14 September parkrun report

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Bright with a cool breeze - these were the conditions for 29 Striders at the barrage. Claire Taylor, Kris Allen and Michael Meggs were in superb form - each getting all-course pb's. Sam Johnston joined them with a barrage best time. Helen Mcilvenny was 3rd female finisher. Philip B, Julia C, David M, Viv M, Ben R and Sue R volunteered. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. At Albert Park Emily Palmer was 2nd female finisher. Sedgefield saw pb's for both Janice Long and Fiona Shaw - whilst Jill Abel pb'd at Northallerton. We also had runners at Hackworth, Seaton, Bramley, Armley and Tyne Green. Angela Cox was the Striders representative at the first ever parkrun at York's Castle Howard. A special mention to Tom Day and…
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A bumper weekend of running… parkrun’s, Great Tees 10k and GNR

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It was a bumper weekend of running - with parkruns, The Great Tees 10k and The Great North Run all taking place. By my reckoning just under 100 club members took part in one of these 3 events - a fantastic turnout. We'll start off with parkruns where Ian Saul and Christian Oxley got new pb's at Albert Park. Christian inching ever closer to a sub 20 minute time. Suzanne Brodie pb'd at Durham, as did Claire Taylor and Sarah Griffiths at Sedgefield. Sedgefield was also the venue for Tom Day to complete his 100th run. There were further pb's for Fiona Shaw at Northallerton and James Boynton at Darlington South. Jamie Bentley and Simon Russell got pb's at Harlepool with Jamie notching 3rd place in the process.  We also…
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31 August parkrun report

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30 Striders at the barrage where Gareth Maloney, Robert Parker and David Edwards got new pb's and Sarah Winter was 3rd female finisher. Neil M, Viv M and David M helped with volunteering. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. Albert Park saw a pb for John Corvesor whilst Emily Palmer was 3rd female finisher. Simon Russell led the field home at a parkrun somewhere in the local area and Katie Abel eased herself back to parkrunning at Sedgefield. Runners too at Redcar and Hartlepool. It was the day of the Royal Signal relays - and as a warm up 7 of us did the Herrington Country parkrun at Houghton-Le-Spring. Tom Day and Michael Burke viewed it less of a warm up and more of a chance to…
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24 August parkrun report

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Last weeks report - sorry for the delay in posting. I could mention that 34 Striders ran at the barrage on Saturday - or report that Janice Long got a new pb and Sarah Winter was 2nd female finisher. Maybe it would be nice to say that Suzanne, Colin, Keran, David M, Ben R, Gail, Liz S, Helen W and Sarah W helped with volunteering. However, all these things pale into insignificance with the main event - the welcome return of Dave Fender. Elsewhere Kirsten Wilson ran her 50th parkrun at Albert Park. Finlay Pennington got a new pb at Catterick as did Ian Saul at Sedgefield. Runners too at Peacehaven, Sewerby, Darlington South, Hackworth and Doncaster. Paul J
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17 August parkrun report

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30 Striders were present at a bright and breezy barrage on Saturday - where conditions were very much to the liking of Karen Clarke and Sarah Griffiths. Both ladies running all-course personal best times. Splendid! Kay Stokes was 3rd lady finisher and I notched 3rd for the men. Suzanne B, Colin F, Sarah G, Beverley H, Neil M, Gavin M, Elizabeth M and Claire T were the Striders among the volunteers. Throughout the run I heard encouraging comments from marshals and fellow club members. At the finish, Julia, on barcode scanning, was there with a smile and a "well done". These small acts of kindness are very much appreciated and make the event what it is. On a slightly more downbeat note Dave Fender once again failed his fitness test…
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3rd August parkrun report

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With the barrage called off, Striders tried out some of the other local parkrun courses - the majority choosing Albert and Stewart Park. Stevie Cooper ran well at Albert Park to record a new pb. At Stewart Park Stephen Mitchinson celebrated his 200th parkrun with a pb. Philip Baines joined him in the pb club. Final pb of the day went to Philip Morley at Hartlepool. Matron only allows Dave Fender to run at the barrage - so he had a day off. Runners too at York, Catterick, Rounhay, Sedgefield, Riverside, Northallerton, Bramley, Bideford and Millfield. Musze cwiczyc moj polski but I do know that Paul and Jeanette Appleton took the tourism award with a trip to the Krakow parkrun. Paul J
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27 July parkrun report

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Run Director David Murphy had his work cut out at the barrage on Saturday. It was wet... very wet. 25 Striders tried to avoid the puddles in the warm rain. No pb's to report but we did see Sarah Winter get third female finisher. Viv and Colin also helped with volunteering. It was also a relief to see me old pal Dave Fender back fit and well. Elsewhere, it was a good day for David Holmes who celebrated his 150th parkrun with a new pb at Southwark. Beverley Harvey completed her 100th run at Fountains Abbey. And how about this for a milestone - Tony Gallilee ran his 450th parkrun at Marshall Drive. At first I wondered if this was even possible. A bit of research on the main parkrun…
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20 July parkrun report

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31 Striders turned up at a warm and breezy barrage on Saturday. It didn't look like a pb day to me but 3 Striders proved otherwise. Those being James Boynton. Aaron Atkinson and David Edwards. Good work fellas. Dave Fender had been watching documentaries about the moon landings all week. Then, at 4am on Saturday morning Matron was awoken by screams from Dave's room. It was another terrible parkrun nightmare. The dream saw him running alongside Buzz Aldrin and Harley before all 3 were captured by Nancy Sinatra at the small canal bridge. She then transported them to a prison colony on the dark side of the moon - via a hot air balloon. Matron eventually calmed him down but there was no way he'd be passed fit to run.…
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13 July parkrun report

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Quite a big turnout at the barrage on Saturday including 28 Striders. Kay Stokes got a pb with another brilliant age grading of 82.38%. Excellent running Kay. Pb's too for Michael Meggs and Sue Russell. It was also a day where Middlesbrough's Greg Jayasuriya beat his previous course record. Jamie B, Colin F, Gavin M, Adam P, Ben R, Gail R, Yvonne S and Sarah W helped with volunteering. Elsewhere there was just the one other pb to report and that went to Lisa Pattison at Morecombe Prom. Further afield we had runners at Southwark in London, Lanhydrock in Bodmin, Penrith, Keswick, Dalby Forest, Blyth Links and Millfield in Easingwold.
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6 July parkrun report

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20 years after his first parkrun Phil Swash finally made it to number 50 at the barrage on Saturday. 22 Striders ran - with Helen Mcilvenny and myself getting second finishes. Couldn't spot any pb's. Angela C, Colin F, Paul G and Tracy B volunteered. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. Elsewhere Christian and Tara Oxley sprinkled creatine powder on their Weetabix. This resulted in both getting new pb's at Stewart Park. Fran Corvesor (who is also no stranger to the dark arts of 'performance breakfasts') pb'd at Rushmore. Gavin Morley was the final member of the pb club with a new best at Cotsford Fields. Simon Russell was first home at...ahem...a parkrun somewhere in Yarm. If the barrage turnout was a modest one then it was…
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