Event 201 – 22nd April 2017

It was a bit of a grey start at Sconce and Devon park as the volunteers arrived just after 8.15am. Unfortunately the roadworks were still in place meaning the overspill carpark was called into action again! Thanks to our Parking Marshals Bob and Brian our runners were all parked up and ready to go just before 9am.

The volunteers as always did a great job setting out the course, ensuring that everything was set and ready to go in plenty of time. We had some first time volunteers this week - you all did a great job, we hope you will be back to join us in the High-vis team soon.  A special thanks to Jon Rawon who stepped in as a 30 minute pacer at the last minute.

Thanks to all this week's volunteers as we say each week without the volunteers parkrun would not be able to take place! If you are interested in volunteering at Newark parkrun please get in touch!

Well done to all 182 of you who ran, jogged and walked your way around the course. 35 of you managed to get PB's this week and for those of you that didn't quite manage it, there is always next week! A special mention to our 14 first timers and tourists from Doncaster and Windsor we hope you enjoyed the course and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

A big Well done to Simon Drury who completed his 50th parkrun on Saturday this week.- Congratulations!

See you all next week for more parkrun fun!

Fiona

Now for the stats.......

Newark parkrun - Event number 201 - 22nd April 2017

This week 182 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Steven EBBINGHAUS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:16 - first time in 10 appearances.
Adrian DIX (VM40-44) of Notfast RC, was second over the line in 19:43.
Dylan THOMAS (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:55.

Female placings:
Gill OXLEY (VW45-49) of Notfast RC, was first (18th overall) over the line in 23:36 - 9th time in 114 appearances.
Kimberley ETHERINGTON-BATES (SW25-29) of Notfast RC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 23:44.
Jo GIBBON (VW45-49) of Lincoln and District Runners, was third (29th overall) over the line in 24:14.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) – 79.64% for the time 27:30 (72nd overall).
Chris DUNN (VM70-74) – 74.77% for the time 23:35 (17th overall).
Lawrence TATTON (VM65-69) – 71.58% for the time 24:06 (27th overall).

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 00:18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
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 4,481 participants have completed 32,362 parkruns covering a total distance of 161,810 km, including 7,025 new Personal Bests.

 

Run 200 – with a record 333 runners! 15th April 2017

 

It was a typical Easter day. A cool breeze, sunny spells with showers forecast. And roadworks, right by the park gate.

 

That didn’t put off a record 333 runners enjoying their run. That’s approx. 80 more than our previous highest total, and 23 more than the number of finish tokens that we have! So apologies if we were a bit slower than normal in dealing with you as you came across the line, but I don’t think that anyone minded too much as cake was waiting by the scanners and Easter Chocolates for our Juniors and in some cases our not-so-Juniors.

 

The increase in numbers was partly down to Belton House parkrun not running and it was good to see our friends from Grantham. We don’t want any of our regulars to defect, but if you haven’t visited Belton yet, its well worth it. A flat 2 – lap course with deer and a good coffee shop.

 

As well as having to deal with many more runners (that’s a nice problem to have) we had the further complication of the main car park being closed due to the ongoing road works. We may be back to normal parking next week, will let you know on Facebook.

 

Sophie from Newark's Notfast family was in charge of bell – ringing and went on to complete her 19th parkrun. Between the two of us we managed to confuse all 333 runners by standing on a bench at the back of the group, not just because its safer, but our usual tree-stump has disappeared! So expect to see Run Directors there again in the next few weeks.

 

We congratulated James Singer on his 100th run and then they were off – quite a sight with over 300 runners speeding to the first right hander at the end of the home straight.

 

First Timers, and Tourists

 

82 First timers and Tourists. Phew, that explains the big increase in numbers. Hope our first timers enjoyed their run, all were well prepared with their barcodes and we look forward to seeing you again next week and the week after that and by then you’ll be hooked.

 
Visitors that I spoke to included Andy Cameron all the way from Greenock, Gary Robinson from East Hull who had heard about our infamous steps, and Jon and Anna Hobbs from Leeds – Jon was first back in a nippy time of 16.58, with Anna not far behind in 24.15 to finish 10th female.

 

Jean Bates and Heather Charles from Milton Keynes enjoyed our course and a massive turnout of 19 runners from Sleaford Striders helped to swell our numbers. Their team included Mark Page who was celebrating his 50th run – well done Mark.

 

However, the record for the largest visiting team on Saturday goes to Holme Pierpoint Running Club with 23 runners, with two finishing in the top ten; David Greenwood 5th and Eddy George 7th. At this point I have to mention that Newark AC had 3 in the top 10; Craig Renton 3rd, Becky Gallop 9th and Lee Braithwaite 10th. Not that it’s a competition!!

 
Volunteers

 

Many thanks to all of our volunteers. If it wasn’t for you we would have had to stay home eating our Easter Eggs. At this stage, we still have vacancies for 3 marshals and a timekeeper next week, please get in touch if you would like to help.

 

Netty Stevens and guide Dona Hall made an attractive pair dressed as Easter bunnies for their tail – running duties and other rabbits were spotted throughout the run.

 

Dave Tilley and Jon Rawson were back in their usual slots pacing 25 and 30, both finishing as planned slightly ahead of their times, surrounded by packs of runners.

 

The finish - funnel team of 4 did an excellent job, keeping calm under the pressure of dealing with so many people (there was a full funnel at one point!)

 

Bar coders managed to deal with the queue politely and efficiently and I’m pleased to say I had some appreciative comments from tourers about our friendly, encouraging marshals around the course.

 

You may have seen Stuart Hawkes and his two young daughters enjoying marshalling recently which is great to see. All three are really helpful and it will be nice to see them all gain their ‘Purple 25’ T shirts soon.

 

Whilst not volunteering, Jon and Brian were on IT support in Rumbles cafe and after a couple of minor glitches the results were complete and coffee consumed by 11 o’clock. We are never short of helpers to sort the finishing tokens, thanks to everyone that has in the past, and to Gill and Ben Flye for sorting over 300 on Saturday. And amazingly, all tokens were there. So thanks runners and volunteers, the system works

 

Volunteering - a D of E point of view from Josh and Matty

 

‘Hi lads, so what is it that enjoy about volunteering at parkun?’

 
Josh – ‘What I enjoy is the fact you gain a completely different perspective on park run itself, due to getting there earlier, seeing all the work done before the runners turn up’.

 

Also. seeing how different people run and how they approach parkrun. At Newark I have seen people with dogs, lots of happy faces as well as people being appreciative towards me and Matty when we marshal together. something that we really appreciate and makes the experience worthwhile.’

 

‘I enjoy marshalling the most due to all the kind comments and positive feedback we gain. parkrun is a great gathering of young and old, walkers and runners, dogs and people and a super start to a Saturday morning!’

 
‘Ok thanks Josh, that’s good to hear, how about you Matty?’

 

Matty ‘I enjoy the volunteering because it's fun giving people encouragement. Also I enjoy it because it's helping other people and they appreciate that’.

 

Thanks Matty. And is there anything that you don’t enjoy?

 

Both –‘Getting up early on a non – school day!!!’

 

‘Ah ok, thanks lads’.

 
Striders Special (edited for a family audience) – thanks Jan

 

A windy and chilly day welcomed a massive turnout today, Newark parkrun is obviously THE place to be on a Saturday morning... so I was a little disappointed when I was the only member of the snowboard team there, valid excuse from Michael Parker, but lame excuses from Jason(work!) and Dan who actually didn't have an excuse!

 

Some great running today, particularly from the guys... Philippa, Stacey, Dave, Andy, Nick who ran in truly demanding conditions in the Brighton Marathon last Sunday, although I didn't find the conditions too difficult... for my BBQ. Dave Tilley again gave me a lesson in pacing, perfect 25 minute pacing job perfectly executed and good to see Simon Drury back in action. Great turnout, great running everyone and great cakes at the end!

 
Dates for your diary;

 
6 May – Bring your Bling or Show us your T Shirt!

A lot of you have earned medals and T shirts for various events from 10k’s to Marathons. Some have been awarded in the last few weeks, others may be from 30 years ago! But whatever your reason, dig out your favourite and wear it on 6 May. More details to follow

 
3 June – our 4th Anniversary. More details to follow. May contain cake.

 
1 July – A repeat of last year’s successful CPR / AED training. A free session lasting 30 mins to be held after parkrun. If you had needed to assist someone at a run, at home, or at work who had suffered a heart attack, these skills could vastly improve your chances of saving their life.

Numbers limited to 25, please e-mail us if you would like to attend.

 
Results

 

Another fantastic run from Joe Monk saw him set a new record at Newark for the Junior Male 10 category with a time of 20.28 to finish 14th overall. Congratulations Joe!

 
Well done Christine Heaton from Holme Pierpoint Running Club who achieved the highest age – grade score of the day with 83.21% from a time of 20.39 in the female 50 – 54 group.

 
Male placings:
John HOBBS (VM35-39) of Valley Striders AC, was first over the line in 16:58 - first appearance.
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second over the line in 18:14 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was third over the line in 18:23 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

 
Female placings:
Rebecca GALLOP (SW30-34) of Newark AC, was first (9th overall) over the line in 19:35 - 7th time in 9 appearances.
Christine HEATON (VW50-54) of Holme Pierrepont RC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 20:39.
Louise READ (SW30-34) of Holme Pierrepont RC, was third (18th overall) over the line in 20:40.

 
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Christine HEATON (VW50-54) – 83.21% for the time 20:39 (17th overall).
Friedel PLANT (VW70-74) – 80.21% for the time 28:13 (166th overall).
Janice DAVIDSON (VW60-64) – 80.03% for the time 24:57 (92nd overall).

 
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 00:18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
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 4,467 participants have completed 32,180 parkruns covering a total distance of 160,900 km, including 6,990 new Personal Bests.

Have a good week, see you next Saturday when Fiona will be Run Director.

 

 

 

Newark parkrun 199 – Spring sunshine and pinched poetry

187 lovely parkrunners ran Newark parkrun in the spring sunshine this Saturday. With regular runner Dylan Thomas having a good run in fourth position, I thought it would be a good time to share a welsh poem, shamelessly pinched from Conwy parkrun.

 

parkrun is the place to be, for running nuts like you and me,
But to keep it friendly and keep it safe, everyone must know their place.
We have some rules, some etiquette, that park runners should not forget.

On our course we have no right of way, so let other users enjoy their day.
The cyclists, walkers, those with dogs too, all take precedence over you.
Our usage permissions we need to keep, and complaints from other users make us lose sleep.

Keep left on paths when traffic is two way, then everyone can go safely about their play.
If you run with your dog (only one mind you!), then only the shortest lead will do.
Sorry, extendables are just not allowed, not when we regularly have such a large crowd.

We love to see families running together, the old and the young in every weather,
But if your child is under eleven, then to be within arm’s reach of them is a given.
Bring your buggies with tiny tots too, but don't use them as rams to push your way through!

Thank the volunteers as you go around, without them we wouldn't have a parkrun to pound.
Help each other, it's a friendly run, your PB is less important than us all having fun.
If someone is hurt ask "Are you OK?" It won't slow you down and it will make their day,
to know that we all care for each other, and that if we need help, someone will bother.

There's a first aid kit at the finish for you, so minor injuries can be dealt with too.
A defib we have at the finish line, just in case, heaven forbid, we need it sometime.
Please if you are injured or see someone hurt, report it to the run director in the blue and white shirt.
We'll fill in an incident form for you, and reflect on what's happened for future runs too.

On the course you are our eyes and ears, if something happens and you don't like what appears,
Then speak to the run director on the day, and we will rectify things, if we can, straight away.
We know that you love to meet friends for a chat, but after the run brief is the time for that.
You may think that you've heard all the drivel before, but your safety is paramount, shh, listen - it's the law!

Finally, please come and chat over coffee, or sausage butties and cake in the Rumbles Cafe.
We love to see everyone gathered in one place
To celebrate a fabulous run... Not a race!

Hope you liked it - Jon H

 

Newark parkrun, Event number 199, 8th April 2017

This week 187 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was first over the line in 18:22 - 9th time in 35 appearances.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was second over the line in 18:42 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Leigh MARSHALL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:56.

Female placings:
Sara MICKLEBURGH (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (31st overall) over the line in 23:56 - third time in 8 appearances.
Gill OXLEY (VW45-49) of Notfast RC, was second (35th overall) over the line in 24:38 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Lynne FENDER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 24:54.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) – 78.45% for the time 27:55 (77th overall).
Joseph MONK (JM10) – 76.88% for the time 21:16 (9th overall).
Chris DUNN (VM70-74) – 76.45% for the time 23:04 (23rd overall).

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 00:18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
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 4,385 participants have completed 31,847 parkruns covering a total distance of 159,235 km, including 6,936 new Personal Bests.

 

198th event

220 members of the parkrun family gathered by 9am

208 men, women and children raring to run

14 first-timers here to use their barcodes for the first time

19 tourists from as far afield as Belton, Melton Mowbray, Hertford and Cornwall

12 volunteers looking resplendent in high-vis; thank you all

1 50th parkrun to celebrate – congratulations Graham Welsh

1 birthday runner – congratulations again Graham Welsh

1 Jan Bailey, first over the line (18.57)

1 John Broom, second to finish (19.21)

1 Andrew Welshman, in third place (19.36)

1 Dawn Broom, first woman over the line (22.48)

1 Jackie Duers, second woman to finish (25.05)

1 Lynda Madden, in third female place (25.24)

202 more happy runners crossed the finish line

1 Run Director happy with how everything went

1 big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who came along

 

Newark parkrun
Event number 198
1st April 2017

This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was first over the line in 18:57 - 8th time in 34 appearances.
John BROOM (VM45-49) of Penistone Footpath Runners AC, was second over the line in 19:21.
Andrew WELSHMAN (VM50-54) of London Heathside Runners AC, was third over the line in 19:36 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Dawn BROOM (VW50-54) of Penistone Footpath Runners AC, was first (24th overall) over the line in 22:48 - second time in 2 appearances.
Jackie DUERS (VW50-54) of Mansfield Harriers & AC, was second (46th overall) over the line in 25:05 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Lynda MADDEN (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (52nd overall) over the line in 25:24.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) – 76.60% for the time 28:08 (99th overall).
Dawn BROOM (VW50-54) – 76.39% for the time 22:48 (24th overall).
Andrew WELSHMAN (VM50-54) – 75.85% for the time 19:36 (third overall).

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 00:18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
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 4,364 participants have completed 31,660 parkruns covering a total distance of 158,300 km, including 6,903 new Personal Bests.

 

 

197 for 197

Newark parkrun
Event number 197
25th March 2017

Well, not often that happens, 197 runners this week for event number 197!

It would have been more but 30+ of our contingent took up an offer from fellow Newark parkrunner and NOTFAST club member Piotr Dura and travelled to his home town to undertake a spot of international tourism at the Poznan parkrun in Poland, and the local Half Marathon on the Sunday.

Jan Bailey's report of the day:
International parkrun report from Poznan, Poland.
Beautiful morning, sun shining and a short tram ride, the Newark parkrun team consisting of Notfast and Striders runners invaded the Cytadela Park to contest the Poznan city parkrun. We were made very welcome by the local parkrun team and the course was very beautiful, although lots of sharp corners winding around a single lap course. Everyone performed amazingly well with some great runs and amazing PB's

The run was finished with an unknown drink and some biscuits which were demolished by Adam! A great warm up for the main event tomorrow... The 10th Poznan Half Marathon!!

You can see all about Poznan parkrun and how our intrepid adventurers got on, along with photos, on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ParkrunPoznan/

It was a glorious morning, the sun coming out in time for the start after the early morning mist had lifted.

We welcomed 15 first timers to our event and also tourists from Clumber, Belton, Sleaford, and further afield from Preston, Banbury and Maidenhead. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and will be back for more punishment.

Thanks, as always, to our volunteers, and Faith Middleton for helping to sort the tokens in Rumbles after the run.

Brian THOMPSON  •  Charlotte STEVENS  •  Chris DUNN  •  Fiona WHITTINGHAM  •  Jeremy REICHELT  •  Jon RAWSON  •  Keith MEASURES  •  Krista DANIEL  •  Peter DANIEL  •  Peter MIDDLETON  •  Susan WATSON  •  Wyn THOMAS  •  Zoe SMITH

The funnel management team retreating to their positions after the second lap.

Good to see Peter Daniel on the mend and managing to walk round as tailrunner (not sure what he would have done if there had been no walkers!). And also to see Wyn, another injured runner, taking on volunteering duties (at one point he was our sole barcode scanner until Chris and Fiona stepped in).

Chris showing the way (just in case it wasn't obvious!).

Charlotte is coming to the end of her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh volunteering. She has been fantastic throughout, quietly but surely carrying out each role she has been given. I hope she continues and that we see her back for Silver! Thank you Charlotte.

Jon was on pacing at 30 minutes. Looks like he did a great job, coming in just under and I can see from the results that there were 3 PB's earned, including Karen Clark who got her third PB in a row!

And a well done to all who managed PB's. This one is of 10 year old Hannah (30.20) celebrating with Dad and brother.

Milestones
Even though I did do a shout out we did have Graeme Britten completing his 50th parkrun ( he didn't want to step into the limelight and have his 5 seconds of fame). Well done Graeme, he included his parkrun in an overall 10k run.

Reminders
Belton is not on next week (if any of you were fancying a trip over). The international horse trials are on and so they have had to cancel.

Also, Gordon Geach (Belton parkrun Event Director) is asking if any of you would like to become involved in assisting blind runners by becoming a guide.

I am looking into arranging the above workshop (given by English
Athletics) in Grantham in April/May. The workshop is 2.5 hours long and
more details can be found here

http://www.englandathletics.org/disability-athletics/get-involved/sight-loss-awareness-and-guide-running-workshop.

I would imagine it would be an evening weekday workshop starting at
18:30 - 21:00.

The cost is £30, but if you are affiliated then it drops to £20, but I
will try and negotiate on this. So looking for numbers on who from your
parkruns might be interested?

Get in touch with us via email or Facebook if you are interested and we will put your name forward to Gordon.

 

This weeks stats:

This week 197 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.
Male placings:
Adam HOLLAND (SM30-34) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 17:40 - 95th time in 111 appearances.
Tom MARSHALL (SM30-34) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second over the line in 17:51 - was first to finish once before.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was third over the line in 18:32 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Female placings:
Amelia HALL (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (31st overall) over the line in 23:49 - first time in 9 appearances.
Gill OXLEY (VW45-49) of Notfast RC, was second (36th overall) over the line in 24:16 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Kimberley ETHERINGTON-BATES (SW25-29) of Notfast RC, was third (37th overall) over the line in 24:19.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) – 77.70% for the time 27:44 (84th overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW65-69) – 77.60% for the time 26:56 (74th overall).
Adam HOLLAND (SM30-34) – 73.21% for the time 17:40 (first overall).
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 00:18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
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 4,330 participants have completed 31,452 parkruns covering a total distance of 157,260 km, including 6,871 new Personal Bests.

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