Newcastle parkrun 2018 Christmas and New Year Arrangements

Newcastle parkrun arrangements around the Christmas and New Year periods:

22nd Dec - Christmas fancy dress themed event starting at 9:00AM with prizes for the best costumes and Santa providing the lead sleigh bike.

25th Dec - extra event on Christmas day starting at 9:00AM. Note that you can only record one parkrun on Christmas day, even if you are able to make it to more than one event because of the staggered start times being offered at some venues.

29th Dec - usual parkrun starting at 9:00AM. We need more volunteers for this event.

1st January - No New Years Day event at Newcastle but there are other local parkruns planning to hold a run, see the link below:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

Merry Christmas everyone.
Ian - ED

 

Newcastle parkrun Christmas and New Year arrangements – 2017

Newcastle parkrun arrangements around the Christmas and New Year periods:

16th Dec - usual parkrun starting at 9AM. Thank you very much to Tyne Bridge Harriers members for taking on the volunteering at this event.

23rd Dec - Christmas fancy dress themed event starting at 9:00AM with prizes for the best costumes and Santa (what about Rudolph this year?) providing the lead sleigh bike. We need more volunteers for this event.

25th Dec - extra event on Christmas day starting at 9:00AM. Note that you can only record one parkrun on Christmas day even if you are able to make it to more than one event because of the staggered start times being offered at some venues. We need more volunteers for this event.

30th Dec - usual parkrun starting at 9:00AM. We need more volunteers for this event.

1st January - No New Years Day event at Newcastle but there are other local parkruns planning to hold a run, see the link below:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

Merry Christmas everyone.
Ian - ED

 

Christmas and New Year arrangements at Newcastle parkrun – 2016

Saturday 17th December – usual parkrun starting at 9:00AM but with Christmas themed fancy dress encouraged and prizes for the the best costumes (runners and volunteers eligible). Santa Claus has agreed to provide the lead sleigh bike again this year I think although he does seem to have an issue with the alignment of the stars this year. Coffee or mulled wine and mince pies afterwards at the Café in the park, usual menu also available.

Christmas Eve - usual parkrun starting at 9:00AM. Full set of volunteers needed, please volunteer if you can.

Christmas Day - extra parkrun starting at 9:30AM. Please note that there can be no doubling up of parkruns on Christmas Day even if, because of possible staggered event start times, you are able to get from one event to another in time to start at the second event.

New Years Eve – usual Saturday parkrun starting at 9:00AM. Full set of volunteers needed, please volunteer if you can.

New Years Day – no parkrun at Newcastle but there may be extra parkruns arranged at other venues in the North East or there is the New Years Day resolution run on the Town moor – 10km, two X-country laps of the Town moor. Just the job to clear a hangover!

 

I Am Team GB event – 27th August 2016

Newcastle parkrun will be an official "I Am Team GB" event this Saturday 27th August. We will be part of the nation's biggest ever sports day to help celebrate Team GB's best ever overseas Olympics medal tally.
So please come along and show your support for GB's Olympic Heroes by wearing red, white and blue kit.
Other nationalities are very welcome to celebrate their own Olympic Heroes by wearing their countries colours; there are no national prejudices at Newcastle parkrun. I can't Imagine such a thing.
Oh, and we just might be able to run our normal course this Saturday for a change! Fingers crossed.
See you then.
Ian

 

Newcastle parkrun cancelled on 11th July

Dear parkrunners
This is to confirm the announcement made before the start of yesterdays event that we are unable to run parkrun on Saturday 11th July. This is because of preparations taking place on the course for the Pretty Muddy 5km event later on that day.
So you will need to embark on another spot of tourism to enjoy your weekly parkrun fix on 11th July.
Normal service will be resumed at Newcastle parkrun on 18th July.
Ian.

 

Newcastle parkrun -weather warning

Newcastle parkrun is on tomorrow 4th July - subject to weather conditions.

Who would have thought I'd be issuing this type of severe weather warning in July. The BBC weather site has severe thunderstorms and giant hail forecast to pass through the region overnight and early morning. We won't go ahead if these coincide with parkrun time tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed!

Ian.

 

Newcastle parkrun cancellations – 20th & 27th June 2015

Dear parkrunners
After consultation with the other run directors I've made the difficult decision to cancel the Newcastle parkruns scheduled for 20th June and 27th June whilst the Hoppings fair is taking place on the Town Moor.
Compared to previous years it is the sheer volume of runners who now attend the events that have forced this decision. The area around Gate 2 is the part of the course that will cause difficulties. We feel it will be impossible for marshals to manage this area without conflict if fairground traffic is attempting to leave or enter the Moor once the runners start to go past and then through the gate.
So there it is, the decision has been made and cannot now be reversed. It's time for Newcastle parkrunners to go on tour (don't try Riverside next Saturday 20th June which is also cancelled) and for Kelly Dodds to finally put her feet up on Saturday morning at 9:00AM for a well deserved rest. I'm going to try running a parkrun for a change - Beeston near Nottingham.
Ian.

 

Cafe in the park now open for post parkrun refreshments

The 'Cafe in the park' close to the start/finish area of our parkrun opened for business last Saturday and a small number of us have already sampled its delights after the parkrun last week.

I'm really pleased that this facility is now open on our doorstep, its something that's been missing from our event ever since we started over 5 years ago.

I'm even more pleased to tell you that on production of your barcode at the cafe you can have a post run treat of a bacon sandwich or sausage sandwich or slice of cake plus any hot drink for a well discounted price of £4.50.

I hope you can come along after parkrun to meet Oty, June and the other staff for post run refreshments.

It's even more reason, as if it were needed, to remember DFYB.

See you on Saturday for parkrun at 9 and afterwards at the cafe.

Ian.

 

Christmas and New years Day arrangements at parkrun

Next Saturday 20th Dec we hope you will all dust off your best Christmas themed fancy dress outfits to wear at parkrun. There will be spot prizes for the best outfits chosen by the run director. Santa has agreed to lead the runners around the course on his specially commissioned parkrun themed sleigh bike. We hope you will come along to the 5 Swans afterwards for a postrun breakfast or coffee and cake.

Weather permitting (it didn't last year) we will be holding a parkrun on Christmas Day but starting half an hour later than normal at 9:30AM. This is to give you extra time to open your presents and a bit more time for the course to thaw out in case the weather is against us.

parkrun will take place as usual on Saturday 27th December at 9:00AM.

There will not be an extra parkrun on New Years Day. So if you want to do a timed run on the Moor that day you will have to settle for two laps by taking part in Paramjeet's Resolution Run. Alternatively, if not up to two laps Cross Country, there may be New Years Day parkruns taking place at other local venues. Follow the link for details of other parkrun events scheduled for Christmas day and New Years Day http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

 

Fundraising to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for use at Newcastle parkrun

As you may be aware, there have been a couple of very sad incidents at other parkruns in the UK where runners have suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and could not be revived. These events are tragic but thankfully very rare. In both cases, the individuals concerned have been fit and well and had not had any signs of ill health before they ran.

The partner of Darren Ablewhite (who died after running at Prices parkrun in Liverpool in October) has set up a fund to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) for use in the park where he died. In the event of someone having a cardiac arrest, AEDs can dramatically improve the chances of survival until medical support arrives compared to CPR (as in the case of the footballer Fabrice Muamba). They are easy to use and require no training as they “talk” to the user and will only administer a life saving shock if the patient needs it. AEDs can regularly be found in shopping centres and other public places.

AEDs cost around £800 and we have decided to seek donations to raise enough money to buy and AED for Newcastle parkrun. We also plan tomake it available for other races and events held on the Town Moor throughout the year.

We are asking for our generous parkrunners to consider making a donation towards the fund. If everyone who regularly runs Newcastle parkrun could donate just £2, we would be able to buy an AED immediately. Hopefully we will never need to use it but you could help to save someone’s life in future (and that could be you or a loved one). You should donate via PayPal at the donation link on the parkrun website (see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/newcastle/aboutus/

). Please mark your donation “AED Fund - Newcastle” as parkrun HQ have agreed that all money donated to the AED fund will be available to Newcastle parkrun for the purposes of purchasing the AED rather than 15% going into the New Events Fund as is the case for other donations. Please note that the run directors cannot accept cash donations for this initiative.

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