Picking up a large dollop of dog – poo isn’t a great way to start your Saturday, or a run report for that matter. Although once I’d cleared the offending mess from the start line, the volunteer team sprang into action and we were ready in good time for the start of run number 213.
It looked like a smaller crowd than usual at the run - briefing and there were various estimates of numbers made by the start / finish – based volunteers, who were expecting less than the 199 who crossed the line. Maybe the cricket, the threat of a shower and a sale at DFS kept some away, but we were still in excess of our average of 164.
Junior runner Theo had brought everyone to attention by ringing the bell and rang it again later as he ran a PB of 30.58 on his 12th parkrun, with Dad Jonathan from Notfast crossing the line with him. We all congratulated Lesley Butlin on her 50th and inspired by this Lesley went on a storming run completing the course in 27.44 equaling her PB! Charles Lee was also applauded for his 100th run and appears several times in the run photographs, proudly wearing his red 50 shirt, which it has been suggested, he can now pass on to Lesley as part of a ‘wear and share’ scheme! Hope your new T shirts don’t take too long to come through, thanks for your support both.
With so many runners now reaching milestones, it can be difficult to spot them all, so if you know someone who running their 50th, 100th or even better a Junior 10, please let us know and we’ll give them a mention both on the day and in the report.
Many thanks to all, a great job done as usual.
We get lots of praise for our volunteers out on the course and this week our motivational marshals were Sally, Ben and Richard who enjoyed cheering on the runners, with Tail Walker Judith making sure everyone got round safely.
Always good to have Pacers too and regular Sara was keen to volunteer again for 26 minutes. Turns out that as well as being a good runner and a super friendly supporter of parkrun, she’s also a brilliant baker! Not wanting her to feel disappointed as the person she baked scones for wasn’t there, several of us kindly helped dispose of them.
Also on the day Steve took the 27 min spot and Jess ran 29 as part of her busy weekend of training for next weekend’s Thunder Run. Good luck with that Jess and any others doing it. I know there are quite a few who this week are no doubt practising staying awake all night. In a tent.
Faith quickly trained her Dad Pete in the art of scanning and it looked like they would have a busy day as our 3rd scanner volunteer didn’t arrive, but they were saved by super - sub Kay who made the mistake of wandering over to the finish after the run had started only to be invited to ‘put a vest on’.
Not an official volunteer role, but thanks again Jon for the use of your gazebo for the first aid training, and to Lisa for helping to you to put it up and dismantle it. 6 Runners took advantage of the free training from Newark Community First Aid covering CPR and use of a defibrillator. It seems that many of us have had similar training in the past, but don’t forget the importance of a refresher if it’s a while since you have attended. We hope to run a similar session next year.
Must give a special mention to the funnel team as some people may be put off taking the role of time – keeper, funnel manager or finish tokens as they see it as ‘too complicated.’ Yes, you have to stay awake, but Saturday’s team of Charlotte, Gill, Bernie, Netty and Paul made it look easy.
We know that Alan is the boss when it comes to timekeeping, but this week Gill and Charlotte worked well together and successfully co – ordinated with Netty and Paul on finish tokens. They even managed to spot a runner who mistakenly went through the finish twice, much to their embarrassment! (Its ok, it didn’t affect the results and is easily done if you run back to support someone, but try to remember to peel off well before the finish line if you do run up to it twice please!)
Despite First - Time - Funnel – Manager Bernie admitting to being nervous on the day, she did a great job of keeping runners in the right order in the funnel, was on the look – out for ‘Funnel Duckers’, ensured there was good team work and communication between the time – keepers and token issuers and made it fun.
Paul and Netty seem to have really got the hang of tokens. So when I asked for their ‘Top Tips for Tokens’, they came up with;
• Check tokens are in the right order before the run
• Shout out the number as you give tokens to the runners so that the timekeepers can hear you and let you know of any discrepancies and its also a good check that they are in the right order as you issue them……'28, 29, 30, 40, 39………hang on!
• When issuing tokens, give them a twist between your fingers to make sure you don’t have 2 stuck together.
• Make sure no one goes past without taking a token. If they insist they don’t want one, then put their number in your pocket and give it to the Run Director as soon as convenient. Don’t take it home in your pocket!
• And finally, make sure you buy the Run Director a coffee afterwards
A new Volunteer Role - Photographer
By now you have probably seen the fantastic photographs that Jake has taken and posted on his Fickr account - there’s a link on our facebook page. Many thanks Jake, they are excellent, with some very different shots. I just hope that new runners aren’t put off by seeing what looks like a mountain at the end of our run, thanks to some clever photography! There was a real buzz re the photos and I hope you can spare the time to join us again. Thanks.
First Timers, and Tourists
Always great to see first timers at parkrun and this week we met;
Hope you all enjoyed your run and that you’ll be back next week for more.
We welcomed runners from Belton Park, Rushcliffe, Forest Rec, Shipley Park and much further afield, Elgin in Scotland. Hope you enjoyed our lovely course and that you visit again soon.
First time visitors to Newark were;
Brodie, Harry and Richard Harland
I apologised to Craig Renton for not recognising him as he came across the line first in 18.47. I don’t normally see that end of the field when I run, unless I get lapped! Craig from Newark AC was a good minute clear of Dan Williams in second place 19.48 and Richard Hallam from Notfast had a good run to finish third in 20.16, his highest finish position since January 2014.
The first female home, and for the second time, was Emma Gilbert in 23.05, followed by Heidi Harris from Southwell Running Club making a welcome return in 23.24 and Kimberley Etherington– Bates again from Notfast (where were all the Striders?) third in 24.42.
Lots of Bell ringing on Saturday from the 32 runners who achieved a PB, well run all. The most notable being that of Jeff Taylor who completed his 166th parkrun. After that many outings it can be difficult to beat your previous best, but the amazing thing is Jeff walks the course!
Hope you are having a good week and look forward to seeing you on Saturday when Jon Hobbs will be back in charge.
This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers / tourists and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Bob WHITE • Richard FLYE • Kay RAWSON • Judith WHISTLER • Jessica GORDON • Jake ROBINSON • Paul DAVIDSON • Ben FLYE • Peter MIDDLETON • Sara CARTER • Gillian GOODE • Jeanette STEVENS • Charlotte STEVENS • Faith MIDDLETON • Steven PADGETT • Bernie DIVALL • Sally PRIEST
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was first over the line in 18:47 - third time in 39 appearances.
Daniel WILLIAMS (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:48 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Richard HALLAM (VM50-54) of Notfast RC, was third over the line in 20:16.
Emma GILBERT (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 23:05 - second time in 22 appearances.
Heidi HARRIS (VW45-49) of Southwell RC, was second (25th overall) over the line in 23:24 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.
Kimberley ETHERINGTON-BATES (SW25-29) of Notfast RC, was third (37th overall) over the line in 24:42.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) – 79.20% for the time 27:39 (90th overall).
Peter DAVIS (VM60-64) – 74.91% for the time 22:11 (16th overall).
Richard HALLAM (VM50-54) – 73.93% for the time 20:16 (third overall).
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 Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:30 on 31st December 2016 (event number 185).
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 4,784 participants have completed 35,063 parkruns covering a total distance of 175,315 km, including 7,426 new Personal Bests.