Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 18 November Run Report

Hope you’ll indulge us in what is a rather longer than usual run report. Well, it is our birthday!

So we made it to our first birthday, thanks to the support of all our marvellous volunteers and fabulous walkers, joggers and runners. Over the last twelve months we’ve gathered in torrential rain, radiant sunshine, freezing cold, storms and snow and ice, and only cancelled once, when ice skates would have been required. Our Facebook photo albums are testament to the determination of all of you to have a good time on our beautiful 5k, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you, and we thank you all for making Prudhoe Riverside parkrun what it is.

Technically, our birthday was last week, but the Event Team wanted to fill the roster for our anniversary, and a lot of us were off gallivanting *ahem* doing important sports-type stuff, last weekend. So this week, fill it we did, led by the force of nature that is our Event Director Holly Kelleher, and ably supported by a great bunch of additional volunteers. Thanks to: Run-Director-in-training Nick Adams, former Prudhoe Run Director Maxine Lewis, Jack Collinson, currently working towards his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, our course-checker Seamus Kelleher, and last, but by no means least, Emma Crowley, the girl behind the ‘This Girl parkruns North East’ group, and Kathryn Creighton, who kept Emma under control on their marshal point!

The ‘This Girl parkruns’ group visited us on tour a few weeks ago and were tempted back for our anniversary with rumours of cake. So of course there was cake! Which leads to me nicely to the next ‘thank you’ - to our cake makers: the wonderful Melissa McClenaghan, who made our fabulous official birthday cake, and equally wonderful Stacey Smith, who made the unofficial one, Hezzy’s mum (awesome lemon drizzle Mrs Heslop), Holly Kelleher – who stayed up until 1.30am baking (possibly fuelled by a gin or two), and anyone else I’ve forgotten who made or bought cake, ensuring the cake-table legs almost collapsed under the weight!

The Event Team wanted to give something back to the community which helped us to realise our parkrun dream, so we asked today’s parkrunners to bring along a donation for the West Northumberland Food Bank, and you really did us proud. The axle of Jane B’s car was groaning under the weight of contributions, and the three Janes from the event team were later heard groaning as they carried up the donations up four flights of stairs in the Spetchells Centre (the lift was broken), where the Food Bank will collect from. At least it helped us work off the cake. Thank you everyone who gave; your generosity proved once again that the parkrun community is a very special one.

Today’s report has more ‘Thank You’s’ than an Oscar acceptance speech, so we’ll add two more very special ones: to Yellow Estate Agency and to our local community. If you somehow missed this, where have you been for the last six weeks? Yellow wanted to mark their 16th anniversary by giving something back, through a financial donation to a local community group. We asked you to vote for us to help us raise money for a portable defibrillator. Your support ensured we were finalists and you then came out in force to vote and make us the winners. Instead of the cash contribution, Yellow only went and bought us the defibrillator – it’s yellow of course! We sincerely hope it’s a gift we’ll never have to use: it is a wonderful first birthday present and we’re grateful to everyone at Yellow (hope you enjoyed our birthday cake too) and everyone who voted for us.

So our final thanks: firstly to our amazing Event Director Holly Kelleher, who somehow managed to convince the rest of us on the core team that life would be better if we spent Saturday mornings on Prudhoe Riverside dressed in hi-vis, instead of tucked-up in bed with a cuppa, and secondly, to the person/people who nominated Holly for Sports Personality of the Year, in the Tynedale Sports Awards. We may be slightly biased, but we think she totally deserves it! The Awards take place on the 10 December – Holly says she’s practising her ‘gallant loser’ face, but you never know…

So finally to today’s parkrun stats:

This week we welcomed 182 runners, joggers and walkers. 36 of you were first timers, 8 running your first ever parkrun and 33 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Well done to each and every one of you. Special congratulations to James Fender, who ran his 50th parkrun today. James is regular tourist at Prudhoe, visiting from West Yorkshire. Not only did he reach his milestone but he got a PB too. Well done James, see you back at Prudhoe soon.

The event was made possible by 17 hi-vis heroes:

Joanne LUCKING • Philip HINDMARSH • Jane MORTON • Seamus KELLEHER • Holly KELLEHER • Emma CROWLEY • Maxine J LEWIS • Paul ROBINSON • Jane JOHNSON • Helen BOADEN • Jane BUCKINGHAM • Richard HESLOP • Nick ADAMS • Janine CALKIN • Nicola MACLEAN • Kathryn CREIGHTON • Jack COLLINSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun Results Page.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks, see you next Saturday and #dfyb!

The male record is held by Kurt HERON who recorded a time of 16:14 on 21st October 2017 (event number 50).

The female record is held by Unknown ATHLETE (F) who recorded a time of 17:15 on 4th November 2017 (event number 52).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mark MCNALLY who recorded 86.37% (20:25) on 4th November 2017 (event number 52).

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun started on 12th November 2016. Since then 2,361 participants have completed 8,278 parkruns covering a total distance of 41,390 km, including 2,086 new Personal Bests.

 

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 12 November 2017 Run Report

Event number 53

So this week is officially Prudhoe Riverside parkruns 1st birthday – Happy birthday to us!!!

However the celebrations are going to be next weekend so I hope you will all turn out to help us celebrate and of course there will be CAKE!

I decided to mingle with you all this morning on the 2 lap route round the chalk hills, and what a beautiful morning it was, bit of a chilly one but soon warmed up! Good running conditions and this saw a whole bunch of us getting PB’s so a big high five to you all! Lovely to hear our noisy 4 legged parkrunners were back with us again this morning in fine form!

Parkrun relies on our wonderful volunteers, without whom the parkrun could not go ahead. Please don’t be shy in putting your name down if you fancy donning our designer hi-vis superhero jackets! So this then calls for a big shout out to all of this week’s hi-vis heroes who made this event happen and who are now probably still trying to defrost:

Helen BOADEN, Michael BOADEN, Jennifer BURN, Janine CALKIN, Jack COLLINSON, Angela ELLINS, Patrick GORDON, Richard HESLOP, Anu KAURA, Joanne LUCKING, Nicola MACLEAN, Oliver NAPIER, Lisa NAPIER, Mel REED, Paul ROBINSON, Mark RUSSELL, Connor SHORE, Bailey SHORE, Micky SHORE, Shelly SMITH, Jenni WHITTAKER, Ashleigh YOUNG

Should you wish to join their ranks, please send a message with your barcode number to - prudhoeriversidehelpers@parkrun.com

Thank you also to our tourists this week from Liverpool and Leeds for visiting us, hope you enjoyed our pretty little course and a shout out to Aoife KELLEHER on bagging your 10th parkrun, well done young lady.

Please don’t forget to come down and help us celebrate our birthday next Saturday morning, and you never know the Courant photographer may just get the right day this time! We will also be having our presentation of the defibrillator which Yellow Estate Agents kindly donated so a big thank you to everyone who voted for us which leads me onto next week’s theme, which is going to be: 'Thank You Prudhoe/Pay it Back'. As our start-up funding was provided by so many kind community groups, we'd like to do a big Food Bank drive for the Tynedale Food Bank. So please be as generous as you can and bring something down to donate to the food bank.

This Girl Can will also be visiting us so it’s going to be a busy morning round the Spetchells!

 

Oh, and last but not least – No barcode No time……..simples!

 

This week 163 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Kurt HERON who recorded a time of 16:14 on 21st October 2017 (event number 50).

The female record is held by Unknown ATHLETE (F) who recorded a time of 17:15 on 4th November 2017 (event number 52).

The Age Grade course record is held by Mark MCNALLY who recorded 86.37% (20:25) on 4th November 2017 (event number 52).

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun started on 12th November 2016. Since then 2,323 participants have completed 8,096 parkruns covering a total distance of 40,480 km, including 2,053 new Personal Bests.

 

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 4th November 2017 run report

Event number 52

Two runs to go until our first Birthday and our numbers saw a little rise, possibly thanks to Newcastle parkrun enjoying a 2 week break. Micky Shore had the Run Directing reigns and was mentoring Lisa Napier, a RD in-waiting for our little sibling junior parkrun which launches later in the year. Typically this meant the gremlins came to play and we were thrown a few curved balls with temperamental scanners (the equipment not the volunteers) and some marshal confusion (apologies anyone who ended up in Wylam).

Every week our event is made possible by our awesome volunteers, happy to get up before the sun does in the winter, and chill their extremities down by the river. Our stars of the show this week were;

Paul EDWIN • Joanne LUCKING • Jane MORTON • Micky SHORE • Catherine SHORE • Holly KELLEHER • Jean CALLENDER • Connor SHORE • Bailey SHORE • Jane JOHNSON • Jane BUCKINGHAM • Richard HESLOP • Lisa NAPIER • Janine CALKIN • Claire DAVIES • Jennifer BURN • Ashleigh YOUNG • Nicola MACLEAN • Grace BURN • Kathryn CREIGHTON • Jack COLLINSON

Thank you to our fantastic first finisher, a local GB athlete, for not asking us to break our ‘No barcode, no time, no exception’ rule, and safely leading the front runners round the Spetchells. We are aware of a few missing results for runners who did have their barcodes, please contact the office if you need to be added. It would be helpful if you could include GPS data if available. Our apologies to anyone who thought they’d scored a huge PB and woke up this morning to find a different result. We are 99% sure that all results posted are now accurate and the scores on the doors look like this;

161 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Kurt HERON who recorded a time of 16:14 on 21st October 2017 (event number 50).
The female record is held by UNKNOWN RUNNER who recorded a time of 17:15 on 4th November 2017 (event number 52).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mark MCNALLY who recorded 86.37% (20:25) on 4th November 2017 (event number 52).

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun started on 12th November 2016. Since then 2,299 participants have completed 7,933 parkruns covering a total distance of 39,665 km, including 2,002 new Personal Bests.

 

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 28th October Run Report

As we draw closer to October 31st, the veil between this world and those beyond becomes...thinner. Perhaps that is why such an ill wind blew this morning, and with it brought harbingers of All Hallows Eve in all their ghoulish glory. Werewolves, skeletons, witches, and death itself haunted the pathways of our parkrun!

135 souls braved our course, some having travelled from as far as France and as exotic as Nottingham, 22 had never visited us before (we hope they survived and will return) and 19 recorded PB’s, doubtless spurred on by the horrors around them! Rewards were to be had for all, in the form of a devilish selection of cakes at the finish...if you did finish!!

Of course, none of this would have been possible without our custodians, who we do value very highly. This weeks victi-uh-volunteers were:

Joanne LUCKING • Jenni WHITTAKER • Jane MORTON • Samantha DAY • Holly KELLEHER • Tony BROWN • Richard HESLOP • Jenni SMITH • Ellie BROWN • Janine CALKIN • Alison MALCOLM • Kate LLOYD • Linzi ELLENDER • Nicola MACLEAN • Hannah DAY • Sarah BECK • Tracy WARHURST-WALKER • Jack COLLINSON

Should you wish to join their ranks, please send a message with your barcode number to - prudhoeriversidehelpers@parkrun.com - we’re always looking for new blood and fresh meat!!

Finally, it is important that you remember your barcode for parkrun, or you might find yourself ending up a Billy no mates! Mwahahahahahaha!

Until next week, keep running, they’re right behind you!!!!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Gary ATKINSON (VM35-39) of Evenwood Road Runners, was first over the line in 19:29 - first appearance.
Martin CLIFFORD (VM45-49) of Holme Pierrepont RC, was second over the line in 20:21.
Robert PHILIPSON (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:28.

Female placings:
Ria CHASTON (SW25-29) of Saltwell Harriers, was first (8th overall) over the line in 21:14 - second time in 3 appearances.
Laura HENDERSON (SW25-29) of Tynedale Harriers & AC, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 23:39.
Keely FRENCH (JW15-17) (Unattached) was third (26th overall) over the line in 23:56.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Keith BREWIS (VM65-69) – 73.46% for the time 23:29 (21st overall).
Paul GRIFFIN (VM50-54) – 72.33% for the time 20:43 (5th overall).
Martin CLIFFORD (VM45-49) – 71.91% for the time 20:21 (second overall).

The male record is held by Kurt HERON who recorded a time of 16:14 on 21st October 2017 (event number 50).
The female record is held by Stacey SMITH who recorded a time of 17:27 on 21st October 2017 (event number 50).
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 2,281 participants have completed 7,772 parkruns covering a total distance of 38,860 km, including 1,974 new Personal Bests.

 

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 21 October Run Report

This is parkrun’s 50th event - whoop whoop! A number I’m certainly am not looking forward to seeing next year!

Storm Brian decided to give us a miss, thankfully and the morning turned out to be most pleasant. No cake today (unless or course you were one of our fabulous volunteers who were all treated to brownies and coffee by this week’s RD, much appreciated)!

A big shout out to all this week’s hi-vis heroes:

Joanne LUCKING • Mel REED • Christopher St John JACKSON • Philip HINDMARSH • Jane MORTON • Maria HINDMARSH • Melanie ELLIOTT • Amanda FLETCHER • Jenni SMITH • Karen PAGE • Nick ADAMS • Janine CALKIN • Jill HARLAND • Paul REVILL • Jennifer BURN • Angela ELLINS • Sandra DUIM • Nicola MACLEAN • Tracy WARHURST-WALKER • Jack COLLINSON

The course was a tad slippy today with many runners sensibly wearing their trail shoes. Our very own Jennifer decided that she would get up close and personal with the mud after her run, as she was clearly far too clean (much to the delight of resident photographer Janine who was on hand with her finger on the trigger)!! See this week’s photo album on our FB page for the evidence…https://www.facebook.com/prudhoeriversideparkrun/

The team would also be most grateful if you could all take some time out to visit Yellow Estate Agents on Front Street in Prudhoe, before the end of this month, and pop a yellow coin into the Prudhoe parkrun pot. As part of Yellow’s anniversary celebrations they are offering support to one local good cause, as voted by the lovely folk of Prudhoe. We’re in the running to get funding towards a portable defibrillator, so please vote for us (even though we hope we’ll never have to use it of course).

Our course records were both broken this morning: Kurt HERON from Ashington Hirst Running club ran an impressive 16:14, so a big pat on the back for you and Stacey SMITH with an equally impressive 17:27 (Stacey’s 2nd ever parkrun), so well done Stacey and thank you both for visiting us!

Thank you also to our tourists this week from Manchester and Livingston running clubs, hope you enjoyed our pretty little course.

Next weekend is our Halloween weekend, suitably themed costumes will be encouraged and there may also be CAKE!! Keep an eye on our FB page for updates.

Please can we ask that if you are dressing up (given the recent cinema release of IT) that you avoid clown costumes – one of our parkrunners suffers from coulrophobia, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the run next Saturday. Thank you for your understanding.

This week 143 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests - not too shabby considering the course conditions. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

See you next Saturday Oh, and last, but never least, #dfyb!!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:

Kurt HERON (SM30-34) of Ashington Hirst Running Club, was first over the line in 16:14 - second time in 2 appearances.

Jack BOADEN (JM15-17) of Blaydon Harriers and AC, was second (third overall) over the line in 18:10 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Scott BRADY (SM30-34) of Elswick Harriers, was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:59.

 

Female placings:

Stacey SMITH (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (second overall) over the line in 17:27 - first appearance.

Joanne LEE (VW40-44) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was second (12th overall) over the line in 20:57 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.

Claire DAVIES (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (17th overall) over the line in 21:31 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Stacey SMITH (SW25-29) – 84.81% for the time 17:27 (second overall).

Kurt HERON (SM30-34) – 79.88% for the time 16:14 (first overall).

Jack BOADEN (JM15-17) – 75.41% for the time 18:10 (third overall).

The male record is held by Kurt HERON who recorded a time of 16:14 on 21st October 2017 (event number 50).

The female record is held by Stacey SMITH who recorded a time of 17:27 on 21st October 2017 (event number 50).

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 2,259 participants have completed 7,637 parkruns covering a total distance of 38,185 km, including 1,955 new Personal Bests.

 

 

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