Run report 6Th August 2022

WHITSTABLE PARKRUN REPORT – No. 554 ​06/08/2022
Sunny Whitstable, with a cooling northerly breeze, welcomed 345 runners to parkrun this week, one more than last week, with tourists from South Africa, Norfolk, Reading and elsewhere in Kent.
The stats: 48 were first timers at Whitstable, 15 of them making their parkrun debuts – hope you all enjoyed it and will be back! Ashley Day, Chloe Wang, Helen Clark and Deborah Christodoulou all ran their 50th, it was Gianluca Marcelli’s 100th and Bromley Veteran Roger Harris chose Whitstable for his 400th parkrun. There were 29 PBs. Congratulations and well done to you all!
As ever, a huge thank you to all our volunteers without whom parkrun and the achievements of all 345 finishers today, and the finishers every week, couldn’t happen – Sterling work! More volunteers are always welcome, if you’re ready to take a turn click the link on the Whitstable parkrun website https://www.parkrun.org.uk/whitstable/.
Another reminder is needed, it seems, of the (nationwide) parkrun rule on dog leads: they must be handheld, not attached to the waist – otherwise the runner is liable to be disqualified.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Barbara Tomaszczyk

 

Food bank collection 30th July

Food bank collection at Parkrun this coming Saturday.
I would like to dispel a common misconception about food banks. People that use food banks aren’t scrounges and lazy individuals that can’t be bothered to get a job. Sadly the majority are hard working families in full time employment due to no fault of their own just can’t make ends meet in these times of high inflation it’s not the fault of fat cat employers exploiting their staff! It’s a sad fact it’s just very hard out there at the moment for businesses and staff alike.
Please bring whatever you can everything helps no matter how little or how much. We can’t cure the current problem but we can certainly help a little.
You have been so generous every month so far this year thank you all. Let’s make Julys a bumper collection month.
Thank you
Dave
Struggling isn’t a life choice it’s just a sad fact of life.

 

Run Report 23-07-22

Whitstable run report #552 - 23rd July

This week’s Whitstable parkrun was run in near-perfect conditions – warm and sunny with the gentlest of westerly breezes cooling the runners as they came along Tankerton Slopes to the finish. What a relief to have a normal summer day after the record-breaking heat of a few days before! There were 364 finishers, the largest number since April, perhaps due to the cancellation of our neighbouring Canterbury and Ashford parkruns. Hopefully they and other parkrun tourists will realise what a great place Whitstable is to do your parkrun and will soon be back for more.
There were an amazing 60 first-timers to Whitstable, 8 doing their first ever parkrun, including two runners in their 70s, Tony and Jeanne Phillips, showing it’s never too late to start parkrun. 35 runners ran personal best times.
Plenty of new milestones were reached: Stewart Carter, Maria Elena Soto Rodriguez, Jon Rabey and Craig Rouse all clocked up their 50th parkruns, parkrun stalwart Marilyn Lawrie did her 300th parkrun, while Andrew Hall achieved the incredible goal of 400 parkruns – that’s 1,240 miles of running. How many pairs of trainers does that get through?

Just a reminder to all that next week, Whitstable parkrun will be holding a collection for local foodbanks. Please do try to remember to donate whatever you can – tinned foods, rice and pasta are always useful.
Lastly, once again thanks to the incredible Whitstable team of volunteers (41 this week!) who leap from their beds at the crack of dawn (well, maybe a bit later than that…!) to get the show on the road every Saturday morning. Do feel free to join them! Just email whitstable@parkrun.or.uk to offer your services. And have a great weekend!
Steve

 

Event 551 16th July 2022 – Michelle Latter

Well it was a warm Whitstable parkrun number 551, a light welcome breeze and water bottles filled ready to stay hydrated.
After a very brief run brief, (sorry, I had a menopause brain fog moment and forgot to mention first time runners and tourists), all runners assembled at the start for the off. Runners celebrating their 25th, 50th, 100th or 150th milestones, and a Couch to 5k group embarking on their first 5k.
Now I know that feeling a lot of participants have at some point during the run....what am I doing....why didn't I stay in bed! But you didn't stay in bed. You pushed yourself to get up, get there and give it a go. You came, you ran, you achieved. Congratulations!
Thank you to the marshals and volunteers who made it all possible before, during and after the event.
Take care over the next few days of extreme heat and we all look forward to seeing you again next Saturday.
RD Michelle

 

 

Run Report 16 th July

Well it was a warm Whitstable Parkrun number 551, a light welcome breeze and water bottles filled ready to stay hydrated. After a very brief run brief, sorry, I had a menopause brain fog moment and forgot to mention first time runners and tourists, all runners assembled at the start for the off. Runners celebrating their 25th, 50th, 100th or 150th milestones, and a Couch to 5k group embarking on their first 5k.
Now I know that feeling alot of participants have at some point during the run....what am I doing....why didn't I stay in bed! But you didn't stay in bed. You pushed yourself to get up, get there and give it a go. You came, you ran, you achieved. Congratulations!
Thank you to the marshalls and volunteers who made it all possible before, during and after the event.
Take care over the next few days of extreme heat and we all look forward to seeing you again next Saturday.
RD Michelle

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