Event 273 – 15th September

This week's Run Report is brought to you by Tourist Laura Seth. Thank you Laura for a great report. If you would like to have a go at writing the Run Report in the future please get in touch.

The air had an autumnal feel to it as 185 of you gathered at Sconce park for your weekly parkrun fix. By 9am the sun was warming up and it was definitely a day for the t-shirts and shorts. Conditions for running were near perfect and 20 of you agreed clocking up brand new PB's. Congratulations to you all.

Congratulations to Eddie Croydon-Fowler and Derek Wilmot who completed their 100 parkruns and to Dave Tilley who recieved his 25 volunteer card for expertly pacing parkrunners around the course 25 times. Congratulations to David Cross who completed his 50th parkrun. Also a double congratulations to Karen Borrill who completed her 150th parkrun and was awarded her 25 volunteer card. Well done to you all!

Ten of you ran your very first parkrun, welcome Ben SUTHERLAND, James WEBB, Emma RICHARDS, Amy MITCHELL, Tom RIDGEWAY, Bryn STYLES, Jeremy BOYDEN, Joanne MCNICHOLAS, Rhian RIDGEWAY and Julie KNIGHT to the parkrun family, if your anything like me you'll be back for more very soon. Today I ran my 133rd parkrun and my second at Newark. I'm currently enjoying some parkrun tourism, travelling around the country visiting lots of new parks. Myself and my friend Jen are trying to complete the parkrun alphabet by running a parkrun beginning with each letter, today Jen got her N #JensN. We've still got a few to go and will have to venture outside to UK to complete it, but we both love a challenge.

Today's first male across the line was Tom Marshall, Jessica Gordon led the ladies home and Tom Horsman was first junior. Marilyn Hatherley achieved the highest age grade of 78.82%, well done to you all.

Your morning run, jog or walk wouldn't have been possible without the wonderful team of volunteer's who make parkrun possible each and every week. Alan and Dean were your timers this morning, Ernie handed you your finish token in the funnel managed by Martin. Georgia, Abigail and Rose scanned your barcodes, you were cheered and clapped around the course by Keith, Kathryn, Sarah-Jane and Brian, Breeze and Jessica ensured you all got round safely and the whole team was expertly managed by your run director Fiona.

Volunteering is a great way to experience another side of parkrun so please put your name down on the roster for an upcoming week.

I thoroughly enjoyed my run this morning and am looking forward to next Saturday already.

Laura Seth


Event #272 – Striders takeover

Newark parkrun
Event number 272
8th September 2018

parkrun 272 was a takeover by Newark Striders and the orange army were out in force. Despite the wet and cold conditions 26 marvellous volunteers turned out to make Newark parkrun happen, all under the watchful eye of their fellow Strider and regular Run Director Brian.


The first timers briefing was attended by 13 of which eight were totally new to parkrun. Amongst the group was Andy Bee a deaf runner who normally takes part in the event at Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham.  We also welcomed visitors from Sherwood Pines, Rushcliffe, Gedling, Sheffield Graves and Cheltenham. Congratulations to Delyth Filer who was amongst our visitors today and completed her 100th parkrun.


The run brief was finished with the announcement by Paul Reed, Chairman of the Friends of Sconce and Devon Park, that over £390 had been raised jointly by Newark parkrun and Junior parkrun last week, towards the replacement batteries for the defibrillator.


The run was got underway and the many pacers gave their all to help people achieve new goals, they obviously did an excellent job because a whopping thirty people celebrated a new PB. A special mention at this point must go to Edward MacIntyre who accompanied by Jamie MacIntyre achieved the excellent time of 24.49.

I think this picture says it all.


In other news this week saw the relocation of the barcode scanners and the new position in the recess with the soldier statue seemed to work well.  Every week all of the volunteers do a great job but this week I think Cate Driscoll deserves a special shout out because not only did Cate volunteer as a pacer, afterwards seeing the long queue for barcode scanning she immediately volunteered to help out, a true demonstration of the parkrun spirit, thank you Cate.


Weekly stats:

This week 187 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Cate DRISCOLL • Stacey ATKINS • Kathryn SCOTT • Brian THOMPSON • Jacqueline JACKSON • Lesley BUTLIN • Andy SIRRS • Kay RAWSON • Simon DRURY • Andy SCOTT • Jessica GORDON • Tom SPELMAN • Philippa CLARKE • Lynne BOBY • Robin WILKINSON • Richard SPURR • Jennifer PALMER • Leisa PICKLES • Max PICKLES • Nick BEVERIDGE • Nige DRISCOLL • Nicki PADGETT • Tracey PARTRIDGE • Ann CLAY • Andrew CHAMBERLAIN • Clare STAINTON • Tom JORDAN

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 6,193 participants have completed 47,241 parkruns covering a total distance of 236,205 km, including 9,201 new Personal Bests.


Newark parkrun Report: Event #271 (1st September)

A Day of Celebration and Remembrance

The 1st September often marks the end of summer, and it was certainly a chillier start to what we have become accustomed over the past few months, however, we were delighted that the sun continued to shine on a busy and beautiful parkrun morning.

We welcomed 210 people that ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers at Newark parkrun and 19 runners recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to everybody that took part, and congratulations to our first three finishers in under 20 minutes this week (two of whom were tourists including Chris Birley who finished 1st, who is a local RD at Beeston parkrun and was ‘on tour’ this week (pictured top left with the top three finishers)). We hope everyone felt welcome at Newark parkrun, and thanks to @emdad07 #thewanderinglondoner (pictured bottom right with the 'man in the hat', this weeks RD) for your post on Twitter; we look forward to reading your blog.

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This week was also a special occasion as we also welcomed back Michael Jones, who was taken ill prior to our parkrun on 19th May (pictured top left, centre). Michael returned as our Tail Walker for the day and we made good use of the opportunity to highlight the value of the parks AED (Automated External Defibrillator) that – along with quick thinking from our regular parkrunners – contributed to Michael being with us today. The Friends of Sconce Hill and Devon Park joined us to raise funds for the AED maintenance and over £320.00 was raised on the day. Thanks to everyone that gave so generously. Collage 2018-09-02 2

There was also some very sad news to share as we were informed that our local sports reporter and parkrunner, Warwick ‘Rick’ Lane, lost his fight with leukaemia after an unexpected deterioration in his condition. Rick’s passing was marked by an 18 second applause prior to the start of this week’s run in recognition of the 18 parkrun’s he had completed during his battle with Leukaemia. You can continue to support Rick’s campaign to raise awareness of leukaemia and the need for more bone marrow donations by following on social media via  #WarwicksWarriors. The Newark Advertiser has posted a full tribute that you can read via this link.

Collage 2018-09-02 Warwick

No parkrun is complete without recognising the event is only made possible by our fantastic volunteers who arrive early, set up the course, walk, cheer, count, scan, pack it all away and leave long after most parkrunners have arrived home. This week we were joined by 20 volunteers:

Michael Robert JONES • Brian THOMPSON • John COMBIE • Suzanne CATLEY • Marilyn HATHERLEY • Simon DANIEL • Dean HOULTON • Nicki FENTON • Peter DANIEL • Joshua DANIEL-FOX • Ernie CLARKE • Catherine CLARKE • Paul REED • Brian STEVENS • Paul FENTON • Dan ARKWELL • Angela KING • Sally PRIEST • Anthony HODGETTS • Georgia MARSHALL Volunteers

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 6,180 participants have completed 47,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 235,215 km, including 9,178 new Personal Bests.


Run 270 25th August 2018

parkrun is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get next

We check the internet for severe weather, we keep an eye on facebook to see if our parkrun neighbours are cancelling and thereby swelling our numbers, we get plenty of notice re Civil War enactments and other events, (we didn’t spot the Vegan festival which brought us 40 lean, fast runners last week though). However, who would have thought that a blown tree would result in 204 runners and walkers completing the winter route. In August!

Thanks to all those that warned us on Friday night. The council were aware and did their best to arrange for contractors to move the tree in time for parkrun. Maybe the contractors thought we started at 10.00 a.m. but I hear did a great job and the path was clear later in the morning.

In any event it caused a bit of fun and brought out the best in both volunteers and runners. Newark stalwart Brian gave up his run to act as Run Director – Tom Mann Sector and with the help of Charles and Mary, directed runners along the playing field and the Tom Mann dual carriageway, with traffic moving much faster than it does on any Friday in Newark.

Other last – minute volunteers included Keith and Thomas who took care of the Rumbles hairpin, Simon Berry who was touring from Cambridge and it was good to see another Newark old – timer Ernie, complete which crutches, marshal the home straight. Look forward to seeing complete 3 laps again soon Ernie.

Several runners, including tourists, came to thank us for managing to put on the run and commented that they liked the new route. Worryingly however, some said they missed the steps!


The roster was full a week in advance - that’s great going thanks to all that volunteered.

In addition to those mentioned above it was good to see Richard and Gill back to Newark, with Richard commenting that it was Tail – Walking p.b. of 48.04, whist Gill assisted Alan in his regular slot as timekeeper. Watch out for Gill’s 250th run in a few weeks time!

D of E recruit Georgia had no problem assisting Judith and Bernie scanning barcodes using her i-phone which I understand is easier than the regular scanner. Bernie was grateful to all who ate cake and made a donation to her British Heart Foundation appeal. Bernie is one of several Newark parkunners who will be completing the Great North Run in 2 weeks, hope there are no fallen trees up there.

At the other end of the reversed funnel, Zanna and Sharon kept the tokens and runners in order which made processing results at Rumbles HQ much easier. Henrietta was our other cheery marshal encouraging runners, walkers and dogs on their 3 laps.

And finally thanks to Dan who donned the 30 Pacer Blue Bib.

Thanks to all our volunteers, we really appreciate you turning out on a Saturday morning and giving your time for free. We couldn’t do this without you.

Run brief

We welcomed tourists from all over the world, including Claypole, Conkers, Scunthorpe, Pontefract. Cambridge, County Armagh, and North East Victoria in Australia! Hope you all enjoyed the excitement that was our Winter course and come to see the regular route soon, its much prettier.

With all the fuss over the new route (It goes where? Which way up the funnel?), I forgot the enquire about milestones, but see from the results that Kay was celebrating her 150th, Teresa Rollins her 100th, Hannah Parton and Alice Gibbs their 50th . Well done all of you, you’ll certainly remember your milestone run!

Welcome to our First Timers, good to meet you, hope you enjoyed your run and will be back next week for more.

Rachel Harrop
Emily Harrop
Katie Watkin
Ruth Marshall
Jessica Marshall – Pearce
Martin Warner
Owen Wheway
Noah Marshal
Harriet Adwick
Helen Adwick
Christopher Clarke
Charlie Ashley
Luke Dixon
Caroline Upton

PB’s – lots and lots of them, can’t think why?

Apologies for not mentioning you all here. I know it was a short route, but it is our official Winter/ Emergency route that has been in place since we started over 5 years ago. Hope we don’t have to use it too often, but if you got a p.b. on Saturday, you’ll be able to have another crack at it if we run the course again.


This week 204 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Simon BERRY • Bob WHITE • Brian THOMPSON • Thomas CRAGG • Mary FREER • Richard FLYE • Gill FLYE • Judith WHISTLER • Charles LEE • Keith MEASURES • Alan ROBINSON • Ernie CLARKE • Dan ARKWELL • Zanna PERRY • Sharon INGLE • Bernie DIVALL • Henrietta MCCABE • Georgia MARSHALL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013. Since then 6,153 participants have completed 46,833 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,165 km, including 9,159 new Personal Bests.

Next week

He’s back, it’s the Man with the hat and he will be welcoming two special guests.


Event #267 – Female course record broken

Newark parkrun
Event number 267
4th August 2018

Saturday didn’t start off too well as there was a fisherman’s gathering (not sure what the collective term for fishermen is - a catch!?) at the Spring House pub and they all parked up in the Devon & Sconce carpark opposite. Never mind, we thought, we’d open the gates to the field by Rumbles and runners could park there instead. Our plan was thwarted when two transit vans were found blocking the gates! Anyway, hope you all parked up safely (although we did see one or two trying to catch the tail walker up!).

It went smoother from there though thankfully. In total we had 181 runners, welcomed a handful of first timers, three of whom had made the best decision of their lives and turned up for their first ever run. A big parkrun welcome to
Ian Feeney, Stephen Hall and Avril Watson.

We saw tourists grace our park from Lincoln, Conkers, Manchester and Stuttgart.

Hope you all had a good time and enjoyed yourselves!


Firstly, an official one saw regular junior Joseph Monk reach his 50th 5k event. I have to be specific here because Joseph also runs at junior parkrun on Sundays and has reached 25 of those too!

Now that we have Newark juniors there is more opportunity to volunteer over each weekend. Kate Fisher has been putting in a lot of stints over at juniors and became a member of the Volunteer 25 club last week.

Unofficial ones:
Annette Taylor and Chris Gregg completed their 150.

Dave Whistler left to his 200th outing to better his record that has stood for 3 years to prove there is still hope for the rest of us!

One of our regulars, Keith Measures, celebrated his ?? Birthday (he kept it a bit quiet, from me at least).

Congratulations to all!


Personal Bests
31 of you recorded fantastic personal bests this week - Congratulations go to:
Edward BUCK, Laura SIDDALL, James BLACK, David FOWLER, Richard SPURR, Tim DOUBELL, Ian DOBISON, Darren WATKIN, Samuel HILL, Lucy ARTHUR, Miranda HALL, Rebecca CLIFT, Sarah MYATT, David WHISTLER, Tom JORDAN, Will HOWE, Kieran Robert OWEN, Emma KEMP, Olivia LINDSAY, Will NORTH, Mary GREGORY, Leon Meng Kong LEONG, Kelly JONES, Peter CAMPBELL, Vic KNIGHT, Sarah STUART, Ann WHITE, Matthew GILL, Sarah POTTER, Hannah ARKWRIGHT, Susan STELMAK

To pick out a few...
The name Laura Siddall may be familiar with some of you if you have ever paid attention to the stats at the bottom of our results page. Laura set the women's course record for the Newark course last year. She took time out of her Pro Triathlete training schedule to visit family back home and paid a visit to her home parkrun too. Laura came in third overall in a time of 18:12, beating her own record by 15 seconds.

Cementing her female course record, Laura Siddall:

Laura was pipped to the post by our regular, Jan Bailey coming in second at 17:45 but even his time was dwarfed by that of Ed Buck, a junior, who managed to break the 17 minute barrier to record a 16:54!

Olivia Lindsay (JW10) is getting ever closer to breaking that 30 minute barrier for the 5k.

Samuel Hill (JM10) has knocked over a minute off his 5k record in the last few months. He was paced round by Kim Etherington-Bates and cracked the 26 minutes he was aiming for.

Matthew Gill broke the 40 minute barrier for the first time and his times have been steadily falling since he started running at Newark back in May.


As ever, the event was made possible by a team of volunteers. This week's heroes were:

John L. MILLER • Brian THOMPSON • Alan ROBINSON • Jacqui WALTON • Breeze ROWLANDS • Zoe SMITH • Max PICKLES • Sharon INGLE • Abigail ROWLANDS • Jessica ROWLANDS • Sarah-Jane COBB • Henrietta MCCABE • Georgia MARSHALL

Abigail, Georgia and Henrietta scanned you all in:

Alan and Sharon kept time:

Max and John managed the funnel:

The rest of the gang joined in for a team photo after we had finished:

That's all for this week, hope to see you next Saturday when Faye will be in charge of a NOTFAST takeover.



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 6,028 participants have completed 46,158 parkruns covering a total distance of 230,790 km, including 9,007 new Personal Bests.

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