Hello Gorleston parkrunners.

To coincide with I.W.D. parkrun are having a special event on March 7th 2020. This is including the THIS GIRL CAN initiative and should bring more women into the parkrun fold. Our result statistics usually show 40 to 45 % of the field are ladies and as far as I know, never over 50%. So come on girls, turn out in your best numbers, bring a friend and let's break the 50% barrier apart. My suggested target for you is 60%. GO FOR IT!


GC report for 21st May

parkrun Points competition  leaders start to show.

As we leave our 7th birthday a few weeks behind, the points competition starts to develop. Only 21 points separate the first 3 ladies, Karen Gedge, Jodie Lee and Sophie Grey. The men’s’ leaders are Neil Adcock, Liam Nudd and Stuart Coe with only a 35 point spread. Points are given for timed placiings and add up for each week over the year.

Of 220 entrants this week, 22 were first timers and 29 improved their best times. Remarkably, 8 of these PBs were amongst the fastest 20 runners. The First three finishers were Marc Evans, Darren Honour and Neil Adcocck. The First three ladies were Holly Bunn, Penny Studley and Amy Vallis

The best Age-graded time percentages were achieved by Dianne Crosby (80.6%) and  Holly Bunn (79.4%), these two speedy ladies being towards opposite ends of our age spectrum.

A Special mention must go to Anna Hickin who completed her second run in exactly the same time as her first. Also, we look forward to Michaek Childs; next run when he will join the “250 club”

Full results and everyone’s past records can be found on the parkrun website:


GC report from 14th May

When the North Wind doth blow....

After two weeks of warmer weather, the cold Northerly breeze was quite a reversion.  Turnout was down, but still good at 207 athletes. Also, there were still 13 personal best times. This is of special note because there had to be a route diversion on the second lap. Unfortunately one runner suffered a collapse but an heroic group of parkrunners stopped to give aid and we are all extremely grateful to them for their able use of first aid skills. It is understood that the person concerned is now being treated in hospital.

            Quickest runners were: Ladies, Justine FAWCETT, Penny STUDLEY and Jane THOMAS and for the men, Darren BARNES, Darren HONOUR and Neil ADCOCK. Full results can be found on the parkrun website.

This week’s “midfielder” was Paul GREENSIDES on his 193rd run,  whilst in 100-slot was Richard Helsdon (15th run) and at position 200 was Vanessa WHITING (14th run).

Other stats:  Male/Female split is 60:40. 70% are not running club members. A quarter of the field have taken part over 100  times and there were 18 first-timers this week. Be careful what you are starting, it might be addictive!


Report by Chris Harbord


parkrun Report for April 30th 2016

Record turnout at Gorleston parkrun

In the week after the London Marathon and in the first week of its Eighth year, the attendance at Gorleston Cliffs parkrun was the highest ever. Sunny weather and only a mild breeze tempted out 259 athletes including the fast and the slow, walkers and pole walkers, dog walkers/runners and trolley pushers too.

First male  finisher was Robert Chenery who occasionally visits us from Ipswich. He was followed in by William Simm who also achieved the best age related score  of the day at 85.6% Third fastest was Marc Evans. All three of these achieved personal best times.

The first lady was Danielle Sullivan, followed by Holly Bunn a few seconds behind her. Both these runs were personal bests. Nadine Hesseltine was the third lady in.

The total number of PBs was 69 which is about 3 in 10 of the walkers and runners. This is a sure sign that steady improvement can be made with regular activity, at whatever pace you proceed. There were 24 newcomers this week. Our Mid-runner was Robert Muncaster with a PB on his ninth run.

A full list of times can be found on the parkrun website results page.

Special thanks go to Ken Overy who has decided to step down from doing these reports after a long period of great service. We’ll still see him on marshal and “k-mark” duties.


parkrun 7th birthday 23/4/16


          Saturday was the seventh anniversary of the Gorleston Cliffs parkrun and on a chilly bright and breezy morning, 210 runners took part in the event which included five of the original ten runners who lined up for the very first run back in April 2009, Sean Jermy, Linda Phillips, Janet Sanderson, Peter Smith and Peter Westgate.

            It being St George’s Day, the event took on a patriotic flavour with many participants wearing red and white and waving the flag of St George. There was only one “George” among them, junior runner George Brownsell (JM 15-17) of GYDAC. Who completed in 28.10.  A number of runners were in fancy dress,, notably a husband and wife couple , Adrian Penn in a green dragon outfit chased by  Louise Penn draped in a large St George flag.

            In the men’s event Nick Roper (VM40-44) of Bungay Black Dog RC, crossed the line first in a new PB of 18.13, followed by unatt. runner Darren Barnes (VM40-44) IN 18.26. Third was Marc Evans (VM35-39) of GYRR in 18.30.

            In the women’s event, Joanna Andrews (VW40-44) of BBDRC  crossed the line in an outstanding 18.59, 4th place overall. Unattached Danielle Sullivan (JW15-17) was next in 22.10, and Holly Bunn (JW11-14) of BBDRC was third in 22.31.

            The final positions in this year’s annual points competition were: first Darren Barnes with 4855 pts, second Kai Beadle with 3618 pts and third Gary Pillar with 3592 pts.  In the women’s competition, Zarina Hampton was first with 4198 pts, next was Julie Ann Webster with 3955 pts, and third Maria Ball with 3934.

            The best Age Grade scores were by :Joanna Andrews (VW40-44) graded 81.65% for her time of 28.59, Diane Crosby (VW70-74) graded 77.31% for 28.48, and Nick Roper (VM40-44) graded 72.22% for 18.13.

            Finally, many congratulations go to unattached runner Maria Ball who completed her 250th parkrun. The following runners have now all completed 50 parkruns, Rod Cooper (VM45-49) in 24.46, William Jenner (SM30-34) in 26:37, Liam Nudd (SM25-29) in 22:00 and Victoria Collins (VW40-44) in 42.22.

          Report by Ken Overy

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