Thanks to Lewis Foster for ringing the bell to call us to attention.
We had 222 runners in total, 45 first timers (18 of whom were newbies to parkrun) and 53 PB's. Do remember that you can ring the PB bell loud and proud as a first timer or if you think you have recorded a PB!
What a great day weather wise. The sun was well and truly out, which was good news for the volunteers, the runners may have wilted a little though!
We were looking forward to seeing our North Carolinian volunteer make an appearance but sadly Jaqy had to call it off at the last minute. Hope you are feeling better Jaqy and we'll see you next time you are over.
Lots of tourists visiting us from Coventry, Felixstowe, Conkers parkrun (in Leicestershire), Stoke on Trent, Peterborough, Birmingham, Isle of Wight and Southampton!
First and foremost, our resident running hero Adam Holland notched up his big 100. He brought friends over from Coventry to help him celebrate (enroute to the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon). Radio Newark were also there to mark the occasion. He was however beaten into 2nd position by first timer to Newark from Sleaford Striders AC - Iain Bailey.
Despite the call for other milestones at the run brief we did have a couple of others sneak through under the radar. Take a bow Isabelle Ferraby and Hannah Jackson who both completed their 10th run as juniors, well done!
Our local hospice charity Beaumond House sent Sunshine Bear to publicise their upcoming Chase the Rainbow 5k event.
Got to hand it to the bear though managing to run a lap in the heat. Nice form too!
Do remember that it is our 3rd birthday next week. Rachel spelt out the theme in last weeks report (#153). There will be a gazebo with tables so get baking and dreaming up a trio-based fancy dress outfit. I'm sure someone will be around taking photos of you at the start in your finery.
We still only have pacers for 23 and 33 minutes. Pacing slots for 28, 38, 43, 48 and 53 mins are still open. If anyone runs around that time and would like don a pacer bib (could even be over your fancy dress costume) then let us know.
We had one parkrunner lose his car keys on the course. Thanks to Mark Jackson for running around again to look for them but last I heard they could not be located. Fortunately the owner lived locally and was given a lift back to get his spare keys and collect his car. Rumbles have been informed in case anyone hands any keys in.
Please ensure that you do not park half on the verge and half on the road on Boundary Road. We've had a complaint that vehicles could be clamped in the future if this happens again and we don't want to start causing friction with local residents. It was observed that there were serval cars parked half on the road and were causing some problems to traffic as it is a busy narrow road.
And lastly, I think this photo sums up much of what we are about. Runners gathering post-run for a coffee and a chinwag. Rumbles even put on an outdoor grill to serve bacon rolls and beef burgers. Thanks Rumbles.
For the stats aficionados...
Iain BAILEY (VM35-39) of Sleaford Striders AC, was first over the line in 17:07 - first appearance.
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was second over the line in 17:42 - has been first to finish on 76 previous occasions.
Thomas TRIMBLE (JM15-17) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was third over the line in 17:50 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 3812 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 3495 pts.
Daniel WILLIAMS (Unattached) 3168 pts.
Tanya TAYLOR (VW45-49) of Nene Valley Harriers, was first (24th overall) over the line in 22:37 - second time in 2 appearances.
Roisin MUNNELLY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (41st overall) over the line in 24:35.
Claire GRIEVES (SW30-34) of Belvoir Tri Club, was third (43rd overall) over the line in 24:39.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 3903 pts.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 3725 pts.
Philippa CLARKE (Newark Striders Running Club) 3138 pts.
See the results page for full listings http://www.parkrun.org.uk/newark/results/latestresults/