Durham parkrun event number 413 22nd February 2020

We returned to our regular route today despite continued wind, rain and a high, fast flowing river all week. A huge well done to all you hardcore runners, joggers, walkers and volunteers for embracing the wind, hailstones, wind, rain, wind, slippery mud and more wind! It was fantastic to see such commitment to starting your Saturday off, the parkrun way.
My aim today was to count how many “thank-you’s” I received while marshalling. Well, I genuinely lost count! I received verbal thank-you’s, nods of approval, smiles, thumbs up gestures, quite a few “cheers marshal” and several compliments on my wellies (which by chance matched the new high-viz)! All before 10am - not a bad way to start a Saturday at all! The feel good factor comes free at parkrun, regardless of how you participate. Enjoy the rest of your windy weekend.
This week 390 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 55 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Colin EVERSON • John HUTCHINSON • Audrey CHRISTIE • Richard JACKSON • Emily HOPKINS • Clare CLISH • Antony CLISH • Beatrice BARTLEY • Steve FARROW • Tom HORSFIELD • Jonathan HAMILL • Jill YOUNG • Janet TELFORD • Sarah SMITH • Andrew MAGEE • John Paul HARDY • Jonathan GLEDHILL • Annie LOPEZ • Val HANCOCK • John CRAGGS • Alex LATHAM • Emily FAWELL • Alison PRIESTLEY

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 14,901 participants have completed 120,671 parkruns covering a total distance of 603,355 km, including 20,141 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,209 individuals have volunteered 10,168 times.

 

Durham parkrun 412: 15 February 2020

Well, we all beat Storm Dennis to the finish - just as well since parts of the river have come over the banks since then! The rain mostly held off while people were on the course, with a few spots just starting at the end but we still had to deal with the aftermath of the previous week's floods by running an alternative course. A big thank you goes out, as always, to all the volunteers who stepped up to help make sure we could go ahead safely. This included several course inspections and some creative re-routing but it all came off.

Please keep an eye on social media over the coming week as we continue to assess the impact the storms have had on our course and we keep a close watch on the weather forecast.

Enjoy your week and see you next Saturday (we hope)!

This week 377 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Colin EVERSON • Neil YOUNG • Stephen Paul FOREMAN • Claire HUNT • Emily HOPKINS • Clare CLISH • Andrew CORBIN • Nick LATHAM • Emma VAUGHAN • Antony CLISH • Steve FARROW • Emily TUPPER • Clare HIGGINS • Jill YOUNG • Sarah SMITH • Deborah TAYLOR • John Paul HARDY • Jack FULTON • Kelly HETHERINGTON • Val HANCOCK • Alex LATHAM • Julie LATHAM

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 14,836 participants have completed 120,281 parkruns covering a total distance of 601,405 km, including 20,128 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,207 individuals have volunteered 10,145 times.

 

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.

 

Durham parkrun Event 410 01/02/2020

Run Report by Molly Smith, visiting from Market Harborough
The 1st February saw Durham parkruns 410th event. An amazing 449 people ran, jogged or walked on Saturday morning. 71 parkrunners earnt new pb’s (even in that strong wind!) – very well done! 42 people participated in their first Durham parkrun. 27 of those were from elsewhere (including myself). 15 people started their parkrun journey at Saturday’s event. Congratulations! Your Saturday mornings will never be the same again! Most importantly, 21 incredible volunteers gave up their time and energy to ensure that event number 410 took place – thank you very much!

It’s always fantastic at any parkrun event to see the amazing range of people that take part. Everyone has their own reasons and parkrun story for how, and why they are standing at the start line. For example, John Robson celebrated his 250th parkrun on Saturday. But not only this, John was undertaking his 71st volunteer role by pacing 25 minutes and helping others to reach their own goals. This was a very special parkrun for John, as it marked exactly 5 years since he retired from the fire service. Despite now being part of the 250 club, it hasn’t been an easy journey for John. In 2013, John was told he would never run or climb again when he was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatia (PMR). John has also had 6 knee operations and now in remission with PMR. However, John taught himself how to run again with parkrun being his inspiration. Congratulations John, you are an inspiration to those at Durham parkrun and beyond.

Durham parkrun lived up to my expectations. Approaching maiden castle had mixed memories. The last time I saw the sports centre was during my final year exams so I was probably a bit stressed the last time I was there! However, everyone seemed so friendly and the volunteers were very helpful and cheerful. The course itself was beautiful and is now my favourite. The course is flat and on mixed terrain with some fantastic scenery. The second half when you’re running along the river really is something. Running over bridges and under arches, and seeing all the rowers is quite therapeutic. Approaching the bridge across the river, you really get the most beautiful view. With the sun shining high, Durham Cathedral and Castle looked even more spectacular, it really made for an incredible view whilst running. Every marshal was very encouraging along the course. Crossing the finish line, a volunteer I spoke to at the beginning asked me how the parkrun was. And honestly, I don’t always enjoy running 5K. However, I really enjoyed the experience in Durham, and he suggested I come back. If I ever find myself back in the North-East on a Saturday morning, I would definitely return to run this parkrun again. Until then, happy.

 

Durham parkrun event #406 4/1/20

Everyone loves a good stat don’t they? Well at least one of our core team does anyhow (ahem - Nick Latham). Here’s Durham parkrun 2019 in numbers:

We had 1,674 new participants register with Durham as their home parkrun.
4,118 participants clocked up a total of 17,526 runs over the course of the year which adds up to a total of 87,630 km that have been run, jogged and walked - phew

 

New Year’s Day Event

We will be staging a New Year's Day run this year on 1/1/20 at 10:30 am. See you all then!

 

Durham parkrun #397

Well done to everyone who ran today and sacrificed watching the Rugby World Cup (some of you lucky runners may have managed to do both!) There was a better turnout of runners than I had expected. Thankfully yesterday’s rain had stopped and it was nice weather- dry and mild. However, it was very muddy and wet underfoot. I nearly slipped over a couple of times!

Like always, the atmosphere was friendly and cheerful. I joined the Durham Parkrun community in October 2018 when I started university. It is one of my favourite Parkrun courses- its nice, flat and scenic (particularly by the river) but the dreaded grass…

See you runners next week!

Claudia Davies

This week 316 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Alan SMITH • Denise SMITH • Colin EVERSON • Audrey CHRISTIE • Carlton BAUGH • Emily HOPKINS • Debbie MCFARLAND • Andrew CORBIN • Nick LATHAM • Antony CLISH • Steve FARROW • Claudia DAVIES • David CASE • Derek SNOWDON • Maddy WILSON • Penny GIBSON • Emily SUTTON • Alex LATHAM • Sterling GIBSON • David C JAMES • Jessica LIN

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 14,206 participants have completed 114,619 parkruns covering a total distance of 573,095 km, including 19,522 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,182 individuals have volunteered 9,762 times.

 

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.

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