Marshall Drive parkrun, Brotton – Event number 65 – 11th September 2021

It was a different week for me at Marshall Drive as I'd persuaded Mark to make his debut as run director a couple of weeks early so that I could run. Not sure who was more nervous, but he did an awesome job (donning a very serious face throughout) and let's just say I made it across the finish line! I have enlisted the help of my son Jacob as timekeeper and he's done a great job (despite having to be there just gone 8 to help us set up), but try as I might he was not willing to knock a couple of minutes off my time!

It was lovely to welcome 13 first timers, the majority of them being visitors to the area, in particular the Ranson family who love parkrun so much they have a weekend away every week touring the different parkruns. We hope Marshall Drive features as one of your favourites.

So I told Judith I'd write a run report from a runners perspective and now I'm thinking 'why did I say that!' It was a hot morning but a lovely breeze helped push us up to the top post, the views coming down are always stunning. The big dipper is always tough and the finish line sprint hard, but the volunteers are so supportive and the achievement at the end makes it all worthwhile.

On a note of volunteers we are exceptionally lucky that we have 75% of our volunteer roles filled with non-runners, with such a small amount of runners each week we don't have the huge runner base that some of the local parkruns do, so it does make it difficult to fill the remaining roles. It would be good if each runner can think ahead and see if you can give up a Saturday morning parkrun every couple of months to volunteer. There are roles that can be done in addition to running such as this weekly run report, first timers brief (8.50 by the noticeboard) or 2nd scanner if you finish under 25 minutes. Please take a look at our volunteer roster and email marshalldrivehelpers@parkrun.com with the role, your barcode number and the date you can help us, believe me it is massively rewarding. Alternatively why not bring a volunteer to parkrun - persuade a friend, family member or neighbour to volunteer then you get to run.

This week 36 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Paul WAUGH • Joanne MARSHALL • Dawn HARRISON • Billy SUTHERLAND • David ALMOND • Judith BRIDGETT • Pam BENNETT • Daniel HORNSEY • Malcolm PEGGS • Jacob MARSHALL • Sonia STOCKS • David STOCKS • Alan HARRISON • Mark SHORT

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Marshall Drive parkrun, Brotton Results Page.

The female record is held by Caroline LAMBERT who recorded a time of 18:50 on 9th November 2019 (event number 37).
The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 16:13 on 28th December 2019 (event number 45).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sharon BULMAN who recorded 82.58% (19:25) on 2nd March 2019 (event number 2).

Marshall Drive parkrun, Brotton started on 23rd February 2019. Since then 1,185 participants have completed 2,776 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,880 km, including 422 new Personal Bests. A total of 93 individuals have volunteered 755 times.