A far nicer day greeted the 276 parkrunners this morning compared to last week - but it was still cold and windy! Nice to see you all there braving the elements! Numbers may have been a little down compared to recently as a number of our regulars may have been off doing the Osterley Winter 10K - although quite why anyone would choose to enter a race that clashes with parkrun is a little beyond me… Anyway, if you were there, hope you had fun (it’s a great location for a race even if it is on the wrong day…)
We had 5 people doing their first ever parkrun this week - watch out, as the 7 members of the 250 club who ran today can tell you, this parkrun lark can be addictive! Anyway, welcome to the Northala family, guys!
This time of year seems to attract visitors seeing family and popping along for a parkrun - this week we had 25 people visiting for the first time, and a number of returning visitors, always nice to see you! We also had a mass turn-out from a family of regular visitors - the Unknowns. Not sure what their home parkrun is as they never bring their barcodes so we can’t check! They are a mixed bunch, speed-wise. One of them, however, finished in first position - well done Mr Unknown! Sadly, I can't tell you what time he finished in as he didn’t bring his barcode… If anyone’s detecting a theme here, the message is "Don’t Forget Your Barcode!"
One message that did seem to stick from the pre-run brief was the one about the finish tokens not being souvenirs. Seems we didn’t lose a single token this time, which is probably a record (and a very welcome one at that). Even better, we had a couple of previously missing tokens turn up - it’s always good to reunite them with their friends, so if you happen to know the whereabouts of any lost and lonely finish tokens please do send them back home to us, no questions asked!
There weren’t many milestones today (junior Finlay Vadon doing his 10th run, and senior Peter Horan doing his 50th run), but there were at least a couple of birthdays to celebrate - some great cakes from Trevor for his birthday, and who can forget the sight of Clare K in her birthday suit this morning!
Happy Birthday to both. We should have a few milestones to celebrate over the next couple of weeks or so, as there are a number of people bubbling away at just under 50 and 100 at the moment…
There’s more to celebrate coming up, too, with our traditional extra run at Christmas - although Santa may be too busy on that day I hear he is going to try to put in an appearance the week before, so watch out for him on the 22nd! And if anyone wants to join the Christmas dress-up theme, please feel free, we’d love to see some reindeer, elves, etc. And then on New Year’s Day, although Northala won’t be having a run there are lots places that will be - why not check the compendium to see if you can fit in a double! There are some great venues to choose from.
Okay, I’ve just remembered this is supposed to be a run report, not a Louise rambles report, so I suppose I should say something about the actual run. So here it is: We came, we ran 5K, we had fun. If you want to look at the photos Bruce took, click here.
Next week Gary’s in charge, why not check the roster to see if he needs a hand - have a look at the roster here.
This week 276 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Ian BIRCH • Santosh RAI • Fiona KENNEDY • Gary STRINGER • William (Bill) LONSDALE • Michael HARPER • Anne COOPER • John BYRNE • Bruce LI • Conor DONOGHUE • Newa RAI • Bishnu DEWAN • Nilu DEWAN • Nemsari PUN MAGAR • Mingfai RAI • Caroline PLUMMER • Phil H DAVIES • Bilal HUSSAIN • Eamonn FLYNN • Lynette MILLER • Gary LIQUORISH • Sarah HARRIS • Ken SILLERY • Tony WALLER • Annick HOOGE • Bantheng Rusu RAI • 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 6,283 participants have completed 50,319 parkruns covering a total distance of 251,595 km, including 8,563 new Personal Bests. A total of 561 individuals have volunteered 5,756 times.