New Earswick parkrun #96 (Just 4 to go to the Hundredth!) - 11th September 2021
Do you ever get a sense of impending doom, when you're out for a run? Or a jog, walk or even drive... that feeling that somehow, somewhere, sometime, you're going to go wrong. Turn left instead of *other* left. End up going the wrong way round a field. Or miss a cut-through altogether. Thankfully this could *never* happen at New Earswick parkrun - partly due to the clear description of the course from the "first-timers'" briefer, partly due to the friendly, cheering marshalls at every key location, and partly because they'd given me stakes, arrows and tape to lay out - but not let me do it unsupervised!
As we waited for the off, our main concern was to get round before that menacing rain cloud turned New Earswick into a scene from Evan Almighty. Everyone was keen to beat the rain, from the (literally) millions of runners in "parkrun 250" vests, to a bloke back for his first parkrun since the Pandemic, via Camilla, tail-walking so she'd have enough legs for the Great North Run the next day! We were chomping at the bit... and what a privilege to be able to run the course at all! Literally. A little bird called "Run Director C" - no, that's too obvious, let's just call him "Clive" - this little bird told us the padlock code on the gates had been changed, and if he hadn't managed to get the attention of a bloke with a roller...
Anyway, here we were, enjoying the fresh headwind and (as it turned out) the total lack of rain, for the *only* park run in York shaped like an hourglass! Slightly less interestingly, it's the only one of York's 3 courses where you can see the Minster. And the only one with a tantalising smell of bacon, coming from the club house, every single time you pass it! Dogs have to keep their owners on a *very* short lead for that bit.
I think New Earswick is the only parkrun in England, the UK, possibly the World or Galaxy, that has its own Mystery Voice. Listen out for it, as you pass along the far hedge, on the second field, on your second lap. Some say it's the voice of Roger Bannister, encouraging Chris Brasher to keep up. Others say it could be Usain Bolt, giving Colonel Custer some long overdue advice. All we know is - it sounded Yorkshire. "Run faster" the Disembodied One shouted, from behind the hedge. "Run faster!"
Well, we tried the time-honoured "Come and join in!" but the Strangely Formless One wasn't having any.
"Run faster!" was his only cry.
One day, the mystery will be solved - and we'll find out we ruined a million-pound advert, being filmed by a trail shoe manufacturer. Or that it was a local, out walking his dog.
Of course, all events end with a list of times - and we'll get to the results in a minute. But first, a huge 'Thank you, marshall!!!' to all the great volunteers: setting up the course, cheering us on our way, stopping us getting lost, scanning our barcodes, packing away at the end... Anyone can volunteer, there are loads of opportunities available, and without folk willing to help out, New Earswick parkrun just wouldn't take place! So, this week's Volunteer Wall Of Honour (will YOU be on it next week?) is as follows:
Alison MELTON • Camilla GRAYLEY • Charlie GOODWIN • Charlotte NEWCOMBE • Clive WOOLLEY • Duncan CHAMBERS • Eleanor BALE • Karen THOMPSON • Marie BARKER • Peter GRAYLEY • Rachel LUNAM COWAN
We are going to get the results in a minute, honestly, but there are a couple of even MORE important things to celebrate first...
The 20 parkrunners doing New Earswick for the first time!
The 19 non-newcomers to The Hourglass (can we adopt that nickname for the course? Just for a bit of fun?) who got PBs!
And Mary Liversidge and Hazel Burton, both clocking up their 50th parkrun!
And now, the results.
For the lads:
In 1st place at The Hourglass, Stuart Leslie from FC Dad Athletics, in a new PB of 18:39.
Just behind in 2nd, with a time of 19:05, Isaac Myer.
And again, with a new PB of 19:31, Thomas Brown.
For the lasses:
All the top 3 were brand new to The Hourglass - in 1st place, with a time of 21:10, Katarina Savkovic.
Coming in 2nd, Emma Newman, all the way from York Knavesmire Harriers, with a time of 23:05.
And in 3rd place, Milla Jussila, in 23:50.
Well done all, hope to run with you again at The Hourglass sometime soon - and solve the identity of the Mystery Voice of New Earswick, once and for all!