Congleton parkrun # 90 – 06/09/2014 Run Report

The powers-that-be at Congleton parkrun recently asked local running clubs to take over the volunteering roles at parkrun for a day. Sandbach Striders were happy to support the fantastic job the Congleton team do week-in week-out in staging such a professional and enjoyable event.
So it was that the 187 runners who arrived at Congleton parkrun number 90 were greeted by the sight of the Sandbach Striders flag next to the parkrun flag both flapping gently in the early morning breeze. Nearby was also the Congleton Harriers flag to symbolise the meeting point of the junior Harriers training run.
After a short pre-run briefing by run director Tony the runners assumed their positions on the starting line and were quickly off around the three lap course.
Less than 17 minutes later Big Stu Doyle from Vale Royal AC crossed the finish line to record his seventh victory in seven starts in an impressive time of 16:43. He was closely followed by Marc Hartley of Staffordshire Moorlands, himself a previous winner on three occasions in 16:58, narrowly pipping club mate debutante Gareth Briggs to the line.
The first female runner was Kelly Marchant also from Staffordshire Moorlands who recorded her second first place finishing in 19:23. She was closely followed by Cheadle RC runner Sharleen Hollinshead, herself a previous winner, who finished in 19:38. Nichola Hodson also making her debut at the mere was third in a time of 21:44.
Special mention must also go to Barry Blyth of Macclesfield Harriers who recorded an excellent age grade of 82.07%
Out of the 185 finishers 21 made their debut, these included visitors from as far afield as Royton Road Runners and Chigwell and Epping Forest Orienteering Club.

The keen-eyed amongst you might have noticed that earlier I mentioned there were 187 runners arriving at the parkrun, but there were only 185 finishers. This was a result of one runner suffering a fall and having to be taken to receive medical assistance. Fortunately the fantastic NHS staff at Leighton Hospital A&E worked their magic and the runner was discharged shortly after fit to run again another day. The injured runner and his wife hope to return to Congleton in the very near future to finish the course.

Mik Escolme


Event 59 – Reverse Revolution Continues

Another great event this weekend at Congleton Parkrun. Thanks to James Anderton (who stepped up as Run Director at the last minute), Amanda & Hannah Bleakley, Shaun Conway, Jo & Jordy Hayter, Paul Downing, Steve Richards, Jessica Smith and Buxton Free 5k organisrers Sheila and Jim Bradley who all made this weeks event possible.
***Run Report***

Despite a miserable forecast, and the Alsager 5 taking place the next day, we had a respectable turnout of 117 runners. Carl Platt of Trentham RC, was first over the line in 17:25 followed by Darren Washinton of City of Stoke AC.
Helen Thompstone was the first lady to finish in 21:46 but young
Louisa Whittingham of Macclesfield Harriers was soon to follow. Anna Mondan who came all the way from Lincoln and District Runners, was third (22nd overall) over the line in 22:24.
The mens placings competition is hotting up already, with Snowdonia Marathon TV star David Betteley leading the wat by 81 points at South Cheshire Harriers) 678 pts.
Hot on their heels are local lads Bryan Casey on 597 pts & Stephen Webb of Belle Vue Racers (559 pts). The women's placings are even closer with Jackie Anne Moss on 681 pts Michelle Louise Matthews less than 20 behind on 664 pts and local volunteer, Doris Adam on 620 pts. Currently, none of these lady’s are members of local running clubs but Doris is in negotiations to join Congleton Harriers.
More important than crossing the line first and heading the points tables, however, is enjoying the run, weather you use it as a training run, a health boost, a dose of fresh air, a social run with friends, a healthy kick start to the weekend or a PB attempt, everyone who takes part is a winner. There is one competition that we do take seriously though, The Golden Bear competition – on facebook, just guess how many finishers we will have, closest guess wins. This weeks winner was Shaun Conway, well done Shaun, your precious Golden Bear is at the end of a rainbow somewhere. Shaun is also going to be our newest race reporter on 22nd Feb, be sure to email us at if you have a story.
This week there were 117 runners, of whom 10 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.
Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 1,563 different runners, including participants from 132 athletics clubs, have completed 6,711 runs covering a total distance of 33,555 km, and there have been 1,848 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is still held by cross country & fell running international Olivia Walwyn who ran in a time of 00:16:58 almost a year ago. She has been back but has not yet broken her record. The men's record is still held by Chris Davies who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on last April. The new route is deemed by many to be a bit faster than the anti-clockwise route, hopefully these records will fall as numbers start to steadily increase.

***Local Events***
Biddulph are organizing The Knype Pool Race – a cracking race with a great mug as a memento – all for a great cause. I’m told this is a cracking local race.
Wincle Trout – this will sell out soon and is well over half full. Finishers get a free trout and it’s a great day out Summer at the Wincle Village Fete.
Cloud 9 – this race is also now OVER HALF FULL with less than a month to go. The famously cheap ‘less than a tenner’ entry fee includes soup & roll, banana, hot drinks but runners will have to pay a modest fee for the crafty cakes on the cake stall. If you think Congleton Harriers are competitive in races, you should see their baking! If you don’t fancy running but want to be part of this great event by volunteering, please email
Buxton Pavillion FREE Monthy 5k – today’s funnel manager and timekeeper were Sheila & Jim Bradley who organize a monthly alternative to Parkrun. It’s a similar principle, a free 5k in a park (the spectacular Buxton Pavillion Gardens) organized by volunteers. Barcodes are not necessary as it is not a Parkrun event – more details can be found here…

Congleton Parkrun remains the a regular event for Congleton Harriers Juniors. All young runners are welcome to take part and can do as all 3 laps or less. Leading the juniors this week were Chris Moss and club chairman Pate Newham. After completing the run, they had to do even more running, to search for their new feather banner which had been blown into the car park by the wind. If you are interested in Harriers Juniors, please visit Congleton Harriers Facebook page.

*** Route Update***
Runners are getting used to the new clockwise route, many think it’s faster. Here are a few reminders to runners to help our event run smoothly
Please DO keep to THE RIGHT (lake side of path) to allow faster runners to pass.
Please DON'T go through the finish funnel more than once, please don't go through unless you have done the full course.
Please DO be patient and thank volunteers - they do their job quickly and efficiently and will get soaked while you enjoy your run.
Please DO consider parking at Nobano car park- closer to the new start.
Please DO bring your barcode - if it is not laminated, keep it in a bag / wallet or something to keep it dry.
Please DO email us to volunteer in March
Please DON'T expect other users of the path to move out of the way. We enjoy use of the park but have no priority over dogs, walkers, anglers, cyclists or runners coming the other way.
Please DO enjoy your run - if you don't, you will get a full refund of your entry fee AND a free entry for next weeks run!
Our runners have been nothing but FANTASTIC recently, we are fully rostered up until 22nd February and other events are filling up nicely. If you would like to be our race reporter of photographer (we have not had photos for ages), please email us – it’s quite a rewarding task. On 15th February Macc Harriers E Group will be volunteering en masse. Many thanks to Neil Gunn for organizing this. If you would like to help us out at any future event, please email us at :-)

That’s all for this week, see you next weekend!
PS - this just in from Rob Hasler- a Parkrun finder for Android phones...


Congleton Parkrain

Thanks to all volunteers for braving that cold rain and sleet.
A number of runners passed through the finish funnel twice but we think we have resolved the results issues - if not please email us (email below, please don't facebook us :-)).
Well done to all 138 runners - Olivia Walwyn (did you know she is an international competitor?) returned to The Mere and crossed the line first but didn't quite beat her own record.
Big up to Dave Betteley celebrated his 50th today by pacing his clubmate Sarah Wilson to a new PB (50th Parkrun that is, his birthday was months ago).
Congratulations also to Lauren Robinson of Macc Harriers who celebrated her 10th Parkrun today with a nice sub 24 PB! watch out Olivia Walwyn, these youngsters are getting quicker
Well done to Karen Goodwin for winning the prestigious Golden Bear with her guess of 139 runners!
A big thank you to all runners who volunteered for future events - we're almost full for next week (a photographer would be great) but still recruiting for future events - please email us on (you may use lower case). Today we experimented with photographing barcodes to recruit volunteers (OK, I forgot my pen) - we may try this again in future as it's much quicker . We will be giving a Northen Running Guide (running planner / diary, race directory and min running mag) to all volunteers next week and to those who sign up to help out at future events. We will gladly give one to anyone who has volunteered recently too.
Don't forget that Congleton Harriers Juniors section is now up and running
*** Some pleas for next week ***
* Please park at Nobanno where possible (those who do tell me it's a great warm up) please DON'T park on the streets as we want to keep our lovely neighbours happy .
* Please DON'T run through the finish funnel more than once. Timing is the most important volunteer duty in terms of getting the results twice and they don't have time to check if you have already finished.
* A reminder to accompany under 11s if they run - this is a regulation we have to adhere to company means keep them within sight at all times, which gives you a great excuse when the finish before you.
Next week will be our 57th event, tell your friends. We're cheaper than SlimWatchers, less crowded than a gym, the coffee is great and if you're a man who likes to wear tights, no-one notices (don't tell my wife!).
Tony Taylor is Run Director next week - email us if you want us to give a local race / charity event a plug


Event number 55 4th January 2014

This week there were 116 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.

Men's placings:
Scott James WILSON (SM25-29) of Macclesfield Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 17:59 - third time in 11 appearances.
Richard STEVENS (SM35-39) of Ambleside AC, was second over the line in 18:17.
Matthew TAYLOR (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:31.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Andy BILLINGSLEY (Congleton Harriers & AC) 348 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 341 pts.
James ANDERTON (Sweatshop) 300 pts.

Women's placings:
Kate RITCHIE (SW30-34) of Knutsford Tri Club, was first (18th overall) over the line in 22:26 - first time in 2 appearances.
Barbara Elizabeth DUNN (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (31st overall) over the line in 23:55.
Cathy ATHERTON (VW35-39) of South Cheshire Harriers, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 24:00.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Doris ADAM (Unattached) 354 pts.
Kathryn PICKUP (Unattached) 335 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Unattached) 327 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Chris MEIR (VM45-49) was graded 75.44% for the time 18:56 (5th overall).
Barbara Elizabeth DUNN (VW55-59) was graded 74.70% for the time 23:55 (31st overall).
Richard STEVENS (SM35-39) was graded 74.11% for the time 18:17 (second overall).


Event Number 54 – New Years Day

On what was a mainly dry windy NEW YEARS day at Astbury mere 70 runners turned up to start the new year in style. 9 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Men's placings:
David BETTELEY (VM40-44) of South Cheshire Harriers, was first over the line in 18:13 - first time in 45 appearances.
Andy YOUNG (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 19:18.
Paul GARNETT (VM50-54) of Wilmslow RC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:27.

Women's placings:
Sharon JOHNSTONE (VW40-44) of Wilmslow RC, was first (second overall) over the line in 19:07 - 7th time in 10 appearances.
Liz TURTON (VW55-59) of Stockport Harriers & AC, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 22:58.
Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (47th overall) over the line in 26:42.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Sharon JOHNSTONE (VW40-44) was graded 80.03% for the time 19:07 (second overall).
Liz TURTON (VW55-59) was graded 78.81% for the time 22:58 (22nd overall).
David BETTELEY (VM40-44) was graded 77.22% for the time 18:13 (first overall).

Congratulations to all runners and hope to see you all soon.

Special mention to Andy Young who travelled up from Birmingham to run at Congleton at 09:00 in 19.18 and then drove to Hanely and ran an impressive 20:08 an hour later.

Thanks to all the volunteers.


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