As if the excitement of ‘447’ wasn’t enough, we had an apprentice Run Director deliver the run briefing. Josh could teach the old - hands a thing or two (like using the megaphone). Well done Josh, look forward to seeing you take on more of the role in future.
Here’s Josh’s report of his day;
‘’When Bob first asked me to do the job of Run Director I was quite nervous (Very) but we met up one night after school for a practice which helped me get my head around everything.
I woke up early Saturday Morning feeling optimistic and quite exited, when I got to the park the sun was shining and there was a cool breeze, great conditions. After helping set up, we had another practice of the Run Director’s speech, and I felt ready.
When I saw the sea of faces from upon the steps, I felt apprehensive but happy to be giving it a go.
Once I had finished the speech I felt a sense of achievement, and ready to start the run. Seeing everyone run down the hill in a stream of colours was fantastic.
At the end of the run, I helped log on all the results and felt like my job was done.
If you are thinking of volunteering at park run or being Run Director be sure to give it a go and you won’t regret it.’’
Matty is another regular Junior Volunteer and both he and Josh also helped to process the results. As well as being good experience for Juniors its great for parkrun and whilst it may not appeal to all, if any other Juniors would like to help out, please get in touch, or get your parents to.
This gives me chance to quote the official line, as some of you have recently asked; ‘Junior Volunteers, like Junior runners under the age of 11, should be in arm’s reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult, those between 11 – 18 in close proximity.’ So there.
We congratulated Theresa Hobbs on her 50th volunteering stint and she received the traditional Newark parkrun card. Just to warn all that have received the card, we make unannounced visits to ensure that the card is proudly displayed on your mantelpiece! Theresa and her husband / co Run Director Jon were both there on Day 1, four years ago and have given a lot of their time to parkrun. Both were timekeepers on Saturday and Theresa was proud to announce that ‘my watch is right!’ Thanks for your continued support both.
Jason Priest celebrated his 50th parkrun, but it turns out that he is an even better baker than runner. That’s assuming you baked those cakes Jason? Thanks, much appreciated.
Gordon Swindles was on 50 too, and celebrated with a time of 23.11 that gave him an age – graded score of over 73%. Well done both, the T shirts may take a while to come through, but will be worth waiting for, we promise.
I must apologise for not mentioning Michael Ribeaux on Saturday, who was completed his 100th run, 94 of which have been at Newark. Well done Michael, you join a growing band of Newark parkrunners who have that distinctive black logo in the right-hand column of the results.
With so many runners now reaching milestones, it can be difficult to spot them, so if you know someone who running their 50th, 100th maybe 250th or a Junior 10, please let us know and we’ll give them a mention both on the day and in the report.
Great job from our volunteer team that included first – timer Lizzy Elsey who enjoyed her marshalling role and also Netty Stevens assisted by Paul Davidson and Zola. Netty has volunteered before but this was the first time on tokens and all went well. Paul was a great help later when we processed the results, demonstrating his IT skills to myself, Josh and Matty. So that’s how you turn it on, thanks Paul.
Glad to see that the picture of our volunteers was much appreciated on facebook. Thanks everyone for your help, without you we would have to cut the grass on Saturday morning, or go shopping, or have a lie in. That would be awful.
First Timers, and Tourists
Always great to see first timers at parkrun and this week we met;
Hope you all enjoyed your run and that you’ll be back next week for more.
Tourists included 2 who were in the top 10 finishers;
Paulo Osorio from Cornwall, who had a good run to finish 6th in 19.35
Stephen Wood from Dewsbury, 7th in another sub – 20 time of 19.50
Oli Wright from Japan, a good friend of Jan Bailey, ran 24.34 in his first ever parkrun. Based on this, Jan is unlikely to invite him again as he could prove too hot for the Striders Stars to handle.
We also had visitors from New Zealand, Glasgow and closer to home, Beeston. Sorry I didn’t get chance to get your names. ‘I bad’ as the kids say, but I’m never quite sure what that means.
Hope you enjoyed our lovely park and look forward to seeing you again at Newark.
Strider’s Special - thanks Kath
‘There was another 50th celebration at Newark Parkrun today as Strider Jason Priest was ordained into this special group of runners, Jason completed the 5k course in 27:13.
We had two top ten finishers at Newark;
Jan Bailey 2nd overall in a time of 18:00 and Adam Clarke in 8th in a time of 20:19.
The top three ladies came in close together, led by Sara Carter 25:18, Hannah Thomson 26:32 and Nicki Padgett 27:38 , Jack Titterton was the only Strider to PB in a wonderful time of 23:26.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers Dave Tilley and Philippa Clarke.
Well done everyone.’
Dates for your diary;
3 June – our 4th Anniversary The theme is fruit and flowers! That’s all we are saying for now, the rest is up to you, but let’s make this a fun celebration of a very successful 4 years. Watch out for more facebook posts shortly.
8 July - Family Fenton Wedding Anniversary Run - more details to follow.
15 July – A repeat of last year’s successful CPR / AED training. A free session lasting 30 mins to be held after parkrun. If you had needed to assist someone at a run, at home, or at work who had suffered a heart attack, these skills could vastly improve your chances of saving their life.
Numbers limited to 25, please e-mail us if you would like to attend.
Oh - and 447
If the answer is 447, what is the question?
After lots of clever and some slightly strange guesses, Debbie Monk finally cracked it. It’s the number of finish tokens that we now have. Remember we ran out a few weeks ago when 333 people completed parkrun? Well it may be a while before we run out again!
Josh also took on the role of roving reporter and spoke to the following after their run;
Dave Tilley our regular 25 - minute pacer who commented ‘it went well today, I kept a consistent pace and came in at 24.46.’ Thanks Dave, there was a large group of runners close behind you, including Nick Anderson who equalled his p.b. of 25.01. Well run Nick, maybe next week!
Brian Stevens ran yet another p.b of 21.05 and commented ‘I was pleased with my run and tried to keep up with young Joseph, but he was too fast for me! Well run Brian and Joseph who ran another great time of 20.53.
I hear Madeleine Combie was delighted that after coming back from injury she was able to walk the whole course again and will hopefully be back to running soon. Good news Madeleine.
This week 237 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
Edward BUCK (JM15-17) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:22 - 6th time in 18 appearances.
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second over the line in 18:00 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was third over the line in 18:54 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Gill OXLEY (VW45-49) of Notfast RC, was first (41st overall) over the line in 23:32 - 10th time in 117 appearances.
Emma GILBERT (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (50th overall) over the line in 24:07.
Sue CHICKEN (VW50-54) of Holme Pierrepont RC, was third (52nd overall) over the line in 24:21.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Edward BUCK (JM15-17) – 78.89% for the time 17:22 (first overall).
Joseph MONK (JM10) – 78.29% for the time 20:53 (11th overall).
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) – 76.94% for the time 18:00 (second overall).
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 00:18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 00:15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul BUTCHER who recorded 86.53% (17:19) on 21st January 2017 (event number 188).
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013. Since then 4,591 participants have completed 33,348 parkruns covering a total distance of 166,740 km, including 7,208 new Personal Bests.