Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER
Some of our parkrunners in action at event #245 today.
Hello fellow parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to what will probably turn out to be the first of this week’s and the last of this year’s run reports. I hope all my readers had a very enjoyable Christmas! Don’t forget, readers, that Ormskirk parkrun will be staging an extra event on New Year’s Day at 10:30 am. This is the one day of the year that, under normal circumstances, one is able to run and/or volunteer at two parkrun events in one day. The two local parkruns that I know of that are starting at 9:00 am on NYD are Southport and St. Helens. May I once again remind the parkrun community that, if you are planning to run and/or volunteer at two different parkrun locations on New Year’s Day, do remember to travel safely from one parkrun destination to another.ED Keith form Southport parkrun will be doing the Southport/Ormskirk double on Tuesday, and he says he will be the last person to leave Southport, so that when he arrives, our RD Andy will know that all of the runners/volunteers from Southport should also have arrived, and they should also have arrived from St. Helens by then as well, assumimg they haven't dawdled or stopped to do some shopping on the way.
Well, readers, I’m sure you don’t need our 2017/2018 Run Reporter of the Year Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) to tell you what another fantastic year of parkrunning/parkvolunteering we have all enjoyed here at Ormskirk parkrun! Here are just some of the many highlights of the year: top parkrunner Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) being crowned our male points-champion for a record third time back in March; top parkrunner Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) recording his current PB of 19:23 at event #232; top parkrunner Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) finishing in his highest overall and gender parkrun positions of second at event #242; and top parkrunner Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) being awarded our 2017/2018 Run Reporter of the Year Award back in March. We have also seen some records being set here at Op this year. For example, top parkrunner Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) must have set the record for the most number of consecutive attendances here at Op this year, and he must also have set the record for the most number of times one can mention top parkrunner Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) in just one paragraph of a parkrun run report. Anyway, this run report isn’t all just about top pakrunner Mark FOSTER (VM40-44), so let’s crack on with the report, shall we?
Top parkrunner Mark in action at event #239.
At 9:00 am on December 29th at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, the temperature was 12 ̊C, feeling like 10 ̊C, with 62% cloud cover, 86% humidity, 1026 millibars of pressure and a 30 km/h west-south-westerly wind. RD Robbie bossed everyone about today and he did a typically splendid job. 254 parkrunners got blown about a bit at Edge Hill University today, the most enigmatic 18 of whom remained unknown. Zehn people ran their first ever parkrun today, assuming they hadn’t run as an unknown runner before today. Please put your hands together and give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the parkrun family to:
- Teddy BEKO
- Catherine DAVIES
- Brendan GALLAGHER
- Louisa MACDONALD
- Alfred PUGH
- Mike PUGH
- Victoria PUGH
- Kate RAYNOR
- George RUSSELL
- Idris SAROKE
Congratulations on completing your first parkrun today! We hope your run with us today has encouraged you to continue your parkrunning career, either here at Edge Hill University or at any of the other equally fantastic parkrun locations! As usual, we had the pleasure of welcoming some parkrunners from some different parkrun locations for the first time today. Please welcome the following people to Ormskirk:
Becky ASKEY, Samson COLLIER, Paul COLLINS, Jacob COOKE, Kate COOKE, Rachel FINCH, Gwyneth GREENWOOD, Callum GREGORY, James NELSON, John HARRISON, Lorraine HUGHES, Steph HUMPHRIES, Tom HUMPHRIES, Zoe MOUGHTIN-MUMBY, James NELSON, Peter NOLAN, John ROE, Robert SARGANT, Steven SHOVELTON, Helen WALTON, Martin WAUGH and Stewart WOODWARD
Thank you visiting our parkrun today! We hope you enjoyed running with us today and that you will run us again soon!
What the following 34 athletes don’t know about craft, design and technology just isn’t worth knowing, and that’s for sure:
- Jonathan HILEY
- Nick TAYLOR
- Andrew MOUGHTIN-MUMBY
- Stephen BENNETT
- Patrick TABERNER
- Colm LOUGHLIN
- David ROWNTREE
- Keith FARRER
- Darren NICHOLLS
- John MERCER
- Mark BLUNDELL
- Peter REECE
- Christopher CRAVEN
- Dave BARROW
- Katy VINCENT
- David GLEAVE
- Olivia WALKER
- Natasha JOHNSON
- Graeme GREGORY
- Alison GLEAVE
- Otis SAROKE
- Sarah HAYWARD
- Simon HARGREAVES
- Frances KENYON
- Jason GOULDING
- Paul JACKSON
- Amy ENGLAND
- Gary STONELEY
- Lianne BURROWS
- Chelsea WAREING
- Florence NIXON
- Lucia Ricqui CARMICHAEL
- Kathryn MACDONALD
- Kath THOMAS
Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs today!
Did you remember to give a very generous tip to the following lovely people, who gave up some of their free time today in order to enable event #245 of Ormskirk parkrun to take place?:
First Timers Briefing
Finish Token Support
Barcode Scanning Team
Run Report Writer
Mark FOSTER and Robbie KIGER
Graham BELL, Ruth BELL,
Tracy BERRY, Bernice BLUNDELL,
Valerie DENIEUL, Myra MCKAY
and John ROCK
Janice SHEEL and Jane TAYLOR
Simon BEATTY and Peter JORDAN
Valerie DENIEUL, Paul MASON,
Myra MCKAY and Ben WHITE
Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers today! Thanks once again to Paul MASON for his naughty-but-very-tasty Viennese Whirls! Thanks also to Paul for heroically volunteering with us while he has been out of parkrunning action due to a broken leg! We wish Paul a very speedy recovery! Thanks also to Ben WHITE, who was participating at a parkrun event for the first time today as a part of our barcode scanning team! Ben is from Glasgow and he is down here in the North West of England visiting family. Thanks to everyone who brought along refreshments today for whatever reason! Well done to all the 254 parkrunners today!
Today’s top ten female finishers were: Sarah YATES (JW10) of LPSH with a time of 22:14 (76.76%), Andrea BANNER (VW5-49) of Elswick Harriers with a time of 22:30 (72.74%), Steph HUMPHRIES (SW25-29) of Warrington Running Club with 23:13 (63.75%), first-timer at Op Emma GREGORY (SW18-19) with a time of 23:30 (63.69%), Hannah BROOKFIELD (SW30-34) with 23:37 (62.67%), Anne SEPHTON (VW50-54) with 24:09 (69.45%), Charlotte CHAPPELL (VW40-44) with 24:40 (63.78%), Nicola HAYES (VW40-44) of SBH with 24:41 (62.32%), Heather BANNER (VW40-44) with 24:53 (63.23%) and Katy VINCENT (SW20-24) with a new PB of 25:00 (59.20%). Congratulations to Sarah, Andrea and Steph on their podium positions and congratulations to Katy on her new PB!
Today’s top ten male finishers were: Jonathan HILEY (SM30-34) with a new PB of 16:22 (79.43%), Adam JONES (JM15-17) of LPSH with a time of 16:58 (79.57%), Nick TAYLOR (VM35-39) of LPSH with a new PB of 17:21 (76.95%), Thomas HARKIN (VM35-39) with 17:21 (76.59%), Damien GILL (SM30-34) with 18:45 (69.96%), Andrew MOUGHTIN-MUMBY (VM40-44) with a new PB of 19:20 (70.60%), Stephen BENNETT (VM35-39) with a new PB of 19:23 [snap!] (69.91%), Se LOUGHLIN (JM11-14) of LPSH with 19:34 (71.12%), Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) with 19:40 (71.02%) and John HARRISON (VM35-39) of Ellesmere Port RC with a time of 19:54 (66.67%). Congratulations to Jonathan, Adam and Nick on their podium positions and congratulations to all the top ten male finishers who recorded new PBs this week!
Sensational running by all these male and female athletes!
Well run by all our juniors today!
Today's full results can be found here.
Bauble Blamed Scores
Congratulations to Adam JONES, Jonathan HILEY, Nick TAYLOR, Sarah YATES and Thomas HARKIN on their very high age-graded scores of 79.57%, 79.43%, 76.95%, 76.76% and 76.59% respectively! Well done also to Tony HARVEY (VM55-59), Nigel CLEMENTSON (VM45-49) of Horwich RMI Harriers and Victor MAECHAECMHAECHMAECHECKSELK (VM70-74) on their very high age-graded scores of 77.71%, 76.17% and 75.05% respectively for their respective times of 20:07, 20:42 and 23:47! Also recording high age-graded scores today were Margaret ELLAMS (VW70-74) of Edge Pistols with a score of 73.21% for her time of 30:55, Olivia WALKER (VW55-59) with a score of 72.80% for her new PB of 25:55, Jo ROTHERAM (VW70-74) of Edge Pistols with 72.28% for 28:55, Lee ANDERTON (VM45-49) of LPSH with 70.19% for 20:21 and Carol TIDGWELL (VW60-64) of Edge Pistols with a score of 69.06% for her time of 28;30. Congratulations to Olivia on her new PB!
Excellent parkrunning by all these athletes!
The latest Age Grade League table can be found here.
Miscellaneous Run Statistics
The runner with the most parkruns to his name this week was Paul HOLLOWAY (VM40-44) of Bournville Harriers, who has run in a total of 204 parkruns, 28 of which have been run here at Op.
Paul shares centre stage with Jilly today.
The junior runner with the most number of runs to his name this week was three-time first-finisher Josh MAKIN (JM15-17), who has run in a total of 144 parkruns, 138 of which have been run here at Op.
Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
Congratulations to Scarlett PARKINSON (JW11-14) of Wigan Harriers, who was the first female to finish at event #235 of St. Helens parkrun with a new JW11-14 category record of 20:22 (78.40%)! Congratulations to Sophie BOHANNON (JW11-14) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, who was the first female to finish at event #147 of Lytham Hall parkrun with a time of 20:56 (76.27%)! Congratulations to Sam GRIFFIN (JM11-14) of Aberdeen AAC, who finished first overall at event #22 of Fleetwood Promenade parkrun with a time of 18:34 (76.39%)! Congratulations to Sam ASPEY (JM10), who finished first overall at event #108 of Avenham Park junior parkrun with a PB-equalling time of 7:59 (72.36%)! Congratulations to parkrun newcomer Gary PRIESTLEY (SM30-34) of Salford Harriers & AC, who finished first overall at event #272 of Cuerden Valley parkrun with a time of 17:01 (76.00%)! Congratulations to Francois RAFFERTY (VM50-54) of Southport Waterloo AC, who finished first overall at event #3 of Kew Woods parkrun with a new PB and new male course record record of 18:30 (79.73%)! Congratulations also to Francois for joining the 100 Club today!
In her last nine runs at Southport parkrun, former Op stalwart and two-time female points-champion Anne GIRDLER (VW60-64) has recorded times of 24:35, 24:54, 24:26, 24:19, 24:36, 24:38, 24:48, 24:30 and 24:35 (her time today). Anne’s PB at Southport at the moment is 23:39 (79.77%), which is her fastest parkrun time to date. Anne recorded her highest age-graded score to date of 81:00% at event #128 of Southport parkrun for her time of 23:57.
There was a record attendance of 527 at event #177 of Birkenhead parkrun today.
There was a record attendance of 171 at event #3 of Kew Woods parkrun today.
Ormskirk, Pontypridd, Sherwood Pines and Sutton Park parkruns all had attendances of 254 today.
More Miscellaneous Matters
Ormskirk parkrun will be holding an extra event on New Year’s Day, starting at 10:30 am. Please remember there will be no toilet facilities at Edge Hill University on this day.
Happy 70th Birthday to Ross MOUGHTIN (VM70-74)! Ross’s family were out in force here at Op today, celebrating Ross’s birthday, and we hope they all had a lovely time!
Ross in action today.
Skelmersdale junior parkrun Update
There were once again some exhilarating performances at event #99 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun!
Congratulations to Oliver FARRER (JM11-14) of LPSH, Toby FARRER (JM10) of LPSH and Alex HUTCHINS (JM11-14), who were this week’s male medallists with times of 8:15, 8:17 and 9:41 respectively! Congratulations to Kady HALL (JW10) of WPSRC, Ava BUCKLEY (JW10) of Knowsley Harriers and Layla HALL (JW10) of WPSRC, who were this week’s female medallists with times of 9:36, 9:55 and 10:25 respectively! Congratulations to Nour KHOLIEF (JW10) of WPSRC and Kieran LUCAS (JM11-14), who both joined the junior parkrun half-marathon club (11 runs), with both of these athletes having run all of their 11 runs over there at Skem juniors! Congratulations to Faith PITT (JW10), who joined the junior parkrun marathon club (21 runs), having run all of her 21 junior parkruns in Skelmersdale! Congratulations to Matthew BENNETT (JM10) and Ernie HOLLOWAY (JM10) on their respective PBs of 10:25 and 15:51 and well done to all the 28 runners! We hope you enjoyed this week’s warm-up with a difference!
Congratulations to John ROCK (VM65-69), who joined the Volunteers 25 Club here at Op today! John has volunteered at parkrun 25 times on 25 separate occasions, 16 times as a Marshal, 8 times as a Barcode Scanner and once as a Funnel Manager. The heterogeneous bunch of characters who make up the parkrun community are immensely grateful to John for his selfless and invaluable contributions to the parkrun cause!
John marshals at the top of Hairpin Hill today.
Congratulations to Barry CHEETHAM (VM50-54), Paul COGGON (VM50-54), Mark DOYLE (VM40-44), Ella LYNCH (SW25-29) and Max LYON (VM35-39), who all joined the 50 Club today!
Very many congratulations to Margaret ELLAMS (VW70-74) of Edge Pistols and Mike MURPHY (VM65-69), who both ran their 100th parkruns today!
Margaret in action today.
Mike in action today.
Thanks to everyone who brought along a delicious selection of milestone-celebratory refreshments!
Don’t forget to claim your milestone T-shirts, folks!
To claim your milestone T-shirts, folks, just sign into your parkrun profile and click on Club Progress. The T-shirt is free, but you will have to pay a small amount for postage and packaging.
Thanks to Dominic GRANT for taking some fantastic photos of today’s event and then posting them on Op’s Facebook page and thanks to Run Reporter and top parkrunner Mark for uploading these photos on to Op’s Flickr page!
Thanks for reading the first of this week’s and the last of this year’s run reports!
Enjoy the next couple of days or so and we look forward to seeing you all next year!
Following this event our current participant to volunteer ratio
stands at 10.7% for the previous four weeks. This gives us a yellow rating. As all parkrun events rely on non-runners and runners giving up some of their time in order for them to take place, for our parkrun we'd like our rating to be in the green ▲
i.e. be above 15%.
If you could volunteer at any of our future events please let us know by contacting our awesome Volunteer Co-ordinator who will fit you in on the roster. The majority of our roles are very easy to do so please don't worry about being thrown in at the deep end
The Event Director of Ormskirk parkrun is Robbie KIGER.
Are you are a budding photographer wishing to hone your skills? Then why not offer to be our official photographer for an upcoming event? All you need do is contact us at our office and you've got the job!
Please note that as we are a public event photographs may be taken at multiple places on the course by various people at any time. If you see any singular images of yourself/dependants appearing on our social media outlets, or on our flickr photo pool and you wish for them to be removed please contact our office.
Duke Of Edinburgh's Awards [D of E]
parkrun is no longer an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, but we still welcome those wishing to do their D of E physical/volunteering requirement with us. Please note our available places are limited, so prospective candidates may have to join a waiting list.
Currently there are no D of E candidates registered with us. If you'd like to volunteer your time as part of your Bronze/Silver/Gold award requirements please contact our office.
Please remember to bring your personal barcode with you to every parkrun event - if you do not you will not get your finishing time recorded. Laminate them if possible to protect them from rain, better still why not purchase a more durable barcode by visiting The ID Band Company, who are official suppliers of barcodes to parkrun.
Our insurance stipulates ALL juniors listed in the JM10 or JW10 categories (i.e. all children 10 or under) MUST run with a PARENT, GUARDIAN or other DESIGNATED ADULT at all times around the course. Failure to do so may result in the child's time being withheld. Note - if there'll be no nearby legitimate matching surname in the results please let the barcode scanning team know on the day, or contact us as soon as possible later, to avoid this happening.
Please do not take the finish tokens home with you as we need them again for the next event. If you do find one in the washing later even if the event was a while ago, please let our office know. We'll be pleased to have it back again to join its friends. Thanks.
Where's My Result?
We want you to enjoy our parkrun and to go home after the event with a result. If, following your run, you do not appear in the results, it's most likely due to your not having presented your athlete barcode (see Personal Barcode above) to the Barcode Scanning Team. If you did but you still do not appear, it could be because of an infringement ranging from but not limited to:
- not completing the full course
- failing to keep to the course path at all times
- being a junior in the U11 category appearing to be running alone
- being inconsiderate to another parkrunner, volunteer or other third-party
Sorry, but fair play is a parkrun participation course requirement.
Ormskirk parkrun started on 29th March 2014, and since then 6,297 different runners, including participants from 410 athletics clubs , have completed 44,665 runs covering a total distance of 223, 325km taking 2 years, 168 days, 9 hours, 48 minutes and 58 seconds and there have been 8,832 new Personal Bests. A total of 482 individuals have volunteered 4,307 times.
We've had 173 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 182.3 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.1. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 245 events into consideration, is 28:57. Our largest attendance is 400 (event number 158), whilst our lowest is 42 (event number 95).
Ormskirk parkrun has been run over five courses. C1, our original course, was in use for six events (events #1 to #6), C2 was used for 93 events (events #7 to #99), C3 was used for one event (event #100), C5 was used for one event (event #149) and our current course, C4, has been in use for 144 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #245).
The female record is held by Jade WILLIAMS who ran in a time of 00:17:15 on 2015-12-19 (event number 93).
The male record is held by Stuart ROBINSON who ran in a time of 00:15:34 on 2016-05-14 (event number 115).
The Age Grade course record is held by Karen FALOON, who recorded a score of 88.42% (24:36) on 14th July 2018 (event number 224).
Our points champions are Emma-Jayne DOYLE (2017/2018), Hannah Rose DOYLE (2016/2017), Mark FOSTER (2015/2016, 2016/2017 & 2017/2018), Anne GIRDLER (2014/2015 & 2015/2016) and Mike PRICE (2014/2015).
Photographs and videos taken at our event appear on our official flickr photo pool here.
RESULTS HISTORY | AGE CATEGORY RECORDS | FASTEST 500
Our special pacer days take place on the third Saturday of the month, the next one being January 19th. If you'd like to help our parkrunners by pacing during one of these events please see the required times below and get in touch with us.
January, March, May, July, September and November - odd times: 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35
February, April, June, August, October and December - even times: 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36
Christmas Day/New Year's Day Special parkruns
Ormskirk parkrun will be holding extra events on Christmas Day 2018 and New Year’s Day 2019. Our Christmas Day event will start at 9:00 am as usual, but our NYD event will start at 10:30 am.
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We are always grateful to receive donations and these will go towards the replacement of equipment, the purchase of medals/certificates for our anniversary awards and for other essential gear which will make our parkrun run go safely and smoothly. If you would like to donate please see this page, however before doing so please make sure your home run is set to Ormskirk in your parkrun profile as this is what will be used to link your donation to us. We thank you for your gift.
Purchases made using the donation fund appear below:
Quad Set of Motorola Walkie-Talkies [May 2015 - Safety]
Set of Free-Standing Posts [June 2015 - Funnel]
PA System Ancillaries [March 2016 - Briefings]
Set of New Finish Tokens [May 2016 - Essential Equipment]
Set of New Finish Tokens [December 2016 - Essential Equipment]
Half a Set of New Finish Tokens [May 2017 - Essential Equipment]
Trophies [May 2017 - Annual Prize Ceremony]
Defibrillator [October 2017 - Safety]
Signs [December 2018 - Route Clarification]
Looking forward to seeing you all again with your barcodes at our next event!