Arriving for Blackpool’s 22nd parkrun, it was hard to believe how many runners would want to sacrifice their Saturday morning lie-in for a full drenching in the pouring rain. However, 149 hardy souls turned up for the 9am start of whom 40 were making their debut at Stanley Park. In fact, 7 of those it was their first ever parkrun, so big respect for waking up, seeing the rain outside and still saying “I'm going to do it!”.
Staying with first timers, I was talking to Shelia Kirkham who is part of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde’s AC couch to 5k course. Shelia ran the course for the first time with a fantastic time of 37:47. After her run and still looking fresh, Shelia told me she already has a place booked to run the London Marathon 2018 for Leukaemia. Well done Shelia, all the best with your training and well done to all of the first timers.
From first timers to visitors. As Blackpool is a tourist resort we’re always blessed with a good number of visitors however, this week we had a coincidence happen as two runners both from Hanley parkrun visited us without each other knowing about it! Cue the conversation they had with each other of “are you from Hanley?” “Yeah, fancy seeing you here!”. Also visiting were runners from Black Park in Buckinghamshire and Waterworks Park in North Belfast. Thank you to everybody who visited us and we hope to see you all again soon.
On to PB’s, and I need to make a special mention to Trevor Eagle. Trevor told me that he only took up running a couple of months ago. He’s ran Blackpool parkrun on 4 occasions with every run being a PB. The difference he’s made from this week run to his first time running is 3 minutes. Great effort Trevor and all of our other 29 runners who got PBs. You should all be very proud.
This week’s top three male runners are - Jon AARON (VM35-39) of Didsbury Runners, was first over the line in 17:52. In a sprint finish Jon just pipped James GREENAWAY (VM35-39) of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC finishing second in 17:54. Third place went to James Michael MULVANY (VM35-39) of Wesham Road Runners AC in 18:07.
This week’s top three female runners are – Nicola UNSWORTH (VW45-49) of Wesham Road Runners AC, had a strong second half to her run to come in first in 22:05. Andrea SMITH (VW50-54) of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC finished second in 23:30. Top three rounded up with Yvonne HUNG (VW35-39) of Dibsbury Runners finishing third in 24:39.
To sign off, I want to give a massive thank you our volunteers, they are David BARKER, Jamie BOWES, Stephen DUNSTAN, Catherine FLETCHER, Judith GREEN, Helen JENKINS, Hayley MCMAHON, Michael O'BRIEN, Tracy ROTHWELL, Jenny SHEPHERD, Michelle TREGONNING, Paul TREGONNING and Chris WADE.
This motley crew are the heart beat to Blackpool parkrun and again carried out a marvellous job to make sure Blackpool parkrun runs seamlessly. So many new people have developed a love of running because every week your there making it happen so from myself and all the runners ……….. THANK YOU!
See you all next #DFYBC