Rain, rain go away – don’t come to Newark on parkrun day…
Event 138 began with the volunteers wondering whether, for the first time, they would outnumber the runners. 8.50am came and went. Three brave first-timers, along with tourists from Doncaster and the USA were briefed in the rain, but where was everyone else? Sheltering in their cars and the toilets, ready for a last-minute dash to the start – that’s where they were. Due to the wet weather, the ‘Run Director’ tree stump was on the slippery side, but Ernie’s enormous umbrella provided welcome cover.
In addition to welcoming our first-timers and tourists, runners were warned that the course was even wetter and muddier today and would be more like cross country; this clearly delighted some and horrified others, judging by the expressions on people’s faces! Peter Davis also announced that entries for the reinstated Newark half marathon will be going live this week, and it was good to welcome a photographer from the Newark advertiser too who took some photos to publicise this and our wonderful parkrun.
Finally, the volunteers were thanked – these were the wonderful people who then ‘encouraged’ everyone to splash in the steeplechase puddle at the end of each lap. Well done to all who took up the challenge and ran straight through. The ‘biggest splash’ prize goes to Simon Daniel!
124 wet, soggy runners crossed the line in the rain, led by Adam Holland, with Simon Daniel and Craig Renton in hot (or should that be wet?) pursuit. Heidi Harris was first woman home, with Phillipa Clarke and Marilyn Hatherley in second and third. Well done to all of our finishers – thanks for coming to run on such a vile day.
Event number 138
6th February 2016
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 19:20 - 66th time in 77 appearances.
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:56 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was third over the line in 20:07.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 2424 pts.
Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 2412 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 2297 pts.
Heidi HARRIS (VW40-44) of Southwell RC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 23:13 - 5th time in 8 appearances.
Philippa CLARKE (SW25-29) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second (35th overall) over the line in 25:49.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) of Notfast RC, was third (53rd overall) over the line in 27:29.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2629 pts.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 2589 pts.
Philippa CLARKE (Newark Striders Running Club) 2310 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) was graded 73.74% for the time 27:29 (53rd overall).
Chris DUNN (VM65-69) was graded 69.59% for the time 25:03 (26th overall).
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) was graded 68.48% for the time 19:56 (second overall).
This week there were 124 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,104 different runners, including participants from 232 athletics clubs, have completed 20,409 runs covering a total distance of 102,045 km, and there have been 4,736 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 2015-04-11 (event number 97).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 2014-07-12 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a 83.70% run (15:51) on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.