Event 513 – 17 Years of parkrun!

The 17th Anniversary event

The 2nd October 2004 was the first ever parkrun event in Bushy Park, so today was the exact 17 year anniversary of parkrun. Town Moor has been going for 11 of those years since we started on January 16th 2010.

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This week we had 496 people take part in the event and a full fifth of these were first timers (102). Amazingly, 36 of these people did their FIRST EVER parkrun on the Town Moor today. A strong welcome and well done to them. 62 people recorded Personal Bests today.

Willard Wright did his 200th parkrun with us today and Emily Underwood-Lea completed her 50th parkrun today and so joins the 50 Club. Very well done to everyone.

Nazaar Ali not only did his first parkrun today, but he also achieved the highest age grade of 66.49%.

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Not many event have a Lead Bike and at Town Moor we have a strong tradition of the parkrun Duathlon where someone can volunteer as Lead Bike and then run as fast as they can to catch up the Tail Walker. Today, one of our Run Directors, Larry, completed both roles in just 38:43.


One of our tourists today from Liverpool, the 'Scouse Runner', is most of the way through his amazing challenge to run 5km every day for 365 days. He's running for Cancer Research and you can follow him here: https://gofund.me/8c84d45c

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Kevin Charles LISTER • Ted BATY • Paul DAVISON • Penny WILSON • Brian EDWARDS • Faye SLADE • Elizabeth HODGSON • Larry TAYLOR • Andy LIE • David DAVIES • Simon BARRETT • Killian MCCARTNEY • Andrew E SLATTERY • Margy HEFFERNAN • Alice HARTLEY • Graeme WILKINSON • Henry WYNNE-JONES • Mona STEEL • Sophie REYNOLDS • Alison KELLY • Christine POWELL • Andrew WANLEY • Judith HODGES • Peter MICKLER • Emily PASS • Ben MCMAIN • Fiona COOKE • Dawn DIMOPOULOS

If you would like to volunteer, please email us at Townmoor@parkrun.com.

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

Town Moor parkrun started on 16th January 2010. Since then 27,049 participants have completed 209,675 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,048,375 km, including 36,057 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,717 individuals have volunteered 14,444 times.


You’re Never Too Old For parkrun

Hundreds of our runners today sported their Great North Run 40 t-shirts, and none more proudly than June Richardson.  At the age of 89 June completed the half-marathon last weekend, and graced us with her presence at our parkrun this morning. She's become something of a regular since lockdown, attending 6 of our 8 events, and she always has a cheery smile for the volunteers. We chatted to her after today's run, when she informed us that she ran the GNR back in 1983 in a time of sub-2 hours - good for any age, but she was already 50 years old. What a legend. It's great to have June with us every week, and proof that no matter your age or time, as long as you can physically propel yourself for 5km you can take part in our event.

June with Run Director Russell after today's event

June with Run Director Russell after today's event

We also had members of local running club Jesmond Joggers with us today. It is England Athletics #runandtalk week, where runners are encouraged to open up about mental health and talk to or support others on their run. You can read more about this mental health initiative here.

Jesmond Joggers volunteers with their Run&Talk sign

Jesmond Joggers volunteers with their Run&Talk sign

Today was our 511th event on the Moor. Overall we had 446 people running, jogging or walking the course today, our founder and long-term Event Director Ian Kirtley amongst them - welcome back Ian.  There were 59 were first timers while 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part, and the full results can be seen here.

The event was made possible by 42 wonderful volunteers, to whom we give special thanks:

Kevin Charles LISTER • Penny WILMOTT • Paul Neil HUGHES • Nigel HOOPER • Nick ALLAWAY • Oliver WILLIAMS • Annette HAMES • Dave KEAR • Philip MOORES • Lynne MOORES • Elizabeth HODGSON • Jocasta WILLIAMS • Larry TAYLOR • Russell DICKINSON-DEANE • Allen DICKINSON-DEANE • Andy LIE • Heather ALLAWAY • David DAVIES • Simon BARRETT • Andrew Stephen RICHARDS • Andrew STODDART • Rosie ENGLAND • Sara JAMES • Andrew E SLATTERY • Jane PUGH • Peter CHAMLEY • David ROBINSON • Kate BLACK • Matthew DOWN • Sophie REYNOLDS • Steven MACDONALD • Gemma MACMILLAN • Andrew WANLEY • Judith HODGES • Peter MICKLER • Titayapa MEENAPINUNT • Emily PASS • Ben MCMAIN • Phill CARR • Paul PATTERSON • Bethany DEADMAN • Dawn DIMOPOULOS • Vanessa NAIR

See you all again next week for number 512.

Russell, today's Run Director.


A Different Point of View: parkrun for a VI Runner (Event #510)

Hi, my name is Karen Mallett. I am a Visually Impaired runner and member of local club Newcastle Frontrunners.  Today was the 510th event for the newly named Town Moor parkrun and was a Newcastle Frontrunners' takeover. Lots of our members volunteered, so many thanks to everyone who helped!

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Volunteer roles fulfilled by club members included Run Director, Lead Bike,  Marshals, Barcode Scanners, Timekeepers, Finish Tokens, Tail Walker, Funnel Manager, Pre-event Set-up, Photographer, Number Checker, Run Report Writer, VI Guide, AED - and being a member gave me the privilege of writing today's run report.

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This week 437 people ran, jogged or walked the course. 50 of those were first timers, I hope you had fun and will come back! 66 recorded a personal best - well done to them.  Representatives  of 45 different clubs took part.

One lady - Becky from Tyne Bridge Harriers - was celebrating her hen weekend: she is getting married in 3 weeks, so good luck to her :-)


As a VI runner I love this course - it's busy but not so busy that it makes it difficult to run.  The terrain is mainly tarmac, gravelly in parts, but I like the differences in surface. Some people will say there is a hill, my Guides tell me it's an undulation, you decide.  We come off the Moor and run alongside Grandstand Road which is tree-lined and my favourite part of the route. VI runners should slow down slightly as there are some tree roots; as a regular runner at this parkrun I know where they are, and, of course, the people who guide me are amazing at making me feel safe.

Once you go back onto the Moor, it's mainly downhill.

The Town Moo-er (sorry) is famous for having cows on it during the summer - this offers its own challenges avoiding the animals and their dung, but they largely ignore parkrunners.

The best thing about parkrun as we all know is the cafe.  Drinking tea or coffee and eating cake afterwards and catching up with other runners. Today was no exception and we escaped the rain shower to regroup at Urban Green Cafe and discuss our fantastic morning.


Event Cancellation for Great North Run

If you're local you can't fail to have noticed a few goings-on around the Town Moor the past few days. The organisers of the Great North Run are preparing for this year's event on September 12th. For one year only the run starts AND finishes in Newcastle, and the finish zone will be on the Town Moor.  As a result, our route will be impassable in places on September 11th, so regrettably we need to cancel.

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We expect Leazes and Jesmond Dene parkruns to be very busy, so please consider volunteering to help them cope with the numbers. If you would normally run in Newcastle, maybe consider another run not too far away to spread the numbers out and to enjoy a new experience? There are 10 parkruns within 10 miles of Town Moor.  Our home page tells you of all the other local parkruns and how far away they are. 

If we don't see you on September 4th, we will be back to see your smiling faces on September 18th.


Event #509: Blue Sky Running

Today's report has been written by volunteer Dee Cooke-Rees :-) Read to the end to see why ED Paul was having a lie down...

A lovely morning today with beautiful cloudless conditions.  The sunny skies were no doubt a little more persuasive than last week’s washout, and 448 people were welcomed to the Moor today for our sixth parkrun back.


Beautiful weather today on the Moor

The first finisher with a time of 16:34 was Nathan Doy, visiting Town Moor parkrun for the first time today.  Nathan was one of 60 first-timers on the Moor, including 26 people doing their very first parkrun ever and one junior parkrunner (Samuel Whittaker) doing his first 5k event.  A warm welcome to all and we hope to see you back soon.  There were 67 PBs today, perhaps helped along by the good running conditions!  Well done to all 448 finishers.

See you all next week for another Town Moor parkrun.  Hope the weather holds!

42 much-appreciated volunteers, led by first-time Run Director Larry Taylor, made the event possible:

Kevin Charles LISTER • Paul Neil HUGHES • Howard GOLD • Ian PICKETT • Ellen TULLO • Tracey AMBROSE • Brian EDWARDS • Simon LONG • Jeremy David Fraser SMITH • David HAMBLER • Pete HAWTHORN • Dave KEAR • Larry TAYLOR • Andy LIE • David ROBINSON • David DAVIES • Karen NIELSEN • Claire WYNARCZYK • Andrew E SLATTERY • Peter CHAMLEY • Karen RICHARDSON • Henry WYNNE-JONES • Michael WISELY • Anita HAWKINS • Lynn RATCLIFFE • Mona STEEL • Matthew DOWN • Dee COOKE-REES • David HERON • Judith HODGES • Paul PATTERSON • Peter MICKLER • Michelle DUGGAN • Emily PASS • Ben MCMAIN • Christopher PARKIN • Katie HO • Jacqueline SMITH • Donna MCEWAN • Laurie JOHNSON • Dawn DIMOPOULOS • Grace PATTERSON

So why exactly was Paul lying down? Well, we're going to say he was sunbathing, though there is a rumour he had a heavy night on Friday...


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