Show your support by turning Peterborough parkrun pink

Peterborough parkrun are deeply saddened to hear that Bex Griffiths of Team Bex sadly passed away today. 
Bex championed "Team Bex" inspiring hundreds of people to take up running and raise awareness for Huntingdon Community Cancer Network (HCCN).
Everyone knows "Team Bex" from the bright pink Tshirts that they wear, and we invite everyone to 'turn Peterborough parkrun pink' tomorrow as a mark of respect to this amazing and inspirational woman and the incredible legacy she leaves behind.
Donations can be made to the charity here
Our thoughts are with Bex's husband and two children and all her family & friends at this time x


Milestone T-shirt – Update

Just over 17,000 white, red, black, green and aubergine t-shirts are due in to port in the UK on 20 April. Allowing time for this large shipment to clear customs, safely arrive in the warehouse and be unpacked and sorted successfully, we anticipate the t-shirts should be available to order a week later, from 27 April. We will provide an update on the page and on social media if this changes.


Run Report #97 – Spotlight on the ‘super vets’

This weeks report celebrates the runners who defy their age who have been part of the local running scene for years and are now regulars at parkrun – ‘the super vets’, those runners over 60.

But first a huge well done to this weeks top three finishes; Aaron Shepherd was first male home in 17.00 min dead followed by Drew Warnes and James Fisher. Top female was Ruth Jones in 20.15 with fellow Nene Valley runners Nicky Morgan and Olivia Ozkan in 2nd and 3rd place.

The blustery conditions did not prevent 383 runners turning out and producing some excellent times with 89 runners achieving PBs. The top age graded runners this week were Alan Sadler (79.49%) and Ralph Moore (79.02%). the top female graded runner was Yvonne Mann (77.12%). Yvonne is one those ‘super vets’ over 60 who are a feature of parkruns all over the country, but who have a particularly strong presence in Peterborough.

This week over 40 parkrunners were 60 or over. The likes of Tony Gray, Terry Fone, Dave Ainslie, Mike Holt, Peter Ridgely, Peter Brantom , Chris Stapleton and Eric Winstone continue to record excellent times and just take a look at their ‘age grading’ to see how you compare with these over 60 stalwarts.

They are the runners who were at the start of the running boom in the 1980s and through good health and luck have been able to maintain their love and passion for running. Between them they have chalked up many marathons, half marathons and outstanding times.

These are the ‘baby boomer’ generation who may be long past their personal bests but who are now running great age group times and more importantly still competing and challenging themselves every week. Special mention to George Dawson who at 83 is still seeking to improve his time every week wearing his ‘pass me I’m 83’ vest and always encouraging the other runners around him parkrun has both revitalized many experienced runners and created another generation of people of all ages who have found the love and enjoyment of running.

I know many of the ‘first timers’ have since gone on to join one of the many excellent running clubs in the city and this week there were 34 first timers. For me personally its great to see so many people turning up every week - Peterborough has one of the largest turnouts in the country- of all ages and abilities, each with their own personal target. More importantly when it’s over the café is full of runners talking about their times and sharing stories creating a great atmosphere in one of the best parkrun environments in the country.

In a few weeks time it will be the 100th Parkrun in Peterborough, let’s have a good turnout of both runners and volunteers. It was also good to hear that a parkrun at Rutland Water will soon be up and running.

Finally congratulations to Stephen Lawson and Margaret Hayes on reaching their 50th parkrun today, Margaret did it in style with a PB!

Eric Winstone


Run report #94 – parkrun PB…done, parkrun volunteer…done!

On the way home from this morning's parkrun I said to my Dad, "I say it every time but I really should volunteer more often at parkrun." Then less than an hour later I refresh my Facebook news feed to read the Peterborough parkrun status asking for someone to write the run report for this week. It said 'ANYONE can volunteer to write it.' I though about it for a few minutes, a record turn our of 529 runners, I'm sure someone will come forward. I though about it a little longer then though, "no, I'm going to give it a go because I said I wanted to volunteer so here's a great chance!"

Our parkrun wouldn't happen without the volunteers and whatever volunteer role it is, it’s just as important. Why don’t you pick a date now to volunteer? Take a look at the Peterborough parkrun website and pick a date when you can volunteer and have a look what you’d like to do. Let’s not leave it to the same people every week!

So on a lovely sunny Saturday morning after a late night last night due to watching Werrington Joggers' star Rod McDonald perform in Sister Act at the Key Theatre where else would I rather be than Peterborough parkrun? Nowhere obviously. So up and on my way by 8.15 and feeling rather tired when Dad asks me if I still want him to pace me round to a new PB, I said ‘I’ll try.’

I arrive along with 526 other runners, my Dad and my brother’s girlfriend Georgina. Everyone’s ready with big smiles on their faces and there are lots of marshals heading to their points and spectators getting ready to watch.

I really enjoy Peterborough parkrun until the second lap of the big lake when I always start to struggle but I thought positive and finally crossed the finishing line in a time of 28:12. 48 seconds taken off my PB – wooohoo! Happy Claire.

I was one of 5 Werrington Joggers who got a PB today so well done to my club mates - Sammy Scane, Gerald Watson, Elaine Montgomery and Donna Flynn.

Well done to Aaron Scott who was first home today, James Mogridge who was second and achieved a PB and Rhys Goddard who was third and also followed James’s footsteps in achieving a PB!

Philippa Taylor was the first lady home today, Philippa ran parkrun for her 11th time today and has been first lady home on all 11 occasions! – Wow, well done Philippa.

Second lady unfortunately forgot her barcode so her name doesn't appear in the results.

Third lady today was Jade Watson, another Werrington Jogger. Jade was third last week so obviously following Philippa when it comes to keeping your place! – Well done Jade.

A big well done to junior parkrunner Dean Buxton-Smith who entered the ‘10’ club today. Also well done to Alan Sadler, Ruth Jones and Simon Lovell (Race Director of the Eye 10k on 10th May – the best 10k around, have you entered yet?) who all entered the ‘50’ club.

So records all round, 152 new PBs (well done us!), 73 first timers (I hope you all enjoyed it and come back soon!) and 529 participants!

See you all next time at parkrun!

Oh and anyone popping to London next Sunday? Good luck to all those doing the Marathon!

Claire Cook


Peterborough parkrun 87 – what a difference a year makes

For those of us that have been attending Peterborough parkrun for some time, a stats download isn't required to tell us how much our parkrun has grown. For those of you new to this, I can tell you that we had almost TWO HUNDRED more runnings on Saturday than this weekend last year.

Last year, the first runner to finish did so in 17:48, this weekend our first finisher was Daniel Snipe in a time of 17:38. This was Daniel's first time in first position out of his 20 parkruns, well done Daniel. The first female last year finished in 21:49, this weekend the first female did so in 19:43 - great work Stephanie Cooper!

This weekend last year we saw Claire Andrews, Amanda Moore and Gary Parr attend the new runners brief, set out round the course for the very first time, and collect their very first position token to get scanned. Gary is a a wonderful part of the parkrun family, having run 47 parkruns since starting (including some tourism) and has volunteered about as many times! Not to mention that he has knocked over 10 minutes off his parkrun time within the past 12 months. Well done to you guys! Maybe you'll get a similar mention in a year after your first one this week? What do you say Vicky Allen, Nadine Couborough, Rich Talby, Graham Farrelly or any of you other 41 first timers?

Those who definitely have the bug are those who entered the 50 club this week. David Lambert, Jill Choudhury and Melanie Tindale have now all run 50 parkruns each. Mel took up her usual position within the fastest 100 runners and the top 10 females, this week in 4th. Congratulations you guys on this parkrun milestone!

A good run for junior runner Liam Ward who finished in his highest ever position of 3rd overall in a time of 18:36. Liam was 15 seconds behind Brian Corleys who was second to cross the line this week in 18:21. Eve Casbard equalled her best position of second female with a time of 21:21 (just 6 seconds outside a PB, which considering the windy conditions wasn't bad!) Olivia Ozkan was third female in a time of 22:19. Barbara Johnson topped the age grading again with her third 80+% in a row. Barbara currently runs in the VW60-64 category and can usually be seen running sub 25 mins!

Despite the cold wind, 81 of you managed a PB this week. Mike Knight achieved his second PB in a row, as did Dave Cox (by over 2 mins), a new PB for Carl Golder, Damian Reed was almost a minute faster than his previous PB too. Helen and Ashley Walden, parkrun tourists, both achieved PBs for the course this week. Peterborough parkruns regulars that celebrated new PBs included Jonathan Bales, Marie Conaty and Sally Smith! Dave Cameron who was on his third parkrun remained under 35 mins and was only 12 seconds away from his time last week. Whilst on her 55th parkrun, Steph Dales was only 8 seconds away from her PB...which was set a year ago (now would be the right time to mention that over half of Steph's parkruns were done whilst pregnant!) Next week Dave and Steph!!

Thanks AS ALWAYS to our heroes in high-vis, our wonderful team of volunteers who change weekly. Many of which are obvious, the run director (Andy Short), the barcode scanners (Mike Blackledge, Phillip Hamlyn, Pat Shepperson) and the marshals (Becky and Ellie Allam, Helen Airey, Katie Smith, Josh Yeeles, Lee Whitton, Sweatshops' Nicky Crowley and Nina, Joe and Ben Wright) that cheer you on are easily spotted - we hope! Perhaps not quite as obvious are the timekeepers (Michaela Giles and Dave Richmond), the two volunteers that hand out the finish tokens (Ian Davies and Tony King), at least one funnel manager to keep everyone in order (Andy Harding) and number checkers (Sarah Short, Mark Walls and Charlotte) who run up and down the funnel  to make sure we are in sync. You may have noticed our volunteer tail runner (Diane Constable) who makes sure they are last to cross the line, they offer support and encouragement to the runners towards the back. Some roles that can slip by many regulars include the volunteer coordinator on the morning (Gary Parr) and the person giving the new runners brief (Sarah Short). The tokens are often sorted over a hot drink and some breakfast by a little team that gather on the morning (this week lead by Sally and Michelle Smith). Behind the scenes though, are those setting the course up for us (Martin Shelbourne does this EVERY week and can always do with extra hands - this week was assisted by Gordon Pearson and Kathy Saunders). Most volunteers bring back any equipment from nearby to their point and this is then packed away into storage by another volunteer (many thanks to Peter Brantom for taking on this responsibility most weeks for us). A special thanks goes to Michaela and Gary for taking home the volunteers high-vis jackets to wash for us! Once the run is complete and the equipment is packed away, there is little evidence of us having been in the park. Apart from the tapping away of the keyboard on the parkrun laptop as our result processor uploads the watches and scanners, manually enters the details of any barcodes that didn't scan, cross-checks this with the information from the number checker, crosses fingers and hopes that nobody ducked out of the funnel before collecting a token or went through the funnel twice, or a lap early, or wasn't actually a parkrunner! This week Steve Megson was once again working well into the day on Saturday to try ensure everyone received the correct result. A big thank you from all 450 of us Steve! If you are able to help out by volunteering one week please let me know by emailing me on

See you again on Saturday,

Laura Conway, volunteer co-ordinator


Peterborough parkrun #76 – Merry Christmas Everyone

IT'S CHRISSSTTTMMMMAAASSSS! Almost doubling last year's Christmas Day attendance, 331 runnners chose to start the special day with a 5k run round Ferry Meadows. For some it was about spending time with friends and with family. Others were after that special Christmas Day PB. It was close for the front runners this week with just 4 seconds separating the first three over the line. Josh Lunn was first over the line in a time of 17:11. Neck and neck for most of the way and just two seconds behind over the finish was Mark Popple with a new parkrun PB of 17:13 - 14 seconds off since his previous parkrun PB lesss than a week ago! Michael Channing crossed the line just 2 seconds later with a new PB of 17:15.

There were 55 other runners achieving Christmas Day PBs. Husky dog Zacki assisted Justin Showell to his first ever sub 20 5k with a time of 19:35. And I don't think anyone around the finish area could have missed the celebrations of Nigel Walls when he achieved not only a 20 second parkrun PB...but a 10 second 5k PB ever of 19:47! After all the PBs Nigel has helped pace people to (can usually be seen around 30 mins with the army rucksack on), it's great for him to achieved his own today. Phil Ackerman also went sub 20 for the first time on the course today, well done sub 20 minuters!

First lady today sadly did not have a barcode with her this morning. Second lady this morning was parkrun tourist Kristy Guneratne. Today Kristy ran her first Peterborough parkrun...her 199th parkrun in total, in a time of 21:04. Third lady was Louise Blake in a time of 21:38.

Showing continued improvement was Sharron Toms with yet another PB of 22:34. A full set of Toms on and around the course with two of the five running and the other three marshalling, thanks as always! Dave Richmond was assisted by rescue dog Izzie to another new PB, knocking over 30 secs off since their last run a few weeks ago. PBs for Karina Grimes and James Constable who were helped round by Laura Try. Peterborough parkrun event director Gordon Pearson was also doing some Christmas Day pacing. Gordon helped Sweatshop manager Sam Whitmore knock over THREE MINUTES off his parkrun PB that was set less than a month ago, now down to 23:45. Karen Richardson was assisted by Cannie-X collie Tyler to not only a course PB, but a parkrun PB of 26:35 (over 4 minutes faster than when she ran the course at the beginning of the year). A great finish for Claire Cook to achieve her new PB of 29:00. Well done to junior runner Hannah Casbon on her new PB of 35:15.

Speaking of junior runners, it was a special parkrun for regular junior runner Oliver House who was celebrating his 50th parkrun and was seen running with his sister Katherine. Another family duo running together was Linda Threadgold enjoying her 50th run with daughter Cathy (before Cathy then held up Christmas Day celebrations by insisting on running 8 miles home). Many others timed it well with Brian Caine, Sarah Lambert, Joanne McDonald, Archie Gormley and Mike Curnyn all celebrating their 50th parkruns this Christmas Day. Andy Potter celebrated his 50th run with a PB of 23:57. Jayne Turner had planned for her 50th parkrun to happen some time ago but unfortunately was off running for a few months injured and volunteered every week instead. Thank you Jayne and well done all!

Looking forward to our next gosh, that's tomorrow! We almost have a full roster of volunteers. We do still need a funnel manager though. And for New Year's Day, at the later time of 10:30am we need a funnel manager then too...and some marshals please. I know I mention it a lot, but this events ONLY goes ahead with the help of the volunteers. Please don't leave it to the same people every week. If you're not sure about volunteering and you haven't done yet, please email me and let me know and I'll hopefully alleviate any concerns and find you the perfect role. You can get me on

Hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday, glad to have shared part of it with you.

See you in the morning,

Laura Conway, volunteer co-ordinator.


Guest article – Best and worst

What makes our running friends special? Well, many things...too many things to list. What is important to me though, is the honesty and the rawness of that friendship.

When you run, when you REALLY run, you bare yourself to those around you. You lose all your inhibitions. For those minutes, all the barriers come down. There's no pretending when you run. You can't act like someone you're not, and there's no pretending to be more than you are. Nobody cares about the clothes you wear, what car you drive or the job you have. You are just you. Tired, sweating, gasping, determined, desperate for it to be

Your running friends will be there at the finish line, screaming with all the breath they have to cheer you in. You might not see or hear them, but they see you. Behind the sweat running past your eyes they see the focus. Between the gritted teeth they see the determination. And beyond that yell you give as you cross the line and try to breath again, they hear the relief. As you wobble down the finish funnel in a daze they steady you, they smile and tell you how proud of you they are as you heave in their face! You struggle to form any words to thank them. These friends know how much you just want to collapse onto the floor and they will let you do it. They keep a watchful eye as you cough, cry, spit, and retch. They reach out their hand to help you up. Hair in a frizzy mess, stuck to your face with sweat, they hug you so hard and so tight despite your top being wet through, because it matters not.

Running friends are special sorts of friends, they see you at your best and your worst and they accept you either way.

#raw #honest #friends

Laura Conway - Peterborough parkrun volunteer coordinator

Running since August 2013, the birth of Peterborough parkrun


Peterborough parkrun #73 – Frozen

The first parkrun of December and for what seemed like the first time in forever; we had a really cold run! However, the icy chill in the air didn't deter 268 runners, or thankfully our wonderful volunteers.

Anyone who was out on Saturday morning can surely understand what incredible people our volunteers are! As cold as it was to run that morning, the people that made the event possible stood out there for over an hour. There was fantastic support and encouragement from the marshals who were also making sure everyone was as safe as possible on the slippery bridges. The volunteers around the finish area did a brilliant job to ensure the smooth running of the timekeeping, handing out the tokens, and scanning the barcodes, all with frozen fingers. Also a massive thank you to the volunteers who arrived at 8am to set up the course for everyone. One in particular, Martin Shelbourne, who sets up the course every week for us, will be celebrating his 50th run next time! He will have the morning off from set up next week as Eye Community Runners ‘take-over’ Peterborough parkrun and provide all the volunteers for us.

This week, the cold and winter air was no match for some of the front runners, with 6 of the first 10 bagging new PBs. First across the line again was Lloyd Kempson (who remembered his barcode this week, yay) in a time of 16:35. Edwards Hewitt followed in a time of 16:41 (PB) and then third over the line was Paul Halford in 16:53 (PB). For the ladies, Jess Varley was first over the line in 19:07, finishing 8th overall! Second lady, for the second week, with another PB, was Melanie Tindale in a time of 22:18. Melanie has expressed her thanks to James Burton who was this week’s 22 minute pacer for running such even splits as this stopped her going out too fast. Emma Desbruslais was third lady this week, also achieving a new PB of 22:42.

Despite many people having to walk over the slippery bridges, 70 runners in total managed a new PB this week. I would love to mention them all but a quick few “well dones” go out to Dave Stunell who has run as many times as he has volunteered, for his new PB of 19:37. Regular parkrunner Nilesh Patel – who if you haven’t seen running you can often see going back to the cones to cheer on the runners after him – achieved a new PB this week of 22:30. Dave Richmond and dog Izzie achieved a new parkrun PB of 24:09. Dogs are welcomed at Peterborough parkrun, but like Dave, please only one dog per runner and they must be kept on a lead – this is for the safety of the runners…and importantly the dogs! After trying since the summer to get under 25 mins, Cathy Threadgold did it in style and ran 24:22 this week. It looks as though 26 minute pacer, Gordon Pearson, may have had something to do with all the PBs ahead of him for John Sandalls, Mark Giddings, Matt Clarkson and Jane Masters. Helen John achieved a new PB of 31:07 and said that she really enjoyed the run..."it was worth scraping the car for!" Well done to Carol Rogers on another PB this week. The only time Carol hasn’t achieved a PB has been when she’s offered to pace! Another one improving all the time and with another PB this week was Helen Bloodworth, who it looks like was kept company this week by club-mate Gary Marshall. Well done to junior runner Cody Merry on achieving a new PB of 26:49 on her 10th run. All under 11s must be accompanied by an adult throughout the run. Scott Merry has joined Cody since her first parkrun in September when she ran it in 31:29. Great improvement over the past few months!

Looking forward to the next few weeks’ events we have…

13th December is ECR ‘take-over’ so all volunteers are provided by the running club – thanks in advance Eye!
Also, this Sunday there is the 5k Santa Stroll & Fun Run at Ferry Meadows that was advertised a while ago and few parkrunners will be going to the Granary afterwards

20th December is our fancy dress parkrun, festive or not, get your best outfits out and let it go! This is the last Saturday before Christmas so feel free to bring along mince pies etc. There may even be some prizes for best fancy dress!

25th December – Christmas Day! This is one of only two days that we are able to have parkrun not on a Saturday. We still need volunteers this day so if your family are coming to watch as you start the day with a social 5k run, why not see if they wouldn’t mind helping us out? It would be really useful if they registered but just email me for further details on Just remember that the café is closed so please bring along hot drinks and a few bits to eat post run before disappearing off for something stronger and your Christmas dinner.

27th December is parkrun as usual, hopefully you will have recovered from Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In need of volunteers as usual.

1st January at the later start time of 10:30! This is the second of the two days we can have an extra parkrun. The later start time means that some of you keen parkrunners can go to Huntingdon parkrun just down the A1 first at the usual start time of 9am, then back up to Peterborough for the ‘double’. For those less keen, a chance for a lie in. For those even less keen…you guessed it, how about volunteering?

Another club ‘take-over’ on 3rd January with Werrington Joggers providing all the volunteers so the first that I will be asking for help in the new year (after New Year’s Day) will be 10th January.

See you this Saturday for another fresh parkrun, the cold never bothered me anyway ;)
Laura Conway, Volunteer Co-ordinator


Children in Need Ladies v Gents relay

And now for something completely different!

Next Saturday (8th), we will hold a Ladies vs Gents relay in order to raise money for Children in Need. This bit of fun will be held after the parkrun, about 10am, and we are looking for two teams (obviously) of 20 per team. This will be handicapped based on recent PBs around the Peterborough parkrun course, with each runner running 250m.

The ‘baton’ will be a bucket containing donations from parkrunners – the intention being that ladies will donate into the gents bucket, and vice versa, so the more you donate the more handicapped your opponents will be! The intention is to have the ladies team run from slowest to fastest, and the gents from fastest to slowest and hopefully both teams will finish together

We will run a slightly amended version of the normal course, so that the finish is in front of the café.

If you want to take part please send an email to, with you best parkrun time since the start of August (we can check!)

If we get 25 per team we will make the legs 200m each

Is this clear??

Please note that this is not an official parkrun

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