This week we have a guest run report written by Barry Shackleton who visited us this week. Thank you Barry!
My first visit to Knowsley and my 76th different parkrun venue so thanks to the Run Director Richie for allowing me to write the run report this week. And before we start, here are the other volunteer dream-makers which allowed the run to take place:
Angela BOLAND • Cara BARTLETT • David DODD • Ethan DODD • Gloria BURNS • Harry DODD • Jeanette GRIMES • Joanne HANLEY • Neil WILSON • Nick BARTLETT • Nicola ROBERTS • Patrick BURNS • Patrick DUFFY • Paul HANLEY • Richie DEANE • Sophie LONGWORTH • Stuart BARRY
It's the first parkrun of April and with the memories of months of Friday night/ Saturday mornings of below zero temperatures it was nice to park up and see 9℃ on the car dashboard, and maybe it was raining a bit ........... so what! Better than freezing. And because of the rain Richie didn't keep the 46 runners waiting around at the start but got through the announcements quickly. So quickly that a couple of stragglers who were jogging up from the bridge didn't quite make it for the actual start, but they both overtook me pretty quickly so no harm done.
So how did we all do?
Robert Chesters of St Helens Tri was first across the line in a new Personal Best time of 18:03 which took 5 seconds from the time he set last week. This makes him the 10th fastest runner ever seen at Knowsley. Gary Davies of the McCarkiss Endurance Project was just 15 seconds behind in 18:18 and running at Knowsley for the first time in his 15th parkrun. He is the 15th fastest runner ever seen at Knowsley. Mark Grady finished 3rd and completed the trio of runners who managed to run under 20 minutes. Mark has run 6 times at Knowsley and has finished in the top 3 places each time.
First Lady home was Danielle McEwan in 24:19 which earned her 13th place overall. It was also a Personal Best time for her taking 10 seconds from her time of last week. Danielle has run 9 parkruns, all of which have been at Knowsley, and she has broken her PB on 6 occasions.
There were 9 runners who managed to run a Personal Best time, so all aboard the PB Express for Robert Chesters, Robert O'Shea, Russ Hardman, James Fowler, Alexander Bentley, Neil Wallace, Danielle McEwan, Steve Morley and Lucy St John.
There were no new CATEGORY RECORDS.
21 runners were ladies and 25 were men, and included in those numbers there were 4 juniors. Don't forget that while we love the youngsters running with us, if the junior is under the age of 11 they MUST be accompanied at all times during the run by an adult, which doesn't have to be a parent, but should ideally be someone they know.
There were 18 First Timers who joined the parkrun party and among them were four who were running their very first parkrun. These four are worthy of a mention for starting their parkrun journey with us so well done to Caroline Maynard, Carly McAuley, Jonathan Roscoe and Michael Meyler. Welcome to the parkrun family. Now you have done that first run why not have another go next week and set a new Personal Best time?
Well done to all 46 runners who managed to remember their barcode. It is very rare to see a set of parkrun results without at least one unknown runner. It's terrible to have a brilliant run, maybe get a Personal Best, and then fail to have it recognised because you have no barcode. PLEASE .... Don't Forget Your Barcode. 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 the finish tokens. They are not souveniers ........ DON'T BE A TOKEN MAGPIE.
HALL OF FAME
Runners celebrating milestones this week.
Eileen Morland ran her 50th parkrun and gets herself a Cardinal Red commemorative 50-run T-shirt. Eileen has run 48 of her parkruns at Knowsley with her two tours being to Albert parkrun in Melbourne in February, and Salisbury parkrun. Eileen also celebrated her 80th birthday this week making her 50th run very special.
Ethan Dodd is a junior runner who has run 9 parkruns (8 at Knowsley) and his next run will be his 10th which will earn his a Junior White 10-run commemorative T-shirt. Ethan was one of our volunteers this week, appearing as Tail Walker.
Number of Commemorative T-shirts on show today:
Junior White (10 runs) – 2 runners
Cardinal Red (50 runs) – 5 runners
Jet Black (100 runs) – 1 runners
Green (250 runs) – 1 runners
Blue (500) – 0 runners
Number of runners who have volunteered 25+ times – 4. Well done to them.
The top 5 attendees this week were:
Barry Shackleton (Darwen Dashers) 356 runs
Christopher McElroy (Mossley Hill AC) 120 runs
Jessica Messenger (Northwich Running Club) 82 runs
Paul Brain (Darwen Dashers) 79 runs
Ian Scouler (Northwich Running Club) 69 runs
These five runners have completed over 700 parkruns between them.
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VOLUNTEERS – REMEMBER that parkrun can only take place weekly because of the volunteers and marshalls who give up their time on a Saturday morning. If you want to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, we had 18 credited volunteers so thank you all.
And potential runners remember that to officially take part at Knowsley (or any other parkrun anywhere) you need to be registered at www.parkrun.org.uk but you only need to register once and the barcode they give you will be needed each week when you have finished the run. DON'T FORGET YOUR BARCODE.
There are some brilliant photos on Facebook and Flickr, taken by Paul Hanley so if you are on one of them, feel free to copy it for your personal collection.
Knowsley parkrun started on the 10th December 2016 with 123 runners and 16 volunteers. The course record was set on the 3rd week on Christmas Eve 2016 by Ed Knudsden in 16:44, and the female course record was set by Charlotte Wilson-Dewhurst in February last year in 20:09. There have been 1,376 different runners on the course, representing 160 different running clubs, and they have completed 4,145 runs. The average attendance is 61 every week and there have been 885 Personal Bests. The attendance record is 138 which was set at run #50 and is the only time that the attendance of the inaugural run has been beaten. Knowsley parkrunners have completed 20,725Km (12,953 miles).
And that's it for the report for run #68. If you fancy writing a run report, and putting your slant on it, get in touch. I'm sure Richie would love to hear from you, and it would give him another weekend off. I've now done one more different parkrun than my wife (she is in Thailand) but when she gets home she will want to catch me up again so see you all again soon..
Barry Shackleton #loveknowsleyparkrun