29 June parkrun report

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It was another warm one on Saturday and 33 Striders had a nice run at the barrage. Just the one pb to report - and that went to Sue Russell who dipped under 25 minutes for the first time. Good work Sue. A couple of other notable performances. Kay Stokes managed another age-grading in the 80's - that's national standard. Superb. Amelia Whitehouse is finding that sub 30 minute times are like London buses and that's now 3 in a row for her. Dave Fender had pleasant dreams on Friday night and was in fine form - finishing 2nd overall. Julia C, Paul G, Beverley H, Claire T and Ben W all volunteered. Jennie Johnston celebrated her 101st parkrun... Elsewhere Jill Abel got a new pb at Northallerton, as did…
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Parkrun 22 June report

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The barrage parkrun celebrated its 7th birthday on Saturday. It was also a morning of celebration for the Johnston's. Sam completed his 250th parkrun and Andy his 150th. A fair few of the 47 Striders present joined them for drinks at the Talpore afterwards - where Sam was presented with a smart montage of his parkrun career. Sam had led a tough training session at Ropner Park on Thursday - and three of those who took part subsequently walked away with lifetime best parkrun times. Two of those were Jamie Bentley, who was also third finisher, and the exponentially improving Michael Meggs. Aaron Atkinson took advantage of some Striders pacing to get a new pb - and a rare barrage outing for Claire Banton resulted in another pb. Helen Mcilvenny…
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Parkrun 16 June report

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A warm morning at the barrage saw 22 Striders in a field of 326 runners. Phil Swash and the rapidly improving Michael Meggs got new pb's. Paul A, Jeanette A, Julia C, Andy J, Helen J, Nigel R and Simon R all kindly gave their time to help with volunteering. Elsewhere there were two exceptional performances to report - these being from Suzanne Brodie at Hartlepool and Christian Oxley at Albert Park. Suzanne got a lifetime parkrun best - running over a minute faster than she'd ever gone before. Great work Suzanne. Christian also got a lifetime best time - knocking nearly a minute and a half of his previous best at Albert. I'll be expecting you in the sub 22 group at future training sessions Christian... We also saw…
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Parkrun 8 June report

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24 Striders were joined at the barrage by a very special visitor - matron. Following Dave Fender's super quick mile at the NYMAC relays there was concern that he might 'overdo it' at the parkrun - picking up another unusual injury in the process. Matron and her team of physios were on hand for this eventuality. The run itself saw both Steve Harrisson and Beverley Harvey get new pb's. Helen Mcilvenny was third female finisher and myself, Tom Day and Dave Fender got 2nd, 3rd and 4th for the men. David M and Viv M volunteered. I'm pleased to report that Dave finished the run unscathed and got a big hug from matron at the finish. Elsewhere there was a pb for Andrew Hall at Albert Park. Mathew Clarkson, Elaine…
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Parkrun 1 June report

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There was bumper turnout of 401 runners at the barrage - including 30 Striders. I'm giving performance of the week to Paula Newton. Paula improved on her previous best time by an amazing 2 minutes 27 seconds. Great stuff. Following Amelia's recent heroics, this time it was the turn of Dawn Whitehouse to record a new pb. Michael Meggs ran a first sub 20 minute parkrun, and there were also pb's for Rebecca Stout, Michelle Staton and Joanne Camp. I've probably missed a few milestones in these reports but I do remember it was Claire Taylor's 100th parkrun. Helen Mcilvenny and Sarah Winter were 2nd and 3rd female finishers, and I sneaked 3rd for the men. Angela C, Gareth M, Kirsty A and Karen C all volunteered. Elsewhere there were…
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Parkrun 25 May report

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It was another nice day at the barrage with 32 Striders attending. Neil helped pace Lisa Mcgee to a big new pb for the barrage course. Jonathon Archer recorded a sub 19 minute lifetime best time. Good work mate. Resident 200 metre specialist Antony Hamling delivered another pb, and there were also barrage bests for Steve Harrisson and Stephen Mitchinson. Helen Mcilvenny was first female finisher. Angela C, David M, Jamie B, Karen C and Kirsty A all volunteered. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and didn't run. Elsewhere there were pb's for Fiona Shaw at Sedgefield, Suzanne Brodie at Burnley, Finlay Pennington at Penrith and Andy Laverick at Cotsford Fields. The pb list wouldn't be complete without one from Amy Gallilee - and she duly obliged with a new…
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14 May track and field report

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It was event 3 of the Track and Field series last Tuesday. Katie Abel, Antony Hamling, first timer Lee Hamilton, Stephen King, Tom Day and myself representing the club. First up was the High Jump. It was a disaster. I nearly knocked myself unconscious by slipping and hitting my head on the metal upright. So that was my evening done. It gets worse. The guy behind me ended up in hospital after slipping and dislocating his knee.  Things improved on the relative safety of the track. In the 800 metres Tom recorded an excellent 2 mins 26 secs in his heat. Ste won his heat in a lifetime best of 2 mins 43 secs. Great stuff. Antony and Katie ran consistent times of just over 3 minutes. Our resident 200…
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18 May parkrun report

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It was a decent turnout at the barrage on Saturday. 39 Striders ran and a few more volunteered. Conditions were good and so were the performances.  Debbie Edwards wasn't hanging around - and a big pb and lifetime best parkrun time ensued. Great work Debbie. Teresa Parker ran superbly - and was rewarded with a pb and a regional age grading. Nice on Teresa. Amy Galillee was running so that, of course, meant a pb for her - making it a fantastic 10 pb's in 10 weeks. Not to be left out, Paula Newton and Scott Henderson got new pb's and Helen Mcilvenny was 3rd female finisher. Andy J, Anne D, Ben R, Dave F, Elizabeth M, Gail R, Helen J, Jennie J, Karen C, Katy W, Nigel R, Sam…
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11 May parkrun report

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It was a pleasant sunny morning at the barrage on Saturday - and 20 Striders turned up to have a nice run. Of those, 4 walked away with new pb's. Stevie Cooper and Antony Hamling are both in great form and took 27 and 34 seconds respectively off previous best barrage times. I bumped into Janice Long the day before and suggested that conditions at the barrage would be good for a fast time. She took full advantage, running a barrage pb and her second fastest parkrun time ever. Nice one Janice. Nicola Darragh was the final member of the barrage pb club. Andy J, Ben R, Beverley H, Claire T, Colin, Gail R, Karen C and Sue R all volunteered. Elsewhere, Tracy Bradburn continued her impressive run of form…
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Parkrun 4 May report

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A few weeks ago I predicted that 2019 could be a breakthrough year for Amelia Whitehouse. Like Amy Gallilee before her, Amelia had been getting tantalizingly close to a first sub 30 minute 5k. Well, I'm delighted to report that she broke the 30 minute mark in spectacular style at the barrage on Saturday - bypassing 29 minutes completely to record a time of 28.59. Well done Amelia, that's an absolutely brilliant performance. Another Strider in top form is Tracy Bradburn. It was 4 pb's in 4 weeks for Tracy, and a lifetime parkrun best of under 32 minutes. Great work Tracy. Sarah Winter was 3rd female finisher whilst Adam, Claire T, Gail, Gareth, Neil M, Nigel, Philip B and Viv all volunteered. Dave Fender failed his fitness test and…
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