Event 104 – Run Report

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.

Juniors
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!

Volunteers

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!

Milestones
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!
Stats Corner
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

Paul Birdsall

 

Event 103 – Run Report

It was a cold crisp morning that greeted our parkrunners this week with some frozen patches on the paths and tarmac to negotiate but with little to no wind, conditions were good for 3 laps of Astbury Mere.
129 people turned up for the event, 15 for the first time, a couple of weeks ago we had a visitor from Denmark, this week we moved outside the EU and welcomed Jo Eve from New Zealand, thanks for dropping by Jo and taking parkrun tourism to a new level. There are 8 events in New Zealand if any of us would like to try a Southern hemisphere parkrun.
Maybe it was the cold conditions and the thought of the quicker I run, the quicker I can get back in the warm, but whatever the reason 27 people finished in their quickest time so far. Some notable performances from Carolyn CHARLESWORTH recording her 5th PB in a row, in just 9 recorded runs her times have dropped from 28:58 to 25:14 on Saturday – Well done Carolyn.
John BARBER last had a PB in event #49 but he was perseverance personified and it paid off this weekend finishing 48th overall in 24:52 – great effort John.
Wez Cockayne was a first timer last week, but clearly enjoyed the experience and came back and ran 50 seconds quicker in 25:25. Well done Wez – please note we can’t guarantee PBs every week!
In the men’s placings first was Allen BUNYAN the Macclesfield Harrier in a time of 18:52, second was Tom ARMSTRONG of Vale Royal AC in 19:06 and it was another Macclesfield Harrier taking 3rd spot Callum AHERN in his first appearance finishing in 19:20.
In the women’s results the top three were just 10 seconds apart; Karen MURPHY of Biddulph RC headed the list finishing in 24:20. Rachel GREEN set a new PB, coming second; the Sandbach Strider finished in 24:22 and third was Jen HARE in 24:30.
Thirteen different clubs were represented with some new faces from Les Croupiers RC, the Cardiff based club provided two Congleton first timers Kevin JONES and Michelle RIVETT who between them have over 320 parkruns. From the other side of the country Paula HENDERSON was representing Middlesbrough AC.
Well done to Mark PILLING for picking up the virtual Golden Bear prize this week with his Facebook guess of 131 just 2 away from perfection!
Juniors
14 juniors took part and there were some great performances including five new PBs. As mentioned last week the first Saturday of each month Congleton Harriers are on hand to support and assist our younger runners. Senior Harrier Craig HEWITT did a great job pacing Jamie MOSS to a new PB of 21:23 and Sarah RICHARDS did the same for Nancy CUBBON helping her to a new PB of 33:59. There was also PBs for Thea GARFIELD, Emily ASHCROFT and Isobel ASHCROFT well done everyone.

Volunteers

A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 16 volunteers that made the parkrun happen this week.
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!

Milestones
Congratulations to Richard THRAVES on his 50th parkrun, usually running at Wythenshawe parkrun his half century was reached at Congleton.
Mary CHADWICK also joined the 50 club on Saturday; Mary has visited 24 parkruns and pulled out a PB to mark this landmark. Great effort.
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!
Stats Corner
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bryan CASEY (Unattached) 3735 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 2954 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2776 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) 3567 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Tony TAYLOR (VM50-54) was graded 75.71% for the time 19:29 (4th overall)
Brian MACFADYEN (VM55-59) was graded 74.14% for the time 21:16 (13th overall)
Allen BUNYAN (JM15-17) was graded 73.76% for the time 18:52 (1st overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,628 different runners, including participants from 208 athletics clubs, have completed 13,230 runs covering a total distance of 66,150 km, and there have been 3,263 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

Paul Birdsall

 

Christmas Day

You will be pleased to hear we are running an event on Christmas day 09:00 start as usual.

Please use the Nobanno car park.

To enable as many people to run as possible if you have family members who are coming with you to watch would you ask them to volunteer to allow others to run.

Steve

 

2 Year Anniversary

Our 2 year anniversary is on Saturday 20th December, come and join us for a memorable Saturday morning run around Astbury Mere.

Fancy Dress is optional

 

Event 102 – Run Report

Bailey keeps out in front
No sooner was black Friday over there was another lightning Sale that caught everybody’s attention. James Bailey of Sale Harriers, Manchester finished first in 15:36 just 16 seconds outside the course record, in only his fourth parkrun and first time at Astbury Mere.
Along with James 153 others people took part in the 102nd running of the Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere on Saturday. This means the facebook Congleton parkrun ‘Golden Bear’ guess the number of runners competition was won by Helen Clark with her guess of 156 – well done Helen!
James was one of 22 first timers at Congleton parkrun including our first female finisher Anne JOHNSON of Stainland Lions RC we hope you all enjoyed the experience and you keep coming back.
The top three men were James BAILEY of Sale Harriers, Manchester in 15:36, second was James AINSWORTH of Vale Royal in 17:57 and third was Macclesfield Harrier Robert HASLER finishing in 18:14. Well done to James on his new PB and breaking through 18 minutes.
Anne JOHNSON of Stainland Lions RC was the first lady of Congleton finishing in a time of 19:46 followed closely by Heather CARTER of Sandbach Striders in 19:55 and third was Lauren ROBINSON of Macclesfield Harriers in 21:20.
Thirty eight people would have been very happy to get their results and confirmation of new PBs. Robert RABY dipping under 22 minutes for the first time in 21:56 and Rose CLARKE with her second PB in as many weeks finishing in 31:11. Well done to both of you and the other 36 great effort and a very good way to start your weekend.
Sixteen different running clubs were represented on Saturday and it was good to see 9 local Congleton Harriers take part especially, Phil DAWSON and Paul STEEL both making their parkrun debuts and posting very respectable times of 23:29 and 21:03 respectively.

Juniors
The first Saturday of every month the Congleton Harriers are on hand to help, encourage and pace juniors wanting to take part. Meet them at their flag at 08:45 and they will be happy to help and for non-juniors it’s a good opportunity to find out a bit more about the club and what they do so come along!
Sixteen juniors took part and half of them were either in the JM10 or JW10 category – The future is bright!
There were new PBs for Robbie PEAL, Stephanie MOSS and Ben LANE and Samuel, Alfie, William and Thomas all took part for the first time. Fantastic achievement.

Volunteers

A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 14 volunteers that made the parkrun happen this week and as always we are looking for more 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!

Milestones
The 50 club welcomed two new members on Saturday; Katie TAYLOR reached the 50 landmark and Kevin STONE was celebrating with a new PB, his sixth in a row and first time under 26 minutes in 25:55, great running Kevin and Katie
On the 13th December we will be 2 years old! We will mark the occasion with fancy dress – so get raiding the back of your closets!
Stats Corner
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bryan CASEY (Unattached) 3655 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 2873 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2776 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 4118 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3912 pts.
Kate HEATHCOCK (Unattached) 3567 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Anne JOHNSON (VW45-49) was graded 83.81% for the time 19:46 (9th overall)
James BAILEY (SM30-34) was graded 83.12% for the time 15:36 (1st overall)
Heather CARTER (VW40-44) was graded 77.24% for the time 19:55 (11th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,613 different runners, including participants from 207 athletics clubs, have completed 13,101 runs covering a total distance of 65,505 km, and there have been 3,236 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

Paul Birdsall

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