It was takeover day at event 174 – a takeover of the volunteer roster by the lovely folks from Notfast Running Club. Not only did Notfast undertake the normal volunteering roles, they also provided the largest number of pacers we have ever had. There was a pacer at two minute intervals all the way from 20 minutes through to 46 minutes. This wonderful spread of pacers led to 33 PBs, and we have had many expressions of thanks from people who finished in their best time ever. Thank you to everyone at Notfast for making this such a great event!
Two of the PBs were particularly noteworthy. Amongst the tourists were John and Christine Oldfield, who are regulars at Rushcliffe parkrun. John and Christine have set themselves the challenge of holding the M70-74 and W70-74 age category records at every parkrun in Nottinghamshire. Newark was number 7 on their list to achieve and we are delighted that they both achieved their goals, John in a time of 23.44 and Christine in 32.10, and both with age-gradings of over 70%. Well done to both of them!
Another of our tourists, Barnaby Day from London, also had a notable achievement – he was first over the line, running a time of 18.28. He was followed by Jan Bailey and Simon Daniel in times of 18.50 and 19.13 respectively. First lady to finish was Gill Oxley in 24.03. Freya White and Sara Carter finished second and third, in 24.40 and 25.07. In total 197 runners crossed the line.
Next week sees another club takeover, including pacers – this time by Witham Runners.
Event number 174
15th October 2016
Barnaby DAY (SM30-34) of Kent AC, was first over the line in 18:28 - first appearance.
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:50.
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:13 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Unattached) 1698 pts.
Brian STEVENS (Unattached) 1317 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 1298 pts.
Gill OXLEY (VW40-44) of Notfast RC, was first (32nd overall) over the line in 24:03 - 5th time in 91 appearances.
Freya WHITE (JW11-14) of Newark AC, was second (37th overall) over the line in 24:40.
Sara CARTER (VW40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third (40th overall) over the line in 25:07 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 1628 pts.
Alice GIBBS (Newark AC) 1499 pts.
Sara CARTER (Newark Striders Running Club) 1459 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
John OLDFIELD (VM70-74) was graded 77.32% for the time 23:44 (28th overall).
Kevin HART (VM55-59) was graded 73.58% for the time 21:04 (11th overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW65-69) was graded 73.34% for the time 28:04 (78th overall).
This week there were 197 runners, of whom 21 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,933 different runners, including participants from 288 athletics clubs, have completed 27,061 runs covering a total distance of 135,305 km, and there have been 6,107 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 11th April 2015 (event number 97).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Derek WILMOT who recorded a 87.90% run (19:50) on 11th June 2016 (event number 156).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.