Event #326

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough
Event number 326
13th October 2018

Hi everyone. Can I start off by saying a massive thank you to all of our volunteers who stepped up to the mark this morning and made the run happen. As you may be aware the roster was looking a bit sparse towards the end of the week but never fear our amazing running community came together to make sure everyone had a safe one. Ensuring we have sufficient people to fill all of the roles is the hardest part of being a Run Director, so if you are able to help out in the coming weeks please let us know.

And can I say another thank you to our hardy set up team. The weather was pretty grim at the park first thing but Fred and Kenny donned the waterproofs to join me in marking out the course, clearing the leaves and broken branches. They also stay late to put it all back again ready for next week. These guys together with Alan and others are there week in week out to sort out the course. We really don't take it for granted and are very grateful.

Thankfully the dark clouds cleared for 9am and our runners were off along the course, dodging the puddles and fallen trees. We had several first timers and visitors and also regular Stewart parkrunners celebrating milestones. It was nice to see Glen JOHNSON running his 51st parkrun (not an official milestone but her forgot to mention it last week), Rob POYNTER running his 100th and fellow RD Sarah DONNELLY also hitting her century (after a rather heavy night out I might add). Edward HOSKINS and Paul FOX smashed their 150th run and dark horse Dave SMITH was doing run 250 - Wow!!! I have just noticed that Zoe GILDER completed her 50th parkrun with her first ever visit to Stewart Park - thanks for choosing us to help you celebrate Zoe.

I know lots of you are doing special runs tomorrow so very best of luck wherever you are. A special mention to Alison STROANDER running her first marathon in York as well as regular Stewart parkrunners Lindsey SCOTT, Craig LIGHTFOOT and Andy SHAW also doing the full 26.2 miles. You are all heros.

Anyway have a great week everyone. Sam is in charge on Saturday so remember your barcodes (she isn't as soft as me) and please do volunteer if you can. Look out for sone news in the coming days about our Halloween parkrun. I have given you plenty of notice so there is plenty of time to sort out your outfits.

This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Nicola PEARSON • Craig LIGHTFOOT • Julie MCGRATH • Clare WHITTAMORE • Jessica SIMPSON • Mike KNOX • Kenny SALKELD • Jon TAPPER • Fred FORTH • Carolyn GALE • Geoff SIMPSON • Alison STROANDER • Julie LOWRIE • Lucy TAPPER • Molly TAPPER • Leah DONNELLY • Ruby DONNELLY • Sean DONNELLY • John CAMPBELL • Geoff BROWN • Kirsty CATTERSON • Lindsey SCOTT • Jacob SMETHURST • Andrew HARRIS

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

The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 15:48 on 13th February 2016 (event number 188).
The female record is held by Josephine STONE who recorded a time of 18:21 on 21st January 2017 (event number 237).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gabrielle HALL who recorded 88.37% (20:30) on 7th February 2015 (event number 136).

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough started on 7th July 2012. Since then 8,577 participants have completed 77,801 parkruns covering a total distance of 389,005 km, including 13,368 new Personal Bests.

 

Christmas and New Year

Stewart parkrun will not take place on Christmas Day. However, as is traditional by now, the run will be held at 9:00am on New Year's Day. Hope you can join us.

 

Event #322

Afternoon all.

First of all, I would like to say a huge thanks to today's volunteers. It was a real struggle to fill the roster this week. We do understand that people like to run but without course set-up crew, marshals, timekeepers, barcode scanners, finish token distrubutors, tailwalkers, volunteer co-ordinators, results processors, equipment storage and charging, course take down crew and regular pacers our run could not go ahead at all. We ask that you volunteer three times per year - that's once every four months. Some people volunteer much more often than that. If it's something you have thought about but not done please give it a go. Some people are worried about the responsibility of some roles but there is honestly very little that can go wrong and, if it does, we can usually fix it!
We particularly would appreciate some people willing to help with set-up and take-down on a regular basis. Our four stalwarts, John, Fred, Alan and Kenny have performed this role week in, week out, literally for years, supported some weeks by a small number of others. As you know, John is not in great health just now and Fred is not 100% at the minute, plus all four of these people have lives and commitments that mean that they can't be there every week. The set-up and take-down roles are ones that you can combine with your run, so you get the best of both worlds (as demonstrated by Kenny!) If you think you can help in this respect on a regular basis, maybe on a rota system, please get in touch.
Making the magic happen today were Kirsty Catterson (immaculate first try at timekeeping!), Catherine Shutt, Emily McGough, Alan Guy, Ruby Donnelly, Nicky Peasron, David Jukes, Julie Tweedy, Rosanne Lightfoot, John Campbell, Sean Donnelly, Barry Moody, John Lees, Marc Saaiman, Rachael Saaiman, Louise Archer (thanks for stepping in at the last minute!) Kenny Salkeld and Kenny Dawson. I would like to say an extra special thank you to Kenny Dawson who alerted me on Wednesday night that the building work on the archway was taking place, otherwise we would have turned up this morning to find ourselves in a proper pickle!!! Thanks to Alan for calculating the alternative start and finish and thanks to Alan, Kenny, Kenny and Barry who worked their socks off this morning to get the alternative route set up.
Congratulations to Dougie Howarth running his 100th run today and Mark Waters who has now chalked up 200. Great going, guys!
Tasha Lackenby and team would like to thank you for supporting their bake sale which raised £113 this morning. Tasha and others will be setting off this week to cycle from London to Paris to raise funds in support of three cancer charities. Good luck to you!
317 of you ran, jogged and walked this morning of which 29 were first timers and 44 ran new PBs. Well done to all of you.
See you all again next week when the route will be back to normal.
Ruth x

 

Event #319

A lovely, bright morning at Stewart park - if a little warm (although looking outside now its hard to believe we are still in August)

This week 264 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

Thank you so much to our amazing army of volunteers who were fabulous in setting up, supporting everyone and packing away - you are all stars:

Alan GUY • Roseanne LIGHTFOOT • Martin John LUXTON • Jessica SIMPSON • Sarah DONNELLY • Kenny SALKELD • Carolyn CALVERT • Fred FORTH • Lucy TAPPER • Roma TATE • Leah DONNELLY • Ruby DONNELLY • Jennifer WARDLE • John CAMPBELL • David GALE • Catherine JAMES • Geoff BROWN • Robyn CAIRNEY • Jenny STANDEN

Fancy being a Hi-Viz hero? Just email in or comment below.

It was fantastic to see lots of pirates completing the course and volunteering as we celebrated the 250th anniversary of Captain Cooks departure - setting sail on the Endeavour, how lovely that each week we get to cross the 'map' twice!

I hope our visitors from Nunthorpe football team, Delamere, Tees Barrage & Albert Park enjoyed the route, great to see you all.

Congratulations to Sue Bradley who completed her 50th run with a PB and Simon Learman who celebrated his 150th run.

A little reminder, under 11's must be within arms reach of an adult at all times (although they are free to sprint ahead towards the finish funnel - something my youngest loves to do!)

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

The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 15:48 on 13th February 2016 (event number 188).
The female record is held by Josephine STONE who recorded a time of 18:21 on 21st January 2017 (event number 237).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gabrielle HALL who recorded 88.37% (20:30) on 7th February 2015 (event number 136).

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough started on 7th July 2012. Since then 8,381 participants have completed 75,851 parkruns covering a total distance of 379,255 km, including 13,103 new Personal Bests.

Have a great week
Sarah x

 

Event #318

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough
Event #318
18th August 2018

A fantastic turn out this morning and a little cooler which I am sure was appreciated.

291 people ran, jogged & walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

HUGE shout out to our 26 Hi-Viz heroes who supported & cheered everyone on – not all superheroes wear capes:
Alan GUY • Jill ABEL • Lisa HENDRY • Sarah DONNELLY • Andrew Greg HENDRY • Kenny SALKELD • Jon TAPPER • Ruth MCMASTER LEES • Ben FRANKLAND • Lucy TAPPER • Molly TAPPER • Daz MENDOZA • James HENDRY • Leah DONNELLY • Ruby DONNELLY • Sean DONNELLY • Andy STEEDMAN • Heather MENDOZA • John CAMPBELL • Claire WHAYMAN • Sarah JONES • Geoff BROWN • Andrew SIMPSON • Daniel George HENDRY • Oliver JONES • Elliott JONES

On the subject of volunteers – it is holiday season which means the rota is looking a little empty over the coming weeks, please get in touch if you are able to help out and support your parkrun (stewartoffice@parkrun.com).

Warm welcome to this morning’s visitors from Albert, Leeds, Catterick, Norwich, Whitley Bay & Raphael’s (Essex) – I hope you enjoyed our beautiful park, great parkrun community and atmosphere.

We celebrated (with cake) some amazing milestones this morning, congratulations to:
Sarah Docherty & Helen Dearlove (loved your vest Helen) who completed their 50th parkrun
Jan Baldwin and Mark Poultney have each ran an amazing 100 parkruns – well done to you all.

Next week we will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Captain Cooks departure – setting sail on the Endeavour for his first voyage of discovery. We would like to invite you to dress up for the occasion – think nautical, pirates and remember to keep an eye out for Captain Cook running the course with you ‘me hearties’.

The NYMAC relay entries open on their website at 6pm this evening. The relay takes place on Thursday 30th August in Stewart park. If you don’t fancy running – you are welcome to spectate or help with marshalling – please contact Eddie Meehan

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough Results Page.
The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 15:48 on 13th February 2016 (event number 188).
The female record is held by Josephine STONE who recorded a time of 18:21 on 21st January 2017 (event number 237).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gabrielle HALL who recorded 88.37% (20:30) on 7th February 2015 (event number 136).
Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough started on 7th July 2012. Since then 8,356 participants have completed 75,587 parkruns covering a total distance of 377,935 km, including 13,052 new Personal Bests.

Have a fantastic week & let’s do it all again next Saturday
Sarah x

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