As I got in the car the temperature gauge read -2.0 and armed with the knowledge that later that afternoon it would be the fourth race in the North Staffs Cross Country League, it was going to be interesting to see how many parkrunners there would be, at 08:45 I think there was still more volunteers than runners but by the time the briefing was underway 105 people were there to listen to it.
105 people meant the Facebook Golden Bear Award this week went to Derek LUCAS for his guess of 119.
Eight people were choosing these conditions to take part for the first time at Astbury Mere and a fantastic 22 people recorded personal best times. Despite what I said last week Wez COCKAYNE did go quicker again, a lot quicker in fact and now has 24:32 as his target to beat. Michelle MEADOWS also continued her good run of form finishing in a new best time of 31:04. As did Emma HARVEY who first took part in event 100 has now taken over 2 minutes off her time and finished under 28 minutes in 27:56 – well done everyone.
In the men’s placings first was Andrew WHITTINGHAM of Wilmslow RC who finished in a time of 18:07, second in a new personal best was Martin GALLACHER in 18:17 and third was Darren VARLEY finishing with a time of 19:02.
In the women’s results the first place went to Sarah ROBERTS of Pensby Runners finishing in 19:26.Heather CARTER was second, the Sandbach Strider finished in 20:36 and third was Macclesfield Harrier Barbara MURRAY with a time of 23:47. Great running.
Twelve different clubs were represented this weekend and there was another strong showing from Sandbach Striders sending 12 runners, well done to Denis CULLOTY, Chris HOLDEN, Alice BOBER and Rachel COLLETT all of whom now have shiny new PBs to their name.
There were just four juniors this week, so well done to Nathan LEE and William TREWEEKS. Congleton Harrier Maria JENSEN was responsible for the other two, her boys Jamie and Seb took part for the first time and finished with great times of 26:16 and 30:50 respectively – well done!
A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 14 volunteers that made the parkrun happen this week. I thought the photographer was very good!
We are very short of volunteers over the next few weeks so if you haven’t volunteered yet this year – then now is the time to give something back and get your name down! No volunteers – No parkrun!
Nathan LEE took part in his tenth parkrun as a junior and is now eligible for his much deserved t-shirt – Well done Nathan.
On the 20th December we will be 2 years old! We will mark the occasion with fancy dress – so get raiding the back of your closets! Theme is festive and there is promise/rumour of cakes!
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bryan CASEY (Unattached) 3822 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 3046 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2857 pts.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 4214 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3962 pts.
Kate HEATHCOCK (Unattached) 3667 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Andrew WHITTINGHAM (VM45-49) was graded 78.29% for the time 18:07 (1st overall)
Barbara MURRAY (VW55-59) was graded 77.15% for the time 23:47 (27th overall)
Sarah ROBERTS (SW30-34) was graded 76.67% for the time 19:26 (7th overall)
Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,636 different runners, including participants from 208 athletics clubs, have completed 13,335 runs covering a total distance of 66,675 km, and there have been 3,286 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