You wait for a parkrun takeover and then 2 occur within a matter of a couple of weeks of each other! Following on from the success of the recent St. Helens Striders takeover, this weekend's parkrun was brought to you by Runsomnia.
Runsomnia is an early morning running group that was founded in 2015. They meet at the Fiveways in Childwall at 6am most weekday mornings. The group was set up to cater for those runners who struggle to train at more conventional times of the day & is open to all abilities. They normally cover around 5 miles before finishing back at the Fiveways just before 7am.
They also complete 'parkrunsomnia' runs where they run the distance from the Fiveways to a local parkrun & back on a Saturday, thereby covering a greater distance which is perfect for those wanting a longer run. There are 3 main parkruns within distance, including Princes, Croxteth Hall & Knowsley. I'm suitably informed that the latter is by far their favourite!
Run director this week was Liz Dennett, who is a regular runner at Knowsley & is normally found attached to a small white Westie dog named Parker. The rest of the volunteer team were made up from Runsomnia runners who were mostly volunteering at Knowsley for the first time, although they are regular runners at Knowsley.
The Runsomnia squad were very generous to our runners this week, as they brought with them refreshments in the form of bottles of water, cup cakes, muffins & variety of tempting nibbles. They proved a perfect breakfast for most runners!
With all the core volunteering roles covered, the usual parkrun core team were free to have the week off! However, the majority of them decided to take the opportunity to run the parkun themselves. One of our regular junior volunteers, Ethan Dodd, took the opportunity to run this week & completed his 10th parkrun & finished with a pb time of 42:21. Well done Ethan!
Further up the field though, we had Neil Hennigan, from Penny Lane Striders who was our first finisher this week, crossing the line in a pb time of 18:59 & completing his 39th parkrun in the process. First female finisher this week was Sue Duckworth, visiting us for the first time from Darwen Dashers RC, completing the course in 23:30.
The Runsomnia takeover proved a hit with the runners & volunteers a like and thankfully the weather was on our side for once. If you belong to a running club, charity or organisation and would like to get invloved with a takeover then please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the science bit..........
This week 87 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Marie MOTLEY • Elizabeth DENNETT • Chris WILLS • Cheryl PACE • Leanne JONES • Samantha BENTALL • Jane NICHOLSON • Eugy Lay LIM • Adele GOLD • Kelly MARRIN • Julie HOUGHTON • Sian KILTY • Hazel BRENNAN • Richie DEANE • Patrick BURNS • James PETTITT • Gloria BURNS • Paul HANLEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Knowsley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 16:44 on 24th December 2016 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Charlotte WILSON-DEWHURST who recorded a time of 20:09 on 18th February 2017 (event number 11).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 89.54% (22:38) on 3rd June 2017 (event number 26).
Knowsley parkrun started on 10th December 2016. Since then 1,445 participants have completed 4,445 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,225 km, including 947 new Personal Bests.