A brilliant 129 runners took part in the 60th Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday 26th September. This is a great figure, considering it coincided with the 1st of the North East Harrier League cross country fixtures, therefore a good number of our regular club runners would have been elsewhere! Dave HINDMARSH was Run Director and did his usual great job with the marshals. The volunteer roster is looking great for the next few weeks, though if any of our regular runners would like to help out we have slots available in November! Contact us by email here firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st finisher was the 3rd fastest male in our events history, Morpeth Harrier karl TAYLOR. Karl was just outside his course personal best, finishing in a brilliant 16.20. His WAVA score was 78.98%, comfortably the highest by a male today. 3 minutes behind Karl was 2nd finisher Colin ARCHER, another Morpeth runner, in a pb of 19.16. He was just under a minute ahead of Newcastle and Tyneside Orienteers runner Willard WRIGHT. Personal bests were achieved by Craig MUTER, Paul WILLIS, Andrew WILDE and Andrew STEWART amongst many others!
For the ladies 1st across the line was Unattached runner Carole PAGE. Carole, running in the female 55-59 age group, was well over a minute ahead of the 2nd female in 22.34. This gave Carole the best WAVA score of the day, an excellent 79.17%. 2nd finisher was youngster Catherine WOODS in 23.47, whilst Sandra WATSON was 3rd home in a 1 second pb of 24.04! Amongst many gaining personal bests were Karen PAYNTER, Kelly HINDLE, Jenny BULLOCK and Nell GAIR!
Many congratulations to 2 of our regular runners who have just burst through the 50 Druridge Bay parkrun barrier, Karl BAXTER and Paula CROMAR!!! These guys can claim their 50 parkrun t-shirts by going to this link and following the instructions https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200038792. No doubt many more will be gaining their half century of runs soon. Who will be first to 100???
See you on Saturday.
The DB parkrun Team.