Flatts Lane parkrun is cancelled on 20 January 2018: Snow & Ice on paths with no thaw forecast

Event #16

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 flattslaneoffice@parkrun.com 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 :-D

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,

Sharon

 

Event #15

Evening all,

Thank you to all our volunteers who made sure the event went ahead ths week.

We are need of volunteers every week and actively need the help of parkrunners to recruit volunteers for next week's as well as future events. parkruns rely on the two core components of volunteers and runners to be able to go ahead, and we have been struggling every week to get enough helpers for the events to be able to go ahead with the minimum level.

I'm sure runners will understand that this is quite stress inducing for the run directors involved, and so to reduce this pressure and to make sure that the event is able to continue in the future, we are appealing for more core helpers and run directors to become involved with Flatts Lane parkrun. If you are interested in helping out next week or becoming part of the core team, please get in touch at flattslaneoffice@parkrun.com

Thank you,

Sharon & Graham

Please find the run report below:

Flatts Lane parkrun
Event number 15
6th January 2018

This week 45 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Graham HALL • Bob HOWE • Lorna GOODCHILD • Robert NICHOLS • David ASPIN • Regina HARRINGTON • Deborah BIRKETT • Mark George ROGERS • Louise WORSEY • Jen MILSOM • Sue WALLIS • Helen DEARLOVE • Heather CLYBURN • Edward COCHRANE

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 699 participants have completed 1,144 parkruns covering a total distance of 5,720 km, including 220 new Personal Bests.

 

WARNING: POSSIBLE PARKRUN CANCELLATION TOMORROW

Hi all,

An update: I inspected the course earlier this afternoon and I have a few concerns about it, so will need to have another look at it early tomorrow morning before we can make a decision about whether we're going ahead or cancelling.

The car park was inaccessible when I tried to get in (lots of cars getting stuck trying to get over the ramps and slipping into the bushes), and given that there is a lack of alternative parking, this alone would make it difficult to proceed if volunteers and runners were unable to get to the site without walking a considerable distance.

While I was able to run on the packed snow, it was starting to melt which presents risks on the uphills/ downhills. My concern is that with temperatures set to rise slightly, the course routes will become even more slushy by tomorrow morning and Godfalter Hill and the descent to the visitor centre will be nigh on lethal.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website in case we have to cancel. if there is anyone who lives close to the Country Park that could check it this evening or tomorrow early morning, and let us know via email to the inbox below, I would be really grateful as I have to travel from close to Sedgefield to get there, and would like to avoid a journey in these weather conditions if possible.

And if we do go ahead, I would ask you to wrap up warmly, and wear weather proof please - and waterproof clothing if you have it!

On a positive note, if we do go ahead, the visitor centre will definitely be open.

Kind Regards,

Sharon Caddell
The Volunteer Coordinator
flattslanehelpers@parkrun.com

 

Event #14

Hi everyone,

I do hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas, and perhaps took part in one of the local special Christmas Day parkrun events.

Last Saturday was a lovely event, not too cold and ground quite decent to run and walk on. Huge thanks to all the high viz heroes who helped to make the Christmas parkrun magic happen - they're names can be seen below.

We also held our Santa Run, and there was great turn out of fancy dress offerings from you all - brilliant stuff! Thomas Aspin did a batch of great photos for us too, so if you follow our Facebook page, you can see the photos on there :-)

Hope you all enjoyed the gingerbread Christmas trees cooked by our resident young chef, Donovan Johnson Caddell - three trays were well and truly snaffled!

It was great to have visitors along from Sunderland, York, Newcastle and Derby - all very welcome and hope to see you again at some point! Our Godfalter Hill continues to be a draw for the curiousity of parkrunners, perhaps thinking 'How hard can it be?!' Erm, quite hard!

We've got a nice full roster for the parkrun tomorrow so all being well, we will be going ahead. I'm off to check the course shortly and do a bit of a run to work off the Christmas excess ;-D

Let us know if you're attending and are a visitor or doing a milestone of any sort - look forward to seeing you all tomorrow but please check this page and the Facebook page before you set off in case we need to cancel (fingers crossed!).
Flatts Lane parkrun
Event number 14
23rd December 2017
This week 52 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Andy RUSSELL • Mark GRACE • Sharon CADDELL • Robert NICHOLS • Tara Louise OXLEY • Isobel RUSSELL • Paul HAYDON • Dot LONGLEY-COOK • David ASPIN • Thomas ASPIN • Donovan JOHNSON CADDELL • Amy LONGLEY-COOK • Leanne SMITH • Pat MOONEY • Mark George ROGERS • Francesca Grace MOONEY • Heather CLYBURN • Edward COCHRANE

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 689 participants have completed 1,099 parkruns covering a total distance of 5,495 km, including 211 new Personal Bests.

See you Saturday - park with consideration please, meet us outside the visitor centre for 8:50am, and don't forget your barcodes! #DFYB

Sharon

 

Event #14

Flatts Lane parkrun
Event number 14
23rd December 2017
This week 52 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Andy RUSSELL • Mark GRACE • Sharon CADDELL • Robert NICHOLS • Tara Louise OXLEY • Isobel RUSSELL • Paul HAYDON • Dot LONGLEY-COOK • David ASPIN • Thomas ASPIN • Donovan JOHNSON CADDELL • Amy LONGLEY-COOK • Leanne SMITH • Pat MOONEY • Mark George ROGERS • Francesca Grace MOONEY • Heather CLYBURN • Edward COCHRANE

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 689 participants have completed 1,099 parkruns covering a total distance of 5,495 km, including 211 new Personal Bests.

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