Event Number 104 – 3rd February 2018

It was a pleasure to welcome 282 parkrunners to Belton House on Saturday - a great turnout considering the cool wet weather and another local running event taking place.
Although not a race, Ben Livesley completed the moist course in the shortest time this week - 16:46, just over a minute slower than his best time at Belton.
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Ben Livesley

Susanna Kemp was the female runner covering our lovely 5km course in the shortest amount of time - 23:19, bagging herself a new PB in the process. Susanna Kemp
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Simon Hartley came along to celebrate his 100th parkrun with us. You could say Simon enjoys his parkrunning as he didn't miss a Saturday last year and managed to squeeze 53 runs in ! As a token of thanks Simon brought in some yummy cakes for the volunteers - thank you Simon.
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We welcomed runners from as far away as Wiltshire and a group of lovely Notts Women Runners doing a bit of touring. Notts womenNotts Women Runners on tour

It was a tad damp this week at Belton but it didn't dampen spirits.40082911251_06d4f30071_o 40082912131_134a01126a_oNotts women2

Just a reminder that parkrun isn't just for runners - walkers are always welcomed and encouraged. Walker

We always welcome a sprint for the finish line. Finish line sprintNot boring

Interesting head wear too ! :-)

Children under 11 always welcome within short reach of their guardian. 26209066228_88c1a5a4a1_o

We love our 4 legged visitors at Belton House too, especially when they are on a short lead.

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Just a reminder that if you would prefer your photo not to be published just give us a 'thumbs down' signal and we'll endeavor to remove it from our Flickr stream. On the other hand if you want to get noticed and your photograph published give us a thumbs up or wave :-)

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Finally a big thank you to all our volunteers.
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David Crombie - timekeeper today

Paul Davidson - Run Director 3/2/2018

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Belton House parkrun Results Page.
This week 282 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Geoff COLLIER • Paul DAVIDSON • Claire LANE • Joseph BIRCH • David CROMBIE • Emma WEIGHILL • Jacob ALLEN • Paul DAVIS • Sue BREWIN • Spencer EDWARDS • Guy COWHIG • Sam SHARP • Ruth FEATHERSTONE • Claire FRITZ • Mark BROADLEY • Natasha DOVE • Roger WORSTER • Sonia PERKINS • Elaine WORSTER • Shaun PARKES

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

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:33 on 8th October 2016 (event number 40).
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).
The Age Grade course record is held by Barbara EVELING who recorded 93.34% (25:31) on 2nd December 2017 (event number 94).

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 4,713 participants have completed 23,126 parkruns covering a total distance of 115,630 km, including 5,595 new Personal Bests.

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Event 88 – 7th October 2017

Belton House parkrun
Event number 88
7th October 2017

It was parkrun's 13th birthday today, so thank you to all the folks that wore their Apricot tops today (sorry, don't know all your names - but probably best remain anonymous).

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Ralph the alsation likes to do a bit of photobombing.

We had two special landmark runs to celebrate today:

First we had Isabelle Thorpe who is only 5 years running her 50th parkrun today - how amazing is that ? She really is a superhero. Isabelle Thorpe

Jonathon Roberts also joined the 50th club as well - pictured below with his faithful four legged friend.   Jonathan RobertsIt's always nice to hear our PB bell being rung.

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A big shoutout and thank you as usual to all our lovely volunteers. David Crombie and Mark Broadley pictured below.

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Jonathan Roberts getting his 50th run safely logged by expert barcode scanner Nik Jones.

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*** Don't forget no event at Belton on 14th October 2017

*** Advance notice it's our 2nd birthday on 4 November 2017 - it's a fireworks or halloween special, so get your outfits sorted out. Oh, and did we mention there will be cake :-)

Now the stats:

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Andrew PASK • Gordon GEACH • Kate J. HOLLEY • Clare BERGNER • Paul DAVIDSON • Tom DURHAM • Claire LANE • Nik JONES • Nick HAMER • David CROMBIE • Tom SMITH • Hannah UNDERWOOD • Samuel TATE • Alison ROBBINS • Sonia DOVE • Sarah HUDSON • Ruth FEATHERSTONE • Claire FRITZ • Elizabeth BETTS • Mark BROADLEY • Leah LAIRD • Hayley STAFF • Lily HUDSON • Isabelle HUDSON • Natasha DOVE

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

Male placings:
William TUCKER (JM15-17) of Grantham Athletic Club, was first over the line in 17:49 - 4th time in 23 appearances.
Daniel TOWEY (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:58.
Stephen HOBDAY (VM50-54) of Grantham Athletic Club, was third over the line in 19:25.

Female placings:
Sue BREWIN (VW45-49) of Canicross Midlands, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:10 - 21st time in 42 appearances.
Katie SAMUELSON (VW35-39) of Cambridge and Coleridge AC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 22:43.
Sophie STANLEY (VW35-39) of Grantham Athletic Club, was third (29th overall) over the line in 23:13.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Barbara EVELING (VW70-74) – 87.29% for the time 27:17 (94th overall).
Mark SALKILD (VM55-59) – 81.13% for the time 19:26 (4th overall).
Sue BREWIN (VW45-49) – 79.50% for the time 20:10 (7th overall).

The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:33 on 8th October 2016 (event number 40).
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anna GARNIER who recorded 89.81% (21:55) on 29th October 2016 (event number 43).

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015. Since then 4,126 participants have completed 18,650 parkruns covering a total distance of 93,250 km, including 4,641 new Personal Bests.

 

Event number 59 – 11th February 2017

*** IMPORTANT ***

Scanner failure

If you heard the brief this week or have seen our social media posts you are probably aware that we had a Scanner failure on Saturday 4th February. Unfortunately this meant that we effectively lost half of the results. I can assure you that the team have worked hard behind the scenes to try and recover as much data as we can but some are still missing. If your performance for this date is missing and you know your approximate time let us know and we can insert it for you (don't forget to let us have your barcode).

Car parking

The National Trust has brought it to our attention that some folks are using the staff car park near the office. Even if you are late can you please make sure you park in the correct area that has been allocated for parkrun use.

Big thank you

What a wonderful bunch of volunteers that turned out on a very cold Saturday morning - thank you. This included lots of little people, so if they can do it anyone can - why not give a whirl !
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Here are some of our Hi-Viz heroes on the finish line on Saturday. We had a number checker this week to help us snag the results and ensure accuracy. It's another job that relies on YOU to volunteer though.  It would be great to fill all our volunteer positions early in the week - please consider volunteering at YOUR parkrun !
Oh, and just incase you haven't noticed - we have a PB bell now. If you think you have PB'd please give it a good rattle. To be honest, why not give it a rattle if you're happy with your performance :-)
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*** Many thanks to our resident photographer Graham Jones for use of all the photos ***

See you next week folks

Paul Davidson

Belton House parkrun
Event number 59
11th February 2017

Male placings:
Greg SOUTHERN (VM45-49) of Sleaford Striders AC, was first over the line in 17:18 - second time in 9 appearances.
Matthew KINGSTON-LEE (VM40-44) of Grantham Running Club, was second over the line in 17:43 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
William TUCKER (JM15-17) of Grantham Athletic Club, was third over the line in 18:32 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gav MEADOWS (Grantham Running Club) 1216 pts.
George HATTON (Grantham Athletic Club) 1131 pts.
Paul SHAW (Unattached) 1088 pts.

Female placings:
Sue BREWIN (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:52 - 7th time in 20 appearances.
Ruth JONES (VW35-39) of Nene Valley Harriers, was second (10th overall) over the line in 21:12.
Catherine MUIR (VW45-49) of Grantham Athletic Club, was third (12th overall) over the line in 21:54.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Caroline DAVIS (Grantham Running Club) 1327 pts.
Sj WILLIS (Grantham Running Club) 1157 pts.
Helen BREEN (Unattached) 1091 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Greg SOUTHERN (VM45-49) was graded 83.91% for the time 17:18 (first overall).
Val BROCKWELL (VW65-69) was graded 82.07% for the time 25:28 (45th overall).
Sue BREWIN (VW45-49) was graded 79.95% for the time 19:52 (6th overall).

This week there were 188 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015, and since then 2,728 different runners, including participants from 206 athletics clubs, have completed 10,541 runs covering a total distance of 52,705 km, and there have been 2,734 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:15:33 on 8th October 2016 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anna GARNIER who recorded a 89.81% run (21:55) on 29th October 2016 (event number 43).

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

 

Event number 54 – 7th January 2017

 

Great Turnout

What another fantastic attendance on Saturday - 239 lovely runners and 15 fantastic volunteers. Numbers might be a bit swollen by folks that are still sticking to their New Year's resolutions though - either way, great to see so many taking part.

Speak up !

Gordon kindly loaned the parkrun the use of his PA system which I'm sure you'll all agree made it much easier to hear the pre-run announcements.

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Hopefully everyone heard the announcements today

Defibrillator

There is currently a big drive by parkrun HQ to encourage every parkrun in the country to have a defibrillator available on the day. The Nation Trust has a defibrillator but it's in the main building which would take valuable time up locating and fetching it in the event of an emergency. So we started an appeal for donations to buy our own which will be kept near the start and finish on parkrun days. We can't take cash but donations can be made via the 'About Us' page on our webpage. We'll keep you updated on the progress on a regular basis.

Photographs

Each week our parkrun only functions because a lovely bunch of folks volunteer to marshal etc. We are extra lucky at Belton because our parkrun has been supported nearly every week by Graham Jones who takes a fantastic set of photographs and makes them available for you to look at and use on your social media pages etc. We couldn't resist sharing this picture of Graham on the other side of the lense for a change.

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Graham Jones our resident photographer

Talking of volunteers we had a brilliant family of scanners today. Not sure what the collective noun is for a 'family of scanners' but here's their picture

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Mum Claudette with her son and daughters

While we're still on the subject of volunteers it was the first time that Event Director Gordon Geach has managed to get to run at Belton since we started 14 months ago. He set a decent benchmark this week so hopefully he will get chance to run it again in the near future and start reducing his Belton PB.

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Gordon Geach finally gets to run his home course

We had 44 runners get Personal Bests (PBs) on Saturday. Not sure if this guy managed to PB or whether he was just happy to finish - either way we love a 'celebration' finish.

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We love a 'celebration' finish

.... and finally

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David our Tail Runner, makes sure everyone crosses the Finish line safely

Thanks everybody for making Belton House parkrun special.

Paul Davidson

The Stats

Belton House parkrun
Event number 54
7th January 2017

Male placings:
Matthew KINGSTON-LEE (VM40-44) of Grantham Running Club, was first over the line in 17:29 - third time in 15 appearances.
Josh POCKLINGTON (SM20-24) of Canicross Midlands, was second over the line in 17:53 - was first to finish once before.
Christopher LIMMER (SM25-29) of Grantham Running Club, was third over the line in 17:57 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
George HATTON (Grantham Athletic Club) 940 pts.
Gav MEADOWS (Grantham Running Club) 831 pts.
Geoff COLLIER (Grantham Athletic Club) 787 pts.

Female placings:
Becky ROBERTS (SW20-24) of Canicross Midlands, was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:52 - 5th time in 11 appearances.
Sue BREWIN (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (12th overall) over the line in 20:46 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Sj WILLIS (VW35-39) of Grantham Running Club, was third (41st overall) over the line in 23:47 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sj WILLIS (Grantham Running Club) 967 pts.
Caroline DAVIS (Grantham Running Club) 889 pts.
Helen BREEN (Unattached) 817 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Janice DAVIDSON (VW60-64) was graded 78.82% for the time 25:20 (66th overall).
Matthew KINGSTON-LEE (VM40-44) was graded 78.65% for the time 17:29 (first overall).
Jonathan ROBERTS (VM50-54) was graded 77.92% for the time 19:33 (6th overall).

This week there were 239 runners, of whom 56 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015, and since then 2,518 different runners, including participants from 197 athletics clubs, have completed 9,317 runs covering a total distance of 46,585 km, and there have been 2,451 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:15:33 on 8th October 2016 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anna GARNIER who recorded a 89.81% run (21:55) on 29th October 2016 (event number 43).

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

 

Event number 47 – 26th November 2016

Murky start

It was quite a murky start to the day when we began arriving to set the course up at 8 o'clock. The early morning mist was swirling around the park land and the deer could be seen coming into view for brief glimpses and then disappearing again. The stags were looking magnificent at this time of the year - the rutting season.

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Pictured is Belton House (honestly) with deer in the foreground - I told you it was murky

We thought numbers might be a little low this week with the fog making travelling to the venue a little trickier - well we were wrong. We had 187 lovely parkrunners come along for a run in what were quite good running conditions. What was a bit disturbing though was the number of you that had forgotten your barcodes (10%). Get your barcodes out the night before and leave them with your trainers - don't forget, you need your barcode to get your results included and also to get 20% off drinks and food in the cafe afterwards.

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A bigger than average field getting ready for the off

Volunteers

As always our volunteers were great - what made life fantasic this week is that folks volunteered well in advance of the event. This makes life so much easier for us than scratching around at the last minute trying to fill vacant slots. So don't forget, if you would like to volunteer please get in touch - and, the sooner the better.

Canicross

It was nice to have lots of Canicross teams with us again. Our Belton House course is fantastic for them because the surface is very forgiving for the dogs. This week both the 1st and 2nd places were Canicross teams.
Once these 4 legged athletes get their harnesses on they are very very excited and keen to go and tend to be quite vocal - barking a lot. So it's very thoughtful of the owners to stand on the far-side during the pre-event briefing so everyone else can hear the RD make their brief - thanks guys and mutts, it's much appreciated.

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Pictured is Beverley Hancock and daughter Ella - it was Ella's first run with her dog and she finished in a pawsome time of 21:44

Inclusive

The beauty of parkrun is that it's so inclusive - no matter your age, speed or motivation, parkrun ticks all the boxes. It was great to have this little fella dressed as Captain America running with his dad at Belton on Saturday - and it wasn't even a fancy dress parkrun :-)

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Captain America looking after his dad

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Well done dad - he keeps two children within arms length

Footballers have some very unusual goal celebrations. Well I'm sure we can do just as well at our parkrun at the finish line. Here is a little taster to get you started.

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Finish line celebration

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Just celebrating because they are happy - we like this at parkrun towers

As well as being inclusive, parkrun is 'family' as well. We hate it when we have a family member sick or injured but it was great to see Richard Hall and Nev Chamberlain at the parkrun on Saturday still supporting the event. I think the organising team was slightly relieved that didn't compete on their crutches - we could have been there quite a while. Richard (left) is joining the event team as a Run Director

IMG_3793  Richard and Nev - great parkrun supporters

Talking of injuries, Lisa Pask who is a brilliant supporter of our parkrun and finished top of the points table recently is currently nursing a persistent and debilitating back injury and can't run at the moment - power walking with her alsatian Ralph is allowed though.
We hope you soon get the injury sorted.

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Lisa Pask just finishing her power walk

Hope to see you all back with us again next week.

Paul Davidson

Belton House parkrun
Event number 47
26th November 2016

Male placings:
Josh POCKLINGTON (SM20-24) of Canicross Midlands, was first over the line in 17:53 - first time in 12 appearances.
Paul CHANDLER (SM25-29) of Canicross Midlands, was second over the line in 17:57.
Christopher LIMMER (SM25-29) of Grantham Running Club, was third over the line in 18:36 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Peter BONNER (Grantham Running Club) 374 pts.
Paul DAVIS (Grantham Running Club) 315 pts.
Graham JONES (Unattached) 300 pts.

Female placings:
Becky ROBERTS (SW20-24) of Canicross Midlands, was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:08 - 4th time in 9 appearances.
Ella HANCOCK (JW11-14) of Retford AC, was second (11th overall) over the line in 21:44.
Beverley HANCOCK (VW40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third (12th overall) over the line in 21:46 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sj WILLIS (Grantham Running Club) 383 pts.
Helen BREEN (Unattached) 376 pts.
Caroline DAVIS (Grantham Running Club) 361 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Anna GARNIER (VW60-64) was graded 87.94% for the time 22:23 (18th overall).
Jonathan ROBERTS (VM50-54) was graded 80.39% for the time 18:57 (4th overall).
Barbara EVELING (VW70-74) was graded 78.89% for the time 29:41 (88th overall).

This week there were 187 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015, and since then 2,230 different runners, including participants from 182 athletics clubs, have completed 7,857 runs covering a total distance of 39,285 km, and there have been 2,160 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:31 on 14th November 2015 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:15:33 on 8th October 2016 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anna GARNIER who recorded a 89.81% run (21:55) on 29th October 2016 (event number 43).

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

 

Event 41 15th October 2016

It was a perfect autumn morning for parkrunning but numbers were a bit down today, only 138 finishers - was there another race today or a big one tomorrow ?
Anyway, it didn't affect the quality at the sharp end because junior Thomas Trimble from Lincoln set a blistering pace and finished in a quality time of 17:15.
One of our very own Run Directors Penny Hodges was the first female to cross the line - nice to see you without a hiviz there Penny.
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Belton House Run Director Penny Hodges - 1st female over the line today

We all know parkrun isn't a race - it's about enjoying your run and having fun. I think we need to work a bit harder getting this message over :-) IMG_4485

He loves it really !

Anyway - these two parkrunners are enjoying it.
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 These runners are loving it

We do occasionally get cheeky parkrunners
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Isn't it rude to stick your tongue out ? :-)

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Yay - well done you !

....and our tailrunners Dona and Mike get all our runners across the finish line safely
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Everyone's a winner at parkrun

Today was the first day we had a pacer at Belton House parkrun. Richard Hall kindly volunteered to be a 30 minute pacer in preparation for our 1st anniversary run (more about that in a another News post soon). Richard was spot on the money with his pacing delivering a 29:55 time for those runners wanting a sub 30 minutes. IMG_4483

Richard Hall - 30 minute pacer

As always, our grateful thanks to all the voluncheers that made today's parkrun happen.

Paul Davidson

Lot's of nice stats below for those that like reading them.

Belton House parkrun

Event number 41
15th October 2016

Male placings:
Thomas TRIMBLE (JM15-17) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was first over the line in 17:15 - 6th time in 7 appearances.
Christopher LIMMER (SM25-29) of Grantham Running Club, was second over the line in 17:46 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Peter BONNER (Grantham Running Club) 2786 pts.
Gav MEADOWS (Grantham Running Club) 2462 pts.
George HATTON (Grantham Athletic Club) 2129 pts.

Female placings:
Penny HODGES (VW35-39) of Grantham Running Club, was first (10th overall) over the line in 21:37 - second time in 4 appearances.
Becky ROBERTS (SW20-24) of Canicross Midlands, was second (12th overall) over the line in 21:57 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Isabel HOBDAY (JW11-14) of Grantham Athletic Club, was third (17th overall) over the line in 22:39 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa PASK (Unattached) 3115 pts.
Caroline DAVIS (Grantham Running Club) 2266 pts.
Helen BREEN (Unattached) 1960 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Janice DAVIDSON (VW60-64) was graded 79.64% for the time 24:43 (38th overall).
Barbara EVELING (VW70-74) was graded 79.11% for the time 29:36 (78th overall).
Thomas TRIMBLE (JM15-17) was graded 78.26% for the time 17:15 (first overall).

This week there were 138 runners, of whom 21 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015, and since then 2,062 different runners, including participants from 174 athletics clubs, have completed 6,776 runs covering a total distance of 33,880 km, and there have been 1,904 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:31 on 14th November 2015 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:15:33 on 8th October 2016 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a 85.85% run (15:33) on 8th October 2016 (event number 40).

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

 

Event 17 – 5th March 2016

DOUBLE TROUBLE - What with the road closure and the car park closure both happening on the same day it made life interesting for everyone this week - so thank you for arriving early and bearing with us.
Our regular runners will be aware that because of the car parking kerfuffle we had to alter the course slightly (flipping the Finish Line over the other side) - please all be reassured the course distance hasn't been altered.

These arrangements are likely to last for the next couple of weeks and then we will revert back to the normal car park and Finish.

We all know that parkrun isn't a race but what fantastic action we had at the sharp end of the field with two quality athletes battling it out. Two weeks ago (event 15) Matt Blunden set a new course record that we all thought was going to stay untouched for quite a while, well Ben Livesey turned up today along with the course record holder Matt and they decided to rewrite the record book between them. In less than ideal conditions Ben took 19 seconds off the record finishing in a time of 15:53. Matt also lowered his previous course record by 13 seconds finishing in 15:59. Well done guys - impressive running.

 

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We also had some impressive running from the ladies, well young lady actually - U14 runner Nancy Britten was the first female over the line in a time of 22:12 - well done Nancy.

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We did have one lady that didn't feel so good today and she posted this on our Facebook page.

"Today was my first parkrun in about a month, for various reasons, and it was a tough one; so much so that I was a little...poorly at the finishing line! People rallied around, volunteers and runners, to see if I was ok. It speaks volumes about the lovely people involved in parkrun and I'm so grateful. Thank you".

 

We were struggling to fill all the volunteer positions this week and we did need a few more than normal due to car parking and course alterations - so a BIG thank you to all our volunteers, and especially the ones that came forward at the last minute to ensure everything ran smoothly.
Please consider volunteering once in a while - anyone can do it, it's fun and really easy, honestly.

 

Volunteers

*** Volunteers ***

PAUL DAVIDSON

 

The stats……

Male placings:
Ben LIVESEY (VM35-39) of Lincolnshire Runner New Balance, was first over the line in 15:53 - first appearance.
Matt BLUNDEN (VM35-39) of Notts AC, was second over the line in 15:59 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Thomas TRIMBLE (JM15-17) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was third over the line in 17:34 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gav MEADOWS (Grantham Running Club) 1217 pts.
Peter BONNER (Unattached) 1109 pts.
Steve SQUIRES (Belvoir Tri Club) 922 pts.

Female placings:
Nancy BRITTEN (JW11-14) of Rushcliffe AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 22:12 - first time in 2 appearances.
Lisa PASK (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 23:40 - was first to finish once before.
Amelia HALL (SW20-24), was third (36th overall) over the line in 24:48.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa PASK (Unattached) 1558 pts.
Dona HALL (Grantham Athletic Club) 866 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Ben LIVESEY (VM35-39) was graded 84.05% for the time 15:53 (first overall).
Matt BLUNDEN (VM35-39) was graded 83.00% for the time 15:59 (second overall).
Thomas TRIMBLE (JM15-17) was graded 76.85% for the time 17:34 (third overall).

This week there were 144 runners, of whom 40 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015, and since then 1,143 different runners, including participants from 106 athletics clubs, have completed 2,801 runs covering a total distance of 14,005 km, and there have been 775 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:31 on 2015-11-14 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who ran in a time of 00:15:53 on 2016-03-05 (event number 17).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a 84.05% run (15:53) on 5th March 2016 (event number 17).

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

 

Event 7 26th December 2015

Wind, wind and more wind - we were on the knife edge again with regard to the event being cancelled. If the wind is forecast to gust 43 mph or more the National Trust close the park. It's a difficult decision for them to take because they don't want to disappoint their visitors but they have to have their safety at the top of the agenda - so thanks for bearing with us.

The beauty about holidays is it's a time to visit family and friends, so it was great to have lots of visitors today -  Huddersfield, Worthing, Swindon, Birmingham, Dublin and even Scandinavia !
A great turnout from Sleaford and Newark also swelled numbers today for our 2nd largest field - 197 runners.
BPR 2612   (45)

Photo: Parkrey Photography

A special thank you to the volunteers that turned out early on a Boxing Day morning - hopefully all the runners that ran will make one of their New Year's resolutions to 'volunteer' at least once next year. Remember, the parkrun is yours and it can't take place without you. Finding out about Belton House parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the Belton House event and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from us letting you know all about our volunteering opportunities.

As if we didn't need reminding that parkrun is for everyone we had runners from 10 years old taking part today to a lady and gentleman that were over 70 years old (and probably every age in between) - well done everyone.

BPR 2612   (170)
Photo: Parkrey Photography

See you all in 2016

PAUL DAVIDSON

The stats……

Male placings:
Iain BAILEY (VM35-39) of Sleaford Striders AC, was first over the line in 17:23 - first appearance.
Jake RICHARDSON (SM18-19) of Nene Valley Harriers, was second over the line in 17:33 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Robbie CHAPMAN (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:10.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Mark WILSON (Belvoir Tri Club) 554 pts.
Peter BONNER (Unattached) 513 pts.
Mark BERRY (Belvoir Tri Club) 493 pts.

Female placings:
Emma JOHNSTON (SW25-29) of Grantham Running Club, was first (29th overall) over the line in 22:26 - first time in 2 appearances.
Catherine PAYNE (VW45-49) of Grantham Running Club, was second (31st overall) over the line in 22:41.
Isabel HOBDAY (JW11-14) of Grantham Athletic Club, was third (35th overall) over the line in 22:58.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lisa PASK (Unattached) 578 pts.
Julie WILSON (Belvoir Tri Club) 521 pts.
Penny HODGES (Grantham Running Club) 398 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Greg SOUTHERN (VM45-49) was graded 79.05% for the time 18:13 (4th overall).
Robert HOWBROOK (VM55-59) was graded 78.17% for the time 20:00 (11th overall).
Janice ANDERSON (VW60-64) was graded 76.89% for the time 25:36 (68th overall).

This week there were 197 runners, of whom 108 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different athletics clubs took part.

Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015, and since then 644 different runners, including participants from 73 athletics clubs, have completed 1,098 runs covering a total distance of 5,490 km, and there have been 178 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:31 on 2015-11-14 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Jake RICHARDSON who ran in a time of 00:17:16 on 2015-11-28 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a 79.93% run (18:31) on 14th November 2015 (event number 2).

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

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