Welcome to our special birthday run report!!
Six years ago today, the first Delamere parkrun took place. At the time there were not so many other parkrun venues nearby – just Congleton and Princes Park in Liverpool. Since that time we have gained Chester, Ellesmere Port, Wepre, Warrington, Runcorn (Phoenix park), Widnes, Northwich, Crewe and many more slightly further afield.
At least 2 people in this photo were running today!
We came to the very first Delamere parkrun, having only heard about them recently, and along with 150 others ran the 5K route.
That route was not the same as we run now, but started at a different and much smaller carpark, running 1K to the lake, around the lake, then retracing steps back to the carpark.
In the early days we ran with around 100 people, then numbers gradually increased to around 200 at the first birthday.
The route changed to the current one to accommodate the increased numbers and provide adequate carparking space. We even changed the start/finish lines courtesy of a fallen tree!
Even though so many other parkruns started we are now getting around 400 people turning up each week in the forest.
Some other interesting facts about that first ever Delamere parkrun:
There were 12 first timers who’ve never done another parkrun since.
Paul Freyne was at the first one (although not here today), but worth a mention as today he did his 500th at Örebro parkrun (Sweden). He has been to 456 different venues!
The 500 club only has 46 members currently, so quite an achievement.
At todays parkrun there were 623 finishers, the 2nd highest ever and there were 141 first timers – 31 of which doing their first ever.
By finishing 391st Paul Blomfield got us to the moon!!
(We won’t mention barcodes but just imagine if Neil Armstrong had forgotten to take the American Flag with him!)
Other milestones today:
150: Ray O’Grady
100: Mike Geary, Geoff Woolfenden & Amanda Williams
50: Louise Jones
10: Emily Hazlehurst
Congratulations to all of you!
Welcome to our many tourists including...….
- An amazing 21 from Chester Road Runners all in fancy dress
- An awesome 55 Liverpool Running Bugs – most making their Delamere debut
- Plus also making debuts, special mention to Tommy Dickson & Sam Foster from Leeds who were both doing their 100th different parkrun today so now join the 'Cowell Club'!
Chester Road Runners
Liverpool Running Bugs - also celebrating the birthdays of Zara Thompson,
Emma Jane Webster, Nardeen Tamen & Lindsey Black.
Plus Reena & Kedar Dhopate's Anniversary!
David Twiss raised £60 for cancer research by wearing Joanna Case's woodland nymph outfit!
Plus it will be brother Charlie Twiss's 100th volunteering duty next week!!
The fancy dresses were great, adding fun to an already great day, so well done to the Knights Templar, squid, bumblebee, flamingo, bottle of Newcastle Brown, YHA triangle, daffodil and so many more than we can mention.
(Click on the 'photos' tab for more pics of the day)
And to round it all off there was cake!! A special thank you to our hard working bakers.
So was there anyone at the first event as well as today's?
Indeed there were - 7 of us!:
Chris Marshall, Steve Collier, Mary Tavener, Ben Gregory, Matthew Larkin, Ann Collier and Ray Tran!
7 running that is - must also mention Mark and Jill Bowden who were volunteers at both events (and quite a few in between!)
In the 6 years that the Delamere parkrun has been going there have been 12860 first timers (imagine if even a tenth of those decided to turn up one Saturday!).
Also there have been 611 different people who have volunteered over this time and we are grateful to every single one of them.
Thanks to everyone who turned up today and look forward to seeing lots of you over the coming years!!
Steve & Ann xxx
This week 623 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 141 were first timers and 76 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 52 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Mark David BOWDEN • Jill BOWDEN • Steve COLLIER • Ann COLLIER • Mark FLANAGAN • Ian HILDITCH • Irene PIKE • Samuel FLINDERS • Sam WASHINGTON • Elizabeth CHANTLER • Jude SRIVALSAN • A J HALFORD • Ian SKAIFE • Wendy GALLIMORE • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Emily DAWSON • Neil SHELDRAKE • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • Dawn APPLETON • Madelaine FORREST • Maddie LIGHTFOOT • Charlotte WILSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Delamere parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Elliot BOWKER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 25th April 2015 (event number 108).
The female record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289).
The Age Grade course record is held by Holly WEEDALL who recorded 91.33% (17:29) on 22nd December 2018 (event number 289).
Delamere parkrun started on 2nd March 2013. Since then 12,860 participants have completed 77,112 parkruns covering a total distance of 385,560 km, including 13,876 new Personal Bests. A total of 611 individuals have volunteered 4,467 times.