Plethora of PB’s on the slopes

Whitstable parkrun 459 welcomed 342 parkrunners and 42 volunteers, which was great considering many of the regulars were taking part in the Saxon Shore Relay event We missed you all and trust you all had as good a time as we did on the Tankerton slopes.

Whitstable parkrun continues to generate new parkrunners every week, with this week being no exception, we welcomed 24 first timers, hoping you all enjoyed your first parkrun and hoping you will be back next week. We also had plenty of tourist from as nearby Ashford and Gillingham to a little further afield from Gunnerbury, London and Brockenhurst. A few making a longer journey from Sheffield and Crew and finally we had three parkrunners from almost as far away as possible these being from NSW Australia, great to have you all at Whitstable and many thanks for the “awesome” feedback in the visitors comments, it’s really appreciated.

We celebrated a number of milestones, Bene Stokes made it to 50 runs and celebrated with a PB, well done Bene! Bethan Lee made it to 100 runs and Maggie Johnson-Blunt (one of our RD’s) reaching 200, so well done to all for reaching these milestones.

Conditions today were almost perfect, we had some fantastic running today with a plethora of PB’s, 56 in total (that’s 16% of the field). The Robinson family who between them have run almost 700 parkruns and volunteered over 300 times had 2 very well deserved PB’s well done to Fiona and Lucy with Ellie just being 3 seconds off her PB, many thanks to Tim for the fabulous timekeeping

Being six months into 2019 a quick note on stats so far this year. Once again Whitstable parkrun has seen an increase in our numbers with an average to date of 345 parkrunners and a maximum not only in the last six months but the highest number ever was 525, the trend continues month on month to increase. With the continuous increase in numbers we are always on the lookout for volunteers, so anyone who would like to give it try please contact the office. It’s always great fun, and every event is an inspiration to see our fabulous volunteers motivating and encouraging all of our runners – A big thank you to all the volunteers today – you all did a fantastic job as without you there would not be a parkrun.

So, with an incident free parkrun, that’s all for now.
Many thanks to all the participants and especially the volunteers, wishing everyone a great week ahead and see you all next week.

David S


Wonderful Whitstable

I was on my prayer mat on Friday hoping that the predicted weather of heavy rain and 50 mile an hour winds would be delayed. I partially got my wish, the winds came earlier and the rain later after parkrun. Whew! Gabi Kay joined me today getting to know the ropes ready for her role as Run Director for the Isle of Sheppey parkrun, although no set date yet.
Me and gabi

We welcomed tourists from London, Sittingbourne, Poole and Medway and we had eight new bodies join us for their inaugurals. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for the comments in our visitors book.

Three of our favourite Duke of Edinburgh Award students were on their last stints today for the completion of their Silver awards. Laura, Eleanor and Daisy, we will miss you after putting in more than six months of volunteering, and we wish you well for the future. Anytime you want to drop by...... we can always find a job for you!
laura, ella and daisy

We also had Kim Pegg and Peter Ash in full wedding regalia ready for their marriage later today. They did look smart, although Kim did lose her headdress in the full force of a head wind! I hope they remember to change out of their trainers! They also brought some of their guests! Huge congratulations from Whitstable parkrun, and we look forward to welcoming you as Mr and Mrs in the future.
Wedding day - Edited

Four teams of 5 are taking part in the Saxon Shore Relay next Saturday so if you are along the prom between 2.30 and 5pm you'll be able to welcome the teams home at the Continental, also, one of the many teams that take part and dress up for the occasions. Good luck all.

The milestones today were Bob Davidson 100 and Gavin Knight on his 250th. Look forward to seeing the new t-shirts boys!

When its' your watch as Run Director, you hope against hope that everything will go OK with no emergencies. Well, we had a message to say that somebody on a bench, on the upper course, was feeling very unwell. We put out a radio alert for first aiders to help and three were available.....except nobody could find the victim! We presume that he felt unwell for a while and then either carried on or went home. We also had a conversation with a runner to say a boy was being sick and wasn't being attended to. If you see somebody is not well, please see to them, you are never far from a marshal with a radio (tell another runner to do this) and we have free running first aiders with two first aid kits on the course and a defib if needed.

Thank you everybody who came, took part, volunteered, took photos to make this another week of 'Wonderful Whitstable'



A very healthy parkrun

jacky and maggi

What a beautiful, sunny morning we had for Whitstable parkrun number 457!

Out of 525 runners, joggers and walkers, an impressive 47 of you achieved a new PB, despite the heat and humidity.

There were 57 First Timers and we welcomed tourists from Southampton, Manchester, Chelmsford, Winchester, Hackney and Surrey.

Saturday was the first anniversary of parkrun’s partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners, who are using parkrun as a means of promoting a healthy lifestyle through exercise. For this reason I was joined in my role as Run Director by Dr Jackie Buchanan from Whitstable Health Centre, who with her husband and son, demonstrated CPR and familiarised runners with our defibrillator. Seventeen members of staff from Whitstable Medical Practice are taking part in a sponsored bike ride from London to Brighton later in the month and they also joined us, as well as a good sized group from Herne Bay Medical Practice. It was lovely to see them all. Dr Buchanan has sent us more information and is attached as a footnote.

We had a large group of vegan runners, who brought leaflets about the health benefits of a vegan diet, as well as a fine array of tasty vegan cakes to try. They were delicious, thank you!

The following parkrunners reached Milestones on Saturday: George Redman 50, Lisa Dixon 100,
David Sibley 200 and Max Bodimeade ran his 350th! Well done to all of you!

Big thanks as usual to all the volunteers /pacers, without whom parkrun couldn’t take place. Please consider volunteering if you haven’t yet, it’s good fun and very rewarding (25 volunteers and you can have a nice purple t-shirt!)

Happy Birthday to Lucy Clarke (Thanks for the prosecco!) and massive thanks to Dave Ralph and Jacky McDonald for supervising me trying to do the results afterwards in the Marine! It gets more complicated as our numbers increase and the timer only goes up to 500…. but luckily we have Jacky who knows what she’s doing. (We nearly had our first finisher on a time of 44 minutes which probably wouldn’t have gone down well!!!)

Finally, thanks Dave for the cuppa, and well done to me for writing all of the above without once mentioning Liverpool’s fantastic 6th Champions League win on Saturday!... oops!!! (I nearly managed it!)

See you all next week.


“On the 16th June a Team of 17 cyclists from the Whitstable Medical Practice will be undertaking the London to Brighton Bike ride raising funds for the British Heart Foundation and the work it does in the research of heart disease.

20 years ago when a group from the practice cycled this Dr Lakshman (David) Kangasooriam was a member of our team. This year, as Team Kana, we are cycling again in his memory. links to our Justgiving page which gives more details. If you do wish to donate but not via Justgiving, donations can be left with the reception staff at any of the Whitstable Medical Practice Surgeries or the Estuary View Medical Centre Urgent Care Centre.”

Thank you

Dr Jackie Buchanan


Feaser What?

When I awoke this morning I had a strange feeling something wasn't quite right, nothing tangible, just different, Breakfast tasted the same, journey to parkrun seemed the same, all the usual regulars were setting up just as expected, but something was different, when I gave the brief I had the strangest feeling the World was just not as it was when I went to bed last night, It was like I had been transported to a parallel universe that was an exact copy of ours, " paranoid or what" well I think not even the smartest aliens slip up, just one tiny mistake gave the game away!
Who was at the top of Fraser hill?
Well it certainly wasn't Fraser.
This morning was Whitstable parkrun number 456, and we had wall to wall sunshine, 370 runners and loads of fantastic marshals, even if we have all been abducted by aliens it was still great fun, Don't forget next Saturday is NHD day so please make sure you turn up to show your support for our wonderful doctors and nurses, and you can have a go at CPR if you like, it's a great skill to have, and one day you might even save a life, Maggi is in charge next week so the run report should be a bit more sensible, If Jacky our fantastic volunteer organiser reads this. " Its not called Fraser hill for nothing"

Have a great bank holiday


Sunny running on the slopes

A beautiful sunny morning greeted the 395 runners and 42 volunteers for Whitstable 455 Parkrun. We welcomed 17 first timers and tourist from Leeds, Doncaster and Surrey additionally we celebrated a number of milestones, Malcom Parker made it to 100, Lorna Roy and Andrew Lawrie reached 50. We had a couple of unofficial milestones, Grace Gibbens and Mick Hughes reaching 200, so well done for reaching these milestones.

Im like many parkrunners that I can’t remember what I used to do on a Saturday morning before parkrun, so it’s always great to hear stories of parkrun being a catalyst of improved physical and mental wellbeing. One lovely story I heard recently was about a couple whose relationship was re-ignited with the catalyst being parkrun and they are now serial parkrun tourists.

A quick note to say that each week on the prom just before we start we always make a few safety announcements, I know everyone is keen to get going, but please always listen to this carefully. I will also add that unfortunately we had a faller just after the start, many thanks to everyone who stopped and the first aider who was first in attendance. I’m pleased to let everyone know the runner in question is recovering well. This also proved that our procedures when we have an incident did kick in and worked well, so thank you to everyone who assisted showing the true spirit of parkrun.

Finally a big thank you to all the 42 volunteers that made the event happen, please remember that without these volunteers parkrun would not take place, so anyone who hasn’t volunteered and would like to join in the fun just email the office.

Hoping that everyone had a fantastic morning, anyone doing the Canterbury University 10K tomorrow good luck, enjoy the rest of the weekend, have a super week ahead and see you all next week.

David S

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