It was a local affair this Saturday: RD Jane’s shout-out for any tourists was met with silence, with the exception of one lucky soul who apologetically mentioned spending half their year in Egypt..! Prudhoe Riverside on a September Saturday must be a home-from-home (we’re only a little envious).
It was also a quiet start (for a change) as our regular canine contributor missed the start line briefing, and Jane was able to be heard without the megaphone; seeing off 145 parkrunners at 9am on the dot.
Of those running, jogging and walking the course this week, 18 of you were Prudhoe Riverside first timers, with 10 of you running your first ever parkrun and 35 recording new Personal Bests - not too shabby considering it’s only a week since the Great North Run, and we expected many of you would be saving your legs for the local Tynedale Jelly Tea Race on Sunday! Well done everyone.
Shout out today to John Page, one of our regular runners, and also a regular volunteer, who reached his 50 milestone a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t spot it as he ran it at Gateshead (but we forgive him), so congratulations on your 51st run today John!
We also had a very special visitor, as Lawrence Cummings, whose home parkrun is Sedgefield, continued his quest to bag as many north east parkrun VM75-79 age grade course records as he can. At 8.59am his record stood at 13 in 13 weeks. Thankfully, the Prudhoe Riverside course proved to be a worthy challenge and before 9.25am he’d made it 14 in 14 weeks. Congratulations Lawrence, it was a pleasure meeting you and hearing your stories; glad it was worth getting up at 6.15am to get here. You are welcome to come back and break your own record any time.
This week’s final mention (although by the time he reads this it’ll be over) goes to one of our very own RD’s, Richard Heslop, running the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday. Good luck Hezzy. Those of you planning to be with us for our 80’s film-themed special next Saturday will be able to hear all about it, as he’ll be our volunteer tailwalker. After his success as Supergirl at the Superhero event, rumour has it Hezzy’ll be sporting a Daryl Hannah-style mermaid tail this time. So, get the dressing-up box out, and join us next Saturday. It’ll be a ‘Splash’ (see what I did there)?!
Of course, if you’d rather not be the ‘Running Man’ and want to avoid getting ‘Breathless,’ you could join our squad of hi-vis heroes, and ‘Witness’ the spectacle instead. Email us at email@example.com
Oh, and last, but never least, #dfyb!!
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Joanne Lucking, Mel Reed, Christopher St John Jackson, Meg Walke, Jason Brooker, Jane Morton, Jayne, Peter and Alexander Metcalfe, Michael Boaden, Ben Mitchell, Suzanne Sharp, Jane, Howie and Teddy Buckingham, Paul Revill, Alison Malcolm and Eddie Ellender.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun Results Page.
Lee BENNETT (VM45-49) of Elswick Harriers, was first over the line in 17:23 - second time in 2 appearances.
Steven REYNOLDS (VM45-49) of Tynedale Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 19:16.
Mark OLIVER (SM30-34) of Heaton Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 19:29.
Emma GLOVER (SW30-34) of Jesmond Joggers, was first (12th overall) over the line in 21:53 - first appearance.
Wallis MORLEY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (22nd overall) over the line in 23:22.
Sacha WEEKS (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 24:14.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lee BENNETT (VM45-49) – 83.51% for the time 17:23 (first overall).
Lawrence CUMMINGS (VM75-79) – 83.48% for the time 23:06 (19th overall).
Michael BROADHURST (VM60-64) – 75.69% for the time 21:11 (8th overall).
The male record is held by Lewis TIMMINS who recorded a time of 16:33 on 19th August 2017 (event number 41).
The female record is held by Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI who recorded a time of 18:20 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Terry SCOTT who recorded 85.61% (16:34) on 26th August 2017 (event number 42).
Prudhoe Riverside parkrun started on 12th November 2016. Since then 2,158 participants have completed 7,094 parkruns covering a total distance of 35,470 km, including 1,838 new Personal Bests.