#349 Northampton parkrun – Bryan Lewin’s experience

My parkrun day started off when I turned into Kettering Road at the White Elephant corner just after 8.15 a.m., on a decidedly chilly morning, and I spied Craig and Michelle Lewis on a ‘warm-up’ run … little did I realise, at that moment, that I’d be actually be joining Michelle in a gentle jog nearly two hours hence (more later).

Anyhow, it’s Northampton parkrun #349 and I’m on my way to collect my volunteer’s bib to perform my role as a marshal. As usual, the finish area is a hive of activity – the set-up crew have virtually completed their tasks, volunteers are turning up from all directions and RD Hattie is checking them in - and handing out jobs (35 volunteers made it all happen this week). There’s also celebratory preparations underway - cakes, banners, balloons etc - for the special ‘significant’ birthday of our wonderful volunteer Leigh Barker (it was the 262nd occasion that Leigh has volunteered, so you’ve almost certainly been scanned by her at some point!).

The 553 who participated in the 5th January 2019 Northampton parkrun were part of more than 340,000 walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers across 1,650 events in 20 countries this weekend (a parkrun record!). And there were plenty of milestones - Mike Tebbutt (150), Chris Leggett (50) and Louise Flowers-Cohen (50) among them. A handful even managed to achieve PBs on their milestone occasions – Sharon Lantsbery (100), Martin Gibson (50), Richard Monk (50), Lisa Whelan (50) and Ann Worthy (50). In fact, a magnificent total of 53 athletes could have rung the PB bell this week! I can’t mention them all by name – but those I know reasonably well included Andy Goldsmith (four PBs in his last four parkruns); Darren Berkshire (who smashed his previous best time) and Alice Bennett (JW11-14), who was second female finisher in a fantastic time of 20.44. I’m not aware whether the three Mahers (Finn, James and Ethan) are related but the trio all registered PBs – Ethan (JM 11-14) was 6 (six!) minutes quicker on his second-ever parkrun!

We had 41 first timers at Northampton which included 33 who were taking part in their first-ever parkrun anywhere – I’m sure I speak on behalf of the organisers in saying that we hope that you enjoyed the experience and that you will be joining us again next week.

Three runners managed to register over 80% on that Age Grade percentage thingy – Elaine Danby, Chris Bell and Andy Green. Andy’s 18.05 was only four seconds slower than the best ever VM 55-59 Northampton parkrun time, which was achieved by … Andy Green.

It’s not often, I suspect, that we have someone competing who has taken part in more parkruns than our legend, Bob (no surname needed) – it was Bob’s 339th - but I noticed that Len Voralia (a mere VM 75-79) was notching up number 394! … and he clocked in with 29.24!!. At the other end of the (age) scale, Harry Ambery (JM10) deserves mention as he trotted round in an impressive 24.14!

So, I did my usual thing – which simply involves standing, clapping and shouting at people – until our illustrious ploggers/tail walkers reached me for the second time, closely followed by the aforementioned Michelle (who’d done her parkrun and was continuing in order to get a 10 miler in). I joined her in a gentle jog (for her!) round the bottom of the Racecourse and then made my way (via the finish area, to divest myself of three of the fiver layers of clothing that I was wearing) to join an intrepid, select group taking part in the Magic Mile – all of whom, I think, had just done the parkrun. Ann Worthy and Jim Conroy decided to celebrate their PBs earlier by running a further 1,760 yards and Messrs Bell and Green (the 80+ percenters) somehow contrived to finish joint first in 5.32. (I did more than twice Mr Bannister’s famous time).

From the Racecourse it was straight off to Abthorpe to support my grandson, and others, in the County Cross Country Championships … and who should I see, as soon as I arrived? A goodly number from the Northampton parkrun community - including members of the Van Eum family (who’d just volunteered) and Championships MC on the day, Terry Egan.

And that was it … until the next time … apologies for any errors, typos, omissions and, before you comment, yes I do have better things to do!!!

 

Christmas 2018/New Year 2019!

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at 9am with Matt as your RD. As ever we rely on lots of you volunteering to make this a safe and fun festive pre over indulgence parkrun. Fancy dress is as ever strongly recommended.

If you won't be in Northampton on Christmas day, check here nearer the time for local parkruns that will be hosting a Christmas day parkrun! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

We will also be hosting a New Year's Day parkrun at 9am with Alastair as your RD. However if you can't quite make it that early on New Year's Day, or if you're looking to run a double parkrun to start your year, make sure to check the above link for other parkruns which will be running at slightly later times!

 

SATURDAY 7th JULY – NORTHAMPTON PARKRUN CANCELLED

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel Northampton parkrun on Saturday 7th July.

This is due to the Northampton Town Fair being at the Racecourse on the same day, and the presence of vehicles on the paths will make it unsafe for parkrun to go ahead.

Sixfields Upton parkrun is also cancelled on 7th July.

If you fancy attending a different parkrun, use this tool to check your nearest https://touristtool.mybluemix.net/
Please check http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cancellations/ for any cancellations before attending.

Kind regards
Northampton parkrun team

 

SATURDAY 3rd MARCH – NORTHAMPTON PARKRUN CANCELLED

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel Northampton parkrun on Saturday 3rd March.

The paths around the racecourse look slippery already and it's forecast to get worse. Also we don't feel that it's fair for us to ask the volunteers to stand outside for over an hour in below freezing temperatures with added windchill.

Sorry parkrunners but your safety comes first. Hopefully see you on the 10th.

Stay warm and safe.

Kind regards
Northampton parkrun team

 

300th Parkrun at Northampton!

Northampton parkrun
Event number 300
27th January 2018

This week 703 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 90 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Laura A R SMITH • Alison POSTLETHWAITE • Laura BURTON • Charlotte YARKER • Dan GOSLING • Susan LANGTON • Leigh BARKER • Mary Rebecca PEARSON • Fred MAHONY • Bryan LEWIN • Peter DIXON • Amanda CONROY • James CUSHING • Alastair RAPLEY • Chris LAMB • Gerald BILLIS • Michelle LEWIS • Lizzie TIMMINS • Gemma BARRIE • Kit WILLIAMS • Esme CUSHING • Karen SHAKESPEARE • Matt BUSHELL • Sharon CONQUER • Donna EALES • David BUTLER • Louise FULLER • Luke BROUGH • Tim BULLARD • Georgina SMITH • Rachel ILSLEY

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

The male record is held by Andrew BADDELEY who recorded a time of 14:52 on 16th April 2016 (event number 207).
The female record is held by Emily WAUGH who recorded a time of 17:14 on 8th July 2017 (event number 270).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 105.64% (20:24) on 25th April 2015 (event number 156).

Northampton parkrun started on 5th May 2012. Since then 11,148 participants have completed 91,900 parkruns covering a total distance of 459,500 km, including 17,465 new Personal Bests.

 

Northampton parkrun 2017

Just a few stats from Northampton parkrun in 2017.
Thanks to all volunteers who help us make this event happen each and every week!
This year, we had:
 
52 Events at Northampton
 
26,515 parkruns completed (which translates to 132,575 km!!)
 
610 is the new record attendance (9th September)
473 is our new Christmas Day record attendance!
 
510 is our average weekly number of runners
25 is our average weekly number of volunteers
 
9 age category records were set, one of which was on Christmas Day by Carole James!
 
15:36 was the fastest time of the year, by Joshua Lay on 5th August
 
17:14 was the new female course record set by Emily Waugh on 8th July
 

Christmas Parkrun 2017

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at 9am with Mark as your RD. As ever we rely on lots of you volunteering to make this a safe and fun festive pre over indulgence parkrun. Fancy dress is as ever strongly recommended.

If you won't be in Northampton on Christmas day, check here nearer the time for local parkruns that will be hosting a Christmas day parkrun! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

We will also be hosting a New Year's Day parkrun at 9am with Lizzie and Hattie as your RDs. However if you can't quite make it that early on New Year's Day, or if you're looking to run a double parkrun to start your year, make sure to check the above link for other parkruns which will be running at slightly later times!

 

Northampton parkrun 251- 18th February 2017- the busiest one yet!

Mark and crew did a semi miraculous job today, where did you all come from? When you look at the results you will see that every result from position 518 will have a time of 52 minutes- we know this is just a starting point! Technical issues meant we were unable to take times from this point onwards. So:

  • if you finished in position 518- 545 please accept out apologies
  • if you finished in position 518-545 and have an accurate time of your run please email it too us northamptonoffice@parkrun.com no later than Wednesday 22.2.17
  • we will take all these times and improve all the results around them by Friday
  • if you do not want a time at all let us know and we will make you an unknown in the results
  • full cash refunds on your entry will be available ;)
  • if you haven't done so before, we would love you to volunteer so you can experience what goes into making Northampton parkrun each week
  • we do have a solution for next time......

Happy Running
Helen

 

Christmas 2016

We will be hosting a Christmas Day parkrun at 9am with Mark as your RD. As ever we rely on lots of you volunteering to make this a safe and fun festive pre over indulgence parkrun. Fancy dress is as ever strongly recommended.

We will not be hosting a New Year's Day run, check here nearer the time for local parkruns that are http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/

Hohohohohoho

 

Claret Takeover- Thanks NRR #211 14.5.16

Our friends at Northampton Road Runners will be out in force supporting Northampton parkrun this weekend. They will be volunteering, pacing and "just" running. We are really grateful for their support and look forward to seeing all their claret running tops. (I secretly suspect it is Mark Kennedy's plan to celebrate the Cobblers success this season.) Please join in this celebration with your own Claret/ pink tops or if you belong to a running club why not wear your club colours too, friendly rivalry is allowed.

See: http://www.northamptonroadrunners.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

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