Event number 259
9th June 2018
From one birthday (our 5th) to another. This week we put the National Health Service centre stage as we helped them celebrate their 70th birthday alongside 360 other parkruns in the UK.
Out of 223 runners, many of you added something extra to the occasion and there were a fair few seen wearing blue and white (NHS colours), bandages, slings, lab coats and some ‘doctors’:
Many thanks to all of you for making it a special occasion.
We also had the annual football tournament taking place in the park. As such, we put on a couple of extra volunteers to help manage the touch points but pleased to report that everyone, on both sides, respected other park users and the two activities continued side by side without a hitch, thank you.
We had lots of first timers, nine of whom were tackling their very first parkrun! Tourists visited us from Pontefract, Tunbridge Wells, Melton Mowbray, Peterborough, 'hilly' Bestwood, Alfreton, Colwick and Cleethorpes. Hope you all enjoyed yourselves and will come back again. First timers - it is not normal for doctors, nurses and walking wounded to follow you around the course!
Of course, we also need to thank the volunteers, without whom we couldn't put the event on. Half of them are themselves NHS staff and regular volunteers which goes to show you don't really know the wealth of skills you have available at a parkrun!
Richard SHELDRAKE • Malcolm CAMMACK • Peter DAVIS • Brian THOMPSON • Jon RAWSON • Marilyn HATHERLEY • Zsuzsanna HÖRCSÖG • Alan ROBINSON • Debbie BAVIN • Paul REED • Morag REED • Paul FENTON • Dan ARKWELL • Nicki PADGETT • Donna BEVERIDGE • Bernie DIVALL • Sally PRIEST • Sophie CRAVEN • Ellie DRING • Georgia MARSHALL
Particular thanks to regular parkrunners and Newark Striders members Sally Priest and Donna Beveridge who extended their day jobs to put on a blood pressure testing station, complete with a dubious helper! They had a steady stream of willing subjects, hope your BP’s weren’t too high post run!
Congratulations to the following, who completed the Newark course faster than they had done before, well done!:
Simon DANIEL • James O'HARE • Colin GEORGE • Jack TITTERTON • Edward MUNTON • Holly BRAILSFORD • Jason COBB • Ian DOBISON • Stephen MANNION • Adrian TEASDALE • Ben STRANGEWAY • Cate DRISCOLL • Nigel SAUNDERS • Nick HARRISON • Sam GREELEY • Richard BUNN • Teegan HARRISION GOODGER • Robert LINDSAY • Ashleigh BARLOW • Jenny GARNER • Kelly SMITH • Warwick LANE • Katie GABBITAS • Victoria BAKER • Rachel BRIGGS • Zoe SWAIN • Lindsey HURST • Rebecca MARSHALL • Sarah WELLS • Fay PATERSON • Rebecca LAX • Anthony HODGETTS • Eve MALISZEWSKI • Bonnie TINSLEY • Leon Meng Kong LEONG • Diane CONSTABLE • Thomas CRAGG • Karen MANVELL • Lauren FOSTER • Amber BUNGAY • Emily MCGUINESS • Mandy GURD
As mentioned in the run brief, we had the defibrillator serviced following the incident a few weeks back and found that the battery will need replacing next year. Although the defib is maintained by NSDC we thought it would be nice if we could raise some of the funds for the replacement ourselves and show the community just how important this bit of kit is to us.
If you would like to donate please do so at the following link:
100% of the money goes into the Newark parkrun pot for our use, whether that be maintaining parkrun equipment, helping with park maintenance or buying cakes for birthday celebrations etc. Any other suggestions welcome.
From that link you will be able to see what donations we have had already and how we have spent the money. We are unable to handle cash at the event.