Hats off to Paul

If you read as much about running as I do, you may have seen several articles which point to two things which have led to recent surge in participation in the sport. They are, of course, parkrun itself and the Couch to 5k programme.

We have had several people at Pendle parkrun who prove just how much that is the case. And on Saturday, Paul Taylor further emphasised the point.

Paul was a graduate of Trawden AC's C25K programme in September last year, and got to grips with parkrun straight away. Between September and June this year he was almost ever-present, clocking up no fewer than 10 PBs and bringing his time down to just over 33 minutes.

But then injury struck and Paul was forced to sit out the event for three months - volunteering several times to keep himself busy - before getting the go-ahead to start running again. And on Saturday, just a couple of weeks after completing his first 10k race, he came our most recent member of the 50 Club to some very loud cheers at the finishing line.

Although numbers were a little depleted on Saturday we still attracted 11 first timers in the field of 71. And among them were two serious parkrun tourists - Rob Marsden taking in his 91st different parkrun and Robert Pullan his 60th.

The other first-timers were Danny Steer, Robert Tomlin, Christopher Almond, Sacha Cooper, Barry Lucketti, Kimberley Steer, Catherine Wright, Karen Almond and Tracey Moynihan.

Jayne Butterworth was first over the line in the ladies' race in a new PB - other PBS on the day were recorded by Andy Holden, Orla Stalton-Larter, Zak Smith and Kerry Cooper - with Helen Sweeney second and Sacha Cooper third.

And Andy Berry claimed his third first place finish at Pendle as he beat Adam Holda and Shaun Heys into second and third places respectively.

Edward Lee


Craig on a great streak

Craig Wolfenden raced into third place in the 241st event at Pendle parkrun. And in doing so he registered his sixth successive PB around Holt House and Alkincoats Park.

Saltaire Strider Will Kerr, a first-timer at Pendle, was first over the line and has now achieved first place finishes on six of the eight parkrun courses he has run with Adam Holda taking second spot.

Isabel Hartley was first lady for the fourth time, edging out Emma Craig, event director at Tollcross parkrun in Glasgow who was completing her 100th parkrun while claiming a PB at Pendle, while Helen Sweeney was third lady.

On another fast day at Pendle there were no fewer than 13 PBs with Craig Wolfenden leading the way and the others being recorded by Sean Fitzpatrick as he joined the 50 Club, Emma Craig, Connor Fitzpatrick, Hugo Mulligan, Andrew MacBeth, Janet Lord, Finn Metcalfe, Emily Hall, Anne Clarke, Carl Pears, Claire Partridge and Zak Smith.

And we welcomed six first-timers to Pendle with Damian Metcalfe, Steve Dommett, Kate Pomfret, Isobel Eccles, Neil Smith and Joanne France joining us for the first time.

Edward Lee


First timers boost the field

With cross country, fell and trail races stealing some of the regular runners away from Pendle parkrun on Saturday, we still managed a higher-than-average field of 77 runners.

The run was bolstered by no fewer than 12 first-timers, many of them graduates from the recent Couch to 5K programme.

Lee Hardy from Kirkstall Harriers was among the first timers and he raced home to first place ahead of regular winner Adam Holda and the ever-improving Craig Wolfenden whoe secured another PB and the ladies' race was won by Dawn Terry ahead of Angela O'Hara and Helen Sweeney.

The other newcomers to Pendle parkrun on Saturday were Nigel Hough, Andrew Froud, Andrew McBeth, Emily Hall, Finn Metcalfe, Doug Metcalfe, Lee Solway, Christina Davy, Judith Palmer, Ursula Webster and Julia Hogan.

Eleven runners also managed to chalk up new PBs on the day with, Craig Wolfenden apart, new best times being recorded by Maddy Eames, Peter Haigh, Katie Foster, Julie Brear, Carl Pears, Marianne Eyers, Rachel Beard, Catherine Dobson, Amelia Ashworth and Susan Thornton.

Edward Lee


Ladies’ record falls at event #239

One of the longest standing records at Pendle parkrun went on Saturday in event #239.

Daisy Glover, a member of Framlingham Flyers in Suffolk, finished second overall and set a new ladies' course record of 18:82 - shaving six seconds off the previous best time set by Danielle Hodgkinson in event 35 back in January 2015.

Fellow Framlingham Flyer Scott Manning was first man home ahead of serial winner Paul Crabtree and Shaun Heys, while the second and third places in the ladies' race went to Alexandria Cozens and Helen Sweeney.

And the visiting pair were not content to rest on their laurels from Pendle parkrun. The following day they went to the Run Bolton Abbey event where Scott won the 10K race and Daisy was fifth - and first lady - in the half marathon!

The previous weekend Angela O'Hara completed her 200th parkrun, all of them at Pendle. And on Saturday Paul Hare followed suit. Paul was with us for the very first Pendle parkrun and in the time since has chalked up 15 PBs with a best time of 19:43 and has been first to finish the event. And not only that, he is one of the core team of volunteers, regularly both setting up and closing down the course, and in total he has volunteered on 289 occasions.

PBs on Saturday were a little harder to come by, but Sean Fitzpatrick, Alexandria Cozens, Peter Haigh, Andy Ratcliffe, Katie Foster and Julie Taylor did leave with new best times to their name.

But we did have a lot of new faces joining us for the first time. Scott Manning and Daisy Glover were joined on first visits to Pendle by Phil Hutchinson, Dave Woods, Don Nichol, Chris Ellis, Pauline Hogg, Johnny Glover, Olivia King, Alice King, Becki Maud, Zak Smith, Rachel Curtis and Susan Thornton.

And finally, a special thank-you to Orla Stalton-Larter who volunteered for the 25th time to become the latest member of the purple T-shirt brigade!

Edward Lee


Hats off to Angela

Parkrunners come in all shapes and sizes, all age groups and all abilities - it is one of the many things which makes the whole parkrun movement so special.

  • Some try it once, don't like it and are never seen again
  • Others use it as a regular part of their training plans
  • Some dip in and out of it at will
  • Others just can't stand the thought of missing it
  • Some love to embark on some parkrun tourism
  • Others find a parkrun home and are sorted

And the latter is certainly true of Angela O'Hara. She first popped up to Pendle parkrun in September 2014 - and since then she has barely missed a parkrun reaching her 200th on Saturday and all of them at Pendle. Angela has been first lady at Pendle and often picks up prizes at the "birthday" parkrun each May, with 19 of her 200 runs being PBs.

On Saturday, there was a bigger-than-usual turnout with 112 runners completing the 238th Pendle parkrun. Paul Crabtree was first over the line for the 33rd time, closely followed by young Stan Stephenson, who collected his first milestone t-shirt for his 10th run, and David Fort.

Nicola Nuttall was first lady for the 51st time, finishing ahead of Angela Donlan and Louise Hargreaves.

No fewer than 16 runners chalked up PBs on a course which remains unusually dry for the time of year. Craig Wolfenden was fourth over the line for his fourth successive PB and there were also new best times for Neil Hardiman, Ben Stratton, Mark Hargreaves, George Fitzpatrick, Helen Beech, Alexandria Cozens, Alex Collett, Lottie Hesketh, Liz Shaw, Nigel Bullock, Claire Partridge, Caroline Heseltine, Catherine Dobson, Amanda Woods - her fourth in the last six Pendle parkruns - and Vikki Greenwood.

Among the 12 first-timers were welcomed some trying parkrun for the first time and some who embark on some serious parkrun tourism, most notably Ian Smith of Bolton United Harriers who has now visited 30 different parkruns in his 249-run tally.

The other first-timers were Graham Jenkins, Alan Douglas, Lynn Whittaker, Chris Preston, Andy Holden, Aiden Beecroft, Richard Lodge, Gill Worrall, Belinda Beecroft, Isla Hartley ad Su Lodge.

Edward Lee

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