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

 

Event 130 – Run Report

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
Juniors
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).
Volunteers/Announcements
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!
Stats Corner

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/

Paul Birdsall

 

EVENT 129 – Run Report

The 200 barrier was broken for the eighth time on Saturday as 216 runners took part which meant the Golden Bear award for closest guess was Paul Downing with his guess of 213.
This large number was in no small part to Macclesfield Harriers who brought 34 runners including 19 first time visitors who were ‘graduating’ from their couch to 5k program. Congratulations to all of them, hopefully a start of a long running (sorry) relationship with parkrun.
Macclesfield Harriers were one of 21 different running clubs being represented including visitor Damian FOSTER from Morpeth Harriers in Northumberland.
Thirty seven runners ran their fastest time so far including Paul DIXON on his 48th parkrun with a time of 22:40. Stephanie JARDINE will have also been celebrating with her new parkrun PB of 31:45 a nice way to bring up her 10th parkrun.
In the men’s results first was Ben LIGHT of Buxton & District AC, who finished in 17:51 second was another Buxton & District AC runner, Jake FEARN in his first trip to Congleton finished in a time of 18:11 and third was Chris DAWSON of Salford Harriers and AC in a new PB time of 18:20
In the women’s results first place for second week running went to a Congleton Harrier, Jo MOSS finished in a time of 21:04, In second place was Sarah STOCKMAN of Macclesfield Harriers & AC with a time of 21:37 third was Hattie RIGBY of Boalloy RC in a time of 21:38
Juniors
We had 27 juniors taking part in the full 5k event with seven first timers to Congleton, well done to Sam AMEY (JM15-17), Ben AMEY (JM15-17), Ben COLLETT (JM11-14), Joseph SLY (JM15-17), Molly CAWTHORN (JW15-17), Ottilie SUTCH (JW10) and Kim SUTCH (JM10)
Five celebrated with new fastest times, congratulations to; Hattie RIGBY (JW11-14), Clarissa RIGBY (JW10), Isobel ASHCROFT (JW10), Alex BROCK (JM10) and Ethan TAYLOR (JM10)
This Saturday, and every first Saturday of the month, Congleton Harriers are on hand at parkrun to encourage, support and develop junior runners, if you are interested please come and meet under the Congleton Harriers flag at 08:45.
Volunteers/Announcements
Please have the courtesy to listen to the race directors brief and remain quiet for those few moments, last week we gave away £10,000 to a lucky winner, but unfortunately they were talking and didn’t hear their name called out*
A huge thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible, James ANDERTON, Isobel BENNETT, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Paul BIRDSALL, Graeme BURNS, Heather CARTER, Nick CARTER, Denis CULLOTY, Dawn DEVINE, Steve EVANS, Cameron FERN, David HAYTON, Elizabeth O'KEEFFE, Steve RICHARDS, David Antony SMITH and Stella STILWELL
Please consider being part of the fabulous volunteer family and make yourself known to one of the volunteers one weekend and they will roster you in. Do it enough times and you’ll qualify for a t-shirt. Future weeks are quite sparse as we head into holiday season – so please do your bit!
* that may not have happened, but you get the point, please be quiet at the brief!
Congratulations to Nigel POOLE on reaching his 50th parkrun achieved in just over a year, he’s had 14 PBs on his way to his 50th parkrun, and has taken his time from 28 minutes down to 22:53 – Well done Nigel.
Stats Corner

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul LIGHT (VM55-59) was graded 78.41% for the time 19:46 (8th overall)
Ann HARRIS (VW60-64) was graded 78.20% for the time 25:55 (91st overall)
Clarissa RIGBY (JW10) was graded 76.81% for the time 22:51 (46th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,270 different runners, including participants from 252 athletics clubs, have completed 17,634 runs covering a total distance of 88,170 km, and there have been 4,193 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/

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