Delamere parkrun 303, 23rd March 2019

 

A lovely morning for a run through the forest – calm with a slight chill in the air and the promise of some sunshine to come.

Only one milestone today and that was Aidan Larkin completing his 50th parkrun AND setting a new PB! He also provided biscuits at the end, not only celebrating his great achievement, but raising awareness for Down’s syndrome as this is their Awareness Week. Really well done Aidan.

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Tourists this week were:
Andrew Charlesworth who has completed 231 parkruns at 43 different venues
Richard Sutor who has completed 101 parkruns at 23 different venues
Becky Patten completing her 99th parkrun at her 20th venue

Congratulations to Ethan Greenland coming home first in a time of 17:21 and to Amy Cox, first lady home in a time of 22:18.

Steve Broadley who ran today for the first time at Delamere was the 13,000th different person to have run at the Delamere parkrun. It’s a good job all these people don’t turn up on the same day!

A huge thank you as ever to all the volunteers who supported this event – we couldn’t do it without you!

See you again next week!

 

This week 328 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Laurence RUDKIN • Ann COLLIER • Mark FLANAGAN • Irene PIKE • Tim APPLETON • Andy HAVER • Stephen DOUGHERTY • Sam WASHINGTON • Paula MANLEY • Elizabeth CHANTLER • Kate THATCHER • Wendy GALLIMORE • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Emily DAWSON • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • Dawn APPLETON • Mr CARRUTHERS • Noel FERGUSON • Maddie LIGHTFOOT • George T

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 13,000 participants have completed 78,073 parkruns covering a total distance of 390,365 km, including 14,037 new Personal Bests. A total of 616 individuals have volunteered 4,529 times.

 

Delamere parkrun 302, 16th March 2019

 

After the celebrations of the last couple of weeks it was back to business as usual at Delamere parkrun today.

Not too bad a day for running. Mild, and the early morning rain fizzled out right on cue. Still a bit breezy though courtesy of Gareth and Hannah*. We were definitely getting a bit of a push in the early part of the run, but then came payback!

*The storms that is – not Boyd and Moorhouse!!

Congratulations to Lesley Feakes who was at the very first Delamere parkrun and has paced herself steadily over the years to earn her 50 t-shirt today.
Also to Daniel Appleton who started parkrunning a year later and completed his 200th parkrun.

Welcome to all our tourists including a contingent of 14 from Kirkby Milers – many making their Delamere debut.

Well done to 29 runners doing their first ever parkrun – you’ve managed that first big hurdle, let’s hope you can stick at it!

Huge thanks to our volunteers. If you fancy giving it a go, even if it’s just once, please let us know.

Thank you to everyone who turned up and look forward to seeing lots of you next week.

 

This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Elizabeth Rachel TOOMBS • Steve COLLIER • Steph COOPER • Henry ROBINSON • Irene PIKE • Catherine HILL • Rosemary SYMMS • Rachel SPOONLEY • Ian WEAVER • Samuel KEENAN • Sam WASHINGTON • Matt JESSOP • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Emily DAWSON • Neil SHELDRAKE • Charles TWISS • Helen WATSON • Dawn APPLETON • 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 12,967 participants have completed 77,745 parkruns covering a total distance of 388,725 km, including 13,957 new Personal Bests. A total of 614 individuals have volunteered 4,506 times.

 

Delamere parkrun 301, 9th March 2019

 

Not the loveliest of days, being rather windy and a bit chill, and on days like this I always think how much worse it is for our volunteers who don’t have the benefit of the run to warm up!

We are always very grateful for the people that give up their time each week so that the parkrun can take place, but this week we had a very special volunteer who is celebrating his 100th volunteering – Charles Twiss.
He can usually be found at the second marshal point at the top of the hill, accompanied by his faithful dog – the position more obvious today due to the banners, balloons and the many extra Charlies that stopped to have a group photo……

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Well done Charles and a big thank you to you for all your volunteering!
And thanks for all the sweeties at the end!!

You could hardly miss the substantial contingent from Penyffordd today as they had members graduating from the Couch to 5K program. 10 of them were doing their first ever parkrun, supported by the rest of the club – really well done to you all.

Milestones today were :
Tilly Smith (junior) completing her 10th park run and
Graham Newton and William Kenwright completing their 50th parkrun

There were a few tourists too :
Karen Hummell from the UK parkrun tourists doing her 80th parkrun, but her first at Delamere – home course Haigh Woodland parkrun near Wigan
Ian Jones from GOG Triathlon club doing his 30th parkrun and his first at Delamere – home course Conwy parkrun
Gareth Marriott completed his 78th parkrun, his first at Delamere, but most (69) parkruns done at park de la Ramee in Toulouse – bonjour Gareth!
Ann & John Long from East Hull Harriers & AC are seasoned parkrunners having completed 116 and 174 parkruns respectively, but only their first and second at Delamere
Tracy Bridgett from Ackworth Road Runners completing her 61st parkrun and her first at Delamere. She has completed 49 runs at Nostell parkrun (between Leeds & Doncaster)

 

This week 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Barry CHAMBERS • Raymond O'GRADY • Angela O'GRADY • Ann COLLIER • Mark FLANAGAN • Henry ROBINSON • Rosemary SYMMS • Jonathan CARTER • Richard CHAMPION • Ellie KEENAN • Emily KEENAN • Holly FISHER • A J HALFORD • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andrew BURGESS • 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 12,913 participants have completed 77,435 parkruns covering a total distance of 387,175 km, including 13,915 new Personal Bests. A total of 612 individuals have volunteered 4,486 times.

 

Delamere parkrun 300!, 2nd March 2019

 

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.

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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.

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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!)

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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'!
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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)

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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.

 

 

Delamere parkrun number 299, 23rd February 2019

Firstly – a car key was found on the course yesterday. We know a woman lost one but she has not contacted parkrun to enable us to return it. If you know who it might be then please let us know. She had a spaniel and child with her we believe.

Yesterday’s run was our 299th, so yes it will be both our 300th run next week and our 6th birthday. Random fancy dress is welcomed, though we believe there will be a number of knights and “wenches”: the nuns are giving it a miss.

There were no actual shout-outs yesterday, though Joseph Hazlehurst did complete his 10th run in 10 weeks where he has managed to knock over 9 minutes off his first time. Well done Joseph. Recently mentioned Holly Weedall was away yesterday but you may be interested to know she won the National Cross Country championships for her age group. Well done Holly.

Depending on the time you take to complete the course you will experience different states of business at the finish when you enter the funnel. Here is a coarse summary of the rate-of-finish yesterday:

15:01-20:00            7 runners
10:01-25:00           71
25:01-30:00         142
30:01-35:00         121
35:01-40:00           24
40:01-45:00           16
45:01-50:00           10
50:01+                     7

Within this there are around 35 runners/minute finishing in the busiest times (for ~400 runners). This is about the limit of the ability of our scanners to process runners so thank you for your patience at these times. We do have contingency for busier times, which we are likely to need if our numbers continue to rise steadily. Incidentally 14 Andrew & Andys ran yesterday, you can work out yourself where they all finished.

Yesterday was also the first time we did not put course arrows around the lake (tell me you knew we went to the trouble of doing this!?). We made the change as the course is now marked by the Delamere 5K Route signage. New runners are being told this at the new-runner brief.

Here are the summary notes from yesterday.

This week 391 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part, including tourists from as far afield as Blandford (Devon), Grangemoor (Cardiff), Woking, Woodbank (Stockport), Burnley, Shrewsbury, St Helens, Sheffield Hallam and Stretford.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers: Benjamino GREGORY • Mark FLANAGAN • Mike PERCHARD • Irene PIKE • A J HALFORD • Eve LAKIN • Matt JESSOP • Joseph DAWSON • Wendy GALLIMORE • Shaun LIGHTFOOT • Mark LIGHTFOOT • Charles TWISS • Andy MARTELL • Amy COOPER • Olga WILSON • Dawn APPLETON • John WILSON • 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 12,719 participants have completed 76,489 parkruns covering a total distance of 382,445 km, including 13,800 new Personal Bests. A total of 609 individuals have volunteered 4,444 times.

Mark Flanagan

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