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
1st Daniel Cliffe 15.47 (1st first place finish)
2nd Chris Stanford 16.38 (Warrington Triathlon Club)
3rd Jonathan Smith 17.41 (Lymm Runners)
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.