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.