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.
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.
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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.