Flatts Lane parkrun # 37 – 23/06/2018

Another great morning at Flatts Lane.

Welcome to our visitors from Surrey, Oxford and Hong Kong with the latter, a professional footballer, coming home 3rd. First lady home, Debbie from Surrey, had just returned from running the 90k Comrades Marathon in South Africa.

Nice to welcome some visiting visiting volunteers as well from Glasgow and Amsterdam.

Thanks to Nico for taking on timing duties for the first time and to all our other volunteers.

This week 51 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Stuart MCLAY • Julie Anne TWEEDY • David ASPIN • Kath ASPIN • Rebecca ASPIN • Kevin MURRAY • Robynne MOUISSIE • Nico MOUISSIE • Rachael WELBY • Katie MARSHALL • Ron DOWNIE • Derek GEORGE • Peter GEER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found here

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/flattslane/results/weeklyresults/…

The female record is held by Racheal BAMFORD who recorded a time of 19:46 on 11th November 2017 (event number 9).

The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 17:05 on 10th February 2018 (event number 19).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karl EDWARDS who recorded 78.45% (20:48) on 3rd February 2018 (event number 18).

Flatts Lane parkrun started on 16th September 2017. Since then 1,161 participants have completed 2,534 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,670 km, including 552 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #27

What a glorious morning!

It was a lovely chilled out atmosphere at Flatts Lane this morning, with smiley volunteers and smiley runners. Superb, and well worth getting out of bed for.

We had visitors from Huddersfield, Whitley Bay and Tees Barrage this morning, as well as some proper parkrun first timers - all very welcome, along with our regulars, and do come visit again :-)

It was a small but perfectly formed turnout today, but great nonetheless. Well done all who finished the run, whether you attained a PB or not :)

Some of the regulars are away, including travellers to the Metropolis to do the London Marathon, and having mentioned that, now seems a good time to wish everyone taking part all the very best in tomorrow's race.

Huge thanks, are due, as always, to our volunteers - they definitely made the magic happen today. The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Sharon GAYTER • Gareth WILSON • Mark GRACE • Sharon CADDELL • Kathryn FALOONA • Donovan JOHNSON CADDELL • Ella TOWERS • Geoff TOWERS • Maria CLEMMIT • Barry HULBERT • Anna PICKLES • Ian JONES • Edward COCHRANE

Run report proper:
Flatts Lane parkrun
Event number 28
21st April 2018
This week 43 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flatts Lane parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Racheal BAMFORD who recorded a time of 19:46 on 11th November 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 17:05 on 10th February 2018 (event number 19).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karl EDWARDS who recorded 78.45% (20:48) on 3rd February 2018 (event number 18).

Flatts Lane parkrun started on 16th September 2017. Since then 1,009 participants have completed 2,018 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,090 km, including 405 new Personal Bests.

I'll be away next weekend (because it is, ahem, my birthday!) and Mark Rogers will be in charge.  He will need helpers in order for the run to be able to go ahead, so some early offers would be appreciated.

See you in a couple of week,

Sharon

 

Event #21

Hello parkrunners,

A beautiful crisp morning greeted us at Flatts Lane Country Park today, and while it was chilly, it was otherwise a very pleasant start to the day. Wind was low and ground conditions were relatively firm, with just a few touches of ice puddles here and there.

We had a full set of volunteers who made the parkrun magic happen this morninng, so a big thank you to today's high viz heroes - including last minute step ins, Andy Johnson and Isaac Johnson Caddell. Also thanks are due to young Duke of Edinburgh awardee, Sam Dennis, who travelled with dad Simon from normal stomping ground, Harrogate, and who kindly helped out with marshalling at the Dragon Fly while his dad took part.

There are a lot of empty spaces on our volunteer roster next and the following few weeks after that so we urgently need to get some offers from you in order to be able to make the parkruns go ahead.  Graham is at the helm next week, then it's me again, and then Mark Rogers the following two weeks. None of us can do it on our own, so please consider giving one Saturday over to doing a stint of volunteering - thank you! Email us as usual at flattslaneoffice@parkrun.com or follow our Facebook page and post comments or send messages via that.

As well as Sam and Simon, we had a huge amount of first timers this week, largely due to the winter league outing from Stockton Striders, the Green Massive, and great it was to see them all.  Hope you all enjoyed the run, Striders, and that we see you again in summer.

We had a few issues with one of the scanners this morning (realising later that it hadn't charged properly) but thankfully only a few results were affected. Curiously, the scanner issues somehow caused us to include a James Pickering in the results in the place of actual 11th place finisher, Noah Payne, despite their names and numbers being nothing alike!  Fortunately, James, or Jim, got in touch to advise that although he was pleased to wake up to a PB, he was, in fact, from sunny Clermont parkrun in Florida, US, and so glory being fleeting an all that, emailed in to let us know the error :-D Good man Jim, and lovely to hear from you. Naturally, i have invited him to attend in future, with the warning that it may not be quite some warm and sunny where we are, although it's arguably a fantastic location nonetheless :-)

While we didn't actually have Jim from Florida, we did have local tourists from Redcar, Hartlepool and Durham - I do hope you all enjoyed it and that you come again soon.

The crowd who walked down to the start line looked bigger than usual, so Tara and I did some guesstimating of the final finishing number. I'm happy to say that, unlike in the many parkruns and road races we've taken part in over the years, I actually beat Tara on this occasion, and was blob on with my prediction of 103 compared to her 105! So while it's fairly certainly I have no chance of replicating this numeric accuracy on the national lottery, I now definitely fancy my chances at the local summer fayres on the 'Guess How Many Marbles Are In the Jar'!

This morning's fresh dry conditions lent themselves to PB gains, and it looks as if most regulars managed to get one, with the final haul being 27 in total - well done if you got one, and well done anyway even if you didn't (because, well, Godfalter!).

Many thanks to all those who took time to pass on lovely comments about the course, volunteers, and amazing Run Director ;-) - all feedback is appreciaed, and keep spreading the word about our lovely run!

So here is the run report proper...

This week 103 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Mark GRACE • Sharon CADDELL • Isaac JOHNSON CADDELL • Erin JOHNSON CADDELL • Andy JOHNSON71 • Robert NICHOLS • Tara Louise OXLEY • Christian OXLEY • Donovan JOHNSON CADDELL • Susan DICK • Mark George ROGERS • Christopher FOSTER • Samuel DENNIS • David MEDD • Heather CLYBURN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flatts Lane parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Racheal BAMFORD who recorded a time of 19:46 on 11th November 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 17:05 on 10th February 2018 (event number 19).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karl EDWARDS who recorded 78.45% (20:48) on 3rd February 2018 (event number 18).

Flatts Lane parkrun started on 16th September 2017. Since then 901 participants have completed 1,620 parkruns covering a total distance of 8,100 km, including 319 new Personal Bests.

Before I sign off, I just wanted to draw attention to this news item on the milestone tees from the central parkrun team:

http://www.parkrun.com/news/

As Mr Bunny often said, that's it from me folks, and we'll see you again next week. And if the turn out is close to this week's, we may have our 1000 different finisher!

Cheers and enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Sharon

 

Event #20

Good evening parkrunners,

First of all - big well done to Mark Rogers on his great organisation of this morning's event - I think you will agree that he did a great job. :-)

This morning was much more promising weather wise and certainly warmer than most of our recent Saturday mornings, although it certainly got a bit wet quite quickly midway through the run. As ever, that didn't dampen the parkrun spirit and everyone seemed to have a good time nonetheless.

Enormous thanks to the stars of all parkruns, our volunteers! We had a great bunch out this morning, including:

Donovan JOHNSON CADDELL (superstar scanner) • Erin JOHNSON CADDELL (superstar timer) • Heather CLYBURN (superstar timer)• Isaac JOHNSON CADDELL (Guardian of Godfalter Top)• Jen MILSOM (superfast parkrunner and tokenmeister)• Kathryn FALOONA (Guardian of the Dragonfly with faithfaul Hound) • Liz SWAINSTON (Guardian/ Kisser at the Gate)• Mark George ROGERS (The Brilliant Boss today)• Mark GRACE (super setter upper) • Michelle SHAW (superstar scanner) • Paula ROBSON (Guardian of the Tyre) • Sharon CADDELL • Steven RUSHBY (Guardian in the Woods)• Sue WALLIS (Guardian of the Top Gate) - huge thanks to everyone who made the parkrun happen today.

We need volunteers every week to make sure our brilliant parkrun goes ahead, so please consider helping out. If a parkrunner makes an effort to help out just one week of the year, that could help to make all the difference to building the sustainability of this event.

I'm told we will have a lot of visitors next week,  as Stockton Striders are visiting as part of their club league events, so early offers of help would be much appreciated - email us on flattslaneoffice@parkrun.com if you can help out please.

Well done to the complete parkrun first timers who chose Flatts Lane (!) for their inaugural parkrun - respect is absolutely due!! Chris Norris and Donna Roe, you're both amazing for completing the HARDEST PARKUN IN THE UK © this morning, and hope you keep it up and keep coming back :-)

It was brilliant to have such a wide range of the other group of first timers: the parkrun tourists, with a goodly number of visitors from Leeds, Derwent, London, Newark, York, Leiciester, most of the local parkruns, and also Jonathan Winn and his family from Canada - you were very welcome and we hope you can all make it to visit us again  :-)  

As well as a load of first timers, we also had a load of PBs  - the rain obviously must have helped ;-)

Huge well done to everyone who achieved a PB, and a special well done to everyone who completed the run, and especially if it was difficult for you  - including getting up Godfalter! twice!

It was a shame that our lovely supporters, the rangers and staff in the Visitor Centre, suffered a major power cut shortly before the run started, and that the teas/ coffees weren't available post run, but the staff were very kind in letting runners and volunteers shelter in the centre out of the rain. Hope those electric issues got sorted quickly!

That's it from us this week, folk, but it's me (Sharon) in charge as Run Director next week, so I'll see you all bright and early on Saturday to do it all again :-D

 

Event #19 Newsletter

After running 80 parkruns at 14 different locations it was time to step to the other side and don the 'Run Director' vest for the first time. Having done most of the other jobs at Redcar parkrun it seemed the natural step to support my closest parkrun to home. For any of our other loyal volunteers thinking 'Can I do it?' Yes you can! There will be lots of support from the team and if we can get 5 or six RD's it will be easier to spread the load.

A cold one today but is did not stop Greg JAYASURIYA setting a new course record of 17:05 at what is arguably one of the hardest parkruns in the country.
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Apparently, we’ve been mentioned on Radio 4’s More or Less about being the hardest parkrun in the UK! A curious accolade, but hey, we know plenty of runners who like a challenge. Let us know if you’re a tourist paying the (not) Flatts Lane a visit or if you’re a milestoner and we’ll see you outside the visitor centre for 8:50 for 1st Timers/ Pre Run briefing.

The recording can be found here,  More or Less starts at 9 minutes in. Apparently the new Whinlatter Parkrun want to lay claim to our title!

Thanks to Thomas Aspin for the photos, we tried to capture the top of 'Cardiac' Hill today.

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The rest of our photos can be found on our Facebook Page or on our FLIKR PAGE

I hope our visitors from York enjoyed the course.

Thanks again to all the volunteers

Dave Aspin

Flatts Lane parkrun
Event number 19
10th February 2018
This week 55 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Graham HALL • Mark GRACE • Mark Anthony EDWARDS • Bob HOWE • Lorna GOODCHILD • Robert NICHOLS • Angela WOOD. • David ASPIN • Thomas ASPIN • Rebecca ASPIN • Kelly BREARLEY • Ella TOWERS • Mark POULTNEY • Geoff TOWERS • Penny OUTHWAITE • Mark George ROGERS • Mandy WALKER • Heather CLYBURN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flatts Lane parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Racheal BAMFORD who recorded a time of 19:46 on 11th November 2017 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 17:05 on 10th February 2018 (event number 19).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karl EDWARDS who recorded 78.45% (20:48) on 3rd February 2018 (event number 18).

Flatts Lane parkrun started on 16th September 2017. Since then 809 participants have completed 1,450 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,250 km, including 286 new Personal Bests.

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