New Year’s Day parkrun

This coming New Year’s Day parkrun will be taking place at the Flash at 9am. For the more enthusiastic amongst you this should provide the opportunity to ‘do the double’ and head to the 10.30 St Helens parkrun event (or check out the compendium for other local times!). Looking forward to seeing you for the first run of the new year!

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 320

Pennington Flash; a wonderful location for a parkrun even in the harsh winter.  This morning would be no different, for the #320th event taking place.

Arriving at Pennington slightly earlier than usual I had opportunity to enjoy the scenery at the Flash as I made my way up to the start line.  The ducks and swans were enjoying the calm blue lake, albeit in the distance you could see the swimmers splashing through the water..quite possibly training for next week’s Iron Man.  Blue skies above, with the odd fluffy cloud also meant it would be another pleasant day; decent conditions for those motivated enough to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning!

To keep within the blue theme, today’s volunteer roster would be filled by the blue hoodies ‘n tees of Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, with road captain Chris Bennett as the run director.   A&T are a local non elitist running club who frequently participate at the Flash and are very much a part of the parkrun community.They can be contacted via email – Christopher_bennett_9@hotmail.com.  Speaking of which, there would be no parkrun if it weren't for those people willing to give up a little time on a Saturday morning.  If you haven’t already done so yet, I would highly recommend taking the time to read about the various roles and how your contribution can help keep this event running. You don’t even need to be a runner! ...and for your efforts, after volunteering 25 times you will receive the prized Purple Volunteer tee...free of charge.  In addition to providing a full complement of volunteers, A&T also had a range of pacers running at intervals between 21 and 34 minutes, put together by Jon Hall - a great opportunity to sneak in a PB, especially in the dry and mud/puddle free conditions.

There was another good turnout at the flash with 200 participants, excluding buggies and paws. :) Visiting us today were representatives from fairly local clubs over the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire districts but we also welcomed some from further afield.. down from the Lakes, and up from Fulham!  Please visit us again soon.  In addition, there were 25 first timers who we hope enjoyed their experience and will come again and a staggering 48 PB’s, hopefully motivated by the pacers and also the premise of Peter Worthington’s cakes!

Only one notable milestone today.. A&Ts very own Tim Campbell who reached his 100th parkrun and earned his black t-shirt. Well done! :)

..and onto the results.

Males:

1 Tony PFAFF                         Willowfield Harriers                 18:35 (7th time at the Flash)
2 Nigel HOLMES                     Prestwich AC                          18:56 (First timer!)
3 Mark COLLINS                     Astley & Tyldesley RR            19:04 (New PB!)
 

Females:
1 Lara WILSON                       Wigan & District Harriers AC   23:12 (4th time at the Flash)
2 Amanda PARTINGTON       Unattached                              23:51 (96th time at the Flash)
3 Rhona BARKER                   Swinton RC                             24:01 (New PB!)

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

26 Tony PEERS                      Leigh Harriers & AC                21:39 / VM65-69 / 78.21 %

10 Alan SMITH                        Leigh Harriers & AC                20:35 / VM55-59 / 75.95 %

02 Nigel HOLMES                   Prestwich AC                          18:56 / VM45-49 / 75.44 %

 

Thank you to our team of volunteers and pacers from A&T for making parkrun happen this week; Paul BASNETT, David BENNETT, Christopher BENNETT, Catherine BRIDES, Kay CAMPBELL, Tim CAMPBELL, Mike CARTER, Susan FLETCHER, Terry GARDINER, Phillip GRIFFITHS, Jonathan HALL, Ian HAMILTON, Rachel HASLAM, Gareth JONES, Brendan LOUGHREY, Alison MAKIN, Harvey OWEN, Emma OWEN, Matthew PERRY, Jackie PRICE, Paul ROBERTS, Louise SIMPSON, Katie TAGGART, Catherine WORSLEY, Peter WORTHINGTON, Andrew YATES

 

Refreshments
We offer refreshments after every run and we welcome everyone, runners and friends, to join us. You will find us in the cabin next to the rangers hut and picnic tables straight after the run. Please come along and join us, the drinks and biscuits are free although donations are always welcome to replenish what is needed.

Thanks for your participation and support!

The Pennington Flash parkrun Team

The Important Stuff
NO BARCODE = NO RESULT Do your paper barcodes get a bit soggy? You can order authorised barcode tags.
Headphones – please use only one earpiece so you can hear the marshals
Kids – children aged 11 and under must run with an adult
Dogs – please keep them on a lead and under control
Volunteers – please be at the start by 08:45 so we can brief you

Find us on:
Email: Alison Makin and Katie Taggart, Event Directors
Facebook
Twitter
flickr

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 316

Well Saturday rained and rained and rained……..it was an absolute washout and the wet conditions seemed to put quite a few people off from turning-up to the 5km run, as we had a lot less runners this week compared to last. Thankfully, it gave those of us who did attend the excuse to just go ‘steady’ and to ‘soak-up’ the surrounds….

Team Taggart were fully in charge of the proceedings this week and young Isaac offered a very clear new runners’ briefing from under the ‘brolly. Isaac has already volunteered so many times that he has earned a purple T-shirt. One of these could be yours if you undertake any combination of 25 volunteer roles. Most of us are yet to earn one of those. So, after the new runners’ briefing, mum Katie, got the run swiftly underway and we were all wet up to the knees…..and down to the knees in no time at all. Very unusually there were no milestones this week. 134 runners took part and a huge 24 of those were first timers. We hope that you enjoyed it and hope that you come again. 11 people somehow managed to get a PB too. Well done everyone.

Podium positions:

Males:
1 Scott Sumer in 19.18 (PB)
2 Joseph Goodwin in 19.23 (First timer)
3 Stephen Makin (19:27)

Females:
1 Olivia Stones (J15 - 17) of Leigh Harriers in 20.28 (same position as last week)
2 Emma Owen of Astley & Tyldesley in 24.12
3 Louise Simpson of Astley & Tyldesley in 25.20 (same position as last week)

Just a word on barcodes, the first place runner this week did not have a barcode with her. Wouldn’t you be absolutely gutted if that happened?! It is helpful to have a spare one – maybe in the car, attached to your shoe or in your bag so that you can always log your run and get the credit you deserve. The plastic barcodes and bracelets are available to buy and are very durable – worth investing in if you regularly take part.

Thank you to our team of volunteers for making parkrun happen this week; Catherine Brides, Jonathan Crowe, Steve Eldridge, Trena Eldridge, Rachael Fairclough, John Gallimore, Terry Gardiner, Janet Geeson, Hannah Geeson, Sheila Halton, Stuart Livesey, Denise Mackowiak (how did she stay so dry though?!), Alison Makin, Matthew Perry, Nicola Scott, Isaac Taggart, Katie Taggart, Carmel Unsworth, Laney Williams and Andrew Yates.

Advance notice that there is no Pennington Flash parkrun on July 15th so you can start to make plans to tour if you fancy trying somewhere different. There are plenty of volunteer slots on the rota over the next few weeks so please take a look and help where you can.

Thank you and let’s do it all again on Saturday.

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 315

Whilst today feels like the middle of winter, the first parkrun of June on Saturday brought dry and warm conditions. Whist it did get quite hot on the third lap, the ground and environment were good for running. It’s been an unsettling few weeks and as usual, Saturday’s event allowed a time for reflection and the opportunity to participate in a positive event for everyone.

Mr & Mrs McGlynn had arrived at the flash early and made sure the course was safe for us to enjoy before 195 of us descended. The briefing included news that George Worsley was doing his white T-shirt run (10 parkruns for youngsters) on his 11th birthday. Jamie Rockcliff was also achieving his 10th milestone and we were all super -impressed with the fact that he has done an international parkrun in Esbjerg, plus 49 junior parkruns. James Flatley celebrated 200 runs which, means he only has another 50 runs before being able to get the coveted jade green T. Well done everyone!

So we had 24 people join us for the first time on Saturday. We hope you enjoyed it and hope to see you again soon. 23 of us enjoyed a Pennington Flash parkrun PB on Saturday. Flashy PBs can be very hard to come by so they must be celebrated when they happen.

Podium positions:

Males:

1 Tim Campbell of Astley & Tyldesley in 18:49 (Tim is a FOTB on 99 runs too)
2 Matthew Woodford (J15 – 17) in 19:16
3 Brendan Loughrey of Astley & Tyldesley in 19:22 (matching his PB)

Females:

1 Olivia Stones (J15 - 17) of Leigh Harriers in 20:07
2 Amanda Partington in 23:33
3 Louise Simpson of Astley & Tyldesley in 24:07

Well done everyone who turned-up and took part :)

A very big thank you to all of our volunteers without which the event could not happen. A round of applause goes to Catherine Brides, Michelle Brown-Crowther, Joanne & Mia Carrigher-Kearns, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Kimberley Harris, Sandy Hill, Lynn Smith, Victoria Maxfield, James McGlynn, Katie Taggart, Catherine Worsley and Andrew Yates. There are lots of available slots on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks and as we move into holiday periods it usually becomes a little sparser. Please take a look and check if you can help at all.

Finally, for many of us, parkrun has led to longer runs and even to doing a little travelling to take part in a race. Some of our more hard core regulars took this to the extreme at the weekend when they did the Comrades event. This involves going to South Africa and running approximately 55 miles in boiling hot conditions. Alternate years are ‘down’ or ‘up’ runs. This year was the ‘up’ run and some of the gang were firmly of the opinion that this would be a whole lot ‘easier’ than their experience the year before! We look forward to hearing all about it from Stuart Hamilton (Wigan Harriers), Martin Davies, James Love (Astley & Tyldesley) and Gareth Llewellyn (Flashers on Tour!).

Thanks for your participation and support!

The Pennington Flash parkrun Team

The Important Stuff
NO BARCODE = NO RESULT Do your paper barcodes get a bit soggy? You can order authorised barcode tags.
Headphones – please use only one earpiece so you can hear the marshals
Kids – children aged 11 and under must run with an adult
Dogs – please keep them on a lead and under control
Volunteers – please be at the start by 08:45 so we can brief you

Find us on:
Email: Alison Makin and Katie Taggart, Event Directors
Facebook
Twitter
flickr

 

Pennington Flash parkrun Event Report 312

After a rather droughty few weeks at the flash, the rain had appeared on Friday night and had left a few puddles for us. Conditions were dull but the temperature was more palatable for running in and the forecast rain held off for us on Saturday morning. This meant another big turn-out of 211 runners at Pennington Flash parkrun this week. RD Lisa got us underway efficiently and the volunteer team ensured that everything ran smoothly, meaning that we all got to the cabin without a hitch to see what quality home bakes were on offer this week. After the luxury menu the previous week, I resigned myself to a few biscuits maybe this week but no, there was much more available including a nice carrot cake which was hand-made by regular Kate who was celebrating 150 parkruns. Whilst Kate is a regular at the flash, she is also a regular parkrun tourist and she has participated in an impressive 35 different parkruns. Did you know that if you take part in 20 different ones, you make it to a special list?

We also had ‘official’ milestone runs this week for Victoria, Brides, Gary Nichol and David Hodgkinson, who both earned their black T-shirts for completing 100 parkruns. Well done! Tim Lewis completed his 25th volunteer to earn his purple t-shirt and praise all round. Thanks Tim!!

26 first timers joined us on Saturday. The good news there is that you only need to do 9 more, if you’re a junior, or 49 more if you’re an adult in order to earn your first parkrun T-shirt. My friend, Maria, was one of the first timers and the fact that we now both run on a Saturday for ‘fun’ is quite funny, as after our first cross-country at school, we received quite a stern telling off from the PE teacher for being joint last. She told us we should be ashamed of ourselves whilst we celebrated in completing our mission of walking as much of ‘the run’ as possible. It is nice to hear that people joining us for the first time are really impressed with the set-up both of the run and the after-party hospitality.

So back to the run and the results:

Males:
1 Charlie Sharpe of Spectrum Striders in 17:58
2 Tony Pfaff of Willowfield Harriers in 18.17
3 Eric Ranson of St Helen’s Striders in 18.17

Females:
1 Jennifer Houghton of Kirby Millers AC in 21.12
2 Amanda Sterling Keighly & Craven AC 22.23
3 Cat D’Ascendis (World Record Breakers although not strictly a running club) in 21.51

Some impressive results today for our runners. Please remember though, that we also need people to volunteer so that the run can go ahead. Check the future roster and give it a try if you have never done so or not done for a while. Volunteers are also invited to pen the run report. It doesn’t take long to write a few words and I know that people enjoy a little read and reflect of the morning.

This Week’s Volunteers Were:
Helen Barber, Catherine Brides, Lesley Davidson, Trena Eldridge, Terry Errington, Terry Gardiner, Kathryn Grace, Sheila Halton, Alison Heywood, Robin Hurst, Tim Lewis, Denise Mackowiak, Olivia Mcdaid, Lisa Anne Mills, Heather Minshull, Callan Rowland, Nicola Scott and Lynn T Smith.

Finally, the Christmas party is being planned. It will take place on Saturday 16th December at the Masonic Hall in Leigh. It will be a disco and buffet format costing £15 total. Trena Eldridge has got this in hand and is collecting £5 deposits. Please speak to her if you are interested.

See you all on Saturday to do it all again.

Thanks for your participation and support!

The Pennington Flash parkrun Team

The Important Stuff
NO BARCODE = NO RESULT Do your paper barcodes get a bit soggy? You can order authorised barcode tags.
Headphones – please use only one earpiece so you can hear the marshals
Kids – children aged 11 and under must run with an adult
Dogs – please keep them on a lead and under control
Volunteers – please be at the start by 08:45 so we can brief you

Find us on:
Email: Alison Makin and Katie Taggart, Event Directors
Facebook
Twitter
flickr

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