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-





Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #199 Run Report

Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #199 Run Report
The weather certainly took its toll on the turnout for Fletcher’s Cove run #199 this past Saturday. This cold and wet weather did not prevent 43 parkrunners making their way up and down the towpath to complete another free, timed 5km at the most scenic parkrun in the DMV area.

This run was made possible through the wonderful volunteers on the day, Matt C, Andres F, Alex F, Rob K, Edward K, Kai O, Phil P, Brenda P and Linda R. Thank you as always to our volunteers. Did you know some of the volunteer roles allow you to get a run credit and a volunteer credit on the same day- marshal and tailwalker?.. Did you know, even if you can’t make it to parkrun on a particular week. you can still volunteer? (run report writer and Volunteer Co-ordinator). All the roles are easy to complete and you will be ably supported by a team of experienced volunteers to help you every step of the way.
Please sign-up on the whiteboard on Saturday mornings or speak to the Run Director or any of the volunteers if you interested to try.
It is an exciting time to parkrun at Fletcher’s Cove with a number of special events taking place. Please diarise the following dates:
- 21 December marks the 200th run at Fletcher’s Cove. Rumours of cookies and cake and a singalong to mark the event are floating around.
- Fletcher’s Cove regular Nancy E will be celebrating 100 runs at her next event. Will it be this week? Stay tuned to next week’s run report to find out or show up this Saturday to witness her receiving the special milestone cape.
- 1 January 2020 at 10:30 Fletcher’s Cove will be the second part of the New Year’s Day Double if you completed Kensington parkrun at 8:30 that same morning. This marks the rare occasion to complete two parkruns on one day. Or two volunteer roles on one day!
- Fletcher’s Cove 4 th anniversary? You heard me right! The celebrations continue the following week with another celebration.
Fletcher’s Cove parkrunners gather every Saturday for our post run coffee at Black Coffee on MacArthur Blvd and we will celebrate all these amazing milestones at the venue too. Please join us this Saturday once again, come experience the amazing Fletcher’s Cove parkrun community and reward yourself with a cookie for finishing another 5km run, walk or stroll. All pictures from last week can be found at:


Warmest regards,


Fletcher’s Cove Parkrun #198 Run Report

Our 198th Parkrun at Fletcher's Cove saw us just break the 100 mark, with an impressive 101 runners turning up on a cold, but sunny Saturday morning.  The turnout was boosted by 15 first timers, largely in the JM10 category, many of whom were completing their 5K as part of 'Key Boys Run DC.'

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These young runners from F.S. Key Elementary School used Fletcher's Parkrun to show off their talents in the culmination of a 9-week boys track program, a great initiative that helps promote health & fitness amongst the younger students.  We hope to see many of these back at Fletcher's (along with their friends and family!) in the future.

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As well as our first timers, this event also saw 20 people record new Personal Bests including Evan as the fastest male (JM15-17) with a time of 19.24 and Kerstin the first female across the line (JW15-17) in 21.59 - the younger generation were certainly setting the pace on Saturday!  Eric also recorded a PB on his 94th run - just 6 more to that black t-shirt now Eric!

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Thanks as always to the volunteers, without whom the event would be impossible to host: pats on the backs and big cheers to Andres, Whitney, Alex, Chris, Amory, Olivia, Kai, Mariana, Terry, Barry and Peter!


We had quite a few 'unknowns' this week, so spread the word on social media and encourage new runners to register at www.parkrun.us and get a print out of their personal barcode - it's free and always will be!

Just 2 more runs before we hit the magic 200 at Fletcher's!  See you next week, Matt







Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #197 Run Report

Three more runs to go before Fletcher’s Cove celebrates its 200th event. Fletcher’s will also be hosting a New Year’s day run and celebrating its 4th anniversary early in the  New Year, so be sure to opt-in to receive emails and notifications from us. You can opt-in to receive Fletcher’s Cove parkrun’s emails by clicking on the appropriate link in your results email.


Special thanks to our friends from College Park and Kensington for hosting Thanksgiving parkruns. Also a wonderful feeling to squeeze in two parkruns in one week. Kensington will also be hosting a New Year’s Day run, which will enable you to complete the New Year’s Day Double  (Kensington at 08:30 and Fletcher’s Cove at 10:30).


As it gets colder and colder, we appreciate our volunteers more than ever. We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Michael BENDER, Amory GRIFFIN, Barbara LEVEDAHL, Scott MADDEN, Mariana RAHAL, Alexander SCHONBERGER, Steven SCHONBERGER, David SILVER, Claire WIGGLESWORTH, Marcel WILSON. Steven kicked off this post-turkey parkrun with a fine performance as Run Director.




Special notes from the run:

-          Adam BERNOT finished as first finisher in his 1st parkrun;

-          14 Fletcher’s Cove first timers;

-          81 finishers in total; and

-          Kelvin GOWER visited from the UK to complete his 490th parkrun.

Fletcher’s Cove parkrun is a welcoming community led by two excellent Event-Directors, Andres Falconer and Dan Owen. These gentlemen are great ambassador for parkrun and everyone at Fletcher’s Cove appreciates the endless hours they have put in for us to enjoy our 5kms along the tow-path every Saturday.


Enough talking from me for now, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

(co-ED's editorial comment -- > HUGE HATS OFF TO THIS WEEK'S RUN REPORT WRITER, SEDWYN FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE AND HIS SPECTACULAR MILESTONE DOUBLE TODAY - 50th run and 25th volunteer milestone achieved in perfect unison - thanks and well done, Sedwyn, all your efforts very much appreciated.../Dan)




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We look forward to welcoming everyone this Saturday to join us at Fletcher’s Cove and a post run coffee.

Warm regards





Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #196 Run Report

Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #196 run report

Another wonderfully sunny but chilly morning welcomed 55 runners, joggers, walkers and barkrunners to enjoy another weekly, free, timed 5km run along the tow path at Fletcher’s Cove. We were happy to have 4 parkrun first-timers and 2 tourists join us at this event. Fletcher's Cove also equalled its record for volunteers (12) for a single day in November, matching the record set on November 9, 2019. Thank you very much to Alice B, Claire W, Dan O, Kathleen D, Martha N, Matteo I, Nancy E, Rob K, Rodger P, Tim R and Zama N for giving up their time to allow us to enjoy our parkrun.


A special mention to Chris MCNEILL who joined us for the last time before returning to Melbourne after spending 6 months in the USA. Chris joined us regularly at Fletcher’s Cove, volunteered and shared the experience of his 189 parkruns when needed. It was great meeting Chris even though he insisted on wearing an Australian cricket team cap on every visit.


Run #196 also marked the 50th parkrun for Rob K. Rob celebrated the occasion by being tail-walker and bringing along a visiting guest to make sure the word is spread amongst his friends about this wonderful achievement. Rob is a regular volunteer and his Run Directing receives rave reviews from young and old. Well Done Rob, we look forward to seeing you in your red t-shirt soon.


Another Fletcher’s Cove regular, Tim R, volunteered for the 50th time at Fletcher's Cove (60 in the USA). Well done Tim.
In non-parkrun news, mighty congratulations to our Co-Event Director, Andres F, for completing the JFK 50 mile race. It was all made possible by the solid training provided by Fletcher’s Cove parkrun. Each mile counts when preparing for such an epic challenge. We look forward to a PB this Thankgiving parkrun as your legs should have had plenty of time to recover by Thursday morning.

This week is one of the few occasions where it will be possible to do two parkruns in one week. Thanksgiving runs will be hosted by our friends at Kensington and College Park. This is the perfect opportunity to burn some calories before the big Thanksgiving meal and putting your feet up watching NFL and checking on the progress of your fantasy football team.
Please join us again this coming Saturday for a scenic run, jog, stroll, walk along the C&O canal, bring along all your Thanksgiving visitors and enjoy the welcoming community at Fletcher’s Cove parkrun. As always all the latest news and updates, including results, can be found at https://www.parkrun.us/fletcherscove/ and be sure to opt-in for all emails and notification to stay up-to-date.
Happy Thankgiving and see everyone for Flether’s Cove parkrun #197 this coming Saturday.

Warm regards


Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #195 Run Report

Another Saturday. Another parkrun. Another morning of good vibes, buzzing energy, smiling faces, a happy congregation at the home-away-from-home that Fletcher's Cove has become to we faithful. Crisp morning air this mid-November, gorgeous blue sky and parkrun today magnificently orchestrated by first time Run Director, Maddie. We doff our caps and give special salutes to our younger, U18 volunteers.


Milestone day today for three of our own. Two juniors earned their sparkling 10s - white parkrun t-shirts soon will be yours. Well done to Zak O. and to Jasmin A. Well earned!!, now on you trundle to your 50th...


And celebrating the coveted 50 today, grand stand and cheers all round for Jason...


This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and several were tourists. Kudos to the team of 11 volunteers who brought parkrun #195 to you: Jason LEGUM • Maddie GRIFFIN • Zama NGWANE • Manuel RIVERA • Michael BENDER • Matt CHURCHWARD • Michael PHILLIPS • Julia BUCKNALL • Edward KITT • Dan and Lisa OWEN  • Thomas CRONJE


You too can add your name to this heralded list of ever-present hi-viz heroes - sign up on the whiteboard or sign up by clicking on this text to add yourself to the roster for a future date.

23 of our last 35 first time volunteers (going back to June this year) volunteered with less than 10 parkruns to their credit. Volunteering is fun, easy and a great way to give back what you get out of parkrun.

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

Some highlights from today's outing, besides the milestone celebrants...Tom Coleman finished in 4th position on his 4th run worldwide and Rob Kempsell finished in 49th position on his 49th run worldwide. Well done, gents!

Worldwide, 20,499 people registered for a parkrun barcode for the first time this week.

Around the world, our Zak and Jasmin joined a further 483 people who gained entry to the 10 club. Jason joined 1,367 others worldwide who gained entry to the 50 club. We are rolling out the carpet in anticipation of Rob joining on his next outing the same coveted 50 club..

More global stats. 6,393,125 = total number of barcodes issued. 10 club has a total of 117,175 juniors. 50 club has a total of 231,781 members. 100 club has a total of 89,392. 250 club has a total of 7,808. 500 club has 90 members. The most runs completed is 747 parkruns by a single individual.

You are far from being alone ! See you Saturday,




co-ED, FC parkrun


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