A day for PBs.

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I did not find anybody joining a parkrun club this week although Paul Appleton joined the unofficial 150 club. This was a week to go on tour and grab a PB in the process. Close to home, we had six Striders at Albert Park - where Lloyd Ryan whistled around in a new PB. Five more Striders attended Stewart Park, where last week's star performer, Jennie Johnston, grabbed a PB for the second week in a row. A mini tour group of nine attended Hartlepool. Fiona Shaw, Racheal Hall, Shaun Fletcher were not going to be outdone by Jennie as they too grabbed consecutive PBs - having thrown down that gauntlet, Gavin Morley and Michael Hodgkiss also raced to a new PB here. We also have to credit Jim Wright…
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A day for cakes!

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Seven Striders headed over to the all-new Flatts Lane parkrun this week to check out if all those hill sessions had paid off. There were smaller Strider numbers than usual at Albert Park (2) and Stewart Park (3) as well as some tourism at Sedgefield, Newcastle and Keswick. 42 Striders ran at Tees Barrage. The star of the day was Jennie Johnston who celebrated her 50th parkrun with a shiny new PB. Neil McGee also joined the 50 club, whilst club chair, Andy Johnston, grabbed himself a black t shirt and membership of the 100 club. The cooler autumnal weather seems to have suited many people or was it promise of cake at the finish? Stella Hudson, Fiona Shaw, Janice Long, Gavin Morley, Beverley Harvey, Antony Hamling, Racheal Hall, Shaun…
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And then there were 34

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It's one of those weekends when a lot of athletes have other events at the forefront of their thoughts, so less Striders out at parkrun than usual. That said, we had a runner at Hartlepool, Newcastle and Durham, another four at Stewart Park and five at Albert Park. Tees Barrage saw Striders out in force with 23 runners and a team of seven Strider volunteers under the watchful eye of run director Gail. Alison Brame became the 34th Strider to join the 100 Club whilst Jackie Glass completed her difficult second run and set a new PB in the process. It's taken a while but that must make it all the sweeter -Tara Oxley also grabbed a new PB. It's not a race...but special mentions to Lloyd Ryan who led…
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50 club

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This week saw two Striders at Albert Park and Stewart Park plus another athlete at both Inverness and Hartlepool. Keith Evans set at Striders best at Tring and seven cake munching Striders on tour took on the Conkers parkrun as part of their warm-up for a camping weekend. The big turnout was at Tees barrage with 32 Striders running there, plus five more in Angela's volunteer team, to witness Claire Taylor complete her 50th parkrun and welcome Kay Brown, Jackie Glass and Alexandra Edwards into the 1 club. As far as I can see there was only one Strider PB anywhere and that accolade goes to Gavin Morley. It's not a race but... Lisa Molus was the leading female finisher whilst Lloyd Ryan, David Fender and Paul Johnson lead the…
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It’s not a race but…

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Albert Park saw the biggest turnout of Striders this parkrun week with 10 athletes taking part. Sarah Winter achieved both a new PB and was the first female finisher. Lisa Molus and Helen McIlvenney filled second and fourth places. Rachel Carr was chasing hard and also PBed. Stewart Park attracted nine Striders - some as part their longer marathon training run, some checking out the relays course? Rachael Hall, third female, and Liz Jordan both claimed new PBs. Sedgefield welcomed six Striders - all of whom put the competing Olympian soundly in their place! In the process both Kirsty Alderthay and Shaun Fletcher lowered their PBs for the course. We also had Striders in attendance at York, Darlington, South Shields, Brockenhurst, Hartlepool and Hackworth  where Andrew Laverick claimed a new…
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Just make sure they all go left at the bridge!

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23 Striders attended the alternative parkrun course at Tees Barrage this week. It was a successful debut as run director for Gail Robinson, with a strong team of Striders in support as volunteers. Adam Potter joined the growing number of Striders in the 100 club and Donna McDermott joined the 2 club. At Albert Park, Gavin Morley, Tegan Monty and Stevie Cooper all PB’ed. We also had athletes at Stewart Park, Sedgefield and Hartlepool locally. Whilst further afield we had representation at Bradford, Penrith, Birkenhead, Lancaster, Andover – where Keran Hodgson set a new best time and Lanhydrock where Andrew Laverick did likewise.
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150 club

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Another record week at Stewart Park saw over 400 park runners in attendance, five of whom were Striders and one of those, Michelle Hart, grabbed a new PB. There were PBs aplenty elsewhere – Rachael Hall at Albert Park – whilst also getting to 150 parkruns. Jennie Johnston (again!), Amelia Whitehouse, Gavin Morley and Racheal Carr at Tees Barrage.  Lucy Owens and Jim Wright at Darlington and Hartlepool respectively. We also had athletes at Sedgefield, Hackworth, Gibside and Rising Sun.
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parkrun 06/05/17

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Another week of record attendances across parkrun, locally Stewart Park saw a new record attendance of 399 which included five Striders. Albert Park also hosted five Striders including Steve Mitchinson claiming a new PB and Helen Hall completing her difficult second run in a new PB. Elsewhere, we also had Striders at Sunderland, Sedgefield and Hartlepool – Congrats to Helen Walker for a new PB there. Our big turnout was at a Tees Barrage with good conditions for a quick run. So whilst Donna McDermott joined the 1 club and Phil Swash did his difficult second run in a new PB – Jennie Johnston, Bev Harvey, Dean Philips, Racheal Hall, Leah Fletcher, Keith Evans, Gary Forster, Sam Johnston and Jim Wright all took advantage of the conditions and also PB’ed.…
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New 100 and 50 club members

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The big Strider turnout of parkrun day was the 19 athletes at Albert Park where Fiona Shaw became the 31st current Strider to join the 100 club. Emma Smurthwaite opened her parkrun account and joined the 1 club. It was also a good morning for Janice Long, Rachael Hall, Michelle Hart, Sam Johnston, Ben Robinson and Jim Wright all of whom lowered their PB times.  Elsewhere, there were 13 Striders at Tees Barrage. Here Keran Hodgson joined the 50 club and Chris Newton PB'ed. Further afield there were also Striders at Whitley Bay, Sedgefield, Stewart park, Hartlepool and Fountains Abbey.
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New 50 club member

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It’s a holiday weekend and parkrunners were out in force throughout the country meaning a record national attendance of over 120,600 athletes completing an event.  Hand in hand with that goes record attendances at many individual events such as Keswick and Bideford where there were Striders in attendance. Tees Barrage also saw a new record attendance including 28 Striders and new PBs for Teresa Parker, Drew Smallwood and Leah Fletcher. Of the 13 Striders who ran Albert Park, Sam Johnston continued his sequence of PBs and Rachael Hall added another one to her list. I always feel any 80%+ age grading is worth a mention – well done Caroline Horton. There were Striders at lots of other locations including Stewart Park, Hartlepool, Newcastle and Ayr. At Penrith Finlay Pennington grabbed…
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