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 email@example.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
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.
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.
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.