It was a truly glorious morning for event 40. Blue sky, sun and not a hint of wind made for near perfect running conditions. Perhaps that explains why, yet again, we smashed our attendance PB, with an incredible 168 people turning up to run.
Our numbers were also boosted by the welcome appearance of Newark Town Warriors football team. Normally we see them training on a Saturday morning - they are the young footballers in blue who we run past 3 times on the field every Saturday, but today they delayed their training session to join in with parkrun and raise some money for charity in the process. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and we hope you come and run again very soon.
Nigel Watkin was first man over the line today and Abi Schofield first woman. A special mention must also go to first timer Ehsan Yadgari who was not only first u14 over the line but was also 4th overall too!
Thanks must go to all of the volunteers who gave up their time to enable our parkrun to take place today. We were one volunteer short today, and we have a lot of spaces on the roster for the coming weeks. Please remember that parkrun can only happen if people volunteer to make it happen, so if you are able to, please give up a little of your time to help. It's easy and fun - just sign up via the parkrun website!
Finally, we 'lost' 5 finish tokens today. If you find that you have taken one home by mistake, could you please return it? Thank you.
Now for the stats...
Event number 40
1st March 2014
Nigel WATKIN (VM55-59) of Southwell RC, was first over the line in 19:00 - second time in 29 appearances.
Simon DANIEL (SM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:30.
Craig WINFIELD (SM25-29) of Fernwood Running Club, was third over the line in 20:17.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Nigel WATKIN (Southwell RC) 3127 pts.
Richard FLYE (Unattached) 2855 pts.
Mark WINTER (Unattached) 2792 pts.
Abi SCHOFIELD (SW20-24) of Grantham Running Club, was first (10th overall) over the line in 22:04 - third time in 3 appearances.
Lu SAXELBY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 24:24.
Sarah HIGH (VW50-54) of Grantham Running Club, was third (39th overall) over the line in 24:57.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Jackie DUERS (Southwell RC) 3413 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 3296 pts.
Janet DAVIES (Unattached) 3288 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Nigel WATKIN (VM55-59) was graded 81.58% for the time 19:00 (first overall).
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 77.72% for the time 26:29 (49th overall).
Marilyn HATHERLEY (VW60-64) was graded 74.14% for the time 26:33 (50th overall).
This week there were 168 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 1,152 different runners, including participants from 90 athletics clubs, have completed 4,725 runs covering a total distance of 23,625 km, and there have been 1,230 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who ran in a time of 00:19:43 on 2013-06-08 (event number 2).
The men's record is held by Ian KIMPTON who ran in a time of 00:16:06 on 2013-10-12 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Nigel WATKIN who recorded a 82.59% run (18:46) on 5th October 2013 (event number 19).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.