Sunderland parkrun April 20 2019

It was a lovely sunny day for this morning’s Sunderland parkrun, number 481, with a light breeze and hopefully not too hot for all you athletes out there.

226 runners crossed the finish line, first home being Aidan Crowe of Sunderland Harriers in a time of 17:50, with Janet Atkinson of Holme Pierrepont RC the first lady back. Her time was 21:19, a new PB.
Of the juniors, Lucy Mutch was first home in position 36 in 22:58 with Archie Gordon hot on her heels in position 38 and a time of 23:04. Both achieved new PBs.

There were several visitors with us this morning, including some I believe from Doncaster, and five first timers. Welcome to you all.

There were 30 personal bests this morning, across the whole field – well done to everyone. And well done to everyone who didn’t achieve a PB today, as we all know it’s about taking part, keeping fit, having fun and making friends. Well done also to all of our volunteers, without whom, as we know, parkrun could not happen.

Finally, just a reminder or in case you missed it, Sunderland parkrun will NOT be on next week 27th April as there is another event on in the park. There are plenty other great parkruns nearby – including Riverside, South Shields and others further afield.

Alyson

 

Sunderland parkrun, Event number 462, 8th December 2018 A Tourists View from Stephen Wilson

Ever since I’d started doing a bit of parkrun tourism, I’d been looking forward to finally getting my original home town Sunderland’s parkrun done. I’d ticked off nearby Durham, Riverside, South Shields, Whitley Bay, and Newcastle - but not Sunderland for various logistical reasons.  As a child, Silksworth Ski Slope had been a landmark visible from the car when visiting my grandparents, almost on a par with Penshaw Monument, but I’d never actually been to the sports complex or to the ski slope.
 
So my wife and I came up from York on Friday, visited family in Sunderland and Penshaw and checked into the Grand Hotel at Seaburn ‪on Friday night‬. I left the hotel just ‪before 7:30am Saturday morning‬ with my wife still sleeping, and jogged along the sea front to the city centre. When I say jogged, in reality it was a very difficult battle against the wind which separated me from my running cap on a couple of occasions. Finally, Fawcett Street was reached and handily there was a bus to Silksworth just about to leave – the parkrun gods were on my side. After a relatively quick journey the driver told me where to get off, and I jogged up the path to the foot of the ski slope. I was a bit early so had a jog around and went to the top of the hill to get a view back to the sea. Hopefully I was in the right place, but not entirely sure at that point.
 
Then the run director arrived and I had an inner sigh of relief. I helped set up the funnel but the wind was constantly testing the tape’s strength and pulling at the poles. Then a few more volunteers and runners arrived, all commenting on the wind. I said at least it’s not raining, shortly followed by a mini shower!  Should have kept my mouth shut. I got to see where the Sunderland team go to do their results, and have a cuppa – it looked great, and I felt a bit sad I’d need to head back quickly after finishing rather than join in.
 
Lots more people started to arrive and chat now, the same thing happening in hundreds of parkruns around the country and indeed the world.  Warm ups, stretches, discussion of niggles and injuries.
Soon it was first timers briefing for those just joining the cult of parkrun and for the tourists. A nice lady gave us a warm welcome and the low down on the course and how parkrun works.
A man with a suitably loud voice gave the main briefing and the RD got the 149 runners underway with a 3 – 2 – 1 – GO!
 
It’s always a bit strange doing a course for the first time as you don’t really know what’s coming. So it was off to the right, along, round a tree and back. Then some down-hill, a bit more and another bit of down-hill! That was nice, happy with that all day long! A longer, flat stretch and then we arrived at the lake, I knew from the briefing we had to go around twice, so took the first lap steady and then tried to speed up a little bit on the second one. Once the second lap was done I though right time to speed up a bit more and see if you can catch up with one or two runners further ahead.  It was feeling relatively comfortable but then I could see a man up ahead who had slowed down to a walk. Hope he is okay! Then you realise why – it's hill time.  It felt like a long, long climb back to the finish. My legs were very heavy by now – battling gravity to get back to where we started. Then what a relief to finally enter the finish funnel and get a token. I needed a minute or two to recover before I could find the strength to get my barcode out for scanning!  Then you get scanned and the endorphins start to flow. What a great parkrun and what a way to start the weekend! Volunteers you are heroes, thank you!
 
The conditions made it tough, but 7 incredible runners achieved a PB, they all deserve a mention: Gavin Cowen, Claire Moss, James Ballantyne, Wah Tang, Tracy Cowans , Peter Simpson and Christine Cass-Evans.  There were a few milestones achieved. Roger Moore reached 300, now there is a man who deserves a P007 token. Sean Walton and Brian Charlton joined the 100 club. Congratulations to all 3.  First male finisher was Tim Field and first female finisher was Madeline Squires – incredible running from them.
 
I’m looking forward to coming back in the future and giving a better account of myself on that hill finish. If any of the Sunderland regulars fancy a flat PB course then I can strongly recommend York and Heslington (also in York) – no hills maybe just a speed bump or too!
 
A big thanks to all of the volunteers who organised and set up the event, briefed, started, marshalled, timed us, handed us a token, scanned us, and gave us a result:
Jane NIVEN • George William HURST • Stephen WILSON • Stephen SNOWBALL • Mark Andrew ROBINSON • Stephen BARRY • Martin BALDRIDGE • Linda DODSWORTH • Elizabeth COLEY • Jo DOWSETT • Peter LAWSON • Sophie SNOWBALL • Maisie ILEY
 
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sunderland parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (‪16:56‬) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).
Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 6,355 participants have completed 63,331 parkruns covering a total distance of 316,655 km, including 10,092 new Personal Bests. A total of 515 individuals have volunteered 5,095 times.

 

Oh what a beautiful morning

Another beautiful day and another beautiful parkrun. There are a couple of coincidental anniversaries coming next month which are interesting. In October we will have our 10,000th personal best by a runner at Sunderland parkrun, that is a truly amazing achievement. Jim, our statistics expert informed me of this, and it happens as we enter our 10th year, so around 1,000 PBs a year or about 20 each week. Although I'm painfully aware I’m not sure I’ve contributed to that score for a number of years.

We had cake this week, no less than 4 people got to 50 runs. Sam Harrison, Paul Adams and Michael Briggs all reached the milestone, but Debra James did it with cake. [Ed: Only Debra got a pre-run briefing mention this week so if you will be running a milestone run (10/50/100/250/500), let us know either by email or chat with the RD beforehand and we'll give you a well deserved shout out.]

6 people were entirely new to parkrun; we welcome Terry Ward, Brett Charlton, Michele Varley, Amanda Lewis, and Mollie and Mikki Hodgson. 6 people found out why Sunderland parkrun is great having previously done other parkruns (also great of course). It was also really nice to have Jim back visiting us from his new home and be able to have a catch up post parkrun.

On that subject, lastly some renovations to our coffee stop. Until now we had been having coffee in the ski lodge behind a sign which somewhat discouragingly said “Ladies Toilet”. I am pleased to report that the newly signed Alpine suite is available to us, redecorated and revamped with alpine (and surfing?) artwork. We get free tea and coffee and can buy food, although Judith usually feeds us anyway. We have a much better communal table around which we all sit, so no one is left out. What more can you ask for, a free run followed by free refreshments. I’m still looking for a free lunch though...

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Sunderland parkrun, Event number 453, 29th September 2018

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Alyson HOGARTH LAYDON • Jane NIVEN • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Bill KIRK • Anthony TIERNAN • Doug KNOX • Judith HENDERSON • John COSGROVE • Paul CRAKE • Fiona AITKEN • Stephen SNOWBALL • Mark Andrew ROBINSON • Anthony BOYES • Keith NEWMAN • Emily WHITMORE • Stephen BARRY • James MAGOG • Linda DODSWORTH • Steve DODSWORTH • Catherine MAGOG • Nathan DRUMMOND • Peter LAWSON • Sophie SNOWBALL • Maisie ILEY

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

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 6,235 participants have completed 61,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 308,490 km, including 9,968 new Personal Bests.

 

A Tale of Two Runs

If you completed Sunderland parkrun in under 25 mins, well done, and how you must have enjoyed a fine clear and not too hot morning. If you took longer than 25 minutes, welcome to the downpour. It wasn’t too bad, and since it is still hot it was quite welcome, but certainly provided a different experience to that of the past few weeks.
We had 10 people entirely new to parkrun this week, 5 people for whom it was a second time at Sunderland (regulars really), and everyone of them got a pb, so did another 9 runners so it was a good day for parkrunning.
We had a visit from a very interesting parkrun group this week. The parkrun Tarts, certainly thats what it said on their matching canary yellow T shirts. They are from the Hartlepool area and started a few years ago before Hartlepool parkrun commenced. Their problem each week was which parkrun to choose, between Middlesbrough, Stockton, Sedgefield, Durham, Sunderland Chester le Street, all were about half an hour away. Their answer of course was to visit them all, they have kept up the habit and although they now usually do Hartlepool, often they will venture further afield as a group just to try something different. They’ve got lots of choice there are now 530 parkruns in the UK (this week)
They joined us in the ski lodge where we feasted on free coffee tea, prosecco and pastries, but sadly no tarts. There is definitely a baking opportunity for them there somewhere. The celebrations were for John Parry and Jane Niven completing 300 runs. Jane in fact has “only” done 290, but Judith her mother brought the sparkling wine anyway, and not a single person thought it was a bad idea. In a few short weeks Jane will have done 300 and we are looking forward to something very special for that. The good thing about the ski lodge is that if you do want to bring your own food and drink, there is no problem with that, and lots of people to help consume it.
It’s holiday time (who takes a holiday without a parkrun to go to?) so 174 runners and 13 lucky volunteers.

Steve Scott would like to add "a massive thanks to the great parkrunner who found my 'mislaid' car key at Saturday's run... It shows again what wonderful people there are in the parkrun family".

We couldn't agree more. See you for the next family gathering this Saturday.
#loveparkrun #dfyb

 

The Incline of Opportunity

The weather for parkrun has been so nice, I almost miss the rain, but not quite. We changed our route a few weeks ago and there has been some talk as to whether it was an improvement (the last time we did it we had a number of pb’s), and also whether the incline of opportunity at the end might even put some people off.

I have had a look at the historic results and I am pleased to say that we are still growing, last July we had, 190, 213, 200 and 177 a total of 780 runners up to the first week of the school holidays. This year we had 210, 216, 187, and 195 runners a total of 808. Weather might be a factor, but I have also heard some people say its too hot to run (my daughter knows who she is).

It was nice to see Daniel King, who attended parkrun for the first time last week, he must have liked it because this week he enlisted the support of his wife to come and do it as well, next time I know she will be bringing a barcode! 7 people new to parkrun in total and two tourists new to Sunderland. What about the pb’s on the new course? This week 7 people who were running before the incline of opportunity appeared got a pb and 15 people in total. Perhaps what we really need are more hills?

Liam Taylor was first back in 16:59, and Paul Blakey second back, in 17:11 had an age graded score of 82.54%, and it wasn’t even a pb, fantastic running especially in the heat.

Meanwhile on the Tourism front, Roger Moore had intended to do Crystal Palace this week, but withdrew when he found out that not only did the course consist of running past dinosaurs, but afterwards the dinosaurs were kept in the park on public display.

Father Andrew explained over coffee in the ski lodge why Pride was to be avoided. He said that if you meet a single lion out on the savannah you don't have to run faster than the lion, just faster than whoever you are with. If you meet with a Pride of Lions, you are finished.

191 runners, 19 volunteers, great fun.

John

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Now for the statistics for Sunderland parkrun, Event number 443, 21st July 2018

This week 195 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Harry HARRISON • Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Michael ARMSTRONG • Andrew WOOD • Fred GUY • Benjamin HIGGINS • Fiona AITKEN • David CHADWICK • Linda DODSWORTH • Andrew DOWSETT • Elizabeth COLEY • Jo DOWSETT • Nathan DRUMMOND • Bev HARRISON • Helen BANCROFT • Peter LAWSON

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

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 6,043 participants have completed 59,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 298,490 km, including 9,741 new Personal Bests.

 

Humectant

While most parkruns in the UK were boiling under an unforgiving sun at Sunderland, we remained humectant. Or at least we did for the first 5 minutes then the sun came out and we roasted along with the rest of the country.

The course is looking spectacular with its early summer greenery everywhere and what could be cuter than the three cygnets and their parents paddling alongside us as we ran around (remember always within arms length until 11).

This was the third week of our new style course which is all downhill, followed at the end by a tiny incline of opportunity. I am assured that the improved warm up (it’s down not up now) means lots and lots of us will get PB’s. We also have a new place to park, but it’s still busy and to alleviate the crush to get out around 10am we have a party room set aside with free tea, coffee and nice company in the ski lodge. So relax have a coffee and glide off later. All manner of food as well and you can even preorder your bacon sandwich to celebrate your guaranteed PB before you set off for a run, what more motivation could you need?

Nine first timers perhaps tempted by the promise of sun, and one of those newcomers this week finally giving in to her husband telling her how great it all was. Jackie Whitmore did her first parkrun and got 51.37% age rating at her first effort, only 363 more parkruns and she will overtake David.
If you are up for some Tourism there is a new run at Horden which about 15 of us deserted to do this last week and it was magnificent in the sunshine, what else could it be with two laps of a wildflower meadow along a cliff top and with added sculptures? Windy Nook is also open for business with commanding views over rolling pastures it’s the North East’s closest guarded secret.

The heat didn’t seem to affect everyone, John Cook was first home 2 seconds outside a PB, in 16:54 but Paul Collins did get a PB in 4th in 18:08 and an amazing age grading of 86.21%. Great running.

But have you seen the litter around the skate park? Something has to be done!

 

A roving parkrun run report – First at Des Moines

Our 'en vacances' run reporter has sent in this report where a new US parkrun just happened to start up the week he was visiting - how lucky.

"First at Des Moines!

Well that wouldn’t be me, on a parkrun tour to the Pacific Northwest. The honour of crossing the line first went to Ben Snowball in 17:19 and only his second parkrun ever. Ben is a member of the British Underwater Hockey Club, which explains where my running is going wrong. It was a surprisingly international group, with runners from England, Ireland, and Wales as well of course as the home country.

The course is out and back but its beauty should not be underestimated, there is great Pacific rainforest on this trail, a very scenic stream, even Salmon sculptures and a view at the finish over Puget Sound which is to die for, Olympic National Park eat your heart out.

We had great volunteers several from nearby Renton parkrun, which was doubly kind because just a week or two ago Renton was mentioned as the 4th most remote parkrun in the world, it’s nearest neighbour being Chrissie Field in San Francisco hundreds of miles away, now it is demoted to 600th or so, Des Moines being just a few miles away, but it is nice to have company.

Afterwards the farmers market with food piled high in the sunshine, and out door seating on which to enjoy it, a pretty near perfect way to start a Saturday I would say. Des Moines looks to have a great future in parkrunning.

John"

Thanks John, and great to have another possible holiday location to add to the list.

If anyone wants to know what happened at Sunderland parkrun this week, then we need a run report from a more local viewpoint (your publisher was in Harrogate so cannot comment although I expect lots of NHS celebrations took place, alongside cake and pre Blaydon Race volunteering). Here are the Sunderland stats for this weekend.

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Sunderland parkrun, Event number 437, 9th June 2018

This week 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Harry HARRISON • Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • Paul DUNLOP • Paul MUSTARD • Bill KIRK • Sue TATE • Fred GUY • Stephen SNOWBALL • Kim FOX • Anthony BOYES • Anna HARGRAVE • Linda DODSWORTH • Andrea HETHERINGTON • Elizabeth COLEY • Martin GLEGHORN

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

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 5,954 participants have completed 58,451 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,255 km, including 9,596 new Personal Bests.

 

A large slug of parkrun

Well it was a pretty near perfect day for a parkrun. Not too hot, but still sunny and bright, the trees and grass looking rich (and litter free). Sunderland parkrun was a great place to be this Saturday morning. A visitor last week pointed out how nice the course is, and it’s true we often take it for granted.

I did however get quite a shock when I heard that someone had been violent to the slower parkrunners. I was aghast at such a breach of parkrun etiquette. Who had done that? When I asked all I was told was that some people hadn’t seen them and squashed quite a few snails at the start. Since I was 251st I was quite worried, but in fact it was the terrestrial pulmonates, cornu aspersum or common garden snails that were endangered, until the nice people at parkrun formed a guard to stop the carnage.

Snails weren’t the only visitors though, we had 17 people new to parkrun, who hopefully will become regulars, and at least 6 visitors from other park runs. An excellent day for it.We had a great first home by Andy Powell in 16:06 over a minute and a half ahead of Kevin Connolly who was second, and still 20 seconds short of a pb. We do get some amazing runners.

Lots of congratulations this weekend. You may recall I mentioned Sue Cuthbertson and her bid to run everyday, including a parkrun wherever possible. Today was her 177th consecutive run, and her 50th parkrun, with 50 also for Sarah Lake. Dave Rylance and Chris May achieved 100 parkruns and the eligibility to claim their black milestone T shirts. Jackie Wilson achieved the wonder that is 250 parkruns, but lost his parking space, for which a green milestone T shirt is the compensation.

We had three cakes and knowing the weather was going to be good, Harris Grotz brought us ice pops to celebrate his milestone of completing 10 parkruns and his first parkrun T shirt. Many congratulations Harris, and thanks for the ice pops, they were great. Roger Moore was able to make time to do the parkrun despite his role as keynote speaker at the Durham Hot Air festival. We also had a rare visitor in Tom Sloanes sporting his sleek 100 shirt and his fell fettled legs the colour and texture of walnuts, it’s definitely this season's look.

And now Father Andrews thought for the day:
“Before criticising another runner, you need to run a mile in his shoes. This is because, firstly you will have a mile head start, and secondly you will have his shoes”
The preacher for the next parkrun will be nailed to the door of the puma centre.

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Mr Aitken is on holiday for the next 3 parkruns so if you've been enjoying these weekly reads and don't want everyone to miss out, why not have a go at writing one yourself, you will get a nice shiny volunteer credit for it too. If interested, and for any other volunteer role you can help out with, please email us at sunderlandhelpers@parkrun.com

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and now for the stats....

Sunderland parkrun, Event number 435, 26th May 2018

This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • Paul MUSTARD • John AITKEN • Roger MOORE • Doug KNOX • Gabrielle NIVEN • Mark John RALPH • Anna CORBY • John COSGROVE • Tom SLOANES • Fiona AITKEN • Stephen SNOWBALL • Emily WHITMORE • Martin BALDRIDGE • Linda DODSWORTH • Pauline URWIN • Steve DODSWORTH • Paul THOMPSON • Ruth COOK • Jim PHILLIPS • Beth MULLIGAN

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

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 5,905 participants have completed 57,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,900 km, including 9,509 new Personal Bests.

 

A perfect day for a parkrun

Certainly 17 people thought so who had never run a parkrun before, and another 8 thought it an ideal day to try out Sunderland. They must have had a good time, and so did Sean Mackie who was home first in 17.25, only 4 seconds outside his PB. In fact all 238 enjoyed it; I’m sure particularly the 36 who ran a PB. Perhaps there was something in the water.

Speaking of which I heard a cautionary tale from Roger Moore. Roger tried for a PB this week by drinking three tins of Red Bull and two espressos before this morning's parkrun, and he claims he would have succeeded if he hadn’t miscalculated the amount he had drunk and needed to use the facilities before he finished. Which goes to show whilst not forbidden, what goes around comes around, or in this case goes half way round.

Sam was particularly pleased to get into the lake this week, but was teased as he swam around by the sight of a group of baby ducklings, or as he likes to think of them, tapas. Fortunately they stayed well away from him and close to their mother.

Another victory over litter, in fact so clean is the start these days we might need to look elsewhere for litter, lots on the bank up to the skatepark.

What have Harry Harrison, George Hurst and Dave Whitmore in common? They have all run more than a thousand miles at parkrun, I will leave you to work out how many runs someone needs to do to have gone that far. (Correct answers win a free parkrun.)

And now for the stats

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Sunderland parkrun, Event number 434, 19th May 2018

This week 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Bill KIRK • Shaun MCGRATH • Mark John RALPH • Stephen SNOWBALL • David CHADWICK • Anthony WHITMORE • Linda DODSWORTH • Pauline URWIN • Richard BARKER • Jane BARKER • Elizabeth COLEY • Vivienne SIMPSON

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

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 5,879 participants have completed 57,719 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,595 km, including 9,463 new Personal Bests.

 

A Three Cake parkrun

About time too. I must have run half a dozen parkruns since we last had cake then three come along at once. Luckily there were sufficient calories this week to ensure my beachball body is perfect for the summer.

A massive milestone for Denise Forster completing her 250th parkrun, with Wendy Barber and Matt Somers completing their 50th parkruns, with Matt achieving a PB too. Congratulations to you all. Unofficial milestones also for Gary Fox on 300, Tony Allison and John Tinn on 200.

I found this on an obscure TV channel. You will no doubt recall Master Mind
Dan, Da Da Dan..
Magnus: What’s your subject?
> I’m rubbish
Magnus: Thats correct, but we will ask the questions anyway. How many bags of rubbish collected at Sunderland today?
> Five
Magnus: How many volunteers picking it up?
> Loads, lots were filling bins on the way round
Magnus: How is the litter distributed?
> Lucozade sport bottles near the start of the parkrun (audience cries of shame). Sweet wrappers around the play area and lager cans where the parents watch the football.
Magnus: what’s the greatest threat to life on earth?
> Baby wipes, I picked up about twenty this week I had no idea what a menace they were, no wonder we never see a baby dolphin on the parkrun they’ve all choked to death on baby wipes.
Magnus: Congratulations you’ve passed out

And after another entertaining off the wall report from John Aitken, here come the stats

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Sunderland parkrun, Event number 433, 12th May 2018

This week 250 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Mark John RALPH • Alan KNEBEL • Stephen SNOWBALL • Linda DODSWORTH • Pauline URWIN • Catherine MAGOG • Paul THOMPSON • Andrew DOWSETT • Harris GROTZ • Jo DOWSETT • Ruth COOK • Vivienne SIMPSON • Sarah LAKE • Kieran DELLOW

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

The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).

Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 5,854 participants have completed 57,481 parkruns covering a total distance of 287,405 km, including 9,427 new Personal Bests.

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