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.

 

Volunteer Marshal Jobs

The recent success at Sewerby in attracting many new runners culminated in a magnificent field of 347 on Easter weekend. However, this has only highlighted how important particular volunteers roles are. For example two scanners does speed up the queues but volunteers willing to learn and operate them are needed. While it appears there are many volunteers each week the roles which are absolutely necessary for Sewerby parkrun to take place are only taken on by a few and this would cause problems if only 2 or 3 were absent on one Saturday.

The problems are two fold. Key roles during the event, and roles taken mainly after the event:-

With the new distance and extra directional signs there should be no need to stand next to a sign and direct runners, but during the run there are crucial marshal jobs which need to be allocated and these will have to be done on a needs basis as follows.

(Tail Runner, Place token marshal, Scanner marshal 1) The absolute minimum which would result in place results but no times.

(Timekeeper marshal 1, Backup timekeeper marshal, Funnel manager marshal, Scanner marshal 2, Funnel marshal 1) The essential jobs to get efficient results out.

(Funnel marshal 2, Red flag marshal, Woodland entry marshal, Woodland exit marshal, Ship Inn to Land Train station marshal, Woodland walk marshal, Double cross marshal or timekeepers aid, Funnel marshal 3) The extra jobs beneficial to the success of the run in terms of safety and for help in collecting and returning the signage etc.

Therefore we have 16 marshal jobs which need to be allocated and with the above list everybody knows the roles.

The second problem is after the event when most runners have been retiring to the cafe to leave a very few to prepare and put away the equipment for the following week. The above, only, applies to roles during the actual run, there is still room for more people to learn how to input the results onto the website and to learn where the signage etc goes which has been gained over 5 years experience.

Sewerby parkrun is great and the athletic health and social benefits are there to be seen in the increased size of the fields, but it is free and belongs to everybody collectively. It only works with everybody helping to some extent. As parkrun UK says 3 volunteer jobs per year should be done by all runners and over a year it could be when injured or just not feeling right.

 

 

 

Orangery Wedding.

On Saturday 15th April at 11.30am Luke Duffil is marrying Teeran in the Orangery at Sewerby Hall. This will be after the usual parkrun. Everyone is welcome to stay and be part of the celebrations. No doubt as it is Easter there will be many visitors but there are many regular runners who have taken part with Luke in the 70 runs he has completed at Sewerby.

Here's hoping for great weather and a good turnout.

Happy Running and Marrying.

 

Safety with dogs and runners.

Regular runners are aware that the Sewerby course begins in the park with a sharp left hand bend and then a run to the entrance gate before the wide expanse of the cliff top. In the last few weeks this has caused a safety issue to arise.

The runners with dogs have started on the grass below the start line and the intention was that they would join the field at the back before leaving the park and possibly passing other runners on the cliff top where there is plenty of room. The problem is that several runners with dogs have rushed to cut the corner out and head directly for the park entrance arriving at the same time as the faster runners and bulk of the field. This was never the intention.

After consultation with parkrun they are quite happy to back any rule which we make in order to ensure safety for our particular Sewerby course circumstances. From this week (25th March) we are asking all runners with dogs to start behind the field with the tail runner, and to follow the field to the park gate entrance. After that point there is plenty of room to safely pass other runners on the grass. After 2 miles and re-entry to the park the field is spread enough for there to be no safety issues. This will also make sure that the pre-run notices can be heard by all as there may be a particular safety notice on the day.

The instruction from parkrun regarding breaking this new rule is to give a warning that in future they will not be given a time.

We thank all runners for their support in this and everybody's safety. There are many children now taking part and they tend to think all dogs are friendly so if you are unsure about a dogs behavior in crowds perhaps parkrun is not the best place.

 

New Years Day 5Km Sea Front Run

 

Thanks to all those who braved a wet (including hail!) morning to blow away the cobwebs in preparation for 2017. The 5km run along the sea front produced the performances shown below. It was nice to see an equal number of male and female runners and also to see the friendship shown in the retirement to "Wetherspoons" afterwards!

1 Phill Taylor 17' 37”

2 Josh Taylor 18' 51”

3 Simon Ellerker 19' 30”

4 Bill Pike 21' 49”

5 David Field 23' 20”

6 Martin Stack 23' 28”

7 Nick Brunton 23' 34”

8 Jon Purdy 23' 43”

9 Liz Sellers 24' 15”

10 Martin Wright 25' 16”

11 Jennifer Peacock 26' 03”

12 Tim Welbourne 26' 37”

13 Pete Royal 27' 03”

14 Kevin Sissons 27' 32”

15 Dave Pudsey 30' 11”

16 Shirley Field 30' 43”

17 Sheldon Kilroe 31' 03”

18 Libby Spencer -Coggin 31' 03”

19 Lisa Spencer 31' 03”

20 Rith Abel 31' 09”

21 Sandra Orlando 31' 33”

22 Catherine Peacock 33' 15”

23 Caroline Strathearn 34' 30”

24 Elizabeth Ingle 34' 52”

25 Janet Downes 35' 18”

26 Tina Calthorpe 36' 21”

27 Dian Crone 43' 26”

28 Gillian Halliwell 43' 26”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Period

As is usual the park is not open on Christmas day and New Year's Day. While there may be other parkruns taking place on those days Sewerby will not take place.

Saturday 24th December is a normal parkrun day and should be good fun as it is the closest to Christmas ever. So come along and celebrate the season in whatever way takes your fancy.

Equally Saturday 31st December (ie New Year's Eve) will be a normal parkrun day and serve as good preparation for one's hopes for the New Year.

The next morning Sunday January 1st (ie New Year's Day) there will, like in the recent years, be a 5km measured run along the sea front. As in previous years it will start outside the amusement arcades on The Esplanade. The course will follow the sea front onto the cliff top as far as the shelter above Sewerby steps from where it will return by the same route.There have been around 50 runners in the past  but it largely depends on the recovery time from the night before! Afterwards many runners went to Wetherspoons just around the corner for a post run breakfast or beverage. Again this is possible as they are open but the Leisure centre is NOT open on that day so their cafe will not be available.

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