The attendance record was reset on Saturday as 242 parkrunners turned up for the 130 running of the Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere. This made Melanie ROBINSON this week’s Golden Bear winner with her guess of 238 being the closest.
Congleton had forty new comers this week including visitors from including John POTTER from Ivanhoe Runners in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Russell GEORGE from Market Drayton Running Club, if you fancy doubling your parkrun distance, then check out Market Drayton 10k event in 2016, already over 60% full.
After 19 Macclesfield Harriers made their debut the week before, only one came back this week, but hats off to Andy DEVINE for doing so and getting a new PB for his efforts. Andy and 53 others were celebrating new PBs including Shaun CONWAY who ran a brilliant 22:12 and for Claire HARRISON the South Cheshire Harrier smashed her previous best and got under 23 minutes to finish 5th woman overall in 22:39
In the men’s results first was William KESTEVEN of Crewe & Nantwich AC, who finished in a new PB time of 18:03, second was Robert HASLER from Macclesfield Harriers who finished in a time of 18:11 and third was Allen BUNYAN also a Macclesfield Harrier in a time of 19:04
Macclesfield Harriers fared well in the women’s results too; first place went to Lauren ROBINSON finished in a PB time of 20:09, in second place on her first parkrun was Sophia BIRD with a time of 20:44 third was Macclesfield Harrier Stephanie MOSS in a time of 20:50
We had a very high number of juniors this week, 45 in fact, with 12 making their debut at Congleton, well done to Sophia BIRD (JW15-17), Daniel LLOYD (JM11-14), Matthew KESTEVEN (JM10), Jacob HILL (JM11-14), Lucas HILL (JM10), Luke MOULTON (JM10), Oliver LE-GALLEZ (JM10), Samuel MCDOWELL (JM10), Sophie DODSON (JW11-14), Caitlin TORNEY (JW11-14), Lexie TORNEY (JW10) & Luke HUMPHRIES (JM11-14).
Fifteen celebrated with new fastest times, congratulations to; William KESTEVEN (JM11-14), Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14), Elliot DARMON (JM11-14), Jack FARRALL (JM11-14), Stephanie MOSS (JW11-14), Michael LENNON (JM11-14), Archie VARLEY (JM10), Molly PHEASEY (JW11-14), Callum HUMPHRIES (JM11-14), Harrison PEARCE (JM11-14), Charlotte SMITH (JW11-14), Molly CAWTHORN (JW15-17), Meera SHANATI (JW11-14), Abi COPE (JW10) & Joseph REYNOLDS (JM10).
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible; David ALCOCK, James ANDERTON, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Paul BIRDSALL, Colin BODIMEADE, Graeme BURNS, Denis CULLOTY, Steve EVANS, Cameron FERN, Rose HOBAN, Paul HOBAN, Steve RICHARDS, Eve ROBERTS, Rebecca THORLEY
The future roster looks a bit bare towards end of June and July as we hit holiday season, so if you always turn up and expect to run, why not volunteer instead and give something back!
Do it enough times and you’ll qualify for a t-shirt!
Congratulations to Louise BICKLEY on reaching her 50th parkrun – Well done Louise!
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14) was graded 80.81% for the time 20:09 (10th overall)
Carol BIRD (VW50-54) was graded 79.77% for the time 21:50 (28th overall)
William KESTEVEN (JM11-14) was graded 78.58% for the time 18:03 (1st overall)
Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,310 different runners, including participants from 254 athletics clubs, have completed 17,876 runs covering a total distance of 89,380 km, and there have been 4,247 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 jointly held by Chris DAVIES & Alex BRECKER who ran in a time of 00:15:20 on 20/04/2013 (event number 17) & 02/05/2015 (event number 125)
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/