Balloons. Ribbons. Cards. Big smiles.
There must have been something special going on at Newy parkrun edition #129. And it wasn’t just the 547 participants.
The purple FLASH ladies, often towards the back of the pack, with big smiles and big hearts always brighten up the faces and the attitudes of the parkrunnners around them. Flash. Ladies. Active. Strong. Healthier - and always with lots of purple and often with great backstories of determination in overcoming difficult situations and getting on top of weight loss with a healthy lifestyle which includes a weekly does of Saturday morning barcoding.
One of their own, Tracy Edwards, was joining the Red Club 50 brigade - but unbeknown to her and everyone else she was also announced as the inaugural Suncorp Bank parkrunner of the month winner. This brought more than one tear to the eye. Tracy has walked, run, paced, volunteered, encouraged and knocked more than 15 minutes off her PB. And to top it all off, the 80 year old, high-fiving Godfather of Running in Newcastle, gentleman Jim Beisty, and his good wife Sue gave Tracy a personalised congratulatory card …. and he almost kept up with her the whole way round Throsby Creek!
Adele Martin (a Regionnaire and an International parkrunner to boot) and Nick Marriage (the only parkrunner in the world with the surname of Marriage who has been the first finisher in an event, then quickly changed into a suit and had his girlfriend - only 3 minutes behind - accept a finish line Marriage/marriage proposal) were applauded for their 50th. Nick has also been the first finisher in 8 different parkruns with a PB of 16:37 - and loves Wooting.
To cap off the celebrations - on the day that parkrun Australia launched its 100th event at Calamvale (Brisbane) Lauretta Mellows got the three balloon salute for becoming a Black Shirt 100 Club Member. Lauretta loves Newy so much that she bought a place on course … right where one of those old woolsheds used to stand.
Thank you to our volunteers this week:
Alex MASSEY • Andrew DODD • Clare NASH • Dave HOWARD • Hamish GRAHAM • Jenni DILLON • Jessica STABLERQ • Joshua TAYLOR • Karen MACDOUGAL • Karyn PATERSON • Lorraine RENKEMA • Luke KEATING • Martin QUIRKE • Melissa WILSON • Mia NASH • Nicholas STABLER • Peter John STREET • Virginia HARDYMAN
Event number 129 - 15th November 2014
Nick MARRIAGE (SM30-34) of Wooters Runners, was first over the line in 17:11 - 6th time in 32 appearances.
Paul MURRAY (VM45-49) of Newcastle Flyers, was second over the line in 17:22 - was first to finish once before.
Andrew LE BAS (SM25-29) of Newcastle Uni FC, was third over the line in 17:33 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andrew LE BAS (Newcastle Uni FC) 1847 pts.
Mark CONNORS (Wooters Runners) 1371 pts.
Chris HAYES (Wooters Runners) 1337 pts.
Regina JENSEN (SW30-34) of The Naked Runners, was first (25th overall) over the line in 19:46 - 12th time in 29 appearances.
Ally LOGATCHOVA (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (37th overall) over the line in 20:53 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Maddy HERBERT (SW25-29) of Wooters Runners, was third (44th overall) over the line in 21:06.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Simone DAGG (Unattached) 1979 pts.
Priscilla COLMAN (Night Striders) 1732 pts.
Lauretta MELLOWS (Night Striders) 1495 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mike BEISTY (VM55-59) was graded 84.90% for the time 18:06 (8th overall).
Paul MURRAY (VM45-49) was graded 82.25% for the time 17:22 (second overall).
Peter CLARK (VM45-49) was graded 77.15% for the time 18:49 (11th overall).
This week there were 547 runners, of whom 52 were first timers and 85 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different athletics clubs took part.
Newy parkrun started on 9th June 2012, and since then 7,685 different runners, including participants from 96 athletics clubs, have completed 47,717 runs covering a total distance of 238,585 km, and there have been 11,500 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.