Event 130 – Run Report

The attendance record was reset on Saturday as 242 parkrunners turned up for the 130 running of the Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere. This made Melanie ROBINSON this week’s Golden Bear winner with her guess of 238 being the closest.
Congleton had forty new comers this week including visitors from including John POTTER from Ivanhoe Runners in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Russell GEORGE from Market Drayton Running Club, if you fancy doubling your parkrun distance, then check out Market Drayton 10k event in 2016, already over 60% full.
After 19 Macclesfield Harriers made their debut the week before, only one came back this week, but hats off to Andy DEVINE for doing so and getting a new PB for his efforts. Andy and 53 others were celebrating new PBs including Shaun CONWAY who ran a brilliant 22:12 and for Claire HARRISON the South Cheshire Harrier smashed her previous best and got under 23 minutes to finish 5th woman overall in 22:39
In the men’s results first was William KESTEVEN of Crewe & Nantwich AC, who finished in a new PB time of 18:03, second was Robert HASLER from Macclesfield Harriers who finished in a time of 18:11 and third was Allen BUNYAN also a Macclesfield Harrier in a time of 19:04
Macclesfield Harriers fared well in the women’s results too; first place went to Lauren ROBINSON finished in a PB time of 20:09, in second place on her first parkrun was Sophia BIRD with a time of 20:44 third was Macclesfield Harrier Stephanie MOSS in a time of 20:50
Juniors
We had a very high number of juniors this week, 45 in fact, with 12 making their debut at Congleton, well done to Sophia BIRD (JW15-17), Daniel LLOYD (JM11-14), Matthew KESTEVEN (JM10), Jacob HILL (JM11-14), Lucas HILL (JM10), Luke MOULTON (JM10), Oliver LE-GALLEZ (JM10), Samuel MCDOWELL (JM10), Sophie DODSON (JW11-14), Caitlin TORNEY (JW11-14), Lexie TORNEY (JW10) & Luke HUMPHRIES (JM11-14).
Fifteen celebrated with new fastest times, congratulations to; William KESTEVEN (JM11-14), Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14), Elliot DARMON (JM11-14), Jack FARRALL (JM11-14), Stephanie MOSS (JW11-14), Michael LENNON (JM11-14), Archie VARLEY (JM10), Molly PHEASEY (JW11-14), Callum HUMPHRIES (JM11-14), Harrison PEARCE (JM11-14), Charlotte SMITH (JW11-14), Molly CAWTHORN (JW15-17), Meera SHANATI (JW11-14), Abi COPE (JW10) & Joseph REYNOLDS (JM10).
Volunteers/Announcements
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible; David ALCOCK, James ANDERTON, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Paul BIRDSALL, Colin BODIMEADE, Graeme BURNS, Denis CULLOTY, Steve EVANS, Cameron FERN, Rose HOBAN, Paul HOBAN, Steve RICHARDS, Eve ROBERTS, Rebecca THORLEY
The future roster looks a bit bare towards end of June and July as we hit holiday season, so if you always turn up and expect to run, why not volunteer instead and give something back!
Do it enough times and you’ll qualify for a t-shirt!
Congratulations to Louise BICKLEY on reaching her 50th parkrun – Well done Louise!
Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14) was graded 80.81% for the time 20:09 (10th overall)
Carol BIRD (VW50-54) was graded 79.77% for the time 21:50 (28th overall)
William KESTEVEN (JM11-14) was graded 78.58% for the time 18:03 (1st overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,310 different runners, including participants from 254 athletics clubs, have completed 17,876 runs covering a total distance of 89,380 km, and there have been 4,247 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 jointly held by Chris DAVIES & Alex BRECKER who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on 20/04/2013 (event number 17) & 02/05/2015 (event number 125)
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 129 – Run Report

The 200 barrier was broken for the eighth time on Saturday as 216 runners took part which meant the Golden Bear award for closest guess was Paul Downing with his guess of 213.
This large number was in no small part to Macclesfield Harriers who brought 34 runners including 19 first time visitors who were ‘graduating’ from their couch to 5k program. Congratulations to all of them, hopefully a start of a long running (sorry) relationship with parkrun.
Macclesfield Harriers were one of 21 different running clubs being represented including visitor Damian FOSTER from Morpeth Harriers in Northumberland.
Thirty seven runners ran their fastest time so far including Paul DIXON on his 48th parkrun with a time of 22:40. Stephanie JARDINE will have also been celebrating with her new parkrun PB of 31:45 a nice way to bring up her 10th parkrun.
In the men’s results first was Ben LIGHT of Buxton & District AC, who finished in 17:51 second was another Buxton & District AC runner, Jake FEARN in his first trip to Congleton finished in a time of 18:11 and third was Chris DAWSON of Salford Harriers and AC in a new PB time of 18:20
In the women’s results first place for second week running went to a Congleton Harrier, Jo MOSS finished in a time of 21:04, In second place was Sarah STOCKMAN of Macclesfield Harriers & AC with a time of 21:37 third was Hattie RIGBY of Boalloy RC in a time of 21:38
Juniors
We had 27 juniors taking part in the full 5k event with seven first timers to Congleton, well done to Sam AMEY (JM15-17), Ben AMEY (JM15-17), Ben COLLETT (JM11-14), Joseph SLY (JM15-17), Molly CAWTHORN (JW15-17), Ottilie SUTCH (JW10) and Kim SUTCH (JM10)
Five celebrated with new fastest times, congratulations to; Hattie RIGBY (JW11-14), Clarissa RIGBY (JW10), Isobel ASHCROFT (JW10), Alex BROCK (JM10) and Ethan TAYLOR (JM10)
This Saturday, and every first Saturday of the month, Congleton Harriers are on hand at parkrun to encourage, support and develop junior runners, if you are interested please come and meet under the Congleton Harriers flag at 08:45.
Volunteers/Announcements
Please have the courtesy to listen to the race directors brief and remain quiet for those few moments, last week we gave away £10,000 to a lucky winner, but unfortunately they were talking and didn’t hear their name called out*
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, James ANDERTON, Isobel BENNETT, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Paul BIRDSALL, Graeme BURNS, Heather CARTER, Nick CARTER, Denis CULLOTY, Dawn DEVINE, Steve EVANS, Cameron FERN, David HAYTON, Elizabeth O'KEEFFE, Steve RICHARDS, David Antony SMITH and Stella STILWELL
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. Future weeks are quite sparse as we head into holiday season – so please do your bit!
* that may not have happened, but you get the point, please be quiet at the brief!
Congratulations to Nigel POOLE on reaching his 50th parkrun achieved in just over a year, he’s had 14 PBs on his way to his 50th parkrun, and has taken his time from 28 minutes down to 22:53 – Well done Nigel.
Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul LIGHT (VM55-59) was graded 78.41% for the time 19:46 (8th overall)
Ann HARRIS (VW60-64) was graded 78.20% for the time 25:55 (91st overall)
Clarissa RIGBY (JW10) was graded 76.81% for the time 22:51 (46th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,270 different runners, including participants from 252 athletics clubs, have completed 17,634 runs covering a total distance of 88,170 km, and there have been 4,193 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 jointly held by Chris DAVIES & Alex BRECKER who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on 20/04/2013 (event number 17) & 02/05/2015 (event number 125)
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/

 

Event 128 – Run Report

191 people took part in the latest Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere this weekend, which meant for a second week running the virtual Golden Bear remains in the safe keeping of Michelle Matthews after she guessed 186!
There were 23 first time visitors to Congleton parkrun and 10 of those were participating for the first time ever, we hope you enjoyed the experience and continue to keep coming back.
Nineteen different running clubs were being represented including visitors from Brighton and Northern Ireland, Jon BOWDITCH from Arena 80 AC (Brighton) was 6th overall and Harry ARMSTRONG (Ballymena Runners, NI) and Elaine MONTGOMERY (Springwell RC, NI) were 92nd and 96th respectively.
An amazing 60 personal bests were recorded on Saturday including one for James ANDERTON getting under 24 minutes with 23:48 and one for Tracey HALE, the Sandbach Strider finishing in 30:45 well done James, Tracey and the other 58 of you, great effort.
In the men’s results first was Gareth BRIGGS of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC, who finished in 17:19 second was James AINSWORTH of Vale Royal AC in a new PB time of 17:43 and third was Alistair THORNTON of Manchester and District Orienteering Club in a time of 18:11
In the women’s results first place went to Melanie WORTHINGTON of Congleton Harriers in a time of 23:08, this was her 15th PB in 26 parkruns, great running. In second place was Tracey BROWN of South Cheshire Harriers with a time of 23:28 third was Mia DONATHY in a time of 23:30
Juniors
We had 29 juniors taking part in the full 5k event with five first timers to Congleton, well done to Joseph THORNING-JENSEN(JM10), Jacob WILLIAMS(JM11-14), Thomas HOLBURN(JM11-14), Oscar HOLBURN(JM10) & Luke TUNNICLIFFE(JM10).
Twelve celebrated with new fastest times, congratulations to; Matthew FELLBAUM(JM15-17). Jack Lewis FARRALL(JM11-14), Elliot DARMON(JM11-14), Joe STANIER(JM11-14), Matthew DONATHY(JM10), Will BROCK(JM11-14), Sammy WILLCOCK(JM10), Callum WAIN(JM10), Nathan LEE(JM10), Lydia BROWN(JW11-14), Rebecca FAULKNER(JW11-14) and Isabel LEWIS(JW11-14).
Volunteers/Announcements
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, Jack ALLAN, James ANDERTON, John BARBER, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Isobel BENNETT, Graeme BURNS, Rachel CHALONER, Rose CLARKE, Paul M. DOWNING, Steve EVANS, Judy FIELD-ABRAHAMSE, Jason JONES, Gareth JONES, Ian MOORE, Steve RICHARDS
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.
Speaking of t-shirts – parkrun HQ emailed everyone registered regarding progress of t-shirts, Milestone T-shirts are expected to arrive in the UK at the end of June, the fulfilment process will start with those who have reached a milestone but not yet had a t-shirt. Details will be added to your parkrun profile as will the ordering process.
Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin HULL (VM50-54) was graded 83.02% for the time 18:21 (4th overall)
Gareth BRIGGS (VM55-59) was graded 80.65% for the time 17:19 (1st overall)
Russ COOPER (VM55-59) was graded 77.22% for the time 20:25 (15th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,222 different runners, including participants from 246 athletics clubs, have completed 17,418 runs covering a total distance of 87,090 km, and there have been 4,156 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 jointly held by Chris DAVIES & Alex BRECKER who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on 20/04/2013 (event number 17) & 02/05/2015 (event number 125)
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 127 – Run Report

There was a large turnout on parkrunners last Saturday as once again the 200 barrier was broken with 214 people taking part in the three laps of Astbury Mere. Forty three were first time visitors to the Congleton parkrun of which 24 were doing any parkrun for the first time.
With her guess of 216 Michelle MATTHEWS was the closest to the number of runners and so was this week’s Golden Bear winner!
We definitely had some parkrun tourism on show, with Tony and Anne HUGHES from Northbrook AC in Coventry and Gordon PEARSON from Eye Community Runners (Nr Peterborough) and then from slightly further afield was Ben PICKFORD from Singapore Shufflers, clearly the travel clearly wasn’t an issue as he was our fastest runner on the day.
There 48 recorded PBs at the weekend including one for one our recent parkrunners of the month, David ALCOCK with 22:37. Smashing her PB by over a minute was Emma HARVEY with 23:39, well done.
In the men’s results first was Ben PICKFORD of Singapore Shufflers, who finished in 18:11 second was Matthew BASNETT of Mow Cop Runners 18:30 and third was Chris MOSS of Congleton Harriers in a time of 19:04
In the women’s results first place went to Heather CARTER of Sandbach Striders in a time of 20:25. In second place was Emily LOWERY of Macclesfield Harriers & AC with a time of 20:41 third was Rachel HOLLINS of Biddulph RC finishing in a new PB time of 22:36
Juniors
A fantastic 40 junior runners completed the full distance with 13 taking part for the first time, congratulations to: Ruaridh MORGAN (JM11-14), Michael LENNON (JM11-14), Kyle KNOWLES (JM11-14), Oliver LUCKMAN (JM11-14), Luke CALDWELL (JM10), Tasmin BURLEY (JW10), Callum WAIN (JM10), Emily LUCKMAN (JW11-14), Olivia WAIN (JW11-14), Ashton CALDWELL (JM10), Ethan SOAMES (JM10), Charlotte CALDWELL (JW11-14) and Isabel LEWIS (JW11-14).
Thirteen juniors recorded PBs; Willem RUSHTON (JM15-17), Jack ALLAN (JM15-17), Joe STANIER (JM11-14), Jamie JENSEN (JM11-14), Jamie MORETON (JM11-14), Will BROCK (JM11-14), Sammy WILLCOCK (JM10), Theo MCDONNELL (JM10), Phoebe LENNON (JW11-14), Abi STANIER (JW10), Charlotte SMITH (JW11-14), Deema SHANATI (JW10) and Lauryn DE MATAS (JW11-14). Congratulations and well done.
Volunteers/Announcements
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, James ANDERTON, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Graeme BURNS, Nick CARTER, Richard CLARKE, Steve EVANS, Claire HARRISON, Jo HAYTER, Jordan HAYTER, Benjamin HULME, Laura SCOTT-BURNS, David Antony SMITH, 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.
Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Emily LOWERY (JW11-14) was graded 77.20% for the time 20:41 (10th overall)
Russ COOPER (VM55-59) was graded 76.35% for the time 20:39 (9th overall)
Heather CARTER (VW40-44) was graded 76.04% for the time 20:25 (6th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,199 different runners, including participants from 241 athletics clubs, have completed 17,227 runs covering a total distance of 86,135 km, and there have been 4,096 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 jointly held by Chris DAVIES & Alex BRECKER who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on 20/04/2013 (event number 17) & 02/05/2015 (event number 125)
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

 

Volunteers Needed

Over the last few weeks we have been struggling to get enough volunteers to run the event, when asked we get a simple No I do not want to volunteer, ignored or I will have to check my roster.

Park run asks people to volunteer a minimum of 3 times per year to take the event work for that you get 100 points per event. WE understand that volunteering means it is up to each individual and their view of life.

A run at Hampstead Heath was cancelled recently due to a lack of volunteers, this could happen at ours over the summer unless we get some new volunteer coming forward.

Positions needed for the next few weeks:

Saturday 30th May
Now Full

Saturday 6th June
Finish Token Support
Funnel manager

Saturday 13th June
Run Director
Timekeeper
Finish Token Support
Barcode Scanning
Funnel Manager

Saturday 20th June
Run Director
Timekeeper x 2
Finish Tokens
Finish Token Support
Barcode Scanning
Funnel Manager
Tail Runner

Steve

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