Why not volunteer the day before a Race

Hi all,

Are you running on the 6th September in Sandback 10K, or Gawsworth 10K on 13th September or Macc 1/2 on 27th September or Congleton 1/2 4th October ??

If so why not rest your legs on the saturday before these events and volunteer at Congleton park run. The volunteer roster shows what positions are available. Drop us an e-mail and earn yourself 100 volunteer points.

You know it makes sense.

Steve

 

EVENT 137 – Run Report

The latest parkrun at Astbury Mere was attended by 225 runners and that was successfully predicted by Lisa McDOWELL, well done Lisa, a virtual Golden Bear for you!
Twenty six people came to Congleton parkrun for the first time including our first male and female finishers and we welcomed Chris GRAY and Hannah GRAY from Farnborough based running club Cove Joggers.
Thirty five people recorded PBs at the weekend, Emma STYNE continued from where she left off last week smashing 52 seconds off last weeks’ time, meaning in the space of three parkruns she’s gone from 28:45 to 27:23 well done Emma. There was also a PB for Sarah RICHARDS after not having one since September last year it was great to see. Well done Sarah.
There were four runners marking t-shirt awarding milestone runs this week, in our junior section Elliott DUBAJIC-HALL and Abi STANIER both recorded their tenth run. Marking her 50th run was Jennifer WEBBER of Mow Cop Runners and Congleton Harrier Ian PRIME completed his 500th kilometre on his 100th parkrun. – Congratulations to all of you.
In the men’s results first and on his first parkrun was Michael VENNARD of Vale Royal AC who finished in 16:03. Second was Andrew WHITTINGHAM of Wilmslow RC in a time of 17:46 and third was Matthew BASNETT of Mow Cop Runners with a time of 18:21.
In the women’s results; First time visitor from Belgrave Harriers was Sarah Jane MURPHY in 18:26, second was Michelle BUCKLE of Newcastle (Staffs) AC in 19:48 and third in a new PB time was Macclesfield Harriers junior runner Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14) in 19:54.
Juniors
There were 37 juniors on Saturday completing the full course, with three making their debut, great runs from new comers – Ebony WINDSOR (JW11-14), Harry BUTLER (JM10) and Amy BUCKLE (JW11-14).
Eight PBs were recorded by our junior runners, congratulations to; – Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14), Louisa WHITTINGHAM (JW15-17), Sophia THORNING-JENSEN (JW11-14), Alex NUTTY (JM11-14), Lucas DARLINGTON (JM10), Sam WORTHINGTON (JM11-14), Harrison PEARCE (JM11-14) and Luca HODGSON (JM10) - Great running.
Volunteers/Announcements
Many thanks for all the volunteers for their efforts for putting on the event, A large round of applause to; Jonathan BEAUMONT, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Joshua BRIDGES, Louise BRIDGES, Nick CARTER, Lucy LEE, Gary MULLINS, Thomas MULLINS, James PERRY, Pippa PRICE, Gavin REYNOLDS and Steve RICHARDS
The future roster has a quite a few gaps in August 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!
Stats Corner
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Michael VENNARD (SM18-19) was graded 82.14% for the time 16:03 (1st overall)
Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14) was graded 81.83% for the time 19:54 (13th overall)
Sarah Jane MURPHY (VW35-39) was graded 81.65% for the time 18:26 (4th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,475 different runners, including participants from 258 athletics clubs, have completed 19,281 runs covering a total distance of 96,405 km, and there have been 4,505 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/

Paul Birdsall

 

EVENT 136 – Run Report

A very successful parkrun this week brought to you by Mow Cop Runners; they even arranged pretty good weather for the 220 people that took part which meant with a guess of 216 Michelle MATTHEWS won the golden bear.
We had 38 newcomers to Congleton parkrun this week including 16 brand new members of the parkrun family. We had Collette and Roger POLAND visiting from Springwell RC Northern Ireland, we hope you enjoyed your trip.
A magnificent 47 people recorded PBs at the weekend, well done to Paul SPARE who celebrated his 50th parkrun by getting under 21 minutes with 20:55, and to Emma STYNE who took a full 30 seconds off her previous best with 28:15
As well as Paul celebrating a milestone, we also had Rachel GREEN marking her 50th parkrun and two juniors reaching their 10 parkrun landmark, well done to Joe STANIER and Thomas FARRALL.
In the men’s results first and on his 99th parkrun was Mark INCE from Birmingham Running & Triathlon Club finished in 16:46. Second was Robert HASLER of Macclesfield Harriers & AC in a time of 18:00 and third was Peter HOPLEY with a new PB of 18:06..
In the women’s results; For second week running first place went to Heather CARTER of Sandbach Striders in 20:19, second was Daisy PICKLES of Macclesfield Harriers in a new PB time of 21:00 and third also with a new PB was Biddulph RC runner Carol BIRD in 21:18.
Juniors
There were 35 juniors on Saturday completing the full course, with eight making their debut, great runs from new comers – Toby PICKUP (JM15-17), Zack BOBROWSKI (JM11-14), Harry BEHRENS (JM10), Sophia THORNING-JENSEN (JW11-14), Jack BEHRENS (JM11-14), Grace HUMPHREYS (JW10), Lucas DARLINGTON (JM10) and Josh LEWIS (JM11-14)
A big 10 PBs were to be found amongst our younger runners, congratulations to; – Tom ELKINS (JM15-17), Kyle KNOWLES (JM11-14), Kos PARFITT (JM10), Jacob HUMPHREYS (JM10), Joseph THORNING-JENSEN (JM10), Sam NUTTY (JM10), Thomas FARRALL (JM10), Alex TRPESKI (JM10), Josh PETTENGELL (JM11-14) and Freya GOODFELLOW (JW11-14) - Great running.
Volunteers/Announcements
Many thanks for all the volunteers for their efforts for putting on the event, A large round of applause to; Maria BAILEY, Kirsty-Jane BIRCH, Paul BIRDSALL, Hannah BLEACKLEY, Amanda BLEACKLEY, Russ COOPER, Gail HILL, Dianne LAPWORTH, Jane MARTIN, Nigel MOULT, Geoff PETTENGELL, Sarah J PLATT, Philip POINTON, Steve RICHARDS, Stephen WEBB and Jennifer WEBBER
The future roster looks a very bare in August 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!
A reminder about running with dogs at parkrun the official advice from parkrun is; - Only 1 dog per runner and we ask that at all times your dogs are under firm control, kept on a short lead or harness, and that you take extreme care to avoid tripping other runners

Stats Corner
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Carol BIRD (VW50-54) was graded 81.77% for the time 21:18 (26th overall)
Paul SPARE (VM65-69) was graded 81.67% for the time 20:55 (19th overall)
Mark INCE (VM40-44) was graded 81.41% for the time 16:46 (1st overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,475 different runners, including participants from 257 athletics clubs, have completed 19,056 runs covering a total distance of 95,280 km, and there have been 4,470 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/

Paul Birdsall

 

Event 134 – Run Report

We had guesses of 201 and of 199 but someone said “exactly 200” and that someone was Craig ROBERTS so well done on winning this week’s virtual golden bear.
With numbers like that, it’s easy to do the maths and realise that’s another 1,000km added to the Astbury Mere total, which means in the next 6 or 7 weeks we will reach 100,000km for Congleton park run which is approximately 2.5 times around the circumference of the Earth.
Twenty six people made ran at Congleton for the first time and 13 of those were brand new to parkrun. Thirty one runners went home with new PBs to their name, including one for David SMITH in 23:51 and one for Rachel CHALONER who finished in 100th place in 26:21. Well done everyone.
In the men’s results first was Ryan HOLROYD the Staffordshire Moorlands AC runner, finished in a time of 16:03, second was Tom HENDRICKEN of City of Stoke AC in a time of 17:34 and third was James AINSWORTH the Vale Royal AC runner finished in a time of 17:43.
In the women’s results; first place went to Lucy HOLT of City of Stoke AC in 18:53, second was Sophia BIRD who finished in 21:18 and third was Carol BIRD of Biddulph RC in 21:30
Juniors
There were 31 juniors on Saturday completing the full course, with five making their debut, great runs from new comers – Nathan WILLIAMS (JM15-17), Jacob HUMPHREYS (JM10), Matty THOMPSON (JM11-14), Ed BROWNE (JM10) and Sean CURGENVEN (JM11-14).
Four celebrated with new fastest times, congratulations to; Ruaridh MORGAN (JM11-14), Jack STAFFORD (JM11-14), Sophie ANDREWS (JW10) and Michael WOOD (JM10) – Great running
Volunteers
Many thanks for all the volunteers for their efforts for putting on the event, A large round of applause to; David ALCOCK, Alex ASHCROFT, Lynsey ASTLES, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Graeme BURNS, Nick CARTER, Lydia DRUMM, Steve EVANS, Jordan HAYTER, Jo HAYTER, Ray O'KEEFE, Steve RICHARDS, Jennifer WEBBER and Tracy YATES.
The future roster looks a very bare in July and August 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!
Stats Corner
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin HULL (VM50-54) was graded 84.24% for the time 18:05 (6th overall)
Carol BIRD (VW50-54) was graded 81.01% for the time 21:30 (32nd overall)
Ryan HOLROYD (SM20-24) was graded 80.37% for the time 16:03 (1st overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,417 different runners, including participants from 257 athletics clubs, have completed 18,628 runs covering a total distance of 93,140 km, and there have been 4,388 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/

Paul Birdsall

 

Event 133 – Run Report

Maybe because we’re entering peak holiday season, or maybe some were holding back for the fantastic Astbury Mere marathon relay later that day, there was less than 200 runners this week, 186 to be precise which meant Nige WRIGHT won the Golden Bear for his guess of 187, double celebration as he went on to run a new PB time of 23:48 – Well done.
That was one of thirty PBs set on the day, Chris BANT was another one with new PB to his name finishing in 25:12 and Athenais HILL also went home with a new fastest time in 24:46.
There was also 30 fresh faces to Congleton parkrun this week, with visitor Diana BAIRD from Peterborough club Bushfield Joggers and Lorraine PARSONS and Simon PARSONS from Spa Striders in Leamington Spa. These were 2 of 17 different clubs represented on the day.
In the men’s results first was Robert HASLER the Macclesfield Harriers & AC runner, finished in a new PB time of 17:42, second was Neil TAPP in a time of 18:12 and third was Darren WASHINGTON the City of Stoke AC runner finished in a time of 18:45.
In the women’s results; first place went to Tracey BROWN of South Cheshire Harriers in 22:36, second was Karen MURPHY the Biddulph RC runner finished in 23:35 and third was Kate HEATHCOCK in 23:43
Two local runners reached the parkrun 50 milestone this week, congratulations go to Andy BILLINGSLEY and Hannah BLEACKLEY on reaching this mark. Special mention to Andy who is a regular at Congleton and has over a 100 volunteer credits to his name and fully embodies the parkrun spirit.
Juniors
There were 24 juniors on Saturday completing the full course, with three making their debut, great runs from new comers - Tom ELKINS (JM11-14), Neve MASSEY (JW10) & Sophie ANDREWS (JW10)
Seven celebrated with new fastest times, congratulations to; Finn STRATFORD (JM11-14), Oliver LUCKMAN (JM11-14), Joseph THORNING-JENSEN (JM10), Jamie MORETON (JM11-14), Elliott DUBAJIC-HALL (JM11-14), Joseph WRIGHT (JM10) and Emily LUCKMAN (JW11-14) – Great running.
This coming Saturday, as with all first Saturday’s of the month, Congleton Harriers will be on hand to run, pace, support and encourage our junior runners. Come and see them at their flag at 08:45 or if you’re any age and interested in running for a club then come and say hello and find out more.

Volunteers
Many thanks for all the volunteers for their efforts for putting on the event, A large round of applause to; Ruth BEACH, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Rachel CHALONER, Steve EVANS, Quinton HAYTER, Jo HAYTER, Jordan HAYTER, Rose HOBAN, John Bernard MOONEY, Brian MOORE, Steve RICHARDS
The future roster looks a very bare in 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!
Stats Corner
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Bill BOYNTON (VM70-74) was graded 80.73% for the time 22:24 (25th overall)
Tony TAYLOR (VW50-54) was graded 77.84% for the time 19:06 (6th overall)
Darren WASHINGTON (VM45-49) was graded 77.42% for the time 18:45 (3rd overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,392 different runners, including participants from 257 athletics clubs, have completed 18,428 runs covering a total distance of 92,140 km, and there have been 4,357 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/

Paul Birdsall

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