After the mild autumn we have had, the weather for event 128 came as a bit of a shock. It was cold and windy - very cold and windy! Notfast Running Club, who had kindly taken over the volunteer roster for the day, faced the challenge of setting up the course in the wind. The signs wanted to blow away, the finish line tapes blew themselves into a knot, and the club and parkrun flags had to be stopped from taking off. Because of the wind and the risk of tree branches coming down, the park-keeper requested we use the alternative course that avoids the steps - news of this was cheered in the race briefing, followed by groans when the alternative was announced; running 3 times up the steep hairpin path. There were more cheers though for the few first-timers who had chosen today for their Newark parkrun debut, and for Peter Daniel, completing his 100th run. Thanks to Peter for providing chocolate biscuits for everyone - they were much appreciated by runners and marshalls alike.
Despite the wind, Adam Holland still managed to cross the line nearly a minute and a half ahead of his nearest rival, Tom Marshall (and went on to compete in another two events this weekend, placing in the top two in both). Craig Renton was third over the line. Amongst the women, Sasha Gallagher, a first timer at Newark, was first over the line, followed by Gill Oxley and Louise Carter, one of our regular volunteers. Given the weather conditions, and the course change, it came as no surprise that only 6 of the 95 finishers managed to record a PB.
In other news, in order to raise some funds to help keep our event going (we sometimes need to replace and upgrade equipment), we are having a pre-Christmas raffle, with the fantastic prize of a TomTom running/HR monitor watch. Tickets are £1.00 each and will be on sale at our event from next Saturday, with the raffle being drawn on 19th December. Kay and Jon Rawson will be selling the tickets.
Event number 128
21st November 2015
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 18:29 - 59th time in 69 appearances.
Tom MARSHALL (SM25-29) of Newark Striders Running Club, was second over the line in 19:52 - was first to finish once before.
Craig RENTON (SM30-34) of Newark AC, was third over the line in 20:43.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe STANLEY (Unattached) 1765 pts.
Daniel WILLIAMS (Unattached) 1632 pts.
Ben LILLEY (Sleaford Striders AC) 1616 pts.
Sasha GALLAGHER (VW40-44) of Rotherham Harriers & AC, was first (15th overall) over the line in 24:56 - first appearance.
Gill OXLEY (VW40-44) of Notfast RC, was second (19th overall) over the line in 25:57 - was first to finish once before.
Louise CARTER (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 26:45.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 1923 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 1909 pts.
Felicity Ann GARLAND (Redhill Road Runners) 1617 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark SALKILD (VM55-59) was graded 70.56% for the time 21:58 (5th overall).
Adam HOLLAND (SM25-29) was graded 69.79% for the time 18:29 (first overall).
Tom MARSHALL (SM25-29) was graded 65.02% for the time 19:52 (second overall).
This week there were 95 runners, of whom 7 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 2,956 different runners, including participants from 219 athletics clubs, have completed 19,030 runs covering a total distance of 95,150 km, and there have been 4,574 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 2015-04-11 (event number 97).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:15:51 on 2014-07-12 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a 83.70% run (15:51) on 12th July 2014 (event number 59).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newark parkrun Results Page.