Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 189 – 6th January 2018

Good conditions (with some tricky icy patches) in hazy sunshine for our first event of the year saw a record attendance, milestone celebrations, pacers (with splendidly tailored vests), PBs and a visit from one of parkrun's sponsors Exodus Travel.

But first a view from one of our visitors, James White:

"I’m fortunate to have visited a number of parkrun locations in the past few years and have slowly worked my way further and further from my home location of Winchester. Following completion of Crane Park parkrun just before Christmas, Northala became my nearest event not yet done and so I decided to visit this weekend. I was joined by my daughter, Elsie, who I would be pushing around in the buggy, and my friend and club mate, James, a Poole regular. We set off early and managed to get to the park around 8:30. We headed over to the start and were warmly welcomed by Philip, the run director for the day. Philip told us about the course and we had some pictures taken by the run’s photographer before lining up at the start. We really enjoyed the run. The park is lovely and the one lap format is always a bonus. The volunteers were superb and very encouraging and we were made to feel very welcome by the other runners. After the run we took the opportunity to run up the spiral path to check out the view, which was, as promised, superb. We then went for breakfast and a cuppa and chatted to a few more of the regulars before heading on our merry way. We had a fantastic morning. We loved the course and the volunteers were superb, the cafe was lovely and we were really made to feel welcome. I hope to be back one day".

James White (Winchester)

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James, Elsie and James - photo by Bruce

It was a pleasure to meet both of them and Elsie. They also aim to volunteer at the runs they visit and did so at Northala - well done guys!

Jane Scott celebrated her 50th with us (all at Northala); John Falvey did it elsewhere but he did bring some splendid cookies - it's taken him a while but he has done a lot of volunteering and bailed us out on many occasions when struggling with the results; Laura Stone also celebrated her 250th at New Year. Pringla and Santosh celebrated intermediate milestones of 150 and 300. We have a lot of regulars coming up to milestones over the next few weeks and I look forward to celebrating with them.

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Jane with Jane and Philip - photo by Bruce

Kim organised pacers for the second consecutive month and they sported vests made from old parkrun vests by the talented Claire King - thanks.

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Signature Bruce shot of the Pacers: Julian, Greg, Christina, Lindsay, Kim & Daisy

Of the personal bests: Satnam Singh slipped and fell on the first corner - John Norris stopped to help him but he carried on for a Northala best despite some grazed skin. Celine achieved her best at Northala after getting an all course PB at Aberdeen recently; Louise Rooney also achieved a Northala best  and did some extra mileage afterwards as part of her marathon training; Ela Mistry last did a PB when I did my previous RD slot - too early for a pattern; Anniki Sommerville has now taken off around 4 minutes from her first run; Paramjit over 5 as has Joanna with consecutive PBs; and so has  Liam - benefiting from regular Wednesday morning sessions at Running for Fun; Junior Veer also had a PB.  Well done to everyone who finished and thanks to everyone who volunteered.

Joining a running club is not the only way to stay motivated and improve your running experience - you can join in with Running for Fun or perhaps try a challenge like 5 of our regulars did in December:

"We signed a December running challenge called "Race at Your Own Pace". You could choose your own distance e.g. 10,25,50,75 or 100 miles that you complete in the month. Sughra, Garima and I went for 75 and Nemsari and Pringla 100. At the end we sent our evidence of mileage and received our certificates, medals, and t-shirts. I found it hard because shift changes at work mean it's more difficult for me to find time for running and the December weather was challenging for us. It was Sughra's idea to keep us motivated in winter" Nilu

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Nilu, Pringla, Sughra, Garima and Nemsari celebrating their successful challenge - photo by Bruce

 

Sponsors Exodus Travel (in the rather familiar guise of Jane Ruhland) set up a table and gave away cookbooks and vouchers for discounts on their holidays. Jane reported that there was a good response. 18-01-06_75346_NF

We had our visitors from Poole, Winchester, Bath, Brighton and many places in and around London as well as 19 first timers - we hope you felt welcome and will come again.

More of Bruce's splendid photos can be found here.

Next week Louise (one of the Running For Fun leaders) will be in charge and there will be another Al Fresco takeover of the volunteering roles with dancing, pom-poms and enthusiastic encouragement

Philip

This week 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Patricia THOMAS • John LAIRD • Santosh RAI • Stephen K TAYLOR • Pringla AWALE RAI • Gary STRINGER • Andy LEUNG • Simon TURRELL • Louise PRINCE • Rebecca Frances BYRNE • Philip PRINCE • James WHITE • Julian DESAI • Anne COOPER • Bruce LI • Lindsay DONOGHUE • James MCCAFFEREY • Daisy LUND • Callum ROONEY • Claire KING • Bernie CONWAY • Greg LAWES • Kimberly F • Gary LIQUORISH • Maria PAZ • Sarah HARRIS • Christina URBANSKI • Tony WALLER • Pavel KANJA • Martin DAOUD • Nicole LI • Monika LEWANDOWSKI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northala Fields parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:43 on 29th August 2015 (event number 63).
The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 91.78% (20:16) on 31st October 2015 (event number 72).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 4,647 participants have completed 34,921 parkruns covering a total distance of 174,605 km, including 6,406 new Personal Bests.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 188 – 30th December 2017

Welcome all to Northala Fields parkrun number 188. With the rain stopped and the weather warmer than expected at this time of year it could have been predicted as a week of record PBs. Once the runners felt the wind whirling around the hills, I think most realised this wouldn’t be the case, however 10 runners did manage a PB, well done!

Clare gathers the First Timers around the flag (photo by Bilal)

With it being the week between Christmas and New Year we never know how many will come along to run or volunteer, but numbers were good this week with 244 of you turning out to run, jog and walk. 26 of these were first timers at Northala (welcomed to the event by Clare’s first timers briefing), 8 of which recorded their first ever parkrun. There were 18 unknown participants, please remember to register and bring your barcode, you can start working towards your first milestone. Speaking of which, this week’s milestones were: Michael Harper 25th volunteering, Mukunda Sunuwar 50th parkrun, Ewa G-S and Babji Vundavilli 100th parkrun. Congratulations to all of you.

Mike, Ewa, Babji and Mukunda (photo by Julian)

Thanks to Santosh for rallying the volunteer troops on Friday. This report would have sounded different if we hadn’t had a request from him, writing this was never a volunteer role either of us would have considered previously. We had 28 volunteers ensuring the event was able to go ahead, thank you all. We think a special mention should go out to Philip York who was lead bike and then ran the course, commonly known as the Yorkie Challenge, but also managed to clap and cheer the lead runner whilst cycling and fighting the wind. Please do remember to sign up for future roles by emailing northalafieldshelpers@parkrun.com. We are a friendly supportive group and it really is what makes the event possible.

Phil displaying his cycle skills (photo by Bilal)

Thanks to Bilal who came along again to capture it all on camera. His album is here.

We hope you all enjoyed the event, wish you a happy new year and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Caroline and Steve

This week 244 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Philip YORK • Olov HANSEN • Barbro JULIN • Santosh RAI • Fiona KENNEDY • Gary STRINGER • Stephen PLUMMER • Sue PARK • Simon TURRELL • Michael HARPER • Clare HILTON • Nathan SUTTON • Nikasa DEWAN • Laura LEUNG • Amar BHOGAL • Caroline PLUMMER • Jonathan HORAN • Callum ROONEY • Bilal HUSSAIN • Gary LIQUORISH • Iskandar MOHAMMEDI • Sughra MOHAMMEDI • Tony WALLER • Sailesh MISTRY • Philip VAUGHAN • Ela MISTRY • Martin DAOUD • Nicole LI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northala Fields parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:43 on 29th August 2015 (event number 63).
The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 91.78% (20:16) on 31st October 2015 (event number 72).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 4,607 participants have completed 34,589 parkruns covering a total distance of 172,945 km, including 6,371 new Personal Bests.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 187 – 25th December 2017

Some great festive outfits were on show

Bilal's photos tell it all: lots of jolly costumes but it was a bit damp and chilly out there on Christmas morning! (You can find his full album on our Flickr pool). Maybe that's why we didn't quite match our all-time biggest field of 330, but it was close, at 326.

We do love to get visitors, and there was a whopping turnout of 54 first timers, which is nearly one in six. (Bet there were a few more among the 24 who are listed as "unknown" - and hats off, btw, to Lee John-Charles who forgot his barcode but went all the way home to fetch it).

We decided our furthest-flung visitor was from Houston Texas. (We do flatter ourselves that we put on a good show for Christmas, but that's quite a long way to come). We also had plenty of visitors from our neighbouring parkruns who weren't hosting Christmas Day parkruns. (Northala Fields regulars will be heading your way on New Year's Day, if you're holding one then).

Birds of a feather - Ealing Eagles out in force

The biggest club representation was Ealing Eagles, with 47. Pardip, one of their members, was keen to tell us of his latest entry into the Guinness Book of Records, having run a half marathon in 1:33-odd wearing handcuffs!

Pardip tells us all about it

Talking of achievements, we did have two milestones to applaud: Mark Fraser from Bolton parkrun had joined us at Saturday's run for the first time, and came back to celebrate his 100th. Northala regular Stuart Rooney also clocked up his 100th. Son Callum has been volunteering for us recently as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award, but was allowed a lie-in on Christmas morning!

Stuart & Mark

Christmas at Northala always starts with the runners singing the pre-run brief to each other, and ends with momos (Nepalese dumplings). Tom and Sheralyn's composition this year - "Wish it could be parkrun every day" - was inspired by the old Wizzard hit.

Sheralyn & Tom lead the singing

Given the damp weather, it was a good year for Marius to decide he'd open the cafe for a couple of hours, which was hugely appreciated. There weren't enough staff to offer the usual hot food, but the momo squad warmed us all up with spicy dumplings, and Philip passed round some tasty mulled wine to get us in the festive spirit.

Lalita (centre), Pringla (right), Bishnu (2nd right) and Nilu (sadly, working) made the delicious momos

In between the singing and the dumplings, there was of course a bit of running, and 47 parkrunners gave themselves a special Christmas gift of a PB. First finisher Robert Wilson returned - as he has every Christmas - to clock his fastest Northala yet, at 15:55. First female was Caitlin Rice, who finished fifth overall in 18:11; this was also a PB, though she confessed to being pulled along somewhat by her dog! The first unassisted female was Robert's wife Ashley, who last year ran the second-fastest ever time by a female at Northala. (Robert and Ashley are son and daughter-in-law respectively of our Run Director Martin).

Thanks to all our volunteers for giving everyone such an enjoyable morning.

Fiona

This week 326 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Philip YORK • Barbro JULIN • Ian BIRCH • Santosh RAI • Fiona KENNEDY • John FALVEY • Pringla AWALE RAI • Dan HOUGHTON • Roderick HOFFMAN • Simon TURRELL • Patricia HEWLETT • Russ HEWLETT • Alison OSBORNE • Helen OSBORNE • Dil LIMBU • Ritu PUN MAGAR • Amar BHOGAL • Caroline PLUMMER • Jonathan HORAN • Bilal HUSSAIN • Alex REVENS • Tony WALLER • Edward EAGLE • Annick HOOGE • Nicole LI • Ann HILTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northala Fields parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:43 on 29th August 2015 (event number 63).
The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 91.78% (20:16) on 31st October 2015 (event number 72).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 4,581 participants have completed 34,345 parkruns covering a total distance of 171,725 km, including 6,362 new Personal Bests.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 186 – 23rd December 2017

Yet another outfit from Claire's dressing-up box

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Northala with loads of festive outfits.  Mike Harper, one of two Northala elves (Claire King also looked very dashing in her elf onesie) welcomed new parkrunners and tourists at the new runners briefing. We had visitors from as far afield as Germany.  Special mention goes to Mark Fraser and his family from Bolton.  It was Mark's 99th parkrun and we hope to see Mark on Christmas day for his 100th!

Celine and Caroline were in full festive garb (including some amazing festive sunglasses) cheering us round the course – must have worked as there were 35 PBs. It was a speedy run this week with 26 runners under 20 minutes, including our first finisher Mohamed Ali with an impressive PB of 15:54.

There's a theme here: Celine, Caroline & Clare

Mohamed was also one of five milestones this week, picking up his 10th run to claim his junior 10 T-shirt.  Jody Dalton and Hangma Rai completed their 100th. Hangma is one of our most dedicated parkrunners, having run 98 of her 100 runs at Northala, and she's our youngest runner to reach the 100 milestone. We loved the celebration cakes and biscuits today.

Christina, Jody & Hangma

Christina Urbanski had a very eventful week as she got engaged, however the biggest celebrations were reserved for her 50th parkrun today. Christina has been running at Northala for over a year and loves the community spirit and friendliness of our parkrun.  We are very happy to have you Christina.

Alex Revens completed his 25th volunteering occasion with his favourite role – token sorting.  So many of us love token sorting that it's often booked up weeks in advance – but if you haven't volunteered before it's a great one to try as you can do it while enjoying a cup of tea after the run and there will always be people around ready to help - or take over if you're not careful!

Nathan & Alex

Speaking of tea, Marius was back in the warmth of the refurbished café after spending the last few weeks in the temporary trailer while the renovations were completed.  The café will be opening for drinks on Christmas Day for the first time this year and there are rumours of other festive treats (feel free to contribute a few of your own). No Christmas is complete without a festive parkrun so see you all on Monday.  Merry Christmas!

Clare

This week 277 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Barbro JULIN • Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Fiona KENNEDY • Michael HARPER • Rebecca Frances BYRNE • Clare HILTON • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Natalie WILLHOFT • Lalita RAI • Dil LIMBU • Laura LEUNG • Amar BHOGAL • Caroline PLUMMER • Jonathan HORAN • Helen MARK • Gary LIQUORISH • Gurmeet LALLY • Catherine GUNNEWICHT • Celine DANDEH-NJIE • Ken SILLERY • Alex REVENS • Tony WALLER • Annick HOOGE • Nicole LI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northala Fields parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:43 on 29th August 2015 (event number 63).
The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 91.78% (20:16) on 31st October 2015 (event number 72).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 4,527 participants have completed 34,019 parkruns covering a total distance of 170,095 km, including 6,315 new Personal Bests.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 185 – 16th December 2017

On a frosty Saturday morning, 199 motivated parkrunners participated enthusiastically at Northala Fields.

This is my sixth time volunteering at the parkrun. I am taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award at school and as one of the three requirements before my expedition, I started to volunteer at parkrun.  My aim is to able to engage with the wider community.

Fiona and members of the volunteering team have shown me a variety of roles which are essential for parkrun events every week.  I have had the opportunity to speak with parkrunners who were willing to share their journey and experience in becoming regular runners.

I am learning new skills and meeting new people every week. Not only have I developed my interpersonal skills, I have also realised the importance of team building as well as team effort. There is only so much one can do; however, with coordinated efforts a lot more can be achieved.

In many situations, it is more difficult to manage a team of volunteers; however, I observed the diligence and conscientiousness of the volunteers through the streamlined, robust yet friendly and approachable management style. This is also a valuable experience for me as part of my leadership skills development.

People join parkrun for different reasons, for example, for personal challenges or health reasons. Runners participating weekly and beating their PBs allow them to gain a sense of achievement. This week 18 runners recorded their new Personal Bests.  Families and friends of the runners have also recognised the benefit of running as we saw 15 first timers joined us this week.

Steve, Pete, Sheralyn, Andy and Claire (photo by Julian)

We celebrated the 50th run for Andy and Claire and the 100th run for Steve, Pete and Sheralyn. Congratulations to all.

It is a great way to spend some family time together on a Saturday morning when children run with their parents. Some children were very young and were able to complete the full course. With parents’ encouragement and dedication, the children became more confident to participate in parkruns and are more likely to continue when they grow up.

For those who are retired, it is a wonderful way to keep active. Some were only able to jog or walk but this should not stop anyone from joining. Everyone is well supported by other fellow runners and the volunteers.

Christmas run is fast approaching so bring a friend or a family member to run, walk or volunteer with us on the 25th. The more the merrier!

Nicole

This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Martin WILSON • Fiona KENNEDY • John FALVEY • Pringla AWALE RAI • Gary STRINGER • Andy LEUNG • Simon TURRELL • Michael HARPER • Clare HILTON • John BYRNE • Jennifer JONES • Natalie WILLHOFT • Sara HOWE • Amar BHOGAL • Maryam HUSSAIN • Callum ROONEY • Gary LIQUORISH • Celine DANDEH-NJIE • Ken SILLERY • Tony WALLER • Annick HOOGE • Martin DAOUD • Nicole LI • Guru Raj RAI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northala Fields parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:43 on 29th August 2015 (event number 63).
The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona KENNEDY who recorded 91.78% (20:16) on 31st October 2015 (event number 72).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 4,496 participants have completed 33,742 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,710 km, including 6,280 new Personal Bests.

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