Warrington parkrun 259

Warrington Parkrun 259 – 1 December 2018

Christmas Starts Here

In the bleak midwinter, well a wet and windy 1st December, in Victoria Park, o come all ye faithful to Warrington parkrun, hark the herald angels sing, well the oompa loompas did along the finishing straight.
As I made my way this morning, it was wet, windy and cold, not a day to be marshalling, and I anticipated a lowish turnout. However, by the time 401 of you lined up for the start at 9 o’clock!, fortunately the rain had stopped and parkrun was a more pleasant experience than it otherwise might have been.
As Tony began his volunteers’ run briefing, we could see in the distance a minibus disgorging runners dressed up as the oompa loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was Warrington Triathlon Club starting their Christmas celebrations early and coming to run in and support Warrington Parkrun this week. The music and cheers that greeted all parkrunners today as they entered the finishing straight was fantastic. Well done Warrington Tri Club and I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic night out in Stockton Heath on Saturday night.
I made my way across to my marshalling point at three way corner so did not hear Tony’s welcome and runners’ briefing. Apparently no one volunteered any tourist information this week but a scan of the results suggests that we had visitors from Northampton, Newcastle, London, Norfolk, Dorset and Nottingham. However, at three way corner, I was able to cheer you all on as you all went past me three times.
Today was another pacer event and our thanks go to Warrington Road Runners for providing the pacers this time, congratulations to all who achieved close to their designated times. Naturally, they were the best represented of the local clubs with 30 runners this week.
I won’t be at parkrun for the next few weeks so this is the last report from me until the middle of January so can I wish all parkrunners and volunteers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 259
Male
1st Daniel Cliffe 15.47 (1st first place finish)
2nd Chris Stanford 16.38 (Warrington Triathlon Club)
3rd Jonathan Smith 17.41 (Lymm Runners)
Female
1st Louise Blizzard 19.45 (7th overall) – (98th first place finish) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Jess Connolly 20.04 (10th overall) – (Warrington AC)
3rd Lucy Stuart 21.27 (25th overall) – (Warrington Triathlon Club)
There were 401 runners of whom 239 were male, 155 female and 7 unknowns (a new low!!). There were 34 first timers of whom 16 were running their first ever parkrun. 50 of you achieved new personal bests, well done everyone. Congratulations to Daniel Cliffe, our winner today, whose excellent time of 15.47 was a new record for age group SM25-29 and also gave the best age grade % of 81.73%. 8 youngsters (4 boys and 4 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Chris Carter in the VM70-74 age group was our most senior athlete.
Milestones this week were achieved by Emma Shaw – 50 parkruns and Stephen Burthem – 100 parkruns. Congratulations to both of you. An especially pleasing time of 22.22 was achieved by Luke Welburn with other pleasing times by Paul Holden 23.23, Phil Belton 25.25, Mel Whiteside 27.27, Hollie Stokes 28.28, Karen Davenport 30.30 and James Barrett 31.31.

Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington parkrun Results Page.

 

Warrington parkrun 257 and 258

Warrington Parkrun 257 & 258 – 10 Nov/17 Nov 2018

Two In One?

Thanks to a fair degree of miscommunication, the report for parkrun 256 (10th November) was only uploaded to the website last Friday night so this report will cover both run 257 (17th Nov.) and run 258 (24th Nov.).
Due to injury, I have been a marshal and spectator both last week and this. The first thing that becomes apparent is the amount of thanks the marshals receive from you the runners as you are going around the course. I have to say, though, that I would still rather be running than marshalling, but it is always a pleasure to experience parkrun from the other side. Last week I was stationed at the right-hand corner onto Black Bear Park on the way out and at bench corner for your return, two great places to cheer you all on. Of course, we have the primary responsibility of showing you the way, but for most of you it is a question of following the runners in front, it is only the faster runners (who may well be first timers looking for a fast time) and first time walkers at the rear of the field who may not have other athletes nearby to guide them. This week, I was on funnel duty and it was interesting to watch everyone finishing the run, some still with energy to spare having taken it relatively easily, but most of you absolutely exhausted from giving your all.
Run 256 was another pacer run, this time with Spectrum Striders providing the pacers. Our thanks go to all their runners who were prepared to don the pacer vests, most were within a few seconds of their appropriate times. Don’t forget that next week, 1st December, will be another pacer run hosted by Warrington Road Runners.
Last week we had tourists (visitors) from New Zealand, Chicago USA, Durban South Africa, Sussex, Warwickshire and North Wales. This week we welcomed runners from Chicago (the same person still with us), Somerset, Suffolk, Hampshire, Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Yorkshire. We were also joined by 9 runners from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy in Runcorn several of whom were doing their first ever parkrun. They had been following a couch to 5K get into running programme organised by Allan Bird, a stalwart of 76 Warrington parkruns. I am also pleased to be able to report that the representative of Parkrun UK, who visited us two weeks ago has given us a glowing report, well done to all the organisers.
Two weeks ago, I encouraged you to let me know about any global parkruns that you have taken part in. Thanks to James Hurrell who has told me about Crissy Field parkrun which takes place along the waterfront in San Francisco in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge and in which he took part along with wife Fay and sons Tom and Nick back in August 2016. Also, congratulations to Rick and Tracy Butterfield who ran in the Szczecin parkrun in Poland this weekend, the trip being in part to celebrate Rick’s 50th birthday. As far as I am aware, they are the first Warrington based runners to run parkrun in Poland and as I said two weeks ago, that only leaves Finland, Malaysia, Namibia, Norway and Swaziland to get the full 20. Unless any of you know different!

Results – Warrington Parkrun 257
Male
1st Jonathan Crickmore 16.27 (first ever run at Warrington) - (Brighton & Hove City AC)
2nd Peter Bray 16.44
3rd Dylan Squires 17.48
Female
1st Laura Robertson 19.11 (10th overall) – (first ever run at Warrington) – (Orienteering Hutt Valley)
2nd Louise Blizzard 20.02 (17th overall)
3rd Charlotte Brennan 22.29 (54th overall)
There were 431 runners of whom 258 were male, 162 female and 11 unknowns. There were 40 first timers of whom 16 were running their first ever parkrun. 77 of you achieved new personal bests, well done everyone. Congratulations to Laura Robertson, whose time of 19.11 was a new record for age category SW25-29. The best age grade %, 79.01% was achieved by Paul Boileau (VM55-59) in 12th place. 6 youngsters (4 boys and 2 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and 1 lady and 4 men ran in the 70-74 age group as our most senior runners.
Milestones this week were achieved by Neal Cavadino, Alastair Brown, Charlotte Henshaw and Lenka Sanislova – all 50 parkruns and Joseph McMahon and Willow Nair (10 and under) – both 10 parkruns. Congratulations to everyone. Pleasing times were achieved by Tom Battarbee 18.18, Richard Murray and Martyn Sollars 20.20, Steven Clarke 21.21, Matthew Dodd 25.25, Victoria Hinchcliffe and Pete Owens 31.31 and Laura Westwood 37.37.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 258
Male
1st Jordan Jones 16.18 (1st first place finish) - (Warrington AC)
2nd Unknown
3rd Alfie Crockett 18.06
Female
1st Louise Blizzard 19.46 (12th overall) – (97th first place finish) – (Warrington AC)
2nd Karen Rushton 20.07 (15th overall) – (first ever run at Warrington) – (Winchester & Dist. AC)
3rd Bobbie Lomax 20.32 (21st overall)
There were 410 runners of whom 221 were male, 173 female and 16 unknowns. There were 37 first timers of whom 15 were running their first ever parkrun. 66 of you achieved new personal bests, well done everyone. Congratulations to Jordan Jones, whose time of 16.18 was a new record for age category JM15-17. The best age grade %, 84.34% was achieved by Karen Rushton (VW50-54) in 21st place. 4 youngsters (2 boys and 2 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and Roger Pidcock in VM 75-79 age group was our most senior runner.
Milestones this week were achieved by Glen Smith and Helen Lennard – 100 parkruns and by Jen Murphy and Claire Jones – 50 parkruns. Congratulations to everyone. Pleasing times were achieved by Matthew Lawless 24.24, Tom Houghton 25.25, Daniel Dunbabin 26.26, Siobhan Partington 27.27, Evie Berridge 28.28 and Jennifer Hall 29.29.

 

Warrington parkrun 256

Warrington Parkrun 256 – Saturday 10 November 2018

Who Forgot the Milk????

This week the volunteers were gasping for their teas and coffees during the pre-run briefing as the person whose turn it was to bring the milk forgot! Well, the culprit, who shall remain nameless, but is a close relative of mine (oh the shame!!), didn’t exactly forget as the milk was locked up in his car in the car park. It didn’t become available until about 8.45am when he returned from the 10K extras group run organised by one of the local running clubs.
Once again, the weather was kind and when race director, Tony, brought us to order, we thanked the volunteers, welcomed the first timers, congratulated the milestone achievers and cheered tourists from Surrey and Birmingham. Other visitors were also joining us from Cumbria, Yorkshire and Northamptonshire. We also hosted, Richard Leaper, a member of the UK Parkrun Tourists group, we were his 77th different parkrun venue. We were also able to welcome a representative of Parkrun UK, here to see how well our event is organised.
Last week, I encouraged you to let me know about any global parkruns that you have taken part in but sadly, so far, I have only had a minimal response. However, a little research has revealed that Warrington based runners have run in 13 of the 19 overseas countries where parkrun takes place and I know that Rick and Tracy Butterfield are heading to Poland in a few weeks, that only leaves Finland, Malaysia, Namibia, Norway and Swaziland to get a full house. Unless any of you know different!
The most popular destination countries are Australia and Ireland but the most popular individual parkruns are East Coast Park in Singapore and Clermont Waterfront near to Orlando in Florida, presumably coinciding with visits to Disneyworld. I would like to hear from anyone who has run overseas so please contact me on r.kirkin@ntlworld.com.
This week was my 100th run at Warrington (109 in total) but sadly it could be my last for some weeks, I sustained an injury on Saturday which means I will be volunteering for the next 3 weeks after which I will be away on holiday but not to where overseas parkruns are held.
Don’t forget that next week is a pacer run by members of the Spectrum Striders club.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 256
Male
1st Alfie Crockett 17.56 (15th first place finish)
2nd Sean McAfee 19.15
3rd Mark Grady 19.17
Female
1st Louise Blizzard 19.58 (9th overall) – (96th first place finish)
2nd Bobbie Lomax 20.53 (13th overall)
3rd Naomi Wilson 22.36 (41st overall)
There were 402 runners of whom 241 were male, 153 female and 8 unknowns (first time less than 10 for some time – can we get to 0????). There were 48 first timers of whom 24 were running their first ever parkrun. 42 of you achieved new personal bests, well done everyone. The best age grade %, 78.21% was achieved by Louise Blizzard (VW40-44) in 9th place. 11 youngsters (8 boys and 3 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and we welcomed back Roger Pidcock after a few weeks absence who was our most senior runner in the 75-79 category.
Milestones this week were achieved by Amy Cronin, Kevin Lakin and Stuart Berry – all 100 parkruns, James Williams – 50 parkruns and Luke Gray (JM10 and under) – 10 parkruns. In addition, Faye Lawton and Alex Hartland were both running their 150th parkruns. Congratulations to everyone. An especially aesthetic time was achieved by Ruth Feasby, a first timer, at 33.33 and other pleasing times were achieved this week by James Thomas (first timer) at 21.21, Andrew Ledwith at 25.25, David Smithson at 27.27, John Gormley at 31.31, Nicola Brooks (first timer) at 36.36 and Natalie Ratcliffe at 39.39.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington parkrun Results Page.

 

Warrington parkrun 255

Pacer Event – Warrington Running Club
Weather conditions were good this week, for this time of the year, with only a coolish breeze to upset us, a complete change from last week. It prompted 509 of us to turn up to run, jog or walk the 5K. This was only the third occasion on which we have exceeded 500, not a record but still a tremendous achievement. It was significantly boosted by 65 runners from Warrington Running Club, well done boys and girls, in support of their pacers and there is no doubt that this also assisted many of you to achieve personal bests (98 PB’s were recorded this week). An inspection of the results suggests that Jack Bennett, 20 mins., and Matt Atkinson, 23 mins., were spot on with their times and Michael Titchard, 40 mins., was only 1 second fast at 39.59. Well done to all pacers and all WRC runners. There will be another pacer event in 2 weeks (17th November) organised by Spectrum Striders.
The run briefing got underway when run director, Huw, finally managed to “bully” us into being quiet for 2 minutes and then we thanked the volunteers, welcomed the first timers and cheered the tourists from Glasgow and Hampshire. However, the results suggest that we also had additional guests from Yorkshire, Shropshire, Buckinghamshire, North Wales, Cambridgeshire and London.
At this point, I am going to refer back to last week’s parkrun in which run director, Huw Jones, actually took part. It was his 38th parkrun but only his 4th at Warrington (and his first here for 4½ years. He has, however, run Warrington parkrun many times as freedom runs but usually at 7.30am on a Saturday morning to ensure that the course is in satisfactory condition for the official run at 9.00am. He can, however, boast that one of his parkruns is at Elagin Ostrov in St Petersburg, Russia in February 2017. It would be interesting to hear from other runners who have taken part in events abroad, please comment on the facebook post. I can offer one run abroad myself at Knysna in South Africa.
Results – Warrington Parkrun 255
Male
1st Bertie Houghton 17.03 (Doncaster AC) - (first ever run at Warrington)
2nd Isaaq Ataullah 17.14 (Warrington AC)
3rd Jack Wadsworth 17.32 (Warrington AC)
Female
1st Jess Humphreys 19.08 (Wrekin College Triathlon Club) - (9th overall)
2nd Jenny Evans 19.35 (Sale Harriers) - (13th overall)
3rd Anna Begbie 21.45 (45th overall)
There were 509 runners of whom 283 were male, 206 female and 20 unknowns. There were 49 first timers of whom 24 were parkrun virgins. 98 of you achieved new personal bests, well done all of you. The best age grade %, 80.75% was achieved Isaaq Ataullah (JM15-17) in 2nd place. 9 youngsters (4 boys and 5 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and 1 lady and 4 men ran in the 70-74 category as our most senior runners.
50 Parkrun milestones were achieved today by Emma Smith, Louise Waiting, Gabriel Kennedy, Malcolm Dow, Stephen Weston, John Taylor and Jamie Butterfield. Especially aesthetic times were achieved this week by Jason Fance at 22.22 (also a PB) with others by Dave Middleton 25.25 (a first timer), Fiona Eaton 27.27, Max Levy 28.28 and Roger Gwinnett 30.30.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington parkrun Results Page.

 

254 Frost! – Is Winter Coming?

Frost! - Is Winter Coming?

My alarm went off as usual at 7.30am on Saturday morning, I went down to make the tea and observed the first Saturday frost of this autumn/winter. Getting ready, extra layers check, leggings check, bobble hat check, gloves check, all set.
Reaching Victoria Park and getting out of my car, it was 3.5 degrees but felt warmer than I had expected. The wonderful volunteers were all there by the hut getting their briefing and their jobs allocated by Cal, the run director for the day’s event. Congratulations to our younger marshals who along with a few runners had turned up in pyjamas and onesies in the hope of winning a “mattress” by submitting a selfie photo to a bed company who were undertaking a promotional campaign! As usual at this time, there were only a few runners congregating at the start but as soon as the hi-viz jacketed marshals started to make their way across the grass to the start, the cacophony of sound of car doors opening and closing ensured that that run numbers were going to be well into the 300’s.
The volunteers were thanked and the first timers welcomed. One tourist announced he was from Sheffield but the results showed that we also entertained visitors from Cumbria, North Wales, East Anglia, London, Devon, Dorset and Buckinghamshire.
Once again, we were well supported by the local clubs with Lymm Runners again being the most prolific with 15. Next Saturday there will be a pacer event provided by the members of Warrington Running Club.
There was a temporary error with the results with 98 finishers recorded as unknown. However, this was rectified quickly by subsequently downloading the results from the missing phone scanner and many results including mine suddenly appeared. Well done to the guys and gals who spend every Saturday morning to ensure that all results are available usually by 11.00am. The unknown number reduced to 11 which is acceptable but still means than a few people are forgetting to bring their barcodes with them. It would nice but perhaps unlikely to have a week when every result is recorded and there are no unknowns.

Results – Warrington Parkrun 254
Male
1st Alfie Crockett 17.23 (14th first place finish)
2nd Daniel Gray 17.46
3rd Thomas Mills 18.06
Female
1st Rachel Hawker 20.05 (10th overall) - (first ever run at Warrington)
2nd Naomi Wilson 22.22 (34th overall)
3rd Faye Lawton 22.36 (38th overall)
There were 369 runners of whom 204 were male, 154 female and 11 unknowns. There were 22 first timers of whom 6 were running their first ever parkrun. 58 of you achieved new personal bests, well done all of you. The best age grade %, 78.94% was achieved for the second week running by Paul Boileau (VM55-59) in 8th place. 8 youngsters (5 boys and 3 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, the youngest age group and 3 ladies and 6 men, including myself, ran in the 70-74 category as our most senior runners.
Milestones today were achieved by Jayne Buck, Angela Evans, Lee Evans and David Barnes - 50 parkruns with congratulations to Jayne, Angela and Lee whose 50 runs have all been at Warrington. Especially aesthetic times were achieved this week by Naomi Wilson and Chris Emerson at 22.22 with others by Aidan O’Reilly 24.24, Lesley Thorpe 28.28, Suzanne Cupples 32.32, Liz Bowen 34.34 and Julie Llewellyn 37.37.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington parkrun Results Page.

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