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Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun - Run report

As I am sure you know that I love parkrun and on Saturday I completed my first one outside of the UK. I also wrote the run report so I thought I would share it with you. 

When my husband and I started to plan our honeymoon I wasn’t too bothered where we went, as long as there was a parkrun! So when he mentioned New York I knew we’d be able to do our usually Saturday morning thing and get up really early and go parkrun touring.  Little did I know it was marathon weekend and that we’d be part of an attendance record. 

Fast forward a few weeks and I went onto the Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun Facebook page to seek a lift from the station in New Brunswick.  This was when Rhys popped up saying he was going to organise a bus transfer.  After convincing my husband to send money for the bus to a complete stranger I’d met on the internet, our journey to Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun had started! 

The morning of parkrun arrived, we got up early to watch the rugby, which sadly didn’t go the way we had hoped, but we needn’t worry.  The best was yet to come!

We caught a cab, drove through Times Square and met fellow parkrun tourists outside the New York City Public Library.  As Rhys had said “parkrun tourists are the most organised people in society” no one was late and all 53 of us made the bus and headed to New Jersey. 

It was my favourite kind of autumn morning. There was a crisp chill in the air, with a frost on the ground, the sun was shining, the sky was the perfect colour blue and the leaves were all different autumnal colours that made that amazing crunch sound as you walked over them. Absolutely stunning. 

After I managed to peel my jumper off, we listened to the fabulous first timers briefing and made our way over the bridge to the start. 

A quick 3, 2, 1 and we were off.  The course is completely flat. You run out for 1.5 miles and run back for 1.6 miles with the canal on either side of the path. I love these kinds of parkrun routes as it gives you a chance to tell other parkrunners words of encouragement, which is exactly what we all did. 

^^^ As you can see it was completely flat! 

A record 111 people took part which broke the previous attendance record by 23 people.  This included 71 first timers, which is amazing. 8 people got a PB, which is fantastic as the conditions were perfect for it.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Rory MURPHY • Kay HALLENBECK • Martin BLACK • Rhys PIPPARD • Katie DAVISON • Barnaby NORMAN • Jessica PERKINS • Catherine WEIMER • Frank FALOTICO • Tom WEIMER • Michael DRISCOLL • Irfan SALOUDEEN • Charlie STONE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Shamiso SISIMAYI who recorded a time of 20:22 on 3rd November 2018 (event number 12).
The male record is held by Robert MOULTON who recorded a time of 16:53 on 20th April 2019 (event number 36).
The Age Grade course record is held by Patricia RONKSLEY who recorded 82.93% (22:45) on 26th October 2019 (event number 61).
Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun started on 18th August 2018. Since then 899 participants have completed 2,709 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,545 km, including 490 new Personal Bests. A total of 93 individuals have volunteered 567 times.

As always, I’d like to thank parkrun, the volunteers, who without parkrun just wouldn’t work. To the cafe on the corner for being so welcoming to all us parkrun tourists and finally to Rhys and his new wife Angela, for being so friendly and restoring my faith in that sending money to strangers on the internet isn’t always as bad as it seems! 

We’re in Vancouver this week so I am hoping to get my third country flag! I’d love to know your local parkrun, you can comment down below, also don’t forget to follow me on my running instagram which is @runner_katiejane. Happy parkrunning. 

Delaware and Raritan Canal parkrun - Run report 

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