Event 338 Report by Ruth Startin (Pocklington Runners)

 

With it being a bank holiday weekend and a good forecast, I decided a bit of parkrun tourism was in order and what better place to visit than the seaside. And I wasn’t disappointed by my first Sewerby parkrun experience as within minutes the course took me along the seafront. The first kilometre of the run seemed to fly by as I enjoyed the sea air and ocean views. But, in typical parkrun fashion, of course there was a sting in the tail!

Turning back towards Sewerby Hall their was definitely a bit of a head wind and it was noticeably tougher on the next kilometre to reach the red flag. Thanks to the marshals at this point for the encouragement which is always much appreciated. From this point, it was a windy run through park, garden, track and trail until the rather grand final sprint in front of the hall itself. I really think this course might have a little bit of everything. I loved it but I couldn’t help wondering how the local runners knew what footwear to choose—trail or road?

This weeks parkrun was number 338 although it was number one for its new start line—a victim of its own success. It seemed to work fine though and Phill Taylor was the first person to race the new course as he crossed the line in a time of 17:08. Phill was followed closely by Hywel Jones in a time of 17:24. The fastest female was Emma Carter in 21:25 which set a new PB time for Emma, followed by Margaret Elizabeth Duncan in a time of 21:49. In total 274 participants crossed the finish line.

I was really struck by how well organised the run was; from the race organiser’s HQ in the bandstand, the clear starting instructions, the well marked course, and the slick finish arrangements it was one smooth operation. The following hi-viz heroes deserve a massive round of applause and a big thank you: Andrew VAUGHAN • Christina ROYAL • Darren WALKINGTON • David DUFFILL • Elizabeth CREMER • Glen BANKS • Jayne SISSONS • Lyndon SPIVEY • Martin STACK • Pete COLLINS • Pete ROYAL • Robert Leigh Maurice FULTON • Ros PUDSEY • Ruth STARTIN • Simon MATSON • Stephen WARDLEY • Steve MARTIN • Stew TINDALE • Stuart WATSON • Susanne WELBOURN • Syd WARLEY • Wendy FOSTER.

So, Sewerby parkrun, thank you muchly for providing me with my little parkrun vacation—I’ll be back because I do like a run beside the seaside!

 

 

Start and Finish Changes

From this week there will be a change to the start and finish lines.

Seven years ago there were fields, regularly, of fewer than 100 participants. Now, with fields often closer to 250, it is not enough to just warn athletes to be careful on the first narrow bottleneck of a bend without addressing the issue.

For this reason, and for the simplicity in setting up, the actual course will not change. However, the start line will now be directly outside the park gate on the cliff top. The start line here can be much wider which will be better for all athletes of different paces and others with dogs and pushchairs etc. Also, any public will not be met on this narrow early path. This will be much better for the event to settle down in the wide open spaces down to the coastguard station without any bottlenecks.

This means a distance of just over 200m will not have been run/walked at the start. Some of this will be made up by moving the finish line 70m further along the the current path where the finish is. The remainder of the distance will be made up by a further 69.5m added to the loop beyond the the red flag turning point on the cliff top.

Varying the distance on the loop to the turn is the simplest solution as it can take into account any one off cricket ground activity that may encroach onto the line of the run. It is also the simplest solution for the volunteers setting up the course each week.

Recently there has been just a few people doing this necessary setting up job and it has been made more difficult when things have not been put away properly at the end of the previous event. Quite a few of the runners/walkers now do help to bring equipment back from around the course (especially necessary on a one lap course) but there is little help to put it away properly in readiness for the next week. This makes it more difficult and time consuming to set up the following week. With extra signage for the new start line it is even more important to look after the equipment that we have got and this entails storing it properly for the following week's course set up team.

 

10th March. parkrun back to normal.

Just a quick note to confirm that after the cold blast parkrun is back to normal this week.

The weather today Friday is nice and sunny. Unfortunately tomorrow morning at the moment is forecast to be wet, but having said that on the coast there are only a handful of wet ones each year.

Good luck to everybody in the morning.

 

Cancelled

Sewerby parkrun has had to be cancelled this week due the adverse weather forecast.

While the runners/walkers all know their own abilities, talent and fitness levels and can make a reasoned decision to take part accordingly it is not fair to expect the volunteers to set the course up and freeze for another hour while the event takes place.

The toilets and cafe at Sewerby are open but the car park has been closed since Tuesday and this might represent another problem.

Hopefully better conditions will prevail by the time next week's event comes around and a decision will again be made by Friday morning.

This should in no way reflect on the cross country league race at Sewerby on Sunday as they will take their own decisions.

 

Event 322 Timings

At the event today we had two watches recording the times. After about 30 times recorded one watch carried on running but would not record any more lap times. The other watch behaved as normal and at the end of the event had 128 times which matched the number of tokens handed out. However, on reaching the cafe to enter the results the watch screen was blank and the watch had suffered a power failure so the times were lost.

We could still enter a result which has the runners in the correct order but all runners are given the same time of 59:59.

This is the first time in 322 occasions when both watches have failed at the same time and neither was human error!

Recently Jayne (not here this week) who has been timekeeper on about 300 occasions has used the app on her phone. It would seem like a moment to highlight that anybody may download the app for free on an Apple iphone  and the Android version should be available shortly. Unfortunately this morning there was nobody who recorded the times on their phone. The app is very simple to use and practice with so we would encourage spectators to do this. It may never need to be used but if a situation like this morning happened it is a simple matter to email the file to the Sewerby office email address from the phone. We do not need the actual phone.

Sorry for the inconvenience but a first failure in six years is not that bad.

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