Normanby Hall parkrun Event #97 – 5th October 2019

Apologies for the delay in sending out this weeks run report, I had a little 13.1 mile jaunt with the 'hedgehogs' this morning at the fabulous Normanby Hall, now after I've had a nap and recovered I've had some time to put 'finger to keyboard'!

Yesterday was our October 'Chase the Pacer' day.  Did you Chase, or were you being Chased?  Thank you to all those runners who volunteered to be Pacers, and if you Chased them well done to you particularly if you were one of the 71 runners who secured a Personal Best time, that number of runners is just amazing, well done to you all.

This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.  We had visitors this week from the Lake District, Dave Bayliff who runs with Walney Wind Cheetahs and whom normally does his parkruns in Barrow.  I had the pleasure of chatting Dave who told me he'd completed 103 different parkruns as well as volunteering on numerous occasions.  I'm sure he'll list Normanby Hal as one of his favourites, eh Dave?   We also had two visitors from Sittingbourne in Kent, Ian Bates doing hios 85th parkrun and Marlena Moutinho doing her 69th parkrun, visiting Normanby Hall for the first time.  They'd come to the area to play roller hockey!  Sounds a bit dangerous to me, but they both commented how much they'd enjoyed our parkrun venue.

Some milestones were achieved this week, Pam Steadman completed her 50th parkrun, Freddie Roberts in Junior 10 category completed his 10th parkrun in a new PB time, and not least was 5 year old Rory Offler completed his 10th parkrun.  Here's Rory enjoying his moment of glory...


First male place this week was taken by Andrew Humphries from Airecentre Pacers RC in 17.45, followed by local boys Sam Blackburn in 18.47 and Matt Isle in 18.48, a hare's breath between them!  First lady this week was Emily Richardson in 21.03 followed by Daisy Bell and Millie Weaver in a tie for 2nd place in 22.37.

The event was made possible this week by 41 fabulous volunteers and pacers:

Simon GRIFFIN • Lindsay O'CONNOR • Sue ZERGI • Andrew WEAVER • Brian WEAVER • Mark CHESMAN • Roz SMITH • Kerry JACKSON • Robert TAYLOR • Rob MARSHALL • Karen WICKENS • Rebecca URRY • Andrew FERGUSON • Sarah FREEAR • Caroline BAINES • Bonnie WILSON • Sarah MITCHELL • Helen LONGCAKE • Steve SHARP • Aaron LONGCAKE • Andrew BROWNE • Neil ROWBOTHAM • Isla LONGCAKE • Sheila KERR • Debbie BROWN • Jonathan WELLER • Anthony MORRIS • Victoria PLAYFORD • Helen STANNARD • Derek LONGDEN • Jackie MCMAHON • John MCMAHON • Sarah GREEN • Anthony FLEET • Martin DRINKWATER • Susan V COULT • Paul STANNARD • Timothy JONES • Daniel JOHNSON • Barry JACKSON • Jayne BOOTH

The event can not go ahead without the required number of volunteers.  It is an arduous task completing the volunteer roster every week, often volunteers have to pull out at last minute for good reason, and appeals then need to go out for replacement volunteers.  If more people would volunteer the job of filling our volunteer roster each week would be so much easier.  Thank you to those runners who put their names on the white board this week, offering to volunteer in upcoming weeks.  Yes, it's that easy!  Put your name on the board with your barcode and preferred date, and a preferred role, if you wish.  Or, you can send an e-mail to

That's all folks, final day of World Athletics now beckons me.  Only 6 days to go to your next parkrun, see you all next Saturday.

Happy running,


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

The male record is held by William STRANGEWAY who recorded a time of 15:45 on 12th January 2019 (event number 62).
The female record is held by Beth TAYLOR who recorded a time of 19:48 on 23rd March 2019 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline WHEELHOUSE who recorded 93.64% (20:26) on 7th July 2018 (event number 34).

Normanby Hall parkrun started on 4th November 2017. Since then 4,438 participants have completed 23,792 parkruns covering a total distance of 118,960 km, including 5,412 new Personal Bests. A total of 320 individuals have volunteered 2,183 times.