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 email@example.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 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:
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,