WITTON PARKRUN REPORT #125 – 14th April 2018
What a difference a week makes! Saturday dawned to surprisingly warm sunshine for the 79 parkrunners who made their way to Witton to run, jog and walk Event #125, marking a century and a quarter of Witton parkruns.
And the sunshine brought out some faster runners for an early morning run, with six parkrunners ducking under 20 minutes at Witton, matching the figure of Event #109 on December 23rd. First to cross the line was Stephen Hall of Ribble Valley Harriers in 18:15.
This was Stephen’s 6th parkrun in total and 4th at Witton and his first of 2018. His time was agonisingly one second(!) the wrong side of the PB he set on his last visit to Witton at Event #111, but he has yet to be beaten at Witton, coming home as first finisher on all 4 occasions he has run the Beast.
Stephen’s performance bested fellow Ribble Valley Harrier Ben Walmsley, who came home 2nd in 18:32. This was Ben’s 7th run at Witton and 10th parkrun overall, and his second visit to Witton in 2018.
Although he was almost a minute faster this weekend than on his last visit last month, he was still 7 seconds off the PB he set at Event #100 in October last year and dropped a position compared to his last visit when he was first finisher. Third home was frequent Wittoner and Accrington Road Runner Glen Goodwin a full minute behind Ben in 19:32. This was Glen’s 23rd run at Witton and 41st parkrun overall and his third run at Witton in 2018, besting by 5 seconds his time from Event #122 and setting a new personal best time in the process. Well done Glen!
First female was another Ribble Valley Harrier, Louisa Powell-Smith in 5th position in 19:54. Louisa is under the weather at the moment, which accounts for the fact that her third visit to Witton was over a minute slower than her previous visits.
She formerly held the course record at Witton, which has since been bested by 4 seconds, but I’m sure she’ll be back to try and regain it soon! Second female was, for the second week in a row, Horwich RMI Harrier Suzanne Budgett in 18th position in 25:13.
This was Suzanne’s 4th visit to Witton and 27th parkrun overall. Third female was frequent Wittoner Elizabeth Sullivan in 26th place in 27:04. This was Elizabeth’s 31st run at Witton and 45th parkrun in total and marked her fastest run on the Beast since June last year and Event #86. Well done to all our speedy ladies and gentlemen this weekend.
Another quiet week, with no t-shirts to be handed out but the following people were celebrating notable numbers at Witton this weekend:
Andrew Cooper – 140 runs
Francesca Smith (Accrington Road Runners) – 40 runs
Gary Blackburn (Blackburn Road Runners) – 25 runs
Khurram (formerly known as Shaheen) Shah – 20 runs
Morgan Mullen (Trawden AC) – 20 runs
Benjamin Livesey (Blackburn Harriers) – 20 runs
Ben Walmsley (Ribble Valley Harriers) – 10 runs
I thought it was about time I started counting some others into those milestone numbers too. So huge congratulations to the following three who completed their first parkrun at Witton on Saturday:
David Aspin – 1 run
Jason Duckworth – 1 run
Ahmed Karolia – 1 run
And those about to hit notable numbers are:
Dominic Howell – 124 runs
Katy Thompson (Clayton-le-Moors Harriers) – 119 runs
Diane Harrison-Leeming (Blackburn GroupRun) – 79 runs
Kate Pomfret (Blackburn Road Runners) – 74 runs
James McLeod – 69 runs
Fraser Snape (Trawden AC) – 59 runs
Dorothy Myers – 39 runs
Corinne Surkitt – 19 runs
Well done to all who took part in Event #125 this weekend.
Witton parkrun relies on our volunteers to allow us to take place this week, and I’m pleased to note that volunteer numbers have been very healthy over the first quarter of 2018. Let’s try and keep this up for the rest of the year! This week’s hi-viz heroes were:
Kevin DOHERTY • Sean PROCTER • Vicky SPENCER • Michelle SEARBY • Alexandra MULLEN • Sally HUPFIELD-SMITH • Bryan SEARBY • Hazel BAXTER • Ian GASKELL • Suzanne FERRANDINO • Diane HARRISON-LEEMING • Julie PRICE • Matthew VERNON • Scott SMITH • Lorna PICKUP • Josh WOODSTOCK • Helen READ • Lynda VERNON • Alan VERNON • Bernard JOHNSON • Debbie ASHTON • Zoe MULLEN • Julie GRAVES
Thanks to you all.
And that’s about it for Event #125. Just a couple of things to update you on before I close. First, Michelle has posted on our Facebook page to remind everyone of parkrun’s responsibilities. We pride ourselves on having only three rules:
1. No Barcode, No Time, No Exceptions
2. Dogs are one per parkrunner and must be kept on a short lead
3. All under 11s must be accompanied by a responsible adult
Witton welcomes runners of all ages and abilities, but if you’re under 11, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult to ensure you stay safe. Witton is largely a trail route, with plenty of obstacles and two large, wooded areas where it is easy to get lost or separated if attention isn’t properly paid. We understand that some parents have children who are much faster than they are capable of and if you are unable to find a suitable adult to run with your child, we will try and help you out if we can. However, it is a child safeguarding issue, and repeat offences will lead to times being deleted from the records. Obviously, this isn’t something we want to do, so please, if you’ve any concerns or questions, do get in touch. Thank you.
Second, three regular Wittoners took part in the Manchester Marathon last weekend. Blackburn Road Runner Matt Chester completed the 26.2 miles in 5:31:37. Meanwhile, Suzanne Ferrandino and Julie Price, who both started running through the Couch 2 5K programme less than 4 years ago, also made it around. Having started together, Suzanne had a little more left in the closing stages and finished 3 seconds under her target time, in a superb 5:59:57. Julie was only a little way behind, finishing in a creditable 6:13:08. Both Suzanne and Julie volunteered at Witton on Saturday and are well on the way to recovering. Both enjoyed the experience but suspect it may be their once-in-a-lifetime marathon! Well done to all three!
Finally, as of Sunday morning, Witton regular Aimie Wormald is still awaiting the arrival of her little bundle of joy, despite being due on Friday. I’m sure everyone connected with Witton will want to send Aimie all our love at this exciting time – details as and when we have them!
And that wraps it up for another week. Next weekend sees the re-arranged Ron Hill Accrington 10K as well as the Bolton 10K, so if you’re planning to take part in either and fancy giving your legs a rest on Saturday, why not offer to volunteer and give a little back to parkrun? I’m sure Michelle will find you something to do.
Have a great week and see you next Saturday,
Matthew Vernon #loveparkrun #loveWittonparkrun
Good Luck Chris who is running 26.2 miles next week at London Marathon!