As you know, here at TBH we are big fans of parkrun and parkrun tourism. It’s been great to see some of those red pins turning into black & white badges on the TBH parkrun map since it’s introduction in late 2016. It’s not always possible, though, to put in the miles necessary to change a red pin into a TBH badge and so, to encourage a bit of local tourism together with some added friendly competition at 9am on a Saturday morning, we are introducing the TBH parkrun Challenge.
The Challenge will run from the 1st of January until the 31st December 2017. Members wishing to take part in the Challenge need to register a run at each of 11 local parkrun’s over the course of the year. The 11 parkrun’s are Newcastle, Whitley Bay, Gateshead, South Shields, Rising Sun, Riverside (Chester-le-Street), Gibside, Blackhill, Prudhoe Riverside, Sunderland and Druridge Bay.
There are no set dates for visiting any of the parkrun’s and members can visit them at their own convenience over the course of the year.
Once a member has registered a run at all 11 parkrun’s then they should send an e-mail to Vicki Deritis advising of the dates the parkrun’s were completed. The age-related scores for the parkrun’s will then be added together and kept on record. As more members complete the Challenge a table of completists (together with their age related scores) will appear on the website. Members can visit each of the parkrun’s as many times as they like and any subsequent improvements to age related scores will be substituted.
The winner of the Challenge will be the person who, after the last Saturday of 2017, has the highest age related total. And, as parkrun only happens because people volunteer, the winner must also have volunteered at parkrun at least once during 2017.
Since the 1st January 2017 it has been possible to have ran a total of 11 parkruns (9 Saturdays and 2 on New Year’s Day). So, accomplished in the minimum amount of time possible and showing a strong commitment to getting out of their beds early on dark, winter Saturday mornings, we have our first two completists. Step forward Jamie Wilson and Kevin Sorlie.
Details of the parkruns and the age graded scores they achieved are below. (updated 9 April 2017)
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Now that we have some scores on the doors we look forward to seeing other members complete the 11 local parkruns and joining Jamie and Kevin as having completed the parkrun Challenge.