18 January parkrun and XC report

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Me and Dave were minding our own business and going along nicely on a pleasant morning at the barrage. Suddenly we heard footsteps behind us - it was fellow Strider James Boynton. James glided past us with ease on his way to a big new pb. Helen Mcilvenny and Sarah Winter were first and second ladies home. Kris A, Aaron A, Deborah E, Keran H, Helen J, Andy J, Sam J, Jennie J, Ben R, Gail R, Sue R and Sarah W helped with volunteering. Elsewhere I reckon Suzanne Brodie must have some sort of spreadsheet to keep track of all the different parkrun courses she's run at. This time it was Gateshead where another pb was obtained. Elaine Watson at Millfield was the other member of this weeks pb…
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11 Jan parkrun report

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Blustery conditions for the 46 Striders at the barrage on Saturday. No new pb's to report but we did see Helen Mcilvenny come in as third female finisher. Jonathon A, Andrew L, Adam P and Nigel R volunteered. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. Elsewhere Julia Ansbro got a new pb at Albert where Emily Palmer was third female home. Two more pb's - and they went to Suzanne Brodie at Stewart and Fiona Shaw at Fountains Abbey. Gavin Morley completed his 100th parkrun at Silksworth. Runners too at Woodhouse Moor, Catterick, Sedgefield, Darlington South and Flatts Lane. Paul J
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4 January parkrun report

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467 runners at the barrage made it a record attendance - and a figure which included 52 Striders. Sarah Winter completed her 100th parkrun and there were new pb's for Chris Newton and Tristan Keates. Helen Mcilvenny and Kay Stokes were second and third ladies home. Kay also recorded a new pb and an impressive age grading of 84.96 - moving her up to 7th on the barrage all-time age graded league. Great stuff. Aaron A, Suzanne B, Beth D, Sarah G, Beverley H, Gareth M, Gail R and Claire T helped with volunteering. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. Elsewhere John Corvesor got a pb at Albert Park where Emily Palmer was third female finisher. Fiona Shaw at Durham, James Heslop at Sedgefield and Mike Cleasby…
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Festive parkruns report

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41 Striders at the barrage last Saturday. Darren Mitchell recorded a new pb and Helen Mcilvenny was first lady finisher. Lee B, Angela C, David M, Viv M and Sue R volunteered. Dave Fender was banished to the Felixstowe parkrun as part of his rehabilitation. Matron was present to ensure he dressed appropriately. Elsewhere Emily Palmer and Beth Dang were second and third finishers for the ladies at Albert Park. Beth also getting a new pb. Simon Russell was first home at The Grange. Jamie Bentley got a new pb at Albert on Christmas Day. A feat he repeated at Sedgefield on New Year's Day. There was another second place for Emily at Albert on New Year's Day - with Tom Day notching a pb at Sedgefield. Michelle Ince and…
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21 December parkrun report

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Parkrunners at the barrage were treated to the most extraordinary spectacle on Saturday. My dear friend Dave Fender turned up completely naked - except that is for his running shoes, a Santa hat and a Striders scarf around his neck. I know what you're thinking - do Striders actually sell a club scarf? On spotting the under-dressed Strider, Harley, normally so excitable and full of life, became very quiet. He's hardly touched his food since. Anyway, I digress - back to the run. A quick glance at the results may have hinted at a tussle between Dave and Tom Day at the front of the field. However, I'm reliably informed that it was a young lad called Hassan who was setting the early pace. Unfortunately Hassan took a wrong turning…
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14 December parkrun report

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There were 34 Striders present at the barrage on Saturday - with Andi Gray making his parkrun debut. First of many I hope Andi. Tristan Keates, James Heslop and Kay Martin recorded new pb's. Sarah Winter was second female finisher. Karen C, Julia C, Helen J, Gareth M, Gail R and Ben R all volunteered. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. Elsewhere Peter Camp got a new pb at Sedgefield. At Flatts Lane it was a good day for the Oxley's. Christian led the field home and recorded a new pb in the process. That's two first places for Christian this year. Splendid! Tara was third female finisher. We also had runners at Albert, Stewart, Armley (Leeds), Jesmond Dene and Jubilee. Paul J
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7 December parkrun report

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It was back to business as usual at the barrage on Saturday - with no fewer than 43 Striders enjoying some decent weather. David Edwards celebrated his 200th parkrun and Gareth Maloney his 250th. Kris Allen, Darren Mitchell, Georgina King, Tony Gallilee, Mark Dickinson and Lee Buckle took full advantage of the benign conditions to run new personal bests. Future Strider Mark Day also managed a new best time. Helen Mcilvenny and Liz Simpson were first and second finishers for the ladies. Amy G, Andrew L, Angela C, Colin F and Gareth M all volunteered. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. Elsewhere there were pb's for Jackie Bennett at Albert, Rachel Boddy at Sedgefield and the in form James Boynton at Darlington South. David Holmes had a…
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30 November parkrun report

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A late postponement at the barrage didn't bother Dave Fender. Matron had already deemed him unfit to run. I managed to arrive early enough to still have time to make a mad dash to Albert Park - which is never called off. So with Albert Park called off I made an even madder dash to Stewart Park and was joined by 8 other Striders. The course was pretty icy in places but that didn't stop Beth Dang and the in form Jonathon Archer getting new pb's. Elsewhere we had another 9 Striders at Sedgefield. No pb's there but Fiona Shaw did manage a new best time at Keswick. One more pb to report and that went to Kay Stokes at Flatts Lane. Kay also coming in 3rd for the ladies.…
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23 November parkrun report

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34 Striders present at the barrage on Saturday. Christian Oxley and Glenn Bennington recorded pb's for the gents. The ladies had first and third finisher in the shape of Helen Mcilvenny and Sarah Winter. Kirsty A, Julia C, Beverley H, Adam P and Claire T helped with volunteering. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. Stewart Park was the setting for Sam Johnston and Antony Hamling to get new pb's. Keith Evans did likewise at Herrington Country. James Boynton had a successful debut at Flatts Lane - coming in as third finisher. There were two milestones at Darlington South - Suzanne Brodie completing her 150th parkrun and Amy Gallilee her 200th. Runners too at Albert, Sedgefield and Millhouses. David and Caroline Horton continued their New Zealand adventure with…
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16 November parkrun report

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It was a cold wet morning at the barrage on Saturday. That didn't put off the 43 Striders among a 318 total attendance. Georgina King got another personal best time and Rebecca Stout completed her 50th parkrun. Andy J, Stephen M, Lucy O, Gail R, Ben R and Sue R helped with volunteering duties. Elsewhere Christian Oxley got a new pb at Redcar. Striders also at Albert, Bromley, Catterick, Harrogate, Sedgefield, Darlington South, Hartlepool, Flatts Lane, Conynghan Hall, Herrington Country and Millhouses. There was another parkrun from Caroline and David Horton on the other side of the planet. This time it was the Wanaka event where Caroline had the added bonus of finishing first lady and 3rd overall. Nice one Caroline. Paul J
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