On a cold, damp morning the sound of our new airhorn attracted the attention of the 143 runners, incuding a handful of first-timers and tourists from Colchester and Milton Keynes. The news that the turnaround cones at the far end of the course had been moved nearer to the finish brought a cheer from everyone; PBs all round then?! This was swiftly followed by boos as the runners learned that the volunteers had adjusted the position of the finish chute accordingly!
Unusually, there was a real race to the finish line by the two leading runners - Tomas Treznak and William Parkin battled right to the line, with both crossing the line in exactly the same time. Daniel Williams followed in third place over a minute later. Amongst the women, Rebecca Taylor of Newark AC finished first, and in sixth place overall. She was followed by Gill Oxley and Alison Dawes.
Thanks must be given to all of the volunteers who helped event 91 take place, and also to the runners who responded to the run briefing plea for volunteers for next week. parkrun can only take place if people volunteer to marshal, timekeep, barcode scan and so on. If you have not volunteered, or not done so for a while, please consider giving up some time to do. It really isn't difficult and can actually be quite fun!
And now for the stats...
Event number 91
28th February 2015
Tomas TRESNAK (VM35-39) of Notfast RC, was first over the line in 18:27 - third time in 16 appearances.
William PARKIN (SM18-19) of Grantham Running Club, was second over the line in 18:27 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Daniel WILLIAMS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:34 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Daniel WILLIAMS (Unattached) 3373 pts.
Mark WINTER (Unattached) 3072 pts.
Richard FLYE (Unattached) 2226 pts.
Rebecca TAYLOR (SW25-29) of Newark AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 21:03 - third time in 4 appearances.
Gill OXLEY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 25:14.
Alison DAWES (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (37th overall) over the line in 25:29.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Gill FLYE (Unattached) 3043 pts.
Kate FISHER (Notfast RC) 2861 pts.
Marilyn HATHERLEY (Notfast RC) 2447 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Felicity Ann GARLAND (VW65-69) was graded 76.14% for the time 27:27 (60th overall).
Robert HOWBROOK (VM55-59) was graded 75.79% for the time 20:27 (4th overall).
Paul DAVIDSON (VM55-59) was graded 74.22% for the time 20:53 (5th overall).
This week there were 143 runners, of whom 11 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.
Newark parkrun started on 1st June 2013, and since then 2,137 different runners, including participants from 153 athletics clubs, have completed 12,689 runs covering a total distance of 63,445 km, and there have been 3,151 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Jennifer MCBAIN who ran in a time of 00:19:16 on 2014-10-11 (event number 72).
The men's 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.