Event 185 – Congleton – The perfect parkrun?

Over the last few months I have really embraced my parkrun tourism bug and headed far and wide from Coventry. So today my 6am start (Well a runner needs a breakfast!) led me up the M6 to Congleton.
A check of the Congleton parkrun website and Facebook page before I left gain me the postcode for my SatNav and the indication that I could / should park at Nobanno restaurant. Arriving early I was the only car – not always the most promising of sights, but the website said walk clockwise around the lake to the start so I followed!
Checking with a few dog walkers on the way and was told in the most friendly way not to worry I was very early as it started at 9 and I couldn't fail to miss all the brightly coloured runners. So I kept on walking.
I arrived as the set-up was being finished off and hiviz tabards and lanyards were being given out to the volunteers that make my weekly timed runs a real highlight. A quick chat to the RD and I offered to write a run report for the news section of the website as I have done for the last few runs I have visited.
I am not sure if the Sandbach Strider was an official pacer but seeing his laminated 25 card getting pinned onto his back at the start gave me a target – A sub 25 has been my aim since Easter – maybe this was to be my run especially as the website says the 3 lap course is flat on hard core and tarmac and should be suitable for fast times...
Walking down to the start as always at tourist events I was unsure where to start – I haven't got my regular targets or finish time markers and judging how fast someone might be by looking at them – is never very accurate. So I took the pragmatic approach – 25 minutes is slightly ahead of the middle so I positioned myself accordingly.
The usual prerun briefing was supplemented with a filmed, 'Get well Geordie' for a regular volunteer who wasn't able to be there today. Touches like this make you realise how the people you meet and interact with at parkrun become part of your weekend and you miss them when they aren't there. So if you read this Geordie, 'I hope you get well soon, and return to Congleton parkrun as they are missing you.'
After that a quick 3...2...1... and the usual beeps of Garmins signalled the start of the weekly run.
From the off the 25 minute pacer standing at the side was quickly away – I was going to need to hunt him down to be near my dream time. Giving myself ½ mile to safely work my way through the field I slowly clawed him back in sight.
By the end of the first lap I had just over taken him... 8:04 spot on 25 minute pace (Good work pacer, but could I maintain it?). Laps are never my favourite but a huge advantage of a 25minute runner on a fastish 3 lap course is the first finisher will be close to crossing the line just as you start. So the desire not to be lapped kicks in. Hearing, 'Go on Coventry!' from the finish funnel and token marshals I knew that at least entering lap 3 I hadn't been lapped – today could still be my day.
Whoever wrote that the course was fast and flat wasn't lying! Over the whole 5km my total ascent was 10m! And after the initial bunching had spread out the only tight spot was around a gate but by this point the 200 runners had spread nicely.
The course around the lake was beautiful in the cool gloomy summer morning perfect for going for a time, but my focus at this point was on the path or my pace, it was only on my cool down I realised what great views across the lake the route offers.
As the Sandy Bear came into view I knew my time was more than possible – two runners panted passed me as I strode on up the cheeky little undulation towards the finish. I had paced myself well – or that is my excuse for not having a sprint finish left in me and being pipped on the line.
After a few moments to gather my breath back and slow down my heart rate I glanced down at my watch... The figures I longed to see shown back at me... but even though it is on my watch until I get that parkrun text later it doesn't count!
I must take this moment in my report to thank all those parkrun heroes, those volunteers that make these weekly events across the country possible. In particular I would like to thank: - Andrew COTTON • Andrew KIRK • Andy BILLINGSLEY • Ben LAXTON • Graeme BURNS • James ANDERTON • Karen Jane LOVATT • Karen MACKINTOSH • Kaya PEAKE • Peter John RUSHTON • Rose CLARKE • Stephen MCLEAN • Steve EVANS who all made this weeks Congleton parkrun possible. I am sorry I couldn't thank all / probably any of you as I was running but I had to keep on breathing!
Without people sacrificing their runs occasionally parkrun can't happen so if you fancy giving any of the roles a go contact congletonhelpers@parkrun.com who will gladly add you to the roster.
As always a full list of all the results is on the park run website. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/congleton/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=185
Sitting now at the services part the down the M6 drinking a Costa writing this report, confirmation text on my phone, results clear on my Athlete page – I have finally done it. But does it count if it isn't at my home parkrun?
Many thanks for making me so welcome at you picturesque parkrun.
Happy parkrunning

Daniel - Coventry

 

EVENT 145 – Run Report

142 runners took part in the latest parkrun held at Astbury Mere which meant yours truly went away with the golden bear after guessing, 153 – what do you mean -fix?
Twenty people tried Congleton parkrun for the first time including nine lovely people completely new to parkrun and twenty different running clubs were being represented. The following sentence is brought to you by the letter ‘R’. We had first time visitors from Red Rose Road Runners and Runnymede Runners!
Cool, clear conditions and a smaller field made for some great performances and 32 of you claimed new PBs including Rebecca FOSTER and Peter RUSHTON well done both of you and everybody else – great running.
Big congratulations to Bill YALE (VM70-74) who ran his 100th parkrun on Saturday – top effort.
In the men’s results Nicholas HACKETT was first, the South Cheshire Harriers runner finished in 17:47. Second place Buxton & District AC runner Jason BRUNNOCK in 17:54 and Allen BUNYAN of Macclesfield Harriers & AC was third in 18:49.
In the women’s results first place and eighth overall in a new PB time of 20:54 was Jo MOSS of Congleton Harriers, Harriet PICKUP of Boalloy was second in 21:42 and Jo LAWRENCE was third on just her second parkrun in 22:37.

Juniors
Fifteen juniors took part this week of which three were first timers, well done to George SANKEY (JM11-14), Ben LAWRENCE (JM11-14) and Sebastian JENSEN (JM10)
Six new PBs for Josh BRINDLEY (JM11-14),Jamie JENSEN (JM11-14), Rebecca FOSTER (JW10), Jerold STEVENSON (JM15-17), Ted HUBBARD (JM11-14) and Edith MUNRO (JW10) – Well done.
Volunteers/Announcements
Many thanks for all the volunteers for their efforts for putting on the event, A large round of applause to; Sarah Joanne BULL, Graeme BURNS, Nick CARTER, Colin DAVIS, Steve DUNN, Steve EVANS, Paul FORRESTER, Quinton HAYTER, Jordan HAYTER, Jo HAYTER, Krystyna MEREDITH, Jonathan OAKLEY, Louise POOLE, Richard STUDZINSKI
We are always looking for volunteers 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:
Tony HULME (VM65-69) was graded 76.50% for the time 22:33 (17th overall)
Jo MOSS (VW40-44) was graded 75.28% for the time 20:54 (8th overall)
Nicholas HACKETT (VM35-39) was graded 74.60% for the time 17:47 (1st overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,683 different runners, including participants from 274 athletics clubs, have completed 20,565 runs covering a total distance of 102,825km, and there have been 4,780 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 144 – Run Report

Sometimes you don’t feel like a run went well but you still do a good time and sometimes you don’t predict anywhere close to the number of runners but you still end up winning the golden bear – so despite being 16 out Geoff SANDERS was closest with 152
In among the 136 runners that did take part we had 19 new visitors to Astbury Mere and 8 brand new members of the parkrun family.
Twenty one new PBs were recorded on the day including one for Jamie MOYNIHAN in 18:52 and recording her fourth in a row Rachel CHALONER in 25:32. But possibly my favourite PB of the morning went to Luke TUNNICLIFFE (JM10) on just his second parkrun he took over 3 minutes off his previous time finishing in 40:23 – Brilliant stuff.
In the men’s results Stuart FISHER was first through the funnel the Newcastle (Staffs) AC runner finished in 17:23. Second place South Cheshire Harrier Nicholas HACKETT in 17:59 and Lee HUGHES of Lymm Runners was third in 18:14.
In the women’s results Wilmslow RC runner Sharon JOHNSTONE was first in 18:57, in second place was Sandbach Strider Heather CARTER in 20:47 and first time visitor to Congleton parkrun Sally KAILL was third in 22:50.
Juniors
Sixteen juniors took part this week of which four were first timers, well done to Toby COLLEY (JM10), Nathan MANLEY (JM11-14), Daniel MAIN (JM11-14) and Ted HUBBARD (JM11-14).
Two new PBs for Alex O'REILLY (JM10) and Luke TUNNICLIFFE (JM10) - great running from everyone.
Volunteers/Announcements
Many thanks for all the volunteers for their efforts for putting on the event, A large round of applause to; James ANDERTON, Gill BAINBRIDGE, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Graeme BURNS, Steve EVANS, Claire HARRISON, Emma HARVEY, Quinton HAYTER, Jordan HAYTER, Kate HEATHCOCK, Steve RICHARDS, Amy SELBY, David Antony SMITH, Carol UPTON, Kevin WORTHINGTON, Eve WORTHINGTON
We are always looking for volunteers 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:
Mick FAIRS (VM65-69) was graded 81.87% for the time 20:52 (16th overall)
Sharon JOHNSTONE (VW40-44) was graded 81.79% for the time 18:57 (8th overall)
Lee HUGHES (VM40-44) was graded 74.86% for the time 18:14 (3rd overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,662 different runners, including participants from 272 athletics clubs, have completed 20,423 runs covering a total distance of 102,115km, and there have been 4,748 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 143 – Run Report

Two people predicted there would be 185 runners at parkrun this week, but getting her guess in 9 minutes earlier than Richard STUDZINSKI the Golden Bear goes to Mandy RAWLINSON who not only displayed Nostradamus like powers then went on to run her best ever time at a parkrun, well done Mandy.
Nineteen people visited Astbury Mere for the first time including Mike JORDAN from Bournemouth AC, and 10 of the 19 were doing a parkrun for the very first time, we hope you enjoyed it and will keep on coming back.
Thirty four new PBs were set on Saturday, Steve EVANS who has just about done every role at parkrun possible ran a fantastic 21:03 and not far behind taking 38 seconds off her previous best was Boalloy’s Harriet PICKUP, great running everyone.
In the men’s results James BAILEY was first, the Sale Harrier finished in 16:27, second was first time visitor Christopher GIDLOW in 16:52 and third was Wolverhampton & Bilston AC runner Gareth BRIGGS who finished in 17:09.
In the women’s results just 30 seconds separated the top three; first was Lauren ROBINSON of Macclesfield Harriers in 20:10, another Macclesfield Harrier was second, Louisa WHITTINGHAM in 20:34 and Sharleen HOLLINSHEAD of Cheadle RC was third in 20:40

Juniors
Nineteen juniors took part this week with Owen HESLOP (JM10) and Jake TONKS (JM11-14) making their debut at parkrun – well done both of you.
Three new PBs for Joe STANIER (JM11-14), Rebecca FOSTER (JW10) and Isobel ASHCROFT (JW10) - great running from everyone.
Volunteers/Announcements
Many thanks for all the volunteers for their efforts for putting on the event, A large round of applause to; James ANDERTON, Andy BILLINGSLEY, Graeme BURNS, Rose CLARKE, Richard CLARKE, Joanne DARLINGTON, Steve EVANS, Derek LUCAS, Louise POOLE, Sarah RICHARDS, Steve RICHARDS, Steve WEBB, John WHITEHEAD
We are always looking for volunteers 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:
Gareth BRIGGS (VM40-44) was graded 81.44% for the time 17:09 (3rd overall)
Andrew WHITTINGHAM (VM45-49) was graded 79.57% for the time 17:57 (6th overall)
Lauren ROBINSON (JW11-14) was graded 79.17% for the time 20:10 (19th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,643 different runners, including participants from 272 athletics clubs, have completed 20,287 runs covering a total distance of 101,435km, and there have been 4,727 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 138 – Run Report

For the first time in 4 weeks there was less than 200 parkrunners at Astbury Mere, 168 did turn up which made Rachael JACKSON the golden bear winner this week with her guess of 157
Twenty eight first timers ran the 3 laps of the pond including 12 very first timers, well done to them, we welcomed visitors from Thetford AC in the form of Cameron and Aiden TRY, from Yaxley Runners & Joggers (Peterborough) we said hello to Sue HARLOW and from London we met Simon WILSON from Mornington Chasers – we hope you enjoyed your visit and will return one day.
Did we have any PBs this week, we most certainly did, 39 in fact, 2 Vale Royal runners were celebrating. Chris GRIFFITHS finished in a new PB time of 24:57 and Eileen GRIFFITHS set a new best mark of 30:34 well done both of you and to the 37 others.
In the men’s results and with a new PB was Simon BAILEY of Mercia Fell RC who finished in 16:06. Second was Ryan HOLROYD of Staffordshire Moorlands AC in a time of 16:12 and third was William NEILL of City of Stoke AC with a time of 16:42.
In the women’s results; was Lucy HOLT from City of Stoke AC in 18:40, second was Sophie SMITH of Vale Royal AC in 19:37 and third in a new PB time was Louisa WHITTINGHAM of Macclesfield Harriers & AC in a time of 19:52
Juniors
There were 27 juniors on Saturday completing the full course, with ten making their debut, great runs from new comers – Aiden David TRY (JM11-14), Lauren MCNEIL (JW15-17), Wiliam BROOK (JM15-17), Ryan SMITH (JM11-14), Jamie SMITH (JM10), Abigail BROOK (JW11-14), Ewan DARLINGTON (JM15-17), Matthew DARLINGTON (JM11-14), George WILDMAN (JM11-14) and Cameron TRY (JM11-14)
Five PBs were recorded by our junior runners, congratulations to; – Louisa WHITTINGHAM (JW15-17), Holly SMITH (JW11-14), Alexander MOSS (JM11-14), Lucas DARLINGTON (JM10) and Josh LEWIS (JM11-14) - Great running.
Volunteers/Announcements
Many thanks for all the volunteers for their efforts for putting on the event, A large round of applause to; Gill BAINBRIDGE, Jonathan BEAUMONT, Paul FORRESTER, Gill FORRESTER, Jordan HAYTER, David HAYTON, Derek LUCAS, Ian MOORE, Steve RICHARDS, Geoff SANDERS, Laura SCOTT-BURNS
We are always welcoming to new victims sorry volunteers 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:
Tom MCGAFF (VM60-64) was graded 87.06% for the time 18:25 (7th overall)
Simon BAILEY (VM35-39) was graded 81.88% for the time 16:06 (1st overall)
Ann-Marie JONES (VW60-64) was graded 81.68% for the time 23:45 (47th overall)

Congleton parkrun started on 15th December 2012, and since then 3,529 different runners, including participants from 261 athletics clubs, have completed 19,449 runs covering a total distance of 97,245 km, and there have been 4,544 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 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

 

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

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