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.
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 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.
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.
Yet another month passes and now there are only two months left before this year's presentation. The order in the points competition is becoming set and unless an athlete misses some of the weeks left it will be difficult to an advantage.
The women's competition scores are as follows:-
1) Diane Palmer 3769 points, 2) Zoe Ruston 3399 points, 3) Liz Sellers 3221 points. The leading junior Abbie Wilson is in 9th place with 2538 points.
The men's competition scores are as follows:-
1) Adam Palmer 3830 points, 2) James Wilson 3685 points, 3) Duncan Smart 3482 points. The leading junior is Ashley Porter in 13th place with 2291 points.
Each week we appear to get enough volunteer marshals as shown in the results. However this can lead to a complacency in thinking that everything is alright and we can carry on each week. Sometimes this appears to be good luck rather than planning. In order to accept results parkrun need a volunteer list that includes a Race Director, Time Keeper, Finish Token , and Barcde Reader. Without these no event!
In addition to this the course does need some preparation before the event and this has been learned by only a few volunteers. Post event collection also relies a commitment from a few as this makes the following week's setting up much easier and ensures expensive to replace equipment is not lost. This all does not include the few volunteers who can input the results onto the website.
At Sewerby we have been lucky in that a few volunteers take on necessary roles each week but if these few cannot attend in the same week a perfect storm of a problem arises. This appears to be arising on 18th June when at least 5 regular members of the volunteer team with essential jobs will be absent. While there is a run director, he cannot do everything.
Please remember Sewerby parkrun takes place because certain things get done and the expectation is that each runner performs 3 volunteer duties per year for which they are credited. Preferably the volunteer roster should be complete before 8.50 on Saturday morning and more rightly by Friday pm. The event will not take place with 20+ marshals and none of the other jobs being done.
We are now past the mid point in the competition for consistency and performance. The results are showing likely leaders at the end in November but there have been changes and with injuries and holidays there is still room for change.
The men are still led by Adam Palmer, now on 2660 points. Ominously Nick Jordan has moved into second place and is on 2587 points. Having won for the previous two years Nick is looking for the hat-trick. Duncan Smart has been pushed down to third place but is still in the running(!) with a very close 2583 points. The best juniors are still Cameron Sissons and Ashley Porter in 11th and 12th places respectively with 1801 and 1752 points.
The women are led by Diane Palmer with a good lead on 2636 points. Zoe Ruston and Emma Choat on 2462 and 2358 points remain her closest rivals. The best juniors in 6th place and 11th place remain Jennifer Peacock and Kirsten Porter with 2192 and 1720 points. as long as so few girls take part regularly as shown this week their position looks unattainable.
Well done to all and here's looking forward to the final 5 months competition.
Saturday saw 23 new runners at Sewerby parkrun which possibly heralds that the start of the summer season is here. Of the 23, there were 7 who were entirely new to the parkrun experience.This is especially encouraging in a week when there has been so much news about the possible demise of the parkrun at Stoke Gifford.
EYCC have always backed parkrun here and this has been reinforced at the annual awards presentation. Over the four and half years there have been many excellent athletic performances but probably more importantly there are now more people running and looking at an healthier lifestyle just because of the Sewerby social parkrun. It has brought together all ages, abilities and gender. This week saw runners jogging for fun who the next day completed the Manchester marathon, and these were alongside other runners just trying to get round our 5k for the first time. This in itself shows the value and benefits of parkrun
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Again on the theme of parkrun for all, was the age record credited to Lyndon Spivey who improved the VM75-79 age record. He finished in 70th place in 29' 58". Well done.
At the head of the field Hywel Jones recorded his 20th first place and 5th in a row. His lead with a time of 17' 26" also gave him one of the biggest margins over the rest. Oliver Brown who is very consistent of late came second in 19' 28", and the current points leader in the men's competition Adam Palmer followed him in 19' 50".
The women's run was a first place for one of the newcomers to Sewerby. Stephanie Dyson was 18th overall and finished in 23' 01". Ellen Clapham was next in 23' 55" and Maura Chacksfield claimed third in 24' 18".
The top two male juniors were the usual culprits with Ashley Porter JM15-17 returning to some good form and a 7th place in 20' 46". Cameron Sissons JM15-17 was next in 16th place and a time of 22' 54". They were followed by a young runner in the shape of Oscar Davies JM10 in 83rd place with 30' 17".
The junior women's event followed a similar pattern with two JW15-17 year olds followed by a JW10 athlete. Abi Rawlins in 35th place claimed a time of 25' 16". The next two followed each other closely. In 50th place Jennifer Peacock was one place ahead of Danielle Raw and only 2 seconds separated them with 27' 13" and 27' 15" respectively.
The final unusual fact of late was that the event leader, Hywel, also claimed the best run of the day with 74.00% exactly. Two older participants were next with Lesley Bayes in 59th place and a score of 73.69% with a time of 27' 56". In 44th place and a time of 26' 14" Christine Woods was the third best performance scoring 70.90%.
Finally remember to support Stoke Gifford in any little way possible and while Sewerby may be your only parkrun your registration allows you a free run at any of over 350 locations around the UK. We are especially rewarded at Sewerby by this fact due to the many runners who we see once or twice in the holiday season.
This Sunday (20th March) is the Sport Relief event at Sewerby Hall.
There is a 1 mile (12:00pm), 3 mile (11:30am) and 6 mile (11:00am) run available to take part in and all money will go towards a good cause. The 3/6 mile route will basically be the Parkrun course and we hope runners will join us in fancy dress for the 1 mile, with the best dressed winning a year family pass for Sewerby Hall & Gardens.
Runners can register at http://my.sportrelief.com/search/event/result?id=3922&location=sewerby&event-type=run or just turn up on the day and sign up.
The event is also looking for volunteers to marshal the course in much the same way as parkrun takes place, so any help in that direction would be much appreciated.
After 5 months of competition there is a slight change in the men's competition. Adam Palmer with an excellent PB this week has moved to the top with 1368 points. Dropping from first to second is James Wilson now on 1343 points and up into 3rd place again with a PB this week is Duncan Smart on 1318 points.
The order in the ladies competition remains the same but they are each within one or two races of each other. Diane Palmer (where have I heard that surname?!) leads on 1418 points followed by Zoe Ruston again a PB taker this week on 1359 points. Third place goes to Emma Choat on 1208 points.
The junior men are now led by Oliver Brown in 5th place on 1259 points. Next in 7th place is Lewis Dale on 1214 points and third in 16th place is Ashley Porter on 967 points.
The order in the girls remains the same with Jennifer Peacock in 6th place on 1127 points followed in 8th place by Kirsten Porter on 975 points and in third place in 14th position is Abbie Wilson with 900 points.
Always bear in mind that for three events each year you can gain 100 points by volunteering so 300 points could be used tactically in events where injuries or feeling not at your best crop up.