Fantastic Catterick parkrun turnout on yesterday’s March morning for the special Ladies’ Takeover event.
Thank you to all 299 people who ran, jogged, walked, and those who volunteered and supported Catterick parkrun; what a family we are, a family of happy, smiley, cheerful, supportive people.....with maybe just a hint of 'bonkers' thrown in.
It was in support of #ThisGirlCan and International Women's Day, and also hosted a collection for the Food Bank in Richmond. There were 53 first timers, 58 new Personal Bests, and 34 different clubs represented.
Welcome to all our new participants !
I remember well how I felt on my first ever parkrun here at Catterick; right up until the start I worried about everything to do with parkrun:- where do I park? -where do I go? -have I got my barcode? -am I prepared for this? -will everyone be amazing, young, fit runners? -am I wearing the right clothing? -will I look out of place? -does my bum look huge in these leggings? -will I be last? -am I too old? -will I manage 5km? -should I turn round and go home?......these were just a few of my questions.
When I was young I was a sprinter, I never attempted much more than 100 metres and there I was over 60 years of age turning up for a 5km parkrun !
I needn't have worried though, everyone made me feel so welcome and were so encouraging and supportive. I have met some amazing people who I would never have spoken to were it not for parkrun, all with a different story.
81 parkruns later I am still attending, still enjoying it and reaping all the benefits to my health and wellbeing.
To sum it all up in a few words
Can this girl?
This girl will try
Here's to many more,
and thank you for all the donations to the Food Bank.
• Elaine MEADOWCROFT
Great stuff Elaine x and Happy Sunday morning everyone.
Welcome to the longest combined parkrun Run Report + Photo Album known to man. Actually, we had so much going on yesterday that really should say ‘Known to Women’
It was terrific to see so many wearing Purple for our special #IWDparkrun at the racecourse. Visitors came from Durham, Leeds, Sunderland, Gateshead, Stockport, Hartlepool, Runcorn, Doncaster, Southampton, and more , including a friendly bunch from Aycliffe Running Club ! The most experienced was Finlay PENNINGTON (283 parkruns) who joins us often.
And of course, the Food Bank tables were groaning under the weight of donated items. Brilliant generosity yet again Catterick parkrun folks xx
TOP performer in the conditions (could have been colder and windier) was Karl EDWARDS from Hartlepool with an 84.6% age graded run. His time was 19:38 in the V60-64 category. Also scoring highly were Lee DAVIES and Peter MILBURN, and in the Junior ranks young Wilf.
It would be only right, given the occasion, to have a few facts and Figures about WOMEN and Catterick parkrun, so let’s see now . . .
We were delighted to hand out free #ThisGirlCan t-shirts to our newcomers, with Team Caterpillar very noticeable. Thank you for donating these Lucy @NorthYorksSport x !
A special welcome email had been sent out the night before and we hope you all enjoyed your first parkrun experience LADIES ! This message was received from one of our newbies . . . “ Hi Linda and the rest of the team, Thank you for such a fabulous welcome today - I really enjoyed my first parkrun. It is such a friendly and inclusive experience. And thanks for the T shirt - I’m still proudly wearing it ! Have a lovely weekend, Shell “
50th Milestones yesterday were reached by Penny JOHNSON from the Ayecliffe club, and Mudd Queen Charlene KING. Also young junior Jessica ARNOTT reached her 10th parkrun. Not to forget our two tiny Tail Walkers Katie and Emily who are both now on 50 senior parkruns. That’s pretty amazing for ones so young. CONGRATULATIONS all you Females !!
Annelie WHITFIELD (v55-59) turned in another of her quality runs with a time of 22:01 and 83% Age Grade rating, followed by Susan MILBURN (Ayecliffe again) and Myra JONES from Rounday parkrun. Other high achieving WOMEN were Gail SMITH, Pauline WHITTAKER, Louise GOSSAGE, Nicola SIMPSON, Caroline TEASDALE, Pat EDWARDS, Marian HUNTER, Rebecca SMITH, Jacquie BARLOW and Sally BAINBRIDGE. And not to forget young ISLA !
We would absolutely love to see more LADIES over the age of 60 having a go at three laps around the racecourse. Some have been mentioned already and others will be further down, but these also did their bit for the ‘sisters’ yesterday and therefore, are officially Trail Blazers !
Judith MOKS, Viv WILLIAMS, Liz THOMPSON, Linda KENDALL, Jean RAINE and – naturally - that superb Over 80 - Val MITCHELL !
It’s a bona fide fact, worth mentioning, that our best Age Graded Performances at Catterick have been made by WOMEN. While the parkrun World Record is 15 Mins 49 secs, our fastest FEMALE remains Sarah TUNSTALL who recorded 17 Mins 53 Secs back around Xmas time 2017.
Of our most regular participants, FEMALES outnumber the men by something like a 100-93 split. We are well known as the Gurkha parkrun, however it’s WOMEN who are more likely to be among the most keenest, say those who take part at least 3 times per month.
The LADIES’ TAKEOVER was made possible by a wonderful 33 Volunteers. The GIRLS really turned out in force and had covered well over THIRTEEN HUNDRED parkruns between them.
As Cheryl KEEDY lovingly posted . . . “ You guys are the best .... I wake up going oh should I go to park run ....then message a few pals to see if they are going ...... I get there thinking it’s my day off I could have stayed in bed ... I start the run laughing and clapping and I go home loving it and feeling brilliant with a smile on face .... Catterick parkrun Team you rock x
Also received . . . . “ Thanks a lot from Aycliffe Running club for a well organised parkrun with an abundance of enthusiasm from the volunteers “ and from Al HOWATT-BAKER “An absolutely fantastic parkrun today and so many turned out. A sea of purple runners!! It was amazing to see so much donated to the table too. Ladies may you all have a fantastic international women’s day on Sunday. See you all next week in pink ! “
. . . . It was because we had these amazing characters resplendent in so many PURPLE ‘25’ vests, or tops, jackets, scarves, raincoats, rara skirts, sashes, gloves, legwarmers or tracksuits :
Izzy WILKINSON • skilled Run Director and Briefing, essential Dancer
Linda MCDERMOT • Timekeeper, First Timers Briefing, Event Set Up, Close Down, Results Processor, Catterick parkrun Co-Event Director,.
Hazel LEAH • Funnel Manager, First Timers Briefing, Communications Person, heavily expectant Event Music Playlist provider,
Angelika SKAVN • first time on Finish Tokens
Grace DASHWOOD • Barcode Scanner and 12TH BIRTHDAY. Many Happy Returns from all of us Grace !
Grace GILPIN • Number Checker
Suzanne GREGORY • first time Marshal on Silent Corner , Richmond Storehouse Manager
Claire TEMPLE • Roving Marshal
Gilda FOSTER • Marshal on the bottom bend
Ruth HANCOCK • Marshal at the Start
Melva STECKLES • Food and Cake Preparation and Marshal
Charlotte PETHEN • Funnel Marshal
Anita DAHAL • Marshal
Liz LOCKEY • Tail Walker
Suzanne HARPUR • Tail Walker
Emily HARPUR • Tail Walker (under 10, recently achieved 50th senior parkrun !)
Katie HARPUR • Tail Walker (under 10, doing her 50th senior parkrun !)
Pam BRAMLEY • Tail Walker
Tracy DICK • Tail Walker
Kathleen HALL • Tail Walker
Nicki BUCKETT • Token Sorter and 30 Min Pacer
Sarah PARDINGTON • Token Sorter
Ann HARRINGTON • Token Sorter
Zoe MASON • 22 Min Pacer
Elaine MEADOWCROFT • Report Writer as above
Sarah CIRCO • Volunteer Co-ordinator who put all these together
Thanks also to • Paul BAINBRIDGE • Alan GILPIN (album attached) • Tom CIRCO • John HUNTER • James HOULDING • Yem GURUNG • Trevor MCDERMOT
Yet another memorable event. We’ve seen over 5,000 Personal Bests in our time at the racecourse, and this one was certainly saturated with Girl Power
If you are still reading this then medals are being struck in your honour.
Next week we host another Takeover by Bedale & Askew Runners who will be graduating their latest Couch to 5k programme. The Swift Tees Group are also arriving on tour.
And then there's the small matter of Carrissa WOOD's Hen Do !!
We can’t wait !
Have a great time till then
(t'other writer, wearing curlers + diamante purple ballgown)
This Girl Can
North Yorkshire Sport
Yesterday’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Catterick parkrun Results Page. See the full photo album here
Catterick parkrun started on 17th June 2017. Since then 5,797 participants have completed 24,789 parkruns covering a total distance of 123,945 km. A total of 469 individuals have volunteered 2,961 times.