Event 138

Rain, rain go away – don’t come to Newark on parkrun day…

Event 138 began with the volunteers wondering whether, for the first time, they would outnumber the runners. 8.50am came and went. Three brave first-timers, along with tourists from Doncaster and the USA were briefed in the rain, but where was everyone else? Sheltering in their cars and the toilets, ready for a last-minute dash to the start – that’s where they were. Due to the wet weather, the ‘Run Director’ tree stump was on the slippery side, but Ernie’s enormous umbrella provided welcome cover.

In addition to welcoming our first-timers and tourists, runners were warned that the course was even wetter and muddier today and would be more like cross country; this clearly delighted some and horrified others, judging by the expressions on people’s faces! Peter Davis also announced that entries for the reinstated Newark half marathon will be going live this week, and it was good to welcome a photographer from the Newark advertiser too who took some photos to publicise this and our wonderful parkrun.

Finally, the volunteers were thanked – these were the wonderful people who then ‘encouraged’ everyone to splash in the steeplechase puddle at the end of each lap. Well done to all who took up the challenge and ran straight through. The ‘biggest splash’ prize goes to Simon Daniel!

124 wet, soggy runners crossed the line in the rain, led by Adam Holland, with Simon Daniel and Craig Renton in hot (or should that be wet?) pursuit. Heidi Harris was first woman home, with Phillipa Clarke and Marilyn Hatherley in second and third. Well done to all of our finishers – thanks for coming to run on such a vile day.

Happy running!

Rachel

Newark parkrun
Event number 138
6th February 2016

Male placings:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 19:20 - 66th time in 77 appearances.
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:56 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was third over the line in 20:07.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 2424 pts.
Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 2412 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 2297 pts.

Female placings:
Heidi HARRIS (VW40-44) of Southwell RC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 23:13 - 5th time in 8 appearances.
Philippa CLARKE (SW25-29) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second (35th overall) over the line in 25:49.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) of Notfast RC, was third (53rd overall) over the line in 27:29.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2629 pts.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 2589 pts.
Philippa CLARKE (Newark Striders Running Club) 2310 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) was graded 73.74% for the time 27:29 (53rd overall).
Chris DUNN (VM65-69) was graded 69.59% for the time 25:03 (26th overall).
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) was graded 68.48% for the time 19:56 (second overall).

This week there were 124 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,104 different runners, including participants from 232 athletics clubs, have completed 20,409 runs covering a total distance of 102,045 km, and there have been 4,736 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 2015-04-11 (event number 97).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 2014-07-12 (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 Report Number 137, Saturday 30 January

Another Sunny Saturday to see off the remains of January and Spring is around the corner.

There was a cold wind blowing, but that didn’t put off the 143 runners who enjoyed our run number 137. And we gained more first timers again this week, 7 to be exact (I think some of our established runners have been recruiting!). There were 18 PB’s; 12.6% of the field compared to last week’s 18.5% - interesting new stat for those of you that like that type of stuff.

At the run briefing the usual cry of ‘Do we have any tourists here today?’ met with a stony silence, broken only after the Run Director encouraged some audience participation and one local wag shouted ‘Claypole!’ That hardly qualifies as the village is only a few miles away and doesn’t have its own parkrun. Yet.

However, parkrun stalwarts Peter and Paula Speechly were spotted in the crowd and warmly welcomed to Newark. Amazingly, today was their 255th parkun, that’s 255 each! This wasn’t their first visit; Paula has held her age category record for 2 years at Newark, and Peter managed a course PB of 24.12. Their home parkrun is now Gedling, although they’re not often seen there as they are members of the ‘Cowell Club’ having run at more than 100 different parkrun venues. It will be a while until they get their next T – Shirt for 500 runs, but knowing them they will do so in some style and we hope to see them back at Newark long before then.

The cold weather encouraged a brief – briefing, but we did have time to thank our volunteers, particularly Duke of Edinburgh participants James Cobb and Scott Illsley whose names appear several times in the next few weeks. There are still some gaps in the volunteer roster though, so if you have the time and don’t want to risk injury by over doing it (we all need a rest sometime) then please get in touch either on FB or e-mail newarkhelpers@parkrun.com. Several of our regular volunteers are approaching their 25th volunteer stint and will no doubt soon be ‘proud in purple’, wearing the famous 25 T-Shirt and earning the now traditional newarkparkrun ‘Thank You’ card.

If the runner’s body language hadn’t suggested ‘Get on with it, I’m cold!’ mention would have been made of the several juniors who have done more than 10 runs, in fact some are approaching their 100!th. We will keep an eye on the stats, but to help make sure we don’t miss anyone, if as a parent you would like your ‘junior’ to get a mention in the briefing for achieving 10, just let us know. Its particularly rewarding to see youngsters coming through, we even had some junior volunteers today! And special mention for Joe Stanley who at 17 is still a junior and even though he didn’t run today is top of the men’s points table, assisted by 100 points he earned for volunteering. Well done Joe.

And on a final note, there seems to have been some confusion by those of you collecting discarded clothing on the bench at turn 1. Easily done as there is often quite a pile of kit, but one of our lady runners has lost her jacket which also has her mobile ‘phone in the pocket. Its clearly been taken by mistake as there was another similar jacket left in its place. If anyone realizes that they have it, please get in touch newarkoffice@parkrun.com and we’ll put you in contact with the owner. Thanks.

Look forward to seeing you all next week, stay safe.

The stats;
Male placings:
Michael COOKE (SM20-24) of Stockport Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 17:31 - third time in 3 appearances.
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was second over the line in 18:32 - has been first to finish on 65 previous occasions.
Tomas TRESNAK (VM35-39) of Notfast RC, 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:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 2331 pts
Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 2327 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 2197 pts.
Female placings:
Heidi HARRIS (VW40-44) of Southwell RC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 23:11 - 4th time in 7 appearances.
Sarah Lee TAYLOR (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (28th overall) over the line in 24:55.
Paula SPEECHLEY (VW55-59) (Unattached) was third (34th overall) over the line in 25:17.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2629 pts.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 2491 pts.
Philippa CLARKE (Newark Striders Running Club) 2211 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) was graded 73.97% for the time 27:24 (46th overall).
Michael COOKE (SM20-24) was graded 73.64% for the time 17:31 (first overall).
Paula SPEECHLEY (VW55-59) was graded 72.58% for the time 25:17 (34th overall).

 

Run report Number 136, Sat 23 January

Warmer winter weather greeted us on our run number 136, although it will be a while before the bottom field and the woodland path dry out!

The sunshine brought out 22 first timers and a very healthy total of 195 people enjoyed their 3 laps, (well 4 laps in one case) and 36 PB’s – amazing with the ground being so wet. Tourists came from London and Doncaster to enjoy our lovely course.

We congratulated young Faith Middleton on her 11th run and look forward to seeing her again with her Dad Peter and her ‘10’ T shirt.

And it was great to see some new faces volunteering for the first time, thanks folks. Looking forward to seeing even more as there a few gaps in the roster in the next couple of weeks. Regular Run Director Rachel Sheldrake was proudly modelling her ‘Volunteer 25’ T shirt and there will be more of these earned over the next few weeks. Rachel was just 1 of 5 Run Directors in attendance today, that must be a record! Between them they managed to sort out an IT glitch and all left Rumbles Cafe feeling relieved that the results had been posted.

However, a rookie Run Director had to be dragged off the stage before attempting any more jokes and was left to stand guarding the kit pile as the rest of the volunteer squad sauntered down to turn 1 to watch the runners go past twice.

Fortunately they were back in time to welcome everyone home. Another excellent Saturday morning, well done all.

Look forward to seeing you next week; the last run in January and spring is on its way.

Male placings:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 18:51 - 65th time in 75 appearances.
Martin WAITE (VM50-54) of Newark AC, was second over the line in 19:03 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Paul GROGAN (VM50-54) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:46.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 2331 pts.
Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 2251 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 2098 pts.

Female placings:
Heidi HARRIS (VW40-44) of Southwell RC, was first (17th overall) over the line in 23:08 - third time in 6 appearances.
Danielle FORSEY (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 24:42 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Philippa CLARKE (SW25-29) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third (34th overall) over the line in 24:45.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2545 pts.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 2396 pts.
Philippa CLARKE (Newark Striders Running Club) 2114 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin WAITE (VM50-54) was graded 77.43% for the time 19:03 (second overall).
Paul GROGAN (VM50-54) was graded 76.48% for the time 19:46 (third overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) was graded 75.62% for the time 26:48 (54th overall).

This week there were 195 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,087 different runners, including participants from 232 athletics clubs, have completed 20,142 runs covering a total distance of 100,710 km, and there have been 4,704 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 2015-04-11 (event number 97).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 2014-07-12 (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

 

Event #135

Newark parkrun

Event number 135

16th January 2016

A bright but frosty parkrun this week saw 160 runners take part. The cold weather didn't dull the spirit though with 20 first timers and 32 runners recording new PB's.
We welcomed one tourist from Leicester and Kate Fisher was wished happy birthday.
A big thanks to all of the volunteers for making the event happen, great to see so many new names on the volunteer roster especially the teenagers doing their DofE awards. We had a few challenges with barcodes not scanning due to the cold conditions so results took a little longer to process and unfortunately had to record a number of results as unknown due to runners forgetting their personal barcodes.

The stats...

Male placings:

Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 18:40 - 64th time in 74 appearances.

Dan STEPHEN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:18.

Daniel WILLIAMS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 21:21 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.


Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 2237 pts.

Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 2161 pts.

Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 1998 pts.


Female placings:

Beverley HANCOCK (VW40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was first (7th overall) over the line in 21:57 - first time in 7 appearances.

Olivia CORK (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (10th overall) over the line in 23:06.

Philippa CLARKE (SW25-29) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third (24th overall) over the line in 24:54.


Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2482 pts.

Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 2303 pts.

Lisa LEACH (Unattached) 2073 pts.


The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) was graded 75.15% for the time 26:58 (47th overall).

Beverley HANCOCK (VW40-44) was graded 71.15% for the time 21:57 (7th overall).

Olivia CORK (JW11-14) was graded 70.49% for the time 23:06 (10th overall).


This week there were 160 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,065 different runners, including participants from 231 athletics clubs, have completed 19,947 runs covering a total distance of 99,735 km, and there have been 4,668 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 2015-04-11 (event number 97).

The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 2014-07-12 (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.

 

Event #134

Newark parkrun
Event number 134
9th January 2016

Several parkrunners started a 30 day plank challenge last week. They were up to 1 minute on Saturday and Jon, Adam and Richard decided to do theirs just before the run. As one parkrunner put it "Newark's finest plankers"!

I can just see us having to hold up the run brief in the coming weeks whilst we all get down to it!

We welcomed 17 newcomers to parkrun and a tourist from Temple Newsam in Leeds. We also thanked the volunteers. Some were OK having their photo taken...

And some weren't :)

We checked the course out and also the river level, given the recent flood warnings on the Trent and tributaries. You might like to know that we do have an alternative route should the river area be underwater. Thankfully we have never had to use it but it cuts left, before you go down to the river area, through the field to the back of the Tom Mann Pavilion, then down the path to the start of the wooded section and up the steps as usual. Three laps of that makes it a bit short of 5k so a bit is tagged on to end, so rather than turning left into the finish funnel, it carries on to Rumbles cafe and then does a U-turn back to the finish funnel.

With everyone back in, Jon and Bob took the helm in processing the results as they are learning the ropes for the Run Director role.

Thanks to them and all the volunteers for making it run smoothly:
Robert BOULTWOOD, Louise CARTER, James COBB, Peter DAVIS, Gill FLYE, Felicity Ann GARLAND, Colin GREEN, Rachel HILL, Jon RAWSON, Kay RAWSON, Brian THOMPSON, Lisa WARD, Jayne YOUNG

The stats:

Male placings:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 18:33 - 63rd time in 73 appearances.
Philip NIND (SM25-29) of Lincoln and District Runners, was second over the line in 18:34 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:46 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 2140 pts.
Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 2079 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 1898 pts.

Female placings:
Jenny STEEDMAN (SW30-34) of Guildford & Godalming AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 22:09 - second time in 2 appearances.
Heidi HARRIS (VW40-44) of Southwell RC, was second (24th overall) over the line in 24:33 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Philippa CLARKE (SW25-29) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third (38th overall) over the line in 25:38.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2412 pts.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 2212 pts.
Lisa LEACH (Unattached) 1988 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) was graded 69.54% for the time 18:33 (first overall).
Philip NIND (SM25-29) was graded 69.48% for the time 18:34 (second overall).
Chris DUNN (VM65-69) was graded 69.46% for the time 25:06 (32nd overall).

This week there were 172 runners, of whom 23 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.

Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,045 different runners, including participants from 229 athletics clubs, have completed 19,787 runs covering a total distance of 98,935 km, and there have been 4,636 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 2015-04-11 (event number 97).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 2014-07-12 (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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