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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

5th Anniversary

Thanks to all those who stayed behind on Saturday for the presentation of awards. Thanks also go to East Riding council and their representatives for the backing and foresight they gave in starting parkrun at Sewerby and the continued support which they give. Some may be aware that this year not all authorities have been so welcoming towards parkrun in their parks.

Thanks also to all the runners who supported the raffle with prizes and ,or the purchase of tickets. At the moment it appears that more than £200 has been raised.This will be spent on replacing equipment and purchasing new materials to benefit all who run both regularly at Sewerby and the many visitor runners that we get especially in the summer months.

Finally well done to all those who gained trophies. Once more the word "inspiration" to others comes to mind.

 

Event 245 8th August 2016

A Runner's Perspective.

My journey at Parkrun started almost 6 months ago where I was a volunteer at Oakwell Hall as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. Only recently have I decided to start running these events, and as it is the school holidays why not travel around.

I've heard from many that Sewerby is a very windy course, yet arriving bright and early the day seemed warm and quite still!

Straight from the off I could see that there was some very good talent within the runners as a large group seemed to break away quite quickly. Settling into a nice rhythm the full impact of the sunny morning was clearly broadcast as it suddenly got very warm! Glancing down at my watch I realised I'd set off at a much faster pace than what I'm used to. 
Turning at the bottom, the first thing that hit me was the realisation of how far we had to go back! Although I was nicely pushed through by the beautiful scenery that reflected off the sea. 
Turning back past the hall, that's when the early fast pace began to bite back! Sensing I was at a slower pace I decided to just enjoy myself and take in the views. And what brilliant views they were! The cool shelter from the trees was very much appreciated as the race seemed to wind on and on going through lots of curves and bends. 
A few words from the locals warned me that the stairs were coming up which I had been dreading the whole way. Yet to my surprise they weren't too bad! 
A lovely little finish straight led to a time of 22:24 which although not the best, happy to say how tough it was!

Just like to say a huge thank you to all those volunteers who encouraged me throughout the race despite it being my first visit to this location. All very friendly people and well done for making such a good event which is just like clockwork to you all.

Great run, with the best of people!

Abbie Holyoake 
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A massive thanks to Abbie for this piece. Although an experienced volunteer at her local run, this was only her third run. She also takes part in the JW15-15 age group and as often mentioned this is a rare group with only three taking part today.Perhaps Abbie will have encouraged others to contribute a report from their point of view.

Happy running

 

Sewerby Gala

As advertised around the town Saturday 30th July is the day before the Sewerby Gala. Once more we have had no communication from the organisation but recently the benches around the cricket pitch have been moved out about four times so we must assume that the metal barrier when erected will be beyond this.

We shall still use the loop on the cliff top as this is a public footpath and is included in the course risk assessment, but extra marshals will be needed in case there is any traffic on the private landtrain route and the bridleway and this needs to be halted while the runners are using this part of the course.

Early notification of anybody willing to marshal on that particular Saturday would be appreciated. Just drop an email or mention this next Saturday.

 

Event 242 16th July 2016

Saturday provided the 6th most runners ever with a field of 170. There were 29 first timers in total for the Sewerby event and of these 13 were totally new to parkrun.

The event was marked with a first time lead for James Wilson in 18' 28". He has had several second places in 33 runs all within the past year.

The women's event was taken in 17th place by Hannah Cox in only her 11th Sewerby run although she has a record going back to event 9 in December 2011. In that run she was first woman to finish just as today. She is also one of the few runners to hold two age records at Sewerby, namely JW11-14 and JW15-17. and she is now a senior.

The best junior male was Ashley Porter JM15-17 in 13th place and 22' 21".

The best junior woman was in 38th place. Amy Mason JW11-14 with 25'31" was also the highest placed first time parkrunner. However, this was a close shave as in 39th place was Ryan Wagstaffe JM15-17 just one second slower and also taking part in his first parkrun. In what was obviously a great mid event competition 40th place went to another very young junior in Stephanie Harper JW10 with 25' 43". With 10 runs she also qualified for her junior tee shirt.

This week also saw David Duffill complete his 150th run in a Sewerby career that began in August 2012.

Happy running

 

Points Competition Update.

In the men's competition the lead is still held by Adam Palmer with 3072 points. However, injury has caused Nick Jordan, competition winner for the last two years, to release his hold on second spot. Second place is now taken by James Wilson who is running consistently well and finished second in this week's event.. He has 2998 points. Holding on to third place although he did not take part this week is Duncan Smart with 2944 points. It is still close enough for fate to change things.

The top junior shows a slight change in that it is now Ashley Porter in 11th place overall with 2083 points.

In the women's competition the order remains the same. Diane Palmer has increased her lead slightly and now has 3014 points. In second place is Zoe Ruston who did not take part this week but has 2837 points. They are followed in third place by Emma Choat who has 2644 points. However, it should be noted that Emma has often filled the role of tail runner and although gaining some points has sacrificed several more. We cannot safely operate without a tail runner so she should be commended for selflessly offering to take on the role. This is over and above the 3 volunteer duties that we are all encouraged to do each year.

In the Junior women there has been a change in that it appears Jennifer Peacock who has held the lead for many months has had a birthday and is now a senior. Therefore along with her dad's great running (see above!) Abbie Wilson in 11th place overall is the best junior with 2052 points. Include in this total is two volunteer duties this year.

Well done to all.

 

Event 235 28th May 2016

A great start to the bank holiday weekend saw a record 220 runners complete the Sewerby course. Possibly due to the excellent running conditions this was a 35% increase on the holiday weekend last year. We still had one or two visitors who were visiting the area and surprised to find a parkrun locally. So the field was boosted by 43 taking their first run at sewerby and of these 16 were totally new to the parkrun experience. Incidentally the runner in 211th place to claim the record was young runner Libby Harper JW10 who with 38' 39" gained a PB in her second run here.

At Sewerby there have only been 7 athletes record times under 17' and one of these Gareth Sampson returned for another crack at the course. His time of 16' 36" was a personal PB and also the third best time ever on the course and only 24" outside the record time. In addition to this the time was also an age record for VM 35-39 and with a score of 79.42% was the best runner in the field. Second and third places produced impressive runs by gaining times under 18'. Harry Holmes was second in 17' 26" and Shaun Pickering was third in 17' 53" which was a PB for him.

The women's event was equally memorable for a different reason. Deborah Church came home for her 50th first place in a time of 21' 16". Her record shows that she leads the women home roughly once in every three events that she runs. In 50th place overall was next woman Donna Metcalfe with a time of 22' 58". Third place in 52nd position went to Zoe Ruston in 23' 04".

Apart from Gareth's age record Lyndon Spivey VM75-79 also bettered his own age record by 27" to push it out to 28' 26" in 133rd place and in only his 6th run.

A very good 26% of the field gained a PB. The ones with a clutch of Sewerby runs were as follows:-

Lisa-Marie Spencer SW30-34, 27 runs and 113th place with 26' 54".

Karyn Harper VW45-49, 30 runs in 56th place with 23' 32".

Luke Duffill SM25-29, 44 runs in 65th place with 23' 51".

Amanda Wright VW35-39, 62 runs in 92nd place with 25' 43".

Adam Palmer SM25-29, 85 runs in 10th place with 19' 13". After starting in September 2014 with 26' 57" this was his 21st PB and still showing regular progression.

Liz Sellers SW30-34, 87 runs in 64th place with 23' 45". This took a great 30" from her previous best just 2 weeks ago and shows a good run of form. Forgetful Liz obviously had her barcode so the record stands! Well done to all.

This week there was one milestone runner. Andrew Bielby recorded his 100th run which have all been at Sewerby. He started back in November 2013 at event 106. He has been very consistent with his times in the intervening period and has a PB from May 2015 of 25' 22" which this week he was only 5" shy of. Well done.

Finally with the school holidays we saw an even 16 junior boys and 16 junior girls taking part. The best three boys were led by Christian Mummert JM11-14 in an absolutely excellent 4th place and a PB time of 18' 39". This took 11" from his previous best and is now only 9" short of the age record.Second in 16th place was Morgan Glazier JM11-14 with 19' 44" in his first Sewerby run. Third place was taken by local runner Ashley Porter JM15-17 in 21' 09"

In the top half of the field was the leading girl in 70th. Keira Sampson JM11-14 was in only her second Sewerby run but recorded 24' 11". She was followed in 112th place by Stephanie Harper JW10 in 26' 50". In third place and 130th position was Kirsten Porter JW15-17 in a time of 28' 14".

Well done to all 220 runners and the volunteers without whom the event couldn't take place in what was in many ways a record breaking weekend.

 

Points Competition

The end of April marked the half way point in the competition. While there are only a couple of changes in position from last month we are coming into the season of holidays which may change things and as is always the case with athletes the dreaded injuries can still crop up to smite us!

In the men's competition the order of the first three remains the same and is quite close.

1) Adam Palmer 2103 points, 2) Duncan Smart 2053 points, 3) Oliver Brown 2029 points. The best junior has shown a change in that back on top is Cameron Sissons in 11th place with 1439 points.

In the women's competition there has been a slight change.

1) Diane Palmer 2167 points, 2) Zoe Ruston 1988 points, 3) A change with Emma Choat on 1816 points. The best junior is still Jennifer Peacock a close 4th with 1798 points.

Here's to the next six months!

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