Nobles parkrun Event #93 – 14th September 2019

Back from a two week sabbatical, and boy we had missed it - honestly.

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But the weekend started with a bombshell - our 'driving force' wasn't in the best of health when she woke, so we lost our VC for the day, and my 'set-up' buddy - Ali.
Thanku Kerry for stepping in to allocate our hi-vis heroes

The next hiccup came when we discovered late Friday that the central footpath was being dug-up! So Saturday morning found us with an impromptu 'slight' route alteration.
Thanku Arnie and Len for early doors assistance. We hope the works will be complete by our next event - fingers crossed.

The final surprise - I got to run!!!!!!
With the assistance of Liz taking on RD and the rest of the volunteering roles filled, I got my chance to do my first parkrun for what seems like forever, and completed, after a struggle, my 97th parkrun - that 100 milestone is within touching distance lol...….and my knee remained in one piece.

We continue to see regular milestones, and this week proved no different with our very own Peter Duchars hitting his '50' milestone, along with visitor Joanna Zub. Well done both
Peter is pictured here with our new 'Milestone HiVis'

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A couple of reminders / updates

On 19th October we celebrate our 2nd birthday, so our annual celebration changes our format slightly. We are looking to repeat our mini awards ceremony at 08:45, so this will push our first timers brief earlier to 08:35, and ask all volunteers to be prompt for 08:30.
As ever we ask for your input for a couple of the awards.
Fastest male and female resident will be awarded from our statistics, as will most improved parkrunner. But, we need you to vote for 'Volunteer of the Year' and 'Parkrunner of the Year' - please PM or email your votes, before Wednesday 16th October.
Donations of cakes etc welcome, and fancy dress will be applauded.

University duties also call so we are looking at willing volunteers to cover our event on Saturday 28th, we have a takeover weekend that week and popular local running group ' Lets Run Isle of Man' will be in charge, with Liz Partridge taking on the Run Director role. Lets Run members will be helping too and available to speak to if you want more information in regard to this extremely friendly group.

Look forward to seeing you on parkrunday - with my side kick fit and healthy

Don't forget your barcodes

This week 123 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Ian BATES • Len CARMODY • Ali KIRBY • Fiona BULLOUGH • Ray SHOOTER • Elizabeth PARTRIDGE • Charlie ELLIOTT • Kerry THOMPSON • Lynda QUAYLE • Denise BRIDSON • Dave LAWRIE • Sarah CORKILL • Jane WILTON • Anne ROGERS • Jo HAMILTON • Arnold John JACOBS • Karen FORSTER • Viv BRIDSON • Colin KELLY • Alison KYLE
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 1,875 participants have completed 7,132 parkruns covering a total distance of 35,660 km, including 1,580 new Personal Bests. A total of 225 individuals have volunteered 1,676 times.

 

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 - www.parkrun.org.uk/nobles. 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!

Dave

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.

 

Nobles parkrun Event #90 – 24th August 2019

Evening parkrunners!
I hope you are relaxing from a weekend of the best weather for a while....has Summer returned?

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We saw yet another milestone reached this week by our very own Neil Brogan - 50 events of which he has been first finisher 50% of the time. Well done Neil (and Monroe)

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These milestones become apparent for their achievements when, as we have on a few occasions, meet those having completed 500+ - well done Neil Davies for his 527th event this weekend, 12 of those at Nobles.

Is there love in the air or just to much birthday celebration - once again we paired a couple of true romantics to be timekeepers this week - our very own Charlie Elliott and Kerry Thompson. And to make it extra special it was Charlies birthday - congrats!

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It was made an extra bit special this week as my family were here, and of course, were dragged kicking and screaming to make the numbers up lol
Well, not exactly true - they came willingly - for the price of a cooked breakfast.
My sister, niece and nephew walked the route for the first time - they will return

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We are lucky enough to be off on our hols for now, so the team are now fully in charge - be warned lol! Any help you can give will be greatly received
Its our last week at Conrhenny next Saturday before we return back to our formal home of Nobles - hopefully those biker chaps and left it in good nic'!

PS Remember its a Bank Holiday tomorrow - so get out and go for a run!

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Ian BATES • Nicola BOWKER • Ali KIRBY • Ray SHOOTER • Charlie ELLIOTT • Kerry THOMPSON • Lynda QUAYLE • Margaret Jane ROTHEROE • Mary- Ellen KONARSKI • Julie RONAN • Caroline CAIN • Colin KELLY • Christine KELLY • Kevin BURNELL
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 1,825 participants have completed 6,806 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,030 km, including 1,519 new Personal Bests. A total of 218 individuals have volunteered 1,626 times.

 

Nobles parkrun Event #89 – 17th August 2019

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At least we got our view back this week lol

We continued at our temporary home this week - only another two weeks before we are back at Nobles. We seem to be having better luck than the 'Festival of Motorcycling', as the weather behaved and we filled our volunteer roster to ensure we had a 'hi-vis heroes' in place to ensure another safe event. Here's two of those afore mentioned heroes helping to add some romance to this weeks 'timekeepers' role - well done Tara and Ant!

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Again we saw a good sprinkling of visitors and first timers - nearly 25%, which makes for an interesting first timers brief.
We do the first timers brief at approx. 8:45 - this is the chance to explain the route and the barcode process for our first timers. Fancy a go? This is a volunteer position that does allow you to gain run credit as well. So PM or email your interest to the management team.

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Have you kept an eye on our Facebook events page! If not, please do so.
We are beginning to plan our next birthday event - we will be 2!
We are looking to repeat our annual prize giving - as started last year.
Anyone wishing to sponsor a trophy, or donate - please let Ian know.
Cakes - as ever - are always welcome.
We have also has a request for a 'Pacers' week - so watch this space

As mentioned at the RD speech - well done to all those who took part in last weeks 'No Rest For The Wicked' - you all done soooo well. Especially this 'Star' - Nicola Bowker, fresh from her recent Prudential 100, completed the six day event sandwiched by a parkrun either side - brilliant!

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We still had a few 'no barcodes' at the end - so please please please do not forget it next week.

Have a great week and enjoy the 'Festival'

See you Saturday

Ian

This week 99 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Ian BATES • Terry BATES • Ali KIRBY • Ray SHOOTER • Lynda QUAYLE • Geoffrey FARRANT • Peter DUCHARS • Paul COLLINS • Tara CAWTE • Anthony QUAYLE • Sarah CORKILL • David MCCALLUM • Mary- Ellen KONARSKI • Arnold John JACOBS • Julie RONAN • Christine KELLY
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 1,799 participants have completed 6,692 parkruns covering a total distance of 33,460 km, including 1,503 new Personal Bests. A total of 218 individuals have volunteered 1,612 times.

 

Nobles parkrun Event #88 – 10th August 2019

Wow, we missed the wet wet wet stuff, but luck ran out when we got enough low cloud to ruin any chance of a view - apologies to the visitors we met.

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Our first week back in Conrhenny was brightened by another week of 100+ runners, most of which we could see through the fog. Not a good week for a PB!

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Thankyou to our wonderful volunteers - you are all stars

We had our regular sprinkling of visitors too, Douglas and Averil Lamont from Inverness are pictured below - their 210 and 233 respective runs....WOW!

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We are looking to cover the Run Directors position toward the month end - your help will be appreciated.

We are also looking to plan for our 2nd birthday event, so looking for anyone wishing to sponsor our celebration trophies, please let us know.

See you Saturday everyone

This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Sue ACKROYD • Ian BATES • Catriona FARRANT • Ali KIRBY • Kathy LANE • Charlie ELLIOTT • Kerry THOMPSON • Lynda QUAYLE • Antony BOYD • Sue WEBSTER • Geoffrey FARRANT • Paul COLLINS • Dave LAWRIE • David MCCALLUM • Mary- Ellen KONARSKI • Arnold John JACOBS • Christine KELLY • Kevin BURNELL
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 1,776 participants have completed 6,593 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,965 km, including 1,492 new Personal Bests. A total of 218 individuals have volunteered 1,596 times.

 

Nobles parkrun Event #87 – 3rd August 2019

Another big turn out on a big sporting weekend for the Isle of Man.
Our third biggest turn out so far....and look! Snoopy brought some new friends

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A big thankyou for your patience this weekend, as the park was being prepped for 'Douglas Fun Day' as well as signs of fencing going up ready for Festival of Motorcycling.

Remember next week we move back to our temporary home at Conrhenny for four weeks, as we loan out our park for the second time this year.
Once again we ask for regulars to assist where possible and aide those who may struggle with transport to our temporary home - first timers, visitors etc, by offering lifts from the Grandstand at around 08.30 each Saturday.
Can you help?

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Conrhenny Route

Sadly we have suffered from a few vandalised signs of late and will shortly be asking for donations to the webpage to help replace some of our broken and/or aging equipment. Nearly all of our equipment is two years old and showing signs of age, like most of us.

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/nobles/aboutus/

We are looking for new, or old, Run Directors for the last event in August and the first in September - its fun and really rewarding - ask this cheerful chappy after his recent exposure to the role...(Dave Lawrie)

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This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Sue ACKROYD • Jonathan Ian WATTERSON • Ian BATES • Terry BATES • Ali KIRBY • Fiona BULLOUGH • Elizabeth PARTRIDGE • Kelly UREN • Charlie ELLIOTT • Kerry THOMPSON • Sue WEBSTER • Paul COLLINS • Tara CAWTE • Anthony QUAYLE • Sarah CORKILL • Anne ROGERS • Mary- Ellen KONARSKI • Arnold John JACOBS • Vanessa WILSON • Corrine WILSON • Kevin BURNELL
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 1,737 participants have completed 6,479 parkruns covering a total distance of 32,395 km, including 1,488 new Personal Bests. A total of 217 individuals have volunteered 1,578 times.

 

Nobles parkrun Event #86 – 27th July 2019

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Shortly after arranging our family week away in the Isle of Man, I had a terrible moment of doubt: what if there was no Manx parkrun? A quick online search revealed that Nobles Parkrun in Douglas has been running in Nobles Park, a beautiful green space in the part of town known as Little Switzerland, for almost two years already! I love doing new parkruns and I was particularly delighted to find that Nobles Park was a short walk from our accommodation. On Saturday morning my six-year-old son (a parkrun regular) and I turned up early to introduce ourselves to the race director and to warm up on the exercise equipment scattered around the park. The course is essentially two loops of a figure-of-eight through the park, run alternately on grass, gravel, and paths - therefore it is technically classified as a trail run, although that may make the course sound much more challenging than it is. We wove past two playgrounds, a splash pond and a skate park, a caravan park, the stadium where the famous TT motorbike race starts and finishes, and a rose garden or two. We managed to accumulate a total climb of 250 feet - a bit more than the maximum of 65 at our home parkrunun in Exeter, but the climbs were so gentle we barely noticed them. As my son reminded me, it's not a hill, it's an upwards flat bit! We had a good time warming down in the main playground afterwards before heading off for some non-running tourism.

We met a mix of regulars, visitors and first timers.
These four sum that parkrun ethos of community.....
…..meet regular Terry and son Gareth Bates, first timer.....

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….and these two smilers...Poppy and Jacob Craine completing their second runs

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The marshals and other runners at Nobles were exceptionally welcoming - so many people cheered my son on, and we really appreciated it. It was definitely a case of noblesse oblige from the local parkrunners - or should we say Nobles obliges? We were particularly impressed by marshal Arnold, described to us as a young eighty-two, who had the challenging job of directing runners who had completed their first loop onwards while sending runners who'd done both loops off towards the finish funnel. Arnold coped with aplomb. We never got close enough to the tailwalker to find out whether he had a tail or not (maybe Manx tailwalkers don't?).

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Joining our tail-less tailwalker this week was Karen Penny, taking on the challenge of walking the 20,000 miles of the British and Irish coast. She joined us this week after a week of walking the Manx coast. Karen is walking for Alzheimers research and since starting in January has raised over £38k. Follow Karen on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/1790360527648427/

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This week 138 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part. There was one milestone: congratulations to Shane Larkin who ran his 50th parkrun today.

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See you soon

Muireann Maguire

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The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Muireann MAGUIRE • Peter CALLIN • Ian BATES • Terry BATES • Ali KIRBY • Elizabeth PARTRIDGE • Charlie ELLIOTT • Kerry THOMPSON • Lynda QUAYLE • Gemma CAMPBELL • Paul COLLINS • Tara CAWTE • Anthony QUAYLE • Brian BUTLER • Maddison PARTRIDGE • Anne ROGERS • Mary- Ellen KONARSKI • Arnold John JACOBS • Rob CLYNES • Sofia BIANCHI • Kevin BURNELL
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 1,703 participants have completed 6,344 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,720 km, including 1,467 new Personal Bests. A total of 216 individuals have volunteered 1,557 times.

 

Nobles parkrun Event #85 – 20th July 2019

A bit of drizzle and some damp conditions underfoot did nothing to deter our parkrunners today!

104 happy smiling runners made it round the course. We have had over 100 participants each week for the last four weeks - let's see if we can keep the numbers up for the whole summer!

Lots of visitors to the IOM joined us today. A good crowd in from Northern Ireland, Huddersfield, Nottingham and down to Lymington on the South Coast of England. Also leading veteran athlete Angela Copson from Rugby achieved an incredible 97.12% age grade rating - a new Nobles best by quite a margin. If you want to know more about this remarkable lady I recommend that you google her!

There were also an amazing 21 runners who made Nobles number 85 their first ever parkrun! Whether you are a visitor or a local, well done to you all and we hope you enjoyed it. You are always welcome to join us here at Nobles and we hope to see you again soon.

Special mention goes to Ray Shooter, who completed his 50th parkrun! Seasoned veteran runner Ray even brought along some cakes for us to enjoy after the run. Thanks Ray, well done and keep on running!

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A couple of other mentions. Firstly to Rob Clynes, who joined us today fresh from his victory in the two lap race of the Peel Headlands Series. Rob is pictured here with his well earned trophy.

20-7 Rob Clynes

Regular parkrunner Alanya Coop was not at today's event. She did have a good reason though - she is getting married! Good luck for the big day Alanya from all your parkrun friends.
One final mention goes to our wonderful volunteers.

The event cannot run without them - why not put your name forward to help out next week / the week after / the week after that...? Have a good week all and see you back at Nobles soon!

Dave Lawrie
Run Director Virgin

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This week 104 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Steve WILLMOTT • Nicola BOWKER • Terry BATES • Bernie JOHNSON • Charlie ELLIOTT • Kerry THOMPSON • Geoff QUAYLE • Lynda QUAYLE • Geoffrey FARRANT • Tara CAWTE • Dave LAWRIE • Brian BUTLER • Carole STAPLES • Anne ROGERS • Mary- Ellen KONARSKI • Jo HAMILTON • Arnold John JACOBS • Corrine WILSON • Colin KELLY • Christine KELLY • Mike 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 1,664 participants have completed 6,206 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,030 km, including 1,440 new Personal Bests. A total of 214 individuals have volunteered 1,536 times.

 

Nobles parkrun Event #84 – 13th July 2019

Nobles run report (Sunday 14th July)
by Lynn Tarrant

'If I could hop 500 parkruns'

I love to combine my two favourite pastimes whenever I can, so when I heard that the Isle of Man was having a sculpture trail this year featuring my fave Wallabies, I began to plan my next parkrun tour.

500 group

The cost of the ferry was prohibitive for such a short trip, but EasyJet flights from Gatwick were reasonable. A touring buddy said she would love to join me as she had a friend she wanted to visit, then my two brothers in law said they would like to do it, then their friend, Dave Thomas, decided he would like to do his 500th on the island at Nobles. So the scene was set for yet another parkrun tour - with the added bonus of Wallabies and Wallababies.

When touring, especially to an island is the fear of last minute cancelled events, what a nightmare, but the Nobles core team were very responsive and reassured us that the event was good to go.

The parkrun at Nobles was really easy to find, the start being just up from the famous TT Grandstand on the course. We had collected balloons and cake from Douglas the night before and arrived early on Saturday to find an enthusiastic team of core volunteers part way through set up. We were all introduced and caused great excitement for the Event Director when he realised one of our crew was from Tilgate, his old home parkrun event.

In the first timers brief Ian, the RD for the day, explained the technical nature of the two lap figure of eight course in an engaging and entertaining way, all the obligatory pictures were taken with the '500' balloons including one of Dave and Neil Davies, another 500+ runner who had recently moved to the island.

There were quite a few tourists at this weeks event, one couple were from Ireland amongst a fair few first timers, I hope they enjoyed the morning as much as we did.
At the start 'milestones' were applauded, along with Dave was another visitor celebrating her 50th event, Michelle from Southport.

The course was challenging but very enjoyable, with excellent sea views over Douglas, along with a distant Wallaby spotted hiding behind the Grandstand lol

The volunteers at this parkrun are very encouraging despite being wind swept and hot all in one go, they smiled and cheered all the way including the last lap to the last person, I know because I was nearly that person!
The volunteers ranged from 2 weeks to 'a lot older', including a poodle with two mini-marshal owners. It was Mikes first time as a tail-walker - he even had a tail !!!!!!

Baby marshal

Thankyou from all of us for making this event happen and for being so much fun.

Dave was particularly thrilled to be cheered over the line, cake and prosecco followed along with the blue cake icing turning most of us into temporary smurfs.

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After packing up we went for obligatory Wallaby and TT selfies, then said farewell to the team before continuing our Wallaby adventure.

Wallaby selfie

I would highly recommend a visit to the Isle of Man and to Nobles parkrun. It was a pleasure to travel around the island on public transport that included steam trains and a mountain tram, there is plenty for everyone, with stunning views and very friendly people.

If you go this summer and search for Wallabies - see if you can beat my 21/26 in 2 days lol

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This week 117 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Peter CALLIN • Lynn TARRANT • Joe Cameron BYRNE • Ian BATES • Terry BATES • Ali KIRBY • Charlie ELLIOTT • Kerry THOMPSON • Lynda QUAYLE • Paul COLLINS • Paul PERKINS • Dave LAWRIE • Brian BUTLER • Sarah CORKILL • Becky WATTERSON • Melanie WILLIAMSON • Arnold John JACOBS • Rob CLYNES • Silke MURPHY • Colin KELLY • Christine KELLY • Mike DEVEREAU • Olivia WILLIAMSON • Megan WILLIAMSON
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 Sarah Louise CUMBER who recorded 84.66% (19:20) on 20th April 2019 (event number 72).
Nobles parkrun started on 21st October 2017. Since then 1,627 participants have completed 6,102 parkruns covering a total distance of 30,510 km, including 1,433 new Personal Bests. A total of 212 individuals have volunteered 1,515 times.

 

Nobles parkrun Event #83 – 6th July 2019

Wow! For the second week in a row we doubled the attendees for the same week last year, 116 cheery faces greeted us this week.

The biggest grin of all, and as normal, went to Lisa Whorrall - who achieved her RED '50' milestone t-shirt this week (PS it wasn't her 50th birthday, ooops!)

Whorrall 50

We are lucky enough to have several regulars close to hitting the magic '50' real soon.
One of which is Dominic Millard, pictured below, who ran his 45th this week. Pictured with him are regulars Sara Hinds, first lady finisher in a new PB, and cheeky 'fast' chappy Max Hammill who has hit 30 runs already and who equalled their PB this week.

6-7-19 Max

We welcomed another bunch of 'characters' this week......er, I mean parkrun tourists
We said hi to local runners, if you can call local Lancaster!, David and Linda Walker. Both help at both Lancaster and Morecombe Bay parkruns - both regular Run Directors. They left lovely comments in our visitors book as well as a cool recommendation on Facebook. You're both welcome back real soon....

Visiting RD

Also checking out our magical Selfie Frame was this cheery bunch, first timer Monica Hossain was joined by some Bushy Park regulars, the parkrun that started the whole phenomena and regularly sees 1500+ runners each Saturday. Think we would need a wider perimeter path.....

Visiting First Timers

Good news....we have been granted licence to return to Conrhenny for the Festival of Motorcycling - 10th to 30th August, four weeks of fun peeps.

A quick shout out.....a Run Director and Volunteer Co-Ordinator needed in two weeks time, and at the end of August...….form an orderly queue lol

Until next week folks, when we will see our 6000th finisher

#DFYB

Ian

This week 116 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ian BATES • Len CARMODY • Ali KIRBY • Fiona BULLOUGH • Madeleine SAYLE • Kerry THOMPSON • Gary KEWLEY • Geoff QUAYLE • Lynda QUAYLE • Gemma CAMPBELL • Paul COLLINS • Tara CAWTE • Anthony QUAYLE • Becky WATTERSON • Anne ROGERS • Arnold John JACOBS • Gabriel CAMPBELL • Colin KELLY • Christine KELLY
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 Sarah Louise CUMBER who recorded 84.66% (19:20) on 20th April 2019 (event number 72).
Nobles parkrun started on 21st October 2017. Since then 1,594 participants have completed 5,985 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,925 km, including 1,406 new Personal Bests. A total of 206 individuals have volunteered 1,491 times.

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