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.
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.