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.

When I look at the league tables there are a lot of runners who have run over 15 events since the anniversary run in December, but have not volunteered, it was the same last year and the year before. Check the league table to see how many times you have volunteered since December.

Positions needed for the next few weeks:

Saturday 23rd May
Now Full

Saturday 30th May
Now Full

Saturday 6th June
Finish Token Support
Funnel manager

Saturday 13th June
Run Director
Timekeeper x 2
Finish Tokens
Finish Token Support
Barcode Scanning x 2
Funnel Manager

Steve

 

EVENT 126 – Run Report

The 126th Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere saw 143 athletes take part with a hint of drizzle in the air and under grey skies. Twenty-two runners joined us for the first time and there was 31 PBs recorded on the day including one for Matt FIELD on his second parkrun finishing in 26:43 and for Sandbach Strider Claire DALTON who broke the 30 minute barrier finishing in 29:50. Well done Matt and Claire and to the 29 others – great running.
Sandbach Striders were one of 15 different running clubs being represented on the day, there was 6 runners from local club Boalloy RC and if you like running round the lake so much that a ‘mere’ 3 laps isn’t enough, then check out their Marathon relay event on 27th June.
In the men’s results first was Allen BUNYAN of Macclesfield Harriers & AC, who finished in 18:36 second was James BELLAMY finishing in a new PB of 18:47 and third was Neil TAPP in a time of 18:53
In the women’s results first place went to Naomi TAPP on her second parkrun and first time at Congleton finished in a time of 21:48. In second place was Carol BIRD of Biddulph RC completing her first parkrun with a time of 22:00 third was Harriet PICKUP of Boalloy RC finishing in 22:38
Juniors
24 juniors took part this week with 9 new faces which was great to see, congratulations to Ben DALTON (JM10), Phoebe LENNON (JW11-14), Luella REVILL (JW15-17), Charlotte SMITH (JW11-14), Luca HODGSON (JM10), Helena CRESSWELL (JW11-14), Charlotte STANLEY (JW11-14), Rebecca FAULKNER (JW11-14) and Olivia BENNETT (JW10) who all took part for the first time.
Five juniors recorded PBs Callum HEATHCOTE of Congleton Harriers (JM11-14), Joe STANIER (JM11-14), Isobel ASHCROFT (JW10), Joseph WRIGHT (JM10) and Kati DE MATAS (JW15-17), Well done all of you.
Volunteers/Announcements
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, Gill BAINBRIDGE, Lindsay BEESTON, Helen BELFIELD, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Joanne BOULTON, Rachel CHALONER, Paul M. DOWNING, Steve EVANS, Rose HOBAN, Benjamin HULME, Jayne RAWLINSON, Jennifer WEBBER, Ann WRIGHT
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:
Carol BIRD (VW50-54) was graded 79.17% for the time 22:00 (23rd overall)
Tony TAYLOR (VM50-54) was graded 76.11% for the time 19:32 (4th overall)
Liz TURTON (VW55-59) was graded 76.04% for the time 24:08 (43rd overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,156 different runners, including participants from 239 athletics clubs, have completed 17,013 runs covering a total distance of 85,065 km, and there have been 4,049 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 125 – Run Report

201 fellow parkrunners were able to say “I was there” when the Congleton parkrun record was equalled by Alex Brecker on Saturday in only his second parkrun and first visit to Congleton, Alex zipped round in 15:20. It was a great exhibition of fast running and a real pleasure to see and according to parkrun website it was the 5th fastest parkrun of the weekend. It’s still 2:43 off the 5k world record but of course on that day Kenenisa Bekele forgot his barcode.
Alex was one of 25 first time visitors to Astbury Mere with 22 taking part in their first ever parkrun we hope you enjoyed the experience and will keep coming back and join the parkrun community. 49 of our finishers celebrated new fastest times, including Rachel TRPESKI finishing in 25:35 a great run and just 2 weeks after completing the Manchester marathon. Richard CLARKE will have also been pleased to break through the 25 minute barrier with his new PB of 24:59. Congratulation Rachel & Richard and the 47 other personal record breakers.
In the men’s results first was Alex BRECKER of City of Stoke AC, who finished in 15:20; second was Steven BAZELL also of City of Stoke AC finishing in 18:10 and third in a new PB time of 18:13 was Mow Cop runner Matthew BASNETT.
In the women’s results first place went to Heather CARTER of Sandbach Striders in a time of 20:03. In second place was Harriet PICKUP of Boalloy RC with a time of 22:15 third was Tracey BROWN of South Cheshire Harriers finishing in 23:03
Juniors
24 juniors took part this week with 9 new faces which was great to see, congratulations to Callum HEATHCOTE (JM11-14), Joe STANIER (JM11-14), Theo MCDONNELL (JM10), Ethan TAYLOR (JM10), Abi STANIER (JW10), Lydia BROWN (JW11-14), Abi BROWN (JW10), Izzy COOPER (JW15-17) and Lola MCDONNELL (JW10) who all took part for the first time.
Seven juniors recorded PBs Thomas FARRALL (JM10), Will BROCK (JM11-14), Edith MUNRO (JW10), Kati DE MATAS (JW15-17), Dalya SHANATI (JW11-14), Eleanor NEWMAN (JW10), Deema SHANATI (JW10). - Well done all of you.
Volunteers/Announcements
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Hannah BLEACKLEY, Amanda BLEACKLEY, Bryan CASEY, Steve EVANS, Francis GILCHRIST, Alice LUTHER, Rachael PERRIN, Steve RICHARDS, Ben SMITH, Rachel Judith WARDLE and Jennifer WEBBER
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.
Three milestones were reached this weekend, two South Cheshire Harriers, Terry BARKER and Adrian GUINANE both reached their half century.
Terry COPPENHALL from Sandbach Striders notched up his 100th parkrun – A great achievement by all three of you – well done
Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Alex BRECKER (SM20-24) was graded 84.46% for the time 15:20 (1st overall)
Barry BLYTH (VM65-69) was graded 79.98% for the time 19:36 (23rd overall)
Heather CARTER (VW40-44) was graded 77.31% for the time 21:27 (13th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,134 different runners, including participants from 239 athletics clubs, have completed 16,870 runs covering a total distance of 84,350 km, and there have been 4,018 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/

Pail Birdsall

 

Event 123 – Run Report

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
Juniors
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).

Volunteers/Announcements
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.
Stats Corner

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/

Paul Birdsall

 

EVENT 122 – Run Report

After a spell of unseasonably warm weather in the week, it was a bit of a shock when Saturday morning came and the gauge said 4 degrees, but it didn’t’ deter 147 parkrunners or 15 volunteers from taking part in the 122nd Congleton parkun.
16 were visiting Congleton for the first time and 11 of those for their first parkrun ever! We hope you enjoyed your experience.
A fantastic percentage of runners recorded PBs this weekend, must have been those cool conditions! Among the 39 celebrating was Nigel POOLE again, he’s gone from 24:55 7 weeks ago to 24:03, can’t be far off breaking that 24 barrier now. Gill BAINBRIDGE also put in a great performance finishing in a new best time in 33:07.
In the men’s results. First was James BAILEY the Sale Harriers (Manchester) runner finished in 15:53 second was William NEILL from City of Stoke AC finishing in a new PB time of 15:57 and third in a time of 16:44 was another Stoke AC runner, Sebastian DUFFY.
In the women’s results the first place went to Lucy HOLT of City of Stoke AC in a PB time of 18:23. In second place was Sarah ROBERTS of Pensby Runners with a PB equalling time of 19:19 and third with a new PB was Katie LATHAM of South Cheshire Harriers finishing in 19:52
It was a strong performance by all 4 City of Stoke runners, taking positions 2, 3 & 4 in the mens event and Lucy taking top spot in the womens.
They were one of twenty different clubs being represented on Saturday, including Matt GUILDER and Matt HALL from Shrewsbury who finished an impressive 6th & 7th overall. Well done
Juniors
Nine juniors took part this week with Vale Royal’s Harper WHITEHEAD (JM11-14), making his parkrun debut and finished 13th overall in a time of 19:01 – great running. There was also a PB for Elliott DUBAJIC-HALL (JM11-14), well done Elliott

Volunteers/Announcements

A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, James ANDERTON, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Sarah Joanne BULL, Graeme BURNS, Steve EVANS, Jordan HAYTER, Jo HAYTER, Kate HEATHCOCK, Ewan HOLTON, Eve ROBERTS, Geoff SANDERS, Amanda TRIVETT, Tom WALKER, Melanie WORTHINGTON
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.
This week sees the Congleton Harriers takeover the running of the event, the club will have a number of volunteers present including a couple of pacers, so if you’re chasing that elusive time, look out for them at the briefing.
Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
James BAILEY (SM30-34) was graded 81.64% for the time 15:53 (1st overall)
Lucy HOLT (SW18-19) was graded 81.41% for the time 18:23 (8th overall)
William NEILL (SM20-24) was graded 80.88% for the time 15:57 (2nd overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,053 different runners, including participants from 238 athletics clubs, have completed 16,302 runs covering a total distance of 81,510 km, and there have been 3,884 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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