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
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.
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.
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/