The park was looking like it had seen enough of summer and was getting its autumn kit on as volunteers gathered at 8.15 on Saturday morning. If anything, the park looks even better in autumn and cooler weather means more comfortable running, so hope to see lots of you enjoying parkrun over the next few weeks.
And it was an especially early start for Jon and Brian, many thanks to both for helping with the First Aid training and getting more practice in setting up and dismantling Jon’s Gazebo.
Faith was our Junior Bell ringer who grabbed everyone’s attention for the Run Briefing. She then pinched my spot on the tree - stump to tell us about the fantastic response to her fund raising for Cancer research, having raised more than £650 by completing the Great North Junior Run. And she had some help from Dad Peter who completed the Great North, well done both of you and thanks to those who donated.
We congratulated Jim Lovett and Steve Bailey on their 50th parkruns and look forward to seeing them in their red- 50 T shirts. Jim went on to run with his daughter Carmen who looked delighted with her first parkrun.
First Aid Training
Great to see people attending this free training session run by Newark Community First Aid which covered casualty assessment, making a 999 call, recovery position, CPR and use of AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Thanks Brian for arranging it. This is something that I’m very supportive of, as a close friend of mine recently used these skills to save the life of a runner who had collapsed in a race. Hopefully, we will never have do this for real, but reassuring to know what to do if we have to. We will be running another session next spring and will let you know when we have a date.
Despite my attempt to look on the positive side re the weather, (you won’t get sunburn!) it was a shock to be wearing several layers at parkrun and still be cold. And wet.
So if you’re a regular volunteer and anyone asks you what you would like for Christmas (apparently, its only 14 weeks) then you could ask for warm / water proof clothes! Many thanks to our lovely volunteers, who did a great job in seeing the 165 runners safely home.
Five volunteers have given up their time on more than 50 occasions to support Newark parkrun and today we saw another one complete their 25th and become eligible for the famous purple T shirt, and not so famous purple thank – you card. Thanks Richard Flye for your support, and on completing your 150th run today too, as tail runner. The Flye’s are one of several families who are keen supporters of parkrun, with both Gill and Ben also having gained their 100 shirts and completed a good number of volunteer stints.
And its nice to see new names being added to the roster, including Linda Moakes today and Stewart Partridge, although not volunteering for the first time, successfully completed his first stint as timekeeper under the watchful eye of Alan Robinson. At the time of writing, there are just 3 places left on next week’s roster and if you are able to help out, please get in touch.
Maybe I’m getting hard of hearing, but I don’t remember getting any response when I asked at the briefing if we had any tourists. However, Chris Wood from Lincoln later admitted to be a regular visitor to Newark and was pleased with his run of 22.12.
For the volunteers at start / finish area, it’s a peaceful time after the run has started, although we often see late - comers running hard down the starting straight to catch up and this week was no exception, with a lady tourist from Perth Australia arriving late. Mind you, she had come a long way. Sorry I haven’t got your name, but hope you enjoyed your run.
Sounds like we will be seeing more of Steven Ebbinghaus from Bangor, County Down, N Ireland, who enjoyed our course but disappointed that we only offer Tea / Coffee afterwards!
Out of the 165 who ran, 9 were first timers and there were 34 personal bests, well done everyone!
These included Cathy Clarke who almost missed her moment of glory as hers was one of the very few barcodes that didn’t scan (good job Debbie and Kirsty on scanning, thanks). However, we put that right and Cathy’s 31.27 is now proudly displayed in the results.
Lisa Blant ran her 5th parkrun in another PB which saw her finish 13th female and Nicki Padgett was pleased with her PB and is so close to breaking 30 mins now. Adam Holland has been running well recently, even by his standards. Last week he was only 1 second away from his PB of 16.30 and within 25 seconds this week. Reassuring for all of us to know that even world record holders have to work hard to improve! It was good to see Becky Taylor back at parkrun and run a PB of 19.44 to finish first female and 6th overall. Hope to see you again soon Becky.
Co Run – Director Rachel is making a strong come back after her recent injury, and there are so many runners improving right throughout the field, with not enough time to mention them all. Whether you are trying to crack 20 minutes or an hour, good luck, try not to overdo it and remember its not just about getting faster. Enjoying parkrun, staying injury – free and supporting others are just as important.
Brian will be in charge next week, and has an experienced team of volunteers working with him, with just 3 vacancies at the moment.
Have a good week.
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 16:53 - 85th time in 99 appearances.
Matthew BUCHAN (JM15-17) of Mansfield Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 18:31 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Matt WATERFIELD (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:45 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jan BAILEY (Unattached) 1402 pts.
Brian STEVENS (Unattached) 1041 pts.
Adam HOLLAND (Notfast RC) 998 pts.
Rebecca TAYLOR (SW30-34) of Newark AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:44 - 6th time in 7 appearances.
Gill OXLEY (VW40-44) of Notfast RC, was second (41st overall) over the line in 24:31 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Nicki FENTON (VW40-44) of Witham Runners, was third (45th overall) over the line in 25:03 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill OXLEY (Notfast RC) 1235 pts.
Alice GIBBS (Newark AC) 1121 pts.
Sara CARTER (Newark Striders Running Club) 1096 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) was graded 76.51% for the time 16:53 (first overall).
Joseph MONK (JM10) was graded 75.46% for the time 21:40 (14th overall).
Rebecca TAYLOR (SW30-34) was graded 75.00% for the time 19:44 (6th overall).
This week there were 165 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 3,860 different runners, including participants from 284 athletics clubs, have completed 26,309 runs covering a total distance of 131,545 km, and there have been 5,961 new Personal Bests.