So we came to the fourth parkrun in 10 days but no complaints of fixture congestion here, more a case of funnel congestion as 210 people turned up to the first Saturday parkrun of the year.
Thirty people tackling the loops of the pond for the first time of which 24 were genuine first time parkrunners, great way to start your year and keep coming back and run with us, volunteer with us and set quicker times with us, make new friends and enjoy all that running and community based events can offer.
In the men’s results. first was Roger GRAND of Staffordshire Moorlands AC who finished in 18:03, In second place with a new PB time of 18:27 was Neil TAPP and third was Toby MILLER from local club Boalloy RC in 18:35.
In the women’s results the first place went to Amanda TRIVETT of Stockport Harriers & AC finishing in 23:52. There was virtual podium finishes for two Sandbach Striders in a very close finish for second and third, with Johanna BULLEY in second just 3 seconds ahead of club mate Rachel GREEN in 24:15 & 24:18 respectively. Both Sandbach Striders claiming PBs – well done.
There was yet more success for Carolyn CHARLESWORTH with a magnificent 7th PB in a row and now sub 25 must be the next target!
There was an excellent young contingent on Saturday with 27 runners recorded in the junior categories (that’s age 10 to 17 in case you were wondering) a third of which were taking part for the first time, so a big well done goes to….. Kate OAKLEY, Ciara BERRAGAN, Alex BELL, Amelie PEPPER, Holly WHITESIDE, Sophie WHITESIDE, Abi COPE, Hannah COPE and Sophie DUCKMANTON.
Well done to George ALDINGTON for his massive PB of 28:51 and first time under 30 minutes and to James NEWHAM the Congleton Harrier reached his 10 parkrun milestone.
Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,723 different runners, including participants from 214 athletics clubs, have completed 13,969 runs covering a total distance of 69,845 km, and there have been 3,370 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