Foodback collection Sat 6th Oct

This Saturday will be the first parkrun of October and hence also our Sunderland Foodbank collection parkrun. If you would like to contribute and you are able to, they are currently in need of
TINNED FRUIT
TINNED FISH
COFFEE
CUSTARD
RICE PUDDING
TINNED POTATOES/INSTANT MASH

They don't mention this, but it might also be worth considering some Halloween or Bonfire Night related food items, long life of course, since both these events occur before our next collection/dropoff at the foodbank.

(They have plenty of beans, dried pasta, UHT milk, cereal and biscuits)

Thank you.

 

Oh what a beautiful morning

Another beautiful day and another beautiful parkrun. There are a couple of coincidental anniversaries coming next month which are interesting. In October we will have our 10,000th personal best by a runner at Sunderland parkrun, that is a truly amazing achievement. Jim, our statistics expert informed me of this, and it happens as we enter our 10th year, so around 1,000 PBs a year or about 20 each week. Although I'm painfully aware I’m not sure I’ve contributed to that score for a number of years.

We had cake this week, no less than 4 people got to 50 runs. Sam Harrison, Paul Adams and Michael Briggs all reached the milestone, but Debra James did it with cake. [Ed: Only Debra got a pre-run briefing mention this week so if you will be running a milestone run (10/50/100/250/500), let us know either by email or chat with the RD beforehand and we'll give you a well deserved shout out.]

6 people were entirely new to parkrun; we welcome Terry Ward, Brett Charlton, Michele Varley, Amanda Lewis, and Mollie and Mikki Hodgson. 6 people found out why Sunderland parkrun is great having previously done other parkruns (also great of course). It was also really nice to have Jim back visiting us from his new home and be able to have a catch up post parkrun.

On that subject, lastly some renovations to our coffee stop. Until now we had been having coffee in the ski lodge behind a sign which somewhat discouragingly said “Ladies Toilet”. I am pleased to report that the newly signed Alpine suite is available to us, redecorated and revamped with alpine (and surfing?) artwork. We get free tea and coffee and can buy food, although Judith usually feeds us anyway. We have a much better communal table around which we all sit, so no one is left out. What more can you ask for, a free run followed by free refreshments. I’m still looking for a free lunch though...

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Sunderland parkrun, Event number 453, 29th September 2018

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Alyson HOGARTH LAYDON • Jane NIVEN • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Bill KIRK • Anthony TIERNAN • Doug KNOX • Judith HENDERSON • John COSGROVE • Paul CRAKE • Fiona AITKEN • Stephen SNOWBALL • Mark Andrew ROBINSON • Anthony BOYES • Keith NEWMAN • Emily WHITMORE • Stephen BARRY • James MAGOG • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Catherine MAGOG • Nathan DRUMMOND • Peter LAWSON • Sophie SNOWBALL • Maisie ILEY

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

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 6,235 participants have completed 61,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 308,490 km, including 9,968 new Personal Bests.

 

Popping out to the shops?

This Saturday is our '1st Sat of the month Sunderland foodbank collection', so if you can bring along any long life foodstuffs that would be great. They are in particular need of tinned fruit, tinned fish, coffee, custard, rice pudding, tinned potatoes/instant mash. (They have plenty of beans, dried pasta, UHT milk, cereal and biscuits.)

 

A Tale of Two Runs

If you completed Sunderland parkrun in under 25 mins, well done, and how you must have enjoyed a fine clear and not too hot morning. If you took longer than 25 minutes, welcome to the downpour. It wasn’t too bad, and since it is still hot it was quite welcome, but certainly provided a different experience to that of the past few weeks.
We had 10 people entirely new to parkrun this week, 5 people for whom it was a second time at Sunderland (regulars really), and everyone of them got a pb, so did another 9 runners so it was a good day for parkrunning.
We had a visit from a very interesting parkrun group this week. The parkrun Tarts, certainly thats what it said on their matching canary yellow T shirts. They are from the Hartlepool area and started a few years ago before Hartlepool parkrun commenced. Their problem each week was which parkrun to choose, between Middlesbrough, Stockton, Sedgefield, Durham, Sunderland Chester le Street, all were about half an hour away. Their answer of course was to visit them all, they have kept up the habit and although they now usually do Hartlepool, often they will venture further afield as a group just to try something different. They’ve got lots of choice there are now 530 parkruns in the UK (this week)
They joined us in the ski lodge where we feasted on free coffee tea, prosecco and pastries, but sadly no tarts. There is definitely a baking opportunity for them there somewhere. The celebrations were for John Parry and Jane Niven completing 300 runs. Jane in fact has “only” done 290, but Judith her mother brought the sparkling wine anyway, and not a single person thought it was a bad idea. In a few short weeks Jane will have done 300 and we are looking forward to something very special for that. The good thing about the ski lodge is that if you do want to bring your own food and drink, there is no problem with that, and lots of people to help consume it.
It’s holiday time (who takes a holiday without a parkrun to go to?) so 174 runners and 13 lucky volunteers.

Steve Scott would like to add "a massive thanks to the great parkrunner who found my 'mislaid' car key at Saturday's run... It shows again what wonderful people there are in the parkrun family".

We couldn't agree more. See you for the next family gathering this Saturday.
#loveparkrun #dfyb

 

The Incline of Opportunity

The weather for parkrun has been so nice, I almost miss the rain, but not quite. We changed our route a few weeks ago and there has been some talk as to whether it was an improvement (the last time we did it we had a number of pb’s), and also whether the incline of opportunity at the end might even put some people off.

I have had a look at the historic results and I am pleased to say that we are still growing, last July we had, 190, 213, 200 and 177 a total of 780 runners up to the first week of the school holidays. This year we had 210, 216, 187, and 195 runners a total of 808. Weather might be a factor, but I have also heard some people say its too hot to run (my daughter knows who she is).

It was nice to see Daniel King, who attended parkrun for the first time last week, he must have liked it because this week he enlisted the support of his wife to come and do it as well, next time I know she will be bringing a barcode! 7 people new to parkrun in total and two tourists new to Sunderland. What about the pb’s on the new course? This week 7 people who were running before the incline of opportunity appeared got a pb and 15 people in total. Perhaps what we really need are more hills?

Liam Taylor was first back in 16:59, and Paul Blakey second back, in 17:11 had an age graded score of 82.54%, and it wasn’t even a pb, fantastic running especially in the heat.

Meanwhile on the Tourism front, Roger Moore had intended to do Crystal Palace this week, but withdrew when he found out that not only did the course consist of running past dinosaurs, but afterwards the dinosaurs were kept in the park on public display.

Father Andrew explained over coffee in the ski lodge why Pride was to be avoided. He said that if you meet a single lion out on the savannah you don't have to run faster than the lion, just faster than whoever you are with. If you meet with a Pride of Lions, you are finished.

191 runners, 19 volunteers, great fun.

John

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Now for the statistics for Sunderland parkrun, Event number 443, 21st July 2018

This week 195 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Harry HARRISON • Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Michael ARMSTRONG • Andrew WOOD • Fred GUY • Benjamin HIGGINS • Fiona AITKEN • David CHADWICK • Linda DODSWORTH • Andrew DOWSETT • Elizabeth COLEY • Jo DOWSETT • Nathan DRUMMOND • Bev HARRISON • Helen BANCROFT • Peter LAWSON

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

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 6,043 participants have completed 59,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 298,490 km, including 9,741 new Personal Bests.

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