Event #381 – All the colours of the rainbow!

Intro by Kirsten Owen

parkrun is more than just a park and a run, it is about community and I know you have heard this before, but I wanted to reiterate it. This week as your run director I was humbled by the way people stepped in to help out, when they found out I was suffering from this horrible cold that is doing the rounds. Thanks to David, Liz, Jon, Jen, Tom and Paul for your extra support on the day and the numerous runners who stopped and took their time to wish me a speedy recovery. All of this does make parkrun feel more like a community event than just something we do an Saturday morning between 9 and 10.

Now for the real run report from Phil Thomas:

It's always a colourful start to a Saturday morning in Hanley Park.
Although this Saturday I noticed more red than usual at the parkrun.

Lots of 'REDers' as they're known were proudly wearing their RED January t-shirts as the ran through, around and up and down Hanley parkrun.
RED January is all about starting the New Year in the most positive way.
By being active each day of the month people are boosting their physical and mental health.

As one of the areas England Athletics Mental Health Champions (that's a bit of a mouthful) so let's just stick with the initials "MHC", I'm a firm believer in the therapeutic benefits of physical exercise to help banish those winter blues.

As Red January comes to a close on the 31st; 'Time to Talk' week starts on Saturday 2nd of February and Hanley parkrun will see a volunteer takeover from the areas Mental Health Champions who'll be promoting Time to Talk.

What is this all about? As well as your usual parkrun, Time to Talk seeks to start conversations about mental health.
Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk encourages everyone to talk about mental health.

We'll build upon the great work started by Red January and ask people to '#RunAndTalk' and keep the conversation going.

Our aims are also to show the positive benefits of an active lifestyle in combating low mood, depression, anxiety and many other issues.

A lot of us know from personal experience how running can help us, but you don't have to be Dean Karnazes (the Chuck Norris of ultra-marathon running) to use running to help boost your mood. Taking part in a parkrun or volunteering can bring huge rewards in terms of feeling part of a community and having a social chat over a brew at the Park Church after is as beneficial as running a 5k around a park with friends.

Come and join us at Hanley parkrun on the 2nd of February.

Wear bright clothes to show there are always more colours of a rainbow than shades of grey and spread the word with like minded people that it's "ok to not be ok". Together we can end the stigma.

After parkrun, come along for a coffee or tea and time to talk and share stories at the Park Church cafe.

We look forward to welcoming you there.

Photos from Saturday's run here - thanks Mick Hall.

Volunteering
As you know we have volunteer roles to suit everyone's needs and you don't have to be a park"runner" to volunteer, you can register for parkrun and sign up to be a volunteer. So if you know someone who might be interested in volunteering or would welcome the opportunity to get out and see people on a Saturday morning let them know that they will be really welcome and you can't beat a nice cup of tea and toast in the café after.
You can get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Stats and Stories
This week 336 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. A full set of results can be found here. The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Phil THOMAS • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Naomi OWEN • Philip DAWID • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Sean LEWIS • Jen RILEY • Tom PERRY • Peter HOLDCROFT • David HEBB • Mick HALL • Paul ELTON • Helen CUMBERLIDGE • Oscar SCHOLES - FURNESS • Claire JOHNSON • Christine LAPPING • Ashliegh HOUGHTON MCGUINESS • Nadene BURGESS • Robert MACHIN • Peter CHELL • Charlie FOSTER

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 8,411 participants have completed 68,396 parkruns covering a total distance of 341,980 km, including 12,311 new Personal Bests. A total of 974 individuals have volunteered 6,467 times.

 

Event #380 – New year, new parkrunners

Written by Mark Dixon
The first Saturday parkrun of 2019 saw 291 people run, jog and walk the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. With the dawning of a new year, we had 44 new parkrun registrations this week so we hope the 28 first timers that took part enjoyed their first event and we hope to see you again soon.

Those volunteers at the finish line were impressed by our first finisher Martyn Brookes who recorded a PB for this event with a sub 17-minute run at 16:58. However, the official Hanley course record still stands at 15:28 which was recorded by Ryan Holroyd at event 261 back on 17th September 2016. The female record holder is Kate Holt with 17:04 recorded at event event 300 on 17th June 2017.

New to parkrun?
If you are new to parkrun, you may wonder why you need to bring a printed version of your athlete barcode and why we operate a policy of "no barcode / no time". Have a listen to the parkrun podcast Free Weekly Timed here for an explanation from parkrun Chief Operation Officer Tom Williams.
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To find out how you can buy more durable athlete IDs, click here. flatband

If you have any more questions about parkrun, check out the parkrun support pages here or come and have a chat after your run.

Volunteering
As you know we have volunteer roles to suit everyone's needs and you don't have to be a park"runner" to volunteer, you can register for parkrun and sign up to be a volunteer. So if you know someone who might be interested in volunteering or would welcome the opportunity to get out and see people on a Saturday morning let them know that they will be really welcome and you can't beat a nice cup of tea and toast in the café after.
You can get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Stats and Stories
This week 291 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part. Congratulations to John Beats, who completed his 100th parkrun. A full set of results can be found here. The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Mary CHADWICK • Bryn HOLMES • Isabella Sahara JORDAN • Liz TIDESWELL • Beth DAWID • Millie HOLMES • Philip DAWID • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Elton HOOD • Ruth PARKES • Mark DIXON • Peter DIVALL • Claire RUSHTON • Peter HOLDCROFT • Ian SLOSS • Dean BROMLEY • Rebekah YENDOLE • Craig THOMAS • Jackie MCGOWAN • Caroline CLARKE • Vanessa MILWARD • Claire JOHNSON • Christine LAPPING

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 8,386 participants have completed 68,060 parkruns covering a total distance of 340,300 km, including 12,280 new Personal Bests. A total of 972 individuals have volunteered 6,444 times.

 

Events #377 and #379 – And the lucky number is 564!

Written by Wendy Sears

I bet you're wondering 'what the heck is this run report title all about'. Well I'll tell you. That's the combined total of Hanley parkrun runners, joggers and walkers on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Five Hundred and Sixty Four!

The Christmas Day run was fabulous, with volunteers sporting an assortment of festive headwear ranging from Christmas puddings, to knitted garb with attached elvish ears that would not have been out of place in the film 'The Lord of the Rings!

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With the volunteers clearly having made a suitable effort, it was only right that the other participants should do the same and they certainly did not let the side down. There were of course the traditional Santa hats, with some individuals using tinsel as adornment. There were festive T-shirts of all colours, some of which had Christmas slogans that were .... 'interesting' shall we say. There was a Christmas Pingu; a shirt requesting that Christmas be made great again!; Elvish tops galore; A gorgeous Mrs Santa Claus costume, with more fluff than a feather boa in Vegas; and an inflatable snowman.. and I have it on good authority that the snowman was definitely not 'walking in the air'.

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Yes I can say with some degree of certainty that all 175 participants arrived ready to celebrate parkrun and Christmas with the same degree of enthusiasm. And a great morning was had by all, even those who insisted in singing three rounds of a Fairytale in New York. I am assured that Simon Cowell will not be knocking at their door any time soon.

As for the New Years Day parkrun, all I can say is: "what a great turnout". 389 parkrunners enjoyed a seasonally warm morning's jaunt around a slightly misty Hanley Park. Some had come to enjoy the prospect of a New Years Day double in conjunction with the neighbouring The Wammy parkrun. It was definitely a great morning, with runners nodding and smiling and wishing each other a happy new year, through rasping breath and laughter born out of the realisation that they'd wished the same people a happy new year multiple times already. And of course Mick Hall was at the park with his trusty camera, taking photographs to mark the day - photos from Mick can be found here.

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Neither the Christmas Day nor the New Years Day parkruns could have taken place without the support of the High-Viz heroes who gave up their time to allow others to run. It would be wonderful if during 2019 some runners, joggers or walkers who are perhaps teetering on the edge of volunteering and who have seen how much fun and enjoyment is derived from doing so, would consider volunteering for a role in 2019. Training is always provided. Its the time for new years resolutions after all.

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In any event, it is hoped that everyone has many many wonderful Hanley parkrun experiences during 2019, as a runner, jogger, walker, and/or volunteer. It wouldn't be the same without you!

Lots more photos on flickr - thanks to Wendy and Robert for taking them.

Volunteering

As you know we have volunteer roles to suit everyone's needs and you don't have to be a park"runner" to volunteer, you can register for parkrun and sign up to be a volunteer. So if you know someone who might be interested in volunteering or would welcome the opportunity to get out and see people on a Saturday morning let them know that they will be really welcome and you can't beat a nice cup of tea and toast in the café after.
You can get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Stats and Stories
On NYD, 389 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were complete first timers, 79 were visiting from different parkruns, and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 63 different clubs took part. Milestone runners this week included Kevin Parsons (250 parkruns), Murray Grimes (100 parkruns), Paul Gardiner (100 parkruns at Hanley) and Ian Sloss (100 parkruns). Event #379 full results can be found here.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Bryn HOLMES • Phil THOMAS • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Andy WORSEY • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Wendy SEARS • Jen RILEY • Sue RUSHTON • Janet BRINDLEY • Charlie COX • Rachel GOULD • John PUTT • Kat SAUNDERS • Mick HALL • Helen CUMBERLIDGE • Ash WILKS • Kevin BILL • Andrew LEES • Murray GRIMES • Jackie MCGOWAN • Ken RUSHTON • Christine LAPPING • Katherine TRAVERS • Vicki CLARK

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 8,358 participants have completed 67,769 parkruns covering a total distance of 338,845 km, including 12,245 new Personal Bests. A total of 972 individuals have volunteered 6,421 times.

 

Event #378 – Review of the Year

Written by Kirsten Owen

Well we just ran, jogged and walked our last Hanley parkun of 2018 and on the 29th December we had 228 runners and 22 volunteers. There were 7 people running parkrun for the very first time and making a good start on their New Years Resolutions. We also welcomed visitors from Lowestoft, Bristol, Coventry and Norwich. There were 22 runners who ran a personal best time; another great way to end the year!

As it is the end of the year and I have an excel spreadsheet open, it gives us an excellent opportunity to reflect on the year just gone!

The average number of runners each week is 285 and the least number of parkrunners was on 15th December with only 137. In terms of breaking the 400s, this happened twice both in January - 426 runners on the 6th and our record turnout of 436 on January 13th, which was pretty epic.

In terms of our voluncheers during 2018, we have on average 30 each week; with the least number of volunteers on 25th December at 17 and the greatest number of 46 on two occasions in both April and May.

Now about the finishing times in 2018, the average first finish time for females is 21:22 and for males is 17:52. The fastest female finish time this year was by Kate Holt on the 9th June in a time of 17:08 and the slowest first finisher time was 24:29 by Nicole Hankey on the 21st July.

The fastest male finish time this year was from Ben Sache in 16:26 on the 7th April and the slowest first finisher was Alex Sutton in a time of 19:18 on the 15th December.

In terms of how many times people have achieved the position of first finisher; Lee Watson finished first for the males 8 time, James Condlyffe 6 times and Tom Perry 3 times. For the female first finishers Ruth Watchorn-Rice achieved this 9 times, Eden Shciller 5 times and Beth Dawid, Carey Dyer, Michelle Buckley and Sophie Goodfellow all finished in the first finisher spot twice.

In total there have been 14,831 finishers at Hanley parkrun in 2018, which amounts to a total of 74,155,000 metres!

In last 7 years that Hanley has been running we have steadily seen the people participating increase over the years; the average number of runners in 2011 was 30 and in 2018 we average 285 runners and you can see the increase below.

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We have equally seen the number of volunteers increase over the last seven years, with the average number of 4 volunteers in 2011 to 30 in 2018, which is really something.

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As you know we have volunteer roles to suit everyone's needs and you don't have to be a park"runner" to volunteer, you can register for parkrun and sign up to be a volunteer. So if you know someone who might be interested in volunteering or would welcome the opportunity to get out and see people on a Saturday morning let them know that they will be really welcome and you can't beat a nice cup of tea and toast in the café after.
You can get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Don't forget, there is an extra opportunity to parkrun or volunteer on Tuesday 1st January - our New Year's Day run will be at 9am and our neighbours at The Wammy and Crewe are both running at 10.30am.

Stats and Stories
On Christmas Day, 175 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. Christmas day's full results can be found here.

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The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Laura Joan CARPENTER • Mary CHADWICK • Bryn HOLMES • Beth DAWID • Millie HOLMES • Julie HOLMES • Sue RUSHTON • David HEBB • Caroline DAVIES • Craig CARPENTER • Dean BROMLEY • Kevin BILL • Robert JUHASZ • Dora JUHASZ • Ken RUSHTON • Rhona MCKEE • Christine LAPPING

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On December 29th, 228 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. Event #378 full results can be found here.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Bryn HOLMES • Daniel John JORDAN • Kirsten OWEN • Millie HOLMES • Naomi OWEN • Philip DAWID • Paul MASON • Sean LEWIS • Jen RILEY • Ruth PARKES • Sue RUSHTON • Laura Ann SLACK • Rebekah YENDOLE • Kevin BILL • Andrew LEES • Andrew SLACK • Ken RUSHTON • Claire JOHNSON • Martin RIDLEY • Katherine TRAVERS • Nadene BURGESS • Dianne DAVIES

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 8,277 participants have completed 67,380 parkruns covering a total distance of 336,900 km, including 12,221 new Personal Bests. A total of 970 individuals have volunteered 6,396 times.

 

Event #376 – What’s that coming over the hill? Is it a milestone?

Written by Elton Hood

Although the health benefits of parkrun are clear for all to see, I actually think it ought to carry a government health warning as it’s seriously addictive.

I first came along to Hanley parkrun back in October 2012 (Event #53) after “running” the Great North Run the month previous. I was struck by how welcoming and inclusive it felt along with how tough I found the course. Back in those days we started by the lake at the bottom of the park and I think I reached the first bend in third position. I certainly was nowhere near third by the time we started the first climb towards the canal bridge and in the end was glad to see the finish line!

However, something must have infected me as I came back a couple of weeks later to have another go and came away with one of those exciting, shiny pbs (more on these later). And, like so many other parkrunners, that was it – I was hooked. The next few weeks and months saw regular runs at Hanley, quite often resulting in a much-easier-to-come-by-when-you’re-improving pb.

Before long I was up for volunteering and, along with my son Nate took on the first (and quite short-lived) crater marshall role near the bottom gates. The crater was filled in after a couple of weeks but I’m proud of our record of not losing a single runner to its depths on our watch. For anyone who’s wavering about volunteering for the first time, my advice is to go for it – it’s a great experience and you won’t regret it.

parkrun has introduced me to loads of new friends (and re-acquainted me with some old ones) and given me so many great memories. Too many to recount but here’s a few:

  • Naturally my 50th and 100th runs were pretty special to me. I even managed a pb on my 100th but must have been slacking on my 50th!
  • Introducing Nate to the parkrun family and seeing him complete the course on much shorter legs than mine. I’ve not lost hope that the parkrun bug will get him again soon. Here’s a picture of us shortly before a fancy dress parkrun. I’m on the left.

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  • My last pb, which I haven’t given up on beating despite evidence to the contrary, what with it being over three years ago and all that.
  • Seeing familiar parkrunner’s faces at almost all races I’ve taken part in. I’ll never forget getting an almost deafening cheer as I “raced” the last mile or so of my first marathon in Manchester. Thanks Liz, Jon and Meg, it was definitely needed even if it nearly scared the life out of me!

In all, from my first parkrun with 86 people (and that was quite a busy week back then) right up until now, with our numbers regularly hitting the 300s (and even over 400 on occasion) I’ve enjoyed every minute of every parkrun. Even those tougher, hilly minutes that I’ve had to convince myself I’ve enjoyed after the event.

Finally, I’ll let you all into a little secret. Although this report marks my 250th parkrun, I’ve actually completed 252 runs. Don’t forget your barcode folks!

I’m now looking forward to more volunteering over the weeks and months to come and the big 500, however long that may take!

Thanks to everyone, everywhere who makes parkrun what it is, whether you be a participant or volunteer.

Christmas is Coming
Don't forget to fit a parkrun or two into the festivities...
- Sunday 23rd December - Longton and Burslem Park junior parkruns at 9am - another chance for our junior runners aged 4-14 to run in fancy dress at both locations
- Tuesday 25th December - Christmas Day Extra Run at 9am
- Saturday 29th December - Last parkrun of 2018
- Tuesday 1st January - New Years Day Extra Run at 9am (our nearest neighbours at The Wammy will be running at 10.30am)
- Saturday 5th January - usually a bumper turnout for our first regular run of the new year so get there early!

Can you Help?
If you would like to volunteer over the coming weeks then please tell any of our run directors or contact Hanley parkrun and they will be more than happy to put you on the roster. There are a range of ways to help out and volunteer; you could scan barcodes, hand out tokens or you could marshal. You can help out in the cafe or sort out the finish tokens. With extra runs, we need a few more volunteers too.

It doesn’t matter what you do, every volunteer role is greatly appreciated. You can also get in touch via Facebook, send us an email (hanleyoffice@parkrun.com) or speak to the run director after your next run.

Stats and Stories from Event #376
This week 218 Santas, angels, elves, snowmen, reindeers, Christmas puddings and snowflakes ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Caroline Davies, who also achieved the magnificent milestone of 100 parkruns this week. We were also celebrating with Oscar Scholes-Furness, who achieved the milestone of 100 parkruns last week. Thanks to all of you for the cakes and treats this week.

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The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Taryn TALBOTT • Bryn HOLMES • Liz TIDESWELL • Kirsten OWEN • Beth DAWID • Millie HOLMES • Jonathan TIDESWELL • Elton HOOD • Sean LEWIS • Jen RILEY • Ruth PARKES • Sue RUSHTON • Grahame STANLEY • Andrew LEE • Jane LEE • Rebekah YENDOLE • Kevin BILL • David GODWIN • Gina LAW • Katy FORSTER • Ken RUSHTON • Thelma HOLLAND • Christine LAPPING • Dianne DAVIES

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

Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 8,243 participants have completed 66,977 parkruns covering a total distance of 334,885 km, including 12,179 new Personal Bests. A total of 968 individuals have volunteered 6,357 times.

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