Event 264

322 runners turned up at Preston parkrun on Saturday to bask in the autumn sunshine. After a very successful ‘volunteer takeover’ by Women on the Run two weeks ago, all of this week’s volunteer roles were filled by members of Red Rose Road Runners, even persuading some of the Cuerden Valley regulars to switch allegiance for a day to allow us to double-up on the marshalling roles and to provide twice the encouragement to the passing runners.

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Jim McLean set a new decibel record for the pre-run briefing, leaving no one in any doubt as to how many laps they had to complete (3), how old they had to be to run without an adult (11), and how many dogs each runner was allowed (1, on a short lead). The visitors from Sunderland, Hebden Bridge and Edinburgh would probably still have been able to hear him if they’d stayed at home!

Lots of smiles at Preston parkrun
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The start was slightly delayed to allow a mother pushing a double buggy to make her way down the riverside path and move out of the way … only for her to turn round and join in as the main pack made their way past! She was soon followed by Paul Lightfoot, usually one of our fastest pram-pushing parents, arriving a couple of minutes late to make his way through the field.

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Perhaps with one eye on Sunday’s ‘Run Preston’ events, there were fewer people pushing for PBs this week, with Jason Parker strolling to a leisurely victory in 17:30, but who still had to survive a late challenge from one of our marshals, Spike, who abandoned his post to race Jason up the hill on his third lap.

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The field was unusually well-spaced for such a large turnout, with few bottlenecks for the barcode scanners and the finish funnel, but this did call for some deft weaving by the fast finishers as they dodged their way round the lapped runners to branch off by the pavilion.

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Milestones this week included:
• Rick Warren of Preston Harriers ran his 100th parkrun, 73 of which have been at Cuerden Valley and 14 at Preston
• Mark Rotherham ran his 50th parkrun (46 at Preston)

Many thanks to the large contingent of Red Rose Road Runners who came along to volunteer and to run this week. Another volunteer takeover, this time by Wesham Road Runners, is planned for 21st October, but our volunteer roster is quite empty for the intervening weeks (30th September; 7th and 14th October). If you’d like to help, please see www.parkrun.org.uk/preston/volunteer for details of how to get involved.

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And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun
- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 264
23rd September 2017

This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Peter O'GRADY • Marion O'GRADY • John Benedict ALLEN • Lynn BROWN • Robert BROWN • Kelly DAY • Sinead SWEENEY • Louise DAVITT • Dawn MCLEAN • Lynn MELVIN • Anneke CROSBY • Andrew John TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Brian HANLEY • Jim MCLEAN • Anees SHAIKH • Joe HOWARD • Steve MURPHY • Shane COLLINS • Fiona GUTTERIDGE • Jennifer BRADLEY • Kate CLIPSTON • Des MONK • Lucie CLIPSTON • Max CROFT • Eleanor WARD • Chelsea BROWNRIGG • Jacqueline WINSLOW • Victoria TURNER • Calum LEITH

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

Male placings:
Jason PARKER (VM40-44) of Preston Harriers, was first over the line in 17:30 - 22nd time in 44 appearances.
Duncan ANDERSON (VM35-39) of Red Rose Road Runners, was second over the line in 18:06.
Martin GAUGHAN (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:15 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Sarah RIDEHALGH (VW40-44) of Accrington Road Runners, was first (12th overall) over the line in 20:26 - 8th time in 11 appearances.
Gemma PRESTON (VW35-39) of Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 21:28 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Helen MORRIS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 21:54 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
D Jane ANTHONY (VW60-64) – 84.35% for the time 23:00 (50th overall).
Robert Ian CALDERBANK (VM65-69) – 80.83% for the time 21:34 (25th overall).
Graham MORRIS (VM50-54) – 80.41% for the time 18:38 (4th overall).

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 7,347 participants have completed 54,683 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,415 km, including 11,132 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Event 263

Event number 263 saw the volunteer roster being taken over by our running club, Women on the Run. Here at Women on the Run we all love parkrun; we have regular parkrunners, not so regular parkrunners and members who have registered for parkrun but not got around to taking part yet. What we all agree on though, is that as a club we need to contribute and give something back to our local parkrun. We regularly see the call outs for volunteers to complete the roster and like to think we're helping out by us taking that hassle away from the Event Director for one or two weeks each year. Whether as a club, a group of friends or a family you feel like giving it a "collective go", contact the Event Director who will be only too glad to have you on board and part of the hi-viz posse. No role is difficult and full training is given.

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We'd planned the volunteer takeover some weeks in advance and counting down the last few days we could do nothing but check the weather forecast – we used every app and website going, but alas the closer we got to Saturday morning, the worse the forecast was. Even thunderstorms were forecast for 9am on one of the apps...!!

However, whilst everyone got a little wet it was nowhere near as bad as had been forecast and so 236 runners lined up under the bridge to start the 3 lap course of the beautiful Avenham and Miller Parks. Even on a wet, cloudy day the parks look amazing; we are so very lucky to be able to run here each week.

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Today we had every imaginable parkrunner going, we had club runners, non-club runners, runners with prams, runners with dogs, walkers, walkers with dogs, young, very young, not so young and those in between.... What was clearly evident is that parkrun is all inclusive and better still you just need to register once, print off a barcode and turn up ready to roll at 9am.... And it's free! How much more fabulous can you get.

Our PB bell was rung with much gusto today with 41 runners recording a Personal Best. Well done to everyone and don't forget, if you think you got a PB then ring that bell!

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There were 18 First Timers to Preston parkrun; 12 of whom had never done a parkrun before. We also had visitors from Barrow, Blackburn and Nottingham. We hope you enjoyed your experience at Preston parkrun and look forward to seeing you again very soon.

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Today we had 2 milestone runners – Ian Croft ran his 100th parkrun, 93 of those at Preston

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and Dominic Moon of Preston Harriers ran his 50th with 46 of those at Preston. Congratulations both.

Saturday parkrun happiness was evident and in abundance with lots of happy faces eager to be photographed.

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Women on the Run would like to thank everyone for their kind words of thanks and we'll be back volunteering in a few months for another takeover of the roster.
 
** Cancellation Reminder **

Preston parkrun is cancelled on Saturday 16th September. Why not try a touch of parkrun tourism at one of the many other parkruns.

 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun
- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 263
9th September 2017

This week 236 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Helen BORKING • Felicity CROSS • Laura CONN • Christine Ann ACKLAM • Susan Jane HEATLEY • Graeme PARSONS • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • Gina BIGGS • Jason SPEAR • Sandra HILL • Julie GRIME • Elaine MERCER • Shane COLLINS • Kirsty BROWN • Amanda BERRY • Andy WHALEY • Catherine HUNT • Eleanor WARD • Anne GOTT • Lucy HILL • Nicola WIGGANS • Calum LEITH • Emma BOLTON

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

Male placings:
Martin GAUGHAN (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:04 - 14th time in 150 appearances.
Dominic MOON (SM25-29) of Preston Harriers, was second over the line in 18:31.
Jon GREEN (VM40-44) of Preston Harriers, was third over the line in 18:36 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Kate HARRISON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (24th overall) over the line in 22:07 - second time in 11 appearances.
Victoria OSTEN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (57th overall) over the line in 24:20.
Susan WILLIAMS (VW50-54) (Unattached) was third (60th overall) over the line in 24:33.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Martin GAUGHAN (VM45-49) – 78.51% for the time 18:04 (first overall).
Simon SHAW (VM55-59) – 75.51% for the time 20:21 (11th overall).
Jon GREEN (VM40-44) – 74.46% for the time 18:36 (third overall).

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 7,303 participants have completed 54,361 parkruns covering a total distance of 271,805 km, including 11,086 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 262

A sunny morning in the park as 293 runners completed the 3 lap course for our 262nd event including visitors from Shrewsbury and Wigan.

You can't beat that PB feeling!

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Hands up for parkrun!

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250 Club

The first time we have ever reported on someone completing their 250th parkrun!  Well done Bob!

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50 Club

Well done to Steve Boardman on running your 50th

 

Volunteers

A big thank you to our large team of volunteers and a special thank you to Andree Helm and Dr Shaw who pulled out of the run to help out with a medical emergency.  Next week 'Women on the Run' are doing a parkrun takeover and will be supplying the volunteers.

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It was also pacer week, a big thanks to our great pacers.

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Cancellation

There's no parkrun at Preston in 2 weeks on the 16th September. 

 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun
- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 262
2nd September 2017

This week 293 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Lynn BROWN • Robert BROWN • Andree Maria HELM • Andrew John HELM • Sean SWEENEY • Tina Jane CARR • Gary DALEY • Graeme PARSONS • Angela Elizabeth TRANTER • Andrew John TRANTER • Elizabeth Helen TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Chris OXLEY • Joseph GAUGHAN • Roger SHERLOCK • Joe BAMBER • Steve MURPHY • Simon SHAW • Jonathan FORD • Rebecca HELM • Andy WHALEY • Max CROFT • Joel HIGHAM • Nick WHITELAW • Adam FIELDER • Debra SHERLOCK • Alex PROFFITT • Calum LEITH

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

Male placings:
Adam SCIACCA (SM20-24) of Chorley AC, was first over the line in 16:08 - second time in 2 appearances.
Ciaron RODDY (SM30-34) of Red Rose Road Runners, was second over the line in 17:22 - was first to finish once before.
Christopher TULLY (VM35-39) of Salford Harriers and AC, was third over the line in 17:52 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Catherine CARRDUS (VW45-49) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 19:36 - 10th time in 12 appearances.
Sophie ROTHERAM (JW15-17) of Preston Harriers, was second (30th overall) over the line in 21:41 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Kate HARRISON (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 22:25 - was first to finish once before.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
D Jane ANTHONY (VW60-64) – 83.14% for the time 23:20 (59th overall).
Catherine CARRDUS (VW45-49) – 81.80% for the time 19:36 (10th overall).
John Graeme BERTENSHAW (VM60-64) – 79.98% for the time 20:14 (14th overall).

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 7,285 participants have completed 54,125 parkruns covering a total distance of 270,625 km, including 11,045 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 261

The sun came out for event 261 at Preston parkrun with 281 runners completing the 3 lap course and 47 of them achieving PBs.  We welcomed tourists from Barrow, Hertford and Hull.

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There was a very special PB for Rob Danson with a time of 15:31, congratulations to him and wow that is speedy!  It was August last year that Andy Benson set the previous record of 15:35 and Rob took advantage of his Berlin marathon training to get himself into the record books.  He had fellow speedster Joe Monk, who went sub 16 minutes for the first time last week, to run round with.

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We also saw the return of Stuart Horrocks, doing his first parkrun after his hip operation, so good to see him running again

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Also congratulations to Jeanette Whitham on her 100th parkrun, and Adam Fielder, Andy Halladay and Ian Bebbington on their 50th parkruns.

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Volunteers

Our volunteers were ace as usual (thank you guys!). We can't wait to do it all again next week!  We have a packed roster through to the end of September, so a massive thank you to everyone who is supporting our event, we love you all!! :-)

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The volunteers this week were .....

Ashraf M KAZEE • Lynn BROWN • Robert BROWN • Sean SWEENEY • Graeme PARSONS • Andrew John TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • Chris OXLEY • Mel TAYLOR • Liz MOUNSEY • Chris GREGORY • Joel HIGHAM • Eleanor WARD • Pam WOOD • Ella EASTHAM-WOOD • Chris FLOWERS • Claire ACKROYD • Calum LEITH

 

Dates for the diary

Saturday 2nd September - A special milestone run for someone.  The first person ever to complete their 250th parkrun at Preston.  He was here at Preston parkrun #1 (as tail walker/runner) and will be completing his 250th at event #262.  Do you know who it is???  It's also pacer week.

Saturday 9th September - Women on the Run takeover

Saturday 16th September - Cancelled

Saturday 23rd September - Red Rose Runners takeover
 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun
- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

 

And now for the stats...

 

Preston parkrun
Event number 261
26th August 2017

This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

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

Male placings:
Robert DANSON (SM25-29) of Wesham Road Runners AC, was first over the line in 15:31 - 10th time in 11 appearances.
Joseph MONK (SM18-19) of Blackburn Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 16:01 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Gary PENNINGTON (VM45-49) of CSSC Sports & Leisure, was third over the line in 17:27 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Sarah RIDEHALGH (VW40-44) of Accrington Road Runners, was first (27th overall) over the line in 20:14 - 7th time in 10 appearances.
Laura BROWN (VW35-39) of Didsbury Runners, was second (32nd overall) over the line in 21:04.
Gemma PRESTON (VW35-39) of Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club, was third (35th overall) over the line in 21:25 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Robert DANSON (SM25-29) – 83.14% for the time 15:31 (first overall).
Gary PENNINGTON (VM45-49) – 82.52% for the time 17:27 (third overall).
Paul FREARY (VM45-49) – 82.52% for the time 17:44 (5th overall).

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 7,259 participants have completed 53,832 parkruns covering a total distance of 269,160 km, including 10,997 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Event 260

Event 260 at Preston parkrun saw us joining in with a nationwide parkrun event called #teamparkrun. #teamparkrun involved 100 of 466 5k parkruns welcoming National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The majority of them were volunteering as additional Tail Walkers, alongside others who had volunteered for the role on the day.

At Preston we had the privilege of welcoming local team GB athlete Lisa Whiteside.  Lisa joined Kari and was our tail walker for the day.

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Lisa won the silver medal in the flyweight category at the AIBA Women's Boxing World Championships in 2014.  Her current focus is on the Commonwealth games next year on the Gold Coast in Australia and in a great pre-run speech, Lisa explained why the national lottery funded athletes were volunteering at parkrun this weekend and thanked the parkrunners in supporting her to achieve her dreams which is to box in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

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There was also cause for celebration for Helen who was celebrating her birthday and David who was running his 150th parkrun!  No milestone T-Shirt for 150 David, but a great tally nonetheless.  Joe Monk also had cause for celebration as he went sub 16 minutes for the first time at Preston parkrun.  Joe is demonstrating great potential in being another Prestonian team GB athlete in the making.  In total we had 50 people run new PBs including our run director for next week, Lynn Brown, who has ran 8 times at Preston since 2013 and has recorded a PB every time!

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We had a new piece of parkrun kit this week, a whiteboard to display the volunteer roster for the next couple of weeks.  We had lots of great comments about this, feel free to put your name down for any position that is available.  We welcome everyone who wants to volunteer, it's very much a part of the parkrun experience.  This whiteboard will hopefully give everyone the opportunity to join one of our volunteer teams when it is convenient for them.

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On that note, a big thank you to our superb team for the day who were ......

Ashraf M KAZEE • John Benedict ALLEN • Robert BROWN • Kari EDWARDS • Helen BOYER • Lisa WHITESIDE • Graeme PARSONS • Caroline SIDERY • Andrew John TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • David TAYLOR • Adela NUTTALL • Andy WHALEY • Victoria BERRY • Max CROFT • Joel HIGHAM • Pam WOOD • Elsa FAIRCLOUGH • Ella EASTHAM-WOOD • Alex PROFFITT • Chris FLOWERS
 

Dates for the diary

Preston parkrun will be brought to you courtesy of Women on the run on the 9th September as they will doing a parkrun takeover.

Our next cancellation is on 16th September as there is another event on in the park.
 

And don't forget...

- follow us on Twitter @PrestonParkrun
- like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/prestonparkrun

And now for the stats...

Preston parkrun
Event number 260
19th August 2017

This week 306 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

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

Male placings:
Joseph MONK (SM18-19) of Blackburn Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 15:58 - 13th time in 44 appearances.
Robert DANSON (SM25-29) of Wesham Road Runners AC, was second over the line in 16:45 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Ciaron RODDY (SM30-34) of Red Rose Road Runners, was third over the line in 17:22 - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Sophie WOOD (SW20-24) of Royton Road Runners, was first (19th overall) over the line in 20:07 - first appearance.
Sarah RIDEHALGH (VW40-44) of Accrington Road Runners, was second (24th overall) over the line in 20:34 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Eleanor WARD (JW15-17) of Preston Harriers, was third (31st overall) over the line in 20:54 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Joseph MONK (SM18-19) – 82.57% for the time 15:58 (first overall).
Martin GAUGHAN (VM45-49) – 78.22% for the time 18:08 (5th overall).
Robert DANSON (SM25-29) – 77.01% for the time 16:45 (second overall).

The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 15:35 on 6th August 2016 (event number 210).
The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 17:21 on 15th April 2017 (event number 245).
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 7,231 participants have completed 53,548 parkruns covering a total distance of 267,740 km, including 10,950 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

 

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