Durham parkrun #395

Durham parkrun #395

It was a cold start to parkrunday, but the forecast rain hadn’t arrived although the grass was very damp from the overnight downpour. I’d planned to mark my 100th separate parkrun volunteering day by taking on tasks I had never done before so I signed up for tail walking and here I am writing the run report!

After witnessing the amazing first timers briefing by Davie Black at Edinburgh parkrun in August I also put myself down for first timers briefing, but I have never been able to get as many laughs as Davie does. I’d just finished my briefing wearing the orange tail walking bib when a regular at Durham parkrun came up and introduced herself to me and thanked me for volunteering as tail walker. She explained it is good to know someone is at the back with you, and she was worried because she hadn’t seen many people this morning who are usually around her. I explained she had nothing to worry about and I was right, after the start I didn’t see her again.

Jill was RD this week and in her very organised way we were all ready, and she was doing her briefing at 8:55. She set us away at 9:01 and caught out a number of regulars who turn up at 9:05 and still catch the start. It was a strange experience starting at the back, but it showed how big parkrun actually is and the wide variety of people who come along. It really is open to everyone and everyone is made to feel included.

I was tail walking with Nicola, Jane and wee Finlay and for the first km we were continuously caught up by parkrunners who had been caught out by the on time start. Finlay kept us entertained all of the way round by singing nursery rhymes and the odd chant of “Scotland, Scotland”. I’ve been singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to myself for the rest of the day.

A great part of tail walking is that you get to speak to all of the marshals who have given up their Saturday morning to make sure parkrun can go ahead. They all show what parkrun is about and all cheered on the 401 parkrunners who passed them today.

We had one person in the field celebrating a milestone today, Sam Keenaghan has now ran 50 parkruns and qualifies for her new t-shirt! Well done Sam!

The wet grass didn’t slow people down with 71 people getting new PB’s at Durham today.

We had 28 amazing hi-viz heroes at Durham parkrun this week and if it wasn’t for the volunteers we couldn’t put parkrun on. I’ve enjoyed trying out new roles today and I will definitely be tail walking again in the future. Every volunteer role is easy and if your are unsure someone will explain it to you and show you what you need to do. If you want to volunteer in the future email durham@parkrun.com and the RD for that week will reply to you.

 

Durham parkrun event number 394, 12th October 2019

It was a lovely sunny day for us all yesterday as 460 parkrunners made their way along the riverbanks to the bandstand (thanks to Ian Farmer for the great photo). It was particularly good to welcome back lots of the university students and see some new fresher faces too!
There were milestones aplenty as Kate Younger made it to 50 runs, volunteer of the year Neil Young completed his 400th and Grace Walker her 11th run (sorry we missed you last week!). Of course the highlight of the run was singing happy birthday to our very own Mike Eliott as he crossed the finish line, many happy returns Mike!
We were pleased to welcome a huge 77 first timers to Durham parkrun with visitors from Glasgow, Cambridge, Manchester, London and Australia - hope you all enjoyed the run and we see you back again very soon.
As ever a big round of applause goes to our fantastic volunteers, every role was filled this week and we can’t thank you all enough.
Have a great week everyone, see you next Saturday- don’t forget your barcode!

 

Happy 15th Birthday parkrun

Firstly, I want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Parkrun! I think we can all say that Parkrun is a big part of our lives. Like many of you, I love Saturday mornings- the friendly atmosphere and smiley faces. It’s a great way to start the weekend.
I was particularly looking forward to this weeks Parkrun. Unfortunately, due to a busy schedule over the summer I hadn’t had a chance to do much running. Now back at university, I am looking forward to picking it up again. Unlike most of my university friends, I am an early bird- I like an early start to the day. There’s just something about the cold morning air at this time of year that I really like. Despite the grey clouds, fog and wet ground it was a good run. Well done everyone! You can enjoy that piece of cake now.
Claudia Davies, A928343

Durham parkrun, Event number 393. 5th October 2019
This week 358 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Roz LAYTON • Mike ELLIOTT • Colin EVERSON • Michael ROSS • Neil YOUNG • Katherine HAY-HEDDLE • Debbie MCFARLAND • Nick LATHAM • Simon GRAHAM • Steve FARROW • Robert SCHOFIELD • Claudia DAVIES • Kay CAIRNS • Joey CAIRNS • Helen WILSON • David CASE • Jonathan HAMILL • Jill YOUNG • Katie DAVISON • Deborah TAYLOR • Kelly HETHERINGTON • Kate PAGE • Harry GRESSWELL • Annie LOPEZ • Alex LATHAM • Emily FAWELL

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

Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011. Since then 14,010 participants have completed 113,200 parkruns covering a total distance of 566,000 km, including 19,338 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,170 individuals have volunteered 9,656 times.

 

Durham parkrun – Event #389 – 07/09/2019 – A lovely sunny morning in Durham

The warm weather encouraged 344 runners, walkers and joggers to attend parkrun at The Graham Sports Centre in Durham today. The location is easy to find from the details given on the Durham parkrun course page, there’s ample toilets, facilities and parking - it’s worth noting that it’s best to leave a spare parkrun barcode visible on your dashboard.

The parkrun starts out on the Graham Sports Centre athletics track (built in the 1980’s), which is part of Durham University. From there we head out along a lovely riverside route that turns onto “noisy bridge” (for those of you that haven’t worked it out, it makes a lot of noise with 300+ people running on it at once!) where you’re greeted by the lovely marshal (hi-vis hero) Colin at his official post of “Colin’s Corner” - seriously though guys, I hope you do give him a day off at some point!

Our first timers and tourists briefing was very light-hearted and informative. I particularly liked the use of picture signs showing the difference between parkrun barcodes and finish tokens - as well as a guide for those newbies to parkrun in general. The parkrun course was clearly explained and we were given lots of information on what to expect. Who knew that Sir Paul Sinton-Hewitt himself (may or may not have) quoted Durham parkrun as being “one of the best parkruns” around…

A big well done to all those who took part today, including those who achieved PBs, personal goals and milestones; and a big hello to those who were tourists from all over.

After completing the parkrun finishing along the beautiful riverside that overlooked the cathedral, my fellow tail walker team and I were applauded in by the team of wonderful volunteers (hi-vis heroes), and we all went for a lovely coffee in the (not-so secret anymore) Secret Garden Cafe.

The marshals are part of many of the wonderful volunteers who give up their time each week to make parkrun happen. A big thank you to all 24 of this week’s volunteers.

Volunteering is a really fun and rewarding way to be part of the parkrun family, so if you haven’t already tried it, please do give it a go! There are so many different roles to choose from and you’ll be shown the ropes by the Core Team, so it really is as simple as that.
This week 344 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
• George NICHOLSON • Karen Anne CHALKLEY • Colin EVERSON • John HUTCHINSON • Mark HERKES • Richard JACKSON • Angus GRAHAM • Clare CLISH • Nick LATHAM • Millie CLISH • Aileen SCOTT • Naomi ERLEBACH • Emma APPERLEY • Kate YOUNGER • John TOMLINSON • Janet TELFORD • Peter TELFORD • Stephanie BENNETT • Katie DAVISON • Rebecca DONEY • Jill WELSBY • Julie WILMORE • Alex LATHAM • Emily FAWELL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Durham parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 15:12 on 17th March 2012 (event number 32).
The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a time of 16:31 on 26th May 2012 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 97.65% (24:50) on 16th June 2018 (event number 329).
Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011. Since then 13,811 participants have completed 111,714 parkruns covering a total distance of 558,570 km, including 19,178 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,160 individuals have volunteered 9,549 times.
All in all I found Durham to be one of the friendliest parkruns I have ever been to and I would love to visit again someday. Thank you to all who welcomed me.
Stephanie Bennett

 

 

Durham parkrun Event 388

All was not looking good for Durham parkrun event 388 on Friday the 30th, and it was looking like being freedom runs all round until a group of hardy volunteers stepped forward to fill our remaining roles and help us go ahead as planned.

With visitors from near and far enjoying the views of our stunning city we had to ensure we put on a show and that we did. 

This week 361 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Mike ELLIOTT • Colin EVERSON • Malcolm Robert SYGROVE • John HUTCHINSON • Mark HERKES • John ROBSON • Mike JOHNSON • Jane BAILLIE • Angus GRAHAM • Sophie DENNIS • Clare CLISH • Andrew CORBIN • Simon GRAHAM • Antony CLISH • Helen WILSON • Harriet PRITCHARD • Emma ROBSON • Nathan EWIN • Jill YOUNG • Katie DAVISON • John Paul HARDY • Thomas PUSCHMANN • Oliver PUSCHMANN • Val HANCOCK • Aileen CONGREVE • Emily FAWELL • Emma SMITH • Sarah GRAY

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

The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 15:12 on 17th March 2012 (event number 32).

The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a time of 16:31 on 26th May 2012 (event number 42).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 97.65% (24:50) on 16th June 2018 (event number 329).

Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011. Since then 13,759 participants have completed 111,370 parkruns covering a total distance of 556,850 km, including 19,140 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,157 individuals have volunteered 9,525 times

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