Newark parkrun – Event 187 – 14th Jan 2017

A foggy morning greeted everyone and though firm underfoot from the overnight frost it was at least dry and at one point the sun even tried to put in an appearance. This week there were 186 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part. On the milestone front Abigail Rowlands celebrated achieving her 10th run so we'll be seeing her running in her white milestone shirt in the near future. On a more frequent basis we are fielding pacers and this week was no exception with Peter Parker pacing at 22 mins. Runner's are a friendly and supportive bunch and this was very evident this week when a lady runner got into distress, many thanks to all those who helped out and gave reassurance. All's well that ends well.

Abigail completing her 10th run.

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Male placings:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 17:43 - 93rd time in 107 appearances.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was second over the line in 19:29.
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:38 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Newark Striders Running Club) 2692 pts.
Brian STEVENS (Unattached) 2452 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 1898 pts.

Female placings:
Laura BURLES (JW15-17) of Newark AC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 21:40 - first appearance.
Danielle FORSEY (SW25-29) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:00 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Lucy WALLWORK (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (22nd overall) over the line in 23:06.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 2796 pts.
Sara CARTER (Newark Striders Running Club) 2431 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2122 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 77.15% for the time 27:56 (97th overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW65-69) was graded 73.21% for the time 28:07 (99th overall).
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) was graded 72.91% for the time 17:43 (first overall).

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 4,146 different runners, including participants from 306 athletics clubs, have completed 29,391 runs covering a total distance of 146,955 km, and there have been 6,507 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (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.

 

Run 186 – A great start to 2017 with 205 runners, 26 first timers and 33 personal bests

With the excitement that was Christmas and New Year fading into the past, it was back to business as usual on Saturday. Things were looking promising as the rota had filled mid – week (thanks Volunteers), I’d found my sock and was raring to go.

Volunteers and First Timers
Charlotte was volunteering again as part of her D of E project. This week on finish tokens, under the watchful eye of Ernie, and she also tried her hand at bellringing to bring everyone to order.

The Flye family were out in force again, with Gill, Richard and Ben all volunteering. Thanks guys and to all our regulars. Would be nice to see some new names in 2017, so please get in touch if you’d like to help. Its really quite enjoyable and rewarding, we promise.

We were hoping for some first timers putting their New Year resolutions in to practice and weren’t disappointed with 26 reporting for duty, including Rebecca, Kim and Helen who enthusiastically arrived nice and early asking for instructions. All 3 enjoyed their run of around 40 mins and although they have an excuse for next week, have promised to be back again soon.

This could be a first for Newark, a first timer was first lady home! Holly crossed the line in 23:33 on her first ever parkrun. Well run Holly, hope you find a convenient parkrun near Uni and maybe we will see you again when back in Newark.

Hope that our 26 first timers stay with us, it can be difficult to keep resolutions going, but parkrun gets easier and more enjoyable as you get to know other runners and the course, so see you next week.

Tourists
It was good to see Maria, one of the Run Directors from Forest Rec join us. Maria took the trouble to e-mail to say how much she enjoyed our course, and our friendly helpful marshals, so well done Richard, Breeze, Abi, Jess and Ben. If anyone is thinking of touring, Forest Rec is a great course too (it makes Newark look flat!) with a lovely café.

We also had a team of runners from Doncaster parkrun, including Aileen Johns, who was confused by the rambling Run Director’s brief for First Timers and Tourists, and ran down to the finish line to ask where the 3rd lap was! Without hesitation, she turned back and completed lap 3, thereby running 5.5k in a time of 41.56. Well done Aileen, great spirit!

Probably our most unusual tourists to date, were the team of 7 from Overload Run, who would no doubt be in big trouble when they got home – did you see the state of their kit! With one filming the whole thing, the other 6 treated parkrun as an obstacle course; leapfrogging, climbing over, under and around anything they could and even encouraged normally sane parkrunners to join in. A speeded - up version of their video (image an agricultural version of Keystone Cops) can be found in the message section of our Facebook page. Great fun folks, glad you enjoyed it.


Après Run

I managed to get a chat with Josh who runs in the Junior 11- 14 category, just after he finished. He runs without a watch and was pleased with his pacing. That’s a great skill to have Josh, knowing when it feels just right!

Milestone T Shirts are now coming through thick and fast and it was nice to see Striders Stacey and Philippa modelling their 50 and 100 T shirts, along with parkrun regular Keith in his black 100. Thanks also to Keith and Jean for the chocolates, much enjoyed by runners as they finished.


Results

No surprise to see Adam cruise in first, and with Jan sensibly resting an injury, it was left to Damian to come in second with Richard in hot pursuit.

Male placings:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 17:53 - 92nd time in 106 appearances.
Damian DAVIES (VM45-49) of Notfast RC, was second over the line in 20:05.
Richard HARVEY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:08.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Newark Striders Running Club) 2692 pts.
Brian STEVENS (Unattached) 2365 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 1798 pts.

Female placings:
Holly BISHOP (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 23:33 - first appearance.
Vanessa HARRISON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (25th overall) over the line in 23:59.
Gill OXLEY (VW45-49) of Notfast RC, was third (26th overall) over the line in 24:02 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 2699 pts.
Sara CARTER (Newark Striders Running Club) 2431 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2046 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 77.33% for the time 27:52 (89th overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW65-69) was graded 73.95% for the time 27:50 (87th overall).
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) was graded 72.23% for the time 17:53 (first overall).

Look forward to see you all next week when Jon is back as Run Director

 

Event 185 – the one on the last day of the year

It was hard to know how many runners would turn up for event 185 on New Year’s Eve. Would attendance be low due to other celebrations taking place, or would it be high, with people starting their New Year’s resolutions a day early? Clearly parkrun is at the top of people’s list of December 31st priorities, as 225 runners came out to complete the course (not including the numerous children in buggies and dogs that did their 3 laps), and there were a lot of non-running families and friends supporting too. We welcomed several first-timers to the parkrun family, and a number of tourists, including runners from Forest Rec, Guildford, Cambridge, Barnsley, Whitley Bay and more! Thank you all for coming – we hope you liked our event!

For four of our runners, the New Year’s Eve outing proved to be particularly successful. Naomi Collier, running in the SW20-24 age smashed the women’s overall course record (which she had set herself!), completing the course in an incredible time of 18.30, and coming third overall. Meanwhile Joseph Monk was not far behind and set a new JM10 course record of 20.57, again breaking a record that he had held previously. In the VM40-44 age group, Jan Bailey set a new course record of 17.55, and in the VM80-84 age group, Neil Hamilton lowered the course record to 35.18. Whether these course records were fuelled by Christmas pudding, mince pies or some other festive treats, we don’t know, but well done to Naomi, Joseph, Jan and Neil for their amazing runs today. In total, 42 people ran a PB time today; well done to you all!

Jan Bailey (17.55) was first over the line, closely followed by Tom Marshall in 18.02 – this was a PB for Tom, although not quite the time he wanted. Naomi Collier was third to finish (18.30). Second woman was Laura Bates in 21.14, followed by Holly Haywood in 21.56.

A big thank you goes to all of the volunteers who helped the event to happen today; we are very grateful for your time, enthusiasm and hard work. Without you Newark parkrun could not take place.

Finally, on behalf of the core team, I’d like to wish all our parkrunners, past, present and future, a very happy and healthy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you soon at one of our events. If you can’t wait until 8th January for the first Newark run of the year, then why not treat yourself to a run on New Year’s Day? Belton House parkrun at 10am is the closest.

Happy running!
Rachel

Newark parkrun
Event number 185
31st December 2016

Male placings:
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was first over the line in 17:55 - 6th time in 30 appearances.
Tom MARSHALL (SM30-34) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second over the line in 18:02 - was first to finish once before.
Adrian DIX (VM40-44) of Notfast RC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:24.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Newark Striders Running Club) 2692 pts.
Brian STEVENS (Unattached) 2273 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 1698 pts.

Female placings:
Naomi COLLIER (SW20-24) of Grantham Athletic Club, was first (third overall) over the line in 18:30 - 9th time in 9 appearances.
Laura BATES (JW15-17) of Newark AC, was second (18th overall) over the line in 21:14.
Holly HAYWOOD (SW20-24) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 21:56.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 2601 pts.
Sara CARTER (Newark Striders Running Club) 2335 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2046 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Naomi COLLIER (SW20-24) was graded 80.00% for the time 18:30 (third overall).
Joseph MONK (JM10) was graded 78.04% for the time 20:57 (15th overall).
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) was graded 77.30% for the time 17:55 (first overall).

This week there were 225 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 4,110 different runners, including participants from 306 athletics clubs, have completed 29,000 runs covering a total distance of 145,000 km, and there have been 6,444 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (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.

 

Run 184 – ‘Then one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say’

You’d think that Santa would have been busy loading his sleigh as he was doing the night shift on Saturday. Despite this he managed to find time to be run Director, or maybe he was an imposter? In any event there was more than enough Ho, Ho, Ho for one year.

Santa was actually a last-minute booking as we had talked about the possibility of giving the run a Nativity theme, but hit problems when we failed to find 3 Wise Men……..
Santa brought along a number of little helpers too and more than one Mrs Claus. And there were other costumes; we spotted a Santa Grinch, several elves, and even one runner arriving on a Uni – cycle having ridden 7 miles to parkun!

With Santa doing the shouting, young Jess wore the RD’s jacket and gained everyone’s attention for the run briefing. She looked quite the part before setting off to run with the rest of the Rowlands family, who really got into the spirit of the occasion all dressed as elves.

Volunteers
Many thanks for our festive friends who kindly volunteered for yuletide duty. We were able to double - up in some areas, as supporters were keen to enjoy the day and spread the Christmas spirit. Junior Charlotte is becoming an expert in timekeeping, leaving her dad Brian to do the running, and has volunteered again next week. Peter Daniel showed great flexibility by switching from marshal to scanner with no training only minutes before the run and regular Mum and Daughter team Debbie and Emily were back on duty at the start / finish area. Debbie now has timekeeping skills to add to her CV too! Not wanting to miss out, Emily’s sister Harriett helped out with the finish tokens. Just as well, as we had 243 finishers, which is our second highest turnout; 254 being the record.

Merry Christmas and thanks to everyone who has volunteered in 2016, we couldn’t do this without you.

Pre – flight checks
By the time Santa had wished Merry Christmas to the whole world and their dog, there was just time to congratulate Gill Oxley, Lyn Baker and Mary Freer who thanks to some careful planning were all running their 100th on Christmas Eve! Well done all, a nice way to start your Christmas.
Not to be outdone, Marcus Lancastle was celebrating his 50th parkun and both Cath Hare and Jacy Halstead were celebrating birthdays. Jacy who marshalled on Saturday was apparently mobbed by friendly folk wishing her happy birthday as they ran!

Tourists
This week we had visitors from the North Pole and Lapland, (although actually I think they were from Balderton). Katherine Lunny from Newcastle was kind enough to message us to say how much she enjoyed our run, as did Matthew Gwilym from Newcastle, although I guess he would have even happier had his bar code scanned first time! Sorry Matthew, sometimes those scanners just don’t want to play, but you are in there now and we hope to see you again.

Stats
Out of the 243 who ran, 18 were first timers. And there were 30 personal bests, including Emily Partridge who used to run at Newark, but migrated to Conkers last year and was delighted to be first lady home in 22.44. Another of our Run Directors Rachel Sheldrake was pleased with her Newark p.b. of 29.53 and well done to everyone who ran today, regardless of it being a p.b. or not!

Results
First home was Edward BUCK (JM15-17) in 17.58, and as mentioned above Emily was first woman home.
There were so many Santas, it was hard to identify the real one. But as we know Santa visits all the children in the whole word in one night, so it had to be the fastest and that was Louis Hopkinson who finished in 20.35. Other Santas were available and added to the festive fun.

Once everyone had completed their run we tucked into a festive fayre provided by our runners and volunteers as Rumbles Café staff were enjoying a well – earned Christmas break, but will be back in action next week. Thanks to everyone who brought food and Jon Rawson for the use of the Marquee again as well as that amazing post- run drink. Our Christmas picnic made a great start to the holidays.

Newark Striders report
We get great support from local clubs at Newark including Notfast, Newark AC and Witham Runners and I don’t want to favour one club, but have noticed a recent trend on FB for Jan Bailey to produce an amusing report of Newark Strider’s efforts. Mind you he gets more time than most of us as usually completes the course in around 18 minutes!

This week’s reproduced here;
''Twas the morning of parkrun, when all through the park, not a creature was stirring... except for 243 parkrunners... THE parkrun team again turned out in force and as well as producing some amazing times, most came festively dressed in great costumes! Peter Parker led the way in his skort and wore it like a 'pro' crossing the line in 20:41, Dave Tilley smashed a new PB in 20:54. Next back and a special guest appearance from Emily Partridge who PB'd in a great time of 22:44.

Simon Locke ran a 24:11, first of the Clarkes back was Adam Clarke in 24:26. The smoking penguin himself Dan Arkwell not fuelled on vodka this week ran a blinder in 27:03. Hannah Thompson chatted her way in next in 27:39. The Santa Claus Simon Drury delivered a 31:59 great effort before his big night on the sleigh. Santa's little helpers Philippa Clarke and Stacey Atkins (with Rudolph) took time out from their toy making duties to smash out an impressive 25:02 and a steady 46:22... MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

Hope you are having a lovely Christmas and look forward to seeing you on New Year’s Eve, when Rachel is Run Director.

And the full stats;
Male placings:
Edward BUCK (JM15-17) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:58 - third time in 14 appearances.
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second over the line in 18:10 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Nigel WATKIN (VM55-59) of Mansfield Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 19:41 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Newark Striders Running Club) 2592 pts.
Brian STEVENS (Unattached) 2191 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 1698 pts.
Female placings:
Emily PARTRIDGE (SW25-29) of Ivanhoe Runners, was first (30th overall) over the line in 22:44 - second time in 40 appearances.
Vanessa HARRISON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 23:28.
Katherine LUNNEY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (46th overall) over the line in 24:10.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 2506 pts.
Sara CARTER (Newark Striders Running Club) 2335 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 1976 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Nigel WATKIN (VM55-59) was graded 80.78% for the time 19:41 (third overall).
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 77.33% for the time 27:52 (97th overall).
Edward BUCK (JM15-17) was graded 76.25% for the time 17:58 (first overall).
This week there were 243 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.

 

 

Event 183 – the mysterious one

Mystery surrounded our 183rd parkrun, or rather, it was surrounded by mist. Lots of mist. Thanks to an amazing temperature inversion, blue sky and sun could be seen above the park, yet lower down it was grey and cold, and visibility was very poor indeed. Fortunately, the wonderful team of volunteers stood out very well in their hi-vis vests – thanks to everyone who made the event happen. 144 runners joined the volunteers in the park, including one first-timer. We welcomed tourists from as far afield as London, Devon and even Greece!

As the volunteers at the finish line waited for the first runners to finish, the sound of crunching feet on the gravel was the only clue that people were approaching the finish funnel. Jan Bailey was the first figure to appear out of the mist in a time of 18.21, with Tom Marshall hot on his heels at 18.25. Adrian Dix finished third in 19.35. Amongst the women, Lauren Miller was first to finish on 20.58, followed by Laura Bates in 21.05 in her first ever parkrun. Gill Oxley was third woman in 24.44. Well done to them and everyone else who finished.

Next week it’s Christmas Eve and we will be running at the usual time of 9.00am. As Rumbles café will be closed, the parkrun team will be providing drinks, and we’d love it if our wonderful runners could bring along some cakes, mince pies or other festive treats for everyone to enjoy after the run. And of course, if you’d like to wear something festive to celebrate, please do!

We are not hosting an extra event on Christmas Day, so if you would like to squeeze an extra run in then, the nearest options to Newark are at Forest Rec in Nottingham, and Melton Mowbray. For those of you travelling further afield for Christmas, you can look here to see if there is an event nearby.

Happy running!

Rachel

Newark parkrun
Event number 183
17th December 2016

Male placings:
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was first over the line in 18:21 - 5th time in 28 appearances.
Tom MARSHALL (SM30-34) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second over the line in 18:25 - was first to finish once before.
Adrian DIX (VM40-44) of Notfast RC, was third over the line in 19:35.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Newark Striders Running Club) 2493 pts.
Brian STEVENS (Unattached) 2108 pts.
Lawrence TATTON (Unattached) 1614 pts.

Female placings:
Lauren MILLER (JW15-17) of Newark AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:58 - second time in 3 appearances.
Laura BATES (JW15-17) (Unattached) was second (9th overall) over the line in 21:05.
Gill OXLEY (VW45-49) of Notfast RC, was third (37th overall) over the line in 24:44 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 2409 pts.
Sara CARTER (Newark Striders Running Club) 2241 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 1897 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 77.01% for the time 27:59 (73rd overall).
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) was graded 75.48% for the time 18:21 (first overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW65-69) was graded 74.58% for the time 27:36 (66th overall).

This week there were 144 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 4,058 different runners, including participants from 301 athletics clubs, have completed 28,532 runs covering a total distance of 142,660 km, and there have been 6,372 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 11th April 2015 (event number 97).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (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.

 

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