Another Fine Morning On The Moor – 7th August Event Report

We’re happy to report that following last week’s rain induced technology issues, the biggest challenge we faced this week was setting up the finish funnel to avoid the cow pats on the Moor!


This week 474 people walked, jogged and ran round the Moor. 51 of these were 1st timers and 45 participants recorded new personal bests. Well done to all of you! We also want to thank all 46 of this weeks volunteers, without your help we wouldn’t be able to run the event! We had one item of lost property handed in this week, a clear water bottle with a pink lid.  We’ll bring it along next week so if it’s your just let one of the volunteers know.

We want to say one last thank you to all the participants whether you ran, jogged or walked the course or volunteered your support is always appreciated.


We’re in peak holiday season right now and there is a local 10km race next Saturday too which both combine to leave us really short on the volunteer rota for next week. We need around 40 people to volunteer each week in order to run the event safely and efficiently so please consider lending your support, particularly when our regular volunteers are having a well earned week off.  If you have any questions about volunteering please feel free to contact us at


The next event will take place on Saturday 14th August at 9am. We look forward to seeing you there!



Volunteers request for August 7th

Hello folks,

We have quite a few gaps in our roster this Saturday.  We'd love to hear from you if you could marshal, give out finish tokens or scan barcodes. You can run and then scan barcodes if you finish inside 25 minutes.

Drop us a line here


You can see our upcoming roster here. If you can't help this week, how about another week?


Don’t Forget Your Barcode (DYFB)

parkrun is free, for everyone, forever...all you need is a printed barcode. No printer? Get a friend to print one. We can't scan barcodes on mobile phones, sorry - and please don't ask, as our lovely scanners will just feel bad. So make sure you are ready for Saturday 24th by getting a barcode. For the future you can even buy durable ones from parkrun very cheaply - but a simple paper one is just fine. Store it in the back of your phone case so you never forget it... see you Saturday at our new location (see “course” for a reminder where that is). #dfyb

printed barcodes mobile barcodes x


Getting Ready for July 24th

With England entering Stage 4 of the government's roadmap on Monday 19th, the way is clear for Town Moor parkrun to return on Saturday 24th. Set your alarms to be there for 8:55am...

As we are all a little rusty with the routines, and some things have changed, parkrun UK have created this handy guide to parkrun. Even if you were a regular before lockdown it is worth a scan through.


We will be adding further posts next week to help you get ready for the return. Keep an eye on ITV local news where a parkrun feature is planned next week with some Town Moor footage...


Preparing for the return

You'll have noticed the subtle change in our name from Newcastle parkrun to Town Moor parkrun. When we started at this location we were the only parkrun in the city. Now that there are 3 of us (with more planned), it made sense to take this opportunity to better reflect where we actually run.
We’re all disappointed that the restart has been pushed back but when life gives us lemons the Town Moor parkrun team makes lemonade and we decided to take the opportunity to get together on the Moor tonight and have a practice of the new finish funnel set up (I know…. we’re a wild bunch, I can’t wait for the Christmas do!).
Anyway we learned 3 important things; Peter has really perfected his Event Director pointing technique in just a couple of weeks, the cows approve of the new funnel design and most importantly, the last 2 km of the new route is pretty much downhill so we’re anticipating some tasty times in the first week back!

Meet The New Team

We are delighted to introduce you to the new "Core Team" in charge of taking our parkrun forward. In parkrun lingo, an Event Director (ED) has overall responsibility for the event - liaising with the local authorities, parkrun HQ, ensuring we comply with all safety requirements etc. A Run Director (RD) is in charge of the run on a particular week.  No single person could replace Ian Kirtley, so we now have two EDs sharing his old role, plus several RDs - a mix of the old and the new. Read on to find out about them all...

Simon Barrett (Run Director)

Simon has been part of the parkrun family for several years, running 123 parkruns and volunteering over 70 times. He’s recently moved to Newcastle, having previously been in Glasgow where he helped set up a new parkrun, and is excited to join the Town Moor team as one of the Run Directors.

Simon B

Kate Black (Run Director)

Kate joined parkrun when she moved to Newcastle in Summer 2014 and has now completed 235 parkruns (the large majority of which have been Town Moor) and has her 25-volunteer shirt!  Kate loves the atmosphere of parkrun, that welcomes everyone.


Peter Chamley (Co-Event Director)

Peter has recently retired after a long career in local government. He is a big supporter of the parkrun philosophy of inclusiveness and wellbeing and jumped at the chance to become involved as Co-Event Director. Peter has completed 80 parkruns and has volunteered on a number of occasions previously including as run photographer.


Russell Dickinson Deane (Run Director)

Russell has been parkrunning since 2011 and was on 199 parkruns when the clock stopped in 2020. He has also been a Run Director since 2013 and loves welcoming people onto the Town Moor in all weathers. When not at parkrun, Russell is a running coach and a timekeeper for England Athletics.


Nigel Hooper (Run Director)

Nigel only started running late in life, to get fit after struggling to run for 5 minutes on a treadmill. After a few years trying, the habit kicked in and he started to enjoy it. When he says enjoy…sometimes it’s was just knowing it’s was doing him good that keeps him going! Nigel found parkrun by chance after a few years and was quite nervous turning up, not wanting to be too slow for everyone, but soon realised most runners were just like him. Ten years later, after also volunteering over 200 times now, the friendship, encouragement for anyone setting out trying to run or walk the full distance, is a fantastic thing to be part of.


Paul Patterson (Co-Event Director)

Paul took up running in his mid-30’s to raise funds for a charity in memory of a friend and quickly found a love of getting out of the house for a jog. You’ll never find Paul anywhere near the front of the pack. He is not in it for the racing. Running has taken him to events all over the world and enabled Paul to experience things and meet people he otherwise never would have. Paul hopes that during his tenure as Co-Event Director he can continue to host an event that welcomes and encourages participants of abilities to come along and enjoy a lap of the Town Moor and to start their Saturday with a smile.


Larry Taylor (Run Director)

Larry has completed several circuits of the Town Moor.  Parkrun encourages everyone to participate and promotes healthy living in the community so it’s basically the best thing ever.  Feel free to enjoy his accent and ever-changing hair styles.


Penny Wilmott (Run Director)

Penny started running in her 30’s after never having enjoyed PE at school or organised sport. She ran her first parkrun in 2009 and was very happy when parkrun came to Newcastle in 2010. Since then, parkrun has become part of Penny’s life and she has completed 247 parkruns and volunteered 144 times. Penny has been a Run Director for 5 years and has been a parkrun ambassador for 4 years. She loves the fact that parkrun is for everyone, whether they walk, run or volunteer and everyone is welcome.


Killian McCartney (Run Director)
Killian started parkrun at Newcastle parkrun in 2012 and has since completed 257 parkrun at 148 different events. He's used parkrun as an excuse to travel and so has completed parkrun events in 10 different countries, including Ziegelwiese parkrun in Germany to collect the 'Z' on the Alphabet challenge. Just two to go. Killian has volunteered 63 times and was a Run Director at Sunny Hill parkrun in North London before returning to Newcastle in 2020.

On The Move!

On the symbolically important date in Newcastle of June 9th (Blaydon Races and al' that), we received official approval from Newcastle City Council and the Freemen of Newcastle (custodians of the Town Moor) that we are approved to re-start under our new Covid framework.  As part of approving the event, they also approved a change in course!

Obviously you will have loads of questions about a change like this and we wanted to set out some of the key points here to help you understand why we’re making the change.

Q: Have the Council or the landowners forced the you to make the change?

A: Absolutely not. This change was completely initiated by the Event Team

Q: If you weren’t forced to change the course layout then why have you done it?

A: The main motivation for the change of route is to make the course safer by removing obstacles on the path and to enable a more steady flow of participants around the course by having the gates further into the route which will reduce bottlenecks. Relocating the start and finish areas mean that you will have more space before and after the event. This has universal benefits in terms of reducing the chances of trips, falls and other contact injuries and, in the short term, it also makes it easier for everyone to maintain a safe and respectful social distance without compromising anyone’s enjoyment of the event.

Q: Is this a temporary change?

A: No. This is a permanent change. Before making the final decision to change the route we asked a local club to run their scheduled 5km session on the course so we could get feedback from runners with across a range of finish times which reflected the range of parkrun participants. Feedback from them in relation to the course was entirely positive. They also helped us with valuable feedback to improve the start and finish experience.

Q: Okay. So what is the new route then?

A: You can find the route description and map on our website here: The new route largely uses the same paths as before just in a different configuration with the main change being that the start/finish area is now located in the area behind Wylam Brewery, and the start line is also the finish line.

Runners at the test event finishing the course

Runners at the test event finishing the course

We hope that this helps to answer the main questions that you will have but please feel free to share your feedback and ask any additional questions you have. You can contact us here.


Newcastle parkrun, along with many other parkrun around the UK, will be celebrating International Women's Day by having a female focussed parkrun on March 7th.


Newcastle parkrun 2019 Christmas and New Year Arrangements

Newcastle parkrun arrangements around the Christmas and New Year period in 2019:

14th Dec - Christmas fancy dress themed event starting at 9:00AM with Santa providing the lead sleigh bike as usual. Also the regular monthly paced event on this day with pacers from 21 - 35 mins signed up at the moment. 19 and 20 min pacer jerseys are available if volunteers come forward to run those times.

21st Dec - Usual Saturday event starting at 9:00AM.

25th Dec - Extra event on Christmas Day starting at 9:00AM. Note that you can only record one parkrun on Christmas Day and in fact this year all the extra parkruns in England taking place on Christmas day will start at 9:00AM.

28th Dec - Usual Saturday parkrun starting at 9:00AM.
Please note we need more volunteers for all of the above events. In particular the event planned for Christmas Day will not go ahead unless we have sufficient volunteers to operate it properly.

1st January - No New Years Day event at Newcastle but there are a few local parkruns planning to hold a run, see the link below:

Ian - Event Director

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