The rain held off and the sun was out but there was a fair breeze. We had a big contingent of first timers to Newark, 26 in all and 20 of those were new to parkrun. We had tourists from Wimbledon - a couple up for their friends wedding (one of whom has just past the 250 mark last week!) and Holland.
Another of our stalwart volunteers received special mention from Bob this week. Alan Robinson, our 'professional' timekeeper, has ratcheted up enough volunteering to get two purple t-shirts! Thank you Alan.
If you hadn't noticed, Jon Rawson has his arm in a sling from a broken collar bone so he has been helping us out on the volunteering side. With one hand he has been pointing the way as a marshal and clapping - with the help of a small plastic clapper. Well this week you may have seen the hand clapper mark 2, the next generation. The jury is still out as to how annoying/uplifting it is!
On a more serious note, I think we need to re-iterate the funnel procedures as we had some confusion this week and as a result your times may be slightly out, apologies if they are.
When a runner goes through the funnel, they are timed by the two timekeepers and then given a parkrun barcode. This barcode is then scanned along with their own personal barcode. The timekeeper record is matched to the scan record to give the end results. If you don't want your time recording (e.g. not having completed 3 laps or having been through once already and running back through to support someone else) then please DO NOT enter the funnel. Simply stay on the path otherwise this can potentially knock out all the runners times meaning that it is not just yourselves that you are affecting. If you do enter the funnel please take a token and give it the barcode scanner and ask them to make a note of your position and tell them you do not want a time.
Now for the stats...
Newark parkrun - Event number 111 25th July 2015
Philip NIND (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:20 - third time in 20 appearances.
David FRENCH (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:41.
Simon DANIEL (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:52 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ben LILLEY (Unattached) 644 pts.
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 555 pts.
Brian THOMPSON (Newark Striders Running Club) 506 pts.
Jennifer MCBAIN (VW35-39) of Alchester RC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:16 - 11th time in 11 appearances.
Alison DAWES (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 24:31.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) of Notfast RC, was third (31st overall) over the line in 24:33.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 765 pts.
Louise KNAPTON CARTER (Unattached) 619 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 570 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) was graded 82.55% for the time 24:33 (31st overall).
David FRENCH (VM45-49) was graded 77.07% for the time 18:41 (second overall).
Andrew WELSHMAN (VM45-49) was graded 77.02% for the time 19:00 (4th overall).
This week there were 177 runners, of whom 26 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 2,664 different runners, including participants from 188 athletics clubs, have completed 16,364 runs covering a total distance of 81,820 km, and there have been 4,063 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 Alastair WATSON who recorded a 83.70% run (15:51) on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.