Shorne Woods parkrun – 31st July 2021

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Hello to a few more of you.

 

The nice thing about parkrun is catching up with friends old and new. 171 of you ventured back this week. That’s a fair few more than last Saturday. To our 19 first timers a very big welcome. Very well done to those 20 of you with a shiny new PB, the weather was far more encouraging today.

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It was so good to see Shelia and Stewart Grainger back, regular stalwarts of our weekly parkrun at Shorne and I’m sure they won’t mind me saying that they are a good example of how parkrun is for everyone and anyone, regardless of age or ability. Run, jog, walk it’s your choice. In fact a fellow park user today was so inspired seeing Stewart out on the course he reckons he will come and try parkrun for himself next week.

Congratulations to Roger Kasper for reaching the 50 parkrun milestone, and Brandon Champion for running his 10th parkrun.

As always many thanks to our core team and volunteers, parkrun wouldn’t happen without you. If ever you feel like volunteering click on the link on the Shorne parkrun page to email regarding the volunteer roster. Help is always needed and much appreciated.

 

Many thanks to Julie for this week's run report, you can also find more photos from yesterday here.

goodgym

We had someone join us this week from a group of people looking to set up goodgym in Chatham, Gillingham & Rochester.  If you haven't heard about goodgym before, they are a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good. They stop off on their runs to do physical tasks for community organisations and to support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks they can't do on their own. It's a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. As long as you're up for getting sweaty, everyone's welcome!

If you're interested in finding out more about goodgym, and specifically in Chatham, Gillingham & Rochester, you can get more details here

And so to next week...

...when we'll be back to do for the third week in a row!  If you weren't able to make the last couple of weeks, but would like to understand the changes that have been made so you're all prepared for for when you can get back to us, you can find everything you need to know here.

As Julie mentioned we're always on the look out for volunteers to help out (including someone to write the run report), and you can find out the available roles for Saturday, and future weeks, on the roster.  All roles are straightforward, and we'll take you through everything you need to know.  For scanning and timing, these are now done using the parkrun virtual volunteer app, which you need to download to your phone, but again we can talk you through using the app if you haven't done this before.  If you would like to help out, please drop us an email at shornewoods@parkrun.com.

Fantastic to see everyone yesterday, and look forward to seeing you all next Saturday.

Thanks

Jonathan

 

 

Shorne Woods parkrun Run Report – 24th July 2021

 

WE ARE BACK!!!

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With so many fingers and toes crossed for the return of parkrun, it has actually happened despite the weather. Our prayers were answered and the rain held off for 125 of you to make a return pilgrimage to Shorne. Welcome back old timers, and welcome to our 4 first timers.

A big shout out to Dan Smith who finally got to complete his 100th parkrun this morning and he blasted his way around the course with a new PB to be the first finisher.

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Congratulations to the owners of 15 shiny new PBs this morning. A great achievement after so many months away.

Nice new paths courtesy of the Country Park make the appearance of the big puddles a thing of the past. A slightly different course and start which may or may not have confused some latecomers, especially as we got away close to 9 am (unheard of I know).

A big thank you to our core team who have must have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the continuation of our parkrun. Your work is much appreciated.

Sadly two of our regular park runners are no longer with us - Kevin Ladley and Barrie Howes. Our condolences to all their friends and family.

As always a big thank you to all of our volunteers. The pink really suits you all!

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...Many thanks to Julie for this week's run report, you can also find a few more photos & a video from yesterday here.

And so to next week, when we'll be back to do it all again!  If you weren't able to make yesterday, but would like to understand the changes that have been made so you're all prepared for for when you can get back to us, you can find everything you need to know here.

We're always on the look out for volunteers to help out, and you can find out the available roles for Saturday, and future weeks, on the roster.  All roles are straightforward, and we'll take you through everything you need to know.  For scanning and timing, these are now done using the parkrun virtual volunteer app, which you need to download to your phone, but again we can talk you through using the app if you haven't done this before.  If you would like to help out, please drop us an email at shornewoods@parkrun.com.

Fantastic to see everyone yesterday, and look forward to seeing you all next Saturday.

Thanks

Jonathan

 

(not)parkrun – weeks 4 + 5

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So it's been a couple of weeks since the last update, and in that time we've seen a (not)attendance equalling record of 35, along with 9 first timers and 22 PBs!

The following parkrunners achieved a (not)parkrun PB:

Sorcha Clark (twice!), John Christopher Collins, Leigh Donovan, Oliver Harden (twice!), Alison Chapman, John WIlliams, Lawrence Aspinall, Julie Aspinall, Susan Holland, Tracy Chapman, Donna Reekie (twice!), Richard Palmer, Peter Granger, Maggie Harris, Sally Callaghan, Tony Downs, Becky Baxter, Ian Connelly, Hilary Jones.

Congratulations to all of you!

Of those listed above, Donna Reekie, has now got three PBs in three weeks, while Leigh Donovan and Susan Holland join Donna on three in three as they achieved PBs in the previous two weeks!

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If you're new to (not)parkrun, you can find out everything you need to know here .  However just to clarify this isn't a replacement for parkrun, doesn't count towards any parkrun run counts, but is a bit of fun to keep us distracted while we wait for parkrun's return.

Look forward to seeing who makes it onto week 6's (not)parkrun results table.

Cheers

Jonathan

 

 

 

 

(not)parkrun – Week 3

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So we're now into week 3 of (not)parkrun, and as I type this there have already been 17 parkrunners completing 20 (not)parkruns, including a number of PBs and first timers - will you be joining this weeks (not)parkrun table?

While we wait to find out the final table for this week, we can look at what happened last week, with 34 parkrunners completing 43 (not)parkruns, this included 7 first timers for (not)parkrun:

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As well as 12 (not)parkrun PBs:

Clare Collings, Alex Restell, Leigh Donovan, Jeff Roper, Susan Holland, Jonathan Crowle, George Payne, Tara Rickard, Kay Osborne, Sarah Gilby, Donna Reekie, Hilary Jones

Congratulations to everyone on their new (not)parkrun PB!

 

If you're new to (not)parkrun, you can find out everything you need to know here .  However just to clarify this isn't a replacement for parkrun, doesn't count towards any parkrun run counts, but is a bit of fun to keep us distracted while we wait for parkrun's return.

Look forward to seeing who makes it onto week 3's (not)parkrun results table.

Cheers

Jonathan

 

 

Shorne Woods parkrun – Event #360 – 29th February 2020

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A leap of faith   Did you leap out of bed this morning full of enthusiasm for a wet, cold parkrun? Well if you did it may be the only chance you got to run a parkrun on February 29th. It has never happened before and won’t happen again until 2048.   If you were really sensible you snuggled down under the covers and felt smug , unlike the 127 of us who braved the wettest and windiest Shorne run for ages.

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It was truly grim and produced many refusals at the gigantic puddles. Well if you can’t go under it and you can’t go over it you’ve just got to run through it. Wet feet were in abundance right from the start. At least we were running . Spare a thought for the wonderful volunteers stood out in the atrocious weather. You are truly appreciated.

This week's superstars were:

Anya HUGHES  •  Dal POONIA  •  Daniel GREEN  •  David REID  •  Dawn GRANGER  •  Ethan HUGHES  •  Graham GREEN  •  Graham WRIGHT  •  Jackie WRIGHT  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Julie ASPINALL  •  Ken PHILLIPS  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Neve DONOVAN  •  Oliver WARNER  •  Phil SWEETING  •  Ria GILBY  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Sarah GILBY  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM

 

We welcomed 13 first timers of which 9 were tourists and 4 running their first parkrun. Well those 4, I’ve a feeling you will be back because you turned out on such an awful day. It can only get better. Welcome to the parkrun family.

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Well done those 9 super heros who managed a PB today . Awesome in this weather.

We had some milestones too:
Congratulations to Ashley Haywood for 50 parkruns and Judith Armitt for 100 parkruns.

 

Look forward to seeing you next week when hopefully conditions are slightly more favourable!

Julie

 

Huge thanks to Julie for this week's run report.  And so to next week...

IWDparkrun - Twitter

parkruns all over the world are hosting a special celebration of female participation on Saturday 7 March, the day before International Women’s Day (IWD).

parkrun are keen to see as many women and girls taking part on this day. Whether you want to walk, jog, run, volunteer or come along and watch absolutely everyone is welcome, so please do consider registering for parkrun and heading down to Shorne Woods parkrun, and bringing a family member, friend or colleague along with you to share in the fun.

We're also looking to get as many people dressed in purple as the chosen colour for IWD, so if you have anything suitable in your walking, running, jogging or volunteering clothing please consider wearing it on Saturday.

For more information about parkrun, to register and find your nearest event please see www.parkrun.org.uk.  Those in England can also check out the #IWDparkrun website, which has all the information you might need about this special day.

 

If you are 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 (there will be an annoucement, but look for the welcome flag).
  • 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 around the back of the finish area for you to leave any spare clothes, and you run past these about 100 metres from the start if you don't want to drop them off before you've started
  • We go back to the cafe afterwards (found in the visitor centre) for a post parkrun coffee, cake & chat, and we'd love you to join us.
  • 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 pink 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 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 on parkrunday,

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 #356/7 – 1st/8th February 2020

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After a while without a run report, thanks to Kevin Ladley, you're spoilt this week as we have two for you to enjoy!

Sodden Saturday (8th February 2020)

I think I am getting the hang of this New Decade lark. I drudged through Dry January,
fell off the waggon as I started Feeling Rubbish February and heavens, I am
dreading the coming of Must lose more Weight March. When will the summer come?

Today Shorne Wood showed off a little of the other side of her smiley face and we
were blessed with bright up top but sodden below. Not muddy by any means but
enough to upset the lady who I met with her new Karrimor runners. But, as I hear
from many people, yes but we were out there today and if I had my alpine hiking hat
on, I would doff to you with a knowing wink and smile. Yes, you were out there.

Feeling rather plucky today I started about mid-way in the starting group. Just far
enough away to hear the Run Director’s safety introduction but near enough the front
to hear the ‘done this got the T shirt’ front runners’ conversations. Bit of a gamble
starting here but I had inklings that it may give this enthusiast a bit of a start. How
wrong could I be, trampled and passed by sylph like gazelles and whippets. It was a
joy to see so much enthusiasm and long may it continue. Memo to self, drop back a
bit next week.

Splashing around at, what I thought was my usual mediocre pace, I was surprised to
shave several seconds off last weeks’ tremendous effort. I hope this went for the rest
of you too. Just shows you never can tell.

I am ashamed to say that the young Dartford Harriers whippersnapper, Luke Denton,
went past me just after my first lap! Aged between 11 and 14 with a finishing time of
17:53 he surely is an advert to inspire those armchair xbox warriors sitting at home.
Shorne Woods welcomed 20 new friends today and hopefully we have big enough
arms to give them all a welcoming hug. There were 36 brand new, straight out of the
box PB’s and a fantastic 4 runners under twenty minutes. Twelve people shall
remain un-named and untimed because they left their bar code hanging up on the
hook in the kitchen next to their shopping list. And finally, to show Boris Johnson a
thing or two about the making up of his new cabinet, the Shorne Woods’ parliament
of runners is made up of 104 ladies, that is two fifths of our turn out and a fine
example of girl power. Love to you all!

Keep Running and Walking,

Kevin

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...And so to run report number 2!

 

Good morning United Kingdom! (1st February 2020)

That’s enough Brexit I don’t want to upset half of you. Turned up this morning with
big worries. Second Parkrun of the new year, the first one, last week, the least said
the soonest mended. I had a brief sojourn over the Christmas month. Took a long
trip to Lager Town, staying at the Villa Vino. Went mud wrestling with a turkey and
then three rounds with a of tray of pigs in blankets and finally went down fighting with
a mince pie in the eye.

Shorne Woods stuns me. No “where have you been”, “you’re looking fat” or “did you
lose your runners?”. Just the standard “Hello Kev, are you up for it?”. And of course,
the usual good mornings and smiles from fellow runners and walkers. This morning it
was all about friends and I had to admit to feeling a bit one degree under. I was
picked up by Gary at the start of the second lap and we ran, chatted, sorted life out
and puffed a bit. We finished together and was so pleased to have run two minutes
faster than last week. Moral? Talk to someone. Friend, stranger, pooch or baby in
stroller (although the latter two are normally faster than me). It so often takes the
edge of whatever is going through your mind or body. It is good to talk as Bob
Hoskins used to say.

As for today? The unknown warrior stormed through in first place without his/her
barcode. Nine runners lapped me all coming in below 22 minutes. Out of 278
runners there were 26 spit and polished PB’s and heaven knows (I didn’t count,
sorry) newcomers to our little warm and cuddly part of Kent.

Enough of this drivel I hear you say. Once again, the team at Shorne produced a
marvellous spectacle thrashing precision to within an inch of it’s life. Even the
puddles were strategically placed and lying down to attention and all the volunteers
all have ‘smile ache’!

Well done all and Keep Running,

Kevin

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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:

Andrew PATERNOSTER  •  Andrew THOMPSON  •  Dal POONIA  •  Daniel GREEN  •  David REID  •  Gary GROUTAGE  •  Graham GREEN  •  Harry MCCANN  •  Jonathan CROWLE  •  Joyce BELL  •  Julie ASPINALL  •  Ken PHILLIPS  •  Lesley WRIGHT  •  Lisa SMITH  •  Oliver WARNER  •  Peter GRANGER  •  Phil SWEETING  •  Robert Norton SIBLEY  •  Shirley JOHNSON  •  Susan Louise BEECHAM

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

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 #348/9 – 14th/21st December 2019

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So with huge thanks to Sarah & Barrie, here are the run reports from the last two weeks:
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Run Report - 14th December 2019
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Thankfully the rain stayed off this week and we had a bright crisp morning at Shorne Woods for their 348th run. There were 186 runners, joggers and walkers. 3 people were parkrun first timers, 12 tourists completed their first Shorne Woods parkrun, and 15 people got shiny new PBs!
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Milestones were achieved by Alexander Wheatley (10 parkruns), Janet Hunt (50 parkruns) and Maggie Harris (250 parkruns). Rob Sibely volunteered at his 200th event; this is an amazing achievement which I know is very much appreciated by everybody, thank you!
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Today my Mum, Maggie Harris, celebrated her 250th run of which 167 have been at Shorne Woods (her first was on their 3rd event!). Over this time, my family and friends have enjoyed many parkruns together, either at our local runs or as tourists travelling around. At all events we have always felt welcomed, and love the parkrun community. We have all experienced the physical and mental health benefits that parkrun brings, and would recommend it to everyone. Come rain, shine, frost or snow, as with many other parkrunners, the “parkrun bug” means we just can’t stay away!
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Well done Mum, I’m very proud of you.
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Naturally the celebration involved cake! (expertly made by Rosie Jo Leonard)
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This week I have completely two volunteering firsts; the first timers briefing and run report writing. Despite being nervous about both, I love how inclusive and supporting the parkrun community is. If anyone is nervous about volunteering, please just give it a go. I’m sure you will find it as enjoyable as I have! Thank you so much to all of the volunteers this week.
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Sarah
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Run Report - 21st December 2019

parkrun - The parkrunday Decisions..

parkruneve, I've been invited out the night before, if I go will it affect my time?

The meal is a curry, will it affect my time?

Offered another drink, will it affect my time?

parkrunday whats the weather? What to wear? Long sleeve top, gloves, leggings?

Will it affect my time?

How do I feel, is it a PB day?  Warm up feels good.

Should I start at the front, middle or the back?

Should I run with my friends or on my own?

Should I run the first lap fast and then hang on for the last two laps?

Should I run the first lap slow and then get faster for the last two laps?

Blimey looks wet, should I run around the puddles or through them?  It’s so much fun to run through them.

He looks like he’s running a nice pace, maybe I should run with or behind him?

Is he getting faster or slowing up?

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But hang on a minute, it’s my 50th Parkrun, why don’t I just enjoy running on a Saturday morning, at the fantastic Shorne Country Park with like-minded people.  

... 

Decision made, I actually ran with a friend and finished 50th on my 50th parkrun, amazing!

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Barrie

Thanks to Sarah & Barrie for two great reports, as well as all the volunteers from the last couple of weeks.

New Year's Day

In just over a week's time it's be New Year's Day, and we'll be having an extra event!

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, this Saturday, 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, or maybe even tomorrow at Great Lines for a cheeky parkrun to start Christmas!

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 #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:

Event #345

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

 

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