Fletcher’s Cove parkrun – ‘virtual run report’

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Evening all!  It's been too long since we've had to do a run report (I had to check - our last event at Fletcher's Cove was on 7th March), so well overdue an update to let everyone know what's been going on.

Firstly, we must recognize the challenging times that we are experiencing at the moment, as we struggle to recover from the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 and the tragic events surrounding the death of George Floyd; our thoughts are with his family & friends, and hope, like with the aftermath of this devastating health pandemic, it forms the catalyst for positive change in our communities.  At times such as these it is reassuring to remember one of the underlying principles behind parkrun: 'it's for everyone,' and we hope to continue to welcome runners and walkers from all backgrounds, of all ages, regardless of race and color into the welcoming Fletcher's Cove parkrun diverse community.

Although we haven't been able to congregate at Fletcher's Cove these last few Saturdays, Dan Owen has done a sterling job of keeping us connected virtually - his article was featured on the parkrun.us blog and I commend it to you as a great read: Global virtual tourism – telebridging Fletcher’s Cove to the wider world.

Last week we connected by Zoom and heard how many have been doing their own 'socially-distanced' virtual parkruns and stories of others that have recovered from illness, and how they have been coping with isolation; it was also brilliant to see some familiar faces and catch up socially over a 'virtual coffee.'  Dan continues to invest in these events, so please do follow us on social media and join us for our next Zoom tomorrow at 1000 if available.

With regards to social media we've had a long hard think on how we can engage better with the Fletcher's community.  Our strategy is still developing, but in order that no one feels alone, feel free to reach out and connect by whatever means suits you best.

New ideas are always welcome, but we have our own Facebook page; Instagram site; and also a group on Strava, so please do come and say hello in whatever forum works; if you're reading this, you're part of the Fletcher's Cove parkrun growing community and we look forward to seeing you all again (virtually & physically) very soon!  Matt





Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun #212 – Run Report

7th March 2020

It was a beautiful, sunny and a bit cold parkrun last Saturday, celebrating International Women's Day.  Many were dressed in their purple jumpers and we even had purple cookies at the finish line, courtesy of Nancy Edson!  We had 90 people joining in the fun and a special welcome from the Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, who was instrumental in starting up parkrun at Fletcher’s Cove. Thank you, Mary!!!!


We had an excellent turnout of humans and dogs to enjoy the course either running, walking or jogging.   A big Fletcher’s Cove welcome to the 8 first timers and well done to those who recorded new Personal Bests.


Our first place winner was quite the celebrity, Nina Zarina, who won last year’s San Francisco Marathon and set a new Female parkrun Record at 17:58!!! Congratulations to Nina!  We also had an Olympian amongst the participants. There were 2 milestones – congratulations Roberta Gatti who completed her 50th parkrun and David Scarnato who completed his 100th!!!!, we look forward to viewing your congratulatory parkrun t-shirts!


The usual big parkrun thank you to this week’s 14 volunteers who helped to make the event happen and celebrate our 2,000thvolunteer position at Fletcher’s Cove: Alice Bender, Chris Connor, Dan Owen, Daniel Connor, Kai Oltmanns, Kim Oltmanns, Linda Rahal, Lisa Owen, Maria Garcia, Mariana Rahal, Michael Bender, Nancy Edson, Rob Kempsell and Whitney Ball.


Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fletcher's Cove results page.


Thanks for the steady flow of volunteers who sign up to fill gaps on the white board each week and thanks to Michael Bender for the photos this week, the full album is on our Facebook page.

Sara Bailey


Important Update 12 March:

We are writing to inform you that all parkrun events in your home parkrun's country have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.  At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March.  Please see our newsletters and follow our communications channels for ongoing updates.  Our latest position is published here.



Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun #211 – Run Report

29th February 2020

This week 70 people made the most of the chilly extra day in the month to wrap up warmly and run, jog and walk their way along the course. A big Fletcher’s Cove welcome to the 3 first timers and well done to the 9 who recorded new Personal Bests.

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There was also a flurry of milestones – congratulations Cathie Fagerstrom, Sol Snedeker, Fred Fagerstrom, and Chris Connor who all completed their 50th parkrun (which one of them got to wear the milestone cape?!) and to Nathan Downie who completed his 10th, we look forward to shiny new t-shirts in the coming weeks. And also congratulations to Jennifer Knittig who was the 12,500th finisher at Fletcher’s Cove.

The usual big parkrun thank you to this week’s 14 volunteers who helped to make the event happen: Andres Falconer,  Whitney Ball, Chris Mooney, Nancy Edson, Michal Kisikevitz, Kai Oltmanns, Kim Oltmanns,  Matt Churchward, David Silver, Jennifer Knittig, Phoebe Davies,  Peter Paris, Maria Garcia and Sara Bailey.

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

This week we celebrate International Women's Day, at our parkrun on Saturday March 7th (you are all encouraged to wear purple, and there may be edible treats at the finish) and the event will also see someone carry out the 2,000th volunteer position at Fletcher’s Cove (we are currently at 1,993) - next week’s volunteers can fight among themselves for the honor. It’s good to see a steady flow of future volunteers signing up on the white board each week. Thank you all.

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And in case you’ve missed the announcements in previous run reports and on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun facebook page, we also have a special event the following week (March 14th) to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, so wash and press your finest green clothing items and prepare yourselves for the possibility of post run Irish Stew. Hopefully I can persuade the twins to bring me along.

Happy parkrunning and see you on the towpath.

Matt P

(Thanks to Whitney Ball for the photos this week, the full album is on the facebook page)



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Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun #210 – Run Report

Last Saturday for our 210th Parkrun at Fletcher's Cove it was still a tad cold, but we were blessed with glorious sunshine which attracted an impressive 75 runners & walkers for this time of year - well done to all of you for getting out of bed on a nippy morning and especially well done to the 12 that recorded a personal best!

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We also welcomed 11 first timers, representatives from some other clubs and tourists from as far away as Australia.  A little bit closer to home, Niko popped down from our neighboring College Park Parkrun, setting the pace and coming in first with a time of 18:09.  Nina achieved a PB and was the first female across the line at 22:53; Nina is still in the JW category, so no doubt we'll continue to see a regular series of PBs from her!

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It's definitely not all about being the fastest though and globally the average times for a Parkrun 5km continues to drop, recognizing the growing and diverse nature of runners and  walkers of all abilities - long may that continue to be the case!

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Although we missed Dan this week, he took time to share an excellent summary of the some of the history and background behind this weekly event at Fletcher's, so please take the time to have a read of his blog.

Rob did a great job as Run Director, making a call to divert to the alternate route due to another event along the Canal, basically running in the opposite direction to normal.  Thanks to the merry band of 13 volunteers that enabled this event to go ahead: well done Andres, Nancy, Scott, Carter, Kai, Kim, Matt, David, Evan, Rob, Phil, Lien and Ed!

Lien took some excellent photos, so if you want to see more like these in the report, check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun/

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Looking ahead, this Saturday is a Leap Year event, so one to be part of - bring a friend and we'll see you at 0900.  Looking further ahead, wear purple on 7th March to help us celebrate International Women's Day and find something green to support Terry and his friends on 14th March, recognizing St. Patrick's Day and all things Irish!

Please do Fletcher's a favor and make others aware of this report and our Facebook site, in order that we can continue to encourage both new runners & walkers, as well as those that have visited before.  It's a great community and so much more than a 5km run!  Matt


Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun #209 – Run Report

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Forty-three people ran and walked on this cold, sunny day. There were six first-timers and five PBs -- plus some dogs! Today's results -- and every result ever -- are on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun Results Page. To get the latest news, information about future events and photos, go to the Fletcher's Cove Parkrun Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun/

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Thank you to the volunteers who made this event happen!: Tita Chico, Matt Churchward, Gabe Edelstein, Nancy Edson, Maria Garcia, Martha Neff, Kai Oltmanns, Dan Own, Linda Rahal, David Silver, Mariana Song, Janelle Wong, and Race Director Steven Schonberger!


Congratulations to everyone who finished on this cold winter morning. The first finishers, Nina and Evan, both run for BCC High School (9th and 10th graders), a few miles down the Capital Crescent Trail. Go Barons!

We were all bundled up. It was freezing. But the cold weather didn’t stop us from running!

- Mariana Song


March dates to remember: 

On Saturday March 7th we’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day. Wear purple to recognize womens’ achievements, raise awareness against bias, and support gender equality. Ward 3 DC Councilmember Mary Cheh will make remarks.

On Saturday March 14 remember to wear green and try Terry’s Irish Stew!


Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun #208 – Run Report

Upfront with a few dates for your diary:

Saturday March 7th - Fletcher's will be looking to celebrate International Women's Day - more to follow over the next few weeks, but dig out something purple to wear for the run or even better, volunteer 25 times and you get a purple t-shirt!

Saturday March 14th - Terry will be leading this Parkrun with a St Patrick's Day theme, so it will be something green to wear this week and the reward of Irish stew to help get a PB!

To keep up to date with the latest news, future events and photos, like and follow Fletcher's Cove Parkrun on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun/


Back to this week's Parkrun which saw a good turnout of 59 runners & walkers, with 7 first timers - welcome to all and hope to see you back, along with some of the over 3,000 participants that have joined us at Fletcher's Cove Parkrun over the last 4 and a bit years!


Well done as well to Whitney for leading a strong team of volunteers as Run Director, who all contributed to a smooth event and an enjoyable experience for everyone at Fletcher's.  Thanks Chris, Steven, Nancy, Kai, Kim, David, Evan, Terry, Ilana, Paula, Maria & Thomas!  We are always on the look out to expand the pool of volunteers and there are a variety of roles, so just ask someone next time you're at the Cove.



The sun and a break in the wet weather made for some fine running conditions, with 14 of you recording a personal best!  Well done to Chris for coming in over the line as the first male and to Olivia (a first timer at Fletcher's) as the first woman - although remember it's not a race and all abilities are more than welcome!


The cold, but sunny weather also saw a variety of running gear, but always with plenty of smiles!  Check out more photos from Terry at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun/ and we'll see you all again next week!  Matt




Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #207 Run Report

Good weather conditions for the first day of February and temperatures in the 40s, helped 69 people run, jog and walk the course, including the usual mix of barkrunners and stroller pushers.

This week's run was the day before Groundhog Day and according to the DC groundhog, Potomac Phil, we’re going to have six more weeks of winter. Boo. But in PA, Punxsutawney Phil says we’ll have an early spring. Let's hope Potomac Phil made a mistake and we are in for more nice parkrun days for runners, walkers and volunteers.

IMG_3614Parkrun made the news this week as the world female parkrun record was broken in Cardiff, UK, a time of 15:49. The US record is 16:54 and did you know we have a joint record at Fletcher’s Cove? If you’ve scrolled to the bottom of the results page, you’ll have seen that Jennifer PAUL recorded a time of 18:56 on 15th April 2017 (event number 60), and Johanna WILSON (visiting from Australia) ran 18:56 on 29th December 2018 (event number 149). The male record at Fletcher’s is held by Brian RICH who recorded a time of 15:33 on 13th July 2019 (event number 178), not far off the US record of 14:57.

IMG_3613It was tight for the podium places this week with just 13 seconds separating first and third finishers, which included a PB for first finisher Matteo IACOVIELLO and a third finisher for Casey CHAMBERS on his first parkrun. Well done also to this weeks first female finisher Gabrielle MCKENZIE. As always, parkrun is not a race, though some of us are competing against ourselves for that magical phrase on the results page “New PB!”. Well done to the 7 who recorded those this week. 

We love to grow the Fletcher’s parkrun family so it was nice to welcome 11 first timers this week, 9 of whom are new to parkrun. Welcome, we hope you enjoyed your time on the towpath and look forward to seeing you back again soon.

As always, the event couldn’t happen without volunteers. A big thank you to the 12 high viz heroes and volunteers who made this week's event possible:


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun Results Page and a full photographic record of the event is on the Fletcher’s Cove Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun

This week's run report is coming to you from Richmond, VA where I had the pleasure of running the Deep Run parkrun. It’s a lovely course, 2 laps of a small lake, an out and back on a trail through the trees (with some hills...!!) and a final lap of the lake. It made an interesting change from the Fletcher’s Cove course and had the same welcoming parkrun atmosphere. I would recommend it if anyone is down that way on a Saturday morning. You can check out the locations of all the US parkruns here: https://www.parkrun.us/events/

Keep parkrunning

Matt P




Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun 206 – Run Report

Evening all!  Slighter later this week, but designed as a motivational reminder to clean those trainers, dig out the warm running gear (it's going to be slightly cold, but hopefully sunny) and get ready for Saturday morning!


After our 4th birthday run a few weeks ago with an impressive 133 participants, the cold weather hit, then the rain last week, resulting in a brave band of 38 runners & walkers turning up last Saturday for the 206th Parkrun at Fletcher's Cove - for those debating in the future over the thought of running through the wet spells, remember that 'skin is waterproof' and there is always a sense of real satisfaction when you've battled through a few puddles, especially when enjoying a post event hot drink in Black Coffee with great company!


Even though attendance was smaller than normal, we still managed to welcome runners & walkers of all ages, including 6 first timers!


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as well as our usual 4-legged friends!


and with a smaller than normal pack, our trail walker Rob recorded an impressive time, whilst doing a brilliant job of ensuring that everyone got in safely!


Well done to Chris who shot off, glasses steaming from the humidity, leading the way and also to Muna, our first lady across the line - and a first timer at Fletcher's Cove as well!


Thanks to Phoebe for some excellent photos this week and of course to all of the other volunteers that helped make this event free and available for all - pats on the backs and big hugs to Whitney, Dan, Chris, Martin, Rodger, Nancy, Kai (great job as Run Director!), Linda, Sol, Rob & Paula!



Please also help in spreading the word; if you haven't done so already, check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun and also the Cove's Strava group: https://www.strava.com/clubs/fletchers-cove-parkrun which is a free tool for GPS tracking via suitable watches or smart phones and an excellent way to review progress and work towards those PBs!

See you all next week (there is supposed to be sun creeping in!), bring a smile as big as Ed's, and of course, remember your barcode!  Matt



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!

82030786_2467681556819849_8234582625860190208_oIf you'd like to hear a rendition, then click on the link to the post on our Facebook page.


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!



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