Southport parkrun – Event number 98 – 7th April 2018

Well, if you thought it was wet for the run, you should have seen the park when we left. Slightly slower than usual due to a few issues in the results, but the paths were flooded as we left in torrential rain.

A huge well done and thanks to Matthew Tobin who earned his V25 t-shirt with his 25th volunteer stint this week, and he's only ran on 26 occasions.

Also Catherine Fearnley earned her 50 club t-shirt whilst Sophie Redmond earned her junior 10 club t-shirt. Sorry, but still waiting on more information as to when the club t-shirts will be available to wear though. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of the V25 club, this week we had 23 volunteers of which 13 have already earned these prestigious t-shirts. That's 13 people volunteering this week who have volunteered at more than 25% of our events to date and not all of our v25 club members were with us! This obviously shows that our regular volunteers, such as Bob Fairhurst, really enjoy what they do, but it does also show we need some new volunteers on the team, please! So a huge thank you to Shaun Simpson who joined us as a first time volunteer this week. I'm sure you all know what to do to volunteer - just email me at southportoffice@parkrun.com saying a date (or dates!) and I'll take care of the rest.

Even with the heavy rain we still had 24 first time park runners braving it and 8 first time tourists, including Garry Fenley and friends from Cheltenham who sent a kind email thanking the volunteers: "We all thought it was a lovely course and all did good times (for us at least). We were impressed by the friendliness and efficiency of everyone there." There were also lots of kind words on Facebook after the run - obviously a few people really thankful to the marshals who'd stood in the rain.

Special mention to Jean Mitchell of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers who joined us for her 91st parkrun and finished 91st.

Lastly, I have been made aware that the toilets have been out of order before the run for the last few weeks. This has been passed up to the council and hopefully we'll see them back in use soon.

This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah LUNT • Helen HIBLE • Mari DYSON • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Paula TOBIN • Liza SMALLMAN • Tricia TABRON • Paul HILL • Sophie HEPPLE • Ed UNWIN • Lola JIMENEZ • Anna HEYES • Alex SMITH • Sophie REDFORD • Vernon YULE • Bob FAIRHURST • Freya BECKHAM • Shaun SIMPSON • Matthew PORTER

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,081 participants have completed 26,270 parkruns covering a total distance of 131,350 km, including 5,673 new Personal Bests.

 

Southport parkrun – Event number 97 – 31st March 2018

The Run Directors met over a curry tonight and they reminded me that over the last 6 weeks I've only managed a couple of (cut & paste) run reports. So, time for a catchup!

Another cold week this week saw 360 runners including 34 first timers to Southport (18 new to parkrun, 16 first time tourists) taking on our course. It certainly felt like a good number of new runners at our First Timers Briefing (08:50 for the cafe for anyone new).

A huge well done to Harry Corcoran (JM11-14) on earning his 50-club t-shirt with us this week. Jill Watson also earned her 50-club as did Lola Jimenez. Lola has recently returned from a short maternity break and back to her Tail Walker turns and this was her first attempt in a while at sub 30 minutes, which I announced to over 300 runners. Thankfully she well and truly broke 30 mins with a 28:40 run.

Samuel Benge earned his 10-club t-shirt, whilst Andrew Hudson might have tried to hide behind a tree during the briefing but he completed his 100th parkrun.

A quick word on the club t-shirts, and I probably know as much as most of you here. The new 50 / 100 / 250 and volunteer 25 t-shirts should be ready for distribution and those who have been waiting the longest will be invited to order theirs first, with the rest of us being able to order them in the next 6-8 weeks. Sorry juniors, but there's no news yet on the 10-club.

Also this week, Head Office added a 25-club badge to the results so it was interesting to see that 4 of us, including visiting runner Andrew Wright, have earned this t-shirt. For anyone wondering why my daughter and I run in matching purple t-shirts this is why - we're trying to show you what you can earn if you volunteer 25 times...

We seem to have a lot of Unknown Runners. 38 this week out of 360 means we've broken 10% (average about 6-7%). I don't think there are any issues, we just seem to have a lot of unknowns. And whilstI can't add you if you don't have a barcode, I would be interested in knowing why we have so many unknowns.

This week 360 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Keith LUNT • Alison MOORE • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah LUNT • Chris ATHERTON • Sarah DAVIDSON • Helen HIBLE • Chris HEWITT • Carl PEDDER • Scott GARNETT • Martin CARR • Liza SMALLMAN • Sophie HEPPLE • Eileen COCKWILL • Marc TAYLOR • Glenys HURST-ROBSON • Alex SMITH • Aoife LEWIS • Rachel INTONAZZO • Zana LADIPO • Sophie REDFORD • Bob FAIRHURST • Sandra TEALE • Freya BECKHAM • Matthew PORTER

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,049 participants have completed 25,961 parkruns covering a total distance of 129,805 km, including 5,625 new Personal Bests.

 

Snow fun at Southport parkrun – Event number 95 – 17th March 2018

Can someone please tell the weather it is Spring in the UK? This week, it was 1c and snowing at times for the run, but 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

With a huge 30 unknowns (9.7%) and just 11 brand new to parkrun and 12 new tourists we didn't quite break seeing 4000 different people haven taken part at Southport. It will happen next week.

Only Reuben West (JM10) earned a club t-shirt this week, earning his white junior 10-club. Hopefully some of the new club t-shirts will be available very soon and we'll see them in the park.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Keith LUNT • Carole WILLIAMS • Sarah LUNT • Annie MCCAFFREY • Chris ATHERTON • Helen HIBLE • Robert WILLIAMS • Scott GARNETT • Deborah HEPPLE • Tricia TABRON • Paul HILL • Sophie HEPPLE • Ed UNWIN • Marc TAYLOR • Lola JIMENEZ • Gordon MCKINNON • Aoife LEWIS • Rachel INTONAZZO • Sophie REDFORD • Bob FAIRHURST • Freya BECKHAM • Matthew PORTER

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 3,991 participants have completed 25,256 parkruns covering a total distance of 126,280 km, including 5,504 new Personal Bests.

 

Southport parkrun – Event number 92 – 17th February 2018

A huge welcome to the 14 people who ran their first parkrun with us this time and the 20 first time tourists who came to run with us.

Well done to Scott James, Caleb Coates and Bethany Rayner-Smith who all earned their 10-club t-shirts and Paul Riding, Rob Taylor, Chris Mitchell and David Aspinall who all earned their 50-club t-shirts. We weren't aware of any of these before the run so no-one got a shout out.

This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Susan COOPER • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Annie MCCAFFREY • Ewan MARTIN • Sarah DAVIDSON • Helen HIBLE • Robert WILLIAMS • Robert SMALLWOOD • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Scott GARNETT • Emma CAUNCE • Martin CARR • Margaret WALMSLEY • Sharon SPENCER • Patricia TABRON • Ed UNWIN • Lola JIMENEZ • Gordon MCKINNON • Owen BARNES • Catherine FEARNLEY • Alex SMITH • Bob FAIRHURST • Rachel GREENWOOD-BIBBY

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 3,927 participants have completed 24,301 parkruns covering a total distance of 121,505 km, including 5,329 new Personal Bests.

 

Southport parkrun – Event number 91 – 10th February 2018

Unexpectedly (against indications from the previous run), only 1 runner earned a club t-shirt this week and that was Gina Bellhouse on her 100th parkrun, 84 of which have been with us at Southport. However, we were delighted to be able to celebrate Aoife Lewis and Bob Fairhurst both earning their purple 25-club t-shirts on the same day. Aoife is volunteering on her Silver DofE with us whilst Bob is well known to many of our runners because of his enthusiasm around the marshal points. Many thanks to both of them for their continuing support of Southport parkrun.

For the first week this year all tokens were returned. In fact 233 were given out, 234 were returned with an ever popular P113 making a return. No idea why that is the most non returned token but it's gone walkabout 3 times in 90 runs. Thanks to whoever returned it - I'd love to see more coming back!

12 people took their first steps to a recorded parkrun with us and another 5 new tourists took to the course. 11 people came back to run their 2nd Southport parkrun and every one of these ran quicker than their first time!

Stephen Tyson ran a perfect 29:46. What's so special about that time? Well adding up every run since day 1, our average finisher is 29:46.

This week 233 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Susan Ann STEWART • Emma HORRELL • Katie MAWDSLEY • Chris ATHERTON • Helen HIBLE • Vanessa MOUNT • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Paula TOBIN • Scott GARNETT • Martin CARR • Caroline KESSLER • Patricia TABRON • Ed UNWIN • Marc TAYLOR • Anna HEYES • Owen BARNES • Alex SMITH • Aoife LEWIS • Rebecca MOGFORD • Bob FAIRHURST • Matthew PORTER • Glyn HORRELL

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

Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 3,893 participants have completed 23,991 parkruns covering a total distance of 119,955 km, including 5,257 new Personal Bests.

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