Event 166 – 20th August 2016

It was a rather wet start to the morning as the volunteers arrived at Sconce and Devon park for event 166, but as always the volunteers set out the course with smiles on their faces. Come rain or shine the volunteers at Newark parkrun are always friendly and welcoming and as we say every week, without them parkrun would not be able to take place. A huge thank you to all those that volunteered on Saturday and to those that have volunteered in previous weeks!! If you would like to have a go at volunteering please do get in touch via the Newark parkrun email or social media we have a few gaps on the roster for September and we really welcome your support!

This week 144 runners turned out to the park to brave the wet and windy conditions and 10 of you were new to Newark. We hope you enjoyed your first trip to Newark parkrun and look forward to seeing you again very soon. Despite the weather 29 of you managed to get new PB’s. Well Done and to those of you that didn’t quite make it this week… well there is always next week!

Speaking of next week…. As you may be aware next Saturday 27th August has been named Britain’s biggest Sports day, through the campaign I AM TEAM GB supported by the National Lottery and ITV. We will be hosting our very own I AM TEAM GB Event at Newark parkrun and would love to invite you all along. For further information please visit http://iamteamgb.com/event/i-am-team-gb-newark-parkrun/

We look forward to seeing you all at the park next week!

Fiona

Now for the stats…..

Newark parkrun Event number 166 - 20th August 2016

Male placings: Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 17:31 - 83rd time in 97 appearances. Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:14. Martin WAITE (VM50-54) of Newark AC, was third over the line in 19:22 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Jan BAILEY (Unattached) 1009 pts. Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 818 pts. Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 798 pts.

Female placings: Holly WARD (SW25-29) of Newark AC, was first (21st overall) over the line in 22:25 - first appearance. Heidi HARRIS (VW40-44) of Southwell RC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 23:03 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions. Lu SAXELBY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (23rd overall) over the line in 23:06.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Lesley BUTLIN (Unattached) 929 pts. Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 841 pts. Janet Louise DAVIES (Notfast RC) 805 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Martin WAITE (VM50-54) was graded 76.16% for the time 19:22 (third overall). Jonathan HOBBS (VM45-49) was graded 74.06% for the time 19:36 (5th overall). Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) was graded 73.74% for the time 17:31 (first overall).

This week there were 144 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,784 different runners, including participants from 281 athletics clubs, have completed 25,617 runs covering a total distance of 128,085 km, and there have been 5,820 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 Derek WILMOT who recorded a 88.79% run (19:38) on 4th June 2016 (event number 155).

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

 

Event 165

180 runners, 14 volunteers and a whole host of supporters, family and friends joined us in Sconce Park for our 165th event. We welcomed quite a few first-timers to the parkrun family, and visitors from as far afield as London, Bracknell and Colchester. We were particularly grateful to tourist Nicola Wright, from Hucknall, who visited us as part of her quest to run a parkrun beginning with every letter of the alphabet. Not only did Nicola challenge herself by running our course with a double buggy, she also arrived armed with a very big cake. Thank you Nicola – the cake was awesome!

Before the start, a large group of runners joined regular Jess Gordon in a press-up challenge. Jess has been doing the recent ’22 in 22’ press-up challenge (that’s 22 press-ups every day for 22 days), finishing yesterday. The challenge is designed to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and suicide rates among combat veterans. Jess decided to make it ’23 in 23’ and finish in style, joined by some of her Newark Striders friends plus a few others too. Well done Jess!

Due to the reinstated Newark Half Marathon taking place tomorrow, we had a glut of people wanting to volunteer. Thank you to you all – parkrun is made by our volunteers!

And so to the running! Adam Holland was first runner over the line again, more than two minutes ahead of Jan Bailey and Jonathon Hobbs. It was impressive to see that of the first 10 finishers, no less than 5 were junior runners; well done to Morgan and Austen Glazier, visiting from Harrogate, who were 5th and 6th, Joe Stanley in 7th, Lauren Miller in 8th (and also first woman), and Joseph Monk in 9th. Second and third women were Heidi Harris and Jessica Gordon- well done to you both.

Finally, good luck to all of our parkrunners who are running the half marathon tomorrow, and thank you to the parkrunners who are volunteering; it’s great to see so many of our fabulous community involved.

Happy running!

Rachel

Newark parkrun
Event number 165
13th August 2016

Male placings:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 17:03 - 82nd time in 96 appearances.
Jan BAILEY (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:15.
Jonathan HOBBS (VM45-49) of Lincoln and District Runners, was third over the line in 19:24.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Unattached) 910 pts.
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 818 pts.
Joseph MONK (Newark AC) 773 pts.

Female placings:
Lauren MILLER (JW15-17) of Newark AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 21:15 - first time in 2 appearances.
Heidi HARRIS (VW40-44) of Southwell RC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 23:10 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Jessica GORDON (SW30-34) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third (18th overall) over the line in 23:21 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lesley BUTLIN (Unattached) 841 pts.
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 841 pts.
Nicki FENTON (Witham Runners) 767 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) was graded 75.76% for the time 17:03 (first overall).
Joseph MONK (JM10) was graded 75.40% for the time 21:41 (9th overall).
Jonathan HOBBS (VM45-49) was graded 74.83% for the time 19:24 (third overall).

This week there were 180 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,774 different runners, including participants from 280 athletics clubs, have completed 25,473 runs covering a total distance of 127,365 km, and there have been 5,791 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 Derek WILMOT who recorded a 88.79% run (19:38) on 4th June 2016 (event number 155).

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

 

 

Event 164, Saturday 6th August – Our own Opening Ceremony

With all the fuss going on in Rio, we added an Olympic flavor to our run, with a few words from Jess Gordon at the briefing, with Tom Young in attendance and with Jessica Rowlands, Tom Hill, Tom Rathbone and Chris Dunn running, it was almost like an Olympic final. Of course there may be a Kate, Fiona, Catherine, Dave, Alex and Rob in Rio too, I don’t know, but we did see them at Newark.

 
Joseph Monk was our Junior Bell – Ringer, and he’s also proud to be the Junior 10 age category record holder after his run of 21.14 last week. Well run Joseph, and pleased to see that you had a steadier time on Saturday, as it was a bit too hot for anyone to set records.

 
Volunteers
Oh we love our Volunteers! Like lots of major sporting events, parkrun wouldn’t exist without volunteers and as usual our team did a great job. The timekeepers and funnel manager / finish token volunteers agreed on the numbers, which made it easy to process the results. We welcomed Sally Marshall to the Volunteer Team for the first time and it was nice to see Jaqy Halstead back and giving enthusiastic encouragement at the top of the steps, whilst husband Steve ran. Richard and Jon were press – ganged into pacing at the final minute, and did a great job running 25 and 30 mins respectively, although you do know you had a number 20 on your back Richard :)


The runners were well behaved too; no one went through the finish more than once, or went through having completed less than 3 laps. Or if they did, we didn’t spot it! Thanks everyone, this makes our job much easier and means we can send your result e-mails and texts sooner.

 
We probably have a record number of volunteers next week as a number of our regular runners are resting before Newark Half the following day (although a short steady run won’t do you any harm the day before a race). We will always try to avoid turning away volunteers and next week it will be great to see some extra hi – vis around the course. There are still plenty of spaces in the coming weeks when a lot of people are away on holiday, so please get in touch if you can help.

 
Tourists
We’ve discovered a new way to encourage them to return to Newark as the Conibear family from Colwick left behind a hoodie and a football, which some of our volunteers who should know better, used for a kick – about after the run. So we are looking forward to seeing Wendy, David and juniors Isobel and Ben, who all seemed to enjoy their run, back at Newark next week to collect their possessions. And well done Isobel, being third female in 24.51.

 
Nicola Rushton from Rushcliffe celebrated her 101st run by being the first female in 24.01.

 
Kenneth and Diane Renshaw from Dereham Runners in Norfolk visited us for the first time, with Kenneth dipping under 30 mins with 29.27 and Diane not too far behind in 35.08.

 
Joe Walters from Porthcaw ran 24.21 and we were pleased to see from his tweet that he was made to feel welcome. And finally young Wills from Horsham who was visiting Newark and came along for his first parkrun.

 
Look forward to seeing you all back at Newark soon.

 

First Timers
We like to see first timers at Newark and this week we had 28, a good number for the holiday season. Hope you enjoyed your run and that we see you again next week.

 

Stats
Despite the heat, 24 people ran a personal best, including Lesley Butlin who was delighted with her run of 28.51, with son Josh also claiming a P.B. in 21.14.

Helen Roberts ran 25.33 on her 52nd outing and Michael Ribeaux 23.23 on his 68th run. I mention this as it can be more challenging to run a P.B. once you have run more than 50 or even 100 times.
That may be linked to the fact that we’re a couple of years older since we last ran a P.B! That’s where the Age Grade column on the results page shows some encouraging information. If you click on the heading it re – sorts the results into Age Grade order.

Kate Fisher is a good example of someone who through consistent running times has made great improvements in her score, without running a P.B. (although she was recently only a few seconds away from it). In 2013 she achieved 63.81% and recently increased it to 66.02%, good running Kate. So if like me, an actual P.B. is just a distant memory, have a look at your Age Grade score which may show a different story.

 

Results
It was nice to see our star runner Adam Holland encouraging Junior 15 - 17 Edward Buck to a P.B. of 18.06 and second place with Simon Daniel coming home third.

As mentioned above, tourists Nicola and Isobel were first and 3rd ladies respectively, with Angie Cochrane 2nd in a P.B. time of 24.49.

And as runners completed the course, I was pleased to meet Helen Exworthy who was still glowing after her P.B. of 29.16 last week!

 
Next week
Rachel will be in charge and Jess Gordon will be leading the ’23 do 23’ push up challenge before the run, as the big finale to her 22 day challenge, designed to raise awareness of veteran suicide.
Have a good week, and good luck to anyone running or supporting the Newark half marathon next Sunday.

 
Male placings:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 18:04 - 81st time in 95 appearances.
Edward BUCK (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:06 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:06 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Unattached) 811 pts.
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 724 pts.
Michael RIBEAUX (Unattached) 682 pts.
Female placings:
Nicola RUSTON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (25th overall) over the line in 24:01 - first appearance.
Angie COCHRANE (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (36th overall) over the line in 24:49.
Isobel CONIBEAR (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (38th overall) over the line in 24:51.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 769 pts.
Lesley BUTLIN (Unattached) 764 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 706 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Edward BUCK (JM15-17) was graded 76.89% for the time 18:06 (second overall).
Jonathan HOBBS (VM45-49) was graded 74.19% for the time 19:34 (5th overall).
Joseph MONK (JM10) was graded 72.99% for the time 22:24 (15th overall).
This week there were 175 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,756 different runners, including participants from 277 athletics clubs, have completed 25,293 runs covering a total distance of 126,465 km, and there have been 5,743 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).

 

 

Newark parkrun event number 163 30th July 2016

Newark parkrun Event number 163 30th July 2016

A fine and dry morning greeted runners with tourists from as far away as Wales. A good number of first timers again came to savour the wonders of the Newark course.
During the run brief we celebrated the achievements of those who took part in TR24 and Grim Reaper 100 challenges.

Congratulations to Edward Buck and Ellie White. It was great to see two juniors taking the first place in the male and female categories. Congratulations also to Joseph Monk, Martin Waite and Edward Buck for taking the highest grade score for their respective age grades.

If I could give a polite reminder for runners to pass only once through the funnel and only to pass through the funnel if all three laps have been completed.

Male placings:
Edward BUCK (JM15-17) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:20 - second time in 11 appearances.
Martin WAITE (VM50-54) of Newark AC, was second over the line in 19:10 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was third over the line in 19:30 - has been first to finish on 80 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Unattached) 714 pts.
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 633 pts.
Michael RIBEAUX (Unattached) 601 pts.

Female placings:
Ellie WHITE (JW15-17) of Newark AC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 21:24 - second time in 2 appearances.
Vanessa HARRISON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 23:42.
Debbie BOUWER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (46th overall) over the line in 24:46.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lesley BUTLIN (Unattached) 677 pts.
Nicki FENTON (Witham Runners) 674 pts.
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 672 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Joseph MONK (JM10) was graded 77.00% for the time 21:14 (14th overall).
Martin WAITE (VM50-54) was graded 76.96% for the time 19:10 (second overall).
Edward BUCK (JM15-17) was graded 75.91% for the time 18:20 (first overall).

This week there were 199 runners, of whom 30 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,728 different runners, including participants from 274 athletics clubs, have completed 25,118 runs covering a total distance of 125,590 km, and there have been 5,719 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 Derek WILMOT who recorded a 88.79% run (19:38) on 4th June 2016 (event number 155).

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

 

Event 162 – Hot hot hot!

Sconce and Devon park was blessed with midday heat this Saturday morning, and the general consensus amongst the volunteers was it was the warmest we had been standing around the finish area. Consequently, it was no great surprise to see a line of rather red faced and sweaty parkrunners steadily making their way across the finish line. Scanning some rather soggy barcodes proved to be something of a challenge!

Star run of the day had to be from young Joseph Monk, who broke the JM10 course record with a time of 21.49 as 9th finisher. Well done Joseph!

There was a healthy sprinkle of first timers (welcome to you all), and a good number of tourists from Epsom, Stockton, Cambridge and elsewhere.

As mentioned at the briefing, please check your parkrun profile page, and if you are missing emergency contact (ICE) details, please add them.

Now for the stats....

Male placings:
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:45 - third time in 80 appearances.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was second over the line in 18:58.
Martin WAITE (VM50-54) of Newark AC, was third over the line in 19:13 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 633 pts.
Jan BAILEY (Unattached) 618 pts.
Daniel WILLIAMS (Unattached) 575 pts.

Female placings:
Ellie WHITE (JW15-17) of Newark AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 21:55 - first appearance.
Jessica GORDON (SW30-34) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second (26th overall) over the line in 23:55 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Nicki FENTON (VW40-44) of Witham Runners, was third (39th overall) over the line in 25:27 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Alice GIBBS (Newark AC) 656 pts.
Lesley BUTLIN (Unattached) 595 pts.
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 575 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin WAITE (VM50-54) was graded 76.76% for the time 19:13 (third overall).
Joseph MONK (JM10) was graded 74.94% for the time 21:49 (9th overall).
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) was graded 72.80% for the time 18:45 (first overall).

This week there were 180 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,698 different runners, including participants from 271 athletics clubs, have completed 24,919 runs covering a total distance of 124,595 km, and there have been 5,671 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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