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CUERDEN VALLEY PARKRUN REPORT #195 – 27th MAY 2017

It was one of those will it / won’t it Saturday mornings with the threat of rain, which was a shame after a week of very hot and stuffy weather. But as it turned out, we were lucky and it stayed dry before, during and after.

As the 130 runners gathered at the start Event Director Pita gave a moving lament to everyone following the tragic circumstances which happened in Manchester during the week and encouraged everyone to hold hands with their neighbour to show solidarity with our friends at the many Manchester parkruns.

 

Once we got under way, the first runner to finish was David Watson of Preston Harriers who was making his 18th visit to The Valley in his 47th parkrun overall. This was the 2nd time he has crossed the line first, and the 5th time he has finished in the top 3 places. He was the only runner to go under 20 minutes. Neil McDonald, also of Preston Harriers finished 2nd while Aaron wright was in 3rd place.

 

The first female home was Finty Royle from Chorley ATC who was celebrating her 90th parkrun, of which 82 have been in The Valley. Finty has had more first place finishes than anyone else by finishing as first placed Lady 43 times.

 

The weather was warm and when running through the woods it was difficult to get full lungs of oxygen so not conducive to good running but even so, 19 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 15 First Timers and 8 ‘genuine’ First Timers who have never run a parkrun anywhere before, so welcome to the parkrunning family. These 8 were among the 11,809 runners who ran their first ever parkrun in the UK this week and we hope to see you back in the Valley again soon.

 

There were 6 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 48 ladies and 77 men running today.

 

41 runners were attached to running clubs with 89 running for themselves.

Red Rose Road Runners brought more runners than any other running club with 24 members turning out. The Darwen Dashers were the next best represented club with 5 runners.

Since Cuerden Valley parkrun started Red Rose Road Runners have sent 249 of their runners, with Chorley ATC sending 110, and Preston Harriers the 3rd most represented club with 66 runners.

Red Rose also lead the number of parkrunners crossing the finish line with their runners finishing 6,477 times, followed by Chorley with 1,197 finishers and Preston Harriers finishing 476 times.

 

HALL OF FAME

Those celebrating milestones with us this week included:

Finty Royle (Chorley ATC) 90 runs

Daniel Brown (Blackburn Harriers) 80 runs

Robert Taylor (Red Rose) 75 runs

Andrea Campbell 50 runs. Andrea gets her cardinal red 50-run T-shirt by completing her 50th parkrun, of which 46 have been at Cuerden Valley. She ran for the first time with us in November 2014 and she has broken her Personal Best 9 times. It currently stands at 30:36 which was set in December 2015.

Gavin Campbell 50 runs. Gavin gets his cardinal red 50-run T-shirt by completing his 50th parkrun, of which 48 have been at Cuerden Valley. He ran for the first time with us in June 2015 and he has broken his Personal Best 5 times. It currently stands at 25:19 which was set in March 2016.

Dylan Withnell 10 runs. Dylan gets his Junior White 10-run T-shirt by completing his 10th parkrun, and he is a Cuerden Valley passionista having completed all his parkruns with us. He ran for the first time with us in August 2014 and he has broken his Personal Best 4 times. It currently stands at 39:30 which was set in April. Dylan completed his first 8 parkruns within 9 weeks of starting, but then we didn’t see him for two and a half years before returning in April for that Personal Best. Welcome back Dylan.

These five runners have completed 1,127 runs between them.

 

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Cuerden Valley parkrun using one of the following media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cuerdenvalleyparkrun

Flickr:  www.flickr.com/groups/cuerdenvalley-parkrun

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports?  Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail cuerdenvalleyoffice@parkrun.com

 

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email cuerdenvalleyhelpers@parkrun.com  This week there were 28 Volunteers so thank you. Your time is gratefully appreciated by all of us.

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 12 more times since then. The highest attendance currently stands at 259 from August 2016. The average weekly attendance is 138, and the average run time for the course is 30:38. There have been 4,219 different runners appearing, and the average number of runs per runner is 6.4. There have been 26,904 finishers and 5,368 Personal Best times achieved. Runners at Cuerden Valley have covered more than 134,000 Km and have been running for the equivalent of 1 year and 297 days.

 

And before we finish here are a few stats from parkrun central which you might find interesting:

Edinburgh has become only the second parkrun to be visited by more than 1,000 different running clubs. The first was Bushy Park, and currently Cardiff is 3rd place which has had 929. Locally, running clubs have visited Bolton (345), Burnley (305), Cuerden Valley (356), Preston (454) and Witton (174) times.

The number of parkruns outside the UK has now topped 400, of which over 200 are in Australia.

A parkrunner called John Butcher now holds V85 category records at 20 different parkruns.

At Dalby Forest parkrun Sue Haslam ran 20:43 in the VW60 category for an Age Grading of 96.38%. This is thought to be the highest ever Age Grading anywhere (being checked).

In the UK last week there were 437 parkruns, 15 cancellations and 104044 runners.

 

And that’s it for the report of Week #195. If you fancy writing your own run report, please contact Pita and she will be delighted to hear from you. See you again soon.

 

Barry Shackleton

 

And those knocking on the celebration door:

Gillian Malcolm 149 runs

Maureen Laney (Red Rose) 49 runs

Jane Bowles (Chorley ATC) 49 runs

Ben Metcalf (Red Rose) 49 runs

 

It’s a Shackattack

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.

 

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Cuerden Valley parkrun using one of the following media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cuerdenvalleyparkrun

Flickr:  www.flickr.com/groups/cuerdenvalley-parkrun

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports?  Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail cuerdenvalleyoffice@parkrun.com

 

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email cuerdenvalleyhelpers@parkrun.com  This week there were 27 Volunteers so thank you. Your time is gratefully appreciated by all of us.

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.

 

Barry Shackleton

 

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A new Run Director, a new run report and a not so new parkrun

Run Report 05/11/16

It all started with me sat round a table with the parkrun Core Event Team, with them all twitching nervously in their seats looking like they were going to ask me for a loan!

"We are going to have to CANCEL parkrun on the 5th November" Pita blurted out with glazed over eyes.

Ridicously she had decided to book a Fell Running weekend on parkrun day. All I could think was how selfish! Pita isn't allowed to do anything for herself on Saturdays!! To make matters worse the rest of the core event team were going with her.

As I sat there thinking about having my first lie in on a Saturday for two years, she asked the question 'unless you can stand in as Run Director for the day'. She underlined and stressed it was only for a day!!!

Maybe it was the puppy dog eyes being made at me by the event team but I said 'Yes'

I put a plea out for volunteers and one by one they came forward - the saviours of the 5th November parkrun volunteers team were formed. And what a fine bunch they were.

Fast forward two weeks my car is loaded up with equipment, I'm up ready to set off, before glancing at my watch realising it is only 4.30am Nerves kicking in. Last time I felt like this was before the London Marathon.

7.15am set off to the Valley

7.30 Met Andy, Neil and the Parkys who were a great help setting up the course. 8.15 Hannah arrives and starts allocating roles to volunteers with ease 8.30 Runners start to arrive in droves, armed with excuses why today was not going to be a good run due to wine, beer, lack of sleep, too much sleep, weather conditions etc etc

I was pacing up and down trying to remember what a I had to say in the briefing at 9am.

Briefing out of the way and we count down 10, 9,8........1 Go! It's bang on the 9am start time. Oops not everybody is quite ready and a few late comers have to play catch up.

So far so good. Volunteers in place, tech team poised to spring into life......

Checked with Hannah what I should be doing and she told me to do what Pita did "look glamorous and chat to people"

9.17 A The first runner is in and so close to beating the course record but misses out by 18 seconds

141 runners come in over 58 mins, including 20+ first timers in the Valley and 15 setting new PBs.

Touring parkrunners from London, Hertfordshire, Barrow, Manchester and Blackburn all appeared to enjoy the course with quite a few commenting on the undulations.

Well done Andrew Allen who completed his 50th parkrun  (36 in the Valley).

Back over to Pita next week, but it was a great experience covering for her , but the work was done by the fantastic volunteers who I can't thank enough.

If you are free in the coming weeks get your name down to volunteer,  as I can vouch that having the volunteers rosta  in place early in the week, is a great relief if your running the event.

See you in the Valley soon

Stevooooooo

Male placings:

Adam SCIACCA (SM20-24) of Chorley AC, was first over the line in 17:06 - first appearance.

Tom BELCHER (SM20-24) of Formula One Circuit Crew, was second over the line in 19:48.
George NORRIS (JM15-17) of Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club, was third over the line in 19:50.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David PARKINSON (Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club) 1268 pts.
Mark MCCREA (Red Rose Road Runners) 1009 pts.
Stuart NIXON (Unattached) 962 pts.

Female placings:
Catherine CARRDUS (VW45-49) of Wesham Road Runners AC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 21:54 - 4th time in 4 appearances.
Honor THOMPSON (VW35-39) of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers, was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:03.
Alison RUSHTON (VW40-44) of Preston Harriers, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 23:23.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Alison PARKINSON (Red Rose Road Runners) 1163 pts.
Yvonne JOHNSON (Red Rose Road Runners) 1060 pts.
Finty ROYLE (Red Rose Road Runners) 895 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Adam SCIACCA (SM20-24) was graded 75.73% for the time 17:06 (first overall).
Dave TONGE (VM55-59) was graded 74.43% for the time 21:11 (7th overall).
David PARKINSON (VM50-54) was graded 72.54% for the time 20:20 (4th overall).

This week there were 141 runners, of whom 31 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.

Cuerden Valley parkrun started on 10th August 2013, and since then 3,642 different runners, including participants from 324 athletics clubs, have completed 22,041 runs covering a total distance of 110,205 km, and there have been 4,623 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Faye Alexis FULLERTON who ran in a time of 00:18:42 on 4th April 2015 (event number 85).
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who ran in a time of 00:16:48 on 16th July 2016 (event number 150).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded a 87.68% run (22:27) on 17th October 2015 (event number 113).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cuerden Valley parkrun Results Page.

Run happy!

Pita x

 

 

 

A shackattack from the valley! Cheers Barry! :)

CUERDEN VALLEY PARKRUN REPORT #165 – 29th OCTOBER 2016

It is the last Saturday in October and can you believe this weather? I swear, it wasn’t 14°C in August. There was a threat of rain in the air but it didn’t amount to anything and when Event Director Pita got us together to welcome the visitors, and the First Timers, and those who had dressed up to celebrate the Hallowe’en run, the conditions were perfect for running. So, apart from a few leaves underfoot, there could be no excuses for not running good times, so let’s see how we all did:

The first runner to finish was Richard Howarth of Horwich RMI Harriers who was making his 9th visit to The Valley in his 19th parkrun overall, and he kept up his impressive record of never finishing outside the top 3 positions, managing 1st place on three occasions, 2nd on five occasions and 3rd one time. Richard is the 14th fastest runner ever seen at Cuerden Valley.

With the temperate and calm weather encouraging good running, 25 runners managed to achieve a Personal Best time. All aboard the PB Express. At Cuerden Valley we average 28 Personal Bests each week so this week we were slightly below average.

The first female home was Erin Keeler-Clarke from Durham City Harriers in a new Personal Best time of 20:53, taking 1:08 seconds from her time on her last visit in October last year. Erin runs in the JW11-14 category and this is her 142nd parkrun. She finished in 5th position overall and her impressive time unsurprisingly gives her the Category Record in her category. She is the 7th fastest Lady runner ever at Cuerden Valley.

Erin’s performance also gave her the best Age Grading of the week with 79.65% and she was one of only four runners who managed to beat 70%. The other three were first placed Richard Howarth (74.26%), 4th placed David Parkinson of Chorley Athletic and Tri club (73.02%) and 11th placed John Shorrock who registered 71.13%.

 

CATEGORY RECORDS: As previously mentioned, Erin Keeler-Clarke set a new record in the JW11-14 category, which was the first new record for three weeks. The longest standing Category Record belongs to Anthony Valentine who set the VM35 record on the Cuerden Valley Inaugural Week.

The Cuerden Valley parkrun points competition runs from birthday to birthday and you earn points by being loyal to this parkrun because you can only get points by running here. Volunteers can earn 100 points (up to a maximum of 300 per year). We are just over 2 months into the competition so the tables are beginning to take shape. The current leaders are:

Male:

1 David Parkinson 1171 points

2 Mark McCrea 1009

3 Andrew Bird 883

 

Female

1 Alison Parkinson 1066 points

2 Yvonne Johnson 968

3 Finty Royle 895

 

There were 16 First Timers and 4 ‘genuine’ First Timers who have never run a parkrun anywhere before, so welcome to the parkrunning family to Rosie Cowburn, Jude Lambert, Hannah Conway and Donna Douglas. We hope to see you back in the Valley again soon.

There were 7 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 70 ladies and 93 men running today.

66 runners were attached to running clubs with 91 running for themselves.

Red Rose Road Runners brought more runners to the Valley than any other running club with 27 turning out. The Darwen Dashers were the next best represented club with 15 runners.

Since Cuerden Valley parkrun started Red Rose Road Runners have sent 226 of their runners and they are the only club in triple figures. Next best is Chorley with 91 runners, with Darwen Dashers 3rd best club with 60 runners.

Red Rose also lead the number of parkrunners crossing the finish line with their runners finishing 5557 times, followed by Chorley with 988 finishers and Sweatshop finishing 436 times. The 1,000th member of Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club is likely to finish either on the 12th or the 19th November. Who will it be? And the 5,555th Red Rose Runner to finish was Lucy Clipston who runs in the JW10 category. She has completed 32 parkruns, with 25 of them being at Cuerden Valley, with a PB of 29:04.

HALL OF FAME

Those celebrating milestones with us this week included:

Anneke Crosby (Red Rose) 125 runs

Mike Sydall 80 runs

Jon Carberry (Sweatshop) 80 runs

Johanna Lucas (Sweatshop) 50 runs, and congratulations on your Cardinal Red 50-run T-shirt. Johanna has run 43 times in the Valley with her first run back in July 2015, and on two occasions she has managed 7-streaks when she didn’t miss from runs 111-117, and runs 131-137. She has broken her Personal Best on 4 occasions, the last one (and her current PB) being at run #133 in March this year with 31:16. Sharing this special day with her was Cecilia Woods, visiting from Bolton who broke her Personal Best on her 2nd visit in the Valley with a time of 27:02, taking 1:16 from her time set in November last year. And the 3rd member of their group was Louise Pinnington who was running her 38th parkrun, 31 of which have been at Cuerden Valley. Louise broke her PB last week with 29:38 and was only 14 seconds outside it this week. Well done girls.

And those knocking on the celebration door:

Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 224 runs

Stuart McNair (Red Rose) 124 runs

Finty Royle (Red Rose) 69 runs

Natasha Benson (Red Rose) 59 runs

Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show:

Junior White (10 runs) – 6 runners.

Cardinal Red (50) – 31 runners.

Jet Black (100) – 18 runners

Green (250) – 1 runner.

Blue (500) – 0 runners

The top 5 attendees this week were:

Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 277 runs

Karen Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 224

Diane Whiteoak (Keighley and Craven AC) 167

Roger Johnson (Red Rose) 162

Yvonne Johnson (Red Rose) 162

These five runners have completed 992 runs between them.

Keep in touch with the latest goings-on at Cuerden Valley parkrun using one of the following media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cuerdenvalleyparkrun

Flickr:  www.flickr.com/groups/cuerdenvalley-parkrun

Want to give feedback? Have anything to say or want anyone mentioned in future run reports?  Are there any corrections needed to this report? Please e-mail cuerdenvalleyoffice@parkrun.com

VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email cuerdenvalleyhelpers@parkrun.com  This week there were 18 Volunteers so thank you. Your time is gratefully appreciated by all of us.

This week there were 422 parkruns in the UK, with 3 cancellations and 91,896 runners taking part. One of the three cancellations was our friends over at Witton Park who had a clash with a Cross Country event, and another was down at Poole where ……….. they found a body in the park. I don’t know where the third cancellation was ……… but it can’t be as exciting as that!?

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 eight more times since then, with the highest attendance standing at 259 from August. The average weekly attendance is 132, and the average run time for the course is 30:27. There have been 3,595 different runners appearing, and the average number of runs per runner is 6.0. There have been 21,736 finishers and 4,583 Personal Best times achieved. Runners at Cuerden Valley have covered more than 108,000 Km (67,000 miles) and have been running for the equivalent of 1 year and 94 days.

COMING UP - The first Saturday in January will likely be the 175th Cuerden Valley parkrun – get it in the diary now!

And finally, I’m in Shakastat heaven knowing that someone on Saturday, around the world, became the 1,000,000th parkrunner to finish in 2016. It was probably you!

And that’s it for the report of Week #165. Until next time ….. keep on running.

Barry Shackleton

 

 

 

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