Sittingbourne parkrun is cancelled on 11 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The one with sunshine…… (and almost no wind!) #207

Following last weekend’s cancelled parkrun, I was on tenterhooks on whether the weather would behave itself for Saturday’s parkrun. Thursday’s deluge of rain really didn’t look good, but with Friday’s fairly dry day and evening, Saturday’s parkrun was looking promising.

We still wanted to go ahead and have our 4th birthday celebrations – after all we had the goody bags, and the cakes donated by Jo Fox, Co-op Pioneer Member, what’s more Saturday was International Women’s Day #IWD so why not do a double bubble celebration.

Saturday turned out to be a lovely Sunny morning, the route was set out, it was still muddy in places and the biggest obstacle was the frozen bog!

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Cakes were eaten and goody bags given out….but we were also celebrating International Women's Day, and we have crunched the numbers.

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Out of the 152 participants, 68 were women, there were 9 unknowns, and 75 men, we had 15 PBs 6 women and 9 men, there were 19 first-timers including tourists, 11 of whom were women and 8 men.  Lots of you also took advantage of the #IWD selfie frame – what fabulous photos.

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We must not forget our fabulous 18 volunteers on the day; 11 were women and 7 male, without them each and every week we wouldn’t have parkrun. So thank you all!

We should celebrate all our participants who ran, walked and jogged parkrun, 152 of you, with 19 first timers, and 15 PBs. Marc reached his 150th parkrun too. We had tourists from Dover and Dartford.

Photos will be uploaded to the album in the next few days.....

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 207 7th March 2020

This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Yvonne CRAWFORD • Gina WOODFINE • Tom PASSEY • Rynn KEMP • Susan PHELPS • Jamie HARRIS • Sarah STRACHAN • Sonia DIDDAMS • Alison KEMP • Lesley BULLETT • Bernard DIDDAMS • Isaac KING • Lesly CONROY • Amanda CRAWFORD • Kerstin CRESSWELL • Lizzie LOWREY • Jason CROUCH • Charles AGWU

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 5,291 participants have completed 35,768 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,840 km, including 7,469 new Personal Bests. A total of 636 individuals have volunteered 4,618 times.

 

It was a bit blustery… parkrun #206

No storms were advised over the weekend but it was still quite blustery at parkrun, signs were on lock down to make sure they didn’t blow away. Route was still muddy..when isn’t it…roll on the spring and warmer days.

However we had PB’s galore 16 no less, we welcomed 17 first-timers, and Oscar was celebrating his 6th birthday by completing his 26th parkrun. Stuart completed his 150th parkrun and congratulation to Helen for reaching your 50th parkrun.

If you haven’t seen our posts already then our 4th Birthday parkrun celebrations are in planning and we are pleased to say that we will be running the route in reverse (not actually running backwards but forwards in an anticlockwise motion).

We will have cakes (supplied by Coop) as well as other goodies, goody bags for the younger runners, and perhaps a spot prize or two.

We would love for you to dress up and with World Book Day coming up why not come dressed as your favourite book character (fact or fiction!). How many Harry Potters will we see, or Matildas?

We hope that Kent Messenger will be along with a photographer too, to mark this brilliant celebration, along with our own photographer!

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 206 22nd February 2020

This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Ian WEST • Susan HOLLISTER • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Karen SEYMOUR • Rynn KEMP • Toby BARKER • Olwen COCKELL • Jamie HARRIS • Sarah STRACHAN • Oliver PRYER • Samantha HEWITT • Bernard DIDDAMS • Ryan RIDLEY • Lesly CONROY • Amanda CRAWFORD • Kieran WOOLMER • Kerstin CRESSWELL • James SEALE • Rachel IVORY • Charles AGWU

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 5,264 participants have completed 35,616 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,080 km, including 7,454 new Personal Bests. A total of 636 individuals have volunteered 4,600 times.

 

 

International Women’s Day (7 Mar 2020)

Help us celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday 7th March 2020. 

parkruns research shows us that, across the world, women are less likely than men to take part in parkrun. Despite the fact that females make 54% of registrations, they are less likely than men to take part in parkrun and to continue participating. IWD parkrun is a fantastic opportunity to encourage more women and girls to participate in parkrun events all over the world. 

In England the IWD parkrun celebration is being supported by This Girl Can, a campaign created by our partner Sport England.

parkruns all over the world are joining in a celebration of female participation by hosting a special event on Saturday 7 March 2020, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day. 

We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and walking, jogging, running 5K or even better volunteer with us on Saturday 7th March.

 

Storm Dennis 0 Sittingbourne parkrun 1 #205

Weather watching was key this week after Storm Ciara the past weekend, as Storm Dennis was fast approaching. Every day we were checking various weather apps and websites. Friday evening it showed that Storm Dennis would pick up from 10am on Saturday morning which meant we could go ahead with parkrun.

Set up was quick and just as I arrived with the equipment at the funnel the wind started to pick up a bit, volunteers were briefed and marshals out to their respective spots. The wind was still picking up…but that didn’t stop the 132 runners, walkers and joggers from coming along.

We even had a few PBs 18 no less..well done.

The course despite the rain over the few days wasn’t too bad, muddy in places but the usual places.

Milestones for this week was Dorothee who completed her 100th parkrun and it was also her birthday – congratulations, the cakes went down a treat!

Ray Butcher completed his 50th parkrun in America, and congratulations to Grace who completed her 10th parkrun.

Our birthday celebrations plans are well on their way – Saturday 29th February, if you have forgotten. If you haven’t done so please find the event on facebook as we will be updating with some very exciting news soon.

If you didn’t see we had Sittingbourne Rotary giving out flyers regarding their upcoming Spring 10K race in May – Sunday 17th May 2020. More information can be found here. It’s a great Spring 10K.

Photos from Saturday can be found here.

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 205 15th February 2020

This week 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Charles SMITH • Philip FARNES • Susan HOLLISTER • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Rynn KEMP • Sean BOOTES • Tina GRUBB • Olwen COCKELL • Sonia DIDDAMS • Mark MACEY • Terence DOOLEY • Vanessa DOOLEY • Bernard DIDDAMS • Jon HUGHES • David WOOD • Amanda CRAWFORD • Emma GIBSON • Katy MILLS • James SEALE • Lizzie LOWREY • Rachel IVORY • James WELSH • Jason CROUCH • Charles AGWU • Kayla Ec MACEY

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 5,247 participants have completed 35,481 parkruns covering a total distance of 177,405 km, including 7,438 new Personal Bests. A total of 636 individuals have volunteered 4,580 times.

 

The calm before the storm parkrun #204

It was a dull and overcast morning as I arrived for volunteer stint 62 at Sittingbourne parkrun.  My weather app had said it was going to be dry and sunny!

There were lots of puddles to negotiate on the way to the finish funnel, where I donned hi vis and helped induct two new volunteers in the ways of barcode scanning.  Then it was off to the start line where the runners were gathering to find any new participants to parkrun or Sittingbourne parkrun for the first timers briefing.  Well done to everybody who did their first parkrun – and hello to tourists from Maidstone, London and Loughton Down.

With an eye to the weather, RD Yvonne did a quick briefing before it was timekeepers at the ready.  And it was the off with tailwalkers Sharon and Isaac following up at the rear.  Well done to Isaac who completed his 50th volunteering stint and I think he got the most muddiest award too.

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We headed back over the very squelchy grass to await the first runners past our marshal spot – which wasn’t long as Fintan headed the pack through the puddles to start lap 2.

As we waited for the first runner to come back, the sun did its best to come out and it did brighten up a little and most importantly it didn’t rain!  So the finish funnel was kept busy as 158 parkrunners came through.  Please do make sure you take a token from the finish token volunteer – even if you do not have your barcode – it just gets dropped into the scanners buckets and means the results stay in sync.

Thanks to all the hi vis volunteers – some doing their first volunteering stint with us, which enables parkrun to go ahead safely.

Well done to Keegan, who at the young age of 7 (nearly 8) raised over £65 running parkrun for Kicks Count Charity, fantastic work especially as he was getting over a cold.

Photos will be available here and will be updated  during the week.

Do you want to share your parkrun story? We love to hear your inspirational stories and would love to include them in our weekly run reports. You don't need to be J.K.Rowling - just a few sentences about you and your parkrun journey and maybe a photo or two. Just email sittingbourne@parkrun.com

Amanda

Volunteer and parkrunner..

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 204 8th February 2020

This week 158 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Susan HOLLISTER • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Marc KAVANAGH • Rynn KEMP • Sandra GARDINER • Hannah BROWN • Sean BOOTES • Jamie HARRIS • Aodhan KAVANAGH • Sarah STRACHAN • Mark MACEY • Alison KEMP • Lesley BULLETT • Bernard DIDDAMS • Sharon KING • Isaac KING • Dan WILLIAMS • Mark WOODHILL • Amanda CRAWFORD • Andy WOODHILL • Patrick ROGERS • Charles AGWU

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 5,228 participants have completed 35,349 parkruns covering a total distance of 176,745 km, including 7,420 new Personal Bests. A total of 631 individuals have volunteered 4,554 times.

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