It was a cool but dry Saturday morning, ideal for a run in the park. 15 first timers rolled up and three tourists from Manchester, London and York to make up a field of 140. The air-horn start does allow the time keepers or starter the flexibility to be in 'other places'. As always the start was a mass bolt for the path leading up to the first corner and loop. I must admit having done it a few times take my hat off to the volunteers who stand in front of the pillars each side of the path and the bench. It is quite a sight to see 140 runners bearing down on you, you just hope they are looking up and not at their feet.
Adam Holland came in first followed by William Parking who improved his PB by 20 seconds. Everything worked like clock-work at the finish, stop watches, scanners tallied up and only one runners details did not scan so had to be manually in-putted, but everything was done and dusted by 10:40, time for a coffee and bacon cob at Rumbles.
There were a number of blank places as runners had forgotten their bar-codes May I suggest a slide over to http://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/parkrun-barcodes-ra1.aspx and order some tough tokens, one idea I like is you can thread the token into you trainers when lacing them up so you always have it when you go out running. The other advantages are you can specify a "In Case Of Emergency Contact Number" and any "Medical information", starting at £4.26 for three tokens, a bargain.
Once again thank you to all the volunteers and if anyone wants to volunteer please let the Run Director or Bar-Code Scanners known, there are many roles and I'm sure you'll find one of them rewarding. There are briefings before the event on your role and the Event Directors will not allow some positions to be both filled by 1st time volunteers so there is always someone to help and guide you, i.e. timekeepers & scanners.
Anyway enjoy running, enjoy parkrun.
Now for the Stats.....
Newark parkrun Event number 93 - 14th March 2015
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 17:24 - 43rd time in 51 appearances.
William PARKIN (SM18-19) of Grantham Running Club, was second over the line in 17:44 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Mark JEFFORD (VM45-49) of Road Runners Club, was third over the line in 18:31.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Daniel WILLIAMS (Unattached) 3567 pts.
Mark WINTER (Unattached) 3242 pts.
Richard FLYE (Unattached) 2370 pts.
Emily PARTRIDGE (SW20-24) of Newark Striders Running Club, was first (28th overall) over the line in 24:14 - first time in 31 appearances.
Lauren DAVIES (JW11-14) of Newark AC, was second (33rd overall) over the line in 24:49.
Janet DAVIES (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 25:09 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill FLYE (Unattached) 3227 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 3035 pts.
Janet DAVIES (Unattached) 2631 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark JEFFORD (VM45-49) was graded 79.03% for the time 18:31 (third overall).
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 77.70% for the time 26:54 (55th overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) was graded 75.25% for the time 26:56 (57th overall).
This week there were 140 runners, of whom 15 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 2,170 different runners, including participants from 153 athletics clubs, have completed 12,974 runs covering a total distance of 64,870 km, and there have been 3,247 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Jennifer MCBAIN who ran in a time of 00:19:16 on 2014-10-11 (event number 72).
The men's 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.