parkrun Reports

parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.

They are great for all abilities, from those just starting out, families of all ages to the more elite runner. Many Joggers already take part and volunteer with them on a weekly basis- locally they held in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Brandon. However once registered you can enjoy them anywhere- around the country, in fact around the world!

Newmarket Jogger and keen parkrunner Chris Aylmer has kindly offered to write a weekly report on how the Joggers have got on:-

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for 15/07/2017

Brandon is a good place to start this week, with Adrian Whittle (22:07) and Giles Macrow (21:13) both vying for PB honours. Adrian’s time was a course PB by 14 seconds and his fastest parkrun since March 2014 at Southampton. He was 1/8 in his age group so very well done. Giles clocked yet another all-time parkrun PB by two seconds and finished 2/12 in his age group, so a great achievement. An all-time PB on this very tough course suggests there is still plenty of scope for more PBs at rather more benign venues in the near future. Meanwhile, David Smith (23:09) was not far away, busily negotiating the multi-loop Thetford parkrun and he is maintaining excellent form, 3/6 in his age group and 28/220 runners overall.

Niamh McGroarty (31:38) was again the lone Jogger fighting the Cambridge parkrun “Goliath” of 483 runners. Her slingshot was aim-perfect this week and she achieved her best time at Cambridge since Halloween 2015, taking nearly 2 minutes off last week’s time, so very well done.
At Bury St Edmunds, travellers camping near the wood exit forced a sudden change in route for the parkrun, avoiding the pathway through the woods. The parkrun team did a marvellous job of preparing a new route for us at such short notice and without complaint. I personally enjoyed the new route and found it faster and safer, avoiding the narrow path though the woods which slows you down and has caused me many a stumble and trip. Hopefully it will become permanent! Emily Jeanes (23:44) made a welcome return to the Bury parkrun and posted her best time at this course since December last year…also 2nd in her age group. Ruth Eberhardt (29:27) was taking a recovery run between the Kevin Henry Kedington 5K last Thursday evening (after which she also suffered swollen legs from insect bites) and the Ekiden Relay on Sunday, but still managed to come 3/8 in her age category.

Up at the picturesque Peterborough venue, Victoria Elton (30:33) enjoyed her second parkrun and ran brilliantly to post a PB by almost two and a half minutes, showing that a sub 30 will be well within her grasp before too long.

Well done everyone!


1. Last week it was stated that Sarah and Mike Sales were first timers at Keswick parkrun. In fact they had both run the course once before, three years ago. Sarah’s time of 28:01 earned her a course PB by almost 2 minutes, so very well done, while Mike was not far away from a PB and did improve his course age grade %.
2. Two weeks ago it was stated that Paul Dockerill was taking it easy at Bury parkrun after the Kevin Henry 5K at Carver Barracks. Sorry that it couldn’t have been further from the truth. In fact Paul had run his quickest ever first lap, putting him in line for a long-awaited sub 20 time, when the speedy young lad in front of him suddenly collapsed to the ground. Paul must be highly commended for immediately stopping and tending to the young runner, until his Dad, who was also running, reached that point of the course. Thankfully there was no life-threatening emergency. Paul then proceeded to generously pace another runner to a PB for the remainder of the run. Paul will certainly deserve his sub 20 when it comes, as it surely will.

Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for 08/07/17

Joggers were spread widely over 7 parkruns on Saturday.

It was the NJ parkrun tour to Huntingdon, with a small band of Joggers making the 31 mile trip to Hinchingbrooke Country Park from Newmarket. It’s a lovely 2-lapper course, with a long shady stretch through woods alongside Alconbury Brook, which widens to form something resembling a wooded lake. James Thomson (19:45) showed the way home with yet another sub-20 run, only 9 seconds outside his PB time for the course, finishing 2/10 in his age group and 9/333 overall. Not far behind was Giles Macrow (21:21), just 6 seconds short of his all-time parkrun PB from 48 runs and finishing an impressive 2/29 in his age group. Jan Holmes(about 29:00 min) also ran well but unfortunately forgot her barcode, so gets no official time. It’s a strict rule, introduced a few years ago, to encourage people not to forget their barcode and avoid unnecessary extra work for volunteers. I believe Jan would have been a very decent third in her age group. To avoid this scenario, print off half a dozen barcodes and put them everywhere: in your car glove compartment and/or boot, in your wallet, handbag and/or kitbag and attach to your car keys…make it impossible to forget! I managed a rare course PB by all of 2 seconds at 27:22 and was 1/5 in my age group, so happy with that in my third 3 run here.

Further afield, Emily Jeanes (23:28) was at Gladstone parkrun in North London, her current favourite venue, where she ran in her usual excellent form to finish 1/11 in her age group and 3/59 women overall.
Congratulations to Victoria Elton (33:02) who completed her first ever parkrun at Peterborough, which is set in beautiful grounds within Ferry Meadows Park, meandering around large lakes and crossing the River Nene. Victoria ran very creditably, finishing 11/25 in her age group and 117/242 women overall in this massive 580 runner field. We hope she can run lots more parkruns for the Joggers.
David Smith (22:34) returned to Thetford parkrun, his erstwhile favourite haunt, and is keeping in top form with his best course time this year, finishing second in his age group and 16/214 runners overall.

Moving to Brandon Country Park, Adrian Whittle (22:21) put in a fine run, taking another minute off his PB for this course and finishing 2/9 in his age category, 13/106 overall. At Bury St Edmunds Sonia McLintock (26:29) and Paul Dockerill (30:13) were in action, with Paul running alongside his daughter Chloe (30:09). Sonia was in her usual top form and finished 3/8 in her age group with an impressive age grade of 70.2%. Chloe ran well, was second in her age category and has gained over 60% age grade for the last three weeks in succession. Finally, at Milton Country Park in Cambridge, Niamh McGroarty (33:29) was the only Jogger to take on the huge field of 561 runners and fared very well indeed. She recorded her best parkrun time since January 2016 and looks set on a course to eventually rekindle some of the sub 30 form she displayed in 2015 at Cambridge and Reading parkrun. That will be an exciting journey.

Addendum: Last week, Kate Warboys was first in her age group at Brandon parkrun, the only Jogger to achieve that feat on the day. Sorry it was missed off and well done Kate!