Event 101- Run Report

183 people took part in the 101st running of the Congleton parkrun at Astbury Mere on Saturday.

After heavy rain the night before the paths were a little damp in places but the sun shone and in good conditions 26 people recorded their best times so far.

19 athletes were taking part at Congleton for the first time, including Morten URUP from Denmark thanks for visiting! There are 7 parkrun locations in Denmark to choose from should any of us find ourselves in Denmark on a Saturday morning.

Twelve different clubs were represented on Saturday including local club Sandbach Striders they sent an impressive 24 runners, this weekend they surpassed 1,000 runs at Congleton starting the morning on 988 the 12th Strider through the finish funnel was Rachel GREEN. Well done to the club for that achievement and well done to two other Striders, Janet BURGESS and Ian CUSSONS for their respective PBs

In the results the first man home was Jason BURGESS from Staffordshire Moorlands in a time of 17:10 followed by James NOAKES of Macclesfield Harriers in 17:22 and third also from Macclesfield Harriers was Robert HASLER in 18:13.

In the top three women finishers, female course record holder Olivia WALWYN was first. The City of Norwich AC athlete finished in a time of 18:36. Heather CARTER of Sandbach Striders was second in 19:55. Third place and setting a new PB was Lauren ROBINSON from Macclesfield Harriers in a time of 21:16.

The facebook Congleton parkrun ‘Golden Bear’ guess the number of runners competition was won by Gavin BROOKES with his guess of 180 – well done.

Among the twenty six new personal bests that were recorded, a well done to Mel WORTHINGTON on taking 36 seconds off her previous best and finishing in 24:42 and to Jonathan WRIGHT for dipping under 20 minutes for the first time finishing in 19:40 – great effort.

Juniors

There were more impressive displays from 16 juniors at the weekend, a very warm welcome and well done to Finley and Charlotte for taking part for their first time.

Mia DONATHY set her 5th PB in a row with her time of 23:26, Ten seconds ahead of her and third woman overall!! was Lauren ROBINSON.

James VAUGHN was visiting Congleton parkrun for the first time representing Worcester Tri Club Juniors and finished 15th overall in 19:46

After recently doing some volunteering as 25 minute pacer, Jack ALLAN was free of his Hi-Viz and zoomed round taking an amazing 1min 25 off his PB finishing 29th overall in 21:39. A great performance by all of you.

Volunteers

A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 12 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!

Milestones

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!

Stats Corner

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Bryan CASEY (Unattached) 3572 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 2807 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2776 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 4033 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3836 pts.
Kate HEATHCOCK (Unattached) 3474 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
James NOAKES (VM45-49) was graded 83.59% for the time 17:22 (2nd overall)
James VAUGHN (JM10) was graded 79.85% for the time 19:46 (15th overall)
Olivia WALWYN (SW30-34) was graded 79.66% for the time 18:36 (6th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,591 different runners, including participants from 207 athletics clubs, have completed 12,947 runs covering a total distance of 64,735 km, and there have been 3,198 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.

Paul Birdsall

 

Century Up at Congleton – Event 100

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.
Juniors
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.
Volunteers
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!
Milestones
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!

Stats Corner

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.

Paul Birdsall

 

Record holders return – Event 99

The last Congleton parkrun in double digits took place on Saturday and both male and female course record holders returned to Astbury mere and finished first and second overall.
Chris DAVIES of Telford AC finished in a time of 17:40, Allen BUNYAN of Macclesfield Harriers was second male 18:47 and David MORRIS of South Cheshire Harriers was third in 18:51.
Olivia WALWYN of City of Norwich AC finished in 18:24 followed by Amanda DAVIES of Telford AC in a new PB time of 18:58 and third was Sharon JOHNSTONE of Wilmslow RC in 19:40.
These 6 were joined by 171 other runners which means the highly coveted Golden Bear award is shared this week between Sarah RICHARDS (176) and Gavin BROOKES (178).
34 runners were celebrating with new PB times – well done to all of them. Special mention to Laura JELF who went under 26 minutes for the first time finishing in 25:40 and to Kevin STONE who dipped under 27 minutes taking 29 seconds off his previous best time finishing in 26:57.
Fourteen different clubs were represented and 25 runners were taking part at Congleton for the first time including Graham TRACEY who finished 18th overall in a time of 21:25 representing Vegetarian Cycling & AC – Well done Graham.
Juniors
It was great to see 10 juniors out on Saturday and four of them excelled themselves with new personal bests a big well done to Ella KENNERLEY who took an impressive 50 seconds off her previous best time, Mia DONATHY who went under 24 minutes for the first time with her 23:43. Isaac BROOKES with a fantastic 27:17 and Thea GARFIELD going under 29 minutes for the first time with her 28:55
Volunteers
A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 15 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!
Milestones
The 15th November will be the 100th Congleton parkrun, if you’re lucky enough to have a 10, 50 or 100 t-shirt please wear it and turn up early so we can arrange/herd you in to the number 100 for a photo
## Also for this week only – please wear a run number pinned to your top – more details will follow ##
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!

Stats Corner

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bryan CASEY (Unattached) 3398 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2707 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 2651 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 4033 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3688 pts.
Kate HEATHCOCK (Unattached) 3292 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Amanda DAVIES (VW40-44) was graded 82.34% for the time 18:58 (5th overall)
Olivia WALWYN (SW30-34) was graded 78.03% for the time 18:24 (2nd overall)
Chris DAVIES (VM35-39) was graded 76.13% for the time 17:40 (1st 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

Paul Birdsall

 

Extra Events over the Christmas/New Year Period ??

Are you interested in running or volunteering on Christmas Day and or New Year's Day ?

We are thinking about running an event on these days, 09:00 Christmas and 10:00 New Year's Day but as a number of the core team are not available we would need support to run the event, and of course runners. So if you are interested let us know over the next week or so.

Steve

 

EVENT 98 REPORT

parkrun the next generation

A new month began at Astbury Mere with the 98th running of the Congleton parkrun and this week’s report looks to the future by celebrating the junior runners.
157 runners took part on Saturday and 14 of them were under 18 – Three of them recorded PBs, well done to Ethan OLLIER, Mia DONATHY and Isaac BROOKES. Ryan MOSS completed his first parkrun – His mum said afterwards “He has only ever ran the 1st lap before but decided to step it up to the full 3 today. The encouragement that you get at Park Run is fantastic!!” Thank you Jackie and a massive well done to Ryan.
If you scroll to the bottom of Congleton parkrun results page, there is a ‘Thank the volunteers’ section, this week that includes Jack ALLAN,(JM11-14) Jack was volunteering as 25 minute pacer on Saturday and finished 44th overall – I’m sure there was a lot of people who appreciated being able to follow you round – well done.
Twelve months ago Mia DONATHY attended her first parkrun and finished in around 27 minutes inspired to run quicker than her Auntie in the US. This Saturday she finished with her new PB of 24:09 to finish 38th overall and 2nd female. – Wonderful running Mia.
The grown-ups had a go as well on Saturday and in the women’s results Jennifer SZCZEPANIAK SLOANE was first taking 23 seconds off her previous best finishing in 23:11. Second was Mia DONATHY worth saying again! Third place was our very own Congleton Harrier – Maria JENSEN in 24:18 – well done Maria.
In the men’s results – Pete MALLISON came back and did exactly what he did 2 weeks ago and came first, this time the South Cheshire Harrier was 2 seconds quicker finishing in 17:54, after last week’s first, Darren WASHINGTON from City of Stoke AC was second in 18:33 and finishing third with a new personal best was Julian BROWN of Macclesfield Harriers in 19:13.
Volunteers
The parkrun wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers many of whom are regular parkrunners, so if you turn up every Saturday and haven’t volunteered yet this year, why not give one those Saturday’s up in return for helping and encouraging your fellow parkrunners – it’s easy to do and makes you feel great!
Milestones
The 15th November will be the 100th Congleton parkrun, if you’re lucky enough to have a 10, 50 or 100 t-shirt please wear it and turn up early so we can arrange/herd you in to the number 100 for a photo.
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!

Stats Corner

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Bryan CASEY (Unattached) 3311 pts.
Frank MANNING (Biddulph RC) 2707 pts.
David BETTELEY (South Cheshire Harriers) 2591 pts.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Michelle Louise MATTHEWS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3940 pts.
Jackie Anne MOSS (Congleton Harriers & AC) 3617 pts.
Kate HEATHCOCK (Unattached) 3200 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Dennis FRAIN (VM65-69) was graded 82.30% for the time 21:11 (15th overall)
Pete MALLISON (WM40-44) was graded 78.03% for the time 17:54 (1st overall)
Darren WASHINGTON (VM45-49) was graded 77.63% for the time 18:33 (2nd overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 2,522 different runners, including participants from 203 athletics clubs, have completed 12,404 runs covering a total distance of 62,020 km, and there have been 3,084 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

Paul Birdsall

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