What a gorgeous late summer's morning it was for event 119 - not a cloud in the sky, and, unusually for our park, not a breath of wind either. Perfect conditions for a PB! We welcomed tourists from Forest Rec, Guildford and Cannon Hill, the latter being a real co-incidence as our usual first-over-the-line runner Adam Holland was first over the line at Cannon Hill, having run over 500 miles in the last few days on his way there! (Adam is currently running around the UK for charity!)
Another surprise visitor was Simon Hitchcox, running with his baby in a buggy for the first time, along with his wife and dog too - a real family outing! Simon was one of the key players in the early days of Newark parkrun and it was great to be able to present him with our now traditional hand-painted '25 volunteer' cards in recognition of his efforts.
Thanks must go to all of the volunteers who made the event happen, but in particular to Gemma Latham who stepped in at the last minute to fill a time-keeper spot. She enjoyed herself so much she has already volunteered to timekeep again next week! The roster for the coming weeks is now fairly full, although there are one or two spots avalaible if you'd like to help us out. Just drop us a line via Facebook, Twitter or our webpage.
Event number 119
19th September 2015
Philip NIND (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:23 - 5th time in 23 appearances.
Simon DANIEL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:11 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Andrew WELSHMAN (VM45-49) of London Heathside Runners AC, was third over the line in 19:27.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 1205 pts.
Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 1145 pts.
Daniel WILLIAMS (Unattached) 1056 pts.
Jenny STEEDMAN (SW30-34) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:50 - first appearance.
Amber OWENS (JW15-17) of Newark AC, was second (10th overall) over the line in 21:19 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Laura PHIPPS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 25:30.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 1256 pts.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 1156 pts.
Gill FLYE (Unattached) 1053 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 79.02% for the time 26:51 (45th overall).
Andrew WELSHMAN (VM45-49) was graded 75.24% for the time 19:27 (third overall).
Amber OWENS (JW15-17) was graded 72.71% for the time 21:19 (10th overall).
This week there were 149 runners, of whom 15 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 2,825 different runners, including participants from 205 athletics clubs, have completed 17,717 runs covering a total distance of 88,585 km, and there have been 4,346 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.