The Wammy parkrun is cancelled on 18 July 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Why we love parkrun

The Wammy parkrun
Event number 103
7th March 2020

Why we love parkrun By Michael Howard

We love parkrun at Newcastle Triathlon Club.
Not surprising perhaps. We’re runners (most of us also cycle and swim).
However, there’s something about parkrun that makes us, and lots of other people, love taking part.
So, when taking part in our club takeover of the Wammy this Saturday 7 March I decided to ask our volunteers why they loved parkrun.

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The answers included:
“You can walk it, run it, do it with your baby in a push chair, with your dog.”
“It’s free, inclusive and there’s so many people doing it.”
“It’s open to all abilities and ages and it’s a chance for the family to get out and exercise at the same time.”
“You can go as slow or fast as you want with no comment or criticism.”
“It brings the community together.”
“Because you can see your time and how you can beat it.”
“I love running.”

Triathlon has something of an image as an elitist sport. Three times the training, three times the equipment needed, the whole “iron” image.
But it’s not like that at all – our club’s values and doubtless those of the vast majority of running clubs are the same as parkrun’s.
Inclusivity, friendliness, equal praise for the slowest and the fastest, a sense of community, a sense of achievement.

That’s what holds our club together and (excuse the shameless plug) helped lead to us being chosen as Club of the Year 2019 by Triathlon England.
Our club members regularly take part and volunteer at both the Wammy and Hanley, so when Andrew Looms offered to organise a club takeover it was an opportunity to give something back.

We had timekeepers, barcode readers and marshalls who had the pleasure of supporting a total of 360 runners and walkers, who posted times between 15:29 (just five seconds off the course record) and 1:00:57.

Well done to them all. And thanks especially to Andrew for organising us.

For more information about Newcastle Tri Club, please visit our website www.newcastletriclub.co.uk. You don’t have to cycle or swim to take part – lots of members do just one or two of the disciplines - and we run tailored training for beginners.
Or just ask someone in club kit at the next parkrun.

This week 360 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 81 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 36 volunteers:

Matthew HARPER • Andrew STAZAKER • Mark BIRCHALL • Sarah THORNE • Paul THORNE • Jade WATSON • Michael HOWARD • Jon KEMP • Kevin STANYER • Mark CHADWICK • Andrew LOOMS • Paul PRIOR • Lloyd BEBBINGTON • Kevin UZZELL • Annie COXON • Joseph STEVENS • Andrea JONES • Victoria RHODES • Jason RILEY • Jojo SCOBLE • Hollie BIRKINSHAW • Matthew KILLEEN • William BARKER • Dave STREET • Mark HATTON • Maria HALL • Matthew WAY • Rebecca STOKES • Michelle MARSHALL • Philip JONES • Simon CHUBB • Oliver MYATT • Lee MYATT • Kaitlyn PEARCE • David CLEGG • Ian KENNEDY

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

The female record is held by Sarah JOHNSON who recorded a time of 17:39 on 21st July 2018 (event number 17), and by Sarah MACKNESS who also recorded a time of 17:39 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Felix MCGRATH who recorded a time of 15:24 on 20th July 2019 (event number 69), and by Jamie ARNOLD who also recorded a time of 15:24 on 4th January 2020 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julia MATHESON who recorded 93.54% (19:21) on 15th February 2020 (event number 100).

The Wammy parkrun started on 24th March 2018. Since then 5,342 participants have completed 25,320 parkruns covering a total distance of 126,600 km, including 5,241 new Personal Bests. A total of 611 individuals have volunteered 2,787 times.

 

FairTrade parkrun for small farmers  

The Wammy parkrun
Event number 102
29th February 2020

FairTrade parkrun for small farmers - by Adri Hartveld    #papaparkrun

The Wammy parkrun this Saturday was full of bananas, of which two were running and one volunteering. The 355 finishers were all greeted with a free FairTrade banana as reward and tasty refuelling.

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The Wammy parkrun directors had teamed up with the Newcastle-under-Lyme Fairtrade group (Alex, Simon, Jill, Fiona, Hilary, Nigel, Colette and me – see above picture). We all dedicated this Saturday’s run to the plight of growers, which should receive a fair price for the cocoa, coffee beans, tea, bananas and nuts they produce. After a hard run, good food is needed, deserved, and much tastier. When fairly traded this healthy nutrition helps the producers as well as the eaters.

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During Fairtrade Fortnight, the participants reflected on the source of their health and nutrition, the food grown by small farmers around the world, who deserve a fair price for their hard work. Small farmers produce most of the world's food, and maintain the land preventing its degradation. See https://www.grain.org/article/entries/4929-hungry-for-land-small-farmers-feed-the-world-with-less-than-a-quarter-of-all-farmland And small farmers create vibrant communities. The growing and trading is all about working relationships. Over the last 25 years the FairTrade Foundation has deepened the relationships with producer partners. It promotes sustainable livelihoods and empowerment for struggling communities in the world.

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parkrun is about community and developing relationships, as well as working hard. When we run through the parks past the trees and the fields, we appreciate nature and those who plant, grow and harvest. Small farmers maintain the earth and preserve the land against climate breakdown. This Saturday parkrunners supported them during and after the run. Ken’s café was buzzing with a hundred people drinking Fairtrade coffee and tea, and tasting the wide range of Fairtrade chocolate and nuts.

This week 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers: Andrew VICKERMAN • Ken RICHARDS • David WELDON • Charlie RANFORD • Jade WATSON • Gareth COPLEY-JONES • Sally ALDRIDGE • Peter COOMBS • Jon KEMP • William OLEKSIUK • Kevin STANYER • Paul PRIOR • Joseph STEVENS • Jason RILEY • Hollie BIRKINSHAW • Rebecca STOKES • Philip JONES • Hambel WILLOW • Robert SHARMAN • Alex SHINGLER • Joy TUNE • Jill BROWN • Anna DRINKWATER • Naomi STONIER

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

The Wammy parkrun started on 24th March 2018. Since then 5,298 participants have completed 24,960 parkruns covering a total distance of 124,800 km, including 5,160 new Personal Bests. A total of 599 individuals have volunteered 2,751 times.

 

It’s a Wet One for The Wammy’s 100th!

The Wammy parkrun
Event number 100
15th February 2020

Thanks to Telford parkrun visitor Jodi BEAVER for this week's run report

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- Run report writer Jodi Beaver -

With Storm Dennis already taking hold, it really was the perfect weather for ducks this morning. Nevertheless, a total of 366 hardy souls ran the course with a smile and what a fantastic course it is! This was my first time running The Wammy and I wasn't disappointed! A predominantly flat course with a short, steady uphill section is followed by a quick turn at the church and then it's downhill for the second half to the finish. If you like your sprint finishes then this is the parkrun for you!

As part of the first timers' briefing, we learnt that the name 'Wammy' is said to have come from the noises of digging into the ground many years ago. The residents in the villages surrounding the park apparently used to describe the noise as a 'wham' into the ground and so as a result this may have been why the park eventually became known as The Wammy. Interestingly, the alternative spelling of 'whammy' in some dictionary definitions describes the meaning as 'an event which has a powerful effect', which I thought was quite appropriate!

Runners gather at The Wammy

- A wet start thanks to Storm Dennis! -

There was a real sense of camaraderie today at The Wammy. And of course the beauty of an out and back course is that you get to cheer everyone on as they go past. Incidentally, this is one of the parkruns I've been to where the front runners were clapping and cheering words of encouragement as they sped past, running back to support others and waiting at the finish line to congratulate everyone. This sense of 'we're in this together' really pervaded throughout the whole course at The Wammy today. A big thank you must go to all of the volunteers who nurture this atmosphere every week, come rain or shine!

Jammy Dodger cake

- Jammy Dodger cake! -

One of the many brilliant aspects of parkrun is socialising after a run. Ken's Café is held at Newcastle Athletics Club just a few minutes walk away from the finish. Here all runners, joggers and walkers are warmly welcomed to enjoy coffee, tea, squash and homemade cake each week for a small donation. It was great to see the club full of parkrunners catching up with each other's achievements and having a good old natter! This week's Jammy Dodger tray bake was delicious! Thank you to Ken and all the café team.

A big thank you to all of the volunteers today at The Wammy. I will certainly be back. Happy 100th event! Here are the stats:

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Andrew VICKERMANJade WATSONJanet BRINDLEYDavid KINSELLACharlie RANFORDGareth COPLEY-JONESAmy SELBYHeli BELFIELDAndy DIDDAMSJanet DIDDAMSPeter COOMBSJon KEMPKevin STANYERJodi BEAVERPaul PRIORGary EDGEJoseph STEVENSVictoria STEVENSHollie BIRKINSHAWWilliam BARKERBethany STONIERPhilip JONESJen KORDUPELDianne DAVIESJoy TUNETony OLIVERJill BROWNAnna DRINKWATERKaitlyn PEARCEKian GILSONNeil GILSONMarilyn GILSONBriannah GILSONPaul FORRESTER

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

The female record is held by Sarah JOHNSON who recorded a time of 17:39 on 21st July 2018 (event number 17), and by Sarah MACKNESS who also recorded a time of 17:39 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Felix MCGRATH who recorded a time of 15:24 on 20th July 2019 (event number 69), and by Jamie ARNOLD who also recorded a time of 15:24 on 4th January 2020 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julia MATHESON who recorded 93.54% (19:21) on 15th February 2020 (event number 100).

The Wammy parkrun started on 24th March 2018. Since then 5,231 participants have completed 24,334 parkruns covering a total distance of 121,670 km, including 5,058 new Personal Bests. A total of 596 individuals have volunteered 2,704 times.

 

Back on after the ice

The Wammy parkrun
Event number 97
25th January 2020

Back on after the ice by Ron Pogue

Following the disappointment of last week's ice-off event, great thanks to all the volunteers who put the show back on the road today (more on this later). Whilst this morning's blanket of fluffy cumulostratus may not be everyone's cup of tea, we parkrunners know that the cool and calm conditions are excellent for running, and so it proved. This week, another bumper 2020 crowd of 385 runners, joggers and walkers (the 4th-highest total ever at The Wammy) took advantage of those speedy conditions up to St. Luke's Church and back.

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First, lets talk about those lightning folk at the front. Congratulations to our Unknown first finisher (whoever he was!). We may never know whether or not the all-time parkrun record was broken (ok - we actually do, but let's just go with this) but it certainly was a great run. Remember - #DFYB next time, Sir Mo! Congratulations also to First Lady Emma Taylor (18:15) and to the highest age-graded runner, Martin Hull (84.69%). Well done, both.

One of the best things about parkrun is that people get so many contrasting things from it. Today, there were 72 course PBs, 58 first timers & tourists and many overall PBs (including mine, thanks to that lovely gentle slope all the way home). But there were many other individual stories; from the 2 ladies (sorry - I missed your names) who hadn't even heard of a parkrun barcode, but still completed their first ever event with a smile (hopefully the first of many), to Marcus Reid, a veteran parkrunner who travelled all the way from North Wales for #98 on his "Wilson Index", only to hear that last week's cancellation made this #97!!!! (Don't worry- luckily he needed that one too. Phew....)

Finally, of course, there are the stories of the volunteers. Special thanks go to a number of first time volunteers, including Katherine, Stephanie and the 2 Pauls. Also, to Kevin Stanyer who did one of the best First Timer speeches I've heard before clocking his best time of 2020. Special thanks also to Hi-vis-hero Philip Jones, with 83 volunteer credits, despite never completing a parkrun himself - you, sir, are what makes parkrun great! Thanks also to the rest of our volunteers. Please consider joining them in future, if you can- we're all very friendly.

We hope to see you all again next week. It really will be #98 this time, Marcus!"

This week 385 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 58 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Janet BRINDLEY • Grahame STANLEY • Gareth COPLEY-JONES • Jon KEMP • William OLEKSIUK • Kevin STANYER • Paul PRIOR • Ron POGUE • Sophie LATHAM • Hollie BIRKINSHAW • Matthew KILLEEN • Philip JONES • Stephanie STEVENS • Raymond BROOKES • Alex SHINGLER • Jennifer MONTINARO • Paul BALL • Kieran BROMLEY • Paul MACHIN • Katherine BROOKES • Sharon BROMLEY • Kaitlyn PEARCE • Kian GILSON • Neil GILSON • Marilyn GILSON • Briannah GILSON • Jean BLACK

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

The female record is held by Sarah JOHNSON who recorded a time of 17:39 on 21st July 2018 (event number 17), and by Sarah MACKNESS who also recorded a time of 17:39 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Felix MCGRATH who recorded a time of 15:24 on 20th July 2019 (event number 69), and by Jamie ARNOLD who also recorded a time of 15:24 on 4th January 2020 (event number 95).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julia MATHESON who recorded 91.26% (19:50) on 21st September 2019 (event number 78).

The Wammy parkrun started on 24th March 2018. Since then 5,097 participants have completed 23,281 parkruns covering a total distance of 116,405 km, including 4,884 new Personal Bests. A total of 591 individuals have volunteered 2,615 times.

 

From Couch to 5k to 20 parkruns: the 202020challenge

The Wammy parkrun
Event number 96
11th January 2020

From Couch to 5k to 20 parkruns: the 202020challenge - By Adri Hartveld #papaparkrun

from Couch to 5k to 20 parkruns Matt Killeen supporting the runners

The 2020s decade has started well, with not only many New Year Resolutions but Doing it as well. Record numbers of people enjoyed parkrun on New Year’s Day at The Wammy (764 finishers) and Hanley park (507 finishers), demonstrating good intentions for many of us. And then, on Wednesday 8th January, 120 people started the Couch to 5k at Newcastle (Staffs) Athletic Club. The place was buzzing. With running and walking together being so uplifting, we all want to come back for more. We have made health and fitness Resolutions, and we try to adopt them and make them into new lifestyle habits.

This week 435 people did come back and ran, jogged and walked the course, which is a record attendance for Saturdays. Only the New Year’s Day runs had even bigger turnouts. Whilst research has shown that only 8 percent of the New Year’s Resolutions are turned into long-term lifestyle changes, with StEP (Sustainable Exercise Partnership) we’re inspiring people to do better. It’s the actual lifestyle improvement, the daily and weekly habits, that improve health and happiness. StEP is giving you the opportunity to make it easier to maintain your resolution with the 202020challenge.

Today, as on New Year’s Day Potteries parkrun Challenge, I ran and talked with many parkrunners. It’s clear that the events are interesting and give many a new Experience. Participants told me they did it out a sense of Curiosity, to have a different Challenge or to start the New Year better than the last. It was the desire for Delight and knowing that parkrun gives us something new every Saturday, that is so satisfying and fulfilling.

Because we used the great parks and the quiet and beautiful nature paths, some of them previously hidden for most, we made a good start to the year. We now need to turn this into good habits. Well, 20 times doing it on Saturday morning, and it will be! See my article from 2 weeks ago: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/thewammy/news/2019/12/29/once-is-an-experience-20-times-and-its-a-habit-202020challenge/

After the first The Wammy parkrun of the Decade, 23 parkrunners made pledge on the 202020challenge board at Ken’s café. The commitments varied from volunteering 20 times in 2020 to training well in order to get under 20 minutes in this 5 kilometer time trial.

parkrun clearly is a family affair, demonstrated by the Killeen family. 8 members made pledges (below). We look forward to seeing them all back at The Wammy. They will prove they stick to their commitments, lasting the distance. Head of the family Matt has not taken this pledging lightly. Although he has only ever ran 4 parkrun under 20 minutes, and had just volunteered 4 times, he pledged 20 times volunteering and 20 sub 20 minutes runs. His wife and children will remind him of this daily. Today Matt, on marshalling duties, encouraged both the faster and the slower runners to keep going (see top picture).
from Couch to 5k to 20 parkruns Family pledging

Annie Miles was running to support her friend Mal Soni to complete her first parkrun today (see picture taken after the finish whilst scanning the barcodes). After an illness she completed three Couch to 5k courses at the Club. Running three times per week proved to be a bit too much for her. On New Year she pledged to be more consistent, run twice a week and do a good hike once a week. She is well on target with her 20 parkruns in 2020. Today, as you can see on the picture, Annie was able to mark off her third parkrun on the board.

from Couch to 5k to 20 parkruns Annie and Mal barcodes being scanned

My previous #papaparkrun articles highlight the health benefits, with stress relief as the most common one. When we begin building habits in a small and easy way, that makes us feel good, we can sustain it. If we add a bit of curiosity, delight and virtue to the event, we will feel much more inclined to repeat it. If we then link this to a weekly time and nice people we are well away towards a good habit, that becomes engrained as part of a healthy lifestyle.

from Couch to 5k to 20 parkruns Annie marking off her 20 parkruns pledge

Whilst you’ve got excited about this enjoyable way of starting 2020, think up a 20 times target. What is a good habit for you? What is achievable for you? How can you make it doable and enjoyable? How can you make it different and interesting for you? You might want to commit yourself to 20 times walking or cycling to parkrun and make it a habit. This will contribute to a better lifestyle. Keep in mind parkrun is for everyone, and the best things in life are free.

The Wammy parkrun #94

Of today’s 435 runners and walkers, 76 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 32 volunteers: Andrew VICKERMAN • Ken RICHARDS Charlie RANFORD • Jade WATSON • Gareth COPLEY-JONES • Claire CHADWICK-CROSBIE • David STEELE • Jon KEMP • Murray GRIMES • Kevin STANYER • Jasmine GREEN • Amelia KNAPPER • Joseph STEVENS • Matthew KILLEEN • Katherine TRAVERS • William BARKER • Dave STREET • Angelika BICKERTON • Philip JONES • Andrea CONNELL • Simon CONNELL • David GLOVER • Joy TUNE • Tony OLIVER • Anna DRINKWATER • Kelly COLCLOUGH • Kaitlyn PEARCE • Kian GILSON • Neil GILSON • Marilyn GILSON • Briannah GILSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the The Wammy parkrun Results Page.
The Wammy parkrun started on 24th March 2018. Since then 5,039 participants have completed 22,896 parkruns covering a total distance of 114,480 km, including 4,811 new Personal Bests. A total of 586 individuals have volunteered 2,587 times.

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