#402 – In search of an N by Sue Martin

We are on a spell of parkrun tourism and this week we were at Northampton – to get an N
for our parkrun alphabet! We weren’t the only tourists there, with the unofficial prize for the
furthest travelled tourist going to the person who joined us from Amsterdam!

There were several notable milestones amongst the parkrunners this week. James STRYJEKMatthew JEFFCOATE and Matthew JEFFCOATE were running their 50th parkrun,  Roy ANDERSON on his 100th parkrun, Katherine MCFADIANKatie WHITE and Angela WHITE were running their 150th parkrun and Dave SWIFT was running his 200th parkrun . A special mention to Clive PEARCE who was running his 50th different venue on his birthday and Sharon CONQUER volunteering for the 50th time! Congratulations to you all!

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This week there were 677 parkrunners, which was the third highest attendance ever here,
possibly due to some people starting their new year resolutions a little late but more
probably because word is spreading about how great Northampton parkrun is!

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The briefing lived up to its name and was brief, but informative, and the run started on time
which is always a positive. The course is a two lap circuit of the racecourse park, with the
second lap being shorter than the first. The course is fairly flat and racecourse park is
quite open so you can see the parkrunners on other parts of the course as you go round -
making a lovely colourful vision for the runners and to show those who have not yet
decided to join us that parkrun is here! The course was marshalled by friendly and
encouraging marshals who stood in some quite cold and windy conditions to cheer us on – thank you marshal! 35 volunteers made this week’s parkrun possibe, so a massive thank
you to all of you.

I like to find out a little bit about where I am visiting, and I was surprised to learn that
Northampton racecourse is not actually a racecourse! Although it was once - historically,
regular horse racing meetings were held here but these ceased in 1904 due to the high
number of accidents caused by the sharpness of the track. Nowadays it is an open space
park comprising of about 118 acres of parkland.

Horse racing was held here at various points in its history and the racecourse was anti-
clockwise around the park. Interestingly, parkrun has stuck with this tradition and is also
run anti-clockwise.

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The hotel at the corner of the racecourse was built to accommodate keen racegoers but
was closed in 1904 when the racing here stopped. It then remained empty for 18 years
earning it the name “The White Elephant”, the name by which it is still known today.

On to a few parkrun stats - this week was run number 402. Of the 677 parkrunners 53
people were running their first ever parkrun and a further 46 did their first Northampton
parkrun. 60 people achieved a PB – congratulations to you all and to everyone who got a
result for their stopwatch bingo!

Thanks for a great parkrun – hope to see you again!

Sue Martin (Leamington)

 

 

#357 by John Kilcoyne

Let’s start with some congratulations. Official members of the J10 club this weekend are James (who celebrated with a new pb) and Joshua. Sherrill, Tracey and Andy are now ready to claim the red 50 t-shirts, and Stephanie has earned a black 100 shirt. In addition, Robin completed the unofficial milestone of 200 parkruns. Well done to all. Happy birthday also to Patrick, celebrating his 17th birthday on Sunday and to Catherine Hickford, turning 40 on Monday.

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Thank you to all the volunteers assisting Szabolcs as RD today.

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Thank you also to two clubs, Northants Tri and Abington Park Joggers, who turned out in force to support and participate, many as pacers.
Helen and I joined you as tourists from Lincoln this weekend, together with visitors from Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Birmingham, London and Kent. 22 participants were here for their first ever parkrun. Well done to you all at the start of your own parkrun journey.

Our own visit was for two purposes: our 20th location within the East Midlands region (currently 37 altogether, but the number keeps getting bigger) and to claim a North for our compass challenge. For anyone new to parkrun tourism, there are lots of combinations of locations to give a focus to running at different locations. Search for parkrun Running Challenges for a Chrome browser extension for many more suggestions including the alphabet challenge. As a tourist, you get to see the best of so many other towns and cities across this country and further afield- it is always the best that any community has to offer because parkrun is involved. I have loved every location I have been to with parkrun because of the variety of courses and the friendliness of everyone involved.

I must confess to a soft spot for urban parks because of the pride that get shown off. Northampton has a gem in the Racecourse- so many facilities for residents and visitors, the fabulous architecture within the park and the amazing range of buildings on all sides that parkrunners can appreciate. Add to that an (almost) flat terrain; we didn’t get pbs today, but Helen and I both ran our fastest times since New Year’s Day. Lincoln parkrun is also an urban park although smaller; we will be delighted to welcome you as visitors.
This week 542 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Vicky ROBERTSON • Terry EGAN • Stavros CARAYANNIS • Leigh BARKER • Anne-Marie SANDOS • Rachel Helen CANHAM • Stephen HOLLOWAY • Tessa HOLLOWAY • Rosemary KENNEDY • Helen ANDREWS • Gemma YOUNG • Gerald BILLIS • Michelle LEWIS • Ralph STAHMANN • Szabolcs MATE • Bobby CHATTERJEE • Matt BUSHELL • Steve MARTIN • Sarah ASHCROFT • Ian BATES • Sue JEFFS • Sharon CONQUER • John KILCOYNE • Alan HALL • Claire THOMAS • Melissa WILDE • Ann WORTHY • Lynette HILL-PARK • Bec LAMBERT • Lee WADE • Julie FITZELL • Marie PASSMORE • Viv POOLE • Sam FREEMAN • Joanne HAYMAN • Debra WARD • Bethany CRESSEY

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 13,510 participants have completed 118,595 parkruns covering a total distance of 592,975 km, including 21,431 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,141 individuals have volunteered 6,828 times.

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Helen and John from Lincoln parkrun

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