Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #345/6 – 23rd/30th November 2019

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It was my third park run today. I am seven years old. It was drizzly and grey and muddy.  I like doing park run because I get fit and I like running with Mummy. I also like to sprint at the finish.

 

Today all my family were involved. My Papa was doing the timing. My Mummy, Granny and Uncle Matt ran too. And my Auntie looked after my little brother so that Mummy could run with me.

 

There were lots of dogs there on leads. I think Mummy should bring our dogs but she said it will be chaos!  Thank to everyone involved and a big thank to the volunteers and a bigger thank you to all the people who cheered me on and make me feel so welcome.

 

Love Ethan 

(Typed by Mummy)

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Ethan with his Mum & Uncle

 

Huge thanks to our Ethan (and his Mum) for a fab run, walk & jog report, and thanks also to all our other amazing volunteers from the last couple of weeks:

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Alison CHAPMAN  •  Dal POONIA  •  Graham GREEN  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  Ken PHILLIPS  •  Laura FRASER  •  Lauren KIMPTON  •  Lawrence ASPINALL  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Lisa SMITH  •  Lisa TAYLOR  •  Mark GARDINER  •  Phillipa VEITCH  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Sarah GARDINER  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM  •  Theresa COLLER  •  Tina GRIMWOOD

Event #346

Barry BELL  •  Daniel GREEN  •  Donna MARTIN  •  Ella THOMPSON  •  Ethan NEWNES  •  Gary GROUTAGE  •  Graham GREEN  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Julie ASPINALL  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Lisa SMITH  •  Matthew BAXTER  •  Peter GRANGER  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Stephen CASON  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM  •  Victoria WRIGHT

We're always on the look out for volunteers, including this coming Saturday, which is also Pacers Week, so if you are able to help out on Saturday, or any upcoming parkrundays, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

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Milestones & PBs!

Congratulations to Ian for completing his 50th parkrun, Keith, Vincent & Sarah on reaching their 100th, and Ian for making it to 250 (or 5 years of parkrunning!).

Congratulations also go to the 22 of you with a shiny new PB!

New Year's Day

We're delighted to be able to let you know, that as with the last 5 years, we'll be having an extra event this New Year's Day!

As well as being an extra parkrun, it's also the one day a year you can potentially run two parkruns on the same day!  Our start time is 10.30am, and if you are tempted with the idea of a second parkrun, the exciting news for you is you have at at least two options locally to get in your first parkrun before joining us at Shorne, as Cylcopark at due to start at 9am and Maidstone are due to start at 8.30am.  And in even more exciting news, you could also get in an extra 5k (but not another parkrun) by running from Cyclopark to Shorne as well!

You can find out which other events are on, and importantly what time they start, by clicking here.  You can then spend a few hours working out which events you can run your two parkruns at, as well as looking at which events have an event taking place on Christmas Day (Shorne Woods parkrun isn't on).  All Christmas Day events will  be starting at 9am, which is a change from previous years.

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So if you're thinking of joining us for the first time, here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Firstly if you haven't registered yet, you can do so here, or if you've lost your barcode you can find details of how to retrieve is here
  • Whether you're new to parkrun / or it's your first time at Shorne Woods parkrun, firslty welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55am.
  • Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
  • Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
  • DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
  • We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule of 'no barcode, no result' also applies here
  • Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
  • Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
  • When you're ready don't forget to have your barcodes scanned, and if for any reason you don't want to be scanned please return the position token (we reuse them each week)
  • There are containers up by the finish area for you to leave any spare clothes, and you run past these about 80 metres from the start if you don't want to drop them off before you've started.
  • Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!

If you have any questions not answered above, feel free to drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or look out for someone in hi-viz on Saturday morning.

parkrun Podcasts:

If the week between parkrun seems to take forever to pass, as you long for your next hit of parkrunfun (or even if it flies by!) there are a couple of parkrun podcasts now available for you to enjoy, with the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, which for those who listened to the previous parkrun Show, is also brought to you by Nicola & Danny.

Look forward to hopefully seeing you this Saturday,

Jonathan

Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #344 – 16th November 2019

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Barkrun - a different perspective!

Saturday morning and we are back again. My bestie has dragged me along again. It looks like a promising morning. Woods, water and mud! Great fun I sense. My bestie is always telling me it’s a run and not a race but I’m still eyeing up the competition. Couple of solid looking fellas over there obviously running together  as they look like twins. I don’t think they will be competition for me. Wow! Very slim handsome guy just hovering to my left, he looks fast and could be a good pace setter. Couple of other contenders too but they don’t look much of a challenge to me.

Uncle Jonathan is talking , usual stuff but some interesting news about a prospective double run on New Years Day. Cyclopark at 9am and Shorne at 10.30am. That could be interesting provided I’ve not had a late night. I do wish people would listen to Uncle, he’s saying some important stuff about dogs on leads . I’m used to all this now , prefer freedom runs but guess I might crash into one of those chariot things with young humans inside. Glad there are none of those today. Guess too much mud.

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Finally we are off, my fellow competitors are being fairly vocal, cries of ‘catch me if you can ‘. Past the playground and lots of little humans cheering me on.
I can spy the lake, love this bit, so picturesque and smelly. My bestie is running really hard now and I’m enjoying the drag up to Mosquito Corner.

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My favourite part of the run the back straight with sights of plenty of squirrels. That scent wafting up my nose is so tempting but I can’t get anywhere near them. Hang on ..... comfort break needed. What a relief. Please can I just rest here a while?
No, on we go on our way down to the sharp turn over the bridge. I hate this bit. Always worried about getting in someone’s way, but my bestie knows what she is doing and I just follow her. Phew funnel in sight. What? Do another two laps? You must be kidding!

With apologies to Kat and Badger

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Huge thanks to our barkrun correspondent Julie for a fab run, walk & jog report, and thanks also to all our amazing volunteers:

Amanda Louise CROWLE  •  Andrew PATERNOSTER  •  Bethan Louise CROWLE  •  Gary GROUTAGE  •  Geoffrey BAINS  •  Graham GREEN  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  John WILLIAMS  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Julie ASPINALL  •  Lawrence ASPINALL  •  Lenore GROUTAGE  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Lisa SMITH  •  Olivia ROPER  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM  •  Terry CADOGAN

We're always on the look out for volunteers, including this week, where we currently have a number of gaps on the roster, including a timer, a couple of barcode scanners, and aslo a couple of marshals, so if you are able to help out on Saturday, or any upcoming parkrundays, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

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New Year's Day

We're delighted to be able to let you know, that as with the last 5 years, we'll be having an extra event this New Year's Day!

As well as being an extra parkrun, it's also the one day a year you can potentially run two parkruns on the same day!  Our start time is 10.30am, and if you are tempted with the idea of a second parkrun, the exciting news for you is you have at at least two options locally to get in your first parkrun before joining us at Shorne, as Cylcopark at due to start at 9am and Maidstone are due to start at 8.30am.  And in even more exciting news, you could also get in an extra 5k (but not another parkrun) by running from Cyclopark to Shorne as well!

You can find out which other events are on, and importantly what time they start, by clicking here.  You can then spend a few hours working out which events you can run your two parkruns at, as well as looking at which events have an event taking place on Christmas Day (Shorne Woods parkrun isn't on).  All Christmas Day events will  be starting at 9am, which is a change from previous years.

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So if you're thinking of joining us for the first time, here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Firstly if you haven't registered yet, you can do so here, or if you've lost your barcode you can find details of how to retrieve is here
  • Whether you're new to parkrun / or it's your first time at Shorne Woods parkrun, firslty welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55am.
  • Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
  • Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
  • DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
  • We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule of 'no barcode, no result' also applies here
  • Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
  • Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
  • When you're ready don't forget to have your barcodes scanned, and if for any reason you don't want to be scanned please return the position token (we reuse them each week)
  • There are containers up by the finish area for you to leave any spare clothes, and you run past these about 80 metres from the start if you don't want to drop them off before you've started.
  • Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!

If you have any questions not answered above, feel free to drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or look out for someone in hi-viz on Saturday morning.

parkrun Podcasts:

If the week between parkrun seems to take forever to pass, as you long for your next hit of parkrunfun (or even if it flies by!) there are a couple of parkrun podcasts now available for you to enjoy, with the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, which for those who listened to the previous parkrun Show, is also brought to you by Nicola & Danny.

Look forward to hopefully seeing you this Saturday,

Jonathan

Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

 

Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #343 – 9th November 2019

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So Kevin was so excited at writing this week's run report, that her had two cracks at it!  So rather than make a choice between two fab reports, here are both for you to enjoy...

Run report #1

My apologies to all the poor souls that read my senseless drivel for having the last couple of months off. The white, red rose, shirts are all washed, pressed, folded and put away. Ditto, too, the flags of St George. I took my metaphorical hat off to South Africa and put it in the bottom drawer, never to be seen again. Bring on the Six Nations and thanks for the memory.

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As I trudged the well worn paths of Shorne Woods this morning it felt so good to be back with friendly faces and fellow runners.  This week I had a spirited uplift as I bought my new partner and 'babe' to the wonders of parkrun. As a complete novice and walker with damaged ankles, knees, hips and various other bits falling off I decided that she has to go through the proper channels. It was the first time I listened to the 'newbies' introduction and was mesmerised by the word perfect presentation by whats her name (my editor will insert the correct name here after proof reading) [ED: obviously I could have overtyped that section, and put in Sue's name, but where's the fun in that ;-)]

We then assembled for the safety stuff broadcast, and now Jane (for this is the name of the woman who shall be obeyed) was ready to go.  I looked over at the runners ahead but really had feelings for the walkers whom I had gathered with. A fine bunch of people who had, like everyone else, got up on this cold, dry and sunlit morning to do good for themselves, their mental soundness and above all else their physical wellbeing.

We were not olympic champions at the back but all olympians in our own way. If there were awards for my fellow walkers they would all be gold, made of chocolate and so heavy they would need wheel barrows to take them back to their cars. It was an honour share with them the start of this week's parkrun, and an honour to pass them still striding strong as I staggered past them embarrassingly on my final lap. Well done them and thanks for the runners who hang back week on week to clap them in.

Thank you, and keep running, or walking!

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Run report #2

When is a run report not a run report?

This question lingers and buzzes round my fuzzy head when I put digit to keyboard, normally on a Sunday morning, cup of strong coffee and using it as an excuse to get out of my organised club run. I could go straight to the point! Saturday’s Shorne Woods parkrun first two finishers Aaron Pritchard and Bob Hughes came through in a blistering 19:28 and 19:32 ahead of 238 other runners who, some will remain nameless because they forgot their barcode, made the bright North Kent morning a little brighter. Twenty-two people found out how wonderful we are at Shorne by turning up for the first time and there were loads of people attaining sparkling new PBs. (sorry but I had run out of counting capability by now). You all know who you are so well done and keep it up.

However, there are a few readers that seem to like my usual drivel. I have already written a brief ode to the parkwalkers which may or may not get printed for this week. But I stride on with the persistence of a squirrel looking for his nuts....

There were fourteen stout yeomen and women who came in at over forty-five minutes this week. I can sit here and think how demoralising this may seem to some reading this. However, I am going to climb on my bed and get my trusty bugle out from the dust and cobwebs on the high shelf full of sad old teddy bears and blow it as loud as my old lungs can do. Why, because these people come out in fair weather and foul and walk/jog around five kilometres. They are keeping fit, and fighting their own personal war against age, stress and wellbeing. What is more they did it! Well done you and well-done next week and the week after. You make me feel proud to be part of Shorne Woods parkrun. Keep it up and see you next week. And as for Sheila and Stewart Grainger, you will always be a beacon of light in my dark week looking forward to next Saturday.

Kevin

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Huge thanks to Kevin for a fab run, walk & jog report, and thanks also to all our amazing volunteers:

Andrew PATERNOSTER  •  Barry BELL  •  David REID  •  Dawn GRANGER  •  Ella THOMPSON  •  Ethan HUGHES  •  Gary GROUTAGE  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Joyce BELL  •  Julie ASPINALL  •  Kevin LADLEY  •  Lawrence ASPINALL  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Matthew BAXTER  •  Olivia ROPER  •  Peter GRANGER  •  Rebekah PASHLEY  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Rosemary MOORE  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM  •  Terry CADOGAN  •  Victoria WRIGHT

We're always on the look out for volunteers, including this week, so if you are able to help out on Saturday, or any upcoming parkrundays, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

New Year's Day

We're delighted to be able to let you know, that as with the last 5 years, we'll be having an extra event this New Year's Day!

Over the coming weeks we'll share more details on the event (as well as the Christmas period generally), however for now, as well as the extra event taking place on NYD, all you need to know is it has a start time of 10.30am, and is the one day a year that you can run two parkruns!

You can find out which other events are on, and importantly what time they start, by clicking here.  You can then spend a few hours working out which events you can run your two parkruns at, for instance Cyclopark is also taking place on NYD with a start time of 9am (it's almost like we've planned this!) giving you plenty of time to run there, and then may your way along the A2 to Shorne Woods Country Park for 10.30.

You'll also be able to find out those events taking place on Christmas Day (Shorne Woods parkrun isn't on) with all events starting at 9am, this is a chjange from previous years, where some events may have started later.

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So if you're thinking of joining us for the first time, here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Firstly if you haven't registered yet, you can do so here, or if you've lost your barcode you can find details of how to retrieve is here
  • Whether you're new to parkrun / or it's your first time at Shorne Woods parkrun, firslty welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55am.
  • Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
  • Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
  • DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
  • We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule of 'no barcode, no result' also applies here
  • Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
  • Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
  • When you're ready don't forget to have your barcodes scanned, and if for any reason you don't want to be scanned please return the position token (we reuse them each week)
  • There are containers up by the finish area for you to leave any spare clothes, and you run past these about 80 metres from the start if you don't want to drop them off before you've started.
  • Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!

If you have any questions not answered above, feel free to drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or look out for someone in hi-viz on Saturday morning.

parkrun Podcasts:

If the week between parkrun seems to take forever to pass, as you long for your next hit of parkrunfun (or even if it flies by!) there are a couple of parkrun podcasts now available for you to enjoy, with the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, which for those who listened to the previous parkrun Show, is also brought to you by Nicola & Danny.

Look forward to hopefully seeing you this Saturday,

Jonathan

Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

 

We’re On!

Morning! So the good news is we're on! Look forward to seeing you up here soon. Obviously if the weather does get worse there is a small risk of a late cancellation, however at the moment we're all good to go!

Shorne Woods parkrun Team

 

Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #341 – 26th October 2019

Potential Cancellation

Before we get onto Ayodele's fab run report, please be aware the forecast is for strong winds tomorrow, which means there's a chance of cancellation.  We'll provide a further update later, however please keep an eye on here, as well as our facebooktwitter and Instagram accounts.

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It was brilliant weather again for a parkrun at Shorne Woods. Although the ground was not exactly dry – the conditions were overall good. Being that I have volunteered as a marshal a few times, I appreciate the work that goes into ensuring that runners have a good and safe run. Getting to the park early, putting out the cones and other paraphernalia, planning the run and designating people to various positions along the course. And when everyone has gone home, the volunteers are the ones left behind to do the tidying up. Great team work and coordination is always involved.

But then the run has to start, just like it did today. That’s when the volunteers get into action, and those of us who do the running appreciate the volunteering. While the runners run, the volunteers encourage by cheering us on. Come rain or shine, hot or cold, they are there with the familiar echoes of ‘well done’. For ‘old timers’ like me, we have the extra advantage of hearing our names mentioned as we run along, and trust me – it’s such a great feeling. No matter how tired you are, you get that extra boost when Uncle Geoff says something like, “he’s catching up with you Del. Come on, you can go faster”, just as he did today. When he said that, I of course responded. My response was, “my friend, let him catch up if he wants to. I am the one dying here not you”. Dare I say, I only responded in my head. I do respect my elders.

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Getting up every Saturday to drive to Shorne Woods has become a big part of my weekends, and I am sure it’s the same for many of us. Other than the run, I look forward to the chats that are usually but understandably interrupted by Uncle Jonathan. I would catch up with a few fellow parkrunners on how the week went and other important things like what the builders are getting up to, and what the dogs were up to during the week. Very important stuff!

 

So, until next Saturday when there will be a lot more stuff to discuss, enjoy the rest of the week.

Ayodele

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Great run report Ayodele, thank you.  And so to this parkrunday...

New Year's Day

Actually before we get on to this Saturday, we're delighted to be able to let you know, that as with the last 5 years, we'll be having an extra event this New Year's Day!

Over the coming weeks we'll share more details on the event (as well as the Christmas period generally), however for now, as well as the extra event taking place on NYD, all you need to know is it has a start time of 10.30am, and is the one day a year that you can run two parkruns!

You can find out which other events are on, and importantly what time they start, by clicking here.  You can then spend a few hours working out which events you can run your two parkruns at, for instance Cyclopark is also taking place on NYD with a start time of 9am (it's almost like we've planned this!) giving you plenty of time to run there, and then may your way along the A2 to Shorne Woods Country Park for 10.30.

You'll also be able to find out those events taking place on Christmas Day (Shorne Woods parkrun isn't on) with all events starting at 9am, this is a chjange from previous years, where some events may have started later.

Volunteers

If we do go ahead tomorrow, there are currently a few gaps on the roster for tomorrow, so if you fancy wearing some glorious hi-viz and helping out, we're looking to fill the following roles, a few marshals, a couple of people to scan barcodes, an extra pair of hands for finish tokens, a funnel manager, along with someone to take photos.  If you are able to help out on Saturday, or any upcoming parkrundays, please drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or come and find someone in hi-viz on Saturday.  You can find the roster for the next few weeks here

It's also pacers day tomorrow, so if you like to join the team of 6 already pacing please let us know.

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So if you are a first timer here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Firstly if you haven't registered yet, you can do so here, or if you've lost your barcode you can find details of how to retrieve is here
  • Whether you're new to parkrun / or it's your first time at Shorne Woods parkrun, firslty welcome, and secondly we have a new runners briefing at 8.55am.
  • Under 11's must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times.
  • Dogs are allowed, but only one per runner, and they need to be kept on a short lead.
  • DFYB! (don't forget your barcode!) no barcode, no result
  • We can't scan barcodes on a mobile phone, and the above rule of 'no barcode, no result' also applies here
  • Please give consideration to other runners & park users.
  • Only once through the finish funnel, go all the way through to the end, stay in order & don't forget to pick up a finish token.
  • When you're ready don't forget to have your barcodes scanned, and if for any reason you don't want to be scanned please return the position token (we reuse them each week)
  • There are containers up by the finish area for you to leave any spare clothes, and you run past these about 80 metres from the start if you don't want to drop them off before you've started.
  • Oh, and one more thing......enjoy!

If you have any questions not answered above, feel free to drop us an email (shornewoodsoffice@parkrun.com) or look out for someone in hi-viz on Saturday morning.

parkrun Podcasts:

If the week between parkrun seems to take forever to pass, as you long for your next hit of parkrunfun (or even if it flies by!) there are a couple of parkrun podcasts now available for you to enjoy, with the official parkrun podcast free weekly timed, along with the independent with me now, which for those who listened to the previous parkrun Show, is also brought to you by Nicola & Danny.

Look forward to hopfully seeing you tomorrow,

Jonathan

Links

Shorne Woods parkrun is on facebooktwitter, Instagram and flickr

Other links, parkrun UK facebook pageparkrun showUK websiterunner supportlocal running linkslocal running events

 

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