Parking Charges To Be Reintroduced-However………..

Northumberland County Council are set to reintroduce parking charges at various sites around the county, including at Druridge Bay Country Park. The first event to be effected will be Saturday 21st July, with ticket machines and signage being erected in the next couple of weeks. However your superb Run Directors have negotiated a fantastic deal for all our parkrunners……….

As long as you place a parkrun barcode clearly in your cars windscreen you can park for free at the park until 10.30am! If you are staying after this time, you will need to purchase a parking ticket. Enforcement chaps will be making periodic checks of the sites carparks so please make sure you are covered. Our advice is to leave a spare barcode in your cars, thus you always have one to hand!

Any questions just email our event inbox...…..

 

20th January Event Cancelled!!

Alas due to parts of the course resembling a skating rink we've had to take the rare step of cancelling the event on Saturday 20th January. One of our Run Directors ran the course as part of a long run today and deemed it unsafe. With no real prospect of temperatures rising we decided at just after lunchtime on Friday to cancel. Fingers crossed we'll be ok for next Saturday. Up to the minute updates will be on our Twitter feed and Facebook wall.

So tomorrow will be a good opportunity to head down the coast to take part in the fabulous Newbiggin By The Sea parkrun!!

 

Christmas Day parkrun!

Good news parkrunners. We are pleased to announce that we'll be holding a Christmas Day parkrun! It'll start at 9am as always at the rear of the Visitors Centre. Thanks to our dedicated team of Run Directors and Core Volunteers we have enough help on the day to enable us to put the event on. See you on the start line. Don't forget your barcodes!!!

#christmas

 

Run Report-5th March 2016

Thanks to parkrun stalwart Nell GAIR for this report!!

"A cold and blustery day greeted 118 runners for Druridge Bays 81st parkrun. Many thanks go to Race Director Ian HARDING and all the volunteers for running another successful event, especially to those who answered a late call for marshals.  parkrun relies on the goodwill of the volunteers; volunteering can be such a rewarding experience and seeing the run from another perspective can be an eye opener. If you would like to get involved please email druridgebayhelpers@parkrun.com or speak to the Run Director on the day.

With conditions suggesting we would be lucky to see a single PB we in fact got 29! Two of those came in the first 10 finishers. Mark SNOWBALL knocked an impressive 14 seconds off his best time coming home as first finisher in 16:46, the 15th time he has crossed the line first! He was followed home by Alastair MACDONALD, who, on his first outing at Druridge Bay, recorded the highest age grading of the day with 78.65%, and Chris SNOWBALL coming home third. Another mention must go to James WILKES coming home in 7th with a PB, his fourth in four outings. This family have had a storming couple of weeks, last week Scott, Jane and George and James all recorded PBs with Scott declaring that the likelihood of that happening again was similar to winning the lottery. Well get those numbers on WILKES family as merely a week later they matched their feat; four runners in the family and four PBs. For the ladies Lorna MACDONALD came home as first finisher for the 6th time in a time of 20:16, with Catriona MACDONALD and Charlotte BASTON completing the first three.

Ian STEPHENSON joined the 50 club with his run on Saturday; congratulations to him- looking forward to seeing you sporting your t-shirt soon. Look out for a few more regulars joining this club in coming weeks.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the 5 first timers we had on Saturday and we look forward to seeing you all again. Well done to those 3 parkrunners returning to Druridge for their second run and earning themselves a personal best.

See you all on Saturday and #don'tforgetyourbarcode"

 

Another Well Above Average Turnout!

It was great to see a well above average 131 runners take part in the 63rd Druridge Bay parkrun on the morning of Saturday 17th October! Many thanks to the brilliant marshals and Run Director Jackie PROUSE. Remember that you can help out by emailing us at the address shown on this website or by speaking to the Run Director at the event on Saturday!

1st finisher in his 1st ever parkrun was Bedford Harrier Peter GRAHAM! Peter clocked 17.49 to make the long trip north well worth it, finishing just over 30 seconds ahead of Alnwick Harriers Adam FLETCHER. Adam finished in 18.23 and was the 1st of 4 runners to achieve 80+% WAVA scores. Next home was Morpeths Tim MILEY in a course pb of 18.42, whilst Alnwick Harrier Peter GREY was 4th in a course pb of 18.57. Peters time gave secured him the male 55 course record! Well done Peter! Also amongst the personal bests on the day were Andrew GIBBON, Ollie TELFER, Neil HAMILTON and Andrew HEWITT!

For the ladies the 1st finisher for the 5th time, thus making her the 2nd most successful female at the event behind her club colleague Rachelle FALLOON, was Blyth RC's Leanne HERRON. Leanne clocked 22.13 to see her finish well clear of another parkrun tourist in Ilkeston RC's Emma BENNETT. Next home was another regular, Justine NORMAN of Alnwick Harriers, in a course pb of 23.16. Again good conditions meant that others securing personal bests included Becky DUNPHY, Miriam CUMMINS and Daniele FORSYTH!

Remember folks that at the end of the month its Halloween! So we'd like to see as many runners as possible donning scary costumes and hideous masks!

See you on Saturday folks!

The DB parkrun Team.

 

Harding Warms Up For Cross Country With Stunning Time!

Well done to the 97 runners who took part in the Druridge Bay parkrun on a murky Saturday 10th October. And of course many thanks to all the marshals who helped out on the day, including those who helped out at the last minute to fill one or two of the vacant marshal spots!

Despite taking part in the Sherman Cup cross country fixture later in the day one of our Run Directors Ian HARDING came along to warm up. He warmed up with just a 16.31 5k! Ian has now been 1st finisher on 8 occasions, joining Rachelle FALLOON on the same number, and finished about 90 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Simon SHERIDAN of west Glasgow club Garscube Harriers was 2nd finisher in 18.06, whilst Craig BATSON was next in 18.56. Due to the still conditions pbs were achieved by a number of our regular runners including Neil McANANY, Cris ATWELL, Carlos WERNER and Evan FALKOUS!

For the ladies 1st finisher and the highest WAVA score of the day was achieved by Carole PAGE. Carole finished in 22.31 and achieved a brilliant 80.38% score. 2nd finisher was Ali LIDDLE in 23.42, whilst Alnwick Harriers youngster Sophie ENSER was 3rd female in a course pb. Other regulars to score pbs included Frankie WILSON, Kymala THORNTON, Lorna STEPHENSON and regular helper Claire STEVENS!

See you all next week for more parkrun fun.

The DB parkrun Team.

 

Green 1st Finisher Once Again!

A brilliant 137 runners took part in the 61st Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday 3rd October, another figure which helped our average go up to 115 runners per week! Well done to the marshals and to the Run Director on the day Jenna MOFFAT!

Continuing his impressive record of 5 1st finishes in his 6 appearances at the event Morpeth Harrier Ryan GREEN was 1st home in 17.47. This time gave Ryan the best WAVA score by a male on the day, 75.91%, and saw him finish nearly a minute ahead of one of his clubmates. Mark SNOWBALL was next to finish, ahead of Unattached youngster Craig MUTER who ran a course personal best of 19.32. Other than Craig personal best times were achieved by Paul WILLIS, Shane FORSTYH, Andrew THORN and Ben REED amongst others!

For the ladies Unattached Jo HARROP was 1st across the line in a course personal best of 21.40. She was 2 seconds ahead of her training partner Karen KELLY of Alnwick Harriers, who also ran a pb. 3rd finisher was another Alnwick runner in the shape of Pauline AITCHISON, who finished in a course best time of 22.33. Again a load of our regulars ran personal best times including Jenny BOLAM, Ali LIDDLE, Jilly BELL and Sue ROCHESTER. The best WAVA score of the day was by Elswick Harrier Marie DROZDOWICZ whose 23.08 gave her a score of 77.23%.

As many of you may be aware Halloween falls on parkrun day this year, 31st October!! As we did last year why not come along in scary costumes to run or marshal on the day?

Till next week, bye!!

The DB parkrun Team.

 

Taylor and Page 1st Finishers

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 druridgebayoffice@parkrun.com.

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.

 

Its Snowball Again!!!!

In stark contrast to the previous weeks grim weather it was a beautiful morning down at Ladyburn Lake for the 59th Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday 19th September. Many thanks to Run Director Mark DOCTOR and to the superb marshals for their great support! Another above average 128 runners took part in this weeks event, which sees the average go above 115!

1st finisher for an amazing 10th time was Morpeth Harrier Mark SNOWBALL. Mark is a credit to his club and to our parkrun in general. Not only has he improved his times since his first event back in August 2014, but he's always there when we're a bit short of marshals. When an appeal goes out Mark is one of the first to give up his run to offer his services. What a guy! Cruising round in 17.30 Mark was well over a minute ahead of Alnwick Harrier Terry FOUNTAIN. Terrys time of 18.37 was a course pb and was also enough to give him a WAVA score of 77.98%, the highest of the day. 3rd finisher was another Alnwick runner Dominic HARRIS, also in a massive course pb of 19.09. On a morning for fast times due to the friendly conditions other personal bests were achieved by Shane FORSYTH, John CUTHBERT, Tim SHEPHERD and David FALKOUS!

For the women 1st finisher, also in a personal best at the event, was Alnwick Harrier Justine NORMAN. Justine clocked 23.17 to finish well over a minute ahead of 2nd finisher Ali LIDDLE. Ali, an unattached runner, finished 2 seconds ahead of Laura MILLER in 24.37. Best WAVA by a female came from Claire DEACON of Solent Running Sisters, 71.39%. Course bests were achieved by Helen SHEPHERD, Becky DUNPHY and Danielle FORSYTH!

Away from the parkrun many congratulations to Run Director Ian HARDING who travelled to New York to take part in a half marathon in Brooklyn. Not only did he take part but he won it!

See you next week.

The DB parkrun Team.

 

Ashington Hirst Running Club Takeover!

Many many thanks to members of the newest running club in the north east, Ashington Hirst RC, for their takeover day on Saturday 12th September. Despite wet and murky conditions members of the club took on the majority of the marshal roles and did a fantastic job keeping up the spirits of the 102 soggy runners! Many thanks to Run Director Andy GRIEVES who was fulfilling this role for the second consecutive week. Numbers were down slightly on previous weeks but this was no doubt due to the Great North Run the following day. 102 is still an amazing number and well up on last years Great North Run weekend!

1st finisher was Unattached runner Chris DAVIDSON. Chris, having his 6th run at Druridge Bay, ran a course pb of 19.19 and was well ahead of another Unattached runner Jamie WILSON who clocked 19.54. Paul HARRISON of Low Fell RC was 3rd home in 20.07. Best male WAVA score of the day was Neil McANANY's 73.03%. Personal bests on the course were achieved by Robert BADDELEY, Andrew GIBSON and Jack ROBERTS.

For the women 1st to complete was Blyth RC's Leanne HERRON in 21.55. This is now the 4th occasion that Leanne has been 1st female finisher at Druridge Bay! Next to finish the 5k was Carole PAGE in 22.38. Carole's time saw her score easily the highest WAVA of the weekend, 78.94%. 3rd finisher was Elswick Harrier Marie DROZDOWICZ in 23.02. Course personal bests were achieved by, amongst others, Kymala THORNTON, Eileen COOPER and Nell GAIR.

Well done to all the runners and thanks once again to Ashington Hirst RC for all their help today.

See you next week.

The DB parkrun Team.

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