A very pleasant morning was the back drop to the 123rd parkrun at Astbury Mere, which had a distinct black and gold flavour to it as the Congleton Harriers took over most of the volunteer roles from car park attending to finish token issuers it was all taken care of, but seeing as they are a running club they dropped in a few pacers too and it paid off, with 51 new PBs being recorded on the day.
Some of those setting new personal best times were Harriers themselves, Charmaine WOOD took a full minute of her previous best, Nigel POOLE, who I said last week should be looking to breakthrough 24 minutes, ignored me and broke through 23 minutes instead! and Mel WORTHINGTON has now had 14 PBs in her 24 parkrun career. Well done all of you.
192 runners took part this week and with the welcome return of the Golden Bear event on Facebook – it meant with a fantastic guess of 193 - I won.
Which is a seamless link for me to mention that this week on Facebook we went through the “1,000 likes” barrier on our page – imagine if they all turned up on the same day and why does it seem so difficult to get volunteers at times!?
34 people were taking part for the first time including 9 from nearby running club Sandbach Striders who brought 33 runners in all. This in part was due to their ‘graduation day’ of people taking part in the ‘Couch to 5k’ program and it was wonderful to witness the determination and effort by everyone taking part to reach their goal, we hope it it’s the first of many parkruns and beyond for you all.
In the men’s results. First was Tom HENDRICKEN the City of Stoke AC runner finished in 17:24 second was Darren VARLEY from Sandbach Striders finishing in a new PB time of 17:57 and third in a time of 18:24 was Jon RICHARDSON from Howgill Harriers which was also a PB.
In the women’s results the first place went to Emily LOWERY Macclesfield Harriers & AC in a PB time of 20:22. In second place was Charmaine WOOD of Congleton Harriers with a PB smashing 20:34 third also with a new PB was Emma WOOD of Howgill Harriers finishing in 21:08
23 juniors took part this week with 8 new runners, great running from, William KESTEVEN (JM11-14), Henry ROWSON (JM10), Kati DE MATAS (JW15-17), Dalya SHANATI (JW11-14), Deema SHANATI (JW10), Lauryn DE MATAS (JW11-14), Meera SHANATI (JW11-14) and Danya ABBID (JW10) we hope you enjoyed it and you keep coming back.
6 new PBs were recorded too, one for Emily LOWERY (JW11-14) who was first woman overall and the other five for Willem RUSHTON (JM15-17), Thomas ROBERTS (JM10), Jack FARRALL (JM11-14), Elliot DARMON (JM11-14), and Nathan LEE (JM10).
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, Paul BIRDSALL, Caroline CHANDLER, Craig HEWITT, Debbie HILL, Bryan LOMAS, Michelle Louise MATTHEWS, Chris MOSS, Joanne MOSS, Karen MURPHY, Sarah RICHARDS, Steve RICHARDS, Robert SOAMES, Paul STEEL, Sallyann TATTON, David TAYLOR, Stephen WEBB
Please consider being part of the fabulous volunteer family and make yourself known to one of the volunteers one weekend and they will roster you in. Do it enough times and you’ll qualify for a t-shirt.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Emily LOWERY (JW11-14) was graded 78.40% for the time 20:22 (16th overall)
Ian ASHCROFT (VM65-69) was graded 76.07% for the time 22:55 (44th overall)
Thomas ROBERTS (JM10) was graded 75.40% for the time 20:56 (22nd overall)
Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,087 different runners, including participants from 237 athletics clubs, have completed 16,494 runs covering a total distance of 82,470 km, and there have been 3,935 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Olivia WALWYN who ran in a time of 00:16:58 on 2013-02-09 (event number 7).
The men's record is held by Chris DAVIES who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on 2013-04-20 (event number 17).
The Age Grade course record is held by Victoria Ann PERRY who recorded an 89.86% run (19:53) on 16th November 2013 (event number 47).
Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Congleton parkrun Results Page
The parkrun takes places every Saturday, 9am at Astbury Mere and is free timed 5k event more details can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/congleton/