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

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

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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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International Women’s Day 2020 at Herrington Country parkrun – Event #36

36.21

Sunday 8th March 2020 was designated International Women’s Day and in Herrington Country Park it was marked a day earlier with a special running of the weekly 5 kilometre parkrun.

Special arrangements for the day included: -

- “Wear something purple” theme;

- Predominantly female volunteer roster, organising and running the event;

- Special event flag provided by parkrun UK;

- Social media campaign encouraging those attending to bring a female friend, new to parkrun;

- This Girl Can/IWDparkrun photo booth in the finish area to capture all of the fabulous finishers.

Purple theme to mark International Women's Day

Purple theme to mark International Women's Day

In her pre-start remarks, Run Director Lisa Form, highlighted that nearly half of UK women don’t get enough exercise. With a “Free for Everyone Forever” philosophy parkrun provides an excellent opportunity for anyone thinking about becoming more active to get started. Lisa drew attention to a few of the barriers to participation that parkrun seeks to address. It’s free, family (and pet) friendly and the emphasis is on participation (running, jogging, walking and volunteering) rather than performance.

There were rousing cheers for those running for the first time and for those who had encouraged a new participant to come along and also for the massive amount of cake and other goodies available in the finish area. Then the runners were on their way around the course where great support was provided by the team of marshals including Super Girl, Becky Swindells and Hi-five specialist Lucy Simpson. A small group of Tailwalkers (Faye Bell, Jill Jennings, Isabelle Jennings, Laura Kemp, Emilia Kemp and Cat Lingwood) provided extra encouragement for those at the rear of the field.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

276 runners crossed the finish line in times ranging between 18 minutes and 74 minutes. Unfortunately, we had 13 runners who didn’t bring a barcode (#DFYB), but of the remaining runners, female participation (136) exceeded male (127) for only the 2nd time in 36 events at Herrington Country Park. Women filled 78% of the roles on the volunteer roster.

First female finisher Rachel Bentley crossed the finish line in a new PB of 21:21.

First finisher Andy Graham reached the cake table in just 18:15.

Super Girl II

Super Girl II

There were 75 first time attenders (43 female) and of these 35 were taking part in parkrun for the first time ever (28 female).

Milestone achievements were recorded for Matthew Coatesworth (Junior 10) and there was quite a celebration for Chris Turnbull’s 25th volunteer contribution. Chris broke his wrist in a fall on one of his first visits to parkrun, so we’re very grateful that he wasn’t put off by that experience.

Congratulations to the 49 people who ran, jogged or walked to a Herrington Country parkrun Personal Best. Special congratulations to the 27 people in that group who had an all-time PB (Emma Lock (28:42) matched her previous PB from Riverside parkrun), but most special congratulations to Luke Jordan who has completed 6 parkruns (all at Herrington) and has improved his time on each occasion. That’s a PB streak of 5. The next Herrington Country parkrun is a paced event with a volunteer takeover by Silky Striders. Luke (current PB 30:47) will hopefully be finishing close to the 30 minute pacer (or perhaps, if he’s feeling confident, he might fill that role ;-).

IWD PBs in mind

IWD PBs in mind

At the 36th event Co-Event Director Keith Tilmouth finished in 36th place. We didn’t have any finishers completing their personal 36th event.

Average run time at Herrington continues to creep up and now stands at 29:57. Rachel Jackson (29:56) was closest this week, but shouldn’t be too disappointed, as finishing is the only prize!

#IWDparkrun #Thisgirlcan photobooth

#IWDparkrun #Thisgirlcan photobooth

This week 276 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 75 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 42 volunteers:

Fred GUY • Chris TURNBULL • Faye BELL • Lisa TILMOUTH • Lisa FORM • Aubrey FORM • Darin CRAIGS • Janice CRAIGS • Sherrill LAMB • Emily TILMOUTH • Laura KENNEDY • Christine PARKER • Bec HERDSON • Catriona LINGWOOD • Philip LINGWOOD • Nicola ILEY • Owain CONROY • Emily CONROY • Charles TATE • Kersha RUSSELL • Janet MORRIS • Amanda PEARSON • Helen RICHARDSON • Emma BOWENS • Isobel KERR • Kelly VENUS • Rebecca SWINDELLS • Claire Louise DOUGHERTY • Dean TWIST • Veda FORD • Paula MCINTOSH • Michelle TURNBULL • Alan SIMPSON • Laura KEMP • Emilia KEMP • Marcus LOWES • Pat TILLSON • Jill JENNINGS • Leanne SIMPSON • Lucy SIMPSON • Isabelle JENNINGS • Ciara BARRETT SMITH

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 3,383 participants have completed 8,771 parkruns covering a total distance of 43,855 km, including 1,608 new Personal Bests. A total of 306 individuals have volunteered 1,243 times.

 

 

The Power of 5 – Event#35

Spring is delayed this year. Might as well go for a run!

Spring is delayed this year. Might as well go for a run!

There were four Beatles and four Mutant Ninja Turtles. On occasion we have cause to use a four letter word and, as it happens, a Leap Year occurs every four years.

FIVE, however is four’s bigger, better sibling and in this particular Leap Year there were five Saturdays in February. Some years, in February you get the opportunity to go to work for an extra day, but in 2020 the opportunity that was presented was to have a 5th parkrun. 208 brave souls accepted the challenge in Herrington Country Park. As Run Director for the day, Keith Tilmouth pointed out, this has never happened before in parkrun history and won’t happen again for another 28 years.

It being a Leap Year, Keith asked if any of the ladies present had any proposals. Although he drew a few admiring glances, none were forthcoming, much to the relief of Mrs T. There would be a small memento at the finish for anyone who had ran, jogged, walked, or volunteered at all five runs in Herrington Country Park in February.

Appealing, but no takers!

Appealing, but no takers!

As ever, Keith’s opening remarks were encouraging and inspirational, unfortunately technology failed and the obligatory selfie did not happen. Then with “3-2-1-Go!” we were off. I had hoped for the full Thunderbirds countdown, on this occasion, but I suppose he’s saving that for 2048.

Five swans may, or may not, have flown overhead as we took our first steps on this week’s 5k. In the field of runners this week, there were 32 first time visitors to Herrington Country parkrun, including 4 people making their parkrun debut. Running alongside them, David Mulligan completed his 50th parkrun and Charlie Hitcham achieved the Junior 10 milestone. Charlie has run all of his parkruns at Herrington Country parkrun (He’s one of our own!) and his Dad, Stu tells me he hasn’t missed a single puddle yet! At marshal point 5, Aunty Pat was cheering on runners for the 25th time and Emily Tilmouth achieved the same purple milestone as one of FIVE planned tailwalkers. We look forward to seeing you all soon in your milestone t-shirts.

 

Five Go Mad in Herrington Country Park

Five Go Mad in Herrington Country Park

To mark this special occasion it had been decided to run the course in reverse. There were mixed views afterwards about which direction is best. It sounds like running the inner loop first causes (even) less congestion. The number of PBs achieved (43 in total and including 24 all-time parkrun bests (Special shout out here for Danielle Sore, who matched her previous PB of 34:51)), suggests that there is not a lot of difference whichever way you run the course. It was no easier to avoid the puddles, which were probably slightly wider and deeper than a week ago. Those of us with OCD, were making sure that we splashed through a multiple of 5. And of course, the wind was Gale Force 5.
In the Finish Funnel they welcomed the Famous Five of Bruce Wayne, James Hunt, Tom Finnie, James “Jim” Clark and “Anna” Nicole Smith. Sadly, there were no Dave Clark’s running, but we were all Glad All Over!

Fun-loving Lady, GSOH seeks male similar for long term future. Must have own teeth

Fun-loving Lady, GSOH seeks male, similar for  future outings. Must have own teeth. Meanwhile, in the background, Charlie heads for another puddle

Steve Tinwell (20:31) celebrated completion of his 393rd parkrun by becoming First Finisher for the 1st time! First Female finisher Jennifer Tomlin (22:10) celebrated with a PB.

Jonathan Dickson (21:22) finished 5th (Number 5 is alive!). 8 people completed their 5th parkrun Stuart Ferguson (25:34 PB), Stefan Dipper (30:33 PB), Luke Jordan (31:20 PB and a PB streak of 4. Astounding!), Gillian Dickinson (33:46 PB), Jay Barnes (40:50), Alycia Wallace (41:27), Molly Carr (41:34) and Ashleigh Gordon-Pucci (43:23).

At our 35th event, Ben Blanckley (24:34) finished in 35th place. Jae Munday (23:03) and Declan McGrath (28:15) have the same parkrun age as Herrington Country parkrun, running for the 35th time.

Leap Day celebrations

Leap Day celebrations

The average run time at Herrington Country parkrun is 29:52. Angela Anthony, running for the 99th time, was closest to the average time, but (possibly) deliberately slowed near the end to cross the line in 29:55, a time much more in keeping with the theme of the day.

After handing out mementos to the “Fab Five in Feb” finishers for the first 30 minutes of the event, RD Keith and Head Memento Giver Outerer, Cat Lingwood, handed their duties over to Darin and Nathan Craigs and set out on their own parkrun. On their way around the course they handed out mementos to the marshals and top TOG, Phil Lingwood, who had also completed the 5 in 5 challenge.

Fab Five in Feb mementos. Two of the 42. Well done!

Fab Five in Feb mementos. Two of the 42. Well done!

Next week (7th March) parkrun will be celebrating International Women’s Day and there will be a purple theme and a special crew of volunteers, representing the massive contribution that ladies make to the running (and the running) of Herrington Country parkrun. If you’re coming along, please encourage a female friend to come too (hopefully someone new to parkrun, or a ‘lapsed’ runner, but there will be a warm welcome for everyone). This week 98 participants (47%) and 19 volunteers (50%) were Female.

Afterwards as we enjoyed our coffee in Penshaw Tea Rooms and I gazed lovingly at my bacon sandwich (apparently not one of my five a day, despite consisting of 3 rashers of bacon between 2 pieces of bread) my elbow was jarred and it fell to the floor. Don’t worry, Dear Reader, I was able to apply the 5 second rule.

A Quintet of Herrington Country parkrun Vollies!

A Quintet of Herrington Country parkrun Vollies!

 

Herrington Country parkrun – Event #34

Herrington Country parkrun
Event number 34
22nd February 2020

This week 179 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Fred GUY • Helen GUY • Keith TILMOUTH • Lisa TILMOUTH • Lisa FORM • Chris DAY • Aubrey FORM • Nathan CRAIGS • Emily TILMOUTH • Philip LINGWOOD • Charles TATE • Claire MITCHISON • Amanda PEARSON • Ashleigh ATKINSON • Kelly VENUS • Toni FYFE • Dean TWIST • Veda FORD • Simon VENUS • Stuart PAUL • Shula BARRY • Alan SIMPSON • Pat TILLSON • Henry ATKINSON • Nathan ATKINSON • Marc STUBBS • Leanne SIMPSON • Lucy SIMPSON • Christine LAWSON • Ian CHRISTIE

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 3,276 participants have completed 8,287 parkruns covering a total distance of 41,435 km, including 1,516 new Personal Bests. A total of 291 individuals have volunteered 1,163 times.

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