Event #315 – Keep the Pace

 

Happy Birthday parkrun!

 

On the week that parkrun celebrated it's 14th birthday, the 9000th runner crossed the finish line at Preston parkrun.  At least it was dry!

 

Runners

 

351 enthusiastic runners crossed the finish line this week and there were a lot of PBs doing the rounds too, despite a false start.

 

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Move along down the bus, we're trying to start a run here!

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We are family!  Jade and Ian cross the line together.

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Nothing quite like that feeling of sniping someone on the finishing straight.

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Siad finishes strong.

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I spy with my little eye something beginning with Finish Line.

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We would call you, but we don't have your number.

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Bilal and Davina head for the line.

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No competition on display here at all.

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A close finish.

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Hello to you too.

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Woohooo! We survived another one!

 

Volunteers

 

A massive 28 of you volunteered and put on Preston parkrun for us this week, including several of us pulling double, triple and quadruple roles.  Thank you so much to all of you, particularly those of you who stood up on the day and said you would help, it was a huge relief.  A big shout out to all our pacers, both regular and first timers, you help so many people that don't get to thank you because they can't breathe properly when they've finished!  Of the runners who have passed 200 runs, 61% of you have your all important volunteer shirt, well done!

 

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Pride of place - many of this team stood up on the day to volunteer, thank you so much!

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Happy Birthday Angela! Can't beat volunteering on your birthday - that should be a special bib.

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Amanda enjoys volunteering as timer.

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Jim's away so Howard came out to play as funnel manager.

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Andy leads his merry posse to 25.

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Mr Reliable brings them home.

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Jonathan even has time to wave to the camera.

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A quick thumbs up from Spike.

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Rick: Pacing this week, finish tokens next, this man loves to volunteer!

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Thank you David.

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Bridge Marshal David keeps the runners company.

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Kelly and Stephen wrap up another event.

 

Visitors

 

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Ready for his close up: Bob photo-bombs the Blackburn Road Runners.

 

As always, Preston proved to be highly popular with the tourists (which is only right and proper) and attracted visitors representatives from England, Scotland, Wales and Australia, including guests from Brockwell, Cuerden Valley, Edinburgh, Fell Foot, Haverfordwest, Linwood, Milton Keynes, Princes, Sandgate, Scunthorpe, Southampton, Victoria, Witton and Woodbank.  Please continue to spread the word about how gorgeous our parks are and come again soon!

 

Milestones

 

150 - Margaret Lupton

50 - Michael Daly, Patrick Daly

 

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I still think you should have run with the balloons. I would have.

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You should definitely have run with one.

 

PB Corner

 

56 PBs and not one lousy photo of the poor PB bell.  How lonely and unloved do you think it feels?  Come on people, get it rung and get those pictures on Flickr.  Well done to all of you.

 

Spotlight on:  Pacers

 

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Running? Yes. Maths? No. Sorting themselves out into numerical order is not the strength of our pacers.

 

Pacers.  Probably the most sought after volunteers by PB hunters everywhere (you know, the PB hunters among you who don't share your photos to Flickr.  Yes, you.  I'm not bitter.  Honest.)  On the first Saturday of every month not only is it the week I grace you with my presence as run director, but these lovely people take their parkrun to help pace you around at a set time.  We have all times available from 18 to 40 minutes on the bibs, but we need the bodies in them to run.  Unless you have figured out that spell in the sorcerers apprentice in Fantasia?  Wait, have you?  Share.

 

 

So what do you need to do to become one of these desirable people?  All you need to do is have a watch and the ability to run at a certain pace, ignoring the pleas of your cohort to slow down, you're killing them.  The aim is to finish a couple of seconds under, so that those who want to be just under a certain time (30 minutes is popular) can achieve that.  Some Sean Sweeney's among us have the ability to finish to the second.  Others do not!  But as Andrew always says, if you're not happy with our pacers, you can have your money back.

 

Announcements

 

 

Halloween is on it's way!  Beware an influx of all things mythical, magical and undead on the 27th October.  Cakes and costumes please!  Get planning.

 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun

- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

- Volunteer by emailing prestonhelpers@parkrun.com

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 315
6th October 2018

This week 351 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • David Sion WRIGHT • Lynn BROWN • Robert BROWN • Felicity CROSS • Kelly DAY • Sean SWEENEY • Stephen COUGHLAN • Howard SIDERY • Angela Elizabeth TRANTER • Andrew John TRANTER • Elizabeth Helen TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Rick MAY • John CARRUTHERS • David COWBURN • Shane COLLINS • Jeanette WHITHAM • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Jonathan FORD • Amanda BERRY • Andy WHALEY • Vikki GREGSON • Andy LEA • Pam WOOD • Martin J WOOD • Alex PROFFITT • Eddie HAMILTON

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

The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 17:21 on 15th April 2017 (event number 245).
The male record is held by Robert DANSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 26th August 2017 (event number 261).
The Age Grade course record is held by Marian HESKETH who recorded 92.30% (21:38) on 3rd December 2016 (event number 225).

Preston parkrun started on 12th May 2012. Since then 9,003 participants have completed 71,667 parkruns covering a total distance of 358,335 km, including 13,726 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #314 – Purple Reign

 

The Colour Purple

 

The sun made a dramatic comeback this weekend to shine on the 45 big hearted Purple Shirt volunteers that turned out to Preston parkrun this weekend.  It certainly made it a wonderful occasion!

 

The Purple Shirt Volunteers

A group to aspire to.

 

Runners

 

39 of the 349 runners who completed the course this week have their purple shirts and plenty more wore purple in support!  Here are a selection.

 

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When someone else turns up to the party wearing the same outfit.

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Just a man, flying along.

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Sinead makes it look easy.

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So does Howard.

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I prefer to make it look difficult.

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Celebrate good times.

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Ash always enjoys his run.

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It's good to run, it's good to volunteer.

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Ben enjoys the cooler air.

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Purple is the colour to be seen in.

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Purple - suits everyone.

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Preston - where not 1 but 3 mice run. Congratulations on your 100th runs Julie F. and Sarah, Happy Birthday Julie T!

 

Volunteers

 

This week Preston parkrun was put on by 24 volunteers and as always they had a wonderful time!  Of our runners who have completed over 200 runs, 69% of them have their purple shirt.  Well done!

 

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The funnel team enjoy the moment.

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The devil in charge of cake - Kari tempts us.

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Not that it took much.

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Jo proves that it's not all cake in the funnel, there is some work.

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Happy to support the volunteers - Jacqueline and David from our partners the Co-Op enjoy some barcode scanning.

 

Visitors

 

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Good choice, well made.

 

This week visitors flocked to Preston from Bolton, Cheadle Hume, Cuerden Valley, Forest Rec, Fountains Abbey, Guildford, Heaton Park, Lancaster, Medina I.O.W, Strathclyde, Southport, Warrington and Witton.  And who can blame them.  See you again soon!

 

Milestones

 

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Pam works hard for her 50th run.

 

100 - Sarah Runcie, Julie Fletcher

50 - Pam Wood, Xiaohu Guo

 

PB Corner

 

47 of us managed a new PB this week, well done everyone!

 

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Getting a new PB isn't easy, both Phil and Ted know that!

 

 

Spotlight on:  Token Sorting

 

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9s to the bottom, 0s to the top and do your best to ignore Jim.

 

Token sorting.  You either love it or hate it.  If your idea of fun, and I know it is for a lot of people, is sorting everything out into order and you love neatness and tidiness, this is a job for you.  It's a valued job because it means you can run too.  So what does it entail?

 

After a run the tokens are all jumbled up in the 4 barcode scanners buckets.  These need to be put back in order and stored on the token clip for use the next week.  So all the buckets are emptied and the tokens sorted into neat piles of 10 in the correct order so they can be placed back easily.  Generally there's around 350 tokens to sort, so that's 35 piles of 10.  If a token is missing it either needs to be replaced from the spare tokens or, more usually, marked for a new token to be created.  If they're wet, they need to be dried so that they don't stick together for the next week.  Simple.

 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun

- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

- Volunteer by emailing prestonhelpers@parkrun.com

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 314
29th September 2018

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • David Sion WRIGHT • Lynn BROWN • Robert BROWN • Jo WORSWICK • Sean SWEENEY • Helen BOYER • Dawn MCLEAN • Angela Elizabeth TRANTER • Andrew John TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • David CARTHY • Adela NUTTALL • Jacqueline EVANS • Fiona GUTTERIDGE • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Asif MAMUN • Alex PROFFITT • Robert CHRISTOPHER • Bilal Mohmed KAZEE • Jo ROBERTS • Catherine LOCK • Gill STABLES

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

The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 17:21 on 15th April 2017 (event number 245).
The male record is held by Robert DANSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 26th August 2017 (event number 261).
The Age Grade course record is held by Marian HESKETH who recorded 92.30% (21:38) on 3rd December 2016 (event number 225).

Preston parkrun started on 12th May 2012. Since then 8,975 participants have completed 71,316 parkruns covering a total distance of 356,580 km, including 13,670 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #313 – A Break in the Clouds

 

We'll Run in the Sunshine!

 

All right, all right, so I know it wasn't exactly sunshine, more sort of less overcast conditions but the second line of the song definitely applies.  The runners and volunteers certainly brought lots of laughter to our beloved Avenham Park this week and they just kept on giving after the event too.  Take a look at some of the photos to find out all about that!  Good luck.

 

Runners

 

357 of you made it up our hill the required 3 times and can proudly boast about this in offices throughout the land.  Go on, bore them to death with how awesome you are!  But you can entertain them with these photos ;)

 

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Are we ready?

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Takes time out for a chat after one lap. Really. Obviously this just isn't hard enough.

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Smile and wave, boys!

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In the zone.

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Two different approaches to the photographer. Chrissie hopes I'll go away while Carole enjoys the moment.

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Two people in this photograph are not sending me a Christmas card. Gutted.

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Steve takes a break from volunteering to have a quick trot round the park.

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"We've done one lap, can't we just quit now?" Nope.

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Parkrun - time to show off that t-shirt collection huh Ruth? ;)

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First Pram.

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"Someone told me there was a prize for the best dressed?"

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Happy Birthday Julie.

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The competition between these two was fantastic.  Sarah just got in before Mohammed.

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Your first parkrun is a PB parkrun, congratulations Hanif!

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Vladimir puts in a sprint finish while Carole powers home.

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The expression says it all.

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Err, 'scuse me Dad? Another 3 laps please?

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The end is here!

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And that's all, folks.

 

Volunteers

 

I can't speak highly enough of the 23 amazing volunteers who put Preston parkrun on for you this week.  What can I say other than they are the kindest, most generous people I know?  Well, now you come to mention it, I can say a lot more than that, and I often do.  This week 50% of the runners who have completed over 200 parkruns have their purple shirt.  You guys are wonderful.

 

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The team happily embrace what they know is coming.

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Andrew leads the way with a song.

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Bandmaster / Tree Marshal Maureen stars on the hand clappers.

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Fiona and Dawn put in a request to become the new Dream Team.

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Wait, there's someone missing here!

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Rupert tries to get his attention.

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But you can see from his face, he's up to something.

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Chris earns his 25 volunteers T-shirt and tries to look imposing while Emma does the work.

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Jim calibrates the life saving Go Pro.

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Adela wraps it up for another successful parkrun.

 

Visitors

 

There was a veritable stampede of visitors this week as attendees hot-footed it to Preston to run in our gorgeous parks.  They flocked all the way from Sandgate, Australia!  Among others, we had guests from Blackpool, Bolton, Colwick, Cuerden Valley, Daventry, Fell Foot, Lancaster, Lytham Hall, Ormskirk and Stretford.  You are welcome!

 

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Preston.  The choice location for the discerning tourist.

 

Milestones

 

It's not every day we have a new addition to the purple t-shirt club but this week is special and we welcomed Chris Flowers into the fold.  We all knew he was tremendous and now he has the t-shirt to prove it.

25 volunteers: Chris Flowers Member of the parkrun v25 club

100 runs: Nathanael Kerray

150 runs: Ian Croft

 

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The shock of becoming parkrun royalty is too much for Chris. He needs water.

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Nathanael flies around his 100th run.

 

PB Corner

 

That PB Bell just kept on ringin' with an enormous 56 of you breaking records this week.  You are outstanding.  Here is a selection.

 

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Ring, Ring the Bells

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Wake the Town.

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Everyone is sleeping.

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Wake Them Up!

 

 

Spotlight on: Results Processor

 

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When results attack: Bob's face says it all.

 

Continuing with our look at the volunteer positions we're looking this week at probably the most vital ingredient to most of you.  Results processing.  When the results are easy they are very, very easy.  When they aren't, they are a nightmare and we are saved by Jim's handy Go-Pro.

 

There's a whole host of reasons the results can go wrong, from people crossing the line twice to people climbing out of the funnel before they've taken a token to missed clicks on the timer to tokens being scanned twice.  Generally this is a job that takes half an hour.  Sometimes it can take two.

 

On an easy day, the process is pretty simple.  Fire up the laptop, download the timer results using the appropriate software, download the barcode scanner results using the appropriate software, check that both timers are in sync, check there's no missed tokens on the scanner results, report any incidents and upload the results to webfms, entering any unscannable barcodes into the results, check a couple of times with the Go-Pro to ensure they're correct, then save and confirm so you get your parkrun email or text.  That's a good day.

 

On a bad day, the results are not so simple and we have to cross reference where the results went out of sync with the Go-Pro a lot to identify exactly where the problem occurred.  Then we have to remove athletes or change times to ensure that everyone gets the correct time.  This can take a while if we're not totally sure where the problem occurred.  But it's ok because the company is great.

 

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All you need for results processing is a laptop. And 2 cables. And the scanners, timers, go-pro, tablet, 5 people and 2 cups of coffee...

 

Announcements

 

Purple

 

This Saturday (the 29th) is Purple Shirt day at Preston.  If you've earned it, flaunt it.  Try to make it to the park for 0845 so we can get the volunteer photo sorted out before the run starts.  If you haven't earned your shirt, what are you waiting for?  Wear something purple anyway and show your support for the lovely people who tolerate me every week.

 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun

- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

- Volunteer by emailing prestonhelpers@parkrun.com

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 313
22nd September 2018

This week 357 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Freda PEACOCK • Steve WORSWICK • Dawn MCLEAN • Rupert STOCKS • Angela Elizabeth TRANTER • Andrew John TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • Adela NUTTALL • Shane COLLINS • Fiona GUTTERIDGE • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Des MONK • Maureen KIRKBY • Andy WHALEY • Adam OAKLEY • Alex PROFFITT • Chris FLOWERS • Bilal Mohmed KAZEE • Jo ROBERTS • David EAVES • Emma NUTTALL

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

The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 17:21 on 15th April 2017 (event number 245).
The male record is held by Robert DANSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 26th August 2017 (event number 261).
The Age Grade course record is held by Marian HESKETH who recorded 92.30% (21:38) on 3rd December 2016 (event number 225).

Preston parkrun started on 12th May 2012. Since then 8,939 participants have completed 70,967 parkruns covering a total distance of 354,835 km, including 13,623 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #312 – All Quiet on the Preston Front

 

Pack Up Your Troubles

 

It was a cool, damp day for Preston parkrun but that didn't deter us as once more we descended to the park to run through the gorgeous scenery.  The cormorants were laughing at us but never mind!

 

Runners

 

312 runners made it to the finish line this week and didn't we have fun doing it?  Our little molehill is no issue, as this lot will be ready to tell you.

 

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Black and Yellow - there's a song about that. Lyndsey and the Vegan Runners pay homage to Wiz Khalifa.

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Keep on Runnin'

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Too much concentration to engage a photographer.

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Maureen smiles as she runs past the fountain and sees her favourite steps.

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Spot the odd one out.

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Paul and Bob can't work out why anyone would photograph them there. I can. Fun.

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Davina is also unimpressed.

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Spot the trouble maker. Hint, he's on the right ;)

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Concentration and hard work.

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Yay, I beat the hill!

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The relief is palpable.

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Finally, a little light on the proceedings.

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Honey, I shrunk the kid...

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Too much monkey business for me to be involved in.

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Happy birthday dear hill... Wait, no, that should be Jayne. On the hill. Looking happy!

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We surrender!

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Andy leads the way on his birthday.

 

Volunteers

 

20 amazing people helped make Preston parkrun happen this week, here are a selection.

 

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Garry, Emma, Mark and Fiona enjoy the rain as they await the first finisher.

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While Jim takes some time out to splash in the puddles.

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Tail runner Louise keeps an eye on Liam and Fatima

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Steve and Liz behave themselves for once :D Isn't that kind of them!

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Emma wishes Jayne a happy birthday as she scans her barcode.

 

Visitors

 

This week, visitors flocked to our run from Abingdon, Blackpool, Bolton, Brockwell, Burnley, Cuerden Valley, Harrow, Lancaster, Lytham Hall, Pennington Flash, Richmond Park and Witton.  We know exactly why they come to us.  It's our friendly faces, gorgeous route and amazing hill!  Come back soon, we miss you already.

 

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Our visitors from Blackburn are in love with the hill. You can tell.

 

Milestones

 

200 - Andrew Christie - also 100 runs at Preston.

50 - Mark Osten

 

PB Corner

 

34 of you enjoyed ringing that PB Bell this week!  Well done to all of you!  Thanks to Gill and Sarah for uploading the photos to flickr, isn't our PB bell pretty?

 

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Ring it out: Gill celebrates 3 PBs in 4 weeks.

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Chip away: Sarah enjoys her second sub-30 at Preston.

 

Spotlight on: Post Event Close Down

 

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Hey, Brother! Ashraf and Bilal Kazee get on with the closedown.

 

Ploughing on with our look at each volunteering role up for grabs at Preston, we're looking at Post Event Close Down this week.   Post Event Close Down is probably the easiest but most time consuming role.  Everything needs to be gathered in, from the signs from round the course to the cones marking out the funnel.  Generally there's a team of 4-6 working on it, plus usually 2 supervising the takedown of the much hated parkrun sign, which takes about 5 minutes to fold and then tries to take your teeth out as it springs back into shape.  Other than the sign, everything is pretty easy, signs tied together with bungees and put into the cupboard, everything else bagged or boxed up and put into the event directors car (more of the ED in a few weeks).

 

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The parkrun sign: life goal - randomly decapitate some poor, unsuspecting volunteer.

 

Once everything's packed away, it's in to the cafe for a cup of coffee!

 

Announcements

 

Purple shirt day is fixed for the 29th, wear your purple shirts with pride peeps!  If you could arrive a little early, that would be fantastic, shall we say 0845?  Then we can get you all organised, lined up, photographed and still be underway somewhat on time?  Wear your purple volunteer shirt, if it hasn't arrived, a purple t-shirt or hair ribbons or feather boa (men only please!  Wait, that's sexist, I suppose women can too, if they must) will do just fine.  As long as you have volunteered 25 times either at parkrun or junior parkrun and qualify, you're in.

 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun

- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

- Volunteer by emailing prestonhelpers@parkrun.com

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 312
15th September 2018

This week 312 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Lynn BROWN • Steve MYERSCOUGH • Nigel SHEPHERD • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • John CARRUTHERS • Adela NUTTALL • Garry LI • Liz MOUNSEY • Lee DUDDING • Mark FOSTER • Fiona GUTTERIDGE • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Andy WHALEY • Alex PROFFITT • Louise HARRISON • Bilal Mohmed KAZEE • Catherine LOCK • Emma NUTTALL

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

The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 17:21 on 15th April 2017 (event number 245).
The male record is held by Robert DANSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 26th August 2017 (event number 261).
The Age Grade course record is held by Marian HESKETH who recorded 92.30% (21:38) on 3rd December 2016 (event number 225).

Preston parkrun started on 12th May 2012. Since then 8,908 participants have completed 70,610 parkruns covering a total distance of 353,050 km, including 13,567 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #311 – Tales From the Grassy Knoll

Once Upon a Time in (not quite) America

 

Well wasn't that fun?  On Great North Run weekend a little bit of order was restored to Preston parkrun after a few weeks with me in charge.  I do mean a little bit, a run is only as good as the sum of its parts and it doesn't matter how efficient Andy is, he can't make up for the rest of us and he had 306 runners and 18 other volunteers who turned out to splash in the puddles to herd into some kind of shape.

 

Runners

 

An awesome 306 of you turned out to run in the rain this weekend, despite the met office lying to us about how hard it was really going to rain.  I think they do it deliberately, but in the end your flippers and snorkels were not required.  Although some runners did see fit to mime it.

 

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Happy Birthday John! And thanks for the photographs (John was press-ganged into action after the run).

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Away to me: 306 runners are driven into position.

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Stampede!

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It's that time again

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To the hill!

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We're siiiingin' in the raaiiin

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Just siiiingin' in the raaaiin!

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What a gloooorious feeeeeling

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We're haaaapyyyy agaaain!

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Fatima and Liam (who is under the hood) enjoyed the run as always.

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The volunteers have a name for this bench and its occupants. I'll leave it up to your imagination what that nickname is.

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Some people were more impressed with the rain than others.

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Loving the rainfall and cooler conditions.

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It makes us happy.

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Smiles all round.

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Even the dog is happy!

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Some people just show their pleasure differently.

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Very differently.

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Robin thanks the volunteers, Matt remains focused and Chrissie is looking at me like I'm up to something. I don't know what you mean.

 

Volunteers

 

A wonderful 19 volunteers put on Preston parkrun for your entertainment this week.  That's only the second time this year we've dropped below 20 volunteers, which is an achievement in itself.  Of those of you with more than 200 runs under your belt, 63% have their Purple parkrun royalty T-shirts.  Give yourselves a round of applause.  And now Floss!

 

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Andy nervously braces himself for the onslaught.  Not from the runners, you understand.  From the volunteers.

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Roll Up!  Roll Up!  Andrew and Beatrice lead the charge.

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The team smiled and pretended to be professional.

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But that didn't last long.

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Of course Angela and I are consummate professionals and the best looking timer team to boot. Well, we have the best brollies, anyway.

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It takes all Jim's skill to keep this funnel in order. And he can't dress himself properly.

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Andy and Amanda enjoy the rain as they hand out the tokens.

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Jeanette and Adam have put in a request for some spades and sand to go with their barcode buckets. How are you supposed to build a sandcastle without!

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Chris and Andrew deal with the marauding hordes wanting their barcodes scanned.

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Tailwalker Steve celebrates the fact he doesn't have to climb the hill again this week.

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Whilst John does his best Gollum impression and helps with close down.

 

Visitors

 

The bright lights of Avenham proved too hard for some to resist even though the forecast was awful and as always, they weren't disappointed by our beautiful park, highly organised run and friendly manner.  Well, some of us are friendly, anyway.  This weeks victims attended from exotic, far away places like Bolton, Cuerden Valley, Ormskirk, Warrington and Witton.  Remember the days we used to just have visitors from boring places like Australia and South Africa...

 

Milestones

 

10 - Jacob Farier

50 - Maciej Jarno, Annabel Rigby

100 - Stephen Young, Paul Younger

150 - Jon Carberry, Peter Cowling

 

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Everything's better with friends. Maciej and Paul celebrate 50 and 100 together.

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Keep on Runnin'. Stephen celebrates completing his 100th run.

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Annabel enjoys her saunter round the park.

 

PB Corner

 

26 of you proved that it really was PB weather this weekend, well done to you all!

 

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Gill waves to her adoring fans as she celebrates her 2nd PB in 3 weeks. Even Sir Mo can't do that (well, I mean, he could if he tried harder...)

 

Spotlight on: Pre Event Setup

 

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That's the sound of the men working on the chain gang. The setup trolls get to work.

 

This week, continuing our series of spotlights on the various volunteer roles available at Preston parkrun, we're looking at a much coveted role - Pre event setup.  Why do people want to do this?  I hear you cry.  It means you have to get out of bed earlier!  Well yes, there is that.  You do need to get to the park for around 8-ish (although frankly 8-ish is pushing it a bit these days, it's more 8.15-ish or whenever our beloved ED finally drags himself out of bed).  But set-up is a relaxed time in the morning when we can get together and catch up whilst preparing for the run.  It also means that you can run as well as earn your volunteer credit.

 

To be as efficient as possible you need 4 people doing setup.  It can be done with less and has been, but generally 2 people to set up the signs (usually Bob and Warren) and 2 people to set up the funnel/prepare the kit and open up the toilets covers the job.  The signs are spread out at pre-allocated points around the course by half of our gang and Jim generally leads the funnel team.  Spikes to the bush side, bollards to the tarmac side, evenly space the cones out from the musical tree (making sure someone doesn't kick them everywhere, I wonder who that could be...), set up the flag and the much hated parkrun sign (more on this with post event close down next week!).  Then, if you're run director, get the table and notice board out, sort out the scanners and timers, get the bibs out and wait for the onslaught.

 

Announcements

 

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On the 29th of September could everyone who has earned their purple 25 volunteer shirt please wear it.  If you didn't order it, or it doesn't arrive in time, wear a purple top or purple hair ribbons or something (particularly the men).  29th September has been designated as Preston parkrun's official volunteer photo day and we want as many of our 25 club as possible to be on there.

 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun

- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

- Volunteer by emailing prestonhelpers@parkrun.com

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 311
8th September 2018

This week 306 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • John Benedict ALLEN • Steve MYERSCOUGH • Graeme PARSONS • Angela Elizabeth TRANTER • Andrew John TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • Carol RAWLINSON • John CARRUTHERS • Andy BOYNE • Jeanette WHITHAM • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Amanda BERRY • Andy WHALEY • Adam FIELDER • Alex PROFFITT • Chris FLOWERS • Beatrice OSBORN

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

The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 17:21 on 15th April 2017 (event number 245).
The male record is held by Robert DANSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 26th August 2017 (event number 261).
The Age Grade course record is held by Marian HESKETH who recorded 92.30% (21:38) on 3rd December 2016 (event number 225).

Preston parkrun started on 12th May 2012. Since then 8,879 participants have completed 70,298 parkruns covering a total distance of 351,490 km, including 13,533 new Personal Bests.

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