Timekeeping, Scanning, Equipment Storage

PHONE APPS

We have been very lucky at Sewerby parkrun that for nearly seven years Jayne Sissons has been a timekeeper to rely on, covering a multitude of different mistakes attempted by athletes!

In addition over the last 6 months she has introduced timing using the app on an iphone. This is a much better system than using a watch. Firstly the times can be seen recorded on the screen and secondly they can at the completion of the last athlete be emailed directly, to be accessed for inputting the results in the cafe.

The app also allows scanning to be done simply using the camera and again the resulting file can be emailed directly after the finish. Ultimately this would be best for processing the results.

Alongside Jayne, Steve Wardley has recently done a fine job as backup timer, again using the app and Andrew Vaughan has for many weeks done scanner duties using one of our two opticon scanners.

parkrun have now developed the app for Android model phones and like the iphone app can be downloaded for free. Anybody can do this and just have a play to practice what scanning or timekeeping entails

Everybody who takes part or helps in any way is a volunteer so it would be good for Sewerby parkrun not to rely on a few who feel able to do the jobs without which parkrun would not happen.

EQUIPMENT STORAGE

The equipment for setting up the course is stored in a shed behind the offices a few yards from the cafe.

It is stored in bins so that it can be more easily set up the following week. One bin for the cliff top, one for the park area and one for the finish etc. While people are returning equipment from the course, the actual tidying and putting away is left to a very few. The only way to learn this job is to take a few minutes doing it before joining the queue in the cafe.

Equipment is also starting to get damaged just because it is dumped in a hurry rather than being put away properly in readiness for the following week.

David Duffill apart from the few regulars who set up the course has been the only one left doing this job in recent weeks. In the volunteers' roles there is one for "Equipment Storage and Delivery", so parkrun realise the importance of this role. To marshal is the easiest job to do but there are several other jobs without which parkrun would not take place on some weeks.

 

 

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.

 

New Year 2018

Thanks to everybody who ran or supported and made it a very sociable start to 2018.

The Results

 

1 Phil Taylor 17' 05” 44 Dean Hickingbottom 27' 42”
2 Hywell Jones 17' 24” 45 David Turner 27' 43”
3 Josh Taylor 17' 28” 46 Tracy Holehouse 27' 46”
4 Oliver Brown 18' 09” 47 Amy Fowler 28' 01”
5 Nick Jordan 18' 59” 48 N. Kitching 28' 33”
6 Christian Mummert 19' 22” 49 Stuart Gent 28' 56”
7 James Briggs 19' 31” 50 Samantha Spencer 29' 45”
8 Adam Anderson 20' 09” 51 Lyn Gent 29' 48”
9 Paul Carey 20' 28” 52 ? Morrison 29' 50”
10 Michael Dowson 20' 52” 53 T. J. Choat 29' 57”
11 Simon Ellerker 21' 39” 54 Justin Choat 29' 57”
12 Anthony Hughes 21' 59” 55 Edward Rands 30' 01”
13 Steve Barnett 22' 08” 56 Ruth Abel 30' 07”
14 Matt Pilling 22' 25” 57 Paul Knaggs 30' 16”
15 Mollie Holehouse 22' 29” 58 Kevin Sissons 30' 44”
16 Jon Purdy 22' 30” 59 Linda Hinchliffe 31' 07”
17 Ian Warton-Woods 22' 35” 60 Sandra Orlando 31' 20”
18 Martin Stack 22' 36” 61 Shirley Field 31' 25”
19 Joseph Leggatt 22' 37” 62 Martin Gillespie 32' 00”
20 William Leggatt 22' 37” 63 Philip Green 32' 10”
21 Steven Shara 22' 57” 64 Janet Downes 33' 11”
22 Tom Cooper 23' 15” 65 Steve Wardley 33' 21”
23 David Field 23' 30” 66 Libby Spencer Coggin 33' 33”
24 Grant Sayer 24' 09” 67 Lisa Spencer 33' 35”
25 Jeremy Harrison 24' 13” 68 Ashleigh Strauther 34' 05”
26 Liz Sellers 24' 17” 69 Paul Georghiou 34' 16”
27 Oliver Gibson 24' 20” 70 Linda Hall 34' 24”
28 Jim Abel 24' 25” 71 Debbie Duffill 35' 10”
29 Rich Seabrook 24' 28” 72 Elizabeth Ingle 35' 54”
30 Diane Palmer 24' 29” 73 Wendy Pattison 37' 00”
31 Alistair Sayer 24' 30” 74 Melanie Day 37' 01”
32 Ian Midgley 24' 37” 75 Emma Choat 37' 22”
33 Jennifer Peacock 24' 52” 76 David Duffill 37' 38”
34 Andrea Sayer 25' 12” 77 Robert Calthorpe 37' 45”
35 Andrew Bielby 25' 16” 78 Tina Calthorpe 37' 45”
36 Heidi Baker 25' 20” 79 Elaine Spencer 38' 28”
37 Rebecca Gaines 25' 37” 80 Lizzy Abel 39' 26”
38 Luke Duffill 25' 39” 81 Sam Adams 39' 36”
39 Craig bennett 26' 13 82 Paul Spencer 40' 31
40 Pete Royal 26' 28” 83 Caroline Strathearn 40' 41”
41 Zoe Ellis 26' 49” 84 Dian Crone 40' 42”
42 Hiede Coates 27' 19” 85 Tim Welbourne 40' 44”
43 Nik Rowntree 27' 37”

 

 

 

Christmas and New Year

I think everybody is aware that there is a normal parkrun event at Sewerby on Saturday 23rd December.

Some parkruns occur on Christmas Day and New Year's Day but Sewerby Park facilities are closed on those days so no parkrun.

There will be the usual Saturday parkrun on 30th December at Sewerby Park.

As in the last few years there will be a measured 5km run on New Year's Day starting at the usual 9am parkrun time but from the Esplanade  in front of the amusement arcades. The route follows the sea front onto the cliff tops and heads to the shelter at the top of Sewerby steps before then returning to the Esplanade finish.

We shall time the event and although not included in the parkrun results we normally publish the results on this page.

It is a great way to start the New Year (even just to blow away a hangover!!) Afterwards Wetherspoons, just around the corner is open for refreshments and breakfast. Last year there were close to 50 runners and it was a great informal occasion, so give it a try.

 

6th Anniversary

Regular runners will know that the points competition which has taken place each year was cancelled in February by parkrun. So this year there  will be no prizes given out.

However, East Riding Council still wanted to recognise the anniversary of Sewerby parkrun which began on the 5th November 2011.

Therefore there will be a celebration after the run this Saturday in the Orangery. ERYC will be providing free tea/coffee and cake. Due to the size of the Orangery etc this will be for 120 runners maximum. It is hoped to show the "Active Coast" video from the summer and the video of the 300th parkrun taken earlier this year.

Hopefully it will a time to say thanks to everybody who makes parkrun Serwerby possible, including all the runners who give their 3 volunteer duties each year.

 

Event 295 22nd July 2015

 

Sewerby Run Report

201 parkrunners lined up outside Sewerby Hall and I was one of them, I hope you’d like to know my thoughts.

It was a rather muggy morning and we had some early rain but fortunately the rain had stopped before 9am so a dry run was on the cards. This was my first time at Sewerby parkrun, having made the 130 mile drive from my home and wow was it worth it! Off we set and after a busy 1st corner we headed down to the coastal path. It was then that I experienced the fantastic views looking down towards Bridlington town, a great 1st mile heading gently downhill this is an awesome start to the run. Turning the corner at the life guard building it was nice to see all the runners on their way around the course. Heading back up along the coastal path the views were equally impressive, the cliffs of the east coast and the sound of the North Sea waves crashing against them took my mind off the fact that I was now going steadily uphill. As I headed around the Hall and into the woods it was nice to have the cushioned bark paths under my feet, now in the shade of the trees and following the guys in front it’s like another place entirely compared to the first 2 miles. I’d been told of some steps in the woods, and I then arrived at them, not too steep and then I was wondering how much more to go? A bit further along and a welcome 400m to go sign signalling to me that I was nearly at the finish. A few more corners and I crossed the line, what a great course I thought.

This was my 110th different parkrun event and like your favourite songs it’s hard to pick the best. What I can do is pick a top 10 and Sewerby is most definitely in it. For other potential visitors reading this I’d recommend this parkrun as a must visit. For the regulars and locals, what a great parkrun you have. This is definitely NOT fake news, I’ll leave that to Mr Trump!

Here’s some interesting statistics from today’s event:

This week we welcomed 32 first timers, of which 10 were new to parkrun. It’s great to have so many people joining the parkrun family and we hope to see you all again soon.

20 runners recorded new pb’s this week, well done to all.

3 runners joined a parkrun milestone club this week. Linda HINCHLIFFE joined the 100 club, Liz JONES joined the 50 club and Alfie BRERETON joined the 10 club. We hope to see you in your shiny new Tribe Sports 100, 50 and 10 Club T Shirts soon.

Everyone was supported by the following 24 awesome volunteers who gave up their free time to enable today’s event to happen:

Simon MATSON • Robert Leigh Maurice FULTON • Martin STACK • Pete COLLINS • Andrew GODFREY • Pete ROYAL • Kevin SISSONS • Jayne SISSONS • Karen FALCUS • James Stewart ABEL • Christina ROYAL • Jason MERRICK • Ray ROBINSON • Paul CHAPMAN • Catherine THORNTON • Luke SISSONS • Justin Adam CHOAT • Louise FOSTER • Darren WALKINGTON • Elizabeth CREMER • Stephen EBLET • Andrew VAUGHAN • Tim WELBOURN • Daniel WARD

Parkrun cannot happen without a team of volunteers – details of how to volunteer are available on the Sewerby parkrun website, and all runners are encouraged to volunteer three times throughout the year although you’re more than welcome to do more and maybe you can earn the coveted Tribe Sports 25 Volunteer Club T-Shirt. There are roles to suit everybody and it is very rewarding – there are also roles such as run report writing, token sorting and pre event set up that can be done and you can still run!

The first 3 men back today were:

Andrew ROBERTSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:32 - first appearance.
Oliver BROWN (SM18-19) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:44 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Joshua TAYLOR (SM20-24) of Bridlington Road Runners, was third over the line in 19:10 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.


The first 3 ladies back today were:

Amy MCFARLANE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (19th overall) over the line in 21:42 - first appearance.
Emily SPENCER-JONES (JW15-17) of Bracknell AC, was second (20
th overall) over the line in 21:44.
Deborah CHURCH (VW40-44) of Driffield Striders, was third (21
st overall) over the line in 21:48 - has been first to finish on 75 previous occasions.

Well done to everyone who ran today!

Sewerby parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9am. It is a fun event for all ages and standards. It is free to enter but it is a barcode only event, so all runners need to bring along a barcode to avoid being one of the 7 runners this week coming through on the results page as unknown.

Any runners new to parkrun should register beforehand at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ and print off and bring along the reusable bar code. We also meet in the Caféafterwards for a coffee and a chin wag!

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

Paul Chapman

 

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