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.
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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 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.
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