Run Report #497 Blustery Prom parkrun

Blustery Whitstable parkrun #497 attracted 402 runners and 55 volunteers with 17 first time park runners braving the windy conditions. Lance White monitored the situation with his anemometer and recorded gusts of 20mph so we had some tough conditions, that said an impressive 59 of you got a PB.

Thomas May (who is doing his DoE) was my brilliant Co Run Director and did a fantastic job with not only the announcements but assisting with the finish tunnel. This is always a tough job to keep the runners moving so that they can collect their tokens, it’s also worth mentioning that he has a very solid fan club amongst the Whitstable parkun family.

We had tourist from Ashford, Bromley, Long Eaton near Derby, Belfast and Rhodes Greece.

Tom made the milestones announcements and congratulated Debbie Clifford, Sarah Stirrup & Esther Caruso all making the 50 milestones, whilst Miriam Simmons, Sarah Wale & Matt Derbyshire achieved the 100 Run milestone and Cathy Land achieved the unofficial 150 run milestone, so well done to everyone for reaching these milestones.

We had some great pacing as normal. Our pacers are always fantastic, it’s a challenge to get the right pace depending on the conditions, that said our volunteer Whitstable pacers are masters at this. Furthermore, I know that they are all very much motivated to helping fellow runners achieving their personal goals, so we should always give them a big thank you.

A thank you to everyone for keeping to the Prom Route rule of “Keeping Right & Anti Clockwise around the cones” Well done everyone! – Everyone kept to this, special thanks to the front runners who showed the way and the marshals for instilling this to everyone.

As always just a quick note concerning the volunteers - Without the volunteers parkrun wouldn’t exist. We can always do with extra volunteers such as to help with setting up and clearing up after the event, or even writing the run reports. So if anyone wants to help out, please email the office. – It’s great fun and everyone is welcome.

With that said enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a fantastic week ahead.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend

Take care

David S


International Women’s Day parkrun

Parkrun is staging international Women's day on Saturday 7th March, I am proud to say Whitstable parkrun will be joining in with the celebrations.
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International Women's Day parkrun
Our research tells us that women are much less likely to participate in parkrun, and we are taking steps to change that. As part of these efforts we are organising a global female-focused parkrun celebration on Saturday 7 March 2020, the day before International Women’s Day.
In England this will support the This Girl Can campaign created by our partner Sport England.
We would love for your event team to join parkruns worldwide in a celebration of female participation on this day. We don’t want to be prescriptive in terms of what you might do to mark the occasion and, of course, your involvement is totally optional.
If you do want to take part, a few ideas for activities are:
Encourage existing parkrunners to bring along a female friend, family member or a work colleague, especially one who has never been to parkrun before
Share your plans with local organisations, including the media
Encourage everyone to dress in purple (our chosen colour for the day)
Fill your volunteer roster with as many women and girls as possible
Mention the day in the pre-event briefing, and encourage everyone to do a big cheer
Take lots of photos celebrating female participation, using the special IWD parkrun selfie frames and hashtag #IWDparkrun


Under 11,s at parkrun

We love to welcome everyone at parkrun, we also take safety very seriously, we really want children at parkrun on a Saturday, but they must be within arms length of a responsible adult at all times, This is for their own safety.
Last Saturday we had a child that was separated from their responsible adult, to avoid this in future please bring children in something easy to distinguish in a crowd, A nice bright coloured top would to the job nicely, Please help us to help keep children safe at parkrun
Thank you
Dave Ralfe


500th parkrun at Whitstable

Unless we have to cancel parkrun for any reason Saturday 14th March will be the 500th Whitstable parkrun.
Make it a date in your diary


Whitstable parkrun #496 – 15/02/2020

Report by Phil Pittock

Heavy rain all day on Thursday forced a change to the ‘emergency’ promenade route, amid rumours of possible cancellation, but thankfully we had a run this morning and the high pressure created by 356 parkrunners held Storm Dennis off for a few hours. He huffed and puffed, it was tough in the second half, but the worst of the weather will come later.

The only Dennis in evidence this morning was our own Dennis Gill who thundered round the course and presented his (iso)barcode at the finish for the 286th time and his best time for many weeks.

We welcomed tourists from Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, including one who volunteered for us today. Well done you! 77 people found today’s Whitstable parkrun a breeze and recorded personal bests and there were 31 gusty first timers (or should that be gutsy?) of which 14 chose today to do their very first parkrun.

Robin Packman completed his 300th parkrun, Matthew Rigden his 150th and Michelle Wasson her 50th. As mentioned last week, Whitstable stalwart Philip Hadler clocked up 250 today. Watch this space for more on this.

There was certainly no depression over Whitstable this morning. We were blown away by run director Justin Fantetti’s excellent briefing and the grey skies cleared until Tony C came in 57 minutes later as tail walker.

A big thank you to the 50 volunteers who made the whole thing possible, especially the marshals who showered us with encouragement. Finally, as I wrote this report I was delighted to receive an email from Brian Palmer who said that joining him as a volunteer this morning were his daughter, grandson and great granddaughter as well as 2 grandchildren who ran. Four generations of the Palmer family joining the Whitstable parkrun family. Can any parkrun anywhere beat that?

How many weather metaphors can I get into a parkrun report? Challenge completed?

Brian marshaling in his usual spot

Week 7 pb2pr20 report by Kim Carter

Thank You Storm Dennis

We braced ourselves for the predicted 40mph winds this morning; I fully expected a low turnout – but not at all; the Benchers were ready to go for Week 7 of Park Bench to parkrun. The volunteer team this week comprised James, Eddie, Lianne, Sue and Ann and we were going for a target of 2.5 kilometres of non-stop running. This year’s cohort has proved to be a particularly enthusiastic bunch; and even though we had reached the ‘walk’ point, several of you just wanted to keep on running. The sun came out and the fierce weather held off. The flat Prom course and advantageous south-westerly blow resulted in PBs aplenty. It was an absolute joy to see the expressions of triumph as you flew up the final hill. Quote of the week from Myra, one of Whitstable’s most senior runners, finishing her 30th parkrun in fine form: “I don’t seem to dread it quite as much as I used to...” Thanks a bunch Mum and see you next week!

Kim x

Myra finishing her 30th parkrun with a smile

Thank you to Lin White for this weeks photos, which can be found through the link on our website -

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