New Year’s Day parkrun

Hi parkrunners,

I know it's not even December but sometimes you just have to start planning......we have decided to hold an extra event New Year's Day at 8.30 (!), as last year, which allows people to do a double, the volunteers to still fit one in and then we can all head to Whitworth to do Andy O'Sullivan's New Year Awakener 5k! We will of course only be able to do this if we have enough volunteers so if would like to join us in making the first event of the year happen please get in touch by email watergrovehelpers@parkrun.com, leave a message on Facebook or speak to one of the team.

Regards,

Barbara

 

 

Event #162 ……if you go down to Watergrove your in for a surprise

We welcomed 55 parkrunners / jogger / walkers to our Parkrun on the hills on a typically English Saturday morning.

We welcomed 6 first timers, 3 of whom were visiting from Burnage, Oakwell and Wakefield. For 2 it was their first parkrun. and the other one was me - my first time as RD. I'll definitely be back as RD I hope you all had as great experience as I did and you"ll be back.

Well done to 9 of you who achieved a PB - congratulations and well deserved. I love that feeling ~ and I've had a few, 15 to be exact out of my 25 runs. I'm starting to get a bit of a reputation !!!!!!

As always we say a massive thank you to the team of "Heros in a Hi Viz" who make the runs possible - without them the run would be tricky - you could all still run but you'd have to open and close the gates yourself but there would be no results, so 3 cheers to the 17 who made today's run possible - John J COOK • Barbara BAYLISS • Andrew BUTLER • Sinead BUTLER • Nick ANDREWS • David BULL • Lynsey BURRELL • Jenny GRINDROD • Paul WOLSTENHULME • John RICHARDS • Zain ZIA • Laura HODSON • Su PAGE • Gary DAVIES • Yvonne DAVIES • Dawn EWBANK • Judith EATON  Volunteering has been a big part of my Parkrun experience - you get to see a different side of the run. Its fun and its easy , full training takes a matter of seconds and theres no tests, oh and everyone looks good in a Hi Viz. S0 if you fancy giving it a go drop us a line via Facebook or see us at the Gazebo. 

Well that's my first time as RD done - Hi viz's are drying,  the results processed, reports written, kit cleaned and timers cleared. So I'll see you all next week, I'll be the one  running near the back !!!!

Thank you for all your support today.

Happy running and stay safe, see you at the Gazebo next week.

Su

The stats from today

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

Male placings:
Ryan KEENAN (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 21:58 - second time in 6 appearances.
Decland HARRISON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 22:24.
John J COOK (VM60-64) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, was third over the line in 22:30 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Jessica BULL (JW15-17) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 23:54 - 43rd time in 104 appearances.
Molly BULL (JW11-14) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, was second (14th overall) over the line in 25:58 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Heather MARSH (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (15th overall) over the line in 26:09 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John J COOK (VM60-64) – 71.26% for the time 22:30 (third overall).
Barry GREAVES (VM60-64) – 66.01% for the time 24:31 (11th overall).
Gordon SHARP (VM60-64) – 64.87% for the time 25:23 (13th overall).

The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 16:23 on 9th August 2014 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Joanne NELSON who recorded a time of 19:39 on 13th September 2014 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 83.08% (24:02) on 16th April 2016 (event number 89).

Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale started on 7th June 2014. Since then 1,695 participants have completed 7,959 parkruns covering a total distance of 39,795 km, including 1,422 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

Event #160 Bank Holiday weekend and it didn’t rain!

Do you think being obsessed with the weather goes along with being obsessed with parkrun?! Maybe it's just me, most of my run reports seem to refer to the weather....well, the weather was quite a contrast to last week so worthy of a mention. It was a much calmer parkrunday for the  53 runners and walkers and 16 amazing volunteers, I recall someone even complained it was a bit warm for a run!  We welcomed 11 first timers including 3 people doing their first parkrun and visitors from Hampshire, London, South Manchester, Cuerden Valley, we hope you enjoyed your parkrun!

10 people took advantage of the drier conditions to improve their personal best times, Annmarie Thetford, Ann Charlesworth, Lesley Taylor, Jeff McCarthy, Gareth Hunt, Liz Whitworth, John Catanach, Sheila Duggal, Alex Humphrey and Gemma Lord, great running everyone!

Thank you to all those who made it happen today :Nick ANDREWS, Barbara BAYLISS, Molly BULL, David BULL, Ian CONNOLLY, John J COOK, Judith EATON, Rachel HODSON, Joanne HOUGHTON, Su PAGE, Vipul PARKINSON, Daniel TAYLOR, Dave TAYLOR, Glyn WILLIAMS, Paul WOLSTENHULME, Zain ZIA

Why not get involved and volunteer? email watergrovehelpers@parkrun.com or speak to any of the team.

I'm off to Burnley parkrun in my role as Event Ambassador this week, hope to see you all soon,

Barbara

The stats....

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

Male placings:
Paul BRINDLE (VM45-49) of Blackburn Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 19:38 - first appearance.
James MCBRIDE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 21:40.
Greg BARBER (SM30-34) of Belle Vue Racers, was third over the line in 21:57.

Female placings:
Caroline HARDING (VW40-44) of Pudsey & Bramley AC, was first (13th overall) over the line in 26:10 - 7th time in 48 appearances.
Kate ALLINSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (14th overall) over the line in 26:49.
Sharron TURNER (VW45-49) of LABC Runners, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 28:40.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Paul BRINDLE (VM45-49) – 72.24% for the time 19:38 (first overall).
John J COOK (VM60-64) – 71.31% for the time 22:29 (6th overall).
Mark HEANEY (VM55-59) – 67.61% for the time 23:31 (9th overall).

The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 16:23 on 9th August 2014 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Joanne NELSON who recorded a time of 19:39 on 13th September 2014 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 83.08% (24:02) on 16th April 2016 (event number 89).

Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale started on 7th June 2014. Since then 1,678 participants have completed 7,828 parkruns covering a total distance of 39,140 km, including 1,397 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #159 Wild and wet – it’s August!

It was horrible on Saturday, well the weather was but everything else was as wonderful and uplifting as always! In fact, the way people step up when the going gets tough is heartwarming; they happily huddle under the gazebo with complete strangers in a vain attempt to stay dry, they hold onto the gazebo in the hope it won't fly across the reservoir (it tried a few times!) but the real stars are the volunteers. Lets face it, running in the wind and rain is fine, once you've been dragged out from under the gazebo and set off you soon get warm, but the volunteers are standing out there for an hour or so, getting cold and wet. You wouldn't blame them for being less than encouraging or enthusiastic but no, they continue to cheer on the runners, press buttons or hand out tokens with frozen fingers. So a well deserved, great big thank you to Nick ANDREWS, Nick BARTON, Barbara BAYLISS, Georgia Kate BOSTOCK, Yvonne DAVIES, Gary DAVIES, Debbie FIDDLING, Susan Caroline HEANEY, Rachel HODSON, Laura HODSON, Su PAGE, Vipul PARKINSON, Phil ROBERTS, Ian ROBERTS, Bernadette ROCHE, Daniel TAYLOR, Martin WALKER. Apologies if I have missed any gazebo holders!

Despite the weather we had 75 runners, 2 people doing their first parkrun,  and we welcomed 23 visitors doing their first run at Watergrove including a group from Northowram Pumas and runners from Clapham, Thetford, St. Helens, Keighley and Wigan. We hope they will all visit again, hopefully when the weather's more seasonal!

You wouldn't have thought it was a morning for fast times but eight amazing folk achieved personal best times - Jeff and Louis McCarthy, Stephen Bostock, Zara Hirst, Glyn Williams, Alex Humphrey, Gemma Lord and Su Page, great running everyone!

We celebrated with John Deasey and Gary Davies who both completed their 50th parkrun this morning, well done guys!

See you all at the gazebo next parkrunday!

Barbara

The stats.....

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

Male placings:
John DEASEY (VM55-59) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 20:56 - third time in 49 appearances.
Louis MCCARTHY (JM15-17) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, was second over the line in 21:31.
Richard FIDDLING (VM45-49) of Royton Road Runners, was third over the line in 22:45.

Female placings:
Zara HIRST (JW15-17) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 24:40 - third time in 23 appearances.
Fiona WILLIAMS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (14th overall) over the line in 25:06.
Kirsty EDWARDS (VW45-49) of Northowram Pumas Running Club, was third (17th overall) over the line in 26:00.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John DEASEY (VM55-59) – 73.41% for the time 20:56 (first overall).
Diane WINTERBURN (VW50-54) – 64.76% for the time 26:12 (20th overall).
Mark HEANEY (VM55-59) – 64.71% for the time 24:22 (9th overall).

The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 16:23 on 9th August 2014 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Joanne NELSON who recorded a time of 19:39 on 13th September 2014 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 83.08% (24:02) on 16th April 2016 (event number 89).

Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale started on 7th June 2014. Since then 1,672 participants have completed 7,775 parkruns covering a total distance of 38,875 km, including 1,387 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 158, I actually remembered to do one of these!

Hang on, bear with me, its been a while since I did one of these. Erm... Right... Got it now :) We had a bit of rain on and off through the morning but fortunately our 61 parkrunners missed the worst of it. We had a couple of birthdays this week, with Su Page bringing homemade cup cakes and Bev Richards brought some donuts and Bananas but forgot her barcode! Happy birthday ladies! It was also my 100th time volunteering at a parkrun, not an official milestone so there's no T-shirt unfortunately, I started volunteering after doing my 50th parkrun in January 2015 as I wanted to give something back to parkrun as it had helped me a lot (story for another time). I can remember standing at the cobbles gate (I now know we usually give that spot to first time marshals as its the closest to the finish line) on a wet January morning with a small stream running down the cobbles and being impressed with the side of the run that, as a runner, I didn't normally see. The efforts of all the runners that day, the people who shouted their thanks as they went past, talking to the other volunteers, I found I really liked it and started volunteering regularly, usually when I had a race on that weekend or was training for the first Rochdale half but sometimes not. I tried my hand at all the roles, if I can do them anyone can!, eventually getting to the point where Barbara asked me to part of the core team as a Run Director which I was very pleased and proud to accept. So with a little training, and bottling my first run brief, here I am hopefully with many more parkruns to come.

So if you have never volunteered at a parkrun please consider giving it a go, I've never thought of it as missing a parkrun, in fact it wasn't until after I'd started as an RD that I realised that I could have just stayed in bed some Saturday mornings:)) If you can help us out get in touch on our social media, at watergrovehelpers@parkrun.com or just speak to one of us at the gazebo.

I'm off for a bit of tourism for a few weeks but I'll see you all at the gazebo in September

Matt

The stats-

This week 61 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

John J COOK • Phil ROBERTS • Nick BARTON • Diane WINTERBURN • Sinead BUTLER • Nicola DAVIS • David BOSTOCK • Matthew JONES • Laura HODSON • Su PAGE • Heather WARD • Rachael HICKMAN • Colette COOKE • Daniel TAYLOR • Dave TAYLOR

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

Male placings:
Duncan CANNON (VM35-39) of Todmorden Harriers & AC, was first over the line in 20:29 - second time in 7 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Paul MILLS (VM50-54) (Unattached) was third over the line in 21:19.

Female placings:
Jessica BULL (JW15-17) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 23:49 - 42nd time in 102 appearances.
Stephanie Louise HARRISON (SW30-34) of Rochdale Harriers & AC, was second (9th overall) over the line in 24:41 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Fiona WILLIAMS (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (11th overall) over the line in 25:03.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John J COOK (VM60-64) – 72.60% for the time 22:05 (4th overall).
Paul MILLS (VM50-54) – 71.46% for the time 21:19 (third overall).
Duncan CANNON (VM35-39) – 64.77% for the time 20:29 (first overall).

The male record is held by Andi JONES who recorded a time of 16:23 on 9th August 2014 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Joanne NELSON who recorded a time of 19:39 on 13th September 2014 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela OLDHAM who recorded 83.08% (24:02) on 16th April 2016 (event number 89).

Watergrove parkrun, Rochdale started on 7th June 2014. Since then 1,647 participants have completed 7,700 parkruns covering a total distance of 38,500 km, including 1,379 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

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