Run Report #224: Saturday 14th July 2018

Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

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Some of our parkrunners looking cool in the hot conditions today.
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Hello fellow parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to this week’s run report. This week's run report is quite a bit longer than last week's run report. Before beginning this week's run report, could I just thank top parkrun photographer Graham BELL for his fantastic photos of event #224 and for uploading his photos on to Op's Flickr page!

It goes without saying that at 9:00 am on July 14th at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, the temperature was 20 ̊C, feeling like 20 ̊C, with 79% cloud cover, 64% humidity and a 6 mph south-south-westerly wind. RD Peter was in charge of Op today and, it has to be said, Peter belied his title of Worst Volunteer of the Year 2017/2018 by actually doing a very good job. In addition to the usual pre-run briefing, there was some polite applause as Matt COCHRANE was presented with the Shorts of Shame. Also, just like RD Margaret did last week, RD Peter kept all the 230 runners and one or two of the volunteers impatiently chomping at the bit at the end of his pre-run briefing by forcing them to listen to excerpts from the following poem:

They hit, they knocked and they crushed,
every single brick and every single rock.
their bare hands bled but they did not stop-
Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood,
or death.

Through the towers high windows
a group of ants formed at its gates.
But they covered the fortress whole,
and with every falling brick,
proved themselves lions.

The fire of will,
it held their minds
and powered their hearts.
the fire of will,
it surged through their veins;
once ignited, it grew unstoppable,
bound to leave ash in its wake.

The majestic fortress had stood firm;
a mountain, cold and absolute,
defending its might come violent rain or strong wind.
The high towers concealed
the deepest dungeons,
with stone walls seemingly impervious,
and its gateway, tightly shut.

But its majesty soon to wither away,
this great mountain, would soon to succumb
to the swirling winds of change,
picking up the flame that began
right from within.

This fortress would prove itself unworthy,
against a nation’s cry.
For it stood for the tyrant,
the tight shut gates oblivious
to the raging fire.

Among shattered glass,
the crumbling bricks
and the falling walls,
the ancient regime will be left hanging,
only to be crushed under
the boot of reformation.

A cold statue; the tyrant
his vanity; as high as the towers,
any appeal, and every appeal, he stonewalled.
With a head so high up in the clouds,
he could never foresee,
the fatal blow that knocked
him to his knees.

Its majesty now reduced to rubble,
by the simple hands of peasants,
its glorious blocks were crushed,
left to be equal,
to blend into the land's soil.

As the nation rejoiced to see,
the once mighty façade now under their feet,
is this a revolt? No sire,
for the flags have been raised,
picked up by lasting winds of change,
and the blood of the nation imprinted
deep into the rubble,
to forever remain in the roots of the land,
to forever mark its glory,
for this is a revolution.

Nishtha Trivedi

Thanks for the poetry, Peter! 230 runners ran today. Like last week, 14 of these runners were unknown. 14 runners were running at a parkrun event for the first time today. Please give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the parkrun family to:

  • Matthew BELLAMY
  • Olivia CORDWELL
  • Sarah DUNN
  • Adam HEDDRICK
  • Sarah HOLDEN
  • Daniel LIGGAT
  • Anna MCKEEVER
  • Chris MOLLOY
  • Mike PARR
  • William PARR
  • Caroline PENDLETON-NASH
  • Jane TAYLOR
  • Rebecca VAN DER LEE
  • Maria WILTSHIRE

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 Ormskirk or at any of the other equally fantastic parkrun locations! There were eight parkrun tourists visiting us for the first time today. Please welcome the following people to Ormskirk:

Roger GWINNETT, Jonathan HILEY, Lynne NELSON, Simon PETTET, Rebecca SARGEANT, John SHEVELAN, Lewis SHEVELAN and Daniel VERNON

Thank you for visiting our parkrun today! We hope you all took away happy memories of running with us and that you will run with us again soon! We had the pleasure of welcoming a runner from Black Combe Runners to Ormskirk parkrun for the first time today.

The following 24 athletes recorded new PBs today:

  • Mike GALL
  • Adam SIMPKIN
  • Damien GILL
  • Ivan SYCHEV
  • Sam BOULT
  • Stephen COLLINS
  • Joseph HENDERSON
  • Martin RICHARDSON
  • Laura GRACE
  • Sal EDGAR
  • Natasha CARR-SYCHEVA
  • Euan ROSTRON
  • Terry JOHNSTON
  • Frank KENNEDY
  • Andrew WINROW
  • Hannah LAWRENCE
  • Philip STEELE
  • Tamaris HIGHAM
  • Elliot HIGHAM
  • Andrew BIRKETT
  • Eri MOUNTBATTEN
  • Benjamin AURIAC
  • Emma O’TOOLE
  • Maia BUSHELL

Congratulations to all the athletes who recorded new PBs today! The PBs of most of the runners remained the same today.

Please mention the following very kind-hearted people in your memoirs:

Run Director
Pre-event Set-up
First Timers Briefing
Marshals
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Tail Walker(s)
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Timekeepers
Finish Tokens
Number Checker
Barcode Scanning Team
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Non-Scan Log
Token Sorting
Photographer
Post-event Close-down
Volunteer Coordinator
Results Processing
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Run Report Writer
Pacer 27
Pacer 30
Peter DOLAN
Mark FOSTER and Karen HULME
Jo ROTHERAM and Liz SPENSLEY
Graham BELL, Mark DOYLE,
Keith FARRER, Mark FOSTER
and Phil HOGAN
Ruth BELL, Izobel BERRY
and Tracy BERRY
Michelle LOUGHLIN and Richard WEBSTER
Sian THOMAS
Peter RENNER
Mark DOYLE, Keith FARRER
and Toby FARRER
Chris PYE
Katherine PARR
Graham BELL
Mark FOSTER and Karen HULME
Karen HULME
Peter DOLAN, Mark FOSTER
and Robbie KIGER
Mark FOSTER
Matt COCHRANE
Karen HULME

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Thanks to all our fantastic volunteers today! Thanks to Karen and Matt for pacing today! Thanks to Izobel BERRY (JW10) for tail walking today! Thanks to Toby FARRER (JM10) for barcode scanning today! Well done to all the 230 parkrunners today!

Congratulations to Jonathan HILEY (SM30-34), who crossed the line at Op for the first time today with a stunning time of 16:37 (78.23%)! Jonathan has run in a total of five parkruns, spread out over nearly six years. Jonathan has finished first at Dulwich, Pennington Flash and York parkruns and his FpT to date of 16:10 (79.79%) was recorded on his way to finishing first at event #40 of Dulwich parkrun.

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Jonathan (in red and black) and Jamie in action today.
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In order to finish first today, Jonathan had to see off the determined challenge of multiple first-finisher Jamie RUTHERFORD (SM25-29) of Liverpool RC, who finished just two seconds behind Jonathan with an age-graded score of 77.48%! Jamie has run 22 of his 42 parkruns here at Op and he has been the first to finish here on ten occasions. I shouldn’t really be telling you this, but Jamie is the only male runner to have finished first at more than two consecutive Op events, having finished first at events #129, #130 and #131. Jamie recorded his current PB here of 16:36 (77.71%) not so long ago in fact at event #219. You would be forgiven for thinking that this is Jamie’s fastest parkrun time to date but it isn’t. Jamie’s fastest parkrun time to date of 16:32 (78.02%) was recorded on his way to finishing first at event #168 of Croxteth Hall parkrun. As luck would have it, Jamie has run 15 times at Croxteth Hall parkrun, where coincidentally he has been the first to finish on eight occasions. Jamie has also finished first at Brockwell parkrun, Herne Hill and Southport parkrun. Jamie finished second overall at this year’s Southport half-marathon with a very fast time. Congratulations to Jamie on his silver medals!

Not wanting to upset the apple-cart, today’s male bronze medallist Mark WYNNE (VM40-44) of LPSH recorded the every high age-graded score of 82.97% for his time of 16:50! Mark has run 20 of his 29 parkruns here at Op and he has been the first to finish here on 9 occasions. Mark’s PB here of 16:36 (82.83%) tops the VM40-44 category at t’ moment and it is currently his fastest parkrun time to date. Mark recorded his highest anne-girdled score to date today. Mark has run nine times at Princes parkrun, where he has been the first to finish on two occasions. Congratulations to Mark on his bronze medal today!

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Mark in action today.
©Graham BELL

Two-time first-finisher Ian ROBERTS (VM35-39) of LPSH just missed out on the medals this week, despite recording the very respectable time of 18:13 (73.28%). Congratulations to one-time first-finisher Mike GALL (VM35-39) of LPSH, who strained every sinew and used every trick in the book to cross the line with a new PB of 18:32 (71.13%)! Mike knocked one second off his old PB today! Congratulations to Adam SIMPKIN (SM30-34) on his new PB of 18:58 (68.80%)! Adam recorded his FpT to date of 18:30 (70.27%) at event #119 of Croxteth Hall parkrun. Congratulations to Damien GILL (SM30-34), who continued his rise up the rankings here at Op by recording yet another new PB of 19:04 (68.44%)!

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Damien on his way to a new PB today.
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Our VM55-59 category topper Tony HARVEY (VM55-59) recorded the very high age-graded score of 79.16% for his time of 19:45. Well done to Tony on his very high age-graded score! Elite junior parkunner Se LOUGHLIN (JM11-14) put in another terrific performance to claim the tenth top ten male position with a time of 19:51 (71.45%)!

Lookin’-for-some-hot-stuff performances by all these male athletes!

Congratulations to first-timer at Op Rebecca SARGEANT (SW25-29) of Penny Lane Striders, who was this week’s female gold medallist with a time of 22:21 (66.22%)! Rebecca has run in a total of 25 parkruns so far. She has run 16 times at Princes parkrun, where her highest gender position thus far is second. Rebecca has run four times at Widnes parkrun, where she was the first female at event #92 and where her current PB and FpT to date is 21:11 (69.87%). Rebecca has also run four times at Croxteth Hall parkrun. Rebecca is a keen supporter of NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac and she never misses a home game.

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Rebecca approaches Ruff Junction for the first time today.
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Congratulations to Laura GRACE (VW40-44), who finished in her highest gender position thus far of second with a new PB of 23:29 (66.00%)! Laura has run all of her 15 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her fourth PB today. Laura first ran at event #78 with a time of 26:29.

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Laura and Sal (in order of finishing) in action today.
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Congratulations to Op stalwart Sal EDGAR (VW40-44), who was this week’s female bronze medallist with a time of 23:32 (65.86%)! Sal has run all of her 69 parkruns here at Op and she was the first female to finish way back at event #221, if you remember. Sal first ran at event #101 with a time of 29:30 and she then went on to record five PBs in her next five runs. Sal has so far recorded 12 PBs, culminating in her current PB of 23:22 (65.83%). Sal recorded her second fastest parkrun time to date of 23:24 and her highest age-graded score to date of 66.24% last week at event #223.

Congratulations to Natasha CARR-SYCHEVA (SW25-29), who finished in her joint highest gender position of fourth today with a new PB of 23:57 (61.80%)! The hot weather didn’t stop Angela DOLAN (VW40-44) crossing the line with a time of 24:20 (62.88%), that’s for sure! Angela was the first female to finish at event #109 of Crosby parkrun. Joanna JONES (VW50-54) took just 24 minutes and twenty seconds to record an age-graded score of 68.83% today. Congratulations to our VW70-74 category topper Karen FALOON (VW70-74) of Barnet & District AC, who set a new age-graded score record 88.42% and recorded a new VW70-74 record of 25:11! Sensational running from Karen today! (Please see the token-sorted scores section below for more details on Karen’s parkrun career.) World famous parkrunners Shona TAYLOR (VW50-54) of Wigan Harriers, Nicola HAYES (VW40-44) of SBH and Charlotte CHAPPELL (VW40-44) were the next three females to cross the line this week with times of 25:18 (69.70%), 25:38 (60.01%) and 26:01 (60.03%).

Feelin’-hot-hot-hot performances by all these athletic females!

As usual there were some tremendous performances by our juniors today. Well done once again to Se on his top ten position! Well done to our 2017/2018 Junior Male Points Champion Daniel HOWELLS (JM15-17), who finished in twelfth place today with a time of 20:29 (67.94%)! Well done to parkrun newcomer Daniel LIGGAT (JM10), who recorded the very high conker-conquered score of 72.45% for his time of 22:34! We saw a sensational parkrun debut from Daniel today! Other juniors putting in notable performances this week were Thomas LIGGAT (JM11-14) and Colm LOUGHLIN (JM11-14), who both recorded their second fastest parkrun times to date of 22:34 (64.35%) and 23:33 (60.23%) respectively.

Hot-footing-it performances by all our juniors today!

Today's full results can be found here.

Funnel Managed Scores
Congratulations once again to Karen FALOON (VW70-74) on her record-breaking age-graded score of 88.42%! Karen has run 3 of her 14 parkruns here at Op and her current PB here is 24:36 (86.25%). Karen tops the VW70-74 at Birkenhead parkrun at the moment with her PB there of 24:19 (91.57%). Karen also tops the VW70-74 category at Crosby and Southport parkruns with her PBs there of 25:35 (87.15%) and 24:28 (91.07%) respectively. Karen recorded her FpT to date of 23:50 (86.24% and 86.36%) at events #63 and #128 of Princes parkrun. Karen was the second female to finish at event #34 of Oak Hill parkrun.

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Record-breaker Karen (third from front) in action today.
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Well done to Liz SPENSLEY (VW70-74) of St. Helens Tri, who recorded the very high age-graded score of 78.71% for her time of 29:45! Liz has run 84 of her 87 parkruns here at Op and her current PB is 27:48 (82.79%). Well done to Victor MAESSCHALCK (VM70-74), who recorded the very high age-graded score of 76.99% for his time of 23:11! Victor, whose current PB is 22:20 (78.06%), has run 173 of his 180 parkruns here at Op and he recorded his fastest parkrun time of the year today. Jo ROTHERAM (VW65-69) put in another excellent performance today, recording an age-graded score of 72.40% for her time of 28:52. Jo has run 66 of her 74 parkruns here at Op and her current PB here of 28:45 (71.59%) is her fastest parkrun time to date. Jo recorded her highest age-graded score of 72.49% for her time of 28:50 last week at event #223. Another majestic performance from Margaret ELLAMS (VW70-74) saw her recording the age-graded score of 71.59% for her time of 31:37. Margaret has run 78 of her 83 parkruns here at Op and her current PB here is 29:44 (75.36%). Margaret recorded her fastest parkrun time to date of 29:39 (75.10%) at event #103 of Crosby parkrun.

Hot-off-the-press 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 our very own Volunteer Coordinator Karen HULME (VW45-49) of Edge Pistols, who has run in a total of 248 parkruns, 126 of which have been run at Ormskirk. 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 138 parkruns , 135 of which have been run here at Op.

Ruth BELL (VW65-69) ran her 99th parkrun here at Op today.

Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
Congratulations to Matthew KNOWLES (JM15-17) of Lancaster & Morecambe AC, who finished first overall at event #132 of Lancaster parkrun with a new PB of 17:22 (80.13%)! Congratulations to Sasha OLDHAM (JW15-17), who was the first female to finish at event #132 of Lancaster parkrun with a time of 21:45 (71.26%)!

Graham TRAFFORD (VM45-49) has run all of his 19 parkruns here at Op. Graham first ran at event #172 with a time of 29:10 and he has so far recorded seven PBs, culminating in his current PB of 26:02. Graham recorded a time of 26:48 today (last Saturday). Simon ANDREWS (VM60-64) has run all of his 34 parkruns here at Op. Simon first ran at event #132 with a time of 32:29 and he has so far recorded two PBs, his current PB being 29:09. Simon recorded a time of 31:18 today. Peter WILKINSON (VM55-59) of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers has run all of his 37 parkruns here at Op. Peter first ran at event #1 and he recorded his current PB of 21:59 (69.29%) in his second run at event #4. Peter recorded his highest age-graded score of 70.29% for his time of 22:03 at event #110. Peter recorded a time of 24:24 today. Sue FLYNN (VW55-59) has run 43 of her 48 parkruns here at Op and her current PB here of 29:19 is her fastest parkrun time to date. Sue first ran at event #141 with a time of 39:14 and she has so far recorded 13 PBs. Sue recorded a time of 32:32 here at Op today. Claire SHAW (VW40-44) has run all of her 22 parkruns here at Op and her current PB is 25:21. Claire first ran at event #174 with a time of 27:20. Claire recorded a time of 27:51 today.

There was a record attendance of 148 at event #81 of Knowsley parkrun this week.

There was a record attendance of 76 at event #30 of Clitheroe Castle junior parkrun this week.

There was an attendance of 166 at the inaugural Dinton Pastures parkrun event this week.

Poolsbrook and Sewerby parkruns also had attendances of 230 today.

Skelmersdale junior parkrun Update
We were once again treated to some phenomenal performances at event #75 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun!

Congratulations to world famous Wigan Harrier Scarlett PARKINSON (JW11-14), who finished first overall and broke her own female course record with a sensational new PB of 7:20! This time earned Scarlett the phenomenally high age-graded score of 80.38%, which is a new age-graded score record at Skem juniors! Scarlett is the first runner to record an age-graded score of 80% or more over there at the home of Skelmersdale shortbread! Scarlett has run all of her six parkruns at Skem juniors and she has finished first overall every time, recording times of 7:43, 7:33, 7:41, 7:27, 7:38 and 7:20 in the process! Congratulations to multiple junior parkrun gold medallist Bella-Rae HOLDEN (JW11-14 of WPSRC, who pocketed a silver medal with her time of 9:02 (66.69%)! Bella has been the first female to finish at Skem juniors on 18 occasions and her current PB of 8:39 tops the JW10 category at the moment. Congratulations to Melissa MCLEAN (JW10) of WPSRC, who took home a bronze medal, courtesy of her time of 9:20 (66.18%)! Melissa’s PB at t’ moment is 9:04 and she was the first female to finish (second overall) at event #68. Congratulations to last week’s male gold medallist Bradley MABOTE (JM11-14), who was also this week’s male gold medallist with a stunning new PB of 7:20! This time earned Bradley the amazingly high age-graded score of 76.31%! Bradley made his parkrun debut last week at event #74, finishing first overall with a time of 7:42. Congratulations to six-time junior parkrun gold medallist Toby FARRER (JM10), who took home a silver medal with a time of 8:03 (71.76%)! Toby is currently the JM10 category record holder at both Skem juniors and Ormskirk parkrun with his PBs of 7:43 and 19:59 respectively. Congratulations to first-timer at Skem juniors Zachary BOWLES (JM10), who took home a bronze medal and recorded his fastest junior parkrun time to date of 8:11, which earned him the very high age-graded score of 76.10%! Zachary has run 18 times at Brockwell junior parkrun, where his current PB is 8:38 and his highest gender and overall positions thus far are second. Zachary recorded his fastest senior parkrun time to date of 21:02 (80.90%) last month at event #202 of Rushmoor parkrun. Congratulations to Alishba ANWAR (JW10) of WPSRC and Lewis JOHNSTON (JM10), who both joined the half-marathon club (11 runs) this week, with both of these athletes having run all their junior parkruns at Skem! Congratulations to Rhea BERRY (JW10) and Layla HALL (JW10) of WPSRC on their new PBs of 10:17 (71.87%) and 9:58 (70.94%) respectively! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs this week and well done to all the 44 runners!

parkrun Clubs
Congratulations to Op stalwarts Laura BANKS (SW30-34) of St. Helens Tri, Helen BRISCOE (VW40-44), Anthony SHORROCK (VM45-49) and Joanna TREASURE (VW55-59), who all ran their 50th parkruns today, having run at Ormskirk parkrun on 49, 48, 50 and 49 occasions respectively!

Very many congratulations also to Emily BRAUND (SW30-34), who ran her 500th parkrun kilometre at event #182 of Penryhn parkrun today! Emily has run at 39 different parkrun locations, with 48 of her runs being here at Op.

Thanks to everyone who brought along a delicious selection of milestone celebratory nosh!

To claim your milestone T-shirts, just sign into your parkrun profiles 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 today’s photographs!

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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 9.2% 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 :-)


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
parkrun/UKA 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 5,679 different runners, including participants from 371 athletics clubs , have completed 40,015 runs covering a total distance of 200, 075km taking 2 years, 74 days, 3 hours, 38 minutes and 21 seconds and there have been 8,103 new Personal Bests.

We've had 156 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 178.6 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.0. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 224 events into consideration, is 28:56. 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 115 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #224).

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 Matthew THOMPSON who recorded a score of 87.63% (16:34) on 4th July 2015 (event number 69).

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 July 21st. 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 2018 and New Year's Day 2019.


The Team
The Event Director of Ormskirk parkrun is Robbie KIGER.
The Run Directors are Paul COTTERILL, Peter DOLAN, Anna HULME, Dominic GRANT, Darren MCMAHON, Steve HANLON, Alan HULME and Margaret ELLAMS.

Other Core-Team members are Mark FOSTER and Karen HULME


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]


Looking forward to seeing you all again with your barcodes at our next event!
Robbie, Paul, Peter, Steve, Anna, Dominic, Darren, Alan, Margaret, Mark and Karen

 

Run Report #223: Saturday 7th July 2018

Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

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Today's first female finisher Natasha and our 2017/2018 Male Cake Off Champion Paul being cheered on at event #12.
©Barry RYDER

Hello fellow parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to this week’s run report. I hope everyone is enjoying the heatwave and looking forward to the match. At 9:00 am on July 7th at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, the temperature was 20 ̊C, feeling like 20 ̊C, with 29% cloud cover, 56% humidity and a 3 mph north-westerly wind. RD Margaret was in charge today. Margaret crammed quite a lot into her pre-run briefing actually. For example, Margaret congratulated Daniel REES’s daughter on getting married today (last Saturday). Margaret also welcomed any newcomers and gave a shout-out to the runners who were reaching milestones today. Margaret also mentioned the Cystic Fibrosis 3K event, which takes place at Edge Hill University at 10:30 am on Sunday 14th October 2018. Margaret reminded us that we have until the end of July to take advantage of the early bird entry fees. Margaret then held us all enthralled by her impassioned recital of some poetry, penned by William SHAKESPEARE:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; ..........

Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath and bend up every spirit
To his full height. On, on, you noblest English..
Be copy now to men of grosser blood,
And teach them how to war. And you, good yeoman,
Whose limbs were made in England, show us here
The mettle of your pasture; let us swear
That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game's afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!

Thanks for the poetry, Margaret! 235 runners ran uphill and down dale today. 14 of these runners were unknown. 10 runners were running at a parkrun event for the first time today. Please give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the Ormskirk branch of the parkrun family to:

  • Romy DENIEUL
  • Valerie DENIEUL
  • Jamie FAIREY
  • Lorraine GREAVES
  • Paula MURRAY
  • Charlotte PENDLETON-NASH
  • Cory SANDYS
  • Harley George SLATER
  • Louise SPEAKMAN
  • Donna WATMOUGH

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 Ormskirk or at any of the other equally fantastic parkrun locations! There were 12 parkrun tourists from 9 differnet parkruns visiting us for the first time today, including Khazimla NGANTWENI from Victoria Lake parkrun in South Africa. Please welcome the following people to Ormskirk:

  • Andy SMITH from Birkenhead parkrun
  • Jonathan CALDER and Jason RAWLINS-WILLIAMS from Princes parkrun
  • Ewen SIMPSON from Sheffield Castle parkrun
  • Natalie E from Southport parkrun
  • Simon DAWSON, Paul HOWARD and Clare STANLEY from St. Helens parkrun
  • Tom YATES from Stretford parkrun
  • Hannah TILLINTON from Swindon parkrun
  • Khazimla NGANTWENI from Victoria Lake parkrun
  • Julie DAWSON from Widnes parkrun
  • Thank you for visiting our parkrun today! We hope you enjoyed running with us and that you will run with us again soon!

    The following 27 athletes recorded new PBs today:

    • Glenn HUGHES
    • Thomas REES
    • Adam SIMPKIN
    • Daniel REES
    • Philip BIRD
    • Daniel DEWHURST
    • Damien CARTEN
    • Rebecca WALSH
    • Gary MOSS
    • David BIRCH
    • Laura GRACE
    • Louise MOSS
    • Keith BERGMAN
    • Hugo ROBINSON
    • Lee SILKER
    • Phil DEMPSEY
    • Austen ROBINSON
    • Simon HARGREAVES
    • Matthew PALIN
    • Lindsay BIRCH
    • Catherine HAYHURST
    • Toni DEARY
    • Emma DAWSON
    • Verity PRESCOTT
    • Laura MOSS
    • Emma O’ TOOLE
    • Sonia DENTON

    Congratulations to all the athletes who recorded new PBs today! The PBs of most of the runners remained the same today.

    Thanks to the following people who came forward to ensure that event #223 happened today:

    Run Director
    Pre-event Set-up
    First Timers Briefing
    Marshals
    .
    Tail Walker(s)
    Timekeepers
    Finish Tokens
    Number Checker
    Barcode Scanning Team
    .
    Non-Scan Log
    Token Sorting
    Post-event Close-down
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Results Processing
    Run Report Writer
    Pacer 20
    Pacer 22
    Pacer 26
    Pacer 29
    Pacer 30
    Margaret ELLAMS
    Jo ROTHERAM and Liz SPENSLEY
    Jenny JORDAN and Jo ROTHERAM
    Jill COCHRANE, Rachael FRACKLETON,
    Louise MCCALL and Val PARRY
    Tracy BERRY and Adam HULME
    Matt COCHRANE and Andrew MAXWELL
    Sian THOMAS
    Peter RENNER
    Hannah BOWER, Mark FOSTER
    and Rachael FRACKLETON
    Louise MCCALL
    Katherine PARR
    Liz SPENSLEY
    Karen HULME
    Adam HULME
    Mark FOSTER
    Michael ANDERSON
    Mark FOSTER
    Peter DOLAN
    Matthew ELLAMS
    Paul COTTERILL

    .

    Thanks to all our volunteers today! Thanks to all our pacers today! Well done to today’s very fast first-finishers Glenn and Natasha! Well run by all our juniors today! Well done to all the runners who recorded high age-graded scores today! Well done to all the 235 parkrunners today!

    Today's full results can be found here.

    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 Selina MAKIN (VW35-39) of Wigan Phoenix, who has run in a total of 187 parkruns, 84 of which have been run at Ormskirk. The junior runner with the most number of runs to his name this week was Adam HULME (JM15-17), who has run in a total of 180 parkruns , 97 of which have been run here at Op.

    Emily BRAUND (SW30-34) ran her 99th parkrun here at Op today.

    Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
    Congratulations to our SW18-19 category holder Tiffany PENFOLD (SW18-19), who was the first female to finish at event #2 of Whitehaven parkrun this week with a time of 19:06 (78.36%)!

    Today's first female finisher Natasha SHEEL (SW30-34) of Serpentine RC now tops the first-finishes count here at Op with 18 first-finishes to her name so far.

    There was a record attendance of 434 at event #273 of Porthcawl parkrun this week.

    Bognor Regis parkrun and Blackpool parkrun also had attendances of 235 today.

    Skelmersdale junior parkrun Update
    We were once again treated to some outstanding performances at event #74 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun!

    Congratulations to parkrun newcomer Bradley MABOTE (JM11-14), who was this week’s male gold medallist with a sensational first junior parkrun time of 7:42 (72.68%)! Congratulations to six-time junior parkrun gold medallist Toby FARRER (JM10), who took home a silver medal and broke his own JM10 category record with a spectacular new PB of 7:43 (74.86%)! Toby also recorded the highest age-graded score of the run! Congratulations to three-time junior parkrun first-finisher Luke CAMPBELL (JM10) of WPSRC, who took home a free sausage, courtesy of his time of 8:17! Congratulations to internationally renowned WPSRC athlete Kady HALL (JW10), who picked up her third junior parkrun gold medal with a time of 9:36! Congratulations to multiple junior parkrun gold medallist Bella-Rae HOLDEN (JW11-14) of WPSRC, who also picked up a sausage on her way to claiming a silver medal with a time of 9:36! Bella holds the JW10 category record at Skem at t’ moment with her current PB there of 8:39. Congratulations to junior parkrun gold medallist Melissa MCLEAN (JW10) of WPSRC, who took home a bronze medal with a time of 9:46! Melissa also joined the marathon club (21 runs) this week, with all of her 21 junior parkruns having been run at Skem! Congratulations, Melissa! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs this week and well done to all the 40 runners! Thanks to Oliver FARRER (JM11-14) for timekeeping!

    parkrun Clubs
    Congratulations to Matthew PALIN (JM10), who joined the 50 Club this week! Matthew has run 43 of his 50 parkruns here at Op and he recorded his current PB and FpT to date of 29:08 today! Congratulations on your new PB, Matthew! Matthew has run 3 times at Southport parkrun, once at Croxteth Hall parkrun, once at Delamere parkrun and once at Penryhn parkrun. Thanks to Matthew for his scrumptious milestone celebratory fairy cakes!

    Very many congratulations to Robin BYRNE (VM50-54), who joined the 100 Club this week! Robin has run 97% of his 100 parkruns here at Op and his current PB here of 27:01 is his fastest parkrun time to date. Robin has run twice at Crosby parkrun and once at Southport parkrun.

    Very many congratulations to Stuart ORD (JM11-14), who also joined the 100 Club this week! Stuart has run 98% of his 100 parkruns here at Op and his current PB here of 21:34 is his fastest parkrun time to date. Stuart has run twice at Crosby parkrun.

    Very many congratulations to Udo WIESHMAN (VM55-59), who also joined the 100 Club this week! Udo has run 99% of his 100 parkruns here at Op and his current PB here of 26:28 is his fastest parkrun time to date. Udo has run once at Peckham Rye parkrun.

    Thanks to everyone who brought along a fantastic selection of milestone celebratory grub!

    To claim your milestone T-shirts, just sign into your parkrun profiles 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
    No photographs were taken at this week’s event!

    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 9.0% 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 :-)


    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
    parkrun/UKA 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 5,657 different runners, including participants from 370 athletics clubs , have completed 39,785 runs covering a total distance of 198, 925km taking 2 years, 69 days, 10 hours, 9 minutes and 59 seconds and there have been 8,077 new Personal Bests.

    We've had 154 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 178.4 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.0. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 223 events into consideration, is 28:56. 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 114 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #223).

    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 Matthew THOMPSON who recorded a score of 87.63% (16:34) on 4th July 2015 (event number 69).

    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 July 21st. 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 2018 and New Year's Day 2019.


    The Team
    The Event Director of Ormskirk parkrun is Robbie KIGER.
    The Run Directors are Paul COTTERILL, Peter DOLAN, Anna HULME, Dominic GRANT, Darren MCMAHON, Steve HANLON, Alan HULME and Margaret ELLAMS.

    Other Core-Team members are Mark FOSTER and Karen HULME


    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]


    Looking forward to seeing you all again with your barcodes at our next event!
    Robbie, Paul, Peter, Steve, Anna, Dominic, Darren, Alan, Margaret, Mark and Karen

     

    Run Report #222: Saturday 30th June 2018

    Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

    Park Run
    Three of our parkrunners in action at event #6.
    ©Matthew CRANHAM

    Hello fellow parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to this week’s run report. At 9:00 am on June 30th at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, the temperature was 20 ̊C, feeling like 20 ̊C, with 0% cloud cover, 59% humidity and a 7 mph easterly wind. RD Liz was in charge today. 171 runners ran today. 8 of these runners were unknown. 10 runners were running at a parkrun event for the first time today. Please give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the Ormskirk branch of the parkrun family and a slice or two of Elaine’s delicious banana and walnut loaf cake to:

    • Victoria BAUER
    • Antonia MADDOCKS
    • Colette MCGRATH
    • Eri MOUNTBATTEN
    • Jane PRESCOTT
    • Verity PRESCOTT
    • Matt SCAHILL
    • Rachel SCAHILL
    • Aaron TAKACS
    • Anna WILLIAMS

    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 Ormskirk or at any of the other equally fantastic parkrun locations! There were five parkrun tourists visiting us for the first time today. Please welcome the following people to Ormskirk:

    Rachel MURPHY, David OLIVER, Sue OLIVER, Adam SIMPKIN and Cecilia WOODs

    Thank you for visiting our parkrun today! We hope you enjoyed running with us and that you will run with us again soon! We had the pleasure of welcoming runners from Ramsbottom Running Club, Staple Hill Runners and York Knavesmire Harriers to Ormskirk parkrun for the first time today.

    The following athletes recorded new PBs today:

    • Paul MURPHY
    • Thomas CROMPTON
    • Leon BERGMAN
    • Cameron HILL
    • John RAWSTERNE
    • Michael MCGRATH
    • Rod JONES
    • Matthew WILLIAMS
    • Lee SILKER
    • Karen SEARS
    • Jerry LAMB
    • Matthew ELLAMS
    • Dean CLEARY
    • Harry HUGHES
    • Louise HUGHES
    • Mark TRACEY
    • Benjamin CONNOR
    • Hugo ROBINSON
    • Ruby ROBINSON
    • Tamaris HIGHAM
    • Austen ROBINSON
    • Belinda BARTLE
    • Alison BARBEN
    • Christelle LE DALLIC-SIVYER
    • Eve JAMESON
    • Andrew FARNAN
    • Janette HALTON
    • Elliot HIGHAM
    • Vicky CLARKE
    • Sarah FOYNE
    • Damien MEIR
    • Andrew ROSCOE
    • Debsy MENZIES
    • Angela FORSTER
    • Shaun CLARKE

    Congratulations to all the athletes who recorded new PBs today (yesterday)! The PBs of most of the runners remained the same today.

    Thanks to the following people who came forward to ensure that event #222 happened today (yesterday):

    Run Director
    Pre-event Set-up
    First Timers Briefing
    Marshals
    .
    .
    Tail Walker(s)
    .
    Timekeepers
    Finish Tokens
    Number Checker
    Funnel Manager
    Barcode Scanning Team
    Non-Scan Log
    Token Sorting
    Photographer
    Post-event Close-down
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Results Processing
    Run Report Writer
    Pacer 20
    Pacer 22
    Pacer 23
    Pacer 24
    Pacer 26
    Pacer 28
    Pacer 29
    Pacer 30
    Pacer 32
    Liz SPENSLEY
    Margaret ELLAMS and Jo ROTHERAM
    Jenny JORDAN
    Theresa BENNETT, Alan CARR,
    Michael T. DURKIN, Andrea MARSH
    and Carol TIDGWELL
    Izobel BERRY, Tracy BERRY
    and Adam HULME
    Steve HANLON and Jo ROTHERAM
    Graham BELL
    Peter RENNER
    Chris PYE
    Michael T. DURKIN and Andrea MARSH
    ??
    Katherine PARR
    Lee ANDERTON
    Mark FOSTER
    Karen HULME
    Adam HULME
    Mark FOSTER
    Michael ANDERSON
    Mark FOSTER
    David CURRIE
    Ash & Reiff (Buggymeister) GREEN
    Matt COCHRANE
    Victoria GILBODY
    Nicola HAYES
    Emma ANDERSON
    Louise DERMOTT

    .

    Thanks to all our super volunteers today! Thanks to all our awesomely accurate pacers today! Well done to all the 171 parkrunners today!

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    Today's first-finisher Thomas finishing first today.
    ©Graham BELL

    Today’s top ten male finishers were Thomas HARKIN (VM45-49) with a time of 18:37 (76.72%), Mike GALL (VM35-39) of LPSH with 18:48 (70.12%), Paul MURPHY (SM30-34) with a new PB and new FpT of 19:06, parkrun newcomer Aaron TAKACS (SM25-29) with 19:19, Tony HARVEY (VM55-59) with 19:44 (79.22%), Adam SIMPKIN (SM30-34) with 19:54, Paul MASON (VM40-44) of Wigan Harriers with 20:00, Thomas CROMPTON (VM35-39) with a new PB of 20:23, Kevin MARKHAM (VM35-39) with 20:33 and Michael ANDERSON (VM35-39) with a time of 20:34. Congratulations to Thomas, Mike and Paul on their podium positions! Congratulations to Paul (MURPHY) and Thomas (CROMPTON) on their new PBs and congratulations to Tony on recording the highest age-graded score of the run! Well run by all these male athletes!

    The top ten female finishers today were Joanna DURKIN (VW35-39) with a time of 23:06, Sal EDGAR (VW40-44) with 23:40, first-timer at Op Cecilia WOODS (VW55-59) of Ramsbottom Running Club with 24:31 (76.95%), Charlotte CHAPPELL (VW40-44) with 25:26, Karen SEARS (VW55-59) with 25:28 (73.04%), Laura BERGMAN (SW30-34) with 25:31, Shona TAYLOR (VW50-54) of Wigan Harriers with 25:54, Vanessa BERRY (SW30-34) with 26:24, Elaine FARRER (VW45-49) with 27:15 and Louise HUGHES (VW35-39) with a new PB of 27:16. Congratulations to Joanna, Sal and Cecilia on their podium positions and congratulations to Louise on her new PB! Well run by all these female athletes!

    There were once again some excellent performances by our juniors today. Well done to Toby FARRER (JM10), who was the first junior to finish this week with a time of 21:13 (74.39%)! Toby also finished in his joint highest overall and gender positions of twelfth today!

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    Our JM10 category topper Toby approaches the finish line today.
    ©Graham BELL

    Well run by all our junior runners today!

    Today's full results can be found here.

    Horse Met Scores
    Well done to the athletes who recorded high age-graded scores this week!

    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 our very own RD Darren MCMAHON (VM45-49) of ParkrunnerPB, who has run in a total of 184 parkruns, 124 of which have been run at Ormskirk. The junior runner with the most number of runs to his name this week was our very own Tail Walker and Results Processor Adam HULME (JM15-17), who has run in a total of 179 parkruns, 96 of which have been run here at Op.

    Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
    Congratulations to our SW18-19 category holder Tiffany PENFOLD (SW18-19), who was the first female to finish at the inaugural Whitehaven parkrun event with a time of 17:46 (84.24%)! Tiff is also the female record holder at Workington parkrun with her time of 17:27 (85.77%). Congratulations to Anna HULME (SW18-19) of Edge Pistols, who was the first ever SW18-19 runner to cross the line at Victoria Dock parkrun this week, thus recording an SW18-19 category record of 23:09! Anna was one of two SW18-19 runnners to run at event #15 of Victoria Dock parkrun this week. Congratulations to Alan HULME (VM45-49) of Edge Pistols, who recorded his fastest parkrun time to date of 33:01 at event #15 of Victoria Dock parkrun! Congratulations to Robbie KIGER (VM50-54) of Edge Pistols, who finished in his highest overall and gender positions of tenth at event #35 of Black Combe parkrun with a time of 26:52! Congratulations to Charlotte CORRIGAN (JW11-14) of Hyndburn AC, who finished first overall at event #28 of Clitheroe Castle junior parkrun with a sensational new JW11-14 category record of 7:29 (76.02%)!

    There was an attendance of 214 at the inaugural event of Armley parkrun this week.

    There was an attendance of 92 at the inaugural event of Whitehaven parkrun this week.

    No other parkrun in the UK had an attendance of 171 today.

    More Miscellaneous Matters
    Congratulations to Jamie RUTHERFORD (SM25-29) of Liverpool RC, who finished second overall in the Southport half-marathon this week with a time of 1:13:37! Well done to Michelle LOUGHLIN (VW45-49) who recorded a time of 2:08:58 at the same event in her first ever half-marathon! Well done to all the Ormskirk parkrunners who ran in the Southport half-marathon, 10K or family mile events over the weekend!

    Skelmersdale junior parkrun Update
    We were once again treated to some sensational performances at event #73 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun!

    Congratulations to Luke CAMPBELL (JM11-14) of WPSRC, who was this week’s male gold medallist with a sensational new PB of 8:04! Congratulations to Josh PARSONS (JM10) of WPSRC, who took home a silver medal with a scorching time of 8:19! Congratulations to Denis KOZEVNIKOVS (JM11-14), of WPSRC, who was this week’s male bronze medallist with a PB-equalling time of 8:28! Congratulations to internationally renowned Southport Waterloo AC athlete Sarah YATES (JW10) who was this week’s female gold medallist with her third fastest junior parkrun time to date of 8:44 (72.75%)! This time earned Sarah the highest age-graded score of the run! Sarah is a very consistent runner and in her last six parkruns at Skem juniors she has recorded times of 8:55, 8:57, 8:50, 8:42, 8:43 and 8:44. Congratulations to world famous WPSRC athletes Kady HALL (JW10) and Bella-Rae HOLDEN (JW10), who both recorded times of 9:38 and who were this week’s female silver and bronze medallists respectively! Congratulations to Rhea BERRY (JW10) and Layla HALL (JW10), who both joined the half-marathon club (11 runs) this week! Congratulations to Emily TICKLE (JW10) of Crawford Crazy Crew, who joined the ultra-marathon club (50 runs) this week! Thanks to Emily for her milestone celebratory sweets! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs this week and well done to all the 36 runners! Thanks to Emily TICKLE (JW10) for leading the warm-up and thanks to Toby FARRER (JM10) for marshalling!

    parkrun Clubs
    No milestones were reached at event #222 of Ormskirk parkrun.

    To claim your milestone T-shirts, just sign into your parkrun profiles and click on Club Progress. The T-shirt is free, but you will have to pay a small amount for postage and packaging.

    Don’t forget, everyone can purchase one of our special, tourist “Never Mind the Hillocks”/ “Edge Pistols” T-shirts by visiting this website.

    Event Images
    Thanks to Graham and Lee for taking some photographs at this week’s event! (Lee's photos haven't appeared anywhere yet, so as yet I can only include a selection of Graham's photos.)

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    Thanks for reading this week’s run report!

    Have an enjoyable week and we look forward to seeing you all next time!
    Mark


    Volunteers
    Following this event our current participant to volunteer ratio stands at 9.4% 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 :-)


    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
    parkrun/UKA 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 5,635 different runners, including participants from 370 athletics clubs , have completed 39,550 runs covering a total distance of 197, 750km taking 2 years, 64 days, 15 hours, 10 minutes and 16 seconds and there have been 8,050 new Personal Bests.

    We've had 154 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 178.2 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.0. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 222 events into consideration, is 28:55. 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 113 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #222).

    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 Matthew THOMPSON who recorded a score of 87.63% (16:34) on 4th July 2015 (event number 69).

    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 July 21st. 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 2018 and New Year's Day 2019.


    The Team
    The Event Director of Ormskirk parkrun is Robbie KIGER.
    The Run Directors are Paul COTTERILL, Peter DOLAN, Anna HULME, Dominic GRANT, Darren MCMAHON, Steve HANLON, Alan HULME and Margaret ELLAMS.

    Other Core-Team members are Mark FOSTER and Karen HULME


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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]


    Looking forward to seeing you all again with your barcodes at our next event!
    Robbie, Paul, Peter, Steve, Anna, Dominic, Darren, Alan, Margaret, Mark and Karen

     

    Run Report #221: Saturday 23rd June 2018

    Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

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    Some of our parkrunners in action at event #165.
    ©Graham BELL

    Hello fellow parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to this week’s run report. This week’s run report is brought to you in association with Edge Hill University. I would like to start this week’s run report with a poem that I found in one of Pymmes parkrun’s run reports (Run Report #366), which was written by Run Reporter Rob. Here it is:

    The day was beautiful,
    The runners, plentiful.
    76, to be precise.
    And it was nice
    To have 12 volunteers
    Appear;
    We're
    Appreciative
    Of your initiative.

    So, what of the run?
    Well, from the gun,
    Peter Fairlands led
    And stayed ahead
    All the way
    In a fine display,
    To bag first place
    In our run (not a race).

    And Ms Dobbin, Amanda,
    Also commanded a
    First place,
    Setting the pace
    For the umpteenth time.
    This sees her climb
    To sixth in the table
    Of runners most able,
    With her 15th first place
    In the database.

    Special mention
    To Alex Robertson,
    Who did a PB on
    His 92nd run,
    With every one
    Of these at Pymmes,
    So congrats to him.

    If Duncan
    Thinks he can
    Stop writing
    By inviting
    Me to get done
    Next week's Run
    Report,
    My Retort
    Is 'No way',
    I'll be away
    In Norway
    Having fun
    Doing Tøyen parkrun.

    But let's end this report
    On a positive note:
    You parkrunners
    Are all stunners.
    Your devotion
    To this running explosion
    Fills me with emotion,
    And the notion
    That you're all - poetry in motion.

    Rob

    Thanks to Rob for the poem!! (He doesn’t know anything about my including it in this week’s run report but let’s see if he spots it, eh, readers?)

    At 9:00 am on June 23rd at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, the temperature was 15 ̊C, feeling like 14 ̊C, with 24% cloud cover, 66% humidity and a 10 mph north-westerly wind. RD Robbie was in charge of proceedings today. During his pre-run briefing, Robbie burnt his toast as usual. 263 runners ran today. 17 of these runners were unknown. 9 runners were running at a parkrun event for the first time today. Please give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the Ormskirk branch of the parkrun family to:

    • Gaige CORVO
    • Thomas CROMPTON
    • Phil DEMPSEY
    • Elliot HIGHAM
    • Tamaris HIGHAM
    • Cameron HILL
    • Ian PETERSON
    • Adam SMITH
    • Joseph WEIGHTMAN

    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 Ormskurp or at any of the other equally fantastic parkrun locations!! There were 26 parkrun tourists from 9 different parkruns visiting us for the first time today, including quite a large contingent from St. Helens parkrun, which was cancelled today. Please welcome the following people to Ormskirk:

    Andrew NEWSHAM, Ruth BRAITHWAITE, Lisa DICKINSON, Barbara BLAKE, Paul
    BLAKE, Jill JONES, Tom AUSTIN, Richie HARKNESS, Jane DONLON, Jackie
    WOODS, Louise HOUGHTON, Paul AUSTIN, John HENEBERY, Janice CHESWORTH,
    Stephen BARKER, James FEATHERSTONE, Alan TIFFEN and Steve OWEN from St
    Helens

    Katie SHAW from Pontefract
    Neil COSGROVE from Crosby
    Craig ELSBY from Pennington Flash
    Sonia DENTON from Mansfield
    Jerry BARNES from York
    Louise HOUGHTON from Princes
    Brenda CROSSLEY, Scott ROBERTSON from Bolton
    Simon DOMINGO from Delamere

    Thank you for visiting our parkrun today!! We hope you enjoyed running with us and that you will run with us again soon!! There were some running clubs running with us this week.

    The following 64 athletes recorded new PBs today:

    • James ESS
    • Michael HENDERSON
    • Scott PARRY
    • Jim HENDERSON
    • Kevin MARKHAM
    • Daniel HOWELLS
    • Toby FARRER
    • Stuart PAIZE
    • Mark DEMPSEY
    • Ivan SYCHEV
    • Matthew GREENE
    • Adrian NIXON
    • Philip HATCH
    • Damien CARTEN
    • John RAWSTERNE
    • Callum SEALEY
    • Gemma KELSO
    • Colm LOUGHLIN
    • Michael KAIN
    • Martin RICHARDSON
    • Damien KAIN
    • Paul ROBINSON
    • Andrew SALTER
    • Matthew KIRK
    • Tony FISHWICK
    • Richard WEBSTER
    • Terry JOHNSTON
    • George COLLINS
    • Carla MIDDLETON
    • Darren STREET
    • Frank KENNEDY
    • Adam STAINES
    • Anthony HOLMES
    • Rhiannon DARBYSHIRE
    • Hannah LAWRENCE
    • Ruth MITCHELL
    • Jon RAWNSLEY
    • Christine DONNELLY
    • Ava BUCKLEY
    • Jessica GREENE
    • Michelle DURNEY
    • Christelle LE DALLIC-SIVYER
    • Belinda BARTLE
    • Jacqueline SHARPLES
    • Harold BRAUN
    • Beth TAYLOR
    • Jan SHOWERING
    • Andrew FARNAN
    • Angela KERRIGAN
    • Nicola AU
    • Toni DEARY
    • Lauren BRISCOE
    • Kathryn DUNCAN
    • Matthew DANHER
    • Andrea MCGUINESS
    • Sarah FOYNE
    • Damien MEIR
    • Sara BOYD
    • Nicola MURPHY
    • Kirstin O’KANE
    • Debsy MENZIES
    • Sally SHORROCK
    • Shaun CLARKE
    • Clare GIBSON

    Congratulations to all the athletes who recorded new PBs today!! The PBs of most of the runners remained the same today.

    It's a free country, so please feel free to thank the following lovely people who voluntarily gave up some of their free time to do various jobs to ensure that event #221 of Ormskirk parkrun went ahead today:

    Run Director
    Pre-event Set-up
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    First Timers Briefing
    Marshals
    .
    .
    Tail Walker(s)
    Timekeepers
    .
    Finish Tokens
    Finish Token Support
    Number Checker
    Funnel Manager
    Barcode Scanning Team
    .
    Non-Scan Log
    Token Sorting
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Results Processing
    Run Report Writer
    Robbie KIGER
    Mark FOSTER, Robbie KIGER,
    Juliet MCGRATH and Jo ROTHERAM
    Keith FARRER
    Bernice BLUNDELL, Mark BLUNDELL,
    Margaret ELLAMS, Phil HOGAN,
    Chris PYE and Carol TIDGWELL
    Val PARRY
    Jeanne HALL, Barry JONES
    and Chloe SINER
    Andrew MAXWELL
    Rachael FRACKELTON
    Peter RENNER
    Sian THOMAS
    Bernice BLUNDELL, Mark BLUNDELL
    and Helen PARRY
    Oliver DOUGHERTY
    Katherine PARR
    Karen HULME
    Robbie KIGER
    Mark FOSTER

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    Thanks to all our volunteers today!! Thanks, as always, to Edge Hill University for letting us all run on their premises every week!! Well done to all the 263 parkrunners today!!

    There were some phenomenal performances today, with 60% of today’s top ten male finishers recording new PBs!!

    Congratulations to first-timer at Op Neil COSGROVE (SM30-34) of Southport Waterloo AC, who didn’t record a new PB, but who did finish first overall with a time of 17:43 (73.66%)!! Neil has run in a total of 5 parkruns. He was the first-finisher overall at event #9 of Crosby parkrun with his fastest parkrun time to date of 16:56 (76.57%) and he was the first male to finish at event of #49 of Southport parkrun with a time of 17:56 (72.49%).

    Congratulations to Daniel JONES (SM18-19) of LPSH, who was this week’s male silver medallist with a time of 18:18 (72.86%)!! Congratulations to James ESS (SM25-29), who was this week’s male bronze medallist with a new PB of 18:27 (69.92%). Congratulations to Michael HENDERSON (JM11-14) of LPSH, Scott PARRY (SM30-34) and Jim HENDERSON (VM45-49) on their new PBs of 18:29 (78.45%), 18:32 (69.96%) and 18:36 (76.23%) respectively!! Sensational running from these five athletes today!! Congratulations to Tony HARVEY (VM55-59), who recorded the highest synopsis-parodied score of the run - 81.28% - for his time of 19:14!! Congratulations to Kevin MARKHAM (VM35-39) on his super new PB of 19:19 (70.15%)!! Another spiffing performance from Damien GILL (SM30-34) saw him recording his second fastest parkrun time to date of 19:22 (67.38%). Well run by Damien today!! Congratulations to Daniel HOWELLS (JM11-14), who ran four seconds quicker than his old PB and thus ended up being the proud possessor of a brand new PB of 19:24 (73.11%)!!

    Very good running by all these male parkrunners!!

    Congratulations to Op stalwart Sal EDGAR (VW40-44), who took home her first parkrun gold medal and recorded her second fastest parkrun time to date of 23:25 (66.19%)!! Sal first ran at event #101 with a time of 29:30 and she then went on to record five PBs in a row in her next five runs. Sal’s PB at t’ moment is 23:22 (65.83%). Sal recorded her highest shape-oriented score to date today.

    Congratulations to Gemma KELSO (SW30-34), who was the second female to finish this week with a new PB of 23:29 (63.45%)!! Gemma has run 7 of her 11 parkruns here at Op and she was the first female to finish not so very long ago at event #219, if you remember.

    Congratulations to Sophie PYE (SW25-29), who claimed this week’s female bronze medal with a time of 25:18 (58.50%)!! Sophie has run all of her 34 parkruns here at Op and she finished in her highest or joint highest gender position of third today. Sophie recorded her current PB of 23:58 at event #214, if you remember.

    The next six females to cross the line this week were Op stalwart Dawn CORBETT (VW45-49) with a time of 25:44, Carla MIDDLETON (VW40-44) with a new PB of 26:01, Amy MCDONALD (JW11-14) with 26:09, Op stalwart Nicola HAYES (VW40-44) of SBH with 26:16, Michelle LOUGHLIN (VW45-49) with 26:22 and Op stalwart Eugenia KERVIN (VW40-44) with a time of 26:23. Congratulations to Carla on her new PB!!

    Very good running by all these female parkrunners!!

    There were once again some incredible performances by our juniors today. Well done to all the juniors who finished in the top ten!! Well done to Se LOUGHLIN (JM11-14), who finished eleventh overall today with a time of 19:48 (73.11%)!! Congratulations to six-time junior parkrun gold medallist Toby FARRER (JM10), who set a sensational new JM10 category record of 19:59!!! This time earned Toby the very high banana-caked score of 78.89%, which is also a new JM10 record!!! Toby has run 87 of his 104 parkruns here at Op and he recorded his 19th PB today. Toby first ran at event #43 with a time of 32:57. Toby finished in his highest gender and overall positions of twelfth today.

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    Toby in action at event #179.
    ©Deb FLETCHER

    Congratulations to Colm LOUGHLIN (JM11-14) on his new PB of 23:30!! Colm has run all of his 16 parkruns here at Op and he recorded his sixth PB today. Colm first ran at event #199 with a time of 25:24. Other juniors putting in impressive performances this week were Thomas LIGGAT (JM11-14) with a time of 24:03, multiple junior parkrun gold medallist Oliver FARRER (JM11-14) with 24:18, Matthew KIRK (JM10) with a new PB of 24:45 and Ava BUCKLEY (JW10) of Knowsley Harriers AC with a new PB of 27:31. Congratulations to Matthew and Ava on their new PBs!!

    Well run by all our juniors today!!

    Today's full results can be found here.

    Congratulation Congratulated Scores
    Well done to Daniel REES (VM55-59), who recorded the very high hip-hopped score of 79.50% for the time of 20:00 for the second week in succession!! Well done also to Op stalwarts Liz SPENSLEY (VW70-74) of St. Helens Tri and Victor MAESSCHALCK-MACMAESSCHALCK (VM70-74) who recorded the very high manger-managed scores of 79.38% and 76.72% respectively for their times of 29:30 and 23:15 respectively!! Both Liz and Victor recorded their fastest parkrun times of the year today. Well done to Jo ROTHERAM (VW65-69) of Edge Pistols, who recorded the score of 72.11% for her time of 28:59 today!! Jo recorded her highest age-graded score to date, her fastest parkrun time of the year and her third fastest parkrun time to date today!! Also recording high dossier-rooted scores this week were Garry BANKS (VM50-54) of St. Helens Tri with a score of 70.31% for the time of 21:40 and Richard WEBSTER (VM70-74) of LPSH with a score of 70.18% for his new PB of 25:26. Congratulations to Richard on his new PB!! Richard has run 7 of his 9 parkruns here at Op and he is now the fourth fastest runner in the VM70-74 here.

    Well run 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 first-timer at Op Jerry BARNES (VM55-59) of York Acorn AC, who has run in a total of 224 parkruns at no less than 188 different locations!! The junior runner with the most number of runs to his name this week was Op stalwart Billy ORD (JM10), who has run in a total of 107 parkruns , 104 of which have been run here at Op.

    Jill COCHRANE (VW60-64) recorded her highest age-graded score to date of 65.50% for her time of 29:37 today. Jill has run 59 of her 81 parkruns here and her current PB here of 29:08 is her fastest parkrun time to date.

    Ormskirk parkrun’s Most Satisfied Customer of the Week
    Op’s most satisfied customer of the week this week was first-timer at Op Scott ROBERTSON (VM45-49) of Darwen Dashers RC. Said Scott to Meat Management magazine: “First time there this morning and recorded my fastest parkrun yet!! Fantastic course and lovely people!!”

    Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
    Congratulations to our SW18-19 category record holder Tiffany PENFOLD (SW18-19), who was the first female to finish at event #258 of Workington parkrun with a time of 18:04 (82.84%)!! Tiff is the female record holder at Workington with her time of 17:27 (85.77%).

    Oliver FARRER (JM11-14) holds the record for the most number of male first-finishes at Skelmersdale junior parkrun, with 24 first-finishes (18 overall) to his name so far. Oliver also holds the record for the most number of consecutive first-finishes at Skem juniors, having finished first at events #39, #40, #41, #42, #43, #44 and #45. Oliver recorded his fastest junior parkrun time of the year this week (see below). Chloe GREGORY MOSS (JW11-14) of Woodland Primary School RC holds the record for the most number of female first-finishes at Skem juniors, having finished first there on 20 occasions (twice overall).

    No other parkrun in the UK had an attendance of 263 today.

    Skelmersdale junior parkrun Update
    We were once again treated to some phenomenal performances at event #72 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun!!

    Congratulations to junior parkrun first-timer Michael KAIN (JM11-14), who was this week’s male gold medallist with a time of 8:13!! Congratulations to multiple first-finisher Oliver FARRER (JM11-14), who finished hot on Michael’s heels and recorded a time of 8:14!! Congratulations to internationally renowned WPSRC athlete Denis KOZEVNIKOVS (JM11-14), who was this week’s male bronze medallist with a time 8:34!! Congratulations to world famous Woodland Whippet Kady HALL (JW10), who took home her second junior parkrun gold medal and recorded a new PB of 9:12!! Congratulations to Ava BUCKLEY (JW10) of Knowsley Harriers AC, who was this week’s female silver medallist with a new PB of 9:23 (72.41%)!! This time earned Ava the highest age-graded score of the run!! Congratulations to Melissa MCLEAN (JW10) of WPSRC, who took home a bronze medal with a time of 9:52!! Congratulations to Charlie CANNON (JM10) of WPSRC, who joined the marathon club (21 runs) this week!! Congratulations to Arthur BUCKLEY (JM10), Teddy CARRINGTON (JM10) and William PARR (JM10), who all joined the half- marathon club (11 runs) this week!! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs this week and well done to all the 43 runners!! Thanks to Elaine FARRER (VW45-49) for her delicious home-baked banana cake!!

    parkrun Clubs
    Congratulations to Stephen BRISCOE (VM40-44) and Phillip EDGINGTON (VM45-49), who both joined the 50 Club this week!!

    Thanks to anyone who brought cake!!

    To claim your milestone T-shirts, just sign into your parkrun profiles and click on Club Progress. The T-shirt is free, but you will have to pay a small amount for postage and packaging.

    Don’t forget, everyone can purchase one of our special, tourist “Never Mind the Hillocks”/ “Edge Pistols” T-shirts by visiting this website.

    Event Images
    No photographs were taken at this week’s event.

    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 7.8% 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 :-)


    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 twelve 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
    parkrun/UKA 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 5,620 different runners, including participants from 369 athletics clubs , have completed 39,379 runs covering a total distance of 195, 895km taking 2 years, 61 days, 4 hours, 35 minutes and 55 seconds and there have been 8,014 new Personal Bests.

    We've had 154 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 178.2 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.0. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 221 events into consideration, is 28:55. 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 112 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #221).

    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 Matthew THOMPSON who recorded a score of 87.63% (16:34) on 4th July 2015 (event number 69).

    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 July 21st. 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 2018 and New Year's Day 2019.


    The Team
    The Event Director of Ormskirk parkrun is Robbie KIGER.
    The Run Directors are Paul COTTERILL, Peter DOLAN, Anna HULME, Dominic GRANT, Darren MCMAHON, Steve HANLON, Alan HULME and Margaret ELLAMS.

    Other Core-Team members are Mark FOSTER and Karen HULME


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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]


    Looking forward to seeing you all again with your barcodes at our next event!
    Robbie, Paul, Peter, Steve, Anna, Dominic, Darren, Alan, Margaret, Mark and Karen

     

    Run Report #220: Saturday 16th June 2018

    Report courtesy of Mark FOSTER

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    Some of our parkrunners on the home straight at event #214.
    ©Graham BELL

    Hello fellow parkrunners/parkvolunteers/parkrun enthusiasts and welcome to this week’s run report, which will begin immediately after this sentence without any preamble at all. At 9:00 am on June 16th at Edge Hill University, Ormsdurk, the temperature was 12 ̊C, feeling like 10 ̊C, with 61% cloud cover, 84% humidity and a 13 mph southerly wind. RD Peter took charge of proceedings today. During his pre-run briefing, Peter welcomed any newcomers, including some Couch to 5K graduates. After the pre-run briefing we all made our way to the start line as usual. The Ormskirk campus of Edge Hill University played host to the familiar sounds and smells of 289 runners today. 7 of these runners were unknown. Just like last week, 15 runners were running at a parkrun event for the first time today. Please give our usual exceptionally warm welcome into the Ormskirk branch of the parkrun family to:

    • Antony BELLAMY
    • Angela FORSTER
    • Tamaris HIGHAM
    • Kirsty JORDAN
    • Jeanette KING
    • Chloe LEE
    • Anna MAITLAND
    • Philippa MCCABE
    • Deborah MENZIES
    • Gary MOSS
    • Kirstin O’KANE
    • Mark TRACEY
    • Elaine WILKINSON
    • Jake WILLIAMS
    • Freya WISSETT

    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 Ormskirk or at any of the other equally fantastic parkrun locations!! Well run by Jake WILLIAMS (SM25-29), who was the fastest parkrun newcomer this week with a time 24:16. Well run also by Freya WISSETT (JW11-14), who was the fastest junior newcomer with a time of 25:30. There were 17 parkrun tourists visiting us for the first time today, although one or two of them may be registered with Op. Please welcome the following people to Ormskirk:

    Barry ABRAHAM, David ATKINSON, Keith BERGMAN, Matthew CONNELL, Alison FISHWICK, Mark HALL, Kate HINCKLEY, Karen HURRELL, Stuart LIVESEY, Andy MCALLISTER, Daniel MELLORS, Elliot MORRIS, Adam QUICK, Anne Marie RUSTIDGE, Jamie SOWLER, Angela WALLBANK and Mark WARD

    Thank you for visiting our parkrun today!! We hope you enjoyed running with us and that you will run with us again soon!!

    There were some running clubs running with us this week.

    The PBs of the following 62 athletes haven’t gone unnoticed:

    • Steven DAWN
    • Stuart ORD
    • Nick MERCER
    • Sarah HALL
    • Tim MCBRIDE
    • Colm LOUGHLIN
    • Patrick KING
    • Stephen JOHNSON
    • Chris BARKER
    • Gareth GREGORY
    • Stephen ROBERTSHAW
    • A BROOKFIELD
    • Ena MASON
    • Bernice BLUNDELL
    • Graham CONCANNON
    • Laura BERGMAN
    • Tony FISHWICK
    • Joseph DANHER
    • Alex BLUNDELL
    • Mark ABRAHAM
    • Phoebe HAYWARD
    • Robin BYRNE
    • Christopher BARBEN
    • John RAYNOR
    • Joanne SPARKS
    • Naomi SIMPKIN
    • Millicent GLAZZARD
    • Chris HODGEN
    • Carol TIDGWELL
    • Richard LUCAS
    • Michelle DURNEY
    • George ROBINSON
    • Andrew BIRKETT
    • Andrew FARNAN
    • Victoria ASKEW
    • Beth TAYLOR
    • Jessica GREENE
    • Yvonne GREENE
    • Isobelle HARVEY
    • Deborah FALLON
    • Dan EVANS
    • Mark DOYLE
    • Theresa BENNETT
    • Toni DEARY
    • Olivia ENNIS
    • Laura MOSS
    • Jackie GLAZZARD
    • Andrew ROSCOE
    • Damien MEIR
    • Matthew CARRINGTON
    • Nicola MURPHY
    • Blake GILBERTSON
    • Matthew TRUONG
    • Diane CHAPMAN
    • Helen PARRY
    • Debbie LANKSTEAD
    • Jessica GORE
    • Alisha TRUONG
    • Billy ORD
    • Katherine PARR
    • Claire COWLING

    Congratulations to Katherine PARR (VW35-39) on her new PB of 38:19!! Katherine has run 12 of her 13 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her eighth PB today. Katherine first ran at event #205 with a time of 49:31. Congratulations to Matthew TRUONG (JM11-14) on his new PB of 34:40!! Matthew has run 6 of his 7 parkruns here at Op and he recorded his third PB in a row and fourth PB in total today. Matthew first ran at event #205 with a time of 44:35. Congratulations to Billy ORD (JM10) on his new PB of 38:18!! Billy has run 103 of his 106 parkruns here at Op and he knocked 47 seconds off his old PB today. Congratulations to Yvonne GREEN (VW55-59) on her new PB of 29:58!! Yvonne has run all of her five parkruns here at Op and she recorded her first sub-30-minute time today. Congratulations to Stephen JOHNSON (VM60-64) on his new PB and FpT of 24:02!! Stephen has run all of his 30 of his 89 parkruns here at Op. Congratulations to Bernice BLUNDELL (VW55-59) on her new PB of 24:54 (71.75%)!! Bernice has run all of her 16 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her seventh PB today. Bernice first ran at event #188 with a time of 29:26. Congratulations to Laura MOSS (VW50-54) on her new PB of 32:36!! Laura has run 44 of her 46 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her seventh PB today. Congratulations to Joseph DANHER (JM11-14) on his new PB of 28:18!! Joseph has run all of his 33 parkruns here at Edge Hill and he recorded his sixth PB today. Congratulations to Patrick KING (JM15-17) on his new PB of 23:41!! Patrick has run all of his 12 parkruns here in Ormskirk and he recorded his sixth PB in a row and seventh PB in total today. Patrick first ran at event #112 with a time of 34:14. Congratulations to all the athletes who recorded new PBs today!! The PBs of most of the runners remained the same today.

    The following lovely people helped set up the event, paced during the event and then wrote a report on the event afterwards:

    Run Director
    Pre-event Set-up
    First Timers Briefing
    Marshals
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    Tail Walker(s)
    Timekeepers
    Finish Tokens
    Number Checker
    Barcode Scanning Team
    .
    Token Sorting
    Volunteer Coordinator
    Results Processing
    Run Report Writer
    Pacer 22
    Pacer 24
    Pacer 25
    Pacer 26
    Pacer 28
    Pacer 32
    Pacer 38
    Floating Pacer
    Peter DOLAN
    Paul COTTERILL and Mark FOSTER
    Annabelle CORLETT and Dawn CORLETT
    Mark BLUNDELL, Michael T. DURKIN,
    Phil HOGAN, Chris PYE
    and Chloe SINER
    Caroline HENDRA and Adam HULME
    Jeanne HALL and Jo ROTHERAM
    Michelle LOUGHLIN
    Peter RENNER
    Michael T. DURKIN, Chris PYE
    and Chloe SINER
    Katherine PARR
    Karen HULME
    Annabelle CORLETT
    Mark FOSTER
    Mark FOSTER
    David CURRIE
    Anna HULME
    Ash & Reiff (Buggymeister) GREEN
    Nicola HAYES
    Michael DURKIN
    Dawn CORLETT
    Paul COTTERILL

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    Thanks to all our lovely volunteers today!! Thanks to all our amazingly accurate pacers today!! Well done to all the 289 parkrunners today!! Hip, hip, hooray today!!

    Congratulations to Mark… I mean, Andrew FOSTER (VM45-49) of LPSH, who finished first overall today with a time of 18:20 (78.55%)!! Andrew has run 36 of his 45 parkruns here at Op and he has now finished first here on four occasions. Andrew’s PB here at t’ moment is 17:51 (80.67%). Andrew first ran here at event #67 with a time of 22:38 and he has steadily progressed to be a very fast runner via 15 PBs. Andrew is the fifth fastest VM45-49 runner here at Op at t’ moment. Andrew has run nine times at Southport parkrun, where his current PB of 17:55 (79.87%) is the sixth fastest time in the VM45-49 category. Andrew recorded his highest anne-girdled score to date of 80.45% for his time of 17:54 on his way to finishing first overall at event #89 of Southport parkrun.

    Congratulations to Mark TURNER (SM25-29), who earned himself a silver medal with a time of 19:12 (67.19%)!! Mark has run all of his drei parkruns here at Op. You may remember that in Run Report #216 I wrote that Brooke THOMPSON (SW20-24) may have made history here at Op by becoming the first parkrunner at Op to join the Groundhog Day club in only her second parkrun. Well, Brooke didn’t make history, I’m afraid, because Mark first ran at event #184 and finished second overall with a time of 18:44 (68.86%) and he also finished second overall at event #185 with a time of 18:44 (68.86%)!! I don’t know if Mark was the first parkrunner at Op to do this, but thinking about it, he probably wasn’t.

    Congratulations to Thomas REES (SM30-34), who was this week’s male bronze medallist with a time of 19:24 (67.01%)!! As his name would suggest, Thomas, an accomplished polyglot, has run 80% of his fünf parkruns here at Op and his current PB here of 18:58 (68.10%) is his fastest parkrun time to date. You may remember that Thomas ran at event #209 of Ashton Court parkrun with a time of 19:34 almost three years ago.

    Ormskirk parkrun had the pleasure of welcoming world famous Astley & Tyldsley Road Runners runner Stuart LIVESEY (VM40-44) for the first time today. Stuart has run in a total of 109 parkruns at 25 different parkrun locations. He has run 76 times at Pennington Flash parkrun, where his PB at the moment is 19:42 and his highest overall and gender positions thus far are second. Stuart’s time today of 19:27 (70.18%) is his fastest parkrun time to date. Congratulations on your FpT to date, Stuart!!

    The next six male parkrunners to be handed a finish token by Michelle LOUGHLIN today were our VM55-59 category topper and one-time first-finisher at Anne’s new home parkrun Tony HARVEY (VM55-59) with a time of 19:29 (80.24%), one-time first-finisher at Op Kevin WALKER (VM40-44) of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers with 19:31 (70.96%), Op’s inaugural event runner Daniel GILBODY (VM35-39) of LPSH with 19:35 (66.64%), elite junior parkrunner Se LOUGHLIN (JM11-14) of LPSH with 19:39 (72.18%), household name in Zheleznodorozhny Daniel HOWELLS (JM11-14) with 19:41 (72.06%) and former world billiards champion Paul WEALL (VM40-44) of Wigan Phoenix with a time of 19:44 (70.19%). Congratulations to Tony on recording the highest cushion-exemplified score of the run!!

    Putting-it-in-your-pipe-and-smoking-it performances by all these athletic males!!

    Congratulations to Victoria GILBODY (SW25-29) of LPSH, who was this week’s female gold medallist with the rather splendid time of 21:18 (69.48%)!! Vicky has run all of her 18 parkruns here at Op and her current PB is 20:23 (72.61%). Vicky has recorded this time twice, most recently at event #217. Vicky has been the first female to finish now on six occasions.

    Congratulations to Sarah HALL (SW30-34), who finished in her highest gender (2nd) and overall (33rd) positions with a new PB of 22:28 (65.88%)!! Sarah has run 6 of her 13 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her fastest parkrun time to date today. Sarah has run four times at Preston parkrun, twice at Southport parkrun and once at Haigh Woodland parkrun. Sarah was expertly paced to her new PB by one of Op’s top pacers Mark FOSTER (VM40-44), who was pacing at 22 minutes this week.

    Congratulations to our 2016/2017 Female Points Champion Hannah Rose DOYLE (JW15-17), who put in a very strong performance and took home a bronze medal with a time of 22:46 (68.08%)!! Hannah has run all of her 94 parkruns here at Op and she recorded her fastest time of the year today. Hannah was the first female to finish at event #185 and her current PB is 22:23 (71.33%).

    Our 2016/2017 Female Points Runner-up and two-time first-finisher Joanna DURKIN (VW35-39) was the fourth female to cross the line this week with a time of 22:58 (65.53%). Joanna has run 58 of her 59 parkruns here at Op and her current PB is 22:33 (66.52%). Joanna recorded her second fastest parkrun time of the year today. The next six females to cross the line this week were Rebecca SMITH (SW25-29) of Darwen Dashers RC with a new PB of 23:27 (63.11%), Janet WALKER (VW40-44) of SBH with a time of 24:04 (63.92%), Rachel SIDEBOTHAM (SW18-19) of Wigan Harriers with a time of 24:18 (61.59%), Joanna JONES (VW50-54) with 24:29 (70.18%), household name in Wigan Ena MASON (VW50-54) of Wigan Triathlon Club with 24:33 (71.83%) and Bernice BLUNDELL (VW55-59) with a new PB of 24:54 (71.75%). Congratulations to Rebecca and Bernice on their new PBs!! Incidentally, readers, Rachel SIDEBOTHAM has run 3 of her 187 parkruns here at Op. She first ran at event #1 with a time of 23:43. Rachel has run 145 times at Pennington Flash parkrun, and her FpT to date of 22:30 was recorded at event #41 of Worsley Woods parkrun as a JW11-14 runner.

    Having-your-cake-and-eating-it performances by all these athletic females!!

    We were once again left dumbfounded by the astounding performances of our juniors today. Well done to all the juniors who finished in the top ten!! Congratulations to two-time Spirit of parkrun Award Winner and six-time junior parkrun gold medallist Stuart ORD (JM11-14) on his sensational new PB of 21:34!! Stuart has run 97 of his 99 parkruns here at Op and he knocked 42 seconds off his old PB today. Stuart has run all of his 31 junior parkruns at Skelmersdale junior parkrun, where his current PB is 7:50. New 50 Club member John KINSELLA (JM15-17), just managed to pip Stuart at the post today and he also recorded a time of 21:34. Other juniors putting in impressive performances this week were Oliver MURPHY (JM11-14) of St. Helens Tri with a time of 21:46, Daniel MAKIN (JM11-14) with 22:33, Charlie MURPHY (JM11-14) of St. Helens Tri with 22:40, Colm LOUGHLIN (JM11-14) with a new PB of 23:38, Patrick KING (JM15-17) with a new PB of 23:41, parkrun newcomer Freya WISSET (JW11-14) with 25:30, Amy MCDONALD (JW11-14) with 25:44, Daniel PALIN (JM10) with 26:07, Anna YATES (JW11-14) of Southport Waterloo AC with 26:39, Chloe MCMANUS (JW10) with 26:47 and Phoebe HAYWARD (JW10) with a new PB of 26:53. Congratulations to Colm, Patrick and Phoebe on their new PBs!!

    Schools-out-for-the-summer performances by all our juniors today!!

    Today's full results can be found here.

    Results Processed Scores
    Well done once again to Tony and Andrew on their very high tuft-prompted scores of 80.24% and 78.55% respectively!! Well done to Daniel REES (VM55-59), who recorded the very high hickory-dressed score of 79.50% for his time of 20:00 today!! Well done also to Op stalwarts Victor MACMAESSCHALCK (VM70-74) and Liz SPENSLEY (VW70-74) of St. Helens Tri, who recorded the very high stone-cancelled scores of 75.64% and 75.21% respectively for their times of 23:36 and 31:08 respectively!! Also recording high tambourine-ruffled scores this week were first-timer at Op and world famous gardening expert Geoff PENNINGTON (VM50-54) of Beeston AC with a score of 74.59% for his time of 20:16, Op stalwart and world famous gingerbread baker Margaret ELLAMS (VW70-74) with a score of 74.09% for her time of 30:33, first-timer at Op Andy MCALLISTER (VW65-69) with 71.15% for 23:34, Garry BANKS (VM50-54) of St. Helens Tri with 71.07% for 21:26, Carol TIDGWELL (VW50-54) of Edge Pistols with 69.63% for her new PB of 28:16 and occasional visitor to Op Paul KINSELLA (VM50-54) with a score of 69.19% for his time of 22:01. Congratulations to Carol on her new PB!!

    Knowing-the-score performances by all these athletes!!

    The latest Age Grade League table can be found here.

    Average Run Times
    The average run times for today’s event are as yet unknown.

    Miscellaneous Run Statistics
    The runner with the most parkruns to her name this week was Rachel SIDEBOTHAM (SW18-19), who has run in a total of 187 parkruns, 3 of which have been run at Ormskirk parkrun. Rachel has run 145 times at Pennington Flash parkrun. The junior runner with the most number of runs to his name this week was our very own Tail Walker Adam HULME (JM15-17), who has run in a total of 177 parkruns, 95 of which have been run here at Op.

    Only 38 seconds separated today’s second place finisher Mark TURNER (SM25-29) from today’s 11th place finisher Damien GILL (SM30-34).

    Robin BYRNE (VM50-54), Stuart ORD (JM11-14) and Udo WIESHMANN (VM55-59) all ran their 99th parkruns here at Op today.

    Miscellaneous parkrun Facts and Statistics
    Congratulations to Tamsin DENTITH (JW11-14) of Liverpool Harriers & AC, who was the first female to finish at event #185 of Croxteth Hall parkrun with a time of 20:08 (78.06%)!! Congratulations to Ben LEWINGTON (SM25-29) of Kirkby Milers AC, who finished first overall at event #185 of Croxteth Hall with a new PB of 16:38 (77.56%)!! Congratulations to Ben SACHE (SM20-24) of Wigan Phoenix, who finished first overall at event #208 of St. Helens parkrun with a new PB of 16:36 (78.01%)!!

    Congratulations to Darren MCMAHON (VM45-49) of ParkrunnerPB, who volunteered at a parkrun event for the 100th time at event #71 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun this weekend!! The parkrun community is indebted to Darren for his invaluable contributions to the parkrun cause!!

    The runner with the most parkruns to her name at event #108 of Southport parkrun this week was our 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 Female Points Champion Anne GIRDLER (VW60-64), who has run in a total of 197 parkruns.

    Catherine HOLME (VW50-54) has run 68 of her 148 parkruns here at Op and her PB here of 27:34 is her fastest parkrun time to date. Catherine has run 46 times at Haigh Woodland parkrun, 24 times at Pennington Flash parkrun, 8 times at Cuerden Valley parkrun, once at Forest Rec parkrun and once at Penrith parkrun. Catherine recorded a time of 29:47 here at Op today.

    23 male runners have recorded sub-17-minute times here at Op.

    17 female runners have recorded sub-20-minute times here at Op.

    There was a record attendance of 301 at event #12 of The Wammy parkrun today.

    Reigate Priory parkrun also had an attendance of 289 today.

    Skelmersdale junior parkrun Update
    We were once again treated to some scintillating performances at event #71 of Skelmersdale junior parkrun!!

    Congratulations to Toby FARRER (JM10), who took home his sixth junior parkrun gold medal, courtesy of a sensational new PB of and new JM10 record of 7:49 (73.90%)!! Toby also recorded the highest age-graded score of the run!! Congratulations to Oliver FARRER (JM11-14), who put in another very strong performance and took home a silver medal with a time of 8:18!! Congratulations to internationally renowned WPSRC athlete Denis KOZEVNIKOVS (JM11-14), who was this week’s male bronze medallist with a time 8:39!! Congratulations to world famous Woodland Whippet Kady HALL (JW10), who took home her first junior parkrun gold medal with a time of 9:24!! Congratulations to Maddison CANNON (JW10) of Woodland Primary School RC, who was this week’s female silver medallist with a time of 9:47!! Congratulations to Melissa MCLEAN (JW10) of WPSRC, who took home a bronze medal with a time of 9:56!! Congratulations to Richard BERRY (JM10) and Ava HUDSON (JW10), who both joined the half-marathon club (11 runs) this week!! Congratulations to Lewis MCMAHON (JW11-14), who joined the marathon club (21 runs) this week!! Congratulations to all the runners who recorded new PBs this week and well done to all the 55 runners!!

    parkrun Clubs
    Congratulations to Benjamin AURIAC (JM10), who ran his 50th parkrun kilometre this week!! Benjamin has run 90% of his 10 ten pakruns here at Op and his current PB here is 36:21. Benjamin recorded a time of 34:18 at event #335 of Sewerby parkrun last month. Congratulations also to Alexa MIDDLETON (JW10), who also joined the 10 Club this week!! Alexa has run all of her ten parkruns here at Op and her current PB is 30:10

    Congratulations to Tony HARVEY (VM55-59), who joined the 50 Club this week!! Tony has run 43 of his 50 parkruns here at Op and his current PB of 18:55 is currently having a ride of the Clapham omnibus. Tony has run six times at Southport parkrun, where his current PB and FpT to date is 18:45. Tony has also run once at Haigh Woodland parkrun. Congratulations to John KINSELLA (JM15-17), who also joined the 50 Club this week!! John has run 4 of his 50 parkruns here at Op and his current PB here is 21:11. John has run 46 times at Cheltenham parkrun, where his current PB and FpT to date is 20:43.

    Thanks to Tony for the milestone grub!! (I'm not sure who else brought cake today but thanks to whoever it was, assuming Tony didn't bring two types of cake.)

    To claim your milestone T-shirts, just sign into your parkrun profiles and click on Club Progress. The T-shirt is free, but you will have to pay a small amount for postage and packaging.

    Don’t forget, everyone can purchase one of our special, tourist “Never Mind the Hillocks”/ “Edge Pistols” T-shirts by visiting this website.

    Event Images
    No photographs were taken at this week’s event.

    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 8.2% 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 :-)


    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 twelve 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
    parkrun/UKA 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 5,585 different runners, including participants from 366 athletics clubs (wasn’t it 367 last week?) , have completed 39,116 runs covering a total distance of 195, 580km taking 2 years, 55 days, 2 hours, 19 minutes and 22 seconds and there have been 7,950 new Personal Bests.

    We've had 152 first finishers, an average number of runners per week of 177.8 and an average number of runs per runner of 7.0. The average time to run our 5K course, taking all 220 events into consideration, is 28:55. 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 119 events (events #101 to #148 and events #150 to #220).

    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 Matthew THOMPSON who recorded a score of 87.63% (16:34) on 4th July 2015 (event number 69).

    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 July 21st. 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 2018 and New Year's Day 2019.


    The Team
    The Event Director of Ormskirk parkrun is Robbie KIGER.
    The Run Directors are Paul COTTERILL, Peter DOLAN, Anna HULME, Dominic GRANT, Darren MCMAHON, Steve HANLON, Alan HULME and Margaret ELLAMS.

    Other Core-Team members are Mark FOSTER and Karen HULME


    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]


    Looking forward to seeing you all again with your barcodes at our next event!
    Robbie, Paul, Peter, Steve, Anna, Dominic, Darren, Alan, Margaret, Mark and Karen

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