The combination of an usually prompt start and the car park being full, led to a number of our regular runners having to dash across the field, throw off excess kit at the start and chase after the disappearing pack! Would have made a great video for the Facebook page.
They were probably trying to avoid my awful jokes. Well just to punish you, here they are;
‘As its Easter, I’m eggspecting you all to have a good run’
‘The course is eggsactly 5k’
‘The weather is milder, so don’t wear too much kit, don’t want you to have a hot cross run’. Groan. Hope I made up for it with Easter Treat Spot Prizes, mainly for the juniors who seemed to appreciate them.
And the reason the car park was full? Because we had 218 runners! Our highest is 254 and our average 149, so a great attendance. Maybe due to Belton House parkrun not going ahead, and maybe more people want to get out with Summer approaching as we had 33 first timers, 9 of whom came in under 30 minutes!
Rosalynd Haynes was our Junior Bell – Ringer who stood on the tree stump to bring all to attention with an enthusiastic ringing of the bell, and a greeting. Thanks Rosalynd!
I was pleased to be congratulated by Jon, as it was my 25th stint at volunteering and whist I’m due to run my 100th in the next few weeks, it’s the 25 Purple Volunteer shirt that I’ll be most proud of. Now you don’t have to do ‘1 in 4’ volunteer sessions as some of us do, in fact you don’t have to volunteer at all! However, if you didn’t we wouldn’t have a parkrun. 21 of our runners have earned the Purple T shirt, so we do pretty well, but several have moved away and we’re always keen to welcome new volunteers, or to help those that have volunteered a few times to try a different role. I must admit that I first got involved as I was injured and grumpy that I couldn’t run, but quickly started to enjoy the various roles. (Although I’d suggest you don’t offer to be Tail Runner when injured as I did, only to find I couldn’t keep up!).
It was great that so many people came forward on Saturday to volunteer for future weeks, thanks. I think I remembered you all – please have a look at the forthcoming rosters to make sure you are in, or if not, let us know if you would like to be. Oh and if you like to collect the points, just to remind you that you get 100 for each time you volunteer, up to 4 times each year.
Of the 218 starters, 37 achieved PB’s (14.5 %) including one of our Run Directors, Rachel Sheldrake, who wearing very little kit, had to run fast just to keep warm! Well done Rachel. And Lisa Ward too who was pleased to be able to ring the bell after running 44.54 – well run!
We welcomed tourists from Lincoln, Cheltenham and Michelle Earl from Cotswold Runners was making her fourth appearance at Newark and made a point of telling us just how much she enjoyed the variety of our lovely course, its her favourite! Thanks Michelle we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
However, our most travelled tourist was Margaret McDonald, who runs in the VW75 – 79 category and came all the way from Ethiopia! This was her 12th run at Newark and by all accounts she has quite a reputation for outdoor sports and adventure.
Junior runner Max Pickles celebrated his 10th run today and took a bow at the front, before running 29.28 a little way in front of his Mum Leisa. Well run Max, look forward to seeing your white 10 T shirt! Its always great to encourage and celebrate the success of our Juniors, so if you are Junior parkrunner, or the parent of one and have a reason to celebrate, let us know, we’ll be pleased to publicise / announce / applaud it.
No 100’s on Saturday, but Chris Dunn was modest as usual and omitted to tell us that this was his 50th run. Well done Chris, and thanks for adding your name to the volunteer roster for next week.
First home was Michael Cooke from Stockport Harriers on his fourth visit, in a nippy time of 17.19. He was followed by Lewis Hopkinson from Newark Striders on just his second run here, who must have been pleased with his PB of 19.21, probably helped by the fact that he was being hotly pursued by Newark parkun regular Simon Daniel in 19.29!
The first 5 ladies finished in under 25 mins with Sarah Cleland from Hart Road Runners running Newark for the first time with an impressive run of 21.44. Thanks for your e-mail Sarah, glad you liked our course and sorry that our scanner didn’t work for you, hope you come back and try it again! Helen MacGregor was second in 23.43 and Siobhan Griffiths third in 24.28 - both on their first parkrun, phew! Newark regular Phillippa Clarke also ran well in 25.23 after her successful outing at the Ashby 20 less than a week ago.
In terms of Age Graded score, Marilyn Hatherley was top of the table with a great score of 77.53%. Running in the VW65 – 69 category (was that before they had that plastic flower on the dashboard? – joke for car enthusiasts, sorry) this was Marilyn’s 101st run and she has sensibly decided to rest next week and volunteer instead. Thanks Marilyn.
The national parkrun photo theme for this week was ‘siblings’ on our Facebook page we have a nice shot of Thomas Braithwaite who ran a speedy 23.39, and his younger sister Jasmine who ran 36.02 on her first parkrun! Well done both of you!
And those cool looking lads also on the FB page are Tom Lockwood, next to brother Sam who ran his first parkrun today. And then Josh Chapman, with younger brothers Euan, and Oliver. Well done all, hope to see you again next week.
And finally Eliza Baker – Stimson with sister Georgia are shown helping to advertise the tourism aspect of our course. They ran with Mum Lyn and Dad Tom respectively, to complete our sibling line – up. Well done girls!
Finally, we had a mixture of experience and first - time enthusiasm in the timing / funnel / bar codes roles and with so many runners did very well to produce an accurate set of results in such a short space of time.
Thanks to everyone that helped, well done all that ran. Look forward to seeing you again on Saturday, have a good week, stay safe.
And here are the stats in full; Male placings: Michael COOKE (SM25-29) of Stockport Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 17:19 - 4th time in 4 appearances. Lewis HOPKINSON (VM40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second over the line in 19:21. Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:29 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 3077 pts. Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 2797 pts. Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 2777 pts. Female placings: Sarah CLELAND (VW35-39) of Hart Road Runners, was first (9th overall) over the line in 21:24 - first appearance. Helen MACGREGOR (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (22nd overall) over the line in 23:43. Siobhan GRIFFITHS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 24:28. Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 3250 pts. Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 3126 pts. Philippa CLARKE (Newark Striders Running Club) 2695 pts. The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW65-69) was graded 77.53% for the time 26:33 (55th overall). Michael COOKE (SM25-29) was graded 74.49% for the time 17:19 (first overall). Martin WAITE (VM50-54) was graded 73.20% for the time 20:09 (6th overall).