Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #205 Run Report

1A dusting of snow and a forecast of some unpleasant weather did not deter 43 runners, joggers, walkers and barkrunners from coming down to Fletcher’s Cove to complete run number 205.


The field consisted of 16 females and 27 males. We were joined by 5 first timers to Fletcher’s Cove and 6 participants managed to warm up enough to record a Personal Best. The full set of results can be found at https://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/results/latestresults/



As always, this weekly, free, timed run is made possible by our roster of volunteers. Thanks goes out to Michael B, Oya C, Matt C, Terence D, Andres F, Ana Paula F.L., Anuka G-A, Maria G, Scott M, Martha N, Kai O, Dan O, Matt P, Linda R and Terri S for making sure we enjoyed a wonderful morning along the C&O canal. All volunteer roles require no previous experience and expert on the spot training is provided to all first time volunteers. Everyone is encouraged to take up the challenge and volunteer at least once. Signing up for volunteer roles can be done on our volunteer roster white board on Saturday mornings or responding to the volunteer appeal emails sent out once a week.

The forecast for this upcoming Saturday suggests we might have a few puddles, but Fletcher’s Cove parkrun will definitely continue come rain, sunshine or a dusting of snow.







Please join us again this coming Saturday at 9am, bring a friend and enjoy the wonderful community that is Fletcher’s Cove parkrun. Also, please remember to bring your barcode. Fletcher’s Cove recently celebrated its 4th anniversary and continues to go from strength to strength through the support of its amazing community. Let’s continue to make our parkrun expand and enjoyable for all.

Look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

Kind regards


Anuka Gazara-Anthony








Event #204: Happy 4th Birthday Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun!

Last Saturday's Parkrun at Fletcher's Cove proved to be a memorable event, measurable through some impressive numbers...


Firstly the magic number 4: Saturday marked the 4th anniversary of Parkrun at Fletcher's Cove, following the inaugural event which took place on Saturday 9th January 2016.  Since then, the community has continued to grow and Fletcher's has seen a total of 3,000 separate runners complete a total distance of 60,515 kilometers!

If you'd like to read a bit more history on this DC Parkrun, inspired by the hard work of a group of four self-styled 'Union Station Lads', then click on the link here.  Thanks Andres, Darrell, Dee & Henry!



Secondly, the number 133: this was the total number of runners on Saturday, the fifth biggest ever!  This was great to see, no doubt encouraged by fresh New Year resolutions, birthday celebrations and a rather surprising warm weather spell for DC in January.  These included 15 first timers and 24 runners who recorded a personal best time - welcome and well done to you all!


Thirdly, another magic number, 50: congratulations to Allan Dosik who racked up his 50th run on Saturday.  Well done Allan and we look forward to seeing you in your new red Parkrun t-shirt very soon!


 Fourthly, we celebrated Dan's (number withheld!) birthday and he treated us all to his musical talents once again!

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And finally, lucky number 13!  This were the number of volunteers who supported the event on Saturday - thanks Whitney, Dan, Chris, Lisa, Roberta, Zama, Emma, Linda, Matt, Paula, Kathleen, Ed & Maria!  Volunteering is easy and a rewarding experience, so please do join in and sign up if you get a chance.

Happy Birthday Fletcher's Cove Parkrun!




Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #203 Run Report

The second park run of the week, and the year, saw 72 people run, jog and walk the towpath on an unseasonably warm but foggy and damp day. Luckily there were plenty of bright volunteer jackets to guide parkrunners to the finish.


We welcomed 5 first timers and 5 people recorded new Personal Bests.

26 people were running at Fletcher’s Cove for the second time in a week, making the most of the midweek New Year’s Day parkrun. If you missed the opportunity, mark your calendars for next year!

There has been a steady stream of milestone achievements over recent weeks and event #203 was Terry Dunbar’s turn to model the red 50 sash. Congratulations Terry and we look forward to seeing you in your red 50 shirt soon.


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun Results Page.

As always a big thank you to the 11 volunteers who helped to make the event possible:

Dan OWEN • Rodger POTOCKI • Nancy EDSON • Michal KISILEVITZ • Kai OLTMANNS • Linda RAHAL • Matt CHURCHWARD • Edward KITT • Lucinda FLEESON • Peter PARIS • Maria GARCIA


If you would like to volunteer for future weeks, look out for the whiteboard on Saturday mornings (you can’t miss it!) or go to the volunteer roster page on the website (https://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/volunteer/). Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet..?

Fletcher’s Cove parkrun started on 9th January 2016. Since then 2,985 participants have completed 11,970 parkruns covering a total distance of 59,850 km, including 1,670 new Personal Bests. A total of 314 individuals have volunteered 1,886 times.

Saturday January 11th will see us mark our fourth birthday (look / listen out for celebration announcements!) and should see us break 60,000kms run and our 12,000th finisher! Now who will that be?!

Hopefully see you on Saturday.

Matt P



Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun #201 – the last of 2019!

For the last event of 2019, 67 runners and walkers enjoyed some winter sun alongside the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, welcoming 19 first timers to the Fletcher's Cove Parkrun DC community.

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3 of this new cohort managed to secure 1st, 2nd and 4th place, with our regular Manuel picking up a Bronze - although it's not a race and all abilities are welcome! It's worth noting that the average finish time for Parkruns globally continues to get slower, which is credit to the growth and diverse nature of these weekly events that appeal to all.

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On display today were some shiny new Parkrun t-shirts, sported by Sedwyn and Nancy, in a red 50 and a black 100 respectively!  No doubt we'll see lots more runners achieving their own personal milestones in 2020!

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We were entertained by Rob the Marshall with his 'moves' at the halfway point and first aid was on hand to look after one of our younger runners - thanks to those that stopped to help and do remember to look out for each other, especially at the busy start and finish points.

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Thanks as always to the volunteers who contribute their time to enable these Parkruns to take place: this week Andres, Carter, Kai, Matt, Chris, Lisa, Rob, Paula, Daniel & Marcia added to the impressive total of 314 individuals who have volunteered at Fletcher's since the 1st Parkrun in January 2016.

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It's easy to volunteer - just tick the box to sign up for the weekly emails on the Parkrun website, or add your name to the board on a Saturday morning - some roles allow you to walk or run, so grab a volunteer and ask if interested.


Remember, if keen, you can start your New Year off with a double on New Years Day with one of our partner events, just as long as you can make it (safely!) to Fletcher's for a 1030 start, or just enjoy a slightly longer lie in....

We'll be back to our regular 0900 Saturday morning slot from 4th January, so it's goodbye for now and a Happy New Year, with a few more photos from last week (thanks Kai!) to wrap up this decade:

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See you in 2020!



Fletcher’s Cove parkrun, Event number 200




The first of several huge milestones was reached today at Fletcher’s Cove as we hit our second century of parkruns. 200 parkruns! That was an invocation for us to dig out the songboard last seen at our 100th and give or take a few adaptations, belt out another rendition of our milestone song - well sung, heartily sung, parkrun fellows!


Our second milestone is just a short hop, skip and jump away as we will soon celebrate Fletcher’s Cove parkrun’s 4th birthday - mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan 11th…more singalongs! More cake! The more celebration and merrymaking the better!

Our parkrun story @ FC started on 9th January 2016. Since then 2,917 people have completed 11,708 parkruns covering a total distance of 58,540 km. That’s the equivalent of us running the full circumference of the earth one and one third times. Wow! And a total of 313 individuals have volunteered 1,856 times.


Those are our institutional milestones, but today we also rolled out the red carpet for a favorite personal milestone as  we welcomed Nancy Edson to the coveted 100-club. Hip Hip Hooray, Nancy!!


This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and the event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Andres Falconer • Dan Owen • Giulio Iacoviello • Kai Oltmanns • Linda Rahal • Alice Bender • Matt Churchward • Lisa Evely • Rob Kempsell • Michael Nelson • Kathleen Doherty • Elizabeth Nelson

Your invitation to sign up to volunteer never expires. Keep volunteering, keep the train rolling...


And finishers were treated to a sumptuous array of exquisitely beautiful cookies and cakes, thanks to the labours of Nancy E. and Jolante B! - Nancy's 200 baked cookies were parkrun-compliant colour coded!

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun Results Page -> https://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=200

Soon time for farewell to this decade.... from your parkrun volunteer team, we wish you a merry Christmas and looking forward to a joyful 2020. We are back Dec 28th and don't forget New Year's Day - your only chance during the year for a parkrun double (Kensington 8.30 and FC at 10.30)...




keep running, keep walking, above all keep volunteering! Seasonal best wishes to all-




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