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
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
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.
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/