Run Report – St. Patrick’s Day parkrun #161

March 16th set a new total attendance record for the 28 parkrun locations in the US with 1,398 parkrunners plus 275 volunteers! At Fletcher’s Cove what a contribution we made, with our 3rd largest EVER attendance- 156 parkrunners and 20 volunteers! We had the most attendees and volunteers across the US parkrun locations- WOW!


We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style with an incredible feast provided by the Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt. The Park Hyatt team marshalled by Terry were outstanding! We had Kerrygold butter and cheese and T-shirts provided by the Omni Shoreham hotel and Irish Network DC.



The Irish poet WB Yeats wrote: ‘There are no strangers here; just friends you haven’t met yet’.

On Saturday we extended ‘céad míle fáilte’ (one hundred thousand welcomes) to 56 first timer friends and 23 as yet unidentified parkrunner friends! We had plenty of visitors from other parkruns too - 9 of whom visited for the first time! We also welcomed our cheerful and inspirational friends from the American Cancer Society’s ‘Making Strides Against Cancer’ walking group who added a splash of pink to our green parkrun.

Congratulations to Alice Bender and Alejandro Maldonado on their 50th parkruns - awesome achievement!

We had the luck of the Irish on our side. The conditions were beautiful, despite a headwind heading out to Philippe at the halfway point, but it was at our backs running home! We had 12 PBs and the sun shone enabling us to capture stunning photos taken by Michael and William - thanks guys!

An old Irish blessing sums up our St. Patrick’s day parkrun, and it says:
May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of his hand’.

So until we meet again... same time, same place next Saturday!


Run Report – Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #160

Run Report #160

A record-breaking day at Fletcher’s Cove, as we welcomed 17 first timers, roughly 40% of our field for the day! For a dozen of these, this was their first ever parkrun. What a wonderful surge of new registrants, completing the run with many a merry demeanor etched on their faces.

IMG_4023"Hands up if you're a first timer"!"


Geeta deserves a special mention, completing her first parkrun and adding some extra mileage or meterage to wit in her doubling back to the start to layer up against the morning breezy chill. And to Jackie and her Goal Diggers for their wondrous exuberant enthusiasm – you’ve tried it, you’ve tested it, you’ve conquered it, now all you need to do is keep coming back!

45 finishers - which happens to be just a fraction above the average attendance at the USA's 29 parkruns this week (43.9) - plus 3 barkrunnners. Tourists missing entirely today, and a number of the FC faithful also, lured away by the swagger of the rock ‘n roll marathon taking place in DC.


Hats off to this week’s volunteer cadre, ably marshaled by Sedwyn – Alice, Chris, Terry, Nancy, Alex, Rob - our gratitude to each of you.



Next week – come early, stay late, come with an appetite – it’s the St Paddy’s Day parkrun at Fletcher’s Cove, replete with Irish stew and other fanciful surprises. We will be playing host to our local Irish community and Embassy & Consulates of Ireland USA for a very special St. Patrick’s Day event...☘️ We are also that day partnering with the American Cancer Society and their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Washington, DC initiative. Participants in this program will be walking the 5k with us. Celebrating all things Irish for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish stew and brown bread will be provided after the run, for all the participants, courtesy of the Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt Washington D.C. There will be a treasure chest of trinkets for the kids and the Omni Shoreham Hotel and Irish Network DC have donated T-shirts for participants. Not to be missed.

Lastly, as ever, we need you to step up and do your bit - why not get involved and volunteer? - click on the link to find out how...

and see you IN GREEN next Saturday....

- - Dan


Run Report. Run #159

It was wet, muddy, puddle-strewn, nippy all adding to the mouth-watering mix of the impromptu call to spin the parkrun on its axis and run the other direction along the towpath today. However, no mud, no water, no voluminous engulfing stretch of ominous puddle water can ever deter a cadre of determined parkrunners….


30 stalwarts did the honours this Saturday, leapfrogging, side winding and skipping gaily directly through the gravelly aquatic splendid and smashing splashing features of today’s alternate course. 3 first timers and a visitor from out of the Bath joined the morning constitutional. We had another groundhog this week - Laura Wigglesworth finished in the same time (30:53) at consecutive events at the same location.

Thanks be to the honorable cadre of volunteers  – Alex Iverson-Day, Alicia Bender, Andres Falconer, Carter Beach, Dan Owen, Michael Bender, Rob Kempsell, Roberta Alvarez, Rodger Potocki, Sharon Warner and Tim Ramsey.


Fletcher's Cove needs just another 191 runners or walkers to reach 9,000 total finishers since our launch……Everyone can help, tell a friend, bring a friend, get the word out…

Excitement is building in anticipation of the March 16th Paddy’s day parkrun @ Fletcher’s, its organization being craftily masterminded by our dynamic and creative Irish contingent. If you’re curious as to what constitutes an “Irish fry”, then more reason for you to congregate on the sidelines after a parkrun or better yet, volunteer and benefit from wisdom, insights, national secrets revealed, new knowledge freely imparted….This spotted in the Embassy of Ireland newsletter that recently was issued..


And just to inspire our recruitment of natural wonders - our resident herons for example – and the hope that one day they might hop from canal to towpath and join our parkrun, have a look at this communication from S. Africa…..


See you next Saturday/ over and out





Flectcher’s Cove #158 Run Report


It was run number one five eight

Parkrunners amass by the gate

At Fletcher’s you’ll catch us

It’s easy to match us

As long as you’re not running late….

(which volunteer couldn’t get out of bed?? – don’t worry, excuse accepted!)…


There was a fine lady named Susan

Who runs with splendid perfusion


In case you’ve wondered-

She’s notched up one hundred

All by herself – no collusion!

(Milestone wonder hip hip hooray!)


I’ve heard tales of a chap named Eric

His approach is far from generic

You may well ask why-

It’s his timekeeping post-rye

An approach we consider esoteric


Each Saturday starts with our run

Where you’re guaranteed to have fun

You won’t regret it

You’ll never forget it

We’ll parkrun until we’re undone..


We never fail to muster a quorum

And we run with a certain decorum

The towpath’s our habit

Print your barcode and grab it

parkrun forever our forum!


54 parkrunners, included 8 first timers, 2 barkrunners, 1 visitor on this grey pre-precipitation morning. Ben Forrest finished in 2nd position on his 2nd run at Fletcher's Cove and Javier Hernandez finished in 31st position on his 31st run at Fletcher's Cove. And, of course, Susan Crammond ran for her 100th time worldwide (81 at Fletcher's Cove; 94 in the USA).

Big up to this week’s volunteers – Roberta, Sedwyn, Michael, Alice, Eric, Ellen, Patrick, Steven, Dan and David.

parkrun USA set a new attendance record (1,310) for a single day in February yesterday and a new record for volunteers on a single day (261). Coming up next weekend - first anniversary of our neighboring Kensington parkrun.

See you next Saturday/ and c’mon one and all, sign up to volunteer Your Parkrun Needs You








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Valentine's Day parkrun at Fletcher's Cove! The parkrunners passion for their Saturday routine was in fulsome display. Another helter-skelter week of soaring and plummeting temperatures saw the temperature gauge shift from mid 60s on Friday to upper 30s at parkrun hour and lent a distinctly glacial aura to the parkrunners gathering. In addition, a strong headwind gave rise to a few flutters along our straight and narrow towpath....But brave hearts were rewarded at the finish with Nancy's delectable concoction of heart-shaped Valentine's cookies..


40 parkrunners, including 7 first timers. 7 best times recorded. 9 noble volunteers.  Terence Dunbar achieved a "Groundhog" by finishing in the same time (24:06) at consecutive events at the same location.

Kudos and grateful thanks, as ever, to the volunteers, the oil that keeps the parkrun cogs turning - Roberta Alvarez, Jolanta Blazaite, Susan Crammond, Nancy Edson, Andres Falconer,  Eric London, Dan Owen, Rodger Potocki and Linda Rahal.

Interesting factoid for the week - what's the fastest and slowest first place time in US parkruns to date? Answer: fastest is 14:44, run at Clermont Waterfront in October 2015. Slowest is 59:59, again at Clermont in August 2018. Fastest and slowest for parkrunners coming in at 100th position in a parkrun? : 25:22 at Jamaica Pond in April 2018 and 1:24:53 at College Park in December 2018....

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Until next Saturday, keep calm, keep parkrunning, and carry on....

- - Dan

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