No cake this week…

At last a parkrun so hot you feel summer might actually arrive, of course on a day when John Parry taking his top off wouldn’t invoke shivers he was nowhere to be seen. To the rescue, an apprentice in the form of Daniel Norman.
No cake this week, but we may have a Marie Antoinette moment next Saturday since Alex Walton another young parkrunner made 99 this week.

A really nice parkrun day, with 236 runners and 6 people attending for the first time, it was a great introduction and they have been assured it only gets better.
Our ED tells me that we may soon organise a run and litter pick on Saturday because it turns out that the bejewelled look of the grass is from plastic and not diamonds. It’s only become noticeable since the snow and ice melted and the water level dropped enough to see the ground which no one has seen since last year.

Sam (my assistant first time briefer) was very anxious at the start missing his mistress who had to work, but found a new friend at the start with his muddy paws, hopefully it will all wash out. He also swerved Harry Harrison towards the lake and almost got him in, it was a very deft move, we may call it the ‘Harrison Shuffle’.
I have reminded him that only well behaved dogs on a short leash are allowed. Sam ended his parkrun experience a very happy boy, Gabrielle Niven couldn’t eat her sausage and egg sandwich at the Scullery despite running a 5k, and he was very happy to help out.

It was good to see that although Roger Moore was tying to spread pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis his running was unaffected.

On a sad note I have been told last week that parkrunner Bob Cratchett was gamely getting round when he lost his bus fare of £1 coin, he bent down to pick it up but was elbowed aside and had to walk all the way home. If you saw anyone who ‘found’ a pound coin last week, or perhaps has been unaccountably been offering to get a round in, can you let the team know.
Lastly I did hear that at a parkrun in Singapore two silk worms changed each other to a race, and it ended in a tie.

And to the stats...

Sunderland parkrun | Event number 429 | 14th April 2018

This week 236 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Bill KIRK • John COSGROVE • Stephen SNOWBALL • Michael VICTORY • Anthony BOYES • Peter LAWSON • Michelle GORDON • Bill GORDON • Linda DODSWORTH • Pauline URWIN • Steve DODSWORTH • Catherine MAGOG • Andrew DOWSETT • Jo DOWSETT

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 5,763 participants have completed 56,443 parkruns covering a total distance of 282,215 km, including 9,303 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report for Sat 7th April 2018

In the inimitable words of Mr Aitken…
 
There is to be a risk assessment of the role of first timers briefing, it looks easy but this week two dangerous incidents occurred.

Having just started the briefing with my assistant Sam (he's the one with the hairiest legs, 4 of them), a friendly black dog approached, very friendly, far too friendly. Sam and the black dog seemed to hit it off very well and it was clear that no one was taking any notice of the first timers briefing at all and weren't going to until I split them up.

Everything returned to normal until I innocently asked a man in a black baseball cap (who may or may not have resembled our stalwart regular octagenarian) whether he was a first timer, this man then launched himself in a physical attack on me, almost interrupting my "twice round the lake" line. This was plainly floccinaucinihilipilification toward my role.

Thereafter a very nice morning for a parkrun, with Jo Dowsett as the run director, coping superbly with her first crisis, the lack of reflective volunteer jackets, but luckily she wears a Run Director jacket all the time anyway so leadership was never in doubt.

Roger Moore gained a PB for the year, or apparently he would have, and would have run much faster if he hadn't run more slowly. The Sunderland Philharmonic's world famous tiny violin section were hard at work commiserating as we devoured lots of different cakes this morning.

The cakes were a reward from Kathryn Forte who did her 50th run today. Speaking of lots of runs, 5 people completed the run today with over 300 to their credit, led by the man in a black baseball cap and including one couple, Paul and Michelle Mustard with 644 runs between them.

Most exciting though was the battle to the death between Gabrielle, Harris and Sam the dog, passing and re-passing each other for the last two kilometres. Harris might have won the run, but Sam says it is only because he went for swim in the lake, it being so refreshing now the temperatures have picked up, and he will be back next week.

And lastly a joke from Father Andrew (whose legs rival Sams). What's brown and stick like? (No not Father Andrews leg) .........a stick.

[Ed: groan]

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Many thanks to all our volunteers without which our parkrun would not be able to take place. We ask that you volunteer three times a year or once after every 10 parkruns, this would fill up our rosters nicely. Please see your results email for how to opt in to the volunteer emails, or email 'sunderlandhelpers@parkrun.com' to let us know when you can help out.

This week 228 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Alyson HOGARTH LAYDON • Steve SCOTT • Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Bill KIRK • Steve WOODWARD • Anthony WHITMORE • Anthony BOYES • James MAGOG • Martin BALDRIDGE • Linda DODSWORTH • Elizabeth COLEY • Jo DOWSETT • Louisa BRADSHAW

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 5,751 participants have completed 56,207 parkruns covering a total distance of 281,035 km, including 9,277 new Personal Bests.

 

It’s first parkrun of the month foodbank donation day tomorrow

Hi

This Saturday is the first parkrun of April so we will be holding our usual Sunderland foodbank donation day. Please bring something along if you would like to and are able. The following are needed most
TINNED FRUIT (400GMS)
TEA BAGS (80'S)
DRIED PASTA (500GMS)
UHT MILK (1 LITRE)
BREAKFAST CEREALS
Thank you.

 

Rain? Wind? Cold? We laugh in the face of it.

Congratulations to everyone who completed the parkrun on Saturday in less than ideal Easter weather, and a huge thanks to our volunteers without which our event could not take place.

At the briefing, the group of starters looked much a smaller group than normal and it looked like we had half our usual amount of participants due to the cold and wet weather, however a quick count as everyone made their way back past the start and down the hill revealed that in fact everyone had just been bunched up together to keep warm and in fact we were not too far off our usual number. In the end, 182 of you walked ran and jogged the course.

We had an amazing 14 first timers and 12 visitors from other parkruns. We hoped you all enjoyed the course and it was great to see you all.

At the Scullery afterwards, we warmed up next to the log burner and enjoyed our usual post parkrun catch up, with egg, bacon sarnies, breakfast wraps and copious tea and coffee. The ever pleasurable job of re-sorting the finish tokens for next week took place, as communal an event as ever with each group having their own method of sorting them before being centrally called back to the finish token ‘giant safety pin’ fold ready for next week. This week only one sugar sachet was required to take the place of a missing finish token and the results were processed and out nice and early. See you all again next Saturday and since it will be the first parkrun of April it will be our monthly donation day for Sunderland Foodbank.

And now for the journalist report
Sunderland parkrun Event number 427 31st March 2018

This week 182 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Steve SCOTT • Jane NIVEN • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Gabrielle NIVEN • Sue TATE • Emmeline COSGROVE • Steve WOODWARD • Paul LAYDON • Mark Andrew ROBINSON • Anthony BOYES • Damian KIRBY • Willard WRIGHT • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Beverly BAIRD • Catherine MAGOG • Jim PHILLIPS
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 5,728 participants have completed 55,979 parkruns covering a total distance of 279,895 km, including 9,245 new Personal Bests.

 

Run Report for Sat 24th March – Event number 426

Another entertaining run report from the ebullient Mr Aitken.

It’s Holy Week. I know this because firstly it’s a miracle that we got a parkrun after all the cancellations this winter, and secondly because the Reverend Dave Chadwick was the run director. Staying with the the theme we had 5, count ‘em 5 vicars in attendance. Andrew another of our prudence (yes that’s what you call them by the bunch), did an excellent time of 28:45 for a man on the downward slope to the age of 100.

Christopher Dwyer was first home in what for him is a relaxing time of 17:52, followed swiftly by Dave Wilkinson and Ian Norman, well obviously swiftly or they wouldn’t be at the front. Meanwhile it was lovely to be out running round the lake in the sunshine, and not risking frostbite. Other signs it was spring and nearly Easter were the rabbits playing on the hillside, the bird song and John Parry removing his shirt for the first time this year.

A good week for 21 runners who set a personal best. We had 19 runners new to Sunderland parkrun, 13 of whom were not put off by the first timers briefing and did their first parkrun ever, and we hope just the start of many more. At the other end of the scale Sunderland Strollers have now clocked up over 10,000 runs at Sunderland parkrun between 349 club members (past and present before someone points out that the club membership is less than that. Dave Whitmore our best attending runner is still cranking them out and in only 150 more runs will get a blue T shirt, it may seem a fair way off, but then again he vowed to give up a 100 runs ago when he got to 250. He is a man to watch though with a very sneaky finish for an octogenarian.

And now for the formal bit.
This week 233 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Alyson HOGARTH LAYDON • Steve SCOTT • Harry HARRISON • Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • Gary FOX • John AITKEN • Michael ARMSTRONG • Steve WOODWARD • David CHADWICK • Michael VICTORY • Linda DODSWORTH • Jo DOWSETT • Louisa BRADSHAW • 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 5,714 participants have completed 55,797 parkruns covering a total distance of 278,985 km, including 9,233 new Personal Bests.

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