PIC: The Cochrane family, visiting from Bushy parkrun UK with run directors Maddy Herbert and Nic Marriage.
It was a big weekend of running in the Region of Runners this weekend and consequently numbers were down to 380 (still the largest in the land of 101 parkruns) but Newy lost none of its swagger. The Beaches parkrun was launched and lots of folk were resting up for Sunday’s 6k and 12k Run Newcastle event.
Several runners achieved red shirt 50 status - our lead runner Benny Fuller in a PB (thanks in no small part to that pacing we were just talking about), Jill Condon - a smiling Strider, Haley Deacon and Trent Bonar (sorry we missed you Trent - we’ll make it up next week!!).
Meg Bailey became our first runner to complete 100 (of her 101 parkruns) at Newy and in honour of our new Lord Major became the first person to achieve Newy-tali status.
And one more first …. Steve Cochrane, who hails from the spiritual home of parkrunning at Bushy in the UK, became the first person ever to show up at Newy in the rare 250 shirt … this was his 272nd barcoded outing. He runs with the Stragglers but that he is not … in the VM50-54 age category clocking up a smart 20:39.
It was great to see lots of our parkrunnners extending themselves by stepping up to longer distances at Run Newcastle on Sundy. It was also nice that some of those who ended up on the podium on Sunday - took the opportunity to pace friends to PBs (I’m talking about Vlad Shatrov, Celia Sullohern and Nick Marriage).
PIC RIGHT: Congrats Jill on your 50 club membership!
See you all in Summer - and remember keep hydrated and put your hand up for volunteering one week soon.
PIC: Ben Fuller: starting with a red 50 shirt and finishing first with a PB!
Thank you to our volunteers this week:
Alison WRIGHT • Andrew DODD • Andrew LE BAS • Chanley COCHRANE • Graeme PRITCHARD • Lily WILKS • Lucy WITHERDIN • Lynette PRITCHARD • Lynette SWIFT • Maddy HERBERT • Michael MCGREADY • Mitchell TURNER • Nathaniel SKLIROS • Nick MARRIAGE • Nicole FRANCES • Sophie RAY • Tracy EDWARDS
Event number 131 - 29th November 2014
Ben FULLER (VM35-39) of Runlab, was first over the line in 16:44 - 4th time in 34 appearances.
Sam PURCELL (SM30-34) of Newcastle Flyers, was second over the line in 17:39 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Mike BEISTY (VM55-59) of Newcastle Veterans AC, was third over the line in 18:05 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andrew LE BAS (Newcastle Uni FC) 2047 pts.
Mark CONNORS (Wooters Runners) 1506 pts.
Chris HAYES (Wooters Runners) 1494 pts.
Danielle Marie STREET (SW25-29) of Night Striders, was first (27th overall) over the line in 21:00 - third time in 36 appearances.
Ally LOGATCHOVA (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 21:18 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Jessica STABLERQ (SW25-29) of Wooters Runners, was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:41 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Simone DAGG (Unattached) 2077 pts.
Priscilla COLMAN (Night Striders) 1920 pts.
Lauretta MELLOWS (Night Striders) 1679 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mike BEISTY (VM55-59) was graded 84.98% for the time 18:05 (third overall).
Ben FULLER (VM35-39) was graded 79.78% for the time 16:44 (first overall).
Angus ANSON-SMITH (JM10) was graded 77.62% for the time 22:56 (50th overall).
This week there were 380 runners, of whom 36 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.
Newy parkrun started on 9th June 2012, and since then 7,765 different runners, including participants from 98 athletics clubs, have completed 48,584 runs covering a total distance of 242,920 km, and there have been 11,641 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Bridey DELANEY who ran in a time of 00:16:37 on 2014-10-11 (event number 124).
The men's record is held by Scott WESTCOTT who ran in a time of 00:14:23 on 2013-10-05 (event number 70).
The Age Grade course record is held by Scott WESTCOTT who recorded a 93.51% run (14:23) on 5th October 2013 (event number 70).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Newy parkrun Results Page.