parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
They are great for all abilities, from those just starting out, families of all ages to the more elite runner. Many Joggers already take part and volunteer with them on a weekly basis- locally they held in Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds and Brandon. However once registered you can enjoy them anywhere- around the country, in fact around the world!
Newmarket Jogger and keen parkrunner Chris Aylmer has kindly offered to write a weekly report on how the Joggers have got on:-
Newmarket Joggers report for 11/11/2017
Ten different parkruns attracted Joggers last Saturday. Let’s look at the outliers first.
Niamh McGroarty (33:31) returned to her former hunting ground at Reading parkrun after a absence of 7 months. She immediately bettered her course 2017 PB by over a minute, which was a great effort, though she does have a PB at Reading of 28:30 dating back to 2015. That will surely be bettered eventually with determination and patience.
Sarah Kinston (30:20) put in a super run at Conkers parkrun in Leicestershire and knocked a minute off her all-time parkrun PB and over 3 minutes off her course PB in her 4th run here. She was 7/25 in her age group so a promising performance.
Emily Jeanes (25:20) was in good form in her 18th attempt at Gladstone parkrun in North London, finishing 2/7 in her age category and 7/53 female runners overall, so an encouraging run.
Meanwhile, Giles Macrow (22:33), as is his wont, fearlessly raided Chantry Park at Ipswich parkrun and finished 6/25 in his age group with another top class performance, near his best.
Nearer home but still a good hike away, Alan Thornhill (29:58) tried his hand at March parkrun, the sudden death 4-lapper, putting in his 8th sub-30 time out of 24 parkruns to date. He was 2/5 in his age group, so in consistent form.
James Thomson (23:24) was the lone NJ traveller to Wimpole Estate and coped well with this tough course which throws everything at you from cow pats to charging sheep. 6/12 in his age group was a good effort. In similar lone mode was David Smith (22:50) at Thetford parkrun, where he put in his best time since last July and finished 1/5 against his age group rivals.
Ruth Eberhardt (24:13) and Kate Warboys (30:17) competed at Bury St Edmunds parkrun (where note, there will be no parkrun this Saturday 18th November). It was Kate’s first ever run here and her first parkrun for 4 months, so it was not an ideal scenario for a PB. However she coped well with this 2-lap course, which is never an easy one, with its long uphill drag on each lap and the tricky section through the woods. Ruth was in her usual reliable form in her 134th attempt at this course….1/8 in her age group, no messing.
At Cambridge parkrun 5 Joggers were in action: Gavin Mahon (20:01), Richard Jones (21:50), Malcolm Osbourn (28:00), Paul Dockerill (30:21) and Jenny Osbourn (37:00). Jenny put in another consistent run, achieving almost 60%age grade, and is thankfully staying more or less injury free this year…long may it continue. Paul was running with daughter Chloe, who put it in a very decent 30:18, 2/6 in her age group, so well done. Malcolm continues to run in excellent form this year, hopefully, like Jenny, putting aside niggling injury problems that have plagued him in recent years. He was 1/6 in his age category so a splendid result. Richard is continuing to improve after recent injury and is clearly enjoying his running once more, which is good to see. He was 12/38 in his age group with almost 70% age grade (69.7%), a top performance. Gavin is a relatively new recruit to Newmarket Joggers and is showing real class already. This was only his 3rd parkrun to date and his first for 5 months so it was a great achievement to finish 2/22 in his age category and 26/476 overall.
Finally, at Brandon Country Park 4 Joggers were competing: Adrian Whittle (22:48), Neil Williamson (24:14), Jim Withers (25:35) and Chris Aylmer (28:16). Adrian led the Joggers home and finished 3/11 in his age category, only 41 seconds outside his course PB. Neil was a surprise visitor to this course. It was his first parkrun for over 3 years and his first here since Nov 2013. Although his PB at this course stands at 20:43, that was 4 years ago and he did well after this long absence to finish 5/11 in his age group in a very creditable time. Jim was as reliable as ever and set himself a new course PB at Brandon by 6 seconds, finishing 1/3 in his age group by 22 seconds, so a very good effort.
Enjoyable, injury-free running to everyone!
Newmarket Joggers parkrun Report for 04/11/2017
Giles Macrow (23:56) did one of his daring Viking raids on East London parkruns, this time at Beckton, near London City Airport and very close to the Terence McMillan Stadium, the home of Newham & Essex Beagles AC, of which Mo Farah is probably the most famous member. Giles put in a good effort and finished 15/54 overall, second in his age group. It’s surprising that Beckton attracts relatively few parkrunners, being so close to such elite company. For a parkrun which started in 2012, Beckton took two years to regularly reach over 50 runners per week and still struggles to make 100. It could be that there are fewer residents in this area and Dockland commuters disappear for the weekends. All credit to the parkrun organising committee at Beckton for their perseverance and belief over the last 5 years.
Lisa Redman (25:32) was the only NJ representative at our local Cambridge parkrun. She put in a capable and perhaps slightly more relaxed run than usual, no doubt saving her best effort for the Peterborough Frostbite 5 mile XC run the next day, where she clocked an excellent time of 40:57. She finished a very creditable 2/16 in her age group in the parkrun and 12/130 female runners overall, so a very good effort.
Meanwhile, David Smith (23:12) did well at his local Thetford parkrun and came an accomplished 1/5 in his age group.
Two regular NJ course specialists were in action at Bury St Edmunds parkrun: Neville Clarke (21:51) and Ruth Eberhardt (24:53). Between them they have run a total of 242 parkruns at this course and only 4 parkruns elsewhere. Both ran very well. Neville finished 1/11 in his age group with a top age grade of 76.1%, while Ruth was also 1/11 in her age category, despite her deliberate tactic of running slower at the beginning and gradually gaining pace.
Our newest local parkrun Clare Castle managed to attract over 100 runners again, which is positive news for the organisers. Rob Jaina (21:09), who was overall second finisher the previous week, performed well again…12/103 overall and 1/6 in his age group, so in tip-top form. James Thomson (21:20) was only seconds behind Rob and 2/9 in his age group, so gaining in confidence every week following recent injury problems. Iain Perry (25:58) was also in top form with a course PB by 47 seconds, so well done.
The Stowmarket Scenic 7 Remembrance Day run is coming up this Sunday and I expect to see a few other NJs there, 9:30 sharp. It’s the penultimate fixture of the 2017 Suffolk Grand Prix, the final one being the Turkey Trot 10 in Beccles on December 10th, also marked on my calendar.
Best of luck to all Joggers in your upcoming runs!