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

The A to Z of Squerryes parkrun

Squerryes Winery parkrun Number 24

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ddictive - can you get your 25 volunteer T-shirt or 50 parkrun T-shirt

Bromley - nearest course suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Core team - amazing job done by them every week. We salute you.

Dogs very welcome - just prep your car in the winter

England, garden of - come to beautiful Kent and run around a vineyard. What more could you ask for?

Friends - waiting to be made

Grapes - growing in their millions alongside your run

Henry Warde - thanks to the owner of Squerryes for letting us use his land for parkrun

I - will get around and then have an almond croissant and a coffee as reward

Join us - it’s free and friendly. You won’t come last and you will have fun.

Kids - welcome and bound to enjoy getting muddy

Last - won’t be you as that honour always goes to our friendly volunteer tail walker.

Muddy at times? Yes (in the winter)

Normal trainers in the summer, trail shoes or spikes in the winter

Ordinary people welcome - it’s a run not a race.

Parkrun - every Saturday 9am

Queue to get your barcode and to get it scanned? Not generally at Squerryes as we’re small and friendly.

Run, walk, hop, skip - whatever you feel comfortable doing. The volunteers will cheer you over the finish line no matter what.

Squerryes winery itself - beautiful venue and the wine is somewhat special too

Tourists come here a lot. We’re close to the M25.

U - can do it

Volunteers make the parkrun world go around. We salute you.

Westerham - home of Churchill and General Wolfe as well as Squerryes parkrun

X marks the spot - Beggars Lane, Westerham

Y do we do it? Because it’s fun to get out in the fresh air and see your friends!

Z we don’t need no zzzs - we prefer to get up and active every Saturday morning


52 runners this morning. 3 unknowns - don’t forget your barcode.

29 tourists. 4 people new to parkrun. Welcome Jamie, Ethan, Sam and Harry.

Special mention to Kevin - 522nd parkrun and in the 80-84 age category.


Thanks to all this week’s organisers and fingers crossed we can run again next week.
Run report from Paul Moorshead A511115


Leap Year’s Day & Welcome to the parkrun family, Netherlands / Welkom bij de families parkrun, Nederland

Run report for Event 23, 29th February 2020 by Matt Miller

This morning's parkrun is notable for two things.

Firstly, it presented us with an extremely rare opportunity to do a parkrun on Leap Year's Day. This is the first time it has happened since parkrun started at Bushy Park in October 2004. This is almost as rare an event as the appearance of Halley's Comet because you will have to wait 28 years for your next opportunity because the next time a Leap Year parkrun falls on a Saturday is 2048!  Leap Year's Day does actually fall on a Junior parkrun Sunday in 2032 but no 4-14 year olds running now will still be young enough to do a Junior parkrun then!

Secondly, we welcome the Netherlands to the parkrun family today. The Netherlands is the 22nd country to join parkrun (if we exclude the three discontinued parkruns in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe & Iceland).  In December 2017 when parkrun started in Germany there was a triple launch in three locations, Hanover, Leipzig & Mannheim but today parkrun is surpassing that with a simultaneous launch in six towns and cities across the Netherlands! Today, parkrun started in Rotterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Masstricht & Groningen. Rotterdam had the highest turnout today. They had 228 runners, one more than we had at our inaugural event in September 2019. Utrecht had 206 runners & Eindhoven 160 runners. Next Saturday parkrun starts in Amsterdam & Leiden and two more parkruns in The Hague & Arnhem will start soon afterwards. The parkrun in The Hague will be the most popular as parkrun Alphabeteers will be able to bag a "Z" by running at Zuiderpark! Up until now most parkrun tourists have flown to Poland to do a parkrun beginning with the letter Z although there is also now one in Germany, Ziegelwiese at Halle.

You may ask, where will parkrun spread to next? The answer is it is likely to be Spain as parkrun HQ have had a number of requests from ex-pats living out there. There is an unofficial parkrun starting in Graz in Austria soon. Due to the rapid growth of parkrun in Germany I would not be surprised if parkrun popped up in Austria in the next two years.

Now back to Squerryes Winery...We had 32 runners today who bravely made it round a very muddy & waterlogged course. We now appear to have acquired a new seasonal feature on our course. It is "the shoe graveyard"! You can't run through the vines at the
moment but you do get the excitement of running through "the shoe graveyard" near the start & the finish. Two people lost trainers in the shoe graveyard. Mark Evans was
so keen to carry on he left a trainer in the graveyard and went back to retrieve it after his run. The bottom of the Beggars Lane field was also in a very poor condition today. I
heard it described as "The Somme"! However, a first time parkrunner, Mohamed, really enjoyed it and described our parkrun as "crazy fun".

The shoe graveyard at Squerryes Winery parkrun

The shoe graveyard

I got my slowest ever parkrun time today but I wasn't going to let the persistent rain stop me from doing a parkrun on Leap Year's Day as it is such a rare event.

The first three men round the course today were Daniel Jackson of Dartford Heath Harriers in a very impressive time of 20 mins 39 secs, Matt Holmes in a time of 24 mins 16 secs & Ian Hanley in a time of 25 mins 40 secs. The first three ladies were Cas Jackson of Dartford Heath Harriers who came second overall with a time of 22 mins 57 secs, Claire Thackray with a time of 31 mins 26 secs & Barbara Budin with a time of 32 mins 27 secs. Well done to all of you ! Bringing up the rear were today's Tail Walkers, Fraser Wiseman with his dog & Samuel one of our Duke of Edinburgh Awards Volunteers.

We had a few tourists as usual today. I had a chat with Lesley Quinn & Darren Round from Woodley parkrun in Reading, Berkshire in the cafe after the run.  Like me they had both run at over 80 parkrun courses & were trying to  reach their "Cowell" which is running at 100 different parkrun courses. The name Cowell comes from Chris Cowell the first person to achieve this popular feat. I spotted a couple of other tourists in the results who had driven a fair way namely Michael Essex of Haywards Heath Harriers & Dave Oldfield of Burgess Hill Runners. A warm welcome to all today's tourists.

Next Saturday parkrun is marking International Women's Day so we are keen to encourage as many women to run or volunteer as possible. There are more
women than men registered to do parkrun but more men run at parkrun
than women.

That's all for now folks see you next week for our next parkrun.

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/YjWpoVuExjaHNyut7


Our Tutu Run !

Event number 22 - 22nd February 2020


This was our Tutu run. Squerryes Winery parkrun number 22 on the 22nd of the 2nd month in 2020.

After last week’s low numbers due to the possible visit of our friend ‘Stormy Dennis’ we had a good turnout of 63 for a windy winters day run / jog / walk. As usual the course was muddy in places so those in trail shoes or spikes were the best shod.

Laura ran her 300th parkrun and Cara ran her 100th. Duncan came in 2nd place and ran his 424th, and Richard ran his 379th - in the age group 85 to 89. Well done to all of you.

Photos of the event by Molly McCormick: https://photos.app.goo.gl/82QbkSP4wuxvXnBV7

Looking a couple of weeks ahead, we will be supporting the International Women’s day parkrun on Saturday 7th March. if you can please come along with a female friend or relative especially someone who hasn’t done a parkrun before. Also if we can we want to try for an all female volunteer team so if you can help out that day please get in touch with the event team.

So on to this weeks stats:-

This week 63 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Mark EVANS • David OFFEN • Gary DAVIES • Yvonne DAVIES • Angela HOWELLS • Sebastian EVANS • Andrew SHARP • Stephen AISH • Fiona SHARP • Katherine HOWARD • Clive HORN • Molly MCCORMICK • Lily MCCORMICK • Luca GALE • Villanelle SHARP • Andrew GALE

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

The female record is held by Jessica Zara KEENE who recorded a time of 20:25 on 14th September 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Luke Andrew DAVIS who recorded a time of 17:32 on 21st September 2019 (event number 2).
The Age Grade course record is held by Stewart GREGORY who recorded 82.27% (18:31) on 14th September 2019 (event number 1).

Squerryes Winery parkrun started on 14th September 2019. Since then 1,591 participants have completed 2,246 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,230 km, including 128 new Personal Bests. A total of 100 individuals have volunteered 361 times

David Offen


Windy, muddy but not raining !

Event 21, 15th February 2020

It was the third event on our winter route. We are giving the section through the vines a rest for a few months so it is twice around the two fields.

Saturday saw the usual muddy section along the riverbank but we managed to run, jog and walk during probably the only dry spell of the last two weeks ! It was windy though, and one of our new winter route signs ended up in the river and needed to be ‘rescued’.

This week 30 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Fiona DELANEY • Gemma TETLOW • David OFFEN • Angela HOWELLS • Varrie WARDROPE • Andrew SHARP • Stephen AISH • Katherine HOWARD • Peter ANSTOCK • Luca GALE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Squerryes Winery parkrun Results Page.

David Offen


Event 20, 8th February 2020

Headlines from Squerryes Winery parkrun Event 20.

58 muddy runners, joggers and walkers
1 dog
7 first time parkrunners
7 new course PBs
1 new 50 club member - congratulations to Will
1 arbitrary 300, well done Roberta
3 unknown (don't forget your barcode
15 cheerful volunteers

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/5ii2BhAseTTTZ6XE6


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