This week parkrunners learnt it's not just Hollywood films that get sequels these days - it's snowstorms too! So on Saturday Northala Fields saw "The Return of the Beast from the East". Luckily like most sequels it was weaker than the original and it was certainly not enough to stop an impressive turn-out of 197 runners taking part in the run - even if they had to contend with a biting Siberian wind and an almost white-out blizzard.
Special mention must go to the parkrun tourist who had journeyed from Plymouth to join us - please believe us when we say Saturday mornings at Northala Fields are normally just 100% blinding sunshine!
And it was of course St Patrick's Day and through the snowflakes there was very clearly a large posse of emerald-clad runners marking the occasion.
Gerard, marshalling in his usual spot at the turn onto Ruislip Road, was sporting an Irish hat and was seen later in the cafe sporting a fine hand-knitted sweater in Irish colours. All the marshals were well wrapped up and received even more than the customary love and affection - Katy even claims to have been hugged and kissed! (Is that even allowed nowadays?)
Santosh, our Run Director, climbed on a very exposed Bench Of Celebration and the milestones turned into a true family affair as his daughter was completing her 100th parkrun. Newa spent a lot of time at Great Ormond Street Hospital as a baby, and was the inspiration for Santosh getting into running.
There were two other milestones, though they got slightly overshadowed. Another Rai - Garima - quietly celebrated her 50th by handing round a huge tub of sweets.
Nick Brown, Event Director at Hastings parkrun, was also there to run his 100th, in the company of brother Andre.
A heart-felt vote of thanks goes out to our team of volunteers who cheerily braved the windy and snowy conditions to make the run today possible - we hope that all the marshals especially have been successfully defrosted by now!
This week 197 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Patricia THOMAS • Nick WALKER • Olov HANSEN • Ian BIRCH • Santosh RAI • Katy HUGHES • Louise BROWN • Simon TURRELL • Michael HARPER • Clare HILTON • Danielle MERCEY • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Bishnu DEWAN • Nilu DEWAN • Angela BRIGGS • Seema ROKA MAGAR • Jonathan HORAN • Greg LAWES • Kimberly F • Gary LIQUORISH • Gerard DONNELLY • Dc MORRISON • Celine DANDEH-NJIE • Ken SILLERY • Tony WALLER • Garima RAI • Annick HOOGE • 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 4,919 participants have completed 37,387 parkruns covering a total distance of 186,935 km, including 6,809 new Personal Bests.