A week of fantastic achievements

Phoenix parkrun
Event number 36
30th September 2017

There was much to celebrate this week as 117 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests.

Run Sandymoor brought the post event refreshments to celebrate the amazing achievements of the graduates of the C25K group. The support given to every person crossing the line was fantastic.

Katie, Christine and Jayne celebrated milestones this week with Christine reaching 100 events today, Katie celebrating her recent 100th event and Jayne reaching the 50 milestone today.

Jo also had reason to celebrate after achieving her 10th successive PB at Phoenix parkrun.

As always, the volunteers gave great support and kept smiling through the rain. Thanks to them all:

Colin THOMPSON • Tricia STEADMAN • Julie BIRCHALL • Val BELLINGHAM • Anna HUTCHINSON • Christopher BURGESS • Mike SHERWIN • Jessica SHERWIN • Lee WALKER • Sue LANCASTER • Graham LANCASTER • Jannette EVANS • Joe HIBBS • Anthony BUNT • Megan JONES • Steve WILLIAMS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Phoenix parkrun Results Page.

Male placings:
Steve THOMPSON (SM30-34) of Warrington RRC, was first over the line in 18:43 - 8th time in 15 appearances.
Alex MASON (VM40-44) of Delamere Spartans, was second over the line in 19:07.
Michael SCOWCROFT (VM35-39) of Run Sandymoor, was third over the line in 20:09.

Female placings:
Kathryn SCHOFIELD (JW15-17) of Warrington Triathlon Club, was first (13th overall) over the line in 24:55 - second time in 5 appearances.
Alexandra RUSSELL (SW30-34) of Run Sandymoor, was second (27th overall) over the line in 27:15 - was first to finish once before.
Gemma JOHNSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (28th overall) over the line in 27:17.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Steve JOLLY (VM50-54) – 72.44% for the time 20:41 (4th overall).
Michael WARD (VM50-54) – 72.33% for the time 20:54 (5th overall).
Alex MASON (VM40-44) – 71.93% for the time 19:07 (second overall).

The female record is held by Joanne LACKING who recorded a time of 21:40 on 18th February 2017 (event number 4).
The male record is held by Colin THOMPSON who recorded a time of 17:35 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 86.98% (23:18) on 4th February 2017 (event number 2).

Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 1,083 participants have completed 3,403 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,015 km, including 861 new Personal Bests.

 

Event Number 35: 23rd September 2017

This week 89 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 22 volunteers: Stephen WIGGINS • Chris LONEY • Cindy DONNELLY • Kerry MERCER • Julie BIRCHALL • Kieran MERCER • Lisa WELCH • Brian WELCH • William WELCH • Christopher BURGESS • Mike SHERWIN • Jessica SHERWIN • Sue LANCASTER • Graham LANCASTER • Danny BUCKLEY • Jo WAKEFIELD • Joe HIBBS • Megan JONES • Lucy BOULTON • Steve WILLIAMS • Laura O'TOOLE • Phillip HILL-DAVIS Phils daughter was captured supporting everyone today.... they seemed pleased to see her and hear her giggles as they came in for their high fives! Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Phoenix parkrun Results Page. Male placings: Chris FITZPATRICK (VM40-44) of Helsby RC, was first over the line in 18:17 - third time in 4 appearances. Ben WEBB (JM15-17) of Halton & Frodsham Harriers, was second over the line in 18:36 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. Steve THOMPSON (SM30-34) of Warrington RRC, was third over the line in 18:37 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions. Female placings: Valerie DUNN (VW55-59) of Vale Royal AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 22:24 - first appearance. Rebecca LACE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (34th overall) over the line in 26:47. Lesley JACKSON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (35th overall) over the line in 26:51. The three highest age grades were recorded by: Valerie DUNN (VW55-59) – 84.23% for the time 22:24 (13th overall). Ben WEBB (JM15-17) – 74.82% for the time 18:36 (second overall). Chris FITZPATRICK (VM40-44) – 74.66% for the time 18:17 (first overall). The female record is held by Joanne LACKING who recorded a time of 21:40 on 18th February 2017 (event number 4). The male record is held by Colin THOMPSON who recorded a time of 17:35 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 13). The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 86.98% (23:18) on 4th February 2017 (event number 2). Phoenix parkrun started on 28th January 2017. Since then 1,064 participants have completed 3,286 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,430 km, including 836 new Personal Bests.

 

Park run No.27

Phoenix parkrun #27: Saturday 29th July 2017
Thank you to everyone who was involved in any way at our 27th parkrun yesterday.
It is extremely noteworthy that Louise McAdam, became Phoenix parkrun’s first ever volunteer to support our first visually impaired participant, Alan Sartorius-Jones, around our course. It was also Alan’s very first parkrun which he enjoyed, informing us that he wanted to get used to and to become aware of the course obstacles on his first attempt. Alan promises us that he will return to Phoenix parkrun again.
Welcome also to Iain Bethune who has recently moved to the area for work reasons and undertook his very first parkrun yesterday. Previously, he did not have a parkrun within easy reach and now welcomes the idea of making Phoenix his home parkrun.
A special mention definitely must go to Jo Wakefield, who has now completed eight Phoenix parkruns and each time she has returned, she has improved on her time, therefore has an unbroken series of seven course personal bests.
Additionally, a special mention equally must go to Roger Alsop, who back in May made his first appearance at Phoenix parkrun and with a time of 18:21, set the 50+ age category course record. Yesterday, Roger returned for a second time and beat his own record by a further 6 seconds.
There were 89 participants, 23 gaining PBs and where 13 were Phoenix parkrun first timers, of which 10 were new to parkrun altogether.
Men:
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1st: Roger Alsop;
2nd: Steve Thompson; and
3rd: Ian Rutherford.
54 male participants, 11 gaining PBs and where 7 were Phoenix parkrun first timers, of which 4 were new to parkrun altogether.
Women:
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1st: Kathryn Schofield;
2nd: Danielle Edwards; and
3rd: Carole Miller.
35 female participants, gaining 12 PBs and where 6 were Phoenix parkrun first timers whom were all new to parkrun altogether.

Age Grade:
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Men:
1st: Roger Alsop (VM50-54);
2nd: Ian Rutherford (VM45-49); and
3rd: Michael Ward (VM50-54).
Women:
1st: Carole Miller (VW45-49);
2nd: Kathryn Schofield (JW15-17); and
3rd: Paula Riley (VW40-44).

Running Clubs:
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British Army (1);
Halton & Frodsham Harriers (1);
Helsby Running Club (3);
Run Sandymoor (16);
Southport Waterloo Athletics Club (1);
Walney Wind Cheetahs (1);
Warrington Road Runners Club (2); and
Warrington Triathlon Club (1).

 

Who Knew? Almost 25 events!

Almost 12 months ago conversations began to create parkrun 'Runcorn' an amazing group of likeminded people got together with the support of parkrun ambassadors to help kick things off. Just to be clear for anyone new to this 'parkrun' is a little misleading, as it isn't just for runners or 'wanna be runners', it’s for all. Pram pushers, dog walkers, walkers, joggers, 4 year olds, 104 year olds... it’s getting out in the park enjoying the community atmosphere. All ages, all abilities.

In November a few of us gate crashed parkrun 'Widnes' and volunteered gaining valuable insight to the various roles, we visited several times to master the skills needed prior to our 'dummy run' to test our skills on our planned route at Phoenix Park.

Our first 'Official' run took place on a cold January morning with 202 wonderful participants and our core group of volunteers. Every week seemed to get colder; standing frozen, soaking wet most weeks. It still didn't deter us or our wonderful walkers/runners. Thankfully the weather has been much kinder recently, although still not without incident - blown over trees blocking the paths and puddles the size of lakes (okay, slight exaggeration!).

We've had so many people take part, Steve managed a run with his best man the morning of his wedding, giving our Run Director palpitations! The Lloyd family from Reading was 3.5, now possibly 4 (or very nearly!) joined in on one of their last runs before child No.2 arrived. We've had visitors from all over Europe and the US. Lots of people have chosen Phoenix for their milestone runs (10, 50, 100, 250) for which we are very grateful.

If you haven't visited before then we hope you can make it for our 25th Event on 15th July. Celebrating with 'Special Guests!' Possibly a celebrity Potato running too! (Dependent upon donations for our defibrillator fund just £250 to go - as of 29 June). We will have pacers at this event for those wanting extra motivation to achieve a time. It isn't a race though it’s getting out and involved with the community. You don't have to be interested in running to get involved you might be related to a runner or just want to spend an hour in the park with a group of friendly people. We would be delighted to have your support.

We hope to have news on Urban Cafe soon as this will allow us to all grab a social cuppa afterwards, but people still tend to hang around afterwards and have a chat, congratulating each other on their achievement and supporting others on the course. A hot topic is usually our hill start, which we lovingly call 'Hutchinson Hill' after one of our run directors, particularly with new comers as it feels relentless. But the joy of the downhill and the flat paths along the lake and canal make it worthwhile and we have lots of friendly marshals to cheer you along. It’s a varied course and although you do 2.5 laps the scenery makes it worthwhile, in our opinion! But don’t take our word for it, come down!

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events and hopefully we will be writing again just before our 50th, 100th parkrun events.

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