Event 117 – Run Report

Following on from the success of the previous week of South Cheshire Harriers running Congleton parkrun, this week it was the turn of Sandbach Striders to pick up the reins and harness the spirit of a volunteer led community based running event and they all did a fantastic job.
We had 19 different clubs represented on Saturday including an excellent turnout from local club Congleton Harriers who were supporting the junior runners as they do every first Saturday of the month.
Amongst the 185 strong field there was 27 new runners to the Mere on Saturday and a further 42 new personal bests recorded including Chris MCGARRIGLE who went under 28 minutes for the first time with 27:45 and Melanie WORTHINGTON finishing in 23:25 – Congratulations to them and the other 40 runners, great effort.
In the men’s results. First was Darren WASHINGTON the City of Stoke AC runner finished in 19:06. Second was Steven BARTON of British Military Fitness finishing in 19:14 and third from Biddulph RC was Nigel LINDOP in a new PB of 19:25
In the women’s results the first place went to Jennifer SZCZEPANIAK SLOANE a great new PB time of 21:13, Also with a new PB was second placed Rachael WOOD of Michelin AC finishing in 22:12 just a few seconds ahead of 3rd place Harriet PICKUP of Boalloy RC in 22:19

Juniors
We had 18 under 18s this week taking part in the full 5k with 6 making their debut at Congleton, congratulations to Thomas ROBERTS, Lewis JOHNSTONE, Isla JOHNSTONE, Alex CAPON, Jessica MCCANDLESS and Jack TATHAM,
Four performances were personal bests, well done to James ‘Jeff’ NEWHAM, Mia DONATHY, Sophie MULLINS and Jessica TAYLER.
Special mention must go to James ‘Jeff’ NEWHAM for his performance, not only was it his best time so far, he recorded the highest age graded score amongst all 185 runners.
Volunteers/Announcements

A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, Lindsay BEESTON, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Paul BIRDSALL, Graeme BURNS, Heather CARTER, Craig EDWARDS, Steve EVANS, Francis GILCHRIST, Jordan HAYTER, Louise HAYWARD, Karen Jane LOVATT, Amy NORMAN, Elizabeth O'KEEFFE, David William PARR, Stella STILWELL, Tony TAYLOR, Philip TRUMAN
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.

Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
James ‘Jeff’ NEWHAM (JM10) was graded 75.69% for the time 21:36 (17th overall)
Jamie SMITH (VM65-69) was graded 75.60% for the time 22:49 (31st overall)
Darren WASHINGTON (VM45-49) was graded 75.39% for the time 19:06 (1st overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,898 different runners, including participants from 227 athletics clubs, have completed 15,396 runs covering a total distance of 76,980 km, and there have been 3,681 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/

Paul Birdsall

 

Event 116 – Run Report

It was takeover time again at Astbury Mere as most of our wonderful volunteers were from South Cheshire Harriers no doubt saving their legs for the Cloud 9 race the following day. 185 parkrunners took part on Saturday under light cloudy conditions that were good for running as 41 of them proved with new PBs. We were also joined by 27 new comers to Congleton parkrun including Richard NASH, Mark SLADE and Paul WATERS from Burton-upon-Trent based club Hatton Darts. This was one of 21 different running clubs being represented at the Mere

In the men’s results. First was Damian NICHOLLS of Wilmslow RC in a PB equalling time of 16:09. Second was Matt Smith of South Cheshire Harriers finishing in 16:43 and third from Stoke AC was Callum McQUEEN in his first parkrun with a time of 17:10
In the women’s results the first place went to Sarah ROBERTS of Pensby Runners with a new PB of 19:19, second was Heather CARTER the Sandbach Strider crossed the line in 20:27 just in front of 3rd place Louisa WHITTINGHAM of Macclesfield Harriers who also recorded a new PB of 20:30. Great running all of you.
Martyn BALL continued his good start to his parkrun career with second PB in four outings clocking a time of 22:00. Lucinda STONE of Staffordshire Moorlands also had her fastest time at Congleton with a new personal best of 22:53 well done Martyn and Lucinda and the other 39 runners with new best times.

Juniors
There was a good proportion of juniors this week with 24 under 18s running the full event. Callum McQUEEN (JM15-17) and Jordan NIXON (JM11-14) were running it for the first time as mentioned Callum was 3rd overall and Jordan was an impressive 10th overall in a time of 19:01.
Eight of the juniors had best times to date, with another good run by Holly SMITH (JW11-14) finishing in 21:51 the other seven celebrating were: Robbie PEAL, Finley PROFFITT, Louisa WHITTINGHAM, Holly SMITH, Ruby SPENCER, Arran RICE. Amy Elizabeth MARSH and Nathan REYNOLDS.
The first Saturday of every month the Congleton Harriers are on site meeting at their flag at 08:45 and are there to help, support and pace our junior runners - so why not come down and have a run this coming Saturday!

Volunteers/Announcements

A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, James ANDERTON, Cathy ATHERTON, Steve ATHERTON, David BETTELEY, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Tracey BROWN, Rachel CHALONER, Phil CLIFF, Steve EVANS, Peter LLOYD, Pete MALLISON, Diane SMITH, Lucy SMITH
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.

Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Matthew SMITH (VM40-44) was graded 82.85% for the time 16:43 (2nd overall)
Damian NICHOLLS (SM30-34) was graded 80.80% for the time 16:09 (1st overall)
Finley PROFFITT (JM11-14) was graded 80.53% for the time 19:00 (9th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,871 different runners, including participants from 225 athletics clubs, have completed 15,211 runs covering a total distance of 76,055 km, and there have been 3,639 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/

Paul Birdsall

 

EVENT 115 – Run Report

155 parkrunners turned up at Astbury Mere on numbers a little down on recent weeks, possibly because of the Knype Pool 5 mile race the next day, but there was still plenty of quality running on display with 15 new comers and a great 31 PBs recorded on the day.
Eighteen different athletics clubs were being represented and we had a couple of tourists including our first finisher Clark SCHOFIELD from Hillingdon Triathletes and Caroline PARTNER returning to Congleton from Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC who was last at the Mere in Feb 2014 and this time ran an impressive 54 seconds quicker to finish 21st overall and 5th woman.
In the men’s results. First was Clark SCHOFIELD of Hillingdon Triathletes finishing in 18.38. In second place was Matt LUNT finishing in 19:35 and third was Mark DREW who finished with a time of 19.40.
In the women’s results the first place went to City of Stoke AC runner Lucy HOLT finishing in 19:39. Congleton Harrier Jo Moss was second in 21:19 and third was Macclesfield Harrier Lauren ROBINSON in 21:20 a great run from Lauren who is in the JW11-14 category!
A couple of notable PBs for father and daughter Francis and Louise POOLE, the fact that they ran with the Congleton Harriers for the first time on Tuesday night surely can’t be coincidence!
Juniors

Sixteen under 18s took part with three taking part at Congleton for the first time, congratulations to Joshu LALLY, Sam NUTTY and Sarah ABRAHAMSE and three new PBs for Sophie MULLINS, Thea GARFIELD and Alexander MOSS – Well done all of you.

Volunteers/Announcements

A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, David ALCOCK, James ANDERTON, Nina BENNETT, Amanda BLEACKLEY, Hannah BLEACKLEY, Steve EVANS, Dominic EVANS, Cameron FERN, Quinton HAYTER, Jordan HAYTER, Karen MURPHY
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.

Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14) was graded 76.33% for the time 21:20 (18th overall)
Lucy HOLT (SW18-19) was graded 76.17% for the time 19:39 (3rd overall)
Colin ARDRON (VM70-74) was graded 75.95% for the time 23:13 (35th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,829 different runners, including participants from 221 athletics clubs, have completed 14,871 runs covering a total distance of 74,355 km, and there have been 3,567 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/

Paul Birdsall

 

EVENT 114 – Run Report

172 parkrunners turned up at Astbury Mere on Valentine’s day to continue their love affair with parkrun. Now I know the idea is for admirers to remain secret but some of you have taken that too far, 16 runners in the results were ‘Unknown’ so please register on the parkrun website and once you’ve done that, bring your barcode!
Twenty one of you graced the Mere for the first time and a further 39 athletes went home with in love with their new PB time including Christopher DODD who on his 95th parkrun finished in his best time of 24:10 and Tracey HALE of Sandbach Striders who recorded a time of 30:47 well done both of you and the other 37 – great running.
In the men’s results. First was James BAILEY of Sale Harriers Manchester finishing in 16.20. In second place for the third week running with another PB was Neil TAPP finishing in 17:45 and third was South Cheshire Harriers David MORRIS who finished with a time of 17.58.
In the women’s results the first place and a new PB went to Lucinda STONE of Staffordshire Moorlands AC finishing in a time of 22:57. Harriet PICKUP was second the local Boalloy RC runner finished in 23:13 and third was Rachel PRICE with a new PB time of 24:07.
Juniors

Eleven under 18s took part with three taking part at Congleton for the first time, congratulations to Matthew BLOUNT, Jared DICKINSON and Arran RICE and three new PBs for Leo FOSTER, Kos PARFITT and Thomas TAYLOR – Well done all of you.

Volunteers/Announcements

A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, James ANDERTON, Nina BENNETT, Graeme BURNS, Nick CARTER, Denis CULLOTY, Steve EVANS, Cameron FERN, Margaret GREENWAY, Quinton HAYTER, Jordan HAYTER, Ewan HOLTON, Sharon JOHNSTONE, Eve ROBERTS, Stella STILWELL, Amanda TRIVETT
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.

Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Edward PETTITT (JM11-14) was graded 80.03% for the time 19:07 (8th overall)
James BAILEY (SM30-34) was graded 79.39% for the time 16:20 (1st overall)
Mike WHITMORE (VM70-74) was graded 78.70% for the time 23:19 (41st overall)

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 h

Paul Birdsall

 

EVENT 113 – Run Report

225 parkrunners turned up at Astbury Mere on Saturday setting another new attendance record, on a chilly day but with little wind, conditions were ideal and this was proved with the top 3 men all setting new personal bests. 224 of them tried but failed to beat the speed of LIGHT.

In the men’s results. First was Ben LIGHT of Buxton & District AC finishing in 17.36. In second place for the second week running but unlike last week beat his time was Neil TAPP finishing in 18:04 and third was Sandbach Strider Darren VARLEY who finished with a time of 18.23

In the women’s results the first place went to Kerry MARCHANT of Staffordshire Moorlands AC finishing in a time of 18:49. Sophie SMITH was second the Vale Royal AC runner finished in 19:30 and third was Sian Louise HESLOP in her first appearance at Congleton parkrun and a new PB time of 20:41 That’s two juniors in the top 3 women finishers – fantastic running.

Thirty four newbies took part including Ellie POWNEY from Hungerford Hares and David CROWTHER from University of Wales (Cardiff) we hope you enjoyed the experience.

These were two of the twenty four different running clubs represented this weekend. It was good to see a larger than normal turnout from the Congleton Harriers too, being the first Saturday of the month, they were on hand to support and encourage the juniors. Among the 13 seniors there was a PB for Felicity DOYLE taking a full minute of her previous best.

Juniors

There was a great turn out from the juniors this week as well with 27 completing the full 3 laps. First of all a big welcome to four new runners, Sian who was 3rd overall lady and to James DOORBAR, Alexander MOSS and Izzy MOORE.

There would have been a very satisfied Smith household on Saturday with all 3 siblings recording new PBs a very impressive performance from Hope, Holly and Sophie With Sophie finishing 2nd lady and 7th overall.

Eight more PBs for Jack ALLAN, Alex CAPPER, Nancy CUBBON, Rebecca FOSTER, Stephanie MOSS, Lottie POTTINGER, Lauren ROBINSON and Jack STAFFORD. – Well done all of you.

Volunteers/Announcements

A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, James ANDERTON, Graeme BURNS, Heather CARTER, Rachel CHALONER, Carolyn CHARLESWORTH, Rose CLARKE, Richard CLARKE, Steve EVANS, Jo HAYTER, Quinton HAYTER, Jordan HAYTER, Justin LEESE, Elizabeth O'KEEFFE, Sandra Jane POOLE
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.

Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kerry MARCHANT (VW40-44) was graded 81.75% for the time 18:49 (4th overall)
Edward PETTITT (JM11-14) was graded 80.17% for the time 19:05 (5th overall)
Sophie SMITH (JW15-17) was graded 79.49% for the time 19:30 (7th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,808 different runners, including participants from 220 athletics clubs, have completed 14,699 runs covering a total distance of 73,495 km, and there have been 3,528 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/

Paul Birdsall

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