Whitstable parkrun is cancelled on 2021-04-17 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

parkrun restart and volunteer request

As I'm sure a lot of you will be aware parkrun UK are hoping to restart parkruns in England from Saturday 5th June. This will be subject to the covid situation as we get closer to the restart date.
There is plenty of work to be done before hand, parkrun has to get permission to restart from all the land owners all over again, and in our cast that is CCC and Natural England, so our plan is to restart as soon as possible, but there are certain things that are our of our control.... But we keep our collective fingers crossed.
We are now starting the recruiting phase and as I'm sure you will all appreciate without volunteers we would be unable to stage parkrun. Some of our senior volunteers have been with us for over ten years and have decided to take a step back from front line volunteering. We are in need of new volunteers at all levels from Marshals , timers, scanners, token sorters , right up to result processers and run directors. We will give training and support to all volunteers for as long as they need it. If you fancy getting to parkrun a little early in pr day we can always do with a little help setting up and of course we have to put everything away after the last athlete crosses the finish line.
If you would like to help out but are feeling a little apprehensive we can always have a chat about the sort of things that need doing and how you can help (no pressure)
Most of you know Jacky our volunteer coordinator, so please please get in touch https://www.parkrun.org.uk/whitstable/volunteer/

Stay safe and keep running and as soon as I have any news I well contact you all again

Dave

 

Post snow results!

Clear second place this week, well done everybody. We had a record number of participants last week, and look at the number of runs, almost an average of three each. We were 6th Nationally which is way up the scale from previous weeks and the best ever!
I'd really like to know how we perform as a County but that info would be almost impossible to acquire with the info available (Jerry Kelk/Dave Sibley?).
As an aside, Reculver juniors were second in Kent and second nationally, well done the little people.
Keeep on logging but don't forget the pat on the back!

Jacky

seniors 21 Feb

 

Sad news

It is with great sadness that I must inform you, This morning Angie Wilkins lost her long battle with illness, on behalf of the parkrun family here at Whitstable we send John and his family our deepest sympathy.
If you were with parkrun in the early days you will remember Angie as one of our group of leading and most dedicated volunteers, she was our volunteer of the year just after I joined pr.
Rest in peace Angie

 

As 2020 draws to a close

For some of us 2020 will have been a bad year for any number of reasons, and some of us may have learned to enjoy life at a slower more reflective pace, learning new skills, knitting, painting, all number of challenging stuff, at one time I even considered training my lateral thinking dyslexia challenged brain to work normally, but decided it would be easier to go running instead.
Some of you seemed to have been seriously effected by the latest lockdown, resorting to throwing yourselves into the freezing cold North Sea!.
Moving on, all in all it’s been a challenging year.
I was talking to jacky the other day about parkrun and she reminded me that if it was a normal year we would have pr on Christmas Day then the next day (Saturday) then New Year’s Day the again the day after. Unfortunately we can’t offer you anything like that this year but you can still do four not parkrun’s
I hope it won’t be to long before we can all meet up again on a Saturday morning in a safe covid free world, and have nothing more to moan about than Fraser Hill.
Have a lovely Christmas everyone
Stay safe keep running and get the covid vaccine when it’s your turn.
Dave

 

Lockdown part 2

Hi parkrunners, following up on Jacky's recent post, please make time to register your not parkrun results, it's easy and another way to keep parkrun going even if only virtually. All you have to do is run 5k make a note of your time then log into your parkrun profile, click on add a time, its as easy as that, you can add your times for every run not just your Saturday run, if you run further than 5k just add your time from a 5k section of your run.
During the first lockdown most of the people I spoke to said that they were missing parkrun and couldn't wait for it to return, I have been asking people the same question over the last couple of weeks and found most are saying they are not really missing parkrun, At first I was a little saddened by this. When I thought about it I started to realise that it was inevitable that this had to happen, people move on, it's a fact of life.
I'm sure parkrun will be back at some point and I'm also sure that it will continue to grow for many years to come, But will it ever be the same for those of us that remember the early days?. As parkrun grew it became more and more commercialised "it had to" every time I get a message from parkrun these days there seems to be more adverts than content, Sign of the times I suppose, sorry to be a moaner enjoy your second lockdown.
Your comments are always appreciated by us all
Dave

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