parkrun, 29th February 2020

To celebrate the rare occurrence of a fifth (leap) Saturday in February, Gateshead parkrun reversed their usual route and Richard Slack chose to run in a hemisphere where the water goes down the sink in the opposite direction.  Richard also ran at 8 am instead of the traditional English/Welsh parkrun time of 9. In the …

parkrun, 22nd February 2020

It was another day when running was more comfortable than volunteering.  The gales in Leazes park caused the tree branches to whip some of the runners into submission.  While on the town moor, which is always exposed to the conditions, those that braved the elements helped celebrate the 500th anniversary. Congratulations to Sarah Beech and …

parkrun, 15th February 2020

Another good day for running, but not so much for standing around and volunteering. The menacing storm Dennis was on the way but largely held off until we finished. Well done to Luke Woodend for another PB at Jesmond Dene. Elsewhere, it had to happen eventually, and Paul Hughes’ seven-run streak of Leazes PBs finally …

parkrun, 8th February 2020

It was clear and cold but not too windy this Saturday morning.  A good day for running, not so good for volunteering and standing around in the cold.  Well done to Luke Woodend who ran his 250th parkrun at Newcastle. Alasdair Wilson Craw used his orienteering skills at Jesmond Dene, presumably not getting lost, and …

parkrun, 1st February 2020

It was a windy day for a parkrun, and perhaps a blessing in disguise that the Town Moor event was cancelled this week. The inevitable spill-over resulted in a record attendance at Leazes and the second highest attendance at Jesmond Dene. There were plenty of PBs this week, for Paul Hughes and Brian Hegarty at …

parkrun, 25th January

It was a pleasant winter’s day for a parkrun, with little wind. PBs this week for Elizabeth O Mahony and Paul Hughes at Leazes and Richard Slack at Penrith. Particularly well done by Paul who has run five PBs in a row at Leazes park. Can this outstanding run continue? Congratulations too, Heather Steel, first …

parkrun, 18th January 2020

Newcastle parkrun celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend. Running around the moor ten years ago, at the first Newcastle parkrun, was our very own Tom Tinsley, who came 15th of 43 runners. Ten years later, on a cold, wintry morning, Tom once again came 15th. This year Tom was 15th of 192 running at Leazes …

parkrun, 11th January 2020

It was a very windy day! But quite warm. Given the wind it was perhaps a good day to avoid the moor or coast. All the PBs today came from the somewhat sheltered Leazes and Saltwell parks. Well done to Alex Anslow for a PB at Gateshead, and Chris Jones, Paul Hughes, Richard Slack, Alan …

parkrun, 4th January, 2020

It was a warmish and breezy day for a parkrun.  It was also the date for the Sherman cup/Davison Shield (XC), so there was a lighter turnout than usual for parkrun.   Thanks to all those who volunteered. PBs this week for Brian Hegarty, Luke Woodend and Tara Hipwood.  Well done, all. Results Link:   Claremont results …

park/Resolution runs, 1st January, 2020

Happy new year! What better way to bring in the new year than a parkrun?  Perhaps two parkruns? Or a parkrun combined with a Resolution run? New year’s day is the only occasion when its permitted to run two park runs, To facilitate double parkruns on new year’s day, start times are staggered. Unofficially, some …

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