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


Pendle parkrun #218

Three runners completed their 100th parkruns when event 218 was run at Pendle on Saturday.

Paul Brannon had more to celebrate as his 100th parkrun was also his sixth first finish. The other two to join the 100 Club were Rachel Ryan and Laura Nuttall, who also volunteered for the 25th time to earn a second T-shirt on the day.

With falling temperatures, running conditions were ideal and over a quarter of the finishers recorded personal best times.

Neil Smith and Chris Thompson finished second and third on the day with new PBs. They finished just ahead of James Crook, also in a new best time, with April Thorpe first lady home in another new best time.

Susan Burns was second lady home and also claimed a new age category record with a time of 22:20 in the veteran ladies 60-64 bracket. That was over a minute quicker than the previous best time in that age group and Susan is now one of four runners with age category records in two different age groups - the other being Elizabeth Greenwood, John Hartley and David Scott.

Back to PBs and the others on the day were recorded by Lucas Wolfenden, Sean Fitzpatrick, Kevin Holme, Julie Townson, Gemma Elizabeth Carson, Wayne Ellison, Lesley Brooks, Mick Crozier, Stephen Briggs, Patrick Eady, David Rowe, Elizabeth Allison, Julie Rowe, Dale Greenwood, Brian Leonard - his sixth on the spin - and Amanda Burnett.

Among the first timers on Saturday, we had some serious parkrun tourists. Usually to be found at Redcar parkrun, Diane and Graham Hall are both members of the 250 Club and have both taken part in more than 40 different parkrun events. Other parkrun newcomers were Paul Wolstenhulme, Gary Redmayne, Angela Knox, Liam Cunningham and Michael Moffatt.

Edward Lee


Pendle parkrun turns into PB city

Parkrun does different "jobs" for different people but the majority of runners are happy to see some progress.

For some that progress might be finishing a little further up the field. For others it is the pursuit of the PB, the personal best time for the event. And on Saturday no fewer than 20 runners managed to improve on their previous best time.

Graham Dickinson has been a bit of a serial PB-hunter at Pendle parkrun this year. On Saturday he got his time down to 27:30 to chalk up his seventh PB of 2018.

Brian Leonard is a new runner at Pendle, but no stranger to parkrun. He turned up once in April to get a feel for the route and then, in his next five runs each on successive Saturdays, he has recorded a PB his latest time of 31:29 being more than four minutes quicker than his original time.

Back to the Dickinson family and Alex recorded his fourth PB of the year and second in successive weeks. His new time of 22:01 is getting him closer to a top 10 finish.

Four runners - Lucas Wolfenden, Edward Lee, Kristan Webber and Patrick Eady - had their third PBs of the year while Chris Thompson, Claire Storozuk and Abbie Louise Fawcett had their second.

And there was also PBs for Ian Jenkins, Mark Duerden, Mark Burrows, Natalie Wright, Julie Narey, Steven Taylor, Sarah Roberts, Clinton Hill, Katie Smith and Janine Whiteoak.

On a hot day with a very firm course, Josh Lawson claimed his fourth first finish to edge out David Fort and Mark Shakeshaft, while Nicola Nuttall claimed her 45th first in the ladies' event by finishing ahead of Natalie Wright and Julie Narey.

While the obvious attractions of the Weets Fell Race saw numbers drop to a lower-than-average 69, we still managed to welcome three first timers to the event - Lee Trickett, Helen Stubbs and Keeligh Hallam.

Edward Lee


Happy Birthday and 100th Run Day

Everyone knows that you get a friendly welcome at Pendle parkrun. Pendle is a small enough event to give everyone the chance to get to know each other.

But it is also a big enough parkrun to need a good band of volunteers to keep it running smoothly. And among those volunteers is Gillian Beeley, the friendly face in the kitchen most weeks who makes sure there are enough drinks and a wholesome supply of cakes and biscuits after the event - another of the things which makes Pendle such a friendly event.

On Saturday Gillian celebrated her birthday - and she celebrated in style by clocking up her 100th parkrun. Not only has she been in charge of the kitchen on many, many occasions, Gillian has also fulfilled a lot of other volunteering roles. She was the tailrunner for a long time and is among the rare breed of parkrunners to have actually chalked up a PB while finishing last. And Gillian has also been the car park marshal on many occasions, making sure we can all run safely through that part of the course.

As well a regular runners, we are always happy to welcome first timers to Pendle parkrun. And two of them certainly got among the headlines on Saturday. Kurt Heron romped home with a four minute lead to finish ahead of Adam Holda and David Fort. He is certainly no stranger to crossing the line first as he has done parkrun on 10 different courses and finished first at nine of them.

On a different note was Edmond Simpson who ran 28:25 to set a new record in the Veteran 80-84 age category. The other first timers on the day were Thomas Pickering, Zoe Myers, Christopher Snowden, Liam Brook and Orla Stalton-Larter.
The ladies' race was claimed by Lucy Turzynski ahead of Barbara Savage and Jodie O'Hara.

And we had no fewer than 16 PBs on a fast course in ideal conditions. They were recorded by Neil Hardiman, Jams Crook, Lucas Wolfenden, Charlie Ellison, Barbara Savage, Kristan Webber, Nicola Farrell, Claire Storozuk, Graham Dickinson - his sixth this year - Katie Myers, Heather Bachelor, Brian Leonard, Marie Fisher, Liz Shaw, Stacey Houston and Amanda Burnett.

Edward Lee

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