Brian’s run report 25th June

A classic Whitstable parkrun celebrating our super slopes and perfect promenade whilst negotiating Catermerans and Lasers keen to catch wind and tide from Tankerton Bay sailing club. Care and respect was, I am sure, shared on all sides as encouraged at the run briefing. Apologies for two errors during that. Firstly, it is of course under 11’s not 14’s within adult arms length and secondly, I failed to mention our seven speedy pacers ranging from 25 to 40 minutes in their new mesh tabards.

Grand to see a generous sprinkling of first timers and visitors, some from as far as the USA. I chatted afterwards to a trio who had cycled from Canterbury, completed the run, enjoyed a cooling swim prior to heading for a bacon sandwich and return bike ride. There’s enthusiasm!

Now what else. A very fine collection of tins and packets for the Canterbury, gratefully accepted for the Whitstable depot by Martin Blackley who appreciated a few extra pairs of hands to ship it to his transport. And just that additional two or three helpers for a few minutes at 10am is all we need to avoid disturbing tennis court users as we put the pr kit away in our excellent lock up facility. Runners not able to volunteer can still stay to help in that way as a gesture of thanks to those that appear at 8am to set up.

Our event director, David Ralfe and Kent Ambassador Jacky MacDonald plus four regulars joined forces with inmates at Elmley prison on Sheppey for their newly formed parkrun. So whilst we missed their company they were doing a great job for another bunch of new runners.

Brian

 

Run report 18th June

Whitstable parkrun run report #547

What a beautiful day to take part in Whitstable Parkrun. The sun was shining with a refreshing breeze along the bottom. Today there were 320 runners and walkers of which there were 37 First Timers and 17 runners achieving a new PB. This week Marcus Etheridge was first home with a new PB. We were joined by visitors from Faversham, Harrow, Sheffield and Australia. Visitors are always welcome.

The milestones this week went to Coin Smith 100 runs, Anne-Marie Baker 200 runs and Anne Bodimeade 350 runs. Well done to you all.

It gave me great personal pleasure to announce that our very own Claire Pluckrose from Canterbury Harriers and Speedy Pluckers earned a SILVER MEDAL this week. Claire competed at the World Championships in Romania representing GB in the Duathlon. I am sure you will agree this is an amazing achievement and something that deserved a huge recognition.

Parkrun this week ran very smoothly with just one incident that I need to feedback to you. This was along the prom involving a cyclist with a child in a carrier on the back. Whilst the cyclist and other runners tried to alert one of our runners to move out the way the runner was wearing headphones and could not hear. Fortunately no one was injured, however, if possible please can you wear bone conductor headphones so you are aware of your surroundings.

Yet again I arrived early to find that the marvellous bunch of regular volunteers had already prepared everything for me which makes the role of RD so much easier. A big thank you to them all. What a great bunch of people you are and I look forward to being the Run Director again in the future.

The Food Bank collection is next week and more details will be posted later in the week.

Goodbye for now from Lorraine (Mr

 

Run report 11th June

Whitstable parkrun run report #546

What a lovely to take part in Whitstable Parkrun. Today there were 275 runners and walkers of which there was 27 First Timers and 23 runners achieving a new PB. Congratulation and welcome to you all. An extra welcome the visitors from St Albans and Hove and we hope to see you back soon.

The weather today was in complete contrast to the windy overcast day of last weekend and although a lot of the regular runners were missing due to taking part in the Saxon Shore Relay there were plenty of runners to keep the Marshall’s on their toes.

As I said in the brief this morning without the volunteers Parkrun would not take place so if you find yourself unable to take part please volunteer. If everyone volunteered 2-3 times a year this would make a huge difference.

The milestones this week went to Emma Bartlett 100 runs, Dave Parry 250 runs and David Kenning 300 runs. Well done to you all.

There were no major incidences to report this week, however, I do need to mention that I believe a couple of runners were seen sitting on the sliver chairs outside the kiosk this morning and did not place the chairs back under the tables when they left. Please can I remind runners that these chairs are not for our benefit and please refrain from using them unless you make a purchase from the kiosk!

Thanks again to you all. What a great bunch of people we are and I look forward to being the Run Director next week so listen very carefully as I will say this only once!

Goodbye for now from Lorraine (Mrs G).

 

#546 – Run Report – Lorraine Gibbens

Whitstable parkrun run report #546

What a lovely to take part in Whitstable Parkrun. Today there were 275 runners and walkers of which there was 27 First Timers and 23 runners achieving a new PB.  Congratulation and welcome to you all.  An extra welcome the visitors from St Albans and Hove and we hope to see you back soon.

The weather today was in complete contrast to the windy overcast day of last weekend and although a lot of the regular runners were missing due to taking part in the Saxon Shore Relay there were plenty of runners to keep the Marshall’s on their toes.

As I said in the brief this morning without the volunteers parkrun would not take place so if you find yourself unable to take part please volunteer.  If everyone volunteered 2-3 times a year this would make a huge difference.

The milestones this week went to Emma Bartlett 100 runs, Dave Parry 250 runs and David Kenning 300 runs.  Well done to you all.

There were no major incidences to report this week, however, I do need to mention that I believe a couple of runners were seen sitting on the sliver chairs outside the kiosk this morning and did not place the chairs back under the tables when they left.  Please can I remind runners that these chairs are not for our benefit and please refrain from using them unless you make a purchase from the kiosk!

Thanks again to you all.  What a great bunch of people we are and I look forward to being the Run Director next week so listen very carefully as I will say this only once!

Goodbye for now from  Lorraine (Mrs G).

 

 

Run Report #545 – Maggie Johnson

Whitstable parkrun run report #545

Today there were 293 runners and walkers on a somewhat windswept Tankerton seafront, very different to the weather we’ve enjoyed the last few days!
As it is Platinum Jubilee weekend we decided on the Whitstable Oyster Festival route for a bit of a change. First back was Nick Bowker in an impressive 16:31! Well done Nick on your first visit to Whitstable parkrun.
Today we had milestones from Helen Slane, who completed her 100th and Mick Hughes on his 250th! Well done to both of you.
We had tourists today from Brighton, Cambridge, Tunbridge Wells and Yorkshire. We hope you enjoyed your visit.
There was bunting at the finish funnel and plenty of red, white and blue outfits… we even had her majesty pacing at 42 minutes today! Thank you ma’am!
Many thanks to those who brought a fantastic array of cakes and biscuits at the finish and as always thank you to all the marshalls and volunteers as it was a bit chilly on the front today!
Just a reminder please that parents/ carers must stay within arms reach of their under 11s. It is a legal requirement and the organisers would be held responsible should anything go wrong.
Finally, a key was handed in near to the scanners so please get in touch if it’s yours.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and God Save the Queen!
Maggie
PS… who was inside that Union Jack suit????

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