New season, new celebrations!
Cuerden Valley parkrun - Event number 261 - 29th September 2018
One of the many striking features at Cuerden Valley parkrun is how the course shows off the changes of the seasons beautifully – the sights, the scents, the sounds and the textures underfoot all change as the months pass.
After a mostly warm final week of September, parkrun day dawned sunny and cool– a perfect running day to herald the arrival of autumn in the Valley, the air crisp, the warmth of the dazzling sun low in the East and a soft carpet of leaves in the wooded sections.
195 eager parkrunners gathered outside the café to hear Event Director Pita Oates welcome all runners to the Valley, and especially our new visitors from as far afield as Milton Keynes, Chelmsford, Kirkby and even Preston!
Congratulations to #Jacobsjoin
We firstly celebrated the Willett family who had just held the hugely successful End of Summer Ball for #Jacobsjoin in Preston, a special evening which kept one excited young boy, Jacob Luke, up and dancing with his friends until midnight! Dad Mark updated us on the £12,500 raised on the night towards their charities. Brilliant work - please all continue to support Jacob and his family at www.jacobsjoin.co.uk.
No-one could miss the giant pink ‘200’ balloons presented to Anneke Crosby to mark her 200th parkrun, including 160 appearances at Cuerden Valley and 122 volunteering roles since the event began in 2013. Always a source of encouragement, Anneke is often found pacing other parkrunners towards achieving their own Personal Best running goals.
We also had two Cuerden Valley parkrun regulars celebrating their 100th parkruns - Sarah Haslam and Ed Snape. The jet black t-shirts will be on their way to each of you. Thank you to Anneke, Sarah and Ed for all for the cake and chocolates shared at the finishing funnel.
Keep on running!
First to conquer Cruella de Hill on Event #261 was Richard Howarth (from Horwich RMI Harriers) with a time of 17:56. This was Richard’s 54th first finish out of 75 appearances at Cuerden Valley. Second back was Tom Belcher (18:57) from Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club, with Stuart Nixon (20:03) third. Rosie Cowburn was the first female finisher, the second time Rosie had been first back in 67 visits to Cuerden Valley.
Well done to the incredible Fifty-one parkrunners who recorded sparkly new Personal Best times in the Valley this week – that’s more than a quarter of the entire field! A special welcome goes to the 26 of you running for the first time at Cuerden Valley this week. We hope to see you back soon.
Keep on volunteering!
And finally, but by no means least, a great big THANK YOU to the 26 volunteers who made Event #261 happen. This week’s high-vis heroes were:
Pita OATES • Lydia PLACKETT • Karen CLARK • Anne Denise SMITH • Ray OATES • Richard WARD • John WISEMAN • Mark MCCREA • David HOOTON • Liam HOOTON • Pete BATTERSBY • Harry SHEPHERD • Emily CROOK • Oliver CROOK • Eric WARD • Maureen LANEY • Andrea CAMPBELL • Sharon BIRKBECK • Andy BIRKBECK • Sally DEMPSEY • William DEMPSEY • Alison DEMPSEY • Emma RAWLINSON • D W GASKELL • Simon MCKNIGHT and Jonathan MYLROIE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cuerden Valley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Luke BETTS who recorded a time of 16:36 on 18th February 2017 (event number 181).
The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 18:25 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 190).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded 87.68% (22:27) on 17th October 2015 (event number 113).
Cuerden Valley parkrun started on 10th August 2013. Since then 5,858 participants have completed 37,991 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,955 km, including 6,887 new Personal Bests