Pendle parkrun #209

It is always nice to welcome visitors to Pendle parkrun and on Saturday we had nine first timers.

Among them were Michael and Fiona Hernandez. The pair are Ripon Runners and regulars at the scenic Fountains Abbey parkrun where they have both run more than 90 times. But on Saturday, they decided to clock up their 100th parkrun by making the trip to Pendle.

We also said hello for the first time to Jim McGrath, Paul Tucker, David Edmondson, Andrew Prestidge, Thomas Haynes, Phoebe Taylor and Julie Taylor.

Two Pendle parkrun regulars, Graham Dickinson and Mo Boden, clocked up their 50th parkruns on Saturday.

And Graham celebrated in style as he went home with a shiny new PB, the third new best time he has set this year.

He was one of 11 to clock up new personal best times, the others coming from Harry Beechey, who stormed to fourth place by taking almost two minutes of his previous best set a week earlier, Fred Green, Gavin O'Connor, Pip Larter - taking a whole second off his previous best time set in 2014 - Francesca Bury, Lee Doidge, Poppy Warriner, Austin Griffiths, Julie Rowe - her fourth successive PB - and Vicky Deaville.

At the front of the field Paul Crabby Crabtree kept up his amazing run of consistency.

In what was his 38th Pendle parkrun, he finished first for the 26th time and he has never finished outside the top three. Adam Holda is second on the all-time list of first finishers and finished in second place on Saturday with Josh Lawson third.

Fionnuala Swan was first lady home for the seventh time, finishing ahead of Melanie Barber and Francesa Bury.

Edward Lee


What a difference a week makes

Event 205, forced back on to the winter route, had been just about as bleak as it gets at Holt House.

Evert 206 was almost 10 degrees warmer, attracted six first timers and there were no fewer than 19 personal best times on the day.

Event 205 had been a baptism of ice and fire for many of the recent Couch to 5k group who used a Pendle parkrun as their graduation run.

Event 206 saw many of them return for a second helping, and many of them were among those who recorded PBs despite having to swap the muddy underfoot conditions of the previous week for the uphill stretches of Alkincoats Park which make up the "normal" route.

Andy Berry, Alex Mann, Kirk Butler, Charlie Barnes, Lucille Pickles, Sheldan Pickles, Tony Duffy, Ciara Duffy, Wayne Ellison, Graham Dickinson, Lee Doidge, Poppy Warriner, Steven Briggs, Olly Bushby, Julie Rowe, Paul Taylor, Nicola Hargreaves, Catherine Jackson and Vicky Deaville were the 19 leaving Holt House with new PBs.

And for Paul Taylor, running in the V60-64 category, it was his seventh PB in 25 Pendle parkruns, his time having plummeted from 41:48 in his first Pendle event to 35:39 in Saturday's run. Wayne Ellison is also becoming something of a serial PB hunter, his time on Saturday being the 15th time he has recorded a new best time at Pendle, his times having dropped by over five minutes to 27:35 in the process.

There were landmark runs for both Jason Heavey (50) and junior runner Emily Lomas (10) while there were first Pendle visits for James Austin, Rebecca Bradshaw, Sarah Bagley, Bryn Barnes, Mandy Ashton and Stephanie Robinson.

Adam Holda led the field home by just 10 seconds from Andy Berry to finish first for the 18th time, Ryan Bradshaw finishing third. Of the ladies, Rachel Villiers was first home, ahead of Nicola Nuttall and Isabel Hartley. It was the third time that Rachel had been leading lady.

In total we had 92 runners complete the route, taking the average number of finishers to 73.7, a considerable jump from the average of 69 when I first wrote one of these reports last year!

Edward Lee


Landmark runs and a Pendle landmark

Lynne Haythornthwaite notched up her 50th parkrun in event number 204 last weekend and another Pendle regular, Wayne Ellison, also reached the 50 mark.

John Carman joined the 100 club and while there is no T-shirt for 200, that is the number reached by John McDonald.

Another impressive landmark was reached when Paul Roberts crossed the line, the 15,000th person to cross the finishing line in Pendle parkruns.

And talking of impressive numbers, we had some among our visiting runners.

Hyde Park Harrier Chris Jones was with us for the sixth time...and in the process completed his 445th parkrun. He has completed parkruns on 127 different courses, 98 of them as one-offs as a serious parkrun tourist. In all that parkrun tourism he has been to all corners of the country, and even claimed two first place finishes.

There can't be many times when you turn up for your 341st parkrun and find that somewhere has done more.

But that is exactly what happened to St Theresa's AC runner John Robson who was fifth across the line on his first visit to Pendle.

It was his 110th different parkrun course and he has chalked up first-over-the-line finishes on no fewer than 26 of them.

On the topic of first finishers, John Whiteside lead the field home for the 15th time to finish ahead of David Walker and Andy Berry while Isabel Hartley was first lady home for the second time, finishing in front of Jennifer Garside and Amelia Dugdale.

There was just one new PB on the day, so congratulations to Lola Dugdale.

And a belated Pendle parkrun welcome to our seven first-timers: John Robson, Nick Weallens, Jamie Fox, Alan Grey, Jill Swales and Molly and David Rowe.

Edward Lee


Event Cancelled: Saturday 3rd March

We've reluctantly decided to call things off tomorrow.

The course and access is just about okay at present but if there's any more snow or ice overnight, or this ferocious wind doesn't ease off, it won't be pleasant in the morning, especially for our volunteers.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to relax with an extra brew and see you next Saturday!


Pendle PB territory

With the words of Event Director Paul Brown fresh in our minds, we set off in Saturday's parkrun searching for PBs.

Paul had assured us that the course was all set up for PBs. And for 13 of the 81 who completed event 203 that was certainly the case.

Three of them were actually bettering PBs set the previous week when the course was much wetter, so a special "well done" to Kirk Butler, Peter Barlow and Gillian White. The other 10 were William Walker, Harry Beechey, Connor Jones, Amelia Dugdale, Keith Ross, Graham Denney, Ruby Fort, Edward Lee, Fiona Cowgill and Denise Fishwick.

And I, for one, was delighted to do as I was told by the Event Director as I have promised him a fiver for his Brathay 10 in 10 challenge every time I manage a PB this year and the money is on its way!

Clayton Harrier Christine Egerton is a frequent visitor to Pendle parkrun and chose to join us for her 100th ever parkrun and her 38th at Pendle. She was the only runner chalking up a landmark run on Saturday, but there are some interesting numbers stacking up and it won't be too long before we see our first green parkrun shirt!

At the other end of the scale we had five people joining us for the first time, so a special Pendle parkrun welcome to Jay Bennett, Chris Precious, Neil Mellor, Austin Griffiths and Ramye Samaranayake.

Adam Holda was first home to be "first finisher" for the 16th time, finishing ahead of first-timer Jay Bennett and David Fort. Barlick Fellrunner Emma Taylor has a pretty impressive record at Pendle parkrun and has 10 first places in the ladies' race in 10 attempts. She finished fourth in the event and first lady ahead of Susan Burns and Sophie Stanworth.

Susan has her own piece of Pendle parkrun history as she tops the age grade league from an earlier run. On Saturday she hit 82.75 for her age-grade score and that was comfortably the highest on the day and a percentile that would have her fourth in the all-time Pendle age grade table other than the fact you can only be in the list once!

These notes were written before the "Beast from the East" materialised. By the time you read them the whole picture could have changed as far as the course in concerned. But with three or four courses to choose from, the one thing we can hopefully rely on is that Pendle parkrun #204 will take place on Saturday.

Edward Lee

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