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Crikey heck that was an interesting few days of running thanks to some rather chilly and challenging weather! Well done to everyone who braved it – the Saturday crew definitely had it a little easier before the white stuff settled. And as for those who went out on Sunday – especially those who went across muddy trails and through gigantic, deep and partially frozen puddles in road trainers – well no words! (Jane in the Mud!)
Hands up who has been out in the last couple of days too? Keep ‘em up if you’ve had a bit of a bambi moment! It can be such a heart in mouth moment when you really think you’re going to go….Please stay upright and safe you lot.
I know that many of you will know John Warne and will have seen lots of his exploits through Facebook or Strava but… Great Notley’s very own John ’52 halves in a year’ Warne has not just been busy clocking up the half marathons over the past year he’s also been an integral part of ... NRG (am I the only one who thinks it’s so cool that that sounds like energy? Yes – oh, best I be quiet then!) Anyway- Notley Running Group... John has written the following all about them:
This (unofficial) group of runners was formed just over a year ago when the Great Notley parkrun was cancelled one week due to the weather and course conditions. We all met that day at The Booking Hall Cafe and did our first unofficial ‘not’ parkrun. Following on from this during the first lockdown last year we still met up via video link after we had all done our solo individual ‘not’ parkruns (the official (not)parkrun had not started but Great Notley created a virtual parkrun as early as April). (How on the ball were we?!)
During the year we ran together when possible abiding by the rules and still meet up via video link in this current lockdown. Also last year we decided that we wanted our own T shirt with our group known as NRG (or “Energy” – geddit? Well, we like it!). Sorry, MRG we are not trying to copy you.
Group members and what they got up to:
Ashman (Ashwin) - 2020/2021 continued to produce fast (not)parkrun times, brought his sanity into question by running a back garden marathon and is doing RED February
Chris 2020/2021 maintains his regular exercise by going out 3 to 4 times a week
Christine 2020/2021 continues to run but now regularly also joins PT Sharon Alexander (Witness The Fitness)
John - 2020 52 Half Marathons in 52 weeks. Parkrun award winner 2020.
Phil - 2020/2021 turned 80, was a 2020 parkrun award winner for 320 miles of walking during the summer and despite having covid in December, recently went for his first run with Steve after over a year of not running
Roger - 2020 carried on running but is also doing a lot more cycling these days
Steve - 2020 Regularly pounding the streets (or Flitch) with John and achieved Lands End to John O Groats virtual run
Stacey - 2020/2021 running streak of over 400 days and still going.
And ANOTHER parkrun award winner last year Steph - 2020 moved to Cumbria, the hills were not big enough in Essex!"
Thanks John - You're all a very busy and active bunch and lovely Steph we miss you!
A whole plethora of results this week and this first lot always make me feel really lazy and wondering to myself just how many hours they have in their days! So well done to the Fantastic Four who have completed 7 5k's this week! Top, top effort!
The following submitted FIVE or more (not)parkrun results this week!
62 not parkrunners completed at least one 5k this week with four of you achieving a PB - that's pretty impressive and I'm guessing that Sunday wasn't the day you did it - but let me know if I'm wrong...
|1||Toby Pereira||VM40-44||1||1||18m 41s||PB is 18m 10s||45|
|2||Edward Dawtrey||SM20-24||2||1||19m 51s||PB is 19m 22s||32|
|3||Oscar Graham-Pereira||JM11-14||3||1||19m 55s||PB is 18m 17s||46|
|4||Emily Pereira||VW40-44||1||1||22m 52s||PB is 21m 17s||41|
|5||James Dodson||VM50-54||4||1||23m 9s||PB is 22m 6s||23|
|6||Steve Tate||VM65-69||5||1||23m 10s||PB is 22m 42s||37|
|7||Aidan Kelly||VM45-49||6||1||23m 18s||New PB!||26|
|8||Chris Sewell||VM60-64||7||1||35m 57s||PB is 23m 12s||44|
|9||Victoria Metson||VW35-39||2||1||23m 55s||PB is 23m 46s||43|
|10||Ian Elliott||VM55-59||8||1||23m 58s||New PB!||20|
|11||Emily Predebon||VW35-39||3||2||24m 18s||PB is 22m 24s||22|
|12||Amr Ziko||VM40-44||9||2||24m 28s||First Timer||1|
|13||Amalie Twydell||JW10||4||1||24m 30s||PB is 23m 25s||38|
|14||Alice Wright||SW20-24||5||1||24m 30s||PB is 22m 6s||5|
|15||Macer Twydell||VM45-49||10||2||24m 35s||PB is 23m 50s||34|
|16||Liam Bowden||VM50-54||11||2||24m 53s||New PB!||32|
|17||Martin Gypps||VM35-39||12||1||24m 53s||PB is 22m 7s||44|
|18||William Barker||VM40-44||13||3||24m 55s||PB is 21m 39s||14|
|19||Guy Scudder||VM45-49||14||3||24m 58s||PB is 24m 33s||42|
|20||Ashwin Shah||VM40-44||15||4||25m 8s||PB is 18m 27s||28|
|21||Vanessa Ann Barlow||VW50-54||6||1||25m 28s||PB is 24m 16s||46|
|22||Simon Hawkins||VM45-49||16||4||25m 32s||PB is 23m 49s||46|
|23||Ken Hills||VM65-69||17||2||25m 42s||PB is 22m 59s||34|
|24||Toby Metson||JM10||18||1||26m 27s||PB is 25m 4s||43|
|25||Acacia Hawkins||JW11-14||7||1||26m 32s||PB is 25m 22s||46|
|26||Andy Packer||VM50-54||19||3||26m 40s||PB is 23m 58s||44|
|27||Ben Whitlock||VM40-44||20||5||26m 46s||PB is 24m 32s||37|
|28||John Warne||VM65-69||21||3||26m 55s||PB is 26m 3s||39|
|29||Steve Hankinson||VM60-64||22||2||27m 40s||PB is 26m 11s||41|
|30||Saffron Hawkins||JW15-17||8||1||28m 6s||PB is 27m 11s||46|
|31||Lizzie Armour||VW45-49||9||1||28m 12s||New PB!||45|
|32||Andrew Dyer||VM45-49||23||5||28m 13s||PB is 21m 41s||46|
|33||Malvin Anthony Fuller||VM40-44||24||6||28m 17s||PB is 27m 11s||21|
|34||Emma Healy||VW40-44||10||2||28m 19s||PB is 23m 48s||43|
|35||Adam Bezdel||VM65-69||25||4||28m 29s||PB is 27m 49s||34|
|36||Kevin Acres||VM60-64||26||3||29m 1s||PB is 27m 23s||24|
|37||Richard Ancient||VM45-49||27||6||29m 8s||PB is 24m 22s||37|
|38||Alan Ward||VM60-64||28||4||29m 19s||PB is 26m 34s||10|
|39||Daniel Sayer||VM50-54||29||4||29m 21s||PB is 27m 4s||44|
|40||Louise Ormrod||VW35-39||11||3||29m 28s||PB is 25m 58s||25|
|41||Hannah Root||JW10||12||2||30m 28s||PB is 27m 46s||44|
|42||Sue Chapman||VW45-49||13||2||30m 41s||PB is 29m 26s||44|
|43||Graham Dalby||VM60-64||30||5||31m 46s||PB is 24m 59s||31|
|44||Stephen Heath||VM50-54||31||5||31m 53s||PB is 31m 34s||6|
|45||Len Marten||VM45-49||32||7||31m 57s||PB is 27m 10s||46|
|46||Victoria Homan-Smith||VW50-54||14||2||34m 33s||PB is 29m 14s||44|
|47||Anna Luff||SW30-34||15||1||34m 41s||PB is 28m 41s||21|
|48||Caroline Fagg||VW55-59||16||1||35m 49s||PB is 34m 16s||45|
|49||Chris Hopkinson||VM65-69||33||5||35m 57s||PB is 31m 55s||42|
|50||Big Dave Howard||VM60-64||34||6||36m 15s||PB is 31m 2s||33|
|51||Jane Roach||VW50-54||17||3||37m 3s||PB is 26m 16s||46|
|52||Annabel Marriott||VW35-39||18||4||37m 14s||New PB!||3|
|53||Mary Fitzpatrick||VW55-59||19||2||37m 56s||PB is 29m 45s||23|
|54||Paula Jarvis||VW40-44||20||3||40m 1s||PB is 37m 25s||39|
|55||Brenda Howard||VW60-64||21||1||45m 43s||PB is 44m 48s||5|
|56||Alison Harper||VW45-49||22||3||46m 22s||PB is 31m 54s||29|
|57||Tony Perkins||VM70-74||35||1||47m 25s||PB is 43m 17s||45|
|58||Michelle Edney||VW50-54||23||4||47m 26s||PB is 27m 58s||27|
|59||Sandra Creak||VW55-59||24||3||56m 30s||PB is 30m 24s||46|
|60||Malcolm Boniface||VM70-74||36||2||57m 25s||PB is 46m 3s||42|
|61||Jacob Root||JM10||37||2||1h 9m 12s||PB is 28m 20s||25|
|62||Paula Marten||VW55-59||25||4||1h 12m 34s||PB is 49m 2s||39|
PB 'Near Misses'
Oh, Victoria.. .a mere 9 seconds that's so close!
|Victoria Metson||23m 55s||23m 46s||9s|
|Stephen Heath||31m 53s||31m 34s||19s|
|Guy Scudder||24m 58s||24m 33s||25s|
|Steve Tate||23m 10s||22m 42s||28s|
|Edward Dawtrey||19m 51s||19m 22s||29s|
|Toby Pereira||18m 41s||18m 10s||31s|
|Adam Bezdel||28m 29s||27m 49s||40s|
|Macer Twydell||24m 35s||23m 50s||45s|
|John Warne||26m 55s||26m 3s||52s|
|Brenda Howard||45m 43s||44m 48s||55s|
|Saffron Hawkins||28m 6s||27m 11s||55s|
So.. for those of you who didn’t know it’s my birthday this week and yes, I’m planning a big bash – you know sending out all the invites, preparing the sausage rolls making piles of sandwiches and stocking up on the bottles of fizz! Oh… well, maybe I’m not… another lockdown birthday it is then! But hey, that means more cake for me so not all bad then.
The treasure hunt had a bit of a ‘What do you know about Jane’ theme to it …
Treasure Hunt Bonus Items
The number (and I was a bit generous here) was either a 2 (for February) or 11 (my birthday date) or my age of 21- stop laughing you lot, it’s true – well if you add on 30+ years of experience it is! The closest was Paula M with her lovely clear number 10, but not quite close enough. The other Paula, Paula J submitted a whole bus timetable but it was just tooooo tricky to read so I’m afraid I couldn’t give her any bonus points for that.
If you were wearing my favourite colour in your selfie, then bonus points are coming your way! Paula J’s coat earnt her a bonus but unfortunately not for Martin – least said about his coat the better!
The quest for parallel lines resulted in a whole load of double yellows!! Michelle looked as though she’d discovered some freshly painted ones and Martin’s were going round the bend! Bonus points went to those folks who found parallel lines which were above the ground!
Steps – cue a whole host of comments about a ‘tragedy’ well it certainly wasn’t an issue for anyone who founds sets of steps which weren’t wooden! We also discovered that Len’s cat Jaci is pretty nimble venturing up the loft ladder and Edward (Denise and Malc’s dog) was performing his best catalogue pose mid-way up a flight! Vanessa’s dog also posed beautifully at the top of some point worthy brick steps.
Not a single one of you managed to nab the bonus points for the sign this week! We had roundabout signs, huge signs, street signs, fire hydrants, speed limits, road closed signs and danger of death signs (eek, treasure hunting is not supposed to be that extreme!) What I was hoping for was a sign with a fraction on it – well you know how much I love maths!
|#||Treasure Item||Bonus Item||Bonus Points|
|RDSGN7||A Road Sign||...with fractions, as I love maths ;-)||+4|
|SELFA3||A Selfie||…wearing my fave colour, purple.||+4|
|STEPS1||Steps||...that were not wooden.||+4|
|PRLNS1||Parallel Lines||...that were not on the ground … and a soundtrack to my youth!||+4|
|NUMBR1||A Number||…either 2 (the month) or 11 (the day) or I would have accepted 21||+4|
This week's Treasure Hunt Scores
Big congratulations to our two top scorers Sue and Paula J and Vanessa in third position
|Vanessa Ann Barlow||1||1||3||5||1||11||36||11|
February Treasure Hunt League Scores
As this was the first treasure hunt in February there's not much more to add other than it's a girls on top week!
|Name||6th Feb||13th Feb||20th Feb||27th Feb||Total|
|Vanessa Ann Barlow||11||-||-||-||11|
Overall Treasure Hunt Leaderboard
… almost the last bit of the treasure hunt news... Simon H has retained his hold on the top spot by the very tips of his fingers… 1 teeny, tiny point is all that's keeping him there! Will it last for much longer?? Oh, the excitement - I could crush a grape
|Name||Total||Pos.Last Week||Pos.This Week||Moving|
|Vanessa Ann Barlow||484||5||5||-|
Before I finish I must just mention the fact that one parkrunner submitted two lots of treasure hunts because she believed she'd spotted a theme in my clues - a musical clue at that. I was so impressed that I wanted to give her some extra points and prizes but I was overruled by Len, he said we'd given away our quota of speedboats...so in case you didn't see it here's Vanessa's treasure hunt musical montage and I think it's fantastic
I’m not passing the RD reigns or treasure hunting box on to anyone else this week you have me setting the clues again! However, given that it’s going to be Valentine’s Day on Sunday I promise, from the bottom of my heart (see quick link there) that the bonuses will not be too tricky!
See you at the weekend parkies
If you're planning on Timekeeping or Scanning with us in the future here is the link to the new parkrun Virtual Volunteer app. This link includes instructions on how to install it on your phone as well as instructions on how to use it. Why not install it and have a play? If you want to play with your very own finish tokens, you can get some here.
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Professor Mike Weed discusses the Rapid Scoping Review of Evidence of Outdoor Transmission of COVID-19 on this Free Weekly Timed episode (4th Sept 2020).