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Celebrating the Threes – Bramhall parkrun Event 333

There is something special about an event with 3 threes in it. And Event 333 at Bramhall Park did not disappoint. On a dry, crisp and overcast morning, 373 runners (two more 3s separated by a lucky 7) turned up to enjoy a Saturday morning run. While there were patches of lying water, wet leaves and a little mud to make things interesting, there were still 51 new PBs (a number divisible by three) and 14 first time runners. Considering the additional parkruns in the area, soon to be joined by another, the turnout this week was very strong and just a little above the running 10 week average of 363 runners (also divisible by three).

Before setting off, we were addressed by a representative of the Stockport Foodbank, which we have been supporting with weekly donations of food for the past two years. He reminded us that this is a particularly challenging time of year for families supported by the Foodbank and made a plea for donations of holiday-themed foods in the coming weeks.

While we usually review the top Men’s and Women’s results, and we’ll get to that in a bit, we need to start with the Downs family, 3 of whom were the top finishers in their genders today. Dad Rob was first over the line for the 97th time at Bramhall, daughter Juliet was the first female finisher for the 16th time and daughter Ellen was the 2nd female finisher (she’s been first finisher on 22 other occasions.) Juliet’s time of18.56 puts her just 3 seconds behind the JW15-17 record holder.) And let’s not overlook Mum Catherine who finished her 99th (divisible by 3) parkrun this week.

There were some very fast runs this week amongst both genders. For the men, Rob Downs’ time of 17.15 gave him a comfortable 16 second margin, but only 4 seconds separated the next 3 finishers. First timer Paul Hawkins was second finisher in 17.31, just a second ahead of Barry Archbold. Completing the triumvirate of challengers was Gareth Griffiths in 17.35.

For the women, all 3 of the top finishers were junior JW15-17 runners. Juliet Downs set a new PB with her first finish time of 18.56 and was 11th overall. 21 seconds behind her was sister Ellen Downs in 19.17, who was 15th overall. Third finisher (38th overall) was Eve Gibson in a time of 20.49.

In the annual points competition, Rob Currie continues at the top of the men’s leader board by a healthy margin. I may be wrong, but I think if he holds on to his lead until April, it will be his 3rd win in the competition. And he’ll be tough to beat if he continues to run as he did this week with a chest infection. The women’s competition is much closer with last year’s runner-up Sheila Paice just 24 points ahead of Natasha Moore.

Bramhall regulars have had a great season in other events around the UK. Some have represented their county or club in national competitions; many have posted excellent times in 10ks, half-marathons and marathons; and Ellen Downs has represented England in the European Youth Mountain Running Championships. But none have had the chance to toe the line against top East African runners in their native environment. That’s exactly what Charlie Batho (3 times first finisher at Bramhall) is preparing to do next week in Ethiopia. He’ll be part of a team of 14 Stockport Harriers (7 Men and 7 Women) who were selected as one of the fastest teams in the 2014 UK Great Run series to compete in the Great Run Ethiopia 10k next week in Addis Ababa. Good luck Charlie and we look forward to hearing about your African adventure in a future Run Report!

While we’ll be celebrating the festive season at Bramhall with our annual Santa Run on Sat 20 Dec, watch out for extra parkruns that will be held on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day in the Greater Manchester Area. Details of these will be posted in the weekly parkrun newsletter in the next few weeks. In addition to these extra holiday parkruns, there are two local events that might interest some Bramhall parkrunners. The first is the Adlington Winter Warmer 10K, which is on 28 December at 10am, starting from the Miners Arms Pub. It’s run along the Canal and Middlewood Way and no timepieces are allowed – prizes are given to those whose time is closest to their pre-race prediction - https://www.facebook.com/events/348085272002965/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular The second event is the Bramhall Runners Bowstones Fell Race, which is approximately 11k and starts near the Boars Head Pub in Higher Poynton and heads off into Lyme Park. I’d recommend trail shoes for this one - https://www.facebook.com/events/382991185188995/

Thanks to everyone who ran, volunteered and/or supported the runners this week!

Steve S.

 

Sweatshop Prize March 2014

The Sweatshop prize winner for March 2014 is ....

SIMON HAIGH !!

Simon is one of our keenest runners and in less than three years has clocked up 100 runs at Bramhall. In the last couple of months Simon has taken 30s off his PB which is difficult when you're already running sub 19 minutes. He also volunteers regularly - this week he'll be one of the barcode scanners.

parkrun is for runners of all abilities and we like to recognise the achievements of those at the front, back and middle of the field ... and everyone in between. In March there was some decent weather and we squeezed in 5 parkrundays. So there were literally hundreds of examples of great parkrun efforts and improvements to consider for the prize. We particularly noticed Alison James (well done on breaking 27 mins), Alex Aldridge, Gareth Evans, Flynn Walsh, Louisa Whittingham, Gareth Griffiths, Helen Carroll, Mark Oxborough-Sharp and Tom Longden. Well done all of you and keep it going!

Congratulations to Simon who wins a new pair of running shoes fitted by our friends at Sweatshop. We hope the new shoes will propel him to even faster runs in the park and beyond. Our nearest Sweatshop stores are Hyde and Arndale Centre - http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/storefinder.cfm. Look out for an email with your prize certificate!

Sweatshop are a major sponsor of the parkrun organisation and every month generously provide this prize for a runner of any standard who has performed well in the month and shown overall improvement and commitment to the parkrun. Since April 2008, Sweatshop has provided over 70 pairs of running shoes to parkrunners at Bramhall alone! Many thanks to Sweatshop owner Hugh Brasher and his team for their continued support of our work in grassroots athletics.

Here is the list of Sweatshop Prize Winners at Bramhall:

2008
May: Ken Livingstone
Jun: Ryan Charles
Jul: Marion Lester
Aug: Frances Buggy
Sep: Paul M Cooke
Oct: David Robert Brown
Nov: Suzie Flint
Dec: Tony Smith

2009
Jan: Meshal Abushel
Feb: Josh Lister
Mar: Alex Miller
Apr: James Kemp
May: Michael Hammerton
Jun: Joanne Hunt
Jul: Kevin Acton
Aug: Frank Podd
Sep: Carol Hatch
Oct: Martin Kirk
Nov: Chris Booth
Dec: Adam Davies

2010
Jan: Cathy Brewster
Feb: Kate Thompson
Mar: Gavin Brown
Apr: Pamela Sharp
May: Adam Langfield
Jun: Stephen Davies
Jul: Laura Bostock
Aug: Sue Brooks
Sep: John Penney
Oct: Dave Marshall
Nov: Ian Clarke
Dec: Paul Garnett

2011
Jan: Claire Northcote
Feb: Andy Farnsworth
Mar: Jonny Downing
Apr: Peter Edkins
May: Eamonn Dunlea
Jun: Graham McCarthy
Jul: David Holmes
Aug: Nicola Lloyd
Sep: Robert Currie
Oct: Simon Armour
Nov: Neil Coulson
Dec: Becky Styles

2012
Jan: Andrew Cordes
Feb: Martin Rutter
Mar: Mike Williams
Apr: Callum Coulson
May: Lok Li
Jun: Tony Philips
Jul: Andrew Galloway
Aug: Keith Watkinson
Sep: Adrian Jarvis
Oct: Karl Tavini
Nov: John Blampied
Dec: Simon R Smith

2013
Jan: Rachel Singer
Feb: Rachael Benson
Mar: Clara Jarvis
Apr: Paul Norris
May: Mark Corcoran
Jun: Kathy Rogers
Jul: Eve Gibson
Aug: James Cooper
Sep: Dave Roberts
Oct: (re-awarded)
Nov: Simon Fennell
Dec: Fiona Cooke

2014
Jan: Emma Turner
Feb: Samuel Brown
Mar: Simon Haigh

And that is a lot of trainers ... thanks again Sweatshop!

 

** Bramhall parkrun CANCELLED 15/02/2014 **

** Bramhall parkrun CANCELLED TOMORROW 15/02/2014 **

Sorry but having weighed up the risks and consulted with the park manager we've decided to cancel the parkrun tomorrow.
The weather forecast is for the gales to continue through tonight and tomorrow morning.
The fallen tree doesn't appear 100% safe. There are other trees at risk and there are too many branches falling out of the trees. This is an unpredictable hazard that we can't really work around. Ultimately the safety of all our 400+ runners has to come first.

Rob

 

Sweatsop Prize: January 2014

The Sweatshop prize winner for January 2014 is ....

EMMA TURNER !!

Emma has been running at the park since September 2011. On her first few runs Emma wasn't far from being the last across the line. But parkrun isn't about winning and I'm sure that the achievement was just in finishing the distance - think back to your first run when the 5k seemed a long, long way as you started back up the hill for the second lap. Running rewards patient effort and as the weeks have gone by Emma has improved has recorded a line of PBs and is now within sight of Chris Hammerton's 30 minute pacing group. Emma was shortlisted last month and since then she's improved by another 30 seconds and takes this month's prize for her effort and achievements.

parkrun is for runners of all abilities and we like to recognise the achievements of those at the front, back and middle of the field ... and everyone in between. This month as the paths became more muddy, slippery and the rain lashed down it got a bit harder to post improvements. But nonetheless several runners stood out and we particularly noticed the achievements of Samuel Brown, Rupert Brereton, Mark Grundy and Vincent Townley. A special mention for a couple of past winners Josh Lister and Simon Smith who are both running really well.

Congratulations to Emma who wins a new pair of running shoes fitted by our friends at Sweatshop. We hope the new shoes will inspire her to that sub 30 minute time and to enjoy her running in the park and beyond. Our nearest Sweatshop stores are Hyde and Arndale Centre - http://www.sweatshop.co.uk/storefinder.cfm. Look out for an email with your prize certificate!

Sweatshop are a major sponsor of the parkrun organisation and every month generously provide this prize for a runner of any standard who has performed well in the month and shown overall improvement and commitment to the parkrun. Since April 2008, Sweatshop has provided over 70 pairs of running shoes to parkrunners at Bramhall alone! Many thanks to Sweatshop owner Hugh Brasher and his team for their continued support of our work in grassroots athletics.

Out of interest, here is the list of Sweatshop Prize Winners at Bramhall:

2008
May: Ken Livingstone
Jun: Ryan Charles
Jul: Marion Lester
Aug: Frances Buggy
Sep: Paul M Cooke
Oct: David Robert Brown
Nov: Suzie Flint
Dec: Tony Smith

2009
Jan: Meshal Abushel
Feb: Josh Lister
Mar: Alex Miller
Apr: James Kemp
May: Michael Hammerton
Jun: Joanne Hunt
Jul: Kevin Acton
Aug: Frank Podd
Sep: Carol Hatch
Oct: Martin Kirk
Nov: Chris Booth
Dec: Adam Davies

2010
Jan: Cathy Brewster
Feb: Kate Thompson
Mar: Gavin Brown
Apr: Pamela Sharp
May: Adam Langfield
Jun: Stephen Davies
Jul: Laura Bostock
Aug: Sue Brooks
Sep: John Penney
Oct: Dave Marshall
Nov: Ian Clarke
Dec: Paul Garnett

2011
Jan: Claire Northcote
Feb: Andy Farnsworth
Mar: Jonny Downing
Apr: Peter Edkins
May: Eamonn Dunlea
Jun: Graham McCarthy
Jul: David Holmes
Aug: Nicola Lloyd
Sep: Robert Currie
Oct: Simon Armour
Nov: Neil Coulson
Dec: Becky Styles

2012
Jan: Andrew Cordes
Feb: Martin Rutter
Mar: Mike Williams
Apr: Callum Coulson
May: Lok Li
Jun: Tony Philips
Jul: Andrew Galloway
Aug: Keith Watkinson
Sep: Adrian Jarvis
Oct: Karl Tavini
Nov: John Blampied
Dec: Simon R Smith

2013
Jan: Rachel Singer
Feb: Rachael Benson
Mar: Clara Jarvis
Apr: Paul Norris
May: Mark Corcoran
Jun: Kathy Rogers
Jul: Eve Gibson
Aug: James Cooper
Sep: Dave Roberts
Oct: (re-awarded)
Nov: Simon Fennell
Dec: Fiona Cooke

2014
Jan: Emma Turner

And that is a lot of trainers ... thanks again Sweatshop!

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