Happy #100 Day

Time flies when your having fun!

Our 100th parkrun was as special as the 99 that had gone before, only a bit more so.

The great British weather tried its best to put people off but the parkrun spirit is much stronger than anything it could muster up.

We had lots of great moments during the morning. The mayor of Warrington and regular volunteer Geoff Settle was presented with a mile stone T-shirt for his volunteering duties. It takes a huge amount of commitment to reach the magic 25 times so well done to him!

Stuart Berry from Lymm Runners and Sarah Seddon from Widnes Wasps both celebrated their 50th parkrun. Many thanks to Claire Berry and Cal Bardi who provided two very tasty cakes to mark Stuart's and Sarah's big day!

Once again we had a full team of volunteers all helping to make the parkrun magic happen. Our volunteer team is super dedicated and do everything they can to make each event as enjoyable as possible. Without them there is no parkrun. Next time you run, jog or walk past one make sure you say hello and thank them for their help.

That's all for this week -  Well done to us all for making Warrington parkrun such a massive success. Its been a fantastic journey so far, here's to the next 100!

Please keep spreading the word about our events and inspire people to join in!

Team Warrington

This weeks stats are below -

Male placings:

Nick JONES (VM40-44) of Warrington AC, was first over the line in 17:03 - second time in 2 appearances.
Kye BYRNE (SM30-34) of Warrington Running Club, was second over the line in 18:25.
Michael HARRINGTON (VM40-44) of Vale Royal AC, was third over the line in 18:46.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Paul CLAYTON (Unattached) 3651 pts.
Ladislav TARIC (Warrington AC) 3213 pts.
Janis NORVISS (Unattached) 2910 pts.

Female placings:
Jasmin DOBSON (JW15-17) of Warrington AC, was first (19th overall) over the line in 20:48 - first appearance.
Michelle DEVINE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (40th overall) over the line in 23:00.
Beata SUTHARD (VW35-39) of Northwich Running Club, was third (43rd overall) over the line in 23:08 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Aimee RUFFLEY (Unattached) 2797 pts.
Alex HARTLAND (Unattached) 2499 pts.
Carolyn ARBER (Spectrum Striders RC) 2485 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Nick JONES (VM40-44) was graded 80.65% for the time 17:03 (first overall).
David GILBERT (VM50-54) was graded 77.63% for the time 19:00 (4th overall).
Alan BRADY (VM65-69) was graded 77.62% for the time 21:36 (25th overall).

This week there were 249 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part.

Warrington parkrun started on 25th January 2014, and since then 4,081 different runners, including participants from 252 athletics clubs, have completed 21,245 runs covering a total distance of 106,225 km, and there have been 5,337 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Louise WEBB who ran in a time of 00:18:06 on 2015-08-08 (event number 83).
The male record is held by Nigel MARTIN who ran in a time of 00:16:08 on 2015-08-15 (event number 84).
The Age Grade course record is held by Matthew VUNDLA who recorded a 93.81% run (19:56) on 25th January 2014 (event number 1).

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

 

Warrington parkrun #91 – 03/010/2015

Pacer Event and almost a PB century!!

A cold and foggy start to the day welcomed the 21volunteers to set up this weeks parkrun, the cold had relented by the time of the start but the fog in the air stayed around the sports fields and the canal. The volunteer numbers was further boosted by our wonderful 13 pacers from Victoria Park Running Club who helped a massive 99 athletes gain a new personal best today. Our run director Tony handed over his usual duties to Huw who gave a tremendous pre run brief and to Dave who took some amazing photos in order to enable him to run his 2nd parkrun!!. For the second week running we had over 300 runners, we welcomed 27 first timers to Warrington parkrun of these 19 were parkrun virgins, we hope you enjoyed your run with us today and come back again soon.

The pacers did an excellent job a big well done to you all although special mentions go out to Phil Tomkinson who got within 2 seconds of his pacing time of 22 minutes, closely followed by Jonathon Wood (20) 3 seconds, with Dave Beesley (30) and Ruby Smith(42) within 4 seconds.

We are now only 83 personal bests away from smashing the 5,000 – Surely this must be achieved within the next 2 weeks!! I wonder who will win the accolade and the special prize?

No milestone T-shirts were well earned this week although we do have 4 parkrunners moving onto the brink of a brand new red or white T-shirt Tim Martland and Tony Sala both completed their 49th and ‘waltzing’ Matilda Whitehead and Lily Dewhurst Doyle both ran their 9th.

#DFYB Ensure that you bring your barcode with you each week as NO BARCODE = NO RESULT.  If you do run without a barcode please can you not go through the finish as unknown runners do cause difficulties in processing the results. There are authorized bar codes available to order, follow the links from your results email.

Results
Daniel Evans was first home for the men with a time of 16:52 minutes, Alfie Crockett was second to finish with 17:47 with Mat Rushbrook third over the line in 18:27.

The first female in a new personal best time was Isabelle Trevithick, crossing the line in 21:12. Helen Aghanian was second in 24:12, also achieving a new PB in third was Anna Read with a time of 24:53.

Social Media 

Remember to join us on Facetube and Twittage, and all the other things cyber spacey that are on the interweb. Photos and videos of our wonderful parkrun are uploaded to our page and we always like to read the comments that are left after each parkrun.
Volunteers

We have a 4 week future roster that you can add to and become part of our fantastic team. Volunteering is super rewarding and loads of fun. You get to see parkrun from the other side, you get to be a part of the team that makes the event happen every week.

Our volunteers get to enjoy a brew and some treats if there is enough time and as a thank you from parkrun when you have volunteered 25 times you get a very special t-shirt to mark your dedication!

Please email warringtonoffice@parkrun.com with the date/s you can do and leave us your bar code number. We will add you to the roster and be in touch closer to the date with all the details you need.
Refreshments
There are refreshments after every run and we welcome everyone, runners and friends, to join us. You will find us in the pavilion immediately after the finish. Please come along and join us. You can contribute to our parkrun treat table by baking or buying your own cake and bringing it along, the drinks, cake and biscuits are free although donations are always welcome to replenish what is needed and to pay for the use of the building.

Looking Forward

Halloween is only 4 weeks away so now is the time to get the sewing machine out and create a fancy dress costume, we want to see as many ghouls, witches, zombies and ghosts as possible.

Many thanks and see you all next week!!

 

Tourist Run Report – Nigel Harding – parkrun #88

Nigel Harding,

Warrington parkrun #88

Victoria Park and Black Bear Park,                                                                                         Warrington, WA4 1D

12th September 2015

 

Last night’s storm brought summer to a close. The weir’s massive discharge forms a huge waterfall. It’s hard to imagine the 67 acre park submerged, yet this land was reclaimed in the early eighteenth century when the river was diverted.

 

Sculpted banks and a neat, new wall along the front of the park are not just for show. In six months’ time, when the river is swollen with Pennine melt-waters, these defences could be keeping floods from Latchford’s living rooms.

 

I don’t see any football shirts, but running club kit is all around. Though we’re within 25 miles of four top Premiership grounds, the Park’s soccer pitches are hidden along its northern fringe. The oval ball takes pride of place in this enclave. Warrington, long known as ‘The Wire’, now ‘Wolves’ in the Super League era, is the only club with a continuous record of top flight Rugby League.

 

Warrington Running Club shares the Rugby League side’s primrose and blue. Warrington Athletic Club sports red vests. Warrington Road Runners wear blue and red quartered shirts.

 

Victoria Park Running Club uses black outfits with purple facings. There are clubs with similar names in London and Glasgow. Last Wednesday Queen Elizabeth II became our longest reigning monarch, but in numbers of parks bearing her name, her great, great grandmother remains way out in front. Like many others, this Victoria Park commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of 1897. It’s effectively on an island between Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal.

 

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After three strides, I have to leap a puddle on the start line. My right arm catches someone in mid-air. Apologies are offered and accepted in a bizarre starting ritual. There are two more puddles before we can settle into a normal stride pattern.  Concentrating where I’m putting my feet, I don’t even notice the skate park on the left.

 

After 40 yards we turn right between two evergreen bushes onto a better footpath. Further foliage on the left conceals allotments. Through a hedge-line, the path becomes an upward ramp.

 

A big, black dog barks excitedly. Or is it a Warrington Wolf in sheep’s clothing? It certainly isn’t “The Black Bear”. The old inn across Knutsford Road is a two-storey building, almost like a whole terrace of houses. Black name boards on white walls give a hint of Cheshire ‘magpie’ architecture.

 

Turning right, we pace along the flood defence bank at the front of the Park. The new surface is a luxury, but it doesn’t last. After applause from the core team, we double back the other side of the bushes on far rougher tarmac.

 

Completing the loop, near where the dog was barking, I hear a hound slavering at my heels. It’s a relief to discover it’s a terrier, rather than the wolf I’d feared. Though puffing hard from its exertions, it’s disconcertingly faster than me. A petite lady in a sky-blue cap moves through behind the white-shirted dog owner.

 

Across the main expanse of the park two parallel grandstands both face east. The Arena one is for the athletics track - the first time I’ve seen one sprayed blue. The brand new Stadium one is intended for Rugby and soccer. The dark-red sandstone spire of Warrington Parish Church adorns the skyline beyond.

 

A right turn by the two evergreens returns us to our original heading. On our right we’re passing ash, lime and sycamore trees. We reach a marshal and his young daughter at the first marker. I’ll be delighted if I can hold 4:47 pace.

 

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“It doesn’t get any easier.” A tall man in white moves alongside me.

 

“Would we still come if it did?”

 

“Absolutely right,” he acknowledges.

 

I feel strained talking at this pace. His breathing’s far better than mine. After turning right inside me, he pulls away with every stride. I read the back of his shirt: ‘Hallé - Running in Manchester since 1858’. I wonder what tune’s playing in his head, and whether he’s woodwind or brass. It turns out Ewan Easton is the Orchestra’s principal tuba. What a vocation for oxygen uptake!

 

This corner of the park feels neglected. Brambles sprawl in front of the right-hand bushes. Down the left, nettles and thistles seem inconsistent with the picnic-table. Surging beneath Latchford Road Bridge, a stone construction with cream-painted balustrades, we exchange Victoria for Black Bear Park.

 

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Clever landscaping conceals the fact we’re running down a corridor. This linear park is just 50 yards wide. Old Quay Canal opened in 1804 between Latchford and Runcorn, a more navigable, eight mile by-pass to a difficult stretch of the Mersey. 90 years later, the Ship Canal cut right through it. This easternmost mile was retained, becoming known as Black Bear Canal. Until the 1960s it transported South American hides to Howley Tannery. In 1981, Warrington Borough Council reclaimed the land as a park.

 

Though our course is flat, occasional glimpses to the right show we’re running up the property ladder. The first street is entirely terraced. A second is mostly semi-detached. We run beneath the Warrington-Stockport railway bridge with its robust stone abutments and metal trough for a track bed that’s no longer in use. Modern houses that never overlooked the canal give way to Victorian villas dated 1891.

 

There’s a warning that we’re on closed circuit television. Does some bored control room operator long for this Saturday morning excitement? Twenty Steps Bridge is busy with traffic. There’s The Ranger Hut on the left and an industrial plant with large storage tanks to the right. Once under the bridge, however, trees hem us in. A blue Chester Marathon shirt overtakes. We duck to avoid overhanging leaves.

 

Suddenly, a marshal directs us round a grassy corner and up a steep tarmac path. We emerge into bright sunshine for a clockwise half circuit of Lousher’s Lane Recreation Ground. A playground in a left-hand corner features a zip wire, as well as rope-based swings. Skirting a Rugby pitch, we run between the touch-line and a margin of young trees. Silver birches give way to twenty rowans, dazzlingly overburdened with red berries. It’s been a fruitful summer. Do they also suggest a hard winter on the way?

 

At the end a marshal directs us right onto the 207 mile Trans-Pennine Trail from Hornsea on the North Sea coast to Southport. We’re also on National Cycle Route 62 from Selby to Fleetwood.

 

It’s hard to see over bracken and gorse, but this is the ‘towpath’ of the Manchester Ship Canal. Quite unlike any ordinary narrow-boat canal, it’s a long, straight river 50 yards wide. We’re high up at bridge level, rather than on the waterside. 3km in 14:51 shows a second successive 5:02 kilometer, Over rougher ground this one may be an improvement on the last.

 

A pigeon coos. A fritillary flutters in the sun. I surge past two runners where shadowy trees have prevented the path from drying off. The yellow one regains his place as we turn back onto the old canal. Try as I might I can’t hold on. I’m isolated with a mile to run.

 

Blackcurrants and blackberries, redcurrants, haws, rose hips and sloes are all on offer. Black Bear Park could almost be the fruit aisle of a supermarket.

 

The last few runners are still on their outward leg. I finally spot a soccer player, a lad in a diminutive indigo Derby County away strip trotting along with his father. Once the tail runner comes past, my solitude is complete.

 

My watch clicks over to 20:01 as I pass the 4km marker. Just about on schedule, but my pace is slowing. I tick off the bridges as I pass. I’m trying hard, but there’s not much to play with.

 

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My heart sinks as I realise we have to double back from the main park entrance once more. When I reach the finish straight at last, I find the play zone has a space rocket theme. It’s the man behind who finds the buzz, however. His coup de grace completes what Run Britain’s handicapper reckons the third worst parkrun of my career.

 

Why do I run badly in Cheshire? It’s my third failure to break 25 minutes in four attempts in my native county. (This area was ceded to Lancashire in 1894. It reverted to Cheshire 80 years later.) In the car park, a veteran who shared part of my warm-up asks if I enjoyed it. I have to admit my disappointment.

 

“Still, it’s a run out,” he consoles me. Unfortunately it feels as if I’ve been run out. Frustration that I didn’t perform reminds me of being sacrificed by a better batsman in a run chase without even facing a ball. Why did I run out of gas? Surely I should have found something extra so close to home? It wasn’t for want of trying.

 

I’m even slow to reach an explanation. On Monday I walked, jogged and ran twelve miles across the Purbeck Hills and along the Dorset Coastal Path. It was exhilarating in the sunshine, but it was my longest effort in twelve months. Perhaps I’m now so old, I haven’t fully recovered.

 

The tune “Things Can Only Get Better” pops into my head. Its optimistic message is welcome, but once in my brain the irritating ditty is impossible to shake off. There’s no immediate improvement. By the time I’ve walked the course again, the rain has resumed. I reach my car wet, to find the tune consigned to history by the Labour leadership election result.

 

Perhaps the message left beneath Stockport Bridge by an unknown graffiti artist is a less catchy, but more profound version: "History is written by those who know how to write. Is the future a shield, if history is a weapon?"

 

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Men:

1. Chris Stanford 17:24; 2. Chris Fance (Warrington AC) 17:25; 3. Daniel Evans (Warrington AC) 17:46

 

Women:

1. Louise Blizzard (Belgrave Harriers) 20:06; 2. Helen Whitby 20:11; 3. Sarah Davies (Oxford City AC) 20:24

 

Warrington parkrun #90 – 26/09/2015

Adrian Ainswoth reaches 50!! And #DFYB

Blazing sunshine meant perfect running conditions at a magnificent looking Victoria Park for parkrun this morning. For the 2nd week running we had 17 running clubs represented.  25 first timers, so I assume that my thoughts were correct! With Widnes parkrun being cancelled due to a vintage car rally (I do hope the Wire FM presenters got there in time!!!) our numbers swelled to a tremendous 305 runners, joggers, plodders and walkers each cheersed on by our 18 amazing volunteers.  We had 51 Warrington parkrun first-timers, with 33 choosing Victoria Park to be the first and catch the parkrun bug, we hope you enjoyed your run with us and come back again soon.

An amazing 83 athletes recorded new personal best times, well done to you all.

Three milestone T-shirts were well earned this week as Adrian Ainsworth and Roger Pidcock both completed their 50th parkrun, Rebecca Wells smashed a new personal best on her way to completing her 10th parkrun. Poppy Ashbrook moves onto the rink of a brand new white T-shirt after finishing her 9th parkrun.

As the results show this week more and more people are forgetting their barcodes. From this week onwards if you forget your barcode you will get no result! So therefore ensure that you bring your barcode with you each week as NO BARCODE = NO RESULT.  If you do run without a barcode please can you not go through the finish as unknown runners do cause difficulties in processing the results. There are authorized bar codes available to order, follow the links from your results email.

Please remember that all children under the age of eleven must be accompanied (within arm's reach) throughout the run by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice.

Results
Unknown runner (Chris Stanford?) improved on last week’s position and was first home for the men. Chris Fance finished 2nd with a time of 17:25 minutes. Daniel Fox was third over the line in a new personal best time of 17:35.

The first female to cross the line was Claire Andrew, crossing the line in 19:56. In second place was Louise Blizzard with 20:18, Joanne Lacking smashed the 21 minute Barrier on her way to third place with a new personal best time of 20:59.

Age Graded Scores

Our top age graded finisher this week is Anthony Peers (VM60-64) who was graded 79.82%. Cliff Puttock (VM50-54) was second with a grade of 79.51% and Daniel Fox Blizzard (JM15-17) was third with 79.15%.

Volunteers

We have a 4 week future roster that you can add to and become part of our fantastic team. Volunteering is super rewarding and loads of fun. You get to see parkrun from the other side, you get to be a part of the team that makes the event happen every week.

Our volunteers get to enjoy a brew and some treats if there is enough time and as a thank you from parkrun when you have volunteered 25 times you get a very special t-shirt to mark your dedication!

Please email warringtonoffice@parkrun.com with the date/s you can do and leave us your bar code number. We will add you to the roster and be in touch closer to the date with all the details you need.
Social Media 

Remember to join us on Facetube and Twittage, and all the other things cyber spacey that are on the interweb. Photos and videos of our wonderful parkrun are uploaded to our page and we always like to read the comments that are left after each parkrun.

Refreshments
There are refreshments after every run and we welcome everyone, runners and friends, to join us. You will find us in the pavilion immediately after the finish. Please come along and join us. You can contribute to our parkrun treat table by baking or buying your own cake and bringing it along, the drinks, cake and biscuits are free although donations are always welcome to replenish what is needed and to pay for the use of the building.

Looking Forward

Next week we will be holding another Pacer Event hosted by Victoria Park Running Club with the times aiming for are all the even numbers from 20 minutes to 42 so if you need a little help getting a new PB then this is the event for you.

Many thanks.

 

Warrington parkrun No.89 – 19/09/2015

The day before the EHM

I awoke to a blistering hot sunny day, as 9am (GMT) approached I knew it was only a few moments till the all-inclusive bar would be open for another busy, busy day sat by the pool reading, swimming and drinking cocktails…… My mind immediately thought of all those runners turning up to a magnificent Victoria Park on the eve of the English Half Marathon, would there be tourist from afar wanting to use our parkrun as a last minute plod to loosen up before the big one. We had 17 running clubs represented and 25 first timers, so I assume that my thoughts were correct! 22 amazing volunteers cheered on the 188 runners, joggers, plodders and walkers. Many other EHM-ers I expect choose to use the day as a rest day. We had 17 parkrun first-timers, we hope you enjoyed your run and come back again soon.

For the second week running we had a half century of athletes who recorded new personal best times, well done to you all.

Four milestone T-shirts were well earned this week as Malcolm Walton completed his 100th parkrun, Nathan Ashurst completed his 50th with Luke Gamble and Will Morris both finishing their 10th. Adrian Ashworth (49th) moves on to the brink along with Patrick Elwood (9th).

#DFYB Ensure that you bring your barcode with you each week as NO BARCODE = NO RESULT.  If you do run without a barcode please can you not go through the finish as unknown runners do cause difficulties in processing the results. There are authorized bar codes available to order, follow the links from your results email.

Results
Daniel Evans was first home for the men in a new personal best with a time of 16:50 minutes. We had an unknown runner in 2nd place with Chris Stanford third over the line in 17:17.

The first female on her first appearance at Victoria Park was Lanna Nuttall, crossing the line in 21:36. In second place was another debutant Sue Jane True with 21:55, Martine Jarman was third with a time of 23:26. We hope you enjoyed your first run with us ladies and that you’ll be back again soon!

Points Table

The female points table is led by Faye Lawton on 2277 points, Aimee Ruffley is 2nd with 2137 and Sharon Howarth 3rd with 1929 points.

Leading the way in the mens points table is Paul Clayton with 2847 points, Ladislav Taric 2333 is in 2nd place and Janis Norviss 3rd on 2056 points.

Warrington parkrun Stats

To date, there has been 89 parkruns at Victoria Park. 3,755 athletes have completed 18,472 runs, smashing 4,735 personal bests and running a total of 92,360 kilometers in a total time of 361 days, 9 hours 49 minutes and 13 seconds. The big question who will win the special prize for the 5,000th PB??

Volunteers

We have a 4 week future roster that you can add to and become part of our fantastic team. Volunteering is super rewarding and loads of fun. You get to see parkrun from the other side, you get to be a part of the team that makes the event happen every week.

Our volunteers get to enjoy a brew and some treats if there is enough time and as a thank you from parkrun when you have volunteered 25 times you get a very special t-shirt to mark your dedication!

Please email warringtonoffice@parkrun.com with the date/s you can do and leave us your bar code number. We will add you to the roster and be in touch closer to the date with all the details you need.
Social Media 

Remember to join us on Facetube and Twittage, and all the other things cyber spacey that are on the interweb. Photos and videos of our wonderful parkrun are uploaded to our page and we always like to read the comments that are left after each parkrun.

Refreshments
There are refreshments after every run and we welcome everyone, runners and friends, to join us. You will find us in the pavilion immediately after the finish. Please come along and join us. You can contribute to our parkrun treat table by baking or buying your own cake and bringing it along, the drinks, cake and biscuits are free although donations are always welcome to replenish what is needed and to pay for the use of the building.

Looking Forward

We will be holding another Pacer Event on October 3rd 2015 hosted by Victoria Park Running Club with times aiming for are all the even numbers from 20 minutes to 42 so if you need a little help getting a new PB then this is the event for you. As always at Warrington parkrun we are always on the look-out for any ideas for making parkrun even more enjoyable (if that was indeed possible), so if you have any ideas for future events either drop us an email or speak to any of the core volunteers.

Many thanks.

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