There were plenty of people at the park when I arrived on this unusually warm October morning at 8.00 a.m. – had we overbooked the volunteers? Had the clocks changed and no-one told me? Was there another Civil War re- enactment?
No, it was Tom Marshal running a warm – up session, which was great to see as I’m sure it could be of benefit to runners and walkers of all standards. I was busy trying to dis-entangle the finish - funnel tape, not easy for a bloke who struggles to get out of a running vest, so didn’t get to see what was happening, but spoke to Tom later;
So Tom, what have you been up to?
‘Well, we focused on dynamic stretches to help parkrunners lengthen their key muscle groups in preparation for the run. We also looked at breathing and arm swing to help running form and also introduced a little pace work to increase the heart rate ready for the starting whistle which helps runners click into gear in the first km.’
And what are the main benefits of warming up before parkrun?
‘Generally, it will help prevent injury during Newark’s challenging course and keep the body supple for those dreaded stairs!
Sounds good advice, especially with the colder months coming up and a rather different approach to sitting in your car with the heater on until 8.59 a.m. (I know who you are!) Tom will be running more warm – up sessions in future and we will keep you posted on our facebook page.
After junior Emelia Belton from Striders got everyone’s attention with the PB bell, we covered the usual and congratulated Edward Casebourne on his 50th run. Many thanks for the lovely cake Ed, and to whoever baked it and Ernie for making sure it all got eaten.
Congratulations also went to Junior George Drury from Belton on his 10th run and Clive Owen on a big birthday!
Apologies as I missed mentioning Richard Huthwaite and Peter Smith, who also ran their 50th. Sorry guys, hope you enjoyed your run and that we see you again soon in your red T – Shirts.Thanks to Peter for volunteering too.
Talking of Volunteers………………..
Here are some excellent names to see on your team – sheet;
Robinson, Davis, Dunn and Measures.
That may sound like a firm of Solicitors from a Harry Potter novel, but actually, these guys are some of the most experienced runners and volunteers around. So, with this lot, we were expecting a good result and weren’t disappointed.
Had we been joined by Notfast legend Colin Green, who celebrated a birthday recently, that would have added even more experience. Like all of the above, Colin is still running regularly and had a comfortable run with daughter Kate in 36.21. We often, quite rightly, give praise to our up and coming Juniors, so lets not forget our senior parkrunners too, (like me). We have lots of runners and walkers over the age of 60, 65 and 70 who regularly complete parkrun and achieve great age – graded scores.
Mind you, the youngsters in the volunteer team performed really - well too; Sue Oldfield and Donna Beverage were efficient and friendly on bar – code duty, whilst Jenny Palmer, assisted by Emily, stayed calm under pressure and in control of the Finish Tokens. Judith Whistler, Zsuzanna Hogg, Mike Richards, plus additional D of E volunteers George and Matty were our merry marshals, I think Josh may have assisted too. I had feedback from a runner that all 3 had done a great job, supporting and motivating the runners and walkers. Thanks lads.
Like several of our regular volunteers, Judith is getting close to reaching the 25 milestone and earning both her purple T shirt and traditional Newark thank – you card. And it can’t be any more exciting than that. Nicki Fenton was our Tail Walker, motivating both those she walked with and any that came past.
Thanks to all volunteers, without you we couldn’t have parkrun and would have to go Christmas shopping (just 10 weeks away apparently). There are some gaps in the rota over the next few weeks, so please get in touch if you can help. We always welcome new volunteers, the roles are really quite straight – forward, someone will show you what to do if its your first time and its an enjoyable way of giving something back.
Always nice to see first timers at parkrun and this week we met;
Bonnie St John
Kate and Layla Grouse
Jago and Arthur Ridout
Hope you enjoyed your run and we see you again very soon.
We welcomed several tourists from just up the road at Belton Park, some from Colwick and further afield, Poland. Apparently Poland has the second highest number of parkruns after the UK; something for our regular tourers to think about.
Tom Marshal demonstrated the value of following his own coaching programme by being first back in a p.b. time of 17.43.
Laura Bates was first woman back, again in a p.b. time of 20.11 and achieved the highest age – grade score of the day; 75.81%
Notfast's Angela Brown spotted some dropped keys during her run, which we returned to a grateful Sam Lucas after he had done an extra lap looking for them. All good mileage Sam!
The PB bell came in useful for;
Christian – Chambers Gray
And finally, Zoe Avis, phew what a list, well done all!
Tom MARSHALL (SM30-34) of Newark Striders Running Club, was first over the line in 17:43 - third time in 17 appearances.
Adam CARNEY (VM40-44) of Mudstacle, was second over the line in 18:55.
Simon DANIEL (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:13 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Laura BATES (JW15-17) of Newark AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:11 - 4th time in 6 appearances.
Diana WAKEFIELD (VW45-49) of Notfast RC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 22:56 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Heidi HARRIS (VW45-49) of Southwell RC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 23:22 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Laura BATES (JW15-17) – 75.81% for the time 20:11 (10th overall).
Damian DAVIES (VM45-49) – 73.91% for the time 19:29 (5th overall).
Adam CARNEY (VM40-44) – 73.83% for the time 18:55 (second overall).
Have a good week, see you next Saturday when Rachel will be back in charge.