We had a number of returning runners and a whole lot of newcomers this week. Cold conditions, a total of 39 parkrunners and lots of PBs on the course. Andreas Heilman set his course PB at 17 minutes, 11 seconds, just one second off the course record! Our next two were veteran Jeff Willis and junior John Nilson, both with PBs for our course. Margaret Taylor, Jodie van Schoor and Katie Bierman were the first three among the women. Benn Hitchen did his 66th parkrun with us! Thanks to all the volunteers; especially Andreas Heilman who finished his run quickly enough to be our scanner at the end, and Parker and Alida Hudson for bringing up the tail in the cold weather. Great outing all, and hope to see as many or more in coming weeks!
Did the storm get in the way of you getting outside last weekend? Those who took part in Northside Beltline parkrun were feeling very smug as we finished up just as the rain hit!
An even bigger turnout than last week with lots of PBs, well done John, Elizabeth, Ken, and Michael. Elizabeth clocked up another week as our fastest female, and we had a visitor from across the pond, Robert, as our fastest male. It was also great to see plenty of people walking and walk-running the course too, parkrun isn't just about the super speedy people!
Thanks to our volunteers who keep us going every week!
New years resolutions were clearly at the front of peoples' minds this weekend as a third of our participants were completing their first every parkrun! Welcome John, Ken, Heather, Ranesia, Barbara, Radhika, Patrica, and Linda, we are so pleased you decided to join us.
It was truly a week showing that parkrun is for everyone from tourist Jim Goddard visiting us from the UK to claim his first ever parkrun "victory" (we're not competitive at all but let's face it, who doesn't like being the first one over the line!) to a wonderful group of walkers encouraging each other around the slightly damp conditions.
Well done to Mark Nilson on his PB, and thanks to our volunteers Michael, Brett, Parker, Alida, Gary and Zhanna for making sure parkrun can happen every week.
In addition to our regular Saturday runs, there are a few opportunities for optional bonus parkruns during the year. In the UK, they have Christmas day (where ED Sammie returned to her original parkrun home and enjoyed having no responsibility whatsoever!), in the US Thanksgiving is an option and both have the option of New Year's Day runs.
As we were still pretty new around Thanksgiving time we decided that may be a bit ambitious this year but the team, led by some enthusiasm from Sean, decided that we wanted a New Year's Day event and we are so glad we did have one. Seventeen people ran, jogged and walked the course including 4 who were completing their first ever parkrun, way to start the year Paul, Dennison, Caroline and Lori!
We also had an astounding 9 PBs from a whole range of speeds so clearly there hadn't been too much overindulgence during the holiday period! Great work Jeff, Elizabeth, Michelle, Laura, Sarah, Ian, Juna, Roger and Catriona.
As always it's our volunteers who are the true heroes, special thanks to Spencer Klagstad who stepped up for his first volunteer role, to Shaun Baker who came back for his second, to regular volunteer Gary's son who came along to help and our wonderful regular volunteers Sean, Zhanna, Gary and Helen.
The next question is will we have another parkrun close enough by for 2021 so Georgians can complete the infamous New Year's Day double...?
A great turnout of 32 for our final event of the year with holiday travels bringing us 12 first timers. Congratulations to Juna Zhang on her amazing PB (personal best)- over 5 events Juna has got an entire 9 minutes quicker which is amazing progress. Zhanna, Gary and Amanda also got PBs, great effort everyone.
However, the most exciting part this week was the number of new volunteers we got! Huge thanks to Shaun Baker, Margaret Taylor, T Christensen, Ira Pearl, Steve Leahy, and Luke Leahy for stepping up. It's also to see the Clarence family and Helen Taylor coming out to volunteer yet again. Having so many willing hands meant some of our core team were finally able to run the event, including our superstar volunteer coordinator Zhanna who was able to run for the first time.
Don't forget our New Year's Day event, same time (9am), same place, see you there!
This week 32 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 4 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:
Samantha BUZZARD • Shaun BAKER • Lijuan TAYLOR • T CHRISTENSEN • Luke LEAHY • Brett CLARENCE • Margaret TAYLOR • Lia CLARENCE • Dylan CLARENCE • Ira PEARL • Steve LEAHY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northside Beltline parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Allie SCHAICH who recorded a time of 18:21 on 5th October 2019 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Roger SCHMIDT who recorded a time of 17:10 on 12th October 2019 (event number 2).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret TAYLOR who recorded 80.69% (25:07) on 7th December 2019 (event number 10).
Northside Beltline parkrun started on 5th October 2019. Since then 180 participants have completed 312 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,560 km, including 53 new Personal Bests. A total of 31 individuals have volunteered 110 times