A View from the Back
This week I volunteered as tail walker, a role in which you get to see virtually the entire field run past you along Black Bear Park, with the added bonus of getting both a run credit and a volunteering credit. The weather forecast had been awful but, although we all got wet, fortunately it wasn’t as bad as had been expected. Sadly, on the day, we “lost” 2 runners as they somehow managed to go the wrong way. One of them did manage to complete the course 6 minutes after the tail runner (me!) and my thanks go to Rick Butterfield who rescued the other lost runner from permanent oblivion. They were both first timers, our apologies to you both, please don’t take it personally and come back and join us again.
Huw was run director today and as always invited the runners to thank the volunteers and then for all of us to welcome the first timers and tourists. The tourists came from all parts of the north west including Birkenhead and Ormskirk and from further afield, Wycombe and Southampton. However, they were all outdone by the gentleman returning to us again from Tokyo where it is hoped that the first Japanese parkrun will be up and running soon.
We were again well supported by the local running clubs with 15 runners from Victoria Park Running Club being the highest but closely followed by Lymm Runners (14) and Warrington Running Club (13). A big thank you to all the local clubs for their continued support for Warrington Parkrun.
Results – Warrington Parkrun 252
1st Martin Thomerson 19.09 (1st first place finish)
2nd Paul Deeran 19.33
3rd Luke Welburn 19.33
1st Jenny Evans 19.53 (4th overall) - (first run at Warrington)
2nd Louise Blizzard 20.08 (7th overall)
3rd Jenny Randall 23.05 (38th overall)
There were only 283 runners (because of the weather!) of whom 153 were male, 117 female and 13 unknowns. There were 28 first timers of whom 23 were running their first ever parkrun. 37 of you achieved new personal bests, a great effort, well done everybody, considering the conditions. A special mention for Jackie Copeland of Victoria Park Running Club who in her first ever parkrun achieved the best age grade %, 82.47%, well done. 6 youngsters (1 boy and 5 girls) ran in the 10 and under age group, whilst 5 men in the 70-74 age group were our most senior runners.
Milestones today were achieved by Naomi Wilson and Phil Belton – 100 parkruns with 50 for Jonathan Hindley. Milestones were also achieved last week by Stephen Read, Matt Deeran and Andrew Pemberton – 100 parkruns and by Sophia Spencer, Aidan Cronin and Pauline Redfearn – 50 parkruns and by juniors, Charlotte Woods and Joe Collins – 10 parkruns. Pleasing times were achieved this week by Iain H – 22.22, Simon Humphreys-Jones – 23.23, Brasco Bear – 25.25, Andy Turnbull – 37.37 and Jaskaran Umamakeswaran – 59.59.
Today’s full results and a complete race history can be found on the Warrington parkrun Results Page.