It was Newark’s 367th parkrun on Saturday and it was certainly was a typical autumn day morning – fresh but sunny. But with a great team of 19 volunteers this week, we were ready and rearing to welcome runners – with the marshals having the course set up by 8.30am. As it was my first time being Run Director, I was determined to have everything run smoothly.
This week we welcomed tourists from, Sunderland, Sutton on sea and Kings Lynn
We also had 7, first timers, so a big welcome to: Wayne Fountain, Aidan Futter, Rob Grant, Georgina Blackhurst, Hannah Nicholls, Laura Wilson, and Clara Morris.
The run briefs like to be kept brief so that you’re not stood waiting in the cold, meaning I didn’t get to mention this week’s milestones. Well done to Malcolm on his 75th volunteer.
Not to be outdone, Brian was quite rightly proud to be wearing his Volunteer 100 T shirt!
We caught Brian's best side. (Bob told me to say that!)
Despite the colder weather this morning, we had a total number of 23 PB’s!! Congratulations to: Dan Williams, Sam Greely, Edward Macintyre, Adam Round, Noah Morris, Samuel Kirkham, Joe Campion, Ian Feeney, Samuel Farrow, Richard Baugh, Mark Evison, Hazel Harrison, Emma Swain, Stewart Henderson, Ann Gibs, Doreen Pain, Emily Harrison, Andrew Durrell, Claire Powell, Sue Parry, Laura Kille and Charlotte Ryan.
After a brilliant and creative first-time brief from Hazel and Bramble, and my run brief (surprisingly not as scary as I anticipated), all 166 runners and 1 tail walker set off that morning at 9am. All on a safe course, thanks to Brian and Keith’s event day course check.
180 parkrunners trying to ensure that Tom finally leaves Newark
Out on the course, Tom only just managed to welcome the runners with silent enthusiasm at turn one (after he had just raced to get to his marshal point, because I made him listen to the run brief). Hazel and Bramble were not far ahead in the dip, and a few strides later, Bernie was defending her corner as she guided the runners safely onto the grass, away from the not so stable bridge. As they ran into the woods, Chris was just in front to encourage them up the tiring steps. Also, Nicki enjoyed her role as tail walker this morning, following at the end of the long line of runners, who completed today’s course.
However, we only had 18 minutes to set up the finish funnel before we welcomed back our first runner. Luckily, we had Alan back this week, (our professional finish funnel setter), so we managed to do it in time. With Alan and Malcom on timekeeping, Bob in the middle on funnel manager, Mary, and Catharine at the other end on finish tokens, then Liv (me) stood around looking important – we were all prepared.
At 9:18 am we cheered Jan up the hill as he sprinted to the finish line, finishing in first place. But just behind him, we had Dan with a PB of 18:03 (thanks to Jan’s help with pacing), finishing in second. It wasn’t long before junior runner George was jogging into the finish funnel with a speedy time of 19:41, earning himself third place. Our first lady home this week was tourist Janine from Mablethorpe Running Club, finishing with a great time of 21:28 in 15th place. Janine shares a claim to fame with Bob apparently; they have both completed Skegness Boating Lake parkrun, which sadly is no longer running. The next lady back was Jayne in 25th place with another great time of 22.53. Further down the field Chris did a good job of supporting and encouraging Ben who completed his run in 25.33, only just outside his pb.
After finishing their run, the runners were greeted by our lovely barcode scanners and regular volunteers; James, David, and Simon, who managed to record everyone’s results. And once they had scanned the final person, it was time to pack away and get a seat outside Rumbles, for a nice hot drink.
Thanks to Bob, Philippa, Cathy, and I, all the tokens were sorted, results processed and uploaded by 10:15am!! New PB:)) Also, thank you to Brian Stevens, this week’s photographer, who took the beautiful photos. I could only fit a few of them in the run report, but if you would like to access the rest, click the link provided here. And if there are any that you would prefer to be deleted, just let us know.
Event #367 - Google Photos
There is no other environment like parkrun, it is filled with laughter, encouragement, and unity. It is an opportunity to be yourself and have fun as a runner, but also as a volunteer. If you’re in the mood for some exercise, come down a join us for a race, light jog, or a walk in the park. But running isn’t for everyone, so instead come and be a part of the volunteer team! We welcome everyone from all walks of life and look forward to seeing you each Saturday.
That’s everything from me for this week. Ross is back in charge next Saturday with his army of volunteers lined up, so be prepared for a well-run event. Finally, a huge thank you to my right-hand man Bob, for all of his help in ensuring I successfully ran this week’s event.
Hope you all have a good week, keep smiling through the cold weather and especially keep running!