#21 – Tourists all the way from Canada!

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This week saw a parkrun tourist from Canada join us – surely the furthest traveller we’ve had here at the Leas – along with other most welcome tourists from Manchester and Croydon!

Along with these visitors, we welcomed almost one hundred runners, including 22 first timers, for another chilly, but dry event with almost half of participants getting PBs!! Well done!

Just a reminder that we want our event to be the most positive, inclusive and welcoming it can be and we want to run and walk with the support of our local community.

As we always say in our pre-event briefing, we do not have exclusive rights along the leas during our event, so please be mindful and courteous when encountering other beach goers along the route, perhaps even say ‘good morning’ if you race pace allows!

We share our beautiful beach with all who use the space and we think there is room enough for everyone to enjoy it on a Saturday morning.

See you next week!

Helen

 

The Calm before storm Ciara #20

The Leas Park Run number 20 started. We were experiencing the calm before the storm before Ciara hit. All 122 participant's braved the seafront warming up ready to set off on the picturesque route at 9am.

There were a total of 27 participants trying the Leas parkrun for the first time.

38 participant's celebrated a PB WELL DONE!!

Thank you to everyone that attended. Looking forward to doing it all again next Saturday.

 

#19 – The one with the results issues!

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A crisp but bright day meant all 154 participants on Saturday’s parkrun made the most of the beautiful stretch of our coastline. Our nineteenth parkrun, saw 50 PBs and 51 first timers!

The actual event went well and we packed up feeling great, having been congratulated by a number of runners on a ‘well organised’ and ‘friendly’ course, which is wonderful to hear – thank you – but back in the Playa, things began to go wrong …

Having sat down with our usual array of hot beverages, we uploaded the timer and scanner results onto the parkrun page and could quickly see all was not well, as most positions were coming up blank, with only those we manually type in (those whose barcodes won’t scan) coming up and also several duplicate athletes!

With the panic rising, along with our blood sugars thanks to the hot chocolate, we uploaded the results again, thinking the files may have corrupted – again the same results! Far too many ‘unknown athletes’ and duplicates for this to be a manual error.

Lots of Whatsapp ‘pinging’ back and forth to our RD group proved fruitless, although greatly comforting that no one had come across this before and even the great Wiki manual could not solve for us. A phone call to the national parkrun IT helpline (voicemail) did not produce results at that stage, though we did receive a message from the parkrun system to say there was an issue with a bug and some advice that it was being looked at. So, there was nothing for it but to leave the system for now and put a message out on our home Facebook page, to say we were experiencing issues and thanking runners for their patience.

Saturday evening arrived and there was more chatter on our RD group, as we knew parkrun were working on it behind the scenes. One of our group members re-ran the results and hey presto the names appeared and all was resolved! Phew! What a relief. We know what the results mean to people, so were determined to put this right.

Thank you all for your support and patience for bearing with us and for your kind comments to the volunteers, as without them there would be no parkrun. It means a lot to us all as a group.

If you would like to volunteer, please drop us a line at our email address theleas@parkrun.com or give us a shout on Facebook.

See you next week!

Helen

 

#9 – four legged marshals

Cold and crisp but that didn’t ruin our spirits as we welcomed 101 participants.

Lots of visitors from Southend, Basingstoke, Ashford and Gravesend and many more.

We had a couple of mile stones 200th,100th and 50th. We were so pleased that they had chosen the Leas to complete these. The wind was blowing in the right direction as we had several PBs achieved and also a couple of first timers to parkrun.

Our volunteers are forever brilliant, and we even had a new four legged friend assisting our marshals.

Wendy

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#8 – A chilly morning at The Leas!

On Saturday, 122 people ran, jogged or walked with us - with 49 first timers and 31 receiving PBs! Well done all!

16 volunteers braved the cold to support us and ensure the running of The Leas parkrun! As always, a massive thank you to our volunteers. I think our timekeepers fingers just about managed in the cold!

The core team continue to learn and get to grips with everything and for the last couple of weeks, have processed results in record time! We have now gained a new member and so keep your eyes peeled for a new run director over the next few weeks.

We really could not run (or walk, or jog...) without volunteers and so please let us know if you could spare a couple of hours to lend a hand. Email theleashelpers@parkrun.com if so. We have many varied and straightforward roles available and full training will be provided!

Looking forward to next week already!

Gabs

 

#7 – What a beautiful morning…

How lucky am I... Second turn as run director, on such a beautiful morning. It may have been brisk, but with the beautiful clear sky and calm seas I could tell this was going to be a cracker of a morning as 130 participants started to arrive. And from the feedback I don't think they were disappointed either.
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We had a few first timers and numerous tourists from all over the County: Folkestone, Margate, Maidstone, and Sittingbourne to name just a few,  and further afield including Windsor, Basingstoke and even a gentlemen who drove up from Devon last night to join us!

It was also great to meet event directors from other locations. I was especially pleased to see Yvonne from our neighbouring Sittingbourne parkrun where I had my first ever experience of parkrun volunteering a year ago, and who was inspirational in getting me involved with The Leas.    If like me you have been inspired to volunteer, whether that be as a run director, marshal or any of the other positions, even just on the odd occasion, then come and talk to any of us, you will always be welcomed. On that note thank you so much to all of our volunteers this week; those who just do it when they can, those who are now becoming regulars like Francesca who is always happy to stand right at the furthest end of the course (say "Hi Francesca" next time you see her), and our first  time volunteers like Fifi, our first under 18 volunteer who came along with her mum today.

Finally thanks to all of you who participated today. Being still relatively new to all of this I'm always overwhelmed by the camaraderie and friendships shared by so many at this event each week. Thanks and congratulations to all of you who also told me you achieved a P.B. this morning, very well done!

Hope to see you all again next week or sometime soon

Tony

 

#6 – Our busiest yet!

Saturday 2nd November 2019, marked our busiest Parkrun yet with over 190 people choosing to spend their Saturday morning with us on the beautiful Leas, Minster. We were delighted to welcome the coach of Central Park Runners, along with participants from Bexley, Dartford and Medway, not to mention the two lovely runners from Havant, who travelled that morning to run with us and then sorted the tokens for us afterwards in the Playa! Thank you all.

Congratulations to Alison McKenzie, who celebrated her 100th run with us and a big thank you to the runner who ran to the far end of the route again, looking for a person who we’d been told was in distress –false alarm in the end and no ambulance required– but nonetheless, a big thank you for doing this for us without question and goes to show the spirit of the running community.

The weather started so beautifully – crisp and bright - perfect running conditions, but soon the dark clouds rolled over the waves and rain began to pour down, numbing the hands of the volunteers who all waited until the last person had crossed the line in front of the tail walker, before packing up the equipment as fast as possible.

Thank you to all the volunteers who took part and made this event happen. See you all next week.
Helen

 

#5 – happy and smiley volunteers!

It didn’t rain but certainly looked like it wanted to, so we were lucky.

96 participants took part in the 5th Leas parkrun on 26th October. We had visitors from
Croydon, Medway and Sittingbourne. 19 pbs were obtained and we had many first time
participants. We had many compliments for our volunteers on how happy and smiley they
are and one first timer spoke of how they were so friendly and encouraging that she cant
wait to do it all again next week.

I thought we had a man down at our finish line but he was lying on the floor doing his
stretches, panic over he was fine.

Look forward to next weekend
Wendy x

 

#4 – It turned out nice again!

Being my first parkrun as run director I woke early with some trepidation: How was I going to cope with this 4th parkrun at The Leas. I’d been watching the weather forecast with some concern through the week, expecting the worst and wondering how many people would turn up given England’s Rugby World Cup match was also underway. At 8am Alexa told me there was a 47% chance of rain so I expected the worst, donned my full waterproofs and headed off.

Well I couldn’t have got it more wrong! What a wonderful morning…The slight wind at 8am had completely disappeared to reveal a calm morning with clear skys by 9am, so personal bests were definitely on the cards. We had visitors from all over the county and further afield, too many to mention here.

A special shout out to Sonja Laing from Petts Wood Runners who chose to experience her 300th parkrun with us, Liz Weeks From Tonbridge AC for setting the female course record and the ladies from the Beginners2Runners who showed up in force and gave fantastic support and encouragement to each other.

I was really surprised by the fantastic turnout: 142 participants in all, including representatives of 28 different clubs, 72 first timers (wow!) and 39 of you recorded personal bests today, that’s brilliant, well done!

Finally a huge thank you to the record number of 17 volunteers including colleagues from the Rotary Club of Minster on Sea. We couldn’t do this without your support so thank you all.

Have a great week everyone and hope to see you next Saturday when Gabi steps back in again as race director.
Tony

 

#3 – Tourists and parkrun cakes!

Wow, what an amazing 3rd parkrun we had here at the Leas on Saturday 12th October.
We welcomed 150 participants including tourist from Tunbridge Wells, Folkstone, Croydon and many more !

We also welcomed 3 parkrun world tourists who had never been to Sheppey before but have promised they will come back.

So many clubs supported this event and lovely to spot so many Beginners2Runners taking part.

A big well done to all those celebrating a PB, 37 in total and thank you to all those taking part who choose the Leas for their first ever parkrun experience.

A massive thank you to all our volunteers who enable this event to happen. I hope you realise how important each and every one of you are.

A big shout out to Cass Castleton for the very tasty personalised parkrun cakes (we love cake!)

Have a fantastic week everyone

See you next Saturday
Wendy
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