Cold, but no wind, so not bad conditions, although the top field was as sticky as me Granny’s porridge.
The roster was full a week in advance - that’s great going thanks to all that volunteered.
As well as some old hands……….oh hang on, according to the PC police, I can’t say that…………..so as well as some experienced volunteers, we welcomed I think three new names to the rota; Heather Worlledge – Andrew, who enjoyed her role as Tail - Walker so much she has offered to help again, thanks Heather, Emily Ratcliffe who took on the role of marshal and Derek Froggat, a recent recruit to parkrun, who was first to arrive to help in wrestling the kit out of the cupboard.
D of E recruits Ellie and Sophie made their roles of timekeeper and barcode scanner look easy, in fact we had to use Ellie’s watch for the results as poor Alan was almost wiped out by a runner and dog making a dip for the line, whilst being encouraged over the final few metres by their friend, having run through the funnel from one side to the other to do so! Sounds comical now, but if I could again ask parkrunners to ensure they only go through the funnel just the once please, preferably in a forward direction whilst avoiding a pile – up with any of our volunteers. I actually feel sorry for the guilty supporter though, who apologized profusely. No worries, no one was injured and its still making me chuckle!
No such fun out on course as far as I’m aware, with Jacqui Walton also marshalling as well as looking for owners of the 3 tops left at the tree after the run. We found owners for 2 of them Jacqui, including the one you had your eye on, sorry.
Team Clarke were on good form at the end of the funnel with Ernie congratulating runners in his own unique style, whilst Cathy was wide awake and calmly dealt with a token issue that would have caused lots of problems at Rumbles HQ had she not spotted it. Thanks both.
Jackie Duers and Sally Priest worked with Sophie on scanning and we had very few to add when processing the results, so clearly a good job done.Many thanks for the cake too Sally, hope you had a lovely birthday.
Thanks to all volunteers, we really do appreciate you turning out on a cold Saturday morning and giving your time for free. We couldn’t do this without you.
We welcomed tourists from Braunston, Lincoln and Conkers. Conkers is a great course if you are looking to tick off the letter ‘C’ on your touring list, but very busy. And it will probably be one of your fastest ever parkuns (if time is your thing) as its short. Still our friends from Conkers coped well with the additional 200m they ran on Saturday and enjoyed our course and hospitality. I hear that Lincoln and Braunstone are equally busy these days, but we have room for a few more and will always make tourists very welcome at Newark.
Celebrating their 50th runs were Dave Tilley, making a welcome return to Newark, along with Steve Padgett, and Simon Palmer who I believe also brought cake, thank guys. Not content with running their 50th, Steve and Dave also ran pb’s on Saturday, well done chaps. Apologies to Darren King who also ran his red T shirt earning 50th but didn’t get a mention in the run brief.
We gave a cheer to Jess Rowlands, who literally following in the footsteps of her Mum Breeze, ran every day in January as I know several of you have, to earn that other non – parkrun R.E.D. T shirt. Well done all who achieved this, but you’ll have to keep going to keep up with Jess, she’s now done 47 consecutive days! Great to be able to congratulate Junior parkrunners and if you know of any that deserve a mention, please let us know.
Caroline Froggatt from Children’s Bereavement Centre gave the good news that they have several numbers available for the Newark Half Marathon on 12th August. There is a requirement to raise a min £100, but no fee for the number. So if you would like to participate in a great local run
and help promote and support a very worthy local charity please contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome our First Timers, good to meet you, hope you enjoyed your run and will be back next week for more
PB’s – lots of, well done to the following;
Elizabeth Wynn – Jones
Heather Woolridge – Andrew
Well done to all 232 that ran, jogged, walked and enjoyed the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
Leigh Marshal celebrated his last parkrun at Newark for a while by being first back in 18.32, just 1 second slower than his PB. Hope you’re not disappointed with that Leigh, it just shows that you are consistently fast! Look forward to seeing you back at Newark soon.
Next was Dylan Thomas, in a new PB of 18.59, followed by Junior 15 – 17 Ricky, two more new names of top of the results page, which is great to see.
Heidi Harris regained her top spot with a sub – 23 minute run, followed by Rose Haddock in 23.31 another PB time and Katie Hall in her first run was next home in 23.37
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013. Since then 5,486 participants have completed 41,648 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,240 km, including 8,392 new Personal Bests.
One of our most experienced Run Directors is back in charge next week, so expect some prompt result processing!
Have a good week.