The Leas parkrun, Minster is cancelled on 2021-04-24 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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 or give us a shout on Facebook.

See you next week!



#18 – Wakey, wakey Volunteers :)

It was another crisp morning  - at 8am Alexa told me it was 4 degrees and raining, so she was half right: It was beautiful, serene and completely calm when I turned up.

Today, 150 people took part, including 45 first timers and visitors from 15 different clubs including some from Worchestershire, Foots Cray, Medway and Sittingbourne. Congrats to George Collins for achieving his 50th different parkrun today with us....

However today's report focuses and highlights our marvelous team of jolly volunteers, no names to save embarrassment!

We have those dependables who relentlessly turn up smiling every week, those you can rely on to turn up whenever they can and those one off volunteers that are always welcomed for bringing their own little ray of sunshine into the team. There are those who crack the jokes and make us laugh and one who doesn't get the jokes and makes us laugh even more :)

There are those who oversleep who come rushing in with apologies, those whose bus broke down but they didn't give up and still made it and those who are happy to walk to the very end of the course and stand there on their own marshaling every week.

However, it would be remiss of me not to ask what went wrong with us all this morning.... Every week after the start we have a little sweep stake for fun, guessing how many participants were at the start line. And it's always a close call with one guessing quite close to the  finish number. But were we all asleep this morning or just not paying attention: We had guesses that were up to 75 away from the finish number and our best was still 57 away! We should be ashamed of ourselves, :)  LOL

Joking aside, let me finish by playing the sympathy card  :(  Finally there is me, who quite frankly feels like doggy do do...(had a cold for 4 weeks, can't shake it, can't breathe through my nose and can't use the word I want to use here to describe how I feel). The volunteers make this event fun for me and made me feel 100 times better this morning, even it only lasted that short while.....

We've had 89 different volunteers help us on the 18 events so far and more are always welcome. We all know this event can't happen without your support so thank you all very much.

Next week is my week off but hope to see everybody again the following week.




#17 – A new course record

The Leas Park Run number 17 started off quiet but the numbers grew as we got closer to 9am and we had an amazing turnout. 187 participant's all warming up ready to set off on the picturesque route along the sea front.

We had visitors from Nottingham, Tonbridge, Horesham, Brighton and London. Hope you all enjoyed The Leas Parkrun.

There were a total of 54 participants trying the Leas parkrun for the first time, and 9 of these participant's were trying a parkrun for the first time.

52 participant's celebrated a PB WELL DONE!!

It was a clear, crisp morning meaning it was cold but conditions were not to bad for the runners.

First Lady home was Lucy Reid who was not only First Lady today she also broke the ladies course record and has also taken the overall course record. Well done Lucy on your great achievement. Lucy is in training for the Granola half marathon in Spain that she is running representing England in a couple of weeks. She was also the quickest female across the whole parkrun network! The first male back today was Lucy’s boyfriend Alex Reed-Brewer who was very proud of Lucy and her achievements.

Our lovely volunteers Harry Gill and   Debbie Hodgson took some amazing photos of our morning.

You can find photos here

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




#16 – Our second biggest turnout!

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Well, New Year’s Resolutions certainly kicked in this week, as we saw 172 participants take part in this week’s event, which is our second largest turn out! We had so many participants, we had to break into our second shoestring of finish tokens and untying knots under pressure is a feat – just ask Marie!

Fortunately, Kris did a marvellous job in handing them out and none were dropped, though at the pub count up and sorting, we found 3 tokens were missing, so please remember to return tokens to the scanners or place in the tubs on the ground. Thank you :)

Tourists this week came from Orpington, Eastbourne, Great Lines and “not every far away” and a record number of first timers here too, with 68 participants joining us here at the Leas.  Event conditions were obviously favourable, as 43 people achieved personal bests. Great work and well done!

Big thanks as always to our all our volunteers and today I took a few snaps of them, including Wendy (who doesn’t run) pictured here crossing the line whilst timekeeping:

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and Kris (who does run) being another ‘hi-vis hero’ in giving out the finish tokens – not yet under token pressure!

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

See you next week!