CUERDEN VALLEY PARKRUN REPORT #172 – 24th DECEMBER 2016
Storm Barbara threatened to put a real dampener on things for this Christmas Eve staging, but it didn’t put off the parkrunners who frequent the Lancashire Tough because 224 turned up which is the 3rd highest attendance in 172 events.
The first runner to finish was Robert Walsh of Chorley ATC who was making his 31st visit to The Valley in his 46th parkrun overall. This was the 3rd time he has crossed the line first, and on only 2 occasions has he finished outside the top 6 places. Daniel Hughes of Red Rose pushed him all the way and was just two seconds behind him. These were the only two runners on the day to break 20 minutes.
The first female home was Finty Royle from Red Rose who was celebrating her 75th parkrun, of which 67 have been in The Valley. This was the fourth consecutive visit where she has finished in the top 10 positions.
Maureen Laney was running with us today and she was the only runner to register an Age Grading above 80% with her 82.28%. The next highest was from David Parkinson of Red Rose who was almost 10% behind her. Maureen has run 14 times in The Valley and only one time has she failed to make 80%.
The weather was temperate for December but it was very blustery so not conducive to good running but even so, 15 runners managed to achieve a Personal Best time. All aboard the PB Express. At Cuerden Valley we average 27 Personal Bests each week so this week we were slightly below average.
CATEGORY RECORDS: No category records were broken this week.
There were 25 First Timers and 7 ‘genuine’ First Timers who have never run a parkrun anywhere before, so welcome to the parkrunning family to Steven Luff, George Shaw, Jenni Sloan and Emily Sinkinson. We hope to see you back in the Valley again soon.
There were 9 runners who were shown as ‘unknown’. Remember, you must register with parkrun to get yourself a barcode, and you must produce it after the run to get your result. Need a new barcode? Or would you like your result as a text? Follow the link to your profile from your latest results email. And remember please don’t take home your finish tokens. DON’T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE.
There were 87 ladies and 136 men running today.
122 runners were attached to running clubs with 93 running for themselves.
Red Rose Road Runners brought more runners to the Valley than any other running club with an amazing 67 members turning out. The Darwen Dashers were the next best represented club with 22 runners.
Since Cuerden Valley parkrun started Red Rose Road Runners have sent 230 of their runners and they are the only club in triple figures. Next best represented is Chorley with 93 runners, with Darwen Dashers 3rd best club with 67 runners.
Red Rose also lead the number of parkrunners crossing the finish line with their runners finishing 5869 times, followed by Chorley with 969 finishers and Sweatshop finishing 438 times. The 6,000th finisher from Red Rose is likely to cross the line in 3 – 4 weeks. Who will it be?
HALL OF FAME
Those celebrating milestones with us this week included:
Finty Royle (Red Rose) 75 runs
June Fadden 70 runs
Eric Ward (Red Rose) 60 runs
Paul Brain (Darwen Dashers) 50 runs
Norman Cookson (Darwen Dashers) 50 runs
And those knocking on the celebration door:
Matt Cowan (Red Rose) 124 runs
Karen Clark (Red Rose) 99 runs
Ian Thompson 99 runs
David Brunton (Red Rose) 99 runs
Sally Ries (Sweatshop) 49 runs
David Hull 49 runs
Joshua Watson (junior) 9 runs
Kieron Alami (Junior) 9 runs
Daniel Smith (Junior) 9 runs
Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show:
Junior White (10 runs) – 14 runners.
Cardinal Red (50) – 65 runners.
Jet Black (100) – 19 runners
Green (250) – 1 runner.
Blue (500) – 0 runners
The top 5 attendees this week were:
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 285 runs
Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 232
Roger Johnson (Red Rose) 169
Yvonne Johnson (Red Rose) 169
Stephen Walsh 154
These five runners have completed 1,009 runs between them.
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Cuerden Valley parkrun started on the 10th August 2013 with 163 runners and 19 volunteers. The 200 runner barrier was broken for the first time at Event #89 in May 2015, and it has been surpassed nine more times since then, including today with the attendance of 224 being the 3rd highest ever. The highest attendance currently stands at 259 from August. The average weekly attendance is 132, and the average run time for the course is 30:28. There have been 3,724 different runners appearing, and the average number of runs per runner is 6.0. There have been 22,886 finishers and 4,708 Personal Best times achieved. Runners at Cuerden Valley have covered more than 114,000 Km (71,000 miles) and have been running for the equivalent of 1 year and 115 days.
And that’s it for the report of Week #172. Until next time ….. keep on running.
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