Event #305 – Bring Me Sunshine

It's a Beautiful Day!

 

Who would have thought it would get this far into the summer and we would be longing for rain?  Of course with the summer holidays looming round the corner the weather is obviously about to break (sorry kids, sorry teachers!) but it's been a hot one so far.  So it's hardly surprising that 371 of you decided to join us at the coolest time of the day for a run around the park.

 

Runners

 

Our runners are always so happy to run our hill 3 times.  Just check out this lot and you'll see it's true!

 

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Peace to you too, Liz! She was still smiling the third time round too.

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Ben and Lee seem to be having a good time!

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A very peaceful smile.

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I'm re-christening this the parkrun pose. Flying feet, looking at your watch. How do you even do that without falling over? 

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Some more broad smiles. Do they know about the hill?

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Lindsay didn't know how well Joe was doing yet. 

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Race you to the end!

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That's a happy smile. 

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I don't have to run that hill for another week!

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I don't either! 

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"Hmmmmn, happy birthday to me, what shall I do today?" Seems obvious to me too, Rob Mansfield!

 

Volunteers

 

As always, parkrun does not run without its volunteers.  This week 22 amazing people volunteered for us to help Preston run, but with the summer holidays fast approaching numbers are dropping.  Special thanks go to all of those who stepped up on the day to barcode scan and token sort after their run and to marshal when they were visiting, along with all of those I press-ganged into signing up for a role over the next few weeks.  The roster still looks kind of empty and all volunteers are welcome.  This week 71% of those runners who have completed over 200 runs have their 25 volunteer t-shirt!  That's up a massive 7% on last week, well done!

 

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Good to see Andy was paying attention. Thank you volunteers!

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Gary's ready for his spell as barcode scanner.

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Sinead, poised and ready as backup timer, and lending some class to the event.

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This pair laughed all the way round. I have the photos to prove it. Thank you Kelly and Susan!

 

Visitors

 

This week is no different at Preston and we welcomed tourists from all over the UK once more!  As always we made them feel very welcome and they went home having swapped ideas for parkrun management and taking away a sense of jealousy that our park is better than theirs.  This week, visitors came from far and wide including Black Park, Brighton & Hove, Cwmbran, Haigh Woodland, Heaton Park, Ormskirk, Sandwell Valley and Witton.

 

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We need to go on a road trip. Where too? Preston!!

 

Milestones

 

It was a busy week this week in the milestones corner!  The cake table literally heaved with offerings from Faisal and Jennifer - thank you so much!

 

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Bad news!  Runners are no longer allowed to eat cake!  Oh, wait...

 

50 - Faisal Ali, Jennifer Hayhurst and Daniel Smith

100 - Michael Fee

150 - Christine Cullen and John Straker

 

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Faisal and Jennifer certainly kept us all well fed today for their 50th parkruns. Thank you and congratulations!

 

PB Corner

 

A massive well done to all 68 of you who recorded PBs this week, but particularly well done to Joseph Gaughan who beat Dad Martin into 3rd place and broke the 18 minute barrier with a new PB of 17:57.  As Martin is a regular first finisher at Preston, does this mean it's all change at the top?  Or is a new PB for Martin round the corner?  Stay tuned!

 

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Can anyone see the family resemblance?

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How about now? Well done!

 

 

Spotlight on:  Timekeeper

 

Today it's the turn of one of the most important roles available at Preston parkrun to be spotlighted - the role of timekeeper.

 

 

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Liz's cool head and calm manner make her one of the best timekeepers in the business.

 

 

The role of the timekeeper is vital to a parkrun - without one you aren't getting your times at all!  Like all our roles, it's a job any can do, although some are more reliable than others!  It's every results processors dream to have both stop-watches synchronised throughout, but it's not the end of the world if something does go wrong.

 

The role itself is pretty simple.  Accompany the run director to the beginning of the run, press the big button as the air horn goes, accompany the rest of the funnel crew in the band at the musical tree for 2 laps, then make your way to the finish line and click each person once as they cross the line.  Except children in buggies.  Or dogs, if you're counting those as people.  A cool head when the large numbers come through is essential, but with a bit of forward planning these are easily managed.  And that's it.  After the tail walker has been through, hand your stopwatch over to the run director and go for coffee!

 

Cancellations.

 

We are devastated to announce that we are cancelled twice in August - the 11th and the 25th.  Other parkruns are available.  I suggest Wepre on the 11th and Whinlatter on the 25th?  You are welcome to join me in Guernsey on the 25th should you see fit.  I'll let you know where the rest of the core team is heading out to if and when they make their minds up!

 

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 305
14th July 2018

This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Darren FISHWICK • Laura CONN • Kelly DAY • Sinead SWEENEY • Sean SWEENEY • Susan Jane HEATLEY • Andrew John TRANTER • Robin WESTON • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • Dougie POTTER • John CARRUTHERS • Liz MOUNSEY • Ben CLIFF • John FOSTER • Gary HORNBUCKLE • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Andy WHALEY • Alex PROFFITT • Fiona EAVES • David EAVES

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 8,701 participants have completed 68,338 parkruns covering a total distance of 341,690 km, including 13,254 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Event #304 – Pacers, Prams and PBs

That Was The Week(end) That Was.

 

It was yet another gorgeous morning in Avenham Park this weekend and you turned out in force to complete pacer week.  This week we were honoured to have a guest visiting us from Bromley who provided sign language support for our hearing impaired runners.  This went down very well and hopefully Beatrice will join us again soon!

 

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Andrew, Beatrice and Mary give the first timers briefing.

 

Runners

 

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To the start!  Regular runners will be pleased to hear that officials were sniffing around that fencing.  Fingers crossed it moves soon.

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And we're off!

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The best thing about running is the time to zone out and go into your own little world.

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Kelly and Susan, next week's tail walkers - also run together.

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I know, it's hot, isn't it! But Lyndsey still looks like she's having fun.

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Wonder what he's listening to?

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Great ponytail flick and concentration.

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And some more!

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Excellent finish sir!

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The concentration is amazing.

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Everyone enjoys a good sprint finish!

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Everyone has their own personal goals at parkrun.

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Ash - finishing his run so he can get ready for his favourite volunteer role - Close Down.

 

 

Volunteers

 

We pushed back into the mid twenties for volunteers this week, well done!  Did you know that at Preston we regularly get above the average number of runners who have earned their 25 volunteer shirt?  A massive well done to all of those who are in the club.  It was particularly pleasing to see that of the runners who have completed over 200 runs this week, 64% have their volunteer shirt.  Each one of them had a different favourite role!  Two of our volunteers were visitors to us today - it just goes to show that you can support parkrun even if you're on tour!

 

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Pacers, pacers, pacers. L-R: Gina, Asif, Colin, Jeanette, Jo, John C, John A are introduced by Mary.

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Some excellent work as always from our funnel team.

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Superwoman wears orange. How you pace so accurately pushing a double buggy is beyond me, but not beyond Jo!

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It was a warm welcome back from holiday to Event Director Andy this week.

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Finish tokens? Check. Hi Vis? Smile? Check. Tambourine? Check! Maureen is prepared and ready to go!

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Prepared for everything. Some spectacularly accurate timing from Rupert made Jim's go-pro redundant this week but it's saved us many times.

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What do you do when you're a bit ahead of your predicted finish time and you're pacing, Mr Allen? A little dance, obviously.

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The volunteer role mostly known as 'other'. For the second week on the trot, Lisa very kindly provided water to grateful, thirsty runners.

 

Visitors

 

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Break out the Apricot! What an amazing sprint finish from Seren, one of our visitors from Markeaton.

 

Preston is a wonderful place to visit and of course Avenham is the jewel in the crown.  Therefore is it surprising that we continue to be popular with visitors?  No it is not!  This week, visitors joined us from Bedgebury, Bolton, Bromley, Darlington South Park, Derby, Fell Foot, Hamptead Heath, Lancaster, Lytham Hall, Oldham, Markeaton, Marple, Nonsuch, Raphael, Redcar, Riverside, Shrewsbury, Southport, Wilmslow and Witton among others.  Keep coming and don't forget to shout where you've come from!

 

Milestones

 

50 - Susan Rennie, Daniel Ballard

150 - Bob Calderbank, Ken Beezely

350 - Colin Davies

100 times in one volunteer role - Gina Biggs

 

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Susan has enjoyed the parkrun 50 times, 29 at Preston.

 

PB Corner

 

It was a special weekend for  38 of our hard-working runners, some of which were made possible by our volunteer pacers.  It was extra special for regular volunteer and Junior parkrun ED Robin, who recorded his first PB in over 2 years.  Well done to all of you!

 

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Robin's new, streamlined look obviously took him across the line for his PB! Well done!

 

Spotlight on: Barcode Scanning

 

There's 26 volunteering roles available throughout parkrun.  Admittedly not all of them are available at every parkrun (I think both our lead runners and our tail walkers would be a little miffed to see a lead bike at Preston!) but many of them are.  So, for the next few weeks I'm going to be spotlighting one of the roles to give a little information on the position.

 

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Scanners, poised and ready. #dfyb

 

Barcode scanning is one of our most sociable roles and you generally get to talk to about 1/4 of the people completing the parkrun that day.  Starting with meeting the team at about 0830, then cheering on the runners from the musical tree (instruments are provided), the essential part of the role of barcode scanner comes after the run.  At Preston, we have 4 barcode scanners and one barcode writer who records the un-scannable barcodes.  Both roles are very simple - scan first the runners barcode, then our token and put the token in the bucket.  If the code doesn't read, send them over to the writer who will record the finish token and runners details for us to add into the results later.  However, the one rule our scanners have to enforce is no printed barcode, no result, so don't forget your barcode!

 

Did you know barcode scanning is Lynn Brown's favourite role?  Even though she can generally be found on finish tokens.

 

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 304
7th July 2018

This week 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Colin DAVIES • John Benedict ALLEN • Karen CLARK • Steve MYERSCOUGH • Rupert STOCKS • Angela Elizabeth TRANTER • Andrew John TRANTER • Robin WESTON • Mary TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • Gina BIGGS • John CARRUTHERS • Lisa BOLTON • Jeanette WHITHAM • Gary HORNBUCKLE • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Maureen KIRKBY • Asif MAMUN • Andy WHALEY • Alex PROFFITT • Chris FLOWERS • Jo ARMITAGE • 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 8,662 participants have completed 67,967 parkruns covering a total distance of 339,835 km, including 13,186 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 303 – Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot!

We Didn't Start the Fire!

 

What is the best time to run when it sometimes looks like the whole of Lancashire is on fire?  Approximately 9 AM on a Saturday morning each weekend at Avenham Park, obviously.

 

On a day when it felt at one point Preston was surrounded by moorland fires, the only fires at our gorgeous park were those in the hearts of our 290 runners and 19 volunteers.  One special lady completed her 200th parkrun in tropical temperatures and 27 completed their first.  Well done to all of you.  You will find as you progress that Preston is of course the best parkrun.  As one stalwart commented, Preston has it all, the best terrain, the nicest (cue maniacal laughter) hill, a great elevation profile, a nice amount of shade, wonderful scenery and a flagpole stuck right in the middle of the course.  Alright, I added the last bit.  And of course, we have the best people.  Goes without saying, really.

 

Runners

 

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The four stages of flying feet. Or the four horsemen of the apocalypse, you choose.

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Preparation

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Take Off

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Hover

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Landing

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It's important to stay hydrated when you're working this hard. Well done, ladies!

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There is at least one comedy double act in this photo. I know there is.

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"I'm a serious runner. But there's a camera. But I'm a serious runner. But CAMERA!"

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I bet Josh will claim the colour coordination was not deliberate.

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Runners. Easily distracted.

 

Volunteers

 

For the first time since December we dipped below 20 volunteers this week.  I may have sobbed into my cornflakes there a little.  I'm kidding of course, I don't eat cornflakes.  However, 19 hardworking and committed volunteers put on Preston parkrun for you this week.  Here they are!

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Mostly we're delighted that Jim is a bit more mobile. Apart from some who have been winding him up chronically for the past few  weeks...

Remember, as Andrew says every week, parkrun does not run without its volunteers.  Not only do you get the feel good factor of winding certain people up for an hour (trust me, it's amazing therapy), you also get to see all the behind the scenes stories you'll never get to see whilst running.  It's way better than Corrie.  Or Eastenders.

Visitors

 

Yet again, Preston is a shining beacon to the less well off and visitors flock to run around Avenham and Miller parks.  This week we welcomed visitors from Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Cuerden Valley,  Lytham Hall, Isle of Man and Melbourne among others.  Well done to all of you!  Tell your friends, bring them along to the party.

 

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Quick, break out the apricot, road trip!

 

Milestones

 

200 - Angela Tranter.  Thanks for the cakes and sweets!  Much appreciated.

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Angela evaded the camera this week, but we got her last week.

 

PB Corner

 

A massive 37 of you recorded PBs this week, yet I still have no photos to put here.  Well done to all you ghosts out there!  Remember to put your photos on Flickr so I can use them in the report.  I know some of you put them on Facebook, but sadly I can't link to those.

Thank You!

 

A massive thank you goes out to the Boltons, who kindly brought water along in case of emergency.  It was a very thoughtful gesture and we are very grateful.

PACER WEEK!!!

 

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Everybody loves our pacers!

 

It's Pacer Week!!  YAY!  Not only does that mean that yours truly is in charge (sorry), but the seething masses are going for a PB!  This week we already have volunteers for 24, 27, 29, 30 and 40 minutes but we would love, love, LOVE some pacers between 30 and 40 minutes.  Particularly up in the late 30s where people are only just learning how to pace themselves.  It really helps them out.  Plenty of other volunteer spots are also available on the roster, for both this week and the scarily empty next week.  Those of you doing the Lakelands Ultra or the Windmill Half (and the mad few doing both, the even madder bunch doing the Salwick Scorchers and other assorted lunatics), you know you want to earn those pretty purple Google badges.  Not sure how to volunteer?  Email us at prestonhelpers@parkrun.com.  No excuses.

 

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 303 30th June 2018

This week 290 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Robert BROWN • Jo WORSWICK • Andree Maria HELM • Sean SWEENEY • Howard SIDERY • Andrew John TRANTER • Warren CROOK • Rick MAY • Jim MCLEAN • John CARRUTHERS • Shane COLLINS • Jeanette WHITHAM • Claire NEVILLE • Sarah MAY • Theo MAY • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Joel HIGHAM • Alex PROFFITT

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 8,626 participants have completed 67,671 parkruns covering a total distance of 338,355 km, including 13,148 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 302 – A Family Affair

We are family!

 

A quick scroll through this week's results leads you to one conclusion.  Preston is full of running families.  Whether they're parent and child, parent and very large child, grandparents, husband and wife, cousins, siblings or aunts and uncles, families are definitely a theme on any given results day.  Some regularly run together, some regularly volunteer together and others come on tour together.  Parkrun is a great way to join together!

 

Runners

 

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There was a shiny new PB for Khadija at the end of the run.

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A variety of expressions are on display in any given run. From concentration to total distraction. What was going on over on the right?

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Is it a PB day? Can I get there? Oooh, camera, smile. It's hot. It didn't feel this hot at the start. Just some of the thoughts on a parkrun.

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Our junior parkrunners just run!

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Are we having fun yet? Yes we are!

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Nearly there. Can I sprint? Is there anything left?

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Well this is definitely a sprint finish. Eat my dust, Dad.

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There's nothing quite like seeing that finish line and finding your legs can still move.

 

Volunteers

 

Parkrun does not run without the hardworking volunteers.  Of course some work harder than others and there is always a core team on standby ready to volunteer last minute should there be less than the required amount but that happens rarely at Preston as we have an amazing team.  Continuing a great run of high numbers, 26 wonderful people volunteered this week.  Volunteering is great fun and you get to see all sorts of sights you never would should you be running.

 

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Don't panic! Cameron keeps it in the family by becoming the latest Run Director. Dad Sean directs next week.

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'And one for you.' Carole earns herself a nice new purple t-shirt by completing her 25th time as a volunteer.

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Concentrate! Some top class timing from Steve and Kathryn.

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When the cat's away, the mice will play.  Jim returned to take control back of his funnel this week.

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You first, then us please. Another satisfied customer gets scanned by Caroline.

 

 Visitors

 

Preston is always a popular destination and this week is no exception.  Visitors joined us this week from: Bateman's Bay, Bolton, Cuerden Park, Durham, Lancaster, Lytham Hall and Witton.  We hope you enjoyed your visit to our wonderful park.  Bring your friends!

 

Milestones

 

100 - Lindsay Gaughan, Chris Williams

200 - Graeme Parsons, Matthew McColl

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Lindsay seems to have enjoyed her 100th parkrun.

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So did Chris!

 

PB Corner

 

The bell rang a massive 79 times today!  Congratulations to all of you.  Remember to upload your PB bell photos to Flickr to be in with a chance of a starring role here.

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A massive 2 1/2 minutes off his PB was something to celebrate for Steven Matthews and his family.

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 302
23rd June 2018

This week 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Peter O'GRADY • Carole HEATON • John Benedict ALLEN • Steve MYERSCOUGH • Sean SWEENEY • Cameron SWEENEY • Dawn MCLEAN • Susan Jane HEATLEY • Caroline SIDERY • Andrew John TRANTER • Robin WESTON • Matthew MCCOLL • Warren CROOK • Jim MCLEAN • Joe HOWARD • John CARRUTHERS • Gary HORNBUCKLE • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Andy WHALEY • Alex PROFFITT • Chris FLOWERS • Louise HARRISON • Jo ROBERTS • David EAVES • Kathryn TOWNSEND

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 8,599 participants have completed 67,381 parkruns covering a total distance of 336,905 km, including 13,113 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 301 – What is this wet stuff?

To complete an efficient club takeover, the run report this week is brought to you by a guest writer.

 

 Preston Parkrun June 16 2018

By Louise Facey (Riversway Roadrunners)

 

After weeks of glorious Saturday morning sunshine, everyone was surprised to wake up to a more overcast, drizzly parkrun day, but that didn't stop over 300 runners turning up eager to complete Preston parkrun, especially after a week off last week.

Lucky for the runners and marshals alike, the rain held off for the entire event and we enjoyed some great running conditions.

Runners

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Volunteers

Volunteers from Riversway Roadrunners turned out in force for their parkrun takeover, keen to cheer on the runners, coo over the youngsters in prams and offer a friendly pat to any canine companions completing the course.

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The rookie volunteer team took instruction from Andy, who ably assisted new Run Director Rob Wilson to complete his 50th time as Run Director, and Preston's 301st parkrun went smoothly – much to the delight of all at Riversway who enjoyed their stint on the other side of the event.  A massive well done and thank you to the team.

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Birthdays

 

A total of 310 runners completed the 3 lap course, including birthday boy Matthew McColl who was sporting our purple bib for what was his 199th parkrun.

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Milestones

 

Huge well done to Philip Atkinson of CSSC Sports & Leisure who completed his 200th  parkrun in 23:46.  Philip needs just eight more parkruns here in Preston to make it to 200 in our gorgeous park!

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Congratulations to our first finisher Martin Gaughan who completed the course in 17:57, and to our first-placed female Jo Armitage of Vegan Runners, with a new PB of 20:55.

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We welcomed 26 first timers and there were 56 new PBs recorded. We were pleased to see runners from 28 clubs represented.

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Visitors this week travelled to see us from far and wide including Blackburn, Sutton, Gloucester, London, Essex, West Cheshire, Wigan and Wootton.


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 301
16th June 2018

This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Ashraf M KAZEE • Robert WILSON • Tom JORDAN • Sam LAWRENCE • Gary HEYWORTH • Karen Michelle MUNNELLY • Marc POTTER • Laura WIGGANS • Louisa BOLLEURS • Sean SWEENEY • Lora KIDD • Laura Jayne KIRKHAM • Caroline SIDERY • Howard SIDERY • Stephen PETTMAN • Warren CROOK • Paul MORGAN • Raymond WHITELEGG • Robert Ian CALDERBANK • Simon O'LEARY • Andy WHALEY • Carly PICKLES • Catherine CAMPBELL • Louise FACEY • Alex PROFFITT • Jon DURHAM • Catherine LOCK

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 8,571 participants have completed 67,026 parkruns covering a total distance of 335,130 km, including 13,039 new Personal Bests.

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