Northala Fields parkrun – Event Number 223 – 15th September 2018

Photo by Barbro

Event number 223 saw Santosh in charge, and he repeated a call we’ve all been making for the last few weeks - please consider volunteering once in a while. We’ve been left a bit short until the last minute recently, and it adds unnecessary stress to the day. And, as he said, volunteer 25 times and you get a lovely new purple shirt to wear. One of the next people we’ll see sporting such a lovely short is Derek, who did his 25th volunteering session this week. If you’re tempted to volunteer, check out the future roster here. If you’re not sure whether you’d enjoy the experience, have a chat with any of our regular volunteers and I’m sure they’ll put your mind at ease!

On the bench we had Daisy Sparks who completed her 10th run last week, Lani Charles ran her 100th run this week, and Manesh Kumar and Robyn Goodwin both completed their 50th runs. Congratulations to all.

We also celebrated Clare Hilton’s birthday (Clare couldn’t join the bench as she was busy marshalling) with plenty of cake after parkrun.

Arriving a little late for the briefing, but definitely worth a mention was our hen party, consisting of bride-to-be Anna, maid-of-honour Krisztina, and Erika, Rosetta, Maria and Brad (an honorary hen for the occasion). I’m guessing they were all part of the massive (35!) group of Unknowns we had this week, but you couldn’t miss them, all wearing matching tiaras…

Our big group of Unknowns (please remember your barcodes!) was surpassed by our group of first timers - 36, including 22 doing their first ever parkrun. Well done guys! At the other end of the spectrum we had Olov Hansen, who completed his 351st run this week. I’ve added this in as a warning to first timers that parkrun is a bit addictive! (I speak from experience, I'm on 242 runs...)

Our multi-tasking marshal Barbro took lots of photos which you can find here.

See you all next week, when Gary is in charge.

Louise

This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

 

David GOODENOUGH • Santosh RAI • Pringla AWALE RAI • Roderick HOFFMAN • Louise PRINCE • Michael HARPER • Michael CHARLES • Clare HILTON • Nathan SUTTON • Sheralyn EDWARDS • Anne COOPER • Conor DONOGHUE • Newa RAI • Hangma RAI • Bishnu DEWAN • Nilu DEWAN • Daisy LUND • Udesh DEWAN • Caroline PLUMMER • Phil H DAVIES • Eamonn FLYNN • Maria PAZ • Clara MARR • Dc MORRISON • Ken SILLERY • Alex REVENS • Garima RAI • Helena MISTRY • Martin DAOUD • Deborah FLYNN

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 Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 5,905 participants have completed 46,349 parkruns covering a total distance of 231,745 km, including 8,050 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 222 – 8th September 2018

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Photo by Bruce

A pleasant, cool morning provided very good running conditions for our 9th biggest attendance that saw visitors from far (Roosevelt Island, Washington DC) and near (Osterley cancelled), a large number of personal bests, a runner who has visited parkruns in all of the countries currently hosting them and the odd celebration or two.

A big thanks to the volunteers. Stephen had a double celebration - 25 volunteering occasions and his 100th parkrun and celebrated with a double - completing the Phil York challenge of lead bike then running the course - well done Stephen.

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The bench with Alan and Stephen (photo by Bruce)

Daisy managed another double on crutches to hand out finish tokens and looking after Bruce's daughter, Jessica whilst he ran.

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Daisy with cast (photo by Bruce}

Extra thanks due to Daisy (I promised to bring her a stool to sit on then forgot it - I think she forgave me...). Deborah also doubled, looking after Barbro's dog Evert at the start after she made a late switch to backup timer - Evert is a former barkrunner and can get a little excited if he hangs around the start. Helen brought her baby along to help her marshal - I think baby slept through most of it

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Helen with baby (photo by Bruce)

A lot of doubles among the volunteers to celebrate #222. Sheree Lim enjoyed a first outing as a VI guide for a visitor, Sofie from Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall.

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Sofie and Sheree (photo by Bruce)

A massive thanks also to my wife, Louise who achieved her 100th separate volunteering occasion at Northala (she's done some elsewhere too) when she volunteered as Run Director last week.

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Louise - a century of volunteering at Northala (photo by Bruce)

Louise also stepped in with Catherine Gunnewicht when Angela Morrison fainted after her run and helped her recover from dehydration. - additional thanks to you both

Apart from Stephen, we also had official milestones for Alan Coulson (50) and junior Daisy Sparks (10).

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Daisy avoided the bench but couldn't avoid Bruce - with father Howard, Mike Burnett, Julian and Vincent (photo by Bruce)

Unofficial milestones of 350 for Olov, 150 for Kylie and Catherine Lambert. Congratulations to you all.

Among the PBs were long time regulars Taaj, Mike Burnett and Laura Stone. Taaj (JM11-14) started with runs of around 36 minutes and had a fairly spectacular year in 2017 when he moved his PB from 26:44 to 19:53 by the end of it - some seriously quick running. This PB saw him finish 3rd overall - well done.

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Taaj in blue looking very focused (photo by Bruce)

Mike and Laura each have a lot parkruns behind them and still stay motivated to run faster. Well done to everyone who took part whether or not you got a PB.

We had 15 taking part in their first parkrun - well done - I hope you enjoyed the experience and will be back. We also had visitors, among them: Elizabeth Sheridan - who grew up in Ealing but now lives around Washington DC where her home run is Roosevelt Island. Elizabeth has run 22 parkruns to date and has 12 different events and 3 countries to her name. She also did some voluntouring by helping sort the finish tokens with Cass Castleton who is very well known in parkrun circles as someone who has completed parkruns in all countries. So he's been there, done that and, yes, he's got the t-shirt. Cass also likes to volunteer wherever he goes (and he very kindly brought some cakes).

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Cass and Elizabeth (photo by Bruce)

We had other visitors from King's Lynn, Luxembourg, Roundhay, Hastings and various local parkruns. I hope you enjoyed a good welcome and a good run

More pictures from Bruce here

Next week, it’s Santosh in charge

Philip

This week 367 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Barbro JULIN • Santosh RAI • Stephen K TAYLOR • Simon TURRELL • Cass CASTLETON • Louise PRINCE • Michael HARPER • Philip PRINCE • Bruce LI • Alison OSBORNE • Helen OSBORNE • Beverley PACKWOOD • Daisy LUND • Udesh DEWAN • Caroline PLUMMER • Eamonn FLYNN • Greg FERNANDES-LAWES • Kimberly F • Clara MARR • Celine DANDEH-NJIE • Katarzyna LUKASZEWICZ • Ken SILLERY • Sheree LIM • Elizabeth SHERIDAN • Deborah FLYNN

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 Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 5,869 participants have completed 45,990 parkruns covering a total distance of 229,950 km, including 8,003 new Personal Bests.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 221 – 1st September 2018

Event Number 221 - the one with the nagging RD… You probably know schools go back this week, you may also know I work in a school… and I have almost perfected my lecturing tone…

Started the pre-run brief with the announcement that we all needed to thank Tom and Udesh; without them stepping in at the last minute results processing would have been very easy - everybody would have gone home with exactly the same time of 59’59” Which I’m sure would have been a huge disappointment to the 39 of you who actually went home with a new PB. And probably to a lot more of you who like to see your times accurately recorded. At the risk of stating the obvious, again, if there are no volunteer timers there are no times. You’d still get a run, but no time. So please, consider volunteering every once in a while, it really is fun, and (I think) runners really do appreciate it. Sign up to receive parkrun emails and you’ll get the call for volunteers, but you can also check the online volunteer roster to see if there’s something that needs doing. You can send in an email letting us know what job you’d like to do any time, we can slot you in for next February if that’s the only time you’re available! Nagging over. I’m not even going to mention the number of you who forgot their barcode…

We had a nice crowd on the bench before the run: three people celebrating their 50th run (Catherine, Philip & Marc), and two celebrating their 25th volunteering stint (Christina & John - thanks, both of you!) We also had another celebration to mark, with the newlyweds, Mr & Mrs Fernandes-Lawes joining us. Congratulations to all!

Photo credit: Annick

We also had a number of visitors, including 37 first timers, 22 of whom were doing their first ever run. At the other end of the scale, one of our first timers, Alan Richardson, was on run number 507 - that’s nearly 10 years worth of parkrunning! We had visitors from various other parkruns, far-flung and local, but one of the ones that really stuck out was Sonia Cluitt. Sonia is from Southampton parkrun, but a group of us al Frescos met her last October, when we took a trip to Jersey parkrun. Sonia was there, on her way to 100 different parkruns. She ran the Jersey course with al Fresco Sheralyn, who was so enthusiastic about Northala that Sonia felt the need to come and visit. We’re glad you did, Sonia, and thanks to Sonia’s husband, Steve, for recreating the photo we took in Jersey. Here’s the original:

Louise, Sheralyn & Sonia, with an additional tourist from Coventry

And here's the recreated version:

Jersey meet up at Northala

Nice to see you again, Sonia! If anyone else has any similar stories, we’d love to hear them.

Next week Philip is in charge, see you then!

Louise

This week 339 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Philip YORK • Santosh RAI • Pringla AWALE RAI • Tom DONOGHUE • Louise PRINCE • Philip PRINCE • Anne COOPER • John BYRNE • Udesh DEWAN • Mark KENCROFT • Seema ROKA MAGAR • Simon CLAVIN • Christopher SHEARWOOD • Eamonn FLYNN • Gillian SHEARWOOD • Gurmeet LALLY • Dc MORRISON • Katarzyna LUKASZEWICZ • Ken SILLERY • Christina URBANSKI • Annick HOOGE • Liam KENCROFT • Martin DAOUD • Deborah FLYNN • Sohni MALHOTRA • Steven JENNINGS • Hanna SUBBA • Martha SUBBA • Elena KARAYIANNI
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 Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).
Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 5,824 participants have completed 45,623 parkruns covering a total distance of 228,115 km, including 7,942 new Personal Bests.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 220 – 25th August 2018

There were so many things to celebrate on this breezy, sunny morning, that the bench was almost not big enough.

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Bench of celebration: photo by Sharon

Joseph and Judah Subba celebrated their 10th runs, Martin Daoud, Emma Devereux and Maryam Hussain were 50 up, and Gurmeet Lally and Michelle Lewis were marking their 100th parkrun. We were also celebrating the 100th run of a VIP (very important parkrunner), Marius Mihailescu. Marius is one of the most important people at Northala Fields parkrun, as without Marius, none of us get our post-parkrun coffee.

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Thanks for all the tea and ice cream, Marius! photo by Bruce

Martin and Gurmeet celebrated their milestone runs by running PBs. Excellent running.

We were also celebrating the wedding of two of our regulars, Kim Fernandez and Greg Lawes. They were applauded in their absence, and Carmen brought cake (thanks, Carmen!), and we hope to congratulate them in person next week. There was plenty of other cake and treats, thanks to all our milestone celebrations.

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Reservoir pacers: photo by Bruce

We had a good crop of pacers, ably organised by Carmen To in Kim’s absence – thanks are due to her and all the pacers. If you fancy pacing on one of our pacer weeks, do get in touch. We recommend you pace around two minutes slower than your usual fast time. We have pacers on the last run of every month. Let us know on northalafieldshelpers@parkrun.com if you'd like to volunteer for pacing or any other job.

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Pardip pacing 28 mins: photo by Sharon

We also welcomed a larger-than-usual crop of tourists to our parkrun. Two of our visitors came up to me afterwards and reported how much they liked our run. We know that we like it, but it’s always nice to hear it from someone else.

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First timers briefing: photo by Sharon

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Some of our happy tourists: photo by Bruce

Here’s a view that you might not have seen. For views from all angles, click here  to see Sharon’s pictures and here  to see Bruce’s pictures.

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Tailwalker’s view: photo by Sharon

Our next run is in September – see you then.
Lindsay

This week 338 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Martin WILSON • Santosh RAI • Fiona KENNEDY • Pringla AWALE RAI • Simon TURRELL • Mike BURNETT • Clare HILTON • Bruce LI • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Pardip RAYALL • Sara HOWE • Jonathan HORAN • Mitesh PATEL • Sophie PESTICCIO • Eamonn FLYNN • Lynette MILLER • Gary LIQUORISH • Sughra MOHAMMEDI • Catherine GUNNEWICHT • Adam STEVENS • Alex REVENS • Christina URBANSKI • Tony WALLER • Sailesh MISTRY • Philip VAUGHAN • Carmen TO • David CURTIN • Chloe MATTHEWS • Sharon MATTHEWS • Annick HOOGE • Hayden HUNT • Martin DAOUD • Ricky KLOAY • Deborah FLYNN

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 Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).
Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 5,789 participants have completed 45,284 parkruns covering a total distance of 226,420 km, including 7,903 new Personal Bests.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 219 – 18th August 2018

Two formidable ladies were in the news last week. Madonna turned 60 and Aretha Franklin lost her battle with cancer. This week's report is a small tribute to them.

On parkrun days, THE MOMENT I WAKE UP, BEFORE I PUT ON MY MAKE UP, I like to see what the weather's doing. Well, it wasn't exactly HOLIDAY weather on Saturday but 317 people turned up to run, jog or walk at Northala Fields.

#teamparkrun started this week, and top athletes around the country were seen to WALK ON BY as they accompanied Tailwalkers. We didn't get an official VIP at Northala Fields, so we made our own.

Our VIP guest bore an uncanny resemblance to Mo Farah... (photo by Julian)

AINT NO WAY we were going to miss cheering junior Joe McNamara's 10th run, or welcoming our IMMACULATE COLLECTION of parkrun tourists from Kings Lynn, Barking, Old Deer Park and Bedfont Lakes, among others.

Joe is applauded on his 10th run (photo by Julian)

Huge R.E.S.P.E.C.T and a big CELEBRATION to the 62 of you who ran quicker than A RAY OF LIGHT and got a PB. You can all TAKE A BOW. Let's all SAY A LITTLE PRAYER for a bit of sun and some more PBs next week.

Talking about next week, it's always in VOGUE to volunteer at parkrun, so EXPRESS YOURSELF and put your name down at northalafieldshelpers@parkrun.com. As Madonna said in the song Vogue - there's nothing to it.

Shona

This week 317 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Christine MEEK • Olov HANSEN • Ian BIRCH • Fiona KENNEDY • John FALVEY • Tom DONOGHUE • Andy LEUNG • Byron BROWN • Michael HARPER • Jennifer JONES • Janet LAM • Nick GRAHAM • Angela BRIGGS • Sara HOWE • Shona COWPER • Kylie GOODMAN • Michelle HICKMOTT • Eamonn FLYNN • Lynette MILLER • Kimberly F • Gary LIQUORISH • Katarzyna LUKASZEWICZ • Pavel KANJA • Annick HOOGE • Sandra BAILEY • Deborah FLYNN

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 Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 5,747 participants have completed 44,946 parkruns covering a total distance of 224,730 km, including 7,839 new Personal Bests.