Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 321 – 27th November 2021

Event number 3-2-1 go! Well, it amused me. It's a good job I had something to smile about because my, was it cold on Saturday. Despite that, a brave 222 runners turned out and ran or walked our beautiful course. The cold spurred 24 of you to PBs - well done! Just before the start there was a nasty hailstorm, but we were spared any precipitation during the actual run. A massive thank you to the volunteers who stood out in the cold to bring you your Saturday morning exercise.

moody sky over Northala

The weather scared off most of our first-timers, with Chris only having three intrepid souls for his briefing:

three runners getting briefed on the course. hill in background

Chris briefs the first-timers "the weather's usually better than this"

Aditi ARYAL was celebrating her 50th run this week and I notice that Santosh is coming up to a pretty big number soon. He'll have to wait, though, as he's RD next week. This week saw the breaking of one of our age category records also - congratulations to Angela DUNCAN, who smashed the VW80-84 record with a speedy time of 35:49 - age grading 76.17%!

At the other end of the age scale, here are some parkrunners in waiting. Good to get them started early!

two babies in high chairs

parkrunners of the future

You will have noticed Ian following me around this week. He's a Run Director in training, and will be taking the helm for the first time on 11th December. Please consider volunteering to give him an easy start. Volunteer here: northalafields@parkun.com

Don't forget you can also sign up for our Christmas parkrun. Extra mince pies for the volunteers.

See you next week!
Lindsay

This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 30 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Philip YORK • Nick WALKER • Barbro JULIN • Ian BIRCH • Gary STRINGER • Louise PRINCE • Steve ESTREICH • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Newa RAI • Hangma RAI • Sara HOWE • Gowan CLEWS • Johnny YAM • Philip PLATT • Juliet AIBANGBEE MELLOR • Christopher SHEARWOOD • Eamonn FLYNN • Carlo FERRIGGI • Lynette MILLER • Maria PAZ • Celine DANDEH-NJIE • Andy PRICE • Alex REVENS • Tony WALLER • Sarah CLARK • Carmen TO • Ann MCCORMACK • Martin DAOUD • Sarabjit DHANOA

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

The female record is held by Stacey ORMEROD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:42 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 263).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 9,968 participants have completed 82,288 parkruns covering a total distance of 411,440 km, including 12,636 new Personal Bests. A total of 789 individuals have volunteered 8,308 times.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 320 – 20th November 2021

Lovely morning for a parkurn, great running conditions! It certainly seemed to be appreciated by our runners, 33 of whom got nice new PBs for their efforts! We had 4 absolute first timers (welcome, we hope you'll be back), and 13 people who were visiting for the first time.

As well as our first timers, at the other end of the spectrum we had some people with an impressive number of parkruns behind them, Leading the field for the ladies was Louise Brown, with 379 parkruns (Louise also topped her age group this week, with a time of 24:35). Even that mighty number pales into insignificance when compared to our men - top of the field was Tony Merritt, with a massive 517 parkruns to his name!

Impressive though they are, neither of these are "official" milestones. We had some of those this week.Top of that field is Rosemary Leno, who celebrated her 250th parkrun.
Rosemary
 

We also had Eileen Williams doing her 100th run, and both Jennifer Hay and Nathan Yip doing their 50th runs. Nathan celebrated in style, by topping his age group with a new PB. Well done, Nathan!

Showing that parkrun is for everyone, we had 255 participants this week, spanning age groups from under 10s to the 80-84 years, with Pete Warren and Angela Duncan representing those categories. The only age group not represented was 18-19 year old men, so if you know any please encourage them to come along next week.

Talking of next week, Lindsay is in charge on the day, and it would be lovely to be able to hand over to her with a full roster - it's pacer week, so it would be great if we could have a couple of timers, finish token (and finish token support) and some barcode scanners to make sure any PBs get recorded! Marshals to cheer you all round and ensure participants' safety would be good too.

See you next time,

 

Louise

 

 

 

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 319 – 13th November 2021

What a beautiful morning for a parkrun!

The mixed weather of November can produce some beautiful conditions for running, and make for some great panoramic shots! Did you manage to catch sight of the rainbow? If you didn't, pop over to our Facebook page where you'll find an album of photos from this Saturday's event, complete with the rainbow. Almost everyone was caught on their way down the hill, so see if you can spot yourself.

 

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You might wonder why everyone was running so fast? Not just because it's parkrun... Probably because they were being chased by a dinosaur! Regular runner, Bobby Mitchell, was doing his 100th run. You may have seen him before, marshalling as a dinosaur, or even pacing (although even Bobby doesn't pace in his dinosaur costume!) Bobby wasn't  the only parkrunner marking a milestone on the day, Jariya Campbell was celebrating run number 50 and Hangma Rai was running her 200th run. We've also got a few parkrunners approaching milestones, so watch this space!

IMG_20211115_201154There're 5 more runs between now and the Christmas Day run, including the return of Pacer Day. The roster is currently looking a bit thin for all of them, so why not have a look here and book a volunteer spot, is easy to sign up, and great fun (and we can't put on a volunteer-led event without volunteers...)  Next week Philip is in charge, see you then!

Louise

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Nick WALKER • Olov HANSEN • Barbro JULIN • Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Andy LEUNG • Mike BURNETT • Louise PRINCE • Philip PRINCE • Beverley PACKWOOD • Mark KENCROFT • Graham BRYAN • Eamonn FLYNN • Charlotte BRADLEY • Tony WALLER • Sailesh MISTRY • Philip VAUGHAN • Carmen TO • Jacqueline STEVENS • Trevor STEVENS • Peter HALEY • Nathan YIP • Alex YIP • Ian GINGELL

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

The female record is held by Stacey ORMEROD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:42 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 263).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 9,921 participants have completed 81,811 parkruns covering a total distance of 409,055 km, including 12,579 new Personal Bests. A total of 785 individuals have volunteered 8,257 times.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 318 – 6th November 2021

Better weather this week, and perfect weather for running, as evidenced by the 42 runners who got PBs. Well done! We had a full roster in the end; big thanks to all who helped. We do need around 25 people to put on the run, and it’s a big help to the RD if they know they have enough people earlier rather than later. Volunteer here: northalafields@parkun.com

It was David Goodenough’s 250th run. David has been parkrunning since 2007, since before it was even called parkrun. Thank you for the chocolates, which were much appreciated. Also celebrating were Andy Frith for his 50th and Nigel Blades for his 100th.

We had a party of visitors from Wycombe Rye parkrun, including our first female finisher, Tamsin Neale. They were very complimentary about our parkrun and said they would be back. Always nice to have compliments. I’ve done Wycombe Rye parkrun, too, and can recommend it.

Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, and I’m pleased to announce that we will be holding parkrun as usual. Feel free to bring cake and mince pies; there’s usually a fabulous atmosphere at our Christmas Day run. It will be especially nice this year after not being able to put on an official run last year. New Year’s Day also falls on a Saturday, but we won’t be holding a run that day. We decided that those of us who want to run would welcome the opportunity to parkrun somewhere else, and those of us who want to stay in bed would do so.

See you next week, when parkrun will be brought to you by Philip.

Lindsay

This week 271 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Gary STRINGER • Andy LEUNG • Louise PRINCE • Philip PRINCE • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Alison OSBORNE • Gowan CLEWS • Christopher SHEARWOOD • Carlo FERRIGGI • Gillian SHEARWOOD • Yvonne LEWIS • Tony WALLER • Philip VAUGHAN • Carmen TO • Jose GRESA • Peter HALEY • Shirley VICK • Jeremy WASDEN • Rayane HAMIDOUCHE • Josephine WASDEN • Pritam GILL • Parveen PRASHAR • Gurmit SOHAL • Ravinder Kaur KLEIR • Kuldip GILL

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

The female record is held by Stacey ORMEROD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:42 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 263).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).

Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 9,887 participants have completed 81,507 parkruns covering a total distance of 407,535 km, including 12,537 new Personal Bests. A total of 784 individuals have volunteered 8,233 times.

 

 

New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day also falls on a Saturday, but we won’t be holding a run that day. We decided that those of us who want to run would welcome the opportunity to parkrun somewhere else, and those of us who want to stay in bed would do so

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