Yes, the sun had its hat on today for the Royal Wedding, the FA Cup Final, the Rock n Roll Marathon weekend and, most importantly, for Croxteth Hall parkrun #161. The course was looking royally sublime in the spring sun and we were joined by a record breaking 433 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course.
Amongst today’s runners was Lucas HOUGHTON who was celebrating a very special milestone. Lucas ran his 50thparkrun today despite being only 8 years old (wowzers)! Well I definitely couldn’t have run one 5k run when I was Lucas’s age, let alone 50, so very well done to you – a fabulous achievement.
As well as Lucas, Peter Lee, Andrew WILSON, J Denise WHATMORE and Margaret DALY also celebrated their 50thparkrun’s in the sun today. Phil SMITH and David QUINN joined the 100 club, and David HORTON ran his 200thparkrun. Congratulations to you all on those impressive milestones!
As well as these milestones, I was celebrating my 150th parkrun. Whilst not an official milestone, it’s basically another excuse for cake…. and customising your 50 milestone shirt (thanks Karen for this surprise)! I was also delighted to mark the occasion with a Croxteth Hall ‘Buggy Best’ (BB) of 23:10.
Today, I managed to do something that had proven more difficult than any of my 150 parkruns though; I finally persuaded my wife Karen BARNETT to run her very first parkrun after six years of trying. Karen had been running her very own couch to 5k programme with her best mate, Gemma PARKES ( also running today), and graduated today at sunny Croxteth Hall. Well done Karen - hopefully the first of many!? Karen was one of 89 first timers today who ran their first parkrun’s today and big congratulations to all of you who did so.
Of course, today is also the day that Harry and Meghan tie the knot and we weren’t short of runners in fancy dress to celebrate the occasion.
Of my 150 parkruns to date, I have run at 59 different parkrun locations in the UK - literally the first thing I check when we’re away for the weekend is the location of our nearest parkrun (yes I do need to get a life ha ha)! But there’s always something very special and exciting about returning to Croxteth Hall – the fantastic volunteers, our beautiful course, the familiar friendly faces but most of all, the fantastic parkrunning community that we have. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels very lucky to call Croxteth Hall parkrun their ‘home parkrun’ and it was great to be back here celebrating with you today.
Our Crocky parkrun community spirit was evident non-more so than last week when one of our regular parkrunners Paula, collapsed but was quickly aided by several of our parkrunners before being taken to hospital. I’m sure I can speak for everyone at Croxteth Hall parkrun to say how relieved we all were to hear that Paula was ok – and we wish Paula all the best for a speedy recovery.
As a parkrunner who loves a spot of tourism, it was a pleasure to meet and welcome some special guests from all over the UK who made the trip to Liverpool at Croxteth Hall whilst in Liverpool for the Rock n Roll Marathon weekend. Amongst the many tourists visiting us today was the current number 1 on UK parkrun’s most events table. Paul FIELDING from Basingstoke was joined by Helen RUTTER from Sewerby as our tourist tailwalkers and today Paul completed his 388th different UK event and 394th different worldwide parkrun at Croxteth Hall. That’s some serious parkrun tourism!
Helen Rutter and Paul Fielding, our tourist tailwalkers
In fact, a massive 43 different running clubs were represented at Croxteth Hall today including a huge turnout from Swift Tees Running Club where 22 parkrunners made the trip from Teeside. I hope you all enjoyed your trips to Croxteth Hall and that you enjoy running with us again sometime in the future.
A few of the many, many parkrun tourists visiting us today
As well as our guest tail walkers, a big thanks to Team Crocky and all the fantastic volunteers for today who made the event possible. The encouragement and smiles from all the volunteers throughout the run was fantastic as always and I hope you all got try and enjoy the cake! Today’s high viz heroes were:
Alison WADE • Bhavna MISTRY • Carol PLATT • Christine BEYGA • David HOWARD • Debbie GRANNELL • Harry JONES • Helen RUTTER • Jayne RUSSELL • Jean ASHTON • Jennie PLATT • Julie DINWOODIE • Kirstin FARRAR • Liam TAYLOR • Livi GRANNELL • Margaret KELLY • Matthew GREEN • Max JONES • Oliver APPLEBY • Paul FIELDING • Rachel GOULD • Sarah WEALLEANS • Sharon HARRISON • Sharon MCGOUGH • Steven KELLY • Tony BEYGA
Of the record breaking 433 parkrunners who ran, jogged and walked the course, the first placed male and female parkrunners were Lewis ROONEY of Southport Waterloo AC and Jennifer HOUGHTON of Kirkby Milers AC who finished in very impressive times of 17:27 and 19:49 respectively. The highest age graded male was Philip TEECE of Darlington Harriers AC with 86.47% and the best age graded female athlete was Michelle MURPHY of Liverpool Harriers AC with 77.75%. But, whatever position you finished in and time you ran, jogged or walked, you all did an amazing job - well done everybody and good luck to those running the Rock n Roll Marathon or Half Marathon tomorrow. Today’s full results can be found on the results page:
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