Northala Fields parkrun is cancelled on 11 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Northala Fields parkrun – Event no 302 – 14th March 2020

I think we all knew it was going to be the last parkrun for a while before we even set out on Saturday morning. In some ways, I really wished I could run as well, as it was the last, but I have to say it was an absolute privilege to be part of the team putting on the event so others could get their final run in, and I know the rest of the team felt the same.

Although we didn't get to do the usual pre-run brief in quite the same way (those of you who are familiar with how un-brief my pre-run brief is and how late I usually start the run as a consequence will probably be seeing the upside in the situation!) I'm sure I speak for all the runners when I extend a big thank you to all the volunteers who turned up on the day to make the run possible.

Huge apologies to Kim Payne, doing her 100th run, and John Dobbs and James Lane who were doing their 50th runs for not being able to get you up on the celebration bench - I think we should do that as soon as we're back running.

And we will be back running. Whilst we can't run together at the moment we can still run and we can still keep in touch, which is important.

As we're not looking for volunteers for the week, the email box won't be manned quite so much as usual,but we'll still be checking. We'll still be manning the Facebook page, and you can keep in touch via our Twitter account.

Those of you who follow the Facebook account will have seen there are messages from our parkrun community offering to help people who are isolated and need errands running, and I'm sure many more of us will do all we can to help our parkrun family in these difficult times, make sure you ask if you need help. And if you have any great ideas about things to do on a Saturday morning instead of a parkrun, please share those too. I'll probably be doing a 5 minute pilates session from an app I've downloaded - I'm sure it'll take more effort than some of my parkruns, too!

The core team here at Northala Fields would like to remind everyone of our running and volunteering family that, even whilst we can't meet for mass runs and share a coffee (and ice cream!) afterwards, we are still a community, and are here to help offer support and friendship in difficult times. We would encourage you to share pictures of your solo runs where you can, let's see if we can make #NFparkrunselfies a thing! Doesn't even have to be at Northala (and definitely not Northala at 9AM on a Saturday), just you running, something to brighten people's news feeds.

Look after yourselves, and each other, and we look forward to seeing everynody back as soon as we can.

Louise

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 301 – 7th March 2020

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Saturday dawned cold and clear, but still very wet underfoot. A wonderfully kind and generous parkrun fairy had taken last week’s wet hi-viz and beautifully washed and ironed them. If you let me know who you are, I can give you a volunteer credit. It is very much appreciated.

Two people on the bench this week: Lorraine McNulty and Guy Long. Well done to both of you.

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We love inspiring stories at parkrun, and one of our visitors had a great one to share this week. Here’s Ed Harman:

I work in the city and in my spare time I've been enjoying triathlon for several years, training a lot and racing about 12-14 races a year with Clapham Chasers Tri Club. It's all amateur but I've enjoyed seeing how far I can take the sport and had progressed to Ironman plus even European and World Champs for GB Age Group. [Amazing! says Lindsay] However, 16 months ago I suffered a heart attack resulting in emergency heart bypass surgery. Being in my mid 40s and so fit naturally this was unexpected, however my rehab was incredible and they got me back to triathlon training after 12 weeks and just 6 months after surgery I was signed off to race again [even more amazing!]. I took my place at the European Champs last year but it was tough and I've lost the top end of performance so can no longer compete at that level. So whilst my body adjusts and I reset my priorities, parkrun has been a fantastic way to get back to running, without training goals and PBs to chase down! I just enjoy some social running. More recently I have discovered the unofficial parkrun challenges which helps to appease my competitive side as I'm now seeking out new parkruns to attend in order to achieve the Alphabet of parkrun, together with the Compass, Pirates, BeeGees, Groundhog Day and oh so many more. Thank you parkrun!

We hope you remain well for many decades, and enjoy parkrunning, Ed.

Finally, thank you to Richard Harper for some great pictures this week. You can see them all here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KLAoZckVDjcYLRHMA

Join us next Saturday, when Louise is in charge. If you can lend a hand by volunteering, that would also be great.

Lindsay

This week 441 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Nick WALKER • Barbro JULIN • Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Fiona KENNEDY • John FALVEY • Andy LEUNG • Russ HEWLETT • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Gowan CLEWS • Laura LEUNG • Phil H DAVIES • Juliet AIBANGBEE MELLOR • Christopher SHEARWOOD • Helen MARK • Eamonn FLYNN • Maria PAZ • Betty HARPER • Tony WALLER • Philip VAUGHAN • Sai PANG • Annick HOOGE • Lisa YIP • Louis MITCHELL • Linda READ • Jaydat MEHTA • Richard HARPER • Charlotte YIP • Stephen WONG • Tim OAKLEY • Jamie PANG • Michael EVANS
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 Lee Naomi WARD 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 9,365 participants have completed 76,838 parkruns covering a total distance of 384,190 km, including 12,002 new Personal Bests. A total of 737 individuals have volunteered 7,817 times.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 300 – 29 February 2020

parkrun on 29th February is rare - Saturday leap days occur every 28 years (with some exceptions) so it will be a while before the next one. There were a few drops of rain beforehand and the odd puddle or two but conditions for the 301 who took part in our 300th event were very good -some even brought cake to celebrate. Sadly, I missed an opportunity to massage the results slightly and have 300 participants on our 300th.

We celebrated a number of milestones - Run Director Laura reached her 50, and other locals Emma McDonald (100), Ron Pratley (50), Joanne Grieve (50) and Rose Grieve (J10) also achieved as did visitor Matthias Nwabudike (100). I hope you all had a good day and thanks for the cakes and sweets.

Among the 32 PBs were long time Northala regulars Richard Harper and Louis Mitchell - Louis took full advantage of pacer day and took around 3 minutes off his previous PB. Well done all of those who took part Saturday

We had a number of visitors including some from around Sheffield and others from Sussex. Some of the Sussex visitors volunteered to do barcode scanning. One of these, Jack Lloyd doubled up to pace at twenty minutes - impressively he finished in exactly 20:00

Among the first timers were 8 people who did their first ever run - well done!

I'd also like to add that I'm grateful for another stint where no tokens went missing - thanks - please keep this up for Lindsay who's in charge for the next event

Philip

Northala Fields parkrun
Event number 300
29th February 2020
This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Nick WALKER • Ian BIRCH • John FALVEY • Pringla AWALE RAI • Gary STRINGER • Philip PRINCE • Amy RICE • Anne COOPER • John BYRNE • Antony BROWN • Bishnu DEWAN • Nilu DEWAN • Sophie LEUNG • Jacky MERCEY • Mitesh PATEL • Christopher SHEARWOOD • Eamonn FLYNN • Greg FERNANDES-LAWES • Gillian SHEARWOOD • Kimberly FERNANDES • Charles SIMMONDS • Christina BALDOCK • Tony WALLER • Mark KORINEK • Jack LLOYD • Clive HEIDRICH • Sailesh MISTRY • Carmen TO • Martin DAOUD • Andrew KENNEDY • Jeremy WASDEN

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 Lee Naomi WARD 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 9,332 participants have completed 76,397 parkruns covering a total distance of 381,985 km, including 11,942 new Personal Bests. A total of 733 individuals have volunteered 7,785 times.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 299 – 22nd February 2020

It started dry for Northala Fields parkrun number 299 and then the rain started as the runners started to cross the line. The ground was saturated with the back to back storms and there were puddles around the course. There were celebrations on the bench for Rachel Hearson and Jas Bansal reaching their 50th parkruns, Carlos Wozniak for his 100th and a massive well done to Pauline McMahon on her 250th. Next week will be Northala Fields parkrun 300th run. You all know what this will mean – CAKE!!

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Rachel missed the picture, I think

One of our finish tokens went missing this week. Please remember to hand in all finish tokens to the scanners even if you have forgotten your own barcode. We need them back for the following week's run. We rely on the generosity of the volunteers for the parkrun to happen. We need approximately 30 volunteers each week. If you are not running, please think about offering your time to support Northala Fields parkrun. Thank you

Have a look at Bruce's wonderful pictures here.

Laura

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Thanks for doing our results, Laura!

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parkrun baby Annabel

This week 410 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Pringla AWALE RAI • Gary STRINGER • Andy LEUNG • Danielle MERCEY • Bruce LI • Newa RAI • Gowan CLEWS • Kumar ROKA MAGAR • Laura LEUNG • Sophie LEUNG • Eamonn FLYNN • Dee HOLDEN • Tony WALLER • Sai PANG • Lisa YIP • Martin DAOUD • Elaine LI • Sandra BAILEY • Nicole LI • Matthew LI • Hannah WOODWARD • Karen VAN DYKEN • Jessica WONG • Alexia MA • Jamie MA • Nathan YIP • Charlotte YIP • Emily TO

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 Lee Naomi WARD 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 9,279 participants have completed 76,096 parkruns covering a total distance of 380,480 km, including 11,910 new Personal Bests. A total of 728 individuals have volunteered 7,754 times.

 

Northala Fields parkrun – Event number 298 – 15th February 2020

Love was definitely in the air in the fields of Northala on Saturday 15th Feb for our post Valentine's run, as a group of 26 volunteers gave up their morning to help run Northala Fields parkrun number 298! If getting up for 9am on a Saturday to brave Storm Dennis and volunteer for your community isn’t love, then I don’t know what is! Thank you to you all ❤

I wanted to shout out a special mention to Malkiat who seems to be there (officially and unofficially volunteering!) every week setting the course up - thank you so much Malkiat! A special thank you also to Hangma who helped token sort and kept me company.

So if you love parkrun and the community love that it spreads, don’t forget to sign up to the roster for future runs :-) (according to some studies, volunteering can help boost happiness levels, and in keeping with the valentines theme it can even contribute to improved heart health & lower blood pressure!)

Despite an empty milestone bench (you are all too modest, or late!) we did have some milestones this week. A big congratulations to James, Sarah, Yogish and Jasvinder on their 50th runs! A huge congrats to Richard on his 50th different London parkrun (6 more to go)! And finally a massive congratulations to Jo Brooks on her 350th parkrun!

Well done to everyone for running/walking/smiling against the wind - I hope everyone has a safe and restful weekend! See you soon :-)

Amy x

#loveparkrun ❤

Some of our wonderful team of barcode scanners this week. (Photo by Jessica Wong)

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Don't forget our 300th Northala Fields parkrun on the 29th February, a rare and special leap year parkrun event!

This week 378 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Pringla AWALE RAI • Gary STRINGER • Louise PRINCE • Philip PRINCE • Danielle MERCEY • Amy RICE • Hangma RAI • Gowan CLEWS • Mark KENCROFT • Caroline PLUMMER • Jessica LI • Yvonne LEWIS • Celine DANDEH-NJIE • Annick HOOGE • Lisa YIP • Malkiat MATHARU • Jacki HULBERT • Alexia MA • Charlotte YIP • Shirley VICK • Andrew KENNEDY • Pam JULIEN • Jeremy WASDEN • April NILSSON

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 Lee Naomi WARD 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 9,221 participants have completed 75,686 parkruns covering a total distance of 378,430 km, including 11,862 new Personal Bests. A total of 723 individuals have volunteered 7,724 times.

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