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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
And don't forget...
And now for the stats...
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.
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.
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.