183 people took part in the 101st running of the Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere on Saturday.
After heavy rain the night before the paths were a little damp in places but the sun shone and in good conditions 26 people recorded their best times so far.
19 athletes were taking part at Congleton for the first time, including Morten URUP from Denmark thanks for visiting! There are 7 parkrun locations in Denmark to choose from should any of us find ourselves in Denmark on a Saturday morning.
Twelve different clubs were represented on Saturday including local club Sandbach Striders they sent an impressive 24 runners, this weekend they surpassed 1,000 runs at Congleton starting the morning on 988 the 12th Strider through the finish funnel was Rachel GREEN. Well done to the club for that achievement and well done to two other Striders, Janet BURGESS and Ian CUSSONS for their respective PBs
In the results the first man home was Jason BURGESS from Staffordshire Moorlands in a time of 17:10 followed by James NOAKES of Macclesfield Harriers in 17:22 and third also from Macclesfield Harriers was Robert HASLER in 18:13.
In the top three women finishers, female course record holder Olivia WALWYN was first. The City of Norwich AC athlete finished in a time of 18:36. Heather CARTER of Sandbach Striders was second in 19:55. Third place and setting a new PB was Lauren ROBINSON from Macclesfield Harriers in a time of 21:16.
The facebook Congleton parkrun ‘Golden Bear’ guess the number of runners competition was won by Gavin BROOKES with his guess of 180 – well done.
Among the twenty six new personal bests that were recorded, a well done to Mel WORTHINGTON on taking 36 seconds off her previous best and finishing in 24:42 and to Jonathan WRIGHT for dipping under 20 minutes for the first time finishing in 19:40 – great effort.
There were more impressive displays from 16 juniors at the weekend, a very warm welcome and well done to Finley and Charlotte for taking part for their first time.
Mia DONATHY set her 5th PB in a row with her time of 23:26, Ten seconds ahead of her and third woman overall!! was Lauren ROBINSON.
James VAUGHN was visiting Congleton parkrun for the first time representing Worcester Tri Club Juniors and finished 15th overall in 19:46
After recently doing some volunteering as 25 minute pacer, Jack ALLAN was free of his Hi-Viz and zoomed round taking an amazing 1min 25 off his PB finishing 29th overall in 21:39. A great performance by all of you.
A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 12 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!
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!
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bryan CASEY (Unattached) 3572 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 2807 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2776 pts.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 4033 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3836 pts.
Kate HEATHCOCK (Unattached) 3474 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
James NOAKES (VM45-49) was graded 83.59% for the time 17:22 (2nd overall)
James VAUGHN (JM10) was graded 79.85% for the time 19:46 (15th overall)
Olivia WALWYN (SW30-34) was graded 79.66% for the time 18:36 (6th overall)
Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,591 different runners, including participants from 207 athletics clubs, have completed 12,947 runs covering a total distance of 64,735 km, and there have been 3,198 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.