Event #49

Happy birthday to us! Can you believe it is one year since our parkrun got off the ground? Well yes, I can! ;-)

First and foremost, I must thank todays volunteers: Amy GALLILEE • Andy JOHNSON71 • Ann-Marie JOHNSTONE • Carolyn RIGBY • David ASPIN • Donovan JOHNSON CADDELL • Erin JOHNSON CADDELL • Heather CLYBURN • Joanne MARSHALL • Kevin MURRAY • Kevin PRATT • Lesley PARRATT • Rebecca ASPIN • Sharon CADDELL • Stephen MOTSON • Susan WILLOUGHBY • Tony GALLILEE - I think you will agree that the high viz gang were absolute superstars this morning.

So we celebrated with a bit of a woodland themed run this morning (wearing green or fancy dress) and with a bit of a post run social with cakes and goodies.
It was great to see several of you rise to the challenge with rabbits, squirrels, wolves, bats and bears amongst the offerings, as well as the lesser spotted Superman, and also two Fantastic Mr Foxes! Very colourful and great fun.

Thank also to those who brought goodies and cakes, including the amazing and artistic owl cake - it was phenomenal! The lady who baked it told me she made it last night - I had to point out that I had a also made a cake last night but it looked nothing like as ornamental and beautiful.

Reflecting on our first year then...we had 61 different finishers, male and female, and the top five of those with most first finishers were: Kath Aspin (10), Jack Hustwitt (9), and Harry Potter (5).

167 different clubs have taken part in Flatts Lane parkrun and the top three are: Swift-tees (83), North Yorkshire Moors Athletics Club (61) and Stockton Striders (58) - it's been great to have all of these visit, including those who have included our run on their club leagues.

We have had only one sub 20 female runner: Racheal Bamford, from Otley AC who clocked 19:46 on 11th November 2017, and the sub 17 male runner prize is still up for grabs, although Greg Jayisuriya got very close with 17:05 on 10th February 2018.

The top three males in the age graded league were: Karl Edwards (78.45%), Daniel Bennett (76.35%) and Stuart McLay (76.17%).

The top three females in the age graded league were: Kath Aspin (75.86%), Racheal Bamford (74.87%) and Ella Towers (73.45%).

The three fastest male runners were Greg Jayasuriya (17:05), Ben Bergstrand (18:05) and Leon Foster (18:43) and the three fastest female runners were Racheal Bamford (19:46), Betty Bergstrand (21:16) and Eli Barnbrook (21:49).

Other stats:

Number of events: 48 Number of runners: 1,388 Number of runs: 3,163
Number of first finishers: 61 Number of clubs: 167 Number of PBs: 668
Average number of runners per week: 65.9 Average number of runs per runner: 2.3 Biggest Attendance: 174
Average run time: 00:30:02 Total hours run: 0Years 65Days 23Hrs 36Min 3Secs Total distance run: 15,815km

I must big thanks to top volunteers Heather Clyburn, Mark Rogers and David Aspin for the numerous times that have supported the run in its first year, but also to other regulars including Robert Nichols, Mark Grace, Kevin Pratt, Kevin Murray, Angela Harding, Ange Wood, Paul Haydon, Carl and Kathryn Gaskin, Deborah Birkett, Matt Smith, Mark Edwards, Bob Howe, Ella and Geoff Towers, Ann-Marie Johnstone, Lesley Parratt, Susan Willoughby, our two Duke of Edinburgh students Edward and Will, members of the Aspin family and ,of course, my own family, Donovan, Erin, Andrew and Isaac - thank you all, you have kept our fabulous parkrun going and growing!  I have no doubt this second year will see Flatts Lane getting stronger and it picking up more fans, regulars and new supporters along the way too.

So, back to the present, and let's reflect on what happened today...

Flatts Lane parkrun, Event number 49, 15th September 2018

 

This week 65 people ran, jogged and walked the course, a big warm welcome to the visitors today from Cambridge, Germany, Surrey, Shropshire, Durham, Albert, Redcar and Stewart parkruns - hope you enjoyed it folks and come back to see us again!

11 were first timers - hello to Andrew Nesbit, Albert Hill, Stuart Edon, Andrew Dippie, Stephen Tawse, Michaela Welham, Alison Tapper, Nicky Johnson, Stuart Hawkes, Lucy Tapper, and Jessica Simpson - good to see you all :-)

15 recorded new Personal Bests - well done to Graham Hall, Jennifer O'Brien, Paul Readman, Paul Smethurst, Sam Smethurst, Jacob Smethurst (well done the family Smethurst!/ Simpson), Sue Terry, Elliot Brown, Ange Wood, Zoe Cuthbert, Andrew Brown, Brett Mead, Andrew Kerr and Claire Daykin.  Of course, a huge well done to all who completed the course, which inlcudes doing our infamous Godfalter Hill twice :-D

Representatives of 11 different clubs took part: Telford Harriers, Swift-tees, Stockton Striders Ac, Redcar Running Blub, NYMAC, New Marske Harriers, Loftus AC, Fell Runners Association, Derwent Valley Trail Runners, and Billingham Marsh House Harriers - you were all very welcome, and do keep spreading the news about our parkrun.

Thanks to everyone for a great morning, and see you all again next Saturday when Mark will be in charge - remember, we'll need volunteers then too so let us know if you can help :-D

See you soon,

Sharon

x

 

Flatts Lane parkrun Event number 47 1st September 2018

This week 36 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

A lovely morning at Flatts Lane, down on runners this week due to the Middlesbrough 10K, but plenty of volunteers, Many Thanks.

 

Visitors from Barnsley, Northumberland, Durham, Darwen, Tring and Long Eaton.

Keith Gordon from Barnsley was racking up his 100th different parkrun event.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Bob HOWE • David ASPIN • Rebecca ASPIN • Stephen MOTSON • Kevin MURRAY • Kevin PRATT • David ROBINSON • Helen TYREMAN • Philip ELTHERINGTON • John LAVENDER • Derek GEORGE • Clare WINSPEAR • Heather CLYBURN • William HARLAND

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 1,363 participants have completed 3,105 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,525 km, including 659 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #42 (Meaning of Life)

Hi parkrunners,

We had sun to start, then rain, and then sun again. As weather sandwiches go, the rain wasn't unwelcome, and it certainly helped cool a lot of the parkrunners down as they walked, jogged and ran the fabulous Flatts Lane Country parkrun course this morning.

It was Event No 42 this morning - which is a superb achievement for our team, given some of the challenges with weather (that snow and ice!) and other issues that we have experienced in our first year.  Some of you may be familiar with my reference to the Douglas Adams books - Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy etc -  which famously asserts that the number 42 is the answer to the meaning of life (sorry for the spoiler!!).  Without giving too much else away about the book, I was reminded of that book when I saw the bulldozers in the car park this morning, causing temporary havoc to car parking arrangements, which necessitated a hasty social media post trying to advise those about to set off in their cars about alternative parking.  Fortunately, the good news is that the work should be complete by next week, and we will have additional car parking spaces on site in future - yippee!

Thanks must go to the excellent folk who turned out to volunteer this morning:

Alan GUY • Bob HOWE • Brian LAVERICK • Derek GEORGE • Donovan JOHNSON CADDELL • Erik PETTERSEN • Erin JOHNSON CADDELL • Heather CLYBURN • Ian COATES • Kerri MULDOWNEY • Liz SWAINSTON • Mark Anthony EDWARDS • Mark George ROGERS • Mark GRACE • Sharon CADDELL • Stephen MOTSON assisted by the unregistered but no less helpful COLIN LLOYD, a regular spectator at Stewart who regularly cheers his son Chris on. Chris was here visiting us today with his other other family, Alison and Katie (Event Ambassador), all for the first time. Lovely to see you all again, the LLoyds.

As well as visitors from Stewart and Dan, Event Director from Hemlington Junior parkrun, we had tourists from near and far including: Clumber Park, Sheffield, Southwark, Leighton Buzzard, Albert, Tees Barrage, Watford, Hull, Gloucester, York, Leeds and probably more besides!

Apart from the Lloyds, those noted as first timers in today's results were: Matthew Carruthers, Gareth Maloney, Douglas Cameron, Jonathan Wadd, Gavin Prechner, Paul Davies, Glyn Jagger, Christopher Rossinelli, David Gingell, Graeme Macpherson, Jacqueline Keane, Steven Allen, Claire Moffatt, Mark Hackett, Roma Tate, lil superstar Jacob Smethurst (with mum/ friend/ Stewart parkrun Event Director) Samantha Smethurst, Jennifer Carruthers, Lorna Webb, Faith & Steven Housley, Monica Coates, Megan Wilkin and the wonderful Michael McCann - it was great to have you all, and very welcome you all were too. Do remember to leave us a comment/ review on our Facebook page, and come back and see us again :-)

We didn't have any parkrun newbies this week, or milestones to mention, but there were a goodly number of PBs achieved that deserve a  mention: Peter Gale, Paul Wilkin, Jen Milsom, Simon Learman, Andrew Kerr, Paul Smethurst, Linda Macnamee, and John Kettle - huge well done to you all, you fast people, and a well done to everyone else who completed the course today.  Saturday treats have been well and truly earned ;-)

Onto the run report then...

Flatts Lane parkrun
Event number 42
28th July 2018
This week 86 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers, named above - thanks again.

We need volunteers every week, to make the parkrun happen, and we are actively looking for people to become regularly involved on the volunteer roster - every 4 weeks ideally, but less or more would also be appreciate!  Email us at flattslaneoffice@parkrun.com if you would like to be involved.

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 (and it will be our birthday event soon!). Since then 1,264 participants have completed 2,838 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,190 km, including 611 new Personal Bests - not bad eh?!

Before I go, I'm going to indulge in mentioning another connection that comes to mind from the number 42, and while it might not wholly be the meaning of life, it's definitely part of it for me: the sheer enjoyment from taking part in a parkrun event and community.  parkrun gives me, and I know it gives many others too, a great and positive focus on a Saturday morning, and I cannot imagine not being involved in some way with parkrun - ever!

I've been involved in parkrun for getting on for 10 years now, and love it because it gives such an enormous motivation to get up each Saturday, and be involved in a positive activity. As an Event Director, I have really enjoyed being able to help develop and become part of parkrun communities, and love being linked to a number of events (I love a bit of tourism!).  It is definitely a great injection of wellbeing and connectivity, and I don't think I'd be alone in saying how much I look forward to it, and how much I get out of it each Saturday, whether it's at Flatts Lane or at other events.  Well, it's better than housework, that's for sure! :-)   If you have read parkrun's weekly email news recently, you will have seen that GPs will be able to 'prescribe' parkrun to patients with health and wellbeing issues - this is fantastic news.  We all know how brilliant parkrun is, and it could be helping so many more people too. Like the prison parkruns, this is a hugely exciting development, and it can only help to encourage parkruns to become even more inclusive to the residents in their communities. It's brilliant!

So after that happy reflection, it's time for me to bid you all bye for now.  Have a great weekend all, and if you're coming to run with us again next Saturday, I will see you then :-D

Sharon

xxx

 

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

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