Darlington South Park parkrun Event #300 – Saturday 15th September 2018

Happy 300th event to us! This week 406 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers (welcome!) and 83 recorded new Personal Bests (well done!) Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

This event was made possible by 35 fabulous volunteers:

Brian BURDON • Ian BARNES • Stephen MOORE • Will GIBSON • Emma JOYEUX • Gemma MARSHALL-MOORE • Michael KING • Harbhag SINGH • Gillian HARRIS • Lee MORRIS • Karen NEWTON • Marc ELLIS • Ashleigh ATKINSON • Steven WILKINSON • Abigail ROWCROFT • Rebecca BOWES • Dave JONES • Rachel BOWES • Hilary BEVAN • Barbara CRAWLEY • Mark ROWCROFT • Corey HORN • Olly MARSHALL-MOORE • James BANHAM • Adele JAAB • Wendy THOMPSON • Lizzie THOMPSON • Steven CRAGGS • Aaron SPARROW-WOODS • Gareth KYLE • Laurence WARNER • Pauline GORMAN • Charlotte GIBBS • Philip WARNER • Mike WRIGHT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Darlington South Park parkrun Results Page.

Massive thanks to everyone who helped, and brought goodies to eat and drink. A special shout out to our team of pacers this morning, who did a fantastic job of pacing a wide variety of times. Just for fun, here's how accurate they were...!

Pacer accuracy - just for fun!

 

Guest run report – Saturday 8th September, by Anita Watkins

What a lovely warm welcome I got from Darlington South Park parkrun this morning!

I’m visiting from the south coast for the Great North Run tomorrow.  I was born in Sedgefield, and it has been a great opportunity to catch up with family but I couldn’t miss my regular parkrun fix.  First impressions were that South Park is very pretty and much bigger than my local Hotham Park in Bognor Regis.  I exchanged good mornings with a few before joining the parade for the first timers briefing.  All of the important points were very clearly explained, including where to leave my sweatshirt during the run.  I was only slightly worried at the mention of Squirrel Hill.

I’d arrived planning a very gentle outing, maybe run/walking to stretch my legs after a long drive and too many hours on motorways, then Lee’s run brief mentioned that there was a 35 minute pacer today.  Just for context I haven’t run a 35 minuteparkrun for AGES!  ‘Just one lap with the pacer’, I thought to myself – then I’ll take it easy ready for tomorrow.

I set off with pacer Michael’s entourage and managed to avoid my usual trick of losing my pacer within the first 30 seconds!  Running past the aviary brought back some childhood memories, and the railway tracks are much more impressive than our miniature railway in Hotham Park.  Then there was the lovely slightly, but definitely, downhill stretch to ease into.  Then after a straight came Squirrel Hill.  It may not be long, but it is a bit vicious!

At the end of the first lap I was pleased to see I was still keeping pace with Michael, just a little bit further then - I won’t be able to keep up for much longer!  It was nice hearing times called out by one lovely marshal on the course.  Michael explained that that was the halfway mark for each lap, and his encouragement meant that I did not drop my pace as I’d expected.  He was telling me about his experience of the Great North Run, and because I wanted to hear more I stuck with him a bit further.

At the end of the second lap I was still on 35 minute pace.  When we got round the corner to the downhill stretch I decided that I was now committed to seeing this pacing lark through to the end.  I stepped out a little bit to take advantage of the extra gravity and pulled a bit ahead of pacer Michael.  My thinking was if I can get a bit ahead I might be able to hang on up Squirrel Hill!

Every step of the last half lap I expected to see Michael coming past me, but I managed to hang in there up Squirrel Hill and past the monument, then into the finish funnel for my fastest 5K in quite a while.

I pottered around for a while taking pictures and chatting to a few fellow parkrunners over coffee and a well earned bacon roll, it turns out there are a few of us running GNR tomorrow (who’d have thought it!! 

 

Darlington South Park parkrun Event #299 – Saturday 8th September 2018

This week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Allen HAZLETT • Will GIBSON • Emma JOYEUX • Michael KING • Harbhag SINGH • Lee MORRIS • Jane TEAGUE • Jon BRUCE • Abigail ROWCROFT • Laura JACKSON • Lisa ALDERSON • Darren ALDERSON • Dave JONES • John MCGRATH • Barbara CRAWLEY • Corey HORN • Naomi DIXON • James BANHAM • Katherine WORKMAN • Wendy THOMPSON • Andy BROOK • Lizzie THOMPSON • Jayne DAVIES • Josh CRAWLEY • Ruth VAN LEER • Lisa BUCKLEY • Mollie WORKMAN JONES • Ginny GANNAWAY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Darlington South Park parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Sarah TUNSTALL who recorded a time of 17:13 on 13th September 2014 (event number 94).
The male record is held by Cameron Ross BOYEK who recorded a time of 14:52 on 25th December 2014 (event number 109).
The Age Grade course record is held by Shirley Rose GIBSON who recorded 93.53% (24:12) on 16th September 2017 (event number 251).

Darlington South Park parkrun started on 15th December 2012. Since then 8,557 participants have completed 73,827 parkruns covering a total distance of 369,135 km, including 14,185 new Personal Bests.

 

Darlington South Park parkrun Event number 294 4th August 2018

This week 319 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Stephen MOORE • Will GIBSON • Rob GILLHAM • Andrew Ray DIXON • Michelle BOSHIER • Lewis BOSHIER • Gillian HARRIS • Rob DENT • Gill COLLING • Wendy NOBLE • Ed GRIFFITHS • Lee MORRIS • Elizabeth KENNEDY • Grainne DUFFY • Karen NEWTON • Sharon CARR • Paul RYAN • Sarah WATSON • Clare DIXON • Phil RUTTER • Rebecca BOWES • Stuart HARDCASTLE • Dave JONES • John MCGRATH • Gary BIRCHALL • Hannah ALDERSON • Rachel MADDISON • Naomi DIXON • James BANHAM • Adrian COLBOURNE • Brian MCLAREN • Jakob MCLAREN • Philippa RAYNER • Helen CLARKE • Emma COLBOURNE • Linda GOSSAGE • Kathryn PLANT • Clare MCGRATH • Heidi EDWARDS • Ginny GANNAWAY • Suzanne JENKINSON • Judith SYKES

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Darlington South Park parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Sarah TUNSTALL who recorded a time of 17:13 on 13th September 2014 (event number 94).
The male record is held by Cameron Ross BOYEK who recorded a time of 14:52 on 25th December 2014 (event number 109).
The Age Grade course record is held by Shirley Rose GIBSON who recorded 93.53% (24:12) on 16th September 2017 (event number 251).

Darlington South Park parkrun started on 15th December 2012. Since then 8,399 participants have completed 72,326 parkruns covering a total distance of 361,630 km, including 13,931 new Personal Bests.

 
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