Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 235 – 8th December 2018

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!

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Photo ourtesy of Celine

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.
Louise

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.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 234 – 1st December 2018

On the week we were expecting our 50,000 finish at Northala it looked like we might have to wait another week as the meeting area was looking quite empty shortly before the start, probably due to the torrential rain. 141 hardy runners and walkers ended up completing the course, our lowest turnout since November 2016, with Peter Haley being the 50,000th finisher in 98th place.

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Photo by Sean

Despite the weather, we had one runner doing their first ever parkrun, so well done to Christian Spelzini. We promise it’s not normally this wet. We also had six personal bests recorded by Bandana Bajracharya, Aranka Toth, Stuart Pickard, Daniel Miles, Matt Powell and Hangma Rai. Hangma Rai took a huge two minutes off her PB, an impressive achievement in the rain. Daniel warmed up for his PB by setting up the course with Bernie Conway - clearly good preparation.

We had lots of cake this week as on the milestone bench we had Andrew McLaughlin completing his 50th parkrun, 49 of which have been at Northala. Congratulations Andrew.

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Photo by Paul

We also had not one, but two 250's being celebrated, by run directors Louise and Philip Prince. Both started parkrun at Black Park before switching to Northala when it started in 2014 and have completed 146 and 164 runs respectively at Northala.

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Photo by Bruce

See you next week, when Santosh is at the helm. Please volunteer if you can.
Sean

This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Nick WALKER • Olov HANSEN • Barbro JULIN • Ian BIRCH • Santosh RAI • Paul COOK • Sadun DE SILVA • Daniel MILES • Michael CHARLES • Lani CHARLES • Catherine MULRENAN • Alison BILLINGE • Anne COOPER • John BYRNE • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Conor DONOGHUE • Jennifer JONES • Saoirse DONOGHUE • Heather CAMPBELL • John NORRIS • Seán HILL • Bernie CONWAY • Greg FERNANDES-LAWES • Tony WALLER • Annick HOOGE • Amit SOLANKI • Jacki HULBERT • James MAKEPEACE • Mishel DIMALSHE

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 6,253 participants have completed 50,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,215 km, including 8,541 new Personal Bests. A total of 559 individuals have volunteered 5,728 times.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event no 233 – 24th Nov 2018

A few spots of rain on a grey morning saw reduced numbers for the last parkrun in November. We had milestones,  PBs, a bit of a mishap for the lead runner and a turkey escaping from Thanksgiving.

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This week's bench with Jonathan, Mitesh and Balvinder - photo from Annick

We had 4 milestones this week - congratulations to Jonathan Horan who reached 100 and Mitesh Patel, Rukum Rana and Balvinder Sohal who joined the 50 club this week. Thanks also to Jonathan and Mitesh who doubled as pacers this week.

Well done to everyone who got a PB and a mention for regulars Rachpal, Veer, Karl and Philip Hampson who were among them.

Brian Stakelum was leading until he missed the turn for the finish but did recover to finish 2nd. He was at our first parkrun but hasn't been many times since. He has finished first on a previous occasion but is more normally seen at Gunnersbury where his other half Arlene is the Event Director. Arlene is also our local parkrun Ambassador and is helping Louise and I with our venture to set up a junior parkrun at Northala. We'll be needing helpers...

Claire King doesn't like to miss an opportunity to dress up and took the opportunity to give her take on Thanksgiving. The USA held their celebration last week and get an extra parkrun to mark the occasion.

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Of our visitors, we had Alan Browne from Derbyshire and John Lavender from Gateshead. Alan was fresh from a flight to run off his jet lag - John has volunteered on his previous visits to Northala but this is his first run here. We also had a number of  more local visitors

Next week it's Lindsay in charge - please help her by volunteering - we always need more - check the roster here

Philip

This week 288 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Philip YORK • Nick WALKER • Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Gary STRINGER • Sadun DE SILVA • Sue PARK • Philip PRINCE • Anne COOPER • Daisy LUND • Adam GOODMAN • Baljeet Kaur SOHAL • Jonathan HORAN • Mitesh PATEL • Helen MARK • Eamonn FLYNN • Greg FERNANDES-LAWES • Gurmeet LALLY • Sughra MOHAMMEDI • Christina URBANSKI • Tony WALLER • Jo JACOB • Annick HOOGE • Martin DAOUD • Steven PARK • Lorraine CAMERON • Nicole LI • Muhammad WAHEED • James MAKEPEACE

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 6,240 participants have completed 49,902 parkruns covering a total distance of 249,510 km, including 8,535 new Personal Bests. A total of 553 individuals have volunteered 5,699 times.

 

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event no 232 – 17th Nov 2018

I know I forgot a few things in my pre-run brief, but I’m sure I checked whether everyone had their bar code, and no one admitted to not having theirs, so I can’t help wondering why there were 33 ‘unknowns’ in my results… I also definitely mentioned returning the position tokens. Which is why it’s strange that we still came away with two missing tokens on the day. Hmm… Maybe we’re failing to drive the point home properly, but one of the few things parkrun asks you to do is ‘don’t forget your barcode’. One of the extras we ask is that you don’t lose/take our token home with you. I think we’ll have to declare an amnesty day, if you’ve accidentally taken the finish tokens home, and are now wondering what to do with them, BRING THEM BACK! No questions asked, no blame, just a really relieved parkrun team for getting them back.

One of the things I definitely forgot (although I did mention the purple shirts…) was to thank the volunteers. Not sure how I managed to forget that, as without them, Northala Fields parkrun wouldn’t happen. So ‘Thank You’ to all the amazing people who have volunteered over the course of our parkrun, you really add something special to the community. I also forgot to mention our visitors and first timers - 27, including 12 doing their first parkrun - welcome all! Hope you had a good time and will be back. I did speak to a few of the visitors during the morning, one was here to get his ‘North’ for the compass challenge (if anyone is planning to do it I think our closest point is South Oxhey…) Others admired our hills, and most had lovely things to say about our park, I always like talking to the visitors, they remind me of the things we can easily take for granted.

Anyway, one of the things I did remember was to check for milestones, and we had quite a few… Taaj and Philip joined the 100 club, whilst Jo, Florent, Danny and Shalene joined the 50 club. We also had juniors Elysia and Laxmi joining the junior 10 club. Great work, guys!

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Today's celebration bench

 

Everyone is always a star at parkrun, but today I think special mention has to go to one of our amazing dinosaur marshal, who really brightened up the morning!

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Next week Philip is in charge.

Louise

This week 358 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Barbro JULIN • Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Santosh RAI • John FALVEY • Gary STRINGER • Louise PRINCE • Philip PRINCE • Anne COOPER • John BYRNE • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Saoirse DONOGHUE • Udesh DEWAN • Jonathan HORAN • Ysabel RAJBHANDARI • Eamonn FLYNN • Naresh ALE • Sughra MOHAMMEDI • Tony WALLER • Philip VAUGHAN • Annick HOOGE • Martin DAOUD • Nicole LI • Ricky KLOAY • Hannah WOODWARD • John MITCHELL • Bobby MITCHELL • Malkiat MATHARU • Max KEMSLEY • James MAKEPEACE

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 6,220 participants have completed 49,614 parkruns covering a total distance of 248,070 km, including 8,507 new Personal Bests. A total of 549 individuals have volunteered 5,670 times.

 

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 231 – 10th November 2018

The "Northalambrian Mountains" by Nick Walker

It was a perfect morning for a parkrun, and it seemed 407 of you agreed! We had a record field, and some of you at the back of the field received finish tokens that were "first timers" out of the box...

We celebrated John Norris's 100th parkrun, and I suspect all his friends from Metros Running Club may have helped boost the numbers. He not only brought a delicious chocolate cake baked by partner Bernie, but added to our volunteer team too, which is always a nice gesture. Kim & Paul Payne and Heather Martin stepped up for their 50th, and first-time visitor Annette Reeves was also on 50. Lynette Miller has now volunteered 25 times and will soon be sporting a purple T-Shirt. Lynette is one of those lovely people who is always willing to step in and help, thank you Lynette.

Kim, Paul, Heather, Lynette, John and Dennis (photo by Bernie)

As if that weren't enough excitement, we also welcomed back 81 year old Dennis Wraight (see photo above), still a member of Ealing Southall & Middlesex AC, but now living in Slovenia. He set our M80 course record last year with a sizzling 26:05. He didn't quite match that this time, but his 26:36 got a slightly better age grading!

I was so busy checking all the pre-run arrangements were in place, that I failed to spot Northala stalwart Steve Plummer arrive bearing a mighty impressive medal, and I omitted to invite him onto the bench for his own very special celebration. Quick-thinking Gary suggested I make amends by announcing it from the top of a rubbish bin over at the Start line... Not sure Health & Safety would have approved, but it mattered a lot to Steve, because he's now completed his Abbotts Majors, meaning he's run all six of the major world marathons (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York & Tokyo). Luckily he forgave me enough to offer me some of his home-made cake, as I'm very partial to the rum-soaked one...

Steve (left) with his Abbotts Majors medal; Santosh (right) also ran the New York marathon the previous Sunday

I also forgot to ask who was visiting from other parkruns, though I did meet Tom and Mary from Tralee parkrun in the cafe afterwards. Carmel & Stef brought a group of their Couch-to-5k graduates, who have now embarked on some proper parkrun tourism. You may have spotted them in the bright orange vests emblazoned with their names (very convenient for cheering purposes). They asked me to pass on their appreciation of Steve's home-made cake too. I think Steve has another career option there if he so chooses.

Thanks to Carmel for this photo of her couch-to-5k graduates

No-one came forward as volunteer photographer this week, but marshal Pio Cardoza did a handy bit of multi-tasking over in Rectory Park, so check out his album here  to see if he's caught you in action.

Carmen (centre) with a happy-looking Hilary & Eileen

Well done to the one in ten of you who went home with new PBs. Too many to mention everyone, but Carmen did post this nice shot of her two friends who are in that number!

I opened this report on the subject of finish tokens, and I'm going to close on the same topic. Despite my stern pre-run lecture about returning them, we lost another three this week. No finish tokens, no results, so please check at home and return any you've taken away by mistake. (Ask your parkrun friends too, please).

Louise is back at the helm next week, so please think about volunteering if it's your turn: northalafieldshelpers@parkrun.com

Fiona

This week 407 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

David GOODENOUGH • Nick WALKER • Barbro JULIN • Fiona KENNEDY • John FALVEY • Gary STRINGER • Pio CARDOZA • Sadun DE SILVA • Mike BURNETT • Michael HARPER • Nathan POWELL • Paul BARRY • Samar JHOOTI • Daisy SPARKS • Ruth TIDDER • John NORRIS • Jonathan HORAN • Eamonn FLYNN • Lynette MILLER • Sughra MOHAMMEDI • Tony WALLER • John BISHOP • Deborah FLYNN • Malkiat MATHARU • Sean HANRAHAN • Karen MASTERS • Steve MASTERS • James MAKEPEACE

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 6,193 participants have completed 49,256 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,280 km, including 8,464 new Personal Bests.

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