Happy Birthday to Us

Our 53rd event saw 105 runners sing Happy Birthday then go on to complete the course. The singing was worthy of much praise, and Simon Cowell has been in touch. Actually I made that bit up!

Catherine ABBOTT, Duncan BIRKS, Emily BOWES, Di BROWN, James DAVENPORT, Andrew HUGILL Helen LEGGOTT, Zach SADLER, Jill TOWNS, Lucy WATKISS and Douglas WELSH, ran their first ever parkrun. Welcome to parkrun. I really hope you enjoyed your first time, and we all look forward to seeing you again.

We also had 17 first timers visiting us from other parkruns
Kirsty BOWERS, Sarah CHAPMAN, Naomi CLARKE, Gill COLLING, Colin DEAN, Joseph DEAN, Sharen HALFPENNY, Emma HART, Charlotte LEGGE, Rob MELLOR, Barbara ROBERTS, Jennifer ROBERTS, Jason ROOT, Roy SIMONS, Terry WARD, Melissa WOODS and Roy YOUNG. Hope you enjoyed our course and visit us again next time you're in the area.

Refreshments were provided by Herriot Hospice Homecare in return for a donation to the charity. I’m very pleased to say that £106.10 was donated and we’ve had some lovely comments from the charity about the day.

Thanks as always to our volunteers. Without you the event simply wouldn't happen.

Tony Norris
Event Director

 

Northallerton parkrun #52 – 23 July 2016

Our 52nd event saw 102 runners complete the course. It's great to get over the 100 mark again.

Donna BENTLEY, Samantha JACK, Millie JACKSON-CLARKE, John KAY, Sam KIRBY, Robert MACLEAN and Lucy ROBINSON ran their first ever parkrun. Welcome to the club. I really hope you enjoyed your first time, and we all look forward to seeing you again.

We also had 19 first timers visiting us from other parkruns
David APPLEYARD, Emily BELL, Helen CLANCY, John CLANCY, Joseph CLANCY, Samuel CLANCY, Gregan CLARKSON, Gillian FALKINGHAM, Richard FALKINGHAM, Caroline FLETCHER, Eleanor LINFORD, Simon LINFORD, Helen MAYHEAD, Emma MORRISON, David MURPHY, Agnes PLATT, Jim PLATT, Carl VINCENT and Daniel WARING,
Hope you enjoyed our course and visit us again next time you're in the area.

Course records fell in 3 age categories, to:
Joseph CLANCY in the JM11-14 category.
Gregan CLARKSON in the SM30-34 category.
Jim PLATT in the VM70-74 category,
Well done gents - great effort.

This coming Saturday sees our 53rd run - marking our first birthday. We'd love to see you there to help us celebrate. Please bring your singing voices as Sarah, our Run Director on Saturday, is going to lead a chorus of Happy Birthday. We'll also have a short presentation at the end to commemorate some of the achievements in our first year.

Our friends at Herriot Hospice Homecare are joining us and will be providing a refreshments tent where hot/cold drinks and cake will be available in return for a donation to the charity. Bring your pennies :)

Finally - thanks as always to our volunteers. Without you the event simply wouldn't happen.

Tony Norris
Event Director

 

Northallerton parkrun #19 – 5 December 2015

I haven't written a news report for a few weeks due to other things going on in my life and the fact that there hasn't been a lot to report, however this week I'd like to start by saluting the 32 runners and 14 volunteers who braved Storm Desmond and were stood at the start line at 8:55 on Saturday.

Even though this was the smallest field we have ever had at Northallerton parkrun, we still had fun.  The course was wet (hardly surprising after all of the rain we've had recently) but the winter course seems to be holding up well with only a few muddy bits on the whole route.  It's funny listening to peoples comments about the extra lap - even though the distance is exactly the same it's amazing how the mind can play tricks on you.  There were hot drinks at the finish, something I'm trying to make a more regular occurrence.

We had 7 Northallerton first timers, and most of them seemed to enjoy their run.  I'd like to congratulate Michael Taylor for achieving a PB - no mean feat in those conditions.  Peter Richardson was Run Director on Saturday, on a day that marked his milestone of volunteering for the 50th time.  That shows real commitment to parkrun, and I hope that you'll all join me in thanking him for the support he has given to us in Northallerton since we started in August.

We were excited last week to receive a set of pacer bibs from FitBit, one of parkrun's sponsors.  In the new year we will be running regular paced runs where you can follow pacers who will run the course in predicted times (e.g 20, 25, 30, 35 minutes) in fluorescent yellow vests so you can measure your pace against them and push on to improve your own personal times.  If you would like to take a turn as a pacer then please let us know by e-mail on northallertonhelpers@parkrun.com , via the Facebook group or by simply speaking to the volunteer with the clipboard over the next few weeks.  You get running and volunteering credits as a pacer.  All we ask is that you can hit a predicted time comfortably and run an even speed to do so.

I will never say it is easy covering 5km over 3 different surfaces in weather that is so cold your muscles don't work properly, when you're wearing enough warm clothes to double your body weight, when the wind seems to be in your face at every turn, when the rain seems to dampen even the toughest spirit and when the wet grass beneath your feet seems to sap all of the energy from your legs.  However, when the weather improves next spring the people who have stuck at it over the winter months will really feel the benefits.  There's an old saying in sport - summer bodies are earned in the winter.  This is very, very true.  Stick with it.  You won't regret it.

A reminder that over the festive period we will be holding runs every Saturday morning - 8:55 briefing and 9:00 start as usual.  No extra events this year, but if you want to see which parkruns around us are putting on an extra event on Christmas Day or New Years Day, check out this link.  You may be able to run twice in the day as some have different start times.  Good luck with the hangovers :)

Finally - thanks as always to our volunteers. Without you the event simply wouldn't happen.

Tony Norris
Event Director

 

Northallerton parkrun #15 – November 7th, 2015

Runners needed wellies and swim rings rather than trainers and vests this week, as the heavens opened and stayed open for days. A very wet course, not muddy in places, and really testing for all of the 54 athletes and 13 volunteers who turned up and braved the elements. Yet everyone was smiling. We may have all been soaked to the skin, but it was warm enough that it was bearable – even enjoyable :)

We welcomed 8 runners who had never run a parkrun before, and 10 visitors from far flung places like Manchester, London and Huddersfield.

Runs worthy of special recognition this week include:
• Well done to Helen Wood in the under 10 Age Group who was the only runner to beat her own course Personal Best this week. Brilliant effort in the conditions.
• Congratulations to Summer Benzie who became our second milestone runner by reaching 10 runs in the Junior category. Can’t wait to see you rocking the t-shirt, Summer.
• An amazing performance from Philip Utley who was the first finisher, beating the second placed runner by nearly 3 minutes - and he got lost twice on the course ;)

I'd like to congratulate Chris Rodgers for being selected as our parkrunner of the month for October.  Chris ran at all 5 events in the month, posting 3 PBs and an overall improvement of 3 minutes 8 seconds.  Well done Chris - well deserved.  Unfortunately this is the last time a parkrunner of the month will receive a free pair of training shoes from Sweatshop.  As reported last week, the 11 year partnership between parkrun and Sweatshop has now come to an end.  parkrun HQ is looking at alternatives, and I'll let you know if there are any developments as soon as I find out about them.

Finally thanks again to the volunteers who make the event possible every Saturday morning. Without you the event simply wouldn’t happen. If you’d like to join our volunteer team we’d love to hear from you. Even if you only volunteer once in a blue moon, you’ll receive a warm welcome and thanks from many people.

The weather forecast is dry for this Saturday morning, but the course will still be wet and boggy again. We recommend that you wear trail shoes for better grip. I hope to see you bright eyed and bushy tailed at 8:50 on Saturday morning for the pre-run briefing. Bring your friends, and don't forget your barcode.

Tony Norris
Event Director

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Northallerton parkrun #14 – October 31st, 2015

I really need to start by wishing Dan Holdsworth a speedy recovery after he dislocated his shoulder crossing the second bridge on his last lap. I hate to see anyone get injured in any sport, and hope he isn’t out of action for too long. Full respect is due as he has volunteered as a marshal next weekend. Plenty high-5’s as you go past ;)

Apart from Dan’s injury, this was without a doubt my favourite event of the 14 we have held so far. Seeing so many of you wearing fancy dress and participating with big smiles on your faces was an absolute treat. Hope you enjoyed it as much as the volunteers did, and that you managed to get your hands on a goody bag or cake at the end. Let me know if you have any ideas for future themes – no reason why we can’t do this every few months. And anyone who wants to bring cake will get free entry on the following weekend ;)

This is one of our biggest turn-outs so far with 132 runners completing the course, including 16 juniors. 14 runners had never done a parkrun before, and 11 visited Northallerton for the first time. Our visitors included a couple from Canada, and the Chaplain for the Gurkha Regiment who comes from Nepal (via Catterick Garrison of course). Brian T Smith of the Northern Frontrunners Club became our 666th new runner. On Halloween. Spooky coincidence?????   26 runners beat their own course Personal Best time. I keep saying it, but to beat a PB when the course is as wet, slippy and muddy as it was is a remarkable achievement and you should give yourself a pat on the back for achieving it. This week also saw us pass 500 runners having Northallerton parkrun registered as their home course.

Sorry about the delay with the photos this week. Mandy managed to upload them onto a Photobucket account so I hope you’ve been able to see them. They are now available on a Flickr account so you can see them here, but we still haven’t been able to load them onto the Northallerton parkrun group.

parkrun hit a major milestone this week, when the South African Adeline Matthews became the 2 millionth person to register as a parkrunner. This week has also seen the launch of the parkrun code – a reminder of the basic principles of parkrun participation to runners and volunteers. A photo has already been uploaded to the Facebook page, and we will display it at future events in case anyone wants to see it.

On a personal note, I was humbled to find out I had been nominated for an award at the annual Hambleton Sports Awards for my own efforts in setting up the event. I was so happy to be nominated that I wasn’t the slightest bit disappointed when I didn’t win. Thank you to whoever it was who nominated me :)

Finally thanks again to the volunteers who make the event possible every Saturday morning. Without you the event simply wouldn’t happen. If you’d like to join our volunteer team we’d love to hear from you. Even if you only volunteer once in a blue moon, you’ll receive a warm welcome and thanks from many people.

I hope to see you at 8:50 on Saturday morning for the pre-run briefing. Bring your friends, and don't forget your barcode.

Tony Norris
Event Director

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