The ever popular ParkRun series has come to Newcastle. Every Saturday, starting January 9, 2010, at 9am, Exhibition Park on the Newcastle Town Moor will host the 5km run. With no entry fee to pay all you have to do is register by 6pm on the Friday before and turn up on the morning wth your trainers! With the same route each week, you can test yourself and try and beat your time each week.
The organisers are also looking for volunteers to help set-up and marshal the course and runners each morning, so if you do not fancy running but want to get involved then contact the race organisers to express your interest, or you can join the organisers to ask them your questions regarding the event at the Willis Café, 23-25 Clayton Road, Jesmond, NE2 4RP where they have a post parkrun coffee!
The 5km course is in Exhibition Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, and entirely on tarmac, The course begins at the boundary between Exhibition Park and the Town Moor and runs parallel to Claremont Road. It then bears right across the town moor to Grandstand Road where runners will pass through a marshalled gate and turn right to run along Grandstand Road and back onto the Town Moor through a second marshalled gate. The route bears left here (this is a fork in the path and so will be marked with a directional arrow) and follows alongside Great North Road, running back towards Exhibition Park, bearing right and continuing around behind the back of the military museum. The course turns left at the cross roads (this will be marked with a directional arrow) and passes through a gate which will be tied open for the duration of the run. The course turns left and then bears left again (both of these points will be marked with a directional arrows) and follows along to the finish line.
All parkrun events use Age Grading to help athletes compare results. Age Grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age group to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. The scores can also be compared across different race distances - to allow you to, for example, compare a 5km time against a marathon.