There had been fleeting signs of spring earlier in the week, but those snowdrops must have wished they had stayed in bed on Saturday morning – it was a bit parky.
The volunteer roster was full by Thursday, (thanks folks) then we lost 1, gained 3, and at 8.00 a.m. on Saturday we lost 2 more. So it was a nice surprise when enough enthusiastic people turned up on time and we were ready to go before 9.00 a.m.
Young Freddie who was touring with his Mum Alison was keen to give the bell a good shaking and that got the attention of most of the 221 runners at the start. That’s a good turn out as several of our regulars were enjoying a ‘StrideFast’ outing. Great name that, apparently conjured up by 4 of our regular parkrun ladies from Striders and Notfast. After a lengthy briefing, including mention of the icy bridge, they were off.
First Timers and Volunteers
26 first timers braved the chilly weather, several from Notfast Joggers and Plodders and all quite rightly looked very pleased with themselves when they finished.
Our volunteers are always amazing and this week it was no different with family support from Diana and daughter Lizzie who were back on scanning duty, ably assisted by scribe Flis. D of E volunteer Charlotte on timekeeping, encouraged her Dad Brian to have a go at marshalling, not forgetting Fiona and Dave Whittingham, with thanks to Dave for modelling his plastic barcode for the benefit of the first – timers.
Also, thanks Dave and Judith Whistler, who were rudely interrupted recounting their holiday adventures in Rumbles (that reads wrong, they didn’t spend their holiday in Rumbles) with a box full of finish tokens to sort.
Finally, cheers to Dave Tilley who regularly acts as pacer, encouraging others to better times. Running 23.52 was a comfortable run for Dave today, before heading off to organize a more challenging event for several of our regular supporters.
Charlotte was kind enough to give us a report of her volunteer experience so far;
''I have volunteered at Newark parkrun for around nine weeks now as part of my bronze D of E award activities and it is a fun experience. In this time, I have done barcode scanning, handing out finish tokens, marshalling and time keeping. My favourite is the time keeping because there is a big sense of responsibility to it and I can see how much effort the runners have put in at the finish line! Also, and my favourite part of all, is having a hot chocolate at the end from Rumbles, especially on a cold winter's day like today. Thanks everyone for your support! ''
Thanks Charlotte – glad you are enjoying and you could get a job as report writer anytime soon!
As mentioned Alison and Freddie from Belton were at Newark for the first time and I think they could be back as they seemed to enjoy our course – even the steps?
We also entertained visitors from Rutland and Watford and whilst not exactly a tourist, it was good to see Simon Hitchcock and family return to Newark. Simon was involved at the start of Newark parkrun and one of our first Run Directors almost 4 years ago. This nomadic runner has now completed 58 parkuns in more than 27 different venues!
As I write this report, I can see from facebook that the celebrations are still continuing! Well done to Strider’s Lynne Boby on your 100th run. Lynne has stated that she is now pursuing a p.b. at Newark, so stand – by for more celebrations, or if you can’t get those, Quality Street will do fine Lynne.
And of course, many congratulations to Notfast’s Cathy and Ernie Clarke for their 100th run too. There are some lovely shots of all three of you enjoying your run with friends today, that’s what parkrun is about. And cake. Thanks for the cake all.
Not to be outdone, Martin Morley was celebrating his 200th run today. I know you had a few runs under your belt before you came to Newark Martin, but we love having you and your Witham colleagues here and it will be great when you earn that 250 T shirt next year. You’ll be the Peter Speechley of Newark!
Apologies and congratulations to Stuart Hawkes, as with all the fuss generated by the above, we forgot to mention your 50th run!
‘’A very special parkrun today with Keith celebrating his birthday and banging in an amazing 27:28, 4 seconds short of his PB! Cathy, Ernie and Lynne all completed their 100 parkruns today, amazing commitment and effort from you guys! There was plenty of cake and other goodies at the finish, the goodies were polished off in quicker time than the runs!
Back to the main event... Parker smashed in a credible 25:01 having run the first lap with his kid, Dave Tilley pacing 24:00, nailed it in 23:52 and the girls, Philippa and Stacey smashed in 28:50 and 28:51 respectively! Dan absolutely nailing it with a 24:51! I'm hoping to be back running parkrun in a couple of weeks, fingers crossed!’’
Hope to see you back running soon Jan.
‘Busy day for Notfast today! We had Cathy and Ernie Clarke completing their 100th parkruns at Newark this morning, and Stuart Hawkes brought his daughters along to accompany him on his 50th. Cakes were shared with other participants by way of a celebration. Congratulations, all of you!’
Borrowed from facebook, thanks to whoever wrote it.
Thirty - seven runners will have been pleased with their PBs on Saturday, including Sue Swain with 41.13 on her 23rd run, Sharon Clee; 25.47, Gill Oxley who was first female home in 23.46, and junior 11 – 14 Thomas Braithwaite with 21. 22 in 8th place!
Martin Waite was first to return, which caused some hilarity. Peter Davies and Dianne who were on token duty had wandered down to turn 1 to spectate and not having realized that Martin was on his final lap, were sprinting back to the finish behind him! In fact, I think they were running so fast they were catching him! Fortunately, I managed to compose myself and gave tokens to Martin and Craig Renton who was a close second, and by the time third placed Dan Williams crossed the line, Peter and Dianne had recovered from their interval session and were back on duty.
As mentioned Gill was first female, followed by Jackie Duers and Sara Carter both of whom have been first to finish several times in the past.
Sorry that we had some problems with the results on Saturday and thank you to those of you that let us know. We have a pretty good record of getting accurate results out on time, but with numbers regularly over 200 there may be some anomalies. I know ‘it’s not a race’ but we do like to get it right and if your result on our website differs substantially from your watch, then please get in touch and we will try to resolve it.
To help us, please ensure that;
• You bring your barcode and if it hasn’t worked for the past few weeks, then please print off a new one, or treat yourself to a plastic barcode or wristband from ERS http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/
• Once you are in the finish funnel please stay in order and don’t duck out of the side
• If you don’t want to receive a finish token for some reason, or if you haven’t done 3 laps, please don’t go through the finish
• Finish tokens are not a prize, please hand then in to the people scanning
• If you have finished your run and go back to support someone, that’s great, but please don’t go through the finish again
Many thanks. Looking forward to running next week when Brian will be in charge.
Have a good week.
Martin WAITE (VM50-54) of Newark AC, was first over the line in 18:50 - 4th time in 63 appearances.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was second over the line in 18:58.
Daniel WILLIAMS (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:54 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Brian STEVENS (Unattached) 2723 pts.
Jan BAILEY (Newark Striders Running Club) 2692 pts.
Damian DAVIES (Notfast RC) 2114 pts.
Gill OXLEY (VW45-49) of Notfast RC, was first (29th overall) over the line in 23:46 - 6th time in 105 appearances.
Jackie DUERS (VW50-54) of Mansfield Harriers & AC, was second (48th overall) over the line in 25:22 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Sara CARTER (VW40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third (55th overall) over the line in 25:39 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 2993 pts.
Sara CARTER (Newark Striders Running Club) 2629 pts.
Janet Louise DAVIES (Notfast RC) 2361 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin WAITE (VM50-54) was graded 78.94% for the time 18:50 (first overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW65-69) was graded 74.13% for the time 27:46 (82nd overall).
Mary SWINDLES (VW60-64) was graded 71.32% for the time 28:25 (92nd overall).