Herrington Country parkrun is cancelled on 11 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(not)parkrun Event #03 (It’s the Magic Number) – Run Report

Herrington Country Park awaits the return of parkrun

Herrington Country Park awaits the return of parkrun

Lurking among the (not)parkrun results this week there are a number of phenomenal efforts that might be overlooked by just a cursory glance at the list of finishers in week 3 of the event.

At the head of the queue this week, in my opinion is Karen Magog. Karen was a 1st time (not)parkrunner on Saturday 4th July and completed her run in 23:05, almost a minute and a half quicker than her previous parkrun best time. In doing so, Karen recorded an Age Grade % of 70.18. Highest of the week and 2nd highest ever in a (not)parkrun for Herrington Country. Although not quite quick enough to claim the Age Grade Record for her category, this run would place Karen at 244th (out of 3,400+) in the all-time Herrington Country parkrun Age Grade league. An age Grade performance of 70%+ is a bit of a Holy Grail for me, so hats off to Karen.

Graeme Conlon (& Daughter) posted their 1st ever parkrun time

Graeme Conlon (& Daughter) posted their 1st ever parkrun time

Karen was one of 10 1st Timers at (not)parkrun this week. Another 1st Timer Graeme Conlon (39:25) became the 5th person to make a parkrun debut at a (not)parkrun event. It may not be the ideal start to a parkrun career having to get out there without the rest of the crew, but it’s great to see that people are still being attracted to the community and will hopefully join us in the Country Park at 9am on a Saturday soon.

Familiar names among the 1st Timers

Familiar names among the 1st Timers

More familiar names on the 1st Timer list included 1st Finisher John Dodds (21:48) and long-time friend of Herrington Country parkrun, Nathan Craigs, 3rd Finisher at the 3rd (not)parkrun in 22:58.

He may jointly hold the record for taking part in Herrington Country parkrun (32 along with Paul Wind (28:21 this week)), but Nathan has a bit of catching up to do in (not)parkrun terms. Rachael Forbister/Gibbins achieved the maximum of 7 (not)parkruns this week and with 20 (not)parkruns overall has completed at least 7 more than any other parkrunner.

Out on her own. Rachael has 18 (not)parkruns

Out on her own. Rachael has 18 (not)parkruns

First Female Finisher (for the 2nd week in a row) Rebecca Cairns ran a (not)parkrun  PB of 22.21 , which is about 70 seconds faster than her parkrun PB.

There were 17 further PBs, including 5 others that were all-time parkrun PBs:

- Zoe Dipper 25:52

- Amy Drew 29:23

- Ruth Graham 32:01 (PB streak of 2)

- Joanne Richardson 35:22 (1st Timer last week, PB this week)

- Leanne Simpson 38:37 (PB streak of 2)

Keith and Lisa ran a (not)parkrun in South Shields. They all count!

Keith and Lisa ran a (not)parkrun in South Shields. They all count!

Average run time this week was 33:32. Janet Morris (32:59) & Adrian Kelsall (34:05) were closest to the average time.

7 different running clubs were represented in the results this week.

All told 53 parkrunners (27 Female (51%)) ran, jogged or walked a total of 81 parkruns  (42 (52%) by Female (not)parkrunners) in the week.

Once again Saturday was the most popular day, with 23 recorded times. Pretty good considering that this week there was competition from Hair Stylist/Barbershops & Pubs/Restaurants for the first time. At least you could get a decent cup of coffee afterwards.

Cat (Herrington) and Kay (Riverside) take part together while representing different parkruns

Cat (Herrington) and Kay (Riverside) take part together while representing different parkruns

Volunteer credits this week for: -

Tailwalkers - Alan and Lucy Simpson

Togs – Rachael Gibbins, Lisa Form, Cat Lingwood, Keith Tilmouth & Graeme Conlon – we would love to see loads more photos/selfies in the coming weeks!

Timekeepers – Everyone!

Week 4 is the final rehearsal for Herrington Country parkrun’s 1st Birthday in week 5, and we’re still hoping to encourage 100 people to take part in the celebration. Please encourage a friend to get involved.

parkrunners on a runner

parkrunners on a runner

 

 

The Seven-year Itch – (not)parkrun Event #02

Fergus listens intently as Keith rehearses his RD remarks

Fergus listens intently as Keith explains the purpose of the TAILwalker!

As there are 7 opportunities every week to record a (not)parkrun, I hit on the brilliant idea of linking this week’s report to the events of 7 years ago. Curiously, back in 2013 you could only do parkrun on a Saturday, which all sounds a bit antiquated and old-fangled compared to the current age. Times were tough, back then. Consequently, it seemed most appropriate to concentrate on the events of Saturday 22nd June 2013 (1st day of this week’s parkrun and only parkrun day back then).

Guess what, Dear Reader? Nothing happened! There’s nothing of note recorded on Wikipedia and nothing on Onthisday, either. Robin Thicke was at Number One in the singles chart (free entry in the next (not)parkrun for everyone who remembers the song) and David Cameron was PM, so they didn’t even have the excitement of Brexit to fill the long summer days.

Cat delivers her very 1st RD remarks to an expectant crowd

Cat delivers her very 1st RD remarks to an expectant crowd

I had spent 3 long, weary hours on the golf course coming up with that idea and then – nothing. The trauma almost sobered me up! But then, as usual in these circumstances, the familiar gait of Head Honcho Keith Tilmouth came speeding over the horizon with a deadline demand to the rescue. In a little visited corner of Facebook, there was the event I was looking for.

On 22nd June 2013, Keith began his affair with parkrun (“There are three of us in this marriage”, Lisa T might’ve said (but didn’t)). To celebrate this anniversary, Keith and fellow ED Darin Craigs, along with Adrian Kelsall and Steven Chapman decided to run a half marathon made up of 4 freedom runs at local parkruns (Sedgefield, Riverside, Prudhoe and Herrington Country), with a little cool down tagged on to complete the distance.

If it's Monday, it must be Sedgefield (or must it)?

If it's Monday, it must be Sedgefield

“7 years ago to the day l ran my very first parkrun and since then never really looked back. So many places and adventures along way in the UK and Europe. Tonight decided to celebrate my anniversary with some social distancing parkrunners. Off we went and ran Sedgefield parkrun, then drove to Riverside parkrun to tick that one off, moving onto Prudhoe parkrun and final finishing at my home parkrun Herrington Country where I ran with Liam to complete the mini series. With a little bit of VAT we ran a half marathon completing four of the North’s finest parkruns. Great night and another mini parkrunathon adventure. Thanks lads for tagging along”, was all he said.

Unfortunately, for our heroes you’re only allowed one (not)parkrun per day and so Rachael Forbister/Gibbins is our most prolific athlete this week with 7 events recorded in the week and 11 since (not)parkrun started. All told 42 individuals recorded a total of 80 (not)parkruns. Three fewer runners than last week, completing an additional 85km. Rachael, Keith, Darin and Adrian accounted for 105 of the total 400 kilometres completed!

a (not) parkrun route moments before prolific participant Rachael came into view

a (not)parkrun route moments before prolific participant Rachael came into view

Anniversaries should be coming thick and fast at the moment (but aren’t due to coronavirus). On 18th July Herrington Country parkrun will be one year old. There’s not a chance that we will all be meeting together in Herrington Country Park at 9am on that day, but the core team are keen to encourage as many runners as possible to record a 5km that week. 100 people taking part would be a great way to mark the occasion. So, if you could all carry on running as you have been doing, but remember to bring someone with you, we should achieve that with ease. I know that you can go to Spain or Greece now and you might fancy a getaway, but the beauty of (not)parkrun is that you can do it anywhere and if you’re not ready at 9am, you can do it once you’ve sobered up!

Snapper snapped!

Snapper snapped!

The process for adding yourself to (not)parkrun results is simple – click on the link above, enter your athlete ID and password and then enter the date you ran and the time it took you. Ever helpful your diligent core team members took it upon themselves to demonstrate some of the simpler errors, so you won’t make them and miss out.

Firstly, as demonstrated above, don’t lose three of your (not)parkruns by running them on the same day as a fourth.

David celebrates completing the results process

David celebrates completing the results process

If you get lost on the course, perhaps by walking it in reverse, you can still record the run, as long as you remember to run the full distance.

Volunteering only this week despite completing 2 miles!

Volunteering only this week despite completing 2 miles!

Once you have completed the full 5km, make sure that you add yourself to the results by 11:59pm on Sunday evening.

Fred and Jackie completed the run, but their result was lost in the ether (or the dog chewed it)!

Fred and Jackie completed the run, but their results were lost in the ether (or the dog chewed them)!

You can’t complete the course in a buggy, run the last 5 metres and expect your Mam to record your result.

Nice try Hollie!

Nice try Hollie!

Finally (and none of your core team could bring themselves to make this mistake), remember to check that your home parkrun is Herrington Country.

Andy Graham was 1st Finisher this week in a time of 19:33. Mark Emery’s time of 21:02 placed him as 2nd finisher at the 2nd (not)parkrun.

4th finisher Rebecca Cairns, was first of 22 female runners (52%), who between them completed 41 of the 80 runs (51%).

A scenic view from Catherine's run

A scenic view from Catherine's run

This week we had 9 first timers and included within that figure there were two people making their parkrun debut – Matthew Gage and Joanne Richardson. We’re delighted to see you in the results.

17 athletes recorded (not)parkrun PBs. For Rachael Gibbins and Leanne Simpson this was also an all-time parkrun best.

8 Running Clubs were represented in the results this week.

Most popular day (in the final results) was Saturday with 17 recorded times.

Visitors listen intently as Keith goes through the 1st Timers Briefing ;)

Visitors listen intently as Keith goes through the 1st Timers Briefing ;)

Average run time this week was 32:59. Ruth Graham, with a PB of 32:57, was nearest to the average time this week.

(not) volunteer credits this week for: -

Cat Lingwood RD/Tog

Lisa Tilmouth Tailwalker

Adrian Kelsall, Cat Lingwood, Catherine Bainbridge, Keith Tilmouth Togs

The Tailwalker who Tailran

The Tailwalker who Tailran

 

The Return of parkrun – Not!

Not featured this week, but coming to a parkrun near you soon

Not featured this week, but coming to a parkrun near you soon

Not many people would argue that the word “not” has anything other than a negative connotation. There have been attempts in the past to bring “not” in from the cold, negative domain in which it resides. The 1992 movie “Wayne’s World” popularised phrases such as those in the title of this report and led to Not! appearing in the list of “words of the year”. Ten or so years earlier BBC2’s “Not the Nine O’clock News” was generally more enjoyable than the actual news on BBC1 at the same time.

In recent months however, the original meaning has returned with a bang. “You should NOT go out unless it’s essential”. “You will NOT go on public transport without a face covering”. Worst of all* “You must NOT gather in the park at 9am on a Saturday morning for a free, weekly, timed 5k run”.

“Not” really is getting a bad press again. For this reason (and this reason alone) parkrun worldwide has begun the fightback on “not’s” behalf with the introduction of (not)parkrun. And what a fightback it has been.

SeafRUNt smiler Catherine ran her 5k at the coast

SeafRUNt smiler Catherine ran her 5k at the coast

It was a miserable, rainy, windy, warm, gloriously sunny day (depending on which day you ran) in Herrington Country Park and elsewhere around the area as 45 brave souls set out on the not(parkrun) inaugural event (unless of course, someone ran in the dead of night, in which case it was all those things and dark as well).

...as did ED Keith who was up before the larks on the summer solstice!

...as did ED Keith who was up before the larks on the summer solstice!

Although many of us have been continuing the routine of a 5k run, this week has seen the return of the sense of community to that exercise. With 43 regulars and 2 very important First Timers (take a bow Andrea Cowie and Stephen Swainston. It’s great to have you with us) completing a total of 63 (not)parkruns.

9 running clubs were represented in the run and 0 people forgot their barcode (a new world record).

Top of the not(parkrun) stats are Rachael Forbister and Adrian Kelsall who both recorded 4 runs in the week between 15th and 21st June. Hopefully, there will be loads of parkrunners trying to wrest this crown from Rachael and Adrian in the coming weeks.

These boots were made for parkrunning

These boots were made for parkrunning! 4-timer Rachael Forbister/Gibbins

First Finisher Andy Graham (continuing where he left off in parkrun event #37) narrowly missed joining the list of sub-17 minute runners, recording 17 minutes exactly. His Age Grade% of 78.04% was also a best of the week and of course, he finished first at (not)parkrun event #01. I’m sure he’ll be trying to finish 2nd next week!

Well done to Amy Roddam who was First Female Finisher in 26:10. Amy was one of 26 female runners making up 58% of the total participants.

Average run time was 32:46. Ruth Graham (32:44) was closest to the average time.

The most popular day for running was (quite rightly) Saturday, with 13 times recorded on that day. With 9 recorded times, Thursday was the next most popular day.

Hollie Form (65:35) was Tailwalker and sole volunteer at event #01. I’m assured that no inducements were offered.

A well earned reward!

A well earned reward!

(not)parkrun is back again from today Monday 22nd June. You can enter as many times as you like on any day. I’m sure we’ll have more joining in this week and don’t forget to bring a friend. All you need is access to your parkrun profile (don’t forget your parkrun profile password! #dfyppp!) and you can add your runs and times right up until 11:59 Sunday 28th June.

Sadly we don’t have on course photographers, so you’ll need to take your own selfie too – and post them on the Herrington Country parkrun facebook page so we can see how much you’re enjoying it.

...and you can run anywhere you wish

...and you can run anywhere you wish, like Zoe Dipper

*Superceded recently by “Thou shalt not hug your Dad on Father’s Day”

 

The Silky Striders Takeover Halts parkrun in its Tracks – Event #37

 

Silky Striders Assemble!

Silky Striders Assemble!

Sixteen days have passed since the most recent parkrun at Herrington Country Park, or indeed anywhere. There were strong rumours going around on the morning of 14th March 2020, of a government ordered ban on gatherings of more than 500 people. Others appeared confident that parkrun HQ would pre-empt the government’s move and bring the UK and other countries in line with those countries where parkrun had already been cancelled.

We had, imho a joyous event on 14th March and we had a proper celebration afterwards in Penshaw Tea Rooms. A day or so later the expected announcement came and we had no parkrun to look forward to in the coming week. We wondered, in our house, about how much appetite there would be to read a run report in the circumstances, which have become increasingly unusual, as the days have passed. Since then we’ve been chewing the fat on whether a run report would be worthwhile and whether too much time has passed.

Over the weekend however, we reached the conclusion that there were such a lot of fantastic achievements on the day that it would be wrong not to acknowledge them.

parkrun Pacers Prepare Properly

parkrun Pacers Prepare Properly

For the second week running (no pun intended) and for only the third time in 37 events, female participation exceeded male (94/93). On the volunteer roster the numbers were even more pronounced (39 female 16 male). If the ladies are to achieve a hat trick, it won’t happen until May at the earliest.

There were 33 runners/joggers/walkers attending Herrington Country parkrun for the 1st time and included in these were 9 who were making their 1st ever foray into the world of parkrun. Take a belated bow Daniel FULLARD, Paula and David BUNKALL, McKenzie ROBSON, Rachael KNIGHT, Adam MOSS, Michael and Eleanor ASHLEY and Hollie FORM. Hollie was celebrating her 4th birthday and is (as far as we know) the youngest participant at Herrington Country. To begin her parkrun career in style, Hollie undertook tailwalker duties, along with Toni FYFE, Joanne MONARCH and Debbie RODDEN, gaining her 1st volunteer credit too.

Deb Drives Them On

Deb Drives Them On

Andy GRAHAM was 1st Finisher in a new PB of 17:22. Elizabeth MCKINNON was 1st Female Finisher in 22:39.

Gavin WHYTE was 37th Finisher at the 37th event at Herrington Country, while Paula MCINTOSH (27:44 a new PB) completed her 37th parkrun.

Completing 50 parkruns were Ben BLANCKLEY (22:55 a new PB) and Claire MOSS (45:43). Congratulations to you both, you were just in the nick of time. Sympathy to Niah CASS-EVANS and Lisa DAVIDSON, both one parkrun short of a milestone.

In total there were 67 Herrington Country parkrun PBs and some credit for this must go to the excellent group of pacemakers (25 of the 67 PBs occurred within 20 seconds of a pacer). Scattered liberally within the PBs there were 42 best ever parkrun PBs. A remarkable number from just 195 participants.

The average run time has increased to 30:00 (a good thing). Stephan DIPPER (29:59 a new PB) and Amy HENDERSON (30:01 a new PB) were closest to the average (not that there’s anything average about anyone in the parkrun community).

Finally, (statistically speaking) 16 days is the longest known gap between the end of a parkrun and publication of a run report. Unless you know different…..

Tailwalkers earning every penny of their fee

Tailwalkers earning every penny of their fee

The stats above and the efforts of all finishers are great and show the determination and commitment of individual parkrunners, but the day was made even more fantastic by the brilliantly positive support that was provided by Volunteer Take Over from The Silky Striders. They provided many of the pacers (certainly the loudest ones in Deb Howell-Smith and Paul KELL PICKFORD) and the most enthusiastic group of marshals and other volunteers that have been involved in takeovers with us. They even had some fantastic team work token sorting in the Tea Rooms afterwards! A fantastic job.

I’m sure all that were there would agree that, whilst we left the park uncertain about when we’d all next see each other, we also left uplifted and optimistic that this flaming virus won’t get us – we’ll be back on that start line ready for the most enormous cheer and round of applause as soon as it safe and practical to do so.  Massive Thanks and a very well done to all.

Stay Safe and Keep Smiling!

We'll meet again...

We'll meet again...

This week 195 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 55 volunteers:

Gary FOX • Michelle MUSTARD • Margaret THOMPSON • Tony THOMPSON • Kim FOX • Angela CALVERT • Deb SMITH • Paul Kell PICKFORD • Paula Grace PAUL • Dale YOUNG • Peter TURNER • Tony ALLINSON • Michelle PHILLIPS • Keith TILMOUTH • Helen THOMPSON • Lee CARRUTHERS • Lisa TILMOUTH • Tracy MUSGROVE • Gillian ALLINSON • Aubrey FORM • Debra JAMES • Catherine BALDRIDGE • Roseanne DOUGAN • Richard BORROWDALE • Ann GASH • Claire MILFORD • Clare LYNCH • John DODDS • Laurina DIXON • Judith SLOCOMBE • Catriona LINGWOOD • Philip LINGWOOD • Sarah DAVISON • Ruth TURNER • Tracy COWANS • Sandra WILKINSON • Charles TATE • Lesley ADAMS • Lee COLMAN • Debbie RODDEN • Joanne MONARCH • Charlotte MACLEMAN • Julie MACKEL • Isobel KERR • Deb WATSON • Rebecca SWINDELLS • Toni FYFE • Christine CASS-EVANS • Julie REAY • Stuart PAUL • Alan SIMPSON • Helen ANDERSON • Lucy SIMPSON • Jane STOBBART • Hollie FORM

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

The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 18:49 on 25th December 2019 (event number 24).
The male record is held by George PHILLIPS who recorded a time of 16:08 on 28th December 2019 (event number 25).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 86.81% (18:19) on 5th October 2019 (event number 12).

Herrington Country parkrun started on 20th July 2019. Since then 3,416 participants have completed 8,966 parkruns covering a total distance of 44,830 km, including 1,675 new Personal Bests. A total of 337 individuals have volunteered 1,298 times.

 

parkrun Events Cancellation

****************IMPORTANT NOTICE****************

All parkrun events in the UK have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.

All events will be cancelled until at least the end of March.

Further information can be found on https://www.parkrun.com/news/

Please take care, wash hands regularly and follow the Government/NHS advice.

Thanks for your understanding during this unprecedented time.

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