New Years Day parkrun 1st January 2019

As you may know, there is a growing parkrun tradition to organise runs on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day. These runs are organised as normal runs.

This year Sittingbourne parkrun will be hosting a New Years Day Run at 10.30am on Tuesday 1st January 2019. For those who aren't aware New Years Day is an opportunity to run one or two parkruns, depending on the start time.

Please note that there will be no tea/coffee facilities after the run as the church hall will not be open. But you are encouraged to bring your own cakes or mince pies and we’ll enjoy some Christmas fayre around the finish funnel in the absence of a log fire and a Christmas tree!

However we can only go ahead with this if we have enough volunteers, so please do email us at sittingbournehelpers@parkrun.com to pop your name on the rota. Rota can be found here!

Dates and times for Sittingbourne parkrun over the holiday period are as follows:

Saturday 22nd December: Sittingbourne parkrun (9.00am)
Tuesday 25th December: No Sittingbourne parkrun....
Saturday 29th December: Sittingbourne parkrun (9.00am).
Tuesday 1st January 2019: Sittingbourne parkrun (10.30am)

Should anyone wish to partake in the parkrun tradition of running on Christmas Day (Tuesday), some of the more established Kent parkruns have elected to organise events as follows:

Ashford parkrun (9:00am)
Maidstone parkrun (9.00am)
Great Lines parkrun, Medway (9:00am)
Whitstable parkrun (9:00am)
Margate parkrun (9:30am)

Furthermore, there is also the opportunity to complete traditional parkrun “doubles” on New Year’s Day. The following events are scheduled to run at 9:00am…

Whitstable parkrun (9:00am)
Maidstone parkrun (8.30am)

These parkruns are scheduled to take place at 10:00am or later…

Bromley parkrun (10:00am)
Tonbridge parkrun (10:30am)
Bexley parkrun (10:30am)
Canterbury parkrun (10:30am)
Shorne Woods parkrun (10:30am)

If you are away from the Sittingbourne and Swale area over Christmas, there are a significant number of other venues around the UK and Ireland that are organising Christmas Day and New Year's Day parkruns. A list of these events can be found on the parkrun Christmas Compendium here.

Finally, the Sittingbourne parkrun core volunteer team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported this parkrun since its' launch in February 2016.

However you choose to celebrate this time of year, enjoy it!

 

#142 parkrun – The one where the bog is starting to reappear!

Saturday was cold, damp, misty and muddy. Having had two weeks away, it was a wrench to get up and head over to Sittingbourne but it was my turn to take part so I arrived about 8.35am.

Pr 241118

The start line was starting to fill up with eager parkrunners, the marshals were in place and the rest of the hi viz heroes were heading down from the finish funnel.

Pr 241118

IMG_6207

First timers briefed and it was time to do the pre-run brief. Sam Hewitt was about to notch up her 100th parkrun. Well done Sam!

IMG_6297

Once the final few runners had come through the gates, it was the off. My tactic this time was to try and power through the first bit with the trail and hope to pick up a bit of time for later in the course when the energy levels run out – and I was quite a fair way round before being lapped by the lead runners. Although it was cold to start with – I soon warmed up as I plodded and jogged around. Always a great sight to see the church as you come through the bog. Although not as bad I have seen it – it's starting to resemble a mini bog if nothing else! The hi viz hero on duty did a great job of alerting people to the slipperiness of it.

And so I hit the second lap stage with the two people in front of me still visible. And lots of sub 30 minute parkrunners finishing their laps. I purposely didn't look at the time as I hit that last bend although I may well have made up 50 seconds if I had jogged a bit more. However, I finally got across the finish line and successfully completed my 11th parkrun and second fastest with a sub 54 mins. Can I shave 51 seconds off in December? It would be good to get a PB to complete the year. We shall have to see.

A huge thanks to everyone who donated advent calendars for Sittingbourne Foodbank – we are collecting this Saturday (1st December) if you still want to contribute.

And don't forget to look at the volunteer roster for the rest of the year – still a few roles up for grabs. I'm now on 24 volunteer credits – which means the big 25 and the sought after purple t-shirt is now just a week away.

You can run and volunteer too – we are always need people to set up the route pre event, post event close down (taking the signs and equipment back to the store) and to sort the tokens at the end, and as long as we have enough volunteers then why not pace and help someone achieve a PB or a good parkrun time.

News about whether we will be putting on a Christmas Day or New Years Day parkrun will follow soon! Watch this space....

IMG_6224

IMG_6233

IMG_6247

IMG_6250

IMG_6279

Report written by Amanda Crawford, parkrunner and volunteer 

All photos are all on flickr...

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 142 24th November 2018

This week 178 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Susan HOLLISTER • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Anita HOGBEN • Marc KAVANAGH • Susan PHELPS • Olwen COCKELL • Jeff GARDINER • Fintan KAVANAGH • Ben JENNINGS • Lisa BURTON • Sonia DIDDAMS • James TOPHAM • Alison KEMP • Philip LARTER • Bernard DIDDAMS • Michael KEMP • Victoria WHITTLEY • Lesly CONROY • Mark WOODHILL • Amanda CRAWFORD • Shoshana MITCHELL

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 3,800 participants have completed 23,508 parkruns covering a total distance of 117,540 km, including 5,396 new Personal Bests. A total of 492 individuals have volunteered 3,119 times.

 

#teamparkrun No.128

Today was #teamparkrun an initiative to encourage those who have signed up to parkrun but have not actually participated, to have a go – whether they walk, jog or run!

DSC04076

IMG_3680

First timers were briefed by Alison Kemp, one of our stalwart volunteers and also tailwalker ( along with Minnie the dog!).

DSC04054

We were due an athlete but unfortunately they were unable to make it but it didn’t stop fellow parkrunners and volunteers from making today’s parkrun a brilliant event!

We saw the wedding party of Lee Simpson all dressed as the 118 team!

DSC04063

IMG_3528

IMG_3689

We had milestones too so congratulations to Dave Wood on completing your 100th run, Bhuvana Nowbutsing-Harris on completing her 10th parkrun (Juniors get a t-shirt after 10 runs!).

IMG_3609

The weather was perfect for running apart from the slight headwind so much so we had 46 PBs – well done all. Thanks to Emily too for being the 30 minutes pacer.

We had tourists from Winchester, Wales and Accrington Road Runners and thanks to Josh who kindly volunteered after his run to do the non-barcode scanning role.

IMG_3523

IMG_3565

IMG_3633

Exciting news:

We have not one but two takeovers coming up in September – D S Smith will be providing the volunteers for Saturday 8th September and Sittingbourne Striders will be providing the volunteers for Saturday 15th September – including a wide range of pacers – so why not take this opportunity to see if you can get your parkrun PB!

Also a plea from Sittingbourne Foodbank, they are running very low on non-perishable goods and items such as shampoo shower gels ect (full list is on their website). As a parkrun community, it would be great if we can support them so if you can please bring one or two of the items with you on Saturday 25th August and we will collect it up and present to the foodbank.

Photos from today's parkrun can be found here.

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 128 18th August 2018

This week 202 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Lynne WHEELER • Roxanne ZARPAK • Yvonne CRAWFORD • Glenn DAVIES • Chris ISHERWOOD • Anita HOGBEN • Marc KAVANAGH • Sheila MALLOCH • Gavin MALLOCH • Josh WOODSTOCK • Susan PHELPS • Emily MIDDLETON • Joanne BING • Violet BING • Fintan KAVANAGH • Oscar BING • Cheryl THORN • Alison KEMP • Susannah ULYATT • Abbi CLARKE • Bernard DIDDAMS • Michael KEMP • Karen GREEN • Louise MARSHALL • Amanda CRAWFORD

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

The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th July 2017 (event number 71). The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123). 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 3,450 participants have completed 20,823 parkruns covering a total distance of 104,115 km, including 4,902 new Personal Bests.

 

Return of the Puddles #127 parkrun

After weeks of hot and dry weather parkrun was visited by rain and storms overnight meaning some of the more boggy spots are beginning to make a comeback!

Slightly cooler today at around 17 degrees meant that 178 of you ventured out to Milton Creek to walk/run/jog!

First over the line after a sprint finish (and by 1 second) was Aaron Field with a time of 18:17. First lady was Ruth Jean Chalmers, a first timer from Herne Hill Harriers, with a time of 22:15.

IMG_3353

With the cooler weather came some great performances with 41 of you achieving a PB and 20 first timers coming to join us!! We also had tourists from Crawley and Maidstone too - hope you enjoyed the course!

IMG_3383

IMG_3399

IMG_3441

Milestones
Well done Noah Jennings from Swale AC who completed his 50th parkrun in a time of 28:48!! Congratulations to Jude Frost on his 10th Parkrun (juniors only) in a time of 29:03!!

Don’t forget to let us know if you are running a milestone so we can congratulate you!
Aesthetically Pleasing Times
Fintan Kavanagh – 18:18
Theo Nye – 24:24
Ronald Smith – 28:28
Beverley Shreeve – 36:36
On The Spot Times
Austin Carter – 25:00
Davinia Brown – 28:00
Andy Woodhill – 31:00
Bhuvana Nowbutsing-Harris – 38:00

Hi Vis Heros

IMG_3508

Could you be the next hi-vis hero? We always have room for more volunteers so why not give something back and sign up to volunteer at one of the parkruns? More information is here or chat to one of us at the next parkrun!

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Abbi CLARKE • Alison KEMP • Amanda CRAWFORD • Bernard DIDDAMS • Brian WARREN • Chris ISHERWOOD • Dave WOOD • Emily MIDDLETON • Fintan KAVANAGH • Ian WEST • Jackie WILSON • Julie GREENE • Katrina POTTER • Marc KAVANAGH • Nick FREEMAN • Olwen COCKELL • Susan PHELPS • Susannah ULYATT • Yvonne CRAWFORD

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 127 11th August 2018

This week 178 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

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

The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th July 2017 (event number 71).

The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).

The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).

 

A lovely summers morning!

Balmy conditions met the 190 athletes putting their best foot forward for the 120th Sittingbourne parkrun held at Milton Creek Country Park on Saturday, 23 June.

After a short briefing and a shout out to Sam Mumford, Sandra Gardiner, Anita Hogben who were running their 50th parkrun event, as well as Oscar running his 10th parkrun event, it was a case of 3-2-1 “parkrun!” The dry conditions resulted in quite the dust kick up during the first few hundred metres and the mad rush for the first mile was underway.

IMG_2494

IMG_2492

IMG_2487

I was running with my lovely daughter Sophie in her buggy and it was wonderful to receive kind words from a number of fellow runners, it spurred me on no end as I was finding my first ‘proper’ run back from injury rather tough.

Despite my lungs and legs screaming to stop the additional encouragement from the brilliant marshals gave me a lift to ‘keep going’ with the finish line coming closer at every step.

The fastest man on the day was Colin Moore in 18.33. Bragging rights for fastest lady went to Karen Green in 24.19.

Regardless of whether the athletes were sprinting, running, jogging or walking they are all valued members of the parkrun family and their journey to the finish line is a triumph.

IMG_2722

IMG_2624

A huge thank you to every volunteer giving up their time to see this great event run smoothly. Without our high-viz heros there simply would not be this fantastic facility to run as a community every Saturday.

IMG_2696

If you have been enjoying parkrun and haven’t donned a high-viz yet, what’s stopping you? It feels great to get involved with a top bunch of enthusiastic people who are committed to seeing Sittingbourne parkrun go from strength to strength – sign up now! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sittingbourne/futureroster/

parkrunner and Volunteer Sally Smith

Thanks to the volunteers! We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Jack BOOTES, Harry BOOTES, Sean BOOTES, Richard CLARKE, Bernard DIDDAMS, Jessica DUFTON, Chris ISHERWOOD, Michael KEMP, Rynn KEMP, Alison KEMP, Sharon KING, Isaac KING, Sheila MALLOCH, Gavin MALLOCH, Emily MIDDLETON, Jeannie MILBURN, Sonika NOWBUTSING-HARRIS, Jon PHIPPS, Karen SEYMOUR, Sally SMITH, Susannah ULYATT, Karen WASTELL.

Sittingbourne parkrun Event number 120 23rd June 2018

This week 190 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

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

The female record is held by Liz WEEKS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 8th April 2017 (event number 58).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th July 2017 (event number 71).
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 3,266 participants have completed 19,292 parkruns covering a total distance of 96,460 km, including 4,650 new Personal Bests.

 

Christmas and New Year parkrun schedules

Xmas Park Run

As you may know, there is a growing parkrun tradition to organise runs on both Christmas Day and New Year's Day. These runs are organised as normal runs, but this year it does mean that as Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, running on these dates would have required organising two events in the space of two days on consecutive weekends.

Because of this, it has been decided that the Sittingbourne parkrun team will focus on providing those runs that fall on a Saturday, i.e. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Please note that on these days, there will be no coffee facilities after the run as the church hall will not be open. But you are encouraged to bring your own cakes or mince pies and we’ll enjoy some Christmas fayre around the finish funnel in the absence of a log fire and a Christmas tree!

Dates and times for Sittingbourne parkrun over the holiday are as follows:

Saturday 24th December: Sittingbourne parkrun (9.00am)
Friday 25th December: No Sittingbourne parkrun, but see below…
Saturday 31st December: Sittingbourne parkrun (9.00am).
Sunday 1st January: No Sittingbourne parkrun, but see below…

Should anyone wish to partake in the parkrun tradition of running on Christmas Day (Sunday), some of the more established Kent parkruns have elected to organise events as follows:

Ashford parkrun (9:00am)
Great Lines parkrun, Medway (9:00am)
Maidstone parkrun (9:00am)
Whitstable parkrun (9:00am)
Margate parkrun (9:30am)

Furthermore, there is also the opportunity to complete traditional parkrun “doubles” on New Year’s Day. A number of events have worked together to make this happen. The following events are scheduled to run at 9:00am…

Greenwich parkrun (9:00am)
Maidstone parkrun (9:00am)
Pegwell Bay parkrun (9:00am)
Whitstable parkrun (9:00am)

These parkruns are scheduled to take place at 10:00am or later…

Bromley parkrun (10:00am)
Tonbridge parkrun (10:00am)
Bexley parkrun (10:30am)
Canterbury parkrun (10:30am)
Shorne Woods parkrun (10:30am)

If you are away from the Sittingbourne and Swale area over Christmas, there are a significant number of other venues around the UK and Ireland that are organising Christmas Day and New Year's Day parkruns. A list of these events can be found on the parkrun Christmas Compendium here.

Finally, the Sittingbourne parkrun core volunteer team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have supported this event since its launch in February 2016.

However you choose to celebrate this time of year, enjoy it!

 

Sittingbourne parkrun supporting the Sittingbourne food bank

Here at Sittingbourne parkrun we know our runners and volunteers are special that's why we hope to make what can be a difficult time of year a bit easier for others.

Sittingbourne food bank started in 2014 to help others in our community who are going through tough times. It can be something that some of us may see as a minor irritation like needing the car or boiler fixed that can make somebody have to choose between fixing that, staying warm, getting to work or buying food.

That's why this year we are asking for your help to help us help them. The food bank are looking for a variety of items that can go to people who really need them. Things like nappies, baby wipes, sanitary products and toiletries as well as the more usual things like tinned and dried goods (the stuff you keep in your kitchen cupboards rather than the fridge) the only thing they don't need right now is pasta and rice.

If you want to help we will be collecting things to take there on Saturday December 3rd so please bring it with you to parkrun and we will do the rest.

Thank you for reading this and hopefully we can put a smile on someone's face.

The link to the food bank if you want to know more is here:

https://sittingbourne.foodbank.org.uk

Older Posts in Category ⇒
⇐ Newer Posts in Category