We might have expected more runners this week, with several parkruns in the Midlands being cancelled due to icy conditions, but our numbers were slightly down. I suggested it was due to several of our regulars touring or Christmas shopping, but apparently it may have been as a result of a party the night before!
The 157 that were in attendance enjoyed their run / walk, even those that had been to the party.
The was a family theme to the volunteer team, with Isabelle, Megan and Stuart Hawkes Tail – Walking and Gill, Richard and Ben in action scanning and marshalling.
Bernie had a secret stash of sweets for sharing at the top of the steps and Pete, with DofE Volunteers Ellie and Sophie did a great job at the end of our expanded finish funnel; did anyone notice it was longer? Extending it was a great idea that came from Alan, as when we have larger numbers, there is the danger of it filling up. Look forward to testing it when we back to over 200.
Once Alan and Dean had set up the finish, they were in charge of time keeping, with Kim and Lesley completing the scanning team.
You may have seen Faye taking interest in the Run Director role and based on her performance when processing the results, it won’t be too long before her first stint as RD. Thanks for volunteering Faye, you will be a great addition to the team.
As always, the most entertaining task of the day turned out to be getting the new banner back in its case, with DofE Volunteer Katie and Dad Damien enthusiastically wrestling the banner to the ground, before getting advice from Kim.
Amelia rang the bell to start the run - brief and we welcomed tourists from Aylesbury, Salisbury, Burton on Trent, Leicester and Kent. We hope you enjoyed our course and that we get to see you again.
Apologies for not noticing it was Darren Wilkinson’s 50th run, but well - done Darren and congratulations also to Newark regular Keith Measures who ran his 150 parkrun on Saturday.
Just 3 pure first - timers this week, welcome Harry Lanham, Joshua Curt and Darren Watkin. I spoke to Joshua after he completed his run in a time of 27.15 and he commented that it was tiring, but fun and he’ll be back next week. That’s good, hope to see all 3 of you again soon and well done on your first run.
Congratulations to all who ran their best times on Saturday, not easy in this cold weather. I seem to remember some of these names cropping up more than once just recently!
Zanna Perry – again!
Tom Marshall – again!
Jan Bailey – again!
The serious bit
There was some concern on Saturday as it appeared that two people had lost valuables from inside of their kit bags that had been left at the start and at one stage we feared this may have been as a result of theft. Of course, we were hoping that this wasn’t the case as we couldn’t believe that anyone from the parkrun community would steal anything, but of course we are in a public area.
Fortunately, both items were found, but it was a timely reminder to be careful what you leave unattended. There will always be a volunteer close by, but we can’t guard your belongings, so please leave valuables in your car if possible. Bikes are a popular target for thieves too, so please lock it before you leave it. Thanks.
On a lighter note, its Christmas Eve Eve next Saturday and a great excuse to wear your Christmas jumper / Santa suit or hat / Elf / Reindeer / Little helper costume. Unfortunately Rumbles Café won’t be open, so you may want to bring your own refreshments / snacks and stay for a seasonal nibble after the run. Or if the weather isn’t so kind, retire to another coffee shop. We’ll put a reminder post on facebook during the week.
First home was tourist and Junior Runner Max Perry in an excellent time of 17.08, giving the Newark regular fast chaps someone to chase. Max normally runs at Aylesbury parkrun, and was joined by brother Ethan and Dad Nick all on their first visit to Newark.
Regular Newark runners Tom Marshall and Jan Bailey were in hot pursuit, both earning another PB, in times of 17.11 and 17.33. There’s a nice atmosphere of friendly rivalry and support between these guys and it was good to see both warmly congratulate Max.
Another Junior Runner, Laura Bates was again first woman home in 20.57. Laura was supported by Mum Alison who is known to many of us as a well – respected Physio. As well as supporting, Alison may have been watching out for existing clients that shouldn’t be running, so I hope you weren’t spotted!
Another Junior, Nancy Britten was second woman home in a PB time of 21.32 and it was good to see Emma Gilbert back at Newark, finishing third in 23.40.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Bob WHITE • Stuart HAWKES • Peter DAVIS • Katie DAVIES • Lesley BUTLIN • Richard FLYE • Gill FLYE • Dean HOULTON • Ben FLYE • Alan ROBINSON • Faye HEMINGWAY • Kimberley ETHERINGTON-BATES • Bernie DIVALL • Megan HAWKES • Isabelle HAWKES • Sophie CRAVEN • Ellie DRING
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul BUTCHER who recorded 86.53% (17:19) on 21st January 2017 (event number 188).
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013. Since then 5,263 participants have completed 39,396 parkruns covering a total distance of 196,980 km, including 8,145 new Personal Bests.
Have a good week, look forward to seeing you next week in your Christmas gear, when Jon Hobbs is back in charge.