Sheringham parkrun number 354 – 14th September 2019

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Ed Smith on his 200th run!

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Emma CULLEY • Sarah Catherine MAPES • Susannah TOWNING • Janet ACOTT • Andy BLAKE • Phil KING • Kay KING • Jeremy BOLAM • Matthew COE • Ursula NEWLAND • Amanda MARSHALL • Keith BESWICK • Yolande DOWNES • Alison FULLER

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

 

Sheringham parkrun number 353 – 7th September 2019

This week 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Ben Green who completed his 100th run today!

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Gary LINDER • Andrew YOUNG • Simon BURTON PYE • Malcolm BALL • Janet ACOTT • Kay KING • Adrian DYDE • Colleen HYAM • Jeremy BOLAM • Anne-Marie COE • Matthew COE • Neil WOODHOUSE • Paul BAKER • Chris BEAN • Daniel MINISTER • Alison FULLER

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

 

Sheringham parkrun number 352 – 31st August 2019

This week 307 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 118 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to three of our visitors who completed milestone runs with us!
Anthony Cude from Runners-next-the-Sea also came an admirable second place as he completed his 200th run.
Jayne Guest and Emily Jones (City of Norwich AC) both completed their 50th runs too.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Gary LINDER • Simon BURTON PYE • Ed SMITH • Kay KING • Colleen HYAM • Adam GRIGGS • Sandra WILKINSON • Alistair WILKINSON • Jeremy BOLAM • Nick PARSONS • Michelle PARSONS • Richard WEST • Karen WEST • Neil WOODHOUSE • Oliver WOODHOUSE • Stephen FORKES

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

 

Sheringham parkrun number 351 – 24th August 2019

This week 367 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 125 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 53 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to the runners achieving milestones today:

Colin Dash - 50
John English (Dulwich College parkrunners) - 50
Stephen Jones (Crystal Palace Fun Runners) - 50

Alex George - 100
Brian Spooner - 100
Andrew Hyam - 100

Jane Plumb - 150
Martin Sanders - 150

Caroline Brash (Steel City Striders RC) - 200

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Clive HEDGES • Gary LINDER • Libby ASHTON • Simon BURTON PYE • Kirsty HOBART • Garry HOBART • John RUMSBY • Claire Anne SCOTT • Claire FOULKES • Ian SMITH • Kay KING • Jeremy BOLAM • Tina TUCKER • Yolande DOWNES • Jonathan PHILLIPS

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

 

Sheringham parkrun number 350 – 17th August 2019

This week 233 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 50 different clubs took part.

Well done to Andi Fordham from Bedford Run Club who joined us for his 50th run, Matthew Randall from Southend-on-Sea AC who joined us for his 100th run and our own Claire Scott who completed her 200th run!

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Brian SPOONER • Karl READ • Gary LINDER • Janet ACOTT • Phil KING • Kay KING • Colleen HYAM • Jeremy BOLAM • Jan COOPER • Richard WEST • Kat TINDALL • Chris BEAN • Jonathan PHILLIPS • Ruth DE NEVE • Alison FULLER

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

 

Sheringham parkrun – 10th August 2019 – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, we have taken the decision, together with our hosts, the National Trust, to cancel tomorrow’s event due to the very high winds being forecast.

The safety of our runners and volunteers will always be paramount and we hope you will understand.

We look forward to welcoming you at one of our future events.

 

Sheringham parkrun number 349 – 3rd August 2019

This week 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 92 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Chris CHORLEY • Bobbie SAUERZAPF • John GABRIEL • Andrew YOUNG • Janet ACOTT • Tracey BROWN • Ian SMITH • Kay KING • Sandra WILKINSON • Alistair WILKINSON • Mandy JONAS • Anne-Marie COE • Matthew COE • Tina TUCKER • Tom JONAS

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

 

Sheringham parkrun number 348 – 27th July 2019

This week 227 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 81 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Clive HEDGES • Jez HULL • Janet ACOTT • Jen EMERY • Claire Anne SCOTT • Jane STEED • Phil KING • Kay KING • John AYLWARD • Karen BELL • Jeremy BOLAM • Kat SANDERS • Harriet CHASTNEY • Yolande DOWNES • Alison FULLER

Thanks to all of them and congratulations to John Aylward and Jen Emery who earned their volunteering milestone T-shirts today.

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

 

Sheringham parkrun number 347 – 20th July 2019

Wuthering Heights

cloud busting
the forecast wrong again

Checking the long range forecast mid-week, it seemed that there would be thunder in our hearts running up THAT hill; fortunately the storms skirted around Sheringham Park on the day. My trip to the Everest of East Ran-glia was a pilgrimage to the top of the local parkrun world, the elevation gain (279 ft.) and maximum altitude (298 ft.) making it the loftiest event in Cambs, Norfolk and Suffolk. Many warn of the terrors of Heartbreak Hill in the final half mile and rightly so. But there is so much to recommend Sheringham, both in the run and by an exploration of the park afterwards. I wrote several two-line haiku on my visit and these are scattered throughout the following report, inspired by Kate Bush songs (previous Saturday was The Most Wuthering Heights Day).

wow, wow, wow
between breaths, windmill view

A total of 193 athletes completed the course, gaining a glimpse of the famed steam train as they descended the hill from the start. The train featured in an episode of Dad’s Army. Later, I discovered that runners don’t like it up-hill! Admiring the view, one woman tripped up on a tree root. Thankfully, she was unhurt from the fall and continued on her merry way soon enough.

dad's army dreamers
puffing along the sandy track

Alan Smith completed his 50th parkrun and earned his t-shirt, well done to him. The start of the run took us through a corridor of rhodedendron, sadly not in flower until next spring.

flower of the mountain
rhodedendron

Several pooches were scurrying along the paths with their owners, who gained some much-needed assistance on the hills. A buggy was also pushed around the off-road course; I can only imagine the hardship this must have brought the runner.

hounds of love
on short leads

trail run
the man with the child in his buggy

After the downhill first mile, the middle of the course undulates, sapping energy from runners and walkers alike. I made the mistake of starting off too quickly, before fading badly on the hill at the end; consequently, a total of 76 athletes beat the poet (pos. 77, time 29:15) this week.

wuthering legs
the hills go on and on and on

The trials of mid-run were nothing compared to the final mile where the sting in the tail was revealed. Elevation was gained quickly, culminating in the spirit-draining Heartbreak Hill. The real challenge is to keep on running, even if it appears easier to walk! Despite the hilly terrain, there were 13 personal bests, congratulations to all.

this woman's work
her partner leaves on Heartbreak Hill

breathing
summit air in short supply

A brief stroll after the run meant I gained a terrific view of the woodland from the lookout tower, low clouds descending into the high canopy. I also visited the butterfly garden near the finish funnel, a flower-rich meadow with orchids and a kaleidoscope of colour from purple knapweed to yellow hay rattle. Butterflies such as the meadow brown and ringlet flitted around the meadow, along with several bumblebees. The insect hotel was strangely silent, perhaps the bees were out!

king of the mountain
the bumblebee drone soars

An amazing 16 volunteers helped with event which I highly recommend to anyone wanting a challenging parkrun in the most beautiful setting imaginable. The moment I came out of the trees and gained the panoramic view of the sea and windmill will stay with me for a long time, as will the sight of the steam train in the station.

Tim Gardiner aka the parkrun poet @parkrunpoetry

The volunteers

Jeremy BOLAM, Chris CHORLEY, Nancy CROW, Sally DAVENPORT, Tim GARDINER, Stephen HIGGS, Sara HOLROYD, Mark HOLROYD, Phil HOUGHTON, Kay KING, Gary LINDER, Bobbie SAUERZAPF, Ed SMITH, Tina TUCKER, Richard WEST, Karen WEST

 

Sheringham parkrun number 346 – 13th July 2019

The wonderfulness of parkrun in 2019 is that we have over 700 UK events (with more to come!) to choose from. It was such a dilemma for me this week: Do I choose an event which starts with ‘C’ as I need to complete the Pirate Challenge? (If you’re not sure about what I’m talking about, see the Running Challenges web browser extension which is completely for fun but quite addictive!) Do I choose a different event which is close by? Decisions, decisions…

As I had never visited Norfolk, fancied a coastal event and had set myself the completely arbitrary challenge of doing as many National Trust parkruns as possible; Sheringham was the choice! I did a bit of research via the parkrun show podcast which upped the excitement levels, despite the rather early start.

It was cloudy and drizzly when I arrived (hooray for toilets being open early!) but the rain soon stopped and humidity was setting in by the time 256 people assembled on the Run Briefing field ready for the 346th event. I was delighted to meet Deana and Martin Shilliday who were sporting ‘Houghton Hall Casual Joggers’ tops (fancy being 3 hours away from home and meeting fellow runners from a neighbouring club!). We were three of the 67 people who were new to Sheringham and 9 were brand new to parkrun. Welcome and keep parkrunning!

Sheringham parkrun

Trotting to the start point.

As the cows were by Sheringham Hall, the slightly traumatisingly named ‘Heartbreak Hill’ route was our treat this morning. I have a soft spot for woodland parkruns and when coastal views, wildflower meadows and a steam train station is the cherry on top; I absolutely loved it. Despite the cheeky undulations and rather steep (but short!) mound of opportunity near the end; 42 people achieved PBs: well done!

Course

This morning’s route. Looks like a swan with a wonky neck?

Thank you to the 15 wonderful volunteers: Today’s marshals Robert Smith, Phil King, Janet Acott, Sarah Catherine Mapes, Jonathan Michael Platten, Harriet Chastney and Deborah Perez-Selsky who provided support and direction as we trotted round. Karl Read and Jeremy Bolam were our timekeepers, David Davies gave out finish tokens, Kay King and Gary Linder were barcode scanning, Adrian Dyde was a VI guide, Karen Bell was tail walker and John Aylward was run director. The majority of the volunteer roles are straight forward and if you fancy helping, please do check the volunteer roster and email sheringham@parkrun.com with your parkrun barcode number and the role and dates when you can help. I’m sure volunteer coordinator Kay will be delighted to hear from you!

Sheringham parkrun

Spot the parkrunners

Congratulations to Elizabeth Barnard on your 50th, to Jacob Stares and Adam Smith on your 100th and to Fiona Morrison on your 200th parkruns. There’s a bit of an issue with claiming milestones tees at the moment so please keep an eye on your emails!

Sheringham parkrun

Just one of the lovely views

23 people forgot their barcodes so please remember to print them out for next time. Check out this link if you have registered for parkrun but can’t remember how to access your barcode.

If you want to stay in touch with the latest Sheringham shenanigans check out its Facebook page. Just in case you’re not tired of links Dame Kelly: The Power of parkrun will be shown on BBC1 this Monday at 7.30pm and for extra parkrun passion, there’s always the weekly With Me Now podcast.

I loved the course and enjoyed finally seeing the Norfolk coast, exploring the park’s grounds and checking out the first day of Sheringham’s ‘History Weekend’. Planning to come back during rhododendron season!

Don’t forget to volunteer and enjoy the rest of your week!
Wai Meng

Sheringham parkrun

Thank you volunteers!

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