Weather is a fair measure on numbers at Parkrun. A nice sunny day can see attendance records rise whilst rain can see the numbers slowly drip away. Despite this, 114 people including 23 first timers still made the decision that running was more favourable than household chores. These brave souls were treated to cool and crisp conditions which no doubt contributed towards the 48 Personal Bests achieved today. This week we had Amy Durrant pushing her 21 month year old in a buggy, Steve Webb running as a slightly-quicker-than-25-minute pacer and two great photographers, Liz O’Keeffe and John ‘Gingersnapper’ Singleton– all photos on our facebook.
This week seemed to attract some of our fastest ladies, both the top three women topped our Age Grading categories and all three got into the Sub 20 category. Hollie Williams was the first girl across the line (3rd Overall) in a speedy time of 18:33, making her the second fastest female of all time at Congleton. Emily Brown was next (7th overall) running 19:00 (third fastest female on record) with Michelle Buckle (9th overall) just 12 seconds behind.
In the men’s placing this week the race was won by Ian Yates in 17:36 on his first appearance. Ian took the lead by the first lap and stayed there comfortably until the end. Rob Hasler finished in second place (his first podium finish), with Jonathon Bowman coming in 4th.
Thanks to all who volunteered today and to all the spectators who came to cheer on friends and family members.
Next week sees our 21st event. To celebrate, Liz O’Keeffe will be bringing a team of physios! For a small donation to The Astbury Mere Trust, you can have a pre / post race massage, great for sorting all those niggles out and preventing injury! What an awesome community you lot are!
Report by Rob Hasler.
Editors note - next time you see Rob run, wish him look, he's getting closer to sub 18 every week!