Event #289

Afternoon all,

If you have read my most recent FB post, I apologise for repeating myself, but what a morning! After the heavy snow and subsequent bogs/ice midweek we were back into a "Can we?/Can't we?" debate about going ahead today. The intrepid Sam Smethurst did a course inspection yesterday afternoon and concluded that, with some adjustments (i.e. running off the paths in places, adjustments to the finish etc) we were good to go. She did a great job of briefing our set up team, who did an equally great job of setting up the course at silly o'clock this morning and from that point of view we were all set. However, knowing there would be course amendments, I wanted to ensure we had as many people out on the course as possible so put out an SOS. I was overwhelmed by the response - so many people came forward and were fantastic today (as commented by lots of the runners). Your team of superstars were:

Alan GUY • Alex STEADWARD • Ben FRANKLAND • Carolyn GALE • Graham Laurence CURRIE • Ian WATSON • Jacquie Ann KELLY • James DIGNAM • Joanne GAFFNEY • John FEARNS • Kenny SALKELD • Kerri MULDOWNEY • Mandy WALKER • Marc SAAIMAN • Mark George ROGERS • Michael MCCANN • Pauline ALLEN • Philip HOWARD • Roger OLDROYD • Ruth MCMASTER LEES • Sarah-Jane MONSARRATT • Sean O'MALLEY • Steven DODDS • Teresa MURPHY • Wilf POLLARD (and Sam!)

We have an incredible core team of volunteers who do brilliant job every single week covering all of the necessary roles. The list might be longer than you think: posting news on social media, sending out volunteer appeals, answering email queries, liaising with Stewart Park staff when necessary, pulling together the week's volunteer roster, charging the scanning equipment every Friday evening, turning out at 8:00am each Saturday to set up, briefing newcomers, making general announcements, timekeeping, issuing finish tokens, barcode scanning, marshalling, putting the tokens back into order for the next week, uploading and processing results, putting away all the equipment and writing the run report. Once a month we also need to organise pacers. We also have a number of regulars who volunteer several times a year. If you would like to join that band, please put your name forward. It really is rewarding and extremely friendly.

Back to the runners. 181 of you completed the course, pretty much all of you with smiles on your faces! We had nothing but positive feedback, which is much appreciated. Those of you who chose not to run or to drop out did so after considering your own situation and most of you stepped into a support role or even chose to marshal - great community spirit!

We had two 50th milestones today - Nicola Sheridan and Denise Roberts both reached their half century. We look forward to seeing the T-shirts, ladies! An unofficial milestone shout out was given to Jacob Smethurst who can his 25th parkrun today at the age of 5 years and not-quite 5 months! (It must be in his genes). Alan Guy did his 400th volunteer stint today, which is quite an achievement! I also noticed from the results table that Chris Jefferies completed 100 runs today and Peter Gale ran his 200th. We know that not everyone wants a shout out at the start but if you do have a milestone and you want it to be mentioned please let us know in advance as HQ don't notify us of milestone runs and we have no way of keeping track ourselves.

Amongst our visitors today we had Sara, Event Director at Redcar. It was lovely to meet her and she was very complimentary about our event in terms of organisation and friendliness - always good to hear!

Some of you have asked about last week's event. Jon mentioned in his run report that there was a team with us from Love Middlesbrough magazine. They are running a feature on parkrun, what it means to people, the benefits of running in general and in belonging to a parkrun community etc. We will be featured in that. As soon as we know a publication date we will pass on that information. Lots of photographs were taken last week and I have asked if we can have access to at least some of them - we all like a good running photo! I don't know yet if this will be possible but will keep you posted.

Finally, we are missing our lovely Fred Forth who has been poorly for a couple of weeks. Get well soon Fred - we hope to see you before much longer xx

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.
Ruth x

 

Event #288

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough
Event number 288
13th January 2018

Good afternoon everyone

Another fab, but chilly morning today with 253 people taking part in our parkrun. We had plenty of PB's and first timers today too. Well done everyone.

We had four milestones this week. Rachael Willmore completed her 50th parkrun - its only took her 7 years (her words not ours!). Josh O'Donoghue, Graeme McPherson and Amanda McMahon all completed their 50th parkruns too. Well done.

We had Ian from Love Middlesbrough magazine join us this morning. He was taking photographs and chatting with runners and volunteers today about what parkrun means to them and the benefits of running.

Most importantly a big thank you and well done to all our volunteers today. If we have no volunteers we have no parkrun. Please consider helping out at future events.

Ruth MCMASTER LEES • Andy HUDSON  •  Andy STEEDMAN  •  Clare WHITTAMORE  •  David JUKES  •  Dean MCCORMACK  •  Hannah JUKES  •  Jacqueline JACKSON  •  James DIGNAM  •  Jeff BOYLE  •  John FEARNS  •  Jon TAPPER  •  Julie LOWRIE  •  Kenny SALKELD  •  Linda SIGSWORTH  •  Mark WARDMAN  •  Paige MCLEOD  •  Philip SANDERSON  •  Roger OLDROYD  •  Roma TATE  •  Sean O'MALLEY  •  Sharon MCLOUGHLIN  •  Steven DODDS  •  Stewart MACPHERSON  •  Teresa MURPHY  •  William RUDDY

Thanks
David

 

Event #287

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough
Event number 287
6th January 2018

Good afternoon everyone. Another successful run took place this morning and it was amazing to see so many first timers. If you were one of them - well done and we hope to see you back again next week. Don't forget to tell your friends about how much fun Stewart parkrun is and encourage them to come along too.

Pacer week is always popular so many thanks to those who put themselves forward to time their runs to perfection (almost) in order to help others. It was also great to see such a range of times amongst the pacers. This reflects the true ethos of parkrun being inclusive for everyone, no matter how fast you complete the course.

We received some feedback about the course today. The amount of flooding on the paths does cause some problems, requiring the route to be amended which can also have an impact on the distance of the course. The parkrun team always choose the safest way to get all of the runners round whilst also considering other park users. I am sure you can understand that changing the route does take some significant planning but rest assured we will do the best we can to make the event as enjoyable as possible for everyone.

This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:

Alan GUY • Kerri MULDOWNEY • Ian MARRON • Rachael WILLMORE • Margaret MYERS • Kenny SALKELD • Jon TAPPER • Gary DEARLOVE • Harry SHORT • Fred FORTH • John FEARNS • Carole WELBURN • David JUKES • Ruth MCMASTER LEES • Ian WATSON • Penny OUTHWAITE • Holden OUTHWAITE • Brian LAVERICK • Jeff BOYLE • Dean MCCORMACK • Mark WATERS • Lucy TAPPER • Molly TAPPER • Paul GORDON • Edward ROXBURGH • Rachel EMERY • Roger OLDROYD • Sean O'MALLEY • Kirsty CATTERSON • Philip SANDERSON • Alex STEADWARD • Lisa PATTISON • Hannah JUKES • Anne JONES • Kimberley ROBINSON

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 7,650 participants have completed 67,541 parkruns covering a total distance of 337,705 km, including 11,863 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #286

Happy New Year to all Stewart parkrunners and volunteers.
410 runners and 21 volunteers took part in the first parkrun of 2018, including visitors from Sunderland, York, Durham, South Shields, Preston (#UTB!!!) Sheffield, Dalby, Leeds and Edinburgh, not to mention my old friend, Stuart McLay, calling in on us from his base in Borneo! Many of you headed off to Albert Park to "do the double" while some of the volunteers finished their duties then went off to Albert to get in their own first run of the year, leaving me and Alan Guy in an eerily deserted courtyard by 10:10 am!! Hope you all enjoyed the morning.
Jen Milsom celebrated her parkrun century this morning and tourist Alison Smith from Durham completed her 50th run. Well done to you both. Apparently there were a few milestones that we missed. Please let us know in advance if you want a shout out. We can't keep track of everyone's progress!
A massive thank you to all our volunteers. We are always on the lookout for support - please email in or post on FB. Next week is pacer week, so we need pacers as well as marshals.
I hope everyone has a fantastic 2018 of running (and volunteering!) All the best to you and yours.
Ruth x

 

Event #285

Brrrrr, well that was a wet and chilly morning at Stewart parkrun.

A huge, huge thank you to all the volunteers that turned up this morning to help the run go ahead safely. We also had volunteers come to help from Flatts Lane, thank you all.
The stars this week were:
Alan GUY • Bob HOWE • Robert NICHOLS • Stewart MACPHERSON • Sam SMETHURST • Kenny SALKELD • Fred FORTH • John FEARNS • Ruth MCMASTER LEES • Linda MCGARRITY • Alan MCGARRITY • Robynne MOUISSIE • Julie LOWRIE • Ben FRANKLAND • Thomas BUTLER • Chris JONES • Anthony DOCHERTY • Amy THOMPSON • Philip SANDERSON • Pat MOONEY

A special mention to Kenny Salkeld, Fred Forth, John Fearns and Alan Guy who arrive before 8 o'clock each week to set up the course. It was a tricky one this morning due to the conditions but teamwork prevailed and we mapped out a safe course. Thank you Gents. On New Years day (and in future weeks), we would like some additional support with setting up the course, so if you are available from 8am it would be appreciated. You can still run afterwards, we just require the help with the set up. Thank you.

We welcomed visitors from all over today: Yeovil, Kent, London, Malvern and Sheffield. Hello to you all, hope to see you again soon, in nicer conditions!

Congratulations to James Boyes and Keith Hurst on their 50th parkrun. Craig Lightfoot achieved 350 parkruns today, amazing achievement Craig, well done. Don't forget I'll be chasing your time in 2018 ;-)

Happy Birthday to Georgina McDonald, 21 today I'm sure I heard her shout! Have a fab day Georgina.

Our next run is New Years Day at 9am and Albert parkrun will start at 10.30am, the only time of the year when you can get the double in, so come along and join us, hangovers welcome!

See you all Monday,
Sam x

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough
Event number 285
30th December 2017
This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Alan GUY • Bob HOWE • Robert NICHOLS • Stewart MACPHERSON • Sam SMETHURST • Kenny SALKELD • Fred FORTH • John FEARNS • Ruth MCMASTER LEES • Linda MCGARRITY • Alan MCGARRITY • Robynne MOUISSIE • Julie LOWRIE • Ben FRANKLAND • Thomas BUTLER • Chris JONES • Anthony DOCHERTY • Amy THOMPSON • Philip SANDERSON • Pat MOONEY

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 7,518 participants have completed 66,865 parkruns covering a total distance of 334,325 km, including 11,805 new Personal Bests.

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