Event #285 – Newark Striders take over

Newark parkrun
Event number 285
8th December 2018

The forecasted rain and winds didn’t deter 175 runners this week and although the weather gods held off the rain it was a bit bracing out on the course.


Team Striders were out today taking over the volunteering roles - setting up, timing, scanning and after some initial confusion, as to whether 30 came before 27 the pacers positioned themselves in order around the route!

Ruth and Bernie on the stopwatches and keeping an eye on the finish line:

Dennis and Kath on position tokens and funnel management:


Stacey and Philippa on scanning duty accompanied by Jan (blue hat) recording non-scans:


Jacqui, Cate, Dan, Nick, Nige, Padge, Graham and Bob were all out pacing. Jacqui here showing how blustery it was!


The rest of the team bringing home the rear guard and the course - Alison, Zara, Nikki, Tracey, George, Archis and David.


We had 19 first timers taking on the slightly slippy course and 10 PBS achieved. Nice work, well done!!

Five runners joined the 50 club today:
Jenny Palmer
Suzanne Catley
Lynne Misiak
Kayleigh Measures
Zoe Avis

Top 3 men:
Simon Daniel 18:34
Creighton Connelly 18:45
Daniel Williams 19:21

Top 3 women:
Rose Haydock 24:29
Kayleigh Measures 24:32
Janet Davies 24:50


Run Report Saturday 1 December 2018 Event No. 284

On the 1st day of December, parkrun brought to you and me, 17 volunteers and for 16 people a new pb. Sorry couldn’t resist. Well done to all achieving a new pb.

Bob and his team of willing volunteers arrived at the park and set up the course ready for the 179 hardy souls taking part. Into this happy throng we welcomed six first timers, three of whom were tourists. During the run brief Faye Middleton announced the milestones for her dad Peter Middleton and Jason Priest who both completed their 100th parkrun, alongside Steve Needham who ran his 200th, Graeme Britten 100th and Paul King 50th, congratulations to you all and thank you Jason and Peter for the yummy cake.

Well done to Jan Bailey on being first back and to tourist Chris Baxter on taking second place on your first run at Newark.

It’s always a pleasure to celebrate the parkrun juniors, this week’s event welcomed 13 junior runners, this included Hannah Jackson who was officially first lady back and first timers Mia and Joel Cameron who both achieved great results.

Each week parkrun relies on the marvellous band of volunteers, without whom the event could not take place. Thank you to all this week’s jolly bunch who have volunteered over 460 times between them, this includes Alan Robinson who has volunteered 170 times this makes him Newark’s most regular volunteer.

This week Alan was joined by Bob WHITE • John L. MILLER • Richard FLYE • Gill FLYE • Kay RAWSON • Simon LOCK • Charles ROBERTS • Zoe SMITH • Dan ARKWELL • Nick BEVERIDGE • Lucy ROBERTS • Simon HAYDOCK • Catharine HAYDOCK • Isabelle PARKINSON • Sharon PARKINSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a time of 15:51 on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
The female record is held by Laura SIDDALL who recorded a time of 18:12 on 4th August 2018 (event number 267).
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 6,397 participants have completed 49,589 parkruns covering a total distance of 247,945 km, including 9,524 new Personal Bests. A total of 599 individuals have volunteered 3,943 times.


Event 283

Newark parkrun
Event number 283
24th November 2018

parkrun in Newark has brought together many friendships in the community, none more so than the links between the running clubs. Those links brought about the return of the Newark Half Marathon and also maintain a friendly rivalry between NOTFAST and Striders.

Friday night saw the latest in a line of well attended 'battles' between the two clubs, this one in the form of a quiz hosted by NOTFAST. Striders won the first two encounters (rounders and football) but NOTFAST are clawing it back, they won the quiz. Here's to the next round!

On to the morning itself, we welcomed 9 tourists from Lincoln, Gedling, Gloucester, Manchester, Gunnersbury (London) and said hello to brand new parkrunners: Rachel Repper, Catherine Thornton, Sarah Haywood, Ann Gibbs and Alan Roberts. Together, with the regulars, they made up the 164 who ran, jogged and walked around the park.

One of the tourists was James Trueman who maintains a vlog (video log for those less acquainted with contemporary speak!) about the parkrun’s he visits. We captured him filming as he finished and hopefully my impromptu interview with him afterwards wasn’t too bad!


Personal Best's With 22 PB's there are too many to mention. I've picked out a few that caught my eye:

  • Wayne Arthur broken the 24 min barrier for the first time
  • Laura Bates achieved her best age grade score yet of 76.8%
  • Dave Dews broke 21 mins for his first time
  • Laura Smith taking well over a minute off hers (below)
  • Kath Scott last got a PB May 2014 of 31:41 but not only broke that again this week but also broke the 30 min barrier! Here's Kath celebrating with Philippa Clarke who also scored a PB by well and truly breaking 24 mins.


As always we must thank the volunteers for making it all possible this week. The superstars were:

Brian THOMPSON • Simon DANIEL • Dean HOULTON • Chris CREGG • Paul CREGG • Keith MEASURES • Alan ROBINSON • Charles ROBERTS • Zoe SMITH • Leisa PICKLES • Dan ARKWELL • Max PICKLES • Kimberley ETHERINGTON-BATES • George GLASS • Henrietta MCCABE • Alan ROBERTS • Archie GLASS

Dean endeared himself to the rest of the team by handing out chocolate bars as it was his birthday. Dean can come again! :)

The roster is looking in great shape thanks to all those have already come forward with support. However, there are still a few spaces to fill over the Christmas period so please take a look at at our roster if you can help us out.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page

Bob is in charge next week. See you then!



Newark parkrun – Event 282 – 17th November

It was a lovely dry and still autumn morning as the volunteers arrived to set up the course on Saturday morning. We had plenty of Hi-Vis heroes this week a big thank you to the following:

Martin MORLEY • Fiona HOUGHTON • Dean HOULTON • Keith MEASURES • Charles ROBERTS • Sara CARTER • Richard DOBBS • Peter SMITH • Nick BEVERIDGE • Jeff HALL • Matt HALL • Isabelle PARKINSON • Ian PARKINSON • George GLASS • Alan ROBERTS • Archie GLASS

If you would like to have a go at volunteering please get in touch via email, social media or come and chat to us at parkrun. We have a few gaps on the roster next week and in the run up to Christmas.... Speaking of which we are putting on an extra parkrun on Christmas Day and New Years Day this year, we hope you will be joining us!

This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests and for those of you that didn't quite manage a PB, well there's always next week!

We celebrated some milestones today with Bernie Divall achieving her 25 volunteer milestone and Mary Swindles ran her 100th parkrun. Damian Davies achieved his 200th parkrun and marked the occasion in the parkrun way with ....CAKE.

Have a great week and we will see you next week just before 9am when Brian will be back in charge!



Event #281

Newark parkrun
Event number 281
10th November 2018

Fortunately the rain passed by during the evening and another lovely sunny morning greeted us on Saturday. From nowhere, it seemed, 221 people gathered for the start.

We welcomed seven first time parkrunners into the parkrun family and 13 first time tourists visited us from Mansfield, Belton, Norwich, Hastings and Southgate in London.

Junior runner Hannah Jackson celebrated reaching her 50th 5k. Well done Hannah!

As always, it is thanks to the volunteers that enable us to put on the run each week. This week’s hi-viz heroes were:

Suzanne CATLEY • Simon DANIEL • Krista DANIEL • Alan ROBINSON • Charles ROBERTS • Joanne BAILEY • Max PICKLES • Kathryn LILE • Nick BEVERIDGE • Kimberley ETHERINGTON-BATES • Hannah FALLA • George GLASS • Alan ROBERTS • Archie GLASS • Brian THOMPSON

Simon Daniel managed to fit in a full 5k run followed by funnel manager (he finished second) followed by token sorting back at Rumbles café!

If you have not volunteered before it is a great way to get to know others. Every role is easy and can be picked up in a few minutes. If you would like to support us in future weeks take a look at our roster http://www.parkrun.org.uk/newark/futureroster/ and email us at newarkhelpers@parkrun.com.

The bell was ringing loud and proud as 28 of you celebrated personal best times. That included Bryn (29:24), Ellis (25:49) and Owen (36:53). Well done all!


Have a good week ahead and we’ll see you next week when Fiona is in the hot seat.



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