September’s first parkrun….. #183

The first September parkrun saw 211 participants on a overcast but still warm morning.  Olwen and her step ladder of power greeted everyone as the final stretches and warm ups took place.  Lots of first timers plus tourists too including four from Bromley parkrun.

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With milestones, birthday greetings and final safety briefings out of the way it was time to get on with the serious business of completing a parkrun.

And so 211 pairs of feet, not to mention all our canine friends and buggy’s hit the ground sending plumes of dust up.  Around 9 minutes later the first runner went past the hi viz heroes cheering spot and it was a constant stream until 9.50am when the tailwalker returned.

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Our rota is looking very empty after the 14th September * so do please let us know if you can help and be a hi-vis hero.  First timers briefing, car park marshal set up, pre set up and post close down can all be done and you can run too. Also finish token support and barcode scanning for those runners coming in around 22/23 minutes.

Photo's from Saturday can be found here.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers for today, especially those who stepped up last minute or who took on a new volunteer role!

*Volunteer Takeover by Swale Borough Council

We have planned for Saturday 14th September a Volunteer takeover by employees of Swale Borough Council, so our regular volunteers can have a lie in or run parkrun!

Sittingbourne parkrun
Event number 183
7th September 2019

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Teresa WATSON • Richard CLARKE • Carl BEECH • Marc KAVANAGH • Karen SEYMOUR • Rynn KEMP • Sara COX • Joanne BING • Olwen COCKELL • Fintan KAVANAGH • Matthew COCKELL • Sam MUMFORD • Stuart KEMSLEY • Paula O'REILLY • Terence DOOLEY • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Andrea LEES FARRELL • Vanessa DOOLEY • Marlena MOUTINHO • Lesly CONROY • Jason COCKELL • Lesley CLARKE • Amanda CRAWFORD • Kerstin CRESSWELL • Bhuvana NOWBUTSING-HARRIS • Shoshana MITCHELL • Sam LEWIS

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 4,886 participants have completed 32,232 parkruns covering a total distance of 161,160 km, including 6,992 new Personal Bests. A total of 587 individuals have volunteered 4,093 times.

 

 

 

parkrun…more than just a number… #181

Blue skies adorned Milton Creek Country Park on Saturday morning…along with 165 runners, walkers and joggers and 22 volunteers.  We saw Jeremy Ladyman first into the finish funnel, well done and a tourist from Leeds too.

We had a 60th birthday, David Cresswell!

However Stephen Cook and Jamie Harris were due to run their 50th parkrun, however with our recent (weekly) pleas for volunteers they kindly gave up doing their 50th parkrun to volunteer instead. We will certainly give them a big cheer when they reach their upcoming 50th parkrun!

 

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We say this every week, we do need volunteers most weeks, and although we put a plea out on Facebook it does mean that we need volunteers…. And over the past few weeks it has been very near to the mark of cancelling parkrun on a Friday evening… which we really don’t want to do… so if you do see our pleas then do think about volunteering….. None of the roles are complicated, we will show you the ropes.

On the note of volunteering we do have some volunteer takeovers soon so watch this space…. for more information.

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Despite the warm weather 18 of you managed a PB – congratulations to you all.

Amanda reached volunteering at her 50th parkrun on Saturday at Sittingbourne too....

Photos can be found here https://photos.app.goo.gl/87Up88M2z1pj5dXJ9 

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Sittingbourne parkrun
Event number 181
24th August 2019

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Lucy RODRIGUES • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Katrina POTTER • Sandra GARDINER • Sheila MALLOCH • Jamie HARRIS • Sam MUMFORD • Paula O'REILLY • Sue DRYSDALE • Alison KEMP • Lesley BULLETT • Bernard DIDDAMS • Jon HUGHES • Marlena MOUTINHO • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • Lesly CONROY • Jeannie MILBURN • Amanda CRAWFORD • Kerstin CRESSWELL • Stephen COOK • Emma BULLETT

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 4,836 participants have completed 31,817 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,085 km, including 6,919 new Personal Bests. A total of 586 individuals have volunteered 4,042 times.

 

One hundred and eighty….. parkrun that is….

How deceptive was that breeze!

It was so lovely to get back to Sittingbourne parkrun this week after having last week off. I decided to be lazy last weekend and have a lie in instead which I slightly regretted when I woke up at 10am  :-O and it made for a more challenging run this week so I didn’t get off totally scot free.

I welcomed the breeze whilst walking to the park but it seemed to disappear once I started running, I even had to resort to grabbing the ‘ole water bottle from the hubby half way round. I am a little OTT and always think I am going to pass out if I don’t have a drink! It was however looking a little uncertain whether parkrun would go ahead as volunteers were in short supply but as usual it all came good thanks to our high vis heroes who stepped in at the last minute and saved the day.

Volunteers are heroes but it also takes a special kind of someone to make the effort and join in with the great little community which is Sittingbourne parkrun, parkrun forms an integral part of my weekend as I’m sure it does to others. Not sure about you but I thoroughly enjoy having my own little competition with myself and arguing with myself that I can do better next week.

A special mention to young Oscar whom I mentioned in my previous run report, he completed his 10th parkrun this week, well done Oscar and keep going!

See you next week everyone; let’s hope the breeze sticks around! 

Lucy

A few milestones this week: 

Congratulations to Oscar on his 10th parkrun

Congratulations to Andrea and Karl on your 50th parkruns!

We also welcomed back Bishnu who was running with his doko weighing 22kg, he has completed 77 parkruns out of 207 raising money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

All photos from Saturday can be found here 

But here are just a few....

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Sittingbourne parkrun
Event number 180
17th August 2019

This week 204 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Lucy RODRIGUES • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Rynn KEMP • Susan PHELPS • Kristian STAPLES • Alison KEMP • Bernard DIDDAMS • Becky RIDLEY • Andrew HOWES • Michael KEMP • Jon HUGHES • Luis RODRIGUES • Lesly CONROY • Nick FREEMAN • Michelle CRESSWELL • Jeannie MILBURN • Amanda CRAWFORD • James MEAD • Kerstin CRESSWELL • Kristopher YATES

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 4,820 participants have completed 31,652 parkruns covering a total distance of 158,260 km, including 6,901 new Personal Bests. A total of 582 individuals have volunteered 4,020 times.

 

A day in the life of an RD! parkrun #179

Have you ever wondered what the Run Director does on a Saturday at parkrun? Well are you sitting comfortably then let me tell you........

My Saturday starts on a Friday night: I charge the equipment (stopwatches, scanners and laptop), I remove the previous week’s data from the stopwatches and scanners, token sort if it’s not been done the last Saturday. 

I then print off the rota ready for the morning, and remind myself who is doing what, and if they are first time volunteers, and pop on any milestones or notes that I need to let you lovely parkrunners know about.  

I then make sure I have the keys to the store and car park, and everything is packed up! 

phew that’s just a few hours on the Friday, Saturday morning and my alarm (s!) tends to go off early around 6.30am as I have the keys and I was meeting Ollie and Sam for pre-event set up at 7.40am. 

I meet Ollie and Sam for pre-event set up and we get all the necessary equipment out from the store, and then off they go with the signs and I take all the other bits to the finish funnel, and then I pop back to my car for all the other equipment (watches scanners and laptop and speaker). I certainly get my step count up on a Saturday morning. 

It was already warm at this stage!! 

I start to set up the finish area before the volunteers start to arrive, and I tick everyone off the rota and then brief everyone on their roles; we had a few first timer volunteers and volunteers doing a new role. 

With the summer holidays here we do struggle to get the minimum number of volunteers each week to safely go ahead with parkrun so when you do see our pleas (especially early on in the week) then we really do need volunteers. It is fun, you don’t need to be an expert and it’s great to cheer on fellow parkrunners (especially if you know their names!). 

With the volunteers arrived they were soon out to their roles and before I know it its time to head to the start for first timers briefing (remember this can be done by a runner so you get a double bubble run and volunteer credit) you just let the new parkrunners and/or tourist know about the course, and what to do at the finish funnel (there's a script to follow if you get stuck.) We had a few first timers so hello and welcome to you all. 

parkrunners were still coming through just before 9am and I started on the pre run briefing; no new milestones this week but do let us know if you have one coming up as we do love to give you a shout out, a H&S briefing, with it being hot and sunny there was no bog or slippery paths this week. 3,2,1 and runners were off. 

We always try and do a guess the number of runners and I guessed around 140 in fact there were 157 of you this week with 20 PBs. 

Walking back to the finish funnel and I go though some training with two of the volunteers before we see the faster finishers coming though for their 2nd lap, we stand and cheer everyone on, I do try and remember as many names as I can; as I know that does spur you all on, and I try and take as many photos as possible. 

Before we know it, the faster finishes are almost coming through to the finish funnel and volunteers jump into position.

We didn’t manage to get a funnel manager (who helps keep everyone in order and liaises between the two timekeeper and finish tokens) I stayed in that area in case there were any issues… 

Thankfully no issues occurred during parkrun but if they did then it would be me as RD who would need to resolve them. 

I do love watching as all you runners come in; from the faster front finishers to those who are running for enjoyment with friends, those helping someone get around and complete their PB, and families aiming to finish and complete the course.

Before we know it, the tail walkers come in over the finish funnel and we start to pack up…although as we were rained on last week the hi-vis have come home with me to be washed for the next parkun. 

Once packed up I do the results and token sorting at home – thankfully there were no issues - well actually there was – I forgot to clear the scanners from last week (doh!) and everything came duplicated, but it was a two second fix, phew!

If you do ever fancy giving volunteering ago just email us (sittingbourne@parkrun.com) as I have said there is no expectation that you should know what to do, we show everyone on arrival what they need to do and brief on any H&S too, and you do get to wear a fetching hi-vis. Once you have volunteered on 25 separate occasions you also get a milestone t-shirt – the coveted purple 25 t-shirt. 

parkrun Notice

A reminder that parkrun Sat 10th August is cancelled as Art in the Park is happening -  find out more here. This a great community event and free to attend

  

Photos can be found here https://photos.app.goo.gl/xgg4kNijfqqSGTJC8 

We can't go without a few photos from Saturday.....

Dogs do parkrun!

Dogs do parkrun!

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We can't forget bella!

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Dogs do parkrun - newly recruited volunteers!

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Trying to dry the hi-vis!

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Hands up if you love parkrun!

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Barcode scanner at the ready!

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smiles all round!

Sittingbourne parkrun
Event number 179
3rd August 2019

This week 157 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Yvonne CRAWFORD • Anita HOGBEN • Marc KAVANAGH • Karen SEYMOUR • Rynn KEMP • Sandra GARDINER • Fintan KAVANAGH • Dave WOOD • David RANDALL • Oliver PRYER • Samantha HEWITT • Nick FREEMAN • Isaac KING • Antony KING • Lesly CONROY • Michael BUTCHER • Michelle CRESSWELL • Lesley CLARKE • Richard CLARKE • Amanda CRAWFORD • Kristopher YATES • Lowry KEMP

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 4,799 participants have completed 31,448 parkruns covering a total distance of 157,240 km, including 6,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 579 individuals have volunteered 3,998 times.

 

There’s only one way to describe last Saturday’s parkrun at Sittingbourne and that’s wet! parkrun #178

There’s only one way to describe last Saturday’s parkrun at Sittingbourne and that’s wet, but does it really matter getting wet whilst running?

 

On Saturday it was my 15th time volunteering at parkrun and I’m only ten years old!

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Having already run parkrun over fifty times, I’m keen to give something back and get to my 25 volunteering points and earn my purple 25 shirt!

 

This last weekend I was Funnel Manager - a rather important job making sure that everyone stays in the order they were in when they crossed the finish line.

 

Seeing as it was chucking it down at the start, an umbrella was a must for some of us volunteers, but even I gave up with that in the end as it’s quite fun standing around in the rain!

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For the runners I’m sure some people gave it a miss as it was raining, although I did see some new faces and the results showed we had a number of first timers.

 

It raised the question in my mind, why are people put off running in the rain? It’s only water after all and our skin is waterproof after all!

 

In the end, we had 15 people get their personal bests despite the weather and an amazing 113 people took part.

 

I love parkrun so much as it lets people run at their own pace and it’s so nice to see people running with smiles on their faces too.

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For me, I will probably carry on volunteering and running for a while until I get to my 25th.

If you can’t run for any reason, why not give up some of your time to help others?

Ellie, parkrunner and volunteer!

Photos from Saturday can be found here - https://photos.app.goo.gl/RcaBcwaCzeRT9Vzu9l

We also welcomed a tourist from Australia, who wasn't put off from the rain!

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parkrun notice:

Remember there is no parkrun Saturday 10th August as there is the Art in the Park event happening - so do take this opportunity to do some tourism or why not pop along to the event in Milton Creek Country Park.

Sittingbourne parkrun
Event number 178
27th July 2019

This week 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Yvonne CRAWFORD • Katrina POTTER • Ellie WOLFE • Karen SEYMOUR • Rynn KEMP • Olwen COCKELL • Ben JENNINGS • Dave WOOD • Bethany WOOD • Samantha HEWITT • Nick FREEMAN • Andrea LEES FARRELL • Bernard DIDDAMS • Ruth WOOD • James WOOD • Lesly CONROY • Jeannie MILBURN • Laura WOODHILL • Sophie WOODHILL • Rachel IVORY

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

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 4,784 participants have completed 31,291 parkruns covering a total distance of 156,455 km, including 6,858 new Personal Bests. A total of 578 individuals have volunteered 3,976 times.

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