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 parkrun report for 09/12/2017
NJs were understandably a little thin on the ground after the Xmas Party the night before, but one Jogger did find time for a bit of tourism.
Richard Jones (21:35) found himself reincarnated at Swindon parkrun, the morning after his company’s Christmas do, which happened to be the same evening as the NJ Xmas Party….hence his apologies for being absent at our extravaganza.
Swindon parkrun takes place in Lydiard Park, which is on the western fringes of Swindon town in Wiltshire, and comprises two triangular laps over mainly open landscaped park with some shady wooded areas. The majestic Lydiard House presides over this beautiful 260 acre park, once the 18th Century ancestral home of the Viscounts Bollingbroke. This parkrun has been going since 2010 and started life with 30 runners on the first week. It took 7 months to get to the 100 mark but now attracts 300 to 500+ parkrunners every week. Richard finished 3/36 in his age group and 31/360 overall, with an age grade of 70.5%, so a top class effort…..especially the morning after the night before!
More locally, David Smith (22:59) and Giles Macrow (24:26) were in full song at Thetford, where I should have been if I’d got out of bed in time. David ran near his best and finished first in his age group by over 6 minutes, while Giles ran very consistently, coming 4/9 by age category. Meanwhile, down at Milton Country Park in Cambridge, Lisa Redman (24:34) showed a clean pair of heels to her age rivals, finishing 1/14 by over 2 minutes. This was an excellent performance over slippery, muddy conditions, where part of the course had to be diverted to avoid frozen puddles. Full marks to the volunteer helpers at Cambridge for making this run possible.
Ruth Eberhardt (24:57) and Alan Thornhill (31:45) were in action at Nowton park in Bury St Edmunds. Alan ran well over the course conditions which were no doubt quite soggy and muddy in places, though he had some experienced course specialists in his age group to contend with. Ruth was 1/8 in her age group and 12/65 women overall, so an able performance.
Clare Castle parkrun suffered a dip in attendance to only 55 on this cold winter morning, its lowest to date. Iain Perry put in another consistent run, his fourth at this course, no doubt over quite muddy and slippery conditions. James Thomson (20:44) was in full swing, falling just 2 seconds short of his PB at this course, despite the unfavourable conditions. He was 1/4 in his age group by over a minute, so a good achievement.
Happy festive running to all and watch out for the ice on the roads.
Newmarket Joggers parkrun report for 02/12/2017
9 NJs were spread over 6 different parkrun venues this week.
At the nearest parkrun in Cambridge, James Thomson (21:03), Giles Macrow (24:05) and Lisa Winnington (35:05) were in action. Lisa was no doubt taking it a little easier than normal, saving herself for the Woodbridge XC the next day, where she achieved a very good time. Giles did very well but was also holding back somewhat with the XC in mind. James Thomson seemed to throw caution to the wind and go all out for a fast time and was 4/25 in his age group with his second fastest parkrun time since his injury problems back in September, so well done.
Bury St Edmunds parkrun saw lone Jogger Paul Dockerill (28:54) take part. Paul was supporting his daughter Chloe (28:53), who had a great run, just 7 seconds short of a PB at this course and 16 seconds away from her all-time parkrun PB set at Great Cornard in June earlier this year. She was the only runner in her age category but posted a very decent 62.7% age grade.
Neville Clarke (21:54) put in another powerful performance at Brandon Country Park, gaining a second PB in succession by 11 seconds and posting an impressive 75.8% age grade…also first in his age category by over 10 minutes, so full marks all round.
Richard Jones (21:35) and Iain Perry (26:29) were at Clare Castle parkrun. Richard was 3/15 in his age group with an age grade of 70.5%. This was his third successive PB at Clare Castle, so a top effort. Iain put in a good run but I think may have been running in the XC at Woodbridge, so was possibly holding back slightly.
David Smith (22:49) put in an excellent run at Thetford parkrun, his best since July earlier this year, while Emily Jeanes (26:04) competed at Gladstone parkrun in North London, 3/8 in her age group and 12/44 women overall, so a very good performance.
CHRISTMAS DAY and NEW YEAR’S DAY parkruns:
On Christmas Day there will be a parkrun at Thetford (9am) and Great Cornard (9:30am), but not at Wimpole, Brandon, Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds. Clare Castle is undecided at present but unlikely I think, as there is no volunteer roster shown for December 25th.
On New Year’s Day it is officially allowed to do two parkruns or a “double header” if you can find two near enough and at the right times. Thetford (9am) and Brandon (10:30) fit the bill nicely and are definitely going ahead again. I did that combo last year along with several other NJs. The other fairly local possibility is Kesgrave (east Ipswich, 8:45am) and Ipswich (10:30am), only a few miles apart. Mark Hayward ran from one to the other a year or two back! Great Cornard will go ahead at 10:30am but there will be no parkruns at Cambridge, Bury or Wimpole on New Year’s Day and probably not at Clare Castle either.
Happy parkrunning to all!