Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 23 September Run Report

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 prudhoeriversidehelpers@parkrun.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.

Male placings:
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.

Female placings:
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.

 

 

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 16th September Run Report

I needed to get a run in before my volunteer stint this morning, and passed Team Boaden in full force getting things all set up, with Michael clearing mud from the path, while Helen sorted the signs, and Jack...might have been asleep in the car, I’m not sure. I shouted a promise to be back before the start (I was delivering the First Timers Briefing after all) and left them to it.

What had looked to be a dreary morning gave way to some pretty good running conditions, even with more than a hint of Autumn in the air. Although it could be the start of glove season for marshals, there were more than a few cold fingers gripping stopwatches and handing out tokens today.

I was on barcode scanning duty for the 147 participants who graced our course, and from the 18 first timers and 36 new PB’s my favourite things I heard were:

‘Can you just give me a moment?’ ‘Of course, sir, barcode when you’re ready.’ ‘There were two people bearing down on me right at the end there!’

From a father and daughter duo:
‘Here’s your barcode.’ ‘Dad, I can’t see?!’ ‘You ran really well there.’ ‘Yeah, but I can’t see at the moment!’

Considering it isn’t meant to be competitive, some of you take this REALLY seriously!! Having said that, if you are going to attend a parkrun, please make sure you register - www.parkrun.org.uk/register/ - it only needs to be done once, is dead easy, and makes results processing that much easier. Even easier if you remember to print and bring your barcode too! And don’t worry if you turn up a bit late (we’d prefer if you could make it for the start in case there’s any important announcements), our Tail Walker will make sure you aren’t left completely behind.

Couple more things before I let you crack on with the weekend, we had a visit from Andrew Eldridge of Yellow Estate Agents this morning who’s running a competition on Facebook. He was really impressed by the number of runners we get at Prudhoe, and might even be back next week with his children to give it a go!
We’re trying to get a portable defibrillator for the parkrun, so if you could vote for us it’d be a huge help - www.facebook.com/Yellow-Estate-Agency-448140238579469/#

Don’t forget that September 30th is a special 80’s Films costume themed parkrun, I’d personally love to see a bunch of Ghostbusters chasing a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man around the course. I need to come up with something myself too, so any ideas for what a short balding beardy could go as would be much appreciated.
If you need further incentive, there’s probably going to be cake...there usually is at these things.

Right, just the sciency stuff left, enjoy your week, and keep smiling ‘til next Saturday!

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Joanne LUCKING • Michael BOADEN • Jack BOADEN • Sacha WEEKS • Maxine J LEWIS • Tony BROWN • Helen BOADEN • Richard HESLOP • John PAGE • Luke PAGE • Molly PAGE • Kay FRENCH • Janine CALKIN • Paul REVILL • Ashleigh YOUNG • Nicola MACLEAN • Kenneth WRIGHT

Male placings:

Luke SHEARS (JM15-17) of Blaydon Harriers and AC, was first over the line in 19:21 - first time in 18 appearances.
Richard CARR (SM25-29) of Elswick Harriers, was second over the line in 19:38.
Harvey SMITH (VM50-54) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:52.

Female placings:

Joanne LEE (VW40-44) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was first (7th overall) over the line in 21:03 - 10th time in 23 appearances.
Lindsay SMITH (SW25-29) of Derwent Valley Running Club, was second (8th overall) over the line in 21:26.
Maria CATTERALL (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (9th overall) over the line in 21:31.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:

Harvey SMITH (VM50-54) – 76.09% for the time 19:52 (third overall).
Joanne LEE (VW40-44) – 74.19% for the time 21:03 (7th overall).
Owen FORBES (JM10) – 73.56% for the time 23:08 (22nd 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 2,140 participants have completed 6,949 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,745 km, including 1,803 new Personal Bests.

 

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 9 September Run Report

Today Prudhoe Riverside experienced a mini tourist-takeover. We welcomed visitors from Glasgow, Cleethorpes, Worcester, Carlisle, Durham, Hartlepool, Hampshire, and Hertfordshire, with 13 members of Dacorum and Tring AC among the many stretching their legs before taking part in some local run happening in Newcastle tomorrow…

In other news, those arriving early witnessed the strange sight of a parkrun with no support vehicle, as Run Director Helen Boaden sorted out the volunteers from the ‘first timers’ briefing’ bench, while husband Michael (who was allegedly in charge of packing the kit in the car this morning) dashed home to fetch the missing finish tokens.  We like a record as much as the next parkrun, but ‘most times a parkrun has forgotten their finish tokens’ isn’t one we’re aiming for, honest!

Crisis averted, we started the stopwatches on the dot at 9, and cheered on the 156 of you who ran, jogged and walked the course, celebrating 46 Prudhoe first timers, including 12 who were running their first parkrun, and 26 new Personal Bests.

Our hi-vis heroes this week were:
Joanne Lucking, Jane Morton, Denise Gordon, Micky, Catherine, Connor, Bailey and Lucy Shore, Helen and Michael Boaden, Jean Callender, David Cook, Paul Robinson, Melanie Elliott, Jane Johnson, Richard Heslop, Amanda Fletcher, Janine Calkin,  Angela Ellins, and Nicola Maclean.

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

Finally, good luck to everyone taking part in the Great North Run tomorrow. Hope you all have a fantastic time and your legs recover in time for parkrun next Saturday - #dfyb!

 

Male placings:
Lee BENNETT (VM45-49) of Elswick Harriers, was first over the line in 17:01 - first appearance.
Jack BOADEN (JM15-17) of Blaydon Harriers and AC, was second over the line in 18:51 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Luke SHEARS (JM15-17) of Blaydon Harriers and AC, was third over the line in 19:46.

Female placings:
Karen ROBERTSON (VW45-49) of Tynedale Harriers & AC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 20:30 - first appearance.
Claire DAVIES (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (9th overall) over the line in 21:28 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Samantha SULLIVAN (VW40-44) of Dacorum & Tring AC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 23:03.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lee BENNETT (VM45-49) – 85.31% for the time 17:01 (first overall).
Karen ROBERTSON (VW45-49) – 79.84% for the time 20:30 (6th overall).
Jan OLIVER (VW60-64) – 77.04% for the time 25:33 (43rd 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 2,122 participants have completed 6,802 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,010 km, including 1,767 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Prudhoe Riverside parkrun 2 September Run Report

Today the sun shone but it felt autumnal; it was four degrees when I left home to set up the course with our new Run Director Micky Shore. Thankfully, the chill in the air didn’t deter the 182 of you who turned out to run, jog and walk around the Spetchells, cheered on by Micky’s band of willing 24 volunteers (name-checked below).

Once the start line was in position, Micky set everyone off and we saw 57 new Personal Bests recorded, plus our first ever female first-finisher cross the line. Congratulations to Joasia Zakrzewski of Dumfries Running Club, who is also now our female course record holder. We also welcomed tourists from Southampton, Kintbury and Lymm – hope you enjoyed the course and the sunshine!

Thanks, as always, to our hi-vis heroes: Noel Stoddart, David Jardin, Joanne Lucking, Mel Reed, Margaret Walke, Jane Morton, Samantha and Hannah Day, Kathryn Angus, Micky, Catherine, Connor and Bailey and Lucy Shore, Maxine J Lewis, Shelly Smith, Tracey Redhead, Jed Devlin, Janine Calkin, Edward and Hannah Ellender, Nicola Maclean, Helen Edwards and Celia HALL.

Today our shout-outs are for junior parkrunners:

  • Oliver Napier (JM10) who earned his parkrun ‘10’ t-shirt today. Well done Oliver, the ‘50’ t-shirt is in your sights.
  • And, not just because dad is RD today, Connor (JM11-14) and Bailey (JM10) Shore. They both volunteered this morning before running parkrun, and have clocked up a fantastic 186 runs between them. Hope you’ll be back next week Bailey for your centenary run!

Just remember (and this goes for all of you) #dfyb! See you next week!

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

Male placings:
An unknown runner was first.
Haydn MAUGHAN (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 19:07.
Luke SHEARS (JM15-17) of Blaydon Harriers and AC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:39.

Female placings:
Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI (VW40-44) of Dumfries RC, was first (first overall) over the line in 18:20 - first appearance.
Joanne LEE (VW40-44) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was second (15th overall) over the line in 21:15 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Maria CATTERALL (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (23rd overall) over the line in 22:25.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Joasia ZAKRZEWSKI (VW40-44) – 83.91% for the time 18:20 (first overall).
Bernard KIVLEHAN (VM55-59) – 75.65% for the time 21:01 (13th overall).
Harry COURTNEY (JM11-14) – 75.08% for the time 19:48 (5th 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 2,076 participants have completed 6,646 parkruns covering a total distance of 33,230 km, including 1,741 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Prudhoe Riverside Parkrun 26 August Run Report

Today was all about sunshine, superheroes and a sea of pink, as the ‘This Girl Can parkrun North East’ gang paid us a visit, along with visitors from Cumbria, Manchester, Frome, Hartlepool, Coalville, Leeds, Perth and Skipton, and we kick-started the bank holiday weekend with superhero pacers and cake at the finish line.

It was definitely a bank holiday atmosphere as 250 of you (our second highest ever turn out), joined Supergirl, Batman and Robin (x2), Thor and Superman to run, jog and walk around the Spetchells. Our resident photographer Janine (dressed head to foot in pink for the occasion) got some fabulous photos of you all dressed up and smiling all the way to the finish line, so be sure to check out the album on our Facebook page (it will be published sometime over the weekend): https://www.facebook.com/prudhoeriversideparkrun/.

We welcomed 58 Prudhoe Riverside first-timers: 28 running their first ever parkrun, and 56 of you recorded new Personal Bests. Well done all of you! Come back soon (although we can’t promise cake every Saturday).

Of course, we have superheroes every week (of the hi-vis variety). Our thanks this week, for the outfits, the cheers, and supplying the cake, to:
Joanne Lucking, Vicki Milburn, Alison Bathie, Philip Hindmarsh,  Mark ‘The Flash’ Russell, Jane Morton, Alison Carr, Ruth Bentley, Samantha and Hannah Day, Holly ‘Thor’ Kelleher,  Billy ‘Robin,’ Rachael ‘Superwoman’ and Lucy ‘Supergirl’ Maitland, Melanie ‘Finish funnel fairy’ Elliott, Claire Robinson, Donna ‘Batman’ and James ‘Buzz Lightyear’ Maughan, Tony ‘Superman’ and Ellie Brown • Richard ‘Supergirl’ Heslop, Amanda ‘Prudhoe Plodder Supergirl’ Fletcher, John ‘Robin’ and Luke ‘Batman’ Page, Janine Calkin, Jill Harland, Jennifer and Grace Burn, Harry Knott and Nicola Maclean.

We’re hoping to offer more special themed events in future and would love your feedback on today, so please get in touch by the FB link above. Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday, see you next Saturday and #dfyb!

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

Male placings:
Terry SCOTT (VM45-49) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was first over the line in 16:34 - second time in 3 appearances.
James BUIS (VM40-44) of Border Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 17:10.
Ben HOBSON (SM30-34) of Chorlton Runners, was third over the line in 17:27.

Female placings:
Amy FULLER (SW20-24) of Elswick Harriers, was first (24th overall) over the line in 21:47 - first appearance.
Claire PHILLIPS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 22:20.
Jennifer SCARLETT (SW30-34) of Elswick Harriers, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 22:36.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Terry SCOTT (VM45-49) – 85.61% for the time 16:34 (first overall).
James BUIS (VM40-44) – 79.51% for the time 17:10 (second overall).
Ben HOBSON (SM30-34) – 74.12% for the time 17:27 (third overall).

The female record is held by Joanna Kate SUTTON who recorded a time of 19:53 on 25th February 2017 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Lewis TIMMINS who recorded a time of 16:33 on 19th August 2017 (event number 41).
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 2,046 participants have completed 6,463 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,315 km, including 1,684 new Personal Bests.

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