (if this wasn't enough to persuade you to come along)...there is the added bonus of the exercise and socialising, which has positive health benefits and is good for your well being.

Although saying this, parkrun in recent weeks has turned into cake club (for me it has anyway). Yum yum and also win win!

I really do encourage everyone and anyone to come along and join in. It doesn't matter what age you are, your ability, your fitness, your size or what your goals are. You can walk, skip, run or jog.... everyone is welcome, everyone is supported and no one is left behind! Today... the yellow army was out in force cheering every single person on and without the volunteers, it wouldn't be possible... so a BIG shout out to all volunteers each and every week- THANK YOU.

A few milestone recognitions...

First timers: 35 people completed their first ever parkrun and 20 parkrun tourists completed their first at Peterborough. We hope you all enjoyed our course.

PB's: 99 people got a PB. Congratulations to you all.

50th parkrun: 4 people completed their 50th parkrun. Congratulations to Hassan Mourtada, David Parker-Radford, Franco Genovese and Mohammed Sarfraz.

100th parkrun: 1 person completed their 100th parkrun today... congratulations to me.

First male to finish was Simon Fell in a time of 16:46. Well done.

First female to finish was Jordan Foster in a time of 18:25. Well done.

Everyone has a different objective and whether you're going for a PB, whether it's your first time, whether you're encouraging others or whether you're walking the route....Well done to everyone!! We hope to see you back very soon.

I'm going to sign off writing this run report with a joke...For anyone that knows me, it wouldn't be me if I didn't tell a joke, so here goes...

Q: What do you get if you cross an athlete with an invisible man?

A: Running like no one has ever seen

One more?

Q: Did you hear about the race between the lettuce and the tomato?

A: The lettuce was a 'head' and the tomato was trying to 'ketchup'!

Spread the parkrun word, keep running, walking, jogging, skipping and of course volunteering!

If you want to come along to parkrun - come along. Every Saturday morning 9am, and don't forget your barcode. Visit: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/peterborough/

If you're interested in volunteering, please email: peterboroughhelpers@parkrun.com

If you're interest in Yaxley runners, please visit: http://www.yaxleyrunners.org.uk/

Finally, some inspirational quotes to keep you going:

Run with your heart when your legs get tired
A 12 minute mile is the same distance as a 7 minute mile
Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must... just never give up
One run can change your day, many runs can change your life

It's been a pleasure being your run report writer today and I hope to see you soon.

Happy parkrunning!

Gemma Toogood

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