Tourist season at Pendle park run

We had some fairly serious parkrun tourists at Pendle on Saturday. Leading them was Nick Berentzen who was running his 246th parkrun, running Pendle for the first time and chalking up his 83rd different parkrun in the process.

Karen Hulme was another first timer at Pendle and is already a member of the 250 club. She has taken in 68 different parkruns in her 259 runs and also found time volunteer on 180 occasions.

Her son, Adam, although still in the junior ranks has 188 runs to his name on 46 different courses and has also volunteered on 118 occasions.

The weather was a lot better than some of the forecasters had predicted and that attracted more than 100 runners to Pendle for the seventh time this year. And once again it was some of the younger runners who stole the headlines.

Barlick Fell Runner Jack Villiers (11-14) was first home ahead of clubmates Andy Berry and Alex Mason (15-17) who both recorded PBs. And the runners in fifth, sixth and seventh places - Scott McCredie, Stephen Hartley and Phil Brown - also recorded new PBs.

Emma Taylor and Sarah Bell led the ladies' race ahead of Joss Waiting who also recorded a new best time.

On a day which saw everything speed up a little, there was also PBs for Tom Partridge, Ciara Duffy, Alice Fleming, Katie Myers, Alexandria Cozens, Joe Myers, Patrick Eady, Thomas Coulton, Joe Taylor, Amanda Woods - her second in as many weeks and a whole minute quicker than the week before - and Kath Taylor.

Alan Wilkinson splits his time fairly even between Pendle and Burnley parkruns, but chose Pendle for his 100th run.

And also celebrating on Saturday was Margaret HArtley who out his birthday party on hold for a day so she could come and enjoy parkrun as well as looking after the kitchen for much of the morning.

Edward Lee


Pendle parkrun #232

I have spent the majority of the last four decades working for local newspapers, chronicling the life and times of the area and the people who populate it. More than half of that time was spent as a sports reporter, covering the highs and lows of local sport and the people who make it tick.

Part of that job was always being on the lookout for the next big thing, the sportsman or woman who was going to grab the headlines. It started with Michael Phelan, who did okay with the Clarets, Norwich City, Manchester United and England.

Next up was James Anderson, the England bowler who did rewrite the cricket history books, he tore them up and asked everyone to start writing a new one.

Steven Burke became the first Pendle sportsman to win an Olympic medal, I helped with the coverage.

I could go on...

Now we are seeing something a little bit special at Pendle park run. Who knows how far Stan Stephenson can go in his running shoes? The early signs are exceptional.

He held off a challenge from Adam Holda in event 231 to claim his maiden first finish at Pendle, and he was at it again on Saturday to finish first in event #232 in a new PB of 19:14.

It was only his sixth parkrun and in the others he has also claimed a top 10 finish at Burnley in under 19 minutes.
That's some going for someone who hasn't reached his 10th birthday yet.

On Saturday he finished ahead of Adam Holda again with visitor Tom Dunlop taking third place. And another of our younger runners, Tristan Fitzpatrick, was fifth also in a new PB of 20:24.

The ladies' race was claimed by Emma Taylor of Barlick Fellrunners ahead of previous week's first lady Joss Waiting - scoring successive PBs in the 11-14 age group - and Nicola Nuttall, the runner with the most first place finishes in Pendle parkrun history.

On the day there were 12 other PBs with Craig Storozuk, Joel Fitzpatrick, Helen Sweeney, Cain Lawson, Patrick Eady, Alexandria Cozens, Chris Pratt, Amanda Burnett, Julie Taylor, Catherine Dobson, Amanda Woods and Isaac Wright all celebrating.

And we also had 13 people joining us for the first time, so a special Pendle parkrun welcome to Tom Dunlop, Michael Coe, James Peterson, Chris Rowe, Hannah Taylor, Mick Taylor, Joe Taylor, Catherine Rowe, David Austin, Karen Loveland, Paul Miller, Jan Taylor and Ian Taylor - hope to see you all again soon.

Edward Lee


Juniors take parkrun headlines

From my usual position at the back of the field, I see some incredible things at Pendle parkrun. But Saturday was something a bit different.

As tailwalker, I am used to the frontrunners overtaking me someone near the bottom corner of the track. Occasionally it is before then, but on Saturday we were lapped before we had even reached the bandstand!

Last time that happened, Chris Holdsworth set a blistering new course record of 16:22. However on Saturday the runner who shot past us was only nine years old!

As we carried on with our first lap we could see the frontrunners all the way home and multiple first-finisher Adam Holda couldn't catch Stan Stephenson as he came home first in a time of 19:32. That was clearly a new course record for a runner under 10, is in the all-time top 70 times at Pendle and gave Stan an age-grading of over 80% - and that doesn't happen very often anywhere, never mind on the hills of Pendle park run.

Stan wasn't the only junior showing a clean pair of heels to his more senior rivals. Tristan Fitzpatrick has been one to watch for several weeks and claimed fourth spot in a time of 20:33, equalling his own personal best at Pendle.

Connor Jones in the 11-14 category was sixth in a personal best time of 20:59, and Daniel Brown also set a new PB as he finished 12th in 22:29.

And the girls were joining in as well. Joss Waiting set a new PB to finish first female in 23:30, another outstanding performance from a runner in the 11-14 age group who finished ahead of Angela Donlan and Susie Pedder.

The juniors apart, there were four others PBs on the day leaving Craig Wolfenden, Marie Fsher, Chris Pratt and Callum Pratt with something to celebrate - as had Alex Dickinson who will soon be claiming a red parkrun t-shirt for completing 50 runs.

Although the weather was against us, we still managed to welcome seven first-timers and so a big Pendle parkrun hello to Doug McNair, Katharine Gregson, Zacahry Pears, Julie Brear, Marianne Eyers, Lesley Hart and Isaac Wright.

It is about a year since my first Pendle parkrun report and there are a couple of things woprth mentioning.

In that time the average number of runners per event has risen from 69 to 75, despite the ravages of a fairly horrid winter. And in the same time the average finish time has risen slightly to 29:36 and that is a fact that proves parkrun works.

While we highlight the PBs recorded and join runners in celebrating them, we also cheer every runner home no matter how long it takes them and every newcomer knows that there is plenty of encouragement as they start on their parkrun journeys.

Edward Lee


Double Report: Bertie bee and an Ode to Pendle parkrun

An Ode to Pendle parkrun
To the tune of Old Pendle...

Pendle oh Pendle our parkrun is gold
Twixt Burnley and Clitheroe, Skipton and Colne
Saturday mornings the runners do meet
With trail shoes or road shoes good for your feet.

When we set off in Alkincoates park
Some have dogs that usually bark
Instructions are given by Chell, Paul and Anne
And they're at the end to give your barcode a scan.

Pendle oh Pendle the course is laid out
Charis is there to give you a shout
Tailrunners Paul or sometimes Ed Lee
Then back to the clubhouse for Gillian's tea.

(Anyone I've left out I'm sorry it just didn't rhyme - David)

Run Report #219: Couch to 5K graduation, visit by Barlick Fell Runners, PB Bonanza

We had 114 people turned up to run walk or jog the course, the numbers swelled by some of the Couch to 5K graduates attempting their very first parkrun and a visit by ten Barlick Fell Runners, and it certainly turned into a PB bonanza with 33 personal bests recorded.

Four runners were doing their first parkrun - welcome to Susan Hartley, Sarah Harrison, Alex Collett and Kate Hartley - with a further nine first timers to Pendle.

First male home was Jack Villiers of Brlick in 18:46 a new PB for him. First female home was April Thorpe in 21:16 also a new PB.

Special mentions go to Lucille Pickles (JW10) of Barlick, a new age category record of 22:23. And a double special mention for Susan Burns, not only another age category record for the (W60-64) but the all time record age grading % at Pendle parkrun with 88.92%.

Congratulations to the following who achieved milestones too: Lesley Brooks 50 parkruns; Julie Carman 100 parkruns; Ashley Eastwood 100 parkruns.

Run Report #220: A visit by Bertie Bee

Burnley FC's Bertie bee paid us a visit and was among 84 people who ran walked or jogged the course.

Bertie Bee at Pendle parkrun

Two people doing their very first parkrun - welcome to Juliette Hartley and Leon Browne - and a further five people participated at Pendle for the very first time including visiting run director Sharon Cadell and Donovan, Sharon was the runner with the most runs under her belt today at Pendle with 246 parkruns.

There were 11 new Personal Bests. Adam Holda was the first male home; April Thorpe was the first female home following on from last week in another new personal best of 21:15
A special mention goes out to Tristan Fitzpatrick JM10 with a new PB of 20:33 and also the highest age grade % of the day with 76.8% a fantastic achievement.
Congratulations to the following who achieved milestone's
Paul Roberts 50 parkruns

Thanks again to all the volunteers your time is much appreciated.

David Greenwood


Bertie Bee at Pendle parkrun!

Tomorrow, Saturday 30th June, Burnley Football Club's famous mascot, Bertie Bee, will be making a guest appearance at Pendle parkrun!

Bertie is busy training for the Jane Tomlinson's Run For All Burnley 10K in July and would love to see lots of people there to support him! So please come along to run with Bertie, give him a high-five or just have your picture taken :)

Please let all your running friends know, it would be wonderful to have a huge Pendle parkrun family turnout to make Bertie feel really welcome.

Bertie Bee

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