Volunteer Marshal Jobs

The recent success at Sewerby in attracting many new runners culminated in a magnificent field of 347 on Easter weekend. However, this has only highlighted how important particular volunteers roles are. For example two scanners does speed up the queues but volunteers willing to learn and operate them are needed. While it appears there are many volunteers each week the roles which are absolutely necessary for Sewerby parkrun to take place are only taken on by a few and this would cause problems if only 2 or 3 were absent on one Saturday.

The problems are two fold. Key roles during the event, and roles taken mainly after the event:-

With the new distance and extra directional signs there should be no need to stand next to a sign and direct runners, but during the run there are crucial marshal jobs which need to be allocated and these will have to be done on a needs basis as follows.

(Tail Runner, Place token marshal, Scanner marshal 1) The absolute minimum which would result in place results but no times.

(Timekeeper marshal 1, Backup timekeeper marshal, Funnel manager marshal, Scanner marshal 2, Funnel marshal 1) The essential jobs to get efficient results out.

(Funnel marshal 2, Red flag marshal, Woodland entry marshal, Woodland exit marshal, Ship Inn to Land Train station marshal, Woodland walk marshal, Double cross marshal or timekeepers aid, Funnel marshal 3) The extra jobs beneficial to the success of the run in terms of safety and for help in collecting and returning the signage etc.

Therefore we have 16 marshal jobs which need to be allocated and with the above list everybody knows the roles.

The second problem is after the event when most runners have been retiring to the cafe to leave a very few to prepare and put away the equipment for the following week. The above, only, applies to roles during the actual run, there is still room for more people to learn how to input the results onto the website and to learn where the signage etc goes which has been gained over 5 years experience.

Sewerby parkrun is great and the athletic health and social benefits are there to be seen in the increased size of the fields, but it is free and belongs to everybody collectively. It only works with everybody helping to some extent. As parkrun UK says 3 volunteer jobs per year should be done by all runners and over a year it could be when injured or just not feeling right.




Orangery Wedding.

On Saturday 15th April at 11.30am Luke Duffil is marrying Teeran in the Orangery at Sewerby Hall. This will be after the usual parkrun. Everyone is welcome to stay and be part of the celebrations. No doubt as it is Easter there will be many visitors but there are many regular runners who have taken part with Luke in the 70 runs he has completed at Sewerby.

Here's hoping for great weather and a good turnout.

Happy Running and Marrying.


Safety with dogs and runners.

Regular runners are aware that the Sewerby course begins in the park with a sharp left hand bend and then a run to the entrance gate before the wide expanse of the cliff top. In the last few weeks this has caused a safety issue to arise.

The runners with dogs have started on the grass below the start line and the intention was that they would join the field at the back before leaving the park and possibly passing other runners on the cliff top where there is plenty of room. The problem is that several runners with dogs have rushed to cut the corner out and head directly for the park entrance arriving at the same time as the faster runners and bulk of the field. This was never the intention.

After consultation with parkrun they are quite happy to back any rule which we make in order to ensure safety for our particular Sewerby course circumstances. From this week (25th March) we are asking all runners with dogs to start behind the field with the tail runner, and to follow the field to the park gate entrance. After that point there is plenty of room to safely pass other runners on the grass. After 2 miles and re-entry to the park the field is spread enough for there to be no safety issues. This will also make sure that the pre-run notices can be heard by all as there may be a particular safety notice on the day.

The instruction from parkrun regarding breaking this new rule is to give a warning that in future they will not be given a time.

We thank all runners for their support in this and everybody's safety. There are many children now taking part and they tend to think all dogs are friendly so if you are unsure about a dogs behavior in crowds perhaps parkrun is not the best place.


New Years Day 5Km Sea Front Run


Thanks to all those who braved a wet (including hail!) morning to blow away the cobwebs in preparation for 2017. The 5km run along the sea front produced the performances shown below. It was nice to see an equal number of male and female runners and also to see the friendship shown in the retirement to "Wetherspoons" afterwards!

1 Phill Taylor 17' 37”

2 Josh Taylor 18' 51”

3 Simon Ellerker 19' 30”

4 Bill Pike 21' 49”

5 David Field 23' 20”

6 Martin Stack 23' 28”

7 Nick Brunton 23' 34”

8 Jon Purdy 23' 43”

9 Liz Sellers 24' 15”

10 Martin Wright 25' 16”

11 Jennifer Peacock 26' 03”

12 Tim Welbourne 26' 37”

13 Pete Royal 27' 03”

14 Kevin Sissons 27' 32”

15 Dave Pudsey 30' 11”

16 Shirley Field 30' 43”

17 Sheldon Kilroe 31' 03”

18 Libby Spencer -Coggin 31' 03”

19 Lisa Spencer 31' 03”

20 Rith Abel 31' 09”

21 Sandra Orlando 31' 33”

22 Catherine Peacock 33' 15”

23 Caroline Strathearn 34' 30”

24 Elizabeth Ingle 34' 52”

25 Janet Downes 35' 18”

26 Tina Calthorpe 36' 21”

27 Dian Crone 43' 26”

28 Gillian Halliwell 43' 26”








Holiday Period

As is usual the park is not open on Christmas day and New Year's Day. While there may be other parkruns taking place on those days Sewerby will not take place.

Saturday 24th December is a normal parkrun day and should be good fun as it is the closest to Christmas ever. So come along and celebrate the season in whatever way takes your fancy.

Equally Saturday 31st December (ie New Year's Eve) will be a normal parkrun day and serve as good preparation for one's hopes for the New Year.

The next morning Sunday January 1st (ie New Year's Day) there will, like in the recent years, be a 5km measured run along the sea front. As in previous years it will start outside the amusement arcades on The Esplanade. The course will follow the sea front onto the cliff top as far as the shelter above Sewerby steps from where it will return by the same route.There have been around 50 runners in the past  but it largely depends on the recovery time from the night before! Afterwards many runners went to Wetherspoons just around the corner for a post run breakfast or beverage. Again this is possible as they are open but the Leisure centre is NOT open on that day so their cafe will not be available.


Sewerby Hall Cafe

From this Saturday and for about 6 weeks the indoor area at the cafe will not be available as work has to be carried out on the actual clock tower.

A marquee has been erected in the stables courtyard area so there will be some seating if the weather turns very bad. Importantly though food and drinks will still be available. So please do stay behind as usual after the parkrun as I know for many Sewerby parkrun is both a run and a social event for Saturday mornings......and it beats shopping!!


5th Anniversary

Just a simple reminder that if you are able to stay for a short while after the run this Saturday there will an occasion to mark this milestone in the "Orangery". So rather than using the cafe come along to the "Orangery" by the start line where there will be refreshments available.


Sewerby parkrun Anniversary

Just a reminder that this Saturday marks the completion of 5 years of Sewerby parkruns. It will be event 257 so the mathematicians reading this will have calculated that in all that time there have only been three missed events. There will be a presentation in the 'Orangery' after the event on the 5th November which is the first event of next year.. Raffle tickets which were on sale last week have already raised quite a sum for Sewerby parkrun and they will still be available up to the event. So please support your weekly free event. There will be free tea and coffee available with bacon and or sausage buns to buy.

Everybody is welcome whether they have done many parkruns or just completed their first. Come along to gain inspiration for the next year.


Sewerby parkrun Anniversary

Sewerby parkrun began on 5th November 2011, so this date, this year 2016, marks five years of runs. As in previous years it also is the end of the yearly points competition to reward those who have consistently run well.

Directly after the run on 5th November there will be a celebration of another year completed and presentation of some awards. This will take place in the Orangery near the start line. Hopefully as many athletes and friends will be able to manage and stay for this event. There will be free tea and coffee available in the Orangery with also the usual bacon or sausage baps to purchase.

In addition there is to be a raffle with any proceeds going to the continuation of Sewerby parkrun and the replacement and or purchase of new equipment to continue enjoying Sewerby parkrun for the next 5 years. Very generous parkrunners have already donated several prizes and there are tickets available to purchase during the next two Saturday mornings. So please support Sewerby parkrun either with prizes or tickets in what is a possible free 52 events during the year.


Event 252 24th September 2016

While being a nice autumnal day the windy conditions proved to be a leveler in performance on Saturday. 170 runners took to the course and there has now not been a field of fewer than 100 runners since last December. Conditions probably meant that there were no 80% runners this week with the best being Neil Scruton in 24th position and a time of 22' 12". This was rewarded with an age graded score of 78.53%.

There was a fresh event leader in the shape of Colin Reilly who came home first in 18' 00" exactly. In context there have in the last 5 years only been 41 runners complete the course in under 18'. Colin appears to have completed most of his 35 parkruns in Glasgow so quite a journey. The women's event by contrast  had Deborah Church finish in 22nd position for a 59th occasion and time of 21' 51" leading the women.

The very best juniors were in 15th position, Harvey Roberts JM11-14, who lowered his PB by 5" to 20' 38". For the women previous leader Georgina Bingham JW15-17 came home in 43rd position and a time of 23' 38".

Two PB performances from a total of 27 recorded stand out. They have both hit a purple patch in the very recent weeks. Luke Duffill set his PB only two weeks ago but this week after 55 Sewerby runs bettered it by a whopping 42", finishing in 34th position with the time of 22' 50". This means that he has gone over 55% in age related performance for the first time. Dian Crone only improved her best last week and has now completed 77 Sewerby runs This week she has taken another 1' 3" from that time with a new best of 35' 27". All her running has come in the last two years and this performance was 5' better than her average time over that period and 10' better than her weakest time. Well done to both athletes.


With only about one month left to go the points competition for this year looks to be fairly settled and it should baring accidents etc be a victory for the Palmers! Adam leads the men with 4112 points and Diane leads the women with 4062 points. With 5 runs still to go it is possible mathematically that things could change but at the moment Adam is followed by James Wilson 3881 points and Duncan Smart 3749 points, while Diane is followed by Zoe Ruston 3659 points and Liz Sellers 3418 points.

Happy running