Event #365

Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough
Event number 365
3rd August 2019

Well after a few months not being at Stewart parkrun, I thought I'd gently introduce myself back into Run Director duties. The week leading up to the event had gone well with plenty of volunteers (big shout out to the Sunday Lovelies for their takeover). The run started brilliantly with plenty of smiling faces. Then as some of you may have seen a couple of our runners had a tumble, possibly due to the warm weather. Thankfully no serious injuries were sustained. What was noticeable though was how the parkrun spirit shone through in times of adversity. People rushed to help and also assist the volunteers with re-directing the runners. To all of those who showed their concern and supported those in distress - thank you. That truly is what parkrun is all about.

Saturday was also a momentous day for one of our core volunteers Alan GUY. After a full nights sleep Alan decided to use the smartphone app to assist with timekeeping. He did a sterling job despite all of the activity on the finish line. We have a smartphone app to use for timekeeping and scanning so if anyone fancies trying it out, download it and come and join the team.

As I said we had a full team of volunteers and also several pacers helping the runners achieve their goals. Thanks to all who helped out. We really couldn't put on the event without you. Ruth is back at the helm on Saturday so if you are able to assist please let us know.

We had plenty of visitors this week from far afield (and Tees Barrage), some of whom gave us great feedback about the event. We also had Cathryn RAMSDEN visiting our parkrun prior to her bridesmaid duties at a local wedding. We are so glad you managed to fit a parkrun in before the wedding Cathryn and hope the day went well.

One final mention goes to a regular junior parkrunner Ruby DONNELLY who managed to break the 30 minute barrier on Saturday. This was not only a significant running milestone but her Dad has promised to buy her a pair of Airpods if she achieved this. Well Sean the whole world knows about this now so get your hands in your pockets!!

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Barry MOODY • Alan GUY • Louise ARCHER • Mike KNOX • Kenny SALKELD • Catherine BOULT • Kenny DAWSON • Jon TAPPER • Michael MCCANN • Jacquie Ann KELLY • Fred FORTH • John FEARNS • Susanne DAVISON • Harry Alexandar FRYETT • Ruth MCMASTER LEES • Mark WATERS • Julian PINKNEY • Molly TAPPER • Alison TAPPER • Sharon HUSBAND • Kirsty CATTERSON • Sharon MCLOUGHLIN • Dan MOONEY • Diane UMPLEBY • Lisa DEVISON • Mike UMPLEBY • Teresa MURPHY • Catherine SHUTT • Mike STANLEY • Rachel SMITH • Lucy RICHARDSON • Sarah GOSWAMI

Saturdays full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough Results Page.

The male record is held by Gregory JAYASURIYA who recorded a time of 15:48 on 13th February 2016 (event number 188).
The female record is held by Josephine STONE who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th November 2018 (event number 332).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gabrielle HALL who recorded 88.37% (20:30) on 7th February 2015 (event number 136).
Stewart parkrun, Middlesbrough started on 7th July 2012. Since then 9,714 participants have completed 90,208 parkruns covering a total distance of 451,040 km, including 15,010 new Personal Bests. A total of 857 individuals have volunteered 7,723 times.

See you all on Saturday,

Jon