Run 235 – Santa tapering for his big day


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.


Run brief

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.


First Timers

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!

John Aslin

Dave Foskett

Kate Wilson

Ellie Parker

James O’Hare

Anthony Hodgetts

Zanna Perry – again!

Tom Marshall – again!

Jason Cobb

Nancy Britten

Jan Bailey – again!

Robert Parkinson

Helen Parkinson

Stuart McCletchie

Colin Firth

Sue Chicken


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.


Next week

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.


Event 234

Well done to all 157 runners that braved the cold. It was a lovely crisp, cold morning with the sun out and a frost on the ground. It makes for a refreshing run but cold hands and feet for the volunteers (especially those needing to use fingers for stopwatches, give out tokens or scanning).

So, thank you to all the volunteers that helped put on this weeks event:

We got a single person turn up for the first timer/tourist brief but looking back at the results there were a few more (so apologies for not calling you out):

Claire Wilkinson making the trip down from Lincoln to run her 49th
Michael Hill, an ex-Little Stoke parkrunner (now Chipping Sodbury)
Richard Hall doing his first spot of parkrun tourism with us from Coventry and
Nicholas Croydon-Fowler having only run at Forest Rec and Brierly Forest before today

First timers
Zsuzsanna Hörcsög ran the course for the first time having started out volunteering at Newark and young Leah Viner chose today to start her parkrun tally.

Special mention for Evie Dunlop who ran her first parkrun with her blade which was faster than when she last ran at Newark. This is her hi-fiving her friend Jess Rowlands who was marshalling at the top of the steps.

There were a number of milestones being reached this weekend:
Junior Belle Dunlop reached her 10 runs milestone and with a PB to boot!

Claire Simmonds and Zoe Smith celebrated their 50th run. It was a double celebration for Zoe as she reached her 50th birthday as well and there was a rousing rendition of happy birthday for her.

Stacey Atkins and Mark Parker both celebrated their 100th run.

Great achievements, well done! There was plenty of cake on offer back at Rumbles (and very nice it was too!) and a lovely hot coffee to warm us up.

Those who ran the course faster this time than any other time (personal bests at Newark):
Tom Marshal
Neil Smith
Simon Inman
Will Pearson Inman
Robert Parkinson
Ellie Parker
Nigel Collins
Belle Dunlop
Evie Dunlop
Zoe Avis
Jennifer Palmer
Amy Borrill
Leisa Pickles
Anthony Hodgetts
Vicki Padgett
Sharon Messam

Congratulations all.

Dates for the diary:
23rd December - Festive run - pull on your Christmas jumpers or dress up as a santa, an elf, reindeer, snowman or even just some tinsel or baubles.

30th December - parkrun as normal (09:00 start)

1st January - ADDITIONAL parkrun to kick start the new year in style NOTE 10:30 start. This is also the only time of the year to do two parkruns on the same day. Both Gedling and Clumber start theirs at 09:00 so it is possible to do those and get to Newark but please drive safely between events if you go for this.
We do need volunteers for this one so if you can give your time please get in touch.



Event number 233 – 2nd December 2017

This week was a take over by Newark Striders Running Club.

236 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and an amazing 61 recorded new Personal Bests.

Representatives of 24 different clubs took part and the event was made possible by 28 volunteers from the club and included a few honorary Striders with some younger volunteers taking part towards their Duke of Edinburgh.

10 pacers supported and ran times between 22 and 35 minutes.

There were four milestones with Ian Dawson, Mark Salkild and Andy Sirrs all running their 50th and James Bolton running his 100th.

This week also saw the official retirement of RD Rachel Sheldrake one of the founding team who set up Newark parkrun some four and a half years ago. Tribute was paid to her efforts over the past four years and she was presented with a bouquet by the current RD team.

Men’s results

1 Tom MARSHALL 17:26 SM30-34 Newark Striders Running Club New PB!
2 Michael NOTT 18:03 JM15-17 Lincoln Wellington AC New PB!
3 Andrew POWELL 18:07 VM40-44 Lincoln and District Runners New PB!

Ladies results

1 Victoria BROOKS 22:11 VW40-44 First Timer!
2 Celia DAVIS 23:23 JW15-17 New PB!
3 Sarah ALLEN 24:16 SW30-34 First Timer!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013. Since then 5,246 participants have completed 39,082 parkruns covering a total distance of 195,410 km, including 8,113 new Personal Bests.


New Year’s Day

We are pleased to announce that Newark will be hosting parkrun at 10:30am on New Year’s Day. It will mean that, should you feel up to it, you will be able to double up (the only time of the year that this is allowed) with either Gedling or Clumber as they are each starting at 09:00.

If you are ‘doing the double’ please make sure you allow plenty of time and drive safely between events.

Rumbles will be open from 10:00. We hope to see you there to start the new year off in style!

Newark event team.


Newark Parkrun Event #232 – A Beautiful Bright and Cold Autumn Morning!

This week we celebrated Newark Parkrun #232 on the coldest morning of the Autumm so far. Despite this, 188 runners left behind their duvets and gathered for our weekly festival of running heaven! Of the 188 people that ran, jogged and walked the course, 19 were first timers, 31 recorded new Personal Bests, and representatives of 18 different clubs took part including tourists from Forest Rec, Beeston, Clumber, Felixstowe, Southwick and Chesham (who also laid a claim to Hong Kong).

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As ever, the course was tough and the woodland steps offered their usual challenge while our volunteers cheered you on and reminded you 'Steps are our friends' - although some fell out of friendship with steps that can be a little unforgiving!

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There was a new PB for winner Tom Marshall in a time of 17:28, and he was forgiven for jumping the start due to his enthusiasm (time that was probably lost negotiating the 187 other park runners). Tom celebrated by ringing the PB bell and adorning the Run Director's hat:

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There were plenty of other PB's, with some of junior runners impressing the most - well done to everyone:

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And finally, let's not forget the event was made possible by our 18 volunteers: Malcolm CAMMACK • Alex LOACH • Colin GREEN • Judith WHISTLER • Nicki FENTON • Peter DANIEL • Alan ROBINSON • Mike RICHARDS • Catherine CLARKE • Breeze ROWLANDS • Nick HARRISON • Paul FENTON • Angela BROWN • Thomas FENTON • Jessica ROWLANDS • Donna BEVERIDGE • Sally PRIEST • Anthony HODGETTS. With a special mention to Mike Richards (champion 'tail walker') for reaching his '25' volunteer milestone:


Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page: and do consider volunteering, the latest vacancies are always available by visiting

On to next week, when Newark Striders will be in 'take over' mode as volunteers, led by Run Leader Jon Rawson:


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