Durham parkrun 411: 8 February 2020

This week's run report was brought to you by Davie Black, visiting from Edinburgh parkrun:

5 was the number. Not just any number but part of a series as my alarm screeched into life at 5am as I recalled the three hour drive and 153 miles of A1 that I was about to negotiate to take me to the part of my second journey to regionairrism. Given that I live west of Edinburgh then none of the NE events are ever going to be short trips. After visits to both Jubilee and Silksworth my chosen venue for the day was to be Durham. I’m not particularly a stranger to Durham for as a retired prison officer I escorted many a Scottish prisoner to HMP Durham as part of the cross border transfer arrangements between the two prison services where both HMP’s Edinburgh and Durham worked on opposite Thursday mornings to secure a draft north or south depending upon whose turn it was. Those were the days.

The morning of 22nd June 2018, a proper sunny morning too, I, as part of the Scottish parkathon Team, found myself at the scene of Durham parkrun as we embarked on our annual tour this time in the former NE of England region where we would visit and run at twelve parkrun venues over three days. Our live event was to be South Shields. It was a great weekend and, as with these tours served, to broaden my parkrun horizons to the point where I am now in the process of revisiting in order to claim them all as live and done. I’m currently nineteen into your thirty-two. Not bad given that most from this point on will be at least the aforementioned three hours away and more.

As I arrived in the car park, I was aware of the Core Team assembling for the morning ahead. I recognised Mark Herkes and it was good to make his acquaintance once more as he directed me to find a very necessary ‘comfort’ area. Quite a place your Uni facility and incredibly busy as folk from many sporting disciplines arrived for their respective fix.

I managed to catch the latter half of the first timers brief where I was met by Jane Baillie who I had previously got to know at Oriam parkrun held in the grounds of Heriot Watt Uni on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Anthony Clish introduced himself to me as the gaffer and remarked that there hadn’t been many 500 Club t-shirts visit Durham pr previously, I’m pleased to have helped out in that regard, and just as we were queuing up, Mark Dunseith with whom I had become familiar leading up the inaugural Agnew parkrun event in Stranraer where we finally met. Usual announcements and a wave and shout from the visitors then we were off. I didn’t remember the route taking in so much playing field previously. It just seemed to be never ending. Nor do I remember that bridge to make so much clattering whilst heading over to the fields. Anyway, just short of 26 minutes later and it was all over.

It was a great morning as visitor Marcus Shantry brought home the field of 443 in 17:03 narrowly missing out on a PB by a mere eight seconds too. Gateshead Harrier Kim Simpson on her 111th appearance led the way for the ladies finishing 34th overall in a 21:07. On her 11th parkrun outing, unattached Rosie Hedley struck the median with her 27:24. A total of 78 personal bests were scored too on a morning that largely brought some great running conditions. 45 first timers made their appearance where 20 were brand new to parkrun with the other 25, me included, were tourists from elsewhere. 35 unknowns in the mix there and 17 kids dipped for the tape too.

It was a great morning in great company and an ideal morning for running too. Well worth making the trip. I was home before 1pm quietly pleased with my morning's work. If you ever visit Edinburgh parkrun, then be sure to look me up. I’m normally the guy doing the first timers brief. Otherwise you’ll find me moderating the Facebook page parkrun Friends NE England. Feel free to join in.

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Davie BLACK • Mike ELLIOTT • Jacquie ROBSON • Catherine GOUGH • Colin EVERSON • John HUTCHINSON • Neil YOUNG • Mark HERKES • Angus GRAHAM • Marita LE VAUL-GRIMWOOD • Emily HOPKINS • Clare CLISH • Nick LATHAM • Antony CLISH • Beatrice BARTLEY • Steve FARROW • Jill YOUNG • Janet TELFORD • Sarah SMITH • John Paul HARDY • Martin SMITH • James PARKER • Jack FULTON • Kate PAGE • Annie LOPEZ • Val HANCOCK • John CRAGGS • 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 14,802 participants have completed 119,904 parkruns covering a total distance of 599,520 km, including 20,080 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,207 individuals have volunteered 10,123 times.