196 people took part in the 100th running of the Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere on Saturday. 183 runners and 18 volunteers made this milestone memorable and now move on towards the next 100.
In good conditions and with excellent marshalling the pre-run photo shoot went very smoothly with plenty of 10,50 and 100 parkrun shirts on display and the 100 ‘race number’ pinned to the front of tops to mark the occasion.
A big well done to everyone who made it happen, not just on the Saturday, but all the build-up beforehand.
In the results the first man home was David BETTELEY from South Cheshire Harriers in a time of 17:32 followed by first timer at Congleton Nick MARKLEY of Manchester Frontrunners in 17:59 and third from Lymm Runners was Paul BAGAN in 18:16 a new personal best, well done Paul.
There was a hat-trick of personal bests in the top three women finishers, first was Angela MARKLEY of Stainland Lions RC in 19:38, very close behind was Heather CARTER of Sandbach Striders in 19:46. Third, from South Cheshire Harriers was Marie ATKINSON in a time of 22:02 – Congratulations all three of you and your new best times.
The other winner was Chris DEAKIN not only was finishing in the top 40, he also had closest guess on the facebook Congleton parkrun ‘Golden Bear’ guess the number of runners competition.
A staggering 54 runners recorded new PBs which is a great performance – special mention to Maria JENSEN who went under 24 minutes and beat her previous best by 48 seconds finishing in 23:25.
Twenty different clubs were represented and 25 runners were taking part at Congleton for the first time including Gill BAINBRIDGE, Amy CHEETHAM and Emma HARVEY from Civvy Street Boot Camp.
There was another great turnout from our junior runners with 10% of the field under 18. Two for the first time and seven recorded new personal bests, congratulations to; Robbie, Mia, Jamie, Emily, Isobel, Edith and Nancy. A big thank you to Jack ALLAN for his role as 25 minute pacer. Well done to Thea GARFIELD who completed her 10th run and now qualifies for a parkrun t-shirt.
A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 18 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) 3498 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2776 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 2751 pts.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 4033 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3766 pts.
Kate HEATHCOCK (Unattached) 3383 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ann-Marie JONES (VW60-64) was graded 86.16% for the time 22:31 (38th overall)
David BETTELEY (VM45-49) was graded 80.89% for the time 17:32 (1st overall)
Heather CARTER (VW40-44) was graded 77.82% for the time 19:46 (14th overall)
Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,547 different runners, including participants from 205 athletics clubs, have completed 12,581 runs covering a total distance of 62,905 km, and there have been 3,118 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
ps – if you’re wondering how 183 + 18 = 196; that’s because 5 volunteers also took part in the run and well done for reading this far down.