Nobles parkrun Event #92 – 7th September 2019

Sunny weather if a bit moist underfoot for our return to Nobles after four weeks at Conrhenny. Good to be back, though still some debris and workmen here following the TT Classic. Paul Collins checked the course and even had to move a couple of barriers, before going on to run a PB in his 85th parkrun!

A smooth start for our 132 runners, who may not be aware that we almost had a small disaster 5 minutes into the run. The guy from Tel's Skips turned up to remove two skips from near the finish area and promptly moved a gate straight across the parkrun route! Thankfully the power and authority of the Race Director vest was enough to persuade him that it would best if he came back later!

A great mix of regulars, visitors and first timers this week. Particularly pleasing to see plenty of kids and all age ranges up to 70+. Some lovely visitors from Thurrock, Wythenshawe and Ireland amongst other places. First round the course was visitor and seasoned parkrunner Thomas Grimes. Also very impressive run from first timer Erica Kelly, who is more usually seen race walking having made her debut for team GB earlier this year.
One visitor from Thurrock, Peter Eates, is a Joint Event Director at their parkrun and took time to leave this 'visitors review' via email;

Hi, my name is Pete and I am a joint event director of my local parkrun, Thurrock in Essex. Having decided to visit the Isle of Man as part of a Level 42 and a holiday trip, I just had to do Nobles parkrun. As I was in a B&B just behind the Douglas promenade, I decided that it was feasible to run to Nobles, parkrun, run back, shower and be out by 10:30. I decided to do a recce last night and was met with heavy rain, barriers on the paths and was struggling to figure out whether a parkrun was possible.
When I arrived this morning, all the barriers had been picked up and fence lines opened to reveal the course. I was met by a cheery and friendly group of volunteers and gorgeous sunshine glinting fro every surface. The scenery was beautiful and somewhat historic starting so near the TT start line.
Off we went and I realised that this course held a good few challenges with changes in direction and terrain and a few cheeky hills thrown in. My thanks to the two ladies, Lisa and her friend with relations in Basildon, for pacing me and finishing quicker than I’d expected.
Great course, brilliant location, lovely marshals, fabulous people.

Next month will be our 2nd Birthday, and we now have several IOM residents who have completed 50 or more parkruns. However there is also an IOM resident who has completed a lot more than that! Keep an eye out for Alan Davies, who moved to the Island recently having already completed more than 500 parkruns in England! With a record like that, I am sure he will soon become a familiar face at Nobles.

We finish this report with a reminder. We had a few people who ran this week but had not registered beforehand. This is a shame as your run will not be recorded against your name. For anybody reading this report and thinking of joining us at parkrun, please register via the website first - It is really easy and only takes a few minutes. You will then get a barcode to print off, which you should bring with you for every parkrun you do, either here in the IOM or anywhere else in the world!

See you next week for the return of Ian and Ali - King and Queen of Nobles parkrun!


This week 132 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Peter CALLIN • Ray SHOOTER • Charlie ELLIOTT • Kerry THOMPSON • Geoff QUAYLE • Lynda QUAYLE • Sue WEBSTER • Paul COLLINS • Dave LAWRIE • Dominic MILLARD • Anne ROGERS • Mary- Ellen KONARSKI • Rob CLYNES • Chris SPENCER • Karen FORSTER • Colin KELLY • Michael DEVEREAU

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

The male record is held by Adam SCIACCA who recorded a time of 16:28 on 7th July 2018 (event number 31), and by Kevin LOUNDES who also recorded a time of 16:28 on 20th October 2018 (event number 46).
The female record is held by Anna MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 19:13 on 20th April 2019 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 97.12% (23:42) on 20th July 2019 (event number 85).

Nobles parkrun started on 21st October 2017. Since then 1,853 participants have completed 7,009 parkruns covering a total distance of 35,045 km, including 1,555 new Personal Bests. A total of 222 individuals have volunteered 1,656 times.