With weather highs and lows over the last couple of days it was nice that one thing would be consistent on a Saturday morning and that is parkrun and for me and 242 others that was Sewerby’s 399th parkrun.
After enjoying the last of the week’s sun in Bridlington on Friday, this morning was a drizzly start waiting for the bus to Sewerby Hall. The bus driver was spot on that I would indeed have an hour wait before the start but it was a good opportunity to start exploring. Having just worked out that given enough money next time’s stay could actually be in a cottage built into the entrance arch I was soon distracted by a curious tiny horse (the other tiny horse and more distant llama were more aloof). When the tiny horse became bored with me I spotted that the core team were already mid-progress setting up the course and went to say hello and was soon chatting with today’s run director Pete COLLINS and some of the other volunteers. It really wasn’t long before I felt like I was already part of Sewerby parkrun community, a really warm welcome.
Even though Sewerby was heading towards its 8th birthday it didn’t stop 50 people coming to experience the course for the first time including 7 brand new to parkrun. Tourists visited from all over the country, perhaps not surprising considering the location and the time of year. There was also an obvious sea of yellow T-shirts representing Bridlington Road Runners who I understand were incorporating today’s parkrun into one of their annual club challenges.
Due to early setup for the Sewerby Gala a few late adjustments were needed to the normal course but with some strong winds mostly felt running up the coastal path it wasn’t feeling like a quick day but it didn’t seem to stop 18 people setting new personal bests. First male finisher was Scott HARGREAVES in a time of 17:44, a great time considering there were steps, yes steps, actual steps, to contend with towards the end of the course! First female finisher was April-Marie EXLEY in 22:49 and first junior finisher was Stephen NOBLE. Top age grade performance was Patricia BIELBY with an impressive 85.72% from a fantastic time of 24:45 in the VW65-69 category.
Congratulations to all of the above but also to everyone who came along today and completed the course, whether running, jogging or walking or a mix of everything.
Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sewerby/results/latestresults/.
The event would not however have been possible though a relatively small but amazing and friendly group of volunteers: Damian BAKER, Pete COLLINS, Wendy FOSTER, Steve MARTIN, David NEWTON, Ros PUDSEY, David James PUDSEY, Jon PURDY, Pete ROYAL, Jayne SISSONS, Stephen SMALL, Martin STACK, Andrew VAUGHAN and Syd WARLEY.
Thank-you to you all and if you are reading this and want to get involved in future weeks then all details can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sewerby/futureroster/. There are many different roles to choose from.
Today there were 3 milestones achieved. Regulars Vickie ELLERKER and Scott HARGREAVES (aforementioned first place finisher) completed their 50th and 100th parkruns respectively and Stephen Gerard HARGREAVES, more often seen at Albert parkrun in Middlesborough, also completed his 100th parkrun. Congratulations to you all and hopefully you will be able to receive your T-shirts in the not too distant future.
Finally after a delicious cake and coffee at the Clock Tower Tea Rooms (taking full advantage of my parkrun discount) I said my farewells to Sewerby parkrun (a scenic mixed terrain gem of a parkrun) and those I had a chance to chat too throughout what had been a very pleasant morning and departed, by mini train of course, back down the parkrun start to the hotel. Thank-you Sewerby parkrun!!
Damian BAKER, a tourist from Daventry, signing off.
Many thanks to Damian for a very clear report on the morning. Hopefully if you have read this and never been to Sewerby or Bridlington give us a try while the weather is good!
The Sewerby Team