Run Report #248: Saturday 12th January 2019: A Scouts Takeover Event

Report courtesy of guest reporter Les DAVIES

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Volunteers at the finish funnel including District Commissioner Michelle Durney
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Ormskirk parkrun #248 was an Ormskirk & District Scouts takeover spearheaded by Run Director Dawn Corlett. This was the end of a week-long recruitment drive by the scouts to attract adult volunteers. As well as leaders to help run the 4 sections in the groups around the district, which covers all of West Lancashire Borough, the scouts are also looking for volunteers for a range of roles including finance, government and administration. Anybody can make a contribution. If you can spare some time of just to find out more visit www.ormskirkscouts.org.uk/findout

And back to the parkrun itself. The morning was cool and blustery with the ever-present threat of some rain, which eventually did not appear. Not ideal for running, but it did stay dry.
RD Dawn had to hold the assembled masses at the start for a little while due to a problem on the approach road to allow some who had cut their timing a little fine to join the run. In the end there were 320 runners that finished the run.

This week saw 31 people taking part in parkrun for the first time. A warm welcome to:

Ellie ANDERSON
Lester ANDERSON
Ben BARBER
Natalie BARBER
James BROWN
Gemma CARYL
Joseph COFFEY
David COSSLETT
Zak COSSLETT
Paul CRAIG
Paddy DALTON
Andrew FEARNS
Graham FEARNS
Jane FEARNS
Helen FIELDING
Simon HARRISON
Graham KING
James KING
Jack LEA
Lucy LEA
Lisa MATTHEWS
Ben MCNAMARA
Thomas NEWTON
Freya OCONNOR
Victoria OCONNOR GREEN
Neil PIGGIN
Taylor PRICE
Rita PUGH
Deborah RAISBECK
Miranda STONE
Jerry STURGESS

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Briefing for first time park runners being ably done by Scout Support Ash Green assisted by Treasurer Les Davies
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Ash a bit later
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Five runners achieved milestone runs today, so congratulations to:

10 parkruns
Bethan GABRIEL

50 parkruns
Kath COYLE

100 parkruns
Simon BUSHELL
Philip MAKIN

150 parkruns
Philip RATHBONE

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An explorer in the cow hat showing that he is a parkrun tourist
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In spite of the conditions not necessarily being conducive, 32 runners managed new personal bests. So well done to:

Hannah BROOKFIELD
Laura BROWN
Molly BURNS
Brian CLIFFORD
Kathryn DUNCAN
Ben EVANS
Matilda GLAZZARD
Millicent GLAZZARD
Jason GOULDING
Reuben GOULDING
Gina HARVEY
Oliver HOWSON
Carol HUNTER
Romilly HUTHWAITE
Lorna JOLLIFFE
Frank KENNEDY
Daniel KIRWAN
Alex LANG
Megan LLOYD
Joseph MACDONALD
Kathryn MACDONALD
Anthony ORLEDGE Mike PUGH
Tom SMITH
Louise SULLIVAN
Angie THOMPSON
Hannah TOWNS
Kelly Anne TOWNS
Samantha TOWNS
Sam WALTON
Nicola WELSH
Joe WHITE

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Two scouting volunteers running together
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Deputy District Commissioner Hugh Miller with two cubs
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If we had a gold scout neckerchief to award it would have gone to Andrew Fearns of Knowsley Harriers who was first home in a time of 18:34. This was Andrew’s first run at Ormskirk, but he has taken part in many parkruns around the north west and elsewhere, with most at Knowsley. The second runner home, for the second time in two weeks, was Ormskirk regular junior runner Joshua Makin 26 seconds behind. 140 of his 144 parkruns have been here. Third place finisher in 19:34 was Michael Hopkins on his fourth Ormskirk visit. Most of Michael’s parkruns have been at Burgess parkrun in London. And just out of the medals, in fourth place, was Ormskirk parkrun’s regular reporter Mark Foster, who took advantage of the week off from his duties to put in a very creditable performance.

Another virtual gold neckerchief goes to Lauren Wilson from Penny Lane Striders as the first woman home in 21:34, on her second visit to Ormskirk out of 7 parkruns. A minute later at 22:39, the second woman home at the end of a very close contest was Laura Grace. Laura is an Ormskirk regular with all 24 of her parkruns at Edge Hill. The next three women to finish were separated by just three seconds. Joanna Durkin was third, only 7 seconds behind Laura at 22:46, Hannah Brookfield finished in fourth, two seconds later in 22:48 and Kelly Ann Towns was the fifth woman home, just one second later at 22:49. Joanna and Hannah are Ormskirk regulars, whilst Kelly Anne was on only her third visit to Ormskirk. Hannah and Kelly have already been mentioned in this report as they both managed personal bests.

Great performances from all of these and everybody who ran in conditions that were not ideal.

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Explorer scouts in action
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parkrun cannot take place without the volunteers and those who took that on this week for the Ormskirk and District Scouts takeover were:

Joseph BARBEN, Matthew BARBEN, Alison BARBEN, Steph BROADBENT, Millie BURROW, Dawn CORLETT, Thomas CORLETT, Annabelle CORLETT, Les DAVIES, Michelle DURNEY, John DURNEY, Mark FOSTER, Dominic GRANT, Ash And Reiff (Buggymeister) GREEN, Lillian HANLON, Phil HOGAN, Karen HULME, Anna HULME, Adam HULME, Adam HUTCHINS, Paul MASON, Oliver MURPHY, Katherine PARR, Peter RENNER, Jo ROTHERAM, Martha RUSSELL, Philomena SHOTTON, Jane TAYLOR, Joseph TRUONG and Catherine WALTON

Thanks to all of them for giving their time to Ormskirk parkrun.

A select group has reviewed the results list and tried to identify all of those who are involved with Ormskirk & District Scouts. The group has spotted 14 youth members (beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer scouts) running and 18 adult members. There may well be many more. These were in addition to the volunteers who could not run today. There are over 1200 youth members in Ormskirk and many vacancies for adult support. If you ran today and can spare some time to volunteer with the scouts go to www.ormskirkscouts.org.uk/findout.

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Run Director and leader in the Explorer Scout section Dawn Corlett discussing the day with two volunteers
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So, all in all, it was a great event. Some great runs in spite of the conditions not being ideal and the usual friendly atmosphere. A host of people new to parkrun, who will hopefully be back, and probably the experienced parkrunners achieved more personal bests than could be expected. The volunteers from the Scouts made a tremendous job of their takeover, worked well together as a team. and everything ran smoothly.

The team at Ormskirk parkrun look forward to seeing you all next time.

Les

 

Run Report #247: Saturday 5th January 2019

Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

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291 parkrunners prepare to set off today.
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Hello fellow parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to what literary critics are already calling this week’s run report. Well, I’m sure all my run report readers are anxious to know what the humidity levels were in Ormskirk today (last Saturday), so without further ado, let’s get stuck into this week’s run report. At 9:00 am on January 5th at Edge Hill University, Ormsdurk, the temperature was 6 ̊C, feeling like 4 ̊C, with 91% cloud cover, 83% humidity, 1039 millibars of pressure and a 10 km/h westerly wind. RD Margaret took charge of Ormskirk parkrun today and she did a thoroughly splendid job as always. Margaret even very kindly made herself available to sign autographs for a couple of hours or so in the café after the run, while some of us were enjoying Jo’s delicious, supermarket-bought birthday carrot cake, and while Caroline was frantically driving around Ormskirk trying to find a vital piece of results-processing equipment. Also, in the interval between the end of Margaret’s pre-run briefing and the start of the run, we were treated to a splendid musical interlude by Jo, Caroline, Margaret and Jo.

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Jo, Caroline, Margaret and Jo spontaneously break into song today.
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291 parkrunners hid their gramophones somewhere in Ormskirk today, 17 of whom are possibly the most enigmatic people you will ever chance to meet at a parkrun event. 15 lovely people made their first appearance in a parkrun run report today. Please give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the parkrun family to:

  • Ian BOYERS
  • Anne CLIFFORD
  • Ben CLIFFORD
  • Gavin DAW
  • Rose DAY
  • Ben EVANS
  • Catherine FOLEY
  • Christopher LOWE
  • Lisa MURRAY
  • David NALBORCZYK
  • Lisa Marie PALMER
  • Anita PATTERSON
  • Michael REDMOND
  • Tom SMITH
  • Michael WEBB

Congratulations on appearing in your first ever parkrun run report today! We hope your run with us today has encouraged you to appear in future parkrun run reports, either here in one of Op’s run reports, or in any of the other equally fantastic parkrun run reports! As usual, we had the pleasure of welcoming some tourists from some different parkruns for the first time today. Please welcome the following people to Ormskirk:

Thank you for visiting our parkrun today! We hope you enjoyed running with us and that you will run with us again soon! Please welcome home Phil RENTON and Samantha TOWNS, who are both registered with Op, but ran their first parkruns somewhere else.

Please congratulate the following athletes on their new PBs:

  • Alice ALCOCK
  • Michael KAIN
  • Toby CLARKE
  • Kieron MCKENNA
  • Robyn WILDING
  • Andrew CONWAY
  • Steven TABERNER
  • Darren KAIN
  • Michael COLLIER
  • Robert VAN
  • Lucy WHIPP
  • Matt PALMER-WILKINSON
  • John MERCER
  • John SWIFT
  • Nicola HAYES
  • Anthony TRUMP
  • Scarlett COLLINS
  • Veronica SWIFT
  • Graeme KEHOE
  • Kyran DONALD
  • Ella LYNCH
  • Benjamin CONNOR
  • Simon HARGREAVES
  • Keeley TABERNER
  • Paul MEEHAN
  • Kathryn HUTHWAITE
  • Michelle COLLIER
  • Brendan GALLAGHER
  • Lianne BURROWS
  • Gerard TROMP
  • Matthew GOULDING
  • Karen ENNIS
  • Jack TOPPING
  • Maria WILTSHIRE
  • Kathryn BURSLEM
  • Sophie ORLEDGE
  • John MONAGHAN
  • Pamela HOWARD
  • Paul WOODS
  • Lynn LYON
  • Brenda SHACKLADY
  • Thess JUTLA
  • Jenny REED
  • Sandra BRAUND
  • Hannah TOWNS
  • Chelsea WAREING
  • Lorna JOLLIFFE
  • Alfred PUGH

Congratulations to Darren KAIN (VM45-49) on his new PB and FpT of 22:37! Darren has run 22 of his 30 parkruns here at Op and he has so far recorded 11 PBs, including a batch of six PBs in a row in his first seven runs. Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs today!

Please thank the following lovely people for enabling event #247 of Ormskirk parkrun to go ahead today:

Run Director
Pre-event Set-up
First Timers Briefing
Marshals
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Tail Walker(s)
Timekeepers
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Finish Tokens
Finish Token Support
Number Checker
Funnel Manager
Barcode Scanning Team
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Token Sorting
Other
Photographer
Volunteer Coordinator
Carrot Cake Coordinator
Results Processing
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Run Report Writer
Margaret ELLAMS
Paul COTTERILL
Ash & Reiff (Buggymeister) GREEN
Richard CORLETT, Lilian HANLON,
Caroline HENDRA, Phil HOGAN,
and Myra MCKAY
Janice SHEEL and Jane TAYLOR
Bernice BLUNDELL, Paul MASON
and Jo ROTHERAM
Rachael FRACKLETON
Lilian HANLON
Peter RENNER
Paul COTTERILL
Millie BURROW, Richard CORLETT,
Jude HANLON, Myra MCKAY,
and Oliver MURPHY
Anna WILLIAMS
Mark FOSTER and Andrew YUZGIN
Dominic GRANT
Karen HULME
Jo ROTHERAM
Margaret ELLAMS, Mark FOSTER,
Caroline HENDRA and Jo ROTHERAM
Mark FOSTER

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Thanks to all our fantastic volunteers today! Thanks to our event-founder Paul COTTERILL, who volunteered at a parkrun event for the 250th time today! Thanks to Anna WILLIAMS for sorting the tokens today! Well done to all the 291 parkrunners today!

Congratulations to Adam SIMPKIN (SM30-34), who took home his first ever parkrun gold medal, courtesy of his time of 18:42 (69.79%)! Adam has run 10 of his 18 parkruns here at Op. He first ran here at event #222 with a time of 19:54, and he has so far recorded four PBs, culminating in his current PB of 18:20 (71.18%). Adam has run four times at Croxteth Hall parkrun, twice at Princes parkrun, once at St. Helens parkrun and once at Blackpool parkrun. Congratulations to Josh MAKIN (JM15-17), who took home a silver medal today, courtesy of his time of 18:53 (71.49%)! Josh has run 139 of his 143 parkruns here at Op and his current PB here of 18:37 (72.52%) is his fastest parkrun time to date. Josh has been the first male to finish here on three occasions, finishing first overall twice. Congratulations to Jonathan CONEY (SM20-24) of Leeds Uni…, oh, let’s just forget the name of his club, shall we, as it’s far too long to type out…, who finished in his highest overall and gender positions of third today with a time of 19:26 (69.07%)! Jonathan has run 20 of his 56 parkruns here at the University of Edge Hill, and he recorded his current PB here of 19:23 [snap!] (67.26%) ages ago at event #243. Jonathan has run 31 times at Woodhouse Moor parkrun, where his current PB and FpT to date is 19:03 (68.42%). The next seven males to cross the line this week were our reigning Male Points Champion Mark FOSTER (VM40-44) with a time 19:33 (71.44%), Kevin MARKHAM (VM40-44), who finished in his highest ever overall and gender parkrun positions of fifth with his second fastest parkrun time to date of 19:53 (68.63%), Michael KAIN (JM11-14), who finished in his highest overall (7th) and gender (6th) parkrun positions with a new PB of 20:29 (69.24%), Chris WILDING (VM35-39) with a time of 20:33 (65.45%), parkrun newcomer Christopher LOWE (SM20-24) with a time of 20:35 (62.67%), Toby CLARKE (JM11-14) with a new PB of 20:36 (68.88%) and Stephen LENNON (VM40-44) of LPSH with a time of 20:40 (67.58%). Congratulations to Michael and Toby on their very impressive new PBs today!

Congratulations to Alice ALCOCK (SW25-29) of Wigan Harriers, who was the first female to finish and who finished in her highest overall position thus far of sixth with a new PB of 20:10 (73.39%)! Alice has run 2 of her 5 parkruns here at Op. She was the third female to finish here at event #160 with a time of 21:18 (69.48%). Alice has run twice at Haigh Woodland parkrun, finishing as first female both times. Alice’s current PB at HWp of 20:19 (72.85%) is currently the second fastest time in the SW25-29 category there. Alice, a keen supporter of Avondale United F.C., was the first female to finish at event #65 of Southport parkrun with a time of 20:06 (73.63%). This time is currently the second fastest time in the SW20-24 category at Southport. Congratulations to Robyn WILDING (JW11-14) of Wigan Harriers, who took home a silver medal today, courtesy of her sensational new PB of 21:09! This time earned Robyn the very high field-fared score of 75.49%, which was the third highest score of the run! Robyn has run 9 of her 15 senior parkruns here at Op and her time today is currently the sixth fastest time in the JW11-14 category. Robyn has run six times at Haigh Woodland parkrun, where she has been the first female to finish on four occasions, and where her current PB and FpT to date of 20:15 (78.85%) is currently the third fastest time in the JW11-14 category, just one second behind Eva BALDWIN’s current PB of 20:14 (80.48%). Robyn has run all of her five junior parkruns at Skelmersdale junior parkrun, where she has been the first female to finish on four occasions (once overall). Robyn’s PB at Sjp of 7:38 (77.72%) is currently the joint second fastest time in the JW11-14 category there. Congratulations to Laura GRACE (VW40-44), who was this week’s female bronze medallist with a time of 22:06 (70.68%)! Laura has run all of her 23 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her second fastest parkrun time to date today. Laura recorded her current PB of 21:48 (71.64%) at event #235 and she was the first female to finish at event #229. Laura first ran at event #78 with a time of 26:29 and she has so far recorded eight PBs. A quick scroll down the results page reveals that the next seven females to finish today were parkrun silver medallist Lucy WHIPP (SW20-24) with a time of 22:54 (64.63%), parkrun bronze medallist Hannah BROOKFIELD (SW30-34) with a time of 23:27 (63.11%), parkrun silver medallist Anne SEPHTON (VW50-54) with 23:39 (70.89%), Op stalwart Nicola HAYES (VW40-44) of SBH with a new PB and FpT of 24:02 (64.01%), parkrun bronze medallist Charlotte CHAPPELL (VW40-44) with 24:26 (64.39%), world famous Woodland Whippet Vicky BEELEY (SW30-34) with her second fastest parkrun time thus far of 24:26 (60.83%) and parkrun gold medallist Sal EDGAR (VW40-44) with a time of 24:32 (63.18%). Congratulations to Lucy and Nicola on their new PBs!

Well run by all these athletic male and female parkrunners!

Well run by all our juniors today!

Today's full results can be found here.

Shoe Laced Scores
Congratulations to Veronica SWIFT (VW65-69), who recorded the very high cop-chased score of 81.48% for her sensational new PB of 25:09! Veronica has run 8 of her 43 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her fifth PB here today. Veronica has run 33 times at Southport parkrun, where her current PB is 23:52 (82.47%) and where her highest air-spaced score to date of 82.78% was recorded at event #115 for her time of 24:29. Well done to Op stalwart Victor MAESSCHALCK (VM70-74), who recorded the very high rabbit-raced score of 77.05% for his time of 23:10 today! Also recording high laurel-graced scores this week were first-timer at Op David BARNES (VM60-64) of Horwich RMI Harriers with a score of 74.75% for his time of 21:39, parkrun newcomer Rose DAY (VW65-69) with a score of 72.70% for her time of 29:11, Pamela HOWARD (VW65-69) with 71.26% for her new PB of 30:44, John SWIFT (VM65-69) with 71.00% for his new PB of 23:51, Andrew CONWAY (VM50-54) with 70.31% for his new PB of 21:30, Stephen HILL (VM65-69) of Lions Running Community with 69.81% for 24:01, Ross MOUGHTIN (VM70-74) of Achilles AC with 69.51% for 25:22 and Carol TIDGWELL (VW60-64) of Edge Pistols with a score of 69.19% for her time of 28:27. Congratulations to Pamela, John and Andrew on their new PBs and well done to Rose on her very impressive parkrun debut!

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 her name this week was multiple first-finisher Selina MAKIN (VW35-39) of Wigan Phoenix, who has run in a total of 210 parkruns, 94 of which have been run at here at Op.

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Selina with baby Elisa/Eliza in action today.
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The junior runner with the most number of runs to his name this week was 2017/2018 Spirit of parkrun Award Winner Daniel RATHBONE (JM11-14) of LPSH, who has run in a total of 148 parkruns, 145 of which have been run here at Op.

Emma ANDERSON (VW35-39), Mark HESKETH (VM40-44) and Janice SHEEL (VW60-64) of Edge Pistols all ran their 153rd parkruns here at Op today.

Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
Congratulations to Scarlett PARKINSON (JW11-14) of Wigan Harriers, who was the first female to finish at event #238 of St. Helens parkrun with a new PB and new JW11-14 category record of 19:30 (81.88%)! Congratulations to Eva BALDWIN (JW11-14) of Horwich RMI Harriers, who was the first female to finish at event #163 of Haigh Woodland parkrun with a time of 20:23 (78.33%)! Congratulations to Joanna MARSDEN (VW35-39) of Ellesmere Port RC, who was the first female to finish at event #130 of Chester parkrun with a new PB and FpT of 19:07 (79.51%)! Congratulations to Susan BURNS (VW60-64), who was the first female to finish at event #248 of Pendle parkrun with a time of 22:57 (83.37%)!

Well done to Adam HULME (JM15-17), who ran his 1000th senior parkrun kilometre at event #190 of Raphael parkrun today! Well done to Mark FOSTER (VM40-44), who ran his 200th parkrun here at Op today! The runner with the most number of runs to her name at event #139 of Southport parkrun this week was former Op stalwart Anne GIRDLER (VW60-64), who has run in a total of 226 parkruns, 112 of which have been run at Southport parkrun and 114 of which have been run here at Ormskirk parkrun.

There was a record attendance of 468 at event #329 of Preston parkrun today.

There was a record attendance of 263 at event #163 of Haigh Woodland parkrun today.

There was a record attendance of 471 at event #403 of Princes parkrun today.

There was a record attendance of 562 at event #359 of Worsley Woods parkrun today.

Citypark, Hanley and Ormskirk parkruns all had attendances of 291 today.

Skelmersdale junior parkrun Update
We were once again treated to some exceptional performances at event #100 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun!

Congratulations to Toby FARRER (JM10) of LPSH, Denis KOZEVNIKOVS (JM10) of WPSRC and Oliver FARRER (JM11-14) of LPSH, who were this week’s male medallists with times of 8:15, 8:55 and 8:57 respectively! Congratulations to Sarah YATES (JW10) of LPSH, Kady HALL (JW10) of WPSRC and Melissa MCLEAN (JW11-14) of WPSRC, who were this week’s female medallists with times of 8:31, 9:38 and 10:18 respectively! Congratulations to Toby and Sarah on their very high age-graded scores of 70.02% and 72.53% respectively! Congratulations to Grace HIRST (JW10) of St. Helens Tri, who joined the junior parkrun marathon club (21 runs), having squashed 20 of her 21 custard tarts over there at Skem juniors! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs this week and well done to all the 51 runners! Well done also to all the runners who have taken part in all the previous 99 parkruns at Skem juniors!

parkrun Clubs
Congratulations to Toby CLARKE (JM11-14) and Alisha TRUONG (JW15-17), who both joined the 10 Club here at Op today, with Toby throwing in his new PB of 20:36 for good measure! Congratulations to Izobel BERRY (JW10), who joined the 10 Club at event #51 of Crichton parkrun today!

Very many congratulations to Steven TABERNER (VM55-59) of WPSRC, who joined the 100 Club and recorded a new PB and FpT of 22:35 here at Op today! Steven has run 77of his 100 parkruns here at Op and 23 of them somewhere else.

Don’t forget to learn your ten and hundred times tables, folks!

To explore the other side of the moon, folks, just sign into your parkrun profile and click on Club Progress. The milestones are correctly positioned, but you may have to place an awkward-looking plant pot on the doorstep.

Event Images
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 Mark for uploading these photos on to Op’s flickr page!

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Thanks for reading this week’s run report!

Enjoy the rest of the week and we look forward to seeing you all next time!
Mark


Volunteers
Following this event our current participant to volunteer ratio stands at 6.8% for the previous four weeks. This gives us a red 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.


Photography
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 some but I've no idea how many 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.


Important Information
Personal Barcodes
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.

JM10/JW10 Runners
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.

Finish Tokens
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.


History
Ormskirk parkrun started on 29th March 2014, and since then 6,455 different runners, including participants from 420 athletics clubs, have completed 45, 421 runs covering a total distance of 227, 105km taking 2 years, 184 days, 0 hours, 3 minutes and 3 seconds and there have been 8,939 new Personal Bests. A total of 487 individuals have volunteered 4,351 times.

We've had 175 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 183.9 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.0. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 247 events into consideration, is 28:58. 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 146 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #247).

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


Special Events
Pacer Days
Our special pacer days take place on the third Saturday of the month, the next one being on 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
Following the success of our previous festive runs, there is every possibility that Ormskirk parkrun will be staging extra events on Christmas Day 2019 and New Year's Day 2020.


Connect With Us
To keep up to date with the latest goings on here at Ormskirk parkrun including event cancellation notices, course changes and other notices you can:

Follow us on Twitter for short quick updates;

Like us on Facebook for more in-depth posts, or;

Reach us at our office via e-mail for one on one private communications.

Join us on Strava to log and compare your activities with those of our other Strava Club parkrunners.

Own a ©Garmin device? Download our official Connect course preset to our average run time.


Donations
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!

 

Run Report #246: Tuesday 1st January 2019 (New Year’s Day)

Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

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Some of our parkrunners in action at event #244 on Christmas Day.
©Graham BELL

Hello fellow parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to the second of this week’s and the first of this year’s run reports. Well, the festive season is over for another year, but we certainly saw the New Year in in spectacular style here at Op today (yesterday) with our highest ever attendance of 465! Thank you to all the runners who helped make today’s event such a special occasion! Did you know, we had something like 120* tourists visiting us for the first time today?! (*I may have miscounted and some of today’s first-time tourists may be registered with Ormskirk parkrun, but they were still running with us for the first time even if they were.) We hope all these parkrun tourists enjoyed wondering where they were going with us and that they will wonder where they are going with us again soon!

At 9:00 am on January 1st at Benny Hill University, Ormskirk, the temperature was 9 ̊C, feeling like 7 ̊C, with 44% cloud cover, 72% humidity, 1036 millibars of pressure and a 20 km/h north-north-westerly wind. RD and world famous EPOT (Edge Pistol On Tour) Andy took charge of Ormskirk parkrun for the first time and he obviously brought a lot of tourists with him. A record-breaking 465 parkrunners ran round a bit at Edge Hill University today, 22 of whom remained unknown. Nine people applied for a job at Edge Hill University today. Please give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the parkrun family and an After Eight mint to:

  • Craig COWAN
  • Madeleine FOWLER
  • Emma IRELAND
  • Lorna JOLLIFFE
  • Nicola PARTINGTON(N)
  • Stacey PATTEN
  • Jenny REED
  • Louise SULLIVAN
  • Jack TOPPING

Congratulations on completing your first ever parkrun today! We hope your run with us today has encouraged you to continue your professional or educational careers, either here at Edge Hill University, or at any of the other equally fantastic university locations in the West Lancashire area!

It goes without saying that we are very grateful to the volunteers who made today’s event happen: Andy CULPIN, Ethan CULPIN, Oisin CULPIN, Mark DOYLE, Keith FARRER, Chris FLOWERS, Mark FOSTER, Dominic GRANT, Phil HOGAN, Karen HULME, Jenny JORDAN, Caroline KESSLER, Robbie KIGER, Jan MARSH, Paul MASON, Myra MCKAY, Oliver MURPHY, Katherine PARR, William PARR, Peter RENNER, Jo ROTHERAM and Jane TAYLOR

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers today! Thanks to all our magnificent volunteers who have volunteered over the festive period! Thanks to all the volunteers at neighbouring parkruns who made doing the double possible here at Op today! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs here at Op today! Well done to all the record-breaking 465 parkrunners today! Well done to everyone who ran a parkrun double today! Thanks to everyone who brought along a delicious selection of cakes, chocolates and confectionery today! Thanks also to Edge Hill University for allowing us all to run and volunteer on their premises on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day! Why not make it your new year’s resolution to work and/or study at Edge Hill University?

Congratulations to Unknown ATHLETE and Amanda CROOK (SW30-34) of Southport Waterloo AC on their superb first-finishes today! Congratulations to Amanda on her sensational new PB of 17:28 (84.92%)! Congratulations to first-timer at Op Joe NIVEN (JM15-17) of LPSH and Francois RAFFERTY (VM50-54) of Southport Waterloo AC, who were today’s male silver and bronze medallists respectively with respective times of 17:22 (77.14%) and 17:55 (82.33%)! Congratulations to Jennifer HOUGHTON (SW30-34) of Kirkby Milers AC and Harriet FOLEY (JW15-17) of LPSH, who were today’s female silver and bronze medallists with respective times of 20:51 (71.46%) and 20:59 [new PB!] (72.04%)! Congratulations to Harriet on her new PB!

Well run by all our juniors today!

Today's full results can be found here.

Shadow Shaped Scores
Congratulations to Jean MITCHELL (VW70-74) of SBH, who recorded the highest anne-girdled score of the run - 87.09% - for her time of 25:34! Just an hour and a half before, Jean had recorded her highest ever fan-hurdled score of 90.09% at event #138 of Southport parkrun for her time of 24:43! Well done also to Susan Ann STEWART (VW70-74) of Southport Waterloo AC on her very high pin-cushioned score of 84.09% for her time of 26:55!

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 first-timer at Op Richard William KIRK (VM35-39) of 26.2 RRC, who has run in a very impressive total of 332 parkruns, 104 of which have been run at Kingston parkrun. The junior runner with the most number of runs to his name this week was Jack KELLETT (JM15-17) Plymouth Musketeers RC, who has run in a total of 155 parkruns, 2 of which have been run here at Op, and 124 of which have been run at Plymvalley parkrun.

Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
Congratulations to Natasha SHEEL (SW30-34) of Serpentine RC, who was the first female to finish at event #246 of Peckham Rye parkrun and the first female to finish at event #337 of Hilly Fields parkrun with times of 19:00 (77.84% and 19:33 (75.70%) and who also joined the 50 Club today!

There was a record attendance of 566 at event #237 of St. Helens parkrun today.

There was a record attendance of 262 at event #162 of Haigh Woodland parkrun today.

There was a record attendance of 420 at event #148 of Lytham Hall parkrun today.

Wycombe Rye parkrun also had an attendance of 465 today.

Anne GIRDLER Update
In her last ten 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, 24:35 and 24:15 (her time at Southport 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. Anne recorded a time of 25:19 (76.63%) here at Op today.

parkrun Clubs
Congratulations to Nigel CLEMENTSON (VM55-59), who joined the 50 Club at event #162 of Haigh Woodland parkrun today! Congratulations to Chris MURPHY (VM45-49) of St. Helens Tri, who joined the 50 Club here at Op today! Congratulations to John ROCK (VM65-69), who joined also the 50 Club here at Op today! Very many congratulations to Karen CLARK (VW35-39) who ran her 100th parkrun here at Op today!

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.

Event Images
Thanks to Dominic GRANT for taking some fantastic photos of today’s event and then posting them on Op’s Facebook page!

Thanks for reading the second of this week’s and the first of this year’s run reports!

Enjoy the next couple of days or so and we look forward to seeing you all next time!
Mark


Volunteers
Following this event our current participant to volunteer ratio stands at 6.9% for the previous four weeks. This gives us a red 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.


Photography
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.


Important Information
Personal Barcodes
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.

JM10/JW10 Runners
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.

Finish Tokens
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.


History
Ormskirk parkrun started on 29th March 2014, and since then 6,433 different runners, including participants from 420 athletics clubs, have completed 45,130 runs covering a total distance of 225, 650km taking 2 years, 177 days, 21 hours, 8 minutes and 53 seconds and there have been 8,891 new Personal Bests. A total of 487 individuals have volunteered 4,329 times.

We've had 173 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 183.5 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.0. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 246 events into consideration, is 28:58. 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 145 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #246).

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


Special Events
Pacer Days
Our special pacer days take place on the third Saturday of the month, the next one being on 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
Following the success of our previous festive runs, there is every possibility that Ormskirk parkrun will be staging extra events on Christmas Day 2019 and New Year's Day 2020.


Connect With Us
To keep up to date with the latest goings on here at Ormskirk parkrun including event cancellation notices, course changes and other notices you can:

Follow us on Twitter for short quick updates;

Like us on Facebook for more in-depth posts, or;

Reach us at our office via e-mail for one on one private communications.

Join us on Strava to log and compare your activities with those of our other Strava Club parkrunners.

Own a ©Garmin device? Download our official Connect course preset to our average run time.


Donations
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!

 

Run Report #245: Saturday 29th December- A What Day is it Today? Celebratory Special

Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

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Some of our parkrunners in action at event #245 today.
©Dominic GRANT

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?

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Top parkrunner Mark in action at event #239.
©Graham BELL

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?:

Run Director
Pre-event Set-up
First Timers Briefing
Marshals
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Tail Walker(s)
Timekeepers
Finish Tokens
Finish Token Support
Number Checker
Funnel Manager
Barcode Scanning Team
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Token Sorting
Photographer
Volunteer Coordinator
Results Processing
Run Report Writer
Robbie KIGER
Mark FOSTER and Robbie KIGER
Jenny JORDAN
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
David STONEHOUSE
Andrew YUZGIN
Peter RENNER
Peter RENNER
Valerie DENIEUL, Paul MASON,
Myra MCKAY and Ben WHITE
Jenny JORDAN
Dominic GRANT
Karen HULME
Robbie KIGER
Mark FOSTER

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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.

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Paul shares centre stage with Jilly today.
©Dominic GRANT

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!

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Ross in action today.
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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!

parkrun Clubs
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!

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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!

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Mike in action today.
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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.

Event Images
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!

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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!
Mark


Volunteers
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.


Photography
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.


Important Information
Personal Barcodes
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.

JM10/JW10 Runners
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.

Finish Tokens
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.


History
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


Special Events
Pacer Days
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.


Connect With Us
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Donations
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!

 

Run Report #244: Tuesday 25th December 2018 – A Christmas Day Special

Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

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Hello fellow parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to the second of this week’s run reports. Before starting this week’s run reports, could I just thank RD Adam and all our junior volunteers for staging yet another fantastic junior takeover event last Saturday! Thanks also to Adam for writing the first of this week’s run reports, which was a cracking read with some fabulous photos! Don’t forget, 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 one is able to run and/or volunteer at two parkrun events in a day. (I know you can travel between time zones, or something, somewhere, and do two parkruns in a day that way, but I’m talking about under normal circumstances obviously.) The two local parkruns that I know of that are starting at 9:00 am on NYD are Southport and St. Helens. As I keep saying, if you are planning to run and/or volunteer at two parkruns on New Year’s Day, do remember to drive carefully from one parkrun destination to another. Please also remember that there will be no toilet facilities at Edge Hill University on New Year's Day. I was thinking of running at Southport parkrun and trying to get a new PB there and then pacing at Ormskirk at 22 minutes or something, or I might run at St. Helens yet, I’m not sure. I’ll probably run at Southport though. This will be the first time I have run at two parkruns in one day. Where are you thinking of running/volunteering, readers, and will you be doing the double?

At 9:00 am on December 25th at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, the temperature was 7 ̊C, feeling like 5 ̊C, with 100% cloud cover, 95% humidity, 1032 millibars of pressure and a 10 km/h south-easterly wind. RD Paul was in charge of Ormskirk parkrun today and he did a typically splendid job. A record Christmas Day attendance of 216 parkrunners attended Edge Hill University parkrun today, 23 of whom were obviously very secretive Santas, and so chose to remain unknown, and very wisely so, Mr. BOND, or who knows what would have happened to the latest translations of the most recent sleigh safety manuals at the epicentre, had the blacksmith’s son’s dust not been something of a misnomer. Neuf people were parkrunning for the first time today. Please give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the parkrun family to:

  • Michelle BEACOCK
  • Daniel BROOKFIELD
  • Oliver BROWNE
  • Emily LAND
  • Phillip LUPTON
  • Jill SAROKE
  • Otis SAROKE
  • Brian THOMAS
  • Kath THOMAS

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:

Steve ABBOTT, Caroline BABA, Stuart BRADLEY, Matthew CARNEY, Hannah CAULFIELD, Simon CROFT, Simon DALLY, Yuri DEAN, Matthew Owen HALL, Robin HALL, Geoff LEECH, Adam MCNAMARA, Matthieu MICHEL, Patrick NELIS, David PIKE, Andrew PRESTIDGE, James ROBERTS, Phil RYAN and Alan STONE

Thank you for spending your Christmas morning with us and helping to make our Christmas Day event such a special occasion! We hope you enjoyed opening all your presents with us today and that you will open all your presents with us again soon!

What the following 39 athletes don’t know about backing their homework diaries with wallpaper just isn’t worth knowing, and that’s for sure:

  • Mark MCKINNON
  • Cameron OLIVER
  • Keith MERCER
  • Daniel REES
  • Vicky UNSWORTH
  • Dexter TEALE
  • Andrew SAMUEL
  • Paul KEAGAN
  • Jennifer HOUGHTON
  • Sam AINSCOUGH
  • Neil MURPHY
  • Mark HEMMINGS
  • James TURTON
  • Tony BREEN
  • Steven TABERNER
  • Helen KELSALL
  • Andrew BEACOCK
  • Hannah BROOKFIELD
  • Brooke THOMPSON
  • Paul LAND
  • Neil WILLIAMS
  • Rebecca WHITWORTH
  • Scarlett COLLINS
  • Andrew BRIDSON
  • Fiona SEQUIEN
  • Philip KELSALL
  • Aycan DEMIRA
  • Jayne LAND
  • Andrea LORANT
  • Harold BRAUN
  • Graeme LOWE
  • Gordon MCKINNON
  • Geri LATIMER
  • Karen ENNIS
  • Kieran LUCAS
  • Paul SMART
  • Imogen GREGG-AURIAC
  • Phyl BUSHELL
  • Jill WOODS

Congratulations to Karen ENNIS (VW45-49) on her new PB of 29:52 today! Karen also joined the 50 Club today! Karen has run 44 of her 50 parkruns here at the home of Ormskirk parkrun gingerbread and she recorded her first sub-30-minute parkrun time today. Karen’s husband Gary tragically died earlier this year as a result of injuries sustained in a cycling accident, but, one thing’s for sure, Karen would have been able to hear Gary cheering her on as she sprinted her way to her new sub-30-minute PB today! Karen has set up a Just Giving page in Gary’s memory to help raise funds for Alder Hey Children’s Charity and so far Gary and Karen have raised a staggering total of £10,150, already exceeding their target by 1015%! Everyone at Ormskirk parkrun wishes Karen and family all the very best for Christmas and the New Year!

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Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs today!

The best present these lovely people gave today was to give up some of their Christmas morning in order to enable our special Christmas Day event to take place:

Run Director
Pre-event Set-up
First Timers Briefing
Marshals
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Tail Walker(s)
Timekeepers
Finish Tokens
Number Checker
Funnel Manager
Barcode Scanning Team
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Photographer
Token Sorting
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Volunteer Coordinator
Results Processing
Run Report Writer
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Paul COTTERILL and Alan HULME
Caroline HENDRA and Jo ROTHERAM
Graham BELL, Ruth BELL,
Alan HULME, Myra MCKAY
and Miranda STONE
Imogen HOLROYDE and Val PARRY
Andy CULPIN and Mark FOSTER
Paul MASON
Peter RENNER
Peter RENNER
Hans BOLTON, Myra MCKAY
and Miranda STONE
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Adam HULME, Anna HULME
and Karen HULME
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Robbie KIGER
Mark FOSTER

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Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers today! Thanks to Paul MASON for his naughty-but-delicious Viennese Whirls! Thanks to Peter DOLAN for his mulled wine! Thanks to everyone who brought along refreshments today! Well done to all the 216 parkrunners today!

Today’s top ten male finishers were: Luke EDWARDS (SM25-29) of LPSH with a new PB of 16:20 (78.98%), Op first-timer Simon CROFT (VM35-39) of Red Rose Road Runners with a new FpT of 16:37 (80.34%), multiple first-finisher Adam JONES (JM15-17) of LPSH with a time of 17:07 (78.87%), Op first-timer Phil RYAN (VM50-54) with a new FpT of 18:03 (81.72%), Mark MCKINNON (SM30-34) with a new PB of 18:38 (70.04%), Op first-timer Steve ABBOTT (VM40-44) of Wesham Road Runners with a time of 18:56 (72.62%), Op first-timer Simon DALLY (VM45-49) of Vegan Runners with a time of 19:07 (76.88%), Cameron OLIVER (JM11-14) of Kirkby Milers AC with a new PB and FpT of 19:10 (75.65%), Unknown ATHLETE with an unknown time and Jonathan CONEY (SM20-24) of Leeds University Union Hiking Club with a time of 19:29 (66.89%). Congratulations to Luke, Simon C. and Adam on their podium positions and congratulations to Op first-timer Phil on his new FpT and on recording the highest age-graded score of the run! Congratulations to all the top ten male finishers who recorded new PBs/FpTs today!

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Today’s top ten female finishers were: Multiple first-finisher Vicky UNSWORTH (VW35-39) of Liverpool Harriers AC with a new Op PB of 19:44 (76.27%), multiple first-finisher Debbie CAMPBELL (VW35-39) of LPSH with a time of 20:00 (75.25%), multiple first-finisher Jennifer HOUGHTON (SW30-34) of Kirkby Milers AC with a new PB of 20:15 (73.58%), multiple first-finisher Maxine THOMPSON (SW20-24) of LPSH with a time of 21:36 (68.52%), parkrun silver medallist Helen KELSALL (VW35-39) of Kirkby Milers AC with a time of 22:57 (65.94%), parkrun bronze medallist Hannah BROOKFIELD (SW20-24) with a new PB of 23:19 (63.47%), world famous Groundhog Day Club member Brooke THOMPSON (SW20-24) with a new PB of 23:39 (62.58%), parkrun silver medallist and first-timer at Op Hannah CAULFILED (VW35-39) of Chorley Athletic & Triathlon Club with a time of 23:54 (63.32%), parkrun silver medallist Natalie MOORE (VW35-39) of Red Rose Road Runners with a time of 24:04 (62.88%) and double parkrun gold medallist and first-timer at Op Caroline BABA (VW40-44) with her second fastest parkrun time to date (from 149 runs, 96 of which have been at Wythenshawe parkrun) of 24:20 (62.88%)! Congratulations to Vicky, Debbie and Jennifer on their podium positions, and congratulations to Vicky, Jennifer, Hannah B. and Brooke on their new PBs!

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Simply-having-a-wonderful-Christmas-time performances by all these male and female athletes!

Well run by all our juniors today!

Today's full results can be found here.

Threadfin Threaded Scores
Congratulations once again to Phil RYAN (VM50-54) and Simon CROFT (VM55-59) on their very high potato-roasted scores of 81.72% and 80.34% respectively! Daniel REES (VM55-59) found it hard to stop smiling after he crossed the line with a new PB of 19:40, which earned him the tremendously high cracker-pulled score of 80.85%! Daniel knocked one second off his old PB today. I thought Daniel would do very well today, given the good conditions, but Daniel was a bit sceptical before the run, saying he hadn’t run here for a few weeks, but he put in an exceptional performance, and I was willing him on as I watched him sprinting with all his might towards the finish line today. Well done also to Op stalwart Victor MAESSCHALCK (VM70-74) and occasional visitor to Op Paul KEEGAN (VM55-59) on their very high tree-decorated scores of 76.88% and 76.27% respectively for their respective times of 23:16 and 20:11 (new PB!)! Congratulations to Paul on his new PB! Also recording high pie-minced scores this week were Wally COPPELOV (VM60-64) of Newburgh Nomads RC with a score of 73.27% for his time of 21:53, Jo ROTHERAM (VW65-69) of Edge Pistols with 72.40% for 28:52, Michael LISLE (VM60-64) of Mersey Tri with 71.32% for 23:18, Sir Chris PYE (VM60-64) of Edge Pistols with 71.08% for 23:18, Bernice BLUNDELL (VW55-59) of Edge Pistols with 70.39% for 23:23, Kevin WALKER (VM40-44) of SBH with 70.13% for 19:55, Peter WILKINSON (VM40-44) of SBH with 69.74% for 22:48 and Shona TAYLOR (VW50-54) of Wigan Harriers with a score of 69.02% for her time of 25:33.

Sensational performances by all these athletes!

The latest Age Grade League table can be found here.

Miscellaneous Run Statistics
The runner with the most parkruns to her name this week was Andrea LORANT (VW35-39), who has run in a very impressive total of 274 parkruns, two of which have been run here at Op. Andrea has run 140 times at Pennington Flash and 132 times at lots of other parkrun destinations. Andrea has run at a total of 59 parkrun locations. The junior runner with the most number of runs to his name this week was our very own junior Run Director Adam HULME (JM15-17), who has run in a total of 196 parkruns, 101 of which have been run here at Op. Adam has run at a total of 51 different parkrun locations.

Congratulations to Phyl BUSHELL (VW80-84), who set a new VW80-84 record of 42:09 today! Phyl has run both of her parkruns here at Op, her first run being at event #235, at which she recorded a time of 44:43

Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
Congratulations to Lucy POOLE (JW11-14) of Chorley Athletic & Triathlon Club, who was the first female to finish at event #160 of Haigh Woodland parkrun with a time of 21:39 (73.75%)! Congratulations to Scarlett PARKINSON (JW11-14) of Wigan Harriers, who was the first female to finish at event #234 of St. Helens parkrun with a new JW11-14 category record of 20:23 (78.35%)! Congratulations to John ASHCROFT (SM25-29) of Liverpool Harriers AC, who set a sensational new course record of 15:15 (84.59%) at event #235 of St. Helens parkrun! Congratulations to Jade SMITH (SW25-29) of St. Helens Sutton AC, who was the first female to finish at event #235 of St. Helens parkrun with a new PB of 20:21 (72.73%)! Congratulations to Kevin PADSTOW (VW35-39), who finished first overall at event #61 of Black Combe parkrun with a new PB of 22:25! Kevin has run all of his 13 parkruns at Black Combe. He first ran at event #49 with a time of 26:26 and he recorded his eighth PB today. Congratulations to Katrin HIGGINSON (SW18-19) of Bridgend AC, who was the first female to finish at event #146 of Lytham Hall parkrun with a time of 19:46 (75.72%)! Congratulations to Liam BENNISON (JM10) and Sophia BURTON (JW10) of Running 4CF, who were the two first-finishers at event #52 of Clitheroe Castle junior parkrun with respective times of 8:25 (73.99%) and 8:29 (74.89%)! Congratulations to Jean MITCHELL (VW70-74) of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers, who recorded her highest age-graded score to date of 89.25% (24:57) at event #136 of Southport parkrun!

There was a record UK parkrun attendance of 2011 at event #767 of Bushy parkrun on Christmas Day!!!

In her last eight 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 and 24:30 (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.

Grangemoor, Lytham Hall, Malling, Ormskirk, Osterley, South Shields and Wakefield Thornes parkruns all had attendances of 216 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.

Skelmersdale junior parkrun Update
We were once again treated to some stunning performances at event #98 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun!

Congratulations to Bradley MABOTE (JM11-14), Denis KOZEVNIKOVS (JM10) of WPSRC and Joshua MORANA (JM10), who were this week’s male medallists with times of 7:56, 8:42 and 9:47 respectively! Congratulations to Ava BUCKLEY (JW10) of Knowsley Harriers & AC, Melissa MCLEAN (JW11-14) of WPSRC and Nikki SCHOFIELD (JW11-14) of WPSRC, who were this week’s female medallists with times of 9:48, 10:13 and 10:54 respectively! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs this week and well done to all the 44 runners! We hope Santa brought you lots of fantastic presents!

parkrun Clubs
Congratulations to Maria LEE (VW50-54), who joined the Volunteers 25 Club at event #98 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun! Maria has volunteered at parkrun 25 times on 25 separate occasions, 23 times as a Marshal, once as a Barcode Scanner and once as a Finish Token. The eclectic bunch of characters who make up the parkrun community are immensely grateful to Maria for her selfless and invaluable contributions to the parkrun cause!

Congratulations to Karen ENNIS (VW45-49), who ran her 250th parkrun kilometre today! Karen has run 88% of her 50 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her current PB here and FpT to date of 29:52 today! Congratulations on your first sub-30-minute parkrun time, Karen! Karen has run twice at Barnstable parkrun, once at Bideford parkrun, once at Birkenhead parkrun, once at Tollcross parkrun and once at Southport parkrun.

Don’t forget to claim your milestone T-shirts, Maria and Karen!

“We won’t, Mark, thanks,” say Maria and Karen, “And a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of Op’s run report readers and writers!”

“And a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both, Maria and Karen!” say all of Op’s run report readers and writers.

To claim your milestone T-shirts, Maria and Karen, 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.

Event Images
Thanks to Graham BELL for his fabulous festive photos!

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Thanks for reading the second of this week’s run reports!

Enjoy the rest of the week and we look forward to seeing you all next time!
Mark


Volunteers
Following this event our current participant to volunteer ratio stands at 11.1% 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.


Photography
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.


Important Information
Personal Barcodes
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.

JM10/JW10 Runners
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.

Finish Tokens
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.


History
Ormskirk parkrun started on 29th March 2014, and since then 6,264 different runners, including participants from 407 athletics clubs , have completed 44,411 runs covering a total distance of 222, 055km taking 2 years, 163 days, 5 hours, 59 minutes and 58 seconds and there have been 8,797 new Personal Bests.

We've had 171 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 182.0 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.1. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 244 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 143 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #244).

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


Special Events
Pacer Days
Our special pacer days take place on the third Saturday of the month, the next one being on 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.


Connect With Us
To keep up to date with the latest goings on here at Ormskirk parkrun including event cancellation notices, course changes and other notices you can:

Follow us on Twitter for short quick updates;

Like us on Facebook for more in-depth posts, or;

Reach us at our office via e-mail for one on one private communications.

Join us on Strava to log and compare your activities with those of our other Strava Club parkrunners.

Own a ©Garmin device? Download our official Connect course preset to our average run time.


Donations
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!

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