Chester parkrun #131

Well done to all that participated at Chester parkrun this morning, 448 of you walked, ran or jogged the two laps of the Countess of Chester Country Park course making it our second highest ever attendance, only bettered by the New Year's Day 2019 parkrun! Well done to all of you!

We smashed another record today too, we lost 8 of our of finish tokens. Partly our fault, we were trialling a new funnel layout, we've learnt our lesson and will be back to the scanner queues next week! If you have mistakenly wandered off with finish token 74,126, 303, 304, 336 or 342 we'd love to have it back - thanks.

As for individual efforts we had the pleasure of welcoming 73 people to Chester who had not run the course before, for 51 of those runners it was their first ever parkrun. It's is really great to have so many new parkrunners join us, and we really hope you enjoyed it this morning and will be back again soon.

For those that were not first time runners, there were PB's galore as we had a 51 people achieve a course Personal Best today...Congratulations to you all on your PB's... hopefully more to come in the weeks and months ahead!

Our milestone runners this week were Rosemary ROGERS (100 parkruns), Peter ABBOTT, Dave WALLACE and Andy Thomas WHITE (50 parkruns),

Now that we are getting quite large numbers of you more regularly, can we just gently remind you all of a couple of things:

  • keep left on the narrower parts of the course, particularly on the cross-country path so that passing runners can get by
  • only cross the finish line once, stay in order and don't leave the funnel - this is important to keep the results in order for everyone
  • give our tokens back, we need them again next week!

It would not be possible to have parkrun without our volunteers who selflessly give up part of their morning to ensure we all get around safely.  Our volunteers this week were:

Charlie ELDRED • Derek HUGHES • Edward AUSTIN • Elinor JONES • Gwenda JONES • Hari BANSAL • Helen DOLBY • Ian WARRELL • James THOMAS • Jayne NOBLE • Julian EVITTS • Karen MURPHY • Kyla PARK • Louis CAMPBELL-RIDGWAY • Mark GALLAGHER • Michael G WARING • Nicola PERRINS • Ronnie SUMNER • Steve COLLYER • Steven HUGHES

If you would like to volunteer in the future, head over to out volunteer roster to see what roles are available. Volunteering isn't complicated, and we have plenty of experienced volunteers to let you know what to do on the day! You even get to loan one of our High Viz vests for the duration of your volunteering!

Finally, good luck to all our Chester parkrun regulars who are running in the North Wales Cross Country League in Northop, Flintshire later on today!

Our next parkrun at Chester is Saturday 19th January 2019 at 9.00am.

Please don't forget your barcode.
From all at Chester parkrun

 
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Chester parkrun #130

This week the report is all about numbers because we're amazed and proud of how Chester parkrun continues to go from strength to strength. Our 2nd parkrun of 2019, and our first regular Saturday saw an attendance of 402, the third highest attendance we have ever had. 50 people made Chester their first ever parkrun, and a massive 92 people signed up for a barcode with Chester as their home run since just last Saturday - that's New Year's Resolutions in action, well done everybody.

This weekend was officially the biggest in the history of parkrun! More than 340,000 walks, jogs, runs and volunteers across 1,650 events in 20 countries!

Our 18 fab volunteers this week were:

Charlie ELDRED • Nicola PERRINS • Ian WARRELL • Ronnie SUMNER • James THOMAS • Helen DOLBY • Edward AUSTIN • Malcolm ROBERTS • Jane HARDY • Jackie HUGHES • Sarah CURTIS • Derek HUGHES • Pip HARRISON • Mark GALLAGHER • Heather WHITTAKER • Gaynor HARPER • Kyla PARK • Hari BANSAL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chester parkrun Results Page.

There's lots of other things going on in our park, including Couch 2 5k, Bushcraft, Nordic walking. See more here.

2018 in numbers

And finally, we had to chuckle this week, even the CEO of parkrun forgets his barcode sometimes!

No barcode, no time, no exceptions.

 

Chester parkrun #129 NYD

at the 500 mark

This morning saw your average Chester parkrun... not really. It was a record parkrun today for us! Well done to all involved!

Our course record attendance of 406 which was set on 9th June 2018 was beaten by some way as 614 people made their way around the course.

On behalf of the Run Director and the rest of the volunteers on the day I'd like thank you all for your patience and good humour as the finish funnel overflowed way up the course, 170 positions had to be manually entered but the results went surprisingly smoothly all things considered. There might be a hiccup in times around positions 500 - 520, email in if you are affected.

at the 500 mark

Massive, massive, massive thanks to all the volunteers and to those of you who jumped in to help. Heroes, the lot of you.

Before we get into the regular stats of the week, I wanted to settle a friendly wager I'd heard being discussed near the finish line. I'd heard a couple of volunteers discussing why Chester parkrun was so busy today. As most of you will know, as we were running later than most other parkruns, allowing park runners form the local area to do there parkrun double. So before I go any further, have a guess which parkrun sent us more runners this week? Delamere or Wepre? (These were our closest parkruns which had a parkrun at 9.00am) Using some basic Excel, it seems like 31 people did the Chester/Delamere parkrun double where as a huge 222 people did the Chester/Wepre double.

We had a 176 visitors on their first run of the course, including 14 for who it was their first ever parkrun! I hope you enjoyed Chester and that we will see you again soon! We had 58 people who left Chester parkrun with a new Personal Best. Well done to all of you!

Special congratulations this week go to Sean TRUETT (100 parkruns), Karl GORDON, Tom ARDRON,  Gareth ROBERTS, Nathalie REES and Stephen BARNHAM (50 parkruns) and James NIGHTINGALE and Oliver STENTON (10 parkruns) on their milestone runs this week. We also had 64 different clubs represented today on the paths of the Country Park.

This week more than most others, on behalf of all the people who run at Chester parkrun, I would like to thank all those who volunteer at Chester parkrun, their efforts are appreciated more than an exhausted jogger/walker/runner could ever let you know.

This week's volunteers were Alison LEAVENS  •  Angela MORLEY  •  Edward AUSTIN  •  Elinor JONES  •  Gaynor HARPER  •  Gwenda JONES  •  Heather WHITTAKER  •  Helen DOLBY  •  Ian AINSCOUGH  •  Ian WARRELL  •  Jackie HUGHES  •  Jayne NOBLE  •  Joy WILKINSON  •  Karen MURPHY  •  Malcolm ROBERTS  •  Mark GALLAGHER  •  Michael G WARING  •  Muriel GREEN  •  Nicola PERRINS  •  Ronnie SUMNER  •  Steve EVANS

If you want to become one of our Hi-Viz heroes we have roles to suit all. I know our volunteer co-ordinator sleeps better when the Volunteer Roster is all filled in for the week ahead. Please check out http://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/ if you think you can help in the coming weeks. We are still looking for a couple of barcode scanners on the 5th January. Don't worry, we are a friendly bunch and will explain everything  on the day.

Our next parkrun at Chester is Saturday 5th January 2019 at 9.00am.

Please don't forget your barcode.
from all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun #128

Today's parkrun say 321 people walk, jog or run (or a combination of all three) the two lap Countess of Chester Country Park Chester parkrun course.

We had a 67 visitors on their first run of the course, including 24 who were doing their first ever parkrun! I hope you enjoyed Chester and that we will see you again soon!

We had 44 people who left Chester parkrun with a new Personal Best as a late Christmas present to themselves. Well done to all of you!

Special congratulations to Kevin MALONE (50 parkruns) and Toby LEMON (10 parkruns) on their milestone runs this week.

I know it goes without saying but from everyone who has ever walked, jogged, run, or even spectated at Chester Parkrun, we are grateful to all our volunteers, they are the glue that hold the Chester parkrun community together!

This week's volunteers were Angela MORLEY • Claire GOULD • Derek HUGHES • Gaynor HARPER • Hari BANSAL • Helen DOLBY • Ian WARRELL • James THOMAS • Karen MURPHY • Kyla PARK • Malcolm ROBERTS • Mark GALLAGHER • Nathalie REES • Patrick TAIT • Phill RIDGWAY • Ronnie SUMNER • Steven HUGHES

If you want to become one of our Hi-Viz heroes we have roles to suit all. I know our volunteer co-ordinator sleeps better when the Volunteer Roster is all filled in for the week ahead. Please check out http://www.parkrun.org.uk/chester/futureroster/ if you think you can help in the coming weeks. We are currently looking for a couple of barcode scanners on the 5th January.

I wanted to take you attention from Chester parkrun this week to concentrate on an email that might have passed some of you by over the Christmas period, Paul Sinton Hewitt (founder of Parkrun) takes a look at some of parkruns achievements over the last 12 months. You can read it here.

Our next parkrun at Chester is Tuesday on New Year's Day at 10:30am meaning you can either get over to Wepre parkrun at 9am and start 2019 with back-to-back parkruns, or enjoy a leisurely breakfast first before joining us. If you are intending to do the parkrun double, please drive carefully on your way and in between events and remember that we are likely to have more attendances than normal at BOTH Chester and Wepre.
Please don't forget your barcode.

Wishing you all the best for 2019
from all at Chester parkrun

 

Chester parkrun #127

comparing times.An upturn in weather this week (compared to last week "monsoon" conditions) lead to an increase in attendance. This week we had 251 people who ran, jogged or walked the Country Park Course. But although we were treated to a beautiful winter morning, the wet week meant a return to the B Course due to the path by the ditch being completely submerged. Your volunteer team swung into action and set up the B-course in such an impressively slick operation that the parkrunners wouldn't have even noticed that it wasn't at all planned!

We had a huge 42 first timers this morning, 20 of those being their first ever parkrun, welcome to you all, we are a friendly bunch at Chester and hope to see you back with is soon!

We had 30 people who left Chester parkrun with a new Personal Best as an early Christmas present to themselves. Well done to all of you! Special congratulations to Hugo MCLINTOCK (10 parkruns) on his milestone runs this week.

Chester parkrun would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers: Ian AINSCOUGH, Hari BANSAL, Helen DOLBY, Charlie ELDRED, Pete FRYER, Mark GALLAGHER, Muriel GREEN, Helen HUGHES, Derek HUGHES, Karen MURPHY, Kyla PARK, Nicola PERRINS, Nathalie REES, Ronnie SUMNER, Patrick TAIT, James THOMAS, Michael G WARING

Our friends at Ellesmere Port parkrun, and Delamere parkrun are hosting a special extra Christmas Day parkrun on Christmas Day (both runs start at 9.00am). I would encourage you to attend if you can, it is a very special morning out!

Our next parkrun at Chester is Saturday 29th December at 9.00am as usual, and we are hosting a special parkrun on New Years Day at 10:30am meaning you can either get over to Wepre parkrun at 9am and start 2019 with back-to-back parkruns, or enjoy a leisurely breakfast first before joining us. Just don't forget your barcode.

Have yourselves a Great Christmas.
Chester parkrun
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