Good evening all,
Hope you're having a good Saturday This morning's run was rather nice wasn't it? A lovely crowd turned out, with visitors calling from York, Liverpool and Durham either to fulfill their regionnaire statuses, or see this hill that everyone is talking about!! Great to see Alister Robson, the ED from Durham parkrun, Liz Swainston, Mark Poulteny and pooch Oscar, and all the other first timers who came along or visited.
And though a few choice words could be heard as runners passed us for the start of the second lap, there were plenty of smiling faces at the finish line. Too right - it's a fab course, and even walking Godfalter Hill is no mean feat.
Please remember to bring your barcodes, and we can only accept the printed down versions, or parkrun products such as wristbands. WE cannot accept barcodes on people's phone and while we have a sheet for recording athlete barcodes, that is only for instances where the scanner is unable to pick up the barcode number. It is not for when people have forgotten their barcodes, and we do not add runners in manually, even if runners have allegedly been able to get other parkruns to do this for them. No barcode, no time, no exception.
Massive thanks to our volunteers who helped the event to go ahead this morning - they were all ace. I suspect, though, that some of them come along for sightseeing, as the views from quite a number of the marshall positions are beyond spectacular, and Lesley Paratt, who was at the DragonFly sculpture, was blessed with the additional pleasure of being visited by a mother deer and her baby! Wonderful. Check out the photos on our Facebook page. And Robert Nichols video of runners allegedly running all the way up Godfalter Hill is excellent! We do suspect a few of you might be using the Brian Laverick method: walking to the last bend then running energetically when in view of the marshall!! We know you do it
We need volunteers every week, please, so if we could some early offers over the following weeks, that would be hugely helpful to us organising Run Directors, who often have an anxious wait after emails and social media appeals to see if we can get enough for the event to go ahead safely. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to offer help any Saturday morning, and let us know what you would like to do.
We have got a few more regulars helping out, so progress is definitely being made on the volunteering front, and we also have an additional Run Director, Mark Rogers, in training. We could do with a one or two more if anyone is interested in going on a roster? This could then be shared out so that you only have to do one in four or one in six if we get enough people interested and trained up. Please email as per above if you're interested in this! It's fantastic experience, you will get loads out of it, and there will be plenty of support too.
So what happened in our run this morning? Let's have a look...
Flatts Lane parkrun
Event number 16
13th January 2018
This week 65 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Mark GRACE • Mark Anthony EDWARDS • Bob HOWE • Sharon CADDELL • Paul HAYDON • Michelle SHAW • Carl GASKIN • Ella TOWERS • Lesley PARRATT • Mark George ROGERS • David ROBINSON • Jen MILSOM • Sue WALLIS • Bref O'ROURKE • Heather CLYBURN • Edward COCHRANE
Huge well done to the three parkrun newbies who chose Flatts Lane for their first ever parkrun experience - we're honoured! We hope we see you again Francesca Grey, Carl Lindberg, and Luke Dawson
Well done to Harry Potter for both setting a new PB and also a new age category record in the 15-17 bracket for our event.
Well done, also to newbie Karl Edward who set a new age category record in the 60-64 age bracket as well as claiming the highest age grade for today - awesome!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Flatts Lane parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 17:27 on 21st October 2017 (event number 6).
The female record is held by Racheal BAMFORD who recorded a time of 19:46 on 11th November 2017 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Stuart MCLAY who recorded 76.17% (20:00) on 11th November 2017 (event number 9).
Flatts Lane parkrun started on 16th September 2017. Since then 721 participants have completed 1,209 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,045 km, including 234 new Personal Bests.
Cheers everyone, I'll be back in a couple of weeks, so takae care of yourselves till then and happy parkrunning,