A Special Run Report by Vic Platten

A big thank you to Sheringham Parkrun

We're about to relocate to London for work. Today was my last Sheringham Parkrun as a local. Here's a short note to sign off.

Cliff Vincent was a PE teacher at my old school - teaching me many life lessons on windswept north Norfolk playing fields. There was all the stuff about competitiveness, but he seemed to focus more on testing yourself, the wider benefits of exercise and the value of teamwork. Cliff is sadly no longer with us, but he was a special teacher - both able to spot a child's enthusiasm (for running in my case) and willing to nurture it too. That enthusiasm progressively waned over the next 4 decades as life (work, family, etc.) took precedence.

Then, in 2013, we moved back to Norfolk and my brother introduced me to the wonders of Sheringham Parkrun. After several years of limited exercise, I turned up to my first run on 1 November 2014. I expected everyone to be club-running serious athletes and that I'd feel like an outsider. I was wrong. Fellow runners stopped to ask if I was OK (I was gasping for breath after about half a mile!), I was overtaken by an Egyptian mummy and several superheroes (it was fancy dress week - I think...) and at the end everyone was clapped over the line. I was shattered. I could barely move. I was hooked.

Over the course of the next 158 runs at Sheringham Parkrun I've realised how special this event is. Whether it's the drive and determination to create the event in the first place (thanks to Karl, the Council, National Trust and co.); the team of run Directors and army of volunteers who make the event tick each week and make it so welcoming (thanks all); or the diverse range of people who turn up each week. Veterans, babies in prams, dogs, runners in all shapes and sizes - all revelling in the shared Saturday morning communion of Parkrun. And what a Parkrun it is: a single circuit that's stunning at any time of year and the only course I'm aware of where the route has to be modified for cattle and toads - and where your run can be interrupted by deer and adders. Our unique milestones make it extra special: the cattle grid; Acott Corner; muddy corner and the infamous heart-attack hill (who said Norfolk was flat?!).

But it's the individual stories that make it particularly special. Regular runners will all know someone who has benefited from Sheringham Parkrun: weight loss; improved mental health, new friendships and a sense of community camaraderie and belonging - and more: take your pick. To me it often seems like a window into the best parts of the human spirit: people stopping to help someone they've never met before who's struggling or fallen over; voluntarily running with someone who wants pacing or just some company; David's Run. For me it's helped stem the tide a little against middle-aged spread, enabled me to meet some lovely new friends and helped me recover from a couple of health issues.

Last Saturday morning I ran with one of my 10-year-old daughters. No coercion was necessary: she voluntarily bounced out of bed, pushed herself around the course and determinedly ploughed up heart attack hill without stopping - one of dozens of youngsters willingly doing the same thing. I looked at the smile of satisfaction on her face as she crossed the line. Priceless. Cliff Vincent would have enjoyed watching it too.

Thank you Sheringham Parkrun. Yours is a very special event.

Vic Platten


Event Number 291 – A Tourist Eye View

Seems that June 9th must be romantic one for Run Directors as am reliably informed that one of our regular directors got married today and it also coincided with the wedding anniversary of today’s director. Not to be outdone I said that the reason for my tourism was that I had brought my wife to Sheringham to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary which is also today.
Our proud expectant mum on token duty told me that her midwife had got herself a PB today on parkrun NHS celebration day. I asked if we had any more NHS people and she confirmed that as a Pharmacist she felt in celebratory mood but neither she nor the other volunteers were aware of any others taking part today. All we knew was a VIP from the volunteering team was a Doctor and as shown above his reason for missing was getting married.
As one who mainly runs at my home run of Peterborough am amazed that each time I venture on a visit to another parkrun I meet someone from there. This time it was Dave Richmond and family from Eye. Dave has often been a Run Director at our parkrun but like me was on a visit to the coast and dropped in for a run.
To me the whole concept of parkrun is brilliant and unlike my days as a youngster who tended to just turn up and go I now welcome the opportunity to give a bit back and volunteer as these runs are based on such support. Am a little selfish in as much I tend to take the roles that allow you to both run and volunteer but with today’s effort as just a report writer have achieved 175 separate days of volunteering out of the 249 I have run. However I raise my hat to all those who go the extra mile and forgo a run to perform the essential tasks that enable the run to take place. Some to my knowledge always volunteer and never actually run which is incredible dedication and celebrated by all us runners and walkers.
We had 28 first timers today and one of these Evie Coghill JW10 reached the 10 milestone and 4 others were doing their first ever parkrun. Hope you enjoyed the experience and will come back again soon.
18 people got a brand new PB but I noted a very exceptional performance with Harvey Shaw JM10 lowering his time to 20.03 as he crossed the line in third place for North Norfolk Harriers AC. definitely one to watch for the future.
There were another couple of milestones today with the ‘official’ 50 achieved by Hilary Bell and the ‘unofficial’ 200 achieved by Jon Aylward. Am keeping my own fingers crossed for next week back at Peterborough when I hope to achieve the 250? Was a little envious of Simon Burton Pye who was doing his 251st here today.
On the age graded sort only one athlete got over 70% and that was the 81.55% gained by young Harvey Shaw. The nearest others were Susan Holmes with 69.85% and also a new PB of 28.35, then Gary Linder with 68.95%.
In the run itself I was saddened to see that second over the line we had an Unknown runner. Throughout the 165 participants were a total of 8 who will have no record of the days run and reminds all #DFYB.
So first over the line today was Finlay Swanson of North Norfolk Harriers AC for the 14th time at this event with Harvey Shaw coming in third. The first of the ladies was Emily Haughan of North Norfolk Beach Runners in 20th position overall, second was Mandy Jonas in 25th position overall with third only a second behind Fiona Hill
A recent initiative on the results page is the publication of those who have received the purple 25 volunteering milestone tee-shirt. It was interesting to see that of the 165 participants’ today 12have achieved this. A breakdown of this shows 11 also have a 100 vest 1 also have a 50. Unfortunately this statistic does not show the full story as we are not aware how many of the volunteers manning tasks that don’t allow a run as well have also achieved this superb level of event support.
If you too would like to help then please email sheringhamhelpers@parkrun.com, or check out the. If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sheringham/futureroster/ for up to 4 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.


Run Cancellation 3rd March 2018

Due to adverse weather conditions, this Saturday's run has been cancelled. Please pass this information on to anyone who may be travelling to attend.
Hopefully all will be well for David's Run the following Saturday, 10th March, and we hope as many of you as possible can join us then.
Stay safe out there.


Christmas Day and New Year’s Day parkrun

We are hosting a Christmas Day and New Year's Day parkrun. We really hope you can join us. They will both start at the usual time (9am). Santa Hats would be particularly apt on Christmas Day! We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Thank you to those who have volunteered to help. None of this is possible without you.
Seasons Greetings from the team! :-)


Event Number 162 – Saturday 18th November 2017

This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Keith DICKENS • Libby ASHTON • Andrew YOUNG • Janet ACOTT • Andy BLAKE • Jen EMERY • Claire Anne SCOTT • Ed SMITH • Kay KING • Anne-Marie COE • Matthew COE • Alex COE • Arran COE • Richard WEST • Karen WEST

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

The male record is held by Dave MITCHINSON who recorded a time of 16:38 on 13th July 2013 (event number 34).
The female record is held by Olivia WALWYN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 13th July 2013 (event number 34).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane CLARKE who recorded 85.53% (20:37) on 3rd May 2014 (event number 76).

Sheringham parkrun started on 3rd November 2012. Since then 6,117 participants have completed 33,778 parkruns covering a total distance of 168,890 km, including 5,059 new Personal Bests.

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