As I arrived early at the park on Saturday morning, the mist was beginning to clear and I could see that we had visitors. There were several tents, with people and children all dressed in medieval clothing, preparing to fight each other apparently! Civil War re-enactments are a regular feature at Devon and Sconce park, and as always this lot were very friendly, but declined my invitation to join us in a run, as its not easy to run in medieval clothing.
With crowds gathering, Junior Harry Wright was keen to ring the bell to start the run briefing before going on to run a PB of 28.48 on his 3rd parkrun. Well done Harry, let us know when you have run 10 and get your T shirt. Surprising that no one rang the bell to end the briefing – it did go on a bit! Apart from welcoming the 29 first timers and tourists from Conkers, Belton and Great Yarmouth there were several other things to talk about.
Seven tourists from Norfolk treated our parkrun as a warm up to Mudfest at Newark showground later in the day, where they were competing in a 10k, an obstacle race and then a 10 miler on Sunday! Phew, glad you enjoyed our run folks, hope you survived the rest of your weekend. Our own Peter Middleton, fresh from celebrating his recent birthday also went on to Mudfest, not before treating us all to chocolates, thank Peter.
You may have seen the pictures on our Facebook page of the Points Table winners for Year 3, who were presented with their awards on Saturday. Kate Fisher was pleased to receive her award after a great 10k the previous evening and Lauren Davies was Junior winner for the 3rd consecutive year, well done Lauren. Joe Stanley won the Junior Men’s award, and actually topped the table overall, with Adam Holland receiving the Senior Men’s award to add to his vast collect of trophies.
Of course parkrun is not a race, its not about winning, although I know a lot of us regularly try to beat our PB or each other! But for those who like a competition and an extra incentive, then the points competition is ideal. You even get points for volunteering, up to a max of 3 times. (This explains why Kay and I are top of the tables at the moment, but its like a football league after the first 2 weeks and it won’t last!) If you would like to know more about the points competition, just have a look at the link; https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200565293-The-points-competition.
We were pleased to present the award for ‘Outstanding contribution to parkrun’ to Alan Robinson, who was volunteering today in his usual role as timekeeper for the 80th time. That’s worth 3 of the purple T shirts! Alan has lots of experience in supporting running events and its great to have him as part of the parkrun team. Many thanks Alan.
The photograph on Facebook of our ‘runniest’ volunteer team has quite rightly attracted a lot of interest, as our team of 14 had run a total of 1,566 parkruns and volunteered 330 times! Ok, statistics can be misleading, (for instance, statistically 6 out of 7 dwarfs aren’t grumpy) and I know that 542 of the runs are down to the amazing Peter and Paula Speechley and 80 of the volunteer stints come from our own parkrun hero Alan, but there are lots of you who regularly support Newark parkrun by both volunteering and running, thanks folks. Special mention this week to Lisa Ward who gave up her run at the last minute to become an additional volunteer, to support Kay and Jon Rawson in marshalling the bottom field which was hosting a junior football tournament.
In the run, Mother and Son team Kirsta and Simon Daniel both celebrated their 100th runs, with Simon having a great run to finish in second place in a time of 19.07, and after recovering jogged back to support Mum Kirsta complete her run in 35.45. Well done both! Dad Peter is already on 129 runs so we look forward to seeing all 3 of you proudly wearing your black 100 T Shirts soon.
There were 47 PB’s, including Helen Exworthy who celebrated breaking the magical 30 min barrier with a perfectly paced 29.59. Good run Helen!
Derek Wilmot (VM65-69) had a great graded score of 87.90% for his time of 19:50, just outside of his PB of 19.38 which he recorded the week before, an amazing Age - Grade course record of 88.79%, which could take some beating! Great running Derek.
Have a good week, see you Saturday.
And here are the stats;
Male placings: Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 18:33 - 78th time in 91 appearances. Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:07 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. Dan STEPHEN (VM35-39) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third over the line in 19:15 - was first to finish once before. Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Bob WHITE (Ivanhoe Runners) 200 pts. Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 200 pts. Alan ROBINSON (Newark AC) 200 pts. Female placings: Emma PROTHERO (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (22nd overall) over the line in 22:37 - first time in 10 appearances. Nadine HESELTINE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (36th overall) over the line in 24:20. Vanessa HARRISON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (38th overall) over the line in 24:40. Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Kay RAWSON (Unattached) 200 pts. Catherine CLARKE (Notfast RC) 200 pts. Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 189 pts. The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Derek WILMOT (VM65-69) was graded 87.90% for the time 19:50 (8th overall). Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW65-69) was graded 75.58% for the time 27:14 (71st overall). Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 74.44% for the time 28:57 (105th overall). This week there were 209 runners, of whom 29 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part. Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,575 different runners, including participants from 264 athletics clubs, have completed 23,862 runs covering a total distance of 119,310 km, and there have been 5,476 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 Derek WILMOT who recorded a 88.79% run (19:38) on 4th June 2016 (event number 155). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.